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Our take on the JVC Arsenal KD-AHD79

by Zak Billmeier
JVC

Why replace your factory radio?

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

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.

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Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (20 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • 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:

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    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant
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    Yes
    RMS Power Output
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    20 watts
    Peak Output
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    50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth
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    20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs
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    6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs
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    Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs
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    No
    Preamp Voltage
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    5 volts
    Display Color
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    Variable
    Key Button Color
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    Variable
    EQ Bands
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    3
    Wireless Remote
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    Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible
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    Adapter required
    Parts Warranty
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    2 Years
    Labor Warranty
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    2 Years
    Expandability
    AUX Input
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    Front/Rear
    USB Input
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    Front
    Memory Card Slot
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    USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible
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    Optional
    Satellite Radio Ready
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    No
    HD Radio
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    Built-in
    Navigation
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    iPod Compatibility
    Full size
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    Classic/5Gen
    Nano
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    Nano6/Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/
    Touch
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    Touch4/Touch3/Touch2/Touch1
    Mini
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    No
    iPhone
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    Phone4S/Phone4/Phone3GS/Phone3
    Tuner
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    11.3 dBf
    European Tuning
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    Yes
    Seek/Scan
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    Seek
    Radio Data System
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    What's in the box?

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    • AM/FM CD receiver (with 10-amp ATC fuse inserted into chassis)
    • Face (attached)
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Trim ring (installed)
    • Wiring harness
    • Wireless remote control (RM-RK52)
    • CR2025 3V Lithium battery (installed)
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • Face security screw
    • Instructions (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • Installation/Connection Manual (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • US Warranty Sheet
    • Canadian Warranty Card
    • Product Registration Card/Questionnaire
    • Face security screw note
    • "Caution!" note (attached to wiring harness)

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

    Display Features

    Detachable Face: The JVC Arsenal KD-AHD79 features a detachable face to deter theft. A face-fixing screw is supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired.

    Note: No face case is included with this unit. An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can be purchased for this unit.

    2-Line LCD: The head unit features a 12-segment, two-line LCD with adjustable color, brightness, and dimmer settings.

    Variable Color LCD & Key Illumination: The JVC KD-AHD79 features 29 color presets for the LCD and button illumination. You can choose one of these color presets or select the ColorFlow mode which scrolls through all 29 color presets. Additionally, there is a User preset, allowing you to individually adjust the intensity of Red, Green, and Blue from 0 to 31; resulting in approximately 30,000 custom color options. The chosen color preset or custom color can be applied to the display panel and the backlighting for all the buttons except the Display, Brightness, & Eject buttons (they remain red). You can choose to use the same color for the LCD display and button illumination, or use a separate color for each one. You can also select a different color for daytime and nighttime in regards to the unit's LCD and button illumination.

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

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

    Audio Section

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The JVC Arsenal KD-AHD79 utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior CD sound quality.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The KD-AHD79 is equipped with a MOSFET amplifier. Compared to conventional power supplies, the MOSFET amplification circuit is smaller and more efficient, and it delivers increased power with less distortion and absolutely zero on/off switching noise. More power means louder and cleaner music at higher volumes because you're not pushing the limits of the amplification circuit.

    CEA2006 Compliant: The power specifications for the KD-AHD79 are compliant with the CEA2006 Mobile Amplifier Power Testing and Measurement standards from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). These standards were developed as a way to equitably compare power specs from model to model and between manufacturers. The power output specs for the KD-AHD79 are as follows:

    • CEA2006 Specs: 20 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, 1% THD-N)
    • Maximum Power Output: 50 watts x 4 channels (200 total watts)

    Amplifier Gain Control: When you are using the KD-AHD79 with factory speakers (or those rated to less than 50 watts peak), the Amplifier Gain Control can limit the amount of power being sent to those speakers. When the Amp Gain Control is set to "low," the volume control ranges from 0 (minimum) to 30 (maximum). When using speakers rated higher than 50 watts peak, you can set the Amp Gain Control to "high," and the volume control will range from 0 to 50.

    Volume Adjust: The input level of each source (other than FM) is adjustable relative to the FM radio volume, so there isn't a significant volume difference when changing sources. Each source is individually adjustable from -5 to +5.

    Pro EQ: The KD-AHD79 is equipped with JVC's Pro EQ. The integrated equalizer offers 7 preset sound modes (Flat, Natural, Dynamic, Vocal Boost, Bass Boost, User) suitable for the music genre of your choice. The User mode allows you to manually adjust the head unit's 3-band parametric EQ (Frequency, Level, and Q-Factor).

    Tone Pro EQ
    Frequency Level Q
    Bass 60, 80, 100, 200 Hz +/- 12 dB (-6 to +6) 1.0, 1.25, 1.5, 2.0
    Midrange 0.5, 1.0, 1.5, 2.5 kHz +/- 12 dB (-6 to +6) 0.75, 1.0, 1.25
    Treble 10.0, 12.5, 15.0, 17.5 khz +/- 12 dB (-6 to +6) Fixed

    Loud (Loudness): This feature boosts low and high frequencies to produce a well-balanced sound at a low volume level. You can turn this feature on or off.

    5V/6CH Preamp Output: The KD-AHD79 is equipped with three pair of  5V preamp outputs (Front/Rear/Subwoofer). The front & rear preamp outputs offer balance/fade control and are designed to hookup to a full-range 4-channel amplifier. The subwoofer preamp output is non-fading and designed to hookup to a mono-block subwoofer amplifier.

    Built-in Crossovers: The JVC Arsenal KD-AHD79 features a built-in high-pass filter for the unit's front & rear speakers and a low-pass filter for the unit's subwoofer output.

    • High-Pass Filter: You can activate a high-pass filter (fixed) for the unit's front & rear channels (speaker- or preamp-level), so low frequency signals are cut off from your system's front & rear speakers.
    • Low-Pass Filter: The unit's subwoofer preamp output features a low-pass filter. In order to prevent high-frequencies from being sent to your system's subwoofers, you can set the cutoff frequency of the low-pass filter to 55Hz, 85Hz, or 120Hz.

    Subwoofer Level: You can adjust the KD-AHD79's subwoofer level (0-8) independently from the head unit's main volume control for added bass volume.

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

    Radio Functions

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

    Note: Right now there are about 2,000 radio stations broadcasting using digital HD Radio technology in the U.S. To find HD Radio stations in your area, visit the HD Radio website (HDRadio.com).

    Multicasting: In addition to conventional broadcasts, with HD Radio broadcasting, it is possible to choose from up to 8 multicast programs (HD1 to HD8 and analog). There are also data programs for each program.

    Text Display: AM/FM digital stations can offer text and data such as artist names and song titles. The built-in HD Radio tuner displays song title, artist and station information on the display of the JVC Arsenal KD-AHD79.

    Analog Broadcasts: In addition to HD AM/FM stations, the KD-AHD79 can also receive conventional analog AM/FM broadcasts.

    Digital/Analog Tuning: You can setup the KD-AHD79 to search both analog and digital radio stations, only HD Radio stations, or analog radio stations only.

    Digital/Analog Presets: You can set up to 18 FM and 6 AM digital/analog presets stations as presets (HD Radio multicast channels can also be preset). Presets can be set manually or automatically, using Strong-station Sequential Memory (SSM).

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

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

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

    Disc Playback

    Disc Compatibility: The unit features a single disc player that will playback CD-Audio, CD-Text, and finalized CD-R/CD-RW audio discs.

    MP3/WMA Playback: The KD-AHD79 can play MP3 (8-320 kbps)/WMA files (8-192 kbps) that have been recorded on CD-R and CD-RW discs. The disc must be recorded in one of the following formats: ISO 9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, Romeo or Windows long file. Each disc can have a maximum of 8 folder hierarchies, 255 folders, and no more than a total of 512 files and/or folders on each disc. The unit also supports IDTag3 (version 1.0, 1.1, 2.2, 2.3 or 2.4) for album and artist information from MP3 or WMA files.

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

    Random/Repeat Modes: The JVC KD-AHD79 offers the following Repeat and Random playback modes for your audio CDs.

    • Repeat: Track Repeat (plays the current track repeatedly), Folder Repeat (plays all tracks of the current folder repeatedly), Off (cancels repeat function)
    • Random: Folder Random (plays all tracks of the current folder, then the tracks of the next folder in random), All Random (plays all tracks of the current disc at random), Off (cancels random function)

    Disc Resume: If you change the source, playback also stops (without ejecting the disc). Next time you select CD for the playback source, the disc will start from where it has been stopped previously.

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

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

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

    USB/iPod/Aux Connectivity

    USB Port: The JVC Arsenal KD-AHD79 features a front panel USB 2.0 type-A port behind a sliding cover for connection of a USB mass-storage class device. The USB port enables audio playback and control of MP3 (8-320 kbps)/WMA (8-192 kbps) audio files stored on a portable USB mass-storage class device formatted in FAT 12/16/32. The KD-AHD79 can recognize up to 255 folders (255 files per folder) and 65,025 total files. The unit also supports IDTag3 (version 1.0, 1.1, 2.2, 2.3 or 2.4) for album and artist information from MP3/WMA files (up to 60 characters).

    Note: You cannot connect a USB device via a USB hub or Multi-Card Reader to this unit.

    iPod/iPhone Direct: The JVC Arsenal KD-AHD79's front-panel USB port also acts as an iPod/iPhone high-speed direct connection when used with the USB/iPod cable that came with your iPod/iPhone. An additional iPod cable is available (469USBPOD, sold separately) so you can leave one at home and one in the car. Using either cable allows audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of select iPod/iPhone models from the JVC in-dash head unit.

    iPod/iPhone Audio Playback: The USB connection allows your iPod/iPhone's large music libraries to be loaded instantly to the JVC head unit and sound quality to be maximized through the head unit's 24-bit D/A converter, allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 98dB. The JVC Arsenal KD-AHD79 supports audio playback of music files, podcasts, and apps stored on your iPod or iPhone.

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

    • Music Browsing: From the head unit's front-panel controls you can search your iPod/iPhone's music by Category (Playlist/Artist/Album/Song/Genre/Composer). If the selected category contains a high number of tracks, you can fast search (+/-10, 100, 1000, or 10000) through the music tracks in that particular category by simply turning the head unit's control dial.
    • Repeat & Random: The KD-AHD79 also supports Repeat (file/all) and Random (album/all) playback functions of your iPod/iPhone.

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

    iPod/iPhone Display: The KD-AHD79 will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information, regardless of control mode. The head unit will display Track number, Elapsed playing time, Artist name, Song title, and Album label.

    iTunes Tagging: Using the head unit's iTunes Tagging enabled HD Radio, you can tag your HD music (up to 60 songs) while listening to the radio with your iPod/iPhone connected. When you hear a song you enjoy on your local HD Radio station, you only have to press the head unit's "Tag" button and the song's information will be saved to your connected iPod/iPhone. The saved songs will then show up in a playlist called "Tagged" in iTunes the very next time you sync your iPod/iPhone to your PC. Then you just need to click, buy, and download the song you tagged directly from the Apple iTunes Music Store.

    Note: iTunes 7.4 (or later version) is required to purchase tagged songs.

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

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

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The JVC Arsenal KD-AHD79 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of November 2011):

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

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

    Dual Auxiliary Inputs: A front-panel & rear-panel stereo minijack are provided to allow the connection of portable audio sources. Simply connect your portable digital music player to either the unit's front or rear auxiliary input, and you can listen to the audio from the portable player through the speakers in your mobile audio system.

    Bluetooth/Remote Control

    Optional Bluetooth: The unit's rear-panel auxiliary input can also be used to connect JVC's KS-BTA100 Bluetooth Adapter (105KSBTA10, sold separately). The KS-BTA100 gives you hands-free communication from your compatible Bluetooth mobile phone and wireless streaming audio from a Bluetooth enabled digital audio player. The optional JVC Bluetooth Adapter includes a super-sensitive microphone, an Answer/End button, and playback controls. The KD-AHD79 can be set to automatically mute any music audio to your vehicle's speakers so you can listen to your telephone call using your car speakers.

    Wireless Remote Control: The KD-AHD79 comes supplied with a wireless remote control (RM-RK52). The remote contains Power, Attenuator, Sound, Source, Tracking, and Volume functions. The remote operates off of a single CR2025 3V Lithium-cell battery (included).

    Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The head unit also features an OEM steering wheel remote control input wire (blue/yellow) within the included wiring harness that lets you keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with the optional PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (541SWIRC, sold separately); or the optional Metra ASWC Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (120ASWC, sold separately).

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

     
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    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.
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    5 out of 5

    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.
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    5 out of 5

    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
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    5 out of 5

    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
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    5 out of 5

    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.
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    5 out of 5

    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!
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    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
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    4 out of 5

    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.
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    5 out of 5

    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.
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    5 out of 5

    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.
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    5 out of 5

    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........
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    5 out of 5

    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)
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    4 out of 5

    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
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    5 out of 5

    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.
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    4 out of 5

    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.
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    4 out of 5

    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.
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    5 out of 5

    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.
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    5 out of 5

    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
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    5 out of 5

    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.
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    4 out of 5

    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
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    4 out of 5

    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.
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    4 out of 5

    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
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    1 out of 5

    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
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    5 out of 5

    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.
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    5 out of 5

    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
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    5 out of 5

    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
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    4 out of 5

    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.
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    5 out of 5

    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!
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    5 out of 5

    JVC Arsenal KD-AHD79

    Written By Anonymous, florence ky on Wednesday, June 06, 2012
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    outstanding produce great quility
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    5 out of 5

    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
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    5 out of 5

    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
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    5 out of 5

    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.
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    5 out of 5

    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.
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    4 out of 5

    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.
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    5 out of 5

    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
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    4 out of 5

    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.
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    5 out of 5

    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.
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    5 out of 5

    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.
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    5 out of 5

    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.
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    4 out of 5

    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.
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    5 out of 5

    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.
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    5 out of 5

    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 based on the excellent reviews and the features it offered. Crutchfield service is excellent and provides detailed instructions to make installation easy.
    Pros:
    USB port, variable color display, HD radio, signal strength, remote, and excellent sound quality.
    Cons:
    None!
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    4 out of 5

    Solid MOS-FET Power

    Written By H.Music, LaPlace,LA on Wednesday, March 21, 2012
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    At the time I'm writing this review about the JVC Arsenal KD-AHD79 price..This is a good price for a very good unit and I recommend any of the JVC Arsenal series....I like Crutchfield free shipping!
    Pros:
    Good power,Good Sound,Nice EQs adjustment,Nice display color setting,3 Gold-Plated Pre-Output Terminals, Built-in HD Radio
    Cons:
    USB did not play purchase download protected WMA files saved on memory flash drive. Remote do not turn unit on/off
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    4 out of 5

    Great Sound and OK Menus

    Written By freeto, Raleigh, NC on Tuesday, February 28, 2012
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    This is an awesome stereo as far as pure sound quality is concerned. The color configuration is nice too. HD Radio reception is great. The menus leave something to be desired. You can go through presets by quick tapping the up/down arrows so that isn't a big problem. My problems are that you can't attach subwoofer settings to an EQ profile. So I can't have some presets to switch between for the subwoofer output. This means I have to constantly adjust the LPF, SW Level, and/or AMP Gain to suit the style of music I am playing. This is kind of dangerous since you have to go Menu (long press) > turn know to Audio > SW Level > press knob > adjust to proper level (press knob). In addition, the low pass filter cannot be turned off. You can pick from 55, 85, and 120, but you cannot disable it and rely on your amp's LPF. This bothers me because my subs have a response range of 34-300Hz, and I would like to not be limited at the high end of the sound spectrum arbitrarily.

    The bluetooth (using the separately purchased KS-BTA100 adapter) is the best I have ever used. It auto-connects to my android phone when I start the car if the phone has BT on, if not I can get it to connect with a button press. Voice dialing works as well. On the other hand, you cannot use the stereo's forward, back, and play/pause buttons with the BT device. You have to use those on the KS-BTA100 which seems kind of backwards to me.

    All in all it is a good unit.
    Pros:
    Color Control, simple design deters theft, nice power to speakers, HPF is very nice for keeping interior speakers from clipping at high volume when you have subs to handle the lows. Quality bluetooth with separate adapter.
    Cons:
    Hard to read in sunlight, lack of bluetooth integration when using accessory
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    3 out of 5

    Kdahd 79

    Written By Tom p, Antioch il on Sunday, February 26, 2012
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    Nice radio to install,until you get in sunlight,can't see the display don't waste your time look at the reviews on this radio.