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Item #: 105KDG140
 

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by Ken Nail
JVC

Why replace your factory radio?

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

You like to keep things simple — you want an in-dash stereo that'll make your regular CDs sound great, bring in your favorite radio stations loud and clear, and let you plug in an MP3 player or other audio source when the mood strikes. If that's what you have in mind, JVC built the KD-G140 CD receiver just for you.

A powerful built-in amp and a 24-bit digital-to-analog converter reside at the heart of the KD-G140, imparting a sense of realism and clarity to CDs that'll make listening a joy. The 3-band equalizer lets you trim the mids, highs, and lows to match your car's acoustics and your listening preferences.

For convenience, plug your portable music player into the auxiliary input located on the front panel, then use the included wireless remote to adjust the sound while you drive. Add some extra punch to your system by connecting an amp or powered subwoofer to the set of preamp outputs.

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Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with built-in MOSFET amplifier (20 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs
    • detachable face
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • iEQ 3-band equalizer with six preset tone settings
    Expandability:
    • inputs: front-panel auxiliary input
    • outputs: one set of preamp outputs (selectable subwoofer output)
    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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    40-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs
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    2-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs
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    No
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs
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    Yes
    Video Screen
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    No
    Preamp Voltage
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    2.5 volts
    Display Color
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    White
    Key Button Color
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    Red/blue
    EQ Bands
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    3
    Wireless Remote
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    Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible
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    No
    Parts Warranty
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    1 Year
    Labor Warranty
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    1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input
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    Front
    USB Input
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    No
    Memory Card Slot
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    No
    Bluetooth Compatible
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    No
    Satellite Radio Ready
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    No
    HD Radio
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    No
    Navigation
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    iPod Compatibility
    Full size
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    Nano
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    Touch
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    Mini
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    iPhone
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    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity
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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 15-amp ATC fuse inserted into chassis
    • Sleeve
    • Face
    • Trim ring
    • Wiring harness
    • Face security screw
    • Wireless remote control (RM-RK50)
    • CR2025 Lithium battery
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • Mounting bolt with flat washer/hex nut/Rubber bushing installed
    • Instructions (English)
    • Instructions (Spanish)
    • Instructions (French)
    • US warranty sheet
    • Canadian warranty card
    • Product Registration Card/Questionnaire
    • Face security screw note
    • "Caution" note attached to wiring harness

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    Features

    MOS-FET Amplifier: The JVC KD-G140 features a MOS-FET amplifier that is CEA-2006 compliant and rated at 20 watts RMS x 4 channels in 4-ohm and 1% THD+N with a signal to noise ratio of 80 dBA.

    CD Playback: The JVC KD-G140 will play back CD, CD-Text, CD-R and CD-RW music audio discs. This unit does not support  MP3 or WMA file playback.

    Direct Track Access: You can directly access CD tracks 1-12 by pressing the station preset buttons. If a preset button is pressed for less than 1 second, the track corresponding to the number on the preset button is selected (for tracks 1-6). When a preset button is pressed for more than 1 second, the track corresponding to the number above the preset button is accessed (for tracks 7-12).

    Detachable Face: The unit features a detachable face to deter theft. The CD player does not come supplied with a face case.

    Preferred Setting Mode: By activating the Preferred Setting Mode (PSM), you can set the clock, choose the time zone and daylight saving time, select the dimmer mode, select the external component type (changer or line input), switch between US standard and European tuning spacing, set the Amplifier Gain control (high/low), and several other operational settings.

    Intelligent Equalizer (i-EQ): In addition to manual bass, midrange, and treble settings (-12dB to +12dB @ 60Hz, 1kHz and 7.5kHz), this unit also has six selectable preset tone control and Super Bass setting combinations. Each of the sound modes may be adjusted to your preference and stored in memory. The preset Intelligent Equalizer modes are:

      Bass Midrange Treble Loud
    Rock +03 00 +02 Off
    Classic +01 00 +03 Off
    Pops +02 +01 +02 Off
    Hip Hop +04 -02 +01 Off
    Jazz +03 00 +03 Off
    User (Flat) 00 00 00 Off

    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.

    Amplifier Gain Control: When you are using the KD-G140 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.

    Preamp Output Mode: In the PSM menu, you can set the rear preamp outputs for connecting rear speakers (through an external amplifier) or for connecting a subwoofer (through an external amplifier). When set for rear speakers, the rear outputs operate with the unit's fader control. When set for subwoofer, the outputs are non-fading, and you can set the cutoff frequency of the low pass filter at 90Hz, 135Hz, or 180Hz. The subwoofer level can be set between 0 and 8.

    Front Panel Auxiliary Input: A front panel stereo minijack is provided to allow the connection of a portable audio source. Just connect your portable cassette, MD or MP3 player to this unit, and you can listen to the audio from the portable player through the speakers in your mobile audio system. The input level of the auxiliary input can be adjusted from 0 to 5.

    Clock Display: While playing a CD, you can switch between the clock display and the CD elapsed time display (the track number always appears). While listening to the radio you can switch between the clock display and the station frequency display. When you press the Display button during power off, the unit will turn on, display the clock for 5 seconds, then shut off. This can be done with the ignition on or off. In the PSM menu, the clock can be set to display with the unit on or off, only turning off when the ignition is turned off ("keyed" operation).

    Display/Button Illumination Dimmer: The display and button illumination dimmer can be set to Off (normal brightness at all times) or On (display and button illumination is always dimmed). Note that the amount of dimming is fixed; it cannot be adjusted.

    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.

    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.

    Wireless Remote Control: The KD-G140 comes supplied with a wireless remote control (RM-RK50). The remote contains Power, Attenuator, Sound, Source, Tracking and Volume functions.

     
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    Merry Christmas

    Written By Max, Hampshire, Il on Thursday, January 22, 2009
     
    I bought this CD Receiver for my girlfriend for Christmas and she absolutely LOVES IT!!! It was so easy to install and it came with a remote with is useful! Right after i installed it, i cranked it to see what kind of sound it would put out to her stock speakers and WHOA!!! What a difference! The sound of the treble and the bass was amazing compared to her stock speakers! If you are on a somewhat tight budget, and want a nice stereo, i recommend getting yourself one similar to this one! (Since this one is discontinued)
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    Written By Mike, Lake Havasu City, AZ on Wednesday, September 10, 2008
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    This is a very nice receiver for the money. I like the fact that you can adjust the output level for different sources. Also, having a remote in this price range is a plus. My only small complaint is the volume knob does not extend out far enough to grab a hold of.
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