JVC builds an HD Radio™ tuner into their KD-HDR20 CD receiver, giving you instant access to the enhanced AM/FM sound quality and increased functionality HD Radio provides. Participating FM stations sound almost like a CD, while AM stations sound bright and clear like traditional FM. With most stations, you'll see artist and song info on the receiver's display, and you'll be able to access the secondary program stream offered by many stations, giving you even more listening choices.

Entertainment options
You can play all your CDs, including discs you've loaded with MP3 and WMA files. A handy front-panel auxiliary input lets you connect a plug-and-play satellite radio, portable MP3 player, or another source. And the KD-HDR20 works with JVC's iPod® and Bluetooth® adapters, satellite radio tuner, and CD changer.

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.

Sound quality
No matter what source you choose, the strong internal amplifier and premium digital-to-analog converter ensure a big jump in sound quality over your old factory radio. You can use the 7-band equalizer to zero in on the perfect sound for your vehicle, and JVC includes a wireless remote for on-the-fly adjustments.

Two sets of preamp outputs, including a dedicated subwoofer output, let you build a more complex audio system. Use the built-in subwoofer controls to set the crossover point and dial in the perfect amount of bass.

This JVC receiver features front and subwoofer preamp outputs, so it will not integrate with the 4-channel factory amps in many vehicles. If you're keeping your factory amp, please call an Advisor at 1-888-955-6000 to see if this receiver's compatible with your vehicle.

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with built-in MOSFET amplifier (20 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • built-in HD Radio tuner
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs (including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA files)
    • detachable face
    • remote control
    • subwoofer control
    Audio features:
    • iEQ 7-band equalizer
    • 24-bit digital-to-analog converter
    Expandability:
    • compatible with optional JVC iPod adapter, Bluetooth adapter, satellite radio
    • inputs: front-panel auxiliary input
    • outputs: 4-channel preamp outputs (front, 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.

    Hands-on research

    What's in the box?

    Download owner's manual

    • AM/FM/CD receiver
    • 15-amp ATC fuse (installed)
    • Face
    • Sleeve
    • Trim ring
    • Wiring harness
    • Wireless remote control (RM-RK50)
    • CR2025 Lithium battery
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • Face fixing screw
    • Instructions (English/ Spanish/ French)
    • Installation/Connection Manual (English/ Spanish/ French)
    • US warranty information
    • Canadian warranty information
    • Product Registration Card/Questionnaire
    • Caution note (attached to wiring harness)
    • Face fixing screw note
    • Bluetooth function information

    Features and Specs

    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant Yes
    RMS Power Output 20 watts
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 4-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 2.5 volts
    Display Color White
    Key Button Color Red/Blue
    EQ Bands 7
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible No
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input Front and Optional Rear
    Audio/video Input
    USB Input No
    Memory Card Slot No
    Bluetooth Compatible Optional
    Satellite Radio Ready Both
    HD Radio Built-in
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen/4Gen/3Gen
    Nano Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/Nano1
    Touch No
    Mini Mini2/Mini1
    iPhone No
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 8.3 dBf
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No

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    Display Features
    Audio Section
    Radio Functions
    Disc Playback
    Aux/iPod Connectivity
    Wireless Communication

    Display Features

    Clock Display: While playing a CD, you can switch between the clock display, elapsed time display, disc title/artist CD Text (if available), and song title CD Text (if available). While listening to the radio you can switch between the clock display, station frequency display, call letters (HD Radio only, when available), program type (HD Radio only, when available), and broadcast text (HD Radio only, when available). When you press the Display button when the power is 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 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).

    Audio Section

    MOS-FET Amplifier: The JVC CD player features a CEA-2006 compliant MOS-FET 20 Watts RMS x 4-channel amplifier into 4 ohms at <1% THD+N with an 80 dBA signal-to-noise-ratio.

    7-Band Intelligent EQ (i-EQ): The EQ has Rock, Classic, Pops, Hip Hop, and Jazz presets. A User preset can be adjusted to your preference and stored in memory. For the User preset, you can independently adjust the following frequencies: 60 Hz, 150 Hz, 400 Hz, 1 kHz, 2.4 kHz, 6 kHz, and 15 kHz.

    Amplifier Gain Control: When you are using the KD-HDR20 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. When all speakers in the system are powered by an external amplifier, the internal amplifier can be turned off.

    Subwoofer Output: In addition to the 2.5 volt front preamp outputs, this unit has a set of 2.5 volt subwoofer preamp outputs. The subwoofer output has independent level control, adjustable from 00 to 08, and an adjustable low-pass crossover. You can select a cutoff frequency of Low (72 Hz), Mid (111 Hz), or High (157 Hz).

    Source Volume: 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 -10 to +10.

    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. In addition, AM/FM digital stations can offer text and data such as artist names and song titles. Many HD Radio stations also offer more than one channel of programming. This service is called multicasting. You can setup the KD-HDR20 to search only HD Radio stations.

    DiAS II Tuner: This model is equipped with JVC's Digital Intelligent Advanced Sensing tuner. You can set up to 18 FM and 6 AM stations as presets. Presets can be set manually, or automatically using Strong-station Sequential Memory (SSM). If an FM stereo broadcast is hard to receive, you can manually switch the tuner to Mono operation. You can also switch the tuner's IF filter to Wide or Auto to increase/decrease the sensitivity.

    Satellite Radio Ready: There are several options for connecting an optional XM or SIRIUS Satellite Radio receiver to this receiver:

    • XM Satellite Radio: To receive XM Satellite Radio connect the optional CNP2000UCA XM Tuner and the JVC CNP-JVC1 adapter cable (package item number 700XMJVC2, sold separately).
    • SIRIUS: The JVC KD-DR20 is compatible with the SiriusConnect Universal Tuner and Plug & Play Dock.
      • SiriusConnect Tuner: Connect the optional SC-C1 SiriusConnect vehicle tuner (item number 607SCC1) and the JVC KS-SRA100 SIRIUS adapter (item number 105KSRA100) - package # 700SIRJVC1, sold separately.
      • SiriusConnect Dock: Select dock-and-play and portable SIRIUS radios can be controlled using the JVC KS-SRA100 SIRIUS adapter (item number 105KSRA100, sold separately) and the SC-VDOC1 dock (item number 607SCVDOC1, sold separately).
    • Auxiliary Input: A portable satellite radio receiver, such as the XM Delphi SkyFi3 or SIRIUS Sportster, can be connected to the head unit via the front panel auxiliary input or a JVC auxiliary input adapter, such as the KS-U57 or KS-U58 (item numbers 105KSU57 and 257KSU58).

    Note: A subscription is also required to receive satellite radio programming from SIRIUS or XM.

    Disc Playback

    MP3/WMA Playback: The KD-HDR20 can play MP3/WMA files that have been recorded on CD-R and CD-RW discs. The disc must be recorded in ISO 9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, or Romeo format. Each disc can have a maximum of 255 folders and no more than 512 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 or WMA files.

    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 damage; playback starts automatically.

    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.

    Aux/iPod Connectivity

    Optional Interface Adapter for iPod: You can connect your iPod to the KD-HDR20 CD changer port using the optional JVC KS-PD100 iPod Interface Adapter (257KSPD100, sold separately). Using the controls on the KD-HDR20 you can search for music by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Genre, and Composer. You can also select Repeat (One/All) and Random (Song/Album) modes. Additionally, the KS-PD100 iPod interface will charge your iPod's battery. The JVC KD-HDR20 is "Made for iPod" compatible when connected to the KS-PD100 iPod adapter and supports the following iPod model features (as of Dec. 2009):

    iPod/iPhone Model Generation Media Type  Control Display Charge
    Audio Video Unit iPod Song/Artist Track
    dock-connector 3rd Y N Y N Y Y Y
    click-wheel/olor-display 4th Y N Y N Y Y Y
     mini 1st Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2nd Y N Y N Y Y Y
     video 5th Y N Y N Y Y Y
    classic 80GB Y N Y N Y Y Y
    120GB Y N Y N Y Y Y
    160GB Y N Y N Y Y Y
     nano 1st Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2nd Y N Y N Y Y Y
    3rd Y N Y N Y Y Y
    4th Y N Y N Y Y adapter required
    5th Y N Y N Y Y adapter required
     touch 1st N N N N N N N
    2nd N N N N N N N
    3rd N N N N N N N
    iPhone 2G N N N N N N N
    3G N N N N N N N
    3GS N N N N N N N
    4G N N N N N N N

    Note: The KS-PD100 is not compatible with the iPod touch (1st/2nd gen), iPod nano (4th gen), or iPhone (3G/3GS). This iPod interface will also not charge the iPod nano (4th gen) without the Scosche passPORT (142IFWA, sold separately). Apple software updates may change functionality results (you may need to reset your iPod to regain functionality).

    Front Panel Auxiliary Input: A front panel stereo mini-jack 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.

    Optional Rear Auxiliary Input: An optional JVC Line Input Adapter (105KSU57, sold separately) or Aux Input Adapter (257KSU58, sold separately) may be used to provide an additional auxiliary input on this unit. This feature allows you to connect a portable audio player, such as a portable MP3 player, to this unit as an additional audio source. The adapter connects to the CD changer input on this unit. When the adapter is connected to this unit, a CD changer cannot be connected.

    Wireless Communication

    Wireless Remote Control: The KD-HDR20 comes supplied with a wireless remote control (RM-RK50). The remote contains Power, Attenuator, Sound, Source, Track, and Volume functions.

    Bluetooth Compatible: With the optional JVC KS-BTA200 Bluetooth Adapter (105BTA200, sold separately), this unit allows you to make and receive cellular phone calls through your Bluetooth enabled phone, or listen to a Bluetooth audio device. You can register up to 5 Bluetooth devices to this unit, however, only one unit of each type can be used at a time. When making a call, dial from your Phonebook, Redial, Voice Dial, or dial from the list of received or missed calls.

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    JVC KD-HDR20

    Written By jeff m, downers grove, il. on Tuesday, January 18, 2011

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    Excellent product. .Easy to install. Great reception

    wonderful

    Written By Kirk, Houston, TX on Monday, December 06, 2010

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    This is the 2nd one I have purchased.
    The HD stations sound great.
    Quality product at rediculously low price.

    Great deal

    Written By John, Livermore, CA on Saturday, December 04, 2010

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    Super good deal for this price w/install kit. Installed in an afternoon. Instructions great, so easy. Great sound from AUX and HD Radio. Haven't tried CD's, not sure if I have any anymore. Plan to use with Android phone and Pandora.
    The bad: so limited buttons makes it hard to figure out how to use it without the user guide. Mounting kit is not the highest quality but it does the job.

    JVC KD-HDR20

    Written By Anonymous, Los Angeles, CA on Thursday, December 02, 2010

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    Works fine....no problems. The harnesses I got made the installation simple and
    painless.

    Love it

    Written By david d, san diego ca on Sunday, November 28, 2010

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    Radio works very well. Big improvement on my stock Acura radio. My stock
    speakers sound so much better, too. Only thing you might have to get used to is
    using the "Menu" button and speaker knob to change the presets for the radio
    since there are direct preset buttons to use...but hey, it comes with a remote
    which helps.

    JVC KD-HDR20

    Written By JesseG, West Palm Beach, FL on Sunday, November 28, 2010

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    I was a little nervous buying this head unit not knowing how the JVC products
    perform. to my surprise it has exceeded my expectations! with the installation
    guide and tech support offered by crutchfield, installation was super easy and i
    couldn't be happier with the performance. the HD doesnt pick up all channels and
    goes in and out sometimes but with the auto detection feature its effortless!
    definitely worth the value.

    Great for the price

    Written By miked, New York City on Tuesday, November 23, 2010

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    For the price you can't beat it i replaced the factory stereo in my 99 Jeep
    Grand Cherokee and man what a difference it really is like night and day. There
    are a few draw backs yes it really could use a better interface but its not a
    deal breaker for me. I would say the worst thing about this radio is the bright
    blue light that blinds you as you go down the road. But for the price it cannot
    be beat the HD sounds awesome. Don't waste your money on something more this
    has all you will need.

    Not much for bass

    Written By Marcus V, Ogden, UT on Monday, November 22, 2010

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    The receiver is a nice unit but it would be nice if there were separate bass and treble
    adjustments rather than the preset EQ's. Nice bright display HD is nice, would have
    loved a front USB but for the price I guess I cant have it all.

    Highly Recommend!

    Written By Dandtm3, Phoenix, Arizona on Thursday, November 18, 2010

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    I've always been a Pioneer fanatic and that's all i've have installed in all the cars i've owned in the past 10years. on 11/08 I called crutchfield to get some advice on what stereo i should choose within a $100 budget...first I was going to go for a pioneer for about $69.99 which is Awesome...but after speaking to my advisor (Jeremy) he made me aware of their deal going on with if you buy a stereo of $129.99+ you will get the free gear and all. This stereo has soooo many options and EVERYTHING i've wanted for a small budget...i really have NO complaints about it. I HIGHLY recommend it to anybody...

    Great value

    Written By AndrewG, Nashville, TN on Monday, November 15, 2010

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    I was looking for a value priced receiver for my daily driver. Basically, i
    just wanted something with an 1/8" input. I was surprised to find this unit
    with both the input and HD radio. This is my first experience with HD radio,
    and I must say that I'm pretty impressed. There isn't a great selection in my
    area, but the quality is great. Overall, this unit exceeded my expectations.
    it's easy to use, has minimal buttons and sounds great.

    excellent value

    Written By rich s, ft.myers fl on Saturday, November 13, 2010

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    Great head unit for the price plus came with speakers will be ordering another one for my
    jeep

    Great unit

    Written By Jay, Atlanta, GA on Thursday, November 11, 2010

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    Bought this unit to replace my stock system, CD player was starting to go out.
    Love the unit, easy to install with the included harness. Buy a pack of twist wire
    connectors to connect it up. HD works great, easy to use unit.
    Also, don't forget to route 12v power to your stock antenna or else you might not get AM
    reception. Stock stereos can supply it differently than aftermarket, so you'll need to tie
    the antenna power line to a 12v source (just 3 way it in to the regular power line for the
    new stereo.)
    I've recommended this system to a few friends.

    JVC KD-HDR20

    Written By steven, westvirginia on Thursday, November 04, 2010

    jus installed it my 85 thunderbird and sounds great

    JVC Rocks

    Written By mvick, southaven,ms on Monday, November 01, 2010

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    What a deal ! HD radio with aux in jack, free speakers, no tax, trim ring,
    wiring harness and free shipping. I installed this in a jeep so I had to buy a
    couple of boxes. The sound is great and the install was a breeze.I have an HTC
    Hero and when plugged into the aux jack my phone is hands free that was a nice
    bonus Thank you for setting up a great package

    JVC KD-HDR20

    Written By timothtx72, Bryan, TX on Monday, November 01, 2010

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    Purchased the radio to replace the factory radio in my 2006 Jeep Liberty. The install gear
    and guide made the install quick and painless. Sound quality is great using the factory
    speakers. Louder and clearer than the original radio. Plays HD radio, MP3 CD and my cell
    phone great using the AUX jack. Display is bright and clear with a dimmer control. Menus
    are not easy to figure out and the manual is lacking in clear information. Overall a great
    radio for the price. Had a problem with it not keeping the time or settings but that problem
    has self resolved.

    great radio

    Written By DRE!, Florida on Thursday, October 28, 2010

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    good radio.

    JVC KD-HDR20

    Written By Don B, Great Falls, VA on Thursday, October 28, 2010

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    It's everything I expected and desired in an economy unit. Very well satisfied!

    JVC KD-HDR20

    Written By JasonH, Michigan on Wednesday, October 27, 2010

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    Nice receiver, easy to put in and sounds great for a good price...

    Lot's of features for the $$$

    Written By Richard, Southaven, MS on Tuesday, October 26, 2010

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    This thing is loaded with features for the money. Install went quite well in my 1995 Honda
    Passport (rebadged Isuzu Rodeo) but I got lucky. The install sheet said I may need to
    fabricate a mounting bracket but as it turned out the brackets on the factory radio adapted to
    this radio fine with some minor modification which saved me a TON of time.

    Sound quality is decent but I can't really tell one way or the other since the Passport uses 4"
    speakers all around. The controls are interesting but fine once you get used to them.

    JVC KD-HDR20

    Written By Gregg, Mt Pleasant Texas on Tuesday, October 26, 2010

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    Very good unit. No problems. Would buy again

    JVC KD-HDR20

    Written By Rick, Palm Coast, Fl on Tuesday, October 26, 2010

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    very nice stereo system. only con so far is the lack of preset buttons.

    Great product

    Written By smjones, Roy, UT on Monday, October 25, 2010

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    Overall this product was easy to install and has worked great. We have not
    tried using any of the additional add-ons like the Bluetooth or Satelite radio.
    But as far as the HD radio and CD player are concerned it has worked perfectly.
    It does take a little bit of time to get familiar with the controls and
    features but once you manage this you should not have any problems navigating
    and enjoying great quality sound.

    JVC KD-HDR20

    Written By Dave, Magna, UT on Sunday, October 24, 2010

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    This is a good basic system with HD radio, etc. Nothing fancy, but quite adequate for me.

    JVC KD-HDR20

    Written By Anonymous, TN on Saturday, October 23, 2010

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    I like the CD player, the only drawback is that it doesn't have station buttons to change
    stations, it is a good thing there is a remote, to make it easier, otherwise you have to take
    your eyes of the road to much to change stations. Over-all I enjoy it.

    Good Enough

    Written By SethG, CA on Saturday, October 23, 2010

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    Bought this because it was the best deal I could get on crutchfield for a radio with aux in, more than 3 band equalizer (I think it has 5 or 7) and HD radio equipped.
    This is a lower end radio in my opinion. It doesn't have preset buttons, no dimming when headlights are on (you can dim via the menu though), not the best display, the menu takes some getting use to as does saving your presets.
    Pros;
    It works and it's cheap
    HD radio
    Pre outputs
    Remote
    Aux in
    Equalizer

    Cons:
    It's cheap
    Display (dimming and pixelly, some of the display is illuminated even though it isn't needed?)
    No preset buttons
    HD radio when enabled can act like a skipping record

    Over all it is a good radio so far, install was easy with the provided instructions and the crutchfield harness connectors.
    Would I buy it again, maybe? Knowing what I know now I might have spent a little more $ on something with preset buttons or a better display.

    Bang for bucks!

    Written By todd, Manistee Mi. on Thursday, October 21, 2010

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    Great up grade for anyone, pretty clean sounding for your mids and highs, built in E.Q. is pretty sweet, the pre set E.Q. aren't bad either. For the cash you can't go wrong! I would recomend JVC hdr20 to anyone.

    Sweet Radio For Price

    Written By Calvin M, Fort Worth, TX on Wednesday, October 20, 2010

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    Wow! This radio has a ton of features for the price! I'm impressed. The sound quality is
    very good. Everything is working fine for me. I have noticed the HD radio "skipping" for
    the first time today due to a weak station. The controls do take a little time getting used
    to. The volume knob is pretty slippery, so I put an o-ring on it and now it is fine. The o-
    ring almost looks like it should be there. The removable face doesn't go on as easy as
    some radios I've owned. The CD player skipped on me once on a very bumpy road but I
    believe it was because the install kit is flimsy and rocks side to side in my heavy duty
    truck when the road isn't smooth. I'll have to reinforce the install kit. The auxilliary input
    works really well. I played audio from my MP3 player and from my smart phone and both
    sounded great. All in all, it was a very good deal.

    JVC KD-HDR20

    Written By DougF, Plymouth, OH on Tuesday, October 19, 2010

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    Bought one, after I installed it ordered 3 more. Great sound and super easy installation.

    JVC KD-HDR20

    Written By Pops, Indianapolis, IN on Tuesday, October 19, 2010

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    This head unit has exceeded my expectations with all the features, not many come
    with the HD tuner at this price. I connected the recommended JVC IPod adapter
    and expanded the options, its an easy install. Crutchfield does it right.

    JVC KD-HDR20

    Written By Rick B, Maylene, AL on Monday, October 18, 2010

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    'Works great! " 'Still learning various functions. A bit cumbersome to change from one
    FM station to the next.

    JVC KD-HDR20

    Written By Robert, Brooklyn NY on Saturday, October 16, 2010

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    JVC kd-hdr20 is a nice radio but it just wont give me the right sound.

    Can't complain

    Written By CaseyH, Littleton, CO on Wednesday, October 13, 2010

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    Built in HD is pretty nice, makes radio tolerable in a sense. Tuning EQ is kind of a pain, as are all menu features, due to holding the menu button for 4-5 seconds before it displays. Lack of preset keys for radio is a big let down. Pushing left/right scrolls through all stations auto or manual, rather than through presets. Instead it's Menu- Scroll Wheel- Select. Minor setbacks, but regardless, these are standard functions of an aftermarket stereo. AUX in is great, wish there was an optional AUX in in back w/ out buying more JVC parts (seems extremely monopolistic). Sub filters and gain is a nice touch. EQ is considered "intelligent", though it is set to specific tuning frequencies. Overall, its great for the price and add-ons. I would consider looking at other models for a few more bucks to get something a bit more 2010.

    Not recommended with external amp

    Written By Anonymous, San Antonio, TX on Sunday, October 03, 2010

    To be honest, if you don't intend to use external amplifiers then this unit deserves a four or five star rating. What bothers me about this head unit is that it does not have a normal line out for the rear speakers. Instead, it has line out for front and a line out for sub woofer. This creates a problem for people who want to amplify the rear speakers. This is also a problem for people who want to amplify the subwoofer bypassing the head unit's low pass filter. The current setup is actually a step back from the five year old JVC KD-G320 which had pretty much the same look and features as HD20 (iPod option, mp3 playback, etc) but gave one four normal (unfiltered) RCA connections with the option of configuring one set for a subwoofer.

    Great Entry-Level HD Radio unit!

    Written By Bartacus, Winston-Salem NC USA on Thursday, September 23, 2010

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    I bought this unit to replace the factory CD/tape combo in my 98 Volvo wagon. I
    was originally shopping for an MP3 CD player, so the HD tuner was a bonus for
    this price range.

    The unit installed very easily. I've been happy with every JVC car stereo I've
    owned, and this is no exception. The remote control is a nice touch.

    Pros:
    - The EQ presets are more than enough for most people, and a nice selection and
    range. I like the User EQ option.
    - MP3 data cd's seek and play quickly and clearly. The id3 tag display options
    are great. Folder navigation is clear and painless.
    - Tuner is great, and maintains good HD signal lock. 18 preset slots! Wow!

    Cons:
    - Silly interface quirkiness --- I can eventually get to the menu or setting
    that I want, but it's not intuitive, and usually not easily repeated. :) Even
    simple tasks like balance and fader take multiple keystrokes.
    - Control is tough. The single-dial control wheel is slick (literally) and
    stylish, but really tough to use while driving. The red d-pad at the far left
    isn't bad.
    - No preset buttons. Changing presets from the face is a pain. The remote gives
    better control of tuner presets and MP3 navigation, but offers no way to choose
    upper HD stations.

    This is the most time I've spent with the manual for a car radio, but this unit
    does what I want, and it does it well.

    Good sound, difficult radio

    Written By DannyB, DFW, TX on Thursday, September 23, 2010

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    I have to say, I like this stereo quite well. The sound quality is good, and it
    picks up radio stations very well. but, there are no quick-access buttons for
    the radio. And, for me, in my Ford Focus, the radio is a bit bright by default
    to have up so high in the dash. Fortunately, there's a "dimmer" mode that works
    much better.

    Great Product for The Price

    Written By Jeff C., Wilkes County, NC on Tuesday, September 21, 2010

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    This product is awsome; need i say more! I bought this CD player to put in my 2006
    Toyota Corolla and wow, what a statement it makes in the dash. I would recomend this
    product to anyone looking to upgrade their factory radio.

    Old Dude's opinion

    Written By Lee, Oregon on Tuesday, September 21, 2010

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    This is a really nice radio and, most of all, was easy to install. Being an old dude, I had
    some concerns about installing, but with the wiring harness and instructions, it went
    really qiuck. The radio is great but has TOO many features. I did not find setting it up
    from the menu very easy. Would really like a simpler radio to operate, more like the
    factory installed.

    JVC KD-HDR20

    Written By MarcoC, Austin, TX on Tuesday, September 21, 2010

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    Excellent radio. Sound is terrifc and controls are easy to use. Aux input, remote control
    and HD radio! What more could you ask for at this price. Looks great too.

    Nice stereo

    Written By Ryan, central florida on Sunday, September 19, 2010

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    This stereo looks and sounds great, a good deal for your buck. My only complaints are
    the lack of stereo preset buttons, but I knew about this when I bought it. I just set my
    presets and use the remote to toggle through them, much easier. I don't live in a major
    city so the HD radio will skip in and out as I drive and it sounds like a cd skipping. It can
    be annoying but it don't happen all the time. I don't know what the talk is about new
    radio stations through HD radio because I haven't come across a new one yet, but it
    might be where I live at. All in all a great stereo though.

    Big Bang for your Buck

    Written By KONArider, Chicago, IL on Wednesday, September 15, 2010

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    If you're looking for a car receiver to replace your stock radio, or just upgrading an older unit and you're on a budget, look no further. This unit is packed with features, but is priced much less than other comparable units. The built-in HD radio tuner sounds great, MOSFET powered 50X4 amp provides plenty of juice, and the install kit and wire harness made installation a snap. The auxiliary input was a must-have, but I wasn't expecting the other features like a remote, preset or customizable 7 band EQ (not just "bass" and "treble") and as I mentioned an HD Radio tuner, especially at this price point. Catch it when they're offering free shipping like I did and you've got a heck of a bargain!

    Good looks, poor features

    Written By Jeff, Muskegon, MI on Wednesday, September 15, 2010

    This stereo looks really cool in my dash. Cd's or an mp3 player plugged in sound great. However, there are some flaws to the stereo. One thing is that there are no preset buttons. Changing radio stations with the menu is an added distraction from driving. The second is that the HD radio stations don't always work that well. For instance, If the signal becomes weak (this will happen when your driving around) the station sounds as if your listening to a scratched cd that is skipping. Also in my opinion, when the HD radio stations are coming in clear, they sound pretty much the same as regular FM stations do. I definitely regret buying this stereo.

    Awesome Price, Reception is Not-So-Great

    Written By Mike M., Rocky Mount, VA on Wednesday, September 15, 2010

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    I bought this deck to put into my 93 Honda Civic that I just bought last week. The P.O. had taken the deck out and I needed something to get me by on my work commute. I only drive this vehicle to work and home so I wasn't planning on getting anything expensive. Just something that was decent to get me by. I found this awesome deal on Crutchfield (of course) and figured an HD radio for this price! Works for me. I received it within 24 hours of ordering by the way and was able to install it easily. In my vehicle there was no need for any installation kit - the factory DIN mount worked perfectly.

    I had read the reviews and was expecting a cumbersome interface, but it is not too bad really. However, I am quite a bit disappointed in the the FM/AM reception. I have lived in this area for nearly my whole like and know all the spots and which stations pick up and which do not. I hate to say it, but this HU has probably the worst reception of any one that I have ever owned. Even the most powerful stations around here have problems in places where I have never had problems before. I mean, I can pick them up, but the signal is just in and out and much weaker than it used to be.

    This is the only reason I gave it a 3. The rest of the unit is fine and if I never listed to the radio, I would definitely give it 5 stars. Now, if I can find some sort of signal booster and it picks up better, then I will be one happy camper.

    great features for the price

    Written By Anonymous, chicago, IL on Wednesday, September 15, 2010

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    Shipped fast, installed easily, all the Crutchfield documents were helpful, and
    the radio has all the features I need and some I will probably never use.

    JVC KD-HDR20

    Written By Dennis, Dallas, Texas on Monday, September 13, 2010

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    This radio was easy to install in my truck. After turning it on for the first time, it took me
    only a few minutes to do the adjustments needed to set stations and adjust sound quality.
    Some of the buttons are a little small, hard for me to see when driving. This could be due
    to my age and that I have to wear reading glasses to see small things. Other wise very
    pleased.

    JVC KD-HDR20

    Written By phillygeorge, Philadelphia, Pa on Sunday, September 12, 2010

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    Great sounding radio. The only bad thing is the AM. All my AM stations are all static and
    have basically bad reception. But I only bought it for FM mainly. I really like it.

    Don't buy

    Written By Sara, Marshalltown, IA on Sunday, September 12, 2010

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    The AM on this radio is full of static on stations that we use to get in clear.
    The controls are counter intuitive.
    To get it to do anything, memorize the instruction book.
    Very disappointed.
    It has a pretty blue color around the dial, but that doesn't compensate for the many other shortfalls.

    I thought I was getting an awesome deal?

    Written By Jeff, Muskegon, MI on Saturday, September 11, 2010

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    I orderd this with free shipping and a free install kit, also it was on sale. Crutchfield is always awesome to deal with and are helpful. It's not their fault this stereo stinks (in my opinion). I guess the pros would be that it does look good, it's got powerful sound and some nice features. The cons however, the HD radio stations go in and out of signal often, you don't hear static from this but it sounds like listening to a cd that is skipping (how annoying). I figured I would just lock out the HD radio option...ha! you can't do it permanetly, when you change stations it goes back into HD mode. Also to turn off the HD mode you have to go through the menu. I also don't like the fact that you have to use the built in low pass crossover to run your subs, my amp has it's own LP crossover. I wouldn't buy another HD radio, oh and I thought non HD stations were comparable in sound quality to regular FM staions.

    Affordable Radio

    Written By Marv, Miami, Florida on Sunday, September 05, 2010

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    Nice radio but the Demo mode should NOT be an out of the box default feature. It is not easy
    to disable. If the sales person should need it they could activate it since they are accustomed
    to selling lots of radios. Why does the customer need to see the word DEMO and all the add
    on features scrawl accross the screen constantly like advertising. This radio also seems to
    have a weak antena signal. My Nissan stock antena worked really well with the factory radio.
    Now I have to deal with the poor selection of antena amplifiers and risk getting a inferior
    design and go through the hassle of buying and returning antena amplifiers. As a standard
    ALL radios should have a high strength signal. It is not like radios were recently invented.

    As for Crutchfield I used to order from them in the 80s then they could not compete with the
    local competition and now seem to overcome this. I have found a larger selection of radios
    that NO ONE locally can beat. It is not just their prices and the benefit of the free install kit,
    their customer service cannot be compared to the local kids who open up a shop locally (a
    dime a dozen) and have no clue as to how to treat customers. Save your money and buy
    from Crutchfield. They will help you every step of the way to install and make sure you
    continue to save money on your radio purchase and install.

    My fix for the slippery knob....

    Written By RDG, Grand Junction, CO on Saturday, September 04, 2010

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    My fix for the slippery knob was to put a #17 Rubber O-Ring,1-1/16"x7/8"x3/32", on the knob, it fits perfectly.

    As others have said, the odd preset selection procedure is almost like texting on your cell phone while driving!. It is MUCH easier to select the presets with the remote. I put the remote control on a spare USB Flash Drive lanyard and dangle it from the dash for easy location and use.

    Crutchfield tech support for installation was very helpful.

    JVC KD-HDR20

    Written By Ahaywar, SLC, ut on Monday, August 23, 2010

    Looked cool enough but the fm,am, hd radio went out the 2nd day i had it.

    Nice for the $

    Written By Tracy, Sandston, VA. on Friday, August 20, 2010

    I purchased this unit specifically to use in my workshop powered by a 12vdc converter. I wanted it for the HD Radio, plus it has a front input for my iPod, and I can also play CDs. For the price, you can't go wrong, it's perfect for my workshop and would be great in a vehicle as well. I know some of the other reviews mentioned the lack of radio presets and I agree it would be nice to have them but again, for the price, what do you expect. I think it has quite a few nice features like the user EQ or choice of preprogrammed EQ settings. It sounds great with a set of free Alpines I received when I purchased an Alpine amp, of course right here at Crutchfield. Always great service and great products. Bottom line, nice HU.

    Happy Customer

    Written By LeeJ, Apple Valley Ca on Thursday, August 19, 2010

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    I am so happy with this product after installing it in my 94 Crown Vic with factory speakers
    that I purchased another for my 99 Dodge truck.. I love the way it looks and play through the
    old factory speakers.. Thank you JVC for a great product and Thank you Crutchfield for your
    GREAT prices and easy installation parts and instructions

    Pretty good for the price

    Written By AndyC, Austin, TX on Thursday, August 19, 2010

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    The HD radio sounds much better than traditional radio. I like the look of the face plate and the menu design.

    Two things really bug me.
    1) No preset buttons. I don't really mind that I have to hit menu first, but don't they say that causes accidents?
    2.) My 12 year old stock radio definitely has more bass, as others have suggested. It's not terrible, since I plan to add a sub, but as of now, I have to turn it up to about 35 or 40 on the volume to get any bass.

    Overall, its a good little radio for the price. If you look in its price range, there isn't another radio with as many features or the same build quality.

    GREAT FOR THE PRICE

    Written By texasred, Horizon City, TX on Tuesday, August 17, 2010

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    I needed to replace my factory radio in my Dodge 2500 Ram. When I saw this price for all the things I needed I almost fainted. This couldn't be, it must be a reconditioned unit. Well when I got it it was new and I had everything I needed to install it. With the help of Scott I was able to have it in and running in about an hour. The reason for four stars and not five is the receiver doesn't allow me to program my stations. I have to use the remote and go through several stations til I get the one I want. That aside, the unit sounds great and I'm sure I'll better understand it the longer I have it. Thanks CRUTCHFIELD for all your support. this unit is GREAT FOR THE PRICE!

    Bought for iPod & HD Radio ... Miss Presets Slightly

    Written By tomt62, Detroit Metro on Sunday, August 15, 2010

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    Still giving it 4 stars because it looks very nice in the dash, and sounds great too.
    Took away 1 star for the lack of presets. But let's face it, most of us are buying this for easy iPod hookup through the line in, as well as unheard of price for HD Radio. Yeah I had to read the manual too, but it's really not that bad once you understand how it works. And really I like one main FM station .. Doug-FM, and AM news. So no biggie. Just hit the source button to go from AM, FM, iPod Input. Dial is a little slippery. I had to turn dimmer on, as was too bright at night. Still plenty bright in daytime. For this price, pretty hard to complain. Way better than ANY FM transmitter for your iPod.

    Poor User Interface

    Written By Bubba, Idaho on Sunday, August 08, 2010

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    You know there's something wrong when you have to read the manual just to find out how to change stations. Changing stations requires pressing one button, adjusting a dial and pressing the dial. Do they realize that we're driving while we do this?

    Slightly disappointed

    Written By Gregory, Finksburg, MD on Sunday, August 01, 2010

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    I needed to replace my dead Sony 7715x in my toy so i ordered this. It looks very nice, flipping through the menus took a few moments to get used to as I'm more aquainted with operating Pioneer & Sony decks. The HD radio is ok, the thing i'm most disappointed about is the LACK of bass...i had everything turned up & had less then half the bass i used to have with the Sony deck (& on that one i had most of it turned down) I ended up having to turn the gain on my amp all the way to get maybe 5/8 to 3/4 of the bass i used to get. If i'd known this, i would have stuck with Sony, or a Pioneer.

    The rest of the sound is nice, relitivly clear tho it seems to distort the sound a little sooner then i hoped for...but hey, its an inexpensive deck...so i shouldn't expect worlds from it.

    Car stero

    Written By Anonymous, Elk River, mn on Tuesday, July 27, 2010

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    I am really enjoying the new car radio I installed in my car it has a beautiful sound quality and easy to operate, the instllation instructions was easy to follow and understand.

    JVC KD-HDR20

    Written By Anonymous, Nottingham, MD on Thursday, July 22, 2010

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    I was searching for an upgrade for the stock radio and CD for my vehicle and my wish list included a built-in HD radio and a front input jack for my mp3 player aside from a being a good brand. Came across this and by the reviews, it was sort of giving me a mixed reviews. But after awhile of reading more, and at this price point, I finally decided to take the bite. Did a research on how to install the radio--from removing the old one to installing the new one. Crutchfield's gears and guides are very helpful and straigh-forward aside from keeping you informed of what you need for the installation. Reading them over (online) before my unit actually came set me ready for the procedure. Thankfully, I didn't have to call them. I did it from start to finish. I could have paid for at least $120 just for installation locally. Overall, the experience was worth it and self- fulfilling. The radio was a blast. I love it and have no problem with it as it gave me what I wished for. Just have to get used to as how it operates to give you optimum performance and functionality.

    JVC KD-HDR20

    Written By lakeranger, Del Rio, TX on Monday, July 12, 2010

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    This appears to be a great radio for the price. I've had it for only a couple of weeks and the sound is very good. It's a bit cumbersome to make simple adjustments while driving as most settings take a few switch pushes to accomplish, such as station presets and custom bass/tremble settings. I would definitely recommend the radio.

    Good Upgrade for an Upgrade

    Written By Anonymous, Atlanta, GA on Tuesday, July 06, 2010

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    Bought to replace an older JVC KD-HDW10 HD radio that had its amplifier die just a few months after the 1 year warranty expired. Bought this one (KD-
    HDR20) to replace it and I was pleasantly surprised by its added features. Unlike the HDW10, this one will remember the HD Radio sub-channel that's it's
    on (both for presets and between turning off the car or changing between inputs). It also detects and tunes between sub-channels faster than the old unit.
    The only downside is the lack of face buttons for preset stations, but the menu is pretty easy to get used to.

    JVC KD-HDR20

    Written By lee, Corvallis, OR on Tuesday, June 29, 2010

    Great sound for the money. I bought it as a cheap little-to-lose stereo since the locks on my project truck don't work very well but I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of this unit. Now I'm definitely a little more protective of it than I had originally planned!

    And, as always, it is extremely hard to beat Crutchfield's install kit and instructions.

    JVC KD-HDR20

    Written By lilphife01, Vineland, NJ on Wednesday, June 23, 2010

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    This radio is excellent. I installed it in a 2006 Grand Vitara 1st installation ever and it was a breeze with install kit and instructions. Was very surprised by the overall sound quality from this unit, 7 band equalizer is great on user, audio is crystal clear, FM HD radio is also cool. Also sleek lil remote is nice too. Once you get used to control settings your good to go. Overall for the price this is a steal well worth the price.

    JVC KD-HDR20

    Written By obert, Kent Wa on Wednesday, June 23, 2010

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    Great price and so many features for the price of this unit, you can not go wrong if you are looking for a cheap upgrade. It was very easy to install, and it sounds great.

    For the money? Really nice....

    Written By Anonymous, Portland, OR on Thursday, June 10, 2010

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    You really can't complain too hard about a deck that has the features this one does for the price you're paying. HD radio is great, sound through my Infinty Reference speakers is very clean and, it puts out plenty of power for what I want. I don't think I would attach $500 worth of speakers to it, but like I said for my purposes it works great.

    Only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is the UI. Kinda clunky to be honest, but that is the price you pay for a clean design with a single knob, and fewer buttons. However their UI is just a bit odd, and takes some getting used to. Also the remote is borderline useless, as mine needs to be pointed directly at the sensor and no more than 2 feet from it.

    Excellent deck for the money, and how can you beat Crutchfield service and all the free install gear? BTW the install in the Nissan Cube is a breeze.

    JVC KD-HDR20

    Written By ktheels, Rocky Mount, NC on Thursday, June 10, 2010

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    Nice system for the price. I installed in a Mazda 626 with factory radio. The sound and HD radio were awesome. It even made my factory speakers sound better. The aux input was a nice option for a mp3 player. The control knob was slick and the system lacks preset buttons. The controls take some getting use to however its a good investment for the price.

    just the knob

    Written By David E, Bozeman, Montana on Thursday, June 10, 2010

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    I really like this radio a lot. Installing it was easy with the install kit provided, and it looks like a professional did it, which amazed me. The knob should be ribbed, but I just squeeze it a little harder when turning. It's a good deal. I would buy it again

    JVC KD-HDR20

    Written By ray, dublin, va on Saturday, May 29, 2010

    i got this for an early b day gidt, excellent unit for the money, installed it with a pair of eclipse 6.5 that were on sale and sounds great, easy to use and set everything if u want a simple cd player that works great and is easy to use get this one,and as always crutchfield is the best dont give your money the other big box stores, help support the best audiio store there is

    Good product ruined by bad controls

    Written By George, Ayden, NC on Thursday, May 20, 2010

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    The good: The HD radio sounds great. The unit supplies adequate power for most installations. It has good features, like sub outputs, and an aux input on the front panel.

    The bad: The control system is horrible. To do anything other than adjust the volume, you have to press the menu button. Presets are just a tap and a spin of the knob, but that's more steps than any other head unit I've ever used. Anything else requires you to hold the menu button down for a few seconds, which I found difficult to do while driving.

    The rotary control is very smooth, and needs a rubber grip on it. Quite a pain when you need to use it to do anything.

    The sub outputs have to use a crossover (with weird crossover frequencies,) so if your amp already has one, it needs to be deactivated (which in my case was unacceptable.)

    There is no automatic dimmer, so at night you have to manually dim the faceplate.

    I used the head unit one night, and pulled it out the next day, and am going to send it back. Again, a good concept at a good price point ruined by bad execution of the control system.

    JVC KD-HDR20

    Written By Anonymous, detroit ,michigan on Wednesday, May 12, 2010

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    got my new hd radio in the mail ,install was very easy thanks to the wireing kit and great instructions that came with the radio ,hd stations came in nice and strong radio was easy to use,the only down side of the radio is the knob is very slick and not so easy to turn but other then that its a great deal,no problems at all we are very happy with this unit

    Decent unit. Has its share of problems.

    Written By Anonymous, Richmond, VA on Tuesday, May 11, 2010

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    Received the order from Crutchfield the very next day after the order was
    placed. The installation was pretty simple.

    Pros:
    - (When it works) HD radio sounds terrific.
    - The sound pumped out of this unit is awesome. It gave new life to my factory
    speakers.
    - The general look and feel of the unit is very sleek.
    - Love having the aux jack in front.
    - The remote is a nice feature to have.

    Cons:
    - The HD radio tuner is ridiculously sensitive. There's little reason for the
    signal to drop in and out on a day with crystal clear skies. The sound
    degradation each time irks the ears.
    - AM reception is HORRIBLE. Tried listening to the news radio on the way to work
    and could barely understand a word beyond the static.
    - As others have mentioned, there's no rhyme or reason why JVC decided to make
    the presets function like they do.
    - Volume wheel is smooth and has no grip. It slips every time you turn it.

    OVERALL:
    It's an okay unit. If I knew what I know now, I would've gotten a different one.
    You can get better overall performance from a different unit in this price
    range. The reception really is a problem. I don't listen to local radio much,
    but when I do I'd like for it to sound decent enough.

    Good but not great

    Written By Ram, Lufkin, TX on Sunday, May 09, 2010

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    This unit is way better than my factory unit by a long-shot. However, I had to change the
    settings of the built in amp from high to low power. When it was on high power, it caused
    my brand new Infinity 6032cf speakers to crackle at volumes higher than 33. I am pretty
    sure it's the unit at fault because all four speakers crackle and it's only at higher volumes.
    In the low power setting the max volume is 30. 30 is decently loud, but I plan on getting
    an amp to solve this problem. The unit is very clear and stable at volumes up to 30. My
    speakers are rated at 60 watts rms, and this unit only puts out a max of 20 watts rms. This
    head just cannot handle awesome speakers at high volumes. Besides that, everything
    else is A+. The presets are a little annoying, but i've gotten used to it and it's not a big
    deal.

    Rockin' Out in the Ranger!

    Written By Anonymous, Ponchtoula, LA on Friday, May 07, 2010

    The pre-sets were different, but not hard to figure out. The sound quality is awesome and I haven't even switched to aftermarket speakers yet... This stereo looks really good in my dash too. Installation was smooth considering it was my first time putting one in. Transferring from regular stations to HD is a little tricky, but I just installed today so it will probably get easier. I'm pleased with it and would recommend this unit to anyone. I did have an issue getting it to power on at first, but it turned out to be a bent prong in the plug... This honestly is a great buy for the price and with everything that comes with it.

    Not impressed

    Written By Roberto, Queens NY on Wednesday, May 05, 2010

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    I bought this unit because of the price and features. And while it sounds great I just can't get past the terrible menu setup. I've resorted to just using it to play my iPhone through because the complex menus are just too complicated and dangerous to navigate while driving.

    I'm past my return period so I think I'm going to just throw it away, I don't want to put someone else thru the frustration of trying to program this thing. The bottom line, avoid this unit.

    KD-HDR20

    Written By Niss, Cleveland OH on Friday, April 23, 2010

    I just got this unit today and can't say about reliability yet but I know a lot about car radios
    since I use to own a car-streo shop in my younger days.
    I have an old Accord and I listen to my Ipod often thats the reason my son got this unit for
    me as a gift, cheap looks good (he is 15).
    good: sound quality, FM, AM reception and HD very good.
    bad: very hard to learn how to use the menu, main bottom cheap and touchy. they could
    do better with this one. I hate the controls!
    it is a basic unit and they should keep it like that, not try to make it what it is not! no
    presets for stations
    Bottom Line: you can get a much better unit without HD that will give you good sound with
    better controls.

    JVC KD-HDR20

    Written By Anonymous, Minnesota on Friday, April 23, 2010

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    Great receiver with lots of features for a great price. I can't believe it was only this much! 7 band adjustable EQ is phenomenal. HD radio is a MUST for anyone replacing a factory or aftermarket system that is without it- think similar to satellite without the insane price tag! Many more stations and a lot bigger variety is now available to me!! Backed this receiver up with a pair of Infinity Reference speakers and a JVC amp and now I can BLAST the music that I want to hear without distortion. This is a feature packed deck with a tiny price tag. You won't be disappointed!!

    Excellent Value

    Written By Kevin, New Jersey on Friday, April 23, 2010

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    This radio is everything and more. I installed it in a car my niece inherited from my
    mother-in-law. The factory radio no longer worked. The supplied wire adapters made it
    a simple installation. I had it installed and playing in less than 30 minutes, including
    soldering the wire connections. I would absolutely recommend this radio to everyone
    looking for more for the money.

    JVC KD-HDR20

    Written By Andy, Sharptown, MD on Wednesday, April 21, 2010

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    Wow shipping super fast, for so little $.
    Installed that day when I wasn't feeling well, with no problems. Got down hearted when I
    saw all the instructions, but released I did not need all of them or the tools, as most of
    the instructions was for the speakers which I was not installing. Removed old radio in
    about 1 minute (Nissan sentra radio is so easy to remove, pull off 2 dash board pieces,
    remove 4 screws, done). Studied the wiring, matched the colors and away we go.
    Luckily I had the tools and parts to ground the ground wire (ring terminal, crimper,
    socket set). It does not tell you where to ground it but again i found a bolt close enough
    that worked. The Trim piece did need the snap locations sanded a little to make it fit
    (sand paper). This trim piece could be improved. Quick test - speakers, radio, cd
    working. All installed, wife to try it out tomorrow going to work. So far so good and great
    price. Thanks.

    Very happy with this choice

    Written By Scott, Storm Lake Iowa on Wednesday, April 21, 2010

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    this is a super receiver for the money. Pulls in weak stations very well. A couple of
    installation questions were answered quickly and well on a Sunday morning by the
    great Crutchfield tech staff. Absolutely the only negative I can find about this receiver is
    the pre-sets aren't as easy to use as they would be if it just had buttons instead of a
    menu driven selection. That minor detail aside, I would highly recommend this receiver.

    3 Month Review

    Written By Anonymous, James, Richmond, Va. on Tuesday, April 13, 2010

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    I ve had this reciever for almost 3 months now so I feel I can give it a proper review.

    The HD Tuner went to work the second I powered it up. No setup was necessary. Picks up well. I have had a few issues with the HD stations dropping out from time to time, but it was never ALL of them at once so its hard to say its the tuner, could be the stations or my antenna even.

    The CD player works as well as one could ask. It doesnt really skip It does take a while to get it's bearings when you first put in a loaded mp3 cd, though.

    The controls are not the most intuitive, but they are still well functional. They can be a bit sensitive while in motion, and require a little too much attention.

    It is the best sounding and most loaded reciever you will find for the price, handsdown. There are plenty of radios out there for this price, but if you pass this up, youre dupping yourself...

    JVC KD-HDR20

    Written By Doug, East Troy, WI on Monday, April 05, 2010

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    OK stereo, takes a little to understand controls. "Menu" "Back" and ring around main knob are blue light and TOO BRIGHT even with "dimmer" activated.

    Needs a little more thought

    Written By Anonymous, Springfield, MO on Saturday, March 27, 2010

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    I have to give this a 4 out of 5 because this unit does what it says it will do,
    and it does it well. However the user interface needs more thought. The
    problems all arise from the attempt to use fewer buttons to control more
    features. Selecting a different station should be easier. Selecting stored
    stations should be as easy as selecting manually. The joy button should provide
    a more positive feedback as to which direction it is being pushed. Entering
    the "user" equalizer settings should allow you to listen to your changes as you
    are making them, not force you to wait until after they have been stored in the
    system. Oh, yeah, the highly polished, smooth and very slippery rotary knob
    should actually be knurled.

    As my auto has a non-standard connector for that model year, I owe my thanks to
    Crutchfield for their support and patience.

    JVC KD-HDR20

    Written By Anonymous, Mulino, OR on Wednesday, March 17, 2010

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    Excellent sound and easy to use once you learn the controls. I just wish the preset stations were easier to acsess. I'm used to being able to go back and forth between 1 and 5 by just pressing the 1st button or the 5th.

    Outstanding sound, clunky interface

    Written By Jesda, St Louis MO on Monday, March 01, 2010

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    PROS:
    Powerful, clean sound. You turn it up more, and more, and more and it somehow
    avoids distortion. I use it in my convertible with the top down and cannot
    believe how comfortably loud and clear it is.

    HD radio works as well as advertised.

    The 7-band EQ is a huge plus. Getting to it is a pain. You have to press and
    hold Menu, rotate the knob until you see EQ, push the knob, rotate it until you
    see USER, then push and HOLD the knob until the manual EQ settings come up.

    The display is clean and tidy.

    CONS:
    Controls are the only reason I didn't give it five stars.
    To access presets, you have to hit Menu, rotate the knob, then push. There are
    no preset buttons on the face. You cant scan through the presets using
    directional buttons. The workaround is to use the remote to scroll through presets.

    The dimmer is manually operated, but its bright enough to leave in dim mode
    during the day even with the top down.

    ABOUT HD RADIO:
    The tuner is VERY sensitive. I've been able to pick up stations I never knew
    existed. I live in the distant suburbs and was impressed. Only a few stations
    broadcasting out of Illinois had occasional digital dropouts. Once it finds an
    HD signal and locks (takes a couple seconds), the sound quality dramatically
    improves. The only negative is that a few stations don't have HD and analog
    synced correctly so you get a skip when it goes digital.

    Overall, its impressive. The audio quality rivals head units costing two times more.

    Great sound for a reasonable price

    Written By Miguel, Waco TX on Saturday, February 20, 2010

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    I bought this primarily to play my MP3 player in my vehicle and secondarily to
    break into HD radio.

    It was child's play to install this unit using the information and accessories
    provided by Crutchfield. The only thing that took any amount of time was to
    connect the JVC wiring harness to the one provided by Crutchfield which connects
    to the factory harness.

    I was initially hesitant to order this unit do to the lack of some features I think
    should be standard on all units, no matter what the price. Like buttons for the
    preset stations. Now that it is installed and I have been using it for a few
    weeks, I find I really don't miss them. 90% of the time I am listening to my MP3
    player and the other 10% to HD radio, which I don't think can be included in the
    presets anyway.

    This unit is designed to pack as many features in as possible yet still keep the
    price low. This leads to an extensive (though less than intuitive) menu tree.

    It is not all that hard to learn, though, and after initial setup, you can
    pretty much forget about it. The manual provides instructions for almost
    anything you would want to do. But it is your typical multi-national manual so
    it speaks more through illustrations than words.

    But the final word is that I am very happy with this unit. Installation was
    easy, setup went pretty smoothly but required referring to the manual, and the
    sound quality was more than I expected.

    Really good considering

    Written By Anonymous, ohio on Wednesday, February 17, 2010

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    For the price I think this head unit works very well. This was my first
    installation, and went well. You are given very clear and accurate instructions
    to complete the job. You could say that its not a user friendly as some, but its
    easy enough when you play with it a bit.

    When the sky is the limit when it comes to what you could pay for a head unit I
    am happy to get a more simplistic, but fully functional and quality head unit.

    I also love the aux input up front. Makes things very easy. I also wasn't really
    concerned about the HD, but it's really pretty nice. Several stations have
    multiple channels, and the sound is flawless.

    JVC KD-HDR20

    Written By Dore, Columbia, SC on Monday, February 08, 2010

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    So far a great radio at a great price! Now I have to figure out how to use it.

    JVC KD-HDR20

    Written By gsliveri, Tennessee on Sunday, February 07, 2010

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    I bought this unit and have loved it from the moment I installed it. The main reason I got
    this unit is the 7 band EQ. Awsome is the word!!! Most people just like thump of bass,
    with the 7 band EQ I can have thump and clarity to!! The controls are not as hard as
    some people say, it just take a small amopunt of time to learn them. I would highly
    recommend this unit. For the price, no one else offers so much. Thank you JVC!!

    HD Radio not all it should be AM stinks

    Written By Chris, Phoenix, AZ on Saturday, January 30, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Put this in my wife's ford excursion. FM is good but AM stinks. Kids love radio Disney and this radio is horrible for receiving AM. The HD radio makes AM sound great when it works. Most of the time the radio switches between HD and regular and the sounds quality suffers. FM sensativity is OK but hard to get to your presets. Also very weak amp if you want good sound buy and amp to help this unit. Overall 2nd time I have bought a bad product from JVC. I have had Kenwood, Alpine, Clarion products that have preformed much better.

    The up side is this unit is cheap. Guess I got w