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Item #: 105KDHDR40

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JVC's KD-HDR40 CD receiver features a built-in HD Radio® tuner, which lets you tune in digital AM/FM broadcasts, including the alternate programming offered by many stations. Another plus — you can connect a portable player, such as an iPod® or Dock & Play satellite radio, to the handy auxiliary input on the front. The KD-HDR40 will also handle all your CDs and recordable discs, including ones you've loaded with MP3 and WMA files. Add JVC's Bluetooth® adapter to make and receive hands-free calls with a compatible phone.

Sounds great
An advanced digital-to-analog converter delivers your music with new realism and clarity, and the built-in amplifier gives you plenty of clean volume without distortion. You'll appreciate the extra flexibility that the 7-band equalizer offers for dialing in the right sound for your vehicle.

Ready for subs
Two sets of 2.5-volt preamp outputs let you add amps and subs to your system. The subwoofer output features a selectable low-pass filter, and you can add just the right amount of bass with the subwoofer level control.

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with built-in MOSFET amplifier (20 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs, and MP3/WMA files on disc
    • detachable face
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • built-in HD Radio tuner
    • 7-band EQ
    • subwoofer level control
    • inputs: front auxiliary input
    • outputs: 4-channel preamp outputs (2.5-volt front, sub)
    • works with JVC's Bluetooth adapter
    Other info:

    Why replace your factory radio?

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

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    The bass is not that great

    Written By MModzel, PA on Tuesday, November 27, 2012

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    I really like it. It was cheap and easy too.

    Pros: Cheap easy to use

    Cons: No bass

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    Written By LeviGramlin,Sr, Jeffersonville,IN. on Friday, January 20, 2012

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    I LIKE THE RECIEVER. Good sound quality .

    Mid-grade unit does what it says

    Written By Jon, Michigan on Thursday, January 19, 2012

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    Purchased primarily for the price and aux input on the front to plug in phones/ipods/ect. Nothing flashy, but works as it should

    Pros: Price/features

    Cons: None.

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    Written By Jim D, Ft Collins ,CO on Thursday, January 19, 2012

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    Excellent Radio/cd player Installation a breeze Very Helpful Tech support..in American English!!

    Pros: Nice radio Great sound Looks Cool Nice price

    Cons: No Station Buttons A little tricky to learn to use

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    Written By don h, indiana pa on Tuesday, January 17, 2012

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    good stereo for price.

    Pros: high power

    Cons: has loud icon on screen but doesn't have that feature

    Why Crutchfield is the best.

    Written By Michael, Houston, TX on Thursday, November 17, 2011

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    Fast shipping, kit for my car was perfect, impeccable customer service, I'd recommend them to anyone and I will buy again. Very satisfied

    Pros: Everything

    Cons: Nothing

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    Written By JOHN Z, TOMS RIVER, NEW JERSEY on Thursday, November 17, 2011

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    Great Value

    Written By MattS, Lafayette, CA on Monday, November 07, 2011

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    Love the fact that it has HD built in. Great value for the money.

    Pros: HD

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    Written By TJ, Plano, TX on Thursday, November 03, 2011

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    Very nice unit for the price. Good sound, display is bright and crisp. Wish there were preset buttons for radio stations, but using the menu button is not that big a deal. Installation instructions were great... quick and easy install. Luckily I already had an aftermarket stereo in the car, so I didn't have to use the wiring harness provided...just used the one the professional installer used. Overall, would say this was well worth the money. I've always really liked JVC equipment.

    Pros: Blue lighting on the display Equalizer settings are really good Displaying artist/title on songs playing on HD station

    Cons: No preset buttons for stations


    Written By Mitch, Oregon on Wednesday, November 02, 2011

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    Wow! What a great value! This think knocks the socks off anything in its price range, and even beats receivers that are twice the price.

    FM reception is great, both analog and HD, and the switchover from analog to HD is seamless. The EQ is outstanding, and really helps to even out the deficiencies in my speakers. The amplifier is powerful enough to put out decent bass without sounding overtaxed.

    Initial setup is a bit difficult and some options are buried too deep in the menu system. For example, adjusting balance and fade takes you through three different menus. There's no way you'll be doing that while driving!

    Some people have complained about the lack of preset buttons, but that doesn't bother me. You can easily use the rocker button to scroll through your presets.

    All in all: I would buy this again in a heartbeat. What a great price for a great receiver!

    Pros: Sounds great, looks good, great radio reception

    Cons: Initial setup is a bit tricky.

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    Written By Angelo, Macomb,MI on Tuesday, October 25, 2011

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    Great for the price.... love the HDradio just wish it had usb inputs but as far as everything else goes Best deal i have ever seen

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    Written By TroyH, Columbus, OH. on Monday, October 24, 2011

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    So far love the radio. In Columbus, picks up several HD stations I had never heard before. Sounds great. Love the 18 presets, just takes a while to scroll through them all. No complaints, just installed 2 days ago. Great price, thanks Crutchfield.

    great radio....HD service stinks!!

    Written By Dave, Philadephia, Pa. on Tuesday, October 18, 2011

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    Great radio, install was easy. Sound is great. Controls are great. Only problem.....HD service stinks!! I live just outside a large city, not in the middle of nowhere and the HD signal comes and goes at will. It's like driving under a bridge all the the time with Sat. radio. I'll be calling tech to see what I can do. One other thing...AM is super...when not cutting in and out, although not as bad as FM.

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    Written By theodas, Louisville Area on Saturday, October 15, 2011

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    This is an excellent product for the money. There was a learning curve to program stations, but patience and diligence paid off. Recommended.

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    Written By Anonymous, Pioneer California on Thursday, October 13, 2011

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    I am very hapyy with the sound quality and ease of instalation. Crutchfield was very helpfull with a wiring problem I had and quickly walked me through something not listed in the install manual. The only things I did not like was the volume control is to small and slippery for a full grown man to easily operate. Also the satilight (serius) option works fine but does not give me presets. All and all, I am very happy with the price and the customer service.

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    Written By seth, longmont, co on Tuesday, October 11, 2011

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    great upgrade from stock for the price

    great HD for the price

    Written By first time installed guy!, denver, CO on Wednesday, September 28, 2011

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    I have never installed a radio before. put this in a 1997 silverado. Very easy to replace the factory radio. pull the dash off, pull out the factory radio, disconnect the factory wiring harness, pull out the antenna wire, color match the wires on the new wiring harness, wrap them in electrical tape, attach the antenna adapter, plug both into the back of the radio after you get it setup in the dash kit, snap into place! replace the dash face and you are playing great HD, CDs, Ipod etc!

    The only thing I was unhappy with with the radio itself is there are no preset buttons, so it is a pain to scroll through your favorite channels.

    Great Price and value

    Written By John, Washington State on Wednesday, September 21, 2011

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    Great price and value. $106 for a "HD Radio/CD", with everthing needed to install it and with step by step detailed installation instructions and Tech, support .

    The stock/factory radio/cd had given up after 11 years of use. My 2000 Honda Civic Ex Coupe speakers have NEVER sounded this good , even new! Thanks

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    Written By sauder, Stryker Ohio on Saturday, September 17, 2011

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    I love this radio. Good Power compared to factory radio.

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    Written By Anonymous, Ewa Beach, HI on Thursday, September 15, 2011

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    Best HD radio for the money. I got mine at the outlet store. The only issue is that it hard to preset sations for the novice user. Jvc mobile is the best value for the options and quality.

    HD radio and aux input for reasonable money

    Written By TimK, Milwaukee, WI on Wednesday, September 14, 2011

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    It's a great unit. Who would expect to find an HD tuner built in for $100? Works great, I'm very happy with it. Would recommend it to anyone who wants good sound on a budget.

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    Written By Steve, SF Bay Area on Monday, September 12, 2011

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    Nice radio, no 1 touch preset buttons. You have to cycle thru menus to set.

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    Written By Roy, Cuyahoga Falls,OH on Saturday, September 10, 2011

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    Works great!!!! Easy to install

    Programmable, attractive, and well worth the purchase.

    Written By danstheman7, Bellmore, NY on Thursday, September 01, 2011

    So far, i've had the radio for a few weeks. Got it installed at PC Richards for $50, and let me tell you, the $150 it cost to purchase this and have it installed was well worth it. The EQ is customizable, there are 18 programmable radio stations, it has HD Radio (where available, which I do luckily have in my area).

    It also has an attractive blue glow, bright display, and an aux input, which was the main reason for my purchase.

    After tinkering with it for around 20 minutes, and reading a few pages of the manual, I know just about every function of the radio available.

    Overall, I don't have a single complaint about the radio.

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    Written By Phil, Middletown,RI on Tuesday, August 30, 2011

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    Sound great but if your not a teckno then get a radio with buttons as my wife has trouble with out the buttons

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    Written By Mike E, Monticello, MN on Wednesday, August 24, 2011

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    Sound quality is great, I love the HD radio feature. For the price you can't go wrong. You have quite a bit of control over the sound settings. It really woke up the rear speakers in my Jeep Wrangler.

    Great head unit.

    Written By James, Bonaire, GA on Wednesday, August 10, 2011

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    I just got this head unit today and threw it in my 2000 Ford Ranger right away. Installation was easy, mostly because of the male and female wiring harness that crutchfield sent me. I initially bought this deck because I was on a budget, wanted 2 sets of pre-amps, and the price with installation gear, but now that I've played around with it for a bit, I wouldn't want anything else. I've only had JVCs before (coincidence, not necessarily preference) but this is really a great example of some "boom for your buck". So many Pro EQ settings and very well built.(Which is more than I can say about my old JVC) This deck is definitely NOT top of the line, but I don't need all of the bells and whistles. I do wish it had the USB port, but that's just minor preference. If you want a high quality head unit, This is the deck for you.


    Written By Dominick, Lake Hiawatha,NJ on Wednesday, August 10, 2011

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    This is my second JVC head unit. Was easy install. I had XM Direct in another car and installed it with this unit.The XM unit works great.The HD stations in my area come in very good.

    Everything I wanted for a great price

    Written By GrandPrixGuy, PA on Monday, August 08, 2011

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    I've had the unit installed for about two weeks now and so far it's worked great! I was even able to pick up a lot of HD radio channels when driving through the Pittsburgh area without any trouble. The main feature I was looking forward to was the aux in port and I must say that it makes long car rides a lot easier without having to switch between CDs every hour. The only thing that takes a bit of getting used to is the brightness of the blue backlight of the buttons. Even with the dimmer on it was a bit distracting the first night I drove with it on, but after a few times driving with it at night it is no longer a distraction. A great product and a lot of great features!

    Great Entry Level HD Radio

    Written By mramming, Garland, TX on Monday, July 18, 2011

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    I bought this from the Crutchfield Outlet for just $85, which is less than I paid for my last car stereo. Only using HD, not even sure how to tune the analog channels, but here in Dallas there are more than 40 HD stations, so not missing anything. Read the manual a few times, and got all my stations programmed. If you are not using the AUX input, you can shut it off in the preferences so it doesn't come up each time you roll through the source menu, so you just get AM, FM, CD. Cool 7 band EQ built in that you can tweak to your liking, or just hit the EQ button for a handful of presets. Nice to have the remote to scroll through stations, or MP3/WMA folders on a CD. I called it entry level because of the price, but this would be great for anyone, it even has some inputs on the back for an external amplifier, etc.

    Ok but unremarkable, weak tuner and odd controls

    Written By Mike, Richardson, TX on Saturday, July 02, 2011

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    Had to cut front radio to trim so it was not a good fit. Tune was weak and HD was unimpressive. Sound quality was poor. I put OEM radio back in. Disappointed that Crutchfield listed this as a correct fit for my car.

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    Written By Mike, Jackson, WI on Thursday, June 23, 2011

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    Great value. I bought it because of the FM sensitivity. I could not get the weaker stations and this radio pulls them in great. The HD is nice too. Highly recommend this radio.

    Great Radio

    Written By boda, Tx on Wednesday, June 22, 2011

    Good Price for a good radio. Everything worked as expected. HD radio wasn't as good as I wold have liked. Some HD channels boost their volume to make is seem like a stronger or clearer signal. Overall I'm happy with it.

    amazing for the price

    Written By GeorgeT, Denver , PA on Monday, June 13, 2011

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    I can't get over how great this stereo sounds . Before I switched it in , I thought that the passenger side door speaker in my car had blown out . But after installation of this unit , it sounds fine . The only gripe I have is the menu / setup of the stereo is not that intuitive . But after using it a few times it become much easier .

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    Written By Kelly R, Mulino, OR on Friday, June 10, 2011

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    This JVC deck with HD has the same quality sound as the similar one I put in my 2002 Tacoma. I was looking for a inexspensive deck and speakers that would crank up without distorting and this deck with the Kenwood KFC-G6930 6 x 9 Speakers is just what I was looking for

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    Written By B-Dunc, Morning View, KY on Sunday, May 15, 2011

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    Great radio for the price!

    Great stereo

    Written By Taz, Boise on Saturday, May 14, 2011

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    This review is as much for Crutchfield, as it is for JVC. I got everything i
    needed. To go from removing my old deck to bumping the new one. I Had to
    replace a slowly dying stock deck in my Mazda P5. Everything came just as
    advertised. it's been a while since i did any wire
    work so i was a bit nervous. But with the harness, and instructions. My tech
    illiterate mother could have successfully installed this thing, in under an hour
    As far as the stereo itself goes its great. I read alot about HD
    radio station issues, and all that. I could trully care less the only thing i care
    about is
    the way it sounds, and the little plug in. I loathe radio, so weather it picks up
    clear stations is irrelevant. But my ZUNE works wonderfully with this thing.
    Thanks JVC. Thanks Crutchfeild. I will be back.

    Awesome for the money!

    Written By toochee, South Jersey on Friday, May 13, 2011

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    Pretty good reception of regular format stations. Not many HD in South Jersey.
    One station comes in, & the sound is phenominal! What a difference! Super
    easy to install with the Crutchfeild installation stuff & directions. Great advice
    from Harley!

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    Written By DInoB, Anaheim, Ca on Wednesday, April 20, 2011

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    Good head unit if your looking for built in HD Radio. Although very stripped down
    compared to other, can't beat the price. It works! I do miss preset buttons

    JVC KD-HDR40

    Written By TomS, San Antonio, TX on Monday, April 18, 2011

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    I too was a little worried about the controls on this radio, but after playing with it for a little while, it is quite easy to control. Plenty of power. It sounds GREAT. No distortion. I got some intermodulation artifacts at high volume, but it is from the factory speakers and not from the radio. The EQ presets are well thought out, and I will listen for a while before trying my own adjustments, This is my first HD radio, and I was surprised at the quality difference between FM and HD.

    Broadcasters should be pushing HD more. In San Antonio KZEP really does sound as good as a CD. We also have an AM HD station, WOAI, and the improvement in quality is amazing. Installation was a piece of cake. It took about an hour to splice the two wiring adapters together because I was being very careful. Did not want to have to do it again or make changes.

    It took twenty minutes to pull the old radio and install the JVC in my little Mazda. It was almost too easy. I am now convinced that Crutchfield is the only place to buy audio gear if you are going to install it yourself. Parts, DIN tools, and instruction sheets were complete and easy to understand. Sounds like I am doing a commercial, but, I'm truly amazed.

    Really great for the price

    Written By Electric Fred, San Bruno, CA on Friday, April 15, 2011

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    First off, this unit really provides a good listening experience. HD radio is really
    a plus. Didn't realize it could make such a difference. Crutchfield installation
    guide and gear is second to none as always. Plenty of audio power.

    Cons: 25 menus with sub-categories. Extremely small buttons. If you are
    jostled while adj. the volume, it will often trigger the mute function. SSM (Strong
    Station Memory) will store the same station more than once. As you go through
    the presets from SSM you often get the same station on multiple presets. Will
    go dead when you lose HD.

    Pros: Very good sound. The detachable face is a plus. The remote control is
    fabulous (easier to use than the controls on the unit). Very attractive display

    Right on the price. Would recommend for the average audiofile. If your a high
    end audiofile (I used to be), I would not get this unit.

    Good Radio but Bad AM Reception

    Written By Bob, Brookville IN on Saturday, April 09, 2011

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    This radio is very good on FM, HD, and CD sound quality. I like the way it is
    designed for quick and easy use while driving. However I like to listen to AM
    stations and this radio has very bad AM reception even on the 50000 watt clear
    channels. If you only want to use the FM, HD, or CD functions you will have a
    great experience.

    awesome radio!

    Written By milly, mccalla alabama on Saturday, April 09, 2011

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    i bought this radio for my husbands bday. he absolutly loves it. it was super
    easy to install in his f150. the hd radio is really cool. i would definately
    reccommend this radio!

    JVC KD-HDR40

    Written By EdT, St. Louis, MO on Thursday, April 07, 2011

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    Probably the best car radio for the money! It was actually easy to install. I'm
    glad I did buy from Crutchfield because of the wire adapters which were
    included with the radio made the solding process on my work bench very
    easy. All I had to do was match the color of wires and solder. After solding. I
    snapped in the adapters, plugged in the antenna cable and I was ready to
    slide in the radio with the provided casing and mount ( the mount had to be
    modified to fit through the opening) The sound quality is actually better than my
    factory installed radio system in my newer vehicle!

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    Written By Jack, NE on Thursday, April 07, 2011

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    Sounds & functions great. Controls could be a little bigger, would be easier to
    see and operate while driving...

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    Written By Daniel F, Fredericksburg,VA on Tuesday, April 05, 2011

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    Installed it in the car to replace factory unit. Worked out of the box. Was easy to

    Great unit and easy to install

    Written By Scott, East Bay Area, CA on Saturday, April 02, 2011

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    I have never installed a receiver before and found the directions from
    Crutchfield to be very helpful and easy to understand. Connecting the wiring
    harness took longer than installing the unit in my car! The total project took no
    more than 2 hours and everything looks and works great. Even in the SF/Bay
    Area, there aren't a ton of HD Radio stations, so I would not buy an HD receiver
    but it came with the unit and the price was really good. The HD sound qualtiy
    is much better than regular radio, but still compressed and not too dynamic.
    My Ipod and CDs sound very good and the EQ flexibility helps dial in the exact
    sound you like. Also, more power than I expected without an amp.

    JVC KD-HDR40

    Written By kyle, Colorado on Friday, April 01, 2011

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    This is a great deck, the HD in it is awesome. Sounds and look beautiful. This is
    my second purchase of this specific deck.

    Great radio,bargain of the month.

    Written By Mike S., east brunswick NJ on Thursday, March 31, 2011

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    My friend referred me to Crutchfield as he bought audio equipment for his
    cars and never had a problem either installing an using them, so I gave it
    a shot and ordered the JVC KD-HDR40 and I've had it two weeks now and
    i'm very happy with it in all ways. A little trouble installing it as my friend had
    to customize the housing a little bit to make it fit right, but all in all a fairly normal
    amount of time to get everything right an working.I like the HD channels an
    the fact I can plug my MP3 player in an use it interchangably with my radio.A
    good puchase. Thank's Crutchfield.
    Mike S

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    Written By Derricks, sidney, oh on Sunday, March 27, 2011

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    very easy to use and program stations is easy as well. price is great. no cons
    to date with product very pleased with purchase

    Post factory

    Written By lastner, fayetteville, NC on Thursday, March 24, 2011

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    Nice aftermarket deck, has plenty of upgrade options and is sat ready which counts big for me. Kinda wish it had buttons for presets, but with today's trendy designs, guess I'll deal with the remote and face options.

    HD Radio unleashed

    Written By RY, Winter Park, FL on Wednesday, March 16, 2011

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    This JVC reciever introduced me to a new listening experience: HD radio. HD
    sound is MUCH cleaner and richer than FM. With HD you hear more details in
    music. You can hear more individual instruments and the frequency response
    appears to be greater. Vocals are also much clearer and crisper. Several of the
    local stations also have an HD-1 and HD-2 station so more
    programming is available.
    The low price on this unit makes it a steal.
    You really, really need to install this JVC in your car and hear all you have
    been missing.

    The best 99 bucks ever spent

    Written By J.C., Marysville,CA on Wednesday, March 09, 2011

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    I honestly would have paid more this deck. The sound quality is excellent the 7
    band EQ is awesome especially the sub bass it makes my 6x9's sound like I have a
    system and im using Kicker DS series speakers with no amp.

    Great Price and Sound

    Written By LaShonda, Charleston, SC on Tuesday, March 08, 2011

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    I just recently bought this receiver to replace my factory radio. I am pleased
    to say that i was not sure by ordering a receiver off online, but before I did I
    read all of the reviews and all I saw were GREAT reviews. Great device, Great
    Sound, Great Price, Great all around !!!!!!!! Two thumbs up!!!!!

    Awesome Deal

    Written By DSP, Madison, WI on Monday, February 21, 2011

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    This Crutchfield deal is amazing! I would've paid more just for installation at the local
    big box. Just followed the included master sheet and called Tech support a few times
    for advice (BTW, Iso mounting looks sharp and is super sturdy; needed a trip to the
    hardware store for metric screws). The included adapter kit is very high quality, and the
    spare cubby gave me mounting space needed by my brake controller--I have a custom
    dash now! Even the little remote looks great on my steering wheel, and is very effective
    and safe.
    Sound is excellent, even through factory speakers. I have 18 FM presets filled with my
    favorite music and talk, all strong and clear, most of them HD. Couldn't be more

    new head unit hdr-40

    Written By crabb2002, Lakeland, Florida on Friday, February 11, 2011

    searching for a new radio to replace factory head unit finally decided on the hdr-40 love it to death can't wait to finish the rest of the stereo. install took about two hours but that was expected.

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    Written By Bill M, New Haven, CT on Friday, February 11, 2011

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    Unit looks good and has great sound quality even with OEM speakers. However I am a bit
    dissapointed in the ease (or lack of) in set up and operation. Buttons are a bit small and
    much too close together and sensitive, often changing from FM to AM while searching preset
    stations. I've been a bit dissapointed in the HD experience also. I lose stations that I like more
    than I get them unless I'm stationary which kind of defeats the reason I purchased.

    JVC KD-HDR40

    Written By tb, sioux falls, sd on Monday, January 31, 2011

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    This has been a great replacement for an old factory system in my daughters car I was a little
    worried at first buying it sight unseen or unheard but after talking with an advisor at
    crutchfield and telling her what I was trying to do she led me to this product and it has
    certainly not been a disappointment. The daughter is happy with the volume levels and I am
    happy with the clarity and the price of the unit, I feel i got a quality unit for a low price, thx

    Love it.

    Written By musachem, MO on Sunday, January 30, 2011

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    It's exactly what I wanted. Great buy for the money.

    JVC KD-HDR40

    Written By BillB, Orlando, FL on Wednesday, January 26, 2011

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    Good product, good sound quality, but the display is too bright at night, even
    set to its minimum brightness.

    JVC KD-HDR40

    Written By Jason, New Orleans, LA on Tuesday, January 25, 2011

    I've had the radio about a month and I love it. I also have the problem of some of the hd
    stations skipping and going from digital to analog, but I'm sure it all depends on where
    you live. I have 4 eclipse aftermarket speakers I got from Crutchfield last year and I was
    amazed at the difference in sound once I replaced my factory stereo. It sounds 10 times
    better. I also love the 7 band equalizer. It gives you a lot of options. I'm saving to get a
    new sub and amp and I cant wait to hook it up with the subwoofer controls. Overall I
    think that this is the best HD receiver for the price.

    Great receiver.

    Written By Bill, Pittsburgh, PA on Tuesday, January 25, 2011

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    Great Receiver! Bought it with a price break. A really good price for all the features it has. HD radio, CD and front AUX input. My car has a the factory subwoofer so I did not use the provided SUB out feature. All in all a great receiver. My only complaint and why I only gave it 4 stars is that the menu functions are a bit cumbersome to page through. For instance, to turn off the HD radio feature because you're driving in an area that has poor HD reception, you have to go to "menu", scroll to "tuner", scroll to "hold", scroll to "analog" and press select. That is a bit much to do while driving down the road. An "HD" on/off button on the front on the receiver would make sense to me.

    Other than that one thing I feel its a great receiver for the money.

    Could be very GOOD

    Written By ScottF, Fresno, CA on Saturday, January 15, 2011

    Very nice radio except our favorite HD radio station broadcasts their HD signal from a
    tower about 50 miles from town. So as you drive around the signal switches between
    analog and HD. As it does, an anoying "skip" is heard during the transition. The radio
    has a function to turn off the HD but it is only temporary. Other than that very nice deck
    and installation instructions first rate. Crutchfield support were very helpful in trying to
    resolve but our best option was to exchange with the JVC KD-A315.


    Written By Brett, Carrollton, VA on Tuesday, December 21, 2010

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    Great stereo, huge difference even with factory speakers which I am about to replace.
    Shipping was lightning quick and installation was a breeze with provided instructions and
    materials. Never installed a stereo before and it only took 45 minutes, most of which was
    getting the wiring harness ready.


    Written By Anonymous, worcester mass on Friday, November 26, 2010

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    I loved this receiver from the second I got it, it sounds great and has all the opions and
    more for the price you pay.

    Nice HD Radio (Sweet Sounding)

    Written By Lee, OKC on Tuesday, November 16, 2010

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    This JVC radio is a very good buy for an HD radio and the power output that is CEA 2006
    compliant. I was very surprised to that most stations are currently broadcasting in HD
    and they often broadcast 2 different stations (HD1 and HD2). I installed a pair of Infinity
    Reference 6032si in the front doors with a compact sub and the sound is absolutely
    astounding. I would recommend this head unit to anyone. As some of the previous
    reviews the "scan" feature is not a big deal to me.

    JVC KD-HDR40

    Written By Rock, Miami, Fl on Monday, October 04, 2010

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    Great product with quick install and easy to use features. Would like to see "scan"
    feature added to radio though.

    Sweet sounds

    Written By Jay W, Colonial Heights, VA on Monday, September 13, 2010

    Sweet sounding especially when listening in HD mode.
    Very nicely customizable EQ without being overly complicated.
    Overall I'd say at this price it would be had to beat this unit, the only reason that I couldn't give it the fifth star being that the tuner presets take some getting used to navigating.
    As a side note to anyone purchasing the KD-HDR40, reading the owners manual in detail will make your user experience much better. (download the pdf file version from JVC it's easier to read)

    JVC KD-HDR40

    Written By Anonymous, ft myers, fl on Thursday, September 09, 2010

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    good radio love the sound it gives out my speaker

    Hands-on research

    What's in the box?

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    • AM/FM/CD receiver with 15-amp ATC fuse inserted into chassis
    • Face
    • Sleeve (attached)
    • Trim ring (attached)
    • Wiring harness
    • Wireless remote control (RM-RK50)
    • CR2025 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)

    Features and Specs

    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 Blue/red
    EQ Bands 7
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible No
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    AUX Input Front and Optional Rear
    Audio/video Input
    USB Input No
    Memory Card Slot N/C
    Bluetooth Compatible Optional
    Satellite Radio Ready Both
    HD Radio Built-in
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size N/A
    Nano N/A
    Touch N/A
    Mini N/A
    iPhone N/A
    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 Connection
    Bluetooth/Remote Control

    Display Features

    Detachable Face: The unit 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.

    LCD Display: The JVC KD-HDR40 is equipped with a 1-line, 11-character, white backlit LCD display.

    Dimmer: This function dims the unit's display and button illumination.

    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 unit's 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).

    Note: The built-in clock is automatically adjusted using the clock data provided via an HD Radio broadcast or a Satellite Radio channel (optional tuner & subscription required)

    Audio Section

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The JVC KD-HDR40 utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior CD sound quality.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The KD-HDR40 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-HDR40 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-HDR40 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)

    7-Band Intelligent EQ (i-EQ): The JVC KD-HDR40 is equipped with a 7-Band Intelligent EQ (i-EQ) and 6 user presets (Flat, Natural, Dynamic, Bass Boost, Vocal Boost, and User). The User EQ preset allows you to manually adjust the head unit's 7-band parametric EQ (Sub Bass, Bass, Mid Bass, Mid, Mid High, High, and Ultra High) from +/-10dB.

    Amplifier Gain Control: When you are using the KD-HDR40 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 is non-fading and 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).

    Note: This head unit is not equipped with a rear-channel preamp output.

    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 -1 to +10.

    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

    DiAS II Digital Tuner: This model is equipped with JVC's Digital Intelligent Advanced Sensing tuner that is capable of receiving digital (HD Radio) and analog AM/FM stations.

    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.

    Display Information: 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 KD-HDR40.

    Analog Broadcasts: In addition to HD AM/FM stations, the KD-HDR40 can also receive conventional analog AM/FM broadcasts.

    Digital/Analog Tuning: You can setup the KD-HDR40 to search both analog and digital radio stations,  only HD Radio stations, and 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.

    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 Direct2 tuner and the JVC CNP-JVC1 adapter cable (package item number 700XMJVC2, sold separately).
    • SIRIUS: The JVC KD-HDR40 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 XM or Sirius satellite radio receiver 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 (sold separately).
    Note: A subscription is also required to receive satellite radio programming from SIRIUS or XM.

    Disc Playback

    MP3/WMA Playback: The KD-HDR40 can play MP3 (32-320 kbps)/WMA files (32-320 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.

    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.

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

    Aux Connection

    Front Panel Auxiliary Input: A front panel stereo minijack is provided to allow the connection of a portable audio source. Just connect your portable digital music 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 KS-U57 or KS-U58 adapter (105KSU57 or 257KSU58, both sold separately) can be connected to the J-port on the rear panel; giving you an additional auxiliary input. When either of these adapters is used, you cannot connect another external device to this port.

    Bluetooth/Remote Control

    Wireless Remote Control: The KD-HDR40 comes supplied with a wireless remote control (RM-RK50). The remote contains Power, Attenuator, Sound, Source, Track, and Volume functions. The remote operates off of a single CR2025 3V Lithium-cell battery (included).

    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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