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by Zak Billmeier
JVC

Why replace your factory radio?

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

Recently rated as a "Best Buy" by Consumer's Digest, JVC's KD-HDR50 CD receiver features a built-in HD Radio™ tuner, making it easier than ever to enjoy the excellent sound quality and extra programming options from participating AM and FM stations. HD Radio's digital broadcasts really pump up the sound — FM broadcasts sound almost as good as a CD, while AM stations sound like traditional FM. One more cool feature — you can tag tunes you hear on HD Radio stations, and your iPod will remind you about your picks next time you plug into the JVC.

Great all-around sound
The powerful built-in amplifier and superior digital-to-analog converter will ensure great performances from any source. The iEQ 7-band equalizer gives you pinpoint control over your treble, midrange, and bass, so you can tailor the music to your listening taste and automotive environment. JVC includes a wireless remote that allows you or your passengers to control playback from anywhere in the car.

Play your iPod® and other sources
You can connect newer iPods directly to this receiver's front panel USB input, or use JVC's optional iPod interface to connect an older iPod to the KD-HDR50. You'll control the player from the stereo, so you won't need to fumble around with the iPod itself.

Load up a disc or a USB thumb drive with your MP3 and WMA files for hours of tunes for your next road trip. A handy front-panel auxiliary input lets you add even more sources, like a Dock & Play satellite radio or an MP3 player.

Adding on
Two sets of preamp outputs let you add amps and subs, and a subwoofer setting lets you adjust the crossover point and overall level of your subwoofer system for precise tuning. Hook up Bluetooth® with JVC's optional adapter for safer hands-free calls, or tap into the commercial-free music and entertainment of satellite radio with an optional tuner.

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.

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Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with built-in MOSFET amplifier (20 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • built-in HD Radio tuner
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs (including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA files)
    • Variable-Color Illumination (select from 29 colors)
    • detachable face
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • iEQ 7-band equalizer
    • iTunes Tagging — tag songs on HD Radio stations for future download from iTunes
    Expandability:
    • compatible with optional JVC iPod adapter, Bluetooth adapter, satellite radio, CD changer
    • inputs: front-panel USB and auxiliary inputs, optional rear aux input
    • outputs: 4-channel preamp outputs (front, sub)
    Other info:

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    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant
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    Yes
    RMS Power Output
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    20 watts
    Peak Output
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    50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth
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    20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs
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    4-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs
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    Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs
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    No
    Preamp Voltage
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    2.5 volts
    Display Color
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    Variable
    Key Button Color
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    Variable
    EQ Bands
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    7
    Wireless Remote
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    Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible
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    Parts Warranty
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    1 Year
    Labor Warranty
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    1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input
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    Front and Optional Rear
    USB Input
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    Front
    Memory Card Slot
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    USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible
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    Optional
    Satellite Radio Ready
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    Both
    HD Radio
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    Built-in
    Navigation
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    iPod Compatibility
    Full size
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    Classic/5Gen
    Nano
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    Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/Nano1
    Touch
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    Touch3/Touch2/Touch1
    Mini
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    No
    iPhone
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    Phone/Phone3G/Phone3GS
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity
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    8.3 dBf
    European Tuning
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    Seek/Scan
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    Radio Data System
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    What's in the box?

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    • HD/AM/FM/CD receiver with 15-amp ATC fuse inserted into chassis
    • Face
    • Sleeve
    • Trim ring
    • Hard plastic face case
    • Wiring harness
    • Wireless remote control (RM-RK50)
    • CR2025 Lithium battery
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • Mounting bolt
    • Flat washer
    • Hex nut
    • Rubber bushing
    • Face fixing screw
    • Instructions (Eng/Spa/Fre)
    • Installation/Connection Manual (Eng/Spa/Fre)
    • Warranty Card (Canada)
    • Warranty Sheet (US)
    • Product Registration Card/Questionnaire
    • "Caution" note attached to wiring harness
    • Face fixing screw note
    • Bluetooth function information

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    Features
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    Features

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

    DiAS II Tuner: This model is equipped with JVC's Digital Intelligent Advanced Sensing tuner, offering unprecedented analog radio performance with higher sensitivity and selectivity. 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.

    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-HDR50 to search only HD Radio stations. To find HD Radio stations in your area, visit HDRadio.com

    HD Radio/iTunes Tagging: This iTunes Tagging feature lets you Tag songs you hear on HD Radio stations and stores the info on your connected iPod through the unit's USB port. The next time you connect your iPod to iTunes, you will be able to preview your selections and then purchase and download them from directly from iTunes.

    MP3/WMA Playback: The KD-HDR50 can play MP3/WMA (32-320 kbps) files 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, or Romeo. Each disc can have a maximum of 8 folder hierarchies, 255 folders, and no more than a total of 512 files 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.

    Intelligent EQ (7-Band iEQ): This model has Rock, Classic, Pops, Hip Hop, Jazz, Flat, and User preset EQ curves. The 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. The level of each frequency can be adjusted from -10 to +10 in increments of two.

    Amplifier Gain Control: When you are using the KD-HDR50 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.

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

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

    Optional Input Adapter: An optional JVC Line Input Adapter (item number 105KSU57 or 257KSU58) may be used to provide an additional auxiliary audio only 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.

    Source Level: You can adjust the volume (-10 to +10) of each source (except FM) compared to the unit's FM volume level. The volume level will automatically increase or decrease when you change sources.

    Disc Protection: If the ejected disc is not removed within 15 seconds, the disc is automatically inserted again into the loading slot to protect it from dust; 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.

    Variable Illumination: You can change the head unit's display and button illumination between 29 preset shades of white, blue, purple, red, orange, yellow, aqua, and green. Additionally there is a custom User setting, allowing you to individually adjust the intensity of the red, green, and blue between 0 and 31, resulting in 32,767 possible color options.

    Dimmer: When 12 volts is applied to the illumination lead and the dimmer set to Auto, the display dims. The dimmer can also be set to Off (normal brightness at all times) or On (display is always dimmed).

    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 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).

    Wireless Remote Control: The KD-HDR50 comes supplied with a wireless remote control (RM-RK50). The remote contains Power, Attenuator, Sound, Source, Tracking and Volume functions.

    External Device Controls

    USB Input: The JVC KD-HDR50 features a front-panel USB type-A port. This allows you to play USB mass storage devices loaded with MP3/WMA (32-320 kbps) audio files. For the unit to recognize the USB medium, it must be specified as a mass storage device and formatted using FAT 12, FAT 16, or FAT 32. This unit can recognize a total of 65,025 files and 255 folders (a maximum of 255 files per folder). This unit will recognize a total of 25 characters for file/folder names. This unit cannot recognize a USB device whose rating is other than 5V and exceeds 500 mA. An integrated sliding-cover is supplied to protect the USB connection when not in use.

    Direct iPod Connection: The JVC KD-HDR50's front-panel USB port also acts as an iPod high-speed direct connection when used with the USB/iPod cable that came with your iPod. An additional iPod cable is available (item number 472USBCBLE) so you can leave one at home and one in the car. Menu options allow iPod control from the radio's front panel or from the iPod itself. The iPod is charged whenever it is connected with the head unit turned on. The JVC KD-HDR50 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of Dec. 2009):

    iPod/iPhone Model Media Type  Control Display Charge
    Audio Video Unit iPod Song/Artist Track
    dock-connector (3 gen) N N N N N N N
    click-wheel/color-display (4 gen) N N N N N N N
    mini (1/2 gen) N N N N N N N
    video (5 gen) Y N Y N Y Y Y
    classic (80/120/160 GB) Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    nano 1 gen Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2 gen Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3 gen Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4 gen Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    5 gen Y N Y Y Y Y Y
     touch 1 gen Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    2 gen Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3 gen Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    iPhone 2G Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3G Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS Y N Y Y Y Y Y

    Note: Apple firmware updates may change functionality results. The KD-HDR50 is also compatible with the optional KS-PD100 external iPod adapter (item number 257KSPD100, sold separately). When the KS-PD100 is added, the iPod dock connector (3rd gen.), iPod click-wheel/color-display (4th gen.), and iPod mini (1st/2nd gen.) are also compatible.

    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, you can connect the optional CNP2000UC XM Mini Tuner and the JVC CNP-JVC1 adapter cable (package item number 700XMJVC1).
    • SIRIUS: The JVC KD-HDR50 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).
      • SiriusConnect Dock: Select dock-and-play and portable SIRIUS radios can be controlled using the JVC KS-SRA100 SIRIUS adapter (item number 105KSRA100) and the SC-VDOC1 dock (item number 607SCVDOC1).
    • 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.

    Optional Bluetooth Operation: The KD-HDR50 will support Bluetooth operation when the optional JVC Bluetooth Adapter (KS-BTA200, sold separately) is connected to the receiver's "J-Bus" port on the rear chassis of the unit. The headunit's display will flash when a call comes in. You can set the unit to automatically answer all incoming phone-calls. The headunit will also display text messaging with a compatible phone. You can make a call from headunit in one of six ways - Phone Book, Missed Calls, Phone Number, Received Calls, Redial, and Voice. The adapter also allows the JVC headunit to playback audio wirelessly from your Bluetooth compatible portable audio player and operate the following playback options of your Bluetooth compatible portable audio player - Start Playback, Pause, Forward Skip, Reverse Skip and Stop.

    CD Changer Controls: This unit is directly compatible with JVC CD changers. When connected to a CD Text capable changer, this unit can display disc and track titles for discs encoded with that information.

     
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    4 out of 5

    Excellent Head Unit

    Written By Chris, Oregon on Wednesday, March 09, 2011
     
    I have had this stereo in my truck for more than a year. I replaced an Alpine
    head unit so I could get HD Radio and USB control of my iPhone. I have had
    no issues and the sound quality is excellent. I highly reccomend this stereo.
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    1 out of 5

    JVC KD-HDR50

    Written By Anonymous, Baytown, TX on Friday, July 30, 2010
     
    marginal product. Constantly loses menu settings. Has some internal short to right front speakers. Will click and have good connection then fades to a muted level on only that speaker. All other speakers work fine. Would not consider another JVC product again.
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    4 out of 5

    Overall, I like.

    Written By Scott, Colorado Springs, CO on Saturday, January 16, 2010
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    Nice unit with a lot of features for the money. Installed nicely and the colors are cool! I don't like the way you have to search for stations...hard to do and distracting while driving. Should have a loudness button...the bass is lacking.
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    3 out of 5

    Good but not great

    Written By Hairy Alaskan, Anchorage, Alaska on Monday, November 30, 2009
     
    I've had this unit about 8 months now.
    It was super easy to install considering I had an old JVC deck installed already. The iPod and USB control is great. I use the USB feature all the time and no longer have to carry around multiple cds with mp3s on them.
    HD radio is a nice feature but not really worth it up here. The signal is not very strong in the AM range and FM has nothing I want to listen to. Can't fault the unit for that.
    What I do not like about the unit however is the sound and station navigation. My older JVC unit sounded much better than this unit. The bass is either faint or muddy. There is no "Loud" setting so the sound always seems lacking. I have messed with the audio settings for months trying to get the sweet bass levels my previous unit could produce but to no avail. I have it sounding good but not great.
    My biggest annoyance however is with the process necessary to change radio stations. I am a constant station surfer when listening to FM and this unit makes this simple task rather cumbersome. I miss the old numerical buttons on my older unit. The jog dial is very sensitive making changing stations in the winter time on the bumpy roads even more annoying.
    Despite these gripes, I do like the looks of the unit and the iPod functionality. I love the USB feature, though navigating through 4 Gigs of music on a thumb drive can be a little time consuming.
    Again a good unit but not great.
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KD-HDR50

    Written By Rob, MASS on Tuesday, October 27, 2009
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    Terrific radio with HD built in. Charges the ipod as well. I got this one for the Saturn and the Toyota. Like the fact that I can change the color of the screens to match the rest of the dash color.
    4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Good feature set for the price

    Written By Steve, Franklin, IN on Tuesday, October 20, 2009
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    Has a lot of nice features for the money and the sound quality is far superior to my factory stereo. Setup is fairly easy, but I don't necessarily find the menus\controls easy to navigate while driving as the control knob is pretty sensitive. All in all, though, I would recommend this product.
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Good, does what it says but AM reception is useless.

    Written By Jimmy, Anoka, Mn on Monday, October 12, 2009
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    I haven't installed an after market radio in 20 years. The stock radio on my Kia Spectra5 didn't have an aux input so I decided to replace it. This install was fairly painless. I much appreciate the length that Crutchfield goes to make it easy. I had to call them once during installation, some guy answered my question quickly and I was off the phone within 5 minutes, start to finish. I'm glad I went with them over the cheaper stores just for their hand holding.

    The radio works good. It does make the stock speakers sound better for sure. They actually have some base now. I was surprised.

    On the down side, not having preset buttons does kinda suck. Maybe it's just the old guy in me but I miss just hitting a button and going to a station. Now it's a couple of button hits. But the worst part of all is the AM reception. It's virtually useless. Basically, I no longer have am radio. There were a few talk stations that I like to listen too. I did research the best FM reception I could get for what I was spending, this radio works great on FM. But it's much more difficult to research AM reception. Not too many care about it.

    But, the reasons I was sold on it, the HD radio and the aux input for my ipod and phone, work great. So I can't complain.
    4 out of 5 people found this helpful
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    3 out of 5

    Good Value

    Written By Matthew, LI, NY on Sunday, September 27, 2009
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    I picked up this head unit for the HD radio. I could not have been more disappointed. Probably just the distance I am from NYC (40+ miles). I rarely get anything in. I really wanted AM radio to come in nice. This just didn't happen. Otherwise, it's a great value. I wish there were more buttons on the front. Seems like a giant button for tagging music while listening to the radio could have been replaced. What a useless feature. Ipod controls are by the HU or on the ipod. It charges and plays through the USB which is nice. I use a 16 GB flash drive to play music. Works great. Just remember that it will play the music in alphabetical order based on the file, not according to the ID3 tags. Going through the station presets is terrible. I don't really care though as I only listen to the ipod or jump drive (I do listen to AM radio though).

    My next HU, I would probably consider a unit where the USB input is hidden or not on the front. Also, probably wouldn't get one with a CD slot (totally useless nowadays).
    4 out of 9 people found this helpful
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    3 out of 5

    Nice features but HD Radio lacking

    Written By Dustbin, New York, NY on Tuesday, September 22, 2009
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    I got tired of lugging around my wireless transmitter to get tunes from my MP3 players onto my Ford Focus 2000 factory radio. Decided to get the JVC KD-HDR50 to cover all my bases and was excited about trying HD Radio. Installation was a breeze--thanks Crutchfield for the straightforward instruction sheets. The JVC looks a little too new, shiny and black for my dash but oh well.

    The main feature that I wanted, front AUX input, works very well and sounds great. I also tried connecting my 1G iPod nano via the front USB and was impressed that it worked--I could navigate the iPod's contents with the JVC's menu system. The iPod streaming through USB also sounded great. I tried an ordinary audio CD and that also sounded great. Have not tried MP3 CD's nor MP3's loaded onto a USB thumb drive yet.

    The disappointment comes from the HD Radio "feature." It's obvious that HD Radio is not ready for prime time. When it worked, the music sounded very tinny and was painful to listen to. When I went for a drive recently, HD stations constantly drifted in and out, and I was less than 25 miles away from the city/radio towers. I can adjust volumes for each source but can't EQ for each source. Although, come to think of it, HD Radio is so lacking in bottom, there's probably no amount of EQ'ing that would help.

    If I avoided HD Radio feature I could have :
    1) saved myself at least 20 bucks and went with similarly featured JVC unit
    2) opened up other options from other manufacturers
    8 out of 9 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Great Stereo

    Written By Josh, Austin, TX on Sunday, September 13, 2009
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    I've never really used JVC products at all. I was at a brick and mortar looking at a new head unit and this model caught my eye. First of all it was one of the only models under $300 that worked with my iPhone through the USB port, the AUX in is very nice too. But the built in HD radio has turned out to be bigger with me than I thought. True some stations broadcast at a much lower bit rate and you can really hear it, but its nice to always have music to listen to.

    Of course I bought from Crutchfield, free shipping, no tax, and TONS of extras made this a good buy for me.
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    BUY IT NOW

    Written By pautlej, Seattle, WA on Monday, September 07, 2009
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    Order this deck NOW! In this area HD radio is a godsend. No more crackling, hissing, and sputtering, just clean sound. For the first time in my life, FM is actually high fidelity. Every time I learn about a new feature on this deck I am impressed with its implementation. The lack of a loudness feature is more than compensated for by the seven-band equalizer. Unlike some of the other reviewers, I find the radio station presets to be easy to use and intuitive. The display is pure magic as I can read it in direct sunlight while wearing sunglasses. When using the USB port you can scroll through the available selections easily. With Crutchfield's support installation was a snap, and I hate installing car audio. BUY IT NOW, YOU WON'T BE DISAPPOINTED.
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    4 out of 5

    Great Bang For The Buck

    Written By Glen, Indianapolis, IN on Sunday, September 06, 2009
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    This is an attractive and great performing unit that packs a lot of features in for a good price. The USB function works extremely well, remembering where you were in a track and picking up in the same spot when you get back in for a drive.

    The FM reception is very good, slightly better than my previous JVC KD-HDR1 and Dual 6425, but the AM reception on this radio is nothing short of phenomenal. The sound is very good and it holds onto distant signals with ease. HD AM will go 100 miles or more with a strong station.

    There are a couple of things that could have been done better. There is no "loudness" function. Sound quality, while good, lacks some low end if you're just using stock speakers and the amp in the stereo. The older JVC also had a feature called circle surround that really enhanced the sound quality of that unit. This one doesn't have it.

    Overall, this is a really good receiver that I plan to keep for a long time.
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    3 out of 5

    good reciever - flat sound

    Written By superborg1, tucson, az on Sunday, September 06, 2009
     
    This is a good radio for the money. But it has 1 flaw no loudness enhancement! If you want good treble it helps to have an amp with treble boost.(like fosgate punch ect.)I replaced a pioneer deck with loudness for this one. I gained usb and hd but lost some trebble and bass.I guess I was used to a loudness sound curve.
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Nice Unit

    Written By rmyoung123, Iowa on Thursday, September 03, 2009
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    This is a very nice head unit, that has great sound and features. Love the different color schemes avaiable for the background, will match almost any color instrument backlighting. The only thing I did not like was that there is no easy way to preset radio stations. With having it be any HD radio sure would have been nice to see presets. And of course Crutchfield is still the only way to go for your electronic needs.
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    4 out of 5

    great buy

    Written By dreamckay, Johnston, RI on Friday, August 21, 2009
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    I purchased this unit because I wanted a better way of playing my iPod through my stereo. The Belkin fm transmitter I had purchased a few months ago was driving me nuts with all the static and other signals it was receiving.
    I absolutely love how my iPod sounds working through this head unit! I didn't even change my speakers. The option to run a flash drive filled with music through the usb connection is also great. Sounds pretty much equal to my iPod. I also run a Sirius radio through the aux. input, but they don't broadcast in HD, so the Sirius is not nearly as crisp as the iPod.
    For my extremely limited experience (I have changed my oil) working with cars/electronics, this radio was simple to put in my 2006 Forester. The harness that Crutchfield supplied with it was simple to match up with color coded wiring and a great diagram. I was able to install this unit myself, without any help from my husband. In fact, he liked it so much that he ended up purchasing the same unit a few days later for his WRX. The only problem we had on the install is that one of the screws to hold the unit in the housing wasn't quite long enough, so instead of 4 screws holding it in place, we each have just 3.
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    4 out of 5

    Great for the $$

    Written By Jonathan, Raleigh NC on Tuesday, August 11, 2009
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    This is the second JVC HD receiver. Both are really great in the sound dept. but oddly enough they suffer from the same confusing menu, (yes, its changed some but still bad) The other gripe is the displays contrast is cranked way to high. I don't want to dim the display (then it suffers in sunlight, the issue is the unlit portions of the display are all slightly backlit thus the whole display is a bit washed. As for sound and customization, it is great, when dialed in properly. Mine is bi-amped, pushing 2 JL 10's and 4 Polk 3 ways in the doors.. It handles the iPhone music great:-)
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    5 out of 5

    I Can't believe there is anything better than this!!

    Written By Kyle, Akron, OH on Monday, August 10, 2009
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    This radio is absolutely amazing! it has every connection one could possibly want! I use it mostly with a USB flash drive or with my ipod via the USB in. In this manner, it works best if you make a playlist ahead of time, then save it. That way you can simply use the remote to cycle through the songs. The CD player works well, and will even play MP3 CD's A common complaint is that there are no preset buttons, but i think this is a good thing because it keeps the radio from looking overly showy. I use the remote to control the radio, because the reach to the radio in my car is pretty far anyway, and the knob IS a little bit of a pain while moving. I love being able to change the colors/brightness of the lights to match the interior of the vehicle. HD radio stations sound anywhere from GREAT CD QUALITY to poor mp3 quality, but that is only on one station and is not the radio's fault. AM sounds WAY better, even on the one music station around. Subchannesl do cut out, but I am on the verge of a rural area south of Cleveland. Reception with this is better than my home unit with bigger antenna Audio quality is much imporved vs. my factory unit, and will play lounder with less distortion with my cheap aftermarket speakers(Blaupunkt) Overall, I am very glad i got the extra features, as I am now ready for the future when HD radio becomes more popular and the coverage gets better!
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    4 out of 5

    Great radio for the price

    Written By Matthew, Mukwonago, Wisconsin on Monday, August 03, 2009
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    Radio is exceptional. Sound quality is great, HD works great. Great function to have built right into the radio. And having the aux jack up front and the USB slot? Incredible. Its my favorite part. Makes having the MP3 player way easier to work and way better sound quality vs that of a FM transmitter. Very attractive face plate. Very professional feel, not plastic and/or cheap feeling. Least favorite part? No presets for stations. Other than that, its the best radio I've ever bought. And the presets arnt even that big of a deal. You can still easily access your memory stations. You just have to memorize what stations are what presets. And the ability to fade and control and mix your own face colors is the one of the coolest features. This deck is worth every cent.
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    4 out of 5

    Expected better from HD Radio

    Written By Gildas, New England on Monday, August 03, 2009
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    Two things that disappointed me: HD Radio and the sound output.

    First, HD Radio is not as good as I thought. I don't know whether this is specific to this JVC receiver or not but in order to receive HD, you first need to get a near-perfect FM reception of a radio station. This defeats the purpose of HD radio because once you get a near-perfect FM reception of the radio station, it is pretty much static free anyway. Very few stations in my area come in really strong so I do not get to hear many HD stations. One advantage of HD Radio is that you may get information about songs playing (title and artist name) but not all stations take adavantage of this and do not send the information.

    Second, the sound output is not as powerful as my previous JVC unit. I replaced my previous one because the CD player stopped working. I got this new JVC unit and I was disappointed by the sound output. Previsouly I used to have an option called "Loud" that boosted the low frequencies and the sound was pretty decent even though I do not have a subwoofer in my car (no amplifier either.) This receiver has a weaker output and it lacks depth in the lower frequencies. It's something I can live with because after all this is just in my car and I don't need to play music for other drivers, just me.

    This receiver does have a neat feature: USB input. It works very well and now I don't have to worry about the CD player breaking. I did try to play CDs and it works well as expected.
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    3 out of 5

    Read specs carefully - no rear preamp out!

    Written By John, Denver CO on Sunday, July 26, 2009
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    Although I've always liked JVC and all the features of this unit, it did not work for my installation. The factory system in my 04 Dodge Ram 3500 already had an amplifier, so Crutchfield appropriately required an adapter box (CHT-02) to mate up. The CHT-02 description indicates two sets of pre-amp out are needed and the KD-HDR50 description said two sets are supplied, so I thought I was OK. But the two sets on the KD-HDR50 are not front and rear, they're front and sub. So no sound to rear speakers. Rep suggested a line converter or y-cable to send front to both, but I can't see losing Fader or adding another box to already densely packed dash area. So I had to send the JVC back and order a Dual - those units are more explicit in their 6-ch output capability, so I hope that works better for me.

    IMHO, Crutch should remove the misleading "Two sets of pre-amp outputs" from the KD-HDR50 description, and not show this as a "fit" for the Dodge with factory amplifier. To their credit, they quickly understood and verified the problem, and facilitated order of the new unit and return of the JVC.
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    5 out of 5

    Outstanding product and Seller

    Written By The Daver, Corona, CA on Saturday, July 25, 2009
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    Don't buy your car audio equipment anywhere else if you are able to install it yourself with instructions. Crutchfield supplied the adapters that plug into my Chrysler Voyager's existing wiring, and they supplied the new dash/console adapter that the new radio fits in and it looks like it was made to fit there. I took out the three inch tall factory radio. The new adapter filled the excess area and looks just like the rest of the dash. I just can't say enough about this receiver. You do not need the ipod adapter that is sold separate if you already have the usb adapter for your computer. My son plugs his itouch into the usb port and all works fine. The tagging feature works with his itouch too. If you hear a song on the radio that you like and want to download it when you get home, just push the TAG button next to the round dial and it will tag the song on your itouch (and ipod too I assume) and you connect to Itunes and the rest is history. It will play all the compatible music formats saved on a usb flash drive. Also, the HD radio is such a cool thing that so many people just aren't aware of. The HD info of the songs, title, band, etc., all display across the screen while playing, like the text saved to your cd's when you burn them. It has many color variations (the manual says 29) that the display will show as a backlight. We have six speakers in the 2001 Chrysler Voyager and the radio is out-of-this-world.
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    4 out of 5

    JVC KD-HDR50

    Written By Danny, Anaheim, Ca on Monday, July 20, 2009
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    Installed this on a 2000 Toyota Corolla.

    Best Features:

    - HD Radio
    - iPod / iPhone control via front USB connection ( i have an iPhone )
    - Bluetooth Integration ( dont need to wear an earpiece , automatically stops music playback while on the phone )

    Cons:

    - Detachable face ( i dont like concept )
    - No radio preset buttons ( not a HUGE deal, the remote will get the job done )
    - Bluetooth is not built in

    Notes:

    - The iPod control works best with Playlists.
    - Upon first sight, the remote is shockingly small.
    - Very few buttons, make the UI a bit clunkly, and it will take a little time to get used to.
    - The remote is ESSENTIAL. Skipping Tracks, Scanning Radio Presets / Stations is very cumbersome if you dont have the remote. I was a little weary about using the remote, but it is very easy to use. And you can easily learn the functions by "feel", you wont need to look at the which buttons to push.

    I have Sony Xplod (50watts) speakers in my car. The sound is great.

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    5 out of 5

    105KDHDR50

    Written By moe, Jacksonville, Fl on Sunday, July 19, 2009
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    I recorded all my CDs to mp3 and with an eight gig drive I have all my tunes with me. I don't use the radio much anymore, just the USB. I have adjusted the radio color to match my USB drive, looks nice.
    Real happy with this radio.
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    4 out of 5

    Smooth and simple install

    Written By MrRonFL, Gainesville, FL on Wednesday, July 15, 2009
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    So far I've been pretty pleased with this receiver. The OEM instructions were pretty clear, and the Crutchfield generated instructions and install kit parts worked like a charm. If it hadn't rained, I would have been done in under 2 hours (and most of that was removing and reinstalling trim in my Frontier).

    The radio reception on this unit has been excellent. It held a clear and clean HD radio signal for nearly the full 90+ mile distance from Gainesville to Jacksonville, FL for a Gainesville station.

    I'm still getting used to the control interface, but once you understand the pattern it's pretty straight forward.
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    4 out of 5

    JVC KD-HDR50

    Written By Brandon, San Clemente, CA on Tuesday, July 14, 2009
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    Decent Head unit, has many great features for the price. The only things that bothered me was the fact that there is no USB port on the back and there is not a High Pass Filter, only settings for the subwoofer so if you are planning on running a decent set of speakers and a sub and your amp doesn't have a HPF you will need bass blockers. Other than that the head unit has been great!
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    3 out of 5

    255 song limit

    Written By brian, cincinnati, OH on Monday, July 13, 2009
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    In many ways I am very pleased with this stereo. The HD radio works great. very customizable controls. But I am Already thinking of getting a different stereo because when using a usb drive this unit will only let you access the first 255 songs in each folder. I had wanted to be able to put my entire library or at least large segments on a flash drive, but I have to divide them into folders of 255 songs and the shuffle feature only works within an individual folder.
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    4 out of 5

    Awesome unit

    Written By William, St. Louis on Monday, July 13, 2009
     
    I just installed this unit in my truck over the weekend. I never knew HD was
    so extensive! I really enjoy the discovery of new stations...

    The upside is the USB port. It works great with all my iPods.. I haven't
    hooked the 80g hard drive up yet, but I'm sure it will work just fine.

    The only downside is no RDS. Which is not that big of a deal really. I just
    hate seeing "no text" on the non-HD stations.

    Not much of a learning curve on this unit.. Pretty straight forward.. The
    remote is very useful for scanning the presets. It's the first remote that I've
    actually used for any car stereo.

    I'l lbe getting one of these for my fiance's car soon.
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    4 out of 5

    A huge improvement

    Written By Craig, Houston, TX on Sunday, July 12, 2009
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    I picked this head unit up because I was looking to get HD Radio and not spend a ton. This unit delivers. I don't know if it sounds any less HD than higher priced models but I doubt I'll ever find out. I hooked up my recently purchased Pioneer XMp3 player through the optional line in adapter and it works flawlessly.

    Oh and one more thing - if you get stuck, call Crutchfield. They were a tremendous help.
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    5 out of 5

    A fun little project

    Written By Weldon, MD on Friday, July 10, 2009
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    This unit went into a Subaru Outback to replace the stock radio. Once I installed the JVC unit I eagerly powered-up and.....Uh-oh, no sound. Checked in with the help line and chatted a bit with the very helpful tech guy and started checking the speakers. Well, I wouldn't have ever believed it, but I did the "pop" test on all four speakers and found all four to be dead. So, I ordered Kenwood replacement speakers and routed new wire to each speaker.
    The speaker installation was a big effort (lack of talent) on my part, but thank goodness for internet search engines. I found a mechanics page that illustrated removing the door panels in great detail. I couldn't be happier with the outcome.
    So, for the JVC unit my favorite feature is definitely the front USB and iPod control. The least favorite thing is the (lack of) simple preset buttons for the radio. It looks great, sounds great and didn't cost an arm and a leg.
    For sure, if I can do this, most anybody could.
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    4 out of 5

    JVC KD-HDR50

    Written By earlycj5, Manhattan, KS on Friday, June 19, 2009
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    I replaced my aging Clarion ProAudio DZX-735MP with this. This isn't quite as nice as the Clarion was new, but the Clarion did eat a CD I wanted back so I opted for this to replace it since it had USB in and HD radio.

    I immediately noticed that the tuner is much more sensitive than the Clarion was.

    Controls are easy to use and functional. The ability to have the color change night/day is nice, and it's easy to match the dash colors in my VW.

    Sound quality is good, I have Kenwood 6.5" speakers in the front doors. NPR does broadcast in HD, but it's not a very strong signal here so I only had it for a short bit of my drive.

    Having previously had a flip down face in the car the display was much larger than this, not necessarily a con, but something to get used to. The display is MUCH easier to read than the Clarion was though. I can read it in bright sunlight with my sunglasses on.

    Overall it's a nice unit, I'm sure I'll get much use and enjoyment out of it.
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    5 out of 5

    so far so good

    Written By Kobeck, Murfreesboro, TN on Friday, June 19, 2009
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    the front USB is more useful than I thought possible. Picked up a 4gb thumb drive and I rarely need to listen to the HD radio.

    My setup did not use the Subwoofer outs.

    So far so good and nice bang for the buck with the HD Radio and front USB
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    4 out of 5

    Great HD Radio

    Written By Ricardo, Brentwood, TN on Monday, June 15, 2009
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    I bought this radio to put into my wifes Ford Expedition. She immediately fell in love with it. Easy to use and "oh the pretty colors". She loves the idea of no more 100 cd's roaming in her truck and having 1 USB stick to play all her music.
    The installation was a breeze because of the provided documentation. The HD is also an added bonus.
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    4 out of 5

    Just missed!!

    Written By Dave, Annapolis, MD on Monday, June 08, 2009
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    JVC has just missed the mark on this unit. I have two of these, both paired with the JVC KS-BTA200. Now don't get me wrong, this is probably the best deck out there for the money, but with just a few tweeks, JVC could stomp everyone with this unit. The places where they miss are small, but just enough to not get 5 stars. 1. make the unit so if I set the tuner to analog only it stays in that mode until I choose to disable it. (I live in a area where HD fades alot) 2. Make the remote useful. Before this unit I had the JVC AR-KD5000 paired with the KS-PD100 ipod adaptor, and the remote actually controlled most all of it.(not setup menu items) On this unit it would be great if the remote could be used to controll the ipod (select artist, playlists ect...), and control the JVC KS-BTA200 if it is in phone mode. I know that for most people these are probably small things, and for me they are too, but it does keep this unit fromm 5 stars. With that said I would still recomend this unit to anyone looking for an ipod compatible stereo.
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    5 out of 5

    Great deck for the money

    Written By mosby, SF Bay Area, CA on Tuesday, June 02, 2009
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    I installed this deck a couple of weeks ago in my 05 Civic Hybrid and am quite pleased with it. Sound quality is excellent although the bass is a little less punchy than the original factory unit it replaced. Front panel USB is great. I just took a 400 mile drive and popped in a USB stick and it was real convenient. Front panel navigation through the USB stick was a little touchy so I tried the remote and it worked like a charm. I use the remote now for almost everything. I'll have to get an extra one of these remotes to make sure I always have one. The only gripe I can find so far is that you can't set random play for the entire USB stick, only one folder at a time. Other than that, HD Radio has been working well and I found navigating presets is easier with the remote as well.
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    4 out of 5

    Great deck for the money!

    Written By Jason, Lunenburg, MA on Sunday, May 24, 2009
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    I recently bought this receiver to replace the Monsoon deck in my 2000 Passat. I was on a budget but looking for something that had a front USB port and subwoofer outputs. This was the only model I could find for a reasonable price that had both so I went with it.

    I am very impressed with product - the sound is great, the controls are easy to use (even my 65 year old father can use it!), and it looks really nice with the 33k+ color options (you can match any dash with this). For the money you can't go wrong.
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    5 out of 5

    Very nice unit!

    Written By MrMike656, Pawling, NY on Saturday, May 23, 2009
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    I can find nothing to complain about with this unit. Reception is great, handles music and files wonderfully, it's packed with bells and whistles, and installation into my Ford Ranger was easy as pie. And it didn't break my budget. Am very, very happy with it!
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    2 out of 5

    HD RECEPTION LACKING

    Written By brownie, Wilmongton, DE on Thursday, May 21, 2009
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    My main displeasure for this unit is the lack of Pre-set buttons for the radio. Then with no fault of JVC, is HD radio in my area. Even local HD stations come in and out. This is so annoying when it comes in it is Great, so when it is out you just can't push a pre-set to try another station you have to go to menu, list,select, try it, and if it is not clear go through it again till one comes in. I really like the vari-color display, the equalizers and the sound. A+++ for Crutchfield and their help and support. The instructions for installation was great and made me look like a Pro.
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    5 out of 5

    This is great

    Written By dude, Evansville, IN on Tuesday, May 19, 2009
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    Lots of features for the cost. It sounds fantastic and after a little time with the manual the menu isn't so bad.
    My ipod sounds great.
    Happy Customer
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    5 out of 5

    Excellent radio

    Written By ron, madison, wi on Monday, May 18, 2009
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    HD reception is excellent in the Madison area. I get great reception up to least 15 miles away in hilly terrain. Pre-set buttons for the tuner would be handy, but the dial system in this unit is fine. The USB input is also very nice...CDs can be played in random order or all songs on the USB can be played randomly. I highly recommend this unit.
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    4 out of 5

    Great sound

    Written By Donald, Ocala Fl. on Monday, May 18, 2009
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    This unit is a very good value for the price. It sounded great with the factory speakers in my Mustang, and even better with the Kenwood 6x8's that I installed a day later. HD reception is hit and miss though, but when I get a good strong HD signal it sounds great. (there are not many HD stations close by) By far the best feature is the front panel USB port, Just load a thumb drive with music and plug it in, no messing with CD's if you don't want to. I would have given it 5 stars but the only drawback is the confusing controls, it takes a little getting used to. The changeable colors are really cool too. I would recommend Crutchfield to anyone shopping for car stereo products, the prices are competitive with the big box stores and their customer service is second to none. I accidentally ordered the wrong wiring harness and when I called them they sent me the right one free of charge. Great job guys!
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    5 out of 5

    Awesome

    Written By William, Sharon, PA on Tuesday, May 12, 2009
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    Very decent in everywhere... Good sound, easy functions and control. Works great with the iPod and iPhone.. I had someone install it cuz im not too good with systems but works wonders w/ Alpine 6and1/2 and the R 6x9's. and thats with out my amp still. Amazing sound and great for the price..

    Buy it here. save alot of money!
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    4 out of 5

    Excellent value and feature rich

    Written By Michael, South Riding, VA on Monday, May 11, 2009
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    This unit has pretty much everything I was looking for in a receiver, and then some. It replaced the factory unit in my Sentra SE-R which had an Aux-In that I
    used for my iPod via the headphone jack. Has a few gotchas.

    Pros:
    - ability to match display and button color to instrument cluster
    - can set separate colors for daytime or when the lights
    are on
    - built-in HD Radio sounds great and works pretty well,
    although still fades in the far suburbs
    - 7-band EQ really lets me tailor the sound to extract the most from the factory speakers
    - you can exclude sources you don't listen to (e.g., AM)

    Cons:
    - not all iPods that work with this unit will allow you to do the iPod-mode control (my 5.5-gen only works with HU control and now looks pointless on my dash mount)
    - not all iPods that work with this unit will allow you to do HD Radio tagging(again, mine won't)
    - if your iPod is organized by iTunes, it won't scroll the artist and song title together, you have to alternate display modes between folder and track
    - no buttons for the radio presets is abit of a hassle
    - can't display the clock at the same time with other
    useful info

    Overall this model is an excellent value with lots of
    customization features. Looks great and sounds
    even better.
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KD-HDR50

    Written By Bodie, Gville, FL on Sunday, May 10, 2009
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    Excellent receiver. Plays cds, HD radio, Iphone 3g. Upgraded from stock receiver so comparison may seem extreme. The sound is incredible compared to my stock receiver and actually too powerful for my stock speakers. Incredible treble and bass. Iphone Ipod works great although the interface is a bit cumbersome. I wish it would allow you to use the iphone ipod and sort and play from there instead of on the receiver. It takes a bit more time to sort on the receiver and I found it best to make playlists first on itunes and then play on receiver so I don't have to try sorting while driving. I only get 2 HD stations so I can't comment much on it. The color changing is very cool and makes a quick change in appearance in your car if desired. The best thing still seems to be the sound it creates which was clearly at least 10x better than my stock radio. It picks up radio stations very well and seems to have great range except for the HD but that may be since I live in a small city. Definitely an excellent choice for the features, sound, technology for the price. It may not be the best choice for ipods due to the interface but it is good enough for me.
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    4 out of 5

    Awesome Receiver!

    Written By Danny, Stanford, KY on Tuesday, April 28, 2009
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    I am loving this receiver! I've been using it with my 2G iPod touch and everything works great! There are not too many HD radio stations in my area but this unit does a great job blending the two when the HD drops. I haven't tried a USB flash drive yet, but I plan on using it solely as my music library so I don't have to worry about my iPod.

    The only thing that I was disapointed about this receiver was that if I want bluetooth, it is a pricey add-on! That's $50 less than what I paid for this thing. Also, I will probably never use the CD player on it.
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    4 out of 5

    Limited iPod interface

    Written By Rich, Tucson, AZ on Monday, April 27, 2009
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    First thing I discovered was that "iPod Classic" isn't the classic iPod (thanks Apple). Luckily, I was able to swap with my wife.

    The user interface is crummy. It takes a few seconds to initiate the connection -- longer than starting up and putting on your belt, so you usually choose music on the move. You can flip through playlists, artists, albums and so on with the dial, but it takes a second for the unit to read from the iPod, so you'll learn to flip blind, then check the display, flip again, look again, until you find the right spot. Once it's playing, it's fine; but it would be easier to use a cradle and control the iPod directly. The display's so shiny it's not easy to read in bright sunlight, but the color can be adjusted.

    HD radio is interesting, but it drops the bitrate below what's comfortable in poor reception areas. I'd prefer FM mono or AM static than ultra-low bitrate jangle.

    CD, USB work as advertised, but I don't need them.

    I *am* happy with it -- It's the best I could afford, and it's a few steps up from the OEM unit + iPod FM transmitter. I'm just pointing out the negatives.
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    5 out of 5

    Works well

    Written By Thomas, Brighton, MI on Friday, April 24, 2009
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    Fit in my 2000 Subaru Outback just fine (radio installation is very straightforward in that car, with excellent guidance provided by Crutchfield). All capabilities work as advertised and was pretty straightforward to program it the way I want it. The HD radio works well and the tuner is pretty sensitive. The automatic shift between HD and analog when at the edge of the range causes kind of an echoish characteristic in the sound, but it never goes silent. The iPod controls work well as does the aux input. Lots of goodies down in the menus for customizing and adjusting things. I'm a satisfied customer.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Stereo

    Written By Nate, Landenberg, PA on Tuesday, April 21, 2009
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    This Stereo Is one of the best I've dealt with to Date. The Radio Reception is good, and the Built in HD radio is fantastic and easy to use.

    The Ipod controls are also really fast and easy. I used to have a pioneer stereo with an Ipod adapter and it was slow when scrolling and between songs. This is just as fast as it is straight from the Ipod itself. Also, you can select to control from either the head unit or the Ipod itself, which is really nice because I like to control it with the Head unit and my passengers usually prefer the Ipod.

    The Variable RGB adjustable colors are another great feature. It really adds to the interior of the car to color match at night. It looks terrible IMHO to have different colored interior lights and this system allows you to set different colors for day and night. I set my night color to match the red interior lights and the day to pure white for visibility.

    The only problem I had is that the sun glare impairs visibility a little, but this is a very common problem on Aftermarket head units.

    Overall, I couldn't be happier with this headunit. The subwoofer settings even allow you to set the cutoff frequency sent to the Amp! I could go on listing all the features and how much i love it but that would take all day.

    IMHO, after owning 4 head units myself and installing countless others for family and friends, this is one of the best i've seen. If you're considering it GO FOR IT!
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    5 out of 5

    Everything for everyday

    Written By harvey313, Detroit, MI on Tuesday, April 21, 2009
     
    I picked up this radio and was easy to install (about an hour - for a first timer) The radio has everything I need (except bluetooth - but an add-on is available) It made my ford factory speakers bump way more than the old factory stereo. The color changing is awesome - you'll find the one that fits your car guaranteed. There are tons of adjustments for audio and subwoofer levels. Face is removable, the HD stations are awesome, the USB IPod control is great, there is even ipod tagging and better, Ipod charging (no dead batteries) and with the USB.

    The radio scrolls the name of the station and song you are listening to in AM, FM, HD, CD, IPod, and USB stick. I have a non-ipod phone that stores songs and there's an auxillary input for that on the front, I can even bring my memory stick from work, add a few songs, and plug that in... and it'll read those songs...

    I love this thing... In my youth I've bought 500 dollar radios before and new door speakers and subwoofers with dual amps for another car... and ya know before doing all that, just upgrade to this radio and see how things change...THANKS Crutchfield and JVC

    No dvd, no cool graphics. besides that you're good to go! - don't you need your eyes on the road anyway?
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    4 out of 5

    JVC KD-HDR50

    Written By Jeff, Mobile Al on Monday, April 20, 2009
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    excellent bang for the buck value. The HD radio is just like cd quality. I am use to a full kicker seperate system in my Mustang gt with 3 amps so i was very impressed with the internal amp in this unit since space is a premium in a jeep. I paired it with Infinity ref 6422cf and Rockford Fosgate 5.25 the sound was good but when I paired it with a 2005 model p2002 fosgate amp and a p3l-s12 punch enclosure the sound is amazing. With the eq in the jvc i can fine tune the mids and highs and let the s-12 take care of bass. It is now a system i can enjoy with the top down. The service at crutchfield was great although i didnt need install assistance i recieved my orders in 2 days which was incredible and was enjoying my tunes the same night. I might now look at sat. radio but the hd and expansion options available will keep me listening for years ahead.
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    5 out of 5

    Great receiver

    Written By Allen, Houston, Texas on Saturday, April 18, 2009
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    I have had the receiver now for 2 weeks and really enjoy it. The HD receiver in this area really works well since Houston has plenty of HD stations. I mainly been using the USB function and have 4 GB stick plugged in. At this point I have around 70 albums on the key. It may make more sense to have a smaller key so searching through the music is easier. There is a nice feature that allows you to scan through your list of music so you can make your next selection. Receiver power blows away my factory installed radio in my 97 F150. Great selection and glad I choose this one over any other.

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    5 out of 5

    JVC KD-HDR50

    Written By Randy, Chantilly, VA on Friday, April 17, 2009
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    This product replaced a 6 year old head unit. I do not have a sub or amp, but the KD-HDR50 works perfectly with my factory Honda 99 Accord speakers.

    HD Radio: Not sure if this is how other units work, this is my first one. When you first tune into a HD compatible radio station, you get "regular" radio for the first couple of seconds, you'll instantly hear the sound get better.

    USB Port: Note that Ipod compatibility is different across different models. For instance, I can plug in my Ipod 5.5 30GB and listen to music but I cannot use "Ipod Control", I have to use the head unit controls to navigate the music. On the other hand both Iphone Models work perfectly with Ipod Control. Even though the Iphone works with ipod control, I feel that the sound is somewhat inferior than the Ipod 5.5. I believe that the 5.5 is outputting "raw" EQ settings, which I can tweak with my headunit EQ settings. Unfortunately the Iphone doesn't sound as good, i think the EQ of the Iphone is conflicting with the EQ of the head unit.

    USB Navigation: Plug it in and you can access Playlists, Artists, Albums...etc. Once you click in each of those options, then it gives you a new sub category to choose from. The only bad part about this process, is that it takes the head unit some time to transfer the data to the head unit so they can display the artist and song name. The numbers are now replaced with the artists name. Its not a big issue, but you'll notice it.
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    5 out of 5

    Great sound and features

    Written By Steve, Denton, TX on Tuesday, April 14, 2009
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    Installed in a 1997 Honda Accord and this is a vast improvement over the factory unit. Built in HD radio, CD/MP3 player, built in iPod controls and USB port on the front of the unit make for a great value. Have not listened to a HD AM station yet, but if it is as good as the FM ones it will be great. I soldered the connections with no problem using the Crutchfield supplied harness and this made installation a breeze. Would agree that you need to read through the manual so you can get the most out of the radio. Thinking about putting this same unit in my 2002 Honda van.
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    5 out of 5

    Great features and a great look

    Written By Andrew, Atlanta, GA on Friday, April 10, 2009
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    I bought this because I was looking for a good way to play my iPhone in my car. So I got this JVC unit, figuring that I might as well get HD Radio with my upgrade. The iPod implementation on this receiver is perfect. You can control the iPod with the receiver controls, which allows you to see song information on your dash. But if you need to find a new album or artist to listen to, you can easily bypass the receiver controls to search on your iPod. You get the best of both worlds. Plus, iPhone audio out is transferred through the USB cable, so you can listen to Pandora, etc. while charging your phone. The HD Radio is really great too. There are numerous stations in the Atlanta area that play some good music you can't hear on analog. This receiver picks them all up perfectly and with pristine sound. Installation was a breeze with Crutchfield's Master Sheet. I had never completely replaced a head unit in my car, but I had this one in with no problems in about two hours. The only downside to this unit is that its sleek design means you don't have direct access to station presets. You have to click and scroll with the big knob on the front or with the provided remote control. Slightly inconvenient, but the receiver looks so good you won't care. You can change the backlight colors to match just about any car you put this thing in. Oh, and the unit sounds good, too. Not quite as much bass as my factory unit, but very crisp and clear.
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    4 out of 5

    Very Nice Radio

    Written By Paul, Savannah, GA on Friday, April 03, 2009
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    Good system for the money. I especially like the variety of display colors. It sounds good, looks good, and all for an affordable price. I found the programming to be fairly easy, but keep the manual near by just in case. Installation had a few hangups is why I didn't give this the highest rating, but as always the Crutchfield team took care of the issues. I would definitely recommend this product.
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    5 out of 5

    All These Features Blew Me Away!

    Written By Glenn, Fairport, NY on Wednesday, April 01, 2009
     
    We installed this in my sons Saturn coupe. I think I was one of the first to receive this model from Crutchfield. Insulation went very smoothly. Loaded with features, you definitely need to have a sit down with your manual. My son loves the USB port for his IPOD and the interaction that takes place with the two units. The HD radio sounds really nice. Sound quality is as clear as CDs. I can describe HD radio like this.when you first scan for HD stations, you will find that each radio station picked up most likely will have clusters of stations. Maybe 1, 2 or 3 stations for one radio station ID call letter. Basically gives you more verity of songs to listen to. Over all it is a slick system.
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