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Our take on the JVC KD-HDR61

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.

If you love AM/FM radio, this one's for you
Local radio never sounded so good. JVC's KD-HDR61 CD receiver uses its built-in HD Radio™ tuner to tune in digital HD Radio broadcasts, pumping up the sound quality significantly. And many stations take advantage of the multicasting feature, which lets them broadcast additional channels on the same radio frequency, so you have even more listening choices.

Pandora® Internet Radio stations and more
JVC makes it easy to play your favorite Pandora stations. With your iPhone connected, you can skip songs, change stations, and rate songs using the receiver's controls. Plus, the 1-amp USB port charges devices quicker and keeps them charged while they're doing several things at once. Android users, with the help of JVC's optional Bluetooth® adapter, you can download JVC's Android app to tie this receiver to your phone, giving you some cool features like gesture control over music playback.

JVC KD-HDR61

Separated Variable Color display
The KD-HDR61 features a super cool display that lets you change the colors on the controls independent from those on the screen — with over 30,000 possible shades per side. That means you can create the ultimate color scheme, match your dash perfectly, or just let the colors cycle continually for a fun effect.

Want to keep your steering wheel controls?
In most vehicles, you can use an adapter to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this JVC stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and the JVC, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. Check the "Accessories" tab for compatible adapters.

Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in HD Radio™ tuner
    • USB 1A connection charges devices quicker
    • built-in iPod control
    • control PANDORA® while your iPhone's connected
    • works with Android app for gesture control over music playback
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (20 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • Separated Variable Color display
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • 24-bit digital-to-analog converter
    • high- and low-pass filters
    • 3-band parametric equalizer
    Expandability:
    • works with JVC's Bluetooth adapter
    • inputs: front USB port, front and rear auxiliary inputs
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (2.5-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
    Other features and specs:
     

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

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    • AM/FM CD receiver (with 10-amp ATC fuse inserted into chassis)
    • Face (attached)
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Trim ring (installed)
    • Wiring harness
    • Wireless remote control (RM-RK52)
    • CR2025 3V Lithium battery (installed)
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • Face fixing 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)

    Our Product Research Team

    At Crutchfield, you'll get detailed, accurate information that's hard to find elsewhere. That's because we have our own in-house Product Research team — they open the box, verify contents, check the owner's manual, and record dimensions, features and specs. We stay on top of new products and technologies to help people make informed choices.

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

    HD Radio

    Built-in HD Radio: With the built-in HD Radio tuner, you can receive digital AM/FM broadcasts from local stations where available. HD Radio technology significantly improves audio quality and reception, as well as includes 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 sound with static free and clear reception.

    Note: HD Radio is the system for digital AM and FM broadcasting in the U.S. More than 2,000 radio stations are broadcasting their primary signals in digital HD Radio technology, as a free service. Go to HDRadio.com to check for HD Radio stations in your area.

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

    Text Display: AM/FM digital stations can offer text and data such as artist names and song titles. The built-in HD Radio tuner displays song title, artist and station information on the display of the JVC KD-HDR61.

    iTunes Tagging: It is possible to save the song's information (tag) from a HD Radio broadcasting station to your USB-direct connected iPod/iPhone. The songs will show up in a playlist called "Tagged" in iTunes the next time you sync your iPod/iPhone. Then you can directly buy the songs you want from the iTunes Music Store. You can "tag" up to 50 songs.

    Note: Your iPod/iPhone must have at least 50MB of free space to "tag" and transfer songs. iTunes 7.4 or later is required to purchase "tagged" songs.

    Analog Broadcasts: In addition to HD AM/FM stations, the KD-HDR61 can also receive conventional analog AM/FM broadcasts.

    Digital/Analog Tuning: You can setup the KD-HDR61 to search both analog and digital radio stations, only HD Radio stations, or analog radio stations only.

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

    Radio Timer: You can tune into a preset station at a specific time regardless of the head unit's current source. You can activate the Radio Timer once, daily, or turn it completely off.

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

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

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

    Disc Playback

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

    MP3/WMA Playback: The KD-HDR61 can play MP3 (8-320 kbps)/WMA files (32-192 kbps) that have been recorded on CD-R and CD-RW discs. The disc must be recorded in one of the following formats: ISO 9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, Romeo or Windows long file. Each disc can have a maximum of 8 folder hierarchies, 255 folders, and no more than a total of 512 files and/or folders on each disc. The unit also supports IDTag3 (version 1.0, 1.1, 2.2, 2.3 or 2.4) for album and artist information from MP3 or WMA files.

    Track/Folder List: The Track/Folder List displays a list of MP3/WMA folders and tracks on a loaded CD, so you can easily access your music. The Track/Folder List will also display the list of track titles on a CD Text disc.

    Random/Repeat Modes: The JVC KD-HDR61 offers the following Repeat and Random playback modes for your audio CDs.

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

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

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

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

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

    USB/iPod/Aux Connectivity

    USB Port: The JVC KD-HDR61 features a front panel USB 2.0 (type-A) port behind a sliding cover for connection of a USB mass-storage class device (such as a USB thumbdrive or digital audio player). The USB port enables audio playback and control of MP3(8-320 kbps)/WMA (32-192 kbps) audio files stored on a portable USB mass-storage class device formatted in FAT 12/16/32. The KD-HDR61 can recognize up to 255 folders (255 files per folder) and 65,025 total files. The unit also supports IDTag3 (version 1.0, 1.1, 2.2, 2.3 or 2.4) for album and artist information from MP3/WMA files (up to 60 characters). USB portable audio players that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the CD receiver's USB port (5V/1A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

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

    iPod/iPhone Direct: The JVC KD-HDR61's front-panel USB port also acts as an iPod/iPhone high-speed direct connection when used with the USB/iPod cable that came with your iPod/iPhone. An additional iPod cable is available (469USBPOD, sold separately) so you can leave one at home and one in the car. Using either cable allows audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of select iPod/iPhone models from the JVC in-dash head unit.

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

    iPod/iPhone Control: You can choose to operate your iPod/iPhone through the JVC head unit's front-panel controls, from its clickwheel/touchscreen, or via a streamed app from your iPhone.

    • Head Unit: From the head unit's front-panel controls you can search for music by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Podcast, Genre, Composer, and Audiobook. Once a Playlist or Category is selected, the content is listed in alphabetical order. The KD-HDR61 also supports Repeat (file/all) and Random (album/all) playback functions of your iPod/iPhone.
    • iPod: You can choose to navigate your iPod or iPhone's stored music from its clickwheel or touchscreen, like you are accustomed to during normal usage.
    • External (App Mode): External Mode lets you enjoy audio content from your downloaded music Apps (such as iHeartRadio, SiriusXM, Last.fm, Rhapsody, & Slacker) and driver assistant Apps (such as Trapster) streamed to your Apple iPhone, through the JVC KD-HDR61. You will continue to use your iPhone's touchscreen to navigate and view your apps; the head unit will only display the clock and "EXT Mode".  

    Note: Access to your iPhone's downloaded application will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet.

    Pandora App: The Pandora App (free) lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the JVC KD-HDR61 using your connected Apple iPhone, via the USB/iPod connector cable (included with your iPhone). The JVC KD-HDR61 provides control over the Pandora music service and displays Artist, Album, and Song information. You can select Pandora stations from your station list; you can sort the station list by date or A-Z. You can also skip song tracks within a station. In addition, you can also give songs a thumbs up/down and bookmark songs/artists. To access Pandora you must have an Apple iPhone (iOS3 or later) with the latest version of the Pandora application from Apple's iTunes App Store. Your iPhone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. You will also need a Pandora music service account.

    Note: Access to the Pandora service will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.

    iPod Display: The KD-HDR61 will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information, when in Head Unit and iPod mode (not in External mode), or listening to Pandora Internet Radio. The head unit can display Track number, Elapsed playing time, Artist name, Song title, and Album label.

    iPod Charging: The head unit's USB connection provides 1A of current to power and charge your connected iPod/iPhone when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position.

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

    iPod Compatibility Chart: The JVC KD-HDR61 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 2/15/2012):

    iPod Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Pandora App iTunes Tagging Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod App mode Artist/Song Text Track Info
    dock connector 3rd n/a N N N N N N N N N N
    clickwheel
    color
    4th n/a N N N N N N N N N N
    mini 1st n/a N N N N N N N N N N
    2nd n/a N N N N N N N N N N
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N N Y Y N N Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N N Y Y N N Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y N N Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y Y
    6th 1.1 PC Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y Y
    3rd 5.0.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y Y
    4th 5.0.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y Y
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS 4.3.5 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4 5.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 5.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    iPad 1 5.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    2 5.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N

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

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

    Audio Section

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The JVC KD-HDR61 utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The KD-HDR61 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-HDR61 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-HDR61 are as follows:

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

    Amplifier Gain Control: When you are using the KD-HDR61 with factory speakers (or those rated to less than 50 watts peak), the Amplifier Gain Control can limit the amount of power being sent to those speakers. When the Amp Gain Control is set to "low," the volume control ranges from 0 (minimum) to 30 (maximum). When using speakers rated higher than 50 watts peak, you can set the Amp Gain Control to "high," and the volume control will range from 0 to 50.

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

    Pro EQ: The KD-HDR61 is equipped with JVC's Pro EQ. The integrated equalizer offers 7 preset sound modes (Flat, Natural, Dynamic, Vocal Boost, Bass Boost, User) suitable for the music genre of your choice. The User mode allows you to manually adjust the head unit's 3-band parametric EQ (Frequency, Level, and Q-Factor).

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

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

    2.5V/6CH Preamp Output: The KD-HDR61 is equipped with three pair of 2.5V preamp outputs (Front/Rear/Subwoofer). The front & rear preamp outputs offer balance/fade control and are designed to hookup to a full-range 4-channel amplifier. The subwoofer preamp output is non-fading and designed to hookup to a mono-block subwoofer amplifier.

    High-Pass Crossover: The KD-HDR61 features a High-Pass Crossover for the front & rear speaker-outputs or preamp-outputs. You can adjust the high-pass crossover from 100 Hz, 120 Hz, 150 Hz, or Off. The 'Off' selection is a full-range setting.

    Subwoofer Controls: The JVC Arsenal KD-HDR61 offers the following subwoofer controls, when you have the unit's subwoofer preamp output activated.

    • Low Pass Crossover: The receiver features a built-in Low Pass Crossover for subwoofer preamp output. You can select from 55 Hz, 85 Hz, 120 Hz, or off.
    • Subwoofer Level: Once the Subwoofer preamp output is activated, you can independently control the subwoofer preamp output level (0-8) from the CD receiver.

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

    Display Features

    Detachable Face: The JVC KD-HDR61 CD receiver 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.

    Variable Color LCD & Key Illumination: The JVC KD-HDR61 features 29 color presets for the LCD and button illumination. You can choose one of these color presets or select the ColorFlow mode which scrolls through all 29 color presets. Additionally, there is a User preset, allowing you to individually adjust the intensity of Red, Green, and Blue from 0 to 31; resulting in approximately 30,000 custom color options. The chosen color preset or custom color can be applied to the display panel and the backlighting for all the buttons except the eject button (it remains red). You can choose to use the same color for the LCD display and button illumination, or use a separate color for each one. You can also select a different color for daytime and nighttime in regards to the unit's LCD and button illumination.

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

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

    Bluetooth/Remote Control

    Optional Bluetooth: The unit's rear-panel auxiliary input can also be used to connect JVC's KS-BTA100 Bluetooth Adapter (105KSBTA10, sold separately). The KS-BTA100 must be plugged into the rear-panel auxiliary input, and not the front-panel auxiliary input. The front-panel auxiliary input does not support Bluetooth. The KS-BTA100 gives you hands-free communication from your compatible Bluetooth mobile phone and wireless streaming audio from a Bluetooth enabled digital audio player. The optional JVC Bluetooth Adapter includes a super-sensitive microphone, an Answer/End button, and playback controls. The KD-HDR61 can be set to automatically mute any music audio to your vehicle's speakers so you can listen to your telephone call using your car speakers.

    Note: Not all Bluetooth devices will be compatible. Visit the JVC Mobile Entertainment Bluetooth Support Page for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled devices.

    Wireless Remote Control: The KD-HDR61 comes supplied with a wireless remote control (RM-RK52). The remote contains Attenuator, Sound, Source, Tracking, and Volume functions. The remote operates off of a single CR2025 3V Lithium-cell battery (included).

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

    Note: Please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.

     
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    Not Long Enough

    Written By berdman, Milwaukee, WI on Thursday, February 20, 2014
     
    This unit suddenly quit working just a year and a half after install. Of course I am on a long trip and in strange territory.
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    5 out of 5

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    Written By Jerry, St. Charles, Il on Monday, November 12, 2012
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    The product is GREAT. I replaced the stock radio which was popping and hissing. I've always been of the opinion that a radio is a radio, but I couldn't have been more wrong. The sound is amazing, clean, clear, sharp, crisp, it's another world. Plus, all of the new technology. I replaced one set of speakers, but kept the others, and with this unit, it made them both sound like an entirely different vehicle. Crutchfield was great, all of the adapters, harnesses, and face plates, along with the instructions, made this a breeze. I couldn't be happier.
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    4 out of 5

    Sounds great, cost less elsewhere

    Written By Larry, King George on Tuesday, October 30, 2012
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    Sounds great, lots of power, like the color change to be able to match to interior lighting BUT WHEN are these companies going to make a stereo the DIMS WITH THE CAR??? I had to minimize all the lighting to keep from being blinded. HD radio sounds great, reception is fantastic - picking up all sorts of stations none of my others do. I ordered from Crutchfield to get the install kit for my 90 Miata which did not fit anyway, so ordering just the stereo would have been better. I am an experienced installer though.
    Pros:
    Sound quality, HD radio, radio reception, rear aux input, high power USB that can charge devices, color adjustable to match dash lighting
    Cons:
    lighting does not dim with car lighting; no push button power like factory stereo; WHY does it start in DEMO mode when every disconnected from power - have to break out the manual to reprogram everything.
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    4 out of 5

    2002 F-150 Supercrew

    Written By DaveE, Middletown, RI on Thursday, October 25, 2012
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    I purchased this to replace the stock stereo that died (CD player) and wanted to expand to an IPOD/IPHONE capable system as well. Installation took me about three hours since I had never done this before. It was a bit intimidating at first, but once I got down my soldering technique and the help of my 12 year old son, it went into place. The wires are clearly marked on the supplied harness and assembly was easy. Installing it into the truck was easy as well. I had to call customer service since the DIN sleeve and reciever didn't fit into the mount. Two minutes later and removal of the faceplate from the mount (which the instructions don't tell you) and everything went in nice and snug. I had to remove the "beauty ring" on the dash to install the receiver but it snapped back into place easily.
    Pros:
    Great sound on the stock speaker system. Easy install, all components worked as advertised. Couldn't beat the price with all the installation items needed included in the price.
    Cons:
    Small buttons for my huge fingers. Mounting bracket face plate removal wasn't listed in the instructions.
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    4 out of 5

    2000 GMC Jimmy

    Written By Anonymous, Pittsburgh, PA on Friday, September 21, 2012
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    I am not an audiophile. I had to take the instrument panel apart to remove my factory system to diagnose problems with the speakers and wiring. Since the stereo itself was the source of some of the sound problems, and it didn't have any type of Aux input, I decided to replace it with something more modern. While I was at it, I decided to get a system with HD, which I've never heard before. I had a bad rear door speaker, so I also bought a new pair for the rear. Everything sounds great.

    The instructions for the stereo consist mostly of diagrams, which confused me somewhat and slowed me down. But I had never done this before, either, so for all I know the instructions may be above average. Using the installation gear from Crutchfield, along with the information provided online when I ordered (about having to cut out part of the bracket behind the dash to get clearance for the unit), the installation went well. If I ever have to remove this unit (such as to add the optional bluetooth unit), I should be able to do it using the removal keys provided, with out taking the dash apart.

    The unit packs a lot of functionality and buttons into a small area, which isn't good for my fat fingers, but I think most units are like that.
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    5 out of 5

    Terrific value

    Written By David V A, Mesa, AZ on Sunday, September 09, 2012
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    Outstanding value. I have had this head unit installed for a couple weeks. Can't believe I didn't do this a long time ago! The unit is great. Sound is good and I look forward to adding a sub in the near future. Even using the factory speakers in the front and some new rear speakers, it has a tremendous improvement on sound quality. This unit has all the adjustments you could want. HD radio is nice and the iPhone control is great. The adjustable display color is cool; my kids always want to change it.

    Don't hesitate, get it now.
    Pros:
    Great sound. Very flexible design allowing for many audio options. Great bang for the buck. Easy to install with Crutchfield and manufacturer instructions.
    Cons:
    Nothing significant once I got used to the control scheme (dial with click).
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    5 out of 5

    Great head unit

    Written By Kirk, Jenkins Twp, Pa on Wednesday, September 05, 2012
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    I have always been a fan of JVC car stereo products, and this unit has lived up to my expectations. The sound quality is great and I love the fact that it has 3 amplifier pre-outs as I run multiple amplifiers. The ability to change the colors of the keypads and the display is a great idea, and makes viewing the display and buttons very easy on the eyes. I have a JVC unit in 3 out of my 4 vehicles, with the exception being a GM Monsoon system that sounds fine as is. I'd recommend this unit to anyone, and the price made the decision to buy it painless. Crutchfield has been a pleasure to deal with, and I only wish I had dealt with them from the start!
    Pros:
    Excellent instruction manual, outstanding performance and value.
    Cons:
    None I've encountered.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Replacment

    Written By Mark D, White Lake, MI on Wednesday, September 05, 2012
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    This receiver/CD deck lived up to my expectations, Installation was easy and the Master Sheets supplied by Crutchfield were an absolute must for ensuring the job was done right the first time.
    Pros:
    Fast delivery, accurate installation, good sound quality, colors are bizzarre, but my daughter likes it.
    Cons:
    None
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    4 out of 5

    Answers the mail

    Written By JohnM, Fredericksburg on Tuesday, September 04, 2012
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    Decent but basic car stereo that also works with my iphone. The controls and display are adequate. But given the price, it's a great deal.
    Pros:
    works with my iphone
    Cons:
    The display can't be configured exactly as I want it (e.g. song title and time of day at the same time). Control buttons are a little small so I have to hit them just right
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    4 out of 5

    Priced right

    Written By Mike, Carlyle, IL on Sunday, August 26, 2012
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    I'm very satisfied with this stereo. The sound quality is quite good, though the buttons are a bit small. The display is hard to read in daylight but the colors are cool to see at night.
    Pros:
    Good price
    Cons:
    Small buttons, hard to read in daylight
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    5 out of 5

    Best product I've put in my car for the dollar

    Written By Bryan, Florida on Tuesday, August 21, 2012
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    For the price I paid, this was an unbeatable product. I have paid over $250 for similar items in the past. This new head unit gave me all of the features I was looking for on top of things I didn't even know about (Like the color changing faceplate).
    Pros:
    USB port (you can mount any storage device as long as you format in to FAT32, regardless if the instruction manual says you can't -- I found out you CAN do it.) Color changing faceplate (I think around 30 custom colors, multitone, solid). Bright display screen, but not distracting. It has a nice feel for the buttons and it doesn't feel or look cheap.
    Cons:
    A bit tough to understand the operational directions at first... but like anything, after using it for a while you get the hang of it. My faceplate came with a tiny scratch in it (on the glass), but I can look past it. Its tough to understand where my EQ settings are at and how I am balancing my levels.... there are little-to-no customization option, I had to do some playing around with the custom settings in order to really get the most out of my subs (I listen to trance and progressive mainly)
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    5 out of 5

    Love it!

    Written By SammiB, AZ on Saturday, August 18, 2012
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    I love this radio! I bought it a month and a half ago for my '03 Pontiac Grand Prix and have loved the HU. It's easy to navigate, there is not problems with the day light and screen visibility (I live in Southern AZ, clouds rarely exist) The menu is easy to navigate and the color options on the screen match perfectly to my red light interior. I paired my HU with steering wheel controls (ASWC) and love being able to navigate through my iPhone 4s while driving. Switching through playlists, albums, artists, am, fm, cd, etc. has never been easier or SAFER! That was my biggest factor in switching to a new HU, its safer then using an AUX input because my eyes don't leave the road with my steering wheel control. JVC has surpassed my expectations and Crutchfield has floored me with how nice and knowledgeable they have been, they've worked with me every step, I've already recommended them to many friends, and plan to only buy through them from now on:)
    Pros:
    great light, easy controls, easy to navigate, love it
    Cons:
    next/previous buttons are a little small, but not a big issue for me
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    5 out of 5

    Great Head Unit

    Written By Annie, Miami, FL on Thursday, August 16, 2012
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    I bought this radio as a replacement for my 05 Dodge Neon factory unit. This head unit is a great value for the price, at first I was a little skeptical because I read some people complaining about a couple of things such as the display being almost impossible to see in daylight, well let me tell you, I live in Florida (bright sun all day long) and I have no issues with visibility, it looks just as good as at night time. The ability to change the display colors it a plus, you can easily match it with the interior of your car or your mood. It was easy to install, instructions are very easy to follow, I installed it myself in about 45 min (removing the old one and placing this one), this is the first head unit I have replaced myself, I usually pay someone to do it. As far as the USB, I read some people reviews saying it does not play music from Android phones, guess what? It does, as long as you put your phone on Mass Connection mode, it reads it and you can use the remote control to change the songs (I have a pretty new andoid phone so it is not true it only reads old models). It is actually very easy to navigate through the menu, every option displays on the screen so it is nearly impossible not to undestand what you are doing. Sound is great even with factory speakers, sound is loud, clear and stunning. In the past I have always bought Pioneer but I love this head unit, definetely will buy again from Crutfield and JVC.
    Pros:
    Great unit, low price, easy to install and use, adjustable display color, reads USB devices (USB drive and phone), sound is clear and loud.
    Cons:
    None I can think of.
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    4 out of 5

    Doesn't work with Galaxy s3

    Written By Brey087, Weatherford, Tx on Thursday, August 02, 2012
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    I'm extremely satisfied with this HU but just found out few weeks after buying it for 20 extra bucks you can get one with hands free calling. One downside is it said Android compatible so I figured it would run my droid through USB, nope it will charge it but a very weak charge basically I think its more of plug it in and doesn't run your phone battery down. With older model droids you can use the jvc app and use your phone as a remote control for cd's... The settings are pretty basic so if you're super into getting into the settings not gonna happen with this but you have sub control and bass control.
    Pros:
    Great sound, awesome look, HD radio sounds good not really that big of a deal though
    Cons:
    Cant use droid through usb but still charges it and a cd got stuck in it the first day and still haven't got it out
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KD HDR61 radio

    Written By Pat, Wakefield, RI on Tuesday, July 24, 2012
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    I am very happy with Crutchfield and their products and prices. I did not have any difficulting installing the radio but I knew I had full support if I needed it. That was a big factor in why I chose Crutchfield.
    Pros:
    Prompt shipping, quality product, great resources for learning about the unit and how to install it. They also have excellent customer service.
    Cons:
    None that I can think of...other than it has more features than I care to use or learn about (if that can be a con..)
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    5 out of 5

    Very Pleased

    Written By Geoff, Dayton, OH on Saturday, July 21, 2012
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    Replaced factory unit in a 2004 Pontiac Montana. The sound quality is better, and using an Ipod is a breeze. We bought the harness and steering wheel control unit recommended by Crutchfield. The Crutchfield customer service rep led us through some tricky wiring issues caused by poor design of the steering wheel wiring by Pontiac.
    Pros:
    Sound quality, steering wheel control, HD radio, and Ipod integration
    Cons:
    Clock does not display when system is muted.
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    5 out of 5

    USB is amazing! Wife loves changing the color.

    Written By Jaaake, York, NE on Tuesday, June 26, 2012
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    Got this unit to replace a broken factory unit in my wife's truck. She loves it. We had heard good things about front USB--it works great, easy menus to play what you want. I don't really care but she loves being able to change the color of the display. The sound quality is noticeably better than the factory unit. The HD radio is also a neat feature.
    Pros:
    USB front, adjustable display color, sound quality, great value
    Cons:
    A little too easy to remove--I'm searching for a better way to secure it.
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    5 out of 5

    Sexy

    Written By Andrew, Lancaster, PA on Thursday, June 21, 2012
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    This headunit has a lot to offer for the price. I bought this for my girlfriend and here were her pros and cons:
    Pros:
    -Lots of lighting features -HD stations sound great -use of ipod with auxiliary and usb stick
    Cons:
    None, it is alittle complex at first but is easy after using it for a couple weeks.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Value

    Written By R.C, Fort Worth, TX on Tuesday, June 19, 2012
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    The radio sounds great. Some reviewers have said the reception sensitivity was low, but I haven't experienced that at all. I do live in the DFW metroplex area so that is probably not a big issue here. There is some issue with being able to see the display during the day, but I like that the display auto dims at night so it isn't so bright. I have the rear Aux port wired to my glove box, where I keep my Ipod which I really like and the USB works great. There are just so many options on this radio. The buttons are a little small for big hands and there are a lot of menus, but overall a great radio. I have plenty of HD stations in the area and they all sound fantastic. Good buy for the price.
    Pros:
    Rear Aux port . Auto dimming display. Great Sound. Front USB and Aux. Price.
    Cons:
    Small buttons and a lot of menus to sort thru. Display is sometimes hard to see during the day
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    5 out of 5

    Excellent value

    Written By Ken, Salem, OR on Tuesday, June 12, 2012
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    Very nice unit.
    Pros:
    Sound is very good. Reasonably easy to use.
    Cons:
    Radio sensitivity is not as good as factory unit it replaced.
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    4 out of 5

    JVC KD-HDR61

    Written By TommyG, San Jose on Tuesday, May 29, 2012
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    Its a great deck for a reasonable price!! Can't go wrong!
    Pros:
    I love the USB feature!! No more skipping music :)
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    5 out of 5

    Good Value

    Written By Rick, Cleveland, OH on Thursday, May 17, 2012
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    Good unit relatively easy to install (my first). I replaced a stock VW Jetta radio that was 10 years old and this sounds so much better
    Pros:
    Good sound, Good value for the price; Relatively easy installation
    Cons:
    Little hard to figure out at first; Buttons are kind of small
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    5 out of 5

    Great Unit

    Written By Old guy, Midwest on Sunday, May 13, 2012
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    Easily installed in a 2011 Ford Ranger, as always Crutchfield comes through.
    Pros:
    It's all good.
    Cons:
    None.
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    4 out of 5

    Sound Revelation

    Written By JJ, Akron, OH on Sunday, May 06, 2012
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    Am hearing sounds and words not heard before, even tho' radio's going thru stock Hyundai speakers. I also don't lose clarity when the volume's turned down! Excellent product. Would defintely recommend to others. In all fairness, my 30-year old son told my to try JVC and try Crutchfield.
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    5 out of 5

    I'm Happy

    Written By MrMusik, Catawba NC on Saturday, May 05, 2012
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    Excellent radio . Just plain love it
    Pros:
    Looks great sounds great even with OEM speakers
    Cons:
    None
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    4 out of 5

    Fully satisfied

    Written By Larry, Memphis, Tn. on Wednesday, May 02, 2012
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    I am very satisfied with this jvc receiver. The only complaint I have is the display is basically useless in the daytime, even on the brightest (31) setting. The Crutchfield team gets an A+ from me for making the install easy and for value because I saved approx. $200 by choosing Crutchfield lge best buy. All that I needed for the install was included with easy to understand instructions. I got the receiver, dash kit, wiring harness, and antenna adapter. I installed everything in a 2012 Suzuki Equator pick-up.
    Pros:
    Sound quality, equalizer, amplifier.
    Cons:
    Display brightness during day is extremely lacking.
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    5 out of 5

    Worth it

    Written By Anonymous, ma on Friday, April 20, 2012
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    product is worth it. no complaints here
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KD-HDR61

    Written By CraigC, Baltimore, MD on Wednesday, April 11, 2012
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    This made a great replacement receiver in a 2001 Chevy Cavalier. The unit is very attractive and improved the overall sound greatly. Great product at a great value. Flawless install with items supplied by Crutchfield.
    Pros:
    Great Sound. Great Product. Great Value.
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    Great Product

    Written By NicoM, Rhode Island on Tuesday, April 03, 2012
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    I bought this product to upgrade my factory radio. It was a great purchase and everything works really well. I plan to add a whole sound system to my 2011 Mazda 6. Works great with an iPod or iPhone also. Purchasing from Crutchfield was a great experience.
    Pros:
    Easy install, easy use, great sound.
    Cons:
    None
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    4 out of 5

    JVC KD-HDR61

    Written By Anonymous, Cadillac, MI on Monday, April 02, 2012
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    easy install but did not fit as tight as I would have liked in my dodge (double din), not as loud as I would like but it has everything to hook up amp for easy install also and over all I love the stereo. good buy for any one.
    Pros:
    I installed it in about 45min. looks cool sounds great!
    Cons:
    sounds good but wish it was just a little louder but I will install a small amp. would sound good with nice factory speakers my aftermarkets need an amp.
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    4 out of 5

    Good Features for the Money

    Written By Joe G., Nashville, TN on Monday, April 02, 2012
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    Sound quality is excellent. I bought it for the front USB port and its ability to play mp3 and wma files and have not been disappointed. I doubt I'll ever use the CD player as between the ability to play files and work with my iPod all my media needs are covered. Installation was simple and straight forward. My only gripe is the display dim is, even on the brightest settings, so it's difficult to see sometimes in the daytime. Overall I would say this unit is a lot of bang for the buck.
    Pros:
    Good sound quality, feature rich - 2 aux inputs and USB port for both file playback and iPod support.
    Cons:
    Dim display, small forward and back buttons for those with larger hands.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Unit.

    Written By Adam, Hudson, NH on Thursday, March 29, 2012
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    Pleasantly surprised with the unit as a whole. It took a little while to get used to the controls, and I was peeved that I had to re-order all my MP3's on my 32gb USB stick, but the power output is more than adequate (I think it puts out slightly more than advertised), and the Equalizer controls are awesome.
    Pros:
    Front USB and Front AUX jack make for easy adding of custom tunes. Ability to set custom colors for button and screen. Remote Control is always nice.
    Cons:
    Subwoofer output is lacking. Even with the Subwoofer outputs set to maximum, I got more bass out of my sub by connecting to the REAR RCA ports instead of Subwoofer. USB - It can't seem read more than 2 folders deep, I had to re-build my MP3 stick to have only root level folders with songs in them. By doing MUSIC -> ARTIST -> ALBUM It would not recognize any songs. But when I sorted by Genre only and copied all music into those folders, it found them all.
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    5 out of 5

    Would buy again

    Written By JerryS, Canton, GA on Monday, March 26, 2012
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    As usual, Crutchfield's service was top notch. The unit arrived quickly with everything I needed to install it easily. The usb connector will power my friend's android phone (but won't take audio from it, oh well, have to use the aux connector for that.) I did have to read the manual to get everything set up, but after that it's pretty self explanatory. I can't review the line level outs because I don't have an amp, but knowing Crutchfield's and JVC, I'm sure they're acceptable.
    Pros:
    Exactly the color I wanted with minimal fuss. Great sound. Can control my iphone from my iphone or not as I desire. will charge non-iDevices
    Cons:
    When you change your car's battery, it forgets everything, radio presets, display colors, everything. Would 10kb of flash memory really have killed their budget?
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    5 out of 5

    JVC-KD-HDR61

    Written By pdonaldson, inwood, wv on Thursday, March 22, 2012
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    AWESOME!!! Easy to install, love the features and effects! Ipod plays flawlessly through this head unit. Definately more power to my 12" tube along side my amp and EQ. LOUD setting is amazing!!! If u cant hear me now you are deaf, pulseless and apneic!!!! Great product. Always purchase from Crutchfield. Best prices and customer service!!!
    Pros:
    Everything
    Cons:
    Nothing
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    5 out of 5

    Great Unit for the $$$

    Written By Jeremy M., Chicago, IL on Wednesday, March 14, 2012
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    Great unit! Very easy to install and the unit is very user friendly. After taking 5min out to actually read the manual you know how to operate the whole thing. I would highly recommend to anyone. I have had units in the past that cost 2X's as much and didn't work as good.
    Pros:
    I was able to match the color of my dash to a "T". Smooth Operation and Easy to use. After all these years JVC still has the tiny remote for the car.........takes me back to '95!
    Cons:
    The main knob on the unit is not really made for people with big hands, it needs more grip.......................Really not that big of an issue!
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    4 out of 5

    Good overall unit

    Written By Will, Tampa, FL on Saturday, March 10, 2012
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    This is a great unit to upgrade a factory radio to integrate Iphone/pod and Pandora capability. This replaced a Factory standard radio in a 2007 Jeep Wrangler. Utilizing the factory speakers, the results wee quite startling. The roll bar speakers that were almost inaudible without fade being set partially to the back, now offer real rich fill in sound, to the point where I actually faded toward the front a bit. For all the functionality, the minimal amount of buttons are fairly well planned out and access to menus are not horribly complicated and more or less intuitive .

    It is a bit of an issue that Crutchfield does not offer free radio harness for the 2007 up Wrangler w/o factory amp. Instead they offer a PAC module at 1/2 price(but still almost $70). For the factory harness Metra, Scosche , and Best all offer a harness that only requires an extra tap into a switched 12V which is easily found at the lower right 12 v outlet on the lower instrument panel.Instead of that harness they send an antenna extender that is not required. Go figure. Looks like their installer checks fell apart on this one.

    All things considered, I ordered on Weds afternoon and received Friday. Great service. Also the price was unbeatable.
    Pros:
    Great sound, flexibility, and looks. Excellent price and delivery
    Cons:
    When unit is off, no clock display, Crutchfield should include wiring harness adapter for 2007 up jeep Wranglers w/o factory Infinity amp.
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    5 out of 5

    Great receiver @ a great price

    Written By Bob R, Oakdale,NY on Friday, March 09, 2012
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    Installation was fairly easy with the instuctions from both the receiver & Crutchfield. Sound is very good in all formats,having HD radio thrown in at this price is a nice bonus.The manual is a bit vague,it took a while to get up to speed on accessing & using all the features available. I am very happy with this purchase!
    Pros:
    Versatile unit with very good overall sound quality.
    Cons:
    Manual could be more detailed. A few days after installation,I realized I had no AM radio reception. Crutchfield tech support bailed me out-the blue power antenna wires have to be connected even if you don't have a power antenna,otherwise no AM. A word to the wise.....
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