If you want the most from your in-dash receiver, but space is a concern, the JVC KD-NX5000 DVD receiver packs a lot of features into a standard-sized chassis. Not only do you get DVD and CD playback, but you'll also find a full color 3.5" screen and a dedicated 40-gigabyte hard drive for navigation.

Built-in hard drive navigation
The navigation drive features more than 13 million points of interest and multiple destination searches, so it's easy to find restaurants, hotels, and landmarks in unfamiliar places. The hard drive houses all navigation features, so you can use the CD/DVD player and get directions at the same time. You can choose between 2D and 3D map displays, with direct scroll and direct zoom features to make viewing easier. The built-in RDS-TMC tuner helps you avoid traffic jams.

Plenty of room for music
The KD-NX5000 plays CDs and DVDs loaded with MP3, WAV, and WMA files, so music is no problem. You can also load up to 26 gigabytes of your digital music or CDs to the internal hard drive — that's almost 460 standard length CDs right in your dash. You can search for MP3 files in the hard drive by album name, artist, or song title. Whatever you listen to, you can rely on the forceful built-in amplifier and precise 7-band equalizer to make it sound great.

DVD movies and more
JVC designed the KD-NX5000 to play all sorts of movie formats when you're parked, including regular DVDs, DVD-R and DVD-RW, MPEG 1 and 2 formats, and DivX movie files. You can even add another movie or gaming source to the gold-plated video input terminals.

Expand your system
You can also take advantage of your Bluetooth phone with JVC's optional adapter. You'll get hands-free calling, audio control and streaming, phonebook transfer, and points-of-interest sync dialing, which calls your favorite restaurant and hotel numbers saved in your phone.

If you have a truck or SUV, add a rear-view camera for extra safety. The KD-NX5000 also works with JVC's iPod adapter, satellite radio, or CD changer. A comprehensive remote control controls all major functions on the go.

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.

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • DVD/CD receiver with navigation and built-in amplifier (20 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • detachable face with 3.5" color screen
    • remote control
    Audio/Video features:
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, CD-RWs (including discs loaded with MP3, WMA, and WAV files), DVDs, DVD-Rs, DVD-RWs, and DivX
    • 24GB hard drive for music storage
    • JVC Original lossless recording
    • 7-band iEQ
    • DVD Audio compatible
    • DTS/Dolby Digital
    Navigation features:
    • built-in 16GB hard drive navigation
    • 13 million points of interest
    • 2D and 3D map viewing angles
    • built-in RDS-TMC tuner receives up-to-the-minute traffic reports (subscription required, 3-month subscription included)
    • voice guidance in English, French, or Spanish
    Expandability:
    • compatible with optional JVC Bluetooth adapter
    • compatible with optional JVC iPod adapter
    • compatible with most factory steering wheel audio controls (adapter required)
    • satellite radio ready
    • optical digital output
    • gold-plated video input/output terminals
    • three sets of gold-plated preamp outputs
    Other features and specs:

    Why install a car stereo with built-in GPS?

    Imagine taking a trip as your car's receiver gives you directions, finds the best restaurant for dinner, and plays movies for your back seat denizens. Navigation receivers cover all the bases, with GPS guidance, DVD playback, and a host of other useful features. You can search through millions of points of interest to locate gas stations, restaurants, museums, and other interesting spots, wherever you are. Most receivers offer Bluetooth capability for hands-free calling, along with the ability to search through your iPod playlists with touchscreen controls.

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    What's in the box?

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    • AM/FM/DVD/CD/HDD Navigation receiver with 15A mini-fuse inserted in chassis
    • Face
    • Hard plastic face case
    • Sleeve
    • Trim ring
    • Wireless remote control (RM-RK250)
    • Self-adhesive remote holder
    • 2 "AAA" batteries
    • Wiring harness
    • 3 Red plastic crimp splicers
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • Mounting bolt (M5 x 20mm)
    • Rubber bumper
    • Flat washer
    • Lock nut (M5)
    • Preamp output harness (with 3 pairs of stereo RCA jacks)
    • Video in/out harness (with reverse/speed signal/remote wires)
    • 16.25' Reverse gear wire (purple w/female bullet connector)
    • 16.25 Speed signal wire (pink w/female bullet connector)
    • Magnetic GPS antenna with attached 16.25' cable
    • Self-adhesive GPS antenna mat
    • Face fixing screw
    • Instructions (English/French/Spanish)
    • Installation/Connection Manual (English/French/Spanish)
    • Warranty sheet
    • Product Registration card/Questionnaire
    • Gauge for confirming installation angle
    • "Countries where you may use the Bluetooth function" sheet
    • Note on TMC sheet
    • Canadian warranty/registration card
    • Sheet concerning spacer
    • Sheet concerning face fixing screw
    • Caution sheet concerning ground wire

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    General Features
    DVD/Video CD Features
    Navigation Features
    External Device Controls
    Inputs and Outputs Notes

    General Features

    3.5" TFT LCD Monitor: This unit features a 3.5" TFT LCD monitor built into the motorized, fold-down faceplate. The LCD serves as a video and navigation monitor and system information display.

    Display Tilt Adjustment: The motorized display can be adjusted to one of four angles.

    Wallpaper: You can choose from the following wallpapers: Default (blue water), Digital, Midnight, Sunset, Gauges, Sunrise, Nucleus, Carbon, Tunnels, Orbit, Shadow, and Forest.

    Hard Disk Drive: The KD-NX5000 is equipped with a 40 GB Hard Disk Drive (HDD). The HDD has 16 GB dedicated for map data and 24 GB for storage. You can record CD tracks and music files (MP3, WMA, and WAV). The recorded tracks are categorized into genres and albums. You can make 99 genres in the music server, and 99 albums in each genre. Each album can contain up to 999 tracks. Playback modes include intro scan, repeat, and random play for tracks, albums, and genres.

    Menu Languages: You can choose from three menu languages: English, French, and Spanish.

    Selectable Aspect Modes: You can choose from the following aspect modes:

    • Regular: 4:3 and 16:9 pictures display with black bars on either side (16:9 images are compressed)
    • Full: expands 4:3 pictures horizontally to fill the entire width of the screen, distorting the picture slightly but retaining full image height
    • Auto: the correct aspect mode is automatically chosen based on the incoming signal

    Intelligent EQ (7-Band iEQ): This unit has Hard Rock, R&B, Pop, Jazz, Dance Music, Country, Reggae, Classic, User 1, User 2, User 3, and Flat preset EQ curves. User 1, User 2, and User 3 presets can be adjusted to your preference and stored in memory. For each User preset, you can independently adjust the following frequencies: 60 Hz, 150 Hz, 400 Hz, 1 kHz, 2.4 kHz, 6 kHz, and 12 kHz. The level of each frequency can be adjusted from -5dB to +5dB in 1dB increments.

    MP3/WMA Playback: The KD-NX5000 can play MP3/WMA 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. MP3 files with a bit rate from 32-320 kbps and WMA files with a bit rate from 32-320 kbps are supported.

    Amplifier Gain Control: When you are using the KD-NX5000 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.

    Source Naming: The KD-NX5000 allows you to assign names of up to 16 characters for AM and FM stations (30 station maximum), and a name up to 16 characters for a connected external component.

    Subwoofer Output: This unit has 2.5V front, rear, and subwoofer preamp outputs on a separate plug-in harness. The subwoofer output has independent level control, adjustable from 0 to +08, and a selectable phase setting that can be adjusted to Normal or Reverse.

    Crossover: The KD-NX5000 has an internal crossover that allows you to choose one of the following cutoff frequencies: of 55 Hz, 85 Hz, or 125 Hz. This crossover acts as a low-pass filter for the subwoofer preamp output and a high-pass filter for the front and rear preamp outputs. The high-pass filter can be set to Through or On.

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

    Input Setup: You will need to indicate in the setup menu what type of inputs your are connecting. You can choose between a changer and an external input when the J-Link changer port is used. You can also choose between a video input or camera when the video input jack is used.

    Dimmer: The dimmer can be set to Off (normal brightness at all times), Auto (display window automatically dims when your car head lights are turned on), On (display is always dimmed) or Time Set (lets you choose the hours when the display is dimmed). The amount of dimming is fixed, it cannot be adjusted. The orange/white illumination wire must be connected to your vehicle's headlight circuit for Auto operation.

    Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The KD-NX5000 has a "OE Remote" lead on the back panel. When used with the optional PAC SWI-ALP interface (item # 127SWIALP), you can retain the use of your steering wheel and/or rear seat radio controls when replacing the factory head unit in select vehicles. The SWI-ALP is compatible with over 95% of the vehicles made from 1986 to the present. Compatible vehicles include many Acura, Audi, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, GMC, Honda, Hummer, Infiniti, Isuzu, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercury, Mini, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Oldsmobile, Plymouth, Pontiac, Saab, Saturn, Suzuki, Toyota, and Volkswagen vehicles and Harley Davidson motorcycles. Please consult "Outfit My Car" to see if your vehicle is compatible.

    DVD/Video CD Features

    Dolby Digital/DTS: The KD-NX5000 can output Dolby Digital and DTS bitstreams through the optical digital output to a multi-channel surround decoder.

    MP3/WMA Playback (Giga MP3): The KD-NX5000 can play MP3/WMA files that have been recorded on DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, and DVD+RW discs. The disc must be compliant with UDF-Bridge format. Discs must be created on a computer with a DVD burner. The DVD burner software application must be compliant with UDF-Bridge format.

    Note: DVDs recorded on stand alone consumer DVD burners are not compatible with this unit.

    Direct Access: Using the supplied remote, you can directly access any title or chapter on a DVD, and any track on a Video CD.

    Multi-Angle Display: This function allows you to choose the viewing angle of scenes that were shot from a number of different angles. 

    Note: This function is limited to DVDs recorded with multiple camera angles.

    Monitor Type: You can choose one of the following monitor types:

    • 16:9: select this when the aspect ratio of your monitor is 16:9
    • 4:3 Letter Box: select this when the aspect ratio of your monitor is 4:3. While viewing a widescreen picture, the black bars appear on the top and bottom of the screen.
    • 4:3 Pan Scan: select this when the aspect ratio of your monitor is 4:3. While viewing a widescreen picture, the black bars do not appear; however, the left and right edges of the picture will not be shown on the screen.

    Scan Search: When playing a DVD-Video, DVD-Audio or Video CD, there are five fast-play speeds in both directions (2x, 5x, 10x, 20x, and 60x). Scan search speeds for CDs are 2x and 10x.

    Slow Motion: When playing a DVD or Video CD, there are five slow motion speeds in both directions (1/32, 1/16, 1/8, 1/4, and 1/2).

    Repeat Play: When playing a DVD, you can repeat the current chapter or title. When playing a Video CD, you can repeat the current track.

    Random Play: When playing a Video CD, you can play the tracks in random order.

    Intro Play: In this mode, you can play the first 10 seconds of each track on a Video CD.

    Dynamic Range Compression: This function reduces a Dolby Digital soundtrack's dynamic range so you can hear quieter dialog without being overwhelmed by loud sections. You can choose a setting of Auto or On.

    Navigation Features

    HDD Navigation: The KD-NX5000 features a built-in GPS Navigation system. Map data is stored on the HDD, and the connected GPS antenna and speed sensor wire help to pinpoint your vehicle's current location. Once a destination is set, the unit provides turn-by-turn voice guidance through the vehicle's speakers.

    Note: If your vehicle isn't equipped with a VSS (Vehicle Speed Sensor) wire, item 105KVPG1 will be required for the navigation functions to work properly.

    Map Views: You can select from different map views:

    • Heading Up: The map rotates so that you are always displayed heading "upwards." The direction is displayed with a compass icon.
    • 3D Map: The map is displayed in a "heading up" mode, and in a three-dimensional view. The direction is displayed with a compass icon.
    • North Up: The map view is oriented with north "upwards," like normal paper maps. The direction you are heading to is displayed at the upper right corner of the screen with an icon such as "NE."

    Destination Search: You can search for a destination by entering the name, address, or telephone number. An alphanumeric keyboard appears on the screen, allowing you to scroll though the letters to enter the name or number. The available characters are automatically narrowed down as the system searches its database for matches.

    Points of Interest: The built-in map database has 13 million points of interest. They can be searched by the following categories: Gas Station, Hotel, Parking, Restaurant, Shopping, Travel, Recreation, Entertainment, Medical, Financial, Automotive, and Community. Some of the categories are divided into sub-categories.

    Favorite Points: You can save up to 300 places as favorite points. Favorite points can be put into the following categories: Home, Friend, Relative, Business, Visit, Shopping, Food, Caution, Sightseeing, or Other.

    Traffic Message Channel (TMC): Traffic Message Channel is a technology for delivering real-time traffic information to drivers. The traffic information sent by an FM radio station are received and analyzed by the navigation system. The system can inform you of where congestion exists, and how you can detour it. No special radio station has to be tuned in for receiving the traffic information. The traffic service is by subscription only; a three-month free trial subscription is included. Note: The Bypass Traffic feature of the navigation system can be set to manual, auto, or off.

    External Device Controls

    Bluetooth Compatible: With the optional JVC KS-BTA200 Bluetooth Adapter (item # 105BTA200), this unit allows you to make and receive cellular phone calls (through your Bluetooth enabled phone), or listen to a Bluetooth audio device. You can register up to 5 Bluetooth devices to this unit, however, only one unit of each type can be used at a time. You can store up to 6 phone numbers as presets for one-touch dialing.

    Optional Interface Adapter for iPod: The optional KS-PD100 adapter (item # 257KSPD100) allows an iPod digital music player with a dock connector to be hooked up to and controlled by the KD-NX5000. You'll be able to scroll through all your playlists, albums, artists, genres, and composers directly from the head unit. Song titles and other file information show up right on the head unit display. The iPod is also charged while it is connected to the KD-NX5000. The optional KS-PD100 iPod interface is compatible with most iPods that have a dock connector, including the following models: iPod with dock connector (software version 2.3), iPod with Click Wheel (software version 3.1), iPod mini (software version 1.4), iPod photo (5th generation - software version 1.2), iPod nano (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th generation) and iPod classic (80, 120, 160GB).

    Note: The KS-PD100 is not compatible with the iPod touch (1st, 2nd generation) or iPhone/iPhone 3G. This iPod interface will also not charge the iPod nano (4th generation).

    Satellite Radio: This unit supports both XM and Sirius Satellite Radio when used with an optional satellite radio tuner and adapter, sold separately. This JVC headunit supports the SiriusConnect Universal Vehicle tuner and JVC KS-SRA100 Sirius Satellite Radio interface (item number 700SIRJVC1, sold separately). The headunit also supports the XMDirect2 Universal Vehicle tuner and CNPJVC1 XM Satellite Radio interface (item number 700XMJVC1, sold separately).

    CD Changer Controls: This unit is equipped with JVC's "J-Link" CD changer control system. It is fully compatible with JVC's CD/MP3 changer (257CHX1500). Other JVC CH-X series CD changers (except CH-X99 and CH-X100) can be controlled directly by this head unit, however, they are not compatible with MP3 discs. You cannot use the KD-MK series CD changers with this unit, even with an adapter.

    Inputs and Outputs Notes

    Digital Output: The KD-NX5000 has an optical digital output for connecting the unit to a multi-channel surround Dolby Digital or DTS processor.

    Video Input: A single RCA composite video input allows you to connect a camcorder, VCR, or rear view camera. If the input requires an audio connection, you will need the optional KS-U57 Line Input Adapter. If the KS-U57 is used, you will not be able to connect a CD changer. Note: The KS-U58 Aux Input Adapter (which has a 3.5mm miniplug instead of RCA plugs) can also be used for the audio input.

    Video Output: A single RCA composite video output allows you to connect an external video monitor.

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    This is a great unit

    Written By badmailbu, Concord, NC on Friday, November 21, 2008

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    Wow. I am a techno-geek and this unit is the most functional/useful piece of equipment I own. I had it professionally installed using the install card in the morning, and was using it for work that afternoon. The GPS is spot on. You can listen to the radio or CD player while driving and the GPS will attenuate the music with quick turn directions. I looked at all the other units in this catagory and no other unit on the market can compete with this unit. They all lack one or several functions that the NX5000 has standard. I didn't think having a hard drive music server would be that big of a deal, but now that I have it, I'm not going back. I'm loving this unit and am going to put one in my wifes Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited.

    JVC KD-NX5000

    Written By keji, Charlotte, NC on Wednesday, November 19, 2008

    This is one of the absolute best products in the market if not the best. It has too many features to list. It also has very few pardonable flaws. It looks great and even with its numerous features is not difficult to operate.

    Use Competent Installer or Pulse Generator

    Written By Damon, Willoughby, Ohio on Sunday, September 14, 2008

    Since Feb 2008, this has been truly remarkable. This one nicely 'fixes' control quirks of the original KD-AVX1. You can now be in the menus & still adjust volume. I have the Bluetooth unit, and calls will absolutely override music playback of any sort (even A2DP).

    The GPS is smart enough to know when you want to change route (unlike so many other GPS's I've used in the past). For security purposes, it's GREAT to have a stereo which all these features AND have a removable face!

    After going to 3 installers, I still wound up doing it mostly myself. If you have a pre-2007 Chrysler Sebring, DON'T LOOK for the VSS wire! The wire which most find outputs the wrong frequency, so it won't work without a converter. Go to an installer that SELLS THIS UNIT. (Note: that GPS mouse can hide completely under the dash-top and still work!)

    The BEST solution is to spend the money & buy the JVC Speed Pulse Generator from Crutchfield, and INSTALL IT YOURSELF. The concept of magnetizing your rear tire will seem odd, ....but it really does work. I should've done that in the first place.

    Almost Great but annoying

    Written By Brian, Malvern, PA on Monday, September 08, 2008

    Fatal flaw with this device, when playing music from the hard drive YOU CANNOT PAUSE OR STOP. Seriously you cannot pause or stop when playing music that you ripped to it's internal hard drive, checked the manual and those buttons are not used when playing music from the HD. I contacted support because I figured I had to be doing something wrong and they confirmed it. Also there is no True Mute since you cannot stop or pause the music from the hard drive you have to turn the volume way down if you still want to use it for NAV, thankfully NAV audio is different from main volume so you can still hear directions. Other than that it would be nice if it would automatically pause when you recieve a phone call over the bluetooth and it would be nice if it had speed sensitive volume (it has the GPS, it has electronic volume control why not?). JVC could fix these issues with a simple software update but they have not.

    SWEEEEEEEEEET!!!!!!!!

    Written By TripleRed, Stanwood, Wa on Thursday, July 03, 2008

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    Where do I start, first of all it was extremely easy to install. The features on this deck like the GPS, DVD, SAT, CD, yada yada and more Yada are great! lol I combined this deck with Infinity speakers, a Kenwood amp, and Dynamat all over the cars interior and I feel as though I am driving a new car! I am telling you that when you combine great components with great help it is a match that will leave you with nothing but great sound. You can not go wrong with this deck and the features are easy to use it even comes with a remote!! lol

    Investigate before you purchase this or any GPS unit

    Written By bgpng04, Riverside, CA on Wednesday, July 02, 2008

    I have owned this unit for about a year and do like all of the features that it bring to the table. I have a full size Van conversion and on long trips the MP3, Movies, bluetooth and the like are great. The navigation feature is disappointing. when we get into some newer areas we noticed that it gives us a message we are off the route, even though we may be in a major shopping or metropolitan area. I thought I could just purchase the map update but there is none. JVC contends that Navteq provides the data for the maps and I should contact them. Navteq contends they do provide the map data but they do not create or distribute disk for JVC. I have a Navigation unit that I have invested big money in but I am relegated to using a $150 TomTom 1 for directions. As an entertainment unit it is great beyond expectations but for navigational purposes DO NOT BUY THIS UNIT....

    JVC KD-NX5000 meets New Beetle

    Written By Peter D, Salt Lake City, UT on Tuesday, June 24, 2008

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    Anyway, the NX5000 is an amazing little package, and it actually fits into a
    New Beetle dashboard... almost :) I would strongly urge you to have the
    5000 installed professionally. There is simply no room behind the dash for
    the main wiring harness and all the other connectors, and it's even worse if
    you're installing XM or Sirius, that has to live under the center console. If
    you do decide to do it yourself be prepared to remove the center of the
    dash, and the center console, as well as cutting out most of the plastic
    supports behind and on either side of the unit. Trust me, it's worth the
    $200 bucks to have this little beast installed and jammed into your dash.

    The quality of the unit is impressive. It sounds much better than the
    Monsoon head unit, even hooked up to the stock speakers. The HDD is
    great, I upped 38 CDs to the drive and it still reports 94% free space.

    NAV is very accurate. It should be, it uses satellite, gyro and vss, you can
    aim missles with this thing :)

    Bottom line, if you want a toy that's more go than show, get an NX5000,
    you won't be disappointed.

    Problems

    Written By slingguy, Rehoboth Beach DE on Monday, June 16, 2008

    I liked the unit and it fit well into my 87 MB 560SL.

    After one year, would not read DVD or CD's. Just said "No Files Found".
    Been without it a month.

    Putting addresses in and locating Ipod songs is cumbersome. Not sure why
    there is no touch screen. The Cheap TOm Tom has one and it works great.




    Unit is overpriced and fails to deliver.

    JVC HAS GRADUATED

    Written By L.J., Detroit, MI on Monday, June 02, 2008

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    I must say I did
    quite a bit a
    research for this
    head unit, and it
    paid off. The KD
    NX-5000 delivers the
    goods. Its extremely
    powerful and I'm
    discovering new ways
    to use it daily.
    I've had it for a
    couple of weeks now
    and it does
    everything,
    everything it
    claims.

    The interface is
    better than I
    thought, yet there's
    room for
    improvement. The DVD
    showed very crisp
    images and
    navigation is more
    accurate than I
    hoped for. In
    addition I finally
    understand what
    clean sound is like
    from an after-market
    head unit. Wow! I
    would give unit 4.5
    stars but instead I
    gave it 5 since
    there is no room
    that.

    Considering some of
    these reviews with
    one star what's that
    all about? I would
    love an accurate
    assessment of a
    product whether one
    little thing burn me
    about it or not.
    Everyone lets try
    and do a better job
    shall we.

    I almost forgot
    since many of your
    reviews are quite
    good. The 24 GB hard
    drive of available
    space for the music
    is awesome. However
    I wish it read the
    title instead of the
    manual input or
    maybe it does that
    too.

    JVC KD-NX5000

    Written By mike, Chicago, IL on Thursday, May 15, 2008

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    This head unit is awesome!! Not only it plays cds,mp3s and navigates, Its your movie theater on wheels too!! Its has on board Dolby Digital and DTS surrounds. It can receive phone calls by adding on a blue tooth adapter. The KD-NX5000 does everything. Get one!

    Great, feature-packed unit w/ room for improvement

    Written By John, San Diego, CA on Thursday, March 13, 2008

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    This is a great little unit and a real value compared to most other GPS
    head-units available. I give it only four out of five stars only because there
    is some room for improvement on the software and interface.

    For starters, this is one of the only in-dash GPS units I've seen with a
    detachable face. This makes me very happy when I'm parking somewhere
    sketchy. I've had windows bashed out in other cars by theives who took
    much cheaper head units than this one.

    DIY installation is straightforward except for the required Vehicle Sensor
    Speed signal connection, which turned out not be documented in any of
    the available manuals for my limited production model (a 2003 Chrysler PT
    Cruiser GT turbo with autostick). I called JVC before I ordered it and they
    told me where they thought the wire is. Nope -- that was for the manual
    transmission model. I called Crutchfield and they told me where they
    thought the wire is. Nope, that one was a different, weaker, signal that
    the manuals say is used to generate the actual VSS signal (which seems to
    end up routed through the control bus). After scouring four or five shop
    service manuals without success, I bought and installed JVC's $150 VSS
    signal generator, which works fine. I would have far rather left the VSS
    wire unconnected and put up with decreased accuracy in navigation than
    spent this "extra" money, but this issue is not common to JVC. All the in-
    dash GPS units I looked at also required a VSS signal connection. Maybe
    that's why the big box stores around me tend not to carry them so far --
    because they don't want to install them! The whole problem is pointless
    when you consider that portable GPS units have sold like hotcakes and
    I've had no problem with portables. (If you get lost in a tunnel, don't
    blame the GPS!)

    In fact, the JVC's GPS is very sensitive and accurate with the antenna
    mounted on the roof. The navigation software is just Ok. It is good that it
    is loaded on HDD instead of occupying a DVD slot, but the routing software
    and Point of Interest database is not as good as my Garmin portable.
    (Neither is the Honda OEM nav systems in my wife's van.) There are also
    two "San Diego" California's listed, which causes problems entering
    destinations. It is fairly difficult to enter destinations. (I would definitely
    not try to do it while rolling!) The software is updatable with a patch on
    the web, but I have not yet copied it onto a DVD-R to install it to see the
    improvements. The oral nav instructions are pretty good and volume can
    be adjusted.

    The small screen is not really a problem for navigation -- you can see what
    you need to see. I have not bothered to try a DVD in it.

    The HDD music is a fantastic feature. My wife is jealous because her
    factory nav system only has a 6 disc changer and satellite radio. I've got
    20 discs worth of songs in mine so far and more coming. That said, the
    software i

    Amazing!

    Written By Phillip, Columbia, SC on Monday, February 25, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    simply amazing product. very easy to install, very very nice unit. picture for movies is crisp and clear, only downside of this product is the navigation screen. not as good as i was hoping for, but it still does a good job. overall im very pleased with my purchase.

    Love it, love it, love it!

    Written By Jess, Tri-Cities WA on Tuesday, September 11, 2007

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Install was no problem in my 2000 Ford Focus. Speed sensor wire was a cinch to locate once I called the tech support number on the instruction sheet. The crutchfield guy told me exactly where it was.

    The GPS works very well, the stereo sounds great, the picture on the screen looks good. I have no complaints. I do agree with another reviewer that you should be aware before buying that you are forced to use the remote to access certain features, but this is not a problem for me.

    Non-standard faceplate size

    Written By Nate, Boston on Sunday, September 02, 2007

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this despite having a larger double-din space, as it seemed to be the best combination of features and price. However, part of the compromise that JVC made in fitting everything into a single-din format is that the detachable faceplate is actually slightly larger than a standard DIN space.

    This means that this unit will *not* fit into a dash that is not almost perfectly flush. Most Subaru's seem to have an opening that is about 1/2" set back, which means that the head unit will install, but the faceplate can't be mated once the unit is installed. (The manual states that it needs to be within 5mm of flush, which seemed about right.)

    This is detailed up front in the installation instructions, but unfortunately not in Crutchfield's database. They cheerfully accepted my explanation however, and provided a pre-paid RMA within minutes via email.

    KD-NX5000 in a 2003 Vette

    Written By BryanInLA, Los Angles on Monday, August 06, 2007

    My unit is installed in a 2003 Corvette coupe. Configuration: Nav, bluetooth, XM Radio, DVD, iPod, Backup Camera, Hard Disk Audio files. This unit is AWESOME although it does have its flaws. First of all, I have read the other reviews about the requirement to have a VSS (variable speed sensor) signal and what a pain it is for installation. This is absolutely true, but this should not be a criticism of this unit, as ALL the leading NAV systems that I looked at require this signal (Pioneer, etc.).

    Audio is clear and crisp. I am not using an external amp and I am very satisfied with the sound. Navigation works well, but my only complaint is that it is not touch screen, so pushing all the buttons to enter a destination can be painful. The screen size turned out not to be a problem. It is quite adequate. Backup camera was an easy install and can be viewed while driving. XM radio works great, although they could have a better way to easily access preset stations without having to push so many buttons. Recording CDs to the internal hard disk works great, but cataloging audio could have been much better. Bluetooth is flawless with my iPhone. Reads DVDs so you can play a movie anytime and video quality is excellent. You can copy audio albums to a data DVD from your PC and play great quality audio straight from DVD. I get 65 albums per DVD. GREAT option! iPod works great. Detachable faceplate is something I wanted and no popup screen to get in the way of my AC and stop working.

    The only real complaint is that the user controls are not as intuitive as they could be.

    Great Unit, Great features, and the VSS wire is not unique to JVC

    Written By Ardvark, New Jersey on Monday, July 09, 2007

    First of all I am very impressed with all of the features it has to offer. I have the Sirius, Ipod, and the steering wheel remote connected in my 2002 Mountaineer. I am lucky because my VSS wire is on the radio harness. To any of the negative reviewers out there, Crutchfield sells products that may or may not require professional installation. Just because you were able to hook up a cd player in a car before does not mean that a nav unit will be easy. There is a reason that places install these units for a fee. With that said, this unit is not a simple install and it requires patience as well as knowledge of where your vehicle's VSS wire and reverse wire are located. Once installed I found that it is an intuitive unit with some flaws that should not go unnoticed. The ipod interface is great and if you hold the arrow to the left or right it will skip the category in multiples of 10 (making it much faster to browse) I also connected the Sirius adapter which is a great convenience and also works great. I find the sound quality to be good enough, but I am also running to 3 Eclipse amps. I have not used the built in amp. The nav is not flawless as I found that Philadelphia is not an available city, though it works when driving in Philly (Hmmmm?) Hopefully JVC will update this issue. For a person that does not want a double din unit that screams STEAL ME! This unit is by far the best nav unit out there. I connected additional monitors and let me say that the picture is great on them as well as the crisp but small built in screen. Overall I recommend this unit to anyone that wants every feature available and is not put off the the smaller screen that this unit offers

    Almost perfect

    Written By Douglas, Seattle, WA on Friday, June 29, 2007

    As with everyone else, I had a nightmare of a time finding a VSS wire. I too wonder why it is needed at all or couldn't be optional. I was able to solve the problem on a 2006 Sebring (which does not have a VSS signal) by using the OSS (Output Speed Sensor) signal from the transmission (available at a control module under the hood)and then building a simple transistor amplifier to raise the signal high enough for the NX5000 to detect. So, if you are an Electrical Engineer, and can design a simple amplifier, you can make it work in a Sebring! Once I solved that problem it has been working perfectly and is a pretty remarkable unit.

    JVC KD-NX5000

    Written By Adrian, New Jersey on Tuesday, June 19, 2007

    It pains me to have to pan JVC over this one, but I have to protest. In the modern age of touchscreen plug and play PDA size GPS units, it is very conceivable that car stereo manufacturers could develop a Single Din GPS radio with all of these features.

    NOT SO.

    This unit does everything so well EXCEPT the NAVIGATION part, namely, having to connect an extra wire known as the SPEED CENSOR WIRE, or VSS WIRE.

    Anyone who knows a little bit about modern GPS could tell you that the way it gets your POSITION AND SPEED is by triangulation using any 3 satellites above you. So simple, and believe me, it is.

    Not so with this unit. With this unit you have to find/connect this extra wire. Without it, the GPS WILL NOT WORK. It sits there saying "calibrating", no doubt trying to somehow match the speed it reads off your speed sensor wire with the above satellites. This is nice idea assuming at some point you might go into a tunnel (which almost NEVER happens).

    So I went and bought this ADD ON accessory from JVC called a SPEED PULSE GENERATOR. This unit has to be mounted in your trunk, or above one of the spinning wheels of your vehicle, and it tries to determine your speed by the revolutions of the wheel, which it does so magnetically. To make this magnetic action work, they give you a little MAGNET SPATULA which you are supposed to rub around tire to magnetize it. I'm no rocket scientist, but am I supposed to charge my handy magnet tire everyday to make this thing work? VERY DISAPPOINTED.

    JVC KD-NX5000

    Written By David, Washington, DC on Saturday, May 26, 2007

    Hey I brought this product for all the functions, you know hard drive, Nav, bluetooth, etc. The sound is not has crisp has my excelon 789, but it is great with all th functions. The nav sometimes takes some of the wrong directions or goes off course but that might be because of where I have the GPS mounted, if you have a large ipod it takes kind of long to go through the menu, but overall its great for playing dvds and the nav works pretty good. this is the best products hands down for the money.

    Not as it seems

    Written By Franco, Horse Capital, Florida on Saturday, May 26, 2007

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this unit from crutchfield based on reviews from other "happy" buyers. I was excited to get it, and get it installed. IM sad to say that no one can find the VSS wire that this unit needs to work. I have been back to the installers 3 times, and no one can tell me why it will not calibrate. There is no way my 2006 Jeep Liberty does 165mph! Crutchfield Techs tell me its one of 2 wires, installer says its one wire, the Jeep dealer ship had no idea what I was talking about when I asked them about the VSS wire, and last but not least, and the deal sealer of what made me return this unit was the customer service I got from JVC. Crutchfield Techs were as helpful as they can be over the phone. At least they were polite, and trying to keep my business. Because of that, I will purchase another in dash nav system from crutchfield!

    NX5000

    Written By Nick, West Chester, PA on Sunday, April 15, 2007

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Overall, great head unit with lots of features. Did a self-install on a 2005 Jeep Wrangler with 7-speakers. (Keep in mind that even with the assigned Chrysler wiring harness the sub will not work unless you buy a seperate adapter which runs over $100 dollars)

    Because of this I ordered a seperate sub and amp combo, but that's a different review.

    In regards to this system, it performs exactly as advertised and has a myriad of features. Make sure you connect the speed wire to your vehicles speed sensor and the reverse wire to your vehicles reverse light wire for more accurate GPS response.

    In the wrangler, the VSS is located on the transfer case extension, under the car behind the drivers seat area. The reverse wire is the green/white wire leading back towards the rear of the vehicle.

    Good service from the guys at Crutchfield into letting me know where those 2 were located.

    Great Unit

    Written By Carl, Centreville, VA on Wednesday, April 04, 2007

    Installed this in my wife's Escape. Installation was easy (after a call to tech support to find the VSS wire). All in one, in dash unit, made the install easier. Love the HDD music storage, and the capability for DVD music

    Awesome Product

    Written By Hugo, Los Angeles, CA on Saturday, March 31, 2007

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I've had this installed for almost a month on my 2000 Silverado. This thing works great, I work in the IT field so I'm on the field alot, driving around to location to location. I love being able to push a few buttons and getting instant directions to an new location. Sure it took me some time, to enter all the location I go to, but it was well worth it. The music storage, is another great feature, I had a Sony MEX-HD on my camaro that held 10GB of music. With this JVC, I pretty much have all my MP3's in their now. My old JVC stereo also had the Sirius installed, so transfering the equipment to this new deck was easy and I love my Sirius. I need to try out the blue tooth phone stuff, to see how that works out as well. Overall, I'm in love with the unit, everyone who rides with me in the vehicle is amazed about how small it really is and how great of a gadget it is. Also bored at lunch? Pop in a DVD! Screen isn't to big, but watching a movie under a tree at the local park while eating your lunch, is pretty fun.

    complete entertaiment sistem

    Written By thesilverbullet, queens ny on Monday, March 19, 2007

    WOW, WHAT A SISTEM, ITS FANTASTIC,I HAD IT INSTALL IN MY
    03MITSUBISHI ECLIPSE AND DID NOT LOOSE THE CONTROL IN TOP OF THE DASH , ITS SET UP THAT I CAN SEE VIDEOS AND GET GPS INTRUCTIONS AT THE SAME TIME,THE INTALERS DID A FANTASTIC JOB, I HAVE ALL THE STERING WEEL BUTTOMS FUNTIONING, AND THE GPS IS AWESOME, THE FACE I TAKE WITH ME SO THE UNIT WILL NOT BE STOLEN. I HAD A LITTLE PROBLEM WITH CONECTING THE SPEED SENSOR, WE DID NOT WHAT WIRE TO USE, THE TECK SUPPORT FROM CRUTCHFIELD HELP US, THANK YOU GUYS,THE WIRE IS THE WHITE WIRE WITH A BLUE LINE UNDER THE STEERING WEEL. IM GLAD I GOT THIS SISTEM ITS GOT IT ALL, HARD TO BEAT.....

    The first real 21st century head unit

    Written By edward, Austin,Tx on Wednesday, February 28, 2007

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    There are a few other HD-nav HD-music storage head units out there but not at this price point and not with 40GB of storage.

    HD;
    The 40GB HD is partitioned int 15GB for the NAV system and 25GB for music tracks. I was able to burn my 9GB music collection onto two DVD-R+W discs and use those to load all my tunes onto the NX5000.

    Music is cataloged as Genre>Album>Track.

    Nav System;
    I was afraid that a single-DIN sized screen might be too small for nav, but its been fine. Whle driving I care more about the audio prompts anyway.

    The GPS antenna is very small and makes for a nice unobtrusive installation. I have the antenna installed inside the car (rag top) with good reception.

    In addition to the GPS, the NX5000 has a motion sensor to help with nav.

    User interface;
    Some of the pre-release product reviews dinged the NX5000 user interface for usability. But its seemed pretty straight forward to me. I was able to figure out the audio system and much of the nav without reference to the user manual.

    I like the clean look, not too many buttons.

    Installation;
    No problem fitting in my DIN slot. The unit is actually less deep than my previous head unit,

    Audio output;
    preamp outs are 2.5 v. 4v would have been better. 3 pairs of RCA outs, front/rear/sub. There is also an optical audio out. I have an Alpine PXA-H701 on order. Will scrap the bulky RCAs for the single optical audio. (also bumps me back up to 4v out.)

    User manual, installation instructions;
    Great detail, instructions even the novice can follow.

    Other:
    Plays DVDs too.

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