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Item #: 105KDR200
 

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by Zak Billmeier
JVC

Why replace your factory radio?

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

Looking for a great-sounding car stereo that focuses on the basics? JVC built the KD-R200 CD receiver just for you. You'll get great-sounding CD and radio playback, plus a handy front-panel auxiliary input for connecting a satellite radio, MP3 player, or other music source.

A powerful internal amplifier amplifier keeps the music clean when you turn up the volume, while the premium digital-to-analog converter makes your tunes sparkle with depth and realism. You can tweak your tone to your taste using the 3-band equalizer, and store your favorite settings in six presets.

Load up a CD with your favorite MP3 and WMA files— it's like having a CD changer in your dash. You'll even see song info on the KD-R200's display. JVC includes a handy remote control, so you and your passengers can make easy adjustments on the fly.

A set of 2.5-volt preamp outputs helps you connect an amplifier to your system. Switch the outputs to subwoofer mode, and you'll be able to dial in just the right amount of bass with the subwoofer level control.

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Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with built-in MOSFET amplifier (20 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs and MP3/WMA files on disc
    • detachable face
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • iEQ 3-band equalizer with six preset tone settings
    • low-pass filter and subwoofer level control
    • 24-bit digital-to-analog converter
    Expandability:
    • inputs: front-panel auxiliary input
    • outputs: 2-channel preamp outputs (selectable rear/sub)
    Other info:

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    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant
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    Yes
    RMS Power Output
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    20 watts
    Peak Output
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    50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth
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    20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs
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    2-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs
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    No
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs
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    Yes
    Video Screen
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    No
    Preamp Voltage
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    2.5 volts
    Display Color
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    White
    Key Button Color
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    Red/blue
    EQ Bands
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    3
    Wireless Remote
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    Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible
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    No
    Parts Warranty
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    1 Year
    Labor Warranty
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    1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input
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    Front
    USB Input
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    No
    Memory Card Slot
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    No
    Bluetooth Compatible
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    No
    Satellite Radio Ready
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    No
    HD Radio
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    No
    Navigation
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    iPod Compatibility
    Full size
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    Nano
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    Touch
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    Mini
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    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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    What's in the box?

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    • AM/FM/CD receiver with 15-amp ATC fuse inserted into chassis
    • Sleeve
    • Face
    • Trim ring
    • Wiring harness
    • Face security screw
    • Wireless remote control (RM-RK50)
    • CR2025 Lithium battery
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • Mounting bolt with flat washer/hex nut/Rubber bushing installed
    • Instructions/Installation manual (English)
    • Instruction/Installation manual (French)
    • Instructions/Installation manual (Spanish)
    • US warranty sheet
    • Canadian warranty card
    • Product Registration Card/Questionnaire
    • Face security screw note
    • "Caution" note attached to wiring harness

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    Features

    MOS-FET Amplifier: The JVC KD-R200 features a MOS-FET amplifier that is CEA-2006 compliant and rated at 20 watts RMS x 4 channels in 4-ohm and 1% THD+N with a signal to noise ratio of 80 dBA.

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The JVC KD-R200 utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior CD sound quality.

    MP3/WMA Playback: The KD-R200 can play MP3 (8-320 kbps)/WMA files (8-192 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. You can directly access folders numbered 01-12 (they must be assigned two-digit numbers when recorded). Each disc can have a maximum of 8 folder hierarchies, 200 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.

    Direct Track Access: You can directly access CD tracks 1-12 by pressing the station preset buttons. If a preset button is pressed for less than 1 second, the track corresponding to the number on the preset button is selected (for tracks 1-6). When a preset button is pressed for more than 1 second, the track corresponding to the number above the preset button is accessed (for tracks 7-12).

    Playback Modes: The JVC KD-R200 offers the following Repeat and Random playback modes for your audio CDs.

    • Repeat: Track Repeat (plays the current rack repeatedly), Folder Repeat (plays all tracks of the current folder repeatedly), Off (cancels repeat function
    • Random: Folder Random (plays al tacks 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 Résumé: 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.

    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.

    Disc Lock: You can lock a disc in the unit's loading slot to prohibit disc ejection.

    AM/FM Tuner: The JVC KD-R200 features a built-in AM/FM tuner with 3 FM bands and 1 AM band. You can set six preset stations for each band, giving you a total of 18 FM stations presets and 6 AM station presets. The radio allows you to set your AM/FM stations manually or automatically. You can set the built-in AM/FM tuner between US standard and European tuning spacing,

    Intelligent Equalizer (i-EQ): In addition to manual bass, midrange, and treble settings (-6dB to +6dB @ 60Hz, 1kHz and 7.5kHz), this unit also has six selectable preset tone control and Super Bass setting combinations. Each of the sound modes may be adjusted to your preference and stored in memory. The preset Intelligent Equalizer modes are:

      Bass Midrange Treble Loud
    Rock +03 00 +02 Off
    Classic +01 00 +03 Off
    Pops +02 +01 +02 Off
    Hip Hop +04 -02 +01 Off
    Jazz +03 00 +03 Off
    User (Flat) 00 00 00 Off

    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.

    Amplifier Gain Control: When you are using the KD-R200 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.

    Preamp Outputs: The KD-R200 is equipped with one pair of 2.5V preamp outputs. You can set the rear preamp outputs for connecting rear speakers (through an external amplifier) or for connecting a subwoofer (through an external amplifier). When set for rear speakers, the rear outputs operate with the unit's fader control. When set for subwoofer, the outputs are non-fading, and you can set the cutoff frequency of the low pass filter at 90Hz, 135Hz, or 180Hz. The subwoofer level can be set between 0 and 8.

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

    Detachable Face: The unit features a detachable face to deter theft. The CD player does not come supplied with a face case.

    Clock Display: While playing a CD, you can switch between the clock display and the CD elapsed time display (the track number always appears). While listening to the radio you can switch between the clock display and the station frequency display. When you press the Display button during power off, the unit will turn on, display the clock for 5 seconds, then shut off. This can be done with the ignition on or off. In the unit's menu, the clock can be set to display with the unit on or off, only turning off when the ignition is turned off ("keyed" operation).

    Display/Button Illumination Dimmer: The display and button illumination dimmer can be set to Off (normal brightness at all times) or On (display and button illumination is always dimmed). Note that the amount of dimming is fixed; it cannot be adjusted.

    Wireless Remote Control: The KD-R200 comes supplied with a wireless remote control (RM-RK50). The remote contains Power, Attenuator, Sound, Source, Tracking and Volume functions.

     
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    5 out of 5

    great reciever on a budget

    Written By Anonymous, canton, OH on Wednesday, November 18, 2009
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    this is a great radio, has an input jack for ipods and mp3s and also has a cd
    player, it looks great and it can even improve the sound of your stock speakers
    (the bass sounds wayyy better than before). only complaint, i cant figure out
    how to change the clock, but i just need to read the manual i guess... its
    bright, but not distracting in any way. overall a great radio
    6 out of 7 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    great stereo

    Written By Anonymous, SC on Saturday, October 10, 2009
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    very easy installation. took about 1 hr. great stereo
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    3 out of 5

    JVC-KDR200

    Written By Paul, San Francisco on Sunday, June 14, 2009
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    Overall this radio was easy to install and works well, but it has a couple of quirks.

    If you select to keep the clock on when the radio is off, the antenna is up when the car is off. Not a big deal, until you get to the car wash.

    Display dimmer needs a dimmer setting. The display is bright enough to see in the daytime. At night, even in the "dim" setting,the display is the brightest thing in the car. In fairness, many aftermarket radios have some problem because they do not connect to the dimmer control for the rest of the instrument panel.
    7 out of 8 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    JVC KD-R200

    Written By Darby, Louisville, KY area on Thursday, March 26, 2009
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    This is a great stereo with nice features for the price. It's simple to use and installation was relatively easy. I would recomment this unit to someone looking to upgrade an older oem (factory) stereo. Also plays mp3 formatted music and has an auxillary input on the front face of the stereo, for hookup to an IPOD or similar device.
    21 out of 21 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Easy upgrade

    Written By Cruiz, Hobe Sound, Fl on Thursday, March 19, 2009
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    Unit is easy to operate & setup. Sound is good even w/ the OEM speakers, just haven't gotten to the after market one yet.
    7 out of 8 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KD-R200

    Written By rachelle, Lake Wales,FL on Saturday, March 14, 2009
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    This radio has several features that most radios do not. It is easy to install and has wonderful sound. I would recommend this product to anyone who is looking to buy a nice stero and it is inexpensive.
    38 out of 40 people found this helpful
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