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JVC KD-R330

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Our take on the JVC KD-R330

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're looking to upgrade the sound in your car without shelling out serious cash, take a good look at this striking JVC. The KD-R330 CD receiver is perfect for a teenager's first car, for a family's second car, or any car with a factory radio that's on its last legs. And you just might have enough left over for a pair of speakers, too.

A serious improvement in sound
First of all, you'll get a lot more power — 20 blazing watts of continuous juice. By comparison, your factory stereo probably struggles to crank out 5-10 watts. More power doesn't just mean you can play louder, though, it elevates definition and accuracy at all frequencies, giving you greater realism in your music.

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JVC also packs the KD-R330 with a superior CD deck that'll make your discs sound their best, a sophisticated equalizer for dialing in the perfect sound in your car, and two auxiliary inputs for plugging in your gear. Built-in frequency filters let you tailor the JVC's output so your speakers (and subs, if you got 'em) only play what they were designed to handle.

Expansion possibilities
You'll find two auxiliary inputs for adding sound sources — use the rear input for a permanent source like a satellite radio, and the front source for plugging your iPod® or other portable. Add JVC's Bluetooth® adapter (not included), and you'll be able to take hands-free while your cell phone stays in your pocket or purse. If you're planning to add an amp or a powered sub, you'll find a set of preamp outputs, switchable to subwoofer mode so you can adjust the bass independent of your faders.

Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (20 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • 24-bit digital-to-analog converter
    • high- and low-pass filters
    • 3-band parametric equalizer
    Expandability:
    • compatible with JVC's Bluetooth adapter
    • inputs: front and rear auxiliary inputs
    • outputs: 2-channel preamp outputs (2.5-volt rear/subwoofer)
    Other features and specs:

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    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant Yes
    RMS Power Output 20 watts
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 2-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs No
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs Yes
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 2.5 volts
    Display Color White
    Key Button Color Red
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible No
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input Front/Rear
    USB Input No
    Memory Card Slot N/C
    Bluetooth Compatible Optional
    Satellite Radio Ready No
    HD Radio No
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size N/A
    Nano N/A
    Touch N/A
    Mini N/A
    iPhone N/A
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 9.3 dBf
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No
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    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 security screw
    • Instructions (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • Installation/Connection Manual (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • US Warranty Sheet
    • Canadian Warranty Card
    • Product Registration Card/Questionnaire
    • Face security screw note
    • "Caution!" note (attached to wiring harness)

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    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.

    Disc Playback
    Aux Connection
    Audio Section
    Radio Functions
    Display Features
    Bluetooth/Remote Control

    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-R330 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-R330 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.

    Aux Connection

    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-R330 utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior CD sound quality.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The KD-R330 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-R330 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-R330 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-R330 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-R330 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.

    Switchable Preamp Output: The KD-R330 is equipped with one pair of 2.5V preamp outputs. You can set the Rear/SW 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.

    Built-in Crossovers: The JVC KD-R330 features a built-in high-pass filter for the unit's front & rear speakers and a low-pass filter for the unit's subwoofer output.

    • Low-Pass Filter: When the unit's Rear/SW preamp output is set to Subwoofer, you can set the cutoff frequency of the low-pass filter at 55Hz, 85Hz, or 120Hz.
    • High-Pass Filter: When the unit's Rear/SW preamp output is set to Subwoofer, you can also activate a high-pass filter (fixed at low-pass filter frequency) for the unit's front & rear channels (speaker- or preamp-level), so low frequency signals are cut off from your system's front & rear speakers.

    Subwoofer Level: When the unit's Rear/SW preamp output is set to Subwoofer, you can adjust the head unit's subwoofer level between 0 and 8.

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

    Radio Functions

    AM/FM Tuner: The JVC KD-R330 features a built-in AM/FM tuner with manual, seek, and preset tuning.

    Preset Tuning: You can store 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.

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

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

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

    Display Features

    Detachable Face: The JVC KD-R330 features a detachable face to deter theft. A face-fixing screw is supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired.

    Note: No face case is included with this unit. An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can be purchased for this unit.

    LCD: The head unit features a 14-segment, one-line LCD with adjustable brightness and dimmer settings.

    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-R330 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-R330 comes supplied with a wireless remote control (RM-RK52). The remote contains Power, Attenuator, Sound, Source, Tracking, and Volume functions. The remote operates off of a single CR2025 3V Lithium-cell battery (included).

     
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    5 out of 5

    Awesome!

    Written By Rachel J, Newbury Park, CA on Thursday, October 23, 2014
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    Love it. Great instructions, easy installation!
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KD-R330

    Written By Briana, Shawnee on Delaware, PA on Sunday, October 19, 2014
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    Loved it!
    Cons:
    it beeps every time you hit a button
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    4 out of 5

    Excellent Inexpensive Deck

    Written By BobM, Plumas Lake, CA on Sunday, October 05, 2014
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    The sound is good, not excellent but what would you expect in a $70 deck. I like it in my commuter Honda Civic. The fit was great and the install went easy. My only knock is on the ease of use. You HAVE to read the instruction manual to figure out the settings. On any other deck in any other vehicle I've owned I could figure out the settings and functions on my own. Not so much with this deck. Getting to the audio controls was a slight chore.
    Pros:
    Very good sound, great look.
    Cons:
    Control functions hard to access. Takes some getting used to.
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    4 out of 5

    Perfect for the price.

    Written By ICW, OKC on Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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    Perfect for the price. I bought this as a replacement for a 10 year old car. Worth every penny as Crutchfield offered service beyond what you would get at a brick and mortar store. Easy to install and easy to use. Simple buttons make for easy use while driving. Would buy another one if I were to replace an older stereo in a car.
    Pros:
    Easy installation. Buttons are easy to use (once you figure them out). Sound quality is clear.
    Cons:
    Not very visible in sunlight (even at its brightest).
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    5 out of 5

    Can't beat it for the money

    Written By Jeff B., Troy, NH on Friday, September 12, 2014
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    This is a great head unit if you're looking to upgrade your factory stereo. I wish that the display was a bit bigger/brighter, but for what I paid I am really happy with this. I especially like being able to easily toggle between the EQ settings when I am listening to vocal podcasts instead of music.
    Pros:
    price, quality, decent power
    Cons:
    display is sometimes hard to read
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    1 out of 5

    Don't waste your time

    Written By Mad Hatter, Iowa City, IA on Saturday, August 23, 2014
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    Spent half a day (not to mention time buying additional tools) trying to install. I'm comfortable with electrical wiring but the interface & harness that were required are like trying to get an octopus and a squid together. Once that was done, the unit just kept turning itself on & off with display occasionally blinking. Tried to reset it multiple times with no rated with this mess.changes. Never heard anything from the speakers. Better to have my old system that works than to get frustrated with this mess.
    Pros:
    None
    Cons:
    Poor installation instructions for all equipment involved! Tripled the wiring already in the receiver area of the dashboard If you have a Toyota, don't buy this unit & additional materials
    Crutchfield response on Wednesday, August 27, 2014
    Installing a stereo usually isn't that hard, but it sure can be confusing sometimes, especially in today's cars. Don't forget that one of the best reasons to buy from Crutchfield is our free, lifetime tech support. We can help you figure out all the wires and have those wrestling cephalopods shaking hands in no time.
    2 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

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    Written By hap, gettysburg pa on Friday, August 08, 2014
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    i was very impressed by the sound and capabilities of such a moderately priced receiver.
    Cons:
    The printing could be a little larger but once you grt used to it it is just fine.
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KD-R330

    Written By Anonymous, Crawford, CO on Saturday, August 02, 2014
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    One of the best value and a great product. The customer service is outstanding.
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    5 out of 5

    A birthday present for my sister

    Written By PJ, Portland OR on Friday, July 25, 2014
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    Got this for my sister for a gift and she was thrilled. Her stereo had died over a year ago and she just didn't have time to get another she said. Well I did it all for her. She cried when I gave this stereo to her. I had iy installed, she turned it on and hugged me so tight I thought she'd broken my back, lol. Honestly the sound quality of this stereo is amazing! It looks good and really is an excellent buy for the money. It sounds like a much more expensive unit. It arrived at my door step so quickly I was shocked. It was so easy to order also. I would give this stereo a 10 if I could!
    Pros:
    All good!
    Cons:
    Absolutely nothing!
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KD-R330 RADIO-CD PLAYER

    Written By PETE, TIPTONVILLE,TN. on Tuesday, July 08, 2014
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    IF YOU NEED A LOWER PRICED RADIO THIS IS THE ONE. ALL I CAN SAY IS IT'S GREAT.IT HAS ALL YOU NEED FOR A REPLACEMENT RADIO AND IS EASY TO INSTALL THANKS TO CRUTCHFIELD.
    Pros:
    NICE RADIO GREAT PRICE
    Cons:
    NONE
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KD-R330

    Written By JamesJ, Santa Paula, CA on Thursday, June 12, 2014
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    This is a great head unit for the money! Sounds way better than the stock stereo and is easy to use.
    Pros:
    Price
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    Excellent Product

    Written By Zach, Russellville, AL on Saturday, June 07, 2014
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    Excellent product at an unbeatable price! Crutchfield makes installation an ease with the vehicle specific harness and install kit. I can only morn my past buying experiences of going to "big box stores" and wasting time and money; I'll only go Cruthfield from now on...
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    4 out of 5

    Another winner by JVC

    Written By Bowtiedaddy, Jax. Fl. on Thursday, June 05, 2014
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    Bought this a replacement for Toyota Tundra. This was my second JVC swap as my Avalanche has an older version of basically the same unit. My Tundra had a factory outboard amp with the 6 speaker system and I was was sceptical to bypass it and just use the built in amp on the JVC. Seems to handle it well. Controls are well thought out and and screen is easy to read. The wiring harness adaptor was easy to solder and was a breeze due to the color coded wires. Always use the heat shrink tubing for a clean and trouble free install. For the price this unit is hard to beat.
    Pros:
    Lots of bang for the buck.
    Cons:
    At this price, none really.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Buy!

    Written By JC, KY on Wednesday, May 28, 2014
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    Great replacement stereo, awesome sound!
    Pros:
    Sound quality is great
    Cons:
    Set up can be a bit tricky
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    5 out of 5

    Excellent!

    Written By ashleyp, Providence, RI on Friday, May 23, 2014
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    Excellent product, bought this for my mother in law as a gift, she loves it!
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    5 out of 5

    Great JVC Stereo

    Written By CJ, Sterrett, AL on Saturday, April 26, 2014
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    Easy to install and simple navigation controls.
    Pros:
    Pro EQ settings, wirless remote control, great price for the quality.
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    JVC KD-R330

    Written By aryeh, spring valley NY on Friday, April 25, 2014
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    e-z to install and E-z to controll [the Crutchfield Team helpet with all concerns]
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Great for the price

    Written By racinrickshaw, Bedford, Va on Tuesday, March 25, 2014
     
    Great for the money, might have rated sound quality higher if I had better speakers.
    Pros:
    price
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    gread head unit

    Written By jeff, richmond, in on Monday, March 17, 2014
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    Never really had a problem with jvc one of the better brands for higher head unit watts all in all a very good buy
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    4 out of 5

    JVC KD-R330

    Written By JVC KD-R330, Neptune Beach, FL on Monday, March 03, 2014
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    The sound of this is terrific! I was really pleased with that. I had read some reviews commenting on the red lighting being annoying...and it most certainly is! I also read in some place that it could be changed to blue, and in other places that it could not. I found that you could not change the coloring of it. Other than the color, I am pretty pleased with the purchase of this.
    Pros:
    Excellent sound
    Cons:
    Red lit up color of the dials
    3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Great for its price

    Written By Erik, Tucson on Saturday, March 01, 2014
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    It's a great deck for it's price. It gets the job done
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    3 out of 5

    cheap, works but cheap sounds

    Written By b16richard, Irvington, AL on Sunday, February 16, 2014
     
    Glad to have an mp3 player now but this unit sound quality sucks compared to Honda factory unit. (1995 Accord)
    Pros:
    Multifunctional, inputs, sources
    Cons:
    Sound quality, small buttons, and feel when you push the buttons. Feels cheap.
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    works great

    Written By Anonymous, Maui,HI on Thursday, February 13, 2014
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    we accidentally ordered the wrong one but we're still happy with our order. I can plug my ipod into it and there's a cd player that can play mp3's as a backup. sound is good. install was easy. fits into my 2002 VW Beetle perfectly with the added frame mount. no complaints.
    Pros:
    simple, easy, good sound
    Cons:
    need separate adapter thing to use bluetooth
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Couldn't Be Happier!

    Written By EricB, Woodstock, IL on Thursday, January 30, 2014
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    I installed this radio in my 2003 Saturn Ion in about an hour. Very easy install with Crutchfield's installation gear and diagrams. The radio is very easy to set up and I am overall very happy with it! The sound quality is definitely better than the factory head unit. Would buy again!
    Pros:
    Ease of use, nighttime dimmer
    Cons:
    Menus to go through for some things (mainly brightness)
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    5 out of 5

    Adam colon jvc

    Written By Adam C., Monterey, CA on Tuesday, January 28, 2014
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    Sound great love how it cranks up to a whole new sounds level
    Pros:
    USB cord makes it nice to plug in your phone/iPod
    Cons:
    No cons
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    JVC KD-R330

    Written By Anonymous, Streamwood, IL on Wednesday, January 22, 2014
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    Good price, fast shipping, and easy install with the recommended kits!!
    Pros:
    Ease, price
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    Very Good For an Entry Level Product

    Written By Jeff D., Columbus, Ga on Saturday, January 11, 2014
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    I purchased this receiver as part of a budget upgrade for my commuter car, a 2001 Camry. The stock speakers had dry rotted & for the price I can't complain. My door speaker were replaced with DRVN 6 & 1/2's, the deck speakers with CSV6948 6x9's, & I also have a single 10inch sub & amp from my last commuter car. Overall, the JVC speakers & head unit are very well matched & sound very good considering the system cost under $125 & less than 2hrs for self-installation. Thank You Cruthfield for the install manuals & the excellent install kit. I listen to a wide range of music & this budget system destroys the "premium" audio of my weekend car. I chose to drill a small hole in the rear of the pocket including with my install kit, & ran a 3.5mm cable for my phone from the rear input. When not in use, the cable is pushed in to the connector & remains out of the way. My biggest complaint is, when the rear input/output is set to subwoofer I do not get sound & cannot use the adjustments for the rear output. The red button lighting is too bright & draws attention at night. I am very savvy, but I understand why some people are confused by the interface, it does require a lot of distracting menu shuffling to make small EQ, etc. adjustments. I love it personally.
    Pros:
    The Pro EQ settings, dual inputs jacks, remote is handy, can play mp3 discs, very good sound quality for the price.
    Cons:
    Red bright, look at me lighting, daytime display, rear I/O setting does not work when set to sub, direct sight remote, faceplate sticks,
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    5 out of 5

    I Like It A Lot

    Written By lksmile, Anaheim, CA on Saturday, December 28, 2013
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    Installed quite easily and worked well right out of the box.
    Pros:
    Easy to use and setup
    Cons:
    The display is a bit faint in sunlight. I wish it was brighter
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    5 out of 5

    Great product

    Written By Jack, Springfield, ohio on Saturday, December 28, 2013
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    Best stereo for the price.
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KD-R330

    Written By Mike, Sweeny, Tx on Saturday, December 28, 2013
     
    East to install, sounds great, perfect for the price
    Pros:
    Price
    Cons:
    small buttons
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    5 out of 5

    Thoroughly Satisfied!

    Written By Rick, Phoenix, AZ on Tuesday, December 17, 2013
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    This is an excellent product at a very reasonable price. Easy to install and use.
    Pros:
    Ease of use
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KD-R330

    Written By kchusted, turlock california on Friday, December 06, 2013
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    Great unit, easy to install and the price is right. what else is there to say,,,, jvc
    Pros:
    excellent upgrade or replacement for stock mobile audio
    Cons:
    all current production units at any price point and manufacturer should offer bluetooth because it's the right thing to do
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    5 out of 5

    Great radio for the price

    Written By Anonymous, Fairbanks, AK on Friday, November 15, 2013
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    This is a great radio for the price. It looks good in the car, build quality is great, and the sound quality is very good.
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KD-R330

    Written By S308, Trenton, NJ on Tuesday, November 05, 2013
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    we purchased the VC KD-R330 because the factory radio failed. This was for her car which is getting up there in age but the new radio gave her an upgrade, a few more features and performs very well with the factory system. Crutchfield provided the excellent support documentation and nice wiring harness adapters to make it a smooth transition to the new radio
    Pros:
    Nice features, performs well and blends in nicely with factory interior
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    Awesome

    Written By Munsters1313, Macon, GA on Saturday, November 02, 2013
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    This deck brought my Vue alive. The tunes sound better than ever. Thank you!!
    Pros:
    Great sound quality, with ease of installation. Perfect deck!!
    Cons:
    None
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    4 out of 5

    JVC KD-R330

    Written By Tony, Greenbelt, MD on Thursday, October 31, 2013
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    JVC KD-R330 I will recommend to my friends who looking for that perfect sound. The price is also good.
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    5 out of 5

    Great for the price!

    Written By mabe75, VA on Tuesday, October 29, 2013
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    This stereo really exceeds my expectations for the price. Sound is pretty good, and the features are good. I wanted a cheap stereo and this does a great job.
    Pros:
    Cheap and works great.
    Cons:
    None.
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    5 out of 5

    Excellent receiver

    Written By Automan3672, Sedro Woolley, WA on Tuesday, October 29, 2013
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    I usually am an Alpine guy but I have to say that I am impressed with this JVC head unit. I have it hooked up to some Kenwood speakers in the doors and an amp with 2 12" subwoofers. It sounds incredible, clear and loud. I can play it at almost full volume before it starts to distort. I love the remote unit for it as well, it is compact but does all the functions I need it to do. I really like the look of the deck as well. I would definitely recommend this unit to anyone who would like a great unit for a great price.
    Pros:
    Looks great, works great
    Cons:
    ?
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    4 out of 5

    Great unit for the money!!

    Written By Shuff, Asheville, NC on Wednesday, October 23, 2013
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    This is a great unit for the price. Easy to install, looks good, easy to operate, and sounds great!
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KD-R330

    Written By DaveK, Peoria, IL on Tuesday, October 22, 2013
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    great unit for the price, bought for a work truck. easy to install
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    5 out of 5

    Very Happy

    Written By Dan D, Beaumont Texas on Wednesday, September 25, 2013
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    I must say for the price I was VERY happy with this unit!! MUCH better sound through the still stock speakers than the stock head-unit!! Not often I feel like I got MORE than I paid for.
    Pros:
    GREAT sound quality for the price.
    Cons:
    If your old like me or if you lose the manual....you will have a very hard time figuring out all the many funtions on this unit.
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    5 out of 5

    Great affordable upgraded stereo

    Written By JK, Atlanta, GA on Tuesday, September 17, 2013
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    Replaced factrory stereo in my daughter's first car - 2002 Corolla. Much better sound than original manufacturer's stereo. She is thrilled with the aux input on the front that allows her to hook up her iPod. Overall a great value. IT was extremely easy to install. Only took me about 45 miuntes from start to finish.
    Pros:
    great value, easy to install
    Cons:
    none yet
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    4 out of 5

    good product

    Written By dv, fayetteville nc on Thursday, August 22, 2013
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    great for price
    Pros:
    easy to use and install
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    5 out of 5

    A superb value!

    Written By Chris, Columbia, MO on Saturday, August 17, 2013
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    Installed in my wife's 01 Civic HX with little difficulty. For the price, it's great! It's relatively easy to use and has a decent feature set (fairly customizable EQs, CD text display). My wife really only listens to the radio and CDs occasionally, and this unit does those things very well.
    Pros:
    Excellent Value, Good EQ settings
    Cons:
    Limited source and output options
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    5 out of 5

    Great sound for the price

    Written By Kmt, Little Rock, AR on Friday, August 16, 2013
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    Great stereo receiver for under $100! Sound quality is significantly better than the stock radio in my '03 Outback. And I needed that auxiliary plug, which there are two. One is at the back of the receiver, the other in front. The receiver is simple to use and wasn't too hard to install. Crutchfield instructions were easy to follow.
    Pros:
    Upgraded sound quality from stock radio and the price is right!
    Cons:
    None yet.
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    4 out of 5

    Great stereo

    Written By Ken, vass, NC on Sunday, August 11, 2013
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    Great sounding stereo! I guess I am old school and prefer knobs & switches instead of digitial tuning & programming!
    Pros:
    Great value & quality sound
    Cons:
    More difficult than I like to program!
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    5 out of 5

    Great AM/FM CD Receiver/Player

    Written By L.Lee, Norfolk VA on Tuesday, July 30, 2013
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    I purchased this unit to replace the HU in my wife's 2003 Ford ZX2. The CD player would not always play. This JVC unit fits perfectly "and" plays really well. This was a great buy!!!
    Pros:
    This JVC HU was a great replacement for my wife's car. She loves it. The instructions for installation were on point!
    Cons:
    None
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    4 out of 5

    jvc

    Written By Anonymous, martinsville, va on Saturday, July 06, 2013
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    JVC is OK, low end device, but has a decent sound.
    Pros:
    Nice basic radio
    Cons:
    Not many features, but it is a low end radio
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    4 out of 5

    JVC KD-R330

    Written By Anonymous, st. cloud, mn on Friday, June 28, 2013
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    works great for what i need it to do.
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    5 out of 5

    Great CD Player

    Written By RAUL, Tampa. Fl on Monday, June 24, 2013
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    Easy install, all parts worked well for 99 AUdi A4, Plug and play .. quality of sound is great...... Good price also, EQ's and remote works well Awesome deal and Good CD Player overall
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    5 out of 5

    Great radio, Great price

    Written By Greg, Pennsburg, PA on Tuesday, June 18, 2013
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    For the price, this is a great radio. It doesn't have the power of a more expensive radio but it beats the factory radio hands down and it is easy to use.
    Pros:
    Easy to install, Easy to use, great value for the price
    Cons:
    Red buttons.
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    5 out of 5

    Great basic unit

    Written By Mike B., Gardena, CA on Friday, June 14, 2013
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    Bought this radio because I didn't want to spend a lot of $$ on a radio for my 4x4. I get a lot of dust, dirt, and mud in my vehicle so I needed something basic and not expensive. I like the ease of tuning and changing bands, as well as the ruggedness of the unit.
    Pros:
    Great basic radio with no frills. Easy to use.
    Cons:
    None so far.
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    4 out of 5

    Great buy

    Written By Right-Winger, Tennessee on Saturday, June 08, 2013
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    Had much better sound then my old Sony.Dosent pick up the radio stations as good as I would like and more features then I wanted(bluetooth not needed).No base boost button but the user equalizer is nice.Great stereo for the money.
    Pros:
    Value,great sound,plenty of wattage.
    Cons:
    More features then I need,no base boost,radio reception a disappointment
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    5 out of 5

    Nice for the price

    Written By Bob, North Carolina on Friday, May 31, 2013
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    I purchased this unit to replace an old analog stereo in my camper. It sounds better than the orginial stereo ever did, and the receiver is good for pulling in distant stations. I was not looking for top notch sound, but something to listen to local radio and also the ability to pipe our TV into it (in camper) so TV sound will be everywhere in the camper. I am happy for what I got for the price.
    Pros:
    Great receiver, rear input, front input, ability to adjust sound in many ways. Since this unit was installed in our camper, the remote control comes in very handy!
    Cons:
    Adjustment of bass, treble, etc.. has to be done within the menu, it is not a problem though because once you get it set, you probablly will not change it that much. Once you get used to the menu it is fairly easy and quick.
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    3 out of 5

    A little dissatisfied

    Written By BobB., Long Beach, NY on Saturday, May 11, 2013
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    A big improvement over my stock cassette in my 1999 taurus wagon. Now I can play CD's and use the accessory input to play music
    Pros:
    Nice sound from stock speakers
    Cons:
    I enjoy listening to AM radio. I might just as well have a pocket radio in the car. The reception and interference is horrible....engine static...heater motor static,...windshield wiper motor static. I know grounding can cause a problem so I made extra sure about that. It might me that the antenna cable that came with the after market mount (it runs all the way to the rear antenna (which is newly replaced also) is sub par. Who knows?
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    We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.
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    5 out of 5

    Cassette Player Upgrade

    Written By Bobs Impala, Sudbury, MA on Wednesday, May 08, 2013
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    I had a Pioneer cassette receiver in my 1996 Impala that I was using for my old cassettes. I purchased that unit from Crutchfield in 1998 and used their conversion kit for the installation. I now replaced the old Pioneer with the JVC to be able to play CDs (Yes, I'm an "oldster"). After a few wire splices the unit fit the install kit the Pioneer had been mounted in. Sound quality is great with my JVC speakers purchased previously in 1998 from Crutchfield.
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    4 out of 5

    So Stoked with This Radio

    Written By H2OMAN, Oak Ridge, NJ on Thursday, May 02, 2013
     
    I purchased this unit to replace my factory radio in my 2004 Accord Sedan. I selected it based on the video review, simplicity of controls and cost and elected to install it using the aftermarket kit in the cubby below the existing radio/climate controls. The included wire harness made the installation a breeze, and this unit CRANKS. Although I'm not an audiofile, I am pretty picky about my music and this unit does way more than I need. I mated it up with 6x9 JVC DRVN speakers in the rear and recently installed the component JVC DRVN 6.5s in the doors with tweeters mounted in the plastic sail panels located by both side view mirrors. After doing this, I am wowwed at the improvement over the factory stereo system. I can listen to the music louder and am hearing sounds never heard before with little to no distortion. Having the matching components made the difference. The head unit remote is super slick and I prefer that over the buttons since my eyesite is not what it used to be (I'm 50 okay..) The built in EQ settings are very useful and easy to switch between. I would buy this whole system again in a heartbeat! I also used the technical service as two of the leads (Illumination {Orange/Stripe} & External Power {Blue}) I needed clarification on connections. I'm now driving around listening to my CD's to hear the difference. You won't be dissappointed!!
    Pros:
    Great Punch, Many features and ease of use. Love the remote and EQ presets!!
    Cons:
    As some commented, the Night brightness of the bigger buttons is some folks pet peeve, for others its a plus in the "coolness factor". I'm indifferent. The menu system on these new head units does take getting used to, but anyone will encounter that over a factory "fossil".
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    5 out of 5

    Durable radio!

    Written By tech, Colorado on Monday, April 29, 2013
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    This is a great durable radio. It is installed in a semi truck that travels up and down some pretty rough roads and the radio works good. We always buy JVC radios to replace factory truck radios when they go bad. JVC radios are durable, dependable, have the features our drivers want, and the price is right.
    Pros:
    Remote control. Two Aux inputs that allows the drivers to plug their satellite radio into the Rear Aux and an Ipod into the front Aux. Price.
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    4 out of 5

    Simple, Cheap.

    Written By Mark, Cincinnati, OH on Saturday, April 27, 2013
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    Got this as gift for a good friend. hes getting older amd so is his car. his old factory stereo went bad. only very few fit his car. so i picked this one. very ease to use. very user friendly. sound quality is good. installation went with no problem. thanks to crutchfields install guides and kits
    Pros:
    ease to use, push buttons are not cluttered , value
    Cons:
    none
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    4 out of 5

    Good Value!

    Written By Chase, Boise, ID on Saturday, April 20, 2013
     
    I really like my JVC KD-R330. It sounds really great, and it wasn't too expensive. I replaced the factory stereo in my 04 Mustang with this and am really pleased. It sounds great, and looks awesome. There are two things that kept this from being a 5 star product. First, it can be a little complicated to maneuver through the menus. But this isn't a huge deal once you get it dialed in. Second, the rca sends to my subs aren't super loud. I had an Alpine receiver in my other car and my subs were really loud. With this receiver I have to turn up the sub level all the way and turn my master volume up in order to get them pumping. Other than these two things I really enjoy this receiver and would recommend it to anyone who is looking to get a good value.
    Pros:
    Value, looks, aux inputs
    Cons:
    Menu, sub rca isn't loud
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    4 out of 5

    Good product for the money

    Written By Phil, Kennesaw, GA on Friday, April 19, 2013
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    Great product for the money. Easy to install. Love the aux input for my iPhone.
    Pros:
    Good value for money.
    Cons:
    When you turn the unit off it is completely dark. There is no illumination for when you're driving at night.
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KD-R330

    Written By RayS, Johnson Creek, WI on Thursday, April 11, 2013
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    So far I am very happy with this unit. It was very economical and yet has better sound then the original equipment. The adaptor wiring harness had very detailed instructions which made installation easy, even for a novice. The only negative I see is that during daylight hours, the backlight isn't sufficient to read the screen easily even on the brightest setting. That is a shortcoming I am able to put up with.
    Pros:
    Good sound quality. Ease of installation.
    Cons:
    Lighting not as bright as I would like it to be.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Value!

    Written By MJ, Joplin, MO on Wednesday, April 10, 2013
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    Was just looking for a basic CD receiver with a front auxiliary jack for my Android phone. Unit looks good, performs very well, it sounds better than the factory unit did. For the price, you can't beat this unit! I would recommend this to anyone wanting quality at a great price. Menu is a little tedious to navigate, just get