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by Ken Nail
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.

Pandora® Internet radio control

Pandora is one of the most popular streaming music sources around, and JVC's KD-R540 CD receiver makes it easy to tune in. Connect your iPhone® to this JVC's USB input, and you'll be able to access your favorite stations through the receiver's controls. You'll enjoy quick access to all your stations and you'll be able to check out song, artist, and album information on the receiver's screen while you're listening.

JVC KD-R540

The KD-R540's clean lines will complement your car's interior.

Control for Android smartphones

JVC's Music Control app provides a level of support for Android devices you won't find with many other brands. For instance, you can create playlists with the Mood Blender, and use the smartphone's touchscreen to control what you're listening to. Just tap the screen to play and pause, or search through your music by artist, album, or genre. Pop your Android phone into a mount in a convenient spot, and you can reach down for simple commands like skipping a track without fumbling for a button.

Radio timer for your favorite programs

JVC's radio timer feature automatically switches on the radio and tunes in the correct station, so you'll never miss the news, sports, or other radio programs you love. You can set the timer to work one time or daily, so it's always ready to go.

Great sound

The USB connection ensures better sound than a simple aux input, as the 24-bit digital-to-analog converter (DAC) does a great job of turning digital tunes into full, detailed sound. Plus, you'll get more power than your factory stereo can deliver, which makes a huge difference in sound — not just louder, but more well-defined, too. You can adjust the sound to your taste using sophisticated 3-band equalizer, while high- and low-pass filters let you send your speakers the frequencies they were designed to handle.

iPod note: If you're going to use your iPod with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility.

Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (20 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RW discs including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA music files
    • Pandora control with iPhone
    • detachable face
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • iEQ 3-band parametric equalizer
    • 24-bit digital-to-analog converter
    • high- and low-pass filters
    Expandability:
    • compatible with JVC's KS-BTA100 Bluetooth adapter
    • built-in iPod control and USB connection to Android phones
    • inputs: front USB and 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
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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
    Preamp Voltage
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    2.5 volts
    Display Color
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    White
    Key Button Color
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    Red
    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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    Front
    Memory Card Slot
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    USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible
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    Optional
    Satellite Radio Ready
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    No
    HD Radio
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    No
    Navigation
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    No
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size
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    Classic/5Gen
    Nano
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    7/6/5/4/3/2/1
    Touch
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    5/4/3/2/1
    Mini
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    iPhone
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    5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity
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    9.3 dBf
    European Tuning
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    Yes
    Seek/Scan
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    Seek
    Radio Data System
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    Product Research
    What's in the box?

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    • CD receiver (with 10-amp ATC fuse inserted into chassis)
    • Face (attached)
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Trim ring (installed)
    • Wiring harness
    • Wireless remote control (RM-RK52)
    • CR2025 3V Lithium battery (installed)
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • Face fixing screw
    • Instruction Manual (En/Fr/Sp)
    • US Warranty Sheet
    • Canadian Warranty Card
    • "Caution!" note (attached to wiring harness)
    • Face Fixing screw note

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    Disc and USB Playback
    iPod/Android/AUX Integration
    AM/FM + Pandora Internet Radio
    Audio Section
    Display Features
    Remote/Bluetooth Control

    Disc and USB 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. The unit also supports playback of MP3/WMA music files loaded onto CD-R/RW discs.

    Front-Panel USB Port: The JVC KD-R540 features a front-panel USB 2.0 type-A port (behind a sliding cover) connection and control of a portable USB mass-storage class (MSC) device; such as select Android smartphones (Froyo/Gingerbread OS only), portable digital audio players, or USB thumbdrives. The USB port enables audio playback and control of MP3, WMA, and WAV audio files stored on portable USB mass-storage class devices. USB portable audio devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the CD receiver's USB port (5V/1A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On. You cannot connect a USB device via a USB hub or Multi-Card Reader to this unit.

    MP3/WMA Playback: The JVC KD-R540 supports the following types of MP3, WMA, WAV files recorded onto CD-R/RW disc or loaded onto a USB mass storage class device.

    Media Type CD-R/RW USB Storage Device
    File System ISO9660 Level 1 or 2, Romeo, Joliet, or Windows long file name FAT 12/16/32
    Playable File Types

    MP3: bit rate of 8-320kbps w/ sampling rate of 8, 11.025, 12, 16, 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1, 48kHz
    WMA:
    bit rate of 32-192kbps w/ sampling rate of 32, 44.1, 48kHz

    Maximum # of Folders/Files 255 folders/65,025 files (255 files per folder)
    Tags ID3 tag (version 1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4), WMA tag

    Track/Folder List: The Track/Folder List displays a list of MP3/WMA folders and tracks on a loaded CD or USB device, 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-R540 offers the following Repeat and Random playback modes.

    • 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)

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

    JVC Playlist Creator Compatible: JVC Playlist Creator is a free Windows-based desktop software that helps organize, manage and transfer MP3/WMA music files to your USB (MSC) device from your PC. When you playback audio files that have been stored on your USB (MSC) device using JVC Playlist Creator through the KD-R540, you can search a file by song title, album name, artist name, or genre using the head unit's Quick Search function. The JVC Playlist Creator is a Windows-based software that can be downloaded for free from JVC's website to your PC. The JVC Playlist Creator is compatible with the following Windows Microsoft Operating Systems.

    • Windows XP Professional, Home Edition SP2 or later (32-bit)
    • Windows Vista (32/64-bit)
    • Windows 7 (32/64-bit)
    Note: Not compatible with Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad, Zune, or Android

    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.

    iPod/Android/AUX Integration

    iPod/iPhone Direct: The JVC KD-R540's front-panel USB port can acts as an iPod/iPhone high-speed direct connection when used with the USB/iPod cable that came with your iPod/iPhone. The head unit supports audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of select iPod/iPhone models. The head unit supports audio playback from music stored on your iPod/iPhone or music apps (such as iHeartRadio, SiriusXM, Last.fm, Rhapsody, and Slacker) streamed to your iPhone (not all music apps will be compatible).

    • DAC Bypass: The USB connection allows your iPod/iPhone's stored music and music apps to be loaded instantly to the head unit and sound quality to be maximized through the head unit's 24-bit D/A converter, allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 98dB. The JVC head unit supports audio playback of music, podcasts, audiobooks, and music apps stored on your iPod or iPhone.
    • Music Control: You can choose to operate your iPod/iPhone through the JVC head unit's front-panel controls, from its clickwheel/touchscreen, or via a streamed app from your iPhone.
      • Head Unit Mode: From the head unit's front-panel controls you can search for music by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Podcast, Genre, and Composer. The contents of a Playlist or Category are listed alphabetically (A-Z) or numerically (0-9). The KD-R540 also supports Repeat (file/all) and Random (album/all) playback functions of your iPod/iPhone. Your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen remains accessible in this mode. You can also control basic playback functions (such as Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track) from select music apps streamed to your iPhone.
      • iPod Mode: You can choose to navigate your iPod or iPhone's stored music from its clickwheel or touchscreen, like you are accustomed to during normal usage. Basic playback control (such as Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track) can still be done through head unit for stored music and music apps.
      • External Mode: External Mode allows you to solely navigate your connected iPod/iPhone device through its clickwheel or touchscreen. Playback of your iPod/iPhone's stored music and streamed music apps is supported. The head unit's iPod/iPhone controls will be locked.
    • iPod Display: The KD-R540 will display your Apple device's stored music and streamed music app song/artist information, when in Head Unit and iPod mode (not in External mode), or listening to Pandora Internet Radio. The head unit can display Track number, Elapsed playing time, Artist name, Song/Artist title, and Station identification.
    • iPod Charging: The head unit's USB connection provides 1A of current to power and charge your connected iPod/iPhone when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position. This unit does not charge the iPad. If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it.

    iPod Compatibility Chart: The JVC KD-R540 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 9/19/2013):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone External mode Pandora app Artist/Song Text Track Info
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5C 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5S 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    4th 6.1.3 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    5th 7.0 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N N N Y Y Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    7th 1.02 PC Y N Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N N N Y Y Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    2 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    3 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    4 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    mini 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

    JVC Music Control (for Android): By connecting the JVC CD receiver via USB to an Android smartphone (OS 2.2+) that has the free JVC Music Control app installed, it allows you to list and search all of the songs stored inside the smartphone from the receiver by artist name or album name. The JVC Smart Music Control app also analyzes all of your songs that are in your Android smartphone, and creates a playlist according to your mood. Once the application has completed the analysis of the songs, simply move the on-screen "mood ball" to your current mood, and this application will generate a list of songs that most fits your mood. Your compatible Android smartphone must be recognized as a USB mass storage class device; not compatible with MTP protocol.

    Front-Panel Auxiliary Input: A front-panel stereo minijack is provided to allow the connection of almost any portable audio source with a 3.5mm headphone output (great for those non-Apple/Android devices. Simply connect your portable digital music player to the unit's front-panel auxiliary input, and you can listen to the audio from the portable player through the speakers in your mobile audio system. The unit's front-panel auxiliary input can be turned On or Off.

    AM/FM + Pandora Internet Radio

    RDS AM/FM Tuner: The JVC KD-R540 features a built-in RDS AM/FM tuner with manual, seek, and preset tuning. The Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast information such as artist, title, and album when listening to compatible AM/FM stations. You can store a total of 18 FM stations presets and 6 AM station presets (manually or automatically). The head unit's Radio Timer features lets you tune into a preset station at a specific time regardless of the head unit's current source (you can activate the Radio Timer once, daily, or turn it completely off). If an analog FM stereo broadcast is hard to receive, you can manually switch the tuner to Mono operation. You can also switch the tuner's IF filter to Wide or Auto to increase/decrease the sensitivity.

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

    Pandora Internet Radio: Pandora is the leading Internet Radio music service in the United States, giving people music they love anytime, anywhere, through personalized radio stations. The JVC KD-R540 provides complete access to your Pandora account using your iPhone, via the head unit's front-panel USB port. To access Pandora you must have an Apple iPhone (iOS5 or later) with the latest version of the Pandora App from Apple's iTunes App Store. Your iPhone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. In addition, you will need an active Pandora music service account. The JVC KD-R540 will display Artist, Album, and Song information provided by the Pandora app on your iPhone. The JVC KD-R540 will also provide control over the Pandora music service streamed to your USB-connected iPhone.

    • Station List: You can select Pandora stations from your Station List by date or alphabetically (A-Z).
    • Create New Station: New stations can be created based on the current songs or artists playing on Pandora.
    • Skip Songs: You can skip song tracks within a station. You cannot skip back to a previous song. Pandora limits the number of skips allowed.
    • Thumbs Up/Down: You can give songs a thumbs up or thumbs down to help Pandora personalize stations to suit your preferences.
    • Bookmarking: The song or artist currently being played can be bookmarked and stored in your Pandora account.

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

    Audio Section

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The JVC KD-R540 utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The KD-R540 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-R540 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-R540 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-R540 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.

    2.5V/2CH Preamp Output: The KD-R540 is equipped with two 2.5V preamp outputs (Rear/SW). You can set the Rear/SW preamp outputs for connecting a pair of full-range 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.

    Subwoofer Controls: 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. You can adjust the head unit's subwoofer level between -8 and +8 (separate from the main volume level).

    Pro EQ: The KD-R540 is equipped with JVC's Pro EQ. The integrated equalizer offers 7 preset sound modes (Flat, Natural, Dynamic, Vocal Boost, Bass Boost, and 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
    Note: You can store Pro EQ bass, middle and treble tone settings for each source (CD, AM/FM, Aux, USB, iPod, Bluetooth, and Pandora).

    Bass Boost: The unit's Bass Boost enhances low bass frequencies.

    Loud (Loudness): This feature boosts low and high frequencies to produce a well-balanced sound at a low volume level. You can set this feature to High, Low, or Off.

    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.

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

    Display Features

    Detachable Face: The JVC KD-R540 features a detachable face to deter theft. No face-case is provided. An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can be purchased for this unit. A face-fixing screw is supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired.

    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).

    Remote/Bluetooth Control

    Wireless Remote Control: The KD-R540 comes supplied with a wireless remote control (RM-RK52). The remote contains Attenuator, Sound, Source, Tracking, and Volume functions. The remote operates off of a single CR2025 3V Lithium-cell battery (included).

    Optional Bluetooth: The JVC KS-BTA100 Bluetooth Adapter (105KSTBA10, sold separately) provides Bluetooth hands-free communication and digital audio streaming functions for the JVC KD-R540. The JVC KS-BTA100 gives you hands-free communication from your compatible Bluetooth mobile phone and wireless streaming audio from a Bluetooth enabled digital audio player, when connected to the JVC in-dash head unit. The JVC Bluetooth Adapter includes a super-sensitive microphone, an Answer/End button, and playback controls. The JVC KD-R540 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.
     
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    Jvc kd-r540

    Written By David B, Elizabeth, CO 80107 on Saturday, April 19, 2014
     
    As we all know jvc is one of the subclass top brands obviously what we have here isn't disagree or alpine value... But the is def a great buy for the money! Would recommend a little more power out but short of that awesome!!!!
    Pros:
    Quality, price,look. Wireless capabilities.
    Cons:
    Power output 30w a channel. Channel count 4
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    4 out of 5

    JVC KD-R540

    Written By Karl, New Orleans on Friday, February 14, 2014
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    Works fine, can't keep time.
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    5 out of 5

    Nice stereo

    Written By Rick, Boonsboro md on Sunday, January 19, 2014
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    Pretty nice for the money. The instructions provided made it easy to install. I like how it works with pandora radio
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    Nice sound improvement
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    5 out of 5

    Good Performance, Low Cost

    Written By Phil O, Tucson, AZ on Friday, January 10, 2014
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    My old car was rear-ended and totalled and I picked up a great used Toyota Matrix to replace it. But the sound system! I have the 6 speaker (middle package) system with 6-CD changer unit. Well who uses CDs? And no way to use my ipod with it, so I looked at this unit locally where it was actually on sale for less, but I decided once I got the install kit from Crutchfield and no shipping, the price was a wash or advantage Crutchfield. Installation was a bit of mess but the instructions and some YT videos were good enough. I am sure there are better systems out there but the factory speakers turned out to be not muddled but superb, I can blast this thing and get more sound, clarity, and bass (no subwoof on my setup) that simply couldn't be better on a mobile application. Once I configured the audio as i liked it, I was amazed at the clarity and fidelity of the sounds! For anyone replacing stock, this is probably all you'll ever need and you'll wonder why you waited. Oh I'm still figuring out how to make somethings work, but overall I think you will be totally satisfied with this baby.
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    4 out of 5

    Nice radio

    Written By Floyd2933, Philadelphia, Pa on Wednesday, January 01, 2014
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    Good buy for the price. Huge improvement over the factory radio. The Crutchfield installation kit deal was a huge benefit to install the radio.
    Pros:
    Price. Straightforward installation with the kit.
    Cons:
    Controls are a little confusing.
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    3 out of 5

    ok stereo

    Written By Anonymous, akron on Friday, December 27, 2013
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    I wish the stereo changed colors. I also don't like how you have to use you phones data for Pandora.
    Pros:
    Sleek.
    Cons:
    Color.
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    4 out of 5

    my 3rd jvc radio

    Written By bill, boston mass on Wednesday, December 11, 2013
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    nice radio for not much money , easy to install and very good sound quality for the price
    Pros:
    easy to use,
    Cons:
    haven't found any yet
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    5 out of 5

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    Written By noize, Vernon, Colorado on Thursday, December 05, 2013
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    Bought for price and reputation. Blown away by sound quality even with 21 year old speakers.
    Pros:
    Excellent step by step directions. Quick delivery.
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    great value

    Written By Gearhead, Janesville,WI on Sunday, November 24, 2013
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    Great deck, great value! A lot of options/feature in this receiver for not a lot of $$. It made my factory speakers come to life.
    Pros:
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    JVC KD-540

    Written By Kevin K, Los Angeles CA on Monday, November 04, 2013
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    Easy to install
    Pros:
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    JVC FD R540

    Written By NCWOLF, Hickory NC on Friday, October 25, 2013
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    Excellent Value, Worked flawlessly
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    5 out of 5

    Great features for the money

    Written By David S, Sissonville ,WV on Saturday, October 19, 2013
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    With the Ipod controls and all the EQ adjustments , a MOSFET amp ,great sound is your choice. You should be able to get it sounding the way you like easily. Totally satisfied.
    Pros:
    All those features for less than a hundred bucks.
    Cons:
    I wish the loudness contour was controlled by a separate button like they were years ago. All brands should do this. Should not have to use the menu to find it!
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KD-R540

    Written By Aaron, Chico, CA on Saturday, October 19, 2013
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    This is a great player for the money. I am completely satisfied. Thanks to Crutchfield tech support too for making it an easy install.
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KD-R540

    Written By michael, albemarle, nc on Friday, October 04, 2013
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    this is probably my 4th jvc cd player. the reasons I picked this one are some of the features I find important. I LOVE their pro-eq setup, where I can tune it to the speakers im working with to get the best possible sound. much better than most competitors bass/mid/treble adjustments. actually has crossovers. the major selling point for me, though, is the 4 stage illumination control. you can set it for both day an night, with the screen/buttons at different brightness levels. also, the unit will dim with you dash lights being turned on. for a guy with horrible night vision like me, that's a really good feature so it does not become glaring and distracting. the sound quality is not quite as good as the pioneer it replaced, but I also haven't tuned it in fully yet. It will accept and use a 16 gig jump drive, but you have to follow all the rules about folders/tracks and such. currently have a 16 gig set on shuffle in my car. I really don't have anything bad to say about this unit. the menus and such are a little tricky to navigate, but the directions walk you though well.
    Pros:
    dimmable lights pro-eq
    Cons:
    sound quality out of the box needs tweaking. small buttons for us fat fingered folks.
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    5 out of 5

    Nice unit

    Written By Dave, DuBois Pa on Sunday, September 22, 2013
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    great sound, works well with I-pod control
    Pros:
    Display dimmer is great for night driving
    Cons:
    none
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    1 out of 5

    Not worth it

    Written By Trent, NH on Saturday, September 14, 2013
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    I installed this JVC stereo in about a hour and it worked iffy from the start. it wouldnt always take my cd's and if i have it goes above 20 on the volume sometimes it will shut off and restart itself. Iv always had great experiences with Crutchfield. but im not a fan of JVC. and next time i will order a pioneer.
    Pros:
    Very simple to use and easy instalation
    Cons:
    Shuts of and turns itself back on. Dosnt like to always take CD's
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    5 out of 5

    JVC car cd player

    Written By Chris G, San Antonio Texas on Tuesday, September 10, 2013
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    Very economical. ..good quality.looks good
    Pros:
    Remote fits perfectly
    Cons:
    Wish multiple disk
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    5 out of 5

    Great Upgrade from Factory Unit

    Written By Tony S., Milwaukee, WI on Sunday, September 01, 2013
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    I bought this as an upgrade from my factory unit, which didn't have an Aux or USB port, and wanted connectivity in some form to my phone. The sound quality is much better than my old factory unit and the EQ customization is great. Despite the plug fitting snugly into the jack, the radio can still get a little static-y at times. I may have to take apart the dash to mess around with the wire a bit to see if I can get that to clear up. The unit was really easy to install though, thanks to Crutchfield's wiring diagrams, adapters, and brackets.
    Pros:
    -Better sound quality and features than stock unit. -Easy to install.
    Cons:
    -Radio quality spotty at times, make sure adapter wires and radio plug are secure and well connected during installation. -No customizable LED backlighting color (need to go with the KD-R640 for that)
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    4 out of 5

    I really like the JVC KD-R540

    Written By P. Mertes, St. Luois Park, MN on Saturday, August 31, 2013
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    My husband and I installed this unit in my Kia Sedona and it involved taking a few parts off on the dash. I chose this unit because I liked the big knob for volume and I wanted to be able to use the 'sticks' to have favorite music collections to hear. I went out and got 4 so I can have different categories available. I like the simple remote too. This is perfect for my anti-tech mode I'm in now, keep it simple!
    Pros:
    Very pleased!
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    4 out of 5

    Good for the money

    Written By Damian, Indianapolis on Monday, August 26, 2013
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    Decent sound, not a high end radio, but for the price I am very happy. The USB attachment on the front is nice, but it would be nice to have a rear USB plug as well. The pics don't show this, but the volume knob sticks off the front of this thing and is rather bulky. I was disappointed with this, a sleeker knob is in order.
    Pros:
    Price. Ease of install.
    Cons:
    Lack of rear USB. Huge volume knob.
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    5 out of 5

    JVC Stero

    Written By JVC KD-R450, Essington PA on Sunday, August 25, 2013
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    It's easy to install and to use and has great sound
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KD-R540

    Written By Lori, Lee's Summit, MO on Sunday, August 25, 2013
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    Easy to assemble and AWESOME sound!
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    5 out of 5

    Great stereo for the price

    Written By Chach007, Midwest, Il on Saturday, August 24, 2013
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    I was a little reluctant at installing this stereo in my 2001 VW New Beetle, scary with new electronics & all. Once I got started all went well. I contacted tech support & I had 3 questions & he answered them all. Thanks. The harness adapters work great! Very happy.
    Pros:
    Looks, coolness, harness adapters, install kits all worked great..
    Cons:
    Tough getting the stereo back in...original came out easy.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Radio

    Written By TC, New Orleans on Wednesday, July 31, 2013
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    Great value, great sound, easy to install with the Crutchfield kit, couldn't ask for more
    Pros:
    Sound, value, front USB
    Cons:
    none
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    5 out of 5

    Great reception

    Written By bfm, Hiawatha, IA on Monday, July 29, 2013
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    We did a kitchen remodel, and added an island. I made one island wall double-thick, and installed this car radio just under the raised wall of the island. It's powered by a power supply in my basement (ran wires up through the floor), and uses an old car antenna I pulled out of a junkyard, placed inside the wall by the radio. It has better reception than my home stereo with a big dipole antenna!
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    5 out of 5

    GREAT BUY

    Written By B. Butler, Winder, Georgia on Sunday, July 28, 2013
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    I installed this unit in my wife's 2000 Dodge Dakota very very easy and sounds great
    Pros:
    USB connection and pandora controlle and AUX jack
    Cons:
    N/A
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    4 out of 5

    I love it

    Written By PyrotecNick, Isanti, MN on Friday, July 26, 2013
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    Works really well, don't need the remote to navigate menu. Easy to install and looks great in the car.
    Pros:
    Looks nice, sounds good.
    Cons:
    Not top notch but good for the price.
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    5 out of 5

    2005 hondfa accord ex

    Written By shawn, pc ,fl on Monday, July 15, 2013
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    easy install iphone works great through stereo
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    5 out of 5

    Great CD player

    Written By Mike j, Salt Lake City, UT on Tuesday, July 09, 2013
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    Have always loved JVC products this cheap CD player didn't disappoint either. Super easy install and great sound and function
    Pros:
    USB connection and pandora controller
    Cons:
    Doesn't change display color
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    4 out of 5

    It's Pretty Nice, Flash Drive Support Could Be Better

    Written By PaulS, Chicago, IL on Friday, June 28, 2013
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    It sounds better than the original Ford radio, it was easy to install. But it's USB Flash Drive support could be better. For one thing, it doesn't seem to want to access memory above 4GB. Two 8GB flash drive I have will only play some of the tracks, but are fine on my computer. The sticks were formatted FAT32 as JVC support instructed me, and all files were encoded as 320kbs mp3, so it's not the files. It may be incompatability with the sticks, I've ordered several 4BG sticks just for car music. The folder and file navigation is a little tricky when you're driving. I don't know what they can do about that. Overall, it's a good sounding stereo once you get the settings tweaked.
    Pros:
    Good sounding. Install kit made it easy.
    Cons:
    USB flash drive support could be better.
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    5 out of 5

    Great unit (JVC KD-R540)

    Written By colostereoguy, Denver co on Thursday, June 06, 2013
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    This is a great unit, with so many options.

    I love the direct integration with my Iphone 5, whether it's playing itunes songs or my Spotify playlists (it also does Pandora well)

    Controls are easy to use, CD player sounds great, and it was very easy to install with the kit/instructions for the unit, even with the extra harness that my 300zx needed.









    Pros:
    Ease of Use Easy to install Sounds Great iphone 5 and Android integration
    Cons:
    Took a little time to get used to the menus
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    5 out of 5

    Great Deck!

    Written By Eric, Meridian, ID on Tuesday, June 04, 2013
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    I installed this in my daughter's 2000 Pontiac Grand Am and love it! Instructions made it easy to install and am going to get the same deck for m y 2000 Dodge Dakota.
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    4 out of 5

    Wife loves it

    Written By paulthehockeyguy, St Paul,MN on Sunday, May 26, 2013
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    Good little unit for the money. Bought for my wife's Toyota Sienna when factory stereo crapped out. Installed perfectly (with install kit & harness). Only issue is you can't change the red display color.
    Pros:
    Easy to use, easy to install. Good value
    Cons:
    As stated above, cannot change display color.
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KD-R540

    Written By Anonymous, chicago il, on Saturday, May 25, 2013
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    JVC never lets down. The easiest install ever thanks to crutchfield. The HU looks great sleek simple and that's what makes it look good. Its easy to use and get familiar with, and for its price you can't beat it. Its a must for a simple and affordable price. My lancer sounds better than ever.
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    5 out of 5

    CD Radio

    Written By GEORGE C, Mount Juliet, Tn on Sunday, May 12, 2013
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    Order this cd radio for a friend, sounds great
    Pros:
    Easy to install with easy to use features
    Cons:
    None
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    4 out of 5

    JVC KD-R540

    Written By Anonymous, Bradenton, FL on Thursday, May 02, 2013
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    Fine unit for the cost
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    5 out of 5

    very satisfied customer

    Written By Anonymous, Acton, Ma on Thursday, May 02, 2013
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    The JVC KD-R540 is exactly what you want. It's easy to use and easy to put in. Not only does it sound good, but it also looks great as well
    Pros:
    Everything is a pro
    Cons:
    N/A
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    3 out of 5

    JVC KD-R540

    Written By Anonymous, Foresthill California on Friday, April 19, 2013
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    The clock randomly changes time!
    Pros:
    Easy to use
    Cons:
    Clock doesn't stay set
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    5 out of 5

    Amazing radio

    Written By Joel, Manitowoc Wisconsin on Thursday, April 04, 2013
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    This radio is amazing I put radios in a lot of cars and this one has the best radio reception out of all of the radios I have put in. The pandora feature works great too! It is really easy to use also. The face plate has the feeling that it is built well. It looks nice in my Chevy trailblazer so the looks are a plus too!
    Pros:
    Great radio reception, good sound quality, easy to use.
    Cons:
    None.
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    4 out of 5

    JVC-KD540 Review

    Written By Hogfan55, Blytheville, Arkansas on Saturday, March 16, 2013
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    The JVC KD 540 is just what I expected. My Kia factory CD player went out and I had to replace it. I didn't want to spend too much but wanted good quality and good sound at a good price and the JVC fit the bill. I love to play my songs and podcasts from my iPhone on the USB port. I also listen to Pandora through the usb using my iPhone.
    Pros:
    Good sound, Pandora and iPod connectivity.
    Cons:
    Setup takes a while
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    We have installed this radio in our 2005 GMC Canyon and anytime the faceplate is placed In, the dash gauges and lights go out. Once it is removed they come back on. Any suggestions? [ diane r.  Jan 05, 2014 ]
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    • If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Jeff Staff  Jan 05, 2014 ]
    how do i set the time on this JVC KD-R540? [ Kevin  Dec 13, 2013 ]
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    • Lost the instructions that come with the unit? Usually thats a good place to start... just incase you (1) press and hold the menu button (2) turn volume knob to clock and press knob (3) rotate knob to select day, month, date, and year being sure to press the knob each time you get to the correct number or day (4) press menu to exit [ PAUL   Dec 15, 2013 ]
    I am using the RCA outputs to connect to my amplifier. The issue is that the volume "pops" everytime I turn the volume knob or when pressing any button i.e. function. Any suggestions? I used the connector provided... Other than that I love this unit. [ luz  Dec 11, 2013 ]
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    • If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Jeff Staff  Dec 11, 2013 ]
    how do you use the iPod controls when playing ? [ tom  Nov 24, 2013 ]
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    • You can choose to operate your iPod/iPhone through the JVC head unit's front-panel controls, from its clickwheel/touchscreen, or via a streamed app from your iPhone. Head Unit Mode: From the head unit's front-panel controls you can search for music by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Podcast, Genre, and Composer. Your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen remains accessible in this mode. You can also control basic playback functions (such as Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track) from select music apps streamed to your iPhone. iPod Mode: You can choose to navigate your iPod or iPhone's stored music from its clickwheel or touchscreen, like you are accustomed to during normal usage. Basic playback control (such as Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track) can still be done through head unit for stored music and music apps. External Mode: External Mode allows you to solely navigate your connected iPod/iPhone device through its clickwheel or touchscreen. Playback of your iPod/iPhone's stored music and streamed music apps is supported. The head unit's iPod/iPhone controls will be locked. [ Jeff Staff  Nov 26, 2013 ]

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