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Item #: 105KDR640
 

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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.

Colorful choices

You like to go your own way. You zig when others zag. So clearly the standard red or blue illumination display for your car stereo won't do. JVC's KD-R640 CD receiver offers the choice of over 30,000 different colors for the display and controls on this receiver. You can assign different colors to the display and controls, and even set the receiver to cycle through all colors for constant variety.

Easy access to your choice of music

Use the easily accessible front-panel USB port for your iPod, iPhone, or Android phone, then use this JVC's driver-friendly controls to access and enjoy your playlists. Or load a thumb drive up with your favorite tunes and rock out that way.  And if you're a CD fan, you've got the option to drop in a disc, too. The KD-R640 includes a front auxiliary input for a Dock-and-Play satellite radio or other sound source.

Awesome sound, no matter what source

You can make fine adjustments to the highs, mids, and lows with the 3-band parametric EQ, and you can use the built-in high-pass filter to trim the low bass from your speakers, allowing them to run at peak efficiency. You'll find two sets of preamp outputs for connecting amps and subs, and you can even switch the rear preamp outputs to subwoofer mode, then use the subwoofer level control for on-the-fly changes.

JVC KD-R640 CD receiver

You can zero in on an exact match for your car's dash lighting, or just go wild.

Add hands-free calling

It's never wise to handle your phone while driving. Experience the safety and convenience of hands-free calling by adding JVC's Bluetooth® adapter. When a call comes in, you'll talk naturally and hear your caller over your speakers – just like you're talking to someone in the front seat. You can keep both hands free and concentrate on your driving. The adapter also gives you the ability to stream music from a compatible device straight into the JVC.

iPod note: If you're going to use your iPod with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility with this receiver or its optional iPod adapter. See more info on this item

Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (20 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • variable illumination for buttons and display (over 30, 000 color combinations)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs and MP3/WMA files on disc
    • iPhone/iPod control; Android control (with free app)
    • PANDORA control with iPhone
    • detachable face (carrying case not included)
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • Pro EQ 3-band parametric equalizer with seven preset tone settings
    • high-pass filter; low-pass filter and subwoofer level control
    • 24-bit digital-to-analog converter
    Expandability:
    • compatible with JVC's Bluetooth adapter, SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
    • inputs: front-panel auxiliary input, front-panel USB input
    • outputs: 4-channel preamp outputs (2.5-volt front, selectable rear/sub)
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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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    4-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs
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    No
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs
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    Yes
    Video Screen
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    No
    Preamp Voltage
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    2.5 volts
    Display Color
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    Variable
    Key Button Color
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    Variable
    EQ Bands
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    3
    Wireless Remote
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    Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible
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    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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    SiriusXM
    HD Radio
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    No
    Navigation
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    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
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    9.3 dBf
    European Tuning
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    Seek/Scan
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    Seek
    Radio Data System
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    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

    Our Product Research Team

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

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

    Disc & 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-R640 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, & 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-R640 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.

    Quick Search: You can search for your MP3 or WMA music tracks alphabetically (A-Z) or numerically (0-9).

    Random/Repeat Modes: The JVC KD-R640 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-R640, 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-R640'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 USB connections allows audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of select iPod/iPhone models from the JVC in-dash head unit. The head unit supports audio playback from music stored on your iPod/iPhone or music apps (such as iHeartRadio, SiriusXM, Last.fm, Rhapsody, & 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-R640 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-R640 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-R640 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+SiriusXM Radio

    RDS AM/FM Tuner: The JVC KD-R640 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-R640 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-R640 will display Artist, Album, & Song information provided by the Pandora app on your iPhone. The JVC KD-R640 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 & 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.

    SiriusXM Ready: The JVC KD-R640 comes ready for SiriusXM programming with access to XM and Sirius Satellite Radio stations. Thanks to its proprietary SiriusXM Connect port, you can add the optional SXV200V1 SiriusXM Connect tuner and receive more than 150 channels of exclusive programming directly from SiriusXM, via the "SiriusXM All Access" package (subscription required). Visit SiriusXM.com for a complete list of subscription options and channel guide. Additional features of the SXV200 SiriusXM Connect tuner include:

    • Channel list displays a list of all available channels
    • Category Search searches for channels in a certain category
    • Displayed Information such as Channel Name, Artist Name, & Song Title can be viewed on the head unit's LCD
    • Up to 18 SiriusXM Satellite Radio station presets
    • Direct Tuning via included remote
    • Supports the SiriusXM Instant Replay function, so you can pause, rewind, and replay up to 30 minutes of live content
    • Channels containing unsuitable content for children can be blocked

    Note: A separate SiriusXM Satellite Radio subscription is required (operates on the XM Network). However, you can easily add this SiriusXM tuner to an existing Sirius or XM account for a Multi-Radio Discount Plan.

    Audio Section

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The JVC KD-R640 utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The KD-R640 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-R640 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-R640 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-R640 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/4CH Preamp Output: The KD-R640 is equipped with two pair of 2.5V preamp outputs (Front, 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-R640 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
    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-R640 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.

    Variable Color LCD & Key Illumination: The JVC KD-R640 features 29 color presets for the LCD and button illumination. You can choose one of these color presets or select the ColorFlow mode which scrolls through all 29 color presets. Additionally, there is a User preset, allowing you to individually adjust the intensity of Red, Green, and Blue from 0 to 31; resulting in approximately 30,000 custom color options. The chosen color preset or custom color can be applied to the display panel and the backlighting for all the buttons except the eject button (it remains red). You can choose to use the same color for the LCD display and button illumination, or use a separate color for each one. You can also select a different color for daytime and nighttime in regards to the unit's LCD and button illumination.

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

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

    Remote/Bluetooth Control

    Wireless Remote Control: The KD-R640 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-R640. 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-R640 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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    Great unit for the price

    Written By Dirus, Snohomish, wa on Sunday, February 02, 2014
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    I got this unit and was able to install it in my 06 jeep liberty very easily with the kit this site supplied, took perhaps 20 minutes and all the features supplied in my sports model jeep wired into the stereo

    Sound is decent for the price, I will be getting better matched speakers for it soon, stock in my car are 2 ohms

    My favorite feature of this stereo is the dim-able buttons and LCD display, that both can be changed to many colors, independently. Was able to set up the stereo to have the same brightness level and colors at night as the factory dash lights.

    Pros:
    Good dimming so the stereo is not distracting at night, good features for the price
    Cons:
    Pandora mode takes all interface from the pandora app in an iPhone, my old jvc deck still allowed me to use pandora's interface on the phone.
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KD-R640

    Written By g r, North Olmsted, OH on Monday, January 13, 2014
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    This was a christmas present for my son which really was important that he would like. I used what is important to him in a system and I nailed it with JVC. Crutchfield was great including everything I would need for the install and we had to call technical and they where quick and right the first time!!!!
    Pros:
    Coolness factor, great sound, great cost, great opotions
    Cons:
    none
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    5 out of 5

    Christmas Present

    Written By Jim Bridwell, Social Circle,Ga. on Thursday, January 02, 2014
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    Very nice, easy to install and easy to operate. Great service from your team
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    4 out of 5

    Car Radio

    Written By Anonymous, Bay City Michigan on Monday, December 30, 2013
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    Got this for my daughter as a Christmas gift. Couldn't be more pleased with this radio. Very easy to install and the radio not only sounds fantastic but looks great to.
    Pros:
    Ease of installation and user friendly
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    JVC KD-R640

    Written By Jerry R, Warrington, PA on Friday, December 27, 2013
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    Beautiful Stereo for the money. We love it!
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    5 out of 5

    Flawless

    Written By Levi, Ohio on Wednesday, December 25, 2013
     
    I installed this in my 1998 Grand Prix GTP (with 8 speakers, no OnStar), it sound absolutely stunning even with the factory speakers (yes they still work). The wiring is easy as could be, but the mounting kit that was included forced me to grind down parts of the dashboard (you can't see it) and the radio sticks out about an inch now.
    Pros:
    Great quality, easy install, says name of playing song (on radio-with the antenna), very loud, powerful bass
    Cons:
    Nothing, this thing is stunning for the price.
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KD-R640

    Written By bigjoshodom, Glennville, Ga on Sunday, December 22, 2013
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    Awesome radio for the money!
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    4 out of 5

    It's Okay

    Written By Mikee, Albuquerque, NM on Monday, December 09, 2013
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    The deck is pretty cool looking, easy to use, easy to install. The only real complaint I have is that the sound quality really is not that great. I replaced a stock stereo from my 2001 Volvo s60. Sound quality dropped a ton. Which made me sad. :( I never had any complaints about the sound quality of my stock system, ,it just began acting up so I decided to replace with this JVC. I could only take it for a few days before I re-installed the stock stereo system . I noticed that a few other people have put 4 stars for the sound quality of this unit and not 5. I would pay attention to that. There ARE better sounding units in the same price range. i suggest going with something else for better sound. I may try Alpine next. Thank you however Crutchfield for working with me. I will be purchasing my next deck through you.
    Pros:
    awesome looking, great features/expandable.
    Cons:
    Lacking in the sound quality department. Yes, even for the price range.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Product!

    Written By USMarine, Indiana on Sunday, December 08, 2013
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    Got this for my daughter and it is fantastic. She loves it and it was incredibly easy to install.
    Pros:
    Easy to install, clear instructions, great packaging, daughter loves it.
    Cons:
    None that I have found!
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    3 out of 5

    Eh......

    Written By Boothby171, Glen Burnie, MD on Wednesday, December 04, 2013
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    This radio has lousy FM and non-existent AM reception*. The buttons surrounding the main dial are placed too close to the dial for use during driving. The daytime brightness level is insufficient. The CD mechanism seems to be a bit "Jumpy."

    Maybe after a few more weeks, I'll get used to all that, but for now....not my favorite radio. I am thinking I may have to return it.

    * Maybe it's my car? Maybe it's the Nissan antenna adapter? Who knows. This is the end result, to me, the end user.
    Pros:
    Good, clear sound Lots of control and display options
    Cons:
    Buttons are too small. FM reception weak AM reception non-existent Bouncy/Jumpy CD player Won't work with my Android phone at all (but I sort of expected that)
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    5 out of 5

    Awesome

    Written By Ed, New york on Thursday, November 28, 2013
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    Fantastic Quality easy to install looks great and Sounds Awesome
    Pros:
    Everything
    Cons:
    Not a one
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    5 out of 5

    one great poduct for the price very impressed

    Written By " Jay " B, russellville AR on Thursday, November 14, 2013
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    If you don't own one your not getting the quality you should be getting. Sorry about your luck, should have got the best . JVC all the way
    Pros:
    everything you could ever ask in a stereo. always been a big fan of JVC
    Cons:
    Not owning one
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    5 out of 5

    Nice For The Price!!

    Written By Fifthbass, Glen Mills, Pa on Monday, November 04, 2013
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    Great head unit for the money. Pretty easy to setup and install.
    Pros:
    Sounds good, plenty of options, nice usb connection on face. Lots of cool colors if your into that....
    Cons:
    Only 2 sets of rca hookups on back of unit.
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KD-R640

    Written By Tom C, Lakeville, MN on Monday, November 04, 2013
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    The radio does everything I wanted, sounds much better than the OEM radio, installation was easy and it looks cool.
    Pros:
    Wish I knew about this five years ago. The radio does everything I was looking for, sounds much better than the OEM radio, installation was easy, Crutchfield was very helpful and the radio looks cool.
    Cons:
    My only complaint is that the radio display does not get bright enough to read the time during the day.
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    5 out of 5

    You can't go wrong

    Written By DrewA, Outerbanks N.C. on Saturday, November 02, 2013
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    A great sound system ,that sounds better than I expected and with the instructions and install kit was a breeze to install. Crutchfields sales people made this purchase a easy choice. Will use this company and products again . So pull out that cheap stock sound system and do yourself a favor.
    Pros:
    Great sound ,fits like it was made just for this truck and easy install
    Cons:
    I waited to long to purchase this system
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    4 out of 5

    Very nice, price is right!!

    Written By MR YOUNGBLOOD, PHOENIX AZ on Saturday, October 26, 2013
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    JVC makes a great car radio ..good reception lots of options...great price..ease installation...my second JVC for my other car...
    Pros:
    Easy LED and operation...price is right...
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    Great product

    Written By CCK, Nazareth PA on Thursday, October 10, 2013
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    Great product , great price , easy to install .
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    4 out of 5

    solid performer

    Written By ScottW, Lubbock,Tx on Sunday, October 06, 2013
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    Solid performance and features at a budget price
    Pros:
    easy setup
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    5 out of 5

    JVC, Look no Farther!

    Written By Ben, Phenix City, AL on Thursday, October 03, 2013
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    JVC/Kenwood corporation make the best head units on the market today. Whether you are using an amp or not these have the best output wattage available. The quality and features are outstanding!!!!
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    4 out of 5

    Great Sound For the Money

    Written By GypsyXG, lancaster, PA on Thursday, October 03, 2013
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    Front USB and Ipod controls, Able to change the color to match your mood or console lights. Great Sound even with factory speakers. Everything i wanted at a good price. The demo button (which i don't see a need for this) is right with all the controls, i've hit it more than once when using the radio.
    Pros:
    Great sound, front usb and IPOD control
    Cons:
    Demo button - i keep hitting this
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    4 out of 5

    JVC KD-R640

    Written By Sergio morales, San Antonio, tx on Saturday, September 21, 2013
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    I hooked everything up myself and it was pretty simply, had no problem. It's easy to work when it's installed and haven't had any problems.
    Pros:
    Color adjusts, fits well, easy controls, USB and aux capable
    Cons:
    Can't get the correct blue, volume knob seems a little cheap
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    5 out of 5

    it's cool i love it

    Written By baby-j, Nome Alaska on Saturday, August 24, 2013
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    love it
    Pros:
    just what i wanted
    Cons:
    ????
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    5 out of 5

    Perfect for my needs

    Written By Tait B, Minnesota on Saturday, August 10, 2013
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    Works very well for what I need. I didn't need a large display screen or Bluetooth, so this was right up my alley for an affordable price.
    Pros:
    Adjustable colored lights for display and buttons, adjustable brightness, easy to use, very customizable altogether.
    Cons:
    Honestly can't think of anything.
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    4 out of 5

    Cool but layout could use some help

    Written By Big Chris, Hampton, Ga. on Saturday, August 10, 2013
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    Ok, unit is cool, good sound, the colors are neat, I like the file reading from usb, don't need an mp3 player. But the layout could be better. Skip buttons to small for a big hands, set up took some time and some reading. File reading could be smarter, very hard to find a certain song, artist or album.
    Pros:
    Cool unit Good sound Colors are neat File reading from usb
    Cons:
    Skip buttons to small for a big hands Set up took some time and some reading File reading could be smarter, very hard to find a certain song, artist or album.
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Amazin

    Written By Will, Bridgeport,CT on Friday, August 09, 2013
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    I got this for my girlfriends car not only does she love it, I want it, lol. I have two Sony Xplode speaker in the front and stock speakers in the back and yet this receiver makes it sound and feel like all my speakers are aftermarket. The subwoofer feature is perfect as well it make my rear speakers into hard bumping subwoofers, no distortion. This system even fixed my radio station problem of only getting certain local stations to getting them all and more with no interference. The dimmer feature is great too as soon as the headlights go on the stereo changes to night time color. The only complaint I have is that it isn't very easy to take the face of the stereo off. Other than that even the in dash receiver kit is perfect too it makes the stereo look like it was made for my car no gaps, like stock stereo. One last thing, I don't even know how high the receiver goes because it is loud enough at volume 25.
    Pros:
    Everything from color changing ability to speaker quality change.
    Cons:
    Difficult to take face plate off.
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    4 out of 5

    Not bad for the price

    Written By steve, Harveys Lake PA on Friday, August 02, 2013
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    Great sound and cool looks but I am disappointed with the fm reception.
    Pros:
    Sounds great for cd's and aux inputs. Color selections.
    Cons:
    FM reception is bad in my subaru.
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    5 out of 5

    The show has begun

    Written By Darryl M, Upper Darby, PA on Sunday, July 28, 2013
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    Ordered the JVC receiver after reading most of the positive reviews and they were right. After getting this baby installed and discarding my factory unit the sounds coming out of this exceeded my expectations. The USB port for my IPod charges at the same time that my music is playing. The multicolor screen has a factory setting to change colors in the display every 5 seconds which looks pretty cool at night. It also has various sound settings to equalize your music that I haven't begun to play with as of yet. Just happy to have found a decent prices receiver that with the help of instruction I could do without the help of an installer. I AM THE INSTALLER!
    Pros:
    Polished black faceplate and bezel. Multicolor displays. Great output of audio signals coming off a head unit.
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    a great radio for the price

    Written By ron k, Basehor, KS on Saturday, July 20, 2013
     
    Was easy to install. I like that the radio integrates with satellite radio. The color choices are incredible
    Pros:
    Ease of use
    Cons:
    None at this time
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    5 out of 5

    Great Radio

    Written By JC, Missouri on Wednesday, July 10, 2013
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    I installed this radio in my John Deere tractor needed an upgrade from the 70s'. Had to modify the original casing for the new radio. After that everything installed easy. Thanks Crutchfield!
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KD-R640

    Written By Anonymous, Indiana on Monday, July 01, 2013
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    Great sound even with factory speakers. Nice stereo for the money
    Pros:
    don't have to mess with factory lock codes
    Cons:
    nonr
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    5 out of 5

    Great Stereo!

    Written By D S, Germany on Monday, July 01, 2013
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    I purchased this to replace another JVC that was in my BMW. The upgrade is definitely worth it - reception, sound quality and overall appearance all improved, and like any great company, JVC included all the right owners manuals on PAPER making it easy to install and easy to program. iPod control is easy and there are lots of input options - overall a great product.
    Pros:
    Radio reception, sound quality, LED 2 zone lighting, USB port and iPod control, great operating instructions
    Cons:
    none noticed.
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    5 out of 5

    jvc head unit

    Written By Anonymous, texas on Sunday, June 30, 2013
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    Works great with my speakers, pushes very well without distortion, clear sound all around. Picks up radio stations 2x better than my stock.
    Pros:
    Quick install, better reception, plenty of options to make it yours.
    Cons:
    Remote is too small and when choosing options, it stays up too long(menu option do not go away fast, tend to change it on accident too often)
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    4 out of 5

    Great!

    Written By Anonymous, Virginia on Saturday, June 29, 2013
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    Overall great head unit. Very pleased and does all that I need. Lots of colors, USB and aux hookups.
    Pros:
    USB and aux. color options. Dimmer
    Cons:
    Seems to reset every time I start the truck so I have to reprogram everything; clock, EQ, colors, etc.
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    5 out of 5

    Excellent value

    Written By Dan, Apollo,Pa. on Monday, June 24, 2013
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    Wanted to add iphone plug in to my truck. This unit solved all my problems. Very easy install. Sound and quality meet all of my expectations. I am impressed with how easy I could learn all the features. Very good value for the cost.
    Pros:
    Great value for the cost.
    Cons:
    None found
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    5 out of 5

    jvc kd-r640

    Written By garry, reading ohio on Friday, May 10, 2013
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    Just what my girlfriend wanted!!!
    Pros:
    Easy installation
    Cons:
    None so far!
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    5 out of 5

    Great stock replacement

    Written By PT13Pilot, Belle, MO on Friday, May 10, 2013
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    This replaced my factory in dash 6 dish changer stereo. Night and day difference in sound quality. Color change is nice to match factory backlighting. FM reciever pulls in stations much better than stock. Easy to use. Plenty of features for a lower priced unit. Install kit worked great.
    Pros:
    Sound quality, features for price.
    Cons:
    Really splitting hairs here, but volume knob is smooth/slick. Wish it was textured or had a rubber grip.
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    5 out of 5

    Great radio

    Written By TC, LA on Thursday, May 09, 2013
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    Great radio for price never thought I could get this much sound out of my factory speakers and Pandora is a awesome factor as well just plug in and it takes care of the rest. Crutchfield has everything covered from showing finishing plates to quick connection wires just select car through website and they will show you everything you need to do the job.
    Pros:
    Great price
    Cons:
    Takes some time to learn all features.
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    5 out of 5

    JVC CD Receiver

    Written By Anonymous, Riviera Beach, FL on Wednesday, May 01, 2013
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    Great product for its cost,". Easy to install and works well with iPhone and android device. Just make sure you have an auxiliary cable for the android device.
    Pros:
    Cost, installation, display, and sound
    Cons:
    None so far
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    5 out of 5

    very nice

    Written By jdep, ohio on Monday, April 01, 2013
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    as usual, jvc never disappoints. and as usual, crutchfield is top of the crop for customer service, price, and shipping. this deck is great. hooked up in 10 mins, and mostly figured out in 20 mins just by playing around with it. im sure ive only seen 1/4 of its potential, and im already happy. great buy. only gripe is the buttons are a little different, takes a while to get used to how u push them, ull see what i mean if u buy it.
    Pros:
    price, shipping, features
    Cons:
    buttons are diffrent than most
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    5 out of 5

    Outstanding JVC!!!

    Written By EB, Las Vegas, NV on Sunday, March 31, 2013
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    From opening the box to the first time the radio lit up I was impressed greatly. This component runs Pandora, Sirius/XM, CD/CDR-W (etc), aux, USB...too much!!! This made our stock speakers sound 10x better (is it me or the stereo). Easy to install with step by step directions. The colors are amazing, can't believe the Sirius/XM is controlled from the radio...yeah baby!
    Pros:
    Easy to install, sounds beyond amazing, all the bells and whistles live true to the JVC name.
    Cons:
    That I don't have one in my truck...this one is in my wifes car.
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    5 out of 5

    As advertised

    Written By puffulufogous, LA on Thursday, March 14, 2013
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    Works as advertised. Looks and sounds pretty good for a 100 dollar receiver. The choice of colors is varied and a nice touch. Iphone/ipod interface including pandora works well and is pretty intuitive. Don't expect any crazy graphical displays, but is a solid and inexpensive head unit.
    Pros:
    color choices, usb/aux input, intuitive interface beyond initial setup
    Cons:
    none so far
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