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Our take on the JVC KD-R740BT

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.

Bluetooth® equipped for your mobile convenience

Bluetooth is great for talking hands-free, but that's not the only way it can enhance your car A/V experience. Pair up JVC's KD-R740BT CD receiver with your smartphone, and enjoy audio streaming of Internet radio for more musical variety. And, with many Android™ phones you can receive text message notifications too.

Pair two phones at once

Let's say you've got a business phone and a personal phone. Most car stereos with Bluetooth make you choose one for use in the car, but the KD-R740BT lets you pair two phones at once. And when a call comes in, the receiver will blink either blue or red, depending on the phone. So you'll be either have your business game face on, or be ready to relax and unwind when chatting with a friend.

JVC KD-R740BT

The KD-R740BT's Smart Music Control is excellent for Android owners.

Great for Android™ smartphones

JVC's Smart Music Control works with Android phones to support voice commands for controlling your music. You'll be able to change songs, search your music, and more without raising a finger. But if you like to get your digits involved, you can use Smart Music Control to create playlists with the Mood Blender, or even adjust EQ settings with your phone. And this app lets you use your compatible Android phone's touchscreen to control many functions using finger swipes and gestures — for example, tap the screen to play and pause, or swipe right to skip forward a track. So pop your Android phone in a mount, and you can reach down and skip a track without taking your eyes off the road.

Never miss your favorite radio programs

Do you have news, sports, or other radio programs you don't want to miss? The KD-R740BT's radio timer feature automatically switches on the radio and tunes in the correct station, no matter what source you're on at the time. You can set the timer to work one time or daily, so it's great for catching the shows you enjoy during your daily commute.

Internet radio control

PANDORA® Internet Radio is one of the most popular streaming stations on the web. iPhone users can control PANDORA through this JVC when connected to the USB slot, while Android and Blackberry owners control Pandora through the Bluetooth connection. Either way, you'll enjoy access to your favorite stations and display of song, artist, and album information on the receiver's screen while you're listening.

Want to keep your steering wheel controls?

In most vehicles, you can use an adapter (not included) to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and the receiver, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. Check the "Accessories" tab for compatible adapters.

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.

Bluetooth note: Use of this receiver's Bluetooth features will depend upon your phone's Bluetooth capabilities. Learn more in our article explaining Bluetooth profiles.

Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming — full-time connection to two phones at once
    • built-in iPod control and USB connection to Android phones
    • control PANDORA® from your iPhone, Android, or Blackberry smartphone
    • works with Android app for gesture control over music playback
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (20 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • 24-bit digital-to-analog converter
    • high- and low-pass filters
    • 3-band parametric equalizer
    Expandability:
    • built-in iPod control and USB connection to Android phones
    • inputs: front USB and auxiliary inputs
    • outputs: 4-channel preamp outputs (2.5-volt front, rear/subwoofer)
    Other features and specs:
     

    Hands-on research from the Crutchfield Labs (what are the Labs?)

    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
    Preamp Voltage
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    2.5 volts
    Display Color
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    White
    Key Button Color
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    Blue
    EQ Bands
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    3
    Wireless Remote
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    Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible
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    Adapter required
    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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    Built-in
    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
    • Microphone with integrated bracket (attached 12' cable terminated by a right-angle male 3.5mm connector)
    • Wireless remote control (RM-RK52)
    • CR2025 3V Lithium battery (installed)
    • Face case
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • Face fixing screw
    • Instruction Manual (En/Fr/Sp)
    • US Warranty Sheet
    • Canadian Warranty Card
    • "Caution!" note (attached to wiring harness)
    • "The countries where you may use the Bluetooth function" note
    • Face Fixing screw note

    Our Product Research Team

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

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: The JVC KD-R740BT is equipped with built-in Bluetooth (version 2.1+EDR), allowing you to make and receive phone calls wirelessly through the receiver; as well as stream music wirelessly from your smartphone to the head unit. In order to use Bluetooth wireless technology, your phone must also be Bluetooth compatible and be able to interpret certain profiles. This unit is compatible with the following Bluetooth Profiles:

    • Hands-Free Communication: HFP 1.5 (Hands Free Profile), OPP 1.1 (Object Push Profile), PBAB 1.0 (Phone Book Access Profile).
    • Audio Streaming: A2DP 1.2 (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP 1.3 (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).
    Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the JVC KD-R740BT. See JVC's Bluetooth compatibility chart for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled devices.

    Pairing: Your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone or digital audio player must be paired with KD-R740BT before hands-free & wireless operation. You can register up to five Bluetooth enabled devices with the JVC head unit. You can keep two phones connected at all times (only one can be used during a call).

    Bluetooth Hands-Free Communication: The head unit supports Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. The controls of the KD-R740BT can be used to dial a number, answer an in-coming call, or end a call. The unit also includes an external microphone (with mounting bracket) featuring adjustable gain, so you can carry on your side of the conversation while listening to the caller through your vehicles speakers.

    • Answering A Call: When a call comes in, a ring-tone will be heard through your vehicle's speaker and the caller's name or phone number will be displayed. You can answer the call from the head unit's front-panel controls, or setup the head unit to automatically answer the incoming call immediately or after 3/5/10 seconds. The KD-R740BT also supports the Call Waiting function, so you can answer another incoming call while suspending the current call you are on. Your compatible cell-phone must also support this feature.
    • Dialing A Number: Using the KD-R740BT, you can dial a phone number in one of the following ways:
      • Entering a Phone Number: Allows you to directly dial a phone number up to 32 digits from the head unit's front-panel rotary dial.
      • Speed Dialing: You can store up to 6 contacts in the memory of this unit for speed dialing.
      • Phone Book: You can dial by using the downloaded phone book. You can download phone book data from your cell phone to the KD-R740BT.You can search through your contacts alphabetically (A-Z) or numerically (0-9). Up to 400 numbers can be stored for each registered cell phone.
      • Call Log: The Call Log is a list of calls that have originated from and were received by this unit that you can dial. You can select Outgoing, Incoming, or Missed calls (up to 50 each).
      • Voice Dialing: If your mobile phone supports voice recognition, then you can dial out by voice command. Simply speak into the included microphone. 
    Note: During a conversation, you can switch between the Private Mode (talking directly on your cell phone) and the Hands Free Mode.

    External Microphone: The JVC KD-R740BT includes an external microphone to carry on your side of your phone conversation and voice command dialing. The external wired microphone offers improved audio quality versus an integrated microphone, so you can be heard easier over noisy traffic and road noise. You can adjust the volume level and noise cancellation of the microphone without affecting the other sources. The external microphone features an attached 12' cable terminated by a right-angle 3.5mm connector which plugs into the mic input on the rear-panel of the head unit. The microphone offers an integrated mounting bracket which can be clipped to your vehicle's sun-visor or taped to your dash. The external microphone measures 0.525" (diameter) x 1.485" (depth).

    Note: This unit does not offer an integrated front-panel microphone.

    SMS: If your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone is compatible with SMS (Short Message Service), the JVC head unit will notify you when a message has been received. You must then use your phone to check the message. You cannot read, edit, or send a message through this unit.

    Wireless Audio Streaming (w/ Metadata Display): The JVC KD-R740BT also supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth enabled audio player or smartphone. The KD-R740BT will be able to control basic playback functions of your Bluetooth device's stored music; such as Play/Pause, Skip Next/Previous, Fast Forward/Rewind and Random/Repeat. The head unit will also display your stored music's song information; such as Artist name and Song/Album title. The KD-R740BT also supports audio streaming of music apps downloaded on your smartphone with metadata display and limited control. Advanced music control of your music apps will still need be done via your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone. When an incoming call or outgoing call is in progress from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, audio streaming will be paused so you can take your call. Once the call is finished, your streaming music will resume.

    Siri Digital Assistant Control: When paired and connected with an iPhone 4S or 5/5C/5S via Bluetooth (not USB), the JVC KD-R740BT has the ability to access Siri through its front-panel control and external microphone. Simply press the "phone command" button on theKD-R740BT to engage Siri and use the included microphone to communicate with Siri. Siri's voice will heard through your vehicle's speakers. All Siri functions including hands-free calling, music search, setting reminders, text-messaging, audible navigation, and more can be done through the head unit and its microphone. The head unit will only display hands-free calling and Bluetooth audio information (all other functions of Siri are only audible through the KD-R740BT; visual data will still need to be viewed from your iPhone device).

    Note: You can ask Siri to get directions to a destination and the turn-by-turn instructions will heard through your vehicle's speakers, while the on-screen map still displays on your iPhone 4S/5/5C/5S. The head unit's audio is attenuated while Siri provides audible directions.

    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-R740BT 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 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-R740BT supports the following types of MP3 and WMA 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-R740BT 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-R740BT'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. This USB connection 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 or streamed 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 105dB. 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. Once a Playlist or Category is selected, you can search your music alphabetically (A-Z) or numerically (0-9). The KD-R740BT 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-R740BT 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-R740BT 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 Bluetooth Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone External mode Pandora app Artist/Song Text Track Info Phone Audio Siri
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y Y N N Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    4 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    4S 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5C 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5S 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y N N N Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y N Y N Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y N Y N Y
    4th 6.1.3 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y N Y N Y
    5th 7.0 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N N N Y Y N N N Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y N N N Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y N N N Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y N N N Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y N N N Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y Y Y N Y Y N N N Y
    7th 1.02 PC Y N Y Y Y N Y Y N Y N Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y N N N Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y N N N Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y N N N Y
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N N N Y Y N N N Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N N
    2 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N N
    3 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N N
    4 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y N
    mini 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N 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 Smart Music Control (for Android): The free JVC Smart Music Control app for Android (OS 2.2+) from Google Play is two applications in one for the JVC KD-R740BT. It acts as a remote control via Bluetooth with gesture and voice command for the JVC head unit; plus provides an advanced music player for playback of music files stored on your Android when connected to the JVC head unit via USB.

    • Remote Control: The JVC Smart Music Control app connects and controls the JVC head unit via Bluetooth like a wireless remote control. This application can display the JVC receiver's source information on the Android smartphone's screen, and enables you to perform operations of the JVC head unit from your compatible Android device via gesture or voice command. The JVC Smart Report App lets you use finger gesture commands on your Android smartphone to control the playback of the JVC head unit. This type of gesture control is designed to operate the JVC head unit from your smartphone without having to look at your smartphone. Gesture control operations include Finger tap, Finger hold, Finger click, Finger swipe (right/left/up/down), and Finger curve (right/left/up/down). Voice command with proximity sensor automatically activates voice recognition when you hold your compatible smartphone up to your mouth, so you can speak music playback commands into the phone. Your Android smartphone must support Bluetooth SPP.
    • Music Player: By connecting the JVC CD receiver via USB to an Android smartphone that has the JVC Smart 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-R740BT 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-R740BT CD receiver lets you playback and control the Pandora Internet Radio music service that is being streamed to your Apple iPhone or Android smartphone. Your iPhone or Android smartphone 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.

    • Pandora App for iPhone: The JVC KD-R740BT 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.
    • Pandora via Android: The JVC KD-R740BT lets you playback and control Pandora Internet Radio streamed from your Android smartphone, via Bluetooth (no hard-wired connection required). To access Pandora from the JVC head unit, your Bluetooth-enabled Android smartphone must have the latest version of the Pandora App from the Google Play App Store. Your Android smartphone must support A2DP, AVRCP, and SPP Bluetooth profiles.

    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.

    Pandora Control: The JVC KD-R740BT will provide control over the Pandora music service streamed to your USB-connected iPhone or Bluetooth-enabled Android smartphone. 

    • 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.

    Information Display: The JVC KD-R740BT will display Artist, Album, & Song information provided by the Pandora app on your iPhone or Android smartphone.

    Audio Section

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The JVC KD-R740BT utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The KD-R740BT 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-R740BT 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-R740BT 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-R740BT 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-R740BT 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-R740BT 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 turn this feature on 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-R740BT features a detachable face to deter theft. A hard-plastic face-case is provided. An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can also 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 Control

    Wireless Remote Control: The KD-R740BT 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).

    Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The head unit features an OEM steering wheel remote control input wire (blue/yellow) within the included wiring harness that lets you keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with an optional steering wheel audio control adapter (sold separately). Please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.

     
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    5 out of 5

    Great unit!

    Written By snotbottom, Milton-Freewater, OR on Saturday, March 08, 2014
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    Such an easy install, and great service from the Crutchfield team. I was surprised to find so much fuctionality in this unit at such a low price. Does everything I wanted and does it well. Menus are easy to navigate and I love that it remebers the audio settings for each input.
    Pros:
    Bluetooth phone Blutooth audio Easy integration Remembers audio settings for each input. Plays loads of music on my USB microdrive!
    Cons:
    none
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    4 out of 5

    JVC KD-R740BT

    Written By Anonymous, Edmond ok on Tuesday, January 07, 2014
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    Good affordable head unit
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    5 out of 5

    jvc kd-r740bt

    Written By basil, valley grove on Monday, January 06, 2014
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    So much better than Mazda's original radio. No comparisons.
    Pros:
    Very EASY SO USE.
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KD-R740BT

    Written By Anonymous, Catonsville, MD on Sunday, January 05, 2014
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    Pretty easy to install
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    4 out of 5

    Nice radio

    Written By Dan, Pacific Grove, CA on Sunday, January 05, 2014
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    Nice radio at a fair price. Only wish the microphone was built into the front of the unit, instead of needing to route the long cord and mic somewhere else. Perhaps make it an option.
    Cons:
    separate microphone
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    4 out of 5

    JVC KD-R740BT

    Written By Anonymous, Portland, Texas on Thursday, January 02, 2014
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    Easy to install, little difficult to use. Good sound
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    5 out of 5

    Much better than expected

    Written By JVC KD-R740BT, Niantic, CT on Thursday, January 02, 2014
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    Better quality than expected, easier to use and program and much easier to install.
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    4 out of 5

    JVC radio

    Written By Anonymous, Carriere,ms 39426 on Wednesday, January 01, 2014
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    Great radio good sound user friendly
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KD-R740BT

    Written By dlw, oregon on Tuesday, December 31, 2013
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    maybe i'm just easy to please, but this stereo is great. Full of features and surprisingly easy to figure it all out. So much nicer than the stock stereo in my truck!
    Pros:
    it's got it all. great bluetooth sound quality, too
    Cons:
    none
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KD-R740BT

    Written By Anonymous, El Paso, TX on Monday, December 23, 2013
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    I love my deck it has made driving and tuning my radio to Pandora so much easier and answering calls is just an upside so I would recommend this to anyone who wants a radio with blue tooth it's just a great deck
    Pros:
    Blue tooth. CD PLAYER . Aux input . USB input what else do you want other than a dvd player
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    Taab

    Written By Tom B,, Cedarhurst, N.Y. on Thursday, December 19, 2013
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    I really like all the new features that make listening to my music a snap and the added phone feature makes receiving and sending calls safer and clearer.
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    5 out of 5

    Happy customer

    Written By Missy D, Madison Va on Tuesday, December 17, 2013
     
    Bought for my 18 yr old son.....He loves it....
    Pros:
    works great with his iphone and was easy to hook up....
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    5 out of 5

    Great Radio

    Written By Maureen P., Brentwood, NY on Friday, December 13, 2013
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    I bought this radio to replace the stock radio in a 1999 GMC Sierra. It fit perfectly! The radio synced up with my Samsung Galaxy S4 phone right away. I love the hands free calling function! The unit came with a microphone and the sound is crystal clear! Great Radio!!!
    Pros:
    Easy to use
    Cons:
    I can't think of any
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    5 out of 5

    Subwoofers like this

    Written By DangerZone, Frankfort il on Friday, December 06, 2013
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    I have two Rockford Fosgate 12' subwoofers and I just installed this receiver yesterday. I am really happy with it! It looks cool and it sounds amazing! My subs sound 10 times better compared to the line output converter I had. I put in myself too! Soldering sort of sucks but u feel it was worth the time and the money!
    Pros:
    Awesome sound quality 10 times better than the factory Subwoofers are much more dynamic
    Cons:
    Wish I spent the extra money for the awesome lights.
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    4 out of 5

    Nice unit, installation simple 2000 Accord

    Written By Customer from Delaware, Delaware, USA on Saturday, November 30, 2013
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    Installed nicely and was able to re-use the factory metal mounting hardware and retain the hinged storage compartment. For a 17 year old I am regretting not spending the extra thirty for the panel lighting.
    Pros:
    Just installed, so far so good.
    Cons:
    None known
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KD=R740BT Receiver

    Written By flowpo, Amarillo on Thursday, November 28, 2013
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    I replace the factory unit from my Ford Ranger with this unit. I basically wanted a stereo with a CD player, but this is so much more than that. I really like the Bluetooth and since it is now illegal to use a hand held cell phone in my town that is one of the most used features. The sound quality is good, better than the original. It is easy to operate all of it's functions and looks good too. I'm pleased that I chose this unit.
    Pros:
    sounds good, looks good, Bluetooth.
    Cons:
    none for me.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Stereo

    Written By SteveA, Santa Rita, Guam on Friday, November 22, 2013
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    Easy to install with supplied items and directions. the wife loves the Pandora compatibility and the two phone pairing options. Best low budget high optioned stereo i could find. Love It.
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KD-R740BT

    Written By j kush, phoenix, Az on Wednesday, November 20, 2013
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    Great head unit. Hands free calling is as clear as any car that has it built in if not better. Bluetooth connects without any problems for Pandora radio. Best head unit you can buy for the money. Would highly reccomend this product!
    Pros:
    Bluetooth, hands free calling, easy readable face
    Cons:
    Can't really think of any
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    5 out of 5

    JVC

    Written By Eric C, Trenton, NJ on Friday, November 15, 2013
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    It was an easy set up since I have had done it in my car before but the old one seemed to fall apart but this one seems well built and makes the car shake if you already have the speakers and subwoofer
    Pros:
    Improves sounds quality massively
    Cons:
    Unable to change color of the lights inside of the head unit
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    2 out of 5

    Not impressed

    Written By Anonymous, Ri on Friday, November 08, 2013
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    Not a lot of power
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KD-R740BT

    Written By PeteN, Sacramento, CA on Monday, October 21, 2013
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    This is an absolutely outstanding unit and excellent value . This unit went in easily, paired quickly with my phone and works flawlessly. Much of the credit goes to the Crutchfield rep who helped me and provided the recomendation.
    Pros:
    Easy to install and operate. Also sound great.
    Cons:
    Non-noted so far
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KD-R740BT

    Written By Anonymous, Hobart,OK on Monday, October 21, 2013
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    It is exactly a advertised, Outstanding sound quality.
    Pros:
    Great Sound
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    5 out of 5

    Great receiver !

    Written By Anonymous, Port st lucie Fl on Saturday, October 12, 2013
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    Great receiver for the price, the blue tooth works great along with the other features . Easy to install in my GMC with harness and accessories .
    Pros:
    Price , features,ease of installing
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    great

    Written By Greg s, Frackville pa on Friday, October 11, 2013
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    this unit replaced my factory jeep radio. easy to install. easy to use. much louder and clearer than the stock radio. tech support was quick with an answer to a question.
    Pros:
    greatvalue
    Cons:
    none
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    4 out of 5

    JVC KD-R740BT

    Written By Mike, Anaconda on Wednesday, October 09, 2013
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    This unit is a good value and sounds great. Fits perfect in our Hyundai accent.
    Pros:
    Sound quality and features.
    Cons:
    Just a little hard to navigate for us older generation.
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    4 out of 5

    Pretty Great Little Head Unit

    Written By adhack, Acworth, GA on Monday, October 07, 2013
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    Pickup up this head unit for my 1995 Land Cruiser. The installation was an absolute breeze and this was the first time I've done it. Hat's off to Crutchfield for perfect instructions. The unit is simple to operate and through the USB, Aux, CD breathed new life into the almost 20 year old stock speakers. So much so that I'm not going to bother replacing them. Bluetooth connection was very easy and continues to function, and therefore so does the Pandora app through bluetooth. I do have to say the sound quality through blue tooth is pretty poor as compared to the USB, Aux, and CD. So much so that I rarely use the bluetooth audio features because you have to turn the volume all the way up to get a decent volume. Again, this is a really old speaker set up, so take that into account.

    Everything else is great. Not the most flashy unit, but great quality, easy install, and nice power from the unit.
    Pros:
    Ease of install, functionality, options like Bluetooth, Pandora, USB, Aux, CD, and power for a very low cost. Works well with Android for bluetooth
    Cons:
    Bluetooth audio sound quality is lacking
    3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Great product, Amazing Price

    Written By GamingSanctum Productions, Bakersfield, CA on Wednesday, October 02, 2013
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    Great product! Especially for the low price! The only 4-star I gave it was the "Ease of Use." It was not very complicated for me, but I'm a computer technician...so electronics are 2nd nature to me. However, I can see where some people would get frustrated with the menu system. The options are sometimes tucked in weird categories.

    Other than that no complaints. The sound quality is great! The colors are bright and vibrant and it's a sturdy little build! Definitely recommend this!
    Pros:
    -Quality -Sturdy -Bluetooth streaming -Aux inputs -No loss of antenna signal -PRICE
    Cons:
    -Menu is a little confusing for some users.
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KD-R740BT

    Written By RB, Palo Alto, CA on Saturday, September 28, 2013
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    Install and operation work exactly as advertised.
    Pros:
    Excellent instructions and tools. Very helpful help desk.
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    Great features for the price

    Written By Chris H, Collingswood, NJ on Sunday, September 15, 2013
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    You can't beat the features included for the price of this unit. I replaced the tired unit in my 2nd car(2002 Chrysler 300M Special. The installation kit fit perfectly and after 20 minutes spent soldering the wire adapter, it took all of 20 minutes to complete the installation. I have no prior experience with Bluetooth in a car, but I'm now a convert. Hands free phone calls are a breeze, Pandora connectivity and Bluetooth streaming open up listening options that I didn't previously have. As some reviews mention, the Bluetooth syncing can take a couple seconds, but its certainly not a deal breaker. The front mounted USB is convenient for memory sticks, and the line in is perfect for Sirius. I have no complaints at this price point.
    Pros:
    Features; Price; Ease of installation
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KD-R740BT

    Written By K, Cleveland, OH on Friday, September 13, 2013
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    Great bang for the buck! Another quality JVC unit (my 3rd) for my wife's car.
    Pros:
    Good sound, great price, looks good
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    4 out of 5

    Great sound and functions, not intuitive.

    Written By THud, Jacksonville, FL on Saturday, September 07, 2013
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    First off this is a great value for the features. I installed it in my 06 Wrangler it sounds better than the Pioneer it was replacing and cost less. The great thing is it works great with an android phone. It is amazing that so few manufacturers do since there are actually more android users than Iphone users. Installation using the Crutchfield was super simple. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because the functions are not intuitive. Connecting the phone wasn't that bad but I actually had to dive into the instruction manual to get it out of demo and set the time. Everyone knows how guys hate that. But if you are looking for a great head unit with plenty of features and great sound at a bargain price I don't know if you can do better.
    Pros:
    Works great with android phones. Sounds great. Great price.
    Cons:
    Set isn't intuitive
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    5 out of 5

    I dig it

    Written By pilihp, somewhere out there on Friday, September 06, 2013
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    Seems like a sturdy unit. Good clear instructions manual. Good sound. lots of options, a slight learning curve on operation and menu search (ex. When using the Bluetooth audio with device like iphone/android, I listen to podcasts, you press the menu button to puase but when listening to the usb connection you press the volume button in to pause). That said its a great unit and so far operates above my expectations.
    Pros:
    sound, great customization, able to shut off or minimize the animation and lights, great Bluetooth audio, great USB functions, has analog connection too. Great value.
    Cons:
    interface and controls can be a little tricky, but don't let that persuade you, it's better than the majority of stereos out there with all these options.
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    4 out of 5

    JVC KD-R740BT

    Written By ejh1221, Iowa on Thursday, September 05, 2013
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    I was suggested this stereo by the support rep because of the price and a few requirements that I had like Bluetooth compatibility. The unit was very easy to install with the DIN replacement kit and wire harness. There was a few too many menus to go through to set it up, but pretty easy to connect the Bluetooth. Once connected I was able to connect Pandora after downloading an app on my cellphone.
    Pros:
    Great Sound Quality, Bluetooth Connection, Pandora Controls, Price for Quality, Android Compatible
    Cons:
    Too Many Menus, Need More Android Apps
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    5 out of 5

    Very pleased

    Written By HC, Northville, MI on Tuesday, September 03, 2013
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    Works great for a GMC Savana. Looks good, sounds good, and loaded with features. Hands-free is clear also.
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KD-R740BT

    Written By Bill, La Vegas NM on Monday, September 02, 2013
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    Great sound
    Pros:
    Two phones paired with receiver
    Cons:
    None
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    4 out of 5

    JVC KD-R740BT

    Written By eric, tempe, az on Monday, August 26, 2013
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    Good product. Easy to install.
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KD-R740BT

    Written By joe ., carbondale pa on Tuesday, August 20, 2013
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    excellent value,i installed it in my daughters car she loves the handsfree option.easy installation great looks and sound,very happy with my purchase.
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    5 out of 5

    great upgrade, easy to install

    Written By Jim R, Virginia on Thursday, August 15, 2013
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    I installed this head unit in my '98 VW Golf GTI. It fit without modification to the car and I was able to install it easily (it took an hour going slowly and methodically). The Crutchfield site said the radio would not fit unless I removed the rear brace for the radio in my car but the JVC site said it would fit, and it turned out JVC was right. Crutchfield tech support was great, with immediate help when ordering and when I had questions during install. I recommend talking with a person when ordering -- they double checked a couple of things that needed to be changed for my order for my car.

    The iPod, Bluetooth Audio, and hands free phone features all work very well. My calls are clear for me and for people on the other side of the call. The sound of the system is okay, not great, but that could be simply the factory speakers, which I did not replace. The controls are okay once you read the manual and get used to them -- it would be easier if JVC were more consistent across modes e.g. using iPod input via the USB connection you push the control knob to pause the music, using Bluetooth audio to listen to music you push the menu button to pause the music -- silly differences like that make it harder to learn and remember the controls.

    Note: for rating the specific attributes, I don't have other radios for comparison for ease of use or build quality. Both may be exceptional compared to other radios but compared to what I would really like I gave them a middle rating.
    Pros:
    Hands free phone calls USB and Aux input for my iPod / iPhone Bluetooth audio streaming Lights can be dimmed sufficiently for comfort when driving at night
    Cons:
    Cannot match light colors to color of other lights on dashboard (for me a minor point) Controls are a bit confusing from one mode to the next
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    4 out of 5

    jvc kd-r740bt

    Written By jonah b, wilson n.c. on Sunday, August 11, 2013
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    sounds great and high value for the price.
    Pros:
    easy to operate.
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KD - R740BT

    Written By Anonymous, Tucson, Az on Thursday, August 01, 2013
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    Did what I expected right out of the box. I was impressed with it's operation and sound. Had no problems connecting both my wife's and my phone to the bluetooth and the hands free sounds and works great.
    Pros:
    Bluetooth features, and USB connectivity
    Cons:
    Have not found one yet
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    2 out of 5

    Poor FM reception

    Written By KC, Minnesota on Monday, July 22, 2013
     
    After just over a month of having the JVC KD-R740BT, I am unimpressed by this model. I replaced a factory stereo which was bottom of the line, AM/FM only with just 2 speakers. I purchased good speakers with this unit and while sound quality is better than the factory unit, I lost two FM stations I was able to receive with the low end GM factory unit and AM reception is also very bad. The radio has very poor reception compared to ALL of my previous car stereos. I also find the station buttons (rocker switches) are difficult to use. They are tiny and you have to look directly at them to make sure you hit the correct side of the rocker as well as avoiding pushing the right side of one switch and the left side of the next. Another thing I miss is the factory unit protected you from a high volume blast when you change from an MP3 player where you must turn up the head unit volume and revert back to FM or CD where less volume is needed. So if you had the MP3 in when you got out and you get in the next morning and turn on the FM, the volume is sky high and you will get blasted. I won't use it to stream music but I have used the memory key and it works , MP3 through AUX is nice.
    Pros:
    None really
    Cons:
    Poor AM/FM reception, this is a major issue. Terrible small rocker switches
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    5 out of 5

    The Little Head Unit that Could

    Written By Perk, Santa Fe, NM on Thursday, July 18, 2013
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    With the harness supplied, it's a quick and easy install. All the basics are there (AM, FM CD USB, AUX, Bluetooth, hands free). I don't need a unit that composes its own tunes, but with so many apps available, I'm sure one of them will do just that. For the price, you can't beat it.
    Pros:
    Easy installation and easy listening.
    Cons:
    The user's manual requires reading between the lines in places.
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    5 out of 5

    Great for my teenager

    Written By John A, Dover N.J. on Saturday, July 13, 2013
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    I bought this unit as a gift for my teenage niece. Her first car is a 99 Mustang. The Bluetooth feature is what I wanted to have for her as teenage girls and texting while driving is a bad combination. She charges her iphone while driving and is never distracted while driving.The sound is fantastic through the amplified speakers and she is the envy of all her friends. Installation was a breeze thanks to Crutchfield's technical support and for less than $200 and I have some piece of mind when she's out driving around. I have never had any problems with JVC and continue to be a great fan.
    Pros:
    Hands free driving via Bluetooth is great, while the USB outlet encourages safe driving habits while it charges her her iphone. The sound is all you could want and the price makes it a no-brainer. Crutchfields technical assistance is second to none.
    Cons:
    Remote control needs to be larger as it keeps getting lost in the car.
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    5 out of 5

    KD-R740BT's has good sound at a low cost..

    Written By Jack E., Huntington WV. on Friday, July 12, 2013
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    The KD-R740BT Is well built unit with great sound even with the factory speakers. I Can't wait to hear it with good speakers. The Bluetooth functions puts this radio over the top. Playing music from my cell phone is easy and just in time with changing cell phone laws. the install was easy and it fit the dash very well. I would highly recommend the JVC radio
    Pros:
    Great sound and easy install.
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    4 out of 5

    JVC KD-R740BT

    Written By tyler, kent, wa on Wednesday, July 10, 2013
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    Overall, a great product. The only thing that kinda disappoints me is that there isn't much customization for the display.
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    5 out of 5

    great product

    Written By mike, effingham,ks on Sunday, July 07, 2013
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    great product. i really like it and am glad i bought it.
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KD-R740BT

    Written By Gilbert, Uvalde, Texas on Saturday, July 06, 2013
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    Just installed this yesterday, Sound is great. installation not too difficult, tech support was great, very professional and patient. have not tried out all features but very satisfied so far
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    5 out of 5

    Love it.

    Written By Anonymous, Mississippi on Friday, July 05, 2013
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    Easy to setup once installed. Took a couple of tries to pair with my iPhone 5, but it's great now.
    Pros:
    If this is in your price range, buy it.
    Cons:
    None.
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    4 out of 5

    Good radio

    Written By Ralph, Spokane, WA on Sunday, June 30, 2013
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    As advertised. Everything works so far.
    Pros:
    Nice to have 2 bluetooth connected at the same time... one for my wifes phone and one for mine
    Cons:
    Wire diagram did not have wire color code for steering wheel control line. It was not clear that the view was fron the back of the plug not the front. Called for help and got it.... great
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    5 out of 5

    Was very well pleased

    Written By Mike, MD. on Tuesday, June 25, 2013
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    With extremely well pleased with the quality and sound this JVC receiver. Great buy, and I do recommend
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KD-R740BT

    Written By JAG, Austin, Tx on Sunday, June 23, 2013
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    I put this stereo in a 2006 dodge ram truck and its sounds great. I really like the bluetooth, everybody comes in nice in clear.
    Pros:
    Bluetooth
    Cons:
    Could have some more bass in the stereo
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    5 out of 5

    nice player

    Written By Dale W, Cocoa Fl on Thursday, June 20, 2013
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    nice radio at a good price. basically wanted the bluetooth but love all that I have tried. Crutchfield was excellent,first time using then but was very happy. had to call tech support and they were very helpful and I found the problem which was my oversight and would def buy again.
    Pros:
    good price for good soud and really like the bluetooth
    Cons:
    none,it did everything I wanted and more at a good price and service was excellent!
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