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Our take on the JVC KD-R740BT

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.

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.


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.

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.

snotbottom, Milton-Freewater, OR

What's in the Box:

  • 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

Product 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
    • 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:

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    Average Customer Review(s):

    (113 Reviews)


    NORTHA40 from LONDON ON on 10/4/2014

    I have been using this deck for a week now and am very happy with how it works. This is the second JVC deck I have owned and would recomend them to anyone. Sound quality is very good and the EQ adjustment is the best I have used. The radio works well, complaints about losing stations can be fixed by selecting "WIDE" in the tuner setup, this will allow you to pull in distant channels but may increase noise. There is lots of power to drive most speaker systems and set up for a sub is very good with selectable crossover frequency and leve adjustment. A nice feature is the ability to adjust the volume of each input device seperatly, so if your iPod volume is lower than the other signals you can boost it so that all in puts are at the same volume. All in all a good deck for a good price.

    Pros: Great sound lots of EQ adjustment

    Cons: JVC needs to move the DEMO to the end of the menu selection, first Menu selection should be EQ not DEMO

    Great unit!

    snotbottom from Milton-Freewater, OR on 3/8/2014

    2002 Nissan Frontier
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Anonymous from Edmond ok on 1/7/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Good affordable head unit



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    basil from valley grove on 1/6/2014

    2000 Mazda 626
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    So much better than Mazda's original radio. No comparisons.

    Pros: Very EASY SO USE.


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    Anonymous from Catonsville, MD on 1/5/2014

    2000 Honda Accord
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Pretty easy to install



    Nice radio

    Dan from Pacific Grove, CA on 1/5/2014

    1999 BMW 328I
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Anonymous from Portland, Texas on 1/2/2014

    1994 Chevrolet C Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy to install, little difficult to use. Good sound



    Much better than expected

    JVC KD-R740BT from Niantic, CT on 1/2/2014

    2002 Honda Odyssey
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Better quality than expected, easier to use and program and much easier to install.



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    Anonymous from Carriere,ms 39426 on 1/1/2014

    2003 Nissan Altima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great radio good sound user friendly



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    dlw from oregon on 12/31/2013

    2008 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Anonymous from El Paso, TX on 12/23/2013

    1993 Chevrolet K Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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


    Tom B, from Cedarhurst, N.Y. on 12/19/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.



    Happy customer

    Missy D from Madison Va on 12/17/2013

    Bought for my 18 yr old son.....He loves it....

    Pros: works great with his iphone and was easy to hook up....


    Great Radio

    Maureen P. from Brentwood, NY on 12/13/2013

    2001 GMC Sierra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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

    Subwoofers like this

    DangerZone from Frankfort il on 12/6/2013

    2008 Chrysler Sebring
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

    Nice unit, installation simple 2000 Accord

    Customer from Delaware from Delaware, USA on 11/30/2013

    2000 Honda Accord
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    flowpo from Amarillo on 11/28/2013

    1998 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

    Great Stereo

    SteveA from Santa Rita, Guam on 11/22/2013

    1996 Acura SLX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    j kush from phoenix, Az on 11/20/2013

    2004 Ford Explorer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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


    Eric C from Trenton, NJ on 11/15/2013

    2001 Volkswagen Jetta
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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

    Not impressed

    Anonymous from Ri on 11/8/2013

    1997 Ford Escort
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Not a lot of power



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    PeteN from Sacramento, CA on 10/21/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Anonymous from Hobart,OK on 10/21/2013

    1989 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    It is exactly a advertised, Outstanding sound quality.

    Pros: Great Sound


    Great receiver !

    Anonymous from Port st lucie Fl on 10/12/2013

    2005 GMC Sierra 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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


    Greg s from Frackville pa on 10/11/2013

    1999 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Mike from Anaconda on 10/9/2013

    1999 Hyundai Accent
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

    Pretty Great Little Head Unit

    adhack from Acworth, GA on 10/7/2013

    1993 Toyota Land Cruiser
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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

    Great product, Amazing Price

    GamingSanctum Productions from Bakersfield, CA on 10/2/2013

    2004 Honda Civic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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 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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    RB from Palo Alto, CA on 9/28/2013

    2001 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Install and operation work exactly as advertised.

    Pros: Excellent instructions and tools. Very helpful help desk.

    Cons: None

    Great features for the price

    Chris H from Collingswood, NJ on 9/15/2013

    2002 Chrysler 300M
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    K from Cleveland, OH on 9/13/2013

    2005 Ford Escape
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great bang for the buck! Another quality JVC unit (my 3rd) for my wife's car.

    Pros: Good sound, great price, looks good


    Great sound and functions, not intuitive.

    THud from Jacksonville, FL on 9/7/2013

    2006 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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

    I dig it

    pilihp from somewhere out there on 9/6/2013

    2007 Nissan Frontier
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    ejh1221 from Iowa on 9/5/2013

    2007 Jeep Liberty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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

    Very pleased

    HC from Northville, MI on 9/3/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Works great for a GMC Savana. Looks good, sounds good, and loaded with features. Hands-free is clear also.



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    Bill from La Vegas NM on 9/2/2013

    2003 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great sound

    Pros: Two phones paired with receiver

    Cons: None

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    eric from tempe, az on 8/26/2013

    2005 Dodge Caravan
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Good product. Easy to install.



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    joe . from carbondale pa on 8/20/2013

    2005 Subaru Impreza RS
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.



    great upgrade, easy to install

    Jim R from Virginia on 8/15/2013

    1998 Volkswagen GTI
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    jonah b from wilson n.c. on 8/11/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    sounds great and high value for the price.

    Pros: easy to operate.


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    Anonymous from Tucson, Az on 8/1/2013

    2000 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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

    Poor FM reception

    KC from Minnesota on 7/22/2013

    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

    The Little Head Unit that Could

    Perk from Santa Fe, NM on 7/18/2013

    1980 Porsche 911
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

    Great for my teenager

    John A from Dover N.J. on 7/13/2013

    1999 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

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

    Jack E. from Huntington WV. on 7/12/2013

    1999 Dodge Caravan
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    tyler from kent, wa on 7/10/2013

    2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Overall, a great product. The only thing that kinda disappoints me is that there isn't much customization for the display.



    great product

    mike from effingham,ks on 7/7/2013

    2003 Toyota Echo
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    great product. i really like it and am glad i bought it.



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    Gilbert from Uvalde, Texas on 7/6/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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



    Love it.

    Anonymous from Mississippi on 7/5/2013

    2003 Mazda Miata
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

    Good radio

    Ralph from Spokane, WA on 6/30/2013

    2006 Suzuki XL-7
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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

    Was very well pleased

    Mike from MD. on 6/25/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    With extremely well pleased with the quality and sound this JVC receiver. Great buy, and I do recommend



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    JAG from Austin, Tx on 6/23/2013

    2006 Dodge Ram 2500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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

    nice player

    Dale W from Cocoa Fl on 6/20/2013

    1989 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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!

    Great Value

    Rick from Reading, Pa. on 6/15/2013

    2000 Honda Civic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The JVC unit looks good, works great and sounds fantastic even with the "stock" speakers in my 2000 Honda SI Coupe. Installation was easy (once the stock radio was removed) and it looks like it was factory!

    Pros: Great sound for a really low price. Looks good in place of stock radio.

    Cons: Bluetooth won't pair with my 7 year old cell phone. But then, I kinda of figured that it wouldn't. Time for a new phone??


    jzi from Savage, MN on 6/12/2013

    2002 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Works great and looks good.

    Pros: Bluetooth, iPod, sound, easy to set up

    Cons: Single din so menus are small


    Kevin B from Center, Texas on 6/12/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Met, then exceeded all my expectations



    Awesome radio, and at a great price too!

    79CJ7JEEP from Bloomsbury, NJ on 6/10/2013

    2004 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was looking for a decent replacement for my 2004 Jeep Wrangler X TJ. I wanted something that had bluetooth connectivity to my android Droid X as well as my wife's iPhone, and also wanted something with a front USB port, subwoofer RCA outputs.. This fit all of those requirements, and has features that I never new I wanted to boot. Fit was perfect, install painless thanks to Crutchfield including every part needed to make it painless. Took a few minutes to solder the included wiring harness adapter, but once it was done, literally took about 15 minutes to actually install the radio. I shopped around, and to be honest, Crutchfield was not the absolute lowest price for the headunit, but when you factor in the wiring harness adapter, mounting bezel, antenna adapter, etc. that were all included at no extra cost, plus the speed with which they ship the product, I wouldn't ever buy another product like this through anyone else. I have noted that the bluetooth range seems limited, not sure if this is the nature of my vehicle's construction or the radio itself, but I've tried several bluetooth devices, and literally if I'm more then a foot away, the music streaming becomes choppy and/or stops altogether. I've tried three different devices and they all behave similarly, so its not the device, but the reception at the unit. I can live with it though, still beats having to have the device hard wired. Overall a nice unit, no hesitations to recommend it.

    Pros: Easy to install, relatively cheap, bluetooth, front usb, subwoofer rca's

    Cons: Limited bluetooth range, radio reception is average.

    Great value in a head unit

    Ari D from Charlottesville, VA on 6/9/2013

    Haven't really tested all the little bells and whistles yet, but the sound, the bluetooth connection, and the ease of use are excellent for the price point.

    Pros: Good value, easy to use, fairly full-featured.

    Cons: When you have GPS navigation on (in iPhone, Google Maps) connected by bluetooth, and you're listening to the radio (FM, at least), the bluetooth doesn't override the FM radio signal. When a phone call comes in, it does shut off the radio and connect the call, but the turn-by-turn navigation works wen you're on some other sound source, like AUX or USB.

    New stereo

    Denice from Moscow,ID on 6/6/2013

    2002 Ford Ranger
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    John C. from Palmdale, CA on 5/30/2013

    2000 Toyota Echo
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This reciever is fantastic and the BlueTooth works flawlessly (it does take 30 seconds to sync up, but when it does it is great). CD player and FM/AM works great too. All the features work quite well and it is a great price for the feature set you get.

    Pros: Too many to mention

    Cons: None

    Great Radio, I love it. Definitely better than my friends Parrot Hand

    Gregk from Hartsdale, NY on 5/25/2013

    2004 Nissan Sentra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This thing syncs with my samsung galaxy s3 pandora and listening to my music on my phone is a breeze. Still working out how to to control my music with hands free, but thats my fault not JVC. Very intuitive system, I see some people complaining about some features they would like, its an inexpensive radio with bluetooth that works with android. You have nothing to complain about. I used the hands free to make calls, people had no idea that I was on a hands free system. I always call my buddy who has a Parrot Hands Free system and it is really hard to here him with it, not a fan. Make sure that your microphone is put by the rear view mirror, much better sound.

    Pros: control Pandora through your radio , AWESOME!!!! Hands Free Bluetooth, saved me another $165 ticket , NYC sucks like that. Great Sound , very clear and loud through factory speakers, will upgrade speakers soon. You get what you need to put in the radio with Crutchfield. I always order my radios through crutchfield.

    Cons: NOTHING, come on its an inexpensise radio with more features than some of the more expensive radios. I hate a Apple, so there are very few choice for android phones, this is a great one


    steve from Radford, VA on 5/23/2013

    2007 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I replaced a Shaker 500 head unit with this and the improvement is amazing. I would not have believed it without actually hearing it. And I still have the factory speakers. Who knows how good it will sound when those are replaced.And the BT is a nice feature.

    Pros: perfect fit with install kit. Great sound and bass.(for factory subs) easy install, only took a little over an hour. Helpful instructions from Crutchfield.

    Cons: unknown

    Good Unit Great Value

    MikeB from Winamac IN on 5/22/2013

    2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This unit works well installed in 2011 Chevy Silverado upgrading from most basic factory unit also replaced speakers with polk dxi 650 and polk dxi 460p bluetooth is nice as can use phone hands free now and wireless Pandora is very cool. Call quality with the wired microphone is better than a lot of factory bt units I've heard. This unit is a good bang for the buck.

    Pros: lots of features

    Cons: display is kind of hard to see during daytime

    new dash

    KyiS from Fort Drum, NY on 5/21/2013

    2004 Toyota RAV4
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The radio dash is very good. It is what I was looking for to replace my old tape deck dash on my 9 yr old vehicle. The price for the dash was more expensive than compared to BestBuy but with the kit that comes with it free made the deal more attractive than competitors. Products shipped here very expediently and with no damage.

    Pros: bluetooth is easy to use and dash was easy to install

    Cons: my steering wheel controls do not function anymore

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    kevin from queens ny on 5/21/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    this was exchange from another radio. and im glad i made the exchange.. so many features.. all works great. no problem no issues...

    Pros: bluetooth, pandora, jvc app control the radio, ease of use.. great features

    Cons: nond

    Awesome Radio, but not perfect fit

    WoodieT from Prattville, AL on 5/17/2013

    2005 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This radio performs well. It sounds great and the features are amazing. everything is adjustable from the frequency of bass to the brightness of the display for day and a different setting for night. the Bluetooth radio works perfectly for phone calls and audio streaming. The only issue i had was some difficulty getting it to fit properly. It doesn't look perfect in my F150, but the quality overshadows this flaw.

    Pros: sounds great, great features, great value, upgradable, very compatible

    Cons: fit

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    troy from United States on 5/17/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Good stereo but not as good as factory unit

    Pros: Installation was easy

    Cons: Does not have color display, faceplate does not cover completely

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    booneman from Houston, TX on 5/16/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great Product at an awesome price



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    Curtis12 from St Petersburg, FL on 5/11/2013

    2005 Mazda 6
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    great features for even greater price, love the Bluetooth connect feature, and the Pandora controls thru my galaxy s3 are wonderful.

    Pros: everything so far, owned for 2 weeks and very pleased, after shopping around I feel this unit is worth double the price tag .. very happy.. installation was simple as well.

    Cons: this is one minor con, there is only the one choice of display color. at first I thought this would bother me given all other displays in car are red, but is refreshing to mix in this blue.

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    Tom from Albuquerque, NM on 5/9/2013

    2005 Chevrolet Tahoe
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great sounding deck. Lots of features. Easy to install in my 2005 Chevy Tahoe.

    Pros: Lots of things to like about this unit. USB connection. Aux In. Sound is great. BT phone.

    Cons: Bluetooth sound quality could be a little better. BT mic doesn't have much gain. Lots of plastic-I wish the front face was a little more sturdy. I wish the EQ settings were a little more convenient/quicker to get to. Display could be a little brighter in the daylight even on highest setting. The faceplate adapter that came with this is a VERY cheap piece of plastic. can do better than this!

    pretty good reciever for the price

    dustin from NE on 5/6/2013

    1996 Chevrolet Lumina
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Paired very easily with bt. Sounds really good. Bt phone calls there is a slight echo, but nothing to bad. Had a hard time figuring out how to swi



    One more JVC AAA Product

    Mark S from Scranton, Pa on 5/3/2013

    1999 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I think jvc does good again with this unit. Lots of features and not hard to use them. The bluetooth pairs right up with my android and works 100% with my S3. Also the hands free with the mic mounted above the visor in my jeep works great. Still clear with the top off. Now sit on back and enjoy the options. Jeep On.

    Pros: That's all their is. All Pro's

    Cons: One thing they could of gave you that mounting strap and the rear bolt kit. It really helps alot.

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    Jaime from 1200 Elby St. Irving Texas 75061 on 5/2/2013

    2002 Cadillac DeVille
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Good Product. Difficult to use.



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    Redsfan1 from Florence KY on 4/29/2013

    2005 Hyundai Elantra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great Value, Ease of installation,no way I could find a better value at the big box stores. Thanks Crutchfield.

    Pros: To many to mention

    Cons: none

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    JROD from Deep South Texas on 4/29/2013

    2011 Nissan Altima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was looking for an aftermarket headunit for my leased vehicle. I purchased this item based on other reviews. I always look at the bad reviews first to see what problems people have had with products I am looking to buy and it seems that the problems other people had were isolated. The installation was pretty much straight forward. The only problem I had was with the radio reception. I spoke to Gunthrie at Crutchfield and he was able to help me very quickly. For the record, there was nothing wrong with the radio. It was I that forgot to connect the blue wires. After that, everything was great. It is a pretty simple unit with great features. I paired my phone (droid bionic) in under a minute. The USB works great too. Everything is working as it should. Great head unit and a great price. Getting all the installation gear for free was the icing on the cake.

    Pros: Good power, usb, and Bluetooth are great features considering the price. Subwoofer output is a nice touch.

    Cons: Not a very bad thing but all adjustments are made through the volume knob. Not a deal breaker.

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    Clint from Santa Fe, NM on 4/27/2013

    2003 Chevrolet TrailBlazer EXT
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great deck! Easy to install and use. t first I missed the option of color changes, but now I realize its simply not needed. The deck sounds great, the buttons are easy to find and use. Features and simple and straightforward.

    Pros: Sound and build quality. Easy use and set up.

    Cons: Lack of color changes.

    Easy Installation thanks to Crutchfield

    Joe from Sparks NV on 4/27/2013

    2000 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Quick and easy installation when the team at Crutchfield gives you all the tools you need. Looks great in my truck. Sounds a lot better than the stock radio/cd player and the Bluetooth sounds great.

    Pros: Easy install great Bluetooth for the cell phone call quality is great no complaints from either end. Lots of features and custom settings.

    Cons: I was not able to get my phonebook to upload when paired via Bluetooth. I have a Samsung galaxy s2 skyrocket and after several attempts I gave up. My wife has an iphone 4s and it worked flawlessly

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    Anonymous from San Leandro,CA on 4/25/2013

    2001 Chevrolet Prizm
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great radio for the price, syncs with my HTC DNA no problem. Mostly use it for pandora, which works prefectly.

    Pros: Bluetooth syncs quickly and easily

    Cons: nothing

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    Jerry G. from Iva, SC on 4/23/2013

    2004 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I this unit it was so easy to install, I had it in and working one hour after receiving the package. The sound is great and the setup was easy.



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    DanB from Harrisonburg, Va on 4/16/2013

    Great product for the money. Easy controls and functions. Cant wait to have time to play with them.

    Pros: Great sound, many features, easy directions

    Cons: Plays multiple music programs from smart phone (android) simultaneously. (But this may be a problem with the phone apps - to be determined.)

    good product at a great price

    Art from sieera vista az on 4/15/2013

    2006 Toyota Matrix
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This device is definitely worth more than you pay for it. It has all the hightech needs without being too futuristic. I got all I needed from a $500 head unit in a package at this price. Does it look as good? Maybe not. Does it do what is supposed to do? Absolutely.

    Pros: simple basic features of an expensive unit without the expense of the flare and unused options

    Cons: A little confusing to set up Bluetooth with different devices. start up is slow.


    Chris K from rie, PA on 4/14/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Good product quickly installed


    Cons: blue tooth phone use is not user friendly

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    duTTin from Waverly, NE on 4/11/2013

    2005 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    It's a nice stereo with some neat options. It didn't break the bank either. I like the fact tha it will connect to Pandora via Bluetooth and that it connects automatically (provided bluetooth on your phone is on). I just wish sometimes it would connect faster.

    Pros: Android Pandora controls via bluetooth, radio timer

    Cons: Wish I could connect my phone with USB for charging without it automatically selecting USB source

    Solid choice

    Chuck from Douglasville, GA on 4/10/2013

    1995 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Good choice for cost conscious users, easy to connect bluetooth and good call quality. Easy to install in 97 Ford Ranger. Good sound and EQ options.




    MikeB from NWF on 4/9/2013

    2004 Dodge Stratus
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    An excellent value and a huge upgrade from the stock cd player in my car. I like the preset buttons, big volume knob and it was easy to install.

    Pros: Easy to use and figure out, Easy to install

    Cons: None so far

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    JYD from Trotwood,Ohio on 4/6/2013

    2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have it installed but haven`t tried using all the features as yet.So far only used the FM and the CD player and set the clock.I am in process of installing a amp and subwoofer box .should be able to give a better assessment of this units performance at that time.

    Pros: many useful features,low price,rc.

    Cons: you really have to study the manual to learn how to best use it.

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    MikeH from Port Huron,Mi. on 4/4/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I play a lot of classical music through Pandora and cd's. This receiver along with 4 Polk speakers replaced my factory system. The sound is amazing! I almost wish my commute was longer.

    Pros: Great sound,easy install,used tech support once for steering wheel control and everything works great.


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    chris c. from kansas on 4/3/2013

    2000 GMC Sierra 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    the product was easy to install and looks good in my truck.



    Great deck for my truck

    Steve from Eagle Point Oregon on 4/2/2013

    2002 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great deck for the money. Installation was a snap. I bought it for listening to Pandora off my phone. With the blutooth capabilities it makes it easy to use. Plus when a call comes in all I have to do is hit a button and start talking.

    Pros: Ease of use blutooth, pandora, excellent sound, easy installation.


    nice and simple very good unit

    datequila from Lehigh Valley Pa on 3/27/2013

    2000 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    very nice unit for the money. I realy like the clean look. don't like all the bling and buttons. easy to set up if ya just follow the display

    Pros: good price clean looking

    Cons: no hd tuner

    good head unit

    trucker112 from st louis,mo on 3/26/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I'd give 5 stars if I could change the button colors to green instead of bright friggin' blue!

    Pros: Bluetooth works great, controls easily

    Cons: buttons are a blinding blue at night!

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    snowclaw from Amarillo, TX on 3/24/2013

    2001 Ford Escape
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    New laws required hands-free.

    Pros: Bluetooth worked as advertised


    The perfect upgrade for my daily driver

    MattA from Phoenix, AZ on 3/22/2013

    2003 Hyundai Accent
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I'm not an audiophile. I don't care about having the best speakers and a big sub in my trunk. All I wanted was a radio I could use to easily play podcasts from my phone during my 45 minute commute. This receiver does that and so much more. Installation was a breeze and took this novice a little over 3 hours to accomplish. Now I can listen to my music or podcasts from my phone through my car stereo. There is also Pandora integration. I sorely underestimated how nice it was. I have a Galaxy Nexus Android phone. Without touching my phone, all I have to do is select Pandora mode on the radio; the radio opens up the app on my phone and starts playing the station. You can thumbs up / down, skip song, and change station all without ever looking at your phone! It's really a great feature that now I don't want to be without. Hands free calling works fine, I've never used nor been on a call with a handsfree stereo that sounded great. It's good enough, but I won't use it for my hard of hearing father, or long conversations. I just wanted a BT receiver to play audio through, I got a much better receiver than I thought I would for the price. Truly a great product!

    Pros: BT Audio, Pandora Integration, Handsfree BT Calling, Great sound quality and EQ presets.


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    John P from New City, NY on 3/13/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very impressed a excellent replacement car radio. They are so good we put them in both our cars.

    Pros: Love the phone connection the wires options are excellent.

    Cons: Not a bad one just trying to figure out all the cool options.

    Very impressed!

    Lou from St Cloud, MN on 3/11/2013

    2000 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very impressed! The sound quality of the JVC compared to the stock receiver is remarkable. To directly compare the two units in my 2000 F150 I used the same CD in each and while holding the two units I swapped the plugs back and forth. The stock unit appeared somewhat muffled and did not play all the intricate sounds. The JVC straight out of the box instantly provided the full sound spectrum. You could actually hear the fine details like fingers sliding on the guitar strings. After adjusting the auto settings to my preferences it sounded like the entire band was in my truck. All this is with the stock speakers! Bluetooth streaming worked well, making and receiving phone calls was easy and worked well. The sound quality to the person on the other end of the line is not as good as phone only but very acceptable. Nice that you can adjust control brightness for day and night settings. Crutchfield always makes this job easy by providing instructions for your vehicle, your vehicle specific mounting adaptor, wiring adaptor and stock Ford radio removal tool.



    Good, but AM reception is poor

    Bustamove from Oak Grove, GA on 3/10/2013

    2003 Honda Accord LX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Performs well enough except for poor AM reception. I double-checked the antenna connection, but still get poor AM reception. FM reception is fine. I would definitely go for an HD radio tuner if I had known the AM reception was going to be so poor.

    Pros: Functional. Fairly easy to learn to use.

    Cons: Poor AM reception.

    Good unit

    Jeff from Virginia Beach. VA on 3/10/2013

    2007 Chevrolet Colorado
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Good unit, great value with lots of cool features. Easy install with the supplied directions

    Pros: Lots of features

    Cons: Blue tooth is slow to connect with my phone

    Real Nice Upgrade

    Phil from Loveland,Co on 3/7/2013

    2007 Hyundai Accent
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    We purchased this unit to upgrade the factory radio. Not only did we benefit with huge improvements in sound quality but we also gained other options with the auxiliary and USB inputs. When you add in the Bluetooth & streaming functions it almost makes a six-year-old car just like the features that come with new cars.

    Pros: Push to mute....Pandora display appears on the radio... Charges your phone while you're listening to Pandora... Gives a whole new meaning to hands-free on your smartphone

    Cons: Going through the audio EQ options is not easy driving... Backing out of the adjustment options could be a little less involved...

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    Anonymous from Norfolk, Va on 3/7/2013

    1998 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Just what I wanted!! Easy to install, everything included in purchase. Works like a dream!!



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    Michael H from Georgia on 3/6/2013

    love to Bluetooth feature, sounds so clean and everyone can hear me clearly

    Pros: Microphone Bluetooth able to play music from phone without using a AUX cord. easy controls great sound


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    brent from il on 3/6/2013

    2001 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    excellent head unit. bluetooth is a great feature. i just set my android phone in the console, and can use pandora, or music that is stored on my phone, hands free calling. its all wireless and works excellent.



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    gary m from leland nc. on 3/3/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    nice head unit,performs great,easy to control.

    Pros: priced right,

    Cons: after install no fade from front to fear

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    Anonymous from Forest Park, IL on 3/3/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Good sound, intuitive controls.



    Nice Upgrade

    Ronnie from Topeka,Ks on 2/26/2013

    2001 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I got tired of my Black Sabbath tape so i needed an upgrade. Bluetooth works great with my iPod Touch for music. It's powerful enough to play music without an amp. I have a jeep so space is at a premium. Plus it is open most of the summer. My daughter loves the remote :) She can run her own play lists on the iPod.

    Pros: Reasonably priced. Bluetooth works great! Plus Crutchfield sent all the installation gear. I soldered the harness the night before I installed the stereo so it only took an hour to replace my whole stereo in my jeep. I chose to solder because I go wheeling & didn't want anything to vibrate loose.

    Cons: None

    Great Product

    Scott from Cincinnati, OH on 2/23/2013

    2002 Nissan Pathfinder
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Works well, bluetooth for voice and Pandora works great with my Galaxy III. Very happy with that.



    Nice for the price

    JennyD from Beaufort, SC on 2/19/2013

    2006 Chevrolet Malibu
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The features are nice. The bluetooth works great with my iphone. Easy to install. Overall I'm pleased.

    Pros: sounds nice. easy install.

    Cons: I can't change display colors

    Great product

    Mike from Indianapolis, IN on 2/18/2013

    2009 Toyota Camry
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great product for the price! Everything works as advertised. Love the bluetooth.



    very good overall

    martin from new york city on 2/17/2013

    2002 Nissan Xterra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very good = everything

    Pros: Easy to install, connect, use

    Cons: The bluetooth connects automatic without asking as soon as u get in the car....

    nice unit

    Randy from Maryland on 2/15/2013

    1998 Mazda Protege
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Overall the unit is pretty good, with a couple problems. The blue tooth works very well on my end, but I am told its a little hollow sounding on the other end. I use the cd player for audio books and can not find any way to make small adjustments. I can change the track, but cant advance or rewind the minutes. It has also had a small skipping problem occationally.

    Pros: good sound, great price and helpful team on support

    Cons: hollow sound on blue tooth, cd skips, cannot adjust cd finely enough

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    Wink from Rocklin, CA on 2/7/2013

    2010 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Exactly what I was looking for. BT works well for streaming. Haven't really tried the hands free but since I drive a Jeep, I wasn't too interested in that feature. Will probably work well with the top up. Installation was extremely easy but I had to cross reference Crutcthfield's instructions with JVC's. the only other issue was removing the OEM head unit. The sound is a huge improvement over stock.

    Pros: Great value; works as advertised

    Cons: Changing settings is cumbersome

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    craig from Council Bluffs, IA on 2/2/2013

    2001 Dodge Ram
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Put this head unit in my 2001 dodge Ram it works great the bluetooth is great for hand free calling. Pandora is great no wires all wireless all round good unit

    Pros: Looks great, sounds great bluetooth, an Pandora is perfect

    Cons: No HD Radio

    Does what it says

    John Mc from Michigan on 1/24/2013

    Took 3 hours to install. Most of that time was soldering the wires from the JVC to the Crutchfield Toyota adapters. Everything works as advertised, but since I was forwarned by other reviews, I can't complain about the small buttons and various menus that are needed to set up the unit. If you are someone who likes to constantly tweak the tone controls, you might not like this unit, as you need to navigate menus to do this. But if you're happy once you settle on a sound, then it should be okay. The Bluetooth hands-free calling works great, the mic sounds good. Before, I used to miss calls, because the stereo would be playing and I'd miss the ring. But with this setup, the music stops, the caller ID displays, you just press the volume knob to answer. Also, the Bluetooth for iPod works, as well as Android music player. Have not tried the Pandora. The 20 Watts RMS makes my factory speakers sound better than before, a decided plus. All in all, I'm very happy with the purchase!

    Pros: Lots of features for the price, great sound.

    Cons: Not the best for ergonomics.

    Great Uinit

    Joel from Texas on 1/24/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy install, only had to look at the manual for wiring diagram and to see where the USB cable it mentioned coming out of the back was for the bluetooth. The bluetooth is built into the reciever. Easy pairing with my SGS3. Worked great with S Voice which gave me easy access to my phone hands free.

    Pros: Cheap Bluetooth ability, voice control. Relativity easy audio streaming. Fairly clear hands free voice calling.

    Cons: High glare factor with face. Really bright days make it tough to see the display. At night, the display is still pretty bright even turned down. Menu can be a bit difficult to get some settings fixed. Annoying button press beep when first installed, can be turned off via menu.


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    Features and Specs

    AUX Input Front
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input Front
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control Bluetooth
    Android Control Yes
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready No
    HD Radio No
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano 7/6/5/4/3/2/1
    Touch 5/4/3/2/1
    iPhone 5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    CEA-2006 Compliant Yes
    RMS Power Output 20 watts
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 4-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs No
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs Yes
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 2.5 volts
    Display Color White
    Key Button Color Blue
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    FM Sensitivity 9.3 dBf
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes

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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
    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,, 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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    Q & A

    Customer Q&A

    5 questions already asked

    I'm not sure about an I Phone since I would never give apple any money. I have an android phone and so do my friends...all of which are various makes and they all have hooked up to my JVC...JVC has an excellent customer service dept. that you can actually talk to a human being...I'd give them a call or read the directions again on pairing your device. [ STEVE B  Dec 28, 2013 ]
    My wife's iPhone 5 works with it, I'm pretty sure her 4 did before as well. I have an Android phone (had 2 models with this stereo) and they all have worked so far. [ KYLE  Dec 28, 2013 ]
    My phones are not iphones so I don't know if it is compatible [ TROY  Dec 28, 2013 ]
    I have a 4 and it works fine. I think only once after paining it didn't connect but once I turn off the radio and turn it back on, no problem. I originally paired per instruction that I got for the radio. Can't recall what I did specifically since that was some time ago. Sorry. [ JOHN  Dec 28, 2013 ]
    I actually use a Samsung but my brother has connected his IPhone 5 to my stereo in my car so it should be compatible [ AMBER N  Dec 28, 2013 ]
    As far as i know it should work, i don't have an iphone i have a motorola quantico and it work fine with it [ LLOYD H  Dec 28, 2013 ]
    Yes, it does. [ RACHEL  Dec 13, 2013 ]
    Yes it comes with a mic [ DOUG  Dec 03, 2013 ]
    Yes [ RICHARD  Dec 02, 2013 ]
    Yes it does. I mounted my microphone that came with the unit only steering column and it works great. [ JOHN  Dec 02, 2013 ]
    yes it does [ FRANK  Dec 02, 2013 ]
    It does come with a mic and a pretty fair amount of wire to let you place it where you want. [ ROBERT D  Dec 02, 2013 ]
    Yrs it did. [ CHRISTOS  Dec 02, 2013 ]
    Yes [ ED  Dec 02, 2013 ]
    Yes. [ JAMES B  Dec 02, 2013 ]
    Yes, it comes with a wired mic. The wire runs through the back of the unit. I ran it towards top of my dash and it works fine. [ OBAID  Dec 02, 2013 ]
    Yes, there's an external mic [ DANIEL  Dec 02, 2013 ]
    Yes. It's on a wire that you can place where you want it. My wife has it attached to her sun visor and it works fine with both her blackberry and I-phone [ stephen  Dec 02, 2013 ]
    Yes it does. [ MICHAEL A  Dec 02, 2013 ]
    yes it does it plugs into the back of the receiver and you can stick it to the dash or wherever you want it, it works well even with the windows down its not too bad [ JONATHAN  Dec 02, 2013 ]
    Yes it does. Works well too. [ JOSE A  Dec 02, 2013 ]
    If it is the 740bt model you can not change the color...your stuck with blue. [ STEVE B  Dec 28, 2013 ]
    You can find information on changing the display color on page 7 of the manual. If you do not have the manual handy, you can download the PDF here: [ Jeff  Nov 25, 2013 ]  Staff
    Yes, this unit has a clock display but you have to click on the knob to see it. In other words, the lead display keeps showing all features available in the unit and you have to touch the knob for the time display. It does not show the hour in a continuous manner. eduardo [ EDUARDO  Nov 28, 2013 ]
    Yes it will. The disp (display) button in the upper left corner of the radio changes the information that will be displayed. Push it until the day and time comes on. It steps through the tag information for music being played until you reach the time display, I hope this will be helpful. Jack [ JACK R  Nov 25, 2013 ]
    Yes it does. as a matter of fact it has lots of different displays you can use...I'm very pleased with this unit. Steve-0 [ STEVE B  Nov 25, 2013 ]
    yes, it does but I don't have mine displaying all the time. [ ROBERT  Nov 25, 2013 ]
    But the function with my phones works great [ TROY  Nov 25, 2013 ]
    I haven't seen it display time [ TROY  Nov 25, 2013 ]
    Yes it does, I've had this jvc installed for a year now and love it it runs flawless and the bluetooth is perfect for audio streaming and phone calls [ AMBER N  Nov 25, 2013 ]
    Yes. You can toggle the display for clock. [ DavidsonDuke  Nov 25, 2013 ]
    Thanks for your question. This receiver has a built in amplifier, so most of the speakers we sell will work with it (some components and high end speakers would require an external amp). For advice on which speakers will fit your vehicle, and be a good match for this receiver, feel free to reach out an Advisor by phone or chat. [ Jeff  Nov 22, 2013 ]  Staff