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JVC KD-R850BT

CD receiver

Item #: 105KDR850B

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Straightforward stereo

If you're not into multi-colored lights on your display, JVC's KD-R850BT CD receiver offers you the benefits of a feature-packed car stereo with an understated look for your dash. You'll enjoy super-clean CD playback, a USB input for charging devices and playing your music files, and Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and audio streaming. You can run the show from the well-placed controls on the receiver or by using your smartphone.

JVC KD-R850BT CD receiver

Smartphone integration

Bluetooth serves as a wireless bridge between your smartphone and this JVC. Once you pair up this JVC with your smartphone, you can harness Bluetooth's full potential — you'll be able to receive text message notifications, stream the stored music on your phone, or access Internet radio stations, depending on your phone's features. iPhone® users can even communicate with Siri without picking up the phone.

If you enjoy Internet radio on your smartphone, you'll really enjoy playing music from Pandora® and iHeartRadio® on this great-sounding receiver. You can scroll through your stations, bookmark songs, and give a thumbs-up or thumbs-down right from the receiver's face. Load JVC's Smart Music Control app for your Android® and you get access to your receiver's settings, EQ, and sources directly from your smartphone.

Added cool stuff

JVC upped the power in their USB port, which lets you keep your smartphone charged, even when it's doing several tasks at once. Drive Change allows you to connect a memory card reader or USB hub to the receiver's USB input and select music from up to five memory cards or USB flash drives. You can also connect just about any portable audio player using the KD-R850BT's front aux input.

Once you're playing what you want, shape your sound with the onboard 3-band parametric equalizer. If you're adding amplifiers or a powered subwoofer, the two sets of 2.5-volt preamp outputs provide you the clean signal you need.

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 JVC stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and the JVC, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. Check the "Accessories" tab for compatible adapters.

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.

App Note: iHeartRadio playback and control requires the "iHeartRadio Link for JVC" app on your smartphone.

iPod/smartphone note: If you're going to use your iPod or smartphone with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for compatibility information.

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free and audio streaming
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • AM/FM tuner includes Radio Data System (RDS)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RW discs including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA music files
    • detachable face with single-line white display
    • front USB port compatible with MP3, WMA, and WAV audio files
    • USB 1A connection provides extra power for charging devices
    • Drive Change lets you select audio from multiple flash drives or memory cards in a connected USB hub or memory card reader
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • Pro EQ with 12 equalizer presets and a 3-band parametric equalizer
    • low-pass filter and subwoofer level controls
    • loudness and bass boost controls
    • Digital Track Expander enhances compressed audio files
    Expandability:
    • built-in iPod, iPhone, and iPad control (see Details tab for model compatibility)
    • Pandora and iHeartRadio control with iPhone and Android
    • JVC Smart Music Control app for Android provides controls for receiver settings
    • Siri Eyes Free support with compatible iPhones
    • inputs: front-panel auxiliary input and USB port
    • outputs: 4-channel preamp outputs (2.5-volt front and rear/subwoofer)
    Other features and specs:

    Why replace your factory radio?

    Two good reasons - sound quality and cool features. A new car stereo offers power that's superior to most factory radios, along with more sophisticated tone controls. And most car stereos offer built-in or optional features that add safety and fun to life in your car, including inputs for your iPod or MP3 player, Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free cell phone calls, satellite radio or HD Radio reception, and connections for building an audio system in your car.

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    Awesome value. .feature packed

    Written By Mac, San francisco, Ca on Wednesday, October 08, 2014

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    Great unit and for the money you can't go wrong. My stock stereo died so I picked this one..glad I did because the install for my particular vehicle was super easy even with ZERO car audio experience. I still can't believe that it has so many features. Love the Bluetooth. .let's me accept or place phone calls and listen to iheart radio when it's paired with my phone. Looks cool especially at night.

    Pros: Bluetooth.. easy installation.. very economical..looks cool

    Cons: Can't think of any

    Good sound and value

    Written By chipsd, San Diego, CA on Friday, October 03, 2014

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    I bought this for my son's 2005 Toyota Corolla. I installed it myself and it was really easy. It has great sound, Bluetooth calls are awesome, my son uses it with his iPhone and he's enjoying it tremendously.

    Easy install great stereo

    Written By Anonymous, Herndon, PA on Monday, September 29, 2014

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    Bought this for my daughter's 2004 Cavalier. Was an easy install and I love the Bluetooth feature. Great stereo and great price, plus shipping was free! You can't beat that.

    2004 Ford Focus Car Stereo

    Written By Ron C, United States on Friday, September 26, 2014

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    The car stereo is well packaged and come with an extraction tool in the box in the event that you need to pull the stereo. The beautiful blue lights give it a cool factor and dims well when the lights are on. The display is clear and shows the station names as well as other content. The front facing USB port is handy and the hands free mike is nice, except that it is wired and should have been made wireless. With the built-in Bluetooth it seems like the mike was an afterthought. The clear audio is strong and there is no need for an additional amplifier. For the price it is a very good value.

    Pros: The display is clear and bright. The audio is loud and crisp. The multiple features make this a good buy. The installation was easy leaving very little operator error.

    Cons: The corded mike is not commensurate with the high quality of the product. It should have been wireless or the mike should have been built in. The instruction manual also seems cheap and lacks adequate details. The instruction on using the provided extraction tool leaves the user to guess on the proper usage. Despite these few shortcomings it is still a very good product.

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    Written By Anonymous, Colorado Springs, CO on Wednesday, September 17, 2014

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    This is a typical JVC value laden product.

    Great Value

    Written By Steve, Chicago, IL on Monday, September 08, 2014

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    Great value, Bluetooth works great and the sound people hear on the other end of the phone is very good. Everything else works as expected. Tip: Press the menu button to pause/play. The brightness adjustments aren't very good. Too bright at night (on min setting) and not bright enough during a sunny day (on max setting). I have gotten use to it, but I wish there was more room for adjustment.

    Pros: Great Bluetooth phone call sound quality on both ends (microphone mounted on steering wheel column behind the wheel)

    Cons: Poor display brightness adjustments

    Couln't have been much easier

    Written By Russell D, Winter Springs FL on Saturday, September 06, 2014

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    Bought this to replace the original stereo that was slowly starting to fail. The removal instructions and installation instructions were right on. The wiring kit was very easy to understand and I was finished with the entire job within 20 minutes.

    Pros: Very easy to install. Sound quality is much better that the original that came with the vehicle. Blue tooth connected effortlessly to my phone. The installation instructions saved me hours of frustration! I thought that I would have to replace my speakers also, but everything sounds great now!

    Cons: None

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    Written By Bob, Offutt AFB NE on Friday, August 29, 2014

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    Good enough for the price. Nothing more and nothing less.

    tuner great

    Written By kg, Chesapeake, VA on Thursday, August 28, 2014

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    Love the radio

    Pros: Cd, tuner, aux, usb, Bluetooth all very nice

    Cons: Flashing lights, while probably cooll for a teenager, are very annoying

    Smarter than I am

    Written By Anonymous, Riverside, CA on Monday, August 25, 2014

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    I'm kind of unsophisticated when it comes to car audio. My new JVC head unit replaces a 15-year-old JVC radio/CD/cassette player that gave me a lot of service, but would never have been able to interact with my phone and other devices.

    This one is smarter than I am -- it operates my iPhone (connects via USB or Bluetooth), facilitating hands-free calls, playing my stored music and podcasts and making Siri seem (sometimes a little disturbingly) "present." It turns off my music when I get a call, and turns it back on when I'm done. I didn't even know I needed all that service until I had it.

    There has been one loss to my lifestyle -- this unit doesn't play cassettes. It seems like a minor quibble this far into the new millennium, especially because there is a handy aux input right on the face of the unit, so if I I were highly motivated to listen to my Kinks and James Taylor cassettes in the car I could just plug in my portable player.

    I have not yet had my socks knocked off by the audio quality, but it sounds fine and I can hear it easily over my old car's road noise. It is a little more complicated to operate than my old unit, simply because it does so many things, but once I figured out how to use the menu function and change the radio stations (and turn off the terribly distracting demo mode light show) everything was fine.

    The unit is priced attractively for everything it does, and my brother-in-law said it was easy to install.

    Pros: Easy interactivity with other devices Hands-free phone Nice sound

    Cons: Face lighting seems too faint in daylight and too bright at night.

    Great for the money!

    Written By Brian, Harrisburg PA on Saturday, August 23, 2014

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    Easy to install, nice features. Excellent value for the money. Sounds and works better than the original radio in my 2010 Chevy Cobalt which may not be saying much.

    Pros: USB, Bluetooth, Aux jack.

    Cons: None so far.

    Features

    Written By Ben, Cincinnati, OH on Friday, August 15, 2014

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    Great system for the price. Bluetooth connects flawlessly. No big issues so far.

    Pros: Price, Bluetooth, Operation

    Cons: Clock time keeps changing back after I adjust it. (Time zone setting???)

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    Written By Marian, Tallahassee, Fl on Sunday, August 10, 2014

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    v good product

    Pros: easy to install and operate

    Cons: reception could be better on reg stations

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    Written By ed, bethlehem PA on Friday, August 01, 2014

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    nice, works well, not much different from factory on radio reception, brightness is not tied in with car. worst thing is display brightness is not enough even when maxed out, Crutchfield kit needed wire connectors

    Pros: works well, easy to install

    Cons: display brightness not enough in daytime, small buttons. For Crutchfield--kit did not come complete as advertised, I had to run out and find wire connectors.

    Jvc car stereo

    Written By mulagan, Valrico, Fl on Friday, August 01, 2014

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    I havent had to much time with this stereo but I love it. I love the functionality like the bluetooth and all the different settings. Its really easy to firgure out how to use and the directions are really strait forward. I love it

    Pros: Ease of use, sound quality, blue lights, seams durable,

    Cons: You have to push a button to see the time, and the fit isnt super solid but thats no big deal.

    Works gret

    Written By jrykal, LaGrange IL on Monday, July 21, 2014

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    Works great. Good value for the money. Has all the options I needed. Bluetooth, hands free calling, etc... Sound quality is great.

    Pros: Value. Many options. Easy to use. Was very easy to install with all the adapters from Crutchfield.

    Cons: Probably would have bought the Sirius option for future use.

    Superior Value for the Dollar Spent!

    Written By MrMike, San Antonio, TX on Sunday, July 13, 2014

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    I bought this radio for my 1989 Chevy truck that I am restoring. I needed a new radio that would work with my lifestyle. I have had nothing but great experiences with JVC electronic purchases in the past. The bluetooth handsfree with remote microphone is great. Callers have a hard time believing that I am using a handsfree connection. Pandora, IHeart, and NASCAR live using my Android phone are flawless. My co workers are impressed that a 62 year old guy knows what to buy.

    Pros: Loaded with lots of features that make it flexible enough for almost any lifestyle. Free install kit made this a 45 minute job to install. Bluetooth pairing is easy.

    Cons: Lack of seperate output buttons.

    Nice For The Price

    Written By Mevis0130, Durham CT on Saturday, July 12, 2014

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    This is a nice little system and was easy to install. the overall sound quality, and choices of preloaded equalizer settings were an added bonus. If you are looking for excellent sound for a good value then I suggest you try this receiver.

    Pros: Easy set up Lots of equalizer presets Easy to set up the Bluetooth Remote works well Great reception on the FM band Easy to navigate through the menues

    Cons: The faceplate is a bit tricky to put back on. though once you figure out the trick, then you are golden No scan feature to run through the radio stations

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    Written By Richard P, Pulaski NY on Thursday, July 10, 2014

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    Excellant value. A little trickey to progrem but afer reading instruction several times and playing with it all came together. Should have ordered the installation harness even if it was an extra charge. Was able to purchase one up locally, though. Other than that the install went very well.

    Great for the price

    Written By malenci, Oregon on Thursday, July 10, 2014

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    great value, menu system took a little to figure out, but not too much, nice look and build, Bluetooth hooks up and works like a champ. I would recommend this as a great replacement to any stock stereo where you need bluetooth for streaming and taking calls.

    Pros: nice look and feel, great sound, flawless Bluetooth.

    Cons: menus a bit tricky

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    Written By Richardmb, Berwyn Il. on Tuesday, July 08, 2014

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    Loved it so much bought 2 of them.

    Pros: Bluetooth aux input and USB input,

    Cons: Can't really find anything wrong with it.

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    Written By phil, pennsylvania on Sunday, July 06, 2014

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    Bought this to replace O.E.M. in daughters car. Sound is awesome. Installation easy with the right parts purchased from Crutchfield.

    Pros: great sound great support

    Cons: controls too complicated, too much emphasis on cool factor. KEEP IT SIMPLE !

    New Head Unit

    Written By Anonymous, Eastvale, CA on Saturday, July 05, 2014

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    Great new head unit installed in my Jeep Wrangler and its Bluetooth capability with included microphone is impeccable. Much better received conversation than previous headset use. It has a Pandora mode and iHeart radio mode, but I tend to keep it in Bluetooth mode for full digital phone functionality.

    Better Than OEM

    Written By Paul A, Lyndhurst, VA on Friday, June 27, 2014

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    This is a great improvement over the OEM stereo (can you believe Chrysler was still installing cassette players in cars in 2004?!) I originally planned to buy an AUX-IN kit for the OEM stereo but this cost only $50 more and does a lot more. It's a little slow to connect in Bluetooth mode, and turning the ignition switch from RUN to ACC (no matter how quickly you do it) causes the connection to drop. If you make sure the music is already playing on your phone before starting the car, the stereo does seem to pick up the connection a little faster. Still can't get Fast-forward/Rewind or Previous/Next to work in BT mode. A little disappointing since my main reason for wanting BT was to alleviate the need to touch the phone while driving. Radio reception is still great. In my experience, the AM/FM reception on aftermarket stereos rarely stacks up to OEM, but this is actually an improvement.

    Pros: Lots of features and very customizable. Nice, big volume knob. Great value. Removable faceplate. All kinds of sound adjustments. Remote control fob. Wired microphone with plenty of cord to reach your desired mounting position. Installation kit instructions were very easy to comprehend.

    Cons: Pretty much the only cons I have with this stereo are related to Bluetooth and coincidentally, the only other Bluetooth accessory to give me this much trouble was also made by JVC. Not sure what's going on there... The buttons that control alternative functions are either not very intuitive or they're a little difficult to see. Keep the manual nearby and give yourself a few months to get the hang of the location/function of all the buttons and I think you'll be satisfied.

    great unit for the money!

    Written By chuck r, waterford, pa on Monday, June 23, 2014

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    For the price u get a great head unit with lots of features, u cant go wrong, and with the free included install gear, installation was a breeze!

    Pros: Great price, great features looks good

    Cons: None as of yet

    Great product, bluetooth rocks, easy to use

    Written By KyleW, Burien, WA on Sunday, June 22, 2014

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    Its a great unit, I had the same unit just a few model versions earlier (about 2 years ago is when I bought my first) and loved it but sold the car and bought a truck and it is just a must have for me, I love having the bluetooth built in and the usb charging and playback capability is awesome. Works nice with Siri and Google Maps even will interrupt the song and tell directions when using navigation.

    Pros: iPod charging and control Bluetooth calls Great EQ and tone

    Cons: Only thing I don't like is that when its in iPod mode (instead of head home), I have to turn the volume up every time I start the truck because it goes to 0 volume by default but when in head mode, it keeps the previous volume. But I like iPod mode because I am able to control songs with the iPod. In head mode, I have to unplug the iPod, change the song, and plug it back in. I just like to be able to control the iPod and not have to turn the volume up every time I start the truck. Still 5 stars

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    Written By Anonymous, Toledo Ohio on Thursday, June 19, 2014

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    can be difficult to use while driving. dont half ass it and not install the mic or youll regret it if you use your phone. other than that i love it.

    JVC KD-R850BT is below average

    Written By Mule, Wisconsin on Tuesday, June 17, 2014

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    The audio and controls are very average. The features this unit offers are great. The worst part about this is the sound quality of using the blue tooth for phone calls. It cuts in and out (not a phone issue) and the microphone/receiver quality is horrible. People have a hard time hearing you and carrying on a conversation.

    Pros: Features

    Cons: Blue tooth audio quality

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    Written By SueVanN, El Paso, Tx on Thursday, June 12, 2014

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    Great fit with the adapter for my daughter's car. She's so happy with the stereo and the output of sound with the speakers and stylish look of the face on the stereo.

    Nice features for the money.

    Written By Dave, New Castle, PA on Wednesday, June 11, 2014

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    Great unit for an affordable price. All the things you'd want a car stereo to do these days. Easy installation, and once you get a device paired, the Bluetooth works great. Microphone that comes with it is surprisingly receptive from a distance. Would recommend if you just want features for a reasonable price without a bunch of flashy animation, colors, etc.

    Pros: Affordable. Relatively easy to use. Several input options. Easy installation.

    Cons: Pairing a Bluetooth device can be somewhat difficult. When using USB the unit takes over your iPod (classic only that I know of. iPhone has full functionality) makes it difficult to navigate the iPod menu one button at a time.

    Perfect Stereo!

    Written By Lee Lambert, PA on Friday, June 06, 2014

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    Great item! Love the Bluetooth on it! Makes the whole inside of the car look great. Ur blinking on it can get annoying to certain people but I love it!

    Pros: Wireless streaming Easy to control Looks really cool Lights up the interior Great sound quality

    Cons: Blinking can annoy certain people..

    Awesome radio with great features

    Written By J Scott, Colorado on Monday, June 02, 2014

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    Except for the flimsy USB cover, I have nothing bad to say about this product.

    Pros: Lots of features and easy to setup.

    Cons: Flimsy USB cover

    Great!

    Written By Anonymous, St. Louis, Missouri on Monday, June 02, 2014

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    You can't beat this product for the price. It's easy to use and looks nice too.

    Pros: cd player and Pandora access

    Cons: None

    very nice

    Written By Michael, Ft. Dodge, IA on Saturday, May 24, 2014

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    I originally bought this for my girlfriend, because her stock head unit died, and I liked it so much I bought another one for myself

    Pros: Bluetooth works wonderfully without sacrificing sound quality, streams without cutting out

    JVC

    Written By MDW Solutions, Washington D.C. on Tuesday, May 20, 2014

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    I would buy another one

    Pros: Great head unit the hands free feature is on of the best I've used

    Cons: I wish it came in red

    JVC

    Written By Richard, Austin on Sunday, May 18, 2014

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    The only issue I have with this car audio radio. Is that you can not see the display. I barely can see the time, station number or anything else. I have the brightness set to the highest number but still unable to see the display information.

    Pros: Good solid radio for the money

    Cons: Display brightness, not so good.

    A great car audio system

    Written By Don, Rio Vista, CA on Monday, May 12, 2014

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    I was surprised at the fine quality of audio that this system produces. I bought it mainly to replace the radio that came with my Subaru because it had only one CD slot. The JVC KD-R850BT allows an iPhone or iPad to be connected to a USB port and that allows any number of songs to be played. I as also pleased with the sound from the radio for FM and AM stations. This is a great value, fit perfectly, is easy to install and fairly easy to set up and program. I recommend this JVC product.

    Pros: Great sound, looks good and Crutchfield tech support is the best.

    Cons: It's mostly plug and play but the many options can be a little daunting to program but the owner's manual is very complete and Crutchfield tech support is quickly available to help.

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    Written By Juan, Ft. Worth, Tx. on Wednesday, May 07, 2014

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    This unit's performance lives up to what is expected from JVC

    Pros: Love the mute function on the volume control. No need to turn the volume down OR look for the mute like on other radios

    Cons: Owner's Manual was not specific enough. Had to play with the menus to make the unit display the info I wanted. Unit functions flawlessly.

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    Written By Rnelson, Minneapolis, MN on Sunday, April 27, 2014

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    I bought this to replace my factory stereo on my 2001 RAV as the cd player in it quit working. This JVC unit actually sounds a lot better in the RAV than the factory one. While it isn't hard to use I am actually still trying to figure out how to set the FM presets 6-12. I actually don't care about a coolness factor very much. I appreciate being able to adjust the brightness on the display but for those who want "cool", well it is more towards normal. I also like the scrolling display of the music you are playing. Not a lot of bells and whistles, but what I wanted... Bluetooth for the phone complete with the ability to use Pandora and IHeartradio as well as being able to connect 5 Bluetooth devices which it remembers for you. Installation was simple with the Crutchfield kit. All in all I am very satisfied with this and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.

    Pros: Ability to adjust sound to your taste with equalizer settings vs just generic selections of rock, jazz, country, etc. Connects to and remembers up to 5 bluetooth devices. Sound output quality better than factory. Removable faceplate. Ability to adjust "in call" volume and remove echo.

    Cons: Take a bit of time to figure out how to move through menu and settings, but not too hard.

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    Written By Rpmaldo, Goodyear, AZ on Friday, April 18, 2014

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    The JVC KD-R850BT is a great unit with all the latest features. Great price, great sound and great looks.

    Pros: Love the bluetooth and and ease of use to setup.

    Cons: Did not have a seperate sub output.

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    Written By Anonymous, Lincoln VT on Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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    Great stereo especially for the price. Huge upgrade over stock system. Very easy to install, Bluetooth is great and looks cool.

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    Written By Doug, Indianapolis, Indiana on Tuesday, April 15, 2014

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    I installed this in a 1993 Chevrolet pickup to replace a dead factory cassette/AM/FM radio . Crutchfield's instructions and after market parts (in-dash pocket and receiver kit) made for an easier installation than I expected.

    Pros: The main thing is that it works and sounds great even with the factory speakers. My teenager drivers like the USB port and phone connection.

    Cons: The clock does not indicate the right day and time. Because I don't drive this vehicle very much, I haven't looked into searching for an answer. Also, the mounting bracket seems a little flimsy.

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    Written By Frankie, Sav on Friday, April 11, 2014

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    The receiver operates exactly as advertised. Watched a video on line to assist with removing the one installed in my Odyssey and how to rewire the wiring harness. First time I've attempted anything like this and on a 10 point scale the difficulty was 3. Great product. Wish I had done this a long time ago.

    Pros: Great receiver with lots of source options that work as advertised. I have a friend that is considering the same unit.

    Cons: Missed a start up step to turn off DEMO mode. Caused some frustration with little help from support as to the scrolling demo messages. Found the solution by accident. Also the instructions for the in dash mounting kit was VERY confusing. Guess that's what you get when the kit works for so many different car (Honda) models. Gave up on the printed instructions and guessed what to do. My guessing worked and the receiver is installed and working. The illumination is also too bright even set at 0.

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    Written By James, 12561 on Wednesday, April 09, 2014

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    Easy to use Ipod and phone both work well with the bluetooth

    Pros: Bluetooth ready, mp3 cd ready, usb ready, ipod ready with all the bits to plug it right into the car

    Cons: have not yet attempted to turn the brightness down the display is a bit bright at night

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    Written By KCHUSTED, TURLOCK CA on Monday, April 07, 2014

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    An outstanding value for the features. As a fleet parts specialist, these units have proven to be an excellent alternative to factory bluetooth upgraded premium oem sound systems. we have now installed 6 of these into older vehicles and can't be happier with the results.

    Pros: quality features value and the usual excellent Crutchfield service

    Great Radio

    Written By DeborahB, OklahomaCity,OK on Monday, April 07, 2014

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    I bought this radio for my daughter's birthday and she loves it! It has all the features she was wanting.

    Pros: Great sound

    Cons: Took a while to install.

    Great Unit

    Written By Dave M, Crofton md on Saturday, April 05, 2014

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    It was very easy to install and use.

    Yep, it's a good'un!

    Written By Steve Sims, Ettrick, VA on Wednesday, April 02, 2014

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    For the modest cost of this unit I wasn't expecting much. I was surprised at how good this unit actually is. I have high-end head units in all of my cars and this is as good as or better than most, in terms of features and "bells and whistles." JVC should leave out the remote control and, instead, spend the money on a better hands-free, noise-canceling microphone. All things considered, I'd buy this unit again.

    Pros: - Very reasonably priced. - Great BlueTooth compatibility. - Tons of added features (Pandora; IHeartRadio, etc...) - MP3 via USB works flawlessly.

    Cons: - Hands-Free Calling isn't terrific and is subject to lots of background noises. - Sometimes it's hard to get the unit to "let go" of the cell phone during a call. - So many features that there's a steep learning curve. - No "Speed Sensing Volume" adjustment as with many comparable units. - Can't turn down the front-panel brightness enough, so it can be a distraction at night.

    JVC KD-R850BT CD RECEIVER

    Written By Stacy D., Orlando Fl. on Wednesday, April 02, 2014

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    This unit was all that was described. It was easy to install in my 2003 Dodge Ram Quad cab. Pay close attention to the wiring instructions as it is easy to make a wrong splice. I also soldered all connections as it makes a positive connection that won't fall apart due to vibrations of the vehicle. The sound was fantastic..On problem was to mount the radio to the bezel there was NO SCREWS.

    Pros: EXCELLENT VALUE & SUPERIOR SOUND.

    Cons: WIRING WAS A LITTLE COMPLICATED DUE TO WIRE COLORS.

    JVC Customer service is horrible!!

    Written By D-hunter, Chesapeake, VA on Tuesday, April 01, 2014

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    I had an older model that stopped working after 6 months. JVC would not cover it saying. it had water damage. Amazingly my car doesn't have water damage. Even though I am not happy with JVC I figured it was a fluke and I'm giving them another shot. The stereo works great so far and I love the USB port. No need to even have a CD

    Pros: Sound quality and features

    Cons: JVC Customer service

    good bang for buck

    Written By scott from MN, Minnesota on Tuesday, March 25, 2014

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