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JVC KD-R950BT

CD receiver

Item #: 105KDR950B

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Completely customizable display

JVC's KD-R950BT CD receiver lets you customize the illumination color in three different areas of the faceplate for any combinations you can think of. Then, take advantage of the multi-level brightness and dimming controls to work with your palette. Combine that with super-clean CD playback, a USB input for charging devices and playing your music files, and Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and audio streaming, and you've got a solid receiver to go along with the visually-stunning display.

JVC KD-R950BT CD receiver

Use the variable colors to highlight your controls and inputs.

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 iHeart Radio® 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 and you get access to your receiver's settings, illumination, 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-R950BT's front aux input.

Once you're playing what you want, shape your sound with the onboard 5-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 Separate Variable color adjustments for 3 display zones
    • 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:
    • 5-band parametric equalizer
    • low-pass filter and subwoofer level controls
    • loudness control
    • Digital Track Expander enhances compressed audio files
    Expandability:
    • built-in iPod, iPhone, and iPad control (see Details tab for model compatibility)
    • Pandora and iHeart Radio control with iPhone and Android
    • JVC Smart Music Control app 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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    What's in the box?

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    • CD receiver (w/ 10A fuse inserted into chassis)
    • Face (attached)
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Trim ring (installed)
    • Wiring harness
    • Microphone with integrated bracket (attached 10' cable terminated by a right-angle male 3.5mm connector)
    • Wireless remote control (RM-RK52)
    • CR2025 3V Lithium battery (installed)
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • Face fixing screw
    • Instruction Manual (En/Fr/Sp)
    • Warrant Information
    • "Caution!" note (attached to wiring harness)
    • Face Fixing screw note

    Features and Specs

    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant No
    RMS Power Output 22 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 Variable
    Key Button Color Variable
    EQ Bands 5
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input Front
    Audio/video Input
    USB Input Front
    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
    Mini ---
    iPhone 6+/6/5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 8.2 dBf
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes

    Product Research

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

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: The JVC KD-R950BT 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-R950BT. See JVC's Bluetooth compatibility chart for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled devices.

    Secure Simple Pairing (SSP): With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the JVC KD-R950BT without having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings. When a paired Bluetooth device is in close proximity to the receiver, the auto connection function automatically pairs the two units. You can pair up to five Bluetooth-enabled devices to the JVC  head unit with a maximum of two Bluetooth phones and one Bluetooth audio player connected at one time (but only one can be used at a time).

    Bluetooth Hands-Free Communication: The head unit supports Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. The controls of the KD-R950BT 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. During a conversation, you can switch between the Private Mode (talking directly on your cell phone) and the Hands Free Mode.

    • 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 also set the head unit's LCD to change colors when a phone call is received. 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 1-30 seconds. The KD-R950BT 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-R950BT, 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-R950BT.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: 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 10' 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 1.505" (depth).

    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-R950BT also supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth enabled audio player or smartphone. The KD-R950BT 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-R950BT 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 Eyes Free Control: When paired and connected with an iPhone with Siri via Bluetooth (not USB), the JVC KD-R950BT has the ability to access Siri through its front-panel control and external microphone. Simply press the "phone command" button on theKD-R950BT 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-R950BT; 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 with Siri. 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 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-R950BT features a front-panel USB 2.0 type-A port (behind a sliding cover) connection and control of a portable USB mass-storage class (MSC) device; such as select Android smartphones (Froyo/Gingerbread OS only), portable digital audio players, or USB thumbdrives. The USB port enables audio playback and control of MP3, WMA, & WAV audio files stored on portable USB mass-storage class devices. USB portable audio devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the CD receiver's USB port (5V/1A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On. 

    Note: The Drive Change feature lets you switch between multiple memory cards (up to 5) in a USB multi-card reader or multiple USB thumbdrives (up to 5) connected to a USB hub.

    MP3/WMA/WAV Playback: The JVC KD-R950BT supports the following types of MP3, WMA, WAV files recorded onto CD-R/RW disc or loaded onto a USB mass storage class device.

    Media Type CD-R/RW USB MCS 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 8-48kHz
     WMA:
    bit rate of 32-192kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48kHz
    WAV (USB only): bit rate of 8- or 16-bit

    Maximum # of Folders/Files 999 folders/20,480 files (999 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/WAV folders and tracks on a loaded CD or USB device, so you can easily access your music.

    Random/Repeat Modes: The JVC KD-R950BT 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-R950BT, 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 + Disc Protection: 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. 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.

    Smartphone Integration

    Android Compatible: The JVC KD-R950BT supports USB-connection and playback of Android smartphones with Froyo or Gingerbread operating systems installed.

    • JVC Music Control: By connecting the JVC CD receiver via USB to an Android smartphone (Froyo/Gingerbread OS only) that has the free JVC Music Control app installed, it allows you to list and search your MP3 music stored on the smartphone from the receiver by artist name or album name. The JVC 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 select your current mood, and this application will generate a list of songs that best fits your mood. Your compatible Android smartphone must be recognized as a USB mass storage class device; not compatible with MTP protocol.
    • Drive Change Mode: When an Android smartphone is connected to the USB input terminal, you can select its internal memory or external memory (such as an microSD card) to playback the songs stored on the phone or on the memory card. This feature is also compatible with other USB mass storage class compliant smartphones, such as Blackberry.

    iPod/iPhone Connectivity w/ DAC Bypass: The JVC KD-R950BT's front-panel USB port can acts as an iPod/iPhone high-speed direct connection when used with the Lightning or Dock cable that came with your iPod/iPhone. The USB connection allows your iPod/iPhone's stored music and music apps to be loaded instantly to the head unit and sound quality to be maximized through the head unit's 16-bit D/A converter, allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 105dB. The KD-R950BT's USB connection also offers music navigation, information display, and charging of select iPod/iPhone models from the JVC in-dash head unit. You can choose to operate your iPod/iPhone through the JVC head unit's front-panel controls or from your Apple device's clickwheel/touchscreen.

    • Head Unit Mode: From the head unit's front-panel controls you can search for stored music by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Podcast, Genre, and Composer. The contents of a Playlist or Category can be searched alphabetically (A-Z) or numerically (0-9). The KD-R950BT also supports Repeat (file/all) and Random (album/all) playback functions of your iPod/iPhone. You'll also be able to control basic playback functions (such as Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track) from select music apps streamed to your iPhone. During Head Unit Mode, the KD-R950BT will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information; such as Track number, Elapsed playing time, Artist name, Song title, and Album label. Newer iPod/iPhones with iOS 6.0+ allow you to continue to access your Apple device's touchscreen in this mode in order to access other applications; older iPod/iPhone devices will be locked during connection.
    • iPod/iPhone Mode: The iPod/iPhone Mode lets you control your older iPod/iPhone (iOS 5.1.1 and earlier) from its clickwheel or touchscreen. You'll still have access to basic playback controls (like Play/Pause & Previous/Next Track) from the head unit, but advanced navigation functions will be locked. No song/artist information is displayed in this mode. The unit will simply display "iPhone Mode".
    Note: 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-R950BT is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 9/26/2014):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Specific Apps Display Type Bluetooth Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/App Pandora app iHeart Link Artist/Song Text Track Info Phone Audio Siri
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y N N Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y Y N Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    4 7.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    4S 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5/5C/5S 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    6/6+ 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y N Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y N Y
    4th 6.1.2 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y N Y
    5th 8.0 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y N 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 N N Y Y N N N Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    7th 1.02 PC Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y N Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y N 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 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N N
    3 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N N
    4/air 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y N
    mini 8.0 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.

    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 + Internet Radio

    RDS AM/FM Tuner: The JVC KD-R950BT 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.

    Internet Radio Apps: The JVC KD-R950BT allows you to access Pandora and iHeartRadio online music services through your USB-connected iPhone or Bluetooth-connected Android/Blackberry smartphone. Your Apple iPhone must be connected to the KD-R950BT via the 30-pin or Lightning cable supplied with your iPhone. Your Android or Blackberry smartphone must support A2DP/ AVRCP/SPP Bluetooth profiles and be paired with the JVC KD-R950BT. Your iPhone, Android smartphone, or Blackberry device will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi.

    • Pandora App (for iPhone/Android/Blackberry): The free Pandora App (either from iTunes Apps, Google Play, or BlackBerry App World) lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the JVC KD-R950BT using your USB-connected Apple iPhone (iOS 5.0+) or Bluetooth paired Android/Blackberry smartphone. The JVC KD-R950BT provides control over the Pandora music service and displays Artist, Album, and Song information. You can select Pandora stations from your station list and sort them by date or alphabetically (A-Z). New stations can be created based on the current songs or artists playing. You can also skip song tracks within a station. You can even give songs a thumbs up/thumbs down and bookmark them on your Pandora account. An active Pandora account is required.
    • iHeartRadio Link (for iPhone/Android): The free iHeartRadio Link app for JVC (either from iTunes Apps or Google Play) lets you play music from the iHeartRadio music service through the JVC KD-R950BT using your USB-connected Apple iPhone (iOS 5.0+), or Bluetooth paired Android smartphone (2.2+). The iHeartRadio music service provides access to more than 1,500 live radio stations from coast-to-coast (including pop, country, urban, rock, talk, and sports). The KD-R950BT will provide control over the iHeartRadio Link app, as well as display station identification and song/artist information. From the head unit's front-panel controls, iHeartRadio stations can be searched by the following categories (Local, Genre, City, or My Stations). The Local selection provides a list of radio stations in your local listening area. The unit also provides over 22 Genres to choose from (including pop, country, hip-hop, jazz, etc.) to help you find the right radio station for you. In addition, you can search for radio stations by City. Cities can be searched alphabetically (A-Z). You can even store your favorite stations (My Stations) for easier, quicker access. An active iHeartRadio account is required.
    Note: Access to these Internet Radio services will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone or Android/Blackberry smartphone to connect to the Internet. Not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.

    Audio Section

    16 Bit D/A Converter: The JVC KD-R950BT utilizes a 16-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The JVC KD-R950BT 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. The power output specs for the KD-R950BT are as follows:

    • Full Bandwidth Power: 22 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20-20kHz, 1% THD)
    • Maximum Output Power: 50 watts x 4 channels (200 total watts)
    Note: When you are using the KD-R950BT 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 + Sub Control: The KD-R950BT 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 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 also adjust the head unit's subwoofer level between -8 and +8 (separate from the main volume level).

    High-Pass Filter (for Front & Rear Speakers): You can activate a variable high-pass filter (100, 120, 150, Hz or Through) for the unit's front & rear channels (speaker- or preamp-level), so low frequency signals are cut off from your system's front & rear speakers.

    Pro EQ: The KD-R950BT is equipped with JVC's Pro EQ. The integrated equalizer offers 12 preset sound modes (Flat, Hard Rock, Jazz, Pop, R&B, Talk, vocal Boost, Bass Boost, Classical, Dance, User 1, or User 2) suitable for the music genre of your choice. The User modes allow you to manually adjust the head unit's 5-band parametric EQ (Frequency, Q-Factor, and Level).

    Pro EQ
    Frequency Q Level
    Bass 63, 80, 100, 125 Hz 1.0, 1.25, 1.5, 2.0 -10 to + 10
    Mid Bass 200, 250, 315, 400 Hz 1.0, 1.25, 1.5, 2.0
    Midrange 630, 800, 1.0k, 1.25k Hz 0.75, 1.0, 1.25, 2.0
    Mid High 2.0, 2.5, 3.15, 4.0 kHz 0.75, 1.0, 1.25, 2.0
    High 6.3, 8.0, 10.0, 12.5 kHz 0.75, 1.0, 1.25, 2.0
    Note: You can store Pro EQ bass, middle and treble tone settings for each source (CD, AM/FM, Aux, USB, iPod, Pandora/iHeart Radio).

    Sound Enhancements: The head unit provides further sound enhancements for your car audio system.

    • Digital Track Expander: The digital Track Expander automatically enhances compressed music files and restores the original richness of the recording.
    • Bass Boost: The unit's Bass Boost enhances low bass frequencies.
    • Loud (Loudness): This feature boosts low and high frequencies to produce a well-balanced sound at a low volume level. You can set this feature to High, Low, or Off.
    • Volume Adjust: The input level of each source (other than FM) is adjustable relative to the FM radio volume, so there isn't a significant volume difference when changing sources. Each source is individually adjustable from -5 to +5.

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

    Display Features

    Detachable Face: The JVC KD-R950BT features a detachable face to deter theft. No face-case is provided. An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can be purchased for this unit. A face-fixing screw is supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired.

    3 Zone Variable Color: The head unit's variable color illumination is separated into 3 Zones (Zone 1, Display Zone, and Zone 2). The KD-R950BT offers 29 color presets and custom colors for each of these zones. You can choose one of these color presets or select the ColorFlow mode which scrolls through all 29 color presets. Additionally, there is a User preset, allowing you to individually adjust the intensity of Red, Green, and Blue from 0 to 31; resulting in approximately 30,000 custom color options. You can choose to use the same color for all 3 Zones, or use a different color for each separate Zone.

    • Zone 1: Zone 1 consists of the rotary knob and the following buttons (Power/Source, Answer/Voice, Menu, Back, and Previous/Next Track).
    • Display Zone: The Display Zone consists of the LCD, preset buttons, and display button.
    • Zone 2: Zone 2 consists of the USB port and Aux input.

    Lighting Effects + Color Guide: You can select a preset color change pattern/speed for all 3 Zones (Zone 1, Display Zone, and Zone 2). Choose from Spectrum, Groove, Techno, Emotion, Relax, and Night Sweep. When activated, the Color Guide mode changes the display and all button illumination to white when menu settings or music list search are performed.

    Brightness & Dimmer Control: The unit offers a daytime and nighttime brightness setting for the LCD, button, and USB input terminal. You can adjust the brightness level of each zone manually from 0-31. The unit's dimmer control can be set automatically or manually; select "Off" for daytime brightness setting, "On" for nighttime brightness setting, or "Auto" which switches between day and nighttime brightness setting automatically when you turn off/on the headlights (orange/white wire of harness must be connected to headlamp circuit).

    Day & Time: The unit displays a 12-or 24-hour clock, as well as the day (Sun/Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri/Sat). The day & time can be selected to remain on, even if the head unit is switched off (as long as the vehicle's key is in the accessory or start position).

    Demo Mode: This unit features a Demo mode which can be turned On or Off within the menu.

    Remote Control

    Smart Music Control App (for Android): JVC's Smart Music Control App lets you view the current status and perform simple gesture or voice control of the JVC head unit from your Bluetooth-paired Android smartphone (2.3+). The Smart Music Control App uses Bluetooth to communicate between your Android smartphone and the CD receiver. The head unit will auto connect to the Smart Music Control app when your Smartphone is in range. The Smart Music Control app is specifically designed for easy gesture control or voice command operation while driving, so driver and passenger can access information with ease from the Android Smartphone. With the Smart Music Control App, passenger and driver can check current playing song details or other car stereo information.

    • Information Display: The JVC Smart Music Control App will display the head unit's source information, such as song/artist information and station identification. In addition, it provides EQ info.
    • Gesture Control: The JVC Smart Music Control 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: The JVC Smart Music Control App also lets you operate certain head unit function by voice commands. Voice commands include - Change Source, Search for Song/Artist/Album, Previous/Next Track, Repeat/Random, or Preset Select.

    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.

    Wireless Remote Control: The KD-R950BT 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).

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    A lot of receiver for the money

    Written By Steve H., Kalamazoo, MI on Wednesday, December 03, 2014

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    I purchased this to upgrade from the stock stereo in my 2001 GMC Yukon. The install kit made it pretty easy. I didn't realize the truck had an onboard amp that needed power also. The Crutchfield Tech Support team walked me through it without issue. I'm very impressed with all this receiver's features and user interface (UI) settings. I've been looking for a receiver without a ton of buttons that my wife could easily operate and didn't look too out of place in the old truck and this one is the best I've found. I would highly recommend it.

    Pros: A ton of features and display options, very easy to use once initial setup is complete, 31 display color options and one that even matched the truck's odometer, you can even shutoff the beep sounds when buttons are pressed or radio channels are changed, bluetooth works great, day/night dimmer setting is nice.

    Cons: Ships with Demo mode on, equalizer controls are buried in menu system.

    Great Receiver

    Written By Jay Z, Phoenix, AZ on Wednesday, November 05, 2014

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    I purchased this to upgrade the stock stereo in my 2001 Jeep Wrangler. One of the main features I was looking for was the Bluetooth connectivity to my iPhone. Since my Jeep has a manual transmission it's very difficult to talk and drive. I've very impressed with this unit and would highly recommend it.

    Pros: The wired microphone and Bluetooth connectivity works great. Even going topless in the Jeep I can use the phone at speeds up to 40 mph before it gets difficult for the person on the other end of the call to hear. Easy to install and use. Lots of functions.

    Cons: none so far.

    Awesome buy!

    Written By dannyd, Oxnard, CA on Monday, October 20, 2014

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    Easy to install and perfect fit for my 98 4runner.

    Pros: Cool lighting display.

    Cons: Don't know yet.

    Excellent replacement for stock Toyota receiver

    Written By Tom D, Sacramento, CA on Monday, October 13, 2014

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    I bought this to replace my factory Toyota stereo in my 2002 Echo. The kit and instructions from Crutchfield made the process easy, as usual.

    I've been driving around with it for several weeks now. Overall, I am very impressed with the unit, and it is a *huge* upgrade from the stock unit, but there are a few "cons" one might want to be aware of. Crisp, clear sound over Bluetooth!

    On the "con" side, as other have mentioned, the meaning system here is not really intuitive at all. Even once you know how to navigate it, it takes far too many button presses and knob turns to change the equalizer from one appropriate to a podcast, say, to one appropriate for loud music.

    Without reading the manual, I would never ever have guessed that the way to play/pause audio from the Bluetooth source is to press the "menu" button (!!!), but once I found that out it has been a dream to use to control what is playing.

    The included microphone is slightly crippled by a cheap "stand"/clip. I double-sided-taped it to my steering column, which works okay, but since it only rotates instead of having a ball joint like the one that comes with Pioneer stereos, it is aimed more at my forehead than my mouth. Still, it seems to pick up audio quite well.

    I did have two instances where, when I answered an incoming phone call by pressing my phone's answer button, the BT audio played *over the phone call*. Moral: don't use the phone interface if the radio's buttons will do it.

    Pros: * Reliable Bluetooth connectivity (~30 seconds to connect after startup) * Easy to match color and brightness to day and night (lights on) dashboard illumination * Automatically dims when lights are on * Bluetooth audio works really well for me, much clearer than I had expected * Phone calls and voice control work flawlessly with the included microphone

    Cons: * Equalizer controls are buried in menu system * Lights have two settings, don't connect to the "variable" dimmer knob * Microphone "stand" only rotates (the one with my wife's Pioneer has a ball joint making it much easier to aim) * Bluetooth automatically starts playing after using voice dictate on phone * Bluetooth has started playing while phone is being used * 1 Amp USB socket is underpowered for charging modern devices, but I haven't seen any better.

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    Written By Thomas, Anacortes on Sunday, October 05, 2014

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    Very easy installation, Blue tooth excellent

    Pros: Great blue tooth compatibility

    Cons: Ships with Demo mode on

    very pleased with purchase.

    Written By Timothy w., United States on Friday, October 03, 2014

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    This my second JVC receiver this year! If I had a third vehicle I would buy one for it. Very pleased with the quality and ease of installation and use. Love it! Everything I needed came with purchase. Don't buy anywhere but Crutchfield period.

    Pros: Everything is easy. Crutchfield let's you know if you forgot to order anything.I received my order the next day with free shipping.

    Cons: None

    Great product at a great price!

    Written By Rich, Columbia City, IN on Monday, September 29, 2014

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    I purchased this to replace the stock radio in a 1999 Volvo V70, leaving the stock speakers that came with the vehicle. The original radio had a terrible reception, and when a radio station was tuned in well, had horrible sound. So I was worried that just changing the radio wouldn't fix all the problems I had with the sound. Installation was a breeze with the included wiring harness and dash kit. Setup is extremely intuitive with this model. The color display and editing options with the three zones leave more options than one could possibly need. The sound, even with my stock speakers, is amazing. I am dumbfounded that the stock speakers, aged 15 years, could sound as amazing as they do with this radio. BlueTooth setup and use is fantastic with our iPhone 5's and 6's. First time JVC car radio purchaser, and now I am strong fan!

    Pros: Easy installation, intuitive setup, fanstastic BlueTooth, amazing sound. The price makes this a very good deal!

    Cons: None

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    Written By Jim in Phx, phoenix, AZ on Wednesday, September 24, 2014

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    Works great.

    Pros: Works Great. Blue Tooth works really well.

    Happy with Crutchfield and JVC KD-R950BT

    Written By EB, new mexico on Tuesday, September 23, 2014

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    I was pleased with the product and Crutchfield's service.

    Pros: inexpensive but quality good reception BT, IHeart Radio, Pandora, and external inputs Easy mounting kit and all the parts came with it.

    Cons: none

    Love this receiver!

    Written By wheilig, Florida on Tuesday, September 23, 2014

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    I bought this unit for my 16-year old daughter's first car - it's over ten years old and I wanted her to have the hands-free and bluetooth technology so she wouldn't be tempted to use her cell on the road. The installation was easy enough - one call needed to tech to verify a connection (and they were great). The settings are a little in depth, but the instructions are very clear and easy to follow - it just takes a few steps to get to where you need to be. All in all worth it though - there are so many options with this unit. So it can be changed to suit your mood or personality - obviously huge for a 16 year old girl!

    Pros: All around great unit!

    Cons: Takes a few steps to get the set up complete - there are a ton of options! Overall worth the extra steps for sure.

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    Written By kyle, tomball, tx on Sunday, September 07, 2014

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    Excellent radio. Looks great, sounds great. Huge improvment over the stock Taurus radio. Bluetooth feature is an added bonus to modernize the car and make life easier. Easy install and nice features. A++

    Pros: Quality,price,features,colors,Bluetooth

    Cons: None yet

    Good stereo for the price

    Written By imatoy, los angeles, ca on Thursday, August 21, 2014

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    This is a really great stereo for the price. The bluetooth works very well, and installing the mic wasn't too difficult (once i realized that the sound was best if it was up by the sun visor and not on the steering column). The interface is pretty easy and user friendly. What i'm not so keen on is how "sharp" the edges are on the radio preset buttons. An odd choice for an otherwise slick design.

    Pros: Ease of use. Bluetooth is fantastic. Color change features are great. Most colors are easily visible during daylight hours. Sound choices are great.

    Cons: Buttons for radio presets are sharp at the edges. Need a bit more intensive tweaking to get the high-end clear on playback.

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    Written By Mike, Baton Rouge on Sunday, August 10, 2014

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    This unit is amazing. The Bluetooth connectivity is just as you would have in newer autos. I would recommend this unit to anyone looking to upgrade.

    Pros: Bluetooth Customizable displays to match you dash colors or your mood. Pandora and Ihart radio controls.

    jvc950 in my vette

    Written By Jim, western NY on Wednesday, August 06, 2014

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    look &sounds 10 times better than factory, blue tooth works awesome ,love the Pandora feature

    Pros: looks good sounds even better looks like it belong in the C-5 vette

    Cons: I could not find any maybe because it was so much better than bose factoy unit

    Definately good

    Written By MM, Fort Lauderdale, FL on Monday, July 28, 2014

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    Good radio for the money. Definitely I recommend this product

    Pros: Good features. Variety of menu selection. Different colors to choose from.

    Cons: Bluetooth option setup was Difficult. Could it be easier. Menu options are a little complicated as well

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    Written By jh, illinois on Thursday, July 24, 2014

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    good looking unit love the bluetooth

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    Written By Quick & Painless, Hyrum, Utah on Tuesday, July 22, 2014

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    Overall very simple to install. Great customer service for questions. Blue tooth works great.

    Pros: Nice look to stereo. Blue tooth was my goal.

    Cons: Couldn't think of any

    Works great

    Written By Russell, Wisconsin on Monday, July 21, 2014

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    The head unit works great and the staff at crutchfield really worked with me well

    Pros: Bluetooth works great everyone can hear me. The settings are very ease to use in the radio I caught on In like five minutes of using it.

    Cons: None so far got product about 3-4 weeks ago

    Great features

    Written By JD, CA on Sunday, July 20, 2014

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    Easy to install and has great features for the price. Replaced a Bose system and sound quality from this deck along with the features are great

    Pros: bluetooth support, usb port

    Cons: none

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    Written By Anonymous, Napa Ca. on Saturday, July 19, 2014

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    Easy install, loved the help I received from Norm. He really dialed me in on the purchase

    Great stereo!

    Written By rawr, Kapolei, HI on Wednesday, July 09, 2014

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    I really enjoy this stereo! My car's stock stereo (in a 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix) died so I decided to go with the JVC KD-R950BT based on (1) brand name, (2) price, (3) what seemed like ease of use from watching the Crutchfield video, and (4) color changing panel (the R850BT is the same thing but has an only blue panel and my car's dashboard's lights are red). I had to do some shaving down on some of the plastic in the car, because the installation kit was a tad wide, but other than that it was easy to install.

    I have a Nokia Lumia 920 running Windows Phone 8.1, so the IPHONE/IPOD (and possibly IPAD?) linking is out of the question but connectivity works just fine. I can switch songs, mute, answer calls using Bluetooth, read a song's metadata on-screen and charge the phone through the USB output in the stereo. Being able to fully control the phone's music by switching genre/artist/album/playlist through the stereo would be fantastic, but that is a function limited to IPHONE/IPOD.

    Overall I am really satisfied with this stereo. I wanted something easy to use, and that is what this stereo delivers.

    Also, 5 stars to Crutchfield for shipping and customer service! Not only did they send all the parts I needed to complete the installation, but the directions were sent by email, and the company shipped all the parts together for free from Virginia to Hawai?i and it arrived in 2 days. Many retailers don't ship merchandise here because of shipping costs, so this was fantastic

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    Written By Matt, Manchester,NH on Tuesday, June 17, 2014

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    Great radio for the price. The Bluetooth hands-free calling works great!

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    Written By Stuart, VA. on Sunday, June 15, 2014

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    Very good unit for the money. I brought 2 JVC's to install this time around. Enjoying both.

    Pros: Had a very easy install, used this unit to replace an older Alpine stereo, so I got to use the old adaptors all ready installed. Unit has very easy controls to use and understand. And features are good for the money. Unit is attached to an 11 yr old California amp, still sounds great.

    Cons: None.

    Great directions

    Written By Anonymous, Staatsburg, N.Y. on Thursday, June 12, 2014

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    This product was very easy to install. The manual made it very easy to set-up and use. I was able to install the unit within an hour and most of that time was used to splice the wire harnesses together. The color options on the displays give you a lot different looks to choose from if you want to match the interior of the vehicle or just be creative. The controls are very instinctive and this device had all the options I was looking for.

    Pros: A lot of color choices. Allthe bells and whistles I wanted at a reasonable price. Easy installation.

    Cons: Radio signals seem a little weaker than with the factory unit.

    Great!

    Written By Brandon, Jefferson City,mo on Thursday, June 12, 2014

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    Great player! Was easy to set up and also had all the settings for people that like to tweak everything. Sounds awesome! The Bluetooth is great a little hard to talk to people on it though.

    Pros: Sounds great, easy to use

    Cons: Was a little bit big for my truck even though they said it would fit

    Great unit!

    Written By JaimeB, Portsmouth, Va on Thursday, June 12, 2014

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    Fiance bought this for meas an early Father's day gift since it had all the features I was looking for to upgrade my factory 2001 Tacoma radio. Sounds great after installing and now I'm debating on whether to upgrade my factory speakers too!! Love the Bluetooth feature so that now I can listen to what I want, when I want, instead of relying on radio stations to provide entertainment. Best thing is that I can control Pandora from the head unit without having to pick up phone. Great feature!

    Pros: Customization of face plate colors, Pandora & Bluetooth controls

    Cons: Face dim in sunlight

    Enjoying the new Radio

    Written By KharyF, FL on Wednesday, June 11, 2014

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    I really like the radio. I use the Pandora feature a lot for music and I like that I can like/dislike right from the radio, no looking at my phone for that. I also like the multi-color settings for the radio itself. Having a bluetooth connection allows for everyone in the car to have a chance to control the music too(parents beware)!

    Finally the call quality is pretty good too. Having the mic setup right on the steering column makes it easy to be heard, and having the speakers in the car makes it very easy to hear the person on the line. However there is no private conversations so also beware of that when there are passengers in the car with you(it would be courteous to the caller to let them know too).

    Pros: hands free talking bluetooth music selections Pandora compatible plays CDs

    Cons: none really for me

    Like an old friend.....

    Written By SirJeffro, Raleigh, NC on Tuesday, June 10, 2014

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    This is the fourth JVC unit I've installed in our "fleet" over the past four years. So everything was very familiar and comfortable. This 950 is a vast improvement over the OEM -cassette- stereo in my Crown Vic, even with no amp and using th