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by Zak Billmeier
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Why replace your factory radio?

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

Perform a full audio upgrade in just one step — install JVC's KD-S100 CD receiver, and you'll swear you just added new speakers and a sub, too. It features a one-of-a-kind Bongiovi Acoustics Digital Power Station™ sound processing system, which compensates for your vehicle's sonic shortcomings to improve audio performance dramatically — especially if you still have your factory speakers.

Digital Power Station technology
Legendary sound engineer and music producer Tony Bongiovi developed the Digital Power Station with JVC. The goal — to provide studio-quality sound in any car. It's the product of the extensive research the engineers at Bongiovi Acoustics have performed on the acoustic properties of hundreds of vehicles.

Once activated, the processor optimizes power distribution, extends frequency response, and adds harmonics to maximize speaker performance without straining your system. The result? Big, natural, beautiful sound. With the Digital Power Station engaged, instrument separation becomes more apparent, the soundstage is elevated to an optimum level, and all frequencies are enhanced to give you a truly rich listening experience.

Note: If you have aftermarket speakers, be sure to read the "Bongiovi Acoustics" section in "Details" for more detailed info on how the Digital Power Station optimizes sound in your vehicle.

Virtual Subwoofer™
The Digital Power Station enables your speakers to produce maximum bass without distortion so you get the feeling of having a subwoofer, with no additional installation necessary.

Handles all your tunes
Play your MP3 and WMA files you've burned to disc, loaded on a USB flash drive, or copied to an SD™ card. You'll have tunes to spare for your next trip, and you'll see song info on the receiver's display. You'll also appreciate the motorized faceplate. With the touch of a button, it glides down to reveal the CD and SD card slots, then slides smoothly back into place.

Add satellite radio and iPod® control, too
The Bongiovi Digital Power Station applies its magic no matter what source you choose. Add the commercial-free music and endless entertainment of satellite radio, or control your iPod with an optional adapter. Three sets of preamp outputs let you add amps and subs to your system.

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.

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Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with built-in MOSFET amplifier (20 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs (including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA files)
    • motorized, detachable face
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • Bongiovi-designed Digital Power Station sound processing system
    • Virtual Subwoofer brings out maximum bass from your vehicle's existing speakers
    Expandability:
    • works with JVC satellite radio tuner, iPod adapter, CD changer
    • inputs: front-panel USB input, SD card slot behind face plate
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (5-volt front, rear, 2-volt sub)
    Other info:

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    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant
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    Yes
    RMS Power Output
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    20 watts
    Peak Output
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    50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth
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    40-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs
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    6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs
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    Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs
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    No
    Video Screen
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    No
    Preamp Voltage
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    5 volts
    Display Color
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    Blue
    Key Button Color
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    Blue
    EQ Bands
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    None
    Wireless Remote
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    Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible
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    Yes
    Parts Warranty
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    3 Years
    Labor Warranty
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    3 Years
    Expandability
    AUX Input
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    Rear and Optional Rear
    USB Input
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    Front
    Memory Card Slot
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    USB memory, SD card
    Bluetooth Compatible
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    Satellite Radio Ready
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    Both
    HD Radio
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    No
    Navigation
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    iPod Compatibility
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    Nano
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    Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/Nano1
    Touch
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    iPhone
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    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity
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    11.3 dBf
    European Tuning
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    Yes
    Seek/Scan
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    Radio Data System
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    What's in the box?

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    • AM/FM/CD Receiver
    • 15-amp mini-ATC fuse (installed)
    • Sleeve
    • Trim ring
    • Face
    • Hard plastic face case
    • Wiring harness
    • Face security screw
    • Wireless remote control (RM-RK300)
    • CR2025 Lithium battery
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • Mounting stud bolt
    • Flat washer
    • Hex nut
    • Rubber bushing
    • Bongiovi Acoustics tuning disc
    • Instruction Manual (English/ Spanish/ French)
    • Warranty information
    • Product Registration Card/Questionnaire
    • Face security screw note
    • Caution note attached to wiring harness
    • Bongiovi Acoustics tuning instructions

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    Features
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    Features

    CEA-2006 Compliant: The specifications given by JVC for the built-in amplifier comply with the CEA-2006 mobile amplifier power testing and measurement standards from the CEA (Consumer Electronics Association). All manufacturers who comply with the standard can display the CEA-2006 logo on their product.

    Bongiovi Acoustics: The included Bongiovi Acoustics DPS (Digital Power Station) disc optimizes the KD-S100's output for playback in an automotive environment. DPS is a patented digital processing method that extends the frequency response of the speakers and maximizes the frequency-specific power distribution of the head-unit's amplifier. While it's typically beneficial to replace the speakers and add amplifiers, DPS offers the greatest improvement in sound quality when used with the factory speakers (partly because they have the most room for improvement). The powerful processor also scans, recognizes, and reproduces multiple types of music sources (CD's, MP3 files, vinyl transfers, AM radio, FM radio, satellite radio, WMA files) with full studio quality sound and without volume changes between signal sources. The bass response is noticeably improved by Virtual Subwoofer technology; DPS digitally creates an array of sound that produces a result as if a subwoofer were installed in the vehicle.

    MP3/WMA Playback: The KD-S100 can play MP3 and WMA files from CD-R and CD-RW discs, SD memory cards, and USB flash drives.

    SD Card: Behind the motorized fold down face is an SD card slot. MP3 and WMA files can be played from an SD card with these requirements:

    • Format: Fat 12 or FAT 16
    • Card Size: 8 MB to 512 MB
    • Bit Rates:
      • MP3: 8-320 kbps
      • WMA: 8-192 kbps
    • Sampling Frequencies:
      • MP3: 16 kHz, 22.05 kHz, 24 kHz, 33 kHz, 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz
      • WMA: 32 kHz, 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz

    USB: The KD-S100 has a front panel USB (type A) port. MP3 and WMA files can be played from a USB flash drive with these requirements:

    • Format: Fat 12, FAT 16, or FAT 32
    • Drive Capacity: less than 4 GB (1 partition type)
    • Max Current: 500 mA
    • Bit Rates:
      • MP3: 32-320 kbps
      • WMA: 5-192 kbps
    • Sampling Frequencies: 8 kHz-48 kHz

    Disc Protection: If an ejected disc is not removed within 15 seconds, the disc is automatically inserted again into the loading slot to protect it.

    Resume: If you change the source from CD, SD card, or USB drive, playback also stops (without ejecting). When you return to that source, playback starts from the point where it stopped previously.

    AM/FM Tuner With Title Assignment: The KD-S100 features a built-in AM/FM tuner with three FM bands and one AM band. Each AM/FM band can hold up to six station presets. You can store these presets manually or have the radio store them automatically. You can also assign names (up to 16 characters) for 30 AM/FM station frequencies. If an 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.

    Title Assignment: In addition to naming radio frequencies, names can be assigned to 30 CDs (up to 32 characters) and each external component (up to 16 characters).

    Amplifier Gain Control: When you are using the KD-S100 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 PWR, 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 PWR, and the volume control will range from 0 to 50. The internal amp can also be turned off when using external amps to power all the speakers in the system.

    3 Pair of Preamp Outputs: The KD-S100 is equipped with 2 pair of 5.0V preamp outputs (front/rear), along with a 2.0V subwoofer preamp output. The front and rear preamp outputs allow fader control, while the subwoofer preamp output is non-fading.

    Subwoofer Control: The unit's subwoofer preamp output features a low-pass filter with selectable crossover point (31.5 Hz, 40 Hz, 50 Hz, 63 Hz, 80 Hz, 100 Hz, 125 Hz, 160 Hz, or 200 Hz) and slope (6 dB/oct, 12 dB/oct, or 18 dB/oct). The subwoofer output level is variable from 0 to +12.

    Auxiliary Input: Stereo RCA jacks are provided on the back of the KD-S100 to allow the connection of an external audio source (portable, video system, etc).

    Compatibility with Optional Input Adapter: An optional JVC line input adapter (item numbers 105KSU57 or 257KSU58) may be used to provide an additional auxiliary input on this unit. This feature allows you to connect a portable audio player, such as a portable MP3 player, to this unit as an additional audio source. The adapter connects to the CD changer input on this unit. When the adapter is connected to this unit, a CD changer cannot be connected.

    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.

    Detachable Face: This unit features Detachable Face Security. A face-fixing screw is supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired. The unit comes with a hard plastic face case to store the receiver's faceplate when detached.

    Clock Display: With the ignition off, when you press the display button the clock is displayed for 5 seconds, then turned off.

    Display Dimmer: The display dimmer can be set to Off (normal brightness at all times), On (display is always dimmed), Auto (display dims when 12 volts is applied to the illumination lead), or Time Set (program the time range for the dimmer to engage).

    Wireless Remote Control: The KD-S100 comes supplied with a wireless remote control (RM-RK300); the remote has Power, Attenuator (mute), Source, Band, Tracking, and Volume functions, plus numeric buttons 1-6.

    Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The KD-S100 has a steering wheel remote input on the back panel. When used with the optional PAC SWI-JACK interface (item number 127SWIJACK), you can retain the use of your steering wheel and/or rear seat radio controls when replacing the factory head unit in select vehicles. The SWI-JACK is compatible with over 95% of the vehicles made from 1986 to the present. Compatible vehicles include many Acura, Audi, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, GMC, Honda, Hummer, Infiniti, Isuzu, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercury, Mini, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Oldsmobile, Plymouth, Pontiac, Saab, Saturn, Suzuki, Toyota, and Volkswagen vehicles and Harley Davidson motorcycles. Please consult the Crutchfield Vehicle Selector to confirm compatibility with your vehicle.

    External Device Controls

    iPod: The KD-S100 is compatible with the optional KS-PD100 iPod adapter (item number 257KSPD100, sold separately). When the KS-PD100 is added the KD-S100 is compatible with most iPods that have a dock connector, including the 3rd generation iPod, 4th generation iPod, 5th generation iPod, iPod mini, iPod classic (80, 120, 160GB), and iPod nano (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th generation). When connected, the iPod is controlled and charged by the KD-S100 through the iPod adapter (with the exception of the 4th generation iPod nano as noted below).

    Note: The KS-PD100 is not compatible with the iPod touch (1st or 2nd generation) or iPhone/iPhone 3G. This iPod interface will also not charge the iPod nano (4th generation) without the Scosche passPORT (142IFWA).

    Satellite Radio Ready: There are several options for connecting an optional XM or SIRIUS Satellite Radio receiver to this receiver:

    • XM Satellite Radio: To receive XM Satellite Radio, you can connect the optional CNP2000UC XM Mini Tuner and the JVC CNP-JVC1 adapter cable (package item number 700XMJVC1).
    • SIRIUS: The JVC KD-S100 is compatible with the SiriusConnect Universal Tuner and Plug & Play Dock:
      • SiriusConnect Tuner: Connect the optional SC-C1 SiriusConnect vehicle tuner using the JVC KS-SRA100 adapter (package item number 700SIRJVC1).
      • SiriusConnect Dock: Select dock-and-play and portable SIRIUS radios can be controlled using the JVC KS-SRA100 SIRIUS adapter (item number 105KSRA100) and the SC-VDOC1 dock (item number 607SCVDOC1).
    • Auxiliary Input: A portable satellite radio receiver, such as the XM Delphi SkyFi3 or SIRIUS Sportster, can be connected to the head unit via the rear panel auxiliary input or a JVC auxiliary input adapter, such as the KS-U57 or KS-U58 (item numbers 105KSU57 and 257KSU58).
    Note: A subscription is also required to receive satellite radio programming from SIRIUS or XM.

    CD Changer Controls: This unit is directly compatible with JVC CD changers. When connected to a CD Text capable changer, this unit can display disc and track titles for discs encoded with that information.

     

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    The JVC KD-S100 CD receiver features the unique Digital Power Station sound processor for creating lifelike sound in your car, and our man Ken tells you all about it in this short video.

     
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    2 out of 5

    Poor detachable face design

    Written By radioBuddy, Fremont, CA on Tuesday, May 08, 2012
     
    Poor detachable face design, deck gets hot, but sound quality isn't bad; just limited in EQ control.
    Pros:
    Nice sound quality.
    Cons:
    Not enough EQ options/control; especially for sub-woofer. The plastic tab behind the detachable face will eventually break off or wear down, and the unit will be unusable. Mine lasted 2 months before it broke. I only remove the face 2x a day; once when I get to work and another when I get home from work.
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    4 out of 5

    Nice sound but lacking features

    Written By Scott B., Kennewick, WA on Sunday, August 28, 2011
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    ive had this stereo for about 1 year now and id have to say its really nice compared to my silverado factory stereo. great value at the price i paid for it at Crutchfield.com but i never would think it would be worth the 600 dollars as the supposed MSRP value of it. using a usb flash drive and SD card for addition storage is really nice. wish i woulda got one that had bluetooth though
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    2 out of 5

    pretty dissapointing

    Written By jpmorgan76, Sonoma, CA on Thursday, August 25, 2011
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    While the Bongiovi Acoustic processor is wonderful, the fact that you have to purchase $80 adapters to connect anything to the unit (even a line in) is ridiculous! I purchased the unit and the iPod adapter...it doesn't support iPhones! The Virtual Bass feature is a joke and the menu is nearly impossible to navigate. If you want pretty good sound with a bunch of other lame features, buy it!
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    5 out of 5

    Great unit with great value :-)

    Written By Reyes, Washington, NJ on Tuesday, February 02, 2010
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    I installed this a few months ago on a 97 Sentra. I was amazed by the sound difference that it made, considering that the original speakers were already torn apart. This head unit sounded even better after replacing the stock speakers.
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    5 out of 5

    this is awesome!!!

    Written By crazylos, Tucson, az on Wednesday, January 27, 2010
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    One of the best car receiver ever created!!! JVC is top of the line, it has its own touch of class. They are what you call the under dogs. This stereo makes every ones jaws drop when they hear my JVC kds100. I got a $699.99 stereo for this price!!! Oh yeah im living a dream with my JVC kds100.

    I have 2001 jetta 12in kenwood sub(1200 watts 400rms), kenwood amp(mono 1000 watts400rms), 4 kenwood 6.5 speakers 180 watts(60 rms), 4ch 300 watt amp my ride sounds so so soo sweet!!! highly recommend this stereo, if you could get your hands on one get it !!!!:)
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    4 out of 5

    Where's the bass?

    Written By Gregg, Boston, MA on Tuesday, January 26, 2010
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    I installed this deck a couple of weeks ago in my 03 Grand Cherokee. I gotta say that
    the highs and mids sound amazing, the sounds come through strong without hurting
    your ears. But I'm noticing a lack of bass from this system. I loaded the CD that came
    with it and expected to be wowed by the bass, but no, this wasn't the case. In order to
    get an acceptable level of bass I have the treble to -2 and the bass to the max. But it's
    still weak at low to medium volumes. The stock deck produced way more bass out of
    the same speakers; that's my baseline for comparison.

    Reading the reviews brought me to the bongiovi website, I see that they released 6 other
    vehicle maps. My next step is to try each of these out, hopefully one of these will correct
    the bass issue. ... and then I'll give this deck 5 stars.

    BTW, I'm using aftermarket 6x9s in the front doors, stock tweeters in the dash, and stock
    rear speakers, all running off the stock infinity amp.
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    4 out of 5

    JVC KD-S100

    Written By steve, boston on Wednesday, January 20, 2010
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    Sounds great, especially for the price. Real upgrade from what it had. It has a little too much base for my taste with the processing on but overall very good
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    5 out of 5

    Awesome receiver

    Written By John, Kitty Hawk, NC on Saturday, January 16, 2010
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    I could not ask for more in a CD receiver. The Bongiovi system is spectacular. Along with new speakers, what a difference this makes in a 95 Sable with 48,000 mi. on it.
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    2 out of 5

    Not impressed at all

    Written By Ryan from Ohio, Elmore, OH on Saturday, January 16, 2010
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    Im not impressed at all.

    First and foremost Im into car audio, so Im the type of user with the volume up high, like to be able to control sound, add amps/speakers. I have used much equipment- Pioneer, Alpine, Clarion, and JVC and I like JVC head units but this one is terrible.

    The unit DOES sound good at low to moderate volumes. However it breaks apart horrible at higher volume settings. There is absolutely NO control over the EQing of the unit. Just standard Bass/Treble in which I have to set the bass to -10 and treble to 1 to even use it...

    With the Bogiovi off it sounds hollow, lifeless and almost out of phase. Which is NOT normal. I believe its been altered for a "wow" factor when you turn the DPS on...

    This unit was a direct swap out from a JVC AVX11- and Im going to put my old unit back in. I despise this unit so much Im returning it... Which is rare for me to do....

    This unit WOULD be good for someone who doesnt intend on amplifying cabin speakers AND doesnt listen to their music loud. However it fails at everything exceeding that.
    2 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Pretty Good, About to be even BETTER!

    Written By Natedog100, Atlanta, GA on Tuesday, January 12, 2010
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    Just installed the radio last night and it sounds pretty darn good. Night and day verses the stock radio in my 2008 Corolla. There are Beta profiles available at the Bongiovi website that let you customize the sound profile for your car. I found the "small car" variation to sound better than what was on the Crutchfield CD. This is definitely a "bang-for-your-buck" product.

    It looks like Bongiovi Acoustics will release custom profiles specific to your vehicle (just like was released when people bought the radio as a dealer option!!) if they are able to get 100 people to register for their forum. If you own this radio you should navigate to Bongiovi site and sign up so everyone can enjoy the radio the way that Bongiovi originally intended you to!
    4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KD-S100

    Written By Mathew, washington on Monday, January 11, 2010
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    great sound. easy to use
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    3 out of 5

    Just OK - not bad and not exceptional

    Written By Timothy, SW Virginia on Monday, January 11, 2010
     
    As others have stated, the Bongiovi is over rated, mainly because its sold as being able to adapt to your car. This however couldn't happen with my car because the included CD that was suppose to allow customization didn't even work. The stereo plays fine and the radio reception is acceptable, there are a few flaws. The SD card is extremely picky about brand and size. Official supported size is something like 512 mb, although online support says up to 2GB MIGHT work. However the USB port works fantastic.
    As for the Bongiovo feature goes for sound, it definetly increases the highs, but does nothing for the bass. The worst part is that there is no override feature that allows you to customize the eq, well actaully there is no eq period. You either have Bongiovi on or off and thats it.
    There is no quick select buttons for radion stations, you have to use the remote only and that takes some change in the usual way you operated an in car radio, but its not a biggie for me. The sportster Sirius unit plugs directly into the back and the line in feature is used to listen to SAT audio. There is an aux port for ipod, or you can purchase a seperate adapter to plug in to the CD changer control if you want the head unit to control your ipod. The motorized faceplate is a nice feature but I am sure it will wear out just like my SH-99 did. I love JVC products and they perform as well as any other product.
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    3 out of 5

    Great for the price, but only OK overall

    Written By Mark, CO on Monday, January 11, 2010
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    This stereo suffers from great features, but poor implementation. The buttons are tiny. The UI is not intuitive, and the BonGiovi is overrated. The sound enhancement is basically nothing more than the Bass Boost buttons that have been around forever. Sound with BonGiovi is OK, but bass reproduction sound fake and overdone. No way to customize levels other than with the Bongiovi.

    In very cold weather, you should remove a USB drive before powering up the unit, then reinsert it after it warms up a few degrees... Mine froze up the other morning, and I had to turn the car off and back on after 10 minutes to get the unit to reset and come to life.

    Those are the negatives. Positives are that it does have good sound, decent power, great features, and is CHEAP! I'm definitely happy with the unit for the price. It went in my new(ish) Ford F250 that only had AM/FM, and is definitely an upgrade. The supplied adapter kit didn't fit very well, and 'cups' on one edge for a less than perfect fit.... but I ended up with an adapter kit, harness and head unit for a great price. The truck is a work truck, and will never be in a show - so it's good enough for the implementaion.
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    4 out of 5

    Not a $500.00 stereo but a great deal

    Written By jeff, ALASKA on Monday, January 11, 2010
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    Sounds great but a little more base would be nice. The installation went great thanks to the Excellent instructions supplied by Crutchfield. My 8 year old son did the whole installation He took the dash trim out, removed the old unit then soldered wires on the adapter plug to the supplied wireing supplied with the deck and put the new one in. Dont even think about paying some big box store $60.00 plus parts to install your deck. I must admit my 8 year old knows more about electronics than me but the documentation supplied by Crutchfield makes it so simple. I would not pay $500.00 for this deck but Its comperable to a $200 to $250 deck and is a bargain at this price. Crutchfield is the place to buy because they supply all of the adaptors, trim pieces and excellent installation instructions.
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    4 out of 5

    JVC KD-S100

    Written By Jeff, Saint Albans, WV on Friday, January 08, 2010
     
    I purchased this unit to replace the stock JBL receiver in my 02 Camry. It definately brings the factory speakers to life but seems to be lacking a bit at lower volumes. As you turn it up (with the Bongiovi activated) it sounds good, just the opposite of the factory unit.
    I do notice the heat issue previously mentioned.
    The remote is fine but the settings on the unit are not very user friendly.
    The USB port is great, a thumb drive is all you need.
    Overall it is a pretty good unit and I am pleased with the sound.
    For the price, it would be hard to beat but the original 600+ dollar listing, no way.
    All in all it is a nice, inexpensive upgrade.
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    4 out of 5

    GREAT deal, but don't buy this for the SD feature!

    Written By Michael, Little Rock, AR on Tuesday, January 05, 2010
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    Stereo replaced factory equipment in a 2000 Chevy Silverado. With kit and
    instructions, I got the old stereo out and this one installed in less than 15
    minutes. Quick and easy.

    Stereo sounds AWESOME through my 6 1/2" Alpines. Bass is clean and sharp, as
    are the mids and highs. Nice high-end sound. USB thumbdrive feature is
    wonderful and works flawlessly.

    SD slot will not recognize SDHC and, as stated in the manual, will recognize no
    more than 255 files. I bought a 2GB card and put 233 songs on it. It refused
    to recognize one of the 8 folders I created, so I moved the files from that
    folder into one of the other ones and deleted it. Then tested again and halfway
    through playing my 5th folder, the stereo displayed "read problems" and failed
    back to radio. I'm THOROUGHLY disappointed in what should have been a unique
    feature to set this stereo apart.

    Put simply, there are plenty of great features in this stereo, including its
    power and precision sound, but don't buy it for its terrible SD feature-- As a
    matter of fact, this feature is so poor, I wouldn't advertise it even exists.
    Thankfully, the other features more than make up for it, and at this price...
    What a deal!
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    3 out of 5

    JVC KD-S100

    Written By Philip, Asheville, NC on Wednesday, December 30, 2009
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    Bon jovi is overrated, I never use it. I couldn't even get the bonjovi cd to work. My deck gets extremely hot on the face. I don't know if everybodys does that but mine does.
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    3 out of 5

    KD-S100

    Written By Jasper7788, Stroudsburg, PA on Wednesday, December 30, 2009
     
    Found this radio in the Crutchfield catalog and after comparing it to several others I decided that this was the ONE!!! Got the radio for Christmas. The install was simple and after installing the included CD software the sound was completely incredible on the stock factory speakers of my 2003 Nissan Altima. I wouldn't want to give this head unit up for anything except one thing, so onto the reason for my 3 star rating. The reason I picked this radio was because my stock radio did not have the capability of playing my iPod touch. The radio came but the iPod adapter was back ordered so I went ahead and installed the unit while I waited. It was then that I found out that this radio even with the iPod adapter IS NOT COMPATIBLE with the iPod Touch or iPhone. This was such a disappointment for such a high quality radio. More of the disappointment came because my wife told the Crutchfield rep that she was purchasing it for use with an iPod touch and nobody told her that it would not work. You can only find out that it won't work by going to the actual iPod adapter page and then clicking on the hands on research page. So unfortunately, even though this is an outstanding radio with phenomenal features and sound I have to say that I am disappointed that it lacks the support for the iPod Touch and iPhone. Keep that in mind when ordering this product. Otherwise it is excellent as far as sound and quality.
    4 out of 7 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KD-S100

    Written By Anonymous, Philadelphia, PA. on Sunday, December 27, 2009
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    Purchased this because I could not walk away from this deal. Installed this into a 1991 LTD Crown Vic that was an ex-cop car. Matched it with Polk Momo 650's in the front and Polk Momo 690's in the rear. Wow! This is an amazing set up in this boat of a car. I figured with all the plush interior components, it would be good sound proofing for the expensive speakers and quite unique Bongiovi Accoustic radio. I was pleasantly surprised with the studio sounds of this combo. If you like big high's, then this radio is the ticket when you actuate the B button it boosts your sound by about 10 with crystal clearity! When you do not use the Bongiovi boost button, the radio is quite flat, so I highly recommend you always playing radio and CD's with this option. For the price, you will get quite the kick out of doing so well for the money. Get one of these while you can, they use to cost in the neighborhood of $ 650.00.
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    5 out of 5

    Sounds great!!!

    Written By Rexford, Olyphant, Pa. on Saturday, December 26, 2009
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    I have been using this unit for about a month now. It sounds great. I have bought many head units over the years, many different brands and each sounded very good. But this is the best sounding unit I ever had and the price is great. I do miss having the radio buttons on the unit but I like using the remote even better. I have read reviews about lack of bass but if you crank the volume up you can really feel the bass. I replaced my speakers with 6 1/2" Rockford Fosgates in the front and 6X9 Alpines in the rear. I just love riding around with the volume cranked up. It doesn't have ipod control built in but then I don't want that anyway. It also doesn't have HD radio built in either but that's ok too. For this price in my opinion this JVC is a steal. The Bonjiovi is the iceing on the cake....One last thing. I never buy my units from anyone but Crutchfield. They have the best costumer service I have ever seen so I keep coming back.
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    4 out of 5

    decent unit for the price

    Written By James, Saint Paul, MN on Wednesday, December 23, 2009
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    I bought this to replace my factory deck, which didn't play MP3 files. In that
    regard, it is a tremendous improvement, especially now that I've figured out how
    to assign the tags to the MP3s. The display is very nice compared to the other
    decks available in this price range. It would have been nice if this deck had
    more equalizer options - it only has bass and treble controls. The Biongiovi
    processor accounts for some of this, but having a parametric equalizer to
    further fine tune the sound would have been awesome.

    I am looking forward to trying the USB input and adding a sub, since the bass
    output from this deck, while OK, could be improved greatly with a sub (true of
    most car stereos these days).

    I needed to also buy a dash kit to retain the factory info settings in my 2007
    Pontiac G6 - I reviewed that, as well.

    All in all, I'm glad I bought this deck. I plan on adding a sub, and maybe some
    aftermarket speakers someday - that should raise the level of performance.
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KD-S100

    Written By Jon, STOCKTON,CA on Saturday, December 19, 2009
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    Great deck! I have never owned a JVC before but I quickly fell in love with this one! I have always had a Pioneer or Clarion and was never fully satisfied with either. I would highly recommend this unit to everyone! Easy installation!!!!!!!
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    4 out of 5

    JVC KD-S100

    Written By Jeff, Monroe Mi. on Friday, December 18, 2009
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    The JVC is a great unit, everything I had expected. I have pioneer three way 6x8's in the door and Kicker two way 6x8's in the rear deck of my 2004 Taurus and the sound is awesome I would recomend it to everybody. the interior is charcoal grey and the silver of the unit go good together helps it to stand out in the dash
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    5 out of 5

    Great Sounding Addition!

    Written By Anonymous, Akron, OH on Friday, December 11, 2009
     
    Put in my 1995 Camaro Z28 with the 5-speaker Bose system. Bought the addt'l
    Scosche line converter since the Bose system uses inline "mini amps" on each indv
    speaker rather than a central amplifier. The KD-S100 was a great addition to the vehicle!
    The 14 year old Bose speakers never sounded so good! I was concerned there would
    be a problem with the Bongiovi system running through the Scosche, but there are no
    problems whatsoever, just great sound. Also, the unit comes with an updated sound
    profile disc from Bongiovi right in the box to update the factory universal profile provided
    by JVC. I did download some of the other beta sound profiles from the Bongiovi website
    prior to receiving my unit, but I haven't even bothered installing them. Note: The SD slot
    is NOT limited to 512MB cards! I am currently using a 2GB card formatted with the
    FAT system. I currently have all of my files in the root directory, with no folders. This
    might be why some people are running into problems. Here are the pros and cons as I
    see them: Pros- SD slot, USB slot, iPod compatible, Sirius compatible, great FM
    reception, great sound out of factory stock speakers, nice looking face with easy-to-read
    display and various screen saver options, motorized face with memory tilt, song labeling
    feature for CDs and radio station labeling, solid CD playback with no skipping, even with
    my aggressively tuned suspension. Cons- No preset buttons on the face, no RDS
    capability for radio stations.
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Nice Product

    Written By Anonymous, Roseburg, OR on Monday, December 07, 2009
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    I purchased this as a replacement for the factory radio in my PT cruiser after the CD
    changer died. It seems to be an excellent product for the money. The sound quality in
    the vehicle with factory speakers is definately improved. Installation was straightforward
    and all the correct adapters were included. The buttons are tiny but that is common with
    1 DIN faceplates. The front panel USB port is especially handy and the MP3 capability
    eliminates the need for the CD changer. It will drive the speakers louder than the factory
    unit with far less distortion. This seems to to be a nice product at a good price.
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KD-S100

    Written By John, New Mexico on Saturday, December 05, 2009
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    Receiver was very easy to install and with the included instructions there were no difficulties as to wiring. I am extremely pleased with the sound and performance of this receiver. I can't wait until I add a sub-woofer to my system and really crank out the tunes. This receiver has tremendously improved my listening enjoyment and with the USB, SD drive and MP3 disc capabilities I have an unlimited music capability.
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    4 out of 5

    great for paid price, not for original price. Not for average person

    Written By Mark, New Hampshire on Saturday, December 05, 2009
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    Bought it for my mother's car. Sounded better, but can't ask for much from a ford escort. at this price it is great, but if it was still, or actually ever $630 dollars, forget it. The motorized face is really a nice perk and the angles you can tilt it to are convenient for a low sitting dash. The Bonjiovi feature is basically a loud button, but I didn't give it enough of a listen to decipher how every type of music comes out with it. The buttons are TINY, can't read whats written on them and if you tried you would run right off the road. Definitely would have to get used to the button layout. Personally, I like the idea of having 6 preset buttons so I dont always have to use the remote, or click the right or left button every time I wanted to switch a preset. switching back from tuner to CDs takes longer than normal players should. overall I would rate it at about a 6 to 7 of a player, definitely a 10 for bang-for-your-buck. I read alot more reviews here, and I must say that the illumination is not a problem. It is not blinding, its actually quite subtle, which is nice, considering I always see aftermarket stereos that you might need sunglasses at night to look at. But I did see alot of problems with the time it takes to load a cd when switching from the tuner. Like I said, great for the price, not for the original price of $629.
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    5 out of 5

    Well wourth the money

    Written By marc, Warren Pa. on Friday, December 04, 2009
     
    this is by far the best player for the price. very satisfied usb rocks no need for i pod.you pretty much leave the bongiovi on all the time.thats my only complaint. only because of the huge difference in sound(much better with it on). so theres no need for an on off switch. put some decent speakers in and its even better. for all u haters that expected a 2000 watt system out of a cd player at this price WAKE UP. you need to purchase the whole package amps,speakers, ect... its the old saying if you wanna play you gotta pay.
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    3 out of 5

    JVC KD-S100

    Written By Trent, Austin, TX on Friday, December 04, 2009
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    Sound: Decent, not great. While the basic sound is horrible and tinny, the Bongiovi effect
    makes it decent. Like someone else pointed out, the Bongiovi effect is like a simple
    bass-boost.

    SD support: Absolutely abysmal. Will it read an SD card of 2 GB or 4 GB? Yes, well
    sometimes. Will it play MP3's whose name is greater than 8.3 chars - yes, well
    sometimes? Will it play music in folders greater than 64 characters long and 2 deep,
    again, yes, sometimes. This unit is finicky to say the least and it doesn't seem to have
    anything to do with encoding or bit rate, either.

    It will (sometimes) play (SD Card)
    Slayer/God Hates Us All/Slayer - God Hates Us All - Bloodline.mp3

    But won't (always) play (in the root directory)
    Bach01.mp3
    Or (same slayer file as above but named in the 8.3 format)
    BldLine.mp3

    It sometimes understands extended ascii in names, sometimes not. The unit will also
    not play any Windows Playlists.

    I can't find anyway to scroll through the folders that it will read (which varies between
    different driving sessions.

    Station Search: poor. Sitting still in the car I can hit auto-search and one time it will find a
    a station and the next time it will jump from 93.7 to 105 and miss every station in
    between.

    Menu: Everything is menu driven which is aggravating! Don't even consider
    programming in a station preset while driving.

    Bottom line: maybe worth the price; the workmanship is questionable.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Value and Sound, and no more in-car CDs!

    Written By Joe, Owasso, OK on Wednesday, December 02, 2009
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    I like to have hundreds of CDs with me at all times, but switching to USB never occurred
    to me until I ran into this JVC. The only real problem is that all folder and filenames are
    limited to 25 characters, which means you'll have to shorten them all by hand, which is
    inconvenient and tedious. The SD slot naming convention is restricted even more.

    My biggest beef is with the buttons used to move between file folders. There are four
    buttons used to move between tracks and folders. The up and down buttons are
    inexplicably non-intuitive. When the files are placed on the stick, they are alphabetically
    listed, top to bottom. When using the buttons on the stereo to navigate between folders,
    the up button is 'next' while the down button is 'previous'. This makes no sense and will
    cause frustration.

    The Bongiovi feature is much more than a loudness function. If you cannot hear the
    difference between normal and active modes, then you need new speakers or improved
    appreciation for this feature. Active, it is definitely louder, but the highs are crisper, the
    bass has more immediate punch, and the mids are more active and brought to the front
    of the mix. When this feature is off, what I listen to sounds muddied and "boomy". .and
    this is with stock speakers! I will be upgrading to Infinity Kappas soon, and I have no
    doubts I will appreciate their performance even more with this JVC.
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    3 out of 5

    Ok SQ, bad ergonomics

    Written By Jonathan, Wailuku, HI on Tuesday, December 01, 2009
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    I bought this deck to replace an Eclipse unit that just died after seven years. The CD section's SQ is pretty good, with a nice display. But the ergonomics are about the worst I've seen in the 18 years I've been into car audio. The CD eject button is a tiny little thing on the bottom left of the face plate. The track forward/reverse and menu buttons are tiny as well. A very nice touch is that RCA's plug into the rear of the deck instead of into a female RCA making wiring a little tidier. The Bongiovi Acoustic circuit looks to be the source of the high MSRP of this unit; but it made my system unbearable when activated(JL Audio 4 ch. amp, 6 1/2" DLS separates and co-axials). It appears to be intended for unamplified systems. The circuit would probably make OEM speakers sound great. Overall the nice display, decent SQ, front USB port and SD card capability make it a very good value at this price, but be prepared for bad ergonomics and a sound enhancement circuit that doesn't work with well with an amplified system.

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    5 out of 5

    Awsome

    Written By Anonymous, John in New Jersey on Friday, November 27, 2009
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    Recieved this JVC KD-S100 for my birthday.Installed it in a full size Bronco which has 6
    1/2" factory speakers in the doors and Pioneer 6x8" in mid panel. Some of the settings
    are a little confusing, but once its all set up WOW! Worth every penny. I've had a
    Kenwood (didn't like) then replaced it with a Pioneer which I swor by (till it burnt up) and
    now this JVC. Lacks a little in the bass dept. with the speakers I have (soon to be
    replaced) but all in all This System CRANKS!
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    2 out of 5

    JVC KD-S100

    Written By funkwaffle, Northampton MA on Friday, November 27, 2009
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    I first noticed the deck in the flier and was surprised at the sale price. Now
    I understand why it was marked down so drastically. While it has some nice
    features it's a very disappointing unit. Initially I was very skeptical of the
    Bongiovi processing. However since you can load different profiles to
    compensate for the exaggerated highs I didn't worry about it. When I first
    installed the unit, I listened to a CD before running the Bongiovi CD and the
    deck sounded decent. When the volume was at 20 it was as robust as my last JVC
    head unit was at the same level. After running the Bongiovi CD all that
    changed. Now with the Bongiovi off I have to turn it up to 35 to hit the same
    volume. When you engage the Bongiovi processing it raises the volume quite a
    bit, but you still need to turn it up to 25 or so to hit the original volume
    level. Even though the revised profile takes care of the highs, the rest of the
    spectrum still sounds awful. Basically if you like listening to modern music on
    your ipod and are used to ear fatigue you'll love this head unit. What would be
    nice if if JVC would allow you to change the EQ yourself, or at least provide a
    MID adjustment. This deck will neuter all of your tracks and leave them devoid
    of any bite or crunch. Also the fact that JVC only allowed for FAT 16 support
    on the SD slot would be laughable if it wasn't so ridiculously head shakingly sad.
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    4 out of 5

    Nice head unit, BUT.........

    Written By Super, Lawrenceville GA on Tuesday, November 24, 2009
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    I'm rating the JVC HD-S100 four stars based on build quality, feature set, and
    the 5 Volt Pre-Amp Outs. I believe that the Bongiovi technology does what was
    intended, which is compensate for the poor quality of OEM speakers. In an
    installation where aftermarket equipment is already installed (such as an amp),
    it's a different story. It is impossible to achieve the desired Bongiovi effect
    with varying aftermarket equipment that is available. The unit was specifically
    designed to be loaded with a SPECIFIC profile for a SPECIFIC car model with OEM
    speakers. Those profiles are not available to the general public, so the unit
    ships with a "universal" profile which may sound good to you. IF it does, then
    it's a great deal for the price. There are also a few beta profiles available from a
    Bongiovi forum where it is possible to find a suitable match.

    Bottom line : If you are building a new system consisting of head unit, amp,
    and quality speakers this would NOT be a great choice. If you are trying to just
    upgrade your sound while utilizing your factory speakers AND you like one of the
    profiles THEN it's a great deal for the price.

    I've returned my unit and put my old Panasonic back in................
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    3 out of 5

    I returned it before installing

    Written By Anthony, Los Angeles, CA on Sunday, November 22, 2009
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    There were a few things that I was going to overlook - lack of preset buttons, lack of front aux input, max SD card capacity limited to 512 Mb. However, when I held the receiver in my hands I noticed that top and bottom of the face panel and the bezel were very bright silver color, which would not match my car's interior, so I decided to send it back. The color looks much more subtle in the main picture and the video - sort of gunmetal color, but in reality it'd be an eye sore when installed in my 2003 Camry with gray interior.
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    5 out of 5

    Give it a 10

    Written By jestier, Clinton, MS on Friday, November 20, 2009
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    For the price, this unit cant be beat. Very clear display with options to display what you want,
    I wanted a unit that would always display the time and the channel i was listening to and this unit does just that. Display does very well in bright sunlight also. As for the sound, It surely fills my little truck with great sound, Especially when the "Bongeovi" is turned on.
    I give this receiver a "10".
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    4 out of 5

    Great sound

    Written By Rexford, Olyphant, Pa. on Thursday, November 19, 2009
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    I had this reciever installed yesterday with a pair of Rockford Fosgate Prime R1653's in the front and a pair of Alpine 6x9's in the rear of my 06 Elentra. The sound is very, very good. Not a sub sound but very rich sound comimg from all 4 speakers. Radio sounds really good also. Only turned Bonjiovi volume up to 26, listened for about 15 minutes and my ears are still ringing. For the price this is a great sounding set. I had a $140 Kenwood put in my sons car yesterday I bought from Crutchfield for his birthday and although it sounded real nice I like this JVC's sound much better. His speakers are aftermarket and the same size as mine. I would say if you want really great sound buy this reciever and ad a sub. Don't expect real deep bass like a subs bass but this is the best sounding unit I ever bought and I'm 56 so I bought alot of HU's. I'd give it 5 stars if it had radio buttons on the unit itself but using the remote is easy so it's really not a problem.
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    4 out of 5

    Nice Sound!

    Written By Jeff, Salt Lake City, UT on Tuesday, November 17, 2009
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    This unit was a great improvement in sound quality over my AM/FM/CD stock unit in my 2005 Mustang. Makes the factory speakers come alive, but still needs a subwoofer for deep base.
    I love all the inputs and outputs, which leave ample room for upgrading my sound system in the future. I make full use of the USB jack in the front panel using a two gig micro SD card in a keychain size reader-writer... smaller than a thumb drive. The USB will handle 320 kbs MP3 recordings and sounds great at that bit rate. There is really no need for a CD player with the SD card slot and USB jack! I also hooked up my Sirius radio with an FM adapter, leaving the aux input for later use.
    Another thing I like is the memory faceplate positioning. I programmed the faceplate to tilt slightly up when powered to give me a straight-on view as my eyes are higher than the unit in the dash.
    I took away one star for the hard to use menu and small buttons. If you want to make adjustments for anything other than volume you have to pull over and squint. It might become easier once I memorize the buttons and menu lingo.
    The $600 price tag is over inflated but typical of new car options. At the price from Crutchfield it is a welcome value in an aftermarket stereo and I love it! Could use a color change from the blue lighting, as my retro-stang uses the old style green with red.

    Overall: at this price this JVC is a welcome addition to my musical enjoyment using my factory speakers and I love it!
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KD-S100

    Written By bacobyte, Kingman, AZ on Saturday, November 14, 2009
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    I installed this JVC KD-S100 in my 1949 Packard Deluxe 8. I remodeled the old speaker grill to accept the new radio. Not only does it look nice, the sound is excellent. After I installed the Bongiovi disc the sound is even better. I would recommend this reciever to anyone. Thanks for providing a quality product.
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    2 out of 5

    The price is right - but...

    Written By Edward, Seattle-ish, WA on Saturday, November 14, 2009
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    Pro: The Bongiovi circuitry does provide exceptional clarity for voice and mid-range
    sound in the car (an imperfect noisy environment) which is great. USB/MP3 music and
    AM voice are much more clear and enjoyable.

    Cons: The rest of the hardware technology is dated. The receiver lacks HD radio or HD
    add-on capability. There is no built in equalizer in case you turn off the Bongiovi option or
    want to shape it, simple bass/treble adjustments have minimal effect. With the Bongiovi
    circuit turned off the radio/amplification is basically CRUD. As previously mentioned, the
    buttons/switches are very small and not easily used (when found). And lastly my unit will
    be going back to JVC for replacement as the AM noise rejection is non-existent with all
    static, all the time (no, it's not the wiring or vehicle).

    Opinion: I'd wait until the Bongiovi circuitry is incorporated into newer updated re-
    designed hardware. Also, once I get my existing unit repaired/replaced, if the AM noise
    issue turns out to be a design issue my opinion will drastically change.
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    5 out of 5

    WOW!!

    Written By gamesgr81, Lake Butler,Fl on Saturday, November 14, 2009
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    I've been looking for a new head unit for a week or 2 for my '05 crew cab Sierra and
    stumbled upon this one. All I can say is WOW! this unit rocks! Clean sleek design with
    many nice little functions. I've read many reviews and they are for the most part dead on.
    This unit sounds great and buying it from Crutchfield makes it all easier. Got everything
    needed to install and go. I am mechanically inclined but if I wasnt I still would have been
    able to do it because the in depth installation instructions given to me. Great item,
    lightning fast shipping. Great experience for a first time Crutchfield buyer. THANKS!!
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    5 out of 5

    Great price for USB / SD card radio

    Written By Raymond, RI on Wednesday, November 11, 2009
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    This receiver is a very cheap upgrade with awesome sound.
    My wife wanted a receiver with USB capability so she doesn't have to shuffle cd's around.
    When I read the reviews by others on this item and checked out it's features, I was pretty much sold.
    The USB devices and SD cards need to be formatted in a Microsoft FAT format. FAT32 and NTFS do not work.
    The receiver is pretty basic with no major frills, but the Bongiovi sound engine is excellent. The lower frequencies really come to life without too much distortion, for which I was very impressed. I did not experience any noticeable problems with the high frequency range of sounds as others have mentioned. I usually pickup on that right away , but noticed no abnormalities. When the Bongiovi function is turned off the receiver sound is rather poor and you definitely will need external amplifiers .
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    2 out of 5

    not what i was hoping for

    Written By isaac, riverfalls wisconsin on Wednesday, November 11, 2009
     
    out of the box the head unit looked awesome, but once it was installed it into my girlfriends car it was a different story. the kds100 was pretty slow at just about everything... from changing sources, powering on, reading disks, and skipping tracks. it just seamed really sluggish. it had a front usb port which is nice for flash drives but it is not compatible with ipods. so you will need to buy the adapter for your ipod, and the bonjiovi was a big let down... it sure seamed like a glorified Loud button. it sounded pretty bad with it on and even worse with the bonjiovi off. so i ripped it out and shipped it back to crutchfield, and gave her my pioneer premiere, which sounded tons better than the kds100. this was my first experience with jvc and unfortunately i think it will be be my last. i'm sticking with pioneer.
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    5 out of 5

    great for aftermarket systems

    Written By clyde, brockton, ma on Wednesday, November 11, 2009
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    First of Crutchfield is awesome 3 day delivery is great.

    ok my car and setup
    98 Honda Accord 4dr
    6.5 component speakers Pioneer TS-A1702C
    6x9 Sony XSR6943
    12" Infinity 1252w sub in ported box(1 sub only)
    Alpine MRP-F300 for interior speakers
    Alpine MRP-M450 for my sub

    my old radio was Pioneer DEH-P5100UB

    This jvc radio surpasses the pioneer amazingly. My system sounds so rich
    and musical now and a lot louder. The quality is truly amazing and this is
    without using the Bongiovi button. The 5 volt front and rear rca outputs and
    2 volts for sub i believe make a real difference. No hissing noise from the
    speakers anymore like the pionner's are known for(when using a amp for
    sound). FM Radio sounds alot better.

    I am using my 8GB thumb drive in the usb port and it works perfect. some
    people said it was rated only to 4gb but works fine for me. it does take
    about 5 seconds for it to load the usb drive when you turn your car on. It
    does play from where you left off. It also puts the music folders in
    alphabectical order which the pionner didn't. For the price i stole this from
    crutchfield there is no radio that will come close to this and especially for
    the price. I almost cancelled the order because of the bad reviews but i
    gave it a chance because i could return it. awesome awesome buy!!!!
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    5 out of 5

    Great Product

    Written By gina, Anacortes, WA on Wednesday, November 11, 2009
     
    This is an awesome deck. It has all the features that you could ever want. The only issue that it doesn't explain is that you need another cable to make the iPod features work with the USB port.
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    5 out of 5

    Best Sound Money Can By

    Written By Hugo, Atlanta on Wednesday, November 11, 2009
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    The reciver and functions are fantastic, I have purches the JVC Ipod adapters and XM
    radio and the funtions are as up today, can ask for more for the money.
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    4 out of 5

    JVC KD-S100

    Written By Anonymous, Hawaii on Wednesday, November 11, 2009
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    1992 Ford Ranger XLT. Stock speakers x4. I believe this JVC unit is the deal
    of the year. Best bang-for-the-buck! It is hard to pass up the fact that this
    unit plays CDs, SD cards, Jump drives, and radio.(iPod control module optional)

    Bongiovi acoustics really enhance the tonal qualities and character of the
    music. Utter CLARITY! Amazingly, I took the volume level to the max on this
    unit and there was no clipping, of the stock speakers. The volume is very
    loud for a stand alone unit. Much louder than the stock unit. (the flip side
    is, I'll probably have to replace the tired out stock speakers real soon, REAL
    SOON!)

    What took me by surprise about the clarity of sound that the Bongiovi sound unit
    produces. I opened up my driver side door, and had the rear windows popped open
    when I walked to my front gate. At a distance of about 80 feet I was astonished
    to hear the vocal and tone clarity of the music/vocals. Even my elderly mother,
    who was inside of the house at the time commented about how clear the music was.
    The volume level was only on 16 with the Bon. on. Wow.

    Hats off to Crutchfield for very prompt delivery perfect instructions and tools.
    I'm impressed that Crutchfield uses "peanuts" that dissolve in water - no more
    mess. Thank you! Count me in on future purchases.
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    5 out of 5

    Money's worth and more.

    Written By Tim, Storrs, CT on Sunday, November 08, 2009
     
    I did a complete revamp of the system in a 1993 Subaru Legacy L. It's not a nice car to look at. It's not a nice car to drive. It's not a nice car at all. And, up until a few months ago, it wasn't even a nice car to be in, due to speakers that had cones made out of a material of not much higher quality than the box that this head unit comes in. That bad. I changed that.

    I purchased a pretty mismatched system for this car. JVC KD-s100 headunit, Infinity Reference speakers amped by an Alpine MRP-300, a single 15" Rockford Fosgate subwoofer in a ported box built by me from 3/4" MDF, amped by a Sony XM-1s. 4 gauge power/ground, 8 gauge speaker.
    This head unit is the high point of the system. The Bongiovi processing system, while maybe not worth the full 650$ that this is supposed to retail for, is NOT a gimmick. It works, it works well. For the first few weeks, I had my mp3 player hooked up through a 3.5mm headphone jack converter. Sound was muddy and soulless, as can be expected when one amplifies analog output by that much. Then I found the Bongiovi button. Suffice it to say...it blew me away. Highs stood out as if from a CD, and the bass, before boxy and flat, was brought to life.

    My one gripe is that the system has some almost imperceptible noise in it that wasn't there before, the source of which I have yet to find.

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    5 out of 5

    YOU CANNOT COMPLAIN ABOUT THIS PRODUCT!!!!

    Written By MAN OF BLUES, N. OF RICHMOND VA. on Saturday, November 07, 2009
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    I ordered this unit a few weeks ago, and just got around to the install....I had originally picked a lessor JVC unit, but the wise staff told me about this, and the fact the lessor unit would cost more, by $10, to get what I wanted...got the install kit and harnesses for free with this one, and have no complaint with that..

    Now, all those folks WHINING ABOUT THIS ONE... the unit is great, ten minutes of twisting wires at the bench, and in my Sierra, the actual install was less than 10 minutes, start to finish...scary. Luckily my vehical requires absolutly no tools for the install...

    Now the Issue about the USB stick, which had me worried, haven't plugged my MP3 player into the unit yet (was my original intent) but I popped a 4gb usb chip holder/reader into the slot, and it saw everything...just make your folders logical, and it will even read sub folders...I'll try an 8gb one tomorrow, I'm betting it will work also this unit rocks, I been buying stuff here for 20 years, and have yet to be dissapointed, now I may even upgrade speakers in my GM/Bose system to extract further the potential this affordable unit has to offer....thanks guys!!!!!!!

    Not sure yet about Bongiovi, (BonJovi?)but it seemed to add a presence and added depth from the original sound......my joke is how it handles Rob Zombie, and Clutch....so far so good!!!!

    I give this a 10 for the $$$ spent.
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    5 out of 5

    update

    Written By tom, san diego on Thursday, November 05, 2009
     
    the bongiovi settings are generalized for a "car", if you go to their website you can
    download to your own settings disc, a new set of settings for different types of vehicles,
    large cars, suv's, etc.. you then just reload your new disc and you can change the
    sound even more dramatically.....actually pretty interesting stuff.......point is as some
    have mentioned, the bongiovi button is not a loudness button, but an actual digital
    sound processing system......you can read about it at their website! I replaced my stock BMW radio
    and it does make an improvement to the system.
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KD-S100

    Written By thomas, tempe, az on Tuesday, November 03, 2009
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    i love it
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    4 out of 5

    For the money, good choice

    Written By jkits, Taylor, TX on Tuesday, November 03, 2009
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    I like this stereo and it is a great upgrade for my car. The tools,
    instructions and everything else Crutchfield sends is GREAT.

    I thought that somehow this Bongiovi thing would have some ability to be
    customized for my car, that somehow I would be able to "tune" it. That is not
    the case so I really don't know what good it does. It does boost the sound and
    stuff, but...

    Also wish the AUX connection was on the front of the unit instead of the back.
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    5 out of 5

    I'm sold

    Written By Anonymous, Southwest, ID on Friday, October 30, 2009
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    Purchased to replace the stock unit in a 95 Silverado xcab. After reading all the reviews and the huge discount it was an easy decision. First impression was ought oh what did I do, this is not the sound I was hoping for. Love the head unit and didn't want to return it so went to the Bongiovi web site and was able to upload one of the beta test versions and wow, now I know what all the great reviews are about. Amazing, unbelievable sound over all music types. I'm sold on the sound alone. Wish there was a pause feature but small sacrifice for the sound.
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    5 out of 5

    WOW!

    Written By Anonymous, Vancouver, Washington on Tuesday, October 27, 2009
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    This was an upgrade for my girlfriends car which has had a Kenwood KDC-515S
    (kamelian) for years...

    The standard sound that came from the radio wasn't overly impressive, pretty stock
    sounding... But you hit the Bongiovi button and the stereo comes to life!

    We have stock door speakers in her car and a set of 12" on a 1000watt amp... Not only
    do the door speakers sound amazing like the other reviews but the subs sound better
    too (I'm assuming based off the 5V pre-amps compaired to the 2V of the old radio)..

    She's all about the thump with her car and this radio does it and with a beautiful display
    to make it a total package!

    This is a good choice for those older crowd who simply want a real stereo in a stock car
    and also for the younger crowd who wants to rattle their brains out...

    I don't see how JVC intended this as a factory replacement radio but hey it's a great
    stereo non the less...
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    2 out of 5

    JVC KD-S100

    Written By madera, Torrance, CA on Monday, October 26, 2009
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    Unit delivers great sound but tiny buttons on unit with even smaller lettering require operating it from memory while driving. Layout and operation is not intuitive. Saving FM stations while driving would be dangerous because of all the steps required, making this an inconvenient unit to use if traveling any distance through changing FM/AM radio coverage areas. Wiring diagram was not very clear and required the Crutchfield supplemental information to complete installation. The wiring adapters supplied had some poorly crimped connections that came apart during installation and these had to be repaired.
    4 out of 10 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Perfect

    Written By Jerry, Central PA on Friday, October 23, 2009
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    I bought this for a 2004 GMC Envoy,, installation was a breeze with the included directions, and trim kit. I was on the road again in 40 minutes. The stereo exceeded every review that I read on it, here at Crutchfield.
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    5 out of 5

    JVC Super Nice

    Written By jag327, Bowie, MD. on Friday, October 23, 2009
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    Man got this hook up, The jvc sound 100 time better than my old systems - a kenwood I had for 5 years in the car. The jvc is install in a 82 camaro front and rear side speakers the car never had any base to it. But the jvc fill the car with sweet music. Man I just stayed
    in the car for hours playing CDies the music is very clear. I will be add power sub maybe the kenwood that Crutchfields sales, I'm still playing with it learning how to use it. The only thing I could not get it to read the - Bongiovi DPS Acoustics Disc can't wait to try it to see what it would sound like. Any help on this using the desk. I give it 5 stairs for sound man sweet - jazz, rock, pop. all sound very good. Maybe buying 2 more for my other cars when I get the DPS disc working. The Bongiovi works with it using the disc.
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    5 out of 5

    Centerpiece for any Sound System

    Written By Anonymous, Dallas, Texas on Thursday, October 22, 2009
     
    First off let me say how great of a deal this was through Crutchfield. My truck was broken into two weeks ago and my existing dash kit was broken off and wiring harness adapter was ripped out so I didn't look forward to replacing those in addition to my radio, which would have been about an extra $40. Instead, I was happy to see Crutchfield included both for free! Also the free shipping is always great and I received the radio in 3 business days.

    Now, I can only compare it to previous head units I've owned and by far it's the best one. I've had a Sony, 2 Pioneers, and an Alpine. Also, the Bonjiovi button is not a joke or just a loudness button as others have stated. I'm using this head unit with factory speakers in the doors and Infinity Kappa's in the back and let me tell you, I can hear the difference and it's not just "loudness". I was surprised how clean the bass sounded, especially from the door speakers. This is also without adjusting any settings whatsoever.

    Now, the price was something else I truly liked. Others have said it probably wasn't worth its original high price tag and I somewhat agree, but also understand that this head unit was originally intended as an upgraded radio to a particular vehicle line from the manufacturer. Overall this is the radio I've been looking for, with everything that I need and use in a radio.
    3 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Great value

    Written By curtis, Anchorage, Alaska on Thursday, October 22, 2009
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    After downloading the beta dps programs from the Bongiovi Acoustics website. I was able to find the right sound for my regular cab fullsize chevy truck. They have 6 available for different speaker setups.
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Carnagie Hall

    Written By spazbrink, Pitsburgh, Pa on Tuesday, October 20, 2009
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    I bought the unit for my boyfriends 96 Jeep Cherokee and I'm gonna have to buy another just for my car. Just with the new head unit, it makes his Jeep sound like a music hall. Every instrument is crisp and the vocals sound like their coming right out of the artists themselves. I have been installing automotive electronic for over 5 years now and have never heard such an great unit. Not even a separate sound processor can make ones car audio sound this good. I cant wait to get this and hook up my sub to it in my car.
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    4 out of 5

    Good for the price

    Written By Anonymous, Broken Arrow, OK on Monday, October 19, 2009
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    Installation was very easy, except for removal of the old radio (see my review of the DIN removal tools). I have owned this unit for about two weeks. I have not played CD's extensively. I have mostly used the SD card. With that said, I like the extended playability that the SD and USB ports add to the unit. I have used a 2GB SD card and a 8GB Flash Drive, both of which seem to work well. This unit has no file sorting capabilities so, if you want your music to play in a particular order or your audio books to play in the proper sequence, you have to store your files in the order you want them played, i.e., first stored, first played. This same rule applies to folders. One negative on the SD card is that folder names are limited to 8 characters and filenames are limited to 12 characters. USB folder/filenames are limited to 25 characters, which is much more useable. I like the use of the ID tags on the display for identifying what's playing. The main reason I replaced the factory radio in my Mazda Miata is that it did not like CD-R's and CD-R/W's. Any little bump would cause it to skip or hang up. I had no such trouble with the KDS-100's cd player. The tuner presets are a bit cumbersome to select from the face buttons. While the remote buttons make the job easier, fumbling with a remote while driving could prove to be dangerous.

    Overall, it's a nice radio for the price. For the "gadget freak", it offers some nice features and adjustments.
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    5 out of 5

    Superb stereo...treble troubles

    Written By Anonymous, Southampton, MA on Monday, October 19, 2009
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    Beginning with Keith, the Crutchfield advisor:.. terrific! I have discovered that the advisors don't try to sell you the most expensive item, but the item that suits your needs. That alone makes Crutchfield amazing. Not to mention that everyting is included that is necessary for installation for your specific car along with instructions (with pictures!).

    The JVC KDS-100 is remarkable once the CD update is installed...analyzing your system and speakers for maximum quality sound (not maximum volume). My Boston Acoustic speakers sound much more expensive now than with the factory stereo. The only problem that I notice is that the treble is very shrill...which is probably due to the factory installed tweeters. Replacing these with aftermarket ones appear to be a real nightmare.

    I have contacted Bongiovi after reading a gentleman's review on the Crutchfield site reagrding the same problem I am experiencing. Bongiovi sent him a VAR_3 update which has resolved this problem. Other than this one minor annoyance, this stereo is magnificent The installtion was flawless, once Mike at Crutchfield technical support told me to connect the one wire that I had missed on the wiring harness (Thanks Mike).

    My suggestion: listen to the advisors and buy from Crutchfield. This is how a customer sevice oriented organization should be operated.
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    5 out of 5

    they should have called this the 6th sense.

    Written By craig, Hilo Hawaii on Sunday, October 18, 2009
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    Just awesome. The Bongiovi is like a booster but cleans up the distortion at
    high volumes between treble and bass. Makes stock speakers almost like
    aftermarket seperates. I'm impressed by this unit. I install car audio
    professionally and this is one of the better units i have worked with. The only
    thing better right now on the market... DVD head units with a complete 3g system.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Receiver

    Written By shawnb, Moscow ID on Sunday, October 18, 2009
     
    First of all, this receiver looks great! I just got this 3 days ago to replace a old pioneer,
    and you cant beat the price. installation was very easy, along with the downloading of the
    software. i have a 87 ranger standard cab with aftermarket speakers all around. and a
    JL 10' sub. i love the Bongiovi feature as well as the Amp gain control. compared to my
    other deck this is like night and day. the sound quality is amazing.

    it sounds like alot of the people were having bass issues with this unit and with a sub
    the bass is loud, and clear with no distortion at all. one of my friends has 2 Rockford 12'
    subs and he is really impressed i can get this amount of power and sound out of just a
    10.

    overall this is amazing. i would highly recomend this if you are on a budget and looking
    for a great sounding stereo. crutchfield again was great with the shipping, and made
    everything so easy to do.
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    5 out of 5

    Wow

    Written By Anonymous, Texas on Sunday, October 18, 2009
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    Simply put this receiver will make your music come alive. I use it with my sirius radio hooked into the line in and it sounds amazing. You can not go wrong for the price on this stereo.
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    3 out of 5

    Not for older Town Cars

    Written By John, Harrisburg, PA on Saturday, October 17, 2009
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    This seems like a nice unit, but after installing it in my pristine '93 Lincoln Town Car with premium factory JBL amps/speakers, using the Crutchfield-supplied connectors (they fit perfectly, thank you Crutchfield), the subwoofer cut out when all four speaker connections were made (using the pre-amp out into the JBL amps). I returned the first unit, and the second unit did the exact same thing. Returned that one, too. Crutchfield spent hours on the phone trying to work through this with me, they were great. Didn't cost me a cent. I finally tried a Kenwood unit, using the same Crutchfield connectors, and it worked perfectly. Something about the JVC unit and the JBL amp configuration that is incompatible.
    It was a pain working through all this, but thank you Crutchfield for your customer service. I'll be back!
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    5 out of 5

    Awesome

    Written By Brendan, Los Angeles, CA on Friday, October 16, 2009
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    This radio is bad .... I was a little worried about purchasing a radio with such a dramatic price drop, but it was so worth it. Installed it in about 20 minutes, popped in the Bongiavi CD and 2 minutes later I was listening to my music. Now I just need to get my XM equipment ordered and installed and I will be set.
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    4 out of 5

    Nice unit for the (sale) price

    Written By Darren, Atl, GA on Friday, October 16, 2009
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    got this unit a few months back to replace an Alpine that had the backlight on the head unit burned out (2nd time Alpine you're 2 for 2 :( Quick delivery, clear install in my toyota truck.

    Some pros: Price (althought the monster discound kinda makes me laugh now. If you payed full price, you'd return it ASAP IMHO). The sound expansion is awesome in my extended cab, bass could use a little more umph, but I don't listen to anything that needs to shake the windows (would be nice at drive in!!!) I love the USB option (4 gig max only 16G didn't work), CD has worked fine (doesn't get used much) and the display is awesome. Clear, legible, multiple lines. Like the remote more than I wanna admit.

    Some Cons: Small buttons. Tiny. Micro. with mini tiny micro lettering. Uhhhh, Pause feature???? anyone? ... and then it starts you back at beginning of the media file! aargh!

    Summary: Nice unit at discounted price, plenty of features/inputs. Probably not for an Audiophile or mega picky listener. You know who you are, spend more money! ;)