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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.

Product 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
    • 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:

    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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    Poor detachable face design

    Written By radioBuddy, Fremont, CA on Tuesday, May 08, 2012

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    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    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.

    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 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

    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 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!

    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.

    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 !!!!:)

    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.

    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

    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.

    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.

    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!

    JVC KD-S100

    Written By Mathew, washington on Monday, January 11, 2010

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    great sound. easy to use

    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.

    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.

    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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    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.

    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!

    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.


    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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!!!!!!!

    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

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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 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.

    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

    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)
    Or (same slayer file as above but named in the 8.3 format)

    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

    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.

    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.

    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.


    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!

    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.

    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................

    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.

    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".

    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.

    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!

    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.

    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.


    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!!

    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 .

    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.

    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!!!!

    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.

    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.

    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

    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.

    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 F