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Our take on the JVC KD-X250BT

by Jon Paulette
JVC

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.

All the best in digital music

Have you decided that your days of digging around in your car for a CD are over? JVC designed their KD-X250BT digital media receiver to handle all your music devices, as well as giving you a significant upgrade in power over your factory radio. Plus, built-in Bluetooth® lets you enjoy hands-free calling and wireless streaming audio.

Go wireless with your Android™ or Blackberry™

Android™ and Blackberry™ users can control PANDORA® right from the stereo through the Bluetooth connection — no wires needed. JVC's Smart Music Control app lets you use your compatible Android phone's touchscreen to control the action using finger swipes and gestures — for example, make an upside-down "V" to change the source. With your Android phone safely attached to a mount, you can reach down and skip a track without taking your eyes off the road.

If you want to plug in a USB thumb drive and hit the road, you can put together a custom road mix using JVC Playlist Creator software on your Windows® PC.

Ready for for iPods and iPhones

The KD-X250 is made to work seamlessly with your iPhone or iPod. You can talk to Siri, of course, and the built-in iPod® controls let you access your playlists when you plug your iPod into the USB port on the front panel. If you're a Pandora® Internet Radio fan, you can connect your iPhone® and access basic controls like "play," "pause," "thumbs-up," and "thumbs-down" on the onscreen display. For added convenience, the 2-way control feature lets you pick your music using the head unit or the phone itself.

Do more with your USB connection

The powerful 1A USB port lets you keep a smartphone charged while it's performing many battery-draining tasks at once. And with your smartphone connected, you can listen to your phone's internal memory as one source and access the little microSD card as another. You can even pair two phones at once, so you'll never have to decide between the personal phone and the work phone again.

Expand your system

The KD-X250 offers the connections you'll need if you're planning to build a complete car audio system sometime in the future. When it's time to add a powered sub, you can switch the 2.5-volt preamp outputs over to subwoofer mode to control your bass from the receiver. A front aux input lets you hook up other gear, like a Dock & Play satellite radio.

Want to keep your steering wheel controls?

In most vehicles, you can use an adapter (not included) to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this JVC stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and the JVC, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. Check the "Accessories" tab for compatible adapters.

This digital media receiver will not play CDs. If you want to play CDs in your vehicle, we offer a wide selection of CD receivers.

Bluetooth note: Use of this receiver's Bluetooth features will depend upon your phone's Bluetooth capabilities. Learn more in our article explaining Bluetooth profiles.

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Highlights:

    General features:
    • digital media receiver with AM/FM tuner (does not play CDs)
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • detachable face with single-line display
    • USB 1A connection charges devices quicker
    • built-in iPod control, 2-way iPod/iPhone control
    • control PANDORA® from your iPhone, Android, or Blackberry smartphone
    • Android app for gesture control over playback
    • MP3/WMA/WAV compatible
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (20 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • Separated Brightness Control for display and controls
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • 24-bit digital-to-analog converter
    • low-pass filters
    • 3-band parametric equalizer
    Expandability:
    • inputs: front USB 1A port, front auxiliary input
    • outputs: 2-channel preamp outputs (2.5-volt rear/sub)
    Other features and specs:

    Hands-on research from the Crutchfield Labs (what are the Labs?)

    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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    20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs
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    2-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs
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    No
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs
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    Yes
    Preamp Voltage
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    2.5 volts
    Display Color
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    White
    Key Button Color
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    Blue
    EQ Bands
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    3
    Wireless Remote
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    Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible
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    Adapter required
    Parts Warranty
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    1 Year
    Labor Warranty
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    1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input
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    Front
    USB Input
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    Front
    Memory Card Slot
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    USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible
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    Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready
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    HD Radio
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    No
    Navigation
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    iPod Compatibility
    Full size
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    Classic/5Gen
    Nano
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    7/6/5/4/3/2/1
    Touch
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    5/4/3/2/1
    Mini
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    No
    iPhone
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    5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity
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    9.3 dBf
    European Tuning
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    Yes
    Seek/Scan
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    Seek
    Radio Data System
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    Product Research
    What's in the box?

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    • Digital media receiver (with 10-amp ATC fuse inserted into chassis)
    • Face (attached)
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Trim ring (installed)
    • Wiring harness
    • Microphone with integrated bracketed (attached 12' cable terminated by a right-angle male 3.5mm connector)
    • Wireless remote control (RM-RK52)
    • CR2025 3V Lithium battery (installed)
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • Face-fixing screw
    • Instructions (En/Fr/Sp)
    • US Warranty Sheet
    • Canadian Warranty Card
    • "Caution!" note (attached to wiring harness)
    • Face-fixing screw note

    Our Product Research Team

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    USB/Aux Connectivity
    iPod/Android/BlackBerry Integration
    Built-in Bluetooth
    AM/FM + Pandora Radio
    Audio Section
    Display Features
    Remote Control

    USB/Aux Connectivity

    Digital Media Receiver: The JVC KD-X250BT is a digital media receiver which supports a variety of audio sources such as the Apple iPod and iPhone, USB memory devices loaded with MP3/WMA music, and almost any portable audio player via the unit's front-panel aux input. The JVC digital media receiver also offers a built-in AM/FM tuner and supports Pandora Internet Radio (via iPhone/Android/BlackBerry) so you can listen to your favorite radio stations and online music. In addition, the JVC KD-X250BT supports Bluetooth audio streaming and Bluetooth hands-free communication. The KD-X250BT comes with an IR wireless remote control, supports JVC Smart Remote app (for Android), and is factory steering wheel remote control compatible (via optional adapter, sold separately).

    Note: The JVC KD-X250BT digital media receiver does not feature a CD mechanism and does not support CD-changer controls.

    USB Port: The JVC Arsenal KD-X250BT features a front-panel USB 2.0 type-A port (behind a sliding cover) for connection of USB mass-storage class devices; such as select Android smartphones (Froyo/Gingerbread OS only), portable digital audio players, or USB thumbdrives. The USB port enables audio playback and control of MP3/WMA audio files stored on a portable USB mass-storage class device. You cannot connect a USB device via a USB hub or Multi-Card Reader to this unit.

    MP3/WMA Music Files: The JVC KD-X250BT supports the following types of MP3/WMA music files loaded onto a USB mass storage class device.

    Media Type Description
    File System FAT 12/16/32
    Playable File Types  MP3: bit rate of 8-320kbps w/ sampling rate of 8, 11.025, 12, 16, 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1, 48kHz
     WMA:
    bit rate of 32-192kbps w/ sampling rate of 32, 44.1, 48kHz
    Maximum # of Folders/Files 255 folders/65,025 files (255 files per folder)
    Tags ID3 tag (version 1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4), WMA tag

    Track/Folder List: The Track/Folder List displays a list of MP3/WMA folders and tracks on a connected USB memory device, so you can easily access your music.

    Playback Modes: In addition to Normal playback, you can select from Repeat and Random playback modes.

    • Repeat: Track Repeat (plays the current track repeatedly), Folder Repeat (plays all tracks of the current folder repeatedly), Off (cancels repeat function)
    • Random: Folder Random (plays all tracks of the current folder, then the tracks of the next folder in random), All Random (plays all tracks of the current USD device at random), Off (cancels random function)

    USB Charging: The head unit's USB connection provides 1A of current to power and charge your connected USB mass storage class device when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position.

    JVC Playlist Creator Compatible: JVC Playlist Creator is a free Windows-based desktop software that helps organize, manage and transfer MP3/WMA music files to your USB (MSC) device from your PC. When you playback audio files that have been stored on your USB (MSC) device using JVC Playlist Creator through the KD-X250BT, you can search a file by song title, album name, artist name, or genre using the head unit's Quick Search function. The JVC Playlist Creator is a Windows-based software that can be downloaded for free from JVC's website to your PC. The JVC Playlist Creator is compatible with the following Windows Microsoft Operating Systems.

    • Windows XP Professional, Home Edition SP2 or later (32-bit)
    • Windows Vista (32/64-bit)
    • Windows 7 (32/64-bit)
    Note: Not compatible with Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad, Zune, or Android

    Front-Panel Auxiliary Input: A front-panel stereo minijack is provided to allow the connection of almost any portable audio source with a 3.5mm headphone output (great for those non-Apple/Android devices). Simply connect your portable digital music player to the unit's front-panel auxiliary input, and you can listen to the audio from the portable player through the speakers in your mobile audio system. The unit's front-panel auxiliary input can be turned On or Off.

    iPod/Android/BlackBerry Integration

    iPod/iPhone Direct: The JVC KD-X250BT's front-panel USB port can acts as an iPod/iPhone high-speed direct connection when used with the dock-to-USB cable or Lightning-to-USB cable that came with your iPod/iPhone. Using either cable allows audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of select iPod/iPhone models from the JVC in-dash head unit. The head unit supports audio playback from music stored on your iPod/iPhone or music apps (such as iHeartRadio, SiriusXM, Last.fm, Rhapsody, & Slacker) streamed to your iPhone (not all music apps will be compatible).

    • DAC Bypass: The USB connection allows your iPod/iPhone's stored music or music apps to be loaded instantly to the head unit and sound quality to be maximized through the head unit's 24-bit D/A converter, allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 80dB. The JVC head unit supports audio playback of music, podcasts, audiobooks, and music apps stored on your iPod or iPhone.
    • Music Control: You can choose to operate your iPod/iPhone through the JVC head unit's front-panel controls, from its clickwheel/touchscreen, or via a streamed app from your iPhone.
      • Head Unit Mode: From the head unit's front-panel controls you can search your iPod/iPhone's stored music by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Podcast, Genre, and Composer. Music content for each category is listed alphabetically. The KD-X250BT also supports Repeat (file/all) and Random (album/all) playback functions of your iPod/iPhone. Your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen remains accessible in this mode. You can also control basic playback functions (such as Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track) from select music apps streamed to your iPhone.
      • iPod Mode: You can choose to navigate your iPod or iPhone's stored music from its clickwheel or touchscreen, like you are accustomed to during normal usage. Basic playback control (such as Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track) can still be done through head unit for stored music and music apps.
      • External (App) Mode: External Mode allows you to solely navigate your connected iPod/iPhone device through its clickwheel or touchscreen. Playback of your iPod/iPhone's stored music and streamed music apps is supported. The head unit's iPod/iPhone controls will be locked.
    • iPod Display: The KD-X250BT will display your Apple device's stored music and streamed music app song/artist information, when in Head Unit and iPod mode (not in External mode), or listening to Pandora Internet Radio. The head unit can display Track number, Elapsed playing time, Artist name, Song/Artist title, and Station identification.
    • iPod Charging: The head unit's USB connection provides 1A of current to power and charge your connected iPod/iPhone when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position. This unit does not charge the iPad. If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it.
    Note: Access to your iPhone's downloaded application will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet. 

    iPod Compatibility Chart: The JVC KD-X250BT is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 9/19/2013):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Bluetooth Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone External mode Pandora app Artist/Song Text Track Info Phone Audio Siri
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y Y N N Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    4 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    4S 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5C 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5S 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y N N N Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y N Y N Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y N Y N Y
    4th 6.1.3 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y N Y N Y
    5th 7.0 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N N N Y Y N N N Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y N N N Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y N N N Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y N N N Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y N N N Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y Y Y N Y Y N N N Y
    7th 1.02 PC Y N Y Y Y N Y Y N Y N Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y N N N Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y N N N Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y N N N Y
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N N N Y Y N N N Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N N
    2 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N N
    3 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N N
    4 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y N
    mini 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

    JVC Smart Music Control (for Android): The free JVC Smart Music Control app for Android (OS 2.2+) from Google Play is two applications in one for the JVC KD-X250BT. It acts as a remote control via Bluetooth with gesture and voice command for the JVC head unit; plus provides an advanced music player for playback of music files stored on your Android when connected to the JVC head unit via USB.

    • Remote Control: The JVC Smart Music Control app connects and controls the JVC head unit via Bluetooth like a wireless remote control. This application can display the JVC receiver's source information on the Android smartphone's screen, and enables you to perform operations of the JVC head unit from your compatible Android device via gesture or voice command. The JVC Smart Report App lets you use finger gesture commands on your Android smartphone to control the playback of the JVC head unit. This type of gesture control is designed to operate the JVC head unit from your smartphone without having to look at your smartphone. Gesture control operations include Finger tap, Finger hold, Finger click, Finger swipe (right/left/up/down), and Finger curve (right/left/up/down). Voice command with proximity sensor automatically activates voice recognition when you hold your compatible smartphone up to your mouth, so you can speak music playback commands into the phone. Your Android smartphone must support Bluetooth SPP.
    • Music Player: By connecting the JVC digital media receiver via USB to an Android smartphone that has the JVC Smart Music Control app installed, it allows you to list and search all of the songs stored inside the smartphone from the receiver by artist name or album name. The JVC Smart Music Control app also analyzes all of your songs that are in your Android smartphone, and creates a playlist according to your mood. Once the application has completed the analysis of the songs, simply move the on-screen "mood ball" to your current mood, and this application will generate a list of songs that most fits your mood. Your compatible Android smartphone must be recognized as a USB mass storage class device; not compatible with MTP protocol.

    Drive Change Mode (for BlackBerry): The JVC receiver's USB port also supports playback from BlackBerry smartphones (via USB mass storage mode). JVC's Drive Change Mode lets you connect your BlackBerry smartphone (that uses an external memory card) directly to the head unit, via USB. Drive Change Mode will let you switch between your BlackBerry smartphone's internal and external memory (such as microSD Card), so you can listen to music stored on either memory. You'll continue to be able control basic playback functions; such as folder/file search, play/pause, and skip next/previous; regardless of memory type.

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: The JVC KD-X250BT is equipped with built-in Bluetooth (version 2.1+EDR), allowing you to make and receive phone calls wirelessly through the receiver; as well as stream music wirelessly from your smartphone to the head unit. In order to use Bluetooth wireless technology, your phone must also be Bluetooth compatible and be able to interpret certain profiles. This unit is compatible with the following Bluetooth Profiles:

    • Hands-Free Communication: HFP 1.5 (Hands Free Profile), OPP 1.1 (Object Push Profile), PBAB 1.0 (Phone Book Access Profile).
    • Audio Streaming: A2DP 1.2 (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP 1.3 (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).
    Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the JVC KD-X250BT. See JVC's Bluetooth compatibility chart for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled devices.

    Pairing: Your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone or digital audio player must be paired with KD-X250BT before hands-free & wireless operation. You can register up to five Bluetooth enabled devices with the JVC head unit. You can keep two phones connected at all times (only one can be used during a call).

    Bluetooth Hands-Free Communication: The head unit supports Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. The controls of the KD-X250BT can be used to dial a number, answer an in-coming call, or end a call. The unit also includes an external microphone (with mounting bracket) featuring adjustable gain, so you can carry on your side of the conversation while listening to the caller through your vehicles speakers.

    • Answering A Call: When a call comes in, a ring-tone will be heard through your vehicle's speaker and the caller's name or phone number will be displayed. You can answer the call from the head unit's front-panel controls, or setup the head unit to automatically answer the incoming call immediately or after 3/5/10 seconds. The KD-X250BT also supports the Call Waiting function, so you can answer another incoming call while suspending the current call you are on. Your compatible cell-phone must also support this feature.
    • Dialing A Number: Using the KD-X250BT, you can dial a phone number in one of the following ways:
      • Entering a Phone Number: Allows you to directly dial a phone number up to 32 digits from the head unit's front-panel rotary dial.
      • Speed Dialing: You can store up to 6 contacts in the memory of this unit for speed dialing.
      • Phone Book: You can dial by using the downloaded phone book. You can download phone book data from your cell phone to the KD-X250BT. You can search through your contacts alphabetically (A-Z) or numerically (0-9). Up to 400 numbers can be stored for each registered cell phone.
      • Call Log: The Call Log is a list of calls that have originated from and were received by this unit that you can dial. You can select Outgoing, Incoming, or Missed calls (up to 50 each).
      • Voice Dialing: If your mobile phone supports voice recognition, then you can dial out by voice command. Simply speak into the included microphone. 
    Note: During a conversation, you can switch between the Private Mode (talking directly on your cell phone) and the Hands Free Mode.

    External Microphone: The JVC KD-X250BT includes an external microphone to carry on your side of your phone conversation and voice command dialing. The external wired microphone offers improved audio quality versus an integrated microphone, so you can be heard easier over noisy traffic and road noise. You can adjust the volume level and noise cancellation of the microphone without affecting the other sources. The external microphone features an attached 12' cable terminated by a right-angle 3.5mm connector which plugs into the mic input on the rear-panel of the head unit. The microphone offers an integrated mounting bracket which can be clipped to your vehicle's sun-visor or taped to your dash. The external microphone measures 0.525" (diameter) x 1.485" (depth).

    Note: This unit does not offer an integrated front-panel microphone.

    SMS: If your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone is compatible with SMS (Short Message Service), the JVC head unit will notify you when a message has been received. You must then use your phone to check the message. You cannot read, edit, or send a message through this unit.

    Wireless Audio Streaming (w/ Metadata Display): The JVC KD-X250BT also supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth enabled audio player or smartphone. The KD-X250BT will be able to control basic playback functions of your Bluetooth device's stored music; such as Play/Pause, Skip Next/Previous, Fast Forward/Rewind and Random/Repeat. The head unit will also display your stored music's song information; such as Artist name and Song/Album title. The KD-X250BT also supports audio streaming of music apps downloaded on your smartphone with metadata display and limited control. Advanced music control of your music apps will still need be done via your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone. When an incoming call or outgoing call is in progress from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, audio streaming will be paused so you can take your call. Once the call is finished, your streaming music will resume.

    Siri Digital Assistant Control: When paired and connected with an iPhone 4S or 5/5C/5S via Bluetooth (not USB), the JVC KD-X250BT has the ability to access Siri through its front-panel control and external microphone. Simply press and hold the "phone command" button on the KD-X250BT to engage Siri and use the included microphone to communicate with Siri. Siri's voice will heard through your vehicle's speakers. All Siri functions including hands-free calling, music search, setting reminders, text-messaging, audible navigation, and more can be done through the head unit and its microphone. The head unit will only display hands-free calling and Bluetooth audio information (all other functions of Siri are only audible through the KD-X250BT; visual data will still need to be viewed from your iPhone device).

    Note: You can ask Siri to get directions to a destination and the turn-by-turn instructions will heard through your vehicle's speakers, while the on-screen map still displays on your iPhone 4S/5/5C/5S. The head unit's audio is attenuated while Siri provides audible directions.

    AM/FM + Pandora Radio

    RDS AM/FM Tuner: The JVC KD-X250BT features a built-in RDS AM/FM tuner with manual, seek, and preset tuning. The Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast information such as artist, title, and album when listening to compatible AM/FM stations. You can store a total of 18 FM stations presets and 6 AM station presets (manually or automatically).  The head unit's Radio Timer features lets you tune into a preset station at a specific time regardless of the head unit's current source (you can activate the Radio Timer once, daily, or turn it completely off). If an analog FM stereo broadcast is hard to receive, you can manually switch the tuner to Mono operation. You can also switch the tuner's IF filter to Wide or Auto to increase/decrease the sensitivity.

    Note: You can set the built-in AM/FM tuner between US standard and European tuning spacing.

    Pandora Internet Radio: Pandora is the leading Internet Radio music service in the United States, giving people music they love anytime, anywhere, through personalized radio stations. The JVC KD-X250BT digital media receiver lets you playback and control the Pandora Internet Radio music service that is being streamed to your Apple iPhone or Android smartphone. Your iPhone or Android smartphone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. In addition, you will need an active Pandora music service account.

    • Pandora App for iPhone: The JVC KD-X250BT provides complete access to your Pandora account using your iPhone, via the head unit's front-panel USB port. To access Pandora you must have an Apple iPhone (iOS5 or later) with the latest version of the Pandora App from Apple's iTunes App Store.
    • Pandora via Android: The JVC KD-X250BT lets you playback and control Pandora Internet Radio streamed from your Android smartphone, via Bluetooth (no hard-wired connection required). To access Pandora from the JVC head unit, your Bluetooth-enabled Android smartphone must have the latest version of the Pandora App from the Google Play App Store. Your Android smartphone must support A2DP, AVRCP, and SPP Bluetooth profiles.
    Note: Access to the Pandora service will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone or smartphone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.

    Pandora Control: The JVC KD-X250BT will provide control over the Pandora music service streamed to your USB-connected iPhone or Bluetooth-enabled Android smartphone. 

    • Station List: You can select Pandora stations from your Station List by date or alphabetically (A-Z).
    • Create New Station: New stations can be created based on the current songs or artists playing on Pandora.
    • Skip Songs: You can skip song tracks within a station. You cannot skip back to a previous song. Pandora limits the number of skips allowed.
    • Thumbs Up/Down: You can give songs a thumbs up or thumbs down to help Pandora personalize stations to suit your preferences.
    • Bookmarking: The song or artist currently being played can be bookmarked & stored in your Pandora account.

    Information Display: The JVC KD-X250BT will display Artist, Album, & Song information provided by the Pandora app on your iPhone or Android smartphone.

    Audio Section

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The JVC KD-X250BT utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The KD-X250BT is equipped with a MOSFET amplifier. Compared to conventional power supplies, the MOSFET amplification circuit is smaller and more efficient, and it delivers increased power with less distortion and absolutely zero on/off switching noise. More power means louder and cleaner music at higher volumes because you're not pushing the limits of the amplification circuit.

    CEA2006 Compliant: The power specifications for the KD-X250BT are compliant with the CEA2006 Mobile Amplifier Power Testing and Measurement standards from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). These standards were developed as a way to equitably compare power specs from model to model and between manufacturers. The power output specs for the KD-X250BT are as follows:

    • CEA2006 Specs: 20 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, 1% THD-N)
    • Maximum Power Output: 50 watts x 4 channels (200 total watts)

    Amplifier Gain Control: When you are using the KD-X250BT with factory speakers (or those rated to less than 50 watts peak), the Amplifier Gain Control can limit the amount of power being sent to those speakers. When the Amp Gain Control is set to "low," the volume control ranges from 0 (minimum) to 30 (maximum). When using speakers rated higher than 50 watts peak, you can set the Amp Gain Control to "high," and the volume control will range from 0 to 50.

    2.5V/2CH Preamp Output: The KD-X250BT is equipped with two 2.5V preamp outputs (Rear/SW). You can set the Rear/SW preamp outputs for connecting a pair of full-range rear speakers (through an external amplifier) or for connecting a subwoofer (through an external amplifier). When set for rear speakers, the rear outputs operate with the unit's fader control. When set for subwoofer, the outputs are non-fading.

    Subwoofer Controls: When the unit's Rear/SW preamp output is set to Subwoofer, you can set the cutoff frequency of the low-pass filter at 55Hz, 85Hz, or 120Hz. You can adjust the head unit's subwoofer level between -8 and +8 (separate from the main volume level).

    Pro EQ: The KD-X250BT is equipped with JVC's Pro EQ. The integrated equalizer offers 7 preset sound modes (Flat, Natural, Dynamic, Vocal Boost, Bass Boost, & User) suitable for the music genre of your choice. The User mode allows you to manually adjust the head unit's 3-band parametric EQ (Frequency, Level, and Q-Factor).

    Pro EQ
    Frequency Level Q
    Bass 60, 80, 100, 200 Hz +/- 12 dB (-6 to +6) 1.0, 1.25, 1.5, 2.0
    Midrange 0.5, 1.0, 1.5, 2.5 kHz +/- 12 dB (-6 to +6) 0.75, 1.0, 1.25
    Treble 10.0, 12.5, 15.0, 17.5 kHz +/- 12 dB (-6 to +6) Fixed
    Note: You can store Pro EQ bass, middle and treble tone settings for each source (Tuner, Aux, USB, iPod, Bluetooth, and Pandora).

    Bass Boost: The unit's Bass Boost enhances low bass frequencies.

    Loud (Loudness): This feature boosts low and high frequencies to produce a well-balanced sound at a low volume level. You can set this feature to High, Low, or Off.

    Volume Adjust: The input level of each source (other than FM) is adjustable relative to the FM radio volume, so there isn't a significant volume difference when changing sources. Each source is individually adjustable from -5 to +5.

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

    Display Features

    Detachable Face: The JVC KD-X250BT features a detachable face to deter theft (no face case is provided). An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can be purchased for this unit. A face-fixing screw is supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired.

    LCD: The head unit features a 14-segment, one-line LCD with adjustable brightness and dimmer settings.

    Brightness: The unit offers an adjustable display/button illumination brightness level (0-31) for day and nighttime driving.

    Display/Button Illumination Dimmer: The display/button illumination dimmer can be set to Off (normal brightness at all times), On (display/button illumination is always dimmed), or Auto (display dims when 12-volts is applied to the orange/white illumination lead).

    Mounting Angle: For proper operation, you must install the unit within 30-degrees of horizontal.

    Remote Control

    Wireless Remote Control: The KD-X250BT comes supplied with a wireless remote control (RM-RK52). The remote contains Attenuator, Sound, Source, Tracking, and Volume functions. The remote operates off of a single CR2025 3V Lithium-cell battery (included).

    Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The head unit features an OEM steering wheel remote control input wire (blue/yellow) within the included wiring harness that lets you keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with an optional steering wheel audio control adapter (sold separately). Please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.

     
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    5 out of 5

    Awesome Head Unit

    Written By ChrisD, Gaithersburgm MD on Monday, February 03, 2014
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    I originally had a different head unit installed, but then i came across this JVC unit and was sold. I had it installed and i been in love with it from the start. The display is crisp and bright, the buttons feel good to press and doesn't feel cheap. The bluetooth syncs with my HTC One on Android 4.3 without any issues. The flash drive reader works well also. I also like the nifty feature that you can use the MENU button on the head unit to pause and play music if your streaming from your phone. Also the mic and calling feature work well. Make sure you mount the microphone is a good place. The price was very good for this unit. I would definitely get this one again.
    Pros:
    Good build, nice dispay, great price, sounds great
    Cons:
    None
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    4 out of 5

    JVC KD-X250BT

    Written By Anonymous, Florida on Sunday, January 26, 2014
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    Great for the price.
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    4 out of 5

    JVC KD-X250BT

    Written By Marty, Norman, OK on Tuesday, January 21, 2014
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    My factory head unit was getting tired, with poor reception and skipping CDs. I didn't really want to deal with CDs anymore, so I went for a Digital Media Receiver. Installation was straight forward and reasonably quick. It pairs nicely with my Galaxy S4 and plays Pandora and MP3s from Google Music. I haven't found a good place to install the included microphone yet, so I haven't tried the hands-free feature. And the menu system is a bit unwieldy, but manageable. I haven't upgraded my speakers yet, so I can't tell if I'm really happy with the EQ presets or not. I would have liked to have a few more bands available (3-band EQ) but for a sub-$100 receiver, I can't really complain. The reception and output is WAY better than the stock headunit. It works well with the factory amp. The USB connection to my phone didn't function well and the app from JVC was pretty much pointless (I never got audio to work with it installed). I ended up using Bluetooth Auto Connect from Google Play and I haven't had any more problems that I didn't cause messing with other Bluetooth apps and advanced settings.
    Pros:
    Looks nice Pandora! Quick Bluetooth pairing Good value
    Cons:
    Menu buries some feature too deeply JVC app is pointless
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    4 out of 5

    Nice for Android... but issues with iOS7

    Written By Dave, WA State on Monday, January 13, 2014
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    I purchased two of these, one for my 2003 Wrangler (Android user), and another for my wife's 2010 Honda CRV (iPhone user).

    Installation was fine, the topic has been covered.

    Bluetooth pairing for both a iPhone 5S and a Motorola Droid Maxx were quick and easy. No issues there. The overall android experience is super. I run Pandora a lot, along with Google Play Music and i Heart Radio. The dedicated Pandora input channel can be a little slow to connect, but it does so almost 100% of the time when i switch the stereo on. The only complaints I have it that if i make/take a phone call, the Pandora mode on the deck says "PAUSED" and there seems to be no good way to make work again without shutting down and starting over. Otherwise, it seems pretty flawless.

    My wife's iPhone 5S, on the other hand, does not play well with Pandora. The Pandora input channel never connects... endlessly says it is checking for device. I've tried both stereos, mine and hers. She has to use the "BT Audio" input to stream Pandora. The Android version of Pandora has a check box under settings/advanced to allow/disallow Pandora to be controlled via a BT device, but the Apple version of the app has no such setting.

    From my snooping around the Web, I am starting to form a theory that Apple may have "forgotten" to assure Pandora compatibility with car stereos because they were so focused on iTunes Radio. It could also be that Pandora needs to update their app for iOS also. Either way... it's broken.
    Pros:
    Android Bluetooth Friendly
    Cons:
    iPhone 5 / iOS 7 Challenging
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    4 out of 5

    Great for the price

    Written By Jeff, Petersburg, IL on Thursday, January 09, 2014
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    I bought this for my son's 2000 Toyota Tacoma and we installed it together over Christmas break. The price was good and the reviews were high. Installation was fairly straight forward, and the instructions were very detailed and perfect for our truck. I had to bend/break a few of the tabs on the metal mounting bracket to get it to fit correctly in the truck, but that was no big deal.

    The unit looks great, sounds pretty good, and has all of the features we need.

    The functions are confusing to get used to. I guess that's what you get with so much in one unit. Bluetooth syncing works, but took a while to figure out, even after following instructions exactly. When leaving the car after playing music over Bluetooth and return later, the unit remembers you are on Bluetooth (good) but doesn't automatically start playing music. It says "paused". You have to press the Menu button a few times to get the music to start playing. This wasn't explained anywhere that I could find.

    The volume button serves as a mute if you push it, but it's sensitive and while reaching to change the volume I sometimes accidentally mute the stereo, and unmuting sometimes returns to 0 volume.

    I thought the remote would be useless, but actually enjoy having it right next to me so I can reach it and make adjustments without leaning forward or taking my eyes off the road.

    Overall a good unit for the price.

    I have made several handsfree calls and am happy with the quality.
    Pros:
    Lots of features, looks cool. Remote is useful. Sound quality pretty good. Good price.
    Cons:
    Confusing menus, unexpected behavior at times (maybe because I'm not familiar with it). Will take some time getting used to it. Took a while to get Bluetooth the work correctly.
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    4 out of 5

    So far so good

    Written By Anonymous, Indiana on Monday, January 06, 2014
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    Installation went well except or the dash kit. Took a while to figure that out.
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    5 out of 5

    Nice Product, Easy to Install

    Written By kenmikk, West Chester, OH on Thursday, January 02, 2014
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    Purchased this for my daughters '05 Ford 500. Installed easily and allows her to use her iPhone for music.
    Pros:
    Relatively inexpensive and easy to install.
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KD-X250BT

    Written By Anonymous, Anchorage,Alaska on Thursday, January 02, 2014
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    Great stereo, definitely need to read the manual. Otherwise easy to use.
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    5 out of 5

    Great

    Written By Jennifer, Spanish Fort, Al on Thursday, December 26, 2013
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    Great
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    5 out of 5

    just what i was looking for.

    Written By Ironman, Wy on Thursday, December 19, 2013
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    Bluetooth is a little touchy but once you get it set it's kickin'. It's everything you will need and nothing you don't.
    Pros:
    Price, features, performance.
    Cons:
    none
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    4 out of 5

    Good value

    Written By MikeD, Cleveland, OH on Thursday, December 12, 2013
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    Nice unit. Easy to use and like the Pandora and phone BT options. My first attempt to install a radio and it took a few times to get wiring and installation correct but worth the time.
    Pros:
    Bluetooth Pandora with my Samsung S4 phone works great.
    Cons:
    Display a little weak.
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    5 out of 5

    Great stereo

    Written By Anonymous, Las Vegas, Nevada on Tuesday, December 10, 2013
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    This performs exactly as advertised. I love have hands free and bluetooth in my 89 Ford Bronco.
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    5 out of 5

    Pretty nice for the money

    Written By Smiley, Central NY on Thursday, December 05, 2013
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    I was looking for something simple and easy to use and found it. For the price I can't imagine much more in terms of sound and build quality. Not much more to say.
    Pros:
    Good sound, nice and simple looking and operating compared to many other options I considered.
    Cons:
    None
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    4 out of 5

    Great value, easy install (2000 Nissan Frontier)

    Written By Mark F, Erie, PA on Saturday, November 30, 2013
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    I just installed this in my 2000 Nissan Frontier. It's very straightforward, and that's from someone who never did any electrical work before. However, while the wiring harness made everything very easy (and I used the crimp method rather than solder), the install kit is not needed for a 2000 frontier. I used the OEM hardware with not problem, and it looks flawless. Trying to use the install kit would actually have made doing the install harder. I will say detailed vehicle specific instructions for removing the old radio, and installing the new radio were not included, but a quick google search turned up excellent detailed instructions on www.installdr.com. The instructions included for the wiring was phenomenal. The radio works great, and while it's a little more complicated and will take some time to learn all the details, it's a lot more user friendly than the OEM radio in my other car a 2013 Toyota. You won't have the coolest system out there, but it's very functional at a low cost.
    Pros:
    Easy install, nice features for a low cost radio. Pairing with Bluetooth on my Android phone (Droid RAZR MAXX - 907T) was a little complicated, but once it's paired it's easy to use. Customer service was great when I called for two minor questions.
    Cons:
    Will not allow streaming audio (music or Audible books) from my iPhone 4S, and pairing it just for phone use was a pain. No detailed removal and replacement instructions for my vehicle, but as I said that's a minor issue that was easily fixed. The dash install kit was not necessary for my vehicle, and luckily I did some searching for additional info rather than try to use it.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Receiver

    Written By Michael, Albuquerque, NM on Wednesday, November 27, 2013
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    I bought this radio to replace the stock radio in my Wrangler and knew I didn't want to have a CD player. I've had my Jeep for over a year and used my CD player once. This seemed like a good choice and for the money, it couldn't be beat. I'm not very technically inclined, so I ended up paying a local shop to install the radio. As such, I can't speak to the ease of installation. Even with my stock speakers, I can hear a difference in the sound, and anticipate more improvement once I upgrade the speakers. I was able to retain my steering wheel controls and they work as they did with the prior radio. Finally, the bluetooth works well. I've had no complaints about ability to be heard. I've had some trouble connecting my iPod to play music through the unit, but this is not much of an issue, as I always have it connected through the USB to keep it charged while in use.
    Pros:
    Inexpensive, bluetooth works well, good sound quality
    Cons:
    Steering wheel controls can be laggy, but I don't know if that is due to the radio or the interface, streaming music through bluetooth, when I connect my iPod, it will begin playing a track immediately, either a song or a podcast and it may not be what I want to listen to.
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KD-X250BT

    Written By Rafael S, Savannah Ga on Wednesday, November 20, 2013
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    Is over all very good radio
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    4 out of 5

    JVC KD-X250BT

    Written By Duane, ouray, colorado on Tuesday, November 19, 2013
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    It does everything I was wanting my stereo to do. I have an older vehicle, the functions of thus stereo, makes my care feel complete, with functions I want.
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    3 out of 5

    JVC KD-X250BT

    Written By Dave, Loganville, GA on Friday, November 08, 2013
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    Very confusing to operate. Instruction manual is poor. Install instructions are terrible. Still can not even figure out how to adjust the base. If it wasn't so much trouble I would take out and send back.
    Pros:
    Looks good
    Cons:
    Bad instructions, Confusing operation controls.
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    5 out of 5

    AWESOME unit for the price

    Written By Munchkin, San Diego, CA on Saturday, November 02, 2013
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    I was looking for something to replace my stock radio because the lights in it didn't work. I just wanted cheap because I just listen to the radio. I found this and LOVE it. I can play Pandora or music from my phone bluetooth AND I can answer my phone through my stereo. This this thing come with a microphone and verything. I can even change which Pandora station and thumbs up or down the song if I want. I haven't even used the USB on it yet. For the price this is a great unit. The only down side I found is that it doesn't have a CD player, but in todays smart phone world, who needs one. you could even load them onto a flashdrive and use this unit.

    I'm Happy!!
    Pros:
    see the review
    Cons:
    no CD player.
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    4 out of 5

    Perfect Fit?

    Written By Handychef, Wisconsin Rapids, WI on Monday, October 28, 2013
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    Overall, the unit is as advertised. Due to where it is installed, there is a limited amount of space available. One of the determining factors to purchasing this unit was it supposed to fit. I found I needed to do some creative routing of the wiring harness to make it fit. The security tabs didn't engage with the trim installed so it took a little work to get the unit in place.
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    5 out of 5

    WOW!

    Written By TeB, Kamuela, HI on Tuesday, October 22, 2013
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    Ok so first off...I?ve never installed a deck before SO EASILY. The master sheet and the wiring harness instructions were easy to follow, and although there were a couple of wires that threw me off for a sec, it was only because the deck wires were orange/white, and the harness wire was all orange. But if you READ...it?ll tell you what the wires are, and it worked out easily.

    It?s got USB, Aux in, it?s Pandora ready, AND Bluetooth! No CD player on this deck, but tha?s what I wanted. The bluetooth sound quality from my phone is crystal clear, once I got the EQ settings just right. The hands-free phone feature is awesome. I can scroll thru my recent call list and my phone book right on the scree of this deck. For the money, this is an awesome deck. Incredibly easy to install and set-up. I?d recommend this for anyone wanting to use their iPod or phone to hold all their music. I haven?t used the USB input yet, but I am sure it?s just as great sounding. I?m planning to upgrade my speakers, which should also increase the sound quality, and possibly add a small powered sub under the seat. OVERALL I?M EXTREMELY HAPPY WITH THIS PURCHASE.
    Pros:
    Easy to install Great sounding deck (bluetooth and AUX inputs are clear sounding) Decent power. (More than my OEM deck ) Excellent buy for the money!
    Cons:
    The remote is pretty useless. It?s so small, and in the time it takes me to do something with the remote, I can easily just push the buttons on the deck or my phone. But it?s a nice added feature that really isn?t a "con" but just something that I probably won?t use much.
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    5 out of 5

    Great bang for the buck!

    Written By JayK, Troy, MI on Friday, October 18, 2013
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    This is a great aftermarket radio. I replaced it for the factory radio in my 05 Accord. Installation was breeze and wow the sound quality just drastically improved, without replacing the speakers. The radio doesn't play CDs but that didn't matter to me because never use them. Bluetooth connected easily and listening to music is so much better this way. The Pandora works great on the receiver, once I click on it automatically Pandora on my phone starts. I can skip, thumps up and down from the receiver it self. I would highly recommend it everyone as long as they don't need CD player
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    5 out of 5

    Pleasantly Surprised, Great Radio

    Written By Frank R, Howell, NJ on Thursday, October 17, 2013
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    I was looking for replacement for my radio in my 1990 MBZ 500SL that would give me the ability to use my iPhone and Apps to listen to my created playlist and Pandora radio broadcast. The JVC radio gave me everything I wanted an more, I've since replaced the radio's in my son and daughters vehicles and they are happy as well with the product.
    Pros:
    Very easy to install , having the necessary diagrams and wiring harness required to facilitate the swap made the project very easy. I was able to replaced the radio within an hour right in my driveway.
    Cons:
    None to report
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    5 out of 5

    Great Radio - Just what I needed

    Written By Jay, Spring Hill, FL on Saturday, October 05, 2013
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    This is a very nice unit and the size is perfect to fit in my MG. Immediately after install, i took a 2000 mile road trip and the radio functioned perfectly the entire time. Only 3 stars for "ease of use" as it has a LOT of features which are a bit complicated to use.
    Pros:
    Faceplate easy to detach and re-attach. Display is easy to read, even with the top down in bright sunlight. Great sound - loud enough to be heard at speed with the top down. AUX input works well with my Smartphone. Perfect size for retrofit to 30 year old car.
    Cons:
    None so far.
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    5 out of 5

    Great head unit for a great price.

    Written By TheMadMike, Georgia on Tuesday, October 01, 2013
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    Vary happy with this JVC. Great unit and great price. easy to use and works perfectly. I've never paired a bluethooth device before and it was super easy and only took a min. had it paired and playing music on the first try and it work pandora on my phone threw the bluetooth. !00% satisfied with this Media player.
    Pros:
    easy to set up, great price.
    Cons:
    none
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    5 out of 5

    Great upgrade for a great price.

    Written By Anonymous, LI, NY on Monday, September 23, 2013
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    An excellent simple upgrade at a great price. Bluetooth works great with iPhone.
    Pros:
    Easy installation. Bluetooth function works well for music and speakerphone.
    Cons:
    Wiring kit a must but Crutchfield has the right one.
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    3 out of 5

    BlueTooth with iPhone 5

    Written By Lynn, Harrisonburg, VA on Tuesday, September 17, 2013
     
    The unit works well in the bluetooth mode with the iPhone 5. When the iPhone 5 is direct connected to the USB the performance is spotty; sometimes it works as it should, other time it freezes up and requires a reboot. The unit takes fairly long to hook up and begin playing, about 15 - 20 seconds, which seems a bit long. Once it is sync'd with your unit, it works fine and with sufficient speed for all other settings.
    Pros:
    Rock solid with iPhone 5 in Bluetooth mode. Hooks up automatically as you enter the car, which is very convenient. No need to plug anything in to make it link via bluetooth, just hop in and go and the device finds and links to your iPhone and starts playing.
    Cons:
    The unit has problems with inconsistent linking to the iPhone in USB mode, occasionally it freezes up and will never start playing (in USB mode) until the USB cable is unplugged and re-plugged, or the iPhone, JVC unit, or both, are rebooted.
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KD-X250BT

    Written By S B, Dayton, Oh on Saturday, September 14, 2013
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    Haven't had a JVC car receiver since the 80's. Good unit for the money. Works and sounds great.
    Pros:
    Good unit for the money. Easy to use once the controls are learned
    Cons:
    Needs to be shorter in depth to allow for flush install, a rear USB, and main volume knob seems cheap.
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    4 out of 5

    JVC KD-X250BT

    Written By Anonymous, Texas on Saturday, September 07, 2013
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    Connects to my galaxy3 by Bluetooth easy. Reads my 16gig flash drive just fine. Won't pick up a radio station from a town 40 miles away when stock radios in my other cars will. I really like it other than that.
    Pros:
    Bluetooth USB Cost
    Cons:
    Does not pick up radio stations real well.
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    4 out of 5

    Good value

    Written By CL, Simi Valley, CA on Wednesday, September 04, 2013
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    This is a great value for the money. I compared this with other receivers in $200-$250 range and they are not giving me anything more than offered by this receiver. This receiver supports dual phone, bluetooth audio streaming is great, i am not a pro but felt audio playback is better when connecting thru USB (like a flash drive)
    Pros:
    Great price, dual phone support, front USB and aux inputs, good audio playback
    Cons:
    It is not an issue with the receiver, but the new android Jelly Bean OS, does not support USB, instead the audio (or data) transfer is using MTP interface that is not supported by this receiver. Bottom line, you can only connect any Android phone with latest jelly bean OS thru bluetooth and cannot connect for audio play back, worst Nexus 4 could not even charge using the front USB. I tried Samsung Galaxy S4, i could charge using USB port but could not play audio.
    4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KD-X250BT

    Written By JohnA, Palm Desert, CA on Tuesday, September 03, 2013
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    Can't beat the quality for the price. Initially had a little trouble getting the unit to pair with my iPhone 4 but once I figured it out it worked flawlessly.
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    5 out of 5

    Great stereo

    Written By Joe K, Nameless, TN on Tuesday, August 27, 2013
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    I own an earlier version of this unit and I liked it so much that when I bought another vehicle I chose this JVC to install in the second vehicle. There were a few things I didn't like about the older unit but the 250 fixes those minor issues with a different control layout and an improved display. It is relatively easy to operate, it answers and places phone calls, it keeps my phone charged and it just sounds good. It does all this at a very competitive price. I am very pleased with the unit.
    Pros:
    Great sound, Bluetooth, pandora control, inexpensive
    Cons:
    A little bit of a learning curve to operate
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    5 out of 5

    Fantastic, everything worked first try

    Written By EricM, Champaign, Il on Tuesday, August 27, 2013
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    I was impressed with this units ability to connect to my phone on the first try. It also made calls via bluetooth on it's first try.
    Pros:
    Everything worked, first try.
    Cons:
    None!
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    5 out of 5

    Less than 1 hour install!

    Written By JF, Boerne, Tx on Saturday, August 24, 2013
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    I had not tried a DIY car stereo install since the 80's when I almost set my truck on fire :)

    I was apprehensive about trying this one...but it was far easier than I imagined. Thanks Crutchfield!!
    Pros:
    Simple install with custom kit Perfect fit Great Sound quality Easy to operate Hands free phone sound is excellent
    Cons:
    Buttons seems a tad sensitive... easy to double tap
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    5 out of 5

    Great receiver!

    Written By Mike, Greenville, SC on Friday, August 23, 2013
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    I have enjoyed everything about this receiver. The Bluetooth is crystal clear and over all unit sound quality is great! Super easy install with the supplied kit. Thanks, Crutchfield!
    Pros:
    Sound quality and Bluetooth; very easy to use
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    Great

    Written By TomP, Rockford,IL on Thursday, August 15, 2013
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    I love my new toy. Sounds great. I did the install myself in two hours. I'm still trying to figure out how everything works. If I have a problem I look at the instructions. I watched a video on YouTube that showed a guy removing his factory stereo from his Honda Civic. I t really made things easier for me. Ive been using my Ipod thru both the USB and the Bluetooth. Also playing music with a flash drive and my Android phone. I can use my phone hands free after connecting the supplied microphone. Which i install near the bottom of my dash. What more could I want? This item is Great.
    Pros:
    USB port. Bluetooth connectivity. Many equalizer settings.
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    5 out of 5

    Basic car radio

    Written By JackL, Hartsdale, NY on Monday, August 12, 2013
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    I needed something in my 2003 CRV to replace the broken factory radio head unit. I hadn't explored these products for about ten years, so I was very pleased to see how thoroughly manufacturers have incorporated digital media into their most basic units. I selected the JVC because of the price and reputation of the company. I'm not disappointed at all. Installing it was simple, and once I figured out how to connect my Bluetooth devices, the whole setup was painless.

    If you are looking for a no frills head unit to replace your factory unit, this is the one to get.
    Pros:
    Inexpensive, easy to install, good looking.
    Cons:
    A little slow to respond sometimes.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Radio with a low price

    Written By Brian S, Charlottesville, VA on Thursday, August 08, 2013
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    I got this mainly for Bluetooth streaming and hands free calling . This works great for both using a nokia 928
    Pros:
    Great price, great sound.
    Cons:
    none
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    5 out of 5

    Excellent!

    Written By MKEGreg, MKE on Tuesday, August 06, 2013
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    Had this installed for about a week and a half and it a great deal for the price. Hands free calling...check! Google Play Music control....check! Pandora control....check! Flash drive support.....check! No CDs to mess with....check! Plus, this about doubled the storage space in my S197 Mustang (you fellow 'Stangers know) with the leftover compartment from the double din factory space. It was a cinch to install thanks to Crutchfield's excellent instructions and kit. Sound quality is an improvement over the old Shaker 500, but still, I think the factory speakers need replacing to really get the sound where I want it.
    Pros:
    Everything! Overall adds much to the enjoyment of the vehicle, especially if you use a service like Google Play Music, it's like having a million CDs at your disposal in your car.
    Cons:
    I give the build quality a 4, it feels a bit cheap over some other aftermarket stereos I've had in the past, but time will tell.
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    5 out of 5

    JvC radio

    Written By Matthew, Anchorage, AK on Saturday, August 03, 2013
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    This is a great radio for a great price. I'm not sure why any one would pay over 100$ for a radio with a CD player and all the cool features this one has. Or you could not get the CD player and get all the great features and cool looks for a fraction of the price. Overall great head unit and the features are amazing. Work flawlessly. Cool flat black face that is detachable. Would buy this is an instant if you are unsure.
    Pros:
    Easy to install. Good looks. Easy to use. USB plug. Aux cord. Bluetooth. Pandora.
    Cons:
    Nothing at all.
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KD-X250BT

    Written By Douglas, Bellingham, WA on Wednesday, July 24, 2013
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    Crutchfield Reputation lives on. We experienced a stolen car and recovery where by the factory radio/cassette was damaged. Ordering this unit from Crutchfield not only sounds better than factory, but the price of the JVC KD-X250BT is less than the labor alone for the dealer to replace with a factory unit. Really a no-brainer.
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    5 out of 5

    Perfect!

    Written By Ckwalli, St. Petersburg, Fl on Wednesday, July 24, 2013
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    VERY Easy to operate, great phone sound quality, bluetooth connects seamlessly. Would buy it again in a heartbeat!
    Pros:
    phone bluetooth, pandora thumbs-up/down, hands free calling
    Cons:
    none found yet
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    5 out of 5

    good value basic car stereo

    Written By gfc, Heart of Dixie on Tuesday, July 23, 2013
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    I would recommend this unit. It is a good basic unit. Also has bluetooth and usb which adds to the coolness factor. I put this in my 16yo daughters car and she loves it.
    Pros:
    bluetooth and usb
    Cons:
    buttons could be a little larger
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    5 out of 5

    Pleased

    Written By Dioko, Charlotte, NC on Saturday, July 20, 2013
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