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Our take on the JVC KD-X80BT

by Zak Billmeier
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.

Awesome display

A Saturday morning cartoon character from my youth used to say that "knowing is half the battle." With JVC's knockout JVC KD-X80BT digital media receiver in your dash, you'll know more than enough. You'll see plenty of song info, caller info, and Pandora® station info on this baby. And JVC gives you complete control over the look — you can choose from over 30,000 different colors for the left and right sides independently, plus control brightness for each side separately.

Built-in Bluetooth® gives you lots of options

You may know that Bluetooth lets you talk hands-free in your car, but this receiver also allows you to receive text messages and stream music, depending on your phone's features. You iPhone® users can control your favorite PANDORA® Internet Radio stations right through the rear USB port, while you Android™ and Blackberry™ users control your stations through the Bluetooth connection — no wires needed.

Android friendly

JVC's Android 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. So pop your Android phone in a mount, and you can reach down and skip a track without taking your eyes off the road.

Keep two phones connected

The KD-X80BT's built-in Bluetooth lets you pair two phones at once — no need to choose between your personal and business phones. When a call comes in, the receiver will blink either blue or red, so you'll know at a glance if your call is coming from home or the office. To answer a call, just tap the volume knob.

Do more with your USB connection

JVC upped the power in their USB port, which 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.

Build a system

If you've got plans to build a complete car audio system, the KD-X80BT is a great place to start. You'll appreciate three sets of high-power, 4.8-volt preamp outputs when it's time to add amps and subs — you can even tweak your bass level right from your dash. You'll also get a rear auxiliary input for hooking up more 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.

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

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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
    • fold-down face with a 4-line display
    • USB 1A connection charges devices quicker
    • built-in iPod control
    • control PANDORA® from your iPhone, Android, or Blackberry smartphone
    • Android app for gesture control over playback
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (20 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • Separated Variable Color display
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • 24-bit digital-to-analog converter
    • high- and low-pass filters
    • 3-band parametric equalizer
    Expandability:
    • inputs: two rear USB ports, rear auxiliary input
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (4.8-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
    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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    6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs
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    Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs
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    No
    Preamp Voltage
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    4.8 volts
    Display Color
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    Variable
    Key Button Color
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    Variable
    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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    Rear
    USB Input
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    Rear
    Memory Card Slot
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    USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible
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    Included
    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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    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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    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 (inside face-case)
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Trim ring (installed)
    • Wiring harness
    • KS-UBT1 USB Bluetooth adapter (installed in rear USB port)
    • 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)
    • Face-case
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • 2 Face-fixing clips
    • Instructions (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • Installation/Connection Manual (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • US Warranty Sheet
    • Canadian Warranty Card
    • Product Registration Card/Questionnaire
    • "Caution!" note (attached to wiring harness)
    • "USB Caution" note
    • USB Bluetooth Adapter instructions
    • "The countries where you may use the Bluetooth function" note
    • Face-fixing note

    Our Product Research Team

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    Built-in Bluetooth
    USB/Aux Inputs
    iPod/iPhone Control
    Pandora Internet Radio
    Remote Control
    AM/FM Tuner
    Audio Section
    Display Features
     

    Built-in Bluetooth

    USB Bluetooth Adapter: The JVC KD-X80BT comes supplied with a USB Bluetooth Adapter (KS-UBT1) which is pre-installed into the head unit's rear-panel USB 1 input, making the KD-X80BT Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR certified. The KD-X80BT supports Bluetooth hands-free communication and wireless audio streaming.

    Note: The USB Bluetooth Adapter (KS-UBT1) must remain plugged into the rear-panel USB 1 port, or can also be installed in the head unit's rear-panel USB 2 port.

    Bluetooth Technology: Bluetooth is a two-way wireless communication system allowing you to make and receive phone calls wirelessly from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, as well as wirelessly stream audio from your Bluetooth enabled portable music player using the JVC in-dash digital media receiver. Bluetooth wireless technology operates on a 2.4GHZ frequency band within a range of approximately 10 meters (about 33 feet).

    Bluetooth Profiles: 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 (Hands Free Profile), OPP (Object Push Profile), PBAB (Phone Book Access Profile).
    • Audio Streaming: A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).

    Pairing: Your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone or digital audio player must be paired with KD-X80BT 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).

    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 head unit. See JVC's Bluetooth compatibility chart for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled devices.

    External Microphone: The JVC KD-X80BT 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 level 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). This unit does not offer an integrated front-panel microphone.

    Bluetooth Hands-Free Communication: The head unit supports Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. The controls of the KD-X80BT 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 (front or all). During a conversation, you can switch between the Private Mode (talking directly on your cell phone) and the Hands Free Mode.

    • Answering A Call: When a call comes in, a ring-tone will be heard through your vehicle's speaker, the head unit's display will flash (Ring Color), and the caller's name or phone number will be displayed. You can answer the call from the KD-X80BT's front-panel controls, or setup the head unit to automatically answer the incoming call. You can adjust the head unit's ring color from the unit's 29 preset colors or 30,000 custom colors.
    • Dialing A Number: Using the KD-X80BT, 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-X80BT. If you phonebook contains a lot of contact numbers, you fast search (+/-10, 100, or 1000) through the phonebook by using the unit's control dial. You can also do an A-Z search to scroll the downloaded phonebook. Up to 5,000 numbers can be stored for each registered cell phone. Each number can be up to 32 digits long.
      • 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.

    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: The JVC KD-X80BT also supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth enabled audio player or smartphone. The KD-X80BT will be able to control basic playback functions of your Bluetooth device's stored music; such as Play/Pause, Skip Next/Previous, and Fast Forward/Rewind. The head unit will also display your stored music's song information; such as Song and Album title. The KD-X80BT also supports audio streaming of music apps (such as iHeartRadio, SiriusXM, Rhapsody, & Slacker) , but without control or metadata. You will continue to use your Bluetooth enabled smartphone to view and control streaming music apps.

    Note: 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.

    USB/Aux Inputs

    Dual USB Ports: The JVC KD-X80BT features two rear-panel USB 2.0 type-A ports (attached to a 45" pigtail) 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 ports enable audio playback and control of MP3, WMA, & WAV audio files stored on portable USB mass-storage class devices. Both of the USB terminals can be connected to USB devices at the same time. USB portable audio players that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the digital media receiver's USB port (5V/1A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On. You cannot connect a USB device via a USB hub or Multi-Card Reader to this unit.

    Note: The rear-panel USB 1 port comes with the KS-UBT1 Bluetooth adapter installed. The Bluetooth adapter must remain installed for Bluetooth functionality. It can be removed to allow connection of a second USB (MSC) device.

    Drive Change Mode (for BlackBerry and Android): JVC's Drive Change Mode lets you connect your Android or BlackBerry smartphone (that uses an external memory card) directly to the head unit, via USB. Drive Change Mode will let you switch between your Android or 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.

    Playable Files: The JVC KD-X80BT supports the following types of MP3/WMA/WAV files loaded onto a USB mass storage class device. The USB device must be formatted in FAT 12/16/32. The digital media receiver can support up to a total of 20000 files, 2000 folders, and 999 filer per folder.

    File Type File Extension Bit Rate Sampling Frequency Tags
    MP3 .mp3 8-320 kbps 16, 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1, 48 kHz ID3 tag (version 1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4)
    WMA .wma 5-320 kbps 8-48 kHz WMA tag
    WAV .wav 705 or 1411 kbps 44.1 kHz N/A

    ID3/WMA Tags: The unit also supports ID3 and WMA tags for display of album and artist information. The unit can display up to 128 characters.

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

    Quick Search: You can search for your MP3, WMA, or WAV music tracks alphabetically (A-Z) or numerically (0-9).

    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.

    Rear-Panel Auxiliary Input: A rear-panel stereo minijack is provided to allow the connection of a portable audio source. Simply connect your portable digital music player to the unit's rear-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 rear-panel auxiliary input can be turned On or Off.

    Optional Input Adapter: An optional JVC Line Input Adapter (469JVCRCA or 257KSU58, both sold separately) may be used to provide an additional auxiliary audio input on this unit. This feature allows you to connect a portable audio player, such as a portable MP3 player, to this unit as an additional audio source. The adapter connects to the proprietary J-port on the rear-chassis of the head unit.

    iPod/iPhone Control

    iPod/iPhone Direct: The JVC KD-X80BT's rear-panel USB port can acts as an iPod/iPhone high-speed direct connection when used with the dock-to-USB 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.

    iPod DAC Bypass: The USB connection allows your iPod/iPhone's stored music 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.

    iPod/iPhone 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: From the head unit's front-panel controls you can search for music by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Podcast, Genre, Composer, and Audiobooks. Once a Playlist or Category is selected, you can search for your iPod's music alphabetically (A-Z) or numerically (0-9). The KD-X80BT also supports Repeat (file/all) and Random (album/all) playback functions of your iPod/iPhone.
    • iPod: 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.
    • External (App Mode): External Mode lets you enjoy audio content from your downloaded music Apps (such as iHeartRadio, SiriusXM, Rhapsody, & Slacker) and driver assistant Apps (such as Trapster) streamed to your Apple iPhone, through the JVC KD-X80BT. You will continue to use your iPhone's touchscreen to navigate and view your apps; the head unit will only display the clock and "EXT Mode".

    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 Display: The KD-X80BT will display your iPod/iPhone's music file 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 title, and Album label.

    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.

    iPod Compatibility Chart: The JVC KD-X80BT is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 9/19/2013):

    iPod Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Pandora app Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod App mode Artist/Song Text Track Info
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N N Y Y N Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N N Y Y N Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    7th 1.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    4th 6.0 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    5th 7.0 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5C 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5S 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    2 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    3 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    4 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    mini 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y 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.

    Pandora Internet Radio

    Pandora Internet Radio Control: The JVC KD-X80BT digital media receiver lets you playback and control the Pandora Internet Radio music service that is being streamed to your Apple iPhone, Android smartphone, or BlackBerry. While providing control over the Pandora music service, the KD-X80BT also displays Artist, Album, and Song information. You can select Pandora stations from your station list; you can sort the station list by date or alphabetically (A-Z). You can also skip song tracks within a station. In addition, you can also give songs a thumbs up/down and bookmark songs/artists.

    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 App for iPhone: The JVC KD-X80BT lets you playback and control Pandora Internet Radio streamed to your connected Apple iPhone, via the USB/iPod connector cable (included with your iPhone). To access Pandora you must have an Apple iPhone (iOS5 or later) with the latest version of the Pandora App from the Apple's iTunes App Store. Your iPhone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. You will also need a Pandora music service account.

    Pandora via Android or BlackBerry: The JVC KD-X80BT also lets you playback and control Pandora Internet Radio streamed from your Android or BlackBerry smartphone, via Bluetooth (no hard-wired connection required). Your Android or BlackBerry smartphone must have the latest version of the Pandora App from the Android Market or the BlackBerry App World. Your Android or BlackBerry smartphone must also be Bluetooth A2DP/AVRCP/SPP certified and 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.

    Remote Control

    Wireless Remote Control: The KD-X80BT 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).

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

    • Information Display: The JVC Smart Report App will display Song information such as Song title, Artist name, and Album label from a connected USB mass storage class device on your Android Smartphone. It also displays AM/FM station frequency # and name. In addition, it provides source, EQ, and playback mode indicator icons.
    • Gesture Control Operation: 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).

    Note: The free JVC Smart Remote App can be downloaded from the Android Market onto your compatible Android smartphone. requires that your Android smartphone have Android OS 2.1, 2.2, or 2.3 installed; as well as Bluetooth SPP support.

    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.

    AM/FM Tuner

    AM/FM Tuner: The JVC KD-X80BT features a built-in AM/FM tuner with manual, seek, and preset tuning.

    RDS: The Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast information such as artist, title, and album when listening to compatible AM/FM stations.

    Preset Tuning: You can store a total of 18 FM stations presets and 6 AM station presets. The radio allows you to set your AM/FM stations manually or automatically.

    Radio Timer: You can 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 Filter: You can also switch the tuner's IF filter to Wide or Auto to increase/decrease the sensitivity.

    Mono: If an analog FM stereo broadcast is hard to receive, you can manually switch the tuner to Mono operation.

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

    Audio Section

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The JVC KD-X80BT utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The KD-X80BT 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-X80BT 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-X80BT 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-X80BT 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.

    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.

    Pro EQ: The KD-X80BT 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

    Source Link EQ: This feature allows you to store Pro EQ bass, middle and treble tone settings for each source (Bluetooth, AM/FM, Aux, USB, iPod, and Pandora).

    Loud (Loudness): This feature boosts low and high frequencies to produce a well-balanced sound at a low volume level. You can turn this feature on or off.

    4.8V/6CH Preamp Output: The KD-X80BT is equipped with three pair of 4.8V preamp outputs (Front/Rear/Subwoofer). The front & rear preamp outputs offer balance/fade control and are designed to hookup to a full-range 4-channel amplifier. The subwoofer preamp output is non-fading and designed to hookup to a mono-block subwoofer amplifier.

    Subwoofer Controls: The JVC KD-X80BT offers the following subwoofer controls, when you have the unit's subwoofer preamp output activated.

    • Low Pass Crossover: The receiver features a built-in Low Pass Crossover for subwoofer preamp output. You can select from 55 Hz, 85 Hz, 120 Hz, or off.
    • Subwoofer Level: Once the Subwoofer preamp output is activated, you can independently control the subwoofer preamp output level (0-8) from the digital media receiver.

    High-Pass Crossover: When activate the subwoofer preamp output's low pass crossover, you can also activate a high-pass filter (fixed at low-pass filter frequency) for the unit's front & rear channels (speaker- or preamp-level), so low frequency signals are cut off from your system's front & rear speakers.

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

    Display Features

    Detachable Fold-Down Display: The JVC KD-X80BT features a manual fold-down face-plate with a 3-line alphanumeric-text display. The JVC KD-X80BT's face-plate is detachable to deter theft. A hard-plastic face-case is provided. Two face-fixing clips are supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired. An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can also be purchased for this unit.

    Variable Color LCD & Key Illumination: The JVC KD-X80BT features 29 color presets for the LCD and button illumination. You can choose one of these color presets or select the ColorFlow mode which scrolls through all 29 color presets. Additionally, there is a User preset, allowing you to individually adjust the intensity of Red, Green, and Blue from 0 to 31; resulting in approximately 30,000 custom color options. The chosen color preset or custom color can be applied to the display panel and the backlighting for all the buttons except the eject button (it remains red). You can choose to use the same color for the LCD display and button illumination, or use a separate color for each one. You can also select a different color for daytime and nighttime in regards to the unit's LCD and button illumination.

    LCD Type: You can select between a Negative or Positive pattern for the display. You can also set the unit to automatically switch to a Positive LCD pattern during the day and a negative LCD pattern during the night.

    Brightness/Contrast: The unit offers an adjustable display and button illumination brightness level (0-31) for day and nighttime driving. You can also adjust the display contrast (0-8) to make the display clearer and more legible.

    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).

     
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    5 out of 5

    GOOD

    Written By JOHNDOE, Wiesbaden GERMANY on Monday, August 25, 2014
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    For the price this is a good unit. The bluetooth works flawlessly with the iphone 5 model as advertised.
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    5 out of 5

    Great simple head unit

    Written By Wendell, Crownpoint, NM on Friday, May 30, 2014
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    Purchased on a minimal budget and out performed our expectations. Granted this head unit doesn't have a CD player, if you're into the mp3 and music digital age as far as smartphones, iPods and Bluetooth - then this product is for you! Great at offering different mediums of input (aux, 2 X USB & Bluetooth) and provides EXCELLENT sound quality and multi pre-amp outputs. Great factory replacement if looking for something simple and loud. The look and feel is amazing for picky customization color choosers. Simple 15-20 minute set up and great deal for brand and value.
    Pros:
    TONS of colors to choose from and two sided color display. Expansion port is great for adding Serius XM Radio adaptor. The fold down face is great if you want a dark drive at night. and a detachable face adds to the security of this unit. VERY SIMPLE set up and instructions are easy to follow.
    Cons:
    IF you use an iPod and have TONS of music on your device or phone. The scroll menu doesn't offer a feature to instantly go back to where you were in the menu you choose a file from. You ALWAYS have to scroll your Artists, Albums, Songs etc from the beginning. I have over 11,000 songs on my iPod and it becomes very tedious to start from the very beginning all the time. That honestly the only bummer and drawback from this head unit. FYI
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    4 out of 5

    Good Unit

    Written By Ted, Central Valley, California on Tuesday, May 27, 2014
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    I upgraded from an Alpine media receiver to this because I needed the dual bluetooth for my personal and work phones. Install was a snap. Wiring harnesses were self explanatory. Best part is my self powered sub sounds so much better, as does the overall sound. Definitely an upgrade from my Alpine.
    Pros:
    Sound Quality Bluetooth Ease of use
    Cons:
    Display is rather sophomoric. All the information is there, but it seems less than what I'm used to. Probably won't be that big a deal once I figure it all out.
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    5 out of 5

    The Best

    Written By JDB, Texas on Friday, May 09, 2014
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    Installed in 04 Toyota Sequoia with factory JBL package. This is simply the best media playing deck out there for your music! I researched and researched until I finally decided on this deck. I have no complaints! I can't say enough about this unit. I am very happy with it and wish it hadn't taken me so long to decide! If you have a huge music library, listen to Pandora, Satellite, Spiritual, or just regular radio this is the best for your money!
    Pros:
    Everything about this deck is spot on and then some!
    Cons:
    None that I can find!
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KD-X80BT

    Written By Anonymous, Baltimore, MD on Saturday, May 03, 2014
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    Excellent radio easy use iphone hookup with cable or Bluetooth
    Pros:
    Control iPod or iPhone thru radio without touching device
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    5 out of 5

    JVC HEAD UNIT

    Written By Rinde, NY NY on Thursday, April 24, 2014
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    Excellent product although may need a year to learn how to use all the cool features
    Pros:
    Ease of install, food sound quality
    Cons:
    Big learning process to use all features
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    5 out of 5

    Jvc

    Written By Rusty, Mckenzie, tn on Thursday, April 03, 2014
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    Works great and the Bluetooth is so easy to use
    Pros:
    Bluetooth, 2 USB, aux port, great sound, can keep steering wheel controls
    Cons:
    No CD player, hard to remove faceplate
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KD-X80BT

    Written By Anonymous, Trussville, al on Thursday, April 03, 2014
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    I love this radio!!! I was able to match the radio's color with the instrument color. The Bluetooth was easy to set up and it has a clean look.
    Pros:
    No USB on the front of the radio.
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    Great HU

    Written By DennisA, Asheville, NC on Wednesday, January 29, 2014
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    Great HU, I Installed this in my '96 Range Rover, (which is a PITA, you know what I mean if you have one). I was planning on opening the doors and cutting out the installed amps because of the expected squeal and distortion I've had with several other replacement HU's. It's not there :) Great sound, worked right out of the box. Some distortion at full volume, but I think that's the 19 year old paper cones.

    The bluetooth phone connection is something I've never had before and I love it, simple to pair with my Galaxy SIII, picks up right where I left off, automatically when I get back in my truck. The USB Bluetooth adapter takes one of the 2 USB cords, which is a bit silly, they could've used one cord and a frame-mount USB plug, just to clean up the install a bit, but that's not a deal breaker.
    Pros:
    6 pre-amp outs, but don't think I'll need them. Included Bluetooth adapter Easy, intuitive menu system, Easy to read screen Not overloaded with buttons you can't see/read while driving.
    Cons:
    LONG usb cables, one taken up by the Bluetooth adapter, add unnecessary clutter in an already tight install space.
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    3 out of 5

    Good, but not great

    Written By vegetation, Damascus, OR on Tuesday, January 21, 2014
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    I purchased this as a replacement for my recently-deceased Pioneer DEH-P9800BT. The JVC is an improvement over the Pioneer in most ways. First, the good: * Automatically connects to a Bluetooth phone * Displays the artist, track, and title information via Bluetooth from Android sources (Google Play, Pandora). * Has Bluetooth Pandora-specific control mode to allow for "Thumbs Up" / "Thumbs Down" on a song.

    Now, the bad: * The LCD display is horrible - there is very little contrast between the foreground and background colors. The first picture that shows the perfect white on black is NOT a Crutchfield photo, it is a stock photo from JVC that is deceptive. You will NEVER be able to get the display to look like that. The rest of the pictures are an accurate representation of the display. * The sound quality is acceptable, but certainly not "good". Even though there is a parametric EQ, you still only have three "bands" with very limited frequency range. You can adjust the "Q" (frequency width), but it needs more bands to be useful. * Although it automatically connects to Bluetooth phones, it takes a LONG time to do it (up to 90 seconds). * You can adjust the color of the buttons and LCD display individually or both together, but even in the "together" mode, the color between the buttons and the LCD are noticeably different from each other. You'll never get the color of the two to match perfectly. * Comes with a key fob wireless remote. This is a completely useless.
    Pros:
    Versatile Variable-color display Many Bluetooth profiles to allow for display of song, artist, and title information, as well as control Android audio applications.
    Cons:
    Poor sound quality Horrendous LCD display Takes a long time to connect to Bluetooth sources Low output power to USB ports results in very slow charging Included wireless remote key fob serves no purpose but to drive the price up Colors between buttons and LCD display never match completely Display is too small to display all of the information Pandora has to offer, although you can cycle through various "Disp" settings to see different items on different screens. No USB media support for
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    2 out of 5

    Recommend against

    Written By JohnS, San Jose, CA on Saturday, November 23, 2013
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    I recommend against buying this unit. Build quality is fine & sound quality is excellent, but several key features fail for me. I bought this unit to be a "Digital Medial Player"...but is seems this unit is more like a stripped down CD player that has bluetooth. It's funny how this unit isn't any better at digital media than any bluetooth-enabled CD player. The main areas that fail for me are:
    1) When playing music on my iPhone (iPod mode) via Bluetooth, you can't pause music...you can only mute the music. This makes no sense to me, and my wife's $20 cigarette lighter/ bluetooth-to-FM gadget that I bought at the auto parts store lets her pause her iPod via bluetooth. To get the pause to work, you need to hook the iPhone up via USB.
    2) It frequently looses USB connection to the iPhone, most often after a phone call...and it switches to the FM source (I never listen to FM).
    3) The bluetooth phone isn't good. The mic-side (people hearing me) is OK, but often they complain about extreme echo even when the Echo Cancel mode is on. On the speaker side (me hearing others) you can't control the sound EQ, so it inherits your fade/balance from other modes. So in my car where I have fade to the rear (which sounds best for music) it sounds like the other callers are under the rear seat (very muffled).
    Again, good music quality, but nothing really special, and several very annoying issues. If this unit was $99, I would keep it, but at this price I'm returning it.
    Pros:
    Good build quality. Good music sound quality. Lots of illumination color matching options
    Cons:
    Can't pause Bluetooth music (only mute). Bluetooth phone mic & sound poor. Flakey USB connectivity. Not well thought out controls. Seems like it's simply a crippled CD player that isn't any better at digital music than any CD player. Face-plate really difficult to re-attach.
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    4 out of 5

    excellent product, great customization

    Written By carlito sway, balmer, merland on Sunday, October 27, 2013
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    really the only downsides have to do with the genre itself, and thus are not the fault of JVC or this model. sorry, but garish is just not "cool" - i want clean, efficient, neutral even - blends in with my vehicle and doesnt scream 'steal me.' no option on the market looks this way. period. all that said, its a great head with great power and customizations; dont want something to show on the main menu? like any good operating system (*ahem* winblows, this is for you!) you SHOULD be able to adjust what content you want to show where. the kenwood i had purchased not two months before (and that i returned for this model) made me scroll through all 17 (seemingly) sources as i went from radio to bluetooth and back. the JVC? it just let me turn off the ones i dont use so as to not be in my way. subtle things like this win this deck solid points.
    Pros:
    good power, fairly simple to set up / use, good HPF / LPF / SUB options, not TOO ugly
    Cons:
    not too pretty either, lots of flash (why does the face detach? why does it fold down? can we not move past this?), needs less appeal to guys who wear polyester shirts with dragons or flames on them (or i guess now its sailer jerry).
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    4 out of 5

    JVC KD-X80BT

    Written By Bruce K, Boulder Creek, CA on Tuesday, August 06, 2013
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    This receiver works great, and was easy to install. It pairs with my IPhone flawlessly. I use it to listen to Pod Casts, and Pandora in my car. An excellent value.
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    5 out of 5

    Great JVC Product

    Written By Jake, Ohio on Thursday, July 25, 2013
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    Excellent unit. Blue tooth sounds terrific.
    Cons:
    Interface takes a minute to get used to but works well
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KD-X80BT

    Written By marcus, tucson az on Saturday, July 13, 2013
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    Its great and everything I wanted
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    4 out of 5

    JVC KD-X80BT

    Written By Anonymous, Mentor, OH on Thursday, May 09, 2013
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    Very nice head unit, able to retain my Sirius subscription. Price is a little high considering unit doesn't have a CD player (not that I need one). Also the Bluetooth should be built in considering the price, not an add on to one of the USB inputs. Which brings me to another point, be aware that there are not really two USB inputs due to this last point. Speaking of the BT, it connects easily and works well, good sound quality when using it. Sirius works well, sounds good, signal doesn't drop as much as my 10 yr. old Kenwood unit. I have only used these two sources, both work well and sound good. Display is easy enough to see, but would like to able to customize it, instead of having just 3 set options. Again especially at this price point. The scroll option (holding the display button in) is a joke. It seems to work sporadically. The display should just scroll automatically whenever song title or artist info. is too long. The menu takes a little getting use to, once you do, it is easy enough to use. Initially I was not thrilled with the absence of preset buttons, but again once I got used to using the presets within the menu, I find them pretty easy to use.

    All in all I am very satisfied with this unit.
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    5 out of 5

    love this digital media player

    Written By lt, Pennsylvania on Wednesday, May 01, 2013
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    Awesome. I bought the first one for my Mercedes. Bought another for my explorer. IPod works flawless. Samsung GSIII also works perfectly through Bluetooth
    Pros:
    Ease of use. Display is perfect. Works great with android and Apple
    Cons:
    Call quality
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KD-X80BT

    Written By RJb, San Antonio, TX on Wednesday, May 01, 2013
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    Crutchfield team knew what to provide me for my installation in my 2004 Chrysler Crossfire. The local stereo installers had no clue. So I bought from Crutchfield and the install was simple and worked to perfection. My sound is way better than the factory head and I now have Bluetooth streaming and hands free calling from our iPhones.
    Pros:
    Easy install using Crutchfield team instructions.
    Cons:
    None.
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    5 out of 5

    First jvc - happy!

    Written By Taco05, Wisconsin on Monday, April 29, 2013
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    Replaced stock radio in my Tacoma mainly for the ability to connect ipod/flash drive to listen to music. Routed the mic for the bluetooth through the roof headliner and mounted next to the map lights - everyone says I sound great. Connecting to my Iphone was simple and took about 30 seconds. Now, every time the radio is powered, it automatically connects to my phone. I even changed the color display to turn green when incoming calls are received. Have not figured out how to display incoming text messages yet but really have not investigated that much yet. Having two rear USB's and the AUX allowed me to run the wires into my glove box and keep the unsightly wires hidden. Connected 8g flash drive with folders and the unit easily scrolls through like you were opening on a PC/MAC. Ipod controlls were very similar and did not take long to figure out how to navigate through songs and playlists. The bluetooth from my Iphone works well and the music comes through very clear. Wish there was a way to skip ahead or backwords from the head unit to control the phones music lists. Maybe there is....learned the basics first, will fine tune when more time allows. I have always bought Kenwood/Pioneer in the past but after two weeks, I am very happy with my purchase.
    Pros:
    When bluetooth is connected to your phone, displays the battery and signal strength so you can keep the phone in pocket and still see the basics.
    Cons:
    The source button is small and right above (almost behind) the volume/control knob. Would be much better located elsewhere on the unit.
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KD-X80BT

    Written By Rudy, Seattle on Monday, April 29, 2013
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    Love it! Should have got it sooner!
    Pros:
    No CD to store or worry abt them being scatch!
    Cons:
    No CD lol
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    5 out of 5

    Brilliant!

    Written By D, AZ on Monday, April 22, 2013
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    Put it in my wife's Jeep and it is great!
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    5 out of 5

    My first JVC product.....and I love it !!

    Written By KevinW, San Diego on Sunday, April 21, 2013
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    In the past, I've always had Alpine and Sony ES receivers. I was looking for a good digital media receiver for my TJ Rubicon. I mulled over the Alpine iDA-x305, another Alpine, another JVC, a Sony and a Kenwood. I eventually settled on this JVC. I wanted a rear USB output, RDS info for the AM/FM tuner, and excellent iPOD controls. With the JVC, I received all of this and more. I do wish that there were a few more buttons, especially for direct selection of radio presets.
    Pros:
    iPOD controls, color controls, RDS, readable display in sunlight
    Cons:
    no direct selection preset buttons
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KD- X80BT

    Written By David T, Pawleys Island, SC on Saturday, April 20, 2013
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    Great radio, great system, awesome support!
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    2 out of 5

    $200 paperweight

    Written By Adam C, Goshen, NY on Friday, April 19, 2013
     
    I have been a Crutchfield customer since 1999 and have spent tens of thousands of dollars with them. I have been 100% satisfied with every purchase...until now. I bought this unit 7 months ago because the Crutchfield sales rep I spoke to said JVC units are highly compatible and functional with Droids. After probably a dozen calls to tech support, here are my issues:

    1) The sub preamp outputs flat out don't work. I get no base response with Pandora streaming and slight sub movement on FM stations with the sub amp pegged out.

    2) It is hardly compatible with my Droid Razr Maxx HD. Pandora will usually stream but I get no artist, song or album info...just an error that flashes "STOP" or "PAUSE" over-top of whatever is on the display...including the clock, making it unreadable. Skipping tracks on Pandora does work, but the thumbs up and down do not. It seems to work well with my girlfriend's iPhone 4, however.

    3) I love the sleek design and large display, but you sacrifice functionality. Just setting an FM preset is so counter-intuitive I've had to refer to the manual basically every time I want to set a station. And without preset buttons you have to remember which station is where in your line-up and arrow up or down to find it...often leading you from preset #1 to preset #32 instead of preset #2. And despite the size of the display, reading text is extremely difficult.

    4) It likes to randomly unpair with my phone...usually in the middle of playing Pandora

    Pros:
    5) The Bluetooth is spotty and I often have issues making and receiving calls and have complaints of echos from whoever I'm talking to. 6) Playing music off my iPod of an iPhone through the Aux-in sounds horrendous...basically static! Crutchfield said I could call JVC and get a new unit because of the known preamp issues. Not true. JVC customer support told me that the warranty only covers repairs so I have to drive over an hour to my closest JVC preferred service center.
    Cons:
    I called the repair center JVC referred me to and they told me that they haven't serviced JVC units in over 20 years. This service center is even listed on the JVC website! On top of that, the rep from JVC copped a serious attitude with me for no apparent reason. I was much more courteous on the phone than I am being in this review because I know you catch more flies with honey but I am fed up! JVC is garbage. Save your money.
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    4 out of 5

    Great Product

    Written By Solar Tech, Oregon on Wednesday, April 03, 2013
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    I like it. Overall a great unit, pretty easy to navigate. I wish it would load USB mass storage faster, but I do have over 15,000 songs for it to read. It would also be great if it allowed you to create and store playlists from USB Mass Storage.
    Pros:
    Looks, functionality, sound quality
    Cons:
    Load time on USB mass storage, no playlist capability
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    3 out of 5

    Replaced my 15 yo tape/cd HU

    Written By Chris, Gettysburg, PA on Sunday, March 17, 2013
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    I'm on my 2nd unit after the first one decided to give up. The first one lasted about 2 and a half months then became completely unresponsive and wouldn't turn on. I called Crutchfield and had a new one in 2 days. This is why you buy expensive electronics gear from a retailer that cares about it's customers! I was even over the 60 day return policy and had a smooth transition with the new unit and customer support.

    The unit itself - Very nice looking and customizable. The radio presets are a little confusing but reception is acceptable. The unit feels good, although the buttons feel a little cheap. Call quality is great with the bluetooth and syncs within a few seconds after turning on. Overall it's a great unit for the price, looks very nice and operates the way it should (if it turns on) Can't give it 5 stars because of the death of the first unit. Hopefully this isn't a continuous problem with these headunits. also can;t beat buying from crutchfield...if I had bought this somewhere else I would have had to go through JVC warranty and could have taken weeks to get fixed/replaced.
    Pros:
    Looks good Sound quality is great
    Cons:
    Prone to premature death
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    5 out of 5

    My new stereo

    Written By PattyH, Fruita, CO on Thursday, March 14, 2013
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    I love this new stereo - it's makes a perfect combination with my iphone and ipod! I don't even miss the CD player.
    Pros:
    I can't think of anything negative about this stereo.
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    4 out of 5

    Overall very happy

    Written By LI_Dave, Stony Brook, NY on Sunday, February 10, 2013
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    A very nice unit that does everything I could have asked for. I haven't done any aftermarket audio in decades and it is truly amazing what you get for your money these days. The sound quality is great, install went well. Looks amazing in the dash of my 2002 F150. Only two minor "complaints". First is the user interface. The issue here is probably not unique to this unit, but I suspect all these modern receivers pack a ton of features into only a few buttons and knobs. It is never really obvious which controls do what. I'm learning, but you will spend a lot of time getting comfortable with this thing. I wish it were a little more intuitive. The second issue I have found is that at least in my vehicle putting the microphone in the suggested spot on the steering column is producing marginal audio quality on the other end of the call. I haven't relocated it yet, but I'm planning on moving it up to somewhere near the sun visor to get it closer to my mouth. Fortunately the cable on the supplied microphone is long enough to do this. Will comment back on my results.
    Pros:
    Value for the $, Bluetooth functionality. Ease of install, Sound Quality. AM and FM reception are VERY good.
    Cons:
    User interface is a bit convoluted.
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    5 out of 5

    Wish I had bought one sooner

    Written By janette, Sebastian, Fl on Sunday, January 27, 2013
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    Great bluetooth stereo for the car. Works great with our Samsung Galaxy SIII phones. Pandora, Tune In, Google Play, and music all work great.
    Pros:
    connects easily to multiple phones phone menus are easy to use
    Cons:
    phone calls echo sometimes
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    2 out of 5

    Good in concept, horrible execution

    Written By Wayne, NVA on Wednesday, January 23, 2013
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    I normally do not go out of my way to write bad reviews but I am doing it for this unit. I purchased this because I use my phone for pretty much everything including playing music. I have the top android phone on the market as I write this and this unit has a hard time staying connected to it. The JVC unit will do things on its own such as decide you want to give it a voice command when you have no such in intention. Probably the most annoying thing though is having to reestablish the Bluetooth connection of the phone to the receiver CONSTANTLY. If you turn your vehicle off you must go into the phone, turn of the Bluetooth and turn it back on, then choose the JVC unit again and wait for it to connect. One of the reasons I bought this is so that it would be easier to use than an AUX input for music. (Thought it would be easier to keep your eyes on the road.) As it is, it is much harder and more involved. For some reason the clarity it plays the voice from the phone changes from muddled to clear and I have not been able to figure out why yet. If you step exactly on the line and make no mistakes you can use this receiver with your phone marginally well. There are few choices in the category and this is why I am keeping it along with the fact you can do hands free calling. All in all though and unimpressive device. NOTE to manufactures. Android is the more prominent OS not the iPhone. Build quality devices for Android or lose customers.
    Pros:
    Excellent sound quality. Fairly easy to understand information displayed on the screen when the Bluetooth connection is actually working. Fairly easy to navigate through the menu system. NOTE: Crutchfield has always been an EXCELLENT company to buy from. Not of this units lacking qualities has anything to do with the excellent service they provide.
    Cons:
    Bluetooth connection is constantly needing to be reestablished Unit decides you want to give it voice commands when you dont. Have to hope it will figure out you dont so you can use the receiver as you intended. Purchased this for a more hands-free experience and instead ended up more of one. Not sure why the device was created with a removable face but as it is, the attachment of the face to the unit is created in cheap plastic. Can see it breaking easily if used a great deal.
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    4 out of 5

    Unit Good; Crutchfield ok

    Written By Rub-a-Dub, Norfolk, VA on Saturday, January 12, 2013
     
    Car:1996 Porsche 911; purchase: Dec 2012. After purchasing my 16year old 911 in Oct, I knew I had to replace the receiver as the original was dead. In doing some research, I ended up settling on this JVC unit based on features (Bluetooth, USB, Aux, Phone, remote), name, and price point. So, as a Christmas gift, this is what I pointed my wife towards and specifically asked to purchase from Crutchfield to ensure I'd have a smooth install. Upon trying to install the unit, the first hurdle I ran into was that I had no diagram or keys to remove the old unit. One of the reason I directed my wife to purchase from Crutchfield was that I expected to have all tools and diagrams...not so much. I ended up researching how to remove the unit and purchased the removals keys from Amazon for $5 or $6. Once removed, it was a matter of matching the JVC's wires to the Crutchfield supplied harness. A quick trip to the local hardware store got me some connectors and helped finalize the install. Long-story-short: I'm still toying with the receiver and learning to use it and it's features. So far, I like what I see; I'll come back after some more time. With regard to the Crutchfield purchase, I expected more for the $189++ - proper install diagram, removal keys, wire connectors (all fairly simple and inexpensive items). Although the supplied wire harness is truly helpful, I could have purchased the unit from elsewhere for about $40 less, then buy wire harness.
    Pros:
    Features for the price: 2x USB, bluetooth, Aux inputs; rainbow of color options
    Cons:
    None yet for the unit; Crutchfield lack of proper install diagram, removal keys, wire connectors, price.
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    3 out of 5

    Unimpressive

    Written By Josh H, Dayton, Oh on Wednesday, January 09, 2013
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    Overall the unit felt light and cheap to the touch, I'm used to Alpine, Pioneer and Kenwood, this was my first JVC and it will be my last. Bluetooth connection was simple enough, but that's where the positive remarks end. The audio quality from the Bluetooth was bad, cymbal crashes were distorted and crackled, voices sounded muddy and it would cut out every little bit, even for a few microseconds. Making or receiving a call was impossible as it would simply not play the audio consistently. I could hear the first second or so of the ringing, then maybe a second or two of the call itself and that was it. The only way it would continue with an audio signal was to press the Bluetooth button my phone (Samsung Note 2) when the sound cut out. Not usable. Sound quality was fine, but I really needed the BT to work, it does not, so it's getting sent back.
    Pros:
    Crutchfield customer service is exceptional 4.8V preamp outputs, even though I didn't get to test those
    Cons:
    BT call quality was horrid, unable to be used BT music quality was pretty bad as well Unit felt very cheap to the touch, such as buttons wiggle when pressed and has a cheap "look" to it. Subjective, yes, but it's my car and I don't want a cheap piece of crap in it
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    5 out of 5

    Wow; Didn't Know What I Was Missing!

    Written By JoeA, San Diego, CA on Sunday, January 06, 2013
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    This digital receiver is wonderful! We've been using it with our iPhones and Pandora. Although we could use the bluetooth connection, we have a direct connection in the glovebox. The sound is outstanding. Even AM/FM sound is better than the stock radio that came in our vehicle. De-installation of the stock radio and installation of the receiver as well as Sirius peripherals and various adapters took less than 2 hours. I'm really pleased.
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    5 out of 5

    I don't need no stinkin' CD player.

    Written By Chris The Hun, Richardson, TX on Thursday, January 03, 2013
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    I'd been looking for a bluetooth stereo for a while, being a good consumer and researching as much as possible. Up until 2 months ago I had decided on a Pioneer, but when I came back to Crutchfield to order the HU, I decided to do one last search and came across the X50BT which in turn lead me to the X80BT. I'm big on minimal wire exposure in my little car and loved the fact that the X80BT had two rear USB connections for the bluetooth dongle and my iPod. I didn't like the idea of connecting my iPod to the front nor did I like the idea of leaving the bluetooth receiver sticking out of the front (granted the bluetooth receiver is an ultra mini USB dongle), which was the only option with X50BT. I wish for the extra cash the X80BT still had the front USB, but that was not a deal-breaker.

    For those interested in performance with Spotify - you won't be disappointed. The 3-line display shows all the information you would expect with the HU control you would expect.

    The hands-free calling is acceptable in conjunction with my iPhone 4S. A friend noted I was cutting in and out; however, that may have been his phone or my reception (Sprint, blah). Other calls were noted as clear but noticeably different.

    I love that I can "call up" Siri from the HU without fidgeting with my phone.

    All-in-all, I am very hapy with the purchase and forsee this unit hanging around even with the purchase of a new vehicle.
    Pros:
    Bluetooth, iPod HU control, easy search controls for iPod, clean look, variable color display is a nice touch.
    Cons:
    No front USB; phone audio doesn't play over system when BT not selected (GPS voice from phone won't play-over other inputs such as iPod or radio), that may perhaps be common, I wouldn't know with this being my first BT-enabled system.
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    5 out of 5

    Great product for the price

    Written By Adam, Cincinnati, OH on Wednesday, December 12, 2012
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    Very impressed with this little radio, made my 13 year old speakers sound much better. Easy to use, love the ability to fully customize the color display. My only quips are that from time to time the display is not always up to speed with the song playing through my iPod, it may take a song or two to show the correct title, and every now and then the bluetooth calling will pause the music, however the sound does not come through the speakers, only through the phone itself. This doesn't seem to happen if I dial through the head unit, but while driving it is much easier/safer to do so from the phone directly and wait for it to connect.
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    5 out of 5

    Great all-around unit!

    Written By Mike M, Gillette, WY on Friday, December 07, 2012
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    I recently purchased a 1999 Acura CL as my commuter, and was not happy with just having a Radio. I did a solid 3 hours of research, and found this JVC unit to be a bargain. After installing it, I cannot explain how well the sound quality improved! The rear 6x9's came alive! I didn't even know it had them earlier. The bluetooth is great, pairing is extremely easy. I don't know how it sounds from the cell-phone end, but the in car audio is great. If I had to do it all over again, I would still buy this JVC
    Pros:
    Easy pairing Display Illumination colors Sound quality Value
    Cons:
    Track selector (>>) is not built into volume wheel
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KD-X80BT - BUY IT!!

    Written By Mark, Indiana on Saturday, November 03, 2012
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    This is a great receiver! Very pleased with my decisioin to go with this unit. Wanted to replace my factory unit with something that had Ipod control and bluetooth. Also, I wanted rear USB so I could run the cable to my center console. Didn't want a cable hanging out the front. Turns out I don't need a cable at all unless I need to charge my phone. Streaming music via bluetooth works perfectly with sound quality that matches the cable. Bluetooth calls work great as well. Everyone I've asked says the call sounds perfectly clear. I mounted the mic on my steering column. Three line display is great. You get alot of info. Some have complained that the display is hard to see in the sun but that has not been my experience. I even waited to write this review until I had a day when the sun shone directly on the unit. I had zero loss of visibility on the screen. Looked just as good as in the shade. Like all single DIN units navigating your Ipod music with the head unit is not great, just us Ipod mode and use your phone.
    Pros:
    Looks great. 3 line display. Great audio streaming and bluetooth calling. All the color choices are great.
    Cons:
    For the unit - NONE! For the manual - there is a mistake on how to set preset radio stations when it says to choose a preset number then press the main button to save it does nothing. Finally figured out if you double click the main button it works. Thought I would mention this as it may prove frustrating for anyone buying this radio since it's one of the first things you'll probably do.
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    5 out of 5

    Great for the price.....

    Written By Js, Boise, Id on Thursday, November 01, 2012
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    great device for the price, has more power than my previous alpine....Be sure to select the auto update to OFF, otherwise it will continually mess up the clock, this is a satellite radio feature, it should not be an option without satellite installed, but it is.
    Pros:
    sounds great. all the input options (2x usb), bluetooth works even installed in glove box when closed
    Cons:
    frame has a removable cage near the front that makes it somewhat difficult to wedge into the new adapter. Instruction book is near useless (but that is the case with most instruction books). The auto update feature is annoying to figure out why my clock kept resetting to the incorrect time
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    4 out of 5

    great deal!

    Written By mike, New Jersey on Sunday, October 21, 2012
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    Nice headunit! great value. Came loaded with features. Just installed it in a X3 and it sounds way better then the stock unit. Color changing is cool. Matches the BMW dash lights perfect. Blue tooth phone sounds great. The display is a little small and the orange is dim in daytime sun light. Need to use white or blue during the day. I wish there were some preset buttons on the front too. 2 small cons in my opinion though.
    Pros:
    Great Value, tons of features, sounds quality is clear and strong
    Cons:
    display is small for a unit with no cd player. A couple radio preset buttons would be nice.
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    5 out of 5

    CDs be gone!!!

    Written By Spawn9998, Delaware on Wednesday, October 17, 2012
     
    If you are done with CDs this is the unit to have. Sound quality is great and the hook up for external amps with the voltage is what i was looking for. Great customer service as usual. Thanks Crutchfield
    Pros:
    Color display RCA voltage
    Cons:
    N/A
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    4 out of 5

    JVC KD-x80bt

    Written By Robert L, Muskego, WI on Monday, September 24, 2012
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    This unit is a great value. Great sound, better Bluetooth than BT built in the Versa. This unit has made a great improvement in the factory 6 speaker system. Works on all our iPods and my iPhone 4S. The 3 lines of display provide the music info needed and the cool retro drop down clock numbers is fun. The infinate number of color combinations will fit any mood. I drive with my headlights on all of the time: the programmable dimmer times are really thought out. Works with iOS 6!
    Pros:
    Cost per features. Really thought out. Wide range of features and easy to use contols and menus. Full iPod/iPhone controls from head unit.
    Cons:
    Took bit more work to fit the single DIN into the double DIN opening: more than any other crutchfield install. Only feature I would like to have would be to be able to pre-set the the initial volume when you turn on the car: my wife tends to turn off the car with the volume blasting. ??
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    4 out of 5

    Great Unit for a Replacement!

    Written By BBawc, Rusk, Texas on Friday, September 07, 2012
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    When replacing my factory unit with this, I couldn't have asked for something that was as reasonably priced coupled with the ease of installation! I'd never done this before, so I was a bit intimidated, but the entire process was a breeze, and this unit is EXACTLY what I was looking for!
    Pros:
    Bluetooth working with my iPhone 4 with zero wires connecting it! Sound quality is much better than factory unit!
    Cons:
    Screen is difficult to read in daylight, navigation of playlists, artists, and albums difficult.
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    3 out of 5

    Good but not great

    Written By Anonymous, Evanston, IL on Saturday, September 01, 2012
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    Good sound and generally easy to use but the iPod functionality doesn't act enough like an iPod, i.e., if you're listening to an artist you can't simply hit "back" or "menu" to pull out of the song and into that record. You have to start scrolling through artists alphabetically from scratch.

    It's also very hard to see during the day, no matter what color you choose.

    Other than that I like it and have been told the Bluetooth connectivity is relatively clear and audible when I've used it.
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    4 out of 5

    JVC KD-X80BT

    Written By Anonymous, Philadelphia on Tuesday, August 21, 2012
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    Just used this to update my factory maxima system. And I'm glad I did. Being able to just hookup my ipod our my phone is so much better than trying to keep up with cds. I don't even use them any more!
    Pros:
    Auxiliary and usb connections. Bluetooth for me and my wife at the same time
    Cons:
    None yet
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