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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.

Product 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:

    Why replace your factory radio?

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

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    Satisfactory minus a couple

    Written By Richg, New York on Tuesday, May 19, 2015

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    Pretty much as advertised. Only a couple minuses

    Pros: Installed easily and performs well. Bluetooth and USB work great. Button colors are cool

    Cons: You can't get the text white on black as it looks in the pics. Nearest I could get was a greyish on blue which is eh. Menu navigation takes a little getting used to

    Deceptive and awkward

    Written By Bryan O'Meara, Boston, MA on Monday, November 03, 2014

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    This is marketed as a dual usb unit with bluetooth, however the bluetooth function is through one of the usb ports, so you can either have bluetooth with one usb port or dual usb with no bluetooth. The USB cables do not detach from the back of the unit, meaning you have to drill holes big enough for the entire usb receptacle head to go through. There are much cheaper single usb radios with permanent bluetooth on the market. I feel pretty duped into buying this unit. I had planned to keep my ipod in the glovebox and have another usb socket in the centre console to use with memory keys and a permanent bluetooth connection with my phone. Alas, totally unsuitable.

    Pros: Nice looking tidy unit. Sound quality is acceptable.

    Cons: One usb port must be used with bluetooth device to use bluetooth. I assume if you lose the small usb bluetooth device, the bluetooth function is useless. AUX cable is very short. I needed to get an aux extension cable to route it to the glovebox. USB cables do not detach from back of unit. Controls are not very intuitive. Took me a good 15 minutes to figure out how to stop the unit from going into demo mode every time you turn it on. (involved holding the menu button down for about 5 seconds

    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.

    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

    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.

    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!

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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.

    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

    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.

    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).

    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.

    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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    Written By marcus, tucson az on Saturday, July 13, 2013

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    Its great and everything I wanted

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    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.

    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

    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.

    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.

    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

    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!

    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

    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!

    $200 paperweight

    Written By Adam C, Goshen, NY on Friday, April 19, 2013

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    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.

    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

    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

    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.

    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.

    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

    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.

    Unit Good; Crutchfield ok

    Written By Rub-a-Dub, Norfolk, VA on Saturday, January 12, 2013

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    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.

    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

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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

    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.

    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

    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.

    CDs be gone!!!

    Written By Spawn9998, Delaware on Wednesday, October 17, 2012

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    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

    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. ??

    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.

    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.

    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

    JVC KD-X80BT

    Written By Frank R, Lincoln NE on Saturday, August 18, 2012

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    Works great as a stereo... not very good for a phone. Tons of complaints about how I sound when using it. Worthless for that. Sad Because I had high hopes.

    Pros: easy to use. Most of it works quite well

    Cons: Nobody can understand you if you try to call thru it.

    Great Unit!

    Written By rcouch, Castlewood, VA on Thursday, August 09, 2012

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    Great product for a great price! Say goodbye to cds and hello to the future!

    Pros: 4.8v preamp i