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JVC KS-U30 iPod® A/V cable

Play iPod and iPhone™ audio/video through select 2008-up JVC receivers

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Our take on the JVC KS-U30 iPod® A/V cable

by Zak Billmeier
JVC

Why would I need an iPod® adapter?

An iPod adapter allows you to connect your iPod to your car stereo, then access your playlists with your stereo's controls - a great idea for several reasons. One, you can scroll through your song titles on your stereo's larger display, instead of squinting down at your iPod. Two, you can route the adapter cable to your glove compartment or center console, so your iPod stays safely out of sight. Three, the iPod adapter keeps your iPod fully charged, so it's ready to rock when you leave your car. And last of all, some adapters bypass your iPod's internal digital-to-analog converter, using your stereo's superior DAC to turn your files back into music.

Take full advantage of the latest iPod technology in your car with JVC's KS-U30 iPod audio/video cable. This cable allows you to connect your iPod or iPhone directly to your compatible JVC receiver for high-speed audio and video transfer, while allowing you to surf through your iPod's songs and categories using your receiver's controls. Once connected, you'll be able to view your iPod's album art and video content directly on your receiver's display.

The KS-U30 cable works with all 2008-up JVC receivers that have both A/V and USB inputs. The cable also charges your iPod or iPhone while it's connected. Warranty: 1 year.

Note: Be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility with this iPod adapter.

 

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Features and Specs
General
Adapter Type
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iPod A/V in w/ iPod control
Vehicle Specific
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No
Brand Specific
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JVC
Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
iPod Compatibility
Full-Size
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Classic/5Gen
Nano
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6/5/4/3/2/1
Touch
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4/3/2/1
Mini
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No
iPhone
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4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
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  • 5' USB audio and video cable for iPod (features iPod connector on one end and a USB and composite video and Stereo RCA connector on other end)

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Features

Overview: The JVC KS-U30 USB Audio and Video Cable For iPod allows you to playback and control audio and video from your iPod on select JVC multimedia head units. The cable features a proprietary Apple iPod dock connector on one end and a male composite video and male stereo audio RCA connectors on other end along with a USB type-A connector.

JVC Head Unit Compatibility: The JVC KS-U30 is compatible with 2008-up JVC multimedia receivers with A/V input and USB port that are iPod/iPhone compatible.

Note:  JVC car head units designed before 2009 are not compatible with iPhone.

iPod Compatibility: The JVC USB Audio/Video Cable For iPod (KSU-30) is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features when connected to a compatible JVC head unit (as of 6/5/2013):

Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone iPod Out App  Mode App Link Pandora App Album Art Song/Artist Text Track Info
iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y
3G 4.2.1 Y Y Y Y N Y N Y Y Y Y Y
3GS 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y
4 6.1.2 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
4S 6.1.2 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
5 6.1.2 Y* N Y Y N Y** N Y Y Y Y Y
touch 1st 2.2.1 Y Y Y Y N Y N N Y Y Y Y
2nd 4.2.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y Y
3rd 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y Y
4th 6.1.2 Y Y Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y Y
5th 6.1.2 Y* N Y Y N Y** N N Y Y Y Y
nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N N N N N Y Y Y Y
2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N N N N Y Y Y Y
3rd 1.1.3 Y Y Y Y N N N N Y Y Y Y
4th 1.0.4 Y Y Y Y N N N N Y Y Y Y
5th 1.0.2 Y Y Y Y N N N N Y Y Y Y
6th 1.2 PC Y N Y Y Y N N N Y Y Y Y
7th 1.02 PC Y* N Y Y N N N N Y Y Y Y
classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y Y Y Y N N N N Y Y Y Y
120GB 2.0.1 Y Y Y Y N N N N Y Y Y Y
160GB 2.0.4 Y Y Y Y N N N N Y Y Y Y
video 5th 1.3 Y Y Y N N N N N Y Y Y Y
iPad 1 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y N
2 6.1.2 Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y N
3 6.1.2 Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y N
4 6.1.2 Y* N Y Y N Y** N Y Y Y Y N
mini 6.1.2 Y* N Y Y N Y** N Y Y Y Y N

Note:

  • *Requires the Lighting-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect to the head unit (KSU-30 cable not needed).
  • **Requires the JVC KSU-30 iPod cable (105KSU30, sold separately) and the Apple Lightning to 30-pin adapter (472LTN230P, sold separately).
  • 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.

Charging: The KS-U30 cable will also charge your iPod when connected to a compatible JVC head unit that is powered on.

 
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5 out of 5

Works and does what it needs to do for a JVC KW-NSX700

Written By JSz, Willowbrook, IL on Monday, February 24, 2014
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Not much to say about it. Works for my JVC KW-NSX700. So I can have my ITouch work with video.
Pros:
Works great.
Cons:
None.
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5 out of 5

Works Great

Written By John, SC on Wednesday, January 22, 2014
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Works great with iPhone 4s and iPod Touch
Cons:
Cable could be a little longer
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5 out of 5

JVC KS-U30 iPod® A/V cable

Written By Anonymous, Huntington station, New York on Friday, January 03, 2014
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Well worth the money
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5 out of 5

Good options

Written By datastar, Atlanta on Thursday, December 12, 2013
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This cable does a good good of displaying what is on you iPhone 4 or 4S, Audio and apps listed work well. It doesn't work with the 5 and 5S using the Lightening to 30 pin adapter for video; it does for audio.
Pros:
Long enough for most jobs and should be able to reach your phone wherever you place it
Cons:
very bulky for an analog cable
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4 out of 5

JVC KS-U30 iPod® A/V cable

Written By Anonymous, Virginia on Thursday, December 05, 2013
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Good cord lets you access a more features on the radio
Cons:
Doesn't fit lifeproof case
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5 out of 5

Makes I-pod connection SO easy !

Written By Greg G, Toledo Ohio on Monday, October 28, 2013
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easily connect your i_pod to the head unit for audio and video from the I-pod .
Pros:
simple connections , charges my I-pod touch while its pluged in
Cons:
Cable could be about a foot longer , but not a major issue
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3 out of 5

JVC KS-U30 iPod® A/V cable

Written By orig6redwings, Wolverine Lake, MI on Sunday, October 27, 2013
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Cable works OK for iPhone 5/5S/5C, but there's no video display for those iPhones. So, GPS and other apps don' work to their full potential..Plus, because this adapter doesn't support the newer Apple Lightning Cable, you'll have to pick up a converter cable, too.

This adapter may work great for older iPhones with a 30 pin connector, but I'm not sure it's worth it for iPhones that use a lightning cable.
Pros:
For iPhone 5/5S/5C, it works good as a charger and to play music.
Cons:
Does not support video functions for iPhone 5/5S/5C. You have to buy a 30 pin to Lightning Cable adapter to use.
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4 out of 5

It's a cable. You need it. Buy it.

Written By Chris A., Alexandria, VA on Thursday, September 19, 2013
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Do you want an iPod to USB/RCA cable? Then buy this one. Because it's the only one. Works just fine, but could be longer to allow for running the wire to your armrest. In the end, I bought RCA and USB extenders to accomplish that.
Pros:
Works.
Cons:
Too short.
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1 out of 5

JVC KS-U30 iPod® A/V cable

Written By BK, Nebr. on Saturday, August 10, 2013
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The cord works fine. The biggest problem is the 30 pin plug in is TO BIG to plug into my iphone4s with the OtterBox Armor case. It should have been the same size as the one you got with your phone.
Pros:
works great with the JVC-ADV65BT
Cons:
30 pin plug in TOO BIG, price should be cheaper or included with JVC stereos
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5 out of 5

Great product

Written By B johnson, Ca on Saturday, August 10, 2013
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Perfect product to attach phone to receiver
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1 out of 5

JVC wants ur money

Written By Dario, Orcutt, CA on Thursday, August 01, 2013
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Wire should have been included. Overpriced and in the way.
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5 out of 5

Flawless

Written By Jtrolex24, Kings Mountain, NC on Sunday, June 23, 2013
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Works flawlessly with JVC kw-av61bt. Shows streaming of video from phone to touchscreen. Allows more than just JVC suggested apps to be displayed.
Pros:
Shows streaming video of apps and websites.
Cons:
Not all apps are applicable to have touch controls on screen.
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4 out of 5

Good cable

Written By Brian, Crystal Lake, Illinois on Saturday, April 20, 2013
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Good cable, does what it says it will do.
Pros:
Works
Cons:
Should be longer Doesn't work with iPhone extension cable. Had to use RCA extensions and a USB extension cable to get it to reach where my phone is mounted
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5 out of 5

Awesome!

Written By Derek, Hermitage, TN on Wednesday, March 27, 2013
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Works well with my JVC radio but it needs to become available for the iPhone 5 lightning cable.
Pros:
Works perfectly
Cons:
It isn't available for the iPhone 5
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

JVC KS-U30 iPod® A/V cable

Written By Anonymous, San Juan, PR on Tuesday, September 11, 2012
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Fast shipping. Great Product.
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5 out of 5

jvc ksu30 cable

Written By papa bear, Portsmouth, Va on Saturday, July 14, 2012
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excellent produck provided everything I needed to play pandora thru my stereo
Pros:
everything
Cons:
nothung
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2 out of 5

No very happy with it.

Written By Amos, Linciln Ne on Monday, June 18, 2012
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The harness was advertised wrong. If you go to motionx website most jvc receivers cannot control it. You still have to use the iPhone and it just displays the map. The cord is too short and only comes about 10" out if the dash.
Pros:
Album art and control music on radio.
Cons:
Is not plug and play. Lots of settings changing to make it work. Cable to short.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Excellent Adaptor

Written By NetMatrix, Illinois on Thursday, January 26, 2012
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I have read many of the reviews on this product before and after I made the purchase. I personally haven't had any of the products that people had listed which I guess I got lucky. It's nice to have. The iPod video playback is awesome, it works well with my iPhone, and it's just a great adaptor to have.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

Faulty wire

Written By RickW, San Diego, Ca on Tuesday, January 17, 2012
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The wire works then it doesn't.
Pros:
iPod video playback
Cons:
It's temperamental.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

JVC KS-U30 iPod® A/V cable

Written By PhilR, Lynchburg VA on Thursday, July 14, 2011
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Easy to install, Works like a charm.Excellent picture and sound quality.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Works great!!

Written By Stephen R, Hawaii on Friday, July 01, 2011
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This thing works great! Bought it for my JVC stereo. Quick shipping too!! Awesome!
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

JVC KS-U30 iPod® A/V cable

Written By Anonymous, Houston on Thursday, August 19, 2010
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I purchased the JVC KS-U30 iPod® A/V cable to use with the JVC Arsenal KW-ADV793. The cable is easy to install, you just plug it in through the USB cable that comes with the reciever and plug the RCA cables into the Video in terminal on the back of the unit. You have full control of you Ipod or Iphone through the reciever. The video quality is very good and the on screen menu is easy to use. If you want to watch movies off your Iphone you should purchase this cable.
11 out of 11 people found this helpful
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