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JVC KS-U49 iPod® Audio/Video Cable

Play iPod and iPhone® audio/video through select JVC receivers

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Our take on the JVC KS-U49 iPod® Audio/Video 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. JVC's KS-U49 iPod audio/video 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 also be able to view your iPod's album art on your receiver's display, as well as watch video content when you're parked. See "Details" for compatible receivers and iPods. Warranty: 1 year.

 

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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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Nano6/Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/
Touch
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Touch4/Touch3/Touch2/Touch1
Mini
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No
iPhone
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Phone4S/Phone4/Phone3GS/Phone3
Product Research
What's in the box?

  • USB audio/video cable for iPod (with a proprietary Apple iPod dock connector on one end and a USB (type-A) connector/3.5mm video connector on other end)

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Features

Overview: The JVC KS-U49 USB Audio/Video Cable For iPod/iPhone allows you to playback and control audio and video from your iPod/iPhone on select JVC multimedia head units. This cable also allows you to view Album Artwork. The cable features a proprietary Apple iPod dock connector on one end and a right-angle male 3.5mm video connector on the other end, along with a USB (type-A) connector.

Note: The cable is 6' in length from the 3.5mm video connector to the Apple dock connector, and 3' in length from the USB (type-A) connector to the Apple dock connector.

JVC Head Unit Compatibility: The JVC KS-U49 is compatible with 2011-up JVC multimedia/navigation receivers which feature an iPod/iPhone compatible USB port and 3.5mm video connector. Current models include (as of 3/20/2012):

  • KW-NT300
  • KW-NT500HD
  • KW-NT700
  • KW-NT800HDT

iPod Compatibility: The JVC USB Audio/Video Cable For iPod (KS-U49) is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features when connected to a compatible JVC multimedia/navigation head unit (as of 3/20/2012):

iPod/iPhone Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Text Track Info
dock connector 3rd N/A N N N N N N N
clickwheel
color
4th N/A N N N N N N N
mini 1st N/A N N N N N N N
2nd N/A N N N N N N N
video 5th 1.3 Y Y Y N Y Y Y
classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
120GB 2.0.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
160GB 2.0.4 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y
2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
3rd 1.1.3 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
4th 1.0.4 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
5th 1.0.2 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
6th 1.1 PC Y N Y Y Y Y Y
touch 1st 2.2.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
2nd 4.2.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
3rd 5.0.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
4th 5.0.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
3G 4.2.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
3GS 4.3.5 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
4 5.0.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
4S 5.0.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
iPad 1 5.0.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y N
2 5.0.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y N

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 revert to the older software version or wait until a newer software update is available.

Charging: The KS-U49 cable will charge your iPod or iPhone when connected to a compatible JVC multimedia head unit, and is powered on.

 
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5 out of 5

JVC KS-U49 iPod® Audio/Video Cable

Written By RAR, Denver, CO on Friday, October 05, 2012
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Works great!
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5 out of 5

it fits Smart phones to JVC head units

Written By Tim W, SIlver Spring, MD on Saturday, August 18, 2012
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what else is there to evaluate? only question is why JVC makes you buy it separately instead of including with their high-end GPS head units. Maybe they assume there are people out there without Smart phones still.
Pros:
it fits
Cons:
$$$ it costs extra even when you spend $1000 for a JVC head unit
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5 out of 5

JVC KSU49 Worked As Designed

Written By Mike M, Perth Amboy, NJ on Tuesday, July 03, 2012
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The JVC KSU49 worked as designed. High quality cable and connectors. The cable length was more than long enough to make it from the center console to the glove compartment.
Pros:
High quality cable and connectors
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1 question already asked

Does this part work with iphone 5s? How do i connect it to the already installed head unit? [ Joel  Jan 22, 2014 ]
10 answers
  • Joel, I bought an iPhone 4S without a phone number on an online auction site and left it plugged in the car. There is an adapter that will mate the 8 pin lightning connector on the iPhone 5S to the 30 pin connector. Be sure to buy it from Apple because they put some kind of chip in it. The cheap ones you see on auction sites don't workSean [ Wm Sean   Jan 24, 2014 ]
  • Assuming that you have a JVC head unit (I have the KW-NT510 HD), the only way most likely would be having to pull the already installed head unit to plug the USB ports and also to plug in the jack on the back of the head unit. Then, you would need to purchase a "30 pin to lighting plug" adaptor that Crutchfield also has for sale. I bought the adaptor for when I upgrade my iPhone to the next generation iPhone and should work with the 5s. [ ROGER T   Jan 24, 2014 ]
  • Sorry, not compatible with 5S which uses the new lightning connector. [ John   Jan 23, 2014 ]
  • Not sure, I don't have an iPhone. I thought that it connected to the USB on the front of a receiver and the small plug goes into the video input of the receiver but I can't confirm. [ Donald   Jan 23, 2014 ]
  • I haven't tried with iphone5 but works great with 4s. To install You have to remove the head unit and there is a input for the plug in the back that looks like a headphone jack - just plug in the yellow end of the chord and you are ready to go [ DONALD   Jan 23, 2014 ]
  • Hey Joel, This particular one fits the 4& 4s, the phone jack is different for the 5. There is a hard USB line & in the rear of the deck there is also an Ipod video plug (yellow). Plug the USB port into the hard line and then the video in to the video input. You will need to remove the deck from the dash : ( Hope this helps Kevin Q O)< [ KEVIN   Jan 23, 2014 ]
  • This is a standard ipod connector and will not directly mate with the smaller iphone5 connector. I have not looked, but I am sure there are adapters available to convert from the older style to the newer iphone style connector, if you want to go that way. The usb end connects with the generic usb socket on the radio unit, usually located on the back. The yellow video connector is optional and allows video from the ipod to be displayed on the GPS screen of compatible JVC units (and perhaps others) and this socket if it exists is definity on the back of the radio unit. [ BRIAN   Jan 23, 2014 ]
  • This will work with the iphone 5s only if the iphone has the exact same connection as an ipod, so make sure this is the case before you purchase (you can call the apple store and find out). If it does fit, you will have to reach to the back of the unit to connect it, so if there is no access you will need to remove the unit in order to get to the back. [ Astra Khan   Jan 23, 2014 ]
  • I haven't tested it yet with the iPhone 5. Since this cable has the 30-pin connector, you'll need to purchase the adaptor so the cable can connect to the iPhone. I have a Classic iPod, so this isn't a concern. Good luck! [ Philip   Jan 23, 2014 ]
  • It may but you will need the lightning adapter that Apple sells and you will need plug it in to the back of your head unit. [ JOYCE   Jan 23, 2014 ]

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