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Our take on the JVC KW-AV60BT

by Zak Billmeier
JVC

DVD receivers: They're not just for movies

DVD receivers add a new level of entertainment to your vehicle. You can watch a movie on the screen when you're parked on a Saturday night, or play a DVD through your rear seat video setup on the road. Touchscreen receivers allow you to breeze through menus with the tip of your finger. Most DVD receivers feature a USB input for audio from your iPod, and the ability to add an adapter that allows video to display on the screen. Some receivers even offer connections for a center speaker and a subwoofer, so you can build a full-fledged theater in your car, just like at home.

Bluetooth®, big and bold in your dash

Bluetooth in your car is better than ever — especially when you team it up with a sweet, 6.1" touchscreen. Pair up JVC's KW-AV60BT DVD receiver and a compatible phone, and you'll be able to talk hands-free, place outgoing calls, and even get a heads up when someone sends you a text message. Plus, you can stream music from your phone or other Bluetooth device, including the audio from your favorite apps.

JVC's KW-AV60BT DVD receiver

Basic app control for iPhone users

Speaking of apps, iPhone lovers are in for a treat. With your iPhone connected, you can view many popular apps on the KW-AV60BT's screen. You'll get basic control over audio apps like Mog and Tunein — basic functions like play/pause or track up/down. You can also view the info from Inrix traffic and other useful driving apps.

Play your Pandora® stations in the car

JVC makes it easy for you to take your Pandora stations on the road. Just plug in your iPhone® to the KW-AV60BT's rear USB input and you'll have touchscreen control over Pandora right in your dash. Plus you'll see artist and song info on the big display.

Powerful GPS app for iPhone

You can use your iPhone to put the most up-to-date maps available in your dash. Just download the MotionX-GPS Drive app, connect your iPhone with JVC's KS-U30 cable (not included), and you'll be able to see maps and live traffic reports on the KW-AV60BT's screen. You'll still need to access your iPhone, however, so it's a good idea to turn over control to a passenger, or consider adding an iPhone mount.

Unlike factory navigation systems, points of interest (POIs) are integrated with Wikipedia and Facebook, giving you more accurate search results than with preloaded navigation. Throw in live traffic and live map updates, and you'll have the most accurate navigation system on the planet. At 99 cents for the app, plus $19.99 for a year's subscription for voice guidance and live traffic, it's a fantastic value, too.

Great for your digital music

Once you plug your iPod or iPhone into the USB input, you can tap your way through all your tunes and playlist on this JVC's responsive touchscreen. If you're not an iPod user, you can load up a USB drive or a recordable disc with digital files — it's easy to fit hundreds of tracks on either one, and you can still dive in using the touchscreen.

MOG

— over 15 million songs, available instantly

MOG is an award-winning online music service with one of the largest and best-sounding streaming catalogs in the industry. It's the only service to offer all of its music in the 320 kbps MP3 format — that higher bit rate translates to better sound. In fact, we use it frequently in the Crutchfield Labs to test high-end audio gear. MOG's "Primo" service ($9.99/month) gives you unlimited, ad-free access to their extensive music library of over 15 million songs on a wide range of devices including Sonos® and Logitech® Squeezebox™ network music players, Samsung TVs, your computer, iPad®, iPhone®, and Android™ devices. Just pair your iPhone to this JVC receiver, and you can control the music and view artist/song info on the JVC's screen.

Want to keep your steering wheel controls?
In most vehicles, you can use an adapter 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.

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 note:
If you're going to use your iPod with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility with this receiver.

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Highlights:

    General features:
    • DVD/CD player with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in amplifier (20 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • 6.1" motorized touchscreen with detachable face
    • included Bluetooth adapter for hands-free calling and music streaming
    • Pandora control via iPhone, plus basic control over many audio apps
    • colors can be adjusted separately for background, text, and buttons (30,000 choices)
    • fits double-DIN (4" tall) dash openings
    Audio/visual features:
    • plays CDs, DVDs, and USB memory devices
    • 3-band parametric EQ, high-pass/low-pass filters
    Expandability:
    • iPod control: JVC KS-U30 cable required for full access to audio/video content
    • works with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
    • inputs: rear 1-amp USB input, front panel aux in, rear A/V inputs, rear-view camera input
    • outputs: video output; 5-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, mono subwoofer)
    Other information:

    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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    5-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 volts
    Display Color
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    Key Button Color
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    Variable
    EQ Bands
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    3
    Wireless Remote
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    Optional
    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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    3.5mm AV (front)
    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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    SiriusXM
    HD Radio
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    No
    Navigation
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    Optional
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size
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    Classci/5Gen
    Nano
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    Nanno7/Nano6/Nano5/Nano4/Nano3
    Touch
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    Touch5/Touch4/Touch3/Touch2/To
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    iPhone
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    Phone5/Phone4S/Phone4/Phone3GS
    Tuner
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    9.3 dBf
    European Tuning
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    Yes
    Seek/Scan
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    Seek
    Radio Data System
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    Product Research
    What's in the box?

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    • Double-DIN AM/FM DVD receiver (10-amp fuse inserted in chasis)
    • Detachable 6.1" touchscreen monitor (inside soft carry pouch)
    • Sleeve (installed) Trim ring (installed)
    • Wiring harness
    • 6.5' Parking brake wire (light green)
    • KS-UBT1 USB Bluetooth adapter (installed in front-panel USB port)
    • Microphone with integrated bracketed (attached 12' cable terminated by a right-angle male 3.5mm connector)
    • Soft carry pouch
    • 8 Pan head ISO-mount machine screws (M5 x 8mm)
    • 4 Flat head ISO-mount machine screws (M5 x 6mm)
    • Red wire splice tap (18-22 gauge)
    • Rubber boot
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • Rear-support stud (with flat-washer/lock-nut attached)
    • Face-fixing screw
    • Instructions (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • Installation/Connection Manual (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • US warranty information
    • Canada warranty information
    • Product Registration Card/Questionnaire
    • "Caution" note (taped to wiring harness)
    • Face fixing screw note
    • "Before Installation" note (taped to chassis)
    • "Caution on cleaning the unit" note (attached to touchscreen monitor)
    • iPhone/iPod Users note
    • USB Bluetooth Adapter instructions
    • "KS-UBT1 Caution" note

    Our Product Research Team

    At Crutchfield, you'll get detailed, accurate information that's hard to find elsewhere. That's because we have our own in-house Product Research team — they open the box, verify contents, check the owner's manual, and record dimensions, features and specs. We stay on top of new products and technologies to help people make informed choices.

    Touchscreen Display
    Built-in Bluetooth
    Radio Functions
    Disc Playback
    USB/Android/BlackBerry
    iPod/iPhone Connectivity
    Audio Section
    AV Connections
    Remote Control

    Touchscreen Display

    6.1" TFT LCD Touchscreen Monitor: The KW-AV60BT features a 6.1" TFT Active Matrix, 16:9 touchscreen monitor. The screen has a resolution of 800 (H) x 480 (V) x RGB with 1,152,000 total pixels. The LCD serves as a video monitor, system information display and touchscreen control panel.

    Detachable LCD Monitor: You can detach the touchscreen LCD monitor and place it in its supplied soft face case to prevent theft.

    Gesture Volume Control: Gesture Control lets you operate certain functions of the KW-AV60BT by making specific gesture commands on the unit's touchscreen. You can adjust the volume of the multimedia receiver by making a circular motion with your finger on the unit's touchscreen.

    Hard-Key Controls: In addition to the head unit's touchscreen monitor, the KW-AV60BT features hard-key controls along the left edge of the screen. The unit includes a 3-way rotary dial for Volume (up/down) control and push-button controls for Power/Source functions..

    Display Design: You can change the color of  background, text, touchscreen buttons, and hard-key buttons. The color of the background, text, and buttons can be changed independently from one another.

    • Background: The unit's background color can be changed to one of eight preset colors - blue, light blue, red, green, yellow, orange, violet, or white. You can also create a custom color using a combination (0-31) of red, green, and blue.
    • Text: The unit's onscreen text can be changed to one of seven preset colors - blue, red, green, yellow, orange, violet, or white. You can also create a custom color using a combination (0-31) of red, green, and blue.
    • Buttons: The unit's touchscreen and hard-key button color can be changed to one of eight preset colors - blue, light blue, red, green, yellow, orange, violet, or white. You can also choose to have the unit constantly scroll through all eight preset color. In addition, you can create a custom color using a combination (0-31) of red, green, and blue.

    Note: You can save separate color settings for Daytime and Nighttime driving.

    Custom Background Image: While playing a video or JPEG file, you can capture an image and use the captured image as your background. When using a JPEG file as the background, make sure that the resolution is 800 x 600 pixels. The color of the captured image may look different from that of the actual scene. You cannot capture copyrighted content and images from the iPod/iPhone.

    Display Adjustment: You can adjust the brightness and black level of the unit's onscreen display. You can also adjust the contrast, color, tint, and detail level during video playback. The adjustment level for each setting is -15 to +15.

    Selectable Aspect Modes: You can choose from four aspect modes for the in-dash display:

    • Regular: For 4:3 source material, 4:3 and 16:9 pictures display with black bars on either side (16:9 images are compressed).
    • Full: Expands 4:3 pictures horizontally to fill the entire width of the screen, distorting the picture slightly but retaining full image height.
    • Panorama: For viewing 4:3 pictures naturally on the unit's wide-screen display.
    • Auto: The correct aspect mode is automatically chosen based on the incoming signal.

    Adjustable Dimmer: When the illumination lead (orange/white) is connected and the dimmer set to Auto, the display will dim automatically when you turn on your vehicle's lights. The dimmer can also be set to Off (normal brightness at all times), On (display is always dimmed), or Dimmer Time Set (you program the time for the dimmer to turn off an on). The unit also features 3 dimmer levels to choose from - Bright, Middle, or Dark.

    Parking Brake Detection: To prevent the displaying of video while the vehicle is in motion, the parking brake wire (light green) attached to the rear-chassis must be connected to your vehicle's parking brake detection circuit. While the vehicle is in motion (parking brake off), you can still view all of the other displays and menus.

    Multi-Language Menu: There are ten options for the menu language; English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Swedish, Danish, and Russian.

    2-DIN Chassis: The JVC KW-AV60BT has a 2-DIN chassis (also known as Double DIN), and will fit in many vehicles with a large dash opening. The unit can be ISO-mounted using factory brackets, or Euro-mounted using the supplied mounting sleeve. As always, please consult the Crutchfield Car Selector to verify fit with your vehicle.

    Built-in Bluetooth

    USB Bluetooth Adapter: The JVC KW-AV60BT comes supplied with a USB Bluetooth Adapter (KS-UBT1) which is pre-installed into the head unit's hidden front-panel USB input, making the KW-AV60BT Bluetooth 2.0 certified. The unit's hidden front-panel USB port is located behind the detachable touchscreen monitor. The KW-AV60BT supports Bluetooth hands-free communication and wireless audio streaming. The USB Bluetooth Adapter (KS-UBT1) must remain plugged into the front-panel USB port. The front-panel USB port cannot be used for playback of USB memory devices.

    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 multimedia 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 KW-AV60BT 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). 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 KW-AV60BT 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 touchscreen controls of the KW-AV60BT can be used to dial a number, answer an in-coming call, or end a call. The unit also features an external microphone (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 and the caller's name or phone number will be displayed on the head unit's touchscreen monitor. You can answer the call from the head unit's touchscreen, or setup the head unit to automatically answer the incoming call within 5 seconds.
    • Dialing a Number: Using the KW-AV60BT, 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 touchscreen.
      • Speed (Preset) Dialing: Allows you to register up to 6 phone numbers for quick dialing. The preset numbers can be accessed from the head unit's touchscreen.
      • Phone Book: You can download phone book data from your cell phone to the KW-AV60BT, so you can then dial by using the downloaded phone book numbers. Up to 5,000 numbers can be stored for each registered cell phone. Each number can be up to 32 digits long and each name can be up to 50 characters long. You can do an alphabetical search (A-Z) to find your desired contact.
      • Call Log: The Call Log is a list of calls that have originated from and were received by this unit that you can dial. You can select Outgoing, Incoming, or Missed calls (up to 50 each).
      • Voice Dialing: If your mobile phone supports voice recognition, then you can dial out by voice command. Simply speak into the included microphone. 

      Note: This unit allows you to answer a call or dial out using any option without engaging the parking brake.

    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 KW-AV60BT also supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth enabled audio player or smartphone. The KW-AV60BT 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 KW-AV60BT also supports audio streaming of music apps (such as iHeartRadio, SiriusXM, Last.fm, Rhapsody, & Slacker) , but without control or metadata. You will continue to use your Bluetooth enabled smartphone to view and control streaming music apps. 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.

    Radio Functions

    AM/FM Tuner: The JVC KW-AV60BT  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.

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

    Local: You can select this function to only tune in stations with sufficient signal strength.

    Mono Mode: You can activate the monaural mode to improve FM reception, when a station is week. The stereo effect will be lost.

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

    SiriusXM Ready: The JVC KW-AV60BT comes ready for SiriusXM programming with access to XM & Sirius Satellite Radio stations. Thanks to its proprietary SiriusXM Connect port, you can add the optional SXV200V1 SiriusXM Connect tuner and receive more than 150 channels of exclusive programming directly from SiriusXM, via the "SiriusXM All Access" package (subscription required). Visit SiriusXM.com for a complete list of subscription options & channel guide. Additional features of the SXV200 SiriusXM Connect tuner include:

    • Channel list displays a list of all available channels
    • Category Search searches for channels in a certain category
    • Displayed Information such as Channel Name, Artist Name, & Song Title can be viewed on the head unit's LCD
    • Up to 18 SiriusXM Satellite Radio station presets
    • Channels containing unsuitable content for children can be blocked

    Note: A separate SiriusXM Satellite Radio subscription is required (operates on the XM Network). If you already have a Sirius Satellite Radio subscription, this radio cannot be added as a discounted second unit. If you have an existing XM Satellite Radio subscription, you can add this unit as a discounted second unit.

    Disc Playback

    Disc Compatibility: The JVC KW-AV60BT supports the playback of the following disc types: DVD-Video, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, CD-Audio, CD-Text, CD-R/RW, and Video CD.

    MP3/WMA Playback: The KW-AV60BT can play MP3 (bitrate: 32-320 kbps), WMA (bitrate: 32-320 kbps), WAV (sampling freq: 44.1kHz) audio files recorded onto DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, and CD-R/RW discs. MP3/WMA/WAV files must be formatted in ISO 9660 level or level 2, Romeo, or Joliet. The head unit can recognize a total of 5,000 files and 250 folders (a maximum of 999 files per folder). This unit will recognize a total of 25 characters for file/folder names. The KW-AV60BT can display ID3 Tags (ver. 1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4) for MP3 files, as well as WAV/WMA Tag information.

    MPEG/JPEG Playback:  The JVC KW-AV60BT supports playback of JPEG still-image files (resolution: 32x32 - 8192x7680) and MPEG1/2 video files (maximum bit-rate: 4Mbps) recorded onto DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, and CD-R/RW discs.

    DivX Certified: The KW-AV60BT is DivX Certified to play DivX video files, including premium content.

    Disc Resume: If you change the source, playback also stops (without ejecting the disc). Next time you select CD for the playback source, the disc will start from where it has been stopped previously.

    Off Insert/Eject: A CD disc can be inserted or ejected with the power off. When a disc is inserted with the power off, the unit will automatically power up and begin playback.

    Disc Protection: If the ejected disc is not removed within 15 seconds, the disc is automatically inserted again into the loading slot to protect it from dust; playback starts automatically.

    Mounting: For proper disc playback you must install the unit within 30-degrees of horizontal.

    USB/Android/BlackBerry

    USB Port: The JVC KW-AV60BT features a rear-panel USB (type-A) port on a 38" pigtail. This allows playback of MP3 (bitrate: 32-320 kbps), WMA (bitrate: 32-320 kbps), WAV (sampling freq: 44.1 kHz) audio files; JPEG (resolution: 32x32 - 8192x7680) still image files; and MPEG1/2 (maximum bitrate: 4 Mbps) video files stored on a USB mass storage device. For the unit to recognize the USB medium, it must be specified as a mass storage device formatted using FAT 12/16/32. The head unit can recognize a total of 5,000 files and 250 folders (a maximum of 999 files per folder). This unit will recognize a total of 50 characters for file/folder names. The KW-AV60BT can display ID3 Tags (ver. 1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4) for MP3 files, as well as WAV/WMA Tag information. You can control basic playback functions; such as folder/file search, play/pause, and skip next/previous. USB portable audio players that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the DVD receiver's USB port (5V/1A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

    Note: This unit cannot recognize a USB device whose rating is other than 5V and exceeds 1A. You cannot connect a computer or portable HDD to the USB port of this unit. There is also a front-panel USB port hidden behind the unit's detachable touchscreen monitor. This USB port is used only for the pre-installed USB Bluetooth adapter. It cannot be used to connect a USB memory 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.

    iPod/iPhone/App Connectivity

    iPod/iPhone AV Playback: The optional JVC KS-U30 USB A/V Cable For iPod/iPhone (105KSU30, sold separately) allows you to playback and control audio/video from your iPod or iPhone on this JVC multimedia head unit. 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. The cable plugs into the unit's rear-panel AV input and USB port. To playback video, the KW-AV60BT's rear-panel Video Input must be set to "iPod" in the unit's menu. Video can only be displayed while the vehicle is in park. You can also connect your iPod's USB/Docking cable to the unit's USB port for audio only playback from your iPod/iPhone. The head unit's rear-panel Audio Input must be set to "AV-IN", not "iPod".

    Note: If you have an iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), or iPhone 5; use the Lighting-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect to the head unit. These Apple devices only support audio playback (no video output).

    iPod/iPhone DAC Bypass: Because the JVC KW-AV60BT uses its USB connection for audio & control transfer, your iPod/iPhone's stored music is loaded instantly to the head unit and sound quality is maximized through the head unit's 24-bit D/A converter, allowing for a Signal-to-Noise ratio up to 95dB.

    Note: You can also choose to transfer the audio from your iPod/iPhone to the JVC KW-AV60BT via an analog connection using the KS-U30 USB A/V Cable's stereo RCA connector. This allows you to listen to DRM protected audio files. The head unit's rear-panel Audio Input must be set to "iPod".

    iPod/iPhone Control: You can choose to control your iPod/iPhone from the JVC head unit or from your iPod/iPhone's touchscreen or clickwheel. The KW-AV60BT offers 3 control modes - Head Unit, iPod, and External.

    • Head Unit: From the head unit's front-panel controls you can search for music by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Podcast, Genre, Composer, and Audiobook. You can search video by Playlist, Movies, Music Videos, TV Shows, and Video Podcasts. Once a Playlist or Category is selected, the content is listed in alphabetical order. The KW-AV60BT 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 and videos from its clickwheel or touchscreen, like you are accustomed to during normal usage.
    • iPod Out: The iPod out mode displays the stored music playback menu of your iPod/iPhone on the JVC head unit's LCD touchscreen. You can control playback of your iPod's stored music by navigating the mirrored on-screen menu. The iPod out mode requires the JVC KSU-30 cable (sold separately). The iPod out mode does function for videos or apps.
    • External (App Mode): External Mode lets you enjoy audio/video content from downloaded Apps (such as iHeartRadio, Netflix, or YouTube, etc..) streamed to your Apple iPhone, on the KW-AV60BT (using the JVC KSU-30 cable; sold separately). Audio content can be enjoyed from any iPhone. Video can only be output from the iPhone 4/4S. This mode offers no control of your iPhone. You will continue to use your iPhone's touchscreen to navigate your Apps. The External Mode's video function can only be accessed when the vehicle is in park and the hand-brake is fully engaged.

    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.

    Pandora App: The Pandora App (free) lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the JVC KW-AV60BT using your connected Apple iPhone, via the USB/iPod connector cable (included with your iPhone) or the JVC KSU-30 cable (sold separately). The JVC KW-AV60BT provides control over the Pandora music service and displays Artist, Album, and Song information. You can select Pandora stations from your station list; you can sort the station list by date or 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. To access Pandora you must have an Apple iPhone (iOS3 or later) with the latest version of the Pandora application from 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.

    Note: Access to the Pandora service will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.

    MotionX-GPS Drive Navigation Ready: The Motion X GPS Drive App is available from iTunes for your iPhone for only $0.99. There is a $2.99 per month subscription fee, or $19.99 per year is required for the Voice Guidance feature. MotionX-GPS Drive turns your iPhone 4/4S (iOS 4.0 or later) and the JVC KW-AV60BT into a personal navigation device for your vehicle. Providing full navigation features and song playback control from your iPhone 4/4S, MotionX-GPS Drive also displays its map data on the connected JVC multimedia receiver's widescreen monitor (via the JVC KSU-30 cable, sold separately). Your iPhone 4/4S displays a choice of MotionX-GPS Driver's feature/menu screens as a secondary display (for passenger), while continuing to show the map on the JVC receiver. It even works simultaneously with iPhone 4/4S song playback by muting or pausing music, then restoring your volume during voice guidance through your car speakers. The MotionX-GPS Drive Navigation application covers the United States & Canada.

    iPod/iPhone Display: The KW-AV60BT will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information of your stored music, regardless of control mode. The head unit will display Track number, Elapsed playing time, Artist name, Song title, Album label, and Album Art. Your iPod/iPhone's downloaded apps will not display on the unit's LCD monitor.

    iPod/iPhone Charging: While connected and the ignition switch is set to ACC or ON, the head unit's USB connection will power and charge your iPod/iPhone. If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The JVC KW-AV60BT is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 10/16/2012):

    iPod/iPhone Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Pandora App Motion X GPS Drive App Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone App Mode Album Art Song/Artist Text Track Info
    dock connector 3rd N/A N N N N N N N N N N N
    clickwheel
    color
    4th N/A N N N N N N N N N N N
    mini 1st N/A N N N N N N N N N N N
    2nd N/A N N N N N N N N N N N
    video 5th 1.3 Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N N Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y N N Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y N N Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y N N Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N N Y Y Y N N Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y N N Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y N N Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y N N Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y N N Y
    6th 1.1 PC Y N Y Y N Y Y Y N N Y
    7th 1.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y N N Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y N N Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y N N Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y N N Y
    4th 6.0 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y N N Y
    6th 6.0 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y N N Y
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    4 6.0 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 6.0 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5 6.0 Y N Y Y Audio only Y Y Y Y N Y
    iPad 1 6.0 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    2 6.0 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    3 6.0 Y Y Y Y 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 wait until a newer software update is available.

    Audio Section

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The JVC KW-AV60BT utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The KW-AV60BT 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 KW-AV60BT 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 KW-AV60BT 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 KW-AV60BT 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. The internal amp can also be turned off when all the speakers are powered by outboard amplifiers.

    5ch/4V Preamp Outputs: The KW-AV60BT is equipped with 5ch/4.0V preamp outputs (Front, Rear, Subwoofer). The front and rear preamp outputs allow fader control, while the subwoofer preamp output is non-fading.

    Subwoofer Control: You can adjust the KW-AV60BT's subwoofer level (-50 to +10) independently from the head unit's main volume control for added bass volume.

    Built-in Crossovers: The JVC KW-AV60BT features a built-in high-pass filter for the unit's front & rear speakers, and a low-pass filter for the unit's subwoofer output.

    • High-Pass Filter: You can activate a variable high-pass filter (40, 60, 80, 100, 120, 150, 180, 220 Hz or Through) 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. The front & rear channel's high-pass filters can be set independently of one another.
    • Low-Pass Filter: The unit's subwoofer preamp output features a low-pass filter. In order to prevent high-frequencies from being sent to your system's subwoofers, you can set the cutoff frequency of the low-pass filter to 50, 60, 80, 100, 120 Hz or Through.

    Speaker Select: You can select which type & size of speaker you have connected to the head unit. Choose from Standard (OEM/Factory), Narrow (4"/5"), Middle (6"/5x7"/6x8"), Wide (6x9").

    Pro EQ: The KW-AV60BT is equipped with JVC's Pro EQ. The integrated equalizer offers 8 preset sound modes (Flat, Natural, Dynamic, Vocal Boost, Bass Boost, Vibrant, and 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).

    Tone
    Frequency Level Q
    Bass 60, 80, 100, 150 Hz +/- 10 dB (-5 to +5) 1.0, 1.25, 1.5, 2.0
    Midrange 0.5, 1.0, 1.5, 2.0 kHz +/- 10 dB (-5 to +5) 1.0, 2.0
    Treble 10.0, 12.5, 15.0, 17.5 kHz +/- 10 dB (-5 to +5) Fixed

    Note: The audio adjustments are memorized for each source until you adjust the sound again.

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

    Dynamic Range Compression: This function reduces a Dolby Digital soundtrack's dynamic range so you can hear quieter dialog without being overwhelmed by loud sections. You can choose a setting of On (reduced dynamic range), Dialogue (clearer movie dialogue), or Off (full dynamic range).

    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 -15 to +6.

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

    AV Connections

    Front-Panel A/V Input: The JVC KW-AV60BT is equipped with a front-panel 3.5mm A/V input for connecting an external audio/video source, such as a portable digital audio player.

    Audio/Video Input: The rear-panel audio/video input consists of left and right RCA audio jacks and an RCA composite video jack, allowing you to connect external equipment to this head unit. The audio/video input can be set to one of the following modes:

    • AV IN: Choose when connecting an A/V component like a game system.
    • iPod Video: Select when connecting your iPod using the optional USB/Video cable (105KSU30, sold separately).

    Camera In: The rear-panel Camera input consists of a composite video connector which allows you to connect an optional rear-view camera (105KVCM10, sold separately). The unit features a reverse gear signal wire, that when connected to your vehicle's reverse light circuit, will automatically switch the KW-AV60BT's display to the rear-view camera input. Automatic video switching takes approximately 1.5 seconds.

    Note: Audio from your music source will continue playing, while the back-up camera is displayed.

    Video Output: The rear-panel Video Output consists of a  composite video jack that allows you to connect an optional external monitor. You can watch the same audio/video source that is being played back on the JVC head unit on your connected external monitor (sold separately). You can choose one of the following monitor types for the output to the external monitor(s):

    • 16:9: Select this when the aspect ratio of your monitor is 16:9.
    • 4:3 Letter Box: Select this when the aspect ratio of your monitor is 4:3, when viewing a widescreen picture black bars appear on the top and bottom of the screen.
    • 4:3 Pan Scan: Select this when the aspect ratio of your monitor is 4:3, when viewing a widescreen picture, the black bars do not appear; however, the left and right edges of the picture will not be shown on screen.

    Remote Control

    Optional Wireless Remote: The JVC KW-AV60BT is wireless remote controller ready and supports the JVC RM-RK252P IR wireless remote control (sold separately).

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

     
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    JVC customer service is terrible

    Written By Tim, Elkton, MD on Monday, April 08, 2013
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    After 10 months, an error message popped up. Crutchfield customer service was great with walking me through the steps to test & reset. After multiple tries, still has error message. The radio has now been in the service center for two months. JVC has yet to call back. I have called numerous times only to get frustrated. Still no answer. Ready to scrap the unit. Will never buy JVC again.
    Pros:
    non now
    Cons:
    Doesn't work
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    5 out of 5

    JVC

    Written By Calvin, Atlanta. GA on Thursday, February 28, 2013
     
    The instructions says iphone 3gs / 4 / 4s. It may not be compatible with the iphone 5. Works fine with the iphone 4 with the motion x app. Hope this helps you xxtam.....
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    5 out of 5

    Amazing but need help!!!

    Written By xxtamakitxx, Mays Landing on Monday, February 25, 2013
     
    Love this product amazing just got it installed in my 2007 cobalt lt but one question need help i have an iphone 5i plug it into the usb cord that comes with it its says its reading the device but nothing comes up any helps cords? or does the device need to be updated in software if so how do i update it please help!!!
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    5 out of 5

    Great unit for 2009 VW GTI

    Written By AlexM, Abington, PA on Monday, January 14, 2013
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    Got this unit a month ago from Crutchfield. First of I gotta say that Crutchfield's level of service is the best I ve ever experienced with any product or retailer,EVER. I've read about it in reviews before but this is the first time i bought from them and it impressed the heck out of me.They genuinely care about sending you the product that's right for you, unlike most retailers,that given the choice, would just sell you a unit that makes them most profit.I actually ordered a Sony XAV64BT receiver first cause i thought it was possible to view maps on its screen. When i called to verify, CS rep Dolly confirmed that maps wont work on that Sony and recommended this JVC unit. They not only refunded my Sony order but also paid to ship it back to them. Now off my soap box....

    This JVC stereo is the absolute best deal for the money in terms of touchscreen resolution/picture quality, Pandora app and, most importantly, navigation (As long as you have any iPhone thats not an iPhone 5, you can purchase MotionX navigation app for $1.99 from the iTunes to get the basic map data on your dashboard). You ll need to buy a separate JVC cable for MotionX to display but its affordable, and aside from navigation, this cable will allow complete control of Pandora app, including thumbs up/down functionality from unit's touchscreen, so i highly recommend this cable for iPhone users, even if you don't plan on using maps.With separate PAC adaptors, VW wheel controls and BT work flawlessly in JVC
    Pros:
    1. with Crutchfield's adapter kit, n button colors control this JVC looks stock in my 2009 VW GTI. Its a + as i hate the aftermarket look. In terms of features, it surpasses VW's factory navigation system which costs $$$$ 2. Navigation thru MotionX iPhone app is even better in terms of accuracy and features than more expensive units with built-in preloaded maps. MotionX app costs $1.99, optional voice guidance is $10/year, enabling MotionX nav control thru JVC touchscreen is $24.99 (optional)
    Cons:
    I ran out of space in Pros - so last Pro is you can still stream Pandora while MotionX navigation is on. Voice guidance can be muted, otherwise, the voice will lower the music volume when providing directions and when its done directing you the volume will return back to normal only con i can think of is that i believe it was supposed to be able to play all DVD formats, but i ve had trouble playing DVD+R in this thing(It couldnt get past DVD menu and just stop responding). DVD-R works fine th
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    5 out of 5

    Works Great

    Written By Jason, Lexington KY on Wednesday, January 02, 2013
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    Thanks again Crutchfield - The item shipped quick with all the need installation accessories. This unit sounds great is very easy to operate. The Bluetooth works well however you can expect a slight sound disortion. All and all I'm very please with this unit.
    Pros:
    Easy to scroll through, Pretty good Bluetooth quality, Nice features
    Cons:
    None as of yet - Only had for a week
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    5 out of 5

    Can't beat it for the price

    Written By Bob H, Buffalo NY on Saturday, December 15, 2012
     
    I was looking for a double din unit, with a touch screen, that would show my iPod info and cover art. After doing some research , and reading other reviews, I decided to go with this unit for my 06 F-150. Glad I did. Good looking unit. Fairly easy to operate, and has very good sound quality. I'm an iPhone user, which is another reason I went with this radio. It's really designed to be used with apple devices. I really like the pandora feature. Just plug in your iPhone , and all controls ,info, and artwork show up on the screen. And no ads. Purchase the motion x app for .99 ,and it turns this unit into a gps. Works great,very cool. I purchased the optional cable, which you'll need to use motion x, and play videos and other apps from your phone. I also purchased the brake bypass. Easy hookup allows you to watch movies without hooking up to your parking brake. And I purchased the optional remote. Too many buttons, complicated, and only works for certain features. I really only use it for volume and to advance to the next song. Overall this is a great unit for the money, and I highly recommend it.
    Pros:
    Removable face plate, pandora access, displays song info and artwork, physical volume knob, ease of use.
    Cons:
    None that I can think of
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    2 out of 5

    Not happy

    Written By SteveK, Boston, MA on Saturday, December 15, 2012
     
    Had really high hopes for this unit. The BT sound quality for voice hands free calling (on receiving end) is apparently horrible. I have to hold the microphone in front of my mouth for anyone to hear me, even after adjusting the sensitivity. Compounding it is the weak reception across all bands. So much worse than the stock radio. Thinking of returning it.
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    5 out of 5

    A Nice Upgrade

    Written By Bud, South Jersey on Thursday, November 29, 2012
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    This is an an upgrade to a VW Jetta factory radio and is used with an IPhone 4s that I connect directly with the optional cable. I added the Sound Ordinance sub and a Pyle back-up camera (much cheaper). Installed it all myself and this cannot be done (in my opinion) without all the Crutchfield gadgets. The install kit really worked well. The music sounds great and the hands-free phone using Siri works quite well. I mounted the microphone on the steering wheel column and my callers hear me just fine. The fit and finish look good and I was able to customize the lighting to look nice with the rest of the car interior lights. Overall a great value.
    Pros:
    Great value, nice display, easy to control.
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    5 out of 5

    Very Happy with this radio

    Written By TPinglese, Easthampton, MA on Monday, November 19, 2012
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    I bought this radio to replace the factory radio in a 2006 Subaru Legacy. After researching a few models, I decided on this one. Installation was pretty straight forward. Documentation provided was very helpful. Sound quality is excellent. Touch screen is very responsive.
    Pros:
    Ease of Use. Features Blue Tooth
    Cons:
    None yet.
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    5 out of 5

    Very Happy with my Choice

    Written By JH, San Antonio, TX on Sunday, October 07, 2012
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    I had a Pioneer since June and the bluetooth stopped working with the iOS 6 upgrade (I was also unhappy with its other poor characteristics). Crutchfield did me right and agreed to exchange it for this unit and I am very happy that I did. It installed easy and I performed the firmware update before starting it up. The bluetooth works perfect as well as everything else. This unit is much better than what I had before in all areas! Great graphics, ease of use, and better sound quality. For the price this is a very good unit with great features-and the Bluetooth works with the new iOS 6.
    Pros:
    Bluetooth Works. Great Sound. Easy setup.
    Cons:
    None yet
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    4 out of 5

    Nice Deck at Good Price

    Written By TKD-KING, Vancouver, BC on Thursday, August 30, 2012
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    I picked up the JVC KW-AV60BT because I wanted a double-din LED deck that would match my interior and had a rear-ipod usb connection. The JVC KW-AV60BT has infinite color combinations, but selecting a color isn't simple. Colors are selected based on combining the primary colors. I'm far from an artist, so figuring out how to make a specif color took me some time. Another annoyance is that if you choose "sky blue" it wont tell you what "that" combination of primary's is... I was also annoyed that no matter what you change the "buttons" and "background" colors to, the menus are always blue?!?! Seriously lame! The USB / ipod is good but could be faster. I bought the cable, but haven't been too impressed with it since we don't have Pandora in Canada, and MotionX sucks compared to my garmin. All in all, good value. great sounds, easy to use, nice appearance. BT is good but could use some refinement.
    Pros:
    Sound quality Value
    Cons:
    Menus Speed Colors
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    4 out of 5

    Happy as can be.

    Written By J rock, Brooklyn New York. on Friday, August 10, 2012
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    I bought this unit for the built in Bluetooth and DVD capabilities. I really Feel I got a great deal. Well worth the money I replaced my factory speakers as well to alpine and it sounds terrific.
    Pros:
    Bluetooth automatically connects to my iPhone and I can touch dial through the head unit. Love watching YouTube and Watching streaming video content on the head unit. Detachable face is a must where I'm from.
    Cons:
    Resolution when watching YouTube and videos from iPod could use improvement.
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    5 out of 5

    Great unit

    Written By Coenelius, Atlants on Wednesday, August 08, 2012
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    Great unit. Great price
    Pros:
    IPod cOnnection is seamless with the required cable. This was thought out great by the engineers
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KW-AV60BT

    Written By Big Kool, Fort Campbell, KY on Friday, August 03, 2012
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    Awesome simply awesome
    Pros:
    Best aftermarket stero I have ever bought
    Cons:
    None that I remember
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    4 out of 5

    Decent but not perfect

    Written By Chris, Round Rock, Texas on Tuesday, July 31, 2012
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    I really like this radio. The connectivity is really awesome. The price is right. The display is top notch. I I love the interface and being able to connect the navigation from my Iphone to this screen. My only complaint is that the bluetooth quality for the microphone is not clear. When I connect the phone by hard wire it is a little better but overall the bluetooth microphone is very disappointing. So many people have told me that the echo is really severe.. So unless I am on hold, I will not use the bluetooth connection for the phone. I am going to research this and see if there are some solutions.
    Pros:
    Great value. Great connectivity to Iphone. Easy to use. Great tone adjustments through equalizer and crossover are unbelievable. The more I have toyed with these adjustments the more I have really fallen in love with this unit and the sound.
    Cons:
    My only complaint is that the bluetooth microphone just does not measure up. Too much echo.
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    4 out of 5

    Happy with product

    Written By Q, Richmond, VA on Thursday, July 05, 2012
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    Very please with actual unit, and Crutchfield top notch service. Installation was a breeze and overall unit is easy to use. We bought the iPhone/Pod connector cable and it makes it that much easier to interface. Had early issue with clarity of connection with Mic when connected on bluetooth. After trouble shooting with Crutchfield over several calls, finaly solved issue by moving Mic sensitivity to 1. Crutchfield service was excellent throughout.
    Pros:
    Good value and easy installation
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    3 out of 5

    It was OK until it died

    Written By Rob B., NJ on Wednesday, May 30, 2012
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    I had this unit in my car for less than 24 hours. The first thing I noticed was a flier stuffed into the box recommending a firmware update for improved BT audio control. I spent an hour on a Friday night getting the HU installed and configured then I downloaded the firmware update. On Sat. morning I installed the update then went on a 2 hr round trip. I played around with all of the features I use (BT calls, BT audio, and Sat radio) for a lot of the trip. Overall I was happy with the controls and useability of the radio. Everything was easy to find and set up, no hassles there. I went for another drive later in the day, ~20 minutes total, same deal. I noticed the BT audio controls weren't always working as expected, so I went out to the car to try my wife's phone and see if that would be any better, though I never got the chance. The radio reset itself and booted to the "initial setup" screen. Every time I touched the screen to configure the options the radio rebooted. I was never able to get it back to normal, so back it went in exchange for a Pioneer AVH-P3400BH. I've also recently tried an Alpine CDE-HD138BT. Of the three the JVC was #1 in ease of use, #1 in user interface, #2 in display customization, and a distant #3 in sound quality.
    Pros:
    The user interface is well laid out and easy to use, by FAR the best when compared to Pioneer AVH-P3400BH & Alpine CDE-HD138BT. You can adjust the display colors but I wasn't able to change everything I wanted (seems like only certain text items change color?). This JVC uses the SiriusXM SXV-100V1 add-on which is very compact and easy to install (Plug n Play; interface cable and antenna cable, that's it). The BT audio controls are OK but laggy at times.
    Cons:
    The sound quality is nowhere near the Pioneer AVH-P3400BH & Alpine CDE-HD138BT. BT call quality is horrible. All of the EQ settings (aside from flat) introduced a ton of white noise. To be fair I didn't try to mess around with the EQ too much to figure it out, but that's because the unit died within 24 hours of installation.
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KW-AV60BT

    Written By Chris E., Tampa, FL on Friday, May 25, 2012
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    Installed this JVC unit in my 2007 VW Passat. The JVC head unit has been working great. Bluetooth sync works great to my Droid RAZR smartphone. The phone sound quality in the car is great. The folks on the other end say it sounds very good...typical car phone sound but good. I installed the SiriusXM SXV-100V1 satellite radio interface to the JVC head unit and it works great and was very simple to install. The JVC KW-AV60BT is a great unit with quick touchscreen response and features. Good sound quality. I also used the PAC C2R-VW2 wiring harness. This is a must on any install to handle all the wiring issues. The Crutchfield VW dash-kit was ok. The kit needed more instructions and the quality could be better. I was able to fiddle and work with and it now looks factory. No complaints from Crutchfield. I called once during the install to verify a wiring question and they were very helpful.
    Pros:
    Excellent head unit, great value.
    Cons:
    No issues with JVC radio.only with the dash-kit - could be better.
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    5 out of 5

    Great product

    Written By John S, Gilbert, AZ on Thursday, May 03, 2012
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    After trying to scrutinize this product in every way that I could, I ended up not being able to find ANYTHING wrong with it. I've seen videos of similar models going very slow and was worried about that, but mine goes pretty fast. When you open up the search feature it will take a second to load, but other than that it is a smooth operation that can be used while driving.

    It can play things directly from an Android phone, but unfortunately will play EVERYTHING on it. So if you downloaded an app that has tiny sound files, it will play those too. It can also play through a USB thumbdrive, but remember to format it to FAT32 otherwise it won't read it.

    Overall very happy with the product as well as Crutchfield.
    Pros:
    Smooth operation. Ease of use. Great sized screen. 4v Preouts Mine has 1% THD at 35 volume out of 50 which is better than most headunits on the market.
    Cons:
    Slow to load search pages or scrollings. Soaks up a good amount of power. Remote recommended for it by JVC does not work fully.
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    5 out of 5

    Happy with my purchase

    Written By Clayton, Colorado on Tuesday, April 24, 2012
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    I'm very happy with this unit. Added bonus to Crutchfield for giving me the wiring harness, mounting kit and detailed instructions for how to install in my 2008 Nissan Frontier. I never would have been able to take apart the dash of my truck to get to the unit without the Crutchfield instruction packet.

    As for the unit itself, my main interest was that the interface for ipod controls/usb controls is easy to use and the unit delivers on that. Sound is good (though I need to upgrade my speakers) and bluetooth mic quality is good (mounted by the driver visor seems to be best in my truck). Pretty cool that you can upload your own jpgs to use as the background image. The only thing that annoys me about the unit is that I can't turn off the album art (the square that says Experience in the prod shot on this site) so I can see the background image I uploaded. Would also be cooler if there were a slideshow mode, or rotating background images that could be stored in the unit. All in all, very satisfied with both the unit itself and with buying it from crutchfield.
    Pros:
    Good & intuitive ipod/usb/mp3 cd user interface USB cable comes from back of the unit Good bluetooth sound quality Customize the background image with an 800x600 jpg
    Cons:
    Can't disable/hide album art square on screen Can't upload multiple images to have a slideshow / changing background
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    5 out of 5

    Great product

    Written By Mario, LA on Sunday, April 22, 2012
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    Great headunit. Very easy to use, pro eq really helps dial in the speakers to get the best sound.
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    4 out of 5

    Good radio, bad Bluetooth

    Written By Steve, New Haven, CT on Tuesday, April 17, 2012
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    Great radio with a lot of features more expensive units have. Keep in mind that I'm a big user of Apple so it nicely integrated with my phone for GPS, IPod, Pandora and other apps. Connected it to a rear camera and that works perfectly. Satellite kit installed and works well along with steering wheel controls. The Bluetooth mic however is HORRIBLE. People can barely hear me. I got the radio installed professionally and will see if they have a solution, but if you talk a lot in the car and are buying this for the Bluetooth keep looking.
    Pros:
    Features for price.
    Cons:
    Bluetooth really stinks.
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    4 out of 5

    Nice radio

    Written By Sethman, Pgh, pa on Tuesday, April 03, 2012
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    Nice radio at a good value. Can do most of what the more expensive radios can do for a fraction of the cost.
    Pros:
    Great value Seems well made
    Cons:
    Doesent come with iPod cable, and most vendors are outa stock.
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    4 out of 5

    Better than what I expected.

    Written By HwyFuzz, Port St Lucie, FL on Tuesday, March 27, 2012
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    I bought this for my wifes new 2012 Accord SE - she is the type that is happy with what she has - I'm not :o) So without going overboard I check the Crutchfield outlet and got this as an open box. Still a little more in cost than other places, but I am a loyal Cructhfield customer for years. All was cool, I soldered and heat sealed all of the lines. I put a SWI-JACK in order to us steering wheel controls, hooked up SiriusXM - I got it all in - the bluetooth worked fin, my wife said the phone was clear, etc. Then I realized I was never told to take the bottom portion of try trim from the OEM unit. So now, tomorrow I have to pull the whole thing out and reconnect it - not bad considering I now ordered the iPhone hook up for it. This beats the $1100 Alpine I bought two-years ago from Crutchfield which is JUNK compared to this.
    Pros:
    Aesthetics, sound, ease of installation, detachable face, sleek, colorful, lots of options.
    Cons:
    When using the SWI-JACK, volume is slightly sluggish, not as bad as people on here say. The steering wheel controls only allow me to do vol + and vol - the channel button only goes down not up. No tragedy.
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    5 out of 5

    JVC FTW

    Written By JoeA, Orange County, CA on Wednesday, March 14, 2012
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    I have been out of the radio thing for about 10yrs just using OEM, it was time to replace so it was between this a Kenwood and Pioneer. I always buy Panasonic, they have always been good to me, but that was not an option. JVC has always been a staple in my audio life as well, and this is just another unit that just works as it should. I wish it was not so integrated with Apple products, android fan here. But I'd buy this one again, with out any doubts.
    Pros:
    Great sound, bluetooth, user uploadable wallpaper
    Cons:
    Too integrated with apple, detachable face (does offer a way to secure it)
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    5 out of 5

    Very Good

    Written By G_Dub, Michigan on Friday, March 09, 2012
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    Installed on my 07 Passat last week and everything has been working great. Must have some patience with the wiring process however it is very straight forward because the wires are color coded. Pairs up great with my iPhone's Bluetooth and even through USB. Sound quality is great, just as good as the stock radio. Props to Crutchfield as well. Had a small technical issue and Crutchfield responded at 11:30pm and solved my issue. Radio responsiveness is very quick and this was a must for me. A lot of radios out there have very slow response time. For all iPhone/iPod users, the GPS features or any APP features will work only if you buy the special cable. The reasoning for this is because any app that is displayed on the screen is displayed through TV-Out. It's still good though. I load up MotionX GPS Drive on the iPhone and it will display it on the screen.

    On a side note, when trying to make phone calls over Bluetooth, on the other side of the line it sounds like you are talking through a tunnel. I think this is due to a poor mic that was included with it. I even placed the mic close to me and the sound quality didn't change. I will have to try a new mic and see. The incoming sound however sounds great when coming from the speakers.
    Pros:
    Quick and responsive touch screen. Easily pairs with iPhone and other devices Bluetooth. Sound quality for music is just as good over Bluetooth as is when connected through USB.
    Cons:
    Poor microphone quality. Sounds like you are talking through a tunnel.
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    4 out of 5

    so far so good

    Written By G, California on Friday, March 02, 2012
     
    I just got this yesterday and installed it myself today. Crutchfield does a great job of providing everything needed to install this on your own. Be patient there is a bit of wiring that needs to be done but it is color coordinated. So far I have managed to pair this device with my phone and it works well. the setup of the unit itself was easy. Tuning the sound is interesting, it allows you to use a 3 band basic sound setup or a 9 band advanced set up. I have only had this unit installed for about 3 hours and I am happy I made the purchase.
    Pros:
    great price, great sound, easy installation, responsive touch screen. bluetooth pairs with my evo 4g.
    Cons:
    none at the moment.
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