Hit the road with cool smartphone integration

JVC's KW-AV61BT DVD receiver keeps your smartphone in the loop when you're on the road, with some nifty app integration, controlled from the detachable 6.1" touchscreen. With your iPhone® connected via JVC's KS-U30 cable, you'll get basic control over audio apps like Mog and Tunein Radio, including functions like play/pause or track up/down. You can also view traffic info from Inrix, Cobra iRadar, and other driving apps with an iPhone 4 or 4S. For powerful navigation, download the MotionX-GPS Drive app (subscription required) and you'll be able to see maps and live traffic reports on the receiver's screen. You'll still need to access your iPhone with this app, so consider adding an iPhone mount for easy use.

JVC KW-AV61BT

Sources and functions are easily accessed with the touchscreen controls

Bluetooth adds safety and more features

With the KW-AV61BT's built-in Bluetooth and a compatible phone, you'll never have to worry about fumbling around in your purse or pocket when a call comes in. Just touch the screen and carry on your conversation while keeping your eyes on the road. Bluetooth opens up more listening opportunities too. You can stream any audio content from your phone to the receiver wirelessly, and even control basic functions of some music apps.

Pandora® with iPhone

JVC lets you enjoy your favorite Pandora stations on the road. Just plug in your iPhone and you'll have touchscreen control right in your dash. And thanks to Bluetooth, you can do the same with your Android device. You'll enjoy the rest of your digital music too — 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 music — it's easy to fit hundreds of tracks on either one, and you can still dive in using the touchscreen.

Video on the go

Use the rear audio/video inputs to hook up your favorite portable audio player, a camcorder, or another video source. This receiver boasts a video output to send movies to a rear video screen, so your passengers will stay happy during the longest road trips. If you've got a big vehicle, you'll appreciate the input for a rear-view camera — helpful for when you're maneuvering your vehicle in tight spaces.

Want to keep your steering wheel controls?

In most vehicles, you can use an adapter (not included) to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this JVC stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and the JVC, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. Check the "Accessories" tab for compatible adapters.

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.

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.

Product 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" touchscreen with detachable face
    • Bluetooth adapter included for hands-free calling and music streaming
    • App Mode for your favorite music apps on iPhone (with appropriate cables)
    • App Link mode for control of music, navigation, and other apps with iPhone 4 or 4S
    • Pandora control via iPhone and Android
    • variable color illumination with over 30,000 choices of colors
    • fits double-DIN (4" tall) dash openings
    Audio/visual features:
    • plays CDs, DVDs, and USB memory devices (see "Details" for full capabilities)
    • 3-band parametric EQ with 8 preset tone settings
    • high- and 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 USB input, front and rear A/V inputs, rear-view camera input
    • outputs: video output; 5-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, mono subwoofer)
    Other information:

    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.

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    What's in the box?

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    • Double-DIN DVD receiver (10-amp fuse inserted in chasis)
    • Detachable 6.1" touchscreen monitor
    • Sleeve (installed) Trim ring (installed)
    • Wiring harness
    • 6.5' Parking brake wire (light green)
    • KS-UBT1 USB Bluetooth adapter (pre-installed)
    • Microphone with integrated bracketed (attached 10' cable terminated by a 3.5mm connector)
    • 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
    • Rear-support stud (with flat-washer/lock-nut attached)
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • Face-fixing screw
    • Instructions (En/Fr/Sp)
    • Installation/Connection Manual (En/Fr/Sp)
    • US warranty information
    • Canadian warranty information
    • Product Registration Card/Questionnaire
    • "Caution" note (taped to wiring harness)
    • "Caution on cleaning the unit" note (attached to touchscreen monitor)
    • iPhone/iPod Users note
    • Face-fixing screw note
    • Bluetooth Adapter Caution note
    • USB Bluetooth Adapter instructions

    Features and Specs

    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant Yes
    RMS Power Output 20 watts
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 5-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen Yes
    Preamp Voltage 4 volts
    Display Color
    Key Button Color Variable
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote Optional
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input 3.5mm AV (front)
    USB Input Rear
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Included
    Satellite Radio Ready SiriusXM
    HD Radio No
    Navigation Optional
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic
    Nano 7/6/5/4/3/2/1
    Touch 5/4/3/2/1
    Mini ---
    iPhone 5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 9.3 dBf
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes

    Product Research

    Touchscreen Display
    Built-in Bluetooth
    AM/FM+Pandora+SiriusXM Radio
    Disc & USB Playback
    iPod/iPhone Integration
    Audio Section
    AV Connections
    Remote Control

    Touchscreen Display

    6.1" TFT LCD Touchscreen Monitor (Detachable): The KW-AV61BT 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. You can detach the touchscreen LCD monitor to deter theft. No face case is included.

    Gesture Volume Control: Gesture Control lets you operate certain functions of the KW-AV61BT 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-AV61BT 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.

    Variable Color Illumination: 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.

    Picture 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 display of video while the vehicle is in motion, the light green wire (attached to rear-chassis) must be connected to the vehicle's parking brake detection circuit. You cannot view video unless your vehicle's parking brake is engaged. If you attempt to view video without the parking brake engaged, the unit's LCD touchscreen will simply display "Parking Off". While your vehicle is in motion (parking brake off), you can still view all of the head unit's menu screens/settings, source information, metadata, and album artwork.

    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-AV61BT 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

    Bluetooth Technology: The JVC KW-AV61BT is equipped with built-in Bluetooth (2.1+EDR) allowing you to make and receive phone calls wirelessly through the receiver; as well as stream music wirelessly from your smartphone to the head unit. 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 1.5 (Hands Free Profile), OPP 1.1 (Object Push Profile), PBAB 1.0 (Phone Book Access Profile).
    • Audio Streaming: A2DP 1.2 (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP 1.3 (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).
    Note: The JVC KW-AV61BT comes supplied with a USB Bluetooth Adapter (KS-UBT1) which is pre-installed into the head unit's hidden front-panel USB input. The unit's hidden front-panel USB port is located behind the detachable touchscreen monitor. 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.

    SPP (Secure Simple Pairing): With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the JVC KW-AV61BT without having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings. When a registered Bluetooth device is in close proximity to the receiver, the auto connection function automatically pairs the two units. You can register up to five Bluetooth-enabled devices with the JVC head unit (only one paired phone can be used at a time).

    Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the JVC KW-AV61BT. See JVC's Bluetooth compatibility chart for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled devices.

    Bluetooth Hands-Free Communication: The head unit supports Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. The touchscreen controls of the KW-AV61BT can be used to dial a number, answer an in-coming call, or end a call. The unit also includes 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 (All or Front only). 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. You can answer the call from the head unit's touchscreen, or setup the head unit to automatically answer the incoming call immediately in 5 seconds. The KW-AV61BT also supports the Call Waiting function, so you can answer another incoming call while suspending the current call you are on. Your compatible cell-phone must also support this feature.
    • Dialing a Number: Using the KW-AV61BT, 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 dial by using the downloaded phone book. You can download phone book data from your cell phone to the KW-AV61BT. 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 search the phone book in alphabetical order.
      • Call History: The Call History 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.

    External Microphone: The JVC KW-AV61BT 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 volume level and noise cancellation of the microphone without affecting the other sources. The external microphone features an attached 10' 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 1.505" (depth).

    Note: This unit does not offer an integrated front-panel microphone.

    SMS: If your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone is compatible with SMS (Short Message Service), the JVC head unit will notify you when a message has been received. You must then use your phone to check the message. You cannot read, edit, or send a message through this unit.

    Wireless Audio Streaming (w/ Metadata Display): The JVC KW-AV61BT also supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth enabled audio player or smartphone. The KW-AV61BT will be able to control basic playback functions of your Bluetooth device's stored music; such as Play/Pause, Skip Next/Previous, Fast Forward/Rewind and Random/Repeat. The head unit will also display your stored music's song information; such as Artist name and Song/Album title. The KW-AV61BT also supports audio streaming of music apps downloaded on your smartphone with metadata display and limited control. Advanced music control of your music apps will still need be done via your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone. 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.

    Siri Digital Assistant Control: When paired and connected with an iPhone 4S or 5/5C/5S via Bluetooth (not USB), the JVC KW-AV61BT has the ability to access Siri through its touchscreen and external microphone. Simply press the touchscreen "voice command" icon on the Bluetooth Phone screen to engage Siri and use the included microphone to communicate with Siri. Siri's voice will heard through your vehicle's speakers. All Siri functions including hands-free calling, music search, setting reminders, text-messaging, audible navigation, and more can be done through the KW-AV61BT and its microphone. The head unit's LCD touchscreen will only display hands-free calling and Bluetooth audio information (all other functions of Siri are only audible through the JVC KW-AV61BT; visual data will still need to be viewed from your iPhone device).

    Note: You can ask Siri to get directions to a destination and the turn-by-turn instructions will heard through your vehicle's speakers, while the on-screen map still displays on your iPhone 4S/5/5C/5S. The head unit's audio is attenuated while Siri provides audible directions.

    AM/FM+Pandora+SiriusXM Radio

    RDS AM/FM Tuner: The JVC KW-AV61BT features a built-in AM/FM tuner with manual, seek, and preset tuning. The Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast information such as artist, title, and album when listening to compatible AM/FM stations. 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. You can switch the tuner's IF filter to Wide or Auto to increase/decrease the sensitivity. Local tuning lets you only tune in stations with sufficient signal strength. You can activate the monaural mode to improve FM reception, when a station is week (the stereo effect will be lost).

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

    Pandora Internet Radio (for iPhone/Android/Blackberry): Pandora is the leading Internet Radio music service in the United States, giving people music they love anytime, anywhere, through personalized radio stations. The JVC KW-AV61BT DVD receiver lets you playback and control the Pandora Internet Radio music service that is being streamed to your Apple iPhone, Android smartphone, or Blackberry device. Your iPhone, Android, or Blackberry smartphone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. In addition, you will need an active Pandora music service account.

    • Connection Type: The JVC KW-AV61BT provides Pandora App access via a USB-connected iPhone or Bluetooth-enabled Android/Blackberry smartphone.
      • Pandora App for iPhone: The JVC KW-AV61BT provides complete access to your Pandora account using your iPhone, via the head unit's rear-panel USB port. To access Pandora you must have an Apple iPhone (iOS3 or later) with the latest version of the Pandora App from Apple's iTunes App Store.
      • Pandora App for Android/Blackberry: The JVC KW-AV61BT lets you playback and control Pandora Internet Radio streamed from your Android or Blackberry smartphone, via Bluetooth (no hard-wired connection required). To access Pandora from the JVC head unit, your Bluetooth-enabled Android or Blackberry smartphone must have the latest version of the Pandora App from the Google Play App Store or BlackBerry App World. Your Android or Blackberry smartphone must support A2DP, AVRCP, and SPP Bluetooth profiles.
    • Station Control: The JVC KW-AV61BT will provide control over the Pandora music service streamed to your USB-connected iPhone or Bluetooth-enabled Android/Blackberry smartphone.
      • Station/Genre List: You can select Pandora stations from your Station List by date or alphabetically (A-Z). You can also select from Pandora's Genre Stations.
      • Create New Station: New stations can be created based on the current songs or artists playing on Pandora.
      • Skip Songs: You can skip song tracks within a station. You cannot skip back to a previous song. Pandora limits the number of skips allowed.
      • Thumbs Up/Down: You can give songs a thumbs up or thumbs down to help Pandora personalize stations to suit your preferences.
    • Information Display: The JVC KW-AV61BT will display Artist, Album, & Song information provided by the Pandora app on your iPhone or Android/Blackberry smartphone.
    Note: Access to the Pandora service will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone or Android/Blackberry smartphone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.

    SiriusXM Ready: The JVC KW-AV61BT 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). However, you can easily add this SiriusXM tuner to an existing Sirius or XM account for a Multi-Radio Discount Plan.

    Disc & USB Playback

    Disc Compatibility: The unit has a front-loading disc-slot to make loading your disc easier because there is no panel to slide or fold-down. The JVC KW-AV61BT supports playback of DVD-Video, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, CD-Audio, CD-Text, CD-R/RW, and VCD discs. The unit supports MPEG-1/MPEG-2 and DiVX video files recorded on to CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, or DVD+R/RW discs. It also supports playback of MP3/WMA/WAV music files loaded onto a CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, or DVD+R/RW disc.

    USB Port: The JVC KW-AV61BT features a rear-panel USB type-A port (attached to the unit's rear-chassis by a 38" cable) for connection and control of a portable USB mass-storage class (MSC) device; such as select Android smartphones (Froyo/Gingerbread OS only), portable digital audio players, or USB thumbdrives. The USB port enables playback of MP3, WMA, WAV audio files; as well as JPEG still-picture files stored on a compatible USB memory device. The KW-AV61BT also supports video playback of MPEG1/MPEG2 video files from a connected portable USB MSC device. USB portable audio devices 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.

    File Compatibility: The JVC KW-AV61BT supports the following types of audio, video, and photo files recorded onto a disc or loaded onto a USB mass storage class device.

    Media Type Disc (CD-R/RW or DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW) USB
    File System ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, Romeo FAT 12/16/32
    Playable File Types Audio MP3: bit rate of 32-320kbps w/ sampling rates of 16-48kHz
    WMA: bit rate of 32-320kbps w/ sampling rates of 22.05-48kHz
    WAV: bit rate of 16-bit w/ sampling rate of 44.1kHz
    Video MPEG-1: 352x240 to 720x480 or 352x280 to720x576 (4.0Mbps)
    MPEG-2: 352x240 to 720x480 or 352x280 to 720x576 (4.0Mbps)
    DivX (disc only): .divx, .div, or .avi (4.0Mbps)
    Photo JPEG: 32x32 to 8192x7680 pixels
    Maximum # of Folders/Files 250 folders/5,000 files (999 files per folder)
    Tags MP3 ID3-tags (ver. 1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4), WMA-tags, AAC-tags, and WAV-tags

    Playback Screen: During DVD playback, you can control certain operations simply by touching an area of the screen. The touchscreen has 4 functions areas. You can touch the left of the screen to start the current chapter over, or the right of the screen to skip to the next chapter. Pressing the top center of the screen activates the picture adjustments, while pressing the bottom center activates the playback controls.

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

    Disc Reload: 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.

    Drive Change Mode (for BlackBerry): The JVC receiver's USB port supports playback from BlackBerry smartphones (via USB mass storage mode). JVC's Drive Change Mode lets you connect your BlackBerry smartphone (that uses an external memory card) directly to the head unit, via USB. Drive Change Mode will let you switch between your 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.

    Firmware Updates (via USB): The unit's operating system is updateable via free downloadable software from JVC's support site. Firmware downloads assist in maintaining system performance when using external devices and emerging technologies. Firmware/software updates can be downloaded onto a USB thumbdrive from your computer and then inserted into the head unit's USB port and uploaded. The tested unit contained firmware version G21.01.00 (0001). 

    iPod/iPhone Integration

    iPod/iPhone Connectivity: The JVC KW-AV61BT supports audio/video playback from select Apple iPods and iPhones.

    • Audio/Video 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. You can access audio/video content stored on your iPod/iPhone device or apps streamed to your Apple device. The cable features a proprietary Apple iPod 30-pin dock connector on one end and a male composite video/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. The unit's USB port handles the control, metadata display, and charging of your iPod/iPhone. The composite video/stereo RCA inputs handle audio and video transfer from your iPod/iPhone to the JVC receiver. By using the AV input, the music travels to the receiver as an analog signal, so you can even play the Digital-Rights-Protected files you've stored on your iPod/iPhone. The unit's rear-panel AV input must be set to "iPod" in order to playback audio/video from your connected iPod/iPhone. Video can only be displayed while the vehicle is in park.
    • Audio Only Playback: If you only want to playback audio from your iPod or iPhone, you can simply connect it to the KW-AV61BT's USB port using the USB/iPod dock cable that came with your iPod/iPhone. This 1-wire USB connection bypasses the iPod/iPhone's DAC 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. The unit's rear-panel AV input must be set to "AV-IN" in order to use the 1-wire USB connection. You will not be able to play Digital-Rights-Protected files. This 1-wire connection only supports audio stored on your iPod/iPhone device and Pandora (no other apps or video content).

    Note: If you have an iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), or iPhone 5/5C/5S; use the Lighting-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect to the head unit. Or, use the JVC KSU-30 iPod cable (105KSU30, sold separately), plus the Apple Lightning to 30-pin adapter (472LTN230P, sold separately) to access audio apps. These Apple devices only support audio playback (no video output).

    iPod/iPhone Control: You can choose to control your connected iPod/iPhone from the head unit and from the iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen.

    • Head Unit: From the head unit's touchscreen 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-AV61BT also supports Repeat (file/all) and Random (album/all) playback functions of your iPod/iPhone.
    • iPod: The iPod control mode allows you to control stored audio/video content from your connected iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen. This is very useful for the person riding in your passenger seat. Basic iPod navigation controls remain functional on the KW-AV61BT's touchscreen, but the advanced Playlist and Category search modes cannot be accessed from the head unit.
    • 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) and that your vehicle's parking brake is engaged. The iPod out mode does not function for videos or apps.

    App Control: The JVC KW-AV61BT in-dash multimedia head unit offers two distinct App Control modes when connected to your Apple iPhone via the JVC KSU-30 iPod cable (not compatible with the USB connector cable that comes with your iPhone device).

    • App Mode: App mode for your iPhone requires the JVC KSU-30 iPod cable (105KSU30, sold separately). You will also need the Apple Lightning to 30-pin adapter (472LTN230P, sold separately) for the iPhone 5. App mode lets you listen to your favorite music apps, such as iHeartRadio, SiriusXM, Last.fm, Rhapsody, & Slacker streamed to your iPhone (iOS 3.0+) through the JVC head unit and your vehicle's speakers. You can even watch video on the JVC DVD receiver's touchscreen from streaming movie apps, such as Netflix & YouTube, downloaded on your iPhone 4/4S (iOS 4.0+). The iPod mode's video functions can only be accessed when the vehicle's parking brake is fully engaged. Not all apps will be compatible and only limited (basic), if any, control will be available. Available controls may include (Play/Pause & Skip Previous/Next). 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.
    • App Link Mode: App Link mode lets you experience large detailed displays of useful driving and audio apps from your iPhone 4/4S (iOS 4.3 or later) on the JVC KW-AV61BT, using the  JVC KS-U30 cable (105KSU30, sold separately). App Link mode is not compatible with the iPhone 5. Available apps included (as of 3/8/2013).
    App Categories App Link Apps Description
    Navigation MotionX-GPS Drive 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-AV61BT 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. 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.
    INRIX Traffic INRIX is a leading provider of highly accurate traffic services. INRIX's strategic partnership with Clear Channel Radio and Total Traffic Network extends the delivery of the highest quality data and broadest coverage available for personal navigation. The INRIX Traffic app for iPhone provides real-time traffic information and traffic forecasts for all major highways, interstates, arterials and city streets nationwide. Traffic information will be displayed on the JVC KW-AV61BT, while control is still handled from the iPhone. INRIX Traffic offers the following benefits - (1) Avoid delays with real-time traffic info from the world's largest traffic network (2) View traffic incidents on your route such as accidents, police, constructions, and other events (3) Know your best time to leave based on predicted traffic conditions (4)Compare your current traffic conditions from what is normal.
    Driver Assistance Local Scope Local Scope (free app) allows you to find places, people, and information around your current position using geo-tagged data from multiple local search engines, social networks, media sharing services, and other apps. Explore information, photos and videos aggregated from diverse services or get information about places.
    DashCommand Utilizing the built-in GPS & accelerometer sensors of the iPhone 4/4S, the DashCommand  app ($49.99) displays advanced vehicle and driving statistics. When connected to a compatible vehicle's OBD-II data port (optional OBD-II interface sold separately from Palmer Performance Engineering), advanced data monitoring, logging and analysis are enabled. Users can create and display up to 27 virtual dashboards with many styles including digital gauges, analog gauges, indicator lights, and more, which can all be accessed on the head unit's touchscreen. Compatible with more than 13 OBD-II compliant interfaces, the app can also be used as a scan tool to read vehicle trouble codes.
    Cobra iRadar Cobra iRadar (free app) is the world's first and largest community-based radar/laser/camera detection system. Now you can share and receive alerts in real time from other iRadar users. With access to live radar/laser detection, user reports, automatic alert reporting, and Cobra's AURA speed and red light camera database, iRadar users are the smartest and most aware drivers on the road.
    DriveMate Rec DriveMate Rec ($1.99) is an iPhone app that records video while you drive and tracks the route driven. It includes three functions. (1) Automatically records video in incidents such as traffic accidents (2) Records scenery while driving (3)  Record tracks while driving, so you can compare track with other routes you have driven.
    DriveMate SafetyCam DriveMate SafetyCam ($.99) is an iPhone app designed to support safe and eco-friendly driving. Provides an approach warning to the car ahead, departure notification of the car ahead, and an overall driving safety evaluation.
    Web Reader (Text-to-Speech) Web Reader ($1.99) for iPhone uses Text to speech technology along with web page content recognition to read web pages out loud. Web Reader reads web pages and social media sites aloud through car speaker while driving with on-screen play & pause.
    Music Sonic MaxPro for JVC Sonic MaxPro for JVC (free app) is an HD quality music player with BBE's critically acclaimed HD audio technology-(Sonic Maximizer) and built-in presets.
    TuneIn Radio TuneIn lets you listen to the world's radio with music, sports, news, talk, and comedy streaming from every continent. Enjoy 70,000 live radio stations and 2 million podcasts, concerts or shows on your iPhone, iPad and iPod, all for free. The KW-AV61BT will display station identification, song/artist information. and album artwork. You will still need to use your iPhone to change stations.

    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. Apps not available in all areas. Available apps subject to change without notice.

    iPod/iPhone Display: The KW-AV61BT 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 (except for Pandora and App Link apps).

    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 (not the iPad). If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The JVC KW-AV61BT is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 10/8/2013):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Bluetooth Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone iPod Out App  Mode App Link Pandora App Album Art Song/Artist Text Track Info Phone Audio Siri
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y N N Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y Y Y Y N Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    4 7.0.2 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    4S 7.0.2 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5 7.0.2 Y* N Y Y N Y** N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5C 7.0.2 Y* N Y Y N Y** N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5S 7.0.2 Y* N Y Y N Y** N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y Y Y Y N Y N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N Y N Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N Y N Y
    4th 6.1.2 Y Y Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N Y N Y
    5th 7.0.2 Y* N Y Y N Y** N N Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N N N N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N N N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y Y Y Y N N N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y Y Y Y N N N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y Y Y Y N N N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y Y Y N N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    7th 1.02 PC Y* N Y Y N N N N Y Y Y N Y N Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y Y Y Y N N N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y Y Y Y N N N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y Y Y Y N N N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    video 5th 1.3 Y Y Y N N N N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y N Y N N
    2 7.0.2 Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y N Y N N
    3 7.0.2 Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y N Y N N
    4 7.0.2 Y* N Y Y N Y** N Y Y Y Y N Y Y N
    mini 7.0.2 Y* N Y Y N Y** N Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y

    Note:

    • *Requires the Lighting-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect to the head unit.
    • **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.

    Audio Section

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The JVC KW-AV61BT utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The KW-AV61BT 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-AV61BT 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-AV61BT 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-AV61BT 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-AV61BT 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 Level: You can adjust the KW-AV61BT'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-AV61BT 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-AV61BT 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 individual 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

    Dual A/V Inputs: The JVC KW-AV61BT DVD receiver is fitted with two audio/video inputs. The unit features a front-panel 3.5mm audio/video input for connecting a temporary external A/V source, such as a game console. The head unit also features a composite video/stereo audio RCA input on the rear-panel for connecting a permanent external A/V source, such as a Blu-ray player or mobile ATSC tuner. The rear-panel 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 (105KVCM20, 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-AV61BT's display to the rear-view camera input. Automatic video switching takes approximately 1.2 seconds. 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 select between a 16:9, 4:3 LB, or 4:3 PS Aspect Ratio for the unit's video output to match your connected monitor.

    RemoteControl

    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.

    Optional Wireless Remote: The JVC KW-AV61BT is wireless remote controller ready and supports the JVC RM-RK252P IR wireless remote control (sold separately)

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    Nice

    Written By Other Brother, Montgomery, AL on Thursday, January 23, 2014

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    Very nice unit. I really like all of the functionality and features. The Bluetooth is great. I have no complaints. I bought a 2nd one for my wife's vehicle.

    Awesome Head unit for the price.

    Written By Jesse, Birmingham, AL on Wednesday, January 15, 2014

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    I love this radio just like i have all my previous JVC units. It is quick and the touchscreen works just like i want it too. The only complaint i have is that they focus too much on iPhone functionality and there are less options for Android phones. Not a huge deal since i can still use it through Bluetooth audio but it would be nice for he built in Pandora feature to work like it does with an iPhone. Overall a great buy and props to the Crutchfield customer service people for making me one happy customer.

    Pros: Easy to use, Fast. Great sound quality

    Cons: Little Android functionality

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    Written By Anonymous, Waukesha, WI on Friday, January 03, 2014

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    Great product, easy to install. Superb sound quality, easy i-Pod synchronization. Some limitations to app usage. Overall great product.

    just what i needed

    Written By MG, Jersey on Friday, December 27, 2013

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    Bought this for my 2005 Honda Odyssey mainly because I got a ticket for using my cell phone while driving, but I also wanted to play my music from my phone and iPod so this seemed the best choice. One other reason I wanted this model as opposed to others I looked at is the large touch screen which is not only good for my GPS navigation apps (WAZE) in particular. I also wanted the screen for a backup camera, which I have not purchased yet but will come in handy for me and my wife when she starts driving. The sound is great even with the existing car speakers, they never sounded better. Phone calls are clear and crisp both talking and listing. The system finds my phone bluetooth as soon as the car is turned on and will even take a current call I'm on before I get to the car and switch it to the JVC hands free system on its own once the car is turned on with out any action on my part, nice. I installed it myself with some tec. support and YouTube watching. You should buy the adaptor pack and facing plate for your car if you want to do it your self.

    Pros: Nice sounding system, good phone interface, and fairly easy to instal with additional kit. shipping was fast and on time.

    Cons: I would have liked to have the JVC screen apps work with the phone screen turned off, and Google maps as well.

    A beast!

    Written By mthsgrg80, Knoxville, Tn on Saturday, November 23, 2013

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    Cd text isn't showing the cd art nor the artist name. Any help I will appreciate it! Nice double din receiver!!!

    Pros: Has everything!!!

    Cons: Cd text

    Poor reception.

    Written By KC Dave, KC on Wednesday, October 23, 2013

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    AM FM radio station reception a disappointment. Ipod works good. People have a hard time making out what I'm saying using the mike provided when using the phone function. Wish I would have picked another radio..

    Good

    Written By Dcoop1211, Topeka kansas on Thursday, October 17, 2013

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    Awesome

    Pros: Good

    Cons: Bad

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    Written By Sam, California on Monday, October 14, 2013

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    This is a great unit. Easy install with great instructions. The only complain I have is it would be good to have greater control of the Galaxy. Two USBs would be nice as well, for those people that have an Android and an iPod. Yes, there are people out there that prefer this for some reason...

    Pros: Easy install, great quality, great features.

    Good mid-range unit, iPhone integration could be better

    Written By Chris A., Alexandria, VA on Thursday, September 19, 2013

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    I bought this to install in my 2012 Ford Fusion (without Sync) so I could get the iPod/Spotify integration with my iPhone 4S and the hands-free dialing offered by Ford's Sync package. I was also excited that it offered Waze integration, giving me a nav unit for free. It does all that, more or less, after much jiggering. The unit looks great in the car, and was an easy-enough install for a newbie.

    Waze integration: this was more frustrating to set up that it should have been, until I figured out that you needed DVD firmware version 2 installed (mine shipped with 1). The upgrade process was relatively easy, and now I have Waze controllable from the head unit. Other than it being a bit washed out, it's otherwise super great.

    iPod/Spotify: I get that they have a business deal with Pandora. It plays Spotify just fine through the Apps interface, and I can track forward/back from the SWC or head unit (while using Waze at the same time. win!), but there's no GUI for this and it has to be controlled from the phone. It's a bit wonky. Don't see why they couldn't do screen mirroring for ALL apps, or add better GUIs for music.

    Hands-free: The setup works through Siri, and works okay. While the screen will say "say name," you actually need to wait until Siri beeps to you (and you have to say "call" before the name). The unit's phone book handling is awful, still can't figure out how to import address books. Managing two phones requires thumbing through the settings.

    Pros: Great value, upgradable software gives hope for more improvements

    Cons: Waze, spottily, hands-free could all stand to be better

    good product

    Written By Red, batavia il on Saturday, August 24, 2013

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    Good product

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    Written By Anonymous, Holly Pond, AL on Wednesday, August 21, 2013

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    Nice unit

    Very nice

    Written By Steve, West Islip, NY on Sunday, August 11, 2013

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    Very easy to hook up and use

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    Written By John K, Loganville, GA on Tuesday, August 06, 2013

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    Love this radio

    Pros: Very easy Installation using the factory radio hardware

    Cons: The Install kit supplied with radio did not work. Luckily the factory hardware worked.

    Installed in a 2006 4runner

    Written By CGower, allentown, PA on Friday, August 02, 2013

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    Great Value and looks cool. It was very easy to install. the harness to maintain the sterring wheel radio controls is the best money spent. Want to put this model into my 07 Camry now.

    Pros: Great for the price and money. Crutchfield tech support was awesome too!!

    Cons: Can't get the pandora App to work. Need to call when I have some free time.

    Decent Unit

    Written By Gary, Michigan on Wednesday, July 24, 2013

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    For the price it is a great unit and the sound is excellent. Two areas that aren't so great: 1 - When you change the volume your finger can touch the screen slightly and change to radio or pandora by mistake. It is a bit of a pain, but not the end of the world. 2 - The screens aren't cool and remind me of using DOS. You can customize the colors and import your own picture, but you would think they woud make the home screen a little cooler. All the screens are a little boring and basic. Again, not a huge deal, but other radios have a nice selection of screen designs.

    Pros: Great for the money Nice sound and features

    Cons: Volume control is a bit small and the screens are boring

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    Written By SusanM, Tolland CT on Wednesday, July 17, 2013

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    Great car stereo for the price! I had it installed in a 2006 Toyota Tacoma and it looks like factory. Beautiful sound and ease of use.

    Wiring harness from Toyota to JVC

    Written By William, North Dakota on Saturday, June 22, 2013

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    The wiring harness made the transition from my original radio and harness to the new JVC very easy to plug in and understand the 3 additional wires to mate. I wish the instructions for the install would have been shipped with the package rather than sent as an attachment to an email.

    Pros: Very easy to plug in. No soldering needed.

    Cons: Instructions had to be hunted down.

    JVC

    Written By Terence, Charlotte, NC on Wednesday, June 19, 2013

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    I recently purchased the JVC KW AV61BT. This my first DVD receiver and I must say its easy to use. It's a little different sound from my factory Bose system so I'll have to do some upgrading in the future. Overall,a good unit!

    Pros: Easy to use and navigate.

    Cons: No remote control included

    Bluetooth issue, but still nice system

    Written By John, Charleston, SC on Sunday, June 09, 2013

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    System looks good and sounds great, but issues with Bluetooth sync capability between JVC and Samsung. No fix and we purchased additional equipment hoping to use controls on steering wheel for 2009 Nissan Sentra, but with Bluetooth issue we spent more and still lost many features compared to the factory system. Unit paired and sync fine with my HTC Droid.

    Pros: Crutchfield offers good price and service. Unit was in great condition, arrived as promised.

    Cons: JVC and Samsung need to work on fixing sync issues vs. pointing blame at each other. The adapter to keep steering wheel controls didn't work as advertised and support was average to poor.

    Crutchfield response on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

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    Written By Eric, Vail, CO on Tuesday, June 04, 2013

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    Purchased for the wife's Subaru Forrester. Easy install and so far is working seamlessly with her iPhone 5. Small adjustment needed to be made to the input settings in order for the iTunes and Pandora to play through the speakers when attached to the lightening adapter. Bluetooth works well, but still working to diminish the echo effect. Overall, she's thrilled and I'm considering one for the Tacoma.

    Great multi function double-DIN unit!!

    Written By KidCoyle, Danbury, CT on Tuesday, June 04, 2013

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    Installed this into my wife's 03 Odyssey. I have been an audio installer on the side for over 20 years and no problem with the install. Build quality is excellent and more importantly the headunit controls are intuitive and easy to use. It speaks volumes that you start to use this headunit without reading the instructions (not that you should) just based on its simplicity to use. The DVD controls are a bit complicated but nothing that you don't acclimate to quickly with regular use. I installed the GPS app through my iphone but haven't set it up yet, will post my results once I do. Great unit for the money!

    Pros: GReat easy to use unit with all the features you could want!

    Cons: special cable needed to access all functions for Iphone, kinda lame at this price level.

    So far, so good!

    Written By JasonF, Atlanta, GA on Sunday, June 02, 2013

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    It was quite a lot to install, and so far haven't really dug into all the presets & things it can do, but it is easy to set up with my droid, and the ipod functions work great. It has a lot of options and I love all the features. I do wish it came with many of the little wires & such to get the ipod installed and XM radio. But it sounds great, and I love all the options!

    Pros: Features features features!!!

    Cons: Need special cable for ipod, not included. need receiver and antenna for XM, not included. those weren't expensive, but it would've been nice if they'd been included.

    Good unit overall - horrible on using apps

    Written By Joseph, Puyallup, WA on Wednesday, May 29, 2013

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    Was excited to get this unit when I heard that I could also use an iPhone Nav app. Then found it had to be a specific NAV app (MotionX) - ok at least I was told. The MotionX app was only .99 and if you wanted talking directions it was $10/year. I thought this was acceptable as an addtional price.

    However, what was failed to be mentioned is that you would have to also pay JVC/MotionX an additional $25 one time connection fee through the app store. Then I found out you would also have to pay for JVC KS-U30 cable which is another $40 to even have this displayed. That's right, you can use your iPhone cable to do everything with Pandora and iPhone stored music, but not the NAV.

    **BEWARE**that there wasn't a lot on Crutchfields or JVC's website to tell you all of this before you spent money on this deck. I would have thought twice had I known I was going to pay almost another $70.

    Deck alone is a nice product, but the overall hidden fee's and not telling you what you're in for before you buy is a bit shadey. It's almost like they left out certain things on purpose - even the manual doesn't give you everything to be prepared for. Had I known I might have considered a different deck.

    Pros: Pandora, BT, Touch screen, iPhone integration

    Cons: No Full disclosure on how Apps work, hidden fees for working apps, needing to use KS-U30 for NAV

    Love it!

    Written By Will S., Newark, Ca on Monday, May 20, 2013

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    Super easy install. Sound is great! Easy controls. Great pandora options.

    Pros: No fuss Pandora connection to iPhone. BT phone quality is superior. Sound quality for high and low frequencies is exceptional. No external amp needed.

    Cons: Weak signal tuning is poor, but a non issue if you use iHeart radio app.

    JVC KW-AV61BT

    Written By Dave S., Plover, WI 54467 on Monday, May 20, 2013

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    This is the second JVC car receiver that I purchased. It sounds great and I can use my i-pod. There are many was to receive music and I prefer to listen to my own on an i-pod. The other features on this receiver will be explored later on. I will be hooking up a back-up camera soon.

    Pros: Looks great, sounds great

    Cons: None yet

    JCV KW-AV61BT

    Written By Anonymous, Denver on Tuesday, May 14, 2013

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    Does everything I could ask for and then some! I especially like the IPod control interface so I never need to touch my Ipod again. And I really like the Bluetooth capability for Pandora and phone calls.

    Pros: Ipod Control, Bluetooth, tons of options!

    Cons: I wish that the menu scrolling was a little more fluid.

    Awesome!!

    Written By Anonymous, Denver on Monday, May 06, 2013

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    Great DVD receiver... I really like the Pandora and phone interfaces through Bluetooth. Basically all the controls are on the touchscreen for your phone. Its great and I feel safer. The subwoofer level control is a little too fine for me, I would like to see a greater change per level so that I dont have to adjust it so much. I really like how much control you have.

    Pros: great functionality... so much you can do.

    Cons: bluetooth takes awhile to connect to Pandora. cannot disable the RDS labeling of the tuner presets.

    JVC KW-AV61BT

    Written By Dale, So. CA on Friday, May 03, 2013

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    Installed in class C (E450)

    Pros: Installed easily. Well documented instructions.

    Cons: Does not interface with Droid, except bluetooth.

    Very happy

    Written By Bobby, Mass on Thursday, April 25, 2013

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    Easy install and very easy to use and also initial set up was very effort less. I have only had it in for a week in my f350 but so far I have no complaints. Hopefully nothing changes.

    Great purchase!

    Written By Frank C, Schererville, IN on Sunday, April 21, 2013

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    The AV61BT was a great purchase and a blessing over the stock, plain jane. Have owned many aftermarket stereos over the years and this one is tops of them all. I thought the price vs the options was great.

    Pros: Ease of install with supplied wiring harnesses, along with Crutchfield freebies.

    Good all around head unit.

    Written By Brian, Crystal Lake, Illinois on Saturday, April 20, 2013

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    Good all around unit, sounds great and looks very clean after install. This was very easy to install, just solder all corresponding color wires and go. Able to change the colors of the screen and buttons to match the inside of your car, very easy to use if you know head units. Awesome equalizer, but this is common for JVC. They did a great job with this player. And currently I have my iphone 4 hooked up and the Bluetooth is pretty good, had to play around with mic location and settings before there was no echo for me or the caller. Also, con only stream certain gps apps to the unit but, with the JVC cable, I can have the google maps on my phone with tbt maps and still control pandora off the head unit. With the voice guidance still coming from the speakers

    Pros: Easy to install Easy to use Works with pandora seamlessly Works with Netflix really good too Pretty good bluetooth

    Cons: Bluetooth doesn't connect every time I turn the car on. Have to go through settings on my phone and reconnect 50% of the time.

    Great product but needs an android update!

    Written By Hal, Philly, PA on Sunday, April 14, 2013

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    Great product. The radio is decent but as another reviewer said it isnt the greatest as far as picking up long distant signals. The disc mode works great so far although I havent used a regular dvd with chapters but have watched some movies through the usb which is also a great feature. We installed a backup camera and whenever I put the car into reverse the pic is right there on the screen, love that. The bluetooth connects right to my android phone and works well especially the bluetooth mic. Everyone can hear you clearly. Love that the sound EQ is right on every screen right there in the middle on the left.

    My one major gripe is the android compatibility. The android Pandora does not work for 2 phones Ive tried. I think the app link feature should include android and just not apple's products... JVC should release an update to the public for the android consumers & I will contact them on this. Other than that great product & everything works great!

    Pros: great sound, divx support, easy accessible eq, bluetooth works great

    Cons: limited android support.

    OK but could use some updates

    Written By DanB, Ohio on Monday, April 01, 2013

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    Not a bad unit over all but could use a few fixes. You can search your phone contacts by first letter. This does not work for songs on the USB stick. You can only scroll through artists. You can't search by first letter of artist. There is no way to find a song by title unless you know the artist. The digital clock is bright in the middle and dimmed at the top and bottom. This makes is almost unreadable in the daylight. (a very dumb design) Phone quality is good and music EQ is great. The radio does not pull in stations as well as other units. The interface is very easy to use.

    Pros: Detachable face, volume knob, good sound quality, good phone quality, easy to use.

    Cons: Detachable face is hard to take off once mounted with trim frame around it. Radio is weaker than others. Search could be much better for USB. Clock display is very poor.

    AWeseome Head Unit

    Written By knastabooh, Anaheim, CA on Monday, March 11, 2013

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    Great head unit for the price. I researched for 2 months to try and find the right head unit, and came across the JVC KWAV61bt. Can't beat the price or the ease of use. Screen looks great and the sound quality is great. I don't have an iphone (I'm against apple) but the head unit connects really well via Bluetooth with my Samsung galaxy s3. I also have poweramp installed on my phone and the head unit allows me to change songs without having to touch my phone. Highly recommended. Will be attaching the SiriusXM receiver and the backup camera this week.

    Pros: Bluetooth is exceptional, screen looks great, sound quality is superb, crutchfield support is the best for tech questions!

    Cons: none as of yet. will update as i come across any.

    Great Overall DVD Receiver Deck

    Written By Kris T., Conway, AR on Wednesday, March 06, 2013

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    I purchased a Kenwood DDX-419 last year and was greatly disappointed in the bluetooth call quality while on the phone with my customers. This was a big feature I wanted out of my unit (all the other features were important, as well, this was just high on the list), so I finally sold it and got this new JVC unit since last year's model got good marks for call quality. Glad to say that so far, everyone has been able to hear me MUCH better than before! And I have a lot of road noise in my car, so the noise cancellation adjustments on it are very nice.

    As far as the other features, everything is working as it should and it produces consistently great sounds. I really like how they put quick access to the equalizer from the screen you listening to the music on, so if you want to change it to "Dynamic" instead of "Pop," it's easy to do. I'm a equalizer novice, so the presets are nice to choose and play around with.

    I have even played a DVD through this unit and the picture quality is very nice. Bluetooth streaming works like a champ and even displays what I'm listening to (I have a Galaxy S3). Overall, I am very pleased with this head unit, especially over the Kenwood!

    Pros: - Bluetooth call quality is best I've seen from aftermarket radio - Easy to install - Face Plate comes off to deter theft - Easy access to Equalizer while listening to music - Crutchfield support was outstanding while installing unit!

    Cons: - No mute button while on calls so my customers won't hear me sneeze... (I had to think of something negative!)

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