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Our take on the JVC KW-HDR81BT

by Zak Billmeier
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Why replace your factory radio?

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

JVC KW-HDR81BT

Built-in HD Radio™ for sweet digital sound
Do you listen to a lot of AM/FM radio? JVC's striking KW-HDR81BT CD receiver features a built-in HD Radio tuner that offers reception like you've never heard before. Stations broadcasting an HD Radio signal come in crystal clear, as FM sounds as clean and defined as a CD, while AM steps up to traditional FM quality. Plus HD Radio gives you your bass back, awesome if you've got a sub in your ride.

Bluetooth® included
Have you experienced Bluetooth lately? Hands-free calling is the tip of the iceberg. Now, you can pair up your iPhone, Android™ smartphone, or Blackberry™, and get some sweet functionality. For example, you'll be able to receive text message notification, stream music, or access Internet radio stations, depending on your phone's features. With the help of an app, Android owners can use swipes and gestures to control some receiver functions.

JVC also lets you pair two phones at once, so there's no need to choose between your personal and business phones. When a call comes in, the receiver will blink either blue or red, so you'll know at a glance if your call is coming from home or the office. To answer a call, just tap the volume knob.

Nice display
Big, bold, and beautiful, JVC's Separated Variable-Color Display lets you dial in the perfect color for your taste. You can choose from over 30,000 options, and you can even assign different colors to your controls and the display — decorate your dash in honor of your favorite team, with your school colors, or simply complement your existing lighting. If you're undecided, the receiver can cycle through all the colors continually for a really neat effect.

Great for iPod®, plus control Pandora®
Once you plug your iPod or iPhone® into the convenient front-panel USB input, you can use the KW-HDR81BT's oversized knob and buttons to navigate your music library. And with your iPhone connected, you can play your Pandora® Internet Radio stations from your dash, and even skip and rate songs like you do online.

Higher-power USB connection
JVC upped the power in their USB port, which lets you keep your smartphone charged, even when it's doing several tasks at once. And with your smartphone connected, you can listen to its internal memory as one source and access the little microSD card as another.

Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?
In most vehicles, you can use an adapter (see "Accessories") 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.

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 or its optional iPod adapter.

Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with built-in MOSFET amplifier (20 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • built-in HD Radio tuner
    • included Bluetooth adapter for hands-free calling, music streaming, and app control
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs, including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA files
    • adjustable illumination (you can select different colors for the display and controls)
    • fits double-DIN (4"-tall) dash openings
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • built-in iPod and iPhone controls
    • iEQ 3-band parametric equalizer
    • 24-bit digital-to-analog converter
    • subwoofer level control
    Expandability:
    • inputs: front and rear USB inputs (rear is for Bluetooth adapter), front auxiliary input
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (2.5-volt front, rear, sub)
    Other info:
     

    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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    6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs
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    Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs
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    No
    Preamp Voltage
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    2.5 volts
    Display Color
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    Variable
    Key Button Color
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    Variable
    EQ Bands
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    3
    Wireless Remote
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    Yes
    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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    Front/Opt.Rear
    USB Input
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    Front/Rear
    Memory Card Slot
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    USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible
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    Included
    Satellite Radio Ready
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    Sirius
    HD Radio
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    Built-in
    Navigation
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    No
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size
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    Classic/5Gen
    Nano
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    7/6/5/4/3/2/1
    Touch
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    5/4/3/2/1
    Mini
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    iPhone
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    5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity
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    11.3 dBf
    European Tuning
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    Seek/Scan
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    Radio Data System
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    Product Research
    What's in the box?

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    • Double-DIN AM/FM CD receiver (with 10-amp ATC fuse inserted into chassis)
    • Sleeve (installed with 4 screw)
    • Trim ring (installed)
    • Wiring harness
    • KS-UBT1 USB Bluetooth adapter (installed in rear USB port)
    • Microphone with integrated bracketed (attached 12' cable terminated by a right-angle male 3.5mm connector)
    • Wireless remote control (RM-RK52)
    • CR2025 3V Lithium battery (installed)
    • 8 Pan head ISO-mount machine screws (M5 x 8mm)
    • 4 Flat head ISO-mount machine screws (M5 x 6mm)
    • Instructions (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • Installation/Connection Manual (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • US Warranty Sheet
    • Canadian Warranty Card
    • Product Registration Card/Questionnaire
    • "Caution!" note (attached to wiring harness)
    • USB Bluetooth Adapter instructions
    • "The countries where you may use the Bluetooth function" note
    • "USB Caution" note

    Our Product Research Team

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    HD Radio + Sirius Ready
    Built-in Bluetooth
    Pandora App
    USB/Aux Inputs
    iPod/iPhone Control
    Remote Control
    Disc Playback
    Audio Section
    Display Features

    HD Radio + Sirius Ready

    Built-in HD Radio: With the built-in HD Radio tuner, you can receive digital AM/FM broadcasts from local stations where available. HD Radio technology significantly improves audio quality and reception, as well as includes information such as artist name and song titles or traffic news, viewable on the receiver's display. HD Radio Technology will deliver high-quality digital sound. AM digital will have FM-like quality in stereo, while FM digital will have CD-like quality sound with static free and clear reception. HD Radio is the system for digital AM and FM broadcasting in the U.S. More than 2,000 radio stations are broadcasting their primary signals in digital HD Radio technology, as a free service. Go to HDRadio.com to check for HD Radio stations in your area.

    Multicasting: In addition to conventional broadcasts, with HD Radio broadcasting, it is possible to choose from up to 8 multicast programs (HD1 to HD8 and analog). There are also data programs for each program.

    Text Display: AM/FM digital stations can offer text and data such as artist names and song titles. The built-in HD Radio tuner displays song title, artist and station information on the display of the JVC KW-HDR81BT.

    iTunes Tagging: It is possible to save the song's information (tag) from a HD Radio broadcasting station to your USB-direct connected iPod/iPhone. The songs will show up in a playlist called "Tagged" in iTunes the next time you sync your iPod/iPhone. Then you can directly buy the songs you want from the iTunes Music Store. You can "tag" up to 50 songs. Your iPod/iPhone must have at least 50MB of free space to "tag" and transfer songs. iTunes 7.4 or later is required to purchase "tagged" songs.

    Analog Broadcasts: In addition to HD AM/FM stations, the KW-HDR81BT can also receive conventional analog AM/FM broadcasts.

    Digital/Analog Tuning: You can setup the KW-HDR81BT to search both analog and digital radio stations, only HD Radio stations, or analog radio stations only.

    Digital/Analog Presets: You can set up to 18 FM and 6 AM digital/analog presets stations as presets (HD Radio multicast channels can also be preset). Presets can be set manually or automatically, using Strong-station Sequential Memory (SSM).

    Radio Timer: You can tune into a preset station at a specific time regardless of the head unit's current source. You can activate the Radio Timer once, daily, or turn it completely off.

    Mono Mode: If an analog FM stereo broadcast is hard to receive, you can manually switch the tuner to Mono operation.

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

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

    Satellite Radio Ready: Optional XM or SIRIUS Satellite Radio receivers can be connected to the KW-HDR81BT:

    • SiriusConnect Dock: Select dock-and-play and portable Sirius radios (Stiletto, Sportster, Starmate, and Stratus) can be controlled using the JVC KS-SRA100 SIRIUS adapter (item # 105KSRA100) and the SC-VDOC1 dock (item # 607SCVDOC1) - package # 700JVCSIRP, sold separately. 
    • XM: A portable XM satellite radio tuner can be connected to the head unit's auxiliary input.
    Note: A subscription is also required to receive satellite radio programming from SIRIUS or XM.

    Built-in Bluetooth

    USB Bluetooth Adapter: The JVC KW-HDR81BT comes supplied with a USB Bluetooth Adapter (KS-UBT1) which is pre-installed into the head unit's rear-panel USB input, making the KW-HDR81BT Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR certified. The KW-HDR81BT supports Bluetooth hands-free communication and wireless audio streaming. The USB Bluetooth Adapter (KS-UBT1) must remain plugged into the rear-panel USB port, or can also be installed in the head unit's front-panel USB port.

    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-HDR81BT 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).

    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 head unit. See JVC's Bluetooth compatibility chart for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled devices.

    External Microphone: The JVC KW-HDR81BT 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 front-panel controls of the KW-HDR81BT 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, the head unit's display will flash (Ring Color), and the caller's name or phone number will be displayed. You can answer the call from the KW-HDR81BT's front-panel controls, or setup the head unit to automatically answer the incoming call. You can adjust the head unit's ring color from the unit's 29 preset colors or 30,000 custom colors.
    • Dialing A Number: Using the KW-HDR81BT, 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 front-panel rotary dial.
      • Speed Dialing: You can store up to 6 contacts in the memory of this head unit for speed dialing.
      • Phone Book: You can dial by using the downloaded phone book. You can download phone book data from your cell phone to the KW-HDR81BT. If you phonebook contains a lot of contact numbers, you fast search (+/-10, 100, or 1000) through the phonebook by using the unit's control dial. You can also do an A-Z search to scroll the downloaded phonebook. Up to 5,000 numbers can be stored for each registered cell phone. Each number can be up to 32 digits long.
      • 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. 

    Message Notice: The JVC KW-HDR81BT will ring and display "RCV Message" to alert you of an incoming text message from your connected Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. You will still need to view the text message from your phone, as well as create and send text messages from your phone.

    Wireless Audio Streaming: The JVC KW-HDR81BT also supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth enabled audio player or smartphone. The KW-HDR81BT 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-HDR81BT 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.

    Note: 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.

    Pandora App

    Pandora Internet Radio Control: The JVC KW-HDR81BT CD receiver lets you playback and control the Pandora Internet Radio music service that is being streamed to your Apple iPhone, Android smartphone, or BlackBerry. While providing control over the Pandora music service, the KW-HDR81BT also displays Artist, Album, and Song information. You can select Pandora stations from your station list; you can sort the station list by date or alphabetically (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.

    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 smartphone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.

    Pandora App for iPhone: The JVC KW-HDR81BT lets you playback and control Pandora Internet Radio streamed to  your connected Apple iPhone, via the USB/iPod connector cable (included with your iPhone). To access Pandora you must have an Apple iPhone (iOS 5.0 or later) with the latest version of the Pandora App from the 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.

    Pandora via Android or BlackBerry: The JVC KW-HDR81BT also lets you playback and control Pandora Internet Radio streamed from your Android or BlackBerry smartphone, via Bluetooth (no hard-wired connection required). Your Android or BlackBerry smartphone must have the latest version of the Pandora App from the Android Market or the BlackBerry App World. Your Android or BlackBerry smartphone must also be Bluetooth A2DP/AVRCP/SPP certified and 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.

    USB/Aux Inputs

    Dual USB Ports: The JVC KW-HDR81BT features a front-panel USB 2.0 type-A port (behind a sliding cover) and a rear-panel USB 2.0 type-A port (attached to a 45" pigtail) for connection of USB mass-storage class devices; such as select Android smartphones (Froyo/Gingerbread OS only), portable digital audio players, or USB thumbdrives. The USB ports enable audio playback and control of MP3, WMA, & WAV audio files stored on portable USB mass-storage class devices. Both of the USB terminals can be connected to USB devices at the same time. USB portable audio players that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the CD receiver's USB port (5V/1A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On. You cannot connect a USB device via a USB hub or Multi-Card Reader to this unit.

    Note: The rear-panel USB port comes with the KS-UBT1 Bluetooth adapter installed. This Bluetooth adapter must remain installed for Bluetooth functionality. It can be removed to allow connection of a second USB (MSC) 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.

    Playable Files: The JVC KW-HDR81BT supports the following types of MP3/WMA/WAV files loaded onto a USB mass storage class device. The USB device must be formatted in FAT 12/16/32. The CD receiver can support up to a total of 20,000 files and 2,000 folders (999 filer per folder).

    File Type File Extension Bit Rate Sampling Frequency Tags
    MP3 .mp3 8-320 kbps 16, 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1, 48 kHz ID3 tag (version 1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4)
    WMA .wma 5-320 kbps 8-48 kHz WMA tag
    WAV .wav 705 or 1411 kbps 44.1 kHz N/A

    ID3/WMA Tags: The unit also supports ID3 and WMA tags for display of album and artist information. The unit can display up to 128 characters.

    Track/Folder List: The Track/Folder List displays a list of MP3/WMA/WAV folders and tracks on a connected USB memory device, so you can easily access your music.

    Quick Search: You can search for your MP3, WMA, or WAV music tracks alphabetically (A-Z) or numerically (0-9).

    Playback Modes: In addition to Normal playback, you can select from Repeat and Random playback modes.

    • Repeat: Track Repeat (plays the current track repeatedly), Folder Repeat (plays all tracks of the current folder repeatedly), Off (cancels repeat function)
    • Random: Folder Random (plays all tracks of the current folder, then the tracks of the next folder in random), All Random (plays all tracks of the current USD device at random), Off (cancels random function)

    USB Charging: The head unit's USB connection provides 1A of current to power and charge your connected USB mass storage class device when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position.

    Front-Panel Auxiliary Input: A front-panel stereo minijack is provided to allow the connection of a portable audio source. Simply connect your portable digital music player to the unit's front-panel auxiliary input, and you can listen to the audio from the portable player through the speakers in your mobile audio system. The unit's front-panel auxiliary input can be turned On or Off.

    Optional Input Adapter: An optional JVC Line Input Adapter (469JVCRCA or 257KSU58, both sold separately) may be used to provide an additional auxiliary audio input on this unit. This feature allows you to connect a portable audio player, such as a portable MP3 player, to this unit as an additional audio source. The adapter connects to the proprietary J-port on the rear-chassis of the head unit.

    iPod/iPhone Control

    iPod/iPhone Direct: The JVC KW-HDR81BT's front-panel or rear-panel USB port can acts as an iPod/iPhone high-speed direct connection when used with the USB/iPod cable that came with your iPod/iPhone. An additional iPod cable is available (469USBPOD, sold separately) so you can leave one at home and one in the car. 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. Using either cable allows audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of select iPod/iPhone models from the JVC in-dash head unit.

    iPod DAC Bypass: The USB connection allows your iPod/iPhone's stored music to be loaded instantly to the head unit and sound quality to be maximized through the head unit's 24-bit D/A converter, allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 98dB. The JVC head unit supports audio playback of music, podcasts, audiobooks, and music apps stored on your iPod or iPhone.

    iPod/iPhone Control: You can choose to operate your iPod/iPhone through the JVC head unit's front-panel controls, from its clickwheel/touchscreen, or via a streamed app from your iPhone.

    • Head Unit: From the head unit's front-panel controls you can search for music by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Podcast, Genre, Composer, and Audiobooks. Once a Playlist or Category is selected, you can search for your iPod's music alphabetically (A-Z) or numerically (0-9). The KW-HDR81BT 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 from its clickwheel or touchscreen, like you are accustomed to during normal usage.
    • External (App Mode): External Mode lets you enjoy audio content from your downloaded music Apps (such as iHeartRadio, SiriusXM, Last.fm, Rhapsody, & Slacker streamed to your Apple iPhone, through the JVC KW-HDR81BT. You will continue to use your iPhone's touchscreen to navigate and view your apps; the head unit will only display the clock and "EXT Mode".

    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.

    iPod Display: The KW-HDR81BT will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information, when in Head Unit and iPod mode (not in External mode), or listening to Pandora Internet Radio. The head unit can display Track number, Elapsed playing time, Artist name, Song title, and Album label.

    Auto Drive Router App: Auto Drive Router is a free JVC app from iTunes for your iPhone (iOS 4.2 or later). This app can be controlled from the JVC KW-HDR81BT, when your iPhone is connected to the head unit's USB port. Auto Drive Router lets you record your traveled routes and store recorded data on your iPhone, using Google Maps. E-mails with map data can also be sent quickly and easily from your iPhone, letting others know where you are or where you want to meet. You can start and stop when Auto Driver Router records your routes using the in-dash CD receiver's controls. You can also send an email template to your predetermined contacts directly from the receiver's controls. You can do all this while still listening to stored music or streamed music from your iPhone on the JVC KW-HDR81BT.

    • Drive Data: This function allows you to record routes and store them as data in your iPhone, enabling you to easily retrieve data just by selecting a route from the Saved Route List. When data is called up on your iPhone, the route being taken will be shown as a single line on the map in different colors to indicate how fast you were traveling. It is also possible to zoom in and out of maps on your iPhone, as well as see the speed and altitude of routes in a graph format on the iPhone's touchscreen. By connecting an iPhone with this app installed to the KW-HDR81BT, you can record routes via the control knobs and buttons of the in-dash head unit.
    • Here I AM: When you select the "Here I Am" function on the Auto Drive Router app, a flag showing "Here I Am?" will appear on the on-screen Google Map of your iPhone to indicate your current location. And by using a default template, an e-mail will also be created instantaneously for delivery of the map to multiple recipients. The flag can also be placed in different locations on the on-screen map of the iPhone with the "Here I Am" function being used to e-mail changes in meeting spots. When your iPhone is connected to the JVC CD receiver, your email templates can be selected and sent directly from the head unit.
    Note: The JVC head unit must be set to External/App mode. All visual map data will be displayed on your connected iPhone (not the JVC head unit). You can only control a specific number of functions from the JVC head unit. Not compatible with iPad or other iPod models.

    iPod Charging: The head unit's USB connection provides 1A of current to power and charge your connected iPod/iPhone when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position. This unit does not charge the iPad.  If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it.

    iPod Compatibility Chart: The JVC KW-HDR81BT is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 9/25/2013):

    iPod Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Pandora app Auto Drive Router Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod App mode Artist/Song Text Track Info
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N N Y Y N N Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y N N Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y N N Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y N N Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N N Y Y N N Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y N N Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y N N Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y N N Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y N N Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y Y N Y Y N N Y
    7th 1.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y N N Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y N N Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y N N Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y N N Y
    4th 6.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y N N Y
    5th 7.0.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y N N Y
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N N Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N N Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4 7.0.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 7.0.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5 7.0.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5C 7.0.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5S 7.0.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N N
    2 7.0.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N N
    3 7.0.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N N
    4 7.0.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N N
    mini 7.0.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    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.

    Remote Control

    Wireless Remote Control: The KW-HDR81BT comes supplied with a wireless remote control (RM-RK52). The remote contains Attenuator, Sound, Source, Tracking, and Volume functions. The remote operates off of a single CR2025 3V Lithium-cell battery (included).

    Smart Remote App for Android: JVC's Smart Remote App lets you view the current status and perform simple gesture control of the JVC head unit from your Android smartphone. The Smart Remote App uses Bluetooth to communicate between your Android smartphone and the JVC car receiver. The JVC head unit will auto connect to the Smart Remote App when your Smartphone is in range. The Smart Remote App is specifically designed for easy gesture control operation while driving, so driver and passenger can access information with ease from the Android Smartphone. With the Smart Remote App, passenger and driver can check current playing song details or other car stereo information.

    • Information Display: The JVC Smart Report App will display Song information such as Song title, Artist name, and Album label from a connected USB mass storage class device on your Android Smartphone. It also displays AM/FM station frequency # and name. In addition, it provides source, EQ, and playback mode indicator icons.
    • Gesture Control Operation: The JVC Smart Report App lets you use finger gesture commands on your Android smartphone to control the playback of the JVC head unit. This type of gesture control is designed to operate the JVC head unit from your smartphone without having to look at your smartphone. Gesture control operations include Finger tap, Finger hold, Finger click, Finger swipe (right/left/up/down), and Finger curve (right/left/up/down).

    Note: The free JVC Smart Remote App can be downloaded from the Android Market onto your compatible Android smartphone. requires that your Android smartphone have Android OS 2.1, 2.2, or 2.3 installed; as well as Bluetooth SPP support.

    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.

    Disc Playback

    Disc Compatibility: The unit features a single disc player that will playback CD-Audio, CD-Text, and finalized CD-R/CD-RW audio discs.

    MP3/WMA Playback: The KW-HDR81BT can play MP3/WMA (5-320 kbps) music files that have been recorded on CD-R/CD-RW discs. The disc must be recorded in one of the following formats: ISO 9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, or Romeo. The CD receiver can support up to a total of 20,000 files and 2,000 folders (999 filer per folder).  The unit also supports IDTag3 (version 1.0, 1.1, 2.2, 2.3 or 2.4) for album and artist information from MP3 or WMA files.

    Track/Folder List: The Track/Folder List displays a list of MP3/WMA folders and tracks on a loaded CD, so you can easily access your music. The Track/Folder List will also display the list of track titles on a CD Text disc.

    Quick Search: You can search for your MP3, WMA, or WAV music tracks alphabetically (A-Z) or numerically (0-9).

    Random/Repeat Modes: The JVC KW-HDR81BT offers the following Repeat and Random playback modes for your audio CDs.

    • Repeat: Track Repeat (plays the current track repeatedly), Folder Repeat (plays all tracks of the current folder repeatedly), Off (cancels repeat function)
    • Random: Folder Random (plays all tracks of the current folder, then the tracks of the next folder in random), All Random (plays all tracks of the current disc at random), Off (cancels random function)

    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. The source will change to CD, and the disc will begin playback, even if you have another source selected at the time.

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

    Audio Section

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The JVC KW-HDR81BT utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The KW-HDR81BT 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-HDR81BT 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-HDR81BT 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-HDR81BT 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.

    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 -5 to +5.

    Pro EQ: The KW-HDR81BT is equipped with JVC's Pro EQ. The integrated equalizer offers 7 preset sound modes (Flat, Natural, Dynamic, Vocal Boost, Bass Boost, 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).

    Pro EQ
    Frequency Level Q
    Bass 60, 80, 100, 200 Hz +/- 12 dB (-6 to +6) 1.0, 1.25, 1.5, 2.0
    Midrange 0.5, 1.0, 1.5, 2.5 kHz +/- 12 dB (-6 to +6) 0.75, 1.0, 1.25
    Treble 10.0, 12.5, 15.0, 17.5 kHz +/- 12 dB (-6 to +6) Fixed

    Source Link EQ: This feature allows you to store Pro EQ bass, middle and treble tone settings for each source (CD, AM/FM, Aux, USB, iPod, Bluetooth, and Pandora).

    Loud (Loudness): This feature boosts low and high frequencies to produce a well-balanced sound at a low volume level. You can turn this feature on or off.

    2.5V/6CH Preamp Outputs: The KW-HDR81BT is equipped with three pairs of 2.5V preamp outputs (Front, Rear, SW). If you wish to use the subwoofer output, you must turn it on in the menu.

    Subwoofer Controls: The unit has a dedicated subwoofer preamp output. You can adjust the head unit's subwoofer level between 0 and 8 (separate from the main volume level). You can also adjust the low-pass filter and activate a high-pass filter:

    • Low-Pass Filter: You can set the cutoff frequency of the low-pass filter at 55Hz, 85Hz, or 120Hz.
    • High-Pass Filter: You can also activate a high-pass filter (fixed at low-pass filter frequency) 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.

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

    Display Features

    Variable Color LCD & Key Illumination: The JVC KW-HDR81BT features 29 color presets for the LCD and button illumination. You can choose one of these color presets or select the ColorFlow mode which scrolls through all 29 color presets. Additionally, there is a User preset, allowing you to individually adjust the intensity of Red, Green, and Blue from 0 to 31; resulting in approximately 30,000 custom color options. The chosen color preset or custom color can be applied to the display panel and the backlighting for all the buttons except the eject and display buttons (they remains red). You can choose to use the same color for the LCD display and button illumination, or use a separate color for each one. You can also select a different color for daytime and nighttime in regards to the unit's LCD and button illumination.

    Brightness: The unit offers an adjustable display and button illumination brightness level (0-31) for day and nighttime driving.

    Display/Button Illumination Dimmer: The display/button illumination dimmer can be set to Off (normal brightness at all times), On (display/button illumination is always dimmed), or Auto (display dims when 12-volts is applied to the orange/white illumination lead).

    2-DIN Chassis: The JVC KW-HDR81BT 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 Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to verify fit with your vehicle.

     

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    5 out of 5

    JVC KW-HDR81BT

    Written By richardH, Waldoboro, ME on Friday, April 04, 2014
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    Great product. Very flexible for current and future use.
    Pros:
    Easy to use with a little learning curve for the menu etc.
    Cons:
    None
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    4 out of 5

    Great product!

    Written By Shane, Texas on Tuesday, February 25, 2014
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    Very pleased with this stereo! it is a little tricky to operate some of the more advanced features but once you figure it out its not too bad. hands free works great with iphone 5!!
    Pros:
    Good stuff
    Cons:
    some functions hard to figure out
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    5 out of 5

    JVC Radio

    Written By Carl, Auburn AL on Monday, February 24, 2014
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    Great Radio
    Pros:
    Works great, syncs easily with Bluetooth phone, plays ipod songs seamlessly. HD radio is excellent. Have no idea how high the volume will go because I have to back it off before I get to the high end.
    Cons:
    Unclear installation instructions, required a call to tech support who quickly resolved the issue.
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    3 out of 5

    sounds good, looks good works great.

    Written By cook583, waldorf, Maryland on Friday, February 21, 2014
     
    I got this as a gift from my mother in law. I really like this jvc unit, there are many sound options, colors and many other setyings
    Pros:
    I really like the Sound quality, multi color settings, ipod auxiliary, pandora.
    Cons:
    Doesn't fit properly in a 2012 scion xd, it sticks out to far leaving part of my dash that suppose to click tight, is now loose and there is 1/4 inch gapes on both sides. Blue tooth works but .......i would rate it a 2. Due the poor call quality, you can hear the person your talking to but unless you have the bluetooth mic right by your mouth and talk loud they wont hear you clearly.
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    5 out of 5

    AWESOME, UNBELIEVABLY AWESOME

    Written By CrevC, Las Vegas, NV on Friday, February 14, 2014
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    I bought this particular deck because of it's features: HD Radio, Ipod control, and 20 watts per channel with a subwoofer pre-out. Wow, was I surprised at the sound quality of this deck!! The clarity and bass blows me away!! I 've installed it in my VW Passat Wagon that has the Monsoon sound system; it interfaced beautifully and sounds about 100x better than the original factory deck!! The bass is full and deep and for regular listening I really don't need to add a sub; however for those times where I really want to crank it I will add one!! Getting ready to put this same deck in my wife's Scion XB, I can hardly wait to see the results there. The reps at Crutchfield let me know that the mosfet amplifier in these is RATED, so it's RMS output is real. No wonder it sounds so good! The clarity on the FM, CD, and IPod is astounding. Detail in some music I never noticed before.
    Pros:
    the metra install kit is a "one way" design. If you make a mistake, want to re-route your back usb cable or blue tooth mic, you will have a very tough time getting the deck back out!! I would suggest using the included sleeve that comes with the deck if you can.
    Cons:
    ????? hard pressed to think of any!!!
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KW-HDR81BT in 2002 Subaru WRX - Great functionality

    Written By rgd, Indy on Sunday, February 09, 2014
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    JVC KW-HDR81BT - Great functionality Easy to see display , Bluetooth, USB and Aux work great, like the HD radio(clarity is nice) Very pleased with this purchase
    Pros:
    Easy to see display , Bluetooth connects quickly USB and Aux work great, like the HD radio(clarity is nice) various colors to match your dash big volume knob clear to see source button used to also answer phone(like that)
    Cons:
    None yet
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    5 out of 5

    Great head unit

    Written By AdamW, Omaha, NE on Saturday, February 08, 2014
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    This is a very nice unit for the money. I hooked it up to a 2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid WITH the JBL premium sound, so I needed to tie into the factory amp. This all would have been simple enough, but I tried to add the Axxcess ASWC-1 Steering Wheel Control interface and this caused all kinds of problems. After several calls to tech support (which is very good at Crutchfield), the problem could not be diagnosed, so I am returning the steering wheel control. If you have the same vehicle, you should skip the steering wheel control as Axxess does not even have the correct wiring configuration for this car.

    All of that being said, I love the stereo! The sound is incredible and I do enjoy the hi-def radio. This thing is packed full of features and the Bluetooth works well. Customizing the radio and using all of the features takes time and patience, but after you learn the menus, it is great to have so many customizing options. Overall, this is definitely worth the money. Also, mine was "open box" but in great shape with NO issues.
    Pros:
    Lots of features, excellent sound, Hi-Def Radio AND Bluetooth at a good price
    Cons:
    None!
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    3 out of 5

    Good sound, but frustrating to use and set up

    Written By Anonymous, Phoenix, AZ on Thursday, February 06, 2014
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    Bought this as a replacement for a failing factory unit in my 2011 ford f150 service truck. I did not need or want a touchscreen unit in a work truck and simply wanted something that was double din with bluetooth, sirius xm, HD Radio and a front usb input. This unit fit the bill with a front aux input and limited android support as well as a bonus. Sound is much better than stock and the bluetooth works extremely well, however the HD radio text displays on some channels, but not all (the Kenwood in my car displays all text info on all HD stations) and the menu layout is very frustrating and difficult to use. Could have used the real esate for better display as the stock radio actually had a more detailed display for mp3s and such. Overall good for the money and satisfies my needs. Just patience is required to set up and learn to navigate the poor interface and menu controls.
    Pros:
    Good sound and bluetooth performance, front usb and aux in with Android support (although limited), Double din without touchscreen and DVD, good value
    Cons:
    Text does not display on some HD stations, very difficult to navigate menus and setup, very basic eq and display looks very dated
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    5 out of 5

    nice unit

    Written By dre, palm coast, fl on Saturday, February 01, 2014
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    I bought this as a gift for my wife we got it installed she loves it easy to learn works great she now wants me to get on for my car
    Pros:
    color display, remote,
    Cons:
    havent figured out hands free yet
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KWS-HDR81BT in a 2004 Tahoe

    Written By Don R, San Clemente, CA on Wednesday, January 29, 2014
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    Easy install, especially with the Crutchfield-provided connectors and cables, and it fit perfectly. I called into Crutchfield to double-check one item, and they were very helpful and responsive. Love the unit, sound is great, Bluetooth works great, plugged my TomTom audio output into AUX, and use the other USB for iPod/iPhone for Pandora.I wish the AUDIO and EQ SETTINGS would come up first, in the MENU, but guess I'll survive; it's just a pain to have to scroll through other choices to get to my most used selectio9ns (maybe fixable in a future firmware update JVC?.)
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KW-HDR81BT

    Written By gbrooke, visalia, ca on Saturday, January 25, 2014
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    awesome features, came with mounting cage and trim ring, has a built in safety that tells you unit is miswired so it cant hurt itself. great sound, easy to connect bluetooth
    Pros:
    3 sets of rca outs so you can add amps for front rear and sub with fader control and sub control
    Cons:
    none
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KW-HDR81BT in 2001 Toyota Highlander

    Written By Bill W., Upland, CA on Thursday, January 23, 2014
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    The 6-CD changer in our Highlander's OEM radio failed a few months ago. I found out it would cost at least $150 just to repair the CD player, so I decided to replace the OEM unit with a more capable aftermarket one. I chose this JVC model. It has lots of useful features, while still being simple enough for my non-tech-savvy wife to operate. Ordering the radio, wiring harness and mounting adapter was a breeze. The instructions, plus the Crutchfield tech line, made installation fairly simple. When I first tried out the new radio, the AM band would not work. The Crutchfield tech folks quickly told me which extra wire to connect up to get the AM to work. I am very pleased with the performance of the JVC. The AM and FM receivers work very well. The CD player is fine, too. The unit's internal amp provides plenty of volume out of the speakers, without any distortion that I can notice. The large volume knob is easy to reach and use while driving. I LOVE having that USB input on the front! I loaded up tons of our favorite music onto a tiny-sized, 32GB flashdrive that barely protrudes from the USB slot on the face of the radio. I no longer need to carry stacks of CD's in the car and frequently swap them out. Hooray! The Bluetooth function, which I paired up to my wife's cell phone, occasionally won't work, and I have to re-pair them. Despite that minor annoyance, I am very pleased with both the radio and with Crutchfield's impressive customer service.
    Pros:
    The KW-HDR81BT has quite a few very useful features for the price. The display is nice and easy to see, even in daylight. The controls are reasonably easy to understand and use. The large volume knob is easy to reach and use while driving. The USB input on the front, and the ability to access and play large numbers of music files from a flashdrive in the USB slot, is a fantastic feature. The Bluetooth allows you to use your cell phone hands-free without having to use an earpiece.
    Cons:
    The Bluetooth fairly regularly fails to detect my wife's cell phone, necessitating a re-pairing (which takes only about 30 seconds). On the other hand, the Bluetooth in the radio always tries to pair with my own cell phone when I'm in the car, even though I do not want my phone paired with the Bluetooth in my wife's car. Somewhat annoying. When playing music from a flashdrive, the unit often changes from the "all random" mode to "random off" mode. Not a big problem, just another annoyance.
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    4 out of 5

    JVC-KW-HDR81BT

    Written By Randal L, Western NC on Thursday, January 23, 2014
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    Installation in a 2011 Jeep Wrangler is tricky, but not impossible. Stereo sounds great, fits great but initial set up somewhat confusing. Read the owners manual thoroughly. All features and functions work flawlessly including Bluetooth. This is an incredible value for the money. You cant go wrong with this one.
    Pros:
    Looks, functions, display color options, expandability.
    Cons:
    None so far.
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    4 out of 5

    Good product for the money

    Written By ArtW, Sandusky, OH on Saturday, January 18, 2014
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    I was looking for a head unit to replace my factory radio in my 2003 GMC Savana van, and this one caught my eye. After having it professionally installed, I was impressed with the sound quality, but found it difficult to figure out the settings. The factory manual is difficult to understand (At least for a bricklayer) so more trial and error will be needed.
    Pros:
    Basic looking unit that didn't scare me away with all the features I don't need.
    Cons:
    Probably is the simplest unit out there, but I still find it difficult to learn how to operate. And the factory manual is difficult to understand. I'll just have to spend some time figuring it out.
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    4 out of 5

    Nice radio, fit the bill

    Written By Dave, hudson, wi on Monday, January 13, 2014
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    i got this item because #1-it had HD & BT, #2-it was a scratch n' dent item, #3-it appeared to have simpler user input buttons. Don't be afraid of Crutchfield scratch and dent, it's more like an "open box". I couldn't find any dents or scratches. As usual, Crutchfield's customer service is second to none. I'm a little disappointed it my misconception of "simpler", however understand that I'm extra critical about such things because that's my profession. I'm happy with the product despite its shortcomings and realistically, they all have shortcomings.
    Pros:
    Fairly simple to set up and operate. I was able to get everything setup and running (including my phone) w/o looking at the manual. The manual is pretty good with pictures to augment the description of the features. I can't comment on the sound because I still have factory speakers. Reception is great, but that's HD for you.
    Cons:
    Several things really annoy me with this radio. 1) I have to navigate a menu system to adjust some common things like fader and equalizer 2) poor use of display real estate thereby leaving less room real info 3) computer jargon or cryptic abbreviations like "SSM" have crept into the interface. I need the manual to figure out the messages 4) When selecting input the radio should know I'm using "Rear USB" for the BT dongle.
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    5 out of 5

    Car radio jvc

    Written By Anonymous, Ludlow mass on Saturday, December 28, 2013
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    Love it awesome features
    Pros:
    Easy to install awesome sound and color displays soooo cool!
    Cons:
    Cant figure out how to control thru steering wheel
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    4 out of 5

    Great Stero

    Written By Steve, Glendale,AZ on Saturday, December 28, 2013
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    I bought this receiver for my wife so she can do what she does best talk on the phone and drive at the same time. Thiis deck is great and the sound quality is so much better then her stock JBL system. The handsfree mic is plenty long enought to put it anywhere you want. It was simple to set up. Crutchfield is awsome everyting they sent me was exactly as described and when together just as it was supposed to. I did call tech support and they wallkd me thought a problem I had they were polite and patient with me and eventually we found it was a blown fuse in the engine compartment. I will with out a dought buy my next stereo from them
    Pros:
    great sound quality for the price
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    5 out of 5

    Great Radio

    Written By Chevy Silverado, Lansing, Mi on Sunday, December 22, 2013
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    Easy to use, understand installation, looks clean and works very well
    Pros:
    Bluetooth and pandora functions work well. Color scheme with so many options is great because it can fit any mood.
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    5 out of 5

    Great entry level CD player

    Written By jbamban, diberville,ms on Sunday, December 22, 2013
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    Wanted to upgrade my factory shaker stereo in my mustang but didn't want to break the bank. This unit has all I need. 6 amplifier preouts, great color matching display , Bluetooth, and Crutchfield included all wiring needed for a great price!
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    4 out of 5

    Not a perfect fit

    Written By Johnny C, Palo Alto, CA on Tuesday, December 17, 2013
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    I have a 2006 Nissan Xterra with standard sound system. The old unit CD died on me. This is second unit from Nissan which had the same problem. The instructions from Crutchfield are very good. The main problem I have is the panel does not fit after I installed the unit. The panel is pressed against the unit's rim. There is about 1/4 inch gap. If I remove the rim, the panel fit perfectly but the unit looks ugly with metal exposing. I even tried to use the rim that came with the kit. That did not work either. That 1/4 inch gap is not that noticeable, I just need to fill that gap so nothing can drop inside. Beside it is too much work to take it back out and return the unit. The sound is great. More functions than I needed so it takes me longer to navigate to the functions that I wanted.
    Pros:
    Great sound, even with stock speakers. More functions than I needed. Easy to follow instructions.
    Cons: