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Item #: 105KWHR81B
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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.
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.
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.
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.
nice sound compared to factory radio, HD very nice
Pros: nice sound
Cons: hard to figure out all the settings
This was the easiest installation I have ever done! Perfect
Good value for the money. Set up for all functions not very easy. But, calling JVC is no big deal.
Pros: Very good sound quality
Cons: Setting up all functions
Bought this to replace old navigation unit in convertible Solara. Must admit had it professionally installed after realizing I was in over my head.( good thing too , turns out one of the accessory pieces ways defective). Works and looks great. Bluetooth works well for streaming and phone. Easier to figure out and use than the original Toyota unit for sure. Very pleased
Pros: Works as it should sound quality is very good integrated well with existing Toyota amp and a speakers of JBL system. Easy to use. Looks good too.
Cons: Operating the menu takes a little getting used to.
I got this stereo to get HD radio & Bluetooth in my truck (2009 Tacoma) & have used it for a year or 2 now. Reception quality isn't great. I loose radio stations where I use to get them & my wife gets them just fine in her 2007 Ford Escape with the stock stereo. It's not hideous reception, but definitely worse than average. Bluetooth is evil. It connects to the phone fine, & stays connected while you dial. However as soon as the person answers, it drops the Bluetooth connection. It does this 30% of the time at least & has done it with at least 3 different Android phones. It's a good radio outside the reception & Bluetooth connectivity issues. I prefer real buttons over a touch screen & hoped this would be the top of the line one I could get without getting an expensive touch screen. It's not bad enough for me to replace, but disappointing.
Pros: HD radio, cheap, buttons instead of touch screen
Cons: Flaky Bluetooth, poor reception
Put this in my wife's 4 Runner, it fit great and was easy to install
Installed one year ago in a 2009 Boxster (987-2, non-Bose). The fit guide says it won't match but that's only because there's no mass-marketed conversion kit available. It will fit (tightly) using a conversion kit that is specially made by a small vendor and sourced directly from them. The kit is pricey but worth it; looks entirely stock with the dash, although it does require running a new can-bus wire to plug intothe fuse panel (all info easily searchable on online P-car forums).
Been using the deck for a year and it's an excellent value. I chose it in part because it has push buttons; video display units in a convertible are tough to see in bright sun. Sound quality is way better than the stock PCM unit (non-Bose). Difference was noticeable instantly on the first drive with the top down, even without installing an amp. HD radio works great (SF Bay Area) and sounds great. iPhone/iPod functionality through USB with head unit control is good, however, scrolling while driving is not advisable. It's as distracting as texting, so let the passenger do it or advance one song at a time without looking. Only complaint is the bluetooth function, which I use the most; works fine with iPhone 5 and 6 but doesn't have an auto-connection by memory, so you have to manually link up a device each time you re-start the unit. Not a major issue but it is a minor hassle if you do a lot of short city driving from place to place. All in all, a great unit, still happy with it after one year.
Pros: sound quality over stock; HD radio is great; pushbutton radio presets allow no-look manipulation
Cons: manual bluetooth connection needed each time
Great radio , but the no longer make the satellite receiver for it, so much for "SAT READY"
Pros: Radio is good
Cons: Satellite receiver from SirIus no longer in production nothing compatible,
If you are looking for a good deck that will give you good sound,HD radio and Pandora control.This is the one you want.I have one in both of my trucks.
Pros: Lots of features for the money
I purchased this unit based primarily on it's inclusion of HD Radio, the double Din size, and previous JVC ownership. I installed it in my 2003 Suburban and it fits without any dash modifications.
It does what you would expect from a functional standpoint; I have no beef with the sound quality. Most aftermarket units these days will have sufficient sound and in my opinion it's not wise to pick a Head Unit based on somebody's lavish praise for it's SQ. With few exceptions, they're all equally good.
First, the illumination versatility is tremendous, and perhaps too complicated. Colors can be set from a wide palette, both night and day, both auto and manual. The display and button zones can be set independently, as well as menu mode. This is nice for matching your interior lighting scheme, and for me, making sure it's as dim as possible at night is paramount.
Quickly I'll get to my biggest peeve. While streaming via Bluetooth, playback Cannot be paused, only muted.
This is disastrous!
If you are listening to a podcast and need to pause it while swinging through Starbucks, you must do so on the device. I have an iPhone 6 and I don't know if Android functions similarly. I like the "Big Button Mute", and it does what it should for radio reception. But for recorded sources that can be paused, it should be incumbent on engineering to force a pause for such sources. I don't want to just mute the audio and miss several minutes of my podcast.
JVC, Please fix this!!
Pros: Sound Quality Illumination Versatility "Big Button Mute" Value
Cons: NO pause via Bluetooth NO rear panel AUX inputs Complicated illumination controls Bluetooth takes too long to connect
This deck is a very nice replacement/upgrade over the stock radio. It sounds great and the HD radio is a nice bonus!
Pros: HD Radio, Bluetooth, Speakerphone, great sound
Stereo has nice sound and I like that you can set the colors to match your dashboard. The Bluetooth audio works great but the microphone that it comes with doesn't seem to be much - the other end of a phone call will complain about the sound quality. I like the HD Radio feature, although this is the first time I've had that and it seems to take a bit of time for the HD to kick in, which is annoying. It also cuts out unless the signal is strong - not sure if the radio is to blame there or the technology. The menu system is complicated but with the manual you can figure things out. It is difficult to set presets above 1-6, not easy to determine how to do so unless you go carefully through the manual.
Pros: Sound is good, Bluetooth audio works well, nice option to change colors of the screen and buttons, HD radio sounds awesome.
Cons: Delay in HD radio reception, spotty as you get further away from stations. Bluetooth microphone seems a bit low budget for sound based on feedback of people I've talked to on the phone. Complicated menu system.
For HD radio, for overall sound quality, for ease of use, for display adjustment to match your interior - awesome.
Bluetooth - sucks.
To clarify - the unit connects consistently and reliably to any bluetooth device and plays music wonderfully. But as for conversations...the head unit does not have any kind of echo cancellation filter. To put it more simply - it doesn't shut off the external microphone while the remote caller is talking. So you hear them perfectly in your vehicle - while they hear themselves in a horrible echo. The only barely usable option is to use your phone's built-in mute capabilities - manually switching the mic on/off.
Using a third-party mic improved (slightly) how remote callers perceived my speech - but doesn't address the echo problem. Mic position doesn't help either. Using extremely low volume is a possibility - but then you can't hear them.
So...for music it's an awesome unit. For speakerphone use don't even try - look elsewhere. I've heard from multiple sources that this is a JVC issue - so try other brands. The fact that this model has the "KW" prefix gives me reservations about trying Kenwood as well.
I should mention I've had this problem since the day I installed the unit. Like an idiot, I lived with it instead of arranging for an exchange so I'm out of warranty. When I moved the unit to another vehicle I had the same problem - so it's absolutely the JVC unit. Hopefully I'll do better next time...not JVC or Kenwood.
Pros: Excellent sound quality, usability, flexibility.
Cons: Unusable bluetooth speakerphone.
Works as advertised. Easy installation. Sounds great- will be a noticeable improvement to most stock receivers. Easy to make the colors match your existing vehicle's color scheme. Build quality is good, aligned with it's price point.
Pros: Sound, fit
Cons: Source button is a little bright compared to the other lights on the display.
I bought this from Crutchfield in April of 2014 to upgrade the factory head unit on my 2004 Ford Explorer. I wanted to have Bluetooth streaming audio for listening to podcasts from my Android phone and to give HD radio a try. The JVC KW-HDR81BT had both of these features and nothing else I didn't want at an attractive price. Plus the reviews were pretty good.
One of the main reasons I bought this is for the Bluetooth connectivity, and in this respect this unit is an absolute failure. I am in and out of many test vehicles for my job and the Bluetooth on this unit is worse than any factory head unit I've dealt with. It's even worse than the cheap little cigarette lighter Bluetooth to AUX-in adapter I carry to use in test cars that don't have Bluetooth. It's the single worst Bluetooth device I have ever used.
Why? First, it takes forever to reconnect to your phone on start up. Sometimes it never reconnects at all. The transport controls rarely work. You end up pulling your phone out to hit play and guess what? This often causes the Bluetooth driver to reboot and you have to wait all over again. I find myself giving up and doing half my commute in silence.
Apart from the Bluetooth, the UI for the clock is maddening. You can make the clock show up, but only by scrolling through a bunch of options by hitting the display button. It will not remember the setting, so every time you change sources you have to fiddle with the display button to get the clock back. It's dangerous.
Pros: -The sound quality is pretty good even with the stock speakers in the Explorer. -HD radio is a nice improvement; the claim is CD quality in the FM band and FM quality in the AM band. I believe it. Particularly when an AM station locks in to HD reception the sudden improvement in quality is startling. -reasonable price.
Cons: -terrible Bluetooth functionality. -bad UI choices. I suspect this was designed and coded by someone who never drives a car. -no persistent clock, if you have to be somewhere on time this will drive you crazy. -the upper right hand corner is taken up by this goofy square cross hairs like graphic. Normally I wouldn't care but this would be a great place for a clock. If you think you would be bothered by any of the items I have described, save the frustration; avoid this unit.
Great sound perfect choice for people who want great sound ease of use cool looks on a tight budget. Huge difference from stock and super easy to install love it
Pros: Bluetooth , cool looks with adjustable colors to match your ride,USB connections and subwoofer controls
Cons: Menus for setup a little tricky but you get used to it
I bought this radio two and a half years ago.
At first, it was great -- a drastic improvement over the craptastic stock radio.
But then, within a few months, I started having trouble with the Bluetooth. It would randomly drop connection, refuse to connect, and just generally act terribly. Music would sometimes be staticy, other times, would only connect for 20-50 seconds before dropping the connection again. I pulled my dash apart and ran a USB cable to move the bluetooth receiver into the shift well, to bring it closer to where I normally keep the phone. There was some improvement, but still a lot of trouble.
The failure to connect is almost every time. There's about a 60% chance that I'll have to turn the head unit off and back on in order to get the bluetooth to connect. It's gotten to the point where I don't even bother waiting to see if it will -- as soon as I start the car I turn the head unit off and back on.
Recently, the front speakers have stopped working. It was the right speaker first, about a year after I bought the radio -- it would work for a bit, then cut out, then suddenly click back on randomly. It did this for a few months before it stopped working entirely, then the front left speaker went the same way. I now only have rear speakers except occasionally one of the front speakers will cut on randomly. I've checked the wiring and speakers -- they're all intact.
Poor quality that died too soon. Don't recommend.
Pros: When the bluetooth works, it's good quality Great sound from the rear speakers Looks good
Cons: Bluetooth is complete garbage. Front speakers don't produce any sound Automatic dimmer doesn't work
Great head unit! It is really amazing how much more crisp and full the sound is, even with stock speakers. HD radio is fantastic as well. Very easy install for the ISO mounting on an 05 Outback. The menu system is easy to navigate and it's great how you can really tune the color to match the display colors to match your vehicle. Definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a double DIN head unit.
Pros: It's just easier to say everything, rather than list it all.
Cons: None, other than the small scuff on it from dropping it on the garage floor. Whoops!
I wanted a car stereo with a CD player because I do still listen to a CD on occasion. Stereo sounds awesome, install was a breeze in my 1997 Accord. Install kit fits incredible in the dash although putting the kit together was a little vague in the instructions but if you have a little mechanical aptitude you can figure it out. For $180 I couldn't be happier.
Pros: Stereo sounds good
I was looking to update my old factory radio for connectivity reasons. Install was pretty easy in my corolla (only needed to get a longer socket extension to reach screws). The stereo it self works well. Controls are easier once you use it a couple times, but no major hurtles. Love receiving HD channels on the tuner as there are quite a lot in my area (LA). Works well with my Samsung S5. Pretty happy with the whole experience and of course Crutchfield was excellent as usual. Now to do my husbands truck.
Pros: dimmable display, muting, easy controls, easy connectivity, easy install, HD tuner, colors are kinda fun, Bluetooth works well.
Cons: microphone is external (maybe not a con, but heads up)
Fairly easy self install with help from You Tube and Crutchfield. The sound is very good, much improved over factory replaced unit. 2 early noticeable drawbacks:
1) in any kind of daylight it is very hard to see the display
2) my smartphone has connecting issues with the unit's Bluetooth Overall I'm quite happy with the purchase.
Pros: Sound quality ease of install
Cons: washed out display in daylight irregular Bluetooth smartphone connection
The LCD display is of poor quality and is hard to see off-angle and in bright ambient light.
Control of Bluetooth devices is clunky and slow.
The power / source button has a transparent background with black legend, whereas all the other buttons have black background with transparent legend. Being different, the power / source button looks goofy and out of place during the day, but it's even worse at night. Having a large transparent backlit area, the power / source button appears much brighter than the backlit legends on all the other buttons. It is so bright that it is distracting and annoying when driving at night.
Pros: Low price
Cons: You get what you pay for
for the money it's a really good stock replacement works good looks great and has bluetooth
Pros: sound and looks good would recommend to any one who wants a good replacement for a stock radio .
Great radio!! Easily hooks up Bluetooth sound quality is great through all sources. Couldn't ask for a better radio for the price
Works as expected. There is a learning curve on using the Bluetooth functions and I am still learning / figuring out how to use all of them. It doesn't always pair right away but eventually it will pair.
Pros: Voice dial supported
Cons: steep Bluetooth learning curve Doesn't always pair right away.
Now that I've had this unit in my vehicle for a couple weeks I just got to say that this thing beats my oem unit in my 2011 Xterra hands down! For the price, this thing has amazing sound! It may not have a touchscreen and isn't as easy to use as others but I love it. Also, I never thought I'd install it myself but I was done in about two hours which isn't bad considering the instructions weren't too great. Overall, I'm happy with my purchase from Crutchfield.
Pros: Great HD FM reception/sound, even great AM reception. Bluetooth pairs easily and works great with Samsung Galaxy S5.
Cons: Installation instructions could have been better but I managed the installation with some planning ahead.
features on the radio are not as easy to use. for example, you cant push the phone icon to disengage a call from the radio blue tooth. You have to actually go into the Bluetooth menu to do this. Who want this danger while driving. At first i opted for a touch screen but it was out of my price range. But after buying this radio, there was a sale for $140 off a touch screen radio, putting it in range of my budget. so unfair.
Pros: The volume is loud, might have to change or add woofer to compensate.
Cons: now that i have used it. the price is not worth it.Crutchfield response on August 17, 2015 Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, especially a situation like this, please contact our Customer Support team. Purchases from Crutchfield can be returned or exchanged within 60 days of the purchase.
By far one of the best car stereo's I have purchased. The instructions were awesome. Some items are not explained well in the JVC instructions so there are some things I need to research. I may need to get a subwoffer. I find that HD radio seems to have trimmed bass then a CD or blue tooth music from my iphone. I may need to preposition the booth tooth dongle as I have dropped the connection a couple times. I soldered all the connections to the wiring harness the night before and it made the installation very easy.
Pros: Display, Sound Quality, Ease of install, bluetooth phone connection
Cons: eq settings difficult to adjust while driving you need to navigate through the menu's, Bluetooth phone connection icons not explained in the documentation, Not many Cons. Nice unit.
Bought this radio to of course to replace my stock GM unit that ate CD's. Sorry but the instructions don't tell you much but if you have any mechanical abilities you'll understand what needs to happen so the adapter plates can attach and the wiring is correctly connected. I didn't have to modify my dash in any way but when placing the new radio in, you'll have to carefully move the wiring around so it will fit just right. I soldered and shrink tube'd the wires together for the best connection and lower profile. All wires are color coded so easy to match up. Take your time and read through everything so you dont miss anything. I spliced into a ground wire (made sure it was ground with the multimeter) to assure the radio black wire was connected to ground. Don't force anything and of course plug it in and test it out prior to mounting. Not into "coolness" I just wanted a unit that did it all but easy to use so hence the neutral rating. Overall great head unit by the way.
Pros: Blutooth plugs front and back (the back is for the BT dongle that connects to your smartphone. Aux jack in front as well. Connects to your smart phone easily. Controls are easy to figure out after a couple of read-thru's of the manual. The sound is amazing after you dial it in a little. And yes, you can see the info in the daytime! Look at that- a CD player that works even though I probably wont need it with bluetooth-ing my phone music in. HD radio sounds awesome as well.
Cons: The installation instructions were little to none. I guess too many combinations of vehicle to radio to be more detailed.
Works great with iPhone 6 even though it's not listed
Pros: Price, sound and features
Cons: None yet
Love it - looks good in my 2010 Tacoma. it's easy to get use to the functions. quality Bluetooth
Pros: easy install, clean look, works well
Cons: USB shows the song title but I haven't been able to make it show the artist
Bought to replace Mustang Mach stereo. Pleasantly surprised to get easy instructions for install. Called tech service 3 Times each time got answer needed. Stereo in works great sounds great and my daughter (her car) thinks Dad a pretty swell guy.
Pros: Lots of bells and whistles for price
Cons: None yet. Been in car for a week
This receiver has great sound quality, improved the sound of the OEM speakers in my '01 Tacoma 100% - and they are not great speakers. The double DIN size makes for easy reading of the controls. Easy installation with the master sheet and JVC wire identification sheet. Looks great too. EVERYTHING is customizable, from the day/night intensity and color to the sound; simple standard EQ settings allow you to choose your rollover point and Q factor! Bluetooth works great with my old flip phone and yes it has streaming capability. Has 2 USB ports. One on the front face and one on an extension cable from the rear. Have flash drive plugged into front outlet and the bluetooth dongle plugged into the cable which lays discreetly behind the center console for good reception. Also you do receive a nice hard copy book that will fit tin the glove box.
Pros: See review.
Cons: The source/power button light is TOO BRIGHT. Other reviews noted this as well. Have the night "Button" brightness at lowest setting. The night display brightness is independent so that can be set for good readability. The menus are complex - this is not really a "con" just a fact of the "customizability". Downloaded the manual and printed it. keep the appropriate pages on a clip board so I can mark down the settings.
Nice radio, lots of sweet features.
Pros: HD Radio, Bluetooth.
Cons: None yet
I love the way my new JVC KW-HDR81BT has upgraded the look of my 2002 Ford Explorer dashboard. Pretty straight forward navigation, have hardly had to take a look at the Owner's Manual to figure it out.
Pros: Very eye pleasing radio, hooking up my iPod was a breeze and it delivers a great sound.
Cons: Only setback I've had so far is that I just found out that iPhones are compatible with this radio only until the iPhone 4 version.
Over all a great radio for the money. I have always enjoyed JVC. My previous vehicle had a different JVC HD radio and I loved it. There is no comparison to the factory radio as far as the sound quality of the FM tuner. Even the Non-HD Radio stations are much clearer than the Factory FM tuner.
Pros: HD Radio built in, Bluetooth adapter included and good quality sound for the price.
Cons: There is a bit of a learning curve as far as getting used to what to press etc. to get it to do what you want but very nice. Sound Quality, on both ends, of the "Hands free" when making a phone call could be better but not unacceptable. Would be nice if the display could get even brighter than it allows.
I bought this stereo to replace the factory CD/AM-FM player in my 2003 Tundra to get the HD channels locally and use my andriod and apple phones. It is a really good price for the number of features you get. It's not a good as a touch-screen, but if price is a concern, you won't be displeased with the value.
Pros: Price and features.
Cons: Ease of use.
So, this isn't the flashiest of the double-din head units out there. But it does everything and is easy to use. Bluetooth hands-free, streaming, iPhone on front w/high power charger and Pandora, HD Radio built in. You can't go wrong.
The real reason I bought it was that my daughter got a used Ford Explorer SportTrac that had an older touch-screen aftermarket stereo with a built-in DVD player. In its day it was all fancy, but it was now pretty outdated (no Pandora, Bluetooth, etc.). Most importantly, it made the truck deadly! You could Not control it without looking at it closely. You had to make three taps on a resistive-touch screen (the old kind that you have to push hard) to even change the channel, and the UI was just awful. When I first drove the truck, I was afraid to change station because I thought I'd get in a wreck!
This JVC is really easy to use by touch - 6 big station buttons, big "next/prev" and "up/down" buttons, a big ol' knob right in the middle that acts to pause music/mute radio.
It's great! We kept the speakers that were in the car and the pre-amp sub output worked great (the unit even lets you choose the band-pass filter).
Overall we're very happy with it (and the install goodies were perfect as usual).
I bought this for my
Pros: Easy to use, all the inputs you would expect, Pandora, HD Radio, Ergonomic.
Cons: The bluetooth module uses one of the USB ports so you have to have Either a front or back USB plug if you want to use the Bluetooth. I kind of wish there was a "Sound" button on the front dash that did what the "Sound" button on the remote did. Very minor problems.
Had it installed. Have enjoyed having it in my car. No problems with the unit.
I just needed a tuner that can get the job done, is not too flashy, and not be too complicated. This fits the bill. I have to admit, there was a LOT of careful trimming done to make this fit my '02 E150, but well worth the effort. I am a more form and function instead of flashy kind of guy and this unit looks nice without drawing too much attention to it. Its display is color-changing (so you can get a close to factory look of the lighting). It is pretty simple to use once everything is set up. Not too bad for an "inexpensive" selection.
Pros: Easy to use, not too complicated, nor too flashy.
Cons: Some of the sub-menues are a little confusing.
Really pleased until I couldn't get the same power from the sub RCA outs compared to the front and back RCA outs for my sub. I need specific sub control and the ability to turn it on and off. I'm getting another and hoping its a defect, but if not the sub preouts are so weak you hardly get any output from them. When plugged into front or back preouts it works perfect.
Pros: Cosmetics good, functions well, Bluetooth and HD great adds.
Cons: Sub Preout! (defect!?)
This was the first time I had ever replaced a radio in a car. It was very easy with the help of the Crutchfield technicians. I had to make 2 phone calls to clarify how to attach certain wires but they had the answers immediately. I love the HD radio. It is very clear. The dash kit looks great with my interior (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS).
Pros: HD Radio. Simple installation.
Good Car Stereo. Great sound. Great Value for BT and HD. . Would have like a few small design elements improved upon before I purchased. Don't like having clock not on all display screens. Could have placed it on upper right corner. Object there just for decoration. Auto dimming function not working for me and my car. When listen to music via BT and I take a call, radio does not auto return to BT music, has to be re-established manually. Other than these small things I like the unit and appreciate the value.
Pros: Price for BT and HD Sound quality
Cons: Basic design
I am replacing the stock radio/CD player in a 2012 Toyota Matrix S with 4 factory speakers. This 2012 car is a generation 2 Matrix. The main reason I bought this is for the Bluetooth hands free calling with an iphone 5 to comply with the cell phone laws while driving here in Hawaii. My Matrix has built in volume and radio station/CD track buttons on the steering wheel. I thought the installation instructions could be more detailed. I didn't have problems soldering the Metra wiring harness to the JVC wiring harness but I'm not sure if this would be difficult for a first timer. It was not clear how to remove the stock Matrix console face plate. I recommend prying the bottom off first then slowly work up both sides then swivel the console plate 90 degrees so it is parallel to the ground. Then pull it off. I think if you try to pry the console off from the top first, the plastic retaining clips will break. Do not use a screwdriver to pry the plate off even though it is very tight. Use your fingernails. When mounting the radio, you must remove the black trim plate on the JVC unit by removing the 2 small screws. These two screw tabs on the radio must be bent flush with the top of the JVC unit or the console plate will not lay flush. The instructions are not clear on how to attach the plastic stereo mounts. Use trial and error. I had to slightly file the left plastic mount to get the stereo into the dash hole.
Pros: Low cost head unit. Menus easy to figure out. Real volume knob is nice. I'm returning this and purchasing a different radio from Crutchfield under. Crutchfield's support has been consistently excellent. I have called them 4 times regarding problems during the install and then to upgrade the unit. It only cost $10 flat rate to send the unit back from Hawaii. They emailed a UPS return label. Every phone call I made was answered by someone from the U.S. which is unusual these days!
Cons: In the Matrix, the radio is mounted near the top of the dash (closer to the sun) & the display is too dim. At night, the display is OK. I can't read the Caller ID name/number or CD tracks during the day. FM radio sensitivity not as good as factory radio. Some stations don't come in clearly. This radio has less sensitivity than others at Crutchfield. There is a long delay when pressing the phone call button to start/end a Bluetooth call. When switching between inputs, there is a delay too.
I looked at two replacement units for my Ford Ranger. The JVC unit price dropped so I decided to go with it. There was some modification to the opening, and drilling a hole inside the opening for microphone cable. Once installed, wow! Much better power. The operations of the unit are straight forward. I can't stand hidden menus! I would recommend to anyone that's looking a replacement unit. great price point!
Pros: blue tooth HD radio easy to use Great value USB
Cons: I drive a pick up truck, I'm not into the coolness factor,
This unit was installed in a 2009 Silverado. There was some modifications required because the back of the unit would hit the interior of the back of the sub dash. With some minor drilling this was easily taken care of. Sound quality is excellent and the Bluetooth is a good solution for hands-free driving.
Pros: Bluetooth, multiple inputs, sounds great!
Cons: More modifications required than expected. However not a big deal for any DIY car person.
easy setup great sound
Pros: hd signal,usb, bluetooth @ a good price
Great mid range deck - the only issues are with menu functionality with the sound quality presets. The equalizer presets are less than acceptable and you have to fiddle with the bass, mid, treble levels and frequencies quite a bit all while navigating back through the menu every time you change one. These are pretty small critique items however as an avid mobile electronics guy, sound customization took way too long and the endless menu cycling was annoying to me.
I never hesitate to order from Crutchfield given their great customer service, extensive device information and parts they include with your purchase. That's why I've been a Crutchfield customer for almost 25 years.
Pros: Cost, bluetooth, quality manufacturer
Cons: Poor menu navigation, not enough EQ presets given the amount of customization you can do through the endless menu navigation
Fantastic! Great replacement for the 2001 Toyota Avalon XLS JBL factory radio. Seriously needed this for better radio, as well as the ability to play music from other sources (iOS, Android etc)
Pros: Great replacement for the 2001 Toyota Avalon XLS JBL factory radio. Much better and improved sound.
Cons: Ran into static.. although I'm sure that was something I did, rather than the radio's fault. Also, not a big fan of the bluetooth microphone, but I also haven't had the time after installing it to dabble with it at all. Hopefully that can be fixed.
Awesome unit!! Very easy to use. Just need to read the manual and be patient with the setup. Love the Bluetooth capability!! Great unit for the price!
Pros: Hands free talking, good sound quality
This radio has all the features of a way more expensive radio. Buttons are laid out well. The menus are easy to use. The source button is a little bright but that is being overly critical. There could be a dedicated play button for Bluetooth devices. It is challenging to figure out which button to hit to get your Bluetooth device to play once you get back in the car,
Pros: Bluetooth, display, color matching and sound quality.
Cons: I noticed some Bluetooth choppiness when I hid the Bluetooth dongle.
one of the few radios that offered HD radio; Bluetooth, Pandora and music player control through my galaxy s5; also works well with Ipod touch. I installed a different jvc model in a explorer, so I was familiar with the controls, like anything, once you figure it out it's very easy.
Pros: HD radio; Bluetooth music player controls for android and ipod good sound, easy controls
Cons: don't understand why they included a rear usb port, but you need to have the Bluetooth adapter plugged in it for Bluetooth to work. Why didn't they integrate the Bluetooth in the radio and leave the rear for a memory stick?
Overall a great radio
Cons: not big on the light display, but it can be adjusted.
Just hooked this up in my son's Matrix. I wanted a double din with blue tooth and HD radio. This fit the bill. Hook up was easy, but the dash kit did not provide a good fit, so I needed to modify. I've mostly owned Alpine (also a few pioneers, a sony, and a kenwood over the years), so comparing it to an Alpine probably isn't completely fair, but I'm doing it anyway.... This has a great feature set for the money and the many available colors for the display adds to the cool factor for the younger crowd. But after quite a bit of tweaking, it sounds pretty good. I did upgrade his speakers, but no amp, and the results are a nice upgrade from the stock system. But at the end of the day, if Alpine or Pioneer had a head unit with the features I wanted at a price I was looking to spend, that's where I would go, but for the money, this is a nice unit.
Pros: Great features for the $
The sound quality is very good. The display doesn't light up brightly enough during the day and settings don't change that. The display is not readable on a sunny day. The instructions on how to operate it end abruptly without telling how to save FM stations beyond position 6. It has a typical menu pattern for settings which generally works well - however the scroll settings are meaningless and do nothing at all. This is my second one - the first one had a defective CD sensor and had to be replaced immediately as it did not function in any capacity, not being able to boot up. Again - the sound quality is very good, happy with that. Also, have not been able to get it to play music from my phone. No great instructions about that either. :(
Pros: sound quality
Cons: lacking in instructions, some features don't work, first unit failed, not about to go through sending this one back for another replacement.
I really like this receiver; it was the only one I found in this price range with HD radio; Bluetooth; USB connector on face; and good DA converters.
I put it into a 2001 Pathfinder to replace the stock "Bose" head end. It turns out the factory receiver was actually a Clarion, and that accounts for the poor sound quality I was experiencing. The new JVC was used in conjunction with the Scoshe interface adapter - I kept the stock Bose amp(s) and speakers already installed. As I expected, the whole system sounds 100% better with a quality head end. Bottom end is suprisingly acceptable and tight.
I have no trouble reading the display during the day - others have complained about this - there are a myriad of settings for display color and brightness - I simply selected a high-contrast option for the display that works fine with high ambient light levels.
Bluetooth setup with my Nexus 5 phone was unbelievably simple and painless - I mounted the mic on the steering wheel column and it's proven to be a good location. NR and echo cancellation settings are effective.
I believe this is a really good value considering all the features and sound quality.
However, beware of using this with the ASWC-1 steering wheel interface. I ended up using totally different functions to make the receiver work as expected. I finally got the interface to work perfectly, but there was a lot of head scratching and frustration during the process. Almost certainly not JVC's fault . . . .
Pros: Excellent features for the price Very good sound quality Good build quality
Cons: Beware of quirks with ASWC-1 steering control interface - it will work well, but you'll have to do some unconventional programming procedures.
good value for the price, graphics great with the mulit-color option( one can always change the color for the mood one might be in. upgrade speaker is a must to get the max out of the unit. unless you really got an high-in factory system, like a bose.
Pros: Crutchfield's customer service is really great, if you need asst....
Cons: installation kit needs some more options for the face side of the unit. in my case a '01 ford f-250 ford super duty extend.. cab dash needed a bigger face plate,frame around the unit to make it the max installation passable.
Ive had this radio for over a year. I Love this radio. Works great with my android phone. The sound is amazing. Customization is great. I am very happy with radio.
Pros: Ease of use, Sound quality, Features
I bought this JVC to upgrade the factory stereo in my wife's' 2006 Highlander. Thanks to the MasterSheet, installation was pretty straightforward. The install looks really good with the Metra kit. The first thing I noticed was the power and improved sound quality with the factory speakers. I installed the hands-free bluetooth phone mic on the steering column and I've had no problems. I mainly listen to music streaming from my phone, so I'm glad to have the Bluetooth audio.
Pros: Sound quality; customize EQ settings; big display
Cons: Can't search radio stations by type
The JVC KW-HDR81BT is an awesome upgrade from the stock unit. I purchased this unit as a replacement for my 6-disc stock in my 2006 Ford Mustang GT with a Shaker 500. The main reason for my want to change is that my stock did not have an AUX or USB input also the sounds was bland and I wanted to get the most out of my Android phone and MP3 player. The ease of the install was helped by the Crutchfield support team...I had the new one installed in less than 2 ½ hoursSome great features are Very easy to operate. You can easily mute at any time by pushing the large knob in. It has a USB cable attached to the back which you can pull through to one of the compartments on your console to hide whatever you plug into it. Bluetooth works perfectly, you can even scroll through your phones phonebook through the radio. It won't display your text messages on the radio, but it will display that you received a text message. Multicolor display is nice, you literally can choose any color or match your dash lighting. Also the screen does not wash out from sunlight like my stock unit. This HD radio will display the songs on HD only. If you tune into an analog station it will not display the RDS song text but you can tag the station and you can tell the difference when you listen to an HD station. The best part is I wanted a Stereo that had a little retro look going into the Mustang but had great features and great sound and this unit made all that happen.
Pros: Large Screen, easy to read. Lots of setting and pre settings for equalizer. Bluetooth and Android compatible. Sound great after you adjust the equalizer. Best bang for the buck. Has a retro look. 2 USB ports. You also have all the support from Crutchfield to make it easy to install.. I also was supplied for free a wiring harness and mounting kit and Axxess AFDI-5V that is needed for attaching to the bass speaker and keeping it from popping when you start the unit.
Cons: None for me it was a perfect unit and fit for my Mustang GT.
THe hd radio works great and sounds great. I got it for the hd radio and the usb port both work very well. The draw back is how the preset radio stations past the first six are accessed, much more difficult than most radios.
No complaints really. Installed in a 2011 Corolla. Directions were pretty straight forward with the MasterSheet. Bluetooth worked first time, no issues at all...phone calls and audio, not sure where I am going to put the mic yet. HD radio sounds great. Some settings are buried, but they are all there and I don't change them up for each song so its no big deal. Sound is 1000% better than stock head unit. I dropped in some new polk 6x9's to replace the back speakers and they sound great. Going to replace the fronts next and will add an amp if needed. Impressed with everything given the price!
Pros: price..price and...price.
Cons: nothing comes to mind
I actually returned this stereo due to the fact that the lettering being way too big. You could either see some of what was playing or the time. It's a nitpick, I know. Menu is easy after about 3 mins of messing with it. I don't like the fact that a USB is taken up because the Bluetooth isn't builtin. Kind of odd. I ended up buying the same unit that is more expensive and has more lines in the display.
Pros: Good stereo, pushes speakers well.
Cons: Lettering too big and a USB has to be taken up in order to use the Bluetooth.
I bought this for my 2009 Honda Fit which does not have Bluetooth built in. Austin is instituting a hands free law, so I needed a new unit with Bluetooth. My car allowed me to go double din and the adapter kit from Crutchfield that was included with the purchase was perfect. As for the unit itself, this is one of the cheaper double dins with Bluetooth, so expectations should be aligned as such. It is fairly easy to use and the HD radio sounds pretty good, if a little tinny (I'll have to play with the equalizer settings some more). The Bluetooth works great in that it's easy to pair and sound quality is pretty good. I recommend using your phone's voice prompts over the unit's voice feature, since it can actually take more steps. The plethora of colors are fun to play around with but the text display could be brighter. Overall, it seems to be a solid piece of equipment, but certainly not top of the line.
Pros: Decent value Good sound Bluetooth works easily Microphone works well HD radio Multiple display options
Cons: Sound quality could be better Display not bright enough Phone voice prompt a little cumbersome
Great radio fits perfectly, looks great in the dash and the fact that it came with hands free bluetooth is even better.
Pros: Double din is great, easy to use.
A great head unit for a great price. Sounds good and has all the pre-amps and usb hook ups you'll need, but. . .
Pros: Like I said, I basically chose this unit for the pre-amps and the usb ports. It's got kick-ass sound and an easy phone interface. Great if you want to run subs; hi-and low-pass filters are built right in. Oh, and HD radio blows satellite away, IMO.
Cons: Small con- display needs to be brighter HUGE con- menu system was obviously designed by a chimpanzee. Options used everyday- like EQ and Audio options- are buried, while things like Demo Mode and Set Clock come right up. Who thinks of these things? Eyes on the road, folks!
Installation was easy with all the free included gear and the Axxess ASWC-1 Steering Wheel Control Adapter. Called CF on Saturday with two questions regarding two splices to ground and they had answers for me in minutes. Since I don't solder often and am very particular with setup of solder joints, I spent few hours indoors completing all the soldering between various plugs. Then spent a few hours in the driveway with the car completing the install. Dash removal and access was much easier than I thought. Also have a drill press and added a hole to the Scosche HA1700B dash kit through which the MIC protrudes. MIC is mounted to the back. Install concern is that the screws used to mount the radio to the dash kit seem too large and caused the plastic to stress and start to crack. So I went to a smaller diameter self taping screw. I also drilled holes down to the lower storage bin (Odyssey w/o DVD) and fed the rear USB into it for easy access. Steering wheel controls work great. Pairing to an IPHONE 4S worked great and easy. Hands Free calling is extremely clear and folks can hear me well too. HD radio is great in AM and FM. Only wish the I/O button was always lit when the key is in the ignition (not just when the radio is turned on) so I can locate the on/off button in the dark. Lastly, there must be approx. 22 color selections (buttons can be set to different color than display)... Kids love the color wave mode that continuously cycles through the colors.
Pros: Easy Setup, Great Functionality, Large Display Characters that scrolls through information, Easy Pairing to Phone (can access recent phone calls with the radio's dial), Easy pairing to music, Excellent HD radio. Looks good in the dash.
Cons: On/Off button is only lit when radio is powered on making it hard to find in the dark. Where do I upload a picture of my installation???
Let me say that I love this device. The sound qualtiy and Android integration are terrific. Installing it was an adventure but Crutchfield was incredibly helpful. Kudos to my advisor. The device is not perfect. The IPOD display tends to lag a bit behind the tune playing on the IPOD. I do wish the FM reception was better but then I live in a very hilly area so it is mostly geographic . I can get no AM reception at all
Pros: Great sound. Good IPOD/Android integration. Excellent bluetooth qualithy
Cons: No AM. IPOD MP3 tags don't always show correctly. Requires advanced yoga training to install on a Subaru outback, but that is a subaru issue
My favorite classical station, WCLV, migrated to the HD subchannel of a more power public radio station. A professional installer placed a "2 DIN" JVC receiver. The JVC worked and sounded fine. However, during daylight -not just full sunlight- the dial was unreadable. Crutchfield offered the KD-HDR81BT, a four din unit with a larger readout. (Crutchfield also had the best price). The professional installer changedout the JVC 2 din unit with the 4 din HDR81BT. The screen is readable, even in direct sunlight and often with my sunglasses on. The HDR81BT has an array of features, including Blue Tooth connections. The bluetooth phone feature works fine. A whole menu of features allows the refinement of the audio with equalizer settings. The usual fader and balance controls are very easy. A front panel usb input is easy to access. Not that important to me, though a very nice feature, is the panoply of selectable color schemes for thee readout and controls and make the unit very attractive at night. A big advantage of the 4 din unit over the 2 din unit is the addition of six preset buttons on the upper right panel that allow the storing of six most frequently listened to stations on both FM and AM. The 2 din JVC unit did not have room for the preset buttons which left me constantly searching through endless stations. Additional memory banks allow the saving of just about as many stations as one could desire. Tuner sensitivity is good.
Pros: Display is readable in full daylight (a feature not to be overlooked); Station preset buttons (like a traditional car radio). Bluetooth works well; Adjustable audio equalizer;-sounds great with my Rav4's standard speakers; European/ South American/USA tuning offsets -can come in handy when tuning some of the new low power FM stations; hands free cellular phone feature; usb and audio inputs; CD player included for music with more dynamic range than an MP3 can deliver; sensitive FM/AM tuner
Cons: While readable in daylight, the display could still be brighter. Display brightness and readability in dayling/sunlight needs to be addressed by the manufacturers of aftermarket car receivers.
First, I did not do my own installation so I cannot comment on how hard or easy it would have been. I simply did not have the desire to spend an afternoon doing auto yoga as I contorted and twisted myself in unnatural ways getting this JVC KW-HDR81BT receiver into my 2001 Acura.
That aside, I like the sound of this receiver and it is a true upgrade from the factory unit in pretty much every way except one crucial area (stay tuned). Music sounds more vibrant, fuller, and crisper, so I am enjoying listening to CDs, Ipod, HD radio, and FM while commuting or going on the road.
For under $200, this receiver has pretty much everything I wanted for an older car: Bluetooth, cd, HD radio, hands free calling with external mic, and more. The reception in the metro area is great, but it diminishes as one escapes the urban or suburban centers for prettier vistas. The remote is OK, but a bit too tiny and lacks an essential adjustment (stay tuned) that is nearly unforgivable. I tend to drop it, so thankfully it is just an accessory, not essential since I am sitting right by the receiver, not in the kitchen making popcorn.
The bluetooth feature is quite nice and new to me, though phone calls sound a bit "leaner" than I expected (if that term makes sense here) though my older phone could be the culprit. I do wish JVC could have thrown in a USB cable but understand why they would not want to spring for a cheap cable just to make customers happy and save them the trouble of tracking down one.
Pros: Good value, fits perfectly, big upgrade in the overall sound, hands-free phone connection via blue tooth, able to stream music loaded on a tablet or phone.
Cons: The menus, navigation, and options are not clearly delineated or intuitive. The manual is OK, but not great. Trying to figure out how to keep an Ipod from repeating songs requires one to pull over and scan the manual the first couple of times. My biggest gripe is that changing something as simple as the bass, treble, and balance is absurdly difficult.It is not because I am older or not used to tech stuff. It is because whoever created the interface was more enamored with loading it with features.
This is a nice radio for the money. I think it has great sound, a lot better than my factory Ridgeline radio. It has all the options I was looking for: HD, USB, Bluetooth, several CD formats, and auxiliary. The little remote is actually pretty nice. The Bluetooth phone feature sounds really good, better than several factory Bluetooth phones I've talked on. The equalizer is pretty good and has some built-in presets. I wanted an HD and I'm glad I got it, but honestly I think if a lower cost radio had everything that this one had except for the HD, I'd be just as happy. I still think it's a great radio and a good price for HD. I certainly would not pay more for an HD though!!
Pros: Nice HD double din, Bluetooth is clear, good microphone. Good menu for Pandora and phone. Great sound.
Cons: Installation - had to remove all the housings and face plate from the radio to install with the free dash kit. The free dash kit works but it's cheap and can get a little aggravating. It doesn't look cheap once it's in though. There is no manual dimmer for this radio and not all cars can use the built in dimmer. Bluetooth works with my iPhone 5 but I'm not sure about the new 6; check the JVC website for that info.
Great unit with nice features at a decent price. Powers speakers in a Civic quite well.
Pros: Bluetooth, HD radio.
Very impressed..... Many features... Front USB, HD Radio, Bluetooth, Pandora link, MP3 Disk, Phone link, capable for steering wheel controls...and at a great price!
Pros: Plays almost every type of music format, excellent sound quality
Cons: Swirching sources reveals sound quality differences in the music files.... Getting to the Equalizer is a bit cumbersome.. Would greatly appreciate a couple of User defined pre-set Audio settings....
Many great features, great price. Worked as advertised.
Pros: Features, ability to match dash LED colors.
Cons: Not great installation instructions, but adequate. Cheap sounding door-open/seat belt chime. No vehicle-controlled dimmer control.
Very good radio for the cost, lot of features. Installing the steering wheel control adapter (purchased separately) was very easy.
Pros: Great sound and loud enough without requiring an amp. Separate day and night display color option.
Cons: With all that real estate JVC should have used the display to provide more content information.
Really love this stereo, can't say anything bad about it , if you in the market for one get this one.and the he radio is great.
Pros: Great unit, excellent sound good display, easy to use
This JVC KW-HDR81BT works and sounds great. With the help from Crutchfield (manual, wiring, dash kit, and adapter) the install took some time, but worked out great. It has been a long time since I put a new radio in one of my vehicles, not as easy as it used to be, but again Crutchfield made it almost painless.
Pros: Have the features I wanted, more then I needed.
Cons: The only complaint would be I wish the microphone had been built in. The Bluetooth feature works will with my Droid Razor. Finding the best place to put the microphone to answer the phone, if I even decide to use the feature...
I installed this in my fiancee's 2001 Toyota Celica. The Bluetooth streaming works flawlessly every time, which was huge for me. You don't have to re-pair your phone every time, and even more importantly, you don't even need to touch your phone at all - you can just hit "play" from the head unit to resume from where you last left off [tested with an iPhone 5S]. Install was straightforward, pretty much the same as any head unit install. Lots and lots of color customization options allowed me to match the color with the car's existing displays.
I drive a 2008 BMW m3 and a 2007 Aston Martin Vantage... and I am jealous of my fiancee's 2001 Toyota Celica because of this head unit.
Pros: - Flawless BT streaming and good interface - Color customization - HD radio - Great value
Cons: - Double DIN form factor is "near" perfect with this car, though that's probably more of a comment on the car than the HU. - I can't install one in my own cars :-(
I got the JVC that looks like this but w/o bluetooth, sounds great, especially with all new speakers installed as well. I had this installed by a friend , Kevin at Mobile Audio in Mesa AZ, who does alarms and stereo installs because he knows how to install harness adapters with his eyes closed. This unit sounds great with Clarions new line of component speakers which I had already installed in my Tahoe. I think the offset rotary knob is better on this unit rather JVCs new style with the knob in the center, plus this units face looks better in an SUV or nicer car.
Pros: The pros is a good digital sound at this price point, customize the look with multiple colors on the display and easy to use aux USB inputs and playback of CDs and sound curves.
Cons: Cons is the menu interface and color changing is a pain to figure out, and the remote control is a bit basic. All in all this is a great unit though.
I bought this unit because I needed to upgrade to Blue Tooth for hands free calling as well as to stream my Pandora account. Installed in an hour and a half in my 2005 Ford Five Hundred. It looks and sounds great!
Pros: There is an incredible amount of features from Blue Tooth to HD Radio. This radio is a good value. I am constantly learning new things about the units' features. Some think that that is a con, but I enjoy the learning process. Fun color choices for the display.
Cons: The mic and Blue Tooth are not built in but rather are corded from the rear of the unit and need to be positioned in your vehicle.
Good but the factory bracket does not attach to the radio well and will need to be modified.
Great stereo, simple install, clean simple look. Great features
Pros: Great stereo, simple install, clean simple look. Great features
I installed this radio in my F-150 truck, replacing the factory radio. What a huge improvement! The radio fits perfect in the dash, looks great and loaded with all the features I wanted in the radio. Syncs great with my iPhone, HD Radio and more! Highly recommended!
Pros: Loaded with features. Build quality is really good.
I replaced the factory HU in my 2010 Toyota highlander with this stereo and very happy with it. Sounds much better than factory unit. Bluetooth works great with my iPhone and note 4. Strongly recommended.