Purchased as a gift for my girlfriend & her 2004 Ford Focus. She's not much of a radio station listener and had also been using those small transmitter devices, with horrible results, in order to listen to iPod thru the OEM radio. I purchased this receiver based the following features: known JVC quality, positive reviews, USB/AUX inputs, Pandora radio interface, power output, future expandability, display color options.
The design aesthetics of the JVC fit very well with the other components of the dash. Sound quality, as a receiver, is slightly better than OEM radio. Not surprising as still using OEM speakers. Sound quality when using front USB/AUX ports or CD is phenomenally crisp & clear. She's pleased with the pre-set EQ functions. A more musically tuned ear will be pleased with the ability to fine tune a "User EQ" function.
Read reviews that mentioned this receiver was devoid of a dimming function. That is NOT true. The brightness setting and all other settings, functions & options are simple to access via the intuitive menu function. The set-up is much like a computer menu: click on a folder to access additional folders/sub-folders, rotate the dial to alter the function, push the "back" button to return to previous folder. Overall this is a fantastic radio for the value. The functionality compared to price is tremendous. Simplicity of use makes it a breeze to operate. This receiver is loaded with features that should please all but the most serious audiophile.
Pros: Sound quality/power output vs. the price value, ease of use, intuitive controls, USB port, design aesthetics, button layout, expandability, made a great gift for very happy girlfriend.
Cons: Depending on color hue and brightness selected for "nighttime" illumination the display may be difficult to see when headlights are turned on during daytime rain showers. Won't bring the Space Shuttle out of retirement.