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Our take on the JVC KW-R500

by Zak Billmeier
JVC

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-R500

Fits your dash and looks fantastic
Make a statement in your dash with this bold JVC CD receiver — it'll look right at home in your large dash opening and it'll give you the great sound and features you want. JVC's Separated Variable Color display lets you change the illumination to perfectly complement your dash lighting.

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-R500'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. Plus JVC puts one auxiliary input on the front panel and another on the rear, so you're all set for adding more audio sources.

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 (not included) to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this JVC stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and the JVC, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls.

Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with built-in MOSFET amplifier (20 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • 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:
    • works with JVC Bluetooth adapter
    • inputs: front-panel USB input, front and rear auxiliary inputs
    • outputs: 4-channel preamp outputs (2.5-volt front, rear/sub)
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    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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    4-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs
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    No
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs
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    Yes
    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/Rear
    USB Input
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    Front
    Memory Card Slot
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    USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible
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    Optional
    Satellite Radio Ready
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    No
    HD Radio
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    No
    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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    9.3 dBf
    European Tuning
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    Yes
    Seek/Scan
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    Seek
    Radio Data System
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    Product Research
    What's in the box?

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    • Double-DIN AM/FM CD receiver (with 10-amp ATC fuse inserted into chassis)
    • Sleeve (installed with 4 screws)
    • Trim ring (installed)
    • Wiring harness
    • 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)
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • 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)

    Our Product Research Team

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    Disc Playback
    USB/iPod/Aux Connectivity
    Radio Functions
    Audio Section
    Display Features
    Bluetooth/Remote Control

    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-R500 can play MP3 (8-320 kbps)/WMA files (32-192 kbps) that have been recorded on CD-R and CD-RW discs. The disc must be recorded in one of the following formats: ISO 9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, Romeo or Windows long file. Each disc can have a maximum of 8 folder hierarchies, 255 folders, and no more than a total of 512 files and/or folders on each disc. 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.

    Random/Repeat Modes: The JVC KW-R500 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.

    USB/iPod/Aux Connectivity

    USB Port: The JVC KW-R500 features a front panel USB 2.0 type-A port behind a sliding cover for connection of a USB mass-storage class device; such as select Android smartphones (Froyo/Gingerbread OS only), portable digital audio players, or USB thumbdrives. The USB port enables audio playback and control of MP3(8-320 kbps)/WMA (32-192 kbps) audio files stored on a portable USB mass-storage class device formatted in FAT 12/16/32. The KW-R500 can recognize up to 255 folders (255 files per folder) and 65,025 total files. The unit also supports IDTag3 (version 1.0, 1.1, 2.2, 2.3 or 2.4) for album and artist information from MP3/WMA files (up to 60 characters). The unit will also supports charging of USB mass-storage class devices through its front-panel USB port (max. 1A).

    Note: You cannot connect a USB device via a USB hub or Multi-Card Reader to this unit.

    iPod/iPhone Direct: The JVC KW-R500's front-panel USB port also 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, and Composer. Once a Playlist or Category is selected, the content is listed in alphabetical order. The KW-R500 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) and driver assistant Apps (such as Trapster) streamed to your Apple iPhone, through the JVC KW-R500. 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.

    Pandora App: The Pandora App (free) lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the JVC KW-R500 using your connected Apple iPhone, via the USB/iPod connector cable (included with your iPhone). The JVC KW-R500 provides control over the Pandora music service and displays Artist, Album, and Song information. You can select Pandora stations from your station list; you can sort the station list by date or A-Z. You can also skip song tracks within a station. In addition, you can also give songs a thumbs up/down and bookmark songs/artists. To access Pandora you must have an Apple iPhone (iOS 5.0 or later) with the latest version of the Pandora application from Apple's iTunes App Store. Your iPhone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. You will also need a Pandora music service account.

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

    iPod Display: The KW-R500 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.

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

    iPod Compatibility Chart: The JVC Arsenal KW-R500 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 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 Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N N Y Y N Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    7th 1.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    4th 6.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    5th 7.0.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4 7.0.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 7.0.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5 7.0.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5C 7.0.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5S 7.0.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    2 7.0.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    3 7.0.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    4 7.0.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    mini 7.0.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y 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.

    Dual Auxiliary Inputs: A front-panel & rear-panel stereo minijack are provided to allow the connection of portable audio sources. Simply connect your portable digital music player to either the unit's front or rear auxiliary input, and you can listen to the audio from the portable player through the speakers in your mobile audio system.

    Radio Functions

    AM/FM Tuner: The JVC KW-R500 features a built-in AM/FM tuner with manual, seek, and preset tuning.

    Preset Tuning: You can store a total of 18 FM stations presets and 6 AM station presets. The radio allows you to set your AM/FM stations manually or automatically.

    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.

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

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

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

    Audio Section

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The JVC KW-R500 utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior CD sound quality.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The KW-R500 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-R500 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-R500 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-R500 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-R500 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, 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/4CH Preamp Output: The KW-R500 is equipped with two pair of 2.5V preamp outputs (Front, Rear/SW). You can set the Rear/SW preamp outputs for connecting a pair of full-range rear speakers (through an external amplifier) or for connecting a subwoofer (through an external amplifier). When set for rear speakers, the rear outputs operate with the unit's fader control. When set for subwoofer, the outputs are non-fading.

    Subwoofer Controls: When the unit's Rear/SW preamp output is set to Subwoofer, 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: When the unit's Rear/SW preamp output is set to Subwoofer, you can set the cutoff frequency of the low-pass filter at 55Hz, 85Hz, or 120Hz.
    • High-Pass Filter: When the unit's Rear/SW preamp output is set to Subwoofer, 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-R500 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-R500 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.

    Bluetooth/Remote Control

    Optional Bluetooth: The unit's rear-panel auxiliary input can also be used to connect JVC's KS-BTA100 Bluetooth Adapter (105KSBTA10, sold separately). The KS-BTA100 must be plugged into the rear-panel auxiliary input, and not the front-panel auxiliary input. The front-panel auxiliary input does not support Bluetooth. The KS-BTA100 gives you hands-free communication from your compatible Bluetooth mobile phone and wireless streaming audio from a Bluetooth enabled digital audio player. The optional JVC Bluetooth Adapter includes a super-sensitive microphone, an Answer/End button, and playback controls. The KW-R500 can be set to automatically mute any music audio to your vehicle's speakers so you can listen to your telephone call using your car speakers.

    Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the JVC KW-R500. Visit the JVC Mobile Entertainment Bluetooth Support Page for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled devices.

    Wireless Remote Control: The KW-R500 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).

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

     
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    5 out of 5

    great unit for good price

    Written By anthonyjr21092, Warwick, RI on Friday, January 31, 2014
     
    Looks and sounds great in my gmc sierra with bose system especially for good price
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KW-R500

    Written By Anonymous, Carrollton Georgia on Thursday, January 09, 2014
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    Outstanding head unit for my Nissan Titan. Easy installation . Kit included everything. I love this radio.
    Pros:
    Love the compatibility with Pandora and my Droid RAZR phone.
    Cons:
    Didn't buy sooner.
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    5 out of 5

    More bang for your buck

    Written By Boost, Victorville California on Tuesday, December 17, 2013
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    Can't go wrong with JVC, I like their products! Especially when you purchase from Crutchfield, can't beat their prices! Thanx again!
    Pros:
    Good sound quality! More bang for your buck! And looks nice!
    Cons:
    It's not a DVD player but you get what you pay for.
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    4 out of 5

    JVC KW-R500

    Written By Corey M., Portage, In on Monday, December 16, 2013
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    Love it..... Great CD & all proper kit equip. came w/.....
    Pros:
    Great CD player, USB connect & Aux. remote is awesome too. Plays & sounds great.....!!!
    Cons:
    No Bluetooth w it.... Separate purchase & (cost) $$...
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KW-R500

    Written By DM, Atlanta GA on Wednesday, November 27, 2013
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    AWESOME
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    Easy install
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    5 out of 5

    JVC Stereo

    Written By Anonymous, Spartanburg, South Carolina on Sunday, November 24, 2013
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    This is not the one I originally intended on getting, I wanted the bluetooth enabled model, but this head unit exceeded all of my expectations. The installation equipment that came with it fit perfectly, and although I installed it myself, it looks professional.
    Pros:
    Ease of install, button size
    Cons:
    A bit confusing to set up, at first.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Product

    Written By Ray S, Sandwich Il on Sunday, November 03, 2013
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    I order and install into a 2003 Chevy Truck I prewire everything on the bench including a steering control adaptor and a communication and chime module. My friends watched the step and were very impressed with the plug and play results a quick learn of the steering wheel adaptor and we were dialed in and jamming in no time.
    Pros:
    A perfect fit and a professional result as if it factory unit. Sound and looks great.
    Cons:
    instruction to disable demo mode were a little vague
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    5 out of 5

    Fantastic Radio

    Written By Val R, Millville NJ on Friday, October 25, 2013
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    The sound blew me away from the start. I added new JVS speakers and the sound quality was even better. So many cool features in this radio. 3 Color displays , CD info read out, 4 sound setting on equerlizer and more on Pro-Eq. Mounted with little problems. USB port for I-pod or smart phone or flash drive. RCA connections on back for sub woffer or a per amp The EO radio was $489 and a rebuilt was $365 I got the radio ,front and rear JVC speakers for just under $300. To me that's a good deal.
    Pros:
    Great sound and features
    Cons:
    FM reception is not as good as my OE radio but the CD sound makes up for that. Took a little time to understand the booklet that came with it for set up..
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    4 out of 5

    4 out of 5

    Written By johnrm, Bay Area on Monday, October 21, 2013
     
    I had already replaced the OE speakers with the Alpine 500 and 600 speakers and i purchased this to replace the OE Toyota CD unit in my 2000 Toyota 4Runner Limited. Since the JVC is the same size as the OE HU the install was really easy. The HU doenst have window shaking I power but it really does well. I also like the connectivity possibilities of this economic unit as well. My only gripe is the complexity and length of the menu function. But once i began to tinker with various setting and combinations of settings the sound was good but lacked "fullness" and screamed for more bottom end. So, recently picked up Kenwood SW 11 powered subwoofer. At first the JVC HUs sub/rear Line Out (L/O) jacks would only recognize the subwoofer as a rear speaker. As a rear speaker i couldn't use the High or Low filters either . The next day i called JVC customer service to see what my options were. They informed me that this was a common problem with the KW-R 500 and that there was a firmware update that would correct the problem. They sent me a CD-R with the firmware upgrade which i was able to install on the first try. Now everything works as it should and im quite happy.
    Pros:
    Price, sound quality, connectivity options.
    Cons:
    the complexity and length of the of menus. Lack of high/low filters and subwoofer use without the firmware update.
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    2 out of 5

    It's "OK"; Audio Quality isn't all that.

    Written By Brian, Nashville, TN on Wednesday, October 16, 2013
     
    This box doesn't allow me to give my full review, so I'll shorten it. Easy install, good features, not a "real" parametric EQ (frequency selections are limited and Q adjustable on only bass and mids). RCA outputs for me were relatively weak. Frequency response seems limited in the low end. If you run a sub from the Hi-level input using the speaker/amp section of this unit, you'll lose some super lows. JVC cuts the lower response at about 40Hz (maybe due to heat or wiring requirements).

    Internal amp is cold, lifeless, and sterile, lacking openness and warmth found in higher-quality systems. I'm NOT impressed.

    Having to hold down a button or two for 2 seconds to access many settings is unfortunate. Bad idea. I detest manufacturers who think this was a great idea. It's not.

    I like the design/layout of this unit. Color options and dimmer options are nice, although the Source button can still be a bit bright at the dimmest settings while night-driving.

    Plenty of power for coaxials and some other speakers. Good reception for radio. I like the read-ahead technology for the CD-Player, USB, iPhone etc. It helps limit the delay for pushing and playback. Although I do wish for an easier way to adjust volume and pause play while deep in the menus.

    Give the unit an additional $50 in cost to improve the Audio quality and menu access, and we'll win. This was a partial upgrade AND downgrade from the factory system.
    Pros:
    Easy install, good features, looks nice. Plays USB, iPhone, MP3 discs etc.
    Cons:
    Lifeless Audio quality. Very Limited EQ settings.
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KW-R500

    Written By the huckster, Rossville, Ga on Wednesday, October 02, 2013
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    The cd player had stopped working in my 2005 Silverado several years ago and I also had a door speaker that was not working. After reading the reviews, I bought this JVC head unit to replace it and installed a pair of Kicker speakers in the doors. The sound quality is amazing! I installed this myself and had no problems. I was pleased in knowing that the Crutchfield team was available if needed though. They sent everything I needed for a good installation. The unit almost looks like it came from the factory which was what I was hoping for. I matched up the display color of the radio with the guages. I now listen to most of my music on a 16gb flash drive which is convenient for long commutes. I wish now that I had replaced the factory unit years ago. The Crutchfield web site is fantastic and took the hassle out of finding the right replacement and needed accessories.
    Pros:
    The sound quality is great and the unit display matches the guage color thanks to the numerous color choices available. The usb port is handy for playing your music collection.
    Cons:
    My wife now wants me to install a new stereo in her car after hearing how great the sound is in my old truck.
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    5 out of 5

    Perfection

    Written By Bammer, SW CT on Tuesday, October 01, 2013
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    Ideal replacement for my stock stereo, easily accessible aux inputs. A great value !
    Pros:
    Versatility ,features
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    JVC in dash stereo

    Written By Steve, North Royalton, OH on Saturday, September 28, 2013
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    easy to install,came with everything needed. Trimming not as difficult as sounds
    Pros:
    looks great, sounds great
    Cons:
    none
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    5 out of 5

    Like it!

    Written By Metlking, Ohio on Sunday, August 04, 2013
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    Just installed this yesterday in my 2005 Silverado 2500HD. Took me a couple hours. I took my time and made everything fit nicely. It sounds pretty good for the money. In the past I've paid a lot more money for car stereos that didn't sound this good! The display color choice is a neat feature. My wife knew the install was a success when she could hear Iron Maiden cranking from the driveway!
    Pros:
    Sounds great, Affordable, Not too hard to install......with a little patience!
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    5 out of 5

    Fantastic product from JVC!!!

    Written By Anonymous, Sate College, PA on Friday, August 02, 2013
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    I am glad I chose JVC. I could not be happier with this unit. I just recently programmed everything to my liking and am even more satisfied. If my vehicle weren't on the downswing I'd think about adding some better speakers. I totally plan on keeping this unit for my next vehicle if it is a double din.
    Pros:
    Ease to install, great sound, cool color variations,ability to play from different sources, and sturdy.
    Cons:
    None.
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    4 out of 5

    JVC KW-R500

    Written By tony c, pennsville nj on Wednesday, July 17, 2013
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    great radio for price but for an "ole" guy kinda hard to set up all options, did get my few favorite stations.
    Pros:
    lots of options and settings, great sound, and looks good in the vehicle.
    Cons:
    as stated above a little hard to program all options.
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    3 out of 5

    JVC Stereo

    Written By Joe, Peoria, il on Monday, July 15, 2013
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    Unit is a great deal for the price.
    Pros:
    Ease of installation
    Cons:
    Needs multiple adapters for installation if you don't want to cut the factory wiring harness.
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    5 out of 5

    Works Perfect

    Written By Al P, Ohio on Monday, July 15, 2013
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    I have been using JVC car stereos for 15 years. I have yet purchased a JVC stereo I wasn't happy with.
    Pros:
    Having the USB and the aux in the front.
    Cons:
    Pro equalizer is a little awkward to work with, would be better to have it's own button.
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KW-R500

    Written By Chad, Winchester CT on Sunday, July 14, 2013
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    Great value! Great price!
    Pros:
    Looks good Sounds good Easy to use, set up and install
    Cons:
    For the price... Not one complaint
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    5 out of 5

    JVC Kw_R500 in a Camry

    Written By Les, Huntsville on Sunday, July 14, 2013
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    Only had this for 4 days, but the User Interface is well above average. Like the ability to balance the volume settings between inputs. Multiple ways of jumping between folders is super. Remote is well thought out. It was easy to teach the wife how to use. She uses CD and I use USB and that way we don't fiddle with each others music. My last unit was a Kenwood 308U - same class, different User Interface. Just a few years ago, I would not have considered a JVC.
    Pros:
    Easy to reach volume control and most switches without leaning forward. The 2010 Camry had the advance knob way on the right side. Rear Aux was a must because you can break off the connection when it sticks out the front only. Dash kit matched perfectly.
    Cons:
    Black shows every finger print and dust or lint. I know, black is supposed to be the in/cool color and other options are just not out there in the right unit for the right price. There is no attenuation button like the 308U Kenwood.
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    5 out of 5

    perfect!

    Written By Matt J, Tecumseh, NE on Tuesday, July 09, 2013
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    Bought this for my daughters birthday. works great and it fit right in with ease. The best part is that she loved it! Which makes everything absolutely perfect.
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    5 out of 5

    Love the radio!

    Written By Tom S., Lynden, WA on Monday, July 08, 2013
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    This radio is an excellent replacement for the factory one in my Frontier "S" crew cab. Good value and reasonably easy install.
    Pros:
    Great sound quality and more than enough power for my 6 speaker system. MP3 files from thumb drive sound terrific. Good radio sensitivity. Equalizer works well.
    Cons:
    A little difficult to use as the one knob has many functions.
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    4 out of 5

    Pretty Good Deck

    Written By Kaine S., Southern, AZ on Thursday, July 04, 2013
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    The deck is very nice and simple to use. it has a nice glossy color and a ton of options for the audio experts. it has both a USB and an AUX, so odds are, listening to the radio will not be a regular thing. the ONE THING that really put a bump in the road for me when buying, was the installation. I have a 99 Oldsmobile Alero Coupe, and Crutchfield said it would fit. when attempting installation in my Alero it did not. I had to break off big chunks of plastic in the back of the dash, and tuck the very big wiring harness it comes with to the side. the deck would not fit after all of that. so I had to take the receiver kit and rip the face plate off of it, and just keep the side panels on for screws. perfect fit. love my deck!
    Pros:
    very easy to use and fairly cheap!
    Cons:
    Didnt fit initially but I made it fit!
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    4 out of 5

    A much better radio than stock

    Written By Brian C., Ann Arbor, MI on Monday, July 01, 2013
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    I did not have the time to install it myself, so I did take it to a professional installer in my neighborhood, and 90 minutes later, I have a new and better radio.
    Pros:
    The sound is excellent. Although I am still using the stock speakers, there is a massive difference in sound quality. Everyone who has ridden in my car or has seen the radio has commented to me on how nice it looks.
    Cons:
    The radio is not compatible with my phone for some reason when I plugged it into the USB port, but that's all right. The AUX jack works just fine, and that's why I bought the receiver in the first place.
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KW-R500

    Written By Bruce, Clinton, NY on Saturday, June 29, 2013
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    This is an excellent product. Replaced my factory radio on a 2007 Toyota Yaris and gave better quality sound, even with the same old factory speakers. Can't ask for more than that. I also thought that the price was also very good.
    Pros:
    Better sound than factory radio Easy to install and use
    Cons:
    none as of yet
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    4 out of 5

    USB Folder Levels

    Written By LouM, Attleboro, MA on Wednesday, June 26, 2013
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    I've had this unit for a few months. It sounds nice with the factory speakers. It's easy to switch between all of the sources (CD / AM / FM / F-AUX / USB). The large display is bright and easy to see. The only complaint that I have is when using a USB flash drive with multiple artist folders and CDs within each artist folder, when scrolling through, this unit scrolls (Artist Name folder / every CD folder within that artist folder / Next Artist Name folder / every CD folder within that artist folder / and so on). If I have 50 Artist Name folders with 150 CD sub folders (total), I have to scroll through each individual folder to find the one I want. All other units that I have seen, scroll through the upper level folders (Artist Name) and when you find the Artist that you want, you press the enter button which brings you to the Sub Folder (CD Name). It's just a PITA scrolling back and forth try to find a certain CD. Is this the way that this unit works or am I doing something wrong? I called JVC and they "think" that's the way that it is. For anyone who has this unit, is that the way it works. Thanks for any info.
    Pros:
    Good Sound, Easy to use, Large screen
    Cons:
    USB Folder Levels (Artist Name / CD Title)
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    2 out of 5

    JVC KW-R500

    Written By kurt, mayville, wi on Wednesday, June 19, 2013
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    poor sound quality...cheaply made head unit...istall instructions were horrible
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    5 out of 5

    Good price value

    Written By Larry H, Kennewick,Wa on Sunday, June 09, 2013
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    Bought this as a present for my daughters graduation (99 Olds Intrigue) and is a great value.Only problem I had was getting it out of demo mode and it took me a few tries.Sounds better then the factory unit and now she would like me to install some better speakers.
    Pros:
    Value
    Cons:
    Menu
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    5 out of 5

    Awesome Double DIN

    Written By MJ, Sacramento,Ca on Monday, June 03, 2013
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    Great Value - Looked around for a double din under 160, and am a BIG fan of any JVC product. It sounds great. Once you read the 14 pages of manual, your iphone's Pandora app is ready to rock. It varied color choices, as well as the varied sound "coloring" is phenominal. I didn't need the bracket that was attached, but was nice to see all the parts needed for a quality strong installation was there.
    Pros:
    JVC branding, and great options for tone control
    Cons:
    only 14 pages of manual, doesn't dig deep into controlling iphone
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KW-R500

    Written By Chris, Bloomsburg, Pa. on Saturday, June 01, 2013
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    Fabulous
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    5 out of 5

    Great Head Unit, Looks Great in my 4Runner

    Written By RD, Biloxi, MS on Thursday, May 30, 2013
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    Love the JVC KW-R500, the USB port works well and loads quickly. Sound Quality is better than the Alpine I replaced. There is a lot of customization to adjust sound to your preference. I have a sub installed also and the control over it is great as well. Overall I am very happy with the unit and the price was reasonable also. I would recommend to anyone looking for a Double DIN receiver
    Pros:
    USB loads fast, Sound Quality, Sub controls, EQ controls, Built in EQ curves are good, Looks Great and ability to select any color for buttons and display is fun.
    Cons:
    User Manual does not explain "Pro EQ" in detail, Would be nice if you could create shortcut buttons to settings that are regularly adjusted.
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    4 out of 5

    Not too shabby!

    Written By NeilD, Lorton, VA on Thursday, May 30, 2013
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    Not a bad car stereo to have for your iPhones. Thanks to the USB connectivity, I no longer have to look at my iphone for directions. Oh and my factory speakers for my '02 Mazda Protege sounds much better.
    Pros:
    Excellent display and sound quality and very easy to install.
    Cons:
    Not too easy to navigate Pandora. if you listen to grooveshark through Safari you will be disappointed because it will switch to your default itunes music player while its loading the next song.
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KW-R500

    Written By james s, lihue, Hi on Sunday, May 26, 2013
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    A good sounding stereo and the price was right
    Pros:
    very good value,and sound
    Cons:
    A little hard to adjust
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    5 out of 5

    Installed unit in 1996 LeSabre

    Written By Ricky Jr., Richmond, VA on Saturday, May 25, 2013
     
    I had the Crutchfield team do the install, so I can only comment on the units operation. I was able to figure out most of the functions w/o the manual, so it is easy to operate. The only problem I had was somehow I put it on demo mode & it kept changing color, which took me a day to figure out! Decent sound with the stock 6 speaker system.
    Pros:
    This is exactly what I was looking for and at this price, I'm pretty happy with the unit & features. As for the install, the work was quick & professionally completed.
    Cons:
    The only problem is it doesn't work on my interior dimmer switch or dim w/headlights. I just put it on the unit's dim setting & chose a color that didn't distract me.
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    4 out of 5

    JVC KW-R500

    Written By RonH, Shallotte, NC on Friday, May 17, 2013
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    Worked very well for my needs. Fits my 2005 Sierra fine and looks nice. It is a upgrade from stock unit. manual isn't the best, but crutchfield techs can work you throw features in no time. They are very good.
    Pros:
    Looks, Features
    Cons:
    Could barely make free dash kit fit and work but once on it looks good. Wish crutchfield would offer better dash kit at extra cost. poor manual both for JVC and dash kit
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KW-R500

    Written By J.D., Kansas City, MO on Thursday, May 16, 2013
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    I purchased this unit to replace the factory radio and it sounds great. Plenty of internal power (20 watts RMS x 4) and a good ipod interface. CD playback ( yes there are some of us that still play CD's- ha ha ) is also great. However, to adjust the tone and display functions, the controls themselves are buried in a menu that you should really use while parked. The Pro EQ function used for tone adjustment though is quite good- instead of simple bass, mid, and treble settings you can adjust by different frequencies ( 60 Hz, 80 Hz, 17.5 Hz and so on). It also allows for different color settings among the display and buttons or you can let the unit change the colors at random- definitely a cool feature. Having installed this unit in a Toyota Camry Solara, it fills up the Double DIN opening just fine; it sticks out just slightly from the front as opposed to the original factory radio but otherwise looks OK. Overall, this unit is highly recommended if you're looking for a Double-DIN unit. The Crutchfield installation instructions were clear- especially the wiring diagram that came with the supplied Crutchfield wiring harness. It made connecting all of the speaker wires and power leads much easier. As an upgrade to a better receiver (especially a factory unit) the KW-R500 just may be hard to beat.
    Pros:
    Internal power, great ipod interface and CD playback, customization features, good tone adjustments through JVC's Pro EQ
    Cons:
    Sometimes difficult to navigate control menu; referring to the owner's manual to understand the KW-R500's functions is a must on occasion. The supplied remote control is kind of small; easy to lose in the car here and there.
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    5 out of 5

    jvc KW R500 Best bang for the buck

    Written By K M, Birdsboro PA on Monday, May 06, 2013
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    Purchased this double din for my daughters 2001 Jetta, I have not installed a unit in years. The supplied wire kit worked perfect and all the wires matched up as stated in the directions. It does everything my daughter was looking for, usb connection, Pandora and IPod compatible, This replaced the factory unit. EASY INSTALL ! I also bought 4 speakers and installed them also. Would purchase this unit again if I had to.
    Pros:
    Cost for the features, EASY INSTALL, Crutchfield supplied wire harness and antenna wiring.
    Cons:
    Her AM does not work just static but she will never use it.
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    4 out of 5

    good double bin

    Written By tonegiver, tucson,az on Thursday, May 02, 2013
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    large easy to use display and decent sound. plenty of input options.
    Pros:
    large display and plenty of input options, decent sound as i expected for an amp of this size.
    Cons:
    none
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    5 out of 5

    Awesome

    Written By Ripcord, New Castle, De on Monday, April 29, 2013
     
    Very nice sound, love being able to just plug in flash drive and listen to my music
    Pros:
    easy install, great sound, great functions
    Cons:
    display button too small
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    5 out of 5

    JVC

    Written By aftermath, mountain view,mo on Wednesday, April 24, 2013
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    Great system,great price.
    Pros:
    All thats listed above
    Cons:
    had to get a little use to the main nob
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    5 out of 5

    Excellent Value

    Written By PaulF, Charlestown, RI on Wednesday, April 24, 2013
     
    Put into my daughters VW Passat. The sound quality thru the factory speakers is amazing. Easy to use, bluetooth is perfectly functional. Excellent bang for the buck.
    Pros:
    Good amplifier/sound quality; configuirable color display looks OE; lots of features.
    Cons:
    None, my daughter is 100% happy with it.
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KW-R500

    Written By Anonymous, Bowling Green on Saturday, April 20, 2013
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    I loved it!!
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    5 out of 5

    great product

    Written By zach, connecticut on Monday, April 15, 2013
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    I bought this for my girlfriends car, she didnt want anything to fancy but she wanted something that would fit a double din space and be able to play music from her phone. This worked perfect for her needs. It was easy to install and the sound quality is amazing. I did buy her the bluetooth adapter as well which she enjoys.
    Pros:
    everything
    Cons:
    not the "coolest" looking receiver
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    5 out of 5

    R500 via Crutchfield

    Written By pf, Woodward, Ok. on Thursday, April 11, 2013
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