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.

Product 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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    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.

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    great unit for good price

    Written By anthonyjr21092, Warwick, RI on Friday, January 31, 2014

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    Looks and sounds great in my gmc sierra with bose system especially for good price

    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.

    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.

    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) $$...

    JVC KW-R500

    Written By DM, Atlanta GA on Wednesday, November 27, 2013

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    AWESOME

    Pros: Easy install

    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.

    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

    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..

    4 out of 5

    Written By johnrm, Bay Area on Monday, October 21, 2013

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    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.

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

    Written By Brian, Nashville, TN on Wednesday, October 16, 2013

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    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.

    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.

    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

    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

    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!

    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.

    JVC KW-R500

    Written By tony c, pennsville nj on Wednesday, July 17, 2013