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by Dave Delamere
JVC

DVD receivers: They're not just for movies

DVD receivers add a new level of entertainment to your vehicle. You can watch a movie on the screen when you're parked on a Saturday night, or play a DVD through your rear seat video setup on the road. Touchscreen receivers allow you to breeze through menus with the tip of your finger. Most DVD receivers feature a USB input for audio from your iPod, and the ability to add an adapter that allows video to display on the screen. Some receivers even offer connections for a center speaker and a subwoofer, so you can build a full-fledged theater in your car, just like at home.

Entertainment center

JVC's KW-V20BT DVD receiver features an easy-to-read, variable-color, 6.1" touchscreen display to let you locate the music you want fast, along with Bluetooth® for hands-free calls and music streaming. With an included DVD player, a USB input, and audio/video inputs, you've got a complete entertainment hub for short or long journeys.

JVC KW-V20BT DVD receiver

Bluetooth lets you concentrate on driving

Bluetooth gives you hands-free calling convenience, plus a wireless connection to the songs stored on your compatible music player. If you're an Android® user, you've probably had issues with pairing up your phone in the past. You'll really appreciate this receiver's simple, secure pairing (SSP) technology, which eliminates the pain of pin codes. JVC includes an external Bluetooth microphone which you can place in a good spot in your vehicle for better hands-free communication.

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Got an iPhone® with Siri? The KW-V20BT supports Siri Eyes Free through Bluetooth, which means you can ask Siri to make calls, select and play music, compose and hear text messages, read notifications, even use maps and get directions — all commanded by your voice through the receiver. This convenient feature can make your drive safer and more productive.

Options for music

If you enjoy Internet radio on your iPhone, Android, or Blackberry®, you'll really enjoy playing music from Pandora® on this great-sounding receiver. You can scroll through your stations, bookmark songs, and give a thumbs-up or thumbs-down right from the receiver's face. Use the Pandora app on your smartphone along with Bluetooth to stream music on your Android or Blackberry. If you have an iPhone, you'll need to connect it to the USB input on the JVC to control Pandora.

The AM/FM tuner includes the Radio Data System (RDS), so you get artist, song, and station info on the display. You can also take your radio experience to next step by adding the compatible SiriusXM tuner, so you can get your the latest news, talk, and music from your favorite satellite radio stations wherever you are.

Video on the go

Use the front or rear audio/video inputs to hook up your favorite portable audio player, a camcorder, or another video source. This receiver boasts an audio/video output to send movies to a rear video screen, so your passengers will stay happy during the longest road trips. If you've got a big vehicle, you'll appreciate the input for a rear-view camera — helpful for when you're maneuvering your vehicle in tight spaces.

Apps on the go for iPhone 4 and 4S

Using JVC's App Link Mode with your iPhone 4 or 4S, you'll get basic control over audio apps like Tunein Radio, including functions like play/pause or track up/down. You can also view traffic info from Inrix, Cobra iRadar, and other driving apps on your receiver's screen. For powerful navigation, download the MotionX-GPS Drive app (subscription required) and you'll be able to see maps and live traffic reports on the JVC. You'll still need to access your iPhone with this app, so consider adding an iPhone mount for easy use.

Want to keep your steering wheel controls?

In most vehicles, you can use an adapter (not included) to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this JVC car 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. Check the "Accessories" tab for compatible adapters.

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.

iPod/smartphone note: If you're going to use your iPod or smartphone with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for compatibility information.

Highlights:

    General features:
    • DVD/CD player with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • 6.1" widescreen touchscreen
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and music streaming
    • Pandora control with iPhone, Android, and Blackberry
    • Siri Eyes Free for select iPhones through Bluetooth
    • variable color illumination with over 30,000 choices of colors
    • fits double-DIN (4" tall) dash openings
    • optional wireless remote control
    Audio/visual features:
    • plays CDs, DVDs, and USB memory devices (see "Details" for full capabilities)
    • Pro EQ with 3-band parametric EQ
    • high- and low-pass filters
    • dual-zone audio and video
    Expandability:
    • built-in iPod, iPhone, and iPad control (see Details tab for model compatibility)
    • inputs: rear USB input, front and rear A/V inputs, rear-view camera input
    • outputs: A/V output, 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, sub)
    Other information:

    Hands-on research from the Crutchfield Labs (what are the Labs?)

    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant No
    RMS Power Output 22 watts
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen Yes
    Preamp Voltage 4 volts
    Display Color
    Key Button Color Variable
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote Optional
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input 3.5mm AV (front)
    USB Input Rear
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready SiriusXM
    HD Radio No
    Navigation Optional
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic
    Nano 7/6/5/4/3/2/1
    Touch 5/4/3/2/1
    Mini ---
    iPhone 6+/6/5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 9.3 dBf
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes
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    What's in the box?

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    • Double-DIN DVD receiver w/ 6.1" touchscreen monitor (10A fuse)
    • Wiring harness
    • 6.5' Parking brake wire (light green)
    • Microphone w/ integrated bracketed (attached 10' cable terminated by a 3.5mm connector)
    • 6 Pan head ISO-mount machine screws (M5 x 8mm)
    • 6 Flat head ISO-mount machine screws (M5 x 6mm)
    • Instruction Manual (En/Fr/Sp)
    • Warranty Information

    Our Product Research Team

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    Touchscreen Display
    Built-in Bluetooth
    Disc & USB Playback
    iPod/iPhone Integration
    AM/FM+Pandora+SiriusXM Radio
    Audio Section
    AV Connections
    Remote Control

    Touchscreen Display

    6.1" TFT LCD Touchscreen Monitor: The KW-V20BT features a 6.1" TFT Active Matrix, 16:9 touchscreen monitor. The screen has a resolution of 800 (H) x 480 (V) x RGB with 1,152,000 total pixels. The LCD serves as a video monitor, system information display, and touchscreen control panel.

    • Gesture Control: Gesture Control lets you operate certain functions of the KW-V20BT by making specific gesture commands on the unit's touchscreen. You can adjust the volume of the multimedia receiver by making a circular motion with your finger on the unit's touchscreen. You'll also be able to navigate your music by simply swiping the touchscreen left/right or up/down.
    • Hard-Key Controls: In addition to the head unit's touchscreen monitor, the KW-V20BT features hard-key controls along the left edge of the screen. The unit includes a 3-way rotary dial for Volume (up/down) control and push-button controls for Power, Menu, Display, and Phone functions.
    Note: There are ten options for the menu language including English, French, Spanish, and seven others.

    Variable Color Illumination: You can change the color of  background, text, touchscreen buttons, and hard-key buttons. The color of the background, text, and buttons can be changed independently from one another.

    • Background: The unit's background color can be changed to one of eight preset colors - blue, light blue, red, green, yellow, orange, violet, or white. You can also create a custom color using a combination (0-31) of red, green, and blue. While playing a video or JPEG file, you can capture an image and use the captured image as your background. When using a JPEG file as the background, make sure that the resolution is 800 x 600 pixels. The color of the captured image may look different from that of the actual scene. You cannot capture copyrighted content and images from the iPod/iPhone.
    • Text: The unit's onscreen text can be changed to one of seven preset colors - blue, red, green, yellow, orange, violet, or white. You can also create a custom color using a combination (0-31) of red, green, and blue.
    • Buttons: The unit's touchscreen and hard-key button color can be changed to one of eight preset colors - blue, light blue, red, green, yellow, orange, violet, or white. You can also choose to have the unit constantly scroll through all eight preset color. In addition, you can create a custom color using a combination (0-31) of red, green, and blue.

    Note: You can save separate color settings for Daytime and Nighttime driving.

    Aspect Ratio & Picture Adjustment: You can adjust the brightness and black level of the unit's onscreen display. You can also adjust the contrast, color, tint, and detail level during video playback. The adjustment level for each setting is -15 to +15. You can also choose from four aspect modes for the in-dash display:

    • Regular: For 4:3 source material, 4:3 and 16:9 pictures display with black bars on either side (16:9 images are compressed).
    • Full: Expands 4:3 pictures horizontally to fill the entire width of the screen, distorting the picture slightly but retaining full image height.
    • Panorama: For viewing 4:3 pictures naturally on the unit's wide-screen display.
    • Auto: The correct aspect mode is automatically chosen based on the incoming signal.

    Adjustable Dimmer: When the illumination lead (orange/white) is connected and the dimmer set to Auto, the display will dim automatically when you turn on your vehicle's lights. The dimmer can also be set to Off (normal brightness at all times), On (display is always dimmed), or Dimmer Time Set (you program the time for the dimmer to turn off an on).

    Clock Display: The DVD receiver offers a 12-hour clock which is visible from any source or menu screen. With your vehicle's key in the accessory or start position, the head unit will continue to display the LCD background image, clock, and button illumination during "AV Off" mode. Pressing and holding the source button turns the unit off completely.

    Parking Brake Detection: To prevent the display of video while the vehicle is in motion, the light green wire (attached to rear-chassis) must be connected to the vehicle's parking brake detection circuit. You cannot view video unless your vehicle's parking brake is engaged. If you attempt to view video without the parking brake engaged, the unit's LCD touchscreen will simply display "Parking Off". While your vehicle is in motion (parking brake off), you can still view all of the head unit's menu screens/settings, source information, metadata, and album artwork.

    2-DIN Chassis: The JVC KW-V20BT 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. There is no mounting sleeve included for a Euro- or Custom-mount installation. As always, please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to verify fit with your vehicle.

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: The JVC KW-V20BT is equipped with built-in Bluetooth (2.1+EDR) allowing you to make and receive phone calls wirelessly through the receiver; as well as stream music wirelessly from your smartphone to the head unit. In order to use Bluetooth wireless technology, your phone must also be Bluetooth compatible and be able to interpret certain profiles. This unit is compatible with the following Bluetooth Profiles:

    • Hands-Free Communication: HFP 1.5 (Hands Free Profile), OPP 1.1 (Object Push Profile), PBAB 1.0 (Phone Book Access Profile).
    • Audio Streaming: A2DP 1.2 (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP 1.3 (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).
    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-V20BT. See JVC's Bluetooth compatibility chart for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled devices.

    SPP (Secure Simple Pairing): With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the JVC KW-V20BT without having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings. When a registered Bluetooth device is in close proximity to the receiver, the auto connection function automatically pairs the two units. You can register up to five Bluetooth-enabled devices with the JVC head unit (only one paired phone can be used at a time).

    Bluetooth Hands-Free Communication: The head unit supports Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. The touchscreen controls of the KW-V20BT can be used to dial a number, answer an in-coming call, or end a call. The unit also includes an external microphone (featuring adjustable gain), so you can carry on your side of the conversation while listening to the caller through your vehicles speakers (All or Front only). During a conversation, you can switch between the Private Mode (talking directly on your cell phone) and the Hands Free Mode.

    • Answering a Call: When a call comes in, a ring-tone will be heard through your vehicle's speaker and the caller's name or phone number will be displayed. You can answer the call from the head unit's touchscreen, or setup the head unit to automatically answer the incoming call immediately in 5 seconds. The KW-V20BT also supports the Call Waiting function, so you can answer another incoming call while suspending the current call you are on. Your compatible cell-phone must also support this feature.
    • Dialing a Number: Using the KW-V20BT, you can dial a phone number in one of the following ways:
      • Entering a Phone Number: Allows you to directly dial a phone number up to 32 digits from the head unit's touchscreen.
      • Speed (Preset) Dialing: Allows you to register up to 6 phone numbers for quick dialing. The preset numbers can be accessed from the head unit's touchscreen.
      • Phone Book: You can dial by using the downloaded phone book. You can download phone book data from your cell phone to the KW-V20BT. Up to 5,000 numbers can be stored for each registered cell phone. Each number can be up to 32 digits long and each name can be up to 50 characters long. You can search the phone book alphabetically (A-Z).
      • Call History: The Call History is a list of calls that have originated from and were received by this unit that you can dial. You can select Outgoing, Incoming, or Missed calls (up to 50 each).
      • Voice Dialing: If your mobile phone supports voice recognition, then you can dial out by voice command. Simply speak into the included microphone.
    Note: This unit allows you to answer a call or dial out using any option without engaging the parking brake.

    External Microphone: The JVC KW-V20BT includes an external microphone to carry on your side of your phone conversation and voice command dialing. The external wired microphone offers improved audio quality versus an integrated microphone, so you can be heard easier over noisy traffic and road noise. You can adjust the volume level and noise cancellation of the microphone without affecting the other sources. The external microphone features an attached 10' cable terminated by a right-angle 3.5mm connector which plugs into the mic input on the rear-panel of the head unit. The microphone offers an integrated mounting bracket which can be clipped to your vehicle's sun-visor or taped to your dash. The external microphone measures 0.525" (diameter) x 1.505" (depth).

    SMS: If your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone is compatible with SMS (Short Message Service), the JVC head unit will notify you when a message has been received. You must then use your phone to check the message. You cannot read, edit, or send a message through this unit.

    Wireless Audio Streaming (w/ Metadata Display): The JVC KW-V20BT also supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth enabled audio player or smartphone. The KW-V20BT will be able to control basic playback functions of your Bluetooth device's stored music; such as Play/Pause, Skip Next/Previous, Fast Forward/Rewind and Random/Repeat. The head unit will also display your stored music's song information; such as Artist name and Song/Album title. The KW-V20BT also supports audio streaming of music apps downloaded on your smartphone with metadata display and limited control. Advanced music control of your music apps will still need be done via your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone. When an incoming call or outgoing call is in progress from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, audio streaming will be paused so you can take your call. Once the call is finished, your streaming music will resume.

    Siri Eyes Free Control: When paired and connected with an iPhone 4S with Siri via Bluetooth (not USB), the JVC KW-V20BT has the ability to access Siri through its touchscreen and external microphone. Simply press the touchscreen "voice command" icon on the Bluetooth Phone screen to engage Siri and use the included microphone to communicate with Siri. Siri's voice will heard through your vehicle's speakers. All Siri functions including hands-free calling, music search, setting reminders, text-messaging, audible navigation, and more can be done through the KW-V20BT and its microphone. The head unit's LCD touchscreen will only display hands-free calling and Bluetooth audio information (all other functions of Siri are only audible through the JVC KW-V20BT; visual data will still need to be viewed from your iPhone device).

    Note: You can ask Siri to get directions to a destination and the turn-by-turn instructions will heard through your vehicle's speakers, while the on-screen map still displays on your iPhone with Siri. The head unit's audio is attenuated while Siri provides audible directions.

    Disc & USB Playback

    Disc Compatibility: The unit has a front-loading disc-slot to make loading your disc easier because there is no panel to slide or fold-down. The JVC KW-V20BT supports playback of DVD-Video, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, CD-Audio, CD-R/RW, and VCD discs. The unit supports MPEG-1/MPEG-2 and DiVX video files recorded on to CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, or DVD+R/RW discs. It also supports playback of MP3/WMA/WAV music files loaded onto a CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, or DVD+R/RW disc.

    USB Port: The JVC KW-V20BT features a rear-panel USB type-A port (attached to the unit's rear-chassis by a 38" cable) for connection and control of a portable USB mass-storage class (MSC) device; such as select Android smartphones (Froyo/Gingerbread OS only), portable digital audio players, or USB thumbdrives. The USB port enables playback of MP3, WMA, WAV audio files; as well as JPEG still-picture files stored on a compatible USB memory device. The KW-V20BT also supports video playback of MPEG1/MPEG2 video files from a connected portable USB MSC device. USB portable audio devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the DVD receiver's USB port (5V/1A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

    File Compatibility: The JVC KW-V20BT supports the following types of audio, video, and photo files recorded onto a disc or loaded onto a USB mass storage class device.

    Media Type Disc (CD-R/RW or DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW) USB
    File System ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, Romeo FAT 12/16/32
    Playable File Types Audio MP3: bit rate of 32-320kbps w/ sampling rates of 16-48kHz
    WMA: bit rate of 32-320kbps w/ sampling rates of 22.05-48kHz
    WAV: bit rate of 16-bit w/ sampling rate of 44.1kHz
    Video MPEG-1: 352x240 to 720x480 or 352x280 to720x576 (4.0Mbps)
    MPEG-2: 352x240 to 720x480 or 352x280 to 720x576 (4.0Mbps)
    DivX (disc only): .divx, .div, or .avi (4.0Mbps)
    Photo JPEG: 32x32 to 8192x7680 pixels
    Maximum # of Folders/Files 250 folders/5,000 files (999 files per folder)
    Tags MP3 ID3-tags (ver. 1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4), WMA-tags, AAC-tags, and WAV-tags

    Playback Screen: During DVD playback, you can control certain operations simply by touching an area of the screen. The touchscreen has 4 functions areas. You can touch the left of the screen to start the current chapter over, or the right of the screen to skip to the next chapter. Pressing the top center of the screen activates the picture adjustments, while pressing the bottom center activates the playback controls.

    Resume: If you change the source, playback also stops (without ejecting the disc or USB device). Next time you select CD or USB for the playback source, the disc will start from where it has been stopped previously.

    Off Eject + Disc Reload: A disc can be ejected even the unit is turned off, as long as your vehicle's key is in the start or accessory position. 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; playback starts automatically.

    iPod/iPhone Integration

    iPod Audio/Video Playback: The JVC KW-V20BT supports direct connection of your 30-pin or Lightning-connector iPod/iPhone through its rear-panel USB port and 3.5mm input. The KW-V20BT supports playback of stored music and videos, as well as music and video apps on select Apple iPod/iPhone models. Video can only be displayed while the vehicle is in park.

    • 30-Pin Dock Connector: If you own an older iPod/iPhone with the 30-pin dock connector, you can enjoy audio and video files on your Apple device through the JVC KW-V20BT. Using JVC's KS-U59 iPod video cable (sold separately), you can enjoy audio playback of your stored music and music apps on your iPod/iPhone; plus video playback of your stored movies and video apps on your iPod/iPhone through the JVC KW-V20BT. If you only desire audio playback, you can use the dock connector-to-USB cable that comes with your Apple device to connect your iPod/iPhone to the KW-V20BT.
    • Lightning Connector: If you have a newer iPod/iPhone with the Lightning-connector, you can use the Lightning-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect your iPod/iPhone to the JVC KW-V20BT for audio playback only. You'll be able to listen to stored music and music apps on your Lightning-connector Apple device through the JVC DVD receiver. Video playback is not supported.

    Note: The unit's rear-panel AV input must be set to "iPod" in order to playback audio/video from your connected iPod/iPhone, using the JVC KS-U59 iPod video cable. The unit's rear-panel AV input must be set to "AV-IN" in order to use the cable that came with your Apple device for audio playback only.

    iPod Control w/ Metadata + Charging: The JVC KW-V20BT offers head unit control, song/artist information display, and battery charging for your connected Apple device.

    • iPod/iPhone Control: You can control your connected iPod/iPhone from the head unit's touchscreen. From the head unit's touchscreen you can search for music by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Podcast, Genre, Composer, and Audiobook. You can search video by Playlist, Movies, Music Videos, TV Shows, and Video Podcasts. Once a Playlist or Category is selected, the content is listed in alphabetical order. The KW-V20BT also supports Repeat (file/all) and Random (album/all) playback functions of your iPod/iPhone. Newer iPod/iPhones with iOS 6.0+ allow you to continue to access your Apple device's touchscreen so you can navigate your stored music and music apps from the mobile device; older iPod/iPhone devices will be locked during connection.
    • Song/Artist Info + Album Art: The KW-V20BT will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information of your stored music. The head unit will indicate Track number, Elapsed playing time, Artist name, Song/Album title, and Album Art. The unit will also display metadata information from Pandora and App Link Mode apps. Other applications will simply display the message "Do you want to exit app and switch to iPod Source"; tapping the "Yes" butt will take you back to your iPod/iPhone's stored music, while pressing the "No" button turns unit off.
    • iPod/iPhone Charging: While connected and the ignition switch is set to ACC or ON, the head unit's USB connection will power and charge your iPod/iPhone (not the iPad). If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it.

    App Link Mode: App Link Mode offers audio playback and video display of useful driving, utility, and music apps from your iPhone 4/4S (iOS 5.0 or later) on the JVC KW-V20BT, using the  JVC KS-U59 cable (sold separately). Simply download the JVC Mobile Plugged-In App from iTunes onto your iPhone 4/4S and the app will function as a central launcher of controllable partner applications. You can even continue to listen to another source while the unit displays a driving or utility app. App Link mode is not compatible with the iPhone 5 or later. Available apps included (as of 1/31/2014).

    App Categories App Link Apps

    Description

    Navigation MotionX-GPS Drive The Motion X GPS Drive App is available from iTunes for your iPhone for only $0.99. There is a $2.99 per month subscription fee, or $19.99 per year is required for the Voice Guidance feature. MotionX-GPS Drive turns your iPhone 4/4S (iOS 4.0 or later) and the JVC KW-V20BT into a personal navigation device for your vehicle. Providing full navigation features and song playback control from your iPhone 4/4S, MotionX-GPS Drive also displays its map data on the connected JVC multimedia receiver's widescreen monitor. Your iPhone 4/4S displays a choice of MotionX-GPS Driver's feature/menu screens as a secondary display (for passenger), while continuing to show the map on the JVC receiver. It even works simultaneously with iPhone 4/4S song playback by muting or pausing music, then restoring your volume during voice guidance through your car speakers. The MotionX-GPS Drive Navigation application covers the United States & Canada.
    INRIX Traffic INRIX is a leading provider of highly accurate traffic services. INRIX's strategic partnership with Clear Channel Radio and Total Traffic Network extends the delivery of the highest quality data and broadest coverage available for personal navigation. The INRIX Traffic app for iPhone provides real-time traffic information and traffic forecasts for all major highways, interstates, arterials and city streets nationwide. Traffic information will be displayed on the JVC KW-V20BT, while control is still handled from the iPhone. INRIX Traffic offers the following benefits - (1) Avoid delays with real-time traffic info from the world's largest traffic network (2) View traffic incidents on your route such as accidents, police, constructions, and other events (3) Know your best time to leave based on predicted traffic conditions (4)Compare your current traffic conditions from what is normal.
    Sygic Sygic is a voice guided GPS navigation app (fees may apply). It's packed with latest maps and a robust set of navigation features. Both app and maps are updated for free. Maps are stored on the phone for offline use. All the things that can be operated from iPhone can also be operated also from the DVD receiver except text input. POI search, Traffic display, Zoom, Map scroll, Voice guidance and more can be controlled on JVC DVD receiver.
    Waze Waze is the world's fastest-growing community-based traffic and navigation app. Join other drivers in your area who share real-time traffic and road info, saving everyone time and gas money on their daily commute. Map Scroll, Zoom, Traffic display, Voice guidance and more can be controlled from the JVC DVD receiver.
    POI-Warner POI-Warner PRO ($5.99) is equipped with a database of traffic enforcement cameras in 19 European countries. Displays a map with speed camera information on connected DVD receiver as secondary display. You can simply control app while still listening to music in the background.
    Local Scope Local Scope (free app) allows you to find places, people, and information around your current position using geo-tagged data from multiple local search engines, social networks, media sharing services, and other apps. Explore information, photos and videos aggregated from diverse services or get information about places.
      Local Scope (free app) allows you to find places, people, and information around your current position using geo-tagged data from multiple local search engines, social networks, media sharing services, and other apps. Explore information, photos and videos aggregated from diverse services or get information about places.
    Cobra iRadar Cobra iRadar (free app) is the world's first and largest community-based radar/laser/camera detection system. Now you can share and receive alerts in real time from other iRadar users. With access to live radar/laser detection, user reports, automatic alert reporting, and Cobra's AURA speed and red light camera database, iRadar users are the smartest and most aware drivers on the road.
    Driver Assistance DriveMate Rec Mini DriveMate Rec mini ($.99) is an application that turn your iPhone into a drive recorder. It automatically records video in incidents such as traffic accidents. You can record a video clip of up to 10 seconds before and after an event. Either a impact such as heaving braking, abrupt handling ,or collision is automatically sensed and recorded. Recorded video can be exported to the camer aroll or YouTube.
    DriveMate Rec DriveMate Rec ($1.99) is an iPhone app that records video while you drive and tracks the route driven. It includes three functions. (1) Automatically records video in incidents such as traffic accidents (2) Records scenery while driving (3)  Record tracks while driving, so you can compare track with other routes you have driven.
    DriveMate OnboardCam DriveMate OnboardCam ($.99) is an application to record movies and tracks during the driving. Now you can record scenery while driving.
    DriveMate Time Trial DriveMate TimeTrial ($.99) is an application to record tracks for driving. The recorded tracks can be compared with other tracks or the real driving. Save, play back, and compare tracks of routes driven.
    DriveMate SafetyCam DriveMate SafetyCam ($.99) is an iPhone app designed to support safe and eco-friendly driving. Provides an approach warning to the car ahead, departure notification of the car ahead, and an overall driving safety evaluation.
    DashCommand Utilizing the built-in GPS & accelerometer sensors of the iPhone 4/4S, the DashCommand  app ($49.99) displays advanced vehicle and driving statistics. When connected to a compatible vehicle's OBD-II data port (optional OBD-II interface sold separately from Palmer Performance Engineering), advanced data monitoring, logging and analysis are enabled. Users can create and display up to 27 virtual dashboards with many styles including digital gauges, analog gauges, indicator lights, and more, which can all be accessed on the head unit's touchscreen. Compatible with more than 13 OBD-II compliant interfaces, the app can also be used as a scan tool to read vehicle trouble codes.
    Music Sonic MaxPro for JVC Sonic MaxPro for JVC (free app) is an HD quality music player with BBE's critically acclaimed HD audio technology-(Sonic Maximizer) and built-in presets.
    TuneIn Radio TuneIn lets you listen to the world's radio with music, sports, news, talk, and comedy streaming from every continent. Enjoy 70,000 live radio stations and 2 million podcasts, concerts or shows on your iPhone, iPad and iPod, all for free. The KW-V20BT will display station identification, song/artist information. and album artwork. You will still need to use your iPhone to change stations.
    Utilities Web Reader (Text-to-Speech) Web Reader ($1.99) for iPhone uses Text to speech technology along with web page content recognition to read web pages out loud. Web Reader reads web pages and social media sites aloud through car speaker while driving with on-screen play & pause.
    Everio Sync. 2 By connecting a JVC Everio camcorder and your iPhone with Wi-Fi, this application allows the video of the JVC Everio camcorder to be seen from the DVD receiver. Pan control, Zoom control, Rec/Pause control and snapshots can be operated from the receiver.

    Note: Apps not available in all areas. Available apps subject to change without notice.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The JVC KW-V20BT is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 9/31/2014):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Bluetooth Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone App Link Pandora App Album Art Song/Artist Text Track Info Phone Audio Siri
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y Y N N Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    4 7.1.2 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    4S 8.0 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5/5C/5S* 8.0 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    6/6+* 8.0 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N Y N Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N Y N Y
    4th 6.1.2 Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N Y N Y
    5th 8.0 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    7th* 1.02 PC Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y N Y N Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    video 5th 1.3 Y Y Y N N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y N Y N N
    2 8.0 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y N Y N N
    3 8.0 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y N Y N N
    4/air* 8.0 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y N Y Y N
    mini* 8.0 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y

    Note:

    • *Requires the Lighting-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect to the head unit. Not compatible with Video or App Link mode.
    • 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.

    AM/FM+Pandora+SiriusXM Radio

    RDS AM/FM Tuner: The JVC KW-V20BT features a built-in AM/FM tuner with manual, seek, and preset tuning. The Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast information such as artist, title, and album when listening to compatible AM/FM stations. 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. You can switch the tuner's IF filter to Wide or Auto to increase/decrease the sensitivity. Local tuning lets you only tune in stations with sufficient signal strength. You can activate the monaural mode to improve FM reception, when a station is week (the stereo effect will be lost).

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

    Pandora App (for iPhone/Android/Blackberry): The free Pandora App (either from iTunes Apps, Google Play, or BlackBerry App World) lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the JVC KW-V20BT using your USB-connected Apple iPhone (iOS 5.0+) or Bluetooth paired Android/Blackberry smartphone.  Your compatible mobile device 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. The JVC KW-V20BT provides control over the Pandora music service and displays Artist, Album, and Song information.

    • Station/Genre List: You can select Pandora stations from your Station or Genre List by date or alphabetically (A-Z). You can also choose to randomly playback songs from all your registered stations.
    • Create New Station: New stations can be created based on the current songs or artists playing on Pandora.
    • Skip Songs: You can skip song tracks within a station. You cannot skip back to a previous song. Pandora limits the number of skips allowed.
    • Thumbs Up/Down: You can give songs a thumbs up or thumbs down to help Pandora personalize stations to suit your preferences.
    • Bookmarking: The song or artist currently being played can be bookmarked & stored in your Pandora 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 or smartphone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada & only available in the United States.

    SiriusXM Ready: The JVC KW-V20BT comes ready for SiriusXM programming with access to XM & Sirius Satellite Radio stations. Thanks to its proprietary SiriusXM Connect port, you can add the optional SXV200V1 SiriusXM Connect tuner and receive more than 130 channels of exclusive programming directly from SiriusXM, via the "SiriusXM All Access" package (subscription required). Visit SiriusXM.com for a complete list of subscription options & channel guide. Additional features of the SXV200 SiriusXM Connect tuner include:

    • Channel list displays a list of all available channels; you can register channels you want to skip
    • Category Search searches for channels in a certain category
    • Displayed Information such as Channel Name, Artist Name, & Song Title can be viewed on the head unit's LCD
    • Up to 18 SiriusXM Satellite Radio station presets
    • Channels containing unsuitable content for children can be blocked

    Note: A separate SiriusXM Satellite Radio subscription is required (operates on the XM Network). However, you can easily add this SiriusXM tuner to an existing Sirius or XM account for a Multi-Radio Discount Plan.

    Audio Section

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The JVC KW-V20BT utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality with Signal to Noise ratio up to 99dB.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The KW-V20BT 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. The power output specs for the KW-V20BT are as follows:

    • Full Bandwidth Power: 22 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, 1% THD-N)
    • Maximum Power Output: 50 watts x 4 channels (200 total watts)
    Note: When you are using the KW-V20BT 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. The internal amp can also be turned off when all the speakers are powered by outboard amplifiers.

    6ch/4V Preamp Outputs + Sub Control: The KW-V20BT is equipped with 6ch/4.0V preamp outputs (Front, Rear, Subwoofer). The front and rear preamp outputs allow fader control, while the subwoofer preamp output is non-fading.  You can adjust the KW-V20BT's subwoofer output level (-50 to +10) independently from the head unit's main volume control for added bass volume. You can also adjust the phase of the subwoofer output between 180-degrees (Reverse) or 0-degrees (Normal).

    Built-in Crossovers: The JVC KW-V20BT features a built-in high-pass filter for the unit's front & rear speakers, and a low-pass filter for the unit's subwoofer output.

    • High-Pass Filter: You can activate a variable high-pass filter (40, 60, 80, 100, 120, 150, 180, 220 Hz or Through) 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. The front & rear channel's high-pass filters can be set independently of one another.
    • Low-Pass Filter: The unit's subwoofer preamp output features a low-pass filter. In order to prevent high-frequencies from being sent to your system's subwoofers, you can set the cutoff frequency of the low-pass filter to 50, 60, 80, 100, 120 Hz or Through.

    Speaker Select: You can select which type & size of speaker you have connected to the head unit. Choose from Standard (OEM/Factory), Narrow (4"/5"), Middle (6"/5x7"/6x8"), Wide (6x9").

    Pro EQ: The KW-V20BT is equipped with JVC's Pro EQ. The integrated equalizer offers 8 preset sound modes (Flat, Natural, Dynamic, Vocal Boost, Bass Boost, Vibrant, and 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).

    Tone
    Frequency Level Q
    Bass 60, 80, 100, 150 Hz +/- 10 dB (-5 to +5) 1.0, 1.25, 1.5, 2.0
    Midrange 0.5, 1.0, 1.5, 2.0 kHz +/- 10 dB (-5 to +5) 1.0, 2.0
    Treble 10.0, 12.5, 15.0, 17.5 kHz +/- 10 dB (-5 to +5) Fixed

    Sound Extras: The head unit provides further sound enhancements for your car audio system.

    • Loud (Loudness): This feature boosts low and high frequencies to produce a well-balanced sound at a low volume level. You can set the Loudness to On or Off.
    • Dynamic Range Compression: This function reduces a Dolby Digital soundtrack's dynamic range so you can hear quieter dialog without being overwhelmed by loud sections. You can choose a setting of On (reduced dynamic range), Dialogue (clearer movie dialogue), or Off (full dynamic range).
    • 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 -15 to +6.

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

    AV Connections

    Dual A/V Inputs: The JVC KW-V20BT DVD receiver is fitted with two minijack (3.5mm) audio/video inputs. The unit features a front-panel 3.5mm audio/video input for connecting a temporary external A/V source, portable game system or MP3 player. The head unit also features a rear-panel 3.5mm AV input for connecting a permanent external A/V source, such as a Blu-ray player, gaming console, or mobile ATSC tuner. The rear-panel audio/video input can be set to one of the following modes:

    • AV IN: Choose when connecting an A/V component like a game system or Blu-ray player.
    • iPod: Select when connecting your iPod/iPhone using JVC's proprietary KS-U59 iPod video cable (sold separately).

    Camera In: The rear-panel Camera input consists of a composite video connector which allows you to connect an optional rear-view camera (105KVCM20, sold separately). The unit features a reverse gear signal wire, that when connected to your vehicle's reverse light circuit, will automatically switch the KW-V20BT's display to the rear-view camera input. Automatic video switching takes approximately 1.25 seconds. Audio from your music source will continue playing, while the back-up camera is displayed.

    A/V Output (with Dual Zone):  The unit features a rear-panel composite video jack and 3.5mm audio jack to output A/V signals to an optional monitor and headphone system in the rear of your vehicle. You can select Disc, USB, iPod or AV-IN as the rear-panel source; or your can simply have the rear AV output mirror the head unit's selected front source. The volume of the A/V output will be controlled by your rear entertainment system. You can select between a 16:9, 4:3 LB, or 4:3 PS Aspect Ratio for the unit's video output to match your connected monitor.

    Note: With Disc, USB, or iPod selected as your front source; you can only select AV-IN, AV Off, or the source playing in the front as your vehicle's rear source. You also cannot select Disc, USB, or iPod as the rear source if your front source is Apps or Pandora.

    Remote Control

    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.

    Optional Wireless Remote: The JVC KW-V20BT is wireless remote controller ready and supports the JVC RM-RK252P IR wireless remote control (sold separately)

     

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    Written By Mike, Minot, ND on Saturday, October 18, 2014
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    Such an awesome unit. Easy to install, just follow the colors! Would definitely recommend this.
    Pros:
    Very easy layout. Instructions were spot on. Bluetooth works like a charm and made the sound in my car infinitely better than the RF cable I was using.
    Cons:
    Perhaps too many wires, but you can't really help that. Still trying to figure out the DVD and USB connections.
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    4 out of 5

    Jvc

    Written By Anonymous, Grand Rapids mi on Wednesday, October 15, 2014
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    Great for the price I would say the only downfall is sometimes the blutooth takes a little long to connect but I haven't had any issues with it
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    5 out of 5

    Jvc radio

    Written By Sooner, Norman ok on Monday, October 13, 2014
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    Easy to install. Installed it in to my Chevy Silverado by myself and I'm not a wise when it comes to wiring either. The directions could of been a little clearer. Other then that it gave my truck a wow factor and I'm pretty sure I did not get out for two days after I installed it. The radio is so nice because it is touch screen and hands free too. I can control everything through my iPhone.
    Pros:
    Easy to install. Easy to use touch screen. Apps work very nice. Made my truck speakers louder.
    Cons:
    Not all the apps work with the iPhone 6.
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    5 out of 5

    Easy install with great quality

    Written By Anonymous, Oxford, NC on Wednesday, October 08, 2014
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    This was my first ever purchase from Crutchfield, but I can truly say they have gained a long term customer. The product came just as they said, with all instructions and how to guide. Love it to death and my son loves the dvd player.
    Pros:
    Great quality from JVC
    Cons:
    None
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    4 out of 5

    Sharp screen, intuitive interface

    Written By Philippe B, Carmel, IN on Monday, September 29, 2014
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    I was looking for a new radio with Bluetooth, Sirius XM connectivity and a way to connect my iPhone 5S and use somme of its apps like Waze. This JVC WT-V20BT unit does most of it except the USB connection and the Apps part. I can use Bluetooth to connect my iPhone and use it for calls or to play songs but despite the "build for iPhone and iPod", it is not clear on the box and description that this model has Apps and USB connectivity with iPhones but ONLY doe iPhone 4/4S and older.... Not for iPhone 5, 5C and 5S and presumably not for iPhone 6. Besides that aspect, I am happy with this unit. Easy to mount and connect, very sharp screen, intuitive (did not have to read the manual to figure it out) and very good sound. Loves also the flexibility in changing colors, displays, etc. Bluetooth set up very easy as well.
    Pros:
    Sharp Screen Intuitive Interface Great Sound Easy Bluetooth set up / Connection Fantastic choices and customization of screen background, colors, etc Very good for the price
    Cons:
    Apps function not compatible with iPhone 5, 5C and 5 S - only iPhone 4 / 4S and older version USB and optional KS-U59 cable allows connectivity but NOT for iPhone 5, iPod 5th generation or iPod Nano 9th generation (earlier versions work)
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    4 out of 5

    Awesome features and value!

    Written By Kris, Zephyrhills, FL on Saturday, September 27, 2014
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    I purchased two of these units to add Bluetooth and multimedia capabilities to outdated factory units. JVC has really done a great job with features and integration with a Bluetooth cell phone. However, it would be nice if there was a way to use the feature of apps with Android. Unfortunately, you must have an Apple IPhone or IPod to use apps integration to the touchscreen. Not at all a decision changer for me, but at least I have Pandora integration for my Android phone. Sound quality is excellent and phone conversations using the included wired microphone are clear and noise free. I have only used this unit for about a week and am in love with it already. If you are on the fence about purchasing this and don't mind being without the apps feature for Android, do yourself a favor and go for it! You will not be disappointed!
    Pros:
    Great sound quality, easy to set up Bluetooth connectivity, customizing of colors, cool looks.
    Cons:
    No application integration feature for Android phones.
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KW-V20BT

    Written By Anonymous, Biloxi, MS on Monday, September 15, 2014
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    Very easy install, can't beat the features you get for the price.
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KW-V20BT

    Written By Anonymous, Fredericksburg on Thursday, July 31, 2014
     
    Jvc stereo works very well, display and fit and finish is great, blue tooth and cable works great
    Pros:
    All of it
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KW-20BT

    Written By RonF, Eldersburg, MD on Thursday, July 03, 2014
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    Sync with Samsung Galaxy S4 thru Bluetooth works well. Works Well with backup camera bought thru Crutchfield. Ability to stream from Android phone, excellent. iPod thru USB works as advertised.
    Pros:
    Quick operation, BT streaming, design and ease of use.
    Cons:
    Needs apps for Android. No album art thru Bluetooth.
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    4 out of 5

    Great

    Written By Collin, Evansville, IN on Sunday, June 29, 2014
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    The JVC KW-V20BT is a great head unit. I highly recommend it.
    Pros:
    Easy to use, set up, and well designed.
    Cons:
    When your listening to your music through Bluetooth and you are using the phone at the same time, it tends to stop working for a second and to use app-link you need another $30.00 accessory.
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    5 out of 5

    JVC Jammin

    Written By Living4Jesus, Austin, TX on Monday, June 16, 2014
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    I went through 4 different head units until I found this head that does everything that I prefer and more. Great sound quality even without an amp. Very user friendly and easy to navigate from crossover, equalizer and your listening source. Two thumbs up JVC.
    Pros:
    Sirius ready, Bluetooth audio; a must, user friendly, ease of navigation, great sound quality. Easy set-up.
    Cons:
    I haven't found one yet!
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    5 out of 5

    Great Deck

    Written By Anonymous, Knoxville, TN on Sunday, June 15, 2014
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    Excellent deck for the price
    Pros:
    Syncs with iPhone very well both through Bluetooth and USB. Crutchfield sends all the equipment to hook it up and it is delivered very quick. Great customer service.
    Cons:
    Maps will only sync with iPhone 4 and 4S
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    4 out of 5

    JVC KW-20BT

    Written By GREG M, GROSSE ILE MI. on Saturday, June 07, 2014
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    i INSTALLED THE UNIT MYSELF AND INSTALL WENT WELL WITH CRUTCHFIELD DIRECTIONS AND UTUBE FILMS. HOWEVER I INSTALLED IT IN A 2007 MUSTANG CONVERTABLE AND WITH THE TOP DOWN AND A SUNNY DAY THE SCREEN BECOMES INVISIBLE ANY OTHER TIME THE SCREEN IS GREAT
    Pros:
    SEE ABOVE
    Cons:
    SEE ABOVE
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    4 out of 5

    JVC KW-V20BT

    Written By Rich in FL, West palm beach, fl on Friday, May 30, 2014
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    This is a good radio for the price! installed fairly easily with only minor adjustments needed.Would have like more interoperability with my Android phone.
    Pros:
    It went in with out a hitch. I was able to prewire the steering wheel adapter & wiring harness before doing anything with the car then it was just plug in the adaptor harness directly into the existing wiring. Everything on the steering wheel worked as it should. :)
    Cons:
    The input levels are substantially lower than the radio, the text is to small while in radio mode and the time is barely visible with no way to change its color to make it more visible. Limited operability with Android.
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    5 out of 5

    looks great

    Written By Anonymous, Yukon, Oklahoma on Monday, May 12, 2014
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    Has a great look and is easy to use. Everything arrived quickly and with no mistakes.
    2 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    JVC

    Written By Gordy65, Machesney park,il. on Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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    Love the radio very user friendly.
    Pros:
    Very nice unit exact fit just like they said.
    Cons:
    Only one little thing it had to do with Apple.
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KW-V20BT

    Written By Brandon, Anchorage, AK on Thursday, April 10, 2014
     
    This Bluetooth DVD receiver is a great deal. I have a 2008 Ford F250 and it went in with no problems. You obviously have to have an install kit, and that went in easily as well. It has all the features you need minus GPS, but I got this unit because it was $300 cheaper than a GPS unit. Great for those long trips, just throw in a DVD and go. It makes my dash more complete with this unit installed.
    Pros:
    Screen size, sound quality, display, features.
    Cons:
    The only con I have with this unit is that it won't do the maps app on my iPhone 5S.
    12 out of 13 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    JVC-KW-V20BT

    Written By Leigh Ann, Albuquerque,NM on Thursday, April 03, 2014
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    Looks great, there is a little bit of a time delay between switching screens, not bad though, guess I am always in a hurry, other than that , it is great
    Pros:
    looks great, nice quality
    Cons:
    a little slow between switching screens
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    I just bought and had this jvc kw-v20bt installed in my 2k10 dodge charger. I bought all the equipment to have the automotive squad including a antenna adapter I was told was needed. Now after I received the car back I can only get 1 station when I had around 8-9 fm stations with my factory radio. Can you please help? [ Jeffrey  Oct 20, 2014 ]
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    • If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Jeff Staff  Oct 20, 2014 ]
    Will this unit control 2 rear dvd screens? I have twins and they each need a screen, I think it will, just making sure before i buy it... [ Brian F  Oct 19, 2014 ]
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    • We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question. [ Krissy Staff  Oct 22, 2014 ]
    I'm interested in this unit. If I want to use the back up camera option, I'm wondering if the camera will come on automatically if switched into reverse, or do you have to manually clicked on a camera option? Thanks in advance. [ Casey  Aug 10, 2014 ]
    6 answers
    • The unit WILL automatically show the back up camera on the screen when the vehicle is shifted in reverse and when shifted out of reverse the unit returns to normal. It also has an option (if 12v power on your camera is wired to an acc power source instead of the reverse light circuit) to switch it on manually when vehicle is not in reverse. I wired mine so it comes on automatically when in reverse and I can also switch it on manually when not in reverse. [ MARK R   Aug 15, 2014 ]
    • Automatically. [ CARLOS   Aug 13, 2014 ]
    • Automatic, it gets an input from the gear shift [ JEFFERY H   Aug 11, 2014 ]
    • Yes it will as long as you wire it correctly. [ MICHAEL   Aug 11, 2014 ]
    • The unit will switch to camera view automatically once it gets a power signal. According to the instructions, the power signal would come from the reverse wire in the factory harness. You can, of course wire the power signal to any compatible source. I like being able to switch to the rear camera sometimes when I'm not in reverse, like if I am pulling a trailer. So I used the parking light wire from the harness. So now, anytime I switch on the parking or headlights (same switch), the unit switches to the camera input. [ BHASKAR   Aug 10, 2014 ]
    • Camera automatically comes on but you can use it manually too [ NICHOLAS   Aug 10, 2014 ]
    I have this unit I try to use my I phone and it shows the songs on display and will charge my phone but will not play the audio what is the fix?? [ Cwhittington  Jul 17, 2014 ]
    1 answer
    • If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Krissy Staff  Jul 19, 2014 ]
    I can see in the specs that you can change the color of the buttons. The picture shows two blue lines going left to right and blue highlights, can these display colors also be change? [ Klaas  Jun 02, 2014 ]
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    • Yes, go to settings, than display. [ CARLOS   Jun 05, 2014 ]
    • It can be changed by setting your wallpaper [ JEFFERY H   Jun 03, 2014 ]
    • This is a default background picture and you can change it to anything either by USB or from capture picture on a DVD hope this helps [ Phillip   Jun 03, 2014 ]
    • If I'm right and we both are on the same page, that is just a wall paper the unit comes with, but you can load any image for a screensaver from a USB [ Mark   Jun 03, 2014 ]
    • Yes, the button color and background color can be changed separately. [ Jeffrey S.   Jun 03, 2014 ]
    • Yes the colors in th he display can be changed as well. As well it can be a different color when headlights are on as compared to when headlights are off. [ troy   Jun 03, 2014 ]
    • I Have problems de conections in the blutooh in my cell phone I have Samsung GALAXY S 4 Thanks [ michel   Jun 03, 2014 ]
    • The lights around the dial, the line going down the left side, and also the background can be changed. As well. As the text color [ TYLER   Jun 03, 2014 ]
    Is there a built in mic for Bluetooth calling? [ Sam  Apr 25, 2014 ]
    3 answers
    • It is not built-in to the unit. It comes with a corded microphone that can be placed wherever you want after being plugged into the head unit. [ CHRISTOPHER   Apr 26, 2014 ]
    • There is a mic included. It has a decently long cable (approx 6ft.) that comes out of the back and has an adhesive back to stick it wherever suits your car. It is adjustable on two axis. I have mine stuck to the top corner of the windshield, it's fairly discrete and picks up my voice very well. [ Jeffrey S.   Apr 25, 2014 ]
    • Not built in but it comes with mic and cable to install with the radio [ Phillip   Apr 25, 2014 ]
    If i already have an activated Sirius radio in my truck factory can i just connect the factory antenna and system to the new head unit? [ Tom lappy  Apr 22, 2014 ]
    1 answer
    • I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: No. We do not have an adapter that will allow this radio to hook up to the factory Sirius Connection. You'll need the SXV200: http://www.crutchfield.com/cgi-bin/ProdView.asp?I=220SXV200 If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy Staff  Apr 23, 2014 ]
    Will this work with the i phone 5 with Siri and voice or just the 4 model? [ Tom lappy  Apr 22, 2014 ]
    3 answers
    • Yes, it works perfect with the iphone 5 and Siri. I have the iphone 5, and holding the phone/talk button on the radio activates Siri just like using on the phone. [ JONATHAN CLARK   Apr 22, 2014 ]
    • Hi Tom, I'm not sure it's compatible with the iPhone 5 as we purchased the radio to use with an Android phone. [ MELISSA   Apr 22, 2014 ]
    • I have an iPhone 5S and have full functionality. [ PAUL   Apr 22, 2014 ]
    Is it possible to switch the clock OFF? There is a menu option stating "OSD Clock" with On/Off options, yet the clock seems to remain on at all times. [ Scott  Mar 27, 2014 ]
    1 answer
    • If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Jeff Staff  Mar 31, 2014 ]
    Does this unit display the clock only when turned off? [ B  Mar 25, 2014 ]
    5 answers
    • I just installed this Awesome receiver over the weekend. No clock when display is turned off. Other than that it's Very ergo-friendly and easy to navigate through. [ STEVEN   Apr 09, 2014 ]
    • I do not think anything is displayed on the screen when powered off. I do know that you can turn off the display while listening to the music. [ BRIAN   Mar 28, 2014 ]
    • The clock shows on most screens in the top right corner [ Phillip   Mar 26, 2014 ]
    • The clock is only displayed when the unit is on. Every screen but the home screen and setting screens display the clock. [ PAUL   Mar 26, 2014 ]
    • No it does not. It's on in the right hand top corner the whole time. [ CHRISTY   Mar 26, 2014 ]
    it has detachable face? [ Ismael  Feb 25, 2014 ]
    1 answer
    • This receiver does not have a detachable faceplate. [ Jeff Staff  Feb 27, 2014 ]

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