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JVC's KW-V30BT DVD receiver offers an eye-catching 6.1" variable-color touchscreen display, a built-in DVD/CD player, USB port, built-in Bluetooth®, and lots of settings you can tweak. But, you can take your driving experience to the next level by using its HDMI input to connect select smartphones and tablets and use a variety of apps on the go.

What you need

The KW-V30BT's HDMI input lets you enjoy access to many of the apps on your smartphone or tablet directly from the controls on the receiver. Here's the lowdown on what you need depending on your smartphone:

  • iPhone® 5, 5C, and 5S: You'll need to connect the Apple Lightning™ to USB cable and an HDMI cable (sold separately) to Apple's Lightning Digital AV adapter. Working with the iPhone 5's Bluetooth, you'll be able to mirror and control select apps on the KW-V30BT's touchscreen display.
  • iPhone 4 and 4S: Connect your iPhone 4 or 4S to the KW-V30BT's rear USB and analog audio/video input using the JVC KS-U59 cable, and you'll have access to JVC's App Link Mode.
  • Select MHL-enabled Android® phones: Once you download the JVC Control app on your phone, you'll connect your Android to the JVC receiver with an HDMI/MHL cable, such as the JVC KS-U61. After pairing your Android phone with this JVC, you'll get app control on the touchscreen display.

With your smartphone connected, you can enjoy select navigation, driver assistance, video, and music apps — all of which can be controlled on the KW-V30BT's display or by voice command.

Sound and vision

You can customize the KW-V30BT's touchscreen layout and set the display colors that best suit your dash. JVC's touch control lets you run your entertainment system with a few swipes to scroll through music folders, skip songs, and adjust the volume. JVC also included some easy-to-find button controls and a volume knob, so you can concentrate on the road.

Once you've got the music you want, you can tweak it with the built-in 3-band parametric equalizer. If you're adding amps, you'll appreciate the three sets of 4-volt preamp outputs for super-clean audio.

Built-in Bluetooth

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'll really appreciate this receiver's Secure Simple Pairing (SSP) technology. JVC includes an external Bluetooth microphone which you can place in a good spot in your vehicle for superior hands-free communication.

And if you have an iPhone with Siri, the KW-V30BT 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.

Lots of ways to get music

If you enjoy Internet radio on your iPhone or Android, you'll really enjoy playing music from Pandora® and iHeartRadio® on this versatile receiver. You can scroll through your stations, bookmark songs, and give a thumbs-up or thumbs-down right from the receiver's face.

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 the latest news, talk, and music from your favorite satellite radio stations wherever you drive.

Video on the go

Use the rear analog 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. And, the KW-V30BT's dual zone capability means the kids can watch a movie in the back with headphones while you listen to your favorite music up front. 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.

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 DVD receiver. 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.

Product Highlights:

    General Features:
    • DVD/CD player with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • 6.1" touchscreen display
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and music streaming
    • variable color illumination with over 30,000 choices of colors
    • fits double-DIN (4" tall) dash openings
    • remote control
    Smartphone Features:
    • display and command of select music, navigation, and other apps with iPhone and Android
    • Pandora and iHeartRadio control with iPhone and Android
    • Siri Eyes Free control for select iPhones
    • Voice Command for select Android smartphones
    Audio/visual Features:
    • plays CDs, DVDs, and USB memory devices
    • iEQ with 7 presets and 3-band parametric EQ
    • high- and low-pass filters
    • dual-zone audio
    Expandability:
    • built-in iPod, iPhone, and iPad control
    • compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
    • inputs: front aux input, rear USB input, rear HDMI digital A/V input, rear analog A/V input, rear-view camera input
    • outputs: A/V output, 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, sub)
    Other Information:

    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.

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    Written By Jim B, Alma, MI on Tuesday, September 01, 2015

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    Very nice unit, works as excepted. Sound quality is great.

    Pros: iPhone works well

    Cons: None so far

    Great receiver!

    Written By Bolo925, Martinez,Ca on Saturday, August 15, 2015

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    I really like this receiver its real easy to use the only thing i dislike is that my phone(LG Flex2) isnt one of the phones that are compatible i cant get my phones screen to display on the receiver. Not a big deal overall happy with my purchase

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    Written By mw, wetumpka, al on Friday, July 31, 2015

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    Great product for a great price.

    Pros: Easy to install

    Cons: None

    Excellent sound, a little slow

    Written By Demon27, Jackson, TN on Sunday, July 26, 2015

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    The sound quality and EQ settings are awesome. Bluetooth and other features work well. My only gripe is some delay when pushing buttons and switching apps.

    Pros: Price, features, sound quality and equalizer settings

    Cons: Some lag when switching apps and switching tracks

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    Written By Don T., Waukesha on Thursday, July 23, 2015

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    I purchased this unit to replace the OEM unit in my 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 Crew Cab. The CD player on the old unit failed and I still like listening to books on CD etc. I also wanted to maintain the touch screen ability. One deciding factor was the Android phone compatibility. The new unit works great. The Bluetooth functionality with Phone and audio works flawlessly. When playing music the sound is much better than my stock unit and I'm still going through the stock speakers. The ability to watch DVD movies is a plus. Installation was a breeze. Crutchfield Tech Support was great when I had a couple questions regarding wiring. The viewing screen does get a little washed out in direct sun but not nearly as bad as the OEM unit did. Traversing through the menu options is simple. The one thing I'm disappointed in is the MHO compatibility for Smart Phone Control. I found out after I had the unit installed that it's currently not compatible with my Samsung S6 Edge smart phone. I've contacted JVC and was informed that they are working on a firmware update but not sure of availability. The primary reason I would like this feature is for viewing Google Maps on the head unit instead of my smart phone. I use my phone extensively for GPS functionality. I'm very happy with the purchase. (one item I should mention for anyone replacing their headunit in a Dodge Ram truck. Do not discard your OEM headunit as you might need it for future dealer updates to HVAC options in your vehicle)

    Pros: Great sound, ease of operation, lots of features.

    Cons: Smart Phone Control/MHO incompatible with Samsung S6 Edge

    Great sound Not so Great font size

    Written By Anonymous, Georgia on Monday, July 20, 2015

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    Great system, sounds great, easy to use. My only complaints are that the fonts used to display Title and Artist info are extremely small. The icons for play and pause are large but the rest of the screen space is wasted . JVC should offer a firmware update to allow you to change the font size from mouse print to something that adequately utilizes the space on the screen.. The bluetooth signal can also be spotty at times.

    Pros: Ease of use. Sounds great

    Cons: Tiny font, can barely see song title and artist. Wasted screen space.

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    Written By ADAM, Texas on Tuesday, July 14, 2015

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    Decent radio for the price range. I would like the display screen to be different with the text. Works great with my Android phone.

    Good Sound/Poor Interface

    Written By taym, Texas on Sunday, July 12, 2015

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    I am an Android user who prefers to listen to music through Spotify or Pandora. I bought this mainly because I thought I would be using the MHL most of the time with my Android phone. I should have splurged for the more expensive google auto radio. 70% of the screen real estate is taken up by buttons leaving little to no room for music info unless you are using Pandora. Blue tooth streaming and Sat radio only display artist or song or album, but not at the same time and no artwork.

    Sound quality is good and very easy to customize.

    When running MHL I can hook up power to the phone though my adapter but all it does it cause to phone to lose power less quickly. I lose sound quality through the MHL and have to instead stream the music through Bluetooth and switch to MHL display. I had higher expectation for this radio and am not sold on it yet.

    I do like that I can build a buffer for my Sat radio stations.

    Pros: customizing audio settings, buffer for sat radio stations.

    Cons: Cluck buttons that take up too much room. MHL leave much to be desired.

    Happy with it, but not completely

    Written By Tony in the UK, England on Friday, July 03, 2015

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    This unit is great for the most part. Installation was easy and the wiring diagram was easy to follow no matter what harness you are using. I used the PAC RP-5-31GM for my installation so i could keep the steering wheel controls without having to install multiple harnesses. The only think that keeps this unit from having 5 stars is that you can not listen to another audio source and have your Android device override it when you're using the GPS connected via HDMI. I even spoke with Crutchfield support to ensure that I didn't miss a setting somewhere.

    Pros: Sound, Multiple Regions, Screen Color and display. Fairly easy to use as well.

    Cons: No Android audio if listening to another source (i.e. radio station, cd/dvd, etc.)

    awful user interface

    Written By Ben, Massachusetts on Saturday, June 13, 2015

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    This deck sounds good and installs relatively easily. But the user interface is terrible. It's cumbersome to use, and feels like something from a decade ago. Bluetooth is flaky, with sound that cuts in and out and continuous issues with my wife's phone pairing. Even though I don't have SiriusXM there is no way to turn off the SiriusXM signal indicator. I'm returning this for a different model.

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    Written By Anonymous, Tracy, ca. on Tuesday, June 09, 2015

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    Nice sound and display

    JVC KW-V30BT

    Written By Anonymous, Thibodaux la on Thursday, June 04, 2015

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    Easy install. Easy use.

    Pros: Siri was the biggest thing for me

    Cons: Not many apps available

    Awesome value, very good sound

    Written By Anonymous, Seattle, WA on Tuesday, June 02, 2015

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    I installed this JVC (with some help) into my 2006 Jeep Geand Cherokee Overland when the stereo head unit stopped working. I was really only looking for a cost effective solution, but was really, really, really surprised at the good sound quality. Basically, it blew the factory head unit away. No question there. Please note that I bypassed the Jeep's amp.

    This unit was a bit tough to set up with my iPhone, but I figured it out eventually. Why are the instructions always so terrible?

    Pros: Good sound for price. Value blew me away. This JBC unit sounds way better than I expected.

    Cons: Install was difficult, due to location of amp in Jeep. IPhone configuration could be easier. The key for me was selecting the correct hardware install config--the manual did not explain this clearly.

    Nice stereo so far

    Written By P. A., Virginia on Tuesday, June 02, 2015

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    I am really enjoying this stereo so far. I installed it 2 weeks ago and it has been great. Installation was pretty easy with the Crutchfield accessories. The MHL cable works well with my HTC M8. The screen of my cell phone is a little smaller than the overall screen of the stereo, but it's very useful for Google Maps. A small downfall is that the screen has not been bright enough on really sunny days. I have the screen brightness turned all the way up, but sometimes it is still hard to see the screen. The one star off is because of the screen brightness. I would take a half star off of it, but that's not an option. The unit fits great into my car and looks fantastic.

    Pros: MHL, Bluetooth audio, DVD player, USB audio/video, looks nice, great sound, easy installation.

    Cons: Screen not bright enough on very sunny days.

    Returned for better

    Written By Anonymous, Utah on Thursday, May 21, 2015

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    Seemed like a nice unit and sounded far better than the pioneer I was replacing but the screen layout was horrible. Huge icons and tiny display of the title and artist. I sent mine back and got the JVC 200BT. I am very pleased with it compared to the V30BT.

    Cons: Horrible screen layout

    Ok unit

    Written By Gary, Durango, Co on Thursday, May 14, 2015

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    This is a nice looking unit and sounds great but that's about it. Apps do not work well with an I-phone. Steering wheel interface went bad so had to use the touchscreen for everything. Wasn't compatible with back up camera so that feature was useless. Wasn't worth the money, getting a new screen for the stock unit.

    Pros: Sounds and looks nice.

    Cons: Don't buy if you have an I-phone. You have to buy too many ancillary items to get this unit to work with factory options thus driving up the cost too high.

    It's ok

    Written By Frank, Barstow, Ca on Monday, May 11, 2015

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    It's a wonderful unit overall. The downside to it is that it requires adaptors for the use of my Samsung Galaxy S4 that have to be ordered and they make the stereo about $40 more then what I expected. Also what the phone to head unit displays is not adjustable and the unit doesn't use all of the screen and it's kinda of small. The other thing unless it's just me. You can manipulate your phone from the screen and the screen on your phone has to stay on in order for the screen on the head unit to display anything unlike google chrome for example. The rest of the unit is great though. The screen is adjustable for all lighting conditions you can set up to three items on the main screen phone had its own dedicated location so it doesn't tie up a spot. It's pretty fool proof in operation. Oh and the parts of the stereo that light up can be made a wide range of colors to meet your preferences.

    Pros: Good screen nice design feels solid ease of use

    Cons: Needs adapters to display phone on screen.

    Mixed Bag, Probably wouldn't buy it again.

    Written By James D, North Carolina on Friday, May 01, 2015

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    After lots of research I went with this JVC unit to replace my factory Bose unit from Nissan. Mainly my factory stereo didn't support blue tooth audio, only phone calls. The main features of the stereo work great, but almost all the peripherals needed tweaking, hacking, or simply giving up.

    The sound is good, but not great, and only marginally better than the factory Bose unit. The equalizer is very nice. I like the ability to define a custom user setting. The main screen, and the settings screens are nice. Well layed out. However all other screens are terrible. Huge rigid 6 buttons take up 3/4 of the display screen, while squeezing all other output in the other 1/4 screen. Pandora or FM stations display the song info,but you have to scroll thru it to see the artist/album/track. Then on some apps, like the CD, half the buttons are unused, yet they still occupy space on the screen. The app screens should function like the settings screens. Pandora tends to hang when connecting. One in 5 times I have to fidget with it. MHL is useless on my HTC. It will display google maps, but it won't swipe, instead it selects as you try. Plus the resolution is terrible And it seems the MHL can't be connected when BT is streaming and vise-versa even though there is a setting to support both. Making sound adjustments while driving is nearly impossible.as navigating to the EQ and/or fade controls take several steps. They could have done so much butter with the UI.

    Pros: Good Sound, EQ, BT audtio/phone, main screens, voice dialing, semi-customizable screen for colors

    Cons: Buggy pandora app, Terrible screens for all apps (tuner, cd, pandora, etc.). Huge rigid buttons yet other parts of the screen have too small of text, MHL is worthless, Awkward "search" button to navigate. Strange use of play/pause button in the same control instead of toggling the display.

    It was an ok Unit

    Written By Rick, Sayreville, NJ on Tuesday, April 14, 2015

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    For the price its a great radio...but save your money for a better unit. very cheap feel & the dish drive make A LOT of noise when you insert or eject a disc. It says it has dual zone but after many hours of trying & calling JVC, they guy at JVC had no clue & just said it was capable of doing it. The guy seemed like he could care less & had real knowledge of his company's device. Even though on JVC website it says it can. I returned this unit & got the Pioneer AVIC 6000NEX more expensive but everything works & looks WAY better

    Pros: Cheap price

    Cons: Cheap materials & tries to do too much but isnt ready to do it all

    Cool features, bad display

    Written By CPR, California on Monday, April 13, 2015

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    I bought this to replace an OEM factory radio in a 2008 RAV4. Mixed sound quality: it worked great over Bluetooth, but hard a hard time picking up FM stations. It really does have some great features, not all of which I employed, but the display was the dealbreaker for me. It has these enormous buttons that take up 2/3 of the display, no matter what audio feature you use, and very small font - about the equivalent of 12 font on a paper document - and you can't change it. You can customize the colors about 12 different ways, but you can't increase the tiny little font. It also doesn't show all RDS information at the same time, whether radio or Bluetooth: you have to keep touching the screen to get it to change, which is irritating while driving. It was spotty with RDS from radio stations that my husband's radio picks up just fine. In daylight, the screen and the buttons, despite how large they are, are barely visible, and the font is unreadable. It will be on its way back to Crutchfield on Thursday; here's hoping its replacement is an improvement.

    Pros: Some ability to customize the display, Mirrorlink enabled, works well with Bluetooth, good sound quality on Bluetooth.

    Cons: Display, screen, font size, FM radio signal.

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    Written By hoss h, medina,ohio on Sunday, March 29, 2015

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    Very easy to install great radio for the money

    Pros: Easy to use, Bluetooth works perfect every time

    Cons: Icons a little smaller

    Love it.

    Written By Chris, Forest Virginia on Wednesday, March 25, 2015

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    Once installed with everything Crutchfeild sends with it looks like a factory install. Another great product from JVC.

    V30BT

    Written By Tim, Louisiana on Sunday, February 22, 2015

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    After sending the first V30 Bt back because after twisting yellow and red power wires together touching positive side of battery. Taking black wire and touching negative side of battery stereo didn't come on. I like the second V30BT had to do firm ware update on stereo. Thanks to all the guys on the tech side that helped me through that. Now I ordered a 5 to 11 pin MHL adapter, because my Android Active was not compaitable with MHL part of the stereo. The part I was really interested in was getting my apps on the stereo so I could view maps. I will have to wait for that part. Samsung was out of stock on the adapter. I wanted it before I return to work, but it is coming from China, I think delivery is March 23. I maybe in when I return in 2 weeks. Blue tooth works good as far as sending your music to the stereo.

    DONT BUY

    Written By Anonymous, Penngrove on Wednesday, January 28, 2015

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    Do not buy this JVC receiver, it cuts out on the iPod constantly, then comes back on with "this device is restricted" what a bunch of horse crap, this receiver is not worth $10.00 let alone the actual price. Doesn't even rate a one star, but I am required to rate this device.

    Pros: None

    Cons: Anything about this receiver that is related to the iPod.

    All around great product

    Written By Chris, MS on Friday, January 23, 2015

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    Kids love it. Wife loves it. I love it.

    Pros: Provides multiple useful functions. DVD player, backup camera display, hands free phone, Bluetooth, great sound quality. The list goes on.

    Cons: The only thing I have found that could be improved is the slight delay time when changing functions. But I have seen worse on other brands.

    Nice receiver, but a little too bright

    Written By Jason T, Georgia on Tuesday, January 20, 2015

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    Installation in my 2004 Silverado was easy. The unit worked out of the box and was a piece of cake to set up and customize. All of the features/inputs I've used have worked so far: Tuner, Bluetooth audio, music+video+pictures on USB, CD, DVD, Pandora, iHeartRadio, and MHL.

    I've got the MHL connected with my Samsung Galaxy S5 (sprint model) with minimal issues, I used a cable I already had from Amazon (Maxah brand - with the 11-5 pin adapter which is important!) rather than the one from Crutchfield. MHL was easy to set up per instructions (and youtube video that's been pointed out by other reviewers, easy to find via the googlez) and did exactly what it was supposed to do. My home screen doesn't auto-rotate, which is an issue with Samsung's Touchwiz not the receiver/MHL. Other apps rotate to landscape fine. One issue I've had with MHL, after deleting the bluetooth profile and re-setting it up I lost ability to use the receiver to touch-control the phone, it only displays. It worked initially but now does not. I'm pretty sure it's a bluetooth setting on the phone but I haven't bothered with fixing it (i really haven't used the MHL feature other than to play).

    As with other reviewers, play info (artist/song/etc) are tiny. Space simply isn't utilized very well on this unit. But it's just a display issue and doesn't affect usability IMO.

    Also, I'm not fond of the bright/dim. Dim is still WAY too bright at night. I'd like to have a Brightness +/-.

    Pros: Works as described. No, or minimal, issues with MHL

    Cons: Display space not utilized very well for artist/song/etc info Brightness control could/should be vamped up a lot. Dim is way too bright, especially at night.

    Upgrade in 2009 Tacoma

    Written By Dave, Louisiana on Tuesday, November 25, 2014

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    I agree with Brendo that the text/titles for selections playing from CD or USB are waaay too small. There's lot's of wasted space on the screen. I'm sure this could be corrected by a firmware update.. I hope JVC will do it. Another thing that is too small is the volume knob, it doesn't stick out far enough from the face of the unit so it is difficult to make minor volume adjustments while driving. The sound quality is very good with the factory speakers and no other subwoofer or external amplification. The bluetooth connects quickly and works consistently with my Galaxy S5. I struggled to get the MHL working, but finally got it to "kinda" work... hopefully future firmware updates and/or updates to the JVC Smartphone Control App will improve this. I learned that my Tacoma actually had a Backup Camera installed from the factory, even though my truck didn't have that option (the truck had no DISPLAY for it). With a bit of investigation on the internet (and some work) I was able to incorporate this factory installed camera to work with the JVC. So that was a nice extra! Also, I mounted a USB port near the console, and the microphone in the dash to the left of the steering wheel.

    Pros: Great sound Very functional USB directory scroll/select MHL "kinda" works

    Cons: Some text/titles too small Volume control knob too small

    Great Buy!

    Written By Dave A, Kansas on Saturday, October 25, 2014

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    Works Great, sound and picture quality is good. Reverse camera provides a sharp, wide angled view.

    Pros: Fit in dash was good, wiring harness was a fairly easy install.

    Cons: I didn't think the instructions were very clear. Took a while to figure out the installation and getting everything hooked up right. Also it doesn't share my contact list from my phone very well.

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    Written By Anonymous, Belleville, PA on Thursday, October 02, 2014

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    Overall I am very pleased with the unit. It is a little slow connecting to my phone w/ incoming calls. I have had a little connectivity problems w Pandora but not a huge problem. Would recommend this unit to anyone. The installation instructions from Crutchfield need some work.

    Upgrade in Acura RSX

    Written By Tom, Boston, MA on Thursday, September 25, 2014

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    Upgraded from factory stereo to this JVC unit due to style and function. I am using an external Alpine AMP with Infinity component speakers and a JL-audio subwoofer.

    Pros: Nice fit and style to match Acura look. Backup camera function, tuner function etc. all work as expected. Sound qualify is what you would expect from a high-end receiver, although I am using an outboard amp and pretty high-end speakers. Using the component speakers in the doors and rear panel allows nice tweeter mounting that helps with sound dispersion.

    Cons: iPhone integration is so-so. It works pretty well with the default music application, but it isn't so great with other music applications on the iphone. I had hoped to get some level of integration with Spotify, but you get is a very small image of what Spotify displays in App mode with an iphone 5 (and nothing with a 4). The music plays ok. The other application integration is fair as some applications will at least display on the screen. Firmware upgrade isn't working. JVC support MIA.

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    Written By Jorge, Florida on Friday, September 19, 2014

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    Easy to install, excellent improvement in sound, even with the factory speakers.

    excellent upgrade from factory

    Written By Brendo, Ohio on Monday, July 14, 2014

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    Head unit is a great upgrade from factory. Sounds 100 times better than stock, only upgraded head unit and not speakers, if I did the speakers as well, it would sound even better. Pandora just works, no issues. sounds good for Bluetooth. Don't use iHeartRadio so can't really speak on that feature. The iPod use is simple to use, although the layout on the screen could be better, things are too small or are to big. There are also empty buttons, would look much better if they removed those buttons and made the Artist and Title section bigger. The display issue is the same across most inputs, iPod, SiriusXM, tuner, etc. I wish the display section for Artist and Title was bigger and buttons slightly smaller. or have the button disappear when not all of them are in use. One other complaint not really an issue though, is I wish you could turn inputs off if you don't use them. if I want to switch easy between IPod and another input from my steering wheel controls I have to cycle through ALL the inputs and it is takes awhile. I have only tried the MHL feature once and it really didn't work all that well. Picture kept cutting in an out. I partially blame my phone though. The Samsung Galaxy S5 is still new and wasn't listed on the approved devices list. I am sure as this MHL technology takes off there will be updates by Samsung and JVC to better support this Mirroring ability.

    Pros: excellent sound - was easy to install and get setup and running without much configuration needed. lots of input options. Bluetooth sounds good and have no complaints from people on the end end about call quality. ability to customize EQ for each input source. start up time is quick .

    Cons: Display layout could be better. Buttons are a little to big and title and artist are to small. It would be nice if it scrolled between artist and title instead of having to hit a button. my factory head unit at least scrolled between them. MHL is still a work in progress

    Excellent Value!!

    Written By tru-jdm, holts summit, mo on Sunday, June 22, 2014

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    Great sound quality, blue tooth is seamless, I can tweak individual sound settings for each frequency and channel.

    Pros: As in - depth tuning as you want to be; lots of special features; definite coolness factor

    Cons: Had to update firmware to make it compatible with Galaxy S4

    Nice upgrade from the factory unit

    Written By KR3, Bowie, MD on Monday, June 02, 2014

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    I have a 2008 Yukon Denali XL with the Bose speakers, navigation & DVD entertainment system with a rear screen all from the factory. I purchased the additional installation harnesses as recommended. Had a few issues with the installation, but service was excellent and we resolved all of them. As for the head unit, I am pretty pleased with it so far. The sound and screen are excellent. I usually use my android phone for navigation so the feature to plug my phone directly into the unit and use my phone applications was a plus. Its execution however is just OK. I hooked up the MHL cable to my Samsung and the screen pops up on the head unit, but the navigation to get to the different applications on the phone is a little clunky. I tend to use the touch screen on the phone more as it is just easier to get things done. Connecting the bluetooth to listen to music and to get phone calls was pretty straight forward and the sound quality is excellent. Only thing I miss is having the pictures pop up on the head unit via the bluetooth connection like on some other units I have installed. I have Pandora and iheartradio installed on my phone. So far, Pandora has come up with all features and sounds great, Iheartradio sound comes up but for some reason no images. Only thing I don't really like about this unit is that the movies loaded onto the USB do not display to the rear screen. According to documentation, this is as designed. Kids can see head unit screen, but it is awkward.

    Pros: Can load pictures, movies & music onto USB. Needed to convert a few movies before they worked, but shows excellently on the front screen. It also plays DivX DVDs and others. Music plays nicely from all sources. Phone apps with the MHL connection is a cool feature. You get a lot of features for a reasonable amount of money.

    Cons: Movies loaded onto USB do not play on rear screen. This is the only reason I didn't give it 5 stars. Playing movie content from the USB and displaying it to the rear screen is what I thought I was purchasing. MHL phone app navigation is kind of clumsy. I think the JVC phone app could be done better.

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    Written By D, Boulder, CO on Tuesday, April 29, 2014

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    Super simple to figure out! Multiple options on display features including my favorite the ability to change screens from day to night. Had the ability to make the factory speakers sound pretty good and made the aftermarkets sound amazing. This head unit was exactly what Crutchfield described it as!

    Pros: Simple to use! Even my wife was able to figure it out!

    Cons: None

    Coulda been awesome

    Written By Trey, San Francisco on Friday, April 11, 2014

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    This deck has all the potential to be really great. The display is nice. It's super customizable and has HDMI in which allows you to display some apps from your iPhone. Waze works pretty well but the resolution is slightly poor. The sound quality is excellent and super clean compared to my factory deck. The setup was easy and i was able to use my factory installed siriusXM antenna. The major complaint that I have is that the UI is pretty poor. Elements that don't need to be big are huge and things that should be bigger are tiny. For example, the Artist and Track info on both iPod input and Sirius are super small and up in the corner. WHY? Also, selecting tracks and playlists from the ipod is good when it works, but the control is a little intermittent. Another UI annoyance is that, you have to go into submenus for some pretty basic controls. Turning shuffle off and on for example could easily be controlled in the main ipod screen. There are even empty buttons. come on...

    Pros: sound quality navigation display from iphone5 tunestart control for sirius xm

    Cons: many many ui flaws.

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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)
    • Remote control (RM-RK256)
    • 2 "AAA" batteries
    • 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)
    • HDMI bracket
    • Instruction Manual (En/Fr/Sp)
    • "2-Way Android Control" instructions
    • Warranty Information

    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 Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input Mini (front), Mini (rear)
    Audio/video Input Front and Rear
    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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    Built-in Bluetooth
    Disc & USB Playback
    iPhone/Android Integration
    AM/FM+Internet+SiriusXM Radio
    Audio Section
    AV Connections
    Remote Control

    Touchscreen Display

    6.1" TFT LCD Touchscreen Monitor: The KW-V30BT 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.

    • Customizable Home Screen: The Home Screen displays your three favorite source icons (which are customizable), clock/date, phone icon, menu setting, and an "All Source" icon (which changes the Home Screen to display all available sources)
    • Background Image: You can select from 9 different background images for the touchscreen display. In addition, you capture an image from an inserted USB device and use it as a custom background. When using a JPEG file as the background, make sure that the resolution is 800 x 480 pixels.
    • 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; choose from Full (for 16:9), Regular (for 4:3), Panorama (for viewing 4:3 in widescreen), or Zoom 1-3 (changes magnification).
    • 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).

      Note: There are eight options for the menu language; including English, French, Spanish, and five others.

    Front-Panel Controls w/ Variable Color Illumination: In addition to the head unit's touchscreen monitor, the KW-V30BT 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. he unit's touchscreen and hard-key buttons 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. You can save separate color settings for Daytime and Nighttime driving.

    Clock/Calendar Display: The DVD receiver offers a 12-/24-hour clock and month/date/year display 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 "Home" 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-V30BT 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-V30BT is equipped with built-in Bluetooth (3.0+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 1.6 (Hands Free Profile), PBAB 1.0 (Phone Book Access Profile).
    • Audio Streaming: A2DP 1.2 (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP 1.4 (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-V30BT. See JVC's Bluetooth compatibility chart for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled devices.

    Secure Simple Pairing (SSP) + Auto Pairing (for iPhone): With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the JVC KW-V30BT without having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings. You can even pair your Apple iPhone by simply connecting it to the JVC head unit via USB and following a single prompt on the head unit's display. When a paired Bluetooth device is in close proximity to the receiver, the auto connection function automatically pairs the two units. You can pair up to five Bluetooth-enabled devices to the JVC head unit with a maximum of two Bluetooth phones and one Bluetooth audio player connected at one time (but only one can be used at a time).

    Hands-Free Communication (w/ External Mic): The JVC KW-V30BT supports wireless hands-free communication (HFP/PBAB) for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. Thanks to the latest Hands-Free Profile (HFP 1.6) with wideband speech capability, the KW-V30BT provides more natural sound quality and details during wireless calls. The head unit will display the caller's information and an audible ring tone will be heard through your vehicle's speaker during an incoming call. You can manually answer an incoming call or have the unit automatically answer the call. The KW-V30BT allows you to carry on a phone conversation from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone using the head unit's external microphone and your car audio speakers. During a conversation you can adjust the volume, as well as switch between the Private Mode (talking directly on your cell phone) and the Hands Free Mode. Using the KW-V30BT, 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 five 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-V30BT. Up to 600 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 10 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.

    Wireless Audio Streaming (w/ Metadata Display): The JVC KW-V30BT also supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth enabled audio player or smartphone. The KW-V30BT 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-V30BT 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 with Lightning connector via Bluetooth (not USB), the JVC KW-V30BT has the ability to access Siri through its touchscreen and external microphone. Simply press the touchscreen "voice command" icon or front-panel button 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-V30BT 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-V30BT; 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 Lightning connector. 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-V30BT 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/AAC music files loaded onto a CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, or DVD+R/RW disc.

    USB Port: The JVC KW-V30BT 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, AAC, WAV, & FLAC audio files; as well as JPEG/BMP/PNG still-picture files stored on a compatible USB memory device. The KW-V30BT also supports video playback of MPEG1/MPEG2 and H.264/WMV  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-V30BT 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 (msc)
    File System ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, Romeo FAT 16/32
    Playable File Types Audio MP3: bit rate of 8-320kbps w/ sampling rates of 8-48kHz
    WMA: bit rate of 48-192kbps w/ sampling rates of 32-48kHz
    AAC:  bit rate of 16-320kbps w/ sampling rates of 16-48kHz
    MP3: bit rate of 8-320kbps w/ sampling rates of 8-48kHz
    WMA: bit rate of 48-192kbps w/ sampling rates of 8-48kHz
    AAC:  bit rate of 32-320kbps w/ sampling rates of 16-48kHz
    WAV:
    bit rate of 16-bit w/ sampling rate of 44.1kHz
    FLAC: bit rate of 24-bit w/ sampling rate of 8-48kHz
    Video MPEG-1/2: .mpg, .mpeg
    DivX: .divx, .div, or .avi
    MPEG-1/2: .mpg, .mpeg
    H.264/WMV: .mp4, .wmv, .avi, or .mkv
    Photo N/A JPEG/BMP/PNG: 32x32 to 8192x7680 pixels
    Maximum # of Folders/Files 254 folders/64,700 files (255 files per folder) 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.

    iPhone/Android Integration

    iPod/iPhone AV Playback: The JVC KW-V30BT supports direct connection of your 30-pin or Lightning-connector iPod/iPhone through its rear-panel USB port and 3.5mm input. The KW-V30BT 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-V30BT. Using JVC's KS-U59 iPod video cable (105KSU59, 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-V30BT. 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-V30BT.
    • 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-V30BT 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. To watch stored video and video apps (like Netflix) in addition to music from your Lightning-connector Apple device on the KW-30BT, you'll need Apple's Lightning-to-Digital AV adapter, a Lightning-to-USB cable, and a mobile-grade HDMI cable; such as the JVC's KSU-60 HDMI cable (all sold separately) - this type of connection also requires Bluetooth pairing.

    Note: You will need to select which type of connection method you are using in the head unit's setup menu.

    iPod/iPhone Control w/ Metadata + Charging: The JVC KW-V30BT 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-V30BT 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-V30BT 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.

    Apps Mode for iPhone & Android (via HDMI): You can listen to audio from stored music and music apps, watch video from stored movies and movie apps, and view navigation apps on your iPhone (iOS 7+) or Android smartphone (4.1+), using the head unit's HDMI input and its Apps Mode. The head unit will mirror the display of your mobile device (not always full-screen) when in Apps Mode. Apps Mode also provides basic playback control for your iPhone from the receiver's touchscreen; basic playback functions include Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Rewind, and Previous/Next Track. You can even control your Android device from the head unit's touchscreen just like you would from the smartphone; this requires that your vehicle's parking brake be engaged (all other Apps mode functionality does not require the parking brake be engaged). Using either a compatible iPhone or Android smartphone, you can also exit App Mode and access Pandora, and iHeartRadio directly from the head unit's touchscreen with advance music navigation and control. In addition, the iPhone lets you access its stored music and video library from the head unit's touchscreen with advance search and playback control when connected via HDMI. While navigation maps from your smartphone can be displayed on the JVC head unit's touchscreen, the navigation app will still need to be controlled from your iPhone or Android device (unless you have the vehicle's parking brake engaged; in this case you can control Android maps from the head unit's touchscreen).

    • iPhone Connectivity: If you have an iPhone  with the Lightning connector, you will need Apple's Lightning-to-Digital AV adapter, a Lightning-to-USB cable, and a mobile-grade HDMI cable; such as the JVC's KSU-60 HDMI cable (all sold separately) - this type of connection also requires Bluetooth pairing. The HDMI connector provides the audio/video playback, while the USB connection charges your iPhone device. The Bluetooth connection allows you to control basic playback functions from the head unit.
    • Android Connectivity: The head unit's HDMI port is MHL compatible; this means you can simply connect your MHL-compatible Android smartphone to the  receiver via a MHL-to-HDMI cable; such as JVC KS-U61 MHL/HDMI cable (105KSU61, sold separately). This type of connection also requires Bluetooth pairing and installation of the JVC Smartphone Control App from Google Play (radio also requires a firmware update). Compatible Android smartphones include Samsung Galaxy *S3/S4/Note II, Sony Xperia Z/Z1/ZR/ZL, and HTC One (all with OS 4.1+). *The Samsung Galaxy S3/4 and Note II requires an additional 3rd party MHL microUSB 5-pin to 11-pin adapter (sold separately). The HDMI connector provides audio/video playback and charging of your Android smartphone's battery, while the Bluetooth connection is needed for touchscreen control.
    Note: Access to your iPhone and Android smartphone 's downloaded applications will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone or Android smartphone to connect to the Internet. Not all Android and Apple iOS apps are guaranteed to be compatible.

    Waze App: The KW-V30BT also supports the Waze navigation app (from iTunes & GooglePlay) for Apple iPhone with Lightning connector and Android via HDMI/MHL through the head unit's Apps Mode. You'll be able to view and control the Waze app from the JVC head unit's touchscreen. However, if you are using an Android smartphone, the parking brake must be engaged for touchscreen control.

    App Link Mode (for iPhone 4/4S only): 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-V30BT, using the JVC KS-U59 cable (105KSU59, 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 4/8/2014).

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    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-V30BT 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-V30BT, 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-V30BT 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-V30BT is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 9/28/2014):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Specific Apps Display Type Bluetooth Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone Apps Mode Apps Link Pandora iHeart Album Art Song/Artist Text Track Info Phone Audio Siri
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y Y Y N N N N N Y Y Y Y N N Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y Y Y N N N N N Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y Y Y N N N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    4 7.1.2 Y Y Y Y N Y** Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    4S 8.0 Y Y Y Y N Y** Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5/5C/5S 8.0 Y Y* Y Y Y* N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    6/6+ 8.0 Y Y* Y Y Y* N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y Y Y N N N N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y Y Y N N N N N Y Y Y N Y N Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y Y Y N N N N N Y Y Y N Y N Y
    4th 6.1.3 Y Y Y Y N N N N Y Y Y N Y N Y
    5th 8.0 Y Y* Y Y Y* N N N Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    nano
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y N N N N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y Y Y N N N N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y Y Y N N N N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y Y Y N N N N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y N N N N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    7th 1.02 PC Y N Y N N N N N Y Y Y N Y N Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y Y Y N N N N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y Y Y N N N N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y Y Y N N N N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y Y Y N N N Y Y Y Y Y N Y N N
    2 8.0 Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y N
    3 8.0 Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y