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by Zak Billmeier
JVC

Why replace your factory radio?

Two good reasons - sound quality and cool features. A new car stereo offers power that's superior to most factory radios, along with more sophisticated tone controls. And most car stereos offer built-in or optional features that add safety and fun to life in your car, including inputs for your iPod or MP3 player, Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free cell phone calls, satellite radio or HD Radio reception, and connections for building an audio system in your car.

JVC's KW-XR810 CD receiver strikes a fine balance between form and function. Its striking looks will make a statement in your dash, but more importantly, you'll enjoy superior sound quality from all your music sources. Adjustable display lighting allows you to select different colors for the display and the controls to match your interior.

Talk hands-free
JVC includes a Bluetooth adapter, so you can talk hands-free with a compatible phone. Mount the included microphone on your visor, and your callers will hear you loud and clear as you conduct your conversation over your speakers. And if your device supports Bluetooth, you can even stream music straight to the stereo.

Note: Bluetooth compatibility of this device may vary, depending on your phone and service provider.

It's all about the music
Plug your iPod® or iPhone® into the USB input, and you can browse your music library using the KW-XR810's controls. You can also activate the iPod's controls if you like, so your passengers can use the player to pick the tunes. The KW-XR810 can play all your CDs, including recordable discs. You can burn your MP3 and WMA files to a disc or load them on a USB thumb drive — the choice is yours. And a 24-bit digital-to-analog converter, made by industry leader Burr-Brown, brings out the best in all your driving music.

Note: If you're going to use your iPod with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility with this receiver or its optional iPod adapter.

Build a system
Three sets of preamp outputs let you add amps and subs to your system, including a dedicated subwoofer output that enables you to dial in the right amount of bass quickly and easily. You can also add a satellite radio tuner, while the handy front auxiliary input lets you hook up a Dock & Play satellite radio or another portable.

Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?
In most vehicles, you can use this adapter to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this JVC stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and the JVC, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls.

HD Radio-ready: This receiver is HD Radio-ready, but JVC does not currently offer the outboard tuner module that's required to get reception.

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Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with built-in MOSFET amplifier (20 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • adjustable illumination (you can select different colors for the display and controls)
    • fits double-DIN (4"-tall) dash openings
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs, including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA files
    • built-in Bluetooth
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • built-in iPod and iPhone controls
    • iEQ 3-band equalizer
    • 24-bit Burr-Brown digital-to-analog converter
    • subwoofer level control
    Expandability:
    • compatible with JVC satellite radio
    • inputs: front- and rear-panel USB input, front-panel auxiliary input
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (2.5-volt front, rear, sub)
    Other info:

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    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant
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    Yes
    RMS Power Output
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    20 watts
    Peak Output
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    50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth
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    20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs
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    6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs
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    Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs
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    No
    Preamp Voltage
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    2.5 volts
    Display Color
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    VarioColor
    Key Button Color
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    VarioColor
    EQ Bands
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    3
    Wireless Remote
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    Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible
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    Yes
    Parts Warranty
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    1 Year
    Labor Warranty
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    1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input
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    Front and Optional Rear
    USB Input
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    Front and Rear
    Memory Card Slot
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    USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible
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    Satellite Radio Ready
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    Sirius
    HD Radio
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    Optional tuner not available
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    iPod Compatibility
    Full size
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    Classic/5Gen
    Nano
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    Nano6/Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/
    Touch
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    Touch4/Touch3/Touch2/Touch1
    Mini
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    iPhone
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    Phone/Phone3G/Phone3GS/Phone4
    Tuner
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    9.3 dBf
    European Tuning
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    Yes
    Seek/Scan
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    Radio Data System
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    • Double-Din AM/FM/CD receiver with 15-amp ATC fuse inserted into chassis
    • Sleeve (attached with 4 screws)
    • Trim ring (attached)
    • Wiring harness
    • Wireless remote control (RM-RK50)
    • CR2025 Lithium battery (installed)
    • KS-UBT1 Bluetooth/USB adapter
    • Microphone (with attached 9.75' cable terminated by a right-angle male 3.5mm connector)
    • Visor-clip
    • Self-adhesive bracket
    • 4" Minijack cable (extension for steering wheel remote input)
    • 6 Pan-head screws
    • 6 Counter-sunk screws
    • Instructions (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • Installation/Connection Manual (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • USB/Bluetooth Adapter Instructions (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • US Warranty Sheet
    • Canadian Warranty Card
    • Product Registration Card/Questionnaire
    • "Caution!" note (attached to wiring harness)

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

    Display Features

    2-DIN Chassis: The JVC KW-XR810 has a 2-DIN chassis (also known as Double DIN or size DD), and will fit in many vehicles with a large dash opening. The unit can be ISO-mounted using factory brackets, or Euro-mounted using the supplied mounting sleeve.

    Note: As always, please consult the Crutchfield Car Selector to verify fit with your vehicle.

    Variable Color LCD and Key Illumination: The JVC KW-XR810 features 29 color presets for the LCD display and button illumination. Additionally, there is a user preset, allowing you to individually adjust the intensity of Red, Green, and Blue from 0 to 31; resulting in approximately 30,000 custom color options. The chosen color can be applied to the display panel and the backlighting for all the buttons, except the Eject and Display buttons (they remain red). You can choose to use the same color for the LCD display and button illumination or use a separate color for each one. You can also select a different color for daytime and nighttime in regards to the unit's LCD display and button illumination, as well as adjust the display's contrast manually (1-8) to make display indications clear and legible.

    Display/Button Illumination Dimmer: The display/button illumination dimmer can be set to Off (normal brightness at all times), On (display/button illumination is always dimmed), or Auto (display dims when 12 volts is applied to the illumination lead).

    Clock Display: The head unit features a 12/24-hour clock. When you press the Display button during power off, the unit will turn on, display the clock for 5 seconds, then shut off. This can be done with the ignition on or off.

    Audio Section

    TI/Burr-Brown 24 Bit D/A Converter: The JVC KW-XR810 utilizes a TI/Burr-Brown 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior CD sound quality.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The KW-XR810 is equipped with a MOSFET amplifier. Compared to conventional power supplies, the MOSFET amplification circuit is smaller and more efficient, and it delivers increased power with less distortion and absolutely zero on/off switching noise. More power means louder and cleaner music at higher volumes because you're not pushing the limits of the amplification circuit.

    CEA2006 Compliant: The power specifications for the KW-XR810 are compliant with the CEA2006 Mobile Amplifier Power Testing and Measurement standards from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). These standards were developed as a way to equitably compare power specs from model to model and between manufacturers. The power output specs for the KW-XR810 are as follows:

    • CEA2006 Specs: 20 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, 1% THD-N)
    • Maximum Power Output: 50 watts x 4 channels (200 total watts)

    Pro EQ: The KW-XR810 is equipped with JVC's Pro EQ. The integrated equalizer offers 6 preset sound modes (Flat, Natural, Dynamic, Vocal, Bass, 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 JVC Pro EQ
    Frequency Level Q
    Bass 50, 100, 200 Hz +/- 12 dB (-6 to +6) 0.7, 1.0, 1.4, 2.0
    Midrange 0.5, 1.0, 2.0 kHz +/- 12 dB (-6 to +6) 0.7, 1.0, 1.4, 2.0
    Treble 5, 10, 15 kHz +/- 12 dB (-6 to +6) 0.7, 1.0, 1.4, 2.0

    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 feature to 1, 2, 3, or off.

    Amplifier Gain Control: When you are using the KW-XR810 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.

    Source Volume: The input level of each source (other than FM) is adjustable relative to the FM radio volume, so there isn't a significant volume difference when changing sources. Each source is individually adjustable from -5 to +5.

    3 Pairs of 2.5V Preamp Outputs: The KW-XR810 is equipped with three pairs of 2.5V preamp outputs (Front, Rear, Subwoofer). The front and rear preamp outputs allow fader control, while the subwoofer preamp output is non-fading.

    Subwoofer Control: The unit's subwoofer preamp output features a variable low-pass crossover (55Hz, 85Hz, 120Hz, or Through), Phase adjustment (Normal/Reverse), and level control (0 to 8).

    High Pass Filter: You can select the unit's high pass filter cut-off frequency (62Hz, 95Hz, 135Hz, or Through) for the front and rear speakers so it matches the subwoofer's low-pass filter setting.

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

    Radio Functions

    AM/FM Tuner: The JVC KW-XR810 features a built-in AM/FM tuner with manual, seek, and preset tuning.

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

    Title Assignment: You can also assign names (up to eight characters) for 30 AM/FM station frequencies.

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

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

    HD Radio Ready: The KW-XR810 is HD Radio ready, and requires a compatible JVC HD Radio Tuner, such as the KT-HD300.

    Note: The KT-HD300 is a discontinued item and is no longer available.

    Satellite Radio Ready: There are several options for connecting an optional XM or SIRIUS Satellite Radio receiver to this receiver:

    • XM Satellite Radio: To receive XM Satellite Radio connect the optional CNP2000UCA XM Direct2 tuner and the JVC CNP-JVC1 adapter cable (package item number 700XMJVC2, sold separately).
    • SIRIUS: The JVC KW-XR810 is compatible with the SiriusConnect Universal Tuner and Plug & Play Dock.
      • SiriusConnect Tuner: Connect the optional SC-C1 SiriusConnect vehicle tuner (item number 607SCC1) and the JVC KS-SRA100 SIRIUS adapter (item number 105KSRA100) - package # 700SIRJVC1, sold separately.
      • SiriusConnect Dock: Select dock-and-play and portable SIRIUS radios can be controlled using the JVC KS-SRA100 SIRIUS adapter (item number 105KSRA100, sold separately) and the SC-VDOC1 dock (item number 607SCVDOC1, sold separately).
    • Portable: A portable satellite radio receiver can be connected to the head unit via the front panel auxiliary input or a JVC auxiliary input adapter, such as the KS-U57 or KS-U58 (sold separately).
    Note: A subscription is also required to receive satellite radio programming from SIRIUS or XM.

    Disc Playback

    MP3/WMA Playback: The KW-XR810 can play MP3 (5-320 kbps)/WMA files (5-320 kbps) that have been recorded on CD-R and CD-RW discs. The disc must be recorded in one of the following formats: ISO 9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, Romeo or Windows long file. Each disc can have a total of 20,000 files and 2,000 folders (999 files per folder). The unit also supports IDTag3 (version 1.0, 1.1, 2.2, 2.3 or 2.4) for album and artist information from MP3 or WMA files.

    Fast Search: If your MP3/WMA disc contains a lot of tracks, you can fast search (+/- 10, 100, 1000) through the disc by simply turning the head unit's rotary dial to find the right song.

    A to Z Search: You can search MP3/WMA tracks alphabetically in a desired folder on a disc.

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

    Disc Protection: If the ejected disc is not removed within 15 seconds, the disc is automatically inserted again into the loading slot to protect it from dust; playback starts automatically.

    Off Eject: The KW-XR810 allows you to eject your disc with the head unit turned off.

    Note: The unit will not allow you to load a CD while it is powered off.

    Mounting: For proper disc playback you must install the unit within 30-degrees of horizontal.

    USB/iPod/Aux Connection

    Dual USB Ports: The JVC KW-XR810 features a front-panel and rear-panel USB 2.0 type-A port for connection of a USB mass-storage class device (these two USB terminals can be used at the same time). The front-panel USB port is behind a sliding cover while the rear USB port is attached to the chassis by a 46" pigtail. The USB port enables audio playback and control of MP3 (32-320 kbps)/WMA (5-320 kbps) audio files stored on a portable USB mass-storage class device (FAT 12/16/32). The KW-XR810 can recognize a total of 20,000 files and 2,000 folders (999 files per folder). The unit also supports IDTag3 (version 1.0, 1.1, 2.2, 2.3 or 2.4) for album and artist information from MP3/WMA files. The KW-XR810 provides Fast Search (+/- 10, 100, 1000) and Alphabetical Search (A-Z) to help you find your MP3/WMA files stored on your USB device.

    Note: This unit cannot recognize a USB mass storage class device whose rating is other than 5V and exceeds 500 mA. You cannot connect a USB device via a USB hub or Multi-Card Reader to this unit.

    iPod Direct: The JVC KW-XR810's front-panel USB port also acts as an iPod high-speed direct connection when used with the USB/iPod cable that came with your iPod. An additional iPod cable is available (469USBPOD, sold separately) so you can leave one at home and one in the car. Menu options allow iPod control from the head unit or from the iPod itself. From the head unit's front-panel controls you can search your iPod/iPhone's music by Category (Playlist/Artist/Album/Song/Genre/Composer/Audiobook). If the selected category contains a high number of tracks, you can fast search (+/-10, 100, 1000) through the music tracks in that particular category by simply turning the head unit's control dial. The KW-XR810 also supports Repeat and Random playback functions of your iPod/iPhone. Regardless of control mode, the KW-XR810 will display your iPod/iPhone's music file text. The iPod/iPhone will also charge whenever it is connected with the head unit turned on. The JVC KW-XR810 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of May 2010):

    iPod/iPhone Model Generation Media Type  Control Type Display Type Charge
    Audio Video Headunit iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Text Track Info
    dock connector 3rd N N N N N N N
    clickwheel
    color
    4th N N N N N N N
    mini 1st N N N N N N N
    2nd N N N N N N N
     video 5th Y N Y N Y Y Y
     classic 80GB Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    120GB Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    160GB Y N Y Y Y Y Y
     nano 1st Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2nd Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3rd Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4th Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    5th Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    6th Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    2nd Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3rd Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4th Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    iPhone 2G Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3G Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y

    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to revert to the older software version or wait until an newer software update is available.

    Front Panel Auxiliary Input: A front panel stereo minijack is provided to allow the connection of a portable audio source. Just connect your portable digital music player to this unit, and you can listen to the audio from the portable player through the speakers in your mobile audio system.

    Optional Rear Auxiliary Input: An optional KS-U57 or KS-U58 adapter (105KSU57 or 257KSU58, both sold separately) can be connected to the J-port on the rear panel; giving you an additional auxiliary input. When either of these adapters is used, you cannot connect another external device to this port.

    Bluetooth/Remote Control

    USB Bluetooth Adapter: The JVC KW-XR810 comes supplied with a USB Bluetooth Adapter (KS-UBT1) which can plug into either the head unit's front or rear-panel USB input, making the KW-XR810 Bluetooth 2.0 certified. Once the Bluetooth adapter is inserted, this unit will support the following Bluetooth Profiles: HFP (Hands-Free Profile) 1.5, OPP (Object Push Profile) 1.1, PBAP (Phone Book Access Profile) 1.0, A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile) 1.2, and AVRCP (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile). Bluetooth technology allows you to utilize your vehicle's built-in audio system for wireless mobile phone communication or wireless music streaming.

    • Bluetooth Communication: The supplied Bluetooth adapter allows you receive and make calls from your Bluetooth enabled cell-phone using the KW-XR810's controls. You can make a call by entering the phone number, using your downloaded Phonebook (up to 400 numbers), with voice recognition, or by dialing from a call history list (Dialed/Received/Missed). When a call comes in, a ring-tone will be heard through your vehicle's speaker, the head unit's display will flash, and the caller's name or phone number will be displayed. The KW-XR810 can be set to automatically answer your incoming calls and mute any music audio to your vehicle's speakers so you can instantly carry on a phone conversation hands-free. An external wired microphone is supplied to carry on your side of the conversation while your car's speakers are used to hear the other person. You can adjust the volume level of the microphone if needed. You can also switch from the head unit back to your mobile phone for a more private conversation. In addition, you can switch between two paired mobile phones at any time, if you have more than one phone in the car. The head unit can also inform you of the arrival of a text message on your mobile phone with an audible and visual alert. However, you cannot read, edit, or send a text message through this unit.
    • Bluetooth Audio: The Bluetooth adapter also allows audio playback and control of a Bluetooth audio player through the KW-XR810. The KW-XR810 will be able to control basic playback features such as Play, Pause, Track Selection, Folder Selection, Fast Forward, Reverse, Skip Next, Skip Previous, Repeat and Random.

    Note: You can register up to 5 Bluetooth devices to this unit, however, only one unit of each type can be connected at a time. Not all Bluetooth enabled devices will be compatible with this unit.

    Wireless Remote Control: The KW-XR810 comes supplied with a wireless remote control (RM-RK50). The remote has Power, Attenuator, Sound, Source, Tracking, and Volume functions. The remote operates off of a single CR2025 3V Lithium-cell battery (included).

    Steering Wheel Remote Ready: The unit also features an OEM steering wheel remote control input on the rear of the unit to allow you to keep your vehicle's radio steering wheel remote controls when used with the optional PAC SWI-JACK Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (127SWIJACK, sold separately); or the optional Metra ASWC Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (120ASWC, sold separately).

    Note: Please consult the Crutchfield Car Selector to see if your vehicle is compatible.

     
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    3 out of 5

    Great Unit

    Written By Yaki, Boston, MA on Monday, January 20, 2014
     
    Bought this unit from Crutchfield in 2010 and still have it installed in my Chevy Trailblazer. It lasted close to 4 years but it has not been without issues. The bluetooth call audio quality has been poor from day 1 and the unit freezes and multiple presses buttons frequently.

    Everytime i press a button on the unit, i hold my breath because i could press say 'next track' once and the unit will end up skipping tracks continuously and i have to either power down the unit to stop or keep tapping a button on the unit to get it to stop.

    I realize i have now had the unit for close to 4 years but the issue has been present since the 1st year i purchased it. The workaround is to use the remote but that too is not very responsive.

    Otherwise i am happy with the unit when it works as it is supposed to but those malfunctions could be pretty annoying.
    Pros:
    Bluetooth ready multiple usb ports different audio playback options customizable led great audio quality comes with a remote control
    Cons:
    not very durable poor bluetooth phone audio quality unresponsive remote control usb is not built into unit and is expensive to replace if broken
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    1 out of 5

    Very Disappointed

    Written By Tom, So Cal on Monday, March 12, 2012
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    Let me first begin by saying I opted for this radio for the following reasons: Double DIN size, XM Radio compatible, Bluetooth enabled. From day one I had problems with this unit, unfortunately. I read the reviews and saw several Youtube videos which encouraged me to buy this radio. Some of the negative remarks had to do with what I thought were petty issues, such as the shiny black plastic reflects light making it hard to read, etc.. Well surprisingly enough, they were right. In fact, I can't even read the display with sunglasses on. I have to tilt my head down or take off my polarized sunglasses because the screen just looks black with them on. Annoying? Yes! That was a minor issue however compared to the other problems I had. In the end, I just returned it to Crutchfield and bought a different radio altogether. As usual Crutchfield support is nothing short of amazing and they credited me my money back which I applied to my new radio purchase (Pioneer AVH-p3400bh).
    Pros:
    Great price
    Cons:
    1) Radio would freeze periodically with no sound coming through the speakers. Solution: turn off ignition and restart 2) Bluetooth voice recognition NEVER worked correctly. So annoying. 3) XM (my favorite feature) worked for the first 30 days, then suddenly stopped working 4) Bluetooth would drop phone pairing. Solution: Delete and pair phone again. There were a few other issues....but it's not worth writing a novel over it. Mine could have just been a defective unit, others seem happy.
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    5 out of 5

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    Written By Jim, Loveland, Ohio on Saturday, January 21, 2012
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    Very happy with radio. Looks like it came from factory - only better
    Pros:
    Love it.
    Cons:
    My only point, I wish the illumination dimmed with dash lights.
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KW-XR810

    Written By Daveinpt, Port Townsend, WA on Tuesday, January 17, 2012
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    A great unit. Exceeds by far the Bose it replaced. Being able to control the color of the display makes it totally "fit in" with the car's other dash lights.
    Pros:
    See above
    Cons:
    Lots to learn to get the most out of the unit. Not totally intuitive.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Product

    Written By John B., Miami Lakes, FL on Thursday, November 17, 2011
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    Got this unit to replace a 4 year old Clarion unit which only handled 255 mp3 files. This one does over 20000 and lets you find what you want relativey easy either on a thumb drive or off of your Ipod. Sounds much better than my old Clarion as well. Great value too. The Bluetooth integration works great with my iphone. Installed in my 2004 Toyota 4Runner
    Pros:
    Ease of browsing 1000's of MP3 files Bluetooth connectivity Sound quality
    Cons:
    Bluetooth wasnt built in so the included dongle uses up one of your two usb ports. External microphone made placement tricky (had to avoid routing near air bags)
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    4 out of 5

    Great Product

    Written By Phil, Virginia Beach, VA on Thursday, November 03, 2011
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    A great sounding aftermarket stereo that exceeded my expectations. Fit beautifully on my 2011 Nissan Frontier (Crewcab, standard speakers). Didn't have to replace factory speakers. HU has plenty of power and the stock speakers manages very well in all aspects (bass included). Love the options to change colors (not too cheesy). I did my research before making a decision and was set on the Pioneer 800BT. The sales rep was very helpful in listening to my requirements and steered me on this model instead. No regrets! Only gripe is how the instructions weren't very clear on programming or setting up your favorite stations. You have 18 preset options but only 6 have the buttons. The rest requires you to go thru extra steps to find the stations.
    Pros:
    Great sound, bluetooth options, color options, looks.
    Cons:
    Instructions were confusing.
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    4 out of 5

    Very good deal

    Written By HH, PA on Friday, October 21, 2011
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    This deck sounds great and looks very good. Operation is simple, features are rich and the buttons are marked well and do what you'd expect.

    Here's what could be better:

     Button feel: tactile response is not as good as I'd hoped for

     Display polarization: The display is difficult to read with polarized sunglasses.

     Speakerphone: noise cancellation good, but not good enough for high volume levels

     iPod integration detail: I'd like an easy way to change star ratings of tracks currently playing with the deck in control. Apart from this detail, iPod integration is excellent.

    I particularly like the customizable illumination. I was able to closely match the other lamps in the dash, so it blends in well.

    Overall a great deck that would be perfect with the changes listed above.
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    5 out of 5

    2003 Nissan frontier

    Written By David, Tempe, AZ on Wednesday, October 19, 2011
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    Great stereo. I kept my stock speakers and my MP3s still sounded a hundred times better. The PRO EQ has a ton of options that you can adjust, but once you get it set where you like it, you might want to write down the settings cause it's easy to erase them if you hold down the EQ button too long and then hit the wrong thing. Microphone for the hands-free bluetooth picks up a lot of background noise(my truck is far from silent), but there are settings to compensate and it works well enough. One thing I wish was different was that the clock does not display when the unit is off. You can push a button and see the time for a few seconds without turning on the unit, but I'm used to a clock on my dash all the time. Oh yeah, THE BLACK VANITY RING DID NOT FIT IN MY TRUCK. Got down to the last two screws of putting the dashboard back together and they wouldn't go unless I took the ring off. Without the ring, there is a thin opening beteen the dash and the face of the unit where you can see metal on the top of the unit. I was able to finally tweak the factory bracketts enough to get the vanity ring in, but if ou have a Nissan, be prepared to do some creative adjustments. Eveything else was pretty easy, the instuctions provided weren't as straight forward and simplified as I expected, but they still got me through the install.
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    5 out of 5

    Simple yet great

    Written By PJ, Pittsburgh, PA on Tuesday, October 11, 2011
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    Was looking for something to update my stock Rav-4 2005 radio with ipod control. After a month of deliberating on fancy touchscreens (that i'd have to stare at instead of watching the road) tried this. Easy to install with Crutchfield parts, sounds good with stock speakers, BlueTooth. Bigger pros, though:

    Simple rotating wheel (NOT directional clicks - I always misclick on those standing still, let alone moving!) Get to a menu, smooth rotating dial to select your item.

    Easily select playlists, artists, etc. on an iPod. (Havent tried mp3cd, and from what I read this isn't as great - titles don't show right or something, but YMMV) Both "scroll by number" or from a menu (Artists) use buttons to tap down letter-by-letter.

    Customizable colors let you change color to match car dash. Warning here though - the screenshots mostly show lighted text on dark background. They can't show how it (nicely) scrolls long MP3 tags. Problem is, if you have the dark background (customizable, but a dark BG with light text) the scrolling MP3 tag text blurs and is practically unreadable. With dark text on light background (inverted color option), it is easy to read and very nice.

    I'd ding a half star for that if I could, but since you can change it I round up - just be warned if you're planning a color scheme with the dark background!. Crutchfield parts worked great for a beginner.

    My youtube was less review and more how-to, but hope it helps someone. At least you see it in action a bit!
    19 out of 19 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KW-XR810

    Written By RobertH, Honolulu, HI on Tuesday, October 11, 2011
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    i havent ordered from crutchfield since the catalog days. everything from their website to service is excellent. heck, the whole ordering process was perfect. i got the radio in a few days and installed it the same day. it fits and sounds great. i wish they sold all electronics including iphones. i'd buy it from them in a heart beat.
    4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    JVC KW-XR810

    Written By Ken, Annapolis, MD on Thursday, September 29, 2011
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    I put this into my 2006 Subaru Forester and the installation could not have been easier. The factory mounting brackets screwed on to it, slipped right in and looks great. Even though it has a USB cable on the rear and a USB port on the front, I have yet to use them as the iPhone connects via bluetooth automatically once set up. The large volume knob is great, and the buttons are laid out well. The only negative is that the there seems to be some noise heard by the person I am talking to during phone calls. I don't know if that is due to my placement of the wiring or is inherent to the unit. I am enjoying the upgrade from the factory radio, and would recommend it.
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    1 out of 5

    Skips when playing Apple Lossless files.

    Written By WS, Berkeley, ca on Friday, September 16, 2011
     
    This unit will not play Apple Lossless files through the USB interface without skipping. I called JVC about the problem, and they tried to blame Apple (and claimed a future firmware update from Apple will fix it).

    The same ipod with the same files plays flawlessly on other car stereos with a USB interface. The problem IS NOT with the ipod or Apple's software, as other stereos play the same files from the same ipod through a USB interface with no skipping.

    Based on JVCs response (passing the blame to Apple) there will likely never be a fix for this problem.

    I will be returning this unit to Crutchfield (who has been cooperative in trying to help with this problem).
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    4 out of 5

    Great Car Stereo Receiver

    Written By Russell, California on Friday, September 09, 2011
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    I installed this unit in my 2000 Toyota Tacoma after thoroughly researching many different receivers and I am very satisfied with selecting this JVC KW-XR810 receiver.

    My experience with this unit has been quite good and I have been impressed by the sound quality of this receiver. I like the custom color options and I am definitely a fan of the large rotary selector. The browsing interface for accessing and playing my music off of my external hard drive is very intuitive and natural. The organization of the menu options is also intuitive and sensible.

    Although the bluetooth functionality is solid, there appear to be some glitches with my phone (HTC Aria) and the JVC bluetooth pairing. It doesn't happen that often, but sometimes my phone will suddenly disconnect during a call and after a few moments the phone will shut itself down. However, this may have more to do with my phone than the receiver; I haven't really tested this with other phones.

    The time it takes the receiver to read and recognize my external 60GB SSD is acceptable for my preferences. I have a little more than 40GB of 320 kbps MP3 files on the drive (out of ~55GB of formatted space) and it takes ~15 seconds to recognize and begin playing music, which is not terrible for a car stereo receiver reading a 60GB USB storage device.

    In the end, this unit is well worth the price and I am very satisfied with this receiver. I would certainly recommend it.
    3 out of 5 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Great Replacement

    Written By Joe, Anacoco, LA on Wednesday, September 07, 2011
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    Excellent replacement for the factory radio. Fits perfect and looks great. Very impressed wth the color and sound options. Would recomend to friends and future customers.
    2 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    3 out of 5

    Ugly but functional

    Written By Dr. Dom, Utah on Wednesday, September 07, 2011
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    Functionally, this stereo is just fine. Sound quality seems good. However, it's really pretty ugly and tacky-looking . It juts out from the surrounding fascia, especially at the bottom. Looks and feels cheap. The keys are loose and wobbly and the shiny surface immediately picks up fingerprints.

    The ability to change the display and button lighting is nice, but annoyingly, the 'eject' and 'display' buttons are always red, no matter what you do.

    Having front and rear USB sockets is great, but as other reviewers have noted, you end up losing one of them because (if you want bluetooth) you have to plug in the tiny bluetooth adapter. Why on earth couldn't JVC just build bluetooth into the unit?

    Bluetooth works well enough. The audio quality with streaming music is surprisingly good. Hands-free phone sound quality is adequate, but I don't have any other systems to compare to -- maybe this is as good as it gets. I have had some issues with the receiver saying it has lost the connection to my phone (Samsung Captivate) while the phone still thinks it's connected to the receiver. Phonebook integration works sometimes but not reliably. Overall it's hard to know whether the bluetooth issues are a fault of the phone or the receiver.
    2 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    First time installation = a breeze

    Written By iBlank12, Shreveport, LA on Monday, September 05, 2011
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    This is my first time ever getting an aftermarket radio and installing it in a '04 Pontiac Vibe, but i had no problems whatsoever, it looks great and functions great, no problems I have encountered so far. Shipping was supposed to be about 7 days and it got here in 3 so certainly no complaints there. I'm still working on the bluetooth function, but I think its just mic trouble (aka placement).

    If you've never done this and your worried about what to do, don't. Crutchfield's tech support line is amazing and they will walk you through step by step if your a novice just like me.

    Overall, perfect.
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    5 out of 5

    Excellent choice!

    Written By MidloRichard, Midlothian, TX on Sunday, September 04, 2011
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    Great unit. I installed this in my mother's 2006 Camry and it works good and looks good. Intructions provided by Crutchfield were spot on. Installation was a breeze. I love the color combinations of the lighting. It is a SUPER EASY unit to operate. I highly recommend. Good EQ operation and sounds great with the existing JBL system in the car.

    Thank you Crutchfield for great customer and technical support.
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    5 out of 5

    Very Very Nice Deck

    Written By Badbob19919, Seattle wa on Saturday, September 03, 2011
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    Looks great,works great. needed rear Ipod connection and adjustable color display. Sound is awesome,I replaced a Bose headunit. Only drawback is I occassionally hit the control know with my fist while shifting which puts things on pause. I'm hoping to get used to it being there so I dont have to return it for a single din. Also, bluetooth is useless with top down
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KW-XR810

    Written By Keena, Selmer, Tn on Wednesday, August 31, 2011
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    Very satisfied. All the options and easy to use. So many great features it's hard to decide how I want to listen to my music. I have owned all the name brands but will probably be a JVC owner from now on.
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    5 out of 5

    I Don't Normally Write Reviews

    Written By Steve, Tacoma, WA on Wednesday, August 24, 2011
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    I can't remember the last time I wrote a review. I wanted a double din unit to replace my factory radio and integrate my IPhone 4. This unit is perfect! - The iTunes interface, (I use the rear USB port) is fast and flawless. The only thing I would change would be an addition of alphabetical searches. - The Bluetooth interface is also awesome fully functional with making calls, receiving, address book, etc. - I also found the menus and changing options easy too. - Finally the sound is great.I replaced my factory speakers with component prior to this purchase. The speaker change with the stock head was a 100% improvement. This unit even made that better!
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    5 out of 5

    Amazing Unit

    Written By Lionel, Caguas, Puerto Rico on Wednesday, August 24, 2011
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    Everything about this unit is phenomenal. Ipod integration is seamless. A2DP work ridiculously well and the sound quality is top notch. The fact that you can customize the color screen to ANY color is great to match it exactly with your vehicle's console. Stylish and it goes so well with my car (some people have expressed that it looks like the radio came with the vehicle). For the price i don't think you can find a better value. Thanks Duke from crutchfield for the recommendation.
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    4 out of 5

    Great Upgrade

    Written By James, FL on Tuesday, August 23, 2011
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    Just installed this radio this past weekend along with new door speakers (Polk Audio db651s) and I'm really liking it. The color match option is great and it looks completely stock at night. Head-unit puts out good power and now the whole system just sounds really balanced and accurate.

    I ended up running the microphone wire behind the a-pillar and clipped the microphone itself to the visor. I ran the rear USB cable to the glove box, and now have a small portal hard drive there loaded with all my music (awesome). Head-unit reads music off the HD very fast also. Overall the stereo looks really clean, sounds great, and I couldn't be happier with.

    Few Issues: Not sure if its the head-unit or Androids spotty Bluetooth, but I've had trouble using my HTC Aria running Android version 2.2.2. Bluetooth connects fine, but I've had issues with my phone freezing up while connected. Kind of a pain, but not a deal breaker. Might be an issue that can be resolved with a firmware update...not sure.

    On my car (2006 Toyota Matrix), there will be gaps on the left and right as this unit is not as wide as the factory head-unit. Crutchfield sends a Metra kit to correct this appearance wise. This kit is not an exact fit. I had to dremel, cut, and bend it into place. It works after some heavy modification, but just be careful not to break it!

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    5 out of 5

    Great Radio!

    Written By Keith, New Orleans on Saturday, August 20, 2011
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    The JVC radio has streaming blue tooth which enables me to play music wirelessly from my iPhone. I can also take calls over the radio. The process to sync up the radio with the iPhone was as easy as it is to sync up a blue tooth ear piece. The radio has plenty of power for my system. The menu system is easy to understand and is logically laid out.
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    4 out of 5

    Great OEM replacement

    Written By Phil C, Arlington, TX on Friday, August 19, 2011
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    This unit replaced our OEM stereo on our 2008 Toyota Hylander. It was a very easy installation given all the support and equipment provided. The JVC unit offers good audio quality using the factory speakers. I have had JVC receivers in the past and was impressed with their quality. So I have great expectations for this unit. I found that while the automatic FM channel search / record works. However, it literally picks the stations based on signal strength. In the DFW area, we have dozens of stations so depending on your location it records stuff you may not desire. Also, I found it not very user-friendly when trying to record stations after the first 6 presets...the manual was not helpful. Eventually, we figured it out. Stations 1-6 are easily accessed via the 6 preset buttons. Otherwise, getting to stations 7-18 requires more keystrokes...kind'a wished it had an FM1, FM2, FM3 toggle for the 6 preset buttons. The Bluetooth functionality works well with our phones. We have yet to try it out the iPod functionality. The kids like the color-changing (demo) faceplate.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Radio

    Written By Jerry, Laurel, MD on Monday, August 08, 2011
     
    Easy to use. Great sound. Easy install.
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    4 out of 5

    First Time Install, 2007 Tacoma, Droid2

    Written By KLH, Bakersfield, CA on Monday, August 08, 2011
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    I have a 2007 Tacoma with the stock stereo and just had to replace it. I wanted a double din stereo that would stream bluetooth. I have over 100 albums plus Pandora on my phone (Droid2). I decided on this model because of the bluetooth options, good ratings, and the display looked like it could handle more info than cheaper models.

    I decided to do the install myself. Keep in mind I havent installed a car stereo in 30 years. Because all the parts came from crutchfield, it was a snap. Wiring was easy with the supplied wiring harness. The double din mounting bezel looked factory.

    Stereo works great. I can play songs directly from my phone using PowerAMP or Pandora. If you set up the PowerAMP app to use headphone controls, you can even get the head unit buttons to control to play, pause, skip forward or back. So far, you cant get the song titles to display on the JVC screen, but you can with the stock Android music app. Phonecalls over bluetooth work fine with my Droid2 although I did have trouble with the supplied microphone. I installed the microphone through the visor and behind the plastic panel to the left of the windshield. I had a lot of static that went away as soon as I relieved some stress & pinching on the microphone cable. Works OK now but could still be better.

    Overall a huge upgrade that works & looks great. Crutchfield made it very easy. I even got a hand written thank you note for giving them my business. Where does that happen anymore?
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    5 out of 5

    Fantastic for Old Subie

    Written By Bill, Shreveport, LA on Tuesday, July 26, 2011
     
    I put this stereo in my '94 Subaru Legacy and I love it. No extras are needed. Take out the two screws below the ash tray (yeah it still has an ash tray). Pull off the plate, unscrew four screws, swap wire harness and reverse. IT was that simple and sounds incredible. And with Bluetooth I can listen to my Pandora on the radio without some special kit. Planning on buying another one for my Toyota Tundra.
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    5 out of 5

    Great 02 VW Jetta upgrade

    Written By Go-Bucks!, TN on Thursday, June 30, 2011
     
    This was a great and simple factory replacement in my 02 Jetta Wagon. I had the monsoon premium VI "without" factory amp ( yes, they do exist). This unit fits perfectly with no dash kit required, contrary to Crutchfield's vehicle guide. You don't need the $100+ wiring harness either so long as you can do without Dimmer and Speed Volume function. This unit sharpens up my factory speakers considerably with it's pretty in depth eq customization options. I was able to make an exact factory match of display colors, a plus for me as I love VW's interior lighting! Bluetooth audio sounds like strong FM but not quite CD quality....but still very listenable! Phone call quality was initially spotty. I updated firmware and adjusted the mic volume settings and now it sounds consistently good. I think leaving the mic setting on 3/max is counter intuitive as it actually pics up reverb and road noise causing poor phone quality. Leave the mic set at 1 or 2 at the most for best phone quality. Lots of expandability options for amps and subs. Overall I'm highly satisfied and would recommend this unit!
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    5 out of 5

    Fits Lincoln LS

    Written By Dan, Las Vegas, NV on Monday, June 06, 2011
     
    I love the large dial that is located on the left side close to the driver and the 30.000 colors to set up making it easy to match your factory dash. Audio is excellent using the 24 bit Burr Brown D/A converter. Built in bluetooth works great, I paired it with my phone and my wife's phone. Also we have been able to stream audio via bluetooth. Phone conversations: Very clear on the drivers end, but callers report an echo sound. JVC has a firmaware update addressing this issue. The unit has a true 3 band parametric EQ included as well as a preamp range setting resulting in volume control range of 0 to 50 for the high, or 0 to 30 for low. The LCD screen is difficult to read if you wear polarized sun glasses.
    6 out of 7 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Nice Factory Look

    Written By H3is3m2n, NJ on Wednesday, April 20, 2011
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    Great Radio
    I installed this in 2 vehicles - 04 Pathfinder and am 02 Mustang GT Vert.

    Pros:
    Great look
    Good sound
    Great features
    Many Audio Options
    Easy addition of options such as Bluetooth and Ipod

    Cons:
    Mic
    Buttons feel cheap
    Control knob loose on both units

    All in all, I am glad I purchased these units for my vehicles. Crutchfield's additonal install items were awesome. I would purchase these again.
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    3 out of 5

    Decent radio with a few qwerks

    Written By Steve O., Sterling Heights, MI on Wednesday, April 06, 2011
     
    I purchased this radio about 6 months ago, and have found it to have a few flaws. My first complaint is the clock. It does not keep the correct time, as it always runs slower, and slower. I think I am on time for something, when really i am late. Another problem I noticed is the USB and Ipod ports tend to freeze up. If i leave my usb stick in there overnight, the next morning plays havoc with trying to play it. It fusses and i finally just take it out, turn the unit off, and then turn it back on and insert my stick. Same goes for the ipod port. It doesnt seem like much at first, but gets annoying after a while- Not to mention this isnt a low price unit!
    I suppose for the price, you do get a lot. There are many features and a lot of little surprises that make the unit stand out when compared to others. The colors are great, i can change them to whatever i please(or loop them to show all the colors!) Bluetooth hands free needs some testing, as it doesnt work as good as you would like it to. The person you are calling hears the constant echo. Maybe I just dont have it setup right, not sure.
    If you find it on sale, then buy it. Thats how i got it. If you are thinking about paying full price for this, maybe start looking at the in dash dvd screens.
    -Also the front face and buttons feel cheap. Not a high quality product. Maybe their tolerances were just a little off, as all the buttons are screwey. HA
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    4 out of 5

    JVC KW-XR810 Review

    Written By Jamie Girl, Friendswood, TX on Thursday, March 31, 2011
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    I recently put this radio in my 2008 Trailblazer and I love it. I love the color
    features, the IPOD playing capability and it even will play Pandora through my
    Iphone as well. I actually plugged my Bluetooth adapter into the back USB
    (which is a cable) and leave it my glove box. This leaves the front USB open. I
    mounted the microphone on the drivers side near the visor, it works for the
    most part....some static. Sometimes it does freeze when playing my Ipod and I
    have to "reset" it to start playing again. If you play Pandora from your Iphone
    using the USB port you can't change the volume or songs through the radio
    and must use your Iphone. Also with mine if I get a call or turn the car off when
    I start back up it starts playing my Ipod and not the Pandora...which can get
    annoying and sometimes causes it to freeze up. One other complaint is that
    with polarized glasses or in bright sun the display is hard to read, and I wish
    the clock was bigger. The radio puts out way more sound than my factory
    stereo did. I ordered new speakers as well to enhance the sound even more.
    The menu is very easy to navigate, the remote comes in very handy, and you
    can personalize to whichever colors you like. I will say the installation did
    cause problems but it was more with the bracket and the instructions from
    that, but once we called the Crutchfield Rep it was smooth sailing after that.
    I would recommend getting this unit pros definitely outweigh the small cons.
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    5 out of 5

    Everything I had hoped for

    Written By Scott, Pittsburgh on Tuesday, March 29, 2011
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    I almost didn't buy this receiver because the bluetooth uses one of the usb ports. (I assumed that the bluetooth adapter would be some large thing that I would have to put in the back port, forcing me to have my Ipod cable hanging out of the front one). However, I read somewhere that it was tiny, so I gave it a shot. Turns out the thing is so small that I can't even see it from some angles. So don't let this sway you from buying what is an awesome product. The sound is 1,000 times better with just the stock speakers in my 2010 Impreza. I thought that I was going to need to replace the speakers too, but this HU really made a difference. The stock head unit in the Impreza is terrible but the speakers are actually quite respectable. I have a Droid 2 and the bluetooth phone calls sound good on both ends and I can stream Pandora as well. This thing has loads of power for just a head unit. The colors match my Subaru dash perfectly. It looks like stock at night. The Ipod controls are nice too, you can jump by the alphabet just by pressing the up/down button, so if you have a lot of music, you don't have to keep spinning the knob. You won't regret buying this.
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    5 out of 5

    2002 Hyundai Santa Fe replacement radio

    Written By JimK, San Diego, CA on Thursday, March 17, 2011
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    The factory radio in this vehicle was very bad, the only bad part of the whole car. I should have replaced it much sooner. This radio is great, the reception is ideal. I purchased the add-on HD feature, and the sound is even more fantastic. I am well pleased with this purchase.
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    4 out of 5

    No clock

    Written By Simon, Plattsburgh, NY on Tuesday, March 15, 2011
     
    Works perfectly. Good price. Great with my Nexus One phone. The perfect unit except for the clock! No freaking clock when the unit is off! What a shame. Thanks to the research team for this tip. Better than nothing, but I am still mad about the clock. Here is the tip:

    The headunit features a 12/24-hour clock. When you press the Display button during power off, the unit will turn on, display the clock for 5 seconds, then shut off. This can be done with the ignition on or off.
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    3 out of 5

    Mostly Good

    Written By DickG, Atlanta on Tuesday, February 08, 2011
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    The Good:
    * Adjustable illumination to match dash lighting
    * Two USB inputs plus stereo jack on front
    * Looks similar to my stock radio
    * Nice to be able to control iPod through radio

    The Not So Good
    * Mounting not as easy as Crutchfield would have you believe
    * Antenna goes up whenever unit is on even if you're not listening to the radio
    * Would be nice if unit displayed clock when turned off
    * Display is small for the amount of information on it - difficult to read at a glance.
    * Awkward menus - have to do a lot of button pushing to change balance, fade or tone.
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    5 out of 5

    JVC Rocks my 2003 Mustang Convertable, Replaced Mach 460!

    Written By Mark, USA, Lexington KY on Saturday, January 29, 2011
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    I have to say when I first installed this HU I was not very happy, I had a ton of engine noise and could not figure out why. I had check all the grounds and everything looked good. Fast forward, I figured I would purchase a ground loop isolator and while I was at it I bought the JVC KT-HD300 radio tuner box add-on just to improve the sound of the radio. Turns out it was all My BAD! I didn't have it grounded well enough! Buying the HD tuner box forced me to move my ground and WOW was I surprised.. I didn't need the ground loop isolator at all and not only did I loose the engine noise but the stereo came alive! I mean this thing totally rocks! The sound is just amazingly strong and rich! I am one of those guys who like to have plenty of room to turn up the stereo, I hate being maxed out just to get the sound and feel I want and man O man with this JVC, well lets just say that I can't turn it up all the way, I would blow out my ears and with very little distortion, I mean I had never expected this from a HU in this price range. I am sooo satisfied now! Also props to the Crutchfield Guys! They know exactly what customer service is all about! Great company!

    Hey Mustang guys, make sure you ground everything very well. I grounded to one of the front screws that attaches the slide bar unit. All those stories about aftermarket HU not working very well, NOT TRUE! This JVC HU is 10X better than the OEM HU Mach 460 and I and using all the stock speakers and amps..
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    5 out of 5

    Strong Unit

    Written By TimeBandit, Tampa, FL on Friday, January 21, 2011
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    I always worry about swapping out the factory receiver (in an amp-less system that is). Usually the factory unit is more powerful especially if it's a decent one. No worries with this JVC unit, in fact, it drives all my factory speakers better in my 05 Frontier. The EQ is handy and readily changed on the fly, also allows for user defined. I listen to talk radio often so it's handy to set the EQ to vocal-only. Jamming out to pop & hip-hop delivers great bass and clear highs.

    I got the extra bluetooth option - mates great with my phone and clear hands-free calling plus it "sees" all my songs on my phone and plays them crystal clear - "look ma' no wires!". Front USB is great too, accessing songs quicker than your typical CD system, plus the unit remembers exactly where it left off (power off), so when you get back in the car it resumes playing (like a cd). Still waiting for the HD tuner accessory - backordered from factory as of this writing.

    Unit's color customization is great - I was able to perfectly match my instrument cluster's factory color. I set the unit to invert the LCD display with headlight go on for a toned-down look, etc... Also, an in-coming call or text message will temporarily change the unit's color to reflect that event. Pretty cool when you get use to what color is for what so while driving you know what's going on with a quick glance - great out-of-the-box thinking JVC for this safety feature!

    All-in-all, I'm very happy with this unit.
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    2 out of 5

    Negatives outway the positives

    Written By Corvette lookin for another DD head unit, Portland, OR on Friday, January 07, 2011
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    There is not enough space provided here to explain all that I find wrong with the JVC unit I installed in my car. This would make more sense if more space was available.

    Ipod interface: skips, enters random all it's own, freezes and frequently doesn't find the ipod.
    Menus: freeze and won't resond (need to turn unit off and on to reset)
    Amplification: weak
    Amber illumination is great unless in direct sunlight then it turns pink-purple.
    Many other issues and I will stick with Alpine, high end Pioneer and Kenwood products.
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KW-XR810

    Written By Gregg, Crystal Lake, IL on Monday, December 27, 2010
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    Awesome. Just put this unit in a 2006 Xterra for my daughter. Also replaced the standard speakers with 5.25 JVC speakers that were discounted with purchase of this unit. I have a Clarion CX609 unit in an Infiniti G35 with Bose speakers and there is no comparison. The JVC unit is not only easier to use, sounds better, it was easier to install. At first I thought the speakers would be too small given removal of 6X9 speakers in the front, but not at all. The adapters sent by Crutchfield worked perfect for the front. The rear speakers i fabricated my own holders utilizing the standard speakers in the doors. Love the unit (and my 16 year old is happy also). Pairing of the Bluetooth was also easier then with the Clarion
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    5 out of 5

    Great Unit!

    Written By Casey M, Colorado on Thursday, December 16, 2010
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    Installed this receiver a few days ago after upgrading from one of the JVC single din w/
    HD radio. What a difference!!! The display on this one is great, granted it cost a little
    more to upgrade to the larger head unit w/ bluetooth, but it was worth it. Streaming from
    my phone is great, as is iPod navigation. The display is really customizable. On my
    previous head unit, my wife could never see the display from the passenger seat. Plus,
    you could never get song title and a clock on the display at the same time. With this unit,
    all those problems have been aleviated. I've had several nice aftermarket systems in
    previous vehicles, but I wanted to maintain a stock look and still get good sound. This
    JVC really improved the sound from my factory speakers, which is great until I can
    upgrade those. I had a couple of questions during installation; the folks at Crutchfield
    were more than helpful. I can't imagine getting a better receiver for the price!
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    5 out of 5

    Worked Perfect, Looks Great, Sounds Awesome

    Written By DCM, Huntsville, AL on Saturday, November 20, 2010
     
    I bought this for a 2005 Freestyle and it fits perfect (with supplied adapters) and the sound is more than I had hoped for, the greatest thing about this over any of the others I have tried is the ease of accessing anything on my IPOD (I got like 6000 songs, it can be a nightmare). If you READ THE BOOK, it tells you how to setup your sounds (use those loudness controls if you want deeper bass) and the free bluetooth adapter connected up with my Samsung phone in what has to be the easiest pairing I have ever done. I feel like I am gushing here but after so many units that were 3.5 stars or less this thing blew me away. Now I just gotta figure out how to get the wife to let me replace the Clarion in my Mustang that I bought just last year, it has great sound but the ease of use in this unit makes all the difference in the world.
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    5 out of 5

    Nice factory look

    Written By TimE, Wakefield, MA on Monday, November 15, 2010
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    Installed in a 2006 Mazda 3. Gotta say I'm a fan of JVC. In my experience they're typically very intuitive and well engineered. Simple button layouts and easy to follow menus.

    Pros:
    - Nearly factory look
    - Large, intuitive button layout
    - Customizable color scheme
    - Bluetooth (love streaming Pandora from my iPhone 3GS - worked right away!)
    - USB and Aux on the front
    - HD radio support
    - Quality sound, decent power

    Cons:
    - Difficult to read in bright sun and with polarized glasses
    - Bluetooth takes up one of the 2 USB ports
    - Gloss finish makes it a fingerprint magnet
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    4 out of 5

    JVC XR810 Upgrade

    Written By LarryC, Waynesboro, MS on Saturday, November 06, 2010
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    very nice upgrade from a JVC 700 model that has been discontinued. this was easy to install in my '04 camry xle. has great sound and great fm reception. living in a rural area this is important to me.
    although this is a very nice unit it is a lot of "sugar" for a dime, if you know what i mean. you will spend half a day with the manual just programmiing the unit....but it is worth it.
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    4 out of 5

    2001 Tacoma

    Written By John B, Woodside, CA on Monday, November 01, 2010
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    Easy install. Bluetooth works great with my iPhone 3G. Sound over stock headunit dramatically improved. Presets for equalizer offer enough choices for my speaker optimization. I am experiencing some read errors through the USB. I'm not able to change iPod switch modes by holding back button as advertised.
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    4 out of 5

    Very nice upgrade

    Written By Jim, Port Coquitlam B.C. Canada on Friday, October 15, 2010
     
    This JVC stereo is a great upgrade from the stock MP3 that came in my 06 Canyon.
    I had to tweek the mounting plate alittle to get it to fit right...no big deal. The harness to keep the chimes was easy to solder to the harness of the stereo. Even after cutting the tab to quiet the chime I had to tape over the speaker to get the chime to a reasonable level. Mounting the stereo was easy and looks great in the dash. I like being able to set different colors for the display and the buttons.
    I upgraded my speakers awhile ago from Crutchfields and now with this unit I can enjoy music the way it should sound.
    I'm very happy with this stereo and with the price.
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    5 out of 5

    A Nice Upgrade

    Written By MB, Phoenix, AZ on Monday, October 11, 2010
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    I bought this radio for my '04 Chevy Colorado because I wanted a few things in particular... Double-Din, HD capable, Bluetooth, USB, Aux in. Crutchfield had many options/accessories so I could get the HD module and the recommended device that keeps the vehicles beeps/warnings in place after the removal of the stock unit. The mounting brackets that were provided worked very well and they helped me with a wiring question I had too. It took me a few hours to install but everything fits well and works great. The unit has a lot of nice features and it works really well with my Android Nexus One phone over Bluetooth... It downloaded my contact list and calls sound good both ways. Playing music from my phone over Bluetooth is so nice; no extra wires lying around. It's a solid product and with Bluetooth and HD it is perfect!
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KW-XR810

    Written By Kamikaze Chaz, Greenwood, IN on Sunday, October 03, 2010
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    I bought this JVC unit after the CD player of the factory stereo in my 2000 Toyota Celica died. I'm impressed at the ease of installation, value and functionality of this unit. The Bluetooth feature is an added bonus! Now I can enjoy all kinds of sources of music.

    I first bough from Crutchfield when I was a freshman in college (in the 80s) and will be a life-long loyal customer!
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    5 out of 5

    Simply Amazing

    Written By Mike M, North Jersey on Sunday, October 03, 2010
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    This unit is incredible, I have an 03 chevy blazer 4dr, this thing slid right into place, sits perfectly behind the bezel, and looks very clean. at first glance its hard to even tell there's an aftermarket stereo installed. and need i even mention the awesome freedom that JVC allows the user with the ability to choose from so many colors and you can have a different screen color than button color, along with menu colors, etc. its simply amazing. If i could right a separate review for crutchfield i would. i am sooooo pleased that i bought my unit from them, the price was very reasonable, the squaretrade warranty is unbeatable for the price, the customer service was excellent. I had a problem when i was installing, GM put 2004 equipment in my 2003 blazer, so crutchfield apologized and sent me the new one as well as gave me a diagram of what my factory wires were so i could make sure they were lined up properly. all of the tech support guys spoke english and were american which was great because i didnt feel like i needed a translator. and if that wasn't a reason enough to buy from them, 2 days after i received the stereo and install kit, i received a HANDWRITTEN thank you from crutchfield signature. i was taken aback. there is NO OTHER COMPANY IN THE WORLD that does stuff like that anymore, it makes me proud to say i bought from crutchfield. it's nice to know that not every company has lost their morals and integrity. thank you crutchfield.
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    4 out of 5

    Simple Plug 'n' Play

    Written By matwithonet, Tempe, AZ on Tuesday, September 28, 2010
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    I really like this unit so far. It replaced my factory HU with factory speakers. It's well matched to the factory speakers...doesn't over power them which is nice because I can still turn it up loud without distortion. I had a Pioneer AVIC 920BT for a few months before this JVC, and it really over powered the factory speakers. I was always screwing with the EQ to try to get it right. The JVC is just easier.

    Bluetooth pairing is really easy, and it re-pairs very quickly every time I get into the car. BT sound quality is good in the car. The sound quality is so-so for whoever I'm talking to, but I'll blame that on loud aftermarket exhaust and noisy tires rather than the HU.

    I really like being able to have different colors between the buttons and the LCD. Right now I'm rockin' the amber buttons to match my factory '06 STi lighting, and the LCD is in STi pink. Looks cool!

    Again, I'm very pleased overall with the unit.

    I do have a couple of gripes
    1. The LCD is impossible to see in bright sun or with polarized sunglasses on.
    2. Occasionally my Bluetooth streaming music just stops. Not sure if that's because of the HU or my phone.
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    4 out of 5

    Not too shabby

    Written By Eric, Cranford, NJ on Saturday, September 25, 2010
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    Installed this in a 2006 GMC Canyon crew cab with a set of RF 3-ways in the rear and RF component system up front. The sound quality is amazing compared to the stock system.
    2 gripes I have with this radio though:
    1. No matter how I adjust the screen, I cant read the display in lit conditions (more specifically, during the day). I have to hit an agle with some shade and stare hard to read it.
    2. The radio tuner reception is weak. Since I live close to NYC, the majority of the stations I listen to are broadcast from there. If I head about 20 miles south or west, the reception breaks up-to the point that I'd rather listen to the ipod of something else. The stock radio could handle that task just fine, and I could make it to points 60 miles south of NYC and still catch the station. The bluetooth player is also a bit shabby-not that Im an expert, but when I've played pandora radio through through my iphone and utilized the bluetooth device function, the sound quality was "scratchy" and annoying as well.

    Overall, I couldnt be happier. This unit is doing exactly what I intended it to do, and that was to replace the blown stock speakers and expand the capabilities over the stock radio. If JVC applies those simple fixes to the display and tuner, this would be an amazing product.
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    5 out of 5

    Better Than The Bigger Name Brands

    Written By TE5LA, Conway, AR on Saturday, September 25, 2010
     
    I've been a professional mobile electronics installer going on 30 years. I'm very picky about electronics. I could have purchased any of the major brands at dealer cost yet I chose to order the JVC KW-XR810 from a retail store. Let's compare: Most current Alpine or Sony models have two or three-color lighting. Well, semi-lighting; Typically only the buttons change. The display remains unchanged. So if you changed the Alpine to red, you have red buttons and a blue display. Red and blue make the worst color combo because the eye cannot focus these colors at the same time. Very smart. The JVC boasts over 30,000 colors. You can adjust the buttons and the display panel independently. You can also select different color themes for daytime, nighttime, and the stereo's menu.The JVC has two USB ports, one on the front and one from a cable in the back. They can both be used for music devices, however, if you use the Bluetooth feature, a small dongle must occupy one USB. I put it in the front panel because it is very short, maybe 1/4" long. The hands-free works well. Very clear and it downloads your phone book and even has voice dialing. You can hide sources you don't use, such as the "AM" or "AUX" sources. They won't appear when you switch sources. The pre-outs (front/rear/sub) have selectable output voltage, first time I've ever seen this on a car stereo. Operation is very intuitive. Plus, I got a new-looking factory refurbished radio with free kit and harness for this price.
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    4 out of 5

    Great car stereo with bluetooth

    Written By anonymous, Ohio on Saturday, September 18, 2010
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    I just installed this stereo a few days ago, but I already love it. The 2 most important things I was looking for was a double DIN style and built in bluetooth. The bluetooth on this comes as an adapter that has to be plugged into one of the USB ports. I just used it on the back one since I'm not using it for anything anyways. Syncing with my phone was simple, and it works every time I get in the car after just a few seconds. Call quality through the car speakers is ok, but the music quality streaming over bluetooth is great. There will be a little "glitch" in a song here and there but not enough to bother me. I can skip, fast forward/rewind, play, and pause songs using the stereo controls, even on Pandora which is really cool. It supports AVRCP 1.3 which my Droid X is supposed to have, but those controls (group, folder, repeat, random) won't work for some reason. Not sure if it is the phone or the stereo. It has the ability to show track info as well, but that function is finnicky and has only showed up once. I don't care though because my phone is mounted right above the stereo and I can see track info there.

    One gripe I have is the radio stations don't come in as clear. I will try to see if I can change a setting or something to make it work better. I do like how you can assign names to the radio stations.

    The color options are endless, the sound quality is better than before, and the menu is easy to navigate. Amazing stereo!
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    5 out of 5

    And they said it wouldn't fit.

    Written By RobertK, FPO Andros Island, Bahamas on Wednesday, September 15, 2010
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    I installed this unit in a 2003 Ford F-250 Superduty. It does fit, and replaces the stock double DIN radio quite nicely. It did require just a bit of the lip around the hole to be filed flatter and the trim ring provided was about a 1/16th of an inch too wide on the top and bottom to be used. In the end I used some gray foam to fill the gap around the edge and it looks as good or better than the stock radio and performs much better.
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    4 out of 5

    Sound quality rivals much higher-end devices

    Written By MattK, Ashburn, VA on Thursday, September 09, 2010
     
    Installed this in a 1999 Volvo V70 after simply shaving down the little plastic rails in the double-DIN hole of the dash. Doesn't take much but does make it difficult to install the factory unit later on with the rails gone. Anyhow, at the price-point I can't say that this unit can be beat. The audio quality is great, the EQ settings allowed me to tune the speakers perfectly with little fuss. Bluetooth connection was a piece of cake on my iPhone, HTC phone, and HP iPaq. Importing the phonebooks was easy as is selecting which phone to use. Display coloring was superb! I was able to match my Volvo's whiteish green color on the buttons and amber for the display. Night mode i was able to dim things down wonderfully and make the display all red. Bluetooth audio streaming was flawless as was the ability to control my players!!! For the money, no regrets. Fit and finish is good but the only con so far was the fact the highly polished buttons are easy to fingerprint. Remote control is tiny and the Bluetooth module takes up one of the 2 USB ports. Wish that it didn't...
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    4 out of 5

    Solid Head Unit

    Written By Anonymous, California on Thursday, September 09, 2010
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    I installed this in an '02 Miata. Big improvement over the stock Bose system and works extremely well with my iPhone. I would buy it again in a second. A few minor quibbles: no separate lead for power antenna, it comes up whenever the power is on and not just when radio is the selected source; and the included microphone for Bluetooth functions is a bit lacking. The noisy nature of a convertible doesn't help with this I suspect.
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    5 out of 5

    Great value

    Written By MikeH, Longmeadow, MA on Friday, September 03, 2010
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    This receiver is a great value! Installed in about 35 minutes in my Acura MDX. Great upgrade over stock radio. Looks good in the dash, but I wish the face wasn't as glossy.
    Sounds very nice through stock speakers, however some upper volume distortion- should be resolved when I install the new door speakers. I connected the microphone and wired it near top of A-pillar and bluetooth connected quickly to my Blackberry Storm 2, I can make hands-free calls or stream music to the unit without wires! I think you will be hard pressed to find a receiver with more options. Just need to order my Sirius connection package now.

    BTW...Buy from Crutchfield, the supplied vehicle specific installation instruction as well as the included wiring harness more than make up for the couple of $ you may save by buying from some uninformed website.

    thanks Crutchfield! And Thanks Randy for the great customer service!
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KW-XR810

    Written By ErnieR, Fallbrook, Ca. on Friday, September 03, 2010
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    After attempting to install and failing to pair my bluetooth telephone to the Pioneer radio I had just received, I returned the Pioneer to Crutchfield and ordered this JVC radio. Installation was a snap, especially with the detailed instructions furnished by Crutchfield. Programming and pairing to my bluethooth telephone was accomplished in less than 3 minutes. All the controls are easy to work with. I am very happy with this car radio.
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    5 out of 5

    Perfect Upgrade

    Written By Greg, Berwyn, IL on Monday, August 09, 2010
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    This receiver looks at home in my 03' Camry dashboard. The sound is awesome-way better than the stock Toyota unit. It's so nice to talk hands free with the built-in Bluetooth. I also connected the JVC HD Radio tuner box to this unit-what a difference; cleaner sound, more stations, song info shows up on the display. I even have my Sirius Stiletto 10 connected to the EXP port-even that sounds better than before. I love that I can adjust the display & button colors to match my dash lights or my mood. Even some of my cds show song titles on the display. So far, I'm extremely happy with my purchase. Crutchfield has THE BEST customer service-thanks again, Chip. The free wire harness, trim plate, & free shipping was the icing on the cake. Now I need a subwoofer & an amp-guess who I'm calling again for those?
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    5 out of 5

    Impressed so far

    Written By royce, Charlestown, NH on Saturday, August 07, 2010
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    Bought this JVC for my 08 Mustang GT/CS with the shaker 500 system, and installed the PAC C2R-FRD1 per Crutchfield to make it all work. Initially the door subs were inoperative, but a call to tech support unveiled that I had not hooked up the turn on lead. I also had a little trouble fitting the dash kit, but on both accounts, Crutchfield tech support was very helpful as always. Love the unit so far, setup and display options are great. I hooked the door subs to the sub out on the head, so I can control the xover and level which is nice. I previously ran a KW-XG700 in my Frontier, and the Ipod control on this one works much more intuitively - still not like the DVD heads, but a vast improvement.

    One note for Mustang owners, I had to shim the dash kit aproximately 1/4" so it sits flush with the dash trim, otherwise things don't quite line up. Oh, and if the sound is weak at first, twiddle with the EQ. Once dialed in, it makes a HUGE difference.
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    5 out of 5

    Awesome 2002 Xterra upgrade

    Written By ernova2112, Edison NJ ,,Bronx NY on Saturday, July 17, 2010
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    My Xterra Still runs like a champ, so i figured on at least upgrading the Stereo Head Unit...My buddy had a 20 dollar off coupon for crutchfield so i finally used it.
    This JVC unit works awesome and makes my stock xterra speakers sound even better ...
    The Blutooth works awesome with my Motorola Droid ... my whole phonebook, missed calls,placed calls, etc... shows up on the unit and the sound quality sounds pretty good ... I have around 1800 songs on my phone and to my surprise you can play them via the bluetooth into the JVC head Unit....again the sound quality surprised me...pretty good..
    Also the main reason i bought it was for the Ipod controls ....and i must say i am quite pleased with that also....you could control the ipod from itself, the Jvc unit, or the remote control..
    Me and my son installed it in under 2 hours ...Crutchfield instructions were pretty good and the wire harness that they sent for my car was right on...
    Overall ..I probably could have gotten this unit cheaper on some other sight ... but opted for the comfort of knowing i would receive the correct Harness for my SUV and also the expert advise from Crutchfield...
    Over the years Ive known at least 5 people who have ordered there stereos with Crutchfield with no problems... so now I would definitely recommend them also .... Thanks
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    5 out of 5

    Awesome Receiver

    Written By krs, Allen, TX on Monday, July 12, 2010
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    This unit is amazing. I have never purchased a double DIN unit but I'm glad I did. I was reluctant at first because I saw some of the bad press in previous reviews. The installation couldn't have been any easier. Crutchfield has taken all the guesswork out of the installation. And the sound quality is awesome. I don't have any amps installed at this time, using factory speakers and if I turn the volume up to one third its maximum, it's very loud. Can't imagine why anyone would say this unit has volume issues. The functionality is like nothing I've ever seen before. It's almost like eveything I've ever wished I could tweak in earlier stereos, this unit offers. You have your color choice of any color in the spectrum. And the unit has a separate night color scheme as well, so daytime colors don't blind you in the dark. Built in graphics EQ, iPOD, CD, Bluetooth, HD and SAT ready. What more can you ask for? I am very pleased and recommend it to anyone.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Value

    Written By maher, Seacoast, NH on Friday, June 25, 2010
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    I first started out looking at the XR610 which had all of the features that I really "needed" in a replacement head unit for my Toyota Highlander (07). Unfortunately at the time it was out of stock so I made the leap to the 810 and the sales associate was kind enough to give me a small discount to help ease the pain of the upgrade. The unit arrived with clear installation instructions and all of the necessary bits to go along with it. Installation was a relative breeze taking less than 3 hours total including building the adapter harness. In general I'm very pleased with the purchase and feel as though the unit represents very good value.

    Pros: good price, good looks, great feature set, easy to use.

    Cons:
    1. I'm not a huge fan of having to cycle through all of the inputs in only one direction. I'd like dedicated buttons for at least the radio functions.
    2. I haven't found a way to stop the unit from automatically starting playback when I plug in my iPhone or iPod and automatically making that the active input.
    3. Display colors aren't as tweakable as I'd hoped. The dash lights of my car are essentially white and I haven't been able to find something to match.

    One point of clarification of something I'd read in another review - I have no problems streaming audio over bluetooth to the unit with my iPhone 3G. SQ is better using a direct connection but BT works in a pinch.
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    5 out of 5

    Amazing Sound quality and features

    Written By jonnycs10, Portland, OR on Wednesday, June 23, 2010
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    First of all do not listen to the previous reviewer claiming the radio volume is "so weak." I am 100% certain they didn't actually plug the antenna into the back of the unit or didn't plug it in all of the way (it takes a lot of force to press the included male antenna adaptor to the existing female OEM). Therefore they are not getting reception. They also state the unit is too bright at night and wouldn't auto dim. This is because their "professional installer" did not connect the orange wire supplied on their wiring harness to the PAC adaptors orange wire which is supplied (if they didn't use the PAC adaptor the installer probably didn't take the time to find the OEM auto dim wire in the OEM harness, I would also double check the polarity of their speaker wiring this could make the sound weird). This unit sounds and looks amazing. The build quality is superb. 24 bit BURR Brown DAC/stock look/double din is why I purchased it.
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    4 out of 5

    Reliable bluetooth - audio works fine - could be better though

    Written By Engineer, San Diego, CA on Monday, June 21, 2010
     
    My motivation for buying this unit was because I wanted integrated Bluetooth for my car (I've had this unit installed for a week now). First off the XR 810 unit provides value for money, please note though that the Bluetooth is an accessory and not built in as advertised.

    Bluetooth:
    The Bluetooth functions very well, the Bluetooth accessory works in either USB ports and switching the accessory does not drop the pairing with the phone. The last connected phone, is found very quickly (<1 minute). The recent calls list does take a couple of minutes to sync. Though hanging up the phone from the phone button on the unit takes uncomfortably long to end the call. The incoming sound quality is very good. However, the other side does complain about non-ideal (but acceptable) sound quality. The iPhone does not stream music over Bluetooth, I understand that's an iPhone limitation, not JVC.

    Sound quality:
    I used the default built-in speakers, in my car and found the system quality to be very good with the factory speakers. I used a thumb drive, MP3 CD and the iPhone to play music and works out fine,

    In summary:
    Pros:
    Bluetooth handshake reliable
    Sound quality and sound options
    Usability intuitive
    Color schemes on the front panel

    Cons:
    Bluetooth is a default accessory NOT built-in (you lose a USB port )
    Contacts search very limiting
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    5 out of 5

    Bang for the buck!

    Written By elchorizon, McAllen, TX on Wednesday, June 16, 2010
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    I ordered this HU for my 07 Toyota Tundra due to the fact that it could match with my trucks illumination, which it did perfectly. Not only did it match perfect at night, but it also matched perfect during the day with the trucks OEM piano gloss instrument panel, both the HU and supplied stereo install mount were piano gloss which blended perfectly giving the install a OEM feel.

    I also ordered this HU for its bluetooth phone and audio streaming capability's. I was able to pair my HTC Hero with no problem and stream Pandora with quality playback.

    The HU itself is very high quality both in features, and build quality. I can say that at this price, this just may be the best deal on the market. This feels more like a $600 HU. I was a little reluctant to order this as I normally buy stereos that are much more expensive than this, but I must say that this is one of the best buys on a HU that I have ever made. BTW, I still have the stock speakers in place and it dramatically improved the sound of them. You will not be disappointed.
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KW-XR810

    Written By Donald, Jacksonville, FL on Wednesday, June 16, 2010
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    This is a great unit. The Crutchfield install kit, wiring harness, and instructions were fool proof and made the installation easy. Tech support helped me with the Bluetooth connection in about 5 minutes.

    The Bluetooth works great. I have a full size quad cab truck and it is not the quietest vehicle on the road, but I can still communicate as long as I am going under 80 mph on the interstate!

    I was pleasantly surprised to find that the Bluetooth adapter that is included with this unit is extremely small, like the size of a USB plug, and is dark like the unit. I have the Bluetooth adapter plugged into the front USB port, and you can barely tell that it is there. This freed up the rear USB input for my iPod, which is stored in the glove box. This makes for a very neat install.
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    2 out of 5

    Not Recommended

    Written By ClarkG, Huntsville, AL on Monday, June 14, 2010
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    The only things good about this receiver are the USB and Bluetooth which do work. The sound is so weak from this radio I have to have the volume turned up to the Max to hear it. The max volume setting is 50, I literally have to set it on 30 to get any sound from FM, and all the way to 50 for it to even approach being loud. Like other reviews mentioned, it feels cheaply made. The volume knob is loose and leaves very noticeable finger prints when using the controls like others have said. It looks pretty cool as long as you don't touch the controls or turn the volume knob.

    I had to replace my factory reciever since the temperature controls are tied in to the radio which had stopped working. At least this receiver allows me to now control my temperature setting, it's just an awful sounding radio. I had this professionally installed in my Infiniti G35 since there are so many panels that had to be removed to access the radio, so I'm kind of stuck with this radio since the cost of installation is almost as much as the cost of the radio. I you do decide to buy this, you will definitly need an add on amplifier. I wish others would have commented on this as I would have had an amplifier added when I had this installed. You will be disappointed with the sound and feel of this radio.
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    5 out of 5

    Exactly what I needed!

    Written By weezelhead, Seattle on Saturday, May 29, 2010
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    The stock deck in my 2004 WRX wagon had NO aux input, NO usb, and NO independent sub output. But it DID have a freakin' tape deck! woohoo! This JVC deck sounds great with the stock door speakers after some careful EQ'ing, and the correct high-pass filter setting. The subwoofer controls give me complete control over my Kicker Comp 12's, and they blend nicely with the door speakers for a sweet overall sound. The bluetooth paired easily with my LG Chocolate. The phone calls could sound better, but at least I'm legally hands-free and I don't look like a dork with a cockroach in my ear. I really like how you can set the illumination to match the color of your dash lights. I also like how it sorta looks stock....maybe the thugs wont notice it? Super easy install with Crutchfield's harness. The remote control is TINY....way smaller than I thought it would be. I lol'd when I saw it. The only thing it's really good for is volume/skip. The only other downer is the bluetooth adapter is a tiny usb plug, so one of the two usb ports will be occupied by it.
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    5 out of 5

    KentT

    Written By KentT, Massachusetts on Sunday, May 23, 2010
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    Overall a great stereo and a MAJOR upgrade - sounds great. Installed in 2010 Nissan Frontier with the HD Radio tuner, 6x9" Alpine SPR-69C's in front and 6.5" Alpine SPS-600's in rear.

    Pros:
    1. Very easy navigation for all the features, including large dedicated buttons for preset stations.
    2. Color matched VERY well, with separate settings for the display and the buttons, different setups for night/day, including negative backlight.
    3. Great equalizer provides 3 different adustments for at least 3 frequencies in each of the 3 broad ranges -- making it more like a 9 or 10 band equalizer.
    4, Strong internal amp and clean sound -- with good aftermarket speakers an amp or separate sub isn't essential -- though likely would sound even better.
    5. Adjustable input volume for each input (Aux, USB, CD, etc) so you can get same output volume from each source.
    6. Attractive, without being flashy. Looks almost stock...

    CONS:
    1. Couldn't transfer phonebook from my old Casio Boulder, though easily paired. Works great otherwise. Sounds great.
    2. Didn't recognize my MP3 player Using an 8GB flash drive instead.
    3. File names and folders limited to 25 characters, which initially required some renaming. Tags displayed, however, can contain up to 128.
    4. Glossy plastic shows fingerprints and dust, and makes it look less OEM than it would otherwise.
    14 out of 15 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    i LOVE this Stereo!

    Written By Matt, Scarborough, ME on Saturday, May 08, 2010
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    I have a 2009 forester and was very dissatisfied with the factory sound
    quality... So I bought this head unit to replace it. It sounds SOOOO much better
    than the stock unit! The PAC SWI-JACK works perfectly with my car and this unit
    (a little lag tho) (for steering wheel controls). The stuff Crutchfield included
    made it slip right in and hook up without a hitch. All of the features work
    great, even the bluetooth works with my phone perfectly! Contact list and
    everything! I have it hooked up to a pair of Boston Acoustics S65RC and they
    sound GREAT with it. I have had a few stereo's where you cant get them to sound
    quite right, and while the tuning options in the JVC unit are a little limited,
    they are adequate enough to get things just right where I want them. The
    crossover high pass filter built in allows me to filter out the LOW-LOW's from
    my 6.5" speakers to keep them from thudding on the low stuff too, and reserve
    that stuff for the subwoofer.

    The auto-dim feature works great, but i prefer to use the "timed" dim mode so it
    automatically dims at certain times of the day, as I like to leave my headlights
    on 24/7. I also like being able to set the color to match the rest of the lights
    in my car.

    Ipod control is flawless and the menu is just like the iPOD's internal menu.
    very easy to use.

    9 out of 10 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Killer Radio

    Written By nate, Rochester, New York on Friday, May 07, 2010