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JVC KW-NT3HDT

Navigation receiver

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Free traffic info, plus a blazing fast internal processor

JVC's KW-NT3HDT navigation receiver features a sharp, 6.1" touchscreen that gives you fingertip control over your whole system. You'll get DVD and CD playback, plus built-in flash memory that brings up your navigation maps of the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico quickly when you need them. And lifetime traffic information ensures that you take the fastest possible route to your destination.

JVC KW-NT3HDT navigation receiver

HD Radio™ for iTunes® tagging and traffic information

HD Total Traffic Plus

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Total Traffic Plus — it's not just for major cities

A built-in HD Radio tuner gives you outstanding AM/FM sound quality, but it also gives you a couple of other sweet features. One is that the KW-NT3HDT can tune in the free HD Total Traffic Plus network — you'll enjoy access to real-time traffic that'll help you steer clear of traffic jams anywhere a station is broadcasting HD Radio traffic information. It's not just limited to big cities.

HD Radio's digital technology allows for data transmission more than ten times faster than satellite systems, so the KW-NT3HDT can pull in lots of useful data from digital HD Radio transmissions. Many HD Radio stations broadcast weather, sports scores, gasoline prices, and a whole lot more.


iTunes Tagging

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Tag the tunes you like, download them later

And as an added bonus, HD Radio makes it easier for you to stock your music library with tunes you love. With an iPod® or iPhone® connected and an HD Radio station tuned in, you can "tag" the songs you like for purchasing later from the iTunes store.


GPS

Easy-to-read maps

Easy-to-use GPS navigation

You'll see turn-by-turn directions on the screen and enjoy access to over 6 million points of interest. Text-to-speech technology calls out the name of the street for your next turn, letting you keep your eyes on the road.

You can update your maps through the SD™-card slot — you can even copy your own points-of-interest from Google Maps on your home computer, then load them onto the KW-NT3HDT using the SD card.


Powerful processor for lightning-fast operation

JVC packs the KW-NT3HD with a powerful, 400 MHz Windows Automotive processor that makes navigation, playing music, tweaking your tone, and anything else a snap. In fact, the GPS is ready to navigate in about 15 seconds after you turn on your car — no more waiting.


2-way iPod control

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Play music from your iPod or iPhone

Just connect your iPod or iPhone to the front USB slot, and you'll be using the receiver's controls to browse your tunes and playlists in no time. JVC's 2-Way Control lets your passengers use the iPod itself to control your music while it's connected to the radio — and you'll still see song details on the display.

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.


Hands-free calling, music streaming, even audio from iPhone apps

Built-in Bluetooth® technology lets you make hands-free calls in your vehicle. When a call comes in, the receiver mutes the music and you'll hear the caller over your vehicle's speakers. Mount the included microphone in a convenient spot for maximum sound quality.

Bluetooth is about more than making phone calls, though. You can stream tunes you've loaded on a compatible device, and iPhone users will love this — you can send audio from your apps to the KW-NT3HDT over the Bluetooth connection. For instance, you can run your Pandora® app and listen to it over your speakers.

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


Other features

Detachable face

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Detachable face

The KW-NT3HDT features a detachable face — great security if you park on a city street. Stash the faceplate in the included case to keep it free from scratches.

Music and movies

Watch your favorite DVDs while you're parked, or connect a screen in the back so your passengers can watch while you drive. Load your favorite MP3 and WMA files on a CD, USB drive, or SD card — the KW-NT3HDT will play 'em all. Load a DVD full of music files and you'll have enough tunes for a road trip from Boston to San Diego. A powerful amplifier belts out your music and movies, while a 7-band EQ adjusts the sound for your vehicle. Add an optional satellite radio tuner for access to a wealth of entertainment. Three sets of gold-plated preamp outputs let you add amps and subs for a complete car entertainment system.

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.



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Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • DVD/CD receiver with navigation and built-in amplifier (20 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • detachable face with 6.1" color touchscreen
    • built-in Bluetooth
    • built-in HD Radio tuner
    Audio/video features:
    • built-in control of iPod and iPhone
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, CD-RWs, DVDs, DVD-Rs, DVD-RWs (including discs loaded with MP3 files)
    • 24-bit digital-to-analog converter
    • 7-band iEQ
    Navigation features:
    • maps of Canada, Puerto Rico, and the entire United States
    • built-in flash memory for navigation, updates made using an SD card
    • add your own points-of-interest from Google Maps using the SD-card slot
    • lifetime subscription to HD Total Traffic Plus included
    • 6 million points of interest
    • voice guidance in 3 languages (English, French, Spanish)
    Expandability:
    • compatible with: satellite radio tuner, rear-view camera
    • inputs: front-panel A/V and USB inputs, SD-card slot
    • outputs: video output, 6-channel preamp outputs (2.5-volt front, rear, subwoofer), optical digital output
    Other features and specs:

    Why install a car stereo with built-in GPS?

    Imagine taking a trip as your car's receiver gives you directions, finds the best restaurant for dinner, and plays movies for your back seat denizens. Navigation receivers cover all the bases, with GPS guidance, DVD playback, and a host of other useful features. You can search through millions of points of interest to locate gas stations, restaurants, museums, and other interesting spots, wherever you are. Most receivers offer Bluetooth capability for hands-free calling, along with the ability to search through your iPod playlists with touchscreen controls.

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    I LIKE It! Been Testing It For Several Months!

    Written By Homeboy981, Dallas, TX on Tuesday, April 10, 2012

    I LOVE this unit! Have installed it in my Porsche Boxster and IT ROCKS!! Of course, I added the backup camera option and use a 1200 watt Amplifier on it to get the sound I need. It PUTS OUT!! I like the option of gathering 10-15 houses I am going to look at everyday and planning them on the computer and using the SD Card to plug it into the unit. From there it is on Auto-Pilot! If I need to change my trip (for food or gas) the unit is EASY to RE-CALCULATE without driving off the road! Love the sound customization features too! I have it set up with just the right amount of bass and the perfect "sweet spot"of the music. That is saying a lot considering this car has had tons of customers who were disappointed in a "$60k car with $10k car sound system." Now I am living the dream..great car with great sound! Thanks JVC!!!

    Pros: NAV system is spot on - only an occasional mistake! Sound is impressive! SD card holds tons of routes and MP3s for days. I also have a USB thumb drive with over 9 days of music WITHOUT LISTENING TO THE SAME SONG TWICE!!! I used to have 10 MP3 discs - now they are a thing of the past! Love the backup camera feature! It is really good resolution! It tells me Hello! every morning and reminds me to remove unit by saying "Goodbye" (or whatever you program it to say).

    Cons: Installation was brutal because this unit has so many features but I took a weekend and good instructions and got it done.

    Every option imaginable

    Written By Joacchim, Chagrin Falls, OH on Saturday, February 04, 2012

    Review revised 5/9/12
    This nav/receiver has everything to bring your older car audio experience up to today's new-car standards. I was a bit put off about tearing into the center console of my wife's 2008 Chevy Malibu to install it but Crutchfield's instructions were spot-on. Could've gotten this a bit cheaper elsewhere but glad I didn't, sold on Crutchfield's tech support and custom mounting kit. Hardest part of the install was the rear backup camera: locating and mounting the camera in the rear bumper, finding a reverse gear power lead to tap into in the trunk and running the video cable up to the radio. Once done, though, glad I did it.

    Pros: Great nav features; lots of input options; reverse camera works great; speed limit warning a nice touch. Fantastic Crutchfield support.

    Cons: None!

    JVC KW-NT3HDT

    Written By DonF, San Antonio, TX on Wednesday, January 25, 2012

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    I have still not learned all the things this unit can do but, for the things I have used so far it is wonderful! I had it installed, the pros took only an hour. I have used the nav system and it works as advertised. I have used the USB port to play music from an iPod and an iPad both functioned perfectly and access to select playlists, artists, songs and albums is easy. I loaded an SD card with music and it plays equally as well as other audio sources. The radio section works well in whatever mode it is used.

    Pros: Once learned the controls are easy to use, audio quality is good, nav system works well.

    Cons: I loaded an SD card with the online update then loaded into the unit. It found the update and downloaded it. The problem is the maps are still way outdated.....

    JVC KW-NT3HDT

    Written By Matt, Birmingham, AL on Monday, January 23, 2012

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    The JVC KW-NT3HDT Navigation Reciever has been a great product. The blue tooth is amazing and my friends and family say it sounds like I am speaking on a land line. The DVD, CD, IPod, HD Radio are first rate. The GPS could come better programmed but it serves its purpose. Also slight clabration issues with the GPS where sometimes it has me positioned slighlty off the route and misses some of the destinations by several hundred yards. It usually corrects itself but you can tell it is not as efficient as a some of the other units on the market

    Pros: Great audio, DVD, HD Radio, IPod playback and Satelite radio.

    Cons: GPS could be improved.

    JVC KW-NT3HDT

    Written By RickT, Olathe,KS on Sunday, January 22, 2012

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    I originally planned to purchase this item at a local big box retailers and have them install it in my 2001 Toyota 4Runner. After they told me that I would have to come back the next day for installation I decided to purchase the item through Crutchfield and perform the installation myself. It had been a few years since doing my own install but figured I could still perform the task. This system was a lot more complex than the simple "Cassette" decks I remember installing. I did run into a snag during the install so thought I would call their support team and would hopefully get lucky. To my surprise, someone answered right away (this was late Saturday night) and talked me through the process. I was very impressed and would highly recommend this product and Crutchfield! They saved me a lot of time and headache, not to mentioned the install fee the other place was going to charge.

    Pros: Excellent product and service.

    Cons: None.

    Great Stereo

    Written By Don H., Bronx New york on Saturday, January 21, 2012

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    This readio is great for the price. and has many great features Like the GPS and voice guidance. The one bad thing about the voice guidance is when it tells you to TURN NOW and you are 100 feet from where you have to turn. But not a big deal. Live Traffic and Info is great. the sound quality is just great. Just have to upgrade speakers. Overall. I would recommend this to anybody.

    Pros: GPS, Voice Guidance, Live Traffic & Info ( Sport scores/News? Etc. ) easy to use functions, Volume knob, USB, Aux Jack, Diff Colors, Back up Camera, Fast and accurate GPS Signal. And so much more.

    Cons: When it says {TURN NOW} and you still have another 100 feet to go. But just a minor glitch. And when I was working on the radio i lost my Live Traffi and Information. Had to do a HARD RESET. By disconnecting the (+) battery on my Car. All working OK.

    Everything I wanted and it just works

    Written By James N, Dallas, TX on Wednesday, January 18, 2012

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    Product was delivered as promised. Crutchfield included an installation guide and faceplate specific to my vehicle at no charge. Except for the fact that the maps are a little out of date and that I haven't yet been able to find updated maps - even though I have contacted JVC, Navteq and Crutchfield I couldn't be happier with this purchase.

    Pros: Really easy user interface - touchscreen. Phone and music sync over Bluetooth works great. Unit looks terrific.

    Cons: Maps are out of date and map updates are not available

    Not Bad for the price

    Written By Hyper, Chicagoiland on Friday, December 16, 2011

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    Instal was less that 2 hrs, sounds great but be sure to go to JVC web site and update the program / GPS. They have a newer update and everything improved with it. The nagging speed warning is sometimes a drag on the GPS. Also the Map maker charges $150 for an update that is well over 9 months old. The JVC update has streets that are about a year old around where I live so it must be updating the GPS map too.

    So far it has accurately displayed location but yet have used the directions function. Bluetooth worked and linked flawlessly with my Motorola Droid X, and people say that they can not tell the difference between the phone direct and going through the radio.

    Use USB thumb drive with No Loss MP3's and it sounds great. Other than some small annoyances that are standard on GPS only devices not much bad to say about the unit. Even the update was easy and fast to do. Only about 10 min. at most actually updating the flash memory.

    Pros: Price and features. Sound is very good with the 7 band EQ and that's with OEM '04 Honda Pilot standard DVD 6 speaker system.

    Cons: GPS could use more options to adjust look and feel. HD traffic has yet to Work.

    WOW!

    Written By JT, St. Pete, FL on Tuesday, December 13, 2011

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    I had a nice Kenwood KTC-HR300 in my Scion xB for 2 months and hated how slow it was. Tore it out and put in this JVC. It's the best unit I've ever owned. It's about my 12 after-market unit puchased in my lifetime.

    The functions and controls are superfast and easy. Weather, traffic & news is a nice added feature with the lifetime HD Total Traffic Plus for free. I have an iPod classic 160gb and this unit makes it a breeze controlling it. I also bought the JVC rearview camera, very nice.

    I have a Garmin Zumo and a TomTom XXL 550 TM in other vehicles and this GPS is almost as good. This GPS is very nice after you get used to it and can be just a bit "clunky". I updated my maps via NAVTEQ and it cost like $100. The thing that ticked me off is that they do not offer a lifetime map option and they also charged $9 shipping for an SD card with sales tax too.

    I would recommend and purchase this unit again.

    Pros: SUPERfast, easy and nice looking.

    Cons: Map updates are expensive and no lifetime option.

    Great Unit

    Written By BobW, Camarillo CA on Monday, December 05, 2011

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    Quick startup, listen to music almost immediately. Nav very quick. My old unit (Pioneer 910BT) was so slow!

    Sound quality is excellent. Will be buying another for my Jeep.

    Pros: Speed! Sound quality. Responsive touch screen.

    JVC NT3HDT with XMDIRECT2

    Written By Glen H, Memphis. TN on Tuesday, November 29, 2011

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    I installed this unit with steering wheel controls, and xm radio and I must say it is not for the faint of heart. The only problem encountered was no instructions for hooking up the power to the xmdirect2 unit. The Audiovox xm unit came with a yellow and black wire, but no where in the instructions did it tell you these were the power wires. I came to this conclusion after installing and no xm. The JVC instructions gave me the best clue by telling me the radio did not provide pwr through the plug connection. It took me awhile to determine the yellow wire of the xm had to be connected to an always on power supply and the black to ground. Having this information would have made the install a bit easier. All other instructions were very accurate and helpful. The techs were helpful.

    Pros: The stereo sound quality is great and sinking up my cell phone was simple and straight forward. Everyone I've talked to over the phone always comment on how clear it sounds. Programming stations on HD and XM was real easy.

    Cons: From reading previous reviews I knew there maybe some small glitches in nav system. I've only used it once and there was one small problem with directions. After I made the correct turn it performed flawlessly and took me straight to my destination.

    JVC NAV UNIT

    Written By Dan B., Wilmington,IL on Monday, November 21, 2011

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    This nav unit is the best bang for your buck.When connected to ipod the sound quality is unreal!!!!!!

    Pros: Everything,this thing is awesome

    Cons: Nothing

    JVC KW-NT3HDT

    Written By Mark R, Westminster, MD on Sunday, November 06, 2011

    Over all the audio features of this unit are everything I wanted. The GPS has a few quirks that take a little getting used to: 1)For safety reasons some functions that require a lot of input are disabled while the vehicle is moving. You can not key in an address while the car is moving but you can select from a list of previously entered addresses. 2)To search for a gas station or restaurant while the vehicle is moving you have to have set one of the "quick search" keys ahead of time. I have mine set for "gas", "restaurant" and "hotel" which are the things I would normally want to insert into an active route. 3)I find it easier to find an address by entering the zip code as opposed to the name of the city or town. Sometimes the unit won't find addresses if you enter a town name and the address is on the edge of the town, it doesn't seem to have this problem when you use the zip code. 4)The unit doesn't allow entry of some street numbers. For instance yesterday I wanted to enter an address of 3365 Crain Hwy. After pressing "3", "3", "6" the only option for the last digit was "0". It got me to the right block but the wrong side of a divided highway. None of these prevent the unit from being usable and it's always got me where I wanted to go.

    Pros: HD radio and blue tooth integrated into unit make using these features easier then units requiring add on modules. Also, being able to play large numbers of CDs from an SD memory card means I don't have to fumble with changing CDs while I'm driving.

    Cons: As mentioned in a previous review, the fit of the detachable panel is so tight to the installation kit it's hard to remove.

    Everything Worked Immediately

    Written By Erik, Maryland on Wednesday, November 02, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The moment I got it, I read the quick manual to connect the harness to be compatible with my car. I took about an hour using the posi-connectors.

    Unplugged the battery and removed the old system from car and reused the hardware that can be used to install. Every hole for bolts lined up perfectly. Did not have room to install the frame, but the whole system fit perfectly.

    Plugged the battery back and turned on the ignition and voila!, everything wokked. I've had this unit for about a month now and still worked well. I only gave it 4 stars because the head protrudes out by 7/16" and also the sound is a little less better than the original sound even fooling around with the equalizer.

    Pros: 1. Easy install on my 1999 Camry 2. HD Radio without additional component 3. Bluetooth. Picked up my Android Incredible music without turning on my phone 4. Clock on Navigation without having to adjust for DST. 5. Traffic on map 6. Information on music in SD card

    Cons: 1. The removable protrudes 7/16" out and does not look OEM. 2, My work does not show up in the navigation address although the address had been around for around 50 years 3. The clock and other info are too small to see. It might have something to do with eyeglasses.

    Questionable at best

    Written By Jack, Phoenix on Friday, October 28, 2011

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    I've had a couple different gps units and this is the first I've ever run accross that didn't allow you to make an addtional stop or change a destination while you are in motion. You're on a freeway and running out of gas, search for a station ? Not with this unit unless you pull over on the freeway and stop. Hotel ? restaurant ? Nope, gotta stop. It's totally useless. Who ever goes anywhere and doesn't need a stop along the way. Worse yet, if you go to JVC and check customer reviews, you'll only see 2 and they are both raves. THey won't post a customer review (i've tried 4 of various levels of displeasure) that's isn't good. That shows me they have no interest in their product once it's sold. The radio is pretty good. I would love to have a volume that is't stepped and turns lower than the lowest setting on this one, but that's a common problem that I've found on all radios in this range, so can't fault them without faulting the whole series. In the end, if you're looking for a great radio, buy a radio and not a nav/radio unit. If you're looking for a nav, get a portable garmin or spend the money on the kenwood. This unit is garbage.

    Pros: It does have a decent sound and is quick to power on and display map. The map does have an update while it did take some time to make it to production.

    Cons: The GPS unit is unusable. You cant make a change to the route or search for gas,hotel,etc while you're moving.

    GREAT BUY

    Written By Tom S, Fernley, NV on Wednesday, October 26, 2011

    The best automotive stereo/navigation system I've ever purchased! The speed of the internal processor beats the competitors hands-down. The features this unit has are amazing, and the hands-free device works excellent. I paid more for my unit than currently advertised, so it's a steal at the advertised price!

    Pros: Clarity of the hands-free device. All other features!

    Cons: Nothing.

    works as advertised

    Written By audit16, PA on Wednesday, October 26, 2011

    had the receiver for more than a year. works great. just re-installed it in our 2008 Honda CRV, and got the installation adapter from Crutchfield. as noted in a previous review, a less than great adapter kit for the installation. while the unit fits with the adapter, the design of the adapter piece makes it virtually impossible to make the install look professional. the unit does not / cannot sit flush to the adapter with the current design. as a result, the look of the installation is not as "perfect" as i prefer (depends on your expectations, i guess). also, as previously stated, the kit for the CRV only has two points to attach screws for mounting (plastic brackets) compared to four metal brackets in the stock installation. still, it seems to be generally pretty solid.

    Pros: easy install, excellent sound quality, good GPS and bluetooth

    Cons: installation kit sub-standard

    Well worth the money

    Written By Adogman60, Columbus, Ohio on Thursday, October 20, 2011

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    I have had my JVC KW-NT3HDT Navitagion Receiver for about a month. I also purchased the XM Radio kit and the Steering wheel control module for the radio. The radio sounds better than the factory Bose radio it replaced in my 2009 Nissan Altima.. So Far I have tried everything but the IPOD connection and everything works as advertised. Initially, the XM did not work but an update of the firmware took care of the problem. If you are used to Garmin, the Navigation will seem a little strange but all manufacturers do things a little differently.. Some of the navigation features such as the speed limit reminder, referred to as the "NAG" are active even when the navigation is not in use. It can be set to 3, 6, or 9 mph over the speed limit and once you exceed the speed limit for the road and setting, if it is in the database, It will remind you to please observe the speed limit. The blue tooth works well but must be answered from the screen and does not support voice commands as did the Nissan blue tooth. The Nissan external microphone works flawlessly with the Blue tooth. As I do not stream audio, I can't comment about that. I will be buying a second unit for my RV

    Pros: just about everything.

    Cons: The mounting kit. The only problem I had is that the mounting kit only leaves about 1/16".clearance around the radio. If the radio is installed so that the screen is flush with the mounting kit, then the screen does not have sufficient room for it to be removed. This requires the screen to extend about ¼" beyond the front of the mounting kit for screen removal to work.

    Best Bang for the buck

    Written By rvergara, Bloomington, MN on Wednesday, October 12, 2011

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    I searched high and low for the best car stereo for the money. After doing my homework I found that this GPS receiver offered exceptional features at a great price. The sound quality is great and the live traffic updates and news makes waiting in your vehicle a pleasure. The live traffic updates will also reroute you around the traffic problems and save you valuable time. The Ipod interface is flawless and offers you the ability to stream music wirelessly using the bluetooth audio control. this unit is so feature packed I could go on for days talking about everything this unit is capable of.

    Works amazingly

    Written By SethS, Billings, MT on Thursday, October 06, 2011

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    This head unit was a breeze to install into my 2010 mazda 3. It took 10 minutes to hook everything up and get it to work. The touch screen works great and bluetooth is good. It does have trouble connecting to my tablet every once in a while. Other than that, the navigation works great and the speed (even not hooked up to my speed sensor) is dead on. Easy to navigate UI and crutchfield was amazing at giving me my proper receiver adapter even though I didn't have it with my order. Thanks.

    Still works great

    Written By Joel S, Schenevus, NY on Sunday, October 02, 2011

    I still like this unit after 6 months. No issues or complaints. I have found map updates available at www.navteq.com. Simply shop for updates, select installed unit, select JVC, select KW-NT3. They want $139 for the update so check to see what version you have installed before buying. The only feature I haven't tried is playing a DVD. Everything else works perfectly!

    nice unit

    Written By LK, Milwaukee, WI on Friday, September 23, 2011

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    Had it for a couple of weeks. Very nice unit. UI is intuitive. I like the SD slot. Only holds a 2GB card but its useful to put some of my favorite tunes. Bluetooth is flawless with my Android phone. Use it for calls and also plays podcasts and music from the phone. Never need to take the phone out of my pocket. Would be nice if the unit showed album art through bluetooth but only shows album art from the SD card. Screen resolution is adequate, could be better. Should have USB on the back. It's only on the front now. Kind of makes the ipod function clunky since there's a cable hanging out of the radio to use an ipod. The navigation has worked perfectly so far. Crutchfield support is great. They know what they are talking about and they take the time.

    JVC KW-NT3HDT Outstanding / Install Kit Poor Fit

    Written By Patrick B, Apple Valley, Ca. on Thursday, September 15, 2011

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    2011 Honda CRV LX. I received the JVC KW-NT3HDT quickly. All needed install parts were included. I cannot say enough about the JVC unit. It is fast, easy to use, and has excellent sound quality. Con: Maps out of date. My street was not even shown. 6 year old residential area. The install kit leave much to be desired. I would expect a factory look upon completion of the install. In my case this was not to be. The stereo face does not sit flush with the rest of the dash. The cheap plastic mount used to hold the unit allows for sideways movement. The stock mount had four mounting bolts. The Crutchfield supplied piece only had two mounting bolts. I would have used the stock mounting bracket if it was possible. I highly recommend the JVC KW-NT3HDT. Think twice about your vehicle install in reference to fit and finish.

    JVC KW-NT3HDT

    Written By ErnieR, Fallbrook, Ca. on Tuesday, September 13, 2011

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    Fantastic product. Typical of JVC. I installed it in my 1992 Lexus SC400. Took me almost 6 hours. Had some technical questions and got the answers from the Crutchfield Technicians. I am sure the installation would have been easier and faster in my Ford F150. The Lexus has more wiring harnesses than a spacecraft. Bottom line is that everything works and the unit is everything as advertised.

    Does everything well, great price.

    Written By Lee, Greenville, SC on Thursday, September 01, 2011

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    I won't go into the full list of specifications, you can see those in the product description. This is a full featured unit at a very reasonable price. Here's my thoughts:

    Pros:

    -Very snappy processor, startup, and button response

    -Crystal clear bluetooth operation, phone and music streaming

    -Fully customizable colors for buttons and display accents

    -customizable map colors for day and night

    -CD slot accessible without having to flip down the screen

    -audio information and control while viewing map screen

    -speed limit information (although not on some local roads)

    -real volume knob instead of buttons

    -detachable face

    -custom startup and shutdown messages (text-to-speech)





    Cons:

    -no choice of multiple routes before starting navigation

    -can't customize the nav-lady speech voice

    -no voice commands for any operations (mic is for phone calls only)

    JVC KW-NT3HDT

    Written By BobH, New Jersey on Saturday, August 27, 2011

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    Have had the unit for about two weeks, and have not even figured out all the possibilities yet, but so far I love it. HD radio comes in clear. I can play my own music via ipod, mp3 player, flash drive, or SD card. One reason I purchased this unit over some less expensive ones was the USB port on the front. GPS is about the same level of user friendliness as the factory installed GPS in my wife's Prius. It takes some practice and experience, but once you learn how to use it, it works fast and well. Have seen complaints about expense and difficulty in updating the map data base, but cannot confrm or deny as I have not attempted to do this yet. Crutchfield's instructions are very good and tech support is fantastic; I installed the receiver myself in about an hour after studying the instructions and bugging tech support for a few days.

    Best Bang for the Buck

    Written By Scott M, Pine Island, MN on Friday, August 26, 2011

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    I did alot of research and settled on this unit for its price and amount of features came with.

    Pros: 1. HD Radio 2. SD Card Reader 3. Sat Ready (I purchased the XM Kit) *FYI: For those of you who have Sirrus already I would puurchase the Sirrus kit, even though the Company is called Sirrus/XM they are not fully combined enough yet to get the multiradio discount.* 4. Navigation 5. Bluetooth (this has worked flawlessly so far, and connects faster than my 2011 Edge w/My Ford Touch)

    Cons: 1. Outdated Maps (but this is to be expected)

    Loving it

    Written By JohnS, Staten Island NY on Sunday, August 07, 2011

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    Had the unit for about 3 weeks now. LOVE IT ! interface is very user friendly, and yet sophisticated. Ran it with an axxess steering wheel control, and having zero problems. Ipod display, and control through the head unit is a must. Installation was a breeze, and sounds better even with the same stock speakers. I listen to WFAN a lot, and the HD radio makes the AM station Fm station comparable. No more static, volume in , and out....... As always, Crutchfield customer assistance outstanding. Duke is the man!

    Good unit but outdated

    Written By Doug, PA on Friday, July 22, 2011

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    I got this unit new on July 5th, 2011. Works as advertised and has good features. Only issue is on top of whatever price you pay for it you will need to shell out a bunch of $ for updated maps. Contacting Crutchfield, JVC and Navteq were not really helpful in getting the maps issue resolved as they all say to contact the others. Bottom line is its a solid unit but has old maps that you will have to buy updates for.

    JVC KW-NT3HDT

    Written By JoeS, North Jersey on Thursday, July 07, 2011

    I've had this receiver for about a month now, and I have to say, it's not half bad. Easy install, great feature set, good HD radio integration, I do not have the satellite radio connection so no comment, color customization is good, gps is accurate. The sound quality from the built in amp is decent for an internal amp, but I'll be adding normal amps soon anyway.

    All that said, this headunit has 2 flaws that bug me to no end.

    1. Maps and Points of Interest

    When were these last updated? Some neighborhoods just...don't exist. Don't try to get new maps for it, Navteq doesn't have any. Oh, the neat little 'feature' to add POI's using the SD card slot? It doesn't mention you can only add 99, you have to search for them 1 by 1 on your computer, and you can't permanently upload them into the head unit.

    2. Turn by turn navi

    If you are in a situation where the navi is giving you frequent directions, i.e., a neighborhood, and someone calls you, good luck on your conversation. The navi directions will broadcast through the phone instead of your voice. Your caller will hear your directions instead of hearing you.

    Other than that, it's not bad at all.

    Map up-dates are available

    Written By Zoltar, Culpeper on Thursday, July 07, 2011

    I am considering purchasing this unit, but before I do I have been researching it. I was concerned by the comments made on here about the availability of map updates for the device. It would be foolish to buy a product with no future support, rest assured Navteq does sell updates. Their website is a bit lacking and it does not mention this particular model in the menu. The customer service rep 1-866-4NAVTEQ (866-462-8837) assured me this model was included in their latest update which was just released a few days ago (July 4). I hope this helps other prospective buyers make an informed decision.

    Great unit for the Price

    Written By Michael's X-Type, Pikesville, MD on Monday, July 04, 2011

    This unit a great buy for the money! It was very easy to learn and the screen transitions are very fast. Most sections are customizable including the boot up screen, speed warnings, custom backlite colors, and themes. Even though it has some type of Windows OS, It has not crashed or frozen up at all.

    I have two complaints that have to do more with the design the anything with this unit. First, a rear ipod connector should have included in addition to the one on the front. I find the cable gets into the way, so I had to do a custom fix for it, but it still sticks out of the front of the unit. Second, the screen can be bit brighter because on sunny days, the glare can be a bit much. Perhaps it's better if there was some type of sun shield or special anti-glare screen. Not sure how the last complaint is addressed in more expensive units.

    As far as the sound, I replaced all the factory speakers and let this unit drive new infinity Kappa Series, and sound is supper clear and a huge improvement over the factory unit. Soon after installing a sub, I really like this units flexibility in changing the Low pass filter and amp gain options on the screen.

    After using Android Nav, Navigon for iPhone, and various in-dash factory Nav units, this Nav unit virtually eliminates the error in those last minute wrong turns.

    Overall, I would buy this unit again and recommend to others. Hope this helps.

    Sounds fantastic

    Written By Maurice, Miami, Fl on Friday, June 24, 2011

    Just got my unit professionally installed and it sounds fantastic, what a difference between my factory radio sound and now with this unit. I enjoy playing my music from my phone via bluetooth instead of aux cord. The bluetooth conversation (which I tried right away) sounded great on my end and just as good on the other end. Very happy with my purchase

    Get what you pay for

    Written By JasonC, Anaheim CA on Wednesday, June 22, 2011

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    Couldn't pass up the price on this feature filled deck. Sure it's cheaper elsewhere, but we all come to crutchfield for their knowledgable tech support (which I needed due to the previous deck be stolen, with all wires cut). Install was easy. User interface is quiet intuitive. Over all a great deck with a few issues of mine: It has traffic data, but only alerts in navigation. I wish it would give the option of looking at least ahead on freeways a few miles. It never connects to my iPhone 4 for music via the USB on plug-in. I always need to disconnect and reconnect the plug at the phone. The data on file is poorly lacking on some addresses. I type in a street number, and half the numbers are inaccessible. So far 3 street numbers were not in the system.... and these streets are OLD.

    But over all. If those few issues were fixed, I'd like it a lot better. I already like it more than the factory Lexus navigation - which feels clunky in it's interface.

    Good for the money

    Written By bobula, new york, NY on Tuesday, June 07, 2011

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    Like: - lots of functionality (HD radio, ipod, bluetooth...etc.) - interface speed is commendable, with quick refresh and responsive touch controls - interface design is simple and easy to navigate - iPod controls are quick and well laid out - nav functionality does not require a VSS connection, making the setup a breeze for beginners - bluetooth phone functionality is alright... nothing amazing, but works as expected

    Dislike: - non-motorized screen is prone to glare - small screen that shows its size with a cluttered navigation layout - navigation voice is terrible, and cannot be changed (so far as I could find so far)

    Overall: I would say this is probably the best bang for the buck that I can think of. JVC makes good products, the system is full of functionality, and easy to use. The drawbacks are in the usability area, and not functionality.

    Great Unit - No Support from JVC or Navteq

    Written By JeffG, Baltimore, MD on Friday, May 27, 2011

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    Recently purchased this navigation, the maps are way out of date (my quess about 2 yrs.). And no one knows anything about updates.

    The Traffic updates are great but the pre-installed map has to be from 2009 or older. Roads I travel are missing however, they are on Google maps and are on my portable Garmin Gps. I've called JVC and they referred me to NavTeq and NavTeq says they do not provide an update for this unit and I must speak with JVC. I went as far as to contact the product manager from JVC but as of this writing have not heard back from him after leaving several messages. I also asked to have a support manager contact me. I was told it would take upto 48 hours for a return call. I've call JVC 4 times and still no return call. It's unbelievable that a product of this price doesn't provide current maps or a mean to get there. And noone knows about any types of updates. Crutchfield's customer and technical support have been great. You know it's bad when the distributor contacts the manufacture and they receives the same answers... Now the next question is what do you replace this unit with that has all of the same features at a resonable price?

    2011 Civic 10 min install

    Written By Raeden, Harrisburg, Pa on Wednesday, May 25, 2011

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    Super simple install. Works great as described. Speed sensor tells you when you go over the speed limit on the highways. Traffic adviser is nice but not always accurate and it only works on highways. So far no issues, very satified with purchase.

    Best Purchase Ever!

    Written By putergeek007, Waukesha, WI on Thursday, May 12, 2011

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    Totally love this stereo! Was going to buy it somewhere else because it was cheaper but decided to stick with Crutchfield because they include all the install parts, directions, etc. Very glad I did that. I did the install myself and it wasn't too bad. The features are amazing! The iPod integration is great. I bought the special cable to plug my iPod in and wish I would have saved the $$. It is only needed if doing video from the iPod, which I don't plan on doing. Bluetooth sounds great on my Android phone, sound is great, navigation is awesome, and I'm having fun with HD radio. The HD traffic was the selling point for me and I'm very happy with it. Definitely worth every cent! My only complaint is that I waited so long to get it!

    F250 install

    Written By engineer, indiana on Saturday, May 07, 2011

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    installed in 2005 f250. Works perfect. Requires almost complete dash removal. Hardest part of install was finding the reverse signal in the fuse box. Its pin 5 on the half din relay but tough to find on the back. Its the green/pink wire on the connector near the bottom right on the back of the fuse box. Also, note the crutchfield wiring harness ford adapter does not connect to the steering wheel control wire, so you have to splice. Solid one day install for all the features, but it was completely worth it. Splice the "park" wire to ground, so your passenger can watch dvd on the move.

    Really good

    Written By GMG, San Angelo, TX on Monday, May 02, 2011

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    Really good system. Love the display and the GPS is very accurate and super fast. Not cheap but really good nonetheless.

    JVC KW-NT3HDT

    Written By David, San Diego, CA on Tuesday, April 26, 2011

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    Installed this in my wifes car about a month ago and think the unit is great. I have watched the speed limit sign on the nav screen to see how quickly it changes with the actual speed limit signs on the road. on the same highway when the speed changed from 70 to 65, it changed within 300 feet of the sign on the road (which I consider to be very accurate). The interface takes a little getting used to but is easy once you get the hang of it (not a good thing for the electronically challenged). The HD radio and lifetime traffic is nice. Install was fairly easy, (just time consuming running all the wires) but I have installed lots of stereo speakers so once again that was helpful. I installed the gps antenna inside as the cable needed about 3 more feet to install above the rear window outside, but its out of the weather this way too. The only thing that knocked it to the 4 stars was the POI's, has a ton at 6 million but compared to the 12 million on my Harman/Kardon hand held was a little lacking. It was missing some that are places we go locally and were on my hand held. the other is the map graphics. Its similar to the the garmin where its just doesnt look detailed, where my handheld is. I do really like the lane guidance feature. Comes in very handy on some of the freeways getting through Los Angeles. Bluetooth (both audio streaming and phone) works great, you dont hear the road noise when your on the other end. Overall a great product at a great price.

    Nice System

    Written By MichaelS, Yorktown, VA on Thursday, April 21, 2011

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    I had a JVC KD-R900 stereo in my 08 Dodge Dakota Quad-Cab and wanted an
    in-dash GPS. Although Amazon was selling the same system for $40.00 less, it
    didn't come with the "goodies" that Crutchfield supplied. I didn't install it myself,
    but had a 3d party install. Originally, the website states that it will fit my truck;
    however, some minor modifications to the support internal to the vehicle was
    required. The system was just a smidge too tall to slide in completely, but with
    some "minor" tweaking of the support on the truck it went in fine. Sound is
    great! Even the 3d party installer stated that he liked it better than their
    comparable Pioneer system. Here's my setup: JVC KW-NT3HDT system,
    Alpine MRP-F300 4/3/2 amp, Infinity 6032si speakers in front/rear doors, and
    the stock Infinity tweeters in the front doors. After a few months of use, I may
    put up a YouTube review. So far, I'm pleased.

    JVC KW-NT3HDT

    Written By CraigM, NW Indiana on Wednesday, April 20, 2011

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    I was looking for a new stereo and Drew of the Crutchfield staff was very helpful to me in making my selection. He explained the differences between the various makes and models along with the bells and whistles each provided. I selected the JVC KW-NT3HDT which I just finished installing in in my 2008 Honda Ridgeline. The installation was very simple and fit perfect. I did have one issue which required tech support. I ignored the power antenna wire as I don't have a power antenna. As it turns out this is required to power the antenna booster. No where was this covered or mentioned in any of the installation instructions. After getting it all back toghether to discover I had no FM I called Tech support. They were very helpful and within a couple of minutes we had identified and resolved the issue. The stereo looks great and works even better. The displays are good and the menu is very user friendly. Configuration was a snap...

    Thanks Crutchfield,

    Locks up

    Written By glf, Md on Tuesday, April 19, 2011

    This unit looses the station and locks up on station 100, when you try to push the station button it will not respond. The only way to get it to work is unplug the face a couple of time before it will respond and work correctly. This has been sent back to JVC for repair and came back with the same issue. The second issue is a engine feed back through the speakers, even after it was re-grounded and reinstalled. The GPS function will not accurately give you the correct travel time to your destination, it is off by as much as 30 to 45 minutes depending on the total time of your trip. I personally think they have soft wear issues with this system.

    Nice overall but.......

    Written By John98026, Lynnwood, WA on Friday, April 15, 2011

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    Overall, I am very happy with this unit. The display and sound are good and navigation through the controls acceptable. I like having the traffic reporting, too. Beware however. If you are like me and do not want the faceplate to be removable, you will not have access to the SD slot, making updates to the maps impossible.

    JVC KW-NT3HDT

    Written By JRM, Charlotte, NC on Wednesday, April 13, 2011

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    Installed this in a 2008 Ford Expedition. Overall we really like the product. Seems to have all the features that anyone could need or want. Would be nice if it had a USB input in the back. Installation was not as easy as previous radios that I installed. I could not get power through the harness so I needed to connect into another wire/fuse in the car. There were no instructions for this so I had to contact tech support. I called 4 times and spoke to 4 people to make sure I was doing it right since I was not familiar with how to do this. Each tech told me to do it a different way. It was very frustrating. They make it sound so easy but if you have never done something like that before, it can be slightly difficult to understand exactly what is needed to be done. When you have 4 different people telling you 4 completely different instructions, it makes it all the more difficult. I did eventually get it done and enjoy the product. A+ for the stereo, C for the tech support.

    Great Unit

    Written By sallysky, Gaithersburg, MD on Tuesday, April 12, 2011

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    I installed this unit in my 2008 Saturn Sky Redline along with an Alpine amp. I am very pleased with it. The install was smooth using the GMOS harness. The most difficult thing to do was the steering wheel adapter but after a few calls to tech support all is fine. The GPS is excellent I miss the road signs that my mobile unit had but the sound is great and I can stream XM and Pandora via bluetooth. The sound quality on the bluetooth is great. I wish you could create your own slash screen but I can live without it. I can even stream video via an iphone app from my home mac (JVC cable required)

    Great Stereo - Easy Install - Nice Nav

    Written By Steve W., Chapel Hill, NC on Wednesday, April 06, 2011

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    I installed this in a 2006 Hyundai Sonata . The installation was straight-forward with the supplied Crutchfield Kit and Master Sheet. They recommened the PAC-SEOM or whatever, but it wasn't necessary for what I wanted to do. Since the Hyundai doesn't use any of the AV features, I have some of the cables in boxes.

    The Sat/Nav is awesome. The speed warnings are jarring at first, but very useful in a College Town with 20 mph zones and 4 sets of police to enforce them. The face detaches when parked, which is also good in a College Town.

    It is amazingly easy to use. The iPod connection works great, the radio sounds great (even through factory speakers). Even the firmware upgrade was easy.

    The shocking surprise is the bluetooth phone connection, which I thought was a throw-away feature, is clearer than my actual bluetooth headset. The ability to control your phone and make calls from the unit makes using your phone as easy as using the radio. When attached, it imports your phone book, so frequently called numbers are available. If your phone has voice commands, you can enable them and never have to take your hands off the wheel.

    And a bonus is that the anti-cell phone zealots just assume you're adjusting your radio and don't wreck while staring at you using your phone. You may want to remind callers they are on speaker.

    This is an expensive unit, but it wins on ease-of-use, sound-quality, Sat/Nav and that amazing bluetooth connection.

    Unit is ok, but defective after 2 months.

    Written By Richie, Los Angeles, CA on Tuesday, April 05, 2011

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    I have had it 2 months and it is defective. I have had to order a replacement unit.

    I picked this unit because of the removing face feature. I have a Jeep and in the summer when the roof is off I don't want anybody stealing my nav unit. It fits into a 2011 Wrangler really well. The unit itself is adequate and the sound is good with the infinity speakers. One problem I found is that I get no Nav voice commands. In my vehicle I guess you have to switch the front with back speakers when you install it so that you can hear the commands. I will have this corrected when I have my replacement unit installed.

    So this unit was professionally installed. It started going off and on periodically. Then it started to happen more frequently. Then the touch screen has stopped working on occasions. I called Crutchfield and they immediately mailed me a replacement. The process was very easy, just a pain because I now have to pay someone again to install this new one. I hope this one works!!!

    So without the faults I would say this is a steady 3.5 star unit. It is good, but nothing super amazing. If I was purchasing one and not bothered about a removing face, I would probably go with a Pioneer unit.

    Just Good Stuff

    Written By Gary W., Sugar Land, TX on Tuesday, April 05, 2011

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    I received my order this past Thursday, soldered applicable component wiring together Friday evening and installed the system in my 2006 - C6 - Convertible Corvette on Saturday. Taking my time, it took me 7 labor hours, from unpacking to final install. I have OnStar and wanted to keep it in tact, so ordered the optional integration adapter. Everything I needed was in the Crutchfield "kit" and the adapter made it extremely easy to install, although fitting it into the cavity took a tad bit of manuvering. I purchased the unit for its HD radio ability, but really enjoy, and have used all input sources, except Sattelite radio. The unit is a better quality system, in all aspects, from the OEM head unit in the car.
    Menus are easy to manuver through, adjustments/settings are straightforward and, with the adapter, I was able to retain my OEM - Bose amplified speakers. I do have aftermarket sub-woofers behind my seats, with a powered amp, so the sounds from the small, confined space of the convertible are more than adequate, even with the top down. This is a great unit for the cost and the Crutchfield kit made it extremely easy to install. You won't find a better "package" than this on Ebay or any other bidding site. I know because I shopped them.

    Maps are out of date and no updates

    Written By Mayo, Austin, TX on Monday, April 04, 2011

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    I can't give this 4 or 5 stars because the main feature, Navigation, is out of date. The Traffic updates are great but the pre-installed map has to be from 2009 or older. My neighborhood is missing sections that have been on Google maps for almost 2+ yrs now. I've called JVC and they referred me to NavTeq and NavTeq says they do not provide an update for this unit and I must speak with JVC. It's unbelievable that a suggested retail product of this price doesn't provide current maps or a mean to get there. If Navigation is what you need then this is not the unit for you. I'm up in the air as to whether to return this or not. Since it took me almost a day to install I probably won't and hope that JVC will provide an update soon.

    Nice Unit

    Written By Karate, Hickory, NC on Friday, April 01, 2011

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    I loved the unit except for the no updatable navigation. Really nice.

    Very good "entry" level in-dash unit

    Written By Delosky, Atlanta, GA on Wednesday, March 30, 2011

    As the title states, if you are looking for an all inclusive in-dash GPS/radio with additional functionality such as Bluetooth and HD radio, for a good price, this is probably the unit for you. Unfortunately for me, I was looking for a little bit more and thought I might get it in this unit.

    PROS = Configuration is easy, iPod controls are good, the GPS works well, you get free traffic information, free system and GPS updates, the boot time is less than 10 seconds, and the Bluetooth connected to my Samsung Omnia 2 WinMo 6.5 phone the first time and everytime after.

    CONS = I don't like not having the option of a rear iPod connector. I use my iPod for 95% of the music I listen to and the fact that I have this plug hanging out of the dash is a negative for me. Also, the display is not very good compared to just about every other in-dash unit out there. 600x480 is not very good and you can see it in the videos and album covers. Last but not least, I thought that with Bluetooth, I would be able to make voice dial calls since my phone supports it, but I should've done my research more. I wasn't aware that some do, some don't. This one doesn't.

    All in all I do think this is a good unit and the price is really good, especially considering you don't have to add anything to it other than an iPod cable. I'm just looking for a little more which is why I'm swapping it for the Kenwood DNX6960.

    JVC KW-NT3HDT

    Written By Jeff, Forest Hill, MD on Thursday, March 24, 2011

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    This unit will do everything as advertised. Fit perfect in my 2004 Suburban.

    The best you can buy!!!!!

    Written By Joel S., upstate ny on Sunday, March 20, 2011

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    This GPS/DVD radio is awesome!!! I installed it in a 2006 Nissan Frontier. It is loaded with features that you have to pay extra for on more expensive units. The GPS is excellent, easy to use and rivals my Lowrance GPS unit. The DVD works great! HD radio is awesome! Lifetime traffic is great for traveling and commuting! I also added XM and a backup camera and they work perfect!!! The sound is excellent. The bluetooth connects to my phone automatically when I drive my vehicle and doesn't need to be paired every time. Plus it has front USB and AUX inputs for more options. The display is easy to see and use. You can customize the display with different colors(including scrolling colors) and you can change the startup and shutdown messages to whatever you type in! Very cool and fun! I am 100% happy with this unit! I think I would be disappointed if I bought any other unit after seeing all the great features this one has. I will definitely take the time to remove this unit when I sell the truck so I can put it in my next truck! Great job JVC!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    JVC KW-NT3HDT - 2006 Toyota Highlander

    Written By curtind1, Raleigh, NC on Tuesday, March 15, 2011

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    After months of research on the web, stores, and from installer experts I decided to purchase the JVC KW-NT3HDT. The biggest reason was it contains features that other more expensive HU's have but does not require add-ons at a much cheaper price, Bluetooth, HD Radio, Lifetime traffic.

    Goals:
    1. Stream audio from Droid X to HU
    2. Hands free calling
    3. Improve car audio quality

    I was concerned that the JVC HU would not support connecting to my Droid X over Bluetooth. I tested out my Droid X at a local store and it performed well. Pairing was easy. Pandora and RSS video/audio feeds were in stereo and album tags were transferred, and phone book transferred. Phone calls were clear. The JVC HU managed audio volume and navigation prompts when a phone call came in.

    What I really like:
    Well thought out User Interface design
    JVC continues to release updates
    Navigation
    Audio management within Nav
    SD Card support
    HD Radio
    Traffic
    Removable faceplate
    DVD media video
    News

    What could be improved:
    Increase the display resolution
    Provide USB connection in rear of unit to run where desired
    Add WMA support
    Add Lossless support
    Add video support on SD or USB drives
    Provide the ability to change the color of the car in navigation
    Improve POI search
    Noise cancellation for mic


    Summary:
    Comparing feature\function and cost this HU beats all other 2 DIN units.

    Magnificant!

    Written By Randy, Chatham, NY on Monday, March 14, 2011

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    I love this unit! HD radio is wonderful. Navigation is extremely accurate! Settings and adjustments are intuitive and thoughtful. I mounted the GPS antenna on the dash and I get great/perfect GPS signal reception. I am extremely happy with this purchase!

    Bluetooth sync and uploading of phone book was seamless.

    Odyssey Self-Installed - Some Snags

    Written By TD, Chicago, IL on Tuesday, March 08, 2011

    OK - just put this in my wife's 2006 Odyssey EX-L. First of all - you don't have to attach the VSS wire for the GPS to work - does fine so far without it (even warns if driving too fast). The VSS wire install looked like a big pain to me (push wire thru the firewall, very tight spaces under hood, etc) - I opted to skip it.

    Still having trouble with the steering wheel buttons (the aftermarket module was defective - new one is being shipped) and had to actually solder a 560ohm resistor to do the initial set up that ended up only having 3 of 5 buttons work - when we cut that resister to try it another way the module malfunctioned.

    Crutchfield support was OK but I was suprised by the lack of precision of directions (had to call to get info on VSS and then that was vague). I would have thought it would have been in the Master Sheet info. Also, support said the VSS was required 'but you can try and see without it'.

    Van is an EX-L, there are no options (other than Navi) so why ask if van has 6 or 7 speaker system - I thought 7 (wrong!) - so wired up a SOEM? box (16wires instead of 8) after install nearly done I had to un-wire then re-wire in the car (another snag).

    As for the radio - its great. Fun custom message in the lady navigation voice at turn on and turn off of the radio. Navi works great. Best for us is the Bluetooth for safety when making/taking calls and for streaming music from phone - ipod or pandora.

    JVC KW-NT3HDT

    Written By Bill A, North Las Vegas, NV on Tuesday, March 01, 2011

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    This GPS Radio is the best. Easy to read screen, even in bright sun. Maps are great and it tells me when I'm over the speed limit. It's so great that I had to install one in my wife's car. The installation was a snap and when I ran into trouble I gave support a call and within minutes they gave me the answer. They also gave me all the parts I needed to install it. My JVC radio and Crutchfield are the greatest.

    Happy with it

    Written By JOTN, Virginia Beach, VA on Thursday, February 24, 2011

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    I've been using this for about three weeks now and very happy with it. I also added an XM receiver. The hands free phone feature was a nice bonus I wasn't specifically looking for. It only required a little extra work to run the mic wire up the pillar and behind the visor where it clips on.

    Here's a couple of things I've noticed:

    No mute button anywhere? It does have a real knob for volume instead of some annoying up and down buttons.

    I was unable to play audio files on my Android phone by plugging it into the USB. This works fine on my Pioneer DEH-P4200UB in the other car, so I'm not sure why it doesn't work. Plugging in a USB flash drive works fine. I can still play audio from the phone use bluetooth.

    The traffic list does not update if you leave it up. You have to navigate to another screen and back to get new traffic alerts. This would be nice to have because the "on route" traffic updates are handy for going back and forth to work. I already know where I'm going so only set the destination for the traffic.

    Even if you're not interested in the removable face as a security feature, it is handy for cleaning the screen. Just take it inside where you can do a better job.

    Nice unit

    Written By Dan C, Raleigh, NC on Sunday, February 20, 2011

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    Really Nice unit. The adaptor they sent with it did well with the Shaker 500 system supplied with the car. Have to limit alot of things as the Speakers almost cant handle the system with gain set on HIgh...

    Update process for the Radio went fine.. Just want to know how to update the maps for the unit as they are a bit out of date. The HD Radio Quality is great. The update took care of the New HD Radio feature of being able to view the Album Covers.

    JVC is OK by me.

    Written By Ed W, McMurray, PA on Thursday, February 17, 2011

    Installed this unit and the back-up camera in my 2009 Sprinter van back in July 2010. Install was pretty straight-forward and kit was easy to use. The unit is pretty fast to load & aquire location. Has a neat feature that tells you to watch your speed if you go faster than a user selectable amount over the speed limit for the road you are on. The graphics are pretty good and easily readable. The display can be hooked up to the lights, but since I have daytime running lights, the display was always in the night mode. There is a way to program the display to dim at a particular time of day, so that feature has been a really nice alternative for me to use. Camera has good resolution (It is the JVC Camera) and works well in daylight and at night with back-up lighting. I use the Blue-Tooth with my Droid phone and it works great. The audio is good in the van using the stock speakers and is pleanty loud & clean even in this diesel van. Only bad thing I noticed was on the very cold mornings here in PA this past winter, the unit would not boot on until it warmed up a little in the cab. Usually ok in about 5 minutes or so after being on "radio".

    As good as it claims

    Written By MikeE, Madisonville, LA on Sunday, February 13, 2011

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    The only complaint I have and the only reason I don't rate it 5 stars is the unit's insistence on disabling certain functions/features when the vehicle is moving. For example, you can't enter a NAV destination unless parked.

    Otherwise, it is all it claims to be. It is fast to boot up, fast to react to user input and feature rich. I can't think of anything left off of this unit. I installed it in a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado and I can tell you it is better than GM's optional factory installed NAV for this model year. I really like the unit's ability to use an internal Gyro and the vehicle's speed pulse sensor to improve on a "GPS only" aftermarket solution. The built in HD radio was the reason I bought this unit over others. Real time, subscription free traffic info is just another benefit of the the built in HD radio receiver.

    All in all a great product with a few minor annoyances...

    Excellant Product

    Written By Herb S, Longmont, CO on Friday, February 11, 2011

    Love this radio. It performs as stated and is a joy to use.

    Schweet head unit

    Written By Steve, Corpus Christi, TX on Wednesday, February 09, 2011

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    Detachable face...sweet!
    Bluetooth audio streaming via smart phone with MP3's and Pandora....sweet!
    Nav...sweet!
    DVD...sweet!
    Ability to customize the display lighting...sweet!
    Ability to make a customize welcome and good bye greeting (audio) when turning on and off vehicle...sweet!
    If only it had the satellite module/receiver built in. But the install of the Sirius module and receiver was easy and works great!

    JVC KW-NT3HDT

    Written By L., Santa Clara, CA on Monday, February 07, 2011

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    I've bought this unit about a month ago and had it installed two weeks ago. I haven't utilized the navigation or bluetooth capabilities at all, so I can't comment about these. I selected this unit to replace the no longer functioning factory system on my 99 Honda Prelude. I have not upgraded my speakers so the sound is obviously the same as before. I like the interface and thus far am satisfied with my purchase.

    JVC KW-NT3HDT

    Written By PatrickA, Ridgefield Park,NJ. on Sunday, February 06, 2011

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    Great product. Installation was straigh foward, and the instructions very clear.
    purchased on New Year`s Day and arrived in three days, installed in one afternoon/evening and all worked as advertised. bluetooth was installed very easy, and the contacts book was downloaded automatic. Great GPS, and the traffic alerts are a blessing. Very happy with product. If anything I wish it had is a voice command.
    Overall a great product, at a very good price. Crutchfield customer service was first rate when asked to help with the color of the camera that is included with reciever.
    Excelent product at a great price.

    JVC KW-NT3HDT Good features

    Written By DaveH, Arnold, Ca on Wednesday, February 02, 2011

    I installed this in our 2010 Altima Coupe following Crutchfield's instructions on removing the old stereo and installing the JVC nav unit. Install options: Crutchfield also included a Boyo backup camera. We also wanted XM sat so I ordered the JVC/Audiovox XM adapter.

    The KW-NT3HDT: fast bootup. The Bluetooth phone pairing works fine but it would not download our address book from an LG phone. My iPad paired with no problems and streamed my iTunes to the JVC. I also loaded a 4GB SD card with music and it loads that up and plays the mp3 files. Also you can import POI files from a free program that can be downloaded from the JVC support site. That works, but the negative is you have to search and select the POIs to be downloaded to the SD card. The backup camera works fine with unit. The navigation is OK, it routes fine but could use some refinement. It will not tell you what side of the street your destination is on. Also it is limited with the amount of POIs installed. A nice feature is that you can set the navigation system to alert you when you exceed the speed limit by 3, 6 or 10 mph.

    I did not connect the vehicle speed sensor. Crutchfield's instructions were vague and did not specifically cover my car.

    XM adapter: Audiovox's instructions are outdated and do not include the power connections. I wish the XM adapter/JVC head would allow the XM stock ticker to work! It does not have that feature.

    Other comments: I put a DVD movie in the JVC and it played.

    Wow! Great sound, GPS, and UI

    Written By DJ, Pleasanton, CA on Friday, January 21, 2011

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    Installed this in my wife's 2002 Acura MDX that had a factory Bose system that had a broken CD player and I am blown away by the sound quality. I first tested the system with the existing factory Bose speakers and it sounded great then I added the JVC Arsenal speakers and then tested the system again and blew the doors off the car and probably woke up a few neighbors. The number of features is overwhelming but you can choose what you want to turn on or off. The GPS is solid because it is Navteq and the user interface (UI) is simple enough to use without the manual. I HIGHLY recommend this receiver!

    Honest Review of the JVC

    Written By James, Bristol, CT on Thursday, January 20, 2011

    Just had this unit installed and let me say it is worth every penny. To start off the HD Radio with traffic is great. The unit starts up in under 5 seconds with exceptional speed navigating from screen to screen. The Bluetooth streaming works great and the sound quality is awesome. My current set up consists of two amps 4 component speakers with tweeters, two 12 inch subs and this unit just adds to the greatness. As for the complaints about the USB input in the front and not enough outputs on the back of this unit let me say this. With a decent smartphone like the iPhone with a great battery, bluetooth streaming is great and there are no cords. If ya need to charge your phone and listen to music you have the USB as back up. As for the limited outputs on the back, there are adapters called (Y Adapters) look into them. The navigation part of this unit is also great. Went from Bristol, CT to Boston MA no problem and was warned of traffic that was surrounding me on my route. Overall 5 Stars. Very easy to use, very fast, great unit.

    Great features, Terrible GPS

    Written By Steve G, Edwardsville IL on Sunday, January 16, 2011

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    Wanted HD radio, Blue Tooth and iPod control. Decided that the built in GPS addition was worth the extra money, since the integrated GPS function would override the stereo audio output. It isn't. There is another reviewer from Texas that says the maps are two years old. I can verify that in Illinois as well. JVC gave me the run around, finally telling me they are releasing maps "soon", but no date or even a promise of free upgrade.

    If I liked the GPS, I might even wait. But I have used it for a week and I can't stand it. I found it advising routes that don't make any sense, even without traffic avoidance set. It has the annoying feature that I like to call "Don't get off on that Interstate you are crossing". I found it annoying from my Garmin, but this GPS takes it one step further. When approaching an Interstate with a clover leaf interchange, the GPS advises "bear left" to remain on the Interstate you are on, even though it wants you take the second exit. It isn't until you get passed the exit that takes you in the opposite direction that it bothers to tell you that you need to exit.

    I thought having the GPS tell me when I've exceeded the speed limit was a neat idea. However, it has bad speed limit data on some roads, so it constantly reminds me to "observe the speed limit" even though I'm not exceeding it. I had to turn off the feature.

    I'm returning the unit for one without the GPS feature

    Good deal for all the features currently available.

    Written By Jeff P., Yucca Valley, CA on Sunday, January 16, 2011

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    I looked at every radio and read every review before I bought this unit and I'm very happy that I bought the JVC. It has every feature you can think of and for less money than any other unit. I had it installed by a local pro. The backup camera is great and the bluetooth audio streaming is great. The hands fee works very well too. The only complaints I have with this unit is that there is no rear USB port and the screen gets washed out by the sun during certain times of the day. It boots up quickly and the controls are easy to use. I like the fact that there is an actual volume knob and some other useful buttons. I haven't used the HD radio yet since I live in a small town with no signal. I use my iPhone 4 via bluetooth to play music via iPod, Slacker and Pandora. It would be cool if there was an update to display album art via bluetooth. It would have 5 stars if it had the rear usb and the screen didn't wash out in the sun. Maybe it's because of the location in my truck.

    Very Happy with product and support

    Written By Pete, Crestview FL on Thursday, January 13, 2011

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    When I decided to upgrade my 06 Tacoma I did a vast amount of research. I call Crutchfield and spoke to an advisor who recommended this product since it had all the features I wanted. This is the first stereo I have ever installed on my own! It did take me longer than planned but in the end I saved 250.00. On a scale of 1 to 10 the install was a 4 in degree of difficulty. The unit is as promised and I am very pleased with it. Ready to use right out of the box and easy to set up without having to spend hours reading instruction manual. One draw back is the XM direct 2 unit; it has to be programmed via computer. It has to be programmed using windows XP with IE or the XM module is not going to work. Good thing the local library still had XP on the user desk tops. For the price, support from Crutchfield they did a great job recommending all the things I needed to enjoy this unit.. Again if you take your time, follow the steps outlined in the install guides and have a bit of tech knowledge it is something you can do.

    Perfect solution

    Written By billM, Atlanta, GA on Tuesday, January 11, 2011

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    I did a lot of research and looked at tons of reviews. After I finally made the decision the sales rep at Crutchfield was very helpful and made sure I had everything I needed to get this in my Mustang.
    I used a local installer to put this in since I did not think I was up for the challenge of add the camera and satellite antenna.
    Now that everything is installed, all I can say is this system rocks. It improved the sounds 10x over. The HD radio and GPS is great. But the Bluetooth to my iphone is great. All I have to do is enter the car, it connects and I can start playing from a playlist. No regrets here.

    JVC KW-NT3HDT

    Written By Jay J, Ft. Lauderdale, FL on Saturday, January 08, 2011

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