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Item #: 105NT3HDT

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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

Info from JVC

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

Info from JVC

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.


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

Info from JVC

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

Info from JVC

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)
    • 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.

    JVC KW-NT3HDT Reviews

    Average Customer Review:

    95 Reviews

    I LIKE It! Been Testing It For Several Months!

    Written by: Homeboy981 from Dallas, TX on 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 from Chagrin Falls, OH on February 4, 2012

    2008 Chevrolet Malibu

    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!


    Written by: DonF from San Antonio, TX on January 25, 2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.....


    Written by: Matt from Birmingham, AL on January 23, 2012

    2004 Chevrolet Avalanche
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.


    Written by: RickT from Olathe,KS on January 22, 2012

    2000 Toyota 4Runner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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. from Bronx New york on January 21, 2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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 from Dallas, TX on January 18, 2012

    2003 Lincoln Navigator
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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 from Chicagoiland on December 16, 2011

    2004 Honda Pilot
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.


    Written by: JT from St. Pete, FL on December 13, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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 from Camarillo CA on December 5, 2011

    2003 Infiniti G35
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.



    Written by: Glen H from Memphis. TN on November 29, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.


    Written by: Dan B. from Wilmington,IL on November 21, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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


    Written by: Mark R from Westminster, MD on November 6, 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 from Maryland on November 2, 2011

    1999 Toyota Camry LE
    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 from Phoenix on October 28, 2011

    2008 Hyundai Sonata
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.


    Written by: Tom S from Fernley, NV on 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 from PA on 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 from Columbus, Ohio on October 20, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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 from Bloomington, MN on October 12, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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 from Billings, MT on October 6, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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 from Schenevus, NY on October 2, 2011

    I still like this unit after 6 months. No issues or complaints. I have found map updates available at 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 from Milwaukee, WI on September 23, 2011

    2011 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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 from Apple Valley, Ca. on September 15, 2011

    2011 Honda CRV LX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.




    Written by: ErnieR from Fallbrook, Ca. on September 13, 2011

    1992 Lexus SC400
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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 from Greenville, SC on September 1, 2011

    2000 Nissan Maxima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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:


    -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)


    -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)




    Written by: BobH from New Jersey on August 27, 2011

    2002 Ford Explorer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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 from Pine Island, MN on August 26, 2011

    2007 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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 from Staten Island NY on August 7, 2011

    2011 Mazda 3
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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 from PA on July 22, 2011

    2003 Mazda Protege5
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.




    Written by: JoeS from North Jersey on July 7, 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 from Culpeper on July 7, 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 from Pikesville, MD on July 4, 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 from Miami, Fl on 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 from Anaheim CA on June 22, 2011

    1997 Toyota Land Cruiser
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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 from new york, NY on June 7, 2011

    2010 Subaru Forester
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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 from Baltimore, MD on May 27, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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 from Harrisburg, Pa on May 25, 2011

    2011 Honda Civic EX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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 from Waukesha, WI on May 12, 2011

    2008 Hummer H3
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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 from indiana on May 7, 2011

    2005 Ford F-250 Super Duty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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 from San Angelo, TX on May 2, 2011

    2007 Toyota Tundra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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




    Written by: David from San Diego, CA on April 26, 2011

    2002 Nissan Altima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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 from Yorktown, VA on April 21, 2011

    2008 Dodge Dakota
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.




    Written by: CraigM from NW Indiana on April 20, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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 from Md on 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 from Lynnwood, WA on April 15, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.




    Written by: JRM from Charlotte, NC on April 13, 2011

    2008 Ford Expedition
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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 from Gaithersburg, MD on April 12, 2011

    2008 Saturn Sky
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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. from Chapel Hill, NC on April 6, 2011

    2006 Hyundai Sonata
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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 from Los Angeles, CA on April 5, 2011

    2011 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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. from Sugar Land, TX on April 5, 2011

    2006 Chevrolet Corvette
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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 from Austin, TX on April 4, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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 from Hickory, NC on April 1, 2011

    2004 Toyota Tundra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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



    Very good "entry" level in-dash unit

    Written by: Delosky from Atlanta, GA on 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.




    Written by: Jeff from Forest Hill, MD on March 24, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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



    The best you can buy!!!!!

    Written by: Joel S. from upstate ny on March 20, 2011

    2006 Nissan Frontier
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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 from Raleigh, NC on March 15, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

    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
    Audio management within Nav
    SD Card support
    HD Radio
    Removable faceplate
    DVD media video

    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

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




    Written by: Randy from Chatham, NY on March 14, 2011

    1998 Acura 3.2TL
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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 from Chicago, IL on March 8, 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.




    Written by: Bill A from North Las Vegas, NV on March 1, 2011

    2010 Toyota Corolla
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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 from Virginia Beach, VA on February 24, 2011

    2006 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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 from Raleigh, NC on February 20, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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 from McMurray, PA on 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 from Madisonville, LA on February 13, 2011

    2007 Chevrolet Silverado (New Body Style
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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 from Longmont, CO on February 11, 2011

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



    Schweet head unit

    Written by: Steve from Corpus Christi, TX on February 9, 2011

    2008 Ford F-250 Super Duty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Detachable face...sweet!
    Bluetooth audio streaming via smart phone with MP3's and Pandora....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!




    Written by: L. from Santa Clara, CA on February 7, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.




    Written by: PatrickA from Ridgefield Park,NJ. on February 6, 2011

    2003 Ford Expedition
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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 from Arnold, Ca on February 2, 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 from Pleasanton, CA on January 21, 2011

    2002 Acura MDX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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 from Bristol, CT on 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 from Edwardsville IL on January 16, 2011

    2004 Toyota Sienna
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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. from Yucca Valley, CA on January 16, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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 from Crestview FL on January 13, 2011

    2006 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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 from Atlanta, GA on January 11, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.




    Written by: Jay J from Ft. Lauderdale, FL on January 8, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I love this thing!!!! Lots of really good features, extremely easy to use. It really woke up the stock speakers..

    The only reason I gave it 4 stars is due to the GPS maps. The internal maps are at least 5 years old. I called crutchfield, who then had me call JVC, who then had me call NavTech, who then directed me back to JVC... JVC gave me a website to download the latest software update. The update turned out to be the per installed version and latest available...



    Great Unit, one minor flaw

    Written by: Scott from Pittsburgh, PA on January 5, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I've now had this unit for over 2 months. GPS: Great. I had a TomTom 740Live and this unit blows it away. The Real time traffic via HD radio isn't as good as the paid for service on the TomTom, BUT the directions are much better. I also had a Garmin and this unit is on par with turn-by-turn directions. The one drawback to the GPS is you cannot enter a POI or new destination (besides previous or home location) while moving. XM ( I bought the XM radio add-on). Typical XM radio functions. HD Radio. This is my first HD radio and what a difference over analog FM stations. I'd say it's even a better signal than my XM radio. You can also tag songs and transfer them to your ipod as well. Ipod: This is where the unit fails. It has terrific controls for the ipod BUT you must use their cable and it only can be plugged into the front of the unit. It makes a very clean setup ugly. BlueTooth (I have a BB Bold 9650): Wonderful. Phone calls are clear both ways. I mounted the mic on the driver A pillar. The bluetooth makes up for the ipod cable and here's why... I transferred all my iTunes to my BB (yes I had to remove the DRM, but not a big deal). and I stream the music to the JVC head unit via BlueTooth. I can also stream Pandora from the Cell network and then push the music via Bluetooth to the head unit. You can also do this with the iPhone/iPod Touch. Would have given 5 stars if it were not for the ugly ipod cable.



    Great Buy

    Written by: curtis from baltimore, md on December 29, 2010

    The main reason I bought this unit is because it has a detachable face. The unit has precise touchscreen controls, great interface, and easy hookup. I do wish it had visualizations to watch.



    KW-NT3HDT Real World Review

    Written by: Jasper from Destin, FL on December 29, 2010

    Everything works great on this EXCEPT that is does not have a Loudness control to boost bass and treble at low volume levels. I checked with JVC and they do not plan on updating the software for this.



    Great Unit!

    Written by: sp1392 from Virginia Beach. VA on December 22, 2010

    I have had this unit installed for about 6 months now and am extremely happy with it. The interface is very user-friendly and the turn-by-turn directions are very easy to follow. I used to think that Garmin GPS units set the standard, but this one is at least as good. Sound-wise, this has been a massive improvement over the stock system.
    I mounted the GPS antenna on top of the dash behind the windshield and have had no problems with reception.
    Ever since Apple updated the Bluetooth capabilities of the iPhone 4, it has been extremely easy to just hop in the car and start listening to my music. While available via USB, I do wish it could transfer data about the song and have full iPod/iPhone control via Bluetooth, but that is Apple's issue - not JVC's. At least there are working previous/next/play/pause buttons for Bluetooth iPod/iPhone control.
    I also appreciate the ease with which you can update the software on this unit, which JVC has already done twice.
    My only gripes are minor:
    It needs a rear USB connection.
    I'd really like to see a visualizer of some sort. JVC, please add some neat music display features in the next update! :) Heck, I'd even pay for a software update like that.
    I love how the unit will show the speed limit of the road you're on, but I wish there was an option to show the vehicle's current speed.
    This is a great unit and totally worth the asking price. If my other car had room for a double-din GPS unit, I'd have two of these!



    JVC Did it again

    Written by: Joe G from Washington PA on December 20, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Overall amazing unit love that it talks to you when driving too fast only problem with that cant get a word in edge wise. Crutchfield made it so simple and all manufactures are very friendly and knowledgeable about the products that come with this so hook up was a snap. Only two wires to snip thru the entire project and that was for the camera wish Amps were that easy to hook up. Navagation takes a little to get use to but it is dead on. Need to figure out how to update it that is a challenge. Dont think it has 30,000 color options like it says but so many features its hard to tell. Thanks Crutchfield for another great product.



    The system is great but JVC's support for map data is very poor.

    Written by: KennethB from Houston, TX on December 15, 2010

    2003 Toyota Sequoia
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    They unit is great. If it were not for the problems with the map data I would easily give the NT3HDT 5 stars. But you're about to pay a premium for a navigation system don't you think it should have accurate map data? Based on what we have in my 2 year old Garmin the map data that ships with this unit is at least 2 years old. JVC's answer is:

    "Since the map data is provided by Navtech if and when they decide to release an updated map for the unit it is their discretion if they decide to charge for it. Although the Navteq maps are provided on JVC headunits we do not have the necessary licenses or copyright law protection to provide updated map information to any consumer since the map data is owned by Navteq."

    You can buy a Garmin here at Crutchfield and it will come with lifetime map updates.




    Written by: JimS from Park City, UT on December 14, 2010

    2010 Chevrolet Silverado
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    A terrific nav radio. I'm really pleased with the way that it works and with the added included extras it's a bargain. I would definitely use the adapter to integrate the aftermarket radio to your vehicle's electronic harness. It will save you hours of work. I found that the installation was challenging in finding enough room to stuff all the new wiring and adapter behind the panel, however. The nav radio was also about 1/4" too deep to fit completely into the factory radio bay and required some cutting of the rear end of the bay area on my 2011 Chevrolet Silerado LT truck. It's an easy alteration, however.



    is much more than expected

    Written by: 1st time crutchfield buyer from Temple, TX on December 13, 2010

    2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder
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    My wife has a 2007 Eclipse Spyder with the Rockford Fosgate factory system. I wanted 2 surprise her on our anniversary, with an all in 1 radio solution. I knew I wanted a detachable face, because the car is a convertible. I looked 4 easy GUI, bluetooth, GPS, Ipod control, USB, XM Radio support, AUX input, DVD video, touch screen, & all this in a small double din unit. Local shop estimated similar unit for $1,700 after installation. That's a lot of money, so I decided 2 give Crutchfield a try. Once I saw this Unit, plus all the extras, I had 2 try. It took me 3 hrs & I took long breaks. It was so simple, I was scared 2 turn the car on. This unit is amazing, it reads personalized text upon startup & shutdown. When this radio said "Happy Anniversary Sweet Heart" I knew then, I stole the show. The dash looks better than before. When ever she speeds it warns her. The Bluetooth is super clear. The sound is better now, & I haven't changed the speakers. It does everything it says & more. I couldn't B happier. The GPS is super accurate & has the fastest loading I have ever seen. I saved $700 using Crutchfield & got more. JVC has done it right with this Unit, & Crutchfield has made their job easier by making people like me happy. Great combination with these 2, u can't go wrong.



    First Time Custom Stereo Purchase - Very Happy

    Written by: David from Bloomfield, NJ on December 12, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    - GPS - best I've ever used, the street names are spoken and the directions are good. The Real-time Traffic is excellent. The level of detail for the traffic is very good, showing traffic on streets, and not just highways. It sorts the traffic events by how close you are to them. I use this to navigate home from my commute, since I have 3 different ways I can go. One downside is the alternate route feature does not consider wide enough variabilities in route choice, and will often say that no alternate route was found. I have never had a problem finding a destination by name. The map appears very up-to-date, and filters by state. The speed limit indicator is very handy.
    - Sirius Radio - ok interface to view categories and set favorite stations.
    - DVD player - I have burned MP3s to a disk and played them. Using .m3a lists could be better with only some of the meta-data for the mp3s being available.
    - Bluetooth Phone - I use this all the time, talking on the phone on the way home. The included mic picks up my voice great, and no one ever complains . The phonebook import sucks though, and doesn't remember my address book. Also, no way to bring up the dial-pad while you are in a call. And one thing that drives me crazy - NO MUTE BUTTON.
    - Bluetooth Streaming - works well. I can stream from Pandora on my phone to the stereo.
    All in all I am very happy with this unit and recommend it to anyone, especially if you're interested in real-time traffic.




    Written by: Ken from Wilmington, DE on December 4, 2010

    2003 Hummer H2
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Had it for a week, took a 600 mile road trip and this was simply the best unit I have ever used.



    Fast & Furious!

    Written by: Roberto from Tucson, AZ on November 28, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    There is only one way to describe this GPS system...WOW! It does it all, from HD Radio, The latest GPS maps, Sirius Radio (Extra), DVD, etc., etc., etc,. And it as simple to use as can be. The blue tooth phone features are the best. It has the fastest GPS loading and recalculation of any GPS I have ever used and the latest maps. I couldn't be happier. (no I don't work for JVC, I am a retired Sgt Major who was smart enough to have it professionally installed.) Make sure you also install the steering wheel interface, it works great! It installed flawlessly in my 2010 Toyota Prius. Crutchfield was a big help... all their advice on components was right on...and worked perfectly.




    Written by: Biker Mike from Long Beach,CA, on November 5, 2010

    LOVE IT ! It does it all and does it well.




    Written by: Jake H. from Boston, Ma on October 31, 2010

    2005 Ford F-250 Super Duty

    I was looking for a all in one unit that had the best of both worlds. After weeks of agonizing and researching I decided to go with this unit.
    I couldnt be happier, the install was pretty straightforward. Crutchfield was a delight to deal with. I installed the optional back up camera that came free with the kit as well.
    Sound quality is excellent, and really woke up my stock speakers in my F250 crew cab.
    I do wish they had done something different with the location of the IPOD cable however. Everything looks stealth, except that cable.
    All in all, great unit, with loads of features!
    Thanks Crutchfield!



    So close...

    Written by: TomEB from Minnesota on October 21, 2010

    2010 Honda Element EX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed this in my Honda Element. The key features for me were HD radio, navigation, and iPod connectivity. Everything worked fine, but there were two problems- the biggest problem was the iPod cable only coming out the front. This was a real pain on the one road trip I took, and drove my wife nuts. Second was the GPS- the interface wasn't very intuitive, and being used to the Garmin interface it was hard to figure out the best way to perform many of the same functions.

    In the end, the Wife Acceptance Factor just wasn't there, and she insisted I return it for a Kenwood unit instead. She has a Kenwood in her car, and she argued persuasively that she has better things to do than memorize multiple interfaces on the different vehicles.

    I really liked the built-in HD tuner vs the little box Kenwood sells, but at the end of the day the usability just didn't fly with the wife, and the benefits weren't compelling for me.



    The competition could learn from JVC

    Written by: Bill from Washington, DC & burbs on August 16, 2010

    2005 Ford Explorer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is an amazing unit that I had installed professionally 4 weeks ago. Bluetooth phone (iPhone) is flawless with phonebook access instantly with no downloading. GPS signal acqusition is always in 15 seconds or under from cold start.

    I had installed a Pioneer X920 in wife's car. If you don't need voice control, the JVC puts the Pioneer to shame. Sirius GUI is perfect on the JVC and petty much non-existent on the Pioneer.

    GPS navigation is spot on and very accurate. HD radio (I don't use very often with Sirius), sounds great and the free traffic in the Washington, DC area is very good.

    Highly recommend this unit.



    Switched from Pioneer F90bt. Won't go back!

    Written by: stickysidedown from San Francisco on August 3, 2010

    I am loving this in dash navigation. It starts up very quickly and is ready to go after 10-20 seconds. The touch screen is fast and responsive.

    The navigation is spot on even in cloudy environments and through tunnels (where my pioneer failed). The branded POI icons are pretty cool to, makes it easy to figure out where the next gas station or fast food stop is on a road trip, without having to do a POI search.

    The HD radio and traffic updates in the San Francisco bay area are flawless. I have it hooked up to my Droid and it works quick with album art. If I am lazy and don't want to get the cord out then the bluetooth audio works with the droid perfectly. Bluetooth phone works great as well.

    The detachable face is great especially if you are in a city.

    The one thing that has surprised me the most is the sound quality is superior to the Pioneer I had previously. I am not sure if the EQ is setup better or what, but it sounds like I have upgraded my speakers with this receiver.

    The only knock I have on it is the forward facing USB connection. I would prefer a rearward facing USB connection as well as the front facing for a cleaner look.




    Written by: tourist1234 from Ypsilanti, MI on July 26, 2010

    2006 Honda Element
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    So far I am happy with this unit. I installed it easily by myself without any need for technical assistance. Between the documentation provided by Crutchfield and that provided by JVC it was easy to figure out what needed to be done. I had everything I needed for the install except one wire (VSS).

    I bought the JVC KW-NT3HDT because it had several features built in that I really wanted.
    -HD Radio. It truly does sound better than analog FM. The signal is very clean and clear.
    -GPS. So far it has been as accurate and easier to read than my portable Garmin unit. I really like the fact that the voice directions talk over the AV in a clear manner. I set it up to warn me when I am going 6 mph over the speed limit. I can leave my mother in law at home now!
    -Bluetooth. Has worked perfectly. People I have called noticed immediately that this set up sounded much better than the Motorola unit I had.

    Those were the things most important to me when I bought the JVC KW-NT3HDT . The bonuses were: back up camera (came free from Crutchfield), sound quality is better than my aftermarket Sony HU that this replaced, iPod seems to work really well. The interface is clear and easy to use just like the iPod (there is the front cable issue but no biggie)

    Last is the fact I can pop the face of the JVC KW-NT3HDT off easily. I am in field service and work often in downtown metro areas. I pop the face off put it in the provided carry bag and place in the trunk.



    Great Value and Performance

    Written by: Pinky from Seattle, WA on June 27, 2010

    2001 Nissan Pathfinder
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    After all my research into the big players in in-dash navigation, I decided to purchase this JVC unit. The GPS works great, the iPod controls are well done, and the user interface is excellent. The boot time is short and the screen resolution is adequate. I watched a DVD on it and it looked good. Bluetooth (with A2DP) and HD Radio were high on my list and this unit has both built-in! I set the illumination to match the rest of my dash, paired it with an aftermarket steering wheel control interface, and all is well. Oh, the detachable face is smart. This unit is a great value and performer!



    So close to perfect

    Written by: Rob from Albany, NY on June 21, 2010

    2009 Honda Fit Sport
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This unit is great and packed with features. The GPS is always spot on and I get free updates for the life of the unit. HD Traffic is a must if you live in a big city or visit one regularly. It's true that the POI feature is a little skimpy but it can be updated with the JVC POI software you can run on your PC. Excellent sound quality with the factory speakers; it's a lot louder than the factory unit.

    Two things hold it back from getting 5 stars. The biggest one is that there is only a front side USB port, none in the back. If your iPod or music device supports Bluetooth stereo then you are fine but for the rest of us, you'll have a bulky cable sticking out the front of it. The other issue is the album art is really jagged due to the low rez display. Not quite a deal breaker but other units in the price range have better displays.

    My only other gripe is that music playlists and album art seem to only be supported on Apple devices. I tried putting a bunch of music and a playlist on the SD card and it wouldn't recognize the playlist nor would it display the album art. Hopefully this will be fixed in a firmware update.

    Overall very happy with this unit and it should get 5 stars but the display and lack of a rear USB port, hold it back.




    Written by: Anonymous from Illinois on May 19, 2010

    2009 Honda Fit
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have had the KW-NT3HDT installed now for almost two weeks. I never installed anything like this and I was able to do it myself. Installation was fairly streight forward. The only complaints I have are that the screen resolution is not very sharp compaired to other units I have seen. This is making me wonder if I should have chosen a less expensive unit from a different manufacturer with less features but a better screen. Also, the POI database is a bit skimpy. The unit looks great in my car and works as advertised. The sound quality is great with my factory speakers. I can really tell the difference between regular radio and HD Radio. If it was not for the screen resolution I would have given it 5 stars.



    Hands-on research

    What's in the box?

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    • Double-Din Navigation/DVD receiver
    • 6.1" touch panel display face (installed)
    • Soft fabric face case
    • Sleeve (installed with four screws)
    • Trim ring (installed)
    • Wiring harness
    • A/V harness
    • Magnetic GPS antenna with attached 16.25' cable
    • Self-adhesive GPS antenna mat
    • Microphone with attached 10.5' cord using a right-angle male 3.5mm minijack connector
    • 16.5' Reverse-gear signal wire (purple/white)
    • Visor-clip
    • Self-adhesive bracket
    • 6 Pan-head screws
    • 6 Counter-sunk screws
    • 2 Red plastic crimp splicers
    • Face-fixing screws
    • Instructions (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • Installation/Connection Manual (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • Warranty sheet
    • Product Registration card/Questionnaire
    • Map Data Registration Card
    • Correction note
    • Caution note (attached to wiring harness)
    • Face-fixing screw note
    • Removal of protection metal plates note

    Features and Specs

    CEA-2006 Compliant Yes
    RMS Power Output 20 watts
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 5-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen Yes
    Preamp Voltage 2.5 volts
    Display Color
    Key Button Color Variable
    EQ Bands 7
    Wireless Remote No
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    AUX Input Front and Optional Rear
    Audio/video Input
    USB Input Front
    Memory Card Slot USB Memory, SD
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready Yes
    HD Radio Y
    Navigation Optional
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano Nano6/Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/
    Touch Touch4/Touch3/Touch2/Touch1
    Mini ---
    iPhone Phone4S/Phone4/Phone3GS/Phone3
    FM Sensitivity 8.3 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No

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    Built-in Navigation
    Audio Section
    Radio Functions
    Disc Playback
    USB/iPod Connectivity
    AV Connections
    Bluetooth/Remote Control

    Display Features

    2-DIN Chassis: The JVC KW-NT3HDT 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.

    Detachable Motorized TFT LCD Touch Screen Monitor: The KW-NT3HDT features a motorized 6.1" TFT Active Matrix, 16:9 touch screen monitor. The pixel resolution of the display is 336,960 (480 x 234 x RGB). The LCD serves as a video monitor, system information display and touch-screen control panel. The unit has a front-loading disc-slot to make loading your disc easier because there is no panel to slide or fold-down. You can detach the touch screen LCD monitor and place it in its supplied soft face case to prevent theft.

    Picture Adjust: Brightness, Contrast, Color, and Tint can each be adjusted from -5 to +5.

    Selectable Aspect Modes: You can choose from four aspect modes for the in-dash display when viewing a still image or video:

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

    Hard-Key Controls: In addition to the head unit's touchscreen monitor, the KW-NT3HDT features hard-key controls along the left edge of the screen. The controls included a rotary knob and push-button keys.

    Variable Illumination: The JVC KW-NT3HDT allows you to adjust the unit's screen color and button illumination independently. It offers 7 color presets (Blue, Aqua, Green, Yellow, Amber, Red, and Purple) for the button illumination. Additionally, there is a user preset, allowing you to individually adjust the intensity of Red, Green, and Blue from 0 to 31. There is also a "Scan" setting which scans through all of the 7 available preset colors continuously. The unit's onscreen display can be set to either Blue, Aqua, Green, Yellow, Amber, Red, Purple, or White.

    Dimmer: When 12 volts is applied to the illumination lead and the dimmer is set to Auto, the display dims. The dimmer can also be set to Off (normal brightness at all times), On (display is always dimmed), or Dimmer Time Set (you program the time for the dimmer to turn off and on). The unit also features 3 dimmer levels to choose from - Bright, Middle, or Dark.

    Parking Brake Detection: To prevent displaying video while the vehicle is in motion, the green wire in the supplied 16-pin harness must be connected to the vehicle's parking brake detection circuit. While the vehicle is in motion (parking brake off), you can still view all of the other displays and menus.

    Built-in Navigation

    Built-In Navigation: The KW-NT3HDT features a built-in GPS Navigation system with maps of the United States (including Hawaii and Alaska), Canada, and Puerto Rico; powered by Google Maps. Map data is stored on the unit's flash memory and the connected GPS antenna helps to pinpoint your vehicle's current location. Once a destination is set, the unit provides turn-by-turn voice and visual guidance through your vehicle's speakers and the unit's display monitor; using NAVTEQ navigation software.

    GPS Antenna: The KW-NT3HDT features a GPS antenna with a magnetic base designed to mount to the exterior of your vehicle. The GPS antenna comes supplied with a self-adhesive pad in case you cannot find a metal surface to attach the antenna directly to.

    Visual/Voice Guidance: When you approach a turn, the KW-NT3HDT guides you with voice guidance (Text-to-Speech) through your vehicle's front speakers and visual indications on the KW-NT3HDT's screen. The unit offers 3 voice guidance languages including English, Spanish and French; with adjustable volume.

    Lane Guidance: The KW-NT3HDT provides Lane Guidance to help you along your route. The receiver uses the following color-codes to distinguish what lane you should be in - Yellow (recommended lane), White (lane leading to the destination), and Gray (not the lane for your destination).

    Points of Interest: The built-in map database has 6 million points of interest from infoUSA. They can be searched by the following categories: Gas Station, Hotel, Parking, Restaurant, Shopping, Travel, Recreation, Entertainment, Medical, Financial, Automotive, and Community. Some of the categories are divided into sub-categories. The KW-NT3HDT can even alert you when you approach a selected POI category.

    Street Director Assistant: With the Street Director Assistant feature, you can search P.O.I. data on your PC's Google Maps, and easily add to the unit via an SD card.

    Note: Once the SD card is ejected, the imported POI cannot be used.

    Map Views: The map scrolls automatically so that your position is always at the center of the map. You can select from different map views:

    • 2D Heading Up: The map rotates so that you are always displayed heading "upwards." The direction is displayed with a compass icon.
    • 3D Map Heading Up: The map is displayed in a "heading up" mode, and in a three-dimensional view. The direction is displayed with a compass icon.
    • 2D North Up: The map view is oriented with north "upwards," like normal paper maps. The direction you are heading to is displayed at the upper right corner of the screen with an icon such as "NE."

    Night Map Mode: Night Map Mode dims the map display when driving at night. You can turn this feature On/Off or set to Auto so the map display dims when you turn on your vehicle's headlights (the unit's illumination control lead connect is required for Auto mode).

    Destination Search: The JVC KW-NT3HDT offers the following Destination Search functions:

    • Browse Map: You can select a point on the map for your destination by touching the screen.
    • Home: You can register one point as your home address.
    • Favorites: You can register 100 off your favorite points so you can easily navigate to them from anywhere at any time.
    • Previous: You can search from the history of previous destinations and via points from the last 50 points.
    • Address: You can search by address using the unit's on-screen keyboard.
    • Phone: You can search a destination by entering its telephone number using the unit's on-screen keyboard.
    • POI Name: The POI Name feature allows you to search for points-of-interest by name from category listings or using the KW-NT3HDT's on-screen keyboard.
    • POI Vicinity: The POI Vicinity feature search for POIs around the following places - your current position, the position selected on the map, the destination, or the route you are taking.
    • Quick Search: You can also search POI's from three user registered categories that you use most often such as gas stations, restaurants and hotels.
    • Assistant POI: Searches from the list of POIs saved an inserted SD card, using Street Director Assistant.
    • Coordinates: You can search by entering the latitude and longitude.

    Note: Moving at a specific speed (15+ MPH) engages safety measures in the navigation system to encourage safe driving. Only instantly accessible points of interest and simple menu systems are accessible unless the car is stopped. Otherwise, an address cannot be entered (the keyboard is disabled). The vehicle must be stopped and the parking brake will need to be engaged to enable these functions.

    Routing Preferences: You can select how the unit will calculate your route by adjusting the following settings:

    • Route Priority: You can select the unit to either calculate the fastest timed route or shortest distant route.
    • Route Avoidance: You can select to use or avoid the following types of roads - Freeway, Toll Road, Ferry, and Bypass Traffic.

    Via Points: After selecting your destination, you can select up to four places (via points) to stop by along your route.

    Total Traffic HD Network Plus: The JVC in-dash  navigation receiver employs Total Traffic HD Network Plus. Total Traffic HD Network Plus delivers real-time traffic data for more than 125 metropolitan markets in four countries, including the United States, Canada, Mexico. Total Traffic HD Network Plus provides incident, event, construction, congestion, and impact information during your travels. Using this real-time traffic data, the JVC KW-NT3HDT can automatically calculate a new route when approaching a traffic event; saving you time and fuel resources, and helping to alleviate roadway stress.

    NewsService Journaline: NewsService Journaline delivers hierarchically structured textual information, enabling you to easily and immediately access traffic information you are most interested in from the JVC in-dash navigation receiver. You can browse all received traffic information, both program-related and program-independent textual information, and select your favorite traffic news items.

    Detour: If you realize congestion exists along your route, you can select the Detour function which allows you to select the distance to avoid along your route so the KW-NT3HDT can route you around this congested area.

    Auto Recalculate: The unit will automatically recalculate your route if you veer off from the original calculated route.

    Adjusting Vehicle Position: If you find your current position is displayed incorrectly on the map, you can adjust your vehicle's position/location.

    Speed Alert: The system sounds an alarm when you surpass the speed limit of the current road by a set value. You can choose for the unit to alert you when you are 3, 6, 10, 15, or 20 miles over the speed limit.

    Simulate: You can simulate a desired rout to confirm what your trip will look like.

    Audio Section

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The JVC KW-NT3HDT utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior CD sound quality.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The KW-NT3HDT 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-NT3HDT 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-NT3HDT 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)

    5ch/2.5V Preamp Outputs: The KW-NT3HDT features five 2.5V preamp outputs (Stereo Front, Stereo Rear, Mono Subwoofer). The Front and Rear set of preamp outputs fade in and out with the fader control and speaker level outputs on the stereo, while the Subwoofer preamp output is non-fading. The JVC multimedia head unit provides the following preamp level controls:

    • Subwoofer Level: Adjusts the subwoofer output level from -24to +20.
    • Low Pass Filter: Adjusts low pass crossover frequency for the subwoofer preamp output between 50-150Hz (in 10Hz intervals); the LPF slope is also adjustable (-24, -18, -12, or -6 dB).
    • High Pass Filter: You can select the unit's high pass filter cut-off frequency between 5-150Hz (in 10Hz intervals) for the front and rear speakers; the HPF slope is also adjustable (-24, -18, -12, or -6 dB).

    Amplifier Gain Control: When you are using the KW-NT3HDT 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.

    7-Band Equalizer: Along with a flat preset, there are 9 preset EQ curves and three user programmable fields; Flat, Natural, Dynamic, Vocal Boost, Bass Boost, Super Bass, Rhythm, and Acoustic; as well as User 1, User 2, and User 3. The user presets can be adjusted to your preference and stored in memory. For each User preset, you can independently adjust the following frequencies: 60 Hz, 150 Hz, 40 Hz, 1 kHz, 2.5 kHz, 6.3 kHz, and 15 kHz. The level of each frequency can be adjusted from -10dB to +10dB in 2dB increments.

    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 -12 to +12.

    Adaptive Volume: When this function is activate, the KW-NT3HDT automatically increase the volume level (both for Navigation and audio/video) as the car speeds up. You can set this feature to Min, Mid, Max, or Off.

    Note: You must connect the unit's Speed Signal wire (pink/gray) to your vehicle's speed sensor wire.

    Dynamic Range Compression: This function reduces a Dolby Digital soundtrack's dynamic range so you can hear quieter dialog without being overwhelmed by loud sections. You can choose a setting of Auto or On.

    Radio Functions

    DiAS II Digital Tuner: This model is equipped with JVC's Digital Intelligent Advanced Sensing tuner that is capable of receiving digital (HD Radio) and analog AM/FM stations.

    Built-in HD Radio: With the built-in HD Radio tuner, you can receive digital AM/FM broadcasts from local stations where available. This new technology will significantly improve audio quality and reception, as well as include information such as artist name and song titles or traffic news, viewable on the receiver's display. HD Radio Technology will deliver high-quality digital sound. AM digital will have FM-like quality in stereo, while FM digital will have CD-like quality with static free and clear reception.

    Note: Right now there are about 2,000 radio stations broadcasting using digital HD Radio technology in the U.S. To find HD Radio stations in your area, visit the HD Radio website (

    HD Radio Tagging: Using the head unit's iTunes Tagging enabled HD Radio, you can tag your HD music (up to 60 songs) while listening to the radio with your iPod connected. When you hear a song you enjoy on your local HD Radio station, you only have to press the head unit's "Tag" button and the song's information will be saved to your connected iPod. The saved songs will then show up in a playlist called "Tagged" in iTunes the very next time you sync your iPod to your PC. Then you just need to click, buy, and download the song you tagged directly from the Apple iTunes Music Store. You can enjoy iTunes Tagging with the following iPod/iPhone models (as of May 2010).

    Compatible iPod/iPhone Generation Software Version
    classic 80GB ver. 1.0, or later
    nano 3rd ver. 1.0, or later
    touch 1st ver. 2.1, or later
    iPhone 2G ver. 2.1, or later
    3GS ver. 3.0 or later

    Multicasting: In addition to conventional broadcasts, with HD Radio broadcasting, it is possible to choose from up to 8 multicast programs (HD1 to HD8 and analog). There are also data programs for each program.

    Display Information: AM/FM digital stations can offer text and data such as artist names and song titles. The built-in HD Radio tuner displays song title, artist and station information on the display of the JVC KW-NT3HDT.

    Analog Broadcasts: In addition to HD AM/FM stations, the KW-NT3HDT can also receive conventional analog AM/FM broadcasts.

    Digital/Analog Tuning: You can setup the KW-NT3HDT to search both analog and digital radio stations,  only HD Radio stations, and analog radio stations only.

    Digital/Analog Presets: You can set up to 18 FM and 6 AM digital/analog presets stations as presets (HD Radio multicast channels can also be preset). Presets can be set manually, or automatically using Strong-station Sequential Memory (SSM).

    Mono Mode: If an analog FM stereo broadcast is hard to receive, you can manually switch the tuner to Mono operation.

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

    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-NT3HDT 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/SD-card Playback

    Disc Compatibility: The JVC KW-NT3HDT supports the playback of the following disc types: DVD-Video, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, CD-Audio, CD-R/RW and Video CD.

    MP3/WAV Playback: The KW-NT3HDT can play MP3 and WAV audio files recorded on DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, CD-R, and CD-RW discs. The disc must be recorded in ISO 9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, or Romeo. MP3 files with bit rates from 32-320 kbps are supported along with IDTag3 (version 1.0, 1.1, 2.2, 2.3 or 2.4) and WAV Tag for album and artist information. Each disc can have a maximum of 5000 files and 250 folders, with a maximum of 999 files per folder.

    SD Card Slot: The KW-NT3HDT features an SD-card slot, on the back-side of the touch-panel LCD monitor display, which will accept SD-cards up to 2GB (LCD panel must be detached to access SD-card slot). This unit can play MP3/WMA (32-320 kbps) audio files stored on an SD-card formatted in FAT 12/16/32. You can control basic functions such as Play, Pause, Fast Forward, Rewind and Track Skip. You can also select advance functions such as Track Repeat, Folder Repeat, Folder Random and Random All. All tracks on the SD-card will be played repeatedly until you change the source. This unit supports data transfer rates up to 10Mbps and can recognize up to 5,000 files and 250 folders with a maximum of 999 files per folder. This unit will recognize a total of 25 characters for file/folder names. The SD-card slot can also be used for POI and mapping updates.

    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-NT3HDT allows you to eject your disc with the head unit turned off.

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

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

    USB/iPod Connectivity

    USB Input: The JVC KW-NT3HDT features a front panel USB type-A port.. This allows you to play USB mass storage and Media Transfer Protocol devices such as a USB thumbdrive, Digital Audio Player, or portable HDD loaded with MP3 audio files. For the unit to recognize the USB medium, it must be specified as a mass storage device formatted using FAT 12, FAT 16, or FAT 32. The unit's USB port supports MP3/WMA files with a bit rate of 32-320 kbps. The unit can recognize a total of 5,000 files and 250 folders (a folder may contain a maximum of 999 files). This unit will recognize a total of 25 characters for file/folder names.

    Note: This unit cannot recognize a USB device whose rating is other than 5V and exceeds 500 mA.

    iPod Compatible: The JVC KS-U39 USB A/V Cable For iPod/iPhone (105KSU39, sold separately) allows you to playback and control audio/video from your iPod on this JVC multimedia head unit. This cable also allows you to view iPod Artwork. You can search for music by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Podcast, Genre, Composer, and Audiobook. You can search video by Playlist, Movies, Music Videos, TV Shows, and Video Podcasts. You can then search a category alphabetically or numerically. The head unit also supports Repeat and Shuffle playback functions for music content. You can choose to control your iPod/iPhone from its touch-screen or click-wheel (but there will be no text display on the JVC unit). The KS-U39 cable charges your iPod or iPhone when connected to the JVC head unit and is powered on. To playback video, the KW-NT3HDT's Video Input must be set to "On" in the unit's menu. The cable features a proprietary Apple iPod dock connector on one end and a male minijack (3.5mm) AV connector on other end along with a USB type-A connector, which plugs into the front of this unit. You can also connect your iPod's USB/Docking cable to the unit's USB port for audio only playback from your iPod. The JVC KW-NT3HDT is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod model features, using the optional KS-U39 cable (as of November 2011):

    iPod/iPhone Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Text Track Info
    dock connector 3rd N/A N N N N N N N
    4th N/A N N N N N N N
    mini 1st N/A N N N N N N N
    2nd N/A N N N N N N N
    video 5th 1.3 Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    6th 1.1 PC Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3rd 5.0.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4th 5.0.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS 4.3.5 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4 5.0.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 5.0.1 Y Y 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 a newer software update is available.

    AV Connections

    Audio/Video Input: The head unit features a front and rear panel audio/video input. The unit's front audio/video input consists of a 3.5mm AV jack, while the rear panel audio/video input consists of left and right RCA audio jacks and an RCA composite video jack, allowing you to connect external equipment to this head unit. The audio/video inputs can be set to one of the following modes:

    • Audio + Video: Choose when connecting an A/V component.
    • Audio: Choose when connecting an audio component.
    • Off: Select when no component is connected.

    Video Output: The Video Output (RCA composite video jack) allows you to connect an optional external monitor. You can choose one of the following monitor types for the output to the external monitor(s):

    • 16:9: Select this when the aspect ratio of your monitor is 16:9.
    • 4:3 Letter Box: Select this when the aspect ratio of your monitor is 4:3, when viewing a widescreen picture black bars appear on the top and bottom of the screen.
    • 4:3 Pan Scan: Select this when the aspect ratio of your monitor is 4:3, when viewing a widescreen picture, the black bars do not appear; however, the left and right edges of the picture will not be shown on screen.

    Camera In: The Camera input consists of a composite video connector which allows you to connect an optional rear-view camera (105KVCM1K, sold separately). The unit features a reverse gear signal wire, that when hooked up will switch the KW-NT3HDT's display to the rear-view camera input.

    Optional Input Adapter: An optional JVC Line Input Adapter (105KSU57 or 257KSU58, both sold separately) may be used to provide an additional auxiliary audio input on this unit. This feature allows you to connect a portable audio player, such as a portable MP3 player, to this unit as an additional audio source. The adapter connects to the J-port on this unit.

    Bluetooth/Remote Control

    Built-in Bluetooth: The JVC KW-NT3HDT offers built-in Bluetooth technology for hands-free communication and audio streaming. This unit is Bluetooth (ver. 2.0) certified and will support the following Bluetooth Profiles: HFP (Hands-Free Profile) 1.5, OPP (Object Push Profile) 1.1, PBAP (Phonebook Access Profile) 1.0, A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile) 1.2, and AVRCP (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile) 1.3. Bluetooth technology allows you to utilize your vehicle's built-in audio system for wireless mobile phone communication or wireless music streaming.

    • Hands-Free Communication: The JVC KW-NT3HDT allows you receive and make calls from your Bluetooth enabled cell-phone using the KW-NT3HDT's controls. You can make a call by entering the phone number, using your downloaded Phonebook (up to 500 numbers), or by dialing from a call history list (Dialed/Received/Missed; 50 numbers each). 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-NT3HDT 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.
    • Audio Streaming: The JVC KW-NT3HDT provides audio playback and control of a Bluetooth audio player. The KW-NT3HDT will be able to control basic playback features such as Play, Pause, Track Select, Folder Select, 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.

    OEM Steering Wheel Remote Compatible: 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 Metra ASWC Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (120ASWC, sold separately).

    Note: The PAC SWI-JACK Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (127SWIJACK, sold separately) can also be used, but you lose Preset Up/Down steering wheel controls. Please consult the Crutchfield Car Selector to see if your vehicle is compatible.

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