JVC CH-X1500

12-disc CD Changer with MP3 Playback

  • JVC CH-X1500


Item# 257CHX1500

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JVC's CH-X1500 CD/MP3 changer holds up to 12 CDs — that means convenient storage, easy access, and more hours of music at your fingertips! It'll play your home-recorded CD-Rs and CD-RWs, along with your precorded discs. With MP3 playback capability, you can store 12 of your MP3-loaded CDs in this versatile changer — at 10 hours of music per disc, that's enough music to cover a 5-day trip!

The compact CH-X1500 mounts at 5 different angles for easy installation, and JVC's single-cable connection simplifies hookup. The full-floating, shock-proof chassis virtually eliminates skipping on rough roads.

Important Note: The JVC CH-X1500 CD/MP3 changer is compatible only with JVC receivers with MP3-CD changer control functions. Other JVC CD-changer control receivers are not compatible with this changer.

  • 12-disc capacity
  • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs
  • plays MP3 files recorded on CD-R or CD-RW
  • CD Text (with compatible receiver)
  • mounts at five angles from 0° to 90°
  • CD frequency response 5-20,000 kHz
  • CD signal-to-noise ratio 103 dB
  • 16' connection cable included
  • 10-7/16"W (12-3/4" with brackets) x 3-1/2"H x 7"D
  • 1-year warranty

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  • 12-Disc CD changer
  • XC-M200 12-disc magazine
  • 16.4' J-Link cable (8-pin J-Link connectors on each end)
  • 2 Plastic mounting brackets
  • 4 Machine screws
  • 4 Self-tapping screws
  • Instructions
  • Installation Sheet (attached to changer)
  • Caution sheet (concerning compatibility with MP3-CD changer controller receivers)
  • Questions and Answers sheet
  • Troubleshooting Guide
  • Product Registration Card/Questionnaire
  • USA warranty sheet with service center list
  • Canadian warranty card
  • Canadian service center list

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Compatibility: The JVC CH-X1500 CD/MP3 changer is compatible only with JVC receivers with MP3-CD changer control functions. Other JVC CD-changer control receivers are not compatible with this changer.

J-Link Connection: This changer is equipped with a single cable connection.

Full-Floating Mechanism: The Full-Floating Mechanism absorbs vibrations, reducing skipping and mistracking.

Mounting Angles: You can install this changer at a 0 degree, 22.5 degree, 45 degree, 67.5 degree, or 90 degree angle. There are angle switching dials on both sides of the unit that must be set to agree with the mounting angle of the unit.

Reset: There is an eject button behind the door that also acts as a reset button if pressed and held down for 3 seconds.


CH-X1500 Changer Only:

  • Width: 10.391" (including plug)
  • Height: 3.469"
  • Depth: 6.988"

Horizontal Mount (with brackets):

  • Width: 12.75"
  • Height: 3.824"
  • Depth: 7.069"

Vertical Mount (with brackets):

  • Width: 12.75"
  • Height: 7.62"
  • Depth: 4.687"
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5 out of 5

Works GREAT!

Written By T. Miller, Golden, CO on Thursday, January 22, 2009
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This CD changed has been everything that I expected. I live on a very long
and bumpy dirt road and this changer never skips a beat. Even the time it
takes to switch between CDs is quick and silent. It even does a great job
of going from a regular CD to a CD-R with MP3s on it without a hitch.

I would highly recommend this changer!
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5 out of 5

great changer

Written By Mitch, Atlanta, GA on Friday, December 12, 2008
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I bought this CD changer and it has been flawless. Very easy to install too.
Just one cable to connect from the changer to my JVC head unit. I snaked
& hid it along the floor boards of my 2003 VW Passat and I was in business
in no time.

Mounted it in the trunk area with included brackets and I was up & running
in about 30 mins from start to finish. An excellent addition to my system. It
seems to be the one changer on the market that allows the most CDs as
well (12 discs). All controls are easily accessible through my JVC head unit
too. Regular and mp3 CDs will allow for endless entertainment while on the
road. Very worthwhile investment for my car stereo.
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4 out of 5

JVC CH-X1500

Written By Anthony, Raleigh, NC on Sunday, November 19, 2006
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Excellent product. Wonderful sound and reliable operation. The next step is to upgrade the speaker system in my 95 Volvo 850.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5


Written By thrasher180, Monroe,GA on Wednesday, October 18, 2006
I had one of these in my car for almost 6 months...then someone broke into my car and stole everything...but without a doubt this is the best changer ive ever owned and would reccomend to anyone...
1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5


Written By Dennis, NEW HAMPSHIRE on Monday, August 07, 2006
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If you have a JVC head unit with cd changer capability, or are contemplating a head unit purchase, go with JVC. Why, because then you can use this cd changer directly (RF stinks). You can even add XM now if your head unit supports it and multiplex it on the changer's cable. Anyway, 12 disc player that supports MP3s, how can you beat that?
11 out of 11 people found this helpful
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Written By Phreakytamz, San Diego, CA on Friday, February 17, 2006
This is the best CD changer. No skipping whatsoever. I've had it for a little over a year.
5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Excellent Product

Written By Joe, Hauppauge, New York on Thursday, December 08, 2005
This changer is excellent. I've never had any skipping nor any problems whatsoever. Unfortunately the people at best buy were lazy and didn't take the time to install a different face plate for my car, so I had to have the receiver for the unit placed within my car. I only had problems because the 99 taurus has an ovaline faceplate. Had the installers told me I would have boughtthe face plate, which would have gone right to the radio, but lkike i said they were lazy and did things the cheap way. Overall an outstanding product.
8 out of 8 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

JVC CH-X1500

Written By Dave, Utica, New York on Tuesday, March 15, 2005
I have had this changer for over a year now. I can honestly say that it is awesome. I just can't say enough good things about it! Plus, it's very easy to install.
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