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Item #: 257KDHDR1
 

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by Tim Sprinkle
JVC

Why replace your factory radio?

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

JVC's KD-HDR1 CD player includes a built-in HD Radio tuner. There's no extra gear to install, no extra wires to worry about, making it easier than ever to upgrade to the improved reception and excellent sound quality of participating HD Radio stations. More and more radio stations offer HD Radio broadcasts every day, but if there's not one in your area yet, JVC's DiAS tuner offers exceptional AM/FM reception.

If you're looking for more entertainment options, connect an XM or SIRIUS tuner to get more than 120 channels of music, news, sports, and entertainment. The KD-HDR1 can also handle the MP3 and WMA music files that you've burned to CD-R and CD-RW discs — up to 10 hours on a single disc.

Whatever you're listening to, the powerful built-in amplifier will ensure great performances from all your music. The KD-HDR1 offers twelve preset sound curves for quick tone changes, along with an equalizer that offers 7 bands of adjustment. SRS Circle Surround Automotive© delivers convincing surround sound from your car's speakers, even from standard stereo CDs.

Use JVC's optional iPod interface to connect your iPod to the KD-HRD1. You'll be able to listen to your music library wherever you go, and the adapter will even let you control the player right from the stereo's faceplate. The wireless remote allows you to control the playback from anywhere in the car.

Hooking up outboard amplifiers? Three sets of gold-plated preamp outputs offer convenient connections for your external amps and subs, while the on-board subwoofer level and frequency controls make it easy to control your bass settings.

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.

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Highlights:

    General features
    • CD receiver with built-in MOSFET amplifier (20 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs (including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA music files)
    • detachable face
    • remote control
    Audio features
    • iEQ equalizer with twelve presets and a 7-band EQ
    • SRS Circle Surround Automotive
    • subwoofer level and frequency control
    Expandability
    • HD Radio tuner built in, receives multicasting content (where available)
    • compatible with JVC iPod adapter, satellite radio, CD changer
    • inputs: optional auxiliary input
    • outputs: three sets of preamp outputs
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    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant
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    Yes
    RMS Power Output
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    20 watts
    Peak Output
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    50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth
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    40-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs
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    6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs
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    Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs
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    Preamp Voltage
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    2.5/2 volts
    Display Color
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    White/Blue
    Key Button Color
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    Red
    EQ Bands
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    7
    Wireless Remote
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    Steering Wheel Control Compatible
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    Parts Warranty
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    1 Year
    Labor Warranty
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    1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input
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    Optional
    USB Input
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    Memory Card Slot
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    Bluetooth Compatible
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    Satellite Radio Ready
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    Both
    HD Radio
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    Built-in
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    iPod Compatibility
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    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity
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    11.3 dBf
    European Tuning
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    Yes
    Seek/Scan
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    Radio Data System
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    What's in the box?

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    • AM/FM/CD/Changer controller receiver with 15-amp fuse inserted into chassis
    • Sleeve
    • Face
    • Hard plastic face case
    • Trim ring
    • Wiring harness
    • RM-RK50 Wireless remote control
    • 1 CR2025 Lithium battery
    • 1 Face security screw
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • 1 Rear support stud
    • 1 Flat washer
    • 1 Hex nut
    • 1 Rubber bushing
    • Instructions (English/Spanish/French)
    • Installation/Connection Manual (English/Spanish/French)
    • "Before Electrical Connections" instruction sheet (English/Spanish/French)
    • US warranty sheet
    • Canadian warranty card
    • Product Registration Card/Questionnaire
    • Face security screw note
    • "Caution" note (attached to wiring harness)

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    Features
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    Features

    MP3/WMA Playback: The KD-HDR1 can play MP3/WMA files that have been recorded on CD-R and CD-RW discs. The disc must be recorded in one of the following formats: ISO 9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet or Romeo. You can directly access folders numbered 01-12 (they must be assigned two-digit numbers when recorded). Each disc can have a maximum of 8 folder hierarchies, 200 folders, and no more than a total of 512 files and/or folders on each disc.

    Intelligent EQ (7-Band iEQ): This model has Rock, Classic, Pops, Hip Hop, Jazz, and User preset EQ curves. The User preset can be adjusted to your preference and stored in memory. For the User preset, you can independently adjust the following frequencies: 60 Hz, 150 Hz, 400 Hz, 1 kHz, 2.4 kHz, 6 kHz, and 15 kHz. The level of each frequency can be adjusted from -5dB to +5dB in 1dB increments.

    SRS CS Automotive: SRS Circle Surround Automotive (CS Auto) lets you experience a natural sound field anywhere in the vehicle, unlike other sound field manipulation methods such as time delay. The SRS Circle Surround II decoder converts a stereo signal into multichannel sound. SRS Focus elevates the sound field to an optimal listening level, while SRS TruBass creates rich bass, even without using a subwoofer. SRS Focus can be applied independently to front and rear speakers. SRS TruBass can be applied independently to front and rear speakers and the subwoofer. You can choose from the following presets:

    • Type A: systems with large front speakers with tweeters and rear deck speakers
    • Type B: systems with large front speakers with tweeters and door-mounted rear speakers
    • Type C: systems with small front speakers and door-mounted rear speakers
    • User: allows you to store your own setting

    Amplifier Gain Control: When you are using the KD-HDR1 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.

    DiAS Tuner: This model is equipped with JVC's Digital Intelligent Advanced Sensing tuner, offering unprecedented analog radio performance with higher sensitivity and selectivity. You can set up to 18 FM and 6 AM stations as presets. Presets can be set manually, or automatically using Strong-station Sequential Memory (SSM). If an FM stereo broadcast is hard to receive, you can manually switch the tuner to "Mono" operation. You can also switch the tuner's IF filter to Wide or Auto to increase/decrease the sensitivity.

    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.

    Subwoofer Output: In addition to the 2.5V front and rear preamp outputs, this unit has a set of 2V subwoofer preamp outputs. The subwoofer output has independent level control, adjustable from 00 to 08, and a selectable low-pass crossover. You can select a cutoff frequency of 90, 135, or 180Hz.

    Compatibility with Optional Input Adapter: An optional JVC Line Input Adapter (item # 105KSU57) or Aux Input Adapter (item # 257KSU58) may be used to provide an additional auxiliary 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 CD changer input on this unit. When the adapter is connected to this unit, a CD changer cannot be connected.

    Clock Display: When you press the Display button during power off, the unit will turn on, display the clock for 5 seconds, then shut off. This can be done with the ignition on or off.

    Dimmer: This unit is equipped with a wire that JVC calls an illumination lead, however, it acts as a dimmer lead. The dimmer can be set to Off (normal brightness at all times), Auto (display window automatically dims when your car head lights are turned on), or On (display is always dimmed).

    Note:The amount of dimming is fixed, it cannot be adjusted, and the illumination wire must be connected for Auto operation.

    External Device Controls

    Optional Interface Adapter for iPod: The optional KS-PD100 adapter (item #257KSPD100) allows an iPod digital music player with a dock connector to be hooked up to and controlled by the KD-HDR1. You'll be able to scroll through all your playlists, albums, artists, genres, and composers directly from the head unit. Song titles and other file information show up right on the head unit display. The iPod is also charged while it is connected to the KD-HDR1.

    Satellite Radio: This unit supports both XM and Sirius Satellite Radio when used with an optional satellite radio tuner and adapter, sold separately. This JVC headunit supports the SiriusConnect Universal Vehicle tuner and JVC KS-SRA100 Sirius Satellite Radio interface (item number 700SIRJVC1, sold separately). The headunit also supports the XMDirect2 Universal Vehicle tuner and CNPJVC1 XM Satellite Radio interface (item number 700XMJVC1, sold separately).

    Changer Controls: This unit is equipped with JVC's "J-Link" CD changer control system. It is fully compatible with JVC's CD/MP3 changer (257CHX1500). Other JVC CH-X series CD changers (except CH-X99 and CH-X100) can be controlled directly by this head unit, however, they are not compatible with MP3 discs. You cannot use the KD-MK series CD changers with this unit, even with an adapter.

     
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    5 out of 5

    Love this stereo

    Written By mennell, Toledo, OH on Thursday, July 17, 2008
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    I love this radio. It was easy to install (duh it was from Crutchfields) and I was picking up radio stations from Missouri from inside my garage in Toledo.

    The HD opened up a lot of listening options. I was able to pick up stations further away than I had in the past. I spend a lot of my time on the road and
    this allowed me to better spend my time. I loved the
    mp3 option on cds. I could listen to an entire week's worth of my favorite radio program while I
    drove!! I'm getting a new car soon - and will be picking up this radio again to install (if I can).
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KD-HDR1

    Written By Jason, Alexandria, VA on Sunday, July 13, 2008
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    Great price for the radio. Ipod controls easy to use and self install very helpful. But HD content and reception 15 miles outside of the DC area is terrible for now, I guess eventually it will get better as time goes on.
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    5 out of 5

    Good Deal

    Written By Amy, Austin, TX on Friday, June 27, 2008
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    So far, so good. HD radio is great, but I must say that you should do the research first. Look up online to see what extra stations you'll get before you decide to go HD. Not all towns have HD stations. But then again, some do and now we can actually get an oldies station :) The radio was an easy install and looks a lot nicer than some of the other brands. I also like that you can get the iPod cord for a great price too (a better option in my opinion because then you can keep the iPod charged). The little remote is cool too!
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    4 out of 5

    HD Radio

    Written By Rich, Eau Claire, wi on Friday, June 27, 2008
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    I read a lot of the reviews on this product. That is why I bought it. The reviews were right it sounds great, and has plenty of power.
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    HD sound is music to my ears!

    Written By Scott, Worcester MA on Sunday, June 22, 2008
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    First of all, the next time you plan on an upgrade to yourt system, START WITH THE RECEIVER FIRST!!! I worked from the speakers back to the amp, new line converter etc. I tried to save my factory Nissan Rockford Fosgate head unit to no avail. No matter what I did, the sound still sounded bad. I broke down , purchased the JVC KD-HDR1 and was so happy that I did. The instructions and wiring kit from Crutchfield were perfect. I lost my double DIN radio, but now I have another pocket for my varoius things and the head unit looks like a stock component from the trim pieces. Crutchfield rocks and the price of the JVC head unit was a bargain. Great unit at any price. Highly recomended. The only bad thing is the remote. I have monster hands and the remote is smaller than my thumb. Oh well. The Radio clarity makes up for the worthless remote control. Other that that I would give it a 5 star rating.
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    HD + Ipod = Great / Buttons = So So

    Written By tamon77, Seattle, WA on Monday, June 16, 2008
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    For the money and features this deck was a great choice. I had an Ipod that I wanted to listen to on my commute and the built in HD radio was a nice bonus. So far the deck has delivered on all fronts except one. The way to access menus, change settings and control the Ipod take a little getting used to for sure. I am a techy so it was a quick study for me but I can relate to other viewers frustrations. Keep in mind there is an newer version of this deck which resolves some of those issues. All in all thr price is right for the functionality/features you receive.
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    5 out of 5

    If you just want HD Radio this is it

    Written By Wes, Los Angeles, CA on Friday, June 13, 2008
     
    I got this primarily for the HD radio. It works great, it was fairly cheap, and the extra stations with fewer commercials are a joy. You cannot preset the "hidden" HD stations, which makes it tedious if you really like one of them. It's tough to notice any improvement in audio quality in the car in FM (already sounds good), but I found the AM improvement phenomenal - it sounded like I was in the studio, with none of the annoying humming sound.

    My favorite feature is the tagging for the song names, which is dependent on station. It only displays 8 characters at a time, but scrolls for the rest - I've seen other decks that seem to "turn the page" instead of scroll the text, and I like the scrolling on this deck much easier to read.
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    5 out of 5

    Excellent HD Receiver ! ! !

    Written By Lewis, New Port Richey, Fla on Friday, June 13, 2008
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    This unit is the best HD car audio receiver!!! So good, this is my second
    purchase; I recently replaced the factory unit in our 2007 mini-van (an
    Infinity 10 Speaker Premium Sound System).

    GREAT PRODUCT - BEST $$$ FOR MONEY - PREMIUM SOUND ! ! !
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    3 out of 5

    Replacement radio

    Written By Arthur, Niantic, CT on Wednesday, June 04, 2008
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    This was just what I was looking for feature wise. AM HD has been a disappointment so far. It doesn't sync up and flashes as it detects my station is HD but not being able to receive just HD. Same with all other AM HD stations. It was the main reason I got this unit. AM is not as good as the non-HD AM radio my other cars have. FM is OK but flips to mono half the time. Checking my antenna connections to see if signals are low, but never were. Install kits were over kill. Used minimal items and wired adapters per directions which were just fine.
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    4 out of 5

    JVC KD HDR1

    Written By Brian, Covington, KY on Tuesday, June 03, 2008
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    I like this radio. Its a lil tricky to get use to all the different buttons and
    functions. The remote is small which is nice. The only thing about the
    remote I dnt like is when changing radio stations you can only go up on the
    presets..IE...1,2,3 and not back....6,5,4. And with the remote you cant
    change between the HD stations. My radio sits kinda far up from my reach
    in My Dodge Durango so this feature would be nice if it was on the remote.
    Other than that its a great radio, great sound and good power.
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KD-HDR1

    Written By JB, Richmond, TX on Wednesday, May 28, 2008
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    I'm very happy with this radio. I bought it for the HD feature. More
    stations without commercials just makes sense. The mp3/wma feature is
    pretty cool also. It's not difficult to install...even for a girl!
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    5 out of 5

    Great purchase

    Written By John, Louisiana on Tuesday, May 27, 2008
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    The JVC KD-HDR1 is a great radio. Sounds great and has plenty of power. I have a sub to add and offers plenty of options for getting just the right signal to the amp. I haven't had time to explore all the features, but thanks to Crutchfiled, I had it installed and playing in no time. Thanks again for a great product and great service.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Head Unit

    Written By Amedeo, Houston, TX on Sunday, May 25, 2008
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    This radio is great. It has three FM channels, and one AM channel. It picks up the HD stations crystal clear. The HD multicast feature is awesome in some cases what used to be one station in analog broadcast is three stations in HD. I highly recommend this head unit.
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    4 out of 5

    Big bang for small buck

    Written By Young, Los Angeles, California on Wednesday, May 21, 2008
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    At first the deck was not impressive but after a few weeks it started to show it's true colors. Easy to use functions and sound quality along with power is outstanding. The built in HD is the main reason why I got it and it surely delivers. There is a definite difference with the HD radio. The only complaints I have are the remote, which is the size of a tic tac, and the color of the display which has like three different colors. Those are the only reasons I gave it four stars but for this price for a fully functional stereo it is a great deal and I highly recommend it for any one. I was impressed by the sound quality and I compared it to a "high end" Pioneer stereo that my friend purchased and that costs twice as much and it blew it out of the water.

    If I could suggest some improvements to the manufacturer. Make the face a fold/flip down. Also make the remote at least a size of a credit card not a size of a child,s pencil eraser. And lastly, make the colors changeable on the face.
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    From Stock to HD

    Written By canesXE, Mesa, AZ on Tuesday, May 20, 2008
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    I originally went to Crutchfield lookin for a Amplifier for my subwoofer that I was just givin by a friend. While lookin at the site I seen this JVC KD-HDR1. My stock CD player had been driving me nuts for months. Giving me "error" all the time and not playing CD's that weren't really in bad shape. When I compared it to the price on other HD radios I couldn't pass up the deal and BOY AM I GLAD I DID! The Crutchfield Box came a few days later, 3 days earlier then I thought, and from the time I opened it till I was done installing the radio was less then an Hour. This radio has GREAT sound & even better when in HD mode. My only complaint is that the controls are a little complicated at 1st but once I got used to them and ACTUALLY read the manual no problems. The preset EQ is great along w/ the Surround sound makes it sound like a LOT more high end system is in my car. I have stock speakers upfront and in the back and it sounds Like I'm rolling around w/ some high end Polks or something. If your considering this radio GET IT....even if it's not at the special price you can't pass it up compared w/ the other HD radios w/ the same features for MORE $. By the way I got the AMP TOO!
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    3 out of 5

    Go with newer model

    Written By Darryl, Schaumburg, IL on Thursday, May 15, 2008
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    This is a great car
    stereo, but I gave
    it 3 stars because
    of a few new
    features on the JVC
    KD-HDR30 that are a
    significant upgrade.
    I owned this unit
    for about 6 months
    before it was stolen
    from my car, and I
    loved it. The extra
    stations on the HD
    bands basically
    eliminated my time
    wasted on annoying
    commercials in the
    Chicago radio market
    and gave me a lot of
    good new music that
    would simply not
    have been available
    over the air without
    HD radio.

    Anyway, the couple
    new features on the
    KD-HDR30 that should
    be a big upgrade
    over the KD-HDR1 are
    the front auxiliary
    input for mp3
    players and the
    ability to preset HD
    multicast stations.
    It seems like a
    small thing, but it
    was pretty annoying
    to tune into the
    main station on the
    preset then change
    to the multicast
    station every time
    with the KD-HDR1.
    Also, I did not look
    at the JVC KD-HDW10
    much, but it appears
    to be basically the
    same as the KD-HDR1
    but $30 cheaper (so
    I'm sure there must
    be some difference).
    6 out of 6 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Just buy it

    Written By crdnls, Strasburg, VA on Wednesday, May 14, 2008
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    If you want an inexpensive, full featured receiver for your car, buy this!!!
    The pros are that it has a built in HD tuner, many sound choices (you can
    customize them), very powerful, and looks great!
    The cons are, (not that important), no SIMPLE treble and bass function (
    you have to press too many buttons to get to them) , maybe TOO many
    sound preference choices, (again, each one you can customize), and the
    remote is pointless, it is way too small.
    I put this in my Mazda 626 and installation was a breeze. You simply can
    not beat Crutchfield. Go ahead and look anywhere else, no
    one will give you your car mastersheet, wiring harness, specific car dash
    kit, tech support and superfast shipping! I have been a Crutchfield
    customer for over 10 years and they have never let me down!!!
    Just buy it, you will be very happy!!!
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    5 out of 5

    Wife was dancing in the driveway

    Written By Anonymous, Matthews, NC on Monday, May 12, 2008
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    Fun, easy installation. The HD sound was grand i.e you did not have to tell yourself "you paid for HD radio-it must be better" it is. I put in our favorite Celtic CD to test the installation of the unit and it brought my wife (aka Simon Lagree) out to the driveway where she started dncing and gyrating until she had to be taken away.
    I wish they had a unit that included HD and Bluetooth, but until they do, I shall be more than content with the JVC KD-hDR1. Raybo.
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    great deal, great sound, great options

    Written By Greg, Kansas City on Tuesday, May 06, 2008
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    With the supplied
    wiring adapter and
    installation kit and
    antennae adapter it
    took about 25
    minutes from start
    to finish to put
    this unit in my 1999
    Silverado. It took
    a little longer to
    figure out the
    features but once I
    did it was
    excellent. The HD
    can be programmed
    into the buttons by
    finding the stations
    and programming
    them. Then all you
    have to do is hit
    one button to switch
    between HD channel 1
    and 2 on each HD
    station. The eq
    sound is amazing and
    can really put out
    the base without an
    amp. I have the
    head unit and a pair
    of Kenwood excellon
    6.5 in front and
    some Infinity plates
    in the rear doors
    and this thing
    sounds perfect.
    Couldn't be happier.
    4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    HD Blessing

    Written By Bill, Los Angeles, CA on Tuesday, May 06, 2008
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    I have had the HDR 1 in my car for about a week. I bought it because it was the cheapest way to make my system HD. I was hoping for the improved sound of HD to finally eliminate that staticky hiss that goes along with radio in my area. I can't even receive radio signals in my house at all. I was surprised. The HDR 1 greatly improved the sound of my system, including the cd's. My favorite feature is the SRS. The bass is accentuated to a point I didn't think possible without a subwoofer, yet the bass is very natural with no boominess. The car is filled with a clear, strong signal that is very musical. I feel like I am on the stage with the group, a part of the action.
    The HDR 1 is also very easy to operate with many ways to tweek and shape the sound. I am an old schooler and I prefer sound quality over convenience. I don't like compressed sound and avoid it whenever possible. I don't do MP3 or ipod. Radio has been a big disappointment to me sound wise, but now with HD radio, I can be happy at last. The display is easy to read, and with the HD radio's display of the song and group title I can finally get the info that DJ's have stopped giving over the years. I was expecting to spend around $600 to upgrade to HD. I never thought I would greatly improve my system by replacing my $300 Pioneer receiver with a less expensive reciever, but there it is. What a country. If you are in an area that has HD radio, buy this receiver!
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Decent Value

    Written By Ken, Cincinnati, OH on Monday, May 05, 2008
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    I installed this unit in a friends car and it is quite nice. Display is viewable in full sunlight (convertible).

    Only complaint is the power antenna connection is shared with the amp. It will not lower the antenna when on CD input. (my Sony does). It is a nice feature in a convertible to reduce wind noise.

    Overall, very pleased.
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    5 out of 5

    I like to stay in my car now.

    Written By Bill, Houston, TX on Sunday, May 04, 2008
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    What an awesome head
    unit! The main
    reasons I bought it
    were for the HD
    radio and 7 band
    equalizer. And this
    is my 1st HD tuner.
    Sounds better than
    analog FM and many
    HD stations
    broadcast text that
    scrolls across the
    display. It's nice
    to know the name of
    the artist and song
    that's playing. The
    only downside to HD
    is there must be a
    strong signal to get
    it. If the signal
    gets too weak, it
    switches to analog.
    I don't think that's
    a weakness of this
    unit-I think that's
    just how it is with
    HD. The display
    dims when the
    headlights turn on
    if so properly
    wired. The SRS
    circle surround mode
    is nice to play
    with, but I found it
    to be a gimmick more
    than anything else.
    It just doesn't
    sound natural to me.
    The remote is tiny.
    A full size one
    would have been
    better. There's
    front, rear, and
    subwoofer outputs.
    That's good because
    you can fade between
    front and rear
    speakers with the
    sub volume remaining
    constant. You can
    control the
    subwoofer output
    also. One of my
    favorites is direct
    track access. Want
    to go to track 6?
    Just push the 6
    button. And holding
    down any of the 1-6
    buttons will take
    you to track 7-12.
    I can't speak for
    the built in amp-all
    my speakers are
    driven by amps. The
    KD-HDR1 is a great
    buy and a solid
    performer. You'll be
    taking the long way
    home with this one
    in your dash.
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    4 out of 5

    Great radio with bonus HD!

    Written By JustPlainJef, Chicago suburbs on Monday, April 28, 2008
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    This is a great stereo! I bought one for my wife for Christmas, as her stock stereo stopped ejecting the CD's. Well, because I liked it so much, and Crutchfield had a pricebreak on it, I bought one for my Jeep, and my brother bought one for his truck.

    The sound is good, the MP3 CD's are a great bonus, the radio reception is decent, Crutchfield included everything I needed for the install, everything except butt connectors, but hey, those's aren't bad. The FM HD reception at my place isn't great, but as we get closer to the city it gets better. I would guess that you are looking at a 25 - 35 mile range, depending on where they broadcast from and how strong. AM reception at our place is great. Cubs in HD radio!

    My only gripe is that there's no aux in on the front, and the cable is $30 (last I looked) for the rear of the stereo. Since it plays MP3 CD's, it's not a huge issue, but on long cross country trips, it would be nice. That's what knocked it from a 5 to a 4 for me. I know JVC has a new one out with the front input, but I'm rating this radio, not that one.

    Overall, I'm very happy and would recommend it to anyone looking for a radio, assuming it fits their needs.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Stereo-Easy Install

    Written By Robert, San Gabriel, CA on Sunday, April 27, 2008
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    I ordered the KD-HDR1 and the JVC iPod interface for my Ford. Crutchfield came through with all of the pieces I needed for a easy installation that required no modification to my car other than unplugging and plugging-in some wires. The stereo was a bolt-in install.
    The JVC sounds great and the HD radio is awesome here in the L.A. market. Many of the stations to which I listen have additional (sometimes commercial-free) sub-feeds on the HD2 and HD3 channels.
    The only issue I encountered was that the iPod controls on the head unit aren't very good. I solved the problem by switching to "EXT-IN' on the radio and now I can control the iPod using its controls and I still get hard-wired sound and iPod charging. I'd recommend getting the cheaper iPod cable and doing the same. If you usually put your iPod into shuffle mode, the head-unit controls will be fine.
    Overall, I'm very pleased with the whole package, and with Crutchfield.
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    4 out of 5

    Great Deal

    Written By Carlo, Romeo, MI on Saturday, April 26, 2008
     
    I bought one for my GMC S15, and with the help I got from the Crutchfield installation directions and install kit, it went in easy, and sounds great. The only thing that stops this from being a direct bolt-in install is the wiring. The Crutchfield factory-type wiring harness and the JVC stereo leads both worked great, but had to be spliced together. I would have expected that when buying the complete package from Crutchfield, they would have had this already done. Granted, it only took 10 minutes to solder and seal all of them, so it really no skin off my back.

    The receiver unit itself is great, probably the best value for an HD radio on the market. The sound is great, and the basic controls are fine, but the sound tuning functions are hard to access and require frequent references to the manual if you are not experienced with the complexities of the JVC controls. I expect this unit to hold up just as well as all of my previous JVC units, and the last one just quit after 11 years. An overall great stereo.
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    4 out of 5

    Great Radio

    Written By David, Menlo Park, Ca on Friday, April 25, 2008
     
    I replaced the radio in my truck and found that this radio fit my needs. I wanted to experience the clarity of HD Radio. I was impressed. Some of the controls could have been better implemented, like the tone controls. Overall I am very happy with this JVC HD Radio.
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    4 out of 5

    HD radio a real plus

    Written By Ted, Olney, MD on Thursday, April 24, 2008
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    Free radio still remains one of the world's great deals. Specially when you
    get the improved signal quality and fidelity that this HD radio has. It all
    depends upon what HD signals broadcasters are providing in your
    listening area. Check that before you buy any HD radio. HD signals will
    drop out suddenly when you travel beyond station range and will come
    back just as suddenly, which is normal for the digital HD signal. No static or
    weak signal. This JVC is a very good radio with one previously mentioned
    exception. When you turn this radio off or select another preset the HD
    subchannel you were on is lost. When you turn this radio back on or come
    back with a preset button, you get the main station you were tuned in to
    but you have to re-select the HD subchannel you were on. I called JVC on
    this and that is the answer. The special surround sound gives you a
    very "live" sound. Like any radio, you need to read and play with all the
    settings when you first get this radio. I am able to use the small remote
    for basic changes while driving with no problem. This radio has more than
    adequate volume through 4 new Blaupunkt 6-1/2 inchers without an amp.
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    4 out of 5

    Good HD Radio

    Written By Ben, Fairborn, OH on Thursday, April 24, 2008
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    This is a good radio, especially for the price. It has good reception, and sounds really good. This is a great receiver to get your local HD Radio channels. The EQ sound functionality is great. I definitely recomend this Head Unit.
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KD-HDR1

    Written By John, St. Louis, MO on Thursday, April 24, 2008
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    Great sound and HD is a great feature. Reception on an AM HD station fades in and out which is annoying. I bought this with the JVC Ipod adapter cable, which charges the Ipod and gives clear sound. It replaced factory stereo in 9 year old car, so anything was going to be an improvement, but I like it.
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    1 out of 5

    JVC - KD-HDR1

    Written By schweit, Quakertown, PA. on Monday, April 21, 2008
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    I really enjoyed the great sound that the receiver produced and the ambience selection/control. What I really disliked was the HD Radio feature is not implemented to spec. Most radio stations that advertise "HD Radio" broadcast the audio in anolog mode. The receiver detects the HD signal and automatically locks on, but by default it selects digital mode and you won't hear any audio. The receiver's auto detection feature does NOT function. The radio operator must manually hit "mode" then "4" 2x in order for the HD mode to change to anolog. This annoyance occurs for Every radio station that broadcasts in HD. I did send an inquiry to JVC when a software (e.g. CD) upgrade was available to fix this problem. The answer was "None Available at this Time....Check Again Later". Since then...JVC released a new model. I'm very disappointed that my money was not wisely spent.
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    3 out of 5

    JVC KD-HDR1

    Written By Robert, Idaho on Sunday, April 20, 2008
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    This receiver produces great sound. The controls need dire help. The controls are extremely hard to work with an ipod. They really need to make the controls more simple. If I had to do it all over again, I would have gone with a different receiver.
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    5 out of 5

    great buy.

    Written By john, st. louis, mo on Saturday, April 19, 2008
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    This is a great radio. I bought the ipod adapter also. The sound is SO
    MUCH better than the fm transmitter (monster) i used before. The sound
    w/ the ipod is great and boy is the hd radio nice (clarity is definitely
    evident). The controls for navigating the ipod via the receiver does take
    some time to figure out. Installation directions are clear and the
    kit/antenna adapter worked great.

    I have one note to add...I installed my radio into an 04 gmc canyon. Do not
    use the insert that comes w/ the mounting kit. The insert makes the
    receiver come out too much and you can not remount the receiver trimpanel
    over the receiver.

    Overall great receiver and service.
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    5 out of 5

    Best head unit i've owned.

    Written By Ariel, Alpharetta, GA on Saturday, April 19, 2008
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    I've purchased many
    head units over the
    last 15 years but
    none have impressed
    me more then this
    unit. The stations
    are crystal clear
    and the CD/MP3
    playback is crystal
    clear. Plenty of RCA
    outputs and easy
    installation with
    crutchfield's
    provided guides and
    gear. Very cool with
    HD radio to hear a
    song and be able to
    look at the unit and
    see the title and
    artist.

    Another plus is the
    simulated surround
    sound and present EQ
    settings but you can
    also save your own
    user setting.

    There are a couple
    of things that are
    negatives. The
    remote is a key fob
    style remote which
    is worthless. Too
    small with no real
    functionality. My
    only other real
    gripe is not being
    to save HD2 station
    presets but this may
    be a fault of HD
    Radio as you can't
    access HD2 stations
    until you get a HD
    station lock.

    I highly recommend
    this unit overall
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    5 out of 5

    Awesome Radio

    Written By Wesley, Bourbonnais, Ill on Wednesday, April 16, 2008
     
    Bought this as a replacement for the factory radio in the 01 Durango I just bought. Great sound from all sources. My wife was so impressed she asked me to get one for her car. Crutchfield is the best.

    A++++++++
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    5 out of 5

    Flawless install into Scion xA

    Written By Adam, Hudson, Oh on Tuesday, April 08, 2008
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    I ordered this to
    replace my factory
    Scion 6-disc stereo
    system. (Which was
    terrible, failed
    within a year and
    never worked
    properly)
    I installed it
    myself with the
    provided Scion kit
    and wiring harness
    and it was an easy 1
    hour job. Looks
    great. SOUNDS
    great. (HD radio is
    wonderful) Has more
    power than the
    factory system and
    plays my MP3 audio
    book CD's with
    perfection. Highly
    recommend this to
    anyone who
    experiences similar
    trouble with poorly
    designed factory
    stereo systems.
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    5 out of 5

    Crutchfield is AWESOME..

    Written By David, Coal Township Pa. on Monday, April 07, 2008
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    Crutchfield was and is simply the best...east installation and the radio is great..thanx so much AAAAAAA++++++++
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    5 out of 5

    Big value for little money!

    Written By James, Pittsburgh, PA on Friday, April 04, 2008
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    This radio is great. I looked at this model a year ago, but I didn't buy it until now (I waited until my current radio kicked the bucket all together). Having HD, CD, and a AM/FM receiver all together in a high-power unit is wonderful. The only complaint I have is that the radio loses the signal on some of the HD stations for a second or two and would come back on when it regains the signal (This is a pain when you're cranking a good song, but what can you expect from free, commercial-free radio). I read some of the other reviews on this radio and there were complaints of the buttons being too small for people to operate this unit properly. I myself, have big hands and fingers and have not had any problems with operating this unit. Also, Crutchfield said that this unit would not fit my vehicle when other websites said it would. I bought it anyways because it was the unit I wanted for my vehicle. I installed it and it fit perfectly with no problems. In Crutchfield's defense, they are a great company to deal with. Plus, I couldn't find anywhere else on the web where you can get a great product at a great price plus fast-free shipping, free installation instructions, free tools, and free wiring harness adapters.











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    5 out of 5

    Too Simple!

    Written By James, Berwick, Pa on Monday, March 31, 2008
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    I recently purchased this unit from Crutchfield since the factory radio on my 240SX had issues with the on/off/volume knob (280,000 miles and still looks great!).

    After pre-reading the simple instructions, I set to work on removing the dash and factory radio. The directions were clear and exact and I had the new unit installed very easily. I thought something must be wrong.........this was too easy!

    I eagerly turned the unit on and WOW! Great sound! This is a terrific unit!
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    5 out of 5

    Gotta Love HD

    Written By Henry, Goleta, CA on Tuesday, March 25, 2008
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    I recently purchased this unit and I must say I am amazed by it's performance and sound. The unit has a very strong reception and I am getting stations I never got before. The HD radio feature is also great, having a wide range of options while listening to the radio, even on the same station, is a new experience. I mostly listen to my iPod though so the iPod adapter was a must!

    But the unit really shines for me with the CS surround sound feature. I have a pretty decent setup in my 2005 Altima with component speakers and amps with subwoofers, but the surround sound feature makes all the difference. There is a depth to the music that I've never experienced, and with the right tuning, I've got chills again. Buy this unit Now!
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    5 out of 5

    Highly, highly recommended!!

    Written By audiofan, Sacramento, CA on Friday, March 21, 2008
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    Excellent car radio/cd player!!!

    I've always owned Sony car radios not only because they sound great, but
    also because I don't like having to learn how to operate a new radio. I
    figured if I stuck with one brand, the learning curve would be easier.
    Unfortunately, Sony doesn't have a radio with built-in HD, and to get the
    HD module will cost me another 100 bucks.



    So this JVC model with built in HD was very
    tempting. I decided to give it a try, and boy am I glad I did!!



    I'm using four 6.5" Infinity Reference speakers (front and rear) powered by
    a 4 channel Sony amp, and a Sony 10" subwoofer driven by a Profile
    Subwoofer amplifier. All items were purchased from Crutchfield a long time
    ago and hooked up to my car's factory radio, which I just replaced with the
    JVC KD-HDR1.



    Pros:
    Intuitive User Interface - I was able to use the radio, and make all the
    adjustments without reading the manual. Well, I did read the manual for
    an entire 3 minutes just to know which buttons did what, but everything
    else was pretty much very intuitive.


    Phenomenal Sound Quality - The sound coming from this unit is superb,
    and I LOVE the very flexible sound field adjustments available with this
    radio. The user adjustable seven band equalizer, coupled with the
    customizable CS-A function, allowed me to adjust the sound to work
    perfectly with my car's unique sonic characteristics. The CS-A function
    enabled me to compensate for my car's speaker locations to make for a
    better sound stage. For example, I manually adjusted the Focus function
    to 'elevate' the sound field coming from my door mounted front speakers,
    and 'lower' the sound field's height emanating from my rear deck
    speakers. Additionaly, I was able to individually tailor the bass output
    coming from the subwoofer, front and rear speakers using the TruBass
    function.



    Readable Display - I can clearly see the display regardless of lighting
    conditions, even in direct sunlight, and while wearing my prescription
    polarized sunglasses. Some radios' display become unreadable when
    viewed through polarized sunglasses, but not this JVC model.



    HD Radio - incredibly clear and crisp.CD quality FM, and FM quality AM.
    Once you've heard HD Radio, you'll never go back to analog!



    Versatile CD Player - able to play home burned MP3 and WMA cd's. I was
    able to burn about 170 WMA files (128kbps) in one CD, making a CD
    changer unnecessary for my purpose. Although, the player can be hooked
    up to a JVC cd changer.



    Cons:

    None so far.
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    5 out of 5

    best bang for the buck

    Written By russell, longmont, colorado on Wednesday, March 19, 2008
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    I am absolutely pleased with this unit. I purchased it so my wife could have h.d. radio in her minivan. She is on cloud nine. the only problems I had was the original unit I got the c.d. player wouldn't work. I called crutchfield they had a new one to me in about 3 days, and let me keep the old one in the meantime so I would still have a radio. You will not be disappointed with this head unit or with crutchfield.
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    4 out of 5

    Love the HD!

    Written By John, Tucson, Arizona on Sunday, March 16, 2008
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    I needed a stereo with an aux input for my navigation system. It also needed to be able to play MP3 CDs and have a dimming display. This does it all, and --- bonus! -- it plays HD radio, which I don't think I even knew existed. The static free digital sound is equivalent to a CD and I just love that. This is a big stereo for the money, and I'm about to buy another for my BMW, but there are some drawbacks:
    1. The clock goes off when you turn the unit off. You can press a (tiny) button for it to display for 5 seconds, but that's an annoyance. I just turn the volume all the way down, which leads to drawback number...
    2. The volume control takes too many turns to go silent. I would like it better if maybe a third of a turn went from silent to moderately loud. It probably takes about 1 and a half turns to do this. Which leads to drawback number...
    3. The volume dial is too shallow. On a rough road and especially off road, I need to figure out where the remote is. No chance of accomplishing anything with the dial.
    4. One more drawback is that one of my favorite stations is both digital and analog and it has a weak signal. The HD cuts out entirely when the signal is too weak, instead of just fading in and out. If I set it to analog, it will still switch to the digital signal when it finds it and not switch back. There's probably a way to control this, but I haven't found it.
    As I said, I'm buying another of these, so the drawbacks aren't deal breakers. To get HD at this price is a bargain.
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    3 out of 5

    Looking for FM Radio... Not Here

    Written By Nick, Newark, DE on Thursday, March 13, 2008
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    I got this head unit for the HD radio capability and was disappointed in the overall radio reception.

    But first let me start with the good. This head unit was a breeze to install. Also the CD playback for both standard CDs and MP3 CDs is excellent and the surround sound makes the sound really come alive on both the HD signal and CDs. The display is simple yet displays the necessary information (song name, artist, radio station, etc.) and was easily read in all conditions. Menu is pretty straight forward after a quick once over in the instruction manual.

    Now for what made me return the unit. The radio reception is just not up to par. I was not getting half of the normal FM radio stations I did on my stock head unit in my 2004 Honda Civic SI. And when the FM stations did come in, if they also simulcast in HD it would constantly bounce between the two. Which got annoying very quickly.

    All in all I would say that if you live in a city close to the broadcast site/radio tower of your stations you will be perfectly happy with this unit and never notice the weak RF performance. If you live a good bit away from the stations broadcast site/radio tower and listen to the radio a lot DO NOT GET this unit it seems to only pick up the strongest of stations.

    I exchanged the unit for the Sony CDX-GT820IP and opted for the HD tuner add-on and could not be happier. The HD signal is not super in my area yet, but my radio is now great and I'll be ready for HD when it is broadcast stronger.
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    4 out of 5

    So many features...

    Written By David, Golden, CO on Tuesday, March 04, 2008
     
    This is one of the few car stereos out there with built-in HD radio. I installed it into a 2004 Nissan Pathfinder LE, which has a fairly complex premium factory system. Crutchfield included (for free!) an adaptor panel which converted the odd sized factory double-din radio to a singe-din with storage pocket underneath. It provided a simple bolt-in install that looks original. They also provided a perfect-fit harness ($20) that allowed a simple plug and play install. Total install time from opening box to listening to music was only 1 hour! As for the JVC, the buttons may be a bit small (like almost every other modern aftermarket stereo), but there are few enough of them that control is fairly easy. The built-in subwoofer level control is nice. Still haven't decided on the EQ. Some would probably prefer a simple bass/mid/treble control instead. Reception (at least on my vehicle) is quite good. I can pick up almost all 43 HD channels that Denver has. Overall, for the price, I think it's a pretty good unit, with tons of features and upgradability.
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    5 out of 5

    GREAT HD RADIO FOR THE MONEY

    Written By Chuck, San Mateo, California on Monday, March 03, 2008
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    I was getting pretty sick and tired of my old stock radio that came with my Honda civic 94. It started to act up and become intermittent. Being that I am an electronics tech, I pulled it out several times and serviced it. Finally the old horse kicked the bucket. This is when I decided to upgrade to an HD radio. After being discouraged by the lack of knowledge that some of the big box stores had regarding the product, I spoke with some friends about my ordeal. They suggested that I try Crutchfield. I took their advice and am very glad that I did. Not only was the price great but the employees had great knowledge and answered all my questions. After talking with a sales rep., I decided to purchase the JVC KD HDR1. The unit came with a custom kit made for the year, make and model of my car. Also a complete set of installation instructions came with the unit. They also offer excellent tech support!



    I was able to complete the installation within 2 hours. I am now enjoying my new HD radio. What great sound and great choices. Thanks to Crutchfield, I am know in heaven with my new HD radio.
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    4 out of 5

    nice unit - easy install

    Written By tom, wethersfield, ct on Monday, February 11, 2008
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    Great HD radio and CD player so far. Haven't installed the new speakers yet (it started snowing yesterday!) but I know they'll make it sound even better. It's pretty darn good on my stock Dodge Ram speakers.
    SPECIAL THANKS (as always) to Crutchfield for making the installation a breeze. The free adapters make it so simple. Green wire to green wire, blue wire to blue wire .... snap in the adapter and it works! Took only 1 1/2 hours from opeingin the box to listening to music. And that included cleaning out my air vents and dashboard since I had it all apart already.