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JVC KD-HDR1

CD receiver

Item #: 257KDHDR1

259 Reviews

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Original Price: $129.99

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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.

Product 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
    Other info

    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 KD-HDR1 Reviews

    Average Customer Review:

    259 Reviews

    Love this stereo

    Written by: mennell from Toledo, OH on July 17, 2008

    1997 Chevrolet Blazer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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).

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    Written by: Jason from Alexandria, VA on July 13, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Good Deal

    Written by: Amy from Austin, TX on June 27, 2008

    1996 Ford Escort GT
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    HD Radio

    Written by: Rich from Eau Claire, wi on June 27, 2008

    1997 Saturn SL2
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

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    HD sound is music to my ears!

    Written by: Scott from Worcester MA on June 22, 2008

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

    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.

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    HD + Ipod = Great / Buttons = So So

    Written by: tamon77 from Seattle, WA on June 16, 2008

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

    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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    If you just want HD Radio this is it

    Written by: Wes from Los Angeles, CA on 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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    Excellent HD Receiver ! ! !

    Written by: Lewis from New Port Richey, Fla on June 13, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Replacement radio

    Written by: Arthur from Niantic, CT on June 4, 2008

    1997 Mazda Miata
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Written by: Brian from Covington, KY on June 3, 2008

    1999 Dodge Durango
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

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    JVC KD-HDR1

    Written by: JB from Richmond, TX on May 28, 2008

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

    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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    Great purchase

    Written by: John from Louisiana on May 27, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Great Head Unit

    Written by: Amedeo from Houston, TX on May 25, 2008

    1987 Toyota Supra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Big bang for small buck

    Written by: Young from Los Angeles, California on May 21, 2008

    1996 Honda Accord EX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

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    From Stock to HD

    Written by: canesXE from Mesa, AZ on May 20, 2008

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

    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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    Go with newer model

    Written by: Darryl from Schaumburg, IL on May 15, 2008

    2005 Hyundai Elantra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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).

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    Just buy it

    Written by: crdnls from Strasburg, VA on May 14, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Wife was dancing in the driveway

    Written by: Anonymous from Matthews, NC on May 12, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

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    great deal, great sound, great options

    Written by: Greg from Kansas City on May 6, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

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    HD Blessing

    Written by: Bill from Los Angeles, CA on May 6, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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!

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    Decent Value

    Written by: Ken from Cincinnati, OH on May 5, 2008

    1996 Mazda Miata
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    I like to stay in my car now.

    Written by: Bill from Houston, TX on May 4, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Great radio with bonus HD!

    Written by: JustPlainJef from Chicago suburbs on April 28, 2008

    2004 Chrysler Sebring
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Great Stereo-Easy Install

    Written by: Robert from San Gabriel, CA on April 27, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Great Deal

    Written by: Carlo from Romeo, MI on 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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    Great Radio

    Written by: David from Menlo Park, Ca on 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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    HD radio a real plus

    Written by: Ted from Olney, MD on April 24, 2008

    1992 Honda Accord DX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Good HD Radio

    Written by: Ben from Fairborn, OH on April 24, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    JVC KD-HDR1

    Written by: John from St. Louis, MO on April 24, 2008

    1999 Ford Explorer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    JVC - KD-HDR1

    Written by: schweit from Quakertown, PA. on April 21, 2008

    1994 Dodge Dakota
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    JVC KD-HDR1

    Written by: Robert from Idaho on April 20, 2008

    2002 Mazda Protege5
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    great buy.

    Written by: john from st. louis, mo on April 19, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Best head unit i've owned.

    Written by: Ariel from Alpharetta, GA on April 19, 2008

    1992 Acura Legend
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Awesome Radio

    Written by: Wesley from Bourbonnais, Ill on 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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    Flawless install into Scion xA

    Written by: Adam from Hudson, Oh on April 8, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Cons:

    Crutchfield is AWESOME..

    Written by: David from Coal Township Pa. on April 7, 2008

    2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Crutchfield was and is simply the best...east installation and the radio is great..thanx so much AAAAAAA++++++++

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Big value for little money!

    Written by: James from Pittsburgh, PA on April 4, 2008

    1992 Ford Thunderbird
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Too Simple!

    Written by: James from Berwick, Pa on March 31, 2008

    1989 Nissan 240SX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Cons:

    Gotta Love HD

    Written by: Henry from Goleta, CA on March 25, 2008

    2005 Nissan Altima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Highly, highly recommended!!

    Written by: audiofan from Sacramento, CA on March 21, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    best bang for the buck

    Written by: russell from longmont, colorado on March 19, 2008

    1990 Mazda MPV
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Love the HD!

    Written by: John from Tucson, Arizona on March 16, 2008

    2003 Chrysler Town and Country
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Looking for FM Radio... Not Here

    Written by: Nick from Newark, DE on March 13, 2008

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

    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.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    So many features...

    Written by: David from Golden, CO on March 4, 2008

    2004 Nissan Pathfinder LE

    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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    GREAT HD RADIO FOR THE MONEY

    Written by: Chuck from San Mateo, California on March 3, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    nice unit - easy install

    Written by: tom from wethersfield, ct on February 11, 2008

    2001 Dodge Ram
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

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    JVC KD-HDR1

    Written by: Teodorico from pearland, tx on February 11, 2008

    2000 Honda CRV
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I'll never go back to ordinary radio anymore.

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    Cons:

    Almost took the cake!

    Written by: Jason from Seattle, WA on February 7, 2008

    2000 Volkswagen Jetta
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I really wanted to get this unit to work right. I couldn't and ended up sending it back.



    PROS: HD tuner is great! I loved it, the static free cd quality radio with no monthly fee. The lighting matched my 2000 jetta just perfect. The face plate was easy to remove and install. The "circle surround" sounded very good. Gave out plenty of juice for my stock 6.5" speakers. It sounded good. Played MP3 discs just fine. I liked the traditional controls...it was more intuitive user interface than some.



    CONS: With the optional PAC ipod cable (not manufactured by JVC), there was horrible noise being transferred from the ipod to the unit. I could hear the ipod's hard drive spinning and if I touched the scrollpad on the ipod to adjust the volume, I could hear a whiney/clicking sound. Very annoying and unacceptable. I don't know if it's a poor design in the head unit or the PAC cable. Crutchfield even sent me a second cable, but I had the same results. I wired everything cleanly, so it wasn't a ground issue, at least not with my wiring. The PAC cable only charges the ipod and sends audio to the receiver, no ipod controls through the receiver. The optional JVC ipod controller unit might have given better results, but I didn't want to deal with that bulky box.



    I ended up going with the Pioneer DEH-P5000UB. It looks nice and clean, not overly busy like many decks, including the JVC. The ipod integration is pretty good and there's no weird noises coming through the cable. The multi-control knob takes some getting used to. Minimum of 3 button clicks just to pause? No HD tuner, but I'll live. The two line display is nice compared to the JVC unit. It sounds great and even though the EQ is only 3-band, it's highly customizable. The "sound retriever" is similar to JVC's "circle surround" but I liked the JVC version better. Overall, I liked the JVC unit better, but the ipod noise was a deal breaker.

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    Good head unit for the price

    Written by: Alexander from Northern burbs, IL on February 6, 2008

    I installed this unit in my wife's 2005 Envoy and it has a good sound. The HD tuner is a nice feature and there are plenty of preset EQ's to chose from. You can also adjust the levels of the preset EQ's, and customize them for your listening preference.
    The user instruction manual is not well written and it was unclear as how to turn on the Aux input. Yes even though it has the front Aux input you have to manually turn it on. I gave up on the manual and contacted the Crutcthfield technical customer service and an advisor walked me through the steps (thanks Cructhfield). You can't beat the price for all of the features that this unit has. The cons are:
    1) The buttons on the head unit are a bit small (but that seems to be the trend in the industry)
    2) The remote is "bland", it's too small and it has very limited features that you can control. The volume buttons are also placed on the very bottom of the remote, which makes adjusting the volume a challenge without dropping the remote.
    3) The head unit FM sensitivity is terrible at only 13bdfs. If you live far away from the transmitting tower you might want to purchase a different unit. The radio reception will be too limited - unless you have at least a 3ft exterior antenna.
    All in all my Wife Loves her new stereo but she is jealous of my Clarion that I installed in my GTO.
    I attempted to install the KD-HDR1 in my '05 GTO but the FM sensitivity was terrible and it did not work in my vehicle. I contacted the Crutchfield Customer service and spoke to an advisor who told me that the unit will not be able to receive the radio station signals due in my vehicle having and "in-glass" antenna. The Crutchfield advisor stated that the in-glass antenna would need a different head unit with a more sensitive FM sensitivity.
    I was skeptical of the in-glass antenna being the problem so prior to shipping the KD-HDR1 back to Crutchfield I brought the unit to a local audio installer, who is well known in the area as an "expert". He hooked up the KD-HDR1 to an exterior 4ft antenna with it still not picking up any radio stations....actually it picked up 3 out of around 16 radio stations. The professional installer advised that the head unit was bad so I sent it back to Crutchfield with no problem (the Customer service at Crutchfield is above excellent).
    Rather than taking a chance on getting another bad KD-HDR1 or even worse going through all of the installation again and having it not work in my vehicle to my expectations I opted to purchase the Clarion DFZ675MC (which works excellent in my GTO). The Clarion picks up more radio stations that my OEM Blaujunk factory unit picked up.
    All in all the KD-HDR1 is a good unit for the price but the FM sensitivity needs to be improved (without it being improved the HD tuner is useless) and the remote needs to be a bit larger so its easier to hold. They also need to relocate the remote control buttons. The volume + / - are located on th

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    JVC KD-HDR1

    Written by: iming from Seattle, WA on February 4, 2008

    2007 Subaru Forester
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This JVC is awesome.. HD radio works fairly well where I live. and Crutchfield is just great.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    JVC KD-HDR1

    Written by: Corey from Northern New Jersey on February 2, 2008

    2005 Subaru Legacy
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This radio is great. It has a lot of great features and the built-in HD Radio is definitely worth it if you live somewhere where there are a lot of them. I live close to New York City, so there are a plethora of choices in HD. If you don't live near a place like this however, I would wait on the technology because there are still very few companies that make these kinds of radios so waiting will only give you more options later on.

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    Good Bang For Buck

    Written by: broeser340 from Detroit Metro and Frankenmuth MI on February 2, 2008

    To me this is a decent receiver in the lower price range as far as non nav screen inits. I hope this review helps out.

    I first want to address the "poor fm reception" issue. Because of this, there are a few reviews with low scores. The one star rating with Detroit for the location hit home. I initially installed the deck and had what I thought was adequate reception. Upon driving this changed to lacking reception. HD signal dropped out less than 10 miles from the broadcast tower. Between Detroit Metro and Flint, I could do a scan and not pick up a single station. Stations I could receive with my factory installed or Kenwood Excelon in another vehicle, were non-existent. Even what I would consider very strong stations.

    The culprit was the adapter for the antenna. This adapter is used with Chrysler vehicles ('05 Dodge Ram for me). I think '02 and up but may apply to many makes, models, and years regardless of the manufacturer. Because of the length of the wiring adapters, some had to be stuffed behind the stereo. A portion of the adapter that I thought was isolated/part of the shielding came into contact with the steel instrument panel frame. I pulled the receiver out while powered up. As soon as the antenna cable came out, I had OUTSTANDING reception. I insulated the adapter and bolted it back in. In addition to this I used dielectric grease at all electrical connection including the antenna mast itself. I am now able to pull Detroit stations over 60-70 miles away. I even get stations clearly I have never heard of. Regarding the FM sensitivity spec, take a look at some of the high end units, I have seen 13-18dBf.

    Pros: Built in HD tuner, decent amount of adjustability, excellent sound on factory speakers, SRS-II processing sounds great. HD FM truly sounds like a CD, and HD AM sounds like FM analog. Oh yeah, if you are sick of hearing DJ's in the morning trying to sound important, check out the second HD channel (multicast) if available. They may actually be playing music.

    Cons: JVC calls that a remote (To scale it, it is about the size of three quarters end to end)? Navigating the various menus is difficult. For what it's worth, I don't have more than 5 hrs. behind the wheel with the new radio. Buttons are a little small and the volume knob could be a little easier to grip if they had a different texture on it.

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    Great sound system despite weak receiver

    Written by: Alan from Stafford, VA on February 2, 2008

    1993 GMC K Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent sound, especially when locked onto a HD signal, but picking up signals can be a challenge.

    The receiver lacks sufficient sensitivity to pick up stations where I live (about 40 miles south of the Metro DC area.) There are a lot of HD stations in the Metro area but they aren't strong enough for this receiver to consistently pick them up. Once I heard how clear HD sounds, I couldn't get enough. There is an HD station close by but I don't care for their format, but since I enjoy the clear digital sound so much I occasionally just tune it in anyway.

    Tiny buttons make it difficult to access certain features, but then again most after market systems suffer from the same problem. However the volume and channel buttons are easily accessed. I don't often use the remote.

    This system replaced the factory stereo and its clear sound makes it obvious that I now need to upgrade the speakers. I also plan to install a sub-woofer for richness (not thump!)

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    JVC KD-HDR1

    Written by: Gerry from Brooksville Florida on February 1, 2008

    1995 Toyota Camry
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I am satisfied with the new HD radio. When in range of HD stations, sound quality is excelent. Analog stations also sound very good . The JVC HDR1 was a good choice for replacing the stock radio in my 95 Camry.

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    Great Value

    Written by: Justin from Pittsburgh, PA on February 1, 2008

    2003 Chevrolet TrailBlazer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    HD for under 200 bucks!! You can't beat it! Over all this reciever has great features, the HD, the ability to play MP3, and WMA on CD-RW's is the best value for your money I think. This unit also is also Satalite radio ready! If you want HD radio on a small budget this is the one for you!!

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    Nice Unit

    Written by: dale from Austin Texas on February 1, 2008

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

    This unit works really well, it does everything I would want a head unit to do.

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    Best bang for the buck

    Written by: Jeff from Minneapolis, MN on February 1, 2008

    2006 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great value for an HD deck. I installed in my 2006 F-150 Supercrew. Not the easiest unit adjust and tune but once you figure out all the controls and options it sounds great. Get the optional iPod controler too, easy to install and use. I hooked up a Rockford Fosgate P400-4 to my Alpine Type R door speakers and Rockford Fosgate P400-2 to my JL Audio stealth box pushing a 10" sub. Wow, the music comes alive and sounds fantastic!

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    Great Radio!

    Written by: dagambler37 from Houston, TX on January 30, 2008

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

    I enjoy the sound quailty of my radio, CD'S sound awsome and I have found great new stations. I think the new speakers help out also! I would truly recommend this radio to anyone!! Thanks JVC !!!

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    JVC KD-HDR1

    Written by: Timothy from El Mirage, AZ on January 27, 2008

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

    Excellent HD radio receiver and CD player it really improved the sound on my stock speakers in my Xterra.(the SRS Circle Surround Audio\ CS-A really enhances the sound) I have had no problems with receiving HD radio signals and could not be happier with the sound quality. I even have mine set-up to listen to my Mp3 player using the CD changer output on the back of the reciever as well as the unit that enables me to use the factory steering wheel controls and both work awesome.

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    1st time installing- FLAWLESS !!!!

    Written by: ANDY from Loma Linda, CA on January 27, 2008

    1998 Toyota Sienna
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very easy to installed. This is my very first installing anything on a car. Knowing that Crutchfield guarantees it can be done by anyone. Called up Crutchfield with a little help. He send me the picture of the 98 Sienna of where the wires are to be installed. There will be more receivers and speakers I"m going to buy from Crutchfield! You guys save my a lot of money! Highly recommended Crutchfield for all your car audio needs. Took an hour to installed. Great receiver. Now my FM sounds clearer thanks to free HD radio. Playing MP3 finally was awesome. Lits up cool at night. This deck gave my car more power to the speaker than the factory from Toyota.

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    JVC KD-HDR1

    Written by: Tom from Branson, MO on January 25, 2008

    1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The HD looks good, simple to use, and fairly good sound considering the price. However... there are no audio controls on the remote and the EQ is cumbersome to control (series of buttons just to get to it, then the adjustments themselves only cover about 5 different frequencies). Filters work just fine but if you're used to turning up the volume occasionally, to reach up to work through a series of buttons seems quite a distraction. I exchanged this for the Pioneer and am totally impressed with it. Loved the customer service I recieved from Crutchfield.. sure, you may pay a few bucks more but with the instal kits, wiring and excellent customer service, I wouldn't go anywhere else.

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    HD radio for Cheap

    Written by: mayfew from Houston on January 24, 2008

    1979 Honda Accord
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    A great budget head unit. This is my second JVC KD-HDR1. I will probably buy a third for my new car as well.
    Pros:
    Optional Aux/iPod adapter,
    MP3/WMA,
    HD radio,
    7 Band EQ,
    Cons:
    Small remote control.

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    JVC KD-HDR1

    Written by: Herb from Edgewater, Florida on January 19, 2008

    2005 Ford Focus ZX3
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very easy to install. Good sound for an mid grade radio. Controls are small & a little hard to navagate. All & all a nice radio for the money !!!

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    good radio

    Written by: MICHAEL from Long Island, NY on January 18, 2008

    2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    A very good radio. Easy to operate. Only drawback is that it does not display time and radio station at the same time. You get one or the other.

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    Much better than my old radio

    Written by: texmex75 from San Antonio, TX on January 15, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Radio works as advertised. I have an XM radio add on. Tech support helped me pick the right components to make my satelite radio work with this head unit. Everything works well together and now my big problem is I think I need better speakers to take full advantage of this head unit. HD is great. A popular country station in this area broadcasts from outside the county and I live right on the edge of their signal. They broadcast in HD on a sister station. I can now pick up that station on HD with no signal degrdation.

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    JVC KD-HDR1

    Written by: Chris from Jax, Fl. on January 14, 2008

    2001 Dodge Durango
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great value, very easy to install, pleased with it's performance. HD radio is the only way to go! Tech support was outstanding as well. Encountered a small problem with wiring configuration, Tech support solved it instantly.

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    Great HD radio receiver for the money

    Written by: mikew151 from Atlanta, GA on January 7, 2008

    I just got this receiver for Xmas. I put it on my wishlist. I was trying to weigh out all options by comparing it to the HD ready receiver. I am glad I got this one. The setup was really easy. It took me less than half an hour (I already have aftermarket receiver in my car) The HD channel is flawless. When you first turn it on, it picks up regular channel for a few seconds and searching the HD. Once the HD signal received, it turns to HD. You definitely can tell the different between regular radio and HD radio.

    With this receiver, I learned that some radio station have more than 1 HD channel which is nice. It turns to HD1 and HD2. Forget about paying satellite radio, with this thing (at least in Atlanta), you dont even need to listen to commercial, just switch to HD2 or 1 if the commercial playing.

    I am still trying to figure the sound adjustment which a bit different than typical receiver. This part is somewhat complicated but not rocket science. The default is decent but I am picky when it comes to sound.

    If you're thinking about getting this, my advice is stop thinking and get it :) You'll be impressed.

    I dont know about iPod configuration or satellite radio on this receiver since I dont have any of them.

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    CRYSTAL CLEAR SOUND!

    Written by: claudio from Middletown, DE on December 30, 2007

    1985 Porsche 944
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased the JVC HD R-1 for my 85 Porsche.
    The sound is incredible when it plays in HD!
    The best radio at any price.
    Outstanding!

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    JVC KD-HDR1

    Written by: Tyler from Tuscaloosa, AL on December 27, 2007

    I bought this receiver about 6 months ago and couldn't wait to put it in, mainly I wanted to hear the clarity of HD radio. The head just goes crazy at random times, my girlfriend says its possessed. I don't understand whats going on. I am very tech savy as I'm one of the sound guys at my church in Tuscaloosa. None of the buttons do what they are supposed to do. One of the presets goes to a different preset, randomly. The tune button doesn't work 90% of the time. The best that the receiver has worked is when I used the remote and not try the faceplate. I don't understand it. Maybe they just tried to pack way too much stuff into too small of a space, too cheaply. As it does just about everything that higher that with higher priced decks you have to buy external accessories to go with.

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    The Most For the Money.

    Written by: scott from Rockmart,GA. on December 16, 2007

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I replaced my factory Ford CD player with this JVC.I have never bought nothing but Sony for all my autos.I saw the low price for an HD radio so I had to try it.The free mounting instrutions and parts were so easy to follow that I had my 10 year old son to help me install it (even with my auto already having all kinds of wires everywhere with 2 factory amp in my auto).The signal does fade from HD away from large cities but that is not the radio,it is the stations signal.I am more than happy with the radio and the free instructions that came with it.Thanks to crutchfields great staff and knowledge anyone can do it.

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    Sounds great, plays any disc!!!

    Written by: Dale from Leander TX on December 13, 2007

    2001 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Upon replacing my factory Ford deck I noticed a great improvement in the factory speakers - much more range and clarity.
    It plays any burned disc I've fed it - no problem there!
    Some people are grousing about the signal dropping out in the hills, but that is the fault of the laws of digital radio transmission - not the radio.
    So happy with mine that my daughter is getting one for Christmas.

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    Very nice though not perfect...

    Written by: CreigMac from Pennsylvania Dutch Country on November 30, 2007

    1994 Toyota T100

    This unit has many reviews and there is not much I can add of substantial worth. Navigation of the most used functions can be tedious and you will want to have the manual handy for awhile. I spent 3 hours going though the functions just to become familiar enough to use while driving. In this area the HD works OK, though that is a station issue more than an hardware issue I believe. Crutchfield, is as usual just about perfect, I found this unit on sale during the holiday. With all the freebies and free shipping that is a great deal in any book. If UPS had not screwed up the routing I would have received it the next day after ordering. If you want HD Radio, this is the way to go unless you need more bells and whistles and get an add-on HD unit.

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    Great HD/IPOD Deck

    Written by: Walter from Houston, TX on November 20, 2007

    2000 Chrysler Town and Country
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    OVERALL - this is a very good receiver. Considering the price, this is an excellent value. The sound is very good. The user interface could be better.


    HD RADIO FEATURE - The sound quality of the HD radio is excellent. HD radio reception in Houston is excellent - I live on the far side of Houston from the radio towers and there is only one station that has spotty reception - all other stations have solid HD reception and multicast is great (currently no ads on multicast channels). Note that Houston is very flat and your mileage may vary.


    IPOD CONTROLLER - The JVC IPOD controller works as advertised; however, the limited number of characters on the JVC head unit makes it difficult to navigate your IPOD library. The navigation in IPOD mode works well enough but you can only see the first few words of any artist, album or song title. As an alternative, you can set the system up so that the IPOD controls what is being played by selecting EXT IN as the source rather than IPOD (read the manual). In EXT IN mode, the IPOD controller charges the IPOD but does not control it - the IPOD is used to control the music selection. This is much better than the standard AUX IN approach that many receivers use for MP3 players since the volume is controlled by the JVC receiver rather than the IPOD (headphone mode).


    THE BAD - As with almost all after-market radios, the unit relies too much on software for control of basic functions which leads to a cumbersome interface. For instance, controlling the equilizer (simple base, mid, treble controls on a stock radio) requires a sequence of button clicks to get into equilizer mode, select the desired frequency and, finally, adjust the gain - blecchh! Another annoyance, typical of almost all after-market units, is that the channel selection buttons are too small and hard to distinguish from the other buttons. To make matters worse, JVC wasted space dedicating buttons to functions that nobody will use - what is "SRS Circle Surround Auto," anyway, and who cares? This feature has a dedicated button but I have to plod through a menu to find the bass control. Maybe this would be useful in a home theater system but why would I want it in my car?


    IN SUMMARY - This is a great value but JVC (and other manufacturers) could take a cue from auto manufacturers and keep the controls simple. The sound is very good and the price is very good. I ordered a second one for my other car - this is the best option out there for HD radio and IPOD control. The only other good option for HD Radio and IPOD control was from Alpine but the cost is two or three times as much as this JVC.

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    good stereo. abysmal warranty service.

    Written by: Yossarian*BDA* from bakersfield, ca on November 4, 2007

    built-in HD radio works as advertised. i was initially disappointed with the ipod controls. the d-pad on the left is extremely clumsy to use for navigating albums and playlists. there's an annoying half second delay between pressing the button and having it scroll to the next song. the screen only displays a few characters of text, making it difficult to find the song you're looking for. my unit lasted 6 months before dying. i sent it back under warranty.

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    HD and all this for Under $200.00, You can't go Wrong!

    Written by: CarlT from Dallas, TX on October 24, 2007

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

    My setup:


    2004 Ford Ranger Edge
    JVC KD-HDR1 Head Unit
    (Replaced the Premium Factory Pioneer in Dash 6 Disk CD/MP3 Head Unit)
    4/3/2 Amp configured 75Wx4 powering 4 - Pioneer TS-D681R Door Speakers
    Sony XM-1S powering 2 - Pioneer TS-SW2541D 10" Subs @ 500 W in custom fit down fire floor box, under the Jump seats with NO loss of interior functionality.
    (Perhaps my Truck has transformed from an Edge to a TREMOR!!! Cause it shakes with all this sound power, but as clear as a bell, and we are talking Rock-n-Roll not some Boom, Boom junk!)



    This Head Unit is FANTASTIC for the price! And with all the HD stations in my area, I actually programmed all 18 FM Presets, some of which I switch to the HD-2 and totaly opens up the music genre. Have actually been able to receive and retain those HD signals on some channels from Dallas to Waco, a distance of over 70 miles!



    You do need to spend the time to read the instruction booklet that comes with the receiver, it is very simple to learn the "MODE" controls, once that is clear operation of this unit is easy.



    A few more controls on the remote might be nice, but HEY, this remote is designed for you to carry on your keychain!!



    Ok, so now it is time to add an IPod to this system, and we have a total Jukebox on wheels!!



    The people at Crutchfield are the greatest, with all the extras they include, free shipping, support and warranty, NO other deal can touch it!!



    Rock On Gang!!



    DJ Rox

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    JVC KD-HDR1

    Written by: Lenny from Phoenix, Az. on October 22, 2007

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    WOW...This is a great receiver. The features are excellent and the sound is superb.
    I love the HD part also. Easy to operate.

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    great product

    Written by: Michael from Atlanta, GA on October 17, 2007

    2005 Toyota Tundra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    great receiver! I replaced the Toyota factory radio in my '05 Tudra, and that made a huge difference in the sound quality. I also installed the PAC iPod to JVC connector cable to run my iPod through the receiver. It was easy to install and simple to use once the Crutchfield tech support gave me a hand. Thanks Crutchfield!

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    solid radio

    Written by: ben from dayton, ohio on October 6, 2007

    1992 Chevrolet Lumina
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    i got this radio based mostly on the HD part, dayton has limited channels but the ones that are here sound grate. install and setup was easy, i love the extra channel for the sub. eq setting's are a wonderful add in too most sound control Ive found in a head unit to date, if you get this radio you wont be disappointed.

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    Great sound

    Written by: b25crew from St. Louis MO on October 1, 2007

    Installed the radio a nine months ago now.
    Installation kit from Crutchfield were great - directions great installation
    very easy. It has been years since I installed a car radio.

    Love the KD-HDR1 - HD radio in town is great - extra channels are interesting.
    Seems to be fewer commercials on the secondary HD-2 channels.

    To me the sound is unbelievable - jazz station here in town on HD2 is the best.
    HD does drop out once in a while but, I think its partly the station - and it
    seems to be getting better. The different settings for the sound takes a
    little fiddling to get what you want but, its worth it.

    I would buy it again.

    It would be nice if the HD2 station would stay on when you power it back up.
    I'd like to have the ability to switch to HD2,HD3 from the remote - if it
    has that capability I have not figured it out yet.

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    HD is a waste of money

    Written by: Dan from Denver CO (Metro area) on October 1, 2007

    1995 Ford Escort
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I am pleased with this unit. I upgraded because I am sick of chatty DJs in the morning; where did they get the idea that they are funny? If I wanted to hear chat, my gf could talk all day long.

    The CD unit is bulletproof; it has not skipped once. The HD is a waste in Denver. Transceivers are on a mountaintop too far away to lock a good signal. HD signals skip, chop and repeat constantly. HD may improve when the FCC forces digital-only broadcasts, but for now don't bother. Digital falls short of the 30-mile transmission distances that analog easily reaches. Low signal in HD = Garbage.

    Display is informative and adjustable. Remote is a nice accessory.

    Make sure not to skimp on the Amp and Subwoofer!

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    Not very good

    Written by: Chris from Western Massachusetts on September 13, 2007

    I bought this stereo with the hopes of hearing great quality FM and HD broadcasts. Well, not really this stereo has a very weak 11.3dbf tuner. You would think with it having an HD tuner built in they would have put a 8.3dbf tuner or ven a 9, but no... I should have bough what I always buy, PIONEER. I replaced my antenna in my Saab thinking it was bad, nope, it is still terrible. My stock radio pulls in a bunch of channels. Heck the 15 year old UHAUL I rented a few weeks back pulled in a ton of channels. My dad who lives 3/4 of a mile away has a 99 Cherokee, it has ten times the reception with the stock Chrysler stereo. Not this thing. I'll go back to Pioneer... The Cd part of it is great, but that is IT...

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    Good but not perfect

    Written by: jgs9455 from Tampa, FL on September 5, 2007

    I bought this unit based on the positive reviews. All the reviews are mostly true - it is a good unit with lots of value. I don't regret my purchase. However, here are the issues I see -

    1. iPod adapter DOESN'T work with iPhone. Says searching and never finds the iPhone. Tried both phone mode and iPod mode (phone off) and can't get it to work. Wonder if this unit will work with the new iPods released today (Touch, Classic, Fat Nano). Does work with older Nano. Wonder if JVC can release a update of some kind?

    2. HD Radio isn't that great. I was a big fan of HD, not wanting to pay for Sirrus or XM. When the radio locks into HD mode I actually think the station loses volume and dynamic range. Sounds compressed. That and the stations around here plays terrible music on the sub channels.

    Other than that the unit is solidly built, nice display, features, remote, plenty of power, and sounds good.

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    JVC KD-HDR1

    Written by: JESSE from Houston,Tx. on September 3, 2007

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this radio for its muticasting capability cause here in Houston we have a tejano station on AM and it sounds horrible but it is also broadcast in HD2. so i got this radio to listen to the station in HD and the sound quality is one hundred times better than AM and FM.the only thing i dont like is the lack of programing the HD stations,other than that it is an awesome radio.

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    JVC KD-HDR1

    Written by: SirMalcolm from Occidental, CA on August 31, 2007

    1994 Toyota 4Runner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was looking for a CD receiver w/HD Radio that could bring in my iPod at line level (w/optional accessory). I was pleasantly surprised by this unit at this price point that could do it all. The HD 2 channels are a wonderful addition, and I really appreciate the attenuation feature that dims audio to hear sirens, phone calls, etc. A glaring omission is a Pause function, but all things considered, I coundn't be more satisfied with my choice here. Easy install w/included instructions.

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    JVC KD-HDR1

    Written by: David from Centreville, VA on August 20, 2007

    2002 Toyota Corolla
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    It took me about 20 minutes to install my radio.
    It's Great!!

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    Very happy with this product

    Written by: Travis from Vancouver, WA on August 19, 2007

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I spent a lot of time researching and finally decided to buy the KD-HDR1 because of the HD radio. It's crystal clear and has the added HD2 channel. I find myself listening to the radio more than I ever used to

    I originally was looking at pioneers and panasonic receivers that provided a fluid LCD display--I wanted full control over my iPod from my receiver. Then I realized I would have had to pay several hundreds of dollars to get a display ALMOST as good as the one on my iPod. So I bought this coupled with the 30$ adapter cable control sound from the iPod directly instead. It's the best choice I could have made. Plus since I use the radio more often, it doesn't bother me at all.

    People complain about noise/grounding issues on their receiver: I was confused with this at first because the directions said to connect the unit to "ground" but didn't specify which ground. Use the chassis ground and not the battery ground and this should solve your noise problem.

    My only complaint is that I would have appreciated higher preamp voltages. Also, I guess the display could be nicer with more info or some fancier animation or something, but I would still pick this receiver again if I were upgrading another car stereo!

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    good radio, good deal

    Written by: Jeremy from San Antonio, TX on August 12, 2007

    The installation was simple, there was no interference issue in my 2003 chevy silverado. The website stated that I would have to cut out a metal support behind the radio, this was not the case. The strongly recommended wiring system adapter was infact a must have item, it made installation a breeze and keeps all of the factory features, don't install an after market radio without one if you have a newer GM vehicle!

    I am enjoying the ability to tune in the HD channels being broadcast by my local stations. sound quality is much improved on channels which are broadcasting a single HD channel, multicast channels are a little better audio quality and have the added bonus of a second channel available on the same frequency. I live in a rural area and the reception on this unit is very good, though I do loose HD signal while going under bridges and behind hills, which can be annoying when listening to HD2 channels as the song just stops until the signal returns.

    the built in EQ works well and provides plenty of adjustment.

    the large volume knob is my main complaint on this radio as it is hard to grip and a little too slippery.

    all in all this radio is a spectacular deal for the price, if you are looking for a reasonably priced head unit with alot of features and want to try out HD radio I would strongly suggest it.

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    2000 Silverado upgrade

    Written by: John from Franklin, Ohio on August 3, 2007

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I replaced my stock unit with this and WOW what a difference. I teamed this head unit up with Polk db6500 components in the front doors and Infinity reference 6412cfp's in the rear doors. No comparison to the old stuff and Crutchfield made it so inexpensive to do. Great job again Crutchfield. So far the only thing that JVC could have done, was make the volume knob a little easier to grasp but the remote comes in handy for that.

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    JVC KD-HDR1

    Written by: rob from Northern NJ on August 2, 2007

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have two complaints regarding this unit: 1) there is no pause button for the CD player, and 2) the CD player does not track as well as the 10 year old Blaupunkt unit I replaced. On the plus side the unit has a lot of flexibility in terms of sound-shaping. As to HD, at 25 miles northwest of NYC I must be on the fringe of HD reception, because it continually drops out. Not really a problem in HD1 as it defaults to analog, but very annoying in HD2. When it is receiving HD however the sound is excellent. The same is true of AM, but it's much more noticeable as it shifts back and forth between analog and digital. This isn't the fault of the receiver, but if you're not close to the transmitters, HD is kind of a moot point.

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    excellent addition to '01 xterra

    Written by: Arnshea from atlanta, ga on July 29, 2007

    My favorite features:
    1. MP3/WMA support. Great ID3 tag support to - displays the artist, album and title. Only downside is that it can't play DRM protected files so I had to burn then re-rip to get non-DRM versions of purchased tracks.

    2. Useful LED. The LED has an icon for pretty much every feature; HD, MP3, WMA, CD, track info, the works. IMHO, too many units waste space showing EQ/frequency readouts - this unit doesn't do that.

    3. HD radio. The reception in my area is excellent for all but one of my favorite stations. The transition from stereo to HD is relatively seamless. The quality improvement depends on the station but it's noticable when the station is encoding properly. WARNING: There's some digital processing (CS-II) that is turned on for HD stations by default; for my ears it amplified the high frequencies too much so I turned it off.

    4. (optional) The aux-in via the cd-changer port is VERY handy. I bought the jvc ks-57 adapter and wired it through the front of the unit. Great for connecting an external unit via mini plug (I connect the RoadyXT XM tuner - much better sound than FM transmitter!!!).

    All in all it's a great unit for the value. The KS-57 is a little pricey since it's basically a line-in connector but other than that I'd recommend this unit to anyone.

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    Recent Install in 02 Sequoia

    Written by: Larrison from SoCal on July 26, 2007

    Recently installed the JVC KD-HDR1 in 02 Toyota Sequoia with factory JBL system. In general, pleased with unit and Crutchfield support. Price was pretty good. Installation instructions (including access through the dash) were pretty good, although the specific dash I have didn't quite match the instructions. Also, the installation instructions from JVC and the Crutchfield installation instructions for the wiring had a couple of minor discrepancies.

    When I installed the unit, it powered up, found signals but had no output through the speakers. A quick call to Crutchfield tech support did help resolve that, although I may open up the dash again to clean up a couple of minor things from the wiring install.

    Unit works well, although READ THE MANUAL so you can figure out everything you need to set. Worst issue is you can't preset any of the HD stations -- you have to go to the radio station, and then toggle to HD-2 for example. Local classical music station is on HD-2 whereas HD-1 is country, but you can only preset the station meaning you tune to country music and then have to manually go to HD-2. This should be fixable by JVC in their next update. Minor frustration.

    Good quality sound in HD -- noticably better than FM, although not amazingly so. Buttons and controls on unit work, although more effort could have been made in making ability to set options more intuitive, and larger buttons would have been nice.

    And somewhat annoyed that AUX input requires special JVC adapter at substantial additonal cost, even if you just want to run output of MP3 player into unit. Debating if I'm going to buy this...

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    Great Receiver for Great Price

    Written by: Aaron from Las Vegas, NV on July 25, 2007

    1997 Ford Explorer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have had my JVC KD-HDR1 installed for almost a month, and couldn't be happier with everything. The HD tuner built-in is a great feature, and works seamlessly with analog radio. The MP3/WMA playback feature works well, just a quick read through the instructions to learn how to navigate the file structure. The best thing I enjoy though, is the Ipod add-on that JVC makes. It uses the changer port, and the integration is amazing. You actually use the same menu structure as the Ipod to find your music, only you can hide the Ipod and control it completely from the JVC deck.

    My only complaint is the remote seems to not work 100% of the time. In other words, I don't know if it's the buttons on the remote are just weird or if I'm not pointing it at the right spot.

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    Good radio but not for everyone

    Written by: Jon from North Hollywood, CA on July 18, 2007

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

    Purchased this radio exclusively for its HD Radio capability--HD Radio at a very reasonable price. My observations after using the radio for a few days:

    1. Did not like the small knob on the face of the radio. I guess it was too small for my hands and not easy to dial.

    2. HD radio was nice but it was not that big of an improvement over regular FM at least in my area. Sound was a bit better but not nearly as much as I had hoped.

    3. The faceplate design was just not for me--I decided to go with a simpler, cleaner face (just a personal preference here).

    Overall though this is a good radio with lots of adjustments. I was just a little disappointed to find that HD radio was not a vast improvement over standard FM.

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    Outstanding Sound in HDR and Multicasting capability

    Written by: pottled from Boston,MA on July 17, 2007

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I grabbed two for each of my Toyota Avalon's with factory premium sound. The install was extremely simple.

    The reason it does not get five stars is the lack of presetting the HD2 channells and the detented level controls.

    I'm truly satisfied with this unit. The HD Radio sound is absolutely killer. WCRB Classical (HD1) is static free at maximum volume. Songs end and silence follows.

    Crutchfield interfaces are so nice!

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    JVC Comes Through

    Written by: Ben from Portland, OR on July 17, 2007

    2001 Volkswagen Jetta
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I've owned quite a few receivers before but JVC provides the most options for the money. This is an amazing price for an HD radio and well worth it. Although the user interface is a little more complicated than some of my previous decks this one offers a great deal of user fine tuning options for such a low price.

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    Excellent Unit

    Written by: Jake from Novato, CA on July 16, 2007

    1999 Nissan Maxima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    All it needs is an Aux input on the face and it's perfect.

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    excellent head unit

    Written by: o2bfishn from Kannapolis, NC on July 13, 2007

    so far it is an excellent head unit. the controls are easy to use and find and the sound quality is superb.

    the only reason for not giving it a 5 is lack of usb support and the display is a little saturated when viewing from the angle i have to in my car. this may not be a problem with others if you look at it more straight on than i do. but other than that, i like it very much!

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    A very nice Head Unit for the price!

    Written by: Vance H. from Klamath Falls, Oregon on July 11, 2007

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I had previously installed a very nice Panasonic unit, but found the display was too bright at night and could not be dimmed! This unit was not only less bright ( and less expensive! )but, it could be dimmed and even shut off completely! It has a very nice sound and HD Radio, to boot! It also has a simulated surround sound setting and all kinds of cool things to shape the sound, it also has a 7 band equalizer with -5 to +5 adjustments on each band! All in all, I like this unit more than I liked the Panasonic! And I really liked the Panasonic! Even without HD Radio here in Klamath Falls, the normal stereo radio sounds like HD! And the cd's sound better also! Crutchfield, you have done it again! Thank you guys!

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    HD is great. I recommend.

    Written by: Nathan from Cocoa, FL on July 11, 2007

    2000 Pontiac Sunfire
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This product was great. The Crutchfield instruction manuals made it a snap to install. It took me about an hour and a half to install the whole thing. The only thing you have to do is connect the same colored wires. EASY!

    I bought the KD-HDR1 for the HD radio and let me tell you that I love having the option to listen to the HD-2 and HD-3 stations. I didn't really notice a huge difference that everybody always talks about with the HD radio, but I did notice that it was a bit quieter and definately a cleaner sound.

    The reason it doesn't get a five is because the HD radio does go in and out a bit here and there and the remote doesn't have a button for changing the HD channel from HD-1 to HD-2 or HD-3.

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    XM does not work!!

    Written by: dave from Boston MA on July 10, 2007

    2003 Honda Civic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The radio works fine for me except for the XM, which is the main reason I bought it. When I tried to change the channels, I would get a "loading" message, and the channels would not change. Sometimes toggling through the source selector would solve the issue, sometimes I had to turn the unit off and back on. Eventually this issue got worse and the XM was unusable. Crutchfield sent out a new XMDJVC100 unit, which is a digital adapter for use with the XM and CD changer. This solved the issue for a while, but the XM problem came back within 6 weeks, and now the XM is unusable again. I asked a Crutchfield rep about this issue in connection with a new purchase. He said that Apline and Kenwood will not have this issue. If you want XM, do not buy this unit.

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    Good radio if your Parked

    Written by: Anonymous from Rhode Island on July 10, 2007

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

    I installed this radio Saturday and I was blown away by the sound effects and HD channels recieved when my Truck was parked inside my Garage. Then I drove my vehicle to the local gas station 2 miles away from my house and the radio HD reception faded in and out and echoed every time it tried to mantain a HD channel; it would display the text "anolog" and the sound compared to Digital HD was night and day, almost as bad as a single sounding speaker compaired to a pair of sterio speakers. I figured well maybe it's the location of the gas station, this might be the reason. I had the same problem driving to work which is 20 miles away in an opposite direction and mostly highway. This radio has horrible reception when driving. The idea of a HD radio signal lured me away from the real reason for purchasing a new radio in the first place; my original factory radio CD broke. Well at least this radio has a CD player that works. I wouldn't buy this radio again.

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    Very Nice Unit

    Written by: Wade from Crewe, VA on July 6, 2007

    2003 Jeep Liberty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Bought this unit for my daughter's car and installed it yesterday. It was a snap until I got to wiring the adapter. Color coded wires did not match up and quite honestly, it became a guessing game. Best guess worked out and it installed and played very well.

    Unit controls are a little small and difficult for my old eyes to see but maybe my daughter will be o.k. Sounds great with the factory speakers and all functions worked as described. For the money, a great buy. I have dealt with Crutchfield before and you cannot beat their price and service.

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    Best buy on the market for the money

    Written by: Tim from Northern Virginia on June 21, 2007

    Bought this unit to replace a factory Bose unit that had died for the third time in my 2003 GMC Sierra. Didnt want to pay the $800 to restore the poor factory sound!

    All I can say is "Wow!" This was the best money I have ever spent. Even with the adapter for the factory chime, and the PAC SWX-I for retaining steering wheel controls, the total cost was a bargin. The sound is great, the ability to customize settings is almost unlimited (make sure you watch the road - there are too many temptations to play while driving!), and the look is awesome. You dont realize how much you need HD radio until you hear it! Its like going from Cassette tapes to CDs, the differnce is that noticable.

    With the Crutchfield harness and adapter plate, installation was a snap. I actually had to call Crutchfield to make sure I wasnt missing something, it just seemed too easy. By the way, Crutchfield support staff are hands-down the best I have every called. They are patient, responsive, and really know their stuff.

    The only negatives I saw were:
    1. The factory chime replacement is quite loud, but there is an option to lower the volume by cutting a solder trace on the board - this should have been done with a dip switch or some other easier method.
    2. The red illumination is hard to see at night - a different color would have been better, particularly with the small buttons. If you buy the PAC SWX-I steering wheel control adapter, the buttons arent an issue as you can do just about everything you can with the remote using the steering wheel controls.

    This is my first JVC unit for a vehicle - I am a believer! You wont be disappointed.

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    Goodbye factory, Hello clarity

    Written by: Boyd from Pleasant Hill, MO on June 16, 2007

    2000 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I replaced the factory stereo in my 2000 F-150 with the JVC KD-HDR1 and replaced the factory speakers with 4 Infinity Reference (6X8)speakers. The removal and installation was made incredibly easy with Crutchfield's included free instructions and I was finished in about 2 hours and ready to listen to the fruits of my labor. My opinion of the JVC KD-HR1 follows....
    Pros-
    The unit is sleek looking
    The sound is amazing
    Plenty of power
    It is fairly easy to learn the SRS surround
    HD FM is a nice and new feature (the main reason I bought the unit)
    Cons-
    The buttons are small and illuminated in red which makes them hard to see and to touch for use while driving
    The AM signal which has been promoted very highly in other reviews, does not seem at all improved to me, but that's ok because I don't listen to AM much anyway

    Overall the difference is worth the time and the money and I am a proud owner.
    If in doubt, Buy It

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    As advertised. The postive feedback and reviews don't lie.

    Written by: Jamey from Seattle, WA on June 14, 2007

    2004 Hyundai Tiburon

    The SRS Circle Surround Automotive feature on this deck is awesome. Installed the it on a 2004 Tiburon and sounds awesome with the stock infinity speaker/amp system. Although replacing the factory sub with a new amp and sub gave things a little more punch. HD-Radio is quite an experience in sound, especially when teamed up with the SRS Surround. Even AM radio sounds pretty awesome (sounds like you are right there at the sporting event).

    As always, crutchfield does a great job providing everything you need to install other than basic tools.

    The learning curve on this deck was like 20 minutes. Unlike a few reviews that say otherwise, the SRS and EQ are completely customizable.

    If you are MORE interested in awesome sound then fancy display graphics AND you don't need DVD or a touch screen... this is THE headunit to get.

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    Excellent HD in Orange County,CA

    Written by: MICHAEL from Huntington Beach,CA on June 11, 2007

    2003 Honda Element
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I installed this unit a week ago to replace the factory HU in my Honda Element. I used the mosfet amp in the JVC-HU for my mains(JBL GTO component-frnt./ Blaupunkt 3-way rears),and used the Honda amp for the Sub. I also have XM running through the AUX. I am in Orange Cnty.,CA,about 30-40 miles south of Los Angeles and the HD radio works great. Contrary to what a few people have said,the EQ and SRS presets can be modified and saved. You will need to look at the manual to figure out how to use the buttons,but I had it wired in a few days. You will probably be tweaking the EQ and SRS for weeks, but so far I found that it might be best to turn off the SRS and adjust your EQ,then add and tweak the SRS after. So far,I am very pleased with the JVC-HDR1 and the much improved sound of my system. As always, Crutchfield is #1 for customer service and delivery.

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    JVC KD-HDR1

    Written by: Nathan from Avella, PA on June 10, 2007

    Love this receiver. Used to have an Alpine DVD/MP3 unit in car with 7.2" sunvisor LCD's. Now, I just have the XBOX360 video hooked directly into the LCD's and the sound linked into the receiver/amplifier. Love this deck's clarity on both AM and FM, especially since now I can still grab my ESPN radio AM station clearly and in HD now while at home (40 miles from broadcast in Pittsburgh). With the old Alpine deck, lost the AM signal about 20 miles from home and really didn't even get any FM stations with good music on while in driveway at home. With this HD receiver, can even pick up FM HD from channels in OH and WV that never got before! Excellent reception!!! Wouldn't trade this receiver for any other model right now!

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    JVC KD-HDR1

    Written by: Kent from Pueblo, CO on June 9, 2007

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

    Very very happy with this HD unit. The HD clarifies the am and fm stations beyond expectations and cds bring out sounds i didn't know were there. Have already told friends they have got to get one.

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    Better than I even hoped!!

    Written by: Rat Wrangler from Da Broncks on June 4, 2007

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    With the one drawback of some tiny buttons, this receiver is utterly awesome. I had the factory radio before and it must have about 3 watts RMS max. This is the standard Jeep cassette receiver. Big as a house and weak as a mouse. I don't even need an amp. I like the onboard power fine. The AM reception is startling! I get my daily ration of talk radio booming out loud and clear and the FM when broadcast in HD is crystaline. THis unit has much more flexible tone control than my Pioneer in my Neon. It even makes the "stock" Infinity system the car came with sound great. All I need is one of those ultra-thin under seat subs to fill out the bottom end a bit. The icing is you don't need to buy a $200 HD add-on.

    -Ray

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    JVC KD-HDR1

    Written by: Shawn from Dunn, NC on June 4, 2007

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellant stereo for the money. Replaced a factory AM/FM with this unit. Sounds qaulity is leaps and bounds better.

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    A versatile model for a great price!

    Written by: Cliff from Charlotte, NC on June 2, 2007

    1994 Nissan Maxima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I am really enjoying this stereo. It has everything I need--HD Radio, XM controls, CD, enough power--everything.

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    Great Receiver!

    Written by: CHRISTOPH from Houston,TX on May 24, 2007

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

    PRO: great clean sound(CD &HD), SRS surround is nice, short system learning curve, EQ, fairly easy install
    CON: bass control on pre-existing Bose system (unless I am doing something wrong)


    NISSAN MAX SE 2002 with Bose (without NAV)
    Some suggestions (at your own risk):

    1. Top vent that to be removed takes careful prying on the sides and a little muscle; pull forward.

    2. To remove most of the elec connections, press in vertical release; pull the whole unit outwards.

    3. Nissan sets the bracket screws in hard. You may need to find a shop to drill out the screws. Cost me $10 at
    a local radio shop. Order replacement screw from Nissan $1.75 each.

    4. To remove DIN plate sleeve from the receiver, carefully pry back the locking prongs on either side of the plate.

    5. Ground receiver to the car's metal frame. I connected the long black ground wire from the RECEIVER'S harness to a bolt lower left inside holding a white plastic item. Loosen the bolt half way and wrap the exposed wire around the bolt and tighten.

    6. If you want to use the existing Bose speaker wires, install the adapter from Crutchfield that connects to the receiver's harness. Couple the two harness' wires together. Easy. Take your time to match the correct wires together. Once re-installed, turn on receiver and use a screw driver to turn up the gain. The factory setting is low and turning it up pumps the volume - be careful. I turned mine up almost all the way and I did not hear any hiss.

    Good Luck!

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    Love it now even though I almost returned it.

    Written by: Billy from Dallas, Tx on May 22, 2007

    2004 Dodge Intrepid
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Overall I really like the radio. The HD tuner is a must in places like Dallas No more static and a very clear reception. I called Crutchfield to return the radio because I could not stand the sound at first. I could not get the manual settings adjusted good enough to get the quality of sound I wanted. The presets like ROCK or HIP HOP produced a high pitch sound with little bass that was very irritating. I finally got all the manual settings adjusted after playing with them for a couple of days. The base is still not where I would like it but most songs can produce enough thud to sound good.
    Installed SW should fix the problem.

    My setup:
    Dodge Intrepid
    Front Speakers – Infinity 6022i series 6.5
    Back Speakers – Kicker KS693 6x9
    No Sub Woofer
    Installation was easy. Everything fits perfect.

    ** GREAT **
    - 7 band EQ is a must
    - SRS Circle Surround Sound
    - Remote Control - back seat drivers love it.
    - AM HD sound – sounds like stereo.
    - HD Sound – awesome. This alone should offset any negatives with the other features.
    - CD quality sound is outstanding.
    - MP3 music allows for a lot of songs on one cd.
    - Text display – no problems seeing day or night.

    ** OKAY **
    - Volume knob is small. Not really a problem and doesn’t bother me.
    - Separate output for subwoofer – not tested.
    - HD Reception – you will loose the reception in places you would normally lose AM radio. Ex: parking garages.

    ** NOT SO GOOD **
    - Preset buttons are too small. Might be a deal breaker for some.
    - EQ & SRS preset bands –useless with my setup.

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    Incredible Service

    Written by: Alokhon from Alxeandria, VA on May 17, 2007

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

    I ordered this item on tuesday at 4.30pm and received next day at 3.pm. i think it is like hand delivery.
    So Crutchfield beats everyone on that scale!

    Re Product:
    Sounds a bit different then original radio on my Toyota, but product is great instructions are even easier. took me 17 min to connect wires from the unit to the wire harness, that's the long part of installation the rest is piece of cake! Radio is cool, HD is even better.
    I read revew that the can't see the anything on the screen under direct son. My friend you have to drive not to read what is going on. but i did not have such problem....
    So everything is in order.
    excellent product for the right price plus rebate:)
    recommend to everyone!

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    Great for the Cost, Quirky but Nice

    Written by: Stuffelse from Minneapolis, MN on May 15, 2007

    1995 Buick Century
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I installed my head unit about a month ago with the JVC IPod interface. I have a FULL 60gb Ipod, so my review is based on having a MASSIVE library. The controls are relatively tedious, but it's not that bad. For example, you have to start at the main menu and the beginning of the alphabet to search artists. If I want to listen to something by Metallica or Led Zeppelin or something in the middle of the alphabet, it WILL take over a minute of holding a button to get there. If I playlist the songs, they're readily accessible.

    The sound quality is GREAT for a stereo in the price range, but the controls can be a bit confusing if you don't sit down and figure them out while PARKED. Take 10 minutes to figure out the EQ functions and the SRS Circle Sound settings.

    The SRS TruBass can be a little quirky if you push it too hard through the wrong speakers. When used properly though, it provides good sound effects.

    In a nutshell...
    - Sound quality is great for the money
    - Lots of control over sound quality and options once you figure it out
    - HD Radio is AMAZING quality. Stations that used to be fuzzy are crystal clear now.
    - Ipod interface can be tedious when searching in a long library, but playlists can alleviate that issue.

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    Happy With My New Car Radio

    Written by: Robert from Honolulu, HI on May 14, 2007

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I am very pleased with my new HD radio. Now I just have to wait for a particular station to put its transmitter into HD so I can receive their country sub carrier. The station that is currently broadcasting in HD has one sub carrier and when I tune it in it is lower in volume. Otherwise okay. I think this might be the standard until station can overcome problem. The radio set up was a little complicated but all of a sudden I caught on and everything is the way I want it. I have always had faith in JVC products and have owned many of them over the years.

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    Very Awesome Radio

    Written by: Warhawk from Houston, TX on May 12, 2007

    2000 Honda Civic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installation was a major pain on my '00 civic. But once I got it working, I wasn't really impressed. Then I turned on the SRS surround sound and BOOM!! I don't even have a sub and this thing was pumping out enough bass to make my car rattle all over. The Surround sound is a huge plus, as well as HD radio. Overall I feel this is a great head unit with lots of cool features. Like others said, you can't really see the blue part of the display during the day, but it doesn't really bug me too much. The HD radio is really crisp and clear and I think this head unit is well worth the money.

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    Great radio with a great price.

    Written by: chad from Tampabay area, FL on May 6, 2007

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I did alot of research before I bought this stereo and was lucky enough to get it on sale after a backorder. I have owned Pioneer, Kenwood,and Sonys in the past and I must say this one is the best of all. The HD is simply great although HD2 is 50/50 someimes. The sound quality is superb. The install could have not been easier thanks to Crutchfields great instructions and wiring harness. They even sent me instructions on how to remove all the speakers in the car. One popular FM radio station in my area isn't HD but this stereo makes it sound like it is. AM quality still sounds the same to me no difference in sound quality. Some negatives are the volume dial could extend a little bit further, when switching to HD2 you have to tune into HD1 first the hit the up button to tune to HD2, and I don't think you can save the HD2 stations in the memory. With Crutcfield there where no problems as always and saved $140! I look forward to enjoying this stereo of many years. Thanks Cruthfield.

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    Great radio, great price.

    Written by: Hammer from S. New Jersey on May 4, 2007

    2005 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Most of the positive comments I've read are right on target. The few negatives I've seen are as follows:

    -The volume knob is too thin (doesn't stick out enough from the faceplate) and lacks grip - it's slippery as said here before. It's not as easy as it should be to quickly change volume.
    -Preset buttons are too small
    -Provided trim bezel not a great fit on '05 Dodge Ram truck
    -Sometimes I have to wiggle the faceplate to get it removed.
    -Lot's of available HD stations in Southern NJ. FM HD sounds great!
    -AM HD sounds like regular AM to me.
    -Surround Sound really does make a difference.
    -Clock doesn't stay on when the unit is turned off (press and hold atten button). But, you can just always leave the unit on... turn down the volume when you don't want to hear it. Problem solved.

    Notes: have the HU running stock rear speakers, but Polk db690 front speakers, and using an Profile AP400 AMP handling a 10" JL Audio 10W0 sub in a custom enclosure. It all sounds very good.

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    JVC KD-HDR1

    Written by: Larry from Dallas, TX on April 30, 2007

    2005 Nissan Frontier
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Nice little stereo! Sound is great! Install was a snap. The unit is very sensitive to proper grounding. I had issues both with HD reception fading in/out and with turn signals causing the display to flash until I improved the grounding. Instructions are not as clear on this as they could be.

    OEM face kit leaves a gap between the head unit and the storage pocket. Came up with a simple solution: Use some black fuel line or rubber hose. Slit it lengthwise down the middle and put over the edge of the pocket. The texture is then matt black and closes up the gap without looking tacky.

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    Great radio for the money

    Written by: Woody from Murfreesboro, TN on April 20, 2007

    After installing this in my car last weekend, I find I haven't been listening to my CDs anymore. The sound of HD is amazing. Every time you go from one stereo to another there is a learning curve, so I pretty much ignored the reviews about how hard it is to use the buttons. Granted, this is not a perfect radio, but for the price it is.

    Since the sound of analog radio will sound the same, check your area before buying.

    That's my two cents.

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    Written by: Kevin from Charlotte, NC on April 18, 2007

    1999 Ford Explorer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I just wanted to inform everyone of the pros and cons of this receiver.
    Pros: Excellent sound quality--I haven't heard any radio produce sound that is this good. The surround sound feature is incredible. HD radio is excellent.

    Cons: You can't see any of the blue display lights during the daytime. The only thing you can see is the main display with the clock or radio station. The remote is very small and does not fit well into anyone's hand. The worst feature is the poor Ipod connectivity and user functions. I hooked up my Ipod via the more expensive interface cable. It is very difficult to browse through the lists of artists without any true scrolling feature. Also, every time you access a song via the ipod, you have to start from the ipod's main menu instead of where you were in your previos search. There has to be a better receiver out there with a better ipod interface. Also, the display can only display about 8 characters, so it is difficult to read the name of a song because you have to wait for the title to scroll. That is very annoying. I would definately go with the cheaper ipod cable... you're much better off.

    If you are very detail oriented, this receiver will leave you wanting more. If you're buying solely for sound, you will be happy.

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    Great Radio! Great Price!

    Written by: Mr. Marsh from Austin, TX on April 12, 2007

    1998 Chrysler Cirrus
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased a the JVC KD-HDR1 in March 07 and I enjoy it thoroughly. I wanted to replace the factory stereo in my 1998 Chrysler Cirrus LXi with premium radio package. Since the car is nearly ten years old, I want the most bang for the smallest buck; also, I was interested in HD radio. So when I came across the JVC KD-HDR1, I immediately saw that I would save myself about $199 with the radio's built-in HD radio tuner. I had the radio professionally installed. (In good with DYI stuff, but I'm not particularly patient.) The installation technician pointed out that I could use my factory amplifier with my speakers. Turns out that the radio's built in 4 olm amp was compatible with my factory amp; once again, saved $$$! Although I probably spent more than the average person would on a replacement radio and speakers, I paid about $500 for what could have cost $1000 (minus my install charges, of course). I recommend that you look at radios that have that next gen service (HD, XM, Sirius, etc.) preinstalled so you can save some money later!

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    * * * JVC Does It Again ! ! ! * * *

    Written by: Alan from Texas from The Lone Star State on April 12, 2007

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The JVC is a great upgrade from a factory cassette system in my older model car, to a CD/CD-R/CD-RW HD Radio. The extra power helps the factory speakers sound better than they ever have. The HD reception is good in the metropolitan area that I live in. I enjoy the digital readouts for my CDRs, with the Artist, Albums, and Song Titles scrolled. Artist/Song Title data also scrolls for radio stations that put that on their signal.

    The difference in sound on the HD AM station that plays Oldies Music is remarkable ! I understand that AM stations will soon be allowed to broadcast in HD at night, also. The Talk radio stations in HD is not that big a deal. The FM HD is most appreciated on the classical station. Isnt it wonderful to hear a quiet part of a symphonic piece without --any-- static at all !!

    Ive been a fan of JVC quality and innovation for almost 30 years now. I really the Volume control dial, and the fact that it doesnt turn the unit off, or go into another function, while you are turning the volume up!

    Where JVC could really improve on this great model, is to have the HD-2 and HD-3 channels addressable by memory. I really dont like having to first land on the HD-1 channel, to then select the HD-2 channel when Im using the pushbutton memory.

    I would also like to be able to permanently adjust the EQ for more than just the USER preset mode, so I could have a customized EQ for CD, AM, FM,& HD.

    I dont have an i-Pod or satellite radio yet, so its nice to know that the KD-HDR1 is ready for that.

    The dashplate kit that Crutchfield sent worked very nicely with the installation that I chose to have done at the local superstore.

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    HD Radio - WOW FM great, HD2 great, and HD-AM sounds super!

    Written by: jon from Los Angeles, CA on April 8, 2007

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    first the install. i have a 42-year old ford mustang, and the original owner widened the dash opening to put in an aftermarket radio in 1985. i was pretty sure i could widen it enough to accomodate this one, and Jeremy on the chat line walked me through it. once the minor cutting was done, the sleeve went right in and although there was no harness connection, i found all the right wires and crimped each one down. slid the radio in, and voila!! (also added the optional mini-phone adapter so i could use my mp3 player too.)

    performance: great! FM in HD is very rich and all signals are strong. AM in HD is rather unbelievable. had no idea that the all-news channel sounded so rich! wow! controls are a little hard to get used to, but all in all, what a value. can't wait til there are more hd2 channels with country music!

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    Did not buy for HD but now love the feature!

    Written by: Richard from Seattle on April 7, 2007

    1990 Honda Accord LX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I just replaced the factory stereo in our 90 Accord wit the JVC-HDR1. It was more difficult to remove the old radio than to install the new DIN style unit. As always Crutfields detailed instruction and excellent harness and mount kit made the process straight forward. Of course that doesnt mean easy- I have big hands that dont fit well into the dashboard. Also, Im comfortable soldering but many folks are not. Also, useing standard electrical tape seems like a poor idea in the hot (and moving) invirons inside a dashboard. It might be more expensive to sell but offering a pre-wired harness would be a nice option.

    Anyhoo, I didnt purchase this receiver because it had the HD Radio feature. In fact I was only looking for a unit at this price point that had good i-Pod connectivity. Now that Ive been exposed to the very useful HD functions Im a convert though. Hmm, now I want one for the home. Where ever will I find such a thing?

    As for the i-Pod connection, I choose to buy the less expensive cable that provides charging power and a line level signal. After having read hundreds of reviews of units that "take over" your pod the conclusion was that no one could come close to the pod's superior user interface. I did not wish to relinquish that to JVC. Some version that was switchable would have been a great idea. Next generation to be sure.

    BTW- JVCs manual presumes you are using the KSPD100 adapter. Be sure to set to EXT IN as opposed to CHANGER if you use the $29 cable instead.

    Great sound and an excellent large volume dial too.

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    Needs just a little more......

    Written by: duece1981 from Dallas, Texas on April 5, 2007

    I recently moved to the KD HDR1 from an Alpine 9856. While the JVC is able to tune to HD2 and the Alpine is not, the Alpine excelled in 1 area. The Alpine was able to display more information on the screen with CD's and HD Radio transmissions. (Station ID, Album, Artist, Song, etc.) So far all the JVC displays is Artist, Station ID and Song.

    Also, the HDR1 could use more bass controls such as BBE (or equivalent,) specifically labled Bass Boost function. Other than these shortcomings I would recommend this radio to someone entering HD Radio.

    Another great feature for the JVC is the built in controls for XM or Sirius satellite radio in the face plate.

    For great, rich sound, despite shortcomings in individual sound control options, I give it 4 stars.

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    HD Radio

    Written by: Waylon from Hendersonville, TN on April 4, 2007

    2001 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Was looking for a entry in to HD radio, Was well worth the price. Nice controls, very crisp sound. Crutchfield was very helpful with everything I needed to install in my truck also.

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    Best Radio I've Heard

    Written by: Steve from Boston, MA on March 25, 2007

    2004 Pontiac Vibe
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Possibly the clearest, crispest sound I've heard. And it's an HD Radio to boot - increases the number of music 'streams' I can listen to in the car.

    Fantastic!

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    HD is incredible!

    Written by: Penot from DC Metro on March 23, 2007

    2004 Hyundai Elantra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I'd been hearing about HD Radio and finally decided to give it a go.
    After reading reviews on this unit I ordered it. The price also weighed in my decision making. At the price, it seemed a good value.

    Ordered on Saturday, got it Tuesday, (Thank you Crutchfield) and installed it Friday afternoon.

    WOW! HD Radio is amazing. Sounds like you're listening to a CD.
    Even my favorite AM Station that my factory box received horribly sounds like a good FM Station.
    This also has a lot more power than my old radio, which is real nice.
    The controls are not bad at all, I think.
    I will keep the Manual in the car though, just in case.
    For the price and features, you can't go wrong with the JVC KD-HDR1.

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    HD!! The only way.

    Written by: Richard from Tampa, FL on March 23, 2007

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    In my opinion, this head unit is the best value for the money out there. Nearly every FM station on the dial in the Tampa are is HD. So are many AM stations. This unit offers HD built in. Connecting SIRIUS was a snap, and quite inexpensive. The AUX cable, while an add-on, also works well. It plays MP3 cd's and keeps track of where you left off. Good EQ, good power, preamp outs, easy installation, easy to setup and use. A must have.

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    Perfect

    Written by: Robert from Denver, Colorado on March 22, 2007

    2000 Chevrolet S10
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    In Denver most of the FM stations and many of the AM stations are HD. Of the FM HD stations about half have HD-2 and this receiver will tune to them. Just imagine, more stations more music and no monthly fee!

    This unit is easy to use, and has many features for the person who loves gadgets. On top of that it sounds great even in analog, but wait until you hear the HD.

    This is my second unit! Had to buy another one for the other car.

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    Looks better in real life...

    Written by: Michael from Seattle, WA on March 21, 2007

    1997 Dodge Dakota
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Its nice to see so many reviews now; when I was shopping there were maybe six up... and they werent much help. I bought this unit as a cheap entry into HD radio... and Im just really suprised at how good it turned out to be.

    Cosmetics: The unit in real life turned out to look much classier than the graphic they show here onsite. The gray bezel is darker, the lights arent as bright... it doesnt look nearly as cheap.

    Reception: Analogue: My stock stereo was (for 1997 Dakota) the top of the line system with the Infinity amp and speakers. There are a few places in Seattle (what with all the hills) that reception was poor on the weaker stations. While it still fades a LITTLE bit with my KD-HDR1, there is no multiplexing at all. The weak station fades out much less and no other station leaks through. MUCH nicer.

    Reception: Digital HD: Sounds much better than analogue. Id gotten so used to hiss that I didnt even notice it anymore... until the radio locks into HD and it is gone. Nice.

    Remote: Looks huge in the photo... its not. Tiny little thing. About the right size for a keychain, has a hole for that too. Im afraid Ill lose mine for sure.

    Installation: Breeze. Hey, Crutchfield added all the parts I needed, clear instructions, and the one thing that differed they cleared up via the Tech Line in less than two minutes. Its why were here, right?

    For this price you shouldnt expect it to be a High End Audiophiles Dream Machine. Its probably not, I wouldnt know. Its a huge improvement over my stock stereo, and had HD to boot.

    Next up: Connecting my Infinity BassLink II to the system, and ge

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    Good Value

    Written by: Brad from Boston, MA on March 20, 2007

    1999 Ford Explorer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    With the Ford Explorer kit and wiring harness, installation was easy - including soldering the wires, it took around 3 hours after a long day at work. My wife thinks the buttons on the unit are too small, particularly compared to the stock Ford unit, but I also installed the infrared unit to enable the steering wheel controls so that's no longer a problem.

    Sound is better than the stock MACH radio and it really drives the stock sub woofer. HD for FM definitely better quality - on AM its substantially better - as good as the FM channels.

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    MY WIFE LIKE IT SO MUCH, SHE MADE ME BUY ONE FOR HER CAR!

    Written by: Paul from Columbus, In on March 20, 2007

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Actually, this is the second JVC KD-HDR1 I purchased. I have had one in my car for about six months. Once my wife got a good listen to it, she wanted one for her car. After six months, you find out all the little "quirks" of a unit, and I must say that this is one well built, easy to operate, enjoyable to listen to unit. And, the HD is awesome! Can not recommend it enough

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    JVC and iPod interface

    Written by: Gower from San Jose, CA on March 18, 2007

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this from Crutchfield and installed it myself into a Honda Civic. It went in pretty easy with the wire harness and double din adapter provided by Crutchfield. I found a good spot to velcro and wire tie the iPod interface.

    The whole thing works great. HD radio in the San Francisco Bay Area is okay. But the HD2 stations are great for alternative, commercial free programming. The signal isn't that strong in urban areas and big trucks sometimes cut the signal.

    The amplifier is more than the stock speakers can take. But I really use my iPod a lot now because it is so easy .

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    Great HD

    Written by: Steve from Denver Colorado on March 18, 2007

    2001 Ford Excursion
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    I first purchased this radio for my daughter after her radio was stolen out of her VW. This radio was a very easy install. She just loves it. Well, I wanted to upgrade from the factory in my Ford Excurison to a radio that had XM. After checking around, I decided to give this radio a try as it had everything I wanted in car audio. You cannot beat the price for what you get. This unit, I feel, is the best one for the money.

    This to was a very easy install thanks to the folks at Crutchfield. The only problem I had was the XM portion of the radio. However, It was not the fault of JVC or the radio itself.

    The probelm was in the "brains" that Terk makes that allows the radio to receive XM> Thanks to the techs at Crutchfield they were able to find the faulty processor and replaced it.

    In the Excurison, the JVC does need an amp. However, that's a minor thing. You cannot get a better unit for the money.

    Steve

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    Just Good

    Written by: Darin from NY on March 17, 2007

    2003 Subaru Outback
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    OK, many of these reviews seem way too good to be true. Here is the real deal.
    PROS: plays all discs; HD Radio built-in; many EQ and other sound settings; plenty of power for stock speakers
    CONS: cannot save HD stations (does not even return to HD station when power off/on); only one EQ setting is user-defineable (others can be modified but are not saved!); can't have different EQ's for different sources; EQ and sound settings changes not user friendly to get to; radio mutes when ejecting disc (crazy!); transition of volume when changing stations very abrupt (no fade); Scrolling text hard to read when driving (should have used 2-lines instead); buttons feel cheap; HD/analog radio transitions sometimes not smooth.

    But the biggest problem, which is not with the radio itself, is that the sound quality of HD radio (what I've heard so far) is quite bad, similar to 128 mp3 or less!! Not what it's hyped up to be!

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    Love the HD tuner!

    Written by: Ed from Philadelphia, PA on March 16, 2007

    1997 Ford Expedition

    The JVC KD-HDR1 is a great value. The last three car audio systems in my personal cars have been by JVC. I was planning a trip to Florida and decided to upgrade my from the factory Ford radio in my Expedition. The install was a little tricky as the Ford has a factory amp which I decided to eliminate. With the JVC powering up the factory speakers it sounds decent. Radio reception was awesome. The cd player worked flawlessly. I bought an I pod adapter but haven't used it yet. If you compare all other HD radio solutions, the price of the JVC is a bargain. Buy it, you will love it.

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    JVC HDRC1 Highly Recomended *****

    Written by: Henry from Tampa, Florida on March 14, 2007

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Purchased this unit to replace the horrid DELCO unit in my 07 Silverado Classic. I had replaced the stock speakers with Infinity reference 4x7 (REF6402CFP) in rd and Panasonic 6 ½ (CJ-A1623U) in fd.
    CONS - Small poorly laid out small station preset buttons. Markings on secondary functions completely invisible in the dark.
    GRIPES - 1st Single line display with 8 characters shown (display very easy to read in any light and scrolls to provides much info, but thats too much eye time off the road for comfort)(*see note)
    2nd AM tuner not as strong as stock unit
    PROS - 1st Fantastic Sound with total adjustability in crafting the sound to your ears and the ability to tune the head unit to your external gear. Plenty of headroom for my kind of listening ( Jazz, Jazz Fusion, Classical, Country).
    2nd The FM tuner is first rate, great sensitivity and excellent spurious signal rejection. No multiplexing in downtown Tampa. Add the strong HD tuner and you have a great bargain. (tested 2 HD radio units (Sanyo good HD and an Alpine joke HD)) This is the best automobile HD unit I have used.
    KUDOS - 1st Great CD/MP3 playback, unit is not fickle and will play a verity of media types. 2nd The tuner has a mono mode, Id rather hear great music in mono than crap in HD.
    Crutchfield is the best electronic outlet in the U.S. This is my familys 3rd stereo purchase.
    (* A gripe I have with most of the aftermarket manufacturers. Why can you get a 12$ buck wireless phone with a 3-line display that u can read across the room, and u get 8 or 10 characters on your 300$ head unit? Dont want a light show, I want information.)

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    Decent price, great radio, very happy with it.

    Written by: Chuck from Long Beach, CA on March 12, 2007

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Purchased this as a replacement for a defective stock unit, wanted HD. Coupled this with 4 new speakers, and very happy, to say the least. 20 minutes total time to install.

    Only missing thing for me was bluetooth for using my cell in the car, and this would have been a 100% great unit. Maybe on the next version?

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    JVC KD-HDR1

    Written by: John from Florissant, MO on March 12, 2007

    1996 Dodge Dakota
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This system sounds great! Even on the stock speakers. The channel separation in HD mode is amazing. It makes me wish my stock radio had died a long time ago. The price is right, too. At the local electronics retailers this unit sells for $100 more plus you have to buy the harness and adapter plate separately. The installation instructions that Crutchfield provided made the job a breeze, less than an hour from box to driving down the highway crankin' the tunes. If there was one feature I wish it had...a front mounted MP3 player jack.

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    Good stereo

    Written by: Corben from Sacramento, CA on March 11, 2007

    1990 Acura Integra GS
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this due to the fact it has a built-in HD tuner and I am glad I did. HD sounds way better than analog and pretty soon, all stations will be HD I am sure. It sounds good, very clear, and looks nice. The display could be a little "fancier" I guess, but it is fine anyways. For the price, this stereo is a steal! I am a happy customer with it.

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    Super easy installation

    Written by: Zane from Bastrop, TX on March 10, 2007

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a great stereo at a great price. I've used JVC Mobile products for years and the sound on this unit is much better over the older model I had in my pickup truck. Good bass response, very customizable, and easy to configure.

    This unit would have cost me about one hundred dollars extra if I had purchased it locally. Crutchfield includes the harness to connect it, the harness to bypass the existing amp, the installation tool, and faceplate for free. Plus free shiping and no sales tax. I came out way ahead and can use that money towards a new amp.

    This is a great stereo for under $200.00

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    factory upgrade

    Written by: Tim from Annapolis,MD on March 9, 2007

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    After visiting local Circuit City and Best Buy with sticker shock, low confidence of staff knowledge or skill, I went back to trusty Crutchfield. I received this unit from Crutchfield in 2 days. This is the second radio I have installed from Crutchfield (1996 Chevy Blazer and 2003 Ford focus). The Blazer was a challenge, but the focus was a piece of cake. The Crutchfield instructions are great and the adapter they provide is perfect. There is no way I would attempt either without their instructions and free installation kit/tools. After installing this unit in the focus (when the factory Blaupunkt died) and powered it up, I was thrilled. The design is clean and simple, and it truly picks up HD stations, including one of my local favorites (WHFS-HD2), which has gone to only HD. The price was right, and the sound quality is amazing with the EQ and surround sound settings. It is an absolute perfect match.

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    WOW!!!!! very nice!!!

    Written by: Alan from Lakeland, Fl. on March 6, 2007

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased this unit because I wanted to hook it up to my JVC MP3 changer. I was not interested to much in listening to the radio stations, I just like to listen to my MP3's. Well, when I turned on the unit and found my first HD station I was very impressed. I installed the reciever with the f250 Alpine Amp and 2 pair of Kenwood Excelon speakers into my 2001 firebird and WOW!!! All the highs and lows speak volumes. Installing the receiver was a breeze - the old one out and the new one in in about an hour. The extras made the install simple. Nice extras Crutchfield!!! Thank you.

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    Awesome in my Chevy Silverado 1500HD Crew Cab

    Written by: Joe from Tampa, FL on February 26, 2007

    2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
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    Thanks to the free hardware that Crutchfield supplies, the installation in my 1500HD was ridiculously simple. It's been about ten years since I've installed a car stereo, and man has that process come a long way. I got the iPod adapter as well, which works great. As long as you take the time to read the directions on how to use the reciever and the iPod adapter, you'll be fine. If you try to just pick up the remote and start using it, you'll get frustrated. For me, the easiest way to get the music I want is to create a few extra playlists that group common artists together, and then random play the playlist. Love the 7-band EQ on this as well as the SRS. Not overly impressed with HD radio so far, although there is excellent HD coverage in Tampa. It sounds good - better than FM - but it's not CD-quality. I like the HD multicast feature that basically gives you an alternate audio stream off the same radio station's frequency. Usually there's a lot more music to be had on those. The amp in the unit is nice and clean, and I get good frequency response and low THD up in to the higher end of it's power range. To go with this receiver, I got a set of Blaupunkt GTc652's for the front door, and a set of Kicker 05DS60's for the rear door. I like the fact that the receiver has a sub line out, which I plan to use with a slimline sub box some time in the future.

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    JVC KD-HDR1

    Written by: Michael from Benicia, CA on February 25, 2007

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Make the volume knob biger and easer to operate. Also the unit is not very sensitive to picking up signals from the remote. Great sound.

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    AWESOME!

    Written by: Todd from Columbus, OH on February 24, 2007

    2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee
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    After doing a few weeks of research, I decided to purchase this head unit. I must say I am very impressed with it! Recieved it 2 days after purchasing it! Install didn't take too long (longest part was crimping the unit's wires to the adapter that Crutchfield supplied). The directions for install in my grand cherokee were flawless! My thanks for Crutchfield for everything! Saved me alot of money providing the installation kit (mounting plate, wire adapter and antenna adapter)!

    I HIGHTLY recommend this unit! I was worried about being disappointed by HD radio, but it exceeds my expectation! (especially as a former Satellite Radio suscriber) I have the IPOD adapter for it and its so easy to use (does take a little getting use to... 10 minutes of playing around) but its fantastic!

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    Great Buy - A must for HD

    Written by: Tom from Reading ,PA on February 20, 2007

    2004 Ford Crown Victoria
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Sound is awesome MP3 player works great starts right up and holds the place of the song. I have an older mp3 that does not do that. Great way to get HD.

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    Look no more.

    Written by: Marcus from Greenville, SC on February 20, 2007

    2000 Nissan Frontier
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    Top of the line product. Agree with the comments on the volume knob, and do wish the eq was a little more user friendly, but I am very much satisfied with the buy. Very sleek look, excellent sound quality delivered to the speakers, and everything else you want in a head unit.

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    buy it now !!

    Written by: junjun from reading,pa on February 14, 2007

    2005 Toyota Matrix

    Hd is the way to go and this is the best way to go about it.
    sound amazing,good sound settings

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    Great upgrade

    Written by: Dave from Southern Minnesota on February 12, 2007

    1994 Ford Thunderbird
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    This head unit fit my 94 Thunderbird using the the Scosche FD02 adapters. Then crimped it all on my kitchen table cause it was -15 out there. Dropped it in the car in 5 mins. HD radio is something - wcco and kfan come in great and they are 60 miles away. It's flat out here near I35. Main knob is slippery and small and buttons are small. The reception is better than I thought - well worth the money.

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