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JVC KD-S5050

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Item #: 257KDS5050
 
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Our take on the JVC KD-S5050

by Robert Ferency-Viars
JVC

Why replace your factory radio?

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

JVC's KD-S5050 CD receiver is a versatile and affordable option for upgrading your car stereo! Direct track access lets you skip to any of the first 12 tracks on a disc with a push of a single button. You can change the overall sound with Advanced Sound Control Memory — choose from three adjustable tone control presets. And the receiver remembers your sound preferences for CD and radio, so you don't have to adjust it every time.

The music sounds great, delivered by four channels of 17 watts RMS power. A set of preamp outputs enables you to add an external amplifier and subs for some vehicle-rockin' bass.

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Highlights:

  • detachable face
  • plays CD-Rs
  • direct track access
  • HS-II tuner
  • 18 FM/6 AM presets
  • seek tuning
  • loudness
  • Advanced Sound Control Memory
  • rear preamp outputs
  • clock
  • 17 watts RMS/45 peak x 4 channels
  • CD frequency response 5-20,000 Hz
  • CD signal-to-noise ratio 95 dB
  • FM sensitivity 11.3 dBf
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
General
CEA-2006 Compliant
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RMS Power Output
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17 watts
Peak Output
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45 watts
RMS Power Bandwidth
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40-20kHz
Preamp Outputs
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2-channel
Sub Preamp Outputs
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No
Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs
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Preamp Voltage
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2 volts
Display Color
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White
Key Button Color
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Red
EQ Bands
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None
Wireless Remote
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No
Steering Wheel Control Compatible
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Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
Expandability
AUX Input
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No
USB Input
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Memory Card Slot
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No
Bluetooth Compatible
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Satellite Radio Ready
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No
HD Radio
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Navigation
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iPod Compatibility
Full size
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Nano
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Touch
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Mini
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iPhone
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Tuner
FM Sensitivity
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11.3 dBf
European Tuning
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Yes
Seek/Scan
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Seek
Radio Data System
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No
Product Research
What's in the box?

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  • AM/FM/CD receiver with 15-amp fuse inserted into chassis
  • Sleeve
  • Face
  • Hard plastic face case
  • Trim ring
  • Wiring harness
  • Face security screw
  • 2 Removal tools
  • Rear support stud
  • Flat washer
  • Hex nut
  • Rubber bushing
  • Instructions (English/French/Spanish)
  • Installation/Connection Manual (English/French/Spanish)
  • "Before Electrical Connections" instruction sheet (English/French/Spanish)
  • US warranty/Authorized Service Centers sheet
  • Canadian warranty card
  • Product Registration Card/Questionnaire
  • "Important" sheet (discusses resetting the unit and ejecting a CD by force)
  • Note on securing detachable faceplate
  • Caution sheet concerning proper wiring (attached to wiring harness)

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Features

Level Meter: There is a level meter on each end of the display window. The level meter may be set to Volume 1, Volume 2, or Off. In Volume 1 mode, the meter gives a graphic representation of the volume level. In Volume 2 mode, the meter alternates between Volume 1 mode and illumination display. While making volume, balance and fader adjustments, the meter gives a graphic representation of the setting.

Advanced Sound Control Memory (SCM): This unit has three preset tone control and loudness setting combinations that you may select. With the SCM Link turned on, you may link a different sound mode to each source. Turning off the SCM link lets you use the same mode for all sources. Each of the sound modes may be adjusted to your preference and stored in memory. The preset Sound Control Memory modes are:

  • Beat: Bass = +2, Treble = 0, Loudness = On
  • Soft: Bass = +1, Treble = -3, Loudness = Off
  • Pop: Bass = +4, Treble = +1, Loudness = Off

One Touch Operation: Pressing a source button (CD, FM or AM) turns the unit on and selects the source.

Tuner: This model is equipped with JVC's proprietary HS-II tuner. You can set up to 18 FM and 6 AM stations as presets. Presets can be set manually, or automatically using Strong-station Sequential Memory (SSM). If an FM stereo broadcast is hard to receive, you can manually switch the tuner to "Mono" operation. Note: Although it is not discussed in the manual, you can select either U.S. standard or European tuning spacing.

Direct Track Access: You can directly access CD tracks 1-12 by pressing the station preset buttons. If a preset button is pressed for less than 1 second, the track corresponding to the number on the preset button is selected (for tracks 1-6). When a preset button is pressed for more than 1 second, the track corresponding to the number above the preset button is accessed (for tracks 7-12).

Disc Eject Prohibit: This feature keeps the disc from ejecting even if the eject button is pushed. The disc eject prohibit feature is engaged/disengaged by pressing the CD and power buttons simultaneously for more than 2 seconds.

Clock Display: While playing a CD, you can switch between the clock display and the CD elapsed time display (the track number always appears). While listening to the radio you can switch between the clock display and the station frequency display. When you press the Display button during power off, the unit will turn on, display the clock for 5 seconds, then shut off. This can be done with the ignition on or off.

 
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