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Item #: 257KDS790

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The fold-down, detachable face of JVC's KD-S790 CD receiver has a two-color, backlit black display that's easy to read. Put some hefty JVC power behind your tunes with the 19-watt RMS (50 watts peak), 4-channel internal amp. Turn on the loudness feature when you need a little extra in the low end.

Looking for something most other brands can't do? Direct Track Access allows you to jump immediately to any of the first twelve songs on a disc with the push of a single button — no more "machine-gunning" the track-skip button to get to your favorite song!

JVC's Custom EQ (cEQ) offers six preset tone settings to get your tunes sounding perfect — choose from "Rock," "Classic," "Pops," "Hip Hop," "Jazz," and "User" (user definable). Each one uses a different mix of bass, treble, and loudness settings to create a unique sound curve. Pick a default cEQ setting for each listening source (AM, FM, CD) with cEQ Link.

  • detachable, fold-down face
  • rotary encoder
  • HS-II tuner
  • 18 FM/6 AM presets
  • seek tuning
  • loudness
  • Custom EQ (cEQ)
  • plays CD-Rs and CD-RWs
  • direct track access (tracks 1-12)
  • rear preamp outputs
  • wireless remote
  • clock
  • 19 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels
  • CD frequency response 5-20,000 Hz
  • CD signal-to-noise ratio 98 dB
  • FM sensitivity 11.3 dBf
  • 1-year warranty

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.

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  • AM/FM/CD receiver with 15-amp fuse inserted into chassis
  • Sleeve
  • Face
  • Hard face case
  • Trim ring
  • Wiring harness
  • Wireless remote control (RM-RK60)
  • CR2025 Lithium battery
  • 2 Face security screws
  • 2 Plastic spacers
  • 2 Removal tools
  • 1 Rear support stud
  • 1 Flat washer
  • 1 Hex nut
  • 1 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
  • Canadian service center list
  • 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)

Features and Specs

CEA-2006 Compliant ---
RMS Power Output 19 watts
Peak Output 50 watts
RMS Power Bandwidth 40-20kHz
Preamp Outputs 2-channel
Sub Preamp Outputs No
Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs ---
Video Screen No
Preamp Voltage 2 volts
Display Color White/Blue
Key Button Color Red
EQ Bands None
Wireless Remote Yes
Steering Wheel Control Compatible ---
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
AUX Input No
Audio/video Input
USB Input ---
Memory Card Slot No
Bluetooth Compatible ---
Satellite Radio Ready No
HD Radio ---
Navigation ---
iPod Compatibility
Full size ---
Nano ---
Touch ---
Mini ---
iPhone ---
FM Sensitivity 11.3 dBf
European Tuning Yes
Seek/Scan Seek
Radio Data System No

Product Research


Level Meter: There is a level meter in the right part of the display window. The level meter may be set to Audio 1, Audio 2, or Off. In Audio 1 mode, the meter gives a graphic representation of the audio signal level. In Audio 2 mode, the meter alternates between Audio 1 mode and illumination display. While making volume, balance and fader adjustments, the meter gives a graphic representation of the setting.

Custom Equalizer (C-EQ): This unit has six preset tone control and loudness setting combinations that you may select. Each of the sound modes may be adjusted to your preference and stored in memory. The preset Custom Equalizer modes are:

  • Rock: Bass = +3, Treble = +1, Loudness = On
  • Classic: Bass = +1, Treble = -2, Loudness = Off
  • Pops: Bass = +4, Treble = +1, Loudness = Off
  • Hip Hop: Bass = +2, Treble = 0, Loudness = On
  • Jazz: Bass = +2, Treble = +3, Loudness = Off
  • User: Bass = 0, Treble = 0, 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.

Standard and European Tuning Spacing: The tuner allows you to select U.S. standard or European tuning spacing. This feature is not discussed in the manual, but it is easily accessible. To switch the tuning spacing, you simply press and hold the FM button and preset #5 button simultaneously for approximately 3 seconds.

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 Attenuate 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.

RM-RK60 Remote Control: The unit is equipped with the RM-RK60 wireless remote control. The dimensions of the remote are: L=3.63", W=1.414", D=0.348". This 9-button remote can control the following functions:

  • Volume Up/Down
  • Power On/Off
  • Source select
  • Mute On/Off
  • Custom EQ settings
  • Track skip
  • Track search forward/reverse
  • Radio station search
  • Preset station select
  • Radio band select

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