With all the mobile entertainment options available today, JVC's versatile KD-SX990 CD receiver makes a great controller for your car's audio system. Burn some CDs with your favorite MP3 music files — this receiver will play them all, along with your CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs. Increase the variety by plugging your portable music player or video game into the convenient front panel auxiliary input.

CD/MP3 changer controls allow you to hook up a JVC CD/MP3 changer — at ten hours of music per MP3 disc, you can drive for days without hearing the same song twice! And a "+10/-10" button helps you navigate quickly through the files to find the song you want to hear. If radio is your thing, the HS-II AM/FM tuner will impress you with its tenacious reception.

Whatever you play, it will sound great, thanks to the powerful built-in amplifier (19 watts RMS/50 peak x 4) and high-grade D/A converter. Use Custom EQ (cEQ) tone adjustment to make dramatic changes to the sonic landscape — you can adjust each of the six preset EQ curves, and store a different one for each listening source.

The detachable faceplate features a multicolor dot matrix display and a rotary control knob. Direct track access gives you instant access to any of the first twelve tracks of your CDs with a push of a button. If you need more power, two sets of preamp outputs send a clean signal to your component amps. A keychain-style remote control lets you make system changes without taking your eyes off the road.

Details:
  • detachable, fold-down face
  • multi-color display
  • rotary encoder
  • HS-II tuner
  • 18 FM/6 AM presets
  • seek tuning
  • Custom-EQ
  • loudness
  • plays CD-Rs and CD-RWs
  • MP3 playback on CD-R and CD-RW
  • +10/-10 buttons allow quick navigation through MP3 files
  • direct track access (tracks 1-12)
  • CD/MP3 changer controls
  • front panel auxiliary input
  • front and 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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What's in the box?

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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-RK50)
  • 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)
  • Questions and Answers--Music File MP3 sheet
  • 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)
  • Note on MP3/Windows XP compatibility

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Features
Changer Control

Features

MP3 Playback: The KD-SX990 can play MP3 files that have been recorded on CD-ROM, CD-R and CD-RW discs. There is no particular bit-rate constraint, but 128 kbps or higher is recommended. The disc must be recorded in one of the following formats: ISO 9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet or Romeo. During MP3 playback, the unit will display any recorded ID3 (version 1) tag information. You can directly access folders numbered 01-12 (they must be assigned two-digit numbers when recorded). This unit can handle a maximum number of 289 folders and files. Any surplus folders or files will be disregarded. Note: This unit will not play WMA files recorded on any discs.

CD Text: This unit will display artist, disc title and track title information when playing a disc with CD Text. 

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).

+10/-10 Buttons: When selecting CD tracks or an MP3 file within a folder, you can jump ahead or jump back to the nearest track/file number that is a multiple of 10 by using the "+10" or "-10" buttons. For example, when selecting track/file 32 from track/file 6, you can press the "+10" button three times (>10, >20, >30) to get to 30, then the "track up" button twice (>31, >32) to get to track/file 32.

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.

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

Preferred Setting Mode: You can access the Preferred Setting Mode (PSM) menu to change the general settings of the receiver. The PSM allows you to set the clock, choose the level meter display, set the dimmer mode, turn on/off the beep tones, set the CD text/ID3 tag scrolling mode, choose the type of external component to be connected, adjust the auxiliary input level, and turn on/off the ID3 tag display.

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.

Dimmer: This unit is equipped with a wire that JVC calls an illumination lead, however, it acts as a dimmer lead. The dimmer can be set to OFF (normal brightness at all times), AUTO (display window automatically dims when your car head lights are turned on), or ON (display is always dimmed). Note that the amount of dimming is fixed, it cannot be adjusted, and the illumination wire must be connected for AUTO operation.

Clock Display: While playing a CD, you can switch between the clock display and the CD elapsed time display. 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.

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

HS-II Tuner: This model is equipped with JVC's proprietary HS-II tuner, which has the ability to eliminate undesirable noise in weak FM signals, and to suppress distortion due to interference from adjacent stations.

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.

Auxiliary Inputs: The KD-SX990 gives you the ability to add two separate auxiliary sources. This unit has a female mini-jack (labeled MP3 Input) on the front panel for connecting an auxiliary source, such as a portable MP3 or MiniDisc player. You can adjust the volume of the external source (+1 to +5) if it is not high enough. You can add a second auxiliary source through the CD changer input by using an optional adapter (item 105KSU57--sold separately). Since the optional adapter connects to the CD changer input on this unit, you cannot simultaneously connect a CD changer.

RM-RK50 Remote Control: The unit is equipped with the RM-RK50 keychain-style wireless remote control. The dimensions of the remote are: L=2.667", W=1.257", D=0.607". 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 (CD + changer)
  • Track search forward/reverse (CD + changer)
  • Radio station search
  • Preset station select
  • Radio band select
  • Disc skip (CD changer)

Changer Control

Compatibility: The KD-SX990 is compatible with JVC MP3-compatible changers (such as 257CHX1500) as well as other CH-X series non-MP3 changers (except CH-X99 and CH-X100). KD-MK-series changers are not compatible, even with an adapter.

Changer Controls: In addition to basic disc navigation features, this unit has the following changer controls: use of +10/-10 buttons for locating tracks/files, direct disc access, disc intro scan, folder intro scan, track/file intro scan, track repeat, folder repeat, disc repeat, folder random, disc random, and magazine (all disc) random.

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First Stereo

Written By Brad T., St. Louis on Thursday, March 26, 2009

Got this radio for my 16th birthday years ago and even since then, I haven't seen a better value. I did loose the remote within two months, but I never really used it anyway.

It had every feature that I would want at the time and the sound quality was very good even over the cheap speakers that I had. The input jack on the front has been immensely useful over these past 6 years and is still working great. The only problem I've ever had aside from dust build-up (a given) is that the volume control looses some traction in very cold weather.

JVC won me over with this model.

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