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.
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).
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.
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.
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:
Bass = +3, Treble = +1, Loudness = On
Bass = +1, Treble = -2, Loudness = Off
Bass = +4, Treble = +1, Loudness = Off
- Hip Hop:
Bass = +2, Treble = 0, Loudness = On
Bass = +2, Treble = +3, Loudness = Off
Bass = 0, Treble = 0, Loudness = Off
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.
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.
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
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.
Pressing a source button (CD, FM or AM) turns the unit on and selects the
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
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.
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.
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 +
- Track search
forward/reverse (CD + changer)
- Radio station
- Preset station
- Radio band select
- Disc skip (CD
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.