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JVC KS-PD100

iPod connection adapter for JVC stereos

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by Tim Sprinkle
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Why would I need an iPod® adapter?

An iPod adapter allows you to connect your iPod to your car stereo, then access your playlists with your stereo's controls - a great idea for several reasons. One, you can scroll through your song titles on your stereo's larger display, instead of squinting down at your iPod. Two, you can route the adapter cable to your glove compartment or center console, so your iPod stays safely out of sight. Three, the iPod adapter keeps your iPod fully charged, so it's ready to rock when you leave your car. And last of all, some adapters bypass your iPod's internal digital-to-analog converter, using your stereo's superior DAC to turn your files back into music.

Have a JVC stereo in your car? Now you can use it to bring your whole digital music library with you on the road, thanks to the KS-PD100 iPod adapter. Just plug the adapter box into your stereo's CD changer input, connect your iPod to the system using the included cable, and you're ready to go.

The KS-PD100 works with most 2005-up JVC stereos with CD changer controls, allowing you to manage all aspects of iPod playback right from the radio's buttons. You'll be able to scroll through all your playlists, albums, artists, genres, and composers without having to fumble with the iPod's controls. You can even use your JVC remote to control play/stop and track selection. And, since song titles and other file information show up right on the display, it's easy to find the music you want.

The KS-PD100 charges your iPod's battery while it's connected, and it's compatible with most Gen 3-up iPods with the dock connection. The iPod itself is disabled while connected, so it's totally controlled by your JVC stereo. Dimensions: 3-5/8"W x 1"H x 3-3/8"D. Warranty: 1 year.

Compatibility Note: Be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility with this iPod adapter.

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Features and Specs
General
Adapter Type iPod audio in w/ iPod control
Vehicle Specific No
Brand Specific JVC
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
iPod Compatibility
Full-Size Classic/5Gen/4Gen/3Gen
Nano Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/Nano1
Touch No
Mini Mini2/Mini1
iPhone No
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What's in the box?

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  • iPod interface adapter (has an attached 53" iPod cable and 59" head unit cable)
  • 1 Section of double-sided adhesive tape
  • User's Manual CD-ROM
  • "Interface Adapter for iPod: Installations" sheet (23 languages)
  • US warranty sheet
  • Canadian warranty card
  • European warranty card
  • Product Registration Card/Questionnaire
  • "Notice" sheet
  • "Information for Users on Disposal of Old Equipment" sheet

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Features

Overview: This adapter allows an iPod portable digital music player with a dock connector to be hooked up to and controlled by most 2003 or newer JVC receivers that have MP3-compatible CD changer controls and display the following: CD Text, MP3 folder/file names, or ID3 Tag information. All the iPod buttons will be disabled when connected to this adapter and the iPod will be controlled from the JVC receiver. With this interface, you'll be able to play your iPod music files through your JVC receiver and have all the titling information appear on the JVC's display. When this interface is connected to the JVC receiver, you cannot connect a CD changer. The adapter is made for audio file playback only, so it won't pass video signals from video capable iPods.

iPod Compatibility: The JVC KS-PD500 iPod control interface is "Made for iPod" compatible and support the following iPod model features (as of Dec. 2009):

iPod/iPhone Model Generation Media Type  Control Display Charge
Audio Video Unit iPod Song/Artist Track
dock-connector 3rd Y N Y N Y Y Y
click-wheel/olor-display 4th Y N Y N Y Y Y
 mini 1st Y N Y N Y Y Y
2nd Y N Y N Y Y Y
 video 5th Y N Y N Y Y Y
classic 80GB Y N Y N Y Y Y
120GB Y N Y N Y Y Y
160GB Y N Y N Y Y Y
 nano 1st Y N Y N Y Y Y
2nd Y N Y N Y Y Y
3rd Y N Y N Y Y Y
4th Y N Y N Y Y adapter required
5th Y N Y N Y Y adapter required
 touch 1st N N N N N N N
2nd N N N N N N N
3rd N N N N N N N
iPhone 2G N N N N N N N
3G N N N N N N N
3GS N N N N N N N

Note: The KS-PD100 is not compatible with the iPod touch (1st/2nd gen), iPod nano (4th gen), or iPhone (3G/3GS). This iPod interface will also not charge the iPod nano (4th gen) without the Scosche passPORT (142IFWA, sold separately). Apple firmware updates may change functionality results.

Connections: The KS-PD100 has the following connections:

  • Receiver: 59" hardwired cable that connects directly to the JVC head unit; the cable is terminated with a J-Link connector
  • iPod:  53" hardwired cable that connects directly to the iPod; the cable is terminated with a dock connector that is covered by a removable plastic cap
 
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5 out of 5

JVC KS-PD100

Written By Rick, California on Tuesday, September 09, 2014
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Fantastic addition to my car stereo. I am able to play the music I enjoy with excellent sound quality without commercials or interruption.
Pros:
I love being able to listen the music I select without all the commercials and banter I experience on the radio.
Cons:
Absolutely non
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4 out of 5

JVC KS-PD100

Written By Roger, Cabot, AR on Saturday, April 02, 2011
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I really like the JVC KS-PD100. The only problem I have with it is that it doesn't
charge the i-Pod. I knew that it didn't charge after researching the product, I
think that it would have been rated higher if it were capable of charging the i-
Pod.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

JVC KS-PD100

Written By Superchevy01, Mooresville, NC on Thursday, February 03, 2011
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Great plug and play, works great!
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4 out of 5

Ipod 8 gig

Written By what, Canada on Sunday, February 21, 2010
 
I got this device 2 years ago and hooked my ipod nano 3rd gen and worked fine and charged the whole bit... i have recently purchased a 4th gen 8gig and i just hooked it up to my stereo and seen the message on the ipod ... "the ipod can't be charged with this device."

just wondering if its possible that its powering the ipod and just not charging ... which would be great
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

JVC KS-PD100

Written By Durwood, Dillsboro, IN on Sunday, March 15, 2009
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Easy to hook up to my JVC HD radio, radio controls are easy to use, but does NOT charge the Ipod like the add says it will.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Great Product

Written By Ronnie, Austin TX on Saturday, February 28, 2009
 
Been using the product (with the KD-AHD39) for about a month with an 80 gig ipod classic. Really love it. I have nearly 1200 songs in my "completely random" playlist, which is what I listen to 98% of the time. I drive a taxicab, and usually my customer(s) always end up asking; What station are you listening to? Love the fact the ipod is out of sight, tucked away in the glove box. I'm seriously considering upgrading to the new Alpine iDA-X305. As always, the Crutchfield guys are unexcelled!
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2 out of 5

JVC KS-PD100

Written By Chad, Hanford, Ca on Wednesday, November 12, 2008
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Unit was shipped out quick. Easy to install just not all features work with my deck the only thing it did was play the ipod. Hopefully when I upgrade my deck it'll work.
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5 out of 5

Awsome

Written By Just J, Jupiter, FL on Monday, October 27, 2008
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Works exactly like it advertises it does. Simple to find a spot to mount it, simple to connect to receiver, works without fail. Get one, it's cheap.
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5 out of 5

JVC KS-PD100

Written By John, Campbell, Ca. on Saturday, October 25, 2008
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I purchased this product to plug my Nano IPod into my JVC HD headunit in my car. I could not be happier! It works flawlessly. Having the display for the IPOD on the headunit is a boone for my old eyes. Not having to use the device on the IPOD to control it is just as nice. I can`t imagine doing without it now that I have used it for a few weeks. It almost makes the cd player obsolete!
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

JVC KS-PD100

Written By John, Angleton, TX on Thursday, October 02, 2008
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Is not compatable with iTouch or iPhones. No mention of this on the Crutchfield or JVC sales/support pages. JVC said they have tested it only with the iPod and not the other devices. Wish I had made that phone call prior to purchase. (BTW the back of an iTouch says "iPod")
19 out of 28 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

Easy to use, but no podcasts.

Written By Peter, CA on Friday, September 26, 2008
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I installed this at the same time I replaced my stock radio. Installation is simple. There are two cables coming out of the box. One plugs into the back of your JVC stereo and the other I tucked into my glove box. The cables are long enough that you could put the iPod anywhere. I hid the box behind the dashboard. It comes with a small piece of double sided tape, but I just wedged it in there.
Control is very easy from the radio. The only drawback is that you can't listen to podcasts. It sorts your music by playlist, artist, and album. Moving through multiple artists or albums takes awhile and can be distracting, so I like to set it up before I get moving. Navigation within a playlist is easy.
The box charges your iPod whenever the car is on. The only reason you would ever have to disconnect your iPod is if you wanted to sync it to put more music on it.
I have an iPod classic, a Nano, and a 3rd generation. It works fine with all of those, but I don't think it works with iPod touch or iPhone. Make sure you read the specs if that's your hardware.
Overall I'm very happy with the box. I just wish I could listen to my podcasts.
6 out of 6 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

works great

Written By John, Tucson on Friday, September 19, 2008
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This little box provides easy installation of an IPOD and is extremely easy to install. It is not very large and is easy to tuck away. This is a no problem way to get your IPOD onto your receiver.
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1 out of 5

RE: iphone 3g and JVC KD-HDR1

Written By kas, Pennsylvania on Monday, August 18, 2008
 
I purchased this based on that review.

When I plug my 8gig 3G iPhone into this adapter the iphone reads something like "external adapter attached." And the headunit says "check".

And that is all that happens. Also the iphone warns that this device cannot charge the iphone and to turn on airplane mode to reduce audio interference.
5 out of 7 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

iphone 3g and JVC KD-HDR1

Written By Ross, San Jose, CA on Saturday, July 26, 2008
 
I bought this for my 3g Iphone a little nervous from the mixed reviews on whether it will work or not... but since there were a few people that had just changed their deck settings and got it to work I gave it a shot. Im very happy that I did... took about 5 minutes of manual reading to figure out how to change the settings and now I'm cover flowing my way around town. Only plays through commands on the iphone and not the deck and does NOT charge your iphone, but hey, its a billion times better than fm transmitters! 5 stars!
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

JVC KS-PD100

Written By JAMES, Ashburn, VA on Wednesday, July 23, 2008
 
I purchased this product for use with the JVC KD-AHD39 head unit. The sound quality is superb in my Scion xA.

I agree with previous reviews that cite the difficulty of navigation between artists, albums & songs with the KS-PD100.

A preview reviewer mentioned that with the JVC KD-HDR1 head unit; one can switch over to AUX mode and then control the i-pod manually, while keeping the KS-PD100 plugged into the i-pod.

My question: can one do this with the JVC KD-AHD39 head unit? I'd like to be able to control the i-pod manually...while keeping it plugged into this unit.

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4 out of 5

Works

Written By islidur, Denver, CO on Saturday, June 28, 2008
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I bought this to use my iPhone in the car. Works great getting the sound to the speakers. I still control the music with the phone, but don't have any issues with that since I also purchased the Pro-Fit holder. It holds the phone in a convenient position for making music changes.
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4 out of 5

Works great but with "kinks"

Written By deadbob, Phoenix, AZ on Thursday, June 12, 2008
 
I have had this adapter connected to my JVC KD-HDR1 for over a year now.

I bought this adapter with the sole intention of connecting my 6Gb iPod mini to the stereo and making it a permanent attachment (with the occasional sync). For the most part, this is what has happened. HOWEVER... I still control the iPod WITH THE IPOD!!! Every time I disconnect the car battery, I have to control the iPod with the deck the first time I start up the car. After that, the KD-HDR1 sees the adapter as a "AUX Input". This means that I control what plays from the iPod with the iPod instead of the deck! Believe it or not, I have actually found this to be MUCH EASIER!

Controlling the iPod through the deck is pretty slow and cumbersome. Using the iPod touch wheel is MUCH FASTER & EASIER!! I know that my adapter is malfunctioning, but honesty.. i have found it's for the bester!

Also, this adapter charges my 4Gb iPhone & my girlfriends 16Gb iPod touch, but does not play anything from them. If you have a iPod touch, don;t bother... if you have an iPhone, no need for a car charger
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Exactly as advertised

Written By James, Mansfield, TX on Monday, June 02, 2008
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I bought the ipod adapter for my JVC head unit, KD-HDR1. It does everything that I would expect and does it well. Installation was very easy. Plug it into the back of the head unit, then plug in you ipod. The information can scroll across the screen if you want. You get your choise of what information you want displayed. It keeps track of where you were when you turned the car off and starts back up in the same place. The interface between the head unit and the adapter is very intuitive. I still haven't read the directions.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Pretty good control

Written By hondaclf, Baldwin, NY on Wednesday, May 07, 2008
 
I have been using this unit in my car since christmas and it works very well. The only thing that could be better is if it worked better with my particular reciever which has a touchscreen. For a headunit with just a few lines of display it works perfectly. I wonder if they'll come out with an adapter for in dash dvd units like the KW-AVX800 to use with video iPods. Once in a while it goes a bit slow but for the most part it's quick, you can usually find what you want while waiting for a red light.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Best add on for your JVC

Written By Tacoma, SE MA on Monday, April 07, 2008
 
I have had this unit installed ( with a JVC KW-XG700) for about 8 months now and have used it with both a 4gb mini and a (full) 20gb classic with great results. On the good side, it does exactly what it's advertized to do. It consistantly charges your ipod whenever the HU is on and allows control of the ipod through the HU controls. This allows you to leave the ipod hidden and untouched (in the glove box) forever (or until you want to add to/change your library/playlists.) On the (slightly) negitive side, it isn't super fast to sort /relocate where you want to be in files listing. You have to hit the rocker button on the HU at least 4-5 times to change playlists, artists, etc. ( It doesn't reset/change as some report unless you tell it to) If you are sorting a huge list of artists/albums, it can take a minute or two / dozens of taps on the rocker. ( Time wise, it's not any worse than finding a CD in a case but not as fast as the click wheel on a Ipod either. ) Because of this, you need to give your playlist some granularity to shorten options in finding what you want. i.e instead of a "rock" playlist with 1000 tunes, it's better to seperate by ratings and or sub catagories like classic rock, 70's rock, etc with a few hundred tunes each. (You can scroll through skipping 10 tunes at a time BTW.) . Allthought I believe the "speed factor" to be a issue with the HU limitations, I'll still give it a 4 star as a "system". All in all, it's a great product and will spoil you once you take the time to build your playlists to some search friendly level.
4 out of 5 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

it's ok

Written By Frank, Diamond Springs, Ca on Tuesday, March 25, 2008
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I like alot of the feature's; like on screen display, play, pause and other
options, I don't notice a lag or delay, but I am having a problem with it
freezing or jaming my reg CD option, I can't eject a CD unless I press the
masterreset, but then I have to program all my stations. It's ok, but not
really impressed.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Works great

Written By Adrian, Ft. Wainwright, AK on Friday, February 29, 2008
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This thing works great. It works just like they say it does. I keep it and my IPod nano in the glove box out of sight and I can search thru my playlist using my remote and the screen on the radio just like if I was using my IPod. This is a good buy for anyone who has a lot of music on their IPod.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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2 out of 5

JVC KS-PD100

Written By whj, Jacksonville, FL on Wednesday, February 27, 2008
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After purchasing this product I was disappointed to learn that the controls are not very functional. There is a plus to haveing the ipod connected directly into the CD player, but the control feature is not practical. You have to sort through each artist one by one to get to the one you are looking for, if you have a small music collecton this would be fine. I would stay clear from this if you have a larger music collection on your ipod. There is no resume feature either, when you turn the car off and turn it back on, you have to sort back through all the menus to get back to the place you want to be. Product would be better if there could be a way to sort through music files faster, rather than one by one.
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5 out of 5

Does work with iPhone - Sort of......

Written By london1900, NJ on Friday, February 08, 2008
 
Hi all,
I've read a few of these posts that gripe that it does not work with the iPhone, it does, you just have to know the present limitations. I have the KD-HDR1, you have to go into the menu and change the input to EXT-IN (external) and there you have it, iPhone audio. You lose the ability to control the iPhone from the receiver, but with the small display on the KD-HDR1 and the excellent iPhone display, it's a good trade off if you have a good mount for the phone and it charges the phone as well. The problem is not with JVC, it's a firmware problem with the iPhone, hopefully enough people will send off emails to Apple and they will fix it in the next firmware update. Just remember to switch the menu input back to iPod if you plan to plug in a regular iPod.
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4 out of 5

Good addition

Written By brad, Raleigh, NC on Wednesday, February 06, 2008
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Easy to install, works well with JVC head unit. Much prefer head unit control to having to fumble for ipod click wheel while driving. Installed the unit in my center console so I can tuck the Ipod out of the way and access remotely. Great buy. Especially when compared to the interface cable that only costs $20 less.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

iPod Touch and iPhone's BEWARE

Written By Larsen, Orem, UT on Monday, January 07, 2008
 
I got this with a car stereo over a year ago and it worked great with my iPod 5th Gen. But mid summer my iPod died, so I got a new iPod Touch, and to my horror the adapter did not work.
I have read that switching the JVC head unit from CD Changer to EXT Input allows you use the iPod Touch controls on the iPod and still playback through the JVC head unit.
Unless JVC or Apple release an update, forget about controlling the Touch or iPhone with this adapter.
10 out of 10 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Good control & sound for iPod

Written By Michael, Bronx, NY on Sunday, December 30, 2007
 
I looked over reviews of this and other brands iPod adapters before I made my purchase. I came away thinking your level of control depends on your head unit and its display regardless of brand. I read a lot of gripes about control issues - this really isn't a knock on the interfaces but it's a testament to Apple on how well they designed the iPod. I think people's expectations are a little too high. Nothing will let you breeze through your songs and playlists as easily as the iPod itself unless you have a setup with a rotary knob that acts just like click wheel.



I'm using this with KD-AVX11 and a 3-year old 4G iPod Mini with no compatibility issues. My head unit has a three-line display so all the artist/album/song info show up just fine. Depending on your JVC unit, I think this adapter has three ways to control your iPod. Mine lets me use the up & down keys to pick playlists and artists and I can jump in increments of 10 instead of one by one if U want. I'm a guy who picks a playlist and uses random most of the time, but I could easily find a specific song if I wanted to.



I have no lag issues to speak of and the music picks up where it left off when I unplug my iPod from the adapter and plug it back in. I tried this when I switched from my iPod to a friend's.



I noticed that the EQ setting on the iPod affects the sound through my system and I keep the Sound Check setting "on" to avoid big changes in volume from song to song. I ran the cable from the head unit to underneath the passenger seat where I keep the adapter box and iPod hidden.


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4 out of 5

Excellent!

Written By Adam, USA on Thursday, December 27, 2007
 
I agree with all of the positive reviews already stated below but there was some question about whether or not the iPod adapter worked with the new iPod Classic. I just bought both the iPod adapter and an iPod classic and connected them to my JVC KD-HDR1 and the products worked seamlessly together. The sound quality is way better than a tape deck or radio transceiver. Highly Recommend!!
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5 out of 5

Works Great in IPOD and AUX Mode

Written By Walter, Houston, TX on Friday, November 23, 2007
 
This IPOD controller works great and was easy to install. The JVC-HDR1 receiver can use it in IPOD mode or in EXT IN (AUX) mode. In IPOD mode, the receiver controls the song selection. In EXT IN mode, the IPOD keeps control of the song selection. In both cases, the volume is controlled by the receiver and the IPOD gets charged up.

The limited number of characters displayed on the HDR1 can make it difficult to navigate a large music library in IPOD mode. This can still be the best option for the driver to use since he can click on the receiver without looking at it and then glance down at his convenience to see what is displayed. IPOD mode is definitely better when a passenger is operating the IPOD or for the driver when the vehicle is not moving.
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5 out of 5

Outstanding!!

Written By Alonzo, Middletown, DE on Monday, October 22, 2007
 
Quick install and works seamlessly with my IPOD. I have the JVC KD-HDR1 and the connection was easy. I usually leave my IPOD on shuffle and it works well. It took some time to understand the control buttons but that is now working well.
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4 out of 5

OK but doesn't work with iPhone

Written By jgs9455, Tampa, FL on Wednesday, September 05, 2007
 
This 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?
6 out of 7 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Well integrated

Written By Tom, Detroit, MI on Thursday, August 30, 2007
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installed with KW-XG700 double-din sized radio. Installation was a snap, no problems. interface is easy to use. trying to find a single song/artist can be difficult with a large list, but that would require a scroll wheel for long lists. the Ipod can usually be disconnected without problems, so for that kind of searching using the ipod screen would be quicker. Otherwise absolutely great product.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

I Love it

Written By Renato, Redwood City, CA on Friday, July 20, 2007
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I bought this adapter for my JVC Arsenal KD-AR560 CD/MP3 Receiver, which has a Sirius satellite radio connected, for use in my 2002 Chevy Tahoe.

First off, Crutchfield support was excellent. Prior to my purchase, I called and inquired whether the adapter was compatible with my system and I received a quick answer of "Yes". Shipping was quick and the packaging was good.

Crutchfields online installation instructions were easy to follow. All I had to do was plug the adapter into the CD Changer output of my Sirius Satellite Receiver and run the iPod connection wire to my desired location (a small flip-up storage area located in front of my front mid-seat console).

Professional installation ranges from $65-75, so I wanted to do it myself; the adapter costs approximately $50. The only issue I had was how to remove my stereo faceplate and unit form the vehicles dash. I had a mechanic friend of mine help me out and the adapter was installed and ready to go in about 10 minutes.

I love this product. The advantage of using it over my stereo AUX input is:
1) no messy wires and iPod can be placed in a location hidden from view
2) iPod is automatically charged
3) Song/Artist/Album info is displayed on stereo LCD screen
4) Functions (pause, forward, rewind, next song, previous song. etc.) can be manipulated from stereo controls.

Learning how to navigate through the iPod folders takes some time, but once you figure it out, you should have little problem. Finding an individual song could be time consuming, so this adapter is perfect for the person who is happy being able to select a particular iPod folder and play the songs
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5 out of 5

Great Product!

Written By James, Las Vegas, NV on Wednesday, June 27, 2007
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This adapter makes using your iPod with a JVC stereo simple and easy. I had my stereo installed because I was intimidated to tear into my dash myself, but with Crutchfield's extremely detailed installation instructions I was easily able to remove the stereo and install the iPod adapter.

I definately recommend this product and the installation is very clean!
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5 out of 5

Great Prodect!!

Written By Mike, Baton Rouge, LA on Friday, June 01, 2007
 
I love this product.

I'm a neat freak so I also ran my wiring into my glovebox to store my ipod while driving to keep less clutter and wiring in the cab. I love the fact that i don't have the ipod or the wiring lying around the truck. And the fact that you don't have to unplug the ipod everytime you get out of the car is awesome, the ipod automatically shuts off and then resumes where you left off.

I wasn't thrilled with the fact that the ipod controls are completely disabled, but just selecting a playlist and letting it play randomly works perfect. Plus with my JVC unit i can switch the input from CD Changer to EXT Input allowing me to use the ipod controls and still maintain perfect playback.

I definitly recomend this unit!
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5 out of 5

Great Addition to my stereo!

Written By Todd, Home of the Buckeyes (Columbus, OH) on Saturday, February 24, 2007
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This unit is awesome! I love how it charges my IPOD, and shows the song title and artist on my stereo's display! Set up was very easy! Longest part was fishing the wire to my glovebox (where I place the ipod). The box itself was small enough that I actually had room to mount it (thanks to the provided double sided tape) inside my dash, where my stereo unit is!

It does take a little getting use to how to operate the ipod though my unit JVC's KD-HDR1... but after 10 minutes of exploring the functions its very user friendly!
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5 out of 5

Tips 'n' Tricks

Written By Dave, Geneva on Monday, February 19, 2007
 
the quality, and controls are very good, but if you have a 60gb or 80gb ipod trying to find the exact album or track can be frustrating. I hooked this up to the JVC KD-HDR1 and makes a great pair. The reason for the five star is that I figured out how to be able to control the ipod from both the deck and the ipod.

To control from the ipod, simply unplug it, navigate to the album or song you want, then plug it in. The radio then resumes where you left off and you can still navigate with the radio controls. I am very satisfied with my setup now!
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4 out of 5

Terrible for some folks, great for others

Written By GMH, McLean, VA on Sunday, December 10, 2006
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Make use of custom genres and its a good thing. I broke "Rock" into custom genres (iTunes/file/get info) "1Rock-Classic, 2Rock-Grunge, 3-Rock-Modern, 4Rock-Heavy, 5Rock-Easy. I added numbers so they would appear first i and Ill remember them as they appear on the head unit because I ordered them in a way natural to me.

Now its easier to pick songs to fit my mood because Ive arranged them in a way that makes since to me. Although no where near as fast as the click wheel, I can get to items much faster. Within an evening of driving around, I hardly need to look at the radio to get to a particular genre because I numbered them in a way that made since to me and count button clicks to get to the one I want. I dont have to shuffle the ipod around in my hand to use it and steer my car at the same time.

I also use shuffle more, this allows me to listen to "deep cuts" I forgot I had, its like having a commercial free radio that only plays songs I like.

So, to wrap all this up:

If getting to a particular song in a large collection as fast as you can using the click wheel is important to you and youre comfortable using your ipod while driving, youd be better off getting the mini-plug adapter instead„units that control your ipod through your car stereo will be a waste of money and youll be frustrated.

If you have a radio set up for an ipod (adds up/down buttons), organize your music in categories that mean something to you, and are willing to trade a little speed for driving safety, this is a good unit. Depending on the head unit, youll have to be able to identify items by truncated names . After adapting expectation
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3 out of 5

JVC KS-PD100

Written By Tom, Greensboro, NC on Monday, December 04, 2006
 
The other reviewers pretty much have this pegged. The install is clean and easy. (I ran our connection to the glove compartment). The head unit controls the iPod (I'm sure the exact nature of this differs depending on head unit). It is difficult to get used to, not easy to navigate to a specific song and the remote doesn't support controlling all of the features. However, shuffle and repeat are available from the head unit we purchased, the iPod charges while it's plugged int and the sound quality is perfect (no ground loop or other noise that can be associated with the external input jack). In our case, the iPod stay completely out of the way in the glove compartment.

Overall it does the trick. However, the controller on my Panasonic head unit (completely separate purchase and hardware) is a lot nicer because that head unit displays three items at a time and it's a lot more intuitive to scroll through playlists, albums, songs, etc. If I hadn't used the Panasonic unit I would have given this controller 4 stars. But, by comparison, it's average-to-good.
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5 out of 5

Works Great For Me!

Written By Joseph, Tallahassee, FL on Sunday, November 26, 2006
 
I was dubious about how well this thing would work, and was I ever surprised! I have my 80gig iPod connected to my AR-KD5000 and I have full control of my iPod using my remote and occasionally pressing screen buttons. It does everything through the JVC controls that you can do operating the iPod directly! But you have to accept the fact that nothing works as well as the iPod controls - the JVC is slower and can take a while to accomplish the same tasks as the iPod would do. Not good to seek a specific tune while driving, though!

The trick was in figuring out what "buttons" to push on screen. The manual referred to a "mode" button, and until I trial and errored my way into figuring out where the "mode" button was, I was lost - it wouldn't do anything.

I wired my Tundra to have the iPod in the armrest storage area. While I was at it, I also ran the line out wire there, too. Now I have my options - I can connect with the PD100, or I can switch over to direct iPod control!

These JVC products are great! And priced right, too! Much cheaper than other brands - even cheaper than the generic stuff! Cannot recommend highly enough!
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4 out of 5

Awesome

Written By Mike, Georgetown, KY on Saturday, October 28, 2006
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I bought this to install with a KW-XC410 receiver. Took a previous reviewers advice and ran the ipod cable over to my glovebox. This is outstanding - I agree with others that the controls take getting used to, but being able to charge ipod on the run and use it to supplement music choices in the car is incredible. Sure beats stacks of home burned cds laying all over my truck...! Easy install - I'd advise using a receiver with remote control - not fully functional, but easier to navigate on the run.
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5 out of 5

Perfect when used with JVC KD-HDR1

Written By minnesotauser, Minneapolis, MN on Friday, October 13, 2006
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I've been looking at purchasing this adapter with the KD-HDR1 for months now and reading reviews carefully. Installation was easy, and while I agree with others that the interface isn't as slick as the click wheel, navigation is fine. I've used the random feature on the head unit, as well as just selecting a playlist with no issues. Speed is great IMHO. Now I have Nano and HD Radio living side-by-side and it's awesome! I almost wish my commute was longer.
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4 out of 5

JVC KS-PD100

Written By Carlos, Norcross, Ga, on Tuesday, October 03, 2006
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This device is a bit difficult to master at first, ie. up to change album, playlist, etc. and left + right for option and down to select choice. I had a rough time understanding it but after an hour or so it became second nature. I wish all of those controls could be performed via the remote, but not all of them are available. If you plan on listening to different artists and many different songs, the best bet is to build a playlist. I keep the iPod in my glove compartment, and I just ran the interface cable there and its a sweet and clean install, plus my iPod is always charged and ready to go, I just bring it in at night to sync and with the 30GB of storage I dont need to burn Mp3/WMA DVD's anymore, it just takes minutes to keep all my songs syncd and up to date, this is by far the best addition to my JVC-DVD head unit so far.
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2 out of 5

Ok but hard to controle

Written By apexslide, Indianapolis, IN on Monday, September 18, 2006
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I was looking for the easiest way to controle my ipod, this was not it. It is nice to be able to have the track info on the screen and to pause and play with the device but overall opperation was not simple. It takes to long to navigate and I ended up spending more time focused on it than on driving. I have opted to return this in favor of the RCA jack Aux input. It was nice to never have to charge my ipod but it was too distracting when you wanted to navigate.
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4 out of 5

About What I expected

Written By Pat, Las Vegas, NV on Saturday, September 09, 2006
 
Well after reading the reviews here I was a little hesitant. I have 5 year old JVC KD-SH9700, which I realy enjoyed. I was first impressed by JVC, to learn that this radio was compatible with this new ipod. (you don't see longevity like that in electronics) So thanks JVC. About the actual adapter, the conncection is simple enough, just plug into the back of the reciever (cd changer port) then into the ipod. Both cords or more than long enough. How it works: pretty much like advertised, I agree it's not as quick to access songs because you have to go through them either by artist, album, genre, playlist, song, just like the normal ipod menu, but without the click wheel, only the left and right buttons on the receiver, which can take some time if you want to go to a specific song. However, what's great about it is the shufffle...which is not advertised and does not come up as an option when searching through songs. You have to have had the ipod in shuffle mode before you plug it in, then it stays in shuffle mode and each time you press the next track button on the head unit it shuffles songs. That's exactly what I wanted it for, becaue that's how I enjoy my ipod, in shuffle mode. Overall I would by recommend it if you like having all your songs in shuffle mode, but it is time consuming to find a specific song otherwise.
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5 out of 5

Work Great

Written By OTACORB, Louisiana on Sunday, August 20, 2006
 
This allows me to have my iPod connected to my JVC AVX2 Head Unit. I found that it works GREAT. I can search by playlist/artist/album/genre etc. I don't experience any lag and even with huge artist list I can get right through them fairly quickly.

It does take a bit of getting use too and learning how to use the buttons on the head unit, but overall I am happy. The text displays and scrolls. JVC says it will display up to 40 characters in each text field, which is more than enough.

I wish it worked as MP3 DVD's do where you can actually pull up a list of artist and/or songs. But scrolling through them isn't bad for a first time effort from JVC. Hard to beat and really makes using the iPod enjoyable.
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3 out of 5

Not optimal, but OK

Written By David, Parkville, MD on Saturday, June 03, 2006
 
I agonized for a while about which iPod adapter to get for my JVC receiver. After trying this one in the store for myself, I was very hesitant. The unfortunate fact is that navigating to a specific song on your iPod is cumbersome and slow. It's not the sort of thing you'd want to try on the road. However, if you've got a few decent playlists you like listening to, then it's not bad at all. I like the fact that you see the title of your song on the reciever itself. I like being able to skip and repeat songs using the controls on my headunit. And I like the fact that the iPod can be stuffed away out of sight (with no unsightly wires) all while being charged by the unit. In the end, I bought two of these and put one in each of my cars. Installation is a cinch. It just plugs into the back of the receiver. You route the ipod connector anywhere you want. In my Millenia I routed the connector to the storage box between the seats. In my MR2 I routed to the glovebox. While it's not perfect, over-all I am pleased with my KS-PD100.
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1 out of 5

Returned it

Written By Ando, Upton, MA on Friday, April 21, 2006
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Design is good, but i returned this adapter for the other one which allows me to control it through the ipod. navigation was way too slow unless you have your ipod memorized. the only way i could make it tolerable was to create an "on-the-go" playlist every time i got in the car. if i were to try to find one specific song, it would take me at least 60 seconds. the wheel on the ipod is much faster, and more user friendly, and you wont have to take your eyes off the road as long. much easier to just keep the ipod on your lap.
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