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by Buck Pomerantz
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.

If your vehicle can handle a double-sized stereo, check out the JVC KW-XC410 CD/cassette player. Not only does it play almost any kind of digital music disc, it also plays your trusty old cassettes. You'll be in for a real musical treat when you crank up this beauty. This CD/cassette player will look good in nearly any double-sized opening, with high-powered performance features that match the attractive face.

The KW-XC410 plays your favorite CDs, CD-Rs, CD-RWs, as well as your MP3 and WMA discs. The KW-XC410 is ready for both XM and SIRIUS satellite radio, as is, and for iPod® with the addition of an available adapter. Connect an optional JVC 12-disc CD changer for long-playing CD entertainment, or use the front-panel auxiliary input for quick hook-up of audio from any source (DVD player, video game, or any device using a 1/8" mini-jack).

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The full-logic cassette deck features Dolby B for hiss-free highs, and Multi Music Scan helps you find that one song on the cassette without a lot of hassle. You also get a rotary control for easy operation, with a dot matrix display that lets you adjust the contrast for maximum visibility. You also get a convenient wireless remote control.

Fine-tune your system to your car's acoustic space with the Intelli-EQ 3-band parametric equalizer — you can even select which three frequencies get adjusted. Once the EQ is set, you can rely on the strong internal amp to bring your music to life. If you're really, really into power, two pairs of gold-plated preamp outputs let you add external amplifiers to get even more performance out of your speakers.

Note: If you're going to use your iPod with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility with this receiver or its optional iPod adapter.

Highlights:

    General features
    • CD/cassette receiver with built-in amplifier (18 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs (including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA music files) and cassettes
    • fits double-DIN (4" tall) dash openings
    • multicolor display and contrast control
    • full-logic cassette mechanism
    • remote control
    Audio features
    • iEQ equalizer with twelve presets and a 3-band parametric EQ
    • Dolby-B cassette noise reduction
    • 24-bit resolution 1-bit digital-to-analog converter
    Expandability
    • compatible with JVC iPod adapter
    • satellite radio-ready (tuner, antenna, and XM or SIRIUS service subscription required)
    • auxiliary input (front panel)
    • CD changer controls
    • two sets of preamp outputs
    Other features and specs
    • CEA-2006 compliant
    • seek/scan tuning
    • clock
    • CD frequency response: 5-20,000 Hz
    • CD signal-to-noise ratio: 98 dB
    • tape frequency response: 30-16,000 Hz
    • tape signal-to-noise ratio: 65 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 Yes
    RMS Power Output 18 watts
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 40-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 4-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs No
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 2.0 volts
    Display Color Multi-color
    Key Button Color Green/Red
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Yes
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input Front
    USB Input No
    Memory Card Slot No
    Bluetooth Compatible No
    Satellite Radio Ready Both
    HD Radio No
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen/4Gen/3Gen
    Nano Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/Nano1
    Touch No
    Mini Mini2/Mini1
    iPhone No
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 11.3 dBf
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek/Scan
    Radio Data System No
    Product Research
    What's in the box?

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    • Double DIN "I/J" size AM/FM/CD/Cassette/Changer Controller with a 15-amp fuse inserted into the chassis
    • Trim ring (for Nissan installs)
    • Wiring harness
    • RM-RK50 Wireless remote
    • CR2025 Lithium battery
    • 8 Countersunk ISO mount screws (M5 x 8mm)
    • 8 Panhead ISO mount screws (M5 x 8mm)
    • Instructions (English/Spanish/French)
    • Installation/Connection Manual (English/Spanish/French)
    • Before Electrical Connections (for CD) guide (English/Spanish/French)
    • Before Electrical Connections (for cassette) guide (English/Spanish/French)
    • US warranty information
    • Canadian warranty information
    • Canadian service center list
    • Product registration/survey

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    General Features
    CD Features
    Cassette Features
    External Device Controls

    General Features

    Amplifier Gain Control: When you are using the KW-XC410 with factory speakers (or those rated to less than 50 watts peak), the Amplifier Gain Control can limit the amount of power being sent to those speakers. When the Amp Gain Control is set to Low Pwr the volume control ranges from 0 (minimum) to 30 (maximum). When using speakers rated higher than 50 watts peak, you can set the Amp Gain Control to High Pwr and the volume control will range from 0 to 50.

    Level Meter: There are four different level meter patterns. You can choose one of them, each can be displayed for approximately 20 seconds (Level All), or the meter can be turned off.

    Contrast Adjustment: The display contrast may be adjusted from 1 to 10 for optimum legibility.

    Satellite Radio: This unit supports both XM and Sirius Satellite Radio when used with an optional satellite radio tuner and adapter, sold separately. This JVC headunit supports the SiriusConnect Universal Vehicle tuner and JVC KS-SRA100 Sirius Satellite Radio interface (item number 700SIRJVC1, sold separately). The headunit also supports the XMDirect2 Universal Vehicle tuner and CNPJVC1 XM Satellite Radio interface (item number 700XMJVC1, sold separately).

    Front Panel Auxiliary Input: A front panel stereo mini-jack is provided to allow the connection of a portable audio source. Just connect your portable cassette, MD or MP3 player to this unit, and you can listen to the audio from the portable player through the speakers in your mobile audio system. The input level of the auxiliary input can be adjusted from 0 to 5.

    Optional Input Adapter: An optional JVC Line Input Adapter (item # 105KSU57) or Aux Input Adapter (item # 257KSU58) can be used to provide an additional auxiliary input on this unit. The adapter connects to the CD changer input on the rear panel. When the adapter is connected to this unit, neither a CD changer nor satellite radio tuner can be connected.

    3-Band EQ: This model has 12 preset equalizer curves; Hard Rock, R&B, Pop, Jazz, Dance Music, Country, Reggae, Classic, Flat, and three programmable user presets. For each of the presets you can adjust the low, mid, and high frequency level (-6 to +6), the low and high center frequencies (60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, or 120Hz for low and 8kHz, 10kHz, 12kHz, or 15kHz for high), and the low and mid curve widths.

    Favorite Station: There is an EX (extra) button along with the other source buttons. You can store your favorite station as the EX preset, then when you're listening to another station, or even another source the EX button recalls that favorite station. Pressing the EX button again returns you to the previous source or station.

    Station Names: You can assign names to 30 radio station frequencies, AM or FM. Each name can be up to 10 characters. A name cannot be stored for the frequency stored in the EX button.

    One Touch Operation: Pressing a source button (CD/CD Changer, Tape/Aux, FM/AM, EX) turns the unit on and selects that source.

    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's dash 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.

    CD Features

    Direct Track Access: You can directly access CD tracks 1-12 by pressing the station preset buttons. Each of the six preset buttons has two numbers, 1 & 7, 2 & 8, 3 & 9, 4 & 10, 5 & 11, or 6 & 12. If a button is pressed for less than 1 second, the track corresponding to the lower number is selected. When a preset button is pressed for more than 1 second, the track corresponding to the higher number plus 6 is selected; this method is used to access tracks 7-12.

    MP3/WMA Playback: The KW-XC410 can play MP3/WMA files that have been recorded on CD-R and CD-RW discs. The disc must be recorded in one of the following formats: ISO 9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet or Romeo. The unit can recognize a total of 512 files, 200 folders, and 8 folder hierarchies.

    CD Text: Song and album titles are displayed for the built-in CD player and a connected CD changer that supports CD Text. MP3 and WMA text is also displayed.

    Disc Eject Prohibit: This feature keeps the disc from ejecting even if the eject button is pushed.

    Cassette Features

    Dolby B: Dolby Noise Reduction cuts tape hiss for improved sound quality.

    Multi Music Scan: You can skip up to 9 tracks, forward or backward, and automatically begin playback at the beginning of a track you want to hear.

    Blank Skip: You may set this unit to skip blank sections of tape.

    Repeat Play: This feature allows you to repeat the current track.

    Tape Eject Prohibit: This feature keeps a cassette from ejecting even if eject button is pushed.

    External Device Controls

    iPod Interface: The optional KS-PD100 adapter (item number 257KSPD100) allows an iPod digital music player with a dock connector to be connected and controlled by the KW-XC410. You'll be able to scroll through all your playlists, albums, artists, genres, and composers directly from the head unit. Song titles and other file information show up right on the head unit display. The iPod is also charged while it is connected to the KW-XC410 via the optional KS-PD100. The JVC KW-XC410 is "Made for iPod" compatible when connected to the KS-PD100 iPod adapter and supports the following iPod model features (as of Dec. 2009):

    iPod/iPhone Model Media Type  Control Display Charge
    Audio Video Unit iPod Song/Artist Track
    dock-connector (3 gen) Y N Y N Y Y Y
    click-wheel /color-display (4 gen) Y N Y N Y Y Y
    mini (1/2 gen) Y N Y N Y Y Y
     video (5 gen) Y N Y N Y Y Y
    classic (80/120/160 GB) Y N Y N Y Y Y
    nano 1 gen Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2 gen Y N Y N Y Y Y
    3 gen Y N Y N Y Y Y
    4 gen Y N Y N Y Y N
    5 gen N N N N N N N
     touch 1 gen N N N N N N Y
    2 gen N N N N N N N
    3 gen 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 (5th gen), or iPhone (3G/3GS). This iPod interface will also not charge the iPod nano (4th gen) without the Scosche passPORT (142IFWA, sold separately). The adapter is made for audio file playback only, so it will not pass video signals from video capable iPods. When this interface is connected to the JVC receiver, you cannot connect a CD changer. Apple firmware updates may change functionality results

    CD Changer Compatibility: This unit is equipped with JVC's J-Link CD changer control system. It is fully compatible with JVC's CD/MP3 changer (257CHX1500). Other JVC CH-X series CD changers (except CH-X99 and CH-X100) can be controlled directly by this head unit, however, they are not compatible with MP3 discs. You cannot use the KD-MK series CD changers with this unit, even with an adapter. In addition to basic disc navigation features, this unit has the following changer controls: direct disc access, disc intro scan, track intro scan, track repeat, disc repeat, disc random, and all disc random.

     
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    5 out of 5

    Too bad it is discontinued

    Written By Cat, Reading, PA on Friday, April 30, 2010
     
    Awesome choice if you are an audio book nut like me - I can play tapes, cd or an
    mp3 player. I have a 2003 Toyota Matrix and found this unit easy to install
    (other than removing the bar from the trim ring). Works well and sounds great.
    My only complaint is that some of the settings aren't intuitive - I have to keep
    the manual in the car for things like changing the clock.
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    nice unit, excellent sales, equipment & support

    Written By noalibi, Alexandria, LA on Saturday, June 13, 2009
     
    This unit is a god-send for those who still use cassettes and have CD's. My inlaws have a 2002 Rodeo that came with the cd/cassette combo that needed to be replaced and this unit fit the bill. i have installed many car head units, and all required laboring over solving the factory wiring layout as being the most time consuming of the install. The guys at Crutchfield have exceeded my expectations once again at building a complete install package at "at no extra cost" that included everything essential, and i mean everything. This is'nt my first Crutchfield purchase and by far not my last. Thank you, Crutchfield for exceeding expectations yet again.
    4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KW-XC410

    Written By Patrick, San Antonio, TX on Thursday, November 20, 2008
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    Great sound and very nice looking. My only complaints are very minor, buttons very small and knob on wrong side for US market. Installation not for a novice, but with supplied accessories it went very well. My 1995 Nissan Pick-up never sounded so good.
    3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Nice unit but a couple nits . . .

    Written By Shrike, Lynn Haven, FL on Tuesday, November 18, 2008
     
    Unit was easy to install and operates perfectly. No complaints about the quality of the unit.

    Because of a busy business travel schedule, I have not been able to dive into the user manual yet, but these are a couple out-of-the-box, first experience annoyances:

    (i) Why are there not two (2) knobs, one for volume control and one for tuning? This unit has small scan and seek buttons to use for tuning to radio stations. If you do not have built-in steering wheel mounted controls, you might have a difficult time driving and tuning at the same time. Are knobs controllers really that out-of-demand by today's aftermarket consumer?

    (ii) What is with the LED graphics and how do I turn them off? OK. I can see why some people would love the light show, but (a) why is this techno light show defaulted to ON?; and (b) how do you turn it off? Its very distracting at night in rural areas where the constant motion of the display catches the eye, drawing the driver's eyes from the road.
    10 out of 10 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    JVC KW-XC410

    Written By jaime, groton, ct on Tuesday, October 21, 2008
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    It's just the perfect choice; customer support is the best part.
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    JVC KW-XC410

    Written By Sam, San Juan Bautista, CA on Thursday, September 25, 2008
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    I had the base model CD/receiver in my '05 Mustang and it was having several problems. The price was right on the JVC KW-XC410 and it gave me more features than repairing the OEM unit. Not only do I enjoy a good sounding system for my music but also enjoy listening to audio books. The ability to play a CD or cassette is a real advantage with audio books. I also like being able to pre-program for different listeners or different types of music. As far as I can tell there are only two features I gave up. The OEM unit had the ability to automatically adjust the volume as the vehicle speed changed. Glare is the other problem that I didn't have on the OEM unit. Overall, I recommend it for base model Mustangs.
    1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    CD & casettte...all in one and still available!

    Written By Jeff, Collegeville, PA on Monday, September 22, 2008
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    This JVC KW-XC410 unit replaced my 11 year old original Acura CD/cassette unit. The CD player had died and then the unit went into a security lock-up and to unlock - I'd have to get the serial number off it by removing the unit...so...a great time to replace it.
    I was delighted that I could find a unit that has CD & cassette...and it fit perfectly in my 1997 Acura TL.
    Had it professionally installed using Installcard - went smoothly.
    I really like the "new" features I'm enjoying - like playing MP3 CD's, etc. The station preset labelling and the numerous presets (I only had a few with the original Acura unit) is great. I am working through the owners manual and will tweak my settings soon.
    The cassette player works great. Having Dolby B NR helps.
    Overall, very happy and have no regrets. Crutchfield is a great company to deal with.
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Nice looking & works great!

    Written By Peggy, Chicago Suburb on Monday, September 01, 2008
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    When the amp on my Toyota Celica convertible quit working, I decided to just replace the whole stereo. I wanted one similar to what I already had (CD, Cassette), so this one was perfect--plus it has the aux input. I'm able to plug in my cell phone (which plays mp3s), my portable XM radio, and just about anything else into the aux input. The cd player is so much better than the old one which skipped whenever I hit a bump in the road. This unit looks really nice, and although it does stick out a bit, that doesn't bother me. There are so many settings that you need to read the manual to take full advantage of what this receiver offers. You can tailor the sound to how you want. I needed more bass (since the old amp was shot and was removed), so I was able to gain bass by tweaking the equalizer settings. I also had 2 new (4") speakers installed in the rear to replace the old worn out ones, so this receiver sounds better than the old. If you're looking for a replacement for your old cd/cassette receiver, this is this is the one you want. Again, be sure to read the manual in order to take full advantage of all it has to offer.
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Wonderful product

    Written By Vitali, Bridgeport, CT on Saturday, August 23, 2008
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    2001 Subaru Legacy/Outback. The receiver is great. It works nice. Installation was considerably easy, especially with a very detailed instructions from Crutchfield printed particularly for my car. One Person mentioned that the receiver sticks out a lot from the dashboard. WRONG. There are multiple options in the depth of installation. If buttons are too small for you (not that small, unless you have giant fingers), use the remote...
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    First Time Installer

    Written By Adam, Bethesda, MD on Thursday, August 14, 2008
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    The stock radio on my 98 Sienna was shot, and we'd like to keep the car a few more years. We still get "books on tape" from the library, so a tape player was a requirement. This unit fit the bill.

    One of the reasons I bought from Crutchfield was because they had instructions specific to my model car, as well as an 800# I could call with questions. I installed on a Sunday afternoon, and called twice, and my questions were promptly answered. To me, that is worth a premium.

    The unit sounds much better than my original stereo. The interface is a little kludgy and the buttons are a little confusing, but I'll get used to it.

    I've ripped my CD collection to WMA Lossless format. It seems that this is not the same exact format as straight WMA and the JVC was unable to play the lossless files burned onto a CD. So, my best results for playing CD's has been to convert the WMA Lossless files to MP3 at the 192 bit rate and then burn those mp3s to a CD. Obviously, I get more files onto the CD and the sound quality is fine.

    The unit looks great in the car and I'm very pleased that I could install it myself. Getting it from Crutchfield made that doable.
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KW-XC410

    Written By Alan, Rockville Centre, NY on Thursday, July 17, 2008
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    I received my cassette/cd receiver very quickly. Connecting the adapter was a breeze. Installation instructions were easy to follow. Sounded great-the cassettwe player, the cd player and the radio, too. Unfortunately, a tree fell on my car the next day. I expect to get the car out of the body shop in about 2 weeks. Then I hope to enjoy my receiver for many years to come.
    3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Good receiver JVC KW-XC410

    Written By Anthony, Los Angeles, CA on Tuesday, July 15, 2008
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    JVC KW-XC410 review installed in '99 Toyota Camry LE V6.

    When the factory radio in my car started having problems (CDs skipping, tape player making clicking sound), I purchased another original Toyota receiver. It lasted for a year and developed the same problems.
    Here, I decided to buy a new unit. KW-XC410 was the only Double-DIN receiver with all of the features I wanted: CD, tape, Aux input, ability to play MP3s, and a simple look. I soldered Crutchfield's harness to the receiver's wires and the installation was very easy.

    I am glad I bought this receiver, but I am rating it four stars for the following:

    1. It protrudes from the center console quite a bit. I could not tell it from the Crutchfield's picture but it is noticeable especially because the OEM receiver was flush with the console.

    2. There was a thin gap left on the sides and the bottom when I reinstalled the trim. I was able to cover the gap by other means.

    3. AM reception is a little weak. I notice interference in areas where I did not notice it on OEM radio. The volume on AM needs to be turned up much higher than on FM or CD.

    4. Like others have mentioned, the display is not very bright in daylight. I can't see the indicator showing whether there is a CD is in the unit. At
    night, however, you can see all indicators on the screen because the backlight is too bright, and I've connected the dimmer wire.

    5. The right side volume control is annoying but I knew about it.
    5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KW-XC410

    Written By victor, Black Hills, SD on Friday, April 25, 2008
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    I installed this in a plain jane 2008 Chevy Colorado. I don't know if is so
    much the unit as the truck but it was very fast and very clean, impressively
    so. I also installed the JVC ipod adaptor as well. I had a couple MTX
    speakers I put behind the seat and WOW, the sound was fantastic! I've
    been installing aftermarket stereos in my vehicles for decades and this was
    the easiest install with the most impressive sound difference.

    I love the fact the volume control is a turning knob and not a button. Since
    it is a small truck hence small space, I have had no problem with the
    buttons or controlling the unit as some have. The amount of volume
    available is great as well as the EQ control.

    The only drawback for me is the fact that it does so many things and has so
    many controls you actually have to read the manual.

    vic
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    3 out of 5

    Display ruins it

    Written By Rick, Boston, MA on Thursday, April 10, 2008
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    I can't really complain about the power, functions, or accessories of this receiver. That's all fine. But I ignored other people's warnings about the display buttons, and now I'm really sorry I did. It's impossible to read the buttons from the driver's seat, and yet you have to to be able to do most of the basic functions, e.g. switch to your cellphone, operate your Ipod, go from FM to a CD. The clock display is tiny, too. The picture in the catalogue and on the website makes it look much brighter and visible than it really does sitting in your car. And the Ipod controls, which override the Ipod itself, are totally un-intuitive. Again, seems fine in every way, but the poor panel makes me sorry I bought it.
    5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    GREAT PRODUCT

    Written By AL, Chicago, IL on Wednesday, March 12, 2008
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    As a first time stereo intstaller this was my first reciever and it was a breeze. It has a clean look and great sound. Crutchfield was a great help in providing assistance with the installation. I was very satisfied with this product
    3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    3 out of 5

    JVC KW-XC410

    Written By Bill, Springfield, MO on Wednesday, February 27, 2008
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    Easy install to factory speakers BUT lose factory installed DVD completely (not even any power to DVD unit) AND lose factory steering wheel radio controls (even adapters supposedly won't work with this unit).

    For a double-DIN unit, you'd think they could make the buttons a little bigger and easier to see.

    There are plenty of different equalizer settings but I'd trade all of them for speed-sensitive volume control (which this unit does not have).
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    James

    Written By James, Buffalo Grove, IL on Tuesday, February 19, 2008
     
    I have always found JVC equipment to be of the highest quality, this in dash receiver continues their flawless record.
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KW-XC410

    Written By James, Connecticut on Thursday, January 24, 2008
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    I installed the XC410 in my Nissan Frontier in about an hour. Very straight forward and no surprises. The fit is perfect. I'm hanging onto my old Cassette collection as opposed to converting them to CD's, so I needed a unit capable of playing either. Plus I do a lot of cassette recording which I listen to later.

    Pros: Excellent reception, Plenty of options and tweaks for the audiophile, I like the little button to play your favorite station immediately.

    Cons: As others have stated, the buttons are pretty small and hard to select with gloves on in the winter. Some of the controls are embedded pretty deep in the menus. Such a large amount of features makes finding the one you want a little frustrating at times.

    Bottom Line: The pros outweigh the cons. If you're interested in both CD and Cassette capability in a single unit, this is the unit to purchase.
    10 out of 10 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    96-98 4Runner Replacement

    Written By Culpeper, Roswell NM on Saturday, October 06, 2007
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    Perfect fit for replacement of OEM sound. Sounds so good no need to replace speakers. Gave 4 stars because it is a budget receiver but it is much better than OEM.
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    4 out of 5

    JVC KW-XC410

    Written By Anthony, White Plains, MD on Friday, September 28, 2007
     
    Crutchfield has always and continues to have superior service!!! Shipping was fast as always, and produts arrived as advertised.

    This JVC unit has great sound using all three options(cd, radio, and cassette). I'm paricularly impress with sound from cassettes, its unbelievable. As others reviews indicate, the numbered buttons are bit small, but takes no time to geeting use to.

    All in all i'm very satisfied with radio, setting up programs for sound preference can be a challenging though.

    I would have given this unit five starts if buttons were not so small!!!
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    5 out of 5

    GREAT replacement

    Written By leland, Indianapolis, IN on Monday, September 17, 2007
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    This replaces the stock unit in my 2000 4-Runner which had a nasty habit of ski-ski-ski-skipping on C-D's.

    It was an easy install thanks to Crutchfield. I called the support number on a Saturday, and they helped when I had a "snag" and forget to remove the stock pre-amp. THANKS!

    Now, to the unit. I really LOVE the sound, but it takes time to figure out how to adjust what. You hold this button in...push that one. But, to adjust certain other functions you hold that button...and push this one. The buttons are REALLY small when you're in a driving position. I've found to adjust the sound, the best bet is the remote.

    Some of the more advanced settings are not really explained in the booklet provided.

    It sounds great and when I replace the speakers I expect even more great things, but it can be a bit challenging to change the settings. I'd buy it again, though, it's worth the effort.
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    4 out of 5

    VERY GOOD UNIT!

    Written By edweather, Syracuse, NY on Saturday, September 01, 2007
     
    As there aren't many choices out there, I was very happy to find a reasonably priced unit that would fit my '03 Explorer, and play my cassettes as well as cds.

    The KW-XC410 sounds great, and I've had the unit for quite a while now and have had no problems with it. The unit has very good power. I replaced the 4 stock 6x8 door speakers with better ones and the JVC unit powers them very well. I had trouble figuring out the equalizer on the unit, and still don't have it figured out. I just gave up. I probably would have given it 4 1/2 stars if that was possible. I would definitely recommend the JVC KW-XC410.
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    3 out of 5

    JVC KW-XC410

    Written By Bosh, Feasterville, pa on Monday, May 14, 2007
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    This JVC unit replaced original Bose stereo in my 99'Pathfinder. This JVC unit has rare combination of Tape/CD/MP3/WMA features. There are very few car stereos with such capabilities. In my opinion this JVC stereo has its pros and cons. Pros: good power, look and feel, clear display, sound quality, easy to install (Thank you Cratchfield tech support). However I found a design flaw. Equalizer has three custom settings. It makes sense to have individual setting for Tape + CD , AM Radio, and FM Radio. Manual explain how to store all three custom EQ settings. It does not work like manual suggests. I could claim that unit is defective and send it back, but I stronlgly believe it's a design flaw. So I kept it. Also the structure of EQ itself is very much confusing. NO explanation in the manual. Separate control of Highs and Lows would be very helpful, but EQ is the only way to adjust sound. Technologies like BBE and DSO (check Sony products) are missing.
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    5 out of 5

    Worth Every Penny

    Written By jeff, Arlington, TX on Saturday, April 07, 2007
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    The Crutchfied website predicted this radio wouldn't fit my '06 Grand Marquis, and it was absolutely right. After cutting away a couple of plastic bevels on the top and bottom of the dash opening, I got the unit in-place and turned it on. To say the least, I was shocked. Even without any tweaking, and playing through factory speakers, it put the OEM radio to shame. The bass thumped, the treble sang and, instead of music coming from the doors on my left and right, the performance was right in front of me.

    Of the features I've tested so far, FM sounds 3-D and AM is crystal clear. Over-the-air reception is virtually static-free. A 20-year old cassette tape played to the limit of its technology. Engaging noise reduction knocked hiss down from minimal to imperceptible. There's also a handy feature that allows you to skip ahead or back a specified number of songs. The CD player--flawless. Finally, the AUX jack conveniently located on the left side of the unit allows me to hook up my satellite radio receiver using a very short cable run.

    The radio comes preloaded with various equalizer shapes such as Jazz and Country, but also lets the user store personal settings. The owners manual isn't much help on this account, but through trial and error I was able to achieve a good result.

    My one complaint is ergonomics. Most of the buttons are tiny and the printing on them is unreadable from my driving position. The remote control is also tiny and could easily fall between or underneath the seats.

    In short, this radio is so good, I can forget it exists. It's just me and the music. Thanks JVC and thanks Crutchfield!
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    5 out of 5

    Just the ticket for my RV

    Written By StephenSC, Irmo, SC on Thursday, February 15, 2007
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    I had a somewhat unique application, in that this unit was going into a motorhome, and had to be a double-din size to replace the factory radio. After doing a little "surgery" on the RV dashboard (and going to the local high-end audio store to get a metal "sleeve"), the remainder of the installation went without a hitch. The unit looks and sounds great, and is somewhat user friendly. I also like the fact that there's a front input for my IPOD, which was a determining factor in selecting this piece.
    8 out of 8 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KW-XC410

    Written By Bernard, Branchburg, NJ on Tuesday, January 30, 2007
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    Glad I decided on this unit for my solara.Most time spent on instalation was puting wires together.Instructions were perfect.Love the sound the fit and the service.
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    4 out of 5

    JVC KW-XC410

    Written By Tom, Greensboro, NC on Monday, December 04, 2006
     
    This is a fine head unit. The sound quality is nice. I got it to replace the factory head unit in our '01 Highlander. It's a bit narrower than the opening but Crutchfield provided an after-market bracket adapter that makes it fit perfectly. I like that the unit isn't overly flashy and has an OEM look. I also like that the unit has separate radio preset buttons which makes it easier to switch between preset/stored stations. It definitely outperforms the factory unit significantly.

    I also purchased the JVC iPod adapter since my wife uses her iPod a lot and we like to listen to audiobooks when we travel. The iPod adapter works perfectly. The sound quality is excellent and, as advertised, the iPod can be co,mpletely controled via the head unit while the iPod recharges. I ran the adapter cable into the glove compartment where the iPod "hides" completely out of the way. The smallish display resticts the flexibility of the iformation displayed and only allows one title to be shown at a time. However, it's not overly annoying. The user's manual had no instructions on how to operate the iPod adapter but the manual that came with the iPod adapter (which was on a CD-ROM) had general instructions for all categories of JVC head units. For the most part the instructions wer OK but there were some minor differences. Overall, the iPod interface is pretty good and meets our expectations, although it doesn't seem like it would be that hard to make the volume control scroll through playlists, songs, etc. instead of having to use the left/right buttons.

    We're very satisfied with the price, performance and features of the unit and Crutcfield's service.
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    5 out of 5

    WOW!

    Written By David, Little Rock, Arkansas on Friday, November 03, 2006
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    As usual the unit arrived in record time. Thanks Crutchfield for the most efficient service online!
    Installation was ridiculously easy and glitch free into my F-150. Already had the ch1500 changer which I had been using via a modulator to the factory head unit. Out it came and the single adapter hook up now powers it all.
    Sound quality through the factory speakers is dramatically improved. The unit looks awesome and like it was OE.
    I can now use my treasured cassette collection, some stuff impossible to replace, as well as single CD's and endless MP3's via the changer.
    Worth every penny! Thanks!
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    5 out of 5

    Wow - Great piece of equipment

    Written By Mike, Georgetown, KY on Saturday, October 28, 2006
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    Used this to replace the premium factory cd/cassette deck and seperate amp in my Toyota Tundra....it blows the OEM equipment away! I'm just using the factory speakers (4 plus 2 tweeters), and they're pumping out sound and stereo imaging effects like I've never heard before. Simple/quick to install. I also bought the ipod adapter for the unit, which is quickly making the home-burned cds that currently litter my truck a thing of the past. I've had many after market units over the years in every car I've owned, but I'm really impressed with this one - highly recommend it!
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    5 out of 5

    Incredible Machine

    Written By Victor, Oxnard, CA on Tuesday, October 10, 2006
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    I bought this machine from Cruthfield to replace my Honda Odyssey factory stereo, and I'm thankful that I made this wise decision. This stereo has so many features to allow the listener to programe the sound according to his preference. It also comes with CD and cassete player plus you can connect Ipod, settlite radio and other accessories. I'm ready to buy another one to replace my Honda Accord factory radio.
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