JVC's CH-X1500RF 12-disc add-on changer lets you enjoy CD/MP3 playback in your vehicle without replacing your radio! Just connect this feature-packed unit to your receiver's antenna input, tune to an open FM channel, and enjoy multi-disc CD entertainment in any vehicle.

The CH-X1500RF plays CD-Rs, CD-RWs, and standard pre-recorded CDs; it's also compatible with MP3-loaded discs. A single CD can hold up to 100 songs in MP3 format, so you can load up this "rolling jukebox" with 12 discs for days of musical entertainment. CD Text information and MP3 tags appear on the display so you'll know at a glance what's playing. BBE II sound processing enhances definition and pumps up the bass for a big, vibrant sound.

Control the changer with the wired remote/display unit or with the wireless remote. This compact CH-X1500RF mounts at five different angles so it's easy to find the perfect spot in your vehicle; a full-floating shock-proof mechanism virtually eliminates skipping. JVC includes a see-through 12-disc magazine.

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Details:
  • 10 modulation frequencies
  • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs
  • play discs loaded with MP3 files
  • BBE II processing enhances bass and focuses mids and highs
  • random play/repeat play
  • intro scan (plays first 15 seconds of every track or disc)
  • dash-mountable control/display
  • wireless remote
  • shock-proof mechanism
  • 10-7/16"W x 3-1/2"H x 7"D
  • 1-year warranty

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What's in the box?

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  • 12-Disc CD changer
  • XC-M200 12-disc magazine
  • Wireless remote control (RM-RK42)
  • CR2025 Lithium battery
  • KS-RF150 Wired remote/display with attached 5' cable
  • KS-RF150 CD changer controller/FM modulator unit (with attached 36" Motorola input/output leads and 36" power input harness with two in-line 3.0-amp fuses)
  • 16' J-Link cable (8-pin J-Link connectors on each end)
  • 2 Plastic mounting brackets
  • 4 Machine screws
  • 4 Self-tapping screws
  • 2 Sections of Velcro
  • CD Changer Instructions (English/French/Spanish)
  • CD Changer Controller/FM Modulator Instructions (English/French/Spanish)
  • Installation Sheet (attached to changer)
  • Caution sheet (concerning compatibility with MP3-CD changer controllers/receivers)
  • MP3 Questions and Answers sheet
  • Troubleshooting Guide
  • Product Safety Registration Card/Questionnaire
  • USA warranty sheet (with service center locator phone number)
  • Canadian warranty card
  • Canadian service center list

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Features
Controls/Display
Connections
Dimensions

Features

Disc Compatibility: The JVC CH-X1500RF is compatible with pre-recorded CDs, CD-R, and CD-RW discs. It can also play MP3 files recorded on CD-R and CD-RW discs. When recorded on the disc, CD Text and ID3 Tags are displayed on the FM Modulator's wired remote/display panel.

Advanced Digital Servo (ADS): Because CD-RW discs have a relatively low reflectivity compared to pre-recorded CDs and CD-R discs, conventional CD players have a difficult time playing them. JVC's Advanced Digital Servo uses a combination of a new RF amplifier and DSP to boost the signal of the reflected light by about four times, making CD-rewritable discs easier to read.

Full-Floating Mechanism: The CD changer's Full-Floating Mechanism absorbs vibrations, reducing skipping and mistracking.

Mounting Angles: You can install this changer at angles of 0 degrees (horizontal), 22.5 degrees, 45 degrees, 67.5 degrees, or 90 degrees. There are angle switching dials on both sides of the unit that must be set to agree with the mounting angle of the unit.

Reset: The changer's and FM modulator's microprocessor can be reset independently. To reset the CD changer, press and hold the eject button for several seconds. To reset the FM modulator, press the small recessed reset button on the wired remote control/display.

Modulation Frequencies: The modulator has 10 FM modulation frequencies. You can select from the following modulation frequencies on the wired remote/display unit: 88.1, 88.3, 88.5, 88.7, 88.9, 89.1, 89.3, 89.5, 89.7, or 89.9MHz.

J-Link Connection: This changer is equipped with a single (J-Link) cable connection. It is directly compatible only with 2003 (and up) model receivers which have MP3-changer controls. Receivers manufactured prior to 2003 do not have the ability to properly display MP3 ID3 tag information.

BBE II: The BBE II circuitry adjusts the phase relationship between the low, mid and high frequencies by adding a progressively longer delay time to the low and mid frequencies. It also boosts the low and high frequencies resulting in a clearer, more defined sound. The BBE II function can be turned On or Off.

Repeat Play: You can repeat the current track/file, the current folder, or the current disc.

Random Play: You can play the tracks/files on the current disc/folder in random order (track random), play the folders on the current disc in random order (folder random), or play the tracks/files on all the discs in the changer in random order (magazine random).

Intro Scan: You can play the first 15 seconds of each track on a selected disc/folder or you can play the first 15 seconds of each disc.

Output Level: The output level can be changed to match the FM level and can be set to one of 8 levels.

Mounting Angles: You can install this changer at a 0 degree, 22.5 degree, 45 degree, 67.5 degree, or 90 degree angle. There are angle switching dials on both sides of the unit that must be set to agree with the mounting angle of the unit.

Controls/Display

Controls on KS-RF150 Wired Remote/Display:

  • Power: turns the power On and Off
  • Display: cycles through display options including CD Text and ID3 Tags (disc number + track/file number, elapsed time + track/file number, disc/folder title, track/file title)
  • Plus (+)/Minus (-): skip discs (forward and reverse)
  • |<</>>|: allows you to skip tracks (forward and reverse), perform audible track search (forward and reverse), increase or decrease the unit's output level, and select the modulation frequency
  • Up/Down: allows you to skip through folders (forward and reverse)
  • BBE II/Level: pressing this button briefly allows you to turn BBE II On or Off. Pressing and holding this button allows you to change the unit's output level.
  • RND: allows you to cycle through the Random Play modes
  • RPT/F.Sel: pressing this button briefly allows you to cycle through the Repeat Play modes. Pressing and holding this button allows you to change the unit's modulation frequency.
  • INT: allows you to cycle through the Intro Scan modes
  • Reset: use pointed object to reset the microcomputer

Display: The display's 8-character main display shows the following information:

  • Disc number
  • Track number
  • CD Text information (Disc and Track titles)
  • ID3 Tag information (Folder and File names)
  • Play mode icons (disc, folder, random, repeat, intro scan)
  • BBE II indicator

Controls on RM-RK42 Wireless Remote:

  • Power: turns the unit On and Off
  • Display: cycles through display options
  • Disc+/Disc-: allows you to cycle up or down through discs
  • Folder+/Folder-: allows you to cycle up or down through folders
  • Up/Down: allows you to skip tracks (forward and reverse), perform audible track search (forward and reverse), increase or decrease the unit's output level, and change the modulation frequency
  • RND: allows you to cycle through the Random Play modes
  • RPT/F.Sel: pressing this button briefly allows you to cycle through the Repeat Play modes. Pressing and holding this button allows you to change the unit's modulation frequency.
  • INT: allows you to cycle through the Intro Scan modes

Connections

Right Side of Changer:

  • Output: 8-Pin J-Link connector

Front Panel of CD Changer Controller/FM Modulator:

  • Changer Input: 8-Pin J-Link connector
  • Controller Input: 8-Pin female connector

Back Panel of CD Changer Controller/FM Modulator:

  • Car Antenna In: 36" Cable terminated with a female Motorola plug
  • RF Out: 36" Cable terminated with a male Motorola plug
  • DC Power Input: attached wiring harness with a 36" ground, power and constant leads. The power and constant leads each have a 3.0-amp in-line fuse.

Dimensions

CH-X1500 Changer:

  • Changer Only: Width=10.391" (including plug), Height=3.469", Depth=6.988"
  • Changer/Horizontal Mount (with brackets): Width=12.75", Height=3.824", Depth=7.069"
  • Changer/Vertical Mount (with brackets): Width=12.75", Height=7.62", Depth=4.687"

KS-RF150 CD Changer Controller/FM Modulator:

  • FM Modulator Box: Width=4.926", Height=1.192", Depth=5.656" (including plugs)
  • Main Unit (Remote/Display): Width=4.734", Height=1.45", Depth=0.841"
  • RM-RK42 Wireless Remote Control: Width=1.412", Height=0.355", Length=3.621"

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Excellent changer for the price

Written By Jason, Tallahassee, FL on Wednesday, February 16, 2005

I purchased one of these changers back in October and I have been very happy with the unit. It's installed in the rear floor compartment of my 2004 Buick Rainier and the display unit is below the A/C controls in a nice little spot out of the way. I wish I had installed it higher up on the dash but it works well where it's at, just memorize the buttons before you install it to remember where the random and repeat buttons are. I gave this a solid 4 stars and it would have been 5 if the display unit was a little better quality and a little easier to read. There are few options for MP3 tags, etc... like a continous scrolling for the music but for the price, this is what I would expect.

All in all, it is an excellent unit with really good sound and provides miles and miles of worry-free music. I loaded-up 12 discs of MP3's and never heard the same song twice on an 1,600 mile round-trip to Indiana. Getting almost 6 to 7 hours of music on 1 CD is awesome and really allows you to put a large selection of music in the car. Since we have the DVD navigation in the Ranier, this was a MUST so that we could leave the DVD nav disc in the dash and still listen to music. My wife is VERY happy with the changer and was hesitant at first with the purchase but now she wouldn't have it any other way. She said this was a MUCH better deal than paying $13 a month for the XM radio that we had for free for 3 months. So we skipped the XM and went with changer and are 100% happy with our decision.

The only thing I would change is to have larger buttons on the display unit to change discs, repeat, and random, but like I said... for the price this is an excellent deal.

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