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Item #: 522JHD1620
 

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Our take on the Jensen Heavy Duty JHD1620B

by Ken Nail

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.

This receiver will not play CDs. If you want to play CDs in your vehicle, we recommend the Jensen Heavy Duty JHD3620 CD receiver..

The Jensen Heavy Duty JHD1620B receiver will hold up in the tough conditions you encounter at job sites and on the road. It'll handle vibrations, temperature fluctuations, and humidity with ease, and the front panel's protective covering keeps out the dust and grime you encounter when taking on dirty jobs. And if you're a trucker who takes your stereo out of the rig when you're off the job, the receiver's built-in memory will keep all your presets and other settings for 30 days.

The JHD1620B is ready to expand. You can control your iPod® or iPhone® with Jensen's optional iPod connecting cable. Or add an optional tuner to enjoy the variety of satellite radio broadcasts. If you want some other options, plug other audio devices into the front minijack or the rear RCA auxiliary inputs. For workplace communications, add an optional microphone and external speaker and let 'em hear you with the PA function.

The receiver's AM and FM tuner lets you keep up with favorite radio stations, and the Weather Band tuner has automatic NOAA weather alerts so you won't be caught by surprise by severe weather. If you're on the road a lot, the Radio Broadcast Data Service (RBDS) alerts you to traffic conditions in select areas.

The backlit LCD display is easy to read in all lighting conditions, and you can add an optional remote control if you'd like.

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Highlights:

    General features:
    • AM/FM receiver (no built-in CD player)
    • conformal-coated circuit board and protective front panel keep out dust and grime
    • 7-channel Weather Band tuner with NOAA weather alert
    • built-in amplifier (22 watts RMS/45 peak x 4 channels)
    • backlit blue and black LCD display
    • built-in public address function (optional microphone required)
    • optional remote control
    • 30-day preset memory when disconnected from power source
    Audio features:
    • 2-band equalizer
    Expandability:
    • optional iPod adapter, satellite radio tuner
    • inputs: front (3.5 mm) and rear (RCA) auxiliary inputs
    • outputs: 2-channel preamp outputs (rear)
    Other features and specs:

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    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant
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    No
    RMS Power Output
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    22 watts
    Peak Output
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    45 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth
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    20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs
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    2-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs
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    No
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs
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    No
    Preamp Voltage
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    2 volts
    Display Color
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    Blue
    Key Button Color
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    Amber
    EQ Bands
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    None
    Wireless Remote
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    Optional
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible
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    Parts Warranty
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    1 Year
    Labor Warranty
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    1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input
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    Front/Rear
    USB Input
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    Memory Card Slot
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    N/C
    Bluetooth Compatible
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    Satellite Radio Ready
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    Sirius
    HD Radio
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    Navigation
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    iPod Compatibility
    Full size
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    Classic/5Gen
    Nano
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    Nano6/Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/
    Touch
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    Touch4/Touch3/Touch2/Touch1
    Mini
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    iPhone
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    Phone/Phone3G/Phone3GS/Phone4
    Tuner
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    European Tuning
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    Seek/Scan
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    Radio Data System
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    What's in the box?

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    • AM/FM/RDBS/WB in-dash receiver (with 15A ATC fuse inserted in chassis)
    • Cage (installed)
    • Power/ground harness
    • Speaker wire harness
    • Metal backstrap
    • Rubber boot
    • Philips-head bolt (with flat-washer and lock-washer installed)
    • 2 Hex nuts
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • Installation/Operation Manual
    • Quick Reference Guide

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    Heavy Duty Series
    Display Features
    Audio Section
    AM/FM/WB Tuner
    Aux/iPod Connection
    Remote Control

    Heavy Duty Series

    Heavy Duty: The Jensen Heavy Duty JHD1620 is an AM/FM/RBDS/WB in-dash receiver which is Sirius Satellite Radio and iPod ready (requires optional Sirius Connect tuner and iPod cable). Jensen Heavy Duty series head units are specifically designed, built, and tested to withstand even the harshest road and work conditions, such as humidity, electrostatic discharge, vibrations, and temperature fluctuations. Its entire front panel is an impervious membrane protected to prevent dirt, grime from accessing control panel through pushbutton gaps. The head unit's conformal coated PCB board and heavy-duty design specification provides maximum durability under all conditions. The following tests are performed on Jensen's Heavy Duty in-dash receivers.

    • Extreme Temperature & Humidity Test: Tested to ensure that the unit will fully function in -22° F to 158° F temperatures, as well as up to 95% relative humidity.
    • Vibration Test: Tested to withstand 4G's at 20-500Hz for 9 hours to ensure the unit can withstand the extreme environments most commonly met in heavy duty applications.
    • RF Performance Test: The RF Chamber test ensures that the stereo keeps clean signals in and the bad signal out, so you are always left with a steady signal without outside interference.
    • Electrostatic Discharge Test: The Electrostatic Discharge Test exposes the radio to up to 25 kilovolts to make sure it can withstand the most severe static build-up while you are out on the job.
    • Severe Electrical Environment Test: The Jensen Heavy Duty radio is designed to survive an alternator battery disconnection, because it is equipped with the necessary component to prevent "Load Dump" destruction.

    Note: This head unit does not contain a CD-slot.

    Single DIN Mounting: This unit is designed for installation in a vehicle with an existing 1-DIN radio opening. In many cases a special installation kit will be required to mount the radio to your vehicle's dashboard. The JHD1620 features an integrated trim-ring and removable cage for E-size mounting only.

    Note: Please consult the Crutchfield Car Selector to see if your vehicle is compatible.

    2-Line Power System: The Jensen Heavy Duty series head unit features a 2-Line Power System which prevents battery drain when the vehicle is turned off.

    Non-Volatile Memory: The JHD1620's non-volatile memory saves your station presets and audio/user menu settings when the battery is disconnected.

    Display Features

    Full Dot Matrix LCD: The Jensen JHD1620 features a full-dot matrix LCD display.

    Button Illumination: The Jensen Heavy Duty series receiver features amber backlit button illumination.

    Clock: The Jensen head unit features a selectable 12/24 hour digital clock.

    Audio Section

    Amplifier: The Jensen Heavy Duty JHD1620 is equipped with a 45 watts (Peak) x 4-channel amplifier.

    Pre-Set Equalizer: The Jensen JHD1620 features a built-in equalizer with 5 preset settings - Flat, Rock, Pop, Classical, or User.

    Bass And Treble: The Jensen JHD1620's Preset EQ User mode features manual bass and treble adjustment. You can adjust the bass (100Hz) and treble (10kHz) independently from -10 to +10 dB.

    Loudness: When listening to music at low volumes, this feature will boost the bass and treble ranges to compensate for the characteristics of human hearing.

    2-Channel Preamp Outputs: The Jensen head unit features a pair of two-channel preamp outputs for connecting an external amplifier.

    AM/FM/WB Tuner

    AM/FM Tuner: The JHD1620 is equipped with an AM/FM US/EURO tuner that can store up to 30 presets (12AM/18FM). You can search and store AM/FM stations manually or automatically. The head unit also offer Preset Scan which pauses the radio for 5 seconds at each preset station.

    RBDS (Radio Broadcast Data Service): This unit is equipped to display RBDS (Radio Broadcast Data Service) information when broadcast the radio station. The following LCD indicators appears when data is received.

    • RBDS: The current radio station is broadcasting RBDS data.
    • PTY: Program Type data is being sent. When flashing, PTY search is in progress. In FM mode you can use the following search options - Any, News, Information, Sports, Talk, Rock, Classic Rock, Adult Hits, Soft Rock, Top 40, Country, Oldies, Soft, Nostalgia, jazz, Classical, Rhythm & Blues, Soft Rhythm & Blues, Foreign Language, Religious Music, Religious Talk, Personality, Public, College, Weather, Emergency Test, Alarm.

    7-Channel Weatherband Tuner: The JHD1620 is equipped with a built-in weatherband tuner with NOAA weather alert. NOAA Weather Radio is a nationwide weather system that broadcasts local weather emergency information 24 hours a day. The US network has more than 530 station covering the 50 states as well as the adjacent coast waters, Puerto Rick, the US Virgin Islands and the US Pacific Territories. Each local area has it own transmitting station and there are a total of seven broadcasting frequencies used. You can set the unit to automatically turn on when there is an NOAA alert.

    WB Frequencies
    Frequency (MHz) Preset
    162.400 2
    162.425 4
    162.450 5
    162.475 3
    162.500 6
    162.525 -
    162.550 1

    S.A.M.E (Specific Area Message Encoding): Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME) data is also broadcast prior to alert broadcasts. SAME data contains information about the geographic region affected by the alert, the type of alert, and its effective time. The geographic region included in the SAME data is called the Geographical Area code and has the form PSCCCC where "P" represents a portion of the county, "SS" is a two-digit state, territory, or offshore marine area identifier, and "CCC" indentifies the county , province, or major metropolitan area within the state. SAME data also includes the type of alert being broadcast. This unit can be configured through the system setting menu with up to seven Geographical Area codes to limit the automatic tuning or power on functions based on the type of alert.

    Sirius Radio Ready: The Jensen JHD1620 features a proprietary SiriusConnect (8-pin) port for connecting the SIRIUS SC-C1 SiriusConnect Universal Vehicle Tuner (607SCC1, sold separately) or the SIRIUS SCVDOC1 SiriusConnect Vehicle Docking Kit (607SCVDOC1, sold separately) along with your Sirius Dock & Play radio.

    Note: In addition to your Sirius tuner, a Sirius subscription is also required to receive Sirius Satellite Radio.

    Aux/iPod Connection

    Auxiliary Audio Inputs: The Jenson JHD1620 is equipped with a front-panel 3.5mm auxiliary input and a rear-panel stereo RCA auxiliary input for connecting external portable audio sources to the head unit. The front-panel 3.5mm auxiliary input is located behind a rubber cover.

    iPod/iPhone Ready: This unit is equipped with an iPod/iPhone ready function that will allow you to control your iPod/iPhone using the head unit's front-panel buttons. The proprietary Jensen iPod Connecting Cable (522DABIPDL, sold separately) is required to connect your iPod/iPhone to the head unit's rear-panel proprietary iPod port. The iPod/iPhone power turns on automatically when an iPod is connected, as long a the vehicle ignition is turned on. The iPod/iPhone will continuously charge while connected when the vehicle ignition is turned on. The JHD1620 supports the following playback control for your iPod/iPhone: Play/Pause, Repeat/Random, Skip/Previous, Fast Forward/Rewind, and Category Search (Playlist/Artist/Album/Genre/Song). The unit will also display iPod/iPhone song & artist information. The Jensen JHD1620 and optional iPod cable is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of June 2010):

    iPod/iPhone Model Generation Media Type  Control Type Display Type Charge
    Audio Video head unit iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Text Track Info
    dock connector 3rd N N N N N N N
    click wheel
    color
    4th N N N N N N N
    mini 1st N N N N N N N
    2nd N N N N N N N
     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 Y
    5th Y N Y N Y Y Y
    6th Y N Y N Y Y Y
    touch 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 Y
    iPhone 2G Y N Y N Y Y Y
    3G Y N Y N Y Y Y
    3GS Y N Y N Y Y Y
    4 Y N Y N Y Y Y

    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until an newer software update is available.

    Remote Control

    Wireless Remote Ready: The Jensen Heavy Duty head unit is wireless remote ready (522REM10CC, sold separately). There is an IR receiver on the faceplate for use with the wireless remote.

    Public Announcement (PA) Feature: The Jensen JHD1620 supports a Public Announcement feature with the use of an optional microphone (sold separately). The head unit features a proprietary 4-pin port to be used with the optional Jensen microphone (available from manufacturer).

     
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    Never got it to work correctly

    Written By Joe, Faribault, Mn. on Wednesday, May 22, 2013
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    I had high hopes for this unit as I was only looking for a basic unit to provide aux input capability for my GMC Yukon. Unfortunately, I got heavy ignition noise if I plugged anything into the aux jack if that device was also connected to a charger. Checked the ground many times and even rand a special wire to the chassis to fix but never got it to work right. I have now replaced it with another radio.
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    5 out of 5

    Jensen Heavy Duty JHD1620B

    Written By Anonymous, Kalamazoo, MI on Friday, January 04, 2013
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    Well built unit with easy to understand controls. It's interesting to note, this is the same unit that John Deere offers in the deluxe cab unit tractors. If it's good enough for them ...you get the idea.
    Pros:
    Solid unit.
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    2 out of 5

    AM deficient.

    Written By JC, West Michigan on Tuesday, October 09, 2012
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    It's difficult to accurately use the "star rating" system here for "sound quality" as AM's quality is in question. Value: same notation. The "coolness factor" is a great rating! Part of the reason I bought this for my Jeep Liberty was the "Coolness" and its different look and better, larger buttons than all others that look pretty much the same. The weather radio part sounded great, too! I'm a broadcast station owner, and the combination of good build, ease of use, and weather sold me! HOWEVER...... I have to say, the AM section in this radio has the build of a $5 throw-away radio. For those who don't know, AM CAN sound beautiful, and does at our station. Wideband sound! But, like many HD radios (which this one is not) the AM section was designed to render only enough bandwidth (tone quality) to be almost tolerable on talk. All stations sounded like a remote broadcast at a radio station done over poor phone lines! No range at all. If you don't need AM, however the REST of the unit is great, including FM, dual inputs, lighting, RDS display, button size, all nice and a GREAT build! My thanks to the great people at Crutchfield who handled my return of this unit efficiently and politely! That's the beauty of doing business with the Crutchfield company.
    Pros:
    FM sound, Dual sets of inputs (front and back, use one at a time only, but convenient for permanent wiring (back) and guest use (front.) Nice display, Good RDS rendering without error in characters on weak signals, Easy to adjust.
    Cons:
    AM section is the worst I've ever heard in a radio. Sensitive, but unlistenable with very narrow bandwidth, not even suitable for talk-format stations. Does AM broadcasters a dis-service by being designed this way and will turn people who need long distance reception of AM's off to the band!
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    4 out of 5

    Pleased so far!

    Written By AndyB, SE Maryland on Monday, July 04, 2011
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    Installed in my '98 Wrangler. So far, very pleased! Solidly built, easy install, great sound. iPod interface works better than the OEM interfaces I've used. Nice clear display, controls are very intuitive. Only wish is that it had Bluetooth or some provision for Bluetooth expansion. Great stereo choice for a Jeep or any other vehicle where the stereo may be exposed to moisture and dust.
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    5 out of 5

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    Written By RegisX, West Palm Beach, Fl on Monday, November 22, 2010
     
    My car is an '86 Celebrity, so what can I say but that this radio is the best
    thing in it! I appreciate the radio's excellent functionality and design. The
    radio was so good, that I was driven to sign up for Sirius radio. Now my sound
    costs more than my car.
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