Marine digital media receiver with built-in Bluetooth®

  • JBL PRV170


  • JBL PRV170


  • JBL PRV170


  • JBL PRV170


  • JBL PRV170

  • JBL PRV170

Item #: 822PRV170

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by Jon Paulette

A new take on the marine receiver

JBL's PRV170 marine digital media receiver will change the way you listen to music on your boat — without forcing you to cut or change your boat.

This digital media receiver packs a lot of features into a compact design that fits into a standard tachometer opening. You'll enjoy AM/FM radio, of course, plus built-in Bluetooth that lets you stream music from your Android phone. You can also use the rear aux input for your music player, or plug a thumb drive into the rear USB port to enjoy your favorite music files.

The PRV170 includes two sets of rear-mounted preamp outputs, so you can expand your system with a marine amp in the future. The LED display tells you what you're listening to with just a glance, while the watertight, UV-stable face and controls will stand up to sun, salt and moisture when you're riding the waves.

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  • marine digital media receiver
  • built-in Bluetooth®
  • power: 20 watts RMS/45 peak x 4 channels
  • rear aux input
  • rear USB input
  • 4-channel preamp outputs
  • marine-rated watertight face
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
CEA-2006 Compliant No
RMS Power Output 20 watts
Peak Output 45 watts
RMS Power Bandwidth NotgivenHz
Preamp Outputs 4-channel
Sub Preamp Outputs No
Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
Video Screen No
Preamp Voltage 2 volts
Display Color White/Black
Key Button Color White
EQ Bands None
Wireless Remote Optional
Steering Wheel Control Compatible No
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
AUX Input Rear
USB Input Rear
Memory Card Slot USB
Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
Satellite Radio Ready No
HD Radio No
Navigation ---
iPod Compatibility
Full size N/A
Nano N/A
Touch N/A
Mini N/A
iPhone N/A
FM Sensitivity ---
European Tuning Yes
Seek/Scan Seek
Radio Data System No
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What's in the box?

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  • Marine Receiver (w/ attached wiring harness)
  • Trim ring (installed)
  • Aux/USB adapter (w attached 8' cable)
  • 41" USB extension cable (w/ a female USB type-A connector on one end and a male USB type-A connector on other end)
  • Antenna
  • U-bracket
  • Self-adhesive foam pad
  • Manual

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Marine Certified: The marine receiver has been engineered and tested for use in the harsh marine environment. The receiver features a solid aluminum chassis, front-panel protective gasket, and IP66 waterproof face. The receiver also meets or exceeds ASTM117 salt fog standards.

LCD Screen: The marine receiver features a single-line LCD screen with a white background and black text.

Audio Section: The marine receiver is equipped with a 45 Watts (Peak) x 4ch amplifier. The marine unit is also fitted with two pair of RCA outputs to connect an external amplifier or powered subwoofer. The marine receiver features 5 preset EQ modes - Flat, Classic, Pop, Rock, or Off. The marine head unit also offers independent Bass & Treble control; plus Balance & Fade adjustment. When listening to music at low volume levels, the Loudness feature will boost the bass & treble response. Every time a button is pressed the unit output a beep tone (this can be turned off).

AM/FM Tuner: The marine receiver features a built-in AM/FM tuner with manual, seek, and preset tuning. You can select either US or European tuning. The marine unit provides 3 FM banks and 2 AM banks. Each AM/FM bank can hold up to 6 station presets, proving you with 18 FM station presets and 12 AM station presets. Stations can be stored manually or automatically.

Bluetooth Audio Streaming: The marine receiver supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth enabled audio player or smartphone. The marine receiver will be able to control basic playback functions of your Bluetooth device's stored music; such as Play/Pause, Skip Next/Previous, Fast Forward/Rewind and Random/Repeat. The marine unit also supports audio streaming of music apps downloaded on your smartphone with limited control. Advanced music control of your music apps will still need be done via your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone. This unit does not display song/artist information.

Note: This unit does not support Bluetooth hands-free communication for making and answering phone calls.

USB Port: The Marine receiver is equipped with a rear-panel USB (type-A) port attached to the chassis by a 7" pigtail. The USB port allows you to connect a USB thumbdrive. The unit supports audio playback & control of MP3/WMA audio files stored on a compatible USB thumbdrive. The unit offers Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Reverse, Previous/Next Track, and Random/Repeat playback functions. The Intro Scan feature allows you to locate and play the first 10 seconds of each MP3/WMA track on a USB stick. This unit will also display song/artist information.

Note: Media devices, such as smartphones and MP3 players, should be connected to the Marine receiver via Bluetooth or Aux input.

Aux Input: This unit features a rear mounted, stereo RCA auxiliary input on a 6" pigtail so you can connect an external audio source. An RCA-to-Minijack cable (sold separately) will be required for the connection of a portable audio player with a headphone jack output.

USB/Aux Adapter: The included USB/Aux adapter provides easy connection and disconnection of your USB thumbdrive and portable MP3 players. This adapter features an 8' cable terminated by a male USB (type-A) connector and male stereo RCA connectors which plug into the marine receiver's rear-panel USB port and Aux input. On the other end of the cable is a housing which contains a female USB (type-A) port and 3.5mm minijack input which can be mounted in a more convenient location. The USB/Aux adapter is designed to be flush-mounted and requires a cut-out of 1.315" (diameter) x 1.9375" (depth). A plastic collar locks the adapter into place. An integrated rubber cover protects the connections from the marine environment.

Mounting Options: The marine receiver requires a round cutout in the bulkhead for inserting the chassis. The integrated protective gasket, supplied U-bracket, and integrated hardware secure the unit in place against the mounting surface. Receiver dimensions:

  • Chassis: 3.305" (diameter) x 3.5" (depth)
  • Face-Plate: 4.265" (diameter x 1.0625" (depth)
  • Cutout: 3.305" (diameter) x 3.5" (depth)
Note: The receiver is round and does not include a mounting sleeve or ISO-mount screw holes to accommodate standard automotive installation.
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4 out of 5

Best option for guage mounting

Written By Jpullen, Tampa, FL on Sunday, March 30, 2014
I had an extra spot on my gauge cluster and I wanted a radio that would kind of blend into it and I didn't want to mount a bulky single din radio elsewhere. This radio is perfect for that. It handles water fine and once you understand how to use it, it works well. The Bluetooth and radio is all I use it for so I can't speak for the USB portion. I struggled to pair the Bluetooth portion the first time because I wasn't reading the manual close enough, it's not as intuitive as I would have expected. The buttons require a bit more pressure than you would expect as well but I assume that helps it deal with water. My unfortunately major problem with this unit is that the darn back light is always on and it can not be dimmed. No problem during the day but I really like to fish at night so it is way too bright mounted by my gauges and I have to turn it off while I'm driving which is annoying enough for me to get a regular radio. It is also lightly larger than my other standard gauges and it sticks out quite a bit more doesn't "blend" as much as I thought. And because of the small size and rugged construction it doesn't have a lot of buttons so to handle that you have to learn what the buttons do in each mode not really a big deal but when you invite others on the boat they don't know how to control the radio and it's not intuitive enough for people to just figure it out by playing with it. Overall this is the best option out there for a gauge style marine radio I would recommend it.
Bluetooth, rugged
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5 out of 5


Written By David, Gulfport, MS on Friday, July 19, 2013
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I wanted a head unit that was rugged, with a water tight face and that could live up to the harsh environment of salt water, moisture, sun and sand. This unit delivered! So far it's taken the abuse of dirty fish handling fingers, salt water spray from running around on 3-4 foot swells, rain and sun. The JBL PRV 170 offers exactly what I was looking for In ruggedness and provides good looks and good sound to match. I'm using it to run a set of Polk marine components and they sound great! The description on the Internet is misleading because it says it only has one set of pre-amp outputs however it actually has two- one for the front and one for the rear speakers. See unboxing video uploaded on youtube. I specially love the Bluetooth connectivity, heavy duty push buttons and small footprint. I would definitely buy it again and strongly recommend it.
Small, Bluetooth, waterproof face, rugged, expansion options; USB, preamp outputs, etc.
The mode select button, and selection arrow buttons take about 1- 2 seconds to respond. If your not used to this it makes you think that the button press didn't work or that the selection didn't register. This delay has sometimes made me press the button twice. By the time the first press takes effect i move my hand and then the second press takes affect. However I did notice that most radios are like this, my wife's car stereo takes about one to two seconds to register a station change.
Crutchfield response on Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Thanks for your review. We have updated the information on the product to correctly show 2-pair of preamp outputs.
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3 questions already asked

Does it have a clock? [ Jeff  Mar 04, 2014 ]
2 answers
  • yes [ GEORGON   Mar 07, 2014 ]
  • This unit does not have a clock. [ KIRBY   Mar 04, 2014 ]
In the overview, it mentions that you can use the bluetooth function to connect to an android phone. There is no mention of using an iPod. Under the specs, anything about an iPod is marked as "N/A". My question is, "Will I be able to connect my iPhone, iPod, iPad or any bluetooth enabled iOS device or is it just android? [ Houseboater  Dec 31, 2013 ]
2 answers
  • Myself and several of my friends that have iPhone 5 cannot connect to the bluetooth on this machine [ Brad S   Mar 19, 2014 ]
  • I use my specifically with my iPhone 4S. Haven't had any problems with it and love it this far. Running 2 6 1/2" speakers and an 8" 100 watt powered bazooka tube. I will say it would be best to actually read the manual when doing initial syncing with phone or iPod. Hope this helps. Enjoy [ JOSHUA C   Jan 02, 2014 ]
Does this need an amp to power two speakers or is the am built in? [ Don  Dec 30, 2013 ]
1 answer
  • This has a built in amplifier: power: 20 watts RMS/45 peak x 4 channels [ Jeff Staff  Dec 30, 2013 ]

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