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Marine digital media receiver with built-in Bluetooth® (does not play CDs)

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A compact receiver with plenty of power


This compact receiver fits into a standard gauge opening

JBL's PRV-175 marine digital media receiver will change the way you listen to music on your boat — without forcing you to modify your vessel. This multimedia 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 smartphone. 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.

The PRV-175 features a set of rear-mounted preamp outputs, so you can expand your system with a marine amp in the future. The LED display lets you see 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.

Bluetooth note: Use of this receiver's Bluetooth features will depend upon your phone's Bluetooth capabilities. Learn more in our article explaining Bluetooth profiles.

Product Highlights:

  • marine digital media receiver (does not play CDs)
  • built-in Bluetooth® for music streaming
  • built-in amp (20 watts x 4 RMS/45 peak x 4 channels)
  • marine-rated watertight face
  • fits into a standard tachometer opening
  • inputs: rear USB input, rear aux input
  • outputs: 2-channel preamp outputs
  • required cutout: 3-3/8" (diameter) x 3-5/16" (depth)
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

JBL PRV-175 Reviews

Average Customer Review:

6 Reviews

Nice little unit

Written by: Anonymous from Columbus, OH on May 31, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Nice little unit. Compact and durable. Installed in my side by side.

Pros: Easy to use. Weather proof connectors.

Cons: None yet


Written by: Eric from Florida on March 15, 2015

I purchased this for use on my motorcycle. I had issues with a standard dash mount CD player type, and thought this would be a good replacement and have always been fond of JBL products. I reconfigured my fairing, and installation was a breeze... Was pretty excited. Became quite disappointed when as I was holding the volume button, the unit shut a matter of fact, anytime I held a button down, the unit powered off. Thought I got a bad unit. Returned and replaced it, reinstalled, and the same issue. Figured I could deal with it, as I was only using Bluetooth feature, not the radio. After a few weeks, the Bluetooth feature stopped working, aux inputs would not work, and pressing of the selector buttons turns the unit off. Maybe the vibration is too much for the unit, but I figured it would get as much of a beating, if not more in marine application. I would not recommend this least in motorcycle applications.

Pros: Easy installation.

Cons: Need to read the small print in the item description.... USB does not support iPhone or iPad, only USB. Other issues as noted above.

Stealthy Unit

Written by: Badgaz from Mandeville, Louisiana on December 2, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Who listens to CD's now days? Perfect unit to Bluetooth Pandora or other music sources not to mention the USB connection. Just load a jump drive and rock & roll while you troll! Although the compact design doesn't take up a lot of room on the console it's not short of bells and whistles. The big display is easy to read, large buttons and it's rugged design as well as all of the built in the features is everything you need for music on the water.

Pros: Big display is easy to read, large buttons and rugged design as well as all of the built in the features.

Cons: "Beep" mode is not loud enough?

Basic, powerful, exterior grade rig!

Written by: AdamE. from Cape Cod, MA on October 2, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Ideal rig if you don't intend to play CDs. Shallow installation with a single bracket to hold the unit in place. Plug and play wiring and crimp wiring make install a breeze. Featurewise, it's bare bones with no EQ or even Bass/Treble/Loudness. Bluetooth range is not much more than about ten feet. Mine's installed in my motorhome so I just put my phone on a shelf next to the JBL and forget about it.



JBL Quality Top To Bottom

Written by: kid from West Coast Fla on July 5, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

My review will perhaps mirror a previous post,but it is what it is.First of all,there are other marine units very similar to the PRV 175 out there on the market.With some in depth reading and also my heavy bias toward all JBL audio, I chose the 175.Although all had similar faceplate layouts,the competitors had an overall cheaper appearance.I can say that the JBL quality comes through with sturdy buttons and an easy to read display.Fortunately the 175 has easily paired up with all three different bluetooth devices that I have tried.I do have a slight humm while bluetooth is playing,but it could possibly be a grounding issue on my end.It is however crystal clear,utilizing a corded patch with USB and the 3.5mm plug-in.I purchased a JL Audio XMC-USB plug in for my USB and 3.5mm wired connection point.It's an expensive, but nice addition.I'm sure there are others out there that may be cheaper,but in all fairness, the JL Audio product is heavy duty pro quality.Both the PRV-175 stereo and the plug unit were easy installs using the correct size hole saw for each.Overall, this is a top quality,handsome unit with enough power to drive a 4 ohm / 4 channel speaker set up, but runs a little shy of the punch to drive an 8 ohm / 4 ch setup.On the downside,navigation for sound tweaking can be confusing.The unit also runs so hot (on the underside) that I cant touch it for more than about 4 seconds.Hot enough for me to re-route some wiring out of concern.Can't comment on FM reception.

Pros: Great looks.Looks awesome installed. Appears to be weather tight. Has a display dimmer for night operation. Easy to read display. Bluetooth pairing has been a breeze.

Cons: The PRV-175 seems to run a little on the hot side Like with all bluetooth's, only one stereo can pair up at a time. i.e. you cant pair your stereo and your buddies stereo at one time.Same with bluetooth speakers. That is why bluetooth capable speakers are sold one speaker at a time. (not JBL's problem, it's just how bluetooth works and it's limitation). Only 2 RCA outs Adjusting Bass,Treble,Fade , L & R can get confusing. Buy a hole saw for cutouts if you don't have one. Requires ext USB &

Nice unit

Written by: Patrick from Central VA on June 20, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Nice unit. Instantly paired with my Razor HD (bluetooth). Connections seem to be of high quality. I connected this to a 60/4 JL Audio amp and it sounds FANTASTIC. It does sound a little better when connected to the phones with a cable but you lose the ability to control the phone with the 175. I purchased the USB/Headphone jack extension and really like it. Lost a star because it runs kind of warm, even with an external amp through the RCA output, so it doesn't defeat the internal amp when using external, apparently.

Pros: Sounds great.

Cons: Runs a little hot...I hope it holds up.

Hands-on research

What's in the box?

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  • Marine Receiver (w/ attached wiring harness)
  • Wiring harness extension
  • U-bracket
  • Self-adhesive foam gasket
  • 2 Mount bolts
  • 2 Hex-head screws
  • 4 Flanged-head screws
  • 2 Lock-washers
  • Manual

Features and Specs

CEA-2006 Compliant No
RMS Power Output 20 watts
Peak Output 45 watts
RMS Power Bandwidth NotgivenHz
Preamp Outputs 2-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
Audio/video Input
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

Product Research


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 a set 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). You can also program the unit's turn-on volume.

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 automatically, six for each band, using the APS (Auto Preset Store) button. You'll also be able to use the Preset Scan function to quickly scan through all of your presets.

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 6" 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.

Optional Wired Remote: You can add the MIL-HBREM handle-bar wired remote control (822HBREM, sold separately). It comes with flexible rubber inserts to fit most motorcycle handle-bars from 0.875" o 1.375". The MIL-HBREM handle-bar wired remote control offers the following push-button controls for your compatible marine stereo receiver.

  • Power On/Off
  • Mode (Source Selection)
  • Volume Up/Down
  • Mute
  • Seek Up/Down (press once for Previous Next/Track or press-and-hold for Fast Forward/Rewind)

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

  • Chassis: 3.305" (diameter) x 3.3125" (depth)
  • Face-Plate: 4.245" (diameter x 1.1875" (depth)
  • Cutout: 3.365" (diameter) x 3.3125" (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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Customer Q&A

7 questions already asked

I am pretty sure that it is designed only for 12 vdc (11 to 15 vdc). If you want to run 12 v products on a 24 v system, they do make converters that will step 24 vdc to 12 vdc. They are not cheap, but it is the safest way to do the voltage step down. [ OSTAR / KEVIN  Jan 19, 2016 ]
Not sure. I installed two units on my sailboat down in the BVI's and they are fantastic! I know that they make inexpensive power converters (voltage reducer) that take a 24v power source and convert it to a higher amp 12 v power output. Many off road sites have them. Hope that helps! [ Alfred  Jan 18, 2016 ]
If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: Or try our online support center: [ Krissy  Sep 02, 2015 ]  Staff
No idea. This rig is normally operated remotely by an iphone or other device. I didn't even know there was a remote available. I love the JBL and once I connect via Bluetooth I run most everything with my phone - I rarely have to touch the unit for anything other than to turn it on and off. [ Adam  Jul 28, 2015 ]
I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: The unit supports 2 channel RCA preamp outputs to connect to a powered subwoofer, which has a built-in amplifier, or to an external amplifier which matches the subwoofer. The JBL unit does not have subwoofer control or crossover points so you'll need to use the crossover built-in the powered subwoofer or amplifier. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy  Jul 15, 2015 ]  Staff
Good question. Mine is mounted on the outside of a motorhome so it never sees more than about 90 degrees Fahrenheit. I'd ask the guys at JBL before dropping $220. [ Adam  Jun 22, 2015 ]
I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: The JBL PRV-175 only plays MP3 or WMA files from a thumbdrive. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy  May 11, 2015 ]  Staff
If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: Or try our online support center: [ Jeff  May 21, 2014 ]  Staff