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JBL PRV-175

Marine digital media receiver with built-in Bluetooth®

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by Jon Paulette
JBL

A compact receiver with plenty of power

JBL PRV175

Fits into a standard tach 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.

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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

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

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Features

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 manually or automatically. 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.

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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4 out of 5

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Written By kid, West Coast Fla on Saturday, July 05, 2014
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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 &
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4 out of 5

Nice unit

Written By Patrick, Central VA on Friday, June 20, 2014
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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.
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1 question already asked

Boat Installation: Should the red power wire be attached directly to the battery or should i connect it the positive bus so when i turn the battery switch to off the radio turns off? [ Tarpon  May 19, 2014 ]
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  • 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: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Jeff Staff  May 21, 2014 ]

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