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JVC KD-X40

Digital media receiver (Factory Refurbished)

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Item #: 905KDX40
 

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Our take on the JVC KD-X40

by Jon Paulette

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 digital media receiver will not play CDs. If you want to play CDs in your vehicle, we offer a wide selection of CD receivers.

CDs — who needs 'em?

Got all your tunes on an iPod®, iPhone®, or another player? JVC designed the KD-X40 digital media receiver to get the most out of your digital music collection. It doesn't play CDs, but in your car, it doesn't need to.

Do more with your USB connection

JVC upped the power in their USB port, which lets you keep a smartphone charged while it's performing many battery-draining tasks at once. And with your smartphone connected, you can listen to your phone's internal memory as one source and access the little microSD card as another.

Of course, you can still play your iPod like before. Just connect your player to a USB slot and you're good to go. You can dive into your music library using the KD-X40's controls, and enjoy better sound quality than you get with an auxiliary input connection. With your iPhone connected, you can also stream PANDORA® Internet Radio through a free iPhone app.

Separated Variable Color display

The KD-X40 features a super cool display that lets you change the colors on the controls independent from those on the screen — with over 30,000 possible shades per side. You can match your receiver to your dash, support your favorite team, or just make a statement.

Expansion possibilities

It's always good to keep your options open, and this JVC is ready when you want to expand your system. You can talk hands-free on your compatible phone with the help of JVC's Bluetooth® adapter (not included). You'll find that the two sets of preamp outputs make it easier to add and control amps and subs, plus you can switch one set over to subwoofer mode and adjust your bass on the fly. You'll also get two auxiliary inputs for hooking up more gear, like a Dock & Play satellite radio.

Want to keep your steering wheel controls?

In most vehicles, you can use an adapter to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this JVC stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and the JVC, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. Check the "Accessories" tab for compatible adapters.

iPod note:

If you're going to use your iPod with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility with this receiver or its optional iPod adapter.

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Highlights:

    General features:
    • digital media receiver with AM/FM tuner (does not play CDs)
    • USB 1A connection charges devices faster
    • built-in iPod control
    • control PANDORA® via an iPhone app
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (20 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • Separated Variable Color display (set different colors for display and controls)
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • 24-bit digital-to-analog converter
    • high- and low-pass filters
    • 3-band parametric equalizer
    Expandability:
    • compatible with JVC's Bluetooth adapter
    • inputs: front USB port, front and rear auxiliary inputs
    • outputs: 4-channel preamp outputs (2.5-volt front, rear/subwoofer)
    Other features and specs:

    Hands-on research from the Crutchfield Labs (what are the Labs?)

    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant
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    Yes
    RMS Power Output
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    20 watts
    Peak Output
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    50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth
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    20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs
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    4-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs
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    No
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs
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    Yes
    Preamp Voltage
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    2.5 volts
    Display Color
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    Variable
    Key Button Color
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    Variable
    EQ Bands
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    3
    Wireless Remote
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    Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible
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    Adapter required
    Parts Warranty
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    90 Days
    Labor Warranty
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    90 Days
    Expandability
    AUX Input
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    Front/Rear
    USB Input
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    Front
    Memory Card Slot
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    USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible
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    Optional
    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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    Classic/5Gen
    Nano
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    Nano7/Nano6/Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/
    Touch
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    Touch5/Touch4/Touch3/Touch2/To
    Mini
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    No
    iPhone
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    Phone5/Phone4S/Phone4/Phone3GS
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity
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    9.3 dBf
    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?

    • Refurbished digital media receiver (with 10-amp ATC fuse inserted into chassis)
    • Face (attached)
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Trim ring (installed)
    • Wiring harness
    • Wireless remote control (RM-RK52)
    • CR2025 3V Lithium battery (installed)
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • Instructions (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • Installation/Connection Manual (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • US Warranty Sheet
    • Canadian Warranty Card
    • Product Registration Card/Questionnaire
    • "Caution!" note (attached to wiring harness)

    Our Product Research Team

    At Crutchfield, you'll get detailed, accurate information that's hard to find elsewhere. That's because we have our own in-house Product Research team — they open the box, verify contents, check the owner's manual, and record dimensions, features and specs. We stay on top of new products and technologies to help people make informed choices.

    Digital Media Receiver
    Front-Panel USB Port
    iPod Control w/ Pandora
    Dual Auxiliary Inputs
    Optional Bluetooth
    AM/FM Tuner
    Audio Section
    Display Features
    Remote Control

    Digital Media Receiver

    Overview: The JVC KD-X40 is a digital media receiver which supports a variety of audio sources such as the Apple iPod and iPhone, USB memory devices loaded with MP3/WMA music, and almost any portable audio player via the unit's dual auxiliary inputs. The JVC digital media receiver also offers a built-in AM/FM tuner and supports Pandora Internet Radio (via iPhone) so you can listen to your favorite radio stations and online music. In addition, the JVC KD-X40 supports Bluetooth audio streaming and Bluetooth hands-free communication via optional adapter (sold separately). The KD-X40 comes with an IR wireless remote control and supports steering wheel remote control (via optional adapter, sold separately).

    Note: The JVC KD-X40 digital media receiver does not feature a CD mechanism and does not support CD-changer controls.

    Front-Panel USB Port

    USB 2.0 Port: The JVC KD-X40 features a front-panel USB 2.0 (type-A) port behind a sliding cover for connection of a USB mass-storage class device. The USB port enables audio playback and control of MP3/WMA audio files stored on a USB (MSC) device.

    Note: You cannot connect a USB device via a USB hub or Multi-Card Reader to this unit.

    Playable Files: The JVC KD-X40 supports the following types of MP3/WMA files loaded onto a USB mass storage class device. The USB device must be formatted in FAT 12/16/32. The digital media receiver can support up to a total of 65,025 files, 255 folders, and 255 filer per folder.

    File Type File Extension Bit Rate Sampling Frequency Tags
    MP3 .mp3 8-320 kbps 8, 11.025, 12, 16, 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1, 48 kHz ID3 tag (version 1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4)
    WMA .wma 32-192 kbps 32, 44.1, 48 kHz WMA tag

    ID3/WMA Tags: The unit also supports ID3 and WMA tags for display of album and artist information. The unit can display up to 60 characters.

    Track/Folder List: The Track/Folder List displays a list of MP3/WMA folders and tracks on a connected USB memory device, so you can easily access your music.

    Playback Modes: In addition to Normal playback, you can select from Repeat and Random playback modes.

    • Repeat: Repeat current track or current folder.
    • Random: Randomly play all tracks from a current folder, or all tracks on the USB (MSC) device.

    USB Charging: The head unit's USB connection provides 1A of current to power and charge your connected USB mass storage class device when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position.

    iPod Control w/ Pandora

    iPod/iPhone Direct: The JVC KD-X40's front-panel USB port also acts as an iPod/iPhone high-speed direct connection when used with the USB/iPod cable that came with your iPod/iPhone. An additional iPod cable is available (469USBPOD, sold separately) so you can leave one at home and one in the car. If you have an iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), or iPhone 5; use the Lighting-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect to the head unit. Using either cable allows audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of select iPod/iPhone models from the JVC in-dash head unit.

    iPod DAC Bypass: The USB connection allows your iPod/iPhone's stored music to be loaded instantly to the head unit and sound quality to be maximized through the head unit's 24-bit D/A converter, allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 80dB. The JVC head unit supports audio playback of music, podcasts, audiobooks, and music apps stored on your iPod or iPhone.

    iPod/iPhone Control: You can choose to operate your iPod/iPhone through the JVC head unit's front-panel controls, from its clickwheel/touchscreen, or via a streamed app from your iPhone.

    • Head Unit: From the head unit's front-panel controls you can search for music by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Podcast, Genre, and Composer. Once a Playlist or Category is selected, the content is listed in alphabetical order. The KD-X40 also supports Repeat (file/all) and Random (album/all) playback functions of your iPod/iPhone.
    • iPod: You can choose to navigate your iPod or iPhone's stored music from its clickwheel or touchscreen, like you are accustomed to during normal usage.
    • External (App Mode): External Mode lets you enjoy audio content from your downloaded music Apps (such as iHeartRadio, SiriusXM, Last.fm, Rhapsody, & Slacker) and driver assistant Apps (such as Trapster) streamed to your Apple iPhone, through the JVC KD-X40. You will continue to use your iPhone's touchscreen to navigate and view your apps; the head unit will only display the clock and "EXT Mode".

    Note: Access to your iPhone's downloaded application will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet.

    Pandora App: The Pandora App (free) lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the JVC KD-X40 using your connected Apple iPhone, via the USB/iPod connector cable (included with your iPhone). The JVC KD-X40 provides control over the Pandora music service and displays Artist, Album, and Song information. You can select Pandora stations from your station list; you can sort the station list by date or A-Z. You can also skip song tracks within a station. In addition, you can also give songs a thumbs up/down and bookmark songs/artists. To access Pandora you must have an Apple iPhone (iOS 5.0 or later) with the latest version of the Pandora application from Apple's iTunes App Store. Your iPhone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. You will also need a Pandora music service account.

    Note: Access to the Pandora service will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.

    iPod Display: The KD-X40 will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information, when in Head Unit and iPod mode (not in External mode), or listening to Pandora Internet Radio. The head unit can display Track number, Elapsed playing time, Artist name, Song title, and Album label.

    iPod Charging: The head unit's USB connection provides 1A of current to power and charge your connected iPod/iPhone when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position. This unit does not charge the iPad. If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it.

    iPod Compatibility Chart: The JVC KD-X40 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 9/27/2013):

    iPod Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Pandora app Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod App mode Artist/Song Text Track Info
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N N Y Y N Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N N Y Y N Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    7th 1.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    4th 6.0 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    5th 7.0 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5C 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5S 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    2 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    3 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    4 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    mini 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y 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 a newer software update is available.

    Dual Auxiliary Inputs

    Dual Auxiliary Inputs: A front-panel & rear-panel stereo minijack are provided to allow the connection of portable audio sources. Simply connect your portable digital music player to either the unit's front or rear auxiliary input, and you can listen to the audio from the portable player through the speakers in your mobile audio system.

    Simultaneous Connection: The front-panel & rear-panel auxiliary connections are separate (independent) inputs, so you can connect two portable audio devices at once to the JVC head unit and select between sources. You can turn the front- and rear-panel auxiliary inputs On or Off.

    Optional Bluetooth

    Optional Bluetooth: The unit's rear-panel auxiliary input can also be used to connect JVC's KS-BTA100 Bluetooth Adapter (105KSBTA10, sold separately). The KS-BTA100 must be plugged into the rear-panel auxiliary input, and not the front-panel auxiliary input. The front-panel auxiliary input does not support Bluetooth. The KS-BTA100 gives you hands-free communication from your compatible Bluetooth mobile phone and wireless streaming audio from a Bluetooth enabled digital audio player. The optional JVC Bluetooth Adapter includes a super-sensitive microphone, an Answer/End button, and playback controls. The KD-X40 can be set to automatically mute any music audio to your vehicle's speakers so you can listen to your telephone call using your car speakers.

    Note: Not all Bluetooth devices will be compatible. Visit the JVC Mobile Entertainment Bluetooth Support Page for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled devices.

    AM/FM Tuner

    AM/FM Tuner: The JVC KD-X40 features a built-in AM/FM tuner with manual, seek, and preset tuning.

    Preset Tuning: You can store a total of 18 FM stations presets and 6 AM station presets. The radio allows you to set your AM/FM stations manually or automatically.

    Radio Timer: You can tune into a preset station at a specific time regardless of the head unit's current source. You can activate the Radio Timer once, daily, or turn it completely off.

    IF Filter: You can also switch the tuner's IF filter to Wide or Auto to increase/decrease the sensitivity.

    Mono: If an analog FM stereo broadcast is hard to receive, you can manually switch the tuner to Mono operation.

    US/European Tuning: You can set the built-in AM/FM tuner between US standard and European tuning spacing.

    Audio Section

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The JVC KD-X40 utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The KD-X40 is equipped with a MOSFET amplifier. Compared to conventional power supplies, the MOSFET amplification circuit is smaller and more efficient, and it delivers increased power with less distortion and absolutely zero on/off switching noise. More power means louder and cleaner music at higher volumes because you're not pushing the limits of the amplification circuit.

    CEA2006 Compliant: The power specifications for the KD-X40 are compliant with the CEA2006 Mobile Amplifier Power Testing and Measurement standards from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). These standards were developed as a way to equitably compare power specs from model to model and between manufacturers. The power output specs for the KD-X40 are as follows:

    • CEA2006 Specs: 20 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, 1% THD-N)
    • Maximum Power Output: 50 watts x 4 channels (200 total watts)

    Amplifier Gain Control: When you are using the KD-X40 with factory speakers (or those rated to less than 50 watts peak), the Amplifier Gain Control can limit the amount of power being sent to those speakers. When the Amp Gain Control is set to "low," the volume control ranges from 0 (minimum) to 30 (maximum). When using speakers rated higher than 50 watts peak, you can set the Amp Gain Control to "high," and the volume control will range from 0 to 50.

    Volume Adjust: The input level of each source (other than FM) is adjustable relative to the FM radio volume, so there isn't a significant volume difference when changing sources. Each source is individually adjustable from -5 to +5.

    Pro EQ: The KD-X40 is equipped with JVC's Pro EQ. The integrated equalizer offers 7 preset sound modes (Flat, Natural, Dynamic, Vocal Boost, Bass Boost, User) suitable for the music genre of your choice. The User mode allows you to manually adjust the head unit's 3-band parametric EQ (Frequency, Level, and Q-Factor).

    Pro EQ
    Frequency Level Q
    Bass 60, 80, 100, 200 Hz +/- 12 dB (-6 to +6) 1.0, 1.25, 1.5, 2.0
    Midrange 0.5, 1.0, 1.5, 2.5 kHz +/- 12 dB (-6 to +6) 0.75, 1.0, 1.25
    Treble 10.0, 12.5, 15.0, 17.5 khz +/- 12 dB (-6 to +6) Fixed

    Source Link EQ: This feature allows you to store Pro EQ bass, middle and treble tone settings for each source (AM/FM, Aux, USB, iPod, and Pandora).

    Loud (Loudness): This feature boosts low and high frequencies to produce a well-balanced sound at a low volume level. You can turn this feature on or off.

    2.5V/4CH Preamp Output: The KD-X40 is equipped with two pair of 2.5V preamp outputs (Front, Rear/SW). You can set the Rear/SW preamp outputs for connecting a pair of full-range rear speakers (through an external amplifier) or for connecting a subwoofer (through an external amplifier). When set for rear speakers, the rear outputs operate with the unit's fader control. When set for subwoofer, the outputs are non-fading.

    Subwoofer Controls: When the unit's Rear/SW preamp output is set to Subwoofer, you can adjust the head unit's subwoofer level between 0 to 8 (separate from the main volume level). You can also adjust the low-pass filter and activate a high-pass filter.

    • Low-Pass Filter: When the unit's Rear/SW preamp output is set to Subwoofer, you can set the cutoff frequency of the low-pass filter at 55Hz, 85Hz, or 120Hz.
    • High-Pass Filter: When the unit's Rear/SW preamp output is set to Subwoofer, you can also activate a high-pass filter (fixed at low-pass filter frequency) for the unit's front & rear channels (speaker- or preamp-level), so low frequency signals are cut off from your system's front & rear speakers.

    Key-Touch Tone: The in-dash head unit provides an audible beep to confirm button operation. This function can be turned On or Off.

    Display Features

    Variable Color LCD & Key Illumination: The JVC KD-X40 features 29 color presets for the LCD and button illumination. You can choose one of these color presets or select the ColorFlow mode which scrolls through all 29 color presets. Additionally, there is a User preset, allowing you to individually adjust the intensity of Red, Green, and Blue from 0 to 31; resulting in approximately 30,000 custom color options. The chosen color preset or custom color can be applied to the display panel and the backlighting for all the buttons. You can choose to use the same color for the LCD display and button illumination, or use a separate color for each one. You can also select a different color for daytime and nighttime in regards to the unit's LCD and button illumination.

    Brightness: The unit offers an adjustable display and button illumination brightness level (0-31) for day and nighttime driving.

    Display/Button Illumination Dimmer: The display/button illumination dimmer can be set to Off (normal brightness at all times), On (display/button illumination is always dimmed), or Auto (display dims when 12-volts is applied to the orange/white illumination lead).

    Mounting Angle: For proper operation, you must install the unit within 30-degrees of horizontal.

    Remote Control

    Wireless Remote Control: The KD-X40 comes supplied with a wireless remote control (RM-RK52). The remote contains Attenuator, Sound, Source, Tracking, and Volume functions. The remote operates off of a single CR2025 3V Lithium-cell battery (included).

    Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The head unit features an OEM steering wheel remote control input wire (blue/yellow) within the included wiring harness that lets you keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with an optional steering wheel audio control adapter (sold separately). Please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.

     
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    5 out of 5

    JVC media player kd-x40

    Written By wilbrrr, atlanta ga on Monday, November 18, 2013
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    This item replaces a 20 year old delco system that had a "performance sound system with factory sub amp. THERE IS NO COMPARISON! This item has totally eclipsed the old one.
    Pros:
    SOUND QUALITY!
    Cons:
    Takes a minute to figure out the menus. Does everything and cures yur asthma too ! :]
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    5 out of 5

    Great

    Written By Jack, Milford on Saturday, November 16, 2013
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    Great replacement for stock sounds great
    Pros:
    Connectivity to my iPhone. Sound
    Cons:
    Little difficult to get used to without reading the manual
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    4 out of 5

    does the job

    Written By Mike, South Florida on Monday, June 03, 2013
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    I put one in my 2000 Ranger. Came back to Crutchfield to get one for my 2001 just to find out that it's discontinued and out of stock. I used it with my iPod, until the iPod died. Still have the USB as a source though. The iPod navigation controls were a little time consuming, which is bad while driving. The worst thing about it is the crap adapter unit to mount it in the dash, but that's not the unit.
    Pros:
    Reliable, good looking unit.
    Cons:
    iPod controls aren't the best.
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    5 out of 5

    Excelent head unit. nothing wrong yet!

    Written By mattintc, boyne city on Thursday, March 14, 2013
     
    Well to start off the people that got mad because it was to complex for them or the lights where to flashy apparently has never owned a JVC before. This is a unit that is hard to get used to but after you get past that its amazing! i cant imagine screwing with a USB stick. Id much rather stick to an ancient ipod since it still works. But with this head unit i noticed that it is much like my other JVC head unit which i absolutely love!
    Pros:
    It has many many features and sounds pretty good for such a cheap head unit
    Cons:
    Maybe the complexity of it.
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    5 out of 5

    sounds good

    Written By Jadd, Sparks, NV on Thursday, December 13, 2012
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    Replaced an old Clarion deck in my off road truck. Thing I like about it is, one its inexpensive for what you get, second, I like there is no CD player. Who uses CD's anymore, and this is an off road truck, I dont want the cd skipping every time I hit something on the trail.
    Pros:
    Sound great matched with after market speakers, even made stock speakers sound better. There is no faceplate. sounds like it should be a con right? I say no, for one who takes their faceplate off after the first few weeks, the other reason I say its a pro: when off-roading, the one on my Clarion would vibrate its way open and eventually it broke off. It would fall off unless I was on smooth pavement.
    Cons:
    The capacity of the thumb drive you can use could be higher. The remote is tiny, i can see losing it easy. Its about the size of your key fob. but not practical to use on a key ring. Another line on the display would be nice too.
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    4 out of 5

    Best radio for the price

    Written By Mandinga925, Miami, FL on Monday, December 10, 2012
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    Excellent radio for the price. The operation can get a bit tricky with the usb aux connection. Overall an excellent system for the price. Very pleased with the purchase
    Pros:
    Great sound, built in amp sounds like it's very well built.
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    3 out of 5

    Affordable, but disappointing iPhone integration

    Written By JAG, Fairfax, VA on Wednesday, November 28, 2012
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    Bought this as a replacement to my factory radio after my last iphone adapter broke. The display is OK, although the interface leaves something to be desired. The menu options aren't very intuitive, nor is the ability to switch between various sources. The look is fine, and it's nice to be able to change the color scheme to match my car, both for day and night views.

    My biggest gripe is the iphone integration. It's extremely disappointing. When you plug in your iPhone, it immediately starts playing the first song (alphabetically) on your device. Even if you were listening to something else recently (or listening to music from another app), it instantly starts playing when you plug it in. I contacted JVC and they say there's no way to change this, so you're stuck with the stereo blasting out whatever is at the top of your itunes. Really a shame.
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KD-X40

    Written By John, Boston, MA. on Tuesday, November 13, 2012
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    Just what I wanted, No CD, No tape, just a radios, a USB and a front and back auxillary ports (there is more in the back). The sound is good, the signals are strong, much better than the factory unit. Just what I was looking for and at a good price. The special came with the installation kit at no extra cost. This unit was not listed as a fit for my car as it did not meet the clearance criteria of the Crutchfield engineers, An advisor suggested it when I said that the fit units were above my price points or were not getting good ratings, This lengthened my search.
    Pros:
    Just what I was looking for with an installation kit to boot.
    Cons:
    None with this unit.
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    5 out of 5

    Nice Unit

    Written By Billybob, Ohio on Wednesday, November 07, 2012
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    Nice unit easy install no issues
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    5 out of 5

    Jve Kd-X40

    Written By kristen, Avon, NY on Thursday, November 01, 2012
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    Since I so not have a vehicle with a sync system this is the best thing. I love having the remote too. So easy to just push the buttons and keep my eyes on the road.
    Cons:
    Only con is that you really can not just select the artist you want using the usb but if you have the ipod hooked up that is taken care of.
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    4 out of 5

    works with some setup

    Written By pmt, Wisconsin on Wednesday, October 31, 2012
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    I bought a 32gb usb stick to use with this unit. The unit can only see 255 songs in a directory, so I had to create about 25 subdirectories on my usb stick and divide my library between them all. That was a bit of a chore.
    Pros:
    Works great w/ my Ipod.
    Cons:
    Needed to use an interface box to make it work w/ my steering wheel controls
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    2 out of 5

    So So

    Written By Dave, Florida on Thursday, October 25, 2012
     
    Was purchased to replace an aging eight year old Pioneer unit.

    When using a thumb drive the folder up down buttons work in reverse - pressing the down arrow button goes up in the folder tree, while pressing the up arrow button goes down in the folder tree. A reset of the unit did not change this behavior.

    Scroll feature - when placed in Scroll Auto mode - the ID3 tags are supposed to scroll every five seconds - well they do and they don't. They will scroll if you have the Display set to show a tag, but if you have the display to show either the clock or the elasped time of the track - it only scrolls once and then goes to the time display.

    ID3 Tags - It only shows the Album, Artist and song title, no other tags. I would have liked it to have a menu and allow me to pick and choose what tags to display along with file and folder names as well. The old Pioneer showed more.

    Since it is a digital media player I would have thought it should behave like most personal MP3 players when using a thumb drive. But it doesn't.

    Will not allow you to pick a genre, playlist, artist, albums, or songs. Yes you can scroll through the folders on the thumb drive - attempting to find what you want - but if you are using a 16gig thumb drive it will take some time. Though you really should be watching the road.

    Only supports WMA and MP3 formats on the thumb drive. If you like WAV, FLAC or OGG format - sorry they won't play.

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    Pros:
    I understand it takes time to build the database (my mp3 players anyway) and that may be why JVC chose not to have this unit behave like an mp3 player. Though they could have set the unit to begin playing a song from the thumb drive while the database was being created. If you only intend to use it with your mp3 player then it will probably be OK for you. Otherwise pay closer attention to what the manual has to say.
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    4 out of 5

    kd-x40

    Written By p@, columbvia, sc on Wednesday, October 24, 2012
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    a great value for the price.
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    5 out of 5

    Awesome Unit!!

    Written By Anonymous, Delano, TN on Monday, October 15, 2012
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    This unit was just what i was looking for. I needed a stereo that would play my Ipod and charge it at the same time and I found it. I have been using it for about 3 weeks now and no problems. If you are looking for an inexpensive upgrade to your factory stereo this is the one, it works great and installed easy. I installed it into my F-150 in about 45 minutes and my next upgrade will be my door speakers, cant wait for that. Thank you Crutchfield for throwing in the mounting kit and wiring harness.
    Pros:
    Easy to Install, Great Sound, Love the Ipod controls
    Cons:
    none
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KD-X40 is a great product!

    Written By StevenJC, El Cajon, CA. on Sunday, October 14, 2012
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    The JVC KD-X40 is an all-in-one media center with everything you need to keep the party moving down the road. The usb feature alone was the factor that sold me on this unit but when I discovered that it had rca outputs, sound EQ, ipod display and controls, and a light price tag I just knew that this unit was the one for me. Look no further....Buy the JVC KD-X40. You will not be disappointed.
    Pros:
    IPOD display and controls, RCA output connections for adding additional amps, sound EQ, plenty of power, various color display configurations, and lots lots more.
    Cons:
    none.
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    5 out of 5

    Awesome

    Written By Anonymous, Pine Prairie, LA on Saturday, October 06, 2012
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    Great replacement stero for old factory system. It was a easy install since everthing was with it. The iphone port is what is the best part, besides the sound quality this radio.
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    3 out of 5

    OK...should have spent $20 more

    Written By Andrew, GA on Wednesday, October 03, 2012
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    For the price its not too bad but you get what you pay for. The EQ isnt very easy to use, you can set a custome preset EQ but you cant just adjust it on the fly...you have to go adjust your custom preset EQ or use one of the build in EQ settings like "Base", "vocal" "flat" etc.. You also cant adjust the speaker output from Left to right or front to back which I need for my kids (in our van). The USB input is good for ipods and iphones but it doesnt work with my Android phone so I need to connect it to the Auxiliary input. If you use Pandora it is ok but you cant thumbs up or thumbs down a song, just skip and pause/play. The install was easy in my 2000 Honda Odyssey, took about 1hr with the install kit from crutchfield. I do wish I spent about $20 or $30 more for a little better deck...this deck is sleek but sacrifices some functionality.
    Pros:
    Cheap, sleek, basic
    Cons:
    Too basic, too sleek with a sacrifice of needed buttons and
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    5 out of 5

    Attnetion Getter

    Written By SilentThunder, El Paso, Texas on Monday, October 01, 2012
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    I was so memorized with the variety of custom colors that I did not notice the unit was not CD compatible. But decided to install it regardless ... Looks great and sounds great. Came with everything I needed. My first time installing anything audio, and couldnt have been easier.
    Pros:
    MP3 and Aux compatible. Plenty of color choices to choose from for customization.
    Cons:
    Does not have specific buttons for radio stations
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    5 out of 5

    great radio

    Written By cbc9596, pembroke ma on Wednesday, September 26, 2012
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    This radio is very good and well worth the money. The radio is a bit long doesn't fit all the way in to car but fits enough. The sound that comes out is amazing a really noticible improvement from my old radio.
    Pros:
    Controls ipod so you don't need to fumble with ur ipod to change a song
    Cons:
    A bit too long
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    5 out of 5

    When is the last time you bought a CD?

    Written By DTP, Dallas, TX on Monday, September 24, 2012
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    I honestly cant remember the last time I purchased a CD. The deck was a perfect replacement from the factory deck in my Jeep. Easy instalation. A little disappointed in the remote. Doesnt give you full control. I did have to read the owners manual once to figure it all out, but that's why it came with one! Plenty of imputs. Built in high/low pass filter if you add a sub. If only the face detached!!! Then again, if someone steals it, I'm only out this much.
    Pros:
    inexspensive
    Cons:
    Remote is lacking, face doesnt detach
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    5 out of 5

    Nice digital media receiver for the money!

    Written By DrunkenIronOx, WA on Sunday, September 23, 2012
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    Plays all my mp3s on a usb drive. No more cds! Variable colors that can be adjusted for day and night use. I just let the colors change by themselves instead of setting it to one color. It's like having a nightclub in my car lol. Read the manual so you know how to preset the radio stations. You'll be confused if you don't. Other than that I recommend this digital media receiver.
    Pros:
    Variable colors. Plays mp3s instantly. Easy to use.
    Cons:
    Face plate is not removable.
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    4 out of 5

    Great deal!

    Written By Lewis, High Springs on Saturday, September 22, 2012
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    Great deal for a versatile stereo using modern media.
    Pros:
    Price features Adjustability
    Cons:
    Unusual setting control
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    5 out of 5

    Worth every penny

    Written By Levi, Oho on Friday, September 21, 2012
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    I really enjoy this radio I have it for my 93 honda accord ex. It was hard finally figuring out what my issue was by first taking out my stock radio but after that it was great. I hooked this up to my two 12' dual subs and 3000 watt amp. The color changing gets everyone's attention in the car first and then when you set your ipod on with some subs on. Just amazing, I get a lot of compliments with this. It came with installing guide and kit for free so that was a BIG bonus. Crutchfield is where to go I had an issue with my order (ship me wrong install guide kit) No big deal it only took 2 days to get here and since then I've been jamming out. I love having a eye turner, I recommend it unless your going for 3 aux plug ins (red and white ports) Other then that its overall a good radio my money well spent and coming to Crutchfield if I am in need of anything else. A+++++++++++
    Pros:
    Loaded with controls, view of it is just solid without it hooked up. Ability to have a solid color or a flow of all the colors is great. (About 40 different colors so your set) Easy hook up and the remote comes with so defeats anybody touching the radio or avoid switching channels while driving.
    Cons:
    A better menu display kinda gets annoying going back and forth after changing something just to experiment it. Not a big issue!
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    5 out of 5

    perfect

    Written By Paul, Webster,NY on Friday, September 14, 2012
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    great price, easy to install, good value
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    5 out of 5

    JVC KD-X40

    Written By Anonymous, honolulu on Friday, September 14, 2012
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    The JVC X40 is working great. sounds great in my 1990 supra. I needed help with the connection b/c i had a non working amplifier, and it works great after bypassing the amplifier.
    Pros:
    sounds great plenty of sound without an amplifier.
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    4 out of 5

    JVC KD-X40

    Written By Anonymous, Vail co. on Wednesday, September 12, 2012
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    Went in like a dream. I was worried going from double DIN to single. It's super clean the supplied harness was great. Oh; I have. '99 Subaru outback. Get the the harness, and the cubby hole thing.
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    4 out of 5

    Looks great!

    Written By Pauli, MT on Wednesday, September 12, 2012
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    Installed in '89 K2500 using factory speakers. Needed something inexpensive to replace stock. Sounds better and the million color choices are cool.
    Pros:
    Infinite color and dimming settings. Pretty intuitive menus.
    Cons:
    Maybe a tad expensive for the stereo, but with the install kit it was worth it. Wish the bluetooth adapter was about half price or built-in for $40 more. But I can add it later.
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    1 out of 5

    Annoying

    Written By Robert L. Mayo, Ashburn, VA on Wednesday, September 12, 2012
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    The JCV KD-X40 is a great disappointment. It does produce half-decent sound, but its design is so bad that I am seriously considering taking it out and tossing it in the garbage can. You need to understand the purpose behind the design choices; JVC (or whoever manufactured it) made it as flashy and cool looking as possible, regardless of how impractical that made it to use. Doing the simplest things, like setting a pre-set station, is so bizarre and non-intuitive that it simply can't be done without the most amazing stroke of luck or having the instruction manual permanently mounted to the dash.
    Pros:
    It has flashing disco lights in a hundred colors and looks like it's from the 22nd century
    Cons:
    It will make you want to become Amish ...because using anything with electricity will remind you of this car stereo.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Multimedia Unit for those wanting to get rid of CDs, but keep th

    Written By MikeS, Fort Worth, Texas on Monday, September 10, 2012
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    I wanted to replace the cheap factory unit in my 2006 Subaru WRX and get rid of all those CDs, I found this unit and it had some great reviews. I don't have an iPhone because work makes me carry a Blackberry (not carrying two phones!). The Pandora works on the Blackberry, but not through the USB. I knew it was a long shot, so no surprise there. I am able to play my phone through the Front Aux though. My phone doesn't work as a USB drive either, but I knew that was a possibility - One plus though is that the port does charge my phone, so I am happy with that. The sound quality is much better than the stock radio (even with stock speakers) and the ability to have an Aux/USB and BlueTooth are a HUGE upgrade. I can keep all my music on an 8 GB flash drive and never have to mess with CDs again! It isn't too difficult to learn how to use it and program buttons. The Directions were easy to follow The only items I wish it had are: HD Radio, support for more devices than just the iPhone, removable faceplate and the pocket that came with it didn't work right.
    Pros:
    All of the color options are cool! USB, AUX, (optional BT), Expandable Subwoofer and AMP options
    Cons:
    Took off points for it not working with devices other than Apple (iPhone) - that would have made it really cool! And it doesn't have a removable face plate.
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    5 out of 5

    Good/Easy Upgrade

    Written By BDB, Longview, TX on Wednesday, September 05, 2012
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    Easy upgrade in my '97 Jeep. Big improvement.
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    5 out of 5

    Amazing Head for Next to Nothing $$

    Written By GailK, Wheeling, WV on Tuesday, September 04, 2012
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    Wow this is a super system for the price. Sold the factory Subaru CD player online, so system really only put me back less than $50! I am not a mechanic and have never replaced a car stereo before, nevertheless total installation (including soldering of wire harness) was less than 2 hours.
    Pros:
    Control your ipod through head. Who needs CDs?
    Cons:
    Now I have to buy new speakers.
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    5 out of 5

    Great product, great price

    Written By David, Ohio on Monday, September 03, 2012
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    I finally got tired of the static with the FM converter I was using to play my iPod in my car. I was looking at one of the wired adapters, but then I saw this unit. At least for my vehicle, installation of this vs one of the adapter was only a few screws. (The dash panel had to be removed for both). Installation was a snap with the supplied harness adapter. Great price combined with free shipping and wiring harness makes this an easy choice.
    Pros:
    A great product a much better way to upgrade than keeping the factory system and installing an adapter. This unit sounds much better than the factory, even while keeping the factory speakers.
    Cons:
    A little bit of a learning curve to master the controls, but had it down in a day or two.
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    4 out of 5

    JVC KD-X40

    Written By RacePrincess, Baltimore, MD on Monday, September 03, 2012
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    Finally, I can listen to my Ipod in the car!! Been looking to upgrade so i could play me Ipod, bought this one because of the price. Have purchase JVC items before with no problems. Super user friendly, easy to use, would recommend for anyone looking to play Ipod in their car. Who wants to carry CDs around anyway? I love that it comes with a remote so I don't have take my eyes off the road to change the song. Great product expecially for the price. f.y.i-I never give 5 stars as there is alway room for improvement.
    Pros:
    great price, easy to install, sound is great.
    Cons:
    none so far
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    4 out of 5

    JVC-KD-X40

    Written By Yuji, San Diego, CA on Wednesday, August 29, 2012
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    Great product, have installed 2 of these, one in a Nissan Pickup and another in a 01' Chevy Malibu. Simple install, up and running within 20 minutes. Would suggest this for anyone with a simple but powerful deck in mind.
    Pros:
    Sounds good.
    Cons:
    No cons.
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    4 out of 5

    JVC KD-X40

    Written By Vico, St. Paul, MN on Wednesday, August 29, 2012
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    I love this device, though I did spend a whole day and a half to figure out how to install it properly.
    Pros:
    Easy to manipulate. Good looking.
    Cons:
    1. Fail to control from wheel - basically volume - in my 2004 Jeep Liberty Ltd. 2. Bass sound out from speakers is too strong - I can always hear murmur. This never happened with the factory stereo, so I figured this JVC stereo could improve somehow in this area - add some controls of bass and other sound effects.
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    4 out of 5

    JVC KD-X40

    Written By Anonymous, Manassas VA on Monday, August 27, 2012
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    Easy install and great value.
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    5 out of 5

    JVC receiver

    Written By MattJ, Colorado Springs, CO on Saturday, August 25, 2012
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    I love this receiver! it was farely difficult to get into my car specifically but once i finally got it in and working my factory speakers had much more power and much better sound quality! some reviews said it wasnt that easy to use but i completely disagree! the controls were done so well!
    Pros:
    everything
    Cons:
    none
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    4 out of 5

    JVC KDX40 Digital Media receiver.

    Written By M.King670, Tinian, MP on Saturday, August 25, 2012
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    It's not the best. But if your looking for a quick temporary replacement. This is it.
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    4 out of 5

    KD-X40

    Written By Sundevil81, Scottsdale on Friday, August 24, 2012
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    A great replacement unit for a 3rd car 'beater' vehicle.
    Pros:
    Great price and very easy to put in
    Cons:
    The crazy display colors
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    5 out of 5

    Stunning

    Written By TDub, Pittsburgh, PA on Monday, August 20, 2012
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    I traditionally only stick with a few of the top most popular brands of head units out there but I saw this JVC on sale and figured I would give it a shot. First off, it is a digital media receiver only so if you need to play CD's look elsewhere; for me this was a plus. As soon as I finished installation into my vehicle the first thing I noticed was that this is a very nice looking unit. I am very picky about car stereos and a lot of the other models available are really gaudy and look like a carnival ride in your car. This JVC has very clean lines and is quite simple which was to my liking. I plugged in my iPhone to get an initial listen of this head unit and I must say I was quite impressed. Blown away would be a better term for how shocked I was at the quality of sound that this unit put out. I have owned head units 4 times the price of this one before and I really think this one sounds just as good. As I dove more into the menus to customize it I became even more impressed. The color display options are fantastic and I have mine setup to show white in the day and then a cool purple at night. I will admit that the menus can be quite cumbersome to navigate initially but once you get the hang of them it isn't so bad. All in all I will say this JVC represents one of the best values I have ever seen in a car stereo. I have had numerous friends who were floored when I told them how much I paid for it. JVC, you have a hit!
    Pros:
    Value Good Looks Sound Quality Versatility with connectivity options (front and rear aux inputs)
    Cons:
    Menus can be sort of confusing initially Remote control is TINY
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    5 out of 5

    Cheap! Easy! Quality!

    Written By Charlie, New York on Saturday, August 18, 2012
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    I bought this Head Unit a few weeks ago because of the price, done and shipped. I was slightly worried, as I have heard not so great things about JVC, but after seeing this head unit as rated the "best buy" and "great quality for price" I had to buy it. I bought it, installed it in less than an hour, and have loved it since. The only thing I'm not very fond of, is that the menu options are a little hard to get too if you didn't know what you were doing. I'm a guy, who almost NEVER looks at manuals and instruction books. So when I was trying to figure out how to change colors and turn the demo off, I was having slight trouble. Then dropped the act and read the book ;)
    Pros:
    Can control music on iphone from either HEAD UNIT or the IPHONE. Cheap, Nice sound quality, Looks great, Can change colors however I want. Connects to Ipod/Iphone/Ipad. And the remote is a cool feature I would have NEVER thought I would use or even like.
    Cons:
    Menu system is difficult to use while on the go.. Easy if you have time to stop and play around though. Just a learning curve.
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    5 out of 5

    Amazing!!

    Written By J.r., P.A. on Thursday, August 16, 2012
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    Ok so i ordered this b/c i was on a budget but needed an aux input for phone, ipod, zune etc...so after i recieved and installed couldnt be happier w/ this unit and the amazing value from crutchfield!! Between the fast shipping and free install gear crutchfield will def get my business again real soon...
    Pros:
    2 headphone auxs, usb input which is amazing...hooked ipod touch 3rd gen to start off w/ and it completely controls this from remote and headunit w/ ease...displays song title band and album all from unit...then 8gb thumb drive through usb is great...small no wires and displays and controls through unit!! Charges through usb as well!!
    Cons:
    Not android friendly...hooked phone through usb and not supported...so cant charge and listen like ipod...
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    5 out of 5

    Nice Stereo, Practical

    Written By DerekH, Stockton,Ca on Thursday, August 16, 2012
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    This is a nice stereo that does just about everything I was wanting and expecting to do, and the wiring of the installation was very easy. My first radio install ever. I have a small issue now and again if my battery dies on my truck the stereo reports "miswiring," I simply disconnect my stereo and wait a minute to plug it back in and it is fine as long as the battery does not die.
    Pros:
    Loud and Crisp sound, recognizes most of my music files no problem. The amp is amazing in it
    Cons:
    The finicky nature of "miswiring" report is a little annoying.
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    3 out of 5

    Inexpensive in-dash radio.

    Written By GRM, Ocala, FL on Thursday, August 16, 2012
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    Inexpensive, attractive and does what I wanted it to do. Needed a radio to accept thumb drives with Mp3 music for my ol' truck. Works well and sounds just fine. Lack of "preset buttons" was a little confusing (OK a lot confusing) but once I got the hang of it the set up went fine. I did have to default it and start over once but the light did finally come on and now all is good. "Ease of use" rating is above average but if there was an "Ease of set up" attribute it would have been "lower than average".
    Pros:
    USB port, easy fit - even in older truck like mine, adequate equalizer and personalization abilities.
    Cons:
    Set up instructions a little sparce for an old guy like me but after I finally whipped the drop down menus and figured out how to set the "presets" it works well.
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    5 out of 5

    jvc

    Written By dom, Chicago on Monday, August 13, 2012
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    Excellent value. Even further worth it with free install package
    Pros:
    Price &excellent service
    Cons:
    Missed where it said not CD equipped
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    5 out of 5

    Works great with my iPod

    Written By Sims, Northwest AR on Sunday, August 12, 2012
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    I am very happy with this unit.