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JVC KW-NT50HDT (Refurbished)

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Our take on the JVC KW-NT50HDT (Refurbished)

by Dominic Devito

Why install a car stereo with built-in GPS?

Imagine taking a trip as your car's receiver gives you directions, finds the best restaurant for dinner, and plays movies for your back seat denizens. Navigation receivers cover all the bases, with GPS guidance, DVD playback, and a host of other useful features. You can search through millions of points of interest to locate gas stations, restaurants, museums, and other interesting spots, wherever you are. Most receivers offer Bluetooth capability for hands-free calling, along with the ability to search through your iPod playlists with touchscreen controls.

This JVC navigation receiver does it all

Exploring new places in your car is fun...until there's a traffic jam you find out about too late. JVC's KW-NT50HDT navigation receiver gives you timely traffic updates, and also lets you talk hands-free and stream music in your car.

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Tap into the great sound and digital power of HD Radio™

HD Radio screen

Crystal-clear sound, plus iTunes™ tagging

Love local radio? Digital HD Radio broadcasts pump up the sound quality. FM approaches CD quality, while AM sounds like traditional FM. You'll notice a big difference if you have subs — HD Radio really gives you your bass back. Plus, stations can broadcast additional content on the same frequency, giving you more listening options. For instance, your local NPR station might broadcast the BBC news feed on their "HD-2" channel.

And as an added bonus, HD Radio makes it easier for you to stock your music library with tunes you love. With an iPod® or iPhone® connected and an HD Radio station tuned in, you can "tag" the songs you like for purchasing later from the iTunes store.

Total Traffic Plus — it's not just for major cities

The built-in HD Radio gives you a couple of other sweet features too. First, the KW-NT50HDT uses a dedicated tuner to dial in the free HD Total Traffic Plus network — you'll enjoy access to real-time traffic info that'll help you steer clear of traffic jams. Other traffic info services only work in major metropolitan areas, but HD Total Traffic Plus works anywhere a station is broadcasting HD Radio traffic information.

Second, HD Radio's digital technology allows for data transmission more than ten times faster than satellite systems, so the KW-NT50HDT can pull in lots of useful data from digital HD Radio transmissions. Many HD Radio stations broadcast weather, sports scores, gasoline prices, and a whole lot more.


iheartradio

iHeartRadio gives you over 750 free radio stations

Download the free iHeartRadio iPhone app and you'll get over 750 of America's favorite local radio stations, as well as channels hosted by Christina Aguilera, the Eagles, and Weezer. Once you connect your iPhone, you can navigate iHeartRadio stations using the KW-NT50HDT's touchscreen. You'll see album art and song info, plus you can use iHeartRadio's search screen to find music.

Save your favorite stations as you go, and you'll have easy access to them later. You can dial in your hometown stations while you're out of town, too. iHeartRadio also gives you local traffic reports, which is nice if you're ever out of range of an HD Radio station.


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In-dash maps help get you there

You'll see detailed maps on the touchscreen and enjoy access to over 6 million points of interest. The KW-NT50HDT gives you flexible viewing options, including a magnified split-screen view that shows you a closeup of your current location next to a broader overview of the area. You can check out the local speed limit at a glance, and the KW-NT50HDT will even let you know what lane you should be in to make the highway exit. Text-to-speech technology calls out the name of the street for your next turn, letting you keep your eyes on the road.

You can update your maps through the SD™-card slot — you can even copy your own points-of-interest from Google Maps on your home computer, then load them onto the KW-NT50HDT using the SD card.


Hands-free calling, plus listen to iPhone apps

Built-in Bluetooth® technology lets you make hands-free calls in your vehicle. When a call comes in, the receiver mutes the music and you'll hear the caller over your vehicle's speakers. You can mount the included microphone in a convenient spot for maximum sound quality.

iPhone users will love this — you can send audio from your apps to the KW-NT50HDT over the Bluetooth connection. For instance, you can run your PANDORA® Internet radio app and listen to it over your speakers. You can also stream tunes you've loaded on any other compatible device.

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.


Great for your iPod or iPhone

Just connect your iPod or iPhone to the front USB slot, and you'll be using the receiver's controls to browse your tunes and playlists in no time. JVC's 2-Way Control lets your passengers use the iPod itself to control your music while it's connected to the radio — and you'll still see song details on the display.

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.


Other features

Detachable face

Info from JVC

Detachable face

The KW-NT50HDT features a detachable face — great security if you park on a city street. Stash the faceplate in the included case to keep it free from scratches.

Music and movies

Watch your favorite DVDs while you're parked, or connect a screen in the back so your passengers can watch while you drive. iPhone users can stream movies through the Netflix app when the car is parked. The KW-NT50HDt gives you lots of ways to play your digital tunes, too. You can load your favorite MP3 and WMA files on a CD, USB drive, or SD card — the KW-NT50HDT will play 'em all. Load a DVD full of music files and you'll have enough tunes for a road trip from Boston to San Diego.

A powerful amplifier belts out your music and movies, while a 7-band EQ adjusts the sound for your vehicle. Add an optional satellite radio tuner for access to a wealth of entertainment. Three sets of gold-plated preamp outputs let you add amps and subs for a complete car entertainment system.


Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio 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.

Highlights:

    General features:
    • navigation receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in amplifier (20 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • detachable face with 6.1" color touchscreen
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and music streaming
    • built-in HD Radio tuner
    Audio/video features:
    • iPod control: JVC's KS-U39 cable required for full access to all audio/video content and features
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, CD-RWs, DVDs, DVD-Rs, DVD-RWs (including discs loaded with MP3/WMA files)
    • 24-bit digital-to-analog converter
    • 7-band iEQ
    Navigation features:
    • maps of Canada, Puerto Rico, and the entire United States
    • built-in flash memory for navigation, updates made using an SD card
    • add your own points-of-interest from Google Maps using the SD-card slot
    • lifetime subscription to HD Total Traffic Plus included
    • 6 million points of interest
    Expandability:
    • compatible with: satellite radio tuner, rear-view camera
    • inputs: front-panel A/V and USB inputs, SD-card slot
    • outputs: video output, 5-channel preamp outputs (2.5-volt front, rear, mono subwoofer)
    Other features and specs:
     

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    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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    5-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs
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    Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs
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    No
    Preamp Voltage
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    2.5 volts
    Display Color
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    Key Button Color
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    Variable
    EQ Bands
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    7
    Wireless Remote
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    No
    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 AV
    USB Input
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    Front
    Memory Card Slot
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    USB Memory, SD/SDHC
    Bluetooth Compatible
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    Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready
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    Sirius
    HD Radio
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    Built-in
    Navigation
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    Yes
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size
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    Classic/5Gen
    Nano
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    Nano6/Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/
    Touch
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    Touch4/Touch3/Touch2/Touch1
    Mini
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    iPhone
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    Phone4S/Phone4/Phone3GS/Phone3
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity
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    8.3 dBf
    European Tuning
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    Seek/Scan
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    Seek
    Radio Data System
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    Product Research
    What's in the box?

    • Refurbished Double-Din Navigation/DVD receiver
    • Detachable 6.1" touchscreen monitor (installed)
    • Soft fabric face case
    • Sleeve (installed with four screws)
    • Trim ring
    • Wiring harness
    • A/V harness
    • Magnetic GPS antenna with attached 16.25' cable
    • Self-adhesive GPS antenna mat
    • Microphone (with attached 9.75' cable terminated by a right-angle male 3.5mm connector)
    • Visor clip
    • Self-adhesive bracket
    • 16.5' Reverse-gear signal wire (purple/white)
    • Eight M5 x 8mm flat-head screws
    • Four M5 x 8mm round-head screws
    • 2 Red plastic crimp splicers
    • Face-fixing screw
    • Instructions (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • Installation/Connection Manual (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • Warranty sheet (US)
    • Warranty sheet (Canada)
    • Product Registration card/Questionnaire
    • Caution note (attached to wiring harness)
    • Face-fixing screw note
    • Removal of protection metal plates note

    Our Product Research Team

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    Touchscreen Display
    Onboard Navigation
    Built-in Bluetooth
    Disc Playback
    USB/iPod Connectivity
    Radio Functions
    Audio Section
    AV Connections
    Remote Control

    Touchscreen Display

    Detachable Motorized TFT LCD Touchscreen Monitor: The KW-NT50HDT features a motorized 6.1" TFT Active Matrix, 16:9 touchscreen monitor. The pixel resolution of the display is 336,960 (480 x 234 x RGB). The LCD serves as a video monitor, system information display and touchscreen control panel. The unit has a front-loading, disc-slot to make loading your disc easier because there is no panel to slide or fold-down. You can detach the touchscreen LCD monitor and place it in its supplied soft face case to prevent theft.

    Picture Adjust: Brightness, Contrast, Color, and Tint can each be adjusted from -5 to +5 (during video playback).

    Selectable Aspect Modes: You can choose from four aspect modes for the in-dash display when viewing a still image or video:

    • Regular: For 4:3 source material, 4:3 and 16:9 pictures display with black bars on either side (16:9 images are compressed).
    • Full: Expands 4:3 pictures horizontally to fill the entire width of the screen, distorting the picture slightly but retaining full image height.
    • Zoom: Expands a 4:3 LB image to fill the screen.
    • Auto: The correct aspect mode is automatically chosen based on the incoming signal.

    Wallpaper: You can select the display background from one of five preset choices.

    Hard-Key Controls: In addition to the head unit's touchscreen monitor, the KW-NT50HDT features hard-key controls along the left edge of the screen. The controls included a rotary knob and push-button keys.

    Variable Button Illumination: The JVC KW-NT50HDT allows you to adjust the unit's touchscreen and hard-key button illumination independently. It offers 7 color presets (Blue, Aqua, Green, Yellow, Amber, Red, and Purple) for the hard-key button illumination. Additionally, there is a user preset, allowing you to individually adjust the intensity of Red, Green, and Blue from 0 to 31. There is also a "Scan" setting which scans through all of the 7 available preset colors continuously. The unit's touchscreen buttons can be set to either Blue, Aqua, Green, Yellow, Amber, Red, Purple, or White.

    Adjustable Dimmer: When the illumination lead (orange/white) is connected and the dimmer set to Auto, the display will dim automatically when you turn on your vehicle's lights. The dimmer can also be set to Off (normal brightness at all times), On (display is always dimmed), or Dimmer Time Set (you program the time for the dimmer to turn off and on). You can also manually adjust the display brightness (-5 to +5).

    Parking Brake Detection: To prevent displaying video while the vehicle is in motion, the green wire in the supplied 16-pin harness must be connected to the vehicle's parking brake detection circuit. While the vehicle is in motion (parking brake off), you can still view all of the other displays and menus.

    2-DIN Chassis: The JVC KW-NT50HDT has a 2-DIN chassis (also known as Double DIN), and will fit in many vehicles with a large dash opening. The unit can be ISO-mounted using factory brackets, or Euro-mounted using the supplied mounting sleeve.

    Note: As always, please consult the Crutchfield Car Selector to verify fit with your vehicle.

    Onboard Navigation

    Built-In Navigation: The KW-NT50HDT features a built-in GPS Navigation system with maps of the United States (including Hawaii and Alaska), Canada, and Puerto Rico; powered by Google Maps. Map data is stored on the unit's flash memory and the connected GPS antenna helps to pinpoint your vehicle's current location. Once a destination is set, the unit provides turn-by-turn voice and visual guidance through your vehicle's speakers and the unit's display monitor; using NAVTEQ navigation software.

    3-Sensor Navigation: The JVC KW-NT50HDT is equipped with  a high-sensitivity WAAS capable GPS receiver (SiRFstarIII), Speed Pulse wire, and Gyro sensor to calculate your vehicle's current location.

    GPS Antenna: The KW-NT50HDT features a GPS antenna with a magnetic base designed to mount to the exterior of your vehicle. The GPS antenna comes supplied with a self-adhesive pad in case you cannot find a metal surface to attach the antenna directly to.

    Visual/Voice Guidance (with Text-to Speech): When you approach a turn, the KW-NT50HDT guides you with voice guidance (Text-to-Speech) through your vehicle's front speakers and visual indications on the KW-NT50HDT's screen. The unit offers 3 voice guidance languages including English, Spanish and French; with adjustable volume (0-20). The unit's voice guidance can be output from the Front, Left Front, or Right Front speakers.

    Map Views: The map scrolls automatically so that your position is always at the center of the map. You can select from different map views:

    • 3D Map Heading Up: The map is displayed in a "heading up" mode, and in a three-dimensional view. The direction is displayed with a compass icon.
    • 2D Heading Up: The map rotates so that you are always displayed heading "upwards." The direction is displayed with a compass icon.
    • 2D North Up: The map view is oriented with north "upwards," like normal paper maps. The direction you are heading to is displayed at the upper right corner of the screen with an icon such as "NE."

    Night Map Mode: Night Map Mode dims the map display when driving at night. You can turn this feature On/Off or set to Auto so the map display dims when you turn on your vehicle's headlights (the unit's illumination control lead connect is required for Auto mode).

    Magnified View: A magnified map is displayed when approaching your next turn.

    Lane Guidance: The KW-NT50HDT provides Lane Guidance to help you along your route. The receiver uses the following color-codes to distinguish what lane you should be in (within the next 3 miles) - Yellow (recommended lane), White (lane leading to the destination), and Gray (not the lane for your destination).

    Destination Search: The JVC KW-NT50HDT offers the following Destination Search functions:

    Destination Search Description
    Browse Map Select a point on the map for your destination by touching the screen.
    Home Register one point as your home address.
    Address Search by address using the unit's on-screen keyboard.
    Favorites Register 100 of your favorite points so you can easily navigate to them from anywhere at any time.
    Previous Search from the history of previous destinations and via points from the last 50 points.
    6,000,000 POIs (from infoUSA) Name Search for points-of-interest by specific name using the on-screen keyboard.
    Category Search by the following POI categories - Gas Station, Parking, Hotel, Restaurant, Grocery, Shopping, Electronics, Wireless Carrier, Leisure, Entertainment, Travel, Car Rental, Car Dealer, Auto Repair, Bank Pharmacy, Medical, Community.
    Vicinity Search for POIs around the following places - your current position, the position selected on the map, the destination, or the route you are taking.
    POI Assistance With the Street Director Assistant feature, you can search P.O.I. data on your PC's Google Maps, and easily add to the unit via an SD card. Once the SD/SDHC card is ejected, the imported POI cannot be used.
    Phone Number Search a destination by entering its telephone number using the unit's on-screen keypad.
    Coordinates Search by entering the latitude and longitude.

    Note: Moving at a specific speed (6+ MPH) engages safety measures in the navigation system to encourage safe driving. Only instantly accessible points-of-interest and simple menu systems are accessible, unless the car is stopped. Otherwise, an address cannot be entered (the keyboard is disabled). The vehicle must be stopped and the parking brake will need to be engaged to enable these functions.

    Total Traffic+ HD Network: The KW-NT50HDT also includes free lifetime subscription to Clear Channel's Total Traffic+ HD Network, which provides real-time on-screen traffic updates; as well as News, Sports, and Weather Information. Total Traffic+ HD Network delivers real-time traffic data for 100 metropolitan markets in the United States. Total Traffic+ HD Network provides incident, event, construction, congestion, and impact information during your travels. Using this real-time traffic data, the JVC KW-NT50HDT can automatically calculate a new route when approaching a traffic event; saving you time and fuel resources, and helping to alleviate roadway stress.

    • Traffic List: The Total Traffic+ HD Network provides of a list of traffic incidents in your local area so you can choose a preferred route around these areas - even before you start navigating. While navigation is active, you can even view all traffic incidents ahead on your desired route.
    • Traffic Warnings: The KW-NT50HDT provides incident warnings for traffic congestion, road construction, and weather hazards. Once a traffic incident is selected, detailed information can be viewed about the exact location and distance from your current position
    • Traffic Alerts: Traffic alerts appear on-screen as you approach incident locations. You can choose to reroute manually, continue your current route, or have the KW-NT50HDT automatically reroute you around these areas.
    • Headline News: Information on National, World, Sports, and Business news downloads automatically. Full news stories can also be selected for reading on-screen.
    • Sports Scores: You can look up scores from current national sporting events.
    • Weather Info: You can view local and national weather conditions on screen.

    NewsService Journaline: NewsService Journaline delivers hierarchically structured textual information, enabling you to easily and immediately access traffic information you are most interested in from the JVC in-dash navigation receiver. You can browse all received traffic information, both program-related and program-independent textual information, and select your favorite traffic news items.

    Routing Preferences: You can select how the unit will calculate your route by adjusting the following settings:

    • Route Priority: You can select the unit to either calculate the fastest timed route or shortest distant route.
    • Route Avoidance: You can select to use or avoid the following types of roads - Freeway, Toll Road, Ferry, or Bypass Traffic.

    Via Points: After selecting your destination, you can select up to four places (via points) to stop by along your route.

    Detour: If you realize congestion exists along your route, you can select the Detour function which allows you to select the distance to avoid along your route so the KW-NT50HDT can route you around this congested area.

    Auto Recalculate: The unit will automatically recalculate your route if you veer off from the original calculated route.

    Adjusting Vehicle Position: If you find your current position is displayed incorrectly on the map, you can adjust your vehicle's position/location.

    Speed Alert: The system sounds an alarm when you surpass the speed limit of the current road by a set value. You can choose for the unit to alert you when you are 3, 6, 10, 15, or 20 miles over the speed limit.

    Simulate: You can simulate a desired rout to confirm what your trip will look like.

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: Bluetooth is a two-way wireless communication system allowing you to make and receive phone calls wirelessly from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, as well as wirelessly stream audio from your Bluetooth enabled portable music player using the JVC in-dash multimedia receiver. Bluetooth wireless technology operates on a 2.4GHZ frequency band within a range of approximately 10 meters (about 33 feet).

    Bluetooth (v.2.0) Certified: The JVC KW-NT50HDT offers built-in Bluetooth technology for hands-free communication and audio streaming. Bluetooth technology allows you to utilize your vehicle's built-in audio system for wireless mobile phone communication or wireless music streaming. This unit is Bluetooth (v.2.0) certified and will support the following Bluetooth Profiles:

    • HFP 1.5 (Hands-Free Profile): Hands-free communication with your Bluetooth enabled cellular phone in the vehicle (incoming/outgoing calls supported).
    • OPP 1.1 (Object Push Profile): Phonebook transfer from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone to the head unit.
    • PBAP 1.0 (Phone Book Access Profile): Phonebook access from your Bluetooth enabled cell-phone to the head unit.
    • A2DP 1.2 (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile): Music streaming from your Bluetooth enabled phone or audio player to the head unit.
    • AVRCP 1.3 (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile): Basic music playback control of your Bluetooth enabled phone or audio player from the head unit.

    Pairing: Your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone or digital audio player must be paired with KW-NT50HDT before hands-free & wireless operation. You can register up to five Bluetooth enabled devices with the JVC head unit. You can keep two phones connected at all times (only one can be used during a call).

    Note: Not all Bluetooth devices will be compatible. Visit http://www.jvc-victor.co.jp/english/car/bluetooth/ for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled devices.

    Bluetooth Hands-Free Communication: The navigation-multimedia head unit supports Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. The controls of KW-NT50HDT can be used to dial a number, answer an in-coming call, or end a call. The unit also includes an external microphone (with mounting bracket) featuring adjustable gain, so you can carry on your side of the conversation while listening to the caller through your vehicles speakers (front or all).

    External Microphone: The JVC KW-NT50HDT includes an external microphone to carry on your side of your phone conversation and voice command dialing. The external wired microphone offers improved audio quality versus an integrated microphone, so you can be heard easier over noisy traffic and road noise. You can adjust the level of the microphone without affecting the other sources. The external microphone features an attached 9.75' cable terminated by a right-angle 3.5mm connector which plugs into the mic input on the rear-panel of the head unit. The microphone offers an integrated mounting bracket which can be clipped to your vehicle's sun-visor or taped to your dash. The external microphone measures 0.545" (diameter) x 1.105" (depth).

    Note: This unit does not offer an integrated front-panel microphone.

    Answering A Call: When a call comes in, a ring-tone will be heard through your vehicle's speaker, the head unit's display will flash, and the caller's name or phone number will be displayed. You can answer the call from KW-NT50HDT's touchscreen or setup the head unit to automatically answer the incoming call.

    Dialing A Number: Using the KW-NT50HDT, you can dial a phone number in one of the following ways:

    • Entering a Phone Number: Allows you to directly dial a phone number up to 32 digits from the head unit's touchscreen.
    • Speed (Preset) Dialing: Allows you to register up to 6 phone numbers for quick dialing. The preset numbers can be accessed from the head unit's touchscreen.
    • Phone Book: You can dial by using the downloaded phone book. You can download phone book data from your cell phone to KW-NT50HDT. Up to 5,000 numbers can be stored for each registered cell phone. Each number can be up to 32 digits long.
    • Call Log: The Call Log is a list of calls that have originated from and were received by this unit that you can dial. You can select Outgoing, Incoming, or Missed calls (up to 50 each).
    • Voice Dialing: If your mobile phone supports voice recognition, then you can dial out by voice command. Simply speak into the included microphone.

    SMS: You can wirelessly download the short message (SMS) arrived at your cell-phone so that is can be read on the Bluetooth connected JVC head unit. Your cell-phone must support SMS for this feature to function. The SMS downloaded to this unit is cleared when this unit is turned off.

    Note: You cannot send text messages using this unit (read only).

    Private/Hands-Free Mode: During a conversation, you can switch between the Private Mode (talking directly on your cell phone) and the Hands Free Mode. 

    Bluetooth Audio Streaming: The included Bluetooth adapter also allows audio playback and control of a Bluetooth enabled audio player through KW-NT50HDT. The KW-NT50HDT will be able to control basic playback features such as Play/Pause, Track/Folder Select, Fast Forward/Reverse, and Skip Next/Previous.

    Disc/SD-card Playback

    Disc Compatibility: The JVC KW-NT50HDT supports the playback of the following disc types: DVD-Video, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, CD-Audio, CD-R/RW, and Video CD.

    Note: The unit has a front-loading, disc-slot to make loading your disc easier because there is no panel to slide or fold-down.

    MP3/WAV Playback: The KW-NT50HDT can play MP3 and WAV audio files recorded on DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, CD-R, and CD-RW discs. The disc must be recorded in ISO 9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, or Romeo. MP3 files with bit rates from 32-320 kbps are supported, along with IDTag3 (version 1.0, 1.1, 2.2, 2.3 or 2.4) and WAV Tag for album and artist information. Each disc can have a maximum of 5,000 files and 250 folders, with a maximum of 999 files per folder.

    SD/SDHC Memory Card Slot: This unit can play MP3/WMA (32-320 kbps) audio files stored on an SD/SDHC memory card formatted in FAT 12/16/32. This unit supports data transfer rates up to 10Mbps and can recognize up to 5,000 files and 999 folders, with a maximum of 999 files per folder. This unit will recognize a total of 25 characters for file/folder names. You can control basic functions such as Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Rewind and Skip (previous/next). You can also select advance functions such as Repeat (track/folder) and Random (folder/all). The SD/SDHC memory card slot can also be used for POI and mapping updates.

    Disc Resume: If you change the source, playback also stops (without ejecting the disc). Next time you select CD for the playback source, the disc will start from where it has been stopped previously.

    Disc Protection: If the ejected disc is not removed within 15 seconds, the disc is automatically inserted again into the loading slot to protect it from dust; playback starts automatically.

    Mounting: For proper disc playback you must install the unit within 30-degrees of horizontal.

    USB/iPod Connectivity

    USB Port: The JVC KW-NT50HDT features a front-panel USB (type-A) port. This allows playback of MP3 (bitrate: 32-320 kbps) and WMA (bitrate: 32-320 kbps) audio files.  For the unit to recognize the USB device it must be specified as a mass storage device formatted using FAT 12/16/32. The head unit can recognize a total of 5,000 files and 999 folders (a maximum of 999 files per folder). This unit will recognize a total of 50 characters for file/folder names. The KW-NT50HDT can display ID3 Tags (ver. 1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4) for MP3 files, as well as WMA Tag information.

    Note: This unit cannot recognize a USB device whose rating is other than 5V and exceeds 1A. You cannot connect a computer or portable HDD to the USB port of this unit.

    iPod/iPhone AV Playback: The optional JVC KS-U39 USB A/V Cable For iPod/iPhone (105KSU39, sold separately) allows you to playback and control audio/video from your iPod or iPhone on this JVC navigation-navigation-multimedia head unit. The cable features a proprietary Apple iPod dock connector on one end and a male 3.5mm AV connector on the other end along with a USB type-A connector. The cable plugs into the unit's front-panel AV input and USB port.

    Note: You can also connect your iPod's USB/Docking cable to the unit's USB port for audio only playback from your iPod/iPhone.

    iPod/iPhone DAC Bypass: Because the JVC KW-NT50HDT uses its USB connection for audio & control transfer, your iPod/iPhone's stored music is loaded instantly to the head unit and sound quality is maximized through the head unit's 24-bit D/A converter, allowing for a Signal-to-Noise ratio up to 95dB.

    iPod/iPhone Control: You can choose to control your iPod/iPhone from the JVC head unit or from your iPod/iPhone's its touchscreen or clickwheel.

    • Music Browsing: From the head unit's front-panel controls you can search for music by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Podcast, Genre, Composer, and Audiobook. You can search video by Playlist, Movies, Music Videos, TV Shows, Video Podcasts, and Rented Movies. Once a Playlist or Category is selected, the content is listed in alphabetical order.
    • Repeat & Random: The KW-NT50HDT also supports Repeat (file/all) and Random (album/all) playback functions of your iPod/iPhone.

    Note: You can listen to apps stored on your iPod touch or iPhone through the JVC head unit when controlling the iPod/iPhone via its touchscreen (cannot access apps via Headunit control mode).

    iPod/iPhone Display: The KW-NT50HDT will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information of your stored music, regardless of control mode. The head unit will display Track number, Elapsed playing time, Artist name, Song title, Album label, and Album Art.

    Note: Your iPod/iPhone's downloaded apps will not display on the unit's LCD monitor.

    iPod/iPhone Charging: While connected and the ignition switch is set to ACC or ON, the head unit's USB connection will power and charge your iPod/iPhone.

    Note: If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The JVC KW-NT50HDT is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of November 2011):

    iPod/iPhone Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type iheartradio app HD Radio iTunes Tagging Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Text Track Info
    dock connector 3rd N/A N N N N N N N N N
    clickwheel
    color
    4th N/A N N N N N N N N N
    mini 1st N/A N N N N N N N N N
    2nd N/A N N N N N N N N N
    video 5th 1.3 Y Y Y N Y Y N N Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N Y Y N N Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y N N Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y
    6th 1.1 PC Y N Y Y Y Y N Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y
    3rd 5.0.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y
    4th 5.0.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS 4.3.5 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4 5.0.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 5.0.1 Y Y 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 revert to the older software version or wait until a newer software update is available.

    iheartradio Link for JVC: The iheartradio Link for JVC (free app) is an Apple iPhone application that delivers access to over 750 Clear Channel local radio stations in both AM and FM, as well as commercial-free and artist-programmed channels. All stations are streamed in high-quality AAC format. The JVC KW-NT50HDT will display song & artist information, as well as Album Art. You can select available stations from the unit's on-screen station list, which includes - Favorites, Featured, Local Stations, All Cities, National Stations, Genres, and Personalities. You an also have the head unit randomly select stations for you.

    Note: To access iheartradio you must have an Apple iPhone (iOS4.2 or later) with the latest version of the iheartradio Link 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.

    iPhone External Mode: The JVC navigation-multimedia in-dash receiver features an iPhone External Mode which lets you enjoy audio/video content from downloaded Apps (such as Pandora, Netflix, YouTube, etc..) on your Apple iPhone. Using the JVC KSU-39 cable (sold separately), you can view video and listen to audio from downloaded Apps on your iPhone through the JVC KW-NT50HDT. This mode offers no control of your iPhone. You will continue to use your iPhone's touchscreen to navigate your Apps. Video from compatible Apps is only available when using an iPhone 4.

    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.

    Radio Functions

    DiAS II Digital Tuner: This model is equipped with JVC's Digital Intelligent Advanced Sensing tuner that is capable of receiving digital (HD Radio) and analog AM/FM stations.

    Built-in HD Radio: With the built-in HD Radio tuner, you can receive digital AM/FM broadcasts from local stations where available. This new technology will significantly improve audio quality and reception, as well as include information such as artist name and song titles or traffic news, viewable on the receiver's display. HD Radio Technology will deliver high-quality digital sound. AM digital will have FM-like quality in stereo, while FM digital will have CD-like quality with static free and clear reception.

    Note: Right now there are about 2,000 radio stations broadcasting using digital HD Radio technology in the U.S. To find HD Radio stations in your area, visit the HD Radio website (HDRadio.com).

    HD Radio Tagging: Using the head unit's iTunes Tagging enabled HD Radio, you can tag your HD music (up to 60 songs) while listening to the radio with your iPod connected. When you hear a song you enjoy on your local HD Radio station, you only have to press the head unit's "Tag" button and the song's information will be saved to your connected iPod. The saved songs will then show up in a playlist called "Tagged" in iTunes the very next time you sync your iPod to your PC. Then you just need to click, buy, and download the song you tagged directly from the Apple iTunes Music Store.

    Multicasting: In addition to conventional broadcasts, with HD Radio broadcasting, it is possible to choose from up to 8 multicast programs (HD1 to HD8 and analog). There are also data programs for each program.

    Display Information: AM/FM digital stations can offer text and data such as artist names and song titles. The built-in HD Radio tuner displays song title, artist and station information on the display of the JVC KW-NT50HDT.

    Analog Broadcasts: In addition to HD AM/FM stations, the KW-NT50HDT can also receive conventional analog AM/FM broadcasts.

    Digital/Analog Tuning: You can setup the KW-NT50HDT to search both analog and digital radio stations,  only HD Radio stations, and analog radio stations only.

    Digital/Analog Presets: You can set up to 18 FM and 6 AM digital/analog presets stations as presets (HD Radio multicast channels can also be preset). Presets can be set manually, or automatically using Strong-station Sequential Memory (SSM).

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

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

    SiriusConnect Dock: Select dock-and-play and portable SIRIUS radios can be controlled using the JVC KS-SRA100 SIRIUS adapter (item number 105KSRA100, sold separately) and the SC-VDOC1 dock (item number 607SCVDOC1, sold separately).

    Audio Section

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The JVC KW-NT50HDT utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior CD sound quality.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The KW-NT50HDT 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 KW-NT50HDT 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 KW-NT50HDT 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 KW-NT50HDT 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.

    5ch/2.5V Preamp Outputs: The KW-NT50HDT is equipped with 5ch/2.5V preamp outputs (Front, Rear, Subwoofer). The front and rear preamp outputs allow fader control, while the subwoofer preamp output is non-fading.

    Subwoofer Level: You can adjust the KW-NT50HDT's subwoofer level (-24 to +20dB) independently from the head unit's main volume control for added bass volume.

    Built-in Crossovers: The JVC KW-NT50HDT features a built-in high-pass filter for the unit's front & rear speakers, and a low-pass filter for the unit's subwoofer output.

    • High-Pass Filter: Adjusts high pass filter cut-off frequency between 5-150Hz (in 10Hz intervals) for the front and rear speakers; the HPF slope is also adjustable (-24, -18, -12, or -6 dB).
    • Low-Pass Filter: Adjusts low pass crossover frequency for the subwoofer preamp output between 50-150Hz (in 10Hz intervals); the LPF slope is also adjustable (-24, -18, -12, or -6 dB).

    7-Band Equalizer: Along with a flat preset, there are 8 other preset EQ curves and 3 user programmable fields; Natural, Dynamic, Vocal Boost, Bass Boost, Super Bass, Rhythm, Relax, and Acoustic; as well as User 1, User 2, and User 3. The user presets can be adjusted to your preference and stored in memory. For each User preset, you can independently adjust the following frequencies: 45 Hz, 120 Hz, 315 Hz, 800 Hz, 2.4 kHz, 6.3 kHz, and 15 kHz. The level of each frequency can be adjusted from -10dB to +10dB in 2dB increments.

    Source Volume: 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 -12 to +12.

    Adaptive Volume: When this function is activate, the KW-NT50HDT automatically increase the volume level (both for Navigation and audio/video) as the car speeds up. You can set this feature to Min, Mid, Max, or Off.

    Note: You must connect the unit's Speed Signal wire (pink/gray) to your vehicle's speed sensor wire.

    Dynamic Range Compression: This function reduces a Dolby Digital soundtrack's dynamic range so you can hear quieter dialog without being overwhelmed by loud sections. You can choose a setting of Auto or On.

    AV Connections

    Audio/Video Input: The head unit features a front and rear panel audio/video input. The unit's front audio/video input consists of a 3.5mm AV jack, while the rear panel audio/video input consists of left and right RCA audio jacks and an RCA composite video jack, allowing you to connect external equipment to this head unit. The audio/video inputs can be set to one of the following modes:

    • AV: Choose when connecting an audio/video component.
    • Audio: Choose when connecting an audio component.
    • Off: Select when no component is connected.

    Video Output: The Video Output (RCA composite video jack) allows you to connect an optional external monitor. You can choose one of the following monitor types for the output to the external monitor(s):

    • 16:9: Select this when the aspect ratio of your monitor is 16:9.
    • 4:3 Letter Box: Select this when the aspect ratio of your monitor is 4:3, when viewing a widescreen picture black bars appear on the top and bottom of the screen.
    • 4:3 Pan Scan: Select this when the aspect ratio of your monitor is 4:3, when viewing a widescreen picture, the black bars do not appear; however, the left and right edges of the picture will not be shown on screen.

    Camera In: The Camera input consists of a composite video connector which allows you to connect an optional rear-view camera (105KVCM1K, sold separately). The unit features a reverse gear signal wire (purple/white), that when hooked up will switch the KW-NT50HDT's display to the rear-view camera input.

    Optional Input Adapter: An optional JVC Line Input Adapter (257KSU58), or the P.I.E. Auxiliary Input Adapter for JVC (469JVCJRCA), both sold separately, may be used to provide an additional auxiliary audio input on this unit. This feature allows you to connect a portable audio player, such as a portable MP3 player, to this unit as an additional audio source. The adapter connects to the J-port on this unit.

    Remote Control

    Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The head unit features an OEM steering wheel remote control input on the rear of the chassis that lets you keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with the optional PAC SWI-JACK Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (127SWIJACK, sold separately); or the optional Metra ASWC Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (120ASWC, sold separately).

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

     
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    Everything worked as advertised and with all the vehicle specific adapters installation was a breeze. The stereo does well overall. The GPS navigation works very well and the audio sound is great.
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    JVC KW-NT50HDT (Refurbished)

    Written By JK, Lake Havasu, AZ on Saturday, December 28, 2013
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    Everything works as advertised. Shipping was prompt.
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