Disc & USB Playback
Audio & Tuner Section
Disc & USB Playback
Disc Compatibility: The unit features a single disc player
that will playback CD-Audio and finalized CD-R/CD-RW audio discs. The
unit also supports playback of MP3/WMA music files loaded onto CD-R/RW discs.
Front-Panel USB Port: The JVC Arsenal KD-AR555 features a
front-panel USB 2.0 type-A port (behind a sliding cover) connection and control
of a portable USB mass-storage class (MSC) device; such as select Android
smartphones (Froyo/Gingerbread OS only), portable digital audio players, or USB
thumbdrives. The USB port enables audio playback and control of MP3, WMA, & WAV
audio files stored on portable USB mass-storage class devices. USB portable
audio devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the
CD receiver's USB port (5V/1A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC
Note: This unit's USB port does not support direct connection of
an Apple iPod, iPhone, or iPad.
MP3/WMA/WAV Playback: The JVC Arsenal KD-AR555 supports the following
types of MP3, WMA, WAV files recorded onto CD-R/RW disc or loaded onto a USB
mass storage class device.
||ISO9660 Level 1 or 2, Romeo, Joliet,
or Windows long file name
MP3: bit rate of
8-320kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48kHz
WMA: bit rate of 32-192kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48kHz
WAV (USB only): bit rate of 8- or 16-bit
|Maximum # of
||ID3 tag (version 1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4),
Track/Folder List: The Track/Folder List displays a list of
MP3/WMA/WAV folders and tracks on a loaded CD or USB device, so you can easily
access your music.
Random/Repeat Modes: The JVC Arsenal KD-AR555 offers the following
Repeat and Random playback modes.
- Repeat: Track Repeat (plays the current track repeatedly), Folder
Repeat (plays all tracks of the current folder repeatedly), Off (cancels
- Random: Folder Random (plays all tracks of the current folder, then
the tracks of the next folder in random), All Random (plays all tracks of
the current disc at random), Off (cancels random function)
Resume: If you change the
source, playback also stops (without ejecting the disc or USB device). Next time you select CD
or USB for the playback source, the player will start from where it has been stopped
JVC Playlist Creator Compatible:
JVC Playlist Creator is a free Windows-based desktop software that helps
organize, manage and transfer MP3/WMA music files to your USB (MSC) device from
your PC. When you playback audio files that have been stored on your USB (MSC)
device using JVC Playlist Creator through the KD-AR555, you can search a file by
song title, album name, artist name, or genre using the head unit's Quick Search
function. The JVC Playlist Creator is a Windows-based software that can be
downloaded for free from JVC's website to your PC. The JVC Playlist Creator is
compatible with the following Windows Microsoft Operating Systems.
- Windows XP Professional, Home Edition SP2 or later (32-bit)
- Windows Vista (32/64-bit)
- Windows 7 (32/64-bit)
Note: Not compatible with Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad, Zune, or
Off Insert/Eject + Disc Protection: A CD disc can be inserted or ejected with
the power off. When a disc is inserted with the power off, the unit will
automatically power up and begin playback. 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. The source will change to CD, and
the disc will begin playback, even if you have another source selected at the
Mounting: For proper disc playback you must install the unit
within 30-degrees of horizontal.
Android Compatible: The JVC Arsenal KD-AR555 supports USB-connection
and playback of Android smartphones with Froyo or Gingerbread operating systems
- JVC Music Control: By connecting the JVC CD receiver
via USB to an Android smartphone (Froyo/Gingerbread OS only) that has the
JVC Music Control app installed, it allows you to list and search your
MP3 music stored on the smartphone from the receiver by artist name or album
name. The JVC Music Control app also analyzes all of your songs that are in
your Android smartphone, and creates a playlist according to your mood. Once
the application has completed the analysis of the songs, simply select your
current mood, and this application will generate a list of songs that best
fits your mood. Your compatible Android smartphone must be recognized as a
USB mass storage class device; not compatible with MTP protocol.
- Drive Change Mode: When an Android smartphone (Froyo/Gingerbread OS only)
is connected to the USB input terminal, you can select its internal memory
or external memory (such as an microSD card) to playback the songs stored on
the phone or on the memory card. This feature is also compatible with other
USB mass storage class compliant smartphones, such as Blackberry.
Note: The Drive Change feature also lets you switch between
multiple memory cards (up to 5) in a USB multi-card reader or multiple USB
thumbdrives (up to 5) connected to a USB hub.
Front-Panel Auxiliary Input: A front-panel stereo minijack
is provided to allow the connection of almost any portable audio source with a
3.5mm headphone output (great for those non-Apple/Android devices. Simply
connect your portable digital music player to the unit's front-panel auxiliary
input, and you can listen to the audio from the portable player through the
speakers in your mobile audio system. The unit's front-panel auxiliary input can
be turned On or Off.
Audio & Tuner Section
16 Bit D/A Converter: The JVC Arsenal KD-AR555 utilizes a 16-bit
digital to analog converter for superior sound quality.
MOSFET Amplifier: The JVC KD-AR555 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. The power output specs for the KD-AR555 are as follows:
- Full Bandwidth Power: 22 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4
ohms, 20-20kHz, 1% THD)
- Maximum Output Power: 50 watts x 4 channels (200 total
Note: When you
are using the KD-AR555 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.
Switchable 2ch/2.5V Preamp Outputs: The KD-AR555 is equipped
with one pair of 2.5V preamp outputs. You can set the Rear/SW preamp outputs for
connecting 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.
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. You can also adjust the head unit's subwoofer level
between -8 and +8 (separate from the main volume level).
Pro EQ: The KD-AR555 is equipped with JVC's Pro EQ. The
integrated equalizer offers 12 preset sound modes (Flat, Hard Rock, Jazz, Pop,
R&B, Talk, vocal Boost, Bass Boost, Classical, Dance, User 1, or User 2) suitable for the music genre of your choice. The User modes allow you to manually adjust the head unit's 3-band parametric EQ
(Frequency, Level, and Q-Factor).
||60, 80, 100, 200 Hz
||+/- 12 dB (-6 to +6)
||1.0, 1.25, 1.5, 2.0
0.5, 1.0, 1.5, 2.5
+/- 12 dB (-6 to
0.75, 1.0, 1.25
||10.0, 12.5, 15.0, 17.5
||+/- 12 dB (-6 to +6)
Note: You can store Pro EQ bass, middle and treble tone
settings for each source (CD, Tuner, Aux, and USB).
Sound Enhancements: The head unit provides further sound
enhancements for your car audio system.
- Digital Track Expander: The digital Track Expander
utomatically enhances compressed music files and restores the original
richness of the recording.
- Bass Boost: The unit's Bass Boost enhances low bass frequencies.
- Loud (Loudness): This feature boosts low and high
frequencies to produce a well-balanced sound at a low volume level. You can set
this feature to High, Low, or Off.
- 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
Key Beep: The in-dash head unit provides an audible beep to
confirm button operation. This function can be turned On or Off.
RDS AM/FM Tuner: The JVC Arsenal KD-AR555 features a built-in RDS
AM/FM tuner with manual, seek, and preset tuning. The Radio Data System (RDS)
feature displays radio broadcast information such as artist, title, and album
when listening to compatible AM/FM stations. You can store a total of 18 FM
stations presets and 6 AM station presets (manually or automatically). The
head unit's Radio Timer features lets you 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 an analog FM stereo broadcast is hard to receive, you can
manually switch the tuner to Mono operation. You can also switch the tuner's IF filter to Wide
or Auto to increase/decrease the sensitivity.
Note: You can set the built-in AM/FM tuner
between US standard and European tuning spacing.
Detachable Face: The JVC Arsenal KD-AR555 features a
detachable face to deter theft. No face-case is provided. An optional soft face case (142DFC1X,
sold separately) can be purchased for this unit. A face-fixing screw is supplied
for making the face non-detachable, if desired.
Single-Line LCD: The head unit features a 11-segment,
one-line LCD with white back-lit text, plus adjustable brightness and dimmer
- Brightness: The unit offers a daytime and nighttime
brightness settings for the LCD and button illumination. You can adjust the
brightness level of each manually from 0-31.
- Dimmer: The unit's
dimmer control can be set automatically or manually; select "Off" for daytime
brightness setting, "On" for nighttime brightness setting, or "Auto" which
switches between day and nighttime brightness setting automatically when you
turn off/on the headlights (orange/white wire of harness must be connected to
Variable Button Illumination: The JVC KD-AR555 features
variable button illumination, so you can better match your vehicle's interior
lightning. You can choose one of 29 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. You can also select a different color for daytime
and nighttime in regards to the unit's button illumination.
Day & Time: The unit displays a 12-or 24-hour clock, as well as the
day (Sun/Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri/Sat). The day & time can be selected to remain on,
even if the head unit is switched off (as long as the vehicle's key is in the
accessory or start position).
Demo Mode: This unit features a Demo mode which can be turned On or Off
within the menu.
Wireless Remote Control: The
KD-AR555 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
Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.
Optional Bluetooth: The JVC KS-BTA100 Bluetooth Adapter (105KSBTA10,
sold separately) provides Bluetooth hands-free communication and digital audio
streaming functions for the JVC Arsenal KD-AR555. The JVC KS-BTA100 gives you hands-free
communication from your compatible Bluetooth mobile phone and wireless streaming
audio from a Bluetooth enabled digital audio player, when connected to the JVC
in-dash head unit. The JVC Bluetooth Adapter includes a super-sensitive
microphone, an Answer/End button, and playback controls. The JVC Arsenal KD-AR555 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.
JVC Mobile Entertainment Bluetooth Support Page for a complete list of
compatible Bluetooth enabled devices.