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JVC Arsenal KD-A815

CD receiver

Item # 105KDA815

JVC includes a tiny Bluetooth adapter that lets you talk hands-free with a compatible phone.

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JVC includes a tiny Bluetooth adapter that lets you talk hands-free with a compatible phone.

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Item # 105KDA815

About the JVC Arsenal KD-A815

Talk hands-free with this sweet CD receiver

JVC includes a tiny Bluetooth adapter that lets you talk hands-free with a compatible phone. When a call comes in, the KD-A815 mutes your tunes and lets you answer the call by tapping the phone button on the stereo. You'll hear your caller over the speakers, and best of all you can talk freely while you pay attention to your driving.

Talk hands-free with this sweet CD receiver

The JVC Arsenal KD-A815 is the perfect companion for the open road — built-in Bluetooth® lets you make and receive calls while you keep your hands on the wheel, and you'll enjoy awesome sound from all your sources. Plus, you'll appreciate the ability to adjust the receiver's display lighting to match the lights on your dash, or to set up different colors for the display and the controls.

JVC Arsenal KD-A815

Hands-free calling

JVC includes a tiny Bluetooth adapter that lets you talk hands-free with a compatible phone. When a call comes in, the KD-A815 mutes your tunes and lets you answer the call by tapping the phone button on the stereo. You'll hear your caller over the speakers, and best of all you can talk freely while you pay attention to your driving.

Made for your iPod® or iPhone®

Plug your iPod or iPhone into the handy front-panel USB input, and you'll be able to speed through your music library with the KD-A815's controls. You can also activate the iPod's controls if your passengers want to pick the tunes. All song and artist info will appear in bright characters on the receiver's 2-line display. JVC also includes a handy remote for on-the-fly changes.

Play all your digital music files

This versatile stereo will handle all your CDs and recordable discs, even discs or thumb drives you've loaded with MP3 and WMA files. A premium digital-to-analog converter, made by industry leader Burr-Brown, reveals new details in your CDs and music files, and this receiver will even handle uncompressed WAV files — an audiophile's delight.

Looking to add on?

You can permanently install a JVC satellite radio tuner, or just connect a portable satellite radio to the auxiliary input. JVC's HD Radio™ tuner allows you to access the superior sound quality and extra programming offered by participating AM and FM stations.

You'll find three sets of preamp outputs for connecting amps and subs, and their 5-volt output keeps the noise out of your system. You can activate a selectable low-pass filter on the subwoofer outputs, and use the subwoofer level control to dial in the right amount of bass.

Keep your car's steering wheel audio controls

In most vehicles, you can use this 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.

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.

Bluetooth note: Bluetooth compatibility of this device may vary, depending on your phone and service provider.


Product highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with built-in MOSFET amplifier (20 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs, and MP3/WMA/WAV files on disc and USB thumb drive
    • variable color display (separate control over right and left sides of receiver)
    • included Bluetooth adapter
    • detachable face
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • built-in iPod and iPhone control
    • 3-band parametric EQ
    • subwoofer level control
    • Burr-Brown 24-bit digital-to-analog converter
    • inputs: front-panel auxiliary input, USB input
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (5-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
    • works with JVC's HD Radio tuner, satellite radio
    Other info:

    What's in the box:

    • AM/FM/CD receiver with 15-amp ATC fuse inserted into chassis
    • Face (inside included face-case)
    • Sleeve (attached)
    • Trim ring (attached)
    • Wiring harness
    • Wireless remote control (RM-RK50)
    • CR2025 Lithium battery (installed)
    • KS-UBT1 Bluetooth/USB adapter
    • Microphone (with attached 9.75' cable terminated by a right-angle male 3.5mm connector)
    • Visor-clip
    • Self-adhesive bracket
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • Face security screw
    • Instructions (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • Installation/Connection Manual (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • USB/Bluetooth Adapter Instructions (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • US Warranty Sheet
    • Canadian Warranty Card
    • Product Registration Card/Questionnaire
    • Face security screw note
    • "Caution!" note (attached to wiring harness)

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    Features & specs

    AUX Input Front and Optional Rear
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input Front and Rear
    Backup Camera Input No
    Second Camera Input No
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Alexa Voice Control
    Android Control No
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Included
    Satellite Radio Ready Both
    HD Radio Optional
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano Nano6/Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/
    Touch Touch4/Touch3/Touch2/Touch1
    iPhone Phone/Phone3G/Phone3GS/Phone4
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) 20 watts
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) ---
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Navigation App Compatible (iOS)
    Navigation App Compatible (Android)
    Preamp Voltage 5 volts
    Screen Size ---
    Display Color VarioColor
    Key Button Color VarioColor
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Yes
    Parts Warranty 2 Years
    Labor Warranty 2 Years
    FM Sensitivity 9.3 dBf
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No
    File Playback
    Music File Playback
    High-res Playback
    The JVC Arsenal KD-A815 replaces these items:

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    Display Features
    Audio Section
    Radio Functions
    Disc Playback
    USB/iPod/Aux Connection
    Bluetooth/Remote Control

    Display Features

    Detachable Face: The unit features a single front loading CD face that detaches from the chassis to deter theft. The CD player comes supplied with a plastic face-case to protect the detachable face when you have it off the chassis.

    Note: A face-fixing screw is supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired.

    Variable Color LCD and Key Illumination: The JVC KD-A815 features 29 color presets for the LCD display and button illumination. 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 can be applied to the display panel and the backlighting for all the buttons except the EQ/Bass-Treb and Disp buttons (they remain red). 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 display and button illumination, as well as adjust the display's contrast manually (1-8) to make display indications clear and legible.

    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 illumination lead).

    Clock Display: When you press the Display button during power off, the unit will turn on, display the clock for 5 seconds, then shut off. This can be done with the ignition on or off.

    Audio Section

    TI/Burr-Brown 24 Bit D/A Converter: The JVC KD-A815 utilizes a TI/Burr-Brown 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior CD sound quality.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The KD-A815 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-A815 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-A815 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)

    Pro EQ: The KD-A815 is equipped with JVC's Pro EQ. The integrated equalizer offers 6 preset sound modes (Flat, Natural, Dynamic, Vocal, Bass, User) suitable for the music genre of your choice. The User mode allows you to manually adjust the headunit's 3 band parametric EQ (Frequency, Level, and Q-Factor).

    Tone JVC Pro EQ
    Frequency Level Q
    Bass 50, 100, 200 Hz +/- 12 dB (-6 to +6) 0.7, 1.0, 1.4, 2.0
    Midrange 0.5, 1.0, 2.0 kHz +/- 12 dB (-6 to +6) 0.7, 1.0, 1.4, 2.0
    Treble 5, 10, 15 kHz +/- 12 dB (-6 to +6) 0.7, 1.0, 1.4, 2.0

    Loud (Loudness): This feature boosts low and high frequencies to produce a well-balanced sound at a low volume level. You can set the Loudness feature to 1, 2, 3, or off.

    Amplifier Gain Control: When you are using the KD-A815 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.

    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 -5 to +5.

    3 Pair of 5V Preamp Outputs: The KD-A815 is equipped with three pair of 5.0V preamp outputs (Front, Rear, Subwoofer). The front and rear preamp outputs allow fader control, while the subwoofer preamp output is non-fading.

    Subwoofer Control: The unit's subwoofer preamp output features a variable low-pass crossover (55Hz, 85Hz, 120Hz, or Through), Phase adjustment (Normal/Reverse), and level control (0 to 8).

    High Pass Filter: You can select the unit's high pass filter cut-off frequency (62Hz, 95Hz, 135Hz, or Through) for the front and rear speakers so it matches the subwoofer's low-pass filter setting.

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

    Radio Functions

    AM/FM Tuner: The JVC KD-A815 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.

    Title Assignment: You can also assign names (up to eight characters) for 30 AM/FM station frequencies.

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

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

    HD Radio: The KD-A815 supports HD Radio when the optional JVC HD Radio tuner box (105KTHD300, sold separately) is connected to the receiver's J-port on the rear of the unit. HD Radio Technology can 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. In addition, AM/FM digital stations can offer text and data such as artist names and song titles. Many HD Radio stations also offer more than one channel of programming. This service is called multicasting. When this optional HD Radio tuner box is connected to the KD-A815, you will still be able to receive conventional analog AM/FM broadcasts.

    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 (

    Satellite Radio Ready: There are several options for connecting an optional XM or SIRIUS Satellite Radio receiver to this receiver:

    • XM Satellite Radio: To receive XM Satellite Radio connect the optional CNP2000UCA XM Direct2 tuner and the JVC CNP-JVC1 adapter cable (package item number 700XMJVC2, sold separately).
    • SIRIUS: The JVC KD-A815 is compatible with the SiriusConnect Universal Tuner and Plug & Play Dock.
      • SiriusConnect Tuner: Connect the optional SC-C1 SiriusConnect vehicle tuner (item number 607SCC1) and the JVC KS-SRA100 SIRIUS adapter (item number 105KSRA100) - package # 700SIRJVC1, sold separately.
      • 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).
    • Portable: A portable satellite radio receiver can be connected to the headunit via the front panel auxiliary input or a JVC auxiliary input adapter, such as the KS-U57 or KS-U58 (sold separately).

    Note: A subscription is also required to receive satellite radio programming from SIRIUS or XM.

    Disc Playback

    MP3/WMA Playback: The KD-A815 can play MP3 (5-320 kbps)/WMA files (5-320 kbps) that have been recorded on CD-R and CD-RW discs. The disc must be recorded in one of the following formats: ISO 9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, Romeo or Windows long file. Each disc can have a total of 20,000 files and 2,000 folders (999 files per folder). The unit also supports IDTag3 (version 1.0, 1.1, 2.2, 2.3 or 2.4) for album and artist information from MP3 or WMA files.

    Fast Search: If your MP3/WMA disc contains a lot of tracks, you can fast search (+/- 10, 100, 1000) through the disc by simply turning the headunit's rotary dial to find the right song.

    A to Z Search: You can search MP3/WMA tracks alphabetically in a desired folder on a disc.

    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.

    Off Eject: The KD-A815 allows you to eject your disc with the headunit turned off.

    Note: The unit will not allow you to load a CD while it is powered off.

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

    USB/iPod/Aux Connection

    Dual USB Ports: The JVC KD-A815 features a front-panel and rear-panel USB 2.0 type-A port for connection of a USB mass-storage class device (these two USB terminals can be used at the same time). The front-panel USB port is behind a sliding cover while the rear USB port is attached to the chassis by a 46" pigtail. The USB port enables audio playback and control of MP3 (32-320 kbps)/WMA (5-320 kbps) audio files stored on a portable USB mass-storage class device (FAT 12/16/32). The KD-A815 can recognize a total of 20,000 files and 2,000 folders (999 files per folder). The unit also supports IDTag3 (version 1.0, 1.1, 2.2, 2.3 or 2.4) for album and artist information from MP3/WMA files. The KD-A815 provides Fast Search (+/- 10, 100, 1000) and Alphabetical Search (A-Z) to help you find your MP3/WMA files stored on your USB device.

    Note: This unit cannot recognize a USB mass storage class device whose rating is other than 5V and exceeds 500 mA. You cannot connect a USB device via a USB hub or Multi-Card Reader to this unit.

    iPod Direct: The JVC KD-A815's front-panel USB port also acts as an iPod high-speed direct connection when used with the USB/iPod cable that came with your iPod. An additional iPod cable is available (469USBPOD, sold separately) so you can leave one at home and one in the car. Menu options allow iPod control from the headunit or from the iPod itself. From the headunit's front-panel controls you can search your iPod/iPhone's music by Category (Playlist/Artist/Album/Song/Genre/Composer). If the selected category contains a high number of tracks, you can fast search (+/-10, 100, 1000) through the music tracks in that particular category by simply turning the headunit's control dial. The KD-A815 also supports Repeat and Random playback functions of your iPod/iPhone. Regardless of control mode, the KD-A815 will display your iPod/iPhone's music file text. The iPod/iPhone is also charged whenever it is connected with the head unit turned on. The JVC KD-A815 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of Jan. 2010):

    iPod/iPhone Model Generation Media Type  Control Type Display Type Charge
    Audio Video Headunit iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Text Track Info
    dock connector 3rd N N N N N N N
    4th N N N N N N N
    mini 1st N N N N N N N
    2nd N N N N N N N
     video 5th Y N Y N Y Y Y
     classic 80GB Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    120GB Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    160GB Y N Y Y Y Y Y
     nano 1st Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2nd Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3rd Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4th Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    5th Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    6th Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    2nd Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3rd Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4th Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    iPhone 2G Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3G Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4 Y N 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 headunit 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 an newer software update is available.

    Front Panel Auxiliary Input: A front panel stereo minijack is provided to allow the connection of a portable audio source. Just connect your portable digital music player to this unit, and you can listen to the audio from the portable player through the speakers in your mobile audio system.

    Optional Rear Auxiliary Input: An optional KS-U57 or KS-U58 adapter (105KSU57 or 257KSU58, both sold separately) can be connected to the J-port on the rear panel; giving you an additional auxiliary input. When either of these adapters is used, you cannot connect another external device to this port.

    Bluetooth/Remote Control

    USB Bluetooth Adapter: The JVC KD-A815 comes supplied with a USB Bluetooth Adapter (KS-UBT1) which can plug into either the headunit's front or rear-panel USB input, making the KD-A815 Bluetooth 2.0 certified. Once the Bluetooth adapter is inserted, this unit will support the following Bluetooth Profiles: HFP (Hands-Free Profile) 1.5, OPP (Object Push Profile) 1.1, PBAP (Phone Book Access Profile) 1.0, A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile) 1.2, and AVRCP (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile). Bluetooth technology allows you to utilize your vehicle's built-in audio system for wireless mobile phone communication or wireless music streaming.

    • Bluetooth Communication: The supplied Bluetooth adapter allows you receive and make calls from your Bluetooth enabled cell-phone using the KD-A815's controls. You can make a call by entering the phone number, using your downloaded Phonebook (up to 400 numbers), with voice recognition, or by dialing from a call history list (Dialed/Received/Missed). When a call comes in, a ring-tone will be heard through your vehicle's speaker, the headunit's display will flash, and the caller's name or phone number will be displayed. The KD-A815 can be set to automatically answer your incoming calls and mute any music audio to your vehicle's speakers so you can instantly carry on a phone conversation hands-free. An external wired microphone is supplied to carry on your side of the conversation while your car's speakers are used to hear the other person. You can adjust the volume level of the microphone if needed. You can also switch from the headunit back to your mobile phone for a more private conversation. In addition, you can switch between two paired mobile phones at any time, if you have more than one phone in the car. The headunit can also inform you of the arrival of a text message on your mobile phone with an audible and visual alert. However, you cannot read, edit, or send a text message through this unit.
    • Bluetooth Audio: The Bluetooth adapter also allows audio playback and control of a Bluetooth audio player through the KD-A815. The KD-A815 will be able to control basic playback features such as Play, Pause, Track Selection, Folder Selection, Fast Forward, Reverse, Skip Next, Skip Previous, Repeat and Random.

    Note: You can register up to 5 Bluetooth devices to this unit, however, only one unit of each type can be connected at a time. Not all Bluetooth enabled devices will be compatible with this unit. If you would like to keep both USB slots open for media playback, you can connect the optional JVC Bluetooth adapter (105BTA200, sold separately), which plugs in the unit J-port (instead of the supplied USB Bluetooth adapter.

    Wireless Remote Control: The KD-A815 comes supplied with a wireless remote control (RM-RK50). The remote has Power, Attenuator, Sound, Source, Tracking, and Volume functions. The remote operates off of a single CR2025 3V Lithium-cell battery (included).

    OEM Steering Wheel Remote Compatible:The unit also features an OEM steering wheel remote control input on the rear of the unit to allow you to keep your vehicle's 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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