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JVC Arsenal KD-AR870

CD receiver with MP3/WMA playback

Item # 105KDAR870

Boasting high-end audio performance and loaded with features, the Arsenal KD-AR870 CD receiver will inject some wow...

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Boasting high-end audio performance and loaded with features, the Arsenal KD-AR870 CD receiver will inject some wow...

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About the JVC Arsenal KD-AR870

Boasting high-end audio performance and loaded with features, the Arsenal KD-AR870 CD receiver will inject some wow into your car audio system. This versatile receiver offers a wide range of expansion capabilities, along with a bright, clear three-line text display that makes it a snap to find your favorite music files. And JVC's Personalized Image Capture Technology (PICT) lets you load your own images onto the display for your own unique look.

Boasting high-end audio performance and loaded with features, the Arsenal KD-AR870 CD receiver will inject some wow into your car audio system. This versatile receiver offers a wide range of expansion capabilities, along with a bright, clear three-line text display that makes it a snap to find your favorite music files. And JVC's Personalized Image Capture Technology (PICT) lets you load your own images onto the display for your own unique look.

The Burr-Brown digital-to-analog converter ensures pristine musical reproduction of your favorite tunes. Switch to the iEQ equalizer for 13 preset EQ curves and the ability to adjust the lows, mids, and highs by level and by frequency. Store your favorite settings and they'll always be on hand.

A handy front-panel USB input makes it easy to plug in your favorite music files, or you can enjoy those MP3 and WMA files burned onto discs. You can control your iPod® from the receiver's front panel with JVC's optional iPod adapter, or enter the world of satellite radio by adding a tuner, antenna, and subscription. Not enough? You can even add on an optional auxiliary input or CD changer.

If you want to take your system to the next level with external amps, the KD-AR870 features three sets of preamp outputs (5-volt for the front and rear, 2-volt for the subwoofer,) along with a built-in low-pass filter and a subwoofer level control. You can also turn off the internal amp for the cleanest possible sound from your amps.


Product highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with built-in MOSFET amplifier (20 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs (including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA music files)
    • detachable, fold-down face with 3-D animated Vari-Color display
    • PICT (Personalized Image Capture Technology) display feature
    • Rotary Encoder Multi-Control
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • iEQ equalizer with thirteen presets and a 3-band parametric EQ
    • 24-bit Burr-Brown digital-to-analog converter
    • defeatable internal amp
    • selectable low-pass filter
    • subwoofer level control
    • compatible with JVC iPod adapter
    • satellite radio-ready (tuner, antenna, and XM or SIRIUS service subscription required)
    • USB input (not compatible with iPod)
    • optional auxiliary input
    • CD changer controls
    • three sets of preamp outputs (5-volt front/rear, 2-volt subwoofer)
    Other features and specs:

    What's in the box:

    • AM/FM/CD/Changer controller receiver with 15-amp fuse inserted into chassis
    • Sleeve
    • Face
    • Hard plastic face case
    • Trim ring
    • Wiring harness
    • RM-RK50 Wireless remote control
    • 1 CR2025 Lithium battery
    • 1 Face security screw
    • 1 Clear plastic tab (for securing faceplate)
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • 1 Flat washer
    • 1 Hex nut
    • 1 Rubber bushing
    • Image Converter CD-ROM
    • Instructions (English/Spanish/French)
    • Installation/Connection Manual (English/Spanish/French)
    • "Before Electrical Connections" instruction sheet (English/Spanish/French)
    • Image Converter Guide for Installation
    • 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 Rear
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input ---
    USB Port Power ---
    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 0
    Bluetooth Compatible ---
    Satellite Radio Ready Both
    HD Radio ---
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size ---
    Nano ---
    Touch ---
    iPhone ---
    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 5/2 volts
    Screen Size ---
    Display Color Variable
    Key Button Color Red
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible ---
    Parts Warranty 2 Years
    Labor Warranty 2 Years
    FM Sensitivity 11.3 dBf
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No
    File Playback
    Music File Playback
    High-res Playback
    Second Camera Input Lane Watch N
    The JVC Arsenal KD-AR870 replaces these items:

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    Changer Controls


    Variable-Color 3D Graphics: This unit features a full-motion 3D graphics display with variable color backlighting. Using the palette of 12 preset colors and adjustable red, green and blue levels, you can customize the display background with one of 1,728 possible color variations. The following colors are stored in memory: Aqua, Sky, Sea, Leaves, Grass, Apple, Rose, Amber, Honey, Violet, Grape, and Pale. You can choose Every (the color changes to a preset color every 2 seconds) or User (created by your own levels of red, green and blue between 0 and 11). You can select a different color for each source, or a single color for all sources. In addition, you can select one "user color" for daytime use and another for nighttime use (when headlights are on).

    Personalized Image Capture Technology (PICT): Using the supplied Image Converter software, you can produce custom images to display on the KD-AR870's screen. Not only can you display still images, but you can modify images so that they in effect become a mini-animated movie. Customizing the images is simple and straight forward. First, you need to capture images by downloading them from the Internet or recording them with digital equipment, like a camcorder or camera. Next, using the Image Converter software, you can edit the images and convert them to PICT-compatible graphic data. Image Converter generates a new file suitable for the head unit's display without changing the source image. After the editing has been completed, the images can then be burned onto a CD-R or CD-RW disc. Finally, the images can be transferred to the head unit from the CD-R/CD-RW disc. (See below for minimum computer requirements for the Image Converter Software)

    Still Images: Pictures can be created and downloaded into the receiver and used for the graphic screen. A total of 30 large still images or 30 small still images can be shown one at a time as a static image or in a slide show fashion.

    Animations: Animations can be created and downloaded into the receiver and used for the graphic screen. The graphic screen animation can contain a maximum of 60 frames for a small size animation or 60 frames for a large size animation.

    Image Link: When an MP3/WMA folder includes an image file edited by Image Converter, you can show the image on the display while the tracks in the folder are played back.

    Contrast: You can adjust the LCD display contrast to make the display indications clear and legible from 1-10.

    Color Select: You can select your favorite display color for each source or for all sources.

    USB Port: The front-panel USB port allows you to play USB flash drives loaded with MP3 and WMA files. MP3 files with a bit rate from 8-320 kbps and WMA files with a bit rate from 5-320 kbps are supported.

    MP3/WMA Playback: The KD-AR870 can play MP3/WMA files 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 or Romeo. You can directly access folders numbered 01-12 (they must be assigned two-digit numbers when recorded). Each disc can have a maximum of 8 folder hierarchies, 200 folders, and no more than a total of 512 files and/or folders on each disc.

    Satellite Radio Ready: You can connect a satellite radio tuner to the KD-G820 in a couple of ways. The unit is directly compatible with the SIRIUS SIR-JVC1 Satellite Tuner for JVC (item # 607SIRJVC1). The Terk XMDirect universal XM Satellite Radio tuner (209XMD1000) can be connected to and controlled by the head unit when used with the XMDirect Smart Adapter for JVC (209XMDJVC1).

    Note: In addition to the optional satellite tuner, you will also need the proper antenna and a subscription to SIRIUS or XM Satellite Radio.

    Preferred Setting Mode: By activating the Preferred Setting Mode (PSM), you can set the clock, choose the time zone, select the dimmer mode, select the external component type (changer or line input), turn on/off ID3 Tag display, switch between US standard and European tuning spacing, and set the Amplifier Gain control (high/low) as well as other functions of the radio.

    Intelligent EQ (3-Band iEQ): This model has Hard Rock, R&B, Pop, Jazz, Dance, Country, Reggae, Classic, User 1, User 2, User 3, and Flat preset EQ curves. User 1, User 2, and User 3 presets can be adjusted to your preference and stored in memory. For each preset, you can independently adjust the following:

    • Low Level: -06 to +06
    • Low Frequency: 60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, or 200Hz
    • Low Width: Q1.0, Q1.25, Q1.5, or Q2.0
    • Mid Level: -06 to +06
    • Mid Frequency: 500Hz, 1kHz, 1.5kHz, or 2.5kHz
    • Mid Width: Q0.5, Q0.75, Q1.0, or Q1.25
    • High Level: -06 to +06
    • High Frequency: 10kHz, 12.5kHz, 15kHz, or 17.5kHz
    • High Width: Fixed (no adjustment)

    Amplifier Gain Control: When you are using the KD-AR870 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 Naming: The KD-AR870 allows you to assign names of up to 10 characters for AM and FM stations (30 station maximum), and a name up to 8 characters for a connected external component. You can also assign names of up to 32 characters for CDs (including a connected CD changer, but not MP3/WMA/USB or CD Text discs--30 disc maximum).

    Subwoofer Output: In addition to the 5V front and rear preamp outputs, this unit has a set of 2V subwoofer preamp outputs. The subwoofer output has independent level control, adjustable from 00 to 08, and a selectable low-pass crossover. You can select a cutoff frequency of 80, 120, or 160Hz.

    Line-In: The KD-AR870 features a rear pig-tail Auxiliary input on the back of unit to feed signal from an external portable audio device into the CD player such as a MP3 player.

    Optional Interface Adapter for iPod: The optional KS-PD100 adapter allows an iPod digital music player with a dock connector to be hooked up to and controlled by the KD-AR870. You'll be able to scroll through all your playlists, albums, artists, genres, and composers directly from the head unit. Song titles and other file information show up right on the head unit display. The iPod is also charged while it is connected to the KD-AR870.

    Compatibility with Optional Input Adapter: An optional JVC Line Input Adapter (item # 105KSU57) or Aux Input Adapter (item # 105KSU58) may be used to provide an additional auxiliary 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 CD changer input on this unit. When the adapter is connected to this unit, a CD changer cannot be connected.

    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. (Disc will not play this time until you select a track)

    Disc Lock: You can lock a disc in the loading slot so that it cannot be removed until you press a sequential number of buttons.

    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

    SSM: The Strong-Station Sequential Memory function allows the radio to automatically preset the strongest Local FM signals in the area you are currently located in. This feature is great when traveling. It allows you to preset six stations for each FM band (FM1, FM2, FM3).

    Wireless Remote Control: The KD-AR870 comes supplied with a wireless remote control (RM-RK50). The remote contains Power, Attenuator, Sound, Source, Tracking and Volume functions

    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.

    Dimmer: This unit is equipped with a wire that JVC calls an illumination lead, however, it acts as a dimmer lead. The dimmer can be set to Off (normal brightness at all times), Auto (display window automatically dims when your car head lights are turned on), or On (display is always dimmed). Also, this unit has a timer that allows you to turn the dimmer on for a period of time each day. The timer allows you to select a start time and an end time for the dimmer.

    Note: The amount of dimming is fixed, it cannot be adjusted, and the illumination wire must be connected for Auto operation.

    Cell-Phone Mute: The KD-AR870 features a Cell-Phone Mute function. When activated the CD, Changer or USB source will pause during cell-phone muting. The cell-phone mute function requires the brown-wire on the harness of the radio to be hardwired into your vehicle cellular phone system.

    Changer Controls

    Compatibility: This unit is equipped with JVC's "J-Link" CD changer control system. It is fully compatible with JVC's CD/MP3 changer (257CHX1500). Other JVC CH-X series CD changers (except CH-X99 and CH-X100) can be controlled directly by this head unit, however, they are not compatible with MP3 discs. You cannot use the KD-MK series CD changers with this unit, even with an adapter.


    Supplied Software: The 257KD-AR870 comes supplied with JVC's Application CD-ROM Image Converter ver. 3.0

    System Requirements:

    • OS: Microsoft Windows 2000, Windows XP
    • CPU: Pentium III 450 MHz or higher recommended or an equivalent
    • Memory: 128 MB RAM or more (256 MB or more is recommended)
    • Monitor: Display device capable of 1024 x 768 resolution, 16 bit color (65536 colors) or better
    • Disk Drive: CD-ROM drive for installation
    • Browser: Internet Explorer 6.0 or later

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