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Move into the great, wide wireless world with JVC's KD-BT1 CD receiver, courtesy of built-in Bluetooth® technology. The KD-BT1 lets you enjoy hands-free calling and play music files without any connecting wires using your compatible phone. But Bluetooth is just the beginning of the story for this capable car receiver.

Move into the great, wide wireless world with JVC's KD-BT1 CD receiver, courtesy of built-in Bluetooth® technology. The KD-BT1 lets you enjoy hands-free calling and play music files without any connecting wires using your compatible phone. But Bluetooth is just the beginning of the story for this capable car receiver.

A high-quality Burr-Brown digital-to-analog converter delivers pristine musical reproduction, and the built-in amplifier delivers the power you need to make your speakers sound great. JVC's 3-band iEQ equalizer gives you plenty of ways to adjust the sound to your liking. The KD-BT1 plays discs loaded with MP3, WMA, and AAC files, and features a USB input for connecting a portable music player or thumb drive.

Check out the wide variety of entertainment options. You can add an optional adapter that'll allow you to control and charge your iPod®, or you can add a satellite radio or CD changer to further expand your choices. Building a bigger system? Use the stereo's three sets of preamp outputs to connect external amplifiers.

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.

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 discs loaded with MP3, WMA, and AAC files (except Digital Rights-protected files)
    • fold-down, detachable face with variable-color 3D graphics display
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • iEQ 3-band equalizer
    • 24-bit Burr-Brown digital-to-analog converter
    • subwoofer level and frequency controls
    Expandability:
    • compatible with optional JVC iPod adapter, satellite radio, and CD changer
    • inputs: built-in Bluetooth, USB input, optional auxiliary input
    • outputs: 3 sets of preamp outputs
    • compatible with most factory steering wheel audio controls (adapter required)
    Other information:

    What's in the Box:

    • AM/FM/CD receiver with 15-amp ATC fuse inserted into chassis
    • Face
    • Sleeve
    • Trim Ring
    • Hard plastic face case
    • Wiring harness
    • Wireless remote control (RM-RK50)
    • CR2025 Lithium battery
    • Microphone with attached 10.5' cord using a right-angle male 3.5mm minijack connector
    • Microphone stand
    • 2-sided tape strip
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • Mounting bolt (M5 x 13/16")
    • Flat washer
    • Hex nut
    • Rubber bushing
    • Instructions (English/Spanish/French)
    • Installation/Connection Manual (English/Spanish/French)
    • USA Product Registration Card
    • USA Warranty sheet
    • Canada Warranty card
    • Bluetooth Information note
    • "Caution" note attached to harness

    This unit works great i have had it six months and it was a easy install and setup the bluetooth works great without echo on my motorola v-365 i put my phone on automatic linkup so when i get in my truck it picks it up and thats it great unit.

    john, maynardville tn

    Reviews

    JVC KD-BT1 Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (42 Reviews)

    JVC KD-BT1

    Vertigo from Big Rapids, MI on 6/15/2008

    Decent radio for the price, however, if I could do it again, I would strongly consider spending more money for something better. -My #1 complaint: Poor USB support. Instead of providing the music in a directory (dir) tree structure, it simply takes all the subdirs and puts them into the root dir. I got a 60GB drive to use with it, but anything more than a couple gigs (if that) gets too difficult to sift through and find what you're looking for. JVC claims there is no problem and shows no intent to try and improve on the design and perhaps release a firmware update, showing a lack of support. -There is an annoying echo for people on the other end that seems to come and go, and it is sometimes difficult for them to hear me. -It doesn't transfer the call to the phone when you shut the car off. If you're at your destination, you either need to keep the car running to finish your conversation, or you need to hang up on the person and call them back. This, however, might be common to all Bluetooth radios. -There is no pause. I find this annoying and cheap, and common to many JVC radios. -Non-intuitive menus, particularly when configuring custom EQs. For example, even if you select User 2, after you make changes to it, you have to tell it to save it as User 2, otherwise it will overwrite User 1. I did this many times before figuring out what it was doing, and still did it a couple times afterward by mistake. If you select User 2, it should save any changes you make to User 2.

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    Excellent Product

    Felipe from New York, NY on 6/11/2008

    1999 Audi A4
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Purchased this radio to replace my Stock Audi headunit. Anything is better than this stock radio I had. The settings are a bit annoying to adjust but once you get the hang of it, its a piece of cake. The display could be a bit brighter. Prior reviews indicate the lack of screen visibility. Which is true. Since I more often drive my car at night im not really suffering from this problem. Plus, I was able to retain the use of my IPOD adapter and my Sirius satellite tuner ( JVC SIR1 ) You dont have to go out any buy this new tuner if you have the old one. Im extremely pleased with its features. Basically has what I want. Bluetooth.

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    john from maynardville tn on 6/10/2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This unit works great i have had it six months and it was a easy install and setup the bluetooth works great without echo on my motorola v-365 i put my phone on automatic linkup so when i get in my truck it picks it up and thats it great unit.

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    Works great

    Kerry from Boulder, CO on 6/2/2008

    2001 Honda Odyssey
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Works great with my Treo 755p bluetooth after I updated my treo's firmware. The USB input works great with everything I've plugged into it. It sounds great. The only downside is the user interface. It's easy to do the basics while keeping an eye on the road, but if you want to change fading/balance/eq/etc, you have to look carefully at the stereo and take your eyes off the road (or pull over). Overall, it has a great feature list for the price!!!

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    Check Your Phone Compatibility

    Ty from Boise, ID on 5/22/2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Purchased in Feb, but I had to use it a while before writing review. The positives list is long and outstanding, but I won't list those here because I find the best reviews concentrate on the cons. My phone is an LG enV with Verizon. The enV seems to work well, but Verizon is the problem. Verizon throttles down their software features. For example, the Bluetooth stereo functions well and so does callerID, but text msgs will not display on the KD-BT1. I know it's Verizon because the same phone with AT&T service displayed text messages fine. My only other complaint is song advance using a thumb drive plugged into the USB. Within a single folder you can't backup to previous songs, you can only go forward. To backup, I go to another folder, then back to the previous folder which then starts with the first song in that folder. Keeping you folders small will help alleviate this.

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    All that and a bag of chips!

    dpandkb from Chicago, IL on 5/21/2008

    I bought this unit because of the reviews on here and the features. I was looking for a player with bluetooth and usb. It is everything I wanted and has exceeded my expectations - Pros - Bluetooth is great. I have had a realatively easy time. I can't get new text messages but can access read and sent messages. I have the microphone on the pillar on the driver's side and it is perfect. I am told I sound great and clear. I set it so I can accept the call rather than having it on auto answer. The ubs is great. I had it run into my glove box and connected a 4gig drive. I love the random feature and it is perfact. Sounds great and flawless connection. The dimmer selection is also very helpful. It has an auto dimmer that switches on when you turn you lights on - but on my 91 prelude, it does not work so I set it on a timmer setting and that has worked great. I have had no complaints with the visability of the screen. Cons - The menue is not terribly intuitive but with the user manual, I have been able to figure everything out and at the end of the day, once you learn the basic funcitions, I don't find myself needing to learn new things every day. So, overall, I would rate this unit very high. I hope all subsequent purchaser enjoy it as much as I have!

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    Make Sure Your Phone is Compatible

    Tom from Spokane, WA on 5/12/2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Pro's: A lot of stereo for the price. Easy install. Sounds great! Con's: The Blue Tooth phone compatibility problems. There is a very small list of phones that are truly compatible with this deck. You can find the list on the JVC web site. My LG VX8700 connects to the deck and it sounds good, but none of the features work. Features like caller ID or voice calling. On at least 2 different occasions it locked up my entire system. I had to turn off the stereo and my phone to get everything to reset. I cannot connect my wife's Treo at all. As far as the Blue Tooth goes my bad for not doing better research before buying the deck. My biggest complaint is the menu system. Too many buttons and the lay- out is not logical. Some of the text is so small you need to pull over and lean toward the deck to see it. Since I am having trouble with it I know my wife will never be able to figure it out. I am returning the stereo and I am going to give Pioneer a try. I realize there a lot of very positive reviews on Crutchfield about this deck. That is largely why I picked this deck. However if your phone is not on the JVC compatibility list don't even bother. I will say that Crutchfield has been very good about the whole thing. I would give Crutchfield 5 stars.

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    All I asked for

    Paul from Upstate NY on 5/9/2008

    2004 Dodge Ram 2500
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    It was everything they said it would be, great unit, not anything negitive to say, real nice and it has exceeded all my expectations.

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    Another Great JVC Product

    Patrick from Hillsborough, NC on 4/22/2008

    2004 Ford Escape
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is another great product made by JVC. I am really satisfied with the overall performance and features. The Bluetooth microphone works extremely well when mounted on the visor (the steering wheel location suggested in the manual gives the person called a lot of echo & noise). The relatively easy setup makes it very user-friendly. I have been buying JVC Car Audio for a long time.....and with this innovation I will continue to.

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    Top quality unit for a low cost.

    Liz from AK on 4/16/2008

    2001 Honda Civic LX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This unit has a ton of features for a very reasonable cost. I compared many, but for the base price with this JVC I got all the features I was hoping for - can't beat that. ;) Even better? It really delivered. The Bluetooth is flawless. My Sony w580i phone works perfectly, and with the microphone mounted at the rear view mirror I have great sound and no echo (on either end of the conversation). The USB is fantastic - it's easy to scroll through songs and folders, and playback always resumes exactly where I left off. The menu is not bad; I don't find any stereo menu to be intuitive. After a few days, I've really gotten used to it and have no problems changing things. The display is great. It is hooked up to my lights and the dimmer switches from positive to negative, and the separate colors for each input is fun. Overlooked positive? Clock up at all times! I think the way it displays title/artist info is clear and easy to see. The complaint I do have is the way it shows an incoming call - the name is so small, requiring you to look more carefully which seems silly, given it's supposed to be kind of a safety issue to use the Bluetooth. No sound complaints. I live in AK, so I've seen the "low temp" warning. It still operates just fine, though - thank goodness. You can adjust the sound level of each source based on the loudness of the FM radio, a huge plus. There is a loudness option that I find easy to switch on and off, and the preset EQs aren't bad.

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    I love this stereo

    Matthew from Columbia, Maryland on 4/9/2008

    This is the 3rd JVC head unit i have bought, 2nd one from Crutchfield. I have never had a problem with any of them. All the extras this head unit has makes it great for the price. The display looks great, and i love the usb input. Bluetooth setup was easy, i'm using it with a Blackberry 7100. Installation was a breeze in my 08 f-150. I highly recommend this stereo.

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    Fantastic unit for the price!

    LouS from Dublin, OH on 3/29/2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    First off, I will say that there are better units out there, but currently, nobody gives you a better bang for the buck in electronics as JVC does. My entire home entertainment center is all JVC. Now off to the stereo review. I use the LG EnV and the bluetooth sync is fantastic. You can control the microphone volume from the stereo as well, so its not a default setting you are stuck with. This is important when it comes to eliminating echo and feedback. Keep in mind, mine is stuck at the default setting as it is flawless the way it is. The quality of the music through the Bluetooth transfer is very, very good. The menu took a couple of minutes to get the hang of, but, once you did, its relatively easy. I love the format the EQ settings are in. I would say its very close to a parametric style EQ, but, not quite. The USB on the end of the cable is nice. I can mount the port in multiple locations. This allows me to make entire thumb drives dedicated to one style of music or put multiple folders on one drive, and have my complete music catalogue on just a couple of memory units smaller than a lighter. The only thing I would have changed with the USB is that I wouldn't have hard wired it to the unit. If the cord shorts, you are pretty much hosed. I don't have much problem with the display as the others have suggested. Any LED style display will be hard to see in the daylight. You may want to make the screen display a bright blue or green to help with daytime viewing. And using the positive screen adjustment to help view it better. The FM reception is the only real complaint I have. My factory unit had great reception. With this stereo installed, close stations are still good, but, the far off stations that rang through clear on my OEM unit are very static ladened. I am going to try a FM signal booster. The only other downside I can see with this, is that it made me realize how anemic my factory speakers are. I guess I will have to donate more money to Crutchfield to resolve this issue.

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    Amazingly customizable, poor menus structure and control

    David from Hampton, NJ on 3/19/2008

    Before my review Ill put the things I wish I read here before I purchased and installed this stereo: <BR> 1) Experiment with different microphone locations in your vehicle and different positions in the clip holder. The microphone holder clip can block off the sides of the microphone, and that can make the difference between the person on the other end hearing an echo or not. I had to try about 5 different locations before finding one that worked well. When I first started with it, the reverb was terrible; now its non-existent. <BR> 2) Spend a lot of time configuring the display settings on the radio before you drive. The default settings are LOUSY for visibility with any sort of ambient light. I ended up setting the display to be black on white during the day and green on black (matching my instrument cluster) at night. The darker colors that are on the presets look cool, but are perfectly miserable in bright light. <BR> As an aside, its unfortunate that the default settings on all consumer electronics are set for ideal display model conditions, and not for real-world use. Theyre more concerned with showing the bling side-by-side vs. the other models in best buy than being prepared for safe use in your car. <BR> 3) When playing music through bluetooth, initiate the connection with the receiver. If you start the player on the phone first, you will not have control on the receiver. <BR> 4) If pairing with a CDMA motorola phone, take your media card out if youre having problems with the phonebook sync. My v9m would constantly reboot itself after granted a phone book connection until I removed the media card. If I ever need to update the saved phonebook in the BT1, Ill just take out the media card and sync again. You probably wont have this problem, but if you do... <BR> :::Review:::<BR> ::The Good::<BR> 1) Very customizable. - If you want Bling, it does Bling. If you want something that matches your interior and looks static, it does that too. <BR> 2) Lots of options without tons of add-ons. My stomach cant handle spending two bills on a stereo, then doubling it to add bluetooth. This receiver does it all and does it well. <BR> 3) Good Tuner - As good, or better than my previous Kenwood. <BR> 4) Large Screen - You can have the clock up all the time in addition to source, album, artist and song. Also a choice of standard or bold font. If you want it can do 3 different dances for you. <BR> 5) Usb is on the end of a wire instead of the front of the stereo: Front mounted usb ports just look bad, and youre quite likely to break the port accidentally. Since this receiver is capable, it also makes things a little cleaner if you permenantly connect a 2.5" hard drive. <BR> ::The Bad::<BR> 1) Menus - The menus are maddeningly inconsistent, and the controls and screen real estate available are often misused or unused.

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    Too bad it doesn't function

    dave from Salt Lake City,UT on 3/13/2008

    2002 Lexus IS300
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this unit based on specifications and the many good reviews posted here at Crutchifield. For the first couple of weeks, I was happy with it. Recently, the receiver has started hanging when I put in a CD. The motor spins up, but it will not play. At first I thought this was due to old CD's, but after trying the head unit with new ones, I know this is not the case. Today the unit refused to eject a CD until it was powered off and back on multiple times. In addition to this, when I try to use my USB drive, I get the message - "USB not support." Pros - installation kit included fairly easy to use looks nice multicolor lighting preamp outputs Cons- USB doesn't function as described Very limited number of custom sound presets Highs on some presets are locked Text on lower screen menus is too small to read while driving Subwoofer output not adjustable with presets The unit has stopped functioning correctly

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    Very Nice!!

    Willie from Green Cove Springs, FL on 3/6/2008

    1998 Dodge Ram
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    So far this has been a great unit. I had one question about the ground wire that came with the unit compared to the original stereo ground wire and the service technician cleared it up as soon as I called him. I'm still working on positioning the Bluetooth Mic in the right location. Right now I have it mounted to the top of my steering column and my wife tells me it sounds like I am far away. I am moving it up to the sun visor where I think it will work a lot better. I use the remote while driving so I don't have to fumble around with the buttons on the unit. I am very pleased with this and the reviews' on here were the deciding factor for me buy this unit.

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    Awesome unit

    Trever from orange County California on 2/25/2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased this unit for the bluetooth abilities. Though I can not use all the phone functions (text messages nor the nusic I have stored) it still allows me hands free talking. My wife says she can hear me much better than with my add on bluetooth I had on my last system. I bought the adaptor so I can use my PSP for movie viewing and it allows me to access my MP3 player and my Ipod. I agree with the other reviews that the display is hard to see in the day time and it does indeed take some practice as far as the settings and menu are consirned. The sound quality far surpasses my Kenwood Exelon that I had. There are two things I would change. First of all, I would make the flip down screen motorized and I would make the screen with a tilt option to help with daytime glare. Over all it is an awesome unit and I would deffinately recommend this unit. Trever Orange county California

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    This is it - Go ahead - Pull the trigger on the mouse!

    Walter from Tuscaloosa, AL on 2/19/2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I mean it. Buy this! Here is the deal. MUSIC! For an extra $40 for the external input adapter, you get - External input (for your Ipod, Zune or MP3 player), Bluetooth audio from your music phone, A USB connection that you can quick connect your music from your jump drive (have not tried a hard disk) and a CD (which can be a regular CD or a CD-R/RW with MP3, WMA, or ACC files). I have tried them all. You have so many options for music ... I forgot about the radio. You don't know which to listen to first! I put in a CD-RW with 15 albums. That is a lot of music. Any option you choose you get great, undistorted crystal clear music. Nothing, like your external input wires, come out the front of your radio dangling everywhere. At first I thought this would be a pain. It makes it clean looking! It comes out below the dash. Your USB is at the end of a 2 foot cord that also hangs below the dash. BLUETOOTH! Did not want you to miss this. You install the microphone anywhere you wish. It has about a 10 foot cord. I have a Razr V3xx. You get in, crank your car, and your phone pairs with your radio (after you initialy set this up). Whatever you are listening to will pause when you get a call (except your MP3 player). Your radio screen shows you who is calling. You press ONE button on your radio and you just say "hello". You did not even take the phone off your hip or out of your purse. On the other side of the call, the only complaint I got was some wind noise occasionally. Actually, it was a truck passing by. If they hear an echo then just call back. It ain't the radio. My Mom said it sounds better than when I am talking on my phone. You can also press the phone button on the radio and you phone, through your radio, will ask you which number you wish ... just like your phone does (because it is your phone ... silly!) DISPLAY! You have three colors to use. I was able to get it to match my dash LCD colors. Yes, I am boring ... just want it matching. You can chose from any other colors or make up your own. If you want dolphins jumping across you screen or dancing lights then this is not for you. You want to listen to music? Get it! SOUND! You have a 3 band equalizer that you can custom set up or use the presets. For Rock, I use the presets. For praise and worship I custom do my own. You can set it up quickly and then tweak till your hearts content. As for Crutchfield - they are good. It came with everything ... even help! I felt like a teenager again installing my own radio. The guys I work with thought I was crazy. I was able to spend, for a top quality radio, what that "other place" wanted for a regular radio with "some" frills. They did not even have this radio. Don't get caught up in the "free" installation. I would have had to pay extra for a faceplate, wiring harness from the back of the car to the front, antenna extenders and existing radio removal tools. Here, t

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    Excelent Product

    David from Philly, PA on 2/18/2008

    2004 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this to replace my factory radio in my 2004 Ram 1500 standard cab. The installation with Crutchfield's install kit took minutes. I was able to clip the microphone onto the dash bezel and it happens to point right to the driver. Callers have said they can't tell I'm on a speaker phone or hands free kit. I like the USB, but I wish it was on front. I was able to fish it into a storage pocket by cutting a small hole. The menus are a little hard to get used to, but I think you can say that with alot of radios. I'm considering buying another one for my other car.

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    USB is my Favorite

    TK from New Baltimore, MI on 2/13/2008

    2003 Ford Escape
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    What an advantage the USB connection is. Hook up a thumb drive with a rediculous amount of your favorite music loaded, and you are in business!!! No moving parts .. no disc to scratch or wear out .. and easily adaptable for the next roadtrip. I may not need CDs anymore at all. The bluetooth works as advertised and makes a nice hands free car phone. People on the receiving end seem to get an echo when they talk. I guess if you find a good mic spot that stops (I'm still fooling around with that). The music sounds fine, but the stock Ford Escape speakers are none too good. I'll probably upgrade those to take advantage of this fine radio. The install kit is priceless (and free) and makes it easy to look like a professional did the job. The extra slot is a good place to route the USB cable and hold the thumb drive. The menus are tricky at first, and the buttons are small but easy to get used to with practice. I'm having a great time enjoying music and exploring the features of this radio, and recommend it without hesitation.

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    WOW! Packs a mean punch without the price!

    JP from NC on 2/10/2008

    Read the reviews about this and I was up and down at first until I bought it. Let me tell you this unit has many features and sounds great and included is the bluetooth, iPod and USB feature! I will agree that the menu is difficult to scroll through while driving but if you read the manual it tells you how to operate the bluetooth feature. Also scrolling through the menu I adjusted the volume and after several calls made no damage yet. Another thing I like about this unit is the sound quality. My truck has a higher end Alpine unit and hands down this little guy packs a mean punch in my Civic! I also have the two 10's and an amplifier from Crutchfield and like mentioned above I am really happy with the sound. <BR><BR> Overall if you are serious about handsfree driving and want to listen to quality music go with this unit. If you are worried about blowing the speakers in your car, well I would suggest an upgrade and why not, the price is low enough to toss is some good speakers as well. Need I mention too free shipping and install kit but I will say no more. Thanks Crutchfield

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    Great price good deck

    Jeremy from Washington State on 2/5/2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have had this deck for about a month. I really wanted bluetooth for the driving I need to do and not have to wear the Star Trek ear piece. .................................................................................................................................................. PROS: *Easy install - both manual and Crutchfield info was excellent. This was my first install and I didn't need to call for help. *Sound is great *IPOD adapter works very well (purchased accessory) *USB Music adapter also is very nice to have and is included *Radio reception is good. I travel to the Oregon/Washington coast so it can be harder to pick up stations. This deck does much better than my old one. *Connected to my phone without much trouble. But keep the manual! .................................................................................................................................................. CONS: *The menus can be a pain to figure out...but after having it a month I'm much better. *The microphone can pick up speaker noise from the other person creating an echo. I created a cover for the mic to shield it from the speakers and only point to me. Callers noted the quality improved. In the end...I would highly recommend this unit to friends and family.

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    Difficult controls

    Melanie from Houston, TX on 2/2/2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I give this unit a half-good, half-bad rating. Good because this unit has almost every feature that I wanted--Bad because it has no usability. I hooked up my Bluetooth phone and my iPod (with the add-on adapter) with relative ease, and I could add other music sources with the USB. However, to use this thing and drive at the same time, I would have needed quicker reflexes, better hand-to-eye coordination, and a photographic memory. Every action requires pressing one button to access the options, turning the dial to select the option you want to change, pressing another button to enter the selection, turning the dial and/or pressing more buttons to change the setting, then pressing another button to enter the change... you get the point. All the while, a little countdown is running, so if you don't enter a selection fast enough, it *helpfully* returns to the default screen. For me, there is no question that this stereo is not for me. I cannot drive and use it at the same time. Did I mention that a professional installer was not able to get the adapter for the steering wheel controls to work with it? Did I mention that the volume needed to use the Bluetooth is twice as high as that needed for the tuner... And, even though I used the setting to control the volume for the Bluetooth compared to the tuner volume, when a call hung up, it automatically switched back to the last music source (the tuner), resulting in blown front speakers! I'm buying a Kenwood KDC-X891 to replace it. I'll see how that one works and review it on its product page.

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    Rick from Raleigh, NC on 1/22/2008

    2006 Toyota Tundra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Definately like the unit. I had to re locate the microphone 3 times to get non feedback location. The overall functionality is great. Works as advertised and I would definately purchase again.

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    Michael from Pedro,OH on 1/11/2008

    This item was a great deal installed it in a 1997 Ford Ranger (regular cab) the bluetooth paired with my Blackberry Pearl 8100 with no problem install was very easy. Item is very user friendly switched to this item from an Alpine for the bluetooth option would never own another Alpine. Sound quality is great Bluetooth quality is very clear with supplied external mic (mounted it on geaar shift colum behind steering wheel) Also I like how the song title and album title is on screen along with the clock another feature that wasn't on my Alpine unit. I would recomend this unit to any body looking for built in Bluetooth mainly because of PRICE QUALITY & BLUETOOTH & USB capabilities.

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    this unit out-performs my phone!

    Jonathan from baton rouge, louisiana on 1/10/2008

    2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    i bought this head unit along with a blackjack II for the intended use of the A2DP (stereo bluetooth) profile. The unit works amazingly--it works great with the blackjack II including loading all my contacts, and voice dialing (with the purchase of voice command for my BJII). The stereo bluetooth quality on the blackjack II is not worth using with this unit. I tried it with an at&amp;t tilt and a cingular 8125 (att 8125 htc 8125 whatever you wanna call it) with a hacked bluetooth stack to stream via a2dp and they all sound better than the blackjack II and blackjack I. The bluetooth stack in samsung phones is the worst i've ever seen. The unit does amazing with my 4 gig usb jump drive (working on getting a laptop 40 gig with an enclosure for free) and the bluetooth callings features work great. I cannot comment on the cd as i probably will never make use of it on this unit (unless at some point i make a huge mp3 cd then i might update my post. the only cons I have found with this unit are as follows (mostly just nit pickey things): 1. if you don't have voice dialing-forget trying to scroll through your phonebook via the head-unit as menus are cumbersome as others have noted (but can be got used to) 2. the volume/att knob on the unit itself needs some better texture or be more loose (easy to spin) where you can spin it with one finger (not have to actually grab it) 3. it sure makes a lot of wires behind the dash so many wires for what? to go wireless it's funny how things work out like that.

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    Bluetooth works, great flexibility, nice display

    Joe from Lake Hopatcong, NJ on 1/7/2008

    2003 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    FINALLY a receiver that does what it advertises! The Bluetooth functionality is awesome. I mounted the included mic on top of my A-pillar and sound quality is excellent. I really love the way it mutes the audio while I'm on the phone then goes back to whatever I was doing beforehand when I hang up. Sound is great, and there are plenty of things for the tweaker to play with. I do find that the Loudness setting is far too heavy on the bass, but that's a matter of taste. The display is beautiful, and I'm really amused by the color shifting. You can customize the colors 7 ways to Sunday, but I left the color shifting on. This way, no matter what the lighting conditions there's always a color that shows up well. Another neat feature is you can set the dimmer to work with the car's headlights, to come on at a specific time, or always be in one state. Very flexible. The menu system is awkward, and most of the menu text is far too small to read while driving. You can either use the MP3 embedded tags or filenames (which is nice) but you can't change how they're displayed on screen. Also the current source takes up more than 1/3 of the screen! Why waste such beautiful screen real-estate? These are the only real negatives I have found about this receiver, and I'm pretty critical about my equipment. The remote is really nice and functional, if a little too small for my hands.

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    Jvc has done it.

    Mr. Williams from Friendswood, Texas on 1/7/2008

    This head unit is everything it's advertised to be. The Blue tooth works awesome, people talking to you sound so clear, it's sounds like their right there with you. every one tells me that they can't believe that I am talking hands free, because of the great sound quality on their end of the line. The unit is loaded with features. I havn't tried the USB port yet. Like other people have mentioned, the menu takes some getting used to. The remote could have had better menu control on it, but over all this thing works great. The CD player does'nt skip when driving over the rough stuff. The EQ tuning works well. I love the display change over when you turn the car lights on, it really makes it easy to see day or night. All my FM stations come in really clear. My hat is off to Crutchfield for their Customer Service, and thier excellent prices.

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    Michael from Folsom, CA on 12/26/2007

    2007 Toyota 4Runner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This was my first install that I've done on my own, and Crutchfield made it really easy. The dash kit and wiring harnesses were easy to assemble. The instructions on removing the factory unit were impressive. All in all, this was a really easy install. The unit itself has been pretty good also. The bluetooth does pair with phones rather quickly. But unfortunately the Samsung BlackJack does not support uploading the phonebook to the device or sending text messages to the device. But other than that, it's a great device. Like some other users said, it does take a while to get used to the buttons, but it is nice to have all the customization choices!

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    Louis from Homestead, FL. on 11/29/2007

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easiest install I ever did and I do a lot. I chose this unit for my wifes car because the bluetooth was the highest rated and they weren't kidding, it works flawlessly with the external microphone clipped to her visor. In addition our Ipods work great with EZ control from the wireless remote and the USB capability is just icing on the cake. Overall VERY satisfied with this unit and all the support from Crutchfield. Now just one problem, should I order another one for my truck?...decisions, decisions.

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    Eric from San Diego, CA on 11/20/2007

    2001 Toyota 4Runner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    this is a great stereo. using the usb input is faster and cheaper than buying ipod accessories. the sound is great even with factory speakers. the only downside was the bluetooth phone. you have to be very careful with the microphone placement to avoid echos. but once i found the right spot the phone worked great. no one has complained about poor quality.

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    Stop looking and BUY IT ALREADY! You won't be disappointed!!!

    Ronald from Beautiful CleveLand, OH on 10/18/2007

    2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I searched. I searched. I searched more. Couldn't pull the trigger. You know what? Crutchfield has this incredible return policy - I could return it for ANY reason - like maybe I was having a bad day or my wife found out about me buying it before I could get it installed :)....Well I made my choice. And, what a GOOD CHOICE it turned out to be. I placed my order - I have an 01 Silverado - Crutchfield shipped EVERYTHING that I could possibly need. They even went so far as to tell me that if I had ANY PROBLEMS with the install that I could call them -- anytime. WoW! That's good stuff!! Does anyone offer this kind of service anymore? I received the radio TWO days after order. I installed it in about TWO HOURS. By the way, I also ordered the KS-PD100 for my Ipod. Again, total installation for everything was about TWO HOURS!! Could have been less but I spent some time soldering the wiring harness' together. I turned the radio on. Music hasn't sounded this good to me in a long time! Turned my cell phone on - the radio found it almost instantly and sucked all my phone numbers down lickety split. The radio sounds incredible. It looks and feels substantial - not cheap. The microphone for the phone is long enough to mount just about anywhere you want to. I am VERY VERY HAPPY I made this purchase from Crutchfield. By the way, after hearing the new stereo with the old stock speakers - I came back to Crutchfield and ordered all new speakers. I can't wait!! Do yourself a favor and stop looking and place your order already!!

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    Ricardo from Albany, Ga on 8/6/2007

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I had to really give the unit a thorough test before I gave a review. This unit is worth more than I paid for it. All problems can be worked out with a littles patiences. I purchased this unit for the Bluetooth. I work out of my vehicle and don't like stuff around my ear. It gave me a clean look in my 02 Avalanche. I mounted my mic up with my overhead storage compartment so everyone riding with me can talk. All in all, the Best System I ever bought.

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    Eric from Tampa, FL on 8/5/2007

    1997 Toyota 4Runner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I installed the JVC Bluetooth receiver in my Toyota 4Runner last week. My biggest concern with ordering this stereo was that the sound quality with the hands- free bluetooth wouldn't be good. Fortunately, I think the sound quality is great! I mounted the small microphone above the rear view mirror. The stereo has a microphone gain setting so the sensitivity can be adjusted as well, which is nice. I've had no complaints on sound quality from the people on the other end of my calls. When I question them on quality, they all say it sounds like I am talking directly into the phone. The bluetooth connectivity with my Samsung 740 is great. The stereo links with the phone within about 5-10 seconds after the ignition is turned on. My entire &quot;phonebook&quot; is loaded into the stereo automatically and I can make a call from the phonebook, or easily with the press of two buttons on the head unit access the phone's voicedialing feature. The nice thing with the phonebook being loaded on the unit is that when an incoming call comes in, you can see who it coming from by looking at the stereo!<BR>The unit is attractive and the multicolored screen is neat. The only complaint I have is with the screen in the sunlight. Certain colors are more difficult to see than others. Overall, I am extremely happy with this stereo and would definately recommend it.

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    This Receiver is Incredible

    Eric from Royal Oak, MI on 8/2/2007

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I cant say enough great things about this receiver. I bet Ill leave some things out, but Ill try my best to cover why its so great.<BR><BR>I originally purchased the Kenwood Excelon KDX-X791 for my Ford Ranger. I hated it for a number of reasons that Ill write in the review of that product (that seems to come highly recommended.) I returned it immediately.<BR><BR>THIS receiver did not come highly recommended, but it blew me away!<BR><BR>First of all, the switchable colors are fantastic. Im not 18 anymore, so I cant drive around in my car with videos of pink and blue dolphins and deer bouncing across my dashboard. I was looking for something that had a clean, professional look with incredible sound and SIRIUS/IPOD controls. This was IT.<BR><BR>The sound is amazing. The equalizer is highly customizable + very easy to use, even when youre on the road. The controls are highly intuitive as well. Though the amplifier is not rated as high in power as others (like the Kenwood), it sounds just as powerful, and its clean (cleaner, in fact), at high volumes.<BR><BR>Satellite and the IPOD were both a breeze to install, and worked immediately. The installation didnt take me more than an hour for everything combined.<BR><BR>The Bluetooth worked immediately as well. As long as the mic is mounted somewhere facing your mouth, youre good to go. People I speak with on the phone cant even tell Im talking through my car stereo. I cant BELEIVE how inexpensive this receiver is, considering that it performs better and looks better than others without Bluetooth in its price range.<BR><BR>If you set up playlists on your ipod, youre golden. Otherwise song selection can take a while.

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    Fantastic unit so far

    Marc from Everett, WA on 7/27/2007

    2000 Volkswagen GTI
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed this into my VW this weekend and I'm extremely happy with it.<BR><BR>Installation was easy and in fact I didn't even have to modify my vehicle to remove the rear bracket, it fit perfect.<BR><BR>The bluetooth works great, it syncs with my Nokia 5300 almost instantly. Phone calls as well as music through the bluetooth has worked flawlessly.<BR><BR>The only con is the menu system is a little odd and takes a bit getting used to but after about an hour it was second nature.

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    Lots of included features for the $$

    Gary from Thornton, CO on 7/8/2007

    2002 Nissan Maxima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I installed this in my 2002 Maxima and added the Sirius module, a steering wheel control interface module and an 80 GB, USB powered hard drive. My total cost with all of the pieces and parts was about $600. I was also considering the Pioneer DEH-P7900BT but it is a little more expensive and requires a separate interface module to hook up USB devices. Between the two, it would have added $150+ the the cost of the total project.<BR><BR>Pros:<BR>- USB input built-in<BR>- Bluetooth built-in<BR>- Optional Sattelite Radio &amp; was able to keep my steering wheel controls with the optional interface<BR>- While using the Bluetooth, Ive received comments that the sound quality on the other end is very clear and doesnt even sound like a speakerphone. I have not experienced an echo as others have described.<BR><BR>Cons:<BR>- I have over 500 albums worth of music on my hard drive and I have to scroll through hundreds of folders to find the album I want. I wish I could drill down through the folders like you can on your computer. The KD-BT1 just takes every folder at every level and numbers them (over 1,000 in my case).<BR>- The day-to-day controls are fine (like volume, presets, etc.) however, the setup and equalizer controls are clunky and non-intuitive.<BR><BR>Misc:<BR>- Others have complained about the poor visibility of the screen in the daytime. I have found that if you change the &quot;negative/positive&quot; setting so that the background is lit and the words are black, it is much easier to read in the daylight. I have mine set so that this reverses when my headlights are on.

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    Good receiver; complex menu structure

    Stuart from Atlanta, GA on 6/22/2007

    2005 Kia Spectra5
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    WOW! I really like this receiver; it looks and sounds great. I love the way the display looks at night. However, I do have a couple of issues with it:<BR><BR>1. The menu structure to set options is NOT intuitive at all. Don't try changing the EQ while driving (at least not until you've had a few months of practice).<BR><BR>2. I wish the aux input was in the front; I had to do a custom rig job to get the aux in to not look ugly. <BR><BR>3. The USB thing is cool, but it's not compatible with my Creative Zen Vision:M.<BR><BR>4. Bluetooth works AWESOME! My wife complains that there's an echo, but I think it's in part because I haven't got the microphone placed correctly yet.<BR><BR>Overall, I'd give it a 4 out 5 stars. I think it's a good investment if you want a Bluetooth head, but be prepared for some quirks.

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    Excellence

    Afrim from Emerson, NJ on 6/12/2007

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I got this unit after Crutchfield Customer service took back the Clarion DXZ775USB unit that simply couldn't cut it. The KD-BT1 has every input that i could ever need. I use an 60gb hard drive for the usb. I bought the external adapter for my MP3 player and it sounds as good as the USB. I have the XM module for JVC and that sounds great. I dont need to shoot audio thru bluetooth because i have so many other options. However for the phone this unit works great. I no longer use my bluetooth headset. I just speak into the mic and listen thru my speaker sytem. Its just wonderful. I have no problems what so ever. I highly recommend this unit especially if you are looking for true handsfree. My cell phone uses voice dialing and now I just say the name and the bluetooth works its magic. I have to give thanks to Crutchfield's support team. They truly stand behind everything they sell. 100% total customer satisfaction.

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    Jeff from Maryland on 6/3/2007

    1997 Nissan Maxima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased this unit for the bluetooth capability and the USB port. The USB port is a nice feature of the unit, would have preferred the USB to be on the front of the unit. My first unit had a terrible echo and tried everything to eliminate the echo, re-positioning microphone, adjusting microphone inputs levels, turn down the volume, etc. Even noticed the echo present when the radio volume was turned down to zero, which lead me to believe the unit was defective. Crutchfield customer service was great and shipped a replacement unit immediately. In just a few days I was back in business. This unit works great with my LG VX8100, no echo. My only issue (minor) is the caller id text could be a bit larger font, there is plenty of display available.

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    Not Perfect, but lots of options

    Reynaldo from Southern California on 5/27/2007

    2004 Honda Civic Hybrid
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I installed the KD-BT1 in my 04 Honda Civic Hybrid in about 3 hours. The hardest part was figuring out how to pry open the center unit. I am dreading having to open it up again. The fader only seems to work for one rear speaker. If I keep everything centered it sounds fine with sound coming from all speakers with no audible phasing.<BR><BR>Operationally, it works great with the iPod adapter KSPD-100 and my PPC-6700 WM5 cellphone for handsfree. CDs and radio sound great too. Bluetooth audio is another story. At first, almost every file I played skipped every second and had a high pitch screaching. I tweaked some registry entries on the phone, and things improved. I discovered that the Bluetooth stack on the phone was changeable, so I installed the Widcomm Bluetooth stack, and the Audio quality improved dramatically, but I lose the hands-free phone feature when I do this. luckily, I can toggle between them. It's a bit of a pain. Im hoping a future phone will have this worked out. When I stream bluetooth audio from my Dell Laptop, it sounds great, but none of the controls work on the BT1.<BR><BR>The biggest fustration with this unit has been the USB functionality. In all of the marketing information it states that it can playback WMA-DRM10 files. Then in the instructions it says that to use WMA-DRM10 files your player must support "USB Digital Media Streaming through MTP". I've Googled for hours and havent been able to find a player that supports it. I've tried a two. Neither have worked, Im going to try a Creative Zen next. I sent an email to JVC. Let's hope they respond.

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    pretty darn good

    neil from montana on 5/19/2007

    2006 Dodge Ram 2500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    i purchased through here for a 2006 dodge. everything worked great. i did have all the parts that i needed.<BR><BR>the deck is pretty great. i also purchased the ipod control unit from jvc which is pretty awesome. i doubt i will ever insert a cd so i don't know how that works. i am not going to use the usb because i have the ipod setup.<BR><BR>the bluetooth is the reason i purchased the unit. i am very happy with the ease of setup and the functions when connect with my razr and krzr. the microphone is great and people can here me. the problem is people can here themselves too. there is a considerable echo after the party stops talking. this is not the echo that you can here a second after every word you say. this is not the echo that completely stops your though process, but there is an echo on the other side. if this echo where of the other kind i would have sent this deck back without hesitation, but i can live with the echo that i do get. i will say that i have also mated a lg vx8100 with the deck and i was told there was no echo. i have not tested this any more to find out if it is true.<BR><BR>so, there is an echo, but everything else is up to par.

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    Howard from Old Bethpage, NY on 5/9/2007

    2002 Ford Econoline
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    This is a GREAT RECIEVER!!! It has every feature you can want. It has USB(allowing me to play music from my flash drive), allows you to play anything with a 3.5mm jack, ipod,mp3player, portable xm radio(If you purchase the optional jack),CD(Even MP3). The built in Bluetooth is awesome and the external microphone was really clear. I would highly recommend this to anyone. Plus, all the supporting accessories Cruthcfield sent made the installation a cinch and look as if it were factory installed.

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    Features and Specs

    Expandability
    AUX Input Optional
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input Rear
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Android Control No
    Memory Card Slot USB Memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready Both
    HD Radio No
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size ---
    Nano ---
    Touch ---
    iPhone ---
    General
    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
    Preamp Voltage 2.5/4 volts
    Screen Size ---
    Display Color 1728 Colors
    Key Button Color Red/Blue
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Yes
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 11.3 dBf
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No
    High-res Playback ---

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    Features
    Built-In Bluetooth
    External Device Controls

    Features

    Variable-Color 3D Graphics: This unit features a full-motion 3D graphics display with variable color backlighting. Using the palette of 12 preset colors (Aqua, Sky, Seas, Leaves, Grass, Apple, Rose, Amber, Honey, Violet, Grape, or Pale) and adjustable red, green and blue levels, you can customize the display background with one of 1,728 possible color variations. You can also choose Every (the color changes to a preset color every 2 seconds) or User 1, 2, or 3 (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). The display also features 3 audio level meters to choose from that reflect the intensity of audio frequencies being played.

    MP3/WMA/AAC Playback: The KD-BT1 can play MP3/WMA/AAC 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, Romeo or Windows long file name. 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.

    TI/Burr-Brown 24-Bit DAC: The JVC KD-BT1 utilizes a TI/Burr-Brown 24-Bit digital to analog converter for exceptional audio playback of your CD, CD-R, and CD-RW discs.

    Intelligent Equalizer (i-EQ): The KD-BT1 has a 3-band parametric EQ with manually adjustable low (60 Hz, 80 Hz, 100 Hz, or 200 Hz), midrange (500 Hz, 1 kHz, 1.5 kHz or 2.5 kHz), and high frequency (10 kHz, 12.5 kHz, 15 kHz, or 17 kHz) settings and bandwidth settings (0.5Q, 0.75Q, 1.0Q, 1.25Q, 1.5Q, 1.75Q, 2.0Q or fixed). The settings for each EQ band varies from -6 to +6. In addition, this unit also has nine selectable preset sound mode combinations. Each of the sound modes may be adjusted to your preference and stored in one of three user memories. The preset Intelligent EQ modes are:

    Sound Modes Preset Values
    Low Mid High
    Level Freq. Q Level Freq. Q Level Freq. Q
    Flat 00 60 Hz Q1.25 00 1 kHz Q1.25 00 10 kHz Fixed
    Hard Rock +03 100 Hz Q1.0 00 1 kHz Q1.25 +02 10 kHz
    R & B +03 80 Hz Q1.25 +01 1 kHz Q1.25 +03 15 kHz
    Pop +02 100 Hz Q1.25 +01 1 kHz Q1.25 +02 10 kHz
    Jazz +03 80 Hz Q1.25 00 1 kHz Q1.25 +03 10 kHz
    Dance +04 60 Hz Q1.0 -02 1 kHz Q1.0 +01 10 kHz
    Country +02 60 Hz Q1.0 00 1 kHz Q1.0 +02 12.5kHz
    Reggae +03 60 Hz Q1.25 +02 1 kHz Q1.25 +02 12.5 kHz
    Classic +01 80 Hz Q1.25 00 1 kHz Q1.25 +03 10 kHz

    Preferred Setting Mode: By activating the Preferred Setting Mode (PSM), you can set the clock, choose the time zone and daylight saving time, 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, set the Amplifier Gain control (high/low), and several other operational settings.

    Amplifier Gain Control: When you are using the KD-BT1 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.

    Title Assignment: The KD-BT1 allows you to assign names of up to 10 characters for AM and FM stations (30 station maximum). In addition, you can assign a name of up to 8 characters to a connected external component.

    Direct Track Access: You can directly access CD tracks 1-12 by pressing the station preset buttons. If a preset button is pressed for less than 1 second, the track corresponding to the number on the preset button is selected (for tracks 1-6). When a preset button is pressed for more than 1 second, the track corresponding to the number above the preset button is accessed (for tracks 7-12).

    Subwoofer Output: In addition to 2.5-volt front and rear preamp outputs, the KD-BT1 is equipped with a separate 4.0-volt subwoofer preamp output. The outputs are non-fading, and you can set the cutoff frequency of the low pass filter at 80Hz, 120Hz, or 160Hz. The subwoofer level can be set between 0 and 8.

    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 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.

    Clock Display: While playing a CD, you can switch between the clock display and the CD elapsed time display (the track number always appears). 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. In the PSM menu, the clock can be set to display with the unit on or off, only turning off when the ignition is turned off ("keyed" operation).

    Display Dimmer: The display dimmer can be set to Off (normal brightness at all times), Auto (display window automatically dims when your car head lights are turned on), On (display and button illumination is always dimmed) or Time Set (set a desired duration for the dimmer between two custom times).

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

    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 close the fold-down face)

    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.

    Wireless Remote Control: The KD-BT1 comes supplied with a wireless remote control (RM-RK50). The remote contains Power, Attenuator, Sound, Source, Tracking and Volume functions.

    Factory Steering Wheel Controls Compatibility: The head-unit features a rear-panel 3.5mm minijack input that allows you to operate this unit from your factory OEM steering wheel controls via an optional adapter (127SWIJACK, sold separately). The SWI-JACK is compatible with over 95% of the vehicles made from 1986 to the present. Compatible vehicles include many Acura, Audi, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, GMC, Harley Davidson, Honda, Hummer, Hyundai, Infiniti, Isuzu, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercury, Mini, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Oldsmobile, Plymouth, Pontiac, Saab, Saturn, Scion, Suzuki, Toyota, and Volkswagen vehicles. Please consult "Outfit My Car" to see if your vehicle is compatible.

    Built-In Bluetooth

    Built-In Bluetooth Wireless Technology: The JVC KD-BT1 supports the following Bluetooth Profiles - HSP (Headset Profile), HFP (Hands-Free Profile), A2DP (Advanced Audi Distribution Profile), AVRCP (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile), SPP (Serial Port Profile) and OPP (Object Push Profile). Bluetooth is a short-range wireless radio  communication technology for mobile devices such as your cell-phone. Bluetooth devices can be connected without cables for communication between each other. The JVC KD-BT1 features a built-in Bluetooth receiver along with a wired microphone that plugs into the back of the head-unit which allows you to make and receive cellular phone calls through your Bluetooth enabled phone, or listen to a Bluetooth audio device via the KD-BT1's controls and your vehicle's audio system. The supplied microphone comes with a an adjustable mic-stand that can be mounted to a flat surface via the supplied two-sided tape or clipped to your sun-visor. You can register up to 5 Bluetooth devices to this unit, however, only one unit of each type can be used at a time. You can operate the following Bluetooth features through this unit.

    • Making a call: You can make a call by entering a phone number from your JVC receiver's Dial Menu.
    • Calling from phonebook: You can call a number from the phone-book in your connected cellular phone using your JVC head-unit; before using this function, transfer the phone-book memory of your cellular phone to this unit.
    • Calling by voice command: If your cellular phone is equipped with the voice recognition system, you can make a call by your voice using the supplied microphone.
    • Calling from call histories: The head-unit has three kinds of call histories - redial, missed calls, and received calls. You can make a call using these call histories through your JVC head-unit.
    • Call Waiting: If your cellular phone is equipped with the call waiting function, you can put the current call on hold and answer the waiting call.
    • Calling by preset numbers: You can preset up to six phone numbers for one touch dialing from your JVC receiver.
    • Receiving the SMS (Short Message Service)/Text Message: If your cellular phone can use SMS and Text Message, you can read the message on the display of the receiver.
    • Playback  Bluetooth Audio: The built-in Bluetooth receiver also allows your JVC head-unit to playback audio wirelessly from your Bluetooth compatible portable audio player and operate the following playback options of your Bluetooth compatible portable audio player - Start Playback, Pause, Forward Skip, Reverse Skip and Stop.

    Compatible Bluetooth Enabled Mobile Phones:

    • BenQ/Siemens: SL75
    • Blackberry: 8700
    • Grundig: M130b
    • Motorola: E680i, KRZR K1, L6, SLVR L7, V3, V3x
    • Nokia: 5300, 6021, 6233, 8800, 8800 Sirocco, N70, N80, N91
    • 02: XDA Atom
    • Sagem: my301X, my700X,
    • Samsung: SGH-D528, SGH-D600e, SGH-E870, SGH-i750, SGH-X820, SGH-Z500, SGH-Z710
    • Sony Ericsson: K750i, K800i, M600

    Note: Currently not compatible with the Apple iPhone.

    External Device Controls

    USB Connection: The JVC KD-BT1 features a full-speed 1.1 USB type-A port attached to the rear chassis by a 4' pigtail allowing for installation placement flexibility. You can connect a USB mass storage class devices such as a USB memory thumb-drive, Digital Audio Player, or portable HDD to the unit using this USB input. The head-unit can play MP3/WMA/WMA-DRM10/AAC/WAV files stored on your USB device and supports ID3 Tag information. You can operate the USB device in the same way you operate the files on a CD-audio disc.

    Note: You cannot connect a computer to the USB terminal of this unit.

    Optional Interface Adapter for iPod: The optional KS-PD100 adapter (item # 257KSPD100) allows an iPod digital music player with a dock connector to be hooked up to and controlled by the KD-BT1. 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-BT1.

    Satellite Radio: This unit supports both XM and Sirius Satellite Radio when used with an optional satellite radio tuner and adapter, sold separately. This JVC headunit supports the SiriusConnect Universal Vehicle tuner and JVC KS-SRA100 Sirius Satellite Radio interface (item number 700SIRJVC1, sold separately). The headunit also supports the XMDirect2 Universal Vehicle tuner and CNPJVC1 XM Satellite Radio interface (item number 700XMJVC1, sold separately).

    Changer Controls: This unit is equipped with JVC's "J-Link" CD changer control system. It is fully compatible with JVC's CD/MP3 changer (item # 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.

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