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Our take on the JVC KD-R870BT

The various multimedia capabilities of JVC's KD-R870BT CD receiver demonstrate that you don't always have to pay a lot to get a lot. Evolving Bluetooth® technology lets you automatically pair up two phones simultaneously for convenient hands-free calling and wireless audio streaming. iPhone® and Android™ phone compatibility provide you access to a variety of Internet radio choices, while this receiver's simple-to-use controls quickly get you into immersive sound-shaping and display settings. 

Get your phones involved...together

The various multimedia capabilities of JVC's KD-R870BT CD receiver demonstrate that you don't always have to pay a lot to get a lot. Evolving Bluetooth® technology lets you automatically pair up two phones simultaneously for convenient hands-free calling and wireless audio streaming. iPhone® and Android™ phone compatibility provide you access to a variety of Internet radio choices, while this receiver's simple-to-use controls quickly get you into immersive sound-shaping and display settings. 

The latest Bluetooth technology

The KD-R870BT will pair with a Bluetooth-equipped phone automatically. So, don't worry about digging into tedious menu settings to wirelessly connect both phones. When you have to share the ride, this JVC enables you to pair two Bluetooth-equipped phones and quickly switch between them for hands-free calling and audio streaming. iPhone users, you'll also get voice control when pairing an iPhone with Siri.

Pick your source

You'll really enjoy playing music from Pandora® and iHeartRadio® on this great-sounding receiver, and iPhone users can now tune into Apple Music® for even more variety. You can also satisfy your music fix using the receiver's sensitive AM/FM radio, CD player, and front aux input for a portable music player, like a high-res player. And if you have MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, or FLAC music files on a thumb drive, the USB port can handle those too.

Tweak the sights and sounds

Once you've got the music going, you can shape your sound with the onboard 13-band graphic equalizer or select one of the eight EQ presets for a quick boost. JVC's K2 technology spruces up the sound of digital music by expanding the compressed bit rate, and you can add more kick to any source with the loudness switch. Since most car speakers are located down low in the doors, the KD-R870BT offers Sound Lift, which adjusts your music's frequencies to virtually "raise" your speakers for better, more natural imaging. If you're adding amplifiers or a powered subwoofer, the two sets of 4-volt preamp outputs provide you the clean signal you need for added output.

You can set the illuminated display to dim at a specific time or when you turn your headlights on. And if you'd like to avoid being seen from miles away, JVC included a 32-step brightness control for just the right amount of light in your dash, day or night.

Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?

In most cars, you'll need an adapter to retain those controls with this car stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and radio, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. You'll see the adapters that work with your vehicle when you add this receiver to your cart.

Bluetooth note: Use of this receiver's Bluetooth features will depend upon your phone's Bluetooth capabilities. Learn more in our article explaining Bluetooth profiles.

iPod/smartphone note: If you're going to use your iPod or smartphone with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for compatibility information.

Product Highlights:

    General Features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays media loaded with MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, and FLAC music files
    • detachable face with 12-digit LCD single-line display with blue button illumination
    • remote control
    Smartphone Features:
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
      • includes dual phone connection and automatic pairing for iPhone and Android
    • built-in iPod, iPhone, and iPad control and charging capability
    • Pandora and iHeartRadio Internet radio control with iPhone and Android (plus Apple Music with iPhone)
    • Siri Eyes Free voice control with compatible iPhones
    Audio Features:
    • 13-band graphic equalizer with 8 EQ presets
    • 3-step loudness control
    • high- and low-pass crossovers
    • Volume Link EQ boost specific frequencies to compensate for road noise
    • Sound Lift improves imaging of lower-positioned speakers
    • K2 technology improves the digital sound for all music sources
    • inputs: front-panel auxiliary input and USB port with sliding cover
    • outputs: 4-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear/sub)
    Other Features and Specs:

    What's in the Box:

    • CD receiver (10A fuse)
    • Face (attached)
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Trim ring (installed)
    • Wiring harness
    • Wireless remote control (RM-RK52)
    • CR2025 3V Lithium battery (installed)
    • Microphone w/ integrated bracket (attached 10' cable terminated by a right-angle male 3.5mm connector)
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • Instruction Manual (En/Fr/Sp)
    • Warranty Information
    • "Caution!" note (attached to wiring harness)

    It's a decent sounding radio, but it takes awhile to learn how to use the computer controls. The learning curve requires quite a bit of patience and repetitive attempts to learn how to operate it.

    Warren, Blackwood, NJ


    JVC KD-R870BT Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (107 Reviews)

    Disappointing unit from JVC

    Crutchfield customer from Frederick, MD on 2/17/2018

    2010 Toyota Corolla
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought a JVC head unit in the past that was pretty good and the price was excellent. The KD-R870BT is a serious downgrade in quality for the following reasons: 1. The firmware repeatedly crashes if a CD with 100 tracks on it is being played. I contacted Crutchfield tech service and they were very helpful. They informed me there were no firmware updates that I was hoping might fix this bug. 2. The bluetooth interface is very buggy. When it's connected, it works well. It's the getting in connected part in the first place that sucks. My transmit BT device is an Android OS phone. The BT connectivity has been experienced by 2 of my smart phones. 3. It takes a long time to start when powered on. 4. The CD eject takes a long time. It should be a hardware interrupt and mechanical only implementation. I shouldn't have to wait for the slow software to process the input. I suspect my reason numbers 3 and 4 are due to the firmware being written poorly, without keeping performance a high priority. It's probably written on a JVM platform, which is a terrible thing to do. 5. It is really irritating that firmware bug fixes will never be addressed. There will never be any updates for the firmware. For this reason, I probably will never get another JVC unit. If their business model prohibits fixing bugs and making firmware just better, I don't want to be a consumer of their products.

    Pros: The price is low, the equalizer options are good.

    Cons: Super buggy firmware.

    Good replacement radio for my 1998 Dodge Durango.

    Warren from Blackwood, NJ on 9/29/2017

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

    It's a decent sounding radio, but it takes awhile to learn how to use the computer controls. The learning curve requires quite a bit of patience and repetitive attempts to learn how to operate it.

    Pros: I really like the Bluetooth telephone feature that allows calls to come through the Radio (Good safety feature). The sound quality is good.

    Cons: The learning curve is steep for the computer feature controls. They are not easy to use while drivin. (Not a good safety feature). They are certainly not as intuitively obvious as identifying and turning analog knobs while driving. The pairing process can be a bit cumbersome and frustrating.

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    Brent from Redding, CA on 6/10/2017

    2010 Chevrolet Cobalt
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This JVC unit stopped playing USB and Bluetooth. The only input that works is the radio and it only receives a few channels. It was working well one day and the next nothing worked on the unit. I tried resetting the unit and worked all the troubleshooting scenarios. I have had this unit about 1 year but the warranty is only good for 90 days. I realize this is not a very expensive unit but I certainly expected that it would last longer than 1 year. I will not be buying or recommending ANY JVC product any longer.


    Cons: stopped working within 1 year and warranty only good for 90 days.

    Great Sound, Easy to Install

    Paul from Chesapeake, VA on 11/2/2016

    2004 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Replaced my factory stereo with tis one. The instructions made it a breeze to install. The sound (when paired with the JVC speakers I got as well) far outshines what was in the Jeep to begin with. Even with the top down the sound is great.



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    MARK from Shreveport, LA on 10/25/2016

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

    Upgraded from factory stereo and sounds great.

    Pros: Ordered from Crutchfield can't go wrong.

    Cons: N/a

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    Crutchfield customer from New York, NY on 10/24/2016

    1999 Ford F-250 Super Duty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Perfect fit in my '99 F-250 Super Duty. And very good sound, pretty easy to install, looks fine. It's just a little too complex for me, and not particularly intuitive on the buttons/features/layout. And the buttons need brighter lighting or could be larger or better marked. You have to look around for a while to find what you need. Maybe after I use it a few more weeks it will fall into place better.



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    Crutchfield customer from Wilmington, DE on 10/24/2016

    2004 Jeep Liberty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Perfect performance for the price point.



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    Crutchfield customer from Easley, SC on 10/16/2016

    2006 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I just installed the unit. It seems to work good, but the volume button feels cheap.



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    Crutchfield customer from Pompano Beach, on 10/13/2016

    2002 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy to use great sound



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    Crutchfield customer from Archbold, OH on 10/11/2016

    2000 Dodge Dakota
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This radio was bought for my son in college. He absolutely loves this radio. Installation went very well thanks to the instructions you emailed and sent with the radio. It took very little time to install. He loves the blue tooth capabilities! This is a great radio for connecting an Iphone to. He's very happy with the gift!



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    James from Warrior Al on 10/2/2016

    2006 Acura RSX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Nice stereo for the price



    easy to install - and great features

    Robert D from Denver, CO on 10/2/2016

    2004 Dodge Ram 3500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    So easy to install - especially with the kit provided by Cructhfield. Takes a little time to get used to where all the different features - such as equalizer, tone, etc., are in the menus, however; once you get the sound the way you like it, there's hardly any reason to change. I use my bluetooth smart 'phone to play Spotify music through the head unit. The JVC and my LG connect seamlessly and there is no difference in quality as compared to say a USB. Terrific sound and value - and I matched it with a set of (4) JVC speakers that sound great. For the money, you can't beat it.



    Great stereo!

    George D from Clovis, CA on 9/30/2016

    2007 Ford Taurus SE
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great stereo for the price. Good value.

    Pros: Good looking system with many great features. Bluetooth works well, and unit sounds awesome.

    Cons: Microphone that comes with unit does not pick up very well.

    Great replacement stereo for son's 1st car - '99 Protege

    Andrew from Claymont, NJ on 9/28/2016

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This was a replacement stereo for my sons crappy 99 Mazda Protégé, which had 1 working speaker out of 6 total. He absolutely loves it. The JVC speakers in the front door and rear deck are just great, and my son loves the bass response of these speakers, too. I tried to raise him right so he does have an affinity for Van Halen, Metallica and Dream Theater and other classic rock, but he is influenced by is friends hip-hop affinity and some rap. He will be getting the rear door speakers from Crutchfield to complete the system. He doesn't need anything super expensive probably in the range of $40-$50/pair. We had one of my best buds install it and once he had it figured out, it was pretty easy to install.

    Pros: Relatively easy install. Tool to remove old stereo was key! Awesome bass and volume for the price. Love the Bluetooth and iPhone capabilities. Only replaced 4 of the 6 original speakers, and it is no comparison. I highly recommend it for an affordable 1st car stereo. Thanks to Crutchfield salesman for helping me get this as a xmas gift for my son. Made sure all harnesses and speaker mount adapters were included.

    Cons: None

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    Crutchfield customer from Warrensburg, MO on 9/27/2016

    2002 Ford Escape
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Cannot go wrong with this stereo, for the price, sounds great , easy to set up.

    Pros: Reat sound,easy set up

    Cons: None

    Great for the price, custom EQ settings difficult to access

    Matthew from Charlottesville, VA on 9/19/2016

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

    I have only had this receiver installed for about a week, but I am reasonably happy with it. I wish the preset EQ options were broader in their scope, and/or the user settings were actually easy to use. So far I haven't been able to figure out how to set more than one frequency in that domain - the command path in the manual makes sense until I try and use it on the receiver, at which point I hit a dead end. I have not had the time to sit down and pore over the manual nor have I had the time to call Crutchfield for support in addressing this issue. I was sort of hoping I wouldn't need to call support to set the EQ. I can mix and set EQ in ProTools, this shouldn't really be all that hard. That said, I didn't shell out but a little more for this receiver, so what did I expect? I'm very happy with the USB port on the front and the fact that I have a brand new CD player in place of the 2001 factory Honda receiver that would sometimes decide I didn't deserve to get my CD back when I hit the eject button. And I should note as well that the couple times I did call Crutchfield for support in the installation process the experience was excellent - I always got what I needed to know and they were always courteous and friendly, as I have come to expect. And I know that once I do have the time to address my EQ problems I will be able to call them and they will know what they are talking about and are very likely to easily guide me through the problem to a solution.



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    ScramblinLouie from Cinnaminson, NJ on 9/19/2016

    1998 Chevrolet Cheyenne
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This radio was super easy to install and set up. The Bluetooth works flawlessly with IPhone 6. I've used the hands free calling feature and love it. I never would have thought I'd be able to have this feature in my beater truck. This radio is a great value. You wouldn't think that a radio for this price would have so many features.

    Pros: Easy install and set up (using manual). Bluetooth works perfectly. Hands free calling works wonderfully.

    Cons: Haven't found one.

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    Edward from SF, CA on 9/19/2016

    2003 Honda Civic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Overall the JVC unit is a great value. The select button that allows you to skip to the next song is a little small and close to other buttons. Otherwise this is a great replacement to any lower end stock CD car stereo.



    Decent radio. Nothing to write home about.

    Gary from Bethlehem, PA on 9/14/2016

    2007 Chevrolet TrailBlazer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Radio has good sound, was relatively easy to install. It is NOT easy to use as far as setup. The screen will not display the clock even though it has been set up. It is nearly impossible to customize the sound.

    Pros: Easy installation, good price point, bluetooth option and USB and external input jacks, overall good sound

    Cons: Setup and custom settings are tricky or don't do anything at all.

    Great blue

    Andresito from Manassas, VA on 9/12/2016

    2002 Honda Accord
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great system. Great sound.

    Pros: Sounds good looks good.

    Cons: None

    Great Support

    Brad from Winston Salem NC on 9/7/2016

    1990 Chevrolet C Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great in dash unit that easy to use. Tech Support was great.

    Pros: Easy to use.

    Cons: Adaptor wire was not long enough. Had to splice extra wire to reach unit

    Excellent Value

    Kevin from Hawthorne, CA on 9/5/2016

    2002 Toyota Tundra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I am really pleased with this product. I think it completely lives up to it's price tag, which is the most important thing for me. I wanted a replacement for my factory radio, and this totally fits the bill. I have a 2002 Tundra, and with the help of the online assistance, I was able to very easily get everything I needed to complete this installation myself. I have 0 experience with car stereo installation, so I was impressed with the fact that all the installation went off with only a few little issues (which were not the fault of anything except aged plastic breaking - a few clips from the dash panel of my truck). I found the setup to be easy, the features to work as expected and the sound quality totally acceptable (though I did get some better results after tweaking things in the setup a little). I am pleased with the sound quality (I didn't replace speakers or anything so I wasn't expecting that to be radically different, only a little better than factory). Mostly the functionality is so so so much better than factory that I'm totally happy. Advice - read all the installation directions before starting, read through the manual once installed for setup tips.

    Pros:  Bluetooth & USB work great for me w my iPhone  I had a good self-installation experience  Far nicer setup than my factory stereo w tape adapter  Cleaner looking unit  Pretty well designed functionality and buttons and ergonomics

    Cons: These are all MINOR Cons, in my opinion - again, keep in mind the price point of this unit  some items are a little bit buried in menus, like EQ, but there are faster ways to access if you read the instructions  this unit does not seem to recognize AAC files on a USB drive, even though I believe it's supposed to (it did recognize MP3 files on the same drive - MS-DOS formatted)  Searching through a device directory is pretty smooth, but there does seem to be a lack of a "Shuffle All"

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    Crutchfield customer from LEWISTON, ME on 9/2/2016

    2011 Toyota Camry
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    Kimberly from MIddlefield, OH on 8/29/2016

    2004 Toyota Corolla
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love this radio. The AM/FM reception is awesome. The CD Quality sound is amazing and the bluetooth capability rocks the world. I could have asked for anything better for the price I paid. Even the microphone sound quality for the bluetooth is outstanding.

    Pros: Blueetooth, Pandora, CD Player, AM/FM Radio

    Cons: complex to setup, but once you do....WOW!

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    Noman from Olean, NY on 8/28/2016

    1997 BMW Z3
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy to install, Tech help was excellent.Sounds good.



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    Sean from Waco, TX on 8/24/2016

    2004 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent head unit. Easy to use and install.

    Pros: Great features, and a lot of extras such as Bluetooth, and the microphone for the money.

    Cons: So many features that you have to take the time to read the manual, and spend some time using the receiver in a practical setting to understand how to use it properly and get the most out of the features.

    Good product - great phone help

    Last Chance Garage from Birmingham, AL on 8/21/2016

    2001 Porsche Boxster
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Radio Install instructions were only fair, but the help from Crutchfield was excellent and the install went well as a result. The Porsche wiring system is a bit unusual and more difficult than most others.

    Pros: Attractive looking unit, great sound, easy to use after the setup is completed.

    Cons: Somewhat complex to setup for sound, etc. Had to get some help from Crutchfield personnel with nomenclature - they were very knowledgeable. JVC instruction booklet needs a review to provide more clarity.

    Great Upgrade From Factory Radio

    Doug B. from Charlottesville, VA on 8/19/2016

    2000 Pontiac Grand Am
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The factory stereo was great for it's day but it was time to replace after some electrical issues started presenting. Picked this JVC for price in a bluetooth stereo and review ratings and pretty much concur with the reviews. I really like the phone connection as I feel safer talking now with both hands on the wheel - that's my big personal upgrade. All other features work great. Where this stereo could improve is that the preset channel settings are not intuitive. Yes, you can save 18 presets, but only numbers 1-6 are accessible with the buttons. To access 12-18 you press the search button that changes the volume knob to a search dial and you scroll through channels 1-18 this way. It is taking some getting used to but am getting used to it so it's not a deal-breaker. I do prefer a stereo where you press a button to scroll through FM1-FM2-FM3 and then use the six preset buttons to select the station off of that. Clear? Great! Also, the lighting I find kind of bright at night. You only have day and night settings for the dimmer, and even the night setting I just find bright as I drive around, so I'd prefer more control over the dimmer setting. It is taking some getting used to but am getting used to it so it's not a deal-breaker.

    Pros: Fast Bluetooth pairing with great bluetooth features.

    Cons: With only two settings, I'd like more control of the dimmer - at night even the light of the dimmed setting on the stereo is quite bright. Finding the preset channels (18 in all for the FM) is not intuitive.

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    Brent from Hilo, HI on 8/17/2016

    2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great stereo, love the Bluetooth, easy to install



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    Robert from Livingston, TX on 8/14/2016

    2004 Toyota Camry
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very easy to install. Love the radio



    Good Product

    Ray from Montgomery, AL on 8/7/2016

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

    No problems noted so far.



    Very Likable!

    Joshua L. from Athens, AL on 8/6/2016

    2002 Honda Civic EX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is the first time I've taken a risk an chose to buy all JVC products for my import. I couldn't be more impressed! It's honestly great quality with an underrated name. Highly approve their products.

    Pros: Great Quality, Reliable, Stylish, All around great unit!

    Cons: Why didn't I chose JVC sooner? Who's Kicker?!

    Very good

    skylar from New martinsville, WV on 8/4/2016

    1999 Chevrolet Cavalier
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great stereo looks great and sounds good along with the half off speaker deal great affordable buy

    Pros: Sound quality Looks Price

    Cons: None

    A definite upgrade

    wnc44 from New Prov, NJ on 8/2/2016

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

    This is my third JVC receiver, and JVC never disappoints me on the sound quality front. Siri control seems to work ok, although the mic sometimes doesn't pick up my voice clearly enough for dictation (as evidenced by a few wrongly worded text messages). Stylistically, most single DINs are about the same in my opinion, and this is about middle of the road or maybe even a bit bland for an entry level receiver (nothing will ever be as cool as my original JVC El Kameleon!). Installed for a week, and so far so good.



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    Stan M. from Joliet, IL on 7/31/2016

    2000 Chevrolet Camaro
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very nice radio with good sound and reception for price. Many features that you would not expect for a radio at this price point. Recently installed so time will tell. Installation is fairly simple however modifications needed to fit in vehicle since original radio much larger. Would give higher score if radio is problem free after a year.

    Pros: Very good quality and sound with no static so far . Nice features for price.

    Cons: Mounting bracket not very useful.

    Big upgrade over OME

    Mosquito13 from The Other West Coast, FL on 7/30/2016

    1995 Ford Econoline
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Everything I was looking for in a affordable in unite.

    Pros: EZ INSTAL

    Cons: Not found any.

    On the whole...

    Samuel k from State College, PA on 7/29/2016

    2006 Subaru Impreza 2.5i
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    generally fimr but Buttons are cramped and mushy. Get the r925bts.



    Nice Inexpensive Deck

    Cavan C. from Phoenix AZ on 7/25/2016

    1999 Acura 2.3CL
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I installed the JVC KD-R870BT in my Daughters 99 Acura CL. This install was very easy and this deck works well. This model does NOT allow you to change the display color. The Menu takes a while to learn to navigate and it seems a bit overly complicated. There is not a BASS/MID/TREBLE control. You have to set the X-over to adjust the sound. This is one of the nicest units I have seen for less than $100.

    Pros: Bluetooth works well, easy to install, great value

    Cons: no Bass/Treble controls, complicated menu navigation

    Works great after having to exchange the first one I got

    Crutchfield customer from Apex, NC on 7/24/2016

    2006 Honda Civic EX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The first one I received broke after a few days. The display froze in place and would not power off and when I took it out and put it back in it had no power. Crutchfield replaced it quickly and I have not had any problems since. I used JVC component speakers with it and the sound is great. The controls are a little hard to use like most single DIN receivers, but they are fine once you get used to it. I have no complaints.



    Crutch field rocks!

    Craig E. from Daytona, Fl on 7/13/2016

    2002 GMC Yukon
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great hands free blu tooth radio with USB for iPhone Customer service and installation assistance the best I have ever had with any company.

    Pros: Great value, excellent features, super customer service

    Cons: None

    Money well spent!

    Bake from East Bloomfield, NY on 7/10/2016

    2012 Jeep Liberty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This was my first attempt at car stereo installation. I wanted an upgrade from the base factory system in my 2012 Jeep Liberty. I didn't want to spend a boat load of money. I had a small list of what I was looking for. Bluetooth was the main reason. I wanted good power and good sound. With the JVC KD-R870BT i got everything I was looking for. And at a great price. I'm not a fan of XM radio so I didn't care that this unit isn't XM ready. I purchased some JVC speakers to go with it. Got them at half price when buying the JVC head unit. For just a little over $180 is all it cost to get what I wanted. Installation was actually pretty easy once I figured everything out. Detailed instructions and a couple calls to the great tech support folks at Crutchfield helped me along the way. I am very impressed with this this company and will certainly buy from them again. Back to the stereo... There is a lot to go through in terms of options and settings. A ton of different ways to tweak your sound. Just take your time and play around with it and get to know the stereo. It's easy to figure out. This baby gets really loud. It's very crisp and clear. I plan on adding a sub somewhere down the road. But for now I couldn't be any happier. Highly recommended!

    Pros: Great sound. Great Bluetooth connectivity. Cool looking. Ease of use. Value for the money.

    Cons: The only one I can come up with is the clock seems to get messed up from time to time. The day displayed will be wrong. Not big deal to me. A simple adjustment in the clock setting and all is good.

    Fine radio. Horrible bracket and instructions

    Alan from Georgetown, MA on 7/6/2016

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

    Radio is what I expected for the price. Good options and fine sound and controls. Setting up Bluetooth for the phone will require the manual and auto connect is not consistent. Not as intuitive as a lot of the radios I use my phone with. Unrelated to the radio itself are the mounting bracket and instructions. Very disappointing from better past experiences with Crutchfield. Poor quality plastic, Cryptic instructions at best. If I hadn't had past experience with radio installations I would be very upset. Has Crutchfield changed companies they use for these brackets? If so, bad choice.

    Pros: Good sound and options for the money. Wiring harness worked perfect.

    Cons: Menu operations overly complicated for a standard radio of this type. Unrelated to the radio itself.....VERY poor installation instructions with the cheap bracket that didn't allow the radio to come flush properly to the dash. Newbie would be frustrated trying to install this one.

    Crutchfield response on 7/11/2016 Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, please contact our tech support team right away. They can help you solve the problem and get the stereo installed properly! Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

    Great buy for a great price!

    Russ from Arvada, CO on 7/3/2016

    2005 Mitsubishi Lancer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy install, great value, highly recommeded!

    Pros: Great features, remote, usb and front input.

    Cons: None

    Complicated and not the best quality

    M Snow from Guys Mills, PA on 7/1/2016

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

    Let me start out by saying that I ordered from Crutchfield because I'd heard nothing but good things about the way they stand behind their products and I'm SO glad I did because my first JVC KD-R870BT unit only lasted two weeks. I ordered this unit because I wanted Bluetooth connectivity -mostly for streaming music. I'm also old enough that I still have some CDs laying around. The AutoConnect feature on the Bluetooth is just about worthless. I had problems with it from the get-go. After getting back in my truck in the morning or after work, occasionally it would connect on the first try but more often than not I found myself fighting with the radio for miles on end trying to get the Bluetooth to reconnect to my phone. I'd end up shutting the radio off, then the phone, then both, etc, before it would connect. Very frustrating. Eventually I just started listening to the radio more because I figured I'd be half way home before I got the Bluetooth to connect anyway. After two weeks everything but the AUX port stopped working. The Bluetooth showed an error code and the radio no longer transmitted sound to the speakers. The display showed that it was playing but there was no sound. I contacted Crutchfield and they were great. They immediately put a new unit in the mail for me. With the second unit, I'm having the same problem with the Bluetooth auto-connect feature so I'm guessing that's just the way it's going to be with this radio. Only been a few days so we'll see if it

    Pros: Bluetooth mic sounds good, once the Bluetooth actually connects it's a good connection and the sound is satisfying, the radio looks nice, install was straight forward, the display options are nice

    Cons: Very menu-driven and complicated and the menus are several levels deep which makes it difficult to manipulate while you're driving. Bluetooth auto-connect feature stinks. Preset buttons are really tiny. Questionable build quality considering my first one only lasted two weeks.

    JVC radio

    Gil D from Kilauea, HI on 6/27/2016

    2005 Mazda Tribute
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Works well sounds good. Would like Bluetooth mic instead of wired mic .



    JVC KD-R870BT

    Crutchfield customer from Illinois on 6/27/2016

    2005 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Nice looking radio, with alot of fearures for a low cost. Great value and looks great in the truck



    This radio is awesome

    Jack from Paradise, CA on 6/27/2016

    2005 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was skeptical of this, as it was about $100 and came with everything I needed. I had planned to get a cheap deck at the local auto parts store but saw this and figured the end cost would be about the same, and I hoped this would be a better deal. I love this radio. It was easy to install, the instructions even made sense! I love this one so much that I am trying to talk my fiancé into putting one in her car as well. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars in "ease of use" is because there are so many functions that I just can't remember them all yet. I would DEFINITELY recommend it to anyone looking for a quality radio at a good price.



    Great value for the price

    Brian from Austin, TX on 6/26/2016

    2008 Honda CRV LX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Lots of features for the price. Big improvement over the factory unit. Sounds great with the base factory speakers. Took awhile to figure out which pieces of the trim components were needed as the instructions were not clear. Instructions were not included with the antenna harness which had an unidentified single blue wire but was able to find its purpose in the Crutchfield Q&A database. Overall satisfied with the upgrade.

    Pros: Lots of features for the price, improves the sound quality of factory speakers,

    Cons: Installation instructions not real clear, requires some patience. Confusing antenna harness; make sure you connect the blue wire to the radio harness before installing.

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    Kenny E from Carrsville, VA on 6/26/2016

    2007 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was looking to upgrade my stock stereo to one with Bluetooth. I purchased this one because it seemed like I was looking for in y price range. I have very little experience installing radios and it took me less than an hour to install and sounds great!

    Pros: Purchased with the install kit specific for my vehicle and fit like it came from the dealership.

    Cons: The most time consuming part of installing it is splicing all the power and speaker wires together.

    JVC KD-R870BT Great value, Full of Great features

    DBB from Red Bank, NJ on 6/19/2016

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

    Great value, quality system loaded with the latest features.

    Pros: Loaded with great features, Excellent value and quality. Excellent warranty.

    Cons: Learning curve on buttons, small buttons


    Richard P. from Bonita Springs, FL on 6/13/2016

    2004 Pontiac Sunfire
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installation went as specified. It was easy to follow all your instructions.

    Pros: Looks good in the dashboard and performs to all my expectations.

    Cons: None

    Great radio, you get alot of really cool features for the money.

    Chris S. from Wooster, OH on 6/7/2016

    1997 GMC Sierra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great radio, blue tooth and connectivity work great. Can't believe you get this many features for this kind of money. Also everything you need to install comes with it. Great company to deal with.

    Pros: Great radio for the money. The blue tooth connectivity is awesome and hands free calling is great

    Cons: Nothing negative. ..

    Great stereo!

    Chas from Little River, SC on 6/6/2016

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

    It was easy to install and sounds good for the price. The quality is decent for the price as well.

    Pros: Easy install, good sound quality, the price

    Cons: The volume nob is a bit flimsy IMO, and there is no tuner nob which gets to be a bit annoying tuning Fm/AM radio.

    Easy Install

    Steve from Parsippany, NJ on 6/5/2016

    1994 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I installed this in a 94 Jeep Wrangler. Went in easy and fits well without any cutting of the dash required. I used the mounting bracket from the original Jeep tapedeck with no issues. The extra conversion harness for the Jeep made wiring a snap.

    Pros: Fits well, easy install, easy wiring


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    Bill Wright from Park Rapids, MN on 6/2/2016

    1995 GMC Sierra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The installation procedures were clear and concise. All the accessories that were ordered were the correct fit and were installed without any problem. The sound is great. It is taking some time to get used to the new features that are part of the unit. I needed to replace my "original" radio/cassette player as it was starting to fail. It is a great product and mating it up with the correct accessories made the install a breeze.



    Happy with My JVC KD-R870BT

    NeonFrogs from Lakewood, CO on 6/1/2016

    1999 Dodge Stratus
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I started with a nice receiver and less expensive. It worked just fine. However, I decided to upgrade to the one with Bluetooth. I am so glad that I did. I not only have really nice Bluetooth capabilities, but I also now have even better sound. Crutchfield Customer Service was a dream to work with and the new receiver is wonderful.

    Pros: Pro: Bluetooth, improved quality over the less model, easy to install

    Cons: I have to learn so many controls. I imagine that once I do, this won't be in the 'cons' anymore.

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    B. Reeves from Augusta, GA on 5/30/2016

    2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Hard to find a "simple" CD player/radio replacement. Just needed something to replace failed Jeep CD player. Added bonus - Aux input, BlueTooth, and chip card inputs.

    Pros: More than I expected for features.


    Good unit for the price, Great support from Crutchfield.

    Bill from Austin, TX on 5/29/2016

    2003 Chevrolet S10
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The included cables and tips from Crutchfield made install very easy .

    Pros: Easy install and good price for the features.

    Cons: None so far

    Great choice

    PWeb from Iowa on 5/29/2016

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Used this radio for my boat and it's working great, the cd doesn't even skip! It fit nicely in the glove box and looks very nice in the dark when it's lit up.

    Pros: The Bluetooth is easy to use and USB is nice for charging phones!

    Cons: None

    JVC KD-R870BT

    Crutchfield customer from Pompano Beach, FL on 5/28/2016

    2007 Hyundai Sonata
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great radio for the price



    Great product

    Mike from Thibodaux, LA on 5/26/2016

    2010 Ford F-150 XLT
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Wow...........replaced the factory unit. A lot more features and way better sound. Tech guys were super too




    Mike J from Janesville, WI on 5/24/2016

    2004 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I like everything about this unit except for the tiny preset station buttons! It went in easy and set up was not too hard! Another winner for me from Crutchfield!

    Pros: Decent system for the price!

    Cons: Small preset station buttons!

    Great price and easy install.

    Keith S. from Harrisonburg, VA on 5/20/2016

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

    All I need to upgrade from factory radio.



    Only Crutchfield

    Alumaguy from Wisconsin on 5/20/2016

    2005 Subaru Impreza RS
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Buying from Crutchfield is like a fresh from the dryer blanket on a cold Wisconsin night. A co-worker clued me in to the advantages of buying from Crutchfield. I am used to the good treatment Amazon provides. Crutchfield is much better for audio equipment, especially car stereos. They sent me everything I needed to install the radio and subwoofer I bought from them. I had not replsced a car stereo in over 40 years. I found that DIN standards rock! The removal of old and install of new was as easy as the YouTube video made it look. Keep up the good work. I bet it will not be 40 years before I buy from Crutchfield. I am actually looking forward to installing the next stereo system I buy.

    Pros: Provided wire harness adapter Delivered fast DIN standards Got to buy a soldering gun Daughter helped me put it in


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    Bob L. from Sugar Land, Tx. on 5/19/2016

    2007 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great product, great price.



    Excellent Features-bad mic for hands free calling

    bard9 from Pennsylvania on 5/16/2016

    2007 Dodge Caliber
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellelent features. Bluetooth streaming from iphone flawless. Mic for hands free calling recipient cant hear you well at all.

    Pros: Blutooth music streaming

    Cons: Bad hands free microphone

    Great price for tons of features

    Bob from Salt Lake City, UT on 5/15/2016

    2002 Mazda Protege5
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Whenever I get a used car, I immediately replace the old factory unit with a new in-dash deck from Crutchfield. This is probably the 6th JVC unit I've purchased for that purchase in the last 10 years. For the price, you just can't beat this unit. I like this has all the features I need: iPod connectivity, Bluetooth connectivity, etc. I am old enough to still want a CD player once in awhile, and this has one. To be honest, I feel like the quality on this unit is a little lower than other JVC units I've previously purchased at similar price points (ex. the buttons feel a little cheaper). But overall, for the number of features you get for price, this is a great choice. Side note: I installed it myself...very easy to do with the supplies and instructions that come with the unit. Another of the reasons I love

    Pros: Tons of features (CD, Bluetooth, iPod/Android compatibility, USB, front aux port, etc.)

    Cons: Buttons/knobs feel a little cheap.

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    Crutchfield customer from Jemez Springs, NM on 5/11/2016

    2002 GMC Sonoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent. Performed as advertised. I would highly recommend this product to anyone.



    JVC KD-R870BT

    Crutchfield customer from Black Hawk, CO on 5/7/2016

    2001 GMC Sierra 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Sweet little unit for the price. Takes a bit of time to go through all the menus and complete the setup.

    Pros: Lots of features in a single DIN package. Accepts music in many formats.

    Cons: Very menu driven. Many of the features are accessed only by drilling down thru the menus. No direct tuning of the radio, seek only. CD volume is quite a bit lower than the tuner volume. Thru the setup, I could get the volumes closer but not equal.

    Works Great

    Gerald from Cottage Grove, OR on 5/7/2016

    2004 Dodge Ram 3500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have installed several of the jvc Bluetooth units they sound good and work flawlessly.



    Great OEM replacement

    Lee from Houston, TX on 5/3/2016

    2004 Chevrolet Tahoe
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Purchased this unit as an OE replacement in my 12 year old Tahoe since the OE radio CD player died. This JVC unit has great functions to include bluetooth, pandora, usb port, etc. The sound is superior to teh OE radio as well. I already had replaced the speakers several years back with some good quality Polk audios, this JVC really brought the sound out of them unlike the OE radio.

    Pros: Easy install, clean look, bluetooth, value

    Cons: None so far!

    Great unit

    SBMAC from Huntington Station, NY on 5/2/2016

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    It's a great receiver and the sound quality out of my factory speakers is mind-blowing compared to the factory unit I had. It has a wonderful set-up menu allowing to set sound for the size of your speakers and tweeters. You can also customize the EQ on the "user" setting. The bluetooth works perfectly, allowing me to make and receive calls with the touch of a button, using voice-dialing. I don't even need to know where the phone is, so it is true hands-free. It's phone-free, in fact. During a call, you can tweak the audio quality so the person you are speaking to hears no noise or echo. Don't forget to install the mic cable in the back before you install the unit! There is no built-in mic! This is a good thing, and by drilling a 3/8" hole in the open space below the receiver in the adapter box's side, I was able to mount the mic there, against the side of the cubby hole in the box. I couldn't be happier with it.

    Pros: great audio, great bluetooth even the radio sounds like a CD.

    Cons: I'd prefer a good built-in mic, but it was not a deal breaker.

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    Terry M from Campbellsville, KY on 5/1/2016

    2001 Mitsubishi Galant
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent product at a reasonable price. Received product in exactly 2 days as advertised very easy to install with the master sheet and wiring harness That came from Crutchfield with it

    Pros: Great Sound with factory speakers cool display love the hands free talking and streaming features

    Cons: None

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    sam from joliet, IL on 4/30/2016

    2001 Ford Explorer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    i like the sound and price

    Pros: b.t quality and easy to install

    Cons: not right now


    Subsonnic from San Antonio, TX on 4/29/2016

    1996 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Decent stereo. Buttons are small. A bit plasticky. Good sound. Good features and configurability. Some confusing features...can't seem to get the USB connection to work with the phone (i.e., not use BT audio, but play music directly). Phone connected easy via BT.

    Pros: Sound, eq settings, connectivity w/ phone, Pandora interface.

    Cons: Needs to have specific eq/sound settings for each source. Buttons are small, especially when driving.

    Great value and ultimate convenience.

    Mark from Deptford Twp., NJ on 4/28/2016

    2001 Nissan Sentra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    My old beater had a busted radio so since i had to open up the dash anyway for a repair, I quickly picked out this unit and ordered at 5pm. Around 4pm the next day it came and I popped it in by 6pm! No trips to any stores or missing parts to seek out. Now I want to drive this car again! Sounds real good, seamless BT connection and simple to operate. I highly recommend this JVC for the budget minded buyer.

    Pros: Clear reception, easy auto connect for BT, phone controls are well designed and quickly accessed.

    Cons: Nothing jumps out, good value.


    Jesus from Fallbrook , CA on 4/25/2016

    2003 Volkswagen Beetle
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great deck for the money. Easy installation with free harness kit

    Pros: Bluetooth usb drive

    Cons: Everything went great during installation except trying to get the stereo to FIT all the way in. Had to make the wires shorter. ( limited space behind stereo and connectors are just in the way)

    Good radio so far

    Nver from Spokane, WA on 4/24/2016

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

    Seems like a quality unit. I've only had it for a few weeks. I've had a few people complaining about call quality with Bluetooth, my phone is getting older so I'm not sure if it's the units fault or just my phone. I wish they setup the buttons a little different but if I really cared about that I would have just payed more for a unit that sets up the buttons the way I want.

    Pros: Bluetooth, cheap, lots of features

    Cons: Poor call quality but I'm not sure that it's the units fault.

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    S. from Los Angeles, CA on 4/24/2016

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

    The reason I purchased this was for the blue tooth. I received a faulty microphone. JVC. was unsatisfactory to deal with to get a replacement. Still have not received it. Not to mention I have had to take apart the install twice and will have to do it again when I get the new microphone. If, it ever comes. Not happy with JVC

    Pros: Crutchfield was a pleasant experience. My product advisor was awesome!

    Cons: Microphone for the blue tooth is faulty. I'm having a difficult time replacing it. Have had the unit for 6 days. Do not like JVC

    Crutchfield response on 5/3/2016 Once we saw this review, our Tech Support team sent this customer a replacement microphone.

    nice stereo

    b16crxt from Greenville, SC on 4/21/2016

    2005 Ford Escape
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Nice looking stereo with great features and a great price. The microphone for the bluetooth/hands free is crap. Go ahead and get a decent 3.5mm connector lavalier mic with high sensitivity. You can barely hear the person talking to you in the car. I mounted it near the gauges of a 2005 Ford Escape and have to listen really hard to hear my wife when she calls from her car.

    Pros: Looks nice High quality All the features I want Price bluetooth connects automatically when we get in the car

    Cons: terrible microphone sensitivity. Can barely hear the user in a phone call.

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    d. cunningham from Silver Spring, MD on 4/21/2016

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

    awesome for the money

    Pros: easy to install, sound great

    Cons: directions on use could be better

    Not at all a slam-dunk install

    Henry from Rochester, NY on 4/20/2016

    1997 Ford Econoline
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installation went well until I got to the speaker wires. No harness to the speaker amp. Took to a shop and each wire will need to be hand wired. I will end up spending near $200. when I take it in tomorrow. Don't think your radio adapts well to older Fords. Just saw the following comment (down below) from another customer...."I did call customer service for help with adapters that were not included in packaging" (He owns a older Ford truck as do I) I assume once it is installed I will like it but right now am not real happy.

    Pros: 75% of the installation went well

    Cons: The adapter kit is not complete ....will cost 3 hrs. labor at a shop to install.

    Crutchfield response on 4/25/2016 Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, especially a situation like this, please contact our customer service or tech support teams right away. They can help you solve the problem and get the stereo installed and working! Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.


    Kevin from Sperry, OK on 4/18/2016

    1999 Dodge Ram
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very nice radio, using it to run my soundqubed 6.5 door speakers that are running off of a 4 channel 450w amp, and my 2 hdc315 running off a sq4500.1 now the radio it's self was easy to install and looks nice in my truck but you have to read on how to use which isn't to hard

    Pros: Looks nice Easy to use Bt calling

    Cons: Have to run microphone separately

    Nice low cost option to replacement factory Radio

    Crutchfield customer from Hudson, OH on 4/17/2016

    1998 Hyundai Elantra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great radio for a new driver.

    Pros: Great stereo options and price. ( Bluetooth)

    Cons: None at this price point

    Excellent choice

    Dan A. from Pomfret Md on 4/13/2016

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

    Perfect price. Perfect quality.



    Great Stereo

    Ginger from Denver, CO on 4/10/2016

    2006 Ford Escape
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    A great product for a great price. I was looking for a head unit that had connectivity to replace my original factory stereo. It works perfectly. Easilty connects via bluetooth and has clear sound. Settings take some time to adjust but once that is done it's a breeze. I do need to play around with it a little more to figure out how to prevent the stereo from blasting when moving from bluetooth back to FM. Wiring harness was very easy to connect to factory harness. Dash kit took some time to fit into my vehicle (my opening was a bit different than videos I had watched on youtube) but once I figured it out, the stereo was a breeze to slide in. Have not tried using gps through bluetooth so not sure if that works or not (having directions read through speakers). Wish I had purchased this product a long time ago.

    Pros: Connects via bluetooth easily. Very easy to switch between sources. Hands free calling works well (takes some adjusting though). Love the fact that this stereo only has white as the primary color (didn't want a club in my car). Very easy to see the display in sunlight (don't wear polarized sunglasses and expect to see it though). Bluetooth microphone has plenty of cord length to put it anywhere you want to. Great price.

    Cons: The stereo takes a bit (5-10 seconds) to connect the different sources (even FM) but it's more of an annoyance than a real complaint. Stereo doesn't have an option to display scroll and clock at the same time (you either can scroll artist/song or display clock/date). Wish it had both capabilities so I didn't have to keep changing the setting. Had to play around with the dash kit to install into my dash. Pandora source app sucks (just use bluetooth- much more functional and easy to use).

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    Tom from Florida on 4/8/2016

    2004 Chevrolet Avalanche
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent basic stereo with Bluetooth. All I was looking for was a simple stereo that could connect to Bluetooth for Pandora and it also has a USB input for a thumb drive with more mp3s and it works great. Awesome, simple product.

    Pros: Ease of use Bluetooth Works with Androids USB port for tons of Mp3s

    Cons: None at this time.

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    FRD from Cortland, Ohio on 4/7/2016

    2001 Chevrolet S10
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The product overall is a very good value. I have two issues. The first, there are no connectors with the radio or the harness kit. I had my dash apart and had to stop to go to the hardware store for wiring connectors. The other is the quality of the microphone for the phone, I have tried every adjustment and placed the microphone directly in front of me at the bottom of the dash lens. The people I am talking to have a very difficult time hearing me.



    New and Improved!

    Darrel from Tulare, CA on 4/6/2016

    Bought on sale. Huge improvement over stock radio. Especially enjoy the bluetooth pairing with my cell phone. Install was pretty straight forward. I did call customer service for help with adapters that were not included in packaging. They sent the two required adapters, at no charge to me, and reasonably fast shipping. Very pleased.



    Great replacement for Factory Radio

    Steve from Louisville, KY on 4/4/2016

    2003 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This radio replaced the factory Jeep radio so my teenage daughter would drive it. The bluetooth connection to the Phone works great. Streams music and can do handsfree phone.



    Amazing Sound and features for a good value

    John from Bushnell, FL on 3/29/2016

    2006 Volvo S60
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This purchase was so easy. After entering the vehicle information the suggested products were clearly listed and the complete list of products made the installation painless.

    Pros: Looks land performs like a factory install.


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    Frank from Auburn, NH on 3/26/2016

    2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great radio/CD unit for me. Awesome sound and value.

    Pros: Sound, USB port and Bluetooth with microphone. Bluetooth works real well.

    Cons: Just figuring out the mounting bracket took the longest for me. I do not install many radios, but once you do one you'll figure it out.

    Works GREAT!

    B Collins from Holly Springs, NC on 3/23/2016

    2003 Volvo S40
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Works well.

    Pros: Great Price.

    Cons: A lot of plastic.

    Great head in this price range

    Astrocreep from brandon, FL on 3/16/2016

    2014 Nissan Versa S
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    For the price this is a great unit. I replaced factory head along with adding 4x 6.5 kickers and a 500w RMS kicker 4 channel amp. Made a huge difference from stock radio and 2x stock speakers. The radio has so many options to scroll through which is the reason for 4/5 ease of use. Once setup its no longer an issue. 4/5 "Coolness Factor", great toy integration such as smartphone via Bluetooth (with external mic) or USB; also 3.5mm aux jack. The goods supplied from Crutchfield made installation a breeze. Except for the dash kit. It is a little flimsy and screw holes will crack if torqued to much. Which is not an issue with Crutchfield but with the manufacture of the dash install kit.

    Pros: Loads of connectivity, USB, Bluetooth, 3.5 jack. Great for hands free Bluetooth phone calls and great all around for music in general. Lots of settings to tweak in EQ and virtual sound effects. Pairs great with a 4 channel amp running 4x door speakers.

    Cons: A little subjective, but lack of control over display colors and functions.

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    Michael from mount juliet, TN on 3/16/2016

    2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was just looking for a replacement and possible upgrade from the old CD player in my Jeep. I wanting a receiver that would play CD's as well as an AUX input on the front for easily getting my Spotify to play through my phone. I was expecting to need to spend $350-$400 for anything worth while and more for Bluetooth most likely. The JVC KD-R870BT is amazing for the price. It sounds amazing, so much more than the (at the time) super high end Alpine from the late 90's I pulled out. The Bluethooth works quick and hassle free. The phone conversations are clear and without that typical speaker phone delay that is so annoying. The whole install was super easy and only took about 45 minutes, much smoother than a whole afternoon of cussing and band-aids that I thought would be in store for me. I really wish I had decided to purchase this receiver sooner. It's more than reasonably priced, sounds amazing, works flawlessly, and thanks to the included install kit was effortless to self install. Good stuff!

    Pros: Priced great, sounds amazing,many inputs as well as output configurations, easy install.

    Cons: Apparently makes you late to work because I keep taking the long way in to listen to "just a couple more" before I get there.


    f from yuma,az on 3/14/2016

    2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Fantastic stereo



    Love it

    Joe G from Temple, TX on 3/9/2016

    2003 Mazda Tribute
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I definitely made the right choice.

    Pros: Bluetooth is pretty awesome. I like the detachable faceplate. Install was easy.


    Works Well

    Guest from little rock, AR on 3/9/2016

    The product works well, but sacrifices ease of use and quality of the included materials for a lower price.



    More for my money

    Dean J from Jacksonville, NC on 3/9/2016

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    When i bought JVC the only thing I was looking for was bluetooth and capabilities with Siri. This had them both. The color of the face is a really nice blue color. I like to use the setting where the light flashes with the beat of the music. It adds a nice custom touch to the stereo. Also this is compatible with a PAC hands free radio stereo steering wheel controls if you vehicle supports that. Which i also bought and it works fantastic. I love this JVC and Crutchfield. Dillion helped me place my order and was very helpful with adding everything I "needed" without spending all my money.

    Pros: Everything

    Cons: Not able to change colors.

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    toneep from ogden, UT on 2/26/2016

    2002 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I wish I would've know the display colors didn't change on this model

    Pros: easy to install

    Cons: display doesn't change to multi-colors

    Great stereo

    Nat B from austin, TX on 2/10/2016

    2009 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love JVC stereos. Great sound. Simple to use. Everything you want for a awesome sound!

    Pros: 1.5 volt USB always keeps your devices charged.

    Cons: None


    Zangsax from haiku, HI on 1/29/2016

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy to install. Great Bluetooth implementation. Tons of features and clean sound. Everything I need. I am a professional musician looking for accurate mix and EQ. JVC does a nice job as is. If you need a BOOM machine you can add accessories but I listen to music as it sounds on stage or concert hall. My 2nd JVC and I will buy again.

    Pros: price, features, bluetooth implementation. sound

    Cons: none

    I like it.

    Robbie from Tulare, CA on 1/28/2016

    2007 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Good radio for the money.

    Pros: Connects to phone very easily.

    Cons: None yet

    JVC KD-R870BT

    Mic Bass from Orlando area on 1/21/2016

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

    Good unit

    Pros: Display, look, use

    Cons: None

    Great Unit For the Price

    Mak from Colorado on 1/14/2016

    2005 Jeep Liberty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great unit. Was really easy to install and the Crutchfield tech support when we had questions was great. We did it ourselves and had no problems. We even ran the Bluetooth Mic out the side of the stereo cover panel and up the seam to the right of the steering wheel and did not have to do any complicated wire pulling or dash or panel removals.


    Cons: Instructions were a little unclear if you've never installed a stereo before. You will have to splice wiring harnesses together with butt connectors (that you need to buy) but it's easy.

    Nice replacement system

    Jeff from Maryland on 1/13/2016

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

    This a nice replacement system for my 2001 Honda Accord. The sound is nice and fits nice in the dash. This unit replaced my factory 6 disk player I had. It only has a single CD player. Put most of my music is on my cell phone now. This unit does a nice job of streaming music from my Android phone. It's supports Pandora and Iheart. I normally just play music downloaded to my phone to avoid using my data. The added bonus is the hands free calling. It also woks well with google maps. Overall a nice system if you need to replace an old factory unit.

    Pros: Nice fit for 2001 Honda Accord. Bluetooth steaming and hands free works good with my Android phone. Using an adapter I was able to keep my steering wheel controls.


    JVC KD-R870BT

    JVC KD-R870BT from New York on 12/30/2015

    2000 Chrysler Concorde
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Radio does exactly what I need it to do. Bluetooth works fine and with a small learning curve it is easy to use. I am very happy with its performance.

    Pros: Just works.

    Cons: None


    Hands-on research

    Features and Specs

    AUX Input Front
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input Front
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control Yes
    Android Control Yes
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready No
    HD Radio No
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic
    Nano 7/6/5/4/3
    Touch 6/5/4/3/2
    iPhone 6S+/6S/6+/6/5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS/3
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) N/A
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) ---
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 4-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs No
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs Yes
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 4 volts
    Screen Size ---
    Display Color White
    Key Button Color Blue
    EQ Bands 13
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    FM Sensitivity 8.2 dBf
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes
    High-res Playback No

    Product Research

    Built-in Bluetooth
    Android & iPhone Integration
    Internet+AM/FM Radio
    Disc/USB/Aux Playback
    Audio Section
    Display Features
    Remote Control

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: The JVC KD-R870BT is equipped with built-in Bluetooth (version 2.1+EDR/3.0), allowing you to make and receive phone calls wirelessly through the receiver; as well as stream music wirelessly from your smartphone to the head unit. In order to use Bluetooth wireless technology, your phone must also be Bluetooth compatible and be able to interpret certain profiles. This unit is compatible with the following Bluetooth Profiles:

    • Hands-Free Communication: HFP 1.6 (Hands Free Profile), OPP 1.1 (Object Push Profile), PBAB 1.0 (Phone Book Access Profile).
    • Audio Streaming: A2DP 1.2 (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP 1.5 (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).
    Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the JVC KD-R870BT. Check here for the latest Bluetooth compatibility information.

    Secure Simple Pairing (SSP) + Auto Pairing (via USB): With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the JVC KD-R870BT without having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings. You can even pair your Apple iPhone (iOS 5+) or Android smartphone (running JVC Music Play App) by simply connecting it to the JVC head unit via USB and following a single prompt on the head unit's display. When an already paired Bluetooth device is in close proximity to the receiver, the auto connection function automatically pairs the two units. You can pair up to ten Bluetooth-enabled devices to the JVC head unit, with a maximum of two Bluetooth phones and one Bluetooth audio device connected at one time.

    Bluetooth Hands-Free Communication (w/ External Mic): The head unit supports Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. And thanks to the latest Hands-Free Profile (HFP 1.6) with wideband speech capability, the KD-R870BT provides more natural sound quality and details during wireless calls. The controls of the KD-R870BT can be used to dial a number, answer an in-coming call, or end a call. The unit also includes an external microphone (with mounting bracket) featuring adjustable gain, so you can carry on your side of the conversation while listening to the caller through your vehicles speakers. During a conversation, you can switch between the Private Mode (talking directly on your cell phone) and the Hands Free Mode.

    • Answering A Call: When a call comes in, a ring-tone will be heard through your vehicle's speaker and the caller's name or phone number will be displayed. You can answer the call from the head unit's front-panel controls, or setup the head unit to automatically answer the incoming call immediately or after 1-30 seconds. The KD-R870BT also supports the Call Waiting function, so you can answer another incoming call while suspending the current call you are on. Your compatible cell-phone must also support this feature.
    • Dialing A Number: Using the KD-R870BT, you can dial a phone number in one of the following ways:
      • Enter Phone #: Allows you to directly dial a phone number up to 32 digits from the head unit's front-panel rotary dial.
      • Preset Dialing: You can store up to 6 contacts in the memory of this unit for speed dialing.
      • Phone Book: You can dial by using the downloaded phone book. You can download phone book data from your cell phone to the KD-R870BT.You can search through your contacts alphabetically or numerically. Up to 400 numbers can be stored for each registered cell phone.
      • Call History: The Call History is a list of calls that have originated from and were received by this unit that you can dial. You can select Outgoing, Incoming, or Missed calls (up to 50 each).
      • Voice Dialing: If your mobile phone supports voice recognition, then you can dial out by voice command. Simply speak into the included microphone once you have activated the voice dialing function from the head unit's front-panel. 
    External Mic: The external wired microphone offers improved audio quality versus an integrated microphone, so you can be heard easier over noisy traffic and road noise. You can adjust the volume level, noise cancellation, and echo cancellation of the microphone without affecting the other sources. The external microphone features an attached 10' cable terminated by a right-angle 3.5mm connector which plugs into the mic input on the rear-panel of the head unit. The microphone offers an integrated mounting bracket which can be clipped to your vehicle's sun-visor or taped to your dash.

    Wireless Audio Streaming: The JVC KD-R870BT supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone or audio player, plus song/artist information display and support for AAC music streaming.

    • Stored Music & Music Apps: You are able to stream your stored music library on your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone, as well as music apps downloaded on your smartphone to the JVC KD-R870BT for playback.
    • SBC + AAC Codecs: In addition to support for the standard SBC Bluetooth audio codec, the KD-R870BT offers support of AAC.  By supporting AAC, the KD-R870BT offers better audio performance of the music streamed from your Apple iPod, iPhone, or iPad.
    • Advanced Music Playback: In addition to basic playback functions (Play/Pause, FF/RW, Skip, Random/Repeat), the KD-R870BT lets you browse your stored music by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, etc. (AVRCP 1.4+ phones only).
    • Song/Artist Information: The head unit will also display your stored music and music app's song information; such as Artist name and Song/Album title (not compatible with all apps).
    Note: When an incoming call or outgoing call is in progress from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, audio streaming will be paused so you can take your call. Once the call is finished, your streaming music will resume.

    Siri Eyes Free Control: When paired to an iPhone with Siri via Bluetooth, the JVC KD-R870BT has the ability to access Siri through its front-panel control and external microphone. Simply press the "phone command" button on the KD-R870BT to engage Siri and use the included microphone to communicate with Siri. Siri's voice will heard through your vehicle's speakers. All Siri functions including hands-free calling, music search, setting reminders, text-messaging, audible navigation, and more can be done through the head unit and its microphone. You can even ask Siri to get directions to a destination and the turn-by-turn instructions will heard through your vehicle's speakers, while the on-screen map still displays on your iPhone with Bluetooth; the head unit's audio is attenuated while Siri provides audible directions.

    Note: The head unit will only display hands-free calling and Bluetooth audio information (all other functions of Siri are only audible through the KD-R870BT; visual data will still need to be viewed from your iPhone device).

    Android & iPhone Integration

    Android Open Accessory 2.0 (AOA 2.0) Connectivity:  The JVC KD-R870BT's front-panel USB port lets you connect your AOA 2.0 compatible Android smartphone for music playback. JVC does not guarantee operation with all Android devices. There are two Android AOA 2.0 modes to choose from based on what content you want to listen to and how you want to control it.

    • Hand Mode: The JVC KD-R870BT supports Android Open Accessory 2.0 (AOA 2.0), which lets  you connect your Android  (OS 4.1+) smartphone to the KD-R870BT's front-panel USB port and listen to stored music and music apps from your Android device through the JVC head unit. You'll be able to control basic playback functions such as Play/Pause and Previous/Next Track. Other advanced music navigation will still be done from your Android smartphone's touchscreen. In this mode, the head unit will not display song/artist information; only "Audio Mode" will show up on display. You'll continue to view song/artist information from the Android device's touchscreen. You'll also still be able to access other functions and applications from your Android smartphone's touchscreen, while listening to music through the head unit. If you make a call or answer a call from your smartphone while listening to music in this mode, the music will pause until you are finished with the call and then start back up again.
    • JVC Music Play App: Downloading the JVC Music Play app onto your Android (OS 4.1+) smartphone not only allows you to listen to stored music from your Android device through the JVC CD receiver connected via USB, but it also lets you browse your Android smartphone's music library from the head unit's front-panel controls. You can browse your store music library by Playlist, Artist, Song, Album, or Genre. You can also control Play/Pause and Previous/Next track from the head unit. In addition, the head unit will display song/artist information. You can exit the JVC Music Play app to access other functions and applications of your Android smartphone, while your stored music library is still playing through your head unit. If you make a call or answer a call from your smartphone while listening to music in this mode, the music will pause until you are finished with the call and then start back up again.

    iPhone Direct Connection: The JVC KD-R870BT's front-panel USB port can be used to connect your Lightning-connector or 30-pin dock connector iPod/iPhone to the head unit. The KD-R870BT supports audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of your compatible Apple device.

    • Lightning Connector: If you have a newer iPod/iPhone with the Lightning-connector, you can use JVC's Lightning connector-to-USB cable (105KSU62, sold separately) or the Lightning-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect your iPod/iPhone to the KD-R870BT.
    • 30-Pin Dock Connector: If you have an older iPod/iPhone with a 30-pin dock connector, you can will need to use the dock connector-to-USB cable that comes with your Apple device or a "Made For iPod/iPhone" 30-pin-to-USB cable (sold separately) to connect your iPod/iPhone to the KD-R870BT.

    iPhone Audio Playback: The USB connection allows your iPod/iPhone's stored music and music apps to be loaded instantly to the head unit and sound quality to be maximized through the head unit's 16-bit D/A converter, allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 105dB. The JVC head unit supports audio playback of stored music, music apps, and podcasts on your iPod or iPhone. The KD-R870BT provides music control and song/artist information display. You can choose between two operating modes.

    • Head Unit Mode + Song/Artist Info: From the head unit's front-panel controls you can search for stored music by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Podcast, Genre, and Composer. The contents of a Playlist or Category can be searched alphabetically or numerically. The KD-R870BT also supports Repeat (file/all) and Random (album/all) playback functions of stored music on your iPod/iPhone. In addition, you'll be able to control basic playback functions (such as Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track) from stored music and select music apps streamed to your iPhone. During Head Unit Mode, the KD-R870BT will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information such as Track number, Elapsed playing time, Artist name, Song title, and Album title. Newer iPod/iPhones with iOS 6.0+ allow you to continue to access your Apple device's touchscreen in this mode in order to access other applications; older iPod/iPhone devices will be locked during connection.
    • iPod/iPhone Mode: The iPod/iPhone Mode lets you control your older iPod/iPhone (iOS 5.1.1 and earlier) from its clickwheel or touchscreen. You'll still have access to basic playback controls (like Play/Pause & Previous/Next Track) from the head unit, but advanced navigation functions will be locked. No song/artist information is displayed in this mode. The unit will simply display "App & iPod Mode".

    USB Charging: The head unit's USB connection provides 1.5A of current to power and charge your connected iPod/iPhone or Android smartphone when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position (if your iPod/iPhone or Android smartphone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it).

    Apple Device Compatibility Chart: The JVC KD-R870BT is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 12/3/2015):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Specific Apps Display Type Bluetooth Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone Pandora iHeart Radio Artist/Song Text Track Info Phone Audio Siri
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y Y N Y
    3GS 6.1.6 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    4 7.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    4S 9.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5/5C/5S 9.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    6/6+/6S/6S+ 9.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y N Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y N Y N Y
    4th 6.1.6 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y N Y N Y
    5th/6th 9.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    7th 1.02 PC Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y N Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y N Y N N
    2 9.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N N
    3/4 9.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y  N
    Air 1/2 9.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y N
    mini 1/2/3/4 9.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

    Internet+AM/FM Radio

    Internet Radio Apps (for iPhone/Android): The JVC KD-R870BT allows you to access Pandora and iHeartRadio online music services through your USB-connected iPhone or Bluetooth-connected Android smartphone. Your Apple iPhone must be connected to the KD-R870BT via the Lightning or 30-pin cable supplied with your iPhone, or JVC's Lightning connector-to-USB cable (105KSU62, sold separately). Your Android smartphone must support A2DP/AVRCP/SPP Bluetooth profiles and be paired with the JVC KD-R870BT. Your iPhone or Android smartphone device will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, LTE (4G), or WiFi.

    • Pandora App: The free Pandora App (either from Apple's App Store or Google Play) lets you play music from your Pandora music service account through the JVC KD-R870BT using your USB-connected Apple iPhone (iOS 7.0+) or Bluetooth-paired Android smartphone. The JVC KD-R870BT provides control over the Pandora music service and displays Artist, Album, and Song information. You can select Pandora stations from your station list and sort them by date or alphabetically. New stations can be created based on the current songs or artists playing. You can also skip song tracks within a station. You can even give songs a thumbs up/thumbs down and bookmark them on your Pandora account.
    • iHeartRadio Link: The free iHeartRadio Link app for JVC (either from Apple's App Store or Google Play) lets you play music from your iHeartRadio music service account through the JVC KD-R870BT using your USB-connected Apple iPhone (iOS 5.0+), or Bluetooth paired Android smartphone (2.2+). The iHeartRadio music service provides access to more than 1,500 live radio stations from coast-to-coast (including pop, country, urban, rock, talk, and sports). The KD-R870BT will provide control over the iHeartRadio Link app, as well as display station identification and song/artist information. From the head unit's front-panel controls, iHeartRadio stations can be searched by the following categories (Local, Genre, City, or My Stations). The Local selection provides a list of radio stations in your local listening area. The unit also provides over 22 Genres to choose from (including pop, country, hip-hop, jazz, etc.) to help you find the right radio station for you. In addition, you can search for radio stations by City. Cities can be searched alphabetically. You can even store your favorite stations (My Stations) for easier, quicker access.
    Note: Access to these Internet Radio services will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone or Android smartphone to connect to the Internet. Not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.

    RDS AM/FM Tuner: The JVC KD-R870BT features a built-in AM/FM tuner with manual, seek, and 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. You can also switch the tuner's IF filter to Wide or Auto to increase/decrease the sensitivity. If an analog FM stereo broadcast is hard to receive, you can manually switch the tuner to Mono operation.

    • US or European Tuning: You can set the built-in AM/FM tuner between US standard and European tuning spacing.
    • RDS: The Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast information such as artist, title, and album when listening to compatible AM/FM stations.
    • Radio Timer: The head unit's Radio Timer features lets you tune into a preset station at a specific time regardless of the head unit's current source (you can activate the Radio Timer once, daily, or turn it completely off).

    Disc/USB/Aux Playback

    Disc Compatibility: The unit features a single disc player that will playback CD-Audio and finalized CD-R/CD-RW audio discs. The unit also supports playback of MP3, WMA, & AAC music files loaded onto CD-R/RW discs.

    • Off Insert/Eject: A CD disc can be inserted or ejected with the power off. When a disc is inserted with the power off, the unit will automatically power up and begin playback.
    • Auto Reload: If the ejected disc is not removed within 20 seconds, the disc is automatically inserted again into the loading slot to protect it from dust. The source will change to CD, and the disc will begin playback, even if you have another source selected at the time.
    Note: For proper disc playback you must install the unit within 30-degrees of horizontal.

    USB Mass Storage Devices: The JVC KD-R870BT features a front-panel USB (type-A) port that is hidden behind a flip-out cover. The USB port enables connection of USB mass storage class (MSC) devices; like USB thumbdrives and USB card readers, as well as select Android smartphones (Froyo/Gingerbread OS only) or Blackberry. You can insert a compatible USB MSC device into the head unit's USB port for playback, control, and song/artist display of a variety of music files.

    • Music Drive: The Music Drive feature lets you switch between multiple memory cards in a USB multi-card reader. When a mass storage class (MSC) compatible smartphone (like Android with Froyo/Gingerbread OS or Blackberry) is connected to the head unit's USB input, the unit's Music Drive features lets you select its internal memory or external memory (such as an SD card) for stored music playback.
    • USB Charging: USB devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the CD receiver's USB port (max. 1.5A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

    Note: Not compatible with USB hubs.

    Compatible Music Files: The JVC KD-R870BT supports the following types of music files recorded onto CD-R/RW discs or loaded onto a USB mass storage class device.

    Media Type CD (-R/RW) USB  (MSC)
    File System ISO9660 Level 1 or 2, Romeo, Joliet, or Windows long file name FAT 12/16/32
    Playable File Types MP3: bit rate of 8-320kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48kHz
    bit rate of 32-192kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48kHz
    bit rate of 8-320 kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48 kHz
    MP3: bit rate of 8-320kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48kHz
    bit rate of 32-192kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48kHz
    bit rate of 8-320 kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48 kHz
    bit depth of 16-bit w/ sampling frequency of 48kHz
    bit depth of 16-bit w/ sampling frequency of 48kHz
    Maximum # of Folders/Files 999 folders/20,480 files (999 files per folder)
    Tags ID3 tag (version 1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4), WMA tag

    Playback & Search Functions: The JVC KD-R870BT offers a variety of playback and search functions to help you find and enjoy your music on disc and USB.

    • Track/Folder List: The Track/Folder List displays a list of music folders and tracks on an inserted CD or USB device, so you can easily access your music.
    • Repeat: Track Repeat (plays the current track repeatedly), Folder Repeat (plays all tracks of the current folder repeatedly), Off (cancels repeat function)
    • Random: Folder Random (plays all tracks of the current folder, then the tracks of the next folder in random), All Random (plays all tracks of the current disc at random), Off (cancels random function)
    • Resume: If you change the source, playback also stops (without ejecting the disc or USB device). Next time you select CD or USB for the playback source, the player will start from where it has been stopped previously.

    Front-Panel Auxiliary Input: A front-panel stereo minijack is provided to allow the connection of almost any portable audio source with a 3.5mm headphone output. Simply connect your portable digital music player to the unit's front-panel auxiliary input, and you can listen to the audio from the portable player through the speakers in your mobile audio system.

    Audio Section

    MOSFET Amplifier: The JVC KD-R870BT is equipped with a MOSFET amplifier. Compared to conventional power supplies, the MOSFET amplification circuit is smaller and more efficient, and it delivers increased power with less distortion and absolutely zero on/off switching noise. More power means louder and cleaner music at higher volumes because you're not pushing the limits of the amplification circuit. The power output specs for the KD-R870BT are as follows:

    • Full Bandwidth Power: 22 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20-20kHz, 1% THD)
    • Maximum Output Power: 50 watts x 4 channels (200 total watts)

    Amp Gain: When you are using the KD-R870BT 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 25 (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 35.

    4V/4CH Preamp Outputs + Sub Control: The KD-R870BT is equipped with two pair of 4V preamp outputs (Front, Rear/SW). You can set the Rear/SW preamp outputs for connecting a pair of full-range rear speakers (through an external amplifier) or for connecting a subwoofer (through an external amplifier). When set for rear speakers, the rear outputs operate with the unit's fader control. When set for subwoofer, the outputs are non-fading and offer an independent level control (-50 to +10).

    Crossover Network: The JVC KD-R870BT lets you choose between a 2-way or 3-way crossover network for your car audio application.

    • 2-Way Crossover: Allows you to set high-pass and low-pass crossovers for a standard Tweeter, Front, Rear, and Subwoofer speaker setup.
      • Speaker Size: select which size speakers are in your vehicle.
        • Tweeter: Small, Medium, Large, or None
        • Front & Rear: 3.5", 4", 4.75", 5", 6.5", 6.75", 7", 4x6", 5x7", 6x8", 6x9", 7x10" or None
        • Subwoofer: 6.5", 8", 10", 12", 15" or greater, None
      • X'Over: Select the high pass or low pass crossover settings for your speakers.
        • Tweeter: high pass filter (HPF)
          • Frequency: 1kHz, 1.6kHz, 2.5kHz, 4kHz, 5kHz, 6.3kHz, 8kHz, 10kHz, 12.5kHz
          • Gain: -8 to 0 dB
        • Front & Rear: high pass filter (HPF)
          • Frequency: 30Hz, 40Hz, 50Hz, 60Hz, 70Hz, 80Hz, 90Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, 150Hz, 180Hz, 220Hz, 250Hz, Through (Full-Range)
          • Slope: -6dB, -12dB, -18dB, -24dB
          • Gain: -8 to 0 dB
        • Sub: low pass filter (LPF)
          • Frequency: 30Hz, 40Hz, 50Hz, 60Hz, 70Hz, 80Hz, 90Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, 150Hz, 180Hz, 220Hz, 250Hz, Through (Full-Range)
          • Slope: -6dB, -12dB, -18dB, -24dB
          • Phase: Reverse (180°), Normal (0°)
          • Gain: -8 to 0 dB
    • 3-Way Crossover: Allows you to set high-pass and low-pass crossovers for a complex 3-way speaker system with Highs, Mids, and Sub.
      • Speaker Size: select which size speakers are in your vehicle.
        • Tweeter: Small, Medium, Large, or None
        • Midrange: 3.5", 4", 4.75", 5", 6.5", 6.75", 7", 4x6", 5x7", 6x8", or 6x9"
        • Woofer: 6.5", 8", 10", 12", 15" or greater, None
      • X'Over: Select the high pass or low pass crossover settings for your speakers.
        • Tweeter: high pass filter (HPF)
          • HPF Frequency: 1kHz, 1.6kHz, 2.5kHz, 4kHz, 5kHz, 6.3kHz, 8kHz, 10kHz, 12.5kHz
          • Slope: -6dB, -12dB
          • Phase: Reverse (180°), Normal (0°)
          • Gain: -8 to 0 dB
        • Midrange: high pass filter (HPF) & low pass filter (LPF)
          • HPF Frequency:  30Hz, 40Hz, 50Hz, 60Hz, 70Hz, 80Hz, 90Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, 150Hz, 180Hz, 220Hz, 250Hz, Through (Full-Range)
          • LPF Frequency: 1kHz, 1.6kHz, 2.5kHz, 4kHz, 5kHz, 6.3kHz, 8kHz, 10kHz, 12.5kHz
          • Slope: -6dB, -12dB
          • Phase: Reverse (180°), Normal (0°)
          • Gain: -8 to 0 dB
        • Woofer: low pass filter (LPF)
          • LPF Frequency:  30Hz, 40Hz, 50Hz, 60Hz, 70Hz, 80Hz, 90Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, 150Hz, 180Hz, 220Hz, 250Hz, Through (Full-Range)
          • Slope: -6dB, -12dB
          • Phase: Reverse (180°), Normal (0°)
          • Gain: -8 to 0 dB

    Equalizer: The JVC KD-R870BT is equipped with 8 EQ presets, an Easy EQ (3-band), a Pro EQ (13-band), and a Vol Link EQ. Choose the one that best fits your type of music listening.

    • EQ Preset: You can choose between the following EQ presets - Flat, Hard Rock, Pop, Hip Hop, R&B, Jazz, Classical, & User. The User mode allows you to select either the 3-band Easy EQ or 13-Band Pro EQ.
    • Easy EQ: The head unit's Easy EQ consists of a 3-band equalizer (Treble, Mid, & Bass). You can adjust the Treble, Mid, & Bass from -9 to +9.
    • Pro EQ: The units Pro EQ consists of a 13-band equalizer (100Hz, 160Hz, 250Hz, 400Hz, 630Hz, 1kHz, 1.6kHz, 2.5kHz, 4kHz, 6.3kHz, 10kHz, & 16kHz). Each frequency can be adjusted from -9 to +9. You can also adjust the Q-Factor of each frequency to 1.35, 1.50, or 2.0.
    • Vol Link EQ: The Vol Link EQ features  boosts certain frequencies ranges that becomes hard to hear due to road noise.

    K2 Technology: The KD-R870BT employs K2 technology which dramatically improves the sound quality of compressed music files during CD, USB, and Bluetooth playback. When the K2 feature is activated, the sound becomes wider, smoother, and more natural.

    Sound Effects: The KD-R870BT offers adjustable Sound Effects to provide a better listening experience inside your vehicle. Use the "Enhance" feature to virtually broaden the soundstage inside your vehicle. Use the "Sound Lift" feature to virtually lift the sound to ear level. And use the "Response" feature to virtually make the sound more realistic and live inside your car.

    Loudness, Bass Boost & Bass Extension: The Loudness feature boosts low and high frequencies to produce a well-balanced sound at a low volume level. The unit's Bass Boost enhances low bass frequencies at any volume level. There is also a Bass Extension feature which further enhances the unit's bass output.

    Volume Adjust: The input level of each source (other than FM) is adjustable relative to the FM radio volume, so there isn't a significant volume difference when changing sources. Each source is individually adjustable from -15 to +6.

    Key Beep: The in-dash head unit provides an audible beep to confirm button operation. This function can be turned On or Off.

    Display Features

    Detachable Face: The JVC KD-R870BT features a detachable face to deter theft. No face case is included with this unit. An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can be purchased for this unit.

    Single-Line LCD w/ Fixed Illumination: The head unit features a 14-segment, one-line LCD with white back-lit text and blue button illumination. You can select between English or Spanish text. Adjustable brightness and dimmer settings are available for the LCD and button illumination.

    • Brightness: The unit offers a daytime and nighttime brightness settings for the LCD and button illumination. You can adjust the brightness level of each manually from 0-31.
    • Dimmer: The unit's dimmer control can be set automatically or manually; select "Off" for daytime brightness setting, "On" for nighttime brightness setting, or "Auto" which switches between day and nighttime brightness setting automatically when you turn off/on the headlights (orange/white wire of harness must be connected to headlamp circuit). You can even set a specific time for the "Off" and "On" dimmer setting to be activated.

    Day & Time: The unit displays a 12-or 24-hour clock, as well as the day (Sun/Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri/Sat). The day & time can be selected to remain on, even if the head unit is switched off (as long as the vehicle's key is in the accessory or start position).

    Remote Control

    Wireless Remote Control: The KD-R870BT comes supplied with a wireless remote control (RM-RK52). The remote contains Power, Attenuator, Sound, Source, Tracking, and Volume functions. The remote does not operate Bluetooth hands-free phone functions. The remote operates off of a single CR2025 3V Lithium-cell battery (included).

    Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The head unit features an OEM steering wheel remote control input wire (blue/yellow) within the included wiring harness that lets you keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with an optional steering wheel audio control adapter (sold separately).

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    Q & A

    Customer Q&A

    Crutchfield asked  
    Why did you buy this?

    recommendation of sales tech for my Jeep [ Bob   Oct 28, 2016 ]
    I got a great deal on a package deal, buy a select JVC receiver and get half off up to 4 speakers! [ Mark  Oct 11, 2016 ]
    Suggested by advisors at crutchfield [ MICHAEL  Oct 05, 2016 ]
    It has all the features I was looking for [ Kevin  Aug 30, 2016 ]
    Double din receiver would not fit in Ford truck without mod, didn't want to cut dash. I only need 1 USB input and did not care for multi-colored display on single din unit. [ COREY  Aug 25, 2016 ]
    Bluetooth. [ G  Aug 23, 2016 ]
    Price, features and vehicle fit [ M  Aug 15, 2016 ]
    Wanted a receiver that would allow me to continue to use steering wheel controls [ CHARLES D.  Aug 10, 2016 ]
    Best selling item with good reviews. Looking to replace my factory 2005 radio (currently on the fritz) with Bluetooth capable radio/cd. [ Paul  Aug 05, 2016 ]
    Features [ Forrest L Dilley  Aug 03, 2016 ]
    Android phone integration, good sound enhancement options, 22W power output, all at a good price. [ Thomas  Aug 03, 2016 ]
    I love this brand , been always please with the product [ Duain  Aug 02, 2016 ]
    I was looking for a car stereo to replace my factory one. I would have spent more money to buy a double din stereo but it does not fit my 99 Silverado. It appears that I have to modify my bazel for the double din to fit which is something I might do later on. At this time this JVC stereo appears to be the best choice for me because of the price and because it came with other installation things that I didn't have to go buy. [ Gerardo  Jul 23, 2016 ]
    Affordable price for what I need [ Brian  Jul 20, 2016 ]
    price with desired features seemed to be a good value in line with what I was looking for. [ Brian  Jun 28, 2016 ]
    Graphic Eq allows max adjustment for car environment [ JAMES  Jun 23, 2016 ]
    Nice [ Thomas  Jun 23, 2016 ]
    All the features I needed for a good price. [ ronald  Jun 22, 2016 ]
    owned jvc before and liked the sound and quality. [ donald  Jun 21, 2016 ]
    Has everything i was looking for, Bluetooth, Aux, USB, Wired Mic, CD Player. [ Antonio  Jun 16, 2016 ]
    Price, function and adaptability to my 98 truck [ Craig  Jun 14, 2016 ]
    best radio for best price [ David  May 23, 2016 ]
    Had a lot of wanted features! [ Chas  May 23, 2016 ]
    Needed a hands free blure tooth reciever for my vehicle. [ Brad  May 22, 2016 ]
    Had the options and the price I was looking for [ John Michael  May 20, 2016 ]
    Bluetooth Compatibility, Fits my Jeep and price [ Matthew  May 16, 2016 ]
    I have had a few JVC Car Stereos in the past and have had really good luck with them and they have a lot of features for the price. So now it is time to add the convenience of Blue Tooth to my vehicle and this model included HD Radio, Pandora, Android and iPhone controls plus a built in EQ. [ Stephen  May 11, 2016 ]
    Bargain [ Corzail  May 09, 2016 ]
    Top Seller. Clean look. Has Bluetooth and CD abilities as well as a low price and included mic for phone. I also like the remote control design more than Pioneer's remote- The only remote pioneer has that I like comes with their $1200 unit. [ Nicolas  May 07, 2016 ]
    My daughter mainly plays music through her iPhone so I think she will love the ease of bluetooth streaming. [ Jason  May 07, 2016 ]
    Wanted a new in dash receiver that had both a cd player and usb and aux. inputs. Also wanted two pair of rca outputs for connection to the amp. Replacing an old Kenwood with cassette and cd changer (that skips). It only has one set of rca outputs, so I can now also get rid of the line out converter. I just installed a JVC head unit in my car and very pleased with it, so I decided to get this JVC for my truck. [ Hugh  May 06, 2016 ]
    Ive had good luck with JVC over the years and needed a reliable stereo for my boat [ Pete  May 04, 2016 ]
    I wanted to upgrade my car stereo so that I could use Bluetooth functionality from my phone. [ John  Apr 29, 2016 ]
    Daughter selected it. CD, Graphic equalizer, Bluetooth, Good reviews. [ Steven  Apr 25, 2016 ]
    Reputation, features and price [ Gary  Apr 23, 2016 ]
    has all features we wanted and it was less than buying at Amazon [ jay  Apr 18, 2016 ]
    Crutchfield recommended product to fit my vehicle and best price for what I needed. [ Anthony  Apr 16, 2016 ]
    Replacement to original audio system, as the current one doesn't have a means to play music from my mobile devices. [ Kenneth  Apr 11, 2016 ]
    Best price for the features I wanted and a brand I know. [ nverbarg  Apr 10, 2016 ]
    Good price and nice features, and was looking for a radio with Bluetooth. It also had good reviews. [ Ruben  Apr 05, 2016 ]
    It had a great combination of CD, Bluetooth, USB and Aux input. It also plays several formats including FLAC. [ Darrell  Apr 04, 2016 ]
    has features that I need [ Sanchito C.  Mar 29, 2016 ]
    the mosfet amp,the Bluetooth,and usb up front [ robin  Mar 27, 2016 ]
    Features and value. [ William  Mar 22, 2016 ]
    Replace stock radio in truck [ OBEY  Mar 22, 2016 ]
    this device has all I was looking for [ Dora  Mar 12, 2016 ]
    Best value for the money. [ Jeffrey  Mar 09, 2016 ]
    As an Android phone owner, I like seeing manufacturers who focus on Android capabilities as well as the standard iPhone compatibility. [ Joe  Mar 07, 2016 ]
    Pick this one based on reviews of it. [ Brad G  Feb 28, 2016 ]
    its has all the feature i want [ Rodelo C.  Feb 28, 2016 ]
    Seemed to offer all the necessities for a budget radio on my of my older off road vehicles I don't use often. [ Ryan  Feb 25, 2016 ]
    Bluetooth to connect to my android. CD player for when the boss gives me CD's. N the JVC is a pretty good brand. N the colors will look great with my car. its all a match. [ Danny  Feb 01, 2016 ]
    so I can listen to music and make phone calls while I am driving. [ Jeff  Dec 15, 2015 ]

    9 questions already asked

    On the left of the headset below the volume knob there is dual button. It has icon of a gear and box. Push on the box to scroll thru the display options until you see the time. If you push on the gear scroll thru the configuration option until you see "Set Time". Hope this helps [ Terrence  Oct 29, 2016 ]
    Yes, had the same issue. Not sure if it can be corrected, at least I haven't figured that out yet. [ robert  Aug 10, 2016 ]
    Used the existing antenna connection in the car. [ Dennis  Jun 26, 2016 ]
    If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: Or try our online support center: [ Krissy  Jun 26, 2016 ]  Staff
    If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: Or try our online support center: [ Krissy  May 13, 2016 ]  Staff
    I could not believe it my self it kept scanning time zones then stopped on the right one then it just adjusted itself for daylight savings time by it self. [ Duane  Mar 31, 2016 ]
    Sorry I couldnt say, I have an iphone but I would assume customer service should have an answer for you. [ Edgar  Mar 08, 2016 ]
    Yes, but you should get a powered sub. It has the pre-outs for the sub, but if you want real bass you'll need to power it separately. [ Matt  Feb 23, 2016 ]
    If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: Or try our online support center: [ Krissy  Jan 04, 2016 ]  Staff
    The JVC KD-R870BT is a standard "single DIN" stereo which are all 2" tall x 7" wide. The only dimension that changes from one model to another is the depth. This JVC requires a mounting depth of 6.5" but you'll want a little more than that to allow for the wiring harness and any RCA cables you may connect to the pre-amp outputs. I hope that helps! [ Ryan  Dec 30, 2015 ]  Staff