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JVC KD-R988BTS

CD receiver

Item # 105KDR988B

Into a lot of different music formats? JVC's KD-R988BTS CD receiver gives you lots of ways to check out your music,...

Find what Fits your car

Into a lot of different music formats? JVC's KD-R988BTS CD receiver gives you lots of ways to check out your music,...

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Item # 105KDR988B

About the JVC KD-R988BTS

A music dynamo

Into a lot of different music formats? JVC's KD-R988BTS CD receiver gives you lots of ways to check out your music, including Internet, satellite, and local radio options. You can control the show using the crystal-clear 2-line display, or with your smartphone using JVC's "Remote" app. Speaking of smartphones, this receiver comes with Bluetooth for music streaming and hands-free calls, which you can quickly access using JVC's variable color "Accent Key."

A music dynamo

Into a lot of different music formats? JVC's KD-R988BTS CD receiver gives you lots of ways to check out your music, including Internet, satellite, and local radio options. You can control the show using the crystal-clear 2-line display, or with your smartphone using JVC's "Remote" app. Speaking of smartphones, this receiver comes with Bluetooth for music streaming and hands-free calls, which you can quickly access using JVC's variable color "Accent Key."

Choose your music

When used with your smartphone, this versatile JVC gives you control over music from Pandora® and iHeartRadio® Internet radio stations. You can also add a SiriusXM tuner to this JVC to enjoy satellite radio stations that won't fade away on a long trip. And don't worry, the KD-R988BTS includes a sensitive AM/FM tuner to catch all your local stations too. You can also bring your own music, podcasts, or audiobooks along for the ride, too. This receiver offers a CD player, a front aux input for a portable music player, and a USB port that can handle your MP3, WMA, WAV, AAC, and even high-resolution FLAC music files. 

The Bluetooth advantage

This JVC enables you to pair two Bluetooth-equipped phones and quickly switch between them for hands-free calling and audio streaming. Not only can you stream your favorite music apps, but many portable high-res players also offer Bluetooth — perfect for wirelessly streaming your own tunes while on the road.

A cool remote app

JVC's "Remote" app, available for free for iPhone and Android phones, lets a passenger control your receiver directly from a smartphone. Scroll through music, select tracks, change sources, and see artist and song information right on the phone — handier than waiting for the info to scroll across the radio's display.

Set the tone

JVC includes a 13-band equalizer to get the tone right where you want it. JVC's K2 technology spruces up the sound of overly compressed digital music with some clever processing. The built-in time alignment lets the music arrive at the same point in your vehicle at the same time for more natural imaging. If you're adding amplifiers and subwoofers, the three sets of 4-volt preamp outputs provide you the clean signal you need for added output.

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.

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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 LCD 2-line display and variable color "Accent Key"
    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
    • 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
    Expandability:
    • compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
    • inputs: front-panel auxiliary input, front and rear USB ports
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, and subwoofer)
    Other Features and Specs:

    What's in the box:

    • CD receiver (10A fuse)
    • Face (attached)
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Trim ring (attached)
    • Wiring harness
    • Microphone w/ integrated bracket (attached 10' cable terminated by a right-angle male mono 3.5mm connector)
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • Face-fixing screw
    • Instruction Manual (En/Fr/Sp)
    • Face-fixing screw note
    • Warranty Information

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    Features & specs

    Expandability
    AUX Input Front
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input Front/Rear
    Backup Camera Input No
    Second Camera Input No
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control Yes
    Alexa Voice Control
    Android Control Yes
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready SiriusXM
    HD Radio No
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size No
    Nano 7
    Touch 6/5
    iPhone 6S+/6S/6+/6/5S/5C/4S/SE
    General
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) N/A
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) 22 watts
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Navigation App Compatible (iOS)
    Navigation App Compatible (Android)
    Preamp Voltage 4 volts
    Screen Size ---
    Display Color White
    Key Button Color Blue
    EQ Bands 13
    Wireless Remote Optional
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 8.2 dBf
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes
    File Playback
    Music File Playback MP3,WMA.AAC,WAV,FLAC
    High-res Playback N
    The JVC KD-R988BTS replaces these items:

    Product Research

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

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: The JVC KD-988BTS is equipped with built-in Bluetooth 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) & 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-988BTS. Check here for the latest Bluetooth compatibility information.

    Multi-Device Pairing w/ Dual Phone Connection: 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, making it easier to switch between devices. When an already paired Bluetooth device is in close proximity to the receiver, the auto connection function automatically pairs the two units.

    • Secure Simple Pairing (SSP): With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the JVC KD-988BTS without having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings.
    • Auto Pairing (via USB):  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.

    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-988BTS provides more natural sound quality and details during wireless calls. The controls of the KD-988BTS 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-988BTS 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-988BTS, 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 download phone book data from your mobile phone to the CD receiver. You can then dial a contact within the phonebook from the head unit's front-panel controls. Your phonebook can be searched alphabetically or numerically.
      • 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.
      • 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. 

    Wireless Audio Streaming: The JVC KD-988BTS 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. 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-988BTS for playback.

    • SBC + AAC Codecs: In addition to support for the standard SBC Bluetooth audio codec, the KD-988BTS offers support of AAC.  By supporting AAC, the KD-988BTS offers better audio performance of the music streamed from your Apple iPod, iPhone, or iPad.
    • Advanced Music Browsing: In addition to basic playback functions (Play/Pause, FF/RW, Skip, Random/Repeat), the KD-988BTS lets you browse your stored music by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, etc. (AVRCP 1.4 phones only; which includes Android 4.0+ and iPhone 5.0+).
    • 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-988BTS has the ability to access Siri through its front-panel control and external microphone. Simply press the "phone command" button on the KD-988BTS 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-988BTS; 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-988BTS's front- or rear-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. Click here for the most current list of compatible Android smartphones. 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-988BTS supports Android Open Accessory 2.0 (AOA 2.0), which lets  you connect your Android  (OS 4.1+) smartphone to the KD-988BTS's front- or rear-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. The contents of a Playlist or Category can be searched alphabetically or numerically. 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.
    Note: JVC does not guarantee operation with all Android devices.

    iPhone Direct Connection: The JVC KD-988BTS's front- or rear-panel USB port can be used to connect a Lightning-connector or 30-pin dock connector iPod/iPhone to the head unit (see chart below for compatibility). The KD-988BTS supports audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of your compatible Apple device. 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-988BTS. 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-988BTS.

    • Head Unit Control: 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-988BTS 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 Apple iPod/iPhone. You can also choose to control your Apple device from its own touchscreen, instead of the head unit.
    • Song/Artist Info: The KD-988BTS will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information such as Track number, Elapsed playing time, Artist name, Song title, and Album title.
    Note: See chart below for compatible Apple iPod, iPhone, & iPad models.

    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-988BTS is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 12/20/2016):

    ple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Specific Apps Display Type Bluetooth Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone Pandora iHeart Radio Remote App Artist/Song Text Track Info Phone Audio Siri
    iPhone
    4S 9.3.5 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    SE 10.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5/5C/5S 10.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    6/6+ 10.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    6S/6S+ 10.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    7+/7 10.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch
    5th 9.3.5 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    6th 10.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    nano
    7th 1.02 PC Y N Y Y N N N Y Y N Y N 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+SiriusXM+AM/FM Radio

    Internet Radio Apps (for iPhone/Android): The JVC KD-988BTS allows you to access Pandora and iHeartRadio online music services through your USB or Bluetooth connected iPhone, or Bluetooth connected Android smartphone. Your Apple iPhone must be connected to the KD-988BTS via the Lightning or 30-pin cable supplied with your iPhone, JVC's Lightning connector-to-USB cable (105KSU62, sold separately), or paired via Bluetooth. Your Android smartphone must support A2DP/AVRCP/SPP Bluetooth profiles and be paired with the JVC KD-988BTS. 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-988BTS using your USB or Bluetooth connected Apple iPhone (iOS 9.0+), or Bluetooth connected Android smartphone. The JVC KD-988BTS 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 Auto: The free iHeartRadio Auto 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-988BTS using your USB or Bluetooth Apple iPhone (iOS 8.0+), or Bluetooth connected Android smartphone (4.0+). 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-988BTS will provide control over the iHeartRadio Auto 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. 

    SiriusXM-Ready: The JVC KD-R988BTS is SiriusXM-Ready and compatible with the SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner (220SXV300 sold separately). The SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner supports SiriusXM programming with access to 175+ SiriusXM channels via subscription; check out the most popular SiriusXM subscription packages here. Additional features of the SiriusXM Connect tuner include:

    • Channel List w/ Category Search: The Channel list displays a list of all available channels. You can also search and list channels in specific categories.
    • Song/Artist Info:  Displayed Information such as Channel Name, Artist Name, & Song Title can be viewed on the head unit's LCD.
    • SmartFavorite Presets: Up to 18 SiriusXM Satellite Radio station presets can be saved. These 18 SiriusXM presets are automatically identified as SmartFavorites for advanced features such as Replay, TuneStart & TuneScan (see below).
      • Replay: When you select a SmartFavorite preset you can rewind and replay up to 30 minutes of any of the missed news, talk, sports or music content.
      • TuneStart: With the TuneStart enabled, playback will automatically start from the beginning of a song when you tune to a SmartFavorite preset channel.
      • TuneScan: TuneScan gives you a short preview of the songs that you have missed on each of your Smart Favorite Preset music channels or currently tuned music channel.
    • Parental Control: Channels containing unsuitable content for children can be blocked. When enabled, The Parental Control feature requires you to enter a 4-digit passcode to tune to the locked channels.
    Note: A separate SiriusXM Satellite Radio subscription is required (operates on the XM Network). However, you can easily add this SiriusXM tuner to an existing Sirius or XM account for a Multi-Radio Discount Plan.

    RDS AM/FM Tuner: The JVC KD-988BTS 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.

    Dual USB Ports (Front & Rear): The JVC KD-988BTS features two USB (type-A) ports; the front-panel USB port is hidden behind a flip-out cover, while the rear-panel USB port is attached to the head unit's rear-chassis via a 38" cable. The USB ports enable connection of USB mass storage class (MSC) devices, like USB thumbdrives or portable digital music players. 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: When a mass storage class (MSC) compatible smartphone or portable digital audio player is connected to the head unit's USB input, the unit's Music Drive mode lets you select its internal memory or external memory (such as a microSD 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 ports (max. 1.5A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.
    Note: Not compatible with USB hubs or card-readers.

    Compatible Music Files: The JVC KD-988BTS 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 1/2, Romeo, or Long file name FAT 12/16/32
    Playable File Types MP3: bit rate of 8-320kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48kHz
    WMA:
    bit rate of 32-192kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48kHz
    AAC:
    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
    WMA:
    bit rate of 32-192kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48kHz
    AAC:
    bit rate of 8-320 kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48 kHz
    WAV:
    bit depth of 16-bit w/ sampling frequency of 48kHz
    FLAC:
    bit depth of 24-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, AAC, & FLAC tags

    Playback & Search Functions: The JVC KD-988BTS 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

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The JVC KD-988BTS utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The JVC KD-988BTS 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-988BTS 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-988BTS 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/6CH Preamp Outputs + Sub Control: The KD-988BTS is equipped with three pair of 4V preamp outputs (Front, Rear, & Sub). The Front & Rear preamp outputs offer fade control, while the Sub outputs are non-fading. The Sub preamp outputs also offer independent level control (-50 to +10).

    Subwoofer Speaker Connection: You can connect a subwoofer to this head unit without the need of a separate power amplifier. Simply connect a single subwoofer (4-8 ohm) directly to head unit's left rear speaker leads (the right rear speaker output will be muted). The rated power output for the subwoofer speaker channel remains 22 watts. Same subwoofer controls apply, except the, subwoofer level adjustment is from -6 to+3.

    Vehicle Setup: In order to optimize the sound quality in your vehicle, you can indentify the type of vehicle you have and the rear speaker location, as well as configure listening distances.

    • Car Type: Select your car type to automatically set the delay time of each speaker for timing adjustment of sound output of each channel to have the highest surround effect. Choose from Compact, Full Size Car, Wagon, Mini Van, SUV, or Off
    • Rear Speaker Location: You can indicate the location of your vehicle's Rear speakers. Choose from Door, Rear Deck, 2nd Row, or 3rd Row.
    • DTA (Digital Time Alignment): For a better sound-stage you can select your optimal listening position. You can choose from All, Front Left, Front Right or Front. You can also select to manually fine tune the sound stage, using Digital Time Alignment (DTA) by selecting the distance (0-20') for each individual speaker in the vehicle compared to your listening position.

    Crossover Network: The JVC KD-988BTS 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-988BTS 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, DRVN, & User. The DRVN EQ preset helps you hear your music over road noise; it boosts certain frequencies ranges that becomes hard to hear due to road noise.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 (62.5Hz, 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: K2 is a JVC original technology that reproduces the original master sound by expanding the bit rate and frequency range. K2 is compatible with all sources including CD. For example, K2 will expand the digital data of the audio CD recorded at 44.1kHz/16 bit to 48 kHz/24 bit, and recreate the high-frequency range above 20kHz that is cut during the CD formatting.

    Sound Effects: The KD-988BTS offers adjustable Sound Effects to provide a better listening experience inside your vehicle.

    • Space Enhancement: Space Enhancement is a virtual surround technology using two speakers. Just select the vehicle size, and the head unit automatically adjusts the sound effectively. The soundstage is broadened inside your vehicle.
    • Sound Response: This function boosts the low frequencies which can be lost during compression to MP3 or AAC. Your music will sound more natural inside your vehicle.
    • Sound Lift: Virtually manipulates the height of the speakers by adjusting the sound frequencies. Your speakers will sound like they are positioned at ear level inside your vehicle.

    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-988BTS 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. A face-fixing screw is supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired.

    2-Line LCD: The KD-988BTS is equipped with VA (Vertical Alignment) LCD panels that offer a broader angle of view and better visibility. The 2-line display provides more information for audio settings, song/artist/album info, and station identification. 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, manually, or via timer. Manually select "Off" for daytime brightness setting or "On" for nighttime brightness setting. Choose "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.

    Variable Color Illumination Accent Key: The KD-988BTS features a Variable Color Illumination Accent Key which can be set to one of 49 color gradations, one of 7 unique color presets, a custom created color, or cycle through all color settings. You can save a different color for daytime and nighttime driving.
     

    Note: The other front-panel buttons do not change color and remain blue. The front-panel display offers white text with a black background; it does not change color.

    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

    Remote App (for iOS & Android): The JVC Remote App is an application for Apple iOS 8.0+ and Android OS 4.4+ that controls the JVC receiver like a wireless remote control from your compatible Apple iOS device (via Bluetooth or USB) or Android device (via Bluetooth only). The JVC Remote App provides traditional touchscreen control, as well as directional and freeform gesture control.

    • Source Information & Control: The JVC Remote App provides a Source Control screen with a list of the receiver's built-in sources and connected sources to choose from, so you can change the head unit's source from your mobile device. Once an input is selected, the app displays source information such as station number, track number & playback time, as well as song/artist information (when applicable). From the app, you can also seek stations and tracks, as well as Play and Pause your music.
    • Audio Settings: From the application on your mobile device, you can adjust the receiver's volume up or down. In addition, audio settings such as EQ, Crossover, DTA, and other audio adjustments can be easily set using the JVC Remote Application.
    • Media Player: The application's Media Player screen lets you playback your device's stored music library through the JVC receiver. From the app on your Apple iOS or Android device, you can control basic playback functions like Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track and Repeat/Random. The Android version of the app even lets you browse your music library by category (Song/Album/Artist/Playlist/Mood). Song, artist, and album information (along with Album Art) will displayed on your Apple iOS or Android device's touchscreen. 
    • App Launcher (Android only): The App Launcher feature of the Android version of the JVC Remote app lets you access 3rd party applications within the JVC Remote app's user interface. The App Launcher can contain up to 24 of your favorite apps for quick access.
    Notes:
    • You will need to indicate within the head unit's menu what type of device (Apple iOS or Android) you'll be using the JVC Remote App on before the application will connect and function with the receiver.
    • When using the JVC Remote App with your compatible Apple iOS device, the application and device must be connected to the receiver via Bluetooth (not USB) for playback of Bluetooth audio. For playback of a USB-direct connection from an Apple iOS device, the device and application must be connected to the head unit via USB (not Bluetooth).

    Steering Wheel Control Input: The head unit features an 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).

    Optional Wireless Remote: The KD-988BTS can be controlled wirelessly from JVC's RM-RK52 IR remote control (sold separately; not available at Crutchfield).

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    Customer Q&A

    4 questions already asked

    Q
    When it says that the installation gear bypasses the factory amp does that mean I can just disconnect it and take it out?
    [ Blake  Sep 13, 2017 ]
    1 answer
    A
    Not sure. Every install and vehicle is different. I installed in a Ford Ranger. It didn't have the higher end radio in it. If your car radio harness has the speaker wires on the harness you pulled out of the back of the radio then I suspect it does bypass the original amp.
    [ Jill  Sep 13, 2017 ]
    Q
    What are the dimensions of the unit? Also the width of the face plate?
    [ doug  May 28, 2017 ]
    1 answer
    A
    Thanks for your question. This is a Single DIN receiver, they are all approximately 7" wide and 2" high which would be the opening for the chassis. The exact dimensions for the nose of the unit would be 7.405" wide by 2.315". Hope this helps.
    [ Kenny  May 29, 2017 ]  Staff
    Q
    With this unit , will it let your iphone ring if you get a text message when on fm radio ?? I do know kenwood sends your iphone to silent when on fm ..
    [ Billy  Jan 26, 2017 ]
    1 answer
    A
    As long as you aren't playing music/audio through your iPhone at the time you receive a text, the alert should still be audible from the iPhone while listening to FM on the JVC KD-R988BTS. If you would like to discuss further, feel free to contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. Hope that helps!
    [ Larry  Feb 03, 2017 ]  Staff
    Q
    I have a JVC HDR1 radio in my truck now, would the connector on the back of this radio be the same as the JVC KD-R988BTS or would I have to redo the wire harness?
    [ Paul  Jan 19, 2017 ]
    3 answers
    A
    I'm not sure, but check the installation harness schematic... I think there is a big chance that it is the same...
    [ david  Jan 21, 2017 ]
    A
    I upgraded from the JVC KD-R975BTS (2016 model) to the R988BTS and the wiring harnesses were different so there is a high likelihood the wiring harnesses are not compatible.
    [ NIKOLAI  Jan 20, 2017 ]
    A
    if you have a newer JVC head unit, it might. The link below is to the pic of the back of the R988. If the plug for the harness looks like yours, it should fit without having to rewire. https://www.crutchfield.com/p_105KDR988B/JVC-KD-R988BTS.html?tp=5684&turntoqid=SEIAaU4faw&turntosuid=S0YAY0kZaw&sourceId=1&turntoQuestionId=2243609&turntoEmailType=question&iqrlId=39207072&turntosku=105KDR988B&turntoflow=answer#turntodone&gid=1&pid=6
    [ JONATHON  Jan 20, 2017 ]

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