Digital Media Receiver
Pandora Internet Radio
Digital Media Receiver
Overview: The JVC KD-X50BT is a digital media receiver which supports a
variety of audio sources such as the Apple iPod and iPhone, USB memory devices
loaded with MP3/WMA music, and almost any portable audio player via the unit's
front-panel aux input. The JVC digital media receiver also offers a built-in
AM/FM tuner and supports Pandora Internet Radio (via iPhone, Android, or
BlackBerry) so you can listen
to your favorite radio stations and online music. In addition, the JVC KD-X50BT
supports Bluetooth audio streaming and Bluetooth hands-free communication, with
included BT adapter. The KD-X50BT comes with an IR wireless remote
control, supports JVC Smart Remote app (for Android), and is factory steering wheel remote control
compatible (via optional adapter, sold
Note: The JVC KD-X50BT digital media receiver does not
feature a CD mechanism and does not support CD-changer controls.
USB Bluetooth Adapter: The JVC KD-X50BT comes supplied with
a USB Bluetooth Adapter (KS-UBT1) which is pre-installed into the head unit's
rear-panel USB input, making the KD-X50BT Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR certified. The
KD-X50BT supports Bluetooth hands-free communication and wireless audio
Note: The USB Bluetooth Adapter (KS-UBT1) must remain
plugged into the rear-panel USB port, or can also be
installed in the head unit's front-panel USB port.
Bluetooth Technology: Bluetooth is a two-way wireless
communication system allowing you to make and receive phone calls wirelessly
from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, as well as wirelessly stream audio
from your Bluetooth enabled portable music player using the JVC in-dash
multimedia receiver. Bluetooth wireless technology operates on a 2.4GHZ
frequency band within a range of approximately 10 meters (about 33 feet).
Bluetooth Profiles: The JVC KD-X50BT supports the following
- HFP 1.5 (Hands-Free Profile): Hands-free communication
with your Bluetooth enabled cellular phone in the vehicle (incoming/outgoing
- OPP 1.1 (Object Push Profile): Phonebook transfer from
your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone to the head unit.
- PBAP 1.0 (Phone Book Access Profile): Phonebook access
from your Bluetooth enabled cell-phone to the head unit.
- A2DP 1.2 (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile): Music
streaming from your Bluetooth enabled phone or audio player to the head
- AVRCP 1.3 (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile): Basic
music playback control of your Bluetooth enabled phone or audio player from
the head unit.
Pairing: Your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone or digital
audio player must be paired with KD-X50BT before hands-free & wireless
operation. You can register up to five Bluetooth enabled devices with the JVC
head unit. You can keep two phones connected at all times (only one can be used
during a call).
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 head unit. See
JVC's Bluetooth compatibility chart for a complete list of compatible
Bluetooth enabled devices.
Bluetooth Hands-Free Communication: The head unit supports
Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. The
controls of the KD-X50BT 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
(front or all).
External Microphone: The JVC KD-X50BT includes an external
microphone to carry on your side of your phone conversation and voice command
dialing. 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 level of the microphone without affecting the other
sources. The external microphone features an attached 12' 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. The external
microphone measures 0.525" (diameter) x 1.485" (depth).
Note: This unit does not offer an integrated front-panel
Answering A Call: When a call comes in, a ring-tone will be
heard through your vehicle's speaker, the head unit's display will flash (Ring
Color), and the caller's name or phone number will be displayed. You can answer
the call from the KD-X50BT's front-panel controls, or setup the head unit to
automatically answer the incoming call. You can adjust the head unit's ring color
from the unit's 29 preset colors or 30,000 custom colors.
Dialing A Number: Using the KD-X50BT, you can dial a phone
number in one of the following ways:
- Entering a Phone Number: Allows you to directly dial a
phone number up to 32 digits from the head unit's front-panel rotary dial.
- Speed 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-X50BT. If you phonebook contains a lot of contact numbers, you fast
search (+/-10, 100, or 1000) through the phonebook by using the unit's
control dial. You can also do an A-Z search to scroll the downloaded
phonebook. Up to 5,000 numbers can be stored for each registered cell phone.
Each number can be up to 32 digits long.
- Call Log: The Call Log 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
Private/Hands-Free Mode: During a conversation, you can
switch between the Private Mode (talking directly on your cell phone) and the
Hands Free Mode.
Wireless Audio Streaming: The JVC KD-X50BT also supports
wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth enabled audio
player or smartphone. The KD-X50BT will be able to control basic playback
functions of your Bluetooth device's stored music; such as Play/Pause, Skip
Next/Previous, and Fast Forward/Rewind. The head unit will also display your
stored music's song information; such as Song and Album title. The KD-X50BT also
supports audio streaming of music apps (such as
Slacker) , but without control or metadata. You will continue to use
your Bluetooth enabled smartphone to view and control streaming music 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.
Dual USB Ports: The JVC Arsenal KD-X50BT features a
front-panel USB 2.0 type-A port (behind a sliding cover) and a rear-panel USB
2.0 type-A port (attached to a 45" pigtail) for connection of USB mass-storage
class devices. The USB ports enable audio playback and control of MP3, WMA, &
files stored on portable USB mass-storage class devices. Both of the USB
terminals can be connected to USB devices at the same time. You cannot connect a USB device via a USB hub or
Multi-Card Reader to this unit.
Note: The rear-panel USB port comes with the KS-UBT1
Bluetooth adapter installed. The this Bluetooth adapter must remain
installed for Bluetooth functionality. It can be removed to allow connection
of a second USB (MSC) device.
Drive Change Mode (for BlackBerry and Android): JVC's Drive
Change Mode lets you connect your Android or BlackBerry smartphone (that uses an
external memory card) directly to the head unit, via USB. Drive Change Mode will
let you switch between your Android or BlackBerry smartphone's internal and
external memory (such as microSD Card), so you can listen to music stored on
either memory. You'll continue to be able control basic playback functions; such
as folder/file search, play/pause, and skip next/previous; regardless of memory
Playable Files: The JVC KD-X50BT supports the following types of MP3/WMA/WAV
loaded onto a USB mass storage class device. The USB device must be formatted in
FAT 12/16/32. The digital media receiver can support up to a total of 20000
files, 2000 folders, and 999 filer per folder.
|File Type ||File Extension ||Bit Rate ||Sampling Frequency ||Tags |
|MP3 ||.mp3 ||8-320 kbps ||16, 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1, 48 kHz ||ID3 tag (version 1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4) |
|WMA ||.wma ||5-320 kbps ||8-48 kHz ||WMA tag |
|WAV ||.wav ||705 or 1411 kbps ||44.1 kHz ||N/A |
ID3/WMA Tags: The unit also supports ID3 and WMA tags for
display of album and artist information. The unit can display up to 128
Track/Folder List: The Track/Folder List displays a list of
MP3/WMA/WAV folders and tracks on a connected USB memory device, so you can easily
access your music.
Quick Search: You can search for your MP3, WMA, or WAV music tracks
alphabetically (A-Z) or numerically (0-9).
Playback Modes: In addition to Normal playback, you can select from
Repeat and Random playback modes.
- 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 USD device at random), Off (cancels random function)
USB Charging: The head unit's USB connection provides 1A of current to
power and charge your connected USB mass storage class device when your
vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position.
Front-Panel Auxiliary Input: A front-panel stereo minijack is provided to
allow the connection of a portable audio source. 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. The unit's front-panel auxiliary input can be turned On or
iPod/iPhone Direct: The JVC KD-X50BT's front-panel or
rear-panel USB port can acts as an iPod/iPhone high-speed direct connection when used with the
USB/iPod cable that came with your iPod/iPhone. An additional iPod cable is
sold separately) so you can leave one at home and one in the car. If you have an
iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), or iPhone 5; use the Lighting-to-USB
cable that came with your Apple device to connect to the head unit. Using either
cable allows audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging
of select iPod/iPhone models from the JVC in-dash head unit.
iPod DAC Bypass: The USB connection allows your
iPod/iPhone's stored music to be loaded instantly to the head unit and sound
quality to be maximized through the head unit's 24-bit D/A converter, allowing
for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 80dB. The JVC head unit supports audio
playback of music, podcasts, audiobooks, and music apps stored on your iPod or
iPod/iPhone Control: You can choose to operate your
iPod/iPhone through the JVC head unit's front-panel controls, from its
clickwheel/touchscreen, or via a streamed app from your iPhone.
- Head Unit: From the head unit's front-panel controls
you can search for music by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Podcast, Genre,
Composer, and Audiobooks. Once a Playlist or Category is
selected, you can search for your iPod's music alphabetically (A-Z) or
numerically (0-9). The KD-X50BT also
supports Repeat (file/all) and Random (album/all) playback functions of your
- iPod: You can choose to navigate your iPod or iPhone's
stored music from its clickwheel or touchscreen, like you are
accustomed to during normal usage.
- External (App Mode): External Mode lets you enjoy audio
content from your downloaded music Apps (such as
Slacker) and driver assistant Apps (such as
Trapster) streamed to
your Apple iPhone, through the JVC KD-X50BT. You will continue to use your iPhone's touchscreen to navigate
and view your apps; the head unit will only display the clock and "EXT
Note: Access to your iPhone's downloaded application
will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for
purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet.
iPod Display: The KD-X50BT will display your iPod/iPhone's
music file information, when in Head Unit and iPod mode (not in External
mode), or listening to Pandora Internet Radio. The head unit can display
Track number, Elapsed playing time, Artist name, Song title, and Album label.
iPod Charging: The head unit's USB connection provides 1A of current
to power and charge your connected iPod/iPhone when your vehicle's ignition
switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position. This unit does not charge
the iPad. If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge,
then the unit will not recognize it.
iPod Compatibility Chart: The JVC KD-X50BT is "Made for iPod/iPhone"
compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of
| iPod Model || Generation || Tested Version || Media Type || Control Type || Display Type || Pandora app || Charge |
| Audio || Video || Head Unit || iPod || App mode || Artist/Song Text || Track Info |
| dock connector || 3rd || N/A || N || N || N || N || N || N || N || N || N |
| clickwheel |
| 4th || N/A || N || N || N || N || N || N || N || N || N |
mini ||1st ||N/A || N || N || N || N || N || N || N || N || N |
|2nd ||N/A ||N ||N ||N ||N ||N ||N ||N ||N ||N |
| video || 5th || 1.3 || Y || N || Y || N || N || Y || Y || N || Y |
| classic || 80GB || 1.1.2 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y |
| 120GB || 2.0.1 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y |
| 160GB || 2.0.4 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y |
| nano || 1st || 1.3.1 || Y || N || Y || N || N || Y || Y || N || Y |
| 2nd || 1.1.3 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y |
| 3rd || 1.1.3 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y |
| 4th || 1.0.4 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y |
| 5th || 1.0.2 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y |
| 6th || 1.1 PC || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y |
| 7th || 1.2 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y |
| touch || 1st || 2.2.1 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y |
| 2nd || 4.2.1 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y |
| 3rd || 5.1.1 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y |
| 4th || 6.0 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y |
| 5th || 6.0 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y |
| iPhone || 2G || 3.1.3 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 3G || 4.2.1 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 3GS || 5.1.1 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 4 || 6.0 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 4S || 6.0 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 5 || 6.0 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| iPad || 1 || 5.1.1 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || N |
| 2 || 6.0 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || N |
| 3 || 6.0 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || N |
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
Pandora Internet Radio
Pandora Internet Radio Control: The JVC KD-X50BT digital media receiver lets you playback and control the
Pandora Internet Radio music service that is being streamed to your Apple iPhone,
Android smartphone, or BlackBerry. While providing control over the
Pandora music service, the KD-X50BT also displays Artist, Album, and Song
information. You can select Pandora stations from your station list; you can
sort the station list by date or alphabetically (A-Z). You can also skip song tracks within a
station. In addition, you can also give songs a thumbs up/down and bookmark
Note: Access to the Pandora service will depend on the
availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your
iPhone or smartphone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada and
only available in the United States.
Pandora App for iPhone: The JVC KD-X50BT lets you playback
and control Pandora Internet Radio streamed to your connected Apple iPhone,
via the USB/iPod connector cable (included with your iPhone). To access Pandora you must have an Apple iPhone (iOS3 or later) with the latest version of the
Pandora App from
the Apple's iTunes App Store. Your iPhone will need an active Data Plan account with
connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. You will also need a Pandora
music service account.
Pandora via Android or BlackBerry: The JVC KD-X50BT also
lets you playback and control Pandora Internet Radio streamed from your Android
or BlackBerry smartphone, via Bluetooth (no hard-wired connection required). Your Android or BlackBerry smartphone must have the latest
version of the Pandora App from the
Android Market or the
BlackBerry App World. Your Android or BlackBerry smartphone must also be
Bluetooth A2DP/AVRCP/SPP certified and will need an active Data Plan account with
connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. In addition, you will need an
active Pandora music service account.
Wireless Remote Control: The KD-X50BT comes supplied with a wireless remote control (RM-RK52). The remote
contains Attenuator, Sound, Source, Tracking, and Volume functions. The
remote operates off of a single CR2025 3V Lithium-cell battery (included).
Smart Remote App for Android: JVC's Smart Remote App lets you view the current status and perform simple gesture
control of the JVC head unit from your Android smartphone. The Smart Remote App
uses Bluetooth to communicate between your Android smartphone and the JVC car
receiver. The JVC head unit will auto connect to the Smart Remote App when your
Smartphone is in range. The Smart Remote App is specifically designed for easy
gesture control operation while driving, so driver and passenger can access
information with ease from the Android Smartphone. With the Smart Remote App,
passenger and driver can check current playing song details or other car stereo
- Information Display: The JVC Smart Report App will display Song
information such as Song title, Artist name, and Album label from a
connected USB mass storage class device on your Android Smartphone. It also
displays AM/FM station frequency # and name. In addition, it provides
source, EQ, and playback mode indicator icons.
- Gesture Control Operation: The JVC Smart Report App lets you use
finger gesture commands on your Android smartphone to control the playback
of the JVC head unit. This type of gesture control is designed to operate
the JVC head unit from your smartphone without having to look at your
smartphone. Gesture control operations include Finger tap, Finger hold,
Finger click, Finger swipe (right/left/up/down), and Finger curve
Note: The free
JVC Smart Remote App can be downloaded from the Android Market onto your
compatible Android smartphone. requires that your Android smartphone have
Android OS 2.1, 2.2, or 2.3 installed; as well as Bluetooth SPP support.
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). Please consult
Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.
24 Bit D/A Converter: The JVC KD-X50BT utilizes a 24-bit
digital to analog converter for superior sound quality.
MOSFET Amplifier: The KD-X50BT 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
CEA2006 Compliant: The power specifications for the KD-X50BT
are compliant with the CEA2006 Mobile Amplifier Power Testing and Measurement
standards from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). These standards were
developed as a way to equitably compare power specs from model to model and
between manufacturers. The power output specs for the KD-X50BT are as follows:
- CEA2006 Specs: 20 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms,
20Hz-20kHz, 1% THD-N)
- Maximum Power Output: 50 watts x 4 channels (200 total
Amplifier Gain Control: When you
are using the KD-X50BT wit