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DVD receiver

Item # 105KWV21BT

Looking for a car stereo with lots of multimedia options that's also simple to use? The JVC KW-V21BT DVD receiver...

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Looking for a car stereo with lots of multimedia options that's also simple to use? The JVC KW-V21BT DVD receiver...

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Item # 105KWV21BT

About the JVC KW-V21BT

Multimedia delight

Looking for a car stereo with lots of multimedia options that's also simple to use? The JVC KW-V21BT DVD receiver provides a vibrant 6.2" touchscreen to control your music, video, and phone calls. You can access frequently used functions through the keys on each side of the screen, and you can even switch the onscreen icons around to suit your preferences.

Multimedia delight

Looking for a car stereo with lots of multimedia options that's also simple to use? The JVC KW-V21BT DVD receiver provides a vibrant 6.2" touchscreen to control your music, video, and phone calls. You can access frequently used functions through the keys on each side of the screen, and you can even switch the onscreen icons around to suit your preferences.

Bluetooth® makes it handy

Is your smartphone out of reach? With this receiver's built-in Bluetooth, that's actually a good thing. It lets you play the songs stored on your phone wirelessly, as well as stream different music apps active on your phone. In addition to streaming audio, Bluetooth provides clear hands-free calling. iPhone users even get voice control when pairing an iPhone that offers Siri.

Play on

When your iPod or iPhone's connected, you can view album art and browse through your playlists with a few swipes of your finger. And with an iPhone plugged in, you can control and listen to Pandora. Android users can control and enjoy Pandora wirelessly using Bluetooth.

If you're tired of your AM/FM stations fading away on your travels, add a SiriusXM tuner to this JVC and listen to your favorite satelliite radio channels without interruption or static all across the country. The KW-V21BT also plays all your CDs, DVDs, and recordable discs, plus you can plug a thumb drive loaded with hours of MP3, WMA, and WAV music files into the receiver's rear USB input.

Video on the go

JVC KW-V21BT DVD receiver

You can watch your favorite DVDs on the built-in screen whenever you're parked. This JVC includes a rear A/V input for a portable video player or video game console, and the rear camera input lets you connect a handy backup camera. Once installed, the JVC's screen will show the camera feed when your vehicle is in reverse — a great feature, especially if you drive a larger vehicle.

More good stuff

Select one of the eleven preset EQ settings, or you can use the 5-band equalizer to iron out any rough spots in your car's acoustics. The KW-V21BT also provides three pairs of RCA preamp outputs that'll send a clean, high-voltage signal to any outboard amps in your system.

Want to keep your steering wheel 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.

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


Product highlights:

    General Features:
    • DVD/CD player with AM/FM RDS tuner
    • built-in amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • 6.2" widescreen touchscreen
    • customizable GUI (graphic user interface) touchscreen controls
    • fits double-DIN (4" tall) dash openings
    Smartphone Features:
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and music streaming
    • Pandora Internet Radio control with iPhone and Android
    • Siri Eyes Free for select iPhones through Bluetooth
    Audio/Visual Features:
    • plays CDs, DVDs, and USB memory devices (see "Details" for full capabilities)
    • built-in iPod, iPhone, and iPad control (see Details tab for model compatibility)
    • Pro EQ 5-band parametric equalizer with eleven EQ presets
    • high-pass crossover settings for speakers
    • subwoofer level, phase, and low-pass filter controls
    • bass boost and loudness controls
    • compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
    • inputs: front USB input, rear A/V input, rear-view camera input
    • outputs: RCA video output, 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, sub)
    Other Information:

    What's in the box:

    • DVD receiver w/ 6.2" touchscreen monitor (10A fuse)
    • Wiring harness
    • 6.5' Parking brake wire (light green)
    • Microphone w/ integrated bracketed (attached 10' cable terminated by a 3.5mm connector)
    • 6 Pan head ISO-mount machine screws (M5 x 8mm)
    • 6 Flat head ISO-mount machine screws (M5 x 6mm)
    • Instruction Manual (En/Fr/Sp)
    • Warranty Information

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    Features & specs

    AUX Input Mini (rear)
    Audio/video Input Mini (rear)
    USB Input Front
    Backup Camera Input Yes
    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 Optional
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5th gen
    Nano 7/6/5/4/3/2/1
    Touch 5/4/3/2/1
    iPhone 6+/6/5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) N/A
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) ---
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen Yes
    Navigation App Compatible (iOS)
    Navigation App Compatible (Android)
    Preamp Voltage 4 volts
    Screen Size 6.2
    Display Color
    Key Button Color Blue
    EQ Bands 5
    Wireless Remote No
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    FM Sensitivity 7.2 dBf
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes
    File Playback
    Music File Playback MP3, WMA, WAV, DivX
    High-res Playback N
    The JVC KW-V21BT replaces these items:

    Product Research

    Touchscreen Display
    Built-in Bluetooth
    Disc & USB Playback
    iPod/iPhone Integration
    AM/FM+Pandora+SiriusXM Radio
    Audio Section
    AV Connections
    Remote Control

    Touchscreen Display

    6.2" TFT LCD Touchscreen Monitor: The JVC KW-V21BT DVD receiver features a 6.2" TFT Active Matrix, 16:9 touchscreen monitor. The screen has a resolution of 800 (H) x 480 (V) x RGB with 1,152,000 total pixels. The LCD serves as a video monitor, system information display, and touchscreen control panel.

    • Monitor Touch Control: Monitor Touch Control lets you operate certain functions of the KW-V21BT by making specific gesture commands on the unit's touchscreen. You can adjust the volume of the multimedia receiver by making a circular motion with your finger on the unit's touchscreen. You'll also be able to skip music tracks by simply swiping the touchscreen from left to right.
    • Hard-Key Controls: In addition to the head unit's touchscreen monitor, the KW-V21BT features frequently used hard-key controls along the left and right edge of the screen. Hard-key controls include Power, Source, Eject, Volume, and EQ.
    Note: There are ten options for the menu language including English, French, Spanish, and seven others.

    Display Adjustments: The JVC KW-V21BT offers the following display adjustments to customize your visual experience in the car.

    • Customized Home Screen: You can select and arrange which sources and icons (up to 5) display on the unit's Home screen for easier, quicker access. Select the "ALL" icon to see all sources at one time.
    • Background: The unit's background color can be changed to one of three preset images or you can capture a custom image. While playing a video or JPEG file, you can capture an image and use the captured image as your background. When using a JPEG file as the background, make sure that the resolution is 800 x 480 pixels. The color of the captured image may look different from that of the actual scene. You cannot capture copyrighted content and images from the iPod/iPhone.
    • Picture & Aspect Ratio: You can adjust the brightness and black level of the unit's onscreen display. You can also adjust the contrast, color, tint, and detail level during video playback. The adjustment level for each setting is -15 to +15. You can also choose from four aspect modes (Regular, Full, Panorama, or Auto) for the in-dash display.10
    • Adjustable Dimmer: When the illumination lead (orange/white) is connected and the dimmer set to Auto, the display and button illumination will dim automatically when you turn on your vehicle's lights. The dimmer can also be set to Off (normal brightness at all times), On (display is always dimmed), or Dimmer Time Set (you program the time for the dimmer to turn off an on).

    Clock Display: The DVD receiver offers a 12-hour clock which can be visible from any source or menu screen. With your vehicle's key in the accessory or start position, the head unit will continue to display the LCD background image, clock, and button illumination during "AV Off" mode. Pressing and holding the source button turns the unit off completely.

    Parking Brake Detection: To prevent the display of video while the vehicle is in motion, the light green wire (attached to rear-chassis) must be connected to the vehicle's parking brake detection circuit. You cannot view video unless your vehicle's parking brake is engaged. If you attempt to view video without the parking brake engaged, the unit's LCD touchscreen will simply display "Parking Off". While your vehicle is in motion (parking brake off), you can still view all of the head unit's menu screens/settings, source information, metadata, and album artwork.

    2-DIN Chassis: The JVC KW-V21BT has a 2-DIN chassis (also known as "Double-DIN"), and will fit in many vehicles with a large dash opening. The unit can be ISO-mounted using factory brackets. There is no mounting sleeve included for a Euro- or Custom-mount installation. As always, please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to verify fit with your vehicle.

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: The JVC KW-V21BT is equipped with built-in Bluetooth (2.1+EDR) 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 1.5 (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 1.3 (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 KW-V21BT. Check here for Bluetooth compatibility.

    SPP (Secure Simple Pairing): With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the JVC KW-V21Bt without having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings. The head unit will even establish pairing automatically with the Apple iPhone (iOS 5.0+), when connected via USB. Once a device is paired, the registered Bluetooth device will automatically connect to the receiver when it is in close proximity (up to 30') to the receiver. You can register up to five Bluetooth-enabled devices with the JVC head unit (only one paired phone can be used at a time).

    Bluetooth Hands-Free Communication: The head unit supports Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. The touchscreen controls of the KW-V21BT can be used to dial a number, answer an in-coming call, or end a call. The unit also includes an external microphone (featuring adjustable gain), so you can carry on your side of the conversation while listening to the caller through your vehicles speakers (All or Front). 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 touchscreen, or setup the head unit to automatically answer the incoming call immediately in 5 seconds. The KW-V21BT 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 KW-V21BT, 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 touchscreen.
      • Preset Dialing: Allows you to register up to 6 phone numbers for quick dialing. The preset numbers can be accessed from the head unit's touchscreen.
      • Phone Book: You can dial by using the downloaded phone book. You can download phone book data from your cell phone to the KW-V21BT. Up to 5,000 numbers can be stored for each registered cell phone. Each number can be up to 32 digits long and each name can be up to 50 characters long. You can search the phone book alphabetically (A-Z).
      • 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.
    Note: This unit allows you to answer a call or dial out using any option without engaging the parking brake.

    External Microphone: The JVC KW-V21BT 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 volume level and noise 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. The external microphone measures 0.525" (diameter) x 1.505" (depth).

    SMS: If your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone is compatible with SMS (Short Message Service), the JVC head unit will notify you when a message has been received. You must then use your phone to check the message. You cannot read, edit, or send a message through this unit.

    Wireless Audio Streaming (w/ Metadata Display): The JVC KW-V21BT also supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth enabled audio player or smartphone. The KW-V21BT will be able to control basic playback functions of your Bluetooth device's stored music; such as Play/Pause, Skip Next/Previous, Fast Forward/Rewind and Random/Repeat. The head unit will also display your stored music's song information; such as Artist name and Song/Album title. The KW-V21BT also supports audio streaming of music apps downloaded on your smartphone with metadata display and limited control. Advanced music control of your music apps will still need be done via your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone. 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 and connected with an iPhone with Siri via Bluetooth (not USB), the JVC KW-V21BT has the ability to access Siri through its touchscreen and external microphone. Simply press the touchscreen "voice command" icon on the Bluetooth Phone screen 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 KW-V21BT 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 Siri. The head unit's audio is attenuated while Siri provides audible directions.

    Note: The head unit's LCD touchscreen will only display hands-free calling and Bluetooth audio information (all other functions of Siri are only audible through the JVC KW-V21BT; visual data will still need to be viewed from your iPhone device).

    Disc & USB Playback

    Disc Compatibility: The JVC KW-V21BT supports playback of DVD-Video, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, CD-Audio, CD-R/RW, and VCD discs. The unit supports MPEG-1/MPEG-2 and DivX video files recorded on to CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, or DVD+R/RW discs. It also supports playback of MP3/WMA/WAV music files loaded onto a CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, or DVD+R/RW disc.

    USB Port: The JVC KW-V21BT features a front-panel USB type-A port for connection and control of a portable USB mass-storage class (MSC) device; such as select Android smartphones (Froyo/Gingerbread OS only), portable digital audio players, or USB thumbdrives. The USB port enables playback of MP3, WMA, WAV audio files; as well as JPEG still-picture files stored on a compatible USB memory device. The KW-V21BT also supports video playback of MPEG1/MPEG2 video files from a connected portable USB MSC device. USB portable audio devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the DVD receiver's USB port (5V/1A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

    Note: The unit's USB port is not compatible with newer Android smartphones with operating systems released after Froyo & Gingerbread.

    File Compatibility: The JVC KW-V21BT supports the following types of audio, video, and photo files recorded onto a disc or loaded onto a USB mass storage class device.

    Media Type Disc (CD-R/RW or DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW) USB
    File System ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, Romeo FAT 12/16/32
    Playable File Types Audio MP3: bit rate of 32-320kbps w/ sampling rates of 16-48kHz
    WMA: bit rate of 32-320kbps w/ sampling rates of 22.05-48kHz
    WAV: bit rate of 16-bit w/ sampling rate of 44.1kHz
    Video MPEG-1: 352x240 to 720x480 or 352x280 to720x576 (4.0Mbps)
    MPEG-2: 352x240 to 720x480 or 352x280 to 720x576 (4.0Mbps)
    DivX (disc only):
    .divx, .div, or .avi (4.0Mbps)
    Photo JPEG: 32x32 to 8192x7680 pixels
    Maximum # of Folders/Files 250 folders/5,000 files (999 files per folder)
    Tags MP3 ID3-tags (ver. 1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4), WMA-tags, AAC-tags, and WAV-tags

    Playback Screen: During DVD playback, you can control certain operations simply by touching an area of the screen. The touchscreen has 4 functions areas. You can touch the left of the screen to start the current chapter over, or the right of the screen to skip to the next chapter. Pressing the top center of the screen activates the picture adjustments, while pressing the bottom center activates the playback controls.

    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 disc will start from where it has been stopped previously.

    Off Eject + Disc Reload: A disc can be ejected even the unit is turned off, as long as your vehicle's key is in the start or accessory position. 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; playback starts automatically.

    iPod/iPhone Integration

    iPod Audio/Video Playback: The JVC KW-V21BT supports direct connection of your Lightning-connector or 30-pin iPod/iPhone through its front-panel USB port and rear-panel 3.5mm input. The KW-V21BT supports playback of stored music and videos, as well as music and video apps on select Apple iPod/iPhone models. Video can only be displayed while the vehicle is in park.

    • Lightning Connector: If you have a newer iPod/iPhone with the Lightning-connector, you can use the Lightning-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect your iPod/iPhone to the JVC KW-V21BT for audio playback only. You'll be able to listen to stored music and music apps on your Lightning-connector Apple device through the JVC DVD receiver. Video playback is not supported.
    • 30-Pin Dock Connector: If you own an older iPod/iPhone with the 30-pin dock connector, you can enjoy audio and video files on your Apple device through the JVC KW-V21BT. Using JVC's KS-U59 iPod video cable (105KSU59, sold separately), you can enjoy audio playback of your stored music and music apps on your iPod/iPhone; plus video playback of your stored movies and video apps on your iPod/iPhone through the JVC KW-V21BT. If you only desire audio playback, you can use the dock connector-to-USB cable that comes with your Apple device to connect your iPod/iPhone to the KW-V21BT.

    Note: The unit's rear-panel AV input must be set to "iPod" in order to playback audio/video from your connected iPod/iPhone, using the JVC KS-U59 iPod video cable. The unit's rear-panel AV input must be set to "AV-IN" in order to use the cable that came with your Apple device for audio playback only.

    iPod Control w/ Metadata + Charging: The JVC KW-V21BT offers head unit control, song/artist information display, and battery charging for your connected Apple device.

    • iPod/iPhone Control: You can control your connected iPod/iPhone from the head unit's touchscreen. From the head unit's touchscreen you can search for music by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Podcast, Genre, Composer, and Audiobook. You can search video by Playlist, Movies, Music Videos, TV Shows, and Video Podcasts. Once a Playlist or Category is selected, the content is listed in alphabetical order. The KW-V21BT also supports Play/Puase, Fast Forward/Rewind, Previous/Next Track, and Repeat/Random playback functions of your iPod/iPhone. Newer iPod/iPhones with iOS 6.0+ allow you to continue to access your Apple device's touchscreen so you can navigate your stored music and music apps from the mobile device; older iPod/iPhone devices will be locked during connection.
    • Song/Artist Info + Album Art: The KW-V21BT will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information of your stored music. The head unit will indicate Track number, Elapsed playing time, Artist name, Song/Album title, and Album Art. The unit will also display metadata information from Pandora and App Link Mode apps. Other applications will simply display the message "Do you want to exit app and switch to iPod Source"; tapping the "Yes" button will take you back to your iPod/iPhone's stored music, while pressing the "No" button turns unit off.
    • iPod/iPhone Charging: While connected and the ignition switch is set to ACC or ON, the head unit's USB (5V/1A) connection will power and charge your iPod/iPhone (not the iPad). If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it.

    App Link Mode: App Link Mode offers audio playback and video display of useful driving, utility, and music apps from your iPhone 4/4S (iOS 5.0 - 7.1.2) on the JVC KW-V21BT, using the  JVC KS-U59 cable (sold separately). Simply download the JVC Mobile Plugged-In App from iTunes onto your iPhone 4/4S and the app will function as a central launcher of controllable partner applications. You can even continue to listen to another source while the unit displays a driving or utility app. App Link mode is not compatible with newer iPhones with Lightning-connector. Available apps included (as of 2/23/2015).



    MotionX-GPS Drive The Motion X GPS Drive App is available from iTunes for your iPhone for only $0.99. There is a $2.99 per month subscription fee, or $19.99 per year is required for the Voice Guidance feature. MotionX-GPS Drive turns your iPhone 4/4S (iOS 4.0 or later) and the JVC KW-V10 into a personal navigation device for your vehicle. Providing full navigation features and song playback control from your iPhone 4/4S, MotionX-GPS Drive also displays its map data on the connected JVC multimedia receiver's widescreen monitor. Your iPhone 4/4S displays a choice of MotionX-GPS Driver's feature/menu screens as a secondary display (for passenger), while continuing to show the map on the JVC receiver. It even works simultaneously with iPhone 4/4S song playback by muting or pausing music, then restoring your volume during voice guidance through your car speakers. The MotionX-GPS Drive Navigation application covers the United States & Canada.
    INRIX Traffic INRIX is a leading provider of highly accurate traffic services. INRIX's strategic partnership with Clear Channel Radio and Total Traffic Network extends the delivery of the highest quality data and broadest coverage available for personal navigation. The INRIX Traffic app for iPhone provides real-time traffic information and traffic forecasts for all major highways, interstates, arterials and city streets nationwide. Traffic information will be displayed on the JVC KW-V10, while control is still handled from the iPhone. INRIX Traffic offers the following benefits - (1) Avoid delays with real-time traffic info from the world's largest traffic network (2) View traffic incidents on your route such as accidents, police, constructions, and other events (3) Know your best time to leave based on predicted traffic conditions (4)Compare your current traffic conditions from what is normal.
    Sygic Sygic is a voice guided GPS navigation app (fees may apply). It's packed with latest maps and a robust set of navigation features. Both app and maps are updated for free. Maps are stored on the phone for offline use. All the things that can be operated from iPhone can also be operated also from the DVD receiver except text input. POI search, Traffic display, Zoom, Map scroll, Voice guidance and more can be controlled on JVC DVD receiver.
    Waze Waze is the world's fastest-growing community-based traffic and navigation app. Join other drivers in your area who share real-time traffic and road info, saving everyone time and gas money on their daily commute. Map Scroll, Zoom, Traffic display, Voice guidance and more can be controlled from the JVC DVD receiver.
    Local Scope Local Scope (free app) allows you to find places, people, and information around your current position using geo-tagged data from multiple local search engines, social networks, media sharing services, and other apps. Explore information, photos and videos aggregated from diverse services or get information about places.
    Cobra iRadar Cobra iRadar (free app) is the world's first and largest community-based radar/laser/camera detection system. Now you can share and receive alerts in real time from other iRadar users. With access to live radar/laser detection, user reports, automatic alert reporting, and Cobra's AURA speed and red light camera database, iRadar users are the smartest and most aware drivers on the road.
    DriveMate Rec Mini DriveMate Rec mini ($.99) is an application that turn your iPhone into a drive recorder. It automatically records video in incidents such as traffic accidents. You can record a video clip of up to 10 seconds before and after an event. Either a impact such as heaving braking, abrupt handling ,or collision is automatically sensed and recorded. Recorded video can be exported to the camer aroll or YouTube.
    DriveMate Rec DriveMate Rec ($1.99) is an iPhone app that records video while you drive and tracks the route driven. It includes three functions. (1) Automatically records video in incidents such as traffic accidents (2) Records scenery while driving (3)  Record tracks while driving, so you can compare track with other routes you have driven.
    DriveMate OnboardCam DriveMate OnboardCam ($.99) is an application to record movies and tracks during the driving. Now you can record scenery while driving.
    DriveMate Time Trial DriveMate TimeTrial ($.99) is an application to record tracks for driving. The recorded tracks can be compared with other tracks or the real driving. Save, play back, and compare tracks of routes driven.
    DriveMate SafetyCam DriveMate SafetyCam ($.99) is an iPhone app designed to support safe and eco-friendly driving. Provides an approach warning to the car ahead, departure notification of the car ahead, and an overall driving safety evaluation.
    DashCommand Utilizing the built-in GPS & accelerometer sensors of the iPhone 4/4S, the DashCommand  app ($49.99) displays advanced vehicle and driving statistics. When connected to a compatible vehicle's OBD-II data port (optional OBD-II interface sold separately from Palmer Performance Engineering), advanced data monitoring, logging and analysis are enabled. Users can create and display up to 27 virtual dashboards with many styles including digital gauges, analog gauges, indicator lights, and more, which can all be accessed on the head unit's touchscreen. Compatible with more than 13 OBD-II compliant interfaces, the app can also be used as a scan tool to read vehicle trouble codes.
    Sonic MaxPro for JVC Sonic MaxPro for JVC (free app) is an HD quality music player with BBE's critically acclaimed HD audio technology-(Sonic Maximizer) and built-in presets.
    TuneIn Radio TuneIn lets you listen to the world's radio with music, sports, news, talk, and comedy streaming from every continent. Enjoy 70,000 live radio stations and 2 million podcasts, concerts or shows on your iPhone, iPad and iPod, all for free. The KW-V10 will display station identification, song/artist information. and album artwork. You will still need to use your iPhone to change stations.
    Web Reader (Text-to-Speech) Web Reader ($1.99) for iPhone uses Text to speech technology along with web page content recognition to read web pages out loud. Web Reader reads web pages and social media sites aloud through car speaker while driving with on-screen play & pause.
    TEverio Sync. 2 By connecting a JVC Everio camcorder and your iPhone with Wi-Fi, this application allows the video of the JVC Everio camcorder to be seen from the DVD receiver. Pan control, Zoom control, Rec/Pause control and snapshots can be operated from the receiver.

    Note: Apps not available in all areas. Available apps subject to change without notice.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The JVC KW-V21BT is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 2/23/2015):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Bluetooth Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone App Link Pandora App Album Art Song/Artist Text Track Info Phone Audio Siri
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y Y Y N N N Y Y Y Y N N Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y Y Y N N N Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y Y Y N N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    4 7.1.2 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    4S 8.1.3 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5/5C/5S 8.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    6/6+ 8.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y Y Y N N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y Y Y N N N Y Y Y N Y N Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y Y Y N N N Y Y Y N Y N Y
    4th 6.1.2 Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N Y N Y
    5th 8.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y N N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y Y Y N N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y Y Y N N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y Y Y N N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y N N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    7th 1.02 PC Y N Y N N N Y Y Y N Y N Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y Y Y N N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y Y Y N N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y Y Y N N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    video 5th 1.3 Y Y Y N N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y Y Y N N Y Y Y Y N Y N N
    2 8.1.3 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y N Y N N
    3 8.1.3 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y N Y Y N
    4/air 8.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y N Y Y N
    mini 8.1.3 Y N Y Y N 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.

    AM/FM+Pandora+SiriusXM Radio

    RDS AM/FM Tuner: The JVC KW-V21BT features a built-in AM/FM tuner with manual, seek, and preset tuning. The Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast information such as artist, title, and album when listening to compatible AM/FM stations. 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 switch the tuner's IF filter to Wide or Auto to increase/decrease the sensitivity. Local tuning lets you only tune in stations with sufficient signal strength. You can activate the monaural mode to improve FM reception, when a station is week (the stereo effect will be lost).

    Note: You can set the built-in AM/FM tuner between US standard and European tuning spacing.

    Pandora App (for iPhone & Android): The free Pandora App (either from iTunes Apps or Google Play) lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the JVC KW-V21BT using your USB-connected Apple iPhone (iOS 5.0+) or Bluetooth paired Android smartphone. Your compatible mobile device 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. The JVC KW-V21BT provides control over the Pandora music service and displays Artist, Album, and Song information.

    • Station/Genre List: You can select Pandora stations from your Station or Genre List by date or alphabetically (A-Z). You can also choose to randomly playback songs from all your registered stations.
    • Create New Station: New stations can be created based on the current songs or artists playing on Pandora.
    • Skip Songs: You can skip song tracks within a station. You cannot skip back to a previous song. Pandora limits the number of skips allowed.
    • Thumbs Up/Down: You can give songs a thumbs up or thumbs down to help Pandora personalize stations to suit your preferences.
    • Bookmarking: The song or artist currently being played can be bookmarked & stored in your Pandora account.
    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 & only available in the United States.

    SiriusXM Ready: The JVC DVD receiver is SiriusXM Ready, so you can listen to commercial-free music, all your favorite sports, exclusive talk and entertainment, comedy, news, traffic, weather, and more. Simply connect the SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner (220SXV300, both sold separately) to the dedicated SiriusXM port on the rear of the head unit and enjoy satellite radio without additional translators or cables. With the SiriusXM Connect tuner you'll have access to more than 175 channels of exclusive programming directly from SiriusXM; check out the most popular SiriusXM subscription packages here. Additional features include:

    • Channel List w/ Category Search: A channel list displays a list of all available channels. The Category Search function searches for channels in a certain category.
    • Song/Artist Info: Displayed Information such as Channel Name, Channel Logo, Artist Name, & Song Title can be viewed on the head unit's LCD
    • Presets + Smart Favorites: Up to 24 SiriusXM Satellite Radio station presets can be saved. Up to 6 of your SiriusXM presets can be identified as Smart Favorites for advanced features such as TuneStart & TuneScan.
    • Instant Replay: You can pause, rewind, and replay up to 60 minutes of current channel. You'll also be able to rewind and replay the last 30 minutes of content from your six Smart Favorite channels.
    • TuneStart & TuneScan: TuneStart allows you to choose whether to start a song from the beginning or from its live point when tuning to a Smart Favorite channel. TuneScan plays the first 10 seconds of each song that has not been listened to from each of the channels which you have saved as Smart Favorites.
    • Parental Control: Channels containing unsuitable content for children can be blocked.
    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.

    Audio Section

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The JVC KW-V21BT utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality with Signal to Noise ratio up to 99dB.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The KW-V21BT 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 KW-V21BT are as follows:

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

    6ch/4V Preamp Outputs + Sub Control: The KW-V21BT is equipped with 6ch/4V preamp outputs (Front, Rear, Subwoofer). The front and rear preamp outputs allow fader control, while the subwoofer preamp output is non-fading.  You can adjust the KW-V21BT's subwoofer output level (-50 to +10) independently from the head unit's main volume control for added bass volume. You can also adjust the phase of the subwoofer output between 180-degrees (Reverse) or 0-degrees (Normal).

    Built-in Crossovers: The JVC KW-V21BT features a built-in high-pass filter for the unit's front & rear speakers, and a low-pass filter for the unit's subwoofer output.

    • High-Pass Filter: You can activate a variable high-pass filter (63, 100, 120, 150, 180 Hz or Through) for the unit's front & rear channels (speaker- or preamp-level), so low frequency signals are cut off from your system's front & rear speakers. The front & rear channel's high-pass filters can be set independently of one another.
    • Low-Pass Filter: The unit's subwoofer preamp output features a low-pass filter. In order to prevent high-frequencies from being sent to your system's subwoofers, you can set the cutoff frequency of the low-pass filter to 55, 85, 120, 160 Hz or Through.

    Pro EQ: The KW-V21BT is equipped with JVC's Pro EQ. The integrated equalizer offers 11 preset sound modes (Flat, Hard Rock, Jazz, Pop, R&B, Talk, Vocal Boost, Bass Boost, Classical, Dance, and User) suitable for the music genre of your choice. The User mode allows you to manually adjust the head unit's 5-band parametric EQ (Frequency, Level, and Q-Factor).

    Frequency Q Level
    Bass 63 / 80 / 100 / 125 Hz 1.0 / 1.25 / 1.5 / 2.0 -10 to + 10
    Mid Bass 200 / 250 / 315 / 400 Hz
    Mids 630 / 800 / 1.0k / 1.25k Hz 0.75 / 1/0 / 1.25/ 2.0
    Mid High 2.0 / 2.5 / 3.15 / 4 kHz
    High 6.3 / 8.0 / 10.0 / 1.25 kHz

    Note: You can store EQ settings for each source (Disc, Tuner, AV, USB, iPod, Bluetooth, and Pandora).

    Sound Extras: The head unit provides further sound enhancements for your car audio system.

    • Bass Boost: The JVC DVD receiver features a Bass Boost control that can be set to the following levels (1-2 or off).
    • Loud (Loudness): This feature boosts low and high frequencies to produce a well-balanced sound at a low volume level. You can set the Loudness to On or Off.
    • Dynamic Range Compression: This function reduces a Dolby Digital soundtrack's dynamic range so you can hear quieter dialog without being overwhelmed by loud sections. You can choose a setting of On (reduced dynamic range), Dialogue (clearer movie dialogue), or Off (full dynamic range).
    • 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.

    AV Connections

    A/V Input: The JVC KW-V21BT DVD receiver features a rear-panel 3.5mm AV input for connecting a permanent external A/V source, such as a Blu-ray player, gaming console, or mobile ATSC tuner. The rear-panel audio/video input can be set to one of the following modes:

    • AV IN: Choose when connecting an A/V component like a game system or Blu-ray player.
    • iPod: Select when connecting your iPod/iPhone using JVC's proprietary KS-U59 iPod video cable (sold separately).

    Camera In: The rear-panel Camera input consists of a composite video connector which allows you to connect an optional rear-view camera (sold separately). The unit features a reverse gear signal wire, that when connected to your vehicle's reverse light circuit, will automatically switch the KW-V21BT's display to the rear-view camera input. Automatic video switching takes approximately 1.0 seconds. Audio from your music source will continue playing, while the back-up camera is displayed.

    Video Output: A single RCA composite video-output jack allows you to an add external monitor such as rear headrest monitor (sold separately). The video output will display whatever video signal that is being displayed on the head unit's touchscreen monitor.

    Remote Control

    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 Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.

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    Customer Q&A

    30 questions already asked

    Can I integrate this with my existing bluetooth microphone and USB port? Would additional adapters be needed?
    [ Zach  Jan 29, 2016 ]
    1 answer
    This will depend largely on your vehicle. For details on installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on what you will need for an installation.
    [ Jeff  Jan 29, 2016 ]  Staff
    when in rear view camera mode is it in color or black and white ?
    [ Terry  Jan 09, 2016 ]
    4 answers
    [ Chris  Feb 17, 2016 ]
    [ Brittin  Jan 09, 2016 ]
    It shows in color
    [ Jeffrey  Jan 09, 2016 ]
    It's in color
    [ Jeremy  Jan 09, 2016 ]
    my sandisk 64gb usb drive don't read why is that? should i try something smaller?
    [ Anne  Dec 31, 2015 ]
    1 answer
    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 01, 2016 ]  Staff
    i stream music off of youtube, generally, does allow me simply to play audio through the unit? or will BT audio only play files off my phone?
    [ Julian  Dec 31, 2015 ]
    7 answers
    i have played music off utube with no problem on the jvc. The only problem i have is at least twice a week i have to re-register my phone with the device.
    [ KATHLEEN J  Jan 05, 2016 ]
    BT will allow you to play both saved files or anything else including streaming you tube, Pandora, I heart (which i use)
    [ Andrew  Jan 04, 2016 ]
    I have the Pioneer AVH-X2700BS and when it is set to Bluetooth whatever is playing on my phone comes thru the receiver.
    [ Steve  Jan 04, 2016 ]
    Yes, it will stream any sound via BT from your phone; even sound from video.
    [ Michael  Jan 03, 2016 ]
    It should play any music or sounds you have playing on your phone through the BT audio (my dad is borrowing my truck right now, so I can't verify this for you.....sorry!).
    [ Karl  Jan 02, 2016 ]
    It will only play Bluetooth through your phone. It won't access the internet. You have to buy a more expensive reciever for that. It links to an iPod if you have one. It will show those fled the on screen, but the Bluetooth feature was its greatest asset.
    [ vince  Jan 01, 2016 ]
    It will play YouTube or any other audio file from the Internet. I also stream YouTube through Bluetooth to the pioneer head unit.
    [ Caleb Nicholas  Jan 01, 2016 ]
    Does this head unit display Korean characters?
    [ Ryan  Dec 29, 2015 ]
    2 answers
    I dont think so
    [ Carlos  Dec 29, 2015 ]
    [ JOY  Dec 29, 2015 ]
    How does this unit perform in cold weather? I live in the mountains and we very frequently have temperatures below zero (Fahrenheit) during the winter. Will I be in a situation where it will not work at all until it warms up inside the vehicle?
    [ karlman  Dec 27, 2015 ]
    4 answers
    I live in md where we have all 4 season and all types of weather...i have never had a problem during winter season...better yet any other season.
    [ Latasha  Dec 30, 2015 ]
    Been ok in Denver.
    [ T  Dec 28, 2015 ]
    We purchased and installed ours in December 2015 and in NJ we had an extremely cold winter and it worked fine. The car it was installed in is not kept in the garage and it sat under several feet of snow for quite some time and worked fine.
    [ SONNIE  Dec 28, 2015 ]
    Haven't had any issues with it, it's been below freezing here for the last couple months, the screens responsive etc. From the get-go
    [ Jesse  Dec 28, 2015 ]
    can this be used with an cd/mp3 changer ?
    [ jimblake  Dec 10, 2015 ]
    1 answer
    Sorry Do not know- I use it with a back up camera Believe there were additional connection inputs
    [ JACK  Dec 10, 2015 ]
    Can you play Pandora or music library through Bluetooth?
    [ DougS  Dec 06, 2015 ]
    5 answers
    [ MICHAEL  Dec 12, 2015 ]
    You can play anything music or audio book on your phone through the Bluetooth.
    [ Brittin  Dec 06, 2015 ]
    Yes. Bluetooth take a second to sync but it works flawlessly.
    [ Neena  Dec 06, 2015 ]
    Absolutely! You cannot give thumb ratings on Pandora when playing through Bluetooth though. Also, you can't explore your music library as you could with a cable connection.
    [ James Chandler  Dec 06, 2015 ]
    Yes you can. It is a very nice unit for the money. Just make sure all your connections are super tight in the back.
    [ Jake  Dec 06, 2015 ]
    Can I plug my iphone 6 into the front USB input and play music through the Sirius XM app?
    [ TIm  Dec 01, 2015 ]
    2 answers
    I can play Pandora just fine and see no reason why Sirius won't work.
    [ Cor  Dec 03, 2015 ]
    I don't know, I sold the vehicle soon after installing radio. Try asking apple.
    [ DAVID  Dec 01, 2015 ]
    Does the head unit have a built in Line Output Converter?
    [ ashilliard  Nov 19, 2015 ]
    1 answer
    A line output converter is not needed with this receiver because it has 3 sets (6 total) preamp outputs. It can be connected directly to an amp using RCA audio cables.
    [ Paul  Nov 23, 2015 ]  Staff
    What XM turner interfaces with this unit? I have an SVX100 now is it compatible or does it take the 200 or 300 unit?
    [ Craig  Nov 13, 2015 ]
    1 answer
    For details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle.
    [ Krissy  Nov 15, 2015 ]  Staff
    Is this unit detachable?
    [ Sidney  Nov 11, 2015 ]
    2 answers
    [ T  Dec 28, 2015 ]
    [ Michael  Nov 12, 2015 ]
    Does it work with spotify? Show spotify track info and album art?
    [ Revel  Oct 11, 2015 ]
    3 answers
    I Dont have Spotify so dont know
    [ Chris  Oct 12, 2015 ]
    Yes it does! I use Spotify all the time.
    [ Essiyah  Oct 11, 2015 ]
    Yes, will show tracks, no album art.
    [ Carlos  Oct 11, 2015 ]
    how do i chnage to aux mode from ipod mode ?
    [ Tammy  Oct 04, 2015 ]
    2 answers
    Home button right side. Then select all on the screen.
    [ T  Oct 04, 2015 ]
    Press the home buttonplug your ipod in the outlet under the "trap door" bottom left corner and it'll detect your ipod.
    [ SONNIE  Oct 04, 2015 ]
    remote is optional, Price?
    [ Eric  Aug 02, 2015 ]
    2 answers
    The remote wasn't available when I bought my radio, because I bought my radio shortly after it was announced. I haven't looked into it since because JVC didn't provide any support at the time and the firmware was a major disappointment.
    [ Larry  Aug 04, 2015 ]
    I don't know the price of a remote, I did not purchase one.
    [ SONNIE  Aug 03, 2015 ]
    will this unit fit my 2006 c280 Mercedes Benz?
    [ emiliano  Jul 09, 2015 ]
    1 answer
    For details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle.
    [ Krissy  Jul 10, 2015 ]  Staff
    Is the parking brake connection for DVD looking for a +or - connection?
    [ asinow  Jul 07, 2015 ]
    5 answers
    A connection to ground so yes a - connection
    [ Cor  Jul 09, 2015 ]
    Hey, I'm not sure what that is but i know for sure that everything I needed came with the stereo.
    [ Essiyah  Jul 07, 2015 ]
    It is looking for a negative or ground.
    [ William  Jul 07, 2015 ]
    Ppositive(+) to give it power
    [ Jimmy  Jul 07, 2015 ]
    Have no idea, I'm still trying to figure out how to set the clock.
    [ DAVID  Jul 07, 2015 ]
    One review stated that there is a banner across the rear view backup camera. Can someone confirm this. Is it due to the radio or from the brand of backup camera purchased?
    [ New User  Jun 23, 2015 ]
    5 answers
    I installed this system in an 06 Mark LT truck with an after market backup camera and I don't see a banner on the screen.
    [ FRANKLKIN  Jun 23, 2015 ]
    IReturned this item without installing it or opening the original packaging. Sorry I could not give you additional information. Karen Hande
    [ Karen  Jun 23, 2015 ]
    There is a box that says "check surroundings before backing up", however it doesn't impede the view of the camera
    [ Stephen  Jun 23, 2015 ]
    I have no banner on rostra back up camera just the usual "check your surroundings"
    [ CHARLES R  Jun 23, 2015 ]
    The camera I use does not have a band. It does however say Check all surroundings, which will disappear if you tap the screen.
    [ Curtis  Jun 23, 2015 ]
    Does it have an aux input?
    [ Morgan  Jun 05, 2015 ]
    3 answers
    Hi Morgan: On the front face there is only the USB which I use for the iPhone. On the back is an aux input with right and left RCA jacks. It also has a jack on the back for video input, usually used for a back-up camera. Hope that helps! Tim
    [ Timothy  Jun 09, 2015 ]
    Yes, if you are looking at the radio look at the bottom left corner. You can pull away and see the unput for a usb.
    [ SONNIE  Jun 08, 2015 ]
    It has a front usb port and a rear aux port for an apple ipod/iphone.
    [ TOM D  Jun 07, 2015 ]
    Will I be able to put a DVD in so that it will appear on the rear OEM screen?
    [ John  Apr 12, 2015 ]
    4 answers
    As long as the video out is connected to that monitor yes
    [ Robert  Apr 21, 2015 ]
    Yes! The radio is equipped to send a picture to an external screen.
    [ Timothy  Apr 13, 2015 ]
    If your screens have an av out out you will be able to connect and view all video through all screens
    [ tom  Apr 13, 2015 ]
    As long as your OEM unit has A/V inputs. It does have audio and video out but you would have to route the cables.
    [ Jody  Apr 12, 2015 ]
    Is there a USB port on the front of the unit that is capable of controlling iPod/iPhone playback?
    [ ADAM  Apr 01, 2015 ]
    14 answers
    Only works for older iPhone btw. Which stinks because who has an old phone now.
    [ Derrick  Apr 10, 2015 ]
    Absolutely, my iphone 5c works just fine. also passes album art to radio.
    [ Michael  Apr 04, 2015 ]
    Yes, I installed the unit and both the screen and my steering wheel (with wiring kit) control my songs on my iPhone - plugged into front port. You can select playlists, etc. from the touchscreen
    [ DAVID  Apr 02, 2015 ]
    [ Curtis  Apr 02, 2015 ]
    yes there is a usb port on the front bottom left below the volume down button. I don't know what the iPod control capabilities are with it though. I know you can read a thumb drive from that port.
    [ JAMES  Apr 02, 2015 ]
    Yes, there is a USB port on the front that allows iPod/iPhone playback. You can also play/control iPhone playback using Bluetooth.
    [ JAMES E  Apr 02, 2015 ]
    I don't know we use android devices. Sorry I can't offer you more information.
    [ FRANKLKIN  Apr 02, 2015 ]
    Yes when looking at the radio it's like a hidden trap door bottom left corner.
    [ SONNIE  Apr 02, 2015 ]
    Yes it is. Works well too. Wonderful radio. No front aux input though
    [ BEN  Apr 02, 2015 ]
    LOL! Funny you should ask! Yes there is...quite hidden. When looking at the radio, bottom left corner hidden trap door for the usb port! Long story short my husband and neighbor, both real car guys, ended up in a local retailer asking where it was too!
    [ SONNIE  Apr 02, 2015 ]
    Yes, Their is a USB port in the front of the unit for ipod/iphone. Its located on the lefthand bottom corner.
    [ Latasha  Apr 02, 2015 ]
    Yes, lower left hand corner. On an iPod mini V3, the unit displays play lists, all the iPod functions all from the unit which is nice. I would assume it does the same with all later versions. Rather easy and intuitive. Cheers
    [ T  Apr 02, 2015 ]
    Yes there is a USB port and does work with IPhone/iPod
    [ Seth  Apr 02, 2015 ]
    yes in front left corner
    [ antoine  Apr 02, 2015 ]
    I see navigation shown in some of the menus but it's not talked about in the manual. Is this an optional add-on?
    [ Jim  Mar 08, 2015 ]
    4 answers
    If you have an older model I phone 4 or 4s you can sync your maps to the receiver, not sure about add on.
    [ Robert  Mar 12, 2015 ]
    The vehicle we installed this unit in did not have navigation, so we did not even check to see if that was an option. Sorry i couldn't be more help.
    [ Raymond  Mar 10, 2015 ]
    I asked JVC the same question....this is what they told me , you can connect an iphone with the correct cables to display the information. Refer to page 45 in the instruction manual. Hopefully this helps you out .
    [ Bryan  Mar 10, 2015 ]
    Jim: I am not aware of any navigation built in to the KW-V21BT. I use my iPhone 5s plugged in to the radio and in a holder that is visible, for navigation. Any sound relating to the navigation is routed through the radio. It works great!
    [ Timothy  Mar 09, 2015 ]
    How is the support for multiple bluetooth users? Does it switch back and forth automatically? Can it handle multiple users at the same time?
    [ Rico55  Mar 01, 2015 ]
    6 answers
    It can sync with multiple devices but only one can be active, as long as the BT is active on the device it will auto sync when in range of the receiver.
    [ Robert  Mar 12, 2015 ]
    The support for multiple bluetooth users is ok at best. It doesn't swtich back and forth automatically unless and there isn't an option to do so. You can have multiple devices connected to it at once, but they can't provide the same additional function to the receiver. For instance you can't have two smartphones connected to the bluetooth music profile of the receiver, but you can have one device connected to the bluetooth phone profile and then the other device connected to the bluetooth music profile.
    [ Larry  Mar 04, 2015 ]
    yes, it will handle two users at once. I can be driving and it will take all the calls from my phone while my wifes phone is sending pandora streaming through it. The unit will do things that the manufacture and crutchfield are not aware of that are very handy. Like if you have your phone bluetoothed last and you choose pandora app it will activate the pandora app on your phone as long as there is no lock screen active on the phone. Nice unit.
    [ DAVID  Mar 03, 2015 ]
    I Have Not Installed It.txt. However The Selection Was Based I'm preferences I WasPat Interested In. I'll Respond When Installed This Sat. March 7, 2015.
    [ Karen  Mar 02, 2015 ]
    Im not sure. I only use one bluetooth device
    [ antoine  Mar 02, 2015 ]
    Have not added a second user, yet. Sorry
    [ Michael  Mar 02, 2015 ]
    Will this unit work with an iPhone 6?
    [ Scott  Feb 21, 2015 ]
    6 answers
    It will work with an iPhone 6. I have an iPhone 5 and it works seemlessly
    [ Amy  Feb 23, 2015 ]
    Short answer, yes.
    [ Carlos  Feb 23, 2015 ]
    My iPhone 6 works with this unit. I Bluetooth it normally and it syncs everything. Hope this help.
    [ JOY  Feb 23, 2015 ]
    sorry that I cant help you. I don't have an iphone. but I do enjoy mine.
    [ Ellen  Feb 22, 2015 ]
    Works with my 6+
    [ Michelle  Feb 22, 2015 ]
    Jvc apps only work on the 30 pin iPhones. U can use the 5 and up for pandora (which works just as well thru Bluetooth) and as an iPod for music only.
    [ CHARLES R  Feb 22, 2015 ]
    Will I need any special install products for my 2005 Chevy Silverado?
    [ Ken Cope  Feb 20, 2015 ]
    1 answer
    For details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle.
    [ Krissy  Feb 23, 2015 ]  Staff
    Can I use an Android phone on this radio? I have a Galaxy S 5. Any info would be great. Would my galaxy work with bluetooth, and using for music
    [ Haydn  Feb 05, 2015 ]
    5 answers
    Haydn, I am using an IPhone so I can't speak from experience. How ever the Manual takes about the radio working with android phones. I have very pleased with the radio. I am finding the sound is excellent even with with stock speakers. And it works great with the phone. Tim
    [ Timothy  Feb 06, 2015 ]
    phone bluetooth yes. Worked on my Galaxy Note 2 that i shattered last week and now on my Galaxy Note 4 also perfectly. for mp3s, yes, but i rarely listen to mp3s on my phone through my car.
    [ Michael  Feb 06, 2015 ]
    phone bluetooth yes. Worked on my Galaxy Note 2 that i shattered last week and now on my Galaxy Note 4 also perfectly. for mp3s, yes, but i rarely listen to mp3s on my phone through my car.
    [ Michael  Feb 06, 2015 ]
    I use an iPhone 6 with mine, as this radio is more geared toward iPhones. However I don't see why it wouldn't work with the Bluetooth audio. It does also have a audio port on the back to connect your phone directy
    [ Stephen  Feb 06, 2015 ]
    Hi, Haydn. We tested the unit with a Galaxy S4, S5 and iPhone 4s before giving the vehicle back to the customer. She has also confirmed her own Galaxy S5 works with the bluetooth. We were very impressed with this unit, and I intend to put one in my 300. I hope this helps. -Ed
    [ Raymond  Feb 06, 2015 ]
    Can the display and button colors be changed ?
    [ Jai  Jan 24, 2015 ]
    4 answers
    The display has a few background options to switch between but there is no way to change the color of the buttons.
    [ Larry  Jan 25, 2015 ]
    no, the control buttons (home, etc.) color cannot be changed. the display screen has 3 choices, plus a spot to enter your own picture. outstanding performance from this unit, but a poor double din fit European cars.
    [ George Yellott  Jan 25, 2015 ]
    The display can be chsnged. But the color can not.
    [ antoine  Jan 25, 2015 ]
    No. It's blue.
    [ TOM D  Jan 25, 2015 ]
    Does this JVC player have steering wheel functions available, or compatible with this function, or is there a module to be purchased to have this function? Jan 9, 2015
    [ Patrick  Jan 09, 2015 ]
    1 answer
    The ability to retain steering wheel controls with aftermarket receivers will be determined by the receiver you are using and the vehicle you have. For full information on this type of integration (including the parts you will need) please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat.
    [ Krissy  Jan 10, 2015 ]  Staff
    Since this JVC player has bluetooth. Can it read and respond to text messages on your phone when hooked up?
    [ Sam Henricksen  Jan 05, 2015 ]
    3 answers
    As far as I have experienced it does not have this function. It will allow you to bring up the phonebook and let you set up speed dials.
    [ William  Jul 07, 2015 ]
    Does this JVC player have steering wheel functions available, or compatible with this function, or is there a module to be purchased to have this function?
    [ Patrick  Jan 09, 2015 ]
    It may depend on the phone your using. I use an iPhone 5s. According to the manual, the unit is supposed to indicate when you have received a SMS Text. Any reading of the text or reply only goes through the phone directly. However, most of the text messages I receive are from other iPhones and come as an iMessage. The radio does not respond to an IMessage. I just tried it to see for sure and the message alert came through on the phone but not on the radio. I was able to activate Siri and ask for a text to be sent using voice recognition. Hope that helps!
    [ Timothy  Jan 06, 2015 ]
    Does this radio have a folder up and search function when using the USB drive? Does it also show the album art on the USB drive?
    [ Mike  Dec 19, 2014 ]
    4 answers
    It does allow you to search and browse folders. The album art will depend on the file format.
    [ TOM D  Jan 25, 2015 ]
    It has a folder up function, and a search function, but not like a P.C. where text is typed in. Page 15 in user manual is where the picture hand is pointing to a magnifying glass (search), this causes folders to show up on another page, and files to show up similarly to a PC. All files are on right side depending which folder is selected. I plugged in my iphone 5c with the white USB cable provided by Apple, the lightening cable, and the radio instantly recognizes phone, and reads all music inside, any album art shows up nicely, and the artist, an name of song. I can select different playlists before playing, of which I have 1.5 gigs worth of songs stored, and it sounds it. The audio quality (specs) on this unit is among the highest one can buy.
    [ Michael  Dec 21, 2014 ]
    I don't know as I have not used a thumb drive with this radio.
    [ Dan  Dec 19, 2014 ]
    Im not sure. I havent used the usb port on the radio yet.
    [ antoine  Dec 19, 2014 ]

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