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Looking for a car stereo that you can operate like your iPhone? The JVC Arsenal KW-V820BT DVD receiver includes Apple CarPlay® which lets you control many of your iPhone functions directly from its 6.8" Active Touch Control monitor. You'll also enjoy a ton of media options, like Pandora® and SiriusXM, as well as sound-shaping controls to refine your sound. And JVC backs up this receiver with a 2-year warranty.

With the iPhone® in mind

Looking for a car stereo that you can operate like your iPhone? The JVC Arsenal KW-V820BT DVD receiver includes Apple CarPlay® which lets you control many of your iPhone functions directly from its 6.8" Active Touch Control monitor. You'll also enjoy a ton of media options, like Pandora® and SiriusXM, as well as sound-shaping controls to refine your sound. And JVC backs up this receiver with a 2-year warranty.

Apple CarPlay®

CarPlay integrates your iPhone into the driving experience in a seamless interface, putting iPhone content at the driver's fingertips with minimal distraction. That means easy access to your music library, audiobooks, phone, messages, navigation, and many third-party streaming music apps, too. Learn more at

Go wireless with Bluetooth®

Bluetooth enables wireless streaming for music, podcasts, and audiobooks, along with the convenience of hands-free phone calls. This JVC lets you quickly switch between two paired phones — handy for vehicles with more than one driver. You can install the included wired microphone close to you, so callers can hear you loud and clear. You'll also get voice control when pairing an iPhone with Siri.

Whole lot of radio going on

If you enjoy Internet radio on your iPhone® or Android™, you'll really dig playing music from Pandora and Spotify on this receiver. And you iPhone users can now tune into Apple Music for even more variety. If you're looking for radio stations that won't fade away when you drive out of town, add a SiriusXM tuner to this JVC to enjoy satellite radio's deep programming from coast to coast. The KW-V820BT also includes a sensitive AM/FM tuner to catch all your local stations too.

More media options

And when it's time to play your own music, this receiver also offers a DVD/CD player, a rear aux input for a portable music player, and a rear USB port that can handle your MP3, WMA, and WAV music files, as well as the music stored on your iPhone or Android. The display will show video when you're parked, and you can also feed video to optional screens you can add for your backseat crew.

JVC Arsenal KW-V820BT DVD receiver

User-friendly touchscreen controls provide quick access to all your media.

Settings for sight and sound

Once you've picked your tunes, you can tweak your sound by using a huge array of sound-sculpting controls, including a 13-band graphic equalizer and digital time alignment. JVC's K2 technology helps bring back the depth and detail for all your digital music sources. Because most car speakers are located down low in the doors, this receiver also offers Sound Lift, which adjusts your music's frequencies to virtually "raise" your speakers for better, more natural imaging.

Three pairs of hot 4-volt RCA preamp outputs provide an ultra-clean signal when it's time to add amplifiers to your system. JVC also includes variable color illumination and a customizable layout for the display, letting you pick the look that works in your dash.

iDatalink Maestro lets you keep your factory extras

The KW-V820BT offers compatibility you won't find in many other aftermarket radios, thanks to the iDatalink Maestro module (not included).

  • Ford SYNC systems: you'll be able to retain voice-controlled features, steering wheel audio controls, and factory audio functions
  • GM vehicles: you'll keep your steering wheel audio controls, your factory amp, safety warning chimes, and OnStar
  • Chrysler: you'll keep all your Uconnect functionality
  • Toyota: you'll keep your factory amplifer, auxiliary and USB inputs, rear-view camera, and steering wheel audio controls
  • Volkswagen: you'll retain the factory Bluetooth, the factory digital amplifier and fader, plus VW's media device interface

The iDatalink adapter also lets you tap into your vehicle's diagnostic port, so you can check out expanded functionality including gauges, climate controls, a distance sensor, and tire pressure monitor on the JVC's screen.

Note: JVC has confirmed that at this time this receiver will work with the iDatalink Maestro module to retain factory steering wheel controls, but it will NOT retain factory extras such as OEM Bluetooth and satellite radio, Ford Sync, GM OnStar, and Chrysler Uconnect. JVC should have a firmware update available by mid-August through the JVC website which will provide full compatibility with the iDatalink Maestro. Once the firmware update is available, apply it to your JVC receiver for support of factory extras; reflashing the iDatalink Maestro module is not necessary.

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 receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in internal amp (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • 6.8" Clear Active touchscreen (6.2" inset QVGA display for video)
    • variable color illumination and control layout
    • fits double-DIN dash openings
    • wireless remote
    Smartphone Features:
    • built-in iPod, iPhone, and iPad control
    • works with Apple CarPlay
    • Pandora and Spotify control with iPhone and Android; Apple Music control with iPhone
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming with dual phone connection
    Audio/Video Features:
    • plays CDs, DVDs, and USB memory devices
    • 13-band equalizer with digital time alignment
    • K2 technology improves the digital sound for all music sources
    • Sound Lift compensates for low speaker positions
    • Volume Link EQ boosts specific frequencies to compensate for road noise
    • subwoofer level, phase, and low-pass crossover controls
    • compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
    • inputs: dual rear USB inputs, rear A/V input, rear-view camera input
    • outputs: rear video output, 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
    Other Information:
    • compatible with most factory steering wheel audio controls (adapter required)
    • works with iDataLink Maestro module
      • retains Ford SYNC, GM OnStar, Chrysler Uconnect, and VW media center
      • displays engine performance data on touchscreen
    • warranty: 2 years
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

    What's in the Box:

    • DVD receiver w/ built-in 6.8" touchscreen (15A fuse)
    • Wiring harness
    • 39" Proprietary dual USB cable
    • Remote control (RM-RK258)
    • CR2025 3V battery (installed in remote)
    • GPS antenna (attached 11.5' cable terminated by a proprietary connector)
    • Microphone w/ integrated bracket (attached 10' cable terminated by a right-angle male 3.5mm connector)
    • Self-adhesive pad
    • 6 Pan-head ISO-mount screws
    • 6 Flat-head ISO-mount screws
    • Instruction Manual
    • Warranty sheet
    • "Correction" note

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    Great head unit, the app play is seamless, always answers the phone, easy to set up, great sound to boot. Very Happy. Love the user interface.

    Frank, Martinez, CA


    JVC KW-V820BT Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (109 Reviews)

    Love the user interface.

    Frank from Martinez, CA on 2/13/2018

    2010 Mitsubishi Lancer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great head unit, the app play is seamless, always answers the phone, easy to set up, great sound to boot. Very Happy. Love the user interface.

    Pros: Easy to use, simply install. Great sound and reception

    Cons: Does not come with the back up camera. For the price and quality, can't go wrong.


    LEE from Fulton, MS on 12/28/2017

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

    All I can say is Awesome!

    Pros: Got this for my wife. I love everything about it. We put it in a 2007 SRT8 magnum. She loves the apple car play!!!

    Cons: None

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    Crutchfield customer from Fort Lupton, CO on 12/28/2017

    2004 Lexus ES330
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Screen is easy to navigate and the stereo works great!

    Pros: Fits perfect, quick screen response and great sound.

    Cons: None yet.un

    Son loves it!

    NANCY from MA on 12/27/2017

    2012 GMC Sierra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    My Son loves this! Bought it for him for Christmas! He already installed it! Great deal!

    Pros: Fit right in. Easy installation.

    Cons: Having to download to program on Windows only. We have an IMac. He got it done though!

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    Robert from Texas on 12/25/2017

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this as a scratch and dent for almost 300 off origional price. couldn't find a scratch or dent anywhere. it was missing a trim peice that was under 10 bucks from the manufacture. great deal if you ask me.

    Pros: great product great price

    Cons: yet to find one

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    Crutchfield customer from Cabo Rojo, PR on 11/25/2017

    1999 Ford Expedition
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great stereo system, the display looks beautiful, fast response and perfect fit with the crutchfield installation kit!!!!



    All I can say is WOW

    Randy from Greeneville, TN on 11/24/2017

    2002 Toyota 4Runner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Could not be happier. This is the best radio I have ever bought. Easy to use. Music is extremely clear. Phone sounds like your holding the phone to your ear instead of talking through an external mic. Love this radio.



    Awesome Head Unit

    Caleb from Meridian, MS on 11/21/2017

    2013 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great Radio, lots of tuning options. The controls were very easy to learn, learning to navigate to certain settings is tricky at first, but is a breeze once you figure out where everything is. Works great with my amplifier and subwoofers for HPF and LPF. Back up camera hooked right up. I have zero complaints about this head unit!

    Pros: Loads of EQ/Tuning options High Resolution Screen HPF/LPF

    Cons: Is a little tricky to learn settings at first

    Great value for the money

    James from Broomfield, CO on 11/1/2017

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

    Very nice for the money. I wish I had not waited as long as I did to add CarPlay to this vehicle. I am very happy with this stereo

    Pros: Inexpensive Great features CarPlay is completely seamless

    Cons: Haven't found one yet

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    Patrick from Cuyahoga Falls, OH on 10/17/2017

    1994 Mazda Miata
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Not very good. When it is working, it is OK. It randomly reboots when the phone is plugged into it. Because of this I can't take advantage of the Carplay features if I want the stereo to reliably stay on. Seems stable when the phone is not plugged in. I tried updating firmware, but still have the same issue. User interface is kind of clunky, not well thought out. It is installed in a 2011 Chevy Traverse without Bose.



    Installation was a Piece of Cake

    Eric the Installer from Portland, OR on 10/4/2017

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Everyone at Crutchfield is awesome!!! I just bought my new used cherry 2006 Mustang and needed a radio for this century. I did a lot or research and this one seemed the best value. Here's the kicker... I installed it myself!!! with the help of the Crutchfield teams step by step instructions, it was a piece of cake. Thank you, I never thought I could take on the installation and frankly everyone thought I would only mess up my car. Well, I did not and all is well. Thank you



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    Ethan M from Atlanta, GA on 10/3/2017

    2012 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I think it's a good product and fairly well thought out. The installation of the unit, steering wheel controller, and the back up camera took a solid weekend and about 4 calls into Crutchfield. I found that if i called Crutchfield at every "stage" of the process it worked better for me. These cars are involved and you need to hunt down one particular wire in order to make it all work. Be patient and don't rush. Thanks to the folks at Crutchfield. Fanstastic.



    Waste of Money

    David M from Cary, NC on 9/30/2017

    2006 Hummer H3
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    As other reviews have stated, the unit is glitchy. It changes functions without being instructed to do so. Sometimes it cuts off without hitting the off button and won't turn on again. It constantly re-sets itself. The interface is difficult to use, especially while driving. Just changing stations is taking your life in your own hands. Apple Car Play never worked, either.

    Pros: None.

    Cons: See review.

    Nice head unit

    Mark from Charlottesville,VA on 9/20/2017

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

    Puts CarPlay into a 10 year old truck. Probably not as integrated as a factory system but a good way to update your older ride.

    Pros: All the good stuff of a modern car's sound system.

    Cons: None worth mentioning

    Great technology upgrade for an older car/truck

    Val from Waldorf, MD on 9/6/2017

    2008 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I had been considering buying a new truck to replace my 2008 Tacoma, but most of what I desired in a new truck was the technology. For less than one new truck payment I was able to bring my older truck into the modern era. My wife is impressed with all the tricks my new JVC system can do that her new Lexus can't. She also commented that it looked like it was a factory installation, thanks to the installation kit I bought with the receiver. I had never used SIRI on my Iphone, but from the very first voice command I used it has worked great. Now I wonder why didn't I do this sooner?

    Pros: CarPlay...that's my primary reason for buying it. Touch screen works great, much easier than my Lexus's track pad. Integration with the steering controls that I added to my Tacoma. Voice commands make it easy to keep my eyes on the road.

    Cons: That silly safety warning screen. Why hasn't someone hacked that yet?

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    seth from stonington, ct on 8/22/2017

    2011 BMW 3 Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased 2011 bmw 328xi in March and installed this unit with bezels and steering wheel control unit and it works awesome. Couple things I saw on these reviews if you read the manual you will find out you need to play in settings for equalizer and loudness - this changes everything for sound quality and it is amazing. Because my Battery is in trunk I had to run the yellow wire back to it through the console and through back speaker but its ok - this will keep your preset setting for radio. Apple car play issues stem from IPhone not this unit. 1 you to have a certified apple cable and make sure that you update your iPhone now at 10.3.3 I have not had a reboot - Apple seems to have fixed the carplay issue.

    Pros: Great interface easy to use. Crutchfield tech support is #1

    Cons: you gotta read the book.

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    Crutchfield customer from Cordova, TN on 8/7/2017

    2008 Chevrolet Corvette
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    works great, put in a '08 Corvette. install was easy and support from Crutchfield was awesome. Way better than the OEM stereo and apple carplay is the way to go.



    Great receiver. Customer kit is expensive.

    Peter from Niles, IL on 7/28/2017

    2017 Honda Accord
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Just got it professional installed. It took them over 3 hrs to install in a 2017 Honda Accord. Thank goodness I didn't install it. It would have taken me 3 days nor 3 hrs. So far good. Back up camera video was dark/dimmed but next day it looks normal. Got the radio for CarPlay!!! Didn't know you need to connect USB to get CarPlay. Thought BT is available for CarPlay. So far CarPlay is great. I can see CarPlay is addicted similar to iPhone. Receiver is intuitive and so far I like the receiver. Fun to play with the buttons.

    Pros: CarPlay. With kit, easy on eye. remote control.

    Cons: took the professionals over 3 hrs to install. Back up Camera was dark but fixed itself?

    Best CarPlay for the price

    Matthew from Bayonne, NJ on 7/23/2017

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

    The absolute best apple CarPlay option on a budget. If you're wary about JVC, keep in mind JVC is a kenwood company. The screen is extremely responsive, the sound is great even on factory speakers (I'll be changing them out soon anyway). I've found it crashes sometimes if you try to do too much at once (switching between Spotify and maps too often for example).

    Pros: Responsive screen, pounding lows, simple UI, price

    Cons: The rear USB input is designed for cars with factory USB inputs, but an adapter allowed me to put a USB hub in a cigarette lighter. Volume can also only be changed when media is plugged in.

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    Crutchfield customer from San Clemente, CA on 7/22/2017

    2005 Lexus RX330
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great product. Works as advertised, and installation was 'relatively' easy, considering I did it myself. I found a video on YouTube that helped immensely.



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    Crutchfield customer from Columbia, SC on 7/19/2017

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

    Bought this with the JVC speakers, install wasn't bad at all. It was my first install of a reciever in a car. Went very smoothly and support was great. most difficult part was getting the reverse wire and parking wire connected. You have to tie into your existing wiring harness, but support was able to do a good job on which wires I needed to tie into.



    works good

    matthew from Long Beach, MS on 7/2/2017

    2001 Lexus IS300
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    loving it so far! It's easy to use and set up.



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    Crutchfield customer from Salmon, ID on 6/30/2017

    2007 Ford Explorer Sport Trac
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I totally love this unit! Easy to install, user friendly to figure out. Sometimes it doesn't connect on Car Play which can be frustrating, but doesn't happen very often. Great price. Great customer service!



    Great stereo unit with Apple CarPlay, GPS, hadsfree phone and Camera

    Chris from Anchorage, AK on 6/28/2017

    2012 Toyota Highlander
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Got all the features that I was looking for in stereo upgrade in my Toyota Highlander. A lot of things to learn in getting the sound I like and most of all got the Apple CarPlay that I really wanted. To top it all, I was able purchase at a reasonable price. The harness that came with unit made all the worries about wiring disappear. I highly recommend this unit for those seeking to upgrade their factory stereo.

    Pros: great sounding unit inputs for back up camera Bluetooth capability Apple CarPlay (even though it is wired)

    Cons: Installation into the dash was a little workout. Like new things, a lot of new things to learn to fully utilize its capabilities - not really a con

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    Crutchfield customer from Hollywood, FL on 6/25/2017

    2009 Volkswagen Passat
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Works great easy set up once installed




    Eugene from Lexington, SC on 6/19/2017

    2013 Ford F-150 XLT
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was looking for a DVD receiver for my f150 and checked several different models ranging from $300 to $3000. I finally decided to go with this and I could not be happier. I don't have any issues with glare as other reviewers have stated, but I also have tinted windows. This unit is easy to use and CarPlay is a plus as I'm an apple guy. The only issue I've had is my old iPod will sometimes freeze up(it did this with my stock stereo) so I can't blame the unit and most of my music is on my phone anyways. There's a lot of cool options here and I'm still learning some of them, but this is easy to use and I would definitely recommend it. Also, thanks to Mick and Andy from crutchfield for their help with the purchase process and helping me find what would be best for me!



    Great Value (features vs. cost)

    Crutchfield customer from Springboro, OH on 6/14/2017

    2011 Nissan Frontier SV
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great unit, great value (features vs. price). Installed using OEM speakers, sound is incredible (compared to OEM radio). Bought the unit because of Apple Carplay - have not been disappointed. User interface is intuitive - other than managing multiple Bluetooth devices. Finding the required parking brake wire adds a challenge to the install.

    Pros: Sound, Display, Easy of Use, Carplay

    Cons: Lack of a volume knob, required parking brake wire connection,

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    Crutchfield customer from Livingston, NJ on 6/12/2017

    2007 Porsche 911
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great unit. Much better sound over stock unit with stock speakers. Relatively easy to install. Took me a while to figure out carplay/bluetooth setup. Great customer support to help with finding the power wire.

    Pros: Great sound easy to install

    Cons: 1. Prefer volume knob over +/- buttons. 2. Difficult to see in direct sunlight/glare.

    Hueadunit turns off without warning, Don't Buy

    Gary from Northridge, CA on 5/28/2017

    2015 Volkswagen Jetta
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Returning for credit because headunit is defective because it shuts down without any reason and as stated by other reviewers. This headunit should not be sold by Crutchfield until JVC fixes problems. I ordered over a weekend and before it shipped to me I called Crutchfield and the Tech said the unit was no longer problemaltic.

    Pros: None

    Cons: Headunit turns off without warning. Returning to Crutchfield for replacements credit.

    Crutchfield response on 6/6/2017 Gary, we're sorry you issues with your receiver. Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, especially a situation like this, please contact our Customer Support team at 1-800-955-9091. Purchases from Crutchfield can be returned or exchanged within 60 days of the purchase.

    Don't buy JVC and don't buy from Crutchfield

    K from Purcellville, VA on 5/16/2017

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

    This JVC KW-V820BT seems like a bargain at first, but the head unit I received was a lemon. The unit randomly powered off when the DVD player was in use. The Carplay feature was also glitchy -- sometimes it would work, and other times all Carplay features would cease working and the unit would only charge the iPhone. No error messages on the phone or receiver. The only way to workaround this was to reinitialize the head unit to factory settings, which meant I had to go back and reconfigure the device, the radio stations, my audio settings, my user interface settings, etc. Unfortunately the support experience I received from Crutchfield and JVC support was also poor. After the 90 day return policy, Crutchfield support is basically just there to tell you to contact the manufacturer. I don't understand why neither Crutchfield nor JVC can't send me a new unit and let me swap for the lemon. Instead, I have to pay to have the head unit shipped to a repair location in another state where they will keep it for nearly a month, and if it does not come back fixed, then I am out of luck. Crutchfield support doesn't understand why I have a problem with this. Lesson learned -- Don't buy a JVC, and don't order from Crutchfield.

    Pros: Great bargain for the number of features, so it seemed.

    Cons: Glitchy features, difficult and confusing user interface, randomly resets itself while DVD player is in operation, iPhone CarPlay won't always connect requiring the unit to be re-initialized to factory settings. Screen difficult to see in sunlight.

    Crutchfield response on 5/22/2017 We're sorry you had a bad experience with this JVC receiver and the support, K. Our return policy is actually 60 days, and after that, we handle defective product inquiries by adhering to agreements we have with our vendors. The warranty on this JVC is two years, and when our Tech Support can't help with a defect in the product, we get you contact information to have the vendor take care of it within their warranty period.

    CarPlay Rocks

    Bill from Ft Worth, TX on 5/15/2017

    2010 Toyota RAV4
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love it. Everything just works. I had a previous JVC touchscreen with navigation and loved it. But I wanted CarPlay. I was a little hesitant to change but am I ever glad I did. CarPlay works seamlessly and unit sounds great. Bluetooth is flawless and everything just logically works as it should. I have had no problems with it and highly recommend it. For the price you can't beat this unit.

    Pros: CarPlay, Easier Streaming Radio, DVD, Sound, and Bluetooth

    Cons: Miss the audio knob


    Jorge from Queen Creek, AZ on 5/14/2017

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

    Installed on my daughter's 2014 Nissan Sentra. This unit does exactly what she needed. I added rearview camera. The unit looks and sounds great. The ability to use Apple maps and texting without having to touch your phone is remarkable. I wanted to give her that to prevent her from using her phone while driving. The only wish I have is that it would support both iPhone and iPod at the same time. She has her music collection in an iPod since her iPhone has limited memory.

    Pros: Works perfectly every time. Apple CarPlay. 2 USB Ports. Crystal clear hands free operation.

    Cons: No support for 2 apple devices at once. - This is definitely not a deal breaker, but it would have been the icing on the cake.

    Looks and sounds great!

    Brittney from Post Falls, ID on 5/8/2017

    2009 Nissan Altima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy installation and with the help of Crutchfield I got it working in no time in my 09 Nissan Altima. I've never installed stereo before this and Crutchfield made it so simple! The stereo works great and I haven't had a single problem yet! I do however wish you could be at Google maps on the CarPlay! Other than that I'm pleased with my purchase.

    Pros: Everything on it works great and the touchscreen responds well. Sound quality is good


    Easy Upgrade

    Gary from Adrian, MI on 5/1/2017

    2009 Ford Fusion
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Radio works great. I love having satellite radio again and the free (after rebate) xm module was a great bonus. The radio tuner is a little weak but I seldom use it. The backup camera feature is awesome. And Apple CarPlay lets me stream music, use my phone, navigate and do it all hands free with Siri. The installation was simple, especially with the included FREE install parts. Everything looks factory now that I'm done and I'm left with a fancy touchscreen radio like a brand new car without the big payment. The only issue was the factory screws for the radio were too short and the kit included screws, but none of those were right to screw it in the dash either. But 4 #8 1 1/4" screws for less than a dollar from the local hardware store fixed the problem (these really should be included in the kit since Crutchfield so boastfully claims to have figured out everything you need for the install). The only issue with the radio is MLB AtBat won't work with CarPlay, but that's an MLB software issue and isn't JVC or Crutchfield's fault.

    Pros: Supper easy factory radio replacement, almost all required parts included, big screen, backup camera (camera was separate but inexpensive), satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth

    Cons: Missing screws of the correct length to hold radio to dash (but fixed for less than a dollar at the hardware store). No HD Radio

    Exactly what I was looking for

    Dave from Salt Lake City, UT on 4/12/2017

    1998 Toyota 4Runner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great product! Easy to install with the awesome instructions included from Crutchfield. Functions great with my iphone. The carplay works amazingly well. This was exactly what I was looking for.

    Pros: Works great with Apple Carplay. Seamless really. The DVD player works awesome too. Simple setup, easy to use, looks great in my car.


    Bluetooth causes problems

    Chris from Florida (FL) on 4/3/2017

    I have had two of these radios between November 2016 and now (April 2017). I have a 2013 Kia Soul Eco model. I got the radio installed in December locally, and it was great for 2 weeks. Then all of the sudden, it would shut off, restart, shut off and restart again. I thought it was a fluke, but it continued to do it. Finally, the screen started to show "startup error," so I took it back to where I purchased it. To make a long long story short, they agreed to exchange it for another one. I've had the second one since February, and something that it has always been wrong on is the time. It's always 14 hours and 2 minutes ahead of Eastern time when set to GPS mode- the other radio did not do that, but I have read that there were issues with the older firmware that were supposed to have been corrected in the September update. My radio has the latest firmware, so I'm not sure what the problem is. Then last week on March 28th, 2017, it shut down and restarted and shut down again. I thought it was a fluke with the first one, and now I think the radio has some major malfunctions. I'm not sure what to do at this point. It continues to shut down and restart and shut down and restart again in bluetooth mode- at all times of the day (it's not affected by the temperature is my point). I like the radio, but this is ridiculous really. It only seems to happen in bluetooth mode, never in tuner or car play.

    Pros: Nice sound, love the convenience and quick bluetooth connectivity

    Cons: Time is always wrong, bluetooth mode causes radio to shut off and restart mutiple times- have been through 2 radios and both have done this.

    JVC KW-V820BT 2006 Ford Five Hundred

    Luke from Honolulu HI on 3/2/2017

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

    So far I have had this unit for 3 weeks and my wife loves it. I did the install myself and it was super easy. Its really easy to bypass the parking brake with this unit without have a switch or some other way. You just need to ground it. I would buy another one for my car. The Bluetooth works great and the mic is very clear compared to just using your speaker phone. I highly recommend especially if you have apple products like my wife. The dvd player and screen also work great. Picture is very clear and makes it enjoyable for the passengers to watch a movie while driving.

    Pros: Read the review. Crutchfield rep gave me $20 off so I got some install tools for free.

    Cons: nothing so far in first 3 weeks of use.

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    Jordan from Shreveport, LA on 2/23/2017

    2012 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Purchased this for a grand-daughter who had approached me for a touchscreen radio. After purchasing this receiver and finding the "close out" price I purchased another for a second grand-daughter. This is the second grand-daughter's review. "I love everything about it. Sound actually seems better than my old JVC receiver. The blue tooth connect is much quicker than old radio; almost instantaneous. Car Play is great, I like being able to incorporate Siri function to make calls and send/receive texts. Having functional APPs on the radio screen is an added plus function. The only down side is having to unplug phone when a private conversation is necessary. Such a great piece of equipment with so many functions I don't think I will ever use them all. But I'm gonna try."

    Pros: Great sound. Apple Car Play is wonderful. Features, features, and more features.

    Cons: Have to unplug phone for private conversations, but would have to do the same for any blue tooth through car radio.

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    Francisco from San Diego, Ca on 2/19/2017

    1998 Infiniti I30
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great sound, very intuitive, car play is awesome

    Pros: Intuitive

    Cons: Would like wireless Car Play

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    Crutchfield customer from Bethlehem, PA on 2/15/2017

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

    A great head unit. Didn't really need the DVD player but it came with all the features I really wanted. Really like the Apple CarPlay. Install was easy. The only challenging part was the steering wheel control remote. Crutchfield support was very patient and knowledgeable

    Pros: Apple CarPlay

    Cons: Could have used a better wiring diagram but customer service made up for it

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    Gamaliel from Knightdale, NC on 2/14/2017

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Works really good and looks awesome I love the apple air capability

    Pros: Apple air and great sound

    Cons: Non

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    Crutchfield customer from Kalamazoo, MI on 2/9/2017

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy to use



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    Brian from Middle Island, NY on 2/8/2017

    2016 Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great radio. Easy to install with a little customer service from Crutchfield. Install kit worked flawlessly.

    Pros: Everything

    Cons: Needs better paper instructions

    Great System

    Terry from Seal Beach, CA on 2/7/2017

    2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was interested in replacing my system but was unsure of what exactly I needed as the Crutchfield site has so many choices, so I went online in chat with an advisor and provided him with what I needed from my system, he came back with the JVC KW-V820BT that would provide great sound, versatility, Apple Carplay, Bluetooth functions. This system exceeded all my expectations! It is very easy to operate and dial in perfect sound.

    Pros: Provides great sound, carplay, Bluetooth capabilities, set up for back up camera and all works exceptional!

    Cons: Carplay needs a USB connection.

    It was a good purchase

    Amanda from Nebraska on 2/6/2017

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

    I would have given it 5 stars, but in the sunlight you can't see the screen which is disappointing. The manual doesn't quite tell you how to use the equalizer. Apple play and Bluetooth are awesome. When you can see the screen it does have really good clarity.

    Pros: Good clarity, Bluetooth and Apple Play are awesome

    Cons: Can't see the screen in sunlight, user manual is missing "How to" things

    Great picture and great apps!

    Patrick from Warner Robins, GA on 1/26/2017

    2009 Toyota Sienna
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Works wonderfully! I love it



    Excellent Product

    Brian from Roseville, Ca on 1/25/2017

    2003 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent product. Looks, performance, and ease of installation exceeded expectations

    Pros: Great stereo, finally have CarPlay features for my 2003 Chevy Silverado. Staff provided top of the line recommendations, and installation support. Impressed with their knowledge and customer service

    Cons: No products or information on installing USB cables from stereo to my dashboard. Had to research and installed a USB unit that replaced cigarette lighter

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    Crutchfield customer from Lockport, NY on 1/24/2017

    2012 Ford Taurus
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great product



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    Jeremiah from San Diego, CA on 1/22/2017

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

    ApplePlay is a nice feature even though not all apps are supported. You can't watch videos from your phone, but DVD's work. The interface is pretty intuitive making it easy to navigate through options.

    Pros: ApplePlay, Bluetooth, Mic,

    Cons: No HDMI, Can't watch videos from phone, Can't dim unit at night

    Versatile Radio

    tim from Oceanside, CA on 1/20/2017

    2007 Infiniti G35
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very versatile radio, easy to install, especially with Crutchfield support. Also, as of 01/17/17, a local big box retailer is selling the same unit for $200 more than Crutchfield.

    Pros: 1. Carplay integration with iPhone, so you have Navi wothout buying a Navi 2. Multi language display

    Cons: 1. Occassionlly Carplay goes to black screen, had to turn off and on to restore. 2. Screen white washed if strong sunlight hits it 3. Wish the USB were a two piece, with a connector, so that you only need to drill small hole to string it through.

    Performs gteat

    James from Spring tx on 1/19/2017

    2014 Ford F-150 STX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very happy with purchas , it does everything as advertised

    Pros: Looks great

    Cons: The warning you have to click every time it boots up.

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    Vadim from Key west, FL on 1/19/2017

    2013 Nissan Altima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very nice unit for the price. It's very simple CarPlay feature. Very convenient. It's only worth it if you an IPhone user. The settings for music it's amazing. And very to install. Took me exactly 2 hours with everything. Thanks Crutchfield for for all adapters. It's made my life easier.

    Pros: Simple Good sound CarPlay

    Cons: Wish this unit can have non touch music volume controls

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    Alex from New York, NY on 1/17/2017

    2015 Hyundai Tucson
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Awesome stereo, love all the features.



    I'm enjoying music again!

    Greg from Lake Orion, MI on 1/16/2017

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

    I actually had to have a second unit crossed shipped to get completely up and running with this unit. After the first one was installed I found out that the Apple CarPlay feature, which was the primary reason I purchased this unit, would not work at all. I really want to highlight the folks that help you with the install at Crutchfield. It was due to a very observant tech support person's question that I was able to get this resolved. The folks that I spoke with were absolutely awesome and helpful, and knew what they were doing and talking about. I truly appreciate them and their help. As far as the JVC unit, install was relatively easy. The parts that were supplied allowed for a successful hook up. Now that it's hooked up, I have to say, that I'm enjoying radio again!! I have the JBL sound system that is in my 2003 Avalon, and it makes the system sound brand new. The controls are relatively simple to deal with. CarPlay does work, and work well, I just can't use apps that are not CarpPlay apps, (like Waze). If I switch to bluetooth I can use those apps. I recommend that you read through the manual on this system. There are a lot of features and configurations you may not realize are there until you dig a little deeper.

    Pros: Sounds great! Apple CarPlay Bluetooth functionality. Great Sound.

    Cons: Screen is bright at night.

    Excellent Stereo. Highly Recommended

    Russell from Huntsville, AL on 1/16/2017

    2004 Mazda B Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    So far this has been an excellent purchase. The JVC stereo was an excellent update to the factory stereo, was easy to Install, and operates exactly as I expected with one exception: it doesn't allow for a wireless CarPlay connection as I wrongfully assumed it would. This is not thee fault of JVC or Crutchfield (whose installation guides were excellent). Just offering it as a heads up to others.

    Pros: Apple CarPlay, DVD/CD, Bluetooth, and easy installations.

    Cons: No Wireless CarPlay.

    Want to love it, but still won't recommend

    Guest from Texas on 1/14/2017

    2005 Toyota 4Runner

    Update: January 14, 2017: Firmware update installed and most everything below seems to now be corrected, but still living with one Major flaw. I won't improve my review until JVC addresses, and there has not been a firmware update since September 2016. Remaining Major Flaw: The unit will completely lose audio output, randomly. The only resolution is to completely turn off the vehicle for at least 18 seconds. Highly inconvenient, and truly random in timing (meaning you never know when the audio will go out). Sometimes I can drive an hour without issue, sometimes less than 15 minutes... I am working on isolation patterns and starting to believe it may be only when I am using the integrated SiriusXM function??? More to come, but I still would not recommend this product. Original Review below: OK, there are a slew of issues with this new platform. I'll post more as JVC works through firmware updates. The Good - Great feature set, BT, Sirius, CarPlay, etc. Screen is nice, but highly reflective so you could have problems viewing in bright sunlight. Great sound, major improvement over Toyota head unit (replaced a JBL unit). The Bad - Doesn't hold GPS date; BT has major issues (only have iPhones) with pairing and autoconnecting. I also suspect BT is causing system-wide sound shutdown (explained later); CarPlay is cool in concept but has a long way to go (Needs Apple Airplay capability or many more apps) The Ugly - System wide shutdown of audio requires you to tu



    Awesome Apple CarPlay unit

    PTwelve from Austin, TX on 1/12/2017

    2014 Mazda 5
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I replaced my factory unit in my 2014 Mazda 5 with this JVC and it ROCKS. I have it paired with a Pioneer 8.25" HVT-Sealed 150-Watt Active Subwoofer and they work very well together. Everything works as advertised, I especially love the Apple CarPlay feature. So awesome. Only complaint I have is that sometimes it won't let me switch to Pandora from iHeart Radio and vice-versa, but I wonder if the next firmware update fixes this - or maybe it's an Apple OS thing, or a bug witin the Apps. Hard to pin the blame when there are at least 3 possibilities. but I can still switch between those manually, when it's safe to do so. Else, the Maps feature works great and I can listen to my tunes at the same time. I love the various equalizer and speaker settings too. I would have also liked for it to have some kind of valet/security code feature, but that was not a deal breaker for me.

    Pros: Excellent built in amp Easy user interface Apple CarPlay Can store up to 4 custom user equalizer settings Can configure sound output based on different speaker sizes and their location in the car. Truly amazing.

    Cons: No security code Occasionally unable to switch between iHeartRadio and Pandora apps

    Good buy

    Crutchfield customer from Santa Barbara, CA on 1/11/2017

    2006 Porsche Cayman S
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Performs exactly as described. Chose this unit based on CarPlay capability and price. Not disappointed.

    Pros: Apple CarPlay capable Nice interface

    Cons: Does not support wireless CarPlay.

    Great all around

    Allen from Richmond, VA on 1/9/2017

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is the second time I've bought from crutchfield and I will do it again in a minute they get on the phone and help with any product you buy. I bought 2 auto stereos both work great I had them do the wires all that could be done its a new thing they do and it was great not to have to spice all the wires together call when I was putting in the radio they helped fast and everything worked great .The radio and the back up camera.If you ever need a radio or any thing like it you can not beat crutchfield. Thanks again .

    Pros: A 10 out of 10 great

    Cons: None what ever

    Great bang for the buck

    Bruce from Stevensville, MD on 1/9/2017

    1998 Honda Accord
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Impressive head unit, especially for the price (399.99). Very easy to install, it took longer to install the backup camera than the head unit. I bought it for my son's car for Christmas. He love's it as it plays very nice with his IPhone6. I'd buy it for my car except I'm an Android person.

    Pros: Easy install, Looks good, sounds good,

    Cons: None yet

    Excellent with Carplay

    Adam from Antioch, TN on 1/9/2017

    2012 Ford F-150 XLT
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great unit for carplay. Basic for most other things, but I use carplay ALOT! Still finding new cool features and iDatalink Maestro integration really adds an OEM feel. Just wish it had an option to change the image on the vehicle info screen. Also, no Audio Profiles for Trucks. DVD works great, but I doubt I will ever use that. Would have liked to have had a second camera input but you really have to jump in price to get that.

    Pros: Carplay is awesome iDatalink Integration GPS for Apple Maps assist

    Cons: Requires Kenwood USB Cable Menus are a little tough to get around

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    Chad from JBMDL, NJ on 1/9/2017

    2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is definitely a great upgrade from stock. Being an Apple user, the controls were very intuitive. My only issues so far is the length of time it takes to get into any setting page from the CarPlay screen, and the built in maps/nav is Apple, to use Waze you have to use your phone screen. All in all great unit!



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    Crutchfield customer from Stillwater, OK on 1/9/2017

    2007 Lincoln Mark LT
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Nice unit seems to work well with the iPhone. The dimmer is backward on my particular unit (headlights on its bright, headlights off its dim?) Same with using the manual dimmer feature.



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    Crutchfield customer from Bakersfield, CA on 1/9/2017

    2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Works as advertised. Very easy to operate. CarPlay works great, just plug in your phone and you're good to go.

    Pros: CarPlay. Functionality. Looks. Expandability and ease of use.

    Cons: Slight delay on touch screen, doesn't bother me but may bother others. Volume is a touch screen option, looking back I would've purchased a unit with a knob. Not really the stereos fault just my preference.

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    Crutchfield customer from Easley, SC on 1/9/2017

    2007 Audi A4
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    It would be an awesome product if it mirror iPhone through Bluetooth instead of plugging in. Other then that looks and works perfect



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    Scott from Twin Falls, ID on 1/9/2017

    2005 Nissan Titan
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent product exceeds expectations in performance and installation. Crutchfield went way beyond expectations as truly a service company instead of being merely a resaler/ shipper of product. From the warm video to the installation guides that made install a breeze. To all the reviewers giving it lower stars they obviously did not research well enough, because this deck does a tremendous amount of things and still is super fast and super responsive.



    Disappointed won't ever use the many features.

    Anthony from Paw Paw, MI on 1/6/2017

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

    Don't buy this unless you want all the features. I wanted the GPS feature but you need apple iPhone to use that and many of the features. My suggestion is to go to one of the Crutchfield sale people and tell them what you want.

    Pros: Nice deck, and when I can figure out how to shut off the scrolling part I'll like it more.

    Cons: Why spend money on features you'll never use. Have the sale people help you like I didn't.

    Crutchfield Great -- Choose another Unit

    Barry from Tucson, AZ on 1/5/2017

    2011 MINI Cooper
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Buy from Crutchfield, they are great! But don't buy this unit! Smooth installation by Crutchfield. All interactions with Crutchfield were great, five stars. Do Not Buy This Unit unless you are willing to click "I Agree" on the disclaimer message that pops up on the unit every single time you get in your car for the next several years. Crutchfield would be completely willing to replace this unit with a different non-message unit, but i declined because I am unwilling to do the tear-down on my Mini-Cooper, which is one of the toughest installs you can do. After weeks of clicking "I Agree" i just wanted to warn others against this unit, unless you agree to clicking "I Agree" 4 times daily for the life of your car.

    Pros: Great unit in most regards.

    Cons: Must click "I Agree" every time you start your car.

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    Charles from Johnson City, TN on 1/4/2017

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

    Works well and was easy to install with crutchfields installion kit. Apple CarPlay works great with my iPhone 7.

    Pros: Apple CarPlay shows my phone gps on the radio. Plays music off my phone great.


    Hard to beat iconic brands like JVC and Crutchfield!

    AJ from Midlothian, VA on 1/4/2017

    2004 Toyota 4Runner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This unit met all of my specs and has performed well so far. The on-screen warning message each time I start the car gets a bit annoying, but I understand why it's there. Ordered the unit and installation kit just before 5pm on Dec 22 and it arrived early afternoon on Dec 23. First ordered from Crutchfield in college over thirty years ago and will again in the future. Tech support is the best in the business. Very satisfied with the buying experience.



    Solid budget apple car play receiver

    James from Keller, TX on 1/3/2017

    2007 Nissan Maxima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have been pleased with the JVC KW-V820BT. The feature set or "cool factor" doesn't quite matchup to the Kenwood DDX6702S. But the Kenwood is more expensive. Purchased to have hands free talking and navigation in my daughter's car. It does both flawlessly.

    Pros: Cheaper than most DDIN Apple Car Play radios Apple Car Play features work flawlessly Backup camera interface / bluetooth work well Solid EQ

    Cons: Would have loved a visual EQ / HD Radio / larger radio RDS information. Might just be my install into a factory Bose system but have to turn volume up higher than expected for sound. Even after bumping all outputs. Radio does get sufficiently loud though.

    Great radio for price

    Johnny from Las Vegas, NV on 1/2/2017

    2016 Subaru Crosstrek
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great product easy to install works great with IOS devices instructions are clear plus you can customize it the way you want it

    Pros: Works great with IOS devices Apple CarPlay Good price

    Cons: Hazardous alert should be able to deactivate They should provide you with siriusxm antenna

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    Crutchfield customer from Taylorsville, KY on 1/1/2017

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

    I purchased this for the CarPlay software. The install was easy in my F-150, and tech support was very helpful in answering my questions about some "extra" pieces that I had. The unit works well with my iPhone, both wired and bluetooth. The display has limited color options, and backgrounds, and doesn't dim very much. The overall sound quality, and user interface is spot on! There is an option to upload images for the background "wall paper" which I have not tried yet. The equalizer is a little confusing because of all the options it has. All-in-all great stereo for the price!

    Pros: CarPlay, ease of installation, great tech support as always!

    Cons: Limited display options

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    Crutchfield customer from Los Angeles, CA on 1/1/2017

    2005 Toyota Prius
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    It's a great gadget to have in your car!!! Loved it



    Apple CarPlay and Sync, Great Package!!

    Michael from St Augustine, FL on 1/1/2017

    2008 Ford Edge
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The JVC KW-V820BT offers a myriad of functionality and when paired with the IdataLink Maestro and wiring harnesses it retain all the Factory installed functions such as the Ford SYNC all the while utilizing the built in Microphone designed for the Ford Edge. The Apple CarPlay app is phenomenal and exceeded all of our expectations. Special thanks to the Crutchfield and IdataLink Tech Support teams for working through a few programming issues, primarily the SYNC and CarPlay. These teams work with you patiently and relentlessly to resolve the technical issues or questions thus ensuring complete customer satisfaction!! Only a few days in, thus far we are more than pleased with our purchase of the JVC receiver and associated integrated products!!

    Pros: Able to retain the factory installed options and add Apple CarPlay, Nice!!

    Cons: None!!

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    Crutchfield customer from Georgetown, TX on 1/1/2017

    2009 Volkswagen Eos
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great system that was easy to install. Touch screen, car play and all features work well. Liked the fact I could change the color of the buttons to match the red lighting in my car. Would give it 5 stars but I installed it in a convertible and the contrast on the screen is difficult to see with the top down. The "lift" feature and individual speaker settings are the best I have seen and the unit produces crisp, clear sound and excellent bass.



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    Crutchfield customer from Brentwood, TN on 12/31/2016

    2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I love this piece of technology. Very simple to operate and perfect for what I wanted and needed. It doesn't have a ton of bells and whistles which makes it even more attractive to me. Bluetooth and Car Play work amazingly well. Could not be more pleased.



    JVC-KW-V820BT in 2013 Silverado

    Clifton from Anchorage, AK on 12/27/2016

    2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I love the CarPlay functionality, which was the primary reason i chose this model. The bluetooth functionality is much better than other units I've used. The sound is great, of course I upgraded my speakers at the same time, not too much power for those that really like to jam. I was already planning to add an amplifier for a subwoofer but now I'll likely buy a five channel amp to drive my speakers a little more. Once you figure out the menu's it's pretty easy to get to all the settings you want. For those of you with a usb power plug in at your dash.... I was able to plug the receiver from the female a usb provided by jvc for the iphone connection into the back of the usb plug with a mini usb (i think). Now I can just plug my iphone into the factory usb port and it connects to my receiver and allowing me to utilize the CarPlay. Pretty slick if you ask me.

    Pros: CarPlay, excellent display, lot's of options

    Cons: lower output power than some others

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    Crutchfield customer from Phoenix, AZ on 12/24/2016

    1998 Nissan Maxima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I mostly use this unit for its Carplay functions. Integration with Carplay is good (or as good as some other units from what I have seen on the internet) and the sound coming out of my 18-year-old Bose speakers is very good with just the default setting. I tried to play with some sound adjustments (and the unit supports plenty) but still like the default sound the best. For the price and the support I got from Crutchfield support team, I'm really happy with the purchase. One thing that's a little tricky to do is adjusting different volume settings in Carplay. Volumes for Siri and navigation are not tied to the unit's master volume and can only be adjusted when Siri or navigation functions are "speaking". This is not mentioned in the manual and took a little while to figure out (not supposed to mess with settings while driving). Not sure if this is more Apple or JVC, but I hope to see this improved in the next software/firmware update.

    Pros: Supports Carplay. Great sound.

    Cons: Carplay volume adjustment. No Android Auto support. But for the price, I can't really complain about it.

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    Josh from Charleston wv on 12/24/2016

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I love this product it is great exactly what I wanted and a great price

    Pros: Apple car play , easy navigation

    Cons: None

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    Crutchfield customer from Oakland, CA on 12/21/2016

    2004 Subaru Impreza WRX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This thing has more features than you can shake a stick at! It will tie into everything you can think of, including OBD and radar detectors! Only possible con I can think of is you have to be plugged in via USB for Apple car-play to work.



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    Crutchfield customer from Minneapolis, MN on 12/21/2016

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

    Works great. I like having maps on the dash, especially with the contacts from my phone. I also installed a backup camera which is very nice to have. I wish I knew this before I did the install-the radio has an option to display the camera even when not in Reverse, but to do this the camera would need power full time, not just with Reverse. The DVD on the dash is cool, not sure I'll ever use it though.



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    Frank from Boston, MA on 12/20/2016

    2010 Toyota RAV4
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    First of all: I love this radio: sound quality with stock speakers is outstanding. Airplay works nicely when plugged in via USB to Lightning cable.

    Pros: - Sound quality - Airplay integration

    Cons: - Plugging an iPhone in via a UBS micro cable might lead to having to re-initialize the unit - Would be nice if the stations showed up with their names in the preset list - more dimming at night

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    Crutchfield customer from Detroit lakes, MN on 12/19/2016

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    After a lot of research i decided to go with the JVC. I was specifically looking for an apple CarPlay unit and am very happy with its performance. The resistive touch screen is very responsive and the resolution is great, others complained of sun glare but in my opinion it is a non issue. I connected with the data maestro rr and am very pleased with the real time data from my 2007 Silverado. The sound is excellent and the tuner is very receptive to am and fm signals, although I use tune-in radio mostly. Crutchfield suport is awesome and my experience with Brooke was great.

    Pros: Apple CarPlay is awesome and the price was right.

    Cons: Non yet

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    John from Winston-Salem, NC on 12/17/2016

    2005 Pontiac Vibe
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Nice unit with a lot of bang for buck. Some say the screen is hard to see in daylight but not a problem so far, just wish it dimmed more at night.

    Pros: Lots of features and carplay works nice.

    Cons: Having to agree to hazard warning every time it is turned on. Wished it dimmed more at night. Screen is almost to bright.

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    Crutchfield customer from West Virginia on 12/15/2016

    2011 Ford F-350
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have a f350 and ordered the maestro with this to retain steering wheel controls. NOT EVEN CLOSE. Jvc head unit WILL NOT let me watch a movie. It says my parking is off????? Doesn't work in park, drive, neutral, NOTHING. Also JVC unit does not even connect to my phone sporadically at most.... All I have is a 400 dollar radio and charger!!

    Pros: nice EQ


    Crutchfield response on 12/26/2016 We're sorry you're having issues with your receiver. If the problem continues, please just reach back out to our tech support team. They can help either help get the radio working the way it should, or possibly return it for an exchange or refund

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    Alvin from Puerto Rico on 12/14/2016

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

    This DVD is super good, sound is super, Toyota Tundra is a big sound now!



    2012 Altima Upgrade

    Wayne from Atlanta, GA on 12/14/2016

    2012 Nissan Altima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I originally did not want to spend a ton on a head unit, but after a less than stellar experience with the Soundstream (see my review on the VR-65XB), I ponied up the cash and jumped on this unit since it was on sale. I wanted a unit that would pair nicely with the JBL 6500C 6.5" and the JBL 9630 6"x9"s. This head unit did *not* disappoint. I haven't even fully explored the unit, but I primarily listen to music streamed from the phone over Bluetooth and radio. The sound quality is tremendous. Everything is crystal clear and I have more than you would expect from the sound range from the speakers. I have no sub and really don't need one. I enjoy quality sound that I can adjust for the optimum listening experience and this unit makes that possible and easy to attain. I figured since this unit was on sale I could swallow it ( and it still hurt a bit when I bought it). There's *zero* buyer's remorse on my end, especially since I've seen what the lower end doesn't have to offer. This unit was worth every penny. I have no problems recommending this unit to anyone.

    Pros: A plethora (yes, El Guapo, a plethora) of EQ and sound customization controls. Fit and finish - nice flush mount, superb screen, nice touch response. Plenty of configurable EQ presets. Did I mention the sound quality? ;-)

    Cons: EQ Menu is kind of buried - needs a shortcut. There is a little static in the Bluetooth connection when no music is playing. Not sure where that is coming from, but once music starts playing you can't hear it anymore. I'm wondering if it has an impact on the music quality over BT.

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    Crutchfield customer from Hallandale, FL on 12/11/2016

    2007 Lexus ES350
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I liked the radio and it fits all of my needs. But... the actual manual on how to operate the radio is not very good. I have figured most of it out by trial and error.



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    Crutchfield customer from Richland, WA on 12/11/2016

    2011 Toyota Prius
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Outstanding! Great performance, short boot times, and very reliable. I love it!



    Radio A-, Customer Service A+

    John from Signal Mountain, TN on 12/8/2016

    Nice stereo. I had purchased a cheaper Navigation unit, which had a nice navigation system, but the radio was weak. I purchased an FM booster, but it only boosted the static. Crutchfield customer service was their normal outstanding. I returned the radio and purchased this JVC unit. Now I can listen to my NPR stations with no static and the radio is as user-friendly as my iPhone. I use my Apple Maps, so it's like having Navigation and the layout is nicely done. I would rate the radio a A+, but the screen is glossy and a bit hard to see in some lighting. I also purchased the back up cameral and I love the way it makes parking my large truck so much easier. I give the JVC KW-V820 an A- due to screen glare, but Crutchfield customer service the usual A+.

    Pros: Good radio reception, nice layout, easy to use & works nicely with back up camera

    Cons: Glossy Screen & a volume knob would be nice.

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    Troy from Charleston, SC on 12/7/2016

    2008 Nissan 350Z
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    Great unit with all the options I need. With affordable Apple Carplay this Radio has given my car new life.

    Pros: Apple Carplay, Backup Camera, Built in crossover

    Cons: Having to agree to operational hazards everytime I get in the car. It's very annoying- should only have to agree to this once and get on with life.

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    joseph j from Wilkes Barre, PA on 12/5/2016

    2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee
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    Crutchfield customer from San Juan, PR on 12/2/2016

    2013 Scion tC
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    I like the radio pretty much all the adjustment are user friendly and the sound quality are the best the only thing they need to add is a hdmi port



    Like a whole new sound system!

    Adonis from Dallas, TX on 11/30/2016

    2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I'm very happy with my purchase. Apple CarPlay is going to take some getting used to. I'm a Wazer so CarPlay gets strange trying to listen to music or a book while using Waze but maybe Apple and Waze can get something worked out soon... The install was super easy. The wiring harness was perfect. Total install was about 3 hours with distractions. I have stock speakers in my Jeep JK but added the Sony XDP-PK1000 Digital Link Sound System on closeout for $200 through Crutchfield a few years back. Basically, this added an amp and a 12" sub. I was unimpressed with the Sony DSP; minimal tuning options, no way to tune anything but the sub and you were really only able to adjust the gain of the sub, not the frequencies. It seems like the DSP blocked the lowest lows from the sub so it could really sing high bass but the lowest bass was missing. The amp and sub did give the jeep a little boom which was nice but without a crossover to tune the other speakers, the stock speakers popped and rattled when you tried to really crank the sound. Replacing the stock head unit with the JVC and doing 3 minutes of tuning with the built-in crossover and, OH MY WORD! It sounds like I've replaced everything in the jeep. The sub sounds much better, great thumping lows, no popping or rattling (for the most part) out of the stock speakers. I'll replace the stock speakers soon to finish out the upgrade but this JVC alone is an awesome improvement!

    Pros: Sound management! The speaker settings and crossover built into the unit is awesome.

    Cons: App CarPlay app switching means I'm looking at the boring CarPlay home instead of "Now Playing" when navigating with Waze on my iPhone.

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    Crutchfield customer from Burlingame, CA. on 11/28/2016

    2006 Volkswagen Jetta
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    I'm very happy with this product. it works just like advertised and the price was lower at Crutchfield than anywhere else I saw it listed. installation was easy enough that I was able to do it myself with some help from the tech support dept. the tech support was awesome as they stayed on the phone with me and talked me through the wiring and installation as I did it. I'm so happy with the results from Crutchfield!



    Love this unit.

    George from Southwest Georgia on 11/14/2016

    2009 Ford F-150 XLT
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I love the features but I must confess that I did not install it, I paid a professional to do so so I can't speak to to ease of installation. Also replaced the speakers at the same time. Might add a subwoofer for extra bass next year. Bought a backup camera that was super-high quality from another source and glad I spent the money. This is one thing that I use all the time. The only downside is the remote is not real intuitive. I need to sit down with instruction book and figure it out...

    Pros: Great sound Good bass Great features

    Cons: Remote confusing Still learning controls Screen can be difficult to read if sun behind you

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    Jake from Draper, UT on 11/11/2016

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    Likes: -We could plug our DVD player into the back of the unit. -It functioned basically like our stock head unit. Dislikes: -Bluetooth would not connect on first head unit that was sent. -Have to push "AGREE" every you turn the unit on! -Aftermarket Mic was not as clear as stock package. -OVER ALL: not really worth the price!

    Pros: Likes: -We could plug our DVD player into the back of the unit. -It functioned basically like our stock head unit.

    Cons: Dislikes: -Bluetooth would not connect on first head unit that was sent. -Have to push "AGREE" every you turn the unit on! -Aftermarket Mic was not as clear as stock package. -DIFFICULT install! -OVER ALL: not really worth the price!

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    Aaron from Cincinnati, Ohio on 11/2/2016

    2007 Honda Civic LX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Simple receiver to use. Great integration with satellite radio and Apple CarPlay. Impressed with JCV's product.



    Cool Unit

    Mark from Madison, WI on 10/24/2016

    2004 BMW X5
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    It seems to be a very cool Headunit. Lots of features. I'm still trying to figure out the iPhone CarPlay.

    Pros: Lots of features, Bluetooth link to phone is automatic at Start Up, Custom Colors to match your car.

    Cons: It took a min to figure out the Bluetooth and iPhone connectivity, CarPlay is still a mystery.

    Solid value for the money

    Stephen from Sanford, FL on 10/24/2016

    2000 Honda Civic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    For the money, this is a solid buy if you are looking for a CarPlay compatible radio. It's got lots of settings, lots of inputs, the screen works good (although it does get washed out by direct and intense sunlight). I have mine installed in my 2000 Civic EX. Using my iPhone 6+, the Maps app works great, Music is easy to access via Apple Music and Pandora, and it's easy to listen to and compose text messages using the included remote mount microphone. I was wondering what the included GPS antenna was for since this unit does not have Navigation built in, but digging into the owner's manual I saw it was to "assist" the iPhone's maps functionality (the Alpine ILX-007 in my truck has no such external antenna and it works great with Maps). I've got an aftermarket rearview camera hooked up to it, the response time to show the camera view is very quick and you can have the radio include guidelines or turn them off (in case the camera draws them already). To share an experience with the radio in case anyone runs across it: I went to update the software from version 2.5 to 2.6 and the install choked at the end and it appeared the radio was completely "bricked". A quick talk with JVC tech support noted that the radio "doesn't like" USB drives greater than 4 gigs, so I tried the software update using a 4 g drive instead of the 16 g that I originally used and that did indeed work. Biggest Gripe: no FF/RR buttons during CarPlay except on "Now Playing" scr

    Pros: - CarPlay - Lots of adjustments - Plenty of inputs - GPS antenna to "assist" the iPhone Maps app

    Cons: - No persistent track forward/back buttons using CarPlay - Too many sound settings, it's difficult to tune

    Great Audio for amplified setup

    Dave from Augusta, GA on 10/5/2016

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

    This radio was a upgrade from an Alpine ilx-007. I wasn't fully satisfied with the sound of the Alpine so I wanted to get a radio with CarPlay and a stronger pre-out. I am running a JL Audio HD900.5 with C3's in the front, C2's in the rear, and a 10w6v3 subwoofer. After figuring out how the sound processing features worked, I managed to get just a much better sound from all my speakers in every frequency range. In addition, I am using an idatalink maestro works awesome.

    Pros: Stealth look Great sound (as far as pre-outs go) Idatalink maestro compatibility Dual USB Adjustable parking lines

    Cons: None so far

    Awesome headunit!

    Allan from Culpeper, VA on 10/5/2016

    2006 Subaru Forester

    Love this headunit thus far! The sound shaping and sound from this unit is oustanding! I have had other JVC headunits with DSP and this one does not disappoint. The headunit is difficult to see during certain times of the day but the convenient remote control and voice commands makes that a non issue. should be driving not entertained by the screen.. I am just beginning to use the CARPLAY feature which was the reason for not buying a NAV unit as I plan it use NAV from my phone via CARPLAY.

    Pros: Packed full of DSP enhancements and enables all modern input sources and apps. A welcomed return of the infamous El-Kamelon stealthiness of a powered-off unit deterring theft.

    Cons: Daytime screen visibility.

    As advertised

    Jeff from Buffalo, NY on 9/29/2016

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

    Overall this is a great unit with amazing sound, tons of options and technology. It does everything it says in the ad, just a few things to note: only a few apps work on apple car play, luckily Spotify does but sadly Waze does not (works great with phone, address book, maps, messages). The screen is near impossible to see on a sunny day. No controls work until you accept the warning every time you turn the car on, so don't leave the stereo cranked up! Apple maps works for navigation but there is no built in navigation, your phone must be plugged in. My car has a built in amplifier that sometimes doesn't turn on until you adjust the sound, no idea why.

    Pros: Amazing sound quality, tons of options/functions, apply car play

    Cons: Cannot see screen during a sunny day, Must accept warning everything it turns on (cannot change anything until warning is accepted), not enough apps that work with apple play (mainly Waze)

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    Crutchfield customer from Russellville, AR on 9/27/2016

    2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Clock adjusts 2 hours head every time turn on and off. Having issue downloading apple play.

    Pros: Great sound.

    Cons: Clock adjustment. Apple play download.

    Great Product

    John from KS on 9/17/2016

    2012 Ford F-150 XLT
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great product. Works as advertised.

    Pros: Two USB's

    Cons: Each time the unit is powered on, there is a warning that has to be accepted before the operator can use the interface.

    Incredible head unit

    Shawn H from Kentucky on 9/14/2016

    2012 Dodge Challenger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I can't say enough good about this head unit. Maestro compatibility, Apple CarPlay, super clean layout that is customizable and a fully customizable EQ with soundstage tuning it's a total package.

    Pros: Incredible sound paired with infinity 6.5 components. Fully functional maestro interface.... My passengers love the gauges menu and the ease of shuffling through Pandora, Spotify or Apple music.

    Cons: For an entry level audiophile the soundstage tuning and vast settings could be overwhelming initially but after a little trial and error you will be shockingly pleased

    Upgraded from stock am/fm/cd for CarPlay

    Keith from Phoenix, AZ on 9/6/2016

    2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

    Great unit. I've always been a fan of JVC and got this as soon as I saw this. I opted to install myself when the chain store I only impulse buy had everything in stock for my 2015 Wrangler. The install was easy enough with the paired interface. I have my steering wheel controls functioning perfect. CarPlay is mostly passive but is gorgeous with siri and album art. CarPlay updates should be coming soon for developers too so voice access for other apps will be possible. The dvd player functions alright but I probably won't use it much. I use the CarPlay usb for my phone and the other usb with a thumb drive (Fat32) with pictures, videos and music for no signal entertainment and wallpapers. I haven't installed a rear camera yet but should have one installed by the end of the week just because it seems easy enough to have the functionality now. As far as sound goes its leagues above the stock unit I had without changing any of the speakers. Solid.

    Pros: 100% better than my stock head.

    Cons: Carplay can only get better. It remembers where I park at work which is awesome. I dont have any cons really.

    Good Product, if you just need CarPlay and not Android Auto

    Divyang from San Francisco, CA on 8/4/2016

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

    So I've already listed some pros and cons, but I'll discuss a few things more in detail here. Also, I did not install this unit myself, and just paid someone to install it for me. However, I have purchased another unit before and Crutchfield does a really good job with providing everything you need. I did not have to buy anything extra, which was nice. 1. CarPlay. I really wanted to try it out. Now I have, and I love it. Love the interface way better, and love that the updates are controlled by Apple. One problem I see is you can't have another app open on your phone like Google Maps (at the time of writing this) while a carplay app is open, like Music. 2. No Android Auto, which really is disappointing. I hope they update to include it in the future, assuming the hardware can support it. 3. The screen. So nice and clear at night. Really bad during the day. Using maps on the screen during the day is simply not possible. However, this problem applies to most other units, not just JVC. I bought some anti-reflective / glare reduction covers, and they help a bit. You can also get a CD hold "cover" to cover the top of the screen. 4. There's a few cool things in here. Gesture support for playback control, backup camera easy to plugin, option to change between carplay and "regular phone" connection. 5. I have no wheel controls, nor the iDataLink Maestro module. So no comments there. I do wish I could hide those things from the screen though. 6. I love the all-black design of th

    Pros: 1. Car Play! Main reason I bought it. 2. Amazing settings for audio. Lots of options. Makes my old system sound definitely better. Hands down a winner here! 3. Gestures to control playback. Pretty cool. For example, swipe right to next, make a circle to increase volume, etc. 4. Fairly responsive touch. 5. Two bluetooth being connected at the same time.

    Cons: 1. Biggest Problem: Reflection. Seriously? I spent a lot of money on this and I simply can't use it on a sunny day? That's not acceptable. Can't see anything during the day. Plus, the unit as is right now, has no options to change color, saturation, etc. So I can't even customize it to make it a bit better. 2. When I bought the unit, the screenshots had various views, which sadly were not in this model. Crutchfield have since removed said images, but still a bummer. Looked nice :( 3. No Android Auto.


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    Features and Specs

    AUX Input Mini (rear)
    Audio/video Input Mini (rear)
    USB Input Rear (2)
    CarPlay Yes
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control Yes
    Android Control Yes
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready SiriusXM 3.0
    HD Radio No
    Navigation Optional
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size No
    Nano 7
    Touch 6/5
    iPhone 7+/7/6S+/6S/6+/6/5S/5C/5/4S
    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 Yes
    Preamp Voltage 4 volts
    Screen Size 6.2
    Display Color
    Key Button Color Variable
    EQ Bands 13
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 2 Years
    Labor Warranty 2 Years
    FM Sensitivity 7.2 dBf
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes
    High-res Playback FLAC/WAV (24-bit/192kHz)

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    Touchscreen + Remote Control
    Built-in Bluetooth
    iPhone Integration w/ CarPlay
    Disc & USB Playback
    SiriusXM + AM/FM Radio
    Audio & DSP Section
    AV + OEM Connectivity

    Touchscreen + Remote Control

    6.8" Touchscreen w/ 6.2" Inset Video Screen: The JVC KW-V820BT DVD receiver features a 6.8" touchscreen with an inset 6.2" video screen, while the most frequently used touchscreen buttons (Home/Voice Screen On/Off, & Volume Up/Down) are highlighted on the left side of the screen. There is only one physical push-button control on the KW-V820BT's front-panel, and that is the Power On/Off button.

    • Clear Resistive Touchscreen: The 6.8" clear resistive touchscreen with high-transparency and high-luminance makes icons easy to see and function easy to use. The clear resistive touchscreen offers better visibility and is more responsive when compared to conventional resistive touchscreen panels.
    • Gesture Control: In addition to basic touch control, the 6.8" touchscreen offers Gesture Control features which let you operate certain functions of the head unit by making specific gesture commands on the unit's touchscreen. You can adjust the volume of the DVD receiver by making a circular motion with your finger on the unit's touchscreen. You'll also be able to navigate your music by simply swiping the touchscreen left/right or up/down.
    • Video Screen: The 6.2" video screen has a resolution of 800 (H) x 480 (V) x RGB with 1,152,000 total pixels. While watching a video, you can change the video screen's aspect ratio to Full (16:9), Just (4:3 LB), or Normal (4:3), or Auto (automatically selects to match incoming video signal). You can also adjust the video screen's display brightness, contrast, color, tint, and black level to suit your viewing needs during video playback.
    Note: To prevent the display of video while the vehicle is in motion, the light green wire of wiring harness 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, as well as CarPlay.

    El Kameleon Design: The KW-V820BT features JVC's El Kameleon "stealth" design which totally blacks out the 6.8" touchscreen and 6.2" inset video screen when the head unit is powered off or your vehicle is turned off; there is no backlit illumination at all when the receiver or vehicle is off. There is still a JVC and SiriusXM logo, plus the KW-V820BT's model number on the front-panel.

    Display Settings: You can make the following adjustments to the head unit's touchscreen display to better fit your application and needs.

    • Custom Home Screen & Backgrounds: You can customize the head unit's Home Screen by rearranging the icons and moving the icons of the four most sources you use most to this screen. You can also choose between nine preset background images or download your own still image (800 x 480) for use as the unit's background from a connected USB thumbdrive.
    • Variable Color Illumination: The touchscreen panel's color and button illumination can be changed to one of eight preset colors - blue, red, green, yellow, orange, purple, pink, or aqua. You can also choose to have the unit constantly scroll through all eight preset color. In addition, you can create a custom color using a combination (0-31) of red, green, and blue.
    • Clock Display: The DVD receiver offers a 12-hour clock which is 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 Power button turns the unit off completely.
    • Dimmer: When the illumination lead (orange/white) is connected and the dimmer set to Auto, the display 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 Sync (dims or brightens when the headlight switch is turned on or off).

    Remote Control: The JVC KW-V820BT offers compatibility with factory steering wheel controls (adapter sold separately) and comes with an wireless remote control (RM-RK258) for added convenience.

    • IR: The JVC KW-V820BT includes an IR remote control for wireless operation of the DVD receiver, including Bluetooth hands-free communication.
    • Steering Wheel Controls: 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).

    2-DIN Chassis: KW-V820BT 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.

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth 3.0: The JVC KW-V820BT is equipped with built-in Bluetooth (version 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 1.3 (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 KW-V820BT. 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. You can even connect two phones full-time via Bluetooth. Calls to either phone can be received by a push of a key on the head unit (music can only be played back from one device at a time). When a 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 KW-V820BT without having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings.
    • Auto Pairing (for iPhone):  You can even pair your Apple iPhone 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. Thanks to the latest Hands-Free Profile (HFP 1.6) with wideband speech capability, the JVC KW-V820BT provides more natural sound quality and details during wireless calls. The touchscreen controls of the KW-V820BT 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 only). 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 (1-30 seconds).
    • Dialing A Number: Using the KW-V820BT, you can dial a phone number in one of the following ways:
      • Enter Phone #: Allows you to directly dial a phone number up to 31 digits from the head unit's touchscreen.
      • Preset Dialing: Allows you to register up to 5 phone numbers for quick dialing. The preset numbers can be accessed from the head unit's touchscreen.
      • Phonebook: You can download phonebook data (up to 1000 entries) from your cell phone to the KW-V820BT. You can then use the head unit's touchscreen to dial a contact from the downloaded phone book. You can search the phone book alphabetically.
      • 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 total).
      • Voice Dialing: If your mobile phone supports voice recognition, then you can dial out by voice command. Simply press the voice control button on the head unit's touchscreen and speak into the included microphone.
    Note: This unit allows you to answer a call or dial out using any option without engaging the vehicle's parking brake.

    Wireless Audio Streaming: The JVC KW-V820BT supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone or audio player, plus song/artist information display. 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 KW-V820BT for playback.

    • SBC + AAC Codecs: In addition to support for the standard SBC Bluetooth audio codec, the KW-V820BT offers support of AAC. By supporting AAC, the KW-V820BT offers better audio performance of the music streamed from your Apple iPod, iPhone, or iPad.
    • Advanced Music Playback: In addition to basic playback functions (Play/Pause, FF/RW, Skip, Random/Repeat), the KW-V820BT lets you browse your stored music by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, etc. (AVRCP 1.5+ phones only; including Android OS 4.0+ & Apple iOS 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 KW-V820BT has the ability to access Siri through its touchscreen controls and external microphone. Simply press the "phone command" button on the KW-V820BT 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 KW-V820BT; visual data will still need to be viewed from your iPhone device).

    iPhone Integration w/ CarPlay

    Apple CarPlay Compatible: Your iPhone must be connected to the JVC receiver via the Lightning-cable that came with your Apple device or JVC's KS-U62 Lightning/USB interface cable (105KSU62, sold separately). CarPlay features Siri voice control and is specially designed for driving scenarios. It also works with the JVC receiver's touchscreen controls.

    • Maps: The power and simplicity of Apple Maps comes to your dashboard; complete with turn-by-turn direction, traffic conditions, and estimated travel time. You can enter a new destination or choose a favorite or recent destination using the head unit's touchscreen or by simply asking Siri. CarPlay can also predict where you most likely want to go using addresses from your email, text messages, contacts, and calendars.
    • Phone & Messages: You'll be able to make calls, return missed calls, and listen to voicemails through the JVC receiver. Siri can also help you do all these things. In addition, Siri can send, read, and reply to your text messages for you; so you never have to look at your iPhone while driving.
    • Music Library: Access your artists, song, playlists, and iTunes Radio on your iPhone using the JVC receiver's touchscreen. Or, just tell Siri what you'd like to listen to. The head unit's touchscreen will display song/artist information, as well as album art in the background.
    • Apps: CarPlay also supports additional audio apps that you've downloaded to your iPhone for enjoying music, radio, sports, news, podcasts, & audiobooks. Control them from the head unit's touchscreen just like you would from your iPhone. Current supported apps include (fees may apply):
    Note: If you need an additional USB extension cable, use Kenwood's CA-U1EX USB extension cable (113CAU1EX, sold separately). Any other USB extension cable can cause CarPlay to malfunction.

    iPod Music Playback: The JVC KW-V820BT supports direct connection of your Lightning iPod/iPhone device or 30-pin iPhone 4S through its rear-panel USB port for music playback. You'll be able to listen to stored music and music apps from your USB connected Apple device through the JVC DVD receiver.

    • Lightning Connector: If you have a newer iPod/iPhone with the Lightning-connector, you can use JVC's KS-U62 Lightning-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 JVC KW-V820BT for audio playback only.
    • 30-Pin Dock Connector: If you own an older iPhone 4S with the 30-pin dock connector, you can use the dock connector-to-USB cable that comes with your iPhone to connect your device to the JVC DVD receiver for audio playback only.
    Note: This unit does not support video playback from any Apple device.

    iPod/iPhone Control: The JVC receiver allows you to navigate your iPod/iPhone's music library from its front-panel & touchscreen controls. The head unit offers unique search features like Category Search & Link Search, plus offers basic playback functions like Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Rewind, Previous/Next Track and Repeat/Random of your connected iPod/iPhone. You'll also still be able to control most connected Apple devices from its touchscreen while connected via USB.

    • Category Search: Category Search allows you to navigate your iPod/iPhone's music library by Playlist, Artists, Album, Song, Genre, Song, Podcast, Audiobook, or Radio. You can then search each of these categories using the head unit's touchscreen slider function (categories will be listed in alphabetical order).
    • Link Search: The head unit offers Link Search, which allows you to play songs related to the currently playing song. Link Search lets the head unit create an album list of the currently playing artist, a song list of the currently playing album, a artist list of the currently playing genre, or a album list of currently playing composer.

    Song/Artist Info & Album Art: The KW-V820BT will display your iPod/iPhone's stored music information including Track number, Elapsed playing time, Song/Album title, Artist name, and Album art. The unit will also display song/artist info and album art from select music apps.

    Battery Charging: The head unit's USB connection provides 1.5A 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.

    Apple Device Compatibility Chart: The JVC KW-V820BT is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 9/20/2016):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Specific Apps Display Type Bluetooth Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone CarPlay Pandora Song/Artist Text Track Info Album Art Phone Audio Siri
    4S 9.3.5 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5/5C/5S 10.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    6/6+/6S/6S+ 10.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    7/7+ 10.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5th 9.3.5 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    6th 10.0 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    7th 1.02 PC Y N Y N N N Y 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.

    Disc & USB Playback

    Disc Compatibility: The JVC KW-V820BT supports playback of DVD-Video, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, CD-Audio, CD-R/RW, and VCD discs. The unit supports a variety of music & video files recorded onto disc (see chart below).

    Dual USB Ports: The JVC KW-V820BT's rear-panel USB port consists of a proprietary connector and a 39" proprietary USB cable terminated by two female USB (type-A) connectors. These USB ports can be used for connection and control of portable USB mass-storage class (MSC) devices, such as USB thumbdrives or portable digital music players.  The USB ports enable playback of a variety of compressed & high-resolution audio files, plus video and photo files loaded onto a USB MSC device (see chart below). USB portable audio devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the DVD receiver's USB port (5V/1.5A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

    Note: The unit's USB port is not compatible with Android smartphones/tablets.

    File Compatibility: The JVC KW-V820BT 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 MSC (Mass Storage Class)
    File System ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, Romeo, Long File Name FAT 16/32
    Playable File Types Audio MP3: bit rate of 8-320kbps w/ sampling frequencies of 8-48kHz
    WMA: bit rate of 48-192kbps w/ sampling frequencies of 8-48kHz
    bit rate of 16-320kbps w/ sampling frequencies of 16-48kHz
    WAV: bit rate of 16-bit w/ sampling frequencies of 32/44.1/48kHz
    FLAC: bit rate of 16-bit w/ sampling frequencies of 8-48kHz
    MP3: bit rate of 8-320kbps w/ sampling frequencies of 8-48kHz
    WMA: bit rate of 48-192kbps w/ sampling frequencies of 32-48kHz
    bit rate of 32-320kbps w/ sampling frequencies of 16-48kHz
    WAV: bit rate of 24-bit w/ sampling frequencies of 44.1/96/192kHz
    FLAC: bit rate of 24-bit w/ sampling frequencies of 44.1/96/192kHz
    Video MPEG-1: max resolution of 352 x 240 or 352 x 288; max bit-rate of 1.5Mbps
    max resolution of 720 x 480 or 720 x 576; max bit-rate of 8Mbps
    max resolution of 1920 x 1080 (30fps); max bit-rate of 8Mbps
    max resolution of 1280 x 720 (30fps); max bit-rate of 8Mbps
    max resolution of 1920 x 1080 (30fps); max bit-rate of 8Mbps
    Photo N/A JPEG: 32x32 to 8192x7680
    Maximum # of Folders/Files 254 folders/64,770 files (255 files per folder) 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-, AAC-, and FLAC-tags

    Search Functions: The JVC KW-V820BT offers unique search functions for disc & USB playback.

    • List Search: You can search folders & files on a disc or USB device according to hierarchy.
    • Category Search (USB only): You can navigate music stored on your USB memory device by Playlist, Artist, Song, or Album. Once a category is selected, you can search the contents alphabetically.
    • Link Search (USB only): Link Search allows you to play songs related to the currently playing song. The head unit can create an album list of the currently playing artist, a song list of the currently playing album, a artist list of the currently playing genre, or a album list of currently playing composer.

    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.

    Auto Reload: If an 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.

    SiriusXM + AM/FM Radio

    SiriusXM-Ready: The JVC KW-V820BT is SiriusXM 3.0 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: A channel list displays a list of all available channels. The Category Search function searches for channels in a certain category.
    • Song/Artist Info + Album Art: Displayed Information such as Channel Name, Channel Logo, Artist Name, Song Title, & Album Art can be viewed on the head unit's LCD
    • Smart Favorite Presets: Up to 18 SiriusXM Satellite Radio station presets can be saved. Up to 6 of your SiriusXM presets on the current band are recognized as Smart Favorites for advanced features such as TuneStart, TuneScan & TuneMix.
      • TuneStart: 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: TuneScan plays the first 6 seconds of each song that has not been listened to from each of the channels which you have saved as Smart Favorites.
      • TuneMix: TuneMix plays a unique blend of songs from your Smart Favorite preset music channels from the current SiriusXM preset band, allowing you to build a custom channel from as few as two to as many as six music channels.
    • 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.
    • Content Alerts: The head unit will inform you when receiving content on another channel from a registered favorite artist, song, or sports team.
    • 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.

    AM/FM Tuner: KW-V820BT features a built-in AM/FM tuner with manual, seek, and preset tuning. You can store a total of 15 FM stations presets and 5 AM station presets. The radio allows you to set your AM/FM stations manually or automatically. You can activate the monaural mode to improve FM reception, when a station is week (the stereo effect will be lost).

    • RDS: The Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast information such as artist, title, and album when listening to compatible AM/FM stations.
    • US or European Tuning: You can set the built-in AM/FM tuner between US standard and European tuning spacing.

    Audio & DSP Section

    High-Resolution Audio Playback: You can enjoy playback of 96kHz/24bit audio which contains about 3 times the musical information of music CDs (44.1kHz/16bit), or even 192kHz/24bit High-Resolution Audio files with their approximate 6.5 times data volume. With high sound quality approaching the original master recording itself, you will experience the presence and ambience of a tune the way CD simply cannot.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The JVC KW-V820BT 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-V820BT 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)

    6ch/4V Preamp Outputs + Sub Control: The KW-V820BT is equipped with 6ch/4.0V 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-V820BT'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).

    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 Optimization: The JVC KW-V820BT offers a vast array of sound adjustment functions to fine-tune and customize the acoustics of your car stereo system exactly the way you want.

    • Equalizer: Use the JVC head unit's built-in EQ to adjust the sound to your taste. Each frequency of the 13-Band EQ (100Hz, 160Hz, 250Hz, 400Hz, 630Hz, 1kHz, 1.6kHz, 2.5kHz, 4kHz, 6.3kHz, 10kHz, & 16kHz) can be adjusted from -9 to +9. Or, simply choose from one of eight preset sound modes (Flat, Pops, Easy, Top40, Jazz, Powerful, Rock, or User 1-4) suitable for the music genre of your choice. The unit's Volume Link EQ boosts specific frequencies in the audio signal to compensate for the impact of road noise. It boosts frequencies in the music that are affected by road noise.
    • Time Alignment: By selecting the car type, speaker type, and the distance to the center of the listening position, the head unit will automatically adjust the timing of the sound output from each of the speakers so that the sound from each of the speakers will arrive exactly at the same time to the listening position. The Front Focus feature even lets you localize the sound image in front of a selected seat.
    • Sound Effects: The KD-R975BTS offers adjustable Sound Effects to provide a better listening experience inside your vehicle. Use the "Space Enhancement" feature to virtually broaden the soundstage inside your vehicle. Use the "Sound Lift" feature to virtually lift the sound to ear level. And use the "Sound Response" feature to virtually make the sound more realistic and live inside your car.
    • Loudness, Bass Boost & Bass Extension: The Loudness feature boosts low and high frequencies to produce a well-balanced sound at a low volume level. The unit's Bass Boost enhances low bass frequencies at any volume level. There is also a Bass Extension feature which further enhances the unit's bass output.

    High Pass & Low Pass Crossovers: Allows you to set high-pass and low-pass crossovers for a Front, Rear, and Subwoofer speaker setup. You can independently customize the high-pass crossover for the front & rear speakers, with a separate low-pass crossover for the sub output.

    • Frequency: Choose between 30Hz, 40Hz, 50Hz, 60Hz, 70Hz, 80Hz, 90Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, 150Hz, 180Hz, 220Hz, 250Hz, or Through (Full-Range).
    • Slope: Select from -6dB, -12dB, -18dB, or -24dB.
    • Gain: Adjustable between -8 to 0 dB.

    Volume Offset: The level of each source may be independently adjusted to prevent radical leaps in output volume when switching from one source to another. The available settings range from -8 to +6.

    Dynamic Range: The dynamic range can be adjusted by selecting either Normal, Wide or Dialog. Dialog makes the total sound volume become larger as compared with Wide and Normal, allowing you to listen to the movie's dialogue more clearly. This is effective only on Dolby Digital content material.

    Source Beep: The in-dash receiver provides an audible beep to confirm source selection. This function can be turned On or Off.

    AV + OEM Connectivity

    AV Input: The JVC KW-V820BT DVD receiver is fitted with a rear-panel minijack (3.5mm) audio/video input to connect external AV sources, such as a game system, Blu-ray player, or TV tuner.

    Rear 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). By connecting a rear view camera, you can use the in-dash receiver's touchscreen LCD to see what's behind you when backing up.

    • Parking Guide Lines: When a rear-view camera is connected and you are viewing a rear view image, parking guide lines appear on-screen making parking easy and safer. There are three color-coded horizontal guidelines and two vertical guidelines.
    • Rear-View Auto Switching: The video from this connection can be set to display when switched to this input, or display the rear view camera video automatically when the vehicle is shifted into Reverse gear. The purple/white wire of wiring harness must be connected to the vehicle's reverse lamp circuit for automatic video switching. Automatic video switching takes approximately 0.8 seconds. 
    Note: The rear view camera feature is meant as a back-up aid only; never solely rely on the rear-view camera when backing-up. In addition to using the rear-view camera, always look behind you to make sure everything is clear when backing up your vehicle.

    AV Output (with Dual Zone): The unit features a composite video jack and 3.5mm audio jack to output AV signals to an optional monitor and headphone system. The unit's AV output can be set to Disc, AV-In, or Off. Volume of the second zone can be controlled by the navigation receiver or your rear entertainment system.

    GPS Receiver & Antenna: The JVC  head unit features a built-in GPS receiver and comes with a GPS antenna to enhance the performance of the unit's navigation map from CarPlay.

    OEM Integration: This JVC DVD receiver is compatible with the iDatalink Maestro RR (794ADSMRR, sold separately); a web programmable module that will permit the aftermarket JVC receiver to work with select Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury vehicles that feature the factory SYNC system; as well as select GM vehicles with factory OnStar; select Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep vehicles with U-Connect, select Toyota/Scion vehicles, and select Volkswagens with factory digital amplifier.

    • Retained Features: The iDatalink Maestro RR lets Ford/Lincoln/Mercury, GM, Dodge/Chrysler, Toyota/Scion, and VW owners swap out their factory radio for this aftermarket JVC head unit; while retaining the Ford Sync system, GM OnStar system, Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep U-Connect system, steering wheel controls, Bluetooth, USB interface, Satellite Radio, and 911 assist. You also get to keep the hands-free mic that comes with the car (which is specially tuned to that particular vehicle). *Retained features will vary by vehicle.
    • Extra Features: In some installations, the iDatalink Maestro RR lets you configure the head unit to operate interior climate controls and provides extra visual data; such as User Selectable Gauges, Vehicle Info (Tire Pressure/Battery Voltage/Check Engine Codes/Door Ajar Warning), and Visual Park Assist. *Extra features will vary by vehicle.

    Note: The iDatalink Maestro RR is web programmable, which means you'll need to flash the iDatalink Maestro RR interface module with the correct firmware from iDatalink's website. In addition to flashing the iDatalink Maestro RR module, you'll also need a vehicle specific harness (sold separately). The JVC receiver's OEM Setup menu must also be configured with your compatible vehicle's factory system before initial operation.

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    Staff Reviews

    Product reviews from the Crutchfield Labs

    Sound, refined

    Written by Mick, Advisor, on 11/4/2016 9:52:00 AM

    The JVC Arsenal KW-V820BT is, quite simply, amazing! When I first installed the receiver in my Milan, I started off focused on the excitement of having the opportunity to make hands-free calls through my vehicle's radio, but discovered so much more as I familiarized myself with my new stereo.

    For one, the sound quality coming through my speakers was immediately and noticeably superior, both in clarity and in volume, to the point that I have barely had to adjust the volume when traveling to and from work. For another, the touchscreen interface is easy to learn, with an intuitive layout that had me switching between my FM radio, CD collection, and making hands-free calls after only a few minutes of use.

    The JVC receiver comes with the option for satellite radio (the tuner must be purchased separately, and it replaces the original tuner that comes with your factory stereo), as well as a GPS unit to assist with optional navigation (via smartphone), and a Bluetooth microphone. Both the GPS antenna and microphone were easily placed in discreet locations requiring minimal negotiating of wiring through the vehicle. Finally, a dual USB cable is included in the box, which I arranged to lay along both sides of the center console/cupholders. After two weeks of driving, I have not been conscious of their presence during any of my travels.

    The JVC Arsenal offers a promotional three months of free SiriusXM satellite radio, but only with the purchase of a subscription. In addition, when first using the receiver, I learned that the Bluetooth signal shared between my phone and the receiver prevented the satellite signal from refreshing. In truth, this has not been an inconvenience, as I primarily use the Bluetooth feature to make calls during my hour-long commute home.

    The Arsenal includes CarPlay, allowing me to mirror my iPhone onto my receiver unit. CarPlay is a feature I have not utilized beyond initially experimenting with it after installing the radio, but, with the many opportunities for entertainment provided by the receiver, this is entirely a personal preference.

    Although the sound quality and overall performance of the Arsenal is greatly improved when compared to the factory unit that came with my Milan, I have noticed that, a small number of times in the past few weeks, the CD has skipped or paused to catch itself. This could be a result of bumps in the road, or my own inexperience with installing receivers, and is supported by the fact that neither my Bluetooth calls, or my FM Radio have demonstrated a similar lapse in performance at any point.

    Overall, using the JVC Arsenal has been an incredible pleasure in my daily life, and I can't recommend this receiver more than I already do.

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    Why did you buy this?

    Research and price. [ Dan  Dec 12, 2017 ]
    The pricing is great and its made by Kenwood which I currently have in my truck and is amazing! Simple enough for my wife to be able to navigate it without getting frustrated with too many options. [ derek  Dec 09, 2017 ]
    The price was reduced $250 and it has the features I want. [ Steve  Oct 27, 2017 ]
    Good ratings [ Tammie  Oct 20, 2017 ]
    All the features I wanted at a good price; also recommended by Marisa [ JOE  Oct 08, 2017 ]
    I liked it features specifically carplay [ DAVID  Sep 16, 2017 ]
    I chose to go with the JVC KW-V820BT because of the Apple CarPlay and Bluetooth features. [ blair  Aug 15, 2017 ]
    Amazing radio worth the money! [ Wesley Jordan  Jul 26, 2017 ]
    This JVC stereo included all the options that we felt we wanted. The Apple play and Bluetooth were the important items. [ Tom  Jul 19, 2017 ]
    Carplay and the 4.5 Star reviews [ Tony  Jul 09, 2017 ]
    after months of reviewing and looking at receivers from various makes and mode, the price break solidified my purchase of the JVC head unit with my desired Apple CarPlay [ Christopher  Jun 15, 2017 ]
    it was the best review model out there that was in the 400$ price point. [ Troy  Jun 03, 2017 ]
    This item is defective and is being returned to Crutchfield. Spoke to Crutchfield advisors. [ Gary  May 22, 2017 ]
    Good reviews and needed a radio with bluetooth and car play [ Richard  May 18, 2017 ]
    Excellent sound and easy to install [ Bill  May 12, 2017 ]
    CarPlay compatible [ CHAD A  May 03, 2017 ]
    After doing a lot of research, this model seemed to have everything an Apple iPhone owner would want in a car stereo. [ JOSHUA  Apr 30, 2017 ]
    great price and reviews. [ raman  Jan 31, 2017 ]
    nice stereo [ amormio  Jan 29, 2017 ]
    price [ Jon  Jan 28, 2017 ]
    Best bang for the buck! [ Logan  Dec 30, 2016 ]
    This was the best bang for my buck receiver I could find and I'm looking forward to giving it some good use. I'm an iPhone only user, so this device having only apple carplay saves me some money & screen space with Andriod Auto not being an option. This also saves me the money from having to buy a pre-installed or upgrades navigational monitor as I can now just use the maps off my phone for navigation. The expandable backup/rear-view camera capability is also a great addition I cant wait to use! [ Brennen Michael  Dec 27, 2016 ]
    Great deal for a great radio. I'm a sales rep so carplay will be very helpful. [ Luke  Dec 25, 2016 ]
    I hope carplay will be easy enough for my gf to use [ Jason Michael  Dec 21, 2016 ]
    Once I decided I didn't want GPS in the HUN due to the placement and angle in the 2002 4Runner, this one came in at the top of my research. It was under $500 and has all of the great features that my 16 year old daughter will need! With the JVC and Sirius XM offers, I was able to get a full factory replacement of the HUN and speakers plus added backup camera for around $550!!! [ Azuree  Dec 19, 2016 ]
    Value and features [ James  Dec 19, 2016 ]
    Features and unit itself is nicely done. Minimal buttons, minimal buttons on face of stereo. Looks very nice. [ Nicholas  Dec 16, 2016 ]
    Supports High Res audio + JVC is a good company [ monte  Dec 10, 2016 ]
    apple carplay [ Tom  Dec 06, 2016 ]
    Great value for the features included. Been a fan of JVC since the 80's [ Kevin  Dec 06, 2016 ]
    Google search and price [ wrhfl200  Dec 05, 2016 ]
    I wanted to replace my factory stereo with a quality double din touch screen display with rear view camera input and Apple CarPlay so I can connect my iPhone and use it for music and navigation. [ Nick  Dec 04, 2016 ]
    CarPlay, affordably and clearly. [ Spencer  Dec 02, 2016 ]
    Best price by far when considered with features - CarPlay [ Bart  Nov 29, 2016 ]
    recomended [ R  Nov 26, 2016 ]
    What can you say, CarPlay+datalink+dual zone = happy audiophile!. [ Shawn  Aug 29, 2016 ]

    27 questions already asked

    Yes, CarPlay works well with my IPhone X and should do the same with your 8. I have had some issues with the unit since upgrading my phone. When first pairing the phone with Bluetooth, it will not download my contacts like it did with my iPhone 6. Also the Bluetooth disconnects randomly on occasion. I think this is due to a IOS 11 bug and expect it to be fixed in an update. Anyone else have this problem???? [ JoeT13  Dec 10, 2017 ]
    Yes [ Erich  Dec 09, 2017 ]
    No idea [ ALLAN  Dec 09, 2017 ]
    Got the SE and works fine [ john  Dec 09, 2017 ]
    Works with my iPhone x, I'm sure an 8 is no different [ Shawn  Dec 09, 2017 ]
    Yes google maps comes up just like a regular navigation just keep in mind that it's using your data as it navigates [ Willie  Aug 25, 2017 ]
    You can go on line and see what apps are compatible with Apple CarPlay. YouTube is not a compatible app with CarPlay. I think that video or picture would have to be recorded on a DVD to be viewable. Also believe there is a feature to prevent viewing DVDs while vehicle is in motion. [ GEORGE  Jul 27, 2017 ]
    No this is not possible, I assume for driving safety reasons. There are some head units out there that have an mini hdmi input this is not one of them. For those that have an hdmi input you would only be mirroring your phones screen (you would have to sue your phone to change videos, websites etc...) hope that helps. [ aaron  Jul 27, 2017 ]
    You can view videos only if they are loaded on a USB drive. There is no mirroring option like on Apple TV. If you play a Youtube video on your phone you can hear the audio on the car stereo. [ JoeT13  Jul 26, 2017 ]
    No it will not do this to my knowledge. [ Shawn  Jul 26, 2017 ]
    No, you cannot. The CarPlay function only works with apps that are CarPlay compatible. They are the iPhone, iMessage , and Maps apps as well as some music apps like Music, iHeartRadio and Pandora, etc. [ Jesus  Jul 26, 2017 ]
    No. The video playback is only allowed when parked. However, YouTube would have to design their app to be used with CarPlay. That is probably my biggest complaint with CarPlay, the limited number of apps. [ AARON M  Jul 26, 2017 ]
    I don't know I have I iPhone 6 and wife has a iPhone 7 and they both work fine with it [ robert  Jun 12, 2017 ]
    This unit will work with any iPhone that has a lightning cable (i.e. iPhone 5, 6, 7, SE etc). The features are limited and only work utilizing apple play. [ Rafi  Jun 11, 2017 ]
    Yes, that's what I am using [ thomas  Jun 11, 2017 ]
    if it's running the most recent iOS, yes. [ Jon  Jun 11, 2017 ]
    That happens to be my phone, works perfectly! [ john  Jun 11, 2017 ]
    I don't have an SE but it is essentially the same as an I phone 6S so it should work perfectly [ JoeT13  Jun 11, 2017 ]
    i have never had that issue. it turns off and on pretty quickly. [ AARON M  Jun 13, 2017 ]
    Takes about 20 seconds to start up. Also you need to have you IPhone plugged in and then start up the radio to activate Apple CarPlay. Have really enjoyed the CarPlay feature, although sometimes the Spotify App can get a little wonky. Useually, restarting the radio will correct this. But time wise it starts pretty quickly. [ GEORGE  Jun 06, 2017 ]
    After starting the car, it takes a few of seconds (between 4-8 I'd say), before showing the warning message. Hit ok, and ready to go. If you have a phone connected by bluetooth, it takes an additional few seconds (maybe like 5-10 seconds) before the phone's connected and music starts playing. [ Divyang  Jun 06, 2017 ]
    You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility with your factory system. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you. [ Kenny  May 12, 2017 ]  Staff can. I currently have Audio, CarPlay, XM and Phone. You can also choose the order of the other screens as well to have your favorites losted first. [ AllanW  Apr 28, 2017 ]
    Yes, I have CarPlay, SiriusXM, Tuner and Phone. The "shortcut buttons" on the main screen and lower on the individual panels are able to be customized. [ AARON M  Apr 28, 2017 ]
    If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings/connections 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: [ Kenny  Apr 15, 2017 ]  Staff
    If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: Or try our online support center: [ Kenny  Apr 01, 2017 ]  Staff
    Sounds like a loose connection. Mine has never shut off in the middle of a trip [ Erich  Feb 14, 2017 ]
    i am not familiar with this happening. do you have anything plugged in (iphone, ipod, etc)? there might be an issue with the display. [ AARON M  Feb 14, 2017 ]
    First: thing to check would be your power cables (both red and yellow). I could be just a bad connection. Second: check any fuse you might have inline. I don't have a third. If it is non of these it is a short in the deck somewhere.??? Hope that helps Jake [ JAKE  Feb 14, 2017 ]
    Have not encountered this problem. Are you certain that all of your connections are secure, since this sounds like a power interruption is occurring? [ GEORGE  Feb 14, 2017 ]
    Sorry, no. The provided wiring harness is different so, you'll need to use the harness that comes packaged with the new stereo. While I know this isn't the answer you were looking for, I hope the information helps. [ Ryan  Feb 10, 2017 ]  Staff
    No, but I have noticed that if it's really cold when I connect my phone, the CarPlay won't start up until I restart my truck after it's a little warmer. [ CHRIS  Feb 01, 2017 ]
    I have had mine for 2 months and haven't had any issues at all. [ Robert  Feb 01, 2017 ]
    No. I've had mine for a couple of months and have never had that happen. [ Eric  Feb 01, 2017 ]
    Not yet... [ JASON  Feb 01, 2017 ]
    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  Feb 01, 2017 ]  Staff
    Yes, this unit works with the iPhone 7 [ Craig  Jan 26, 2017 ]
    I don't know, I have tried with iphone 6 and 6 plus and it works. [ Vrajesh  Jan 26, 2017 ]
    It works with my 7 plus [ David  Jan 26, 2017 ]
    Yes, my 7 works great with this setup. [ Josh  Jan 26, 2017 ]
    Yes [ JoeT13  Jan 26, 2017 ]
    I have an iPhone 6S and the radio works great when paired to the phone. However, not sure about an iPhone 7. [ Doug  Jan 26, 2017 ]
    Yes [ Robert  Jan 26, 2017 ]
    I don't know about IPhone 7 but it does with 6!!! [ robert  Jan 25, 2017 ]
    I have a 6, but, per my son who is a programmer @ Apple, Car play supports 7 and 7s [ thomas  Jan 25, 2017 ]
    No it does not. The unit uses the gps mapping apps from the iPhone or Android phone you connect. [ MICHAEL C  Jan 03, 2017 ]
    Yes. GPS receiver is included in box. I am not sure how the software works? I am sure how to down-load the or update maps. [ JAKE  Jan 03, 2017 ]
    The unit comes with a GPS antenna that is used to enhance the signal of the phone connect via Carplay. The supplied GPS antenna is connected to the GPS connection on the back of the unit. [ AllanW  Jan 03, 2017 ]
    It comes with a GPS antenna that can be mounted under the dash with an unobstructed skyview preferred - needs to be mounted horizontally, top side up. [ ALLAN  Jan 02, 2017 ]
    It does not include it (similar to SiriusXM, needs additional equipment) [ AARON M  Jan 02, 2017 ]
    No. The GPS module is simply an extension to boost your phones GPS signal a bit. This way your navigation from your phone will be able to lock on better in areas where it has difficulty on its own (like Chicago downtown). [ Divyang  Jan 02, 2017 ]
    No it does not have gps I believe that is for the phone hook up so it has a better signal [ Erich  Jan 02, 2017 ]
    The unit does not include a natigation system but has access to systems through Apple Cae Play, which you can access if the unit is connected through your IPhone. [ GEORGE  Jan 02, 2017 ]
    This unit does have a GPS connection for the included antenna. However this unit uses apple CarPlay for its GPS. (It does not have a GPS program without your phone) The port/antenna does make the maps more accurate. [ aaron  Jan 02, 2017 ]
    Yes it comes up every time I find it annoying but I think any radio you get with this many features will have something similar [ Erich  Jan 02, 2017 ]
    When you start car, it will show a warning that you have to agree to. Not a huge issue for me. Everything else works great [ John  Dec 21, 2016 ]
    The screen does not tilt. It is fixed flat. [ Burwell  Dec 20, 2016 ]
    no the screen is fixed. The angle button is for DVD angles [ SAM  Dec 20, 2016 ]
    Yes [ Keith  Dec 23, 2016 ]
    Yes [ Thomas  Dec 22, 2016 ]
    No just a CD player. [ Kim  Dec 15, 2016 ]
    Yes it plays both cd and dvds. It is a very good unit. [ Guillermo  Dec 15, 2016 ]
    Yes it plays both dvds and cds. [ DALE  Dec 15, 2016 ]
    Yes, the unit will play both DVD and CD as well as MP3 formts [ S  Dec 15, 2016 ]
    Yes this plays both DVDs and CDs. [ KARL  Dec 15, 2016 ]
    Yes, it does support Android phones. [ Tom Lackey  Dec 13, 2016 ]
    While it works via bluetooth, it does not work with car play. I would look into the JVC KW-V620BT which is essentially the same unit without the carplay and it comes with an HDMI imput as well. [ Sxfstrummer  Dec 12, 2016 ]
    The Bluetooth functionality will work with android. Car play is an iOS specific thing though. [ Jerod  Dec 10, 2016 ]
    The station presets are shown on a single page menu that allows you to scroll through them all without having to toggle between "bands" I hope that helps. My Bio: [ Ryan  Dec 02, 2016 ]  Staff
    According to JVC technical support, you can only use the USB port with the iPhone embossing on it for CarPlay functionality. Therefore, to answer your question - no. Also, heed their recommendations about original Apple Lightning cables - I used an expensive Lightning cable from a local store and it crapped out after 6-hours of use. As soon as I connected to an Apple cable, it worked fine again. [ ALLAN  Nov 30, 2016 ]
    Hey John, while there are 2 USB ports only the top port will recognize an iPhone or certain iPods, check the compatibility list. You can however have 2 phones synced via Bluetooth however you must select which one you want to stream audio from, very simple to switch this in the menus. [ aaron  Nov 26, 2016 ]
    You can plug in two phones but only one can run CarPlay at a time. The other USB can run a jump drive. I am not aware of any device that lets you run two iPhones using CarPlay. [ AARON M  Nov 26, 2016 ]
    No, one of the inputs is dedicated for CarPlay and the other is a general usb port which will play your music but not interface with CarPlay. I've had this system for a few months now and cannot complain about one single thing. [ Shawn  Nov 26, 2016 ]
    Only one connection can be used for CarPlay and that is the one marked iPhone/iPod. Any device can be placed on the second USB port but will not allow CarPlay. [ Jesus  Nov 25, 2016 ]
    I was told to use the JVC microphone by technical support, but I also have the steering wheel controls connected. I don't know how the head unit would connect to the built-in microphone as there are no wiring harness conductors for that. [ ALLAN  Nov 30, 2016 ]
    You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility with your factory system. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you. [ Krissy  Nov 25, 2016 ]  Staff
    If you have Bluetooth set up on both the head unit and phone and they are paired then yes it will automatically connect if you don't have the phone connected via cable. [ Cezary  Jul 01, 2018 ]
    You can run your errands using Bluetooth no problems. When you want to, just plug in your iPhone to an Apple Lightning cable (many other brands will not work!) and you're good to go with CarPlay (you'll have to unlock your phone each time). [ ALLAN  Nov 30, 2016 ]
    If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: Or try our online support center: [ Krissy  Sep 09, 2016 ]  Staff
    The Signal to noise ratio for the built-in disc player is 94dB. The FM Mono signal to noise ratio is 68dB. You will find this information in the "Specifications" section of the owner's manual. You'll find the link for the manual under the 'What's in the box?" section on the stereo's main webpage. I hope that helps. My Bio: [ Ryan  Aug 13, 2016 ]  Staff
    Negative [ JAKE  Feb 14, 2017 ]
    The JVC KW-V820BT doesn't have WiFi built-in. However, it does feature Apple CarPlay technology which integrates your iPhone into the driving experience in a seamless, distraction-free interface. That means easy access to your music library, audiobooks, phone, messages, navigation, etc. all from the JVC's touchscreen. In order to use CarPlay, your iPhone must be connected to the JVC receiver via the Lightning-cable that came with your Apple device; or JVC's KS-U62 Lightning/USB interface cable (sold separately). I hope that helps. My Bio: [ Larry  Jul 20, 2016 ]  Staff
    On the right of your main screen you will see a touch button with what seems to be a calculator symbol. This will take you to your settings screen. There you will be able to find the different settings options for your main screen, your sound etc. [ Guillermo  Dec 15, 2016 ]
    If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: Or try our online support center: [ Krissy  Jul 12, 2016 ]  Staff
    CarPlay requires a cable to connect the iPhone to the radio. I hope this helps! My Bio: [ Paul  Jul 03, 2016 ]  Staff