Video: JVC KW-NT3HDT Navigation Receiver
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Zak Billmeier grew up in southern Vermont and coastal Maine. After graduating from Mary Washington College with a Geography degree he still isn't sure quite what to do with, he eventually settled in the mountains of Central Virginia. He spends his free time chasing his daughter around, taking pictures, gardening and cooking. He joined Crutchfield's car A/V writing team in 2007 and is now a lead producer on our video team.
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We get the inside scoop on the JVC KW-NT3HDT navigation receiver from one of our coworkers. She tells what she loves about it and how she uses the navigation system and iPod® controls.
Zak: Today I wanted to talk to Angie about her new stereo, the JVC KW-NT3HDT Navigation receiver. Angie you have an awesome Jeep. Did you put this in yourself?
Angie: I did and it was a fairly easy install. With Crutchfield MasterSheets and kit and harness, I had everything I needed. On a Jeep JK the space is a little tight so you had to do a little wiggling to convince it to go in there but it fits fine and it looks good.
Zak: So tell me Angie, why did you choose the NT3?
Angie: The number one reason was the detachable face. I have my top and my doors off six months out of the year and I didn't want it to get stolen.
Zak: So what else do you like about it?
Angie: In-dash nav was the next important feature to me. I do a lot of kayaking and backpacking so being able to plan my trip, and get on some back roads was pretty important. It also has a feature where I can find restaurants in the area so when I'm in a strange town I tell it what kind of food I want to eat and it takes me there.
Angie: The other feature that I really liked about this was the speed limit. My nav tells me when I'm speeding so when my foot gets a little heavy she interrupts my music and tells me to slow down.
Zak: Well those are some great GPS features and I know that JVC uses Navteq's GPS database and they're a trusted name in navigation. What I think sets the NT3 apart, at least on paper, is the fact that it taps into the HD Radio™ Total Traffic Plus real-time traffic network.
Angie: It does and I also got a free lifetime subscription to that with this receiver. A couple weeks ago I was taking a trip on a very familiar road. It alerted me that there was some construction, the speed limit had changed. It was just nice to know that was coming up. I could have avoided it if I wanted to-just a really nice feature.
Zak: Besides navigation, what else do you like about the NT3?
Angie: Well in my Jeep it's all about the music, so one of the great features on this is Bluetooth® audio streaming. I can take my iTouch [iPod touch], synch it up with the receiver, hand it off to my passenger, and they have complete control over the music without all the cables. When I'm by myself I can plug it right into the USB port and I have full on-screen control of all of my music.
Zak: Something we haven't talked about yet is how fast this stereo is. And what I mean by that is it has a 400MHz processor inside; makes it really snappy to operate from screen to screen and especially upon starting up from when you first get in the car. A lot of receivers like this will take 30 seconds, even longer, to get to the point where they're just ready to navigate and ready to roll. So there's a lot to like about the NT3 but is there anything that you wish it could do a little better?
Angie: The only drawback is the only USB input is on the front of the unit. It would be great if there was one on the back so I could run my iPod® cable into my glove box and have all of that cable out of the way.
Zak: If you want to learn more about the JVC KW-NT3HDT or any other receiver, you can contact us via email, chat, or as always, just call Crutchfield.