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Overview

Our take on the JVC Arsenal KD-AR959BS

Think of it as a mood ring for your car. JVC's KD-AR959BS CD receiver lets you customize the illumination color in three different areas of the faceplate for any combinations you can think of. Combine that with super-clean CD playback, a USB input for charging devices and playing your music files, and Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and audio streaming, and you've got a complete entertainment console for your car. And since this receiver is part of their Arsenal Series, JVC backs it up with a 2-year warranty.

Eye-catching and customizable

Think of it as a mood ring for your car. JVC's KD-AR959BS CD receiver lets you customize the illumination color in three different areas of the faceplate for any combinations you can think of. Combine that with super-clean CD playback, a USB input for charging devices and playing your music files, and Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and audio streaming, and you've got a complete entertainment console for your car. And since this receiver is part of their Arsenal Series, JVC backs it up with a 2-year warranty.

JVC Arsenal KD-AR959BS CD receiver

You can use the Separate Variable color adjustments to match your interior lighting and illuminate your controls.

Smartphone integration

Bluetooth serves as a wireless bridge between your smartphone and your dash, enabling music streaming and hands-free phone calls with any compatible phone. But pair up this JVC and an Android™ smartphone, and you can use JVC's Smart Music Control App to harness Bluetooth's full potential — you'll be able to use your phone to change settings, EQ, and sources on your receiver with a simple gesture or a voice command.

If you enjoy Internet radio on your iPhone or Android, you'll really enjoy playing music from Pandora® and iHeartRadio® on this great-sounding receiver. You can scroll through your stations, bookmark songs, and give a thumbs-up or thumbs-down right from the receiver's face.

Added cool stuff

JVC upped the power in their USB port, which lets you keep your smartphone charged, even when it's doing several tasks at once. Drive Change allows you to connect a memory card reader or USB hub to the receiver's USB input and select music from up to five memory cards or USB flash drives. Connect just about any portable audio player using the KD-AR959BS's front aux input. Once you've got the music going, you can shape your sound with the onboard 5-band parametric equalizer.

If you're adding amplifiers or a powered subwoofer, the six 4.8-volt preamp outputs provide you the clean signal you need. You also get a subwoofer level control and low-pass filter to help you match the sub's output with the rest of your system.

Want to keep your steering wheel controls?

In most vehicles, you can use an adapter (not included) to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this JVC stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and the JVC, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. Check the "Accessories" tab for compatible adapters.

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.

App Note: iHeart Radio playback and control requires the "iHeart Link for JVC" app on your smartphone.

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

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free and audio streaming
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • AM/FM tuner includes Radio Data System (RDS)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RW discs including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA music files
    • detachable face with Separate Variable color adjustments for 3 display zones
    • front USB port compatible with MP3, WMA, and WAV audio files
    • USB 1A connection provides extra power for charging devices
    • Drive Change lets you select audio from multiple flash drives or memory cards in a connected USB hub or memory card reader
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • 5-band parametric equalizer
    • low-pass filter and subwoofer level controls
    • loudness control
    • Digital Track Expander enhances compressed audio files
    Expandability:
    • built-in iPod, iPhone, and iPad control (see Details tab for model compatibility)
    • Pandora and iHeart Radio control with iPhone and Android
    • JVC Smart Music Control app (gesture control and voice command with Android phones)
    • Siri "Eyes Free" support with compatible iPhones
    • compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
    • inputs: front-panel auxiliary input and USB port
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (4.8-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
    Other features and specs:

    Easy to install. Nice upgrade for low price

    Jpp722, Austin, TX

    What's in the Box:

    • CD receiver (w/ 10A fuse inserted into chassis)
    • Face (attached)
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Trim ring (installed)
    • Wiring harness
    • Microphone with integrated bracket (attached 10' cable terminated by a right-angle male 3.5mm connector)
    • Wireless remote control (RM-RK52)
    • CR2025 3V Lithium battery (installed)
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • Instruction Manual (En/Fr/Sp)
    • Warrant Information
    • "Caution!" note (attached to wiring harness)

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    Reviews

    JVC Arsenal KD-AR959BS Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (176 Reviews)

    Always satisfied through the years, Thank you Crutchfield!!

    David from Milwaukee, WI on 4/20/2016

    2002 BMW 3 Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    So, the JVC works as advertised, it was purchased for my daughter, we had a JVC in the previous car she had and she loved it and wanted one in her new (to her) BMW so she could play music from her phone and hands free calling for safety. step 1, contact sales, they put together an order list for me. Step 2, buy it - how simple! After receiving the gear, i put together my tools, soldering iron, etc... I had questions on the Scosche line level adapter, called tech support, got the info i needed, finished the connections including the steering wheel controller and was ready to install... Time to install, the harness and line level adaptor and SWcontroller had some good mass (size) to it and was concerned about if it would all fit. I needed to called tech support with one more question, discussed getting it all in the dash....after quite a magic trick of making it all fit the dash (and checking to see if everything worked a couple times along the way) I am again happy to report that the gang at Crutchfield had me covered once again. From Sales to Tech support (i think i called them 5 separate times on this install) these guys and gals are always there when i need (purchased at night, installed on a Saturday). This is at least my 8th vehicle for an install and I have never been let down. As always, thank you for delivering products and services where i can continually say it was worth the money during and after the sale. It is so rare these days, but so awesome!!!

    Pros: Got everything i needed from products to service and tech support after the sale.

    Cons: small/tight dash made things very difficult, but that is not Crutchfiled's fault, just worth mentioning i guess...

    Sounds great, easy to install

    Jpp722 from Austin, TX on 4/10/2016

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

    Easy to install. Nice upgrade for low price

    Pros: Ease of installation. Sounds and looks great

    Cons: Hard to see in daylight a bit

    Great stereo at a great price

    Robert from Newcastle, CA on 4/6/2016

    1992 Chevrolet C Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The stereo sounds great! It has a lot of futures that can take a bit to get used to and learn how to use, (that's why I gave it a 4 star fo ease of use) My iPhone sounds great when hooked up and it also charges it, it really looks cool with all the diff. mood color lights. you really cant go wrong with this stereo for the price. The installation was easy as well.

    Pros: Great price, lots of futures, cool mood colors, great sound and love the hands free blue tooth phone future!

    Cons: Can't think of any.

    Great Sounding Stereo!

    Scott L from Appleton, WI on 4/5/2016

    1998 Chevrolet K Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Looks and sounds great. Can't believe it was such a bargain!

    Pros: Great Price and options

    Cons:

    Great little headunit!

    Christopher L from Appleton, WI on 4/3/2016

    1999 Chevrolet Silverado

    Great headunit, and cool color changeable sections!

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    Nice stereo!

    Scott M from Thibodaux, LA on 4/3/2016

    1999 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very nice stereo

    Pros: Very clear hands free phone performance Very cool looking at night Sounds great Pandora punches right up when I turn it on

    Cons: Very glared screen in the day Jvc android software needs alot of work Last jvc stereo that I replaced was much louder..ever with loudness boosts..but good enough I suppose

    Nice upgrade

    Randy R from greenwood, SC on 3/28/2016

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

    I bought this unit for my son's b-day present. He really likes the bluetooth connection and I'm thankful for the hands-free connection to his phone.

    Pros: Simple to install, nice display

    Cons:

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    Eric from Jenison, MI on 3/22/2016

    1998 Mercury Grand Marquis
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased this unit after comparing features. It has (6) 4.8 volt pre-outs for expanding the system, which will happen over the next year or so. As far as sound quality, it sounds as good as it is able using the stock, very old speakers, which will be the next upgrade. The tuner sounds quite good- which is important because I do listen to FM as there are actually a few stations in my area worth listening to, all non-commercial, of course. For example, WYCE uses no compression on their signal so it sounds fantastic on a good system, (with the exception of the occasional poorly transferred digital file). This, for music and NPR for news are the majority of my in the car listening. I leave it to others to review the Bluetooth and satellite radio functions, as I have no use for any subscription music service and cannot tolerate the sound of compressed music files. CD player sounds good. I tested the system with some reference recordings I use for evaluating home audio gear, including: -Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, "Gate Swings" -Mofro, "Lochloosa" -Tift Merritt, "Tambourine" -Toubab Krewe, "Live at the Orange Peel" -Ali Farka Toure and Ry Cooder, "Talking Timbuktu" as well as some assorted Medeski, Martin & Wood, Over the Rhine, and Gov't Mule recordings. All sounded very good, but made me itch for better speakers and an amp, ASAP! All in all, a good sounding unit with lots of useful features at a reasonable price.

    Pros: -expandability; the six higher voltage pre-outs are a plus and one of the primary features in which I was interested -sound -looks, due to design, layout and adjustable color scheme -value, due to the fact that I had done my research and decided upon this unit because I liked the features to dollars ratio, but when I came back to make my purchase there was a $10 price break in effect, a pleasant surprise

    Cons: display is difficult to read in daylight

    Awesome product

    Barb H from hampton, VA on 3/17/2016

    Much better upgrade than the stock stereo in any vehicle! Has great selections for different sounds and theme colors.

    Pros:

    Cons: daytime lighting is hard to read

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    Anonymous from Fruitland Park, Fl on 3/16/2016

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I love JVC great quality

    Pros: Great sound, looks cool, and easy to use.

    Cons: None

    Best receiver

    J from Austin,tx on 3/13/2016

    My Nissan's radio was old so I replaced it with this,it's amazing with the colors,Bluetooth,

    Pros: All the beautiful colors

    Cons: Not good sound quality

    good entry level receiver

    John from virginia beach, VA on 3/13/2016

    A great value. The built-in 50w peak amp drives 4 speakers well and provides volume and excellent reproduction. The equalizer settings eliminate the need for a separate equalizer for all but the most serious audiphile.

    Pros: No separate amp or equalizer required for a 4 speaker system

    Cons: Navigating the menus and sub-menus to adjust settings is time consuming and not really safe while driving. Park first.

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    Bruno from Virginia on 3/8/2016

    The employees of Crutchfield were very polite, knowledgable and were not pushy throughout several phone calls and a site visit while I was making my down select in radios. I am a DIY person and rarely trust anyone to work on my truck other than myself - however after reading numerous good reviews of installs, I decided to allow them to perform the install while I waited and I am pleased to say that I have zero issues with results. I am overall pretty impressed with the radio after only a few days of operation. The capability to change the colors in three zones and with the R,G,B, color spectrum on a 0-31 scale on each color is really awesome and I love that I can set a DAY/NIGHT config that works well for my eyes for how I quickly glance to the screen/buttons for information and use. The 22W power and sound quality rocks my truck and I haven't even gotten fancy with the Pro EQ capability. The Bluetooth capability is very nice, and hands free calling is a new thing for me and it is wonderful, however the time it takes to initiate/end the call is a few seconds too long, but hey, it works. The one chief complaint is the glossy display zone makes it hard focus on the words on the display, as it reflects the passenger seat area of my truck. If the display zone was MATTE, this radio would be beast. The price is pretty fair for the functions and finish of the radio, but steering wheel controls adds about 50 bucks or so, and I feel that was too much, but I still paid for it.

    Pros: Bluetooth, Custom Color Selection, 22W Output, Installed in about an hour, Professional Classic Styling

    Cons: Delay for iPhone Control is too long, Glossy Display makes it hard to see in day time

    good

    Anonymous from birmingham, AL on 2/29/2016

    2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    works great. many features. many extras that my teenager likes

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    Awesome deck

    Anonymous from hudsonville, MI on 2/24/2016

    2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Awesome deck! Very easy to navigate through the functions and personalize. Excellent sound quality and the Bluetooth is amazing!

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    Loving the Bluetooth

    Kudzu from boaz, AL on 1/29/2016

    1993 Chevrolet Suburban
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I am a senior citizen so Coolness Factor is pretty low on my list. I am looking for practical and good sound. The flashing lights and changing colors were cool for a few minutes but that got old quick. (you will understand when you get my age. :-) I do like that I can change the colors to suit. Love being able to have all red at night, it doesn't mess with your night vision which as a night time photographer is important. I had a JVC unit and wanted to stick with JVC so I didn't have 'rewire' the car. This one replaced the old no by simply removing the old and in with the new. I drive my vehicle for work and need to log the mileage. I am in and out of the car doing it manually got old. I bought a app for the phone that will track it for me but I had to plug up the phone for it to start logging. Getting in and out and it got old and I would forget to plug it back up. The app had a bluetooth option, once it linked up with the stereo it would start tracking. That was my main reason for replacing my old one. Plus I love the fact that it will start Pandora and play without me doing anything. Yes I am spoiled now! I like the 5 band EQ, i was skepitiacl but it sounds better than the old one and I love the being able to use the phone hands free.

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    JVC

    Kody from McGill, NV on 1/26/2016

    1985 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love this stereo. I have this deck in two trucks and love everything about it. Crutchfeild is great bout sending you all you need to get the job done. Thanks guys for a simple shopping experience!!

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    John S from Valdosta, GA on 1/21/2016

    2001 Dodge Dakota
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I love the multi colored display. You can have a theme or just match your factory dash colors for a clean look.

    Pros: Eq can be dialed in. Aux port. USB port. Bluetooth. Clean sophisticated look

    Cons: None yet

    Great Radio Great Service

    Walter B from Connecticut on 1/5/2016

    2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a tremendous radio at this price point. Not sure where you would get a radio that has all the capabilities that this JVS has for <$120. People could get into a discussion on the quality of the sound, however, this model is not directed towards audiophiles. It has all the capabilities that you would want or need out of a base car stereo at this price. Bought this Radio for my 18 year old daughter in a 2002 Jeep Gand Cherokee. This is perfect for this car. Fits nicely in an unusual dashboard configuration.

    Pros: All features of expensive radios. USB / Aux Bluetooth Hands-free calling iHeart Pandora Sirius/XM

    Cons:

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    Anonymous from North Carolina on 1/3/2016

    2000 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Awesome

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    Solid jvc product as usual

    Joe from New York on 12/7/2015

    2006 Subaru Impreza WRX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I always buy JVC headunits, and they never let me down. This is my fifth different install I've done over my life and each time I've used a jvc head unit, and they're always great. This is probably the best yet, but that makes sense as its their flagship single din radio. I would recommend this to anyone who wants quality without sacrificing dependability.

    Pros: Dependable, feels well built (buttons have a quality feel). Easy install and in my wrx. Great value for the money. Not blinding at night and easily visible during the day.

    Cons: Remote is a bit small. Also,I can't seem to get the "usb hub" to function with an iPhone or my note 4. This is not to be mistaken with the front usb, only the option of plugging in an expansion hub. Would greatly appreciate help getting this to work if anyone knows how.

    Crutchfield response on 12/8/2015 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

    JVC 5 star *****

    Tony from Illinois on 11/30/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This deck has a ton of features ,Bluetooth,I pod control from either the head unit or your ipod it also charges it.Pro level eq adjustments,bass boost adjustment,loudness boost adjustment,sub amp turn on and off,sub level control,internal amp control for the deck itself,you can make a call from the head unit by going to the phone book and hitting volume button to make a call,it .IT also has three sets of pre outs and one is for a sub.I have had this for a couple weeks and have no problems with it.I read some of the other reviews about flashing lights and not being able to read display.The deck does respond to headlights being turned on off by changing light brightness on display and you change settings for the display lights also it is all in the owners manual.I highly recommend you carry the owners manual with you for a couple weeks.I suspect a lot of people will not even use half the features on this deck.My current system: Jvc 105ar959bs ,Image Dynamics 12" sub (American made),Mmatts 600.1 600 watt amp true rms (American Made), RT sub box (American Made), Infinity door speakers.

    Pros: 2 year warranty,see review

    Cons: I suspect this might not be as loud as some older factory decks because of the small amp size inside of the deck itself,still plenty loud though.

    Bluetooth Awesomeness

    Rascal from Texas on 11/16/2015

    2002 Ford Escort ZX2
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    A nice upgrade from my aging Panasonic CD head unit. The Bluetooth works great in my 13 year old car and connected to my iPhone 6Plus easily. The phone audio is clear and the microphone picks up my voice nice and clear. The Bluetooth audio playback is really sweet. I can listen to my iHeart, Pandora, or saved music with ease. The color is a little nice, but all the flashing colors can be distracting, especially at night. I made during to shut that off and use a standard single color.

    Pros: Price, ease of install, Bluetooth connectivity, included remote control, USB port can charge your phone

    Cons: Flashing color display.

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    Lil Dave from Michigan on 11/11/2015

    2002 Mitsubishi Lancer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love the sound quality, the preamp outputs are a win. Overall, just what I was in search of.

    Pros: Preamp outputs. Display colors. Easy controls.

    Cons: None yet

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    D. Myers from Kaiserslautern, Germany on 11/3/2015

    2006 Volkswagen Beetle
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This CD receiver is awesome. It is like having my own disco in the car. An awesome light show. I enjoy the various options for display and colors. The sound is much louder and richer than my factory CD receiver. It was vary easy to adjust the three levels of bass and the treble to meet my music preference. Bluetooth was very easy to setup for my IPhone and took only a few minutes. The microphone is easily heard by those I call, even though the microphone is not that close to me. I can hear my calls crystal clear. The USB connector charged my Iphone very quickly and is very convenient....it frees up my cigarette lighter for another device. The controls on the CD receiver are well made and easy to use. I also connected the remote control to my steering wheel to keep my eyes on the road. I highly recommend this product. It is actually the best CD receiver I have ever owned. I recommend getting rid of your factory CD receiver to buy a JVC. The customer support is excellent!!!! The technician spent some time with me finding the right product. I was given the pro and cons, which helped me make a decision. I had to call back for tech support for one thing. I new what I was doing, but wanted to make sure before I connected the wires to the factory wires. I got a technician on the phone right away. He new exactly what I was talking about and I got an answer right away. I highly recommend this company and will continue to do business with them.

    Pros: 1. Easy to use (I did not even look at the manual) 2. Very loud...much louder than my factory CD. 3. The price is very low for the high quality. 4. The wow factor of the light show. 5. Easy to use bluetooth for smart phones. 6. Excellent sound and microphone for phone calls. 7. I could read the display very easily..in the daytime and night! 8. Spectacular customer service. They were very professional and knew their stuff.

    Cons: I have no negatives for this product. I am a very satisfied customer

    Great receiver!

    Aex A. from Boise, Idaho on 10/2/2015

    1997 Chevrolet Tahoe
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a great unit for not a lot of money. Installed in my '97 Tahoe with the dash kit also provided by Crutchfield. Everything provided fit perfectly. The MasterSheet wire schematic matched perfect. My only issue I had was that I did not get the pocket piece to take place of the stock cd player that is located under the climate controls. I assumed it would have been included with the rest of the dash kit, but you know what happens when you assume. Not a big deal though. I paired this unit up with the Boss R1100M amp and a Sound Ordnance B-12 and is it ever loud. I don't have the sub level on the amp turned up anywhere near it's full potential and this receiver kicks out the best tunes I've ever had in a vehicle of my own. The blue tooth syncs up just fine. Yes, there is a lot to this receiver and God forbid you have to look in the provided manual to figure out all the bells and whistles but that's what the manual is for. I use the bluetooth EVERY TIME I get in and it is FANTASTIC. It takes a handful of seconds to register and start playing, but it's bluetooth, stop being in such a rush. All in all, I love the thing.

    Pros: Bluetooth works great, easy install, fits perfect, looks awesome.

    Cons: Nothing with the receiver itself. Install kit provided did not come with cubby/pocket thing to put in place of stock cd player in my specific application ('97 Tahoe).

    So far So good

    Will from Connecticut on 9/16/2015

    1997 Honda Civic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is my initial review. I just installed it last week. Haven't completely critiqued the settings and options yet. I haven't 5 starred it at least not yet because the Bluetooth set up isn't that easy to follow as i would like. Granted I don't have a top of the line phone, that being said it could just be my phone having the issues linking up. My other reason for not 5 starring is because it's great to have so many audio settings, but for me a person who isn't aware of what each setting actually does, for example messing with the "mid low" or "mid high", it would have been nice to have a detailed explanation section to help with adjustment.

    Pros: everything except user ability in regard to detailed audio settings.

    Cons: Issues linking up phone for Bluetooth

    Great Deck

    Anonymous from Cincinnati, OH on 9/1/2015

    2004 Dodge Dakota
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I had another JVC unit (JVC KD-R960BTS)l and while I really liked it, the deck kept resetting. I looked and this was a fairly common complaint for that model even in the reviews on here. I ended up returning it and I decided to give this other JVC model a try so I didn't have to re-splice all my stuff again. So far it has worked flawlessly and has a lot more tuning options in terms of sound than my other unit had. I had originally looked at other brands but none of them had so many features for the price of the JVC. For the money it's great and does about anything you could need or ask for. So far I am really liking this unit and it was worth the extra money.

    Pros: Color changing options Sound Tuning options High RMS output remote control

    Cons: Hard to see in sunlight

    Nice for the price

    Dana from Texas on 8/23/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I ordered this unit as a replacement for a KD-R960BTS unit that I returned. Great sound with the factory Monsoon system in my GTI. The equalizer presets are nice and the ability to adjust the sound manually gives the user the ability to adjust the sound any way you like. The ability to match the colors to my interior lights makes it look great, especially at night. This unit also has a auto dimmer to dim the display when the headlights are turned on, including different colors for day or night. It took a few tries to pair my iPhone 6, but got it done. Bluetooth calls are clear and the unit has the ability to adjust echo, mic volume, etc and immediately made a few calls to adjust. The key to good calls with the unit is taking the time to place the microphone close to the driver. It also provided the ability to make adjustments such as echo, mic volume, etc. This unit seems to take a little longer to connect with my phone than the one I replaced, but does so every time. My only complaint with this unit is the display. The brightness during daylight hours makes it hard to read. It also sits at an angle in my car that seems to reflect every glare in the car. I find myself putting my hand over the display to shield it so I can see the display.

    Pros: #Great sound #Ability to change colors of the display #Bluetooth works great with iPhone 6--calls and audio streaming

    Cons: #Display is hard to read in the daylight

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    tazman from Michigan City,Indiana on 8/2/2015

    1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is by far the BEST car radio for the money. Price, great, sound great, feathers more than I would ever expect, options of control, again way more that I would have guessed .ease of install very reasonable, thanks to Crutchfield tech support & a good friend who was fermilar with instauls.blue tooth quality, & easy of use, very good, usb plug on front very coveient ,3.5 m aux plug on front very handy. color scheems are great & many, plus you can have 3 zones of color, or changing color. Quality, price, options, sound, design, everything is 5+ stars. I have never been so pleased with a product, & the retailer, & their tech support. JVC is high quality, & so is Crutchfield & their support. They were so helpful, letting me know what would fit my car, & what cables, & kits I would need. THANK YOU CRUCHFIELD..

    Pros: every thing, this stereo is so packed with options, quality so good, I can't say enough...

    Cons: not a one

    Hard to beat for the money...

    Anonymous from Georgia on 7/26/2015

    2006 Chevrolet Cobalt
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This head unit from JVC will be hard to beat for the money, considering all the features. I was looking for something in the bluetooth compatible market with superb features and front, rear, sub low level outputs and this deck hit the mark and then some even though it was quite a bit BELOW my intended budget. It has all the features I need and room to grow and expand. I would definitely lump it into the "bang for your buck" catagory, and even suggest that it be at the top of that list. I am super nit-picky and I was not dissapointed.

    Pros: Great sound control features 3 zone infinite color customization Blue tooth and android compatible 3 sets of low level outputs

    Cons: I wish the remote were a little bigger. No bull, it's barely bigger than my thumbnail and I'm afraid I'm going to looses it. That's more a gripe than a con so take it at face value.

    Every option packed into a little box

    Cory from Springfield Oregon on 7/2/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Front, rear, sub outputs and controls. Good volts. Blu tooth works great, nice Pandora controls, radio reception is good, though I rarely listen to the radio. It picks up the station name and song name. This deck is simply amazing in the $100 range. It's very unlikely you could get all these options and quality in any other deck near this price. Obviously it's not a pro deck, but if you are looking at bang for buck, this is a strong contender. Extremely happy.

    Pros: Everything listed above.

    Cons: Waited too long to buy, :)

    Great Receiver

    Bushwacker from Baker, FL on 6/21/2015

    2003 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is one of the best receivers I have had. Even sounds better than my old Alpine that died on me. You can't go wrong with this unit. Easy to operate and looks great too!

    Pros: Easy to access and operate the functions. Very impressive radio.

    Cons: Only they don't make one that will take up all the space in a 2003 F150.

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    marvinh from North Carolina on 6/20/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The JVC-Arsenal KD-AR959bs is a 100% best buy. 5 stars rating in all respects. Easy to use and all the functions one needs. I have no problems Seeing the print on the screen day or night and I am past age 70. Blue tooth quality is super. Mp3 player mode is wonderful in all respects. A must have CD Stereo System for any auto or truck. My unit was installed in a 2001 ford F150. I have replaced speakers in this truck prior to this JVC System install. This unit was purchased from Crutchfield in Charlottesville, Virginia. I have made other purchases from Crutchfield in the past and have been 100% pleased. I recommend Crutchfield with the highest rating of 5 Stars.

    Pros: 100%

    Cons: None

    Good stuff cheap

    Scott from Massachusetts on 6/14/2015

    2000 Chevrolet Tahoe
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    It is truly amazing how much you get for such little money these days. This head is loaded with features, simple to use and a fantastic value.

    Pros: Great sound, easy to use

    Cons: Would like an old fashion visual EQ

    Great radio

    Douglas from Indianapolis, IN on 6/2/2015

    1993 Nissan 300ZX 2+2
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    Love it. Easy to install. Sounds great.

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    My 3rd JVC Head Unit in 3 Vehicles

    Anonymous from Kannapolis , N.C. on 5/22/2015

    1996 Ford Aerostar
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    Beat out my Sony, Kenwoods! All said, two of JVC Head units are way past obsolete, but outlasted a few high dollar head units from other companies! So if they keep going, even after high dollar units fail, why wouldn't I trust JVC!?

    Pros: Lasting forever! Great value for what you get!

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    awesome

    christian from Minnesota on 5/20/2015

    2010 Chevrolet Malibu
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    best bang for your buck, i own one and have installed 3 in other cars for friends never any complaints

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    JVC no customer support

    MazdaProtege from California on 5/16/2015

    1999 Mazda Protege
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    I drive dark roads late at night. The display constantly blinks without regard to settings and the front of the unit is glossy, both are distractions for such driving. JVC customer support contacts bounce. Do not count on anything from JVC customer support. Unit setup is tedious and the settings to not survive a disconnect of the vehicle battery lead. OEM radio display was much easier to read and did not have any blinking indicators. OEM radio had matte finish that does not reflect stray light. OEM radio backlight responded proportionally to dashboard brightness setting. Shouldn't it be a simple matter to have such features in a replacement radio?

    Pros: It works and fits. MP3 play from flash (no MP3 player required) is a good money saver.

    Cons: Would prefer no CD player, but with HD radio. Display and plastic finish are inferior to my 15 year old (now dead) OEM radio.

    Awesome

    D. J from Georgia on 5/11/2015

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    The best radio I have seen yet.

    Pros: *****

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    Good buy

    Brian C from Springfield MN on 5/1/2015

    1999 Chevrolet Silverado
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    Best receiver for the money. Tons of EQ adjustments, endless color schemes.

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    Great Little Radio!

    Ecko from Montana on 5/1/2015

    2003 Subaru Outback
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    I got the unit and installed it myself in just a couple of hours in my '03 Outback. I replaced the original stereo with this one and what a difference!! I love the Iphone voice control and after reading the instructions can operate pretty easily. The Bluetooth calling feature works great and everyone I have talked to said the call is clear and I can make the caller as loud as I want on my end to hear even when the windows are down and I am cruising on the back roads here in Montana! Definitely recommend.

    Pros: Sound for calls and CD's Color settings

    Cons: BT connection for music from Ipod or Iphone is about half as loud as sound from CD and BT calling

    Great Head Unit!

    Mark from Boulder, CO on 4/27/2015

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    Great receiver for the money. This receiver has features normally found on stereos $25-50 more! The faceplate has a real wow factor with tons of color combos or color flows. FM sensitivity is better than most receivers and the preamp voltage will make any other amp installs you do sound much better. The ease of use isn't great, but within a week you are a pro at navigating this head unit. A great feature of this receiver is the low/high amp settings. If you are running stock speakers, running low amp gain keeps the receiver from blowing the speakers with more power than they can handle by limiting the max volume. If you have aftermarket speakers, you will then be able to set the amp gain to high with no fear!There is a large group of head units all around $130, but if you spend an extra $10 and get this receiver, the amount of upgrades you get is just a steal for the money. Next up are some new speakers and a sub for my setup!

    Pros: Build quality, sound quality, coolness factor

    Cons: Ease of use

    Nice music system

    PZ from New York on 4/23/2015

    2010 Ford Ranger
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    Installed this device in my 2010 ranger to replace the factory radio. The difference in sound quality was quite noticeable. The JVC produces great sound across the frequency spectrum and makes the OEM speakers come alive. I'm using the blue tooth and pandora functions and enjoy the simplicity of it. The colors are a nice touch and if you have the need, you can create any effect you want. There's an option for colors to change as you listen, but it seems a bit distracting for a road vehicle. I wonder if the large dial/volume knob will last based on how many functions it has to perform. The usb port is great for playing tunes from a jump drive, using the cell phone as a source and for charging devices. The install kit absolutely sucked. Directions were wrong, the plastic cheap, and the radio is ready to fall out of the opening with the slightest pull. The stock radio had sirius plug that connected to the truck's antenna and power system which was not addressed in any of the literature or options. If you want xm/sirius, be prepared to shell out more for a compatible device.

    Pros: Sound, blue tooth, pandora, colors.

    Cons: Install kit no option for connecting to existing sirius plug

    Great for the RV!

    JR from Mt. Vernon, IN on 4/21/2015

    I purchased this stereo as an entry level head unit to update the older stereo in my class A motorhome. I wanted a unit that was Bluetooth capable and boy was I pleasantly surprised at all this unit provides especially for the great price. First off, driving a 32' 18,000 lb. motorhome down the highway I really don't want to deal with any distractions from a cumbersome stereo. The main items I wanted was: Bluetooth capability, an actual round volume knob to turn music up or down instantly without having to hold in on a button. (Dumb engineering idea by the way), and hands free talking for phone calls. This unit does all of this plus more. It has the usb connection for any mp3, 1/8" line input for any type of audio, and more. The best part is how easy it connects with my Iphone 5 for Pandora and phone calls. I just jump into RV, turn on stereo and it does the rest. Another great plus is I have been using stereo with Google maps and RVParky via Iphone and voice directions play over stereo car speakers! It comes with a microphone that I mounted on steering column and have not had any complaints from callers. I really did get everything I wanted from this stereo and way more. JVC has always been a solid equipment company and this unit exhibits that and more.

    Pros: Easy Installation Great Price Lots of Options Versatile Clear voice for phone calls Works great with Pandora Bluetooth connects great and stays connected Selectable display brightness and color

    Cons: Haven't found any cons yet since install of May 2014

    Replacing with something that works

    Dan from New Jersey on 4/19/2015

    2009 Subaru Impreza
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    There is nothing that makes this radio stand out. The sound and controls are about the same as the Kenwood and Pioneer I also own. I had an extremely cheap media only version of this same head unit in my old junk car. I needed bluetooth calling in my new car. The old cheap media unit worked perfectly for this. However, this head unit has such poor bluetooth that I can't use it with most of my customers. It sweals and they can't understand me. It cuts out constantly. I even called into tech support for help. With some fine tuning it stopped the squealing but my customers still can't hear me. Seriously, the only reason people replace factory car stereos today is because they need a feature like bluetooth that did not come with the car. My other complaint is that you can only really use playlist. If you have an 80GB ipod and want to go from Adele to ZZ-top then it will take 5 minutes of scrolling. It's just easier to disconnect the iPod and use that interface and then plug it back in.

    Pros: Lighting effects

    Cons: Horrible bluetooth Media controls Lack of backlighting on center buttons for shuffle, etc

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    joe n from New Jersey on 4/18/2015

    2010 Dodge Ram 1500
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    radio sounds great and works well

    Pros: installed easy and fired right up the separate sub woofer output and control makes this unit great.

    Cons: i wish the radio was more user friendly to set up

    JVC Boom

    DMc from California on 4/16/2015

    2001 Toyota Tacoma
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    I love the sound that comes out of my speakers now, with the wattage and amps, this JVC rocks! The install directions for a 2001 Toyota Tacoma, left out some panel information which I will share with those that run a Tacoma. There are three (3) screws, 1 in the lower right side behind the ash tray. The other two are behind the Climate control panel, on the right side it is the middle screw, on the left It is the top screw, with these three screws removed you can remove the panel. The rest of the install was a breeze. So glad I went with this JVC. Nice

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    WoW!

    T. Moss from Zebulon, N.C. on 4/13/2015

    2005 Toyota Avalon
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    So I am eventually going to change out everything audio on my stock Toyota Avalon, but first comes the head unit... I ordered this on a Wednesday afternoon and it arrived on Friday afternoon, so the service was was quick and accurate... I installed this JVC the following Monday and all I can say is Wow! It has made my stock speakers come alive.... I hear a lot more range along with volume in all music... I haven't learned all the controls yet, so I know once it is dialed in correctly, it will be even more awesome... The only thing is that it makes me wonder if I need to even upgrade my stock speakers now...

    Pros: Decently priced, full of features, great sound and clarity, stylish

    Cons: None that I can see unless you count the fact that it now makes me question whether or not I even need to change out my factory speakers Lol...

    Car Stereo that Rocks!

    Charlie from Michigan on 3/30/2015

    1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee
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    This is the 2nd stereo I have installed in a vehicle in the last 3 years. The stereo came with the harness needed to connect to my Jeep. I soldered all my connections and wow! Talk about listening to music! I also installed 4 new JBL speakers. I never new I could listen to this kind of sound in a vehicle. I am going to install new stuff in every car I get from now On!

    Pros: Easy to install. Wonderful to listen to! Bluetooth works great!

    Cons: Nothing

    Greatest Hits, for the money...

    Becks from Missouri on 3/29/2015

    2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee
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    The unit is awesome and truly what we were looking for. He wanted the opportunity for multi-color display, check, expand-ability, check, and high quality, check. It had everything my young new driver could ask for and then some. Needed the color selection to match the older dash controls of his vehicle, and the expand-ability so he could add as he came up with the funds. Great deal and great buy over-all.

    Pros: Great color selection, expand-ability, great sound, high quality, with a lot of the rest.

    Cons: none

    Great product

    R S from Florida on 3/25/2015

    2002 Toyota Camry
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    This is our 2nd one.after putting this in my truck,the wife had to have one in her car.of course I changed all factory speakers and added a small sub,but this unit has all the built in features and controls to work with most any combo.i did give 4 stars for ease of use,only because for non electronic types it can be a little much to navigate all the features at first. The pro eq has a 5 band eq that lets you really dial in the sound to your vehicle but,also has a 3 band or pre sets for those who don't want to tinker with the unit. Built in hp and lp filters with adjustable levels is a great addition for a unit in this low of price range. All in all I would recommend this to anyone that is not looking for the very top of the line but still wants great sound at a good price. The crutch field included install parts makes install a breeze. Defiantly worth considering.

    Pros: Lots of usable features.. Bluetooth etc..great sound.. Hands free. Practically infinite adjustments.

    Cons: Can be intimidating to some at first.. But the manual is quite clear and user friendly.

    Awesome Radio

    Shaft from Illinois on 3/23/2015

    2001 Chevrolet Corvette
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    Very powerful radio that was super loud when i turned it to full volume. The ability to change display colors in three zones is awesome. You can utilize various built-in color schemes and the colors will pulsate to the beat of the music if you like. Radio Data System works great in Chicago. Has thumbdrive USB and aux jack but I use Bluetooth for calls and music.The price was good compared to other vendors I looked at and Crutchfield provides all the accessories for about 50% off which is awesome. Great sound and well built and looks really cool. I have had people ask me what is flashing in my car when they see my radio flashing the various colors at night. Cool factor is off the chart. You will not regret buying this radio and the slight shortcomings/con are not a big deal to me but thought I would mention them for an honest review.

    Pros: Affordable, colorful, powerful sound, excellent bluetooth sound, clearly readable text, Siri Eyes Free to control your iPhone for certain functions, detachable faceplate,, Satellite Radio Ready, 6-channel preouts, remote control, 2 year warranty, 3 with my Amex, 5 band EQ

    Cons: not as easy to read during sunny days, clock not displayed during Radio Data System, limited remote control features, buttons are a little small for my taste, slow response when moving from the different sources like AM to FM to USB to bluetooth, etc.

    Great Receiver, Great Price

    Austin from New York on 3/20/2015

    2002 Dodge Ram 1500
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    I spent some time searching for a good replacement after my receiver was stolen (I was ignorant and never removed the faceplate). I compared this receiver with an Alpine CDE-152, Alpine UTE-52BT, Sony MEX-N5000BT, and Clarion CZ702. These are all great receivers that are rated highly by many people. My decision came down to the JVC receiver's features. This receiver has front, rear, and subwoofer pre-amp outputs (4.8V). The higher voltage sends a better signal to your amplifiers. The front USB input is compatible with an iPhone cable and charges your apple device. There is a detachable face which was a must for me considering my last receiver was stolen. Unfortunately, it does not come with a case so I had to find my own. There are plenty of audio controls and there are options for the presets, Easy EQ, and Pro EQ which makes fine tuning the sound very user-friendly. The built-in iPod controls work very well but can be a bit confusing at first. It is a bit hard to figure out how to navigate the iPod mode (playlists, etc.). The screen is a decent size and it is easy to read. I really enjoy the custom color illumination. The interface for this can be a bit confusing but there are a ton of options to pick from. It is similar to a RGB setting so you can get almost any color you want and the colors can be different for the button panel, screen, and USB / AUX inputs. Overall, it is pretty easy to use, sounds great, and for the price you can't beat it.

    Pros: - 3 Pre-Amp Outputs (4.8V) - Front USB and AUX inputs. - Plays CDs - 5-band Parametric EQ with 12 Preset Tone Curves. - Built-in Amplifier is 22W x 4-Channels (not great but better than others) - Screen is easy to read. - Custom color illumination in 3 separate areas. - Low / High Amp power options (Volume adjustment either 0-30 or 0-50)

    Cons: - Faceplate feels a bit delicate. - Interface / Controls can be somewhat confusing. - The adjustment range for some of the Audio options could be a bit wider.

    Excellent

    JDW from Northeast Arkansas on 2/26/2015

    2002 Ford F-150
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    Very Good. Everything I was hoping for.

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    Great price, great sound, "classy subtle"

    The808kauai from California on 2/18/2015

    2008 Toyota Prius
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    Just got this sub/amp for our Toyota Prius (2008). It fit perfectly under the driver's seat, we ran all the cords through the paneling, so you would have no idea it's even in the car until you turn up the bass. The sound is perfectly loud (can mildly shake the car, but not excessive like my husband would maybe have wanted it to be).

    Pros: Size, solid build, and price

    Cons: nothing yet.

    Great Reciever

    ShawnT from Texas on 2/12/2015

    2001 Jeep Wrangler
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    Love It!

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    JVC KD-AR959BS for 2006 Vibe

    MattF from Missouri on 2/8/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed in 2006 Pontiac Vibe factory Monsoon system with amp, to replace factory head unit. Initial quality ok. Love the ability to set up two bluetooth phones, call and audio separately too!! Also look the instant way to mute the sound with pressing the knob. The unit does take about 30 to 60 seconds to re-pair with my iPhone 4S each time I start it up; this can be a bit annoying. The unit occasionally forgets my phone is paired for audio as well and I have to re-establish that; this is midly irritating. This unit comes with external microphone for hands-free calling, a reason for my purchase, but the microphone (installed on top of the steering column behind the wheel) is not that sensitive and does pick up a bit of ambient noise. You can adjust the sensitivity, but it doesn't perform as nice as the factory unit in our Nissan. Another mild complaint is that you can store 18 FM stations, but the can only quickly choose the first 6. The rest have to be scrolled to.This unit does play well with an android device. I would recommend for the price still, just wish the pairing "forgetfulness" could be resolved. i almost forgot, I did have to reset the unit once after it froze on me. I have had the unit for about 2 months now.

    Pros: bluetooth calling, BT audio, ability to pair one phone for calling and another BT deice for audio, compliant with iTunes podcast playback, USB port for direct auido

    Cons: only able to one touch first 6 FM stored stations, takes about 30 to 60 seconds to re-establish BT audio connection when getting back in car, "forgets" audio playback pairing

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    Anonymous from Washington on 2/6/2015

    1999 Plymouth Breeze
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    I bought this for my 1999 jeep wrangler, fit was great. I picked this one because of the sub out. I hate the fact you MUST scroll lots of menus, but love the versatility these menus allow. I MISS KNOBS, i would rather have less features with hi quality easy to use knobs!!! Anyone tech savvy or under 30 will have no problem with this though. I bought this same deck for my boys 1999 Plymouth breeze, fit perfect and wire harness too. i still haven't put the time into stopping the DEMO mode, there's enough flashing lights and colors to put you into a seizure lol. I do recommend this deck. Shipped fast also. Thanks Crutchfield!

    Pros: Nice to install, lots of features, sub out

    Cons: Growing up in the 70's and 80's scrolling though endless menus is not my thing.

    Great Features for the price!

    Will from Bay Area, CA on 2/5/2015

    2001 Infiniti QX4
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    Just installed this last night in a 2001 Infiniti QX4 (Same as Nissan Pathfinder) with the factory Bose system which annoyingly can be difficult to interface with. I was able to set up all the functions and adjust the screen color and brightness to my preferred settings without even consulting the manual. Great EQ options, great app interface for my Nexus 5 android phone, great color options, good preamp outputs, displays radio info on the screen, easy bluetooth pairing and controls. I haven't tested out the aux input yet to see if I need a ground loop isolation aux cable to get rid of the buzzing you can get on a lot of factory systems. I also haven't tested out the USB functionality yet. I wish it has a separate power antenna wire. I had to wire the power antenna to the remote amp turn-on so now the antenna goes up as soon as the stereo is turned on instead of only when FM/AM is selected as a source. It seems like many stereos no longer include the power antenna wire so its not too big a deal. I also wish it had an HD tuner, but at this price point I can't complain. I was also able to get it to work perfectly with my factory steering wheel controls using a SWI-RC.

    Pros: Easy install, Easy to use, Great features, Good strong preamp outs, Great bluetooth controls, works with my factory steering wheel controls (with SWI-RC)

    Cons: No separate power antenna wire, no HD tuner (can't complain at this price but that was the one feature I wish it had)

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    Dwain from Gainesville, TX on 1/28/2015

    2004 Ford F-150
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    Great Product!

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    Bluetooth Issues

    Mic from Pennsylvania on 1/26/2015

    1989 Honda Civic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I really like this unit. It was easy to install and set up. I like all the color options and the idea of the Bluetooth functionality. However, the Bluetooth has one annoying issue. If you have two Bluetooth devices connected (one for audio and one for phone calls), you may experience an issue when you take a phone call. If you have the music paused then take a phone call, the music will resume after you end the phone call. I'm a delivery driver, so while this may seem like a really specific issue to some, it's a constant issue for me. Other than that, I like this unit. It's easy to adjust the settings and has a great parametric EQ if you like to be really specific with your EQ settings.

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    Anonymous from Illinois on 1/18/2015

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    This is my 3rd JVC purchase. I've been happy with all purchases. This one was for a used Chevy Silverado 1500. It works as advertised. I just wish it was a little easier to navigate settings. Still getting used to the unit, but I'm happy with it and would recommend.

    Pros: It's a JVC!

    Cons: Could be easier to change settings, but not a reason not to buy.

    amazing unit

    nobass from va on 1/15/2015

    1996 Acura Integra
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    Ive been doing the car audio thing for many years now. Ive been through a ton of decks and this one is by far the best head unit ive owned to date. Its very easy to use. The sound quality is amazing and the 4.8 volt preouts are best part. I would recommend this deck to anyone and will continue to use nothing but jvc head units. You will not find a better head unit anywhere near this price

    Pros: Everything about it

    Cons: Nothing at all

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    John A from California on 1/12/2015

    1994 Mazda Miata
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    Solid performer, lots of features for a single DIN unit. Mine came with a user manual that covered all the basics. I also bought the Sirius XM module, attached very easily, works great. The user interface is a bit complex but that's what the user manual is for. Sound is excellent, display is bright, color adjustable, and blue tooth features are outstanding. This is an excellent unit and provides great bang for the buck value. As usual, Crutchfield provides the harness and other hardware necessary to install the unit.

    Pros: Great price, nice interface, detachable faceplate, bluetooth, phone integration (apple and android), Sirius XM compatible, front accessible USB 2.0, aux inputs.

    Cons: None really. It does it all.

    Great Radio

    Lammey from Arkansas on 1/11/2015

    2005 Scion xB
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    Great radio. Love that I can make it my own personal radio with the LED lights. Everything I own can be hooked up to it.

    Pros: USB, Aux hook up great

    Cons: A little time consuming trying to figure out the instructions other than that great radio

    very nice

    Anonymous from Michigan on 1/8/2015

    1999 Jeep Cherokee
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    Excellent replacement for my son's 99 Jeep Cherokee. Easy install with wire kit (free from Crutchfield) and sounds much much better.

    Pros: look, sound, ease of install

    Cons: none

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    Anonymous from Austin, Texas on 1/8/2015

    1999 Ford F-150
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    Great stereo. Bought for the bluetooth to answer phone with the new law in Texas but really enjoy all the features. Never even heard of Pandora before but love the way it works with my galaxy s4

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    James from California on 1/7/2015

    1991 Chevrolet Blazer S10
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    Highly recommend.

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    Excellent product

    Jeff S from Knoxville Tn on 1/5/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is an excellent radio, great value. I had someone install it for me. This was kind of out of my league. Would have taken twice as long than what it should have. I love the stereo and Bluetooth.

    Pros: All pros

    Cons: No cons

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    Rhbjr from Mt. Pleasant, SC on 1/4/2015

    1993 Ford Mustang
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    Easy install. Excellent power, even running through the factory amp. Sounds great. Very good dynamics and tonal control.

    Pros: Easy install. Strong sound and much improvement I've the factory system, even with the stock speakers (maybe replace them shortly?).

    Cons: Bluetooth connection for audio streaming is kind of slow.

    This is a Great Product

    Steve from United States on 1/4/2015

    1995 GMC Sierra
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    After spending a couple days researching and reading reviews, I decided to buy this radio. Great buy for the price. Great sound through my stock 95 GMC Sierra speakers. (Although an upgrade is coming soon.) Bluetooth pairing is great! The kids love that we can now listen to FROZEN in the truck through bluetooth streaming.

    Pros: Bluetooth. Tons of color options.

    Cons: none

    this is an excellent product!

    John L. from California on 1/3/2015

    1998 Chrysler Cirrus
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    This is a very well thought out and executed product: The installation was a breeze -- Crutchfield parts and knowhow was the key to a fast and very successful install. The features of the radio are excellent for the private party with a modest budget. I purchased two of these units for my car and my grandsons car...we are both smiling all day as the tunes caress our ears (albeit very different tunes).

    Pros: We like everything about these units.

    Cons: None....yet

    f-150

    Ken from Alabama on 12/31/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This system is more than expected. The sound and features are great. Thanks to Crutchfield for the help in advising.

    Pros: Easy to install sounds great

    Cons: None

    JVC stereo

    CR Connor from Shady Spring WV on 12/29/2014

    2001 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a great stereo for the price, and as always, easy to install with Crutchfields install kit.

    Pros: Easy installation , great price, and ships quickly!! Stereo sounds great in my sons Jeep, and had installed in about 45 minutes. I pre-wired adapters to save time sitting in the vehicle, and it worked out great.

    Cons: My only issue, was there was no apparent way of securing the stereo inside the mounting sleeve, and I could not find anything in the directions to help in this issue. I finally just bent the tabs on the sleeve up against the plastic mounting bracket. Seems to work fine.

    JVC

    madmax from North Carolina on 12/27/2014

    1999 Chevrolet Silverado
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    Works great, Easy install.

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    Chuckster from Georgia on 12/23/2014

    1991 GMC Sierra
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    A good buy for the money. This was my first radio installation . I am soooo glad I bought from Crutchfield. I had no idea that there would need to be several parts in addition to the radio and Crutchfield put a package together at no additional cost. I had to call twice for installation help and I received excellent guidance . Top notch Customer Service!

    Pros: Nice looking and many color variations. This radio picks up AM stations much better than any other radio I have heard.

    Cons: Operator Manual could be better but I figured it out soon enough.

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    Anonymous from brenham, texas on 12/23/2014

    2002 GMC Sierra 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great radio for customizations, sound and overrall performance

    Pros: Loud settings, color change

    Cons: Long process for changing settings

    JVC Arsenal KD-AR959BS

    Edp from Pennsylvania on 12/20/2014

    2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee
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    I've been using JVC head units as replacements for many year now and have never been disappointed and this is no exception. It was easy to install, easy to setup, especially the Bluetooth. A minor personal thing...I wish I could make the display solid purple.

    Pros: Easy to install. Easy to connect to Bluetooth. Looks great with the included brackets and integrated well with the Infinity amp that was stock with the Jeep.

    Cons: None

    Amazing deck!

    Brynlds from California on 12/20/2014

    2001 Chevrolet Tahoe
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    Best deck I have ever bought

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    CD player failed

    RayF from East Wenatchee, WA on 12/19/2014

    1994 Nissan Sentra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The CD player quit working after approximately 45 days--kept getting error message to eject disk immediately after it was inserted. Called Crutchfield support and they were great, as always. They are sending me a replacement unit.

    Pros: The unit worked well and had great sound until the CD player malfunctioned. Other than the failure of the CD mechansim/player, I had no problems and was very happy.

    Cons: CD player had a defect which manifested itself after a month and a half.

    Solid Stereo

    DaveJS from Ocean County, NJ on 12/17/2014

    2001 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great sound and interface. Easy enough to install, especially with the Tech Support.

    Pros: Lots of customization Plug and Play Bluetooth!

    Cons:

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    Anonymous from California on 12/15/2014

    1992 Toyota Celica
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    very nice product,great blue-tooth ability, love color display.

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    Great Radio

    PeterC from Council Bluffs, IA on 12/15/2014

    2014 Mitsubishi Mirage
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I love the radio. I like that I can change the colors on it to have the 3 sections of the radio be different colors or I can have it phase through the colors. Good sound quality. Easy to pair Blue Tooth and that works fine.

    Pros: The color display and sound.

    Cons: Have troubles at times taking and putting on the face plate.

    Simplicity

    Ferrell from Guam on 12/15/2014

    2013 Kia Soul
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy to install and wiring harness were right on. Sounds great and looks better than the stock stereo my Kia Soul came with. I could not even charge my iPhone 5. Now I can.

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    JVC Arsenal KD-AR959BS in 2012 Ram 1500

    GuyKS from Shawnee, KS on 12/14/2014

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

    Great receiver and performance. Bluetooth connection works well with my Samsung Galaxy S5.

    Pros: Versatile, easy to install (with right adapters to replace OEM), inexpensive for the quality

    Cons: Instructions could be more in depth. Difficult to determine how to set and go to set FM stations after 6 (has up to 18 presets available).

    Awesome Stereo

    Andrew from Idaho on 12/11/2014

    1994 Saturn SC1
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Really good stereo. Good bluetooth sound, microphone is great, I placed it on the rear-view mirror. Lots of station preset room, loved that it connects with my Iphone easily. I can play playlists off my phone quickly and easily. Sound quality is really good. Love that there were a variety of equalizer presets to choose from - Jazz, Hard Rock, vocal boost, etc. If the presets don't do it for you, you can create two of your own. Good value, great product. The screen can be a little difficult to read in daylight, but playing with the colors remedied that. Default isn't set to display the clock, so you have to change it to do so. Would have liked the clock to be present on all screens. But that really is my only criticism. I am extremely happy with this purchase.

    Pros: Value, sound quality, equalizer presets, good bluetooth. Seamlessly interacts with my Iphone. Also liked the color options.

    Cons: Have to play around with the colors to get a good clear version during daylight hours. Wish clock would always show. You have to choose clock, or the station/track title to display.

    Nice Head Unit

    Anonymous from Arizona on 12/7/2014

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

    Great unit. Paired with the right speakers and you have a super package. So many options too customize to make it your own. But also that is what makes it a little hard to navigate. Takes some time with the book to get accustom to but worth the effort.

    Pros: Easy install with Crutchfields guide. Sound, display options galore. Great sound.

    Cons: Options can be hard to navigate for the technically challenged.

    Real deal

    Rick from Arizona on 12/1/2014

    1987 Toyota Pickup
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Really great update for my 87 Toyota pickup. Fits fine and the sound is awesome even with my old speakers. Everyone is impressed by seeing it light up and they say it sounds great. Also has a plug in for sirius satellite and sirius is working great with this JVC radio and cd player. Awesome upgrade. Very happy.

    Pros: Works with my old 87 Toyota which makes it worth the cost and now I also have sirius satellite reception with this JVC.

    Cons: It took me some time to match and secure the wires, but had good directions. I also used wire connectors and electrical tape as I did not want the wires coming apart.

    JVC Arsenal KD-AR959BS

    Dick B. from Syracuse, NY on 11/23/2014

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

    All in all this is a decent head unit, it does what it's supposed to and it sounds great even without an amp. The Bluetooth works well, the satellite radio works well (with additional receiver), the USB port charges my iPhone 6 & the hands free phone works well. For the money this is probably your best bet. I'm happy with my purchase.

    Pros: Everything works as it should and it sounds great.

    Cons: User interface stinks! Scrolling though the various menus to make changes is tedious to say the least...there is no easy way to navigate anywhere. Even changing satalite radio stations is a chore...once you set the presets it's easy but searching is a task. If you're the type of person who likes changing settings, colors, searching for sat radio stations...steer clear of this monster. If you're happy getting everything set and just listening...you'll be happy.

    JVC Arsenal KD-AR959BS

    TimothyP from Illinois on 11/18/2014

    1998 Subaru Legacy Outback
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I really liked this unit. It does everything I want it to and more. The only reason I gave it 4 stars for ease of use is because the intructions only covered basic setup of the unit and some of the menu items are not that easy to understand.

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    Nice Deck!

    JD from Nebraska on 11/17/2014

    2007 Saturn ION 3
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a great deck. It is a quite a bit more expensive then some other decks, but then again its sound quality is better than those other ones. My only problem with is its somewhat difficult/time consuming to change your settings. Other decks I've had have been better in that sense. But can't be the sound quality.

    Pros: Sound Quality and look

    Cons: Expensive and Ease of Use

    A solid upgrade

    ibennett from Louisville, KY on 11/6/2014

    2001 Ford Expedition
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is great unit, and JVC always makes great stuff. There are only two drawbacks that I have noticed so far on this piece. One, the bluetooth seems to take forever to connect to Pandora, and even after it connects, you sometimes can only get it to play by switching it over to bluetooth audio. And two, the buttons on the bottom in particular "menu" and "display" feel a little loose. I don't want to say, poor quality, but they just feel like they are one push away from falling off the faceplate. Otherwise, great sound, simple hookup, lots of options and cool features

    Pros: Lots of options between bluetooth, usb, input jack, etc. color choices galore to suite any need simple and advanced EQ settings quality sound Bluetooth audio and phone work great, and the mic is included which is awesome

    Cons: bluetooth seems to be a bit wonky on Pandora, when it works, it's great, but when it doesn't it just leaves you feeling a little confused

    siriusxm Bluetooth USB auxiliary what else could you need

    cd from 814 on 10/31/2014

    I just installed this in a 2001 jeep cherokee tonight and couldn't believe how simple it was. Paired with an install kit, siriusxm tuner and linked up to my galaxy s5 via bluetooth this is a great head unit. I usually get confused with car stereo settings but this unit is simple to navigate and I have yet to look at the manual for operation instructions. Only gave it 4 stars for value because it's a little high priced for me but these features will probably get cheaper as everyone starts putting out more models.

    Pros: Ease of use, looks great, array of features.

    Cons: Slightly pricey, they should all come with siriusxm tuner instead of having to buy one separate.

    JVC Arsenal KD-AR959BS

    Anonymous from Cleveland, Ohio on 10/30/2014

    2003 Kia Optima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy installation , and is good for a factory upgrade or replacement

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    Anonymous from Saline MI on 10/20/2014

    2007 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Classic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    GREAT PRODUCT EASY TO USE AND TO CONNECT ALL DEVICES

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    Mike from Decatur, Alabama on 10/14/2014

    1997 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very nice radio, the only reason i didn't do 5 stars is because each wire was not labeled and you have to refer to the wiring diagarm to install - that was a pain, if the wires were labeled it would be easy - peavy.

    Pros: easy to use and set up

    Cons: Blue-tooth pairing difficult.

    really cool unit

    Andy from NEK,Vermont on 10/6/2014

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

    Totally blown away by this stereo. Really ended up being much more that anticipated! Sounds good, Looks good, flawless operation and easy to adjust sound and display without a manual.

    Pros: Sounds so much better even with my stock speakers, Bluetooth works great which was my reason for purchase. Operates my Ipod Nano 7th gen perfectly

    Cons: Can't think of any

    JVC Arsenal

    dondl from Callaway, FL on 10/6/2014

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

    Excellent receiver with easy integration with iPhone 5S.

    Pros: Ease of installation

    Cons:

    Nice!!

    Jay from Cinci, Oh on 10/6/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Crutchfield team was a great help! Receiver looks great in my truck!

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    JVC Arsenal

    Jedediah from Pensacola area on 10/2/2014

    1993 Chevrolet K Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I found this easy to install and the sound quality is great. It bluetooths easily and has great features. It also has a lot of colors and lights if that is what you like.

    Pros: Great features, Great sound and fit without a hitch.

    Cons: has so many different adjustments that you should be parked while making adjustments.

    awesome stereo

    Nathan from Cedar Creek TX 78612 on 10/2/2014

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

    I love everything about this stereo. Bluetooth works great. External Mic is cool. Plenty of settings to totally personalize your look and sound. Great product!

    Pros: Great price. User friendly. Great sound.

    Cons: None for me. Some complain about the glare on the screen. I got a glare with my factory system so it doesn't bother me.

    Good product and great service

    Alex from Rochester, MN on 9/23/2014

    2005 Subaru Forester
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I didn't look for a top of the line audio. What I needed is a good radio with built-in bluetooth and a microphone. Both features are as I expected. But, I'd like to point out to a great service and docs that Crutchfield provides. The car kit and docs with pictures were great. the installation was easy and painless.

    Pros: Easy to use Good quality and features Good installation manual

    Cons: It would be nice to have quick controls for equalizer or high/mid/bass settings. Changing EQ setting is awkward, considering that a user might need to do it frequently. With this audio, you need to either go into Settings or use remote.

    Best I have owned without a doubt

    Brent from Somersworth, NH on 9/21/2014

    2000 Land Rover Range Rover
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I love everything about this deck. Powerful, clear and cool as can be. Feature packed, incredibly easy to use. Bluetooth functioned great with audio playback and phone use. The price for this deck makes it an awesome value. The Crutchfield tech (Robert) that helped me when I installed it was fantastic, fast support, accurate advise and took the time to explain it all and answer my questions. The entire experience with Crutchfield makes me want to buy from them anytime I need electronics. Its rare to see this kind of excellence in service nowadays.

    Pros: Flexible feature packed and fun. This has everything you could ask for and more than any deck I have owned before.

    Cons: Nothing yet. Totally pleased!

    all kinds of stuff!

    rx-7 fb from nothern deep south on 9/16/2014

    1983 Mazda RX7
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Has all kinds of things you can adjust. Installation was easy except for I have an old car, and the what was supposed to just plug in just crumbled. The CD doesn't slip despite the harsh ride. And the sound is good, with all kinds of things to adjust. But you cannot adjust the treble or base while driving. What are car head unit manufacturers thinking? Two round knobs would be nice for adjusting the treble and bass. Hello, cars are meant to be driven, and car audio is meant to be listenned to while driving. Then there is the display. Lots of colors, and there is the option for strobing! Hello disco. I think this represents the high point in fancy flashing head units. Next year the controls will be more functional

    Pros: Good sound, and has everything to keep a teenager in the passenger seat mesmerized. Only need 12 connectors to make splices,everything else is included.

    Cons: if you are driving , you cannot adjust the bass nor treble

    This JVC is the real deal at a nice price

    DaveP from Blue Ridge Mtns on 9/16/2014

    2002 Mitsubishi Montero Sport
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I read in other reviews that this stereo sounds good with factory speakers and it does! Makes my factory Mitsubishi speakers boom, almost subwooferlike, still amazed after 3 months. Plenty of preset EQs with 2 user EQs. The parametric EQ just makes it that more adjustable. Has Bass Boost off/+1/+2 and Loudness off/+1/+2 that work together for a double bass boosting icky thump, its pretty cool really. Background lighting options range from plain jane to seizure inducing multicolored strobe light. Bluetooth...Awesome in regards to phone use and streaming music services. No regrets at all about buying this unit and I would recommend it to anyone.

    Pros: Makes my old speakers sound good, OEM unit never sounded like this with the same speakers its got a lot of settings

    Cons: hard to see in bright light its got a lot of setting that aren't always that easy to find

    Perfect System

    Larry from Ohio on 9/13/2014

    2014 Dodge Grand Caravan
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I am quite pleased with this product. It is exactly how it was described and a great product for the value. I had it installed in under an hour and it works like a gem!

    Pros: Easy to use Great product for a budget Easy to install

    Cons: None so far.

    Great Value and operator friendly

    Tim from Yelm, WA on 9/13/2014

    1994 Chevrolet C Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The JVC Arsenal KD-AR959BS CD receiver was as advertised. It is very user friendly, the blue tooth was easy to pair and the music streaming works great. I hooked up a Bazooka woofer and set the equalizer on the unit and I have pleasant sounding music in my truck even with stock speakers. The sound for the microphone for the blue tooth is adjustable which makes it nice to fine tune the placement of the mic. The only thing I miss is the USB port in the back of the unit. I would rather hide my IPod in the glove compartment rather than cord hanging out of the front.

    Pros: Good sound, easy to install, user friendly, nice looking unit.

    Cons: No USB port in back of unit.

    Outstanding JVC

    Chris from East Coast on 9/11/2014

    2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installation was a breeze. Setting up Bluetooth for streaming music and making/receiving calls was also very easy. This receiver sounds great, looks great and was so easy to setup. I absolutely recommend this receiver. And getting it from Crutchfield made the install even easier. Crutchfield rep made sure I had everything I needed and they stand behind their products.

    Pros: Great Sound, great look, easy install, fast shipping, great support

    Cons: None

    reciever

    andrew from west palm beach florida on 9/9/2014

    1996 Honda Prelude
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    nice visual effects, sounds good

    Pros: easy to use

    Cons: a little cheap in the buttons area

    JVC Arsenal KD-AR959BS

    E. E. from Jacksonville Fl on 9/8/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed in a 2005 Chev Trailblazer installation went very smoothly looks good,sounds great,so many features haven't had time to explore them all,this radio goes above and beyond my expectations,I wouldn't hesitate to use this unit in a hi end install,you won't find a better unit with the features this one has for the price not even for twice the price.As usual the service I received from Crutchfield is topnotch.

    Pros: Sound is superb,parametric eq,

    Cons: None

    Very Pleased

    Sean-O from Lake Havasu City, AZ on 9/8/2014

    The biggest plus on this unit was the install - it was in and ready to go in 30 minutes, not a single issue. Sound quality is good, menu is very intuitive; haven't even cracked the manual yet, but everything is set including the parametric EQ. If you have any knowledge whatsoever of today's decks, it's very simple to use. The sound quality of the Bluetooth phone feature is phenomenal once you've tweaked the echo and noise controls, sounds just like being on a good quality smartphone. Love how the deck accesses the contacts in my phonebook; if a contact has a phone number, I'm good to go, just say the name and it places the call. If it's not in the book, just say the number. Voice recognition is very good. Sweet. The faceplate is very glossy and picks up fingerprints immediately, can be a nightmare for those who like a pristine display. With this unit, it just ain't gonna happen. A bit plasticky too, but most are. Only thing I wish it came with is a protective case for the faceplate, had to go and find something else that was suitable.

    Pros: Ease of set-up. Bluetooth performance. Intuitive menus, easy to use while driving.

    Cons: Has forgotten my FM presets more than once (permanent power wiring is correct, doesn't do it every time). Plasticky faceplate, hard to keep clean. No faceplate container.

    Great product

    Ron F from Warwick, RI on 9/5/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Nice unit. Installed myself in two hours. Sound is good, blue tooth works well.

    Pros: Great sound,nice features.

    Cons: None

    Rocks the Buick

    Anonymous from Fort Wayne, IN on 9/1/2014

    2000 Buick Century
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I installed this unit as bait to get my teenager to drive a 2002 Buick Century, a cast off from my parents. It worked great. The Bluetooth link to her phone allows all her music to play through the system. The sound and power kicks over my older Pioneer head unit in another car. Takes a little time to learn how to explore an attached Ipod. But well with it. Extras from Crutchfield made installation a breeze.

    Pros: Sound quality and power.

    Cons: A little challenging to navigate. Takes time to learn the controls.

    not so great

    turbo1013 from beachwood nj on 8/30/2014

    2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    sound quality could be much better, hook up was easy, display is very hard to read in sunlight, with a convertible, lots of buttons i dont use ever,, but the buttons i do use, are hard to find, and take lots of time and concentration to get waht i want, almost as bad as texting, its scarey, forget any tuning while driving, its dangrous,, i miss the bass treble knob, and the left right , front back, fade knob, thats easy to use, i have a drop down rear seat so my box can be a good addtion to the inside sound but when i want it a bit louder and reach back and drop the seat, i like to fade the rear away a bit, its so hard to do,, would not buy this unit again, a big gripe is i have 2 phones and i dotn see an easy way to stream music from the one with all my songs,, but on the plus side, it sees both phones when ringing and im not sure wich one i am answering but im thankfull i dont miss calls, as i leave my phone on low ring and with the top down i cant hear them at all, so its preety obvisoue when the music stops and the ring ring come on, no more missed calls, and theres no case for the detachable face,, boo

    Pros: looks cool, has a huge button for volume , when bluetooth works, preety cool, phone calls on the radio,, cool, just wished it was better sounding calls, every one sez they cant hear me, so much so, i have the mic in my hads talkign right into it, whats the use of that..

    Cons: takes way to long to see bluetooth, every time you come into car and want to stream music , its to much of a process, compared to a normal fm station is ready to go as you start the car,, it takes 15 seconds sometimes, there is a menu button you have to push for 1.5 seconds to activate the menus,, and you cant fade front to rear while driving, it takes to much fine actions to reach what you want, not good, phone quality stinks , so much so, i want to get an in ear bluetooth

    very nice

    erich from moses lake, wa 98837 on 8/25/2014

    2004 Ford Econoline
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Not hard to use once you read the book

    Pros: the Bluetooth works great I had a 40 minute conversation and the person did not even know I was driving down the road in my very loud work van. they thought I was on a speaker phone. I am on my phone all the time and I figured a radio with Bluetooth would be nice because I usually use a headset or speaker phone and people usually complain about the noise

    Cons: None so far

    JVC Arsenal KD-AR959BS

    Anonymous from annapolis md on 8/22/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    best part is the installation help that vince from crutchfield provided

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    Excellent receiver, GREAT Value

    Buck D. from Raleigh, NC on 8/20/2014

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

    Easy to install, and Crutchfield always provides super tech support if you were to have a problem based on decades of purchases. Display is extremely customizable to match the rest of your dash components, but you gotta turn of the 'Demo' mode once it is installed to get rid of the flashy multicolor showoff display! Good bluetooth connectivity, good radio reception.

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    Awesome Unit

    Starlord from TN on 8/19/2014

    2001 Chevrolet Suburban
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Bought this to replace a factory unit in a suburban. Once I got it in and started to mess around with it this unit is the best I've come across in a long time. Will buy another if I need to in the future

    Pros: Easy to use Great price Awesome sound quality

    Cons: None so far

    Great Product

    Handful from Florida on 8/15/2014

    1998 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great product, that was very easy to install in my 1998 Ford F-150.

    Pros: Good instructions, good features, easy to install.

    Cons: Should have done this years ago.

    JVC Arsenal KD-AR959BS

    BillV from jersey shore on 8/15/2014

    2002 Hyundai Sonata
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Had this in a few weeks now, sound is very crisp I'm hearing little things in songs I never heard on my old stereo. Installation was easy with kit, went perfect only 2 hours start to finish.The Crutchfield team set me up right with their suggestions. I will be back for more.Thanks Ziggy!

    Pros: Excellent sound & quality for price.Easy install.

    Cons: Hard to see in sun light.

    Wow What a difference. Installed in a 2002 corvette.

    Jim from Lafayette, IN on 8/14/2014

    2002 Chevrolet Corvette
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Without changing anything but the stock unit... it really makes the stock speakers sound so much better..

    Pros: Easy install

    Cons: none so far.

    JVC AR959BS

    Anonymous from SAN JUAN, PR on 8/13/2014

    2005 Scion tC
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I LOVE THIS RADIO FOR ALL IT DOES AND DOES WELL! THE SOUND IS OUTSTANDING AND THE BLUETOOTH IS EASY AND STRAIGHT FORWARD. I CAN'T SAY ENOUGH ABOUT THE CELLPHONE BLUETOOTH CONNECTION AND HOW CLEAR IT SOUNDS TO ME AND OTHERS.

    Pros: PRICE AND FULL FEATURE SET.

    Cons: NONE SO FAR.

    JVC Arsenal

    Anonymous from Agua Dulce, CA on 8/10/2014

    2003 Ford F-250 Super Duty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy to order, great description and reviews. Came fast, as described and with absolutely everything needed for installation. Crutchfield rocks!

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    Great Buy!

    Dubuq from Mililani, Hawaii on 8/9/2014

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

    I was debating on which single din to buy and I can across this one. It wasnt the cheapest one, but it is worth every penny. Also being in Hawaii, I got free 2 day shipping and it really came in 2 days. The single din is definitely a good upgrade from the stock radio. The mids and lows are projected well and has the ability do detailed controls on the sound (which Im still trying to figure out). I love how it can change colors to what I prefer, and the front USB was really useful. The little remote that is included is great too

    Pros: Good control over output sound. Easy to install, pretty much plug and play. Sound is clear, even though song quality ( downloaded song) was bad. Front USB and AUX make easy to connect.

    Cons: none so far

    Great Product

    Wrexxy from Dupont, WA on 8/8/2014

    2010 Subaru Legacy
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Breat buy for the money!!!! Great sound!

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    problem with this model

    todd from santa rosa, ca on 8/7/2014

    2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    8/6/14 less than 90 days in the dash and my clock will not hold the correct time. keeps dropping back 1 hour. reset, then okay for an hour or less then back to wrong time.

    Pros: easy to install and use - good sound

    Cons: clock broken cant see display in daytime no matter how setup - glare off face plate the problem

    Crutchfield response on 8/13/2014 After seeing this review, our Tech Support team sent Todd the info he needs to fix the clock. There's a setting in the clock menu that needs to be switched off, and then the clock should keep time. Unfortunately, glare on the stereo display is problem in many vehicles. The only way to get around that is if the stereo happens to have a motorized face with different angle adjustments.

    Good Deal

    Happy from North GA on 8/2/2014

    2000 Ford F-350
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great stereo, big improvement over stock, even with stock speakers.

    Pros: Easy install, about as simple as it gets

    Cons: None

    Great product

    Mark from East Prairie, Mo on 7/31/2014

    2002 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The product was as described. It has worked well so far and was easy to set up.

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    awesome

    Anonymous from columbus, Oh on 7/29/2014

    2003 Ford Focus
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love this Deck its great it does everything I possibly need it to.

    Pros: Bluetooth is awesome and taking calls are super easy

    Cons:

    JVC Arsenal KD-AR959BS

    John from Dunkirk, MD on 7/28/2014

    1998 GMC Sierra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have had the unit in for about a week now and have had a little time to learn most of the features, (without the using manual, of course). I don't consider myself an expert on stereo systems and I appreciate the ease of programming on this unit. The only reason I gave four stars to the ease of use is that I am still working through the BT / iphone voice commands and I'm thinking it is possibly a learning curve with my siri not the unit. Also, I had questions on the wiring harness, called a Crutchfield tech and had the issue resolved promptly, this is why I am a repeat customer, great customer service!

    Pros: Loaded with features and the price is very reasonable.

    Cons: Can't think of any.

    JVC Arsenal KD-AR959BS

    Anonymous from Springfield, mo on 7/28/2014

    2004 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Ordered this product for the bells and whistles but did not expect how improved the sound would be.

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    Unbeatable Value

    Rick from Fresno, CA on 7/19/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a great low priced stereo. It has all of the features I was looking for. It even bluetooths with my older cell phone. Sound quality is good and picks up stations well. My only downfall is that the display is a little light and the plastic is quite reflective, so I have trouble seeing the display during the day.

    Pros: Lots of features for a great price.

    Cons: Display hard to see during daylight hours.

    great head unit

    Rikdiculos from Springfield, OH on 7/15/2014

    2000 Ford Windstar
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I'd buy another!

    Pros: Nice sound, looks good

    Cons: Takes some time get the settings right

    2003 Ranger

    Josh from Nebraska on 7/14/2014

    2003 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I've changed out several stock radios before and this was by far the easiest. I literally took 15 minutes with all of the free tools that came with it. It was cheaper than all other competing sales locations, free shipping, and $50 of accessories essential to install the unit. It was an easy purchase and I'm considering buying another one for my wife's car. I bought it for the blue tooth factor and to my surprise it will even tap your phone just by turning on the car so I can just push play and the music goes from where it left off. I wouldn't recommend any other unit for under $250 unless you want a dvd player.

    Pros: Bluetooth for android AND apple Colorful head unit with 3 separate colors Easy install Best value from any competition

    Cons: None. People say it's hard to see in the daylight, you can adjust the brightness for when you have your headlights off and adjust it for when they're on. So they're complaint is null.

    JVC Arsenal KD-AR959BS

    steveo from linton, north dakota on 7/13/2014

    1996 GMC Sierra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    It works like it should

    Pros: Love the pandora feature

    Cons: None yet

    Buy this CD player!!

    Robert from Foley Al on 7/9/2014

    1992 Chevrolet C Series
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    For the price, you will not find a better Head Unit. Honestly I think you would have to spend a couple of hundred more to find better. After a few minutes of messing around with it you will find its easy to figure out all the settings etc..Great sound quality endless setting options the whole 9. And the look (especially the color settings are just sick). Out of all of the stuff I recently purchased for my new system this is my favorite. You will not be disappointed. 5*

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    Just wonderful!

    Chris from Ridgely, MD on 7/5/2014

    2008 GMC Canyon
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    I have been out of the car audio world for roughly 15 years. I finally decided to bite the bulet and go ahead and do an upgrade. I have been an alpine fan forever. Which I was dead set on purchasing. I read some reviews, always loved the tuner in the JVC head units and thought. I should give it a try. I am glad I did. Between the warranty, 2 years, the bluetooth and how well it works, the 4 volt pre amp outputs, and the amount of hidden goodies this little gem comes with, you really can't go wrong.

    Pros: Everything is fantastic, there is one super pro though. Once I synced the bluetooth, I sent out a text message. When I received a response. it asked me if i wanted it read. Fabulous. Had no idea it did that.

    Cons: Definitely a little on the complicated side to go into all the menus. Not horrible, just a lot going on for the casual person.

    JVC Arsenal KD-AR959BS

    Anonymous from augusta, ga on 6/29/2014

    2003 Saturn VUE
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    Great quality for an affordable price

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    Robert from Paso Robles, CA on 6/27/2014

    1997 Dodge Ram 2500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy install. Good looking unit.

    Pros: Easy install. Good looking unit.

    Cons: Too many silly color options.

    Affordable Audio

    Zig from Fresno, CA on 6/25/2014

    2008 Toyota Matrix
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    If you're looking for a car stereo that sounds great, but won't bust your wallet, consider the JVC Arsenal KD-AR959BS. You can't beat the price, especially with the installation gear and supporting document that make the unit look like it was installed by professionals. I haven't swapped out the factory speakers yet, but after installing this receiver I'm hearing better sound than I was before. can't wait to see what new speakers will do.

    Pros: The EQ allows me to customize the sound to my liking with greater flexibility for my taste. Flawless Bluetooth connection. I hardly have to use the manual to figure out how to use the various functions.

    Cons: None.

    Jammin'

    Easy E from Berwick, LA on 6/15/2014

    1999 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Bought this unit for my daughters Jeep based on Crutchfield reviews. Thanks for the thumbs up. THIS WILL NOT DISAPPOINT YOU! Excellent sound, cool display, and simple to use. And thanks to Crutchfield, it was a snap to install with all the instructions and connections included. Priceless.

    Pros: Awesome sound. Cool as $?!@

    Cons: None

    really nice radio

    Scott from Strasburg, PA on 6/13/2014

    2002 Ford Mustang
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    really nice radio. the only reason i gave it 4 stars for ease of use is because there is a lot of stuff going on with it. great features and really nice sound quality.

    Pros:

    Cons: just going to take some time to learn all the ins and outs of this unit

    really happy

    Jenny S. from Harisonburg, VA on 6/13/2014

    I'm really happy overall with this radio. I drive a Corolla and had no way to play my music off my iPod or phone through my stereo radio and I'm really glad I made this upgrade! I was about to go on a long roadtrip by myself and really benefited by having this radio. I love listening to music and singing along to music so the best part about this radio is that the GPS audio will mute the music while it gives directions so I don't have to worry about missing a turn, etc. I took a couple calls via bluetooth and they sound quality was ok, not as clear as on the phone but for a quick call it was fine (don't know how it was on their end though). The only thing I don't like about it is that sometimes it's tricky to get the faceplate back on. I haven't quite figured that out the few times I've taken it off. I also don't love the way the menus are and trying to find a specific pandora stations is annoying because you have to scroll them on the radio which takes your eyes off the radio. I also wish that it was easier to access the stored radio stations that are beyond the first 6.

    Pros: like being able to change colors like that I can use iPhone or android like that I have the option (and comfort of mind that comes with it) of being able to remove the faceplate when I want love that I can thumbs up/down songs on pandora with the radio

    Cons: the face plate sometimes is tricky to get back on don't love the way the menus are so deep and the way they branch off (esp. annoying when searching for pandora station) wish it was easier to get to stored stations beyond the first 6 (I think it stores 18?)

    Great!!

    Anonymous from New York on 6/12/2014

    1993 Volkswagen Corrado
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    I love how it looks and how customizable.

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    Marc from WV on 6/9/2014

    2001 Jeep Cherokee
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    I love this thing. Installation was easy thanks to the crutchfield instruction sheet. I bought this solely for the Bluetooth music streaming and hands free calling and both function great and are easy to operate. To be fair this is my first experience with an aftermarket stereo installation so I was really impressed with how easy it was to install and set everything up and bind the stereo to my phone (htc one x). This stereo outperforms my dad's and he paid over 500 buck at a car audio place for parts and installation. Only downside is now a couple people I know want me to help them replace their radios.

    Pros: Extremely easy installation and setup. Way better sound quality over the stock tape deck/tuner that was in my old jeep. The adjustable multicolor display is just plain cool. Call quality is really good on both ends.

    Cons: Haven't found any yet, but I only use the Bluetooth music streaming and hands free calling.

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    Sven from Janesville Wi on 6/8/2014

    2002 Hyundai XG350
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    This was easy to install looks and sounds great.

    Pros: awesome sound, all the input option you need

    Cons: set-up isn't intuitive, read the manual

    Good stereo

    TonyS from Detroit, MI on 6/7/2014

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    Good radio. It installed easily. The sound is fantastic especially the high and mind range.

    Pros: Sound clarity

    Cons: Hard to read display in sunlight

    Jvc head unit

    Anonymous from Bridgeport. Il on 6/6/2014

    1999 Jeep Wrangler
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    Excellent player for money

    Pros: Bluetooth, hands free, iphone compatible

    Cons:

    Great Stereo

    MIke from Aurora, Colorado on 6/6/2014

    2006 Toyota Sienna
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    this is a great replacement stereo

    Pros: easy to install, great directions, very loud and clear

    Cons: hard to see in daytime

    great unit

    MarkH from Vancouver, Canada on 6/3/2014

    2006 Ford F-250 Super Duty
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    I have had this unit for a few weeks now and really like it. It was easy to hook up in my 2006 F250 and looks great. The unit is easy to use and pretty intuitive for finding menu items and all that. Definitely recommend it to others.

    Pros: Easy to use

    Cons: None really yet.

    Easy as pie

    Gotsfish from SLC UT on 6/2/2014

    2008 Hyundai Sonata
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    The JVC Arsenal has everything you could possibly want in a mid-price head unit. The sound is incredible compared to the factory unit, even with the factory speakers. It's easy to see and control. I can connect sevral devices to the bluetooth and they are paired immediately. The mic works great for hands free phone communications.The ease of installation with the free insrtuctions wire adapter and mount adapter was a big bonus.

    Pros: great sound. easy install.

    Cons: steering wheel adapter is too expensive. I opted out!

    nice factory replacement

    keith from west valley city,ut on 5/31/2014

    2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser
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    nice replacement for factory stereo, wanted Bluetooth phone, works pretty well after you figure it out, the biggest problem we have is the display is hard to read in daylight, at night it is wonderful, it has many color choices but cannot simulate factory color on display to match original

    Pros: good deal for the money, Bluetooth phone, usb for flashdrive is great for music on trips,2 phones pair,

    Cons: display hard to read in daylight

    Well worth the money

    Anonymous from Peoria, IL on 5/29/2014

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    Well worth the money. Makes the sound system in my mk4 jetta sound awesome.

    Pros: Sound quality, ability to make hands free calls and texts, play music from iPhone and iheart.

    Cons: The fact that the the wired microphone has to be installed on the visor for good sound quality for whoever your calling. Installed in cd tray and I've been told it sounds like I'm in a tunnel.

    Great radio

    Becky from Ames, IA on 5/29/2014

    1995 Buick LeSabre
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    This radio is great for me. It connects well with Bluetooth for calls and music with my android phone. I also love the versatility to play music from CD, Auxiliary or USB. The menu set up takes some getting used to, but it's good. Love the color changing segmentation so I can have a variety of colors on it all at once.

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    Good factory replacement

    Tjngirlz from Oak Hills, CA on 5/28/2014

    2005 Toyota Sienna
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    Easy install.

    Pros: Bluetooth, ipod controls, looks cool, sounds good.

    Cons: Complicated interface at first

    Great Deck

    JS from AK on 5/28/2014

    2002 Chevrolet Tahoe
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    Seems to be a great deck so far. All the features work well. Easier to use Pandora than my last Kenwood. Hands free is excellent and it connects to my android flawlessly. Overall great deck especially for the price with the complete install kit and free 2day shipping

    Pros: pretty seamless install, blue tooth is flawless and connects with my phone smoothly

    Cons: none that I can find yet

    Rock On

    Philisha from 9284044823 on 5/23/2014

    1997 BMW 328I
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    I couldn't wait to put it in. I love the features and the price was affordable.

    Pros: Multiple colors to match the instrument panel. Accessible plug ins make it so nice to keep the music flowin.

    Cons:

    self install radio

    Marcos from Denham Springs, LA on 5/22/2014

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    The radio was fairly easy to install but the AM reception is terrible. The stock radio I pulled out was much better. I have to admit I have not called Crutchfield to see if they had any info.

    Pros: Easy install. Good FM sound. Decent bluetooth

    Cons: Terrible AM reception. Bluetooth microphone mount not very adaptable.

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    JimD from La Salle, IL on 5/19/2014

    1997 Jeep Wrangler
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    For the money this without a doubt the best car stereo I have ever owned.

    Pros: Ease of installation, the 5 band eq., everything this unit does is the best for the money.

    Cons: None

    Great Buy

    Russter from Catasauqua, PA on 5/10/2014

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    I was in search of an affordable replacement for my OEM Bose stereo after the CD player stopped working. I was happy to find this gem with all the modern day bells and whistles like Sirius/XM and bluetooth connectivity to bring my spare "beater" car from the 90's into today.

    Pros: Bluetooth Connectivity, Sirius/SM Ready, Multiple Inputs Including USB, Easy Install

    Cons: Cannot scroll Station/Artist/Song Title all at once. Only one at a time can be selected.

    A lot of bang for the buck

    Bakes from Upstate, NY on 5/7/2014

    2005 Ford Ranger
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    This unit has more features than I can figure out but with help from Crutchfield and JVC I can make it do what I want it to do. It pairs with my Iphone 4s so I can play music from the web or stored on the phone via bluetooth. Using USB cord I can access Pandora, other music sites or again music stored on the phone. I can also answer phone calls hand free without endangering myself or others. The unit can do much more but I'm at the end of my learning curve. The three stars for "ease of use" isn't the unit's fault, but mine. The unit was a breeze to install thanks to the step by step instructions from Crutchfield and the installation kit that came at no extra charge.

    Pros: support team, a plethora of options, good sounds, ease of installation

    Cons: If you pay for this unit with funds from your social security check, as I did, be prepared to read the manual carefully.

    Very impressed

    bkocik from Charles Town, WV on 4/28/2014

    2005 Jeep Wrangler
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    I love this stereo. I installed one of these in my 2005 Jeep Wrangler (which is the Rocky Mountain Edition with the factory-installed amp and subwoofer), and it makes even my stock speakers sound good. The sound is an enormous improvement over the factory head unit, and although I will probably replace the factory speakers I don't feel like I'm in any hurry as this stereo makes them sound pretty good. The controls are well thought-out and make sense. I also have a nice Pioneer touch-screen double-DIN in my other vehicle (the AVH-X4500BT), and I honestly like this little JVC a bit better. Heck of a sound, especially for the price.

    Pros: Great sound, sensible user interface.

    Cons: LED display is a bit hard to read in sunlight (which matters in a Wrangler with the top off), but I can't think of any stereo that wouldn't have the same problem.

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    Dwayne from Va on 4/24/2014

    2001 Lincoln Continental
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    Had it for a few weeks now. Love the bluetooth and that you can pair 2 devices. I still haven't played with all the settings, has a ton of audio settings and display settings. Great value for a head unit with 4.8v rca, 5 band eq, bluetooth, usb and aux. Would love more eq bands and a functional remote, lost the tiny remote the first week.

    Pros: 2 device bluetooth lots of sources hi volt rca steering wheel remote option sounds amazing

    Cons: could use more eq bands tiny remote

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    Anonymous from Orlando fl on 4/24/2014

    2000 Mazda 626
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    Excellent

    Pros: Great Quality!

    Cons: None

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    DonS from SanFrancisco, CA. on 4/23/2014

    1996 Honda Civic
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    My JVC Arsenel gives my car the ability to receive all the current sound options available on my smartphone, a real updated improvement from the radio replaced about 10 years ago.

    Pros: Bluetooth, USB port, modern 2014 sound access

    Cons:

    Excellent Product!!

    JamesK from Central Cali on 4/20/2014

    2008 Dodge Ram 1500
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    Installed This in a 2008 Dogde 1500 PU. This stereo sounds much better than the stock stereo. Bluetooth interface with my IPhone is spot-on. I haven't quite figured out the Pandora or IheartRadio features, they are a little confusing (it would probably help if I read the directions more carefully). There are limitless amounts of color combinations to program in. Great Stereo!!!

    Pros: Sound, Bluetooth, USB front connector, microphone, display colors adjustable.

    Cons: none so far.

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    Anonymous from Barranquitas, Puerto Rico on 4/7/2014

    1985 Toyota Pickup
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    I like this radio. Good quality sound.

    Pros: Great price

    Cons:

    Pulled out some new sound with this stereo

    Anthony from Wade, NC on 4/4/2014

    2010 Toyota Camry
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    This stereo has brought out a whole new sound system in our car! The stereo has great features available--bass boost, light display variations, preset eq settings, and hands-free option for bluetooth phone use. Best value of any other product I have purchases this year, so far.

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    Absolutely perf

    Dave G from Vail, CO on 3/28/2014

    1997 Toyota 4Runner
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    If the only thing that worked on the radio was the bluetooth hookup, and it sounded like crap, I would still think it was amazing. But it's more than just that. The radio sounds amazing, and works flawlessly. The flashing and blinking that it does is a bit over the top, but you can shut it all off with a few setting adjustments. The only complaint I have is when you plug in your phone to charge, it automatically thinks you want USB audio, so it will disconnect from bluetooth. I'm dealing with it.

    Pros: Lots of awesome

    Cons: USB connectivity

    Great Unit for a Great Price

    Eric B from Memphis, TN on 3/26/2014

    2004 Ford Expedition
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    The unit has so many features & was surprised by how good the receiver looked & worked, I can't believe the price I paid for it. Bluetooth connection to my Android device works & I am able to listen to my music, audio books & answer incoming calls hands free. I have not tried the Pandora part that the unit advertises. Setup was very simple & smooth. The sound quality is way better than the stock radio & I didn't mess with speakers at all. You have to read the manual to do the first start-up steps, but big deal. I can't say enough about the overall product. It really is a nice unit for the money.

    Pros: Remote control to change inputs, volume, EQ & preset stations. Customizing the colors of the back light & LCD. Hands free talking & listening w/out paying a gross amount from a stereo dealer.

    Cons: Bluetooth connectivity... If you change inputs, get out of vehicle & come back, Turn radio reciever off & on it looses connection & I have to manually find it & pair it from my phone. Bluetooth should automatically pair when it is in range. Setting more than 6 preset FM/AM channels is a pain in the butt & still haven't figured out how to program them.

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    Tyrone from Warner Robins on 3/26/2014

    2004 Dodge Durango
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    Great Aftermarket Radio...Every feature I needed..Sounds a thousand times better than my factory radio. I placed in a Dodge Durango 2004 .I left the factory speakers and used a special harness to him to the factory amp. The sound was amazing. Did the install myself in 45mins.

    Pros: Different illumination colors,Bluetooth, Pandora, Sirius

    Cons: none

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    Kadia from South Carolina on 3/16/2014

    2003 Ford Explorer Sport
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    This is the first experience I have with crutch field and upgraded stereos. A friend recommended them and I'm glad she did. First of all, shipping was really fast. The sound that pumps through my speakers is definitely better, now I just need to upgrade those. Very cool features, easy to navigate menu button. Bluetooth did take a while to hook up but once you sync you're good. I had someone who knew what they were doing put the speaker in and he said it wasn't difficult but did require a little extra "know how" to do it correctly(He had to weld wires or something) I am thoroughly satisfied with my purchase and would not hesitate to buy from here in the future.

    Pros: Many cool features Good sound Good value Easy to use

    Cons: Very DIY capable but requires you know more about cars than the average joe Bluetooth sync takes a while(But it's worth it)

    JVC is great!!!

    HemiRam05 from Wendell, NC on 3/11/2014

    2005 Dodge Ram 1500
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    I was trying to decide between Pioneer and JVC, since I have used both products in the past. Glad I chose the JVC, this radio is great. The sound quality is unbelievable, much louder and crisper sound with stock speakers. Bluetooth works fine, everyone says they can hear me fine and I love that I am completely handsfree now. Love the custom lighting, Awesome product so far.

    Pros: Sound quality, great price, Bluetooth.

    Cons: None so far.

    Outrageous Sound

    Hemi 09 from Linden,NJ on 3/6/2014

    2009 Dodge Ram 1500
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    Great radio, still using stock speakers and the sound is 100 times louder, clearer, just awesome. So happy with my purchase. Bluetooth works great, easy to program all features.

    Pros: Nothing but praise. Looks great, easy install, sounds outrageous

    Cons: None by me

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    Cochran_M from Fayetteville,Tn on 3/4/2014

    1995 Dodge Dakota
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    I bought this radio last week and was highly impressed after getting it installed. Crutchfield made it so easy including everything I needed for my installation for free. They even give you the wiring schematic for your specific vehicle which makes it a breeze. The options on this receiver are about unlimited it seems. My android bluetooth connected right away when I paired the two together. Using my phone is so much easier and safer being able to take calls from the stereo now. All I need now is to finish up is a nice amp and a couple of subs, I put new speakers in the front and back already over the weekend.

    Pros: Easy to use,so many options.

    Cons: None

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    Features and Specs

    Expandability
    AUX Input Front
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input Front
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control Bluetooth
    Android Control Yes
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready SiriusXM
    HD Radio No
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano 7/6/5/4/3/2/1
    Touch 5/4/3/2/1
    iPhone 6+/6/5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    General
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) N/A
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) ---
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 4.8 volts
    Display Color Variable
    Key Button Color Variable
    EQ Bands 5
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 2 Years
    Labor Warranty 2 Years
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 8.2 dBf
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes

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

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: The JVC Arsenal KD-AR959BS is equipped with built-in Bluetooth (version 2.1+EDR), allowing you to make and receive phone calls wirelessly through the receiver; as well as stream music wirelessly from your smartphone to the head unit. In order to use Bluetooth wireless technology, your phone must also be Bluetooth compatible and be able to interpret certain profiles. This unit is compatible with the following Bluetooth Profiles:

    • Hands-Free Communication: HFP 1.5 (Hands Free Profile), OPP 1.1 (Object Push Profile), PBAB 1.0 (Phone Book Access Profile).
    • Audio Streaming: A2DP 1.2 (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP 1.3 (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).
    Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the JVC KD-AR959BS. See JVC's Bluetooth compatibility chart for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled devices.

    Secure Simple Pairing (SSP): With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the JVC Arsenal KD-AR959BS without having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings. When a paired Bluetooth device is in close proximity to the receiver, the auto connection function automatically pairs the two units. You can pair up to five Bluetooth-enabled devices to the JVC head unit with a maximum of two Bluetooth phones and one Bluetooth audio player connected at one time (but only one can be used at a time).

    Bluetooth Hands-Free Communication: The head unit supports Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. The controls of the KD-AR959BS can be used to dial a number, answer an in-coming call, or end a call. The unit also includes an external microphone (with mounting bracket) featuring adjustable gain, so you can carry on your side of the conversation while listening to the caller through your vehicles speakers. During a conversation, you can switch between the Private Mode (talking directly on your cell phone) and the Hands Free Mode.

    • Answering A Call: When a call comes in, a ring-tone will be heard through your vehicle's speaker and the caller's name or phone number will be displayed. You can also set the head unit's LCD to change colors when a phone call is received. You can answer the call from the head unit's front-panel controls, or setup the head unit to automatically answer the incoming call immediately or after 1-30 seconds. The KD-AR959BS also supports the Call Waiting function, so you can answer another incoming call while suspending the current call you are on. Your compatible cell-phone must also support this feature.
    • Dialing A Number: Using the KD-AR959BS, you can dial a phone number in one of the following ways:
      • Entering a Phone Number: Allows you to directly dial a phone number up to 32 digits from the head unit's front-panel rotary dial.
      • Speed Dialing: You can store up to 6 contacts in the memory of this unit for speed dialing.
      • Phone Book: You can dial by using the downloaded phone book. You can download phone book data from your cell phone to the KD-AR959BS.You can search through your contacts alphabetically (A-Z) or numerically (0-9). Up to 400 numbers can be stored for each registered cell phone.
      • Call Log: The Call Log is a list of calls that have originated from and were received by this unit that you can dial. You can select Outgoing, Incoming, or Missed calls (up to 50 each).
      • Voice Dialing: If your mobile phone supports voice recognition, then you can dial out by voice command. Simply speak into the included microphone.
    Note: The external wired microphone offers improved audio quality versus an integrated microphone, so you can be heard easier over noisy traffic and road noise. You can adjust the volume level and noise cancellation of the microphone without affecting the other sources. The external microphone features an attached 10' cable terminated by a right-angle 3.5mm connector which plugs into the mic input on the rear-panel of the head unit. The microphone offers an integrated mounting bracket which can be clipped to your vehicle's sun-visor or taped to your dash. The external microphone measures 0.525" (diameter) x 1.505" (depth).

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

    Wireless Audio Streaming (w/ Metadata Display): The JVC KD-AR959BS also supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth enabled audio player or smartphone. The KD-AR959BS will be able to control basic playback functions of your Bluetooth device's stored music; such as Play/Pause, Skip Next/Previous, Fast Forward/Rewind and Random/Repeat. The head unit will also display your stored music's song information; such as Artist name and Song/Album title. The KD-AR959BS also supports audio streaming of music apps downloaded on your smartphone with metadata display and limited control. Advanced music control of your music apps will still need be done via your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone. When an incoming call or outgoing call is in progress from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, audio streaming will be paused so you can take your call. Once the call is finished, your streaming music will resume.

    Siri Eyes Free Control: When paired and connected to an iPhone with Siri via Bluetooth (not USB), the JVC KD-AR959BS has the ability to access Siri through its front-panel control and external microphone. Simply press the "phone command" button on theKD-AR959BS 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. The head unit will only display hands-free calling and Bluetooth audio information (all other functions of Siri are only audible through the KD-AR959BS; visual data will still need to be viewed from your iPhone device).

    Note: You can ask Siri to get directions to a destination and the turn-by-turn instructions will heard through your vehicle's speakers, while the on-screen map still displays on your iPhone with Siri. The head unit's audio is attenuated while Siri provides audible directions.

    Disc & USB Playback

    Disc Compatibility: The unit features a single disc player that will playback CD-Audio and finalized CD-R/CD-RW audio discs. The unit also supports playback of MP3/WMA music files loaded onto CD-R/RW discs.

    Front-Panel USB Port: The JVC KD-AR959BS features a front-panel USB 2.0 type-A port (behind a sliding cover) connection and control of a portable USB mass-storage class (MSC) device; such as select Android smartphones (Froyo/Gingerbread OS only), portable digital audio players, or USB thumbdrives. The USB port enables audio playback and control of MP3, WMA, & WAV audio files stored on portable USB mass-storage class devices. USB portable audio devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the CD receiver's USB port (5V/1A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

    Note: The Drive Change feature lets you switch between multiple memory cards (up to 5) in a USB multi-card reader or multiple USB thumbdrives (up to 5) connected to a USB hub.

    MP3/WMA/WAV Playback: The JVC KD-AR959BS supports the following types of MP3, WMA, WAV files recorded onto CD-R/RW disc or loaded onto a USB mass storage class device.

    Media TypeCD-R/RWUSB MCS Device
    File SystemISO9660 Level 1 or 2, Romeo, Joliet, or Windows long file nameFAT 12/16/32
    Playable File Types

    MP3: bit rate of 8-320kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48kHz
    WMA:
    bit rate of 32-192kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48kHz
    WAV (USB only): bit rate of 8- or 16-bit

    Maximum # of Folders/Files999 folders/20,480 files (999 files per folder)
    TagsID3 tag (version 1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4), WMA tag

    Track/Folder List: The Track/Folder List displays a list of MP3/WMA/WAV folders and tracks on a loaded CD or USB device, so you can easily access your music.

    Random/Repeat Modes: The JVC KD-AR959BS offers the following Repeat and Random playback modes.

    • Repeat: Track Repeat (plays the current track repeatedly), Folder Repeat (plays all tracks of the current folder repeatedly), Off (cancels repeat function)
    • Random: Folder Random (plays all tracks of the current folder, then the tracks of the next folder in random), All Random (plays all tracks of the current disc at random), Off (cancels random function)

    Resume: If you change the source, playback also stops (without ejecting the disc or USB device). Next time you select CD or USB for the playback source, the player will start from where it has been stopped previously.

    JVC Playlist Creator Compatible:JVC Playlist Creator is a free Windows-based desktop software that helps organize, manage and transfer MP3/WMA music files to your USB (MSC) device from your PC. When you playback audio files that have been stored on your USB (MSC) device using JVC Playlist Creator through the KD-AR959BS, you can search a file by song title, album name, artist name, or genre using the head unit's Quick Search function. The JVC Playlist Creator is a Windows-based software that can be downloaded for free from JVC's website to your PC. The JVC Playlist Creator is compatible with the following Windows Microsoft Operating Systems.

    • Windows XP Professional, Home Edition SP2 or later (32-bit)
    • Windows Vista (32/64-bit)
    • Windows 7 (32/64-bit)
    Note: Not compatible with Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad, Zune, or Android

    Off Insert/Eject + Disc Protection: A CD disc can be inserted or ejected with the power off. When a disc is inserted with the power off, the unit will automatically power up and begin playback. If the ejected disc is not removed within 15 seconds, the disc is automatically inserted again into the loading slot to protect it from dust. The source will change to CD, and the disc will begin playback, even if you have another source selected at the time.

    Mounting: For proper disc playback you must install the unit within 30-degrees of horizontal.

    Smartphone Integration

    Android Compatible: The JVC Arsenal KD-AR959BS supports USB-connection and playback of Android smartphones with Froyo or Gingerbread operating systems installed.

    • JVC Music Control: By connecting the JVC CD receiver via USB to an Android smartphone (Froyo/Gingerbread OS only) that has the free JVC Music Control app installed, it allows you to list and search your MP3 music stored on the smartphone from the receiver by artist name or album name. The JVC Music Control app also analyzes all of your songs that are in your Android smartphone, and creates a playlist according to your mood. Once the application has completed the analysis of the songs, simply select your current mood, and this application will generate a list of songs that best fits your mood. Your compatible Android smartphone must be recognized as a USB mass storage class device; not compatible with MTP protocol.
    • Drive Change Mode: When an Android smartphone is connected to the USB input terminal, you can select its internal memory or external memory (such as an microSD card) to playback the songs stored on the phone or on the memory card. This feature is also compatible with other USB mass storage class compliant smartphones, such as Blackberry.

    iPod/iPhone Connectivity w/ DAC Bypass: The JVC KD-AR959BS's front-panel USB port can acts as an iPod/iPhone high-speed direct connection when used with the Lightning or Dock cable that came with your iPod/iPhone. The USB connection allows your iPod/iPhone's stored music and music apps to be loaded instantly to the head unit and sound quality to be maximized through the head unit's 16-bit D/A converter, allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 105dB. The KD-AR959BS's USB connection also offers music navigation, information display, and charging of select iPod/iPhone models from the JVC in-dash head unit. You can choose to operate your iPod/iPhone through the JVC head unit's front-panel controls or from your Apple device's clickwheel/touchscreen.

    • Head Unit Mode: From the head unit's front-panel controls you can search for stored music by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Podcast, Genre, and Composer. The contents of a Playlist or Category can be searched alphabetically (A-Z) or numerically (0-9). The KD-AR959BS also supports Repeat (file/all) and Random (album/all) playback functions of your iPod/iPhone. You'll also be able to control basic playback functions (such as Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track) from select music apps streamed to your iPhone. During Head Unit Mode, the KD-AR959BS will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information; such as Track number, Elapsed playing time, Artist name, Song title, and Album label. Newer iPod/iPhones with iOS 6.0+ allow you to continue to access your Apple device's touchscreen in this mode in order to access other applications; older iPod/iPhone devices will be locked during connection.
    • iPod/iPhone Mode: The iPod/iPhone Mode lets you control your older iPod/iPhone (iOS 5.1.1 and earlier) from its clickwheel or touchscreen. You'll still have access to basic playback controls (like Play/Pause & Previous/Next Track) from the head unit, but advanced navigation functions will be locked. No song/artist information is displayed in this mode. The unit will simply display "iPhone Mode".
    Note: The head unit's USB connection provides 1A of current to power and charge your connected iPod/iPhone when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position. This unit does not charge the iPad. If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it.

    iPod Compatibility Chart: The JVC KD-AR959BS is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 10/6/2014):

    Apple DeviceGenerationTested VersionMedia TypeControl TypeSpecific AppsDisplay TypeBluetoothCharge
    AudioVideoHead UnitiPod/AppPandora appiHeart LinkArtist/Song TextTrack Info PhoneAudioSiri
    iPhone2G3.1.3YNYYNNYYYNNY
    3G4.2.1YNYYNNYYYYNY
    3GS5.1.1YNYYYYYYYYNY
    47.1.2YNYYYYYYYYNY
    4S8.0YNYYYYYYYYYY
    5/5C/5S8.0YNYYYYYYYYYY
    6/6+8.0YNYYYYYYYYYY
    touch1st2.2.1YNYYNNYYNNNY
    2nd4.2.1YNYYNNYYNYNY
    3rd5.1.1YNYYNNYYNYNY
    4th6.1.2YNYYNNYYNYNY
    5th8.0YNYYNNYYNYNY
    nano 1st1.3.1YNYNNNYYNNNY
    2nd1.1.3YNYYNNYYNNNY
    3rd1.1.3YNYYNNYYNNNY
    4th1.0.4YNYYNNYYNNNY
    5th1.0.2YNYYNNYYNNNY
    6th1.2 PCYNYYNNYYNNNY
    7th1.02 PCYNYYNNYYNYNY
    classic 80GB1.1.2YNYYNNYYNNNY
    120GB2.0.1YNYYNNYYNNNY
    160GB2.0.4YNYYNNYYNNNY
    video 5th1.3YNYNNNYYNNNY
    iPad15.1.1YNYYYYYYNYNN
    28.0YNYYYYYYNYNN
    38.0YNYYYYYYNYNN
    4/air8.0YNYYYYYYNYYN
    mini8.0YNYYYYYYNYYY
    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.

    Front-Panel Auxiliary Input: A front-panel stereo minijack is provided to allow the connection of almost any portable audio source with a 3.5mm headphone output (great for those non-Apple/Android devices. Simply connect your portable digital music player to the unit's front-panel auxiliary input, and you can listen to the audio from the portable player through the speakers in your mobile audio system. The unit's front-panel auxiliary input can be turned On or Off.

    AM/FM+Internet+SiriusXM Radio

    RDS AM/FM Tuner: The JVC KD-AR959BS features a built-in RDS AM/FM tuner with manual, seek, and preset tuning. The Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast information such as artist, title, and album when listening to compatible AM/FM stations. You can store a total of 18 FM stations presets and 6 AM station presets (manually or automatically). The head unit's Radio Timer features lets you tune into a preset station at a specific time regardless of the head unit's current source (you can activate the Radio Timer once, daily, or turn it completely off). If an analog FM stereo broadcast is hard to receive, you can manually switch the tuner to Mono operation. You can also switch the tuner's IF filter to Wide or Auto to increase/decrease the sensitivity.

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

    Internet Radio Apps: The JVC Arsenal KD-AR959BS allows you to access Pandora andiHeartRadio online music services through your USB-connected iPhone or Bluetooth-connected Android/Blackberry smartphone. Your Apple iPhone must be connected to the KD-AR959BS via the 30-pin or Lightning cable supplied with your iPhone. Your Android or Blackberry smartphone must support A2DP/ AVRCP/SPP Bluetooth profiles and be paired with the JVC Arsenal KD-AR959BS. Your iPhone, Android smartphone, or Blackberry device will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi.

    • Pandora App (for iPhone/Android/Blackberry): The free Pandora App (either from iTunes Apps, Google Play, or BlackBerry App World) lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the JVC Arsenal KD-AR959BS using your USB-connected Apple iPhone (iOS 5.0+) or Bluetooth paired Android/Blackberry smartphone. The JVC Arsenal KD-AR959BS provides control over the Pandora music service and displays Artist, Album, and Song information. You can select Pandora stations from your station list and sort them by date or alphabetically (A-Z). New stations can be created based on the current songs or artists playing. You can also skip song tracks within a station. You can even give songs a thumbs up/thumbs down and bookmark them on your Pandora account. An active Pandora account is required.
    • iHeartRadio Link (for iPhone/Android): The free iHeartRadio Link app for JVC (either from iTunes Apps or Google Play) lets you play music from the iHeartRadio music service through the JVC Arsenal KD-AR959BS using your USB-connected Apple iPhone (iOS 5.0+), or Bluetooth paired Android smartphone (2.2+). The iHeartRadio music service provides access to more than 1,500 live radio stations from coast-to-coast (including pop, country, urban, rock, talk, and sports). The KD-AR959BS will provide control over the iHeartRadio Link app, as well as display station identification and song/artist information. From the head unit's front-panel controls, iHeartRadio stations can be searched by the following categories(Local, Genre, City, or My Stations). The Local selection provides a list of radio stations in your local listening area. The unit also provides over 22 Genres to choose from (including pop, country, hip-hop, jazz, etc.) to help you find the right radio station for you. In addition, you can search for radio stations by City. Cities can be searched alphabetically (A-Z). You can even store your favorite stations (My Stations) for easier, quicker access. An active iHeartRadio account is required.
    Note: Access to these Internet Radio services will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone or Android/Blackberry smartphone to connect to the Internet. Not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.

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

    • Channel List w/ Category Search: The Channel list displays a list of all available channels. You can also search and list channels in specific categories.
    • Song/Artist Information: Displayed Information such as Channel Name, Artist Name, & Song Title can be viewed on the head unit's LCD.
    • Presets & Direct Tuning: Up to 18 SiriusXM Satellite Radio station presets. You can tune to a station directly via the numeric keypad on the included remote.
    • Replay w/ Smart Favorites: Supports the SiriusXM Instant Replay function, so you can pause, rewind, and replay up to 30 minutes of live content. You can store six of your favorite channels that will automatically be buffered in the background, so when you select one of the Smart Favorite channels, you'll be able to rewind and replay the last 30 minutes of content.
    • Parental Control: Channels containing unsuitable content for children can be blocked.

    Note: A separate SiriusXM Satellite Radio subscription is required (operates on the XM Network). However, you can easily add this SiriusXM tuner to an existing Sirius or XM account for a Multi-Radio Discount Plan.

    Audio Section

    16 Bit D/A Converter: The JVC KD-AR959BS utilizes a 16-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The JVC Arsenal KD-AR959BS is equipped with a MOSFET amplifier. Compared to conventional power supplies, the MOSFET amplification circuit is smaller and more efficient, and it delivers increased power with less distortion and absolutely zero on/off switching noise. More power means louder and cleaner music at higher volumes because you're not pushing the limits of the amplification circuit. The power output specs for the KD-AR959BS 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)
    Note: When you are using the KD-AR959BS with factory speakers (or those rated to less than 50 watts peak), the Amplifier Gain Control can limit the amount of power being sent to those speakers. When the Amp Gain Control is set to "low," the volume control ranges from 0 (minimum) to 30 (maximum). When using speakers rated higher than 50 watts peak, you can set the Amp Gain Control to "high," and the volume control will range from 0 to 50.

    6ch/4.8V Preamp Outputs with Sub Control: The KD-AR959BS is equipped with 6ch/4.8V preamp outputs (Front, Rear, Subwoofer). The front and rear preamp outputs allow fader control, while the subwoofer preamp output is non-fading. The head unit's sub preamp output features a low pass crossover and independent volume control. You can set the cutoff frequency of the low-pass filter at 55Hz, 85Hz, or 120Hz. You can adjust the head unit's subwoofer level between -8 and +8 (separate from the main volume level).

    High-Pass Filter (for Front & Rear Speakers): You can activate a variable high-pass filter (100, 120, 150, Hz or Through) for the unit's front & rear channels (speaker- or preamp-level), so low frequency signals are cut off from your system's front & rear speakers.

    Pro EQ: The KD-AR959BS is equipped with JVC's Pro EQ. The integrated equalizer offers 12 preset sound modes (Flat, Hard Rock, Jazz, Pop, R&B, Talk, vocal Boost, Bass Boost, Classical, Dance, User 1, or User 2) suitable for the music genre of your choice. The User modes allow you to manually adjust the head unit's 5-band parametric EQ (Frequency, Q-Factor, and Level).

    Pro EQ
    FrequencyQLevel
    Bass63, 80, 100, 125 Hz1.0, 1.25, 1.5, 2.0-10 to + 10
    Mid Bass200, 250, 315, 400 Hz1.0, 1.25, 1.5, 2.0
    Midrange630, 800, 1.0k, 1.25k Hz0.75, 1.0, 1.25, 2.0
    Mid High2.0, 2.5, 3.15, 4.0 kHz0.75, 1.0, 1.25, 2.0
    High6.3, 8.0, 10.0, 12.5 kHz0.75, 1.0, 1.25, 2.0
    Note: You can store Pro EQ bass, middle and treble tone settings for each source (CD, AM/FM, Aux, USB, iPod, Pandora/iHeart Radio).

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

    • Digital Track Expander: The digital Track Expander automatically enhances compressed music files and restores the original richness of the recording.
    • Bass Boost: The unit's Bass Boost enhances low bass frequencies.
    • Loud (Loudness): This feature boosts low and high frequencies to produce a well-balanced sound at a low volume level. You can set this feature to High, Low, or Off.
    • Volume Adjust: The input level of each source (other than FM) is adjustable relative to the FM radio volume, so there isn't a significant volume difference when changing sources. Each source is individually adjustable from -5 to +5.

    Key Beep: The in-dash head unit provides an audible beep to confirm button operation. This function can be turned On or Off.

    Display Features

    Detachable Face: The JVC KD-AR959BS features a detachable face to deter theft. No face-case is provided. An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can be purchased for this unit.

    3 Zone Variable Color: The head unit's variable color illumination is separated into 3 Zones (Zone 1, Display Zone, and Zone 2). The KD-AR959BS offers 29 color presets and custom colors for each of these zones. You can choose one of these color presets or select the ColorFlow mode which scrolls through all 29 color presets. Additionally, there is a User preset, allowing you to individually adjust the intensity of Red, Green, and Blue from 0 to 31; resulting in approximately 30,000 custom color options. You can choose to use the same color for all 3 Zones, or use a different color for each separate Zone.

    • Zone 1: Zone 1 consists of the rotary knob and the following buttons (Power/Source, Answer/Voice, Menu, Back, and Previous/Next Track).
    • Display Zone: The Display Zone consists of the LCD, preset buttons, and display button.
    • Zone 2: Zone 2 consists of the USB port and Aux input.

    Lighting Effects + Color Guide: You can select a preset color change pattern/speed for all 3 Zones (Zone 1, Display Zone, and Zone 2). Choose from Spectrum, Groove, Techno, Emotion, Relax, and Night Sweep. When activated, the Color Guide mode changes the display and all button illumination to white when menu settings or music list search are performed.

    Brightness & Dimmer Control: The unit offers a daytime and nighttime brightness setting for the LCD, button, and USB input terminal. You can adjust the brightness level of each zone manually from 0-31. The unit's dimmer control can be set automatically or manually; select "Off" for daytime brightness setting, "On" for nighttime brightness setting, or "Auto" which switches between day and nighttime brightness setting automatically when you turn off/on the headlights (orange/white wire of harness must be connected to headlamp circuit).

    Day & Time: The unit displays a 12-or 24-hour clock, as well as the day (Sun/Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri/Sat). The day & time can be selected to remain on, even if the head unit is switched off (as long as the vehicle's key is in the accessory or start position).

    Demo Mode: This unit features a Demo mode which can be turned On or Off within the menu.

    Remote Control

    Smart Music Control App (for Android): JVC's Smart Music Control App lets you view the current status and perform simple gesture or voice control of the JVC head unit from your Bluetooth-paired Android smartphone (2.3+). The Smart Music Control App uses Bluetooth to communicate between your Android smartphone and the CD receiver. The head unit will auto connect to the Smart Music Control app when your Smartphone is in range. The Smart Music Control app is specifically designed for easy gesture control or voice command operation while driving, so driver and passenger can access information with ease from the Android Smartphone. With the Smart Music Control App, passenger and driver can check current playing song details or other car stereo information.

    • Information Display: The JVC Smart Music Control App will display the head unit's source information, such as song/artist information and station identification. In addition, it provides EQ info.
    • Gesture Control: The JVC Smart Music Control App lets you use finger gesture commands on your Android smartphone to control the playback of the JVC head unit. This type of gesture control is designed to operate the JVC head unit from your smartphone without having to look at your smartphone. Gesture control operations include Finger tap, Finger hold, Finger click, Finger swipe (right/left/up/down), and Finger curve (right/left/up/down).
    • Voice Command: The JVC Smart Music Control App also lets you operate certain head unit function by voice commands. Voice commands include - Change Source, Search for Song/Artist/Album, Previous/Next Track, Repeat/Random, or Preset Select.

    Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The head unit features an OEM steering wheel remote control input wire (blue/yellow) within the included wiring harness that lets you keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with an optional steering wheel audio control adapter (sold separately). Please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.

    Wireless Remote Control: The KD-AR959BS comes supplied with a wireless remote control (RM-RK52). The remote contains Attenuator, Sound, Source, Tracking, and Volume functions. The remote operates off of a single CR2025 3V Lithium-cell battery (included).

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    Why did you buy this?

    Best product in my eyes in the price range I was looking for. JVC is known for good products, has a 2 year warranty, and a collection of other perks that not all competitors products had.[ Tyler  Mar 28, 2016 ]
    The price point and all the bells and whistles I was looking for in this convenient package. In the past year, I have bought virtually the same double din version for both my kids Focus and Honda CR-V. They couldn't be happier with the functionality, (cool lights) and hands-free bluetooth capability. I'm looking forward to editing this once I receive and have it installed insinuates - Crutchfield is the way to go for shopping experience and knowledge. Been a loyal customer since 1991.[ DWAYNE  Mar 02, 2016 ]
    it had dope colours[ Adam  Mar 01, 2016 ]
    Had the features at a good price.[ Daniel  Feb 29, 2016 ]
    Recommended[ Larry  Feb 10, 2016 ]
    The output wattage for the pre outs is over 4 watts which is huge when trying to get the clearest sound with the least amount of distortion going to the amp.[ Mike  Jan 04, 2016 ]
    good reviews. seems to have everything I want. (I'm not an an Apple user) [ Mark  Dec 31, 2015 ]

    26 questions already asked

    This receiver has a 4 channel 22 watt RMS per channel amp. It can power those component speakers and another set of component/coaxial speakers as well. To get the best sound from the speakers, you may want to consider installing an amp as they can handle up to 60 watts RMS. The extra power will give cleaner and louder sound. You can call an advisor on 1-800-324-9695 to get a personal recommendation. Hope that helps!My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=101 [ Paul  May 02, 2016 ]  Staff
    The Alpine KTP-445U Power Pack is an exceptional unit. It would definetly compliment your head unit. Small, but powerful and clean..[ ANTHONY SAMUEL  Jan 05, 2016 ]
    The AR959BS is rated at 22 Watts Rms per channel. You will be doubling your power to 45 Watts Rms. Definitely will be worth it .The Alpine KTP445U is an awesome little Amp.[ ALFRED  Jan 04, 2016 ]
    Hold menu down till it beeps. Turn volume knob till the word demo appears. Push volume knob. Turn volume knob and the words on and off will interchange. Push volume knob when off is showing.[ ANTHONY  Oct 08, 2015 ]
    The Bluetooth on this model is ok. Not perfect but it does the job. Can hear fine on the other end even with the windows down. Good deck for the price.[ Shane  Sep 08, 2015 ]
    Obviously I've never heard myself but I don't seem to have that problem.[ Bob  Sep 08, 2015 ]
    I bought two of these radios for two different retro-fits (2000 Outback & Dakota )because I didn't want to have to learn two different operating systems. The blue-tooth/phone link sounds fine both ways receive & transmit. Clear as a bell. Regular audio is interrupted when you either receive a call or initiate one.[ Charles  Sep 08, 2015 ]
    I have no idea. Sorry, I have a android phone.[ JONAS  Aug 19, 2015 ]
    Not very well, i dont think anyway. Blutooth connection is a little shotty at times. I dont even try to use it anymore[ GREG  Aug 19, 2015 ]
    Works decently well under Bluetooth. You hear Siri on the car speakers.[ JORDAN  Aug 19, 2015 ]
    Yes the speakers are compatible. The rating of the speaker is only what it can handle at brief intervals. A good clean amplifier with 20-50 watts rms is typically all you'd ever need for clean loud sound. The radio should be able to supply a good 15-20 wrms power signal without much distortion. If you're looking for more or deeper bass then you should consider running an amplifier with a dedicated subwoofer.[ NANCY  Aug 12, 2015 ]
    For details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle.[ Krissy  Aug 11, 2015 ]  Staff
    Yes there is sub control, but it is not at hand, nor quickly accessible. You may want use an inline adjustable sub control that connects inline with the rca cables.[ NANCY  Aug 12, 2015 ]
    There is an option in the menu on the "Sound" section and one is labeled Sub and it ranges from -8 to +8.[ Andrew Cashman  Jun 30, 2015 ]
    There is a setting to automatically set the clock using FM signal. I dont remember changing my clock when it turned DST, so i would say yes[ GREG  Jun 14, 2015 ]
    I'm not sure. My car has it's own clock, so I've never used the one on the stereo. You might try checking the JVC website.[ RICK  Jun 14, 2015 ]
    yes, high and low pass filters[ NANCY  Jun 11, 2015 ]
    This radio is a breeze to install. It comes with the necessary wire plugs for your model vehicle.Great radio with awesome colors choices while playing.Great choice and I have installed 2 of them[ CHARLES T  Apr 21, 2015 ]
    When you buy from crutchfield you get everything you need to install your stereo. Except tools and wiring splices/ butt connectors. It is easy if you are familiar with connecting wires to each other. You do not need to cut any wires, just connect the proper wires with each other.[ GEORDY  Apr 18, 2015 ]
    Everything was provided for me to install this receiver in 2 vehicles, my 2005 Dodge Dakota and my 1999 Audi A6 Avant. Their was some relatively minor work to connect two harnesses provided by Crutchfield. The technical support number was able to provide the information needed. I did not have to buy anything additional beside what was specified for my cars in the order entry process.[ JOHN  Apr 18, 2015 ]
    You will need wire harness , antenna cable to make it easier ,and the installation kit for your year ,make ,and model[ RODNEY  Apr 18, 2015 ]
    Hello! I installed it myself, everything was included from Crutchfield for my vehicle. I ordered the installation kit with it. I would say the hardest part is figuring out how the dash comes apart. And the wiring adapter has to be spliced to the radio as well, which if you are not comfortable attaching the wires together, that ma be a problem for you, but colors and instructions were great![ CARL J  Apr 17, 2015 ]
    Installed it myself, with a friend that has helped me before installing radios. It was easy once we got the dashboard apart. We didn't use any special tools for putting it in to a Kia Accent. Installed a sub woofer at the same time since I had the dash apart.[ MATTHEW S  Apr 17, 2015 ]
    You're question is very vague but.... Everything you need to install the radio is in the box and only for the radio. Which means no RCA cables, no extra speaker wire, no extra power or ground cables, and no custom bracketry. only what you would need to replace a current radio of this type which is a single din style. Depending on the vehicle you're installing this in you made need an install kit to accommodate your dash opening and you may want to purchase plug in connectors to match the factory connectors. Crutchfield usually includes all of this free of charge as long as you give them your vehicle info. As far as ease of installation, in my opinion, single din style radios are the easiest just plug and play with some basic connections. Please contact Crutchfield with your specific vehicle info because putting a radio in is the easy part, getting the old one out can be a major undertaking depending on your vehicle. Keep in mind that almost all newer cars and trucks no longer use traditional radios or an actual radio body, more of just a face plate which is bussed info from the radio module hidden elsewhere in the car this is why we'd need to know what year,make,model you have.[ NANCY  Apr 17, 2015 ]
    Spencer, This unit is very easy to install, with basic mechanical skill. it comes with everything you need to install in your specific vehicle. I installed it in a 95 4Runner and it works great, just follow the installation instructions. It will take you about 2 hours, make sure you wire the factory adapter harness to the stereo harness before you start.[ NEVILLE  Apr 16, 2015 ]
    Crutchfield included everything I needed to install this unit. It is not difficult to install if you have some basic wiring ability.[ JENNIFER DANIEL  Apr 16, 2015 ]
    I haven't tried[ Joe  Apr 07, 2015 ]
    Yes[ PATRICK M  Apr 07, 2015 ]
    Not simultaneously. You have to unpair one device before pairing the next.[ HECTOR  Apr 07, 2015 ]
    Yes it does. You can also designate which phone number is the primary number in case two (or more) phones are in the car with Bluetooth enabled.[ DAVID  Apr 07, 2015 ]
    I could not get it to work with my HTC One through USB. It does work with the iPhone 6+ thoughBluetooth worked well for my android phone[ JOHN  Mar 26, 2015 ]
    Yes... That's what it says, but I have an iphone, so I haven't personally used it with an Android.[ RICK  Mar 25, 2015 ]
    Yes. But if you have more than one device paired and both devices are in the car it can be difficult.just one device comes right on works as it should.[ MICHAEL  Mar 25, 2015 ]
    Yes, this unit is installed in my wife's Suburban. It supports Bluetooth calling via Android based phones. I can also stream music through the head unit via Google Music or Amazon...The auxiliary USB port also allows charging of units plugged in and direct access.[ DONOPHAN  Mar 25, 2015 ]
    Yes. Use mine every day.[ JOHN  Mar 25, 2015 ]
    Yes via USB and firmware update[ JEFF  Mar 25, 2015 ]
    Worked fine with my galaxy s5[ JORDAN  Mar 25, 2015 ]
    It's a shame. Everything else works well but they stopped short of this customization. It's a crappy blue color that you would expect at someone's winter wedding. Completely out of place.[ Doug  Mar 16, 2015 ]
    I have not found a way to do it either[ DAN  Mar 11, 2015 ]
    I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: That is correct. The SXV200V1 will work with that JVC stereo. I hope this information helps.If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat.[ Krissy  Mar 11, 2015 ]  Staff
    I honestly don't know. I know that we can stream music using iheart radio, and pandora. However, I haven't figured out how to stream music using either of these features that come included in the stereo system. Reading manual should help, but I haven't had the time to just sit in my car and do that.[ JESSICA  Feb 09, 2015 ]
    Yes can stream anything from your phone but Spotify isn't supported through the use of the decks controls like Pandora or iHeartradio. I don't think it is a big deal not being integrated. ..just my 2 cents[ JOHN  Feb 03, 2015 ]
    In short yes. The like/sislike button wont work for radio playbakc. Also the name of the song/artist is only displayed through blutooth, not by plugging in your device.[ GREG  Feb 03, 2015 ]
    Not directly. I hook up my iPhone through USB or Bluetooth and stream Spotify from there.[ JORDAN  Feb 03, 2015 ]
    You can mix and match red, green, and blue to make almost any color you want. In 3 zones.[ CARL J  Jan 12, 2015 ]
    I think there's 4, red, blue green,yellow[ NEVILLE  Jan 12, 2015 ]
    you can adjust to many different colors in 3 areas on the face. left middle right. all basic colors are possible.[ NANCY  Jan 12, 2015 ]
    It had 3 zones and it ranges almost the whole spectrum. It even has a setting power zone to have it slowly fade through all the colors... Color wise I like it a lot. Not super distracting bright but bright enough to really add flare. No worries what do ever with customization.[ RYAN  Jan 12, 2015 ]
    I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: This model does not list support for OGG VORBIS files.If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat.[ Krissy  Apr 14, 2015 ]  Staff
    Yes, the lights on the display can be dimmed. The way to do that is addressed in the owners manual of the stereo, once purchased. I personally have not dimmed the lights on my display, and I don't mind how bright it is at night. It is far less distracting than driver's who blind you with their brights on.[ JESSICA  Nov 23, 2014 ]
    yes, theres a night setting and u have 2 use it, i couldnt see at night til i changed it.[ jennifer  Nov 10, 2014 ]
    Yes. In fact there is a way to have different settings for Day/Night. The Night Time setting is activated when you turn on your headlights, otherwise Day Time is default. Hope this helps.[ RYAN  Nov 05, 2014 ]
    Yes it has a user controled dimmer and a wire in the harness that dims the stereo when you turn on your running lights.[ RAMON  Nov 05, 2014 ]
    To be honest I've never tried to dim them. I don't think they are too bright at night but if you did, you can always play with the multiple color settings to 'tone' it down a bit.[ JEFFREY A  Nov 04, 2014 ]
    They are dimable and have a day night setting also.[ John  Nov 04, 2014 ]
    The lights are not dimmable. However the combinationo of colors, display settings, and even having them off when not active all make it fine at night. I like a darker car interior in the night and this doesnt invade that.[ DONOPHAN  Nov 04, 2014 ]
    Yes you can, but they are not to bright at night[ BRYAN  Nov 04, 2014 ]
    Yes you can, but they are not to bright at night[ BRYAN  Nov 04, 2014 ]
    Yes it dims thru your dash lighting control[ EUGENE  Nov 04, 2014 ]
    Yeah, there is a night setting,. Even when it's not on night setting, I don't have an issue with it being too bright.[ GREG  Nov 04, 2014 ]
    Yes there is a dimmer wire that hooks up to your lights[ ANDREW  Nov 04, 2014 ]
    you shouldn't have a problem using this radio as long as you make the same connections to the factory amp as the factory radio. either speaker level or line level. you may want to double check with crutchfield tech or sales support to see if you'd need any adapters or special installation procedures.[ NANCY  Oct 14, 2014 ]
    If it fits in the dash, I don't see why not. The site should tell if it is compatible with you're car.[ JOE  Oct 13, 2014 ]
    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.[ Greg  Oct 13, 2014 ]  Staff
    no idea. I don't have sirius or iphone.[ JOHN  Oct 01, 2014 ]
    I don't have an iPhone nor use Sirius XM but can say that in my everyday use I cannot use BT Audio while playing my iPod via the USB port. While doing so, my turn by turn directions are played through the phone speaker. If I change the mode on the hu from USB to BT Audio, then the turn by turn directions are audible via the car speakers. Maybe there's a way to toggle between the two but I haven't found it yet.[ JEFFREY A  Sep 30, 2014 ]
    Sorry I can't answer fully your question. I don't have the XM feature or an I phone. I have a Samsung Galaxy and it does well with turn by turn instructions in all the other modes, i.e. Bluetooth audio, FM, AM, and CD operation. I hope this helps.[ John  Sep 30, 2014 ]
    I have a 16gb thumb drive and it tells me "not supported" when I plug it in.[ bennett2627  Jan 02, 2015 ]
    My phone contains a 64gb with all my extra music and it works fine , no issues at this point and none really exspected[ CHARLES T  Sep 05, 2014 ]
    I honestly haven't used the USB drive to date since I installed this unit. I don't think that getting a 64gb would be a problem, and it should read all of the files. Though as I said, I am not sure. This is an amazing unit, I just love it. Good luck.[ JESSICA  Sep 03, 2014 ]
    Haven't used the RCA outputs on mine for normal speaker amps. I am using it for the Sub amp though. Works great for that.[ JORDAN  Oct 13, 2014 ]
    I didnt use the rca's in the back .I just hooked it to the factory harness. It fit great and sounded great as is.I didnt need any amp but if ya put one it will only sound alot better I'm sure[ CHARLES T  Sep 05, 2014 ]
    I have my deck running through a 4 channel amp and it sounds great. I have been well pleased with this JVC unit. It has been an excellent value.[ JOHN  Sep 04, 2014 ]
    It works perfect with my amps.[ MIKE  Sep 04, 2014 ]
    RCA's work fine and all the crossover controls work with these outputs just fine. I changed out an older Sony and noticed that the outputs were more prone to noise pickup, but I had cheap RCA cables. changed out with better cables and noises no longer present. I have 3 Amplifiers (none are JVC) and have no problems with my current setup. I don't use any of the radio's own internal amplifier outputs (speaker outputs). I hope this helps you.[ NANCY  Sep 03, 2014 ]
    Works fine. I am running the RCA;s to a 4 channel amp then to a set of components and a pair of mids. JVC head unit all the rest is alpine except for an 8" amplified bazooka tube. no complaints.[ ANTHONY  Sep 03, 2014 ]
    I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: We do offer a hand control adapter and marine cover. I've put them in a cart below for your review:http://www.crutchfield.com/I-rXYEc111/app/cart/EmailCart.aspx?emKey=1124190If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat.[ Krissy  Aug 10, 2014 ]  Staff
    the sound quality is way better than a stock receiver, I put this unit in my 01 f150 with stock speakers and the sound was amazing, I believe this unit has steering controls built in so it will work[ BRYAN  Aug 05, 2014 ]
    Hi Tyler - my 2006 Mustang doesn't have steering wheel radio controls but I'm pretty sure there's an adapter (search Crutchfield or engage them in online chat - their support is GREAT!). The improvement in sound over my factory Shaker 500 system is fantastic with this JVC unit. Couldn't be happier with it.[ Harrison  Aug 05, 2014 ]
    While any unit is an improvement over the factory one, the extras make this a good choice. You need to look at JVC accessories to see if they offer an adapter for the steering wheel controls[ BRADLEY  Aug 05, 2014 ]
    I have no idea. I did not have steering wheel controls with my 2005 Dodge truck.[ JOHN  Aug 05, 2014 ]
    I think so but not sure as we installed on a jeep wrangler. I suggest you download the manual from here or JVC and read what it says[ Rick  Aug 04, 2014 ]
    The ability to retain steering wheel controls with aftermarket receivers will be determined by the receiver you are using and the vehicle you have. For full information on this type of integration (including the parts you will need) please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat.[ Greg  Aug 04, 2014 ]  Staff
    It displays the time/date but not at the same time (no pun intended) as displaying song info; you can press the Disp button to cycle through song / station / clock info.[ Harrison  Aug 05, 2014 ]
    yes[ JENNIFER DANIEL  Jun 15, 2014 ]
    Yes it displays the time[ ROBERT  Jun 12, 2014 ]
    Yes. As you set the clock you have the option to display the clock and day or not, either during music playback or when the unit is turned off. I hope this helps.[ John  Jun 10, 2014 ]
    This stereo displays the day of the week and time of day.[ MICHAEL L.  Jun 09, 2014 ]
    So much lights I constantly feel that I'm getting pulled over. Nerve racking I love it[ ISA  Jun 08, 2014 ]
    Yes[ DANIEL  Jun 08, 2014 ]
    Yes in addition to several other display options that you may choose from.[ JEFFREY A  Jun 08, 2014 ]
    Yes. It displays the time if you want it to. There is a display button that changes the display to show the radio station, song title, time, etc. You just have to choose to leave it on the time option.[ Rebecca  Jun 08, 2014 ]
    Yes[ EUGENE  Jun 08, 2014 ]
    Yes it displays time of day, it also displays the day of the week. For the price it is a top notch unit.[ EDWARD J  Jun 08, 2014 ]
    Yes[ DJ  Jun 08, 2014 ]
    It displays the date and time[ BRYAN  Jun 08, 2014 ]
    yes it does.[ ALLYN  Jun 08, 2014 ]
    Hi Marlin, Yes it does display the time. Installed it into my wife's Crossfire, and she loved it.[ JEFF  Jun 08, 2014 ]
    I haven't tried out all of the things that this unit claims it can do yet. It does claim that it can do voice assisted dialing. Also has an option of downloading an app called JVC smart music, that will enhance the voice controls. Again i haven't tried these options yet. Good luck.[ DJ  Apr 09, 2014 ]
    It works with my Samsung Galaxy Centura phone so i'm sure it will work with an S3, being that it is a better phone than the Centura. Voice control works as far as calling people , not for changing radio stations though. Great stereo imo !![ MICHAEL L.  Apr 06, 2014 ]
    When I researched the radio it would work with almost all android phones as well as I-phones.This is why I got it because I had the razor maxx(old).The radio is killer , great sight and sound.[ CHARLES T  Mar 27, 2014 ]
    Yes it does if paired with your contact list in your phone. Its a little slow to react and speaking clearly and slowly is required but it does work well when you realize the requirements. I hope this helps.[ John  Mar 27, 2014 ]
    The JVC Unit comes with a small speaker you can mount anywhere in the front cab area of vehicle. I mounted on the the steering wheel column. I have a Samsung Galaxy S4, and a Samsung Galaxy S2 as well. I made a BlueTooth connection & was able to answer, talk, and hang up with both Android devices just fine. The sound quality is good coming through speakers. The person on the other end of call said I sounded fine as well. You should have no issues.[ ERIC  Mar 26, 2014 ]
    Hi, the radio is in my wife's car , she likes the Bluetooth , and it works good.she is not sure on the voice control . She has the S4 model phone.[ RODNEY  Mar 26, 2014 ]
    Not sure. I just got it installed and have only begun playing with it. I use the iPhone and so not sure if it does voice for it yet[ Rick  Mar 26, 2014 ]
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