Disc & USB Playback
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
- 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
- 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
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.
|File System ||ISO9660 Level 1 or 2, Romeo, Joliet,
or Windows long file name ||FAT 12/16/32 |
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/20,480 files (999 files per folder) |
|Tags ||ID3 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
- 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
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, 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
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
Mounting: For proper disc playback you must install the unit
within 30-degrees of horizontal.
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
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 Device || Generation || Tested Version || Media Type || Control Type || Specific Apps || Display Type || Bluetooth || Charge |
| Audio || Video || Head Unit || iPod/App || Pandora app || iHeart Link || Artist/Song Text || Track Info || Phone || Audio || Siri |
| iPhone || 2G || 3.1.3 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || N || Y || Y || Y || N || N || Y |
| 3G || 4.2.1 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y |
| 3GS || 5.1.1 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y |
| 4 || 7.1.2 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y |
| 4S || 8.0 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 5/5C/5S || 8.0 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 6/6+ || 8.0 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| touch || 1st || 2.2.1 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || N || Y || Y || N || N || N || Y |
| 2nd || 4.2.1 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || N || Y || Y || N || Y || N || Y |
| 3rd || 5.1.1 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || N || Y || Y || N || Y || N || Y |
| 4th || 6.1.2 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || N || Y || Y || N || Y || N || Y |
| 5th || 8.0 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || N || Y || Y || N || Y || N || Y |
| nano || 1st || 1.3.1 || Y || N || Y || N || N || N || Y || Y || N || N || N || Y |
| 2nd || 1.1.3 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || N || Y || Y || N || N || N || Y |
| 3rd || 1.1.3 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || N || Y || Y || N || N || N || Y |
| 4th || 1.0.4 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || N || Y || Y || N || N || N || Y |
| 5th || 1.0.2 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || N || Y || Y || N || N || N || Y |
| 6th || 1.2 PC || Y || N || Y || Y || N || N || Y || Y || N || N || N || Y |
| 7th || 1.02 PC || Y || N || Y || Y || N || N || Y || Y || N || Y || N || Y |
| classic || 80GB || 1.1.2 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || N || Y || Y || N || N || N || Y |
| 120GB || 2.0.1 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || N || Y || Y || N || N || N || Y |
| 160GB || 2.0.4 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || N || Y || Y || N || N || N || Y |
| video || 5th || 1.3 || Y || N || Y || N || N || N || Y || Y || N || N || N || Y |
| iPad || 1 || 5.1.1 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || N || N |
| 2 || 8.0 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || N || N |
| 3 || 8.0 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || N || N |
| 4/air || 8.0 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || N |
| mini || 8.0 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change
functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may
need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If
this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is
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.
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 and
iHeartRadio 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
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
- 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
(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 packages
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
- 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
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
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 |
| Frequency || Q || Level |
| Bass ||63, 80, 100, 125 Hz ||1.0, 1.25, 1.5, 2.0 ||-10 to +
| Mid Bass || 200, 250, 315, 400 Hz || 1.0, 1.25, 1.5, 2.0 |
| Midrange || 630, 800, 1.0k, 1.25k Hz || 0.75, 1.0, 1.25, 2.0 |
| Mid High ||2.0, 2.5,
3.15, 4.0 kHz ||0.75, 1.0,
1.25, 2.0 |
| High ||6.3, 8.0,
10.0, 12.5 kHz ||0.75, 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
Key Beep: The in-dash head unit provides an audible beep to
confirm button operation. This function can be turned On or Off.
Detachable Face: The JVC KD-AR959BS features a
detachable face to deter theft. No face-case is provided. An optional soft face
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
- 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
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.
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
- 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
- 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
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).