Disc & USB Playback
Bluetooth Technology: The JVC Arsenal KD-A845BT 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 Arsenal KD-A845BT. See
JVC's Bluetooth compatibility chart for a complete list of compatible
Bluetooth enabled devices.
Pairing: Your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone or digital
audio player must be paired with KD-A845BT before hands-free & wireless
operation. You can register up to five Bluetooth enabled devices with the JVC
head unit. You can keep two phones connected at all times (only one can be used
during a call).
Bluetooth Hands-Free Communication: The head unit supports
Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. The
controls of the KD-A845BT 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.
- 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 3/5/10 seconds. The KD-A845BT 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-A845BT, 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-A845BT.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: During a conversation, you can switch between the
Private Mode (talking directly on your cell phone) and the Hands Free Mode.
External Microphone: The JVC Arsenal KD-A845BT includes an external
microphone to carry on your side of your phone conversation and voice command
dialing. The external wired microphone offers improved audio quality versus an
integrated microphone, so you can be heard easier over noisy traffic and road
noise. You can adjust the volume level and noise cancellation of the microphone
without affecting the other sources. The external microphone features an
attached 12' 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 1.485"
Note: This unit does not offer an integrated
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-A845BT also supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a
Bluetooth enabled audio player or smartphone. The KD-A845BT 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-A845BT 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 Digital Assistant Control: When paired and connected
with an iPhone 4S or 5/5C/5S via Bluetooth (not USB), the JVC Arsenal KD-A845BT has the ability
to access Siri through its front-panel control and external microphone. Simply
press the "phone command" button on theKD-A845BT 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-A845BT; 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 4S/5/5C/5S. 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, CD-Text, and finalized CD-R/CD-RW audio discs. The
unit also supports playback of MP3/WMA music files loaded onto CD-R/RW discs.
Dual USB Ports: The JVC Arsenal KD-A845BT features a
front-panel USB 2.0 type-A port (behind a sliding cover) and rear-panel USB 2.0
type-A port (attached to rear chassis by a 38" cable) for connection and control
of a portable USB mass-storage class (MSC) device; such as select Android
smartphones (Froyo/Gingerbread OS only), portable digital audio players, or USB
thumbdrives. The USB ports
enable 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 ports
(5V/1A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On. You cannot
connect a USB device via a USB hub or Multi-Card Reader to this unit.
MP3/WMA/WAV Playback: The JVC Arsenal KD-A845BT 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 Type||CD-R/RW||USB Storage
|File System||ISO9660 Level 1 or 2, Romeo, Joliet,
or Windows long file name||FAT 12/16/32|
MP3: bit rate of
8-320kbps w/ sampling rate of 8, 11.025, 12, 16, 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1,
WMA: bit rate of 16-320kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48kHz
WAV (USB only): bit rate of 16-bit w/ sampling rate of 44.1,
|Maximum # of
Folders/Files||255 folders/65,025 files (255 files per
|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 folders and tracks on a loaded CD or USB device, so you can easily
access your music. The Track/Folder List will also display the list of track
titles on a CD Text disc.
Character Search: You can search for your MP3/WMA/WAV music
tracks alphabetically (A-Z) or numerically (0-9).
Random/Repeat Modes: The JVC Arsenal KD-A845BT 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-A845BT, 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: 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.
Disc Protection: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.
iPod/iPhone Direct: The JVC KD-A845BT's front-panel or
rear-panel USB port can acts as an iPod/iPhone high-speed direct connection when
used with the USB/iPod cable that came with your iPod/iPhone. This USB
connection allows audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging
of select iPod/iPhone models from the JVC in-dash head unit. The head unit
supports audio playback from music stored on your iPod/iPhone or music apps
Slacker) streamed to your iPhone (not all music apps will be
- DAC Bypass: 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 24-bit D/A
converter, allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 105dB. The JVC head
unit supports audio playback of music, podcasts, audiobooks, and music apps
stored on your iPod or iPhone.
- Music Control: You can choose to operate your
iPod/iPhone through the JVC head unit's front-panel controls, from its
clickwheel/touchscreen, or via a streamed app from your iPhone.
- Head Unit Mode: From the head unit's front-panel
controls you can search for music by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song,
Podcast, Genre, and Composer. You can search a Playlist or Category alphabetically (A-Z) or numerically (0-9). The KD-A845BT also
supports Repeat (file/all) and Random (album/all) playback functions of
your iPod/iPhone. Your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen remains
accessible in this mode. You can also control basic playback functions
(such as Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track) from select music apps
streamed to your iPhone.
- iPod Mode: You can choose to navigate your iPod or
iPhone's stored music from its clickwheel or touchscreen, like you are
accustomed to during normal usage. Basic playback control (such as
Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track) can still be done through head unit for
stored music and music apps.
- External Mode: External Mode allows you to solely
navigate your connected iPod/iPhone device through its clickwheel or
touchscreen. Playback of your iPod/iPhone's stored music and streamed
music apps is supported. The head unit's iPod/iPhone controls will be
- iPod Display: The KD-A845BT will display your Apple
device's stored music and streamed music app song/artist information, when
in Head Unit and iPod mode (not in External mode), or listening to
Pandora Internet Radio. The head unit can display Track number, Elapsed
playing time, Artist name, Song/Artist title, and Station identification
- iPod Charging: 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-A845BT is "Made for
iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features
(as of 9/19/2013):
|Apple Device||Generation||Tested Version||Media Type||Control Type||Display Type||Bluetooth||Charge|
|Audio||Video||Head Unit||iPod/iPhone||External mode||Pandora app||Artist/Song Text||Track Info ||Phone||Audio||Siri|
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
JVC Music Control (for Android): By connecting the JVC CD receiver via
USB to an Android smartphone (OS 2.2+) that has the free
JVC Music Control app installed, it allows you to list and search
all of the songs stored inside the smartphone from the receiver by artist name
or album name. The JVC Smart 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 move
the on-screen "mood ball" to your current mood, and this application will
generate a list of songs that most 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 (for BlackBerry): The receiver's USB port
also supports playback from BlackBerry smartphones (via USB mass storage mode).
JVC's Drive Change Mode lets you connect your BlackBerry smartphone (that uses
an external memory card) directly to the head unit, via USB. Drive Change Mode
will let you switch between your BlackBerry smartphone's internal and external
memory (such as microSD Card), so you can listen to music stored on either
memory. You'll continue to be able control basic playback functions; such as
folder/file search, play/pause, and skip next/previous; regardless of memory
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 Arsenal KD-A845BT 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.
Pandora Internet Radio: Pandora is the leading Internet
Radio music service in the United States, giving people music they love anytime,
anywhere, through personalized radio stations. The JVC Arsenal KD-A845BT CD receiver
lets you playback and control the Pandora Internet Radio music service that is
being streamed to your Apple iPhone or Android smartphone. Your iPhone or
Android smartphone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the
Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. In addition, you will need an active Pandora
music service account.
- Smartphone Connectivity: The JVC Arsenal KD-A845BT
supports playback of the Pandora app via your USB-connected iPhone or
Bluetooth-paired Android smartphone.
- Pandora App for iPhone: The KD-A845BT provides
complete access to your Pandora account using your iPhone, via the head
unit's front- or rear-panel USB port. To access Pandora you must have an Apple
iPhone (iOS5 or later) with the latest version of the
App from Apple's iTunes App Store.
- Pandora via Android: The JVC Arsenal KD-A845BT lets you
playback and control Pandora Internet Radio streamed from your Android
smartphone, via Bluetooth (no hard-wired connection required). To access
Pandora from the JVC head unit, your Bluetooth-enabled Android
smartphone must have the latest version of the Pandora App from theGoogle Play App Store. Your Android smartphone must support
A2DP, AVRCP, and SPP Bluetooth profiles.
- Pandora Control: The JVC Arsenal KD-A845BT will provide control
over the Pandora music service streamed to your USB-connected iPhone or
Bluetooth-enabled Android smartphone.
- Station List: You can select Pandora stations from
your Station List by date or alphabetically (A-Z).
- Create New Station: New stations can be created
based on the current songs or artists playing on Pandora.
- Skip Songs: You can skip song tracks within a
station. You cannot skip back to a previous song. Pandora limits the
number of skips allowed.
- Thumbs Up/Down: You can give songs a thumbs up or
thumbs down to help Pandora personalize stations to suit your
- Bookmarking: The song or artist currently being
played can be bookmarked & stored in your Pandora account.
- Information Display: The JVC Arsenal KD-A845BT will display
Artist, Album, & Song information provided by the Pandora app on your iPhone
or Android smartphone.
Note: Access to the Pandora service will depend on the
availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your
iPhone or smartphone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in
Canada and only available in the United States.
SiriusXM Ready: The JVC KD-A845BT comes ready for SiriusXM
programming with access to XM and Sirius Satellite Radio stations. Thanks to its
proprietary SiriusXM Connect port, you can add the optional
SXV200V1 SiriusXM Connect tuner and receive more than 150 channels of
exclusive programming directly from SiriusXM, via the "SiriusXM
All Access" package (subscription required). VisitSiriusXM.com
for a complete list of subscription options and channel guide. Additional
features of the SXV200 SiriusXM Connect tuner include:
- Channel list displays a list of all available channels
- Category Search searches for channels in a certain category
- Displayed Information such as Channel Name, Artist Name, & Song Title
can be viewed on the head unit's LCD
- Up to 18 SiriusXM Satellite Radio station presets
- Direct Tuning via included remote
- Supports the SiriusXM Instant Replay function, so you can pause, rewind,
and replay up to 30 minutes of live content
- 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
24 Bit D/A Converter: The JVC Arsenal KD-A845BT utilizes a
24-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality.
MOSFET Amplifier: The KD-A845BT 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
CEA2006 Compliant: The power specifications for the KD-A845BT
are compliant with the CEA2006 Mobile Amplifier Power Testing and Measurement
standards from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). These standards were
developed as a way to equitably compare power specs from model to model and
between manufacturers. The power output specs for the KD-A845BT are as follows:
- CEA2006 Specs: 20 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms,
20Hz-20kHz, 1% THD-N)
- Maximum Power Output: 50 watts x 4 channels (200 total
Amplifier Gain Control: When you
are using the KD-A845BT 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/4V Preamp Outputs: The KD-A845BT 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.
Subwoofer Controls: 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-A845BT is equipped with JVC's Pro EQ. The
integrated equalizer offers 7 preset sound modes (Flat, Natural, Dynamic, Vocal Boost, Bass Boost,
& User) suitable for the music genre of your choice. The User mode allows you to manually adjust the head unit's 3-band parametric EQ
(Frequency, Level, and Q-Factor).
|Bass||60, 80, 100, 200 Hz||+/- 12 dB (-6 to +6)||1.0, 1.25, 1.5, 2.0|
|Midrange||0.5, 1.0, 1.5, 2.5
kHz||+/- 12 dB (-6 to
+6)||0.75, 1.0, 1.25|
|Treble||10.0, 12.5, 15.0, 17.5
kHz||+/- 12 dB (-6 to +6)||Fixed|
Note: You can store Pro EQ
bass, middle and treble tone settings for each source (CD, AM/FM, Aux, USB,
iPod, Bluetooth, and Pandora).
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 Arsenal KD-A845BT features a
detachable face to deter theft (a hard plastic face case is provided). An optional soft face case (142DFC1X,
sold separately) can also be purchased for this unit. A face-fixing screw is
supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired.
5 Zone Variable Color: The head unit's variable color
illumination is separated into 5 Zones (LCD, rotary dial, button zone 1, button
zone 2, and button zone 3). The KD-A845B 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 5 Zones, or use a different color for each separate Zone.
- LCD Zone: The LCD zone refers to the head unit's LCD screen.
- Rotary Dial Zone: The rotary dial zone refers to the unit's
rotary volume control.
- Button Zone 1: Button Zone 1 contains Phone, Menu, Source/Power,
Back/Return, Next/Previous Track buttons.
- Button Zone 2: Button Zone 2 contains EQ, Display, Preset 1,
Preset 2, and Preset 3 buttons.
- Button Zone 3: Button Zone 3 contains Preset 4, Preset 5, Preset
6, and Eject buttons; along with USB port backlight.
Lighting Effects: You can select a preset color change pattern/speed
for all zones (LCD, rotary dial, button zone 1/2/3). Choose from Spectrum,
Groove, Techno, Emotion, Relax, and NightSweep.
5 Zone Brightness Control: The unit offers a daytime and
nighttime brightness setting for the LCD, rotary dial, button zone 1, button
zone 2, and button zone 3. You can also adjust the brightness level of each zone
manually from 0-31.
Color Guide: When
activated, the Color Guide mode changes the display and all button illumination
to white when menu settings or music list search are performed.
Auto Illumination Dimmer: The display/button
illumination dimmer can be set to Off (normal brightness at all times), On
(display/button illumination is always dimmed), or Auto (display dims when
12-volts is applied to the orange/white illumination lead).
Wireless Remote Control: The
KD-A845BT 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).
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.