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JVC Arsenal KD-AHD69
Our take on the JVC Arsenal KD-AHD69 by Crutchfield's Zak Billmeier
Enjoy the crystal-clear sound of HD Radio®
Enjoy what HD Radio™ has to offer with the JVC Arsenal KD-AHD69 CD receiver. Its built-in tuner lets you dial in the enhanced sound quality of digital AM/FM stations, giving you FM sound that approaches CD quality, plus AM that sounds like traditional FM. You can also adjust the receiver's display colors to match your dash lighting, plus you'll get a rock-solid two-year warranty to boot.
iTunes® tagging and iPod® control
Use the convenient front-panel USB input to connect and control your iPod® or iPhone®, and speed your way through songs and playlists with the KD-AHD69's controls. You can also switch over to the iPod's controls if your passengers prefer the hands-on approach. You'll see song and artist info bright and clear on the receiver's 2-line display.
Note: If you're going to use your iPod with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility with this receiver or its optional iPod adapter.
When you're listening to an HD Radio station, just tap the dedicated button to "tag" a song you like. The next time you connect your iPod to the computer, you'll be prompted to buy your tagged tunes from the iTunes store.
Play your digital music files
This versatile stereo will handle all your CDs and recordable discs, as well as discs or or thumb drives you've loaded with MP3 and WMA files. You can connect a portable satellite radio to the auxiliary input, or install a JVC satellite radio tuner permanently. The KD-AHD69 also works with JVC's Bluetooth® adapter for even greater flexibility.
Go ahead and turn it up. The built-in amplifier gives you plenty of clean power when you're out with your friends. An advanced digital-to-analog converter brings out all the details in your music, and you can adjust the 7-band equalizer to get the perfect sound for your vehicle.
Clean sound for your amps and subs
Two sets of 5-volt preamp outputs simplify the process of adding amps and subs to your system, while providing a clean, noise-free signal. The subwoofer output includes a handy selectable low-pass filter, and you can add just the right amount of bass with the subwoofer level control.
Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?
In most vehicles, you can use this adapter 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.
very nice unit. HD radio is excellent... expandability is good... seven level equalizer allows custom audio tuning... plenty of power...all in all a remarkable value!
Tom B, TX
What's in the Box:
- AM/FM/CD receiver with 15-amp ATC fuse inserted into chassis
- Sleeve (attached)
- Trim ring (attached)
- Wiring harness
- Plastic face-case
- Wireless remote control (RM-RK50)
- CR2025 Lithium battery (installed)
- 2 Radio removal tools
- Face security screw
- Instructions/Installation manual (English)
- Instruction/Installation manual (French)
- Instructions/Installation manual (Spanish)
- US Warranty Sheet
- Canadian Warranty Card
- Product Registration Card/Questionnaire
- Face security screw note
- "Caution!" note (attached to wiring harness)
- CD receiver with built-in MOSFET amplifier (20 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
- plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs, and MP3/WMA files on disc
- variable color display (separate control over right and left sides of receiver)
- detachable face
- remote control
- built-in HD Radio tuner with iTunes tagging
- built-in iPod and iPhone control
- 7-band iEQ
- subwoofer level control
- inputs: front-panel auxiliary input, USB input
- outputs: 4-channel preamp outputs (5-volt front, sub)
- works with JVC's satellite radio tuner and Bluetooth adapter
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Features and Specs
|AUX Input||Front and Optional Rear|
|Memory Card Slot||USB memory|
|Satellite Radio Ready||Both|
|RMS Power Output||20 watts|
|Peak Output||50 watts|
|RMS Power Bandwidth||20-20kHz|
|Sub Preamp Outputs||Yes|
|Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs||No|
|Preamp Voltage||5 volts|
|Key Button Color||VariableColor|
|Steering Wheel Control Compatible||Yes|
|Parts Warranty||2 Years|
|Labor Warranty||2 Years|
|FM Sensitivity||8.3 dBf|
|Radio Data System||No|
Detachable Face: The unit features a single front loading CD face that detaches from the chassis to deter theft. The CD player comes supplied with a plastic face-case to protect the detachable face when you have it off the chassis.
Separated Variable-Color LCD and Key Illumination: The JVC KD-AHD69 features 29 color presets for the LCD display and button illumination. 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. The chosen color can be applied to the display panel and the backlighting for all the buttons except Eject, EQ, and display; those remain red. You can choose to use the same color for the LCD display and button illumination or use a separate color for each one. You can also select a different color for daytime and nighttime in regards to the unit's LCD display and button illumination.
Display/Button 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 illumination lead).
Clock Display: While playing a CD, you can switch between the clock display and the CD elapsed time display (the track number always appears). While listening to the radio you can switch between the clock display and the station frequency display. When you press the Display button during power off, the unit will turn on, display the clock for 5 seconds, then shut off. This can be done with the ignition on or off.
24 Bit D/A Converter: The JVC KD-AHD69 utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior CD sound quality.
MOSFET Amplifier: The KD-AHD69 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.
CEA2006 Compliant: The power specifications for the KD-AHD69 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-AHD69 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 watts)
7-Band Intelligent EQ (i-EQ): The JVC KD-AHD69 is equipped with a 7-Band Intelligent EQ (i-EQ) and 6 user presets (Flat, Natural, Dynamic, Bass Boost, Vocal Boost, and User). The User EQ preset allows you to manually adjust the headunit's 7-band parametric EQ(Sub Bass, Bass, Mid Bass, Mid, Mid High, High, and Ultra High) from +/-10dB.
Amplifier Gain Control: When you are using the KD-AHD69 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. When all speakers in the system are powered by an external amplifier, the internal amplifier can be turned off.
Subwoofer Output: In addition to the 5.0 volt front preamp outputs, this unit has a set of 5.0 volt subwoofer preamp outputs. The subwoofer output is non-fading and has independent level control, adjustable from 00 to 08, and an adjustable low-pass crossover. You can select a cutoff frequency of Low (72 Hz), Mid (111 Hz), or High (157 Hz).
Note: This headunit is not equipped with a a rear-channel preamp output.
Source Volume: 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 -1 to +10.
Key-Touch Tone: The in-dash headunit provides an audible beep to confirm button operation. This function can be turned On or Off.
DiAS II Digital Tuner: This model is equipped with JVC's Digital Intelligent Advanced Sensing tuner that is capable of receiving digital (HD Radio) and analog AM/FM stations.
Built-in HD Radio: With the built-in HD Radio tuner, you can receive digital AM/FM broadcasts from local stations where available. This new technology will significantly improve audio quality and reception, as well as include information such as artist name and song titles or traffic news, viewable on the receiver's display. HD Radio Technology will deliver high-quality digital sound. AM digital will have FM-like quality in stereo, while FM digital will have CD-like quality with static free and clear reception.
Note: Right now there are about 2,000 radio stations broadcasting using digital HD Radio technology in the U.S. To find HD Radio stations in your area, visit the HD Radio website (HDRadio.com).
iTunes Tagging: Using the headunit's iTunes Tagging enabled HD Radio, you can tag your HD music (up to 60 songs) while listening to the radio with your iPod connected. When you hear a song you enjoy on your local HD Radio station, you only have to press the headunit's "Tag" button and the song's information will be saved to your connected iPod. The saved songs will then show up in a playlist called "Tagged" in iTunes the very next time you sync your iPod to your PC. Then you just need to click, buy, and download the song you tagged directly from the Apple iTunes Music Store.
Note: The following model iPods/iPhones support iTunes Tagging - iPod nano (3rd/4th/5th/6th), iPod classic (80/120/160GB), iPod touch (1st/2nd/3rd/4th), iPhone (2G/3G/3GS/4).
Multicasting: In addition to conventional broadcasts, with HD Radio broadcasting, it is possible to choose from up to 8 multicast programs (HD1 to HD8 and analog). There are also data programs for each program.
Display Information: AM/FM digital stations can offer text and data such as artist names and song titles. The built-in HD Radio tuner displays song title, artist and station information on the display of the JVC KD-AHD69.
Analog Broadcasts: In addition to HD AM/FM stations, the KD-AHD69 can also receive conventional analog AM/FM broadcasts.
Digital/Analog Tuning: You can setup the KD-AHD69 to search both analog and digital radio stations, only HD Radio stations, and analog radio stations only.
Digital/Analog Presets: You can set up to 18 FM and 6 AM digital/analog presets stations as presets (HD Radio multicast channels can also be preset). Presets can be set manually, or automatically using Strong-station Sequential Memory (SSM).
Mono Mode: If an analog FM stereo broadcast is hard to receive, you can manually switch the tuner to Mono operation.
IF Filter: You can also switch the analog tuner's IF filter to Wide or Auto to increase/decrease the sensitivity.
US/European Tuning: You can set the built-in AM/FM tuner between US standard and European tuning spacing.
Satellite Radio Ready: There are several options for connecting an optional XM or SIRIUS Satellite Radio receiver to this receiver:
- XM Satellite Radio: To receive XM Satellite Radio connect the optional CNP2000UCA XM Direct2 tuner and the JVC CNP-JVC1 adapter cable (package item number 700XMJVC2, sold separately).
- SIRIUS: The JVC KD-AHD69 is compatible with the
SiriusConnect Universal Tuner and Plug & Play Dock.
- SiriusConnect Tuner: Connect the optional SC-C1 SiriusConnect vehicle tuner (item number 607SCC1) and the JVC KS-SRA100 SIRIUS adapter (item number 105KSRA100) - package # 700SIRJVC1, sold separately.
- SiriusConnect Dock: Select dock-and-play and portable SIRIUS radios can be controlled using the JVC KS-SRA100 SIRIUS adapter (item number 105KSRA100, sold separately) and the SC-VDOC1 dock (item number 607SCVDOC1, sold separately).
- Auxiliary Input: A portable XM or Sirius satellite radio receiver can be connected to the head unit via the front panel auxiliary input or a JVC auxiliary input adapter, such as the KS-U57 or KS-U58 (sold separately).
Note: A subscription is also required to receive satellite radio programming from SIRIUS or XM.
MP3/WMA Playback: The KD-AHD69 can play MP3 (32-320 kbps)/WMA files (32-320 kbps) that have been recorded on CD-R and CD-RW discs. The disc must be recorded in one of the following formats: ISO 9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, Romeo or Windows long file. Each disc can have a maximum of 8 folder hierarchies, 255 folders, and no more than a total of 512 files and/or folders on each disc. The unit also supports IDTag3 (version 1.0, 1.1, 2.2, 2.3 or 2.4) for album and artist information from MP3 or WMA files.
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 damage; playback starts automatically.
Disc Resume: If you change the source, playback also stops (without ejecting the disc). Next time you select CD for the playback source, the disc will start from where it has been stopped previously.
Mounting: For proper disc playback you must install the unit within 30-degrees of horizontal.
USB Port: The JVC KD-AHD69 features a front panel USB 2.0 type-A port behind a sliding cover for connection of a USB mass-storage class device (FAT 12/16/32). The USB port enables audio playback and control of MP3/WMA (32-320 kbps) audio files stored on a portable USB mass-storage class device. The KD-AHD69 can recognize up to 255 folders (255 files per folder) and 65,025 total files. The unit also supports IDTag3 (version 1.0, 1.1, 2.2, 2.3 or 2.4) for album and artist information from MP3/WMA files.
Note: You cannot connect a USB device via a USB hub or Multi-Card Reader to this unit.
iPod Direct: The JVC KD-AHD69's front-panel USB port also acts as an iPod high-speed direct connection when used with the USB/iPod cable that came with your iPod. Menu options allow iPod control from the headunit or from the iPod itself. From the headunit's front-panel controls you can search your iPod/iPhone's music by Category (Playlist/Artist/Album/Song/Genre/Composer). The KD-AHD69 also supports Repeat and Random playback functions of your iPod/iPhone. Regardless of control mode, the KD-AHD69 will display your iPod/iPhone's music file text. The iPod/iPhone is also charged whenever it is connected with the head unit turned on. The JVC KD-AHD69 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of Jan. 2010):
|iPod/iPhone Model||Generation||Media Type||Control Type||Display Type||Charge|
|Audio||Video||Headunit||iPod/iPhone||Song/Artist Text||Track Info|
Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the headunit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to revert to the older software version or wait until an newer software update is available.
Front Panel Auxiliary Input: A front panel stereo minijack is provided to allow the connection of a portable audio source. Just connect your portable digital music player to this unit, and you can listen to the audio from the portable player through the speakers in your mobile audio system.
Optional Rear Auxiliary Input: An optional KS-U57 or KS-U58 adapter (105KSU57 or 257KSU58, both sold separately) can be connected to the J-port on the rear panel; giving you an additional auxiliary input. When either of these adapters is used, you cannot connect another external device to this port.
Bluetooth Compatible: With the optional JVC KS-BTA200 Bluetooth Adapter (105BTA200, sold separately), this unit allows you to make and receive cellular phone calls through your Bluetooth enabled phone, or listen to a Bluetooth audio device. You can register up to 5 Bluetooth devices to this unit, however, only one unit of each type can be used at a time. When making a call, dial from your Phonebook, Redial, Voice Dial, or dial from the list of received or missed calls.
Wireless Remote Control: The KD-AHD69 comes supplied with a wireless remote control (RM-RK50). The remote contains Power, Attenuator, Sound, Source, Track, and Volume functions. The remote operates off of a single CR2025 3V Lithium-cell battery (included).
OEM Steering Wheel Remote Compatible:The unit also features an OEM steering wheel remote control input on the rear of the unit to allow you to keep your vehicle's radio steering wheel remote controls when used with the optional PAC SWI-JACK Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (127SWIJACK, sold separately); or the optional Metra ASWC Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (120ASWC, sold separately).
Note: Please consult the Crutchfield Car Selector to see if your vehicle is compatible.
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