Love my new jvc
2004 Chevrolet Impala
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Love my new stereo it sounds awesome and looks awesome and was easy to install
Pros: Looks clean and sounds clean
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If mediocre performance is OK with you, stick with your factory stereo. But if you're into music, JVC's Arsenal Series KD-AR555 CD receiver can ramp your car's audio performance up to a much higher level. Its built-in amp generates some pretty serious power, and you'll enjoy some options you may not have now, including a USB port, an auxiliary input, and a 3-band parametric equalizer. And JVC protects this versatile receiver with its 2-year Arsenal warranty.
To tune this receiver's powerful sound, JVC's Pro EQ offers three bands of equalization with adjustable center points so you can really zero in on problem spots in your car's acoustics. Digital Track Expander juices up the sound of compressed music files, and you can add more kick to any source with the loudness switch and bass boost.
Choose from a variety of colors for the KD-AR555's controls.
The bright white text display makes it easy to read song and system info in a variety of lighting conditions. You can choose from an almost unlimited variety of different colors for the buttons and controls, so this JVC will look right at home in your dash.
In most vehicles you can use an adapter (not included) to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this JVC car 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.
Love my new stereo it sounds awesome and looks awesome and was easy to install
tricia, Leesburg fl
Average Customer Review(s):
Love my new stereo it sounds awesome and looks awesome and was easy to install
Pros: Looks clean and sounds clean
Very happy with this unit. Easy install and wonderful sound quality. Most importantly, outstanding customer service! Crutchfield is my "go to" source for all my automotive audio needs.
Pros: Easy install and outstanding customer service.
Very cool with color-fading lights. Excellent reception.
Pros: Many inputs.
Cons: USB not so easy to navigate (could be me)
Awesome stereo. Just about infinite color selection for the display
Bought this to replace a bad after market head unit for my Jeep Wrangler. Being that the doors are off from May-October I didn't want to spend a fortune on a new one. This unit has tons of features above most basic units, the sound is powerful and deep, and the color buttons are cool. Highly recommend for the price and quality.
Pros: Sound Power Color Change Price
Cons: Doesn't recognize my Galaxy So and USB not powerful enough to charge it either. Menu a little "deep".
I am extremely impressed with this stereo. The look is fantastic and the sound quality is wonderful. I particularly love how well it allows me to control the subwoofer in my vehicle. Everything is great! And the price was very good as well.
Pros: The looks. The sound quality. Led brightness control. Subwoofer control
Easy installation, user-friendly controls,great EQ
Pros: Bass boost, can add an amp later
Cons: CD player starts over every time you start the car
Replaced my stock head unit with this while on a budget and its great. Sound quality is very clean and it adds a sweet touch of color to my car almost like its a centerpiece. For how cheap is was its far better quality all around than i had expected.
Pros: Sweet colors, looks nice, solidly built, clear sound, easy to use.
I purchased the JVC Arsenal through Crutchfield for half the price that any of my local audio dealers wanted for the same head unit! Very impressed with the cost and delivery of the products i purchased at Crutchfield! If i need any audio products ever again, it will only be Crutchfield from here on out for me! Thank you guys very much!
Pros: Easy to use and operate
This radio was easy for me to install, and sounds better than the original radio in my 1999 Honda Accord. I had used the original radio for listening to band rehearsal recordings that I'd make on my Zoom H4 portable digital recorder, by using a dummy cassette tape that I feed off the headphone jack of the H4. The cassette transport on the original radio started ejecting everything (real cassettes as well as the dummy), so I went looking for a replacement. The AR555 has an AUX in so I can connect anything with a headphone jack (including my H4), but what I find really great is that it also has a USB connection, so I can just copy songs to a jump drive memory stick and plug it directly into the radio, and the radio provides the interface for finding and playing songs from the stick. I no longer have a cassette player (which I don't need anymore), and I have now moved all the way up to the 1990's with a CD player. So all in all this radio met and exceeded my requirements and expectations. Plus the eye candy of being able to change the colors of the display is an amusing though ultimately unnecessary feature for me (perhaps there are those who want to color co-ordinate their radio and interior).
Pros: Good sound, and for my use the USB and AUX inputs are much better than using the dummy cassette approach. It was easy for me to install. I went so far as to solder and heat shrink (instead of crimping) the connections. That was the most intricate part - once I had the harness completed the old radio came out and the new went back in easily in just a few minutes, and fit perfectly. It screwed into the housing of the original radio, so I didn't need the replacement housing I had purchased.
Cons: You would have to buy a model or so higher to be able to have the radio be in control of your iPhone/iPod, this model doesn't do that, but I didn't need that. I can, of course, play my iPod from its headphone jack connected to the AUX input, and control it (song selection/play/stop) using the iPod itself. It does take charge of an attached USB memory stick, providing song selection and play/pause functionality.
Good for the price
With the supplied wire harness adapter and wiring diagram it was very easy to install. A quick skim over the manual and all components of the interface were easy to use and understand.
Pros: The color options make it a fun experience to have in the car. The equalizer has tons of options and with the user settings the sound customization seems endless.
Cons: It was a little tricky at first to figure out how the custom color option worked but after a bit of tinkering it was easy. I'd say if I would have read the manual more thoroughly it would have been easy from the start. Other than that I haven't owned it long enough to find any real cons
Excellent sound, and value. Easy to install. Very satisfied.
I've bought about 7 receivers and JVC and especially this one has been the best. Easy to use, worth the money, just great quality all over! Very recommended.
Pros: Easy-to-use, color changing has a nice variety, EQ settings are awesome.
Cons: Really don't have any.
Great Stereo for the price
|Memory Card Slot||USB memory|
|Satellite Radio Ready||No|
|RMS Power Output||22 watts|
|Peak Output||50 watts|
|RMS Power Bandwidth||20-20kHz|
|Sub Preamp Outputs||No|
|Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs||Yes|
|Preamp Voltage||2.5 volts|
|Key Button Color||Variable|
|Steering Wheel Control Compatible||Adapter required|
|Parts Warranty||2 Years|
|Labor Warranty||2 Years|
|FM Sensitivity||8.2 dBf|
|Radio Data System||Yes|
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 Arsenal KD-AR555 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: This unit's USB port does not support direct connection of an Apple iPod, iPhone, or iPad.
MP3/WMA/WAV Playback: The JVC Arsenal KD-AR555 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 MCS Device|
|File System||ISO9660 Level 1 or 2, Romeo, Joliet, or Windows long file name||FAT 12/16/32|
|Playable File Types|
MP3: bit rate of
8-320kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48kHz
|Maximum # of Folders/Files||999 folders/20,480 files|
|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 Arsenal KD-AR555 offers the following Repeat and Random playback modes.
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-AR555, 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.
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.
Android Compatible: The JVC Arsenal KD-AR555 supports USB-connection and playback of Android smartphones with Froyo or Gingerbread operating systems installed.
Note: The Drive Change feature also 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.
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.
16 Bit D/A Converter: The JVC Arsenal KD-AR555 utilizes a 16-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality.
MOSFET Amplifier: The JVC KD-AR555 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-AR555 are as follows:
Note: When you are using the KD-AR555 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.
Switchable 2ch/2.5V Preamp Outputs: The KD-AR555 is equipped with one pair of 2.5V preamp outputs. You can set the Rear/SW preamp outputs for connecting rear speakers (through an external amplifier) or for connecting a subwoofer (through an external amplifier). When set for rear speakers, the rear outputs operate with the unit's fader control. When set for subwoofer, the outputs are non-fading.Subwoofer Controls: When the unit's Rear/SW preamp output is set to Subwoofer, you can set the cutoff frequency of the low-pass filter at 55Hz, 85Hz, or 120Hz. You can also adjust the head unit's subwoofer level between -8 and +8 (separate from the main volume level).
Pro EQ: The KD-AR555 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 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, Tuner, Aux, and USB).
Sound Enhancements: The head unit provides further sound enhancements for your car audio system.
Key Beep: The in-dash head unit provides an audible beep to confirm button operation. This function can be turned On or Off.
RDS AM/FM Tuner: The JVC Arsenal KD-AR555 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.
Detachable Face: The JVC Arsenal KD-AR555 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. A face-fixing screw is supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired.
Single-Line LCD: The head unit features a 11-segment, one-line LCD with white back-lit text, plus adjustable brightness and dimmer settings.
Variable Button Illumination: The JVC KD-AR555 features variable button illumination, so you can better match your vehicle's interior lightning. You can choose one of 29 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 also select a different color for daytime and nighttime in regards to the unit's button illumination.
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.
Wireless Remote Control: The KD-AR555 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 Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.
Optional Bluetooth: The JVC KS-BTA100 Bluetooth Adapter (105KSBTA10, sold separately) provides Bluetooth hands-free communication and digital audio streaming functions for the JVC Arsenal KD-AR555. The JVC KS-BTA100 gives you hands-free communication from your compatible Bluetooth mobile phone and wireless streaming audio from a Bluetooth enabled digital audio player, when connected to the JVC in-dash head unit. The JVC Bluetooth Adapter includes a super-sensitive microphone, an Answer/End button, and playback controls. The JVC Arsenal KD-AR555 can be set to automatically mute any music audio to your vehicle's speakers so you can listen to your telephone call using your car speakers.
Note: Not all Bluetooth devices will be compatible. Visit theJVC Mobile Entertainment Bluetooth Support Page for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled devices.
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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 Jul 25, 2014 ] Staff
i dont believe it does :( [ ROBERT J Mar 31, 2014 ]
Yes, and it controls pandora or I heart radio from your smart phone via USB.[ CYNTHIA Mar 31, 2014 ]