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Our take on the JVC KD-HDR50 by Crutchfield's Zak Billmeier
Recently rated as a "Best Buy" by Consumer's Digest, JVC's KD-HDR50 CD receiver features a built-in HD Radio tuner, making it easier than ever to enjoy the excellent sound quality and extra programming options from participating AM and FM stations. HD Radio's digital broadcasts really pump up the sound FM broadcasts sound almost as good as a CD, while AM stations sound like traditional FM. One more cool feature you can tag tunes you hear on HD Radio stations, and your iPod will remind you about your picks next time you plug into the JVC.
Great all-around sound
The powerful built-in amplifier and superior digital-to-analog converter will ensure great performances from any source. The iEQ 7-band equalizer gives you pinpoint control over your treble, midrange, and bass, so you can tailor the music to your listening taste and automotive environment. JVC includes a wireless remote that allows you or your passengers to control playback from anywhere in the car.
Play your iPod® and other sources
You can connect newer iPods directly to this receiver's front panel USB input, or use JVC's optional iPod interface to connect an older iPod to the KD-HDR50. You'll control the player from the stereo, so you won't need to fumble around with the iPod itself.
Load up a disc or a USB thumb drive with your MP3 and WMA files for hours of tunes for your next road trip. A handy front-panel auxiliary input lets you add even more sources, like a Dock & Play satellite radio or an MP3 player.
Two sets of preamp outputs let you add amps and subs, and a subwoofer setting lets you adjust the crossover point and overall level of your subwoofer system for precise tuning. Hook up Bluetooth® with JVC's optional adapter for safer hands-free calls, or tap into the commercial-free music and entertainment of satellite radio with an optional tuner.
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.
I have had this stereo in my truck for more than a year. I replaced an Alpine head unit so I could get HD Radio and USB control of my iPhone. I have had no issues and the sound quality is excellent. I highly reccomend this stereo.
What's in the Box:
- HD/AM/FM/CD receiver with 15-amp ATC fuse inserted into chassis
- Trim ring
- Hard plastic face case
- Wiring harness
- Wireless remote control (RM-RK50)
- CR2025 Lithium battery
- 2 Radio removal tools
- Mounting bolt
- Flat washer
- Hex nut
- Rubber bushing
- Face fixing screw
- Instructions (Eng/Spa/Fre)
- Installation/Connection Manual (Eng/Spa/Fre)
- Warranty Card (Canada)
- Warranty Sheet (US)
- Product Registration Card/Questionnaire
- "Caution" note attached to wiring harness
- Face fixing screw note
- Bluetooth function information
- CD receiver with built-in MOSFET amplifier (20 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
- built-in HD Radio tuner
- plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs (including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA files)
- Variable-Color Illumination (select from 29 colors)
- detachable face
- remote control
- iEQ 7-band equalizer
- iTunes Tagging tag songs on HD Radio stations for future download from iTunes
- compatible with optional JVC iPod adapter, Bluetooth adapter, satellite radio, CD changer
- inputs: front-panel USB and auxiliary inputs, optional rear aux input
- outputs: 4-channel preamp outputs (front, sub)
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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||2.5 volts|
|Key Button Color||Variable|
|Steering Wheel Control Compatible||No|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
|FM Sensitivity||8.3 dBf|
|Radio Data System||No|
MOS-FET Amplifier: The JVC CD player features a CEA-2006 compliant MOS-FET 20 Watts RMX x 4-channel amplifier in 4ohms at 1% THD+N with an 80 dBA signal-to-noise-ratio.
DiAS II Tuner: This model is equipped with JVC's Digital Intelligent Advanced Sensing tuner, offering unprecedented analog radio performance with higher sensitivity and selectivity. You can set up to 18 FM and 6 AM stations as presets. Presets can be set manually, or automatically using Strong-station Sequential Memory (SSM). If an 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.
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. In addition, AM/FM digital stations can offer text and data such as artist names and song titles. Many HD Radio stations also offer more than one channel of programming. This service is called multicasting. You can setup the KD-HDR50 to search only HD Radio stations. To find HD Radio stations in your area, visit HDRadio.com
HD Radio/iTunes Tagging: This iTunes Tagging feature lets you Tag songs you hear on HD Radio stations and stores the info on your connected iPod through the unit's USB port. The next time you connect your iPod to iTunes, you will be able to preview your selections and then purchase and download them from directly from iTunes.
MP3/WMA Playback: The KD-HDR50 can play MP3/WMA (32-320 kbps) files 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, or Romeo. Each disc can have a maximum of 8 folder hierarchies, 255 folders, and no more than a total of 512 files 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.
Intelligent EQ (7-Band iEQ): This model has Rock, Classic, Pops, Hip Hop, Jazz, Flat, and User preset EQ curves. The User preset can be adjusted to your preference and stored in memory. For the User preset, you can independently adjust the following frequencies: 60 Hz, 150 Hz, 400 Hz, 1 kHz, 2.4 kHz, 6 kHz, and 15 kHz. The level of each frequency can be adjusted from -10 to +10 in increments of two.
Amplifier Gain Control: When you are using the KD-HDR50 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.
Subwoofer Output: In addition to the 2.5-volt gold-plated front preamp output, this unit has a set of 2.5-volt gold-plated subwoofer preamp outputs. The subwoofer output has independent level control, adjustable from 00 to 08, and a selectable low-pass crossover. You can select a cutoff frequency of 72, 111, or 157Hz.
Front Panel Auxiliary Input: A front panel stereo minijack is provided to allow the connection of a portable audio source. Just connect your portable cassette, MD or MP3 player to this unit, and you can listen to the audio from the portable player through the speakers in your mobile audio system.
Optional Input Adapter: An optional JVC Line Input Adapter (item number 105KSU57 or 257KSU58) may be used to provide an additional auxiliary audio only input on this unit. This feature allows you to connect a portable audio player, such as a portable MP3 player, to this unit as an additional audio source. The adapter connects to the CD changer input on this unit. When the adapter is connected to this unit, a CD changer cannot be connected.
Source Level: You can adjust the volume (-10 to +10) of each source (except FM) compared to the unit's FM volume level. The volume level will automatically increase or decrease when you change sources.
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; 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.
Variable Illumination: You can change the head unit's display and button illumination between 29 preset shades of white, blue, purple, red, orange, yellow, aqua, and green. Additionally there is a custom User setting, allowing you to individually adjust the intensity of the red, green, and blue between 0 and 31, resulting in 32,767 possible color options.
Dimmer: When 12 volts is applied to the illumination lead and the dimmer set to Auto, the display dims. The dimmer can also be set to Off (normal brightness at all times) or On (display is always dimmed).
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. In the menu, the clock can be set to display with the unit on or off, only turning off when the ignition is turned off ("keyed" operation).
Wireless Remote Control: The KD-HDR50 comes supplied with a wireless remote control (RM-RK50). The remote contains Power, Attenuator, Sound, Source, Tracking and Volume functions.
USB Input: The JVC KD-HDR50 features a front-panel USB type-A port. This allows you to play USB mass storage devices loaded with MP3/WMA (32-320 kbps) audio files. For the unit to recognize the USB medium, it must be specified as a mass storage device and formatted using FAT 12, FAT 16, or FAT 32. This unit can recognize a total of 65,025 files and 255 folders (a maximum of 255 files per folder). This unit will recognize a total of 25 characters for file/folder names. This unit cannot recognize a USB device whose rating is other than 5V and exceeds 500 mA. An integrated sliding-cover is supplied to protect the USB connection when not in use.
Direct iPod Connection: The JVC KD-HDR50'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. An additional iPod cable is available (item number 472USBCBLE) so you can leave one at home and one in the car. Menu options allow iPod control from the radio's front panel or from the iPod itself. The iPod is charged whenever it is connected with the head unit turned on. The JVC KD-HDR50 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of Dec. 2009):
iPod/iPhone Model Media Type Control Display Charge Audio Video Unit iPod Song/Artist Track dock-connector (3 gen) N N N N N N N click-wheel/color-display (4 gen) N N N N N N N mini (1/2 gen) N N N N N N N video (5 gen) Y N Y N Y Y Y classic (80/120/160 GB) Y N Y Y Y Y Y nano 1 gen Y N Y N Y Y Y 2 gen Y N Y Y Y Y Y 3 gen Y N Y Y Y Y Y 4 gen Y N Y Y Y Y Y 5 gen Y N Y Y Y Y Y touch 1 gen Y N Y Y Y Y Y 2 gen Y N Y Y Y Y Y 3 gen Y N Y Y Y Y Y iPhone 2G Y N Y Y Y Y Y 3G Y N Y Y Y Y Y 3GS Y N Y Y Y Y Y
Note: Apple firmware updates may change functionality results. The KD-HDR50 is also compatible with the optional KS-PD100 external iPod adapter (item number 257KSPD100, sold separately). When the KS-PD100 is added, the iPod dock connector (3rd gen.), iPod click-wheel/color-display (4th gen.), and iPod mini (1st/2nd gen.) are also compatible.
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, you can connect the optional CNP2000UC XM Mini Tuner and the JVC CNP-JVC1 adapter cable (package item number 700XMJVC1).
- SIRIUS: The JVC KD-HDR50 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).
- SiriusConnect Dock: Select dock-and-play and portable SIRIUS radios can be controlled using the JVC KS-SRA100 SIRIUS adapter (item number 105KSRA100) and the SC-VDOC1 dock (item number 607SCVDOC1).
- Auxiliary Input: A portable satellite radio receiver, such as the XM Delphi SkyFi3 or SIRIUS Sportster, 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 (item numbers 105KSU57 and 257KSU58).
Note: A subscription is also required to receive satellite radio programming from SIRIUS or XM.
Optional Bluetooth Operation: The KD-HDR50 will support Bluetooth operation when the optional JVC Bluetooth Adapter (KS-BTA200, sold separately) is connected to the receiver's "J-Bus" port on the rear chassis of the unit. The headunit's display will flash when a call comes in. You can set the unit to automatically answer all incoming phone-calls. The headunit will also display text messaging with a compatible phone. You can make a call from headunit in one of six ways - Phone Book, Missed Calls, Phone Number, Received Calls, Redial, and Voice. The adapter also allows the JVC headunit to playback audio wirelessly from your Bluetooth compatible portable audio player and operate the following playback options of your Bluetooth compatible portable audio player - Start Playback, Pause, Forward Skip, Reverse Skip and Stop.
CD Changer Controls: This unit is directly compatible with JVC CD changers. When connected to a CD Text capable changer, this unit can display disc and track titles for discs encoded with that information.
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