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Our take on the JVC KD-NX5000 by Crutchfield's Matt Holliday
If you want the most from your in-dash receiver, but space is a concern, the JVC KD-NX5000 DVD receiver packs a lot of features into a standard-sized chassis. Not only do you get DVD and CD playback, but you'll also find a full color 3.5" screen and a dedicated 40-gigabyte hard drive for navigation.
Built-in hard drive navigation
The navigation drive features more than 13 million points of interest and multiple destination searches, so it's easy to find restaurants, hotels, and landmarks in unfamiliar places. The hard drive houses all navigation features, so you can use the CD/DVD player and get directions at the same time. You can choose between 2D and 3D map displays, with direct scroll and direct zoom features to make viewing easier. The built-in RDS-TMC tuner helps you avoid traffic jams.
Plenty of room for music
The KD-NX5000 plays CDs and DVDs loaded with MP3, WAV, and WMA files, so music is no problem. You can also load up to 26 gigabytes of your digital music or CDs to the internal hard drive that's almost 460 standard length CDs right in your dash. You can search for MP3 files in the hard drive by album name, artist, or song title. Whatever you listen to, you can rely on the forceful built-in amplifier and precise 7-band equalizer to make it sound great.
DVD movies and more
JVC designed the KD-NX5000 to play all sorts of movie formats when you're parked, including regular DVDs, DVD-R and DVD-RW, MPEG 1 and 2 formats, and DivX movie files. You can even add another movie or gaming source to the gold-plated video input terminals.
Expand your system
You can also take advantage of your Bluetooth phone with JVC's optional adapter. You'll get hands-free calling, audio control and streaming, phonebook transfer, and points-of-interest sync dialing, which calls your favorite restaurant and hotel numbers saved in your phone.
If you have a truck or SUV, add a rear-view camera for extra safety. The KD-NX5000 also works with JVC's iPod adapter, satellite radio, or CD changer. A comprehensive remote control controls all major functions on the go.
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.
This is one of the absolute best products in the market if not the best. It has too many features to list. It also has very few pardonable flaws. It looks great and even with its numerous features is not difficult to operate.
keji, Charlotte, NC
What's in the Box:
- AM/FM/DVD/CD/HDD Navigation receiver with 15A mini-fuse inserted in chassis
- Hard plastic face case
- Trim ring
- Wireless remote control (RM-RK250)
- Self-adhesive remote holder
- 2 "AAA" batteries
- Wiring harness
- 3 Red plastic crimp splicers
- 2 Radio removal tools
- Mounting bolt (M5 x 20mm)
- Rubber bumper
- Flat washer
- Lock nut (M5)
- Preamp output harness (with 3 pairs of stereo RCA jacks)
- Video in/out harness (with reverse/speed signal/remote wires)
- 16.25' Reverse gear wire (purple w/female bullet connector)
- 16.25 Speed signal wire (pink w/female bullet connector)
- Magnetic GPS antenna with attached 16.25' cable
- Self-adhesive GPS antenna mat
- Face fixing screw
- Instructions (English/French/Spanish)
- Installation/Connection Manual (English/French/Spanish)
- Warranty sheet
- Product Registration card/Questionnaire
- Gauge for confirming installation angle
- "Countries where you may use the Bluetooth function" sheet
- Note on TMC sheet
- Canadian warranty/registration card
- Sheet concerning spacer
- Sheet concerning face fixing screw
- Caution sheet concerning ground wire
- DVD/CD receiver with navigation and built-in amplifier (20 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
- detachable face with 3.5" color screen
- remote control
- plays CDs, CD-Rs, CD-RWs (including discs loaded with MP3, WMA, and WAV files), DVDs, DVD-Rs, DVD-RWs, and DivX
- 24GB hard drive for music storage
- JVC Original lossless recording
- 7-band iEQ
- DVD Audio compatible
- DTS/Dolby Digital
- built-in 16GB hard drive navigation
- 13 million points of interest
- 2D and 3D map viewing angles
- built-in RDS-TMC tuner receives up-to-the-minute traffic reports (subscription required, 3-month subscription included)
- voice guidance in English, French, or Spanish
- compatible with optional JVC Bluetooth adapter
- compatible with optional JVC iPod adapter
- compatible with most factory steering wheel audio controls (adapter required)
- satellite radio ready
- optical digital output
- gold-plated video input/output terminals
- three sets of gold-plated preamp outputs
Other features and specs:
- amp defeat switch
- telephone muting
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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Features and Specs
|AUX Input||Optional Rear|
|Memory Card Slot||No|
|Satellite Radio Ready||---|
|RMS Power Output||20 watts|
|RMS Power Bandwidth||20-20kHz|
|Sub Preamp Outputs||Yes|
|Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs||---|
|Preamp Voltage||2.5 volts|
|Key Button Color||Blue|
|Steering Wheel Control Compatible||---|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
|FM Sensitivity||11.3 dBf|
|Radio Data System||Yes|
3.5" TFT LCD Monitor: This unit features a 3.5" TFT LCD monitor built into the motorized, fold-down faceplate. The LCD serves as a video and navigation monitor and system information display.
Display Tilt Adjustment: The motorized display can be adjusted to one of four angles.
Wallpaper: You can choose from the following wallpapers: Default (blue water), Digital, Midnight, Sunset, Gauges, Sunrise, Nucleus, Carbon, Tunnels, Orbit, Shadow, and Forest.
Hard Disk Drive: The KD-NX5000 is equipped with a 40 GB Hard Disk Drive (HDD). The HDD has 16 GB dedicated for map data and 24 GB for storage. You can record CD tracks and music files (MP3, WMA, and WAV). The recorded tracks are categorized into genres and albums. You can make 99 genres in the music server, and 99 albums in each genre. Each album can contain up to 999 tracks. Playback modes include intro scan, repeat, and random play for tracks, albums, and genres.
Menu Languages: You can choose from three menu languages: English, French, and Spanish.
Selectable Aspect Modes: You can choose from the following aspect modes:
- Regular: 4:3 and 16:9 pictures display with black bars on either side (16:9 images are compressed)
- Full: expands 4:3 pictures horizontally to fill the entire width of the screen, distorting the picture slightly but retaining full image height
- Auto: the correct aspect mode is automatically chosen based on the incoming signal
Intelligent EQ (7-Band iEQ): This unit has Hard Rock, R&B, Pop, Jazz, Dance Music, Country, Reggae, Classic, User 1, User 2, User 3, and Flat preset EQ curves. User 1, User 2, and User 3 presets can be adjusted to your preference and stored in memory. For each User preset, you can independently adjust the following frequencies: 60 Hz, 150 Hz, 400 Hz, 1 kHz, 2.4 kHz, 6 kHz, and 12 kHz. The level of each frequency can be adjusted from -5dB to +5dB in 1dB increments.
MP3/WMA Playback: The KD-NX5000 can play MP3/WMA 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. MP3 files with a bit rate from 32-320 kbps and WMA files with a bit rate from 32-320 kbps are supported.
Amplifier Gain Control: When you are using the KD-NX5000 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.
Source Naming: The KD-NX5000 allows you to assign names of up to 16 characters for AM and FM stations (30 station maximum), and a name up to 16 characters for a connected external component.
Subwoofer Output: This unit has 2.5V front, rear, and subwoofer preamp outputs on a separate plug-in harness. The subwoofer output has independent level control, adjustable from 0 to +08, and a selectable phase setting that can be adjusted to Normal or Reverse.
Crossover: The KD-NX5000 has an internal crossover that allows you to choose one of the following cutoff frequencies: of 55 Hz, 85 Hz, or 125 Hz. This crossover acts as a low-pass filter for the subwoofer preamp output and a high-pass filter for the front and rear preamp outputs. The high-pass filter can be set to Through or On.
Compatibility with Optional Input Adapter: An optional JVC Line Input Adapter (item # 105KSU57) or Aux Input Adapter (item # 105KSU58) may be used to provide an additional auxiliary 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.
Input Setup: You will need to indicate in the setup menu what type of inputs your are connecting. You can choose between a changer and an external input when the J-Link changer port is used. You can also choose between a video input or camera when the video input jack is used.
Dimmer: The dimmer can be set to Off (normal brightness at all times), Auto (display window automatically dims when your car head lights are turned on), On (display is always dimmed) or Time Set (lets you choose the hours when the display is dimmed). The amount of dimming is fixed, it cannot be adjusted. The orange/white illumination wire must be connected to your vehicle's headlight circuit for Auto operation.
Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The KD-NX5000 has a "OE Remote" lead on the back panel. When used with the optional PAC SWI-ALP interface (item # 127SWIALP), you can retain the use of your steering wheel and/or rear seat radio controls when replacing the factory head unit in select vehicles. The SWI-ALP is compatible with over 95% of the vehicles made from 1986 to the present. Compatible vehicles include many Acura, Audi, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, GMC, Honda, Hummer, Infiniti, Isuzu, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercury, Mini, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Oldsmobile, Plymouth, Pontiac, Saab, Saturn, Suzuki, Toyota, and Volkswagen vehicles and Harley Davidson motorcycles. Please consult "Outfit My Car" to see if your vehicle is compatible.
Dolby Digital/DTS: The KD-NX5000 can output Dolby Digital and DTS bitstreams through the optical digital output to a multi-channel surround decoder.
MP3/WMA Playback (Giga MP3): The KD-NX5000 can play MP3/WMA files that have been recorded on DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, and DVD+RW discs. The disc must be compliant with UDF-Bridge format. Discs must be created on a computer with a DVD burner. The DVD burner software application must be compliant with UDF-Bridge format.
Note: DVDs recorded on stand alone consumer DVD burners are not compatible with this unit.
Direct Access: Using the supplied remote, you can directly access any title or chapter on a DVD, and any track on a Video CD.
Multi-Angle Display: This function allows you to choose the viewing angle of scenes that were shot from a number of different angles.
Note: This function is limited to DVDs recorded with multiple camera angles.
Monitor Type: You can choose one of the following monitor types:
- 16:9: select this when the aspect ratio of your monitor is 16:9
- 4:3 Letter Box: select this when the aspect ratio of your monitor is 4:3. While viewing a widescreen picture, the black bars appear on the top and bottom of the screen.
- 4:3 Pan Scan: select this when the aspect ratio of your monitor is 4:3. While viewing a widescreen picture, the black bars do not appear; however, the left and right edges of the picture will not be shown on the screen.
Scan Search: When playing a DVD-Video, DVD-Audio or Video CD, there are five fast-play speeds in both directions (2x, 5x, 10x, 20x, and 60x). Scan search speeds for CDs are 2x and 10x.
Slow Motion: When playing a DVD or Video CD, there are five slow motion speeds in both directions (1/32, 1/16, 1/8, 1/4, and 1/2).
Repeat Play: When playing a DVD, you can repeat the current chapter or title. When playing a Video CD, you can repeat the current track.
Random Play: When playing a Video CD, you can play the tracks in random order.
Intro Play: In this mode, you can play the first 10 seconds of each track on a Video CD.
Dynamic Range Compression: This function reduces a Dolby Digital soundtrack's dynamic range so you can hear quieter dialog without being overwhelmed by loud sections. You can choose a setting of Auto or On.
HDD Navigation: The KD-NX5000 features a built-in GPS Navigation system. Map data is stored on the HDD, and the connected GPS antenna and speed sensor wire help to pinpoint your vehicle's current location. Once a destination is set, the unit provides turn-by-turn voice guidance through the vehicle's speakers.
Note: If your vehicle isn't equipped with a VSS (Vehicle Speed Sensor) wire, item 105KVPG1 will be required for the navigation functions to work properly.
Map Views: You can select from different map views:
- Heading Up: The map rotates so that you are always displayed heading "upwards." The direction is displayed with a compass icon.
- 3D Map: The map is displayed in a "heading up" mode, and in a three-dimensional view. The direction is displayed with a compass icon.
- North Up: The map view is oriented with north "upwards," like normal paper maps. The direction you are heading to is displayed at the upper right corner of the screen with an icon such as "NE."
Destination Search: You can search for a destination by entering the name, address, or telephone number. An alphanumeric keyboard appears on the screen, allowing you to scroll though the letters to enter the name or number. The available characters are automatically narrowed down as the system searches its database for matches.
Points of Interest: The built-in map database has 13 million points of interest. They can be searched by the following categories: Gas Station, Hotel, Parking, Restaurant, Shopping, Travel, Recreation, Entertainment, Medical, Financial, Automotive, and Community. Some of the categories are divided into sub-categories.
Favorite Points: You can save up to 300 places as favorite points. Favorite points can be put into the following categories: Home, Friend, Relative, Business, Visit, Shopping, Food, Caution, Sightseeing, or Other.
Traffic Message Channel (TMC): Traffic Message Channel is a technology for delivering real-time traffic information to drivers. The traffic information sent by an FM radio station are received and analyzed by the navigation system. The system can inform you of where congestion exists, and how you can detour it. No special radio station has to be tuned in for receiving the traffic information. The traffic service is by subscription only; a three-month free trial subscription is included. Note: The Bypass Traffic feature of the navigation system can be set to manual, auto, or off.
Bluetooth Compatible: With the optional JVC KS-BTA200 Bluetooth Adapter (item # 105BTA200), 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. You can store up to 6 phone numbers as presets for one-touch dialing.
Optional Interface Adapter for iPod: The optional KS-PD100 adapter (item # 257KSPD100) allows an iPod digital music player with a dock connector to be hooked up to and controlled by the KD-NX5000. You'll be able to scroll through all your playlists, albums, artists, genres, and composers directly from the head unit. Song titles and other file information show up right on the head unit display. The iPod is also charged while it is connected to the KD-NX5000. The optional KS-PD100 iPod interface is compatible with most iPods that have a dock connector, including the following models: iPod with dock connector (software version 2.3), iPod with Click Wheel (software version 3.1), iPod mini (software version 1.4), iPod photo (5th generation - software version 1.2), iPod nano (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th generation) and iPod classic (80, 120, 160GB).
Note: The KS-PD100 is not compatible with the iPod touch (1st, 2nd generation) or iPhone/iPhone 3G. This iPod interface will also not charge the iPod nano (4th generation).
Satellite Radio: This unit supports both XM and Sirius Satellite Radio when used with an optional satellite radio tuner and adapter, sold separately. This JVC headunit supports the SiriusConnect Universal Vehicle tuner and JVC KS-SRA100 Sirius Satellite Radio interface (item number 700SIRJVC1, sold separately). The headunit also supports the XMDirect2 Universal Vehicle tuner and CNPJVC1 XM Satellite Radio interface (item number 700XMJVC1, sold separately).
CD Changer Controls: This unit is equipped with JVC's "J-Link" CD changer control system. It is fully compatible with JVC's CD/MP3 changer (257CHX1500). Other JVC CH-X series CD changers (except CH-X99 and CH-X100) can be controlled directly by this head unit, however, they are not compatible with MP3 discs. You cannot use the KD-MK series CD changers with this unit, even with an adapter.
Digital Output: The KD-NX5000 has an optical digital output for connecting the unit to a multi-channel surround Dolby Digital or DTS processor.
Video Input: A single RCA composite video input allows you to connect a camcorder, VCR, or rear view camera. If the input requires an audio connection, you will need the optional KS-U57 Line Input Adapter. If the KS-U57 is used, you will not be able to connect a CD changer. Note: The KS-U58 Aux Input Adapter (which has a 3.5mm miniplug instead of RCA plugs) can also be used for the audio input.
Video Output: A single RCA composite video output allows you to connect an external video monitor.
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