Disc and USB Playback
AM/FM + Pandora Internet Radio
Disc and 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.
Front-Panel USB Port: The JVC KD-R540 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, and 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. You cannot
connect a USB device via a USB hub or Multi-Card Reader to this unit.
MP3/WMA Playback: The JVC KD-R540 supports the following
types of MP3, WMA, WAV files recorded onto CD-R/RW disc or loaded onto a USB
mass storage class device.
||CD-R/RW ||USB Storage
|File System ||ISO9660 Level 1 or 2, Romeo, Joliet,
or Windows long file name ||FAT 12/16/32 |
Types || |
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 32-192kbps w/ sampling rate of 32, 44.1, 48kHz
|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.
Random/Repeat Modes: The JVC KD-R540 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-R540, 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-R540's front-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. The head unit supports audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging
of select iPod/iPhone models. 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 98dB. The JVC head unit supports audio
playback of music, podcasts, audiobooks, and music apps stored on your iPod or
- 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. The contents of a Playlist or Category are
listed alphabetically (A-Z) or numerically (0-9). The KD-R540 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-R540 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-R540 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 || Charge |
| Audio || Video || Head Unit || iPod/iPhone || External mode || Pandora app || Artist/Song Text || Track Info |
| iPhone || 2G || 3.1.3 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| 3G || 4.2.1 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| 3GS || 5.1.1 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 4 || 7.0 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 4S || 7.0 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 5 || 7.0 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 5C || 7.0 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 5S || 7.0 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| touch || 1st || 2.2.1 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| 2nd || 4.2.1 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| 3rd || 5.1.1 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| 4th || 6.1.3 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| 5th || 7.0 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| nano || 1st || 1.3.1 || Y || N || Y || N || N || N || Y || Y || Y |
| 2nd || 1.1.3 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| 3rd || 1.1.3 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| 4th || 1.0.4 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| 5th || 1.0.2 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| 6th || 1.2 PC || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| 7th || 1.02 PC || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| classic || 80GB || 1.1.2 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| 120GB || 2.0.1 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| 160GB || 2.0.4 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| video || 5th || 1.3 || Y || N || Y || N || N || N || Y || Y || Y |
| iPad || 1 || 5.1.1 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || N |
| 2 || 7.0 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || N |
| 3 || 7.0 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || N |
| 4 || 7.0 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || N |
| mini || 7.0 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
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
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.
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.
AM/FM + Pandora Internet Radio
RDS AM/FM Tuner: The JVC KD-R540 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 KD-R540 provides
complete access to your Pandora account using your iPhone, via the head unit's
front-panel USB port. To access Pandora you must have an Apple iPhone (iOS5 or
later) with the latest version of the
from Apple's iTunes App Store. Your iPhone 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. The JVC KD-R540 will display Artist,
Album, and Song information provided by the Pandora app on your iPhone. The JVC
KD-R540 will also provide control over the Pandora music service streamed to
your USB-connected iPhone.
- 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
- Thumbs Up/Down: You can give songs a thumbs up or
thumbs down to help Pandora personalize stations to suit your preferences.
- Bookmarking: The song or artist currently being played
can be bookmarked and stored in your Pandora account.
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.
24 Bit D/A Converter: The JVC KD-R540 utilizes a 24-bit
digital to analog converter for superior sound quality.
MOSFET Amplifier: The KD-R540 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-R540
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-R540 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-R540 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.
2.5V/2CH Preamp Output: The KD-R540 is equipped with two 2.5V preamp outputs (Rear/SW). You can set the Rear/SW preamp
outputs for connecting a pair of full-range 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 adjust the head unit's subwoofer level between -8 and +8
(separate from the main volume level).
Pro EQ: The KD-R540 is equipped with JVC's Pro EQ. The
integrated equalizer offers 7 preset sound modes (Flat, Natural, Dynamic, Vocal Boost, Bass Boost,
and 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).
| Pro EQ |
| Frequency || Level || Q |
| 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 KD-R540 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.
LCD: The head unit features a 14-segment, one-line LCD with
adjustable brightness and dimmer settings.
Brightness: The unit offers an adjustable display and button
illumination brightness level (0-31) for day and nighttime driving.
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 orange/white illumination lead).
Wireless Remote Control: The
KD-R540 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).
Optional Bluetooth: The JVC KS-BTA100 Bluetooth Adapter (105KSTBA10,
sold separately) provides Bluetooth hands-free communication and digital audio
streaming functions for the JVC KD-R540. 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 KD-R540 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.
JVC Mobile Entertainment Bluetooth Support Page for a complete list of
compatible Bluetooth enabled devices.