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JVC KD-R780BT

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Overview

Our take on the JVC KD-R780BT

JVC's KD-R780BT has everything the music-loving smartphone user could want in a reasonably priced CD receiver. You don't have to break the bank to get features like built-in Bluetooth with dual-phone connectivity, a remote control app, a 13-band EQ, digital time alignment, and 24-bit FLAC playback. Plus, you can pair up to ten Bluetooth devices to this receiver, and it automatically connects to the device that's closest.

Awesome with your phone

JVC's KD-R780BT has everything the music-loving smartphone user could want in a reasonably priced CD receiver. You don't have to break the bank to get features like built-in Bluetooth with dual-phone connectivity, a remote control app, a 13-band EQ, digital time alignment, and 24-bit FLAC playback. Plus, you can pair up to ten Bluetooth devices to this receiver, and it automatically connects to the device that's closest.

JVC KD-R780BT

Enjoy all your music with built-in Bluetooth connectivity and more.

Plenty of audio options

If you love music, you're really going to love this receiver. You can tune in to AM/FM radio, pop in a CD, or plug a portable music player into the front aux input. You can also plug many Android™ smartphone into the front-panel USB port, and control your music while you charge your phone. 

The latest in Bluetooth tech

The KD-R780BT will pair with your Bluetooth-equipped phone automatically. When you're sharing the ride, this JVC enables you to pair two Bluetooth-equipped phones and quickly switch between them for hands-free calling and audio streaming. If you don't want to tie up your phone, many portable high-res players also offer Bluetooth, so they're perfect for wirelessly streaming your tunes. 

Phone control

JVC's free "Remote" app gives you control over your receiver directly from your smartphone. You can scroll through your music, select tracks, change sources, and see artist and song information right on your phone, which is tons easier than waiting for the info to scroll across the radio's display. 

Play anything better

In addition to discs, the KD-R780BT plays MP3, WAV, WMA, and 24-bit FLAC files, so your entire music collection can come along for the ride. Any file format will sound better with JVC's K2 technology, which spruces up the sound of overly compressed digital music with some clever processing. Once the music's going, you can tune your tunes to perfection with the 13-band graphic equalizer and use digital time alignment to make sure all the sounds get to your ears at the same time. 

Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?

In most cars, you'll need an adapter to retain those controls with this car stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and radio, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. You'll see the adapters that work with your vehicle when you add this receiver to your cart.

Bluetooth note: Use of this receiver's Bluetooth features will depend upon your phone's Bluetooth capabilities. Learn more in our article explaining Bluetooth profiles.

Smartphone note: If you're going to use your smartphone with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for compatibility information.

Product Highlights:

    General Features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays USB media loaded with MP3, WMA, WAV, and FLAC music files
    • detachable face with 13-digit LCD dual-line display with red button illumination
    Smartphone Features:
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
      • includes dual phone connection and automatic pairing
    • voice recognition dialing
    • pair up to 10 Bluetooth devices (two phones max)
    • Android Open Accessory 2.0
    Audio Features:
    • digital time alignment
    • 13-band graphic equalizer with 8 EQ presets
    • selectable 2-way or 3-way crossovers
    • subwoofer level control
    • K2 technology improves the digital sound for all music sources
    Expandability:
    • inputs: front-panel auxiliary input and USB port with sliding cover
    • outputs: 2-channel preamp outputs (4-volt rear/sub)
    Other Features and Specs:

    Great sound easy to install

    Anonymous, Clayton, ID

    What's in the Box:

    • CD receiver (10A fuse)
    • Face (attached)
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Trim ring (attached)
    • Wiring harness
    • Wireless remote control (RM-RK52)
    • CR2025 3V Lithium battery (installed)
    • Microphone w/ integrated bracket (attached 10' cable terminated by a right-angle male 3.5mm connector)
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • Face-fixing screw
    • Instruction Manual (En/Fr/Sp)
    • Warranty Information
    • Face-fixing screw note

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    JVC KD-R780BT Reviews

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    Kyle from Rochester, NY on 8/15/2017

    2007 Chevrolet Malibu
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The first one I installed was dead in 2 days. However, the support team here is outstanding. Some of the most patient I have ever dealt with. After determining a replacement was the best route of action, I was quickly sent another and that has been working fine since. I mainly purchased this for the Bluetooth functionality to listen to music from my phone and it does that well enough. One thing I noticed on the replacement unit but not the original, however, is that my music will stutter every so often if my phone is connected to WiFi. I had not updated my phone at all in between the original unit and replacement so I am not sure the exact cause of the problem but it is easy enough for me to turn off WiFi (not used on the road regardless). Navigating the settings menus are pretty standard compared to other units I have dealt with and the "Loudness" setting works quite well to get better lows at lower volume. **Tip** For anyone trying to figure out how to get the display to keep the clock shown, you can change display screen configurations by pressing the settings button to cycle between 4(?) options. It took me a couple days to figure that out.

    Pros: Easy install

    Cons: Volume knob not very tactile

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    Anonymous from Clayton, ID on 8/13/2017

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great sound easy to install

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    Dustin from Greenville, SC on 8/13/2017

    2000 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Looks good, has a ton of features, and works great.

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    Anonymous from Whittier Iowa on 8/6/2017

    1989 Pontiac Trans Am
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Works great, paired to my phone easily.operating instructions are easy to follow.

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    Great Quality

    Houston from Rupert, VT on 8/2/2017

    2001 Volkswagen Jetta
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great sound quality. Easy for people to install themselves and relatively inexpensive. Everyone of my friends asks where to get one.

    Pros: Bluetooth Aux USB and CD all in one. Great quality of sound for the price. Easy to install.

    Cons:

    Easy to use/install

    Ben from Louisville, KY on 7/23/2017

    2006 Subaru Impreza 2.5i
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy install and setup, the remote functions are easy to use. Has a great selection of preset EQ, and multiple choices for custom settings as well. The Bluetooth and USB functionality are great and easy to use.

    Pros: Bluetooth, USB and CD all in one. Easy to setup and remote is was easy to learn and use.

    Cons: None,I perfer a blue button interface, but there are other units I could have chosen.

    Great stereo

    Ronnie from Oak Hill, WV on 7/15/2017

    2003 Volkswagen Beetle
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent stereo. This stereo had all of the features I was looking for to install in my daughter's VW Beetle. The Bluetooth hands-free option to connect her phone to made the purchase worth the money. It has excellent sound quality using the stereo or the Bluetooth. I would definately recommend this stereo.

    Pros: Great value, lots of features, Bluetooth for your phone.

    Cons: None that I found.

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    Anonymous from Athol, MA on 7/12/2017

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    It's a great radio for the $.. tons of options..

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    Ruby has new tunes and more

    Bob from Canal Fulton, OH on 6/20/2017

    1990 Mazda Miata
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased the JVC KD_R780BT stereo , bluetooth phone system and CD player for "Ruby" my 1990 Mazda, Miata whose radio was working intermittently then died. The new system works perfectly. I crank it up and drop the top and enjoy the music wherever I go. The option of the pre-wired cable harness was well worth the modest extra cost. I can't imagine working under the dash of such a small car trying to match the color of the old and new wires, then hoping the crimped connections were secure. I had a knowledgeable salesperson assist me in choosing this radio. I did call for technical support for a little handholding before I powered up. After reconnecting the battery the unit lit up and played perfectly. One part of the installation that did give me pause was the plastic mounting system. The system is made to be used with many radios. For "Ruby" I was instructed to break off several tabs I would not be using. I was reluctant to do this for fear of breaking the parts in the wrong places. I elected to saw off the tabs and then file them smooth, that worked for me. I for sure would deal with Crutchfield again.

    Pros: Nice Stereo system replacement for my 27 year old car. Friendly knowledgeable staff, reasonable price

    Cons: Breaking off unneeded tabs on plastic mounting system risks major breakage.

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    Anonymous from Cottonwood, Ca on 6/18/2017

    1990 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love this stereo...perfect for my commuter car. Bluetooth and usb port are great. Does everything I need it to do.

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    Gerald from Lexington SC on 6/16/2017

    2008 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I really wanted to give four stars but I can't. When playing music from a USB thumb drive random play just doesn't work. Every time I get in the car, it plays the exact same songs I heard the last time I was in the car. There is no way to turn off repeat in USB mode. The only choices are Track Repeat, Folder Repeat, and Repeat All. No matter which repeat mode you are in, random mode plays the same songs over and over. Other than that, I am pleased with this unit.

    Pros: Easy to install. Sounds great.

    Cons: Repeat in USB mode does not work.

    Crutchfield response on 6/21/2017 Once we saw this review, our Tech Support team reached out to Gerald to help him further. We'll either help him get the REPEAT mode working the way it should, or help him return it for an exchange or refund.

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    Anonymous from Muskogee OK on 5/31/2017

    1995 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    more than i need. cd. Bluetooth. everything to install with. easy to use .

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    Anonymous from Pittsburgh, PA on 5/30/2017

    2004 Volkswagen Golf
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    the radio and the installation kit worked well for me, but the instructions are incomplete in terms of connecting the little black box. And it would be nice if wire connectors were offered as a pat of the installation kit or an optional addition, because I don't think everyone just has they lying around.

    Pros: all compatible, works well

    Cons: poor instructions, no wire connectors in the kit, barely enough space in the dashboard for the harness

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    Joshua from Charlton, MA on 5/29/2017

    2014 Ford F-450
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Everything works perfectly .

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    Nice receiver

    Butch from St Marys, GA on 5/21/2017

    2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Purchased this for my wife's '09 Chevy Impala. The wiring adapter was easy to connect and simple to install. It took me less than an hour to wire the stereo wires to the factory adapter and less than 20 minutes to install in the car. The stereo has everything the wife wanted and seems easy to use.

    Pros: Easy to install, nice features.

    Cons:

    Not iPhone compatible

    Tyler from Naugatuck, CT on 5/19/2017

    2005 Subaru Legacy
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Doesn't support iphone, bought and installed only to find out it isn't suppored. Extremely irritated.

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    Cons: Not iPhone compatible

    Crutchfield response on 5/22/2017 Tyler, we're sorry you're disappointed with your receiver. Whenever you are not completely satisfied with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, please contact our Customer Support team at 1-800-955-9091. Purchases from Crutchfield can be returned or exchanged within 60 days of the purchase.

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    W from evanston,wyo on 4/7/2017

    2004 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Works just like its supposed to

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    Anonymous from Wilmington, DE on 4/6/2017

    2004 Mercury Grand Marquis
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Put radio in brother in law's car. He is very happy with the product. This was the first radio I ever installed. It didn't take long to install

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    Jay from coventry ,ri on 3/12/2017

    2004 Ford Explorer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Absolutely love this radio best one I've ever owned made my factory speakers sound like top-notch aftermarket speakers , everything works great Bluetooth connection very easy would definitely buy again

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    Cons: An extra set of preamp out would be nice but I really can't complain love this radio

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    Matt from Pine, CO on 3/6/2017

    1998 Mercury Mountaineer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This was an exchange product for a Dual KD80BT receiver (which I thought had everything I wanted). With the help of Crutchfield they sorted out my issues bc I wanted to use my existing factory sub. The dual also wasn't dimmable and too bright at night. I found out THIS reciever had everything I wanted. Simple harness adapter and simple interface. 5 of 5 thanks!

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    kevin from Houston, TX on 2/17/2017

    2003 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Seems to be a good product. Second JVC car stereo I've had. Lots of available settings and adjustments, some beyond my knowledge and experience level. I like that you can adjust the brightness of the different areas of the display. The only thing I have found that I don't really like is that the big knob has kind of a cheap feel to it.

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    Every thing works perfectly.

    Frank from Roseburg, OR on 2/1/2017

    2008 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Fantastic sound, powerful FM reception, sound tailoring equalization, great Bluetooth phone except for placing the mic in my vehicle. I recommend this product to anyone who wants great sound on a budget.

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    Anonymous from Indianapolis, IN on 2/1/2017

    2001 Toyota Camry
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The sound of this unit is great and to pair it to a smartphone(iphone) it is very easy and straightforward. The display is very easy to the eye.

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    Anonymous from Cheyenne, WY on 1/28/2017

    2003 GMC Sierra 2500/3500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy to install a lot of bang for the buck happy to have my steering wheel controls work again

    Pros: Overall it has a lot of features for the money

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    Anonymous from East Brunswick, NJ on 1/28/2017

    2003 Volkswagen Jetta
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great product, works very well. Only issues were less than clear installation instructions as well as it interfering with other Bluetooth connections on occasion. Not sure if this is this products issue only though. Would definitely recommend purchasing!

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    Great receiver

    David from Dallas, TX on 1/25/2017

    2003 Chevrolet S10
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great receiver, Bluetooth is super easy to pair and the mic is great! Menus take a little getting use to but overall a lot of options for a receiver at this price point. I do have to say I am returning this receiver for a very similar model that actually has more pre amp outputs. This one only has one pair of outputs not much room for expanding.

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    Cons: only one pair of outputs

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    Denny from Brockport, NY on 1/24/2017

    1994 Pontiac Firebird
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is the fourth JVC stereo that I have bought for my various cars. Very easy to use the only downfall is I cannot get the clock to stay on the screen and in my 94 Pontiac Firebird I do not have another clock. But it keeps putting an EQ where the clock is other than that the radio works perfect

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    Features and Specs

    Expandability
    AUX Input Front
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input Front
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Android Control Yes
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready No
    HD Radio No
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size N/A
    Nano N/A
    Touch N/A
    iPhone N/A
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant No
    RMS Power Output 22 watts
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 2-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs No
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs Yes
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 4 volts
    Display Color White
    Key Button Color Red
    EQ Bands 13
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 8.2 dBf
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes

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    Built-in Bluetooth
    Android & Aux Integration
    Internet + AM/FM Radio
    Disc/USB Playback
    Audio Section
    Display Features
    Remote Control

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: The JVC KD-R780BT is equipped with built-in Bluetooth 3.0, allowing you to make and receive phone calls wirelessly through the receiver; as well as stream music wirelessly from your smartphone to the head unit. In order to use Bluetooth wireless technology, your phone must also be Bluetooth compatible and be able to interpret certain profiles. This unit is compatible with the following Bluetooth Profiles:

    • Hands-Free Communication: HFP 1.6 (Hands Free Profile) & PBAB 1.0 (Phone Book Access Profile).
    • Audio Streaming: A2DP 1.2 (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile) & AVRCP 1.5 (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).
    Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the JVC KD-R780BT. Checkhere for the latest Bluetooth compatibility information.

    Multi-Device Pairing w/ Dual Phone Connection: You can pair up to ten Bluetooth-enabled devices to the JVC head unit, with a maximum of two Bluetooth phones and one Bluetooth audio device connected at one time, making it easier to switch between devices. When an already paired Bluetooth device is in close proximity to the receiver, the auto connection function automatically pairs the two units. With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the JVC KD-R780BT without having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings.

    Bluetooth Hands-Free Communication (w/ External Mic): The head unit supports Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. And thanks to the latest Hands-Free Profile (HFP 1.6) with wideband speech capability, the KD-R780BT provides more natural sound quality and details during wireless calls. The controls of the KD-R780BT can be used to dial a number, answer an in-coming call, or end a call. The unit also includes an external microphone (with mounting bracket) featuring adjustable gain, so you can carry on your side of the conversation while listening to the caller through your vehicles speakers. During a conversation, you can switch between the Private Mode (talking directly on your cell phone) and the Hands Free Mode.

    • Answering A Call: When a call comes in, a ring-tone will be heard through your vehicle's speaker and the caller's name or phone number will be displayed. You can answer the call from the head unit's front-panel controls, or setup the head unit to automatically answer the incoming call immediately or after 1-30 seconds. The KD-R780BT also supports the Call Waiting function, so you can answer another incoming call while suspending the current call you are on. Your compatible cell-phone must also support this feature.
    • Dialing A Number: Using the KD-R780BT, you can dial a phone number in one of the following ways:
      • Enter Phone #: Allows you to directly dial a phone number up to 32 digits from the head unit's front-panel rotary dial.
      • Preset Dialing: You can store up to 6 contacts in the memory of this unit for speed dialing.
      • Phone Book: You can download phone book data from your mobile phone to the CD receiver. You can then dial a contact within the phonebook from the head unit's front-panel controls. Your phonebook can be searched alphabetically or numerically.
      • Call History: The Call History is a list of calls that have originated from and were received by this unit that you can dial. You can select Outgoing, Incoming, or Missed calls.
      • Voice Dialing: If your mobile phone supports voice recognition, then you can dial out by voice command. Simply speak into the included microphone once you have activated the voice dialing function from the head unit's front-panel. 

    Wireless Audio Streaming: The JVC KD-R780BT supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone or audio player, plus song/artist information display. You are able to stream your stored music library on your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone, as well as music apps downloaded on your smartphone to the JVC KD-R780BT for playback. 

    • Advanced Music Browsing: In addition to basic playback functions (Play/Pause, FF/RW, Skip, Random/Repeat), the KD-R780BT lets you browse your stored music by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, etc. (AVRCP 1.4 phones only; which includes Android 4.0+ and iPhone 5.0+).
    • Song/Artist Information: The head unit will also display your stored music and music app's song information; such as Artist name and Song/Album title (not compatible with all apps).
    Note: When an incoming call or outgoing call is in progress from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, audio streaming will be paused so you can take your call. Once the call is finished, your streaming music will resume.

    Android & Aux Integration

    Android Open Accessory 2.0 (AOA 2.0) Connectivity:  The JVC KD-R780BT's front-panel USB port lets you connect your AOA 2.0 compatible Android smartphone for music playback. JVC does not guarantee operation with all Android devices. Clickhere for the most current list of compatible Android smartphones. There are two Android AOA 2.0 modes to choose from based on what content you want to listen to and how you want to control it.

    • Hand Mode: The JVC KD-R780BT supports Android Open Accessory 2.0 (AOA 2.0), which lets  you connect your Android  (OS 4.1+) smartphone to the KD-R780BT's front-panel USB port and listen to stored music and music apps from your Android device through the JVC head unit. You'll be able to control basic playback functions such as Play/Pause and Previous/Next Track. Other advanced music navigation will still be done from your Android smartphone's touchscreen. In this mode, the head unit will not display song/artist information; only "Audio Mode" will show up on display. You'll continue to view song/artist information from the Android device's touchscreen. You'll also still be able to access other functions and applications from your Android smartphone's touchscreen, while listening to music through the head unit. If you make a call or answer a call from your smartphone while listening to music in this mode, the music will pause until you are finished with the call and then start back up again.
    • JVC Music Play App: Downloading theJVC Music Play app onto your Android (OS 4.1+) smartphone not only allows you to listen to stored music from your Android device through the JVC CD receiver connected via USB, but it also lets you browse your Android smartphone's music library from the head unit's front-panel controls. You can browse your store music library by Playlist, Artist, Song, Album, or Genre. The contents of a Playlist or Category can be searched alphabetically or numerically. You can also control Play/Pause and Previous/Next track from the head unit. In addition, the head unit will display song/artist information. You can exit the JVC Music Play app to access other functions and applications of your Android smartphone, while your stored music library is still playing through your head unit. If you make a call or answer a call from your smartphone while listening to music in this mode, the music will pause until you are finished with the call and then start back up again.
    Note: JVC does not guarantee operation with all Android devices.

    USB Charging: The head unit's USB connection provides 1.5A of current to power and charge your connected Android smartphone when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position (if your Android smartphone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it).

    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. 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.

    Internet + AM/FM Radio

    Internet Radio Apps (for Android): The JVC KD-R780BT allows you to access Pandora and iHeartRadio online music services through your Bluetooth connected Android smartphone. Your Android smartphone must support A2DP/AVRCP/SPP Bluetooth profiles and be paired with the JVC KD-R780BT. Your Android smartphone device will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, LTE (4G), or WiFi.

    • Pandora App: The free Pandora App (from Google Play) lets you play music from your Pandora music service account through the JVC KD-R780BT using your Bluetooth connected Android smartphone. The JVC KD-R780BT provides control over the Pandora music service and displays Artist, Album, and Song information. You can select Pandora stations from your station list and sort them by date or alphabetically. New stations can be created based on the current songs or artists playing. You can also skip song tracks within a station. You can even give songs a thumbs up/thumbs down and bookmark them on your Pandora account.
    • iHeartRadio Auto: The free iHeartRadio Auto app for JVC (either Google Play) lets you play music from your iHeartRadio music service account through the JVC KD-R780BT using your Bluetooth connected Android smartphone (4.0+). The iHeartRadio music service provides access to more than 1,500 live radio stations from coast-to-coast (including pop, country, urban, rock, talk, and sports). The KD-R780BT will provide control over the iHeartRadio Auto app, as well as display station identification and song/artist information. From the head unit's front-panel controls, iHeartRadio stations can be searched by the following categories (Local, Genre, City, or My Stations). The Local selection provides a list of radio stations in your local listening area. The unit also provides over 22 Genres to choose from (including pop, country, hip-hop, jazz, etc.) to help you find the right radio station for you. In addition, you can search for radio stations by City. Cities can be searched alphabetically. You can even store your favorite stations (My Stations) for easier, quicker access.
    Note: Access to these Internet Radio services will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your Android smartphone to connect to the Internet. 

    RDS AM/FM Tuner: The JVC KD-R780BT features a built-in AM/FM tuner with manual, seek, and preset tuning. You can store a total of 18 FM stations presets and 6 AM station presets. The radio allows you to set your AM/FM stations manually or automatically. You can also switch the tuner's IF filter to Wide or Auto to increase/decrease the sensitivity. If an analog FM stereo broadcast is hard to receive, you can manually switch the tuner to Mono operation.

    • US or European Tuning: You can set the built-in AM/FM tuner between US standard and European tuning spacing.
    • RDS: The Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast information such as artist, title, and album when listening to compatible AM/FM stations.
    • Radio Timer: 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).

    Disc/USB Playback

    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.

    • 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.
    • Auto Reload: If the ejected disc is not removed within 20 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.
    Note: For proper disc playback you must install the unit within 30-degrees of horizontal.

    USB Mass Storage Devices: The JVC KD-R780BT features a front-panel USB (type-A) port that is hidden behind a flip-out cover. The USB port enables connection of USB mass storage class (MSC) devices, like USB thumbdrives or portable digital music players. You can insert a compatible USB MSC device into the head unit's USB port for playback, control, and song/artist display of a variety of music files.

    • Music Drive: When a mass storage class (MSC) compatible smartphone or portable digital audio player is connected to the head unit's USB input, the unit's Music Drive mode lets you select its internal memory or external memory (such as a microSD card) for stored music playback.
    • USB Charging: USB devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the CD receiver's USB port (max. 1.5A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.
    Note: Not compatible with USB hubs or card-readers.

    Compatible Music Files: The JVC KD-R780BT supports the following types of music files recorded onto CD-R/RW discs or loaded onto a USB mass storage class device.

    Media Type CD (-R/RW)USB  (MSC)
    File SystemISO9660 Level 1 or 2, Romeo, Joliet, or Windows long file nameFAT 12/16/32
    Playable File TypesMP3: bit rate of 8-320kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48kHz
    WMA:
    bit rate of 32-192kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48kHz
    MP3: bit rate of 8-320kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48kHz
    WMA:
    bit rate of 32-192kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48kHz
    WAV:
    bit depth of 16-bit w/ sampling frequency of 48kHz
    FLAC:
    bit depth of 24-bit w/ sampling frequency of 48kHz
    Maximum # of Folders/Files999 folders/20,480 files (999 files per folder)
    TagsID3 tag (version 1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4), WMA, & FLAC tags

    Playback & Search Functions: The JVC KD-R780BT offers a variety of playback and search functions to help you find and enjoy your music on disc and USB.

    • Track/Folder List: The Track/Folder List displays a list of music folders and tracks on an inserted CD or USB device, so you can easily access your music.
    • Repeat: Track Repeat (plays the current track repeatedly), Folder Repeat (plays all tracks of the current folder repeatedly), Off (cancels repeat function)
    • 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 previously.

    Audio Section

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The JVC KD-R780BT utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The JVC KD-R780BT 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-R780BT are as follows:

    • Full Bandwidth Power: 22 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20-20kHz, 1% THD)
    • Maximum Output Power: 50 watts x 4 channels (200 total watts)

    Amp Gain: When you are using the KD-R780BT 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 25 (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 35.

    4V/2CH Preamp Outputs + Sub Control: The KD-R780BT is equipped with one pair of 4V 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 and offer an independent level control (-50 to +10).

    Crossover Network: The JVC KD-R780BT lets you choose between a 2-way or 3-way crossover network for your car audio application.

    • 2-Way Crossover: Allows you to set high-pass and low-pass crossovers for a standard Tweeter, Front, Rear, and Subwoofer speaker setup.
      • Speaker Size: select which size speakers are in your vehicle.
        • Tweeter: Small, Medium, Large, or None
        • Front & Rear: 3.5", 4", 4.75", 5", 6.5", 6.75", 7", 4x6", 5x7", 6x8", 6x9", 7x10" or None
        • Subwoofer: 6.5", 8", 10", 12", 15" or greater, None
      • X'Over: Select the high pass or low pass crossover settings for your speakers.
        • Tweeter: high pass filter (HPF)
          • Frequency: 1kHz, 1.6kHz, 2.5kHz, 4kHz, 5kHz, 6.3kHz, 8kHz, 10kHz, 12.5kHz
          • Gain: -8 to 0 dB
        • Front & Rear: high pass filter (HPF)
          • Frequency: 30Hz, 40Hz, 50Hz, 60Hz, 70Hz, 80Hz, 90Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, 150Hz, 180Hz, 220Hz, 250Hz, Through (Full-Range)
          • Slope: -6dB, -12dB, -18dB, -24dB
          • Gain: -8 to 0 dB
        • Sub: low pass filter (LPF)
          • Frequency: 30Hz, 40Hz, 50Hz, 60Hz, 70Hz, 80Hz, 90Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, 150Hz, 180Hz, 220Hz, 250Hz, Through (Full-Range)
          • Slope: -6dB, -12dB, -18dB, -24dB
          • Phase: Reverse (180°), Normal (0°)
          • Gain: -8 to 0 dB
    • 3-Way Crossover: Allows you to set high-pass and low-pass crossovers for a complex 3-way speaker system with Highs, Mids, and Sub.
      • Speaker Size: select which size speakers are in your vehicle.
        • Tweeter: Small, Medium, Large, or None
        • Midrange: 3.5", 4", 4.75", 5", 6.5", 6.75", 7", 4x6", 5x7", 6x8", or 6x9"
        • Woofer: 6.5", 8", 10", 12", 15" or greater, None
      • X'Over: Select the high pass or low pass crossover settings for your speakers.
        • Tweeter: high pass filter (HPF)
          • HPF Frequency: 1kHz, 1.6kHz, 2.5kHz, 4kHz, 5kHz, 6.3kHz, 8kHz, 10kHz, 12.5kHz
          • Slope: -6dB, -12dB
          • Phase: Reverse (180°), Normal (0°)
          • Gain: -8 to 0 dB
        • Midrange: high pass filter (HPF) & low pass filter (LPF)
          • HPF Frequency:  30Hz, 40Hz, 50Hz, 60Hz, 70Hz, 80Hz, 90Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, 150Hz, 180Hz, 220Hz, 250Hz, Through (Full-Range)
          • LPF Frequency: 1kHz, 1.6kHz, 2.5kHz, 4kHz, 5kHz, 6.3kHz, 8kHz, 10kHz, 12.5kHz
          • Slope: -6dB, -12dB
          • Phase: Reverse (180°), Normal (0°)
          • Gain: -8 to 0 dB
        • Woofer: low pass filter (LPF)
          • LPF Frequency:  30Hz, 40Hz, 50Hz, 60Hz, 70Hz, 80Hz, 90Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, 150Hz, 180Hz, 220Hz, 250Hz, Through (Full-Range)
          • Slope: -6dB, -12dB
          • Phase: Reverse (180°), Normal (0°)
          • Gain: -8 to 0 dB

    Equalizer: The JVC KD-R780BT is equipped with 8 EQ presets, an Easy EQ (3-band), a Pro EQ (13-band), and a Vol Link EQ. Choose the one that best fits your type of music listening.

    • EQ Preset: You can choose between the following EQ presets - Flat, Hard Rock, Pop, Hip Hop, R&B, Jazz, Classical, DRVN 1/2/3, & User. The User mode allows you to select either the 3-band Easy EQ or 13-Band Pro EQ.
    • Easy EQ: The head unit's Easy EQ consists of a 3-band equalizer (Treble, Mid, & Bass). You can adjust the Treble, Mid, & Bass from -9 to +9.
    • Pro EQ: The units Pro EQ consists of a 13-band equalizer (62.5Hz, 100Hz, 160Hz, 250Hz, 400Hz, 630Hz, 1kHz, 1.6kHz, 2.5kHz, 4kHz, 6.3kHz, 10kHz, & 16kHz). Each frequency can be adjusted from -9 to +9. You can also adjust the Q-Factor of each frequency to 1.35, 1.50, or 2.0.
    • Vol Link EQ: The Vol Link EQ features boosts certain frequencies ranges that becomes hard to hear due to road noise.

    K2 Technology: K2 is a JVC original technology that reproduces the original master sound by expanding the bit rate and frequency range. K2 is compatible with all sources including CD. For example, K2 will expand the digital data of the audio CD recorded at 44.1kHz/16 bit to 48 kHz/24 bit, and recreate the high-frequency range above 20kHz that is cut during the CD formatting.

    Time Alignment: By selecting the speaker type and the distance to the center of the listening position, the head unit will automatically adjust the timing of the sound output from each of the speakers so that the sound from each of the speakers will arrive exactly at the same time to the listening position.

    Sound Effects: The KD-R780BT offers adjustable Sound Effects to provide a better listening experience inside your vehicle.

    • Space Enhancement: Space Enhancement is a virtual surround technology using two speakers. Just select the vehicle size, and the head unit automatically adjusts the sound effectively. The soundstage is broadened inside your vehicle.
    • Sound Response: This function boosts the low frequencies which can be lost during compression to MP3. Your music will sound more natural inside your vehicle.
    • Sound Lift: Virtually manipulates the height of the speakers by adjusting the sound frequencies. Your speakers will sound like they are positioned at ear level inside your vehicle.

    Loudness, Bass Boost & Bass Extension: The Loudness feature boosts low and high frequencies to produce a well-balanced sound at a low volume level. The unit's Bass Boost enhances low bass frequencies at any volume level. There is also a Bass Extension feature which further enhances the unit's bass output.

    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 -15 to +6.

    Key Beep: The in-dash head unit provides an audible beep to confirm button operation. This function can be turned On or Off.

    Display Features

    Detachable Face: The JVC KD-R780BT features a detachable face to deter theft. No face case is included with this unit. 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.

    2-Line LCD: The 2-line display provides more information for audio settings, song/artist/album info, and station identification. You can select between English or Spanish text. Adjustable brightness and dimmer settings are available for the LCD and button illumination.

    • Brightness: The unit offers a daytime and nighttime brightness settings for the LCD and button illumination. You can adjust the brightness level of each manually from 0-31.
    • Dimmer: The unit's dimmer control can be set automatically, manually, or via timer. Manually select "Off" for daytime brightness setting or "On" for nighttime brightness setting. Choose "Auto" which switches between day and nighttime brightness setting automatically when you turn off/on the headlights (orange/white wire of harness must be connected to headlamp circuit). You can even set a specific time for the "Off" and "On" dimmer setting to be activated.

    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).

    Remote Control

    Remote App (for Android): The JVC Remote App is an application forAndroid OS 4.4+ that controls the JVC receiver like a wireless remote control from your compatible Android device via Bluetooth. The JVC Remote App provides traditional touchscreen control, as well as directional and freeform gesture control.

    • Source Information & Control: The JVC Remote App provides a Source Control screen with a list of the receiver's built-in sources and connected sources to choose from, so you can change the head unit's source from your mobile device. Once an input is selected, the app displays source information such as station number, track number & playback time, as well as song/artist information (when applicable). From the app, you can also seek stations and tracks, as well as Play and Pause your music.
    • Audio Settings: From the application on your mobile device, you can adjust the receiver's volume up or down. In addition, audio settings such as EQ, Crossover, DTA, and other audio adjustments can be easily set using the JVC Remote Application.
    • Media Player: The application's Media Player screen lets you playback your device's stored music library through the JVC receiver. From the app on your Android device, you can control basic playback functions like Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track and Repeat/Random. The Android version of the app even lets you browse your music library by category (Song/Album/Artist/Playlist/Mood). Song, artist, and album information (along with Album Art) will displayed on your Android device's touchscreen. 
    • App Launcher : The App Launcher feature of the Android version of the JVC Remote app lets you access 3rd party applications within the JVC Remote app's user interface. The App Launcher can contain up to 24 of your favorite apps for quick access.

    IR Remote: The KD-R780BT comes supplied with a wireless remote control (RM-RK52). The remote contains Power, Attenuator, Sound, Source, Tracking, and Volume functions. The remote does not operate Bluetooth hands-free phone 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).

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    Gret look..blue tooth calling...great price[ David  Jun 19, 2017 ]
    Good stereo for a great price.[ K  Jun 08, 2017 ]
    Bluetooth capabilities, and the automatic connectivity[ victor  May 15, 2017 ]
    Had the features I was looking for with red display[ Mark  Mar 27, 2017 ]
    Space was limited and I liked the features of this product.[ Deborah  Jan 31, 2017 ]
    The specs, and reviews impressed me and past experience with JVC has been great.[ frank  Jan 19, 2017 ]
    Great looking stereo, previous model has great reviews! matches my truck[ David  Jan 10, 2017 ]

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    I am a droid user but it works great with Bluetooth[ Denny  May 28, 2017 ]
    I am not an Apple person and all the literature, from JVC, does not say it works with IPod or Apple Play. You could, possibly connect using blue tooth.[ frank  May 27, 2017 ]
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