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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.


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
    • inputs: front-panel auxiliary input and USB port with sliding cover
    • outputs: 2-channel preamp outputs (4-volt rear/sub)
    Other Features and Specs:

    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

    Featured Video:

    great radio, exactly as advertised. My phone wont connect to the blue tooth, but that's because the phone is like 7 years old.

    Gary, Katy, TX


    JVC KD-R780BT Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (52 Reviews)

    Great sound

    Gary from Katy, TX on 10/31/2017

    1990 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    great radio, exactly as advertised. My phone wont connect to the blue tooth, but that's because the phone is like 7 years old.

    Pros: Sound customization Bluetooth USB Port

    Cons: bluetooth Doesn't work with broken Samsung galaxy s4

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    Anonymous from Davis, CA on 10/31/2017

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Good sound but I cannot see the display during the day. The brightness is all the way up but still does not display. Easy to install but it does not work with my iPhone; depressing. Crutchfield made shopping easy. I will definitely return.



    Perfect !

    Dan from Athens, PA on 10/29/2017

    2000 Honda Accord
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    as always fast shipping , i love this JVC deck works flawless , great power to the factory speakers as well as my sub would highly recommenced this stereo, has a lot of features for such a small price

    Pros: price point , functionality , sound easy to navigate thru the controls , sounds amazing

    Cons: none !

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    Anonymous from Salt Lake City, UT on 10/29/2017

    2007 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I'm still learning how to work it, but I like it after a week. My steering wheel controls don't function exactly like they used to, but that may be an issue with the harness more than the radio. Pros: Great sound. Very good looking. A functional CD player, accessory port, USB port, Bluetooth are all things my stock didn't have. Cons: The buttons are a bit small and programming stations is not very intuitive. There is also a loud beep every time I push a button (I think there's a way to turn this off).



    Perfect replacement stereo

    Ric from Eustis, FL on 10/29/2017

    1999 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Loaded with features,easy to install...takes some getting used to adjustments, but overall great unit. Crutchfield staff are awesome!

    Pros: Loaded with features,easy to install...takes some getting used to adjustments, but overall great unit

    Cons: Just got to get used to functions

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    JB from Osage City, KS on 10/26/2017

    2004 Chevrolet Avalanche
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great head unit for the price. Simple to install.



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    Anonymous from Carlisle, PA on 10/22/2017

    2000 Chevrolet Corvette
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    all good, solid radio that works with android only - however does not work with iPhone. If like me you have an iPhone - don't buy this model. Android only -780BT; Both iPhone and Android - 985BTS, 885BTS, 98BTS, 88BT



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    Anonymous from South Carolina on 10/21/2017

    1990 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Looks amazing. Perfect.



    Great unit!!!

    Ken from Herrin, IL on 10/13/2017

    2006 Pontiac Vibe
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Still playing with all the adjustments. Love the red back lights for a change. Goes great with my red & black decor. Easy install with bracket & harness sent. HUGE improvement from Monsoon head in my 06 Vibe. Love the options available. Button are kind of small & fine tuning takes some getting used to but the sweet spot is amazing for a head unit at this price point. This unit seems to pair well with the RF 3 ways I bought to go with. Love Crutchfield. Staff is awesome. Site is easy to shop. FYI be sure to connect blue wire for power to factory amp. Other models are called out but not Vibe. There is no glare in person like pic shows.

    Pros: Sweet unit. Easy install. Great price. Great features. Great sound quality. Nice BT ext mic.

    Cons: Buttons small. Need Mac to download JVC music files to Android. Pandora app causes my phone display to only show JVC & Pandora logo. BT works great with Pandora & Spotify though.

    Prefect quality, amazing value!

    Isaac from Hazel, SD on 10/8/2017

    2010 Kia Soul
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This stereo is exactly what I needed, and exactly as it was advertised! Everything works great!!! The only thing that didn't work was that the call button in the stereo was not maintained on the steering wheel, but that's the adapters fault or just a limitation of the stereo, so not a big deal. I was actually able to wire the microphone line into the original mic line in my 2010 Kia Soul to maintain that functionality without the need of an external mic, so that was fantastic also! (I used a diagram online, that information was not supplied by Crutchfield) all in all the stereo had way more functionality than I need as I am not an audio professional, but it's many in depth EQ options would serve a knowledgeable person very well! I highly recommend this stereo, I couldn't have gotten a better deal!

    Pros: Great sound Fantastic display settings Bluetooth works well Fantastic EQ customizability Matched the red display lights in the rest of the vehicle perfectly Fits well and fairly easy to install (I did have to call tech support, but they were very helpful and it was easy to see where I had made a mistake. I am still not sure whether my need for help was my fault or the fault of inadequate instructions, but overall not bad at all) Looks great!

    Cons: Call button not maintained (I think it's because this stereo does not support an external call button, which is why I put it in the cons) but the stereo button is not too much of a hassle anyway.

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    Anonymous from Neenah, WI on 10/1/2017

    1999 Chevrolet Tahoe
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Awesome unit to replace a defective stock radio. Easy to install, nice features, looks great!



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    Anonymous from Palm Coast, FL on 9/30/2017

    2001 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Nice stereo



    Super stereo, wicked sound

    Anonymous from Ballston Spa, NY on 9/25/2017

    1992 Chevrolet G Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Super CD receiver radio from JVC. Bought it on sale because my stereo on the van died and I need a replacement quick due to an impending roadtrip. It arrived in a couple days and set-up was a breeze. It took longer to take the old stereo out! Sound is amazing. And all the functions set-up really quick. It is such a good stereo that I'm getting one for my commuter car. Thanks Crutchfield.

    Pros: for the price, you cannot beat the quality.And not many stereos out there with USB and blue tooth audio inputs. Which is key for our family. There are some new iPhones as well as some iPods floating around.

    Cons: Haven't found one yet.

    Best Radio For $$$.

    Ryder from Atlanta, GA on 9/24/2017

    1995 Chevrolet Camaro
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This radio is outstanding for the price. I used to own an xc230 JVC but wanted more subwoofer settings and Bluetooth. After installing the radio a world of new settings we're opened up. All kinds of options are there for your audio and speakers. And the Bluetooth is flawless, literally connects and starts right up and it still shocks me when it does haha. The LEDs are really good on this radio, besides when on direct sunlight. The volume knob is nice feeling, with a SS finish. Fits perfect inside my 95 Camaro. And I have a 1300watt amp with 2 12' kickers hooked up to it and it stays cold! Best radio you'll ever find for the money.

    Pros: Settings Bluetooth Screen quality Surround sound options RMS Overall price

    Cons: Led buttons in direct sun Have a lock on bluetooth for one phone only

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    Luis from Irvine, CA on 9/19/2017

    1999 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Real good product, installation was a snap, had a little trouble pearing my phone but ILY at the help center walk me throw it flawlessly, thanks

    Pros: Luis


    Excellent Radio and flawless purchase

    Joe from Bohemia, NY on 9/14/2017

    1999 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Really liked this radio. Went with it based on reviews in Crutchfield. Fit into my 99 Ford Rannger XLT with adapter kit and also purchased prewired adapter cable, well worth it. Installed it in about 45 mins. Radio has all the features I needed. Phone feature and mic work flawless.

    Pros: Good sound Easy to use

    Cons: None that I have found

    Awesome receiver for the price!

    Matthew from Soddy Daisy, TN on 9/13/2017

    2003 Honda Civic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is an awesome receiver for the price! I make deliveries for my job, so my receiver's features are a big deal. The Bluetooth set up has solved about five problems in one shot. Although it has an auxiliary input, I have no need for it which means one less wire in the car! When I am getting near an address for a delivery, I need to pause my music or audio book, with one easy button, without it also pausing my GPS directions. It does! The microphone for hands-free phone calls picks up well even though I have it mounted down low. Although I don't use it, it does come with a remote. I bought the ReadyHarness and had the thing set up in no time! The whole set up cost me just under $100, but it's so useful that it feels like it's worth 3x that!

    Pros: Bluetooth is amazing! Microphone picks up very well! Love the red display! Cheap!

    Cons: Cannot change colors of unit or text. Does not display artist name and clock simultaneously; have to choose one or the other. IR remote has to be held up high for it to work.

    Reasonable Price and Easy Set Up

    Nancy from Westfield, NJ on 9/11/2017

    2006 Acura RSX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Good reasonably priced radio unit. The harness provided was an easy color match up and plug in. My power antenna went up for the first time in over 10 years. A little difficulty installing it at first as I used electrical tape. Spring for those little connector nuts. It's worth the couple of bucks for a real clean job. When I did it correctly, it worked fine.

    Pros: Wire colors matched harness Radio plays nicely


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    Anonymous from Leitchfield, KY on 9/11/2017

    2002 Ford Focus
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This stereo so far works flawlessly. I had to trouble doing the install myself and everything works as it should.



    Great item for the price!

    Philip from Atlanta, GA on 9/6/2017

    2002 Honda Accord
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This JVC unit does exactly what a I wanted it to do. Bluetooth/Hands-free calling is a wonderful item, and makes talking on the phone while driving that much safer. Additional inputs of an auxiliary audio or USB on the front makes any type of media possible. You can also play Pandora or iHeartRadio from your phone bluetooth through the stereo as well. For my needs this was awesome! Just a single DIN unit and with the price from Crutchfield you can't get much better than this. If you have a need for more outputs to additional speakers you may need a different unit, but for basic replacement this does the trick.

    Pros: Plays all the media I want it to. Bluetooth for hand-free calling or streaming music from phone/device to stereo. Easy to install. Low price!

    Cons: If you use steering wheel controls (volume, next track, etc) you have to buy a separate accessory for that to continue working. I just have to change the track on the unit itself instead of from the steering wheel.

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    Anonymous from Homestead, FL on 8/28/2017

    2004 Ford F-250 Super Duty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great deal, sounds good!!



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    Anonymous from Raleigh, nc on 8/28/2017

    1999 Chevrolet Suburban
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great product, thrilles with the price. Pretty flexible. It may potentially leave some folks wanting more output capabilities, but I think most people will be perfectly happy with this. It talks to just about any device



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    DINAH from Virginia Beach, VA on 8/27/2017

    1999 Volkswagen Jetta
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Sounds great!




    bill from West Palm Beach, FL on 8/26/2017

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    called, asked for a recommendation, easy install, sounds great, good features. I would buy again

    Pros: great deal

    Cons: none yet

    great sound, no iPhone support, dim display

    wayne from rolling meadows, il on 8/25/2017

    2001 Honda Civic DX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This radio functions well, but there are few issues. Crutchfield has been top notch with customer service and sent me another unit which i payed shipping on to attempt to fix the problems, but it is just a product flaw. The unit does not support iPhones, although you can use the hands free bluetooth feature.. The front display is totally unreadable in the daylight at any setting. I called customer support and they were a big help, and sent a replacement to try, which did not fix the problem.

    Pros: great sound looks nice

    Cons: Display is unreadable in the daylight, does not support iPhone.

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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.



    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.


    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..



    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 .



    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.


    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.


    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


    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.



    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!



    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.


    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




    Hands-on research

    Features and Specs

    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
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) N/A
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) 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
    Screen Size ---
    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
    FM Sensitivity 8.2 dBf
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes
    High-res Playback No

    Product Research

    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. Check here 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. Click here 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 the JVC 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 System ISO9660 Level 1 or 2, Romeo, Joliet, or Windows long file name FAT 12/16/32
    Playable File Types MP3: bit rate of 8-320kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48kHz
    bit rate of 32-192kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48kHz
    MP3: bit rate of 8-320kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48kHz
    bit rate of 32-192kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48kHz
    bit depth of 16-bit w/ sampling frequency of 48kHz
    bit depth of 24-bit w/ sampling frequency of 48kHz
    Maximum # of Folders/Files 999 folders/20,480 files (999 files per folder)
    Tags ID3 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 on position).

    Remote Control

    Remote App (for Android): The JVC Remote App is an application for Android 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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    JVC's KD-R780BT CD receiver offers Bluetooth with dual-phone connectivity, a 13-band EQ, and smartphone compatibility. Check it out in this demo video.

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    Why did you buy this?

    Color and fit for the Z3. [ John  Oct 14, 2017 ]
    It looked like the best choice for my needs, ratings were higher than other choices. I liked the features. JVC is quality. [ Michael  Oct 08, 2017 ]
    best "bang for the buck" for a CD receiver for my vehicle [ MICHAEL  Sep 24, 2017 ]
    Price to performance ratio ,for starters.... The unit also allows me to continue to access my cd collection, in the event that I am unable to access digital media streaming from my devices. [ Jason  Sep 15, 2017 ]
    needed [ Kathy  Aug 29, 2017 ]
    Gret 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 ]

    3 questions already asked

    Im not sure [ Nathen  Oct 16, 2017 ]
    Bluetooth is not phone or operating system-specific so, the JVC's built-in Bluetooth will provide both hands-free calling & stereo audio streaming with any Bluetooth phone that supports the same capabilities. [ Ryan  Sep 20, 2017 ]  Staff
    The Bluetooth will work as normal. However that is all. The chord will not charge or be used to connect to the head unit. [ Matthew  Sep 05, 2017 ]
    It works with my wife's iPhone 6. However, it isn't the most useful interface. I use Android, and it works pretty well. Not perfect, but manageable [ juan-carlos  Sep 05, 2017 ]
    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 ]