Detachable Face: The JVC KD-R820BT features a detachable
face to deter theft. A hard-plastic face-case is provided. A face-fixing screw
is supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired.
Note: An optional soft face case (142DFC1X,
sold separately) can also be purchased for this unit.
3-Line LCD: The head unit features a three-line,
with adjustable color, contrast, brightness, and dimmer settings.
Variable Color LCD & Key Illumination: The JVC KD-R820BT
features 29 color presets for the LCD and button illumination. You can choose
one of these color presets or select the ColorFlow mode which scrolls through
all 29 color presets. Additionally, there is a User preset, allowing you to
individually adjust the intensity of Red, Green, and Blue from 0 to 31;
resulting in approximately 30,000 custom color options. The chosen color preset
or custom color can be applied to the display panel and the backlighting for all
the buttons except the Display, Brightness, & Eject buttons (they remain red).
You can choose to use the same color for the LCD display and button
illumination, or use a separate color for each one. You can also select a
different color for daytime and nighttime in regards to the unit's LCD and
LCD Type: You can select between a Negative or Positive pattern for
the display. You can also set the unit to automatically switch to a Positive LCD
pattern during the day and a negative LCD pattern during the night.
Brightness/Contrast: The unit offers an adjustable display
and button illumination brightness level (0-31) for day and nighttime driving.
You can also adjust the display contrast (0-8) to make the display clearer and
Display/Button Illumination Dimmer: The display/button
illumination dimmer can be set to Off (normal brightness at all times), On
(display/button illumination is always dimmed), or Auto (display dims when
12-volts is applied to the orange/white illumination lead).
Clock Display: The JVC CD receiver features a 12/24-hour
clock display. You can switch between the head unit's source information and
clock display when the unit is powered on. When you power the unit off, you can
press the "display" button to temporarily view the clock display.
Burr-Brown 24-bit D/A Converter: The JVC KD-R820BT utilizes a
premium TI/Burr-Brown 24-bit
digital-to-analog converter for superior CD sound quality.
MOSFET Amplifier: The KD-R820BT is equipped with a MOSFET
amplifier. Compared to conventional power supplies, the MOSFET amplification
circuit is smaller and more efficient, and it delivers increased power with less
distortion and absolutely zero on/off switching noise. More power means louder
and cleaner music at higher volumes because you're not pushing the limits of the
CEA2006 Compliant: The power specifications for the KD-R820BT
are compliant with the CEA2006 Mobile Amplifier Power Testing and Measurement
standards from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). These standards were
developed as a way to equitably compare power specs from model to model and
between manufacturers. The power output specs for the KD-R820BT are as follows:
- CEA2006 Specs: 20 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms,
20Hz-20kHz, 1% THD-N)
- Maximum Power Output: 50 watts x 4 channels (200 total
Volume Adjust: The input level of each source (other than FM) is
adjustable relative to the FM radio volume, so there isn't a significant volume
difference when changing sources. Each source is individually adjustable from -5
Amplifier Gain Control: When you
are using the KD-R820BT with factory speakers (or those rated to less than 50
watts peak), the Amplifier Gain Control can limit the amount of power being sent
to those speakers. When the Amp Gain Control is set to "low," the volume control
ranges from 0 (minimum) to 30 (maximum). When using speakers rated higher than
50 watts peak, you can set the Amp Gain Control to "high," and the volume
control will range from 0 to 50.
2.5V/6CH Preamp Output: The KD-R820BT is equipped with three
pair of 2.5V preamp outputs (Front/Rear/Subwoofer). The front and rear preamp
outputs allow fader control, while the subwoofer preamp output is non-fading.
Subwoofer Level: You can adjust the head unit's subwoofer
level between 0 and 8.
Built-in Crossovers: The JVC KD-R820BT features a
built-in high-pass filter for the unit's front & rear speakers and a low-pass
filter for the unit's subwoofer output.
- High-Pass Filter: You can activate a variable high-pass
filter for the unit's front & rear channels (speaker- or preamp-level), so
low frequency signals are cut off from your system's front & rear speakers.
You can set the cutoff frequency of the high-pass filter at 62Hz, 95Hz, or
- Low-Pass Filter: You can set the cutoff frequency of
the subwoofer output's low-pass filter to 55Hz, 85Hz, or 120Hz.
Pro EQ: The KD-R820BT is equipped with JVC's Pro EQ. The
integrated equalizer offers 7 preset sound modes (Flat, Natural, Dynamic, Vocal
Boost, Bass Boost, User) suitable for the music genre of your choice. The User
mode allows you to manually adjust the head unit's 3-band parametric EQ
(Frequency, Level, and Q-Factor).
| Tone ||Pro EQ |
|Frequency ||Level ||Q |
|Bass ||50, 100, 200 Hz ||+/- 12 dB (-6 to +6) ||0.7, 1.0, 1.4, 2.0 |
| Midrange ||0.5,
1.0, 2.0 kHz ||+/- 12
dB (-6 to +6) ||0.7,
1.0, 1.4, 2.0 |
| Treble ||5, 10, 15 khz ||+/- 12 dB (-6 to +6) ||0.7, 1.0, 1.4, 2.0 |
Loud (Loudness): This feature boosts low and high
frequencies to produce a well-balanced sound at a low volume level. You can turn
this feature on or off.
Key-Touch Tone: The in-dash head unit provides an audible
beep to confirm button operation. This function can be turned On or Off.
AM/FM Tuner: The JVC KD-R820BT features a built-in AM/FM tuner with
manual, seek, and preset tuning.
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.
Note: This unit does not offer front-panel preset buttons. You
will need to access your saved presets through the receiver's menu.
Title Assignment: You can
assign titles (up to 8 characters) for up to 30 AM/FM stations.
IF Filter: You can also switch the tuner's IF filter to Wide
or Auto to increase/decrease the sensitivity.
Mono: If an analog FM stereo broadcast is hard to receive, you can
manually switch the tuner to Mono operation.
US/European Tuning: You can set the built-in AM/FM tuner
between US standard and European tuning spacing.
Satellite Radio Ready: There are several options for
connecting an optional XM or SIRIUS Satellite Radio receiver to this receiver:
- SIRIUS: The JVC KD-R820BT is compatible with the
SiriusConnect Universal Tuner and Plug & Play Dock.
- SiriusConnect Tuner: Connect the optional SC-C1
SiriusConnect vehicle tuner (item number 607SCC1) and the JVC KS-SRA100
SIRIUS adapter (item number 105KSRA100) - package #
700SIRJVC1, sold separately.
- SiriusConnect Dock: Select dock-and-play and
portable SIRIUS radios can be controlled using the JVC KS-SRA100 SIRIUS
adapter (item number
105KSRA100, sold separately) and the SC-VDOC1 dock (item number
607SCVDOC1, sold separately).
- XM: To receive XM Satellite Radio connect the optional
CNP2000UCA XM Direct2 tuner and the JVC CNP-JVC1 adapter cable (package item
700XMJVC2, sold separately).
Note: A subscription is also required to receive satellite
radio programming from SIRIUS or XM.
Disc Compatibility: The unit features a single disc player
that will playback CD-Audio, CD-Text, and finalized CD-R/CD-RW audio discs.
Note: The unit features a fold-down face, so the face must be
folded-down manually before inserting or ejecting a disc.
MP3/WMA Playback: The KD-R820BT can play MP3
(5-320 kbps) and WMA (5-320 kbps) audio files that have
been recorded on CD-R and CD-RW discs. The disc must be recorded in one of the
following formats: ISO 9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, or Romeo.
The head unit can recognize a total of 20,000 files and 2,000 folders (999 files
per folder). The unit also supports IDTag3 (version 1.0, 1.1, 2.2, 2.3 or 2.4)
for album and artist information from MP3/WMA
files (up to 128 characters).
Track/Folder List: The Track/Folder List displays a list of MP3/WMA
folders and tracks on a loaded CD, so you can easily access your music. The
Track/Folder List will also display the list of track titles on a CD Text disc.
If the MP3/WMA disc contains a lot of tracks, you can fast search (+/-10, 100,
1000) through the disc by turning the unit's control dial quickly.
A-Z Search: For MP3/WMA
discs, you can also use the A-Z search function to scroll through the
track/folder list menu.
Random/Repeat Modes: The JVC
KD-R820BT offers the following Repeat and Random playback modes for your audio
- Repeat: Track Repeat (plays the current track repeatedly), Folder
Repeat (plays all tracks of the current folder repeatedly), Off (cancels
- Random: Folder Random (plays all tracks of the current folder, then
the tracks of the next folder in random), All Random (plays all tracks of
the current disc at random), Off (cancels random function)
Disc Resume: If you change the
source, playback also stops (without ejecting the disc). Next time you select CD
for the playback source, the disc will start from where it has been stopped
Off Eject: A CD disc can be ejected with the power off. The
unit must be powered on to insert a disc.
Disc Protection: If the ejected
disc is not removed within 15 seconds, the disc is automatically inserted again
into the loading slot to protect it from dust. The source will change to CD, and
the disc will begin playback, even if you have another source selected at the
Mounting: For proper disc playback you must install the unit
within 30-degrees of horizontal.
Dual USB Ports: The JVC KD-R820BT features a front-panel USB 2.0
type-A port (behind a sliding cover) and a rear-panel USB 2.0 type-A port
(attached to a 45" pigtail) for connection of USB mass-storage class
devices. The USB ports enable audio playback and control of
MP3 (32-320 kbps), WMA (5-320 kbps), and WAV (705-1411 kbps) audio files stored on portable USB mass-storage class
devices formatted in FAT 12/16/32. The head unit can recognize a total of 20,000
files and 2,000 folders (999 files per folder). The unit also supports IDTag3 (version 1.0, 1.1, 2.2, 2.3 or
2.4) for album and artist information from MP3/WMA/WAV files (up to 128 characters).
The unit offers the same playback functions for its USB connections as its disc
Note: Both of the USB terminals can be connected to USB
devices at the same time. You cannot connect a USB device via a USB hub or
Multi-Card Reader to this unit.
iPod/iPhone Direct: The JVC KD-R820BT's front-panel or
rear-panel USB port
can also act as an iPod/iPhone high-speed direct connection when used with the
USB/iPod cable that came with your iPod/iPhone. An additional iPod cable is
sold separately) so you can leave one at home and one in the car. Using either
cable allows audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging
of select iPod/iPhone models from the JVC in-dash head unit.
iPod/iPhone Audio Playback: The USB connection allows your
iPod/iPhone's large music libraries to be loaded instantly to the JVC head unit
and sound quality to be maximized through the head unit's 24-bit D/A converter
(bypassing the iPod/iPhone's DAC),
allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 102dB. The JVC KD-R820BT supports audio
playback of music files, podcasts, and apps stored on your iPod or iPhone.
iPod/iPhone Control: You can choose to control the iPod/iPhone
from the head unit or from your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen.
- Music Browsing: From the head unit's front-panel controls you can
search your iPod/iPhone's music by Category
(Playlist/Artist/Album/Song/Genre/Composer). If the selected category
contains a high number of tracks, you can fast search (+/-10, 100, 1000)
through the music tracks in that particular category by simply turning the
head unit's control dial. You can also use the A-Z search function to
search your music alphabetically.
- Repeat & Random: The KD-R820BT also supports Repeat (file/all) and Random
playback functions of your iPod/iPhone.
Note: You can listen to apps stored on your iPhone
through the JVC head unit when controlling the iPhone via its
touchscreen (cannot access apps via head unit control mode).
iPod/iPhone Display: The KD-R820BT will display your iPod/iPhone's
music file information, regardless of control mode. The head unit will display
Track number, Elapsed playing time, Artist name, Song title, and Album label.
Pandora App: The Pandora App (free) lets you play music from
the Pandora music service through the JVC KD-R820BT using your connected Apple
iPhone, via the USB/iPod connector cable (included with your iPhone). The JVC
KD-R820BT provides control over the Pandora music service and displays Artist,
Album, and Song information. You can select Pandora stations from your station
list, and skip song tracks within a station. You can also give songs a thumbs
up/down and bookmark songs/artists. To access Pandora you must have an Apple
iPhone (iOS3 or later) with the latest version of the Pandora application from
Apple's iTunes App Store. Your iPhone will need an active Data Plan account with
connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. You will also need a Pandora
music service account.
Note: Access to the Pandora service will depend on the
availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your
iPhone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada and
only available in the United States.
iPod/iPhone Charging: While connected and the ignition
switch is set to ACC or ON, the head unit's USB connection will power and charge
Note: If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge,
then the unit will not recognize it.
iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The JVC KD-R820BT is "Made for iPod/iPhone"
compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of November
| iPod/iPhone Model || Generation || Tested Version || Media Type || Control Type || Display Type || Pandora App || Charge |
| Audio || Video || Head Unit || iPod/iPhone || Song/Artist Text || Track Info |
| dock connector || 3rd || N/A || N || N || N || N || N || N || N || N |
| clickwheel |
| 4th || N/A || N || N || N || N || N || N || N || N |
mini ||1st ||N/A || N || N || N || N || N || N || N || N |
|2nd ||N/A ||N ||N ||N ||N ||N ||N ||N ||N |
| video || 5th || 1.3 || Y || N || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y |
| classic || 80GB || 1.1.2 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y |
| 120GB || 2.0.1 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y |
| 160GB || 2.0.4 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y |
| nano || 1st || 1.3.1 || Y || N || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y |
| 2nd || 1.1.3 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y |
| 3rd || 1.1.3 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y |
| 4th || 1.0.4 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y |
| 5th || 1.0.2 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y |
| 6th || 1.1PC || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y |
| touch || 1st || 2.2.1 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y |
| 2nd || 4.2.1 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y |
| 3rd || 5.0.1 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y |
| 4th || 5.0.1 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y |
| iPhone || 2G || 3.1.3 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 3G || 4.2.1 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 3GS || 4.3.5 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 4 || 5.0.1 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 4S || 5.0.1 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may
change functionality results. If you download a newer software
version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to
regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to revert
to the older software version or wait until a newer software update
Auxiliary Input: A front-panel stereo minijack is provided to allow the connection of
audio source. 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.
Optional Input Adapter: An optional JVC Line Input Adapter (105KSU57
257KSU58, both sold separately) may be used to provide an additional
auxiliary audio input on this unit. This feature allows you to connect a
portable audio player, such as a portable MP3 player, to this unit as an
additional audio source. The adapter connects to the J-port on this unit.
USB Bluetooth Adapter: The JVC KD-R820BT comes supplied
with a USB Bluetooth Adapter (KS-UBT1) which is pre-installed into the
head unit's rear-panel USB input, making the KD-R820BT Bluetooth 2.0 certified. The
KD-R820BT supports Bluetooth hands-free communication and wireless audio streaming.
Note: The USB Bluetooth Adapter (KS-UBT1) can also be
installed in the head unit's front-panel USB port.
Bluetooth Technology: Bluetooth is a two-way wireless
communication system allowing you to make and receive phone calls wirelessly
from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, as well as wirelessly stream audio
from your Bluetooth enabled portable music player using the JVC in-dash
multimedia receiver. Bluetooth wireless technology operates on a 2.4GHZ
frequency band within a range of approximately 10 meters (about 33 feet).
Bluetooth Profiles: The JVC KD-R820BT supports the
following Bluetooth profiles:
- HFP 1.5 (Hands-Free Profile): Hands-free communication with
your Bluetooth enabled cellular phone in the vehicle (incoming/outgoing
- OPP 1.1 (Object Push Profile): Phonebook transfer from your
Bluetooth enabled mobile phone to the head unit.
- PBAP 1.0 (Phone Book Access Profile): Phonebook access from
your Bluetooth enabled cell-phone to the head unit.
- A2DP 1.2 (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile): Music
streaming from your Bluetooth enabled phone or audio player to the head unit.
- AVRCP 1.3 (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile): Basic music
playback control of your Bluetooth enabled phone or audio player from the
Pairing: Your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone or digital
audio player must be paired with KD-R820BT before hands-free & wireless
operation. You can register up to five Bluetooth enabled devices with the JVC
head unit. You can keep two phones connected at all times (only one can be used
during a call).
Note: Not all Bluetooth devices will be compatible.
http://www.jvc-victor.co.jp/english/car/bluetooth/ for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled
Bluetooth Hands-Free Communication: The head unit
supports Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile
phone. The controls of the KD-R820BT 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
(front or all).
External Microphone: The JVC KD-R820BT includes an external
microphone to carry on your side of your phone conversation and voice command
dialing. The external wired microphone offers improved audio quality versus an
integrated microphone, so you can be heard easier over noisy traffic and road
noise. You can adjust the level of the microphone without affecting the other
sources. The external microphone features an attached 9.75' cable terminated by a
right-angle 3.5mm connector which plugs into the mic input on the rear-panel of
the head unit. The microphone offers an integrated mounting bracket which can be
clipped to your vehicle's sun-visor or taped to your dash. The external
microphone measures 0.545" (diameter) x 1.105" (depth).
Note: This unit does not offer an integrated front-panel
Answering A Call: When a call comes in, a ring-tone will be
heard through your vehicle's speaker, the head unit's display will flash (Ring
Color), and the
caller's name or phone number will be displayed. You can answer the call from
the KD-R820BT's front-panel controls, or setup the head unit to automatically answer the
incoming call. You adjust the head unit's ring color from the unit's 29 preset
colors or 30,000 custom colors.
Dialing A Number: Using the KD-R820BT, you can dial a phone
number in one of the following ways:
- Entering a Phone Number: Allows you to directly dial a
phone number up to 32 digits from the head unit's front-panel rotary dial.
- Phone Book: You can dial by using the downloaded phone
book. You can download phone book data from your cell phone to the KD-R820BT.
If you phonebook contains a lot of contact numbers, you fast search (+/-10,
100, or 1000) through the phonebook by using the unit's control dial. You
can also do an A-Z search to scroll the downloaded phonebook. Up to 5,000 numbers can be stored for each registered cell phone. Each
number can be up to 32 digits long.
- Call Log: The Call Log 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 (up to 50 each).
- Voice Dialing: If your mobile phone supports voice
recognition, then you can dial out by voice command. Simply speak into the
SMS: You can wirelessly download the short message (SMS)
arrived at your cell-phone so that is can be read on the Bluetooth connected
JVC head unit. Your cell-phone must support SMS for this feature to function.
The SMS downloaded to this unit is cleared when this unit is turned off.
Note: You cannot send text messages using this unit
Private/Hands-Free Mode: During a conversation, you can
switch between the Private Mode (talking directly on your cell phone) and the
Hands Free Mode.
Bluetooth Audio Streaming: The included Bluetooth adapter
also allows audio playback and control of a Bluetooth enabled audio player
through the KD-R820BT. The KD-R820BT will be able to control basic playback features,
such as - Play/Pause, Track/Folder Select, Fast Forward/Reverse, Skip
Next/Previous and Random/Repeat.
Wireless Remote Control: The
KD-R820BT comes supplied with a wireless remote control (RM-RK52). The remote
contains Power, Attenuator, Sound, Source, Tracking, and Volume functions. The
remote operates off of a single CR2025 3V Lithium-cell battery (included).
Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The head unit also
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 the optional PAC SWI-JACK Steering
Wheel Control Interface Adapter (127SWIJACK,
sold separately); or the optional Metra ASWC Steering Wheel Control Interface
Note: Please consult the
Crutchfield Car Selector to see if your vehicle is compatible.