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Our take on the JVC KD-R850BT

If you're not into multi-colored lights on your display, JVC's KD-R850BT CD receiver offers you the benefits of a feature-packed car stereo with an understated look for your dash. You'll enjoy super-clean CD playback, a USB input for charging devices and playing your music files, and Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and audio streaming. You can run the show from the well-placed controls on the receiver or by using your smartphone.

Straightforward stereo

If you're not into multi-colored lights on your display, JVC's KD-R850BT CD receiver offers you the benefits of a feature-packed car stereo with an understated look for your dash. You'll enjoy super-clean CD playback, a USB input for charging devices and playing your music files, and Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and audio streaming. You can run the show from the well-placed controls on the receiver or by using your smartphone.

JVC KD-R850BT CD receiver

Smartphone integration

Bluetooth serves as a wireless bridge between your smartphone and this JVC. Once you pair up this JVC with your smartphone, you can harness Bluetooth's full potential — you'll be able to receive text message notifications, stream the stored music on your phone, or access Internet radio stations, depending on your phone's features. iPhone® users can even communicate with Siri without picking up the phone.

If you enjoy Internet radio on your smartphone, you'll really enjoy playing music from Pandora® and iHeartRadio® on this great-sounding receiver. You can scroll through your stations, bookmark songs, and give a thumbs-up or thumbs-down right from the receiver's face. Load JVC's Smart Music Control app for your Android® and you get access to your receiver's settings, EQ, and sources directly from your smartphone.

Added cool stuff

JVC upped the power in their USB port, which lets you keep your smartphone charged, even when it's doing several tasks at once. Drive Change allows you to connect a memory card reader or USB hub to the receiver's USB input and select music from up to five memory cards or USB flash drives. You can also connect just about any portable audio player using the KD-R850BT's front aux input.

Once you're playing what you want, shape your sound with the onboard 3-band parametric equalizer. If you're adding amplifiers or a powered subwoofer, the two sets of 2.5-volt preamp outputs provide you the clean signal you need.

Want to keep your steering wheel controls?

In most vehicles, you can use an adapter (not included) to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this JVC stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and the JVC, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. Check the "Accessories" tab for compatible adapters.

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.

App Note: iHeartRadio playback and control requires the "iHeartRadio Link for JVC" app on your smartphone.

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

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free and audio streaming
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • AM/FM tuner includes Radio Data System (RDS)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RW discs including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA music files
    • detachable face with single-line white display
    • front USB port compatible with MP3, WMA, and WAV audio files
    • USB 1A connection provides extra power for charging devices
    • Drive Change lets you select audio from multiple flash drives or memory cards in a connected USB hub or memory card reader
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • Pro EQ with 12 equalizer presets and a 3-band parametric equalizer
    • low-pass filter and subwoofer level controls
    • loudness and bass boost controls
    • Digital Track Expander enhances compressed audio files
    • built-in iPod, iPhone, and iPad control (see Details tab for model compatibility)
    • Pandora and iHeartRadio control with iPhone and Android
    • JVC Smart Music Control app for Android provides controls for receiver settings
    • Siri Eyes Free support with compatible iPhones
    • inputs: front-panel auxiliary input and USB port
    • outputs: 4-channel preamp outputs (2.5-volt front and rear/subwoofer)
    Other features and specs:

    What's in the Box:

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

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    I bought this for my son's 2005 Toyota Corolla. I installed it myself and it was really easy. It has great sound, Bluetooth calls are awesome, my son uses it with his iPhone and he's enjoying it tremendously.

    chipsd, San Diego, CA


    JVC KD-R850BT Reviews

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    Awesome value. .feature packed

    Mac from San francisco, Ca on 10/8/2014

    2003 Suzuki Grand Vitara
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great unit and for the money you can't go wrong. My stock stereo died so I picked this one..glad I did because the install for my particular vehicle was super easy even with ZERO car audio experience. I still can't believe that it has so many features. Love the Bluetooth. .let's me accept or place phone calls and listen to iheart radio when it's paired with my phone. Looks cool especially at night.

    Pros: Bluetooth.. easy installation.. very economical..looks cool

    Cons: Can't think of any

    Good sound and value

    chipsd from San Diego, CA on 10/3/2014

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

    I bought this for my son's 2005 Toyota Corolla. I installed it myself and it was really easy. It has great sound, Bluetooth calls are awesome, my son uses it with his iPhone and he's enjoying it tremendously.



    Easy install great stereo

    Anonymous from Herndon, PA on 9/29/2014

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

    Bought this for my daughter's 2004 Cavalier. Was an easy install and I love the Bluetooth feature. Great stereo and great price, plus shipping was free! You can't beat that.



    2004 Ford Focus Car Stereo

    Ron C from United States on 9/26/2014

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

    The car stereo is well packaged and come with an extraction tool in the box in the event that you need to pull the stereo. The beautiful blue lights give it a cool factor and dims well when the lights are on. The display is clear and shows the station names as well as other content. The front facing USB port is handy and the hands free mike is nice, except that it is wired and should have been made wireless. With the built-in Bluetooth it seems like the mike was an afterthought. The clear audio is strong and there is no need for an additional amplifier. For the price it is a very good value.

    Pros: The display is clear and bright. The audio is loud and crisp. The multiple features make this a good buy. The installation was easy leaving very little operator error.

    Cons: The corded mike is not commensurate with the high quality of the product. It should have been wireless or the mike should have been built in. The instruction manual also seems cheap and lacks adequate details. The instruction on using the provided extraction tool leaves the user to guess on the proper usage. Despite these few shortcomings it is still a very good product.

    JVC KD-R850BT

    Anonymous from Colorado Springs, CO on 9/17/2014

    1987 Mazda 323
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a typical JVC value laden product.



    Great Value

    Steve from Chicago, IL on 9/8/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great value, Bluetooth works great and the sound people hear on the other end of the phone is very good. Everything else works as expected. Tip: Press the menu button to pause/play. The brightness adjustments aren't very good. Too bright at night (on min setting) and not bright enough during a sunny day (on max setting). I have gotten use to it, but I wish there was more room for adjustment.

    Pros: Great Bluetooth phone call sound quality on both ends (microphone mounted on steering wheel column behind the wheel)

    Cons: Poor display brightness adjustments

    Couln't have been much easier

    Russell D from Winter Springs FL on 9/6/2014

    2003 Jeep Liberty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Bought this to replace the original stereo that was slowly starting to fail. The removal instructions and installation instructions were right on. The wiring kit was very easy to understand and I was finished with the entire job within 20 minutes.

    Pros: Very easy to install. Sound quality is much better that the original that came with the vehicle. Blue tooth connected effortlessly to my phone. The installation instructions saved me hours of frustration! I thought that I would have to replace my speakers also, but everything sounds great now!

    Cons: None

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    Bob from Offutt AFB NE on 8/29/2014

    2004 Honda Odyssey
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Good enough for the price. Nothing more and nothing less.



    tuner great

    kg from Chesapeake, VA on 8/28/2014

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

    Love the radio

    Pros: Cd, tuner, aux, usb, Bluetooth all very nice

    Cons: Flashing lights, while probably cooll for a teenager, are very annoying

    Smarter than I am

    Anonymous from Riverside, CA on 8/25/2014

    1997 Honda CRV
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I'm kind of unsophisticated when it comes to car audio. My new JVC head unit replaces a 15-year-old JVC radio/CD/cassette player that gave me a lot of service, but would never have been able to interact with my phone and other devices. This one is smarter than I am -- it operates my iPhone (connects via USB or Bluetooth), facilitating hands-free calls, playing my stored music and podcasts and making Siri seem (sometimes a little disturbingly) "present." It turns off my music when I get a call, and turns it back on when I'm done. I didn't even know I needed all that service until I had it. There has been one loss to my lifestyle -- this unit doesn't play cassettes. It seems like a minor quibble this far into the new millennium, especially because there is a handy aux input right on the face of the unit, so if I I were highly motivated to listen to my Kinks and James Taylor cassettes in the car I could just plug in my portable player. I have not yet had my socks knocked off by the audio quality, but it sounds fine and I can hear it easily over my old car's road noise. It is a little more complicated to operate than my old unit, simply because it does so many things, but once I figured out how to use the menu function and change the radio stations (and turn off the terribly distracting demo mode light show) everything was fine. The unit is priced attractively for everything it does, and my brother-in-law said it was easy to install.

    Pros: Easy interactivity with other devices Hands-free phone Nice sound

    Cons: Face lighting seems too faint in daylight and too bright at night.

    Great for the money!

    Brian from Harrisburg PA on 8/23/2014

    2010 Chevrolet Cobalt
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy to install, nice features. Excellent value for the money. Sounds and works better than the original radio in my 2010 Chevy Cobalt which may not be saying much.

    Pros: USB, Bluetooth, Aux jack.

    Cons: None so far.


    Ben from Cincinnati, OH on 8/15/2014

    1997 Jeep Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great system for the price. Bluetooth connects flawlessly. No big issues so far.

    Pros: Price, Bluetooth, Operation

    Cons: Clock time keeps changing back after I adjust it. (Time zone setting???)

    JVC KD-R850BT

    Marian from Tallahassee, Fl on 8/10/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    v good product

    Pros: easy to install and operate

    Cons: reception could be better on reg stations

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    ed from bethlehem PA on 8/1/2014

    2004 Honda CRV EX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    nice, works well, not much different from factory on radio reception, brightness is not tied in with car. worst thing is display brightness is not enough even when maxed out, Crutchfield kit needed wire connectors

    Pros: works well, easy to install

    Cons: display brightness not enough in daytime, small buttons. For Crutchfield--kit did not come complete as advertised, I had to run out and find wire connectors.

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    mulagan from Valrico, Fl on 8/1/2014

    I havent had to much time with this stereo but I love it. I love the functionality like the bluetooth and all the different settings. Its really easy to firgure out how to use and the directions are really strait forward. I love it

    Pros: Ease of use, sound quality, blue lights, seams durable,

    Cons: You have to push a button to see the time, and the fit isnt super solid but thats no big deal.

    Works gret

    jrykal from LaGrange IL on 7/21/2014

    1997 Jeep Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Works great. Good value for the money. Has all the options I needed. Bluetooth, hands free calling, etc... Sound quality is great.

    Pros: Value. Many options. Easy to use. Was very easy to install with all the adapters from Crutchfield.

    Cons: Probably would have bought the Sirius option for future use.

    Superior Value for the Dollar Spent!

    MrMike from San Antonio, TX on 7/13/2014

    1989 Chevrolet C Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this radio for my 1989 Chevy truck that I am restoring. I needed a new radio that would work with my lifestyle. I have had nothing but great experiences with JVC electronic purchases in the past. The bluetooth handsfree with remote microphone is great. Callers have a hard time believing that I am using a handsfree connection. Pandora, IHeart, and NASCAR live using my Android phone are flawless. My co workers are impressed that a 62 year old guy knows what to buy.

    Pros: Loaded with lots of features that make it flexible enough for almost any lifestyle. Free install kit made this a 45 minute job to install. Bluetooth pairing is easy.

    Cons: Lack of seperate output buttons.

    Nice For The Price

    Mevis0130 from Durham CT on 7/12/2014

    2002 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a nice little system and was easy to install. the overall sound quality, and choices of preloaded equalizer settings were an added bonus. If you are looking for excellent sound for a good value then I suggest you try this receiver.

    Pros: Easy set up Lots of equalizer presets Easy to set up the Bluetooth Remote works well Great reception on the FM band Easy to navigate through the menues

    Cons: The faceplate is a bit tricky to put back on. though once you figure out the trick, then you are golden No scan feature to run through the radio stations

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    Richard P from Pulaski NY on 7/10/2014

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

    Excellant value. A little trickey to progrem but afer reading instruction several times and playing with it all came together. Should have ordered the installation harness even if it was an extra charge. Was able to purchase one up locally, though. Other than that the install went very well.



    Great for the price

    malenci from Oregon on 7/10/2014

    2006 Pontiac G6
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    great value, menu system took a little to figure out, but not too much, nice look and build, Bluetooth hooks up and works like a champ. I would recommend this as a great replacement to any stock stereo where you need bluetooth for streaming and taking calls.

    Pros: nice look and feel, great sound, flawless Bluetooth.

    Cons: menus a bit tricky

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    Richardmb from Berwyn Il. on 7/8/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Loved it so much bought 2 of them.

    Pros: Bluetooth aux input and USB input,

    Cons: Can't really find anything wrong with it.

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    phil from pennsylvania on 7/6/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Bought this to replace O.E.M. in daughters car. Sound is awesome. Installation easy with the right parts purchased from Crutchfield.

    Pros: great sound great support

    Cons: controls too complicated, too much emphasis on cool factor. KEEP IT SIMPLE !

    New Head Unit

    Anonymous from Eastvale, CA on 7/5/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great new head unit installed in my Jeep Wrangler and its Bluetooth capability with included microphone is impeccable. Much better received conversation than previous headset use. It has a Pandora mode and iHeart radio mode, but I tend to keep it in Bluetooth mode for full digital phone functionality.



    Better Than OEM

    Paul A from Lyndhurst, VA on 6/27/2014

    This is a great improvement over the OEM stereo (can you believe Chrysler was still installing cassette players in cars in 2004?!) I originally planned to buy an AUX-IN kit for the OEM stereo but this cost only $50 more and does a lot more. It's a little slow to connect in Bluetooth mode, and turning the ignition switch from RUN to ACC (no matter how quickly you do it) causes the connection to drop. If you make sure the music is already playing on your phone before starting the car, the stereo does seem to pick up the connection a little faster. Still can't get Fast-forward/Rewind or Previous/Next to work in BT mode. A little disappointing since my main reason for wanting BT was to alleviate the need to touch the phone while driving. Radio reception is still great. In my experience, the AM/FM reception on aftermarket stereos rarely stacks up to OEM, but this is actually an improvement.

    Pros: Lots of features and very customizable. Nice, big volume knob. Great value. Removable faceplate. All kinds of sound adjustments. Remote control fob. Wired microphone with plenty of cord to reach your desired mounting position. Installation kit instructions were very easy to comprehend.

    Cons: Pretty much the only cons I have with this stereo are related to Bluetooth and coincidentally, the only other Bluetooth accessory to give me this much trouble was also made by JVC. Not sure what's going on there... The buttons that control alternative functions are either not very intuitive or they're a little difficult to see. Keep the manual nearby and give yourself a few months to get the hang of the location/function of all the buttons and I think you'll be satisfied.

    great unit for the money!

    chuck r from waterford, pa on 6/23/2014

    2005 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    For the price u get a great head unit with lots of features, u cant go wrong, and with the free included install gear, installation was a breeze!

    Pros: Great price, great features looks good

    Cons: None as of yet

    Great product, bluetooth rocks, easy to use

    KyleW from Burien, WA on 6/22/2014

    2001 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Its a great unit, I had the same unit just a few model versions earlier (about 2 years ago is when I bought my first) and loved it but sold the car and bought a truck and it is just a must have for me, I love having the bluetooth built in and the usb charging and playback capability is awesome. Works nice with Siri and Google Maps even will interrupt the song and tell directions when using navigation.

    Pros: iPod charging and control Bluetooth calls Great EQ and tone

    Cons: Only thing I don't like is that when its in iPod mode (instead of head home), I have to turn the volume up every time I start the truck because it goes to 0 volume by default but when in head mode, it keeps the previous volume. But I like iPod mode because I am able to control songs with the iPod. In head mode, I have to unplug the iPod, change the song, and plug it back in. I just like to be able to control the iPod and not have to turn the volume up every time I start the truck. Still 5 stars

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    Anonymous from Toledo Ohio on 6/19/2014

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

    can be difficult to use while driving. dont half ass it and not install the mic or youll regret it if you use your phone. other than that i love it.



    JVC KD-R850BT is below average

    Mule from Wisconsin on 6/17/2014

    2008 Toyota Corolla
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The audio and controls are very average. The features this unit offers are great. The worst part about this is the sound quality of using the blue tooth for phone calls. It cuts in and out (not a phone issue) and the microphone/receiver quality is horrible. People have a hard time hearing you and carrying on a conversation.

    Pros: Features

    Cons: Blue tooth audio quality

    JVC Car stereo

    SueVanN from El Paso, Tx on 6/12/2014

    2006 Pontiac G6
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great fit with the adapter for my daughter's car. She's so happy with the stereo and the output of sound with the speakers and stylish look of the face on the stereo.



    Nice features for the money.

    Dave from New Castle, PA on 6/11/2014

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

    Great unit for an affordable price. All the things you'd want a car stereo to do these days. Easy installation, and once you get a device paired, the Bluetooth works great. Microphone that comes with it is surprisingly receptive from a distance. Would recommend if you just want features for a reasonable price without a bunch of flashy animation, colors, etc.

    Pros: Affordable. Relatively easy to use. Several input options. Easy installation.

    Cons: Pairing a Bluetooth device can be somewhat difficult. When using USB the unit takes over your iPod (classic only that I know of. iPhone has full functionality) makes it difficult to navigate the iPod menu one button at a time.

    Perfect Stereo!

    Lee Lambert from PA on 6/6/2014

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

    Great item! Love the Bluetooth on it! Makes the whole inside of the car look great. Ur blinking on it can get annoying to certain people but I love it!

    Pros: Wireless streaming Easy to control Looks really cool Lights up the interior Great sound quality

    Cons: Blinking can annoy certain people..

    Awesome radio with great features

    J Scott from Colorado on 6/2/2014

    2001 GMC Sierra 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Except for the flimsy USB cover, I have nothing bad to say about this product.

    Pros: Lots of features and easy to setup.

    Cons: Flimsy USB cover


    Anonymous from St. Louis, Missouri on 6/2/2014

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

    You can't beat this product for the price. It's easy to use and looks nice too.

    Pros: cd player and Pandora access

    Cons: None

    very nice

    Michael from Ft. Dodge, IA on 5/24/2014

    2005 Dodge Neon
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I originally bought this for my girlfriend, because her stock head unit died, and I liked it so much I bought another one for myself

    Pros: Bluetooth works wonderfully without sacrificing sound quality, streams without cutting out



    MDW Solutions from Washington D.C. on 5/20/2014

    2003 Audi Allroad Quattro
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I would buy another one

    Pros: Great head unit the hands free feature is on of the best I've used

    Cons: I wish it came in red


    Richard from Austin on 5/18/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The only issue I have with this car audio radio. Is that you can not see the display. I barely can see the time, station number or anything else. I have the brightness set to the highest number but still unable to see the display information.

    Pros: Good solid radio for the money

    Cons: Display brightness, not so good.

    A great car audio system

    Don from Rio Vista, CA on 5/12/2014

    2000 Subaru Outback
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was surprised at the fine quality of audio that this system produces. I bought it mainly to replace the radio that came with my Subaru because it had only one CD slot. The JVC KD-R850BT allows an iPhone or iPad to be connected to a USB port and that allows any number of songs to be played. I as also pleased with the sound from the radio for FM and AM stations. This is a great value, fit perfectly, is easy to install and fairly easy to set up and program. I recommend this JVC product.

    Pros: Great sound, looks good and Crutchfield tech support is the best.

    Cons: It's mostly plug and play but the many options can be a little daunting to program but the owner's manual is very complete and Crutchfield tech support is quickly available to help.

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    Juan from Ft. Worth, Tx. on 5/7/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This unit's performance lives up to what is expected from JVC

    Pros: Love the mute function on the volume control. No need to turn the volume down OR look for the mute like on other radios

    Cons: Owner's Manual was not specific enough. Had to play with the menus to make the unit display the info I wanted. Unit functions flawlessly.

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    Rnelson from Minneapolis, MN on 4/27/2014

    2001 Toyota RAV4
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this to replace my factory stereo on my 2001 RAV as the cd player in it quit working. This JVC unit actually sounds a lot better in the RAV than the factory one. While it isn't hard to use I am actually still trying to figure out how to set the FM presets 6-12. I actually don't care about a coolness factor very much. I appreciate being able to adjust the brightness on the display but for those who want "cool", well it is more towards normal. I also like the scrolling display of the music you are playing. Not a lot of bells and whistles, but what I wanted... Bluetooth for the phone complete with the ability to use Pandora and IHeartradio as well as being able to connect 5 Bluetooth devices which it remembers for you. Installation was simple with the Crutchfield kit. All in all I am very satisfied with this and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.

    Pros: Ability to adjust sound to your taste with equalizer settings vs just generic selections of rock, jazz, country, etc. Connects to and remembers up to 5 bluetooth devices. Sound output quality better than factory. Removable faceplate. Ability to adjust "in call" volume and remove echo.

    Cons: Take a bit of time to figure out how to move through menu and settings, but not too hard.

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    Rpmaldo from Goodyear, AZ on 4/18/2014

    2002 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The JVC KD-R850BT is a great unit with all the latest features. Great price, great sound and great looks.

    Pros: Love the bluetooth and and ease of use to setup.

    Cons: Did not have a seperate sub output.

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    Anonymous from Lincoln VT on 4/16/2014

    2001 Dodge Durango
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great stereo especially for the price. Huge upgrade over stock system. Very easy to install, Bluetooth is great and looks cool.



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    Doug from Indianapolis, Indiana on 4/15/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I installed this in a 1993 Chevrolet pickup to replace a dead factory cassette/AM/FM radio . Crutchfield's instructions and after market parts (in-dash pocket and receiver kit) made for an easier installation than I expected.

    Pros: The main thing is that it works and sounds great even with the factory speakers. My teenager drivers like the USB port and phone connection.

    Cons: The clock does not indicate the right day and time. Because I don't drive this vehicle very much, I haven't looked into searching for an answer. Also, the mounting bracket seems a little flimsy.

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    Frankie from Sav on 4/11/2014

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

    The receiver operates exactly as advertised. Watched a video on line to assist with removing the one installed in my Odyssey and how to rewire the wiring harness. First time I've attempted anything like this and on a 10 point scale the difficulty was 3. Great product. Wish I had done this a long time ago.

    Pros: Great receiver with lots of source options that work as advertised. I have a friend that is considering the same unit.

    Cons: Missed a start up step to turn off DEMO mode. Caused some frustration with little help from support as to the scrolling demo messages. Found the solution by accident. Also the instructions for the in dash mounting kit was VERY confusing. Guess that's what you get when the kit works for so many different car (Honda) models. Gave up on the printed instructions and guessed what to do. My guessing worked and the receiver is installed and working. The illumination is also too bright even set at 0.

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    James from 12561 on 4/9/2014

    1990 Volvo 740
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy to use Ipod and phone both work well with the bluetooth

    Pros: Bluetooth ready, mp3 cd ready, usb ready, ipod ready with all the bits to plug it right into the car

    Cons: have not yet attempted to turn the brightness down the display is a bit bright at night

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    KCHUSTED from TURLOCK CA on 4/7/2014

    2008 Ford F-250 Super Duty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    An outstanding value for the features. As a fleet parts specialist, these units have proven to be an excellent alternative to factory bluetooth upgraded premium oem sound systems. we have now installed 6 of these into older vehicles and can't be happier with the results.

    Pros: quality features value and the usual excellent Crutchfield service


    Great Radio

    DeborahB from OklahomaCity,OK on 4/7/2014

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

    I bought this radio for my daughter's birthday and she loves it! It has all the features she was wanting.

    Pros: Great sound

    Cons: Took a while to install.

    Great Unit

    Dave M from Crofton md on 4/5/2014

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

    It was very easy to install and use.



    Yep, it's a good'un!

    Steve Sims from Ettrick, VA on 4/2/2014

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

    For the modest cost of this unit I wasn't expecting much. I was surprised at how good this unit actually is. I have high-end head units in all of my cars and this is as good as or better than most, in terms of features and "bells and whistles." JVC should leave out the remote control and, instead, spend the money on a better hands-free, noise-canceling microphone. All things considered, I'd buy this unit again.

    Pros: - Very reasonably priced. - Great BlueTooth compatibility. - Tons of added features (Pandora; IHeartRadio, etc...) - MP3 via USB works flawlessly.

    Cons: - Hands-Free Calling isn't terrific and is subject to lots of background noises. - Sometimes it's hard to get the unit to "let go" of the cell phone during a call. - So many features that there's a steep learning curve. - No "Speed Sensing Volume" adjustment as with many comparable units. - Can't turn down the front-panel brightness enough, so it can be a distraction at night.


    Stacy D. from Orlando Fl. on 4/2/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This unit was all that was described. It was easy to install in my 2003 Dodge Ram Quad cab. Pay close attention to the wiring instructions as it is easy to make a wrong splice. I also soldered all connections as it makes a positive connection that won't fall apart due to vibrations of the vehicle. The sound was fantastic..On problem was to mount the radio to the bezel there was NO SCREWS.



    JVC Customer service is horrible!!

    D-hunter from Chesapeake, VA on 4/1/2014

    1999 Subaru Legacy Outback
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I had an older model that stopped working after 6 months. JVC would not cover it saying. it had water damage. Amazingly my car doesn't have water damage. Even though I am not happy with JVC I figured it was a fluke and I'm giving them another shot. The stereo works great so far and I love the USB port. No need to even have a CD

    Pros: Sound quality and features

    Cons: JVC Customer service

    good bang for buck

    scott from MN from Minnesota on 3/25/2014

    2000 Chrysler Town and Country
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Pretty decent unit for the price. Interface is a little clunky due to the limited display size but overall not a bad way to get Pandora and Bluetooth integrated in a single DIN radio spot.

    Pros: Gets the job done and not too expensive

    Cons: Interface is clunky due to limited screen size

    Great system!

    Sheree from Lancaster, Pa on 3/24/2014

    2005 Ford Taurus SE
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love this system! The bluetooth features are great. It makes listening to music or answering calls from your phone so easy and so much safer for while you are driving!

    Pros: Bluetooth capabilities, pretty easy to use

    Cons: I don't really have any so far.

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    JVC KD-R850BT from San Mateo CA on 3/23/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I would not purchase this again. The flashing radio light to too bright and very distracting especially at night. Tech support says there is no way to correct. Otherwise the function are very nice Blur Tooth etc

    Pros: Good function of features

    Cons: Flashing bright light that I hate

    Excellent for the price

    P from Whitesburg, Ga on 3/23/2014

    1994 Chevrolet Cheyenne
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Loved it



    Excellent Bluetooth receiver

    JimW from Jacksonville, FL on 3/16/2014

    1999 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this stereo mainly for the Bluetooth and the more sensitive FM receiver. My Android phone (Droid Razr Maxx) connected easily to the receiver. I mounted the Bluetooth microphone to my sun visor and it picks my voice up very nicely for hands free calls (this receiver is mounted in my 1999 Jeep Wrangler so it's not a quiet environment). I like how Bluetooth audio automatically starts music playing from my phone, as the stock stereo in my other car requires me to have Google Play Music open before it will detect Bluetooth audio. This stereo has very good sound quality (I'm still using original speakers) and was relatively easy to set the clock, equalizer settings and other settings. The FM receiver does seem more sensitive than my last receiver as I now get much better reception on a particular station I listen to in the morning, where before I would get interference as I got closer to work. I haven't tried the CD player yet so I cannot comment on that. I only gave 4 stars for build quality as a couple of the buttons seem somewhat flimsy. Hope they last long term.

    Pros: Great price, excellent Bluetooth pairing, Bluetooth audio works great, remote control

    Cons: display button seems flimsy

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    Smitty from Midlothian, VA on 3/15/2014

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

    Nice stereo

    Pros: Value , Siri control is great. Sound quality

    Cons: Had to reset a couple of times after install. But fine now

    JVC KD-R850BT

    Jason from Little rock, ar on 3/14/2014

    1994 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very great head unit! It was pretty easy to install depending on your car. Shipping was fast and painless as well. I also hooked up some subs to it and it plays great.

    Pros: Subwoofer on and off control. Remote.

    Cons: U have to hold the menu button to actually adjust sounds like bass and treble. Can be very hard to do while driving.

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    Anonymous from Cape Coral, FL on 3/14/2014

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

    Deffinately an improvement on the old system. Cool blue lights.

    Pros: Affordable, good sound, cool looks

    Cons: Need to be able to attenuate the button lights brightnes as well as the screen.

    JVC KD-R850BT

    Anonymous from Sarasota, FL on 3/5/2014

    1994 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I installed this to replace a long-dead factory cassette/AM/FM driving the four speakers in a 1994 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup. Crutchfield's instructions were clear and easy to use. I'm really in awe of this unit's features and the way it's transformed the experience of using this truck. Would recommend this as a low-cost, feature-packed way to replace almost any factory radio.

    Pros: Features/price

    Cons: I hadn't expected to be crimping wires, but I had the tools, parts and experience to ensure it came out right the first time. Panel-mounting could be more secure. Controls are a bit confusing to this old fart.

    Great Bluetooth CD receiver

    SteveH from Dallas, TX on 3/3/2014

    2005 Honda Civic Hybrid
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I've been using the receiver for almost 2 weeks now and I can say that it's a definite step up from my factory cd player. I primarily got it for the built-in bluetooth so I could use the bluetooth functionality on Android in the car through the system. But, what can I say? I got much more than I bargained for. The bluetooth works pretty seamlessly, the USB works awesome with my 16GB flash drive, CDs sound wonderful, and the radio works better now than ever. You might think that's a superlative way to review this product, but it deserves it for the price. The built-in EQ settings are a great feature and I find myself using that quite a lot. I don't have an iPod or iPhone so I can't comment on that part of the stereo. I'd definitely recommend it to a friend, and in fact I have. This is a great upgrade from the factory stereo, and I look forward to using it until my car dies (and then transferring it to another vehicle).

    Pros: Bluetooth functionality responds to the apps on my phone and tablet almost like magic. Lots of built in features like usb, aux, iOS controls, and bluetooth.

    Cons: Brightness of display - I find it difficult to get it right. Changing functions changes volume.


    Hands-on research

    Features and Specs

    AUX Input Front
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input Front
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control Bluetooth
    Android Control Yes
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready No
    HD Radio No
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano 7/6/5/4/3/2/1
    Touch 5/4/3/2/1
    iPhone 5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) N/A
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) ---
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 4-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs No
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs Yes
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 2.5 volts
    Display Color White
    Key Button Color Blue
    EQ Bands 3
    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

    Product Research

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

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: The JVC KD-R850BT is equipped with built-in Bluetooth (version 2.1+EDR), 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 1.5 (Hands Free Profile), OPP 1.1 (Object Push Profile), PBAB 1.0 (Phone Book Access Profile).
    • Audio Streaming: A2DP 1.2 (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP 1.3 (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-R850BT. See JVC's Bluetooth compatibility chart for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled devices.

    Secure Simple Pairing (SSP): With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the JVC KD-R850BT without having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings. When a paired Bluetooth device is in close proximity to the receiver, the auto connection function automatically pairs the two units. You can pair up to five Bluetooth-enabled devices to the JVC  head unit with a maximum of two Bluetooth phones and one Bluetooth audio player connected at one time (but only one can be used at a time).

    Bluetooth Hands-Free Communication: The head unit supports Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. The controls of the KD-R850BT 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-R850BT 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-R850BT, 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.
      • Speed Dialing: You can store up to 6 contacts in the memory of this unit for speed dialing.
      • Phone Book: You can dial by using the downloaded phone book. You can download phone book data from your cell phone to the KD-R850BT.You can search through your contacts alphabetically (A-Z) or numerically (0-9). Up to 400 numbers can be stored for each registered cell phone.
      • 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 included microphone. 
    Note: 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 volume level and noise cancellation of the microphone without affecting the other sources. The external microphone features an attached 10' 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 0.525" (diameter) x 1.505" (depth).

    SMS: If your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone is compatible with SMS (Short Message Service), the JVC head unit will notify you when a message has been received. You must then use your phone to check the message. You cannot read, edit, or send a message through this unit.

    Wireless Audio Streaming (w/ Metadata Display): The JVC KD-R850BT also supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth enabled audio player or smartphone. The KD-R850BT will be able to control basic playback functions of your Bluetooth device's stored music; such as Play/Pause, Skip Next/Previous, Fast Forward/Rewind and Random/Repeat. The head unit will also display your stored music's song information; such as Artist name and Song/Album title. The KD-R850BT also supports audio streaming of music apps downloaded on your smartphone with metadata display and limited control. Advanced music control of your music apps will still need be done via your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone. 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.

    Siri Eyes Free Control: When paired and connected with an iPhone 4S or 5/5C/5S via Bluetooth (not USB), the JVC KD-R850BT has the ability to access Siri through its front-panel control and external microphone. Simply press the "phone command" button on theKD-R850BT to engage Siri and use the included microphone to communicate with Siri. Siri's voice will heard through your vehicle's speakers. All Siri functions including hands-free calling, music search, setting reminders, text-messaging, audible navigation, and more can be done through the head unit and its microphone. The head unit will only display hands-free calling and Bluetooth audio information (all other functions of Siri are only audible through the KD-R850BT; visual data will still need to be viewed from your iPhone device).

    Note: You can ask Siri to get directions to a destination and the turn-by-turn instructions will heard through your vehicle's speakers, while the on-screen map still displays on your iPhone 4S/5/5C/5S. The head unit's audio is attenuated while Siri provides audible directions.

    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.

    Front-Panel USB Port: The JVC KD-R850BT features a front-panel USB 2.0 type-A port (behind a sliding cover) connection and control of a portable USB mass-storage class (MSC) device; such as select Android smartphones (Froyo/Gingerbread OS only), portable digital audio players, or USB thumbdrives. The USB port enables audio playback and control of MP3, WMA, & WAV audio files stored on portable USB mass-storage class devices. USB portable audio devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the CD receiver's USB port (5V/1A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On. 

    Note: The Drive Change feature lets you switch between multiple memory cards (up to 5) in a USB multi-card reader or multiple USB thumbdrives (up to 5) connected to a USB hub.

    MP3/WMA/WAV Playback: The JVC KD-R850BT supports the following types of MP3, WMA, WAV files recorded onto CD-R/RW disc or loaded onto a USB mass storage class device.

    Media Type CD-R/RW USB MCS Device
    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
    WAV (USB only): bit rate of 8- or 16-bit

    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 tag

    Track/Folder List: The Track/Folder List displays a list of MP3/WMA/WAV folders and tracks on a loaded CD or USB device, so you can easily access your music.

    Random/Repeat Modes: The JVC KD-R850BT offers the following Repeat and Random playback modes.

    • Repeat: Track Repeat (plays the current track repeatedly), Folder Repeat (plays all tracks of the current folder repeatedly), Off (cancels 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.

    JVC Playlist Creator Compatible: JVC Playlist Creator is a free Windows-based desktop software that helps organize, manage and transfer MP3/WMA music files to your USB (MSC) device from your PC. When you playback audio files that have been stored on your USB (MSC) device using JVC Playlist Creator through the KD-R850BT, you can search a file by song title, album name, artist name, or genre using the head unit's Quick Search function. The JVC Playlist Creator is a Windows-based software that can be downloaded for free from JVC's website to your PC. The JVC Playlist Creator is compatible with the following Windows Microsoft Operating Systems.

    • Windows XP Professional, Home Edition SP2 or later (32-bit)
    • Windows Vista (32/64-bit)
    • Windows 7 (32/64-bit)
    Note: Not compatible with Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad, Zune, or Android

    Off Insert/Eject + Disc Protection: 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. 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 time.

    Mounting: For proper disc playback you must install the unit within 30-degrees of horizontal.

    Smartphone Integration

    Android Compatible: The JVC KD-R850BT supports USB-connection and playback of Android smartphones with Froyo or Gingerbread operating systems installed.

    • JVC Music Control: By connecting the JVC CD receiver via USB to an Android smartphone (Froyo/Gingerbread OS only) that has the free JVC Music Control app installed, it allows you to list and search your MP3 music stored on the smartphone from the receiver by artist name or album name. The JVC Music Control app also analyzes all of your songs that are in your Android smartphone, and creates a playlist according to your mood. Once the application has completed the analysis of the songs, simply select your current mood, and this application will generate a list of songs that best fits your mood. Your compatible Android smartphone must be recognized as a USB mass storage class device; not compatible with MTP protocol.
    • Drive Change Mode: When an Android smartphone is connected to the USB input terminal, you can select its internal memory or external memory (such as an microSD card) to playback the songs stored on the phone or on the memory card. This feature is also compatible with other USB mass storage class compliant smartphones, such as Blackberry.

    iPod/iPhone Connectivity w/ DAC Bypass: The JVC KD-R850BT's front-panel USB port can acts as an iPod/iPhone high-speed direct connection when used with the Lightning or Dock cable that came with your iPod/iPhone. The USB connection allows your iPod/iPhone's stored music and music apps to be loaded instantly to the head unit and sound quality to be maximized through the head unit's 16-bit D/A converter, allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 105dB. The KD-R850BT's USB connection also offers music navigation, information display, and charging of select iPod/iPhone models from the JVC in-dash head unit. You can choose to operate your iPod/iPhone through the JVC head unit's front-panel controls or from your Apple device's clickwheel/touchscreen.

    • Head Unit Mode: From the head unit's front-panel controls you can search for stored music by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Podcast, Genre, and Composer. The contents of a Playlist or Category can be searched alphabetically (A-Z) or numerically (0-9). The KD-R850BT also supports Repeat (file/all) and Random (album/all) playback functions of your iPod/iPhone. You'll also be able to control basic playback functions (such as Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track) from select music apps streamed to your iPhone. During Head Unit Mode, the KD-R850BT will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information; such as Track number, Elapsed playing time, Artist name, Song title, and Album label. Newer iPod/iPhones with iOS 6.0+ allow you to continue to access your Apple device's touchscreen in this mode in order to access other applications; older iPod/iPhone devices will be locked during connection.
    • iPod/iPhone Mode: The iPod/iPhone Mode lets you control your older iPod/iPhone (iOS 5.1.1 and earlier) from its clickwheel or touchscreen. You'll still have access to basic playback controls (like Play/Pause & Previous/Next Track) from the head unit, but advanced navigation functions will be locked. No song/artist information is displayed in this mode. The unit will simply display "iPhone Mode".
    Note: The head unit's USB connection provides 1A of current to power and charge your connected iPod/iPhone when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position. This unit does not charge the iPad. If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it.

    iPod Compatibility Chart: The JVC KD-R850BT is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 2/6/2014):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Specific Apps Display Type Bluetooth Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/App Pandora app iHeart Link Artist/Song Text Track Info Phone Audio Siri
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y N N Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y Y N Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    4 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    4S 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5C 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5S 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y N Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y N Y
    4th 6.1.2 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y N Y
    5th 7.0.4 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y N Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N N N Y Y N N N Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    7th 1.02 PC Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y N Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N N N Y Y N N N Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N N
    2 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N N
    3 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N N
    4 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y N
    mini 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    air 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y N
    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

    Front-Panel Auxiliary Input: A front-panel stereo minijack is provided to allow the connection of almost any portable audio source with a 3.5mm headphone output (great for those non-Apple/Android devices. Simply connect your portable digital music player to the unit's front-panel auxiliary input, and you can listen to the audio from the portable player through the speakers in your mobile audio system. The unit's front-panel auxiliary input can be turned On or Off.

    AM/FM + Internet Radio

    RDS AM/FM Tuner: The JVC KD-R850BT features a built-in RDS AM/FM tuner with manual, seek, and preset tuning. The Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast information such as artist, title, and album when listening to compatible AM/FM stations. You can store a total of 18 FM stations presets and 6 AM station presets (manually or automatically).  The head unit's Radio Timer features lets you tune into a preset station at a specific time regardless of the head unit's current source (you can activate the Radio Timer once, daily, or turn it completely off). If an analog FM stereo broadcast is hard to receive, you can manually switch the tuner to Mono operation. You can also switch the tuner's IF filter to Wide or Auto to increase/decrease the sensitivity.

    Note: You can set the built-in AM/FM tuner between US standard and European tuning spacing.

    Internet Radio Apps: The JVC KD-R850BT allows you to access Pandora and iHeartRadio online music services through your USB-connected iPhone or Bluetooth-connected Android/Blackberry smartphone. Your Apple iPhone must be connected to the KD-R850BT via the 30-pin or Lightning cable supplied with your iPhone. Your Android or Blackberry smartphone must support A2DP/ AVRCP/SPP Bluetooth profiles and be paired with the JVC KD-R850BT. Your iPhone, Android smartphone, or Blackberry device will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi.

    • Pandora App (for iPhone/Android/Blackberry): The free Pandora App (either from iTunes Apps, Google Play, or BlackBerry App World) lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the JVC KD-R850BT using your USB-connected Apple iPhone (iOS 5.0+) or Bluetooth paired Android/Blackberry smartphone. The JVC KD-R850BT 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 (A-Z). 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. An active Pandora account is required.
    • iHeartRadio Link (for iPhone/Android): The free iHeartRadio Link app for JVC (either from iTunes Apps or Google Play) lets you play music from the iHeartRadio music service through the JVC KD-R850BT using your USB-connected Apple iPhone (iOS 5.0+), or Bluetooth paired Android smartphone (2.2+). 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-R850BT will provide control over the iHeartRadio Link 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 (A-Z). You can even store your favorite stations (My Stations) for easier, quicker access. An active iHeartRadio account is required.
    Note: Access to these Internet Radio services will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone or Android/Blackberry smartphone to connect to the Internet. Not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.

    Audio Section

    16 Bit D/A Converter: The JVC KD-R850BT utilizes a 16-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The JVC KD-R850BT 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-R850BT 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)
    Note: When you are using the KD-R850BT 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/4CH Preamp Output + Sub Control: The KD-R850BT is equipped with two pair of 2.5V preamp outputs (Front, 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 the unit's Rear/SW preamp output is set to Subwoofer, you can set the cutoff frequency of the low-pass filter at 55Hz, 85Hz, or 120Hz. You can also adjust the head unit's subwoofer level between -8 and +8 (separate from the main volume level).

    Pro EQ: The KD-R850BT is equipped with JVC's Pro EQ. The integrated equalizer offers 12 preset sound modes (Flat, Hard Rock, Jazz, Pop, R&B, Talk, vocal Boost, Bass Boost, Classical, Dance, User 1, or User 2) suitable for the music genre of your choice. The User modes allow you to manually adjust the head unit's 3-band parametric EQ (Frequency, Level, and Q-Factor).

    Pro EQ
    Frequency Level Q
    Bass 60, 80, 100, 200 Hz +/- 12 dB (-6 to +6) 1.0, 1.25, 1.5, 2.0
    Midrange 0.5, 1.0, 1.5, 2.5 kHz +/- 12 dB (-6 to +6) 0.75, 1.0, 1.25
    Treble 10.0, 12.5, 15.0, 17.5 kHz +/- 12 dB (-6 to +6) Fixed
    Note: You can store Pro EQ bass, middle and treble tone settings for each source (CD, AM/FM, Aux, USB, iPod, Pandora/iHeart Radio).

    Sound Enhancements: The head unit provides further sound enhancements for your car audio system.

    • Digital Track Expander: The digital Track Expander automatically enhances compressed music files and restores the original richness of the recording.
    • Bass Boost: The unit's Bass Boost enhances low bass frequencies.
    • Loud (Loudness): This feature boosts low and high frequencies to produce a well-balanced sound at a low volume level. You can set this feature to High, Low, or Off.
    • Volume Adjust: The input level of each source (other than FM) is adjustable relative to the FM radio volume, so there isn't a significant volume difference when changing sources. Each source is individually adjustable from -5 to +5.

    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-R850BT features a detachable face to deter theft. No face-case is provided. An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can be purchased for this unit. A face-fixing screw is supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired.

    Single-Line LCD w/ Fixed Illumination: The head unit features a 11-segment, one-line LCD with white back-lit text and blue button illumination (fixed). 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 or manually; select "Off" for daytime brightness setting, "On" for nighttime brightness setting, or "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).

    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).

    Demo Mode: This unit features a Demo mode which can be turned On or Off within the menu.

    Remote Control

    Smart Music Control App (for Android): JVC's Smart Music Control App lets you view the current status and perform simple gesture or voice control of the JVC head unit from your Bluetooth-paired Android smartphone (2.3+). The Smart Music Control App uses Bluetooth to communicate between your Android smartphone and the CD receiver. The head unit will auto connect to the Smart Music Control app when your Smartphone is in range. The Smart Music Control app is specifically designed for easy gesture control or voice command operation while driving, so driver and passenger can access information with ease from the Android Smartphone. With the Smart Music Control App, passenger and driver can check current playing song details or other car stereo information.

    • Information Display: The JVC Smart Music Control App will display the head unit's source information, such as song/artist information and station identification. In addition, it provides EQ info.
    • Gesture Control: The JVC Smart Music Control App lets you use finger gesture commands on your Android smartphone to control the playback of the JVC head unit. This type of gesture control is designed to operate the JVC head unit from your smartphone without having to look at your smartphone. Gesture control operations include Finger tap, Finger hold, Finger click, Finger swipe (right/left/up/down), and Finger curve (right/left/up/down).
    • Voice Command: The JVC Smart Music Control App also lets you operate certain head unit function by voice commands. Voice commands include - Change Source, Search for Song/Artist/Album, Previous/Next Track, Repeat/Random, or Preset Select.

    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). Please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.

    Wireless Remote Control: The KD-R850BT comes supplied with a wireless remote control (RM-RK52). The remote contains Attenuator, Sound, Source, Tracking, and Volume functions. The remote operates off of a single CR2025 3V Lithium-cell battery (included).

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    Q & A

    Customer Q&A

    7 questions already asked

    Yes, it works very well for that. I put the microphone on the steering column right behind the wheel so that it picks up my voice well, and most people on the other end of the phone can't even tell I'm in a car. [ STEPHEN  Sep 08, 2014 ]
    Yes you will be able to hear the caller thru your car speakers and it comes with a mic that you will use to speak back to the caller. [ JOSEPH  Sep 08, 2014 ]
    Yes, as long as your phone is paired with the receiver. [ JAMES  Sep 08, 2014 ]
    Yes, you can use handsfree over the speakers and provided microphone. Just remember to connect microphone on rear of head unit prior to installing. [ ROBERT  Sep 08, 2014 ]
    LaShawn, It comes with the mic for you to route and install wherever u wish (there is plenty of cord and the sticky tape works well) for your voice. But, you will hear everything from your speakers. The mic works just like your phone for audio input after you push the top left button on the head unit to cue the mic up. You can even record conversations if you wish. Hope this helps, Stu [ STUART  Sep 08, 2014 ]
    Yes, with the supplied corded mic. Works great, sounds great, mic picks up great. [ ROBERT  Sep 08, 2014 ]
    Yes you can. You have to set it up and link it to your phone via bluetooth. It comes with a microphone you mount inside the car and the sound comes through the speakers. [ SHEREE  Sep 08, 2014 ]
    Yes it comes with a microphone that you connect to and I have it in my car and it works great [ CLAYTON T  Sep 08, 2014 ]
    This stereo has both Bluetooth and aux in Jack for connecting most newer phones. However, I don't know if the forward and back buttons and a few other functions on the unit will work as they do with my iPhone over Bluetooth. I suspect they will. On another note, this unit gets confused now and then when some hardware connection changes and the unit freezes. It becomes inoperable until I power it down, usually I quickly disconnect the faceplate to reset it. [ Robert  Aug 17, 2014 ]
    You can play music through the headphone jack using a 1/8" stereo jack. The bluetooth should have no problem working for calls, but I don't know if it has any extra features useable over bluetooth. [ KYLE  Aug 11, 2014 ]
    It should be. You can go to JVC's website for a complete compatability listing. I am certain that it is compatible though. [ MATTHEW B  Aug 11, 2014 ]
    It should be compatible. I've used it with several different Android devices and it's worked with the Bluetooth each time. If you are asking if the USB works, I don't know, but it should according to the specs. The stereo does everything and more I want it to do really. [ Stephen  Aug 11, 2014 ]
    Yes... I believe there is a wire... [ GARY  Jul 13, 2014 ]
    Thanks. I got conflicting answers so I will stick with my 2012 or 2011 model. Some say this one has a dimmer wire and some say it does not. Thanks again. [ Jason  Jun 17, 2014 ]
    Not sure if it dims with the console. I know you can set the daytime and nighttime dim settings. Don't have access to it now to check sorry. [ IAN  Jun 16, 2014 ]
    Thank you. Most helpful. I have a JVC variable color 2011 model but the BT isn't up to today's standards and calls are awkward to answer and make. It does however dim when the lights are on. Because of the radio location I need it max bright in the day and to dim when the headlights are on so it's not blinding. [ Jason  Jun 16, 2014 ]
    Thanks! I've got a variable color JVC from 2012 and it dims when the headlights are on by adjusting the dimmer on the panel. I can't buy one that does not have this feature. Because of the stupid location of the radio in the car I need it super bright in the day and to dim automatically at night. Bummer. Thanks again. [ Jason  Jun 16, 2014 ]
    Yes, there is a wire that will control the radio's illumination whether your headlights are turned on or not. If the radio's illumination (dim) wire is connected to the same color wire from an automobile that offers this connection, the radio will dim properly. The radio is programmable in what level it does dim for day (headlights off) and night (headlights on). The dimming ability of the radio allows this dimming to also be different for the radio backlight and for the selection buttons. For each (day or night) you can set the background intensity (and color) and the selection button intensity (and color). [ DONALD J  Jun 16, 2014 ]
    It has it's own setting for the display brightness. There's a day and night mode. [ SHEREE  Jun 16, 2014 ]
    no sd card slot available, only usb and aux. plug. great stereo [ STEPHEN  Jun 06, 2014 ]
    NO SD Slot. Only 1 USB [ JUAN N  Jun 04, 2014 ]
    No sd slot [ ROBERT  Jun 03, 2014 ]
    There is a USB port that you can plug a flash drive into, I haven't tried using a card reader but I suppose that might work as a work around for The lack of a SD card slot. [ Stephen  Jun 03, 2014 ]
    do not have [ MIGUEL  Jun 03, 2014 ]
    No, only USB and headphone jack. [ MATTHEW B  Jun 03, 2014 ]
    No, no SD card sot just USB and Aux mini jack. [ LENN  Jun 03, 2014 ]
    No. This unit has USB input but no SD card slot. I also wanted an SD slot but chose this model for its FM sensitivity. I keep a USB thumb drive in my car to play higher quality .wav music files sometimes. [ Robert  Jun 03, 2014 ]
    No there isn't. The only drawback to this stereo is its brightness in daytime is not bright enough, it's hard to see. [ ANDREW  Jun 03, 2014 ]
    There is USB for iPods and flash drives with MP3s on it and the aux input for 1/8 inch stereo cables to hook to headphone jacks of MP3 players. But no, there is not a SD slot. [ KYLE  Jun 03, 2014 ]
    For details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle. [ Krissy  May 18, 2014 ]  Staff
    For a replacement plug you will need to contact JVC direclty. You can check their online portal to see if it is available: [ Jeff  Apr 14, 2014 ]  Staff
    For details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle. [ Krissy  Mar 26, 2014 ]  Staff