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Our take on the JVC KD-R950BT

JVC's KD-R950BT CD receiver lets you customize the illumination color in three different areas of the faceplate for any combinations you can think of. Then, take advantage of the multi-level brightness and dimming controls to work with your palette. Combine that with super-clean CD playback, a USB input for charging devices and playing your music files, and Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and audio streaming, and you've got a solid receiver to go along with the visually-stunning display.

Completely customizable display

JVC's KD-R950BT CD receiver lets you customize the illumination color in three different areas of the faceplate for any combinations you can think of. Then, take advantage of the multi-level brightness and dimming controls to work with your palette. Combine that with super-clean CD playback, a USB input for charging devices and playing your music files, and Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and audio streaming, and you've got a solid receiver to go along with the visually-stunning display.

JVC KD-R950BT CD receiver

Use the variable colors to highlight your controls and inputs.

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 iHeart Radio® 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 and you get access to your receiver's settings, illumination, 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-R950BT's front aux input.

Once you're playing what you want, shape your sound with the onboard 5-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 Separate Variable color adjustments for 3 display zones
    • 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:
    • 5-band parametric equalizer
    • low-pass filter and subwoofer level controls
    • loudness control
    • Digital Track Expander enhances compressed audio files
    • built-in iPod, iPhone, and iPad control (see Details tab for model compatibility)
    • Pandora and iHeart Radio control with iPhone and Android
    • JVC Smart Music Control app 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

    Featured Video:

    Easy to install and perfect fit for my 98 4runner.

    dannyd, Oxnard, CA


    JVC KD-R950BT Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (79 Reviews)

    A lot of receiver for the money

    Steve H. from Kalamazoo, MI on 12/3/2014

    2001 GMC Yukon XL
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased this to upgrade from the stock stereo in my 2001 GMC Yukon. The install kit made it pretty easy. I didn't realize the truck had an onboard amp that needed power also. The Crutchfield Tech Support team walked me through it without issue. I'm very impressed with all this receiver's features and user interface (UI) settings. I've been looking for a receiver without a ton of buttons that my wife could easily operate and didn't look too out of place in the old truck and this one is the best I've found. I would highly recommend it.

    Pros: A ton of features and display options, very easy to use once initial setup is complete, 31 display color options and one that even matched the truck's odometer, you can even shutoff the beep sounds when buttons are pressed or radio channels are changed, bluetooth works great, day/night dimmer setting is nice.

    Cons: Ships with Demo mode on, equalizer controls are buried in menu system.

    Great Receiver

    Jay Z from Phoenix, AZ on 11/5/2014

    2001 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased this to upgrade the stock stereo in my 2001 Jeep Wrangler. One of the main features I was looking for was the Bluetooth connectivity to my iPhone. Since my Jeep has a manual transmission it's very difficult to talk and drive. I've very impressed with this unit and would highly recommend it.

    Pros: The wired microphone and Bluetooth connectivity works great. Even going topless in the Jeep I can use the phone at speeds up to 40 mph before it gets difficult for the person on the other end of the call to hear. Easy to install and use. Lots of functions.

    Cons: none so far.

    Awesome buy!

    dannyd from Oxnard, CA on 10/20/2014

    1998 Toyota 4Runner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy to install and perfect fit for my 98 4runner.

    Pros: Cool lighting display.

    Cons: Don't know yet.

    Excellent replacement for stock Toyota receiver

    Tom D from Sacramento, CA on 10/13/2014

    2002 Toyota Echo
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this to replace my factory Toyota stereo in my 2002 Echo. The kit and instructions from Crutchfield made the process easy, as usual. I've been driving around with it for several weeks now. Overall, I am very impressed with the unit, and it is a *huge* upgrade from the stock unit, but there are a few "cons" one might want to be aware of. Crisp, clear sound over Bluetooth! On the "con" side, as other have mentioned, the meaning system here is not really intuitive at all. Even once you know how to navigate it, it takes far too many button presses and knob turns to change the equalizer from one appropriate to a podcast, say, to one appropriate for loud music. Without reading the manual, I would never ever have guessed that the way to play/pause audio from the Bluetooth source is to press the "menu" button (!!!), but once I found that out it has been a dream to use to control what is playing. The included microphone is slightly crippled by a cheap "stand"/clip. I double-sided-taped it to my steering column, which works okay, but since it only rotates instead of having a ball joint like the one that comes with Pioneer stereos, it is aimed more at my forehead than my mouth. Still, it seems to pick up audio quite well. I did have two instances where, when I answered an incoming phone call by pressing my phone's answer button, the BT audio played *over the phone call*. Moral: don't use the phone interface if the radio's buttons will do it.

    Pros: * Reliable Bluetooth connectivity (~30 seconds to connect after startup) * Easy to match color and brightness to day and night (lights on) dashboard illumination * Automatically dims when lights are on * Bluetooth audio works really well for me, much clearer than I had expected * Phone calls and voice control work flawlessly with the included microphone

    Cons: * Equalizer controls are buried in menu system * Lights have two settings, don't connect to the "variable" dimmer knob * Microphone "stand" only rotates (the one with my wife's Pioneer has a ball joint making it much easier to aim) * Bluetooth automatically starts playing after using voice dictate on phone * Bluetooth has started playing while phone is being used * 1 Amp USB socket is underpowered for charging modern devices, but I haven't seen any better.

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    Thomas from Anacortes on 10/5/2014

    1992 Chevrolet S10
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very easy installation, Blue tooth excellent

    Pros: Great blue tooth compatibility

    Cons: Ships with Demo mode on

    very pleased with purchase.

    Timothy w. from United States on 10/3/2014

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

    This my second JVC receiver this year! If I had a third vehicle I would buy one for it. Very pleased with the quality and ease of installation and use. Love it! Everything I needed came with purchase. Don't buy anywhere but Crutchfield period.

    Pros: Everything is easy. Crutchfield let's you know if you forgot to order anything.I received my order the next day with free shipping.

    Cons: None

    Great product at a great price!

    Rich from Columbia City, IN on 9/29/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased this to replace the stock radio in a 1999 Volvo V70, leaving the stock speakers that came with the vehicle. The original radio had a terrible reception, and when a radio station was tuned in well, had horrible sound. So I was worried that just changing the radio wouldn't fix all the problems I had with the sound. Installation was a breeze with the included wiring harness and dash kit. Setup is extremely intuitive with this model. The color display and editing options with the three zones leave more options than one could possibly need. The sound, even with my stock speakers, is amazing. I am dumbfounded that the stock speakers, aged 15 years, could sound as amazing as they do with this radio. BlueTooth setup and use is fantastic with our iPhone 5's and 6's. First time JVC car radio purchaser, and now I am strong fan!

    Pros: Easy installation, intuitive setup, fanstastic BlueTooth, amazing sound. The price makes this a very good deal!

    Cons: None

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    Jim in Phx from phoenix, AZ on 9/24/2014

    1997 Mazda Miata
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Works great.

    Pros: Works Great. Blue Tooth works really well.


    Happy with Crutchfield and JVC KD-R950BT

    EB from new mexico on 9/23/2014

    2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was pleased with the product and Crutchfield's service.

    Pros: inexpensive but quality good reception BT, IHeart Radio, Pandora, and external inputs Easy mounting kit and all the parts came with it.

    Cons: none

    Love this receiver!

    wheilig from Florida on 9/23/2014

    1998 Acura 3.0CL
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this unit for my 16-year old daughter's first car - it's over ten years old and I wanted her to have the hands-free and bluetooth technology so she wouldn't be tempted to use her cell on the road. The installation was easy enough - one call needed to tech to verify a connection (and they were great). The settings are a little in depth, but the instructions are very clear and easy to follow - it just takes a few steps to get to where you need to be. All in all worth it though - there are so many options with this unit. So it can be changed to suit your mood or personality - obviously huge for a 16 year old girl!

    Pros: All around great unit!

    Cons: Takes a few steps to get the set up complete - there are a ton of options! Overall worth the extra steps for sure.


    kyle from tomball, tx on 9/7/2014

    2006 Ford Taurus SE
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent radio. Looks great, sounds great. Huge improvment over the stock Taurus radio. Bluetooth feature is an added bonus to modernize the car and make life easier. Easy install and nice features. A++

    Pros: Quality,price,features,colors,Bluetooth

    Cons: None yet

    Good stereo for the price

    imatoy from los angeles, ca on 8/21/2014

    2003 Ford Focus ZX5
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a really great stereo for the price. The bluetooth works very well, and installing the mic wasn't too difficult (once i realized that the sound was best if it was up by the sun visor and not on the steering column). The interface is pretty easy and user friendly. What i'm not so keen on is how "sharp" the edges are on the radio preset buttons. An odd choice for an otherwise slick design.

    Pros: Ease of use. Bluetooth is fantastic. Color change features are great. Most colors are easily visible during daylight hours. Sound choices are great.

    Cons: Buttons for radio presets are sharp at the edges. Need a bit more intensive tweaking to get the high-end clear on playback.

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    Mike from Baton Rouge on 8/10/2014

    2002 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This unit is amazing. The Bluetooth connectivity is just as you would have in newer autos. I would recommend this unit to anyone looking to upgrade.

    Pros: Bluetooth Customizable displays to match you dash colors or your mood. Pandora and Ihart radio controls.


    jvc950 in my vette

    Jim from western NY on 8/6/2014

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

    look &sounds 10 times better than factory, blue tooth works awesome ,love the Pandora feature

    Pros: looks good sounds even better looks like it belong in the C-5 vette

    Cons: I could not find any maybe because it was so much better than bose factoy unit

    Definately good

    MM from Fort Lauderdale, FL on 7/28/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Good radio for the money. Definitely I recommend this product

    Pros: Good features. Variety of menu selection. Different colors to choose from.

    Cons: Bluetooth option setup was Difficult. Could it be easier. Menu options are a little complicated as well

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    jh from illinois on 7/24/2014

    1995 Mitsubishi 3000GT
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    good looking unit love the bluetooth



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    Quick & Painless from Hyrum, Utah on 7/22/2014

    2007 Dodge Ram 2500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Overall very simple to install. Great customer service for questions. Blue tooth works great.

    Pros: Nice look to stereo. Blue tooth was my goal.

    Cons: Couldn't think of any

    Works great

    Russell from Wisconsin on 7/21/2014

    2002 Chrysler Concorde
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The head unit works great and the staff at crutchfield really worked with me well

    Pros: Bluetooth works great everyone can hear me. The settings are very ease to use in the radio I caught on In like five minutes of using it.

    Cons: None so far got product about 3-4 weeks ago

    Great features

    JD from CA on 7/20/2014

    2006 Mazda Tribute
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy to install and has great features for the price. Replaced a Bose system and sound quality from this deck along with the features are great

    Pros: bluetooth support, usb port

    Cons: none

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    Anonymous from Napa Ca. on 7/19/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy install, loved the help I received from Norm. He really dialed me in on the purchase



    Great stereo!

    rawr from Kapolei, HI on 7/9/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I really enjoy this stereo! My car's stock stereo (in a 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix) died so I decided to go with the JVC KD-R950BT based on (1) brand name, (2) price, (3) what seemed like ease of use from watching the Crutchfield video, and (4) color changing panel (the R850BT is the same thing but has an only blue panel and my car's dashboard's lights are red). I had to do some shaving down on some of the plastic in the car, because the installation kit was a tad wide, but other than that it was easy to install. I have a Nokia Lumia 920 running Windows Phone 8.1, so the IPHONE/IPOD (and possibly IPAD?) linking is out of the question but connectivity works just fine. I can switch songs, mute, answer calls using Bluetooth, read a song's metadata on-screen and charge the phone through the USB output in the stereo. Being able to fully control the phone's music by switching genre/artist/album/playlist through the stereo would be fantastic, but that is a function limited to IPHONE/IPOD. Overall I am really satisfied with this stereo. I wanted something easy to use, and that is what this stereo delivers. Also, 5 stars to Crutchfield for shipping and customer service! Not only did they send all the parts I needed to complete the installation, but the directions were sent by email, and the company shipped all the parts together for free from Virginia to Hawai?i and it arrived in 2 days. Many retailers don't ship merchandise here because of shipping costs, so this was fantastic



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    Matt from Manchester,NH on 6/17/2014

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

    Great radio for the price. The Bluetooth hands-free calling works great!



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    Stuart from VA. on 6/15/2014

    Very good unit for the money. I brought 2 JVC's to install this time around. Enjoying both.

    Pros: Had a very easy install, used this unit to replace an older Alpine stereo, so I got to use the old adaptors all ready installed. Unit has very easy controls to use and understand. And features are good for the money. Unit is attached to an 11 yr old California amp, still sounds great.

    Cons: None.

    Great directions

    Anonymous from Staatsburg, N.Y. on 6/12/2014

    2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This product was very easy to install. The manual made it very easy to set-up and use. I was able to install the unit within an hour and most of that time was used to splice the wire harnesses together. The color options on the displays give you a lot different looks to choose from if you want to match the interior of the vehicle or just be creative. The controls are very instinctive and this device had all the options I was looking for.

    Pros: A lot of color choices. Allthe bells and whistles I wanted at a reasonable price. Easy installation.

    Cons: Radio signals seem a little weaker than with the factory unit.


    Brandon from Jefferson City,mo on 6/12/2014

    2006 Chevrolet Colorado
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great player! Was easy to set up and also had all the settings for people that like to tweak everything. Sounds awesome! The Bluetooth is great a little hard to talk to people on it though.

    Pros: Sounds great, easy to use

    Cons: Was a little bit big for my truck even though they said it would fit

    Great unit!

    JaimeB from Portsmouth, Va on 6/12/2014

    Fiance bought this for meas an early Father's day gift since it had all the features I was looking for to upgrade my factory 2001 Tacoma radio. Sounds great after installing and now I'm debating on whether to upgrade my factory speakers too!! Love the Bluetooth feature so that now I can listen to what I want, when I want, instead of relying on radio stations to provide entertainment. Best thing is that I can control Pandora from the head unit without having to pick up phone. Great feature!

    Pros: Customization of face plate colors, Pandora & Bluetooth controls

    Cons: Face dim in sunlight

    Enjoying the new Radio

    KharyF from FL on 6/11/2014

    1999 Honda Odyssey
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I really like the radio. I use the Pandora feature a lot for music and I like that I can like/dislike right from the radio, no looking at my phone for that. I also like the multi-color settings for the radio itself. Having a bluetooth connection allows for everyone in the car to have a chance to control the music too(parents beware)! Finally the call quality is pretty good too. Having the mic setup right on the steering column makes it easy to be heard, and having the speakers in the car makes it very easy to hear the person on the line. However there is no private conversations so also beware of that when there are passengers in the car with you(it would be courteous to the caller to let them know too).

    Pros: hands free talking bluetooth music selections Pandora compatible plays CDs

    Cons: none really for me

    Like an old friend.....

    SirJeffro from Raleigh, NC on 6/10/2014

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

    This is the fourth JVC unit I've installed in our "fleet" over the past four years. So everything was very familiar and comfortable. This 950 is a vast improvement over the OEM -cassette- stereo in my Crown Vic, even with no amp and using the stock, non-premium speakers. It has all the Bluetooth, USB, RDS, iPod comparability, and CD/MP3 features that I wanted; along with pre-amp outs and such. Lots of little buttons and detailed settings can be figured out with a little exploration....I do not care for the sharp reliefs on the pre-set buttons...they hurt my digits. And for those old curmudgeons who don't like the colors and flashy glitz, the three separate zones can all be set to the same color and even matched to your vehicle's OEM dash/instrument's color.

    Pros: Great value...lots of features for the price JVC familiarity and dependability Bling & Glam

    Cons: Bling & Glam Small buttons Sharp, pointy pre-set buttons

    Nice stereo at a great price!

    ManuelB from Denver, CO on 6/9/2014

    2003 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    My stereo was stolen from my vehicle, so I found myself unexpectedly shopping for a new one. I knew that I wanted a CD player with IPOD controls and bluetooth connectivity to my android phone, mainly to play Pandora. While the specific Pandora function is for the ipod/iphone, connecting to an Android and running Pandora still seems to work well. It looks great and it can use many many combinations of colors for the display and buttons. I was also very happy that I was able to find all the features I wanted in a stereo of this price! Great stereo and great bargain.

    Pros: Great price for a unit that is heavy on features. Cool lighting options. Good sound quality. Good looking stereo. Comes with remote.

    Cons: The Pandora feature is designed for Iphone/ipod. Should accommodate Android.

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    Ted from Verbank NY on 5/22/2014

    1999 GMC Sierra Classic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent bang for my buck



    Nice Head

    Andy from Florence, AL on 5/20/2014

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

    Great head unit. Very easy to figure out without the manual. Sound quality to my speakers is outstanding considering I'm not using a external amplifier.

    Pros: Easy to use and very attractive. JVC android app makes using even better.

    Cons: none.

    Love this unit

    BradR from Albuquerque,NM on 5/20/2014

    2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I replaced my factory stereo in my 02 Silverado with this receiver and I have been very impressed. It sounds great even with my factory speakers. The Bluetooth works great with my Galaxy S4. The call quality is much better than my wife's Sony that cost three times more. I run Pandora on my half hour drive to and from work and don't even have to take my phone off my belt when I get in. I Love the color options on the display. I've already talked my dad and my boss to get one of these for their trucks. As always Crutchfield knocked it out of the park. Fast shipping, had to call tech support for a simple install question and the associate was very helpful.

    Pros: Tons of features, works great with androids, great price

    Cons: The menus take some getting used to. Plan on spending some time "playing" with it.

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    Frank J. from Portland, OR on 5/16/2014

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

    The 950bt was everything I expected. Solid performance on all levels. I highly recommend this unit.



    Great!! Huyndai Accent Hatchback 2011

    Christine from NY on 5/14/2014

    2011 Hyundai Accent
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I'm quite impressed with Crutchfield. Ordered quite a few items on a Tuesday and got it on a Thursday early afternoon. Customer service is a great selling point too as a customer. Tim worked within my budget and put a cart list for me of items i would need and i couldn't be more pleased! I can see why some reviews mention that this JVC unit isn't super user friendly to use (access wise on your user presets and EQ, though the remote control does come in handy at this part if you're not too familiar with audio eq'ing). This little unit is pretty awesome with Bluetooth playback and hands free calling and i was actually surprised how good it made my car stock speakers sound like. I also purchased the Polk Audio db 651s 6-1/2" Slim 2-way Speakers and Kicker 41DSC684 6" x 8" 2-Way Speakers that i plan to install when i have a little more time (The instructions for a first timer isn't the best, and removing the manual crank is actually a lot harder to do, even with an universal tool for the c-clip... if anyone has tips, i'll take it! ). The installation process was super easy and quick (less than 45 min to install while having a beer:) and the Crutchfield instructions were helpful (Reading the JVC wiring manual made it clearer). Highly recommend it for a great value; price wise and quality wise.

    Pros: The Sound quality is impressive. The customer service and products from Crutchfield are top notch.

    Cons: None what so ever. I'll buy from them again.

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    Marshall G. from King George, VA on 5/12/2014

    1998 Jeep Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great reception... Fantastic sound quality... Easy to Install... Awesome Product...

    Pros: Best bang for the buck...

    Cons: None

    Great inexpensive head unit!!

    tommy from phila, pa on 5/11/2014

    2000 Acura Integra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great bang for your buck head unit! Blue tooth feature works flawlessly. It connects to your phone automatically and displays artist name and track title. A surprising feature is you can skip songs right on the head unit itself without ever having to touch your phone. If you use pandora, song info comes up on the head unit as well. And yup you guessed it, you can also skip pandora tracks on the head unit too. Downside is if you're using other music apps, the display won't show any track info. No biggie though. Lights on the display are a cool feature. Lots of different patterns and colors to choose from. For around a hundred bucks.. GO GET IT!!

    Pros: Blue tooth feature Ease of install Pandora compatibility

    Cons: None that I can think of.

    I liked this so much, I bought two

    aryndar from Boise Idaho on 5/10/2014

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

    Installed in 2002 Ford Sportrac and 1995 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am, removed factory stereos which just weren't cutting it anymore. Updated the sound and looks in both vehicles, plus, connectivity with our phones! Very happy.

    Pros: Great sound, customizable colors and lights, easy pairing with devices AND they stay connected, no dropping.

    Cons: The manual just sucks. Difficult to understand and follow, lots of time to customize each stereo to my and the Wife's wants and needs. Eventually, you'll do it.

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    Anonymous from Bronx, NY on 5/10/2014

    2008 Honda CRV LX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Nice radio. Great Price. Easy Install. Looks & Sounds Excellent!!



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    Mike Henson from Greenville Mo on 5/6/2014

    2006 Kia Sedona
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    looks good .sounds good and easy to install with installation kit



    The Best Car Head Unit Out There, Especially for the Price !

    David.B from Dallas, TX on 5/6/2014

    1998 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The radio reception is the best I've ever had for a car radio. Love how it connects to my phone via Bluetooth and controls everything Its also cool that u can make the lights on the head unit be 3 different colors and change colors with the music .and the best sound quality you will ever hear .... Ultimately this is 1 of the best car CD players ect. I have ever come across and as a bonus its got a Great Price !

    Pros: Very Good Radio Reception. Controls my Phone Via Bluetooth. The Best Digital EQ I have ever seen or heard the sound quality is Amazing ! Love everything about this CD player etc.

    Cons: Takes a little time to learn the settings and controls , thee different from what I'm used to. But no complaints

    Great Radio

    Tim from Patrick County VA on 5/3/2014

    2004 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great radio for the money.

    Pros: Love the Bluetooth

    Cons: Face plate on the radio kept popping off, while driving down the road, glued it on where it locked and had no more trouble.

    About the JVC KD-R950BT

    Sonny N from Tucson, Arizona on 5/1/2014

    2000 BMW Z3
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    An Awsone product, quality sound and profession services and there are no cons or pros on this product. I'll buy another one for my girlfriend



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    RichardDev from Sugar Land,Tx on 4/29/2014

    2002 Chevrolet Tahoe
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Overall good unit

    Pros: All of the features works as stated and with the Crutchfield Kit it was a breeze to Install.

    Cons: The display is difficult to see during the daytime as is most L.E.D displays go..But awesome at night. I am not to happy with the sound output..It's really tinny sounding, but am still tweaking on the settings.

    Great product

    Andrei from Murfreesboro, Tn on 4/29/2014

    2001 Nissan Xterra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This CD player does pretty much everything as described. The Bluetooth feature is awesome and the hands free calling is very convenient. It has so many different color options it's hard to decide which one to set it on. One thing I disliked is that every time you plug your phone into the USB port it will turn it off of Bluetooth mode and switch itself to iPod mode automatically which disrupts the music. Not a big deal I just switch it back and all is well. The Bluetooth pairing is pretty simple to use and setting the clock and equalizer is also very easy. Overall it is a very good value and I would recommend it to anyone.

    Pros: Easy to set up, color options, Bluetooth

    Cons: iPod mode when hooked up to USB

    Very well quality made unit.

    Andre from Cleveland, OH on 4/27/2014

    2008 Chevrolet Cobalt
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Really nice unit. I love sound, display and options, it sounds great. Bluetooth is great, connects good to my iphone 5. Colors are great, and you get to choose from a LOT of different colors.

    Pros: Bluetooth, variable colors, easy to use, great sound quality.

    Cons: None.

    Nice radio

    Tim M from Southern Maryland on 4/27/2014

    2001 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great radio very easy to install. The Bluetooth works flawlessly both for cell phone and streaming music. Very nice.



    Great Product

    EASTTBIRD from Cheyenne, Wy on 4/25/2014

    2003 Pontiac Grand Prix
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This product is amazing. I bought it for my birthday with my parents credit card and installed it pretty easily. The lights are amazing and It definitely boosted the sound quality even though I already had bose speakers.

    Pros: Multi colored lights Sound quality Bluetooth Tons of features

    Cons: A Little tight of a fit for the mount in a Grand Prix The front cover around it comes off pretty easily Can be confusing if you're very old


    radio from northeast on 4/22/2014

    1999 Oldsmobile Eighty Eight
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    unit works ok but is way to complitcated ,have to go through so many steps just to change sound or balance settings

    Pros: remote contorl

    Cons: to diffucult to get to funtion adjustments

    Excellent Replacement Unit

    TonyZ - CaryNC from Cary, NC on 4/21/2014

    2006 Toyota Corolla
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    With supplied kit and instructions, this unit with the features offered at the price is a perfect choice for daughters car upgrade. The Bluetooth will keep her hands on the wheel and eyes on the road and the sound quality is very good.



    Great radio at a fair price

    LaurenL from Erie, PA on 4/15/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This radio replaced the factory radio in a 2007 Ford 500 Limited which had the six disk, six speaker system. Zack, my Crutchfield advisor told me that an adapter was needed because my vehicle's six speaker system had the sub woofers. All the components, including the installation adapter went together very easily. This radio is ten times better than the factory radio and now I can actually hear the sub woofers punching out the base. The radio is easy to control, the blue tooth for the cell phone works great, the connection for my MP3 player connects easily, the remote control is nice, and it's a great radio for those on a budget who want a great stereo that beats factory equipment. The provided installation kit makes the radio look like a factory install.

    Pros: Easy to install with the include kit. Great sound with the factory speakers. Looks like it's a factory radio. I couldn't ask for more for a reasonable price and features.

    Cons: Nothing. It looks great, sounds great, was an easy install.

    Iphone 5

    Michigan Professional from Macomb, MI on 4/14/2014

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

    34year old business professional decided to try my own install job. The JVC KD-R950BT has been a hit for me over the weekend while driving on a short 2 hour trip to our favorite vacation spot. I ordered the unit Monday night and had it by Wednesday afternoon. The U pins to remove my factory radio from my 2002 Escape make it very easy to pull out of the dash. The radio and free Crutchfield accessories made it a piece of cake to install for a 1st timer. A limbo under the steering wheel made it possible to install the Bluetooth mic. The wiring harness matched easily with factory adapter and plugged perfectly into the radio just like it should. I plugged in the antenna and filed down the dash opening about 1/4" like the Crutchfield instructions told me. I attached the rear support a the same height as my factory radio and everything snapped into place. It looks great and synced on the first try with my IPhone 5s. I've had 2 other JVC radios in the past, this is the most sophisticated so far, and a great bargain as all JVCs are. The sound quality instantly improved over my factory radio and now I can Bluetooth phone calls and music directly through the radio or charge it while using the front USB plug.

    Pros: Color selection in 3 zones; sound quality; features; price; ease of install; Bluetooth sound quality;

    Cons: Have to use the USB cord in the radio's Pandora and iHeartRadio modes with the iPhone 5s (or any iPhone) - however both can work using the phone's App and the radio's Bluetooth mode. - Loss of 1 star for that, and for not having a EQ button, and changing colors is not difficult, but a bit of a task..


    Eric from Salem, VA on 4/13/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is the first JVC head unit I've ever owned. The ease of blue tooth connection is wonderful and the power from this unit alone is amazing! Great sound especially for the price point and Crutchfield never fails on customer service!

    Pros: Multi color display, blue tooth is great, amazing equalizer and sound

    Cons: The pro eq is a bit of a puzzle if you are not familiar with frequencies and ringing systems out but there are the preset eq settings and An easy eq.

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    Bob S from 60156 on 4/13/2014

    2008 Honda CRV LX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased this receiver to replace my factory radio in my Honda CRV. Crutchfield came through again. This is our 5th purchase of radios in our family and each time it was a good experience. No problems with this unit st all. I wanted to have a better quality Bluetooth and got it. The installation instructions were precise and easy to understand. I'll definitely come back.

    Pros: Bluetooth works great,lots of set up options,looks fantastic,a lot of bang for the buck

    Cons: None

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    Bret from Colorado Springs CO on 4/12/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy installation on my 2004 Ford F150 Crew Cab. I used the Crutchfield wiring kit. Took about an hour to solder and heat shrink the wiring, then about 20 minutes to do the installation in the truck. I had pulled the stock radio the night before, that took about 20 minutes. I drilled a small hole in the round metal cross member inside the radio area of the dash to add a ground screw. That actually took the longest to do, as the metal was really hard or my drill bit was dull (I think it was a new bit).

    Pros: Easy install. Bluetooth. USB. Not too hard to figure out how to operate.

    Cons: Green color for center display area isn't bright enough during the day to read easily.

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    litros from Los Angeles CA on 4/11/2014

    2002 Chevrolet Blazer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    its a good stereo, affordable price, will recomended

    Pros: like the different background colors,


    Very nice

    oky from Sioux Falls SD on 4/10/2014

    2004 Mitsubishi Lancer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    It's very nice product, I love it.




    Chris L. from FL on 4/10/2014

    2012 Kia Forte
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I love my JVC Head unit. The whole install was easy. I like how the JVC has a detailed built in EQ.

    Pros: The Pandora and iHeart radio built in. The cool color choices on faceplate. The big volume dial.

    Cons: Wish there was a separate EQ button.

    JVC Car Stereo

    Lee in NC from High Point, NC on 4/10/2014

    1993 Honda Civic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The JVC stereo I bought for my car was fairly easy to install. The only difficult part was soldering the adapter plug to the harness, but even that went well and worked fine. The frame fit the dash perfectly and the radio installation went very smoothly. This was my first radio install in 20 years and it is so much easier than it used to be. I would highly recommend using this product in any vehicle.

    Pros: Easy installation, lots of features at a reasonable price, convenient remote , nearly infinite color choices even though I'm old fashioned and only use one.

    Cons: Cumbersome set up menu but there doesn't seem to be a good way to have a convenient interface with a small display radio. Detachable faceplate sometimes will not stay latched so I may use the screw that was included in the kit to attach it permanently, which defeats the purpose of the security feature.

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    JimO from Chicagi, il on 4/9/2014

    2005 Hyundai Sonata
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy to install and sounds great

    Pros: Great value

    Cons: None yet

    Great Unit

    JC from Sacramento, CA on 4/9/2014

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

    I'm a big fan of JVC units. Their sound quality and features can't be beat for the money. I installed this unit in my daughters 99 Subaru in less than an hour. The built in BT can't be beat.

    Pros: Ease of use, BT, presets

    Cons: preset buttons can only be used on FM1, FM2-3 require scrolling through the presets.


    Pam from Everywherer on 4/7/2014

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

    Bought this to replace the alpine in our 2002 jeep. Fit perfect and looks perfect. Husband loves all the features. He can listen to satellite radio thru his iPhone. Perfect gift...priced right!

    Pros: Came quick...real quick

    Cons: Ordered it on a Monday for $129... Tuesday it was priced $119

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    Anonymous from oviedo on 4/5/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    great product



    Love this deck

    Tanner from Los Angeles CA on 4/5/2014

    This is such a great deck for the cost

    Pros: All the iPhone features

    Cons: None so far

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    rc from lynchburg va on 4/5/2014

    1993 Cadillac DeVille
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    nice machine

    Pros: ease of installation good product for price


    Not what I expected

    Geoff W. from San Antonio, Tx on 4/2/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very hard to understand how to work product. Doesn't work correctly without the purchase of an amp, which I don't have so am not enjoying system at all yet. Looks really cool, though, and it is a pretty good value for the money spent. Sound quality is a total wash, can't even turn it up at all without major speaker distortion hence the need to purchase an amp to connect it to.



    Great Features and Sound

    jscott0363 from Central Kentucky on 4/2/2014

    1995 Honda Accord EX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This unit replaced an older JVC model that was just outdated. The installation was a snap. This is one very cool unit. It can be backlit in multiple colors or single colors. The Bluetooth setup was extremely easy and the voice command setup was also very easy. Built-in USB port makes charging your iPhone convenient. The sound improved greatly from the older JVC unit. I've only had this receiver for a couple of weeks, but so far, so good!!

    Pros: Cool factor is very high. Great sound. Easy installation. Easy setup.

    Cons: No Satellite radio available on this model.

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    Fernando from Cedar Hill, Tx. on 4/2/2014

    2004 Nissan Xterra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased this to install into my wives 2004 x-terra. The stereo came in as expected and in good condition. It was true to the description and to its features. This install was relatively easy. Thank you to Crutchfield for the extra steps included in the purchase. Once I had everything put back together it actually looks like a factory install. I was impressed with how things turned out. Overall it is a huge improvement over the factory stereo, programming it was ok and our 11 yr old son took it off demo mode and programmed the stations, the colors including day and night. Kids!

    Pros: Thank you Crutchfield for the kit and wiring harness which are certainly needed. Thankfully connecting the wires was pretty straightforward although keep in mind you may not need to use all of them. Start with the easy ones first which would be the speakers.

    Cons: A little worried about removing the trim and wished Crutchfield would have included a video of sorts or something like this but it was easy to find doing a Google search. Once seeing the video it made more sense and was more confident to proceed. This by no means to not try the install yourself, just look, research and be ready. The remote is way too small for a medium to large hand. Seems to be ok for my wife though.

    Great stereo great price

    Doug from Salt lake City, UT on 4/2/2014

    2002 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This stereo was super simple to install with all of the Crutchfield gear that came with it. After wiring up the harness seriously took like 20 minutes to install. Replacing factory stereo so sound quality is huge improvement. Lights are cool and Bluetooth works awesome for phone and streaming music.

    Pros: Easy to install, cool lights, low price, bluetooth awesome, great sound

    Cons: I wish display would scroll through song title and time so you don't have to keep hitting the display button to see what time it is. Menus are a little cumbersome

    Awesome JVC Head Unit!

    DominicD from Simi Valley CA on 3/29/2014

    1990 Chevrolet C Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Awesome head unit! Customization of the three display sectors of color is amazing with the mixing of the three primary colors to create awesome color combos! Easy to install and crutch field makes it very easy to install, supplying you with all the parts you'll need.

    Pros: Custom colors, good output, easy install

    Cons: Not a one.

    great product

    Anonymous from Newport News, VA on 3/27/2014

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

    With the crutchfield mastersheet and equipment, installation was simple!




    Hoops from Wimauma, fl on 3/27/2014

    2000 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent radio for price

    Pros: Easy to use and install


    Great Stuff

    John from Tuscola,IL on 3/26/2014

    1999 Dodge Dakota
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Looks great and has many good features



    great system great service

    Anonymous from Charlotte Tennessee on 3/26/2014

    1997 Mercury Mountaineer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great product at a good price

    Pros: Easy to set up no problems at all

    Cons: None

    Absolutely recommend!!!!!!!

    Anonymous from Huntington WV on 3/22/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I love this unit! Bluetooth works perfect! Sounds great! Colors are cool!

    Pros: Bluetooth, color schemes, sound quality

    Cons: I haven't found any

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    Jimmy from Texas on 3/15/2014

    2003 Chevrolet Tahoe
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    JVC KD-R950BT Reviews 2004 Saturn Ion 1

    Raptor from Wintersville, OH on 3/14/2014

    2004 Saturn Ion 1
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased this unit to replace my Saturn Ion 1 factory system. Great features and sounds incredible with stock speakers. I can't wait to see how it sounds with the Fosgates I have on order. Great Customer Service. I had a question regarding wiring harness and the customer service rep was spot on and informative with the answer. Can't say enough positive things about Crutchfield. I would recommend both Crutchfield and this receiver to everybody. BUY it, you won't be sorry.

    Pros: Looks awesome. Easy to install Sounds Great

    Cons: None

    Neat radio!

    Roan from Utah on 3/14/2014

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

    This was a really cool radio, and I can't wait to get more in depth with it. It fit inside my tuck with ease. My only recommendation is to make sure it is off "Demo" mode when you're driving. I didn't and it started flashing all of its lights like a strobe. Startled me, not gonna lie. Very cool radio!!

    Pros: Bluetooth. Pandora. IHeartRadio. Three colors. (What?!)

    Cons: None.






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    taiwo from amherst ma on 3/10/2014

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

    Easy to use and install

    Pros: cheap and easy to use

    Cons: none


    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 6+/6/5S/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 Variable
    Key Button Color Variable
    EQ Bands 5
    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-R950BT 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-R950BT. 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-R950BT 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-R950BT 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 also set the head unit's LCD to change colors when a phone call is received. 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-R950BT 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-R950BT, 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-R950BT.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-R950BT also supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth enabled audio player or smartphone. The KD-R950BT 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-R950BT 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 with Siri via Bluetooth (not USB), the JVC KD-R950BT has the ability to access Siri through its front-panel control and external microphone. Simply press the "phone command" button on theKD-R950BT 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-R950BT; 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 with Siri. 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-R950BT 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-R950BT 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-R950BT 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-R950BT, 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-R950BT 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-R950BT'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-R950BT'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-R950BT 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-R950BT 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-R950BT is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 9/26/2014):

    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 7.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    4S 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5/5C/5S 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    6/6+ 8.0 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 8.0 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 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N N
    3 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N N
    4/air 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y N
    mini 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is 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-R950BT 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-R950BT 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-R950BT 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-R950BT. 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-R950BT using your USB-connected Apple iPhone (iOS 5.0+) or Bluetooth paired Android/Blackberry smartphone. The JVC KD-R950BT 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-R950BT 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-R950BT 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-R950BT utilizes a 16-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The JVC KD-R950BT 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-R950BT 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-R950BT 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-R950BT 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).

    High-Pass Filter (for Front & Rear Speakers): You can activate a variable high-pass filter (100, 120, 150, Hz or Through) 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.

    Pro EQ: The KD-R950BT 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 5-band parametric EQ (Frequency, Q-Factor, and Level).

    Pro EQ
    Frequency Q Level
    Bass 63, 80, 100, 125 Hz 1.0, 1.25, 1.5, 2.0 -10 to + 10
    Mid Bass 200, 250, 315, 400 Hz 1.0, 1.25, 1.5, 2.0
    Midrange 630, 800, 1.0k, 1.25k Hz 0.75, 1.0, 1.25, 2.0
    Mid High 2.0, 2.5, 3.15, 4.0 kHz 0.75, 1.0, 1.25, 2.0
    High 6.3, 8.0, 10.0, 12.5 kHz 0.75, 1.0, 1.25, 2.0
    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-R950BT 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.

    3 Zone Variable Color: The head unit's variable color illumination is separated into 3 Zones (Zone 1, Display Zone, and Zone 2). The KD-R950BT offers 29 color presets and custom colors for each of these zones. 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. You can choose to use the same color for all 3 Zones, or use a different color for each separate Zone.

    • Zone 1: Zone 1 consists of the rotary knob and the following buttons (Power/Source, Answer/Voice, Menu, Back, and Previous/Next Track).
    • Display Zone: The Display Zone consists of the LCD, preset buttons, and display button.
    • Zone 2: Zone 2 consists of the USB port and Aux input.

    Lighting Effects + Color Guide: You can select a preset color change pattern/speed for all 3 Zones (Zone 1, Display Zone, and Zone 2). Choose from Spectrum, Groove, Techno, Emotion, Relax, and Night Sweep. When activated, the Color Guide mode changes the display and all button illumination to white when menu settings or music list search are performed.

    Brightness & Dimmer Control: The unit offers a daytime and nighttime brightness setting for the LCD, button, and USB input terminal. You can adjust the brightness level of each zone manually from 0-31. 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-R950BT 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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    Staff Reviews

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    Great sound and value!

    Written by Jude, Director, Digital Imaging, on 7/10/2014 9:25:00 AM
    My son just purchased a newer car, a 2002 Pontiac Sunfire and the sound system it came with was, well, awful. We sat down together and planned a system and since he was on a budget we decided we would go with our house brand Sound Ordnance for most of it, and we are not disappointed. We installed the P65-C in the rear deck using the SA69 6X9 adapter. We then installed the P-40 in the front doors with fabricated brackets we made from the 12x12 sheet of ABS #1208900903 and then used the Dynamat #15410415 to seal it all up and add sound deadening to the doors. We chose the JVC KD-R950BT for the Bluetooth and the generous power the internal amplifier has, plus the abundant color choices made it easy to match the red backlighting in the Pontiac. We needed bass so we used the Sound Ordnance B-24 and the Rockford Fosgate #575P500X1B we had from his previous vehicle and connected it using the EFX 8 gauge wiring kit #142PA8. We spent a Sunday working on this project and have to say it exceeded my expectations on sound. It sounds clear, the bass hits as hard as you want and the total price was well within his budget. This is a great system and it was also a great day spent with my son.
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    with this stereo it does not automatically start play but I don't know about I phones I haven't had any issues with that I have a Samsung galaxy s4 [ STEVEN  Sep 16, 2014 ]
    I'm pretty sure your issue is more phone related. I have a galaxy s4 and it automatically connects, but does not play. There is a setting in my phone that makes it automatically start playing when connected to an external audio device. [ BRIAN  Sep 15, 2014 ]
    It only plays from the Bluetooth if that input is selected on the radio manually. Example: if I leave it on BT audio setting, turn off the key, it automatically pauses the iPhone. When the key is turned back on the radio does not begin playing from the Bluetooth input, I have to manually continue the playback via the phone touch screen interface or voice command feature on the iPhone. It works seamlessly with my phone and I have been very satisfied with its function. This radio comes with a wired microphone for taking voice commands and also for hands free cell phone calls through your stereo. [ LEE  Sep 15, 2014 ]
    The phone will automatically pair but audio doesn't play until you hit the play button. This will not act like your pioneer. It should be fine. I also use an iPhone. [ RICHARD  Sep 14, 2014 ]
    Can this unit pair two phones simultaneously? For instance pair both my personal and work phone? [ Nance  Oct 02, 2014 ]
    If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: Or try our online support center: [ Krissy  Sep 05, 2014 ]  Staff
    I've set the colors and they are awesome, really great look and they dont go crasy you can set the zones to do what you want [ CHARLES T  Sep 05, 2014 ]
    look in your instruction manual and follow the directions for changing the units colors. You're in demo mode most likely at the moment. I had to do this on my deck. [ NANCY  Sep 03, 2014 ]
    I don't know about slower fading but you CAN pick a color for the entire face to match the color the rest of your dashboard. I was able to match the JVC unit to the red that all my instruments show on my 3series BMW. [ ANTHONY  Sep 03, 2014 ]
    Paulboy, I have a Samsung and my phone automatically connects to my radio within about 2 min. after I turn the radio on. [ RON  Jun 20, 2014 ]
    As long as your bluetooth is turned on, it will automatically connect for phone audio and music. I have the s4, and it works great with this head unit [ BRIAN  Jun 20, 2014 ]
    My son's iPod pairs automatically. I've never tried an android device though. It's a very nice radio I've really enjoyed it. [ LEE  Jun 20, 2014 ]
    I have an LG G2 , once you are paired it recognizes your phone whenever you enter or within range. Love it [ ROBERT  Jun 20, 2014 ]
    I have an LG G2 , once you are paired it recognizes your phone whenever you enter or within range. Love it [ ROBERT  Jun 20, 2014 ]
    I have an Iphone 4s and I paired it once. I leave my bluetooth turned on all the time on my phone. When I start the car, it takes about 10 seconds to pair. It does it automatically. I would think it would work the same way on your Galaxy S3. [ RICHARD  Jun 20, 2014 ]
    Hello Paul! After the first time you pair your S3's bluetooth it will connect automatically. I have the Galaxy S2, and it will connect automatically. It will take about 30 seconds before it recognizes it can connect. To speed it up you can connect it manually, but that's just seconds difference. In short answer, Yes. [ ETHAN  Jun 20, 2014 ]
    The details say that this will automatically dim when the headlights are turned on (it connects to the famous "orange wire" which sends that signal). It sounds like from Emil's answer above it might not dim continuously with general instrument-panel control (not sure if any aftermarket stereos will), but it does have its own control to dim. In your use case, needing it bright during the day and dim at night, it appears it will be able to do this so long as you connect the orange wire correctly. [ Tom  Sep 12, 2014 ]
    Thanks! I 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. This is a feature that used to be standard on after market radios, is standard with stock radios and from an electronics engineering perspective is very simple and cheap to add. Thanks again. [ Jason  Jun 16, 2014 ]
    Thanks! I am a little confused on conflicting answers but this seems reasonable because 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. Thanks again. [ Jason  Jun 16, 2014 ]
    Thanks! I 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 nigh. Bummer. Thanks again. [ Jason  Jun 16, 2014 ]
    The display does not dim with the instrument panel dimmer. It does have light level settings that you can preset. You can also change the color of the radio's panel lights but not the LCD display. The LCD display is white. The color of the panel lights are split. For example one side of the radio can be blue while the other (opposite) side might be red. Hope this helps. [ EMIL  Jun 16, 2014 ]
    Yes, there is a dimmer wire with this stereo. [ gerald  Jun 16, 2014 ]
    In my 01 silverado it does not. I do not remember seeing a wire for it and I wires every wire according the the crutch field directions. It does have a day and night mode though that you can set different colors and different brightness levels for each. And if that isn't enough it's only a few buttons to turn the brightness down. [ DEVIN  Jun 16, 2014 ]
    It depends on the device. My phone outputs all audio via bluetooth when paired. So any application plays through the stereo. [ Sirena  Jun 09, 2014 ]
    Im not sure about google play but you are able to stream spotify as well as iheart radio [ TIM  Jun 02, 2014 ]
    Yes. It plays with google music service without issue. Basic controls through Bluetooth as well [ YASSAKAR  Jun 01, 2014 ]
    Yep [ Jeff  Jun 01, 2014 ]
    Yes [ ALEXIS M  Jun 01, 2014 ]
    I don't know if you would have any issues connecting with USB, but I know mine does connect over USB and I ignore it because the bluetooth is so convenient! [ RHONDA  May 02, 2014 ]
    I also to have a nexus 5 running 4.4.3 . this head unit I have not been able to play music via USB cable even though music is stored locally. But streaming music by Bluetooth is great and talking also [ YASSAKAR  May 01, 2014 ]
    Have a motorola razor Maxx and works just perfect,Pandora plays just fine and Bluetooth works great. [ ANDREY  May 01, 2014 ]
    I have HTC ONE and works great on Bluetooth mode. I use the usb port to plug my flash drive, or charge my phone. I love it. [ OSCAR  May 01, 2014 ]
    You can use Bluetooth. [ ROSS  May 01, 2014 ]
    No you should not have any issues. [ CLARENCE M  May 01, 2014 ]
    I use my usb port to listen to mp3's on a flash drive. It will power (charge) any compatible usb device. You should be able to charge your phone with no problems, however, I can't answer if you will have any compatibility issues with more in depth features. [ RICHARD  May 01, 2014 ]
    I haven't had any problems operating on Android [ MICHAEL  May 01, 2014 ]
    I have not had any issues with 4.4.2 on this model head unti or their older ones ( I own 3 different models ) [ Jeff  May 01, 2014 ]
    Have not used Bluetooth yet, and I have an apple product, no android [ JULIE  Apr 23, 2014 ]
    I do not have an android device, but on my iOS devices it allows control via bluetooth or cable connection to the head unit. [ THOMAS  Apr 22, 2014 ]
    My purchase was a presant for my Sister inlaw, She Does not use Pandora so I can't say for sure but I would say, yes. USB in my experiance has been a work around for lack of Bluetooth. I used cable into an old Kenwood before my new bluetooth unit. 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-R950BT using your USB-connected Apple iPhone (iOS 5.0+) or Bluetooth paired Android/Blackberry smartphone.Good luck in Your install [ DALE  Apr 21, 2014 ]
    Mine works though USB as well. Nice unit, I like it much. [ DOUGLAS  Apr 21, 2014 ]
    this unit will control pandora via bluetooth and usb. [ WARREN  Apr 20, 2014 ]
    I dont have a clue, The instructions were not clear. [ HAROLD  Apr 20, 2014 ]
    Sorry, I can't help. I purchased the receiver for a friend and have not yet installed it in her vehicle. Paul [ Paul  Apr 10, 2014 ]
    Don't have a Galaxy S4, but am sure you're good to go, because: (1) My wife bluetooth paired her Galaxy S3 to the KD-R950BT just fine and uses it for handsfree phone talk frequently. (2) Although she drives the car daily and I take public transportation, I made it a point to also pair my Galaxy Note 2 to the KD-R950BT and, right after, successfully tested both handsfree phone talk and playing music stored on my GN2's SD card through it. [ Wayne  Apr 09, 2014 ]
    I can't speak for the Samsung compatibility since I don't own one but the head unit will only accept USB flash drives. There is no SD card slot. [ RONALDO  Apr 09, 2014 ]
    its compatible with my Samsung galaxy 3 blue booth but I have not used it with my sd card yet. [ TAIWO  Apr 09, 2014 ]
    It has worked with any phone I have paired so far. Never tried an S4 but I am sure at least the bluetooth will work. [ Sirena  Apr 09, 2014 ]