iPhone & Android Integration
Internet + AM/FM Radio
iPhone & Android
iPhone Direct Connection: The JVC KD-X220's front-panel USB
port can be used to connect your Lightning-connector or 30-pin dock connector
iPod/iPhone to the head unit. Simply use the cable that came with your
iPod/iPhone device or a 3rd party Apple certified cable (sold separately). The
KD-X220 supports audio playback, music navigation, information display, and
charging of your compatible Apple device.
- Audio Playback w/ DAC Bypass: 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 24-bit
D/A converter, allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 105dB. The JVC
head unit supports audio playback of stored music, music apps, and podcasts
on your iPod or iPhone.
- Control Modes: The JVC KD-X220 offers two control modes
for iPod/iPhone audio playback.
- Head Unit Control: 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-X220 also supports Repeat (file/all) and Random (album/all) playback
functions of stored music on your iPod/iPhone. In addition, you'll be
able to control basic playback functions (such as Play/Pause,
Previous/Next Track) from stored music and select music apps streamed to
your iPhone. 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
- iPod/iPhone Control: 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.
- Song/Artist Info: During Head Unit Mode, the KD-X220
will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information such as Track number,
Elapsed playing time, Artist name, Song title, and Album title. No
song/artist information is displayed in iPod/iPhone mode; the unit will
simply display "iPod/iPhone Mode".
- Charging: 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 (if your iPod/iPhone
has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it).
iPod Compatibility Chart: The JVC KD-X220 is "Made for
iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features
(as of 1/8/2015):
| Apple Device || Generation || Tested Version || Media Type || Control Type || Display Type || Charge |
| Audio || Video || Head Unit || iPod/iPhone || Pandora/iHeart Radio || Artist/Song Text || Track Info |
| iPhone |
| 3G || 4.2.1 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| 3GS || 5.1.1 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 4 || 7.1.2 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 4S || 8.1.2 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 5/5C/5S || 8.1.2 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 6/6+ || 8.1.2 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| touch |
| 2nd || 4.2.1 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| 3rd || 5.1.1 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| 4th || 6.1.2 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| 5th || 8.1.2 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| nano |
| 2nd/3rd || 1.1.3 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| 4th || 1.0.4 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| 5th || 1.0.2 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| 6th || 1.2 PC || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| 7th || 1.02 PC || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| classic || 80GB || 1.1.2 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| 120GB || 2.0.1 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| 160GB || 2.0.4 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| iPad || 1 || 5.1.1 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || N |
| 2 || 8.1.2 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || N |
| 3 || 8.1.2 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || N |
| 4/air || 8.1.2 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || N |
| mini || 8.1.2 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change
functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may
need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If
this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is
Android Connectivity: The JVC KD-X220's front-panel USB port
also lets you connect your Android smartphone for music playback. JVC does not
guarantee operation with all Android devices. There are 4 type of connection
methods based on your type of Android smartphone, what content you want to
listen to, and how you want to control it.
- Newer Android Smartphones (OS 4.1+):
- Android Open Accessory 2.0 (AOA 2.0): The JVC
KD-X220 supports Android Open Accessory 2.0 (AOA 2.0), which lets you
connect your Android (OS 4.1+) smartphone to the KD-X220's front-panel
USB port and listen to stored music and music apps from your Android
device through the JVC head unit. You'll be able to control basic
playback functions such as Play/Pause and Previous/Next Track. Other
advanced music navigation will still be done from your Android
smartphone's touchscreen. In this mode, the head unit will not display
song/artist information; only "Audio Mode" will show up on display.
You'll continue to view song/artist information from the Android
device's touchscreen. You'll also still be able to access other
functions and applications from your Android smartphone's touchscreen,
while listening to music through the head unit. If you make a call or
answer a call from your smartphone while listening to music in this
mode, the music will pause until you are finished with the call and then
start back up again.
- JVC Music Play App: Downloading the
JVC Music Play app onto your Android (OS 4.1+) smartphone not only
allows you to listen to stored music from your Android device through
the JVC digital media receiver connected via USB, but it also lets you browse your
Android smartphone's music library from the head unit's front-panel
controls. You can browse your store music library by Playlist, Artist,
Song, Album, or Genre. You can also control Play/Pause and Previous/Next
track from the head unit. In addition, the head unit will display
song/artist information. You can exit the JVC Music Play app to access
other functions and applications of your Android smartphone, while your
stored music library is still playing through your head unit. If you
make a call or answer a call from your smartphone while listening to
music in this mode, the music will pause until you are finished with the
call and then start back up again.
- Older Android Smartphones (Froyo 2.2 or Gingerbread 2.3):
- Mass Storage Class (MSC): If you own an older
Android smartphone which is running the Froyo 2.2 or Gingerbread 2.3
operating system, then the JVC KD-X220 head unit will recognize your
USB-connected Android device as a USB mass storage class (MSC) device,
similar to a USB thumbdrive. You'll be able to scroll through music
folders and music files, as well as operate basic playback like
Play/Pause and Previous/Next Track from the head unit's front-panel
controls; advanced music navigation is not supported. The head unit will
also display song/artist information in this mode. You cannot access
music apps in this mode.
- JVC Music Control App: By downloading the free
JVC Music Control onto your older Android smartphone (Froyo
2.2/Gingerbread 2.3), you'll be able to browse your stored music 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. You
cannot access music apps in this mode.
Note: The head unit's USB connection provides 1A of current
to power and charge your connected Android smartphone when your vehicle's
ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position (if your Android device
has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it).
Internet + AM/FM Radio
Internet Radio Apps (for iPhone): The JVC KD-X220 allows you
to access Pandora and
iHeartRadio online music
services through your USB-connected iPhone. Your Apple iPhone must be connected
to the KD-X220 via the Lightning or Dock cable supplied with your iPhone. Your
iPhone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via
3G, EDGE, or WiFi.
- Pandora App: The
Pandora App (free) lets you play music from the Pandora music service
through the JVC KD-X220 using your connected Apple iPhone, via the the cable
supplied with your iPhone. The JVC KD-X220 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. To access Pandora you must have an Apple iPhone (iOS 5.0+) with the
latest version of the Pandora application from Apple's iTunes App Store.
Your iPhone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the
Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. You will also need a Pandora music service
- iHeartRadio Link: The free
iHeartRadio Link app for JVC from lets you play music from the
iHeartRadio music service through the JVC KD-X220 using your USB-connected
Apple iPhone (iOS 5.0+). The iHeartRadio music service provides access to
more than 1,500 live radio stations from coast-to-coast (including pop,
country, urban, rock, talk, and sports). The KD-X220 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
Note: Access to the Pandora and iHeartRadio services will
depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of
allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in
Canada and only available in the United States.
RDS AM/FM Tuner: The JVC KD-X220 features a built-in AM/FM
tuner with manual, seek, and preset tuning. You can store a total of 18 FM
stations presets and 6 AM station presets. The radio allows you to set your
AM/FM stations manually or automatically. You can also switch the tuner's IF
filter to Wide or Auto to increase/decrease the sensitivity. If an analog FM
stereo broadcast is hard to receive, you can manually switch the tuner to Mono
- RDS: The Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio
broadcast information such as artist, title, and album when listening to
compatible AM/FM stations.
- Radio Timer: The head unit's Radio Timer features lets
you tune into a preset station at a specific time regardless of the head
unit's current source (you can activate the Radio Timer once, daily, or turn
it completely off).
Note: You can set the built-in AM/FM tuner between US
standard and European tuning spacing.
Front-Panel USB Port: The JVC KD-X220 features a
front-panel USB (type-A) port that is hidden behind a flip-out cover. The USB
port enables connection of select USB thumbdrives, select Android smartphones
(see Android section above), and select Apple iPod/iPhone devices (see iPhone
section above). You can insert a USB thumbdrive into the head unit's USB port
for playback of a variety MP3/WMA/AAC/WAV of music files stored on the USB mass
storage class device.
- Music Drive: When a mass storage class (MSC) compatible
smartphone (like Android with Froyo/Gingerbread OS) is connected to the head
unit's USB input, the unit's Music Drive features lets you select its
internal memory or external memory (such as an SD card) for stored music
playback. The Music Drive feature also 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.
- JVC Playlist Creator:
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 Windows PC (XP/Vista/7). When you playback audio files that have
been stored on your USB (MSC) device using JVC Playlist Creator through the
KD-X220, 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.
Note: USB portable devices that can be charged via USB
will be charged when plugged into the digital media receiver's USB port (max. 1A), and
the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.
Compressed Music Files: The JVC KD-X220 supports the following types of MP3,
WMA, WAV, and FLAC
music files loaded onto a compatible USB mass storage class device.
| Media Type || Description |
| File System ||FAT
| Playable File Types ||MP3:
bit rate of 8-320kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48kHz |
WMA: bit rate of 32-192kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48kHz
AAC: bit rate of 8-320 kbps w/ sampling rate of
WAV: bit rate of 16-bit w/ sampling rate of 44.1
FLAC: bit rate of 16-bit w/ sampling rate of 8-48 kHz
| 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 |
Playback & Search Functions: The JVC KD-X220 offers a
variety of playback and search functions to help you find and enjoy your music a
USB memory device.
- Track/Folder List: The Track/Folder List displays a
list of MP3/WMA/AAC folders and tracks on a connected USB device, so you can
easily access your music.
- Repeat: Track Repeat (plays the current track
repeatedly), Folder Repeat (plays all tracks of the current folder
repeatedly), Off (cancels repeat function)
- Random: Folder Random (plays all tracks of the current
folder, then the tracks of the next folder in random), All Random (plays all
tracks of the current USB device at random), Off (cancels random function)
- Resume: If you change the source, playback also stops
(without ejecting the USB device). Next time you USB for the playback
source, the player will start from where it has been stopped previously.
Front-Panel Auxiliary Input: A front-panel stereo minijack
is provided to allow the connection of almost any portable audio source with a
3.5mm headphone output. Simply connect your portable digital music player to the
unit's front-panel auxiliary input, and you can listen to the audio from the
portable player through the speakers in your mobile audio system.
24 Bit D/A Converter: The JVC KD-X220 utilizes a 24-bit
digital to analog converter for superior sound quality.
MOSFET Amplifier: The JVC KD-X220 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-X220 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
Note: When you are using the KD-X220 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/2CH Preouts: The KD-X220 is equipped with two 2.5V
preouts (Rear/SW). You can set the Rear/SW preamp outputs for connecting a pair
of full-range rear speakers (through an external amplifier) or for connecting a
subwoofer (through an external amplifier). When set for rear speakers, the rear
outputs operate with the unit's fader control. When set for subwoofer, the
outputs are non-fading.
Subwoofer Controls: 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 adjust the head unit's subwoofer level between -8
and +8 (separate from the main volume level).
Pro EQ: The KD-X220 is equipped with JVC's Pro EQ. The
integrated equalizer offers 12 preset sound modes (Flat, Hard Rock, Jazz, Pop,
R&B, Talk, Vocal Boost, Bass Boost, Classical, Dance, User 1, or User 2)
suitable for the music genre of your choice. The User modes allow you to
manually adjust the head unit's 3-band parametric EQ (Frequency, Level, and
| Pro EQ |
| Frequency || Level || Q |
| Bass ||60, 80, 100, 200 Hz ||+/- 12 dB (-6 to +6) ||1.0, 1.25, 1.5, 2.0 |
| Midrange || 0.5, 1.0, 1.5, 2.5 kHz || +/- 12 dB (-6 to +6) || 0.75, 1.0, 1.25 |
| Treble ||10.0,
12.5, 15.0, 17.5 kHz ||+/- 12 dB
(-6 to +6) ||Fixed |
Note: You can store Pro EQ bass, middle and treble tone
settings for each source (AM/FM, Aux, USB, iPod, Android, Pandora/iHeart
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
- 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.
Detachable Face: The JVC KD-X220 features a
detachable face to deter theft. No face-case is provided. An optional soft face
sold separately) can be purchased for this unit. A face-fixing screw is supplied
for making the face non-detachable, if desired.
Single-Line LCD w/ Fixed Illumination: The head unit
features a 11-segment, one-line LCD with white back-lit text and red button
illumination (fixed). Adjustable brightness and dimmer settings are available
for the LCD and button illumination.
- Brightness: The unit offers a daytime and nighttime
brightness settings for the LCD and button illumination. You can adjust the
brightness level of each manually from 0-31.
- Dimmer: The unit's dimmer control can be set
automatically or manually; select "Off" for daytime brightness setting, "On"
for nighttime brightness setting, or "Auto" which switches between day and
nighttime brightness setting automatically when you turn off/on the
headlights (orange/white wire of harness must be connected to headlamp
circuit). You can also set a specific time for the "Off" and "On" setting to
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.
Wireless Remote Control: The KD-X220 comes supplied with
a wireless remote control (RM-RK52). The remote contains Power, Attenuator,
Sound, Source, Tracking, and Volume functions. The remote operates off of a
single CR2025 3V Lithium-cell battery (included).
Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The head unit 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
Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.