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Our take on the JVC KD-X80BT

A Saturday morning cartoon character from my youth used to say that "knowing is half the battle." With JVC's knockout JVC KD-X80BT digital media receiver in your dash, you'll know more than enough. You'll see plenty of song info, caller info, and Pandora® station info on this baby. And JVC gives you complete control over the look — you can choose from over 30,000 different colors for the left and right sides independently, plus control brightness for each side separately.

Awesome display

A Saturday morning cartoon character from my youth used to say that "knowing is half the battle." With JVC's knockout JVC KD-X80BT digital media receiver in your dash, you'll know more than enough. You'll see plenty of song info, caller info, and Pandora® station info on this baby. And JVC gives you complete control over the look — you can choose from over 30,000 different colors for the left and right sides independently, plus control brightness for each side separately.

Built-in Bluetooth® gives you lots of options

You may know that Bluetooth lets you talk hands-free in your car, but this receiver also allows you to receive text messages and stream music, depending on your phone's features. You iPhone® users can control your favorite PANDORA® Internet Radio stations right through the rear USB port, while you Android™ and Blackberry™ users control your stations through the Bluetooth connection — no wires needed.

Android friendly

JVC's Android app lets you use your compatible Android phone's touchscreen to control the action using finger swipes and gestures — for example, make an upside-down "V" to change the source. So pop your Android phone in a mount, and you can reach down and skip a track without taking your eyes off the road.

Keep two phones connected

The KD-X80BT's built-in Bluetooth lets you pair two phones at once — no need to choose between your personal and business phones. When a call comes in, the receiver will blink either blue or red, so you'll know at a glance if your call is coming from home or the office. To answer a call, just tap the volume knob.

Do more with your USB connection

JVC upped the power in their USB port, which lets you keep a smartphone charged while it's performing many battery-draining tasks at once. And with your smartphone connected, you can listen to your phone's internal memory as one source and access the little microSD card as another.

Build a system

If you've got plans to build a complete car audio system, the KD-X80BT is a great place to start. You'll appreciate three sets of high-power, 4.8-volt preamp outputs when it's time to add amps and subs — you can even tweak your bass level right from your dash. You'll also get a rear auxiliary input for hooking up more gear, like a Dock & Play satellite radio.

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.

This digital media receiver will not play CDs. If you want to play CDs in your vehicle, we offer a wide selection of CD receivers.

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.

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:
    • digital media receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • fold-down face with a 4-line display
    • USB 1A connection charges devices quicker
    • built-in iPod control
    • control PANDORA® from your iPhone, Android, or Blackberry smartphone
    • Android app for gesture control over playback
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (20 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • Separated Variable Color display
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • 24-bit digital-to-analog converter
    • high- and low-pass filters
    • 3-band parametric equalizer
    • inputs: two rear USB ports, rear auxiliary input
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (4.8-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
    Other features and specs:

    What's in the Box:

    • Digital media receiver (with 10-amp ATC fuse inserted into chassis)
    • Face (inside face-case)
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Trim ring (installed)
    • Wiring harness
    • KS-UBT1 USB Bluetooth adapter (installed in rear USB port)
    • Microphone with integrated bracketed (attached 12' cable terminated by a right-angle male 3.5mm connector)
    • Wireless remote control (RM-RK52)
    • CR2025 3V Lithium battery (installed)
    • Face-case
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • 2 Face-fixing clips
    • Instructions (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • Installation/Connection Manual (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • US Warranty Sheet
    • Canadian Warranty Card
    • Product Registration Card/Questionnaire
    • "Caution!" note (attached to wiring harness)
    • "USB Caution" note
    • USB Bluetooth Adapter instructions
    • "The countries where you may use the Bluetooth function" note
    • Face-fixing note

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    I didnt want a CD player, or a flashy display. The output voltage from the RCA's is great. And I think it is very user friendly. The phone and Bluetooth work perfectly with my Motorola smartphone. The call quality on both ends is very clear.

    Mallen, Ohio


    JVC KD-X80BT Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (61 Reviews)

    Simply Awesome

    Don from Alabama on 9/3/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is an Awesome unit. the RCA outputs are powerful. kicks the cr@p out of the Pioneer 560BT I had. my last unit was a Pioneer DEH-880 (20 years). I was heartbroken when it went. Tried the 560BT and I will not comment on how happy I was to remove that unit (very... very... WEAK pre-amp outputs) this unit.... Nice.... very nice. I am not converted to using a USB thumb stick instead of carrying a CD case. while the newer face styles with all the bells and whistles don't fit the décor of my old Firebird I can live with it since the outputs are strong. I run a Rockford amp and Pioneer 6*9's and it is ridiculously loud for just a few components and money spent. you Do Not feel or hear the powerful engine I have with the current setup (that speaks for how awesome all three are together).

    Pros: RCA preamp outputs are Powerful and Clear

    Cons: when playing off the USB stick... it takes a little time, meaning read access to start Hey.... this is the only con I can think of about this unit

    This is a great head unit for those of us who don't want a CD player

    Mallen from Ohio on 8/16/2015

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

    I didnt want a CD player, or a flashy display. The output voltage from the RCA's is great. And I think it is very user friendly. The phone and Bluetooth work perfectly with my Motorola smartphone. The call quality on both ends is very clear.

    Pros: Everything

    Cons: None

    Decent, could be improved

    Chris from Washington on 7/3/2015

    2011 Subaru Impreza
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Overall a pretty quality unit. Not the best display. Couldn't get the auto dimmer to work so I have to set the manual dimmer times and adjust them throughout the year. The color options are great though. I was able to match it nicely to the stock colors in the rest of the dash. The Bluetooth takes a while to connect. Long enough that I have time to select my music, pull out of the driveway, and drive a half block to a stop sign before I can hit play on my iPhone. This is my first Bluetooth capable head unit though, so that may just be the way it is. Straightforward install. Only had to call Crutchfield customer service once because I was having problems programming the steering wheel control adapter. The unit sounds great. More extensive EQ controls would be nice. There's one User option that can be set fairly nicely in the Pro EQ section of the menu (as nice as a 3-band EQ is anyway). However, the rest of the EQ options are factory set and non-adjustable from what I have found so far. It would be nice to be able to adjust the settings for all of the EQ options so I could have settings for the different kinds of music I listen to. Hip-Hop/Rap requires much different EQ settings than Indie or Rock.

    Pros: Bluetooth streaming and hands-free calling capable. Straightforward self-install. Good sound quality. Variety of color options. Bluetooth mic is impressively clear (mounted on steering column).

    Cons: Very limited EQ. Slow to connect to Bluetooth.

    Satisfactory minus a couple

    Richg from New York on 5/19/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Pretty much as advertised. Only a couple minuses

    Pros: Installed easily and performs well. Bluetooth and USB work great. Button colors are cool

    Cons: You can't get the text white on black as it looks in the pics. Nearest I could get was a greyish on blue which is eh. Menu navigation takes a little getting used to

    Deceptive and awkward

    Bryan O'Meara from Boston, MA on 11/3/2014

    This is marketed as a dual usb unit with bluetooth, however the bluetooth function is through one of the usb ports, so you can either have bluetooth with one usb port or dual usb with no bluetooth. The USB cables do not detach from the back of the unit, meaning you have to drill holes big enough for the entire usb receptacle head to go through. There are much cheaper single usb radios with permanent bluetooth on the market. I feel pretty duped into buying this unit. I had planned to keep my ipod in the glovebox and have another usb socket in the centre console to use with memory keys and a permanent bluetooth connection with my phone. Alas, totally unsuitable.

    Pros: Nice looking tidy unit. Sound quality is acceptable.

    Cons: One usb port must be used with bluetooth device to use bluetooth. I assume if you lose the small usb bluetooth device, the bluetooth function is useless. AUX cable is very short. I needed to get an aux extension cable to route it to the glovebox. USB cables do not detach from back of unit. Controls are not very intuitive. Took me a good 15 minutes to figure out how to stop the unit from going into demo mode every time you turn it on. (involved holding the menu button down for about 5 seconds


    JOHNDOE from Wiesbaden GERMANY on 8/25/2014

    1998 Volkswagen Golf III
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    For the price this is a good unit. The bluetooth works flawlessly with the iphone 5 model as advertised.



    Great simple head unit

    Wendell from Crownpoint, NM on 5/30/2014

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

    Purchased on a minimal budget and out performed our expectations. Granted this head unit doesn't have a CD player, if you're into the mp3 and music digital age as far as smartphones, iPods and Bluetooth - then this product is for you! Great at offering different mediums of input (aux, 2 X USB & Bluetooth) and provides EXCELLENT sound quality and multi pre-amp outputs. Great factory replacement if looking for something simple and loud. The look and feel is amazing for picky customization color choosers. Simple 15-20 minute set up and great deal for brand and value.

    Pros: TONS of colors to choose from and two sided color display. Expansion port is great for adding Serius XM Radio adaptor. The fold down face is great if you want a dark drive at night. and a detachable face adds to the security of this unit. VERY SIMPLE set up and instructions are easy to follow.

    Cons: IF you use an iPod and have TONS of music on your device or phone. The scroll menu doesn't offer a feature to instantly go back to where you were in the menu you choose a file from. You ALWAYS have to scroll your Artists, Albums, Songs etc from the beginning. I have over 11,000 songs on my iPod and it becomes very tedious to start from the very beginning all the time. That honestly the only bummer and drawback from this head unit. FYI

    Good Unit

    Ted from Central Valley, California on 5/27/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I upgraded from an Alpine media receiver to this because I needed the dual bluetooth for my personal and work phones. Install was a snap. Wiring harnesses were self explanatory. Best part is my self powered sub sounds so much better, as does the overall sound. Definitely an upgrade from my Alpine.

    Pros: Sound Quality Bluetooth Ease of use

    Cons: Display is rather sophomoric. All the information is there, but it seems less than what I'm used to. Probably won't be that big a deal once I figure it all out.

    The Best

    JDB from Texas on 5/9/2014

    2004 Toyota Sequoia
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed in 04 Toyota Sequoia with factory JBL package. This is simply the best media playing deck out there for your music! I researched and researched until I finally decided on this deck. I have no complaints! I can't say enough about this unit. I am very happy with it and wish it hadn't taken me so long to decide! If you have a huge music library, listen to Pandora, Satellite, Spiritual, or just regular radio this is the best for your money!

    Pros: Everything about this deck is spot on and then some!

    Cons: None that I can find!

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    Anonymous from Baltimore, MD on 5/3/2014

    1996 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent radio easy use iphone hookup with cable or Bluetooth

    Pros: Control iPod or iPhone thru radio without touching device



    Rinde from NY NY on 4/24/2014

    1993 Porsche 911 Carrera
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent product although may need a year to learn how to use all the cool features

    Pros: Ease of install, food sound quality

    Cons: Big learning process to use all features


    Rusty from Mckenzie, tn on 4/3/2014

    1992 GMC Sierra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Works great and the Bluetooth is so easy to use

    Pros: Bluetooth, 2 USB, aux port, great sound, can keep steering wheel controls

    Cons: No CD player, hard to remove faceplate

    JVC KD-X80BT

    Anonymous from Trussville, al on 4/3/2014

    1996 BMW Z3
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I love this radio!!! I was able to match the radio's color with the instrument color. The Bluetooth was easy to set up and it has a clean look.

    Pros: No USB on the front of the radio.

    Cons: None

    Great HU

    DennisA from Asheville, NC on 1/29/2014

    1995 Land Rover Range Rover
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great HU, I Installed this in my '96 Range Rover, (which is a PITA, you know what I mean if you have one). I was planning on opening the doors and cutting out the installed amps because of the expected squeal and distortion I've had with several other replacement HU's. It's not there :) Great sound, worked right out of the box. Some distortion at full volume, but I think that's the 19 year old paper cones. The bluetooth phone connection is something I've never had before and I love it, simple to pair with my Galaxy SIII, picks up right where I left off, automatically when I get back in my truck. The USB Bluetooth adapter takes one of the 2 USB cords, which is a bit silly, they could've used one cord and a frame-mount USB plug, just to clean up the install a bit, but that's not a deal breaker.

    Pros: 6 pre-amp outs, but don't think I'll need them. Included Bluetooth adapter Easy, intuitive menu system, Easy to read screen Not overloaded with buttons you can't see/read while driving.

    Cons: LONG usb cables, one taken up by the Bluetooth adapter, add unnecessary clutter in an already tight install space.

    Good, but not great

    vegetation from Damascus, OR on 1/21/2014

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

    I purchased this as a replacement for my recently-deceased Pioneer DEH-P9800BT. The JVC is an improvement over the Pioneer in most ways. First, the good: * Automatically connects to a Bluetooth phone * Displays the artist, track, and title information via Bluetooth from Android sources (Google Play, Pandora). * Has Bluetooth Pandora-specific control mode to allow for "Thumbs Up" / "Thumbs Down" on a song. Now, the bad: * The LCD display is horrible - there is very little contrast between the foreground and background colors. The first picture that shows the perfect white on black is NOT a Crutchfield photo, it is a stock photo from JVC that is deceptive. You will NEVER be able to get the display to look like that. The rest of the pictures are an accurate representation of the display. * The sound quality is acceptable, but certainly not "good". Even though there is a parametric EQ, you still only have three "bands" with very limited frequency range. You can adjust the "Q" (frequency width), but it needs more bands to be useful. * Although it automatically connects to Bluetooth phones, it takes a LONG time to do it (up to 90 seconds). * You can adjust the color of the buttons and LCD display individually or both together, but even in the "together" mode, the color between the buttons and the LCD are noticeably different from each other. You'll never get the color of the two to match perfectly. * Comes with a key fob wireless remote. This is a completely useless.

    Pros: Versatile Variable-color display Many Bluetooth profiles to allow for display of song, artist, and title information, as well as control Android audio applications.

    Cons: Poor sound quality Horrendous LCD display Takes a long time to connect to Bluetooth sources Low output power to USB ports results in very slow charging Included wireless remote key fob serves no purpose but to drive the price up Colors between buttons and LCD display never match completely Display is too small to display all of the information Pandora has to offer, although you can cycle through various "Disp" settings to see different items on different screens. No USB media support for

    Recommend against

    JohnS from San Jose, CA on 11/23/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I recommend against buying this unit. Build quality is fine & sound quality is excellent, but several key features fail for me. I bought this unit to be a "Digital Medial Player"...but is seems this unit is more like a stripped down CD player that has bluetooth. It's funny how this unit isn't any better at digital media than any bluetooth-enabled CD player. The main areas that fail for me are: 1) When playing music on my iPhone (iPod mode) via Bluetooth, you can't pause can only mute the music. This makes no sense to me, and my wife's $20 cigarette lighter/ bluetooth-to-FM gadget that I bought at the auto parts store lets her pause her iPod via bluetooth. To get the pause to work, you need to hook the iPhone up via USB. 2) It frequently looses USB connection to the iPhone, most often after a phone call...and it switches to the FM source (I never listen to FM). 3) The bluetooth phone isn't good. The mic-side (people hearing me) is OK, but often they complain about extreme echo even when the Echo Cancel mode is on. On the speaker side (me hearing others) you can't control the sound EQ, so it inherits your fade/balance from other modes. So in my car where I have fade to the rear (which sounds best for music) it sounds like the other callers are under the rear seat (very muffled). Again, good music quality, but nothing really special, and several very annoying issues. If this unit was $99, I would keep it, but at this price I'm returning it.

    Pros: Good build quality. Good music sound quality. Lots of illumination color matching options

    Cons: Can't pause Bluetooth music (only mute). Bluetooth phone mic & sound poor. Flakey USB connectivity. Not well thought out controls. Seems like it's simply a crippled CD player that isn't any better at digital music than any CD player. Face-plate really difficult to re-attach.

    excellent product, great customization

    carlito sway from balmer, merland on 10/27/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    really the only downsides have to do with the genre itself, and thus are not the fault of JVC or this model. sorry, but garish is just not "cool" - i want clean, efficient, neutral even - blends in with my vehicle and doesnt scream 'steal me.' no option on the market looks this way. period. all that said, its a great head with great power and customizations; dont want something to show on the main menu? like any good operating system (*ahem* winblows, this is for you!) you SHOULD be able to adjust what content you want to show where. the kenwood i had purchased not two months before (and that i returned for this model) made me scroll through all 17 (seemingly) sources as i went from radio to bluetooth and back. the JVC? it just let me turn off the ones i dont use so as to not be in my way. subtle things like this win this deck solid points.

    Pros: good power, fairly simple to set up / use, good HPF / LPF / SUB options, not TOO ugly

    Cons: not too pretty either, lots of flash (why does the face detach? why does it fold down? can we not move past this?), needs less appeal to guys who wear polyester shirts with dragons or flames on them (or i guess now its sailer jerry).

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    Bruce K from Boulder Creek, CA on 8/6/2013

    1998 BMW M3
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This receiver works great, and was easy to install. It pairs with my IPhone flawlessly. I use it to listen to Pod Casts, and Pandora in my car. An excellent value.



    Great JVC Product

    Jake from Ohio on 7/25/2013

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

    Excellent unit. Blue tooth sounds terrific.


    Cons: Interface takes a minute to get used to but works well

    JVC KD-X80BT

    marcus from tucson az on 7/13/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Its great and everything I wanted



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    Anonymous from Mentor, OH on 5/9/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very nice head unit, able to retain my Sirius subscription. Price is a little high considering unit doesn't have a CD player (not that I need one). Also the Bluetooth should be built in considering the price, not an add on to one of the USB inputs. Which brings me to another point, be aware that there are not really two USB inputs due to this last point. Speaking of the BT, it connects easily and works well, good sound quality when using it. Sirius works well, sounds good, signal doesn't drop as much as my 10 yr. old Kenwood unit. I have only used these two sources, both work well and sound good. Display is easy enough to see, but would like to able to customize it, instead of having just 3 set options. Again especially at this price point. The scroll option (holding the display button in) is a joke. It seems to work sporadically. The display should just scroll automatically whenever song title or artist info. is too long. The menu takes a little getting use to, once you do, it is easy enough to use. Initially I was not thrilled with the absence of preset buttons, but again once I got used to using the presets within the menu, I find them pretty easy to use. All in all I am very satisfied with this unit.



    love this digital media player

    lt from Pennsylvania on 5/1/2013

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

    Awesome. I bought the first one for my Mercedes. Bought another for my explorer. IPod works flawless. Samsung GSIII also works perfectly through Bluetooth

    Pros: Ease of use. Display is perfect. Works great with android and Apple

    Cons: Call quality

    JVC KD-X80BT

    RJb from San Antonio, TX on 5/1/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Crutchfield team knew what to provide me for my installation in my 2004 Chrysler Crossfire. The local stereo installers had no clue. So I bought from Crutchfield and the install was simple and worked to perfection. My sound is way better than the factory head and I now have Bluetooth streaming and hands free calling from our iPhones.

    Pros: Easy install using Crutchfield team instructions.

    Cons: None.

    First jvc - happy!

    Taco05 from Wisconsin on 4/29/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Replaced stock radio in my Tacoma mainly for the ability to connect ipod/flash drive to listen to music. Routed the mic for the bluetooth through the roof headliner and mounted next to the map lights - everyone says I sound great. Connecting to my Iphone was simple and took about 30 seconds. Now, every time the radio is powered, it automatically connects to my phone. I even changed the color display to turn green when incoming calls are received. Have not figured out how to display incoming text messages yet but really have not investigated that much yet. Having two rear USB's and the AUX allowed me to run the wires into my glove box and keep the unsightly wires hidden. Connected 8g flash drive with folders and the unit easily scrolls through like you were opening on a PC/MAC. Ipod controlls were very similar and did not take long to figure out how to navigate through songs and playlists. The bluetooth from my Iphone works well and the music comes through very clear. Wish there was a way to skip ahead or backwords from the head unit to control the phones music lists. Maybe there is....learned the basics first, will fine tune when more time allows. I have always bought Kenwood/Pioneer in the past but after two weeks, I am very happy with my purchase.

    Pros: When bluetooth is connected to your phone, displays the battery and signal strength so you can keep the phone in pocket and still see the basics.

    Cons: The source button is small and right above (almost behind) the volume/control knob. Would be much better located elsewhere on the unit.

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    Rudy from Seattle on 4/29/2013

    1997 Chevrolet Camaro
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love it! Should have got it sooner!

    Pros: No CD to store or worry abt them being scatch!

    Cons: No CD lol


    D from AZ on 4/22/2013

    2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Put it in my wife's Jeep and it is great!



    My first JVC product.....and I love it !!

    KevinW from San Diego on 4/21/2013

    2004 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    In the past, I've always had Alpine and Sony ES receivers. I was looking for a good digital media receiver for my TJ Rubicon. I mulled over the Alpine iDA-x305, another Alpine, another JVC, a Sony and a Kenwood. I eventually settled on this JVC. I wanted a rear USB output, RDS info for the AM/FM tuner, and excellent iPOD controls. With the JVC, I received all of this and more. I do wish that there were a few more buttons, especially for direct selection of radio presets.

    Pros: iPOD controls, color controls, RDS, readable display in sunlight

    Cons: no direct selection preset buttons

    JVC KD- X80BT

    David T from Pawleys Island, SC on 4/20/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great radio, great system, awesome support!



    $200 paperweight

    Adam C from Goshen, NY on 4/19/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have been a Crutchfield customer since 1999 and have spent tens of thousands of dollars with them. I have been 100% satisfied with every purchase...until now. I bought this unit 7 months ago because the Crutchfield sales rep I spoke to said JVC units are highly compatible and functional with Droids. After probably a dozen calls to tech support, here are my issues: 1) The sub preamp outputs flat out don't work. I get no base response with Pandora streaming and slight sub movement on FM stations with the sub amp pegged out. 2) It is hardly compatible with my Droid Razr Maxx HD. Pandora will usually stream but I get no artist, song or album info...just an error that flashes "STOP" or "PAUSE" over-top of whatever is on the display...including the clock, making it unreadable. Skipping tracks on Pandora does work, but the thumbs up and down do not. It seems to work well with my girlfriend's iPhone 4, however. 3) I love the sleek design and large display, but you sacrifice functionality. Just setting an FM preset is so counter-intuitive I've had to refer to the manual basically every time I want to set a station. And without preset buttons you have to remember which station is where in your line-up and arrow up or down to find it...often leading you from preset #1 to preset #32 instead of preset #2. And despite the size of the display, reading text is extremely difficult. 4) It likes to randomly unpair with my phone...usually in the middle of playing Pandora

    Pros: 5) The Bluetooth is spotty and I often have issues making and receiving calls and have complaints of echos from whoever I'm talking to. 6) Playing music off my iPod of an iPhone through the Aux-in sounds horrendous...basically static! Crutchfield said I could call JVC and get a new unit because of the known preamp issues. Not true. JVC customer support told me that the warranty only covers repairs so I have to drive over an hour to my closest JVC preferred service center.

    Cons: I called the repair center JVC referred me to and they told me that they haven't serviced JVC units in over 20 years. This service center is even listed on the JVC website! On top of that, the rep from JVC copped a serious attitude with me for no apparent reason. I was much more courteous on the phone than I am being in this review because I know you catch more flies with honey but I am fed up! JVC is garbage. Save your money.

    Great Product

    Solar Tech from Oregon on 4/3/2013

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

    I like it. Overall a great unit, pretty easy to navigate. I wish it would load USB mass storage faster, but I do have over 15,000 songs for it to read. It would also be great if it allowed you to create and store playlists from USB Mass Storage.

    Pros: Looks, functionality, sound quality

    Cons: Load time on USB mass storage, no playlist capability

    Replaced my 15 yo tape/cd HU

    Chris from Gettysburg, PA on 3/17/2013

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

    I'm on my 2nd unit after the first one decided to give up. The first one lasted about 2 and a half months then became completely unresponsive and wouldn't turn on. I called Crutchfield and had a new one in 2 days. This is why you buy expensive electronics gear from a retailer that cares about it's customers! I was even over the 60 day return policy and had a smooth transition with the new unit and customer support. The unit itself - Very nice looking and customizable. The radio presets are a little confusing but reception is acceptable. The unit feels good, although the buttons feel a little cheap. Call quality is great with the bluetooth and syncs within a few seconds after turning on. Overall it's a great unit for the price, looks very nice and operates the way it should (if it turns on) Can't give it 5 stars because of the death of the first unit. Hopefully this isn't a continuous problem with these headunits. also can;t beat buying from crutchfield...if I had bought this somewhere else I would have had to go through JVC warranty and could have taken weeks to get fixed/replaced.

    Pros: Looks good Sound quality is great

    Cons: Prone to premature death

    My new stereo

    PattyH from Fruita, CO on 3/14/2013

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

    I love this new stereo - it's makes a perfect combination with my iphone and ipod! I don't even miss the CD player.

    Pros: I can't think of anything negative about this stereo.


    Overall very happy

    LI_Dave from Stony Brook, NY on 2/10/2013

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

    A very nice unit that does everything I could have asked for. I haven't done any aftermarket audio in decades and it is truly amazing what you get for your money these days. The sound quality is great, install went well. Looks amazing in the dash of my 2002 F150. Only two minor "complaints". First is the user interface. The issue here is probably not unique to this unit, but I suspect all these modern receivers pack a ton of features into only a few buttons and knobs. It is never really obvious which controls do what. I'm learning, but you will spend a lot of time getting comfortable with this thing. I wish it were a little more intuitive. The second issue I have found is that at least in my vehicle putting the microphone in the suggested spot on the steering column is producing marginal audio quality on the other end of the call. I haven't relocated it yet, but I'm planning on moving it up to somewhere near the sun visor to get it closer to my mouth. Fortunately the cable on the supplied microphone is long enough to do this. Will comment back on my results.

    Pros: Value for the $, Bluetooth functionality. Ease of install, Sound Quality. AM and FM reception are VERY good.

    Cons: User interface is a bit convoluted.

    Wish I had bought one sooner

    janette from Sebastian, Fl on 1/27/2013

    2005 Toyota Matrix
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great bluetooth stereo for the car. Works great with our Samsung Galaxy SIII phones. Pandora, Tune In, Google Play, and music all work great.

    Pros: connects easily to multiple phones phone menus are easy to use

    Cons: phone calls echo sometimes

    Good in concept, horrible execution

    Wayne from NVA on 1/23/2013

    1998 Ford Explorer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I normally do not go out of my way to write bad reviews but I am doing it for this unit. I purchased this because I use my phone for pretty much everything including playing music. I have the top android phone on the market as I write this and this unit has a hard time staying connected to it. The JVC unit will do things on its own such as decide you want to give it a voice command when you have no such in intention. Probably the most annoying thing though is having to reestablish the Bluetooth connection of the phone to the receiver CONSTANTLY. If you turn your vehicle off you must go into the phone, turn of the Bluetooth and turn it back on, then choose the JVC unit again and wait for it to connect. One of the reasons I bought this is so that it would be easier to use than an AUX input for music. (Thought it would be easier to keep your eyes on the road.) As it is, it is much harder and more involved. For some reason the clarity it plays the voice from the phone changes from muddled to clear and I have not been able to figure out why yet. If you step exactly on the line and make no mistakes you can use this receiver with your phone marginally well. There are few choices in the category and this is why I am keeping it along with the fact you can do hands free calling. All in all though and unimpressive device. NOTE to manufactures. Android is the more prominent OS not the iPhone. Build quality devices for Android or lose customers.

    Pros: Excellent sound quality. Fairly easy to understand information displayed on the screen when the Bluetooth connection is actually working. Fairly easy to navigate through the menu system. NOTE: Crutchfield has always been an EXCELLENT company to buy from. Not of this units lacking qualities has anything to do with the excellent service they provide.

    Cons: Bluetooth connection is constantly needing to be reestablished Unit decides you want to give it voice commands when you dont. Have to hope it will figure out you dont so you can use the receiver as you intended. Purchased this for a more hands-free experience and instead ended up more of one. Not sure why the device was created with a removable face but as it is, the attachment of the face to the unit is created in cheap plastic. Can see it breaking easily if used a great deal.

    Unit Good; Crutchfield ok

    Rub-a-Dub from Norfolk, VA on 1/12/2013

    Car:1996 Porsche 911; purchase: Dec 2012. After purchasing my 16year old 911 in Oct, I knew I had to replace the receiver as the original was dead. In doing some research, I ended up settling on this JVC unit based on features (Bluetooth, USB, Aux, Phone, remote), name, and price point. So, as a Christmas gift, this is what I pointed my wife towards and specifically asked to purchase from Crutchfield to ensure I'd have a smooth install. Upon trying to install the unit, the first hurdle I ran into was that I had no diagram or keys to remove the old unit. One of the reason I directed my wife to purchase from Crutchfield was that I expected to have all tools and diagrams...not so much. I ended up researching how to remove the unit and purchased the removals keys from Amazon for $5 or $6. Once removed, it was a matter of matching the JVC's wires to the Crutchfield supplied harness. A quick trip to the local hardware store got me some connectors and helped finalize the install. Long-story-short: I'm still toying with the receiver and learning to use it and it's features. So far, I like what I see; I'll come back after some more time. With regard to the Crutchfield purchase, I expected more for the $189++ - proper install diagram, removal keys, wire connectors (all fairly simple and inexpensive items). Although the supplied wire harness is truly helpful, I could have purchased the unit from elsewhere for about $40 less, then buy wire harness.

    Pros: Features for the price: 2x USB, bluetooth, Aux inputs; rainbow of color options

    Cons: None yet for the unit; Crutchfield lack of proper install diagram, removal keys, wire connectors, price.


    Josh H from Dayton, Oh on 1/9/2013

    2008 Subaru Impreza
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Overall the unit felt light and cheap to the touch, I'm used to Alpine, Pioneer and Kenwood, this was my first JVC and it will be my last. Bluetooth connection was simple enough, but that's where the positive remarks end. The audio quality from the Bluetooth was bad, cymbal crashes were distorted and crackled, voices sounded muddy and it would cut out every little bit, even for a few microseconds. Making or receiving a call was impossible as it would simply not play the audio consistently. I could hear the first second or so of the ringing, then maybe a second or two of the call itself and that was it. The only way it would continue with an audio signal was to press the Bluetooth button my phone (Samsung Note 2) when the sound cut out. Not usable. Sound quality was fine, but I really needed the BT to work, it does not, so it's getting sent back.

    Pros: Crutchfield customer service is exceptional 4.8V preamp outputs, even though I didn't get to test those

    Cons: BT call quality was horrid, unable to be used BT music quality was pretty bad as well Unit felt very cheap to the touch, such as buttons wiggle when pressed and has a cheap "look" to it. Subjective, yes, but it's my car and I don't want a cheap piece of crap in it

    Wow; Didn't Know What I Was Missing!

    JoeA from San Diego, CA on 1/6/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This digital receiver is wonderful! We've been using it with our iPhones and Pandora. Although we could use the bluetooth connection, we have a direct connection in the glovebox. The sound is outstanding. Even AM/FM sound is better than the stock radio that came in our vehicle. De-installation of the stock radio and installation of the receiver as well as Sirius peripherals and various adapters took less than 2 hours. I'm really pleased.



    I don't need no stinkin' CD player.

    Chris The Hun from Richardson, TX on 1/3/2013

    2006 Ford Focus ZX3
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I'd been looking for a bluetooth stereo for a while, being a good consumer and researching as much as possible. Up until 2 months ago I had decided on a Pioneer, but when I came back to Crutchfield to order the HU, I decided to do one last search and came across the X50BT which in turn lead me to the X80BT. I'm big on minimal wire exposure in my little car and loved the fact that the X80BT had two rear USB connections for the bluetooth dongle and my iPod. I didn't like the idea of connecting my iPod to the front nor did I like the idea of leaving the bluetooth receiver sticking out of the front (granted the bluetooth receiver is an ultra mini USB dongle), which was the only option with X50BT. I wish for the extra cash the X80BT still had the front USB, but that was not a deal-breaker. For those interested in performance with Spotify - you won't be disappointed. The 3-line display shows all the information you would expect with the HU control you would expect. The hands-free calling is acceptable in conjunction with my iPhone 4S. A friend noted I was cutting in and out; however, that may have been his phone or my reception (Sprint, blah). Other calls were noted as clear but noticeably different. I love that I can "call up" Siri from the HU without fidgeting with my phone. All-in-all, I am very hapy with the purchase and forsee this unit hanging around even with the purchase of a new vehicle.

    Pros: Bluetooth, iPod HU control, easy search controls for iPod, clean look, variable color display is a nice touch.

    Cons: No front USB; phone audio doesn't play over system when BT not selected (GPS voice from phone won't play-over other inputs such as iPod or radio), that may perhaps be common, I wouldn't know with this being my first BT-enabled system.

    Great product for the price

    Adam from Cincinnati, OH on 12/12/2012

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

    Very impressed with this little radio, made my 13 year old speakers sound much better. Easy to use, love the ability to fully customize the color display. My only quips are that from time to time the display is not always up to speed with the song playing through my iPod, it may take a song or two to show the correct title, and every now and then the bluetooth calling will pause the music, however the sound does not come through the speakers, only through the phone itself. This doesn't seem to happen if I dial through the head unit, but while driving it is much easier/safer to do so from the phone directly and wait for it to connect.



    Great all-around unit!

    Mike M from Gillette, WY on 12/7/2012

    1999 Acura 2.3CL
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I recently purchased a 1999 Acura CL as my commuter, and was not happy with just having a Radio. I did a solid 3 hours of research, and found this JVC unit to be a bargain. After installing it, I cannot explain how well the sound quality improved! The rear 6x9's came alive! I didn't even know it had them earlier. The bluetooth is great, pairing is extremely easy. I don't know how it sounds from the cell-phone end, but the in car audio is great. If I had to do it all over again, I would still buy this JVC

    Pros: Easy pairing Display Illumination colors Sound quality Value

    Cons: Track selector (>>) is not built into volume wheel

    JVC KD-X80BT - BUY IT!!

    Mark from Indiana on 11/3/2012

    2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a great receiver! Very pleased with my decisioin to go with this unit. Wanted to replace my factory unit with something that had Ipod control and bluetooth. Also, I wanted rear USB so I could run the cable to my center console. Didn't want a cable hanging out the front. Turns out I don't need a cable at all unless I need to charge my phone. Streaming music via bluetooth works perfectly with sound quality that matches the cable. Bluetooth calls work great as well. Everyone I've asked says the call sounds perfectly clear. I mounted the mic on my steering column. Three line display is great. You get alot of info. Some have complained that the display is hard to see in the sun but that has not been my experience. I even waited to write this review until I had a day when the sun shone directly on the unit. I had zero loss of visibility on the screen. Looked just as good as in the shade. Like all single DIN units navigating your Ipod music with the head unit is not great, just us Ipod mode and use your phone.

    Pros: Looks great. 3 line display. Great audio streaming and bluetooth calling. All the color choices are great.

    Cons: For the unit - NONE! For the manual - there is a mistake on how to set preset radio stations when it says to choose a preset number then press the main button to save it does nothing. Finally figured out if you double click the main button it works. Thought I would mention this as it may prove frustrating for anyone buying this radio since it's one of the first things you'll probably do.

    Great for the price.....

    Js from Boise, Id on 11/1/2012

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

    great device for the price, has more power than my previous alpine....Be sure to select the auto update to OFF, otherwise it will continually mess up the clock, this is a satellite radio feature, it should not be an option without satellite installed, but it is.

    Pros: sounds great. all the input options (2x usb), bluetooth works even installed in glove box when closed

    Cons: frame has a removable cage near the front that makes it somewhat difficult to wedge into the new adapter. Instruction book is near useless (but that is the case with most instruction books). The auto update feature is annoying to figure out why my clock kept resetting to the incorrect time

    great deal!

    mike from New Jersey on 10/21/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Nice headunit! great value. Came loaded with features. Just installed it in a X3 and it sounds way better then the stock unit. Color changing is cool. Matches the BMW dash lights perfect. Blue tooth phone sounds great. The display is a little small and the orange is dim in daytime sun light. Need to use white or blue during the day. I wish there were some preset buttons on the front too. 2 small cons in my opinion though.

    Pros: Great Value, tons of features, sounds quality is clear and strong

    Cons: display is small for a unit with no cd player. A couple radio preset buttons would be nice.

    CDs be gone!!!

    Spawn9998 from Delaware on 10/17/2012

    If you are done with CDs this is the unit to have. Sound quality is great and the hook up for external amps with the voltage is what i was looking for. Great customer service as usual. Thanks Crutchfield

    Pros: Color display RCA voltage

    Cons: N/A

    JVC KD-x80bt

    Robert L from Muskego, WI on 9/24/2012

    2007 Nissan Versa
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This unit is a great value. Great sound, better Bluetooth than BT built in the Versa. This unit has made a great improvement in the factory 6 speaker system. Works on all our iPods and my iPhone 4S. The 3 lines of display provide the music info needed and the cool retro drop down clock numbers is fun. The infinate number of color combinations will fit any mood. I drive with my headlights on all of the time: the programmable dimmer times are really thought out. Works with iOS 6!

    Pros: Cost per features. Really thought out. Wide range of features and easy to use contols and menus. Full iPod/iPhone controls from head unit.

    Cons: Took bit more work to fit the single DIN into the double DIN opening: more than any other crutchfield install. Only feature I would like to have would be to be able to pre-set the the initial volume when you turn on the car: my wife tends to turn off the car with the volume blasting. ??

    Great Unit for a Replacement!

    BBawc from Rusk, Texas on 9/7/2012

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

    When replacing my factory unit with this, I couldn't have asked for something that was as reasonably priced coupled with the ease of installation! I'd never done this before, so I was a bit intimidated, but the entire process was a breeze, and this unit is EXACTLY what I was looking for!

    Pros: Bluetooth working with my iPhone 4 with zero wires connecting it! Sound quality is much better than factory unit!

    Cons: Screen is difficult to read in daylight, navigation of playlists, artists, and albums difficult.

    Good but not great

    Anonymous from Evanston, IL on 9/1/2012

    2004 Hyundai Elantra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Good sound and generally easy to use but the iPod functionality doesn't act enough like an iPod, i.e., if you're listening to an artist you can't simply hit "back" or "menu" to pull out of the song and into that record. You have to start scrolling through artists alphabetically from scratch. It's also very hard to see during the day, no matter what color you choose. Other than that I like it and have been told the Bluetooth connectivity is relatively clear and audible when I've used it.



    JVC KD-X80BT

    Anonymous from Philadelphia on 8/21/2012

    2002 Nissan Maxima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Just used this to update my factory maxima system. And I'm glad I did. Being able to just hookup my ipod our my phone is so much better than trying to keep up with cds. I don't even use them any more!

    Pros: Auxiliary and usb connections. Bluetooth for me and my wife at the same time

    Cons: None yet

    JVC KD-X80BT

    Frank R from Lincoln NE on 8/18/2012

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

    Works great as a stereo... not very good for a phone. Tons of complaints about how I sound when using it. Worthless for that. Sad Because I had high hopes.

    Pros: easy to use. Most of it works quite well

    Cons: Nobody can understand you if you try to call thru it.

    Great Unit!

    rcouch from Castlewood, VA on 8/9/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great product for a great price! Say goodbye to cds and hello to the future!

    Pros: 4.8v preamp is wonderful quality! No need for cds, and the ability to add a jump drive is fantastic!

    Cons: When using older bluetooth versions (I'm using Droid Bionic with Bluetoother 2.1+), it will still work but displays "stop" because it is trying to read codecs it doesn't understand. The newer the Bluetooth version, the better.

    Good overall with a few drawbacks

    Dan P. from Alta Loma, CA on 8/4/2012

    2004 Nissan 350Z
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Just installed it in my '04 350z and it's a much better upgrade to my stock head unit.

    Pros: - Easy to setup my iPhone (the phone button on the face activates Siri) - Streams bluetooth music with track info on display - Looks cool - Very customizeable - The included BT mic is solid. The base is metal and it swivels (unlike other cheap plastic ones I've used in the past)

    Cons: - Requires one of the two USB ports to use the BT feature (dongle). I was hoping to attach two usb devices as well as use BT so this was a bit of a letdown. - As others have stated, the LCD is hard to read during daylight - Taking off the faceplate is a bit cumbersome

    Just what I was looking for

    Mike C from Colorado Springs, CO on 8/3/2012

    2006 Nissan Frontier
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a great receiver for a great price. I needed a deck that had built-in bluetooth, could read my 40G portable hard drive and have 4 channels plus sub out, and this one delivered. It has more power than I expected - I have a Pioneer G9500 4 ch amp that I was going to use for the front and back speakers but I don't know if I even need it. The bluetooth connected on the first try to my older HTC EVO and streaming Pandora works seamlessly. The installation kit fit perfectly as every kit I have purchased from Crutchfield, so I had it installed and playing music in 45 minutes.

    Pros: Built-in bluetooth, power, color schemes, ease of use

    Cons: nada

    Amazing price, great value

    TK from Phoenix, AZ on 7/26/2012

    2006 Lotus Elise
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a solid receiver for the price. It sounds better than the stock unit I had in my vehicle. Bluetooth pairing is seamless and the quality of audio over Bluetooth is very good. Since my vehicle is loud, with a small interior, I can't speak to the true quality of the sound, but for the price, I am very happy.

    Pros: Painless Bluetooth pairing and connectivity. Clean look.

    Cons: The display is small and can seem cluttered.

    JVC KD-X80BT

    Adam from Lincoln, NE on 7/6/2012

    1997 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was looking for a head unit without a CD player that could play mp3's from a usb flash drive so that I no longer had to always have my mp3 player with me. It worked well for this. Sound quality was excellent on factory speakers. However a few nitpicking features caused me to return the unit. Mainly this was very poor AM reception. (FM reception was fine.) Outside of town there was no reception at all on AM stations that the factory radio used to pick up fine. All in all, very good unit if you don't care about AM radio.

    Pros: Very good sound quality. Very good display and lots of features for this price range. Display color selection can easily match most dashboard illumination colors.

    Cons: Unit resets to factory settings if the vehicle's battery is disconnected for more than a few minutes. Terrible AM radio reception. Illumination was a little too bright at night, even at it's lowest setting. Bluetooth is easy to use, but callers on the other end reported hearing echos of themselves, even with the Echo Cancellation feature on.

    Very nice and light weight

    graphikzking from Doylestown, Pa on 7/3/2012

    2001 Toyota MR2 Spyder
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    So far so good. Only been a few days but the radio is very nice. Bluetooth was the easiest I've synced so far. Droid phone will play music over bluetooth flawlessly. I can even use google maps navigation and the music will mute, nav will tell me to turn and then music will fade back in seamlessly. Works perfectly. Now to just find a bigger android tablet to use with data/nav/bluetooth and streaming so I can dock it and use it as the centerpiece. Dual bluetooth is really nice feature though.

    Pros: MUCH lighter than the double din it replaced. Dual bluetooth. Rear USB (hook up a "cheap" 16 or 32gb ssd drive and have unlimited music basically) detachable face with carrying case

    Cons: none as of yet. So far so good.

    Works with SSD

    Shinanigans from Australia on 6/15/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    when looking at the stars, keep in mind i rarely give a perfect score Im also finding that when streaming music through BT via my HTC Inspire 4G there is a seemingly periodic fraction of a second where nothing is transmitted. not sure if its a problem with BT handshaking but i havent been able to track the regularity of the timing. the audio is solid i rigged mine us to a 5 ch JL amp (7 series).

    Pros: After much fiddling around i got this to read a 64G portable SSD. The trick is that the unit WILL NOT READ USB 3 AT ALL. I used a USB2 enclosure, formatted the drive to fat32 and it reads it just like a USB stick. Now i can port a huge supply of music to anything. the customisation on the lighting is good. Can also read the MicroSD card in my HTC when i connect via USB cable and set to disk drive.

    Cons: will not read USB3. but really, I doubt the read speed would be effected by this anyway. its just a minor issue because all the sticks are going USB3 now & its sposed to be backward compatible. if there was 1 thing i would change, id want internal BT so i can have the second USB (even though the instructions say you can only use 1 at a time)

    It's All About Bluetooth

    Mighty Mouse from San Francisco, CA on 6/4/2012

    2005 Subaru Impreza RS
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    SOOOO LOONNGGG CDS AND RANDOM WIRES EVERYWHERE. Received this unit a few days back and so far loving everything about it. HUGE upgrade over the stock deck!! The most notable feature has to be the Bluetooth. Makes making phone calls a breeze, especially here in CA where cops are constantly trying to crack down on phone use. Also was unaware when I bought but you have the ability to play your Spotify and Pandora while also using the Bluetooth!

    Pros: bluetooth, no cd for larger screen, phone calling ability, value

    Cons: Slightly difficult to remove face unit for security

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    Gustav from DE Beach on 6/1/2012

    1999 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I installed this unit in my C230. I had an Alpine 9857 installed previously that served me well. I hated the display on the Alpine from day 1, it looked like a carnival ride and offered no customization. The color display on the X80 matches perfect with day/night options that are triggered by the headlight switch. Works my iPod, iPhone and with bluetooth I am streaming Sirius from my phone, able to make/receive calls and use Pandora. There's no need for an in dash cd player anymore. The sound quality of the streamed music is absolutely spot on. Installation was simple, I have an external amp and sub that just plugged right in and worked. The X80 started up, saw my iPod, paired my iPhone and that was it! The BT streaming start time is about 15 seconds when the car is started, not so bad considering my SLK with Harmon-Kardon and COMAND takes just as long to start up and see my iPhone. Overall well worth the price wit all the options you get.

    Pros: Great value, completely customizable color display, bluetooth

    Cons: None that I can think of

    Bluetooth Functionality

    OkieBlue from Oklahoma on 5/27/2012

    1997 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I primarily purchased this radio so that I could use if for its Bluetooth capability. Overall it is pretty good but there are some drawbacks. I have an iPhone 3GS and it takes a while for radio to find my phone. On other cars and devices it finds it right away so I think it is the radio that is slow to find my phone. To put it into perspective, I would say it is over 30 seconds with this radio and others it is easily under 5 seconds. The other thing I noticed is that when I am streaming music from my iPhone and I need to pause the music, there is no button on the radio for pause. I found a work around by holding the "Phone" button and then using voice commands. The radio was super easy to install in my ford ranger. Crutchfield was dead on with the items needed.

    Pros: Easy install, Bluetooth phone.

    Cons: No pause button, slow to find bluetooth.

    amazing radio

    JamesDean from Portland Oregon on 5/18/2012

    I bougt this to replace my arsenal with the dsp and everyhting in it, would have loved to keep my old radio but i blew it up and they where no longer making that product. so i bought this beauty, it is really easy to setup, does everything my old radio did about, and i love messing with the colors.

    Pros: Colors, aux inputs, clean faceplate

    Cons: No dsp


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    Features and Specs

    AUX Input Rear
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input Rear
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Android Control Yes
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Included
    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) 20 watts
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) ---
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 4.8 volts
    Screen Size ---
    Display Color Variable
    Key Button Color Variable
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    FM Sensitivity 9.3 dBf
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes
    High-res Playback No

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    Built-in Bluetooth
    USB/Aux Inputs
    iPod/iPhone Control
    Pandora Internet Radio
    Remote Control
    AM/FM Tuner
    Audio Section
    Display Features

    Built-in Bluetooth

    USB Bluetooth Adapter: The JVC KD-X80BT comes supplied with a USB Bluetooth Adapter (KS-UBT1) which is pre-installed into the head unit's rear-panel USB 1 input, making the KD-X80BT Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR certified. The KD-X80BT supports Bluetooth hands-free communication and wireless audio streaming.

    Note: The USB Bluetooth Adapter (KS-UBT1) must remain plugged into the rear-panel USB 1 port, or can also be installed in the head unit's rear-panel USB 2 port.

    Bluetooth Technology: Bluetooth is a two-way wireless communication system allowing you to make and receive phone calls wirelessly from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, as well as wirelessly stream audio from your Bluetooth enabled portable music player using the JVC in-dash digital media receiver. Bluetooth wireless technology operates on a 2.4GHZ frequency band within a range of approximately 10 meters (about 33 feet).

    Bluetooth Profiles: 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 (Hands Free Profile), OPP (Object Push Profile), PBAB (Phone Book Access Profile).
    • Audio Streaming: A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).

    Pairing: Your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone or digital audio player must be paired with KD-X80BT before hands-free & wireless operation. You can register up to five Bluetooth enabled devices with the JVC head unit. You can keep two phones connected at all times (only one can be used during a call).

    Note: 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 head unit. See JVC's Bluetooth compatibility chart for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled devices.

    External Microphone: The JVC KD-X80BT includes an external microphone to carry on your side of your phone conversation and voice command dialing. The external wired microphone offers improved audio quality versus an integrated microphone, so you can be heard easier over noisy traffic and road noise. You can adjust the level of the microphone without affecting the other sources. The external microphone features an attached 12' 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 1.485" (depth). This unit does not offer an integrated front-panel microphone.

    Bluetooth Hands-Free Communication: The head unit supports Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. The controls of the KD-X80BT can be used to dial a number, answer an in-coming call, or end a call. The unit also includes an external microphone (with mounting bracket) featuring adjustable gain, so you can carry on your side of the conversation while listening to the caller through your vehicles speakers (front or all). 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, the head unit's display will flash (Ring Color), and the caller's name or phone number will be displayed. You can answer the call from the KD-X80BT's front-panel controls, or setup the head unit to automatically answer the incoming call. You can adjust the head unit's ring color from the unit's 29 preset colors or 30,000 custom colors.
    • Dialing A Number: Using the KD-X80BT, 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-X80BT. If you phonebook contains a lot of contact numbers, you fast search (+/-10, 100, or 1000) through the phonebook by using the unit's control dial. You can also do an A-Z search to scroll the downloaded phonebook. Up to 5,000 numbers can be stored for each registered cell phone. Each number can be up to 32 digits long.
      • Call Log: The Call Log is a list of calls that have originated from and were received by this unit that you can dial. You can select Outgoing, Incoming, or Missed calls (up to 50 each).
      • Voice Dialing: If your mobile phone supports voice recognition, then you can dial out by voice command. Simply speak into the included microphone.

    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: The JVC KD-X80BT also supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth enabled audio player or smartphone. The KD-X80BT will be able to control basic playback functions of your Bluetooth device's stored music; such as Play/Pause, Skip Next/Previous, and Fast Forward/Rewind. The head unit will also display your stored music's song information; such as Song and Album title. The KD-X80BT also supports audio streaming of music apps (such as iHeartRadio, SiriusXM, Rhapsody, & Slacker) , but without control or metadata. You will continue to use your Bluetooth enabled smartphone to view and control streaming music apps.

    Note: When an incoming call or outgoing call is in progress from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, audio streaming will be paused so you can take your call. Once the call is finished, your streaming music will resume.

    USB/Aux Inputs

    Dual USB Ports: The JVC KD-X80BT features two rear-panel USB 2.0 type-A ports (attached to a 45" pigtail) for connection of USB mass-storage class devices; such as select Android smartphones (Froyo/Gingerbread OS only), portable digital audio players, or USB thumbdrives. The USB ports enable audio playback and control of MP3, WMA, & WAV audio files stored on portable USB mass-storage class devices. Both of the USB terminals can be connected to USB devices at the same time. USB portable audio players that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the digital media receiver's USB port (5V/1A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On. You cannot connect a USB device via a USB hub or Multi-Card Reader to this unit.

    Note: The rear-panel USB 1 port comes with the KS-UBT1 Bluetooth adapter installed. The Bluetooth adapter must remain installed for Bluetooth functionality. It can be removed to allow connection of a second USB (MSC) device.

    Drive Change Mode (for BlackBerry and Android): JVC's Drive Change Mode lets you connect your Android or BlackBerry smartphone (that uses an external memory card) directly to the head unit, via USB. Drive Change Mode will let you switch between your Android or BlackBerry smartphone's internal and external memory (such as microSD Card), so you can listen to music stored on either memory. You'll continue to be able control basic playback functions; such as folder/file search, play/pause, and skip next/previous; regardless of memory type.

    Playable Files: The JVC KD-X80BT supports the following types of MP3/WMA/WAV files loaded onto a USB mass storage class device. The USB device must be formatted in FAT 12/16/32. The digital media receiver can support up to a total of 20000 files, 2000 folders, and 999 filer per folder.

    File Type File Extension Bit Rate Sampling Frequency Tags
    MP3 .mp3 8-320 kbps 16, 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1, 48 kHz ID3 tag (version 1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4)
    WMA .wma 5-320 kbps 8-48 kHz WMA tag
    WAV .wav 705 or 1411 kbps 44.1 kHz N/A

    ID3/WMA Tags: The unit also supports ID3 and WMA tags for display of album and artist information. The unit can display up to 128 characters.

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

    Quick Search: You can search for your MP3, WMA, or WAV music tracks alphabetically (A-Z) or numerically (0-9).

    Playback Modes: In addition to Normal playback, you can select from 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 USD device at random), Off (cancels random function)

    USB Charging: The head unit's USB connection provides 1A of current to power and charge your connected USB mass storage class device when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position.

    Rear-Panel Auxiliary Input: A rear-panel stereo minijack is provided to allow the connection of a portable audio source. Simply connect your portable digital music player to the unit's rear-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 rear-panel auxiliary input can be turned On or Off.

    Optional Input Adapter: An optional Line Input Adapter (120JVAIRCA, sold separately) may be used to provide an additional auxiliary audio input on this unit. This feature allows you to connect a portable audio player, such as a portable MP3 player, to this unit as an additional audio source. The adapter connects to the proprietary J-port on the rear-chassis of the head unit.

    iPod/iPhone Control

    iPod/iPhone Direct: The JVC KD-X80BT's rear-panel USB port can acts as an iPod/iPhone high-speed direct connection when used with the dock-to-USB or Lightning-to-USB cable that came with your iPod/iPhone. Using either cable allows audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of select iPod/iPhone models from the JVC in-dash head unit.

    iPod DAC Bypass: The USB connection allows your iPod/iPhone's stored music 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 80dB. The JVC head unit supports audio playback of music, podcasts, audiobooks, and music apps stored on your iPod or iPhone.

    iPod/iPhone Control: You can choose to operate your iPod/iPhone through the JVC head unit's front-panel controls, from its clickwheel/touchscreen, or via a streamed app from your iPhone.

    • Head Unit: From the head unit's front-panel controls you can search for music by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Podcast, Genre, Composer, and Audiobooks. Once a Playlist or Category is selected, you can search for your iPod's music alphabetically (A-Z) or numerically (0-9). The KD-X80BT also supports Repeat (file/all) and Random (album/all) playback functions of your iPod/iPhone.
    • iPod: You can choose to navigate your iPod or iPhone's stored music from its clickwheel or touchscreen, like you are accustomed to during normal usage.
    • External (App Mode): External Mode lets you enjoy audio content from your downloaded music Apps (such as iHeartRadio, SiriusXM, Rhapsody, & Slacker) and driver assistant Apps (such as Trapster) streamed to your Apple iPhone, through the JVC KD-X80BT. You will continue to use your iPhone's touchscreen to navigate and view your apps; the head unit will only display the clock and "EXT Mode".

    Note: Access to your iPhone's downloaded application will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet.

    iPod Display: The KD-X80BT will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information, when in Head Unit and iPod mode (not in External mode), or listening to Pandora Internet Radio. The head unit can display Track number, Elapsed playing time, Artist name, Song title, and Album label.

    iPod 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. 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-X80BT is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 9/19/2014):

    iPod Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Pandora app Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod App mode Artist/Song Text Track Info
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N N Y Y N Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N N Y Y N Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    7th 1.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    4th 6.0 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    5th 8.0 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4 7.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5/5C/5S 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    6/6+ 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    2 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    3 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    4/air 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    mini 8.0 Y N Y 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 available.

    Pandora Internet Radio

    Pandora Internet Radio Control: The JVC KD-X80BT digital media receiver lets you playback and control the Pandora Internet Radio music service that is being streamed to your Apple iPhone, Android smartphone, or BlackBerry. While providing control over the Pandora music service, the KD-X80BT also displays Artist, Album, and Song information. You can select Pandora stations from your station list; you can sort the station list by date or alphabetically (A-Z). You can also skip song tracks within a station. In addition, you can also give songs a thumbs up/down and bookmark songs/artists.

    Note: Access to the Pandora service will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone or smartphone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.

    Pandora App for iPhone: The JVC KD-X80BT lets you playback and control Pandora Internet Radio streamed to your connected Apple iPhone, via the USB/iPod connector cable (included with your iPhone). To access Pandora you must have an Apple iPhone (iOS5 or later) with the latest version of the Pandora App from the Apple's iTunes App Store. Your iPhone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. You will also need a Pandora music service account.

    Pandora via Android or BlackBerry: The JVC KD-X80BT also lets you playback and control Pandora Internet Radio streamed from your Android or BlackBerry smartphone, via Bluetooth (no hard-wired connection required). Your Android or BlackBerry smartphone must have the latest version of the Pandora App from the Android Market or the BlackBerry App World. Your Android or BlackBerry smartphone must also be Bluetooth A2DP/AVRCP/SPP certified and will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. In addition, you will need an active Pandora music service account.

    Remote Control

    Wireless Remote Control: The KD-X80BT 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).

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

    • Information Display: The JVC Smart Report App will display Song information such as Song title, Artist name, and Album label from a connected USB mass storage class device on your Android Smartphone. It also displays AM/FM station frequency # and name. In addition, it provides source, EQ, and playback mode indicator icons.
    • Gesture Control Operation: The JVC Smart Report 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).

    Note: The free JVC Smart Remote App can be downloaded from the Android Market onto your compatible Android smartphone. requires that your Android smartphone have Android OS 2.1, 2.2, or 2.3 installed; as well as Bluetooth SPP support.

    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.

    AM/FM Tuner

    AM/FM Tuner: The JVC KD-X80BT features a built-in AM/FM tuner with manual, seek, and preset tuning.

    RDS: The Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast information such as artist, title, and album when listening to compatible AM/FM stations.

    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.

    Radio Timer: You can 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 Filter: You can also switch the tuner's IF filter to Wide or Auto to increase/decrease the sensitivity.

    Mono: If an analog FM stereo broadcast is hard to receive, you can manually switch the tuner to Mono operation.

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

    Audio Section

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The JVC KD-X80BT utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The KD-X80BT 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.

    CEA2006 Compliant: The power specifications for the KD-X80BT are compliant with the CEA2006 Mobile Amplifier Power Testing and Measurement standards from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). These standards were developed as a way to equitably compare power specs from model to model and between manufacturers. The power output specs for the KD-X80BT are as follows:

    • CEA2006 Specs: 20 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, 1% THD-N)
    • Maximum Power Output: 50 watts x 4 channels (200 total watts)

    Amplifier Gain Control: When you are using the KD-X80BT 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.

    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.

    Pro EQ: The KD-X80BT is equipped with JVC's Pro EQ. The integrated equalizer offers 7 preset sound modes (Flat, Natural, Dynamic, Vocal Boost, Bass Boost, User) suitable for the music genre of your choice. The User mode allows you to manually adjust the head unit's 3-band parametric EQ (Frequency, Level, and Q-Factor).

    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

    Source Link EQ: This feature allows you to store Pro EQ bass, middle and treble tone settings for each source (Bluetooth, AM/FM, Aux, USB, iPod, and Pandora).

    Loud (Loudness): This feature boosts low and high frequencies to produce a well-balanced sound at a low volume level. You can turn this feature on or off.

    4.8V/6CH Preamp Output: The KD-X80BT is equipped with three pair of 4.8V preamp outputs (Front/Rear/Subwoofer). The front & rear preamp outputs offer balance/fade control and are designed to hookup to a full-range 4-channel amplifier. The subwoofer preamp output is non-fading and designed to hookup to a mono-block subwoofer amplifier.

    Subwoofer Controls: The JVC KD-X80BT offers the following subwoofer controls, when you have the unit's subwoofer preamp output activated.

    • Low Pass Crossover: The receiver features a built-in Low Pass Crossover for subwoofer preamp output. You can select from 55 Hz, 85 Hz, 120 Hz, or off.
    • Subwoofer Level: Once the Subwoofer preamp output is activated, you can independently control the subwoofer preamp output level (0-8) from the digital media receiver.

    High-Pass Crossover: When activate the subwoofer preamp output's low pass crossover, you can also activate a high-pass filter (fixed at low-pass filter frequency) 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.

    Key-Touch Tone: The in-dash head unit provides an audible beep to confirm button operation. This function can be turned On or Off.

    Display Features

    Detachable Fold-Down Display: The JVC KD-X80BT features a manual fold-down face-plate with a 3-line alphanumeric-text display. The JVC KD-X80BT's face-plate is detachable to deter theft. A hard-plastic face-case is provided. Two face-fixing clips are supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired. An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can also be purchased for this unit.

    Variable Color LCD & Key Illumination: The JVC KD-X80BT features 29 color presets for the LCD and button illumination. You can choose one of these color presets or select the ColorFlow mode which scrolls through all 29 color presets. Additionally, there is a User preset, allowing you to individually adjust the intensity of Red, Green, and Blue from 0 to 31; resulting in approximately 30,000 custom color options. The chosen color preset or custom color can be applied to the display panel and the backlighting for all the buttons except the eject button (it remains red). You can choose to use the same color for the LCD display and button illumination, or use a separate color for each one. You can also select a different color for daytime and nighttime in regards to the unit's LCD and button illumination.

    LCD Type: You can select between a Negative or Positive pattern for the display. You can also set the unit to automatically switch to a Positive LCD pattern during the day and a negative LCD pattern during the night.

    Brightness/Contrast: The unit offers an adjustable display and button illumination brightness level (0-31) for day and nighttime driving. You can also adjust the display contrast (0-8) to make the display clearer and more legible.

    Display/Button Illumination Dimmer: The display/button illumination dimmer can be set to Off (normal brightness at all times), On (display/button illumination is always dimmed), or Auto (display dims when 12-volts is applied to the orange/white illumination lead).

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    Q & A

    Customer Q&A

    7 questions already asked

    The ability to retain steering wheel controls with aftermarket receivers will be determined by the receiver you are using and the vehicle you have. For full information on this type of integration (including the parts you will need) please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Jeff  Apr 17, 2015 ]  Staff
    Not sure. I use a 32gb sd card [ Daniel  Feb 19, 2015 ]
    It will handle a lot! Check with the factory for exact amount. [ MERLE L  Feb 18, 2015 ]
    I have used 128 gig flash drives with this unit with out any issues. [ DANIEL  Feb 17, 2015 ]
    It just has a loudness feature that you can tun up or down. [ JAMES  Feb 13, 2015 ]
    I cannot answer the question. I have never tried to turn off the amplifier. [ RYAN  Feb 10, 2015 ]
    Yes. There are pre-amp outputs "pre-outs" that allow you to bypass the internal amp. In fact, the harness Crutchfield provided me for my Montero does exactly that, and allows me to use the factory 6 channel amp that came from Mitsubishi [ nwoods  Feb 10, 2015 ]
    Hi Brian, My antenna cable plugged right in without an adapter. [ EDWARD  Jul 23, 2014 ]
    I had no prob when I installed my radio but if u could provide pics of the radio, cable and the cars antenna cable I mite be able to help u [ ANDREW  Jul 23, 2014 ]
    You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility with your radio. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you. [ Greg  Jul 23, 2014 ]  Staff
    no mine does not . you have to turn off demo mode to keep it one color. [ STEVE  Jul 17, 2014 ]
    I went out and tried this in my car (2006 Chevy Malibu). It did not change color whether the headlighs were on or off, did not matter. The display color remained unchanged. I hardly ever have my head unit off, so I didn't really know the answer to this, had to try it. [ RYAN  Jul 12, 2014 ]
    Yes. If you have separate color schemes set for day color and night color, and the clock display is set to ON, the color will change with the headlight switch when the head unit is turned off. [ JOSEPH M  Jul 11, 2014 ]
    I wish I could assist. I really do not know. Sorry. I installed this into a motorcycle so I've never played with the dimmer. Great unit though! Good luck. [ DENNIS M  Jul 11, 2014 ]
    You will want to contact an Advisor by phone or online chat to discuss compatibility with your factory system. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you. [ Jeff  Dec 24, 2013 ]  Staff
    The JVC KD-X80BT is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and does support the iPhone 5. For more details about compatibility, please contact an Advisor by phone or chat. [ Jeff  Nov 19, 2013 ]  Staff