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Our take on the JVC KW-NT500HDT

Maps and driving directions are great, but they assume you're the only driver on the road. JVC not only gives you turn-by-turn directions with the KW-NT500HDT navigation receiver, but also uses a traffic info receiver to give you an alert if there's trouble up ahead. That can mean the difference between being there on time, or being hours late. In addition, you'll get built-in Bluetooth®, HD Radio reception, and Pandora Internet radio control, along with the fastest GPS processor in town.

HD Radio™ and free lifetime traffic

Maps and driving directions are great, but they assume you're the only driver on the road. JVC not only gives you turn-by-turn directions with the KW-NT500HDT navigation receiver, but also uses a traffic info receiver to give you an alert if there's trouble up ahead. That can mean the difference between being there on time, or being hours late. In addition, you'll get built-in Bluetooth®, HD Radio reception, and Pandora Internet radio control, along with the fastest GPS processor in town.


Traffic that really has you covered

The dedicated traffic tuner lets you dial in the free Total Traffic Plus network — you'll enjoy access to real-time traffic info that'll help you steer clear of traffic jams. Other traffic info services only work in major metropolitan areas, but HD Total Traffic Plus works anywhere a station is broadcasting HD Radio traffic information — over 90 metro areas and counting.

And you can stay on top of traffic while you're outside HD Radio range, too. With the help of an iPhone® app, the KW-NT500HDT switches automatically to the Total Traffic Network over 3G when it senses you're out of range of an HD Radio signal.

iHeartRadio and Pandora® give you lots of tunes

Download the free iHeartRadio iPhone app and you'll get over 800 of America's favorite local radio stations, as well as channels hosted by major artists. Once you connect your iPhone, you can navigate iHeartRadio stations using the KW-NT500HDT's touchscreen. You'll see album art and song info, plus you can use iHeartRadio's search screen to find music. You can dial in your hometown stations while you're out of town, too. Pandora® Internet radio lovers, you can bring your favorite stations to your dash, too, with the help of a free smartphone app.

Top-of-the-line navigation

JVC has more than doubled the speed of last year's models (which were already fast), meaning when you tap the KW-NT500HDT's 6.1" touchscreen for directions, you'll have them before you leave the parking lot. Pass by a cool spot, but no time to stop? Your passenger can grab your iPhone and add points of interest to your in-dash navigation system.

You'll find some new navigation features that'll really be a big help. Junction View shows you a realistic depiction of an upcoming exit, complete with lane guides. The Picture In Picture view lets you see the big picture, plus a close-up detail. And 3D Landmarks help you get around a city with confidence. Map text and texture come in crisp, clean, and easy to read on the high-res 6.1" screen.

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.

Want to keep your steering wheel controls?
In most vehicles, you can use an adapter 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 KW-NT500HDT, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. Check the "Accessories" tab for compatible adapters.

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • navigation receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in amplifier (20 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • 6.1" color touchscreen
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and music streaming
    • built-in HD Radio tuner
    • dedicated traffic tuner
    • compatible with iHeartRadio and Pandora iPhone apps
    Audio/video features:
    • iPod control: JVC's KS-U49 cable required for full access to all audio/video content and features
    • plays CDs and DVDs (see "Details" tab for full capabilities)
    • 24-bit digital-to-analog converter
    • 13-band iEQ and time alignment
    Navigation features:
    • maps of Canada, Puerto Rico, and the entire United States
    • built-in flash memory for navigation, updates made using an SD card
    • add your own points-of-interest from Google Maps using your iPhone
    • compatible with: satellite radio tuner, rear-view camera
    • inputs: rear-panel A/V and USB inputs, SD-card slot, front aux in
    • outputs: video output, 6-channel preamp outputs (2.5-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
    Other features and specs:

    What's in the Box:

    • Double-DIN navigation receiver with integrated 6.1" touchscreen monitor (15-amp fuse inserted in chasis)
    • Sleeve (installed) Trim ring
    • Wiring harness
    • AV/preamp harness
    • Magnetic GPS antenna (with attached 16.5' cable terminated by a proprietary connector)
    • Microphone with integrated bracketed (attached 12' cable terminated by a right-angle male 3.5mm connector)
    • Two-side tape
    • 8 Pan head ISO-mount machine screws (M5 x 8mm)
    • 8 Flat head ISO-mount machine screws (M5 x 6mm)
    • 2 Red wire splice taps (18-22 gauge)
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • Instructions (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • Installation/Connection Manual (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • US warranty information
    • Canada warranty information
    • Product Registration Card/Questionnaire
    • "Caution" note (taped to wiring harness)

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    JVC KW-NT500HDT Reviews

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    (13 Reviews)

    almost perfect

    S. Ali from cooperstown, pa on 2/1/2014

    This head unit is really cool. Plays dvd's, produces nice sounds. resolution is great. could use some improvements though. Most stand alone navigation units do a better job then this unit.

    Pros: Plays Dvd's and other video formats. Remembers playback location. Picture in picture, so you can see what your kids are watching in the back, while still using the navigation.

    Cons: You cannot listen to music, while the dvd player is playing something in the rear monitor. This is very annoying, as you have to listen to the dvd which is being played for the kids in the back. The navigation is garbage, very slow. doesn't read street names. Why does it need to connect a wire to the vehicle speed sensor for the GPS to work properly? Why doesn't it switch to night view on the navigation based on the time being displayed on the clock? Instead you have to connect a wire for that.

    Perfect, just don't know about the price.

    Elbillafni from Spokane, WA on 1/21/2013

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

    All-in-all this is a great system There are some things that are great about it and others that could definitely be improved. This was put in a 2008 Chevy Trailblazer.

    Pros: -Mic works great on most calls. Person on the other end doesn't know I'm not on my phone. This is for both Bluetooth and while plugged in the USB port. (iphone 4-Verizon) --No problems so far with the GPS system, but haven't gone out of Spokane, yet. -"Speed Pulse not detected problem", no problems. I think happened once when I started it up, but thanks to the new update I have not had any problems. (I did not hook this up) -Pandora is excellent. Especially while plugged into the USB port.

    Cons: -You can't change anything but the station (or song if using Pandora) while driving. Yes, it's an awesome safety feature, but sucks to get used to. -The GPS itself looks like its loading frame by frame while moving. It's not very smooth. I have free apps on my phone that look better. -Can only change light color, no other customization.

    Not for Minneapolis/St.Paul Area

    MRG from Minneapolis, MN on 11/19/2012

    I'm not going to speak to anything but the quality of the GPS as that was the primary purpose we bought this unit for. The quality of the instruction, visuals, and execution is very good. You will understand what it is telling you what to do. The issue I have with this deck is that it is missing a large percentage of cities in its database in the Minneapolis/St.Paul metro area. The addresses are in the GPS you just can't find them. For instance Apple Valley address (est.1969 pop. of 50,000 people) show up under St.Paul. Another example is Maple Grove (est.1954 pop.62,000) addresses show up under Osseo. Other cities I have found missing Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center, Bloomington, and Plymouth. I of course haven't checked every city in the area but I can assure you all of these cities are big enough to show up in a GPS with 10s of thousands of residence each. So in my opinion a Navigation unit should make you guess what city that is close to your destination has the address you are looking for. The other issue is the GPS only lets you set navigation by: 1.) Browsing the map (kind of useless if you don't know where you are going) 2.) Entering an address starting with the City (again not good if you city is missing) 3.) Using Lat. Long. (I'm not going to always have the internet available to convert and address to coordinates) In all honesty I have seen some addresses show up in other GPS units in the wrong city, but 1.) at least the city I was looking for was in the

    Pros: Don't care, bought this as a Navigation and the navigation leaves too much to be desired to worry about sound quality, features, etc.

    Cons: GPS is pointless in the Twin Cities Minneapolis/St.Paul Metro area.


    Mike S from Maine on 10/4/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I like the radio. Super useful. Fun to use. Loads of info on screen.

    Pros: - Bluetooth phone is awesome -- People can't tell that they're on speaker.

    Cons: - Knob is too small. - Ridiculous "DON"T USE GPS WHILE DRIVING" warning that comes up every time you turn the car on. - Siri integration is weak. Works, but is very idiosyncratic - microphone wire should have been a few feet longer. (Although it will probably fit most installs). I ended up putting mine near the rear view mirror and *barely* had enough.


    Will W from California MD on 8/8/2012

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

    This is a nice unit. The sound quality is better than my Kenwood Navigation unit I had. The kenwood took forever to turn on, I would be down the street from my house before the display would come on. The JVC comes up faster and put performs.

    Pros: Faster and clear quality

    Cons: Have issues with the MIC with my Iphone 4S when on a call.

    Great Head unit w/firmware update

    James T from Westchester, NY on 7/15/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I installed this in an '06 Nissan Altima, overall I think this is a great head unit, huge improvement over stock. I would recommend to make sure you have you have installed at least firmware version 1.2.0014.0300. Also,I was extremely impressed with Crutchfield for sending me the firmware update on a micro SD card, it just showed up in the mail one day without me asking for it. Before the update I had run into issues playing audio off the micro SD/USB interface. It seemed there were certain file formats that would just cause the unit to crash, and one time it crashed so hard I had to disconnect the battery to get it to reset and come back (simply sitting off the car and restarting it did not fix). In any case since I applied that firmware update I have not seen any issues, the head unit is feature packed and performs well. The interface it decent, and responsive. although it could use some refinement. I picked up a 32GB micro SD card for around $25 and loaded it w/music, I think this a great feature allowing you have a pretty large music collection with you at all times. I do wish the unit had some better shuffle options, browsing and some way to create a playlist on the go. Luckily if you connect your iPhone/iPod you do get pretty much all the advanced music browsing/organization you are used to either via the head unit, or by using the native controls in the iDevice. GPS is good although it has directed my on some strange routes when trying to avoid traffic

    Pros: Good sound good power lots of features iDevice integration is great (via cable or bluetooth) Hands free phone via bluetooth is great responsive UI fast boot up

    Cons: music library browsing/ organization is lacking for SD/USB stored music, - only file system browsing, no meta data browsing (like sort by artist name, album name, song name, genre etc) - shuffle play only works in one folder (so if you have for music stored in folders like /Artist/Album you can only shuffle one album) - no way to create a playlist on the go was unstable before installing firmware update GPS not quite a good as the garmin this unit replaced interface could be improved

    Speed Pulse Problem - SOLVED

    KitW from California on 6/15/2012

    Just FYI - I managed to solve the Speed Pulse Not Detected problem. JVC's May 29th update for the KW-NT500HDT (and KW-NT800HDT) makes sure that the message won't pop up if you disconnect the speed signal. Previously, it would continue complaining (and it still will continue complaining if it sees an incompatible signal, which apparently many are.) The update changes it so as long as you don't hook up the speed signal, the deck will complain once and then never again. I was going back and forth with JVC and finally got a solution, so hope this helps someone.




    ChadJ from Pittsburgh on 5/31/2012

    I installed this into a 2008 Toyota Sienna. Even without the added USB/MicroSD/GPS/HD features over the OEM stereo, the sound coming from this unit blows away what Toyota had installed. Last week I used it to drive a 525 mile round trip into downtown Washington DC and it delivered me to the front door of the hotel I was staying at with zero problems. I was hitting DC at 6pm and with the traffic broadcasted on HD radios, it re-routed me around it without adding time to the trip. With a 32GB Micro SD card, I'll never have a CD in my car again. Maybe it was the guy that installed it for me, but I have full use of the stereo while driving. Nothing is greyed out or inoperable. I've had it now for about 3 weeks and I love it. I have a portable audiovox Sirius add-on (one of the originals) with a lifetime subscription, that also works through the Aux-in jack on the front of the unit. I'm buying the sirius tuner soon to just make the stereo the "all-in-one" package it should be. Tons of settings for sound from setting the type of car its installed in to speaker placement. 13 band EQ. Sound levels that make the sound seem like its coming from a different location than where the speakers are installed. Sound positioning to set the levels for where you want it to sound the best for just the driver, the front seats, back seats or the entire car. There are probably settings I still haven't discovered in this stereo yet.

    Pros: Starts quick. Music is playing before I back out of the garage. MicroSD to never use a CD again. Perfect GPS, works for me. 10x better sound than OEM. A whole lot more, listed above.

    Cons: The only thing I don't like is that you can't turn off the power to the unit. It's not a big deal, but if I go to a hotel, restaurant or even the dealership for repairs, when someone is driving my car other than me, I don't want them touching my stereo at all. Not even the volume or presets. You can turn off the screen, but it just turns back on again when the car starts. I just switch to an input on the stereo that doesn't have anything plugged into it. Take that valet parkers!

    Great Audio, Poor GPS Interface, Terrible Customer Service

    2012Impala from Columbus, OH on 5/6/2012

    After installing the unit, I thought all was good. I configured the audio system to match my car which was quite impressive. Then the problems began. I took it on the road and began getting the "Speed Pulse Not Detected" message. I contacted JVC's customer service and it went downhill from there. They suggested I seek out a professional installer as if I had no clue what I was doing. After asking them a few questions about signal levels and frequencies, I guess they decided I was competent enough to address. Unfortunately their call center associates appear to have no access to technical specifications and my questions have gone unanswered for three weeks now. They did finally call Friday 5/4/2012 and admit they knew they were having problems with these signals and hope to have a firmware upgrade soon. Then there's the issue of the GPS interface. The search function for POI or addresses is not a search at all. It limits characters that can be typed by removing them from the touch screen keyboard based on the database contents. The result is not being able to enter the correct and proper name of cities they have chosen to abbreviate or POI where they have chosen to drop certain portions of the name. Twice now I have had to download navigation software to my phone to find a POI or address because there GPS interface prevented me from entering it. I can't get an answer if they will be fixing this in the next version of software.

    Pros: Audio configuration was top notch with sound modeling based on vehicle type, speaker location, and size. 13 band EQ is great It reminded me of setting up a high end home theater.

    Cons: Plagued with GPS Speed Pulse and Gyro problems. The unit has not worked correctly from day one. The diagnostic screen shows that the unit does not pick up a speed pulse or gyro signals until reaching around 65 miles per hour. Also, the interface for searching points of interest via name or searching for an address is abysmal. In fact it is not a search at all. As one begins typing the name or address characters are removed from the on screen keyboard limiting what the user can type.


    Stuart from Tampa, FL on 4/26/2012

    2008 Mazda 3
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I put new component speakers in my Mazda3 and was still disappointed with sound from factory unit. I bought a powered sub and a day or so later though, dang "how will that hook up to crapy OEM unit"? I researched receivers/Navs and came up with this one and am very happy. I installed before my sub, demoed, and thought "WOW, I don't need the Sub woofer"! I later installed that sub and realized that is what I needed to complete the sound system in my car. The sub I installed is the JBL GT-BassPro 12.

    Pros: Clean sound.

    Cons: Takes time to learn all the features. I carry the users guide in my car for reference. After about a week or so, I got most of it worked out.

    Add on to my last review

    Ray from NY on 4/18/2012

    Updating my review. After trying what Crutchfield and JVC suggested to fix my issue, no go. Reset everything twice, updated firmware, still same issue. Done with JVC, this unit it going back and trying a new brand. Wanted to also add, since you cannot turn this head unit off, the fan inside is constantly running, and if you have an amp hooked up, it will stay powered on if you have it hooked to the remote turn on lead. Pretty silly idea if you ask me. I can't imagine it being a good thing in the long run having the unit power on automatically at the same time the car is started.

    Pros: See last review

    Cons: See last review

    Nice head unit, not so much if you listen to XM

    Ray from NY on 4/16/2012

    2009 Dodge Caliber
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Let me start by saying if XM worked well, I would give the head unit a much better rating. The unit is much faster than the KW-NX7000BT I replaced it with. The screen is also a lot clearer, and laid out much better. Having HD and Bluetooth built in is also a lot nicer than having a bunch of external boxes taking up a lot of behind the dash limited area. There is also a lot more sound tweaking you can do with this unit than previous JVC models. Reminds me of some Apline units I had in the past. Now on to the issue. XM presets are not displaying properly. I stored 18 of them. but when you switch between the bands, sometimes the presets show nothing at all, just a blank spot, but if you press them they still tune properly. Other times, when switching bands, it will continue to show all of the presets that were in the band you were last looking at, but a press of one of them will still tune in the proper station. Not sure if it is the JVC unit or the universal tuner (SXV100), but this is just continuing a looooong string of issues I have had when trying to use XM with a JVC head unit. I also dont like the fact that you cannot turn the head unit off completely. It powers on as soon as you turn the car on, even if you did not want it to. Instead of the ability to shut the unit off completely, you can only turn off a source, and then another extra step to turn off the screen, but it never actually turns off, just goes to a black screen that is still powered on.

    Pros: Fast, lots of features, great sound tweaking

    Cons: XM preset issues, cant totally power off, no screen customization options at all.

    Great unit, used instead of last year's model

    RickNY from Long Island, NY on 3/29/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I received the KW-NT500HDT today, and I replaced the KW-NT50HDT, which was last years model that I had just installed 2 weeks ago. This unit is a big improvement over last year's model and its clear JVC took customer input into account when designing this unit. For the pluses: The USB connector is now located as a pigtail attached to the rear of the unit -- so it no longer requires your iPhone cable to hang in the front. Display resolution is higher on this model as well, making a much more visually appealing screen. Native Pandora support for iPhone/iPod is excellent, and works as advertised. I also installed JVC KS-U49 - which is the correct cable to use if you wish to send video from your iOS device to the head unit. Boot up time on the unit is amazingly fast, and UI interaction is extremely quick as well. I'm glad I exchanged the KW-NT50HDT for this 2012 model. Minuses: JVC is still running these units with just 2.5V of preamp output. I would have liked to see them bump this up to 4.0V, but they haven't. Also gone from prior year's models is the detachable face. Review updated 5/16/12: After several weeks of using this unit in my vehicle, I have found it necessary to revise my original review. First, while I originally gave the unit a 4-star rating, this is definitely not the case. The unit has faults - many of them correctable. Others, are just not built into the feature set. I have been in correspondence with JVC over the past several weeks, and they have been uncooperative, at best, at offering fixes to the software bugs. For example, if you are listening to an AV source, and press the Menu button on the unit, you should be taken to the main menu - instead, you are taken to the acknowledgement screen that tells you to use caution when navigating. After acknowledging that notice, you are then brought to the MAP screen - regardless of whether you were in MAP mode prior. This requires you to press MENU once again, and then you can get to the settings. JVC has said that "it is not even clear if the features you requested will be implemented in the 2012 lineup" - features? This is a software bug. I am using the latest software available at the time of this writing, dated Apr 10, 2012. There are also major issues with navigation where JVC clearly misses the mark. The fact that this receiver is marketed as primarily a navigation receiver should not be understated - basic navigation features are missing, or do not work properly. For example: - When choosing a route, there is no way to textually view the route that has been picked for you. Instead, your only option is to display a map of the proposed route - Current speed is not displayed - the only thing that is displayed is the speed limit - BUT - only in select areas where the data is available. Having owned the KW-NT50HDT previously, the KW-NT500HDT is lacking much of this data, and you get no indication at all of what the current speed limit is.

    Pros: Extremely fast boot up time and responsiveness. iOS Pandora support is excellent. USB port is now located in rear of unit. Works great with Axxess ASWC steering wheel remote interface in a 2010 Nissan Frontier. Navigation works quite well.

    Cons: Only 2.5V preamp output. Instead of using Metra 70-7551 wiring harness in my Nissan Rockford Fosgate system, I needed to use 70-7550 along with a PAC SOEM-4 LOC to achieve sound quality comparable to the original system. Also, even though I don't use FM much -- the HD radio is great - however, be advised that there is no support for analog RDS on this system, so if you are used to seeing song info, etc on FM radio stations, you'll only see it on HD stations.


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    Features and Specs

    AUX Input 3.5mm (front)
    Audio/video Input Composite (rear)
    USB Input Rear
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Android Control Yes
    Memory Card Slot USB/MicroSD memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready SiriusXM
    HD Radio Built-in
    Navigation Optional
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classci/5Gen
    Nano Nano7/Nano6/Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/
    Touch Touch5/Touch4/Touch3/Touch2/To
    iPhone Phone5/Phone4S/Phone4/Phone3GS
    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 Yes
    Preamp Voltage 2.5 volts
    Display Color
    Key Button Color Variable
    EQ Bands 13
    Wireless Remote No
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    FM Sensitivity 8.3 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes

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    Touchscreen Display
    Onboard Navigation
    Built-in Bluetooth
    HD Radio + SiriusXM Ready
    DVD/CD Playback
    USB Port/SD-Card Slot
    iPod/Android/Blackberry Connectivity
    Audio Section
    AV Connections
    Remote Control

    Touchscreen Display

    6.1" Touchscreen Display: The JVC KW-NT500HDT features a fixed 6.1" wide, 16:9 touchscreen LCD monitor. The screen has a resolution of 800 (H) x 480 (V) x RGB with 1,152,000 total pixels. The touchscreen LCD serves as a video monitor, system information display and touchscreen control panel.

    Ultras-Fast Start-Up Time: The JVC KW-NT500HDT has an ultra-fast start up time of approximately 9.4 seconds from Off to the Map screen or an audio/video source screen.

    Hard-Key Controls w/ Variable Button Illumination: In addition to the head unit's touchscreen monitor, the KW-NT500HDT features a rotary-dial and push-button controls along the left edge of the screen. The hard-key controls provide Power, Source, Eject, Volume, Menu, Map, and AV functions. The JVC KW-NT500HDT allows you to adjust the unit's hard-key button illumination. It offers 7 color presets (Blue, Aqua, Green, Yellow, Pink, Red, and Purple) for the hard-key button illumination. Additionally, there is a user preset, allowing you to individually adjust the intensity of Red, Green, and Blue from 0 to 31. There is also a "Scan" setting which scans through all of the 7 available preset colors continuously.

    Split Screen View: The KW-NT500HDT's screen views can be easily toggled from one to another simply be touching the screen or appropriate button. The Split Screen View mode divides the screen into two screens, with navigation on the left and a control window on the right.  With this Picture-in-Picture type function the head unit can now display the navigation and source screens (or rear-view camera) simultaneously.

    Off-Axis Viewing: Use the Off-Axis Viewing feature if the screen is hard to see due to the installation angle or position.

    Quick Menu: The Quick Menu is user-changeable and can be assigned a set of frequently used features for quicker, easier access. Up to 6 Quick Menu short-cuts can be assigned. The Quick Menu can be accessed from the head unit's navigation Map screen.

    Display Adjustment: You can adjust the contrast, color, tint, and detail level during video playback.

    Selectable Aspect Modes: You can choose from four aspect modes for the in-dash display:

    • Regular: For 4:3 source material, 4:3 and 16:9 pictures display with black bars on either side (16:9 images are compressed).
    • Full: Expands 4:3 pictures horizontally to fill the entire width of the screen, distorting the picture slightly but retaining full image height.
    • Auto: The correct aspect mode is automatically chosen based on the incoming signal.

    Adjustable Dimmer: When 12 volts is applied to the illumination lead (orange/white) and the dimmer is set to Auto, the display will dim automatically when you turn on your vehicle's exterior or interior lights. The dimmer can also be set to Off (normal brightness at all times), or On (display is always dimmed). You can also manually adjust the display brightness for Day & Nighttime driving.

    Parking Brake Detection: To prevent the displaying of video while the vehicle is in motion, the light-green parking brake wire (within 22-pin harness) must be connected to your vehicle's parking brake detection circuit. While the vehicle is in motion (parking brake off), you can still view many of the other display and menu functions.

    Note: When driving at a speed greater than 3 miles-per-hour, some menu screens are not available.

    Security Lock: You may program the unit with a 4 digit security code. Once the unit has been programmed with a security code, the code must be entered to use the unit after it has been turned off.

    2-DIN Chassis: The JVC KW-NT500HDT has a 2-DIN chassis (also known as Double DIN), and will fit in many vehicles with a large dash opening. The unit can be ISO-mounted using factory brackets, or Euro-mounted using the supplied mounting sleeve. As always, please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to verify fit with your vehicle.

    Onboard Navigation

    Built-In Navigation (powered by NAVTEQ): The JVC KW-NT500HDT features a built-in GPS Navigation system with maps of the United States (including Hawaii and Alaska), Canada, and Puerto Rico; powered by NAVTEQ Maps. All map data is stored on the unit's 8GB SSD (sold state drive). The unit's 3-sensor navigation system helps to pinpoint your vehicle's current location. Once a destination is set, the unit provides turn-by-turn voice & visual guidance through your vehicle's speakers and the unit's display monitor; using NAVTEQ navigation software.

    Note: Car navigation maps are frequently updated. While this database was judged to be as accurate as possible at the time of its release, a map database can never be 100% accurate. Road information that is maintained in the map databases, such as turn restrictions or road names may change over time.

    Map Updates:Map updates via a micro SD/SDHC memory card can be purchased at the online NAVTEQ store.

    3-Sensor Navigation: The JVC KW-NT500HDT is equipped with  a high-sensitivity WAAS capable GPS receiver (SiRFstarIII), Speed Pulse wire, and Gyro sensor to calculate your vehicle's current location.

    GPS Antenna: The KW-NT500HDT comes supplied with a GPS antenna that features a magnetic base and an attached 16.5' cable terminated by a proprietary plug which connects to GPS-ANT input on the back of the head unit. The unit also comes supplied with a two-side self-adhesive pad if you are having trouble finding a flat metal surface to mount the antenna. The GPS antenna can be mounted inside the vehicle (on the dash) or outside the vehicle (on the roof or trunk). The GPS antenna measures 1.3125" (w) x 0.5625" (h) x 1.4375" (d).

    On-Screen Map: As you travel, the KW-NT500HDT guides you to your destination with voice prompts, arrows on the map, and on-screen directions. At the bottom of the screen is your current street, while the top of the screen shows your next street; the upper-left corner indicates the distance to your next maneuver. Your route is marked with a light-blue line, while your vehicle is marked by a red arrow (or car) on the screen, and checkered flag marks your destination. A magnified view of the map is displayed when approaching your next turn. When you reach an area approximately within 90' around the destination/via point, the navigation system considers you to have reached your destination/via point. If you depart from the original route, the navigation system recalculates the route and provides new directions. You can adjust the following map settings.

    • 2D/3D Maps: You can changes the perspective of the map from 2D North-Up (displays the map in 2 dimensions with North at the top), 2D Heading-Up (displays the map in 2 dimensions with  your direction of travel at the top of the screen), 3D Map (displays the map in 3 dimensions with your direction of travel at the top of screen).
    • Map Views: You can zoom in and out of the map screen, as well as scroll the map screen left/right or up/down. You can also rotate a 3D map screen 360-degrees.
    • Night Map Mode: Night Map Mode dims the map display when driving at night. You can turn this feature On/Off or set to Auto so the map display dims when you turn on your vehicle's headlights (the unit's illumination control lead connect is required for Auto mode).

    Note: An AV Control Bar is displayed on the map screen, so you can still perform AV source operations even while navigating.

    3D Landmarks: The KW-NT500HDT's navigation map features three-dimensional buildings to provide you with a better perspective of your surroundings. With 3D Landmarks, you can see representations of prominent buildings in many cities.

    Voice Guidance (with Text-to Speech): When you approach a turn, the KW-NT500HDT guides you with voice guidance (Text-to-Speech) through your vehicle's front speakers and visual indications on the KW-NT500HDT's screen. The unit offers 3 voice guidance languages including English, Spanish and French; with adjustable volume (0-20).

    Note: You can continue to listen to your music source while navigating. The KW-NT500HDT will mute the music source, when there is a text-to-speech voice prompt. Once the voice prompt has ended, your music volume will automatically raise to previous setting.

    Lane Assist w/ Junction View: The Lane Assist function guides you to the appropriate lane you should be in for upcoming junctions and interchanges, while  Junction View displays a realistic view of upcoming road details facilitating a safer navigation experience.

    Destination Search: The JVC KW-NT500HDT offers the following Destination Search functions:

    Destination Search Description
    Browse Map Select a point on the map for your destination by touching the screen.
    Home Register one point as your home address.
    Address Search by address using the unit's on-screen keyboard.
    Favorites Register 300 of your favorite points so you can easily navigate to them from anywhere at any time.
    Previous Search from the history of previous destinations and via points from the last 50 points.
    8,000,000 POIs (from NAVTEQ) Name Search for points-of-interest by specific name using the on-screen keyboard.
    Category Search by the following POI categories - Gas Station, Parking, Restaurant, Coffee/Deserts, Finance, Shopping, Service, Entertainment, Recreation, Hotel/Accommodation, Travel, Medical, Community, or Automotive.
    Vicinity Search for POIs around the following places - your current position, your destination, or your via point(s).
    Phone Number Search a destination by entering its telephone number using the unit's on-screen keypad.
    Coordinates Search by entering the latitude and longitude.

    Note: Moving at a specific speed (3+ MPH) engages safety measures in the navigation system to encourage safe driving. Only instantly accessible points-of-interest and simple menu systems are accessible, unless the car is stopped. Otherwise, an address cannot be entered (the keyboard is disabled). The vehicle must be stopped and the parking brake will need to be engaged to enable these functions.

    Total Traffic+ HD Network: The KW-NT500HDT also includes free lifetime subscription to Clear Channel's Total Traffic+ HD Network, which provides real-time on-screen traffic updates; as well as News, Sports, and Weather Information. Total Traffic+ HD Network delivers real-time traffic data for 100 metropolitan markets in the United States. Total Traffic+ HD Network provides incident, event, construction, congestion, and impact information during your travels. Using this real-time traffic data, the JVC KW-NT500HDT can automatically calculate a new route when approaching a traffic event; saving you time and fuel resources, and helping to alleviate roadway stress.

    • Traffic List: The Total Traffic+ HD Network provides of a list of traffic incidents in your local area so you can choose a preferred route around these areas - even before you start navigating. While navigation is active, you can even view all traffic incidents ahead on your desired route.
    • Traffic Warnings: The KW-NT500HDT provides incident warnings for traffic congestion, road construction, and weather hazards. Once a traffic incident is selected, detailed information can be viewed about the exact location and distance from your current position
    • Traffic Alerts: Traffic alerts appear on-screen as you approach incident locations. You can choose to reroute manually, continue your current route, or have the KW-NT500HDT automatically reroute you around these areas.
    • Headline News: Information on National, World, Sports, and Business news downloads automatically. Full news stories can also be selected for reading on-screen.
    • Sports Scores: You can look up scores from current national sporting events.
    • Weather Info: You can view local and national weather conditions on screen.

    Note: Total Traffic+ HD Network coverage map.

    Hybrid TTN+ Mode: When you are out of HD radio coverage, the Hybrid Total Traffic Network+ Mode receives news and real-time traffic information from the iHeartRadio Link app on your USB connected iPhone.

    NewsService Journaline: NewsService Journaline delivers hierarchically structured textual information, enabling you to easily and immediately access traffic information you are most interested in from the JVC in-dash navigation receiver. You can browse all received traffic information, both program-related and program-independent textual information, and select your favorite traffic news items.

    Routing Preferences: You can select how the unit will calculate your route by adjusting the following settings:

    • Route Priority: You can select the unit to either calculate the fastest timed route or shortest distant route.
    • Route Avoidance: You can select to use or avoid the following types of roads; Freeway, Toll Road, Ferry, or Bypass Traffic.

    Via Points: After selecting your destination, you can select up to four places (via points) to stop by along your route.

    Adjusting Vehicle Position: If you find your current position is displayed incorrectly on the map, you can adjust your vehicle's position/location.

    Speed Alert: The system sounds an alarm when you surpass the speed limit of the current road by a set value. You can choose for the unit to alert you when you are 3, 6, 10, 15, or 20 miles over the speed limit.

    Simulate: You can simulate a desired route to confirm what your trip will look like.

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: The JVC KW-NT500HDT features built-in 2.4GHz Bluetooth technology (version 2.1+EDR). The KW-NT500HDT's built-in Bluetooth technology promotes safe driving habits by allowing you to have a hands-free conversation while driving, without the need to hold a phone to your ear. Your Bluetooth enabled phone can be kept in your purse, pocket, or glovebox; while you communicate through the JVC navigation receiver. The head unit also support Bluetooth audio streaming from your Bluetooth enabled smartphone or digital audio player.

    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 KW-NT500HDT 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). 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 KW-NT500HDT 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 touchscreen controls of the KW-NT500HDT can be used to dial a number, answer an in-coming call, or end a call. The unit also features an external microphone (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 and the caller's name or phone number will be displayed on the head unit's touchscreen monitor. You can answer the call from the head unit's touchscreen, or setup the head unit to automatically answer the incoming call within 5 seconds.
    • Dialing a Number: Using the KW-NT500HDT, 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 touchscreen.
      • Speed (Preset) Dialing: Allows you to register up to 6 phone numbers for quick dialing. The preset numbers can be accessed from the head unit's touchscreen.
      • Phone Book: You can download phone book data from your cell phone to the KW-NT500HDT, so you can then dial by using the downloaded phone book numbers. Up to 5,000 numbers can be stored for each registered cell phone. Each number can be up to 32 digits long and each name can be up to 50 characters long. You can do an alphabetical search (A-Z) to find your desired contact.
      • 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).

      Note: While your vehicle is moving over 3mph, some Bluetooth hands-free communication functions are disable for safety reasons. The keys associated with the disabled functions become ineffective if touched.

    Wireless Audio Streaming: The JVC KW-NT500HDT also supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth enabled audio player or smartphone. The KW-NT500HDT 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 KW-NT500HDT also supports audio streaming of select music apps from your Bluetooth enabled smartphone, but without control or metadata. You will continue to use your Bluetooth enabled smartphone to view and control streaming music apps. 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.

    HD Radio + SiriusXM Ready

    Built-in HD Radio: With the built-in HD Radio tuner, you can receive digital AM/FM broadcasts from local stations where available. HD Radio technology significantly improves audio quality and reception, as well as includes information such as artist name and song titles or traffic news, viewable on the receiver's display. HD Radio Technology will deliver high-quality digital sound. AM digital will have FM-like quality in stereo, while FM digital will have CD-like quality sound with static free and clear reception.

    Note: HD Radio is the system for digital AM and FM broadcasting in the U.S. More than 2,000 radio stations are broadcasting their primary signals in digital HD Radio technology, as a free service. Go to to check for HD Radio stations in your area.

    Multicasting: In addition to conventional broadcasts, with HD Radio broadcasting, it is possible to choose from up to 8 multicast programs (HD1 to HD8 and analog). There are also data programs for each program.

    Artist Experience: AM/FM digital stations can offer text and data such as artist names and song titles, as well as Album Art and historical photographs. The built-in HD Radio tuner displays song, artist, and station information, as well as Album Art on the display of the JVC KW-NT500HDT.

    iTunes Tagging: It is possible to save the song's information (tag) from a HD Radio broadcasting station to your USB-direct connected iPod/iPhone. The songs will show up in a playlist called "Tagged" in iTunes the next time you sync your iPod/iPhone. Then you can directly buy the songs you want from the iTunes Music Store. You can "tag" up to 50 songs. Your iPod/iPhone must have at least 64KB of free space to "tag" and transfer songs. iTunes 7.4 or later is required to purchase "tagged" songs.

    Analog Broadcasts: In addition to HD AM/FM stations, the KW-NT500HDT can also receive conventional analog AM/FM broadcasts.

    Digital/Analog Tuning: You can setup the KW-NT500HDT to search both analog and digital radio stations, only HD Radio stations, or analog radio stations only.

    Digital/Analog Presets: You can set up to 18 FM and 6 AM digital/analog presets stations as presets (HD Radio multicast channels can also be preset). Presets can be set manually or automatically, using Strong-station Sequential Memory (SSM).

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

    SiriusXM Ready: The JVC KW-NT500HDT comes ready for SiriusXM programming with access to XM & Sirius Satellite Radio stations. Thanks to its proprietary SiriusXM Connect port, you can add the optional SXV200V1 SiriusXM Connect tuner and receive more than 150 channels of exclusive programming directly from SiriusXM, via the "SiriusXM All Access" package (subscription required). Visit for a complete list of subscription options & channel guide. Additional features of the SXV200 SiriusXM Connect tuner include:

    • Channel list displays a list of all available channels
    • Category Search searches for channels in a certain category
    • Displayed Information such as Channel Name, Artist Name, & Song Title can be viewed on the head unit's LCD
    • Up to 18 SiriusXM Satellite Radio station presets
    • Channels containing unsuitable content for children can be blocked

    Note: A separate SiriusXM Satellite Radio subscription is required (operates on the XM Network). If you already have a Sirius Satellite Radio subscription, this radio cannot be added as a discounted second unit. If you have an existing XM Satellite Radio subscription, you can add this unit as a discounted second unit.

    DVD/CD Playback

    Compatible Discs: The JVC KW-NT500HDT supports playback of DVD-Video, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, CD-Audio, CD-Text, CD-R/RW discs. The unit has a front-loading disc-slot to make loading your disc easier because there is no panel to slide or fold-down.

    Compressed Music Playback: The KW-NT500HDT can play AAC (32-320 kbps), MP3 (bitrate: 32-320 kbps), WMA (bitrate: 32-320 kbps), WAV (bitrate: 16 bit) audio files recorded onto DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, and CD-R/RW discs. AAC, MP3, WMA, and WAV files must be formatted in ISO 9660 level or level 2, Romeo, or Joliet. The head unit can recognize a total of 5,000 files and 250 folders (a maximum of 999 files per folder). This unit will recognize a total of 25 characters for file/folder names. The KW-NT500HDT can display ID3 Tags (ver. 1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4) for MP3 files, as well as WAV/WMA Tag information.

    Playback & Search Functions: The KW-NT500HDT offers the following playback & search functions for DVD/CD playback;  Folder/File Search, Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Reverse, Next/Previous Track, Random (all/disc), and Repeat (track/chapter/folder).

    DVD Touchscreen Control: During DVD playback, you can control certain operations simply by touching an area of the screen. The touchscreen has 3 functions areas. You can touch the left of the screen to start the current chapter over, or the right of the screen to skip to the next chapter. Pressing the middle of the screen activates the DVD playback on-screen buttons.

    Disc Resume: If you change the source, playback also stops (without ejecting the disc). Next time you select CD for the playback source, the disc will start from where it has been stopped previously.

    Off Insert: A DVD/CD disc can be inserted with the switched power off.

    Disc Protection: If the ejected disc is not removed within 15 seconds, the disc is automatically inserted again into the loading slot to protect it from dust.

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

    USB Port/microSD-Card Slot

    USB Port: The JVC KW-NT500HDT features a rear-panel USB (type-A) port on a 38" pigtail to connect your USB device. For the unit to recognize your USB device, it must be specified as a mass storage class device. Up to 4 USB devices can be connected to the head unit's USB port via a USB hub (sold separately). USB portable audio players that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the navigation receiver's USB port (5V/1A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

    microSD-Card Slot: The JVC KW-NT500HDT is equipped with a front-panel microSD-card. The unit supports microSD (up to 2GB) and microSDHC (up to 32GB) memory cards.

    Compatible Media Files: The head unit supports audio and video playback from USB mass storage class devices and SD/SDHC memory cards formatted in FAT 12/16/32. The KW-NT500HDT can recognize a total of 9,999 folders with a maximum of 999 files per folder (per USB device or SD card).

    • Music Files: The KW-NT500HDT supports AAC (bitrate: 32-320 kbps), MP3 (bitrate: 32-320 kbps), WMA (bitrate: 32-320 kbps), WAV (bitrate: 16 bit), FLAC (bitrate: 16 bit) audio files stored on a USB msc device or microSD/SDHC memory card. The KW-NT500HDT can also display ID3 Tags (ver. 1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4) for MP3 files, as well as WAV/WMA Tag information and iTunes m4a metadata.
    • Video Files: The KW-NT500HDT supports MPEG4 (picture size 720x480; 30fps), AVC H2.64, (picture size: 720x480; 30fps), and WMV (picture size: 720x480: 30fps) video files stored on a USB msc device or microSD/SDHC memory card.

    Playback Controls: You can control basic playback functions; such as Folder/File Search, Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Reverse, Next/Previous Track, Random (folder), and Repeat (track/folder).

    iPod/Android/BlackBerry Connectivity

    iPod/iPhone Connectivity: The JVC KW-NT500HDT supports audio/video playback from select Apple iPods & iPhones. The JVC KW-NT500HDT's rear-panel USB (type-A) port and rear-panel 3.5mm iPod Video input allow you to connect your Apple iPod/iPhone using the JVC KS-U49 iPod cable (105KSU49, sold separately). Video can only be displayed while the vehicle is in park. If you only want to playback audio from your iPod or iPhone, you can simply connect it to the KW-NT500HDT's rear-panel USB port using either the USB/iPod dock cable that came with your iPod/iPhone or PIE's iPod Direct Connect Cable (469USBIPH, sold separately).

    Note: If you have an iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), or iPhone 5; use the Lighting-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect to the head unit. These Apple devices only support audio playback (no video output).

    iPod/iPhone DAC Bypass: Because the JVC KW-NT500HDT uses its USB connection for audio & control transfer, your iPod/iPhone's stored music is loaded instantly to the head unit and sound quality is maximized through the head unit's 24-bit D/A converter, allowing for a Signal-to-Noise ratio up to 100dB.

    iPod/iPhone Control: You can choose to control your iPod/iPhone from the JVC head unit or from your iPod/iPhone's touchscreen or clickwheel. The KW-NT500HDT offers 3 control modes - Head Unit, iPod, and External.

    • Head Unit: From the head unit's front-panel controls you can search for music by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Podcast, Genre, Composer, and Audiobook. You can search video by Playlist, Movies, Music Videos, TV Shows, Video Podcasts, Rentals, and iTunesU. Once a Playlist or Category is selected, the content is listed in alphabetical order. The KW-NT500HDT 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 and videos from its clickwheel or touchscreen, like you are accustomed to during normal usage.
    • External (App Mode): External Mode lets you enjoy audio/video content from downloaded Apps (such as Netflix, or YouTube, etc..) streamed to your Apple iPhone, on the KW-NT500HDT (using the JVC KSU-49 cable; sold separately). Video can only be output from the iPhone 4/4S. This mode offers no control of your iPhone. You will continue to use your iPhone's touchscreen to navigate your Apps. The External Mode's video function can only be accessed when the vehicle is in park and the hand-brake is fully engaged. Audio content from select music apps (such as or Rhapsody) can also be enjoyed from any iPhone.

    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.

    Pandora App: The Pandora App (free) lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the JVC KW-NT500HDT using your connected Apple iPhone, via the USB/iPod connector cable (included with your iPhone) or the JVC KSU-49 cable (sold separately). The JVC KW-NT500HDT provides control over the Pandora music service and displays Artist, Album, and Song information. You can select Pandora stations from your station list; you can sort the station list by date or 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. To access Pandora you must have an Apple iPhone (iOS3 or later) with the latest version of the Pandora application from Apple's iTunes App Store. Your iPhone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. You will also need a Pandora music service account.

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

    iHeartRadio Link for JVC: The iHeartRadio Link for JVC (free app) is an Apple iPhone application that delivers access to over 750 Clear Channel local radio stations in both AM and FM, as well as commercial-free and artist-programmed channels. The free iHeartRadio Link app lets you play music from the iHeartRadio music service through the JVC KW-NT500HDT using your connected Apple iPhone, via the USB/iPod connector cable (included with your iPhone) or the JVC KSU-49 cable (sold separately). All stations are streamed in high-quality AAC format. The JVC KW-NT500HDT will display song & artist information, as well as Album Art. You can select available stations from the unit's on-screen station list, which includes - Favorites (up to 100), Featured, Local Stations, All Cities, National Stations, Genres, and Personalities. You an also have the head unit randomly select stations for you. iHeartRadio even provides "tag" information for each song, so you can transfer "tag" information to your connected iPhone and purchase your "tagged" songs later from the online iTunes store.

    Note: To access iHeartRadio you must have an Apple iPhone (iOS 4.2 or later) with the latest version of the iHeartRadio Link 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.

    NaviBridge for iPhone: NaviBridge is a free iTunes application that allows you to remotely control the JVC navigation head unit by setting a destination from your USB connected iPhone. You can set a destination from your iPhone's Google Map screen, or select one from your iPhone's stored Contacts or Bookmarks (up to 100). NaviBridge is compatible with the iPhone 3G/3GS/4/4S (running iOS ver. 4.3 or later).

    iPod/iPhone Display: The KW-NT500HDT will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information of your stored music, regardless of control mode. The head unit will display Track number, Elapsed playing time, Artist name, Song/Album title, and Album Art. Pandora and iHeartRadio song/artist information will also be displayed. Other downloaded music apps will not display on the unit's LCD monitor.

    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/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The JVC KW-NT500HDT is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 10/16/2012):

    iPod/iPhone Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Apps Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod App Mode Album Art Song/Artist Text Track Info NaviBridge iHeartRadio Pandora
    dock connector 3rd N/A N N N N N N N N N N N N
    4th N/A N N N N N N N N N N N N
    mini 1st N/A N N N N N N N N N N N N
    2nd N/A N N N N N N N N N N N N
    video 5th 1.3 Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y N N N Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y N N N Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y N N N Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y N N N Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y N N N Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y N N N Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y N N N Y
    6th 1.1 PC Y N Y Y N Y Y Y N N N Y
    7th 1.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y N N N Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y N N N Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y N N N Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y N N N Y
    4th 6.0 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y N N N Y
    5th 6.0 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y N N N Y
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4 6.0 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 6.0 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5 6.0 Y Y Y Y Audio only Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    iPad 1 6.0 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    2 6.0 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    2 6.0 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N

    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

    Drive Change Mode (for Android/BlackBerry): The JVC KW-NT500HDT's USB port supports playback from Android & BlackBerry smartphones (via USB mass storage mode). 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.

    Audio Section

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The JVC KW-NT500HDT utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The KW-NT500HDT 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 KW-NT500HDT 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 KW-NT500HDT 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 KW-NT500HDT 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. The internal amp can also be turned off when all the speakers are powered by outboard amplifiers.

    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.

    2.5V/6CH Preamp Output: The KW-NT500HDT is equipped with three pair of 2.5V 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. You can adjust the head unit's subwoofer level between -50 and +10.

    Digital Crossover Network: The KW-NT500HDT features a variable high pass crossover for the front & rear speakers, as well as a low pass crossover for the subwoofer. 

    • Front: Frequency (Through, 30/40/50/60/70/80/90/100/120/150/180/220/250Hz), Slope (-6/-12/-18/-24dB), Gain (-8 to 0dB), Tweeter Level (-8 to 0dB)
    • Rear: Frequency (Through, 30/40/50/60/70/80/90/100/120/150/180/220/250Hz), Slope (-6/-12/-18/-24dB), Gain (-8 to 0dB)
    • Subwoofer: Frequency (Through, 30/40/50/60/70/80/90/100/120/150/180/220/250Hz), Slope (-6/-12/-18/-24dB), Gain (-8 to 0dB), Phase (Normal/Reverse)

    Equalizer: The JVC KW-NT500HDT provides both a Preset EQ for quick musical adjustment and 13-Band EQ for more advanced customization.

    • Preset EQ: Choose from Flat, Dynamic, Bass Boost, Natural, Vocal Boost, Vibrant, or User 1/2/3/4.
    • 13-Band EQ: Each user mode lets you adjust the head unit's 13-band equalizer; 62.5Hz, 100Hz, 250Hz, 400Hz, 630Hz, 1kHz, 1.6kHz, 2.5kHz, 4kHz, 6.3kHz, 10kHz, and 16kHz (+/- 9dB).

    Source Link EQ: This feature allows you to store EQ settings for each source (Disc, AM/FM, AV-IN, USB, iPod, Bluetooth, iHeart Radio,  and Pandora).

    DSP Control: The JVC KW-NT500HDT's Digital Sound Processor (DSP) offers various vehicle, audio, and driver settings to improve the sound in your car, truck, SUV, or van.

    • Vehicle Criteria: You are able select the type of vehicle, your seated position, and speaker distance to better quality your vehicle's sound.
      • Vehicle Type: can choose what type of vehicle you have; Compact, Full-size Car, Wagon, Minivan, SUV, or Van (full-size)
      • Seated Position: for a better sound-stage you can select your optimal listening position; choose from All, Front Left,  Front Right or Front
      • Time Alignment: manually fine tune the sound stage by selecting the distance for each individual speaker in the vehicle compared to your listening position; select between 1.6-16.4' for the Left Front Speaker, Right Front Speaker, Left Rear Speaker, Right Rear Speaker, and Subwoofer
    • Speaker Settings: You can set the size and location of your vehicle's speakers.
      • Front: Size (OEM, 3.5", 4", 5", 5.25", 6.5", 6.75", 7", 4x6", 5x7", 6x8", 6x9", 7x10"); Location (Door, On Dash, Under Dash), Tweeter (None, Small, Medium, Large)
      • Rear: Size (None, OEM, 3.5", 4", 5", 5.25", 6.5", 6.75", 7", 4x6", 5x7", 6x8", 6x9", 7x10"); Location (Rear Deck, Door)
      • Subwoofer: Size (None, 6.5", 8", 10", 12", 15")
    • Sound Enhancements: The head unit provides further audio enhancement for better sound in your vehicle.
      • Space Enhancer: set the Space Enhancer to Small, Large, or Off. Each setting value indicates the soundscape level
      • Sound Stage Elevation: creates an affect of hearing the sound from a higher place than the actual position of your vehicle's speakers
      • Loud (Loudness): boosts low and high frequencies to produce a well-balanced sound at a low volume level
      • Bass Boost: four-step Bass Boost (Off/1/2/3) to enhance your music's lower frequencies
    • Compressed Music Enhancers: The head unit offers several audio adjustments dedicated to enhance the sound quality of your compressed digital music.
      • Audio Contrast: sharpens vague sound to make the audio more realistic; effective for compressed music data
      • D.T. Expander (Digital Track Expander): reproduces the natural sound of digital audio sources by restoring data that was lost and waves that were changed during audio compression to their original states; effective for compressed music data
    • Driver Sound Improvements: The KW-NT500HDT features various audio settings to help improve your driving and audio experience.
      • Start Up Sound Level: starts the head unit with a volume lower than when the system was turned off; you can then manually turn it up back to the previous level
      • Road Noise Compensation: increases the volume of little sound that can be easily washed out by road noise and boosts the bass
      • Adaptive Volume: automatically increases the volume level (both for Navigation and audio/video) as the car speeds up; you must connect the unit's Speed Signal wire (pink/gray) to your vehicle's speed sensor wire
      • Reverse Audio Reduction: attenuates the receiver's AV sound when you shift your vehicle into reverse, so you can concentrate more on backing up your vehicle safely

    Dynamic Range Compression: The dynamic range can be adjusted by selecting either Normal, Wide or Dialog. Dialog makes the total sound volume become larger as compared with Wide and Normal, allowing you to listen to the movie's dialogue more clearly. This is effective only on Dolby Digital software.

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

    AV Connections

    Front-Panel Aux Input: A front-panel stereo minijack (3.5mm) is provided to allow the connection of a portable audio source. Simply connect your portable digital music player to the unit's front-panel auxiliary input, and you can listen to the audio from the portable player through the speakers in your mobile audio system

    Audio/Video Input: The rear-panel audio/video input consists of left and right RCA audio jacks and an RCA composite video jack, allowing you to connect external equipment to this head unit. The audio/video input can be set to one of the following modes.

    • AV: Choose when connecting an audio/video component.
    • Audio: Choose when connecting an audio component.
    • Off: Select when no component is connected.

    Camera In: The rear-panel Camera input consists of a composite video connector which allows you to connect an optional rear-view camera (105KVCM10, sold separately). The unit features a reverse gear signal wire (purple/white wire within 22-pin harness), that when connected to your vehicle's reverse light circuit, will automatically switch the KW-NT500HDT's display to the rear-view camera input. Automatic video switching takes approximately 1.2 seconds.

    Note: Audio from your music source will continue playing, while the back-up camera is displayed.

    Video Output: The rear-panel Video Output consists of a  composite video jack that allows you to connect an optional external monitor. You can watch the same video source that is being played on the DVD receiver on your connected external monitor. You can choose one of the following monitor types for the output to the external monitor(s):

    • 16:9: Select this when the aspect ratio of your monitor is 16:9.
    • 4:3 Letter Box: Select this when the aspect ratio of your monitor is 4:3, when viewing a widescreen picture black bars appear on the top and bottom of the screen.
    • 4:3 Pan Scan: Select this when the aspect ratio of your monitor is 4:3, when viewing a widescreen picture, the black bars do not appear; however, the left and right edges of the picture will not be shown on screen.

    Remote Control

    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.

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