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Overview

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JVC's KD-HDR1 CD player includes a built-in HD Radio tuner. There's no extra gear to install, no extra wires to worry about, making it easier than ever to upgrade to the improved reception and excellent sound quality of participating HD Radio stations. More and more radio stations offer HD Radio broadcasts every day, but if there's not one in your area yet, JVC's DiAS tuner offers exceptional AM/FM reception.

JVC's KD-HDR1 CD player includes a built-in HD Radio tuner. There's no extra gear to install, no extra wires to worry about, making it easier than ever to upgrade to the improved reception and excellent sound quality of participating HD Radio stations. More and more radio stations offer HD Radio broadcasts every day, but if there's not one in your area yet, JVC's DiAS tuner offers exceptional AM/FM reception.

If you're looking for more entertainment options, connect an XM or SIRIUS tuner to get more than 120 channels of music, news, sports, and entertainment. The KD-HDR1 can also handle the MP3 and WMA music files that you've burned to CD-R and CD-RW discs — up to 10 hours on a single disc.

Whatever you're listening to, the powerful built-in amplifier will ensure great performances from all your music. The KD-HDR1 offers twelve preset sound curves for quick tone changes, along with an equalizer that offers 7 bands of adjustment. SRS Circle Surround Automotive© delivers convincing surround sound from your car's speakers, even from standard stereo CDs.

Use JVC's optional iPod interface to connect your iPod to the KD-HRD1. You'll be able to listen to your music library wherever you go, and the adapter will even let you control the player right from the stereo's faceplate. The wireless remote allows you to control the playback from anywhere in the car.

Hooking up outboard amplifiers? Three sets of gold-plated preamp outputs offer convenient connections for your external amps and subs, while the on-board subwoofer level and frequency controls make it easy to control your bass settings.

Note: If you're going to use your iPod with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility with this receiver or its optional iPod adapter.

Product Highlights:

    General features
    • CD receiver with built-in MOSFET amplifier (20 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs (including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA music files)
    • detachable face
    • remote control
    Audio features
    • iEQ equalizer with twelve presets and a 7-band EQ
    • SRS Circle Surround Automotive
    • subwoofer level and frequency control
    Expandability
    • HD Radio tuner built in, receives multicasting content (where available)
    • compatible with JVC iPod adapter, satellite radio, CD changer
    • inputs: optional auxiliary input
    • outputs: three sets of preamp outputs
    Other info

    Great price for the radio. Ipod controls easy to use and self install very helpful. But HD content and reception 15 miles outside of the DC area is terrible for now, I guess eventually it will get better as time goes on.

    Jason, Alexandria, VA

    What's in the Box:

    • AM/FM/CD/Changer controller receiver with 15-amp fuse inserted into chassis
    • Sleeve
    • Face
    • Hard plastic face case
    • Trim ring
    • Wiring harness
    • RM-RK50 Wireless remote control
    • 1 CR2025 Lithium battery
    • 1 Face security screw
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • 1 Rear support stud
    • 1 Flat washer
    • 1 Hex nut
    • 1 Rubber bushing
    • Instructions (English/Spanish/French)
    • Installation/Connection Manual (English/Spanish/French)
    • "Before Electrical Connections" instruction sheet (English/Spanish/French)
    • US warranty sheet
    • Canadian warranty card
    • Product Registration Card/Questionnaire
    • Face security screw note
    • "Caution" note (attached to wiring harness)
    Reviews

    JVC KD-HDR1 Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (259 Reviews)

    Love this stereo

    mennell from Toledo, OH on 7/17/2008

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

    I love this radio. It was easy to install (duh it was from Crutchfields) and I was picking up radio stations from Missouri from inside my garage in Toledo. The HD opened up a lot of listening options. I was able to pick up stations further away than I had in the past. I spend a lot of my time on the road and this allowed me to better spend my time. I loved the mp3 option on cds. I could listen to an entire week's worth of my favorite radio program while I drove!! I'm getting a new car soon - and will be picking up this radio again to install (if I can).

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    Jason from Alexandria, VA on 7/13/2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great price for the radio. Ipod controls easy to use and self install very helpful. But HD content and reception 15 miles outside of the DC area is terrible for now, I guess eventually it will get better as time goes on.

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    Good Deal

    Amy from Austin, TX on 6/27/2008

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

    So far, so good. HD radio is great, but I must say that you should do the research first. Look up online to see what extra stations you'll get before you decide to go HD. Not all towns have HD stations. But then again, some do and now we can actually get an oldies station :) The radio was an easy install and looks a lot nicer than some of the other brands. I also like that you can get the iPod cord for a great price too (a better option in my opinion because then you can keep the iPod charged). The little remote is cool too!

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    HD Radio

    Rich from Eau Claire, wi on 6/27/2008

    1997 Saturn SL2
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I read a lot of the reviews on this product. That is why I bought it. The reviews were right it sounds great, and has plenty of power.

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    HD sound is music to my ears!

    Scott from Worcester MA on 6/22/2008

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

    First of all, the next time you plan on an upgrade to yourt system, START WITH THE RECEIVER FIRST!!! I worked from the speakers back to the amp, new line converter etc. I tried to save my factory Nissan Rockford Fosgate head unit to no avail. No matter what I did, the sound still sounded bad. I broke down , purchased the JVC KD-HDR1 and was so happy that I did. The instructions and wiring kit from Crutchfield were perfect. I lost my double DIN radio, but now I have another pocket for my varoius things and the head unit looks like a stock component from the trim pieces. Crutchfield rocks and the price of the JVC head unit was a bargain. Great unit at any price. Highly recomended. The only bad thing is the remote. I have monster hands and the remote is smaller than my thumb. Oh well. The Radio clarity makes up for the worthless remote control. Other that that I would give it a 5 star rating.

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    HD + Ipod = Great / Buttons = So So

    tamon77 from Seattle, WA on 6/16/2008

    2003 Mazda Protege5
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    For the money and features this deck was a great choice. I had an Ipod that I wanted to listen to on my commute and the built in HD radio was a nice bonus. So far the deck has delivered on all fronts except one. The way to access menus, change settings and control the Ipod take a little getting used to for sure. I am a techy so it was a quick study for me but I can relate to other viewers frustrations. Keep in mind there is an newer version of this deck which resolves some of those issues. All in all thr price is right for the functionality/features you receive.

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    If you just want HD Radio this is it

    Wes from Los Angeles, CA on 6/13/2008

    I got this primarily for the HD radio. It works great, it was fairly cheap, and the extra stations with fewer commercials are a joy. You cannot preset the "hidden" HD stations, which makes it tedious if you really like one of them. It's tough to notice any improvement in audio quality in the car in FM (already sounds good), but I found the AM improvement phenomenal - it sounded like I was in the studio, with none of the annoying humming sound. My favorite feature is the tagging for the song names, which is dependent on station. It only displays 8 characters at a time, but scrolls for the rest - I've seen other decks that seem to "turn the page" instead of scroll the text, and I like the scrolling on this deck much easier to read.

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    Excellent HD Receiver ! ! !

    Lewis from New Port Richey, Fla on 6/13/2008

    2007 Kia Sedona
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This unit is the best HD car audio receiver!!! So good, this is my second purchase; I recently replaced the factory unit in our 2007 mini-van (an Infinity 10 Speaker Premium Sound System). GREAT PRODUCT - BEST $$$ FOR MONEY - PREMIUM SOUND ! ! !

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    Replacement radio

    Arthur from Niantic, CT on 6/4/2008

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

    This was just what I was looking for feature wise. AM HD has been a disappointment so far. It doesn't sync up and flashes as it detects my station is HD but not being able to receive just HD. Same with all other AM HD stations. It was the main reason I got this unit. AM is not as good as the non-HD AM radio my other cars have. FM is OK but flips to mono half the time. Checking my antenna connections to see if signals are low, but never were. Install kits were over kill. Used minimal items and wired adapters per directions which were just fine.

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    Brian from Covington, KY on 6/3/2008

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

    I like this radio. Its a lil tricky to get use to all the different buttons and functions. The remote is small which is nice. The only thing about the remote I dnt like is when changing radio stations you can only go up on the presets..IE...1,2,3 and not back....6,5,4. And with the remote you cant change between the HD stations. My radio sits kinda far up from my reach in My Dodge Durango so this feature would be nice if it was on the remote. Other than that its a great radio, great sound and good power.

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    JB from Richmond, TX on 5/28/2008

    2006 Honda CRV LX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I'm very happy with this radio. I bought it for the HD feature. More stations without commercials just makes sense. The mp3/wma feature is pretty cool also. It's not difficult to install...even for a girl!

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    Great purchase

    John from Louisiana on 5/27/2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The JVC KD-HDR1 is a great radio. Sounds great and has plenty of power. I have a sub to add and offers plenty of options for getting just the right signal to the amp. I haven't had time to explore all the features, but thanks to Crutchfiled, I had it installed and playing in no time. Thanks again for a great product and great service.

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    Great Head Unit

    Amedeo from Houston, TX on 5/25/2008

    1987 Toyota Supra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This radio is great. It has three FM channels, and one AM channel. It picks up the HD stations crystal clear. The HD multicast feature is awesome in some cases what used to be one station in analog broadcast is three stations in HD. I highly recommend this head unit.

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    Big bang for small buck

    Young from Los Angeles, California on 5/21/2008

    1996 Honda Accord EX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    At first the deck was not impressive but after a few weeks it started to show it's true colors. Easy to use functions and sound quality along with power is outstanding. The built in HD is the main reason why I got it and it surely delivers. There is a definite difference with the HD radio. The only complaints I have are the remote, which is the size of a tic tac, and the color of the display which has like three different colors. Those are the only reasons I gave it four stars but for this price for a fully functional stereo it is a great deal and I highly recommend it for any one. I was impressed by the sound quality and I compared it to a "high end" Pioneer stereo that my friend purchased and that costs twice as much and it blew it out of the water. If I could suggest some improvements to the manufacturer. Make the face a fold/flip down. Also make the remote at least a size of a credit card not a size of a child,s pencil eraser. And lastly, make the colors changeable on the face.

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    From Stock to HD

    canesXE from Mesa, AZ on 5/20/2008

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

    I originally went to Crutchfield lookin for a Amplifier for my subwoofer that I was just givin by a friend. While lookin at the site I seen this JVC KD-HDR1. My stock CD player had been driving me nuts for months. Giving me "error" all the time and not playing CD's that weren't really in bad shape. When I compared it to the price on other HD radios I couldn't pass up the deal and BOY AM I GLAD I DID! The Crutchfield Box came a few days later, 3 days earlier then I thought, and from the time I opened it till I was done installing the radio was less then an Hour. This radio has GREAT sound & even better when in HD mode. My only complaint is that the controls are a little complicated at 1st but once I got used to them and ACTUALLY read the manual no problems. The preset EQ is great along w/ the Surround sound makes it sound like a LOT more high end system is in my car. I have stock speakers upfront and in the back and it sounds Like I'm rolling around w/ some high end Polks or something. If your considering this radio GET IT....even if it's not at the special price you can't pass it up compared w/ the other HD radios w/ the same features for MORE $. By the way I got the AMP TOO!

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    Go with newer model

    Darryl from Schaumburg, IL on 5/15/2008

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

    This is a great car stereo, but I gave it 3 stars because of a few new features on the JVC KD-HDR30 that are a significant upgrade. I owned this unit for about 6 months before it was stolen from my car, and I loved it. The extra stations on the HD bands basically eliminated my time wasted on annoying commercials in the Chicago radio market and gave me a lot of good new music that would simply not have been available over the air without HD radio. Anyway, the couple new features on the KD-HDR30 that should be a big upgrade over the KD-HDR1 are the front auxiliary input for mp3 players and the ability to preset HD multicast stations. It seems like a small thing, but it was pretty annoying to tune into the main station on the preset then change to the multicast station every time with the KD-HDR1. Also, I did not look at the JVC KD-HDW10 much, but it appears to be basically the same as the KD-HDR1 but $30 cheaper (so I'm sure there must be some difference).

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    Just buy it

    crdnls from Strasburg, VA on 5/14/2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    If you want an inexpensive, full featured receiver for your car, buy this!!! The pros are that it has a built in HD tuner, many sound choices (you can customize them), very powerful, and looks great! The cons are, (not that important), no SIMPLE treble and bass function ( you have to press too many buttons to get to them) , maybe TOO many sound preference choices, (again, each one you can customize), and the remote is pointless, it is way too small. I put this in my Mazda 626 and installation was a breeze. You simply can not beat Crutchfield. Go ahead and look anywhere else, no one will give you your car mastersheet, wiring harness, specific car dash kit, tech support and superfast shipping! I have been a Crutchfield customer for over 10 years and they have never let me down!!! Just buy it, you will be very happy!!!

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    Wife was dancing in the driveway

    Anonymous from Matthews, NC on 5/12/2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Fun, easy installation. The HD sound was grand i.e you did not have to tell yourself "you paid for HD radio-it must be better" it is. I put in our favorite Celtic CD to test the installation of the unit and it brought my wife (aka Simon Lagree) out to the driveway where she started dncing and gyrating until she had to be taken away. I wish they had a unit that included HD and Bluetooth, but until they do, I shall be more than content with the JVC KD-hDR1. Raybo.

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    great deal, great sound, great options

    Greg from Kansas City on 5/6/2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    With the supplied wiring adapter and installation kit and antennae adapter it took about 25 minutes from start to finish to put this unit in my 1999 Silverado. It took a little longer to figure out the features but once I did it was excellent. The HD can be programmed into the buttons by finding the stations and programming them. Then all you have to do is hit one button to switch between HD channel 1 and 2 on each HD station. The eq sound is amazing and can really put out the base without an amp. I have the head unit and a pair of Kenwood excellon 6.5 in front and some Infinity plates in the rear doors and this thing sounds perfect. Couldn't be happier.

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    HD Blessing

    Bill from Los Angeles, CA on 5/6/2008

    2003 Subaru Outback
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have had the HDR 1 in my car for about a week. I bought it because it was the cheapest way to make my system HD. I was hoping for the improved sound of HD to finally eliminate that staticky hiss that goes along with radio in my area. I can't even receive radio signals in my house at all. I was surprised. The HDR 1 greatly improved the sound of my system, including the cd's. My favorite feature is the SRS. The bass is accentuated to a point I didn't think possible without a subwoofer, yet the bass is very natural with no boominess. The car is filled with a clear, strong signal that is very musical. I feel like I am on the stage with the group, a part of the action. The HDR 1 is also very easy to operate with many ways to tweek and shape the sound. I am an old schooler and I prefer sound quality over convenience. I don't like compressed sound and avoid it whenever possible. I don't do MP3 or ipod. Radio has been a big disappointment to me sound wise, but now with HD radio, I can be happy at last. The display is easy to read, and with the HD radio's display of the song and group title I can finally get the info that DJ's have stopped giving over the years. I was expecting to spend around $600 to upgrade to HD. I never thought I would greatly improve my system by replacing my $300 Pioneer receiver with a less expensive reciever, but there it is. What a country. If you are in an area that has HD radio, buy this receiver!

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    Decent Value

    Ken from Cincinnati, OH on 5/5/2008

    1996 Mazda Miata
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I installed this unit in a friends car and it is quite nice. Display is viewable in full sunlight (convertible). Only complaint is the power antenna connection is shared with the amp. It will not lower the antenna when on CD input. (my Sony does). It is a nice feature in a convertible to reduce wind noise. Overall, very pleased.

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    I like to stay in my car now.

    Bill from Houston, TX on 5/4/2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    What an awesome head unit! The main reasons I bought it were for the HD radio and 7 band equalizer. And this is my 1st HD tuner. Sounds better than analog FM and many HD stations broadcast text that scrolls across the display. It's nice to know the name of the artist and song that's playing. The only downside to HD is there must be a strong signal to get it. If the signal gets too weak, it switches to analog. I don't think that's a weakness of this unit-I think that's just how it is with HD. The display dims when the headlights turn on if so properly wired. The SRS circle surround mode is nice to play with, but I found it to be a gimmick more than anything else. It just doesn't sound natural to me. The remote is tiny. A full size one would have been better. There's front, rear, and subwoofer outputs. That's good because you can fade between front and rear speakers with the sub volume remaining constant. You can control the subwoofer output also. One of my favorites is direct track access. Want to go to track 6? Just push the 6 button. And holding down any of the 1-6 buttons will take you to track 7-12. I can't speak for the built in amp-all my speakers are driven by amps. The KD-HDR1 is a great buy and a solid performer. You'll be taking the long way home with this one in your dash.

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    Great radio with bonus HD!

    JustPlainJef from Chicago suburbs on 4/28/2008

    2004 Chrysler Sebring
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a great stereo! I bought one for my wife for Christmas, as her stock stereo stopped ejecting the CD's. Well, because I liked it so much, and Crutchfield had a pricebreak on it, I bought one for my Jeep, and my brother bought one for his truck. The sound is good, the MP3 CD's are a great bonus, the radio reception is decent, Crutchfield included everything I needed for the install, everything except butt connectors, but hey, those's aren't bad. The FM HD reception at my place isn't great, but as we get closer to the city it gets better. I would guess that you are looking at a 25 - 35 mile range, depending on where they broadcast from and how strong. AM reception at our place is great. Cubs in HD radio! My only gripe is that there's no aux in on the front, and the cable is $30 (last I looked) for the rear of the stereo. Since it plays MP3 CD's, it's not a huge issue, but on long cross country trips, it would be nice. That's what knocked it from a 5 to a 4 for me. I know JVC has a new one out with the front input, but I'm rating this radio, not that one. Overall, I'm very happy and would recommend it to anyone looking for a radio, assuming it fits their needs.

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    Great Stereo-Easy Install

    Robert from San Gabriel, CA on 4/27/2008

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

    I ordered the KD-HDR1 and the JVC iPod interface for my Ford. Crutchfield came through with all of the pieces I needed for a easy installation that required no modification to my car other than unplugging and plugging-in some wires. The stereo was a bolt-in install. The JVC sounds great and the HD radio is awesome here in the L.A. market. Many of the stations to which I listen have additional (sometimes commercial-free) sub-feeds on the HD2 and HD3 channels. The only issue I encountered was that the iPod controls on the head unit aren't very good. I solved the problem by switching to "EXT-IN' on the radio and now I can control the iPod using its controls and I still get hard-wired sound and iPod charging. I'd recommend getting the cheaper iPod cable and doing the same. If you usually put your iPod into shuffle mode, the head-unit controls will be fine. Overall, I'm very pleased with the whole package, and with Crutchfield.

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    Great Deal

    Carlo from Romeo, MI on 4/26/2008

    I bought one for my GMC S15, and with the help I got from the Crutchfield installation directions and install kit, it went in easy, and sounds great. The only thing that stops this from being a direct bolt-in install is the wiring. The Crutchfield factory-type wiring harness and the JVC stereo leads both worked great, but had to be spliced together. I would have expected that when buying the complete package from Crutchfield, they would have had this already done. Granted, it only took 10 minutes to solder and seal all of them, so it really no skin off my back. The receiver unit itself is great, probably the best value for an HD radio on the market. The sound is great, and the basic controls are fine, but the sound tuning functions are hard to access and require frequent references to the manual if you are not experienced with the complexities of the JVC controls. I expect this unit to hold up just as well as all of my previous JVC units, and the last one just quit after 11 years. An overall great stereo.

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    Great Radio

    David from Menlo Park, Ca on 4/25/2008

    I replaced the radio in my truck and found that this radio fit my needs. I wanted to experience the clarity of HD Radio. I was impressed. Some of the controls could have been better implemented, like the tone controls. Overall I am very happy with this JVC HD Radio.

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    HD radio a real plus

    Ted from Olney, MD on 4/24/2008

    1992 Honda Accord DX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Free radio still remains one of the world's great deals. Specially when you get the improved signal quality and fidelity that this HD radio has. It all depends upon what HD signals broadcasters are providing in your listening area. Check that before you buy any HD radio. HD signals will drop out suddenly when you travel beyond station range and will come back just as suddenly, which is normal for the digital HD signal. No static or weak signal. This JVC is a very good radio with one previously mentioned exception. When you turn this radio off or select another preset the HD subchannel you were on is lost. When you turn this radio back on or come back with a preset button, you get the main station you were tuned in to but you have to re-select the HD subchannel you were on. I called JVC on this and that is the answer. The special surround sound gives you a very "live" sound. Like any radio, you need to read and play with all the settings when you first get this radio. I am able to use the small remote for basic changes while driving with no problem. This radio has more than adequate volume through 4 new Blaupunkt 6-1/2 inchers without an amp.

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    Good HD Radio

    Ben from Fairborn, OH on 4/24/2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a good radio, especially for the price. It has good reception, and sounds really good. This is a great receiver to get your local HD Radio channels. The EQ sound functionality is great. I definitely recomend this Head Unit.

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    John from St. Louis, MO on 4/24/2008

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

    Great sound and HD is a great feature. Reception on an AM HD station fades in and out which is annoying. I bought this with the JVC Ipod adapter cable, which charges the Ipod and gives clear sound. It replaced factory stereo in 9 year old car, so anything was going to be an improvement, but I like it.

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    schweit from Quakertown, PA. on 4/21/2008

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

    I really enjoyed the great sound that the receiver produced and the ambience selection/control. What I really disliked was the HD Radio feature is not implemented to spec. Most radio stations that advertise "HD Radio" broadcast the audio in anolog mode. The receiver detects the HD signal and automatically locks on, but by default it selects digital mode and you won't hear any audio. The receiver's auto detection feature does NOT function. The radio operator must manually hit "mode" then "4" 2x in order for the HD mode to change to anolog. This annoyance occurs for Every radio station that broadcasts in HD. I did send an inquiry to JVC when a software (e.g. CD) upgrade was available to fix this problem. The answer was "None Available at this Time....Check Again Later". Since then...JVC released a new model. I'm very disappointed that my money was not wisely spent.

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    Robert from Idaho on 4/20/2008

    2002 Mazda Protege5
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This receiver produces great sound. The controls need dire help. The controls are extremely hard to work with an ipod. They really need to make the controls more simple. If I had to do it all over again, I would have gone with a different receiver.

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    great buy.

    john from st. louis, mo on 4/19/2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a great radio. I bought the ipod adapter also. The sound is SO MUCH better than the fm transmitter (monster) i used before. The sound w/ the ipod is great and boy is the hd radio nice (clarity is definitely evident). The controls for navigating the ipod via the receiver does take some time to figure out. Installation directions are clear and the kit/antenna adapter worked great. I have one note to add...I installed my radio into an 04 gmc canyon. Do not use the insert that comes w/ the mounting kit. The insert makes the receiver come out too much and you can not remount the receiver trimpanel over the receiver. Overall great receiver and service.

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    Best head unit i've owned.

    Ariel from Alpharetta, GA on 4/19/2008

    1992 Acura Legend
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I've purchased many head units over the last 15 years but none have impressed me more then this unit. The stations are crystal clear and the CD/MP3 playback is crystal clear. Plenty of RCA outputs and easy installation with crutchfield's provided guides and gear. Very cool with HD radio to hear a song and be able to look at the unit and see the title and artist. Another plus is the simulated surround sound and present EQ settings but you can also save your own user setting. There are a couple of things that are negatives. The remote is a key fob style remote which is worthless. Too small with no real functionality. My only other real gripe is not being to save HD2 station presets but this may be a fault of HD Radio as you can't access HD2 stations until you get a HD station lock. I highly recommend this unit overall

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    Awesome Radio

    Wesley from Bourbonnais, Ill on 4/16/2008

    Bought this as a replacement for the factory radio in the 01 Durango I just bought. Great sound from all sources. My wife was so impressed she asked me to get one for her car. Crutchfield is the best. A++++++++

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    Flawless install into Scion xA

    Adam from Hudson, Oh on 4/8/2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I ordered this to replace my factory Scion 6-disc stereo system. (Which was terrible, failed within a year and never worked properly) I installed it myself with the provided Scion kit and wiring harness and it was an easy 1 hour job. Looks great. SOUNDS great. (HD radio is wonderful) Has more power than the factory system and plays my MP3 audio book CD's with perfection. Highly recommend this to anyone who experiences similar trouble with poorly designed factory stereo systems.

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    Crutchfield is AWESOME..

    David from Coal Township Pa. on 4/7/2008

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

    Crutchfield was and is simply the best...east installation and the radio is great..thanx so much AAAAAAA++++++++

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    James from Pittsburgh, PA on 4/4/2008

    1992 Ford Thunderbird
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    This radio is great. I looked at this model a year ago, but I didn't buy it until now (I waited until my current radio kicked the bucket all together). Having HD, CD, and a AM/FM receiver all together in a high-power unit is wonderful. The only complaint I have is that the radio loses the signal on some of the HD stations for a second or two and would come back on when it regains the signal (This is a pain when you're cranking a good song, but what can you expect from free, commercial-free radio). I read some of the other reviews on this radio and there were complaints of the buttons being too small for people to operate this unit properly. I myself, have big hands and fingers and have not had any problems with operating this unit. Also, Crutchfield said that this unit would not fit my vehicle when other websites said it would. I bought it anyways because it was the unit I wanted for my vehicle. I installed it and it fit perfectly with no problems. In Crutchfield's defense, they are a great company to deal with. Plus, I couldn't find anywhere else on the web where you can get a great product at a great price plus fast-free shipping, free installation instructions, free tools, and free wiring harness adapters.

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    James from Berwick, Pa on 3/31/2008

    1989 Nissan 240SX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I recently purchased this unit from Crutchfield since the factory radio on my 240SX had issues with the on/off/volume knob (280,000 miles and still looks great!). After pre-reading the simple instructions, I set to work on removing the dash and factory radio. The directions were clear and exact and I had the new unit installed very easily. I thought something must be wrong.........this was too easy! I eagerly turned the unit on and WOW! Great sound! This is a terrific unit!

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    Henry from Goleta, CA on 3/25/2008

    2005 Nissan Altima
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    I recently purchased this unit and I must say I am amazed by it's performance and sound. The unit has a very strong reception and I am getting stations I never got before. The HD radio feature is also great, having a wide range of options while listening to the radio, even on the same station, is a new experience. I mostly listen to my iPod though so the iPod adapter was a must! But the unit really shines for me with the CS surround sound feature. I have a pretty decent setup in my 2005 Altima with component speakers and amps with subwoofers, but the surround sound feature makes all the difference. There is a depth to the music that I've never experienced, and with the right tuning, I've got chills again. Buy this unit Now!

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    audiofan from Sacramento, CA on 3/21/2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent car radio/cd player!!! I've always owned Sony car radios not only because they sound great, but also because I don't like having to learn how to operate a new radio. I figured if I stuck with one brand, the learning curve would be easier. Unfortunately, Sony doesn't have a radio with built-in HD, and to get the HD module will cost me another 100 bucks.<BR><BR> So this JVC model with built in HD was very tempting. I decided to give it a try, and boy am I glad I did!!<BR><BR> I'm using four 6.5" Infinity Reference speakers (front and rear) powered by a 4 channel Sony amp, and a Sony 10" subwoofer driven by a Profile Subwoofer amplifier. All items were purchased from Crutchfield a long time ago and hooked up to my car's factory radio, which I just replaced with the JVC KD-HDR1.<BR><BR> Pros: Intuitive User Interface - I was able to use the radio, and make all the adjustments without reading the manual. Well, I did read the manual for an entire 3 minutes just to know which buttons did what, but everything else was pretty much very intuitive.<BR><BT> Phenomenal Sound Quality - The sound coming from this unit is superb, and I LOVE the very flexible sound field adjustments available with this radio. The user adjustable seven band equalizer, coupled with the customizable CS-A function, allowed me to adjust the sound to work perfectly with my car's unique sonic characteristics. The CS-A function enabled me to compensate for my car's speaker locations to make for a better sound stage. For example, I manually adjusted the Focus function to 'elevate' the sound field coming from my door mounted front speakers, and 'lower' the sound field's height emanating from my rear deck speakers. Additionaly, I was able to individually tailor the bass output coming from the subwoofer, front and rear speakers using the TruBass function.<BR><BR> Readable Display - I can clearly see the display regardless of lighting conditions, even in direct sunlight, and while wearing my prescription polarized sunglasses. Some radios' display become unreadable when viewed through polarized sunglasses, but not this JVC model.<BR><BR> HD Radio - incredibly clear and crisp.CD quality FM, and FM quality AM. Once you've heard HD Radio, you'll never go back to analog!<BR><BR> Versatile CD Player - able to play home burned MP3 and WMA cd's. I was able to burn about 170 WMA files (128kbps) in one CD, making a CD changer unnecessary for my purpose. Although, the player can be hooked up to a JVC cd changer.<BR><BR> Cons: None so far.

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    russell from longmont, colorado on 3/19/2008

    1990 Mazda MPV
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    I am absolutely pleased with this unit. I purchased it so my wife could have h.d. radio in her minivan. She is on cloud nine. the only problems I had was the original unit I got the c.d. player wouldn't work. I called crutchfield they had a new one to me in about 3 days, and let me keep the old one in the meantime so I would still have a radio. You will not be disappointed with this head unit or with crutchfield.

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    John from Tucson, Arizona on 3/16/2008

    2003 Chrysler Town and Country
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    I needed a stereo with an aux input for my navigation system. It also needed to be able to play MP3 CDs and have a dimming display. This does it all, and --- bonus! -- it plays HD radio, which I don't think I even knew existed. The static free digital sound is equivalent to a CD and I just love that. This is a big stereo for the money, and I'm about to buy another for my BMW, but there are some drawbacks: 1. The clock goes off when you turn the unit off. You can press a (tiny) button for it to display for 5 seconds, but that's an annoyance. I just turn the volume all the way down, which leads to drawback number... 2. The volume control takes too many turns to go silent. I would like it better if maybe a third of a turn went from silent to moderately loud. It probably takes about 1 and a half turns to do this. Which leads to drawback number... 3. The volume dial is too shallow. On a rough road and especially off road, I need to figure out where the remote is. No chance of accomplishing anything with the dial. 4. One more drawback is that one of my favorite stations is both digital and analog and it has a weak signal. The HD cuts out entirely when the signal is too weak, instead of just fading in and out. If I set it to analog, it will still switch to the digital signal when it finds it and not switch back. There's probably a way to control this, but I haven't found it. As I said, I'm buying another of these, so the drawbacks aren't deal breakers. To get HD at this price is a bargain.

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    Looking for FM Radio... Not Here

    Nick from Newark, DE on 3/13/2008

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

    I got this head unit for the HD radio capability and was disappointed in the overall radio reception. But first let me start with the good. This head unit was a breeze to install. Also the CD playback for both standard CDs and MP3 CDs is excellent and the surround sound makes the sound really come alive on both the HD signal and CDs. The display is simple yet displays the necessary information (song name, artist, radio station, etc.) and was easily read in all conditions. Menu is pretty straight forward after a quick once over in the instruction manual. Now for what made me return the unit. The radio reception is just not up to par. I was not getting half of the normal FM radio stations I did on my stock head unit in my 2004 Honda Civic SI. And when the FM stations did come in, if they also simulcast in HD it would constantly bounce between the two. Which got annoying very quickly. All in all I would say that if you live in a city close to the broadcast site/radio tower of your stations you will be perfectly happy with this unit and never notice the weak RF performance. If you live a good bit away from the stations broadcast site/radio tower and listen to the radio a lot DO NOT GET this unit it seems to only pick up the strongest of stations. I exchanged the unit for the Sony CDX-GT820IP and opted for the HD tuner add-on and could not be happier. The HD signal is not super in my area yet, but my radio is now great and I'll be ready for HD when it is broadcast stronger.

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    David from Golden, CO on 3/4/2008

    2004 Nissan Pathfinder LE

    This is one of the few car stereos out there with built-in HD radio. I installed it into a 2004 Nissan Pathfinder LE, which has a fairly complex premium factory system. Crutchfield included (for free!) an adaptor panel which converted the odd sized factory double-din radio to a singe-din with storage pocket underneath. It provided a simple bolt-in install that looks original. They also provided a perfect-fit harness ($20) that allowed a simple plug and play install. Total install time from opening box to listening to music was only 1 hour! As for the JVC, the buttons may be a bit small (like almost every other modern aftermarket stereo), but there are few enough of them that control is fairly easy. The built-in subwoofer level control is nice. Still haven't decided on the EQ. Some would probably prefer a simple bass/mid/treble control instead. Reception (at least on my vehicle) is quite good. I can pick up almost all 43 HD channels that Denver has. Overall, for the price, I think it's a pretty good unit, with tons of features and upgradability.

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    Chuck from San Mateo, California on 3/3/2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was getting pretty sick and tired of my old stock radio that came with my Honda civic 94. It started to act up and become intermittent. Being that I am an electronics tech, I pulled it out several times and serviced it. Finally the old horse kicked the bucket. This is when I decided to upgrade to an HD radio. After being discouraged by the lack of knowledge that some of the big box stores had regarding the product, I spoke with some friends about my ordeal. They suggested that I try Crutchfield. I took their advice and am very glad that I did. Not only was the price great but the employees had great knowledge and answered all my questions. After talking with a sales rep., I decided to purchase the JVC KD HDR1. The unit came with a custom kit made for the year, make and model of my car. Also a complete set of installation instructions came with the unit. They also offer excellent tech support! <BR><BR> I was able to complete the installation within 2 hours. I am now enjoying my new HD radio. What great sound and great choices. Thanks to Crutchfield, I am know in heaven with my new HD radio.

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    tom from wethersfield, ct on 2/11/2008

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

    Great HD radio and CD player so far. Haven't installed the new speakers yet (it started snowing yesterday!) but I know they'll make it sound even better. It's pretty darn good on my stock Dodge Ram speakers. SPECIAL THANKS (as always) to Crutchfield for making the installation a breeze. The free adapters make it so simple. Green wire to green wire, blue wire to blue wire .... snap in the adapter and it works! Took only 1 1/2 hours from opeingin the box to listening to music. And that included cleaning out my air vents and dashboard since I had it all apart already.

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    Teodorico from pearland, tx on 2/11/2008

    2000 Honda CRV
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    I'll never go back to ordinary radio anymore.

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    Almost took the cake!

    Jason from Seattle, WA on 2/7/2008

    2000 Volkswagen Jetta
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I really wanted to get this unit to work right. I couldn't and ended up sending it back.<BR><BR> PROS: HD tuner is great! I loved it, the static free cd quality radio with no monthly fee. The lighting matched my 2000 jetta just perfect. The face plate was easy to remove and install. The "circle surround" sounded very good. Gave out plenty of juice for my stock 6.5" speakers. It sounded good. Played MP3 discs just fine. I liked the traditional controls...it was more intuitive user interface than some. <BR><BR> CONS: With the optional PAC ipod cable (not manufactured by JVC), there was horrible noise being transferred from the ipod to the unit. I could hear the ipod's hard drive spinning and if I touched the scrollpad on the ipod to adjust the volume, I could hear a whiney/clicking sound. Very annoying and unacceptable. I don't know if it's a poor design in the head unit or the PAC cable. Crutchfield even sent me a second cable, but I had the same results. I wired everything cleanly, so it wasn't a ground issue, at least not with my wiring. The PAC cable only charges the ipod and sends audio to the receiver, no ipod controls through the receiver. The optional JVC ipod controller unit might have given better results, but I didn't want to deal with that bulky box. <BR><BR> I ended up going with the Pioneer DEH-P5000UB. It looks nice and clean, not overly busy like many decks, including the JVC. The ipod integration is pretty good and there's no weird noises coming through the cable. The multi-control knob takes some getting used to. Minimum of 3 button clicks just to pause? No HD tuner, but I'll live. The two line display is nice compared to the JVC unit. It sounds great and even though the EQ is only 3-band, it's highly customizable. The "sound retriever" is similar to JVC's "circle surround" but I liked the JVC version better. Overall, I liked the JVC unit better, but the ipod noise was a deal breaker.

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    Alexander from Northern burbs, IL on 2/6/2008

    I installed this unit in my wife's 2005 Envoy and it has a good sound. The HD tuner is a nice feature and there are plenty of preset EQ's to chose from. You can also adjust the levels of the preset EQ's, and customize them for your listening preference. The user instruction manual is not well written and it was unclear as how to turn on the Aux input. Yes even though it has the front Aux input you have to manually turn it on. I gave up on the manual and contacted the Crutcthfield technical customer service and an advisor walked me through the steps (thanks Cructhfield). You can't beat the price for all of the features that this unit has. The cons are: 1) The buttons on the head unit are a bit small (but that seems to be the trend in the industry) 2) The remote is &quot;bland&quot;, it's too small and it has very limited features that you can control. The volume buttons are also placed on the very bottom of the remote, which makes adjusting the volume a challenge without dropping the remote. 3) The head unit FM sensitivity is terrible at only 13bdfs. If you live far away from the transmitting tower you might want to purchase a different unit. The radio reception will be too limited - unless you have at least a 3ft exterior antenna. All in all my Wife Loves her new stereo but she is jealous of my Clarion that I installed in my GTO. I attempted to install the KD-HDR1 in my '05 GTO but the FM sensitivity was terrible and it did not work in my vehicle. I contacted the Crutchfield Customer service and spoke to an advisor who told me that the unit will not be able to receive the radio station signals due in my vehicle having and &quot;in-glass&quot; antenna. The Crutchfield advisor stated that the in-glass antenna would need a different head unit with a more sensitive FM sensitivity. I was skeptical of the in-glass antenna being the problem so prior to shipping the KD-HDR1 back to Crutchfield I brought the unit to a local audio installer, who is well known in the area as an &quot;expert&quot;. He hooked up the KD-HDR1 to an exterior 4ft antenna with it still not picking up any radio stations....actually it picked up 3 out of around 16 radio stations. The professional installer advised that the head unit was bad so I sent it back to Crutchfield with no problem (the Customer service at Crutchfield is above excellent). Rather than taking a chance on getting another bad KD-HDR1 or even worse going through all of the installation again and having it not work in my vehicle to my expectations I opted to purchase the Clarion DFZ675MC (which works excellent in my GTO). The Clarion picks up more radio stations that my OEM Blaujunk factory unit picked up. All in all the KD-HDR1 is a good unit for the price but the FM sensitivity needs to be improved (without it being improved the HD tuner is useless) and the remote needs to be a bit larger so its easier to hold. They also need to relocate the remote control buttons. The volume + / - are located on th

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    iming from Seattle, WA on 2/4/2008

    2007 Subaru Forester
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    This JVC is awesome.. HD radio works fairly well where I live. and Crutchfield is just great.

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    Corey from Northern New Jersey on 2/2/2008

    2005 Subaru Legacy
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    This radio is great. It has a lot of great features and the built-in HD Radio is definitely worth it if you live somewhere where there are a lot of them. I live close to New York City, so there are a plethora of choices in HD. If you don't live near a place like this however, I would wait on the technology because there are still very few companies that make these kinds of radios so waiting will only give you more options later on.

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    broeser340 from Detroit Metro and Frankenmuth MI on 2/2/2008

    To me this is a decent receiver in the lower price range as far as non nav screen inits. I hope this review helps out. I first want to address the &quot;poor fm reception&quot; issue. Because of this, there are a few reviews with low scores. The one star rating with Detroit for the location hit home. I initially installed the deck and had what I thought was adequate reception. Upon driving this changed to lacking reception. HD signal dropped out less than 10 miles from the broadcast tower. Between Detroit Metro and Flint, I could do a scan and not pick up a single station. Stations I could receive with my factory installed or Kenwood Excelon in another vehicle, were non-existent. Even what I would consider very strong stations. The culprit was the adapter for the antenna. This adapter is used with Chrysler vehicles ('05 Dodge Ram for me). I think '02 and up but may apply to many makes, models, and years regardless of the manufacturer. Because of the length of the wiring adapters, some had to be stuffed behind the stereo. A portion of the adapter that I thought was isolated/part of the shielding came into contact with the steel instrument panel frame. I pulled the receiver out while powered up. As soon as the antenna cable came out, I had OUTSTANDING reception. I insulated the adapter and bolted it back in. In addition to this I used dielectric grease at all electrical connection including the antenna mast itself. I am now able to pull Detroit stations over 60-70 miles away. I even get stations clearly I have never heard of. Regarding the FM sensitivity spec, take a look at some of the high end units, I have seen 13-18dBf. Pros: Built in HD tuner, decent amount of adjustability, excellent sound on factory speakers, SRS-II processing sounds great. HD FM truly sounds like a CD, and HD AM sounds like FM analog. Oh yeah, if you are sick of hearing DJ's in the morning trying to sound important, check out the second HD channel (multicast) if available. They may actually be playing music. Cons: JVC calls that a remote (To scale it, it is about the size of three quarters end to end)? Navigating the various menus is difficult. For what it's worth, I don't have more than 5 hrs. behind the wheel with the new radio. Buttons are a little small and the volume knob could be a little easier to grip if they had a different texture on it.

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    Alan from Stafford, VA on 2/2/2008

    1993 GMC K Series
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    Excellent sound, especially when locked onto a HD signal, but picking up signals can be a challenge. The receiver lacks sufficient sensitivity to pick up stations where I live (about 40 miles south of the Metro DC area.) There are a lot of HD stations in the Metro area but they aren't strong enough for this receiver to consistently pick them up. Once I heard how clear HD sounds, I couldn't get enough. There is an HD station close by but I don't care for their format, but since I enjoy the clear digital sound so much I occasionally just tune it in anyway. Tiny buttons make it difficult to access certain features, but then again most after market systems suffer from the same problem. However the volume and channel buttons are easily accessed. I don't often use the remote. This system replaced the factory stereo and its clear sound makes it obvious that I now need to upgrade the speakers. I also plan to install a sub-woofer for richness (not thump!)

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    Gerry from Brooksville Florida on 2/1/2008

    1995 Toyota Camry
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    I am satisfied with the new HD radio. When in range of HD stations, sound quality is excelent. Analog stations also sound very good . The JVC HDR1 was a good choice for replacing the stock radio in my 95 Camry.

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    Justin from Pittsburgh, PA on 2/1/2008

    2003 Chevrolet TrailBlazer
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    HD for under 200 bucks!! You can't beat it! Over all this reciever has great features, the HD, the ability to play MP3, and WMA on CD-RW's is the best value for your money I think. This unit also is also Satalite radio ready! If you want HD radio on a small budget this is the one for you!!

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    dale from Austin Texas on 2/1/2008

    2004 Chevrolet Colorado
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    This unit works really well, it does everything I would want a head unit to do.

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    Best bang for the buck

    Jeff from Minneapolis, MN on 2/1/2008

    2006 Ford F-150
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    Great value for an HD deck. I installed in my 2006 F-150 Supercrew. Not the easiest unit adjust and tune but once you figure out all the controls and options it sounds great. Get the optional iPod controler too, easy to install and use. I hooked up a Rockford Fosgate P400-4 to my Alpine Type R door speakers and Rockford Fosgate P400-2 to my JL Audio stealth box pushing a 10" sub. Wow, the music comes alive and sounds fantastic!

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    dagambler37 from Houston, TX on 1/30/2008

    2003 Mazda Tribute
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    I enjoy the sound quailty of my radio, CD'S sound awsome and I have found great new stations. I think the new speakers help out also! I would truly recommend this radio to anyone!! Thanks JVC !!!

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    Timothy from El Mirage, AZ on 1/27/2008

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

    Excellent HD radio receiver and CD player it really improved the sound on my stock speakers in my Xterra.(the SRS Circle Surround Audio\ CS-A really enhances the sound) I have had no problems with receiving HD radio signals and could not be happier with the sound quality. I even have mine set-up to listen to my Mp3 player using the CD changer output on the back of the reciever as well as the unit that enables me to use the factory steering wheel controls and both work awesome.

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    1st time installing- FLAWLESS !!!!

    ANDY from Loma Linda, CA on 1/27/2008

    1998 Toyota Sienna
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    Very easy to installed. This is my very first installing anything on a car. Knowing that Crutchfield guarantees it can be done by anyone. Called up Crutchfield with a little help. He send me the picture of the 98 Sienna of where the wires are to be installed. There will be more receivers and speakers I&quot;m going to buy from Crutchfield! You guys save my a lot of money! Highly recommended Crutchfield for all your car audio needs. Took an hour to installed. Great receiver. Now my FM sounds clearer thanks to free HD radio. Playing MP3 finally was awesome. Lits up cool at night. This deck gave my car more power to the speaker than the factory from Toyota.

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    Tom from Branson, MO on 1/25/2008

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

    The HD looks good, simple to use, and fairly good sound considering the price. However... there are no audio controls on the remote and the EQ is cumbersome to control (series of buttons just to get to it, then the adjustments themselves only cover about 5 different frequencies). Filters work just fine but if you're used to turning up the volume occasionally, to reach up to work through a series of buttons seems quite a distraction. I exchanged this for the Pioneer and am totally impressed with it. Loved the customer service I recieved from Crutchfield.. sure, you may pay a few bucks more but with the instal kits, wiring and excellent customer service, I wouldn't go anywhere else.

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    mayfew from Houston on 1/24/2008

    1979 Honda Accord
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    A great budget head unit. This is my second JVC KD-HDR1. I will probably buy a third for my new car as well. Pros: Optional Aux/iPod adapter, MP3/WMA, HD radio, 7 Band EQ, Cons: Small remote control.

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    Herb from Edgewater, Florida on 1/19/2008

    2005 Ford Focus ZX3
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very easy to install. Good sound for an mid grade radio. Controls are small &amp; a little hard to navagate. All &amp; all a nice radio for the money !!!

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    good radio

    MICHAEL from Long Island, NY on 1/18/2008

    2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    A very good radio. Easy to operate. Only drawback is that it does not display time and radio station at the same time. You get one or the other.

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    Much better than my old radio

    texmex75 from San Antonio, TX on 1/15/2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Radio works as advertised. I have an XM radio add on. Tech support helped me pick the right components to make my satelite radio work with this head unit. Everything works well together and now my big problem is I think I need better speakers to take full advantage of this head unit. HD is great. A popular country station in this area broadcasts from outside the county and I live right on the edge of their signal. They broadcast in HD on a sister station. I can now pick up that station on HD with no signal degrdation.

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    Chris from Jax, Fl. on 1/14/2008

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

    Great value, very easy to install, pleased with it's performance. HD radio is the only way to go! Tech support was outstanding as well. Encountered a small problem with wiring configuration, Tech support solved it instantly.

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    Great HD radio receiver for the money

    mikew151 from Atlanta, GA on 1/7/2008

    I just got this receiver for Xmas. I put it on my wishlist. I was trying to weigh out all options by comparing it to the HD ready receiver. I am glad I got this one. The setup was really easy. It took me less than half an hour (I already have aftermarket receiver in my car) The HD channel is flawless. When you first turn it on, it picks up regular channel for a few seconds and searching the HD. Once the HD signal received, it turns to HD. You definitely can tell the different between regular radio and HD radio. With this receiver, I learned that some radio station have more than 1 HD channel which is nice. It turns to HD1 and HD2. Forget about paying satellite radio, with this thing (at least in Atlanta), you dont even need to listen to commercial, just switch to HD2 or 1 if the commercial playing. I am still trying to figure the sound adjustment which a bit different than typical receiver. This part is somewhat complicated but not rocket science. The default is decent but I am picky when it comes to sound. If you're thinking about getting this, my advice is stop thinking and get it :) You'll be impressed. I dont know about iPod configuration or satellite radio on this receiver since I dont have any of them.

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    CRYSTAL CLEAR SOUND!

    claudio from Middletown, DE on 12/30/2007

    1985 Porsche 944
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    I purchased the JVC HD R-1 for my 85 Porsche. The sound is incredible when it plays in HD! The best radio at any price. Outstanding!

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    Tyler from Tuscaloosa, AL on 12/27/2007

    I bought this receiver about 6 months ago and couldn't wait to put it in, mainly I wanted to hear the clarity of HD radio. The head just goes crazy at random times, my girlfriend says its possessed. I don't understand whats going on. I am very tech savy as I'm one of the sound guys at my church in Tuscaloosa. None of the buttons do what they are supposed to do. One of the presets goes to a different preset, randomly. The tune button doesn't work 90% of the time. The best that the receiver has worked is when I used the remote and not try the faceplate. I don't understand it. Maybe they just tried to pack way too much stuff into too small of a space, too cheaply. As it does just about everything that higher that with higher priced decks you have to buy external accessories to go with.

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    The Most For the Money.

    scott from Rockmart,GA. on 12/16/2007

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I replaced my factory Ford CD player with this JVC.I have never bought nothing but Sony for all my autos.I saw the low price for an HD radio so I had to try it.The free mounting instrutions and parts were so easy to follow that I had my 10 year old son to help me install it (even with my auto already having all kinds of wires everywhere with 2 factory amp in my auto).The signal does fade from HD away from large cities but that is not the radio,it is the stations signal.I am more than happy with the radio and the free instructions that came with it.Thanks to crutchfields great staff and knowledge anyone can do it.

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    Sounds great, plays any disc!!!

    Dale from Leander TX on 12/13/2007

    2001 Ford F-150
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    Upon replacing my factory Ford deck I noticed a great improvement in the factory speakers - much more range and clarity. It plays any burned disc I've fed it - no problem there! Some people are grousing about the signal dropping out in the hills, but that is the fault of the laws of digital radio transmission - not the radio. So happy with mine that my daughter is getting one for Christmas.

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    Very nice though not perfect...

    CreigMac from Pennsylvania Dutch Country on 11/30/2007

    1994 Toyota T100
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This unit has many reviews and there is not much I can add of substantial worth. Navigation of the most used functions can be tedious and you will want to have the manual handy for awhile. I spent 3 hours going though the functions just to become familiar enough to use while driving. In this area the HD works OK, though that is a station issue more than an hardware issue I believe. Crutchfield, is as usual just about perfect, I found this unit on sale during the holiday. With all the freebies and free shipping that is a great deal in any book. If UPS had not screwed up the routing I would have received it the next day after ordering. If you want HD Radio, this is the way to go unless you need more bells and whistles and get an add-on HD unit.

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    Great HD/IPOD Deck

    Walter from Houston, TX on 11/20/2007

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

    OVERALL - this is a very good receiver. Considering the price, this is an excellent value. The sound is very good. The user interface could be better. HD RADIO FEATURE - The sound quality of the HD radio is excellent. HD radio reception in Houston is excellent - I live on the far side of Houston from the radio towers and there is only one station that has spotty reception - all other stations have solid HD reception and multicast is great (currently no ads on multicast channels). Note that Houston is very flat and your mileage may vary. IPOD CONTROLLER - The JVC IPOD controller works as advertised; however, the limited number of characters on the JVC head unit makes it difficult to navigate your IPOD library. The navigation in IPOD mode works well enough but you can only see the first few words of any artist, album or song title. As an alternative, you can set the system up so that the IPOD controls what is being played by selecting EXT IN as the source rather than IPOD (read the manual). In EXT IN mode, the IPOD controller charges the IPOD but does not control it - the IPOD is used to control the music selection. This is much better than the standard AUX IN approach that many receivers use for MP3 players since the volume is controlled by the JVC receiver rather than the IPOD (headphone mode). THE BAD - As with almost all after-market radios, the unit relies too much on software for control of basic functions which leads to a cumbersome interface. For instance, controlling the equilizer (simple base, mid, treble controls on a stock radio) requires a sequence of button clicks to get into equilizer mode, select the desired frequency and, finally, adjust the gain - blecchh! Another annoyance, typical of almost all after-market units, is that the channel selection buttons are too small and hard to distinguish from the other buttons. To make matters worse, JVC wasted space dedicating buttons to functions that nobody will use - what is &quot;SRS Circle Surround Auto,&quot; anyway, and who cares? This feature has a dedicated button but I have to plod through a menu to find the bass control. Maybe this would be useful in a home theater system but why would I want it in my car? IN SUMMARY - This is a great value but JVC (and other manufacturers) could take a cue from auto manufacturers and keep the controls simple. The sound is very good and the price is very good. I ordered a second one for my other car - this is the best option out there for HD radio and IPOD control. The only other good option for HD Radio and IPOD control was from Alpine but the cost is two or three times as much as this JVC.

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    good stereo. abysmal warranty service.

    Yossarian*BDA* from bakersfield, ca on 11/4/2007

    built-in HD radio works as advertised. i was initially disappointed with the ipod controls. the d-pad on the left is extremely clumsy to use for navigating albums and playlists. there's an annoying half second delay between pressing the button and having it scroll to the next song. the screen only displays a few characters of text, making it difficult to find the song you're looking for. my unit lasted 6 months before dying. i sent it back under warranty.

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    HD and all this for Under $200.00, You can't go Wrong!

    CarlT from Dallas, TX on 10/24/2007

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

    My setup:<BR> 2004 Ford Ranger Edge JVC KD-HDR1 Head Unit (Replaced the Premium Factory Pioneer in Dash 6 Disk CD/MP3 Head Unit) 4/3/2 Amp configured 75Wx4 powering 4 - Pioneer TS-D681R Door Speakers Sony XM-1S powering 2 - Pioneer TS-SW2541D 10" Subs @ 500 W in custom fit down fire floor box, under the Jump seats with NO loss of interior functionality. (Perhaps my Truck has transformed from an Edge to a TREMOR!!! Cause it shakes with all this sound power, but as clear as a bell, and we are talking Rock-n-Roll not some Boom, Boom junk!) <BR><BR> This Head Unit is FANTASTIC for the price! And with all the HD stations in my area, I actually programmed all 18 FM Presets, some of which I switch to the HD-2 and totaly opens up the music genre. Have actually been able to receive and retain those HD signals on some channels from Dallas to Waco, a distance of over 70 miles! <BR><BR> You do need to spend the time to read the instruction booklet that comes with the receiver, it is very simple to learn the "MODE" controls, once that is clear operation of this unit is easy. <BR><BR> A few more controls on the remote might be nice, but HEY, this remote is designed for you to carry on your keychain!! <BR><BR> Ok, so now it is time to add an IPod to this system, and we have a total Jukebox on wheels!! <BR><BR> The people at Crutchfield are the greatest, with all the extras they include, free shipping, support and warranty, NO other deal can touch it!! <BR><BR> Rock On Gang!! <BR><BR> DJ Rox

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    Lenny from Phoenix, Az. on 10/22/2007

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    WOW...This is a great receiver. The features are excellent and the sound is superb. I love the HD part also. Easy to operate.

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    great product

    Michael from Atlanta, GA on 10/17/2007

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

    great receiver! I replaced the Toyota factory radio in my '05 Tudra, and that made a huge difference in the sound quality. I also installed the PAC iPod to JVC connector cable to run my iPod through the receiver. It was easy to install and simple to use once the Crutchfield tech support gave me a hand. Thanks Crutchfield!

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    solid radio

    ben from dayton, ohio on 10/6/2007

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

    i got this radio based mostly on the HD part, dayton has limited channels but the ones that are here sound grate. install and setup was easy, i love the extra channel for the sub. eq setting's are a wonderful add in too most sound control Ive found in a head unit to date, if you get this radio you wont be disappointed.

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    Great sound

    b25crew from St. Louis MO on 10/1/2007

    Installed the radio a nine months ago now. Installation kit from Crutchfield were great - directions great installation very easy. It has been years since I installed a car radio. Love the KD-HDR1 - HD radio in town is great - extra channels are interesting. Seems to be fewer commercials on the secondary HD-2 channels. To me the sound is unbelievable - jazz station here in town on HD2 is the best. HD does drop out once in a while but, I think its partly the station - and it seems to be getting better. The different settings for the sound takes a little fiddling to get what you want but, its worth it. I would buy it again. It would be nice if the HD2 station would stay on when you power it back up. I'd like to have the ability to switch to HD2,HD3 from the remote - if it has that capability I have not figured it out yet.

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    HD is a waste of money

    Dan from Denver CO (Metro area) on 10/1/2007

    1995 Ford Escort
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I am pleased with this unit. I upgraded because I am sick of chatty DJs in the morning; where did they get the idea that they are funny? If I wanted to hear chat, my gf could talk all day long. The CD unit is bulletproof; it has not skipped once. The HD is a waste in Denver. Transceivers are on a mountaintop too far away to lock a good signal. HD signals skip, chop and repeat constantly. HD may improve when the FCC forces digital-only broadcasts, but for now don't bother. Digital falls short of the 30-mile transmission distances that analog easily reaches. Low signal in HD = Garbage. Display is informative and adjustable. Remote is a nice accessory. Make sure not to skimp on the Amp and Subwoofer!

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    Not very good

    Chris from Western Massachusetts on 9/13/2007

    I bought this stereo with the hopes of hearing great quality FM and HD broadcasts. Well, not really this stereo has a very weak 11.3dbf tuner. You would think with it having an HD tuner built in they would have put a 8.3dbf tuner or ven a 9, but no... I should have bough what I always buy, PIONEER. I replaced my antenna in my Saab thinking it was bad, nope, it is still terrible. My stock radio pulls in a bunch of channels. Heck the 15 year old UHAUL I rented a few weeks back pulled in a ton of channels. My dad who lives 3/4 of a mile away has a 99 Cherokee, it has ten times the reception with the stock Chrysler stereo. Not this thing. I'll go back to Pioneer... The Cd part of it is great, but that is IT...

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    Good but not perfect

    jgs9455 from Tampa, FL on 9/5/2007

    I bought this unit based on the positive reviews. All the reviews are mostly true - it is a good unit with lots of value. I don't regret my purchase. However, here are the issues I see -<BR><BR>1. iPod adapter DOESN'T work with iPhone. Says searching and never finds the iPhone. Tried both phone mode and iPod mode (phone off) and can't get it to work. Wonder if this unit will work with the new iPods released today (Touch, Classic, Fat Nano). Does work with older Nano. Wonder if JVC can release a update of some kind?<BR><BR>2. HD Radio isn't that great. I was a big fan of HD, not wanting to pay for Sirrus or XM. When the radio locks into HD mode I actually think the station loses volume and dynamic range. Sounds compressed. That and the stations around here plays terrible music on the sub channels.<BR><BR>Other than that the unit is solidly built, nice display, features, remote, plenty of power, and sounds good.

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    JESSE from Houston,Tx. on 9/3/2007

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this radio for its muticasting capability cause here in Houston we have a tejano station on AM and it sounds horrible but it is also broadcast in HD2. so i got this radio to listen to the station in HD and the sound quality is one hundred times better than AM and FM.the only thing i dont like is the lack of programing the HD stations,other than that it is an awesome radio.

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    SirMalcolm from Occidental, CA on 8/31/2007

    1994 Toyota 4Runner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was looking for a CD receiver w/HD Radio that could bring in my iPod at line level (w/optional accessory). I was pleasantly surprised by this unit at this price point that could do it all. The HD 2 channels are a wonderful addition, and I really appreciate the attenuation feature that dims audio to hear sirens, phone calls, etc. A glaring omission is a Pause function, but all things considered, I coundn't be more satisfied with my choice here. Easy install w/included instructions.

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    David from Centreville, VA on 8/20/2007

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

    It took me about 20 minutes to install my radio.<BR>It's Great!!

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    Very happy with this product

    Travis from Vancouver, WA on 8/19/2007

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I spent a lot of time researching and finally decided to buy the KD-HDR1 because of the HD radio. It's crystal clear and has the added HD2 channel. I find myself listening to the radio more than I ever used to<BR><BR>I originally was looking at pioneers and panasonic receivers that provided a fluid LCD display--I wanted full control over my iPod from my receiver. Then I realized I would have had to pay several hundreds of dollars to get a display ALMOST as good as the one on my iPod. So I bought this coupled with the 30$ adapter cable control sound from the iPod directly instead. It's the best choice I could have made. Plus since I use the radio more often, it doesn't bother me at all.<BR><BR>People complain about noise/grounding issues on their receiver: I was confused with this at first because the directions said to connect the unit to &quot;ground&quot; but didn't specify which ground. Use the chassis ground and not the battery ground and this should solve your noise problem.<BR><BR>My only complaint is that I would have appreciated higher preamp voltages. Also, I guess the display could be nicer with more info or some fancier animation or something, but I would still pick this receiver again if I were upgrading another car stereo!

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    good radio, good deal

    Jeremy from San Antonio, TX on 8/12/2007

    The installation was simple, there was no interference issue in my 2003 chevy silverado. The website stated that I would have to cut out a metal support behind the radio, this was not the case. The strongly recommended wiring system adapter was infact a must have item, it made installation a breeze and keeps all of the factory features, don't install an after market radio without one if you have a newer GM vehicle!<BR><BR>I am enjoying the ability to tune in the HD channels being broadcast by my local stations. sound quality is much improved on channels which are broadcasting a single HD channel, multicast channels are a little better audio quality and have the added bonus of a second channel available on the same frequency. I live in a rural area and the reception on this unit is very good, though I do loose HD signal while going under bridges and behind hills, which can be annoying when listening to HD2 channels as the song just stops until the signal returns. <BR><BR>the built in EQ works well and provides plenty of adjustment. <BR><BR>the large volume knob is my main complaint on this radio as it is hard to grip and a little too slippery.<BR><BR>all in all this radio is a spectacular deal for the price, if you are looking for a reasonably priced head unit with alot of features and want to try out HD radio I would strongly suggest it.

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    2000 Silverado upgrade

    John from Franklin, Ohio on 8/3/2007

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I replaced my stock unit with this and WOW what a difference. I teamed this head unit up with Polk db6500 components in the front doors and Infinity reference 6412cfp's in the rear doors. No comparison to the old stuff and Crutchfield made it so inexpensive to do. Great job again Crutchfield. So far the only thing that JVC could have done, was make the volume knob a little easier to grasp but the remote comes in handy for that.

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    rob from Northern NJ on 8/2/2007

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have two complaints regarding this unit: 1) there is no pause button for the CD player, and 2) the CD player does not track as well as the 10 year old Blaupunkt unit I replaced. On the plus side the unit has a lot of flexibility in terms of sound-shaping. As to HD, at 25 miles northwest of NYC I must be on the fringe of HD reception, because it continually drops out. Not really a problem in HD1 as it defaults to analog, but very annoying in HD2. When it is receiving HD however the sound is excellent. The same is true of AM, but it's much more noticeable as it shifts back and forth between analog and digital. This isn't the fault of the receiver, but if you're not close to the transmitters, HD is kind of a moot point.

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    excellent addition to '01 xterra

    Arnshea from atlanta, ga on 7/29/2007

    My favorite features:<BR>1. MP3/WMA support. Great ID3 tag support to - displays the artist, album and title. Only downside is that it can't play DRM protected files so I had to burn then re-rip to get non-DRM versions of purchased tracks.<BR><BR>2. Useful LED. The LED has an icon for pretty much every feature; HD, MP3, WMA, CD, track info, the works. IMHO, too many units waste space showing EQ/frequency readouts - this unit doesn't do that.<BR><BR>3. HD radio. The reception in my area is excellent for all but one of my favorite stations. The transition from stereo to HD is relatively seamless. The quality improvement depends on the station but it's noticable when the station is encoding properly. WARNING: There's some digital processing (CS-II) that is turned on for HD stations by default; for my ears it amplified the high frequencies too much so I turned it off.<BR><BR>4. (optional) The aux-in via the cd-changer port is VERY handy. I bought the jvc ks-57 adapter and wired it through the front of the unit. Great for connecting an external unit via mini plug (I connect the RoadyXT XM tuner - much better sound than FM transmitter!!!).<BR><BR>All in all it's a great unit for the value. The KS-57 is a little pricey since it's basically a line-in connector but other than that I'd recommend this unit to anyone.

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    Recent Install in 02 Sequoia

    Larrison from SoCal on 7/26/2007

    Recently installed the JVC KD-HDR1 in 02 Toyota Sequoia with factory JBL system. In general, pleased with unit and Crutchfield support. Price was pretty good. Installation instructions (including access through the dash) were pretty good, although the specific dash I have didn't quite match the instructions. Also, the installation instructions from JVC and the Crutchfield installation instructions for the wiring had a couple of minor discrepancies. <BR><BR>When I installed the unit, it powered up, found signals but had no output through the speakers. A quick call to Crutchfield tech support did help resolve that, although I may open up the dash again to clean up a couple of minor things from the wiring install. <BR><BR>Unit works well, although READ THE MANUAL so you can figure out everything you need to set. Worst issue is you can't preset any of the HD stations -- you have to go to the radio station, and then toggle to HD-2 for example. Local classical music station is on HD-2 whereas HD-1 is country, but you can only preset the station meaning you tune to country music and then have to manually go to HD-2. This should be fixable by JVC in their next update. Minor frustration. <BR><BR>Good quality sound in HD -- noticably better than FM, although not amazingly so. Buttons and controls on unit work, although more effort could have been made in making ability to set options more intuitive, and larger buttons would have been nice. <BR><BR>And somewhat annoyed that AUX input requires special JVC adapter at substantial additonal cost, even if you just want to run output of MP3 player into unit. Debating if I'm going to buy this...

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    Great Receiver for Great Price

    Aaron from Las Vegas, NV on 7/25/2007

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

    I have had my JVC KD-HDR1 installed for almost a month, and couldn't be happier with everything. The HD tuner built-in is a great feature, and works seamlessly with analog radio. The MP3/WMA playback feature works well, just a quick read through the instructions to learn how to navigate the file structure. The best thing I enjoy though, is the Ipod add-on that JVC makes. It uses the changer port, and the integration is amazing. You actually use the same menu structure as the Ipod to find your music, only you can hide the Ipod and control it completely from the JVC deck.<BR><BR>My only complaint is the remote seems to not work 100% of the time. In other words, I don't know if it's the buttons on the remote are just weird or if I'm not pointing it at the right spot.

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    Good radio but not for everyone

    Jon from North Hollywood, CA on 7/18/2007

    2000 Toyota 4Runner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Purchased this radio exclusively for its HD Radio capability--HD Radio at a very reasonable price. My observations after using the radio for a few days:<BR><BR>1. Did not like the small knob on the face of the radio. I guess it was too small for my hands and not easy to dial.<BR><BR>2. HD radio was nice but it was not that big of an improvement over regular FM at least in my area. Sound was a bit better but not nearly as much as I had hoped.<BR><BR>3. The faceplate design was just not for me--I decided to go with a simpler, cleaner face (just a personal preference here).<BR><BR>Overall though this is a good radio with lots of adjustments. I was just a little disappointed to find that HD radio was not a vast improvement over standard FM.<BR><BR>

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    Outstanding Sound in HDR and Multicasting capability

    pottled from Boston,MA on 7/17/2007

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I grabbed two for each of my Toyota Avalon's with factory premium sound. The install was extremely simple.<BR><BR>The reason it does not get five stars is the lack of presetting the HD2 channells and the detented level controls.<BR><BR>I'm truly satisfied with this unit. The HD Radio sound is absolutely killer. WCRB Classical (HD1) is static free at maximum volume. Songs end and silence follows.<BR><BR>Crutchfield interfaces are so nice!<BR><BR>

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    JVC Comes Through

    Ben from Portland, OR on 7/17/2007

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

    I've owned quite a few receivers before but JVC provides the most options for the money. This is an amazing price for an HD radio and well worth it. Although the user interface is a little more complicated than some of my previous decks this one offers a great deal of user fine tuning options for such a low price.

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    Excellent Unit

    Jake from Novato, CA on 7/16/2007

    1999 Nissan Maxima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    All it needs is an Aux input on the face and it's perfect.

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    excellent head unit

    o2bfishn from Kannapolis, NC on 7/13/2007

    so far it is an excellent head unit. the controls are easy to use and find and the sound quality is superb.<BR><BR>the only reason for not giving it a 5 is lack of usb support and the display is a little saturated when viewing from the angle i have to in my car. this may not be a problem with others if you look at it more straight on than i do. but other than that, i like it very much!

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    A very nice Head Unit for the price!

    Vance H. from Klamath Falls, Oregon on 7/11/2007

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I had previously installed a very nice Panasonic unit, but found the display was too bright at night and could not be dimmed! This unit was not only less bright ( and less expensive! )but, it could be dimmed and even shut off completely! It has a very nice sound and HD Radio, to boot! It also has a simulated surround sound setting and all kinds of cool things to shape the sound, it also has a 7 band equalizer with -5 to +5 adjustments on each band! All in all, I like this unit more than I liked the Panasonic! And I really liked the Panasonic! Even without HD Radio here in Klamath Falls, the normal stereo radio sounds like HD! And the cd's sound better also! Crutchfield, you have done it again! Thank you guys!

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    HD is great. I recommend.

    Nathan from Cocoa, FL on 7/11/2007

    2000 Pontiac Sunfire
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This product was great. The Crutchfield instruction manuals made it a snap to install. It took me about an hour and a half to install the whole thing. The only thing you have to do is connect the same colored wires. EASY!<BR><BR>I bought the KD-HDR1 for the HD radio and let me tell you that I love having the option to listen to the HD-2 and HD-3 stations. I didn't really notice a huge difference that everybody always talks about with the HD radio, but I did notice that it was a bit quieter and definately a cleaner sound. <BR><BR>The reason it doesn't get a five is because the HD radio does go in and out a bit here and there and the remote doesn't have a button for changing the HD channel from HD-1 to HD-2 or HD-3.

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    XM does not work!!

    dave from Boston MA on 7/10/2007

    2003 Honda Civic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The radio works fine for me except for the XM, which is the main reason I bought it. When I tried to change the channels, I would get a "loading" message, and the channels would not change. Sometimes toggling through the source selector would solve the issue, sometimes I had to turn the unit off and back on. Eventually this issue got worse and the XM was unusable. Crutchfield sent out a new XMDJVC100 unit, which is a digital adapter for use with the XM and CD changer. This solved the issue for a while, but the XM problem came back within 6 weeks, and now the XM is unusable again. I asked a Crutchfield rep about this issue in connection with a new purchase. He said that Apline and Kenwood will not have this issue. If you want XM, do not buy this unit.

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    Good radio if your Parked

    Anonymous from Rhode Island on 7/10/2007

    2000 Toyota 4Runner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I installed this radio Saturday and I was blown away by the sound effects and HD channels recieved when my Truck was parked inside my Garage. Then I drove my vehicle to the local gas station 2 miles away from my house and the radio HD reception faded in and out and echoed every time it tried to mantain a HD channel; it would display the text &quot;anolog&quot; and the sound compared to Digital HD was night and day, almost as bad as a single sounding speaker compaired to a pair of sterio speakers. I figured well maybe it's the location of the gas station, this might be the reason. I had the same problem driving to work which is 20 miles away in an opposite direction and mostly highway. This radio has horrible reception when driving. The idea of a HD radio signal lured me away from the real reason for purchasing a new radio in the first place; my original factory radio CD broke. Well at least this radio has a CD player that works. I wouldn't buy this radio again.

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    Wade from Crewe, VA on 7/6/2007

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

    Bought this unit for my daughter's car and installed it yesterday. It was a snap until I got to wiring the adapter. Color coded wires did not match up and quite honestly, it became a guessing game. Best guess worked out and it installed and played very well. <BR><BR>Unit controls are a little small and difficult for my old eyes to see but maybe my daughter will be o.k. Sounds great with the factory speakers and all functions worked as described. For the money, a great buy. I have dealt with Crutchfield before and you cannot beat their price and service.

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    Best buy on the market for the money

    Tim from Northern Virginia on 6/21/2007

    Bought this unit to replace a factory Bose unit that had died for the third time in my 2003 GMC Sierra. Didnt want to pay the $800 to restore the poor factory sound!<BR><BR>All I can say is &quot;Wow!&quot; This was the best money I have ever spent. Even with the adapter for the factory chime, and the PAC SWX-I for retaining steering wheel controls, the total cost was a bargin. The sound is great, the ability to customize settings is almost unlimited (make sure you watch the road - there are too many temptations to play while driving!), and the look is awesome. You dont realize how much you need HD radio until you hear it! Its like going from Cassette tapes to CDs, the differnce is that noticable.<BR><BR>With the Crutchfield harness and adapter plate, installation was a snap. I actually had to call Crutchfield to make sure I wasnt missing something, it just seemed too easy. By the way, Crutchfield support staff are hands-down the best I have every called. They are patient, responsive, and really know their stuff.<BR><BR>The only negatives I saw were:<BR>1. The factory chime replacement is quite loud, but there is an option to lower the volume by cutting a solder trace on the board - this should have been done with a dip switch or some other easier method.<BR>2. The red illumination is hard to see at night - a different color would have been better, particularly with the small buttons. If you buy the PAC SWX-I steering wheel control adapter, the buttons arent an issue as you can do just about everything you can with the remote using the steering wheel controls.<BR><BR>This is my first JVC unit for a vehicle - I am a believer! You wont be disappointed.

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    Goodbye factory, Hello clarity

    Boyd from Pleasant Hill, MO on 6/16/2007

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

    I replaced the factory stereo in my 2000 F-150 with the JVC KD-HDR1 and replaced the factory speakers with 4 Infinity Reference (6X8)speakers. The removal and installation was made incredibly easy with Crutchfield's included free instructions and I was finished in about 2 hours and ready to listen to the fruits of my labor. My opinion of the JVC KD-HR1 follows....<BR>Pros- <BR>The unit is sleek looking<BR>The sound is amazing<BR>Plenty of power<BR>It is fairly easy to learn the SRS surround<BR>HD FM is a nice and new feature (the main reason I bought the unit)<BR>Cons-<BR>The buttons are small and illuminated in red which makes them hard to see and to touch for use while driving<BR>The AM signal which has been promoted very highly in other reviews, does not seem at all improved to me, but that's ok because I don't listen to AM much anyway<BR><BR>Overall the difference is worth the time and the money and I am a proud owner.<BR>If in doubt, Buy It

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    As advertised. The postive feedback and reviews don't lie.

    Jamey from Seattle, WA on 6/14/2007

    2004 Hyundai Tiburon

    The SRS Circle Surround Automotive feature on this deck is awesome. Installed the it on a 2004 Tiburon and sounds awesome with the stock infinity speaker/amp system. Although replacing the factory sub with a new amp and sub gave things a little more punch. HD-Radio is quite an experience in sound, especially when teamed up with the SRS Surround. Even AM radio sounds pretty awesome (sounds like you are right there at the sporting event).<BR><BR>As always, crutchfield does a great job providing everything you need to install other than basic tools.<BR><BR>The learning curve on this deck was like 20 minutes. Unlike a few reviews that say otherwise, the SRS and EQ are completely customizable.<BR><BR>If you are MORE interested in awesome sound then fancy display graphics AND you don't need DVD or a touch screen... this is THE headunit to get.

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    Excellent HD in Orange County,CA

    MICHAEL from Huntington Beach,CA on 6/11/2007

    2003 Honda Element
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I installed this unit a week ago to replace the factory HU in my Honda Element. I used the mosfet amp in the JVC-HU for my mains(JBL GTO component-frnt./ Blaupunkt 3-way rears),and used the Honda amp for the Sub. I also have XM running through the AUX. I am in Orange Cnty.,CA,about 30-40 miles south of Los Angeles and the HD radio works great. Contrary to what a few people have said,the EQ and SRS presets can be modified and saved. You will need to look at the manual to figure out how to use the buttons,but I had it wired in a few days. You will probably be tweaking the EQ and SRS for weeks, but so far I found that it might be best to turn off the SRS and adjust your EQ,then add and tweak the SRS after. So far,I am very pleased with the JVC-HDR1 and the much improved sound of my system. As always, Crutchfield is #1 for customer service and delivery.

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    Nathan from Avella, PA on 6/10/2007

    Love this receiver. Used to have an Alpine DVD/MP3 unit in car with 7.2&quot; sunvisor LCD's. Now, I just have the XBOX360 video hooked directly into the LCD's and the sound linked into the receiver/amplifier. Love this deck's clarity on both AM and FM, especially since now I can still grab my ESPN radio AM station clearly and in HD now while at home (40 miles from broadcast in Pittsburgh). With the old Alpine deck, lost the AM signal about 20 miles from home and really didn't even get any FM stations with good music on while in driveway at home. With this HD receiver, can even pick up FM HD from channels in OH and WV that never got before! Excellent reception!!! Wouldn't trade this receiver for any other model right now!

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    Kent from Pueblo, CO on 6/9/2007

    2001 Nissan Frontier
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    Very very happy with this HD unit. The HD clarifies the am and fm stations beyond expectations and cds bring out sounds i didn't know were there. Have already told friends they have got to get one.

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    Better than I even hoped!!

    Rat Wrangler from Da Broncks on 6/4/2007

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    With the one drawback of some tiny buttons, this receiver is utterly awesome. I had the factory radio before and it must have about 3 watts RMS max. This is the standard Jeep cassette receiver. Big as a house and weak as a mouse. I don't even need an amp. I like the onboard power fine. The AM reception is startling! I get my daily ration of talk radio booming out loud and clear and the FM when broadcast in HD is crystaline. THis unit has much more flexible tone control than my Pioneer in my Neon. It even makes the "stock" Infinity system the car came with sound great. All I need is one of those ultra-thin under seat subs to fill out the bottom end a bit. The icing is you don't need to buy a $200 HD add-on.<BR><BR>-Ray

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    Shawn from Dunn, NC on 6/4/2007

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    Excellant stereo for the money. Replaced a factory AM/FM with this unit. Sounds qaulity is leaps and bounds better.

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    A versatile model for a great price!

    Cliff from Charlotte, NC on 6/2/2007

    1994 Nissan Maxima
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    I am really enjoying this stereo. It has everything I need--HD Radio, XM controls, CD, enough power--everything.

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    CHRISTOPH from Houston,TX on 5/24/2007

    2002 Nissan Maxima
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    PRO: great clean sound(CD &amp;HD), SRS surround is nice, short system learning curve, EQ, fairly easy install<BR>CON: bass control on pre-existing Bose system (unless I am doing something wrong)<BR><BR><BR>NISSAN MAX SE 2002 with Bose (without NAV)<BR>Some suggestions (at your own risk):<BR><BR>1. Top vent that to be removed takes careful prying on the sides and a little muscle; pull forward.<BR><BR>2. To remove most of the elec connections, press in vertical release; pull the whole unit outwards.<BR><BR>3. Nissan sets the bracket screws in hard. You may need to find a shop to drill out the screws. Cost me $10 at<BR>a local radio shop. Order replacement screw from Nissan $1.75 each.<BR><BR>4. To remove DIN plate sleeve from the receiver, carefully pry back the locking prongs on either side of the plate.<BR><BR>5. Ground receiver to the car's metal frame. I connected the long black ground wire from the RECEIVER'S harness to a bolt lower left inside holding a white plastic item. Loosen the bolt half way and wrap the exposed wire around the bolt and tighten.<BR><BR>6. If you want to use the existing Bose speaker wires, install the adapter from Crutchfield that connects to the receiver's harness. Couple the two harness' wires together. Easy. Take your time to match the correct wires together. Once re-installed, turn on receiver and use a screw driver to turn up the gain. The factory setting is low and turning it up pumps the volume - be careful. I turned mine up almost all the way and I did not hear any hiss.<BR><BR>Good Luck! <BR><BR>

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    Billy from Dallas, Tx on 5/22/2007

    2004 Dodge Intrepid
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    Overall I really like the radio. The HD tuner is a must in places like Dallas No more static and a very clear reception. I called Crutchfield to return the radio because I could not stand the sound at first. I could not get the manual settings adjusted good enough to get the quality of sound I wanted. The presets like ROCK or HIP HOP produced a high pitch sound with little bass that was very irritating. I finally got all the manual settings adjusted after playing with them for a couple of days. The base is still not where I would like it but most songs can produce enough thud to sound good. <BR>Installed SW should fix the problem. <BR><BR>My setup:<BR>Dodge Intrepid<BR>Front Speakers &#8211; Infinity 6022i series 6.5<BR>Back Speakers &#8211; Kicker KS693 6x9<BR>No Sub Woofer<BR>Installation was easy. Everything fits perfect.<BR><BR>** GREAT **<BR>- 7 band EQ is a must<BR>- SRS Circle Surround Sound<BR>- Remote Control - back seat drivers love it.<BR>- AM HD sound &#8211; sounds like stereo. <BR>- HD Sound &#8211; awesome. This alone should offset any negatives with the other features.<BR>- CD quality sound is outstanding. <BR>- MP3 music allows for a lot of songs on one cd.<BR>- Text display &#8211; no problems seeing day or night.<BR><BR>** OKAY **<BR>- Volume knob is small. Not really a problem and doesn&#8217;t bother me.<BR>- Separate output for subwoofer &#8211; not tested.<BR>- HD Reception &#8211; you will loose the reception in places you would normally lose AM radio. Ex: parking garages.<BR><BR>** NOT SO GOOD **<BR>- Preset buttons are too small. Might be a deal breaker for some.<BR>- EQ &amp; SRS preset bands &#8211;useless with my setup.

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    Incredible Service

    Alokhon from Alxeandria, VA on 5/17/2007

    2004 Toyota Corolla
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    I ordered this item on tuesday at 4.30pm and received next day at 3.pm. i think it is like hand delivery.<BR>So Crutchfield beats everyone on that scale!<BR><BR>Re Product:<BR>Sounds a bit different then original radio on my Toyota, but product is great instructions are even easier. took me 17 min to connect wires from the unit to the wire harness, that's the long part of installation the rest is piece of cake! Radio is cool, HD is even better. <BR>I read revew that the can't see the anything on the screen under direct son. My friend you have to drive not to read what is going on. but i did not have such problem....<BR>So everything is in order.<BR>excellent product for the right price plus rebate:)<BR>recommend to everyone!

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    Great for the Cost, Quirky but Nice

    Stuffelse from Minneapolis, MN on 5/15/2007

    1995 Buick Century
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    I installed my head unit about a month ago with the JVC IPod interface. I have a FULL 60gb Ipod, so my review is based on having a MASSIVE library. The controls are relatively tedious, but it's not that bad. For example, you have to start at the main menu and the beginning of the alphabet to search artists. If I want to listen to something by Metallica or Led Zeppelin or something in the middle of the alphabet, it WILL take over a minute of holding a button to get there. If I playlist the songs, they're readily accessible.<BR><BR>The sound quality is GREAT for a stereo in the price range, but the controls can be a bit confusing if you don't sit down and figure them out while PARKED. Take 10 minutes to figure out the EQ functions and the SRS Circle Sound settings.<BR><BR>The SRS TruBass can be a little quirky if you push it too hard through the wrong speakers. When used properly though, it provides good sound effects.<BR><BR>In a nutshell...<BR>- Sound quality is great for the money<BR>- Lots of control over sound quality and options once you figure it out<BR>- HD Radio is AMAZING quality. Stations that used to be fuzzy are crystal clear now.<BR>- Ipod interface can be tedious when searching in a long library, but playlists can alleviate that issue.

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    Robert from Honolulu, HI on 5/14/2007

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    I am very pleased with my new HD radio. Now I just have to wait for a particular station to put its transmitter into HD so I can receive their country sub carrier. The station that is currently broadcasting in HD has one sub carrier and when I tune it in it is lower in volume. Otherwise okay. I think this might be the standard until station can overcome problem. The radio set up was a little complicated but all of a sudden I caught on and everything is the way I want it. I have always had faith in JVC products and have owned many of them over the years.

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    Warhawk from Houston, TX on 5/12/2007

    2000 Honda Civic
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    Installation was a major pain on my '00 civic. But once I got it working, I wasn't really impressed. Then I turned on the SRS surround sound and BOOM!! I don't even have a sub and this thing was pumping out enough bass to make my car rattle all over. The Surround sound is a huge plus, as well as HD radio. Overall I feel this is a great head unit with lots of cool features. Like others said, you can't really see the blue part of the display during the day, but it doesn't really bug me too much. The HD radio is really crisp and clear and I think this head unit is well worth the money.

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    Great radio with a great price.

    chad from Tampabay area, FL on 5/6/2007

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    I did alot of research before I bought this stereo and was lucky enough to get it on sale after a backorder. I have owned Pioneer, Kenwood,and Sonys in the past and I must say this one is the best of all. The HD is simply great although HD2 is 50/50 someimes. The sound quality is superb. The install could have not been easier thanks to Crutchfields great instructions and wiring harness. They even sent me instructions on how to remove all the speakers in the car. One popular FM radio station in my area isn't HD but this stereo makes it sound like it is. AM quality still sounds the same to me no difference in sound quality. Some negatives are the volume dial could extend a little bit further, when switching to HD2 you have to tune into HD1 first the hit the up button to tune to HD2, and I don't think you can save the HD2 stations in the memory. With Crutcfield there where no problems as always and saved $140! I look forward to enjoying this stereo of many years. Thanks Cruthfield.<BR>

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    Great radio, great price.

    Hammer from S. New Jersey on 5/4/2007

    2005 Dodge Ram 1500
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    Most of the positive comments I've read are right on target. The few negatives I've seen are as follows:<BR><BR>-The volume knob is too thin (doesn't stick out enough from the faceplate) and lacks grip - it's slippery as said here before. It's not as easy as it should be to quickly change volume.<BR>-Preset buttons are too small<BR>-Provided trim bezel not a great fit on '05 Dodge Ram truck<BR>-Sometimes I have to wiggle the faceplate to get it removed.<BR>-Lot's of available HD stations in Southern NJ. FM HD sounds great!<BR>-AM HD sounds like regular AM to me.<BR>-Surround Sound really does make a difference.<BR>-Clock doesn't stay on when the unit is turned off (press and hold atten button). But, you can just always leave the unit on... turn down the volume when you don't want to hear it. Problem solved.<BR><BR>Notes: have the HU running stock rear speakers, but Polk db690 front speakers, and using an Profile AP400 AMP handling a 10&quot; JL Audio 10W0 sub in a custom enclosure. It all sounds very good.

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    Larry from Dallas, TX on 4/30/2007

    2005 Nissan Frontier
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    Nice little stereo! Sound is great! Install was a snap. The unit is very sensitive to proper grounding. I had issues both with HD reception fading in/out and with turn signals causing the display to flash until I improved the grounding. Instructions are not as clear on this as they could be.<BR><BR>OEM face kit leaves a gap between the head unit and the storage pocket. Came up with a simple solution: Use some black fuel line or rubber hose. Slit it lengthwise down the middle and put over the edge of the pocket. The texture is then matt black and closes up the gap without looking tacky.

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    Great radio for the money

    Woody from Murfreesboro, TN on 4/20/2007

    After installing this in my car last weekend, I find I haven't been listening to my CDs anymore. The sound of HD is amazing. Every time you go from one stereo to another there is a learning curve, so I pretty much ignored the reviews about how hard it is to use the buttons. Granted, this is not a perfect radio, but for the price it is. <BR><BR>Since the sound of analog radio will sound the same, check your area before buying.<BR><BR>That's my two cents.

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    Kevin from Charlotte, NC on 4/18/2007

    1999 Ford Explorer
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    I just wanted to inform everyone of the pros and cons of this receiver.<BR>Pros: Excellent sound quality--I haven't heard any radio produce sound that is this good. The surround sound feature is incredible. HD radio is excellent.<BR><BR>Cons: You can't see any of the blue display lights during the daytime. The only thing you can see is the main display with the clock or radio station. The remote is very small and does not fit well into anyone's hand. The worst feature is the poor Ipod connectivity and user functions. I hooked up my Ipod via the more expensive interface cable. It is very difficult to browse through the lists of artists without any true scrolling feature. Also, every time you access a song via the ipod, you have to start from the ipod's main menu instead of where you were in your previos search. There has to be a better receiver out there with a better ipod interface. Also, the display can only display about 8 characters, so it is difficult to read the name of a song because you have to wait for the title to scroll. That is very annoying. I would definately go with the cheaper ipod cable... you're much better off.<BR><BR>If you are very detail oriented, this receiver will leave you wanting more. If you're buying solely for sound, you will be happy.

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    Mr. Marsh from Austin, TX on 4/12/2007

    1998 Chrysler Cirrus
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    I purchased a the JVC KD-HDR1 in March 07 and I enjoy it thoroughly. I wanted to replace the factory stereo in my 1998 Chrysler Cirrus LXi with premium radio package. Since the car is nearly ten years old, I want the most bang for the smallest buck; also, I was interested in HD radio. So when I came across the JVC KD-HDR1, I immediately saw that I would save myself about $199 with the radio's built-in HD radio tuner. I had the radio professionally installed. (In good with DYI stuff, but I'm not particularly patient.) The installation technician pointed out that I could use my factory amplifier with my speakers. Turns out that the radio's built in 4 olm amp was compatible with my factory amp; once again, saved $$$! Although I probably spent more than the average person would on a replacement radio and speakers, I paid about $500 for what could have cost $1000 (minus my install charges, of course). I recommend that you look at radios that have that next gen service (HD, XM, Sirius, etc.) preinstalled so you can save some money later!

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    Alan from Texas from The Lone Star State on 4/12/2007

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    The JVC is a great upgrade from a factory cassette system in my older model car, to a CD/CD-R/CD-RW HD Radio. The extra power helps the factory speakers sound better than they ever have. The HD reception is good in the metropolitan area that I live in. I enjoy the digital readouts for my CDRs, with the Artist, Albums, and Song Titles scrolled. Artist/Song Title data also scrolls for radio stations that put that on their signal.<BR><BR>The difference in sound on the HD AM station that plays Oldies Music is remarkable ! I understand that AM stations will soon be allowed to broadcast in HD at night, also. The Talk radio stations in HD is not that big a deal. The FM HD is most appreciated on the classical station. Isnt it wonderful to hear a quiet part of a symphonic piece without --any-- static at all !!<BR><BR>Ive been a fan of JVC quality and innovation for almost 30 years now. I really the Volume control dial, and the fact that it doesnt turn the unit off, or go into another function, while you are turning the volume up!<BR><BR>Where JVC could really improve on this great model, is to have the HD-2 and HD-3 channels addressable by memory. I really dont like having to first land on the HD-1 channel, to then select the HD-2 channel when Im using the pushbutton memory.<BR><BR>I would also like to be able to permanently adjust the EQ for more than just the USER preset mode, so I could have a customized EQ for CD, AM, FM,&amp; HD.<BR><BR>I dont have an i-Pod or satellite radio yet, so its nice to know that the KD-HDR1 is ready for that.<BR><BR>The dashplate kit that Crutchfield sent worked very nicely with the installation that I chose to have done at the local superstore.

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    HD Radio - WOW FM great, HD2 great, and HD-AM sounds super!

    jon from Los Angeles, CA on 4/8/2007

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    first the install. i have a 42-year old ford mustang, and the original owner widened the dash opening to put in an aftermarket radio in 1985. i was pretty sure i could widen it enough to accomodate this one, and Jeremy on the chat line walked me through it. once the minor cutting was done, the sleeve went right in and although there was no harness connection, i found all the right wires and crimped each one down. slid the radio in, and voila!! (also added the optional mini-phone adapter so i could use my mp3 player too.)<BR><BR>performance: great! FM in HD is very rich and all signals are strong. AM in HD is rather unbelievable. had no idea that the all-news channel sounded so rich! wow! controls are a little hard to get used to, but all in all, what a value. can't wait til there are more hd2 channels with country music!

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    Did not buy for HD but now love the feature!

    Richard from Seattle on 4/7/2007

    1990 Honda Accord LX
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    I just replaced the factory stereo in our 90 Accord wit the JVC-HDR1. It was more difficult to remove the old radio than to install the new DIN style unit. As always Crutfields detailed instruction and excellent harness and mount kit made the process straight forward. Of course that doesnt mean easy- I have big hands that dont fit well into the dashboard. Also, Im comfortable soldering but many folks are not. Also, useing standard electrical tape seems like a poor idea in the hot (and moving) invirons inside a dashboard. It might be more expensive to sell but offering a pre-wired harness would be a nice option.<BR><BR>Anyhoo, I didnt purchase this receiver because it had the HD Radio feature. In fact I was only looking for a unit at this price point that had good i-Pod connectivity. Now that Ive been exposed to the very useful HD functions Im a convert though. Hmm, now I want one for the home. Where ever will I find such a thing?<BR><BR>As for the i-Pod connection, I choose to buy the less expensive cable that provides charging power and a line level signal. After having read hundreds of reviews of units that "take over" your pod the conclusion was that no one could come close to the pod's superior user interface. I did not wish to relinquish that to JVC. Some version that was switchable would have been a great idea. Next generation to be sure.<BR><BR>BTW- JVCs manual presumes you are using the KSPD100 adapter. Be sure to set to EXT IN as opposed to CHANGER if you use the $29 cable instead.<BR><BR>Great sound and an excellent large volume dial too.

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    duece1981 from Dallas, Texas on 4/5/2007

    I recently moved to the KD HDR1 from an Alpine 9856. While the JVC is able to tune to HD2 and the Alpine is not, the Alpine excelled in 1 area. The Alpine was able to display more information on the screen with CD's and HD Radio transmissions. (Station ID, Album, Artist, Song, etc.) So far all the JVC displays is Artist, Station ID and Song. <BR><BR>Also, the HDR1 could use more bass controls such as BBE (or equivalent,) specifically labled Bass Boost function. Other than these shortcomings I would recommend this radio to someone entering HD Radio.<BR><BR>Another great feature for the JVC is the built in controls for XM or Sirius satellite radio in the face plate.<BR><BR>For great, rich sound, despite shortcomings in individual sound control options, I give it 4 stars.

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    Waylon from Hendersonville, TN on 4/4/2007

    2001 Ford Ranger
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    Was looking for a entry in to HD radio, Was well worth the price. Nice controls, very crisp sound. Crutchfield was very helpful with everything I needed to install in my truck also.

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    Best Radio I've Heard

    Steve from Boston, MA on 3/25/2007

    2004 Pontiac Vibe
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    Possibly the clearest, crispest sound I've heard. And it's an HD Radio to boot - increases the number of music 'streams' I can listen to in the car.<BR><BR>Fantastic!

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    HD is incredible!

    Penot from DC Metro on 3/23/2007

    2004 Hyundai Elantra
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    I'd been hearing about HD Radio and finally decided to give it a go.<BR>After reading reviews on this unit I ordered it. The price also weighed in my decision making. At the price, it seemed a good value.<BR><BR>Ordered on Saturday, got it Tuesday, (Thank you Crutchfield) and installed it Friday afternoon.<BR><BR>WOW! HD Radio is amazing. Sounds like you're listening to a CD. <BR>Even my favorite AM Station that my factory box received horribly sounds like a good FM Station.<BR>This also has a lot more power than my old radio, which is real nice. <BR>The controls are not bad at all, I think.<BR>I will keep the Manual in the car though, just in case.<BR>For the price and features, you can't go wrong with the JVC KD-HDR1.<BR><BR>

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    HD!! The only way.

    Richard from Tampa, FL on 3/23/2007

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    In my opinion, this head unit is the best value for the money out there. Nearly every FM station on the dial in the Tampa are is HD. So are many AM stations. This unit offers HD built in. Connecting SIRIUS was a snap, and quite inexpensive. The AUX cable, while an add-on, also works well. It plays MP3 cd's and keeps track of where you left off. Good EQ, good power, preamp outs, easy installation, easy to setup and use. A must have.

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    Robert from Denver, Colorado on 3/22/2007

    2000 Chevrolet S10
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    In Denver most of the FM stations and many of the AM stations are HD. Of the FM HD stations about half have HD-2 and this receiver will tune to them. Just imagine, more stations more music and no monthly fee!<BR><BR>This unit is easy to use, and has many features for the person who loves gadgets. On top of that it sounds great even in analog, but wait until you hear the HD.<BR><BR>This is my second unit! Had to buy another one for the other car.<BR>

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    Looks better in real life...

    Michael from Seattle, WA on 3/21/2007

    1997 Dodge Dakota
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    Its nice to see so many reviews now; when I was shopping there were maybe six up... and they werent much help. I bought this unit as a cheap entry into HD radio... and Im just really suprised at how good it turned out to be. <BR><BR>Cosmetics: The unit in real life turned out to look much classier than the graphic they show here onsite. The gray bezel is darker, the lights arent as bright... it doesnt look nearly as cheap.<BR><BR>Reception: Analogue: My stock stereo was (for 1997 Dakota) the top of the line system with the Infinity amp and speakers. There are a few places in Seattle (what with all the hills) that reception was poor on the weaker stations. While it still fades a LITTLE bit with my KD-HDR1, there is no multiplexing at all. The weak station fades out much less and no other station leaks through. MUCH nicer. <BR><BR>Reception: Digital HD: Sounds much better than analogue. Id gotten so used to hiss that I didnt even notice it anymore... until the radio locks into HD and it is gone. Nice.<BR><BR>Remote: Looks huge in the photo... its not. Tiny little thing. About the right size for a keychain, has a hole for that too. Im afraid Ill lose mine for sure.<BR><BR>Installation: Breeze. Hey, Crutchfield added all the parts I needed, clear instructions, and the one thing that differed they cleared up via the Tech Line in less than two minutes. Its why were here, right?<BR><BR>For this price you shouldnt expect it to be a High End Audiophiles Dream Machine. Its probably not, I wouldnt know. Its a huge improvement over my stock stereo, and had HD to boot.<BR><BR>Next up: Connecting my Infinity BassLink II to the system, and ge

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    Brad from Boston, MA on 3/20/2007

    1999 Ford Explorer
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    With the Ford Explorer kit and wiring harness, installation was easy - including soldering the wires, it took around 3 hours after a long day at work. My wife thinks the buttons on the unit are too small, particularly compared to the stock Ford unit, but I also installed the infrared unit to enable the steering wheel controls so that's no longer a problem.<BR><BR>Sound is better than the stock MACH radio and it really drives the stock sub woofer. HD for FM definitely better quality - on AM its substantially better - as good as the FM channels.

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    MY WIFE LIKE IT SO MUCH, SHE MADE ME BUY ONE FOR HER CAR!

    Paul from Columbus, In on 3/20/2007

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    Actually, this is the second JVC KD-HDR1 I purchased. I have had one in my car for about six months. Once my wife got a good listen to it, she wanted one for her car. After six months, you find out all the little &quot;quirks&quot; of a unit, and I must say that this is one well built, easy to operate, enjoyable to listen to unit. And, the HD is awesome! Can not recommend it enough

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    JVC and iPod interface

    Gower from San Jose, CA on 3/18/2007

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    I bought this from Crutchfield and installed it myself into a Honda Civic. It went in pretty easy with the wire harness and double din adapter provided by Crutchfield. I found a good spot to velcro and wire tie the iPod interface.<BR><BR>The whole thing works great. HD radio in the San Francisco Bay Area is okay. But the HD2 stations are great for alternative, commercial free programming. The signal isn't that strong in urban areas and big trucks sometimes cut the signal. <BR><BR>The amplifier is more than the stock speakers can take. But I really use my iPod a lot now because it is so easy .<BR><BR>

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    Steve from Denver Colorado on 3/18/2007

    2001 Ford Excursion
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    I first purchased this radio for my daughter after her radio was stolen out of her VW. This radio was a very easy install. She just loves it. Well, I wanted to upgrade from the factory in my Ford Excurison to a radio that had XM. After checking around, I decided to give this radio a try as it had everything I wanted in car audio. You cannot beat the price for what you get. This unit, I feel, is the best one for the money.<BR><BR>This to was a very easy install thanks to the folks at Crutchfield. The only problem I had was the XM portion of the radio. However, It was not the fault of JVC or the radio itself. <BR><BR>The probelm was in the &quot;brains&quot; that Terk makes that allows the radio to receive XM&gt; Thanks to the techs at Crutchfield they were able to find the faulty processor and replaced it.<BR><BR>In the Excurison, the JVC does need an amp. However, that's a minor thing. You cannot get a better unit for the money.<BR><BR>Steve

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    Darin from NY on 3/17/2007

    2003 Subaru Outback
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    OK, many of these reviews seem way too good to be true. Here is the real deal.<BR>PROS: plays all discs; HD Radio built-in; many EQ and other sound settings; plenty of power for stock speakers<BR>CONS: cannot save HD stations (does not even return to HD station when power off/on); only one EQ setting is user-defineable (others can be modified but are not saved!); can't have different EQ's for different sources; EQ and sound settings changes not user friendly to get to; radio mutes when ejecting disc (crazy!); transition of volume when changing stations very abrupt (no fade); Scrolling text hard to read when driving (should have used 2-lines instead); buttons feel cheap; HD/analog radio transitions sometimes not smooth.<BR><BR>But the biggest problem, which is not with the radio itself, is that the sound quality of HD radio (what I've heard so far) is quite bad, similar to 128 mp3 or less!! Not what it's hyped up to be!

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    Ed from Philadelphia, PA on 3/16/2007

    1997 Ford Expedition

    The JVC KD-HDR1 is a great value. The last three car audio systems in my personal cars have been by JVC. I was planning a trip to Florida and decided to upgrade my from the factory Ford radio in my Expedition. The install was a little tricky as the Ford has a factory amp which I decided to eliminate. With the JVC powering up the factory speakers it sounds decent. Radio reception was awesome. The cd player worked flawlessly. I bought an I pod adapter but haven't used it yet. If you compare all other HD radio solutions, the price of the JVC is a bargain. Buy it, you will love it.

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    JVC HDRC1 Highly Recomended *****

    Henry from Tampa, Florida on 3/14/2007

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Purchased this unit to replace the horrid DELCO unit in my 07 Silverado Classic. I had replaced the stock speakers with Infinity reference 4x7 (REF6402CFP) in rd and Panasonic 6 ½ (CJ-A1623U) in fd. <BR> CONS - Small poorly laid out small station preset buttons. Markings on secondary functions completely invisible in the dark.<BR> GRIPES - 1st Single line display with 8 characters shown (display very easy to read in any light and scrolls to provides much info, but thats too much eye time off the road for comfort)(*see note)<BR> 2nd AM tuner not as strong as stock unit <BR> PROS - 1st Fantastic Sound with total adjustability in crafting the sound to your ears and the ability to tune the head unit to your external gear. Plenty of headroom for my kind of listening ( Jazz, Jazz Fusion, Classical, Country).<BR> 2nd The FM tuner is first rate, great sensitivity and excellent spurious signal rejection. No multiplexing in downtown Tampa. Add the strong HD tuner and you have a great bargain. (tested 2 HD radio units (Sanyo good HD and an Alpine joke HD)) This is the best automobile HD unit I have used.<BR> KUDOS - 1st Great CD/MP3 playback, unit is not fickle and will play a verity of media types. 2nd The tuner has a mono mode, Id rather hear great music in mono than crap in HD.<BR> Crutchfield is the best electronic outlet in the U.S. This is my familys 3rd stereo purchase.<BR>(* A gripe I have with most of the aftermarket manufacturers. Why can you get a 12$ buck wireless phone with a 3-line display that u can read across the room, and u get 8 or 10 characters on your 300$ head unit? Dont want a light show, I want information.)

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    Decent price, great radio, very happy with it.

    Chuck from Long Beach, CA on 3/12/2007

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Purchased this as a replacement for a defective stock unit, wanted HD. Coupled this with 4 new speakers, and very happy, to say the least. 20 minutes total time to install.<BR><BR>Only missing thing for me was bluetooth for using my cell in the car, and this would have been a 100% great unit. Maybe on the next version?

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    John from Florissant, MO on 3/12/2007

    1996 Dodge Dakota
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    This system sounds great! Even on the stock speakers. The channel separation in HD mode is amazing. It makes me wish my stock radio had died a long time ago. The price is right, too. At the local electronics retailers this unit sells for $100 more plus you have to buy the harness and adapter plate separately. The installation instructions that Crutchfield provided made the job a breeze, less than an hour from box to driving down the highway crankin' the tunes. If there was one feature I wish it had...a front mounted MP3 player jack.

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    Good stereo

    Corben from Sacramento, CA on 3/11/2007

    1990 Acura Integra GS
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    I bought this due to the fact it has a built-in HD tuner and I am glad I did. HD sounds way better than analog and pretty soon, all stations will be HD I am sure. It sounds good, very clear, and looks nice. The display could be a little "fancier" I guess, but it is fine anyways. For the price, this stereo is a steal! I am a happy customer with it.

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    Super easy installation

    Zane from Bastrop, TX on 3/10/2007

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a great stereo at a great price. I've used JVC Mobile products for years and the sound on this unit is much better over the older model I had in my pickup truck. Good bass response, very customizable, and easy to configure. <BR><BR>This unit would have cost me about one hundred dollars extra if I had purchased it locally. Crutchfield includes the harness to connect it, the harness to bypass the existing amp, the installation tool, and faceplate for free. Plus free shiping and no sales tax. I came out way ahead and can use that money towards a new amp.<BR><BR>This is a great stereo for under $200.00

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    factory upgrade

    Tim from Annapolis,MD on 3/9/2007

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    After visiting local Circuit City and Best Buy with sticker shock, low confidence of staff knowledge or skill, I went back to trusty Crutchfield. I received this unit from Crutchfield in 2 days. This is the second radio I have installed from Crutchfield (1996 Chevy Blazer and 2003 Ford focus). The Blazer was a challenge, but the focus was a piece of cake. The Crutchfield instructions are great and the adapter they provide is perfect. There is no way I would attempt either without their instructions and free installation kit/tools. After installing this unit in the focus (when the factory Blaupunkt died) and powered it up, I was thrilled. The design is clean and simple, and it truly picks up HD stations, including one of my local favorites (WHFS-HD2), which has gone to only HD. The price was right, and the sound quality is amazing with the EQ and surround sound settings. It is an absolute perfect match.

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    WOW!!!!! very nice!!!

    Alan from Lakeland, Fl. on 3/6/2007

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased this unit because I wanted to hook it up to my JVC MP3 changer. I was not interested to much in listening to the radio stations, I just like to listen to my MP3's. Well, when I turned on the unit and found my first HD station I was very impressed. I installed the reciever with the f250 Alpine Amp and 2 pair of Kenwood Excelon speakers into my 2001 firebird and WOW!!! All the highs and lows speak volumes. Installing the receiver was a breeze - the old one out and the new one in in about an hour. The extras made the install simple. Nice extras Crutchfield!!! Thank you.

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    Awesome in my Chevy Silverado 1500HD Crew Cab

    Joe from Tampa, FL on 2/26/2007

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

    Thanks to the free hardware that Crutchfield supplies, the installation in my 1500HD was ridiculously simple. It's been about ten years since I've installed a car stereo, and man has that process come a long way. I got the iPod adapter as well, which works great. As long as you take the time to read the directions on how to use the reciever and the iPod adapter, you'll be fine. If you try to just pick up the remote and start using it, you'll get frustrated. For me, the easiest way to get the music I want is to create a few extra playlists that group common artists together, and then random play the playlist. Love the 7-band EQ on this as well as the SRS. Not overly impressed with HD radio so far, although there is excellent HD coverage in Tampa. It sounds good - better than FM - but it's not CD-quality. I like the HD multicast feature that basically gives you an alternate audio stream off the same radio station's frequency. Usually there's a lot more music to be had on those. The amp in the unit is nice and clean, and I get good frequency response and low THD up in to the higher end of it's power range. To go with this receiver, I got a set of Blaupunkt GTc652's for the front door, and a set of Kicker 05DS60's for the rear door. I like the fact that the receiver has a sub line out, which I plan to use with a slimline sub box some time in the future.

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    Michael from Benicia, CA on 2/25/2007

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Make the volume knob biger and easer to operate. Also the unit is not very sensitive to picking up signals from the remote. Great sound.

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    AWESOME!

    Todd from Columbus, OH on 2/24/2007

    2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee
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    After doing a few weeks of research, I decided to purchase this head unit. I must say I am very impressed with it! Recieved it 2 days after purchasing it! Install didn't take too long (longest part was crimping the unit's wires to the adapter that Crutchfield supplied). The directions for install in my grand cherokee were flawless! My thanks for Crutchfield for everything! Saved me alot of money providing the installation kit (mounting plate, wire adapter and antenna adapter)! <BR><BR>I HIGHTLY recommend this unit! I was worried about being disappointed by HD radio, but it exceeds my expectation! (especially as a former Satellite Radio suscriber) I have the IPOD adapter for it and its so easy to use (does take a little getting use to... 10 minutes of playing around) but its fantastic!

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    Great Buy - A must for HD

    Tom from Reading ,PA on 2/20/2007

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

    Sound is awesome MP3 player works great starts right up and holds the place of the song. I have an older mp3 that does not do that. Great way to get HD.

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    Look no more.

    Marcus from Greenville, SC on 2/20/2007

    2000 Nissan Frontier
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Top of the line product. Agree with the comments on the volume knob, and do wish the eq was a little more user friendly, but I am very much satisfied with the buy. Very sleek look, excellent sound quality delivered to the speakers, and everything else you want in a head unit.

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    buy it now !!

    junjun from reading,pa on 2/14/2007

    2005 Toyota Matrix

    Hd is the way to go and this is the best way to go about it.<BR>sound amazing,good sound settings

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    Great upgrade

    Dave from Southern Minnesota on 2/12/2007

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

    This head unit fit my 94 Thunderbird using the the Scosche FD02 adapters. Then crimped it all on my kitchen table cause it was -15 out there. Dropped it in the car in 5 mins. HD radio is something - wcco and kfan come in great and they are 60 miles away. It's flat out here near I35. Main knob is slippery and small and buttons are small. The reception is better than I thought - well worth the money.

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    Good Basic Receiver

    Syd from Houston, TX on 2/12/2007

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I've had the KD-HDR1 installed for three weeks in a 2001 Nissan Maxima with the Bose system. Scosche harness along with Crutchfield instructions made installation a breeze. Sound quality is much better than OEM Clarion head unit. <BR><BR>Since the car is mainly used in a large metropolitan area, HD reception has been stellar. Once the HD signal is acquired, the KD-HDR1 never reverts back to stereo. At 96kbit/sec in FM hybrid mode, HD provides MUCH better sound than analog FM. HD is consistent, far more dynamic, and able to resolve 20Hz-20khz. Multicasting a plus.<BR><BR>WMA/MP3 sound quality is also excellent, and the unit has no problems with ID3 tags. <BR><BR>Overall, great price for features and performance provided.

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    Dave from Geneva, NY on 2/9/2007

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I love the features and quality of this radio. The best part about it is the multicast ability. Many people hardly know about all the HD radio signals in the area,not only that but just about all the stations I get in hd have secondary channels, which I like better. (better songs, no commercials!) Definitely the best deck I have purchased yet!

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    Excelent purchase - few details

    Enrique from Carlsbad, CA on 2/7/2007

    2001 Mazda 626
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is perfect for my need of driving alone hundreds of miles every day. Super sound. Takes MP3 CDs and plays random(up to 130 songs each!) The downside is that the volume knob should not be so small and the buttons are TOO little. Once you learn the ropes it is just Fantastic! Reception of HD is still in its baby steps, a few stations in each city. Be patient!

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    very pleased - read for installation hints

    Koan from Monkton MD on 2/7/2007

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great radio - be careful connecting wires between plugs particularly if you are colorblind like me!<BR><BR>I added the satellite tuner and ipod wire - the wire to the head unit from the satellite unit sticks up a bit and is easy to accidentally disconnect when sliding the unit into the dash. Once installed, remember to reset the factory settings to recognize the iPod. The HD tuner works great, Sirius unit, iPod wire all work well and offer amazingly clear sound. Detachable faceplate protrudes about 5/8&quot; - would rather it be flush, but this is very minor. Great unit so far, no problems once set up correctly.

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    joey from hagerstown, md on 2/6/2007

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This unit has great sound (a little time consuming to setup the eq and the srs settings but its worth it). Thanks to the new 2006 cea certification the sound is very clear at high volume. It delivers the power like no other stereo i have ever used (and sends a very clear signal to my amp-my old head unit never made my sub sound half as good!). The only downfall is that hd radio cant keep in the stations that I like due to distance (switches from hd to stereo and gets annoying when in bad spots)

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    dominicr from OKC,OK on 2/4/2007

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

    I like the features but I don't like the remote. It's to small and hard to handle. I also don't like the volumn knob on the receiver, it's to slick, it's hard to tell if your turning it or not. I like everything else about it.

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    Everything I expected

    Mike from Marriottsville, MD on 2/2/2007

    Couldn't have asked for better. I got this for the iPod integration and the HD radio and it all works flawlessly. The reception is great and the iPod controls are good as well. They took some time to get used to, but it's nothing bad. The one thing is that I can't seem to find a way to pause CDs, but I don't really use them anyways so it's not a problem and it is probably me not wanting to read the manual... Great Product

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    Tuner just isn't strong enough

    Rob from Pleasanton, CA on 2/1/2007

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

    I like the deck. The issue I have with it is that the signal strength isn't real strong where I live (other side of the hill from where the stations are). The deck has a hard time pulling in just standard stations, forget about HD stations. The stock GM tuner did a much better job of pulling in stations. That being said, I've had other good aftermarket decks that have the same problem, so the JVC tuner is not alone. Other than the problem with the signal strength, I love the deck, so depending on the area you're in, this deck may work just fine.

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    ralph from Bowie, Md on 2/1/2007

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Radio is great.HD is awsome. Wiring match-up was glitched by conflicting instructions (JVC vs amp adaptor) but resolution was painless. Solution shared with Crutchfield tech support people. HD stations are plentiful in DC area. Wish unit had a &quot;clock on when radio off&quot;setting similiar to factory radio instead of manual &quot;push to display&quot;

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    HDRadio rocks

    K from Cupertino, CA on 1/30/2007

    1994 Toyota Camry
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    HD Radio is nice. Reception is good on this unit. I listen to commercial-free multicasting HD2 most of the time. SRS CS (Circle Surround) Auto sounds great. <BR><BR>Installation is easy and setup is simple. I replaced my cassette deck in 2 hours. I wish this unit has aux input without adapter.

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    Exceeded all expectations

    Doug from San Francisco, CA on 1/28/2007

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

    The tuner is superb! In the bay area where the hills and widely scattered transmission locations challenge the weaker FM stations, the JVC tuner is excellent. HD radio is widely available here and works flawlessly, as does the optional Sirius Sat tuner. The controls are easy to learn/use and unit's appearance is simple and tasteful - we found nothing available at any price that fit our needs as well.

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    Great replacement radio

    SilentRick from Danbury, CT on 1/28/2007

    2002 Mazda Tribute
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great replacement radio. HD channels come in clear as long as signal is strong. MP3/WMA support works great.<BR><BR>Controls and menus take a little getting use to. But once you get the hang of it, the controls flow better.<BR><BR>If you are looking for satelite radio, pick the sirius option over XM with this unit. XM requires 2 seperate boxes which never quite worked right, difficult to figure out whether the smart digital adapter or universal XM tuner was to blame. Sirius tuner was plug and play, 1 box, worked on first try - no issues.<BR><BR>Only issue I ran into with the install of head unit was removing the OEM radio from Mazda Tribute. Bloody mess even with DIN removal tools since the metal security tabs on radio wouldn't retract on both sides.

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    JVC KD-HDR1 GETS THE JOB DONE

    Frank from Santa Clarita, CA on 1/27/2007

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I needed a radio for my 2003 Honda that would interface with<BR>an 80gb ipod. The JVC KD-HDR1 does it quite well. The ipod is hidden in the dash, hardwired to the radio via the JVC adapter. When I turn the car off, the ipod turns off.<BR>When I start the car, the ipod starts playing right where it left off. The adapter keeps the ipod charged. The AM/FM, CD, and EQ functions in the JVC are as good as any and the power of the unit is adequate for my Honda. The ipod contorl on the JVC is a little tricky but works well. The only problem with this setup is not the JVC. It's the ipod/itunes file system. The playlist filing system gets cumbersome when you have nearly 10,000 sound files on the ipod. Itunes stores all sound files in a master file which you can divide down into playlists but it's all really stored in one humongous file. If Apple allowed the user to create separate master files for different categories of recorded material, with separate master playlists in each file, then it would be easier to navigate. Trying to click through the entire itunes playlist menu when you are going 65mph on the freeway can be hazardous to your health.

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    A.C. from TX on 1/26/2007

    This is a great value and great receiver. It sounds excellent when using the SRS audio, but the only downside is when you use it the vocals will not come out in the rear speakers. I purchased a JL Audio 4 channel amp which allows you to make the adjustment - It sounds great!

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    This is a great HD radio

    Tony from Cottage Grove, MN on 1/21/2007

    2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I just installed this receiver in my 2000 Silverado extended cab and love it. The installation was a snap and the quality of sound and reception is excellent. The EQ allows you to fine tune frequencies which allowed me to compensate for my stock speakers performance.<BR><BR>I highly recommend this receiver!

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    Interior bling bling for the Ride

    Monty from Highlands Ranch, CO on 1/13/2007

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

    This was so easy to install. I had the factory radio out and the new one installed, less then 2 hours. I hooked the iPod adapter to it (JVC KSPD100) which sounds outstanding. You can really tell the difference with HD radio. If you are use to listening to regular FM stations, that is how your AM station will now sound in HD. The wiring harness makes it so easy to switch back to my factory radio, should I sell the car. Only cons, I wish they made the font on the scrolling text smaller so that more could fit on the screen at once. It would have been nice if they would have supplied wire connectors that connect the GM wiring harness to the JVC wiring harness. Other then that, this is a great deal.

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    Great Product...Great Price

    Rob from Chicago, IL on 1/13/2007

    I purchased this with an iPod adpator also. Radio works great. This is an a conversion hightop van and the sound is very clear and clean through the Ipod or HD radio. Many HD stations are available here so I enjoy a lot of HD2 radio. Ipod control is easy and pretty quick. Great radio for a great price. Takes some time to learn the control for Srs and eq settings but once you got them it really makes it sound even better. I plan on addding an amp in the near future for a little extra power. When the HD signal locks in it does seem to lower the volume some. Would highly recommend this unit.

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    Noisy, low power

    centex from San Antonio, TX on 1/11/2007

    The Good: HD Radio, lots of stations in my area. Noticable improvement in audio quality over FM.<BR><BR>The Bad: This JVC makes a constant faint click-click noise, seems to come from the CD player because the clicking changes when I change CD tracks. Clicking noise is constant, even when not playing a CD. Low power unit, needs external amp. Remote contol is a joke - unusable because it is so tiny. Seems like they designed the remote to fit on a key chain. Why would anyone want to put a remote on their key chain? Head unit control buttons are extraordinarily small, very hard to use buttons while driving, and as stated before, the remote control is useless.<BR><BR>Bottom Line: Get HD Radio, Don't get this unit!

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    krankshaft from Nutley, NJ on 1/11/2007

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

    I decided that it was time to buy a new head unit for my car. I decided that it had to be an HD Receiver so I could see what all the fuss was about.<BR><BR>I absolutely love it! I live just 8 miles from New York so there are plenty of HD stations with multi-channel programming to use it with. I really enjoy the sound quality and notice the clarity in the audio without the scratching, static, and other noise in conventional analog broadcasts. I especially love the ability to display the name of the song that the HD station is playing. While this data is optional for the station to broadcast a majority of stations do. This head unit absolutely blows my stock head unit away even using the stock speakers.<BR><BR>Although I had read complaints about it before buying I find the transition between analog and digital for the first few seconds when you tune into an HD ready station to be practically seamless.<BR><BR>The radios menus are a bit complicated at best so be sure to keep the manual in your car until you get used to them. The first thing you will need it for is to disable the annoying demo mode that the radio has activated by default which switches the preset EQ settings when the radio is on.<BR><BR>Other then a couple of hiccups in the Crutchfield instructions which set me back a few minutes this was an overall pleasurable experience and I would definitely buy again.<BR><BR>If you are looking to buy an HD receiver for your car this is the one! You won't be disappointed.

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    Prefect HD Stereo for my Caprice rolling around the Twin Cities

    Jacob from Minneapolis/St.Paul, MN on 1/4/2007

    1991 Chevrolet Caprice
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I put on 60 miles each day through the middle of the Twin Cities. I have family in every corner of the twin cities, the only time this deck switches between analog and digital is when I am in the half mile long tunnel on the west side of Minneapolis. When you first turn the station it comes in anaolog right away, and then when the signal is locked it switches to HD. Some people don't like this feature. Here in the Twin Cities the Clear Channel radio stations have the HD signal and the analog signal phased correctly so you can't really tell when it switches. The ABC Radio stations however haven't figured that out yet. The contorls are some what illogical, but over all the sound quality is good, which is what is important once you figure out what buttons to push. It has all the standard goodies you would expect to add a sub, and amps, it also can control satellite radio, and or a cd changer and others. It really makes my 16 year old speakers sound nice. If you want a simple HD radio for your car, get this one. I have had Pioneer, Sony, Apline, and JVC decks. I still feel neutral about all the brands, there isn't one that I have felt a loyalty towards, but my last two have been JVC.

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    HD Radio is great, this receiver could be better

    Kevin from Baltimore, MD on 12/28/2006

    2003 Hyundai Elantra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    First things first HD Radio is amazing, some stations even have an HD3 channel.<BR>Besides any Blankput receiver this unit has the 2nd worst FM sensitivty available from crutchfield and it shows. Great if you don't plan on going 30 miles from a major city. Be sure to bring CD's for any roadtrip. <BR>Pros plays most types of music CDs<BR>HD Radio has brought back the enjoyment of listening to the radio without the cost of satelite.<BR>Cons FM Sensitivity is awful<BR>

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    Totally Awsome!

    dennis from Missoura on 12/27/2006

    I have read the reviews before buying this and its my turn to give my honest feed for all to see. First i have heard the negative when the radio switches from HD to stereo, well i live 75 miles from most of the stations. the one i listen to the most has only did it to me a couple times, and that is while on a countrycruise in the backwood in the hills. and when it does i dont mind it so much as the static from a fading station signal! now the functions, still havent figured them all out as this kicked it right out of the box. sound is so clear in the mb quarts up from and inf kappas in the rear, and the thumping from the twin boston 10&quot; is so sweet with the different adjustments for the speaker type set-up in the vehicle. <BR><BR>Simply put-buy this radio and quit wasting your time looking at others as you will be more than satisfied!!

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    Bryan from Richmond, Va on 12/27/2006

    2003 Volkswagen Beetle

    This Christmas I gave my wife three surprises - a 2003 VW bug convertible, Pioneer INNO Satellite Radio, and the JVC KD-HDR1 receiver. <BR><BR>I did a lot of research on the Pioneer and JVC radio before I made the purchases. The sales and tech folks were as top notch as you can get and their patience with my zillion questions was outstanding. The install was made in a very short couple of hours, not a single cross word was spoken, and not a single drop of blood was shed. That was a huge shock for me. However, when I turned the unit on my jaw dropped. I was expecting really great sound but the sound that came out was far beyond what I was expecting. The item my wife likes best is the INNO external RCA plug in place of using the FM broadcast. <BR>This was absolutely a top notch purchase.

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    rtcpenguin from Fairfax, VA on 12/26/2006

    I bought this head unit to replace a defective Eclipse CD8445 unit. Despite the fact the Eclipse cost more than twice as much, this unit beats it in almost all respects. There is no discernable difference in sound quality, although the JVC unit doesn't have as many tweaks available for the user to adjust (ie crossover frequencies). The display is bright and easily readable day and night. HD reception is superb. I lock onto stations 30+ miles away. All of the stations in the DC area that broadcast in HD come in loud and clear. The appearance of the unit is excellent, with a glossy control pad and a metallic volume knob. Everything feels sturdy and CD functionality is great. Unlike the bad Eclipse HU, this one actually resumes mp3s, so you don't have to shuffle through 60 tracks to get back to where you were after leaving the car for a short time. Seek time might be a little slower than my other HU, but is not really a problem.<BR><BR>Pros:<BR>Good sound quality<BR>Excellent HD reception<BR>Artist/title displayed for radio tracks<BR>mp3 cds work flawlessly, resume feature<BR>Small unit with no dongles to complicate install<BR>Price<BR><BR>Cons:<BR>Volume knob a bit slippery (would have been better with rubber around outside of knob)<BR>Clock isn't displayed all the time, you have to push &quot;disp&quot; button to check time<BR>No frills like motorized or flip down face

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    The best HD receiver yet!

    Nashvegas from Nashville, TN on 12/23/2006

    Just got this JVC KD-HDR1 early xmas present from the wife installed yesterday in my '99 Maxima along with Kicker coax in the rear deck and Kicker components in the front- plenty of power and no need for an extra amp nor sub to drive these babies! Type C bass was with Jazz format sounds rich and deep- the highs are soo clear. On our drive out to Mt. Juliet last night- the reception was impeccable- we're heading to the 'Boro tonight so anxious to monitor the reception outside Nashvegas. I am absolutely blown away by the clarity of the HD-1 (Nashville has about 10-12) and HD-2 (3 so far- can't wait for more!) stations. Love HD-2- no commercials, format is outstanding- why bother with satellite much less pay for it? IMO- much better format than what I've ever heard on XM and Sirius. Now wife wants HD radio for her car....If you are tired of paying for satellite- step up to HD radio!

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    Connectivity for this radio is limited

    JC from Columbus, Ohio on 12/20/2006

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    On paper, the HDR1 looks great for connections: an iPod controller, a dedicated satellite radio, and a CD changer can all connect to the CD changer jack in the rear of the radio; and you can use another adapter to have an auxiliary mini phone plug snaked out front, to use for any device with such a jack.<BR>BUT, you have to choose among these. Once a connection is hooked to the CD changer jack, there is no chance of adding anything else, as there is no downstream jack in any of the JVC equipment made to hook up to this jack. Exception: the dedicated satellite radio tuner will allow the connection of one (1) more item.<BR>Here's where this matters: suppose you have a Sirius or XM portable that can go between car and home. To use it, you hook up JVC's auxiliary input adapter--the one with the mini phone plug hanging out front--and then you can't put anything else in the CD changer jack in the rear of the radio. So, goodbye iPod controller. You'll have to hook your iPod to the dangling plug (after you unplug it from the satellite radio portable, of course).<BR>The only work-around is buy JVC's dedicated Sirius or XM tuner, connect it to the CD changer jack, and then plug the iPod controller into the tuner. Of course, that means not being able to go back and forth with a satellite radio between home and car. AND you'll have to spring for a second Sirius or XM account for your home.<BR>In case you're wondering whether JVC makes an adapter that creates a second CD changer jack, they don't.<BR>This situation makes no sense when you realize that the radio's source can be switched between sensing the CD changer and sensing an external mini phone connection.

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    Troy from Genoa City, WI on 12/20/2006

    2000 Saturn SC1
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    I went with this model for the HD Radio and option to add a satellite tuner. When I saw the much higher prices of other HD tuners, the built-in HD tuner in the JVC encouraged me to go with this one. I found the installation quite easy, and appreciate Crutchfield including the mounting kit and wiring harness for no additional charge. The HD quality is excellent. The only disappointment I have with that is the difficulty to receive HD broadcasts where I live (45 miles from most of the Milwaukee transmitters). That may be more of an HD broadcasting issue than with this car stereo. I was, however, surprised with the quality of analog reception. Although the FM sensitivity specs favored my Pioneer, so far it seems the reception is better with the JVC (an important issue for rural residents). I also like the ability to play mp3's without the hassle of using a portable mp3 player with an FM transmitter. I also easily added a Sirius tuner to this unit. The satellite controls are good, with 18 satellite presets. If you're interested in HD radio and you're close enough to the radio stations' transmitters, this is a great car stereo to purchase.

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    HD Bliss...

    Alan from Waukegan, Illinois on 12/18/2006

    2007 Toyota Matrix
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    I like AM radio, and really wanted to find a way to improve the audio. This is it, with some caveats. First, it seems AM stations are only allowed to transmit in HD during the hours of daylight. OK, not perfect, but better. One local station I listen to a lot is not yet transmitting in HD, but many others are. <BR><BR>Being 40 years old, this reminds me of the shift from AM to FM. It's cool, it's fun, broadcasters are taking chances they never would with their "cash cow" analog signals. It has the potential to be like the dawn of Album Rock FM all over again. Oh yeah, it sounds great too. <BR><BR>

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    This thing ROCKS!

    Rico! from Ricov!lle, FL on 12/17/2006

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    What would you expect from an in-dash CD head unit with a BUILT IN HD RADIO TUNER for under $200? It is well worth the money, especially because my old lady doesn't have trouble using it. There aren't many HD stations, and even less broadcast more than one HD format at this time. I was kinda wowed that one station could have 2 different formats in HD. The sound quality mildly better, but noticeable. Other sound features enhance music playback. Customer service was 100% A+ #1 Good! Git yoself one!

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    Great Sound Easy Install

    Charles from Austin, Tx on 12/17/2006

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    I bought this Unit so I could see what was so great about having HD Radio. This turned out to be an excellant sounding head unit that once I figured out how to set up the equalizer was very pleased with the sound.<BR>I still have not figured out the clock yet but I am sure once I sit down and read about it I should be able to set it without any problems.<BR>My sales person was Vicki. She is very knowlegble of the various radios and quickly pointed out the pros and cons of each. She did not do a high pressure sale and really took the time to explain each of the differance in the radios I asked about. The shipping from Crutchfields was amazingly fast. I was not expecting it until Monday or Tuesday of this week but I<BR>recieved it on friday. The directions were exactly right and I had the radio installed in my jeep wrangler in about 30 minutes.<BR>I called tonight to ask a question about speaker wires (that had nothing to do with my purchase) and I was given the answer in just a couple of minutes. This will not be my last purchase from Crutchfieds.

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    Impressive Radio

    tedlaw from Salem, Va on 12/17/2006

    1997 Mazda Miata
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    I installed this radio in a 1997 Mazda Miata. I had to do a little trimming on the Radios trim ring to get it to fit. However the fit is tight and looks good. <BR><BR>The Radio's user features are outstanding. I was able to optimize setting between front speakers in the doors and the head rest speakers to get exceptional sound balance and quality.<BR><BR>For the money, I am very pleased. The HD receiver is very impressive. In Southwest mountain area of Virginia, we have a lot of multi-path on FM signals. The HD eliminates 99% of this. So we are very happy! <BR><BR>Now all we need is more HD programming in the area :-) <BR>

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    Lousy Reception, Lousy Sound

    weihertr from Santa Maria, CA on 12/12/2006

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    I was extremely disappointed with the performance of this radio. I read every review and based on those reviews, I purchased this radio. I have a 2001 Dodge Ram with the 1.5 DIN Chrysler radio. I like my factory radio and the only thing that is lacking is the ability to play CDs or MP3s. I listen to the radio a lot and don't about sattelite or IPOD interfaces. <BR><BR>The problems with this radio are the FM and AM sensitivity and sound. My factory radio is vastly superior to this radio in both these categories. This radio has a cheap sound no matter how much you play with the equalizer settings. <BR><BR>The installaion went well and I liked putting in an MP3 CD and listening to my favorite tunes for a long time. <BR><BR>I sent this radio back and am looking for another replacement. <BR><BR>

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    Awesome product and a great value!

    Dan from Delmont, PA on 12/9/2006

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This receiver has great features. Installation was easy and everything that I needed was shipped. All the previous reviews helped me with this purchase. Taking a few minutes to review the manual is important. This helps with getting the unit to sound right in your car. I have to say when I first turned it on I was a little disappointed in the sound but after getting it tuned I'm extremely happy with it. The Circle Surround feature sounds awesome in my car, especially at higher volume. I also bought the Aux. cable to hook up my Creative Zen MP3 player as well. No problems and it sounds great. The volume must be turned up all the way on the MP3 player though. The HD radio sounds incredible! I wish we had more HD multi-casting in my area. Great value for a receiver. I want one for my other car now!

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    Incredible Value, but a Five-Hour-Long Project to Install...

    Alex from Atlanta, GA on 12/6/2006

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    All right,heres the deal... Crutchfield does have absolutely top notch service; Its just like everyone of these reviews claims. I ordered this receiver for my 98 Nissan Maxima when my factory Bose system finally quit working all together. I ordered it along with the wiring harness adapter kit required for my car, along with the additional connector to provide a mini-jack auxiliary input that connects in to the CD changer input on the back of the unit (and yes, it would be nice if JVC included this as part of the unit rather than charging an extra $40 for this adapter). I placed my order late on Saturday night and with free UPS ground shipping, received my package on Tuesday of the following week!<BR><BR>So far, so good... but then I got home on Tuesday evening, ready to have what countless other Crutchfield customers had described as a very easy installation process. Furthermore, Im a very "handy" guy whos accomplished plenty of difficult A/V installs inside my home, and I anticipated this being even easier for me! Wow... I was in for a disappointing surprise, as this wound up becoming a more than slightly frustrating five hour adventure, for which Im glad (after the fact!) to have had the experience, but I cant say that Id want to do it over again. The Bose system was tough to remove, with more than a few opportunities to do some real damage to my car, where this whole dash piece that needs to come out has to be "pried" out of place. As well, certain spots in the process were not very well detailed in the instructions and less than intuitive, but tech support got me through it all. The HD stations sound incredible, and Id absolutely recommend this receiver to anyone.

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    JVC KD-HDR1

    Chris from Collierville, TN on 12/1/2006

    2001 Ford F-150
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    This radio was very easy to install and sounds incredible. The HD broadcasts are quieter than the analog broadcasts, but the sound quality overall is very impressive. There is a lot of functionality built in so that you can really customize it to get the most out of whatever system you have now or in the future.

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    For the money... and my honey.

    Lou from Orlando on 11/27/2006

    2000 Nissan Maxima
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    Well my honey (you know, the woman that can make life grand or ...) got a new ipod nano and wanted to hear it in the car. WOW, what a good excuse to acquire a HD radio; "but honey, you want your ipod to sound the best now don't you?"<BR><BR>So for the money, this radio rocks. (but don't believe the extra content promotions yet, it isn't there even in this major market) The digital sound in my Nissan Maxima is fine when locked into HD mode. When it bounces back and forth, well, it ain't any worse than it was. <BR><BR>So back to the IPOD, it sound good also with the little adapter they sell to electrically interface. BUT BUT BUT, the controls through the radio and the itty bitty remote are miserable. Wish they had just let you use the on the ipod control and display. Dumb! <BR><BR>For the money I'd buy again for the HD, but for the honey.. well, she aint happy with the ipod interface. Will have to go back to the drawing board on that one. <BR><BR><BR><BR>

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    Great Unit!

    Doug from Fremont, CA, USA on 11/27/2006

    1998 Dodge Durango
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    I usually only buy receivers in the store but found such great deals on Crutchfield it was too hard to pass. <BR><BR>This unit has been installed for only a week but the sound is amazing. And thats with stock speakers. The highs are high (and clean) and the lows are low(and clean). Throw in the eq to fine tune the sound to your taste and you are approaching bliss. Built in amp insures the power to drive most speakers Im sure.<BR><BR>There is a noticeable difference in radio vs. HD-radio. Pretty cool. Didnt know radio could sound that good. Im in a area with probably 20 or more stations and have had no reception problems. <BR><BR>And the option to have an external line in for a mp3 player (or changer) is just over the top. Did a quick check with my portable and theres no drop in quality of sound. Plus there is the option to plug a sub directly to the receiver too. So good options for expansion now or later.<BR><BR>No complaints at this time.<BR><BR>This is a great unit and sure to make most happy! Im loving it and ROCKIN' & ROLLIN again. <BR><BR>Thanks Crutchfield

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    Carl from Atlanta, GA on 11/22/2006

    1999 Ford Ranger
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    This radio has all the features I could want and several I haven't even begun to use. CD play is solid and the radio pick up is great! There are so many features that reading the manual is a must. Can't be beat for the price!

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    Not up to par but the price wasn't bad

    Karl from Manassas, Virgina on 11/20/2006

    1995 Toyota Pickup
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    I currently have a JVC Digifine product in one of my other vehicles and this unit comes nowhere near to the quality of that unit.I was so please with the previous JVC product that I choose this unit for my third vehicle to replace its stock unit.<BR>-Cons1: Very user-unfriendly controls.Definitely need to keep the manual in your glove compartment because youre probably going to need it, over and over again. Adjusting the Equalizer, or any of the features for that matter, is just not intuitive at all. As for ergonomics, I believe one person wrote "big fingers, little buttons" and I cant agree more. The display looks cheap but I think some people like that look. I prefer the no frills look of the upper end Digifine unit any day.<BR>-Cons2: I cannot access the movies of my iPod when the unit is set to control the iPod. It appears to have access to the music folder only. I eventually tried the external input selection; this allowed me to control the iPod from the iPod front panel and thus was able to play music videos. Having to pay 50 bucks to get an aux input is ridiculous. One aux input minimum should have been a standard feature; either front panel input or rear panel RCA jacks. I can understand paying a bit extra for the iPod adapter and having the functionality of front panel control and readout but as it looks like accessing the videos is not possible, I will be using the unit as an aux in.-Cons3: Though the HD sounds good and I would expect it to, it will not let me save the stations found on the additional channels.

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    Great Deal!

    PacMan from Laurel, MD on 11/19/2006

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    This is a great radio for the price. HD reception is strong, but non-HD (analog) radio reception is kind of week. MP3/WMA playback rocks! Can't be beat for the price.

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    Awesome Radio for the Price!

    Glenn from Southern Caifornia on 11/18/2006

    1995 Toyota 4Runner
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    This radio was to replace my factory radio in an older (1995) Toyota truck. I could have EASILY done this myself, and even tried, but I wanted a guarantee on workmanship, and to easily remove it should I sell the vehicle sometime in the future. I went to our folks at the Yellow and Blue store (cant use names here), and they were absolutely astonished at the sound difference of HD! Because several of our stations out here have been converting to HD with no analog stations available (KZLA for one), it was only logical to move to HD rather than Sirius. So you get commercials ... how many times do you find out about something BECAUSE of a commercial?! Plus, HD is free!<BR><BR>AM radio has NEVER SOUNDED BETTER! Its as if they are in your living room talking. News now sounds like your stereo television in your living room WITH NO STATIC! This unit is great! When the guys who installed it were impressed, you should be too!<BR><BR>FM Stereo is more lifelike now, with no crosstalk between stations when in HD, too. Its clear, and much easier on the ears.<BR><BR>The CD player is crisp and clear. The only thing I noticed was now, I want to replace my speakers, and get a major sub-woofer! But, thats for another time.<BR><BR>I dont think youll be disappointed with this unit at all. But, remember to REMOVE the faceplate when you are going somewhere -- it does pop off easily for quick storage! This is a bright-and-shiny unit, and some folks might want it for their own. Without the faceplate, they have no idea what you have --- thats a great idea, too!<BR><BR>I highly recommend this unit to anyone who is wanting to upgrade to HD radio, or even just a CD-player for your car (you know who y

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    jgibson from Fort Worth on 11/14/2006

    Awesome radio. The HD is clear. The sound has a real full body to it. So impressed!! I loved this radio for the whole 8 days that I had it. It was stolen last night.

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    Awesome Receiver

    Eubert from Miami, Fl on 11/14/2006

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is an awesome radio ( For a Jetta VW ) oh yeah...., it was easy to do the wiring by following the instruction I was given, everything came in the package. The only problem I had is because is not a monsoon system, I had to adapt a different dim panel in order to fit the radio in. But the rest was piece OK. It has a nice sound and you can play different bass. Since I have a new Bass Box of 12" from Pioneer and 800 amp , this system plays awesome.

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    Keith from Peabody. MA on 11/13/2006

    2000 Jeep Wrangler
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    The radio is great for the money. I am happy with the purchase the soung quality is great. The only down side is the HD channels don't always come in with the weaker stations. I also got the IPod adaptor which works great too.

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    Real nice head unit for the money

    James from Staten Island NY on 11/11/2006

    Excellent sounding unit. Cd's are awesome, clean undistorted sound. This unit sings at high volume with good quality speakers.<BR>HD Radio great, a little choppy is low signal areas, but unit selects analog or digital automatically.<BR>The only reason I gave this one 4 stars is the volume knob. It's tool small and slippery. I had to put a rubber band on it to grip it properly. That's my only complaint.<BR>

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    Great upgrade!!

    Norbert from Detroit, MI on 11/7/2006

    2001 Toyota Camry
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    Great addition to my car. I'm very eager to upgrade my speakers to take full advantage of the better sound. It did take me some time to adjust the radio to the speakers to get a reasonable sound. At first the factory speakers sounded terrible. <BR>I'm sure new speakers will bring out the best in this radio. Awesome, I'm very happy. Installation was a breeze.

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    n2ubp from Middletown, NY on 11/5/2006

    1995 Ford Thunderbird
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    I've had this radio for two weeks. <BR>Radio reception on AM, FM, and HD Radio is good. No program content delays when auto switching between analog and digital formats. AM HD Radio bit sampling rates seem to degrade when more than 20 miles from the transmitting site, resulting in choppy audio. Not sure if this is a radio issue or overall HD Radio technology issue. No problems playing 320 KBPS MP3 burned to CD-RW. My car has a factory power telecoping antenna. If the keys are out of the ignition and want to eject or load a CD the antenna is activated. Should build some logic into the radio to not activate the antenna when ignition is off. Basic radio controls are easy to use on the road but use of pushbuttons for multiple items depending on amount of time depressed and combination of buttons pressed takes some learning. Not intuitive. Overall considering what you are getting for the money this is great bang for the buck.

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    Have grown to love it.....

    B.J. from West Palm Beach, FL on 10/21/2006

    1997 Toyota Camry LE
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    To be honest, my first impression after installation was kind of ho-hum and disappointing. I even went to the catalog to shop for what I would replace it with. However, once I read the manual,understood and adjusted all the features, I am now very impressed and happy with this unit. It sounds great even with my original factory speakers. HD is great but switches back and forth frequently. I'm hoping this will improve as HD becomes more widely broadcast. Solid, well made unit with quality look and feel. Now, I can't believe I actually considered sending it back!

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    AWESOME RECEIVER!!!!!

    Jason from Washington, D.C. on 10/19/2006

    2003 Hyundai Santa Fe

    Get this for many reasons. I have a Santa Fe with a monsoon amp. Ordered on 10/18 received on 10/19. Excellent Crutchfield SERVICE !!<BR><BR>1. The SRS(CS-A) awoke my factory speakers and Monsoon amp. The sound is really nice.<BR>2. iPod connector. So worth it and sounds amazing. Yes you can shuffle unlike what others say. Tip: Select Mode, 6(RND)2X to Song RND then on the control dial do Up( Playlist), Down, Left(All Songs), Down, Down(To play). Then you skip songs like shuffle mode like the ipod.<BR>3. iPod tag scrolling works really well.<BR>4. The EQ may take a while to tune, but atleast you get that kind of ability which was important to me. I love being able to shape my sound.<BR>5. HD built in. I haven't tried it but I'm sure it's nice since DC has quite a few HD stations.<BR>5. Value. You get ALOT for your money with this receiver.

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    Awesome alone, Even better with iPod (KS-PD100)

    minnesotauser from Minneapolis, MN on 10/13/2006

    1996 Honda Accord EX
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    I've been looking at purchasing this with the KS-PD100 iPod adapter for months now and reading reviews carefully. <BR><BR>SRS Surround is incredible. I'm a very picky listener and can't believe how good the sound is in my '96 Accord with factory speakers. <BR><BR>The unit is great alone -- even better with iPod attached. I can't believe there aren't more units with HD Radio and iPod capability built in at this price. This is an amazing product especially when considering it's first generation. Not sure what 2nd gen could add, so I wouldn't bother waiting for new models. This is the first car system I've owned that makes me wish my commute was longer!<BR>

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    Michael from American Canyon, CA on 10/13/2006

    2001 Dodge Ram
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    I was introduced to this car stereo by a good friend and fellow Broadcast Engineer and was so impressed by the performance, I purchased one for myself.<BR><BR>This is a very good HD car stereo for the money and it is feature packed and smart in its design. The amplifier is very clean even at high volume levels and the sound quality is impressive, a built in eq that is user adjustable allows for some tailoring of the audio. The front end for both AM and FM is very sensitive allowing for good analog as well as stable HD reception. The AM section is a bit too narrow banded and a selectable bandwidth feature would have been helpful for analog reception but the HD decodes and holds well on AM after some buffering. FM HD works extremely well for both HD 1 and HD 2 reception. <BR><BR>Accessing the FM HD-2 channel is very easy to accomplish with the simple press of a large button. The FM section has a selectable IF bandwidth feature. A "Hold" function allows the user to lock the radio in any mode to prevent the receiver from switching between analog and digital in fringe areas, i.e it can be held in Analog, HD 1 or HD 2 mode. <BR>Once I became used to the front panel, navigation was easy and the display is very easy to read. It favors the FM band by offering 3 memory banks vs. only one memory bank for AM. <BR><BR>The CD player plays MP3 and WMA files and accomplishes this very well, and of course it has a removable face plate for security. Satellite radio is offered as an option.<BR><BR>I gave it a 4 star rating based on the limited memory bank for AM and the narrow AM bandwidth that restricts the analog audio quality, but Im a picky Engineer; overall, this is a very good value

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    Laura from Dallas, TX on 10/13/2006

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    I did a lot a research on this product before purchasing. There is NOT a better radio out there in this price range hands down. I own a 2003 VW Passat with the Moonsoon Sound System. I did not upgrade the factory speakers and after installing this receiver I'm glad I didn't. My car sounds completely and 100% better now. I have bass I never knew I had and the sound clarity is awesome!<BR><BR>I read a lot about HD Tunners and how troublesome they can be in some markets. I commute an hour to work (each way) each day. My route takes me from 15 miles north of Dallas to 15 miles south of Dallas. Every station but one (103.3 ESPN Radio) that is broadcasting in HD comes in with 100% clarity. When I feel like listening to 103.3 I simply hold that station in analog which eliminates all tunning problems.<BR><BR>I already had a subscription for Sirus Radio so the Sirus tunner (Sirius SIR-JVC1) was a must have. The most difficult part of this install was when I spent MORE time on the phone with Sirus than I did with the install guys. The Sirus radio works great however, but the HD radio sounds better if you can believe that.<BR><BR>I have a portable MP3 player which is not an IPod. I also have a Motorola SLVR with ITunes. With the input adapter (JVC KS-U58), which hangs down on the passenger side, I can now use both. The sound is indistinguishable from the HD Radio.<BR><BR>The EQ settings take a bit of time to adjust and can be somewhat annoying. But with a little patience and time I became extremely satisfied with the ease of use and sound quality from this receiver.<BR><BR>The only thing I would add would be an aux port on the front. I strongly recommend!!

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    Kelly from Mattoon, IL on 10/10/2006

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    First off, Crutchfield has the best sales rep, tech support guy and instructions I've come across! This was my first intall...ever...and I did it with no problems at all. The instructions are perfect, I've yet to see any that were any better. Thank YOU!!!<BR><BR>The receiver met and exceeded my expectations. In a rural area, I only get one HD channel, so it will be a while before I can compare it to another. However the standard channels do come in extremely well. I've not noticed a problem yet.<BR><BR>Colors and style are nice and they do match up with my other dash lights well enough. Text is large and very easy to read. I wish it pulled RDS data though. The buttons will take some getting used to as they are a bit small, but nothing to worry about. <BR><BR>Installing was really simple. Make sure the wires are for the same use, match colors, solder, tape, and you are good to go! <BR><BR>Now for the good part, I get to spend a few days playing around with it and making it work for me. Thank you to Crutchfield for making this a really great experience. I couldn't have done it without you!

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    Great HD receiver

    Zach from Berkeley, CA on 10/9/2006

    1996 Nissan Maxima
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    Great receiver! I wanted an HD receiver that could tune the subchannels (HD-2, etc.), and many of the other offerings do not have that feature. Overall, this receiver is FANTASTIC. I have no complaints. I wish that it included an aux connector instead of needing to buy the accessory, but it is worth the price. I hooked it up to a 1996 Nissan Maxima GLE with a Bose speaker package - a royal pain made easy by Crutchfield's great instructions. Everything was included that I needed to hook up the ridiculous Bose line-level connectors (once I bought everything Crutchfield recommended), and it sounds terrific!<BR><BR>The receiver itself sounds great. I do not have any problems tuning in stations like others have reported. HD stations take a second or 2 to tune in and sound great afterwards. I am also surprised by the quality of the HD subchannels. No problems whatsoever. One oddity though - for some reason, the antenna stays up even when I am tuning to aux. Not a huge problem, really only a problem if I want to listen to my Sirius (I have a Sirius replay, not the JVC accessory) while in a car wash =P<BR><BR>5 stars! And Crutchfield instructions/service are incredible!

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    Jeff from Lynn, MA on 10/7/2006

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Had an easy time installing this receiver. Never done one before and had no problems. Instructions were right on and very helpful. Fit my 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 like a glove. Did not have to buy any other attachments or cables, everything was included in the packaging. Thank you Crutchfield for making this so easy!

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    Andrew from Philadelphia, PA on 10/5/2006

    2003 Honda Civic

    I purchased this radio back in April and usually wait for at least 4-6 months before I review a product. After this time I have found it to be a pretty cool radio. The HD radio is definitely better sounding than your normal FM sound especially in the Philly market where we have a number of HD stations to listen to with a few having the multi-casting on a few channels. AM stations on HD are definitely nice however due to AM stations having to turn there frequencys down at night per the FCC you only get to enjoy it in the day time. I also bought the sirius tuner for this radio and its definitely nice to have the satellite function with this radio. I have had some issues where every now and again the satellite radio does not work. Not sure if it is a defect in the radio or the satellite tuner. Definitely a major incovenience but because I have easy access to fixing it I am able to deal with it. The sound is good on this radio. The screen on the radio is hard to read during the daytime and look some other reviews the buttons are too small. However overall Im happy with this radio and it does look nice in my Honda Civic especially at night cause the colors match up with my interior dashboard dimmer lights.

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    05 Jeep Wrangler

    Hugh from Dallastown, PA on 10/4/2006

    I just finish installing this radio and it has made a big difference in the way my Infinity Kappa 52.7i 5-1/4 sound. They are installed both in the sound bar and in the dash. The HD seems to work well but I see what others have said about the fading in and out. For the most part I am very satisfied wth the over all sound and easy of installation. The next project is to istall the JVC CS-BB2 120W Compact Powered Subwoofer which will be a bit more challenging.<BR>

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    Excellent Unit

    Daniel from Dallas on 9/26/2006

    1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse
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    This unit is a great buy. If you can't get the sound the way that you would like it then I would guess that you made an error in the installation process or adjustements to your amps. The gains on my amps were preset from the last head unit I had and I didn't have to make any adjustments to the Eq at all. I work in the industry and purchased this unit for personal use because I was so impressed with the sound and value. For the price, you can't beat it. The HD is a neat toy with great soud but I tend to listen to CDs more than the radio. I listen to stuff that isn't mainstream so the MP3 and WMA is my best choice. Even if you don't listen to mainstream you can still usually find something in the multicasting that will do the trick. Overall, I'm very impressed and very excited about my new toy.

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    Edd from Chandler, AZ. on 9/25/2006

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

    Two weeks on the road and here's my thoughts.<BR>There are a number of stations in the Phoenix area that broadcast HD. I prefer four of them. With the multicast capabilities, I actual get nine stations. I travel to Albuquerque on occasion and there's about four HD stations there I tune to. <BR>With the reduced price, I added the Sirius unit which is great on long trips between Phoenix and Albuquerque. <BR><BR>The sound is excellent. Very crisp and a nice controlled bass. I can see where I should have upgraded my speakers (just purchased). The CD player is smooth and with MP3 and WMA capabilities, my compilation CD's work great and with text. <BR>The ease of use is OK. Programming is a chore. Keep the manual with you even after you program because if you make a change, you'll need it to remember which button, which way, for how long.<BR><BR>Crutchfield's installation kits were right on as usual. Had everything install and working in less that 2 hours with little trouble.<BR><BR>My only negative was the ease of programming. Too many buttons to push, in sequence. And, be aware of what you're programming because it can shift to another selection without you knowing it. Small buttons, big fingers.<BR><BR>Overall, a great purchase. And at the reduce price, a fantastic purchase!!

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    Easy to install and use

    David from Seattle, WA on 9/24/2006

    1996 Chevrolet Tahoe
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    I installed this unit in my 1996 Tahoe, and I've enjoyed using it on trips. It took me about 2 hours to install. The instructions were complete and simple, and the hardest thing about it was soldering together the wires. It sounds great and works well.<BR><BR>The one complaint I have about this unit, and this seems to be a trend for auto CD players these days, is that there's no pause button! What the heck? If I need to pause the CD, I have to turn the unit off, which also turns off the clock (until you can find the DISP button to turn it on for a few seconds). Maybe Crutchfield could add "Pause" to the Features list, like other review sites have started to do.

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    JVC, Not For Me..(Returned)

    Evan from Santa Barbara, CA on 9/23/2006

    1996 Honda Civic
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    After waiting for the HDR1 to arrive at my doorstep in CA, I did what most do with their time, browse a few reviews and learn more about the device. This is the second JVC I have bought from Crutchfield and with out a doubt, my last. Why? Well because in my small sized honda the sound was unpleasant on the ears. Even after spending half an hour tweaking with the EQ settings and asking my father what his opinion was on the Cd player I still didn't like how it was sounding. To me it was always either to sharp sounding or flat. My speakers aren't factory ones either mind you and the cheap Kenwood Deck that came with the car when I bought it in my opinion sounded more subtle and clear then the newly purchased JVC. The HD Radio was cool but it seemed useless on AM most of the time. Also I didn't like hearing a song tone change whenever I lost HD reception. A few flaws here and there but in general I didn't really like this unit much and have returned it.

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    Worth twice as much !!

    Alan from Tacoma, WA on 9/22/2006

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    When the sound moves from the analog station, to the HD digital feed, your first thought is "I need to get this for every car". This unit is an excellent buy, and installed in about a half hour.

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    This radio exceeded my expectations!

    Len from Cincinnati, OH on 9/17/2006

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    Being a radio buff, I had some doubts about the HD radio technology. Specifically, I had concerns that the HD signals would not travel far. After connecting the radio, I noticed that all of the Cincinnati HD stations were receivable, which was expected being about 15 miles away. However, I was pleasantly surprised when some of the Dayton stations, about 40 miles distant, were receivable in the HD mode - even when the analog stations were somewhat degraded. The transition from analog to digital is smooth for both AM and FM. Although the difference in sound quality between analog and digital FM seems small initially, you eventually become accostomed to not hearing pops, picket fencing and multipath distortion. Now when I listen to a non-HD station, the distortion is apparent after being spoiled by the clarity of the digital broadcasts. Most of the HD2's are great too. I highly recommend this radio.

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    JVC KD-HDR1

    RC from Poolesville, MD on 9/14/2006

    2002 Ford Escape
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    I bought this unit a month ago after shopping around for a couple of months. It came highly recommended. At first the price was a little high. Initially I had selected the Sony CDX GT-500, but when it came time to buy I noticed the price drop on the JVC KD-HDR1 and jumped on it. I was not disappointed. The HD radio is fantastic. Just as the sales associate said it would be. Very clear, stable reception and CD quality sound. Display is very readable in any light. Impressed with the number of stations broadcasting in HD in the DC area.<BR><BR>As for the CD player also very good. Main reason for buying a replacement HU for my 2002 Ford Escape was for MP3/WMA CD play back. This unit is fantastic. Very easy to set up. Lots of settings to make it sound the way you want. Not crazy about equalizers, but I was able to set it up just fine.<BR><BR>I've bought from Crutchfield before and they are still the BEST!! I would recommend this unit to anybody who wants to upgrade their factory radio. This is the only unit with a built-in HD radio receiver that I could find for this price anywhere, most are at least $100 more.

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    HD Radio in its infantcy.

    Steve from Reading, PA on 9/8/2006

    After my favorite Christian radio station was bumped to an AM station and an FM HD station, I had to try to get them back, so I puchased this JVC HD radio. The radio would get 5 glowing stars if the HD were what I was led to believe it to be. Don't get me wrong, when you get HD, it sounds great. In my area, several stations are simulcasting additional HD feeds to their frequencies and I can pull in HD broadcasts from Philadelphia, although somewhat spotty. But the HD station I most want to receive from Reading gets lost, sometimes within 10 miles of the station's tower. It constantly cuts in and out while driving when I am at the edge of the receiving range. I did expect more after reading iBiquity's (developer of HD) website.<BR><BR>I installed the radio in my company supplied work van and the JVC really blows away the performance of the stock radio. The AM tuner is significantly stronger and I get no engine noise, FM is equally as good. The disc player is a great addition to have on long trips. It is true that the display dimmer does not function in my vehicle. Neither can you save HD simulcast stations directly to a preset, you need to first tune the main HD station, then bump another button to access HD 1 or 2. Minor inconvenience. <BR><BR>There are so many features to the radio, and options for the display, you nearly drive off the road playing with the settings.<BR><BR>My Crutchfield experience was awesome, everything needed for installation was either included or was listed as necessary for installation on the website. Detailed instructions are included.<BR><BR>Chose this radio for its features, HD tuner, disc player and price and you can't go wrong!

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    An Exceptional Buy!

    Robert from Taylor Mill, KY on 9/8/2006

    1995 Dodge Ram 1500
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    Everything was 100%!<BR>Ordering was easy and the unit arrived on time and complete. <BR>After reading the instructions I spent 15 minutes during lunch at work making up the wiring harness. It was a work of art!<BR>The next day during lunch I did the entire installation in 25 minutes! Probably a world record.<BR>The unit powered up and after a short while later that day, everything was set. <BR>The sound is great even with the OEM speakers and the remote makes the whole system work with no problems.<BR>My 1995 Dodge Ram 1500 with 182,000 miles had never sounded better.<BR>In this area we have at least 11 HD-FM stations and 3 HD-AM stations so I feel that I've really maximized the money spent on the JVC HDR-1.<BR>I'd recommend it to anyone!

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    JVC KD-HDR1: A nice unit that works and sounds great.

    bd from Cincinnati OH on 9/6/2006

    2000 Nissan Frontier
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    I recently puchased and installed the JVC HD radio unit. The installation went smoothly and by the book, though the supplied plastic bracket was not nearly as sturdy or satisfying as the grounded steel bracket in the original installation. Nevertheless, the unit functions very well. Cincinnati has a number of HD broadcasts and several stations have sidebands that provide excellent programming, and fewer or even no commercials, shortening the daily commute. Hills and tall buildings do occasionally disrupt the broadcasts, but these are short-lived problems. <BR><BR>I also installed the iPOD adapter, and this too was very straightforward and is a must-have when leaving the metro area. <BR><BR>In short, the HD world of radio is indeed a substantial improvement over conventional FM broadcasts, and the JVC unit delivers it very nicely. <BR><BR>

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    HD Radio isn't that great and the Terk XM controller doesn't work

    Marty from Kansas City, MO on 9/4/2006

    2006 Ford F-150
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    Bought this unit as a replacement for the factory stereo in my 2006 F-150 Supercrew. Installation was fairly easy, though I was not impressed with the fit of the unit in the dash - it sits about 1/4" too deep and looks like a cheap after-market installation. <BR><BR>Crutchfield's radio commercials extolling the virtues of HD Radio were the reason I bought this radio. Unfortunately, at least in this market, HD is pretty immature -- about half the local stations broadcast HD; not a single one does any multicast and almost all of them have done "something" to the HD audio such that it sounds worse than analog (no lows, no highs). So I'm not impressed.<BR><BR>I also bought the Terk XMD1000 XM satellite radio receiver and the XMDJVC100 smart interface, only to find out that the XMDJVC100 unit doesn't work properly -- XM radio reverts to channel 1 every time you power up the unit or change from one input source (CD, XM, FM, etc.) to another. Plus the preset buttons don't save the selected XM channel -- instead, you go to channel 1 every time you press the preset. Additionally, the quality of the connectors supplied with the Terk units is marginal at best.<BR><BR>I'm also not particularly impressed with the "preset" equalization or the "Circle Surround" feature - none of the presets EQs sound "full" and the "Circle Surround" takes the stereo effect away, instead focusing all sound to the center of the vehicle. Obnoxious.<BR><BR>This radio is going back to Crutchfield soon but I'm not sure what will replace it. All I know is I don't need a built-in HD radio tuner like I thought I did.

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    Fantastic

    Aaron from Columbus, OH on 9/2/2006

    1994 Dodge Dakota
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    The JVC KD-HRD1 is a fantastic in-dash receiver. HD radio's quality is only slightly better than a strong analog signal. The digital stations in town come in great. The analog receiver is VERY selective for excellent adjacent frequency rejection. Seems quite sensitive too. Plenty of controls for audio adjustments. <BR>If you are lucky enough to have digital AM stations, the difference over analog AM is astounding. FM is not so dramatic, but since this HD receiver can receiver multicast signals, it is great to have the additional content.

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    Excellent Value / Performance

    dNorm from Northern VA on 8/31/2006

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The JVC KD-HDR1 was an upgrade to my factory HU in my 2005 Ford Focus. After installation, my initial impression was not good, in fact I was about to send the unit back. After taking a deep breath, I spent about 1.5 hours tweaking the equalizer and customizing the CS-A settings - going back and forth to get the right combination, then things started to come together. The key is to not overcompensate on either settings. After tuning it to my likings, I still did not feel I got $200 worth of upgrade. It was marginally better than the stock HU. The HD radio is a mixed bag. A lot depends on the broadcaster and how they process the HD signal. Some stations do an incredible job, others have no idea. Interesting note, the highest quality for HD radio is a 96k stream. Some broadcast at 64k.<BR><BR>I dinged it one star for not having separate memory for sound settings for radio/cd/aux inputs. The volume dial also rubbed on one side while turning, I had to loosen the screws and push the pc board to one side to free up the sticking point. You cant display clock information on the screen in conjunction with other radio/cd information.

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    This is a great radio

    matt from Unknow on 8/30/2006

    This radio is great, don't listen to anyone about the HD radio is signal is weak. They cannot pick it up because of some other reason such as engine noise from a poorly run antenna cable or the antennas cables are old and worn. I bought this radio with doubt but I learned that it is truly amazing. To get a great signal I had to put my car up on a jack and remove a lot of stuff to get to the antenna cable then replace it and run the cable threw my firewall and up the dash to the back of my radio. I would recommend if you get this radio and your car is plus 6 or 7 years old that you replace your antenna.<BR>p.s. if you buy an antenna buy a factory one.

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    Great radio for the Buck!!!!

    Brian from Patchogue, NY on 8/27/2006

    This RADIO is GREAT if you're into HD Radio... I listen to AM radio and that picks up tons of interference especially from your own car appliances. The HD radio makes such a difference, I do have a problem that it isn't as sensitive as others have stated. Overall this Radio is definitely the best bang for the buck, if you want HD radio... Great BUY, I am very satisfied, THANKS CRUTCHFIELD!

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    Go for Two

    Jeff from Mount Laurel, NJ on 8/26/2006

    2000 Toyota Camry
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    If you haven¡¦t heard how good this KD-HDR1 is, let me tell you this: I bought two units in two weeks for both of my cars. That is how much I like this HD receiver. It picks up a lot more radio stations than my factory stereos. If not for this JVC, I don¡¦t even know those radio stations exist. <BR>HD digital reception is fantastic for me. I don¡¦t have any problem to lock on Digital signal mode. I know some people have problem with this mode but I truly believe the problem is not this receiver. The digital signal strength really depends on where you are. I only experienced minor signal interruptions while going through woods. <BR>

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    good news and bad news

    sempolski from Exeter, NH on 8/24/2006

    2001 Honda Civic EX
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    First, the good news. The JVC KD-HDR1 has a built-in HD tuner, looks good, and when you are listening to HD broadcasts surrounds you with sound that I must say is really impresive. Now the bad news. The tuner is (in my opinion) not sensitive enough to pick up HD signals reliably. The result is that the signal received will fade in and out between digital and analog, and these two modes can be several seconds out of sync- very annoying. Next time I'll pick a more sensitive tuner.

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    Good for the price

    Rob from San Antonio, TX on 8/22/2006

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    Installed in a 2003 Dodge Ram Quad Cab. The stereo is a great buy for so many features, after installing subs and an amp it sounds much better. The Circular surround sounds good but too high and tinny, I probably just need to tweak the EQ more. Cutomizing the built in EQ takes a little getting used to but gives great flexibility. I have not tested the sattelite features yet. The iPod controls are a must have, although a little slow scrolling by artist if you have a few hundred, found it easier to disconnect and operate manually to find artist and then plug back in for the rest of the controls.<BR><BR>Crutchfield on the other hand was exceptional, all installation parts included--wiring harness, antenna adapter and dash kit. Step-by-step installation instructions for people who have never install a new deck before. Crutchfield made it an exceptional buy!<BR>

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    Great HD receiver

    geo108 from Flint Michigan on 8/13/2006

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    HD radio sounds great - better than I had anticipated! Standard Definition radio can drift, and the RF saturation varies as you drive. Left and Right channels tend to blend when you're moving and listening to SD. When you are locked on an HD station, the signal is solid - and the stereo separation is flawless. <BR><BR>The sound from the built-in CD player is slightly less impressive. I find it be a bit thin. All in all though, this was a great purchase.

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    James from Caddo Mills, Texas on 8/13/2006

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    Installation was a breeze thanks to the kit that came with the unit. The only drawback for me is that the clock does not remain displayed if the radio is off. Otherwise, my Ford Focus ST with factory subwoofer is a genuine concert hall with HD radio. It is clear to the ears when HD kicks in and now I can finally control my factory subwoofer. Thanks, Crutchfield. Also, I did have to read the entire manual a couple of times to get the most out of the features.

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    Great Radio, Great Price

    Kevin from Lansing, Michigan on 8/11/2006

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    I work as a radio broadcast engineer. I have been wanting an HD receiver for a while, but waited for something at a reasonable price. It was my first order from Crutchfield, what a great company! I received it in two days via FREE UPS ground, it came with a FREE installation kit, FREE wiring harness, and excellent installation instructions specific for my vehicle, complete with good pictures. It only took an hour to install.<BR><BR>Now for the JVC radio. I have been using it for 10 days now. It works better than I expected. The FM selectivity and sensitivity is fantastic. As an example, I live between two adjacent channel FM stations on 92.5 and 92.7. I'm closer to the 92.5 tower. On all the other car stereos, I tune to 92.7 and hear a distorted version of 92.5, with hints of 92.7 in the noise. This radio is able to receive both signals quite cleanly. It beats my Nissan/Clarion factory radio. I'm impressed. The AM tuner is of equal quality. The analog performance is equal or better than my factory radio. I'm able to receive WJR in HD. WJR is a non directional 50kw AM on 760, but the tower is about 80 miles away. The FM HD performance is also excellent. I have heard that the HD range isn't even close to analog stereo. With this JVC, I can usually lock on the HD stream when the stereo analog is clean. If I'm hearing a noisy analog stereo signal, the HD indicator will flash, but not lock. It can sense some data, but has too many errors to lock. I drove down near Detroit to hear some HD-2 streams (there are none in Lansing yet). The HD-2 streams sounded better than I expected, better than XM satellite audio.

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    As good as it gets (for the $$$)

    Christopher from Arlington, TX on 8/9/2006

    1999 Acura 3.2TL
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    My Acura TL already had a quality head unit from the factory, so this upgrade was more about features than sound quality. The JVC does sound very good, but I'm not sure I can tell the night and day HD radio difference that others talk about.<BR><BR>I really enjoy the extra (HD2) stations that are now available to me. They have pretty much commercial-free music with slightly varied formats from their HD1 conuterparts. I also like the MP3/WMA capabilities and aux in connection (for outboard MP3 player).<BR><BR>The rating lost one star because the radio's interface takes a little getting used to. Specifically, you can't tune directly to an HD2 station; you must first go to the HD1 counterpart, then select the HD2 station with a button push. It could also use a better display for station/song info since the segmented LED has to scroll the information, but a nice LCD would've added more $$$ to the bargain price.<BR><BR>

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    Great headunit.. even with subs..

    Speedy2222 from Kouts, IN on 8/9/2006

    Well i got this yesterday, installed it yesterday, and all i have to say is... WOW.. This has to be one of the best investments i have ever made it sounds just SPECTACULAR!!!<BR><BR>I did however purchase 4 10" subs that had been installed... Right after i installed everything i was bumping to some beats.. my buddy complained htat the subs were overpowering.. all i did was press the cs-a button a couple times to get it to Type C and it sounds just perfect.. <BR><BR>The hd radio... I was sittin in my driveway listening to the radio while putting my dash together.. somewhat paying attention to it.. i heard it kind of get louder and clearer and after a second i realized what happened and i must say... the difference it great.. now AM radio.. i was just speacless when that sounded just as good as FM <BR><BR><BR>If you have the money you should deffinetely invest in this headunit

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    laesle from Island Lake , IL on 8/5/2006

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    I installed the radio in my car with the stock speakers (6) and it sounds great. The HD sound is awsome ! I also bought the ipod adapter. It's so nice to plug it in and go........ I would highly recomend this radio.

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    Good Radio, but could be better

    John from Walton, KY on 8/4/2006

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    Just had this radio installed in My 1999 F-150 Super Cab. I first had it connected to the stock speaker. It sounder worse than the factory system, so I decided to add some JL 5X7's to see if that helps along with a JL 10-inch Sub woofer with a Clarion 2120 Amp. The sound is much cleaner now, but still not the best. The radio performace is good and easy to install. All the parst supplied were excellent and installation took no time at all. I did not buy the ipod adapter, which I now wish I had. I think it would make things a little better. <BR>The HD radio is great. My normal station is HD and sounds better than ever.<BR>Would recommend this radio, but spend a little more and get one with more power and buy all the adapters so you don't do like me and have to order again and have to wait.

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    Awesome!!!

    Joe from Sandy, Oregon on 8/4/2006

    I replaced my girlfriends stock radio in her 2001 civic with the HDR-1 HD raido after reading up on it. The FM and AM sound quality is just as described, CD quality! I live 40 miles from the stations transmitter and FM sound quality is very poor, so annoying I lock my old raido to Mono to get rid of the static. Now comes this HD raido, while sitting in my garage I tune to my favorate station and within 3 seconds the HD light comes on and everything clears up to CD quality! It is 100% Amazing! And yes, when in very remote areas the raido blends back to analog without a hickup! The only drawback is whenever we take a drive, its her car that we take when we have a VW diesel that gets much better mileage. This raido is perfect for one who wants clean off-air raido!

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    HD radio = good, everything else = not good

    Jared from Livonia, MI on 7/27/2006

    1998 Mazda Millenia
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    My old car had a 3 year old Alpine head unit in it, which sounded fantastic. Still, after three years you would think that other companies would be able to sound as clean as my old Alpine, but that is not the case here. This JVC did not sound much better than the stock player which it replaced. I was very disappointed, but no matter how much I messed with the settings (equalizers, speaker types, etc) on any of the inputs (radio, ipod, and cd), it just sounded flat. Also it has "circle surround", which to me just sounds like the lows and highs are loud, and the voices and everything else are far away. I called Crutchfield for a RMA and ordered an Alpine.<BR><BR>But I must admit, during the next few days the unit did grow on me, or rather, the hd radio grew on me. The sound quality improvement of fm to hdfm is not very noticeable, but the am to hdam is dramatic. I think that, on this unit, the hd radio sounds better than any cds I put in the player , but that could be because the stations broadcast with more optimized eq settings than I could muster. The great thing about hd radio is the multicast stations, whose playlists are like those on satellite radio, but free. I reconsidered keeping the JVC just because of the hd radio, regardless of the clunky ipod interface and the poor sound quality.<BR><BR>Then my Alpine 9856 arrived, and I decided to try it out. The JVC is on its way back to Crutchfield.<BR><BR>To summarize: mild improvement in sound quality over stock, but should be much better; hd radio is a winner.<BR><BR>Side note: for the iPod adapter, change the setting on the HU from "changer" to "aux in". It will charge the iPod and you control it as you norm

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    John from KCMO on 7/25/2006

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    I was looking for a replacement CD receiver and happened upon this receiver with built in HD Radio and a great price. It has much better sound quality than my old Sony CDX-C7000X both with CD playback and with radio reception. Adding the JVC KS-U58 allowed me to plug in my XM receiver and get a cleaner XM broadcast than with the FM Modulator, and at a very good price too! This is my first MP3/WMA capable CD player, but I am hooked, I have entire artist collections on one CD now!

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    Awesome radio, buy this now!

    Rbrunyan from Albuquerque, New Mexico on 7/23/2006

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is an awesome unit. I am very happy with the way it sounds in my 2006 Focus ZX4 ST. It blows the stock MP3 stereo away. The best part is the ease of use. It only took me about 5 min to get everything set up. I'm still running the factory speakers but you would never be able to tell. The sound can be tweeked many different ways. By using the preset EQ settings along with the SRS settings you can get some awesome sound. The built in amp is great. It is enough to drive my 10" Bazooka tube and not be overpowering. The HD radio is great. The sound is fantastic. I also installed the IPOD adapter. It was a great add on and well worth the price. The controls are all done through the head unit just as if you were using the IPOD. It is so much better than an FM modulator. I probably spent more trying to find one of those that sounded good than I did on the adapter. You couldn't ask for an easier install. All of the hardware needed was included FREE! The wiring harness adapter was a direct fit. I haven't ventured into the SIRIUS radio yet. If your looking for a do it all radio, this is the one. Don't let the price fool you. I would have been happy if I paid retail. Have fun!

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    HD Radio & SRS CS-A...incredible!

    RWardMI from Commerce Twp. MI on 7/21/2006

    2006 Jeep Liberty
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    This JVC KD-HRC1's performance just blew me away...<BR>The combination of SRS CS-A with HD Radio really makes radio enjoyable, again. The SRS CS-A dramatically improves not only radio music, but regular CDs, MP3s and iPod music all jump to a higher level. <BR>Even with my Jeep Liberty's stock speakers I am blown away by the quality of bass and clarity of musical detail. <BR>The amount of tonal, EQ and spatial control this unit offers is staggering. Using SRS CS-A, playing RCA Dolby Surround encoded CD's creates an incredible discrete surround field in my Jeep. SRS CS-A on stereo sources is awesome, very comparable to the effect of Dolby ProLogic II on home stereo sources. <BR><BR>Bravo, Crutchfield. Great price and service. The included install instructions, mounting brackets and wiring harness made the install a breeze.<BR>Highly Recommended!

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    Doug from North of Boston on 7/20/2006

    2003 Ford Econoline
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    First off, let me say that I can be a bit pathetic when it comes to my electronic equipment. I almost never keep the first item I purchase. To say that I'm completely satisfied with this unit, is really something.<BR> The unit is replacing an older Kenwood and let me say right from the start that the analog tuner is just as good as the Kenwood tuner ever was. Granted some of Pioneer's and older model Sony's have a better tuner section, but not by much. As for the HD radio, anywhere within 25 miles of the source sounds fantastic. Outside this range, you start to loose the signal. This has nothing to do with the tuner, it's the HD radio signal itself. I know someone with a much more expensive Kenwood and it does the same thing. Only when theirs switches from digital to analog, there is a slight delay. The JVC switches almost seamlessly.<BR> The cd section of this unit sounds pretty close to perfect. The amount of ways to fine-tune your speakers is more than enough. Your speakers never sounded so good, even without a sub-woofer. You'll be amazed of the bass out of even stock speakers.<BR> It has a great look, even in bright sun light. I thought I wouldn't like the display at all, but for the money they charge for this unit, the display works just fine. Only complaint is I wish the clock stayed on when the unit was "off" or in "stand-by".<BR> Someone mentioned that the balance had to be reset every time he got back into his truck. Not true. He must not have wired a "constant" power supply to it. It holds all your presets just fine. Also, someone said the remote only worked six inches away from the unit. Also, not true. It works fine from either passenger or drivers s

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    Best Buy for your money and Ears !

    Ali from DFW, TX on 7/20/2006

    1997 Nissan Altima
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    I give it 4 stars because nothing's perfect to get 5. After reading all reviews & researching about other choices, I bought this baby and I'm very happy with my purchase. Based on the price, quality & features, this is the best buy for you. I was a Pioneer fan for long time and I didn't know what I'm missing! It has very nice clean highs & perfect deep lows, which you can customize it for your taste. HD Radio is Great! You have control over almost all settings. I was thinking to get a Sub soon, but with this unit you will get plenny of nice clean deep Bass(Not Boomi) which is perfect for Electronic music I listen to most of the time. The Only thing is missing is LED light around the Volume knob! Thank you Crutchfield for your professional service. My suggestion: BUY IT:)

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    Guy from Chardon, OH on 7/18/2006

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    Wow is all I have to say, Super Fast shipping from Crutchfield. Radio Sounds better than the Bose factory system I had in my 99 Olds Intrigue. I love that it came with all the wiring kit and very easy to install. As everyone else has said Radio isnt radio till you hear it in HD super clear and AM sounds like old FM WOW again. I am very pleased with this unit and Crutfield I applaud you on the free and prompt shipping. I ordered it on a Sunday got it on Tuesday.

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    ROBERT from detroit on 7/17/2006

    2001 Toyota Highlander
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    First of all thanks Crutchfield for the prompt shipment and free cables/instructions/adaptor plates. I love this unit for having both HD and Ipod hookups. Bit of trivia-the HD does not stand for hi-def, but is simply a cool sounding, copyrighted term for the system. AM never sounded so good. It takes a couple seconds but once it pops in, AM sounds like FM. Here in Detroit there is a lot of multicasting so many FM stations have multiple programming. The single line display makes navigating the Ipod a bit clunky but I guess thats why they put playlists on the thing. The simulated surround and subwoofer actually improve the sound af all sources. I am getting ready to order a second unit for my other car now!

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    Really Good Unit.......But

    Dave from New York City, NY on 7/16/2006

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    I agree with most of the reviews about this unit. The pics don't do it justice. It looks a lot better in person, especially at night. And I like that there are actually preset buttons for your favorite stations; something that manufacturers seem to be moving away from. I need EQ controls, the more the better, and don't understand why many manufacturers are so stingy about providing them. Because of this, my last few stereos have either been JVC or Pioneer. Pioneer is the king of providing EQ in car stereo. Pioneer doesn't make an HD unit yet (maybe next year), so I went with this unit. It has a seven band EQ (adequate) but only gives one User EQ. My "but" concerns the really poor, in my opinion, tuner section. Sure the HD sounds great, that isn't an issue. The problem is that it won't even pull in regular stereo stations that I used to receive with my stock Toyota radio. It's a really great radio, but unfortunately I will be returning it.

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    Excellent radio at an excellent price!

    Greg from Wanatah, IN on 7/15/2006

    2004 Toyota Corolla
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    What an excellent radio! Clean, sharp look with a bright, very-legible LCD display. HD Radio sounds phenomenal, although sometimes the signal can be pretty spotty until I get closer to the towers, however it appears to be just a signal strength issue, not the radio. When I can get good HD signal, it is phenomenal! There is a very big difference in sound quality. You can especially tell it when you are listening to a station broadcasting their main signal on HD-1, when the radio flips between the two. The scrolling text is very nice, it's great to receive artist/title information when tuning in HD Radio. Regular analog radio sounds great as well, I'm able to pick up stations further than I could with my factory radio. CD/MP3 sound quality is very good as well. Excellent buy all the way around! I would absolutely buy this product (or other) JVC products again! Highly recommended! I have yet to find a "flaw" with this unit. In future releases, it'd be nice to see the ability to program an HD channel directly into the presets.

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    Nearly Perfect

    Hop from Denver, CO on 7/15/2006

    2000 Honda Civic
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    This stereo is simply nearly perfect. The sound created by the SRS Circle Surround Automotive settings are incredible. I've never heard such detail in my music before. I thought about getting a subwoofer but with the TRUBASS system, I'm overwhelmed by how much bass my regular speakers can pump out. Also, the HD tuner makes me want to actually listen to the radio again. The display is brilliant, even in direct sunlight. Paired with the ipod adapter, this is mobile music nirvana.<BR><BR>The only negatives I can think of are that the control knobs feel a bit low-end, and the remote needs to be aimed directly at the unit five inches away to actually work.

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    Mark from Alexandria, Virginia on 7/15/2006

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    I ordered this stereo to replace my factory head unit in my 2005 Scion tC. With the wiring adaptor, DIN adapter kit, and step by step instructions provided by Crutchfield, the installation was simple. I was able to remove all of the fairings with no damage. With four kids under 8 "assisting" installation still took less than one hour. Without the help, it could probably be done in 30 minutes.<BR>Sound is awesome. HD radio comes in crisp and clear and I like the ability to pick up multicast programming. I also bought the iPod adapter. It is great to be able to select songs directly on the HU and to hear them clear without the signal lost by radio iPod adapters. Great improvement over the sound provided by my factory unit.<BR>Great performance, great assistance from Crutchfield, and great price.

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    Timothy from Newport, Mi on 7/15/2006

    2004 Ford F-150
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    tuner gets terrible reception, hd fades in and out at only 28 miles from detroit, had to reset the balance every time i started my truck, very disappointed with this unit, sent it back for another brand.

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    One word...WOW!

    Todd from Redmond, WA on 7/13/2006

    This deck kicks!!! I had a 4 year Pioneer Premier deck before and it had always done me well... up until a few weeks ago and it started showing it's age. So I knew I wanted a deck with built-in HD radio and found this. I have black dash so I knew this would look better then the silver head unit before. The sound is 100 times better. I could not believe the level of bass my speakers could put out. I'm very picky to how my system sounds and this deck does the job above my standards. It sounds much more balanced and I've yet to install my subs. It does take a little while to learn how to modify all the different settings but if you read the instruction guide you can't go wrong. The display is not overwhelming like some at night. Simple and basic so no unneeded attention is drawn to it. My girlfriend is wishing I could have got this for her since we had just got a deck months before. What else can I say... this thing is sold way too cheap for the quality sound and features it has... get it before its price goes back up... I highly recommend this deck!

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    Awsome Sound

    Robert D from Milwaukee, WI on 6/28/2006

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    WOW is all that I can say!<BR>One am music station turned on IBOC AM (HD) and it sounds great!<BR><BR>Of course FM hd is even better! ANd for Analog FM the front end of this radio is really great for pulling in distant FM stations or close spaced stations!<BR><BR>This gets a A++++++++++++ all the way around!<BR><BR>

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    Be sure to check out your local station list

    Scott from Austin, TX on 6/5/2006

    A little background first. I haven't bought an aftermarket radio since 1981. I've lived without an in-dash CD player enjoying mostly FM while on my commute for all that time. The prospect of free HD Radio, the ability to integrate with an iPod, and the fact my 14 year old factory car radio was slowly fading away made my mind up to pick this unit.<BR><BR>Swapping my factory radio with this one did create some alternator noise that I need to sort out still, even when soldering the ground wire. So be prepared to deal with that. <BR><BR>HD-Radio reception is very good, with no drop outs after going for a road trip this weekend. I'm normally not a person to use sound stages or extreme EQ settings, as they seem distorted, but on this radio SRS really adds a natural dimension when used with the factory 7 speaker setup my car came with.<BR><BR>I chose the iPod controller that allows me to use the faceplate to select the songs. There is no way I'll scroll through 7000 titles even with the iPOD, so a playlist is enough, and quick to select from the head or the remote.<BR><BR>

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    Best I ever owned, so far

    Benjamin from Lantana, FL. on 5/26/2006

    1997 Chevrolet S10
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    This radio fit my needs to a tee.<BR>All the audio presets are adjustable to your liking. With a 7 band internal EQ. and 3 levels of surround sound targeted to a car's interior.<BR><BR>RCA push on connections for each of 4 channels, and sub woofer RCA's outputs as well. Software in the radio allows for for those subwoofer outputs to be adjusted independitly.<BR><BR>I highly recommened the HD feature. When you tune to a station it automatically detects the HD signal and switches over, the static disappears, high freq. sounds gets louder and clearer, Real CD quality clarity. It scrolls the song title/ artist/ station info. With HD many radio stations broadcast 2 or 3 songs at once. Like station 96.7 Fm has 3 HD songs playing at once, you switch from HD1, to HD2 and last to HD3.<BR><BR>I purchased the adapter so you can have auxiliary audio inputs at the rear for my existing XM roady reciever. The adapter plugs into the radios cd changer plug at the rear. the other end of the adapter has a standard 3.5mm male jack, like stereo head phones have. I can even plug in my police scanner so I can hear if the po-po 5 O-H are trying to catch me ridin dirty.<BR>If your budget allows get this radio you will not be sorry.

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    Nothing bad to say - a quality unit at a great price!

    Temple from Chicago, IL on 4/21/2006

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    I've only had this unit installed for about 3 days - so I can't attest to it's durability - however I'm thoroughly impressed with the sound quality, mechanical quality, and overall features. Besides the obvious HD and MP3 capabilities, I really enjoy the "amp gain" feature as well as the quality of the amplification system. The multiple line outs / built in amp provide a great way to "start out small" and move up to a larger install in the future. I've also got the Terk XM direct connection package on order for this unit (backordered at the time of this writing) - and after seeing the features this unit has out of the box, I can't wait to add my XM capability. The "SRS Circle Surround Automotive" feature really adds another dimension and reproduces awesomely - even with my stock speakers (which are pretty good regardless). I agree with the other reviews regarding the memory of HD2/HD3 channels - but that's a miniscule problem - not even a problem really - more a of a feature request in future releases of this unit. I would without a doubt recommend this unit. In fact - I recommend you get it now - before JVC realizes the mistake they've made by pricing it so reasonably.

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    Tim from Large Radio Market on 4/7/2006

    I had a Kenwood (KTC-HR100MC same as KTC-HR100TR)system in my old car, but my new car did not have room for a two piece system.<BR><BR>The JVC has a Auto/Wide IF filter on FM for close paced stations, can hold in Analog only, Digital only or Auto HD, the Amp is CEA-2006 Compliant, the display will not washout with a flashlight like the Kenwood.<BR><BR>If you need a stereo indicator for digital, or want to save the HD2-HD8 stations on a preset go with the Kenwood. Yes there is mono on some HD3 stations. The JVC in digital hode mode on a HD2 will olny hold for about 1 minute after signal is lost then switch to the main audio program. The Kenwood in digital hold will stay on HD2 stations after signal loss (at least 10 or more minutes) and even after the radio is turned off and back on it will go back to th HD2 signal. <BR><BR>If you want to see the display in bright sunlight, easy install, CEA-2006 Compliant Amp, and HD Radio this is one for you. <BR><BR>If the JVC had a stereo indicator for digital and could save the multicasting channels as a preset it would beat my Kenwood hands down. <BR><BR>Note if a station is forcing digital at the transmitter end the Kenwood will have to be in digital olny mode to hear the digital signal. The JVC will switch automatically and flash the hold indicator.

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    Glen from Indianapolis, IN on 4/5/2006

    2001 Hyundai Sonata
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    This is a very nice HD radio receiver and great sounding CD/MP3 receiver as well. If the station has their HD set up properly, HD radio sounds phenomenal. The circle surround technology in this deck is also very nice. It really fills my vehicle with sound, seemingly coming from all angles. <BR><BR>I wish the tuner would allow you to go directly to HD2 stations without having to cycle to the HD1 station first, but that's a minor issue. <BR><BR>The only other issue is the analog FM sensitivity. It's adequate, but could be better. Current Pioneer receivers and an older (2001) Sony model are better at picking up and holding on to stations. The radio reception isn't as good on newer Sony models.<BR><BR>But, considering the price, I think you get a lot out of this deck!

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    Nice!

    Fred from Connecticut on 4/5/2006

    I have had this head unit in my minivan for just over a week now and really can appreciate the digital radio reception. I commute between the New Haven and Hartford areas and can lock in on a station without losing the digital (HD) signal. Once you hear this, its hard to go back to regular stereo fm. No background noise at all. It really sounds like you are playing a cd. I also have a seperate xm satellite radio tuner hooked up into the units aux in jack. It sounds excellent. On the JVC KD-HDR1, the name of the artist and song will scroll across the head unit display while listening to the digital (HD) radio signal. Some of the stations are not yet providing the additional text info. Some stations in CT also have an alternate (HD 2) station which gives you more choices. <BR><BR>Although this unit is satellite ready, I purchased the seperate xm radio tuner to view more lines of info at a glance. The JVC head unit displays 8 characters at a time while scrolling. Only the primary 8 character display is most visible in the daylight. <BR><BR>This is a great unit.

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    Robert from Rochester, NY on 3/25/2006

    2005 Scion xB
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    The KD-HDR1 has great sound quality, not only with HD radio broadcasts but also with analog FM broadcasts and MP3s. The tuner locks on to HD broadcasts well and blends back to analog pretty smoothly when the signal fades. The tuner also pulls in analog stations well; it's definitely more sensitive and resistant to interference than the tuner in my car's factory radio. The SRS Circle Surround Automotive sounds pretty incredible, especially with music on CD and with HD radio FM broadcasts. <BR>I have only a few quibbles with the KD-HDR1. There is only one User EQ curve. It is possible to select one of the preset curves and modify it temporarily, but once another curve is selected, your changes are lost. This wouldn't be a big deal, except that the EQ is too complicated to use while driving; you have to press Mode, EQ (multiple times to select a different curve), Sel, use the left and right buttons to select a band, then turn the volume knob to set the level for that band. Another minor issue is that if you are listening to a multicast (HD2 or HD3) station and turn off the radio or switch to another source, upon returning to tuner mode the radio tunes in the HD1 signal. Similarly, if you are listening to an HD2 or HD3 station and store it in a preset, upon returning to that preset the HD1 station will be tuned in. Overall, though, these are minor complaints which are outweighed by the KD-HDR1's excellent sound quality and value.

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    HD Radio works great!

    Bryan from Fletcher, NC on 3/17/2006

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    I am very impressed with this radio. Especially the HD Radio quality. I would recommend this product to anyone. I don't have any thing negative to say about this radio.

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    Features and Specs

    Expandability
    AUX Input Optional
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input No
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Android Control No
    Memory Card Slot No
    Bluetooth Compatible No
    Satellite Radio Ready Both
    HD Radio Built-in
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size ---
    Nano ---
    Touch ---
    iPhone ---
    General
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) 20
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) ---
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 40-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 2.5/2 volts
    Display Color White/Blue
    Key Button Color Red
    EQ Bands 7
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible No
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 11.3 dBf
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No

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    Features

    MP3/WMA Playback: The KD-HDR1 can play MP3/WMA files that have been recorded on CD-R and CD-RW discs. The disc must be recorded in one of the following formats: ISO 9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet or Romeo. You can directly access folders numbered 01-12 (they must be assigned two-digit numbers when recorded). Each disc can have a maximum of 8 folder hierarchies, 200 folders, and no more than a total of 512 files and/or folders on each disc.

    Intelligent EQ (7-Band iEQ): This model has Rock, Classic, Pops, Hip Hop, Jazz, and User preset EQ curves. The User preset can be adjusted to your preference and stored in memory. For the User preset, you can independently adjust the following frequencies: 60 Hz, 150 Hz, 400 Hz, 1 kHz, 2.4 kHz, 6 kHz, and 15 kHz. The level of each frequency can be adjusted from -5dB to +5dB in 1dB increments.

    SRS CS Automotive: SRS Circle Surround Automotive (CS Auto) lets you experience a natural sound field anywhere in the vehicle, unlike other sound field manipulation methods such as time delay. The SRS Circle Surround II decoder converts a stereo signal into multichannel sound. SRS Focus elevates the sound field to an optimal listening level, while SRS TruBass creates rich bass, even without using a subwoofer. SRS Focus can be applied independently to front and rear speakers. SRS TruBass can be applied independently to front and rear speakers and the subwoofer. You can choose from the following presets:

    • Type A: systems with large front speakers with tweeters and rear deck speakers
    • Type B: systems with large front speakers with tweeters and door-mounted rear speakers
    • Type C: systems with small front speakers and door-mounted rear speakers
    • User: allows you to store your own setting

    Amplifier Gain Control: When you are using the KD-HDR1 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.

    DiAS Tuner: This model is equipped with JVC's Digital Intelligent Advanced Sensing tuner, offering unprecedented analog radio performance with higher sensitivity and selectivity. You can set up to 18 FM and 6 AM stations as presets. Presets can be set manually, or automatically using Strong-station Sequential Memory (SSM). If an FM stereo broadcast is hard to receive, you can manually switch the tuner to "Mono" operation. You can also switch the tuner's IF filter to Wide or Auto to increase/decrease the sensitivity.

    Built-in HD Radio: With the built-in HD Radio tuner, you can receive digital AM/FM broadcasts from local stations where available. This new technology will significantly improve audio quality and reception, as well as include information such as artist name and song titles or traffic news, viewable on the receiver's display.

    Subwoofer Output: In addition to the 2.5V front and rear preamp outputs, this unit has a set of 2V subwoofer preamp outputs. The subwoofer output has independent level control, adjustable from 00 to 08, and a selectable low-pass crossover. You can select a cutoff frequency of 90, 135, or 180Hz.

    Compatibility with Optional Input Adapter: An optional JVC Line Input Adapter (item # 105KSU57) or Aux Input Adapter (item # 257KSU58) may be used to provide an additional auxiliary 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 CD changer input on this unit. When the adapter is connected to this unit, a CD changer cannot be connected.

    Clock Display: When you press the Display button during power off, the unit will turn on, display the clock for 5 seconds, then shut off. This can be done with the ignition on or off.

    Dimmer: This unit is equipped with a wire that JVC calls an illumination lead, however, it acts as a dimmer lead. The dimmer can be set to Off (normal brightness at all times), Auto (display window automatically dims when your car head lights are turned on), or On (display is always dimmed).

    Note:The amount of dimming is fixed, it cannot be adjusted, and the illumination wire must be connected for Auto operation.

    External Device Controls

    Optional Interface Adapter for iPod: The optional KS-PD100 adapter (item #257KSPD100) allows an iPod digital music player with a dock connector to be hooked up to and controlled by the KD-HDR1. You'll be able to scroll through all your playlists, albums, artists, genres, and composers directly from the head unit. Song titles and other file information show up right on the head unit display. The iPod is also charged while it is connected to the KD-HDR1.

    Satellite Radio: This unit supports both XM and Sirius Satellite Radio when used with an optional satellite radio tuner and adapter, sold separately. This JVC headunit supports the SiriusConnect Universal Vehicle tuner and JVC KS-SRA100 Sirius Satellite Radio interface (item number 700SIRJVC1, sold separately). The headunit also supports the XMDirect2 Universal Vehicle tuner and CNPJVC1 XM Satellite Radio interface (item number 700XMJVC1, sold separately).

    Changer Controls: This unit is equipped with JVC's "J-Link" CD changer control system. It is fully compatible with JVC's CD/MP3 changer (257CHX1500). Other JVC CH-X series CD changers (except CH-X99 and CH-X100) can be controlled directly by this head unit, however, they are not compatible with MP3 discs. You cannot use the KD-MK series CD changers with this unit, even with an adapter.

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