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Jensen Heavy Duty JHD1630B

AM/FM/WB receiver

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Our take on the Jensen Heavy Duty JHD1630B

The Jensen Heavy Duty JHD1630B receiver will hold up in the tough conditions you encounter at job sites and on the road. It'll handle vibrations, temperature fluctuations, and extreme humidity with ease, while its front panel features a protective covering that keeps out the dust and grime you encounter when taking on dirty jobs. And if you're a trucker who takes your stereo out of the rig when you're off the job, the receiver's built-in memory will keep all your presets and other settings for 30 days.

Built for the hard-working man

The Jensen Heavy Duty JHD1630B receiver will hold up in the tough conditions you encounter at job sites and on the road. It'll handle vibrations, temperature fluctuations, and extreme humidity with ease, while its front panel features a protective covering that keeps out the dust and grime you encounter when taking on dirty jobs. And if you're a trucker who takes your stereo out of the rig when you're off the job, the receiver's built-in memory will keep all your presets and other settings for 30 days.

Radio — and more

Anyone who drives a lot knows the pain of finding a great radio station, only to have it fade away. You can add a SiriusXM satellite radio tuner to the JHD13630B, and gain access to coast-to-coast reception of some of the most entertaining radio around. Of course, the built-in AM/FM tuner lets you keep up with favorite local radio stations, and the Weather Band tuner has automatic NOAA weather alerts so you won't be caught by surprise by severe weather. The Radio Broadcast Data Service (RBDS) alerts you to traffic conditions in select areas.

Plug your your iPod® or iPhone® into the front-panel USB port, and you'll be able to access your playlists through the receiver's controls, as well as view song information on the display. If you want some other options, you can plug other audio devices into the front minijack or the rear RCA auxiliary inputs. For workplace communications, add an optional microphone and external speaker and let 'em hear you with the PA function.

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

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • AM/FM/WB receiver (no built-in CD player)
    • conformal-coated circuit board and protective front panel keep out dust and grime
    • 7-channel Weather Band tuner with NOAA weather alert
    • built-in amplifier (22 watts RMS/45 peak x 4 channels)
    • backlit blue and black LCD display, with amber button lighting
    • built-in public address function (optional microphone required)
    • optional remote control
    • 30-day preset memory when disconnected from power source
    Audio features:
    • bass and treble controls
    • iPod controls
    • compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
    • inputs: front (3.5 mm) and rear (RCA) auxiliary inputs, front USB port
    • outputs: 2-channel preamp outputs (rear)
    Other features and specs:

    Is a very good Radio for a Jeep Wrangler,The radio was easy to install and when we had a Question/problem. The customer service was spot on!

    Anonymous, Yorkville, IL

    What's in the Box:

    • AM/FM/RDBS/WB in-dash receiver (15A fuse inserted in chassis)
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Wiring harness
    • Metal backstrap
    • Rubber boot
    • Philips-head bolt (with flat-/ lock-washer installed)
    • 2 Hex nuts
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • Installation/Operation Manual

    Jensen Heavy Duty JHD1630B Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (9 Reviews)

    Jensen Heavy Duty JHD1630B

    Anonymous from Cape May, NJ on 3/19/2017

    1996 Dodge Ram 2500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy to program and it has many features I really like. However, the yellow backlighting behind the volume/on-off knob is too bright and not dimmable. The rear speaker output stopped working after two weeks. I have a fix for the yellow backlighting but first it will go back to Jensen for repairs. A system reset didn't change my symptoms. I am a little disappointed.



    Jensen Heavy Duty JHD1630B

    Anonymous from Yorkville, IL on 2/27/2017

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

    Is a very good Radio for a Jeep Wrangler,The radio was easy to install and when we had a Question/problem. The customer service was spot on!



    Great Value!

    Melvin from yuba city, ca on 1/16/2017

    2000 GMC Sierra 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Fabu! Excellent instructions allowed me an easy out, easy in process. The diagrams were spot on. Great sound and love the ipod option!

    Pros: great value and great sound

    Cons: none yet

    Exquisite Simplicity

    Scuba Steve from Walker, MN on 8/2/2016

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

    I had a previous stereo purchased through Crutchfield but every time it lost it memory it was a massive effort to reprogram all the lighting levels. Not any more, it's pure bliss just beat sound and awesome performance. NO DEMO MODE

    Pros: Ease of operation

    Cons: None

    Hope price is worth it

    szfofa from Arizona on 11/1/2015

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

    There are a lot of other options out there. I think the price I paid is expensive but I'm hoping it proves to be worth it regarding heat and rattling. Tuning the radio is annoying because you can't hold the button down to change station you just have to keep pushing it. Wish it had a tune knob for that. I put it in my XJ and there is no clear easy way to attach the rear support bracket., so i used the metra 99-6000 to support it. I wish it had a removable face, because thieves still exist. The wiring diagram is a bit confusing but I figured it out. The din chassis or whatever is called isn't that tight. Basically I think car stereos really lack when it comes to tight tolerances I wish a company would just nail it.

    Pros: nice style, weather band, good sound,

    Cons: price, not great instructions,

    Great stereo

    Joe Y from Pennsylvania on 10/21/2015

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

    I put this in my 98 Jeep Wrangler and I absolutely love it. The clarity is unbelievable compared to my factory stereo. Tons of presets for stations although I mainly use the usb port with my favorite music on a thumb drive. Be careful with the mounting screw on the back,I removed the nut to attach the ground strap and the bolt ended up falling inside the unit, I had to open up the unit to get it back in the hole,but that gave me the opportunity to see the coated board on the inside,I was impressed. This thing is truly heavy duty.

    Pros: Sounds great,easy installation

    Cons: None so far.

    Great radio

    John from Stillwater MN on 9/13/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I put this in a John Deere 3720 with a cab. Plugged right in, and the cab came with speakers even though I ordered it without a radio. Fit in and sounds good even with factory speakers. I'll probably upgrade those speakers next. It plays my USB drive with my music. Also plays radio stations clearly. Pretty good radio for the environment it's in (lots of vibrations, bumps, etc.)

    Pros: Easy to install, great sound, USB drive

    Cons: Instructions not the clearest. More close up diagrams would have helped.

    Jensen Heavy Duty JHD1630B

    Captain Will S. from Tucson, AZ on 12/25/2013

    2000 Ford F-250 Super Duty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This product was far better then I expected , had a problem understanding how to wire it, called and was connected right away. The gentleman I spoke with went over it with me and had me knowing how to wire it in my sleep. The sound is awesome , installation was a snap as the parts were made to fit and they did. Great people, best service and a BIG thank you.

    Pros: Every thing.

    Cons: None on the equipment only the instructions. They should be larger and more details.

    Jensen Heavy Duty JHD1630B

    Boatguy from Cape Ann, Ma on 11/9/2013

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

    This stereo was a great upgrade to my 1991 Chevy k1500. The install note says modified fit but that isnt the case. Pull the three screws for the original stereo support/stop and it fits with no modifications besides the supplied dash filler panels. This stereo is perfect for a work truck, heavy duty, simple operation, weather band, usb and aux.

    Pros: Heavy duty construction, weather band, front aux and usb.

    Cons: none


    Hands-on research

    Features and Specs

    AUX Input Front/Rear
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input Front
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Android Control Yes
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible No
    Satellite Radio Ready SiriusXM
    HD Radio No
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano 7/6/5/4/3/2/1
    Touch 5/4/3/2/1
    iPhone 5/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) N/A
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) 22
    Peak Output 45 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth Not givenHz
    Preamp Outputs 2-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs No
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 2 volts
    Display Color Blue
    Key Button Color Amber
    EQ Bands None
    Wireless Remote Optional
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible No
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    FM Sensitivity ---
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes

    Product Research

    Heavy Duty Series
    AM/FM/WB Tuner + SiriusXM Ready
    USB/iPod/Aux Integration
    Audio Section
    Display Features
    Remote Control

    Heavy Duty Series

    Heavy Duty: The Jensen Heavy Duty JHD1630 is an AM/FM/RBDS/WB in-dash receiver which offers a front-panel USB port for iPod, dual Aux inputs, and is SiriusXM ready (requires optional tuner). Jensen Heavy Duty series head units are specifically designed, built, and tested to withstand even the harshest road and work conditions, such as humidity, electrostatic discharge, vibrations, and temperature fluctuations. Its entire front panel is an impervious membrane protected to prevent dirt, grime from accessing control panel through pushbutton gaps. The head unit's conformal coated PCB board and heavy-duty design specification provides maximum durability under all conditions. The following tests are performed on Jensen's Heavy Duty in-dash receivers.

    • Extreme Temperature & Humidity Test: Tested to ensure that the unit will fully function in -22° F to 158° F temperatures, as well as up to 95% relative humidity.
    • Vibration Test: Tested to withstand 4G's at 20-500Hz for 9 hours to ensure the unit can withstand the extreme environments most commonly met in heavy duty applications.
    • RF Performance Test: The RF Chamber test ensures that the stereo keeps clean signals in and the bad signal out, so you are always left with a steady signal without outside interference.
    • Electrostatic Discharge Test: The Electrostatic Discharge Test exposes the radio to up to 25 kilovolts to make sure it can withstand the most severe static build-up while you are out on the job.
    • Severe Electrical Environment Test: The Jensen Heavy Duty radio is designed to survive an alternator battery disconnection, because it is equipped with the necessary component to prevent "Load Dump" destruction.
    Note: This head unit does not contain a CD-slot.

    Single DIN Mounting: This unit is designed for installation in a vehicle with an existing 1-DIN radio opening. In many cases a special installation kit will be required to mount the radio to your vehicle's dashboard. The JHD1630 features an integrated trim-ring (non-removable) and pre-installed cage (removable). Please consult theCrutchfield Car Selector to see if your vehicle is compatible.

    2-Line Power System: The Jensen Heavy Duty series head unit features a 2-Line Power System which prevents battery drain when the vehicle is turned off.

    Non-Volatile Memory: The JHD1630's non-volatile memory saves your station presets and audio/user menu settings when the battery is disconnected.

    AM/FM/WB Tuner + SiriusXM Ready

    AM/FM Tuner: The JHD1630 is equipped with an AM/FM US/EURO tuner that can store up to 30 presets (12AM/18FM). You can search and store AM/FM stations manually or automatically. The head unit also offer Preset Scan which pauses the radio for 5 seconds at each preset station.

    RBDS (Radio Broadcast Data Service): This unit is equipped to display RBDS (Radio Broadcast Data Service) information when broadcast the radio station. The following LCD indicators appears when data is received.

    • RBDS: The current radio station is broadcasting RBDS data.
    • PTY: Program Type data is being sent. When flashing, PTY search is in progress. In FM mode you can use the following search options - Any, News, Information, Sports, Talk, Rock, Classic Rock, Adult Hits, Soft Rock, Top 40, Country, Oldies, Soft, Nostalgia, jazz, Classical, Rhythm & Blues, Soft Rhythm & Blues, Foreign Language, Religious Music, Religious Talk, Personality, Public, College, Weather, Emergency Test, Alarm.

    7-Channel Weatherband Tuner: The JHD1630 is equipped with a built-in weatherband tuner with NOAA weather alert. NOAA Weather Radio is a nationwide weather system that broadcasts local weather emergency information 24 hours a day. The US network has more than 530 stations covering the 50 states as well as the adjacent coast waters, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands and the US Pacific Territories. Each local area has it own transmitting station and there are a total of seven broadcasting frequencies used. You can set the unit to automatically turn on when there is an NOAA alert.

    WB Frequencies
    Frequency (MHz)Preset

    S.A.M.E (Specific Area Message Encoding): Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME) data is also broadcast prior to alert broadcasts. SAME data contains information about the geographic region affected by the alert, the type of alert, and its effective time. The geographic region included in the SAME data is called the Geographical Area code and has the form PSCCCC where "P" represents a portion of the county, "SS" is a two-digit state, territory, or offshore marine area identifier, and "CCC" indentifies the county , province, or major metropolitan area within the state. SAME data also includes the type of alert being broadcast. This unit can be configured through the system setting menu with up to seven Geographical Area codes to limit the automatic tuning or power on functions based on the type of alert.

    SiriusXM Ready: The Jensen Heavy Duty JHD1630 comes ready for SiriusXM programming with access to XM and Sirius Satellite Radio stations. Thanks to its proprietary SiriusXM Connect port, you can add the optional SXV200V1 SiriusXM Connect tuner and receive more than 150 channels of exclusive programming directly from SiriusXM, via the "SiriusXM All Access" package (subscription required). for a complete list of subscription options and channel guide. Additional features of the SXV200 SiriusXM Connect tuner include:

    • Channel list displays a list of all available channels
    • Category Search searches for channels in a certain category
    • Direct Tuning via front-panel controls
    • Displayed Information such as Channel Name, Artist Name, & Song Title can be viewed on the head unit's LCD
    • Up to 18 SiriusXM Satellite Radio station presets
    • Channels containing unsuitable content for children can be blocked
    Note: A separate SiriusXM Satellite Radio subscription is required (operates on the XM Network). However, you can easily add this SiriusXM tuner to an existing Sirius or XM account for a Multi-Radio Discount Plan.

    USB/iPod/Aux Integration

    Front-Panel USB Port: The Jensen Heavy Duty JHD1630 features a front-panel USB (type-A) port behind a rubber cover. The receiver's USB port can be used for connecting a (MSC) Mass Storage Class USB device; such as your Android smartphone, portable digital audio player, or USB thumbdrive. The head unit can play music files stored on the USB device in MP3 or WMA formats (up to 384 kbps). The JHD1630 will recognize up to 512 maximum folders, 12 folder levels, and a total of 999 files. The head unit also supports ID3 Tag information. USB portable devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the receiver's USB port (max. 0.5A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

    USB 1-Wire iPod/iPhone Control: The JHD1630's front-panel USB port allows you to connect your iPod/iPhone via the included iPod dock or Lightning connector-to-USB cable that comes with your iPod or iPhone (not included with the head unit). The iPod/iPhone power turns on automatically when an iPod is connected, as long a the vehicle ignition is turned on. This USB 1-Wire for iPod/iPhone connection lets you directly connect, charge, & control select iPod/iPhones via the USB jack on the front of the unit, as well as view metadata like song title & artist name on the front display. You can listen to stored music or music apps on your compatible Apple iPod/iPhone.

    • Bypass iPod DAC: The USB connection allows your iPod/iPhone's stored music to be loaded instantly to the head unit and sound quality to be maximized through the head unit's 1-bit D/A converter (bypassing iPod/iPhone DAC) for better sound quality.
    • Music Navigation: The JHD1630 supports the following playback control for your iPod/iPhone; Play/Pause, Repeat/Random, Skip/Previous, Fast Forward/Rewind, and Category Search (Playlist/Artist/Album/Genre/Song/Audiobook/Podcast).
    • Information Display: The head unit will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information, including Track #, Elapsed playing time, Song title, Artist name, and Album label.
    • Charging: While connected and the ignition switch is set to ACC or ON, the head unit's USB connection will power and charge your iPod/iPhone. If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then this unit will not recognize it. This unit will not charge the iPad.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Jensen Heavy Duty JHD1630 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 3/20/2013):

    Apple DeviceGenerationTested VersionMedia TypeControl TypeDisplay TypeCharge
    AudioVideoHead UnitiPodArtist/Song TextTrack Info
    5 6.1.2YNYYYYY
    nano 1st1.3.1YNYNYYY
    6th1.2 PCYNYNYYY
    7th1.02 PCYNYNYYY
    classic 80GB1.1.2YNYNYYY
    video 5th1.3YNYNYYY
    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

    Dual Auxiliary Audio Inputs: The Jenson JHD1630 is equipped with a front-panel 3.5mm auxiliary input and a rear-panel stereo RCA auxiliary input for connecting external portable audio sources to the head unit. The front-panel 3.5mm auxiliary input is located behind a rubber cover.

    Audio Section

    Amplifier: The Jensen Heavy Duty JHD1630 is equipped with a 45 watts (Peak) x 4-channel amplifier.

    Pre-Set Equalizer: The Jensen JHD1630 features a built-in equalizer with 5 preset settings - Flat, Rock, Pop, Classical, or User.

    Bass And Treble: The JHD1630's Preset EQ User mode features manual bass and treble adjustment. You can adjust the bass (100Hz) and treble (10kHz) independently from -6 to +6 dB.

    Loudness: When listening to music at low volumes, this feature will boost the bass and treble ranges to compensate for the characteristics of human hearing.

    2-Channel Preamp Outputs: The Jensen head unit features a pair of two-channel preamp outputs for connecting an external amplifier.

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

    Display Features

    Full Dot Matrix LCD: The Jensen JHD1630 features a full-dot matrix LCD display.

    Button Illumination: The Jensen Heavy Duty series receiver features amber backlit button illumination.

    Clock: The Jensen head unit features a selectable 12/24 hour digital clock.

    Remote Control

    Wireless Remote Ready: The Jensen Heavy Duty head unit is wireless remote ready (522REM10CC, sold separately). There is an IR receiver on the faceplate for use with the wireless remote.

    Public Announcement (PA) Feature: The Jensen JHD1630 supports a Public Announcement feature with the use of an optional microphone (sold separately). The head unit features a proprietary 4-pin port to be used with the optional Jensen microphone (available from manufacturer).

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    Q & A

    Customer Q&A

    Crutchfield asked  
    Why did you buy this?

    Jensen radio that was previously installed in my John Deere tractor was excellent so the extra features on this one appeals to me.[ Melissa  Mar 06, 2017 ]
    Met my needs.[ peter  Dec 02, 2016 ]
    good past results[ joseph  Apr 28, 2016 ]

    5 questions already asked

    Thanks for your question. Yes we do. Check out the link below: [ Kenny  Jul 19, 2017 ]  Staff
    For additional details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will need additional information to help determine if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle.[ Kenny  Dec 02, 2016 ]  Staff
    If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: Or try our online support center: [ Krissy  Oct 25, 2016 ]  Staff
    If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: Or try our online support center: [ Kenny  Oct 26, 2016 ]  Staff
    Normal size. I used it to replace the existing radio in our Mccormick XTX 185 ag tractor. The old radio came out and this one fit right in.[ Michael  Jul 14, 2015 ]
    this is only the 3rd stereo I've ever replaced, so I can't say how the size is compared to other radios, but it fit with no issue when replacing the stock unit in my jeep wrangler. I don't recall there being any fit issues whatsoever. it's been a good unit and I haven't had any issues out of it.[ ROBERT DIRK  Jul 13, 2015 ]
    I didn't measure it before I put it in my tractor, but it seemed to fit a standard hole.[ Jay  Jul 13, 2015 ]
    ITS normal size. It fit perfectly where my last radio was[ John  Jul 13, 2015 ]