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Jensen Heavy Duty JHD3620

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Our take on the Jensen Heavy Duty JHD3620

The Jensen Heavy Duty JHD3620 CD receiver will stand up to tough work and road conditions, handling temperature fluctuations, vibration, and humidity without missing a beat. And don't be afraid of dirty environments — the front panel's protective covering keeps out any dust, dirt, and grime you encounter at work or play. And if you're a trucker who takes your stereo out of the rig when you're off the job, the JHD3620 has a built-in memory that'll store all your presets and other settings for 30 days.

The Jensen Heavy Duty JHD3620 CD receiver will stand up to tough work and road conditions, handling temperature fluctuations, vibration, and humidity without missing a beat. And don't be afraid of dirty environments — the front panel's protective covering keeps out any dust, dirt, and grime you encounter at work or play. And if you're a trucker who takes your stereo out of the rig when you're off the job, the JHD3620 has a built-in memory that'll store all your presets and other settings for 30 days.

Plenty of entertainment
The receiver sports an AM, FM, and Weather Band radio with automatic NOAA weather alerts, plus Radio Broadcast Data Service (RBDS) for traffic condition alerts where available. You can also play your favorite CDs, including those you've loaded with MP3 and WMA files. A 30-second electronic skip protection buffer keeps the music on track when you're on bumpy roads. The front-panel USB input makes it easy to plug in a thumb drive loaded with your favorite tunes.

Options and connections
With an optional adapter, you can plug your iPod® into the receiver and access your playlists with the receiver's front-panel controls. Add a satellite radio tuner for all the variety of news, talk, music, sports, and more that it offers. Front and rear auxiliary inputs let you plug in other audio sources.

Check out system info on the backlit LCD display — it's easy to read in all lighting conditions.

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with built-in MOSFET amplifier (22 watts RMS/45 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs, including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA files (except rights-protected files)
    • conformal-coated circuit board and protective front panel keep out dust and grime
    • 7-channel Weather Band tuner with NOAA weather alert
    • backlit blue/black LCD display
    • built-in public address function (optional microphone required)
    • optional remote control
    • 30-day preset memory when disconnected from power source
    Audio features:
    • 2-band equalizer
    • optional iPod adapter, satellite radio tuner
    • inputs: front (3.5 mm) and rear (RCA) auxiliary inputs, front USB input
    • outputs: 2-channel preamp outputs (rear)
    Other features and specs:

    great sound and quality. Plenty of power to hear on my motorcycle. Got Kicker M/c speakers also and sounds great

    roger, San Angelo, Tx

    What's in the Box:

    • AM/FM/RDBS/WB/CD in-dash receiver (with 15A ATC fuse inserted in chassis)
    • Cage (installed)
    • Power/ground harness
    • Speaker wire harness
    • Metal backstrap
    • Rubber boot
    • Philips-head bolt (with flat-washer and lock-washer installed)
    • 2 Hex nuts
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • Installation/Operation Manual
    • Quick Reference Guide

    Jensen Heavy Duty JHD3620 Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (6 Reviews)


    roger from San Angelo, Tx on 6/2/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    great sound and quality. Plenty of power to hear on my motorcycle. Got Kicker M/c speakers also and sounds great



    Good, for the most part

    Mike from Charlottesville, VA on 3/21/2012

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

    I bought this for my Wrangler. I wanted something a little more durable for when the top is down while looking enough like stock to not get stolen. I love that the weather band turns on automatically prior to inclement weather regardless of what you are listening to. It gave me enough warning to cruise over to a parking garage before getting destroyed by a major hail storm.


    Cons: The clock precesses forward annoyingly. After a week or so, the clock will advance 10+ minutes faster than where it should be. When I can buy a $2 alarm clock at another retailer that keeps the time, I expect my deck to at least do the same. I contacted Jensen's contracted support and they hadn't heard of the issue, however I found others in forums who have the same problem.

    great deck

    lance from oregon on 3/9/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought one of these Jensens for one of my classic cars and I liked it so much that I bought 2 more for my other cars. Heavy-duty design never skips on our very rough roads. Unlike most decks this one does not use electricity when the key is turned off, very important on vehicles that are not driven very often. Reasonably easy to operate and although changing the light level requires programming at least can be changed, unlike my last deck which was always too bright on a dark road. I just love it.

    Pros: Heavy duty, they mean it

    Cons: Requires program change to change light level, but at least it can be changed.

    Jensen Heavy Duty JHD3620

    GregD from Woodstock on 11/23/2011

    I am restoring my 1987 Jeep Cherokee, which I bought new. The original radio was a Jenson, and gave out about a year ago. I needed a replacement that was similar in appearance to the original, and was pleased to find this one. Sirius capability was also needed. It has all the pluses listed by the Volvo truck driver in his review. A great product and outstanding service by Crutchfield!



    Jensen HD3620

    Kerry W from Moravian Falls, NC on 6/12/2011

    Being a truck driver, I wanted a radio that was weather band capable. I did some research across the internet and found a handful of candidates, but this was the only candidate (Jensen Heavy Duty) carried by Crutchfield, a name I trust. PROS: 18 presets on FM and Satellite, 12 on AM. USB and 1/8" AUX inputs. USB control of my iPod, (check the Jensen Heavy Duty site to see if yours is controllable). Great readability in daylight and at night. Sensible menus that mostly don't require the manual. Weather interrupt during weather alerts. Optional remote (go ahead and spend the $10). Direct replacement in a 2008 Volvo VNL road tractor. Time/Station/Information is displayed at the same time so you do not have to push buttons to get the info you need; keeps your eyes on the road and hands on the wheel for safety. CONS: The rubberized USB/AUX cover feels like it will be missing in a year. The Sirius and USB take a few moments (30 seconds or so) to load. The radio doesn't have a dimmer controllable with the dash lights; menu only. The manual doesn't explain every feature of the menu structure with great detail. OTHER THOUGHTS: The weather band interrupt is a feature I like, but can be defeated in the menus if you don't like it. The Sirius receiver is sold separately, a feature I like because I have this radio in my road tractor and pickup and just plug the module into the radio in the vehicle I'm using. I am very pleased with this purchase.



    no more Sirius, and IPod wires!!!!!

    Festerized from Forked River NJ on 12/6/2010

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

    Awesome set up, no more Sirius, and IPod wires running across my dashboard!




    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 No
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible No
    Satellite Radio Ready Sirius
    HD Radio No
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano Nano6/Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/
    Touch Touch4/Touch3/Touch2/Touch1
    iPhone Phone/Phone3G/Phone3GS/Phone4
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) N/A
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) ---
    Peak Output 45 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    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
    Display Features
    Audio Section
    AM/FM/WB Tuner
    Disc Playback
    Aux/iPod Connection
    Remote Control

    Heavy Duty Series

    Heavy Duty: The Jensen Heavy Duty JHD3620 is an in-dash CD receiver with built-in AM/FM/WB tuner and is Sirius Satellite Radio and iPod ready (requires optional Sirius Connect tuner and iPod cable). 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.

    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 JHD3620 features an integrated trim-ring and removable cage single-DIN mounting only.

    Note: Please consult the Crutchfield 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 JHD3620's non-volatile memory saves your station presets and audio/user menu settings when the battery is disconnected.

    Display Features

    Full Dot Matrix LCD: The Jensen JHD3620 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.

    Audio Section

    Amplifier: The Jensen Heavy Duty JHD3620 is equipped with a 45 watts (Peak) x 4-channel amplifier.

    Pre-Set Equalizer: The Jensen JHD3620 features a built-in equalizer with 5 preset settings - Flat, Rock, Pop, Classical, or User.

    Bass And Treble: The Jensen JHD3620's Preset EQ User mode features manual bass and treble adjustment. You can adjust the bass (100Hz) and treble (10kHz) independently from -10 to +10 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.

    Turn On Volume: You can select the unit's turn-on volume between 0 and 40.

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

    AM/FM/WB Tuner

    AM/FM Tuner: The JHD3620 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 JHD3620 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 station covering the 50 states as well as the adjacent coast waters, Puerto Rick, 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
    162.400 2
    162.425 4
    162.450 5
    162.475 3
    162.500 6
    162.525 -
    162.550 1

    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.

    Sirius Radio Ready: The Jensen JHD3620 features a proprietary SiriusConnect (8-pin) port for connecting the SIRIUS SC-C1 SiriusConnect Universal Vehicle Tuner (607SCC1, sold separately) or the SIRIUS SCVDOC1 SiriusConnect Vehicle Docking Kit (607SCVDOC1, sold separately) along with your Sirius Dock & Play radio.

    Note: In addition to your Sirius tuner, a Sirius subscription is also required to receive Sirius Satellite Radio.

    Disc Playback

    Single CD Slot: The JHD3620 supports playback of CD, CD-R, and CD-RW discs.

    MP3/WMA Playback: The head unit will also play back MP3 (maximum 384kbps) and WMA (maximum 384kbps) audio files recorded onto CD-R or CD-RW discs. The JHD3510 will recognize up to 512 maximum folders, 12 folder levels, and a total of 999 files. The head unit also supports ID3 Tag information.

    CD ESP: The Jensen Heavy Duty head unit features a 30 second electronic skip protection (ESP) to prevent your CDs from skipping during playback.

    Aux/USB/iPod Connectivity

    Auxiliary Audio Inputs: The Jensen JHD3620 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.

    USB Port: The Jensen Heavy Duty JHD3620 features a front-panel USB behind a rubber cover. The head unit supports playback of MP3 (maximum 384kbps) and WMA (maximum 384kbps) audio files recorded onto a USB mass class storage (MSC) device; such as a USB thumb-drive. The JHD3620 will recognize up to 512 maximum folders, 12 folder levels, and a total of 999 files. The head unit also supports ID3 Tag information.

    Note: The unit's USB port does not support MTP protocol or iPod/iPhone.

    iPod/iPhone Ready: This unit is equipped with an iPod/iPhone ready function that will allow you to control your iPod/iPhone using the head unit's front-panel buttons. The proprietary Jensen iPod Connecting Cable (522DABIPDL, sold separately) is required to connect your iPod/iPhone to the head unit's rear-panel proprietary iPod port. The iPod/iPhone power turns on automatically when an iPod is connected, as long a the vehicle ignition is turned on. The iPod/iPhone will continuously charge while connected when the vehicle ignition is turned on. The JHD3620 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). The unit will also display iPod/iPhone song & artist information. The Jensen JHD3620 and optional iPod cable is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of June 2010):

    iPod/iPhone Model Generation Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
    Audio Video head unit iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Text Track Info
    dock connector 3rd N N N N N N N
    click wheel
    4th N N N N N N N
    mini 1st N N N N N N N
    2nd N N N N N N N
    video 5th Y N Y N Y Y Y
    classic 80GB Y N Y N Y Y Y
    120GB Y N Y N Y Y Y
    160GB Y N Y N Y Y Y
    nano 1st Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2nd Y N Y N Y Y Y
    3rd Y N Y N Y Y Y
    4th Y N Y N Y Y Y
    5th Y N Y N Y Y Y
    6th Y N Y N Y Y Y
    touch 1st Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2nd Y N Y N Y Y Y
    3rd Y N Y N Y Y Y
    4th Y N Y N Y Y Y
    iPhone 2G Y N Y N Y Y Y
    3G Y N Y N Y Y Y
    3GS Y N Y N Y Y Y
    4 Y N Y N Y Y Y

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

    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 JHD3620 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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