Our take on the JVC KD-HDR1 by Crutchfield's Tim Sprinkle
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.
- 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
- iEQ equalizer with twelve presets and a 7-band EQ
- SRS Circle Surround Automotive
- subwoofer level and frequency control
- 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
What's in the Box:
- AM/FM/CD/Changer controller receiver with 15-amp fuse inserted into chassis
- 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)
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
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Features and Specs
|Memory Card Slot||No|
|Satellite Radio Ready||Both|
|RMS Power (CTA-2006)||20 watts|
|RMS Power (Manufacturer)||---|
|Peak Output||50 watts|
|RMS Power Bandwidth||40-20kHz|
|Sub Preamp Outputs||Yes|
|Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs||No|
|Preamp Voltage||2.5/2 volts|
|Key Button Color||Red|
|Steering Wheel Control Compatible||No|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
|FM Sensitivity||11.3 dBf|
|Radio Data System||No|
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.
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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