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JVC KD-R900

In-Dash CD/MP3/WMA Receiver with Built-in Bluetooth Hands-free, Dual USB Inputs, Aux Input, and Remote

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Impressive JVC Head Unit

JVC’s KD-R900 is an In-Dash CD/MP3/WMA Receiver that includes a Wireless Remote Control. Built-in Bluetooth technology supports hands-free calling, audio streaming, voice recognition dialing, text message display and much more. The detachable face allows you to detach the screen and place it in included case for added security. Full dot LCD display and variable illumination display provide an easy-to-read menu. The built-in HS-IVi Tuner with 18 FM presets and 6 AM presets, 3-band iEQ with preset tone curves, and a 24-Bit Digital-to-Analog Converter all elevate sound quality. This JVC receiver is also equipped with MP3 ID3 Tag Display, which will illustrate the Title, Artist, and Album when playing an MP3 device.

The JVC KDR900 has plenty of expandability options to suit your needs. First, HD Radio provides you with a digital radio signal for a high-definition, high-quality radio signal that is almost as perfect as CD music. Sirius or XM Satellite radio can be added on using the optional adapters. Front and rear USB ports allow you to have full control with the latest iPods and iPhones, giving you even more playback options. CD changer controls and full compatibility with your steering wheel controls are some other superb options for this JVC Receiver, along with the front panel auxiliary input that allows portable media devices such as DVD player, gaming systems, and MP3 player to be connected. With all the great options and features, you will not be disappointed if you decide to purchase.

General Features:

  • In-dash AM/FM, CD, MP3, WMA player with Remote
  • Built-in Bluetooth technology supports hands-free calling with a compatible Bluetooth phone
  • iPod USB direct connectivity via your standard iPod-to-USB connection cable allows you to charge, control, and playback your iPod through the receiver and stereo system
  • Compatible with the iPod and iPhone
  • Detachable face
  • Full dot LCD display
  • Wireless remote control included
  • Variable illumination display with over 30,000 color options
  • CEA-2006 compliant amplifier
  • Power Output:
    • Peak: 50 watts x 4 channels
    • RMS: 20 watts x 4 channels
  • CD Text Display
  • MP3 ID3 Tag Display (Title/Artist/Album)
  • Authorized Internet Dealer
  • 1-year Manufacturer's warranty

Playback and Audio Features:

  • Playback of CD, CD-R, CD-RW, MP3, WAV, and WMA
  • HS-IVi Tuner with 18FM/6AM presets
  • Loudness control in 3 patterns
  • 3-Band Parametric iEQ with preset tone curves
  • TI/Burr-Brown 24-bit DAC

Expandability Options:

  • 3 Sets of 5V preamp outputs (front, rear and subwoofer)
  • SIRIUS or XM Satellite Radio Ready: A subscription is required for service as well as either the JVC SIRIUS Satellite Radio Package or JVC XM Radio Package
  • HD Radio Ready: JVC KT-HD300 required and sold separately
  • Built-in Bluetooth: Includes microphone and built-in controls for hands free talking when connected to a compatible Bluetooth phone
  • iPod/iPhone Ready: USB-to-iPod cable will work with most iPods. The JVC KS-PD100 iPod adapter is required for a limited number of older iPods, please view the JVC compatibility list to see if your iPod will require the KS-PD100.
  • Front-panel auxiliary input: 3.5mm (headphone jack) allows connection to portable media devices such as MP3 players, etc.
  • Front-panel USB input: USB allows connection to portable media devices such as MP3 players, etc.
  • Rear USB input: USB input allows connection to media devices such as MP3 players, iPods, iPhones, etc.
  • Steering wheel remote control ready: PAC SWI-JACKv1 or Axxess ASWC required and sold separately
  • CD Changer Controls: JVC CHX-1500 required and sold separately
  • Dual USB inputs (front and rear)

Any iPods/iPhones released after March 11, 2008 have not been tested by the manufacturer and/or Sonic Electronix for compatibility. Therefore we do not guarantee compatibility in regards to, but not limited to: playback, video, charging, and response time.

In-Dash Receiver Specifications

Receiver Size

Single DIN: 1 DIN dimensions will work with all single DIN installation kits we have to offer. Single DIN radios are the most common size for after-market stereos.

Single DIN slot with flip-out screen: The DIN stereo includes a retractable, flip-out screen. Before purchasing, make measurements to be sure there is no interference with dash accessories such as A/C vents or shift levers.

Single DIN slot with a larger face: Standard single DIN size, but the display is larger then the standard single DIN size. Due to the nature of the larger face, problems may arise when installing in particular vehicles. These stereos are great for single DIN slots where you want a larger screen.

1.5 DIN: This size is very uncommon in vehicles, however this size opening is most commonly found in Chrysler and Chevrolet vehicles.

Double DIN: Approximately 4-inches in height, this size is becoming more common every year. Prior to 2000, this size was typically only found in Japanese vehicles such as those made by Honda or Toyota. Now, it is becoming more popular for many vehicles to be fit with a Double DIN opening.

Single DIN
Faceplate Security

Detachable / Removable faceplate security: The most common anti-theft feature. It allows you to take the faceplate with you, thus disallowing operation, which deters theft.

Security Codes: Mainly a feature in high end video units which do not have a detachable face / screen. Once the unit is uninstalled (or stolen), a security code (or PIN) is required upon reinstallation. Though you no longer have your unit after the theft, the thief also does not have your security code, which makes the unit useless. The hope is the thief knows which units have security codes and he/she chooses not to steal your unit because of the security code.

Ghost technology: This is not commonly used, but can be found primarily in a select number of 2004-2005 head units. It creates an illusion that no unit is installed by appearing completely black when turned off. Potential thieves may steer clear because it appears as though no head unit is installed.

Anti-theft covers: Similar to ghost and hiding faces because they only create an illusion that the face/unit is not in place.

ESN: Stands for Electronic Serial Number. Allows the disabling of the radio and allows tracking if it is stolen.

Detachable
Motorized Faceplate
Some in-dash car stereos feature a motorized faceplate that moves to expose a CD or DVD slot. This is a convenient feature that allows the front display to be larger and easier to read. The positioning of the monitor gives you control over the angle you would like to view information on the stereo.
No
Remote Control
Allows control of specific features and functions from a remote control. Typically they are used to prevent button wear on your radio, or to allow easier navigation of menus.
Yes
Peak Power Output
This form of power rating refers to the maximum amount of power an electronic device can handle or output in an instant without damage occurring. Often times this maximum is achieved during a brief musical burst, such as a drum accent, or low bass hit.

Some manufacturers display peak power ratings on the face of their products to increase the appeal to consumers. The RMS power rating is more accurate, and we recommend using it for product comparison.

50 watts x 4 channels
RMS Power Output
The amount of continuous power, measured in watts, that an amplifier produces is called RMS power. The higher the RMS rating, the louder and cleaner your music sounds. The RMS output figure is much more accurate than the peak rating when comparing products.
20 watts x 4 channels
Preamp RCA Outputs
RCA outputs, commonly known as preamp outputs, allow you to connect one or sometimes multiple external amplifiers. An in-dash receiver will commonly have one, two or three sets of RCA outputs that can be used to connect external amplifiers and other components. One pair of RCA outputs will typically provide a full range signal that can be used for most subwoofer or speaker amplifiers. Two pairs of RCA outputs can typically be configured as four full range signals, or also as two full range and two subwoofer signals. Three sets of RCA outputs will almost always produce four speaker signals and two subwoofer signals for use with multiple amplifiers.
3 Pairs (Front, Rear, and Subwoofer)
Dedicated Subwoofer Preamp RCA Output
A dedicated output that has a built-in low-pass crossover for specific connection to a subwoofer amplifier that powers a low frequency driver, typically a subwoofer.
Yes
Preamp Voltage
The preamp output rating is measured in volts (V). The higher the rating, the stronger the signal. This results in less unwanted noise being picked up.
5 volts
Built-In Equalizer
The number of graphic or parametric equalizer bands the stereo receiver is equipped with. The more EQ options, the more you will be able to adjust your music to your liking.
3-Band Parametric iEQ with preset tone curves
Display Type
The type of display on your receiver refers to the monitor that is used to display the source information such as song names, radio stations, or track times.

Dot-Matrix Text Display: A simple display which uses dots in specific illuminated color(s) to light up and form letters or numbers that are displayed on the receiver.

Graphic or Motion Display: Typically found in mid to high-end receivers and give your text information and receiver more life by adding motion, backgrounds, or multiple colors to your display. There are types of graphic displays such as 3D Graphic, Motion, and OEL (Organic Electroluminescent) displays. They can range from one color to full color displays and typically allow you to select from one of many built-in animations, background images, screensavers or other graphics to enhance your experience and add an extra bit of personality to your system. Some units also come with software that allow you to load your own customizable pictures or animations.

LCD Monitor Display: Can be as small as 2" or as large as 10". Some LCD displays are motorized for angle adjustment. LCD monitors display full motion video playback as well as your standard text such as track status, radio station information and more depending on the receiver's features.

Dot-Matrix Text Display
Display Color
The display color refers to the color of the text and or graphics on the receiver.

Multi-Color: When more than one color is on the display, for example one part of the text is white, while the other part is blue.

Variable-Color: The display colors can be changed by the user. If the default color of text/display is blue for example, the user can change the settings to where the color turns to red. Variable color displays are typically described in detail in the item's description.

TFT-LCD Display: In-dash receivers with a video screen that display multiple colors and often times video such as DVD, navigation or other video sources.

30,000 Variable Colors
Button Color
Refers to the color of the physical buttons on the unit.
30,000 Variable Colors
CEA-2006 Compliant
Amplifiers that have been tested to meet specific standards. When a car amplifier meets these standards, you can be sure that it will be able to produce the amount of power specified by the official CEA-2006 rating. Usually, these rating consist of the following items:
  • RMS Power
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio

This rating applies to both external car amplifiers, as well as the amplifiers inside of in-dash stereos.

Yes

Playback Features

AM/FM Tuner
Most in-dash CD players have AM/FM playback allowing you listen to your favorite local radio stations.
Yes
FM Presets
The number of FM radio stations that can be stored as presets.
18
AM Presets
The number of AM radio stations that can be stored as presets.
6
Radio Data System (RDS)
Receivers with Radio Data System (RDS) tuners can receive digital broadcast information about the FM radio station including program name, time and station identification. RDS enables your receiver to display text messages that many FM stations include on a sub-carrier signal within their normal broadcast signal. Some RDS tuners can even break in with traffic alerts or emergency broadcasts when you're listening to a CD.
CD-R/RW Playback
This feature refers to whether or not the CD player will play finalized CD-R discs and/or CD-RW discs.
Yes
MP3 Playback
This feature refers to whether or not the CD player will play discs encoded with MP3 files. To burn a MP3 encoded disc, use the "data" mode on your CD Recorder and finalize the session and/or CD.
Yes
WMA Playback
This feature refers to whether or not the CD player will play discs encoded with WMA files. To burn a WMA encoded disc, use the "data" mode on your CD Recorder and finalize the session and/or CD.
Yes
DVD / Video Playback
This feature refers to whether or not the receiver will play DVD (or other listed) video disc formats. Unless otherwise noted, the unit is not guaranteed to play recorded DVDs.
No
Dual Zone
Dual zone means the stereo is capable of playing multiple audio or video sources between two separate locations.

Please refer to the item description for more details on how dual zone works specifically to the unit you are viewing.

Hi-Res Audio Compatible
This feature refers to if the product is capable of Hi-Res Audio (HRA) playback.

Audio / Video Inputs

USB Input
This feature refers to whether or not the receiver features an input to connect a USB device via standard USB or mini-USB. The USB input may be a connection on the front or rear of the unit with an extension cable for connecting devices to the receiver. Some units have an optional input that allows for a USB adapter to be purchased separately and used with the unit.
Front and Rear
Number of Front USB Inputs
Number of Rear USB Inputs
Additional Audio/Video Inputs
These inputs enable the unit to receive an audio or video signal from a separate source. There are many different types of connections and ways to accomplish this. Most common are RCA Composite cables and 3.5mm mini-jack plugs.

RCA Composite Inputs
These are your typical red, white, and yellow RCA composite cables that are common among devices with audio and video inputs. The red and white cables are dedicated for audio. The red cable is for the right channel and the white is for the left channel. The yellow cable is specifically for the video signal. Because this type of auxiliary cable contains 2 channels of audio, it will support stereo sound.

3.5mm
This is commonly referred to as a mini-jack or a headphone jack. It is a 3.5mm plug that transfers audio only. There is a right and left audio channel on the plug which allows for stereo sound playback.

3.5mm AV Input
These plugs look similar to the common 3.5mm mini-jack, however they carry a third channel dedicated for video.

Optional
This means that an auxiliary input is possible, but only with the use of an optional accessory. These optional adapters will sometimes use the CD Changer port or other port on the back of a unit that might restrict the use of other expandability features. These accessories are typically sold separately.

Front 3.5mm Audio Input

Monitor Screen Features

Screen Size
This is the size of the monitor on the unit. It is measured diagonally and in inches. The bigger the number the larger the screen.
MirrorLink Compatible
MirrorLink allows connectivity between a smartphone and the aftermarket car receiver. The consumer gets into the car, connects the phone with a cable, and gains access to phone applications through the car stereos controls such as navigation and steering wheel buttons. MirrorLink allows consumers to use their smartphones safely and simply, keeping eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.
Device Mirroring
This is the ability to "mirror" a device's screen (i.e SmartPhone or Tablet) onto the headunit's display. Please check with the manufacture's website for updated information regarding compatibility and cables required for proper performance.

Expandability Features

Navigation
Built-in navigation is a convenient feature that allows the driver to receive driving directions and guidance.

Some in-dash head units are built-in with the navigation features, while others require an add on navigation box. Other navigation options include portable navigation units that you can take with you or attach to the dash of your vehicle.

No
Compatible Smartphones
Some stereos work with iOS (Apple) or Android smartphone operating systems, while some stereos work with both or neither. Find out here which operating systems this stereo is compatible with.
Audio/Video Outputs
Audio/Video outputs are typically used to connect an overhead monitor to an aftermarket stereo. This is the number of A/V outputs that the item has. These outputs are usually RCA Composite cables.

RCA Composite Outputs
These are your typical red, white, and yellow RCA composite cables that are common among devices with audio and video inputs. The red and white cables are dedicated for audio. The red cable is for the right channel and the white is for the left channel. The yellow cable is specifically for the video signal. Because this type of auxiliary cable contains 2 channels of audio, it will support stereo sound.

No
Satellite Radio
This feature signifies whether or not the receiver is compatible with XM or Sirius Satellite Radio. "Optional" means while the receiver is capable of SIRIUS/XM playback and connectivity, you will still need to purchase an additional satellite tuner, adapter, and/or antenna.
Optional - SIRIUS or XM (Accessory required and sold separately)
HD Radio
This feature refers to whether or not the receiver is capable of receiving high-definition digital HD Radio broadcasts by either a built-in HD Radio tuner, or more commonly with the purchase of an optional HD Radio tuner box. Receivers which are HD Radio Ready generally require an additional purchase of a separate tuner.
Optional
Bluetooth Connectivity
This feature refers to whether or not the head unit is able to connect to a hands-free Bluetooth device. Head units that are Bluetooth ready typically require the purchase of an optional adapter or accessory that connects to the rear of the head unit. This optional accessory allows you to accept phone calls through your head unit and speakers. Some head units have built-in Bluetooth hands free capabilities with an included remote-mount microphone or built-in microphone.
Yes (Built-in/Included [Bluetooth Controls, Adapter and/or Microphone Included])
A2DP Music Streaming
The Advanced Audio Distribution Profile will wirelessly stream music and other audio from an A2DP compatible device.
Steering Wheel Control Compatible
In order to retain a vehicle's factory steering wheel remote controls, a wired-remote input is needed on the aftermarket stereo.

If "Yes", then the aftermarket stereo is compatible with steering wheel remote controls. If an additional accessory is required for the steering wheel controls to work properly, a compatible piece will be listed.

Yes (Accessory required and sold separately)
CD Changer Controls
This feature signifies whether or not the receiver has the ability to control a CD Changer. If a receiver supports this function, it is usually compatible with a same-brand CD changer without the need for an extra adapter.
Optional (Accessory required and sold separately)
Rear View Camera Input
Indicates if an in-dash multimedia unit has a dedicated video input for rear view cameras. These inputs allow you to plug the camera to the back of the unit to receive the cameras video signal. Usually the camera signal is transferred through an RCA cable connection.
No
Memory Card Reader
Whether or not the receiver has a built-in input for removable memory cards such as SD (Secure Digital) cards or MMC (Multimedia) cards.
No

Smartphone Integration

iPhone/iPod Features
Head units are equipped with different technology that allows a variety of smartphone integration features. Some stereos are equipped with more features than others, here you will find which iPod/iPhone features this head unit has.
iPod Audio Integration
This refers to whether or not the receiver can connect to an iPod and allow for audio control and playback of the iPod through the head unit. Head units that have iPod connectivity allow your iPod to be connected and controlled via the head unit, and they will typically connect through the USB input combined with your standard iPod-to-USB charging/connection cable. We encourage you to read the description of the head unit to see if an adapter is required or included, or if you can simply use your own iPod-to-USB cable.
Yes (via iPod USB Cable or Accessory Cable Below)
iPod Charging Adapter Required
Some Apple iPods require a charging adapter be used for the unit to fully function with the iPod.
No
Compatible Apple Devices
This list refers to the Apple devices that the product is compatible with.

Some Car stereos are compatible with iPods and/or iPhones. If the headunit can connect to an iPod or iPhone via USB or iPod connection cable, these listed iPods are compatible. This list does not apply if the iPod is being connected through the 3.5mm mini-jack plug. Newer iPods are usually compatible if the appropriate adapters are purchased and used.

Any iPods/iPhones released after the release date of this product have not been checked by the manufacturer and/or Sonic Electronix for compatibility. We therefore cannot guarantee their compatibilities or incompatibilities, including, but not limited to: playback, video, charging, and response time.

4G iPod (20 & 40GB)
4G iPod Color & Photo (20, 30, 40, & 60GB)
5G iPod Video (30, 60, & 80GB)
iPod Classic (120GB)
iPod Classic (80 &160GB)
iPod Mini (4 & 6GB)
iPod Nano 1st Generation (1, 2, & 4GB)
iPod Nano 2nd Generation (4 & 8GB)
iPod Nano 3rd Generation (4 & 8GB)
iPod Nano 4th Generation (8 & 16GB)
iPod Touch 1st Generation (8, 16 & 32GB)
iPod Touch 2nd Generation (8, 16 & 32GB)
iPhone
iPhone 3G
3G iPod (10, 15, 20, 30 & 40GB)
Android Features
Head units are equipped with different technology that allows a variety of smartphone integration features. Some stereos are equipped with more features than others, here you will find which Android features this head unit has.
Android Audio Integration
This refers to whether or not the receiver can connect to an Android and allow for audio control and playback of the Android through the head unit. Head units that have Android connectivity allow your device to be connected and controlled via the head unit, and they will typically connect through the USB input combined with your standard charging and connection cable. We encourage you to read the description of the head unit to see if an adapter is required or included, or if you can simply use your own Android charging and connection cable.
Android Video Connection
This refers to whether or not the receiver can connect to an Android device and allow for video control and playback of the device through the head unit. Head units that have Android video connectivity allow your device to be connected and controlled via the head unit, and they will typically connect through the USB input combined with your standard Android charging/connection cable. We encourage you to read the description of the head unit to see if an adapter is required or included, or if you can simply use your own cable.

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Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
1 year
Warranty Provider
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Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rating Distribution

5 Star
67%
4 Star
14%
3 Star
14%
2 Star
5%
1 Star
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Average Attribution Rating

Durability
4.3
Value
4.7
Features
4.6
Design
4.7
Usability
4.3
Teddy

Ewa Beach, HI

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Excellent!!!!!! Coulnd't be HAPPIER!!!!

September 19, 2009

Great product for the price....I have this installed in an '05 Altima....Been looking for the longest time trying to find something that would match my dash lights....this product has it all....the bluetooth feature is EXCELLENT!!! my calls come through my speakers which makes it sound as if the person is sitting right next to me....when asked if they can hear me clear....they answer yes as if Im holding the phone to my ear....the iPod feature is AWESOME...gives me the option to control the iPod through the unit itself or from the iPod...very fast connect speed and it charges while you listen...it also has the front Aux input for other portables...the 5V pre-amps have really improved the SQ of my Kicker components and Kicker 6x9's.......I have them running off a RF P400-4.......way better than the 1.5V that came from my Sony HU.....Overall I am very pleased with this product...I would recommend it to anyone looking for bluetooth, something that'll match your dash lights, iPod features and overall SQ

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sherif

Egypt

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JVC KD-R900

April 7, 2011

I'm an avid audiophile and music lover and have been on the search for a natural sounding head unit for my car. Along the years I tried many Pioneer , Sony and Alpine head units. While they were good enough they are no match for the JVC. The difference is not night and day but the JVC unit has the very obvious edge of being very smooth, detailed and natural sounding than all. When I was recently shopping at SE for a new experience I stumbled on the JVC and was actually a bit hesitant to buy it. I eventually did and have no regrets whatsoever. I've also recommended it to 2 of my friends and they were both equally pleased with what they heard.

The unit locks excellently with many mobile phones I tried with it through Bluetooth, has been sonically and operatively very consistent.

Highly recommended if you're looking to approach an audiophile sound similar to what you get from a high quality/high end home audio source.

I'm a regular customer at Sonic Electronix and have been very well served at all times. I will never shop anywhere else except maybe if I was looking for an item they didn't have.

Sherif

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Joe

Oak Lawn, IL

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Great sound but microphone sucks

December 8, 2010

I purchased this product with the specific need to answer phonecalls thru the unit. Connecting the unit was a snap with the supplied harness and it fit perfectly in my new Rav4 with the face adapter. The stereo comes with a microphone that plugs in to the back of the unit for answering hands free phone calls. Pretty sweet huh? Except one thing; the sound is unbearable for the person on the other phone. It sounds like I'm underwater and screeching into the phone. They can bearly understand and thing I say and usually hang up after a few seconds So the unit is basicly useless for what I purchased it for. The iPod controls ate fine for shuffle but don't try to search for a song if you have over a 1,000 albums like me. JVC customer support was useless. They told me it may have been wired incorrectly. I can't imagine how I could have plugged that microphone in wrong?! I rechecked the wiring a couple of times and even tried a new mic. Nope. It's the unit.

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d3athbot

Rexburg, ID

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dual usb is a must

August 22, 2010

This is a great head unit with many features and 2 USB ports so you can use the bluetooth and connect other media (usb thumb drive, ipod, etc.) It also has a 3.5mm jack for any media device with a headphone jack. I have heard complaints about the lack of numbered buttons for radio stations, but I rarely listen the radio anymore so I like that there is not 6 or 10 numbered buttons cluttering the display. It can also change colors when the lights are turned on at night. Bright colors for good visibility in the day and soft colors at night. With all the custom color settings you can easily match your factory dash lighting. I would recommend this headunit to anyone who wants bluetooth and ipod capabilities.

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AZSubie

Phoenix, AZ

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Great audio quality, less then satisfactory display

May 4, 2010

I've had this unit in my 08 Subaru WRX STI for the past 5 months. The audio quality over the stock unit was amazing. I've been absolutely happy with it until today.

Pros:
Good audio quality, lots of features and less $$$ than other units with the same feature. User Eq gives plenty of control to fine tune the audio to my preference. Ability to set separate colors for daytime/night time use.


Cons:
BIG One..the display starts to fade when it gets hot out. It's only May and temps are 90 degrees here in AZ. I can't read the display when I get in my car because its washed out. As the display cools it gets better but even tint and cold A/C don't get the display back on my 20 minute drive home. Wish this unit had RDS to display FM station/song info.

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K121M1N4L

Dallas, Tx

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Great Headunit !!!!

December 22, 2009

This head unit is just what I wanted. It has Bluetooth which works great with my iPhone. 2 USB outputs have an iPod on one or your flashdrive on the other. Variable color don't mess with it but good.

Extremely fast shipping. Thought it would get here on Tuesday night. NO. Got here a day earlier and in DAY-LIGHT. Maybe cause of the holidays but good shipping.

Sonicelectronix is the best.

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Zilvinas

Canada

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Almost awesome deck

December 2, 2010

I am a JVC fan, so this is my 2nd car deck that I bought from here already. This newer R900 deck has all the toys to play all day with, but recently is having trouble reading my USB key in the front and back of the available hook-ups. Sometimes takes 10min to read my music, when u turn the deck ON. Tried different USB key, same result.
I'll see if it gets any worse on a daily basis.
Other than that, its an awesome deck, worth every penny on what's out on the market today.

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Matt

Philadelphia, PA

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Great value and great product

December 1, 2010

Works seamlessly with my Motorola Droid. Lots of different options for listening to music in my car: can plug in my iPod, can plug in my Droid (and can either play music thats stored on the Droid or stream music for one of my music apps like Slacker, Last.FM, or Pandora. Can also stream talk radio apps (like NPR's app). Incoming calls will pause or stop music and after call hangs up, will go back to music. I love it!

The design and usability of the interface could be better, but hey for the money this is a great player I highly recommend.

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Phil

Los Angeles, CA

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Fantastic!!!

January 19, 2010

I wanted a bluetooth stereo for use with my iPhone 3G that included hands free phone capabilities, music streaming and plug/play and charge ability with the iPhone and other music players.

I found this JVC KD-R900 offered the most flexibility, features & function with hi quality hardware components often found in much more expensive decks. I was seriously considering getting the Sony BT unit but it needed a special adapter for charging and I decided on this unit instead....and especially was advised so by a few people who were familiar with this JVC as being a great unit. I'm really happy that I did because it sounds just FANTASTIC and couldn't be happier!

You can stream your music thru the BT or plug it in via usb cable to charge and play/scroll menus (with no special adapters needed). If you stream music by BT you have limited control over the iPhone music from the JVC unit, but if does allow you full remote control via the USB port. This isn't a big detractor for me as if I really want that type of control I can just plug it in to one of the two offered USB ports. The Best features I like are the most excellent Burr-Brown 24bit DAC (digital to analog converters) which sound absolutely fantastic and the 5 volt Mos-Fet amplifier built in at 50 watts x4. I also really like the way you can use the supplied mic and talk hands free via bluetooth. The phone rings and the music fades out, and after your call is done the music fades back in. NICE!!!

I found that the radio features are well designed,(it is Digital Radio ready) so you can add XM or Sirus, the unit has no physical buttons on the face for presets. That could be a consideration if you really listen to a whole lot of radio. It has something like 17 presets available and they are accessible through a buttons, still pretty easy to use once you have your favorite stations set and saved.

Over all I'm very happy with this deck and recommend it highly. Many of the features and hardware upgrades this unit offers would cost 3 or 4X's as much in other decks and still may not rival it's design and flexibility.

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Namco

Baltimore, MD

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Amazing product.

May 17, 2011

So, I got this unit because it was on sale and it has 5v preamp outs on the RCA's. I was told that by going from 2v to 5v will yield absolutely no change in the audio in my car. As it turns out they were wrong. My old unit would get distortion after 40 on the dial (max 62) and I had to crank my amps gain all the way up in order to get the power I wanted (at 40) and it still felt like the speakers could go more. Now that I have this unit, I cranked the dial to 50 (which is its max) and there was no distortion, the amps gain was at zero, and yet it was as loud as my older unit with 2v. So now, its slightly louder (can actually max the speakers) and higher quality thanks to the DAC's in this unit. Plus, the unit looks basic and the color can be changed to match my dash lights meaning it looks semi-stock. Not to mention that the unit is easy to use right out of the box and wasn't hard to learn at all. If you like this product, get it.

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Jason

Round Rock, TX

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Great unit for a great price

February 24, 2010

First off, many people think that JVC is not a quality product, but I will tell you that they are wrong. I have been in the car audio game for many years, and for the price point, JVC radios are great values, and good equipment. My last radio I've had since 2001, and I just now replaced it with the KD-R900, and my old one still works at full capacity having been in 7 different vehicles, one being a company vehicle for three years on construction sites, with the door open 8 hours a day, and dust, rain and everything else. So if you doubt the quality of JVC, don't.

The negatives: As far as this unit goes, I have a few minor complaints. The screen does have a heavy glare factor, but after messing with the custom screem color for awhile, I was able to get it to where it is a lot easier to read during the day, but if the sun is on it, it doesn't help that much. The remote doesn't offer enough functionality. The fact that I have to hold the menu button down, and scroll to the audio, then scroll to the subwoofer control, is a hassle, especially since I listen to a lot of different music that have different bass levels, plus add in the glare trying to get to the right screen, you get my drift. I also have a hard time with using a non Ipod mp3 player in the sense that it doesn't always start playing where it left off, which is extremely annoying more than anything. I guess that's it for negatives.

The positives: the unit looks great. I don't use the internal amp, and the fact that I can turn off the power to the internal amp is nice. The 5v preouts at this price range is outstanding. The Burr-Brown DACs (Google it) give the sound a very nice clarity, and although a hassle to get to the settings, once you finally get the sound tweaked to where you like it, it is great. I have no problems with the Blue Tooth on a non Iphone, and it sounds good through the speakers, and after many phone calls made, every one tells me that I come through loud and clear. The best part about the rear USB input, is that you can plug the BT adaptor into it and then hide an accessible place, and keep the front one free for you to use with your Ipod or whatever other mp3 player you use. Also, going from an RF modulator on my old head unit to plugging my mp3 player to the USB input is a HUGE step up in the sound quality. And let me reiterate, 3 5V PREOUTS, a USB mic and adaptor in the box, for $199, you can't go wrong.

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schmittjt

Clarksville, TN

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Great Product

January 29, 2010

I have been looking for awhile for a head unit to replace my factory unit. Very easy installation in my '04 Titan, sounds great. Only problem is with the display when the sun shines there is a glare on the display that makes it hard to read. Other than that great unit!!!!

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ANDREW

Canada

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Good Stuff!

December 9, 2009

Great value! Costs about $100 more in Canada.
Bluetooth and iPod control works great.
My only complaint is that it only has 1 remote wire, and that's only because I hate having my power antenna up all the time.

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dominic

Oneonta, New York

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great!

December 3, 2009

great product, just got it installed today, its too much for my stock speakers fixing that next week. unfortunately i went through 3rd party and was $80 more.. but still work it!

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Esch

Edgewood Nm

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Pretty Good in all respects

September 29, 2010

Bought two of these, for the BT capability in two cars. First, the microphone is terrible, to much ambient noise. Second, the visible part of the screen, gets way to much glare during the day regardless of direct sun or not. The BT works well and you can clearly hear your caller, they just struggle to hear you. The stereo itself is great, I added Sirius and love it. For the $$ it has pluses and minuses, but over all better than average.

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David

Troy, MI

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Excellent!!

April 9, 2010

Great price paid and the included wire harness was a perfect fit!

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Anibal

Worcester, Ma

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Awesome unit

December 8, 2009

This unit not only covers any color dash out there but it has 3 lines of text for Ipod, the head unit or the ipod can be used to scroll through music. internal amp can be shut off. The display can be made positive or negative (reversing the color scheme). Ipod connection is fast. Bluetooth works nice! clear as can be using my t-mobile dash. the face color changes when calls come in (this is user selectable). gold plated 5v outputs on a >$200 unit?, yeah this one has it.

The cons of this is the tiny remote control.. awesome unit! anyways..

The face of the unit feels solid and it is black pearl in the sunlight. the volume/adjustment knob is rubberized so it has comfort grip. Design is simple and uncluttered.

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Biohazed

Philadelphia, PA

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Decent Radio

August 19, 2011

Started out being a great radio but after a few months of ownership it now won't power up. Have to take it in to get repaired ....

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David

Bettendorf, IA

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Love it

August 19, 2011

Nice solid deck that does all I need. The microphone kinda sucks but I try not to use it for hands free that much. My android phone and tablet connect to it no problem and stream music. I am excited to get it hooked up to some amps and really tweak it.

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Leo

Richmond Hill, GA

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Great product

May 8, 2011

I installed this in my mitsubishi mighty max pick up and love it. The bluetooth feature is awesome as I am on the phone all the time while driving.. easy to install the whole set up. The only complaint I had was the wiring adapter as well as the dash install kit were completely useless and unnecessary. I would recommend this product. Be advised to ensure you really need a wiring adapter or dash install kit before purchasing, but like I said... product is awesome.

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Matthew

Essex, MD

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Great for the money but overall would not recomend.

January 23, 2010

I have had this unit for about 4 months now and am satisfied but overall disappointed with this unit. A few key features sold me on this item. 1 was the blue tooth capability that i cant get to function properly( i don't own an i phone) on two different phones. Second i really like the idea of a color display but the screen is so small that the text is extremely hard to read in the sunlight. The performance of the unit is basically what im pleased with. The sound quality is great the 5v output was a big step up from the 2v in my previous JVC. The only add on i have purchased so far is the sirius box and i love it. I love the clean look of everything built into the head unit as opposed to an external add on unit. One thing i didn't like at first was the there is only one user setting. The other options are hip hop, rock and pop settings but they seem to work well and switching between them is surprisingly easy. Overall i am just getting by with this headunit i had higher hopes but feel that cheaper models are available with built in hd tuners if your willing to give up this small color screen that's hard to see, blue tooth i cant use and a second usb port on the back that i forget thats there. hope i was able to help

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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

KD-R900

UPC

046838037375

Weight

4.18lbs

Internal SKU

kdr900

Internal Product ID

17639

Sonic Electronix Wiring Guide

Wiring Diagram Legend

Warning: The image depicted shows the resistance change when wiring multiple subwoofer terminals. Please refer to your subwoofer's owner's manual for the proper wiring of its terminals. Sonic Electronix, Inc. is not responsible for damage caused to your audio system or vehicle due to improper installation. Please call tech support at 1-877-289-7664 if you require additional assistance.

Product Name: JVC KD-R900

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