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JVC KD-HDR60

In-Dash CD,MP3, WMA Receiver with Built-in HD Radio with Front AUX and USB Input

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Affordable JVC Head Unit

The JVC KD-HDR60 is an In-Dash CD/MP3/WMA Receiver with Built-In HD Radio and a Front Auxiliary Input. The Built-in HD Radio Tuner allows the reception of high quality HD Radio signals for clean and clear reception with no subscription fee or additional tuner purchase required. Variable illumination button lighting, 30,000 variable illumination color display, Dot-Matrix text display, MP3 ID3 Tag Display and a Dimming feature provide enhanced viewing quality. This JVC Head Unit also has some cool audio features including a built-in DiAS II Tuner with 18 FM presets and 6 AM presets, 7-band iEQ with preset tone curves and iTunes Tagging, this marks your favorite songs on HD Radio and loads them in iTunes.

Expandability options for this JVC Player are not limited. With the built-in front panel USB port, you will have full control with the latest iPods and iPhones, giving you even more playback options. Sirius and XM Satellite radio has two packages if you are interested in those services. The front panel A/V input allows portable media devices such as DVD player, gaming systems, and MP3 player to be connected.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

General Features:

  • In-dash AM/FM, CD, MP3, WMA player with Remote
  • Built-in HD Radio Tuner allows the reception of high quality HD Radio signals for clean and clear reception with no subscription fee or additional tuner purchase required
  • 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
  • iTunes Tagging marks your favorite songs on HD Radio and loads them in iTunes
  • Detachable face
  • Dot-Matrix text display
  • 30,000 Variable illumination color display
  • Wireless remote control included
  • Variable illumination button lighting to match the factory color
  • Power Output:
    • Peak: 50 watts x 4 channels
    • RMS: 20 watts x 4 channels
  • CD Text display
  • Dimming feature
  • MOSFET amplifier
  • CEA-2006 compliant amplifier
  • Individual color control over the LCD and buttons with up to 30,000 variations
  • Strong-station Sequential Memory (SSM)
  • Auto answer control when connected to Bluetooth
  • 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, and WMA
  • 2-way control allows your iPod playback features (play/pause/browse/etc) to be controlled via your car stereo controls or the iPod itself. Previous stereos only allowed control through the stereo when the iPod was connected
  • DiAS II tuner with 18FM/6AM presets
  • 7-Band iEQ with preset tone curves
  • Frequency response (CD player): 5 - 20,000 Hz

Expandability Options:

  • 2 Sets of 2.5V preamp outputs (front and subwoofer)
  • iPod Ready with 2-way control
  • Built-in HD tuner to receive the highest quality reception at no extra cost
  • Bluetooth Ready: JVC KS-BTA200 required and sold separately
  • SIRIUS Radio Ready: JVC SC-C1+KSS-RA100 required and sold separately
  • XM Radio Ready: JVC CNP2000UCA+CNPJVC1 required and sold separately
  • Front-panel auxiliary input: 3.5mm (headphone jack) allows connection to portable media devices such as iPods, MP3 players, etc.
  • CD Changer controls (compatible with the JVC CH-X1500 CD/MP3 changer)

Product History:

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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.
2 Pairs (Front and Switchable Rear/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.
2.5 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.
Digital 7 Band iEQ
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.

Variable Colors
Button Color
Refers to the color of the physical buttons on the unit.
Variable Colors
CD Signal-to-Noise
CD Signal-to-Noise Ratio is a key specification that is often overlooked by newbies. The CD S/N Ratio measures how well the CD player silences background noise. Higher ratings in decibels (dB) indicates less noise, and generally a cleaner signal.
98 dB
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.

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
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

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.

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.
Yes (Built-In/Included HD Radio Tuner)
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.
Optional (Accessory required and sold separately)
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.

No
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 Video Connection
This refers to whether or not the receiver can connect to an iPod and allow for video 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.
No
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.

5G iPod Video (30, 60, & 80GB)
iPod Classic (120GB)
iPod Classic (80 &160GB)
iPod Nano 2nd Generation (4 & 8GB)
iPod Nano 3rd Generation (4 & 8GB)
iPod Nano 4th Generation (8 & 16GB)
iPod Nano 5th Generation (8 & 16GB)
iPod Touch 1st Generation (8, 16 & 32GB)
iPod Touch 2nd Generation (8, 16 & 32GB)
iPhone
iPhone 3G
iPhone 3GS
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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Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
1 year
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Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rating Distribution

5 Star
64%
4 Star
31%
3 Star
0%
2 Star
2%
1 Star
2%

Average Attribution Rating

Durability
4.6
Value
4.8
Features
4.5
Design
4.7
Usability
4.0
Justin

Birmingham, AL

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Very Happy

December 27, 2010

This is a nice stereo for beginner and advanced users alike. I have been very happy with it thus far.

The front USB port and HD radio are nice features to have. The USB navigation is very straightforward if take a little time to organize your USB drive. With the included remote, it is easy to flip between folders and songs. I will sometimes create folders with playlists and you can shuffle the songs just in that folder. It is great for podcasts and audiobooks.

The look of the unit is very nice too. A nice feature is the ability to set the colors to about any selection in the spectrum. This is great so that you can match your car's interior lighting and are not stuck with an obnoxious color scheme.

I have not had a problem with this unit and it was very easy to install.

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Bruce

Fitchburg, MA

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Great Radio! Great Value!

July 21, 2010

Installed in my 1999 Ford Taurus. HD Radio is fantastic if you are in a reception zone. The sound is fantastic. Even better if you upgrade your stock speakers. I also installed Pioneer TS-A6872R speakers all around. Best stereo I've ever owned. Buy yourself a little memory stick and carry all your music around!!! Liked it so much that I put one in My Niece's Chevy Cavalier. Chevy speaker aren't that good so expect to upgrade them as well. My only complaint is that the tone, bass, and fade controls are not easy to reach.

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Andres

El Paso, TX

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Awesome Stereo

September 28, 2011

I bought this JVC unit about a year ago and since I got it installed, I've loved it ever since! I bought this model because it plays Usb's, Connects Auxillary, and Charges my iPod while playing. The Creative assorted color presets for day & night and it doesn't have so many buttons that your afraid to press something. The Equalizer on there has made my stock speakers sound louder and I've received nothing but good, solid reviews when I've showed family, friends or people my stereo. Its not complicated to use, has good features like option of connecting your Sirius/XM account to it (like I have installed on mine), the playback on iPod thru stereo or iPod and plays my MP3/WMA Cd's with ease. I'm happy that I got this stereo after deciding cause I didn't wanna spend much but still wanted enough features that kept my car bumping music. I recommend this JVC Unit if you don't want too much or are on a tight budget but most of all still, appreciate good features that you would enjoy than paying for any higher priced brands.

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Travis

CULVER, IN

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Excellent Product

July 18, 2011

JVC has been my favorite vehicle replacement radio for years and this unit performed as expected. HD Radio is nice and really enjoy the USB option. Takes a bit of time getting use to the controls/menus but once the unit is set, its all pleasure. I would recommend this radio.

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Agapito

Jenison, MI

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Great Radio!

June 27, 2011

I've now had this radio 6 months and have been impressed by its features, especially the USB interface. It even remembers where I left off using my MP3 player. Sound is good and strong. HD radio is okay but I really don't have enough channels in my area to give a fair evaluation. The only thing I missed was having numbered radio stations shown on the face of the radio (1-6) to go to a direct radio station instead of going through JVC's interface. Appearance is great. I love all those colors to choose from even though it is a bit of an overkill. I have absolutely no complaints with this radio and would recommend this radio to anyone who wants to get into the newer technology like USB and HD radio at a reasonable price.

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AT

Charlotte, NC

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Exactly what I was looking for!

June 3, 2011

I was looking for a car stereo that had HD radio, an auxiliary jack for an MP3 player and CD player for the occasional disc play. This fits all my needs, plus it has a USB port. Never really used the USB but it's good to have for something later. HD radio works great and well worth the cost of the unit if you have an HD radio signal in your area (check out hdradio.com to verify if your city has it).

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Cec

Canada

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Great Value

June 2, 2011

I have owned this JVC for about six months and it seems to do everything as advertised. The only complaint I have with this piece is the fact of only two preamps out (front and sub). If you are running a two amp setup, as myself, you will need an LOC if you want or need to amplify your front rear and sub. Otherwise a decent product for the money but controls are hard to find in the settings.

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Eddie

Montello, WI

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decent head unit

December 5, 2012

Good unit for the price. Looks nice and is a big upgrade from the stock head unit.

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Brad

Cleburne, TX

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Great Head Unit

May 27, 2012

Been selling and installing car audio for 10 years and i have to say this is a great head unit for the price. I would recommend it, puts out good sound and has great features.

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Leon

winchester, VA

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awsome

August 29, 2011

Best player for the price.

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Robert

North Plains, OR

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Great stereo, but with strange noise issues.

July 24, 2011

There's a lot to like about this stereo. When it comes down to features, this one has everything short of Bluetooth. HD radio built-in, excellent FM reception, CD, preamp outputs, adjustable EQ bands centered at sane frequencies (not parametric), customizable colors for the buttons and display for both day and night, and, most importantly for some, it gets plenty loud and does a good job of it.

There is one big downside, however, that serves as a stark reminder that, while this radio is packed with features, it is still somewhat of a "budget" unit. When you turn the volume up past about 25-30, you can hear strange noises that sound almost electrical, like a beeping in the background. It becomes increasingly apparent at higher volume levels. It also picks up noise from the lights dimming in my car. Ordinarily I would think this all to be a grounding or other power/isolation issue, but I tried running power straight to the battery, and even put a capacitor on it to try and filter the noise. No matter what I tried, the noise simply would not change or go away.

Then I discovered something purely by accident. The test that puts this stereo in the slammer for sound quality is this: set it to AUX input, turn it off and back on, and turn the volume up with nothing playing. Note the sound it makes. Then switch it to FM, and back to AUX. The sound gets substantially louder (and slightly different--hard to describe), even though the volume is the same! Even more condemning, turning the stereo off and back on returns the noise to its previous level. This is clearly a fault of the stereo itself, and not the environment it is running in.

Overall, this is a very good stereo. If you're looking for a good-looking stereo with lots of options and features for cheap, this is your ticket. But if you're looking for real sound quality, look elsewhere.

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Perry

Indianapolis, IN

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Great Product

July 18, 2011

I love my new JVC car radio, and I really love the HD radio reception.

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andrew

sacramento, CA

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Great Value!

June 22, 2011

Comes with a lot of features for the money and the color match is a feature that other brands don't even offer. My bro has not had a problem with it yet. Bluetooth add on is expensive tho.

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David

Mebane, NC

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Excellent Stereo

June 13, 2011

This is a great stereo for the price. HD radio is a big plus and so is the USB input. I have a Sony Walkman MP3 and it works well with the stereo. This is the best car stereo I have ever owned.

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Ford Man

MN

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Good reciever

May 23, 2011

This receiver was installed in a 1995 Ford F150. Very easy to install. Has alot of good features. One down side is, it doesn't have any buttons on it for preset radio stations. When using the presets, if you seek for a station and go back to presets it will start at preset #1. For me this is inconvenient. Has good sound overall and has alot of options to get the sound that you desire.

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Ken

Canada

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Great Deck

May 4, 2011

Purchased the HDR60 for my motorhome. The HD Radio is a big plus. The deck works great for a home theatre using the external inputs from the motorhome TV and the output to an external amp and subwoofer. No flimsy dials and switches on this deck.

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Dan

Hanover, NH

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Limited to No Radio Reception

May 4, 2011

I am VERY disappointed with this product! I get practically no radio reception on this unit when the Altima factory radio that I replaced got good reception. This JVC does not allow you to manually program stations so if it doesn't come in with a good strong signal the auto tune feature will skip right over. I purchased this unit specifically for the USB port but this too fails to pass muster. It fried my 16GB thumb drive within a week. I had a JVC head unit and 12 disc changer prior to this purchase that I was satisfied with, but after this product's dismal performance, I will not purchase JVC again. After only 5 months of use, I am replacing this JVC with something that works!

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BlazerDude

Greenville, OH

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Great product by JVC!

April 10, 2011

First off, great price from these guys. Got mine for approximately $125 and it came with every thing but the antena adapter ($4.99 from Sonic). I drive a '95 Chevy S10 Blazer 4Door. "B***" B** wanted like $165+ for the stereo, $20 for the wiring harness adapter, $9 for the antena adapter, and $20 or $25 for the dash DIN kit. And they wanted to install it for an additional $50! That's $220 plus tax! Anyway, the stereo is sweet, love it! The only CON is that it doesn't have a lot of buttons on it, so that means scrolling through the options menu while trying to drive down the road, not the best idea, but it does have a remote and that helps. I have four 240W JVC speakers (unamplified) and this thing is LOUD! My rearveiw mirror vibrates.Bottom line: Great value, great product! I would recommend this stereo by JVC!

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CARL

ALEXANDRIA, VA

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JVC KD-HDR60

March 28, 2011

This radio has got it all.I've enjoyed it every day since I installed it Caution,this radio is very hi-tech,what ever you do don't lose the instruction manuel.

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Steve

Providence Forge, VA

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Good value

March 22, 2011

Nice head unit for the money. I'm running the unit with no amps to a pair of Coustic 5x7's and a set of DCM boxes. A little light on the bass at low vol, but nothing adding a sub couldn't fix. Face buttons are small, but the remote alleviates that issue. The numerous display color combinations make it easy to adapt to various interior schemes and to overcome ambient lighting problems.

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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

KD-HDR60

UPC

046838041662

Weight

3.60lbs

Internal SKU

kdhdr60

Internal Product ID

21991

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-HDR60

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