I had previously installed the predecessor of the JVC KD-R320 in my wife's car, a couple of years ago. Overall we were happy with the unit. The latest version of this car stereo is just as good, if not better. I love having the capabilities of playing mp3's directly from a CD, rather than converting every song to a conventional CD audio file. More music per disk! The menu gives you ample options to adjust the sound for this unit. And the front input to allow for playback from an ipod or mp3 player is another great option to have.
Of course, you can pay a whole lot more for a car stereo, but in terms of value of what you get for your money, this unit is hard to beat, and Sonic takes it a couple of steps further. Not only was this available at a fantastic price, but with free shipping, and the necessary Scoshe faceplate adapters, and harness connectors provided at no additional charge, Tell me: who is going to beat that deal?
One word of caution however: Like any new stereo, You need to know if your car's original speaker system has a powered inline amplifier or filter to drive a set of woofers. When first hooked up, my bass response was pretty poor. It appeared that this unit was not as good as the one I installed in my wife's car. Very quickly though, I realized that two of my speakers were not even working. Using the wire from the adapter that supplies power to a power antenna, and checking my car's schematics, I was able to connect that "switched" power line to the right wire in the original harness, and that powered the missing speakers. Sounds great. If you don't want to spend too much on a car stereo, I think you'll find this deal hard to beat. Thanks Sonic!
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