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JVC KW-R500 (Factory Refurbished)

Double DIN In-Dash Car Stereo Receiver w/ Front USB iPod Connection, Aux Input and Pandora Control

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General Features:

  • In-dash AM/FM, CD, MP3, WMA Receiver with Remote
  • 4-line Dot-Matrix text display
  • Integrated Pandora internet radio control with attached iPhone
  • 2-location Variable Color Illumination with 30,000 color options
  • Supports Android phones with downloaded JVC app
  • CEA-2006 compliant amplifier
  • Power Output:
    • Peak: 50 watts x 4 channels
    • RMS: 20 watts x 4 channels
  • Remote control included
  • CD text information display
  • 12 or 24 hours digital clock display
  • Separate night and day illumination
  • MP3 ID3 Tag Display (Title/Artist/Album)
  • Authorized Internet Dealer
  • 1-year Manufacturer's Warranty

Playback and Audio Features:

  • CD/CD-R/RW, MP3/WMA Playback
  • AM/FM tuner with 18FM/12AM presets
  • Electronic Shock Protection (ESP)
  • 3-band parametric equalizer with 6 selectable tone curves (5 Preset, 1 User)
  • 24bit Digital Analog Converter (DAC) to enhance your MP3/WMA playback
  • Low Pass and High Pass crossover filter control
  • Separate subwoofer level control

Expandability Options:

  • 2 Sets of 2.5V preamp outputs (front, switchable rear/subwoofer)
  • Bluetooth Ready: JVC KS-BTA100 required and sold separately
  • iPod and iPhone Ready: Standard USB-to-iPod Cable compatible
  • Plays music stored on the iPhone 5 via Apple’s supplied Lightning-to-USB cable
  • 3.5mm Front Auxiliary Input
  • Front USB Input
  • Steering Wheel Control Ready: PAC SWI-JACKv1 or the Axxess ASWC required and sold separately

Product History:

JVC KW-R710 thumbnail
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JVC KW-R500 thumbnail
(previous model, replaced by JVC KW-R710)

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.

Double 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.

None
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.
3-band parametric equalizer
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.

35,000 Variable Colors
Button Color
Refers to the color of the physical buttons on the unit.
Variable Color Illumination
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.
12
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.

No

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
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.

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.
iPhone (iOS)
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.
No
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.
No
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)
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.
No
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.
Audio Playback
Pandora Control
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 1st Generation (1, 2, & 4GB)
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 Nano 6th Generation (8 & 16GB)
iPod Touch 1st Generation (8, 16 & 32GB)
iPod Touch 2nd Generation (8, 16 & 32GB)
iPod Touch 3nd Generation (8, 32 & 64GB)
iPod Touch 4th Generation (8, 32 & 64GB)
iPhone
iPhone 3G
iPhone 3GS
iPhone 4
iPhone 4S
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.
Audio Playback
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.
Yes (via 3.5mm Auxiliary Input)

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
88%
4 Star
6%
3 Star
0%
2 Star
6%
1 Star
0%

Average Attribution Rating

Durability
4.9
Value
4.8
Features
4.8
Design
4.7
Usability
4.4

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Richfield, MN

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Great and Powerful Sound! Worlds Better Than OEM.

August 4, 2012

JVC has the most selections for more "budget-priced" double-din head units. My 2012 Corolla will accommodate a double-din, so I wanted that. Single DIN head units just look too tiny. I've never had JVC car audio equipment before, but had some home audio stuff from them many years ago. While often overlooked for other brands, JVC is quite a respectable brand and should not be overlooked. I bought this to use exclusively with my iPod nano. I don't listen to CDs anymore, and I don't listen to the radio. Practically everything I would want to listen to is on my iPod. So I can't comment on the CD player or radio tuner. I won't spend too much time talking about the features of this model. You can easily look that up yourself. I'll just quickly say that it's not difficult to use. Anything that isn't immediately obvious to use can be quickly looked up in the owner's manual (which is pleasantly succinct). What I will talk about in this review is the sound quality and power output from the built-in amp. I had this installed with Pioneer TS-A1674 6 1/2's in the door, and Pioneer TS-A6974R 6 x 9's in the rear deck. I had the installer disconnect the stock tweeters. I'm not running an amp to these speakers. They're both pretty efficient (90+ db sensitivity) and this JVC deck puts out 20 watts RMS. That might not sound like much to some people, but turned up, this hurt my ears well before any distortion set in. So as far as the 20 x 4 RMS amp, it's plenty powerful to drive efficient co-axials. In fact, I'd personally have no problem using this deck to power a set of efficient components up front. So to sum up the power portion - it's plenty powerful. I was drawn to this instead of competing decks offering 14 watts RMS. Now let's talk about sound quality. When first installed, the sound is actually pretty bad. I wasn't too surprised. I figured I would just have to adjust the bass, mid, and treble. (Some head units only have bass and treble - I like how this one has mid as well). So I started tweaking the bass, mid, and treble. Didn't help. At all. I was convinced that I either bought the wrong head unit, but was really suspecting the speakers were cheap crap. That's when I remembered reading about the "Pro" EQ settings. Accessing these Pro options is different than hitting the EQ button to adjust bass. The Pro options let you adjust the frequency of the bass/mid/treble that you're boosting/lowering with the normal EQ button. It also lets you adjust Q. Even if you don't know what Q is (like me) it doesn't matter. You try the few (or so) different settings until you like what you hear. After I adjusted the Pro settings, I had a big smile on my face. It now sounds GREAT. Now I just need subs and an amp and my system will be complete. Speaking of the Pro EQ settings, it might sound like you either need to know what you're doing, or that it's a huge pain that takes forever. But it's not (I promise). It's actually pretty quick and easy, and it's all by ear. Should you choose this HU, or another one in the JVC line? I went with this one because it's the cheapest. I don't care about bluetooth, nor do I care about HD radio. Those are really what you're paying for with more expensive models. The power output and sound quality (and Pro EQ options) are the same. If I want good sounding radio, I'll just plug my iPhone into the USB connector and run an app like TuneIn which apparently streams at higher bitrates than HD radio anyway. Conclusion - I'm very happy I went with this unit. It's powerful, sounds great (and minor tweaking) and didn't break the bank. It does everything I want it to. If I had to come up with something I wish it had, it would be the ability to store more user selectable EQ settings (instead of just one) but it's not a huge deal.

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Mike

Westminster, MD

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Love it!

January 9, 2014

This radio is fantastic with the my ipod. Lots of cool features on this radio. Found it the cheapest by far at Sonic electronix. Very easy to install myself with the kit they sent.

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Marcos

St.Cloud, FL

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Well worth the money

December 29, 2013

Never really owned any JVC Products, but as doing my research on this particular radio, it seemed very well worth the price. It has everything that is needed to do some serious customizing on the output of the speakers on the size of the vehicle for the dimensions as well. Being able to match the color on the gauges of my vehicle was a plus :). Bluetooth pairing has been a blessing with not having to use headphones, the mic is awesome, it also automatically connects the Bluetooth device to the radio in less than 45 secs or so which is great with the Pandora. The overall construction of the radio it self seems very sturdy and good quality. Very impressed with the radio from JVC. It was installed in a 05 Subaru STI. Great investment ! and I recommend!

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O

New Zealand

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Great stereo,sound great

December 14, 2013

like this double din,affordable,and sound great,and adjust color,lot of different light to choose from to match my dashboard light,... And last of all SONIC done a awesome service, Letting me know that this will fit on my odyssey 05,if not for them i wont have a clue,bought it,and its perfect.. THANK YOU SONIC ELECTRONIX

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Greg

Arlington, VA

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Great Product

November 26, 2013

Very happy with the product and this wonderful company which sells it. Saved lots of money as well since I needed it for my car in Canada. I had it shipped to my friend in Arlington who brought it with her to Toronto. Once I had everything is ready I realized that Dash Kit for the US model only and I had to cut it to fit to Canadian model of Hyundai Elantra 07. Other than that installation was pretty easy, sound was great plus I had an option to play via USB and AUX. Thanks Sonic Electronics.

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Brian

Nashville, TN

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Economy Product - meh

October 14, 2013

I was looking to replace the GM CD-Player/Receiver in my Chevy Express van. I mainly wanted to keep within the double-DIN models, of which only two really show they fit my vehicle. Installation was "relatively" easy, and I made sure that all the connections were solid before finally installing the unit. Mainly, I wanted to get a better EQ control from a new unit. As advertised, the JVC comes with a 3-band parametric EQ. This is misleading, however. The term parametric in most engineer's eyes is one that allows variable center-frequency and Q. The JVC does neither. It only allows VERY limited center frequency and Q choices. There's some control here, but not as useful at cutting some frequencies as I was hoping. Again, it's very limited. I found SONY's 7-band graphic EQ to be more useful. Plus, only 2 bands allow Q settings to be changed, not all three. I can honestly tell that JVC still has the same audio smoothness that I could detect from JVC receivers I've had in past years. You might want that, but if you've ever heard a nice tube amp, you'll find the JVC unpleasantly sterile. If you use a subwoofer from which its source is from an amp fed by the high-level speaker output of the JVC, you might realize, as I did, that the sub loses a lot of low end. I fought with trying to match the sub to the low-end of the speakers and found this more of a fight than with the factory stereo. After perusing the Owner's manual and seeing the frequency response of the amp-section of the JVC explained why. 40Hz is the essential cut-off for how low the frequency response goes. That's pretty lame if your speakers and ears can easily enjoy 30-35Hz. I can only assume this to be a cost-savings, speaker saver, or a heat-reduction strategy, but in any case, bad design decision for a pleasurable experience. My ears definitely could hear a downgrade from the factory radio. If you use the RCA outputs (low-level) for your sub amp, you should be ok. BUT, since my door speakers can drop a 35Hz frequency with the factory system, and it's weaker through the JVC, I had to work a little harder with the sub. I sincerely invite JVC engineers to add $50 to the street price of the unit and work a little harder on the life of the sound. I've heard some pretty basic audio gear sound more lively and inviting than this. Features USB and iPhone interfacing; these work pretty well. Controls are OK, but I'm sorry, holding down a button for a couple of seconds to access menus is truly not the way to go for me. Sometimes the changes you make will be retained without pressing the ENTER button, while others require it. I simply found the unit difficult to work with, even after a week of solid use. Cost is a nice welcome, however. Keeping the cost of a head-unit this cheap is pretty awesome. But at the expense of quality and easy of use, I think a JVCKW-R500"X" model with improved audio quality, a fully parametric EQ, and a better way of accessing menus (joystick, or an actual menu button, not a secret "hold this button" menu button?) and you'd have a better idea of what car audio can be like in a consumer world. I kept the unit, but to better enjoy it, this required a lot more work, cost, and possibly a new set of front-speaker monoblocks to regain some of the musical bass of the factory unit. It's not an upgrade from the Chevy Express/Silverado CD-Player/Receiver.

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Edgar

Odessa, TX

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Awsome Stereo

October 7, 2013

Love this stereo, I like the idea that I can tune the colors to match my interior gauge cluster lighting. The only drawback of this stereo is that I just cant get the "subwoofer" function to operate properly.

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Lake Forest, CA

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Nice Unit

September 22, 2013

Just what I had wanted. Fairly basic features, a bit more hassle to adjust the audio to my liking. High recommendations though...

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Leonard

Westfield, MA

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Exceptional value and sound

September 17, 2013

I would highly recommend this radio, it sounds great with plenty of features. I love the option of changing the screen color to match factory colors. iPod and I Phone control are great through cord and IPhone 4s really charges too.

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Matt

Centerton, AR

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Great Features & Price

September 17, 2013

Simple to use, complete with great features (USB port, mini plug for auxiliary input, wide array of color themes, crystal-clear sound, plus remote control), and all for a great price! Easy install in my 2000 Toyota Tacoma pickup.

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John

El Paso,Tx

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Eye Candy

September 13, 2013

I don't know of a better stereo for the price. The double din in my Ranger looks awesome. You won't believe how much more power this has over stock. The display that changes colors constantly grabs your attention. It can also be turned off. Together with my JBL GTO speakers make a hard to beat combination. Highly recommended. Thanks Sonic for a great deal on an awesome stereo.

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Austin

Warren, MN

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GREAT RADIO

August 28, 2013

radio works great and it looks amazing! its really cool at night when it goes into color rotation. the only bad thing is sonic told me that it would fit in my truck with no modifications but it needed major dash modification.. i had to cut about 1/2 inch of plastic from around the outside of the old head unit but other than that it is a great head unit and i would recommend it to anyone.

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Sebastian

Chile

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Great Radio, Great Price

May 28, 2013

The radio is incredible. For a double din I think it's one of the best at this price range. I installed it in a 2005 RAV4, and works perfectly. The only problem of this radio, is that I can't see clearly the display in the sunlight, which is pretty annoying sometimes.

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Derek

apple creek, OH

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Great Head unit

April 16, 2013

Great head unit. I have had no problems with it. It looks awesome and all the features are great.

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Tony

Sellersburg

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Great stereo upgrade

February 10, 2013

I replaced ome stereo in 08 Hyundai Santa Fe with this unit. I also purchased Axxess ASWC to operate steering wheel controls and everything works and looks great. Very pleased with this purchased . Great price and value.

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jake

Hartselle, AL

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nice headunit

December 28, 2012

it was easy to put in works great for what i need it for not a lot of money overall it was awesome clock never stays with right time only problem

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Nathan

Melissa, TX

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Great Looking

September 16, 2012

This is a great looking piece of hardware and is very easy to install. The only problem I had was getting the dimmer to adjust automatically according to when my lights were on or it was time for it to be dark outside. I love it so far. No other issues.

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Accessory Tools and Products

Accessories added

JVC KS-BTA100

Bluetooth adapter kit made specifically for this radio.

Your Price $64.95

Axxess ASWC

Universal steering wheel control interface with automatic programming

Your Price $59.99

PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Interface

Steering Wheel Control Interface for Alpine, JVC, Clarion, Kenwood, Pioneer, Sony Radios and More

Your Price $49.95

Scosche TK12 Car Stereo Installation Kit

Includes panel removal tool, wire cutter/stripper, test light, RCA cable runner, screwdriver, and more!

Your Price $12.99

18 Butt Connectors, 2 Ring Terminals, and Zip Ties

Great for connecting your car stereo wires to the harness.

Your Price $4.99

Scosche SPL Meter

Monitor the noise level of your new car audio system with this SPL meter measuring from 60-135 dB.

Your Price $21.99

AutoSound 2000 CD-102

High frequency test CD specifically designed for the set-up and evaluation of sound system imaging and placement.

Your Price $11.99

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Right what I was looking for at a Great price.
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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

KW-R500

UPC

046838048944

Weight

4.85lbs

Internal SKU

kwr500

Internal Product ID

45806

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 KW-R500 (Factory Refurbished)