I recently ordered the JVC KD-HDR71BT from SonicElectronix.com after a couple of weeks of research for the right unit for my 1999 like new Chevy Blazer Trailblazer. I wanted Bluetooth/hands free/ HD radio, Sat radio, iPod/iPhone and Pandora and CD. Since my original unit is Din and a half i was concerned about fit and finish appearance.
I also do not like to alter the dash or factory attaching points. As a retired auto technician with a degree in Applied Science and a classic car collector I like the option of returning the vehicle to its original configuration if desired.
I viewed many manufacturers and units and even considered a Double Din Conversion. Finally I decided that the JVC KD-HDR71BT was the the best value for my requirements. Careful measurement of my original radio and the dash cavity and a review of the JVC dimensions made me confident that the JVC unit would fit without alteration to my dash. I was still concerned with the finish and trim appearance in my Blazer. I really dislike the appearance of most install kits, which usually add some kind of dash pocket to take up space. I bought a couple of different install kits to check out the options and decided to proceed.
My internet search found many vendors for my chosen JVC units at prices from $155.00 to $240. The JVC suggested retail price is $209.00. Sonicelectronix.com had the best value at $155 plus free shipping and free install kit. The antenna adapter was $4.95 for a total of $159.95, a minimumal savings of $54 on the Receiver along not counting the cost of shipping and the install kit, wiring harness, etc. As a plus I received my order within three days of making the order.
The installation of the KD-HDR71BT was straight forward. I built the adaphter harness in my shop and chose to solder and heat shrink the connections. I added a seperate ground wire because of all the warnings on ensuring a good ground. Installing the microphone wire out of sight was labor intensive as was routing the rear USB cable thru the dash.
The install which SonicElectronix.com provided was exactly what I had been searching for and had not found. It is a Scosche GM1588B/GM1588. Ihis is a single din plate that filles the dash opening perfectly and attaches to the OEM attachmet points just like the original radio. This makes the aftermarket unit look like it belongs.
The instructions provided by JVC and Scosche are easy to follow and straight forward. The customer service of SonicElectronix.com is first rate. The overall experience has been very pleasant. With a bit of patience and care and not forcing the dash trim, There are three 7mm screws that hold the dash bezel in place. the easy one is at the center top infront of the gage cluster. The other two are under the lower trim which must be removed to access them.
I would and will purchase from SonicElectronix.com again. I would also purchase another JVC Receiver. The setup and operation of my KD-HDR71BT has been flawless. It does require that you read the manual supplied and have it handy while performing the operations. This is a full featured Receiver with many wonderful options. I highly recomment it.
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