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JVC KW-V21BT

Double DIN Bluetooth In-Dash DVD Car Stereo w/ 6.2" Touchscreen Display & App Link Mode for iOS Devices

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General Features:

  • JVC KW-V21BT In-Dash Receiver
  • Power Output:
    • Peak: 50 watts x 4 channels
  • 6.2" touchscreen multilingual display
  • Auto dimmer with headlights
  • Siri eyes-free mode
  • Optional remote control
  • Authorized Internet Dealer
  • 1-year Manufacturer's Warranty

Playback and Audio Features:

  • DVD, DVD-R/RW, CD, CD-R/RW, MP3/WMA/MP4
  • AM/FM RBDS tuner
  • Digital processing tuner provides clear sound output
  • iPod and iPhone Ready: Standard USB-to-iPod Cable and USB-to-Lightning Cable compatible
  • Pandora control for iPhone
  • App Link Mode for iPod/iPhone
    • Display your favorite compatible apps on the head unit
    • KS-U59 required for video playback
    • Not compatible with iPhone 5 and up
  • 5-band parametric equalizer with 11 presets
  • 3.5mm Rear Audio Auxiliary Input
  • Front USB Input
  • Built-in high and low pass filters
  • Bass boost
  • CD text information display
  • MP3 ID3 Tag Display (Title/Artist/Album)

Bluetooth Features:

  • Built-in Bluetooth technology for hands-free talking and audio streaming
  • Supports A2DP audio streaming
  • Works with most Bluetooth enabled cell phones
  • Text message/SMS receipt notification
  • Alphabetical search for phonebook
  • Auto pairing for iPhone
  • Includes a external wired microphone for clear, convenient talking

Expandability Options:

Product History:

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(previous model, replaced by JVC KW-V230BT (Newest version of KWV-220BT))
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(previous model, replaced by JVC KW-V220BT)
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(previous model, replaced by JVC KW-V21BT)
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(previous model, replaced by JVC KW-V20BT)
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(previous model, replaced by JVC KW-AV61BT)

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
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.
Optional (Accessory required and sold separately)
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
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)
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.
4 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.
5-Band
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.

TFT-LCD Monitor
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.

Full Color

Playback Features

AM/FM Tuner
Most in-dash CD players have AM/FM playback allowing you listen to your favorite local radio stations.
Yes
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.
Yes
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.
Yes
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
Number of Front USB Inputs
1
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.

Rear 3.5mm Audio Input

Monitor Screen Features

Touchscreen
If a unit is touchscreen capable, you can control a majority of it's functions by touching the screen.
Yes
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.
6.2"
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.

Navigation Features

Languages
These are the different options for language. If you are looking for a specific language, please verify that the unit will be compatible with that language.
Chinese
English
Spanish
French
Dutch
German
Italian
Portuguese
Russian

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)
Android
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.

1 Video RCA Output
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 - SiriusXM (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.
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.
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.
Yes
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.

Universal (Accessory required and sold separately)
  • PAC ControlPro: PAC ControlPRO Universal Steering Wheel Control Interface
  • Axxess ASWC-1: Axxess ASWC-1 Universal Steering Wheel Control Interface
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.
Yes (Accessory recommended and sold separately)

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.
App Compatible
Audio Playback
Video Playback
Siri Control
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.
Yes (via iPod USB Cable or Accessory required)
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 Bluetooth Connection)

Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
1 year
Warranty Provider
Manufacturer

Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rating Distribution

5 Star
20%
4 Star
80%
3 Star
0%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%

Average Attribution Rating

Durability
4.0
Value
4.6
Features
4.6
Design
4.6
Usability
4.4
Michael

Stone Mountain, GA

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Mr. Mike

August 17, 2015

Good system. I own the previous version of same model. Like it better for the ability to customize display colors and such!

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capnkts

Nederland, TX

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Great Stereo!

November 17, 2015

I bought this stereo for the Bluetooth connection as well as not having any dials or switches that stood out from the main unit. I was installing it within a 2010 Scion tC where I wanted to keep the front door that can close over the stereo. This stereo worked great doing that, and I also purchased the Axxess SWC-1 control to allow the steering wheel controls to also work with this stereo. It works great!!

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Eduardo

elgin, TX

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Jvc 21BT

August 4, 2016

Sounds better then my stock stereo
Pros=Blutooth,Equalizer,Play Dvds(Music Videos)and loudness
Cons=Paint on the buttons comes off or fades off and blutooth sometimes stops working

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Brian

Panama City, FL

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Great buy.

May 16, 2016

I've never owned a double din radio before this one. It's simple to use and install, you don't have to go to someone to install unless you wanna shovel out the extra money. They made all my highs that are 2 years old now sound great even though they're cheap sonys.

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Cortez

Philadelphia, PA

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Looks great.....sounds great!

January 19, 2016

Really love this JVC KW-V21BT head unit. It has all the features that I was looking for. It gave my '03 G35 coupe a nice facelift. The sound with the Bose speaker's.......nice.

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Why did you choose this?
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this is a good deck...
lewis b on Oct 18, 2015
I chosed this item because i have always wanted a nice car stereo head unit like this JVC.
Jose G on Apr 7, 2015
I choose this receiver because it had most of the features that I was looking for in a car stereo reciver. The only feature it is lacking is navigation. The reviews I have red seemed very good so hopefully it will work out for me also
Christopher S on Jun 19, 2015
Great Price for all the features, JVC is a trusted brand.
Chris B on Dec 24, 2014
will the pandora app work through my galaxy s6 phone?
A shopper on Sep 30, 2015
Best Answer: I have an iPhone 6 Plus and the Pandora app works through Bluetooth but does not have thumbs up and down control or ability to change your pandora stations. When my phone is plugged in the Pandora app on the radio gives me full control on the unit just like on my phone. I believe Pandora app on the unit works via Bluetooth with full controls on Android devices.
Reply · Report · Christopher S on Sep 30, 2015
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can the gps do truck routes?
david f on Aug 1, 2015
Best Answer: This unit dosent have GPS
Reply · Report · Ed R on Aug 2, 2015
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If my vehicle has factory sirus radio do I need anything extra for it to work?
Dave C on Oct 6, 2016
Best Answer: If it's going in a Chevy you will have to get a module to Hooke it up...
Reply · Report · lewis b on Oct 6, 2016
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is app link compatible with iPhone 6s?
A shopper on Jun 2, 2016
Best Answer: I have a IPhone 6 and enjoy Pandora though the Bluetooth section, also use the hands free option with no problem, therefore I would say yes.
Reply · Report · Hazael L on Jun 2, 2016
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What's better the jvc kw-v20 or v21?
A shopper on Apr 8, 2015
Best Answer: I don't know which is better, but I really like the JVC KW-21BT that I installed in my 2004 F250
Reply · Report · Jesse G on Apr 8, 2015
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Does this have a detachable faceplate?
A shopper on Dec 14, 2014
Best Answer: Hello,

No. Detachable Faceplate on a proper Double Din Touchscreen is rare. At this time, only the Sony XAV-601BT has properly provided a trustworthy Detachable Faceplate.
Reply · Report · Sonic Electronix SStaff on Dec 15, 2014
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what are the dimensions of this unit?
micky on Feb 23, 2016
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For the JVC kw-21BT, I would like to keep my steering wheel controls by adding the Axxess ASWC-1, which you offer. What about a trim piece like a Metra. Will I need something like this to complete the install? You don't mention it. Will the free mounting kit remedy this?
slack on Dec 8, 2015
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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

KW-V21BT

UPC

046838071041

Weight

5.50lbs

Internal SKU

kwv21bt

Internal Product ID

91176

Sonic Electronix Wiring Guide

Wiring Diagram Legend

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