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Customers most agreed on the following attributes:

Cons:

Difficult Controls (4)

Describe Yourself:

Commuter (4), Practical (3)

Pros:

Nice Features (4), Durable (3), Attractive Design (3)

Best Uses:

Small Cars (4), Larger Cars (3)

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Does everything we want it to perfectly

By Dan Verified Purchaser from Raleigh, NC on 06/28/2008


Cons:

Difficult Controls

Describe Yourself:

Gearhead, Commuter, Practical

Pros:

Easy To Install, Attractive Design, Nice Features, Durable

Best Uses:

Luxury Cars, Larger Cars, Small Cars

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This is my third KD-BT1 (I got one for each car). The major selling point is the bluetooth; it's flawless if you set it up correctly. In my truck and my wife's Sedan the microphone is clipped on the roof; on my sedan it's in a opening in the front of the dashboard. In any spot it works perfectly; the other parties can hear both of us clearly and we can hear them very well. Caller ID flashes up when you get a call, and after a call the radio goes back to whatever input you were on and resumes music. If you have voice dialing (and we do) on your phone then you can one-touch voice dial from any input. In all of the cars I also have a 160 gig hard drive running into the USB input with 40 gigs of MP3s I've ripped. I go for weeks without hearing the same song when set on random; the unit only takes about 30 seconds to re-read the entire library on startup AND it will read it in the background if you're on the radio so you can switch to the USB and it'll play as soon as it's ready. The menu IS slightly difficult at first, but after the initial setup you won't need to play with it much.


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Functionally Pleasing

By Surf Rider - Save our Beaches! Verified Purchaser from Cerritos, CA on 01/02/2008


Cons:

Difficult Controls, Unattractive Design

Describe Yourself:

Gearhead, Auto Professional, Commuter

Pros:

Nice Features

Best Uses:

Small Cars

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

So just like everyone else I decided to go out on a limb and try JVC out. In the past I've owned Sony (which sucked major) to Alpine. The last headunit I owned was an Alpine CDA-9813 which I really loved, it was stylish and very powerful. I was planning to get the new Alpine CDA-9887 but decided to try this unit out because it was a lot cheaper and it had more built in functionality. I've been using the unit for about a month now and I would have to say the unit is a lot better than I anticipated. There is no difference in installing the unit other than placing the microphone in a good spot. The unit comes default with a demo screen saver in the ON position which is pretty lame but can be turned off once you READ the manual. The menus aren't as intuitive as many would believe but is tolerable once you get used to it. Likewise, can be said for controlling an IPOD too. Navigation through playlists are tolerable but not the greatest. Song lists are navigated through various buttons and not the volume knob like you would think they'd use as clickwheel like an IPOD. The screensavers suck when compared to Pioneers. There are three default screensavers that CANNOT be changed (you'd figure you could use the USB to upload new ones). The appearance of the headunit itself is pretty decent, though it does look a bit cheesy when compared to an Alpine or other brand. The face doesn't completely come off, only 3/4 of it. The spring loading part that accepts the headunit can sometimes be ejected when putting back the face. If that happens you have to work it a little to get the face back in. I like the radio, it sounds great and it does deliver everything it promises. The menus leave something to be desired. The bluetooth is as good as everyone says, however, I've noticed that sometimes the unit hangs in bluetooth phone mode when you hang up your phone (but that can be fixed by rebooting the radio). Dialing and text message is easier right off the phone. The screen display cycles from red, blue, yellow, green, and orange every five seconds which is cool at first but can be somewhat distracting later on. I still haven't figured out how to disable it to keep it on one color but little kids love it. For this price and amount of features you can't go wrong. It definitely has the WOW factor, but don't expect this unit to be the best but at this price you won't regret it.


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Best car stereo I've ever owned

By Max Verified Purchaser from San Antonio on 11/13/2007


Cons:

Display Could Be Better, Difficult Controls

Describe Yourself:

Practical, Commuter

Pros:

Durable, Nice Features, Attractive Design

Best Uses:

Sports Cars, Larger Cars, Small Cars, Luxury Cars

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I love this stereo as it does everything I need. The Pros: The Bluetooth function works great and most people can't even tell they are on speaker phone. I hooked up Sirius Satellite radio to it and it works like a charm and it even has signal strength bars to let you know how your signal is. I have a 60 gig USB drive that I connected with all the music that I own and the unit sees everything. NOTE: The receiver will not see a USB drive formatted with NTFS. The drive must be formatted with FAT32, and Windows does not format a drive over 32 gigs, but there are software utilities out there that can format a drive larger than 32 gigs. The cons: The display is a little hard to read in the daylight though you can fix this by changing the display to show negative instead of positive. If you leave a USB drive hooked up to it when you start your car and turn it off (though in JVC's defense they say not to) sometimes the receiver sees the drive and sometimes not. If this happens you can turn the device off and right back on and it will see the drive. The folder Hierarchy is hard to get used to navigating but once you learn how it works it's not that hard. I'll answer some of the questions I had when I purchased the device: Q1: What parts do I need to hook up the Sirius to the receiver and where do I plug it in? Answer: You need the Sirius SC-C1 receiver AND the KS-SRA100 (the SC-C1 and the KS-SRA100 are the replacement for the old SIR-JVC1 which has been discontinued). The SC-C1 plugs into the KS-SRA100 and the KS-SRA100 plugs into the CD changer terminal on the back of the KD-BT1. Q2: Will the AUX input that is optional work with this unit in conjunction with Sirius Radio, and if so what is the part? Answer: Yes the optional AUX input will work in conjunction with the Sirius Radio as the KS-SRA100 mentioned above has an extra terminal on it and the AUX input plugs into that, and yes I have tested and verified that it works. The part you need for this is JVC KS-U58. I do not own an IPOD so I did not buy the IPOD connector, though I'm sure it would work the same way. The part number for the IPOD connector is JVC KS-PD100, however I did not install it so I can't tell you if there are any other parts that are needed to get this working, though I doubt there are. Q3: Is the bluetooth mic wired or wireless? Answer: The mic IS wired, however the wire is plenty long and it was able to go from my stereo all the way around and was placed just above my rearview mirror. I hope this helps you out if you buy the KD-BT1!


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Excellent, Feature rich HU

By Manjunath Verified Reviewer from Seattle, WA on 10/24/2007


Cons:

Difficult Controls

Describe Yourself:

Commuter, Practical

Pros:

Durable, Attractive Design, Nice Features

Best Uses:

Larger Cars, Small Cars

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I was looking for HU with USB and BT. Seems this HU was the only quality out there in the market. For this price, the features are really amazing. Pros: SQ is great. BT pairing was seamless. USB works fine. Cons: Menus could have been simpler. Go getta one!


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