For 2013, JVC announced two in-dash, single-DIN digital media head units, offering extended compatibility with smartphone devices as well as 6-key presets and fully detachable anti-theft faceplate to deter theft. The short-body design of the KD-X200 boasts a compact chassis while the KD-X250BT (pictured above) includes a variety of built-in Bluetooth functions. Continuing from 2012 will be the flagship KD-X80BT, which offers Bluetooth wireless technology and a flip-down three-line LCD display.
Chassis and Faceplate Design
A short-body design that is 30% shallower than standard DIN size receivers will be incorporated into the entry-level KD-X200, allowing for unconventional installations where space may be an issue, such as on ATVs or motorcycles. A lighter and more compact digital media receiver also uses less carton packaging to help save on shipping costs and storage space. JVC has integrated two new additional upgrades to all new 2013 digital media receivers, which include 6-key presets on the faceplate as well as fully detachable anti-theft faceplate for all three models in the lineup.
Pandora Internet Radio (All models)
Available on the KD-X200, KD-X250BT and the KD-X80BT, Pandora Internet Radio capability supports iPhone through a USB connection, allowing the user to access basic controls: play, pause, thumbs-up, thumbs-down on the on-screen display. The KD-X250BT will be able to access Pandora Internet Radio through Bluetooth wireless connectivity using Android smartphones, as well as the JVC Smart Music Control App for Android which registers 10 different simple swipe gestures and voice control commands on the home screen including; play/pause, forward skip, rewind, random, repeat and volume controls.
The KD-X250BT Digital Media Receiver is a 1A Power Supply USB receiver with AUX input featuring built-in Bluetooth® wireless technology (phonebook access profile, phone book transfer, hands-free call, audio streaming, AVRCP, text message receipt notification, voice recognition dialing, compatibility check mode, 2 phone full-time connection capability). The higher amperage USB port allows phones to continue battery charge during heavy in-car usage of Bluetooth and apps. Pandora Internet Radio application control is available via USB for iPhone and via Bluetooth wireless connection for Android and Blackberry. This receiver is also compatible with the JVC Smart Music Control for Android, has Front and Rear/Sub Selectable 2.5V Line Outputs, is steering wheel remote control ready.
The KD-X200 Digital Media Receiver with short-body design features front AUX/USB input with 1 Amp power supply, has Front and Rear/Sub Selectable 2.5V Line Outputs, and is ready for Bluetooth connectivity with the optional KS-BTA100 Bluetooth Adapter. It features Pandora Internet Radio Control for iPhone USB as well as 2-way control for iPod/iPhone, allowing music selection to be conducted on the head unit or the phone itself. Also featured is control for the JVC Smart Remote for Android App, which allows users to select music they have stored on Android smart phone memory by Artist, Song, Title, or by Mood.
The flagship KD-X80BT Digital Media Receiver is a flip-down faceplate, dual USB receiver with Aux-input featuring built-in Bluetooth wireless technology, Pandora internet radio application control for iPhone, dual USB ports with 1A capability, drive change mode, 3-line LCD display, HS-IVi Tuner, MP3/WMA/WAV compatibility, 3-Band Parametric iEQ, over 30,000 separated variable-color illumination options, Front/Rear/and Subwoofer 5V Line Outputs, and is steering wheel remote ready.
Price and Availability
- JVC KD-X200 $79.95 (February 2013)
- JVC KD-X250BT $109.95 (February 2013)
- JVC KD-X80BT $209.95 (Available now)