JVC KD-R320 Vehicle CD Receiver with Dual AUX
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- In-dash AM/FM, CD, MP3, WMA player with Remote
- Detachable face for security
- Single line LCD text display
- Wireless remote control included
- Auto dimmer capabilities
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The JVC KD-R320 is breaking boundaries and making it possible to have quality aftermarket audio for under $100. And that is $100 MSRP, which means that you can except even lower prices when shopping here at Sonic Electronix! The KD-R320 is a fantastic entry-level receiver that focuses on a few main functions, but performs them extremely well. The CD slot plays audio CDs, MP3, and WMA files with great clarity, as well as having the options for more flexibility in audio formats. It features dual auxiliary inputs. The front input is designed for portable media players, such as iPods, smart phones, Microsoft Zunes, and other media devices. The rear auxiliary is designed for the JVC KS-BTA100 Bluetooth adapter to add hands-free Bluetooth functionality to this entry-level unit. For excellent audio playback, equalizer options, and add-on Bluetooth functions, the JVC KD-R320 is the perfect receiver for you!
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Don't be afraid to setup a modest sound system with this head unit. In my 4runner it sounded much better than the factory unit, even with the factory speakers. However, I was only so pleased, so I installed a pair of 4" replacement JVC and Cerwin-Vega co-axial speakers and a 10" jl audio subwoofer with a 150 watt RMS kenwood amp. I did the install myself in about 2 hours, and by looking for deals online, I have only around $200 invested in the whole system. By utilizing the cd player's high pass filter (HPF), I am able to get accurate midrange and treble reproduction, while letting the amplified subwoofer handle all the low frequencies. I am thoroughly satisfied with the setup, and the heart of it has been this JVC head unit. At these low prices, you have no excuse not to put one in any car you own.
Both radio and CD player sounded great and very easy to navigate.
Bought this on Amazon for $48 and would most definately recommend this to anyone looking for a no fuss with great sound installation, this unit is also Blue Tooth ready and come with a remote!
Being able to play mp3 disks (though not DVDs of mp3s) is a serious improvement, an absolute must these days. This unit also does a good job with mixed disks of mp3s and wma files. I'm growing to hate traditional CDs with their limited songlists of no more than 80 minutes. This player is drastically reducing the CD clutter in my car.
One drawback to this unit that I don't see happening with my wife's older model is that this player gets weird with shuffle. I find that even on a disk with ~150 mp3s, shuffle will circuit through the same songs every time, looping maybe 15 of the songs in the same sequence over and over. And on the mp3 compilation I play the most, for some reason shuffle will hit track 63 and play it over. At first I shrugged it off but I found that if I don't manually intervene, track 63 will loop at least three times, forcing intervention. If I keep pressing Next it might change, but it just returns to its place in the same "random" shuffle of about 15 tracks scattered across the disk.
The only way to guarantee hearing the other 90% of the mp3 disk is to take it off "random - all" so tracks play in numerical sequence. This is not a single incident, this happens every time. I reburned the collection with a slightly different set of songs and the sticking point seems to be track 63 regardless of which song that happens to be.
Other than that obnoxious trait this is a great unit with more features than the first car stereos I bought back in the stone age. At a third of the price. AM - FM reception seems to be fine, though who really listens to the radio these days?
This would be an awesome unit if it also either played DVDs of mp3s (800+ tracks per disk) and/or added the ability to receive shortwave frequencies. FM radio in particular is so dead, predictable, redundant, that I'd much rather have shortwave frequencies as an option rather than a feature I never use.
Update: I've been mulling the oddity of track 63 being a sticking point on random play. One possibility may be that this stereo's chipset uses for random play a six bit variable with the assumption that most random play wouldn't go past 63 tracks on a disk. A six bit binary variable would be able to represent the numbers 0 through 63. That may be a legacy left over from the CD era, before mp3 disks made one or two hundred tracks likely. If this is the case, JVC may have attempted to include some kind of workaround for playing higher numbered tracks but if so, that algorithm probably isn't as good a solution as simply moving to an eight bit variable that would represent 255 possible tracks. This is just speculation but I'm guessing this is the likely scenario.
Update with an exact example: a new burn of about 125 mp3s. It rotates through the same 16 songs over and over; I verified with the "Next!" button and watched it repeat the exact playlist four times. Track 63 was the sixth song. It repeated track 63 for the seventh song. The thirteenth song was track 48. It repeated track 48 as the fourteenth song. It played two more numbers, then started the loop of sixteen songs all over again.
Speaking of bits allocated to particular functions, the text scroll on the LED display maxes out at 32 characters. If you've just ripped a box set to mp3s using a naming convention of Artist-Track#-Song Title, the display will get as far as "Artie Shaw and His Orchestra-22-". Perhaps a future version of this player will make more room for the scrolling display as well. At this point only half the width of the faceplate is allocated to the display.
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