View Full Version : JVC KD-R900 First look, pics

10-14-2009, 09:06 PM
Well I debated between many head units for my car. Kenwood, Eclipse, Pioneer etc.

What I was looking for was:

USB (Dual USB)
High Pre-Out Voltage (3 Sets of 5V preamp outputs)
Red Lighting (30k color combination)
Bluetooh Built In (Has external mic)
Ipod control Built In (control Ipod or Ipod can also control radio)
TI/Burr-Brown 24-bit DAC

Opening the Box you see the Face plate case, Inside it is the Faceplate.


2 white foam pieces holding the main Head Unit. And a boatload of paper, manuals etc...

Taking the unit out feel about 5 lbs or so, maybe a tad less.

Looking at the front of the unit one can notice something quickly, the simple layout of the face. Important buttons to the drivers side including the phone button. Another thing that goes unmentioned anywhere is that the turn dial encoder has a rubber ring on it for ease of turning it. How many times have you bought a Head Unit to find it has a knob and the thing is so recessed you could barely turn it, well this one has a rubber ring on it with bumps for ease of turning.

Now the styling of the unit is simple, somewhat of a piano finish but you get another non mentioned styling cue, it is Black pearl in direct light. That was nice as my shift knob from Flameball is black pearl resin and my wheels are going to be black pearl.


The Face Plate is actually very sturdy once installed, not flimsy or moving a lot like other units. The Face Plate also has a soft touch opening feature so it doesn't just flip open fast where over time it will cause stress at the connection/tabs (Face is not motorized).

Looking out back you have the Subwoofer output, Front and Rear outputs. All are gold plated, nice for a unit priced under $200 now. It also has the rear usb cable and the Mic input for the Bluetooth.


To the right side of the rear one notices the 15 amp blue mini fuse. Internal amp is rated 20wrms x 4 CEA rated. Looking at many of the units I was interested in they all had 10 amp fuses. So, those looking for on board power, the 15 amp fuse indicated it does put out. we will see once installed.

Online reviews possibly do not state that the internal amp can be shut off if you are using external amplification. It can..

Here is a on the spot list of features:

In-dash AM/FM, CD, MP3, WMA player with Remote
Built-in Bluetooth technology supports hands-free calling with a compatible Bluetooth phone
iPod USB direct connectivity via your standard iPod-to-USB connection cable allows you to charge, control, and playback your iPod through the receiver and stereo system
Compatible with the iPod and iPhone
Detachable face
Full dot LCD display
Wireless remote control included
Variable illumination display with over 30,000 color options
CEA-2006 compliant amplifier

Power Output:
o Peak: 50 watts x 4 channels
o RMS: 20 watts x 4 channels

CD Text Display
MP3 ID3 Tag Display (Title/Artist/Album)

Playback and Audio Features:

Playback of CD, CD-R, CD-RW, MP3, WAV, and WMA
HS-IVi Tuner with 18FM/6AM presets
Loudness control in 3 patterns
3-Band Parametric iEQ with preset tone curves
TI/Burr-Brown 24-bit DAC

Expandability Options:

3 Sets of 5V preamp outputs (front, rear and subwoofer)
SIRIUS or XM Satellite Radio Ready: A subscription is required for service as well as either the JVC SIRIUS Satellite Radio Package or JVC XM Radio Package
HD Radio Ready: JVC KT-HD300 required and sold separately
Built-in Bluetooth: Includes microphone and built-in controls for hands free talking when connected to a compatible Bluetooth phone
iPod/iPhone Ready: USB-to-iPod cable will work with most iPods. The JVC KS-PD100 iPod adapter is required for a limited number of older iPods, please view the JVC compatibility list to see if your iPod will require the KS-PD100.
Front-panel auxiliary input: 3.5mm (headphone jack) allows connection to portable media devices such as MP3 players, etc.
Front-panel USB input: USB allows connection to portable media devices such as MP3 players, etc.
Rear USB input: USB input allows connection to media devices such as MP3 players, iPods, iPhones, etc.
Steering wheel remote control ready: The PAC SWI-Xv1 is required and sold separately
CD Changer Controls: JVC CHX-1500 required and sold separately
Dual USB inputs (front and rear)


11-20-2009, 12:03 AM
Pictures of Unit Installed.

Lights on, Illumination changes to negative.
Lights off, screen brightens.
Choosing color from factory options, Amber.
Light Blue
Greenish color.
With flash, drowns out the lcd but you can see the Head unit installed.

11-20-2009, 12:15 AM
Internal amp is plenty powerful as the 15 amp fuse shows (most head units supply a 10amp fuse and quite frankly they don't seem to have much power as this unit). So if you don't want to run an amp this unit just might work for you. But if you do want to run external amps, you can turn off the internal amp..Use the 3 sets of gold plated 5V outputs (Front/Rear/Sub).

The power coming out of this reminds me of the Older Panasonic Class T chipped Head units that claimed 31wrms and 70 peak.

Now for the Tuner if you like radio.. The HS-IVi Tuner is grabbing stations I didn't have previously, I didn't even know they were there. I went under some tunnels and I didn't lose much of the reception.

12-06-2009, 12:31 PM
Here are some pics with Ipod connected.

Pretty straight forward.

You have the option to control the ipod from the head unit or the ipod itself..