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The JVC KD-R800 is an in-dash car-audio receiver that features a built-in MOSFET amplifier with a 200w max power output.

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Pros

Two USB jacks, allows the use of the bluetooth device and a secondary external device.

7 agree

rear USB allows you to hide USB devices in the glovebox

6 agree

Very sensitive microphone (almost TOO sensitive)

5 agree

One of only a very few units that allow the iPhone to control the audio, instead of having to use the radio controls.

5 agree

front USB and AUX inputs

5 agree

Awesome mp3 decoder. Very dynamic. Great clear bass. No mushiness.

5 agree

Display colors can be changed. A surprisingly useful (fun) feature to match your cars lighting

4 agree

Bluetooth compatible (adapter included)

4 agree

includes wireless remote

4 agree

affordable price

3 agree

This unit has preset buttons. According to their manual, you may select 18 preset FM stations and 6 AM stations

3 agree

Satellite and HD radio ready

3 agree
  • Only 3 words are allowed.
Cons

NO PRESET BUTTONS!

5 agree

LCD display is small

2 agree

Bluetooth transmission clear.

1 agrees

Bluetooth garbled 95% of the time. Tested with Motorola Razor V3 & Samsung i730 phones.

1 agrees
  • Only 3 words are allowed.
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The JVC KD-R800 is an in-dash car-audio receiver that features a built-in MOSFET amplifier with a 200w max power output. The sixth of six JVC KD A/V head units, the JVC KD-R800 is an upgrade from the JVC KD-R600 in that it features dual (versus one) Full-Speed USB 2.0 ports (2-way control and charging for iPod/iPhones) and an included Bluetooth adapter. In all other ways, however, the KD-R800 is quite similar to its predecessor. For instance, the KD-R800 is also Bluetooth Compatible (adapter included), Satellite Radio Ready, and HD Radio Ready. Plus, the KD-R800 features a variable-color illumination display with 30 preset color choices. The KD-R800 also includes a regular AM/FM radio and a CD player that supports traditional CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs, not to mention those outfitted with MP3 & WMA music files. In addition, the KD-R800 sports a front auxiliary input, a wireless remote, a 3-band iEQ, a detachable face, a low-pass filter and subwoofer level control, a 24-bit digital-to-analog converter, and 2-channel preamp outputs. The JVC KD-R800 retails for a more expensive $219.95 (versus $159.95) and comes with a 1 year limited warranty. Additional service plans are available for a fee.

Features
  • MOSFET Amplifier w/200w Output
  • AM/FM Tuner
  • CD Player
  • Dual USB Ports
  • Auxiliary Input
  • 3-Band iEQ
  • Wireless Remote
  • Detachable Face
  • Subwoofer Control
  • 24-bit Digital-to-Analog Converter
  • 2-Channel Preamp Outputs
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Bluetooth Compatible
  • Included Bluetooth Adapter
  • HD Radio Ready
  • 1 Year Limited Warranty
Available Service Plans
  • 2 years – $24.99
  • 3 years – $34.99
  • 5 years – $59.99
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Chris
01/11/2012 12:48

We've been using this deck for over two years. Aside from a couple of nit-picky complaints it's been great....but I do have one major issue. With the iPhone 4 and 4S, it doesn't seem to play nice using bluetooth. Sometimes it will connect no problem, other times it will ring through the system but the iPhone won't connect to the JVC and no mic (phone or otherwise) works. Thoughts?

Chris Andrade
10/02/2009 11:45

I just bought this for my girlfriend today and so far we love it. Just can't figure out one thing; how do you set the colours to change automatically without using the Demo? We don't want to just have one colour selected in the menus.

Hopefully someone can help with this...thanks!

Livid
07/16/2009 12:58

I'm not sure what the bluetooth complaints are about. I've been using my BlackBerry 8830 with this head unit and the call quality is fine. Perhaps getting a better phone will solve their problems as Motorola's Bluetooth solutions are not all that stellar. As for the preset controls, they are in the deck, you just have to look for them. The LCD text is small, but necessary for song title length.

Livid
07/16/2009 12:54

Sadly you people are not taking the time to understand how the deck works...

The preset controls are in the menu, you just have to look for them. If you are not a-custom to such learning curves, perhaps using a different brand is the solution. I fell in love with the JVC as it had all the functionality I wanted at 1/2 to 1/3 the price of a Pioneer or Alpine. I do like my Alpine's, but I don't like having to pay for their Ai-NET crap to use Bluetooth and have iPod/USB functionality (Get with the times Alpine!)

I'm running the JVC with my stock AC Delco speakers and the deck does not overpower them. I've had to upgrade speakers in the past when using Alpine head units. I am replacing the stock 6x9's for better clarity, but I love how one does not have to spend a fortune on speakers to match the JVC's sound quality.

MP3 read speeds are good, though the iPod interface is a bit slow to read the content on the iPod Touch. I love the navigation for the IPod, very easy to use. If you are looking to avoid Sony but don't want to donate a kidney or sell your third child of your second marriage (kidding), this is the deck to get.

Yaminb
06/07/2009 10:43

yeah, I can't figure out this recent trend in decks. They don't seem to have preset buttons. Even the pioneers, kenwoods, alpines... I talked to my installer and he said they started switching to give more room for the display.

Jamesb
05/23/2009 04:57

I got this after several days of research online and testing it, and others, out at Fry's. My requirements were:

1) Can control ipod using ipod itself, not just the head unit.
2) Bluetooth with a separate microphone.
3) Rear cable input for ipod so I don't have cable dangling about while I drive.
4) "Works with iphone" certified. I have an iPhone 3G

This is the only unit that meets these requirements. All others I have tried, including panasonic, alpine, kenwood, require the use of the unit to control the ipod. Stupid! I have the iphone mounted on the dash so I can use the maps etc. Why would I want to use the head unit to control the music when I have a touchscreen iphone on my dashboard!?

Sound is awesome. I was using a belkin FM transmitter through the Shaker 500 factory unit. The difference is night and day. I thought I just had overcompressed mp3's, but through the JVC, everything sounds powerful and dynamic. The unit has a great mp3 decoder.

I had a problem with the bluetooth connection, I suspect that "Trusted-1" has the same problem I had. The calls came through completely garbled. I tried turning up the mic volume and this made no difference. I went back to Fry's and they turned the mic *down* to level 1, and it all works. Basically, the mic is very sensitive! Now at level 1, everything is clear.

I don't listen to the radio, so the lack of presets doesn't even bother me. If you are looking for a unit for your iPhone, this unit is the absolute best, in fact, the *only* one that satisfied my requirements.

Trusted-1
05/02/2009 12:11

This communication is intended to convey how disapointed we are with our recent JVC purchase. Our business is custom audio video installations in large residential applications although I am quite familiar with car audio and video products as well. We have JVC systems in two other vehicles (KD-HDR1 & KD-AR870 with iPod and XM Radio interfaces) and we have a JVC DILA projection system in our Home Cinema.

Although I should have done a better job of researching a head unit, the two major flaws in this model did not become aparent until after I had completed installation of the KD-R800. The two major flaws are:

1) The bluetooth connection is garbled 95% of the time regardless of the phone that is used. It has been tested with a Samsung i730 and a Motorola Razor V3 and neither perform to an acceptable level.

2) I am completely confounded by the absence of preset buttons. Whatever design team thought it would be a good idea to eliminate radio preset buttons in favor of a design that requires the driver to take his/her eyes off the road to select a radio station should be fired immediately. When you factor in a small, difficult to read display, one could argue that there is a potential liability if an accident occurred while trying to operate this deficient design. To be clear, I would not have bought this model had I realized it was without the proven basic feature of radio preset buttons.

The vendor I purchased this from is unlikely to be willing to exchange this unit now that it has been installed and for that matter it is not his fault that this flawed product was produced.

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