JVC Announces New 2013 Arsenal High-End Lineup With Smartphone Connectivity And Advanced Features
JVC Mobile Entertainment today introduced three new Arsenal high-end CD receivers and a multimedia receiver at the 2013 International CES show. The new line-up of high-end receivers are SiriusXM-Ready™ and give access to SiriusXM’s expanded commercial-free music, sports and comedy channel lineup as well as SiriusXM Latino, a suite of Spanish-language programming, incorporate aesthetically pleasing elements with seamless mobile phone integration through its JVC Music Control and JVC Smart Music Control App functions, plus include radio timer, App Link Mode and enhanced Bluetooth and Pandora® Internet Radio capabilities.
5-ZONE COLOR VARIABLE
Allowing the user to create a more personalized and cool driving experience, JVC has incorporated an eye pleasing function called 5-Zone Variable Color. Built into the KD-A845BT, the user is able to manipulate through 30,000 different colors with variable brightness in each of five separate zones to create different light effects, which can be customized to individual tastes and moods. The zones change to Green (Accept Call) and Red (Reject Call) with incoming phone calls allowing for quick and easy call acceptance. In addition, the volume level knob changes color from Blue to Red as the volume is increased, giving off an illumination that adds to the in-car ambiance.
SIRIUS XM Connectivity
The KD-A645, KD-A845BT and KW-ADV65BT are SiriusXM-Ready™ and offer the capability of receiving SiriusXM’s commercial-free music, premier sports talk and live events, comedy, news, exclusive talk and entertainment and SiriusXM Latino, the most comprehensive Latin music, sports and talk programming in radio. SiriusXM programming is received through the SXV200 SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner Kit (sold separately, SiriusXM subscription required). New for JVC in 2013, these SiriusXM-Ready™ models include SiriusXM Replay™ for pause, rewind and replay of up to 60 minutes of live SiriusXM content.
PANDORA® INTERNET RADIO
Available in all new 2013 Arsenal Single-DIN models, the KD-AHD75BT and KD-A95BT continuing Single-DIN models, and the KW-ADV65BT multi-media receiver is an integration with Pandora® Internet Radio that works with the iPhone via USB connection. With simple controls from the head unit to allow the user to forward skip, Pause/Play, Search Station, Artist and Song Title are all shown on-screen to replicate key Pandora command functions.
To further personalize the listening experience, thumb up and thumb down commands are built into the head unit control panel on new 2013 models. Android users will be able to use Pandora® Internet Radio with the new KD-A845BT CD and KW-ADV65BT Multimedia receivers through a Bluetooth® connection while still taking advantage of main controls through the head unit.
HD RADIO™ TECHNOLOGY
The new Arsenal KD-AHD57 and continuing model KD-AHD75BT feature built-In HD Radio™ Tuners. HD Radio™ is a Digital technology that allows a radio broadcaster to digitally transmit additional data in the same radio wave enabling higher quality sound and the ability to transfer additional content and information. HD Radio™ technology produces FM-like sound quality for AM stations, while FM stations can be heard with CD-like sound quality. Unlike typical FM or AM transmission however, HD Radio™ has crystal clear reception with low noise and no audio distortion. Multicasting allows access to additional channels on HD radio on any JVC HD Radio™ receiver. These “stations in between the stations” contain exciting new programming that cannot be found on typical radio stations such as: new radio formats, additional music content, new music genre and talk radio formats, and experimental content.
The new line-up of high-end receivers are SiriusXM-Ready™ and give access to SiriusXM’s expanded commercial-free music, sports and comedy channel lineup as well as SiriusXM Latino, a suite of Spanish-language programming, incorporate aesthetically pleasing elements with seamless mobile phone integration through its JVC Music Control and JVC Smart Music Control App functions, plus include radio timer, App Link Mode and enhanced Bluetooth and Pandora® Internet Radio capabilities.
JVC MUSIC CONTROL
The 2013 KD-AHD57 and KD-A645 CD receivers are integrated with the JVC Music Control App that allow Android users to listen to their favorite songs through an iPod like browsing experience via USB Mass Storage Mode. Song selection and browsing through music by Artists, Albums, and Titles are also available through the head unit. To further enhance a more personalized driving experience, the JVC Music Control App is capable of selecting playlists based on a particular Mood, which acts like the driver’s personal DJ.
JVC SMART MUSIC CONTROL
The JVC Smart Music Control App is a free download, which can be used with the KD-A845BT via Bluetooth® SPP connection. Android users will be able to use their smartphone as a head unit remote control with 12 different gesture commands or use the same commands through stereo voice controls.
With just a touch of a button or a simple voice command, the user is able to change EQ settings, read out text messages over the speakers, post or tweet preset messages on Facebook and Twitter, search music by name, change tracks using voice control through the Bluetooth Microphone as well as select songs by Mood through the Android phone.
New Bluetooth® technology is built-in to KD-A845BT and KW-ADV65BT for 2013 providing the user with hands-free access through the head unit to Bluetooth enabled devices. Users will be able to dial out by recent call activity for received, missed or outgoing calls. Manual echo-cancelling settings provide for better audio performance and help create a more natural conversation setting.
The voice recognition functions for smart phone users are further enhanced with automatic detection through Bluetooth capabilities. Bluetooth connection also connects the smartphone to the CD receiver at all times to provide users with the option to store dialed numbers using the six key presets on the head unit. New 2013 Models KD-A645 and KD-AHD57 are also Ready for Bluetooth using JVC’s optional KS-BTA100 add-on Bluetooth adapter.
An all-new radio timer function is included in each new model in the 2013 JVC line-up. The radio timer will automatically change the radio station to a preset radio program on a single, daily or weekly basis and work with FM/AM/HD or a Connected Sirius Tuner.
Made For iPhone/iPod
All new models with USB ports continue compatibility with connected iPhone® and iPod® devices via Apple’s white USB dock connector. Connected devices play back audio with on-screen display of artist and title information. Users can also search for music by the same category layers as the iPhone® or iPod® structure, as well as change a setting to allow control of music track selection from the iPhone® or iPod® itself.
APP LINK MODE
The KW-ADV65BT includes App Link Mode, a feature that enhances the user experience of certain iPhone apps with live on-screen graphic display and music/audio playback through the vehicle’s speakers. Available for download on the Apple App store, the variety of compatible apps have been hand selected to enhance the driving experience including Navigation, Music Streaming, Drive Recording, and Vehicle Information Alerts, etc. For 2013, JVC will be introducing even more apps that are compatible with App Link including Navigation, POI, Music Streaming, Camcorder Viewing and Vehicle information. JVC will also be upgrading its App Link Mode feature to App Link Mode with Extended Control for iPhone® devices connected via USB. This will enable the user to take advantage of additional functionality and control of their iPhone® apps directly from the head unit’s touchscreen. Both App Link Mode and App Link Mode with Extended control use the optional JVC KS-U30 video cable for iPhone®/iPod®.
The KD-A845BT CD Receiver features two rear USB ports, gold plated Front/Rear/Subwoofer 4.8 Volt Line Outputs, a two-year manufacturer’s warranty, is steering wheel remote control ready, and will be available in March at a Best Value of $189.95. JVC’s KD-AHD57 has a built-in HD Radio™ tuner, front USB port, gold plated Front and Rear/Sub Selectable 2.5 Volt Line Outputs, a two-year manufacturer’s warranty, is steering wheel remote control ready, and is available in January at a Best Value of $139.95. The KD-A645 features a front USB Port, Front and Rear/Selectable gold plated 2.5 Volt Line Outputs, and separated variable color. It will be available in January with a Best Value of $119.95 and also features a two-year manufacturer’s warranty.
Two single-DIN receivers continue in the lineup from 2012 consisting of the KD-A95BT and the KD-AHD75BT. The KD-A95BT features a flip-down three line display, Built-In Bluetooth®, Separated Variable Color, two rear USB ports, Digital Sound Processor with 5-Band EQ, Front/Rear/Subwoofer 4.8 Volt Line Outputs, is steering wheel remote control ready, and is currently available with a Best Value of $219.95. The single-line display KD-AHD75BT features built-in Bluetooth® and HD Radio™ Technology, front and rear USB ports, Front/Rear/Subwoofer 2.5 Volt Line Outputs, is steering wheel remote control ready, and is available now with a Best Value of $209.95. Both models feature a two year manufacturer’s warranty.
The KW-ADV65BT DVD/CD/USB receiver features a fully detachable 6.1-inch WVGA display, Built-in Bluetooth® Wireless Technology with, a rear USB port with 2-way iPod control and the App Link Mode feature. App Link mode allows on-screen display and control of 18 compatible apps via a connected iPhone. This receiver is SiriusXM Ready, and is WAV/MP3/WMA compatible. The unit also features MOS-FET 50 watts x 4, 3 sets of 4V pre-outs, wireless remote, and two-year manufacturer’s warranty. It is shipping now for $419.95.
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