JVC KW-AV50 - DVD receiver - display 6.1 in - in-dash unit - Double-DIN
Manufacturer: JVC Part number: KWAV50
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- Touch panel Built-in 6.1-inch WVGA monitor External mode for iPod/iPhone (listen to audio from iPod/iPhone apps) Two-way control for iPod/iPhone (make song selections from iPod/iPhone or receiver) Ready for bluetooth adapter (with optional KS-BTA100) Rear USB port (MP3/WMA/WAV/iPod & iPhone audio) 1 amp USB power supply (for cell phone charging) MP3/WMA/WAV ... Read more
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Serious entertainment for the car!Excellent display!
by BigAl35540 on March 12, 2012
Pros: Superb touchscreen interface with big buttons! Plays AM/FM stereo, CD's & DVD's and music off of flash drive! Tap attenuation on volume control and returns to previous level with another tap! Multi-theme display!
Cons: EXTREMELY LONG read time on 16Gb flash drive! Longer than normal read time on CD's too! Album art embedded in music files does not seem to display! Power antenna is up and cannot be retracted when playing CD's or from the USB and AV In
Summary: The unit comes with an excellent 16x9 display of 6-inches diagonal. The chassis is Double-DIN. It is fully detachable for security and comes with a very nice soft case for ...
Summary: The unit comes with an excellent 16x9 display of 6-inches diagonal. The chassis is Double-DIN. It is fully detachable for security and comes with a very nice soft case for storing the faceplate. The touchscreen display has an EXCELLENT interface with larger size buttons for big fat fingers. It's less likely you will hit something you don't want to activate! The touch required is nice and light. The display is able to be customized precisely and colors for the display and the knob colors can be matched precisely to your cars theme! It DOES NOT feature an on the front USB port, but has an access cable coming from the back that reaches nicely to the glove box and consequently tucks away the music drive nicely from view and affords nice protection. The USB port runs a flash drive and an IPod connected but DOES NOT have enough power to run an external hard drive and also only supports effectively only one device at a time. Don't try connecting a hub, it won't work! Besides with multiple devices, the stereo becomes "confused" and will malfunction.
The stereo features a high quality AM/FM stereo receiver with song title capabilities and the tuner also features a Traffic Break feature which is contained on some station's subcarriers. You can also chose to program by selecting the type of music you wish to have programmed and it handles that automatically. You also have very easy to use memory channel programming manually to place the stations you like in your exact order. There are 6 memories in 2-bands for a total of 12 FM stations and 6 memories for AM stations. The FM receiver's filter bandwidth can be adjusted from wide to narrow and features an "auto" position as well. This is handy when trying to tune in a distant station right next to a local strong signal. Note: FM Stereo quality is noticeably reduced in the narrow position. You get messaging capability from that station and can see the song & artist that is playing amongst other things.
The in unit CD/DVD player also handles Video CD. Playback of DVD's with video is super clear with a very good image. Movies shot in 16x9 do not letter box, but are beautifully full screen! It is able to play MP3 and WMA, (Windows Media Audio) files of a variety of speeds including the variable bit rate MP3 format. It IS NOT AAC compatible. Noted an inordinately long read time on CD's but playback was perfect even on the bumpiest of roads or when off roading. You are able to also watch DVD movies with full high quality video and audio on this unit. While NOT recommended when driving, it's great for catching a movie while out camping or the like! It is also DIVX compatible.
It is able to control an IPod through the USB cable which comes off the back of the unit instead of out front. It also features a jack and an AV In function so that a 1/8th-to-1/8th stereo jack cable can be used to hook up devices such as smartphones that contain a music player. The USB port also supports a flash drive on which you can load your music and then access it completely from the front faceplate! The single problem is an EXTREMELY LONG read time of the drive, especially with a 16Gb drive full of music! This interface seems to handle USB devices rather slowly and would like to see a significantly faster to access time in this area. It takes an incredible 1 1/2 minutes to read and begin play on a 16Gb flash drive! That strikes me as being quite slow, certainly more so then even older computers can handle USB devices. I am not sure why the stereo must re-read the drive each time it is started especially if the flash drive is not regularly disconnected. It would be nice to be able to store the directory information once and only change it after the device has been removed and replaced. The stereo remembers exactly where it was when shut down though, and begins playback from where it left off on both optical disk and USB/IPod mode. It's just so damn long before the music starts! I've had to learn to just accept this long delay, the versatility of having 16Gb of music of a variety of moods and genres at your fingertips is amazing and playback quality of even slower streams is phenomenal! With stream speeds less than 96 Kbps, a noticeable reduction of quality can be heard by the trained ear. Reproduction of 128 Kbps-320 Kbps MP3 is phenomenal with excellent dynamic range and definition. This stereo also handles files recorded in WMA, (Windows Media Audio), with extreme reproduction precision as well. Files recorded in .wav, (CD format) can also be played nicely! I've noted a problem with displaying album art on this unit with much of my music containing album art but for some reason, I can't get it to display! This might be some setting that I'm missing but so far only certain albums show album art...very curious! These same albums display the album art fine on my computer's Winamp player but don't show at all on this car stereo!
This stereo has a variety of options for it that are not included but must be added. The radio for receiving Sirius & XM radio, the Bluetooth module and a remote control are all optional. The controls for these are included in the main AV Menu however. When not connected, the icons ARE NOT grayed out like on a computer, they just won't work!
The stereo has a lot of power and good speakers are a necessity! A rotary knob controls the volume and it has very precise steps for perfect volume setting. Give the knob a tap and the stereo volume is attenuated so that you may talk to a passenger and then a second tap returns the stereo to the previous level! Since I run a big two-way radio station in my car, this feature is extremely useful and allows me to talk on my power mike without the music overpowering me and then a tap returns it to my previous level when I'm finished talking...very nice!
Equalization settings for manual and preset equalizations are easy to use and the display is very complete. There is an equalization mode perfect for compensating for car acoustic deficiencies for everyone. I like the "Dynamic" mode best and when I hit that, the music just came alive! Note: The equalizer settings must be set for each individual mode. This allows you to use different EQ for different modes of operation. You might require a different EQ for the FM radio then the USB mode for example and the system allows for this. The default EQ is "Flat" and it will be in this setting when a mode is accessed unless you physically change it. There is an EQ button on the left middle of the display which allows for direct quick access. The display for equalization is quite nice and you can see a very nice representation of what that equalization setting is doing. This allows for very nice manual adjustment as well. Also loudness compensation can be easily turned on or off on this unit from this mode very easy.
Overall a SUPERB piece of equipment a serious audiophile can really love! The biggest drawback appears to be the speed of the USB interface which in my opinion is damn slow! This area needs some serious improvement! This might also speed up the read time on the optical disk drive too! This unit has a stunning display that is well laid out and a real looker! Especially after you've got it configured perfectly for your car! It is quickly and easily removed for safe secure storage away from the car and I recommend you take it with you rather than leave it in because it is so easily removed. Remember, this is the most expensive part of the stereo and it cannot function without it! I highly recommend this JVC car stereo and I think you'll like it as much as I do. Even serious audiophiles will get a rush listening to this unit!
- Manufacturer: JVC
- Part number: KWAV50
- Description: Touch panel Built-in 6.1-inch WVGA monitor External mode for iPod/iPhone (listen to audio from iPod/iPhone apps) Two-way control for iPod/iPhone (make song selections from iPod/iPhone or receiver) Ready for bluetooth adapter (with optional KS-BTA100) Rear USB port (MP3/WMA/WAV/iPod & iPhone audio) 1 amp USB power supply (for cell phone charging) MP3/WMA/WAV compatible (DVD/CD/USB) DivX/JPEG/MPEG 1,2 compatible (DVD/CD/USB) Line input terminals (AV + Video) 4.0V line and subwoofer pre-output level Three pre-output terminals Subwoofer control Multilingual display Fully-detachable faceplate Variable color illumination Auto dimmer
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type DVD receiver
- Form Factor In-dash unit
- Enclosure Type Double-DIN
- Functions LCD display,
- Media Content Source USB-host
- Supported Digital Audio Standards WAV,
- Supported Digital Video Standards DivX,
- Supported Digital Photo Standards JPEG
- Control Features Touch panel
- Security Features Detachable faceplate
- Features iPod compatible
Digital Player (Recorder)
- Device Type Digital player
- Supported Digital Audio Standards MP3,
- Type LCD monitor
- Technology TFT active matrix
- Diagonal Size 6.1 in
- Radio Radio tuner - AM/FM
- Type DVD player
- MP3 Playback Yes
- Max Output Power / Channel Qty 50 Watts x 4
- Continuous Power / Channel Qty 20 Watts x 4
- Amplifier Output Details 20 Watt - 4 channel(s) ( Main )
- Crossover Active crossover
- Type Parametric
- Equalizer Band Qty 3 bands
- Connector Type USB,
Composite video/audio input,
Composite video input,
2 x Audio line-out
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