Released February, 2009
The Pros:Inclusion of Bluetooth hands-free is a great addition for this price. Bluetooth music streaming from phone is more convenient than even using an aux cable. Dual USB ports is great for this price, allows storage inputs and iPhone/iPod charging simultaneously.
The Cons:Unit takes longer than expected to load USB thumb drives and music from them. IPhone 4 Bluetooth firmware does not sync with this unit. Lacks dedicated radio preset buttons.
The JVC KD-A805 is an ultra-powerful and multifunctional in-dash car-audio receiver that features a built-in MOSFET amplifier with a 200w max power output. The third of five JVC KD A/V head units, the JVC KD-A805 is a massive upgrade from the KD-A605 and KD-A305 models in that it features two Full-Speed USB 2.0 ports (front, rear) for connection of iPod/iPhone(s), USB flash memory devices, digital audio players, and portable HDD players.
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Plus, the JVC KD-A805 is HD Radio Ready, Satellite Radio Ready, and Bluetooth compatible, and in fact comes equipped with a USB Bluetooth adapter (receiver, transmitter, antenna) and a high-quality external wired microphone for hands-free phone calling and wireless audio streaming. In addition, the KD-A805 offers flexible full-speed iPod/iPhone song selection through a 2-way control that allows the option of using the in-dash receiver’s or the iPod/iPhone’s controls themselves to make music selections. Both control modes include play, pause, skip, and reverse functions. The KD-A805 also sports a CD player that supports traditional CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs, plus those outfitted with MP3 & WMA music files. Furthermore, the KD-A805 boasts a standard AM/FM player, a 3-band iEQ, a wireless remote, a detachable face, an auxiliary port, a 24-bit digital-to-analog converter, 5V front/rear/subwoofer pre-outputs with a subwoofer control, and a Full Dot LCD display with variable-color illumination which is capable of over 30,000 customizable colors. The JVC KD-A805 retails for a much more expensive $239.95 (versus $169.95) and comes with a 1 year limited warranty. Additional service plans are available for a fee.
- MOSFET Amplifier w/200w Output
- Full Dot LCD w/Variable-Color Illumination
- AM/FM Tuner
- CD Player
- USB 2.0 Port x 2
- Auxiliary Input
- 3-Band iEQ
- Wireless Remote
- Detachable Face
- Subwoofer Control
- 24-bit Digital-to-Analog Converter
- 5V Front/Rear/Subwoofer Pre-Outputs
- Satellite Radio Ready
- Bluetooth Compatible
- Bluetooth Adapter (Receiver, Transmitter, Antenna)
- External Wired Microphone
- iPod/iPhone Song Selection
- HD Radio Ready
- 1 Year Limited Warranty
Available Service Plans
- 2 years – $24.99
- 3 years – $34.99
- 5 years – $59.99
User Reviews (1)
Inclusion of Bluetooth hands-free is a great addition for this price
Bluetooth music streaming from phone is more convenient than even using an aux cable
Dual USB ports is great for this price, allows storage inputs and iPhone/iPod charging simultaneously
Many more colour scheme options than competing units
Unit takes longer than expected to load USB thumb drives and music from them
iPhone 4 Bluetooth firmware does not sync with this unit
Lacks dedicated radio preset buttons
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