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post #61 of 128
I noticed when installing the JVC in my Mustang, the antenna plug was a little long for the receptical and caused it ti short which rendered AM useless. All I did was pull the jack out just slightly and the problem was solved
post #62 of 128
FYI, regarding the Aux connector for the JVC KD-HDR1:

I bought one off ebay back in December. It works fine. Do a search on ebay for a KS-U57, which converts the AUX into two RCA plugs. I attached a 3 foot RCA cord and a converter to a stereo plug onto that. I have a little cubby under the head unit that I coil the cord into that contains my MP3 player also.

I got my adapter from darvex.

You have to set the JVC unit's Aux setting to EXT-IN for it to work properly. Reference the owner's manual for the instructions.
post #63 of 128
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Originally Posted by dj99wa View Post

FYI, regarding the Aux connector for the JVC KD-HDR1:

I bought one off ebay back in December. It works fine. Do a search on ebay for a KS-U57, which converts the AUX into two RCA plugs. I attached a 3 foot RCA cord and a converter to a stereo plug onto that. I have a little cubby under the head unit that I coil the cord into that contains my MP3 player also.

I got my adapter from darvex.

You have to set the JVC unit's Aux setting to EXT-IN for it to work properly. Reference the owner's manual for the instructions.

If you get the KS-U58 it is terminated with the stereo mini plug for mp3 players etc so you don't have to do the conversion above. There is also a special cable for the ipod that will allow the radio controls to take the place of the ipod controls.

-Ken
post #64 of 128
You guys got me really excited. I just ordered mine through Crutchfield with the install kit and then I found this thread. Now I can't wait!

I have a 2001 Ford Focus so it will be interesting to hear how this thing sounds. I really like the stock 6 disc CD changer that came with the car. The only problem is that the darn thing starts screwing up after just a few years.

Will let you know how the install goes. Thanks for all the great info!
post #65 of 128
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Why would I want another antennae? That item doesn't sound so integrated. Especially if I had a CD-Changer/Satallite on that input of the stereo. For $200? That is how much the JVC costs. Pretty soon we are going to look like HAM operators from all the antennae we have on our vehicles from the add-ons.
post #66 of 128
twisted_oak - don't pay attention to him. He's some kinda marketing bot (view all his posts, some of them are on totally irrelevant threads). I've already notified the mods about him.
post #67 of 128
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twisted_oak - don't pay attention to him. He's some kinda marketing bot (view all his posts, some of them are on totally irrelevant threads). I've already notified the mods about him.

Thanks. I got it. It's gone.
post #68 of 128
Got my radio from Crutchfield yesterday. Install went very well. Crutchfield sent me everything I needed (except for the tools of course). I've never ordered from them before. Very impressed!

The radio sounds great. Much better than my stock unit. We have 4 HD stations here. A few of them have HD2. There is one AM talk radio station that was apparently testing HD right after I installed the radio. Sounded great.

I do find it interesting that the JVC starts out in analog mode. Once it locks on to the HD signal, it switches over. Some of the stations here have a disparity between the analog and digital signal so I hear the same segment of music twice. Thought that was funny.

What a great unit! Highly recommended.
post #69 of 128
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Originally Posted by Chris Blount View Post

I do find it interesting that the JVC starts out in analog mode. Once it locks on to the HD signal, it switches over. Some of the stations here have a disparity between the analog and digital signal so I hear the same segment of music twice. Thought that was funny.

That's up to the radio station to configure. Some stations don't want to have a 5-8 second delay on their analog signal and some haven't bothered to turn it on so the digital will be a few seconds behind. This can be maddening if you're getting fringe reception causing it to bounce between analog and digital.
post #70 of 128
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Originally Posted by scowl View Post

That's up to the radio station to configure. Some stations don't want to have a 5-8 second delay on their analog signal and some haven't bothered to turn it on so the digital will be a few seconds behind. This can be maddening if you're getting fringe reception causing it to bounce between analog and digital.

It can't be set to ignore analog and purely use digital?
post #71 of 128
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Originally Posted by hdmi4ever View Post

It can't be set to ignore analog and purely use digital?

Yes, there is a setting to do that.
post #72 of 128
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Originally Posted by scowl View Post

That's up to the radio station to configure. Some stations don't want to have a 5-8 second delay on their analog signal and some haven't bothered to turn it on so the digital will be a few seconds behind. This can be maddening if you're getting fringe reception causing it to bounce between analog and digital.


I don't know of any IBOC station that doesn't delay their analog audio. That goes against the IBOC set-up and makes no sense. In NYC when WFAN does a baseball game they shut off the IBOC to eliminate the delay but following the game the IBOC goes back in as does the delay.
post #73 of 128
WKSC Chicago "Kiss 103.5" and WCKG Elmwood Park-Chicago "105.9 Free FM" both have issues with the analog audio not being delayed, or delayed enough, to match the HD Radio audio. The problem is intermittent at Kiss 103.5. It's always mismatched at 105.9 Free FM. 104.3 Jack FM (WJMK Chicago) had the problem for a long time. I don't know if it had anything to do with my unanswered e-mail or not, but they corrected the problem about two weeks ago.
post #74 of 128
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Originally Posted by hdmi4ever View Post

It can't be set to ignore analog and purely use digital?

The problem with using pure digital is that whenever the digital cuts out in a weaker area, you hear NOTHING. I can't use the HD2 channels in my town (28 miles from Boston) because they constantly cut out. The digital signal has less range than the analog.

-Ken
post #75 of 128
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Originally Posted by kenvt View Post

The problem with using pure digital is that whenever the digital cuts out in a weaker area, you hear NOTHING. I can't use the HD2 channels in my town (28 miles from Boston) because they constantly cut out. The digital signal has less range than the analog.

-Ken

I'm actually 30 miles from boston but I can get hd2 stations w/ this radio. Granted yes there are some drops here and there. I think it's better at night...it's actually gotten to the point where I know where the drops are within town. I can be a red light and not get reception...turn around and drive say 80 feet in a parking lot and park and then they'll show up fine.

For boston I think wzlx and wbcn work pretty well. I actually can get whjy from ri... I'm also starting to think that they might turn off the hd2 portions sometimes...just like not all have the text on the tracks. I'm going to probably change a bit of the sparkplugs for the am portion and get a new antenna later in the year. I've received these as being the furthest for the FM band

wpro which is nearly 39 miles from me, wcrb which is 46 miles from me, wwli which is 37 miles from me,

For AM
wpro (33 miles), whjj (33 miles) these are nearly on the boarderline of reception, I got a bit of wbur once which was nearly 42 miles....

As the channels increase I'm sure about of hd2 and hd3 (more?) content will increase.
post #76 of 128
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Originally Posted by R.F. Burns View Post

I don't know of any IBOC station that doesn't delay their analog audio.

Well now you do. KMHD is run by a community college, it's pretty low power (7.5 Kw), and it plays stuff like jazz and blues that most people don't listen to so nobody complains. I'm sure they'll fix it someday.
post #77 of 128
I just got my radio about a month ago. I like it. I wish their were more optoins on the display interface. I am on the outside areas of HD though, so my HD stations come in and out. Kind of sucks, but it's not the radios fault.
post #78 of 128
Another thumbs up for this radio--especially for the price vs features category. I can't believe there is nothing else in this price range for HD tuner/CD headunits out there. Got mine from Crutchfield and installed it in my '01 Dodge Dakota Club Cab without any major issues (installing the new speakers were a pain but well worth the upgrade). I can get a half-dozen HD stations out here in Western MA and it stays locked on pretty well (had to use the 'Hold' feature a couple of times). The *only* real criticisms I have for this radio are minor:

1) Wish they hadn't wasted so much of the display space for the EQ settings, and instead added a couple more digits to the main display

2) Wish the volume knob had a finger detent on the front of it so you could 'one-finger' adjust it like some TV/VCR remotes have with shuttle dials. It can be a real pain with gloves on to adjust the volume

3) Wish it had a scan mode for FM stations where it plays 5-7 seconds of each station before moving onto the next one and you can press it again to stop on a station you want

Other than that (and those are all pretty minor things), it's exactly what I wanted.
post #79 of 128
I noticed they have this radio at Walmart now, it had a different model number with a W in it but it was the same as far as I could tell.
post #80 of 128
I've read quite a few reviews, may seem minor but is there something about the clock? Does it not always display? Can't recall details but someone stating you must hit the button to see time.

Also can you preset HD1 stations but must hit the button to get HD2?
post #81 of 128
You can toggle the display to several modes including the clock, but I never checked to see if it would "stay" on the time display. I am not home to check my KD-HDR1 now, otherwise I would test it for you. Personally, I abhor any radio/stereo that automatically switches back to a clock display and makes you hit a button to see the frequency. (I figure, how about if I agree to not play music on my watch, and they don't use stereos to display the time?)

Regarding the presets, you are right-they only store the frequency and default to HD1 on multi-channel stations. Also, there is no way to switch to HD2 using the remote control. Other HD Radio tuners such as the Sangean home models do let you store HD2 stations/channels directly.
post #82 of 128
You can set it to a default display of:

(In MP3/CD mode)

-Clock & track number
-Elapsed time & track number
-Track name
-Album name
-Artist name

(In Radio Mode)

-Clock
-Frequency
-Radio Station Call Letters (HD)
-Artist Name/Track Name (HD)

You can also set scrolling to none, once or continuous.

Once you set a display mode for a source, it stays that way until you change it. I have mine so the clock is the default display. When a new song comes on, the display temporarily displays the new album/artist/title and then goes back to the clock.

As for HD2 stations, you are correct. You can only store HD1 stations as presets, but it's a simple tap of the up button on the 4-way rocker to pull up HD2 once you're on HD1.
post #83 of 128
Thanks guys...Exactly what I was looking for!
post #84 of 128
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Originally Posted by pduncan View Post

I put this unit in my car the other day, 1996 Nissan. Looking to buy another one for another car. Love the HD!!

Fantastic unit, but I know from experience that the antenna on the car is really sub-par, and I get a lot of "noise" when the car is running. It's kind of like a popping sound that increases when I use the accelerator. The problem was there with the factory radio.

Does anyone know of a good aftermarket antenna that would boost the signal. It's getting really hard to find aftermarket antennas

Also, need advise on what I need to do to clean up the interference.

Check the grounding on the antenna, grounding on the engine, and see if changing the routing of the antenna wire helps. Unless Nissan is different, it's rare these days to have a bad antenna.
post #85 of 128
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Originally Posted by rwagoner View Post

Check the grounding on the antenna, grounding on the engine, and see if changing the routing of the antenna wire helps. Unless Nissan is different, it's rare these days to have a bad antenna.

That sounds more like a spark plug wire issue. Try buying quality aftermarket plug wires (they are better insulated). If it doesn't work, you can take them back.
post #86 of 128
$40 dollar rebate from ibiquity until July 3rd.

http://www.hdradio.com/2007_HDRadio_Rebate.pdf
post #87 of 128
just put this unit in my 2006 Jeep Liberty. Very easy instal (thanks to the directions from Crutchfield). Sounds great and I like the features. In reference to the rebate, it is good for purchases from April 29 thru July 3.
post #88 of 128
I'm having a KD HDR1 installed in my 2002 Marquis tomorrow. - Does anyone know whether this is a fairly high-power unit, and specifically, whether I should plan on adding a seperate amp to drive standard Ford/Mercury door speakers? I'm also debating whether to replace the front speakers with better ones, such as Polks, or Infinities. Anyone with experience with the standard Ford/Mercury speakers? Thanks.

Jim Cate
post #89 of 128
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Originally Posted by Jim Cate View Post

I'm having a KD HDR1 installed in my 2002 Marquis tomorrow. - Does anyone know whether this is a fairly high-power unit, and specifically, whether I should plan on adding a seperate amp to drive standard Ford/Mercury door speakers? I'm also debating whether to replace the front speakers with better ones, such as Polks, or Infinities. Anyone with experience with the standard Ford/Mercury speakers? Thanks.

Jim Cate

When I purchased my Ford Focus, I had the premium sound system installed and had the same concern when I put in my HDR1. It powers all four of my speakers just as well if not better than the unit I removed. Sounds better actually.
post #90 of 128
i started looking for a new radio in my car last week and i found this jvc. i really can't believe all that it does for the price. i got it installed today at best buy and suprisingly the installation was great. i got the jvc sirius tuner installed to ditch my unit with an fm transmitter like i had before. i also got the aux cable to plug my ipod into as well as my pocket pc when i want to semi watch/listen to something streaming from my slingbox on my phone.

i will probably rarely if ever use the HD radio but its nice to have. i really wanted it in hopes that i would be able to get the one sports talk am station that i like to come in since it also broadcasts in HD and the AM signal is really weak. unfortunately the HD signal also has the same problem as its the only station i can't get to come in good. perhaps i will try an amplifier to see if that helps but i'm not sure if its even worth messing with considering the amount i'll listen to it.

looking at all the head units though, this one really seems to be capable of everything and in comparison to other radios i really think its a bargain.
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