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Our take on the JVC KD-X33MBS

There's no need to pack your CD collection when you head off on an outdoor adventure. JVC's marine-rated KD-X33MBS digital media receiver offers an impressive array of features, including built-in Bluetooth® and plenty of connections for all your digital devices, so you'll have lots of options for entertainment. As an added bonus, the reverse display cuts through glare and makes this receiver ideal for convertibles and open-top vehicles.

The right receiver for your Jeep, ATV, or boat

There's no need to pack your CD collection when you head off on an outdoor adventure. JVC's marine-rated KD-X33MBS digital media receiver offers an impressive array of features, including built-in Bluetooth® and plenty of connections for all your digital devices, so you'll have lots of options for entertainment. As an added bonus, the reverse display cuts through glare and makes this receiver ideal for convertibles and open-top vehicles.

JVC KD-X33MBS Marine Digital Media Receiver

6-channel preamps

Ready for your iPhone® or Android™

Plug your iPod® or iPhone into the front USB port and enjoy complete control, not to mention faster charging. This JVC's built-in iPod controls let you access your playlists intuitively. If you're an Apple Music, Pandora® or iHeartRadio listener, you can connect your iPhone® and access basic functions like "play," "pause," "thumbs-up," and "thumbs-down" with the receiver's controls. With an Android phone, you can stream Pandora and iHeartRadio through Bluetooth.

For added convenience, the 2-way control feature lets you pick your music using the receiver or the phone itself. If your phone is equipped with Siri® Eyes Free technology, anything you can do with Siri can be done with the KD-X33MBS.

If you're an Android user, you can use the JVC Music Control app to get more from your music when you connect your smartphone (select operating systems only) via USB. You can list and search stored MP3 music by artist or album, or let the app analyze your songs and create a playlist that suits your mood.

Do more with your USB connection

The powerful 1.5A USB port lets you keep a smartphone charged while it's performing many battery-draining tasks at once. With your smartphone connected, you can use Drive Change Mode to listen to your phone's internal memory as one source and access its little microSD card as another. Drive Change also lets you switch between multiple memory cards in a USB multi-card reader or multiple USB thumbdrives connected to a USB hub. The KD-X33MBS plays MP3, WMA, WAV, and FLAC files, and they'll all sound great, thanks to the 24-bit digital audio converter (DAC).

Easily expand your system

If you're planning to expand your audio system in the future, the KD-X33MBS includes three sets of 4-volt preamp outputs for adding amps to your system. In addition to Bluetooth and a host of inputs, you can also connect the SiriusXM satellite radio tuner (not included), so you can enjoy music, news, sports, and more, wherever you roam.

Made for marine and outdoor use

A marine-rated receiver has to do more than just look good and sound great. It also has to stand up to salt, spray, sunlight, and rough weather. JVC designed the KD-X33MBS to withstand the rigors of outdoor life, with a conformal-coated circuit board and an anti-rust coating that help prevent moisture from causing damage. These no-nonsense features keep the music playing, so you can relax and enjoy yourself, whether you're out on the water or out in the woods. The "short body" design fits almost any boat, Jeep, or ATV.

Habla español

The KD-X33MBS lets you choose either English or Spanish as your menu and display language.

Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?

In most cars, you'll need an adapter to retain those controls with this car stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and radio, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. You'll see the adapters that work with your vehicle when you add this receiver to your cart.

Bluetooth note: Use of this receiver's Bluetooth features will depend upon your phone's Bluetooth capabilities. Learn more in our article explaining Bluetooth profiles.

iPod/smartphone note: If you're going to use your iPod or smartphone with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for compatibility information.

Product Highlights:

    General Features:
    • marine digital media receiver with AM/FM tuner (does not play CDs)
    • short-body design is ideal for Jeeps, ATVs, boats, golf carts, and more
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • detachable face with single-line display and blue illumination
    • conformal coated circuit board for water resistance
    • white background is easier to read in bright sunlight
    • separated brightness control for LCD and button illumination
    Smartphone Features:
    • USB 1A connection charges devices quickly
    • built-in Bluetooth
    • works with Siri Eyes Free technology
    • built-in iPod control; 2-way iPod/iPhone control
    • control iTunes Radio®, PANDORA®, and iHeart Radio with an iPhone through USB
    • control PANDORA and iHeart Radio with an Android through Bluetooth
    Audio Features:
    • plays MP3, WMA, WAV, and FLAC files
    • high- and low-pass filters
    • Easy EQ with 8 presets and 13-band graphic equalizer
    • Drive Change Mode for mass storage devices
    • inputs: front USB 1.5A port, front auxiliary input
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (4.0-volt front, rear, sub)
    • can access multiple memory cards in multi-card reader or multiple USB thumb drives in USB hub
    • compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
    • compatible with optional wired remotes
    Other Features and Specs:
    • compatible with most factory steering wheel audio controls (adapter required)
    • selectable English or Spanish menu display
    • warranty: 2 years
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

    What's in the Box:

    • Marine digital media receiver (10A fuse)
    • Face (attached)
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Trim ring (installed)
    • Wiring harness
    • Microphone w/ bracket (attached 10' cable terminated by a right-angle male 3.5mm connector)
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • Instruction Manual (En/Fr/Sp)
    • Warranty Information
    • "Caution!" note (attached to wiring harness)

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    Sounds good and easy installation. Fast shipping good deal

    Anonymous, Warren, MI


    JVC KD-X33MBS Reviews

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    Anonymous from Warren, MI on 11/23/2017

    1982 Ford F Series
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    Sounds good and easy installation. Fast shipping good deal




    Jeff from Ridgecrest, CA on 11/18/2017

    2013 Dodge Challenger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Have yet to try out all the features but so far, great head unit. Easy install. installed on at 1995 Ford bronco in under 30 min. it replaced the factory unit. Also upgraded all the speakers and installed XM radio. can't wait to tear up some dirt.

    Pros: everything you need is in the box minus some wire splices.

    Cons: none


    Anonymous from Jensen Beach, FL on 11/14/2017

    1985 Ford F Series
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    Works flawlessly, easy to use.




    Anonymous from Herriman, UT on 11/12/2017

    2013 Harley Davidson Electra Glide
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great product




    Anonymous from Stephenville, TX on 8/28/2017

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    Great sound, quick connection, and looks good on the street glide.




    Anonymous from Lehigh Acres, FL on 8/18/2017

    2000 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Sound is OK. Expected more regarding features. Have not found if it will display title and artist. No manual came with it.



    Crutchfield response on 8/21/2017 To help save on costs and protect the environment, many products don't include an owner's manual in the box. Manufacturers either include it on a disc or send you to their website to download it. However, one of our tech support Advisors, Josh, takes the time to scan the manuals for products we carry, so you can always access them right from our web site. The first item appearing in the "What's in the box?" section for a product on our site is a link to the owner's manual. You can view it in your browser or download it to your computer.


    Chris from NC on 8/12/2017

    2004 Harley Davidson Ultra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Let's start with Marshall. Very knowledgeable & helpful. This radio was purchased for 04 Ultra. The JVC radio is sounds better then the factory radio. I'm very happy. Thank you Crutchfield



    Great Display

    Brent from Cheyenne, WY on 8/2/2017

    2015 Ford F-350
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great simple to use radio with hands free Blue Tooth. Recommended by Crutchfield to replace Pioneer MVH-X580BS that I had a hard time seeing the display. Looks OEM

    Pros: Easy to read display Intuitive to operate

    Cons: None


    Anonymous from KCMO on 7/26/2017

    1996 Jeep Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed this in a 96 Jeep Cherokee. Since the head unit doesn't have a CD player it is a little smaller overall and required a little longer screws to use the original mount - which I preferred use to keep it from bouncing especially while off-road. The sound is great and it was easy to set up. The only problem I have is it can be difficult to connect to Bluetooth on occasion. To fix the issue I have to shut my BT off and reconnect to the radio.




    Ken from Franklin, TN on 7/24/2017

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    So far,this seems to be a radio well worth the money. Since it is installed in a 1967 Austin Healey 300,a classic car,it is not used that much so it will be awhile before final judgement. I am not to happy with how it is mounted. It sits in a center upright console that is thin and covered in leather.The mounting bracket has a very narrow surrounding flange,and with the push down tabs you don't get a tight fit.I discussed this issue with Crutchfield and they are sending me a bracket that will support the radio from the bottom,and they are sending me a new faceplate because one of the plastic tabs broke off on installation.They truly give exceptional service.

    Pros: Great radio for the money with many extras,like bluetooth,Pandora,USB port,etc.

    Cons: Poor mounting hardware


    JAMES from Henderson, NC on 6/22/2017

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    I installed this on a John Deere tractor in the canopy with just two 6.5 inch rear speaker. I have no amp but the 22 rms that it has is plenty loud enough to hear it over a 72 inch mower deck and motor running at full speed. the only thing I wish is that it was a little more user friendly to adjust all the options they pack into the thing. But that a user preference.

    Pros: 22 rms is plenty for most users and the controls are very ez to read and use on the fly while running the tractor.



    Anonymous from Sarasota, FL on 6/22/2017

    1992 Toyota Celica
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great radio. Easy to follow instructions. Fit with no problems at all. The interface and sound are great.




    Anonymous from New York, NY on 6/13/2017

    2008 Chevrolet Express
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The JVC is simple to operate and provides great sound. It is small, and could fit in a variety of vehicles that lack space. There are plenty of options to moderate the sound, from bass to treble to much more. Nice display lighting, easy on the eye and bright enough to easily see. Coupled with the right speakers, it has more than enough for my large van.

    Pros: Just about everything.

    Cons: Some of the buttons are small, so without a remote it is difficult for big fingers.

    Quite good, low price

    Msc from Tuscaloosa, AL on 6/13/2017

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    I must say that I did not have a ton of expectations for a very modestly priced head unit. It replaced an older, pre Bluetooth head unit on my boat. Install was fairly straightforward, and there were no surprises. It really sounds quite good- plenty of noise free volume for four channels on a 20 ft boat. Not audiophile, but more than good enough for downloaded music. Preset EQ's are actually useful. BT setup really easy. Dunno how it will hold up to outside, water etc. but first impression is excellent, with excellent value.

    Pros: Excellent sound for a pittance. LCD easy to read in bright sun. Easy BT setup.

    Cons: No cd. What's a cd? Only one switch wire


    Anonymous from Philadelphia, PA on 6/7/2017

    2003 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Perfect for my Jeep TJ. Built for marine applications so it will stand up to moisture. The high contrast display is easy to ready in bright sun with the top down. Plenty of power and great sound. Removable face plate keeps it secure. The Bluetooth pairs easily. Crutchfield supplied the mounting hardware and wiring kit making the install easy and professional looking.



    The JVC IS Ok But...

    Brad from Randolph, ME on 5/20/2017

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased this unit because of it's small chassis design to replace a Pioneer unit that I had a mis-hap with. This was the only other small chassis BT unit with 6 channel pre-amp outs. Installation was straight forward and everything works as described. No wireless remote and I believe the Pioneer This unit replaced had a better sound quality and was easier for me to set up and configure. I wish Pioneer still made a higher end small chassis BT unit.

    Pros: Small chassis design, BT unit with 6 channel pre-amp outs. Installation was straight forward and everything works as described. Low price.

    Cons: No wireless remote. Mediocre sound quality. You get what you pay for.


    Mark from Oklahoma City on 5/15/2017

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    Installed it this weekend on my boat. It is replacing a kenwood marine unit because you can't see the display in the sunlight. This JVC is outstanding. It is easy to see in the sun, has lots of power and was a easy install. Highly recommend this unit. Don't be fooled by the price, this unit is as good or better then the higher priced ones out there.

    Pros: Easy set up, very easy to see in the sunlight, lots of power

    Cons: NON

    Perfect For my needs

    Mike from Indian Harbour Beach, FL on 5/7/2017

    2006 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Couldn't be happier with this radio. Put it in my 2006 Jeep Wrangler, install was super easy as all others have stated. Display screen is easy to read during the day and not too bright at night. Navigation of the various features was surprisingly easy, even for a fella with limited tech skills like me. Blue tooth connectivity successful each time without exception. Sound is superb!

    Pros: Superb sound Easy to use and operate

    Cons: None so far

    Great for a Jeep

    Michael from Springdale, AR on 4/20/2017

    2002 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great product and easy to install. Took a few times messing with the settings to get the sound I was looking for. Once done, not difficult at all to operate and get the sound I want.

    Pros: Great support and install.

    Cons: In a soft top Jeep, you really need to add an amp.


    Lucas from Michigan on 4/19/2017

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    very nice.

    Pros: water tight

    Cons: wish it came with an antenna.


    Luis from Prosper, Tx on 4/19/2017

    2004 Toyota Sequoia
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy to install, maneuver your way through the menu and easy installation, especially for someone who had never installed a stereo.



    Great little receiver!

    Chuck from Port Huron, MI on 4/10/2017

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have only had the receiver installed for a couple days, but I really enjoy it so far. It was easy to connect my Google Pixel to. When I hop in the car it will most of the time pick up where I left off on my Google Music Playlist via Bluetooth. I bought this receiver because it had the ability to connect to an amp and add subwoofers to the car. It has a pretty decent EQ on it as well that allows me to tune the radio/speakers to how I like it. One huge plus was how small/shallow this receiver was. When I tore the old radio out of my Buick there was hardly any room. If I was installing an older CD Player I would have had to do a bunch of cutting in order to push the receiver all the way back, but with these new digital receivers being so short it went in super easy and nice. I am very happy so far and I would recommend it to anyone.

    Pros: EQ Settings Pre-amp outputs for Front / Rear and Subwoofer Shorty design / Compact Connected to my Android via Bluetooth fairly simple

    Cons: None so far.

    Easy to see

    Kevin from Alabama on 4/6/2017

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have this unit in my work car and it sounds great. Love the Bluetooth. Love the fact that instead of turning the knob to turn the volume down I just push the main knob to mute. This feature is great going through a drive though. Most of all the main screen is easy to see in the sunlight.

    Pros: Easy to see, mute button, Bluetooth

    Cons: Knob a little too slick. It needs some knurls make it easier for a man with big fingers to use.


    Mattison from East Stroudsburg, PA on 4/5/2017

    2003 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love it



    Perfect for a Jeep

    Anonymous from Dickinson, ND on 3/29/2017

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I put this in my 1976 CJ7. I run with the top off in the summer so being marine rated is key. The Bluetooth is great and searches for devices as soon as it's turned on. Easy to install and has a very shallow depth for tight spaces.

    Pros: Compact size Pre-wired harness Bright display

    Cons: None

    Perfect for Harleys!

    Eric from West Hamlin, WV on 3/26/2017

    2008 Harley Davidson Electra Glide
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Perfect fit in my 2008 Electra-Glide, MUCH clearer than the factory, very tunable sound with the EQ, easy to read display in any light and also has a timer feature for night dimming, making it perfect for any motorcycle - very cool!

    Pros: Great sound, shallow chassis, timed dimmer

    Cons: None

    A Good, Versatile head unit

    Bob from St Louis, MO on 3/23/2017

    2000 Volkswagen Golf
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This unit is still pretty new to me so, I'm still fiddling with controls and learning how to get around the menus. The sound is great. The display is easy to read, day and night. I love that you have options with audio controls. You can take the "Easy" way to set EQ or you can select "Pro" and dial in each frequency. I will say, it's not an intuitive menu but, if you take an hour or so, to sit in the car and go through setting up EQ, clock, etc. You should be good to go. I can't say about Bluetooth as I don't use that much at all and I'm not into the subscription radio services. I'm strictly a provide my own audio person. To that extent, the fact that this plays the gamut of file types, including FLAC is wonderful. So far, a variety of Jazz, Rock, Classical, Soul and Blues all sound really good...and I haven't even fine tuned the EQ yet. For the money, I have no complaints that would keep me from recommending this unit.

    Pros: Lots of options for setup to suit any individuals tastes

    Cons: Menu might be too complex to fiddle with while driving so, please don't.

    Good stereo

    Anonymous from Stillwater, OK on 3/22/2017

    Overall, it has almost every feature that I bought it for. The one issue I have that probably isn't a dealbreaker for most but is for me is when you play music with a usb memory stick set to shuffle or random it olays the same twenty or so songs over and over. I've bought eight jvc stereos since 2009 and none of the ones before this had the problem, now I've orderd a kdx97 that I hope doesn't have it either.



    Great unit for the price

    Chad from Glendale, AZ. on 3/16/2017

    2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I installed this in my Jeep JK and it sounds great with the aftermarket speakers that I bought for it. Blows away the factory radio with no contest. Installation was easy and straightforward. Learning to use all the functions is time consuming. I would have rated it 5 stars if selecting one of the 18 preset stations was easier. I also bought the satellite tuner and steering wheel controls adapter and it works great. The Bluetooth music is easy to play and the phone sound quality is good. Crutchfield customer service is awesome.

    Pros: Sound, Bluetooth streaming.

    Cons: Some controls are hard to get used to.


    Anonymous from Gardnerville, NV on 3/16/2017

    2002 Subaru Outback
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    great stereo for the price. Exactly what I needed functions as expected.



    Great head unit

    Todd from Rochester, NY on 3/15/2017

    2003 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great head unit for my Jeep. Easy install with clear instructions. Display is easy to read even in daylight. Menus fairly intuitive to navigate. Has everything I need plus the ability to add on later if I desire (Satellite, amps, Pandora). I didn't need the antenna adapter Crutchfield gave me, just needed to get an antenna extension cable at the part store. I would definately buy this unit again.

    Pros: Display easy to read in daylight. Intuitive menu. Water resistance.

    Cons: None that I have found


    Joshua from Walnut Creek, CA on 2/5/2017

    1987 Toyota Van
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great multimedia deck, easy to see screen in any light. Have same stereo in two cars I like it so much.

    Pros: Easy installation, great visibility in any light, quick bluetooth acquisition, great sound. USB connection for old school ipods

    Cons: Haven't found any yet.

    Great for convertibles!

    Jeremy from Fredericksburg, TX on 1/16/2017

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This receiver is great for convertibles. I drive a Jeep and with the top off you can still read the display. The functionality with my bluetooth for Pandora is great. I can drive with my phone in my pocket and control everything from the receiver, as well as answer phone calls. Don't forget to plug in the mic on the back when you install! The install was super easy. I called Crutchfield for one question and they gave me immediate answers as well as a few more tips on the wiring which would have stumped me. The only downside is figuring out all the functionality. However, the manual is clear and it just takes time to sort through it and figure it out. I appreciate the ability to customize what sources you want to access so you can eliminate others from the display options. The internal amplifier at 22RMS greatly helped my tweeters and mids sound crisp and clear through my Polk speakers. The sub pre-out is nice for sending a signal via RCA's to an amplifier if you desire to add some bass to your system. The removable face plate will be nice in the summer when I have the top off. All in all a great purchase and especially good for those with convertibles or open air vehicles, including marine applications since the circuit board is water resistant.

    Pros: Illumination Water Resistant Bluetooth Compatibility Microphone

    Cons: Functionality sometimes difficult to figure out

    Great sound, Easy to read display.

    David from Richmond, VA on 12/22/2016

    2002 Oldsmobile Bravada
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Inexpensive, durable unit. Many features and simple to use. I have one of these in my boat and it endured choppy waters and a few rainstorms with no issues. Liked it so much I installed one in my daughter's car. She loves it. The display is easy to read in direct sunlight a plus in a boat. Bluetooth works well and the handsfree calling is simple to use. Sound is good for this pricepoint and as always, Crutchfield was there to help with my questions.

    Pros: Many features for this pricepoint, display can be read in direct sunlight.

    Cons: None

    Sounds great

    Dustin from Hawaii on 12/19/2016

    1998 Jeep Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great little stereo, replaced the factory radio in my jeep, sounds good and works good. Only wish I could change the screen to white on black

    Pros: Sound output Size

    Cons: Display, eq


    Anonymous from Omaha, NE on 12/12/2016

    1997 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Still early but seems to work great and install was easy.



    Great choice and value

    Randy from GA on 12/11/2016

    2004 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent choice for Jeep Wrangler TJ and a good value. I installed the radio only prior to receiving my replacement for blown factory subwoofer. Even with the blown sub, this radio sounded 10 times better than the factory Jeep radio. After installing the 6.5" Goldwood dual voice coil sub, it really sounds good. I can't believe how good it sounds in a soft top Jeep! I mounted the bluetooth microphone just above rearview mirror and it works good. I have tested it with top up around 55 mph, not sure about 70 on highway. The display is easy to read even in full sun unlike my Pioneer in F-150; it's a little bright at night - wish I could dim it. Crutchfield sales advisor was vry helpful and also had same model Jeep.

    Pros: Sound, bright display, ease of use

    Cons: Few. Wish display could be dimmed at night


    Ryan from Rancho Cucamonga, CA on 12/9/2016

    2004 Jeep Wrangler
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    Living in SoCal The top is off my jeep nearly year round. The backlit screen is highly visible and the only way to go. Just enough functions on the unit to make it user friendly. Seems durable, this was a great purchase for me.



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    George from Macungie, PA on 12/6/2016

    1976 MG MGB
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy installation into my MGB and it sounds great even though only set up for a left and right hand speaker.


    Cons: None

    Marine head unit.

    Rob from Hampton, VA on 11/29/2016

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love this unit. Small, light and easy to install. It's a great add to my old CJ.




    Anonymous from Madison, AL on 11/28/2016

    2002 Hyundai Santa Fe
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Nice system.



    Excellent receiver

    Chad from Reisterstown , MD on 10/30/2016

    1990 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent receiver for the money. Directions were clear and concise. Perfect fit for my Jeep Wrangler. Automatically syncs to my phone when I get in.

    Pros: Compact design, ease of setup, great options



    Anonymous from Alhambra, CA on 10/28/2016

    2003 Mazda Protege5
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The installation was easy thanks to Crutchfield included installation kit. The stereo is very light and compact since there is no CD/DVD player which I don't need. The screen is the main reason I chose this particular model. The screen is very easy to read even in direct sunlight. The Bluetooth and microphone is crystal clear. Overall, I'm very satisfied.



    Everything I've wanted in dash receiver.

    Bob from Berkley, MI on 10/24/2016

    1998 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I LOVE this receiver. Installation into my 98 Wrangler was fast and easy, the controls are intuitive enough that I haven't needed to pick up the instruction manual for anything, let alone basic stuff like turning it on, and the sound quality is great. Bluetooth pairing happens automatically within a few seconds of starting the truck and I don't have to mess with anything - it all just WORKS. I'm very happy with this one and considering buying more for my other vehicles. Crutchfield's install kit, instructions and pricing are all five star as well.

    Pros: Easy install, great features, great sound, easy to use, no fluff, easy to read display, great price.

    Cons: I have found nothing to complain about with this receiver.

    Lightweight, shallow depth install, great sound.

    Tom from Bradenton, FL on 10/16/2016

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    A good, basic modern (digital) head unit, very lightweight and suitable for shallow depth installations. Doesn't need back strapping or additional support because it's so light and the DIN cage will affix and mount with very adequate results. I installed mine in a mid-80's Vetter "Rooster" fairing on my motorcycle sidecar outfit. The Rooster was designed for a DIN size head unit and has two 3" speaker holes, in which I installed garden variety speakers (Kickers) available just about anywhere. Sound is excellent even from coaxial speakers. I power constant for the memory and the "ignition" is off a toggle switch (the motorcycle is 34 years old an doesn't have an accessory switch position) so the system can play with the ignition off. No popping, no crackling. One thing that impressed me is that there is no inline noise filter on the power wires like in the older units, which had a Ferrite Choke type unit (small box sometimes including a fuse) and with this old style Stator/Rectifier charging system, no engine noise. On my setup, however, I did eliminate the two OE coils and went with modern programmable control boxes and COP (coil over plug) on each of the four cylinders, so this likely is why since the modern COP's are well shielded. Bluetooth works great as does the USB port for a thumb drive playing MP3's. Great price and fitment. The unit is supposedly rated for damp environments with a coated circuit board. Overall, good product.

    Pros: Very light weight. No need to back strap. Great sound. Able to select speaker size on the menu which is great. Removable face. Can see display well in the sun. Aux port and USB on front allows easy input of signal. Bluetooth solid. Definitely works well in a high vibration environment so far.

    Cons: Wish it came with a case for the removable face. Can't change the back lighting color on this model. Face is a little difficult to remove, has that safety catch which is probably a good thing, but likely will wear-in as it's used. Wish it came with the side screws like the older units did, for custom installation. Luckily, I had some from other applications. I don't like that the trim or escutcheon surround has to be in place or the unit will fall through the DIN cage.


    John S from Elkins, WV on 10/16/2016

    2002 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Seems to be the right unit for this Jeep. Crutchfield included the needed adapter plate, other hardware and instructions making this an easy installation. I am always confident buying anything from Crutchfield knowing that there are real experts available to provide help.

    Pros: Read the provided directions - and don't forget the blue wire :-) !!



    Anonymous from Albany NY on 10/14/2016

    2004 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great stereo for the price. Great service very pleased with purchase



    Easy Install, great sound

    daveh from Ellensburg, WA on 10/8/2016

    1999 Kia Sportage
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    For such a small frame, this unit packs many features and GREAT sound.

    Pros: Size, sound, features, price

    Cons: Bass (unless you have sub-woofer)

    Good, quality stereo

    Josh from Mesa, AZ on 9/24/2016

    2002 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great deck. Bought for Jeep and selected this stereo because I wanted a quality stereo that had a screen that was visible in daylight and at night. Many of the other decks for sale are hard to see during the day in a Jeep, but with this stereo that is not an issue.

    Pros: Affordable, visible screen in any type of light, has many source options and puts out a quality sound

    Cons: Bluetooth connection is sometimes lost or can be tricky to reestablish. Display screen does not regularly scroll through all the song, iPhone, radio information


    James from Aspen, CO on 9/17/2016

    1985 Mercedes-Benz 300D-T
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Works as advertised. My second JVC. Much easier to use than others, but still not perfect. Good sound with my alpine amp. Much better than the old Pioneer. Good bluetooth. Easy to install, only called C twice!




    Anonymous from Clifton Park, NY on 9/11/2016

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great so far, no complaints. East to read face, need it on the road (Harley SG)



    Good value in a small footprint

    Andrew K from Princeton, NJ on 9/3/2016

    2004 Honda S2000
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The unit seemed quite small as I pulled it out of the box. It was packed with features and the sound was good enough for the open listening space of a convertible. It took only minutes to physically remove the factory stereo and replace it with this until. Since there is no CD player, there was extra room for the extra wire from the harness adapter. Wiring took quite some time but that is not relvant to this review.

    Pros: Installation Features Styling

    Cons: none

    nice deck

    bob from coulterville, il. on 8/25/2016

    2000 Buick LeSabre
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    nice deck, sounds great, a little tricky learning how to use all functions, instructions book not correct on some functions. like the white and black lcd readout. wish the eq graff was it own, permanent tone control, changes if you use the other tone controls. (eq graff is a nice option ) good volume and over all tone, nice deck.

    Pros: nice size, easy installation

    Cons: control knob is touchy


    Anonymous from New Ulm, TX on 8/23/2016

    1995 Ford F Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy install and sounds good with current speakers. Was mounted in a trailer for daily work.




    Anonymous from Dallas, TX on 8/20/2016

    1999 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love it excellent



    Boat head unit

    Mike vK from Camdenton, MO on 7/23/2016

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Put this unit in my boat. All I wanted was a Bluetooth reciever, let's face it no one uses CDs anymore. Unit is perfect, quick and easy pairing & install. As normal the Crutchfield reps are knowledgeable, friendly and man do they ship quickly!!




    Anonymous from Opelousas, LA on 7/21/2016

    2001 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy to install and sounds great.




    Anonymous from Chicago, IL on 7/18/2016

    2001 Chevrolet Camaro
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great Radio



    Keep Looking

    Richard from Gallatin, TN on 4/1/2016

    2002 Honda S2000
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Fit well in DIN 1 using factory rails. Easy connection with Honda adapter. Menu system intuitive for me. Found it easy to navigate and set while mobile. Added remote for dash controls which are steering wheel controls for other vehicles which was nice option. Not using amp or satellite radio options. Bluetooth reliable with iPhone 5s. No comment on phone clarity, installed in convertible. Plenty of power for speakers purchased with Crutchfield Reps recommendation. USB connected to iPhone 5s and worked great for about five hours use, then died. JVC/Kenwood horrible to deal with. Back to 12v plug in car and Bluetooth, regretting purchase.


    Cons: USB short life.

    Crutchfield response on 4/4/2016 Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, especially a situation like this, please contact our customer service or tech support teams right away. They can help you solve the problem and get this working properly. We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.


    Ed from Columbus, OH on 3/14/2016

    1981 Porsche 928
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Fits in the vehicle as expected. Easy hookup and sounds good. This is not the most expensive unit but the sounds and functions outpace the price. Good value for the money. Will buy this unit again.

    Pros: Fit. Sound

    Cons: None yet


    Hands-on research

    Features and Specs

    AUX Input Front
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input Front
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control Yes
    Android Control Yes
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready SiriusXM
    HD Radio No
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic
    Nano 7/6/5/4/3
    Touch 6/5/4/3/2
    iPhone 7+/7/6S+/6S/6+/6/5S/5C/5/SE/4S
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) N/A
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) 22 watts
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 4 volts
    Display Color White/Black
    Key Button Color Blue
    EQ Bands 13
    Wireless Remote No
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 2 Years
    Labor Warranty 2 Years
    FM Sensitivity 8.2 dBf
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes

    Product Research

    Marine, Display & Remote Features
    Built-in Bluetooth
    iPhone & Android Integration
    Internet+SiriusXM+AM/FM Radio
    USB/Aux Connectivity
    Audio Section

    Marine, Display & Remote Features

    Marine Rated: The JVC KD-X33MBS is a marine motor-sports digital media receiver which employs an antirust coating to protect the unit from the harsh marine environment. The conformal coating makes it optimal for outdoor applications such as ATV/UTVs, motorcycles, and boats. Even though the conformal coating makes the receiver water-resistant, it is still recommended that it be used with a universal marine cover such as the Metra (120999005B, sold separately) or Scosche (142ACM1, sold separately).

    Note: Do not install the unit in a spot exposed to direct sunlight or excessive heat or humidity. Also avoid places with too much dust or the possibility of water splashing.

    Detachable Face: The JVC KD-X33MBS features a detachable face to deter theft. No face-case is provided. An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can be purchased for this unit.

    Single-Line LCD: The head unit features a 14-segment, one-line LCD with black back-lit text and a white backlit background, plus blue button illumination. You can select between English or Spanish text. Adjustable brightness and dimmer settings are available for the LCD and button illumination.

    • Brightness: The unit offers a daytime and nighttime brightness settings for the LCD and button illumination. You can adjust the brightness level of each manually from 0-31.
    • Dimmer: The unit's dimmer control can be set automatically, manually, or via timer. Manually select "Off" for daytime brightness setting or "On" for nighttime brightness setting. Choose "Auto" which switches between day and nighttime brightness setting automatically when you turn off/on the headlights (orange/white wire of harness must be connected to headlamp circuit). You can even set a specific time for the "Off" and "On" dimmer setting to be activated.

    Day & Time: The unit displays a 12-or 24-hour clock, as well as the day (Sun/Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri/Sat). The day & time can be selected to remain on, even if the head unit is switched off (as long as the vehicle's key is in the accessory or start position).

    Optional Marine Wired Remote: The JVC KD-X31MBS features a wired remote input wire (blue/yellow) which allows you to connect an optional JVC marine wired remote (105RMRK62M, sold separately).

    Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The head unit features an OEM steering wheel remote control input wire (blue/yellow) within the included wiring harness that lets you keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with an optional steering wheel audio control adapter (sold separately).

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: The JVC KD-X33MBS is equipped with built-in Bluetooth (version 2.1+EDR/3.0), allowing you to make and receive phone calls wirelessly through the receiver; as well as stream music wirelessly from your smartphone to the head unit. In order to use Bluetooth wireless technology, your phone must also be Bluetooth compatible and be able to interpret certain profiles. This unit is compatible with the following Bluetooth Profiles:

    • Hands-Free Communication: HFP 1.6 (Hands Free Profile), OPP 1.1 (Object Push Profile), PBAB 1.0 (Phone Book Access Profile).
    • Audio Streaming: A2DP 1.2 (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP 1.5 (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).
    Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the JVC KD-X33MBS. Check here for the latest Bluetooth compatibility information.

    Secure Simple Pairing (SSP) + Auto Pairing (via USB): With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the JVC KD-X33MBS without having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings. You can even pair your Apple iPhone (iOS 5+) or Android smartphone (running JVC Music Play App) by simply connecting it to the JVC head unit via USB and following a single prompt on the head unit's display. When an already paired Bluetooth device is in close proximity to the receiver, the auto connection function automatically pairs the two units. You can pair up to ten Bluetooth-enabled devices to the JVC head unit, with a maximum of two Bluetooth phones and one Bluetooth audio device connected at one time.

    Bluetooth Hands-Free Communication (w/ External Mic): The head unit supports Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. And thanks to the latest Hands-Free Profile (HFP 1.6) with wideband speech capability, the KD-X33MBS provides more natural sound quality and details during wireless calls. The controls of the KD-X33MBS can be used to dial a number, answer an in-coming call, or end a call. The unit also includes an external microphone (with mounting bracket) featuring adjustable gain, so you can carry on your side of the conversation while listening to the caller through your vehicles speakers. During a conversation, you can switch between the Private Mode (talking directly on your cell phone) and the Hands Free Mode.

    • Answering A Call: When a call comes in, a ring-tone will be heard through your vehicle's speaker and the caller's name or phone number will be displayed. You can answer the call from the head unit's front-panel controls, or setup the head unit to automatically answer the incoming call immediately or after 1-30 seconds. The KD-X33MBS also supports the Call Waiting function, so you can answer another incoming call while suspending the current call you are on. Your compatible cell-phone must also support this feature.
    • Dialing A Number: Using the KD-X33MBS, you can dial a phone number in one of the following ways:
      • Enter Phone #: Allows you to directly dial a phone number up to 32 digits from the head unit's front-panel rotary dial.
      • Preset Dialing: You can store up to 6 contacts in the memory of this unit for speed dialing.
      • Phone Book: You can download phone book data from your mobile phone to the digital media receiver. You can then dial a contact within the phonebook from the head unit's front-panel controls.
      • Call History: The Call History is a list of calls that have originated from and were received by this unit that you can dial. You can select Outgoing, Incoming, or Missed calls.
      • Voice Dialing: If your mobile phone supports voice recognition, then you can dial out by voice command. Simply speak into the included microphone. 
    External Mic: The external wired microphone offers improved audio quality versus an integrated microphone, so you can be heard easier over noisy traffic and road noise. You can adjust the volume level, noise cancellation, and echo cancellation of the microphone without affecting the other sources. The external microphone features an attached 10' cable terminated by a right-angle 3.5mm connector which plugs into the mic input on the rear-panel of the head unit. The microphone offers an integrated mounting bracket which can be clipped to your vehicle's sun-visor or taped to your dash.

    Wireless Audio Streaming: The JVC KD-X33MBS supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone or audio player, plus song/artist information display and support for AAC music streaming.

    • Stored Music & Music Apps: You are able to stream your stored music library on your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone, as well as music apps downloaded on your smartphone to the JVC KD-X33MBS for playback.
    • SBC + AAC Codecs: In addition to support for the standard SBC Bluetooth audio codec, the KD-X33MBS offers support of AAC.  By supporting AAC, the KD-X33MBS offers better audio performance of the music streamed from your Apple iPod, iPhone, or iPad.
    • Advanced Music Playback: In addition to basic playback functions (Play/Pause, FF/RW, Skip, Random/Repeat), the KD-X33MBS lets you browse your stored music by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, etc. (AVRCP 1.4+ phones only).
    • Song/Artist Information: The head unit will also display your stored music and music app's song information; such as Artist name and Song/Album title (not compatible with all apps).
    Note: When an incoming call or outgoing call is in progress from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, audio streaming will be paused so you can take your call. Once the call is finished, your streaming music will resume.

    Siri Eyes Free Control: When paired to an iPhone with Siri via Bluetooth, the JVC KD-X33MBS has the ability to access Siri through its front-panel control and external microphone. Simply press the "phone command" button on the KD-X33MBS to engage Siri and use the included microphone to communicate with Siri. Siri's voice will heard through your vehicle's speakers. All Siri functions including hands-free calling, music search, setting reminders, text-messaging, audible navigation, and more can be done through the head unit and its microphone. You can even ask Siri to get directions to a destination and the turn-by-turn instructions will heard through your vehicle's speakers, while the on-screen map still displays on your iPhone with Bluetooth; the head unit's audio is attenuated while Siri provides audible directions.

    Note: The head unit will only display hands-free calling and Bluetooth audio information (all other functions of Siri are only audible through the KD-X33MBS; visual data will still need to be viewed from your iPhone device).

    iPhone & Android Integration

    Android Open Accessory 2.0 (AOA 2.0) Connectivity:  The JVC KD-X33MBS's front-panel USB port lets you connect your AOA 2.0 compatible Android smartphone for music playback. JVC does not guarantee operation with all Android devices. Click here for the most current list of compatible Android smartphones. There are two Android AOA 2.0 modes to choose from based on what content you want to listen to and how you want to control it.

    • Hand Mode: The JVC KD-X33MBS supports Android Open Accessory 2.0 (AOA 2.0), which lets  you connect your Android  (OS 4.1+) smartphone to the KD-X33MBS's front-panel USB port and listen to stored music and music apps from your Android device through the JVC head unit. You'll be able to control basic playback functions such as Play/Pause and Previous/Next Track. Other advanced music navigation will still be done from your Android smartphone's touchscreen. In this mode, the head unit will not display song/artist information; only "Audio Mode" will show up on display. You'll continue to view song/artist information from the Android device's touchscreen. You'll also still be able to access other functions and applications from your Android smartphone's touchscreen, while listening to music through the head unit. If you make a call or answer a call from your smartphone while listening to music in this mode, the music will pause until you are finished with the call and then start back up again.
    • JVC Music Play App: Downloading the JVC Music Play app onto your Android (OS 4.1+) smartphone not only allows you to listen to stored music from your Android device through the JVC digital media receiver connected via USB, but it also lets you browse your Android smartphone's music library from the head unit's front-panel controls. You can browse your store music library by Playlist, Artist, Song, Album, or Genre. You can also control Play/Pause and Previous/Next track from the head unit. In addition, the head unit will display song/artist information. You can exit the JVC Music Play app to access other functions and applications of your Android smartphone, while your stored music library is still playing through your head unit. If you make a call or answer a call from your smartphone while listening to music in this mode, the music will pause until you are finished with the call and then start back up again.

    iPhone Direct Connection: The JVC KD-X33MBS's front-panel USB port can be used to connect your Lightning-connector or 30-pin dock connector iPod/iPhone to the head unit. The KD-X33MBS supports audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of your compatible Apple device.

    • Lightning Connector: If you have a newer iPod/iPhone with the Lightning-connector, you can use JVC's Lightning connector-to-USB cable (105KSU62, sold separately) or the Lightning-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect your iPod/iPhone to the KD-X33MBS.
    • 30-Pin Dock Connector: If you have an older iPod/iPhone with a 30-pin dock connector, you can will need to use the dock connector-to-USB cable that comes with your Apple device or a "Made For iPod/iPhone" 30-pin-to-USB cable (sold separately) to connect your iPod/iPhone to the KD-X33MBS.

    iPhone Audio Playback: The USB connection allows your iPod/iPhone's stored music and music apps to be loaded instantly to the head unit and sound quality to be maximized through the head unit's 16-bit D/A converter, allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 105dB. The JVC head unit supports audio playback of stored music, music apps, and podcasts on your iPod or iPhone. The KD-X33MBS provides music control and song/artist information display. You can choose between two operating modes.

    • Head Unit Mode + Song/Artist Info: From the head unit's front-panel controls you can search for stored music by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Podcast, Genre, and Composer. The contents of a Playlist or Category can be searched alphabetically or numerically. The KD-X33MBS also supports Repeat (file/all) and Random (album/all) playback functions of stored music on your iPod/iPhone. In addition, you'll be able to control basic playback functions (such as Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track) from stored music and select music apps streamed to your iPhone. During Head Unit Mode, the KD-X33MBS will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information such as Track number, Elapsed playing time, Artist name, Song title, and Album title. Newer iPod/iPhones with iOS 6.0+ allow you to continue to access your Apple device's touchscreen in this mode in order to access other applications; older iPod/iPhone devices will be locked during connection.
    • iPod/iPhone Mode: The iPod/iPhone Mode lets you control your older iPod/iPhone (iOS 5.1.1 and earlier) from its clickwheel or touchscreen. You'll still have access to basic playback controls (like Play/Pause & Previous/Next Track) from the head unit, but advanced navigation functions will be locked. No song/artist information is displayed in this mode. The unit will simply display "App & iPod Mode".

    USB Charging: The head unit's USB connection provides 1.5A of current to power and charge your connected iPod/iPhone or Android smartphone when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position (if your iPod/iPhone or Android smartphone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it).

    Apple Device Compatibility Chart: The JVC KD-X33MBS is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 3/5/2017):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Specific Apps Display Type Bluetooth Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone Pandora iHeart Radio Artist/Song Text Track Info Phone Audio Siri
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y Y N Y
    3GS 6.1.6 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    4 7.1.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    4S 9.3.5 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    SE 10.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5/5C/5S 10.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    6/6+/6S/6S+ 10.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    7/7+ 10.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y N Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y N Y N Y
    4th 6.1.6 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y N Y N Y
    5th 9.3.5 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N Y
    6th 10.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    7th 1.02 PC Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y N Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N N N Y
    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

    Internet+SiriusXM+AM/FM Radio

    Internet Radio Apps (for iPhone/Android): The JVC KD-X33MBS allows you to access Pandora and iHeartRadio online music services through your USB-connected iPhone or Bluetooth-connected Android smartphone. Your Apple iPhone must be connected to the KD-X33MBS via the Lightning or 30-pin cable supplied with your iPhone, or JVC's Lightning connector-to-USB cable (105KSU62, sold separately). Your Android smartphone must support A2DP/AVRCP/SPP Bluetooth profiles and be paired with the JVC KD-X33MBS. Your iPhone or Android smartphone device will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, LTE (4G), or WiFi.

    • Pandora App: The free Pandora App (either from Apple's App Store or Google Play) lets you play music from your Pandora music service account through the JVC KD-X33MBS using your USB-connected Apple iPhone (iOS 9.0+) or Bluetooth-paired Android smartphone. The JVC KD-X33MBS provides control over the Pandora music service and displays Artist, Album, and Song information. You can select Pandora stations from your station list and sort them by date or alphabetically. New stations can be created based on the current songs or artists playing. You can also skip song tracks within a station. You can even give songs a thumbs up/thumbs down and bookmark them on your Pandora account.
    • iHeartRadio Link: The free iHeartRadio Link app for JVC (either from Apple's App Store or Google Play) lets you play music from your iHeartRadio music service account through the JVC KD-X33MBS using your USB-connected Apple iPhone (iOS 5.0+), or Bluetooth paired Android smartphone (2.2+). The iHeartRadio music service provides access to more than 1,500 live radio stations from coast-to-coast (including pop, country, urban, rock, talk, and sports). The KD-X33MBS will provide control over the iHeartRadio Link app, as well as display station identification and song/artist information. From the head unit's front-panel controls, iHeartRadio stations can be searched by the following categories (Local, Genre, City, or My Stations). The Local selection provides a list of radio stations in your local listening area. The unit also provides over 22 Genres to choose from (including pop, country, hip-hop, jazz, etc.) to help you find the right radio station for you. In addition, you can search for radio stations by City. Cities can be searched alphabetically. You can even store your favorite stations (My Stations) for easier, quicker access.
    Note: Access to these Internet Radio services will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone or Android smartphone to connect to the Internet. Not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.

    SiriusXM-Ready: The JVC KD-X33MBS is SiriusXM-Ready and compatible with the SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner (220SXV300 sold separately). The SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner supports SiriusXM programming with access to 175+ SiriusXM channels via subscription; check out the most popular SiriusXM subscription packages here. Additional features of the SiriusXM Connect tuner include:

    • Channel List w/ Category Search: The Channel list displays a list of all available channels. You can also search and list channels in specific categories.
    • Song/Artist Info:  Displayed Information such as Channel Name, Artist Name, & Song Title can be viewed on the head unit's LCD.
    • SmartFavorite Presets: Up to 18 SiriusXM Satellite Radio station presets can be saved. These 18 SiriusXM presets are automatically identified as SmartFavorites for advanced features such as TuneStart & TuneScan (see below).
    • TuneStart & TuneScan: TuneStart allows you to rewind and replay up to 30 minutes of any of the missed news, talk, sports, or music content on any of your SmartFavorite Presets. TuneScan gives you a short preview of the songs that you have missed on each of your Smart Favorite Preset music channels or currently tuned music channel.
    • Parental Control: Channels containing unsuitable content for children can be blocked. When enabled, The Parental Control feature requires you to enter a 4-digit passcode to tune to the locked channels.
    Note: A separate SiriusXM Satellite Radio subscription is required (operates on the XM Network). However, you can easily add this SiriusXM tuner to an existing Sirius or XM account for a Multi-Radio Discount Plan.

    RDS AM/FM Tuner: The JVC KD-X33MBS features a built-in AM/FM tuner with manual, seek, and preset tuning. You can store a total of 18 FM stations presets and 6 AM station presets. The radio allows you to set your AM/FM stations manually or automatically. You can also switch the tuner's IF filter to Wide or Auto to increase/decrease the sensitivity. If an analog FM stereo broadcast is hard to receive, you can manually switch the tuner to Mono operation.

    • US or European Tuning: You can set the built-in AM/FM tuner between US standard and European tuning spacing.
    • RDS: The Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast information such as artist, title, and album when listening to compatible AM/FM stations.
    • Radio Timer: The head unit's Radio Timer features lets you tune into a preset station at a specific time regardless of the head unit's current source (you can activate the Radio Timer once, daily, or turn it completely off).

    USB/Aux Connectivity

    USB Mass Storage Devices: The JVC KD-X33MBS features a front-panel USB (type-A) port that is hidden behind a flip-out cover. The USB port enables connection of USB mass storage class (MSC) devices; like USB thumbdrives and USB card readers, as well as select Android smartphones (Froyo/Gingerbread OS only) or Blackberry. You can insert a compatible USB MSC device into the head unit's USB port for playback, control, and song/artist display of a variety of music files.

    • Music Drive: The Music Drive feature lets you switch between multiple memory cards in a USB multi-card reader. When a mass storage class (MSC) compatible smartphone (like Android with Froyo/Gingerbread OS or Blackberry) is connected to the head unit's USB input, the unit's Music Drive features lets you select its internal memory or external memory (such as an SD card) for stored music playback.
    • USB Charging: USB devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the digital media receiver's USB port (max. 1.5A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

    Note: Not compatible with USB hubs.

    Compressed Music Files: The JVC KD-X33MBS supports the following types of music files loaded onto a compatible USB mass storage class device.

    Media Type Description
    File System FAT 12/16/32
    Playable File Types MP3: bit rate of 8-320kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48kHz
    bit rate of 32-192kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48kHz
    bit rate of 8-320 kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48 kHz
    bit depth of 16-bit w/ sampling frequency of 48kHz
    bit depth of 16-bit w/ sampling frequency of 48kHz
    Maximum # of Folders/Files 999 folders/20,480 files (999 files per folder)
    Tags ID3 tag (version 1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4), WMA tag

    Playback & Search Functions: The JVC KD-X33MBS offers a variety of playback and search functions to help you find and enjoy your music a USB memory device.

    • Track/Folder List: The Track/Folder List displays a list of music folders and tracks on a connected USB device, so you can easily access your music.
    • Repeat: Track Repeat (plays the current track repeatedly), Folder Repeat (plays all tracks of the current folder repeatedly), Off (cancels repeat function)
    • Random: Folder Random (plays all tracks of the current folder, then the tracks of the next folder in random), All Random (plays all tracks of the current USB device at random), Off (cancels random function)
    • Resume: If you change the source, playback also stops (without ejecting the USB device). Next time you USB for the playback source, the player will start from where it has been stopped previously.

    Front-Panel Auxiliary Input: A front-panel stereo minijack is provided to allow the connection of almost any portable audio source with a 3.5mm headphone output. Simply connect your portable digital music player to the unit's front-panel auxiliary input, and you can listen to the audio from the portable player through the speakers in your mobile audio system.

    Audio Section

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The JVC KD-X33MBS utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The JVC KD-X33MBS is equipped with a MOSFET amplifier. Compared to conventional power supplies, the MOSFET amplification circuit is smaller and more efficient, and it delivers increased power with less distortion and absolutely zero on/off switching noise. More power means louder and cleaner music at higher volumes because you're not pushing the limits of the amplification circuit. The power output specs for the KD-X33MBS are as follows:

    • Full Bandwidth Power: 22 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20-20kHz, 1% THD)
    • Maximum Output Power: 50 watts x 4 channels (200 total watts)

    Amp Gain: When you are using the KD-X33MBS with factory speakers (or those rated to less than 50 watts peak), the Amplifier Gain Control can limit the amount of power being sent to those speakers. When the Amp Gain Control is set to "low," the volume control ranges from 0 (minimum) to 25 (maximum). When using speakers rated higher than 50 watts peak, you can set the Amp Gain Control to "high," and the volume control will range from 0 to 35.

    6ch/4V Preamp Outputs + Sub Control: The KD-X33MBS features front, rear and subwoofer 4-volt preamp outputs. The front and rear speaker preamp outputs are balance and fade adjustable. The subwoofer preamp output is non-fading and offers independent level control (-50 to +10).

    Crossover Network: The JVC KD-X33MBS lets you choose between a 2-way or 3-way crossover network for your car audio application.

    • 2-Way Crossover: Allows you to set high-pass and low-pass crossovers for a standard Tweeter, Front, Rear, and Subwoofer speaker setup.
      • Speaker Size: select which size speakers are in your vehicle.
        • Tweeter: Small, Medium, Large, or None
        • Front & Rear: 3.5", 4", 4.75", 5", 6.5", 6.75", 7", 4x6", 5x7", 6x8", 6x9", 7x10" or None
        • Subwoofer: 6.5", 8", 10", 12", 15" or greater, None
      • X'Over: Select the high pass or low pass crossover settings for your speakers.
        • Tweeter: high pass filter (HPF)
          • Frequency: 1kHz, 1.6kHz, 2.5kHz, 4kHz, 5kHz, 6.3kHz, 8kHz, 10kHz, 12.5kHz
          • Gain: -8 to 0 dB
        • Front & Rear: high pass filter (HPF)
          • Frequency: 30Hz, 40Hz, 50Hz, 60Hz, 70Hz, 80Hz, 90Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, 150Hz, 180Hz, 220Hz, 250Hz, Through (Full-Range)
          • Slope: -6dB, -12dB, -18dB, -24dB
          • Gain: -8 to 0 dB
        • Sub: low pass filter (LPF)
          • Frequency: 30Hz, 40Hz, 50Hz, 60Hz, 70Hz, 80Hz, 90Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, 150Hz, 180Hz, 220Hz, 250Hz, Through (Full-Range)
          • Slope: -6dB, -12dB, -18dB, -24dB
          • Phase: Reverse (180°), Normal (0°)
          • Gain: -8 to 0 dB
    • 3-Way Crossover: Allows you to set high-pass and low-pass crossovers for a complex 3-way speaker system with Highs, Mids, and Sub.
      • Speaker Size: select which size speakers are in your vehicle.
        • Tweeter: Small, Medium, Large, or None
        • Midrange: 3.5", 4", 4.75", 5", 6.5", 6.75", 7", 4x6", 5x7", 6x8", or 6x9"
        • Woofer: 6.5", 8", 10", 12", 15" or greater, None
      • X'Over: Select the high pass or low pass crossover settings for your speakers.
        • Tweeter: high pass filter (HPF)
          • HPF Frequency: 1kHz, 1.6kHz, 2.5kHz, 4kHz, 5kHz, 6.3kHz, 8kHz, 10kHz, 12.5kHz
          • Slope: -6dB, -12dB
          • Phase: Reverse (180°), Normal (0°)
          • Gain: -8 to 0 dB
        • Midrange: high pass filter (HPF) & low pass filter (LPF)
          • HPF Frequency:  30Hz, 40Hz, 50Hz, 60Hz, 70Hz, 80Hz, 90Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, 150Hz, 180Hz, 220Hz, 250Hz, Through (Full-Range)
          • LPF Frequency: 1kHz, 1.6kHz, 2.5kHz, 4kHz, 5kHz, 6.3kHz, 8kHz, 10kHz, 12.5kHz
          • Slope: -6dB, -12dB
          • Phase: Reverse (180°), Normal (0°)
          • Gain: -8 to 0 dB
        • Woofer: low pass filter (LPF)
          • LPF Frequency:  30Hz, 40Hz, 50Hz, 60Hz, 70Hz, 80Hz, 90Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, 150Hz, 180Hz, 220Hz, 250Hz, Through (Full-Range)
          • Slope: -6dB, -12dB
          • Phase: Reverse (180°), Normal (0°)
          • Gain: -8 to 0 dB

    Equalizer: The JVC KD-X33MBS is equipped with 8 EQ presets, an Easy EQ (3-band), a Pro EQ (13-band), and a Vol Link EQ. Choose the one that best fits your type of music listening.

    • EQ Preset: You can choose between the following EQ presets - Flat, Hard Rock, Pop, Hip Hop, R&B, Jazz, Classical, & User. The User mode allows you to select either the 3-band Easy EQ or 13-Band Pro EQ.
    • Easy EQ: The head unit's Easy EQ consists of a 3-band equalizer (Treble, Mid, & Bass). You can adjust the Treble, Mid, & Bass from -9 to +9.
    • Pro EQ: The units Pro EQ consists of a 13-band equalizer (100Hz, 160Hz, 250Hz, 400Hz, 630Hz, 1kHz, 1.6kHz, 2.5kHz, 4kHz, 6.3kHz, 10kHz, & 16kHz). Each frequency can be adjusted from -9 to +9. You can also adjust the Q-Factor of each frequency to 1.35, 1.50, or 2.0.
    • Vol Link EQ: The Vol Link EQ features  boosts certain frequencies ranges that becomes hard to hear due to road noise.

    K2 Technology: The KD-X33MBS employs K2 technology which dramatically improves the sound quality of compressed music files during USB and Bluetooth playback. When the K2 feature is activated, the sound becomes wider, smoother, and more natural.

    Sound Effects: The KD-X33MBS offers adjustable Sound Effects to provide a better listening experience inside your vehicle. Use the "Enhance" feature to virtually broaden the soundstage inside your vehicle. Use the "Sound Lift" feature to virtually lift the sound to ear level. And use the "Response" feature to virtually make the sound more realistic and live inside your car.

    Loudness, Bass Boost & Bass Extension: The Loudness feature boosts low and high frequencies to produce a well-balanced sound at a low volume level. The unit's Bass Boost enhances low bass frequencies at any volume level. There is also a Bass Extension feature which further enhances the unit's bass output.

    Volume Adjust: The input level of each source (other than FM) is adjustable relative to the FM radio volume, so there isn't a significant volume difference when changing sources. Each source is individually adjustable from -15 to +6.

    Key Beep: The in-dash head unit provides an audible beep to confirm button operation. This function can be turned On or Off.

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