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Old 29th February 2012, 00:53   #1
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JVC has launched USB only HU with great features at an MRP of 4,990 INR.
This looks like a great HU and seems like a strong competitor for Pioneer & JBL.
With option to add bluetooth later and App Mode for iPhone it becomes the first HU to offer these features at this price point.
KS-BTA100 is available for around 2.5k in markets.

Surely is a great buy ! At just 1k more than Pioneer,its worth every penny IMO.

Here are some specs from the international site.Almost same for Indian version.
CD Receivers
Bluetooth Control KD-X40
Bluetooth Control [2] Ready (KS-BTA100 required)
Hands Free Call Yes (Redial)[7]
Audio Streaming & Control (A2DP1.2, AVRCP1.3) Yes[7]
Internet Radio Sound & Control for Smartphone (A2DP1.2, AVRCP1.3) Yes[7]
Voice Recognition Dialing (compatible cell phone required) Yes[7]
Mic Unit Yes[7]
iPod/iPhone Control KD-X40
iPod/iPhone Control Yes (USB)
Rndom/Repeat Play Yes
Text Yes
Battery Charge Yes (USB)
2-Way Control for iPod/iPhone (Headunit/iPod or iPhone Mode) [3] Yes (USB)
Pandora Control for iPhone Yes (USB)
App Mode for iPod/iPhone Yes (USB)
Application Control KD-X40
Pandora Yes (iPhone)[6]
USB KD-X40
Position Front
MP3/WMA Compatible with ID3 Tag/WMA Tag Yes
Random/Repeat Play Yes
iPod/iPhone Playback Yes
USB 1A Power Supply Yes
Pandora Control for Smartphone Yes (iPhone)
USB Mass Storage Class (for music files) Yes
Tuner KD-X40
Tuner Type
HS-IVi Yes
Preset Stations 6 AM + 18 FM
SSM (for FM) Yes
Radio Timer Yes
Backup Memory (for power disconnection) Yes
FM
Frequency Range 87.9 - 107.9MHz
Usable Sensitivity 9.3dBf (0.8uV/75 ohms)
50dB Quieting Sensitivity 16.3dBf (1.8uV/75 ohms)
Stereo Separation 40dB
AM
Frequency Range 530 - 1,700kHz
Sensitivity 20uV
Selectivity 40dB
Amplifier KD-X40
Maximum Power Output 50W x 4
Continuous Power Output (RMS) (CEA-2006 Compliant) 20W RMS x 4 CH at 4 ohms and no more than 1.0% THD + N
MOS-FET Amplifier Yes
Audio DAC
24-bit DAC Yes
EQ
3-Band Parametric iEQ Yes
Easy EQ Setting Yes
Source Link EQ Yes
Loudness Control Yes
High-Pass Filter/Low-Pass Filter Yes/Yes
Max. Amp Gain Switcher Yes
AUX Input 2 (Front/Rear)
Line Output Terminals (Pair) 2 Pairs (Front + Rear/Subwoofer Selectable)
Subwoofer Output with Level/Frequency Control Yes (Rear/Subwoofer Selectable)
Frequency Response 40 - 20,000Hz
Load Impedance 4 ohms (4 - 8 ohms allowable)
Pre-Output Level 2.5V
Line Output Impedance Less than 600 ohms
Display KD-X40
Display Type
Separated Variable-Color Yes
Auto Dimmer Yes
Brightness Control Yes (Separated)
General KD-X40
Wireless Remote Control Yes (Oval-Shaped)
Steering Remote Control Ready Yes
Rotary Encoder Yes
Beep Tone Support Yes (From Speakers)
Dimensions (W x H x D)
Installation Size 7-3/16" x 2-1/16" x 6-1/4" (181.6 x 51.6 x 157.6mm)
Panel Size 7-7/16" x 2-3/8" x 5/8" (188 x 58.5 x 14.9mm)
Weight 0.81kg (1.84 lbs.)
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Old 29th February 2012, 01:19   #2
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I would love them to jack up the price a bit but add features like TA and this one would be a killer deal. For me, it'll be 926BT at the moment.

Good to hear, though, that the manufacturers are going the USB way.
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Old 29th February 2012, 13:54   #3
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Great to see USB-only players catching up...who uses CD & Tape anyways?

Pioneer has also recently launched their USB-only HU @ Rs. 3,400 : Thread Link
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Can you play movie files stored on the USB?
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Good that this has sub-level control, how many pre-outs though?
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Old 29th February 2012, 16:35   #6
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Can you play movie files stored on the USB?
No.

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Good that this has sub-level control, how many pre-outs though?
2 Pre-Outs Front/Rear Or Sub
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These features are mouth watering at this price point. Eapecially the iphone app feature. Is there support for SD card? Also any apps for Android. I m thinking of replacing my JBL X333 with this one.
Thanks for the update.
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USB, 2 Pre-outs. Ticks the right boxes for the entry level ICE-r! I was looking at the x50 though - Adds built in bluetooth. Carplus is selling it with b/w at INR 5400 - now that's a sweet deal!

The Pioneer unit mentioned on this thread is a bit of a disappointment. 1 pre-out? Really? And Pioneer seems to have lost the knack of building clean looking HUs. No offence, but I 'm personally reminded of Sonys everytime I look at the next gen Pios!

But it's nice to see the market hotting up. Finally some competition for the JBL x333!
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Also launched X30 and X50bt at MRP's 4k and 6k respectively. Now thats some treat , JVC is getting aggressive ! Bingo
Approx Market Prices
X30 - 3600
X40 - 4500
X50bt - 5400
Pioneer MVH149UB - 3500
X333 should be selling under INR 2k in a month.

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Pioneer 149 ub was offered to me with bill and warranty at 3000 and jvc/kenwood with cd/usb at 3800 / 4000 so I guess 800 more for cd is better . Also jbl have removed the x333/555 from their website .
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Any one installed JVC - KD-X50BT any reviews please?
Im planning to install this on my Getz..
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i am also looking for this on my i10 ... Any review would be great
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USB, 2 Pre-outs. Ticks the right boxes for the entry level ICE-r! I was looking at the x50 though - Adds built in bluetooth. Carplus is selling it with b/w at INR 5400 - now that's a sweet deal!
The X50 BT is available on carplus for 6300 with B/W. Where did you see it for 5400? It is indeed a steal at that price.
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The X50 BT is available on carplus for 6300 with B/W. Where did you see it for 5400? It is indeed a steal at that price.
Carplus.in has revised the price.It was earlier available for Rs.5400.
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Carplus.in has revised the price.It was earlier available for Rs.5400.
Hi k2max

Recently the HU and rear speakers were stolen from my Santro Xing and now I am looking for a new HU and speakers after upgrading the security system.

I have some basic Blaupunkt speakers in the front. Please suggest me a HU+rear speakers+front speakers(only if really needed) which falls under the low budget of 10k. I am looking for a USB+Aux+FM HU, but I dont mind paying 500-1000 bucks extra if the HU can come with a drive and better features. Please suggest me the possible options. The rear speakers tray was also stolen and I plan to get speakers put into boxes this time. Is it a good idea? Please quote the street prices if you know any. Thanks!
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