Product Type: JVC in Car Audio
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JVC KD G351
Author Name: superness11
JVC KD G351
Disadvantages: no case
When I bought my car from auction it came without a CD player so I wanted to fill the gap with a cheap but good quality CD player. I tend to only use my car to get from a to b so I was not fussed about getting an all singing all dancing model.
I bought this JVC one as it seemed a very reasonable price for the specification it was offering.
==Price and availability==
I paid £49 pounds from eBay. It was brand new and boxed and after seeing the same item on Amazon for £67.99 I thought I got a bargain.
==A glowing display==
The player is very snazzy looking and looks exceptionally good quality. It has a shiny black exterior with red and blue lights on the controls. The LCD screen shows glowing white lettering on a dark background. The buttons and controls are sturdy and it looks like it is a very expensive bit of kit. The only downside for the aesthetic appearance is that it glows really bright. Driving round at night makes it look a bit ridiculous it shines so much. There is a dimmer button though that takes some of the glow out of the dials, otherwise the whole interior of the car glows.
==All hail the USB==
On the front of the device at the right hand side is my favourite addition to the CD player; a USB port. I hate having my car being cluttered with CD discs and I never manage to get them in the right cases so end up with a car filled with CDs in the wrong cases. Coupled with this, on a long journey you can only listen to one CD at a time and need the passenger to change the disc over for you. When you have a USB port you can load as many songs on the stick as possible and then plug it in, hours of fun. It is also much safer than having your ipod connected as this can get scratched and you need a cradle for it. The USB stick inserts directly into the machine. The only downside to this is that my stick is quite large and as it protrudes it blocks access to my cup holder. The load time for the USB stick does seem to take quite a while (I use a 6GB stick and the largest the machine will take is an 8GB) and you can be driving a few minutes before it kicks in, despite this once it is loaded it plays really well and you can search through to find specific songs using the controls on the front of the machine.
The machine also plays CDS and these can be copied CDs or shop bought ones. Again, this takes a while to load but it is relatively silent you do not get the whirring that normally comes from a loading CD player. After a minute from the CD loads, the screen often reads with the song name and track number, again making it easy to scroll through to find your favourite song.
The sound quality depends on the size of your speakers but with the 4x50M amp it gives most speakers enough to play with and sound quality is fantastic. There is a three band equaliser for sound output, bass, mid and treble. Sound is crisp and clear and the bass option really gives music some extra penetrative tones.
You can turn up the volume fairly loud before the speakers give a tinny, booming sound. I tend not to have my music too loud as I do not want to offend people with my choice of music.
There is a radio tuner where you can pre set up to 24 radio channels. This can reach FM/ MW and LW radio channels and it is really quick at finding channels. To pre set them you need to just hold down one of the buttons. It is just as easy to locate saved stations. I only have 5-6 different station pre sets, but it is good to know I can store more.
There is also an AUX jack for you to connect your iPod or MP3 player.
I'm not very good with cars but I fitted this myself and it really is a case of plug in and play. The player is excellent quality and I am pleased with it. I always remember to take the fascia out when I leave the vehicle unattended. There was no case that came with the device which is a big disappointment so I had an old drawstring cloth bag that I now store it in. Overall, this is decent player for the money.
Summary: A good quality device
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