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JVC KW-NT3HDT – Free Lifetime Traffic Updates & HD Service


By Seth Wilde – Product Specialist

Never worry about paying for GPS traffic updates again!  JVC has introduced some award winning software this year that is taking the car audio world by storm.  Traditionally, if you wanted to have real-time traffic updates there would be a subscription fee.  However, these costly charges are slowly fading away as new services offer the same information with out a service charge.  That incredible service is the main premise behind the new double DIN JVC KWNT3HDT.  It is a GPS Navigation car stereo that features a new service enabling live traffic updates with no additional charge.

Introducing the Total Traffic+ HD service.  This innovative and revolutionary feature enables the user to receive live traffic conditions by using a built-in HD radio tuner. By using the HD Radio service to send information, the Total Traffic Network is able to accurately transmit data as it happens for a true real-time, live-updating feed.  For those that are on the road a lot traveling, this live information becomes extremely helpful in avoiding heavy traffic, accidents, and other obstacles that can potential prevent an on-time arrival.  In addition to the live traffic updating, this new service offers other features such as the reception of HD Radio, sports scores, weather, headlines, and more!  The most notable feature about this service is that it is a lifetime service that is free of charge.  Never will you have to worry about those costly subscription fees that add up from month to month.  There are similar services available on the market, but none that have the detail, accuracy, and free “cost” like the Total Traffic HD.  As mentioned before, the JVC KW-NT3HDT features a HD Radio tuner that efficiently allows the reception of high definition radio frequencies along with the digital data that is transferred with it.  This enables the full ID3 tagging and music information to be displayed on the unit.


What is iTunes Tagging?

JVC Arsenal KD-AHD69

By Chelsey P. – Product Specialist

You may have heard about iTunes Tagging recently but you may not be sure about what it is or what it does exactly. Well, it is actually a way for listeners to engage with the HD Radio programming that they have on their receiver. If you have an iTunes tagging HD Radio receiver, the tagging process becomes really simple. Once you find an HD Radio station, the screen will display artist and track details. After finding the information you want to save, just press the “Tag” button to save song information that you like. The receiver than stores the song information and stores it onto a connected iPod. Now, how do you receive the song information that has just been saved to your iPod? Once your iPod has been synced to your computer, iTunes builds a playlists based on the tagged songs so that listeners can preview, buy and download their favorite songs. This comes in particularly handy if you tend to forget the names of your favorite songs.

Radio is one of the easiest ways for listeners to discover new music that they have never listened to before. And with iPod and iTunes becoming more popular every day, it is no wonder why they have decided to combine with HD Radio to make music easier to listen to. By having this integrated into your receiver, you will be able to download music conveniently to your iPod. The JVC KD-AHD69 is a perfect example of a head unit with the iTunes Tagging feature. It comes with built-HD radio with the iTunes tagging feature that will allow you to tag your favorite songs and put them on your iPod for later purchase.  This tagging feature is an innovative option that is not seen on most receivers just yet. As you can see above though, it is a neat option that will make listening to music easier than ever.


Dual XHD7714 In-Dash Receiver

Dual XHD7714

By Chelsey P. – Sonic Electronix Writer

Now you can get all of the features you would expect from a high-end brand at a fraction of the price. The Dual XHD7714 head unit is a single DIN receiver that offers built-in HD radio, Bluetooth and iPod controls, features that typically require expensive upgrades on other receivers. You can connect other media sources to the front-panel auxiliary input or the USB Input to listen to your favorite MP3 and WMA files. The powerful on-board DSP Processor decodes the compressed audio while maintaining near-CD sound quality. An internal buffer provides electronic skip protection to eliminate skipping and allows direct track search even while a song is playing.

The built-in HD Radio tuner delivers enhanced sound quality from FM stations that sound almost as good as CD, while the AM stations sound like regular FM stations. Most HD radio stations have text information so you can view the artist and song right on the display of the head unit. An impressive feature on the XHD7714 is that if an iPod is connected, you can “tag” songs you hear on the radio for downloading later. Just sync up your iPod to the computer and you will instantly be prompted to buy the songs from the iTunes store.

With built-in Bluetooth, you won’t need to purchase a separate adapter to make hands-free calls while driving. Just pair your compatible phone with the head unit and you can make and receive calls through the vehicle’s speakers. After the initial setup, Bluetooth automatically connects to your cell phone every time you get in the car.

The Dual XHD7714 is a full-featured car stereo receiver that provides a great alternative to high-priced head units. With built-in HD Radio, Bluetooth, and iPod controls, this receiver sounds like a winner in the in-dash receiver market. These incorporated features are useful in the real world, which is why this stereo represents one of the best buys out there in terms of value and reliability.


KT-HDP1 & KT-HDPK1 Portable HD Radio Tuner

KT-HDP1By Gideon V. – Sonic Electronix Editor

HD radio is an awesome technology that enables you to enjoy your favorite local AM and FM stations with less distortion. Equipping your vehicle with HD radio components also gives you access to additional FM stations. Like satellite radio, you can enjoy the superior sound clarity of digital radio broadcasts. Unlike satellite radio, there is no subscription required for exclusive programming.

Installing HD radio components into your vehicle is fairly straightforward. One of the easiest ways to add HD radio to your vehicle is to purchase a portable HD Radio tuner, such as the JVC KT-HDP1. The KT-HDP1 brings HD radio to your vehicle without having to modify your in-dash car stereo. Besides, this unit is so light and compact that you can take it just about anywhere. If you want to install it into your vehicle, you just need to purchase the KV-K1017 car mounting kit. For your convenience, we offer both the KT-HDP1 HD radio tuner and the KV-K1017 car mounting kit as a package deal that we call the JVC KT-HDPK1 HD Radio package.

The KT-HDP1 is a universal add-on HD Radio tuner, meaning that it is designed to fit into all vehicles. The KV-K1017 car mounting kit is compatible with both aftermarket and factory stereos, and it includes all of the wiring and mounting accessories you need to install the KT-HDP1. This includes suction cups for windshield mounting. To use the KV-K1017 you must install a wired FM transmitter. If your car stereo has an aux input jack, you can connect the HD radio tuner through this input as well.

HD radio is a great new concept, and now you can easily add it to your vehicle with an awesome portable HD radio package!


Dual XHD7720

Dual XHD7720

HD Radio is the new radio.  In the next couple of years, many of the new automobile makers are going to including HD Radio in their vehicles.  But for those of us that aren’t in the market to purchase a new vehicle, Dual saves the day. The HD Radio bar has been raised with the release of the Dual XHD7720.  The single DIN receiver seems like a basic in-dash receiver, but is so much more.

The first and most notable feature on the XHD7720 is the HD Radio iTunes tagging.  The process is quite simple.  First, make sure that your iPod is connected to the unit.  Then when you hear a song on via HD Radio, you are able to “tag” the song on your iPod.  Because the HD Radio carries a digital signal, the song information can be stored digitally on the iPod.  That information stays on your iPod so that the next time you sync your iPod on your computer, the song information it transferred to the PC and the “tagged” songs will display with a link to download them.  Imagine the convenience: hear a song you like on the radio, push a button, sync your iPod, and download the songs to your home computer.  You’ll never again have that frusturating feeling of wondering who just played that great song on the radio! The best part about this feature is that it comes built-in.  No need to purchase a separate HD tuner, an additional iPod add-on, or even a subscription because it comes with everything you need.

The Dual XHD7720 also comes with all the features that make it a solid head unit.  It plays MP3 and WMA files.  Front panel USB for the connection and charging of iPods or other MP3 devices.  The unit is Bluetooth ready with the Dual BTM60 microphone.  For even more music options, this head unit allows A2DP streaming of Bluetooth audio.  Overall, this car radio (in-dash head unit) is perfect for those that like to discover new music on the radio and then take that music with them. The interface on the 2-step motorized front panel is easy to learn and simple to use.  With the rise of HD Radio, Dual is one step ahead with the XHD7720.