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KD-G521

JVC have pulled out all the stops with their 2006 head-unit range, and the KD-G521 is one of my faves. It packs a 4×50 watt(peak) built-in amp, two 2.5v pre-outs, MP3 playback capability and the all important iPod compatibility (with JVC’s optional KS-PD100 adaptor). As well as these features it boasts a front panel mounted 3.5mm jack which acts as an auxiliary input, allowing you or your mates to jump in the car and hook up their MP3 player. With its well spec’d features list and eye catching looks this innovative is a great buy.

KD-G821

This was one of the most expensive looking units on test. The simple design makes the KD-G821 easy to use with an intuitive button layout making it nice and simple to use whilst driving. The USB memory stick port on the right hand side of the unit is a really sweet feature – this allows you to save your favourite songs to a USB memory stick, plug it into the front of the unit and then listen whilst you drive. Slick. You can also upload pictures and short movies to the unit allowing them to be displayed on start up and shut down. Impressive.

As if all of this isn’t enough, there’s also three pre-outs, two for front and rear, plus a dedicated sub-out all producing a 5v signal making this great for system building . Sound quality wa extremely impressive – loud, clear and well controlled. My only complaint would be the unit’s reproduction of top-end sound, with high notes being a touch bright.

With its jam packed features list and sorted sound quality the JVC KD-G*21 is the deserved winner of our test. For £200 you’re getting a hell lot of head-unit for your money.

Fast Car Winner:
Sound Quality: 9/10
Looks: 8/10
Features: 9/10
Pre-outs: 9/10
Overall: 35/40

KD-AVX2
What is it?: A single DIN head unit with built in monitor, DVD drive and everything you need for a multimedia set up.

First Impressions: I used to have the predecessor to this unit – the KD AVX1 – and I loved it, so when I heard they were releasing this new version I was looking forward to getting my hands on it. The first thing I noticed was how the monitor now dominates the face of the unit. The size has been upped to a more watchable 3.5″ and the picture is crystal clear. The same general button layout has been kept over from the X1, as the saying goes, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

Features: This unit is fully loaded with every feature you could ever imagine. A built in 5.1 decoder allows you to utilise surround sound from DVD’s while formats such as DIVX, DVD Audio, DVD Video, DIVX Ultra, MP3 and WMA are all supported. My favourite feature is the fact that you can burn 4gig worth of music to a DVD in seperate folders and you can just stick it in the slot…who needs a multichanger ever again! Another add-on from the X1 is the fact that it is now iPod ready too. To be honest if I was to list all features here it would take up about 4 pages so check out the JVC website for full details!

Sound Quality: This unit sounds fantastic, it’s that simple. Whether you are listening to a CD, DVD or MP3 files you will be blown away by what you hear. A 192kHz/24bit Audio DAC ensures fantastic music reproduction.

Ease of Use/Installation: Everything is in the one box, which makes it as easy to fit as any other head unit. Simpply connect your ISO plugs and away you go. General operations are very simple too thanks to the excellent on screen menu and the supplied remote control. The layout of the fascia is very clean and clear and leaves no confusion as to what every button does.

Overall: The AVX1 was my favourite head unit of all time… until now! The AVX2 is that good it deserves the first ever F&M 10/10

 

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