The JVC KT-HDP1 is a stylish, inexpensive way to bring HD Radio programming into your car. Despite a couple of design niggles, we are generally impressed with its usability and range of programming options.
With its sleek, ergonomic design, bright (albeit monochrome) display, and straightforward control cluster, the JVC KT-HDP1 is an elegant solution for drivers who want to receive HD Radio without replacing their existing car stereo .
The JVC KT-HDP1 comes with an impressive range of audio control options, including five preset EQ configurations as well as a 10-band user-configured EQ, tone control for bass and treble, and a setting for loudness.
The JVC KT-HDP1 can be connected to your car stereo in one of four ways, depending on whether or not you want to invest in a professional install, and whether your stereo has an auxiliary-input jack. For the do-it-yourself options, the device has a built-in FM transmitter for streaming audio to a car stereo head unit.
When the system is locked onto an HD Radio signal, the display shows information for station name, artist name, track name, and whatever other text information the individual station bundles with its digital signal.
The two more permanent installs require routing the car's own FM antenna through the JVC KT-HDP1's HD connection unit, which is then connected to the antenna port on the back of the car stereo. With this done, output from the HD receiver can be routed to the stereo using either an auxiliary input jack, or, if your car doesn't come with a 1/8-inch input jack, using a wired FM transmitter cable.