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Aside from some usability niggles resulting from its compact size, the JVC KD-NX5000 offers about as many car tech features per square foot as you can get.

By Feb. 2, 2007

4.5 stars Editor's rating Feb. 2, 2007


The JVC KD-NX5000 is more than just a car stereo. This deck offers MP3, DVD, and CD playback, along with tons of other features.

May. 21, 2008


Top 10 holiday picks: JVC KD-NX5000

The JVC KD-NX5000 is a standard-size in-car stereo, but it has all the features that will light up the holiday season. It has full-color maps, is able to connect to traffic modules, and its media player is one of the best we've seen.

May. 21, 2008



With its sophisticated digital processor and car-specific acoustic output, the JVC KD-S100 is an innovative addition to the aftermarket audio world. Its limited availability and vague pricing restrict its appeal, but new car owners may well see it as a worthwhile means of significantly improving their in-car audio.

By Feb. 7, 2008

4 stars Editor's rating Feb. 7, 2008

MSRP: $699.00



The JVC KD-AVX33 offers a hatful of media and communications car-tech features in one device. Its small screen and elegant faceplate design make it a stylish piece of hardware, but its usability is slightly hampered by a slow processor and lack of a touch screen.

By Oct. 5, 2007

4 stars Editor's rating Oct. 5, 2007

Pricing not available


JVC El Kameleon KD-AVX44

The vast array of features offered by the JVC El Kameleon KD-AVX44 creates a car audio experience that rivals all but the best preinstalled receivers.

By Aug. 27, 2008

4 stars Editor's rating Aug. 27, 2008

MSRP: $499.00



The JVC KD HDR1 in-car stereo delivers HD Radio and most other digital-audio playback options for a very competitive price.

By Jun. 22, 2007

4 stars Editor's rating Jun. 22, 2007


The JVC KD-BT-1 offers a hatful of features for its price. However, it can be tricky to master all the controls, and you'll need a seriously tricked-out phone to make the most of it.

By Apr. 29, 2007

3.5 stars Editor's rating Apr. 29, 2007

Pricing not available


JVC KD-PDR30 CD Receiver

The JVC KD-PDR30 looks and sounds good, and its standard iPod connectivity will endear it to those looking to take their iTunes on the road. However, its lack of a decent search mechanism for navigating large iPod lists means that it fails one of its primary usability functions.

By Jul. 12, 2007

3 stars Editor's rating Jul. 12, 2007

HP Compaq Business Notebook nx5000

With more than six hours of battery life, the sturdy nx5000 is a good choice for frequent flyers and desk jockeys.

By May. 4, 2004

4 stars Editor's rating May. 4, 2004

MSRP: $999.00