The Good The JVC KD-PDR30 comes ready to play iPods out of the box. Its bright display, simple faceplate design, and innovative D-pad make the system easy to use on the move, and we like its auxiliary input jack for non-iPodrians.
The Bad As with many other "made-for-iPod" car stereos, the KD-PDR30 fails to give users a means of quickly and easily navigating large iPod libraries.
The Bottom Line 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.
JVC KD-PDR30 CD Receiver
The JVC KD-PDR30 is a car stereo designed specifically for use with iPods. Its simple design and straightforward interface make it easy to plug in and play--but navigating through iPod libraries is not as straightforward.
The JVC KD-PDR30 features a stylish, silver-plastic-trimmed faceplate with two circular controls on the left-hand side: one is a standard volume dial, and the other is a four-way D-pad similar to one we saw recently on the JVC KD-HDR1. Being specifically designed as an iPod interface (note the PD in the product name), the JVC KD-PDR30 comes with an iPod connector as standard. When installing the stereo in a car, users can run the cable for the connector through the glove box (as we did in our test) or place it elsewhere in the cabin; however, as the iPod controls themselves are rendered redundant when the player is connected to the stereo, the iPod does not need to be accessible while driving. The scenario is different for those connecting other (non-iPod) MP3 players to the JVC KD-PDR30 via its front-mounted auxiliary input jack, as music selection on those players must be performed using the player itself.