The Good JVC KT-HDP1 is a compact and stylish device with a user-friendly HD Radio programming interface and numerous audio customization features. We particularly like its universal connectivity and its wide range of installation options.
The Bad The monochrome LCD screen is not the most visually compelling display we've seen, and the orientation of the volume buttons makes it cumbersome to adjust while driving along.
The Bottom Line If you're looking for a cost-effective means of bringing HD Radio into your car, the JVC KT-HDP1 is an attractive option.
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JVC KT-HDP1 Portable HD Radio
HD Radio may be increasing in popularity, but the number of car stereos that come with built-in HD compatibility is still very limited. The JVC KT-HDP1 is an elegant solution for drivers who want to receive HD Radio without replacing their existing car stereo and without installing a clunky HD module in the cabin. The JVC KT-HDP1 can be used either as a conduit for HD Radio programming, transferring audio via its built-in FM transmitter to an existing car stereo, or as a true HD Radio receiver, hard wired to the existing stereo to deliver the improved audio quality of a digital signal.
In contrast to Sony's unwieldy XT-100HD, the JVC KT-HDP1 is an elegant solution for bringing HD radio into the car. And with a sleek, ergonomic design, a bright (albeit monochrome) display, and straightforward control cluster, it has the added benefit of being compatible with any in-car stereo that has FM playback capabilities. The buttons on the JVC KT-HDP1 are clearly laid out and easy to operate while driving along. A row of hard buttons above the dot-matrix display give drivers the ability to select between three display configuration, change the current frequency band, adjust volume, and get one-touch access to the menu. A corresponding row of buttons of under the display gives drivers a means of toggling between six preset stations.