JVC KW-NX7000 navigation/DVD receiver

The Good Text-to-speech and very accurate GPS navigation make getting around with the JVC KW-NX7000 easy. The touch-screen interface is intuitive and responsive, with a proximity sensor that displays touch areas as your hand approaches the device. The SD card slot for digital audio is superfast and superconvenient.

The Bad Browsing music stored on an iPod is painfully slow. Bluetooth hands-free calling requires the purchase and installation of an additional module.

The Bottom Line With clever applications of a wide range of features, the JVC KW-NX7000 is one of the few GPS navigation receivers that we've actually had fun testing.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 8.0
7.7 Overall

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Review

JVC KW-NX7000 navigation/DVD receiver

The JVC KW-NX7000 isn't cleverly named like its sibling the El Kameleon, but it is just as cleverly designed. With its smart features, such as the proximity-based interface or the flash-memory-based navigation data, we found the KW-NX7000 extremely easy to use. However, it was the fun little touches, like the custom greeting messages, which made us fall in love with this receiver.

Design
The faceplate of the KW-NX7000 is dominated by a huge 7-inch motorized touch-panel display. Just below the screen is a row of buttons for power/attenuate, volume control, map, display, skip forward/back, and open. The motorized display is detachable, a feature that we don't usually see with these big screen, dual DIN systems. Hidden behind the screen, you'll find the single-CD slot and two SD card slots, one of which is blocked by a plastic cover and is home to the flash memory card containing the map data for the navigation system.

The KW-NX7000's interface features proximity-based controls similar to those on the JVC El Kameleon, except instead of illuminating a touch pad, the controls appear on the LCD touch screen and the buttons illuminate when a hand approaches the screen. This keeps the viewport clear of buttons and clutter for displaying map data or movies.

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