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Installed & Review: JVC KD-AVX44 El Kamelion, JBL Amp Harness

Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by acozzens, Apr 20, 2009.

  1. Apr 20, 2009 at 8:25 PM
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    acozzens

    acozzens [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Phase 1 of my audio improvements was installation of the JVC KD-AVX44.
    I am now using the aftermarket deck with the jbl factory amp system.
    I am using this deck to play video and music from my ipod classic.
    This is an awesome head unit but an "average at best" system as far as sound goes. It's a must to upgrade the remainder of the vehicle.



    Additional Equipment:
    • JVC KS-U20 USB AUDIO VIDEO CABLE FOR iPOD 4 JVC STEREO
    • Single Din Dash Kit(local dealer $20)
    • Little cheap crimp kit for small gauge wire connections..
    The final Stages, I will install the remainder when it all arrives:
    • taco tunes fronts and baffles
    • taco tunes dash kit(gonna sell unless it's better than what I picked up)
    • rears tbd likely fairly-nice 6.5"
    • amp: alpine pdx-5
    • sub(s): likely idq 10" ( need to order )
    • raammat I think. (need to order )
    Overall JVC KD-AVX44: A
    I had the earlier unit ( avx2 ) in my chrysler I sold, I like these decks. My main attraction is that it's single din dvd and ipod video with a simple e-brake bypass. The tilt face and full variety with upgrades is very nice.. If you like Double-Din Head Units, then this may not be as attractive to you. But this deck can do a lot, I haven't tried the built-in bluetooth yet. Also, I was able to change the color of the deck's main bckgrnd to Orange to match the interior color fairly close. I use the remote 65% of the time.

    SonicElectronix Review of KD-AVX44: YouTubeVideo

    The Bad:
    It is just a weird size, so it has never fit flush in my installs like smaller units, or those that don't need the detachable face with monitor in it.
    I also wish it had 2 RCA video inputs because I can't install a camera and have the ipod video functional. For ME, the awkward face mount is overriden by all of this deck's other functionality. It's a snug fit in thiis vehicle I will need to rebundle my cables for easier install on later upgrades.

    Now to the pictures I took, Starting with the Finals:
    ******LINK TO FULL ALBUM******


    Night -Music Playing menu on
    HUMusicNightZoom-Menu_a9d26aad61b33b3de1421fe42f1fe0eb0324a474.jpg

    Night -Music Playing Menu Off
    HUMusicNightZoom-_d4828b9b2d2841d1224f8fa00fed3a78d815d744.jpg

    Night -Music Song Text Display Close Up
    HUMusicNightZoom2_0013b64d6d88cc910045379defd7a39b0397f076.jpg

    Night -Movie Example: ( apocolypse now from the iPod )
    HUMovieNightNoMenu_c4daca62df416c73dcda6ca8a0da3fcda2dcd5fd.jpg
    HUMovieNightZoom-_2a8a015973da6508998f57dda3f26ddf555c8f04.jpg
    HUMovieNightZoom_018e695ccd3b14e81088cde89e17e85eada9dc17.jpg

    Needs Custom Trim work... thinking of what I will do..
    The picture is on flash, but the part on the left is black and actually cannot be easily noticed. It looks really bad in this pic, but it's not bad and the unit can be tilted anyways which you will see below:)
    HUFront1_db71232578e88938919b4aed2da2b7b505ece194.jpg

    The Nice Tilt feature, very nice for this truck's dash:
    HUTilt1_bb9a441791d150ff1657f12a11a179be23118ebb.jpg

    Installation and removal:
    I did not do a efficient job on this install, it took me many hours. I was pretty drunk when I was done, success !. However, I learned a lot having never done this since I was a kid.
    see tacotunes install and this forum for gaps in my pics. I also brought my laptop to my truck with wireless internet for reference.
    Install took me forever. I'm really rusty, and was a little scared not having done this a long time.. If I had to do it again, it would be much faster.
    The unit is fairly long, and the system cables I believe are right at the end of this unit. Good cable placing is nice if you can do that well, I just jammed the friggin cables in there as best I could, grouped "decently"...
    I placed the box that the amp harness required directly underneath the pocket provided with the single din dash kit.
    Ipod RCA cables and usb connection went through the dash into the glovebox.. I had problems feeding the rca cables through.. they got caught up and snagged and I cut the frick out of my hand trying to fish them out. Best to get a wire hanger and make a feeder-thingy-device so this takes you 30 seconds, not 45 minutes like me..


    Grab Beer
    BeerAction1_b6629f55111aeb37d37f3fe8165813aa9e89ee79.jpg
    Place Beer in Can Koozy of your favorite college/team/corny saying... ( I use washington state university Koozy )
    BeerAction2_324ae25308c26583e1340ecfd0caff311189f56a.jpg

    Yank Negative Battery:
    Disconnect-Battery3_93aa2ea86962ed89f7e01a36b2a0933d9b6a71dd.jpg

    Remove CD's in Changer/CdPlayer Don't be like me and forget
    Remember1_d78f8281ad26d9a4204bb9858a568223a73bfdee.jpg

    Remove the Deck:
    Removal1_b8c2fd65d823202d4c9d4ca1c1359997112eac75.jpg
    Removal2_b8aff3c99b447352c953e1a89d32e777f427b06f.jpg
    Removal3_a5eb79abce8943bffcb8ac26efcb790188f4da74.jpg

    Get Your Shit out:
    Supplies1_e635c1a313dbed72501a0eadccee6c43591c232e.jpg
    Supplies2_d5e560ef5b44a45b10a0ca7cc5b216d5b7bf752d.jpg
    Supplies3_3e7026fa6a6993149c5f80c627405214686ec2a4.jpg


    Hope this helps or is interesting...
     
  2. Apr 21, 2009 at 12:00 AM
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    tacomajason

    tacomajason the anti mpg

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    and then?
     
  3. Apr 21, 2009 at 7:20 AM
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    GoBlueFan

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    :laugh:

    I think he passed out at that point...
     
  4. Apr 21, 2009 at 8:49 AM
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    acozzens

    acozzens [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Michelin ltx m/s WSU (cougs) License Plate Holder $1.99 Gate Theft Mod DIY HU install DIY SWI-JACK install DIY rear speaker & baffle DIY ipod audio/video interface DIY HD radio DIY Alpine pdx 5 DIY front components install DIY RedLine Tuning Gas hood lift ( very slick ) DIY slimcubby gb hid head/fog DIY extang trifold trifecta DIY dynolock tailgate lock

    I chose not to do a step by step install guide since there are already about 3 of them on this site..

    The next step is to install the deck :)
     
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