This JVC KDR530 in-dash receiver is exactly what I was looking for, at a lower price than I expected at $80. I already had a very similar JVC unit from last year in one car that I am very happy with, so when it came time to replace the head unit on another car, I looked for another JVC. Primarily I wanted a USB input that can directly play music from a thumb-drive. I also was looking for something with a dot matrix display for easy ID3 Tag readability. A few nice features that this radio has are things like direct repeat and random buttons instead of having to get there through a menu (with separate "random folder" or "random all" settings), the ability to shut off unused inputs so that you don't have to scroll through all sources (I shut off AM and rear aux, for example), the ability to independently set the color for the knob/button area separately from the LCD backlight area, the ability to independently set the brightness for those two areas both in "daytime" and "nighttime" mode, and that it continues to play while you are searching for other music on the thumb drive. Just like my other JVC head unit, this one flattens the folder structure to one tier deep. So you can put music in the root, and in one set of folders under the root. Folders beyond that first tier are flattened into the first tier. So if I make a folder in the root named "Rock", and make a sub-folder under it named "Led Zeppelin", the Zep folder will not appear, but the songs inside will appear under "Rock". So keep this in mind when constructing your folders on your thumb drive. This unit does support up to 255 folders with 255 songs in EACH folder, so that's a lot of music. Navigation is easy with the wheel. Just tap menu to bring up the directory structure (Holding menu for a second actually brings up the settings menu). Spin the wheel to display folders and push the wheel to go into the folder. Now you are looking at song titles. Spin the wheel to advance from song to song quickly. Keep in mind that the song titles are being read from the ID3 tag, so it takes a very brief moment to read the ID3 tag. If you spin the wheel faster than it can read the ID3 tag, the display will revert to showing the track number. This is nice because if you know that the song you are after is buried deep in the folder, you can spin the wheel quickly to get near it, then slow down and it will start displaying the track names again. All the while, it is still playing the track that was playing when you started. When you find the song you want to play, tap the wheel and it instantly starts playing. I can only think of a few minor things to complain about. One is that the Menu button is clear with black text printed on it. This is fine except that at night it appears to light up quite a bit brighter than the rest of the buttons. The other thing is that I wish it had a rear USB input. I knew going in that JVC makes other units that are more expensive with dual USB inputs, so I can't really complain much about not getting one of those. Lastly, there is a Up-Down and Right-Left set of arrow keys to the left of the menu. My 1-year older JVC has the same layout, except that those buttons were larger and therefore somewhat easier to press. JVC made the buttons on this head unit smaller. It's not that they are tiny, but on my old stereo, they were much bigger. Overall I am very happy with this unit and would highly recommend it for the price.
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