One impressive feature of the JVC KW-V830BT, which will a be a determining factor for many, is the inclusion of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Many other similar head units do not have this functionality.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality allows users to access simulated, limited-functionality versions of their phone screens directly on the touchscreen display. Popular Science explained the two a bit further.
“Each is a stripped-down version of your phone’s system that runs on your car’s computer interface. They allow drivers and passengers to control music, navigate, and communicate by way of voice commands and the car’s manual controls….In theory, better apps mean safer driving; if you don’t need to access your phone, you can better focus on driving.”
On Apple CarPlay and this unit, Crutchfield raved of the functionality.
“An editor here at Crutchfield recently experienced Apple CarPlay for the first time in a rental car, and now raves about how much he wants it in his own vehicle. JVC’s KW-V830BT DVD receiver includes both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for superior smartphone integration, including Bluetooth wireless convenience as well as Spotify and Pandora Internet radio control.”
The JVC KW-V830BT also offers hands-free functionality through Bluetooth. This particular unit has both hands-free calling music streaming capabilities.
In terms of music streaming, the unit can play audio from your Bluetooth enabled device over the stereo speakers without needing an wired attachment. The display will not have song information or album artwork, but you can listen to audio from your favorite streaming apps like Apple Music, Spotify and Pandora.
In terms of calling, drivers and passengers can make phone calls hands-free over the head unit’s system using the included, external wired microphone. The unit’s touchscreen will display a dialer, call history, missed calls, and a list of contacts for making outgoing calls. Incoming caller information is displayed onscreen with a contact photo if one is included. Calls can then be answered without ever having to pick up your phone.
Though not as flashy, it’s important to note the standard stereo functions that this unit has. The unit will play both DVDs and CDs on the built in disc drive. Additionally, the unit has an AM/FM tuner but no capability specifically for playing HD radio. The unit also has a USB port for plugging in your smart device or a flash drive. Lastly, the unit has a standard minijack auxiliary input.
A seriously impressive aspect of the JVC KW-V830BT is the expandability offered.
Firstly, the unit is compatible with Sirius XM radio tuners. This means that, with the purchase of an additional satellite radio tuner for as little as $40, the device is ready for plug-and-play satellite radio. Please not you’ll need to pay for a subscription to the radio service.
The video has a good amount of inputs also. Dual rear USB inputs, a rear A/V input, and a rear input for a backup camera make this unit work together as a part of a larger car stereo system seamlessly. It’s a great benefit to be able to see various video feeds like a backup camera right in the dash.
On the subject of integration as a part of a larger car stereo system, the JVC KW-V830BT has many outputs as well. There is a rear video output for using additional displays, especially helpful if you have a larger vehicle. There are also three preamp outputs – one for the front, rear, and for the subwoofer.
The unit is compatible with most factory steering wheel audio controls but will need an additional adapter. This adapter is called a PAC adapter and can be bought rather inexpensively. You’ve certainly seen steering wheel controls like channel skip and volume control available on vehicle’s steering wheel and you will want to consider if this is functionality you’d like from your car stereo.
This particular head unit comes equipped with iDataLink Maestro connective technology. iDataLink Maestro is a technology that allows for retention of certain stock vehicle features on your car stereo display. Additionally, this technology allows your car stereo to display engine performance statistics and important vehicle information on the touchscreen.
If you’ve been doing any research at all on the most popular double DIN head units, you may be asking a question about this JVC KW-V830BT review.