Pros Good LCD screen makes viewing DVDs very nice, reads many formats, numerous types of inputs/sources, good 'clean' sound, easy to use remote, hands free bluetooth audio and cell phone.
Cons Caller ID doesn't seem to work on some phones (Treo) but can read the tag put on numbers. This might be a setting on the system though. The buttons on remote are a bit 'spongy', dialing cell hard..
Summary This is by far the best car stereo (vehicle entertainment center) I've ever had.
There's alot to learn when operating it since it is a very sophisticated piece of technology. Rest assured that it is all worth every penny you spend to purchase this tech wonder.
Viewing DVD's is easy on the eyes despite the screens 'small' size. It also seems to auto adjust 4:3 ration videos to widescreen mode. The picture quality for the screen size is just amazing.
I had a choice between this and another model that had GPS built in but I already have a portable GPS system setup. Besides, the one with GPS makes watching DVD's impossible while driving (passengers, not the driver =-P) as it dedicates all functions to the GPS, disabling the DVD player.
The menu system is pretty much self explanatory. There are tons of features on this thing and it would take me forever to go over everything. So I will sum it up rather simply put, it's worth every penny and it does everything it claims to very well. I love playing songs of the USB powered drives. Faster access then the using the iPod via USB. Also, the Zune will only work if you use it as an A/V Input source, not USB compatible. Also, pairing and getting the PalmOne Treo 650 was tricky but got it to work.
I've been listening to all kinds of car audio/video players from Fosgate to Clarions to Pioneers and JVC's since the mid 90's and this is the best performer out of all them, bar none. So I give it a '10' rating based on all the high end systems I have ever had installed since the past decade plus.
Hope that helps anyone interested in this fine piece of car audio technology. =)
Pros Looks good .... screen sharp. Very good connectivity.
Cons Fiddly controls. No remote lead for Australia.
Summary I am looking at upgrading to this from the KD-AVX2 for bluetooth and the USB ability. Big drawback for me is for some reason JVC insist on deleting the remote lead for connecting steering wheel interfaces to Australian versions. The lead is included in the head unit's loom in Europe but we get short changed on the feature here. I was promptly offered an aftermarket interface which uses the remote control Infared sensor on the head unit requiring an LED sized IRDA transmitter to be mounted in view of the face of the Tuner as well as mounting the cumbersome control box. This was going to cost an additional AUD230. I believe the steering wheel controls on any vehicle to be a convenient and excellent safety feature as it prevents fiddling around trying to control a head unit while driving, thus taking your eye off the road. The KD-AVX33 is advertised with this feature in various parts of the globe. I have no idea why Australia can't benefit from such a simple but important feature. Although I have had a demonstration, I have yet to purchase the new head unit and have to decide if I put up with the limited connectivity on the old model over the expense of the new one. As the original radio in my car did have the steering wheel controls, I thoroughly miss them now. The simple addition of the single wire for the steering wheel remote lead in the KD-AVX33's loom would definately sell it for me.