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Old 03-20-2007, 07:22 PM   #1
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Equip/parts installed:
JVC KW-AVX706 (Head Unit)
JVC KS-U58 (AuxIn Adapter to Stereo Mini Plug)
SIR-JVC1 (Sirius Tuner)
Sirius antenna (reused from my Saturn since I had it painted gold and it nearly matches the Toyota gold)
1/8" stereo panel mount jack
1/8" stereo jumper w/female jack on one end
Harness adapter (so I wouldn't have to hack up the factory harness)

The job:
Installed the above in my '99 Camry this afternoon. Found that there aren't many good places to locate the JVC1 (I even considered the engine bay). Under the seat looked more involved than I wanted to get in. In the trunk looked like it would be a stretch for the wires from both the JVC1 to the HU and the KS-U58 (which connects to the JVC-1) to the 1/8" jack in the dash. Ended up putting it behind and to the right of the glove box (pics ahead).

Didn't take pics of the antenna run as it's been done in other Camry threads pretty much the same way. Antenna on the roof at the top of the rear window, wire fed behind the rubber window seal, down the passenger side of the glass and into the trunk. Passed through the trunk into the cabin and run under the sills at the bottom of the doors and then up and under the dash.

Before I even went out to the car, I soldered up the harness adapter to the AVX706's harness. Also made my little jig for the 1/8" jack for the dash. Cut one end off the 1'/8" jumper and soldered the 3 wires to the panel mount jack. Put heat shrink over it all to hold it still. More on this in the pics.

Incidentally, I wanted to wire this up to bypass the parking brake/no video issue. Found that if you run the light green wire to ground, instead of to the parking brake switch, it will enable video if the vehicle is moving.

On to the install pics:
To install the HU, first remove the trim piece around the radio and a/c panel. Easiest way is to remove the ashtray and pull easily from within it to get the bottom clips loose, then work your way gently up to the top so it will come off. Disconnect the cig lighter power and light for the ashtray.

In the picture, remove the 4 gold-colored bolts around the OEM radio. Pull the radio out, remove the antenna cable and 2 connectors for power/speakers & rear speakers. Remove the OEM radio! Couldn't be easier.

I also wanted to put a 1/8" AuxIn jack in the panel that the "aux power" connector is in (below the a/c controls). It just snaps into place with spring clips so just pull up on that and it comes right off. Remove the power connectors on the back of the jack and work it over the gear shift.


Took the bottom panel into the house, used the soldering iron (old tip) to melt a hole through the panel where I wanted the jack. Worked the hole a bit so the jack would just barely fit. More or less threaded it through and tightened it down with the "nut" on the front. Here's pics of it, front and back, connected to the KS-U58 plug, and also mounted back in the car.





Mounting the JVC1....kinda tight quarters. I could only get a couple of holes drilled in the bracket I picked to mount it to. And at that, could only get a screw in one of them. Just used a couple of tie-wraps in the other 2 holes. Once the glove box went back in, I think it's pretty secure in there. If I find it works it's way loose, I'll try to contort myself and get a couple more screws in place of the tie-wraps. The bottom plug goes to the HU, the top one is the KS-U58 aux in adapter (which is actually sitting on top of the JVC1).



That's really about it for now....I'll take some finished pics with everything back in place, tomorrow.

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Old 03-20-2007, 07:28 PM   #2
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Here are a few shots of the HU in action...tough to get pics of a DVD playing.

One of the Sirius screens...band, song title and list of presets (defaults as I've not set up my favorites yet):


Another Sirius screen....Category and channel name with level meter (3 types are available):


Here's one of the other types of level meters along with a different wallpaper:


Shot of the screen when using the AuxIn (I had a mp3 player hooked up...shows no ID3 info as I'm only feeding it sound out of the mp3's headphone jack):


Tried getting a decent shot of a DVD playing...
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Old 03-20-2007, 07:57 PM   #3
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Wow, slick. That tuner box must have been a bitch to get in there though.
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Wow, slick. That tuner box must have been a bitch to get in there though.
It wasn't that bad really....I think I definitely could have gotten 2 more screws in, instead of the tie-wraps, if I'd had a stubby phillips (or maybe a 1/4" drive ratchet and phillips bit). I may go back and give it a shot anyway as it may bug the hell out of me knowing it's only being held in by 1 screw and a coupla tie-wraps.

Here's a couple more pics....

MP3 being played from the SD card. Both lines of text scroll every once in a while:


Shot of the finished install (not very good...took it in near total darkness with the flash):
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Old 03-21-2007, 11:36 AM   #5
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I LOVE that deck... I wish I had a local distributor for that deck where I live... Only question I have is, does it have a removable faceplate??
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Old 03-21-2007, 12:26 PM   #6
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I LOVE that deck... I wish I had a local distributor for that deck where I live...
Got it on ebay..brand new in box. Fair bit cheaper than online vendors too.

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Only question I have is, does it have a removable faceplate??
Nope...that's sort of a bummer since it's right there in the open and pretty tempting. Figure it's covered under my auto insurance and probably not too hard to replace....would be a hassle though, no doubt about it.
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Old 03-21-2007, 02:22 PM   #7
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Ick... no faceplate removal... That would be the biggest deterrant to me getting one. All of the features that this deck has, I already have in my avx2, but I can take it with me when I leave.
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Ick... no faceplate removal... That would be the biggest deterrant to me getting one.
Think it would be kind of hard to make that thing removable since it pivots down horizontal to provide access to the disc & sd card slots. Right after installing it, I immediately started to think about car alarms (not that you'd ever be around when someone broke into it, unless it was parked outside your house).

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All of the features that this deck has, I already have in my avx2, but I can take it with me when I leave.
Well, not all the features...your video is postage-stamp sized compared to this one. But having said that, I didn't really buy this for the ability to watch DVDs anyway so that's not a huge selling point for me. I had a double-din opening in the dash and wanted to fill it with a single unit, not a single-din HU with a pocket underneath. The SD slot is nice too.

If I had a single din opening, I wouldn't have hesitated to get the AVX2 though.

Some things I'm a little bummed about (and I'm not sure if it's a limitation of the AVX706 or the JVC1):

- No song or artist seek
- No song or artist memo
- No sports team alerts

Can't wait to burn a dual-layer DVD full of MP3s...I should be able to fit a ton of music on each one. Will be nice to carry maybe only 3 or 4 DVDs instead of a case of 20 audio CDs (especially since they're originals).
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You are right, my video is only 3.5 inches, however if I pump it into my Garmin GPS which is right above it, it's 7.5 inches.

My faceplate pivots out and down just like yours, and my faceplate is removable.

The only feature that your deck has that mine does not, is the SD card slot. Which, in reading some reviews, apparently is limited to 512mb. My garmin has a 2gb card in it at the moment, so if I want to play MP3's off of it, I just select it as an input.

Yes, I too am bummed about the serious lack of satellite functionality. I went from a Sportster 4, to this head unit, and lost a lot of the alert functions. I have not gotten rid of my sportster yet, as I am not sure how much of a deal this is going to be not having them

Other than that, I am siriusly in love with my deck, and I'd LOVE to have yours!
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You are right, my video is only 3.5 inches, however if I pump it into my Garmin GPS which is right above it, it's 7.5 inches.
apples and oranges...you could just as easily say you have an external monitor hanging in the back seat that's bigger too. Compare hu to hu. BTW, which Garmin do you have..that's a NICE big screen. I only have a 4" I think (C550).

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The only feature that your deck has that mine does not, is the SD card slot. Which, in reading some reviews, apparently is limited to 512mb.
Not from what I've seen....I put the SD card from my garmin gps (1GB) into the AVX706 and it worked fine. Didn't have it loaded past 512mb though but I don't see why it wouldn't recognize it past that size. Some testing to do I guess. Just had a look in the manual...all it says about SD cards is that they recommend using an 8MB to 512MB card. No mention of a size limitation.

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My garmin has a 2gb card in it at the moment, so if I want to play MP3's off of it, I just select it as an input.
I could do the same with my garmin but again, I think you're comparing apples to oranges. I like that it's all in one unit, no real wires to hang out of the dash to another device. My garmin does have bluetooth though which would be pretty cool to pump into the AVX706 but I don't have a bluetooth phone at the moment so it's useless. Honestly, it's nice to have the SD card but I don't know how much I'll use it. More likely, I'll load up DVDs with mp3s and use them for music. If someone was traveling with me and had some pics or tunes on a SD card to look at, that would be a good use.

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Yes, I too am bummed about the serious lack of satellite functionality. I went from a Sportster 4, to this head unit, and lost a lot of the alert functions.
I can live without the song/artist seeks and the sports alerts I think (I don't have any of it in my wife's Grand Cherokee and have gotten by)...my song alerts didn't seem to be working correctly on my Sportster Replay lately anyway. Dunno if they changed song IDs and the old alerts were no longer valid or what, but only 2 or 3 ever seemed to pop up an alert. I listen to sports, comedy and talk mostly (stern or ESPN in the morning on the way to work, tiffany on playboy radio in the afternoon if I'm driving home when she's on). When I want to listen to music, I usually throw in a CD unless I'm just waiting for a commercial to end on one of the comedy channels. Music is really a secondary reason why I got satellite radio.

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Other than that, I am siriusly in love with my deck, and I'd LOVE to have yours!
Don't misunderstand me though, I do have reservations about it being attractive to thiefs...and I'm a nervous dude about that sort of thing. I never leave my GPS stuck to the dash, even if I'm gonna run in and out of a convenience store quick. I live in a pretty small town with little crime. My worries will come when I have to work in DC, Baltimore, Philly, etc.
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I have a Garmin 7200. I did have a c330, which is close to what you have, and I liked it so much, I got the 7200. Nice unit, only thing it lacks is bluetooth. I can't see why they would make a unit like this, that does mp3's, video, the whole shebang, and not have bluetooth??

I live in a small town too, but I have seen some pretty brash things happen (a thief PASSING a person on foot that they just ripped off their stereo in their car).. So my GPS only usually goes in the car on the weekends when I tend to drive around more, and it comes with me when I go in. My faceplate comes in with me every night, and the door is always locked when its in.
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I have a Garmin 7200.
Dang that's nice! Pretty pricey too

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Nice unit, only thing it lacks is bluetooth. I can't see why they would make a unit like this, that does mp3's, video, the whole shebang, and not have bluetooth??
good point.....at that price level, it really ought to have it.

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I live in a small town too, but I have seen some pretty brash things happen (a thief PASSING a person on foot that they just ripped off their stereo in their car).. So my GPS only usually goes in the car on the weekends when I tend to drive around more, and it comes with me when I go in. My faceplate comes in with me every night, and the door is always locked when its in.
I use mine mainly for work because I usually go to a new site just about every time I go to work. Really helps find a building you've never been to. Plus I find the arrival times to be pretty much dead on so it's easy to know when to let a customer expect you on-site. It's become something I really rely on now.
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Yeah, the arrival time option is neat. I use it quite a bit. Especially if I have to catch the ferry (I live on an island). Nice thing is that the time on my deck is synced with the satellites as well, so the times on the GPS and the HU are always about 1 second apart.
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Yeah, the arrival time option is neat. I use it quite a bit. Especially if I have to catch the ferry (I live on an island). Nice thing is that the time on my deck is synced with the satellites as well, so the times on the GPS and the HU are always about 1 second apart.
Might be some of the best reasons to have a GPS. I'm not lost without mine but I'd definitely miss not being able to know pretty much exactly when I'll get to a job-site.

Back to the AVX706....finally got my FM & Sirius presets, set. Also burned a dual-layer DVD with mp3s. Encoded at 224kbps (a little high, sure, but what the hell...plenty of space!) Got 907 songs for something like 67 hours of tunes (with somewhere 2GB still free). Can't imagine how you'd get roughly 3000 songs on one DVD (max number the player will recognize). Would have to encode at a low rate I guess and avg time of a track would have to be pretty short.
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It wasn't that bad really....I think I definitely could have gotten 2 more screws in, instead of the tie-wraps, if I'd had a stubby phillips (or maybe a 1/4" drive ratchet and phillips bit). I may go back and give it a shot anyway as it may bug the hell out of me knowing it's only being held in by 1 screw and a coupla tie-wraps.

Here's a couple more pics....

MP3 being played from the SD card. Both lines of text scroll every once in a while:


Shot of the finished install (not very good...took it in near total darkness with the flash):
That looks real nice!
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