Actually, JVC isn't bad and they pack a lot of features into their head units for decent money. I have had two Clarion head units in the last 7 years. First one was a double DIN DVD unit with a 6.1 inch screen. Started rebooting randomly after a few months, conveniently out of warranty. I sold it it to a guy with the understanding that it had issues. I had a single DIN FZ501 and the USB navigation of iPod and thumb drives was terrible. I couldn't give it away on here. I think IIRC I gave it to GoodWill. I won't buy another one. I have had excellent results with Pioneer stuff. I still have a Pioneer GM-D8500 Class D monoblock with maybe 20 hours on it and a REF1262W DVC 12 sitting in a tote if I want to take it all the way, but I don't want that stuff to get stolen, so I will sit on them until I get a different vehicle to use them in.
Damn, I'd hate them too.
I was looking at a few Pioneer and Alpines, but when my co-worker told me about his JVC, I was like, hell I'll give it a whirl. It has a 7 band eq, sub controls (gain/freq/etc), usb and 3.5mm ports, etc.
It wasn't a touch screen which makes me happy. My fat fingers + touch screen = frustration.
Brandon, my co-worker, had the JVC in his EVO. He took it in for a warranty issues for the AC. Gets the car back, a few days later, the JVC starts to cut out every time he hits a bump then come back on on another bump. Thought it was the deck.
Takes said deck out and gets a new pioneer. Does the same thing. He takes the EVO back to the dealer and they said they didn't do it/wouldn't look at it/etc. Got pissed, took it to the stereo shop he bought his stuff from and asked them to look at it. Sure enough, when they did the warranty work, they pinched a wire to the deck. After the wire was fixed, he had no more issues.
He had the JVC sitting there and when I said about getting a new deck/etc, he offered it to me. Best 50.00 I ever spent.
The blasted canbus cost me 25.00 more than the stereo. SMDH.