Posted by Glenn Rowswell on 26th October 2018

JVC has long been one of the leading car audio manufacturers in the world. In 2018 they have seriously upped their game with a killer new line up. This is the latest product we’ve seen from their multimedia range and it’s a great looking piece of kit.

The lovely people at JVC call this the KW-M745DBT Digital Media Receiver. New model numbers aside, this is a very slick looking 2-DIN system that you absolutely need if you want Apple CarPlay or Android Auto in your car for a very wallet friendly price. The 6.8-inch capacitive touch screen allows you to easily control the unit. As we type these words, iOS12 has been launched and this week sees Google Maps integration added to CarPlay. This is incredible news. Google maps is the go to navigation app for most people and once you have this upgrade in your car you can use Google to guide you to your destination safely and legally, whilst on the move.

When it comes to connectivity, the features list is crazy. Are you ready? There’s automatic pairing of iPhone & Android phones. Once you’ve connected quickly and easily you can use Bluetooth wireless technology to make and receive hands free calls, there’s Bluetooth voice dialling (voice recognition compatible mobile phone required) and phone book access. The Bluetooth functionality allows you to stream audio and control/skip the tracks your listening to via this JVC unit, too.

Seamless Spotify integration is included and this allows you to directly access the popular music streaming service by connecting your compatible device via USB. Once hooked-up, you can listen to your favourite playlists, songs, albums at the touch of the screen.

The USB connection features 1.5A charging, so you can keep your phone’s battery topped up whilst you’re on the move. One of the best features this unit boasts is its short body chassis design. In English, this means that the unit itself is smaller and requires less depth. The result? It takes up less space behind your dashboard. This makes it easier to install in some vehicles where space is really tight. Ideal for Japanese cars and some German vehicles where it’s sometimes really tricky to get a 2-DIN multimedia fitted nicely. This KW-M745DBT by JVC is an absolute cracker of a unit. 5/5 stars for sure. Do a buy!

Price £399

For more info see JVC