JVC KD-X260BT Review
The JVC KD-X260BT is a highly-rated single din style car stereo that offers a crap-ton of features and functions to enhance your driving experience without costing an arm and a leg.
Whether you’re looking for seamless smartphone integration, high-quality audio playback, or convenient hands-free calling, this versatile car stereo has it all.
In this Review, we will dive into the features of the JVC KD-X260BT, exploring its capabilities, design, and performance.
From the ability to play FLAC and WAV files to its built-in Bluetooth connectivity, this car stereo has everything you need to take your driving experience to the next level.
Who Is The X260BT For?
This stereo is for the Minimalist, the listener who doesn’t need CD’s but lives for audio streaming. The person that needs a radio for the more common things a radio is used for. AM/FM, phone calls, and Bluetooth streaming.
I’d also like to be clear about who this stereo is NOT FOR. This stereo is not for the listener who needs MAPS, a backup camera, A high-end audio set up or expects to do any extraordinary audio tuning.
One of the most popular reasons to purchase this stereo is that it’s simple. There really isn’t much in the way of design to discuss, however, I have a couple of things I personally like about the design.
This might not be a big deal to you but the “Clickyness” of the buttons really helps me when I’m driving. Let me explain. I test stereos in my car all the time and find myself pressing buttons two or more times to make sure I pressed them properly. The buttons on the KD-x260bt are super firm, I can feel it when I’ve properly pressed a button.
The next design feature that I like is the short profile of this stereo. This radio is super light and just about half the size in the depth of other single din stereos because it doesn’t have a built-in disc player.
The JVC KD-x260bt is not a performance stereo, but it presents as one. It has an extensive EQ with a bunch of different audio settings, but it only has one set of RCA pre-outs.
What I’ve noticed about this stereo is that JVC made this to be something for an everyday user, not a power user.
I haven’t experienced any overheating or UI issues with this stereo. I have it hooked up to 3 12 inch subwoofers that I use pretty regularly.
At loud volumes I don’t notice any distortion and my Bluetooth never drops which is pretty standard with a lot of media players.
The only Con with this stereo is that it does not come with a CD player.
Parts Needed For Install
- Single Din Dash Kit
- Wiring harness
- antenna adapter
Helpful Tips and Tricks
Steering wheel control integration is available
Bluetooth phone call and audio streaming option
extensive EQ settings
Rear/subwoofer RCA outputs
MP3/WMA/WAV/FLAC playback via USB
50 watts x 4 is its peak power
RMS or normal power is 22×4
Frequently Asked Questions about the Jvc Kd-x260bt
Does the JVC KD-X260BT support Apple CarPlay or Android Auto?
Because this stereo does not have a touch screen it does not utilize Android Auto or Apple Car play. Actually, most single-din stereos do not.
Can you play FLAC or WAV files with the JVC KD-X260BT?
Yes, This head unit supports all of the standard audio formats like MP3/WMA/WAV/FLAC playback via USB.
What is the maximum capacity of the SD card for the JVC KD-X260BT?
Good question. In my experience, I’ve only been able to use up to a 64 GB thumb drive once on this stereo. However, I can’t seem to get more than 32 GB to read on my personal X260bt.
Can the JVC KD-X260BT display album art?
Because of the type of display panel this stereo has, it cannot display any album art.
Can you use the JVC KD-X260BT to control a rearview camera?
The screen on this stereo does not have the ability to display a backup camera image.
Can you adjust the sound settings such as bass, treble, and EQ on the JVC KD-X260BT?
Yes, in fact, this stereo has one of my favorite EQs on a media receiver.
Can you control the JVC KD-X260BT with a remote control?
Yes, but only with the same model remote that comes with its stock. Meaning, you cannot use a 3rd party remote or a remote from another JVC stereo that isn’t the same stereo, hopefully, that makes sense.
How easy is it to install the JVC KD-X260BT?
Most single-din stereos are very easy to install. This stereo takes a bit easier because it’s a media receiver. A media receiver is usually smaller than a standard stereo. It really helps when you have a bunch of wires and you do not have any room during an installation,
Does the JVC KD-X260BT have a CD/DVD player?
Because this stereo is a Media receiver, it does not have a CD or DVD player.