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JVC KW-M788BH Review

(Short intro)

Final something new out of JVC since covid/ and supply chain issues hit starting in 2020 we have not seen any new headunits out of JVC. Looks like we are finally over the hump and as other brands have released their headunits JVC joins by release this KW-M788BH and 780. So stay with as we give a full review on this radio and all it has to offer.


(Full Intro)

Hey its Josh from breakers stereo and performance welcome to the channel that reviews the newest in automotive upgrade like audio, performance suspension and more cuz we dont drive stock and if your like us were stock doesnt cut it then make sure to subscribe to this channel.


Ok first things first the KW-M788BH and the 780BH have the same features except for these two thing …. The 788BH has 5 volt preouts and HD radio and the 780BH and 4 volt preout and a standard tuner, oh and the 788BH $499 and the 780HB is $50 buck less at $449. Ok lets get into it.


Product highlights:

General features:
  • digital multimedia player with AM/FM tuner
  • plays media loaded with MP3, WMA, and AAC music files (plus high-res WAV and FLAC)
  • 6.8″ capacitive touchscreen display
  • electronic viewing angle display adjustment
  • fits double-DIN (4″ tall) dash openings
Smartphone features:
  • Wired apple car play and wired android auto with charging
  • built-in Bluetooth with dual phone connection for hands-free calling and music streaming
Audio/Visual features:

50×4 peak power 22 x4 rms

  • 13-band graphic EQ
  • digital time alignment
  • Volume Link EQ boosts frequencies that are affected by road noise
  • 2- and 3-way crossover settings
  • compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
  • inputs: rear USB input, front- and rear-camera inputs, rear micro HDMI input, rear analog 3.5 mm A/V input (configurable for a third camera input)
  •  micro HDMI input that can be used for  mirroring (cable and adapter sold separately)
  • outputs: rear analog video output (RCA), 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt on the 780 and 5 on the 788
Other information:
  • built-in amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
  • works with iDatalink Maestro module
    • retains factory features in a wide selection of vehicles
    • displays engine performance data on touchscreen
  • Sirius xm ready tuner sold separately
  • Steering wheel control ready adapter sold separately 


Ok lets unbox


(Pro’s and Con’s)

Let’s now get into the pro’s and con’s .

Well start with the cons

Although the screen is very bright and offers very vivid and bright colors. The down side of the screen is, the resolution only goes up to 480p

Wired carplay and wired android auto  


Ok but thats it..

Now pros

Excellent sound quality this used the same sound chip as their higher and JVC and kenwood radio

High voltage output

DSP controls, eq, time alignment and crossovers

Idatalink maestro compatible 

2 camera input with the ability to add 3 if needed

And HDMI input


As far as our overall rating, we really like Jvc and the addition of the HDMI input along with the sound quality and DSP features puts this at the top of our list for radios under $500 despite not having wireless carplay and android auto we still give this radio a 4.5 star. If it had 720 resolution I would have given it a 5. But unless your avidy watching videos on this radio its probably wont be that big of deal since the screen is only 6.8”