Bluetooth at a bargain

Kenwood's KDC-BT318U CD receiver gives you Bluetooth® for hands-free calling convenience, plus a wireless connection to the songs stored on your compatible music player. If you're an Android® user who's grown tired of your old radio's complicated Bluetooth pairing issues, you'll love this receiver's simple, secure pairing (SSP) technology. If you're an iPhone® aficionado, the KDC-BT318U gives you full Siri Eyes Free control with compatible Siri-equipped iPhones.

Pair your compatible phone to the KDC-BT318U and you can talk hands-free by simply touching the dedicated "phone" button when a call comes in. And the receiver can reply automatically to text messages to let your contacts know that you're busy driving. You can place the external Bluetooth microphone in an optimal location within the vehicle for improved hands-free communication.

Stream radio from your phone

If you enjoy Internet radio on your iPhone or Android, you'll really enjoy playing music from Pandora® and iHeartRadio® radio on this great-sounding receiver. You can scroll through your stations, bookmark songs, and give a thumbs-up or thumbs-down right from the receiver's face.

One versatile USB port

The KDC-BT318U's front-panel USB port allows you to access and control the music stored on your iPhone or Android phone. And if you have MP3, WMA, or WAV music files on a thumb drive, the USB port can handle those too. Here's a cool feature from Kenwood — Drive Change allows you to connect a memory card reader or USB hub to the Kenwood's USB input and select music from up to five memory cards or USB flash drives.

Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?

In most vehicles, you can use an adapter (not included) to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this Kenwood stereo. Connect a few wires, program the adapter for your car and this Kenwood, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. Check the "Accessories" tab for compatible adapters.

Bluetooth note: Use of this receiver's Bluetooth features will depend upon your phone's Bluetooth capabilities. Learn more in our article explaining Bluetooth profiles.

iPod/smartphone note: If you're going to use your iPod or smartphone with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for compatibility information.

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • automatic iPhone pairing with Siri Eyes Free control capability
    • Pandora and iHeartRadio radio control with iPhone and Android
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RW discs including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA music files
    • detachable face with 13-digit display
    • wireless remote control
    Audio features:
    • System Q (8 preset EQ curves and a 3-band equalizer)
    • Sound Reconstruction improves the sound of compressed audio files
    • 3-level bass boost
    • subwoofer controls for low-pass filter, output level, and phase
    Expandability:
    • built-in iPod, iPhone, and iPad control (see Details tab for model compatibility)
    • Kenwood Music Control app enables playback of music files over USB from select Android devices
    • Drive Change lets you select audio from multiple flash drives or memory cards in a connected USB hub or memory card reader
    • inputs: front-panel auxiliary and USB input
    • outputs: 4-channel preamp outputs (2.5-volt front, rear/subwoofer)
    Other features and specs:

    Why replace your factory radio?

    Two good reasons - sound quality and cool features. A new car stereo offers power that's superior to most factory radios, along with more sophisticated tone controls. And most car stereos offer built-in or optional features that add safety and fun to life in your car, including inputs for your iPod or MP3 player, Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free cell phone calls, satellite radio or HD Radio reception, and connections for building an audio system in your car.

    Hands-on research

    What's in the box?

    Download owner's manual

    • CD receiver (10A fuse inserted in chassis)
    • Face (attached)
    • Trim ring (attached)
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Wiring harness
    • Wireless remote control (RC-406)
    • CR2025 3V lithium-battery (installed in remote)
    • Microphone with integrated bracket (attached 10' cable terminated by a right-angle male 3.5mm connector)
    • 2 Removal tools
    • Face-fixing screw
    • Instruction Manual (En/Fr/Sp)
    • Warranty Card

    Features and Specs

    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant No
    RMS Power Output 22 watts
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 4-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 2.5 volts
    Display Color White
    Key Button Color Blue
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input Front
    Audio/video Input
    USB Input Front
    Memory Card Slot USB
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready No
    HD Radio No
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano 7/6/5/4/3/2/1
    Touch 5/4/3/2/1
    Mini ---
    iPhone 6+/6/5S/5C/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 8.2 dBf
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No

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    Built-in Bluetooth
    Disc & USB Playback
    iPod/Android/Aux Integration
    AM/FM + Internet Radio
    Audio Section
    Display Features
    Remote Control

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: The Kenwood KDC-BT318U is equipped with built-in Bluetooth (ver. 2.1 + EDR) allowing you to make and receive phone calls wirelessly through the receiver; as well as stream music wirelessly from your smartphone to the head unit. In order to use Bluetooth wireless technology, your phone must also be Bluetooth compatible and be able to interpret certain profiles. This unit is compatible with the following Bluetooth Profiles:

    • Hands-Free Communication: HFP 1.5 (Hands Free Profile), OPP 1.1 (Object Push Profile), PBAB 1.0 (Phone Book Access Profile).
    • Audio Streaming: A2DP 1.2 (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP 1.3 (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).
    Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Kenwood KDC-BT318U. Visit Kenwood's Support Site for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled phones.

    Secure Simple Pairing (SSP) + Auto Pairing (for iPhone): With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the Kenwood KDC-BT318U without having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings. When a paired Bluetooth device is in close proximity to the receiver, the auto connection function automatically pairs the two units. You can pair up to five Bluetooth-enabled devices to the Kenwood head unit with a maximum of two Bluetooth phones and one Bluetooth audio player connected at one time (but only one can be used at a time). You can even pair your Apple iPhone by simply connecting it to the Kenwood head unit via USB and following a single prompt on the head unit's display.

    Bluetooth Hands-Free Communication: The head unit supports Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. The controls of the KDC-BT318U can be used to dial a number, answer an in-coming call, or end a call. The unit also includes an external microphone (featuring adjustable gain), so you can carry on your side of the conversation while listening to the caller through your vehicles speakers. During a conversation, you can switch between the Private Mode (talking directly on your cell phone) and the Hands Free Mode. 

    • Answering a Call: When a call comes in, a ring-tone will be heard through your vehicle's speaker and the caller's name or phone number will be displayed. You can answer the call from the head unit's front-panel controls, or setup the head unit to automatically answer the incoming call immediately or after 1-30 seconds. The KDC-BT318U also supports the Call Waiting function, so you can answer another incoming call while suspending the current call you are on. Your compatible cell-phone must also support this feature.
    • Dialing a Number: Using the KDC-BT318U, you can dial a phone number in one of the following ways:
      • Entering a Phone Number: Allows you to directly dial a phone number up to 32 digits from the head unit's control knob or remote control.
      • Speed (Preset) Dialing: Allows you to register up to 6 phone numbers for quick dialing. The preset numbers can be accessed from the head unit's Control Knob.
      • Phone Book: You can dial by using the downloaded phone book. You can download phone book data from your cell phone to the KDC-BT318U. Up to 600 numbers can be stored for each registered cell phone. Each number can be up to 32 digits long and each name can be up to 50 characters long.  Stored phone numbers can be categorized by General, Home, Office, Mobile, or Other. You can search each category of the phone book in alphabetical order.
      • Call History: The Call History is a list of calls that have originated from and were received by this unit that you can dial. You can select Outgoing, Incoming, or Missed calls.
      • Voice Dialing: If your mobile phone supports voice recognition, then you can dial out by voice command. Simply speak into the included microphone.

    Note: The external wired microphone offers improved audio quality versus an integrated microphone, so you can be heard easier over noisy traffic and road noise. You can adjust the volume level and noise cancellation of the microphone without affecting the other sources. The external microphone features an attached 10' cable terminated by a right-angle 3.5mm connector which plugs into the mic input on the rear-panel of the head unit. The microphone offers an integrated mounting bracket which can be clipped to your vehicle's sun-visor or taped to your dash. The external microphone measures 0.525" (diameter) x 1.505" (depth).

    SMS: If your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone is compatible with SMS (Short Message Service), the Kenwood head unit will notify you when a message has been received. You must then use your phone to check the message. You cannot read, edit, or send a message through this unit.

    Wireless Audio Streaming (w/ Metadata Display): The Kenwood KDC-BT318U also supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth enabled audio player or smartphone. The KDC-BT318U will be able to control basic playback functions of your Bluetooth device's stored music; such as Play/Pause, Skip Next/Previous, Fast Forward/Rewind and Random/Repeat. The head unit will also display your stored music's song information; such as Artist name and Song/Album title. The KDC-BT318U also supports audio streaming of music apps downloaded on your smartphone with metadata display and limited control. Advanced music control of your music apps will still need be done via your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone. When an incoming call or outgoing call is in progress from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, audio streaming will be paused so you can take your call. Once the call is finished, your streaming music will resume.

    Siri Eyes Free Control: When paired and connected with an iPhone with Siri via Bluetooth (not USB), the Kenwood KDC-BT318U has the ability to access Siri through its front-panel controls and external microphone. Simply press-and-hold down on the head unit's Answer Button to engage Siri and use the included microphone to communicate with Siri. Siri's voice will heard through your vehicle's speakers. All Siri functions including hands-free calling, music search, setting reminders, text-messaging, audible navigation, and more can be done through the KDC-BT318U and its microphone. The head unit's display will only indicate hands-free calling and Bluetooth audio information (all other functions of Siri are only audible through the Kenwood KDC-BT318U; visual data will still need to be viewed from your iPhone device).

    Note: You can ask Siri to get directions to a destination and the turn-by-turn instructions will heard through your vehicle's speakers, while the on-screen map still displays on your iPhone with Siri. The head unit's audio is attenuated while Siri provides audible directions.

    Disc & USB Playback

    Disc Compatibility: The unit features a single disc player that will playback CD-Audio and finalized CD-R/CD-RW audio discs. The unit also supports playback of MP3/WMA/AAC music files loaded onto CD-R/RW discs.

    USB Port: The Kenwood KDC-BT318U features a front panel USB (type-A) port that is hidden behind a flip-up cover. The USB port enables connection and control of a portable USB mass-storage class (MSC) device; such as select Android smartphones (Froyo/Gingerbread OS only), portable digital audio players, or USB thumbdrives. The unit supports playback of MP3, WMA, and WAV music files stored on a compatible USB memory device USB portable audio devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the CD receiver's USB port (max. 1A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

    Note: When a mass-storage class (MSC) compatible smartphone is connected to the head unit's USB input, the unit's Drive Change features lets you select its internal memory or external memory (such as an SD card) for stored music playback. The Drive Change feature also lets you switch between multiple memory cards (up to 5) in a USB multi-card reader or multiple USB thumbdrives (up to 5) connected to a USB hub.

    MP3/WMA/WAV Playback: The Kenwood KDC-BT318U supports the following types of MP3, WMA, & WAV files recorded onto CD-R/RW disc or loaded onto a USB mass storage class device.

    Media Type CD-R/RW USB Storage Device
    File System ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, Romeo, Long file name FAT 12/16/32
    Playable File Types  MP3: bit rate of 8-320 kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48 kHz
    WMA: bit rate of 32-192 kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48 kHz
     MP3: bit rate of 8-320 kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48 kHz
    WMA: bit rate of 32-192 kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48 kHz
    WAV: bit rate of 16-bit w/ sampling rate of 44.1 kHz
    Maximum # of Folders/Files 500 folders/500 files (500 files per folder) 999 folders/20,480 files (999 files per folder)
    Tags ID3 tags (ver.1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4), WMA tags

    Text Scroll: The KDC-BT318U will display MP3/WMA audio file text. You can set the text scrolling feature to three different modes (Auto, Once, or Off) to scroll longer titles across the screen.

    Music Search + Direct Search: The Kenwood AM/FM CD receiver features a Music Search feature which allows you to scroll through and select your MP3/WMA music folders and files, as well as scroll through your audio CD's music tracks using the head unit's rotary knob. The supplied IR wireless remote control (RC-406) allows you to search for music directly by entering the track number.

    Playback Modes: The Kenwood KDC-BT318U features the following Repeat, Random, and Scan playback modes.

    • Repeat Play: Track, File, or Folder
    • Random Play: Disc or Folder
    • Scan Play: Track or File (plays the first 10-seconds of each music track on a disc or music file in a folder)

    Last Position Memory: If the unit is shut off or switched to the tuner mode while a CD is playing, the next time CD is selected as the source, playback will resume from the point where it left off.

    CD Read: This function sets the method for reading a CD disc. You can choose between two modes.

    • CD1: Automatically distinguishes between audio file disc and music CD when playing a CD or CD-R/RW disc.
    • CD2: When unable to play a special formatted CD, set this function to CD2 to force playing. Some music CD  discs may be unplayable even when set to this mode.

    Off Insert/Eject + Auto Reload: A CD disc can be inserted or ejected with the power off. When a disc is inserted with the power off, the unit will automatically power up and begin playback. If the ejected disc is not removed within 15 seconds, the disc is automatically inserted again into the loading slot to protect it from dust.

    Music Editor Compatible: The Kenwood KDC-BT318U supports the PC application, Kenwood Music Editor Lite Kenwood's Music Editor Lit (v1.1.0). Kenwood Music Editor Lite is a Windows-based desktop software that helps organize, manage and transfer MP3/WMA music files to your USB thumbdrive from your PC. When you playback audio files that have been stored on your USB thumbdrive using Kenwood Music Editor Lite through this unit, you can search a file by title, album, or artist name using the head unit's Music Search function. The Kenwood Music Editor Light (v1.1.0) Windows-based software can be downloaded for free from Kenwood's website to your PC. The Kenwood Music Editor Light is compatible with the following Windows Microsoft Operating Systems.

    • Windows XP Professional, Home Edition SP2 or later (32-bit)
    • Windows Vista (32/64-bit)
    • Windows 7 (32/64-bit)
    • Windows 8
    Note: Not compatible with Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad, Zune, or Android

    iPod/Android/Aux Integration

    iPod Direct Connection: The Kenwood KDC-BT318U's front-panel USB port can be used to connect your 30-pin dock connector or Lightning-connector iPod/iPhone to the head unit. The KDC-BT318U supports audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of your compatible Apple device.

    • 30-Pin Dock Connector: If you have an older iPod/iPhone with a 30-pin dock connector, you can use Kenwood's dock connector-to-USB cable (113KCIP102, sold separately) or the dock connector-to-USB cable that comes with your Apple device to connect your iPod/iPhone to the KDC-BT318U.
    • Lightning Connector: If you have a newer iPod/iPhone with the Lightning-connector, you can use the Lightning-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect your iPod/iPhone to the KDC-BT318U.

    Note: The head unit's USB connection provides 1A of current to power and charge your connected iPod/iPhone when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position (if your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it).

    iPod Audio Playback w/ DAC Bypass: The USB connection allows your iPod/iPhone's stored music and music apps to be loaded instantly to the head unit and sound quality to be maximized through the head unit's 16-bit D/A converter, allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 105dB. The Kenwood head unit supports audio playback of stored music, podcasts, audiobooks, and music apps on your iPod or iPhone. The KDC-258 provides music control and song/artist information display.

    • Music Control: The Kenwood head unit allows you to navigate your iPod's music by Playlist, Artists, Album, Genre, Composer, Song, or Podcast. You can search these categories alphabetically (A-Z) or using a percentage search (0.5%, 1%, 5%, 10%). The head unit also supports Repeat (file) & Random (folder) playback functions of your connected iPod/iPhone. Newer iPod/iPhones with iOS 6.0+ allow you to continue to access your Apple device's touchscreen. Older iPod/iPhone devices will be locked during connection.
    • Song/Artist Info: The KDC-BT318U will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information. The head unit will display Track number, Elapsed playing time, Artist name, Song title, and Album label.

    Apple Device Compatibility Chart: The Kenwood KDC-BT318U is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 9/24/2014):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Specific Apps Display Type Bluetooth Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone Pandora app iHeart Link Artist/Song Text Track Info Phone Audio Siri
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y N N N Y Y Y N N Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y N N N Y Y Y Y N Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    4 7.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    4S 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5/5C/5S 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    6/6+ 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y N N N Y Y N N N Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y N N N Y Y N Y N Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y N N N Y Y N Y N Y
    4th 6.1.2 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y N Y
    5th 8.0 Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y N Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N N N Y Y N N N Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y N N N Y Y N N N Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y N N N Y Y N N N Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y N N N Y Y N N N Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y N N N Y Y N N N Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y N N N Y Y N N N Y
    7th 1.02 PC Y N Y N N N Y Y N Y N Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y N N N Y Y N N N Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y N N N Y Y N N N Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y N N N Y Y N N N Y
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N N N Y Y N N N Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y Y N Y N N
    2 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N N
    3 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N N
    4/air 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y N
    mini 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

    Music Control for Android Smartphone: The Kenwood Music Control app for Android organizes your Android smartphone's music, while providing quick and easy search capability from the Kenwood CD receiver. The free Kenwood Music Control App for Android can be downloaded onto your Android smartphone from the Google Play App Store. Your Android smartphone must be running Android OS Froyo or Gingerbread (2.2+). Once the app is downloaded and has a chance to organize all the stored music on your Android smartphone, you can connect your Android smartphone to the Kenwood CD receiver via USB (your compatible Android smartphone must be recognized as a USB mass storage class device; not compatible with MTP protocol). The Kenwood Music Control app offers the following Android supported functions.

    • Song Management: Music stored in your Android smartphone can be navigated from the Kenwood CD receiver. Songs can be easily selected by searching for a Song title, Artist name, Album label, or Genre.
    • Song Information Display: Song information such as Artist name, Song title, and Album label are displayed on the connected Kenwood CD receiver.
    • Mood Playlist: Playlists can be created by classifying songs into categories by type of mood. Songs are analyzed and classified into the following categories of moods - High Energy (Active/Powerful/Core), Acoustic (Detailed/Simple/Smooth/Easy), Standard (Dynamic/Rockin/Vivid), Stylistic (Cool/Urban/Trance)
    • Intro Skip: This function allows you to choose and listen to only the hook-lines of songs stored in your Android smartphone.
    Note: When the Kenwood Music Control app is first downloaded it will require some time to populate all the music, so we suggest doing this overnight.

    Aux In: The unit is equipped with a front panel 3.5mm minijack auxiliary input that can be used to input audio from a portable audio source, such as a portable MP3 player. The Aux input must be turned on to function. The KDC-BT318U allows you to select the source type displayed when using the auxiliary input. You can choose from AUX, DVD, Portable, Game, Video, or TV. The unit has three aux input modes.

    AM/FM + Internet Radio

    AM/FM Tuner: The Kenwood KDC-BT318U features a built-in AM/FM tuner. You can choose one of four tuning methods: Auto 1 (seek tuning), Auto 2 (cycles through and tunes the selected band's preset stations only with each button press), or Manual Tune. The KDC-BT318U's tuner features 3 FM banks (1, 2, 3) and 1 AM bank for storing presets. The Kenwood KDC-BT318U offers two preset modes.

    • Normal: You can store 6 presets for each AM/FM bank giving you a total of 18 FM presets and 6 AM presets (total of 24).
    • Mix: A total of 6 preset stations can be assigned to the head unit's 6 preset buttons, regardless of AM/FM band. This lets you recall a preset station without switching between bands.
    Note: Not only does the CD receiver's tuner allow you manually enter your desired presets you can choose to have the unit automatically put stations with good reception in the memory banks automatically; this is a handy feature when traveling.

    Internet Radio Apps: The Kenwood KDC-BT318U allows you to access Pandora and iHeartRadio online music services through your USB-connected iPhone or Bluetooth-connected Android/Blackberry smartphone. Your Apple iPhone must be connected to the KDC-BT318U via the Kenwood KCA-iP102 cable (sold separately, or the cable supplied with your iPhone. Your Android or Blackberry smartphone must support A2DP/ AVRCP/SPP Bluetooth profiles and be paired with the Kenwood KDC-BT318U. Your iPhone, Android smartphone, or Blackberry device will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi.

    • Pandora App (for iPhone/Android/Blackberry): The free Pandora App (either from iTunes Apps, Google Play, or BlackBerry App World) lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the Kenwood KDC-BT318U using your USB-connected Apple iPhone (iOS 5.0+) or Bluetooth paired Android/Blackberry smartphone. The Kenwood KDC-BT318U provides control over the Pandora music service and displays Artist, Album, and Song information. You can select Pandora stations from your station list and sort them by date or alphabetically (A-Z). New stations can be created based on the current songs or artists playing. You can also save 3 Pandora stations as presets. You can also skip song tracks within a station. You can even give songs a thumbs up or thumbs down. An active Pandora account is required.
    • iHeartRadio Link (for iPhone/Android): The free iHeartRadio Link app for Kenwood (either from iTunes Apps or Google Play) lets you play music from the iHeartRadio music service through the Kenwood KDC-BT318U using your USB-connected Apple iPhone (iOS 5.0+), or Bluetooth paired Android smartphone (2.2+). The iHeartRadio music service provides access to more than 1,500 live radio stations from coast-to-coast (including pop, country, urban, rock, talk, and sports). The KDC-BT318U will provide control over the iHeartRadio Link app, as well as display station identification and song/artist information. From the head unit's front-panel controls, iHeartRadio stations can be searched by the following categories (Local, Genre, City, or My Stations). The Local selection provides a list of radio stations in your local listening area. The unit also provides over 22 Genres to choose from (including pop, country, hip-hop, jazz, etc.) to help you find the right radio station for you. In addition, you can search for radio stations by City. Cities can be searched alphabetically (A-Z). You can even store your favorite stations (My Stations) for easier, quicker access. An active iHeartRadio account is required.
    Note: Access to these Internet Radio services will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone or Android/Blackberry smartphone to connect to the Internet. Not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.

    Audio Section

    16 Bit D/A Converter: The Kenwood KDC-BT318U utilizes a 16-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality with a Signal to Noise ratio up to 105dB.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood KDC-BT318U is equipped with a MOSFET amplifier. Compared to conventional power supplies, the MOSFET amplification circuit is smaller and more efficient, and it delivers increased power with less distortion and absolutely zero on/off switching noise. More power means louder and cleaner music at higher volumes because you're not pushing the limits of the amplification circuit. The power output specs for the KDC-BT318U are as follows:

    • Full Bandwidth Power: 22 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20-20kHz, 1% THD)
    • Maximum Output Power: 50 watts x 4 channels

    2.5V/4CH Preamp Output: The KDC-BT318U is equipped with two pair of 2.5V preamp outputs (Front, Rear/SW). You can set the Rear/SW preamp outputs for connecting a pair of full-range rear speakers (through an external amplifier) or for connecting a subwoofer (through an external amplifier). When set for rear speakers, the rear outputs operate with the unit's fader control. When set for subwoofer, the outputs are non-fading.

    Subwoofer Controls: The Kenwood KDC-BT318U offers the following subwoofer controls, when you have the unit's subwoofer preamp output activated.

    • Low Pass Filter: The receiver features a built-in Low Pass Filter control for the preamp-output, when the output is set to Subwoofer. You can select from 85 Hz, 120 Hz, 160 Hz, or off.
    • Subwoofer Phase: You can adjust the phase of the subwoofer output between 180-degrees (Reverse) or 0-degrees (Normal).
    • Subwoofer Level: Once the Subwoofer preamp output is activated, you can independently control the subwoofer preamp output level (-15 to +15) from the CD receiver.

    Speaker Settings: The Speaker Setting function tailors the head unit's audio settings according to the type of speakers in your vehicle. You may select a Speaker Setting of 'SP-Off' (flat/off), 'SP-OEM' (for OEM factory speaker systems), 'SP-6x9/6' (for systems with 6" and 6"x9" speakers), or 'SP-5/4' (for systems with 4" and 5" speakers).

    Preset EQ: Eight EQ curves are preset into memory, allowing you to recall the best preset EQ curve for different types of music. Each preset has its own level settings for bass, midrange, and treble . You can choose from the following preset EQ curves; Rock, Pops, Easy, Top 40, Jazz, Natural, Drive EQ, or User. The Drive EQ mode is an EQ preset that helps reduce road noise. The User mode allows you to manually adjust the head unit's Bass (200Hz) , Midrange (2.5kHz), and Treble (12.5kHz) level from +/- 8dB.

    Note: You can store bass, middle and treble tone settings for each source (CD, AM/FM, Aux, USB, iPod, and Pandora/iHeart Radio).

    Sound Enhancements: The head unit provides further sound enhancements for your car audio system.

    • Bass Boost: The Kenwood CD receiver features a Bass Boost control that can be set to the following levels (BB1, BB2, BB3, or Off).
    • Loudness: This function enhances low and high frequencies to make the sound clearer lower volumes. There are 3 levels (LV1, LV2, or Off).
    • Sound Reconstruction: When MP3 or WMA files encoded at a low bit rate (less than 96 kbps, 44.1k, 48kHz) are played, the Sound Reconstruction function restores their high frequencies so the sound quality is closer to files encoded at a high bit rate. The processing is optimized for the compression format and the bit rate used. When Sound Reconstruction is Off, the unit plays the original sound stored in the audio file.

    Volume Offset: The level of each source may be independently adjusted to prevent radical leaps in output volume when switching from one source to another. The available settings range from -8 to 0 (-8 to +8 for Aux source).

    Key Beep: The in-dash head unit provides an audible beep to confirm button operation. This function can be turned On or Off.

    Display Features

    Detachable Face: The Kenwood KDC-BT318U features a single front loading CD face that detaches from the chassis to deter theft. There is no protective face case included. An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can be purchased for this unit. A face-fixing screw is supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired.

    Single-Line Display: The Kenwood head unit features a single-line, 13-segmented/13-character, white backlit LCD with blue button illumination.

    Brightness & Dimmer: You can dim the LCD illumination to better suit the time of day. You can adjust the maximum brightness of the LCD illumination from 0-31. The button illumination and Kenwood logo does not dim.

    12Hr/24Hr Clock: The head unit can be set to display a 12hr or 24hr clock. The unit also displays the day (Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, or Sat). With your vehicle's key in the accessory or start position, the head unit continues to display the clock and button illumination during Standby mode. Pressing and holding the source button turns the unit off completely.

    Demo Mode: This unit features a Demo mode which can be turned On or Off within the menu.

    Remote Control

    Wireless Remote Control: The KDC-BT318U comes with an IR remote control (RC-406) for wireless operation of the head unit. The remote will control Audio, CD, USB, and Tuner functions. It is powered by a single CR2025 3V lithium-cell battery (supplied).

    • Numeric Keypad: The wireless remote control features a numeric keypad (0-9) which allows direct track access of your music tracks & files (from CD or USB), as well as AM/FM presets.
    • Attenuator: The CD receiver features an Attenuator button on the supplied remote control that turns the volume down very quickly with one touch of the button.

    Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The head unit features an OEM steering wheel remote control input wire (blue/yellow) within the included wiring harness that lets you keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with an optional steering wheel audio control adapter (sold separately). Please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.

    Note: The KDC-BT318U is not compatible with PAC's SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Interface.

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    Kenwood KDC-BT318U

    Written By Oscar, Bayamon, PR on Sunday, December 14, 2014

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    Excellent product

    A great fit

    Written By FMIII, Orlando, FL on Sunday, December 14, 2014

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    We needed a replacement stereocor our RV and it was perfect. Very easy to install!

    Pros: Features and price

    Cons: None

    quality

    Written By Anonymous, Huntington beach on Saturday, December 13, 2014

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    Quality product and sounds great

    Perfection

    Written By Steve, Louisiana on Thursday, December 11, 2014

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    Never had a doubt, I've had several Kenwood receivers over the years and this one is just as good a performer as all of the others, Kenwood has been by far the best in dash receiver that I have ever used.

    Pros: Front USB, aux input and Bluetooth for hands free calling, "The biggest reason I chose this for my granddaughter".

    Cons: Had to install it myself. Very simple install.

    Not impressed

    Written By ab45rpm, Bay Area, CA on Tuesday, December 09, 2014

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    Decent features and not overly complicated, but lacks some basic functionality I would have expected for this price point. First: no color options for the display and no way to change the brightness of the blue buttons. At night, the blue is way too bright and very distracting. The sound quality is mediocre and the buttons feel cheap. There were plenty of offerings from Kenwood that were cheaper than this. I thought by baying a bit more I'd be getting something of a bit higher quality, but I guess not. If you need a cheap'ish radio with bluetooth and you aren't picky about cosmetics, you might try this, but I'm betting there are better things out there for this price.

    Not perfect, but pretty good

    Written By Andy, Boston, MA on Monday, December 08, 2014

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    First off, I'm overall quite pleased with the radio. The sound quality is decent, the Bluetooth connection with my phone seems to be quite reliable (see below for a caveat), and everything works as advertised.

    My only real complaint is the way you select an audio source. On other car radios I've used, there was a row of buttons to select from. On this one, you need to press the "source" key repeatedly to get to the source you're looking for. On occasion, that means I need to click through Standby, Aux, Tuner, USB, Pandora, and iHeartRadio to get where I want to go. Not a big deal, but it's a nuisance.

    The caveat to Bluetooth being reliable may very well be an issue with my phone. On occasion, when I get in the car, the phone won't connect. In order to make it work, I need to turn off bluetooth entirely on my phone, then turn it on and manually connect. It's only done it a couple of times, though, and I think my phone has done that once or twice with a Bluetooth headset, so...

    Overall, not a bad radio for the price. I don't regret buying it, even with the odd quirks.

    Works well

    Written By MBinFL, Fort Myers, FL on Monday, December 08, 2014

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    Works as advertised. Install was relatively easy, though it came without installation instructions. On my BMW Z3, it wasn't obvious the blue P-CONT wire had to go to the car's amp, but once I established that it worked great. I even had to pull it back out a few weeks later to correct an alarm issue with the car, and getting it back out to make adjustments was easy.

    Bluetooth automatically connects within about 15-20 seconds, usually, when the phone is in the car. I'm not big on Pandora or iHeartRadio, but they also work seamlessly.

    Good product, good price -- if Crutchfield says it fits your car and you're good with the blue display on the face, go for it!

    Pros: Easy bluetooth connection; quick install even for a novice; the included microphone connection makes calls a lot more clear, even in a convertible (so long as you find a good place to mount it).

    Cons: It may actually have too many functions and features.

    Niece loves it

    Written By RD, Lancaster,SC on Thursday, December 04, 2014

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    My niece loves it, replaced stock unit and speakers with Kenwood.. Sounds awsume

    Pros: Quick delivery and easy install

    Cons: none

    Very nice unit

    Written By RnJ, SoCal on Monday, December 01, 2014

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    Very good stereo. Bought it for my daily driver to replace the stock unit. The sound is definitely better than the stock. Controls and menu systems seems easy to figure out. BT audio and phone calls are really good, probably better than the BT35-HONDA unit I installed on my other cars. I'm definitely happy with this purchase. It was cheap and very easy to install.

    Pros: Sounds, installation, BT audio/phone, easy access aux/USB, and price. It's also great that Cructhfield included everything for the install.

    Cons: Not really much. I still haven't found any cons yet on the unit itself. The only con I found are the instructions that were included to install it in my particular car. It wasn't really clear or complete on how to take off the old unit so I had to go on the car forums to get more info. Not really a big deal though.

    Kenwood car stereo

    Written By Jpg, Pompano Beach, FL on Wednesday, November 26, 2014

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    I bought two and they have all the features I need or ever want.

    Pros: Everything

    Cons: None

    Ken wood radio

    Written By Novice radio installer, Minneapolis on Saturday, November 22, 2014

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    good radio. Easy to install.

    Great Unit

    Written By GregC, Provo, UT on Wednesday, November 12, 2014

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    Installed in a 1996 Ford F-250 SuperCab pickup truck. I just replaced the OEM AM/FM/Cassette unit with this Kenwood. I did not replace the OEM speakers and was pleasantly surprised at how much better they sounded after installing the Kenwood. It took me about 3.5 hours to do the install but I took my time to do it right. The supplied wire harnesses made the job easy with the supplied instructions. The toughest part was running the Bluetooth mic up the roof pillar and under the dash to the driver side sun visor where I mounted it. Still learning all the ins and outs of this Kenwood unit, but I am pleased at the instructions and the ease of the installation. Thanks, Crutchfield.

    Pros: Good sound, nice features, Bluetooth audio & phone.

    Cons: None.

    Great product

    Written By Anonymous, Durham NC on Thursday, October 30, 2014

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    This is a great head unit with all the bells and whistles. The quality of this product has surpassed my expectations.

    Good deal for the price

    Written By cb64, Chicago, Illinois on Wednesday, October 29, 2014

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    I bought this for my 19 year old daughters 2000 Honda Accord. It has all of the features a teenager needs including blue tooth.

    More than Expected at a Great Price

    Written By Listen2me, Cupertino,CA on Sunday, October 26, 2014

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    Excellent feature set for a great price - easy to use except for small buttons but everything today has small buttons!

    Pros: major improvement over the factory radio - better sound, more useful features - phone interface & Bluetooth work perfectly.

    Cons: took a while to install

    Great stereo

    Written By Tman, Monmouth il on Sunday, October 26, 2014

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    Great features and sound for the money. Getting used to the radio is a learning curve!

    Pros: Quick easy installation and awesome features for the price

    Cons: Set up is a little tricky

    Best value

    Written By BMW upgrade, Dallas, TX on Saturday, October 25, 2014

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    Just installed this in a 2002 BMW 325i with steering controls. It was one of the few that would fit in this car without major modifications, but it was by far the best choice. The receiver is great, provides all the functions that you want today. Bluetooth, pandora, USB, Aux and great tuning abilitie. Can take and receive calls with the push of a button and can use Siri to play songs and get directions, all that for a very reasonable price that still has lots of power. I had small issues with the installation but only because the car did not have space, so I had to do more removal than just the instructions provided, but no issues with connections. ( wiring harness, steering adapter) all worked as described.

    Pros: Great value for the price with lots of functions and outputs

    Cons: Cannot change color of display, but the colors are not bad, just may not fit your other interior instruments. If changing in BMW you will need to pop out the vents above the receiver location to get your hands in there to move the wires out of the way so the recover can fit...do not push it in until the wires are out of the way it could damage the receiver, I dented mine in the back a bit, but did not cause any harm to the outputs, once I cleared the wires the recover fit perfectly.

    Great CD deck!!!

    Written By gasounds, Lihue,HI on Tuesday, October 21, 2014

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    This is a great deck with a great price! I loved the Bluetooth feature and the installation was easy!

    Pros: Easy to install, Bluetooth works great!

    Cons: none

    Kenwood KDC-BT318U

    Written By Leonard, Westchester (L.A.), CA on Saturday, October 18, 2014

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    I replaced my stock Toyota radio/cd/cassette because the cassette player broke. I am using the same factory speakers that came with the car. The factory unit had better stereo separation, especially when playing the radio. The new unit's sound is also a little muddled and does not seem to be as crisp and clean. I turned on the "Sound Reconstruction" feature and it helped considerably, especially when listening to the CD player and my mp3 player connected to the mini-plug in front of the unit. The radio is also a little better, but still almost sounds like mono. Maybe there are speakers that would match my receiver better. I like the features, especially the mini-plug and the ability to place phone calls from my iPhone using Bluetooth. There are other features that I do not use. My daughters connect their iPhones via Bluetooth to listen to music. Using all the features is a bit difficult. Maneuvering through menus and sub-menus can make performing even the basic tasks somewhat prohibitive, especially while driving. It takes several steps just to make changes to the balance or fader, or to the bass, treble, and mids. Looking at all the other multi-function receivers on the market, it seems that the only way to get everything to fit is by making small buttons and layering the menus. So, I can't say that this Kenwood receiver is any different than any other unit in this respect. It's not a hi-fi unit, but I am happy with it. It does what I wanted it to do.

    Pros: Many features for a decent price.

    Cons: The sound quality is not as good as I had hoped. It is difficult to to maneuver through the menus, especially while driving.

    Kenwood KDC-BT318U

    Written By JamesR, Rohnert Park, CA on Monday, October 13, 2014

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    The Kenwood KDC-BT318U has plenty of power and pairs nicely with the Kenwood Performance series speakers. The blue lighting can be a bit bright at night and the screen can be tough to read during the day. Overall a great stereo for those on a budget.

    Very good unit.

    Written By Brad, Billings, MT on Sunday, October 12, 2014

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    There are more features on this unit then I will ever use. I do like the Blue tooth feature and it was very easy to pair my phone to it. The sound quality would be better if I didn't have stock speakers. All in all it is a very nice unit.

    Kenwood KDC-BT418U

    Written By Jerry, Ripley WV on Sunday, October 12, 2014

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    I am very happy with my product, I would like another for my 300 XL Crysler.

    all around good

    Written By Bill, Wake Forest, NC on Thursday, October 09, 2014

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    very good all around head unit. good power and sound for the price. I would buy this again.

    Great Stereo

    Written By Don, Scio, Oregon on Sunday, October 05, 2014

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    Love the Bluetooth for hands free phone and full voice control through Siri. Sound quality is good and USB and auxiary is nice.

    Pros: Great value, a huge upgrade from my stock Subaru Stereo.

    Cons: A little complicated to pair Bluetooth and get used to all the controls but that is to be expected with all the features the stereo has.

    Kenwood KDC-BT318U

    Written By doda, Sarasota, Fl on Sunday, October 05, 2014

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    This Kenwood is great easy to install and very easy to use

    Kenwood KDC-BT318U

    Written By KB, Elgin IL on Friday, October 03, 2014

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    Love it..went into my 2001 Jeep Wrangler

    Pros: great sound..easy to use..

    Cons: none so far...

    overall satisfied

    Written By Anonymous, Burleson, TX on Thursday, October 02, 2014

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    I'm very satisfied with this item. Installation was easy if you read the instructions right, works like a charm. Configuring it could be a bit hard the first time you try to mess with it but after you figure out where things are and what they do it's easy. Important if you're gonna use bluetooth for audio make sure to go to your bt mode settings and enable sound from all speakers to get full sound otherwise you'll only hear the front speakers.

    In a 2004 Wrangler

    Written By Greg H, NJ on Monday, September 29, 2014

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    Wanted an inexpensive stereo for a Jeep Wrangler - not a sound friendly environment with soft top. This does great, powers four speakers without an amp its loud enough and great base. Easy to use but some settings hard to find. Love the pandora and Iheartmusic apps - works no problem as well as phone.

    Pros: Great value

    Cons: nested settings sometimes hard to find

    Kenwood KDC-BT318U

    Written By Jim, sayville NY on Monday, September 29, 2014

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    excellent sound made my orig 14 year old speakers come alive.

    Pros: easy to install came with everything needed. sales help was excellent.

    Cons: instructions could have been written a little better

    Good radio

    Written By Dom, Carlisle pa on Thursday, September 25, 2014

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