More choices and control of streaming media

Kenwood's KDC-BT555U CD receiver gives you more choices in streaming music. Once you plug your iPhone® into the front USB input or connect your Android™ or Blackberry via Bluetooth®, you'll enjoy easy access to the musical resources of Pandora® Internet radio and iHeart Radio. You'll also be able to tap into Aha Radio, with its personalized on-demand stations that run the gamut from news to talk to music.

Kenwood KDC-BT555U

The KDC-BT555U works with your iPhone or Android for Internet radio access.

The advantage of Bluetooth

This Kenwood's built-in Bluetooth also frees up your hands and attention when you take a call — and pairing your phone is easier and faster than ever, thanks to Simple Secure Pairing. Connect an iPhone equipped with Siri to the receiver, and you can use voice commands to look up and dial numbers without lifting a finger. Plus, you can stream audio from any smartphone source to the receiver without the clutter of wires.

Command your digital music libraries

If you're replacing your factory radio, you'll notice a big improvement in sound quality, courtesy of this Kenwood's 24-bit digital-to-analog converter and its robust built-in amplifier. You'll also be impressed by the user-friendly controls — plug your iPod® into the receiver's front-panel USB input, and you'll be flicking through your albums, artists, and playlists in a few seconds. If you've got lots of music on your iPod, you'll love the dedicated "Search" and "Return" keys that simplify your search when you want to hear a particular song or album.

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, then program the adapter for your particular 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.

Note: If you're going to use your iPod with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility with this receiver.

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD player with built-in MOSFET amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • Pandora Internet radio control with iPhone, Android, and Blackberry
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RW discs, including discs loaded with MP3, WMA, and AAC files
    • detachable face with with 11-character display
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • 3-band equalizer with 7 preset EQ curves
    • Supreme Setting function restores high frequencies in music files
    • high- and low-pass filters
    • subwoofer level control
    Expandability:
    • iPod direct control via USB input — no adapter necessary, but adding Kenwood's optional connecting cable lets you leave your iPod cable at home
    • compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
    • inputs: front auxiliary and USB inputs
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs ( 2.5-volt front, rear, and sub)
    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.

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    Just can't get my ipod loud enough

    Written By wendy, Kansas on Tuesday, December 02, 2014

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    And then the radio is so loud it scares me half to death! My family got this for me to listen to podcasts, presentations, books, etc. during commute but I struggle with the volume level from any of my devices.

    Pros: Changing colors is fun and can be a giant mood ring! Hands free works well. Bluetooth has paired easily with multiple devices. We have bought multiple radios/players from Crutchfield and they always are easy to choose by catalog or website are a great value, and arrive promptly.

    Cons: As others have said not very intuitive. I still have to cycle thru a few settings each time because I can't remember how to set channels. Nothing I can't live with if I could just get the whole sound thing figured out.

    Kyle

    Written By Kyle, Craig, co on Tuesday, February 25, 2014

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    Nice deck works and sounds good.

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    Written By Pam, Alma, Ne on Monday, January 20, 2014

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    Great receiver for $. Only down is radio reception not quite as good as OPM radio

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    Written By Matt B, Powder Springs, GA on Tuesday, January 07, 2014

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    Great radio. Needed the bluetooth to keep up with the Jones.

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    Written By H F, Athens, TN on Tuesday, January 07, 2014

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    I've always been a fan of Kenwood products and the features of this model along with the great price are hard to beat. I purchased this for my 16 year old son who was using a very poor excuse for an FM transmitter to listen to music from his iPHONE. The Bluetooth capabilities along with the ability for him to control his iPHONE from the radio makes me more comfortable with him talking on his phone since its now virtually hands free. Great radio and Crutchfields installation kit with instructions made the swap easy.

    Pros: Bluetooth, iPHONE controler, Pandora controler. Hands free operation.

    Great Unit

    Written By Phil, Rochester, NY on Sunday, January 05, 2014

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    Great little unit. Replaced factory radio in a 2006 Ford Escape. Dropped right in (I used the ISO Din option with the supplied mounting kit) and had tunes in no time. Menus are easy to navigate, though I did have the manual open for the initial set-up. Bluetooth works great, I located the microphone in the center of the dash above the radio and it picks up my voice with no problems. With BT Audio on and my phone on music player I can skip forward and back tracks in my library and the unit even controls Pandora. Both work better than I expected.

    There is an app you can install on your Android phone (I have a Galaxy S4) from Kenwood, and it did a great job finding all the music on my phone. I hangs on songs during playback. I stick with the Android music player and everything is fine, including the unit displaying the track info.

    Pandora works great, but I have not figured out how to change stations. I can skip tracks fine, thumbs-up or thumbs-down a track and scroll through song info just fine.

    I highly recommend this unit to anyone looking for a nice upgrade to a factory system. I don't think it is something I would compete in IASCA with, but for a decent upgrade with ease of use, decent power and great features this thing is a bargain indeed!

    Pros: Great looking Easy to use / easy to set-up Pandora control through BT Music library control though BT Mic for phone works great and everyone says it does a good job at noise cancelling

    Cons: Kenwood Android app doesn't seem to work (though Android music player works great) Can't change stations on Pandora, but does everything else on Pandora just fine

    Good sounding unit

    Written By Richard, Bealeton, VA on Saturday, January 04, 2014

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    Unit sounds good with OEM speakers. Controls are a bit complex and takes some getting used to. Bluetooth connectionwwith IPhone 5 was flawless and easy.

    Pros: Good sound and functions perfectly.

    Cons: A bit complex to use at first... A simple button for the common function would make this a great unit right out of the box!

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    Written By Jeff W, Charleston, WV on Saturday, January 04, 2014

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    For the first time with my purchases with you, Crutchfield had limited information about installation in a 2007 Hyundai Sonata. They were very honest about this but were quite sure it would fit. And they were right. Did not even have to re-do the wiring. The Hyundai came with a Kenwood from the factory and the plug matched. Wanted this unit for the hands free bluetooth. No problems. easy install and works great!

    Excellent stereo

    Written By Anonymous, Harvard il on Saturday, January 04, 2014

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    Excellent stereo

    Car Stereo

    Written By Mark, Novato, California on Friday, January 03, 2014

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    Nice quality

    Pros: Easy install

    Cons: None

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    Written By Joe, Cocoa Beach, Fl on Friday, January 03, 2014

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    Installed easy with wiring harness and Metra 30-6229 In-dash Receiver Kit provided by Crutchfield . Bluetooth works great.. Connected easily with our Iphone 5 and Pantechs phone. Answered calls and retrieve numbers from both phone books . External microphone works well on steering column. USB port can be used to charge phone.

    Pros: Bluetooth works great.

    Cons: none

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    Written By Anonymous, Piedmont, SC on Thursday, January 02, 2014

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    INSTALLATION WAS SIMPLE , following your instrctions and the manufacturer's mafe this so easy and the time to innstall was minutes. The unit performance to-date is excellant. The accessories you sent to complete the installation were perfect fit and so easy to install.

    Pros: excellant value, and quality

    Cons: non at this time

    Great product! Bluetooth is the ticket.

    Written By DavidG, Franklinton, NC on Wednesday, January 01, 2014

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    I drive about 40k miles a year. When the existing Sony stereo in my Toyota Matrix started to fail, I started to research stereos that had Bluetooth capability for phone use. Using Crutchfield was a no-brainer, they have great prices and outstanding customer service. As to the Kenwood stereo, installation was a breeze, including hiding the mic just above the rearview mirror. Great features and sound, and the bluetooth feature for phone use is fantastic. It was easy to setup for the primary phone. Still haven't figured out how to set my wife's phone up as the secondary. Listening to music or lectures from my iPod touch via the bluetooth is also a big plus. I am loving this stereo. You can get a headache researching all the different stereo options, but I kept coming back to the KDC-BT555U. It had an affordable price, great features, fewer complaints, and fewer issues than other stereos with the features that were of interest to me. The fit and finish were perfect and, with the kit that Crutchfield sent, it looks like a professional install.

    Pros: Bluetooth features! Ease of installation. Sound quality.

    Cons: The radio reception is fine, but not quite as strong as the stereo it replaced.

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    Written By AJ B, Manahawkin, NJ on Tuesday, December 31, 2013

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    awesome product, Definitely worth the investment!!

    Nice Christmas Present!

    Written By Peter, Los Angeles, CA on Monday, December 30, 2013

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    Received as a gift from my wife and installed in our '98 Mercedes. Very happy with the upgrade!

    Pros: Easy to install, with great support from the Crutchfield folks. Nice sound and excellent Bluetooth connectivity.

    Cons: Numbers on the preset buttons are a little difficult to read at a glance, but I am getting used to the feel of them, so this won't be an issue for long I don't think.

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    Written By Vic, Prescott, AZ on Monday, December 30, 2013

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    Easy install in my 2001 Dodge Ram. The Crutchfield instructions eliminated any concerns. Their support team is outstanding.

    Pros: Bluetooth, Sirius, USB.

    Cons: None

    Great Upgrade

    Written By JimD, Orlando, FL on Saturday, December 28, 2013

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    I bought this receiver for my daughter's 2005 Honda. The original factory stereo was ok but did not have Bluetooth or USB like the Kenwood. In her state, hands free is required for telephone use by the driver and this completely fits the bill.

    Pros: Bluetooth, USB, easy installation, plenty of power output.

    Cons: None yet!

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    Written By Anonymous, Manchester nh on Friday, December 27, 2013

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    The support team was outstanding in helping me get all the right parts to put this stereo in my sons car. I was very happy with the service

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    Written By Anonymous, Triadelphia, WV on Wednesday, December 25, 2013

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    bluetooth works great.. answer calls or retrieve numbers from your phone book. connected easily with our galaxy s4 s. usb port can be used to charge phone. external microphone works well on steering column.

    Pros: good bluetooth, radio is ok for the price its a great deal. I bought a second unit for my Dakota.

    Nice unit

    Written By Dad, Fairhope AL on Tuesday, December 24, 2013

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    Nice unit paired with efficient ken wood 5 1/4 speakers makes a nice upgrade in my daughters 2001 Cherokee. Been dealing with crutch field since the eighties and they still rock for value and quality products and support. A+++++

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    Written By Naranja48, San Diego, CA on Sunday, December 22, 2013

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    I needed an inexpensive, but decent quality head unit to replace the dinosaur unit that came with my RV. Installation was a piece of cake and the unit fired right up. Controls are straightforward, display is awesome and 2 Bluetooth devices can connect at once. Awesome!

    Pros: Hands free in the RV. Crazy colored display. 2 devices via Bluetooth simultaneously. USB and aux input on the front of the unit.

    Cons: None yet.

    Great Value

    Written By BillT, Cumming, Ga. on Saturday, December 14, 2013

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    Great radio! Easy to use features and easy to install on my 2005 Jeep Wrangler. Although the first radio sent to me had problems, Crutchfield was very fast to respond with a replacement. Not total sure of mproblem, Crutchfield sent me a new radio and satillite receiver. Sparky at Crutchfield was great in helping me with what I wanted.

    Pros: Easy to use, easy installation

    Cons: Could have a better bass

    Love this radio

    Written By David H, Coventry, RI on Friday, December 13, 2013

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    Very good sounding unit with a lot of great features for the money. I love the blue tooth audio with on radio controls. I also love the blue tooth phone. It mutes the audio so you can answer calls hands free. The supplied microphone works well and has good sound quality. You won't be disappointed.

    Pros: Great features for the money

    Cons: Can't think of any

    Best full featured unit for the money

    Written By Jim E, Plymouth, Ma on Sunday, December 08, 2013

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    This was more than I expected. I like the hands free calling, the siriusXM is sweet also (with seperate adapter). And with Pandora controls I find myself constantly switching between all of them, so much variety to listen to. I also like that I can choose a color to match my dash or just let the colors scroll through and enjoy the light show. Crutchfield makes it a great experience to install by throwing in all the items and tools to get the job done with little effort. I didn't have to call them but it's a good feeling knowing they are on standby if I needed them.

    Pros: So many features for such a small price!

    Cons: Absolutely none, C'mon, it's a Kenwood.

    Cool stuff

    Written By JAG, Reno, NV on Thursday, December 05, 2013

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    For the price and what it does its a good unit.

    Pros: its easy to connect to my i-phone and use the hands free calling.

    Cons: I would have liked to be able to choose the color of the lighting.

    Best Deck for the price!

    Written By Kevin S, 73145 on Wednesday, December 04, 2013

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    Best deck for the price...clear sound, easy use and navigation through settings!

    Pros: If you get this you will not be sorry!

    Cons: Not getting this is the only Con.....nothing bad to say!

    Don't Shop @ those other places.

    Written By Jed Mc, Marana, AZ on Monday, December 02, 2013

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    I am extremely pleased with the product, price, and service. Outstanding value! This product took 2 hrs to install and I needed to remove a bracket in the dash. All the staff and instructions made this install simple.

    Pros: Easy to install. Excellent value. Great service.

    Cons: 2 hrs on a weekend

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    Written By Frank, Fortine Mt on Monday, December 02, 2013

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