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Our take on the Kenwood KDC-BT558U

by Dave Delamere
Kenwood

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-free calling and a cool display

Kenwood funnels Bluetooth® technology and plenty of sound-sculpting options into one affordable car stereo – the KDC-BT558U CD receiver. With this versatile car stereo, you'll enjoy hands-free calling and audio streaming from your phone, and you'll be able to adjust the variable-color display so this Kenwood looks right at home in your dash.

Bluetooth lets you concentrate on driving

Bluetooth gives you hands-free calling convenience, plus a wireless connection to the songs stored on your compatible music player. This receiver's secure simple pairing (SSP) technology gets you paired up right away, so you can talk hands-free by simply touching the dedicated "phone" button when a call comes in. If you're an iPhone® aficionado, the KDC-BT558U automatically pairs with your iPhone to give you full Siri Eyes Free control.

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This receiver can alert you to incoming text messages that you can check when you're out of the car. You'll enjoy superior communication with the external Bluetooth microphone placed in a good spot in your vehicle. 

Stream radio from your phone

If you enjoy Internet radio on your iPhone or Android®, you can play music from Pandora® and iHeartRadio® Internet 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. And if you're into radio, you can add a satellite radio tuner to this Kenwood, and get into the in-depth music and entertainment programming provided by SiriusXM.

One versatile USB port

The receiver'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.

Sound thinking

The 3-band equalizer lets you tweak your music to fit better in your car's acoustics, or you can choose one of the preset equalizer settings to suit your personal taste. You can use the subwoofer level, low-pass frequency filter, and phase controls to tweak the bass going to your subwoofer.

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.

Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • one-button Bluetooth pairing with iPhone
    • Pandora and iHeartRadio control with iPhone and Android
    • Siri Eyes Free control with select iPhones
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RW discs including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA music files
    • detachable face with 13-digit display and variable-color illumination
    • 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
    Expandability:
    • built-in iPod, iPhone, and iPad control
    • 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
    • compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
    • inputs: front-panel auxiliary and USB input
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (2.5-volt front, rear, and subwoofer)
    Other features and specs:
    • compatible with most factory steering wheel audio controls (adapter required)
    • warranty: 1 year
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
    • built-in Bluetooth; compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner

    Hands-on research from the Crutchfield Labs (what are the Labs?)

    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant No
    RMS Power Output 22 watts
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 2.5 volts
    Display Color Variable
    Key Button Color Variable
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input Front
    USB Input Front
    Memory Card Slot USB
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready SiriusXM
    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/5/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 8.2 dBf
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No
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    What's in the box?

    Download owner's manual

    • CD receiver (10A fuse)
    • 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

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

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: The Kenwood KDC-BT558U 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-BT558U. 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-BT558U 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.

    Hands-Free Communication w/ External Mic: The head unit supports Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. The controls of the KDC-BT558U 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-BT558U 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-BT558U, 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-BT558U. 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-BT558U also supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth enabled audio player or smartphone. The KDC-BT558U 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-BT558U 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 Lightning connector via Bluetooth (not USB), the Kenwood KDC-BT858 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-BT558U 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-BT558U; 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 Lightning connector. 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 music files loaded onto CD-R/RW discs. The CD slot is hidden behind a manual fold-up cover which blends in the front-panel of the head unit.

    Front-Panel USB Port: The Kenwood KDC-BT558U features a front panel USB (type-A) port that is hidden behind a flip-up cover. The USB port enables connection 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 USB ports support audio playback and control of MP3/WMA/WAV audio files stored on these portable USB mass-storage class devices. USB portable audio players that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the CD receiver's USB ports (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 Playback: The Kenwood KDC-BT558U 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-BT558U 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  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.

    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-BT558U 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-BT558U'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-BT558U 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-BT558U.
    • 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-BT558U.

    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-BT558U 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-BT558U 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.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Kenwood KDC-BT558U is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 9/26/2014):

    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 head unit 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+SiriusXM Radio

    RDS AM/FM Tuner: The Kenwood KDC-358U features a built-in RDS AM/FM tuner. The Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast information such as artist & track information when listening to compatible AM/FM stations. 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-358U's tuner features 3 FM banks (1, 2, 3) and 1 AM bank for storing presets. The Kenwood KDC-358U 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-BT558U 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-BT558U 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-BT558U. 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-BT558U using your USB-connected Apple iPhone (iOS 5.0+) or Bluetooth paired Android/Blackberry smartphone. The Kenwood KDC-BT558U 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 5 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-BT558U 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-BT558U 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.

    SiriusXM Ready: The Kenwood KDC-BT558U comes ready for SiriusXM programming with access to XM and Sirius Satellite Radio stations. Thanks to its proprietary SiriusXM Connect port, you can add the optional SXV200V1 SiriusXM Connect tuner and receive more than 150 channels of exclusive programming directly from SiriusXM, via the "SiriusXM All Access" package (subscription required). Visit SiriusXM.com for a complete list of subscription options and channel guide. Additional features of the SXV200 SiriusXM Connect tuner include:

    • Channel List w/ Category Search: The Channel list displays a list of all available channels. You can also search and list channels in specific categories. In addition, you can register channels you want to skip.
    • Song/Artist Information: Displayed Information such as Channel Name, Artist Name, & Song Title can be viewed on the head unit's LCD.
    • Presets & Direct Tuning: Up to 18 SiriusXM Satellite Radio station presets can be stored. You can also tune to a station directly via the numeric keypad on the included remote.
    • Replay w/ Smart Favorites: Supports the SiriusXM Instant Replay function, so you can pause, rewind, and replay up to 60 minutes of current channel. You can also store six of your favorite channels that will automatically be buffered in the background, so when you select one of the Smart Favorite channels, you'll be able to rewind and replay the last 30 minutes of content.
    • Parental Control: The SiriusXM Parental Control feature allows you to control access to channels that you consider inappropriate for younger listeners. When enabled, The Parental Control feature requires you to enter a 4-digit passcode to tune to the locked channels.

    Note: A separate SiriusXM Satellite Radio subscription is required (operates on the XM Network). However, you can easily add this SiriusXM tuner to an existing Sirius or XM account for a Multi-Radio Discount Plan.

    Audio Section

    16 Bit D/A Converter: The Kenwood KDC-BT558U utilizes a 16-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood KDC-BT558U 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-BT558U 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

    6ch/2.5V Preamp Outputs + Sub Control: The KDC-BT558U features front, rear and subwoofer 2.5-volt preamp outputs. The front and rear speaker preamp outputs are balance and fade adjustable. The subwoofer preamp output is non-fading. The Kenwood KDC-BT558U offers the following subwoofer controls, when you are using unit's subwoofer preamp output.

    • 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.

    Front & Rear High-Pass Filter: The KDC-BT558U features a High-Pass Crossover for the front & rear channels when your front & rear speakers are connected by the unit's speaker-outputs or preamp-outputs. You can adjust the high-pass crossover from "Through", 100, 120, or 150 Hz. The "Through" selection is a full-range setting.

    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, Bluetooth, 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 w/ Hidden CD Slot: The Kenwood KDC-BT558U features a hidden CD slot behind a manual flip-up cover which blends into the front-panel of the head unit. The KDC-BT558U also features a detachable face to deter theft (no face case provided). 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.

    Variable Color Illumination: The Kenwood KDC-BT558U features variable color display and button illumination. You can choose from one of 24 preset colors, have the unit scan through all 24 preset colors continuously, or customize your own color (RGB; 0-9). The custom setting allows you to individually adjust the intensity of Red, Green, and Blue (from 0-9) to better match your vehicle's interior lights. The same color setting is applied to both the display and buttons. The Kenwood logo and eject button remain red.

    Brightness & Dimmer: You can dim the LCD and button illumination to better suit the time of day. You can adjust the maximum brightness of the LCD and button illumination from 0-31. The Kenwood logo and eject button do 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-BT558U 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-BT558U is not compatible with PAC's SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Interface..
     
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    5 out of 5

    My favorite

    Written By dz57, St Joseph, Michigan on Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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    For this type of product, you won't find anything better unless you're planning to spend a lot more. It works very smooth with the bluetooth. The 6 channel output is my favorite feature. Hook up a 4 channel amp to your car speakers and another amp for a sub woofer and man oh man! Great set up right there!
    Pros:
    The 6 channel output is my favorite feature
    Cons:
    Volumen round button kinda sucks. Could be better
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood Radio

    Written By Kenwood KDC-BT558U, Torrey, Ut on Monday, October 27, 2014
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    I installed 2005 Toyota Tundra. I also installed steering wheel control, which makes volume, selection and mode easy to use. Easy to use and program IPod selections. I like the title display and color choices.
    Cons:
    Buttons to select are too small.
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    4 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-BT558U

    Written By sophia, merced,ca on Saturday, October 25, 2014
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    Love the usb and aux in front for easy use. I love to use my phone for pandora and music from my sd card the only thing I dont like is on my iphone if Bluetooth is connected you can only stream your music via Bluetooth and to me the sound quality is not as good. You can still listen to music with Bluetooth on if you use your usb I phone cord just not via aux. Otherwise great stereo
    Pros:
    Usb, aux on front panel and has Bluetooth
    Cons:
    If you don't have your usb iphone cord and Bluetooth connection is enabled you can only listen to your music from your phone via Bluetooth streaming if you want better sound quality you can use your aux cord but you must disable Bluetooth. At least we haven't figured out any other way
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    5 out of 5

    great value

    Written By gtb, East Ridge,TN on Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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    great value, much better sound than the OEM stereo that came in my pickup, love the blue tooth feature
    Pros:
    sound, value, blue tooth
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    5 out of 5

    Great Headunit

    Written By MoeF, Lapeer, MI on Monday, October 20, 2014
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    Here's the deal, I know when I was searching for a unit that was really well rounded and had cool features as well as working well. This unit was the one that I eventually decided on after looking and speaking to a tech advisor here on the website. The chat option is always great if you are not confident in your decision. The stereo provides everything it claims to in the description, it looks great, has great features, and installs very easily. All the necessary directions and required tools for installation come with. Honestly this is an amazing stereo and Kenwood is truly the best brand you can buy. If you're checking this out and hesitating, don't because I expect a lot whenever I purchase something like this and I am not the least bit displeased.
    Pros:
    - looks good - works well - sounds great - easy to install on your own - just about everything!
    Cons:
    - none come to mind, my only issue was that in my 99 Audi A4 Quattro the additional face plate that comes with did not fit correctly and I would have to rewire speaker wires all the way to my rear speakers in order for them to work.
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood Car Stereo

    Written By BelindaD, Sharpsburg, GA on Monday, October 20, 2014
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    Very pleased with this purchase. Would like to order this product again for my other vehicles!
    Pros:
    Easy to install because Crutchfield sends everything you need to complete installation!
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    4 out of 5

    No more tape deck!

    Written By Terry, Rochester, MN on Tuesday, October 14, 2014
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    I just installed this in my 1994 Toyota 4Runner last weekend to swap out the factory AM/FM TAPE DECK. Yes, tape deck. Needless to say, this is a major upgrade in sound quality and flexibility. The KDC-BT558U is not a device you need a NASA background in to operate. It's very straightforward, the setup is simple, and the owners manual doesn't miss anything. After putting the dash back together I had it ready for use in about 30 minutes. The sound is great, the controls are logical, and the variety of inputs it allows you to configure covers anything I could ever try to throw at it. If you are looking for a good, solid AM/FM CD player with a few bells and whistles this one should be on your review list.
    Pros:
    Ease of installation, sound quality, simple controls.
    Cons:
    There is no single push off button. You have to push the Source button multiple times to page through the possible source options you have until you get to Standby. That is the equivalent of off. Then there is the fact that in my particular vehicle the power antenna goes up whenever the unit is in operation. It doesn't matter if you're listening to a CD an iPod or the Radio, it goes up for everything. It would be nice if it only went up for the Radio. But hey, its a 20 year old vehicle.
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    4 out of 5

    Best OEM replacement

    Written By cyberstupid, San Francisco on Monday, October 13, 2014
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    With all the accessories from crutchfield. It took me about an hour to installed. It's a much better sound improvement than the OEM. Also, has BT to connection my phone.
    Pros:
    reasonable price (included all the necessary parts) Sound, features
    Cons:
    No case for the faceplate
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    5 out of 5

    Excellent!

    Written By Anonymous, Hanover Park IL on Sunday, October 05, 2014
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    Easy install all the parts were as they should be, couldn't be happier with the result. Emailed one tech question and got a quick response.
    Pros:
    Crutchfield sent only what I needed for install and instructions were easy to read.
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KDE - BT 558U

    Written By John S., Oxford, Pa on Saturday, October 04, 2014
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    Installed in son's 2000 Cherokee. On round trip from college, home (without) back (with) the sound difference was so good his passenger wants the same system installed in his car. Easy to install with your Mastersheet, easy Bluetooth hookup. Would recommend head unit to anyone needing a single din receiver.
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    5 out of 5

    great product just what I wanted

    Written By Anonymous, Springfield Oregon on Saturday, October 04, 2014
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    Nice head unit perfect
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    4 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-BT558U

    Written By Anonymous, Riverside, CA on Friday, October 03, 2014
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    Great product for the money. Sounds better even with the factory speakers.
    Pros:
    Price. When I ordered it the wiring harness and antenna adapter were free
    Cons:
    I have to switch to the receiver each time on my phone when I receive a call to use the hands free
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-BT558U

    Written By Dale, Fitchburg, MA on Thursday, October 02, 2014
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    I purchased this a couple of weeks ago, I couldn't be happier with this Kenwood stereo. Still figuring things out. I've previously had 2 Pioneer super tuners before this, I liked those and was looking to buy another when I can across this and I'm glad I did.
    Pros:
    Excellent sound quality (with factory speakers), Excellent power, Excellent value, Couldn't be happier
    Cons:
    Nothing to speak of.
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    5 out of 5

    Great product...

    Written By GL, Atlanta, GA on Thursday, October 02, 2014
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    Product is very well built, crystal clear sound, great bluetooth features, phone etc.
    Pros:
    Bluetooth
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    Great radio for the money

    Written By c5geek, Wauconda, IL on Thursday, October 02, 2014
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    Love the functionality does a lot of things well and is an excellent value for what you get. This is my second unit that I have installed in my 2 corvettes. Installation was relatively easy and all the parts included from Crutchfield where spot on perfect, and the Bose integration package was 70% cheaper then what my local big box store charges for same kit.
    Pros:
    Bluetooth integration, USB support, Android app support, color display selection to match your car's dash lighting, and remote control. Pretty good sound quality.
    Cons:
    Could be better: menu selection and options could be easier to understand and find. Takes a while to start the power up but that can be the BOSE integration in my 01 corvette :)
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    5 out of 5

    easy to use

    Written By mstar, southport on Thursday, October 02, 2014
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    works great i like that i can change the color of the faceplate to match my dash the sound is great for the money
    Pros:
    very adjustable good sound
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-BT558U

    Written By Anonymous, Raleigh, NC on Thursday, October 02, 2014
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    Replaced a factory unit in a 2002 Trailblazer. The sound is much better and the ability to input through the USB works seamlessly. The tuner is also a big improvement.
    Pros:
    Sound quality is terrific. Easy to install with the supplied components.
    Cons:
    Display could be brighter. Glare on the front face makes it difficult to see during daytime.
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    5 out of 5

    great radio

    Written By bamasam, Tuscaloosa, Alabama on Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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    great radio with great functions at a great price and great service from Crutchfield
    Pros:
    great value
    Cons:
    none
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    4 out of 5

    nice replacement receiver

    Written By sam g, oakland, ca on Friday, September 26, 2014
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    UI is easy enough to use and not overtly designed by an engineer. Buttons have a bit of a tinny feel to them, but none have fallen out... Font colors are a bit of an annoyance, constantly changing and glowing, but can be altered to display in one color and a dimmer function is available. Bass/Mids/Treble adjust is easy and works well. Wish IPod/Phone connectivity allowed control of media selection via the phone, and not the receiver, but I knew that before buying it, so no big deal.
    Pros:
    Sounds great, price is right. 4 channels! Easy to use.
    Cons:
    Buttons don't have the greatest tactility. Not a big deal, but worth noting. Probably the same on most aftermarket head units, sub-$200.
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    5 out of 5

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    Written By Terry, Moreno Valley, California on Sunday, September 21, 2014
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    I purchased the radio, bcuz, my nephew chose the radio for the price.The final decision was my age and my use of the radio regarding the quality of sound.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Receiver

    Written By RichardP, Sebring, Fl on Friday, September 19, 2014
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    Great radio, excellent support from Crutchfield tech. I have had a lot of success with Kenwood products.
    Pros:
    Excellent sound, a lot of features.
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    5 out of 5

    Head unit

    Written By Audio enthusiast, Arkansas on Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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    This kenwood head unit does everything I needed for my new teenage daughter to drive safer for making call and etc.
    Pros:
    Everything
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    4 out of 5

    Great Stereo

    Written By jv, Cranford, NJ on Sunday, September 14, 2014
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    Great Stereo, Install was relatively easy. Plenty of power, don't need an amp. Controls are confusing, especially when more than one person gets into the truck when both phones are paired to the Bluetooth. But other then that I'm very pleased with the stereo. I really like the doors over the CD player and the Aux & USB ports, keeps the insides dust free.
    Pros:
    Powerful, Very cool looking, Pretty easy to install
    Cons:
    confusing controls
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-BT558U

    Written By Anonymous, Orlando, FL on Friday, September 12, 2014
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    Easy to use, many different features, can change the color to your preference, and so much more. I love it
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    5 out of 5

    Perfect!!

    Written By Randy Mc., Cypress, TX on Saturday, September 06, 2014
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    I haven't installed a car in 15 years or more. With the help from Crutchfield, I was able to put four speakers and this stereo in my Sport Trac in four hours. Sound is fantastic. Love the iPhone input. Way nicer than the stock radio.
    Pros:
    Install kit is a must.
    Cons:
    None I can think of.
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    2 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-BT558U

    Written By Dave, FWB, FL on Saturday, September 06, 2014
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    Lots of capability but very poor user interface.
    Pros:
    Sounds fine. Lots of capabilities ... CD and iTouch integration provided, etc.
    Cons:
    Glossy display may look nice at night but it is often unreadable in sunny Florida during the day. Tiny, closely spaced, featureless buttons make changing radio stations difficult. Nearly impossible to control the stereo without looking at it.
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    5 out of 5

    Good radio

    Written By jrygrn, grand canyon Arizona on Saturday, September 06, 2014
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    Good radio, good value. Great fit with the adapter they sent me. Like the color selection. Love the bluetooth!
    Pros:
    Bluetooth
    Cons:
    Cheap face plate
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    5 out of 5

    Bang for Your Buck!!!

    Written By Ron, Nocona, TX on Thursday, September 04, 2014
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    This is an awesome stereo, especially considering the price. Kenwood has been a favorite of mine for quite some time and this unit certainly does not disappoint. It has tons of features, is relatively easy to operate and sounds great!!! It blows away my old factory stereo and looks cool doing it. The Blue Tooth feature works great and I love having the ability to change the display colors.
    Pros:
    Tons of features. Blue Tooth works great. Sound is amazing even without an external amp. Display colors.
    Cons:
    None.
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-BT558U

    Written By JoeP, Mt. Lauel, NJ on Thursday, September 04, 2014
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    Upgraded my sound quality for a good price.
    Pros:
    Easy to install. Easy to use. Sounds great.
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    Sweet unit

    Written By Anonymous, Tyler TX on Wednesday, September 03, 2014
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    Awesome
    Pros:
    Everything is perfect.
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    Good value unit

    Written By JLMTECH, Jackson, NJ on Tuesday, September 02, 2014
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    Very good unit for the price. Sound is excellent with most of the features you would want. I have other units for more but this one has most anything you could want.
    Pros:
    Good value. Easily installs. Has BT, handsfree. Most of all the features and apps you could want for a unit this price.
    Cons:
    Takes a while to get used to all the features but not sure that is a con. Could use a white setting for variable display to more closely resemble me dash.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Sound

    Written By Concreteguy, Morganton NC on Saturday, August 30, 2014
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    This is one great sound system, Always have loved having a Kenwood in the car, and this is one beautiful stereo in looks and sound.
    Pros:
    Easy to install. Nice to have a CD player and Mp3 all in one
    Cons:
    The clock display is small and to hard to read.
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    5 out of 5

    Nice buy!

    Written By S.P.Morris, Louisville, ky on Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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    Great bang for your buck, also it came with everything I needed to install it in my exact vehicle. I will definitely be buying from here again.
    Pros:
    With all the manuals included it was really simple to install. Love it!
    Cons:
    Radio takes a sec to get use to.
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    4 out of 5

    Pleased but not perfect

    Written By w, Nashua, NH on Monday, August 25, 2014
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    I Tend to be very picky but regardless of the cons I am pleased with this stereo. I do Courier work and rely on the Bluetooth function as well as listening to audio books from USB stick. The unit does very well at remembering where it left off in the Audiobook even if the stick was removed. if you do listen to audio books or use the auxiliary port I would recommend changing the Offset Volume of your radio to the minimum - 8 And maximizing the volume offset on your ports to +8. read your manual to determine how to do this
    Pros:
    one of the more simple stereos to learn and to use, Bluetooth and auxiliary USB ports are very functional.
    Cons:
    Display not bright enough(even with brightness all the way up and dimmer turned off), slight hesitation in changing sources(disabling unused sources helps), small clock with no options to make larger
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    5 out of 5

    Sweet unit!

    Written By typervince, San Antonio, TX on Friday, August 22, 2014
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    I have always enjoyed the simplicity of owning a Kenwood product. The blue tooth feature is the main reason for purchasing this unit and it awesome.
    Pros:
    Low price, blue tooth, variable color display, USB connection, 3.5 mm jack, cd player, and the sound quality is amazing.
    Cons:
    As owner of previous models, none yet.
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-BT558U

    Written By Anonymous, Greenville SC 29609 on Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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    Good unit at a great value
    Pros:
    Easy install
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    Nice!

    Written By J, New Market, MD on Tuesday, August 19, 2014
     
    Really like this unit. I replaced the factory radio in a 2000 Ford Contour. The installation was a snap. I'm running the head unit straight to the speakers (four new Kenwood 6x8 in-door) with no amp and the sound is fantastic. Would DEFINITELY recommend this unit. The only real drawback is the display is very difficult to read in bright light, regardless of the color/brightness settings.
    Pros:
    The sound! WAY better than factory when matched with good speakers. Tons of features iPhone control Bluetooth phone/music Pandora control USB and Aux on front Detachable Face
    Cons:
    Takes a while to really learn controls. Not all controls are intuitive. Very small buttons when you're trying to find them while driving highway speed Glare issues - Very difficult to read display in bright light, regardless of color/brightness settings Clock feature is too small/unreadable in daylight
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    5 out of 5

    Great Unit

    Written By Anonymous, waddell, az on Thursday, August 07, 2014
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    Installed easy only in car a couple week great sound did find our I need new speakers now.
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    5 out of 5

    Great

    Written By Rogerio, Nantucket, MA on Wednesday, August 06, 2014
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    Very satisfied
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    5 out of 5

    great item

    Written By Anonymous, san Antonio tx on Tuesday, August 05, 2014
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    Great product for the price. Very expandable with amps.
    Pros:
    Blue tooth works well.the functions are nice.great looking desk as well.
    Cons:
    None so far
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    5 out of 5

    Right Radio... Right Price!

    Written By Byte19, Baraboo, WI on Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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    Changing out the factory radio in my '98 Volvo XC70 was a hard choice to make, but after the cassette player died, it was necessary. The Kenwood KDC was the next logical step; Bluetooth, usb, and smartphone ready, once getting the hang of the controls and the color of the screen, I blast my tunes out my car again in hours not days!
    Pros:
    detach face, id radio signals, bluetooth, ipod control!
    Cons:
    not CD changer compatible
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC radio

    Written By Susan, alabama on Sunday, July 27, 2014
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    I saw this exact radio for $335.00 installed. Needless to say I was thrilled to save $140.00!
    Pros:
    Easy to use. Can use Blue Tooth, Sirius,Pandora, and IHeart. Has several different color schemes.
    Cons:
    Can't think of any.
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    5 out of 5

    The price gets you a LOT.

    Written By mc, Mission Viejo, California on Friday, July 18, 2014
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    This stereo has a lot of functionality for the price. The bluetooth and microphone combo for the phone allow effective and clear calls, the auxiliary and USB inputs work perfectly, and much more. Buy this - worth every penny!
    Pros:
    All features work as described.