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Kenwood KDC-BT558U

CD receiver

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Item #: 113BT558U

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Kenwood KDC-BT558U

Overview

Our take on the Kenwood KDC-BT558U

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.

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.

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.

Haven't had it long but every thing seems to work great. Sounds terrific, looks great, love the Bluetooth.

southkak, spartanburg,sc

What's in the Box:

  • 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

Product 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
    • compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
    Reviews

    Kenwood KDC-BT558U Reviews

    Average Customer Review:

    78 Reviews

    great so far!!!

    Written by: southkak from spartanburg,sc on February 28, 2015

    2005 Chevrolet Colorado
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Haven't had it long but every thing seems to work great. Sounds terrific, looks great, love the Bluetooth.

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    LOVE IT

    Written by: Grego from Texas on February 20, 2015

    2005 Toyota 4Runner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Great product! Easy to use.. Radio controls are VERY intuitive. Easy to install. Bluetooth and phone features work flawlessly. Love the multiple connection ports to connect your devices.

    Pros: Value for the money, function, sound.

    Cons: If your radio mounts upward or is exposed to a lot of sunlight, display might not be quite bright enough but shouldn't be a deal breaker.

    Great Radio

    Written by: BigD81 from Nj on February 19, 2015

    2002 GMC Sierra 2500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Great radio looks great Bluetooth feature works great sound is good lots of neat features much more than I was expecting for the price you can't beat it

    Pros:

    Cons: None

    Good Product

    Written by: SocioPenguin from Kansas City, MO on February 18, 2015

    1990 Volvo 240 Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Great product, as Kenwood always is.

    Pros: Looks great, bluetooth, and cell phone capable.

    Cons:

    Great Stereo!

    Written by: Anonymous from Seattle, WA on February 14, 2015

    1994 Honda Accord LX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    This is my first experience with a Bluetooth capable unit, and I am really impressed. I'd heard numerous horror stories from people regarding their experiences with Bluetooth, and I was a little anxious, but the BT558U has put to rest any concerns. Really easy to install, pairing with my iPhone 6 was remarkably easy, the stereo sound quality is fantastic, and the call quality over Bluetooth is a lot better than expected. I've seen on other reviews that sometimes the voice quality on the other end of the call could be somewhat tinny and poor, but I've heard nothing but good things from the people I've called. Great unit for a great price!

    Pros: Easy to install, very easy to set up. The settings and controls are intuitive and make sense. Stereo sounds great, call quality is pretty good.

    Cons: The only issue I had is a default factory setting that is set up for Bluetooth to only play through the front speakers, however it takes about 10 seconds to change the setting.

    Great Price-Easy to Use

    Written by: Matt from Michigan on January 25, 2015

    2005 Pontiac Montana SV6
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Love this new stereo. Have installed it in 2004 Ford Explorer and 2005 Pontiac Montana. Will also be installing one in 2003 Pontiac Vibe soon. Very impressed with this product.

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    Great for the price

    Written by: paratwa from Arizona on December 11, 2014

    2001 Dodge Dakota
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I have had this for just over a month now. I like it a lot. The bluetooth feature is the main reason I wanted a new head unit for my 2001 Dodge Dakota. That and I hated the Alpine head unit I bought back in 2005. That was my second Alpine and my last. They make the worst products. Overall this Kenwood is a great unit for the money with just a few flaws, but none I can't live with.

    Pros: Bluetooth is great. I am using it with my old Samsung T-139 flip phone and it pairs with almost no problems. I also have my Hisense Sero 7 Pro tablet paired with it. Again it works great with only one large problem. Calls using the phone are very clear over the stereo, but it took me a while to find the perfect spot for the microphone. I ended up placing it on the visor even though it looks kind of stupid there. It makes a huge difference where you place it so that people can hear your calls.

    Cons: The bluetooth feature is hit and miss for connecting with my phone and tablet. My phone will connect about 9 out of 10 times without me having to manually pair it. But my tablet will not pair unless I turn off bluetooth on the tablet and then turn it back on.each time I start the truck. That is one large pain in the rear. I do not know if this is the fault of the tablet or the head unit. All I know is that other devices I have paired with the tablet work flawlessly.

    Great receiver

    Written by: PRZ576 from Mcallen,TX on November 10, 2014

    2002 Chevrolet Tahoe
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    This is a great receiver for the price. It has a lot of features for the price. Installation was pretty easy the only thing I had a little trouble with was the wiring and to turn it off you have to press the "SRC" button like four times. Other than that good buy for the price

    Pros: Price, Easy installation, Lots of features, Sound is very good even with factory speakers

    Cons: None that I can think off.

    Very pleased.

    Written by: Cowboy Butler from USA on November 7, 2014

    2010 Dodge Nitro
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    2010 Dodge Nitro Replacement for: Stock. (No external amp or subwoofer) Use 14 gauge crimps to attach harness wires! Great sound! BT-Audio: Better than expected. BT-Phone: much better than expected, especially incl. microphone for voice quality. Pandora/I<3rdo: great control over BT w/Android App USB integration w/ HTC M7 & M8/Cyan4.4.4: Non-existent support under any USB profile. Smaller buttons as noted. But no wasted space on the face. Big display. The color-changing is a cute function to change around on occasion, but unless bright white/yellow/cyan the display can be difficult to read during daytime. I really wish the display brightness had standard wiring harness controls instead of head unit menu-driven. Pain in the rear to change brightness between day-needed and night time dimmed. Once all the install parts are received, this - and most any head unit - is going to be easier to install yourself than you think. Hardest part? Taking the dashboard panels off to get to the old stereo to take it out. Read the instructions. Wiring harness adapter (AXXESS) is easy enough to deal with, *but* a diagram would save the "uninitiated" self-questioning/heartache and the eventual call to tech support. Axxess needs to take IKEA's example of pretty pictures. Wiring colors are standard but connectors aren't labelled. Lastly: Adapter is solid build, generic looking.

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    head unit

    Written by: wilk from elkton md on November 4, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    very nice good price why are all good things discontinued!!

    Pros: affordable alot of features display looks great !

    Cons: discontinued why! ?

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    Written by: Boone from Taos, NM on November 3, 2014

    2002 GMC Sierra 2500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Great receiver, pairs easily with Iphone and Pandora and XM are great functions for this price point. I have never installed a receiver in a car and I was able to install without any problems.

    Pros: Iphone compatible, XM, Pandora, ease of installation

    Cons: None

    My favorite

    Written by: dz57 from St Joseph, Michigan on October 29, 2014

    2003 Toyota Sequoia
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    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

    Kenwood Radio

    Written by: Kenwood KDC-BT558U from Torrey, Ut on October 27, 2014

    2005 Toyota Tundra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    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.

    Pros:

    Cons: Buttons to select are too small.

    Kenwood KDC-BT558U

    Written by: sophia from merced,ca on October 25, 2014

    2009 Toyota Yaris
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    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

    great value

    Written by: gtb from East Ridge,TN on October 21, 2014

    2006 Nissan Frontier
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    great value, much better sound than the OEM stereo that came in my pickup, love the blue tooth feature

    Pros: sound, value, blue tooth

    Cons:

    Great Headunit

    Written by: MoeF from Lapeer, MI on October 20, 2014

    1999 Audi A4
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    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.

    Kenwood Car Stereo

    Written by: BelindaD from Sharpsburg, GA on October 20, 2014

    2000 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    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!

    Cons:

    No more tape deck!

    Written by: Terry from Rochester, MN on October 14, 2014

    1993 Toyota 4Runner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    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.

    Best OEM replacement

    Written by: cyberstupid from San Francisco on October 13, 2014

    2001 Toyota RAV4
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    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

    Excellent!

    Written by: Anonymous from Hanover Park IL on October 5, 2014

    2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    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.

    Cons:

    Kenwood KDE - BT 558U

    Written by: John S. from Oxford, Pa on October 4, 2014

    2000 Jeep Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    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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    great product just what I wanted

    Written by: Anonymous from Springfield Oregon on October 4, 2014

    1993 Audi 90
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Nice head unit perfect

    Pros:

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    Written by: Anonymous from Riverside, CA on October 3, 2014

    2002 Chevrolet Suburban
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    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

    Kenwood KDC-BT558U

    Written by: Dale from Fitchburg, MA on October 2, 2014

    2002 Hyundai Sonata
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    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.

    Great product...

    Written by: GL from Atlanta, GA on October 2, 2014

    1999 BMW 323I
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Product is very well built, crystal clear sound, great bluetooth features, phone etc.

    Pros: Bluetooth

    Cons: None

    Great radio for the money

    Written by: c5geek from Wauconda, IL on October 2, 2014

    2001 Chevrolet Corvette
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    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 :)

    easy to use

    Written by: mstar from southport on October 2, 2014

    2003 Ford F-250 Super Duty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    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

    Cons:

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    Written by: Anonymous from Raleigh, NC on October 2, 2014

    2002 Chevrolet TrailBlazer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    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.

    great radio

    Written by: bamasam from Tuscaloosa, Alabama on September 30, 2014

    2008 Nissan Frontier
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    great radio with great functions at a great price and great service from Crutchfield

    Pros: great value

    Cons: none

    nice replacement receiver

    Written by: sam g from oakland, ca on September 26, 2014

    1998 Toyota 4Runner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    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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    Written by: Terry from Moreno Valley, California on September 21, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    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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    Great Receiver

    Written by: RichardP from Sebring, Fl on September 19, 2014

    1992 Nissan Sentra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Great radio, excellent support from Crutchfield tech. I have had a lot of success with Kenwood products.

    Pros: Excellent sound, a lot of features.

    Cons:

    Head unit

    Written by: Audio enthusiast from Arkansas on September 17, 2014

    1993 Honda Civic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    This kenwood head unit does everything I needed for my new teenage daughter to drive safer for making call and etc.

    Pros: Everything

    Cons:

    Great Stereo

    Written by: jv from Cranford, NJ on September 14, 2014

    2006 Chevrolet TrailBlazer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    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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    Written by: Anonymous from Orlando, FL on September 12, 2014

    2000 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Easy to use, many different features, can change the color to your preference, and so much more. I love it

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    Perfect!!

    Written by: Randy Mc. from Cypress, TX on September 6, 2014

    2004 Ford Explorer Sport Trac
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    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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    Written by: Dave from FWB, FL on September 6, 2014

    1995 Acura Integra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    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.

    Good radio

    Written by: jrygrn from grand canyon Arizona on September 6, 2014

    2008 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    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

    Bang for Your Buck!!!

    Written by: Ron from Nocona, TX on September 4, 2014

    2005 Toyota Tundra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    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.

    Kenwood KDC-BT558U

    Written by: JoeP from Mt. Lauel, NJ on September 4, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Upgraded my sound quality for a good price.

    Pros: Easy to install. Easy to use. Sounds great.

    Cons: None

    Sweet unit

    Written by: Anonymous from Tyler TX on September 3, 2014

    2002 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Awesome

    Pros: Everything is perfect.

    Cons: None

    Good value unit

    Written by: JLMTECH from Jackson, NJ on September 2, 2014

    2002 Buick Century
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    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.

    Great Sound

    Written by: Concreteguy from Morganton NC on August 30, 2014

    2005 Dodge Neon
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    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.

    Nice buy!

    Written by: S.P.Morris from Louisville, ky on August 26, 2014

    1996 Plymouth Voyager
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    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.

    Pleased but not perfect

    Written by: w from Nashua, NH on August 25, 2014

    2004 Honda Civic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    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

    Sweet unit!

    Written by: typervince from San Antonio, TX on August 22, 2014

    2000 Chevrolet Astro
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    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.

    Kenwood KDC-BT558U

    Written by: Anonymous from Greenville SC 29609 on August 20, 2014

    2005 Ford Focus ZX4
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Good unit at a great value

    Pros: Easy install

    Cons: None

    Nice!

    Written by: J from New Market, MD on August 19, 2014

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    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

    Great Unit

    Written by: Anonymous from waddell, az on August 7, 2014

    1998 Pontiac Grand Prix
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Installed easy only in car a couple week great sound did find our I need new speakers now.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Great

    Written by: Rogerio from Nantucket, MA on August 6, 2014

    2002 Land Rover Discovery
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Very satisfied

    Pros:

    Cons:

    great item

    Written by: Anonymous from san Antonio tx on August 5, 2014

    2001 Dodge Neon
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    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

    Right Radio... Right Price!

    Written by: Byte19 from Baraboo, WI on July 29, 2014

    1998 Volvo V70
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    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

    Kenwood KDC radio

    Written by: Susan from alabama on July 27, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    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.

    The price gets you a LOT.

    Written by: mc from Mission Viejo, California on July 18, 2014

    2000 Honda Accord
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    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.

    Cons: None!

    Kenwood KDC-BT558U

    Written by: Anonymous from Fairfax, VA on July 12, 2014

    2006 Mazda MX5
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Great affordable headunit. Setup was simple. Made my stock speakers sound loads better, and offers many useful features.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Kenwood KDC-BT558U/ sirius adapter

    Written by: Joe H from Wilmington,NC on July 10, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    We bought this product to replace a radio in a Softail Deluxe Fairing. Install was easy and getting it registered for XM was also easy. Now my wife is blasting down the road with wind in her hair and music in everyone's ears. She loves the radio better than the last one we had. Prompt service from Crutchfield. Thanks.

    Pros: Good choice for Motorcycle Fairing.

    Cons: None

    97 F - 150 stereo install

    Written by: Jerry from pendleton or on July 4, 2014

    1997 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Just got this stereo and installed about a month ago no problems at all , was looking for sometin to replace my stock stereo in ford f- 150 wanted a blu tooth one as this one is for a wireless and neat setup! To also be able to use my pandora feature!!!

    Pros: Easy menu to navigate, multi illum. Several , front aux. And front usb for easy reach. Pair ur phone and have Voice command, access to ur phonebook and latest calls comes with a mic. To place on the steering column . Can give a thumbs up or down from the stereo while using pandora radio.

    Cons: None! So far so good!!!

    excellent units

    Written by: Anonymous from wayland, ma on July 3, 2014

    2005 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    It's a great head unit for the price. Customizable colOra are cool just wish it had more sub settings

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Kenwood head looks and sounds great!

    Written by: Joe from Ohio on July 1, 2014

    2005 Nissan Altima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Purchased this Kenwood head unit to replace the factory radio in my 2005 Nissan Altima. The sound delivery to my speakers has the power with the clear, crisp output at all listening levels as compared to the under performance of the factory radio. The colorful, digital display Is cooler than pictured. Front panel USB, AUX ports and Bluetooth capability made this a must have at this price.

    Pros: Bluetooth, USB, AUX. Installation kit from Crutchfield made install a breeze.

    Cons: Nothing. Display is fully adjustable to as little or as much light as you would want.

    Great receiver!

    Written by: Tom from Bradenton, FL on June 30, 2014

    2007 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Great receiver! Should have purchased a Bluetooth aftermarket car stereo long ago. Sure, newer expensive cars and trucks have this built-in. But my base model F150 had an AM/FM original equipment junk radio and the first aftermarket I installed 4 years ago, was a $39 auto parts store knock-off brand. This Kenwood does it all. I especially like the fact that it'll stream via BT Pandora and others, even though the receiver has a Pandora input setting (which requires the USB cord connected from my iPhone), set it on generic "BT Audio" and it'll fly. Do navigation with your phone? That comes over as well in BT mode. Sound is excellent with numerous EQ settings, several backlight color options and this Kenwood rocks. For the money, great little receiver for a single-DIN setup. It also has all the RCA connections to expand into the amplifier setups if you have those. Definitely recommend this unit for a basic, Bluetooth capable head unit. Don't forget to check for an antenna adapter if required for your vehicle.

    Pros: Ease of installation, versatile, detachable face, has a remote. Many expanding options in regards to amps and powering power antenna, etc. Nice controls.

    Cons: Brightness on the lightest (brightest) color could be much more. Sometimes hard to see during the day. Also, it takes several menu moves to activate the phone features but that may be phone specific, too.

    great unit

    Written by: james mc from tallahassee, fl on June 26, 2014

    2007 Mazda MX5
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    easy to install with the faceplate kit furnished by crutchfield. plenty of power (although I added a sub woofer). like the variable lighting to match dash lights and Bluetooth. there was one issue re: bt setting that was not in the manual but the crutchfield tech knew the solution right off with one call.

    Pros: easy to install, kenwood quality.

    Cons:

    Great Product, but...

    Written by: Larry from Sarasota, FL on June 23, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    The 558 unit has so many great features that it takes away from being easy to use. I wish there was a way to streamline the features so I didn't have to click through everything (Pandora, USB, etc...) to get to the features I use the most.

    Pros: Many cool features Bluetooth USB Customize sound and features

    Cons: Display is not bright enough in sunlight (even cranked to full brightness) Bluetooth radio sounds flat even after customizing sound When switching between Bluetooth radio and regular radio...the regular radio is so LOUD it startles me every time I switch. The problem is that the Bluetooth radio has to be turned up so loud to hear it.

    Great Kenwood Stereo & service from Crutchfield

    Written by: Muscles from Nortonville, KY on June 22, 2014

    1995 Dodge Ram 3500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Sounds & looks great, easy to use

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Good stereo

    Written by: Anonymous from 62062 on June 20, 2014

    2008 Toyota Matrix
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Seems like a decent stereo for the price.

    Pros: Full iPhone 5s functionality. Wide range of display colors.

    Cons: Hard to see display on a sunny day. Doesn't save music sessions. Switches by default to play songs a-z after iPhone 5s once the device is unplugged

    Great Unit

    Written by: MKE from MIlwaukee on June 6, 2014

    2005 Honda Accord LX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Easy Bluetooth connectivity and easy install into 05 Honda Accord.

    Pros: Bluetooth

    Cons: none

    awesome unit

    Written by: BTO IOMC from georgia on June 2, 2014

    1996 Nissan 200SX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I originally saw this unit at a large retail store. I knew I wanted it so I researched it online, that's when I came across Crutchfield. They had it for less than the big box store even when bundled with the wiring set and installation kit. The unit works and sounds awesome, the Bluetooth works great. For the money, this is a great unit.

    Pros: easy installation, great sound, Bluetooth is awesome

    Cons: small buttons for my big fingers

    Kenwood car receiver

    Written by: angelp from milton, florida on May 30, 2014

    2000 Dodge Durango
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Outstanding service from Crutchfield, I am very happy with my purchase. Everything in the receiver works, Pandora, Bluetooth, ihart radio, satellite radio, cd, very happy with this product. This is why I always shop with Crutchfield.I really research this receiver to the T. Must BUY if you want perfection out of a receiver.

    Pros: easy to use and install.

    Cons: none

    Kenwood KDC-BT558U

    Written by: Anonymous from corona, Ca on May 25, 2014

    2003 Ford Expedition
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Great product. Plenty of features. Numerous color choices to match the vehicles dash colors

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Kenwood KDC-BT558U

    Written by: hallman45 from WV on May 23, 2014

    2001 Jeep Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Great head unit for the money. It was very easy to install with clear instructions and wiring adapters provided by Crutchfield. I also bought speakers at the same time and it sounds so much better than the factory stereo now.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Kenwood KDC-BT558u

    Written by: Deuce from Illinois on May 21, 2014

    2008 Chevrolet TrailBlazer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Great head unit. Received quickly and Crutchfield support team helped answer a few questions. Thanks! Never installed one before and was pretty simple with the instructions given. Can't go wrong with Crutchfield. Blue tooth works great as well! Highly recommend this head unit.

    Pros: Blue tooth is great, great sound, sharp looking and easy to navigate through!

    Cons: Nada

    Kenwood KDC-BT558U

    Written by: Anonymous from richmond va on May 20, 2014

    2001 Nissan Altima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    stereo sounds great, way better than a factory radio. easy to install. great value

    Pros: sounds great, many options, easy ti install with the mounting gear which was free.

    Cons: none

    Nice unit!

    Written by: Zac from Steamboat Springs,CO on May 12, 2014

    2003 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    My new Kenwood KDC BT558U car stereo is great! The display is clear and concise. And the remote comes in handy.

    Pros: Very easy to use. Easy on the eyes when operating.

    Cons: None I can think of.

    Great Replacement Unit

    Written by: Lee from Bolingrbook,IL on May 7, 2014

    1999 Nissan Quest
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I bought this as a gift to my nephew. We installed this unit along with front & rear speakers I bought for his vehicle. The sound and functionality is great, not to mention the BT feature is a good safety feature; especially being in IL - you can get a ticket for using your cellphone on-hand.

    Pros: Perfect replacement unit for less.

    Cons: None so far.

    Nice HU but Pandora interface is troublesome

    Written by: Scott from CLT, NC on May 1, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Overall I'm happy with this unit for the price. But, one of my main reasons for choosing this model was for the Pandora stream, and this feature isn't working currently. That said, I've not narrowed down the cause yet and it could be on the Pandora side. I'm in contact with them but so far they believe it may be caused by the Droid/Pandora/Kenwood interface. As of this writing, I don't have any answers. FYI What happens is that I start Pandora, and the "Pandora/Kenwood" screen pops up on my phone. The HU then displays the title of the song that's supposed to be playing but there's no sound. Then the titles start changing, about 1 per every 3 seconds, and still no music. Eventually an error message will pop up on the phone and the HU will display "Check Device". I've run through the Pandora troubleshooting guide several times to no avail. If I can get this to work, I'll upgrade my score to five stars..

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    Cons:

    Crutchfield response on May 7, 2014 Our tech support team is working with the customer to try and solve the problem.

    KENWOOD RECIEVER

    Written by: TOM from Fort Myers on April 28, 2014

    2003 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I replaced my factory stereo with the KENWOOD . I also did a amp and speakers . The deck was very easy to install. The instructions were a big help from Crutchfield . I love everything about it.

    Pros: Lots of presets/ blutooth / EQ/ Hands free calling / Remote/ different color display/ the cost !!

    Cons: Same as the Pros !! I can't take my eyes off it !!!

    Kenwood KDC-BT558U

    Written by: Anonymous from Dallas, Tx on April 7, 2014

    2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Installation was very easy

    Pros: Easy to install

    Cons:

    Good stero for the price

    Written by: Mike from Boise on April 5, 2014

    2003 GMC Sierra 2500/3500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    For the price, hard to beat it. I own three Kenwood decks and buy them because you got such a big bang for your buck.

    Pros: Good sound, lots of options.

    Cons: Was not free. :)

    Kenwood KDC-BT558U

    Written by: Obiedoer from Gardner KS on April 2, 2014

    1999 Honda CRV
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Very nice radio .... does all we wanted it to do and more. Easy to set time and stations ...

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    Cons:

    Details

    Hands-on research

    What's in the box?

    Download the Kenwood KDC-BT558U 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

    Features and Specs

    Expandability
    AUX Input Front
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input Front
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control Bluetooth
    Android Control Yes
    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
    iPhone 6+/6/5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    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
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 8.2 dBf
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No

    Product Research

    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
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