The convenience of Bluetooth® and the best in radio
Kenwood's KDC-BT752HD CD receiver offers a great one/two punch with Bluetooth hands-free calling that'll help you stay focused on the road, and HD Radio® reception that will keep you entertained when you're driving. The crowning touch — you can adjust the button lighting to match the color of your dash illumination.

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Hands-free calls and audio streaming
When a call comes in, just touch the dedicated "phone" button and talk hands-free — just like your caller is sitting next to you. The receiver will even auto-reply to text messages to let your correspondents know that you're busy driving. And Bluetooth audio streaming connects this receiver to songs stored on your compatible music player — with no wires cluttering up your dash and console.

Experience HD Radio™
HD Radio offers the best in radio sound, with FM that's near CD-quality and AM that comes through like old-school FM. This Kenwood features a built-in HD tuner so just tune into your participating local stations and enjoy — no muss, no fuss, and no subscription fee.

Plenty of other music options
Connect your iPod® or iPhone® into the receiver's front-panel USB input, and start searching through your albums, artists, and playlists for your favorite tunes with the easy-to-use controls. And if you've got your music on an Android device, you're still in luck. Go to the Android market and download Kenwood's free Music Control app. You'll enjoy a variety of search and playback features when your phone is plugged into the front-panel USB port.

Streaming radio from your phone
If you enjoy Pandora® Internet radio on your iPhone®, Android, or Blackberry, you'll appreciate the built-in Pandora® controls — you can scroll through your stations, bookmark songs, and give a thumbs-up or thumbs-down right from the receiver's face. If you need more options, you can plug most audio sources into the front-panel auxiliary input, and you can also play all kinds of CDs, even discs that you've loaded with MP3 and WMA files.

Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?
In most vehicles, you can use an adapter to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this Kenwood stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and this Kenwood, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. Check the "Accessories" tab for compatible adapters.

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

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RW discs including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA music files
    • built-in HD Radio tuner
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • detachable face with adjustable button colors
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • System Q Sound Control (8 preset EQ curves and 3-band equalizer)
    • speaker size settings
    • Supreme Setting improves the sound of files encoded at low bit rates
    • bass boost
    • low- and high-pass filters
    • subwoofer level control
    Expandability:
    • iPod/iPhone direct control via USB input — no adapter necessary, but adding Kenwood's optional connecting cable lets you leave your iPod cable at home
    • Pandora control with iPhone, Android, and Blackberry
    • compatible with Kenwood's Music Control app for Android phones
    • inputs: front-panel auxiliary and USB input
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (2.5-volt front, rear, and sub)
    Other features and specs:

    Why replace your factory radio?

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

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    Kenwood KDC-BT752HD

    Written By jon, torrington, ct on Wednesday, March 05, 2014

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    Great product and a great price. A lot of settings most head units don't usually have. If your in the market for a new unit this should be looked at. Great product overall no complaints!

    About the stability issue

    Written By Ya, San Diego, CA on Wednesday, January 29, 2014

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    I purchased one last year from Crutchfield. After working flawlessly for a while, a-day-long socal sunlight and heat seemed to have killed some smd inside; the head unit turned blue and purple, and showed no responses to any buttons, just as what happened to other customers. So I took the head unit off and stored it in the glove box for a few months. Then one day out of curiosity, I put the head unit back on: The receiver lives! Not sure what happened exactly. But a few days earlier, I did disconnect the car battery and pull/plug the fuses while swapping headlight bulbs. I guess that had powered off the receiver and reset the system. The feign death happened again some time later. But the reason seemed to be the head unit was not secured correctly.

    Pros: Greatly HD radio quality, sound quality, and ample connectivity.

    Cons: The QC issue (see above), while recoverable in my case, is regrettably inexcusable. Some important functions are off by default, and buried deeply in the menu system.

    Worked well until...

    Written By Nate, Maryland on Wednesday, October 16, 2013

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    Bought this less than a year ago and it worked fine for a while. Now the lights on the front are a weird pink and blue, and the unit will not turn on. Very upset that this head unit did not even last a year.

    Pros: Nice while it worked

    Cons: Does not work anymore

    Disappointed in product and installation guide

    Written By LeeMoff, Central NJ on Saturday, August 10, 2013

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    I bought this radio to replace my factory install, which did not pick up stations well (I live in a fringe area). The radio had a high receptivity factor, so I hoped for improvement. When it arrived, I found that the installation guide was really inadequate in telling how to safely remove the old radio. So I signed up for the InstallCard prepaid installation. Installer did a great job, by the way. After the radio was installed, its receptivity was noticeably worse than the factory radio. To boot, the display is really difficult to read during the day, as the reflection of sunlight off the panel is far brighter than the display.

    Pros: Good InstallCard installation. Bluetooth interaction is nice (cellphone, Pandora, etc.)

    Cons: Poor FM fringe receptivity (worse than factory radio) Difficult to read display during daylight Inadequate installation guide.

    Crutchfield response on Monday, August 12, 2013 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

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    Written By Paul, Fort Belvoir, VA on Sunday, February 24, 2013

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    Wow, what a great H/U. I'm so impressed. I've only had it in for a couple of days so I am still trying to work out all the different knobs and features. As I play with it more I wll update. So far the only thing I haven't figured out is the B/T and Pandora. It does not always connect, and the clock feature getting it to stay on constantly. Love the sound the adjustability and the look is amazing.

    Pros: features, look and the geek in me love this unit

    Cons: Pandora and B/T but they may be my phone

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    Written By Anonymous, Dunkirk Md. on Wednesday, February 20, 2013

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    this is my second purchase of a crutchfield product everything in the process is A-1 from customer service to ups as delivery co. I would highly recommend your business to anyone. truely professional.

    Kenwood KDC-BT752HD not compatible with 142CR1286B dash kit

    Written By Matt, Indianapolis on Friday, February 01, 2013

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    Fast 2 day shipping was great! All products came and were in unopened perfect condition. I even ordered an open box unit which appeared to have never been opened. Unfortunately, the kit that was provided does not fit this head unit. I understand most single din head units are "standard size" but apparently not this one. I attempted to install with a Scosche 142CR1286B dash kit, but it did not fit. I too had to modify the ISO brackets, but the final trim piece that is unique for my vehicle did not fit. Crutchfield sent out another dash kit, but it was for a Jeep with navigation, which mine does not have. I figured I would hook this unit up and test it anyways before I went to a local retailer to purchase a different dash kit. It worked well unit I found that the local retails don't carry a different dash kit for my Jeep Grand Cherokee.

    I called Crutchfield and asked for an exchange for an Apline CDE-HD137BT. Recieved this unit 2 days later and it fit perfectly into the Scosche 142CR1286B kit. No problems and very please with new Alpine unit. I am in the process of returning this Kenwood HU now.

    Pros: Attractive and has great features for the price point.

    Not Good for Pandora with iPhone

    Written By TomM, PA on Thursday, January 31, 2013

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    I bought this because I wanted Bluetooth calling, iPod connectivity, and Pandora connectivity. I've got an iPhone 3GS. Bluetooth phone works OK. People I call tell me the sound quality of my voice isn't great, but that's not a surprise considering the built-in mike. iPod works great. But with an iPhone, Pandora is a big disappointment. You can't stream via Bluetooth to the Pandora source on the receiver (this has been confirmed by Kenwood tech support) as you can only do that with a Droid (or maybe Blackberry... I"m not sure). You can stream via Bluetooth to a Bluetooth audio source on the receiver. and it sounds OK, but you don't get song titles displayed and you have no control from the receiver or steering wheel controls. Or, you plug in via USB. Then you get song titles and receiver control but you have to unplug if you want to change Pandora stations. Also, if you're out running errands and want to keep your phone with you, you're got to unplug and plug in every time you get in and out of the car. So if you have an iPhone and want to listen to Pandora a lot I recommend you try a different product.

    Pros: Good iPod interface

    Cons: Poor voice quality Poor Pandora interface for iPhone Slow to connect to phone and download contact info on startup

    Fair Experience

    Written By JRRJR, Fairbanks, AK on Tuesday, January 29, 2013

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    Good Price, but you get what you pay for. Sound quality is OK except for while using handsfree calling, then it is poor. Very difficult to use while driving.

    Pros: Inexpensive, very good looking & easy to install

    Cons: Poor voice quality, Difficult to use while driving

    Looks Great, Haven't got component speaker working

    Written By Amipher, Washington, DC on Tuesday, January 29, 2013

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    It was easy to get the dash cover off on my 2005 Hundai Elantra GT Hatchback- instructions for all parts were pretty simple. I'd never installed one before and feel empowered :) I don't know if it's the unit or the way we did the wiring, but the two component speakers on the upper doors are not outputting any sound. At the time I thought maybe I'd ordered a 4 output unit, but now checking the specs it says it has 6. (If there's a Crutchfield tech person reading this, I'd love advice on how to get them going).

    Much better sound than the stock radio and way improved input features.

    Pros: looks really sleek with the elantra dash - blacks match - excellent - looks like it came with the car. Great deal on Refurbished.

    Cons: I'll have to do more research to figure out how to get the 2 small component speakers working. And take the dash apart again.

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    Written By Chris, Elmhurst, IL on Sunday, January 27, 2013

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    Hands free built-in microphone is worthless. It has no option to plug in a microphone to get closer to the driver. It is next to impossible to disconnect the unit from your phone when you realize the other party cannot understand a word you are saying. The menus for everything are not intuitive and you can wreck your car trying to find anything on an ipod using this unit's menu.

    Pros: Sound is good.

    Cons: Everything else.

    Crutchfield Tech Support ROCKS!

    Written By CliffP, Media, PA on Sunday, January 20, 2013

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    Bought this head unit for my little brother's 2005 Dakota with Infinity. Got him all the bells and whistles to be able to use his steering wheel controls and to keep the built in amp. The PAC unit for the SWCs has an issue working completely with a very few 2005 Dakotas with Infinity... Go figure, my brother has one of those Dakotas... Long and short, the SWC worked, but the unit would not turn on the amp. The tech staff helped me to to trouble shoot the issue, sent me a new PAC unit, and then made arrangements to have a different SWC unit sent out with a new cable harness to bypass the amp that came with the truck, once I talked my little bro down from the "no amp" ledge. The radio works great, and sounds great, even with the stock Infinity speakers.

    I've bought from Crutchfield in the past, and I will definitely buy from Crutchfield again in the future. Thank you, once again. You folks ROCK!

    Pros: * Easy install with all the special Crutchfield goodies. * Über smart and helpful tech staff.

    Cons: None

    Great product! But handsfree parrot not for noisy car.

    Written By Kraut, Sacramento CA. on Saturday, January 19, 2013

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    Sounds great, great features for the money............everything into one good bundel. Only one problem.....My wife has a little sports car........and the sound proofing is not part of a sports car.....it's not a Lexus, or a Lincoln, it's a sports cars. Needless to say, at speed, there is alot of engine noise, and road noise.......so the Bluetooth hands free calling feature, that has a mic built into the stereo, picks up too much road noise. The call quality coming in over the speakers was great, but on the other end, too much road noise.

    Pros: Everything!

    Cons: Built in mic for hands free calling is not for alot of road noise, make sure that your car is nice and quiet......

    Got what I wanted

    Written By plankeye, Coatesville, PA on Tuesday, January 15, 2013

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    The Kenwood KDC-BT752HD is just as described. It does what I expected it to do, sound awsome. By the way I used the RCA amp outs to connect with the alpine MRP-F300 amp and then to the Alpine component speakers in the front and Alpine 2 ways in the rear doors. I spoke with 2 different Chrutchfield advisors who both had good ideas and reccomendations. I am able to use my 5 gig memory stick in the USB slot. My samsung tablet I use the 3.5mm stereo plug. My Samsung phone I can make hands free calls thru Bluetooth connection. Only negative so far is my phone does not always auto connect. It waits for me to press "ok to connect to unknown device" even though the phone states the device being the Kenwood KDC-BT752HD which it is already been linked to. That seems to be a problem with the phone not the reciever.

    Pros: Features galore and the lightshow is cool.

    Cons: The phone thing and the learning curve. This thing does a lot with a few buttons and knobs.

    I like

    Written By Reich1, Lexington, NC on Monday, January 14, 2013

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    It has more boom, more features, easy to use, and HD radio has stations I didn't even know existed. The bluetooth and pandora paired easily. However when using bluetooth it only plays through the front two speakers.

    Pros: Awesome! Variable colors set to match dash. Easy to use.

    Cons: Display colors no variable. Bluetooth only goes through front speakers

    I'm returning it :(

    Written By Larry V, Fultonville, NY on Sunday, January 13, 2013

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    I got this radio for my wife and she hates it. It is not easy to use, the buttons feel flimsy and not in the best places. I will be returning it ASAP.

    Pros: All the features worked. The audio quality was pretty good, even with stock speakers.

    Cons: Not user friendly.

    Great system

    Written By Mriley462, Waterford , NY on Sunday, January 13, 2013

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    I have always bought Kenwood. The sound is awesome after replacing the factory unit. Haven't had time to set up blue tooth yet. A lot of features you'd expect for a more expensive unit. Free life time support is a great service they offet. Directions left out a step of hooking up the blue w/ white wire to the blue w/ white wire on the adapter to keep chime alerts.called Crutchfield and with in 1 minute the problem was fixed.

    Pros: All

    Cons: None so far

    broken parts

    Written By mikea, chicago,il on Tuesday, January 08, 2013

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    i bought this receiver at crutch field because it came with free installation kit and bought the install card ,brought it in to get installed only to get the call an hour later that the harness they sent me was broken so i had to buy one from them so no savings their.

    Pros: receiver sounds good so far

    Cons: could have found it cheaper but went with their free installation kit. don't count on it

    Working wonderfully

    Written By jk, Torrance, CA on Monday, January 07, 2013

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    I have enjoyed using my new radio this week. Being able to answer calls while driving handsfree is wonderful.

    Pros: Handsfree phone use, USB media reading, HD tuner

    Cons: Soldering.

    KDC-BT752HD

    Written By JimS, Springfield, PA on Sunday, January 06, 2013

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    So far the sound is good

    Pros: Looks ease to install

    Very Good Purchase

    Written By Muse, Midwest on Sunday, January 06, 2013

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    Easy to install. Every detail works as listed. Does not cut out when in hd mode like 3 other older model hd units owned in the past. You can adjust color scheme to match interior. The HD secondary HD channels can even be preset. Very happy with purchase.

    Pros: HD Functions better than most, Adjustable amp output.

    Cons: Limited EQ function. But overall great for price and will not be upset unless you want the young punk rattle bolts from car sound.

    A Lot for the money

    Written By Chuck2, Kingsport TN on Friday, January 04, 2013

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    Installed in my son's 2003 Legacy coupe. Great detailed instructions from the Crutchfield team as usual. First off the BT752HD unit is not done justice by the photos the colors (24 of them I believe) have a lot of visual pop to them and add a lot of wow factor to the appearance. The Kenwood andriod app works great, pairing with the phone was simple and the headunit gives you total PANDORA functionality with the BT connection. Also streams from Google Play account, will read the artist and track info while playing from Google and will even let you track forward and back, I dont believe it will let you change playlists on GP though have to do that from phone but still a plus that it will stream anything from your phone. Audio quality from USB thumbdrive, BT connection, or from CD were all excellent. I am a fan of Alpine units but I am considering replacing my aging CD player in my truck with this one. Havent tried the ipod connection or phone calls through unit yet, although I do understand that this unit does not have a built in mic and you have to use your phone as the mic source. Important note about the SUB OUTPUT WHILE IN BT MODE: For some reason the unit is set to only play with the front speakers as a default setting. You have to enter Bluetooth settings, then Detailed Settings, then BT audio settings(this is labeled slightly differently but I dont rem the exact wording), and switch that setting from front to all, after that subs and rears will work great.

    Pros: Android BT and full Pandora functionality from Android BT. Versatility, will play just about any medium available right now. Vibrant colors and appearance. Comes with a remote. Has a HD radio (a lot more channels brought in), A lot of sound shaping options at your fingertips. Very good price for so many features. 3 preouts including a sub preout, you may not need it now but if you want to expand your system you will.

    Cons: No built in microphone, for true hands free calling. No other negatives yet.

    Mine broke a week after it was installed

    Written By Tag, Yucaipa, CA on Thursday, January 03, 2013

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    ONE WEEK! It lasted one week after professional installation. Just quit working. Phone blue tooth continued to work. Going back to installer first to see what's up. Hope it's not the unit.

    Pros: Can't tell!

    Cons: Other than it lasting a week, can't tell yet

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    Written By jk, fayetteville nc on Wednesday, January 02, 2013

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    great sound and function.

    Pros: bluetooth phone is the bomb. sound is great

    Cons: none

    Very happy

    Written By Erik G., Spring, TX on Tuesday, January 01, 2013

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    I ordered this unit because it had everything I wanted and it has not been a disappointment on any level. The BT works great without an external mic to install. Having the HD was a big factor for me and I absolutely love it. The only feature or lack thereof that I find annoying is that the time is not displayed in all modes at all times. The install was my first and even I had it wired and installed within an hour and a half.

    Pros: HD, BT, AUX inputs and it just looks great to boot.

    Cons: Clock not always on display.

    Awesome Stereo

    Written By Anonymous, Sherwood, AR on Monday, December 31, 2012

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    This stereo has an amazing sound! I really like the bluetooth feature because it makes answering calls so much easier than digging my phone out of my pocket while i'm driving. And the description does say that the unit will automatically reply to text messages with "I am driving". The only problem with that is that the phone sends the message to a random number in the phonebook. Another bluetooth issue is that your subs won't work when you are streaming bluetooth. If you have a headphone jack on your device, you can run it through the AUX input to use your subs.

    Besides that, the radio is great, and I couldn't have asked for a better radio for the price.

    Pros: Incredible sound, ease of use, adjustable color setting to suit your taste, and bluetooth handsfree function.

    Cons: Automatic reply to text messages sent to random numbers.

    Great unit, especially for the price

    Written By Mark K, Denver, CO on Saturday, December 29, 2012

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    This is a great unit, especially for the price. Packed with features and sounds great! Installation was simple and it looks great.

    It does take it a while to download the phone book and SMS messages when it connects to the phone, but considering how much data it's downloading, that's to be expected. It will even receive incoming calls before it's done downloading, so I don't think it's a problem, at least not for me. It does take about an hour to get everything set up to your taste, but that's a one time deal, and it helps get you familiar with the controls so you can focus on driving when you take it out for a test drive. :)

    I did hit a small snag while installing it, but even at 7:30 PM Mountain time on a Friday evening, tech support was available to answer my question. With customer service like that, how can you go wrong? Total installation time, including calling tech support for a Ford F150 was an hour and twenty minutes. The installation instrucions were spot on, and everything fit perfectly.

    I haven't found anything I don't like about the unit yet, and don't really expect to. My last vehicle had a Kenwood in it, and I loved it. That's why I decided I was going to get a Kenwood again. I love the unit, and my wife wants me to get one for her car. I would definitely recommend this unit to anyone who asked me for my opinion.

    Pros: Packed with features Sounds great Hands free calling is awesome 3 different ways to play MP3s from my smartphone Can change most control colors to match dash lights

    Cons: Can't change the color of the text display to match the color of the rest of the unit.

    Works great!

    Written By Roche, Dfw on Saturday, December 29, 2012

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    Easy to install. Works great. Only issue is the instructions on set up options is weak. You Need to learn by just exploring

    Pros: Lots of features for the price

    Cons: As usual, poor vague set up instructions

    Kenwood install in old Town Car

    Written By Anonymous, Western Kentucky on Friday, December 28, 2012

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    Great improvement. Install relatively quick and simple with kit and adaptors. Had one question, and crutchfield service was easy to call, and had a good answer for my problem. Excellent transaction!

    Pros: All

    Cons: None

    NO Sirius XM support! Otherwise fine stereo.

    Written By JamesA, Denver, CO on Thursday, December 27, 2012

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    Easy installation with Crutchfield's wiring harness. Looks like a good unit, BUT does not support Sirius XM radio. You need to get the BT852 or BT952 for this function.

    Pros: Easy install; nice looking

    Cons: Does not support Sirius XM

    Completely disappointed

    Written By PD, ABQ, NM on Monday, December 24, 2012

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    Everything about this unit is fine and as advertised, except the equalizer. There are only three settings: bass, mid, treble, which is typically sufficient to get good sound. However, the bass setting includes much of what should be considered midrange, so when you turn up the bass it sounds muddy. Turning down the midrange does not correct this as it only diminishes the vocals. The bass lacks punch and peaks at too high of a frequency, and there is no adjustment combination I can find between this headunit and the controls on my amplifier that makes it even acceptable. I have tried adjusting gain, crossover, and bass boost on my amplifier, along with all combinations of bass, mid, treble, bass boost, and loudness on this deck. I have very good JBL speakers pushed by a JBL amplifier, and my previous headunit did not have this problem so I am sure it is with this unit. I do not recommend this product unless you already have, or are planning on using a graphic equalizer. Perhaps Kenwood assumes those who buy this unit will also be using a subwoofer. Since I do not have a sub, I cannot comment on the bass fidelity from the subwoofer output.

    Pros: Many features, seems solid.

    Cons: The equalizer and bass fidelity completely ruins this unit for me.

    Exactly what I wanted

    Written By Brent, Santa Fe, NM on Thursday, December 20, 2012

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

    I bought this in March 2012, and I have been very happy with it since. I replaced a Panasonic unit with 8 disc changer that I had in my truck for about 10 years. I primarily use the unit to listen to MP3s via the USB port since I have converted my entire CD collection to MP3s. Now I buy new music through MP3. I listen to the radio or a CD rarely. The front USB port is not a problem since I found the SanDisk Cruzer Fit USB drives. These drives are the size of a dime and don't stick out very far from the front of the radio face.

    The playback of MP3s is exactly what I would expect from a digital music player. The folders and songs are sorted alphanumerically. (Some car receivers don't do this!) There are 'random all' and 'random inside a folder' features. (Some car receivers don't have the 'random all' feature!) Text scroll for song info is good. The folder-browsing feature is intuitive. I did have a limitation with the maximum number of folders allowed (255). So I reorganized my MP3 album collection to have one folder per artist. Sometimes a folder is not recognized by the receiver, but recopying the folder onto the USB drive again seems to fix this problem.

    The bluetooth hands free works well. Sometimes the download of the contact list from my phone gets hung, and I have to turn the radio off then back on. The bluetooth music playback is OK. The sound quality is lacking.

    I really like the 'volume offset' feature for the different sources.

    Pros: MP3 player interface. Volume offset for each source. Three band EQ. Subwoofer volume adjust. High-pass filter for speakers. Low-pass filter for sub. So many settings, that you can set it just the way you like it.

    Cons: Automatic download of contact list from cell phone. Download of contacts hangs. Contact list not saved, so the download happens every time the phone syncs.