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Our take on the Kenwood KDC-BT955HD

by Ken Nail
Kenwood

Why replace your factory radio?

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

The top of the heap

Built-in HD Radio™ and Bluetooth® are just two of the highlights in this Kenwood receiver's impressive resume. The KDC-BT955HD CD receiver offers an impressive multi-line display that gives you all the info you want, plus you can select independent colors for the display and button illumination. The 3-line display can be switched to a 2-line format with a larger font that makes it easier to read phone numbers, song titles, and source data. Sound tweakers will appreciate added features like digital time alignment, a 7-band equalizer, and a full complement of preamp outputs, complete with high-pass and low-pass filters.

HD Radio for awesome sound

When you tune in a local station broadcasting an HD Radio signal, you'll hear FM that's close to CD quality or AM that comes in clear and static free. And unlike satellite services, there are no subscription fees. If your iPod'® is hooked up to the KDC-BT955HD, you can also tag songs that you hear on HD Radio, then buy them later online. And most participating stations send out secondary programming, giving you more choices when you're in the mood for radio.

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. If you're an Android user who's grown tired of your old radio's complicated Bluetooth pairing issues, you'll love this receiver's simple, secure pairing (SSP) technology. If you're an iPhone® 4S or 5 user you'll enjoy full use of Siri through the receiver when the phone is paired.

Enjoy your phone's music apps

If you're a fan of Internet radio and music apps, you'll appreciate how the KDC-BT955HD integrates your iPhone, Android®, or Blackberry™ into your system. With this Kenwood and your smartphone you'll enjoy playing content from Pandora®, iHeart Radio, and Aha™ 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.

Kenwood KDC-BT955HD CD receiver

This Kenwood can access and control Pandora, iHeart Radio, and Aha Radio apps from your iPhone, Android, or Blackberry.

Play (almost) anything

Of course, you can also enjoy music from your local AM/FM stations or your CD collection. But this Kenwood really gives you a lot of options:

  •  iPod or iPhone: Once you connect your iPod or iPhone to one of the front-panel USB inputs, you can use the receiver's controls to search through your albums, artists, and playlists.
  • Android: If you store your music on an Android device, you can download Kenwood's free Music Control app from the Android market to enjoy a variety of search and playback features.
  • Audio sources: If your music is on another device, just plug it into the handy front-panel auxiliary input.
  • SiriusXM-ready: If you're a satellite radio fan, the KDC-BT955HD will work with the SXV200V1 tuner (not included).

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.

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

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Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in HD Radio
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • 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, WMA, and AAC music files
    • automatic iPhone pairing with Siri control capability
    • detachable face with selectable 2- or 3-line display, plus variable display and control colors
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • System Q Sound Control (8 preset EQ curves and 7-band equalizer)
    • speaker size settings
    • Supreme Setting improves the sound of files encoded at low bit rates
    • 3-level bass boost
    • low- and high-pass filters; subwoofer level and phase 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, iHeart Radio and Aha control with iPhone, Android, and Blackberry
    • compatible with Kenwood's Music Control app for Android phones
    • compatible with SiriusXM tuner
    • inputs: front-panel auxiliary and dual front and rear USB inputs
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, and subwoofer)
    Other features and specs:

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

    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant
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    No
    RMS Power Output
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    22 watts
    Peak Output
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    50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth
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    20-20KHz
    Preamp Outputs
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    6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs
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    Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs
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    Video Screen
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    No
    Preamp Voltage
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    4 volts
    Display Color
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    Variable
    Key Button Color
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    Variable
    EQ Bands
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    7
    Wireless Remote
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    Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible
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    Adapter required
    Parts Warranty
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    Labor Warranty
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    1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input
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    USB Input
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    Front/Rear
    Memory Card Slot
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    USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible
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    Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready
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    SiriusXM
    HD Radio
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    Built-in
    Navigation
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    iPod Compatibility
    Full size
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    Classic/5Gen
    Nano
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    7/6/5/4/3/2/1
    Touch
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    Mini
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    iPhone
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    5/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    Tuner
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    9.3 dBf
    European Tuning
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    Seek/Scan
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    Seek
    Radio Data System
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    Product Research
    What's in the box?

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    • CD receiver (with 10-amp fuse inserted into the chassis)
    • Face (attached)
    • Trim ring (attached)
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Wiring harness
    • Wireless remote control (RC-406)
    • CR2025 3V lithium-battery (installed in remote)
    • Microphone with integrated bracket (attached 10' cable terminated by a right-angle male 3.5mm connector)
    • 2 Removal tools
    • 4 Panhead ISO-mount screws
    • 4 Flathead ISO-mount screws
    • Face-fixing screw
    • Quick Start Guide (En/Fr/Sp)
    • Warranty Card

    Our Product Research Team

    At Crutchfield, you'll get detailed, accurate information that's hard to find elsewhere. That's because we have our own in-house Product Research team — they open the box, verify contents, check the owner's manual, and record dimensions, features and specs. We stay on top of new products and technologies to help people make informed choices.

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

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: The Kenwood KDC-BT955HD 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-BT955HD. Visit Kenwood's Support Site for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled phones.

    SPP (Secure Simple Pairing): With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the Kenwood KDC-BT955HD without having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings. When a registered Bluetooth device is in close proximity to the receiver, the auto connection function automatically pairs the two units. You can register up to five Bluetooth-enabled devices with the Kenwood head unit. A maximum of two Bluetooth-enabled phones can be connected at one time, but only one can be used at a time.

    Bluetooth Hands-Free Communication: The head unit supports Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. The controls of the KDC-BT955HD 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 1-99 seconds. The KDC-BT955HD 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-BT955HD, 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-BT955HD. 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. 

    External Microphone: The Kenwood KDC-BT955HD includes an external microphone to carry on your side of your phone conversation and voice command dialing. 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).

    Note: This unit does not offer an integrated front-panel microphone.

    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-BT955HD also supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth enabled audio player or smartphone. The KDC-BT955HD 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-BT955HD 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 Digital Assistant Control: When paired and connected with an iPhone 4S or 5/5C/5S via Bluetooth (not USB), the Kenwood KDC-BT955U 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-BT955HD 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-BT955HD; 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 4S/5/5C/5S. The head unit's audio is attenuated while Siri provides audible directions.

    Bluetooth Detailed Settings: The KDC-BT955HD offers the following Bluetooth Detailed Settings, so you can configure the unit to suit your needs.

    • Bluetooth Audio: You can allow Bluetooth audio to be heard from only the front-speakers or all the speakers in your vehicle.
    • Call Beep: You can choose to output a beep from your vehicle's speaker's when a call comes in, or you can turn this function off.
    • Echo Level: You adjust the echo cancellation delay time until the least echo is being heard during a phone conversation.
    • Mic Gain: Adjusts the volume of the external microphone.

    HD+Internet+SiriusXM Radio

    Built-In HD Tuner: With its built-in HD Radio tuner, you can receive digital AM/FM broadcasts from local stations where available. HD Radio significantly improves AM/FM audio quality and reception, as well as includes information such as artist name and song titles or traffic news, viewable on the receiver's display. HD Radio Technology will deliver high-quality digital sound. AM digital will have FM-like quality in stereo (70dB SN @ 40-15kHz), while FM digital will have CD-like quality (70 dB SN @ 20-20kHz) with static free and clear reception. The unit's built-in HD Radio tuner allows analog AM/FM tuning as well.

    • Tuning Methods: You can setup the KDC-BT955HD to tune both analog and digital radio stations (Auto), only HD Radio stations (Digital), or only analog radio stations (Analog). The CD receiver offers a variety of tuning options; including Seek, Presets, and Direct Access.
      • Seek Modes: You can choose one of three seek modes: Auto 1 (seek tuning), Auto 2 (cycles through and tunes the selected band's preset stations only with each button press), or Manual.
      • Tuner Presets: The unit's tuner features 3 FM banks (1, 2, 3) and 1 AM bank for storing presets. Not only does the CD receiver's tuner allow you manually enter your desired presets you can choose to have the unit automatically put stations with good reception in the memory banks automatically; this is a handy feature when traveling. The Kenwood KDC-BT952HD offers two preset modes.
        • Normal: You can store 6 presets for each AM/FM bank giving you a total of 18 FM presets and 6 AM presets (total of 24).
        • Mix: A total of 6 preset stations can be assigned to the head unit's 6 preset buttons, regardless of AM/FM band. This lets you recall a preset station without switching between bands.
      • Direct Access: You can directly access an AM/FM station by entering in the frequency number using the include wireless remote control.
    • Station Text: AM/FM digital stations can offer text and data such as artist names and song titles.
    • Multicasting: In addition to conventional broadcasts, with HD Radio broadcasting it is possible to choose from up to 8 multicast programs (HD1 to HD8).
    • iTunes Tagging: It is possible to save the song's information (tag) from and HD Radio broadcasting station to your USB-direct connected iPod/iPhone. The songs will show up in a playlist called "Tagged" in iTunes (7.4 or later) the next time you sync your iPod/iPhone. Then you can directly buy the songs you want from the iTunes Music Store. Your iPod/iPhone must have at least 50MB of free space to "tag" and transfer songs. You can "tag" up to 50 songs.

    Note: HD Radio is the system for digital AM and FM broadcasting in the U.S. More than 2,000 radio stations are broadcasting their primary signals in digital HD Radio technology, as a free service. Go to HDRadio.com to check for HD Radio stations in your area.

    Internet Radio Apps: The Kenwood KDC-BT955HD allows you to access Pandora, iHeartRadio, and Aha Radio online music services through your USB-connected iPhone or Bluetooth-connected Android/Blackberry smartphone. Your Apple iPhone must be connected to the KDC-BT955HD via the Kenwood KCA-iP102 cable (sold separately, or the cable supplied with your iPhone. Your Android or Blackberry smartphone must support A2DP/ AVRCP/SPP Bluetooth profiles and be paired with the Kenwood KDC-BT955HD. Your iPhone, Android smartphone, or Blackberry device will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi.

    • Pandora App (for iPhone/Android/Blackberry): The free Pandora App (either from iTunes Apps, Google Play, or BlackBerry App World) lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the Kenwood KDC-BT955HD using your USB-connected Apple iPhone (iOS 5.0+) or Bluetooth paired Android/Blackberry smartphone. The Kenwood KDC-BT955HD provides control over the Pandora music service and displays Artist, Album, and Song information. You can select Pandora stations from your station list and sort them by date or alphabetically (A-Z). New stations can be created based on the current songs or artists playing. You can also save 3 Pandora stations as presets. You can also skip song tracks within a station. You can even give songs a thumbs up or thumbs down. An active Pandora account is required.
    • iHeartRadio Link (for iPhone/Android): The free iHeartRadio Link app for Kenwood (either from iTunes Apps or Google Play) lets you play music from the iHeartRadio music service through the Kenwood KDC-BT955HD using your USB-connected Apple iPhone (iOS 5.0+), or Bluetooth paired Android smartphone (2.2+). The iHeartRadio music service provides access to more than 1,500 live radio stations from coast-to-coast (including pop, country, urban, rock, talk, and sports). The KDC-BT955HD will provide control over the iHeartRadio Link app, as well as display station identification and song/artist information. From the head unit's front-panel controls, iHeartRadio stations can be searched by the following categories (Local, Genre, City, or My Stations). The Local selection provides a list of radio stations in your local listening area. The unit also provides over 22 Genres to choose from (including pop, country, hip-hop, jazz, etc.) to help you find the right radio station for you. In addition, you can search for radio stations by City. Cities can be searched alphabetically (A-Z). You can even store your favorite stations (My Stations) for easier, quicker access. An active iHeartRadio account is required.
    • Aha Radio App (for iPhone/Android): The Kenwood CD receiver offers compatibility with the free Aha Radio app for your USB-connected iPhone (iOS 4.3+) or Bluetooth-paired Android smartphone (2.2+); available from iTunes Apps or Google Play. Aha Radio provides you with up to the minute content made available from the convenience of Kenwood's front-panel controls and LCD screen. Listen to the latest Facebook updates or Tweets from your friends. Listen to thousands of stations that include internet radio, podcasts, and audiobooks. Receive traffic information, restaurants and coffee locations personalized to you instantly, safely, and easily. An active Aha Radio account is required.
    Note: Access to these Internet Radio services will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone or Android/Blackberry smartphone to connect to the Internet. Not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.

    SiriusXM Ready: The Kenwood KDC-BT955HD comes ready for SiriusXM programming with access to XM and Sirius Satellite Radio stations. Thanks to its proprietary SiriusXM Connect port, you can add the optional SXV200V1 SiriusXM Connect tuner and receive more than 150 channels of exclusive programming directly from SiriusXM, via the "SiriusXM All Access" package (subscription required). Visit SiriusXM.com for a complete list of subscription options and channel guide. Additional features of the SXV200 SiriusXM Connect tuner include:

    • Channel list displays a list of all available channels
    • Category Search searches for channels in a certain category
    • Displayed Information such as Channel Name, Artist Name, & Song Title can be viewed on the head unit's LCD
    • Up to 18 SiriusXM Satellite Radio station presets
    • Direct Tuning via included remote
    • Tune Start allows you to choose whether to start a song from the beginning or from its live point when tuning to a preset music channel.
    • Song/Artist Alert with visual notification of your favorite songs or artists
    • Supports the SiriusXM Instant Replay function, so you can pause, rewind, and replay up to 30 minutes of live content
    • iTunes Tagging for connected iPod/iPhone
    • Channels containing unsuitable content for children can be blocked
    Note: A separate SiriusXM Satellite Radio subscription is required (operates on the XM Network). If you already have a Sirius Satellite Radio subscription, this radio cannot be added as a discounted second unit. If you have an existing XM Satellite Radio subscription, you can add this unit as a discounted second unit.

    iPod/Android/AUX Integration

    iPod Direct Connection w/ DAC Bypass: The KDC-BT955HD's front-panel USB port or rear-panel USB port can act as an iPod/iPhone high-speed direct connection when used with the optional Kenwood USB Direct Connection Cable (113KCIP102, sold separately) or the USB/iPod cable that comes with your iPod/iPhone. If you have an iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), or iPhone 5/5C/5S; use the Lightning-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect to the head unit. Using either cable allows audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of select iPod/iPhone models from the KDC-BT955HD.

    • DAC Bypass: This USB connection allows your iPod/iPhone's large music libraries to be loaded instantly to the head unit and sound quality to be maximized through the head unit's 24-bit D/A converter, allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 105dB. The Kenwood head unit supports audio playback of music files and podcasts stored on your iPod or iPhone, as well as music apps streamed to your iPhone.
    • Music Control: You can choose to control the iPod/iPhone from the head unit or from your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen.
      • Head Unit: 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 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.
      • iPod/App Mode: In iPod/App mode, you can navigate the stored music on your iPod/iPhone from its clickwheel or touchscreen. You can also listen to your favorite music apps (such as SiriusXM, Last.fm, Rhapsody, & Slacker) from your iPhone (iOS 3.0+) through the Kenwood head unit and your vehicle's speakers. You will continue to use your iPhone's touchscreen to navigate your apps. Not all apps will be compatible with App Mode. Access to your iPhone's downloaded applications will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet.
    • Information Display: The KDC-BT955HD will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information when you are controlling your iPod or iPhone from the Kenwood head unit. The head unit will display Track number, Elapsed playing time, Artist name, Song title, and Album label. If you choose to operate your connected iPod/iPhone via its clickwheel or touchscreen controls, the KDC-BT955HD will not display your iPod/iPhone's music information (the head unit will instead display "APP/iPod").
    • Battery Charging: 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. This unit does not charge the iPad. If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Kenwood KDC-BT955HD is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 9/19/2013):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Specific Apps Display Type Bluetooth iTunes Tagging Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/App Pandora app iHeart Link Aha Radio Artist/Song Text Track Info Phone Audio Siri
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y Y N N Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y Y Y N Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y
    4 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y
    4S 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5C 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5S 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y N N N Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y N Y N Y Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y N Y N Y Y
    4th 6.1.2 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y N Y N Y Y
    5th 7.0 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y N Y N Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N N N N Y Y N N N N Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y N N N N Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y N N N Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y N N N Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y N N N Y Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y Y N N N Y Y N N N Y Y
    7th 1.02 PC Y N Y Y N N N Y Y N Y N Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y N N N Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y N N N Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y N N N Y Y N N N Y Y
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N N N N Y Y N N N N Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N Y N
    2 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N Y N
    3 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N Y N
    4 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y N
    mini 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y
    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

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

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

    Music Files Format Supported by Music Control app for Android:

    Codec Extension Bit Rate Sampling Frequency
    AAC .aac, m4a up to 160 kbps 8-48 kHz
    MP3 .mp3 8-320 kbps n/a
    PCM/WAV .wav 8-/16-bit n/a

    Aux In: The unit is equipped with a front panel 3.5mm minijack auxiliary input that can be used to input audio from a portable audio source, such as a portable MP3 player. The Aux input must be turned on to function. The KDC-BT955HD allows you to select the source type displayed when using the auxiliary input. You can choose from AUX, DVD, Portable, Game, Video, or TV. The unit has 3 auxiliary input modes.

    • On1: Outputs the sound of the external unit connected to the Aux terminal when switched to the Aux source.
    • On2: Activates the attenuator function when turning on the power with the auxiliary source selected. This prevents the noise when no external unit is connected to the Aux terminal. Turn off the attenuator function when listening to output from an external unit.
    • Off: Disables the selection of the Aux source.

    Disc & USB Playback

    Disc Compatibility: The unit features a single disc player that will playback CD-Audio, CD-Text, and finalized CD-R/CD-RW audio discs. The unit also supports playback of MP3/WMA/AAC music files loaded onto CD-R/RW discs. The CD slot is hidden behind a manual fold-up cover which blends in the front-panel of the head unit. .

    Dual USB Ports: The Kenwood KDC-BT955HD features a front panel USB (type-A) port that is hidden behind a flip-up cover and a rear-panel USB (type-A) port attached to the rear-chassis by a 38" cable. The USB ports enable 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, & AAC 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. You cannot connect a USB device via a USB hub or Multi-Card Reader to this unit.

    MP3/WMA/AAC Playback: The Kenwood KDC-BT955HD supports the following types of MP3, WMA, AAC, & 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
    AAC:
    bit rate of 8-320 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
    AAC:
    bit rate of 8-320 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 (999 files per folder)
    Tags ID3 tags (ver.1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4), WMA tags, AAC tags

    Text Scroll: The KDC-BT955HD will display CD text or 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: The Kenwood AM/FM CD receiver features a Music Search feature which allows you to scroll through and select your MP3/WMA/AAC music folders and files, as well as scroll through your audio CD's music tracks using the head unit's rotary knob.

    Direct Music Search: The supplied IR wireless remote control (RC-406) allows you to search for music directly by entering the track number.

    Playback Modes: The Kenwood KDC-BT955HD features the following Repeat, Random, and Scan playback modes.

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

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

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

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

    Off Insert/Eject: 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.

    Auto Reload: 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-BT955HD supports the PC application, Kenwood Music Editor Lite (ver.1.1.0). Kenwood Music Editor Lite is a Windows-based desktop software that helps organize, manage and transfer MP3/WMA/AAC music files to your USB (MSC) device from your PC. When you playback audio files that have been stored on your USB (MSC) device 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 (ver.1.1.0) Windows-based software can be downloaded for free from Kenwood.com 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)
    Note: Not compatible with Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad, Zune, or Android

    Audio Section

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The Kenwood KDC-BT955HD utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood KDC-BT955HD is equipped with a MOSFET amplifier. Compared to conventional power supplies, the MOSFET amplification circuit is smaller and more efficient, and it delivers increased power with less distortion and absolutely zero on/off switching noise. More power means louder and cleaner music at higher volumes because you're not pushing the limits of the amplification circuit. The power output specs for the KDC-BT955HD are as follows:

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

    6ch/4V Preamp Outputs: The KDC-BT955HD features front, rear and subwoofer 4.0-volt preamp outputs. The front and rear speaker preamp outputs are balance and fade adjustable. The subwoofer preamp output is non-fading. The front, rear, and subwoofer preamp outputs are fixed to the rear chassis of the head unit.

    Note: You can turn the KDC-BT955HD's built-in amplifier off to improve the quality of the sound from the head unit's preamp outputs.

    Sound Excellence DSP (Digital Signal Processing): In order to optimize the sound quality, you can use the unit's Sound Excellence DSP to set the type of vehicle, speaker sizes, distances and x-over points. The DSP settings include the following:

    • Car Type: Select your car type to automatically set the Delay Time of each speaker for timing adjustment of sound output of each channel to have the highest surround effect. Choose from Compact, Full Size Car, Wagon, Mini Van , Mini Van Long, SUV, or Off
    • Listening Position: For a better sound-stage you can select your optimal listening position. You can choose from All, Front Left, Front Right or Front. You can also select to manually fine tune the sound stage by selecting the distance for each individual speaker in the vehicle compared to your listening position.
    • Digital Time Alignment (DTA): Choose from 0.00 to 20' (0.07' steps) for the Front pair of speakers, Rear pair of speakers and Subwoofer distances in reference to the distance between your listening positioning and the locations of the particular speakers.
    • Speaker Location: You can set the location of your vehicle's Front and Rear speakers.
      • Front: Door, On Dash, or Under Dash
      • Rear: Door, Rear Deck, 2nd Row, or 3rd Row
    • Speaker Size: You can select the speaker size for your Front & Rear speakers, as well as your subwoofer.
      • Front: Small, Medium, or Large
      • Tweeter: None, Small, Middle or Large
      • Rear: None, Small, Medium, or Large
      • Subwoofer: None, Small, or Large
    • X'Overs: The head unit features independent Front, Rear, & tweeter high-pass crossovers, as well as a subwoofer low-pass crossover.
      • Front High Pass Filter: 40, 60, 70, 80, 100, 120, 150, 180, or 220 Hz (or select Full-Range)
      • Rear High Pass Filter: 40, 60, 70, 80, 100, 120, 150, 180, or 220 Hz (or select Full-Range)
      • Tweeter High Pass Filter: 1, 1.6, 2.5, 4, 5, 6.3, 8, 10, or 12.5 kHz
      • Subwoofer Low Pass Filter: 40, 60, 70, 80, 100, 120, 150, 180, or 220 Hz (or Select Full-Range)
    • Speaker Level: You can adjust the volume level (0 to -8dB) of the Front, Rear, Tweeter, and Subwoofer channels independently.
    • Subwoofer Phase: Choose either Normal (0°) or Reverse  (180°)

    Note: You can also choose to bypass the head unit's DSP feature.

    Equalizer Control: Equalizer Control allows you to use one of the EQ presets, or set your own custom settings for the front and back speakers using the 7-band Equalizer. The EQ adjustments are as follows:

    • EQ Presets: You can select from Flat, Natural, Rock, Pops, Easy, Top 40, Jazz, Powerful, iPod (you can select from 22 EQ curve types within your iPod), or User (customized 7-band EQ).
    • 7-Band EQ: 7-Band frequency adjustment (-9 to +9 dB) for Front & Rear speakers using the following center frequencies; 62.5Hz, 160Hz, 400Hz, 1kHz, 2.5kHz, 6.3khz, 16kHz.
    Note: You can store EQ and tone settings for each source (Disc, Tuner, USB, iPod, Bluetooth, and Pandora).

    Bass Management: The KDC-BT955HD offers Bass Boost, Bass DC Extension, and Loudness.

    • Bass Boost: The unit features a four-step Bass Boost (Off/1/2/3) to enhance your music's lower frequencies.
    • Bass DC Extension: When turned on, frequencies lower than 6.25 Hz are set the same gain level as the unit's 7-Band EQ 62.5 Hz gain setting.
    • Loudness: This function enhances low and high frequencies to make the sound clearer lower volumes.

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

    • Supreme: When MP3, WMA, or AAC files encoded at a low bit rate (less than 96 kbps, 44.1k, 48kHz) are played, the Supreme Setting function restores their high frequencies so the sound quality is closer to files encoded at a high bit rate. The processing is optimized for the compression format and the bit rate used. When the Supreme Setting is Off, the unit plays the original sound stored in the audio file.
    • Highway Sound: You can boost a certain range of sound that becomes hard to hear due to road noise; the Highway Sound level can be set to High, Low, or Off

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

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

    Display Features

    Detachable Face w/ Hidden CD Slot: The Kenwood KDC-BT955HD  features a hidden CD slot behind a manual fold-down cover which blends in the front-panel of the head unit. The KDC-BT955HD also features a detachable face to deter theft (no face-case is provided).  An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can be purchased for this unit. A face-fixing screw is supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired.

    Multi-Line Text Display: The 3-line full dot LCD makes it easy to navigate through your disc's music, radio presets, iPod music library, USB content, Bluetooth audio, or phonebook contacts. The KDC-BT955HD offers 5 different display types:

    • 3-line display mode with 3 lines of text.
    • 2-line display mode with 2 lines of text.
    • Spectrum analyzer display mode with 1 line of text and spectrum analyzer.
    • Clock display mode with clock & date.
    • Display off mode which turns off the display and button illumination.

    Note: The Kenwood KDC-BT955HD offers English, French, and Spanish menu text.

    Variable Color Illumination: The Kenwood KDC-BT955HD features variable color display and button illumination. You can choose to use the same color for the LCD display and button illumination, or use a separate color for each one. You can choose from one of 24 preset colors, have the unit scan through all 24 preset colors continuously, or customize your own color (RGB; 0-9). The custom setting allows you to individually adjust the intensity of Red, Green, and Blue (from 0-9) to better match your vehicle's interior lights. The Kenwood logo and eject button remain red.

    Note: You can switch the in-dash head unit's display between a positive or negative effect. You can also adjust the display's contrast from 1-30.

    Illumination Effects: The Kenwood KDC-BT955HD offers two unique key-button illumination effects.

    • Illumination Operation Sync: This function sets whether the head unit's key illumination color is changed in conjunction with the key-button operation.
    • Illumination Music Sync: This function set whether the head unit's key illumination color is changed in conjunction with the system's sound & volume level.

    Dimmer: The dimmer function will dim this unit's display automatically when the vehicle light switch is turned On when you connect orange/white Illumination wire of this player. You can also choose to dim the display manually. The Kenwood logo and eject button remain the same brightness.

    Clock/Date Display: The in-dash CD receiver features a 12-hour clock and date (M/D/Y) display.

    Display Illumination/Clock Display: When the unit is in Standby mode, the face and button illumination is "keyed." When the Clock Display is turned on and the unit is in Standby mode, the Clock Display is also "keyed." Pressing and holding the source button turns the unit off completely.

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

    Remote Control

    Wireless Remote Control: The KDC-BT955HD comes with an IR remote control (RC-406) for wireless operation of the head unit. The remote will control Audio, CD, USB, and Tuner functions. It is powered by a single CR2025 3V lithium-cell battery (supplied).

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

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

     

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    5 out of 5

    Great Head Unit

    Written By Bill, Lower Burrell Pa. on Sunday, March 09, 2014
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    First I must say that Cruchfeild takes care of their customers.I had to have the first one replaced.It was no fault of theirs.and they took care of me with no hassle at all.They we great.This unit is awesome.The sound is great and it is a powerful unit.It has all the bells and whistles. At a great price.
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    5 out of 5

    amazing bang for buck.

    Written By pedro a, fort myers, florida on Monday, March 03, 2014
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    The Kenwood is amazing. Very simple to install thanks to Crutchfield's support and great wireing. Music sounds amazing and has so many optiona for systems that a true pro can make majic happen with this deck. Bluetooth is absolutly easy to use and accuret. My only complaints are that the screen isent very easy to see in bright daylighy even with brightness to max but after your fiddle with it the contorls are second nature
    Pros:
    Incredible sound and abality. Easy to use once used for a week. Bluetooth is easy. Huge bang for your buck. So many equilizers and set up possibilities a pro can work wounders
    Cons:
    Not easy to use in bright light.demo mode is a joke(just play around for a day and youll be fine).
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    4 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-BT955HD

    Written By Anonymous, kennewick,wa on Sunday, March 02, 2014
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    nice product. great price.
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    4 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-BT955HD CD receiver

    Written By Chris K, Rochester Hills, MI. on Friday, January 24, 2014
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    Really like this receiver. The sound is far superior than my factory stereo. I've always had Kenwood car stereo products. No disappointments. NOT disappointed with this one either. I'll probably get an amplifier next. No problems with install. Crutchfield techs had it all figured out.
    Pros:
    Great sound. USB works great with MP3 player. Bluetooth great with Android device. Haven't tried phone yet.
    Cons:
    Get used to "no" pushbutton tuning. Use remote for that. Volume knob very skinny, needs higher profile knob. Detachable face, needs a case or sleeve for protection.
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    5 out of 5

    Awesome Unit

    Written By Jeff, Spout Spring,Va on Thursday, January 23, 2014
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    Awesome sound and easy to use. Very happy with the sound quality, build quality and ease of use. Phone pairing is easy, The apps such as aha, pandora and such work seamlessly.
    Pros:
    everything
    Cons:
    none
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-BT955HD

    Written By Jonathan P., Dayton, OH on Sunday, January 05, 2014
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    Over all, this thing is great. It's my third head unit and will be my last (for my current car). It does it's job very well, and can put out some very nice sound. I have 4x6 Alpines in my front doors, and 6x9 Alpines in the rear deck. With those and this head unit I get a really nice clear sound. The head unit has a lot of customization, I mean a lot (At least compared to the other two I had, a Pioneer and an alpine). I saw some one else say there was a lot of backing out of menus to navigate. This is true because the unit has very few buttons on it, but I don't find it to be irritating in the least. It has hands free calling, so when I step in my car my phone automatically connect and if I want to call some one I hold down the phone button and say call *Enter Name Here* and it almost always works flawlessly. After using the unit in my car for about a month I have experienced a few bugs, such as it locking up and not doing anything. When it does that I can usually fix it by turning it off then back on, but I may need to do it a few times. Some times it's a little more buggy than others but for the most part it works. I have heard that there is some software updates for it so I might try that. So overall it's a great unit and well worth spending the money on.
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    4 out of 5

    NIce deck

    Written By Jerry, CA on Thursday, January 02, 2014
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    A little complicated to operate, but it looks cool and sounds great.
    Pros:
    NIce features. Great sound.
    Cons:
    complicated to operate.
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    4 out of 5

    Amazing Product

    Written By Denvrguy74, Daytona Beach, FL on Saturday, December 28, 2013
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    I really like the stereo
    Pros:
    Great sound on the phone mic, easy to operate.
    Cons:
    Pandora and iHeart Radio don't interact well on bluetooth. When connected through the usb it works. I can still play it through the bluetooth, just not interactively. No buttons for radio presets.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Receiver

    Written By CCrane, Wichita, KS on Wednesday, December 25, 2013
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    I bought this unit for my daughter's F250 for Christmas. The features are exactly what I think she needs as the Bluetooth integration will help keep her safe while driving. She can make and take calls without touching her phone or taking her eyes off the road. She can stream her music from her phone without having a cord hanging between the phone and the radio.This is a top notch car stereo and I highly recommend it.
    Pros:
    Built-in HD radio, Pandora radio control, built-in bluetooth, wireless remote, front and rear USB inputs, front Aux jack and more in a high quality car deck. What's not to like.
    Cons:
    It would be nice if there was a way to make some of the lighter colors in the display brighter so they are easier to see in daylight.
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    5 out of 5

    Great stereo

    Written By DaveH, Richmond, KY on Saturday, December 21, 2013
     
    I bought and installed this unit in a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado to replace a $50 BOSS Audio unit. Installation was easy, particularly with all of the components provided. The sound is great, even out of 12 year- old factory speakers. Switching between the various audio sources takes some practice. The Kenwood "quick start" guide that comes with the unit is mostly worthless, but I was able to use trial and error to get most functions figured out without having to pull up the online guide. My phone paired up easily and I haven't had any issues with the Bluetooth dropping out as of yet. The lack of preset buttons on the face would be more aggravating if I listened to much terrestrial radio.
    Pros:
    Great sound quality; competitive price for such a high- featured unit; Bluetooth works well with my Samsung G3
    Cons:
    The "quick start" guide is completely worthless for all but the most basic functions; lacks preset buttons
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-BT955HD

    Written By thebighock, Central Fla on Monday, December 16, 2013
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    The head unit is great and packed with features!! I just wish I bought better speakers! It has HD radio witch is awesome. CD sound with no interference. Love Iheart radio!!!!
    Pros:
    Features, HD Radio
    Cons:
    need good speakers to fully enjoy!
    2 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-BT955HD

    Written By Steve M, Wheatland, Ca on Saturday, November 16, 2013
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    Great sounding receiver with HD radio that sounds great. The BT works flawlessly and sound perfect. This unit is a great value for the money and it has Kenwood real 22 watts not the advertised 22 watts...big difference! Overall great unit.
    Pros:
    Blue Tooth, 4V output, Great sound, Cool look
    Cons:
    Each button does 4 things...a little tricky to learn at first.
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    4 out of 5

    Decent deck

    Written By ErikM, Sacramento, CA on Monday, November 04, 2013
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    Decent deck for the money. The only gripe I have is the illumination of the display. As others have stated, when in sunlight it is hard to see the display. Other than that, it works like a charm and was a good upgrade from my stock Infinity system that came with my 2002 Dodge Ram 1500. My suggestion would be to bypass the amp and replace your stock speakers with this deck. It blew my dash speakers within 2 days of using it.
    Pros:
    Ease of use Lots of cool features
    Cons:
    Display
    3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-BT955HD

    Written By Travis, Nashville tn on Monday, October 28, 2013
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    Been using this radio for two weeks now and love it.
    Pros:
    The hands free calling and bt audio are the best
    Cons:
    Took a little while to set all the settings the way I wanted them.
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    2 out of 5

    Fancy but....

    Written By Rick, Montana on Saturday, October 26, 2013
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    Looks awesome. It has some very cool features. But, you have to navigate the menu to do just about everything! Has no preset buttons for changing radio stations. Adjusting ipod to listen to a playlist is a major pain. There is no real easy ways to do much of anything with this unit. I am going to return it for a Alpine.
    Pros:
    Looks very cool and lots and lots of features.
    Cons:
    Features are a big pain to try and access.
    1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    one of the best

    Written By matt, columbus,ohio on Thursday, October 24, 2013
     
    I have had over 20 decked on my day with even more sound setups and this us the first deck that I could control all speakers with. If u are going to do a big system with multiple amps this deck will work great. Crossovers are on point along with good eq. Display has many different faces u can find one that u love. U can sound stage the car in many different ways lime having the phone only ring in the fronts or just the rears. U can adjust mic and noise canceling. Works with near every phone and does speech to text messaging. And the look is super clean. The display in sun light can be reversed to see it better. By this the color is the background and the words go black and u can see fine don't listen to the complainers. Hook it upto dimmer and it will switch with the head lights. BEST DECK ON MARKET FOR THE PRICE.
    Pros:
    Everything fully customizable.
    Cons:
    The manual sucks. the deck does so much some more detailed instruction maybe needed.
    7 out of 7 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Love this Deck!

    Written By ZoeF, Belmont, CA on Monday, October 21, 2013
     
    This is the greatest deck I have ever had...and I've had some decks. Since this one was in my current price range and had great reviews...I searched and found the best price at Crutchfield! This deck is surprising in it's many possible set-ups. The sound quality on HD Radio is amazing. I am still finding out all the features this deck offers. Thank you!
    Pros:
    It gives you optional 2 or 3 line display...this is great for me. Easier to read two line. It has a and extensive repertoire of colors and icons, bands and set-up features. Took me a minute to learn how to use it, after that it was very intuitive.
    Cons:
    Scrolling to get to cell phone log and radio stations....needed more buttons I think. Perhaps the CD cover could be automated. As well as the USB port cover. Display can be tricky in daylight..still working on a one color that is always visable day and night.
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-BT955HD

    Written By DarrellD, San Antonio, TX on Friday, October 11, 2013
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    Unit has a lot of functionality however, setting up the configuration I desired took time to step through all the menus. Once configured, the unit works great. The Crutchfield team was great about answering the questions and very responsive when it was decided to use a different wiring harness.
    Pros:
    Love the automatic Bluetooth Hands Free link to my iPhone.
    Cons:
    scrolling through pre-set stations
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    3 out of 5

    its ok

    Written By RichM, nc on Sunday, October 06, 2013
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    like most said, the display is useless in bright daylight and forget this deck in a convertible. additionally, for a unit that has many tech advances it does not display much information. the choice of menus configuration and buttonology is frustrating and requires many gyrations to do very simple things that should be easy
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    5 out of 5

    stereo

    Written By Anonymous, lapel in on Monday, September 30, 2013
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    Nice stereo does everything I wanted
    Pros:
    Very easy to work
    Cons:
    Have no complaints
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-BT955HD

    Written By rscustom`, Silverdale, WA on Saturday, September 28, 2013
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    great radio, love everything about it!
    Pros:
    easyt to use, fast to make adjustments!
    Cons:
    no preset radio station buttons
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-BT955HD

    Written By Greg W, Danville, KY on Monday, September 16, 2013
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    Great radio, easy installation . Had one question and Crutchfield was able to answer quickly.
    Pros:
    Good quality product . All necessary items needed for install.
    Cons:
    Radio stations need buttons.
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    5 out of 5

    Great stereo

    Written By ALR, Corona, CA on Thursday, September 05, 2013
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    Great fit, sound, and over all quality. Being able to take the face off is a great addition. the only way to make this stereo perfect, would be to add a few buttons for favorite radio stations
    Pros:
    personalization, ability to take face off
    Cons:
    no buttons for radio stations
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    3 out of 5

    Horribly Dim Display

    Written By JamesML, on Wednesday, August 21, 2013
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    The review title says it all. While this unit does sound quite good and has a plethora of awesome features, the display is absolutely useless. On overcast days or at night it works just fine, but when the Sun is out forget it.
    Pros:
    Sound
    Cons:
    Display
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood

    Written By Anonymous, San Jose ca on Tuesday, August 20, 2013
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    Best stereo I've ever bought for my car
    Pros:
    Equalizer was the best feature on this which I liked
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC 955

    Written By Brian, Oklahoma City on Monday, July 22, 2013
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    This is my third Kenwood deck in a row. I ordered this one mostly because of the rear USB plug so I could hide the wire behind the dash. i liked my older unit with the plain High/Low/Mid EQ, but I think I will get this dialed in with a little bit of tinkering.
    Pros:
    Nice, Clean, Complex sound tuning
    Cons:
    takes a little time to learn all of the EQ settings
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood bt955hd

    Written By Gil B, MD on Sunday, July 21, 2013
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    Awesome radio... I was looking to replace an old Alpine in my Mercury Marquis. I was not disappointed with my choice of the Kenwood BT955hd. I has features that I will never take full advantage of, but they are there if needed. My most liked feature is the BT audio, and hands free phone system. That makes life such a joy, and lets not forget safety while driving. Love this radio.
    Pros:
    Blue tooth music, hands free phone. Awesome sound, wired and wireless. Just sooooo many features to take advantage of.
    Cons:
    Takes a little getting use too, with all the features available... (-:
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    4 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-BT955HD

    Written By gator fan, florida on Wednesday, July 17, 2013
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    awesome receiver for the price
    Pros:
    works great with iphone 5
    Cons:
    a few glitches when the deck locks up and needs to be reset
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    4 out of 5

    Great Product!!, With a few nuances

    Written By James1, Hiram, GA on Wednesday, June 26, 2013
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    I have now owned this product for about three weeks and have used it thoroughly. I have to agree with other reviewers on most points. Overall, this being my first Kenwood purchase (I have always been a Pioneer guy), I believe this player is great for what I wanted. This is a feature-rich product with great performance. Integrated Bluetooth, HD Radio, RDS, and many more. However, there are some subtle but noticeable misses that could not be overlooked.
    Pros:
    For the price, great features, great sound and easy to install.
    Cons:
    Poor manual and immediate need of firmware update tops the list here. Also, the firmware procedure on Kenwood's website was poorly written. However, this is not Crutchfield's fault... Also, more color options would've been keen. I have a 4 yr old JVC unit costing half the money that has twice the colors to choose from. Also, the Bluetooth is quirky. For some reason, if I am on a call, if I plug in the phone to the USB cable, the call hangs up. ???
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-BT955HD on a Mercedes Benz

    Written By Manny, Veradale, WA on Tuesday, June 11, 2013
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    I have been long looking for iPod/iPhone connectivity to my '99 Mercedes Benz C230K and wanting to stay with the factory Bose system sound quality. Searched all over the web and couldn't find anything. Visited local car stereo shops and all recommend replacing factory unit and speakers. There was no way I would be spending that much money and removing the Bose system. Neither did I want to change the factory unit as this would devalue reselling a Mercedes.

    Frustrated, I called Crutchfield first and was informed that replacing the unit will match my Bose speakers system. It will also come with a wiring harness which will easily allow me to put back the factory unit when it's time to resell the car. Cost is very reasonable and all the accessories I need comes with the deal free. Not the exact thing I'm looking for but closest to what I wanted to do.

    NO REGRETS! Installation took me 5 minutes to wire the harness at the kitchen counter using very well recommended plastic connectors. Another 5 minutes to remove the factory unit and install the Kenwood unit. It took me longer to snake the external mic from the rear view windshield mirror through the front roof panel, down the left pillar, under the instrument panel and through the center console.

    The only feature this unit had over the other units is it's ability to work Siri from the panel (instead of your iPhone). This was something I wasn't looking for but became a MUST when I saw this feature in the iPod/iPhone details.
    Pros:
    Reasonable Price. Ease of Installation. It's features matched what I was looking for iPod/iPhone connectivity. Added bonus is control of Pandora and iHeart from the unit. Continue pressing the phone button and Siri takes over. You DO NOT have to mess around with your phone with this unit. All the controls are on the unit and the remote control is just in my console. I have the same Bose sound quality as before and it will only take me 5 minutes to replace the factory unit when I need to.
    Cons:
    Illumination is not bright enough during daylight. Will have to mess around with contrast when I have nothing else better to do. Functionality and quality outweighs "bling" and "coolness" anytime.
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    5 out of 5

    Everything I was looking for

    Written By PhatPat, Houston TX on Saturday, June 01, 2013
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    Great unit and installation was a snap in spite of being sent the wrong wiring harness. I was upgrading from a Kenwood KDC-BT948HD which had a dead FM receiver, wasn't a2dp, and didn't like my Galaxy S4. This unit used the same harness and was an upgrade in every way. BT sound quality is good but I couldn't get it to display any track info. Sirius XM plays well and was easy to setup. I like the category search feature it has for the Sat radio, it can become quite time consuming to scroll through 200 stations. Pandora and iHeart work well over BT with good quality. HD radio sounded good as well. At higher volume levels (30+) I noticed some distortion but this could have something to do with my decade old factory speakers. I never listen to it this high anyway, but if I were then I would invest in some quality speakers. Phone calls sound good, controls are intuitive and importing contacts was a snap. I like the clean look of this unit and the fact that I can adjust the display color to match my dash lights perfectly. It's so much cleaner than those gawdy cheap looking units that look like they were stolen out of some high schooler's bondo-colored honda civic. I'll probably never use the CD player and have yet to try the USB jacks so I cant comment there. I wish it had preset buttons. It's so simple and yet so useful. Why did these get left off??? Overall, I'm very happy with this unit. No regrets here.
    Pros:
    A2DP support for the latest phones Good BT Streaming quality In app BT support is seamless for music player, Pandora and iHeart Less is more clean appearance Customizable screen colors Front and rear USB ports
    Cons:
    Menu option navigation is distracting, bad quality for a vehicle based unit No info display for songs played off your phone on BT? Am I missing something? Sent the wrong wiring harness, however my old one from the previous kenwood worked fine
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    5 out of 5

    One of best with room for improvement

    Written By hb, Long Island, NY on Saturday, June 01, 2013
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    I turn on my car and the radio begins playing my favorite Sirius station and begin monitoring my phone for calls. I just plugged in my iPhone into the USB and it switches to it. I've already done a firmware update using the USB port, tweaked the audio for the best sound which is superior to my old FM transmitter for XM. If I'm hard-wired, my phone is charged while I browse for artist, title, and/or album using the multi-function knob. If I'm connected via BT, I can begin playing my songs and switch to BT source on the radio. Connect a USB stick to the front or rear connector and play off the thumb drive. Effortless, brilliant. Just set it and forget it, play any source without thinking too much about it. Just ripped a CD onto your iPod and want to listen in the car? Not a problem, wired or wireless. Tag songs on the radio using the "thumbs up" button and a playlist appears in iTunes with Apple happy to let you purchase and download the song with the click of a mouse. HD radio has decent reception with my stubby rubber antenna.

    It's not a radio. It's an experience.

    But, even with 4 lines of display, it doesn't display a clock! I have to trade the station name for a clock in tiny numbers. While the mfgr is proud of their color display which has 4 zones and 10x10x10 colors, I can't read it very well in sunlight. The difference between bright and dim was so subtle I needed to verify it after sunset to insure it was working, finally settled on reverse-video white.
    Pros:
    Effortless, brilliant integration of iPhone, Satellite radio, and phone. Quick start-up, firmware upgradable. Lots of features and options to tweak the sound and edit the text displays. Dials right from my contact list on my iPhone. Navigation to get to music songs, albums, or artists is easy.
    Cons:
    Remote control buttons do not work well. Even with all the fancy colors, the display is nearly impossible to read in bright sunlight. I would have preferred a single color orange display which I could read rather than 1000 possible colors and 4 zones which gets washed out. I need to shout into the mic to make a phone call. Navigation to get to a radio station or preset is cumbersome.
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    5 out of 5

    Very Good

    Written By Dodson, Indianapolis, In on Sunday, May 26, 2013
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    Easy to install with the instructions sent by Crutchfield and their tech support is great! Other than having lots of functions to get use to, this is a great radio. It is a little challenging to remember all the functions, but once you remember them it is fine.
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    Works well

    Written By NJK, Vail, CO on Monday, April 29, 2013
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    Easy to install with the Crutchfield directions. Provides good sound quality (most importantly). Lots of room to fine-tune the audio controls. The display options could be much better. And controlling the settings is somewhat difficult through all the menus you have to work through. Nice, clean look on the face of the headunit. Overall pleased with the purchase though.
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    3 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-BT955HD

    Written By Jared V., Somerset, KY on Thursday, April 25, 2013
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    I researched car stereos for a couple weeks before I decided to purchase this particular unit. I decided on the Kenwood KDC-BT955HD because of the amount of features - Bluetooth, satellite, HD radio, iPod, Pandora, 3 lines of information on the display, selectable colors for the buttons and display, 4V preamp outputs, and iPhone 5 compatibility. Pairing of the stereo and my iPhone 5 was very easy.

    I wanted a single din stereo so I could have the extra storage under the stereo. I also didn't want to pay the extra money for a double din touchscreen unit however I am having second thoughts about that now. The stereo sounds great but it is a little cumbersome to adjust settings, especially while driving. All adjustments are made through a menu that is navigated by pressing and turning the volume button.
    Pros:
    Great sound, lots of features, iPhone 5 compatibility
    Cons:
    User settings and adjustments a little cumbersome, especially while driving.
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    5 out of 5

    Exceeds Expectations

    Written By iows, Las Vegas on Friday, April 19, 2013
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    Installed in a 1979 MGB that I have owned for more than 30 years. There have been more than five major audio system changes over this period. MP3 USB input, controls that would not distract from driving and dash light color were primary concerns. System: Kenwood X4-4S, Polk MM6501, Polk MM691, Kenwood KSC-SW11, Axxess OESWC-STALK. End results exceeded expectations. MP3 files sound HUGE better than previous solution of AUX in. Bypassing DSP for MP3 playback sounds better to me. Rear USB input conveniently routed under the center console with easy access under the ashtray. MP3 folder/file information reads VERY FAST on this center unit and is displayed very well and scrolls as fast as you want. Radio reception is superior to previous center units although HD radio is limited in the Las Vegas area. Kenwood ONLINE WEB manual is much better than the pdf download or supplied manual. Poor technical support in general has made calling technical support a last result ( think Cable Company ). My install would have gone much better if I would have called Crutchfield with my concerns, WOW who knew technical support was not totally dead in the US. Shocker. Crutchfield takes technical support very seriously and all of their representatives were great. The Excelon KDC-X997 appears to be the same but only slightly different for $10 more and the SETTINGS are slightly different, IE you can pick speaker sizes instead of SMALL/MEDIUM etc.
    Pros:
    Center unit provides outstanding control over staging, speaker size, vehicle size, HPF, LPF, etc. Center unit is not cluttered with controls that require taking attention away from driving. MP3 Id3 information is very nicely displayed and easy to navigate.
    Cons:
    In theory turning off the onboard amp should improve sound. Firmware glitch or design error disables the pre-amp outputs when the onboard amp is disabled. Some of the center unit settings DISAPPEAR from the menu after they are set initially. I can understand this as a design choice to simplify the menus after things are initially setup BUT this means it is necessary to cut power to the center unit or use the RESET button and start from the beginning every tim e to gain access to all settings.
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    4 out of 5

    Somewhat Underwhelming

    Written By Hal H, Lake Wylie, SC on Monday, April 15, 2013
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    Although I've only had it for 2 weeks, I am underwhelmed by it. It has everything I was looking for (HD, Bluetooth, iPod connectivity) at what I considere a fair price. It doesn't have a lot of "bling" to it, giving it a more subtle, factory look instead of a "Hey, look at me!!" appearance. I have installed dozenes of car stereos and the second one I've installed in my '99 SVT Mustang and there were no suprises, though the pre-amp outputs are nice allowing hook up to the car's amplified Mach sound system without requiring a matching transformer. I am still waiting to see how well the phone works with the top down. There are, however, two problems worth noting: 1) With the exception of the volume control, none of the controls are intuitive and the instructions aren't of much help. I had to contact Kenwood to download a more complete instruction manual (now I instructions on how to use the remote). 2) Making any changes/adjustments to the system while driving can lead to an accident. Simply changing the radio station is a 4 step process requiring your attention be focused on the display. Using the remote simplifies the procedure, but until I got a copy of the expanded manual, I didn't know that. Perhaps as I become accustomed to it, its operation will become easier, but for now it's not winning me over. If I had to do it again I might still pick this Kenwood but not before taking another look at the other options again.
    Pros:
    HD, Bluetooth, iPod connectivity, Pandora, etc. Front and rear USB inputs High degree of sound adjustment available Fair price Clean appearance without a lot of "bling" Able to match display color to the car's instruments
    Cons:
    None of the controls are intuitive Multiple steps required for simple tasks Instructions aren't of much help for set up and adjustment and they assume you understand all the subleties of audio setup procedures No instructions on how to use the remote
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-BT955HD

    Written By Chris 4380, Raleigh, NC on Wednesday, April 10, 2013
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    This deck has it all and almost every aspect is customizable. I was looking for a deck with time alignment/correction and I like that you can use a custom setting for each speaker or use a preprogrammed listening position. In this regard i like it better than my older alpine deck. I was also looking for hd radio to create new listening opportunities and this doubled the number of stations I listen to now. It also helped with the wife-acceptance-factor, does not use cell data or have a monthly fee. The pro audio tools are great- speaker size selection and highway mode offered noticeable sound improvements. After two weeks I still have the display cycling all the colors to determine the best for legibility and appearance but it also gives it a certain cool factor this way.
    Pros:
    -sound quality: lots of fidelity and depth, clarity at high volume, tons of settings, a large range of subwoofer control, fm clarity and reception, cd sound quality -lots of source input options -hd radio -time alignment feature - No problems experienced with I phone 5 integration
    Cons:
    - I am new to hd and I this is prob common, but there is a slight delay in linking/ tuning to some of the hd stations it seems more of a problem when I am in rural areas. -hard to adjust custom eq - Bluetooth and USB sound quality- I thought would sound better with apple lossless format, I guess I was expecting more but I still hear digital noise especially in the higher frequencies ( hi hat and crash cymbals for example ) the deck is so loud and clear it seems to amp imperfections
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