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Kenwood DPX300U

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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.

Everyone gets something they like

Perfect for a family vehicle, Kenwood's great-looking DPX300U CD receiver gives you variable illumination colors, plenty of entertainment options, and user-friendly controls. And you can plug your iPod®, iPhone®, or other devices into the handy USB port and auxilliary input located on the front panel. System info shows up in extremely large font size on the display, so you'll know what's up with a glance.

How do you like your music?

Whether you plug in your iPod® or iPhone® to the front USB, load a CD, or listen to Internet radio stations, you can choose from a variety of easily accessible musical options. iPhone users, you can access and control your iHeartRadio and Pandora stations with the Kenwood's controls. You can also add a SiriusXM tuner to access the impressive selection of sports, talk, news, and commercial-free music offered on satellite radio. And the included wireless means your passengers can control the entertainment while you worry about the driving.

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Variable color options

The DPX300U will give your dash a face lift, with sleek styling, a glossy exterior, and a prominent control knob that give it way more style than your average factory stereo. When you set the variable display and button colors to match your car's interior, you'll give it extra oomph. Amd here's good news for you Toyota owners out there — this receiver comes with Toyota trim pieces that make it look right at home in your ride.

Sound quality to rock your ride

This Kenwood's built-in MOSFET amp will impress you with its clean power, so turn it up if you want. You can use the 3-band equalizer for precise adjustment of the highs, mids, and lows, while eight EQ presets allow quick shifts to a tone curve that matches your music. The Speaker Settings function tailors the output of the receiver to match the size and type of speakers you've got installed in your vehicle.

Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?

In most vehicles, you can use an adapter (not included) to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this Kenwood stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and the Kenwood, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. Check the "Accessories" tab for compatible adapters.

iPod 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 or its optional iPod adapter.

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-RWs, including discs loaded with MP3, WMA, AAC and WAV files
    • 13-digit variable-color display
    • Pandora and iHeartRadio control with iPhone
    • wireless remote control
    Audio features:
    • 3-band parametric equalizer with 8 preset EQ curves
    • low-pass filter (sub preamp output)
    • 24-bit digital-to-analog converter
    Expandability:
    • compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner (not included)
    • iPod direct control via USB input — no adapter necessary, but adding Kenwood's optional cable lets you leave your iPod cable at home
    • inputs: front panel auxiliary and USB inputs
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (2-volt front, rear, sub)
    Other info:

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    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant No
    RMS Power Output 22 watts
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 2.5 volts
    Display Color Variable
    Key Button Color Variable
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input Front
    USB Input Front
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible No
    Satellite Radio Ready SiriusXM
    HD Radio No
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano 7/6/5/4/3/2/1
    Touch 5/4/3/2/1
    Mini No
    iPhone 6+/6/5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 9.3 dBf
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes
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    What's in the box?

    Download owner's manual

    • Double-DIN CD receiver (with 10A fuse inserted in chassis)
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Universal trim ring
    • Toyota trim ring
    • Wiring harness
    • Wireless remote control (RC-406)
    • CR2025 3V lithium battery (installed in remote)
    • 2 Removal tools
    • Quick Start Guide (En/Fr/Sp)
    • Warranty Card

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    Disc & USB Playback
    iPod/Aux Integration
    AM/FM+Pandora/iHeart+SiriusXM Radio
    Audio Section
    Display Features
    Remote Control

    Disc & USB Playback

    Disc Compatibility: The Kenwood DPX300U 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, and AAC music files loaded onto CD-R/RW discs.

    USB Port: The DPX300U also features a front-panel USB (type-A) port that is hidden behind a flip-down cover. The USB port enables connection and control 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 unit supports playback of MP3, WMA, AAC, and WAV music files stored on a compatible USB memory device formatted with FAT 12/16/32 file system. USB portable devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the CD receiver's USB port (max. 1A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

    Note: You cannot connect a USB device via a USB hub or Multi-Card Reader to this unit.

    MP3/WMA/AAC Playback: The Kenwood DPX300U supports the following types of MP3, WMA, AAC, and 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 or 2, Romeo, Joliet, or Windows long file name FAT 12/16/32
    Playable File Types  MP3: bit rate of 8-320kbps w/ sampling rate of 8, 11.025, 12, 16, 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1, 48kHz
     WMA:
    bit rate of 32-192kbps w/ sampling rate of 32, 44.1, 48kHz
    AAC:
    bit rate of 8-320kbps w/ sampling rate of 16, 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1, 48kHz
    MP3: bit rate of 8-320kbps w/ sampling rate of 8, 11.025, 12, 16, 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1, 48kHz
     WMA:
    bit rate of 32-192kbps w/ sampling rate of 32, 44.1, 48kHz
    AAC:
    bit rate of 8-320kbps w/ sampling rate of 16, 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1, 48kHz
    WAV:
    bit rate of 16-bit w/ sampling rate of 44.1kHz
    Maximum # of Folders/Files 50 folders/512 files (255 files per folder) 255 folders/65,025 files (255 files per folder)
    Tags ID3 tag (version 1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4), WMA tag, AAC tag ID3 tag (version 1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4), WMA tag, AAC tag, WAV tag

    Text Scroll: The DPX300U 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 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 DPX300U 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 or USB device is playing, the next time CD or USB is selected as the source, playback will resume from the point where it left off.

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

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

    Off Insert/Eject + Auto Reload: A CD disc can be inserted or ejected with the power off. When a disc is inserted with the power off, the unit will automatically power up and begin playback. If the ejected disc is not removed within 15 seconds, the disc is automatically inserted again into the loading slot to protect it from dust.

    Music Editor Compatible: The Kenwood DPX300U 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 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

    iPod/Android/Aux Integration

    iPod Direct Connection w/ DAC Bypass: The DPX300U's front-panel USB port acts 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 Lighting-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 DPX300U.

    • 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 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 DPX300U 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 DPX300U 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 DPX300U is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 9/19/2014):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Specific Apps Display Type Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/App Pandora app iHeart Link Artist/Song Text Track Info
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4 7.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5/5C/5S 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    6/6+ 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    4th 6.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    5th 8.0 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N N N Y Y Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    7th 1.02 PC Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N N N Y Y Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    2 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    3 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    4/air 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    mini 8.0 Y N Y Y Y 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.

    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 DPX300U allows you to select the source type displayed when using the auxiliary input. You can choose from AUX, DVD, Portable, Game, Video, or TV.

    AM/FM+Pandora/iHeart+SiriusXM Radio

    RDS AM/FM Tuner: The Kenwood DPX300U features a built-in RDS AM/FM tuner. The Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast information such as artist, title, and album when listening to compatible AM/FM stations. You can choose one of three tuning modes: Auto 1 (seek tuning), Auto 2 (cycles through and tunes the selected band's preset stations only with each button press), or Manual. Using the included remote control, you can directly enter a station's frequency from the remote's numeric keypad. 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 DPX300U's tuner features 3 FM banks (1, 2, 3) and 1 AM bank for storing presets. The Kenwood DPX300U 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 stations can be assigned to a total of 6 preset buttons, regardless of AM/FM band. You can recall a preset station without switching between bands.
    Note: Mono mode reduces the noise when stereo broadcasts are received as monaural.

    Pandora App: The Pandora App (free) lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the Kenwood DPX300U using your connected Apple iPhone, via the Kenwood KCA-iP102 USB/iPod connector cable (sold separately), or the cable supplied with your iPhone. The Kenwood DPX300U 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/ To access Pandora you must have an Apple iPhone (iOS5 or later) with the latest version of the Pandora application from Apple's iTunes App Store. Your iPhone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. You will also need a Pandora music service account.

    Note: Access to the Pandora service will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.

    iHeartRadio Link: The iHeartRadio Link app for Kenwood (free) lets you play music from the iHeartRadio music service through the Kenwood DPX300U using your connected Apple iPhone (iOS 5.0+), via the USB/iPod connector cable (included with your iPhone) or the Kenwood KCA-iP102 cable (sold separately). 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 DPX300U 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.

    Note: To access iHeartRadio you must have an Apple iPhone (iOS 5.0 or later) with the latest version of the iHeartRadio Link application from Apple's iTunes App Store. Your iPhone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi.

    SiriusXM Ready: The Kenwood DPX300U 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
    • Channels containing unsuitable content for children can be blocked
    Note: A separate SiriusXM Satellite Radio subscription is required (operates on the XM Network). However, you can easily add this SiriusXM tuner to an existing Sirius or XM account for a Multi-Radio Discount Plan.

    Audio Section

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The Kenwood DPX300U utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood DPX300U 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 DPX300U are as follows:

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

    6ch/2.5V Preamp Outputs: The DPX300U features front, rear and subwoofer 2.5-volt preamp outputs. The front and rear speaker preamp outputs are balance and fade adjustable. The subwoofer preamp output is non-fading. The front, rear, and subwoofer preamp outputs are fixed to the rear chassis of the head unit.

    Front & Rear High-Pass Filter: The DPX300U features a High-Pass Crossover for the front & rear channels when your front & rear speakers are connected by the unit's speaker-outputs or preamp-outputs. You can adjust the high-pass crossover from "Through", 100, 120, or 150 Hz. The "Through" selection is a full-range setting.

    Subwoofer Controls: The Kenwood DPX300U offers the following subwoofer controls, when you are using unit's subwoofer preamp output.

    • Low Pass Filter: The receiver features a built-in Low Pass Filter control for the preamp-output, when the output is set to Subwoofer. You can select from 85 Hz, 120 Hz, 160 Hz, or off.
    • Subwoofer Phase: You can adjust the phase of the subwoofer output between 180-degrees (Reverse) or 0-degrees (Normal).
    • Subwoofer Level: Once the Subwoofer preamp output is activated, you can independently control the subwoofer preamp output level (-15 to +15) from the CD receiver.

    Speaker Settings: The Speaker Setting function tailors the head unit's audio settings according to the type of speakers in your vehicle. You may select a Speaker Setting of 'SP-Off' (flat/off), 'SP-OEM' (for OEM factory speaker systems), 'SP-6x9/6' (for systems with 6" and 6"x9" speakers), or 'SP-5/4' (for systems with 4" and 5" speakers).

    EQ Pro: The DPX300U is equipped with Kenwood's EQ Pro. The integrated equalizer offers 7 preset sound modes (Natural, Rock, Pops, Easy, Top 40, Jazz, Powerful, and User) suitable for the music genre of your choice. The User mode allows you to manually adjust the head unit's 3-band parametric EQ (Frequency, Level, and Q-Factor).

    EQ Pro
    Frequency Level Q
    Bass 60, 80, 100, 200 Hz -8 to +8 1.0, 1.25, 1.5, 2.0
    Midrange 0.5, 1.0, 1.5, 2.5 kHz -8 to +8 0.75, 1.0, 1.25
    Treble 10.0, 12.5, 15.0, 17.5 kHz -8 to +8 Fixed
    Note: You can store EQ Pro bass, middle and treble tone settings for each source (Disc, Tuner, Aux, USB, iPod, and Pandora).

    Bass Boost: In addition, The Kenwood CD receiver features a Bass Boost control that can be set to the following levels (BB1, BB2, BB3, or Off).

    Loudness: This function enhances low and high frequencies to make the sound clearer lower volumes. There are 3 levels (LV1, LV2, or Off).

    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 head unit provides an audible beep to confirm button operation. This function can be turned On or Off.

    Display Features

    Variable Color Illumination: The Kenwood DPX300U features variable color display and button illumination. You can choose from one of 24 preset colors, have the unit scan through all 24 preset colors continuously, or customize your own color (RGB: 0-9). The display and button illumination can be set to the same color or set independently.

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

    Display Illumination/Clock Display: When the unit is in Standby mode, the clock and button illumination is "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.

    2-DIN Chassis: The DPX300U has a 2-DIN chassis (also known as "Double-DIN"), and will fit in many vehicles with a large dash opening. The unit can be ISO-mounted using factory brackets, or Euro-mounted using the supplied mounting sleeve. There is also a supplied trim ring which allows it to fit perfectly in select Toyota vehicles with 200mm dash-openings. As always, please consult the Crutchfield Car Selector to verify fit with your vehicle.

    Remote Control

    Wireless Remote Control: The DPX300U 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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    Nice looking CD receiver with flowing colors and displays.
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood DPX300U

    Written By JamesMC, Tulsa,OK on Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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    Good sounding unit installed in 2004 GMC Sierra 1500 using CRUX SOCGM-17 wiring interface. Manual online and I did need it to figure out some functions as I am sixty nine years old and not a young techie. I really like this unit.
    Pros:
    Sound, looks, double din filled up dash and great price. Crrutchfield shipped fast and answered all questions.
    Cons:
    None for me.
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    4 out of 5

    Nice Replacement

    Written By Allen, Millington, TN on Saturday, September 13, 2014
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    Price will often tell you alot about a device. If you are looking at the cheaper range you can't expect to be wowed, which is the case here. This is a good sounding head unit that does all the basics. It does have a few pluses like the usb jack in the front and iphone/ipod control. This unit does not support Bluetooth but the model above this one for a few dollars more does. I was replaceing an aftermarket JVC unit that I had hated ever since I bought the vehicle. This unit looked much better mounted in the dash. It looks like it actually belongs there. The ability to change colors of the display independently from the key colors was a plus that I didn't think i would have liked as much as I do. You can set them to match your dash lights or contrast them. I actually have the display match while my key colors constantly slowly cycle through the spectrum.It's really quite cool. I have no amp connected and it still does a decent job pushing 4 speakers. For the money it is a nice little head unit.
    Pros:
    All the colors you can change the display and the keys too. Looked very good for a cheaper unit sitting in my dash.
    Cons:
    Display can be hard to see in direct sunlight, but the unit it replaced had the same problem.
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood DPX300U in 03 Silverado

    Written By Alan W, Spring, Texas on Monday, September 08, 2014
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    The salesman knew exactly what I would need for my application, and advised me very professionaly. Fast shipping and delivery. Piece of cake to install, just read the instructions....guys
    Pros:
    Very easy installation, easy adjustments,
    Cons:
    None
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    4 out of 5

    Kenwood DPX300U

    Written By Monk, Nashville , TN on Thursday, September 04, 2014
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    Great radio for the price easy install in 2004 Trailblazer
    Pros:
    Colors , fit , ease of setup
    Cons:
    non
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    5 out of 5

    My second Kenwood and love it!

    Written By Alvin, Mayaguez Puerto Rico on Wednesday, September 03, 2014
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    I installed this unit in my 2008 Suzuky SX4 Sport and am very happy with it , simple instalation with the free supplied gear ,Colors match the factory and the sound is great with my factory speakers , reccomend it for anyone!
    Pros:
    USB input, adjustable color display, excellent sound quality ,easy to install
    Cons:
    no rear usb l
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    5 out of 5

    great radio

    Written By Ken, Hazel Park, Michigan on Wednesday, September 03, 2014
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    Easy to use and install, I had no problems with install. The radio is wonderful with the satellite radio built-in I am very happy.
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    5 out of 5

    Easy to install!

    Written By nevis guy, Nevis Island on Friday, August 22, 2014
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    The Kenwood in-dash unit went in very easily with the supplied mounting brackets and wiring connectors. The controls are much more user friendly than previous units I have owned. I would definitly recomment to friends.
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    5 out of 5

    great sound

    Written By Doug E, Salina Ks on Monday, August 18, 2014
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    I bought this as a replacement for my factory head unit..mine stopped ejecting cds and i wanted to add xm radio. I wasn't looking for all the bells and whistles .. just a solid upgrade of my gm unit. this is perfect upgrade for me at a value price. Was easy to install and matches my dash fairly well. This one has easy to use menu buttons and a remote..lol..although i have no idea why. This unit has all the outs for amps and also inputs on the face for usb and aux jack. I'll probably buy another one for my s10 project
    Pros:
    value..kenwood double din for the price sounds so much better than my gm radio ease of use..switching between radio and xm color for display easy to match different dash colors
    Cons:
    mine was missing the owner..user manual doesn't have bluetooth if you want that
    Crutchfield response on Wednesday, August 20, 2014
    These days, many car stereos don't include an owner's manual in the box. Manufacturers either include it on a disc or send you to their website to download it. You can also find it on our website. On the stereo's web page, click on the "Details" tab. At the top of that tab, click on "What's in the box?" or just scroll down below the chart. The first item appearing in the "What's in the box?" box is a link to the owner's manual. You can view it in your browser or download it to your computer.
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    3 out of 5

    radio is great for what I need it for

    Written By knenwood, las vegas nv on Saturday, August 16, 2014
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    I like how it fits, and the different colors that it has, sound is very good, and ease of using the stereo is great.
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    5 out of 5

    Perfect Upgrade

    Written By Anonymous, IL on Friday, August 15, 2014
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    This unit is a perfect OEM upgrade nice display not too bright at night a little dim in direct sunlight looks really clean in factory location sound quality is very good, does not have the muddy sounding low end of the pioneer that this is replacing. The menu is a little tricky at first but once you figure it out it is pretty straight forward. Great receiver so far and matches dash lights perfectly in my SUV paired with 2 sets of kicker 6.5 sounds very nice.
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    1 out of 5

    Disapointed Now

    Written By Carlyle, Peoria AZ on Wednesday, August 13, 2014
     
    I installed this unit in my F250 about a year ago. I bought because the CD player was a feature I really wanted. The Cd player died about a month after the warranty ran out. I am not happy it died so soon with such little use. I did review this unit after I installed it. I still stand by most of what I said. All I am saying now is the unit has proved over a short period of time to lack in quality. I won't buy another one. Another sad part is that I had to modify the dash to put the unit in. I will never do that again either. Now I am stuck. I would leave the dash alone so I could easily install a different unit if needed. Live and learn I guess. If you don't need a CD player you will probably love this unit.
    Cons:
    CD player is junk. Had to modify dash for installation.
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    4 out of 5

    Nice Stereo

    Written By tom, pleasanton, ca on Tuesday, August 12, 2014
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    This is a definite upgrade over the factory stereo, it sounds noticeably better. It was easy to install and the wiring kit makes that part easy. My daughter likes the way the display changes color. The instructions don't explain a lot of the settings but if you sit there and play around with it you can make a good sound combination.
    Pros:
    sounds good, easy to install
    Cons:
    settings/features not explained very well in the instructions
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    5 out of 5

    Very Flexable The DPX300U

    Written By shadetree, Iowa on Monday, July 28, 2014
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    As I titled, this unit is very flexible to install in most all environments from standalone factory to a full amped system. New or limited budged users can build from the fully functional head unit without the worry of replacing it or purchasing expensive adapters and such. The operation is strait forward affording the user more direct function buttons without the need to look at the screen using a navigation control as other brands, especially important while driving. The Android App has performed flawless so far. One note, If it wasn't for the USB drive option I know I would need to up my data package. All in all this is a nice unit that offers users mostly what they will ever want or grow to.
    Pros:
    1.Flexible installation. 2.Beautiful finish and control layout. 3.USB works with Android APP. 4.Tuner is very sensitive. 5.Settings will allow almost any thing a user prefers. 6.USB Drive capable is very fast to access.
    Cons:
    #1. Biggest complaint is the USB file browsing does not list the folder/s name/s. Very difficult to navigate large collections, especially using the common folder format: Artist/Album/ or worse, Artist/Album (with more than one album). 2.Tuner head unit not capable to manual set stations or traveling weak stations, it's a car! Users will need to use the remote. 4.As others have mentioned, the included Start Manual is limited, suggest to download the full manual first to familiarize your needs.
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    5 out of 5

    Great alternative to factory stereo

    Written By Bev and Jim, Keyser, WV on Sunday, July 27, 2014
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    Brooke @ Crutchfield recommended the Kenwood DPX300U to us to enable installation of a "hidden" SiriusXM receiver that we wanted to install. Everything necessary to facilitate installation was included in the shipment. And the installation was simple as could be after reviewing the included instructions. Brooke also added some really neat 'crimpless' wiring connectors that gave this installation professional quality without the need for soldering. Removal of factory stereo and installation of Kenwood and SiriusXM receiver was just over two hours and it looks better than the factory stereo.
    Pros:
    Great sound using existing factory speakers. Easy installation with the install gear that was provided. Great looking multi-colored display. Seamless installation of SiriusXM receiver. Lighter than factory radio being replaced.
    Cons:
    None so far.
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    4 out of 5

    DPX300U

    Written By Mike, Raleigh, NC on Thursday, July 24, 2014
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    I dinged the value here only because the DPX 500 BT, which is bluteooth enabled, is only $40 more. I don't feel like switching the system. but I wish I had known that when I ordered the DPX 300 U.
    Pros:
    Easy to use - my previous system had an interface where one knob tilted and turned to control all features - that was not usable when I was driving. The DPX 300 U is considerably simpler.
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood DPX300U

    Written By Rick H, Tahoe City, Ca on Monday, July 21, 2014
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    Sounds great, easy to use, looks cool, and I love the I-pod connection. Hard to judge the quality after a couple of weeks.
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    5 out of 5

    Excellent Choice

    Written By Maddogg, Jacksonville , FL on Monday, July 21, 2014
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    The Kenwood unit was an excellent choice for the Sliverado. The fit was perfect. Sound quality is above the OEM unit that was in the dash. As far as pricing the value was very good. The display on the unit puts to shame the original unit. Add in Crutchfields outstanding service and you can't go wrong.
    Pros:
    Price, fit, sound, Crutchfield
    Cons:
    None
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    4 out of 5

    kenwood

    Written By robert, arkansas on Sunday, July 20, 2014
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    everything is great so far the gear that was promised was on point the install went great nice upgrade
    Pros:
    install quality of sound
    Cons:
    illumination is not great in the day but that is okay cannot have everything
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    4 out of 5

    Dpx300u

    Written By George, Columbus, oh on Thursday, July 17, 2014
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    Great unit or the money. Would definitely recommend. Only problem I've found is when scrolling through my pandora stations it takes a minute to read the station name. Not a big problem, works great and sounds great.
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    4 out of 5

    Kenwood dpx300u

    Written By Anonymous, Richmond, VA on Tuesday, July 15, 2014
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    Nice starter radio. If you want a radio that has a nice sound, add on capabilities, pandora, iheart radio, and sirius radio then this is the one for you.
    Pros:
    Cost, nice looking, and features
    Cons:
    Hard to view during a sunny day
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    5 out of 5

    Stereo Installation

    Written By Herb, Science Hill, KY on Wednesday, July 09, 2014
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    Looks good, easy to operate, and sounds great. I bought this and the speakers for less money here locally. A perfect fit in my 2004 Silverado and my billfold.
    Pros:
    Perfect fit//Easy Install//Excellent instructions for the stereo installation.
    Cons:
    The little box GM installed in their vehicles that you must have in order for the stereo to work.
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    4 out of 5

    Great product

    Written By Gerald, California on Sunday, June 29, 2014
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    This system is awesome!!! Many ways to tweak the sound and pre-set them
    Pros:
    Price, cool looking, sounds great!
    Cons:
    The illumination colors. I can't seem to fix it to one color
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    5 out of 5

    AWESOME DEAL

    Written By townie28, East Providence, RI on Friday, June 27, 2014
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    Really easy to install, and for the price it can't be beat. I just wanted to replace the factory stereo in my '05 Explorer so that I could plug in my iPod or iPhone. Looks like factory unit when installed. LEDs can be changed to match the interior dash lighting. Searching for music can be a little slow, but i use my phone anyways.
    Pros:
    Looks great. easy to install sounds great
    Cons:
    Search is a little diffcult, but it is what it is for $159
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    5 out of 5

    Worth Every Penny

    Written By ShadeH, Saint Helens on Tuesday, June 24, 2014
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    This stereo really surprised me. It's iPod/iphone makes listening to my music so much easier. I have not messed with the pandora feature much yet, so I am unable to say much about it. But I can say that if it's works as efficiently as everything else on the stereo, then it should handle fine. It looks incredible at night and in low light settings. Definitely worth the buy. Highly recommend it for a 2003 mazda protege. (;
    Pros:
    -User friendly -Easy to install -USB iPod and iPhone controls -Charges your phone while listening to music
    Cons:
    Likely to get stolen because it looks so darn cool.
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    5 out of 5

    Great!

    Written By Jeremy, Fond du Lac, Wi on Sunday, June 22, 2014
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    Perfect fit for double din opening and looks great. Install in 05 F150 only took about an hour.
    Pros:
    Easy to install Controls easy to figure out Looks great
    Cons:
    Colors constantly changing Hard to see display in sunlight
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    5 out of 5

    A Great System

    Written By Kent, Livonia,NY on Tuesday, June 10, 2014
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    So far so good. After having the factory unit fail twice I decided it was time for an aftermarket unit. Having dealt with Crutchfield before they were my first choice. The Kenwood DPX 300U is a great unit. The quality of sound over the factory unit with just the head change is outstanding. I wish I hadn't wasted my money having the original factory unit repaired at the first failure.
    Pros:
    Ease of installation, overall quality, everything required for a neat install included and awesome sound quality. My car sound system never sounded better.
    Cons:
    The direction to set the clock were wrong. However a one minute call to Crutchfield's tech line resolved that problem. Thanks to Carl on the tech team!
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    5 out of 5

    Nice replacement radio

    Written By RandyD, Arlington, TN on Tuesday, June 10, 2014
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    I got this radio to replace the factory one after my XM tuner went dead. Install was simple with the wiring harness that Crutchfield supplied. I added a SiriusXM tuner. The lighting is a bit dim in bright daylight but not overly problematic.
    Pros:
    Nice features
    Cons:
    Radio is a little hard to see in bright daylight
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    5 out of 5

    Great Value

    Written By Peter V, Houston, TX on Sunday, June 08, 2014
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