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Kenwood DPX300U

CD receiver

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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.

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.

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-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
    • 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:

    Why replace your factory radio?

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

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    What's in the box?

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    • 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

    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
    Audio/video Input
    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

    Product Research

    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