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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.

Upgrade your run-of-the-mill factory radio with Kenwood's double-sized DPX303 CD receiver, and enjoy easy operation, versatility, and high performance all in one great-looking stereo.

The large multi-line display puts song information front and center, so it's easy to get to your favorite songs. Add-on options include Kenwood's iPod® adapter, HD Radio™ tuner, and Bluetooth® adapter, and you'll find a conveniently located front-panel auxiliary input for plug-and-play satellite radios or other music players. If you like putting together your own mixes, the DPX303 will play MP3, WMA, and AAC files on disc, as well as your store-bought CDs.

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Contour the clean sound of the powerful onboard amplifier with seven preset tone curves for quick adjustments, plus bass, treble, and midrange controls for hands-on customization. Kenwood's Supreme audio processing perks up your digital music files, so they'll sound their best. The remote control allows your passengers to run the show from the back seat.

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

Highlights:

    General Features
    • CD player with built-in MOSFET amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • fits double-sized dash openings
    • large multi-line display with blue button illumination
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RW discs, including discs loaded with MP3, WMA, and AAC files (will not play Digital Rights-protected music files on disc)
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • System Q Sound Control with 7 EQ curves and a 3-band equalizer
    • "Supreme" audio processing for better sound from your compressed music files
    • speaker settings that allow you to tailor the sound to the size and type of speakers in your car
    • high-pass filter (speaker and preamp outs); low-pass filter (rear preamp outputs only)
    Expandability
    • compatible with Kenwood iPod and Bluetooth adapters, CD changers, satellite radios, and HD Radio™ tuner
    • inputs: front auxiliary input, optional rear aux in
    • outputs: 4-channel preamp outputs (front, rear/sub)
    Other features and specs:

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

    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant No
    RMS Power Output 22 watts
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 4-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs No
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs Yes
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 2.5 volts
    Display Color White
    Key Button Color Blue
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Yes
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input Front
    USB Input No
    Memory Card Slot No
    Bluetooth Compatible Optional
    Satellite Radio Ready Both
    HD Radio Optional
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen/4Gen/3Gen
    Nano Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/Nano1
    Touch Touch3/Touch2/Touch1
    Mini Mini2/Mini1
    iPhone Phone/Phone3G/Phone3GS
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 9.3 dBf
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No
    Product Research
    What's in the box?

    Download owner's manual

    • Double-DIN AM/FM/CD/Changer controller receiver with 10A fuse inserted in chassis
    • Sleeve
    • Trim ring
    • Trim plate
    • Wiring harness
    • Wireless remote control (RC-547)
    • 2 "AA" batteries
    • 2 Removal tools
    • 6 Pan-head ISO-mount screws
    • 6 Flat-head ISO-mount screws
    • 4 Strips of double-sided adhesive
    • Instruction Manual (English/French/Spanish)
    • 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.

    Display Features
    Audio Section
    Radio Functions
    Disc Playback
    Aux/iPod Connection
    Wireless Communication

    Display Features

    2-DIN Chassis: The DPX303 has a 2-DIN chassis (also known as "Double DIN" or size DD), 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.

    Note: As always, please consult the Crutchfield Car Selector to verify fit with your vehicle.

    Multi-Line LCD Display: The Kenwood DPX303 features a large multi-line LCD full-dot display. The headunit's display offers the following features.

    • Display Type: Type A (text/icon display), Type B (text/icon/status display), Type C (text/source/clock display), Type D (spectrum analyzer display)
    • Illumination Effect: Sets whether the illumination color is changed in conjunction with the unit's key operation.
    • Illumination Music Sync: Sets whether the key illumination color is changed in conjunction with the unit's sound volume.
    • Display Illumination Control: When this function is active, the display turns off after 5 seconds if no operation is performed. This reduces the glare during night driving.
    • Contrast: The display's contrast can be adjusted between 1 and 10.
    • 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.

    Display Illumination/Clock Display: When the unit is in Standby mode, the face/button illumination is "keyed." In addition, while the unit is in Standby mode, you can turn the clock display on or off. 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.

    Station/Disc Naming: The unit allows you to attach an 8-character title to a radio station or a CD. The unit can memorize up to 30 FM/AM station names and 10 CD names.

    Text/Title Scroll: The DPX303 will display CD text, Audio file text, RDS information and Satellite and HD radio text. You can turn the scrolling feature "on" to scroll longer titles across the screen.

    Security Code: You can enter a 4-digit security code which must be used when the unit is removed from the vehicle, or the constant power source is disconnected from the unit. When constant power is restored to the unit, the security code must be entered before the unit becomes operational. The security code may be disabled if desired.

    Audio Section

    Supreme Setting: When MP3 or WMA 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.

    Built-in Amp Switch: If the audio signals are output to external amplifiers, you can turn off the internal amplifier to improve audio quality.

    Audio Setup: The DPX303 offers the following Audio Setup functions:

    • System Q: 7 EQ curves (Natural, Rock, Pops, Easy, Top 40, Jazz, Game) are preset into memory, allowing you to recall the best preset EQ curve for different types of music. Each preset has its own level settings for bass (100Hz), midrange (1kHz), and treble (10kHz). The headunit also has a User setting that can be set to your personal taste between -8 and +8 for bass, midrange and treble.
    • Speaker Settings: The Speaker Setting function tailors the System Q Sound Control settings according to the type of speakers in your vehicle. You may select a Speaker Setting of "SP Off" (flat), "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).
    • Front and Rear High-Pass Filter: The DPX303 features an independent High-Pass Crossover for the front and rear channels (Hi-level/Low-level). You can adjust the high-pass crossover from Through, 40,60, 80, 100, 120, 150, 180 or 220Hz. The "Through" selection is a full-range setting. This feature is very helpful when you have smaller-type speakers in the front and larger-type speakers installed in the rear of the vehicle.

    Source Tone Memory: This feature allows you to store System Q bass, middle and treble tone settings for each source (CD, FM, AM, Satellite, and CD changer).

    Loudness: The Loudness feature compensates for low and high tones during low volume. You can turn this feature either on or off. Only the low tone is compensated for when the tuner is selected as a source.

    Switchable Rear/Subwoofer Preouts: In addition to the front channel preamp outputs, you can switch the unit's rear RCA preamp outputs to a non-fading subwoofer output with independent volume control (-15 to +15), phase control (Normal/Reverse), and selectable crossover (50Hz, 60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz or Through).

    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 for all sources other than the AUX input which you can set from -8 to +8.

    Tel Mute: The DPX303 features a cell-phone mute wire (brown) in its harness that when hooked up to your car's phone system mute wire will automatically mute the receiver's audio signal when a call comes in.

    Beep Tone: The CD player features a touch sensor tone that beeps when you have selected a function of the unit. You can turn the beep tone ON or Off.

    Radio Functions

    CR-2 Advanced Tuner: This unit uses Kenwood's CR-2 Advanced tuner for clear radio reception. 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.

    Clean Reception System Circuit (CRSC): This circuit controls multi-path distortion by reducing stereo separation. As stereo separation is reduced, multi-path has less effect on the radio signal, improving reception in areas with tall buildings and mountains. The CRSC circuit can be turned on or off.

    Auto Memory Tuning: 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 tuner features 3 FM banks (1, 2, 3) and 1 AM bank. You can store 6 presets for each AM/FM bank giving you a total of 18 FM presets and 6 AM presets.

    Receive Mode: If you choose to connect the optional HD tuner, the Receive Mode allows you to choose to receive analog or digital AM/FM broadcasts. You can choose from the following.

    • Auto: analog and digital broadcast will be received with the digital broadcast having priority
    • Digital: receives digital broadcasts only
    • Analog: receives analog broadcasts only

    Satellite Radio Ready: There are several options for connecting an optional XM or SIRIUS Satellite Radio tuner to this receiver:

    • XM Satellite Radio: To receive XM Satellite Radio connect the optional CNP2000UCA XM Tuner and the CNP-KEN1 Kenwood adapter cable (package item number 700XMKEN2).
    • Sirius: To receive SIRIUS Satellite Radio, you can connect the optional SIRIUS Universal Vehicle Tuner and the optional Kenwood Sirius Satellite Radio Interface (package # 700SIRKENW, sold separately); or you can connect the optional Kenwood Sirius Satellite Radio Interface and the SiriusConnect vehicle docking kit (package # 700SIRPKEN, sold separately), along with your compatible SIRIUS Dock & Play receiver.

    Note: A subscription is also required to receive satellite radio programming from SIRIUS or XM.

    HD Radio Ready: With an optional Kenwood HD Radio tuner (113HR300, sold separately), you will be able to receive digital AM/FM broadcasts from local stations where available. This new technology will significantly improve audio quality and reception, as well as include information such as artist name and song titles or traffic news, viewable on the receiver's display.

    Satellite + HD Radio Note: You will need the Kenwood KCA-S220A Dual-Source Switching Unit (113KCAS220, sold separately) to connect both a Satellite Radio Tuner and HD Radio Tuner to this headunit.

    Disc Playback

    AAC/MP3/WMA Playback: The receiver can play AAC, MP3 and WMA files recorded on CD-ROM, CD-R, and CD-RW discs in ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, and Romeo formats. The headunit supports MP3 audio files with transfer bit rates of 8-320 kbps, WMA audio files with transfer bit rates of 48-192 kbps, and AAC audio files with transfer bit rates of 8-320 kbps. Each disc should have a maximum of 8 directory levels, 50 folders, and 255 files per folder (512 maximum number of files and folders). During MP3/WMA/AAC playback, the unit displays any recorded ID3 Tag, WMA Tag, and iTunes m4a Meta-data information. The maximum number of characters for display is 30 characters for ID3 Tag, WMA Tag, and AAC song information. A maximum of 64 characters can be displayed for File/Folder name.

    CD Force: When there is a problem with playing a CD with a special format, this setting plays the CD by force. Some CDs still may not play in the CD Force mode.

    Off Eject: The DPX303 allows you to eject your disc for 10 minutes after switching off the vehicles engine.

    Aux/iPod Connection

    AUX Input: The DPX303 is equipped with a front panel 3.5mm mini-jack auxiliary input for connecting external portable audio devices such as an MP3 player or Tape walkman. The DPX303 allows you to select the source type displayed when using the auxiliary input. You can choose from AUX, DVD, Portable, Game, Video or TV.

    Optional iPod Adapter: This receiver is compatible with the optional Kenwood KCA-iP500 iPod control interface (113IP500, sold separately). When an iPod is connected to the interface, all of the iPod's controls will be disabled and it will be controlled from the receiver. With this interface, you'll be able to play your iPod music files through your Kenwood receiver and in most cases have all the titling information appear on the receiver's display. The Kenwood DPX303 and the KCA-iP500 are "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of June. 2010):

    iPod/iPhone Model Generation Media Type  Control Type Display Type Charge
    Audio Video Headunit iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Info Track Info
    dock connector 3rd Y N Y N Y Y Y
    clickwheel
    color
    4th Y N Y N Y Y Y
    mini 1st Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2nd Y N Y N Y Y Y
     video 5th Y N Y N Y Y Y
    classic 80GB Y N Y N Y Y Y
    120GB Y N Y N Y Y Y
    160GB Y N Y N Y Y Y
     nano 1st Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2nd Y N Y N Y Y Y
    3rd Y N Y N Y Y Y
    4th Y N Y N Y Y adapter required
    5th Y N Y N Y Y adapter required
    6th N N N N N N N
    touch 1st Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2nd Y N Y N Y Y adapter required
    3rd Y N Y N Y Y adapter required
    4th N N N N N N N
    iPhone 2G Y N Y N Y Y adapter required
    3G Y N Y N Y Y adapter required
    3GS Y N Y N Y Y adapter required
    4 N N N N N N N

    Note: When you initially connect the iPhone to this device the iPhone will display an error message. Press "No" on the iPhone's display and the unit will begin working. This adapter will not charge the iPod nano (4th/5th generation), iPod touch (2nd/3rd generation), and iPhone (3G/3GS/4) without the use of the 142IFWA (sold separately). Apple software updates may change functionality results. Not compatible with iOS 4.0 for iPhone or iPod touch.

    Bluetooth/Remote control

    Bluetooth Ready: The unit is also Bluetooth compatible using the optional Kenwood KCA-BT300 Bluetooth adapter (113BT300, sold separately). Using this adapter you can make and answer phone calls from the Kenwood headunit. You can even download your Phonebook information from your compatible mobile phone into the headunit. You are able to register up to five compatible Bluetooth cell phones when using the KCA-BT300 adapter.

    Note: Visit Kenwood's web site for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled phones.

    Remote Control: The DPX303 comes with the RC-547 wireless remote control with a full numeric keypad. The remote includes volume control for the rear channels when the unit is operating in the Dual Zone mode. It is powered by 2 "AA" batteries (supplied). The dimensions of the remote are: L = 5.365", W = 1.965", D = 1.205".

    Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The unit also features an OEM steering wheel remote control input on the rear of the unit that lets you keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with the optional PAC SWI-JACK Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (127SWIJACK, sold separately); or the optional Metra ASWC Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (120ASWC, sold separately).

    Note: Please consult the Crutchfield Car Selector to see if your vehicle is compatible.

     
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    2 out of 5

    Simple is Complex

    Written By Paul, New York on Thursday, January 13, 2011
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    I baught this to replace a fctory radio in a 1998 Buick Century. The factory radio and
    speakers sounded great untill i replaced it with this model. This radio sounds at best
    average or below for sound quality. The factory radio had much better sound than this
    thing. By the way the easiest thing was wiring. Installing into a GM dash is a lot of work
    but dooable if you know how to unclip your dash appart. Despite the hard work requred
    to install, belive it or not the most difficult part is setting up your radio. Just like some
    previous posts stated its a nightmare jumping from menu to menu just to set up the
    simple things. I would definitely not recomend this radio to anyone. On a bright note
    however, Crutchfield is a great place to shop!!
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    4 out of 5

    Kenwood DPX303

    Written By Anonymous, pa on Sunday, September 05, 2010
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    this should have the ubs port , overall its a good sounding
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    4 out of 5

    Kenwood DPX303

    Written By Anonymous, Cincinnati Ohio on Friday, August 27, 2010
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    I like the radio so far, if I could change anything I would make the display bright enough
    to be seen during the dayime.
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    4 out of 5

    Good value

    Written By John, NC on Tuesday, October 13, 2009
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    Fair price for receiver. User friendly and easy to navigate through menus.
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    3 out of 5

    Too much stuff!

    Written By Brent, Seelyville, IN on Thursday, July 23, 2009
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    I got this as a direct replacement of an OEM single disk cd that was refusing to eject. Kids wanted ipod interconnectablilty and I called Crutchfield.

    My problems lie in the actual daily operation of the unit. I am not a stereo hound, just want good sound, easy operation, some bells and whistles and something that is attractive. The initial setup on this unit is hard. My son set my color to red and I cannot get it to change to blue (green is an option as well on this unit). The menus are hard to follow and the right hand knob acts like a mouse pointer (L/R, up/down) with a push to select the menu itme - problem is it is so touchy - when you push you inadvertantly select another item you don't want. Maybe it's my 40+ yr old fingers?

    The manual is confusing. I did get the date and time set and I really accomplished something! I have not gone to the trouble of programming aliases for my radio stations/CDs - no more frustration for me.

    Sounds good, too many techy things on it, looks nice, I like the remote even if my hands are 12" from the front face of it - makes it easy to scan, adjust volume when you scanning stations outside your home market.

    It fit my needs but I know I'm not using it to its' potential which really irks me. I'll live with the red glow until I figure it out and my teenagers can program for me when I decide I need the aliases on the screen.

    6 out of 12 people found this helpful
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    3 out of 5

    Kenwood Stereo System

    Written By payne, Camp Hill, PA on Friday, July 17, 2009
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    I wanted a new stereo system b/c I do a lot of driving. So, I originally went with a Clarion(which I've never owned before) but it was horrible. I couldn't get a radio station not even two miles away. So, with my hubby's help I bought this Kenwood. I used to have a tapedeck (I know how old that sounds) by Kenwood and loved it, the price for this unit was more more than I wanted to buy espec. that the cable for the IPOD is $50 extra,though clarion offered it free with their package. Either way, some stations aren't clear, it's hard to read the time in the daylight & the manual is difficult. I'd go back to my sony explode in a heartbeat but they are just as expensive and now I give up b/c I'm tired of exchanging/returning everything. So, I'll make do but I'm not impressed with the reception at all.
    1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    3 out of 5

    BAD ergonomics

    Written By Ron, keene,n.h on Monday, June 22, 2009
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    sounds nice, face seams cheaply made,,trying to get through the different menu's is a real pain,, ive installed like 12 stereo's in my life and it took me an hour to change the color, and the manual is very confusing, reception is bad ,does not pick up channels like my old clarion,, but its in the dash now and its staying........
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Features won't disappoint, but pricey

    Written By Geoff, Syracuse, NY on Friday, May 01, 2009
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    This Kenwood was recommended by a Crutchfield employee as an upgrade over the cheaper JVC model I originally ordered, which was out of stock. I wanted a double-DIN model to preserve the look of my car, and since my wife is the primary driver of this car ease of use and sensible controls were a priority. Installation was simple with Crutchfield's excellent documentation, and telephone support to help me sort out the wiring with the Schotke OEM adapter for the Bose speaker system was excellent.

    FM reception is better than the OEM system. as is the sound quality. The animations and pulsing lights which can be distracting can be turned off. My wife particularly likes the choice of colors for the lights surrounding the display (red/green/blue) and the larger than expected remote. The unit can be expanded with Kenwood iPod, BT, and satellite radio if desired, but for our purposes the built-in features suffice... the AUX input on the front works for our collection of iPods, and the CD reads MP3 discs.

    The only complaint I have is that the price for a double-DIN model seems to be about $100 more than for a single-DIN with comparable features. Kenwood does make good use of the extra real estate, with larger, more legible buttons and knobs and a large, easy to read display which dims to a comfortable level when headlights are on.

    All things considered, a good choice and reasonable value for anyone wanting a quality double-DIN head unit.
    6 out of 6 people found this helpful
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    3 out of 5

    its alright

    Written By Andrew, winston salem on Monday, April 20, 2009
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    it does good on cd and aux and radio and it has ll the conections as well

    however it says it has the controls for the in steering wheel controls and it does not fit my hondacontrols oh well honda did a wierd thing with the new accords make it alost impossible to do any aftermarket stuff to them without loosing something like the clock screen

    all in all i wouldnt purchase twice but this will fit my needs and do well ove rthe next year or so till i can get my setup

    if u have a honda accord and know nothing of how to fix repair and or build stuff have this istalled it took me some time and alot of effort to get the dashboard off thanks honda for all those anoying clipps
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    4 out of 5

    Double din delight

    Written By Scott, MA on Sunday, March 29, 2009
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    Having a double din can be tricky. Not too many options out there but this one is good. I coupled this with the sirius direct setup so that my sirius radio comes right through the head unit. What a great option and super easy to set up.

    My only complaint so far is the user manual/user controls. Having spent over $300 on this stereo head unit, I would have expected a model specific manual. This ain't no $100 radio after all. The manual is for 2 units with considerably different sets of functions. It was a bit confusing filtering through just what my stereo can do. Luckily, I'm pretty stereo literate and was able to decipher the less-than-intuitive function set.

    All in all, this is a great stereo for those with a double din space to fill. Anyone setting up a multi-amp system may beware of the limited pre-outs. Only 2 sets and the rear doubles as a sub out (switchable), though I found that my amp's crossover offered a better sound.

    Aux input on the front is great too. MP3 player or ipod works nicely here.

    And the multiple lighting colors are fun too.
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Wish I Could Turn The Lights Off

    Written By Sloan, Little Rock, AR on Monday, February 09, 2009
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    If you are looking for a Double Din deck there aren't many options, but this is a pretty good one. I was looking for something that would have a little more of a factory look. The lights are more annoying than anything, but this is the most customizable head unit I have ever used. I spent 4 hours deciding how to set all the features to get it just how I wanted it. It does have some great options for what text to display on each different source. Reading mp3 tags is a pretty standard feature now, but being able to see the title of the song, the artist, and the album at the same time is not and that is exactly what this gives you.
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    3 out of 5

    Good Deal on a Good Deck

    Written By Chris, Annapolis, MD on Tuesday, February 03, 2009
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    I got the double din to replace my factory unit in my 2005 Hyundai Sonata. The unit (with the free supplied installation kit) could not have been easier and the unit, when installed looks factory finished. No gaps! The deck has a few features I like (the different color illumination selection is nice) and the sound is much better than the factory unit (I did not install new speakers.) The menu is a bit clunky and I have had to reset the unit twice now because it has losts it's full menu and went into a truncted menu (the color is stuck on green because I can't get that menu anymore without resetting.) The layout is pretty understated and traditional (not for ayone looking for that boy racer look) but the buttons and knobs are virtually useless to anyone wearing gloves. For the price though, it fits perfectly in the old double slot and the sound is very clear and sharp with deep rumble free bass.
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Great unit, poor install kit

    Written By JP, Miami, Fl on Tuesday, January 20, 2009
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    Professional install into a Acura. First thing the unit is great, no problems or complaints at all. Sound, display, controls all wonderful. Manual is a bit confusing but most are.

    The install kit is lacking. It is a plastic assembly, that slots together as you break off tabs to fit your model car. In contrast the factory assembly is a solid metal box. The has top and side pieces only. Each has several labeled tabs, that do not match the instructions, making it difficult to figure out with to remove and which to keep. The side pieces do not fit at all, no matter which tabs are removed or kept. The plastic frame parts are very thin, if used the unit would be held only by a narrow strip of thin plastic in the back. In the end my pro installer modified and used the original factory metal frame and only the outside trim of the provided kit, which we used double stick tape to attach.

    Again great unit, but Crutchfield needs a better kit supplier. That a 'custom' kit would be supplied was my main reason for buying it from Crutchfield too.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Unit, Good Quality and Functionality

    Written By Robert, Fort Collins, CO on Wednesday, December 10, 2008
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    Easy install for a 2001 Tundra Access Cab, just remove the face ring on this unit and install the factory brackets and you're all done. The user interface is well put together and easy to use. Note that you have different menu options in Standby mode then you would in other sources such as
    CD/Radio, not a big deal I guess. The buttons are appropriately located and user friendly. There are enough buttons to efficiently do what you want and still keep good aesthetics. Reviews of the Pioneer DD head unit prove that too much consolidation can be a real pain; I think Kenwood did a nice job here. It produces a clean strong sound without an amp, but don't kid your self, get an amp for true sound quality. The screen looks good straight on, but from the drivers or passengers angle the screen is a little heavy with "light" even with the contrast on its lowest setting. There is a display off feature; after a few seconds of no interaction, the screen goes dark until you interact with the unit or remote. The dimmer control is adequate for night driving. It's probably the best looking player that I have seen, just below a navigation system. The remote is set up well and is comfortable to use while driving. These are just some of the things that I noticed after using the unit, but there are a lot of other positives that Kenwood and Crutchfield have already listed in their descriptions. Overall I'm very satisfied with this unit and the Customer Service is noticed and appreciated, Great Job!
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    4 out of 5

    Good radio of you want to see a lot of text

    Written By Adam, Burlingame, CA on Friday, December 05, 2008
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    Good product overall. Choice of display colors is cool. Menu structure is a bit clunky, but not bad. However, I bought the double-din expecting the large display to have more configuration options. There is a fairly good choice of display options, but nothing that is "wow". I feel like feature wise, it's basically the same as a $150 CD player except you get a big display. Unless you really have a need/want to see a lot of text on the display, it's probably not worth the extra money.
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