If the double-sized factory radio in your vehicle leaves you yawning, Kenwood's DPX-MP4070 CD/cassette receiver delivers a 4-way entertainment wake-up call — CD, cassette, radio, and MP3/WMA playback. This versatile radio will play CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs, including discs that you've loaded up with your favorite MP3 and WMA music files. Its full-logic cassette deck features Dolby B noise reduction and metal tape capability, while Kenwood's CR-2 tuner pulls in stations far and near.

The muscular built-in amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4) will rock your speaker system. Plus, this model is ready for performance-enhancing expansion — you'll find two sets of preamp outputs to simplify adding external amps. The face features simple controls for easy operation, and the "Color Shock" display gives you a choice of 67 different background colors. You can set a color for each source, change colors every 6 hours, or scan continually through all 67 colors.

It's all about great sound, and the DPX-MP4070 lets you shape the music to perfection. System Q+ offers nine adjustable EQ curves, along with bass, treble, and midrange controls with adjustable centerpoints. SRS WOW uses home theater technology to improve bass response, focus the soundstage, and create a convincing "3D" surround effect. A wireless remote control is included.

Note: Your dash must have a 4" opening for the DPX-MP4070 to fit; the 3" openings found in some vehicles, especially GM and Chrysler, will not accommodate it. Please enter your vehicle information or call a Sales Advisor at 1-888-955-6000 to find out if this model is compatible with your vehicle.

Product Highlights:

  • "Color Shock" dot matrix display
  • plays CDs, CD-Rs, CD-RWs, and MP3 and WMA files on disc
  • plays
  • CR-2 tuner with 18 FM/6 AM presets
  • seek tuning
  • full-logic cassette mechanism
  • Dolby B noise reduction
  • tape EQ
  • System Q+ — 9 adjustable EQ curves; bass, treble, and midrange controls with adjustable centerpoints and "Q"
  • SRS WOW (improves bass, focuses soundstage, and creates "3D" surround effect)
  • CD changer controls
  • auxiliary input
  • two sets of preamp outputs
  • rear preamp outs can be switched to subwoofer mode (activates level control and low-pass filter)
  • clock
  • wireless remote
  • 22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels
  • CD frequency response 10-20,000 Hz
  • CD signal-to-noise ratio 100 dB
  • tape frequency response 40-20,000 Hz
  • tape signal-to-noise ratio 60 dB
  • FM sensitivity 9.3 dBf
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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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Great radio for my Z

Written By Paul, SoCal on Friday, July 28, 2006

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1. This radio matches the interior of my 2006 350z and looks like an OEM radio for the car.
2. The installation was easy (thanks to Crutchfiled instructions).
3. Between this radio and Kenwood speakers I bought at the same time, the difference between this and my OEM radio is night and day.
4. The display color can be adjusted to match the car.
5. The sound is quite tuneable to match my tastes.
6. Plays MP3 CDs flawlessly.
7. Has AUX in RCA jacks and two sets of AUX out jacks, so it powers my subwoofer and amp easy as can be. The sub settings can be adjusted to match the amp and sub also.
8. Plenty of clean power. It can get quite loud. I didn't need to buy a seperate amp for the front and rear speakers. Of course, I'm not making a show car, so deafining volume isn't necessary or desireable.
9. This is the best looking and equipped double DIN radio in it's price class.

1. The display can be difficult to read in the day because of glare. However, if you choose a bright color like blue, green or white, this isn't a problem.
2. The buttons take some getting used to. The volume is all the way on the right of the stereo. Once you get used to the layout, it isn't bad though.

All in all, a great stereo with great Crutchfiled service and prices.

The price and sound is amazing. The minor quirks are easy to fix, so this is definiely a five star radio!

Good Head Unit

Written By MARK, Oklahoma on Sunday, May 14, 2006

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I just installed this unit so my experience with it so far is as follows.I have run Kenwood products for over 20 years and I still am stuck on the older models,but anyway.
This model has been out for a while and there are not many units with cassette and cd combo available.
Am a little disapointed with the red button background colors and button layout also it is a bit difficult to use.The instruction manual is ?????. The installation was fairly easy with the supplied harness but the way it looks in the dash with the supplied kit from crutchfield,well,could have been a bit better.Once a person gets use to setting up all of the EQ functions it will sound great.So far it sounds good hooked straight to Infinity Reference 6012si in the front doors (at this time I have not replaced the back deck speakers with the Kicker 6x9's -- the factory 6x9's are unhooked right now because they are 2 ohm and my new kickers are not here yet).

Note:The only reason I replaced my factory deck was to gat cassette and CD changer control.Also in my car the factory speakers are 2 Ohm and need to be replaced with 4 Ohm speakers if you plan running the deck straight to the speakers without an amp.

2006 Nissan Altima without Bose

Good Radio

Written By Andy, Hebron, KY on Thursday, May 04, 2006

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After messing with this radio for about two weeks, I really like it. It does take some time to get used to where the controls are, but once you get the feel for it, its pretty easy to use. Sounds good too, even with the factory speakers. It fit perfectly in my 2002 tundra, all I had to do was use the factory mounting brackets and slide it in. It looks like it was installed from the factory.
The display can be difficult to see in the sunlight, I find changing the color to White or Lime during the day helps.

Kenwood DPX-MP4070

Written By Pat C, West Seneca NY on Sunday, January 08, 2006

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Installed this unit in a 2005 Nissan Xterra. Very happy with the installation. The free harness adaptor worked perfectly. My only disappointment is that only the display colors are changeable. The illumination of the buttons and the rest of the unit is red. Hoped they could change to orange to match the rest of the Xterra's dash lighting. Sound quality is excellant with the stock speakers and can be widely tailored to suit any taste.

Kenwood DPX-MP4070

Written By Alan, VA on Thursday, December 01, 2005

Owned this product for about 18 months. Bought it because I wanted a CD/Cassette combo, and there were only a few to choose from.

Though happy with the sound quality, I'm very disappointed with the layout of the controls. Simply put, I find this unit very difficult to operate. There are many buttons. The labels on the buttons are very small, difficult to read, with obscure abbreviations. Though there are many features, the most commonly used ones are difficult to find, especially while driving. In daytime lighting its very difficult to see the lighted display.

Kenwood DPX-MP4070

Written By Michael, Chesapeake, VA on Sunday, September 25, 2005

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This unit is worth every cent. Afeter owning it for 3 months now, the only problems i have had is with the display. When the sun is hitting the unit directly, the display is hard to see, easily fixable by shading it with your hand when you want to see what track is currently playing etc. The sound quality at first listen, but play with the equalizer and the music will sound excactly as you want to here it. Other thatn that, the display is awesome, as is the highley customizable equalizer. It plays any music that you have, and with the kenwood ipod connecter, play any music you own. The display is much better than pictured, and can be changer to match your other interior lighting. My favorite part about this unit is that it is double sized and looks stock and clean in my 2001 Tacoma. A great show off piece. I recomend to any music lover who wants a highly tuneable equalizer, and awesome 67 color display.

im quite happy

Written By bcbasslet, new york, ny on Sunday, August 28, 2005

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i'm quite happy with my radio. i had given up finding a doubledin in an electronics store, and a friend told me about Crutchfield. i was very happy to find what i wanted. i am only disappointed in that i don't seem to be able to direct sound to my bose speakers the way i used to...front vs back, and left vs right. but otherwise happy. i was able to turn off all the ghetto colors on the display and make it calm; my crutchfield salesman was very knowledgeable and helpful. i'll def. order from them again and/or recommend them to anyone

A very good all-included head

Written By Qing, Fairfax, VA on Friday, July 15, 2005

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I am very happy to use this radio/CD/MP3/cassette player. Before installing this unit, I've used factory default radio/cassette for almost 8 years. The old cassette had some problem and I always want to play CDs, esp. my own burned MP3 CDs. This one gives me all. I really like that the it starts MP3/CD from last time's stop point. Since I have never used other units, I cannot comment its sound quality as against others. But it sounds very good to my ears. Beautiful display. The feature set is so good! I like it! (I haven't tried WMA yet).

Double Din Disappointment

Written By TA, Louisville, KY on Friday, June 03, 2005

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Decent receiver and CD player, but the unit's sound quality does not seem as good as in previous Kenwood products I've owned. Also, the lack of built in Sirius Satellite Radio tuner makes this receiver not a great bang-for-the-buck. Don't get me wrong, it is a competent aftermarket radio, but just not worth the $$$ I paid. I was hoping that the increase in chassis size would allow the engineers at Kenwood to pack in more features, but this is not the case. Also, display is difficult to see in bright, sun-lit conditions.

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  • Double-DIN AM/FM/Cassette/CD/Changer controller with 10-amp fuse inserted into chassis
  • 2 Metal side brackets (for Honda/Acura installations)
  • Metal rear bracket (for Honda/Acura installations)
  • Metal bottom bracket (for Honda/Acura installations)
  • Trim ring (for Honda/Acura installations)
  • Self-adhesive rubber gasket
  • Trim ring (for Nissan installations)
  • Wiring harness
  • Wireless remote control (RC-505)
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • Six M5 x 6mm screws (rounded head)
  • Six M5 x 7mm screws (flat head)
  • Two M3 x 6mm screws
  • Two M5 x 10mm screws
  • Instruction manual (English/French)
  • Instruction manual (Spanish/Portuguese)
  • Warranty card
  • Car Audio Passport card
  • Caution sheet concerning taking product out of the box
  • Caution sheet concerning proper wiring

Features and Specs

CEA-2006 Compliant No
RMS Power Output 22 watts
Peak Output 50 watts
RMS Power Bandwidth 30-20kHz
Preamp Outputs 4-channel
Sub Preamp Outputs No
Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs Yes
Video Screen No
Preamp Voltage 1.8 volts
Display Color Color Shock
Key Button Color Red
EQ Bands 3
Wireless Remote Yes
Steering Wheel Control Compatible ---
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
AUX Input Yes
Audio/video Input
USB Input ---
Memory Card Slot No
Bluetooth Compatible ---
Satellite Radio Ready No
HD Radio ---
Navigation ---
iPod Compatibility
Full size ---
Nano ---
Touch ---
Mini ---
iPhone ---
FM Sensitivity 9.3 dBf
European Tuning Yes
Seek/Scan Seek
Radio Data System No

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"Color Shock" Display: The Kenwood DPX-MP4070 features the "Color Shock" variable color display which lets you create up to 67 background colors. You can select one of the following display colors: Blue, Mars Red, White, Lavender, Muscat, Pink, Sky Blue, Lime, Violet, Aqua, Orange, or Mint. In addition to the preset colors, you can select Scan or User Color. When the display is in Scan Mode, the unit will continually cycle through all background colors. In User Color mode, you can adjust the red, green, and blue levels to create a custom color for the display.

Display Dimming: This unit is equipped with a wire that Kenwood calls an illumination lead, however, it acts as a dimmer lead. When the illumination wire of this unit is connected to the headlamp circuit of your vehicle, and you turn your lights on, the display will dim to a preset level. The display brightness is not affected by the vehicle's dimmer control.

Contrast Adjustment: The display contrast may be adjusted from "1" up to "11" for optimum readability.

Movie Display: The upper half of the display consists of a grid of rectangular "pixels" (32 horizontal x 7 vertical) with 8 available light patterns called "movies." You can select any of the 8 "movies", continually scan the "movies," or turn off the display patterns.

SRS WOW: The DPX-MP4070 is equipped with SRS WOW, a technology developed by SRS (Sound Retrieval Systems) Labs, which restores the loss that occurs to compressed audio delivered over the Internet and broadcast media, and reduces the hollow-sounding effects caused by smaller speakers. SRS WOW incorporates other SRS technologies such as Focus, TruBass, and SRS 3D for improving the sound:

  • Focus: adjusts the sound image by changing the vertical position of the speakers virtually (settings: low/high/off)
  • TruBass: uses harmonics to enhance the bass frequencies (settings: on/off)
  • SRS 3D: creates a natural 3-dimensional sound field--cannot be set in tuner source (settings: on/off)

There are four settings for SRS WOW: Low, High, User, and Off. The values of TruBass, Focus and SRS 3D can be independently set in the User mode, or are set to the following values:

















Equalizer: There are two equalizer modes, Easy and Pro. When the Easy mode is selected, you may select "Rock", "Dance", "Jazz", "Pops", "Heavy", "Soft", "Sharp", "Light", or "Natural" equalization to match the music or vehicle characteristics. You can adjust the level of the equalizer effect for each preset, allowing you to choose "Low", "Mid", or "High". If the Pro mode is selected, you can adjust the following individual settings for each equalization curve:

  • Bass Center Frequency: select a bass center frequency of 60, 70, 80, 100, or 150Hz
  • Bass Level: adjust the bass level from -12dB to +12dB in 1dB increments
  • Bass Quality Factor: set the bass quality factor to 1.0, 1.25, 1.5, or 2.0
  • Bass Extend: select On or Off. When the Bass Extend mode is turned on, low frequency response is extended by 20%.
  • Middle Center Frequency: select a middle center frequency of 500Hz, 1kHz, 1.5kHz, or 2kHz
  • Middle Level: adjust the middle level from -12dB to +12dB in 1dB increments
  • Middle Quality Factor: set the middle quality factor to 1.0 or 2.0
  • Treble Center Frequency: select a treble center frequency of 10, 12.5, 15, or 17.5kHz
  • Treble Level: adjust the treble level from -12dB to +12dB in 1dB increments

CD Naming: The DNPS (Disc Name Preset) feature can be used to enter names, up to 8 characters long, into memory for up to 10 discs. When a CD changer with disc naming memory is connected, names may be entered for CDs in the changer. The number of names that may be entered for discs in a changer depends on the changer model.

MP3/WMA Playback: This unit can play MP3 and WMA files recorded on CD-ROM, CD-R, and CD-RW discs in ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, and Romeo formats. Acceptable bit rates range from 8-320 kbps for MP3 and 48-192 kbps for WMA. Each disc should have a maximum of 8 directory levels, 50 folders, 255 files per folder and 512 total files and folders. During MP3/WMA playback, the following functions are available:

  • Folder up/down
  • File up/down
  • File audible search
  • Folder Select: scrolling through the names of folders, you can directly access the folder you want
  • Direct File Selection: using the supplied remote control, you can directly access files
  • Random Play: all files in a folder are played in random order
  • File Repeat Play: repeats the current file
  • Folder Repeat Play: repeats the current folder
  • File Scan Play: plays the first 10 seconds of each file in a folder
  • Pause
  • Resume Play: if the unit is shut off or switched to another source while an MP3/WMA CD is playing, the next time CD is selected as the source, playback will resume from the point where it left off
  • ID3 Tag Display: displays ID3 Tag information for files that have been recorded with ID3 tag information

Dolby B: Dolby B reduces tape hiss for improved signal-to-noise ratio and better sound quality.

Metal Tape Selector: The Metal Tape Selector provides smoother sound by allowing you to select the proper equalization for playing back metal tapes. When playing Type II (CrO2), Type III (FeCr), or Type IV (Metal) tapes, you should select the "Metal On" mode.

Direct Program Search System (DPSS): This Direct Program Search System rewinds the tape to the beginning of the current track or fast forwards the tape to the beginning of the next track. It does this by detecting the blank spaces between the songs. This feature allows you to skip up to 9 tracks at one time.

Blank Skip: This feature automatically skips blank tape sections longer than 10 seconds, stopping and playing at the next recorded section.

Music Repeat: When playing a cassette, this feature allows you to repeat the current track.

Index Scan: This feature plays the first few seconds of each track on the tape.

CR-2 Tuner: This unit uses Kenwood's CR-2 tuner provides high signal strength for clear radio reception. The tuner incorporates an Automatic Noise Reduction Circuit (ANRC), along with the Clean Reception System Circuit (CRSC), for improved rejection of distortion due to multi-path. 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.

Station Name Preset (SNPS): This feature allows you to assign names to radio stations. Up to 30 AM/FM stations can be named. Each name can be up to 8 characters in length.

Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs: The rear preamp outputs can be switched to a non-fading subwoofer output with a low-pass filter. As a subwoofer output, the level can be adjusted from -15 to +15, the cutoff frequency of the low-pass filter can be set to Through, 120, 80, or 50Hz. You can also turn the subwoofer output on and off.

Amplifier Management System (A.M.S.): This unit is equipped with an interface (pink/black wire in the wiring harness) which controls certain special features of A.M.S.-equipped Kenwood amplifiers. This unit, when properly connected, can remotely activate and adjust the amount of bass boost in the amplifier. You can choose between +6dB, +12dB, or +18dB bass boost, or flat (no boost). In addition, you can lower the bass boost center frequency by 20%, switching between "Normal" and "Low".

Security Code: You may program the unit with a 4-digit security code. Once the unit has been programmed with a security code, the code must be entered to use the unit after it has been disconnected from power.

CD Read Setting: If there is a problem with the CD player reading a disc with a special format, you can switch to a second CD Read setting which "forces" the player to read the disc. CD Read setting 1 is for normal CDs and MP3 discs, while CD Read setting 2 cannot read MP3 discs.

Built-in Amplifier Mute: If this unit's internal amplifier is not being used, it can be switched off to enhance the quality of the preamp output signal quality.

Volume Offset Control: 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.

Telephone/Navigation Mute: The audio can be automatically muted when a phone call comes in or during a Voice Guidance announcement from a compatible Kenwood navigation system. The Telephone Mute and Navigation Mute features can be turned on/off in the Function menu. In order for either feature to work, the receiver must be properly connected to the mobile phone or navigation system via the brown "mute" wire in the supplied wiring harness.

Auxiliary Input: The DPX-MP4070 features a rear Auxiliary Input, a pair on female RCA jacks on a 6" pigtail. You can use this input to connect an external audio source, such as a VCR, DVD player, or portable audio device. You can select one of the following names for the source to be displayed when you switch to the Auxiliary Input: Aux, TV, Video, Game, Portable, or DVD. The Auxiliary Input source can be activated or deactivated in the menu. When deactivated, the Auxiliary Input does not appear as a source. With an optional adapter (item 113CAC1AX or 113KCAS220), you can also turn the unit's CD changer input into a second auxiliary input.

Changer Controls

Compatibility: This unit is directly compatible with Kenwood changers manufactured in 1998 or later. If the changer has an O-N switch, the switch will need to be set to the "N" position.

Changer Controls: In addition to basic disc navigation features, this unit has the following changer controls: direct disc access (using the remote), direct track access (using the remote), track intro scan, track repeat, disc repeat, disc random, and all disc random.

Disc Name Preset (DNPS): When used with a compatible CD changer, this feature allows you to assign names to discs in the changer. Each name can be up to 8 characters in length. The number of names you can store depends on the CD changer that is connected to the head unit.

CD Text/MD Display: When connected to a CD Text-capable CD changer or an MD changer, this unit can display disc and track titles for discs encoded with disc and track title information. The text information can be scrolled manually or automatically.


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, the Clock Display can be turned on or off using the DISP button. 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.

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