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Kenwood DPX500BT

CD receiver (New Stock)

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Kenwood DPX500BT

Overview

Our take on the Kenwood DPX500BT

If you're considering ditching your factory stereo for something that'll add a little life your ride, Kenwood's DPX500BT CD receiver ought to be high on your list. This great-looking double-DIN receiver features a big single-line display, Bluetooth functionality, an array of tools for sonic adjustments, and some very cool entertainment options.

Form, function, fun

If you're considering ditching your factory stereo for something that'll add a little life your ride, Kenwood's DPX500BT CD receiver ought to be high on your list. This great-looking double-DIN receiver features a big single-line display, Bluetooth functionality, an array of tools for sonic adjustments, and some very cool entertainment options.

Bluetooth made easy

This receiver's built-in Bluetooth eliminates all the headaches. Kenwood's Simple Secure Pairing system automatically detects and pairs phones in close proximity to the receiver — no dealing with searches, PIN codes, or other hassles. Your phonebook transfers quickly to the receiver, so it's easy to make outgoing calls — you can even use voice dialing with compatible phones. And the DPX500BT will even inform you when you receive a text message on your phone.

When paired with an iPhone 4s or iPhone 5, you can engage Siri through Kenwood's Siri Digital Assistant Control. Just press a button to talk to Siri through the included Bluetooth microphone, and you'll hear her answers through your car's speakers.

Bring your smartphone

When it comes to music on your phone, this Kenwood covers a lot of bases. Of course, you can stream music wirelessly from just about any phone. But this receiver also provides easy access to and control over these apps:

  • PANDORA: You can check out PANDORA Internet radio when your iPhone's connected to the USB port, or through the Bluetooth connection with your Android or Blackberry phone.
  • Aha Radio: You can control Aha Radio with your iPhone (wired connection) or Android phone (Bluetooth connection).
  • iHeartRadio: Listen to more than 1,500 radio stations all across the USA with your iPhone or Android phone.

Get the beat however you like it

This Kenwood's got you covered, whether you're listening to CDs, streaming audio through Bluetooth, or checking out the music on your iPod. And you can easily expand your entertainment options by adding SiriusXM's add-on tuner, and getting into the amazing variety of programs and personalities offered by satellite radio.

The sound's the thing

This receiver's built-in amp will rejuvenate your car's sound system. You'll find preset tone curves for quick adjustments, plus bass, treble, and midrange controls for hands-on customization. Special controls let you tailor the sound to match your car's cabin, speaker setup, and your favorite listening position. And you have a full complement of preamp outputs for adding amplifiers and subs.

Attention, Toyota owners

Kenwood includes a set of Toyota trim pieces that'll make this receiver look great in your dash.

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.

Bluetooth note: Use of this receiver's Bluetooth features will depend upon your phone's Bluetooth capabilities. Learn more in our article explaining Bluetooth profiles.

Very nice! Sirius is amazing!

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What's in the Box:

  • 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)
  • Microphone with integrated bracket (attached 10' cable terminated by a right-angle male 3.5mm connector)
  • 2 Removal tools
  • Quick Start Guide (En/Fr/Sp)
  • Warranty Card

Product Highlights:

    General Features
    • CD player with built-in MOSFET amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • fits double-DIN dash openings
    • large multi-line display with selectable button, knob, and display illumination (24 colors)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RW discs, including discs loaded with MP3, WMA, and AAC files
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free phone calls and wireless music streaming
    • automatic iPhone pairing with Siri control capability
    • Pandora control with iPhone, Android, and Blackberry
    • App Mode allows iPhone 4/4S use for select streaming audio apps
    • Aha Radio and iHeartRadio control with Android or iPhone
    • 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 (sub preamp outputs only)
    Expandability
    • iPod direct control via USB input — no adapter necessary
    • compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
    • inputs: front auxiliary and USB inputs
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (2.5-volt front, rear, sub)
    Other features and specs:
    Reviews

    Kenwood DPX500BT Reviews

    Average Customer Review:

    535 Reviews

    Sounds & looks great!

    Written by: Rob from Texas on November 1, 2015

    2006 Ford Explorer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I installed this unit to replace my factory stereo in my 2006 Explorer and I am very happy with the look and sound. It can be a little confusing to operate on the unit itself but it does work with my steering wheel controls with some soldering. I like the BT feature. It will automatically synk to my IPhone when I get in the vehicle. I can also set the illumination to match my other gages. 10 months now and I couldn't have made a better choice. The Crutchfield service techs helped a lot and were very knowledgable about every aspect of the install.

    Pros: Looks good, blue tooth, iPhone compatible, good value, steering wheel compatible

    Cons: Difficult to use some features

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    Written by: Kenwood DPX from Montana on May 4, 2015

    2005 Ford Explorer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Very nice! Sirius is amazing!

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    JUNK!

    Written by: John from Louisiana on April 13, 2015

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Ipod works for a few days the quits working, same with phone. Reset the radio they work a few more days the quit again. USB is on the work side.

    Pros: Color change mode

    Cons: everything else

    Fairly disappointed.

    Written by: Sheri from Savannah, GA on April 6, 2015

    2011 Nissan Sentra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Wasn't very easy to install in my 2011 Nissan Sentra. My vehicle required disassembly of a lot of stuff in the center console area-- including of part of the gear shift assembly, which initially made me a little nervous. I had to Google for install specifics that the master sheet included way too vaguely. (I totally could've called Crutchfield for support-- they are amazing with this.) If it wasn't such a total pain to disassemble, I'd definitely return this head unit and exchange it for a different manufacturer altogether. Radio reception is really patchy, which could be an installer error, haven't had time to investigate. Kinda bummed. My disappointment is definitely not due to anything on Crutchfield's end-- definitely buy from them but you may want to choose a different brand.

    Pros: Clean design, front access aux and USB, remote control. Integrated Pandora works very well.

    Cons: Didn't improve the sound quality of my factory speakers at all, even after tweaking. Nearly IMPOSSIBLE to see display during the day-- a major design flaw, IMO. Also, the rear speakers are default off when streaming music via Bluetooth. You can manually turn them back on, which I did, but doing so sends all audio from phone calls to the rear instead of keeping it to the front, making it difficult to hear your callers. Didn't have this issue with my previous Sony replacement unit in my Jeep.

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    Written by: Anonymous from Worthington, KY on March 2, 2015

    2002 Ford F-250 Super Duty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Nice radio easy to install. My installation in a 2002 f250 was a little more involved with trimming dash for it to fit. My second kenwood radio and I'm very happy with it. Crutchfield has great prices and includes the right wiring the first time. For what I wanted this radio is perfect.

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    Written by: RDW from Chicago, IL on March 2, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Excellent buy for the money. I researched for weeks before making a purchase, Crutchfield had everyone else beat hands down. The unit was easy to install, had to call tech support only once (forgot to purchase the Sirius Radio module). Looks really neat at night with the light show!

    Pros: Much more powerful than the factory unit, my speakers are getting a serious workout. Bluetooth was up and running within seconds.

    Cons: Everyone is complaining about the sunlight glare during the day. It's true but it's more of a nuisance than an actual problem. Tint your widows, set the cruise control, and enjoy the ride!

    Kenwood perfect fit

    Written by: rick from Jacksonville, FL on March 2, 2015

    2003 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Great radio fit right with great features

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Great product different mounting

    Written by: Dakota M from Syracuse, IN on February 26, 2015

    2005 Dodge Ram 2500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Easy to install sounds and looks great. Only down side was that it sits to far back in the new dash piece.

    Pros: Sounds great looks great

    Cons:

    Looks great, sounds great

    Written by: Claude P from Texas on February 23, 2015

    2005 Toyota Matrix
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    This is the 2nd Kenwood for me as upgrades in cars. This was put into a 2005 Matrix. Easy installation and works great. The sound quality is so much better than factory unit. The cost was great considering the quality of the unit Highly recommend Crutchfield for the very best values and customer service.

    Pros: Sound, looks and quality

    Cons: None

    Good value

    Written by: Anonymous from Lockart TX on February 22, 2015

    2007 Honda Pilot
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I got this radio for the Bluetooth and intalled it in my wife's truck. She loves the radio

    Pros: Fits just right

    Cons: Sound quality needs adjustment

    Great upgrade from my factory radio

    Written by: Mike from Cat Spring, TX on February 21, 2015

    2005 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    This is a great upgrade to get extra features that the factory radio didn't have. I was specifically looking for bluetooth playback of music and this one works great. As always, the Crutchfield team makes sure that you have everything you need to complete the install the first time. This "extra" attention to detail keeps me coming back.

    Pros: A good unit at a good price, if you're looking for the features that this one has then this should be on your list.

    Cons: The rear speakers are defaulted to "off" when connected to bluetooth. You have to go into the settings and enable them.

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    Written by: Rick from Seattle Washington on February 20, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Installed in 2015 Ford F350 The fit & finish look factory, and sound great with factory speakers.

    Pros: Sound & build quality

    Cons: None

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    Written by: Bill Hatton from Paragould,Arkansas on February 20, 2015

    2007 GMC Sierra 1500 Classic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    This reciever was everything I wanted, Bluetooth works great. Being able to adjust the sound with all the options is great also. I've always had alpine or pioneer head units before, this kenwood sounds better and outperforms the others hands down... Great stereo

    Pros: Bluetooth,eq to adjust sound..just everything about it I like.

    Cons: Haven't had any yet..

    Amazing Difference

    Written by: Mitch from Smyrna, TN on February 17, 2015

    2005 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I bought this Kenwood unit to go in a Mustang with the Shaker 1000 system. The car came from the factory with an amp and subs but the sound was mediocre at best. The radio was going to be my starting point at upgrading the whole system. It needs nothing else. The Kenwood brought the whole system to life. You can find this radio cheaper but Crutchfield supplies everything you need which makes up for the difference.

    Pros: Clearer sound and more power

    Cons: None

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    Written by: PaulD from New Jersey on February 17, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    After four replacement radios for my FJ Cruiser because they kept eating CD's; decided to get a new radio as the warranty ran out. With 120K miles on the truck, I didn't want to spend a lot on a replacement and this was priced right. Mainly use the radio to listen to books. Installation was really easy and three calls to Crutchfield just to make sure I was doing everything correctly. They addressed each concern immediately and with accurate responses. Installation was easier than what I expected and the fit was spot on. Still learning how to use all of the features as there are many; the blue tooth connects quickly and the phone functions real well including using the phone book. calls are clear and no one has complained about not understanding what I am saying. biggest issue is that I cannot decide what color led to use, so I just let it scroll through them all. highly recommend, especially for the price.

    Pros: great radio for the price

    Cons: none so far

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    Written by: Anonymous from Bozeman mt on February 10, 2015

    2003 Lincoln Aviator
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Excellent value-awesome advise and hardware

    Pros: Fit, sound, features

    Cons: None

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    Written by: Anonymous from Evington,VA on February 10, 2015

    2006 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    This is a very good radio. I installed this in an 06 Tacoma. It functions as described. The radio performs very well. I have had several Kenwood products and have always been very satisified.

    Pros: Easy install and set-up. Sounds great with factory speakers

    Cons: none

    Pretty Painless

    Written by: cck from Sachse, Texas on February 9, 2015

    2006 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I did a fair amount of research on the front end before the purchase. I haven't installed a head unit in about 30 years. That said, when the day came, despite making a mistake or two, I had it installed in a little more than an hour. Some of my issues were my fault, some the documentation could have be a little clearer. I made a couple of calls on that Saturday morning to Crutchfield's support team and got very quick and courteous answers. I was very pleased with the support. As I said, I did some research ahead of time so I know the pros and cons going in. The biggest down side for me is I use Pandora a lot but I don't like the sync cable hanging off the headunit. To natively listen and control The streaming services on an iPhone, have have to use the sync cable. You can still stream Bluetooth using the BT source selection, you just can't select Pandora as a source without the cable. I have a Mustang convertible so in the bright sun, the display is difficult to see but again, I knew that going in. The BT phone connection works very well. I'm still optimizing a bit but I'm told I can be understood pretty good and the mic is down on the console right now. It take a little less than a minute to connect the phone BT on start up. Longer than my Ford Sync system but not too bad. Menu system is pretty easy to navigate but not something you want to do while driving. Sound quality is good with minimal optimizing. This unit was everything I expected.

    Pros: nice install support from Crutchfield I like the ability to chance the colors to match the dash nice sound great value for what you get. good online documentation from Kenwood good install documentation from Crutchfield. Mounting kit makes it look good in the dash..

    Cons: need to use sync cable for Pandora from iPhone difficult to read in bright sun

    Great head unit!

    Written by: Btonya from Pennsylvania on February 5, 2015

    2006 Honda Element
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I got this head unit for my 06 Honda element and I love it fits great and looks great

    Pros: Bluetooth audio and calling, Sirius ready, extremely easy to use

    Cons:

    Perfect!

    Written by: JWK from Springfield , Il on February 5, 2015

    2007 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Easy to install (with some knowledge on how stereos work) the wires matched up perfectly to the adapter on color but always check your specific one as it may not. Sound quality is much better than factory and the Bluetooth quality is excellent no real complaints about this unit

    Pros: Custom led colors Bluetooth Aux in It's just awesome buy it.

    Cons: Sometimes Bluetooth takes some time to connect

    great receiver

    Written by: willard from newell, wv on February 5, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    This receiver is one of the best I've owned. I am an avid kenwood cystomer because of the quality of their products. Every after m arket car e adio purchase i have made after i started doing more research has been a Kenwood. The dpx500bt is just as good as the reviews said. Some say you cant read the display when its bright outside, if you adjust the color on the unit you can view it fine. The bluetooth works great, could be easier to use the phone book in the unit itself but works just as well from the phone. the Bluetooth streaming and USB all work perfect I would recommend this unit to anyone looking for a double din receiver for their vehicle.

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    bt don't work right

    Written by: Dan the sound man from alabama on February 4, 2015

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    unit is ok nothing special. my troubles started when I tried to my Ipod through the blue tooth. the subwoofer set of pre outs goes out every time bt is connected. I looked in the menu, they were set to on just no bass sound. is this a defect or have I missed something?

    Pros: looks cool

    Cons: no bass with blue tooth, cant see very well in day light.

    Too Glossy

    Written by: Kyle from South Carloina on January 29, 2015

    2014 Volkswagen Jetta
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    You do get what you pay for here. Performance wise I am sure this is a great product. However, functionally it fails which is why I ultimately returned it. *note for VW Owners* I have a 2014 Jetta TDi. Ultimately what I was trying to achieve by purchasing this was increased wattage with out an amp and that is what I got. However, I lost much more function than what I gained. - The VW Bluetooth module is not built into the OEM headunit so your phone will still try and connect to the VW Phone even after installing a new head unit. This becomes really annoying as your phone will continue trying to connect to VW Phone even after you unpair/forget it. - You will also have to install an external mic which is ascetically tacky and running the wire is a pain. -The screen on this unit was very glossy and given the angle that it sits in the car, I could not read the display during daylight hours.

    Pros: Sound quality

    Cons: Glossy surface makes it difficulty to impossible to see the display Rotating color display is annoying External Mic needed

    Bluetooth has problems with my HTC One M8

    Written by: Fire Proof from Missouri on January 26, 2015

    2009 Mazda 6
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Bluetooth doesn't always work. If I've been away from the car for less than hour, it works great. Longer time away and the display shows that the unit is paired, the BT AUDIO appears in the display, then the display will show the track that was on when I turned it off, but it won't play it. I have to unlock the phone, open the music app and press play. Other than that minor issue, this unit has been great. I can't recommend the online instruction manual enough; this unit is way too complicated to figure out on your own! The variable color display options allowed me to make the unit look like it came with the car. The construction of the Scosche MA1544B Dash Kit was pretty flimsy, but it did the job. The SWC interface works flawlessly and was simple to set up. In all, a very good unit.

    Pros: Custom colors for display and controls make the unit appear stock

    Cons: Complicated until you have everything set up.

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    Written by: Daniel Doan from Yorba Linda, California on January 26, 2015

    2006 Nissan 350Z
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    The Kenwood head unit was exactly what I was looking for. The install was a little complicated but nothing that couldn't be done in regards to my car, the 350z. When I purchased it from Crutchfield, it came with everything I needed to replace my stock head unit. Once installed, I ran into some minor issue where when playing music through bluetooth, the sound would only come out of the front speakers. But I called Crutchfield and there's a setting on many Kenwoods that is easily changed. Customer/technical support is awesome. All in all would highly recommend product and buying it from Crutchfield.

    Pros: -Customizable -Easy to use -Bluetooth able (i.e. Phone calls, music, etc.) -Aux port -USB port

    Cons: -Headunit install requires some work -External mic (if you're not into that)

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    Written by: Scott from Rhode Island on January 26, 2015

    2003 Toyota Tundra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Great unit, so many features its crazy. Love the bluetooth feature, unit sounds great and looks great. Easy install with the kit from Crutchfield.

    Pros: Bluetooth, easy install,

    Cons: Would like to see the complete owners manual included but its easy enough to find online.

    Great Car Stereo

    Written by: Anonymous from Falls Village CT on January 25, 2015

    2005 Ford Explorer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    This was a great purchase. My stock radio broke months ago so this was a must need. It works great and I'm happy to hear music again.

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    Incredible

    Written by: AaronF from Arizona on January 23, 2015

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Incredible sound. Put in my 02 Ranger regular cab with stock speakers and it made it sound like a whole new world. Love that I can run BT through my phone and play Pandora or iHeartRadio, (The Pandora integration is much better) Added some Infinity 6x8's after I finally blew the stock speakers from plainly just playing them too dang loud. Being able to use my phone through the radio is great. My wife told me I was more clear than if I had just been talking on the phone like usual. Don't know how that is possible but its what she said. Auto downloads your address book into the headunit so you have caller ID and everything. I don't understand those that say that this headunit is a little confusing to start out with. I thought everything was incredibly straight forward. The only thing for me that would make this better is that if it was a touch screen. Also there were some that said glare during the day made the display hard to see. Maybe it depends on the vehicle, but in my Ranger it hasn't been a problem. (I did a bit of a custom install in that I angled the headunit toward the driver side in order for easier view though.) I have always loved Kenwood and they definitely didn't let me down.

    Pros: Great Sound Bluetooth works great Pretty easy to use Looks great in my truck

    Cons: Honestly, I haven't thought of one yet.

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    Written by: Bill from Georgia on January 22, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Easy Installation

    Pros: Easy Installation, great sound

    Cons: Could have supplied "Y" Connector for sub system connection. Low freq still sounds great with one channel utilized

    Everything I could ask for and more

    Written by: Kenwood from MA on January 18, 2015

    2001 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    This was a great purchase I put it in my Ford ranger and it look and sounds Amazing. It was an easy install thanks to crutch field

    Pros: Perfect

    Cons: No cons at all

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    Written by: Anonymous from Northford CT. on January 16, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Excellent radio excellent sound terrible directions

    Pros: The radio looks and sounds great

    Cons: The directions for use of radio are terrible

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    Written by: Gerry M from Lawrence, Ks on January 13, 2015

    1996 Acura 2.5TL
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Really like the unit. Great improvement over factory.

    Pros: Great sound

    Cons: The install kit didn't even come close to working - had to trash it and build my own.

    As advertised

    Written by: Dad and Husband from California on January 12, 2015

    2005 Honda CRV EX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I bought and installed 2 of these, 1 each for my wife and daughter. They love them. They sync up with the iphones automatically, so they have their music and hands free while driving. Kenwood head units always have lots of bells and whistles, and these don't disappoint. They do everything! With Crutchfields install kits the jobs were super easy and look professional. The display and buttons have various colors to match any dash, but both my people like the colors to alternate. Sound quality was greatly improved over factory head units. And I was able to almost easily retain steering wheel control button functions. Overall, well worth the expenditures and effort.

    Pros: Sounds great and install was EASY. Looks really good

    Cons: Installing steering wheel control converter was a little more of a test, but phone support got me through.

    Very Nice Stereo for the Price

    Written by: H.Tran from California on January 10, 2015

    2002 Toyota Sienna
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Installation on my Toyota van was very easy. Everything was straight forward and great! The sound was full and the appearance looked beautiful and expensive!

    Pros: Price, appearance, and ease of installation

    Cons: None so far

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    Written by: kenrick from Springfield , MA on January 10, 2015

    2004 Chevrolet TrailBlazer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I had a little trouble connecting unit with Android cell phone but once I figured it out it's been and great unit to have and use everyday.

    Pros: easy unit to install easy to figure out functions price is not bad

    Cons: trying to come up with some cons but I can't figure anything out right now

    2000 4runner install

    Written by: DennisL from California on January 10, 2015

    2000 Toyota 4Runner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Installed this in my 2000 4runner nearly 2 years ago.Unit would occasionally lock up and not operate when restarting the vehicle..Then over the last few months it became a weekly occurrence.I had to keep a toothpick handy to hit the reset button to get it to fire back up, with the accompanying loss of my presets... Go to the Kenwood site and make sure you have the latest firmware for your unit. I didn't,.installed updated firmware and it seems to have solved the problem. The last firmware specifically addresses the problem I stated above.other than above,..Install was simple,.sound is an upgrade from previous Pioneer unit.Pairing with iPhone is straight forward. I would guess that recent purchases already had this update loaded from the factory..

    Pros: Great sound, nice display

    Cons: Controls not quite as intuitive as my other Kenwood B/T receiver KDC-X597,..(great unit ,.firmware update needed also.)

    awesome system

    Written by: desert_rat from California on January 8, 2015

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    awesome, the Crutchfield team is well-versed and helpful - instructions were great, sounds wonderful - much better than original system.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Easy Upgrade

    Written by: Mike M from Massachusetts on January 8, 2015

    2003 Chevrolet Avalanche
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    This was very easy to install in my 2003 Avalanche. The install sheets were helpful but not necessary. I found an ample number of how-to videos on You Tube (for removing door panels, for example). The receiver sounds and looks great in the dash; no additional trim work necessary. I bought this primarily for the Bluetooth, that works great with four phones.

    Pros: Price, quality, ease of installation

    Cons: Don't have any so far (two weeks into use)

    Sweet reciever, easy install

    Written by: JohnJ from Suffolk,Virginia on January 6, 2015

    2004 Honda CRV EX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I was a little concerned about installing this in my wife's 2004 CRV, but having made the purchase throug Crutchfield I was a more at ease because of the added value of the correct wiring harness adapter, instructions, after market trim accessories and support from Crutchfield's friendly support staff if needed. (I didn't) The only extra purchase that was required was butt connectors to splice the reciever harness to the after market plug that fit my Honda. If they had been included with all the other extras, it would have saved me a trip to the local auto parts store and for a couple bucks it would have made for a complete install. The pins on the after market adapter plug are very flimsy and you have to be careful not to bend them when making the connection. This reciever has loads of features and looks great in place of the factory radio. The bluetooth paired effortlessly with my Android phone and instantly downloaded the address book. The sound quality and ease of use of the hands free bluetooth is exceptional as is the improved sound from the receiver. Having only used it for one day and lots of new stuff to discover, like the ability to update the firmware, apps from the Kenwood web site, the ease of using the features and the configureability of this product makes me think it's a great buy.

    Pros: Easy to install, ease of use, included features, great sound quality, clear voice quality of hands free bluetooth.

    Cons: I wish Crutchfield would include butt splices with each order to help facilitate the install.

    Could have been 5 stars

    Written by: Anonymous from Arizona on January 4, 2015

    2008 Kia Optima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Sound quality is outstanding. The extra little EQ options are great for an audio buff. Gave it 3 stars due to screen lighting and ease of setup. Cannot read display in sunlight no matter what color I chose, would send back on that alone but too much trouble. Lousy radio reception. My old factory one was crystal clear. Came without user manual but did download it online.

    Pros: A lot of EQ options. Super audio power.

    Cons: Display hard to read in daylight.

    Good stereo for money

    Written by: Anonymous from Groves, TX on January 4, 2015

    2006 Ford Explorer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Good looking and a great fit,

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Kenwood DPX500BT

    Written by: Anonymous from Oregon on January 4, 2015

    2011 GMC Canyon
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Perfect fit matches the style of the dash, that was a must like the touch screens but looked wrong. Sounds grate and no problems with it.

    Pros: More of a retro style look with all the new features

    Cons: none

    2003 Honda Civic Install

    Written by: Mike from California on January 3, 2015

    2003 Honda Civic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Great for the Price

    Pros: Easy Install

    Cons: None so Far

    Toyota install

    Written by: Jeff from Lafayette Al on January 2, 2015

    2002 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I would recommend this radio

    Pros: BT works great

    Cons: FM reception not that great may be my antenna going to check

    Ease, sound, the total package

    Written by: Dave from Pensacola, Fl on January 1, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    This was by far the easiest install I've done. Setup was a breeze. The sound, once tuned, is superior to any stock head unit. I was completely finished in less than a half hour.

    Pros: Ease of installation Sound Bluetooth functionality

    Cons: Needs an integrated mic Feedback from Bluetooth during calls

    kenwood excellence

    Written by: Robert from bybee tn. on January 1, 2015

    2004 Mercury Mountaineer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    This product looks and work's great had it installed in my wife's SUV in around an hour.all features work as they should. The hands free calling and Pandora are very useful. Thanks crutchfeild

    Pros: Hands free calling great now my wife doesn't have to fumble around with here phone while driving. And the Pandora feature gives here even more options of music versatility.

    Cons: None

    2008 Honda CR-V installation

    Written by: Alex S from Michigan on December 30, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Excellent unit for my factory replacement Honda CR-V. Fits beautifully with the free kit provided. Highly recommended replacement unit!

    Pros: Perfect fit and installation was very easy. Used the factory brackets for perfect fit.

    Cons: None so far.

    Kenwood DPX500Bt

    Written by: Anonymous from Tennessee on December 30, 2014

    2002 Toyota Tundra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    5 Stars on Value, Sound Quality, Ease of Use, Coolness Factor & Build Quality. My son absolutely loves the stereo. Great Christmas Gift.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Widsh it had Scrolling

    Written by: Dan from Florida on December 28, 2014

    2006 Honda Element
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I wish this unit had scrolling text all of the time. Instructions for installation were poor to say the least.

    Pros: Nice look. Sounds good.

    Cons: Poor installation instructions.

    Kenwood dpx500bt

    Written by: Raul from Florida on December 27, 2014

    2004 Kia Sorento LX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Nice stereo for the price.

    Pros: Easy install, nice sound quality, nice display.

    Cons: Takes a little bit to get used to it he controls but then it is all good!

    Great sound, easy to use

    Written by: Drvajeep from IL on December 24, 2014

    2002 Toyota 4Runner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Overall great sound quality especially coming at $200. Quality is great, to be expected from Kenwood. Very easy to use, without too many buttons cluttering the face. I paired my iphone in about 3 secs. Definite recommened unit.

    Pros: Kenwood quality, very easy to use/pair phones for BT. Good sound and power output.

    Cons: None

    Cream of the crop

    Written by: Peter from Miami Beach-Fl on December 23, 2014

    Well,in the video the reviewer made a mistake saying that the display doesn't offer a great array of color options,on the contrary this unit have separated color controls for the switches and display making it adaptable to most dash combinations,i installed the unit in a restored 1986 Corvette,had to use a double DIN custom adapter and the dash in this car is totally digital being the cluster a combination of an specific tone of green and the rest of the illumination white,this radio allowed me not only to put the switches illumination to white matching the rest of the dash as well as allowing me to find the exact tone of green for the display therefore matching the digital speedometer and the a/c display,looks completely factory. Also as a highlight I have to point out the built-in SQ equalizer that mimics perfectly the Quadraphonic effect,of course you have to mate the radio for high end speakers,i.e. expensive. The worst flaw of this unit may be,if there's one,the fact that the manual don't really get in technical detail explaining the many resources offered,but thanks to the Internet you can get everything online,thus being able to exploit the extraordinary resources this unit offers,i always deemed Kenwood as stereo royalty and this specific model lives up to the reputation.

    Pros: Versatility,sound quality,resources.

    Cons: None at all.

    Excellent looks and performance

    Written by: Gary from Mechanicsville, VA on December 16, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Wow, this unit nails it. Looks, performance, options, ease of use all incredible. You simply can't go wrong with Crutchfield and Kenwood.

    Pros: looks, performance, ease of use, options, value and on and on.

    Cons: None

    Kenwood DPX500BT

    Written by: Anonymous from Illinois on December 13, 2014

    2007 Volkswagen Passat
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Great product. Hard time installing in 2007 Volkswagen. Not exactly plug and play.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Kenwood DPX500BT

    Written by: Anonymous from Honolulu on December 8, 2014

    2006 Toyota Tundra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    The sound is awesome... I replaced my factory stereo, hooked it up to the JBL system and it is just heavenly.

    Pros: If you have a double din stereo, this stereo fits like a glove. Plus, it really looks great, all the different options of color display and much more....

    Cons: If your not tech savvy like I am, it's not the easiest to learn how to use. My nephew installed it for me, who is very tech savvy, he had to teach me... But I've had to call him twice for different things

    Kenwood Works Great

    Written by: JS from Rhode Island on December 7, 2014

    2003 Mazda Protege
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Installed in an '03 Mazda Protege and this deck works great. The only issue I have is the lighting isn't the greatest in the sun.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    VERY GOOD RECIEVER

    Written by: JV CALIFORNIA from California on December 7, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Very good receiver, If I was younger and wanted to listen to music louder than I do, I would probably get better speakers etc. At my age the OEM speakers work just fine. The sound is much improved over the OEM receiver. Installed in a Toyota Tundra 2003. The trim plate provided with the receiver for Toyota installation provides OEM installation look. Does not look as an add on. Reason for change was I wanted Bluetooth, iPod and Flash drive capabilities.

    Pros: Easy to install, Good sound, Good look yet does not look so fancy when it turned off that it should not attract thieves, Seems to have more capabilities than I need at this point.

    Cons: The only con it can be a bit hard to see. On a bright sunny Calif. day with sun glasses on. Depending on how the sun is shining in the windows, most off the time its not a problem. PS speaking with other people that have installed other brands and units they pretty much say the same thing.

    DPX500BT

    Written by: Dave from Helena, MT on December 5, 2014

    2004 Lexus RX330
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Installed this in my Wife's Lexus. She loves it. She didn't want a touch screen and this fits the bill. We like that the usb and 7mm jack inputs are on the front. You can have the display one color and the buttons a different color, which has a nice affect. Sounds fantastic, gets great FM reception (we don't listen much) and works well with Sirius.

    Pros:

    Cons: Just wish the display would provide the Sirius channel in addition to the name and song. Minor issue though.

    Great stero

    Written by: Jd from Hazlehurst ,Ms. on December 4, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Great sound

    Pros: Ease to use great sound

    Cons: None

    Good stereo

    Written by: Ed S from Nebraska on December 3, 2014

    2006 Hyundai Sonata
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Seems to be a great device. With the dash kit, steering wheel control adapter, and harness adapter it installed easily and works just like it should. A far cry from the Craig PowerPlay 8-track in my Plymouth which was my first install about 38 yrs ago - both in the quality of the device AND in the ease of installation. I put this in the Sonata my daughter has at college and she loves it. BT music, hands-free phone. The 5-stars are her rating. She looked up the user's manual on the web and had it set up quickly. The paper quick-start guide which comes in the box doesn't cover much, but it's just a quick-start guide, so the online manual is important.

    Pros: Lots of functionality. Works well.

    Cons: It would be nice to get a paper copy of the manual. Maybe I'm just old.

    more power

    Written by: jim l. from illinois on December 2, 2014

    2007 Ford Explorer Sport Trac
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    power galore... so much better than stock. very easy to install and all the features are great. now I have Bluetooth that's easy to use and hands free!

    Pros: great product with all the bell and whistles I need!

    Cons: no user manual to do all the adjustments. found some on line, but watch out, the first one I used knock out my computer for 1 day.

    Pretty Good Stero

    Written by: MCM from Houston, TX on December 2, 2014

    2006 GMC Sierra 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Overall good stereo. Easy installation and the instructions were easy to follow. The Crutchfield reps made it easy to install. The instructions are not complete and it does not go into detail on settings and how to use.

    Pros: Long list of settings that will help you fine tune your listening experience.

    Cons: Long list of settings with very little instructions on how to take advantage of them.

    Kenwood DPX500 BT in 2002 2-Door Chevy Cavalier

    Written by: Cody M from Morgantown, West Virginia on November 26, 2014

    2002 Chevrolet Cavalier
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    It's a very nice radio. I am enjoying using it! I love the display! It's pretty easy to navigate through its settings. I do wish that it was a little brighter, though. Sometimes in the sun, when I have it cycling through its colors, it is difficult to see the display. Not a major problem. Sometimes bluetooth streaming music playing with my Galaxy S3 cuts out (for a split second) - I use the PowerAmp Music Player App on my phone. When I installed this radio in my 2002 Chevy Cavalier Coupe, without monsoon sound system, I did have a lot of trouble. Crutchfield told me that it "Fits." It did fit, with modifications. I had to cut out, with a saw blade, the plastic back of my vehicle's dash of where the radio is installed. I did this to allow room for the wiring that stuck out from the radio, it could not have fit without cutting that plastic out. I also soldered all my wiring connections to the Metra LC-GMRC-01 Wiring interface to retain the factory warning chimes. Overall, it is a great quality radio and I really like it!

    Pros: Sounds Great with my Ipod, Bluetooth and Mic included is awesome!

    Cons: Installation was a pain. Sound cuts out sometimes while streaming bluetooth audio from my phone. Wish display was a little brighter.

    Great Receiver

    Written by: Dave G. from New York on November 24, 2014

    2013 Subaru Impreza WRX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Great receiver, easy menus to navigate, many options to tailor to your sound preference. Looks sharp and many colors to choose from for the display. Paired with Sound Ordnance's M-1500 Amp and B-17 Sub. Could not be happier with the complete setup.

    Pros: Great Appearence Many Sound Tuning Options Display Color Options

    Cons: Display Could Be Brighter For Daytime Use.

    Everything you expect

    Written by: joshua r from bloomfield, nj on November 19, 2014

    2001 Subaru Legacy
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Everything about this unit was exactly what I expected when I shopped and ultimately purchased it. The install was totally straightforward and the unit fit very nicely in my 2004 Subaru Outback sedan. No install issues whatsoever. Sound is great, BT (bluetooth) works great, pairs/connects very quickly. The range of display colors to choose from was great and I was able to match my dash lights very closely. Additionally, an external mic was inclided and easily intalled for HF (hands free) calling with BT. This is the second time I purchased this unit, the first was installed in a Subaru Legacy GT sedan.

    Pros: Easy install, reliable BT, included external mic, form, audio

    Cons: The display is a little too "Tron" but it's still the best unit in its class

    Great Car Receiver

    Written by: StephenB from Wichita, KS on November 18, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Great receiver with plenty of source possibilities. I especially like the USB and Auxiliary inputs that allow me to bring many libraries of my music on flash drives, mp3 player and Android phone wherever I drive. Access to iHeart Radio, aha, Pandora and other services assures me I won't be stuck listening to the standard schlock of commercial radio.

    Pros: Great sound thats easy to customize with an extensive level of equalization and other controls to make the sound fit your particular vehicle and music taste.

    Cons: I'll need to get with technical support to finish getting my Android phone to be fully functional with this unit.

    Great product

    Written by: Bruce V from Columbus, OH on November 17, 2014

    2003 Honda CRV LX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Excellent Unit. Easy to install. great sound

    Pros: Ease of useSound

    Cons: None

    Good radio

    Written by: craigs from greenville, nc on November 17, 2014

    2005 Toyota Camry
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Good radio for the price. Easy to connect Bluetooth to Apple products. Display is difficult to see in sunlight.

    Pros: great look and sound.

    Cons: display difficult to see in sunlight

    Kenwood DPX500BT

    Written by: GlenB from Iowa on November 10, 2014

    2011 Ford F-150 XLT
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I replaced the factory speakers in my 2011 F150 Super Crew XLT. The factory head unit was not doing the new speakers justice. When I installed the DPX500BT, the speakers really came alive! It was an easy install and the features are outstanding.

    Pros: You get a lot of performance for the money.

    Cons: None.

    Buy it.

    Written by: IDKS from Milwaukee, WI on November 7, 2014

    2005 Honda Pilot
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Very satisfied with this head unit. Comparatively, it blows the stock and Nakamichi out of the water. The negative is that, while convenient, bluetooth sound quality is surprisingly poor.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Kenwood DPX500BT

    Written by: jt040900 from SC on November 5, 2014

    2008 Honda Civic LX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I like the unit. I do find it somewhat difficult to change the settings when it comes to color and brightness of the display. I couldn't really get my display to get bright enough especially during the day time. Overall the unit is good for the price.

    Pros: Bluetooth /Pandora works well. Overall price for performance is great.

    Cons: Not enough instructions on how to change certain settings and the led not bright enough for daytime driving.

    '08 350-Z Install

    Written by: SUNNFUNNC from North Carolina on November 2, 2014

    2008 Nissan 350Z
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    The reviews I read here before purchasing were spot on: the printed "operating instructions" might as well be non-existent/written in Russian, and the display can be difficult to discern. The darkest shade of green does provide sufficient lighting during the day. . . . as long as you remove your sunglasses. If you have some time to burn for self-tutorials, navigating through the intricacies becomes second nature. This was a replacement for the OEM unit, Bose garbage. The 6-disc Bose CD player started having issues after less than 3 years (it died earlier this year), and although under warranty, the dealership (Don Williamson Nissan of Jacksonville, NC and subsequently the Nissan Corporation) refused to replace it. Therefore, after driving without MY choice of music for an extended period, this Kenwood is awesome. Since I'm not a true audiophile, this unit is probably old news to the "coolest" people, but it has more capabilities than I currently need, and I like it . . . . a lot. It is NOT easy to install in a 350-Z (and Crutchfield's instructions left QUITE a bit to be desired). For those of you who are not professional installers and claim to have installed this unit (or ANY, for that matter) in 30 minutes . . . . uhhhhh, rrrright. The bottom line is: it's early in the "newness" stage and I LOVE this unit, and its durability obviously cannot be measured, but I think most will be pleased with the "bang for the buck".

    Pros: Good value, great features

    Cons: Display lighting, instructions

    Overall great unit

    Written by: Eddie from Miami Fl on November 2, 2014

    2009 Honda Civic LX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Purchased unit to go in a 2009 Honda Civic and results are great. Installation was straight forward thanks to the material and parts supplied by Crutchfield. I have yet to install my subwoofer assembly but the sound improved so much that I think i would have been fine with just this unit paired with some aftermarket speakers!

    Pros: Features, great sound, looks good in dash

    Cons: none so far

    This stereo stinks

    Written by: JordanB from Los Angeles, CA on November 1, 2014

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    6 months after I had my stereo installed it started going into protect mode about every 3 or 4 days. It's completely useless now.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Very satisfied

    Written by: Beardman51 from Florida on October 31, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Great sound looks great, good value. Display not that great when sunlight hits it other than that I love it.

    Pros: Price looks sound,easy installation

    Cons: Poor display no manual

    Excellent radio!

    Written by: luckynato from ca on October 29, 2014

    2009 Nissan Cube
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    This is an excellent value for the money paid. Other than instructions... everything came exactly as promised and was a breeze to install. we did the total install in about 30 mins with the help of the kit... unfortunately there were no install instructions included as requested however things were pretty straight forward.

    Pros:

    Cons: no install instructions included.

    Kenwood DPX500BT into '05 Suburban

    Written by: 57loboy from Palm Beach County, FL on October 29, 2014

    2005 Chevrolet Suburban
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Easy to install, fits nicely. Was able to get display color to match stock illumination pretty closely which is nice. Wish the clock would stay illuminated with radio off. Worthwhile upgrade from factory Bose receiver.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Kenwood DPX500BT

    Written by: Mike from Alabama on October 28, 2014

    2006 Hyundai Sonata
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Very nice receiver for the money and as usual, Crutchfield supplies everything you need including easy to follow instructions.

    Pros: Bluetooth, USB, sound quality.

    Cons: Display is difficult to see in bright sunlight regardless of color selected. Impossible to see with sunglasses in.

    2002 Ford Explorer Installation

    Written by: Billy E. from Birmingham, AL on October 27, 2014

    2002 Ford Explorer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I installed the Kenwood DPX500BT radio in a 2002 Ford Explorer. The trim kit provided by Crutchfield made the radio a perfect replacement for the OEM factory radio. The Explorer looks as if it came from the factory with the Kenwood. I really like the Kenwood DPX500BT also. I wanted something that was easy to use, buttons layout user friendly, UBS and Aux jacks, great sound, clear display with Bluetooth and Pandora. I got everything and more than I wanted with the DPX500BT. Crutchfield was great in answer my questions before my purchase.

    Pros: See Review. Impressive Receiver.

    Cons: None!!!

    kenwood

    Written by: jerry from cheyenne, wy on October 26, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    So far happy with the unit good upgrade from stock

    Pros: Looks nice, blutooth easy to set up

    Cons: None yet

    Great features and a clean look, cheap!!

    Written by: Muti007 from Philadelphia, PA on October 25, 2014

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    This is an outstanding unit if you dont need navi and DVD. Ridiculously cheap bluetooth audio streaming, built in bt speakerphone, Pandora and so, so much more. And you can fine tune the buttons and text display independently or together to just about any color to match your OEM lighting. And theres nothing garish or obnoxious about the design. Clean, quiet and tasteful. Doesnt look like a video game, it looks like your car came with it. Im thrilled with this thing

    Pros:

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    Kenwood DPX500BT

    Written by: john from Clovis, CA on October 25, 2014

    2001 Volkswagen Jetta
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Works great easy to use

    Pros:

    Cons:

    great

    Written by: D. White from Burlington Ky. on October 24, 2014

    2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Install this in a 2003 silverado. Sounds great looks great. Did have to trim a plastic bracket for radio to fit but not a big deal.

    Pros: Wiring harness makes this install a snap. Just match the wire colors and your good. I did solder all wires and shrink tubed. Blue tooth works very well, easy to pair cell phone for hands free calling.

    Cons: See no down side to this unit. Manual needs work but unit was not to hard to figure out.

    Kenwood DPX500BT

    Written by: Anonymous from Troy, NY on October 22, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Is a good piece of equipment, it integrate style and good sound quality. It make a huge difference in my car. I like it, I make the right decision when I bought it.

    Pros: Bluetooth, Pandora, USB port, easy connection, nice illumination, quality sound,I think this unit has it all, except for the GPS of course, still a good piece of audio.

    Cons:

    Kenwood CD receiver

    Written by: Pete from Philadelphia, PA on October 20, 2014

    2010 Mazda 3
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Easy to use give it's features: Blue Tooth, SiruisXM ready, AUX port, USB Port, AUX connection for subwoofer, Tuner, CD, preset EQs, hi & lo pass filters, etc. this model can be purchased with navigation, too.

    Pros: A lot of features and at a low price, easy to use, user choice of colors, quality built.

    Cons:

    Kenwood DPX500BT

    Written by: DAVID from PUERTO RICO on October 19, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Beatifull Good Sound , But you Cant see nothing during the day. Is imposible see in the sunlight. You can change the 24 color and you don't resolved nothing. My recommendation. Don't BUY IT. For what do you want a stereo that you cant use during the day.

    Pros: Good Sound and Beautifuul

    Cons: You cant use during the day.

    Excellent Upgrade

    Written by: Troy T. from CHicago on October 17, 2014

    2013 Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Bought this radio to install in my 2014 Ram quad cab. Primarily to get the hands free blue tooth feature. Install was very easy. Hardest thing was to cut metal bracket and bend to the sides. Everything else was straight forward. Radio looks very nice. Blue tooth works better than I expected. Great radio for the price. Makes stock speakers sound much better as well. One ticket in Chicago for talking on phone is $300, so the price of this unit is