CD Changer Controls
Satellite Radio Ready: You can
connect a satellite radio tuner to the KDC-MP5028 in a number of ways. The unit is directly compatible with the Sirius SIR-KEN1 Satellite Tuner for Kenwood (item # 607SIRKEN1). The Terk XMDirect universal
XM Satellite Radio tuner (209XMD1000) can be connected to and controlled by the
head unit when used with the XMDirect Smart Adapter for Kenwood (209XMDKEN1). In
addition, you can connect an independently controlled "plug 'n play" system, such
as the Delphi SKYFi or Kenwood Here2Everywhere systems, to the auxiliary audio input connections on this unit.
Note: In addition to
the optional satellite tuner, you will also need the proper antenna and
a subscription to Sirius or XM Satellite Radio.
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. Each disc should have a
maximum of 8 directory levels, 50 folders, and 255 files per folder. A total of
up to 512 MP3/WMA files and folders can be played back by this unit. During
MP3/WMA playback, the unit displays any recorded ID3 Tag
1-Bit D-A Converters:
The Ez500 features Integrated Quad 1-Bit Digital-to-Analog converters for superb
CD sound. Four D-A converters, two for each channel, improve playback sound
quality, including musical detail and resolution. Using 2 converters for each
channel reduces distortion by half.
Mute: This unit
features independent left and right channel zero-bit mute circuits. During
silent passages, the digital-to-analog converter is shut off, yielding absolute
silence between songs.
Management System (B.M.S.):
This unit is equipped with an
interface which controls certain special features of B.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".
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.
Six EQ curves are preset into memory, allowing you to recall the best preset EQ
curve for different types of music. The preset curves are named "Flat", "Rock",
"Pops", "Easy", "Top 40", and "Jazz". In addition, you may store your own
settings under the "User Memory" EQ curve. Each preset has its own bass, middle,
and treble level settings.
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 O.E.M." (for OEM factory speaker systems), "SP 6*9/6" (for
systems with 6" and 6"x9" speakers), or "SP 5/4inch" (for systems with 4" and 5"
Audio Control: When an external audio source is
connected (CD changer, Sirius Radio, or Auxiliary Input source), the Ez500, with
its Dual Zone Audio Control, allows you to play the external audio source in one
zone, while at the same time play an internal audio source (CD or tuner) in
When Zone 2 is switched on, the output of the front channels becomes different
than the rear channel output. You can choose whether you want the external audio
source to play through the front channels (sending the internal source to the
rear channels), or through the rear channels (sending the internal source to the
front channels). When operating in Dual Zone mode, audio adjustments can only be
made to the internal source.
If the rear preamp outputs are set to "non-fading", there will be no
audio from that output in the dual zone mode.
Filter: The Ez500 has an adjustable 12dB/octave
high-pass filter for the front and rear channels. You can select a cutoff
frequency of 100Hz, 125Hz, 170Hz, or Thru (no filter).
The high pass filter only affects the
rear preamp outputs when they are switched to "rear", not "non-fading".
Rear/Non-Fading Preamp Outputs:
You can switch the rear preamp output to a non-fading output for use with
subwoofer amps. Once in the non-fading mode, you can adjust the level of that
output from -15 to +15 in 2dB steps. In addition, you can choose the cutoff
frequency of the NF output's 12dB/octave low-pass filter from 50Hz, 80Hz, 120Hz,
or Thru (no filter).
Equalizer: You can
independently adjust the level of three audio bands from -10dB to +10dB: Bass
(100Hz), Midrange (1kHz) and Treble (10kHz).
Tone Memory: This feature allows you to
store bass, middle and treble tone settings for each source (CD, FM, AM).
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.
HD Radio Ready: The Ez500 is HD
Radio ready. With an optional Kenwood HD Radio tuner (item # 113HR100TR), 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.
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 feature can be turned on or off.
Tuning: When using the
remote, you can directly access any radio station by entering the frequency on
the numeric keypad.
Name Preset (SNPS): This feature allows
you to assign names to radio stations. Up to 48 stations can be named. Each name
can be up to 8 characters in length.
Preset (DNPS): You may assign names to discs
played in the internal CD player. Each disc name can be up to 8 characters long,
and the receiver has a memory capacity for up to 30 discs. (See below for
further DNPS features with CD changers.)
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.
With Smooth Volume Return:
The attenuator immediately lowers
the volume by a preset level. Smooth Volume Return gradually increases the
volume to the original level when the ATT button is pressed a second time,
eliminating a jarring change in volume.
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/WMA discs.
System Indicator: A red indicator will blink on
the unit after the control panel is removed, warning potential thieves. This
feature can be turned On or Off.
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.
Dimming: This unit is equipped with an
orange/white 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.
Control: The Ez500 comes with the RC-505
wireless remote control, a 22-button full-function remote with a 10-key number
pad. It is powered by 2 "AA" batteries (supplied). The dimensions of the remote
are: L=5.488", W=1.75", D=1.115".
The Ez500 is equipped
with a built-in auxiliary input. There is a set of stereo RCA jacks on a 6"
pigtail on the back of the receiver for connecting an external audio source. The
Auxiliary input can be activated/deactivated through the menu. When it's
activated, you can select one of six names for the source: Aux, TV, Video, Game,
Portable or DVD. When deactivated, Auxiliary 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.
CD Changer Controls
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"
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.
Preset Play (DNPP): Once a disc has been named,
you may press the DNPP button on the remote to display the name of each disc for
5 seconds. When the name of the desired disc appears, you can press the OK
button on the remote to select the disc for playback.
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.
Music Keg Compatible: This unit
is fully compatible with the Kenwood Music Keg Digital Music System (models
KHD-C710 and KHD-CX910).
Illumination/Clock Display: When the unit
is in Standby mode, the face/button illumination and clock are "keyed". Pressing
and holding the Source (SRC) button turns the unit off completely.