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CD receiver with built-in SIRIUS tuner and MP3 / WMA playback (New Stock)

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by Matt Freeman
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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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The Kenwood EZ-700SR CD receiver looks sharp, sounds great, and makes your life easy, thanks to its built-in SIRIUS Satellite Radio tuner and included antenna. Now you don't have to shop for extra gear to enjoy the music, sports, news, and entertainment SIRIUS has to offer ($12.95-per-month subscription also required).

True to its EZ philosophy, Kenwood made this receiver extremely easy to use. The fold-down, detachable face offers simple, intuitive controls, a roomy button layout, and two large rotary knobs for making system adjustments, plus a white LED display that's easy to read and easy on the eyes. For the right stylistic accent of your vehicle's interior, you can select red or green button illumination.

Kenwood made sure to pile on the extras, too. In addition to your standard CDs, you can enjoy the MP3 and WMA files you've burned onto CD-R or CD-RW. System Q with its 3-band equalizer and six preset tone curves lets you dial in the sound just the way you like it, while System E's high- and low-pass filters tailor the EZ-700SR's output to your speakers so you get the most out of your system.

Three sets of preamp outputs let you add additional power in the form of external amplifiers — and you can even turn off the internal amp for the cleanest possible signal. The EZ-700SR's auxiliary input will accommodate another sound source, like the audio from your iPod®, so you won't want for entertainment options. A wireless remote is also included.

Important note: The CD player and AM/FM tuner on the EZ-700SR will not operate until you activate your SIRIUS subscription. If you discontinue your SIRIUS subscription, the EZ-700SR will operate normally.

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Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with built-in amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, CD-RWs, and MP3 and WMA files on disc
    • fold-down, detachable face
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • System Q Sound Control (6 EQ curves and a 3-band equalizer)
    • Speaker Setting function adjusts output with three settings (factory speakers, larger aftermarket speakers, smaller aftermarket speakers)
    • System E's high- and low-pass filters
    Expandability:
    • built-in SIRIUS Satellite Radio tuner with roof-mount antenna — the EZ-700SR will not operate until you activate your SIRIUS subscription (SIRIUS subscription required to receive the satellite radio signal)
    • HD Radio™ tuner ready
    • rear auxiliary input
    • CD changer controls
    • three sets of preamp outputs
    Other features and specs:
    • clock
    • wireless remote
    • CD frequency response: 10-20,000 Hz
    • CD signal-to-noise ratio: 105 dB
    • FM sensitivity: 9.3 dBf
    • warranty: 1 year
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant
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    RMS Power Output
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    22 watts
    Peak Output
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    50 watts
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    30-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs
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    6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs
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    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs
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    Preamp Voltage
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    2 volts
    Display Color
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    White on blck
    Key Button Color
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    Red or Green
    EQ Bands
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    Wireless Remote
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    Steering Wheel Control Compatible
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    1 Year
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    Expandability
    AUX Input
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    Rear
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    Memory Card Slot
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    Bluetooth Compatible
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    Satellite Radio Ready
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    Sirius
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    Navigation
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    iPod Compatibility
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    Tuner
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    9.3 dBf
    European Tuning
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    Seek/Scan
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    • AM/FM/CD/Sirius receiver with 10-amp fuse inserted into chassis
    • Sleeve
    • Face
    • Hard plastic face case
    • Trim ring
    • Wiring harness
    • Wireless remote control (RC-505)
    • 2 "AA" batteries
    • Magnetic Sirius antenna with attached 21' microcable (terminates into a single right-angle SMB connector)
    • 6-1/2" Sirius antenna tail
    • Cleaner with anti-static
    • 2 Removal tools
    • 4 Panhead ISO-mount screws
    • 4 Countersunk ISO-mount screws
    • Face fixing screw (2mm dia. x 4mm--black)
    • Face fixing screw (2.6mm dia. x 12mm--black)
    • 2 Face fixing screws (2mm dia. x 6mm--brass)
    • Instruction Manual (English/French/Spanish)
    • Warranty Card
    • Kenwood Car Audio Passport
    • Important Note (concerning requirement for Sirius subscription)
    • Note concerning accessory parts
    • Note regarding packing of remote inside the face case

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    Features
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    Features

    Sirius Satellite Radio: The Kenwood Ez700SR has a built-in Sirius Satellite Radio tuner and comes with a Sirius antenna. You can store up to 24 stations in 4 Sirius preset bands. When Sirius is selected as a source, Channel Scan will allow you to listen to every receivable channel for 10 seconds. In addition, you can switch between channel seek and preset seek tuning. You can choose to skip or lock out particular channels if desired. You can search for stations by category, channel, or by direct access tuning.

    Note: The Sirius subscription must first be activated before any of the receiver's functions are available.

    MP3/WMA Playback: The receiver 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, 100 folders, and 255 files per folder. During MP3/WMA playback, the unit displays any recorded ID3 Tag information.

    System Q Sound Control: Six EQ curves are preset into memory, allowing you to recall the best preset EQ curve for different types of music. Each preset has its own level settings for bass, midrange, and treble. Each level can also be set to your personal taste between -8 and +8 and stored in the "User" memory. Furthermore, when activated, you can also adjust the center frequencies of the bass (60/70/80/100/150 Hz), middle (0.5, 1.0, 1.5, 2.0kHz), or treble (10, 12.5, 15, 17.5kHz), the bass and middle Q Factor, and Bass Extend. The 6 preset curves with their respective bass, mid, and treble levels are as follows:

    • Rock: Bass +6, Mid +1, Treble +2
    • Pops: Bass +3, Mid +2, Treble +6
    • Easy: Bass +6, Mid 0, Treble -2
    • Top 40: Bass +3, Mid +1, Treble +8
    • Jazz: Bass +5, Mid +2, Treble +2
    • Flat: Bass 0, Mid 0, Treble 0

    Speaker Settings: The Speaker Setting function tailors the System Q Sound Control settings according to the type of speakers in your vehicle. You may select a Speaker Setting of "SP Off" (flat), "SP OEM." (for OEM factory speaker systems), "SP 6x9/6" (for systems with 6" and 6"x9" speakers), or "SP 5/4" (for systems with 4" and 5" speakers).

    System E's: In addition to System Q Sound Control, the Ez700SR features the System E's crossover system for the speaker and preamp outputs. You can make the following adjustments:

    • Front High Pass Filter: 100Hz, 125Hz, 170Hz, or Thru (no filter)
    • Rear High Pass Filter: 200Hz, or Thru (no filter)
    • Low Pass Filter: 50Hz, 80Hz, 120Hz or Thru (no filter)

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

    Volume Offset: The level of each source may be independently adjusted to prevent radical leaps in output volume when switching from one source to another. The available settings range from -8 to 0.

    Disc/Station Naming: You can enter and store names of up to 8 characters for CDs and radio stations. Characters can include upper and lower case letters, numbers, symbols, and special accent characters. The memory can store names for up to 48 stations (32 FM/16 AM) and 30 discs in the internal CD player. The number of disc names you can store for an external CD changer depends upon the capability of the changer.

    Dual Zone System: The Ez700SR's Dual Zone System allows you to output one source to the front preamp outputs and another source to the rear preamp outputs. The main source can be the internal disc player, tuner, or a source connected via the 13-pin CD changer input. The sub source is a device connected to the rear RCA auxiliary input. You can assign the sub source to either the front or rear channels. When the Dual Zone System is activated, the volume of the front outputs is controlled by the volume knob, while the volume of the rear channels is controlled in the Audio Control menu.

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

    CR-2 Advanced Tuner: This unit uses Kenwood's CR-2 Advanced tuner for clear radio reception. You can choose one of three tuning modes: Auto 1 (seek tuning), Auto 2 (cycles through and tunes the selected band's preset stations only with each button press), or Manual.

    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.

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

    Last Position Memory: If the unit is shut off or switched to the tuner mode while a CD is playing, the next time CD is selected as the source, playback will resume from the point where it left off.

    Disabled System Indicator: A red indicator will blink on the unit after the faceplate is removed, warning potential thieves. This feature can be turned On or Off.

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

    Remote Control: The Ez700SR 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".

    Display Illumination/Clock Display: When the unit is in Standby mode, the face/button illumination is "keyed". In addition, while the unit is in Standby mode, you can turn the clock display on or off." When the Clock Display is turned on and the unit is in Standby mode, the Clock Display is also "keyed". Pressing and holding the source button turns the unit off completely.

    Display Dimmer: When the dimmer control is set to "on", the display automatically dims when the vehicle lights are turned on. When set to "off", the display doesn't dim. Note: In order for the display dimmer feature to operate, the orange/white wire in the supplied wiring harness must be connected to the vehicle's headlight circuit.

    Bass Management System (B.M.S.): The receiver can remotely adjust the bass boost level of a compatible Kenwood external amplifier with Bass Management System. When properly connected (the pink/black wire on the receiver harness needs to be connected to the amplifier), the head unit can set the bass boost to Flat, +6dB, +12dB, and +18dB (when the amp is capable). Also, you can set the bass boost center frequency to Normal (set by the amp), or Low (lowered by 20%).

    Auxiliary Input: The Ez700SR is equipped with a built-in auxiliary input. There is a set of stereo RCA jacks on a 12-inch 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.

    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.

     
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    4 out of 5

    This one is a keeper

    Written By Zach, San Antonio,TX on Sunday, February 10, 2008
     
    I was a little worried buying the last of the discontinued item. After receiving it and installing it I would have to say WOW... Easy to use, nice display, and all built into one. Works great in all modes ( Sirius, Turner, and with my MP3). The only downfall is that I didn't buy one for all my cars.
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    5 out of 5

    nice product

    Written By Matt, Indiana on Saturday, February 09, 2008
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    The kenwood ez700sr is a great cd player/satellite radio. It's too bad that there aren't more products like this that have the satellite radio tuner built in. It makes installation and removal so much easier when you don't have to connect a tuner box and adapter box to your in dash to get a "clean" look in your car. Why was this player discontinued? and why aren't there more like it? It's freakin' awesome! Booyah!
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    5 out of 5

    Great product htat has it all

    Written By fieronv, Sparks NV on Tuesday, May 01, 2007
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    This product was perfect a in dash receiver that doesn't need a seperate box to get sirius. I didn't want to use up extra space in my car so this was the right choice. Using just the stock speakers this sounds great, if I decide to upgrade the speakers this will sound fantasic.
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Kenwood EZ-700SR

    Written By Bernie, Marblehead, MA on Friday, December 22, 2006
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    This was my first self-installed car radio. The Crutchfield customized instructions were a good start. And undoing the associated dash electrical connections are a real pain. There were no instructions and clues as to how to separate these things without breaking the delicate plastic parts!

    Anyway once the dash was out the old radio came out easily. Wiring up the harness adapter was easy too. However installing the new radio was another matter. There are a LOT of extra length wires and plugs from the radio that you somehow have to fit back into a very tight space. I ended up putting some of them in the gap above the radio. I hope this does not block the heat vent holes of the radio too much.

    I subscribed to SIRIUS (as required with this radio) over the web but could not find the month option and had to settle for a 3 month minimum. The unit sounds good but there is a lot of flexibility in frequency tuning ranges and I can not seem to get it to sound rich enough. It is very clear sounding but there seems to be no mid-range. Actually I have not been able to tune it to sound as good as my old factory radio but I hope I will eventually be able to do so. I still have the factory speakers but I am now considering a sub-woofer.

    Crutchfield tech support was excellent.

    Finally a general question..why do they make all these radios with tiny little buttons for kids size fingers while the factory units come with nice big easy to see and touch buttons????
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    5 out of 5

    Best Bet if you want Sirius Satellite and Serious Features

    Written By Paul, Santa Rosa, CA on Friday, December 22, 2006
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    I installed this deck in a 2006 Ford Five Hundred SE. With the free wiring harness and free dash conversion kit, replacing the stock CD player was a breeze. I also added a Blaupunkt BCP1200 Subwoofer Box and Infinity 311a power amp and EFX wiring kit. In total, $510 for top of the line system - with Sirius...now my fleet car shakes the whole neighborhood, and the sound is great...lots of parameters to tweak.

    Considering that you don't have to add anything extra for Sirious satellite, this deck is a steal...I love the clean look.

    This receiver requires a Sirius activation to get any of the features working, which makes it hard to test your progress as your installing a system. However, the instructions crutchfield provided were clear and everything worked perfectly. If you plan on having Sirius satellite in your car, then buy this receiver. If you don't want Sirius, you may be happier with another deck. I didn't find the lack of scrolling to be an issue since there is a button on the face to scroll through Station/Artist/Song, etc.
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    5 out of 5

    Impressive

    Written By Jamie, Davenport, Iowa on Sunday, December 10, 2006
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    I am extremely impressed with the output of this head unit. It has thorough settings to cover the full range of the music. The only cons with this head unit is that the scroll for Sirius only shows either title, artist, channel, etc, and thats it. You select what you want it to scroll. Would have been nice if it could automatically scroll through the different options, title, artist, etc.... Also the buttons are not very bright and when set to green are almost impossible to see. Those are minor cons to me so all in all, I love this head unit and when paired with quality speakers and a good sub.......very hard to beat the sound quality. Loud and accurate.....
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood EZ-700SR

    Written By Anonymous, Revere Ma on Wednesday, November 22, 2006
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    Well I Just wan't to say the the buying process for me was second to none. Tech and sales A+. I read alot of reviews on the EZ700SR. very easy to use. The instal took me about 2.5 hours That includes 2 rear speakers and a HD box. That was from start to finish including calling sirius to activate Radio. Although Iam a Master Mechanic at a Dealership. But I have not installed a radio like this in probably 18 years. The harness color codes were perfect.Everthing worked right away ounce activeated. Still don't know all the functions of radio but without fully reading owners manual yet I feel comfortable with it so far. EZ is what this unit is. Sounds better than my stock Cd player did all the way around through stock front speakers too. I think it will be hard to beat this with free shipping and harness and instal kit. I should mention It is in a 1999 Chevy Silverado Regular Cab pickup. Thanks Crutchfield.
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood EZ-700SR

    Written By Erik, East Hampton, NY on Wednesday, October 11, 2006
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    If you have or would like to get a sirius radio subscription this is a great head unit! BUT if you do not want a sirius subscription DO NOT get this unit because it will not work without one.

    That being said, i just installed this in my Jeep Wrangler yesterday and have to say it is outstanging! It has everything you need! It even has low pass filters for you speakers, up to 170hz in the front and 200hz in the back! You can fine tune you eq setting for each source, ie one setting for cd's, one setting for sirius, another for tuner. Truly superior!

    I have been doing custom car sterios for years and I think that this is one of if not the best recievers on the market, and for something under $300 you will not find any better. The only way this could be improved would be if the display was full color lcd instead of white dot matrix. BUT STILL excellent excellent head unit and crutchfield will set you up perfectly with everything you need for the instal!
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    5 out of 5

    great for semi trucks

    Written By ranger, normangee,tx on Saturday, November 19, 2005
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    Im a long haul truck driver that travels across the
    country, I needed a radio with a cd player and sirius
    tuner to enjoy, this kenwood fit the bill. its got big
    knobs and buttons so i can keep my eyes on the road and
    adjust the unit, It has a single line display that will
    scroll channel,artis,song. but must push scroll button
    to switch between them, i wish it would scroll all at the same time. you must pop the head unit down to load
    your cd"s,you can change the button colors red to green. has a built in equilizer that kenwood calls
    system Q that you adjust by selecting type of music
    (it will show pop,rock etc. on screen). also you can
    control all funtions of your amp.
    over all, this unit sounds great, a much better
    radio then factory, the clarity of sounds is awesome
    though aftermarket speakers( i got pioneers). a must
    buy for those who want crisp sounds and good bass.






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    4 out of 5

    Pretty good receiver

    Written By Jose, Perris, CA on Tuesday, September 27, 2005
     
    This is the first time I have purchased an aftermarket receiver and I must say, I was impressed. Very easy to install and it sounds great. I would have given it a "five star" rating but I was a bit disappointed with only having one-line of display. Other than that, I'm very happy with my first Kenwood.
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood EZ-700SR

    Written By Garrad, Oklahoma on Monday, August 15, 2005
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    I had been using the Starmate Sirius receiver, and was happy, but when I purchased a new vehicle, I wanted a "clean look"-- this radio provides it! The installation was very simple (thanks to the Crutchfield harness and kit...awesome!) and took about an hour. I have it mated w/ some Infinity 5x7s and couldn't be happier! The only negative things I have to say about it...not having a two-line display (either song, artist, or channel but not more than one displayed at a time). It should also be noted that those who are familiar w/ s. seek on some Sirius units (song memory function) is not an option on the Kenwood...too bad, I love that feature. It does seem to take a few seconds longer to tune a station as well, but not that bad. I love this unit and hope to get many years use out of it.
    4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Perfect for no hassle SIRIUS

    Written By Brian, FL on Tuesday, July 12, 2005
     
    Even though my factory system sounded ok (04 Mustang) I wanted Sirius and MP3 capability along with atleast some what of a dope look. As with all things, the more ya want the more effort it takes. But, not in this case because of the internal sat radio tuner you only have to install the deck. Once that is done, run the antenna where you want and you're good. The deck looks great, nice and unique design; doesn't look cluttered. The sound of CDs (wav), MP3's, Sirius and FM radio all sound killer. FM sounds like, well, FM but atleast it comes in very good (better than the last deck I had in my last car, JVC). CD's sound nice, very detailed and the display for MP3's is perfect, it can run Artist/Title/Song all at one time with the scrolling. Sirius sounds very good as well, nice amount of bass and the programming is great! So far the signal is not as strong as I recall XM's (again, last vehicle) but the new car is much more fiberglass than metal so that might be part of it. Plus, I am greedy and I want the signal no matter where I am. I added Pioneer speakers (Pioneer TS-A6870R) and it sounds kickin! Anyhow, great deck, great face and the features are loaded (tricky to figure out at the start because, it can do so much). But, if you're looking for a unique deck that has Sirius and you want very little install effort to get to that, this is your deck.
    7 out of 9 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    EZ-700SR Best Buy for the money....

    Written By dkp, Dublin,GA on Friday, July 01, 2005
     
    I am a 3 time returning Kenwood user. I was looking to upgrade my wifes OEM head unit in her 2001 Expedition. I was dreading the prospect of buying the head unit with the added expense of the Sirius tuner until I came across the Kenwood EZ-700SR. With the satellite tuner built into the head unit, my installation time was cut in half and the price a tad cheaper. This unit has lots of frills but the menu/ navigation takes a bit to get figure out. I am pleased with the LCD display. My previous 2 Kenwoods had the multicolor displays which tend to be distracting. I like the simple one color display of the EZ-700SR. One con though: The cd player/and am/fm tuner are disabled until you activate with Sirius. I was planning to use Sirius but seems like a pushy marketing gimic forcing you to activate right off the bat. After the initial activation though the cd player and am/fm tuner will continue to work even without the Sirius service. I am well pleased although I may have a time teaching my wife the basic navigation....kp
    6 out of 6 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Great alone. Minor problems with Keg.

    Written By Zack, Idaho on Tuesday, June 28, 2005
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    Would have recieved five stars as a stand alone deck. The worst beefs are with the use of the Kenwood Music Keg.
    The deck is probly the classiest deck I have seen and by far the best looking by Kenwood. The basic controls are as simple and easy to use as it looks. There are some controls that take a little getting used to but are not controls used regularly. The remote is great also. There are two buttons that I use frequently that are not on the remote. I wouldn't use them very often as a stand alone deck though. The first is when using the Sirius tuner I like to change the display titles. The second is while using the Keg I like to turn random magazine on and off. Sometimes I use ffw which isn't on it either.
    The Sirius tuner being built in makes instalation a breeze. The controls for the tuner are very useful. Great music selection but comedy channels are lacking. There are only 2 and they do a lot of repeats and non funny stuff. Once I have built up my blues and jazz collection I will probly drop my subscription.
    The disc changer controls would be very useful for a changer. However, if you are using a music Keg, they can be very frustrating. The keg is set up with playlists acting like discs. I have 500+ on my keg. Unlike the sirius controls you cannot direct disc access past 10. You either have to scroll through hundreds of discs or use random magazine untill your close enough.
    This review may sound negative, but I focused mainly on the few drawbacks. Overall I am very pleased. To do again, I may have got the same deck without the sirius tuner. If I wasn't using it to control my keg it would be five stars.
    4 out of 5 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood EZ 700 SR

    Written By Bob, Morristown, NJ on Sunday, June 26, 2005
     
    I had the Kenwood EZ 700SR installed in my 2002 Mercedes E320 when the OEM radio failed. I was looking at Sirius options anyway. I think this unit is an outstanding value. With professional installation, it works flawlessly and I find it easy to use. The AM/FM reception is better than the original radio and, when I bought the car I had to settle for an in-trunk CD changer, now, with this unit I have an in=dash CD player.
    The readout is a little difficult to read in bright sunlight, but I find the controls to be comprehensive and intuitive.

    When I had it installed, I didn't know about the color coded antennae that are available so I have a black one, but my model Mercedes has a black antennae at the rear roofline anyway so it doesn't really detract from the look.

    The unit also has a very sophisticated look to it which goes with my car. Other units I looked at had multicolor readouts, bright, brash equalizer displays and were way too flashy.

    Frankly, the only reason I haven't gotten Sirius up to this point was that I really didn't want an extra screen pasted up on my dashboard.....so this was a great solution for me.

    I highly recommend this product.
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    4 out of 5

    Like it But...

    Written By robert, Az on Thursday, March 24, 2005
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    First week, not so great, some problems with the Sirius tuner portion of the unit. But Crutchfield has one in the mail to me as I write this, so expecting good things.

    Reason for new unit.
    "Tuner Error" during Sirius Source play. Can work around until new unit arrives by powering off the unit, un-plugging the satellite antenna, getting the "antenna error", then plugging in the satellite antenna, but that gets old on a new unit, and hard to do... Crutchfield very nice, and put new one in mail to me!

    Got this unit, to have just one unit, not a Sirius tuner and head end, or such. Yes, a fair amount of sub menus, but not all that bad, only had to dig into the manual a few times to find things I needed to have it setup the way I liked, I agree with the other review, sounds good, looks good. The display is a bit disappointing, all little LED's showing at night, not a nice LCD type display, (which I knew from the online pics), but at night you can't really adjust it down enough to not see the un-used LED's.

    If you have used, and like the Sirius receiver displays on most other Sirius equipment, and like the LCD type display,,, you will be disappointed. And you do have to choose what scrolls on display, and you get only one thing to scroll at a time. ie. Artist, song name, composer, station number, station name etc.

    But hey, we can live with that.

    The sound is impressive to me.. I am far from an audiophile, but quite happy with the sound, a great improvement from the stock radio/cd in my truck. MP3's sound great, That alone is almost worth the upgrade to this unit for me.
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    3 out of 5

    Not as EZ as I thought

    Written By dave, SIlver Spring, MD on Sunday, March 20, 2005
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    Being old-fashioned, I figured I'd get a reciever with fewer buttons and gee-whiz stuff. This looked like the type of thing I was hoping for. Unfortunately it is about as complex as anything you can get with multiple hidden functions which involve multiple pushes of different buttons... needless to say I was a bit disappointed simplicity-wise.

    The Sirius display is a bit frustrating in that you have to choose what will display - IE: channel number, station name, artist, title, etc. but there's no option to let it scroll that info. The plug and play reciever I had before showed all of this at once - still, once you get the channels all set up, everything is fine.

    On the bright side, it sounds good and looks pretty nice - I had it installed in my brand-new vehicle because Ford said they couldn't install a Sirius reciever that would play through the stock radio. I added a 10" subwoofer and an amp - which the reciever accommodates - and even with the stock speakers I have a really nice sound.

    Overall - buy a radio with the features you want. Just because it is supposed to be "easy" doesn't mean a thing. I'm not complaining, really, I'm just pointing out, you know. I like the traditional styling. The sound is great, the features are endless and very ammenable to fine-tuning the sound. It's just...

    complicated.
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