HD Radio for awesome sound

When you tune into a local HD Radio station on Kenwood's KDC-HD458U CD receiver, you'll hear FM that's close to CD quality or AM that comes in clear and static-free. And unlike satellite services, you'll pay no subscription fees. If your iPod's hooked up to the receiver's USB input, you can also tag songs that you hear on HD Radio, then buy them later online. And most participating stations send out secondary programming, giving you more choices when you're in the mood for radio.

HD Radio

One versatile USB port

The receiver's front-panel USB port allows you to access and control the music stored on your iPhone® or Android® phone. With your iPhone, you also have control over iHeartRadio® and Pandora® Internet radio stations. And the USB port can handle any MP3, WMA, or WAV music files stored on a thumb drive. Here's a cool feature from Kenwood — Drive Change allows you to connect a memory card reader or USB hub to the Kenwood's USB input and select music from up to five memory cards or USB flash drives.

Kenwood KDC-HD458U CD receiver

You can change the color of your display to match your interior lighting.

The sound and the display

You can use the 3-band parametric equalizer to adjust the centerpoint of your treble, midrange, and bass controls. The low-pass frequency filter and phase control adjusts the bass going to your subwoofer, so you can adjust your bass from the front seat. You can also adjust the color of the display and buttons so this Kenwood looks right at home in your dash, while dust covers protect the CD slot, aux input, and USB port.

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 this Kenwood, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. Check the "Accessories" tab to see a selection of compatible adapters.

iPod/smartphone note: If you're going to use your iPod or smartphone with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for compatibility information.

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in HD Radio tuner
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RW discs including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA music files
    • detachable face with 13-digit LCD display and variable color illumination
    • dust covers for CD slot, auxiliary input, and USB port
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • System Q Sound Control (8 preset EQ curves and a 3-band parametric equalizer)
    • low-pass filter and subwoofer phase control for sub preamp output
    • Sound Reconstruction improves the sound of files encoded at lower bit rates
    Expandability:
    • built-in iPod, iPhone, and iPad control (see Details tab for model compatibility)
    • Pandora and iHeartRadio control with iPhone
    • Drive Change lets you select audio from multiple flash drives or memory cards in a connected USB hub or memory card reader
    • inputs: front-panel auxiliary and USB input
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (2.5-volt front, rear, and subwoofer)
    Other features and specs:

    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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    Decent

    Written By SoCal Joe, California on Thursday, May 28, 2015

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    Decent replacement for a stock head unit, but more than a few shortcomings. First, the display is too dim, even when brightness is adjusted to 100%. Makes the radio display useless except at night. Also, the clock readout is comically small. The interface to adjust settings can be a bit hard to navigate, so have the manual handy.

    Pros: Good fit and style

    Cons: Display is painfully dim and unreadable in daylight.

    for the money

    Written By j.c., alb, nm on Sunday, May 24, 2015

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    Nice radio for the money. Easy to install. Sounds good.

    Pros: Easy to install. Good value.

    Cons: Hard to see in the daytime. Wish it had a lighting control that tied into the car lighting

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    Written By Greg, Springdale, AR on Sunday, May 24, 2015

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    Sounds great, looks good in the truck

    Expected quality from Kenwood

    Written By G philip, Ohio on Sunday, May 17, 2015

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    Ability to change color to match interior lighting is great. fit perfectly in stock location. Smooth front with flip-down door for cd player to keep dust out. Great sound quality. 2007 subaru forester.

    Pros: Ease of installation included crutchfield install sheet was a big help included metra adapter harness/pigtail worked flawlessly

    Cons: none

    Blends into the dash very well

    Written By JBench, Oregon on Tuesday, May 12, 2015

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    Very simple to install and operate. Every option I needed and all the free extras with the dash kit, wiring harness and antenna adapter just make it impossible to shop anywhere else for mobile but Crutchfield. When I called with a question I did not even need to tell the guy on the phone who I was and exactly two minutes later we were off the phone and I had glorious sound coming from the speakers!

    Pros: Every color available to match your other instruments, Great sound quality, excellent HD radio, DC, USB, Streaming, it is all here.

    Cons: Nothing

    Great product!

    Written By Shawn S., Belcamp, MD on Sunday, May 10, 2015

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    Bought this for my wife who needed a new one. She loved it.

    Pros: Easy installation thanks to Crutchfield. With there instructions anybody can do it!

    Cons: None

    Two thumbs up for Kenwood

    Written By C.Black, Kissimmee,Florida on Sunday, May 10, 2015

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    Good radio good sound like color variaty

    Pros: Easy to install easy to operate

    Cons: Wish display was brighter during the day

    Kennwood HD Receiver - Amazing Value!

    Written By Noonan!, Winston Salem NC on Saturday, May 09, 2015

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    Recently bought a used Ford Ranger extended cab 4x4 and the radio was lacking big time. Always heard about HD radio and never thought much about it till I went receiver shopping. I put my exact model truck in the search filter and found this gem of a radio. All I can say is buy it and you will not be sorry! Crutchfield provided the exact wiring harness and had it all at my door within 2 days. Installation was so easy a caveman can do it. Soldered the wiring harness to radio's wiring, popped old radio out, and then plug and play. The mastersheet sent by email is very helpful. Sound quality in my truck was like going from 80's Walkman headphones to near studio quality sound... Okay, maybe a slight exaggeration, but you get the point. I don't care to have Bluetooth in my truck, so it didn't bother me this unit omitted that feature. Easy and intuitive controls, awesome sound quality, ability to pick up HD stations, expandability (pre-outs), USB connectivity, nice display... All this and wiring harness, shipped to your door, for right at a Benjamin! Not to mention you have Crutchfield backing you every step of the way, if you need them... Thank you Crutchfield! You have gained a customer for life.

    Pros: HD Tuner, easy setup, adjustable color illumination, plenty of power, remote control, subwoofer level control, sounds and looks awesome.

    Cons: None

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    Written By Anonymous, Montgomery, Texas on Thursday, May 07, 2015

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    Easy to install. Customer support was great!

    Pros: Improved sound quality. Features are nice. Easy to install.

    Cons: The only issue which others have described with this one is the brightness of the display. You can't see it during the day unless it was cloudy. The clock display could be bigger, but that's not really a big deal to me.

    Great sound

    Written By Jimmy, Tennessee on Sunday, May 03, 2015

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    Great buy

    Cons: none

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    Written By Anonymous, Massachusetts on Sunday, May 03, 2015

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    For its price, a great HD radio. Simple, decent sound but don't expect too many features. Some features are gimmicky and could have well done without

    Great buy!

    Written By TimL, AZ on Saturday, May 02, 2015

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    Great purchase. $30 less than anywhere else I looked. And, Crutchfield included the RIGHT dash adapter, tools to remove the OEM radio, Vehicle specific pigtail, and vehicle specific detailed instructions. The unit is great, with multi color display, and the USB/Aux capability I was looking for. The sound is far superior to the Ford OEM unit.

    Pros: Sound, USB, AUX, HD Radio, Multi color selectable display.

    Cons: None

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    Written By Jim, Texas on Tuesday, April 28, 2015

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    I installed this radio in my Nissan Frontier the instillation kit worked nicely and the instalation looks good BUT---I should have read the reviews first. I have no complaints with sound quality or features of this radio but as almost all of the other reviewers have noted the display is useless. Nothing on the display can be read in daylight and it becomes totally invisible if you are wearing Polaroid sunglasses. Changing colors makes no difference. I need to be able to see a clock -- although this unit has a clock that sets itself it is so small in the display I need my glasses on to read it. The display problem renders a very nice player a looser and because of this I would not recommend it

    Pros: good sound, good features, I like playing from a USB source.

    Cons: The display is useless in daylight the clock is too small and does not show at all most of the time --

    Great

    Written By Connor, Prosper, TX on Saturday, April 25, 2015

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    Second one I've bought for my two cars love it

    Pros: Easy to use great sound

    Cons: Aux door is flimsy

    Sleek and Simple

    Written By Sleek and Simple, Fredericksburg, VA on Saturday, April 25, 2015

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    Kenwood simply the BEST! The sleek look of the CD player make it very unique. With the info given by the Crutchfield Team the unit is SUPER easy ti install. Following the step-by-step instructions in the booklet it is easy to set your unit up from clock, color, sound, etc. . . Not to mention my 5yr old daughter loves that she can change the color from Daddy's blue to her favorite color of pink! (Yes the 5yr old can operate the cd player)

    Pros: Look, sound, set-up

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    Written By Indigo Montoya, Texas on Sunday, April 19, 2015

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    I am very happy with my purchase. After my stock radio went out in my car, I decided to upgrade to HD radio to broaden my listening choices. I am very happy with the ease of installation, ease of use, and the performance of this stereo.

    Pros: Ease of installation (thanks to Crutchfield's kit and instructions). Good sound, clear reception.

    Cons: The only thing I would change is making the clock display bigger. I don't need a scrolling station banner as much as I could use a clock. There is a display for the time, but it is small. This may be able to be fixed, but I haven't found it in the instructions yet.

    Great product

    Written By Joe, Texas on Sunday, April 19, 2015

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    This is a great product and was well above expectations for the price all around great device great sound love the multi collor display and the easy of use for the menu features was really easy for a friend of mine to use and they are no where near technically inclined.

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    Written By Klaus, Arizona on Saturday, April 18, 2015

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    Good radio, but the display is very hard to see in daylight because of the curved face and the angle of the unit in the dash. Settings are a bit difficult.

    Pros: Good sound

    Cons: Display and settings

    Almost perfect

    Written By Dan, Ohio on Tuesday, April 14, 2015

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    Truly, I'm impressed with the quality of the sound of this unit for the price. Installation was straightforward and with the adjustable display colors it looks great in our Civic. I only rated it 4 stars for a couple reasons. The display, even though it has a brightness control, is unreadable during the day unless you use your hand to shroud it from the sun. Also the operation between sources and changing the various settings is somewhat convoluted. The remote control is useless unless you point it directly at the unit. It's in my glovebox now. Another problem is the shuffling of songs on my 32gb flash drive. With almost 2,500 songs it shuffles only between about a dozen different artists and has even repeated songs several times even though I've only driven the car for a couple of hours since the install. I tried my iPhone today and it shuffled the songs in the random way I experience in my other 2 cars factory units.

    Pros: Great sound, easy install.

    Cons: Dim display during the daytime, less than simple audio adjustments, worthless remote control.

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    Written By xcomm, Minnesota on Monday, April 13, 2015

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    Works great for a cheap upgrade from stock. At half volume the stock speakers become distorted due to the power this thing pushes. Next upgrade will be new speakers.

    Cons: The only major issue is the pandora usb support really only appears to work with Iphones. My galaxy S4 is seen as an unkown device. kind of with I would have done the unit with blue tooth instead.

    A++++++

    Written By Cole, granger, tx on Monday, April 13, 2015

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    Great product. Would recommend to anyone with Android!!!!

    Pros: It's all good

    Cons: No complaints

    Just what I needed!

    Written By Dave, Lebanon,Tennessee on Sunday, April 12, 2015

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    My old Kenwood Excelon KDC-X491 CD Receiver was showing it's age. I needed something to quick and simple to install that would allow use of an old droid smartphone as a music player and HD Radio. This unit was perfect!

    Pros: Price, easy install (I just plugged it in)

    Cons: None

    Great radio

    Written By Sgt Mike, Maryland on Sunday, April 12, 2015

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    Great sound from a great radio.

    Pros: Ease of installation because everything fits right.

    Cons: Nothing with the radio. All is good.

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    Written By JDS, Virginia on Saturday, April 11, 2015

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    It has an excellent sound. The instructions are very cryptic and written in small print. I had to get the online instructions that were more readable. Too many options and for my simple needs it is over kill. Perhaps some one like me with only basic needs should look elsewhere.

    Pros: Fine sound

    Cons: Over kill

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    Written By JDS, Virginia on Saturday, April 11, 2015

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    It has an excellent sound. The instructions are very cryptic and written in small print. I had to get the online instructions that were more readable. Too many options and for my simple needs it is over kill. Perhaps some one like me with only basic needs should look elsewhere.

    Pros: Fine sound

    Cons: Over kill

    great head unit

    Written By Kenwood, ruckersville on Friday, April 10, 2015

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    Clean sound. Easy to install and set up. Great sound for the money.

    Pros: Easy set up and installation

    Cons: None

    Great product, love the HD radio

    Written By ToddM, Maryland on Thursday, April 09, 2015

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    It's a great product., excellent value. Replaced an old Kenwood unit that was failing. Never realized that I would enjoy the HD radio so much! Easy to install with assistance from Crutchfield.

    Pros: I really enjoy the HD radio tuner. Sound quality is fantastic. Remote is nice. Easy to install.

    Cons: Some display colors are difficult to see in daylight. Buttons are small for large fingers. Clock display could be larger

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    Written By JO, North Carolina on Thursday, April 09, 2015

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    Sounds great & easy to install

    Cons: Buttons a little small

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    Written By Anonymous, Dededo, Guam on Friday, April 03, 2015

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    Great product for the price!

    Cons: Remote buttons are a bit small, but works great!

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    Written By BrianT, Texas on Friday, April 03, 2015

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    It's a Kenwood and they are normally very good products. This receiver is a good bang for the buck. I just wish the clock numbers were as large as the station/title letters. It's very hard to see the clock. It sounds very good and looks great.

    Pros: ease of install, sound is good, looks great.

    Cons: clock too small, needs more equalizer settings.

    Very happy with it

    Written By Tim, New York on Thursday, April 02, 2015

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    Installation took me about 30 min. Very easy to operate and didn't need manual to maneuver around. High build quality and sounds great.

    Pros: Built in HD tuner, variable color display which was necessary to match the cluster color, front USB port, very easy to operate.

    Cons: No Blue tooth capability

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    Written By Anonymous, Maryland on Thursday, April 02, 2015

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    Killer system, will tell my coworkers and friends about this one.

    Pros: Easy to install with a dynamite kickin sound, love the colors

    Cons: Don't really have any

    Nice upgrade

    Written By Anonymous, Atlanta on Thursday, April 02, 2015

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    Replaced my old default radio mostly so I could have an auxiliary hookup. Having clear music with this radio lets me enjoy my music that much more. Cheapest head unit for my car but works like a charm.

    Awesome Stereo

    Written By Jacob G, Missouri on Tuesday, March 31, 2015

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    Stereo was easy to install, looks awesome, and sounds great. Put it in my moms car for an early Mother's Day gift and she loves it and my stepdad is jealous.

    Pros: Looks awesome, Volume goes up in large notches for each number, colors keep display interesting.

    Cons: Can't figure out how to turn off the color changing and keep it one color.

    Crutchfield response on Wednesday, April 01, 2015 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

    Great

    Written By Anonymous, Roscommon, MI on Monday, March 30, 2015

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    Love the radio. Glad I chose this radio.

    Great deck

    Written By Bergman, Medford WI on Sunday, March 29, 2015

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    Very good sounding, very user friendly, and also very good looking, with 25 different colors it's hard to choose.

    love it!

    Written By steph, boyertown pa on Friday, March 27, 2015

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    I've bought my share of head units and this one is by far my favorite!!!!

    Pros: Easy to install, great sound quality, love the way it looks!

    Cons: None

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    Written By Stuart M, Kansas on Wednesday, March 25, 2015

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    Great radio, and I have not had any issues and really like it

    Pros: Price and clarity!

    Cons: Some colors aren't real visible in bright sunlight

    Great Radio

    Written By jlh1, Georgia on Monday, March 23, 2015

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    Very good radio for the price.I love the remote,works great with my I phone,have not had a chance to play a cd yet but i am sure that will work also. Only thing I do not like is the very small buttons,they could be larger. overall a great radio.

    Pros: HD radio I Phone compatibility

    Cons: small buttons

    Great Product

    Written By Jake, Arizona on Monday, March 23, 2015

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    Great product. Overall easy install. The wires were easily color coded to match the wire harness adapter that plugged into the factory harness.

    Pros: Great sound. Great fit.

    Cons: A little hard to navigate at first.

    Well above its price level.

    Written By Shane W, Dallas, TX on Sunday, March 22, 2015

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    Simply put, The unit performs very well for what i paid for it. Installation was quick(as long as you have a trim removing tool and a set of wire strippers). My first wiring job and it was perfect. Display is nice and straight forward. However buttons are small and i have larger fingers so i tend to button mash.

    Pros: Clean looks, Better than average sound, Awesome Color, Expand-ability, Ipod, Ipad Compatible.

    Cons: Plastic Face could be deemed flexible and a shade of fragile. Small buttons.

    WOW

    Written By Ninjazx14R, Pennsylvania on Tuesday, March 17, 2015

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    I love this unit,...never thought I would use a remote in a car,..but I use it alot...keeps my eyes on the road. Sound is great,..alot of features...able to hook my IPOD right to unit with aux cord. This replaced the stock cass./radio ,..I wish I had done this a long time ago...I can pick up radio stations I never heard before.

    Pros: FM reception, alot of features, cd player, remote, sound is great

    Cons: None at all, as far as I am concerned

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    Written By Mick, Indianapolis, IN on Monday, March 16, 2015

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    Love my new stereo, great value, and everything I needed in 1 great spot.

    c.d.receiver

    Written By Arthur, Phoenix Arizona on Monday, March 02, 2015

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    Great product for the price. Plenty of bells And whistles on it

    Pros: Quality great

    Cons: So much on it will take a while figuring out

    As Advertised

    Written By Bob P., Blythe, CA on Tuesday, January 20, 2015

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    I needed an upgrade replacement for my 97 Ford F250's failed factory original AM/FM/cassette. This unit arrived quickly, does the job very well for the price, and was not too difficult to install. If you also get the harness adapter kit and directions the only other things you will need are insulated butt splice connectors, crimping pliers and two spare hours if you are as cursedly clumsy as I am. Very good reception and customizable sound. The single CD player works easily enough. It actually has other features than I haven't currently needed or tried. I am mostly happy with the results although I must say that the control menus take some getting used to, and the buttons are a little small and obscure but it seems that is the manner of most in this category. Also, the display's brightness even at it's highest setting ( It is not controllable along with the rest of the dash lights) is no real match for a bright sunlit day and can be almost unreadable at times. Do not expect to easily read your clock, menus, or scrolling info while driving during the day without shading the display with your hand, though it is more than sufficient for night driving.

    Pros: Good reception and sound customization. Installs easily enough. A lot of features for the price.

    Cons: The buttons couldn't be any smaller. The display could be brighter.

    Oh So Right!

    Written By Bryan S, Georgia on Wednesday, December 31, 2014

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    Crutchfield listed this unit as a fit for my 1997 VW Cabrio - and a just right fit it is! Installing it was way easier than I expected thanks to Crutchfield's install guide and accessories [was suppose to be a "modified" fit, but the modification described wasn't actually necessary]. I had one wiring question which Crutchfield support answered with a simple 1 minute phone call [even on a Saturday]. Radio display has a color option that actually matches the Cabrio's unusual green instrument lighting and the unit's plastic bezel matches the dash plastic trim as well - looks factory deluxe! No, the display isn't bright in direct sun or with the top down [hardly any radios are]; but it lights up well and is easy to see otherwise, and at night it's actually brighter than my instrument cluster lighting will go. The design is modern without being ridiculously fancy with crazy shaped buttons in weird places like so many radios now seem to have - what is THAT about? Solid sound, USB, mini jack, iPhone connectivity, iTunes Radio & Pandora integration, a good old CD player, and HD radio tuning that works well with digital stations here in Atlanta... what does this unit NOT have? For me, it does it all and then some - and for this price? It's a fantastic deal. More like a steal!

    Excellent

    Written By Michael, Moyock, NC on Saturday, December 27, 2014

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    Bought this radio for my girlfriend, great radio so far. Ive had my Kenwood for about 5 years now and no problems out of it so I don't force any problems.

    Kenwood KDC-HD458U

    Written By Dan, California on Wednesday, December 24, 2014

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    This is a good stereo. However, where it is lacking is in the screen brightness. I drive a convertible and it is impossible to see when the top is down. In addition, the USB only lets you put 19 folders in it.

    Cons: Screen isn't bright enough for use in a convertible.

    GREAT buy!!!

    Written By rc5695, South Carolina on Tuesday, December 16, 2014

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    SUPER impressed with this radio. This is a GREAT bang-for-your-buck radio. I was surprised just how much I like it. It is easier to use than other brands of this price point, and has more adjust ability if you care to do so. The sound is great and it has plenty of power. The only downside I know of is it seems to take a while to link up to HD radio stations, longer than another brand I have in a different vehicle. I would buy another one of these radio's in a heartbeat!!! No regrets!

    Pros: easy to use, lots of power, lots of adjust-ability (color & sound), looks great, sounds great

    Cons: takes a few seconds to tune in to an HD station (says "linking")

    Kenwood KDC-HD458U

    Written By Anonymous, Tennessee on Monday, November 24, 2014

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    This cd reciever sounds great was a great price seems tuo be built well and has a cool color changeing diplay

    Kenwood KDC-HD458U

    Written By Kenwood KDC-HD458U, CT on Monday, November 10, 2014

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    Not a bad radio for the price. I purchased the Kenwood model that didn't have the HD option for another car before this purchase. I wish I stayed with that model for this car. With the HD feature the stations goes in in out a lot

    Pros: Looks Cool

    Cons: Bad reception

    Kenwood KDC-HD458U

    Written By Anonymous, St Croix. U.S.V.I on Monday, October 13, 2014

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    This head unit is a very good bang for the Buck.

    Nice receiver!!

    Written By Brian, Memphis TN on Friday, October 10, 2014

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    Easy install, great features with many sources for your music

    Pros: Great sound, clean look!

    Cons: None

    Great Stock Radio Replacement!

    Written By PalidCorpse, NM on Thursday, August 28, 2014

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    Killer stereo! Controls are relatively intuitive. Easy install. Great replacement for stock radio in 2002 Toyota Tundra! For the price, this is a hard radio to match. The ability to see the song titles for HD radio stations is a killer feature I didn't think I would appreciate as much as I have. I rated "ease of use" and "coolness factor" at three and four stars for the dim digital display in daylight. Yes, I know you can adjust it, but it still doesn't help much. "Value," I rated it at four stars for the lack of Bluetooth. I would recommend spending the extra cash for one of the Kenwood models that has it and the phone features. That way you can do away with the cords and keep your mind and eyes on the road. Still, if you're working on a budget and have to settle for a little less than everything, go for the HD458U! It sounds great and performs beautifully!

    Pros: Sound quality. Power to price ratio. Features.

    Cons: Not easy to read in the bright light of the day. No bluetooth.

    Great product

    Written By Champ, Wilmington, MA on Friday, August 15, 2014

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    This Kenwood stereo replaced an Alpine that was 15 years old. The sound quality is much improved and the ability to match the the cluster color is a nice touch. It allows me to play podcasts as well as my substantial album collection loaded on my 5th generation IPOD. The HD is crystal clear and the installation went smooth. I was listening to this unit 10 minutes after I started the project in my 91 Corvette.

    Pros: HD Front USB and Auxiliary jack Multiple color display to match instrument cluster

    Cons: Would like the clock to be a little bigger.

    Great Head Unit

    Written By ilya v., novelty, ohio on Saturday, August 02, 2014

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    I've only had it for about a month but so far so good. Its much better than my old head unit and it was a fairly reasonable price in my opinion.

    Pros: Basically all the feature of the device are good

    Cons: The only thing I could get to work was the ability to control my Samsung's music through the head unit

    Remote

    Written By Remote control, Far East on Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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