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Kenwood KDC-HD545U

CD receiver (New Stock)

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Item #: 113HD545U

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Original Price: $139.99

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Overview

Our take on the Kenwood KDC-HD545U

Kenwood built the KDC-HD545U CD receiver to cover all the bases. Sure, you expect a CD player, but factor in built-in iPod® controls, an auxiliary input, and a cutting-edge HD Radio™ tuner, and you've got a powerful and complete package ready for your ride.

Kenwood built the KDC-HD545U CD receiver to cover all the bases. Sure, you expect a CD player, but factor in built-in iPod® controls, an auxiliary input, and a cutting-edge HD Radio™ tuner, and you've got a powerful and complete package ready for your ride.

A multimedia marvel
With the KDC-HD545U's HD Radio tuner, you can enjoy the outstanding sound quality of digital radio broadcasts, with FM that approaches the sound quality of CDs. And if your local HD Radio station employs multicasting, you'll have the option of listening to multiple channels on the same frequency. When your iPod's connected to the receiver, iTunes® tagging lets you save song info, so you can purchase tracks you enjoy later on iTunes — a nice bonus.

Connection and control of your iPod is a snap with this receiver. Plug into the front-panel USB input, and take command with a variety of tools, including dedicated Search and Return keys — you'll find it easy to get to the tracks and playlists you want to hear.

You can play your store-bought and recordable CDs, including discs full of MP3, WMA and AAC files. If you'd like to expand your system, you can add a Kenwood CD changer or satellite radio, or use the front aux input for a direct audio connection from virtually any audio source.

Convenient shortcuts
The Mixed-Preset Memory feature gives you a useful one-touch shortcut to a favorite playlist, satellite radio channel, an HD Radio station, and more. Once the preset buttons are set to your choices, you'll be able to jump from station to playlist to feature with one touch of your finger.

The sound quality story
A strong built-in amp provides plenty of power to drive your speakers, while the 24-bit digital-to-analog converter brings out every last detail in your music. Use the 3-band equalizer to tweak the highs, mids, and lows for the perfect sound curve for your car.

If your aim is maximum sound quality, you'll appreciate the three sets of preamp outputs for connecting and controlling a full setup of external amps and subs.

Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?
In most vehicles, you can use this adapter 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.

Note: If you're going to use your iPod with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility with this receiver or its optional iPod adapter.

Installed in a 1993 Gmc Sierra and it fit like a dream.

Wingnut, Fresno Ca

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What's in the Box:

  • AM/FM/CD receiver with 10-amp fuse inserted into the chassis
  • Sleeve (attached)
  • Face (attached)
  • Trim ring (attached)
  • Wiring harness
  • RC-405 Wireless remote control (with CR2025 3V lithium-battery installed)
  • 2 Removal tools
  • 4 Panhead ISO-mount screws
  • 4 Flathead ISO-mount screws
  • Back support screw
  • Black cloth face carrying pouch
  • Instruction Manual (Eng/Spa/Fre)
  • Warranty Card

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD player with built-in MOSFET amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • built-in HD Radio tuner with iTunes tagging
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RW discs, including discs loaded with MP3, WMA, and AAC files
    • detachable face with with 13-character fluorescent display
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • System Q Sound Control (6 EQ curves and a 3-band equalizer)
    • Supreme Setting function restores high frequencies in music files
    • low-pass subwoofer filter
    Expandability:
    • iPod direct control via USB input — no adapter necessary, but adding Kenwood's optional connecting cable lets you leave your iPod cable at home
    • compatible with Kenwood's Bluetooth adapter, satellite radio, and CD changer
    • inputs: front auxiliary and USB inputs
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs ( 2-volt front, rear, and sub)
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    Reviews

    Kenwood KDC-HD545U Reviews

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    249 Reviews

    Good & bad

    Written by: RO from Coppell TX on March 7, 2012

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

    Good sound and relatively easy to install. Has all the function we need- but very small buttons and some quirky controls. Much better than my factory model.

    Pros: good sound, good volume and many features

    Cons: Really cheap aluminum USB port- slowly loosened up to point it would not hold a USB cord. Cost me $75 to get it fixed- since just out of warrantee.

    Junk after only 4 months

    Written by: Anthony from Indiana on February 27, 2012

    2003 Dodge Intrepid
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Had unit for 4 months before the pre-amps blew out; now I don't have any sound coming to my amps and speakers. It was just out of warranty and Crutchfield would not do anything about it. Kenwood was no help either.

    Pros: Great while it worked

    Cons: Died after 4 months of use.

    Junk

    Written by: Dan H. Chicago from Chicago, Il on January 29, 2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    stopped working just after crutchfield warranty expired and they wont do a thing about it. Speakers have no sound

    Pros: worked well and had good sound till it died

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    Great stereo for the Price

    Written by: Wingnut from Fresno Ca on December 23, 2011

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

    Installed in a 1993 Gmc Sierra and it fit like a dream.

    Pros: -Factory Refub. actually works well -Has RCA jacks in the back for older vehicles

    Cons: -Cant see the screen very well in sunlight -Doesn't seem to understand that theres more than 18 songs in Mp3 format on CD.

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    Written by: Anonymous from Stevens Point, WI on October 13, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Install was pretty straightforward and came with everything I needed. Using the Kenwood was a little complicated to figure out, but the HD radio is nice once I figured it all out.

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    Not the best and not the worst

    Written by: MikeZ from Hobart, IN on September 13, 2011

    2002 Chevrolet S10

    I bought this in late december of 2010 considering I came home from the Corps and purchased a truck. I always liked pioneer but. This little unit caught my attention. I looked at the specs and they were not bad. I actually thought they were good. Asked some of my friends bout Kenwood and they all gave a thumbs up. I will say that when your pushing with this IT DOES HAVE A CLEAR SOUND WITH LITTLE DISTORTION. I have it installed in my 02' Crew Cab Chevy S10. But on a smaller note. My factory pushed more RMS than this. It was louder and less static. I do like all of the features and add ons that this has. All in all not a bad unit for the price I suppose.....

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    Xcellent

    Written by: Rules from Nashua NH on September 10, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Working perfectly until now good product mi wife loves it too

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    Like it a lot

    Written by: Larkey from Gatesville, TX on August 18, 2011

    Installed this in my 2000 Ford Mustang, with the Mach 460 stock sound system. I had always thought my cars sound system was pretty good, but after installing this headunit i was really impressed. Has all the features i wanted, looks clean and stylish, LEDs arent overly bright, and i can read them easily enough, kinda bad in daylight with glare, but thats all gloss headunits. Puts out enough power that im sometimes worried about damaging my sound system, and retains overall quality very well when up at high volume. I really am impressed with this thing, and it only has one major downside. When i turn my car on it has a high pitched chirp, and im not a fan of it, it made me cringe the first few times entering the car, and anyone who doesnt expect it cringes too. But its only on power up, called support and they said its normal, so yeah. Anyways i do really like it.

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    Written by: CJS from Maple Grove, MN on June 18, 2011

    Bought this unit for my birthday in March. Had it installed professionally in my 2002 Highlander. Considered replacing the stock speakers, but didn't need to since the unit has excellent bass response. Also, there is ample power, thus no need for an external amplifier! The sound produced surpasses the quality of my wife's top-of-the-line stock system that came in her Camry. The only distraction is that all MP3 players are not compatible, and had to upgrade to an ipod from the Sony Walkman I had. Very pleased with the unit and Crutchfield's staff support.

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    Best value!!!

    Written by: junkhead92 from Marion,Oh on May 10, 2011

    2000 Chevrolet Cavalier
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is hands down the best product for the $ Plays everything you can throw at it and simple to install with the adapters from crutchfield.

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    Awesome HD Radio

    Written by: JohnK from Reynoldsburg,OH on April 25, 2011

    I just bought this radio as a birthday gift to my self. 'i have a 1999 honda accord lx the radio in it was factory cassette player I wanted a hd radio so in my research this model seemed the best choice. I had it installed by a shop here in ohio they did an awesome job installing it one of my rear speakers was going out so i bought pioneer tsa6964 for the rears i am getting door speakers replaced thursday awesome radio needs awesome speakers I couldnt belive the difference in the hd stations here in ohio we have a alot that have gone to hd which makes this all the more enjoyable dont have ipod need to get one as far as then sound it is awesome i love the display tells song name or station your choice i would adivise anyone who wants a hd radio this one is the best i have seen.

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    best hd radio

    Written by: santiago from paola ks. on April 8, 2011

    1998 Pontiac Grand Prix
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I am very please with this unit, the hd radio is just awesome.. I was a little hesitant about the installation on my car a 98 grand prix, but crutchfield made it easy by supplying the extra items to make it fit and connect, what else can I say.... excellent product, excellent website!!

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    Buttons difficult

    Written by: Stan from East Nprthport, NY on April 4, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Just received it, easy to install, nice sound. Hard to understand all the setup. It will take time to get used to it.

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    Good product and service

    Written by: Steve N from Great Falls, MT on March 24, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought a Kenwood HD-545U receiver for my 92 Chevy p/u. All the pieces for installation were sent with good instructions. Took about 3 hours to put in. The receiver works well. I would recommend Crutchfield.

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    Awesome sound

    Written by: Randy from Bucks County, PA on March 22, 2011

    1996 Ford Bronco
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this radio to replace a factory radio and it was really easy to install and the sound is fabulous...

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    It just works!

    Written by: TC from Chicago, IL on March 19, 2011

    1998 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The features included on this unit for the price is AMAZING! It all works as advertised. The iPod / iPhone interface and HD Radio are fantastic. The audio quallity equals that of untils costing 300.00 and above. It has to be heard to be believed. I never knew what I was missing. Istallation time was a snap at less than 30 minutes. Crutchfield supplied all that I needed for a clean, professional installation. Don't even consider buying anywhere else.

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    Written by: KGJetta from Raleigh, NC on March 19, 2011

    1997 Volkswagen Jetta III
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I'm very impressed with the usability and feature set of the KDC-HD545U. The MP3/IPOD/IPhone adapter is a great feature of the unit. The only drawback, I wish the adapter was located in another area on the unit, compared to the location on the front of the unit. Thus I could remove the unit's faceplate without disconnecting the cable and subsequent MP3 unit.

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    Works fine

    Written by: Mike the Red from Atlanta Ga on February 27, 2011

    1992 Honda Accord LX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This unit works great. If you use a USB flash drive with it a lot, you might get a right- angled USB cable such as part RR-AAR04-04G at usbfirewire, which lets your drive hang down from the unit ... this way, your flash drive isn't sticking out of the unit (and perhaps easy to hit or bust off). It will also reduce wear on the USB socket, so it doesn't become loose or break off inside the unit after a while. Note that some of the documentation suggests that you have to buy an optional Kenwood cable to use the USB socket but this is not true; any old USB drive can stick right into it. Hey Crutchfield, you should consider carrying some right-angle USB adapters.

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    Great Bang for the Buck

    Written by: KC from Central, IL on February 27, 2011

    1995 BMW 525I
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Replaced my 15 yr old factory stereo with this unit after reading all the positive reviews of it. Installation was a breeze (and I have never soldered electrical wiring). It was a fun and rewarding experience to install myself. Understanding the owner's manual and the unit's functions was a little tricky. But, once I figured it out, it has been a great stereo. Can't beat all that it does for the price. I would definitely buy a Kenwood again and I would definitely order from Crutchfield again.

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    2009 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

    Written by: me from Broadalbin, N.Y. on February 26, 2011

    2009 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Fit very good in the jeep Paired with 4 Kenwood KFC-C1739ie 6-3/4" 3-way Speakers that fit with no problem sounds a lot better than factory system

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    Money well spent

    Written by: Nick from Glendora, CA on February 26, 2011

    2005 Ford Focus ZX3
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I installed my new kenwood KDC-HD545U last weekend and I couldn't have been more pleased with the features and quality of this head unit. I hook it up to four kenwood speakers also purchase through crutdhfield and 8" kicker subwoofer. The kenwood head unit pushes the four speaker perfectly and an 800w amp suppling the woofer. Let my just say it took less time than I would have figured with the supporting cast at crutchfield. Thanks again it was a great first time experiance and will refer you guys every time.

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    Great deal for the price.

    Written by: Butch from Mt. Gretna, PA on February 25, 2011

    1993 Mazda Miata

    What can I say, "It rocks"! It was easy to install in my Miata. The sound is excellent. The HD radio has very good reception. I now can tell the name of the artist and song. My Ipod hooks up with ease, so if there is nothing I want to listen to on the radio my Ipod has everything I enjoy. Controls are easy to understand and operate. I am looking forward to the warm weather with the top down and the stereo cranked.

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    Written by: Marcus from Belmont, CA on February 25, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Good receiver for its class, but I prefer the Excellon's controls and digital media processing.

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    Great All Around Unit

    Written by: PaulNM from Yakima, WA on February 24, 2011

    1995 Subaru Legacy
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I wanted to update my car stereo from the original 1994 tape deck and found this Kenwood model a great fit for my needs. It has a CD player (not so common on 1994), a digital radio that lets me access more options in our rural area, and a USB plug in for my iPod. The controls are very intuitive and controlling the iPod using the radio knob is a great feature. Installation was easy and straightforward.

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    Great auto radio

    Written by: Jim from Ventura, Ca. on February 22, 2011

    1997 Toyota Camry XLE
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I based my selection on the 135+ reviews rating the Kenwood at 4.5 stars. And the customers were right. The instructions were very clear but I had one question which was answered by someone at Crutchfield support and he gave me a tip on another wiring topic. This was on a Saturday so I was impressed by the quick response to my call. I installed the radio myself in my wife's Toyota Camry and she loves it and the storage space under the radio which she uses for her ipod touch. I am now considering replacing my car's radio and I won't hesitate to order one from Crutchfield. Well done, you guys rock.

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    Loads of features

    Written by: Craig from Great Bend, Kansas on February 22, 2011

    2000 Chevrolet S10
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Can't believe all this reciever can do. very versitile. front ,rear and subwoofer rca outs, 3 band eq. adjustible low pass crossover, bass boost, with a touch of a few buttons. had an old equilizer i installed with this reciever but after playing with the sound controls, i think i could remove the external equalizer. takes a while to learn the menu, but after a week i got it down. excellent FM reception.

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    Great Radio

    Written by: RFL from Burlington, MA on February 22, 2011

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

    Great radio, sounds terrific! Built in HD radio is a definite plus. Installation was very easy using Crutchfield's instruction sheet. I would have given this unit 5 stars if the owner's manual better described how to use all of the functions.

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    Written by: BillM from Milwaukee, WI on February 22, 2011

    2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very good replacement for an existing am/fm/cd receiver. Vehicle is a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4wd extended cab. With the included kit, this receiver fit easily into the existing slot. The included wire looms worked fantastic; just had to connect same color wires (used in-line connectors). Did this on the kitchen table then clicked the wire loom to the existing wiring harness. Total time to remove and replace receivers was less than one hour. Radio itself is very good. Plays all CDs and my daughter loves the ability to attach her ipod easily to the USB port in front (won't say what I think of some of her songs though). Channel buttons are small, especially here in the north where wearing gloves makes changes a little more difficult. Would like a better scan function. Over all, my experience with Crutchfield has been excellent.

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    Written by: Steve C from Westville, Fl on February 22, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Far superior quality than my factor unit. Would recommend to anyone.

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    Best Radio - look no further

    Written by: Jim from Ashburn, VA on February 20, 2011

    2004 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Like all the other reviews...IPod plays great through USB no adapter needed...HD Tuner pulls in great sound even from distant stations...for the price this is truly a great radio/cd/ipod tuner. Crutchfield installation packets with harness and in dash box made this a breeze to put in as well. I highly recommend this Kenwood as the best radio you can buy.

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    Written by: James F. from Georgia on February 20, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    positives: excellent radio, connectivity is varied and amazing, works really well with every portable device I own, sounds great, installation was a snap ! Great value for the $$ negatives: the knob is on the left side, your hand blocks the view of the display when you use it. Not a big problem but it would have been more ergonomic to have the knob on the right side. In bright sunlight the display is hard to see, if the sun is shining on it, it completely washes out.

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    Decent upgrade

    Written by: Anonymous from Baton Rouge, LA on February 20, 2011

    2001 Jeep Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The good: I have a 01 Cherokee, and I upgraded from a factory stereo to this Kenwood unit. The power is not bad, and certainly made the factory speakers sound quite a bit better (especially now that they are all playing), but I'm pretty sure I will have to add an amp if/when I change the speakers. For the price, it is a very good upgrade from factory. The wiring kits included from Crutchfield were perfect, and made installation fast and easy. The bad: The reception on the radio is sub-par. I have it grounded as per crutchfield's instructions, and yet the HD radio still jumps back and forth to analog, creating a distracting music echo of sorts. I'm considering upgrading my antenna to a powered one to boost my reception. I was playing a CD, and it sounded amazing. However when I switched to HD radio, all stations were suddenly EXTREMELY muffled! I switched back to CD, and it was crystal clear, then back to radio, and it was clear again! I don't know if this is a problem with the radio (I assume it is) or a weird glitch with Jeep wiring, but it is not acceptable. The face-kit provided by Crutchfield is NOT a perfect fit. There is a gap at the bottom of the radio about 1/4 inch making it possible to see the screws. Given the layout of the screws, it is not possible to install this upside-down, so I know it was not an installation issue.

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    Written by: Eric J from Chicago on February 20, 2011

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

    This head unit is great, easy to use, and powerful enough that i don't even need to buy new speakers. this unit seriously makes a world of difference. i would recommend it to anyone.

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    Great unit but sadly discontinued

    Written by: Stan from PA from Lewistown, Pa on February 19, 2011

    2001 Dodge Dakota
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is truly the best receiver I have ever had. It is picking up radio stations I didn't even know existed in my area. There are so many things this unit can do, it does take some experimenting to learn all the controls but the sound is really excellent with my new Pioneer speakers. I would buy this again in a hearbeat. I highly recommend this Kenwood.

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    Written by: Dusty from Norfolk, VA on February 18, 2011

    This is an excellent product. Easy install well worth the money. Advisors were quick to help with questions.

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    Written by: Don from Wellsboro, Pa on February 17, 2011

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

    Excellent replacement for my suburban. Instructions and accessoris were perfect.

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    Installed in an 06' Ford F350 Super Duty Crew Cab 6.0L Diesel

    Written by: MauiBoi from San Diego, CA on February 17, 2011

    2006 Ford F-350
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Crutchfield made it really easy to install myself at home! Basically I paid for the radio and got the adapter and wire harness free! Other places charge for those items. Instructions speciffically for my truck was detailed and easy to read. It even told me how to get the old radio out! I highly recommend Crutchfield to everyone! Thanks!

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    Good for the $$$

    Written by: Dave from N.Y. on February 15, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this unit on sale. So far I am happy with it. The wire harness kit made the installation easy enough. This unit has a lot of features for the money, and it sounds pretty good too in my opinion. You will have to look at the owners manual to understand some of the menus though. The front USB and auxillary inputs are handy to have. If you are listening to a station with a strong signal the HD sounds impressive, even on some AM stations too : ) Overall I gave it a 5 out of 5 since it was on a good sale, and Crutchfield has good customer service, and competitive pricing too. It would be tough to beat this deck for the price, I would buy it again.

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    Kenwood Rocks

    Written by: Doc from Atlanta ga. on February 15, 2011

    I replaced my Alpine HU that suffered from very poor radio reception with the Kenwood HD-545U HU. I was looking for a HD HU with front aux inputs and found this gem when it was on sale.This receiver kicks the Alpine to the curb in quality of sound, features and quality of radio reception. I have this HU hooked up to Alpine 6x9 in frt. and Alpine component system in read doors with a MTX Thunderlink Powered Sub behind the front seat. 22 watts RMS pushes my system to the sound quality that was lacking with the Apline 9883 HU with iPod cable. HD radio works awesome in Atlanta and it boosts AM bands to near FM quality. i am extremely satisfied with this purchase. This unit is no longer available but the new model looks to be an upgrade to the former. Just buy it and you'll be happy that you did. thanks Crutchfield for an awesome system.

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    Written by: The big R from Muskegon MI on February 15, 2011

    2002 GMC Savana
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy to install easy to operate and I couldn't beat the price! THANK YOU CRUTCHFIELD

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    Written by: jorge from Rancho cucamonga, Ca on February 14, 2011

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

    I really like this product, is very easy to install and easy to use and for the price...I am happy with it

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    Can Beat It for the Money

    Written by: Raul M from San Antonio, TX on February 14, 2011

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

    This unit was first priced great! Second the unit was incredibly easy to install and even easier to figure out how to use! Connecting an iPod and the ability to control the iPod with the supplied remote or on the unit itself was pretty cake. The ability to listen to my favorite radio stations in HD is pretty cool. I'm telling you...for the little amount of dough you'll fork out...you get an amazing unit! Plus...the shipping was fast! Super fast!! I highly recommend this for someone looking for a good unit!!

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    Great Deal

    Written by: Stewart from APO Germany on February 14, 2011

    I must say that Crutchfield has vastly improved from what it was years ago. Their deals and pricing are very competitive. The pricing of this radio with the associated free equipment is an excellent deal. This radio comes with a lot of features that work well at an entry level price. Yet, this radio does not perform at the entry level. Good buy.

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    Written by: JasonH from Dallas, TX on February 13, 2011

    1982 Lincoln Mark VI
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    No need for an optional HD-Radio module for this one. Now if only Kenwood would do this with the REST of their head units. Come on Kenwood, Get with the times! As for the rest, it's very close to the eXcelon units I have in my other cars. The only feature I miss is the multi-jog control so I could press up to go to the next folder when using USB devices. This one is not quite as user friendly after installation, but goes in much easier since there's no external box to try to support up in the dash.

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    Written by: Preston from Emporia, KS on February 13, 2011

    This is a very good receiver. It has good sound and the iPod controls are very easy to use. The only thing i don't like is that you can't see the clock and the station or title/artist at the same time. However that is a very minor thing and I can deal with that.

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    Written by: Anonymous from anchorage, alaska on February 13, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    excellent product, crutchfield is a excellent team

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    Written by: Driller from Chicago, il on February 13, 2011

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

    Easy to install, excellent sound quality, USB port allows me to charge my phone and listen to music on my Iphone. Aux innput let's me use my portable satellite radio with clear sound. Very happy with unit.

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    Awesome

    Written by: RIX from Clermont, FL on February 12, 2011

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

    I can't imagine a better product for the price. Easy to install, and form and function is great! Unit is spectacular for operating your IPOD, and does much more.

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    Perfect

    Written by: Boo from Florida on February 12, 2011

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

    I absolutly love this head unit. If it wasnt for the helpful people who recommended to me at Crutchfield I would have never known about it. Thanks so much for hooking me up with this great product! Installation was a breeze. 5 star service!

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    Written by: Anonymous from Phoenix, AZ on February 12, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I installed this system into my 1998 Jetta about a month ago, and I am very happy with its performance. The reception is great, even on stations that normally come through a little fuzzy, and I find the iPod interface very easy to use.

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    A whole world of difference

    Written by: Don K from Humble,TX on February 12, 2011

    1996 Honda Accord LX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    First timer, I changed my factory stereo and am 110% satisfied. Simple menus,ipod compatible and great settings even on my factory speakers --- greaT VALUE FOR its capabilities. The self help instructions was very helpful and simple... soldering was proABLY the most time consuming part to do. Thanks to Crutchfield. Maybe going for the speakers next.

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    Written by: MercyMe from Salt Lake City, UT on February 11, 2011

    1997 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This unit is just what I wanted. All around fit, perfect fit (with the wiring adapter supplied by Crutchfield) and the price fit within my budget! Great sound with my existing speakers and the HD radio is so much better than regular FM.

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    Little difficult to set up

    Written by: fawgcuttter from Detroit, MI on February 11, 2011

    2006 Chevrolet Aveo
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Wired in nice and easy with the provided kits and harnesses. The receiver was a little difficult to set up because everything centered around pressing and turning the volume control and source button. Reception is very good with my OEM antenna, especially near the radio towers in Oak Park, the secondary HD channels did "skip" periodically.

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    Kenwood KDC-HD545U

    Written by: Mike from Darien,IL on February 11, 2011

    2005 Dodge Grand Caravan
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This CD receiver has excellent reception. The sound is awsome. My only complaint is that the buttons are kind of small for my big fingers and you can not have the clock and station displayed at the same time.

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    Best bang for the buck by far

    Written by: daveshan from Durango, CO on February 11, 2011

    2001 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was looking for an inexpensive radio to replace the Infinity unit in my '98 Cherokee. Main criteria was rear Aux input for my XM (CD changer adapter) and the ability to read an 8 gig mini SD card either directly of via a USB adapter. This unit filled the bill on paper so I bought it. I was so pleasantly surprised by the install kit and sound quality that I got one for my wife's '00 Cherokee, and one just arrived for my '01 Wrangler, the tow rig ('06 F-250) is next. All of these vehicles are noisy so I wasn't too worried about sound quality but sitting parked I am very impressed with these units, not concert hall but since I'm still running stock speakers the improvement is amazing.

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    AMAZING! It will blow you away!

    Written by: ahess70 from St. Louis, MO on February 10, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This thing is amazing! Been a Kenwood fan for many years. Bought this solely because it was featured in an email and I really liked the idea of front USB and Aux In, and the price was right. Crutchfield provided everything needed for a perfect job in my 2001 Chevy Silverado Extended Cab, installed this in minutes and modified my truck rear doors to accept larger speakers, Polk db651, so now I have a 2 pairs of those being driven by this bad boy. It is amazing! Even has built in HD Radio, detachable face, CD of course, pulls in all my iPod, iPhone, and thumb drive mp3's, functions as an iPod controller. PLENTY of MOSFET power, and with 2 pairs of Polk db651's, I may not add a under seat sub. No reason to. This thing rocks! It will blow you away!

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    Easy Install

    Written by: Jim from Lansing, KS on February 10, 2011

    1996 Toyota Camry
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Radio works as advertised. IPOD links via USB connection. Great sound using stock speakers in a 1996 Camry. HD tuner a bonus. Harness, additional kit and instructions made installation a snap. Crutchfiled is the way to go for these type purchases.

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    Very Happy

    Written by: Bob from Powell Ohio on February 10, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    for the price i don't think this radio can be beat. very happy with entire experience with crutchfield and the kenwood radio.

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    Kenwood KDC-HD545U

    Written by: yogoat from Minneapolis, MN on February 9, 2011

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

    Installed easily from an old Sony Xplod. It would be nice to cycle through music on the iPod, but alas, you either have to use the dial (necessitating playlists) or loading the music before connecting the iPod to the stereo. Aside from that, works, looks, and sounds great! The manuals and extras that Crutchfield offered helped a lot, too...definitely worth paying retail value for all that they threw in (e.g. wiring harness, antenna adapter).

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    Kenwood KDC-HD545U

    Written by: David K from Speedway kansas on February 9, 2011

    2006 Chevrolet Colorado
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    great treceiver for the price

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    Good Buy!

    Written by: Bryan W. from Surprise, AZ on February 8, 2011

    1998 Nissan Frontier
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very happy with this purchase. Very fast shipping.

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    Pretty Good.

    Written by: BK from Tallahassee, FL on February 8, 2011

    2004 Toyota Sienna
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Kind of complicated to operate. Does everything it is supposed to.

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    So far, so good

    Written by: PaulS from North Carolina on February 8, 2011

    2009 Volkswagen GTI
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great sounding system. Had a professional installation done. Handles my Ipod Classic seamlessly. Very easy to bring up artist, genre, album, etc... I also hook my phone up to the auxiliary port and listen to Pandora. The controls to get to the audio setup like treble, bass, etc... is not the easiest to get to,especially if you need to do it quickly. There are user presets you can setup though,and it saves the preset for each source,so you don't have to switch your EQ if you want jump from radio to CD or IPOD. Pros: - Bass Boost brings out big sound - Clean sound - Clean look - HD Radio tuner - Price vs. features offered. Con: - Controls for audio sound are not as accessible as one would like - Inability to adjust size of screen data.Smaller font-control would be nice to prevent less scrolling.

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    Holy HD Batman!

    Written by: HarryO from Austin, TX on February 8, 2011

    1994 Toyota Camry
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Awesome radio for the price. I've been wanting to get an HD radio with Aux jack for some time. I finally took the plunge. This system has a great price/feature ratio. I was shocked by the detailed and easy to follow instructions Crutchfield provided specific to my 1994 Camry! Way to go Crutchfield.

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    <3 it

    Written by: DoeRaker from phILLy on February 8, 2011

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

    this radio is awesome. i bought it based on the reviews and am 100% satisfied. it allows for optimal fine tuning and i love that i can control my sub with precision. the usb and aux features and the hd radio are great as well. this radio is well worth the money. can't go wrong with it!

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    Kenwood KDC-HD545U

    Written by: MWE from Fayetteville, NC on February 7, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Hard to see the display when the sunlight shines on the head unit. Excellent overall.

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    excedes my expectation..

    Written by: Kris from VA on February 7, 2011

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

    First i thought i had problems with the HD going in and out, i live around DC, so there are plenty of HD channels to choose from, but then realized from other forums that it is most likely my antennae in my Altima. Second and last issue, is that it seems to have alot of problems with my iTouch. I have the new one iTouch 4, so it could be a compatibility issue, sometimes i have to unplug the USB and plug it back in a couple times before it works. Thinking it could be due to my using the "Random" play option.. Other than that, i miss my clock being there all the time on the factory radio. Would recommend this. Using it in a 2006 Altima (non bose system)

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    Good "no alarm" Tacoma Head Unit

    Written by: elroyyboy from Rolla, MO on February 7, 2011

    2008 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I actually bought this HU for my 2008 Tacoma Regular Cab 4x4 (read, no power locks, no alarm) to replace the original HU, speakers, amps, et al... At first, I'd purchased it, and a pair of Alpine full range 5 1/2" speakers online w/ pickup in store from The big yellow sign place. Of course, despite the website's confirmation that the speakers were in stock, they were not. So, I asked to have the speakers shipped. In the meantime, I went on crutchfield's site and found the same HU for $30 less and, of course, got the free install kit! No brainer, ordered it and some JL Audio component speakers for the doors and it was on my doorstep two days later. Took the original back to BB and got a refund. I was a little disappointed that "capable" and "ready to do" are two different things in a HU. I assumed that I would have been able to stream my iPhone but learaned in the fine print I need to buy another adaptor. The USB connection is fine, but I'm still getting used to the folders on the screen of the receiver. In closing, great entry level HD Radio receiver. No HD Radio where I live, but the wife and I go to St Louis often and get lots of selection and like it. I did need a small amp to drive the component speakers. The 22W x4 continuious RMS from the HU wasn't enough to make my JL Audio's happy. Added a 60w x 4 amp and they rock.

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    great product

    Written by: Anonymous from St. Louis, MO on February 7, 2011

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

    I installed this unit in my 2003 Cavalier. It was simple to install with the included instructions and I had only one issue that customer service quickly helped me to solve. The unit sounds great and works well with my Samsung Epic.

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    Kenwood KDC-HD545U

    Written by: Barrett B from Arlington, Tn on February 7, 2011

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

    First Hd Radio I've had, I wasn't sure about this model (thought about a higher end model) but I'm happy with this stereo it's more than I need. The extra chanels and clear sound are great. The install kit came with the wrong wiring adapter but it was no problem the Crutchfield tech was very helpful 100 percent perfessonal. I had the right adapter in two days.I will do buisness with Crutchfield again. Crutchfield made me feel like a valued customer. Thank you Crutchfield for your excellent service.

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    Simply Great

    Written by: Pride from Princeton, NJ on February 7, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    One of the best head units i have ever bought. The sound clarity increased soo much more than what i had from the factory unit (BMW). The controls are very simple to use and the front USB port and Aux input are just great for connecting my Iphone. I use the front aux port to connect to the headphone jack of the iphone for phone conversations though the stereo. Seaching for your music is also very very easy through the interface and/or the remote. The remote is also very handy and eliminates the need to fiddle with the unit itself when im driving. Its worth is definitely more than its price!

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    Kenwood KDC-HD545U

    Written by: Brad from Minneapolis, Mn on February 7, 2011

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

    The stereo installed as easy as I could imgine and my daughter loves it.

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    Awesome Stereo

    Written by: dajones60 from Carrollton, TX on February 6, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The UP's: This is an absolutely awesome stereo. Excellent sound and features. The installation was incredibly simple and the instructions were (almost) to the letter perfect! Here is the only thing that they missed. If you happen to have an Avalanche with the upgraded stereo package (you will know this when you hook everything up and get no sound out of the stereo), you will find that there are actually two plugs in the factory installation. The secondary plug has a pink wire that needs to be cut and routed to the unused blue wire on the Kenwood harness (the service tech can walk you through this quite efficiently). That's it! Everything else was letter perfect and can be done in record time! The DOWN's: Okay the only problem that I encountered with this stereo was that the first unit that I received had a defective amplifier which the service helped me to identify fairly quickly. The really great thing that I will tell you is that the tech (after diagnosing the problem) had a new unit shipped to me within the week and I had everything reinstalled and working within 30 minutes. CRUTHFIELDS: This place is AWESOME and I will never consider going anyplace else for electronics!!!

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    Great overall system

    Written by: Anonymous from Connecticut on February 6, 2011

    2004 Toyota Camry
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    So my wife drive an hour a day in her commute to and from work and the the only thing that makes it bearable is listening to books on CD. When the disks jammed in her 2004 Camry in-dash 6-disk changer she was very unhappy! Calling the dealership and finding that it would be $100 just to remove the system to have it sent out for repairs was not going to work. That's when a friend reminded me of Crutchfield. I typed in the year, make, and model of the car and this Kenwood system came up as the highest rated choice and I can see why. We have had in installed for about a month now and my wife who is NOT very interested in the "bells and whistles" is very happy. The sound is excellent and the controls are easy to use and understand. I particularly like the Ipod sync and controls. I do admit that it takes a little time to get used to the control sets for switching between functions but once you get through the basic learning curve you find that they all make perfect sense.

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    Well worth upgrading

    Written by: Dragonboats from Seattle, WA on February 6, 2011

    2005 Scion xB
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Overall, I'm glad I upgraded from the factory stereo that came with my 2005 Scion XB. Pros: 1) Better sound quality. I definitely get a louder, fuller, sound than the factory stereo. 2) USB and front audio jacks. No more need for a FM transmitter. 3) The screen displays the song and artist, even for radio. Cons: 1) HD radio is good, but not great. 2) It took a long time to figure out how to set up and use. 3) It doesn't include a 3.5mm audio cord for you to plug your mp3 player into the audio jack.

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    Great sound for the money

    Written by: Anonymous from Chicago, Il on February 5, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Works with any USB device set up as MSC (Mass Storage Class). Sounds great, looks great, works great. HD radio is pretty cool too, but I bought this for the USB connection and it didn't disappoint.

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    Kenwood KDC-HD545U

    Written by: BigT from Henry,Va on February 5, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Perfect fit. Small scratch found on face when removed from box but was replaced the next day no questions asked. Great product Highly recommended

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    Kenwood KDC-HD545U

    Written by: Anonymous from Pryor on February 5, 2011

    2000 Jeep Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Good: Almost everything Bad: controls are not intuitive, wouldn't read a marginal CD.

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    280ZX Install

    Written by: Mario from Southeast Nebraska on February 5, 2011

    1981 Datsun 280ZX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The device is a nice sounding low-cost replacement for a 30 year old factory radio/tape player combo. Best part was the detailed instructions Crutchfield provided on installing it.

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    Excellent Stereo

    Written by: Paul from San Francisco Bay Area on February 5, 2011

    1999 Honda Odyssey
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I love this unit! It is 1000% better than the Honda factory radio I replaced. The reception is excellent and very clear - if the station is available in HD it automatically switches to it. It's a very nice unit and it installed easily. The only con I can think of - the blue readout is not visible in direct sunlight. I have also gotten an "error" message a couple of times after plugging in my iPod to the USB... but that may have been my iPod causing the problem - I'm not sure. Most of the time the iPod functionality works perfectly.

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    very good system

    Written by: Jay R from Owings Mills, MD on February 5, 2011

    2001 Acura 3.2TL
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I am yet to fully explore the system, USB and everything.. But within a month of use I can say this : Pros : 1) The HD radio is very good, sounds better and solid. 2) Though the receiver face is ugly 'purple', once you turn it on, it looks brilliant blue and does not look cheap. 3) Too many features. 4) The cruthcfield vehicle kit, harness is superb.. instantly saves some $20 + extra hassles. Cons : 1) The on/off control itself is too small and difficult to operate. Too many functions being operated by too few buttons :-(. But then you have too many features :-) 2) Takes a while to read MP3.. more than five seconds to start... 3) If you are not excellent in English, in the wiring, in following procedures, you will end up paying more than what you could have spent with a professional audio installer. I understood that, In my Acura TL, I have to remove screws from hand rest, then in gear shift knob, center panel, then audio system face and remove the audio system... wait.. you have just removed the existing audio.. not yet started with new one!!.. safely I paid an installer and did it.. 4) No inbuilt blue tooth ( but I knew it before buying) 5) When there is no CD it is not displaying 'NO DISC'. It just keeps quite. I give four star since : sound seems better than my original Acura , Does everything it promised to in perfect way, with cons listed are not permanent or annoying.

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    Written by: Anonymous from Kingwood,WV on February 5, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Nice unit...

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    excellent

    Written by: dave from yonkers,ny on February 5, 2011

    2001 Mercury Villager

    perfect replacement radio, sounds great and easy to use, and for the price it's a steal!!!

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    Written by: Steve from Texas on February 5, 2011

    2006 Chevrolet Express
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very happy with this receiver. The iPod interface works great. The stereo guy at the local shop told me I'd need a special Kenwood iPod cable that plugged into both the USB and AUX ports! But that is not the case, the standard iPod cable that came with my 6th Generation Nano Touch works perfectly. Nice clean display, easy to read. Sounds great.

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    HD radio is awesome!

    Written by: Derek from Richmond, VA on February 5, 2011

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

    I have owned many different aftermarket head units and I must say this is really nice. The unit is easy to use once you tool around with it. The display is bright and easy to read and tells more info than you can shake a stick at. The HD radio is truly awesome.... one its clear and crisp (literally CD quality)... And everyone has always wanted to know what that song is on the radio and it tells you so you can tag it. The adjustments in the equalizer is nice as well it allows for some nice fine tuning. The cost was nice too... would recommend this head unit to anyone.

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    Kenwood KDC-HD545U

    Written by: Rob from Peyton, CO on February 4, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I installed my new Kenwood unit in a 1996 Ford F250 myself with no problems using the provided wiring harness and instructions. The unit is easy to use and I like all the features it has. The sound this unit provides with HD and digitial is awesome!! I had no clue HD and digitial would make such a difference and it does. If your current unit doesn't have digitial and HD you need to get a new unit!! I found this unit to be outstanding for the money and would recommend it to anyone.

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    slick

    Written by: Anonymous from greenville sc on February 4, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    After a lot of looking around, reading reviews and comparing prices (in a specific price range) this unit seemed like the best bang for the buck. After installing i am very pleased w/sound and functions. The integrated ipod functions are SWEET, you can control and charge your ipod right at the deck. You never have to touch the ipod again, the songs are displayed right on the screen, the ipod is turned off when the car is turned off its great. Sounds very good w/ stock speakers ( i will be upgrading them soon) crutchfield is very easy to deal with and w/the free installation gear for this price its a no-brainer.

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    Sounds great

    Written by: Anonymous from Vidor, Texas on February 4, 2011

    2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very impressed of the capabilities of this reciever. I hooked it up with the stock speakers and it sounds great. Very good buy.

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    Display

    Written by: Anonymous from Anderson, IN on February 3, 2011

    2004 Ford F-250 Super Duty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great stereo - If one thing could be better I wish the display could rotate through time/song info rather than picking one. Also the channel buttons seem very small to me, but I'm driving a truck so I have to reach farther than normal.

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    wow

    Written by: marty from stkn.ca on February 3, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    wow this deck rocks! i shopped around on line and at local car audio stores to see this unit and others as well. i was blown away by its stand alone power. i have two 6inch in-dash up front and two 8inch sub /w two cone tweetrs in box behind the seat. the old deck pioneer cassett that ibought here 15 yrs ago at c.f was dieing and had to go.istalling was a breez and the customer service ,price and product is un- matched any where else. i would recomend this head unit to anyone. i wish i had done this a long time ago....right you always hear that but its true.if your reading this then your getting ready to buy. dont kidd yourself ,i bought two one for me and one jvc kdr-610 for my sons car. best christmas ever! thanks crutchfield you all deserve a raise. marty p

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    Written by: J Edwards from Hazleton, PA on February 3, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    What a stereo replaced a Clarion with this Kenwood it Blows the clarion away Radio Reception is EXCELLENT just connect ipod and the sound is SWEET GREAT BUY for the price a friend paid over 400 for a Kenwood and likes this one more

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    Written by: Anonymous from NE on February 3, 2011

    2000 Pontiac Grand Am
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great receiver, very much an improvement from my factory stereo!

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    Good stuff

    Written by: Mark M. from Rockwood, TN on February 3, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is the third Kenwood receiver I bought, two for boats one for my car. All perform well, as advertised. Love being able to tune my iPod on the receiver. I destroyed the connector on my car when it would not come out of the old receiver easily and Crutchfield tech support spent close to two hours leading me through hard wiring the new unit. It was tough as I am an electronic dummy. Priceless!

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    Great Radio

    Written by: Eddie from Reading, PA on February 3, 2011

    1998 Nissan Altima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great Stereo, lots of features. HD radio is very nice. iPod connection great. Layout is good. Only issue is you can't see what the buttons do in the dark. Menu is simple to understand.

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    Kenwood KDC-HD545U

    Written by: Brian from East Lansing, MI on February 3, 2011

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

    I really like this receiver. The sound is so much better than with the stock receiver and the USB connection has changed the way I listen to music on the go. Further, I will never shop anywhere other than Cruchfield for my car stereo needs in the future. With their support, I installed it myself, something my local store said I should not try (of course they also would have cost me more than double the price of Crutchfield). Great experience.

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    good head unit

    Written by: BC from tennessee on February 2, 2011

    1999 Ford F-250 Super Duty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a good head unit ,far better than factory, would be nice if bluetooth was standard instead of extra,and a mute button would be nice, but for what I paid I don't feel cheated. 5 stars to crutchfield, I only give this unit 4 stars because I dislike the way company's rob items of features, that doesn't in essence cost what they charge us by trying to squeak more money from us. If I were rollin in the dough, would I care? maybe, maybe not. all in all a quality head unit. when direct sunlight hits, the face, it totally washes out, another little drawback, so you stick your hand out over to block the light to see, but still a good unit, Thanks crutchfield

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    Written by: Djcl09 from Texas on February 2, 2011

    1999 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    All in all a good head unit. Has some great feature The HD radio is very nice although its like digital tv. All or nothing The ipod/usb port is very handy as well as the itunes tagging. I really like the way it changes inputs because there is no silence between the switch.

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    Kenwood KDC-HD545U

    Written by: AlexR from Ft Lauderdale on February 2, 2011

    2011 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is not my first go around with a Kenwood car receiver. The KDC-HD545U is a great unit for the price. It has a wide variety of features and power. A great performer for any type of setup.

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    Written by: rob from texas on February 1, 2011

    2002 Nissan Frontier
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Looks and sounds good. HD is great and I was able to hook up our iPOD touch and navigate using the iPOD. I've noticed once you make any adjustments, you have to hit the "return" button to get back to the clock/display. Not a big deal but it should have a timer of sorts that if nothing is selected it defaults back to the main display.

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    Kenwood KDC-HD545U CD Receiver

    Written by: JeffW from Edmond, OK on February 1, 2011

    2003 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased this Kenwood receiver along with Kenwood KFC-C6893PS speakers to replace my Ford F-150 factory system. The installation was very easy, especially with the Crutchfield installation instructions, wire adapter/connectors and Ford receiver removal tool. The door and dash removal instructions were right on. This HD receiver works perfectly and looks great. The sound is a serious improvement over stock. This system is a great value for the price, I recommend this to anyone wanting great sound, great features for a resonable price.

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    ideal for price rnge

    Written by: moosemsn from Springfield, VA on January 31, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This unit had everything I wanted - value for my money, great features, and everything needed for installation. Crutchfield's service was excellent, too! They expedited a replacement unit when the original got mis-placed by the carrier during the holiday rush. This was my second purchase from Crutchfield\ and I'll definetely use them again! I'm a customer for life!

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    Great for Honda Ridgeline 2008

    Written by: Arvin from Hannibal, MO on January 30, 2011

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

    I was looking to replace the stock head unit for my '08 Honda Ridgeline and didn't want to break the bank doing it. I came accross this Kenwood head unit and had like 146 reviews with a 4.5 rating so I opted to check it out. I was really just looking for a head unit with a Aux and USB port and this was a great fit. The unit installed perfectly with the mounting kit and harness included (first time I ever installed a head unit myself) and my speakers even sounded better than with the factory head unit which was great. The Ipod interface was flawless, but you just have to get used to the controls on the HU. All in all, great unit for the price. Great instructions for DIY installation from Crutchfield (took 1 hour to install it). Thanks!

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    Good sound

    Written by: Dan S. from Chardon, OH on January 30, 2011

    2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I put the Kenwood 345 in in my last car and really liked it. When I got my Jeep, I decided to go with this unit. It's the same as the 345 except it has HD capabilities. The extra stations and the sound are great. It's easy to use with an iPod and generally sounds bettter than the factory system. I was able to connect to the factory Boston Acoustics auxiliary amp with the Kenwwod and they push the speakers pretty well.

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    Can't be happier

    Written by: binhdong from Yorktown, VA on January 30, 2011

    2000 Mitsubishi Galant
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Well, It works. The HD radio works well. CDs works well. Options for a basic headunit are good. The ipod option for my Iphone 4g and ipod touch 3g works well. Couldn't ask for more for a head unit of this price. Defiantly a steal. I defiantly recommend this unit if it is in budget or just need a semi advanced headunit. Oh and sound quality is decent. I can't really say much about the audiophile portion since it is in my Mitsubishi gallant with stock speakers. Anyway, 4 stars are granted because it does what the specs say and does it well, atleast, in my case.

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    Written by: Anonymous from Willard, UT on January 27, 2011

    2004 Dodge Ram 3500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy to install and great built in features.

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    Written by: J.W. from Michigan on January 26, 2011

    This is the best overall value out there. Sounds better than a similarly priced Sony unit and has HD radio as a bonus. Enough power that you don't need an amp for getting great sound out of aftermarket speakers. Ipod and USB drive playback sounds great with no lag, menus are easy to use (no going through instructions needed), excellent features and controls if you have a sub or are picky about getting just the right sound. Crutchfield, of course, is an A+ experience and made installing this a breeze. This is no-brainer pick if you are looking to upgrade without breaking the bank.

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    Great head unit, no amp needed

    Written by: Alfred from Long Beach, CA on January 26, 2011

    2011 Honda Accord
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This head unit is phenomenal. I have a 2011 Accord with stock 6.5" speakers in the front and rear. I replaced the below-average sounding OEM radio with an older Alpine HU. There was a slight improvement in sound. Then I installed the Kenwood HU and the sound was amazing! The OEM radio sound is not worth mentioning/comparing, so I'll only compare the Kenwood vs. the Alpine. The Kenwood added more bass without distortion, along with the ability to fine-tune the midrange. Alpine power was 18W X 4, Kenwood is 22W X 4, but is sounds more like 35-40W X 4. I still have the OEM speakers and the Kenwood makes them sound aftermarket, no joke. If I replace the speakers later, I may not have to amp them, that's how good this Kenwood sounds. Having iPod controls and HD radio are great features. Fantastic head unit. Kudos to Kenwood.

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    Fantastic, exactly what I was looking for

    Written by: Matt from Plainfield, VT on January 26, 2011

    1998 Honda CRV

    I generally use my stereo to play podcasts saved to a USB flash drive. Folder navigation is (relatively) easy; certainly easier than navigation on other stereos I've used. Rewind is MUCH faster than my old stereo, particularly 30-40 minutes into a podcast where the back-calculation is more difficult. FM reception is also great. I haven't bothered to use the CD player yet. I'm sure I will, but CDs are a pain to change while driving.

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    Replaced my Jeep Wrangler deck...

    Written by: KT from Bellevue, WA on January 25, 2011

    2004 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    After a ton of research, I opted for the Kenwood KDC-HD545U to upgrade my basic stock '04 Wrangler deck. Crutchfield could not have made the process any simpler! From reading the reviews, to selecting the final product, and finally including every little thing I would need to complete my install. The icing on the cake was free shipping and the best price around. The deck itself is great. It gave new life to the stock speakers, and the ability now to listen to HD radio, burned CDs or my iPod make this a winner choice. HD radio btw is near CD quality, and I find myself listening to it a lot more now. Since my Jeep is a stick shift, the added remote control makes driving and using the deck a lot simpler. As others have commented, the menus are a bit odd, but once you get the hang of it, they're much easier. Overall, I can't believe I waited this long to upgrade. Already in the mail are a new set of Polk speakers to maximize the sound out of this great stereo... Thanks Crutchfield!

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    It's really nice!

    Written by: R111S from Central Illinois on January 25, 2011

    1997 BMW 318TI
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I like the Kenwood KDC-HD545U allot for all the features is has for a resonable price. I only have one problem and it's not really the fault of this radio. I'm having a problem with the Antenna Amplifier of my car. Somehow the wiring harness provided by Crutchfield for my '97 BMW 318ti is not working correctly. Radio of the Kenwood KDC-HD545U reception is poor versus the OEM Alpine Radio (10 Speaker System).

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    Written by: MarkD from Chesapeake, VA on January 25, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The Kenwood KDC-HD545U CD receiver is awesome. I am not a techy, but I really enjoy the USB port on the front panel. I took all my music off the computer and put it on an old memory stick and wholla! I used to have to plug in a MP3 player... now, I have all my music right there on my stick , which I never take out of the stereo. Access is fast and the sound is perfect. The HD FM Stereo feature is less profound than I expected. Overall, a great buy!

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    Written by: dtoots from Milwaukee, WI on January 23, 2011

    2003 Dodge Durango
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great head unit!! Beautiful design and very clear display. It took a little getting used to the smaller buttons (compared to factory big buttons) and the volume/menu dial felt different with the smooth metal, but I liked them both a lot after only a week. Also, there were great audio adjustments to help dial in the sound I wanted, even with factory speakers! I would highly recommend this unit!

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    Your wont be disappointed!

    Written by: greg from san antonio tx on January 19, 2011

    Thanks again crutchfield for putting a smile on my face. Thanks for dropping the price on a very nice stereo for my 2007 sonata. My wife bought me this stereo for christmas from a big electronic name brand store she paid $180 for it and of course it didnt come with all the stuff you need to hook up a stereo. Took it back and bought it from crutchfield and also bought an kenwood ipod adapter and you know what? Paid less for everything you provided. Installation was easy and once installed, was very impressed with the upgrade in sound. The features of this radio are too much to list on this review. If you are looking for car stereo do not pass this one up! Get It!

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    Written by: Ryan from Madison, WI on January 18, 2011

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

    Overall, a good deck considering what you pay. The best feature is the versatility. I thought it was very user friendly in playing the ipod: you can opt for either head unit or independent control. I really liked the HD radio, that definitely made it stand out; it picked up some extra stations I didnt get on the stock unit. The equalizer and other audio options are fairly basic. I cannot attest to sound quality really because I never got to upgrade the speakers. This unit has worked great and done all that I expected of it, but I am planning to add an amp for component speakers and I felt that I should get something with better preamp voltage (I have a feeling that this is a minor detail but the difference in price isn't too significant). Plus, I miss the EQ from my old pioneer deck. For someone running of deck power with maybe a small sub, this deck would be great, particularly given the price and the versatility.

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    Excellent! But a couple things to mention...

    Written by: David from Huntsville, AL on January 18, 2011

    I love the Kenwood KDC-HD545U car receiver! HD Radio is MUCH better than standard stereo FM broadcasts. My local classical music station never sounded better. My wife wanted something she could charge her iPhone with, and also control music from her iPhone. We prefer the "hands-on" mode and control the music from the iPhone and not the receiver. Couple things to note: Neither the supplied wiring harness nor the Kenwood wiring diagram was clear that the Power Control wire from the Kenwood rear harness would need to be hooked up to the "antenna on" wire on the harness. But one quick call to Crutchfield tech support fixed that, and the tuner came on right away. One thing that bugs me slightly is how the radio is muted a couple seconds whenever you eject a cd (or ever push the eject button). Not a big deal, but neither Sony nor Pioneer do this. (Sometimes you want to eject a cd without interrupting the current mode whether tuner, USB thumbdrive, iPod, etc. (I know picky). Would be nice if Source button toggled from CD to Radio, instead of CD to AUX, -to Standby,-to Radio. (again, not a real big deal). Doesn't have a tuner scan feature. Why have most of the new car stereos dropped the SCAN feature?? I like that when traveling. However it does have best reception auto memory which will place best received stations in the six presets.

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    Awesome!!!!

    Written by: Ronald from Victorville, Ca on January 18, 2011

    2003 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Just installed this in my 2003 F150...... sounds Awesome and was very easy to install. Would recommend this to anyone on a budget.

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    Written by: Mike S. from Gulfport MS. on January 18, 2011

    1999 Chevrolet Camaro
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Vehicle is 1999 Camaro SS. The factory CD player died. Called Crutchfield for information, the sales assistant was very knowledgeable and helpful. Placed order, shipped same day, received 3 days later. Everything that should be included was there, installation kit, wiring harness, instructions, ect. Installation was easy, took about 1 hour, including soldering harness adapter to radio wiring. The included installation panel matched the dashboard perfectly, looks like original equipment. I had a query regarding the harness wiring to the vehicle amp, quick call to Crutchfield confirmed I was reading the instructions correctly, no problem, again very knowledgeable staff. Radio sounds great , have loaded about 30 CD's onto a flash drive, no longer carry CD's in the car. Only minor criticism is the display, cannot read it in sunlight, not a problem unless you have T tops or open roof. Radio menu much easier to use than I expected. Have not used the radio receiver much, or the CD player, but they do work fine. I have aftermarket upgraded speakers and the whole setup sounds great, much better than the factory stuff. All in all a great deal for the price and Crutchfield are tops for service.

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    I wish I saw the "low radio signal" post before I bought it

    Written by: Tran from Nor cal on January 18, 2011

    2006 Scion tC
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I am very disappointed in this product Signal is worse than my stock HU, there is this annoying fade in and out of digital to analog that sounds inhuman. Maybe people don't listen to the RADIO anymore, but I was excited about the HD stations in my area, so I'm very surprised no one talked about the radio reception until recently. I feel terribly misinformed about this radio. anything with 5 stars shouldnt have these huge issues. I guess I'm stuck with it until i find a solution Cons- bad signal- worse than stock HU Fading in and out of digital- sounds like someone playing with the sound controls when you arent doing anything except driving. takes forever to scan for the next station, and sometimes it just gives up The remote lead didn't have enough voltage to turn on my amp from this head unit, I had to splice another wire to give it more juice. Kenwood fails. Pros Good mp3 and CD sound I hate to say it, but this deck does sound great at its best. its just all that other bull I had to deal with along with the sound. I liked kenwood so much in the past, but this is terrible. I cant recommend this to anyone, but if you don't care about listening to a radio, maybe this deck could be tolerable to you. <br><br> <b>[Editor's Note: Our Tech Department states that you need to connect the antenna booster wire.]</b>

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    Written by: Michael W from Wood stock, GA on January 16, 2011

    2003 Jeep Wrangler
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    Great stereo for my 03 Jeep. Easy install, awesome sound, love the iPod charger and control. The installation gear was awesome and made the process simple.

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    Low radio signal

    Written by: BuckT from Georgia on January 16, 2011

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

    This receiver was everything that I wanted, but in the area I live, the radio stations are few and far in between. This radio doesn't pickup stations my stock radio would, which is why I only gave it 3 stars. If you're not concerned with radio reception, then this receiver is a nice one to have.

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    Written by: Rick from Manchester, NH on January 16, 2011

    2007 Toyota Tundra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased and installed the Kenwood HD545U in my 2007 Toyota Tundra which was equipped with a factory installed Delhi radio with cd changer. I previously removed the factory speakers, which were a laugh, plastic housing with 50 cent sized magnets, and replaced with Polk Audio speakers but never upgraded the radio. What a difference the Kenwood has made. I now have high fidelity. The product was delivered on time and the installation kit and instructions were accurate and easy to follow. After about a hour of preparation, putting together the wring harness and mounting the receiver in the supplied custom kit, it took approximately 45 minutes to remove the factory unit and install the Kenwood using directions provided by Crutchfield. It did take a little time to perform the programming but all is good. I now can use my ipod and usb drives with ease. Also the radio section receives many more channels than the factory unit ever did and all clear as a bell and many in HD, what a difference HD makes. I have purchased from Crutchfields in the past and have always been extremely satisfied with their pricing, delivery, and support. Great deal on a great receiver. Thanks Crutchfield and keep up the good work.

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    Written by: mfsaur from Gaithersburg, MD on January 13, 2011

    1997 Toyota Camry LE
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    I bought this to replace an old aftermarket sterio in my 97 toyota camry. I bought it basically to be able to plug my ipod in to listen to my music because the other stereo had no tape player or aux. The HD radio was a huge bonus and for the price i thought it was a good deal. I recieved it the day after i ordered it, it was faster than the overnight shipping said it would be. It turned out to be just what i thought. The sound quality is amazing from the radio, from my ipod, and from cd's. I love the HD radio's extra stations so if theres a commercial on one station i can switch to the HD channel. I also really like the ipod control on the faceplate, it shows you song title and artist along with the HD radio when its avalible. Having the sub preamp output was another huge bonus, it makes hooking up your sub so much easier, if you have a sub its almost a must to have it. With all of the installation accessories and master sheet provided by crutchfield it was a breeze to wire and put in, it took at the most 30 minutes. Even with my factory speakers i noticed a difference in sound quality and i love it. I would recommend it to anyone even if it means spending a little extra, its worth the money. Great stereo!!

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    Written by: Rick from Colorado Springs on January 13, 2011

    1994 Chevrolet C Series
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    Bought this receiver because of price for the amount of functions. ALL installation items needed are included with very clear directions.(with pictures, very helpful) Looked everywhere. and this was the best price plus Crutchfield included wiring harness, antenna adapter, new dash plastic, everything you need, and delivered early. Oh, the stereo sounds great. The only con is the tuner station scan, very small issue. Adding an amp is easy, 3 pre-amp outs.

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    Awesome Versatile Radio

    Written by: RobMc from Orange County, CA on January 11, 2011

    2002 Hyundai Elantra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I picked this radio based off of the options I wanted in my stereo. It has a front inputs, HD radio and sirius. My order arrived after 5 days. The instructions were clear and concise. I dropped the mounting kit(!) and it broke, but I glued it together and let it sit overnight. The install was easy except for some tough screws inside my car. Wiring the harness together was simple and took about 15 minutes. I installed sirius, I put the tuner and adapter in the glove box and hooked it up to the head unit. The radio sounds great! and I am still using my original speakers. HD sounds impressive when it kicks in ( it takes about 10-15 seconds where I live) The sirius sounds great! (FYI to see the song and artist title, there is a little button on the front of the radio that says "scrl disp") My favorite part is the front inputs. I plugged my iPod in and it read it right away and I was able to use the radio to control and search the iPod. I put some podcasts on a usb flash drive. I just plugged it in, it read the drive and I was able to search podcasts and listen to it, the best part is when you take the usb drive out, it remembers where you left off for the next time you play it. Also, the aux jack input is great for pandora radio on my phone, just plug it in and youre good to go. My only drawback so far is that the removable face plate doesnt snap right in, I have to wrestle with it to get it to stay in place.

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    Written by: Ubah from panama city beach, fl on January 10, 2011

    1993 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Unit seems to be working as advertised. Did have a bit of a trouble getting it to fit in my Ford Ranger. The ford/mazda install kit didn't work. some sort of clip device that slides on a rail. Problem is the rail ends allowing the clip to come loose. After spending an hour trying to get it to work, just took it out and only used what came with the radio. It fit right into the space provided and everything seems secure. If you can get a hand in or behind the radio maybe the mounting kit would help, but all it did was slow me down. Otherwise, so far so good.

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    Great unit for my 96 S10 SS

    Written by: Rick from Washington on January 8, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I haven't done an install in years. This was almost painless. The harnesses were spot on and went together perfectly. The modified fit requirement of trimming the back of the dash was not needed. They also sent brackets for the door speakers along with some rings that didn't seem to match anything. I removed the factory speaker brackets and drilled new holes, pop riveted speakers to the factory brackets...brackets to doors and everything works perfect. I haven't had a chance to really delve into the manual yet but playing with it has been a lot of fun. I'm sure I'll like it even more once I get it all figured out. Crutchfield has made this entire install a pleasure....The wifes Blazer2 is next...Thanks Rick

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    Written by: Dave66 from Round Lake, NY on January 7, 2011

    2002 Subaru Impreza WRX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great price for a CD unit with HD radio, good power and reasonable sound-shaping abilities What I like: + Radio has excellent reception in regular and HD modes + Easy to define radio presets (1 click) + With a cheap optional attachment I got a rear-AUX port and hooked my iPod in that way, with no wires sticking out the front What could be improved: - Display really does wash out in bright sunlight - On/off button is small and hard to find by feel (it's not just "press the big knob"). Annoying at night, since the unit is completely unlit when it is off, and it's easy to press the "remove the face" button when trying to turn the unit on. Preset buttons are extremely small, even for a single-DIN unit - Changing bass & treble is a long trek through menus, hard to do it while driving. And once you get into the menus the unit won't ever "revert out" to normal display -- you have to find and press another button to go back up the menus just to get out I got this to replace the double-DIN factory unit in my 2002 Subaru (which had no AUX or USB input) and while I like having the new inputs plus HD radio, I guess I miss the simplicity and "adjust by feel" of the factory stereo somewhat

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    Written by: mbueno from edmond, ok on January 6, 2011

    1999 Pontiac Grand Prix
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased this head unit to replace my factory head unit in my 99 grand prix with the bose system. Had a little trouble with the dash kit due to the holes not being big enough where you snap in the brackets. I wish it showed the clock every once and a while. Besides those things this is a amazing cd player. My system sounds so much cleaner and louder now. I like all the settings and options you can do to tune your system to your ears. I would recommend this cd to a friend fo sho.

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    Written by: joe d from northport fl on January 6, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very cool unit for the money . Like the ease of menu use for sys Q and other necessary functions. Sounds great just wish i could get more highs out of unit like my last pioneer. Unit is far easier to use than pioneer and has much better sound quality and all i listen to is radio and much of that is talk radio, cant determine how cd play is have not used it yet but my mp3 player pluged into aux an worked like a champ. Mine is hooked up to 6x9 mtx 3-way rears and sony 6-1/4 fronts in a 98 civc no amps nothing special. Love the hd radio option u cant hardly buy the add on tuner for hd ready radios for what this whole unit costs. GREAT BUY

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    Written by: Matt J from Bossier City, LA on December 31, 2010

    Another great Kenwood Stereo. I just installed this in my 01 civic and I couldnt be any happier. This stereo does it all. There arent any HD radio channels here, but th iPod controls are so much easier to use. Instead of browsing through your ENTIRE music Library you can alphabetically search each letter group, rather than having to search through all your A's and B's. And if that doesnt appeal you can still switch the controls to manual which is a deffinate plus. Overall one of the greatest things about this stereo is the sub controls, and the power control wire. Since I just bought my first sub set up (10" Alpine Type-R & Kenwood KAC-7205) this entire set-up with this stereo runs flawlessly. But dont just take my word for it, look at all the other 5 star reviews on this deck!

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    Written by: Tyler A from Londonderry, NH on December 29, 2010

    I purchased this receiver a few months ago and am very impressed with this product. It has all the features you could want in a car stereo and much more. Features - Ability to choose to control ipod from the ipod or the deck. You can also scroll through alphabet so you dont have to look through all your songs to find stuff. It charges your ipod when in use as well. You can choose if the radio will receive only HD, non HD, or both, this is very useful if you are in an area of bad HD signal so it keeps it from fading in and out. It displays the radio station information and the song and artist information as well and allows you to tag them to your ipod. When i first got this deck i had it for about 2 weeks and the ipod control stopped working all together. But Chrutchfield being the company they are sent me a new one before making me send the broken one back which was nice not having to wait for the mail to go there and back to before receiving the stereo. It has worked beautifully ever since I was just unlucky to get a lemon deck the first time but it happens so i don't hold it against the rating of this product. it has amazing sound and really brings out the quality even with stock speakers. I am very impresses with the quality of this product and how well the deck is made. It has all the features you want and they all work the way they are supposed to. Keep up the good work Crutchfield you have gained a lifetime customer.

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    Written by: TomM from Bellingham, WA on December 27, 2010

    1995 Mazda B2300
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Got this unit to replace the original receiver/tape unit in a 1995 Mazda B2300 pickup. The built in HD radio was a plus though it turns out in my area it's not really a factor. Installation was easy with the included tools and wiring harness. The truck had a premium sound system with a rear mounted amplifier so I also got the Scosche Factory System Integration Adapter. Had to call support once to verify what to do with the ground wires on the 3 plugs and got a quick answer. I've tried CD's and my iPod and am pleased with the overall sound and increased Bass. This unit does have a lot of features and settings you can play with and the means to access all of them takes a little reading of the manual but there's nothing very difficult to master. I do agree with several of the other reviews that the volume knob really should be knurled or have a rubber grip. It's just to slick for easy adjustments. My first purchase from Crutchfield but it's been a very positive experience.

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    Written by: Lorraine from Round Hill, VA on December 13, 2010

    2005 Pontiac GTO
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased this radio (as a birthday gift) to replace the existing Blauplunkt radio. Overall, we are very pleased. Just a few items to keep in mind if purchasing: Even though previous reviews said it was easy to install, I purchased the install card so we didn't have to futz with any nuances that may occur--every car has their day. Our car has steering wheel controls and purchased the wiring but at the install center, I had to pay extra for attaching these controls, as it wasn't included with the basic install card. So, if you have any special connections and you purchase the install, make sure you ask the Crutchfield tech if everything is covered. Regarding the radio, after leaving the install center, our stations weren't locking in and it seemed those FM stations we received with the Blaupunkt were fading in and out. And, forget picking up any HD stations; however, when we were within a 30 mile radius of Washington, DC, we were able to pick up all the HD stations. Recommend checking out www.hdradio.com for stations available in your area because the farther from the city, the probability of picking up stations is low. Another reason I purchased this particular radio was to play an MP3 player, which is NOT an ipod. Fortunately, the radio recognized the player but unfortunately, it did NOT recognize this particular mp3 software using the USB. We're going to try purchasing an auxiliary jack to see if that'll play the device.

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    Written by: TimW from Fremont,MI on December 12, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very happy with this stereo. The remote control is a nice feature. It sounds good and is easy to use.

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    Written by: ArleenG from Sunrise, FL on December 9, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I had a JVC radio before this purchase and I couldn't be happier. The sound is great! The only issue my husband had during the install was he didn't connect the blue and the blue stripped wires together which is the connection for the antenna. Without this connected you will have issues with respection. Once connected it was music to my ears. The only thing I wish it had was the ability to change the color to match the rest of my car but I gues I can live with that.

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    Written by: Bob F from Chicago suburb on December 4, 2010

    1997 GMC Suburban
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I made this purchase because it was the best alternative for an i-pod hook up. I was previously using a monster cable fm modulator which is ok in open country but terrible in the suburbs of chicago. I would rate the modulator 1 star. I really like the front usb connection for the i-pod. The hd radio was a very nice bonus as it adds at least 30% more radio stations to choose from. The sound quality from the cd player is better than stock also. I was never dissapointed with the stock stereo in the suburban until I installed this new head unit. I am using stock speakers except for the rear 4x10's with this unit and the sound is much better than the stock head unit. I still dont hear the rear speakers playing even with the upgraded Kicker speakers so there might be an amp in the future. if your interested in upgrading from stock... go for it. Dont second guess placing an order with Crutchfield either. Everthing you need to install is included except for solder and heat shrink tubing or whatever you will use to connect the adaptor harness to your radios harness. Qiuck and thorough customer assistance with any questions also.

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    Written by: Al from chicago il on December 2, 2010

    2000 Jeep Wrangler
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    Simply awesome, So far i am very happy with the unit, Clear sound. It's on my 2000 jeep wrangler and even with the stock speakers sounds really good. Also with the gear provided by Crutchfield, the installation was a no brainer. Thanks Crutchfield, a happy customer here. I can't wait to get my new speakers and external amp

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    Written by: Mike M from Alexandria on December 1, 2010

    1983 Chevrolet Suburban
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Replaced a 1996 vintage Kenwood aftermarket cassette with this unit in my 83 Suburban and swapped out the rear speakers with two Kicker KS4100 -WOW what a difference! Installation was a breeze since the dash cutout had been made before and the stereo connection was identical so there was no need to change the wiring. Sound is amazing and the controls are really easy to use compared to a Pioneer unit I bought for another vehicle (thinking of getting another one).

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    Written by: Kevin from San Diego on November 28, 2010

    2000 Honda Accord
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I put new speakers in my daughters 2000 Honda and they sounded terrible. Then I replaced the stock radio with this Kenwod and Whamo! My daughters friends think she has a high priced special system. Great sound.

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    Written by: DeanL from INDY on November 28, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Really like this unit so far, looks good, sounds good. The HD radio will drop out between close and tall building sometimes but for me it wont be a big problem.

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    nice radio

    Written by: noel from lowell MA on November 22, 2010

    easy to set up, love the HD!!!

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    HD Radio that works with Ipod Touch

    Written by: Scott from Clearwater, Florida on November 21, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This unit is exactly what I needed. I purchased a Pioneer unit, but the control buttons were too small and not arrangd logically. Spoke with Sid at Crutchfield and he recommended this unit to address my concerns. I installed in about 20 minutes and enjoy the display and being able to control my Ipod touch with the head unit. Great sound, logical and visible controls, works with Ipod. Great purchase. Would recommend to anyone.

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    Everything I wanted

    Written by: Johnnydl from Cumberland, MD on November 19, 2010

    1989 Pontiac Firebird
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    Great, I'm enjoying it

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    Great Sound! Frustrating install!

    Written by: Mac from Tampa, FL on November 19, 2010

    2001 Nissan Sentra
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    THE BAD 1: The installation kit that came with my stereo didn't fit right. The manufacturers OEM faceplate had clear bits and was custom molded. In short it was very pretty. This one was solid dark metallic gray. The bottom line is that this is a cheap piece of plastic, and it looks the part. 2: After installing the stereo, it didn't pick up any stations at all. I messed around with the antenna cable, turned the power on and off, and then I picked up all the local FM stations, but they sounded like they were in mono, and playing in a coffee can, you know, the way that AM stations sound. I was getting very angry when I powered the unit off and powered it back on and it seems to be working fine now. In fact I would say that it is working exceptionally well. The sound is now absurdly clear. 3: There is such a tremendous number of menus and sub menus to crawl through it is very easy to get lost. I know, I know, Read the manual right. Good luck changing the EQ while in traffic. NOW THE GOOD STUFF. This unit sounds simply amazing. Set it up for the kind of music you listen to and this head unit will not disappoint. It's loud, it's clear, and it has treble, mid, bass, and sub bass controls. Over all I'm glad I bought it and would probably buy it again.

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    Everything i wanted in one package

    Written by: CraigD from Buffalo,NY on November 15, 2010

    2004 Subaru Legacy
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    I spent hours upon hours researching different Head Units, & trust me when i say this is the best unit you will find for the price! Actually i bet its better than many units that cost much more! What I'm saying is, dont waste your time just buy this HU, you wont be disapointed!

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    Good receiver

    Written by: Kevin from Chanhassen, MN on November 14, 2010

    1997 Subaru Legacy Outback
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    I really like this radio. I had my mechanic install it. The HD sounds great, haven't noticed any problem with it switching between HD & analog (haven't been out of the metro area yet though). Menus are understandable, have most of the settings where I want. I really like the displays of song/title/talk host, etc. The USB section works well. I can find my songs and podcasts with a little work. I don't like the front mount for the flash drive. It would be easy to smash it and the underlying connector if you hit it with something. I wanted a SD card slot like my last receiver had but I couldn't find any tuner with one. Probably the next best would be a USB cable from the back of the receiver.

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    Amazing sound quality

    Written by: Mike M. from Richmiond, VA on November 11, 2010

    2002 Isuzu Trooper

    I have wanted to pick up a HD radio ever since they came out. I am very pleased with my purchase. This Kenwood stereo has all the features I was looking for: HD receiver, USB port for my ipod, plus the three sets of preamp outputs made hooking up my Amp and sub easy. I would highly encourage anyone considering buying it that it is a great buy for the money.

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    Love it!

    Written by: John from Boulder, CO on November 11, 2010

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    I bought this receiver mainly to interface with my iPhone, and it works great for that. I love the fact that I can switch between interfacing directly with the iPhone or with the receiver (simple button push to switch modes). If I select a playlist on the iPhone screen I can then quickly switch to receiver control and switch songs/pause/etc with the push of a single button. The only thing I wish this receiver had was a rear USB port in addition to the front one. The display is also hard to read if the sun is shining on it. HD Radio is also nice, although it takes a second to lock in. Maybe all receivers are this way.

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    Very Pleased

    Written by: BN from Charlotte, NC on November 9, 2010

    2002 Ford Ranger
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    With install tips and tools from Crutchfield, I had no problems installing my Kenwood head unit and 4 speakers in my Ford Ranger. I updated the stock radio so I could plug my portable XM receiver into the front aux. and for the improvement in the sound quality. The radio is feature rich, looks great and easy to navigate. I chose Crutchfield because they provided the most helpful installation information and instructions and the discount on the accessories that are necessary for an easy install.

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    Sounds excellent

    Written by: DanR from Atlanta, GA on November 8, 2010

    2005 Toyota Corolla
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    Bought this unit because I wanted to listen to iPod instead of the limit of 6 CDs in my factory changer. Had to call a couple times due to wiring. Full and rich sound in my car ('05 Corolla SE, 6-speaker). I'm very pleased with it. By the way, I had to put the installation on hold because I didn't have a straight socket ratchet for the Corolla factory stereo removal. Need a straight (screwdriver-style) socket ratchet instead of the perpendicular handle with arm.

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    Fantastic!

    Written by: HenryB from Franklin, MA on November 5, 2010

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    Great head unit! It has everything I wanted and then some. Installed in a VW Golf with factory Monsoon system. Installation was a breeze with one quick call to tech support for clarification. This Kenwood makes a huge difference, even with the factory speakers. Factory Monsoon unit sounded muddy and boomy with so-so reception. Evrything is clear and crisp with the Kenwood and HD radio is fantastic - what a difference. iPod control is great too. Next step is upgraded speakers. Thanks to Crutchfield for a super deal and my advisor Bryce for this recommendation!!!

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    It's OK

    Written by: CrittrGittr from Knoxville, TN on November 5, 2010

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    Sound quality is EXCELLENT, however grossly underpowered, and seems to have periodic, brief, bursts of volume through front speakers. Overall, OK...better than the original equipment JBL system that came with my 4 Runner. Not worth the $$ to me.

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    Great Stereo

    Written by: Dustin from Riverside, RI on November 2, 2010

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    This unit was very easy to install, it sounds great, and the features are easy to get used to. I unfortunately have one of the 2 ipod models that you cannot control with the ipod itself (still works great controlling through the stereo unit though) to search for songs. I recently bought a low milage 87 camry that i installed this in, which still had the factory speakers (which were horrible and fell apart in my hands when i took them out), but made them sound so much better right away. I installed new speakers and it sounds superb. This is a great price for a great product. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a new car stereo.

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    Nice unit

    Written by: Jeff from St Louis, Mo on October 28, 2010

    Nice Stereo for the money. Full of features, especially at this price. Installed easily, the only problem that I had was that AM did not work after I hooked it up according to the directions. I searched Crutchfield's site, and found a common problem to be an antenna amplifier needed to be connected on some vehicles. I pulled the stereo back out, connected these two wires, and I now receive good reception on all bands. Only negatives - I think the volume knob is too smooth, could use notches in it so that it could be gripped easier - very minor complaint, and as others have pointed out, the display is non existent when sunlight shines on the face, it totally disappears until you block the sun with your hand or something. I have a sunroof, and this happens more than I like, that is why I did not score this unit with 5 stars. Overall, very nice unit and I am pleased with my purchase.

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    Great Receiver

    Written by: ChipT from Grand Junction, CO on October 20, 2010

    I had some issues with a Pioneer receiver I had purchased here. This was one of the choices to replace the Pioneer. I received this new receiver within a couple of days and installed it in my 99 suburban in about twenty minutes. The sound is amazing! I wish I had purchased the extra bluetooth accessory...but that is for another day.

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    Very good stereo for the price!

    Written by: Missy from Pennsylvania on October 20, 2010

    2002 Saturn SL1
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    I began my search for a stereo that was satellite and HD radio ready, and also had the ability of hooking up my iPod. I found this Kenwood. The great thing about this stereo is that the HD Radio is BUILT IN! I only needed to purchase the tuner kit for Sirius radio (which is also a good price through Crutchfield). So if you are only interested in HD Radio, this radio will do it right out of the box. I just had this installed last night and it's great. I have no cons yet, except that I cannot save alerts for my favorite songs when using Sirius. I can live with this though since I can listen to anything from my iPod or CDs. I highly recommend this stereo. I will be moving this head unit and the Sirius tuner to another vehicle, should I choose to purchase another vehicle down the road.

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    Best value

    Written by: Gary from Clinton MA on October 17, 2010

    1997 Acura 3.0CL
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