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Kenwood KDC-HD545U

CD receiver (New Stock)

Item #: 113HD545U

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Original Price: $139.99

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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.

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
    • 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)
    Other features and specs:

    Why replace your factory radio?

    Two good reasons - sound quality and cool features. A new car stereo offers power that's superior to most factory radios, along with more sophisticated tone controls. And most car stereos offer built-in or optional features that add safety and fun to life in your car, including inputs for your iPod or MP3 player, Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free cell phone calls, satellite radio or HD Radio reception, and connections for building an audio system in your car.

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    Good & bad

    Written By RO, Coppell TX on Wednesday, March 07, 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, Indiana on Monday, February 27, 2012

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    • "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.


    Written By Dan H. Chicago, Chicago, Il on Sunday, January 29, 2012

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    • "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

    Great stereo for the Price

    Written By Wingnut, Fresno Ca on Friday, 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.

    Kenwood KDC-HD545U

    Written By Anonymous, Stevens Point, WI on Thursday, October 13, 2011

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    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.

    Not the best and not the worst

    Written By MikeZ, Hobart, IN on Tuesday, September 13, 2011

    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.....


    Written By Rules, Nashua NH on Saturday, September 10, 2011

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    Working perfectly until now good product mi wife loves it too

    Like it a lot

    Written By Larkey, Gatesville, TX on Thursday, 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.

    Kenwood KDC-HD545U

    Written By CJS, Maple Grove, MN on Saturday, 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.

    Best value!!!

    Written By junkhead92, Marion,Oh on Tuesday, May 10, 2011

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    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.

    Awesome HD Radio

    Written By JohnK, Reynoldsburg,OH on Monday, 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.

    best hd radio

    Written By santiago, paola ks. on Friday, April 08, 2011

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    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!!

    Buttons difficult

    Written By Stan, East Nprthport, NY on Monday, April 04, 2011

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

    Good product and service

    Written By Steve N, Great Falls, MT on Thursday, March 24, 2011

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    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.

    Awesome sound

    Written By Randy, Bucks County, PA on Tuesday, March 22, 2011

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

    It just works!

    Written By TC, Chicago, IL on Saturday, March 19, 2011

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    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.


    Written By KGJetta, Raleigh, NC on Saturday, March 19, 2011

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    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.

    Works fine

    Written By Mike the Red, Atlanta Ga on Sunday, February 27, 2011

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    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.

    Great Bang for the Buck

    Written By KC, Central, IL on Sunday, February 27, 2011

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    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.

    2009 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

    Written By me, Broadalbin, N.Y. on Saturday, February 26, 2011

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    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

    Money well spent

    Written By Nick, Glendora, CA on Saturday, February 26, 2011

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    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.

    Great deal for the price.

    Written By Butch, Mt. Gretna, PA on Friday, February 25, 2011

    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.

    Kenwood KDC-HD545U

    Written By Marcus, Belmont, CA on Friday, 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.

    Great All Around Unit

    Written By PaulNM, Yakima, WA on Thursday, February 24, 2011

    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.

    Great auto radio

    Written By Jim, Ventura, Ca. on Tuesday, February 22, 2011

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    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.

    Loads of features

    Written By Craig, Great Bend, Kansas on Tuesday, February 22, 2011

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    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.

    Great Radio

    Written By RFL, Burlington, MA on Tuesday, February 22, 2011

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    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.

    Kenwood KDC-HD545U

    Written By BillM, Milwaukee, WI on Tuesday, February 22, 2011

    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.

    Kenwood KDC-HD545U

    Written By Steve C, Westville, Fl on Tuesday, February 22, 2011

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

    Best Radio - look no further

    Written By Jim, Ashburn, VA on Sunday, February 20, 2011

    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.

    Kenwood KDC-HD545U

    Written By James F., Georgia on Sunday, February 20, 2011

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    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.

    Decent upgrade

    Written By Anonymous, Baton Rouge, LA on Sunday, February 20, 2011

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    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.

    Kenwood KDC-HD545U

    Written By Eric J, Chicago on Sunday, February 20, 2011

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    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.

    Great unit but sadly discontinued

    Written By Stan from PA, Lewistown, Pa on Saturday, February 19, 2011

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    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 Stereo

    Written By Dusty, Norfolk, VA on Friday, February 18, 2011

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