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Our take on the Kenwood KDC-HD942U

by Zak Billmeier
Kenwood

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.

Take advantage of free HD Radio™ broadcasts with Kenwood's KDC-HD942U CD receiver. Its built-in HD Radio tuner lets you enjoy the crystal-clear digital AM/FM broadcasts from participating stations — FM sounds almost like CD quality, and AM sounds like traditional FM. Plus, HD Radio stations can broadcast more than one channel on the same frequency, giving you more listening choices.

iPod® control and iTunes® tagging
Built-in iPod controls allow you to connect and control your iPod or iPhone™ from the receiver. No adapter's needed, but you should pick up Kenwood's optional iPod cable — it's designed for life in your car, so you can leave your original cable at home.

You can "tag" songs you hear on participating HD Radio broadcasts for purchasing later. With your iPod connected and an HD Radio station tuned in, you simply tag the song while it's playing, and a reminder is stored on your iPod. Then the next time you sync your iPod on your computer, a reminder pops up to buy your tagged songs from the iTunes store.

Plays all your music
Listen to your regular CDs, plus your MP3, WMA, and AAC files you've burned to disc or stored on a thumb drive. You'll see detailed song info on the 4-line display. A rear auxiliary input lets you add even more sources.

A premium digital-to-analog converter does all your tunes justice, and Kenwood's Supreme Setting feature enhances your digital files to make them sound more full-bodied, and closer to the sound quality of the original source. iPod EQ is a set of sound adjustments voiced specifically for iPods, separate from the 3-band parametric EQ used to tweak your overall sound. A digital crossover system and time alignment capability complete your sonic toolbox.

Build a system
Add a satellite radio tuner for entertainment and commercial-free music, or a Bluetooth adapter for making hands-free calls. Three sets of preamp outputs let you add amps and subs.

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.

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Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD player with built-in MOSFET amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RW discs including discs loaded with MP3, WMA, and AAC music files
    • 4-line display with detachable face
    • built-in HD Radio tuner
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • System Q Sound Control (6 EQ curves and a 3-band parametric equalizer)
    • Supreme Setting function enhances music files
    • Digital E's crossover system and time alignment capability
    • subwoofer level controls
    Expandability:
    • built-in iPod controls — no iPod adapter necessary, but adding Kenwood's optional connecting cable lets you leave your iPod cable at home
    • compatible with Kenwood Bluetooth adapter, satellite radio, CD changer
    • inputs: rear USB slot and auxiliary input
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
    Other features and specs:

    Hands-on research from the Crutchfield Labs (what are the Labs?)

    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant
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    RMS Power Output
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    22 watts
    Peak Output
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    50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth
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    20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs
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    6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs
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    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs
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    Preamp Voltage
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    4 volts
    Display Color
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    Key Button Color
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    Blue
    EQ Bands
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    3
    Wireless Remote
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    Steering Wheel Control Compatible
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    Parts Warranty
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    Labor Warranty
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    1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input
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    Rear and Optional Rear
    USB Input
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    Rear
    Memory Card Slot
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    USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible
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    Optional
    Satellite Radio Ready
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    Sirius
    HD Radio
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    Built-in
    Navigation
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    iPod Compatibility
    Full size
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    Classic/5Gen
    Nano
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    Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/Nano1
    Touch
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    Touch3/Touch2/Touch1
    Mini
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    iPhone
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    Phone/Phone3G/Phone3GS
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity
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    9.3 dBf
    European Tuning
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    Seek/Scan
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    Radio Data System
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    What's in the box?

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    • HD/AM/FM/CD receiver with 10-amp fuse inserted into the chassis
    • Sleeve
    • Face
    • Trim ring
    • Wiring harness
    • RC-547 Wireless remote
    • 2 "AA" batteries
    • Soft fabric face case
    • 2 Removal tools
    • 4 Panhead ISO-mount screws
    • 4 Flathead ISO-mount screws
    • 2 Face-fixing screws
    • Machine screw
    • Philips-head mounting screw
    • Kenwood Music Editor CD-ROM (ver.2.1.0)
    • Instruction Manual (English)
    • Instruction Manual (Spa/Fre)
    • Warranty Card
    • "Attention" sheet (taped to unit)
    • Music Editor note

    Our Product Research Team

    At Crutchfield, you'll get detailed, accurate information that's hard to find elsewhere. That's because we have our own in-house Product Research team — they open the box, verify contents, check the owner's manual, and record dimensions, features and specs. We stay on top of new products and technologies to help people make informed choices.

    Overview: The Kenwood KDC-HD942U AM/FM CD receiver features a detachable fold-down face, rear-panel auxiliary and USB input, three pairs of 4-volt preamp outputs, built-in HD AM/FM radio and iPod operation, CD changer and Satellite radio controls, as well as AAC/MP3/WMA playback. The unit also supports Bluetooth via an optional adapter sold separately. In addition, the CD player comes with an IR wireless remote control. The unit's amplifier is rated at 22 watts x 4 channel RMS and 50 watts x 4 channel peak.

    Display Features
    HD Radio Tuner
    CD Playback
    Audio Section
    External Device Connection
    Remote Control
    Software

    Display Features

    Detachable Fold-Down Face: The unit features a fold-down, detachable face to deter theft. There is a red indicator light that will flash on the unit after the face has been removed to warn potential thieves. You can turn this flashing LED on or off. The CD player comes supplied with a soft black fabric, draw string face case to protect the detachable face when you have it off the chassis. You must manually fold the face down before inserting or ejecting a disc.

    FL Display: The KDC-HD942U features a full-dot, multi-line FL display with spectrum analyzer and adjustable contrast. The KDC-HD942U offers the following display and button illumination settings.

    • Type Select: Allows you to choose between four display types.
      • Type A displays 4 to 5 lines of text (you can choose from 3 different layouts)
      • Type B displays a line of text and motion display
      • Type C display a line of text and the spectrum analyzer (you can choose between two spectrum analyzer patterns)
      • Type D display the clock
    • Text Select: Select which text information displays on the headunit. You can choose up to 5 lines of text between 7 selections: Station Name, Frequency, Album Artist, Title, Genre, Date, or Blank.
    • Text/Title Scroll: The KDC-HD942U will display CD text, Audio file text and Satellite and HD radio text. You can turn the scrolling feature "on" to scroll longer titles across the screen.
    • Illumination Effect: Sets whether the headunit's button illumination brightness is changed in conjunction with the button operation.
    • Illumination Music Sync: Sets whether the headunit's button illumination brightness is changed in conjunction with the sound volume.
    • Dimmer: The dimmer function will dim this unit's display automatically when the vehicle light switch is turned On when you connect orange/white Illumination wire of this player.

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

    Dual Rotary Knobs: the KDC-HD942 features two rotary control dials (one 3-way and one 7-way) to make playback and adjustment of your music as simple as possible.

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

    HD Radio Tuner

     Built-In HD Tuner: With its built-in HD Radio tuner, you can receive digital AM/FM broadcasts from local stations where available. HD Radio significantly improves AM/FM audio quality and reception, as well as includes information such as artist name and song titles or traffic news, viewable on the receiver's display. HD Radio Technology will deliver high-quality digital sound. AM digital will have FM-like quality in stereo, while FM digital will have CD-like quality with static free and clear reception. In addition, AM/FM digital stations can offer text and data such as artist names and song titles. Many HD Radio stations also offer more than one channel of programming. This service is called multicasting. You can setup the KDC-HD942U to search only HD Radio stations.

    HD Radio Tagging: Using the headunit's iTunes Tagging enabled HD Radio, you can tag your HD music while listening to the radio with your iPod connected. When you hear a song you enjoy on your local HD Radio station, you only have to press the headunit's control knob and the song's information will be saved to your connected iPod. The saved songs will then show up in a playlist called "Tagged" in iTunes the very next time you sync your iPod to your PC. Then you just need to click, buy, and download the song you tagged directly from the Apple iTunes Music Store.

    Auto Memory Tuning: Not only does the CD receiver's tuner allow you manually enter your desired presets you can choose to have the unit automatically put stations with good reception in the memory banks automatically; this is a handy feature when traveling. The tuner features 3 FM banks (1, 2, 3) and 1 AM bank. You can store 6 presets for each AM/FM bank giving you a total of 18 FM presets and 6 AM presets.

    CD Playback

    AAC/MP3/WMA Playback: The KDC-HD942U can play AAC (8-320 kbps), MP3 (8-320 kbps) and WMA (48-192 kbps) files recorded on CD-ROM, CD-R, and CD-RW discs in ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, Romeo, and Long file name formats. Each disc should have a maximum of 8 directory levels, 50 folders, and 255 files per folder with a maximum of 512 files and folders. During MP3/WMA playback, the unit displays any recorded ID3 Tag (Ver.1) information. The headunit will display up to 30 characters.

    Supreme Setting: When MP3, WMA or AAC files encoded at a low bit rate (less than 96 kbps, 44.1k, 48kHz) are played, the Supreme Setting function restores their high frequencies so the sound quality is closer to files encoded at a high bit rate. The processing is optimized for the compression format and the bit rate used. When the Supreme Setting is Off, the unit plays the original sound stored in the audio file.

    Music Search: The Kenwood AM/FM CD receiver features a Music Search feature which allows you to scroll through and select your MP3/WMA music folders and files, as well as scroll through your audio CD's music tracks using the headunit's rotary knob.

    CD Force: When there is a problem with playing a CD with a special format, this setting plays the CD by force. Some CDs still may not play in the CD Force mode.

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

    Off Eject: The KDC-HD942U allows you to eject your disc for 10 minutes after switching off the vehicles engine.

    Favorite Memory Control: The headunit's Favorite Control feature allows you to save six "Favorites" for easy access. You can select a "Favorite" playlist from your connected iPod, your favorite radio station from the unit's built-in HD AM/FM tuner or connected Satellite Radio tuner (both sold separately), or a favorite telephone number from your mobile-phone using the optional Bluetooth hands-free kit (sold separately). This allows you to have instant access your favorite Radio station, telephone number, or iPod playlist from one list on the headunit's display. You can also name each Favorite for even easier access.

    Audio Section

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The Kenwood KDC-HD942U utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior CD sound quality.

    Sound Management System (S.M.S.): In order to optimize the sound quality, you can use the Sound Management System to set the type of vehicle and speaker sizes, locations, distances and x-over points. The S.M.S. settings include the following:

    • Cabin Setting: Choose from Compact, Full Size Car, Station Wagon, Mini Van , SUV, Mini Van Long, or Off
    • Speaker Setting:
      • Front Location: Choose either Door, On Dash, or Under Dash
      • Front Size: Choose from Small, Medium, or Large
      • Tweeter Size: Select either None or Use
      • Rear Location: Choose between Door, Rear Deck, 2nd Row or 3rd Row
      • Rear Size: Choose from Small, Medium, Large, or None
      • Subwoofer Size: Select from Small, Large, or None
    • Digital Time Alignment (DTA): Choose from 0.00 to 14.44 feet for the Front pair of speakers, Rear pair of speakers and Subwoofer distances in reference to the distance between your listening positioning and the locations of the particular speakers.
    • X'Over:
      • Front High Pass Filter: Select between 40, 60, 70, 80,100, 120, 150, 180, or 220Hz at a slope of -12, -18, or -24 dB per octave; you can also select full-range
      • Rear High Pass Filter: Select between 40, 60, 70, 80, 100, 120, 150, 180, or 220Hz at a slope of -12, -18, or -24 dB per octave; you can also select full-range
      • Subwoofer Low Pass Filter: Select between 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100, 120, 150, 180, 220, or 250 Hz at a slope of -12, -18, or -24 dB per octave; you can also select full-range
      • Subwoofer Phase: Choose either Normal or Reverse

    Equalizer Control: Equalizer Control allows you to use one of the System Q presets, or set your own custom settings for the front and back speakers independently, using the 3-band Equalizer. The EQ adjustments are as follows:

    • Preset EQ: You can select from Natural, Rock, Pops, Easy, Top 40, Jazz, Game, iPod, or User.
    • 3-Band EQ: You can adjust the following 3-Band EQ settings.
      • Band Levels: Independent front and rear EQ level of -9dB to +9dB.
      • Quality Setting: Independent front and rear Q setting of 0.25, 0.50, 1.00, or 2.00
      • Center Frequency: Independent front and rear frequency settings from these 4 bands:
        • Band 1: 60Hz, 100Hz, 160Hz, 250Hz, or 400Hz
        • Band 2: 630Hz, 1kHz, 1.6kHz, or 2.5kHz
        • Band 3: 4kHz, 6.3kHz, 10kHz, or 16kHz

    Position Control: For a better sound-stage you can select your optimal listening position. According to the listening position, select the position from the following settings (All, Front Left, Front Right or Front) so that the normal position of the sound environment can be compensated in accordance with the selected position.

    Bass Boost: The Kenwood KDC-HD942U features a two level Bass Boost to increase bass levels.

    Highway Sound: This features compensates the low volume or bass sound being lost by road noises to make vocals sound clearer. You can set the Highway Sound function to 1, 2, 3, or off.

    3-Sets of 4V Preamp Outputs: The KDC-HD942U features front, rear and subwoofer 4V preamp outputs. The front and rear speaker preamp outputs are balance and fade adjustable. The subwoofer preamp output is non-fading. The front, rear and subwoofer preamp outputs are fixed to the rear chassis of the headunit.

    Subwoofer Level: You can independently control the subwoofer preamp output level from the CD receiver. You select levels between -15 to +15.

    Dual Zone: The Dual Zone mode allows you to output the Main source and the Auxiliary input separately for the front and rear channels. You can select whether the auxiliary input will play in the front or the rear.

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

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

    Tel Mute: The KDC-HD942U features a cell-phone mute wire (brown) in its harness that when hooked up to your car's phone system mute wire will automatically mute the receiver's audio signal when a call comes in.

    External Device Connection

    USB Port: The Kenwood KDC-HD942U features a rear-panel 2.0 USB type-A port on a 38" pigtail. The USB port enables connection and control of a portable USB mass-storage class device with AAC (8-320 kbps), MP3 (8-320 kbps), and WMA (48-192 kbps) music files. The USB port is compatible with all USB mass storage class devices that support the FAT16 or FAT32 file system. Your USB device should only have a maximum of 8 directory levels, 255 folders, and 255 files per folder with a maximum of 65,025 files and folders. When your USB device is connected to this unit, it can be charged up provided that the KDC-HD942U is powered on.

    Note: You cannot connect a USB device via a USB hub or Multi-Card Reader to this unit.

    iPod Direct: The KDC-HD942U's rear-panel USB port also acts as an iPod high-speed direct connection when used with the optional Kenwood USB Direct Connection Cable (113iP101, sold separately) or the USB/iPod cable that comes with your iPod. Using either cable allows you to connect, control, and charge select iPod models with the KDC-HD942U. The USB connection allows your iPod's large music libraries to be loaded instantly to the headunit and sound quality to be maximized through the headunit's 24-bit D/A converter, allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to105dB.When your iPod is connected to the KDC-HD942U, you can choose to operate your iPod via the Kenwood headunit's controls or your iPod's click-wheel/touch-screen.  If you select to control your iPod from the KDC-HD942U, the Kenwood headunit will allow you to navigate your iPod's music by Playlist, Artists, Album, Genre, Composer, Song, or Podcast (your iPod's click-wheel/touch-screen will be locked in this mode). You can search these categories alphabetically or using a percentage search (0.5%, 1%, 5%, 10%). You can also choose to listen to all songs stored on your iPod at random. The KDC-HD942U will also display your iPod's music file information when in this mode. If you choose to operate your connected iPod via its click-wheel/touch-screen controls, the KDC-HD942U will not display your iPod's music information (the headunit will instead display "iPod MODE") and the Kenwood headunit's controls will no longer operate your iPod. The Kenwood KDC-HD942U is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of Jan. 2010):

    iPod/iPhone Model Generation Media Type  Control Display Charge
    Audio Video Unit iPod Song/Artist Track
    dock-connector 3rd N N N N N N N
    click-wheel/color-display 4th N N N N N N N
    mini 1st N N N N N N N
    2nd N N N N N N N
     video 5th Y N Y N Y Y Y
     classic 80GB Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    120GB Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    160GB Y N Y Y Y Y Y
     nano 1st Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2nd Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3rd Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4th Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    5th Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    2nd Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3rd Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    iPhone 2G Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3G Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS Y N Y Y Y Y Y

    Note: Apple firmware updates may change functionality results. You may need to reset your iPod if you download a newer software version.

    Satellite Radio Ready: There are several options for connecting an optional XM or SIRIUS Satellite Radio receiver to this receiver:

    • SIRIUS Satellite Radio: To receive SIRIUS Satellite Radio, you can connect the optional SIRIUS Universal Vehicle Tuner (607SCC1) and the optional Kenwood Sirius Satellite Radio Interface (113KCASR50); package item number 700SIRKENW, or you can connect the optional KCA-SR50 Kenwood Sirius Satellite Radio Interface and the SiriusConnect vehicle docking kit (607SCVDOC1); package item number 700SIRPKEN, along with your compatible SIRIUS Dock & Play receiver.
    • Auxiliary Input: A portable satellite radio receiver, such as the XM Delphi SkyFi3 or SIRIUS Sportster, can also be connected to the head unit via the auxiliary input.

    Note: A subscription is also required to receive satellite radio programming from SIRIUS or XM.

    Bluetooth Ready: The unit is also Bluetooth compatible using the optional Kenwood KCA-BT200 Bluetooth adapter (113BT200, sold separately). Using this adapter you can make and answer phone calls from the Kenwood headunit. You can even download your Phonebook information from your compatible mobile phone into the headunit. You are able to register up to five compatible Bluetooth cell phones when using the KCA-BT200 adapter. Visit Kenwood.com for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled phones.

    Changer Controls: This unit is directly compatible with Kenwood changers manufactured in 1998 or later. If the changer has an O-N switch, the switch will need to be set to the "N" position. In addition to basic disc navigation features, this unit has the following changer controls: direct disc access (using the remote), direct track access (using the remote), track intro scan, track repeat, disc repeat, disc random, and magazine disc random. When connected to a CD Text capable CD changer, this unit can display disc and track titles for discs encoded with disc and track title information. The text information can be scrolled manually or automatically.

    AUX Input: The KDC-HD942U is equipped with a rear-panel 3.5mm minijack auxiliary input for connecting external portable audio devices such as an MP3 player. The KDC-HD942U allows you to select the source type displayed when using the auxiliary input. You can choose from AUX, DVD, Portable, Game, Video or TV.

    Rear Auxiliary Input "Ready": The unit already features a front panel auxiliary input, but if you need a second auxiliary input, one can be added to the rear of the unit. When used with an optional adapter, this unit can accept a rear input from an auxiliary source. When the CA-C1AUX adapter (113CAC1AX, sold separately) is used, you cannot connect a CD changer to the head unit because the adapter plugs into the DIN changer control connection on the head unit. When the KCA-S220A 2-changer switch (113KCAS220, sold separately) is used, you can connect a CD changer and an auxiliary audio source at the same time. When an auxiliary audio source is connected, you can choose from one of six names for the source: AUX, DVD, Portable, Game, Video or TV.

    Remote Control

    IR Remote Control: The KDC-HD942U comes with the RC-547 IR wireless remote control with a full numeric keypad. The remote will control Audio, CD, Tuner, Satellite Radio, and Dual Zone functions. The remote control allows direct access of your music tracks, direct access to discs loaded in a connected CD-changer (sold separately) and direct access to AM/FM radio stations. It is powered by 2 "AA" batteries (supplied).

    Attenuator: The CD receiver features an Attenuator button on the supplied remote control that turns the volume down very quickly with one touch of the button.

    Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The KDC-HD942U has a "steering remote control" lead on the back panel. When used with the optional SWI-JACK interface (127SWIJACK, sold separately), you can retain the use of your steering wheel and/or rear seat radio controls when replacing the factory head unit in select vehicles. The SWI-JACK is compatible with over 95% of the vehicles made from 1986 to the present. Compatible vehicles include many Acura, Audi, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, GMC, Honda, Hummer, Infiniti, Isuzu, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercury, Mini, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Oldsmobile, Plymouth, Pontiac, Saab, Saturn, Suzuki, Toyota, and Volkswagen vehicles and Harley Davidson motorcycles. Please consult the Crutchfield Vehicle Selector to see if your vehicle is compatible.

    Software

    Supplied Software: The KDC-HD942U comes supplied with the Kenwood Music Editor Version 2.1.0 CD-ROM. Kenwood Music Editor is a desktop software that helps organize, manage and transfer AAC, MP3, and WMA music files to your USB devices from your PC.

    System Requirements:

    • Operating System:
      • Microsoft Windows XP Professional/Home Edition SP2 or later (32-bit version)
      • Microsoft Windows Vista (32-bit version)
    • Other Programs:
      • Microsoft .Net Framework 2.0
      • QuickTime 7 or later (when using AAC file)
      • Windows Media Player 10/11
    • Hardware:
      • Hard disk with at least 100MB free space
      • CD-ROM drive (CD-R/RW drive when writing to CD-R/RW)
      • USB interface (2.0/1.1)
     
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    1 out of 5

    Dont Buy!!

    Written By Derek, Hooper Ne on Saturday, June 11, 2011
     
    Do not buy this radio! It worked very well when i got it and about after a year it just quit working, the screen diapperaed and i had no sounds or power to it what so ever. I was very upset after i spent this much on it. Also, it hard to operate while driving and the visibility is very poor.
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    1 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-HD942U

    Written By fangars, Phoenix AZ on Saturday, April 16, 2011
     
    Difficult to use while driving or sitting still.

    Sounds good, has a lot of functions, but just after the warranty was up the radio functions have stopped working. Its just locked up, does not work in any way.

    CD works, thumb drive works, radio does not.

    Stuck with this thing until I can afford to replace with a functional unit. Kenwood was of no help. They will not be getting my business again.
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    3 out of 5

    Good Radio, not perfect

    Written By Terry, Salem, Oregon on Monday, March 01, 2010
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    One of the best features on this unit that I discovered is that it plays MP3s from a USB thumb drive. One of my first impressions with this unit is that it does sound pretty good after you figure out how it works. On the other hand that was one of it's biggest drawbacks, trying to figure it out. The manual is not very clear. There is information all over the place on it and you have to do some detective work on how to find one particular thing. However, with Crutchfield's detailed instructions and extra parts I had no problem installing the unit. The screen is hard to see in sunlight though. Another downside of this radio is if you want your bluetooth phone to work with it you will have to get another phone kit added to get that working. It's the navigation that is really a downer on this radio. Too complicated to do something simple. Maybe because it's got too many options, controls too many things. I would've opted to get something cheaper with the same power, MP3 and bluetooth control and that's it. Don't need all of that speaker control and I see no need for an equalizer that you can barely see on the screen. I do like the seamless change from digital HD to analog reception on the radio. This unit is not perfect by any means but still sounds good. Maybe someday they'll come out with an easier to use radio. I miss those 6 preset buttons on yesteryear's radios. Don't we have enough complicated technology in our lives?
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    2 out of 5

    not good

    Written By Greg, Wicihita on Sunday, February 28, 2010
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    I installed this in my 05 Silverado.

    I can't see the display during the day, no matter how I adjust the contrast. The display is
    small and while it does have 5 lines of display, only 2 of them are useful that will display
    music information. Is has a graphic analyzer that is useless because it lags about a 1/2
    behind the music.

    The 2 knobs do too much. I have a hard time getting them to push rather than turn or
    pushing left instead of in. It is hard to control while driving. You try to turn up the volume
    while driving and you end up changing setting because the knob controls go in 5
    directions. When you do get them to turn up or down, you have to turn 3-4 times or turn
    slowly to get them to respond.


    The remote is as big as some home tv remotes, but yet the remote has to be in the right
    angle in front of the radio to even work. when you do get the remote to work, the sound
    jumps to very loud or very quiet. no gradual increase or decrease, all or nothing.

    It has menus inside of menus inside of menus and some work wile the unit is playing,
    other you have to be in standby mode.

    It does sound good and plays my 4 gig thumb drive good. But it is just overly
    complicated to use while driving.

    I have had this radio for about 4 months, thinking I would get used to it. I wish I could
    return it because I really hate it. I am buying somthing different.
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    5 out of 5

    Great product

    Written By Randy, Northwood,OH on Monday, February 22, 2010
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    Bought this radio to replace factory stereo in 2001 Dodge Dakota. Was a pretty easy job to
    do this being my second install. The HD radio is great and the sound quality is so much
    better then regular FM. After installing and a quick read through the manual setup for the
    radio was pretty easy. The stereo is pretty easy to use and the only problem i have with it is
    that the right control knob. It has so many different ways to use it sometimes when driving i
    accidently move the button the wrong way. Other then that no others problems and i love it
    with my Ipod.
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    5 out of 5

    Lovin It!

    Written By Sarah, Oklahoma City on Wednesday, February 17, 2010
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    I installed this in a '04 Chevy Crew Cab. I purchased this stereo, the Alpine SPS
    600C's for the front doors and Alpine SPG-17C's for the rear doors. Installation was very
    easy. The stereo took almost no time, with the new chime I had to buy (you loose all
    your audible warnings when you replace a factory stereo) I was able to splice the chime
    harness into the new Kenwood harness outside the truck and just plug and play. It all
    sounds great together, The stereo really even sounded great on my factory speakers
    when I made sure I installed it right before moving on to the speakers. I loved the
    mounting kit crutchfield sent with the stereo, I took the equalizer faceplate and was able
    to flush mount an aux cable and the USB port on it so I have a nice clean install with no
    pigtails hanging out for inputs! Anyone out there with a little inginuity can probably make
    this happen, I just happen to be lucky enough to work sheetmetal and have a basic
    knowledge of wiring. I am still trying to get the whole thing tweeked 100% but have not
    had any trouble with navigating the menus after a little playing. The manual could
    definately be written better, but my advice is to just park somewhere and play with the
    system for an hour or so and you'll be getting it in no time. Thanks for the advice and
    recommendation crutchfield, I'm loving my new system!
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    4 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-HD942U

    Written By steve, Meriden, CT on Sunday, February 07, 2010
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    It's a nice unit and sounds great however the operating instructions are not that easy to
    follow. The translation needs to reflect more of english terminology. Also if the radio is
    recessed even a slight bit into the dash (using supplied install kit) it is impossible to get
    to the aux input jack. Over all it's a great deal.
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    5 out of 5

    Love it!

    Written By palomino744, St. Charles, MO on Monday, February 01, 2010
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    I recently purchased this unit to replace my 2001 Dodge Dakota stereo. I thoroughly
    researched several units (including this one), and even though some people had
    negative comments about it being hard to install or hard to figure out the controls, I had
    absolutely no issues with it. The unit was super easy to install with the supplied wiring
    harness and trim piece. As for the user controls, I don't understand why so many
    people are having trouble with this...I took 5 minutes to thumb through the manual,
    practiced another 5 minutes in the truck, and now I have everything figured out. It's not
    rocket science. Overall, the unit sounds excellent with the Infinity speakers I installed.
    The HD radio rocks, and the Ipod control works perfectly. A++++!
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    5 out of 5

    Dazed and Confused

    Written By Harold, Lynnwood, WA on Monday, January 18, 2010
     
    I thought this unit would be hard to install. It was super easy especially with the wiring
    harness, face plates, etc that were included. It took longer to figure out how to save the
    first station preset than it did to remove my old unit and install this one. I agree with
    others that this is a very complicated, un-intuitive, and fuzzy to operate unit. I just
    installed it today and it sounds great, looks great, has great features (once you figure out
    where they are and how to get to them) so I'm very happy with it. I spent 25 years in
    information technology and have never seen a more poorly implemented user/machine
    interface. But already I would not trade it for another. USB, CD, HD - I'm keeping it.
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    2 out of 5

    Confusing and Cuts out

    Written By Michael, Tampa on Friday, January 01, 2010
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    The features on this radio seem to be great. The display is easy to see. But the controls and manual are very confusing. And the radio periodically decides to start skipping like a bad output amplifier. Occasionally the controls just dont work when it is cold out..
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    5 out of 5

    Great, not as bad as some of these reviews

    Written By Brian, Michigan on Monday, December 28, 2009
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    It absolutely sounds great. I'd like to also note that the menus aren't THAT complicated. So what if the instructions are hard to read, play with the reciever and figure it out! Its not bad at all.

    One guy was complaining that you have to use a menu to switch presets. While i'll admit the presets arent flawless in this reciever, and actually one of its only downfalls, you can use the remote to control presets on the fly. ie buttons 0-9 on the remote, 1-6 control presets 1,2,3,4,5,and6.

    One thing that bothers me is that the right knob controls everything and that it makes more use of the directional flicking than it does of the rotating wheel. it gets kind of frustrating, its ok for me but my passengers are confused.

    all in all 5/5
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    4 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-HD942U

    Written By Rodney, Virginia on Saturday, December 26, 2009
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    This model has great features for the price (built in HD Radio, iPod/USB, aux in, etc.) and sounds good. But I can't believe how un-intuitive the Kenwood user interface is. Really, I can't get anything working without first consulting the manual, which is equally hard to follow. I'm not a rocket scientist, but I am a well educated individual working in a technical field. This stuff should not be so hard.

    Perhaps I'll get used to the quirkiness, but why should I have to endure such poor usability (by design) in order to get a decent aftermarket upgrade? The stock system in my Miata was simple and intuitive, if only it had a few extra features and sounded somewhat decent. It appears I'm stuck with the unwanted complexity.
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    3 out of 5

    Sounds Great, but need a Masters in Engineering to operate

    Written By David, Cedar Knolls New Jersey on Tuesday, December 08, 2009
     
    This is a wonderful sound system even in a F-350 Diesel Truck. But the owners
    manual is difficult to understand, and the controls are even worse. I would
    recommend you think about what you can handle in the way of confusing controls
    prior to purchase. But if you are up to the adventure this is your stereo!
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    4 out of 5

    Excellent Functionality and Performance, Fuzzy Ergonomics

    Written By Steve, Kirkland, WA on Monday, November 23, 2009
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    Bought this unit to replace the stock setup in my wife's car so she could have
    iPod connectivity. I bought this one because it has the more classic "two knob"
    look and it also has HD radio.
    First of all, the unit works great. It sounds good, USB connection is good, HD
    radio reception is perfect. I also bought the Kenwood Bluetooth kit to go with
    it, and that works well too. I can listen and tag with my iPod 3GS, and also
    take calls - no problem.
    The menu system is a little confusing at first, but once you use it a bit (not
    while driving) it starts to make sense.
    Two issues:
    1) All of the menu selections and iPod interaction is done with the right knob,
    which is also a joystick and also a button. It is somewhat difficult to use this
    while driving.
    2) This unit comes with an "Illumination" wire to connect to your harness so
    that when you turn on the lights in your car, the unit will dim automatically
    with all of the other lights on your dash. So, when set to auto, this unit does
    dim, but only about one micro-lumen. It is very bright at night! There are some
    manual settings that you can make to permanently dim this thing, but if you're
    going to do any long distance travel at night, I would invest in some black
    cloth and tape.
    (Kudos to Crutchfield: the harness adapter that they sent did not come with an
    illumination wire - so they sent out another harness adapter for free so I could
    use a pin from that one to make the illumination connection).
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    4 out of 5

    Great USB File Navigation and HD Radio

    Written By Paul, Boston, MA on Friday, November 20, 2009
     
    I purchased this radio because of Kenwood quality, the built in HD radio and the
    USB input with good navigation on screen.

    I'm currently using a 16 gb flash drive full of multiple folder levels. The
    folder menus are intuitive to navigate and there is very little lag when
    changing folders or scrolling through items in the folder. My main desire was
    to load about a hundred albums and several audio books onto a single USB drive
    and be able to navigate to then easily. This head unit allows me to do this
    easily, no quirks so far. As background, I have owned a DUAL brand head unit
    which is in my other car with built in HD radio and a USB port, but it does not
    allow file navigation. I basically just have to use the random function and
    take it off random when it gets to an album I like. It's okay I guess, but
    certainly not ideal. Also, before I purchased the HD942U, I went to a local
    store, put my 16gb drive into several pioneer, clarion, sony, etc. head units in
    the similar price range and liked the quick response and file navigation of this
    one the best.

    HD radio works well and gets clear reception without losing signal very often.

    The reason for 4 stars instead of 5. Navigation using scroll wheel in a moving
    vehicle is not ideal. I usually have to rest my fingers on the dash next to the
    radio, so my thumb is stable enough to push the knob strait in. This is a bit
    annoying, but I'll probably get more used to it and it will become second nature.
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    4 out of 5

    Good Unit

    Written By Anonymous, Greenville, NC on Monday, November 09, 2009
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    The unit itself is great. I replaced a Pioneer DEH-2100IB and the sound on this just blows
    that one away. Now if only the remote controlled the Ipod functions like the much cheaper
    Pioneer unit remote did. I spend a lot of time on the road, and having to look over to go
    through all the button pushes and turns to change folders, playlists, artists, etc is kinda
    dangerous when traveling 70 mph down the highway. Kenwood should have invested a little
    more Ipod functionality in the remote to go with this head unit. All in all a good unit, but I wish
    I had bought a better Pioneer unit just for the remote functions.
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    1 out of 5

    Just can't use in moving car. Beware!!!!!

    Written By James, Lexington, KY on Thursday, October 29, 2009
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    I researched stereos for a while and settled on this unit b/c of its feature set. Once you start driving you'll notice that the main control knob is far away. I'm 6'1" and have to stretch to control this unit in a small car. The control knob takes a VERY stable push to access the menus and most times the knob will not recognize a push. That's when you take your eyes off the road, slowly extend your hand and push with the utmost care through several menus.

    Most of the normal operations require looking at the screen and selecting options. To select a source you have to hit the source button then scroll thru a list and very gingerly select the option you want. Want to switch HD radio stations? You can't simply select a preset, nor toggle the control knob to switch between your presets. You have to either hit a button or turn the knob to see your presets. This requires looking away from the road to scroll to your station and pushing the control knob again. Hope you weren't in heavy traffic!

    The unit has a remote control to help, but it is very large and bulky. You also can't turn the volume down quickly. The vol knob only allows slow turns as quick turns are ignored. Annoying if you need to go low quickly. If you switch between radio and other sources, the unit will raise/lower your antenna each time you switch. Not good if you don't want to wear out an expensive power antenna.

    Net-net....horrible radio with great features that you can't use!
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    3 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-HD942U

    Written By John, Palmetto,FL on Saturday, October 24, 2009
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    There is no seek or scan or auto tune at all on this radio. If you want to hear a station you have to manually type in the station number ( like 106.5 or 102.51) on the remote. However if you stay local there are plenty of spots to put presets ~ assuming you know all the local station numbers!!?? This should be clearly stated in the specs on a radio like this ~ but they would not sell any if they did that. Because of that it only gets 3 stars. OK , The pros are that the sound is awesome, I mean AWESOME, the look is sleek and if you like using auxiliary devices its one of the best for that. If they could just figure out a scan,seek and auto tune feature for the tuner on this unit (like every other radio has had since the great depression) it would be 5 stars all the way.


    [Editor's Note: Our Technical Support staff contacted John and helped work him through the seek/scan issues.]
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    5 out of 5

    Brought my Stock Bose Speakers to life!

    Written By Engin, Jacksonville, FL on Friday, October 23, 2009
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    I chose this unit because it had 5 lines of display and still looked like a very standard
    deck and of course the built in HD tuner. I installed it my self thanks to Crutchfield tech
    support and illustrated instruction sheets I think I got the whole thing installed in about
    2hrs. I have a 07 MAZDASPEED 3 GT with Bose system in it. After putting this deck in My
    mirrors are shaking like they never have before. Needles to say this deck has
    awakened the BOSE in my car. Thank you Kenwood and Thank you Crutchfield.... I
    strongly recommend this deck.

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    5 out of 5

    Awesome KDC-HD942U

    Written By Arnold, Seattle, Wa on Monday, September 21, 2009
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    This is got to be the best hd radio I have ever heard, can't believe the difference in the sound itself and in my area the reception is excellent! Along with the other feature the aux and the usb is a plus, I can play my thumb drive with no problems at all. Purchase in August 2009 and didn't install until
    9/16/09 played everything except the cd so far.
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    4 out of 5

    Great HU!

    Written By Hector, Wheaton, IL on Saturday, September 12, 2009
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    Pros: This is a great head unit for the price! It's has plenty of features to make you enjoy all sorts of genres of music. I love the fact that it has a USB capability and an AUX one as well. The overview touts the USB as almost an iPod exclusive connection but in reality it can perfectly control a flash drive chock full of MP3 music. I don't own an iPod but I found it so convenient to connect my flash drive to this head unit and being able to enjoy hours of digital music on end. This unit also has a special digital circuitry integrated that expands the digital music to incredible levels! I too love the fact that this is one of the few units out there that has the HD radio integrated--it sounds awesome! Just don't forget to connect the blue cable from the antenna adapter to the blue (Power Ant.) off the head unit; otherwise you'll get a very poor reception.
    This unit also pumps a really solid 22 watts RMS x 4 channels, which avoids the use of an external amplifier--at least in my opion. The sound level that comes out of this baby is plenty for my ears. The three 3V pre-amps are also a plus if you'd like to add a series of amps to your system. I've added a sub amp and it does the job nicely. Finally, the sounds adjustments that this unit allows you to make are very noticeable, unlike some other brands. It really makes a difference on the acoustics depending on the kind of car and speaker system you have.
    Cons: The reason I'm giving this unit four stars is because the remote control that comes with it its pretty useless. It seems that it was almost exclusively designed for BlueTooth cell phones, even though the unit is only BlueTooth ready! If you don't have a BlueTooth capable cell phone attached to this HU unit the remote is almost an extra piece of junk in your vehicle's cabin. The remote doesn't even have a power button for crying out loud! To turn off the unit you have to push the power button (which is a small one on the right hand side of the unit) for about two or three seconds. Other brands allow you to turn off their units by the simple push of a power button on their remotes-- I know this sounds somewhat pitiful but after a few times turning on and off the unit, it gets old. In addition, the many feautures that this unit comes with are cumbersome and a bit complicated to adjust. The instruction manual doesn't even explain what each feature does in detail. They just assume you're an acoustics expert and you know what all that jargon means. On the other hand, once you make your fine adjustments it's not likely you'll get readjusted any time soon.
    All in all, because of its quality of sound, price, and many features, this unit is a winner in my book. You won't be disappointed to buy this one.
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    5 out of 5

    Solid. Superb. Sexy!

    Written By Mary, Seattle, WA on Friday, September 11, 2009
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    I got this unit as an exchance for a brand/model with similar features but much lower quality (D UAL XHD7714). This is much higher in quality and performance. The minimalist in me loves the simplicity of the faceplate, and it really lets the shiny sleek looks of the unit really stand out. It looks amazing in my 2000 Grand Cherokee!

    Performance is superb. Sound is crystal clear on standard outputs and the 4v preamp outputs. Sound output shines when paired up with quality aftermarket speakers and amplifier. I have this unit paired with an Alpine PDX-5 amp, S-series fronts/rears, and R-series 10" sub. IT BLOWS ME AWAY! I like the crank my tunes and I barely reach 20 (1/3 volume) before I feel like I'm about to crush my skull!

    The unit controls are quite complex, so you'll have to keep your manual in the glovebox. However, the complexity provides a wealth of options to make your stereo work and sound just like you want it to! Digital Time Alignment, Speaker Size / Location and Cabin Selection features will let you fine tune the sound stage perfect to your tastes and setup.

    There are a few cons, like no built-in bluetooth and faceplace colors are not selectable. These were not deal breakers to me as the included features and performance more than make up for these small downsides.

    If you want great looks and awesome performance in a head unit, and you don't mind tinkering to get your sound stage just right, then this is the unit for you!
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    4 out of 5

    My first Kenwood head unit and it's a winner!

    Written By Justin, New Orleans, LA on Wednesday, August 26, 2009
     
    I'll preface my review by saying that I am a diehard Pioneer fan when it comes
    to head units. I think that their tried-and-true EQ and other sound shaping
    features are hard to beat when it comes to simplicity and function. However,
    the HD942U isn't too shabby. However, some of the HD924U's features do
    seem a bit questionable. I don't see much difference with the "cab selection" or
    the "speaker tailoring" functions, for instance. Not to say that they don't do
    anything, it just seems a bit fruitless. You have to face the fact that a vehicle is
    NOT an ideal environment for soundstaging no matter HOW hard you try. But
    this head unit is definitely worth the money. The sound is great, and the EQ is
    equally as effective as Pioneers 3-band EQ is. I was curious to try out the 24-
    bit DAC sound-processing, but again, it's really hard to tell the difference --
    especially if you aren't using serious components and amplifiers. Since I am not
    using any $1,000+ speakers or amps, I don't feel that I am qualified to properly
    comment on the SQ, but suffice it to say that I don't think anyone would be
    disappointed. If I could go back and purchase a new head unit again, I'm not
    sure that I'd stick with this particular model since New Orleans doesn't have
    many HD radio stations. I would probably go with Alpine next time just so that
    I can experience everything out there, but that is NOT a knock against the
    HD924U. This is a fine piece of electronic marvel.
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    5 out of 5

    Excellant features at a good price

    Written By Adam, Pasadena, MD on Friday, August 14, 2009
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    The sound quality from this unit is amazing even with factory stereos. The HD radio reception can be a little more spotty than regular radio when it rains. I've had various other head units that controll the ipod and the ipod controlls on this unit are the best that I have used. Overall superior sound at a fair price
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    4 out of 5

    2004 Mustang GT w/ Shaker 460

    Written By Brian, Trenton, NJ on Sunday, August 02, 2009
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    Very easy install thanks to this product. Was worried that the subs wouldn't work, but the RCAs made it simple to plug the RCA inputs from the wiring harness. Surprised at how horrible the stock head unit was. Didn't provide anywhere near the power of the kenwood. If you are considering swapping the head unit out, I would HIGHLY recommend doing so! Ipod controls are very simple, but I have a problem with "IPod Error" if I plug the ipod in while the head unit is on. I have to turn it off and back on for it to recognize.
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    4 out of 5

    4.5 out of 5!

    Written By Jay, Greenville, MI on Wednesday, July 15, 2009
     
    I am 18 years old with a 2002 ford explorer. This receiver is the best one i have owned. I am very picky when it comes down to electronics and Kenwood hit the nail right on the head with this one. Everything works flawlessly, but the knobs do feel a bit cheap. Now my stock subwoofer now bumps harder than most of my friends aftermarket subs. The reason for the 4.5 rating was the cheap feeling of the buttons and knobs, but otherwise it is an amazing product.
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    5 out of 5

    Awesome HU

    Written By sdlvx, Chicago, IL on Sunday, June 28, 2009
     
    This HU has the best support for files and folders than any other HU I could find on this site. 255 folders, with 255 subfolders and 65,535 music files. I bought a 320GB external HD, that only needs USB power, and the HU didn't have enough power to run it. I bought one of those USB power booster cables and hooked it up to a USB to cigarette lighter power charger, and the HD works. Browsing through files is great, but it seems to have two problems, if you have a folder with no MP3s, and then in that folder you have more folders with MP3s, the folder will show up empty. Also, I think there's a problem with long foldernames.

    But, the sound quality is better than my old Alpine CDA 9827, the DSP effects are great, and the HU is amazing. My only other complaint is that it's hard to press the right button/knob and make it do what you want when you're driving, but scrolling through music when you're not at a stop light is a wish for an accident.

    Other than that, this HU is freaking awesome and you don't really have to look anywhere else. SQ, iPod support, DSP, USB support, are all amazing. Not to mention it looks way better in real life. The pictures on the site were disappointing, but I bought this because I liked the feature set. Turns out this player looks great in RL.

    Having 320GB of music in your car is the most amazing thing ever. I have it filled up with 60GB of music, and it takes about 5 seconds for the HU to read all those files on boot.
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    4 out of 5

    Very Good Radio

    Written By c.j., West Paterson, N.J. on Sunday, June 28, 2009
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    HD Radio- The sound is clear on both AM and FM and the mult-channel stations are a plus but they tend to cut out from time to time. The base stations always seem to stay strong however. Not as good as satellite yet but good for a free service.

    CD player- Sounds good and it played all my factory made CD's but it didn't play all the songs I burned to CD. My old Panasonic did so I'm not sure what's going on.

    USB port- A very welcomed feature for me that was also something I wanted. It loaded a 2 Gig flash drive (380 songs) in about 7 seconds and sounded great. At first I wanted a front port but the wire extened from the back worked out well. I can hide the drive without disconnecting it since I have a double din opening in which the wire is coming out of. The wire is long enough that some may want to extend to the glove box.

    Sound- A little less strong db wise compared to the Panasonic but the tweekablity more then makes up for it. Once you make all the adjestments everything sounds great but be aware that the learning curve is fairly steep.

    Screen- Not a weekness but it's way less interesing then my old unit. Informative but kinda looks like the old video games I played in the 80's. Plus, it's not as big. Still, the info can be seen fairly clearly. I guess Kenwood wanted to get as much info on the screen as possible.

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    4 out of 5

    Great radio, but...

    Written By Morkunas, Mentor, OH on Saturday, June 27, 2009
     
    This is the 2nd radio I have purchased from Crutchfield & again their installation kit, diagrams, tech support where excellent, 5 stars. The radio on the other hand was a bit of a challenge. The 942U has all the features I need & was very happy that a single unit carried them. Once installed & operating, connection of an iPod was simple & easy to use. The same with a USB flash drive, CDs, a CD-RW that had a mix of MP3, WMA, & ACC files. In setup this is where Kenwood over-engineered the radio. The configurations are endless & programming is not self-intuitive. For the HD radio, the frequency has to be entered first using the remote. Once the analog station is tuned, then you can switch to the main HD or available subchannel. Another feature lacking that can be annoying is during CD & iPod playback, there is no search feature, you can only advance or move back to the next track. However you can set to control you iPod from the click-wheel to restore this function. Finally, the manual is difficult at best. Steps are missing on how to tune the radio manually. It is also apparent that the English manual is a bad translation. For example in the Activating Security Code section, "Make note of the Security Code and treasure it up." Be prepared to spend a few hours learning how to operate the radio before you drive. I give the radio 4 stars due to the quirk mentioned. Otherwise, I am happy with my purchase; it does what I want it to do, play my iPod through my car speakers.
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    5 out of 5

    WOW this one is a winner

    Written By nisalada, Hollywood, MD on Tuesday, June 16, 2009
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    I went through 2 JVC Arsenal KD-AHD59's before upgrading to this
    Kenwood. The JVCs could not pick up a single HD signal in my area while
    this Kenwood was able to pick up about 20 HD channels. Very nice. The
    ipod interface is more user friendly as well, and the screen displays all the
    data you need without having to move through displays. While others
    complain about the user controls on this device, I have had no issues to
    speak of, It works as it should. Thanks Crutchfield.
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-HD942U

    Written By safwan, baltimore,md on Friday, June 12, 2009
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    excellent everything from very quick shipping to the product itself....crutchfield was in detail about the headunit and its better than they advertised...great customer service i will order more products from them i recommend this product to anyone needing a head unit with ipod hookup the sound is so clear it was easy to install i have nothing bad to say about it
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-HD942U

    Written By Cory, St Paul, MN on Thursday, June 11, 2009
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    After quite a bit of research, I decided on this head unit for my 07 Malibu LTZ. Unit has a lot of options, and is user friendly. You don't have to be super technologically inclined to use this. Great iPOD controls, HD radio is awesome and the customization is sweet. Great product from Kenwood, even better service from Crutchfield!
    1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Great Radio

    Written By Kevin, New Orleans, LA on Monday, June 01, 2009
     
    This radio is amazing. You can make the sound fit your car perfectly with the adjustable speaker sizes, the adjustable distance away from the center, and the cabin size feature. Also, the EQ's and crossovers allow you to get the exact sound you want. Next, the display is really cool and practical. It can bump to the beat and tell you tons of good info especially on HD channels. HD is great on this radio. I own the JVC HD radio before this one and the Kenwood blows the JVC away. Its crisper and gives more info. It is truly the best HD radio for the buck. The only CON is that there are no numbers for presets. It is slightly difficult to store and recall them. However, recall is simple with the remote.
    6 out of 6 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Great stereo for the money

    Written By Anonymous, NC on Tuesday, May 26, 2009
     
    I only have 2 complaints about this unit. The display is a bit hard for me to see, mainly due to the stereo being located low in the dashboard. The unit also has some trouble pushing my Infinity 6020CS components, in fact the deck actually shuts down if I crank it up. This is due, I'm quite sure, to the 2 ohm load of the Infinity speakers. With 3 sets of preouts adding an amp will be easy and cure that problem.

    Everything works on this unit as it should, I really love plugging in a flash drive full of music and jamming to it. The HD radio receives both standard and HD stations clearly. Sound quality of your MP3 files will depend on the bitrate of course. I have some lower bitrate files that lack proper bass.

    The faceplate of this unit detaches easily, so far better than any other unit I have owned. The included pouch is thin cloth, so plan to get a padded or hard case if a layer of cloth is not rugged enough for your needs.

    Operation of this unit was a bit intimidating at first, so be sure to spend some time getting it set to your liking and learning the operations of it while you are parked because it is a bit complex and you don't want to fumble with it while driving.

    Sound quality on this unit is excellent overall, and with stock or 4 ohm speakers the power is adequate. If you are running components you'll probably need an amp to be fully satisfied.
    6 out of 7 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Versitility

    Written By Frankest, Manassas Va on Monday, May 18, 2009
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    This unit is verry versital. With options like bluetooth and satilite, and Disk changer. The reason I am giving it only four stars is that the HD built in radio goes in and out. The music sometimes stops appruptly without warning. This only happens on the HD channels. Otherwise its pretty awsome.
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Its a awesome machine

    Written By marion, macon, georgia on Thursday, May 14, 2009
     
    The radio is great it plays through several gadets and they all sounds so good, i love it thanks crutchfeild.
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    3 out of 5

    not as good as everyone claims

    Written By lance, somerville,ma on Friday, May 08, 2009
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    maybe it's just me but i can't get sound from the cd source. it comes out the subs but not the door speakers. hd radio works fine but yet still doesn't sound any where near as good as my infinity factory stereo. hd channels cut out often.

    i'll double check with tech support,but i don't think i'll keep it.
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    4 out of 5

    Fantastic replacement for OEM

    Written By Jay, Delaware on Tuesday, May 05, 2009
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    I replaced the JBL head unit in the 2000 Toyota Solara. WOW!

    Music sounds really good. I used an adapter from a 3rd party to keep the amp online and it is fantastic!

    Quite a learning curve for getting it tweaked up the way I want to hear music...
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    3 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-HD942U

    Written By Steve, Austin, TX on Saturday, May 02, 2009
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    Very cumbersome user interface. Too many functions on one knob (rocker, push to click, rotate). Can be difficult to push without rocking. Superfluous "splash" screens that slow switching between modes. Small buttons next to right know hard to use by feel.

    My first experience with HD radio so this may not be unique to this Kenwood... horribly slow delay (5-6 seconds) between changing of HD radio stations; even presets. Very frustrating to seek stations.

    Audio quality much better than OEM unit on same speakers.
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    5 out of 5

    Nice.

    Written By EasyGuy, LA, CA on Thursday, April 16, 2009
     
    I usually wait for a product to come out for awhile to read other people's comments about it. But this player just caught my eyes and i could not resist. Its very new so there are barely any reviews on it. It sounds great and it has a lot of functions. I especially love the HD radio, its like i have FM version 2. I like the remote, it has a lot of buttons and it fits in your hand nicely.

    There is one problem though, it doesn't seem to have enough power to power my Portable external hard drives. These are the 2.5" drive and my other players powered it nicely. Can it be my head unit? or its design like this? It can power a flash drive, but not an portable HDD. Dont see a reason why they cant add a few more wattage to be able to run an external. I'll exchange my unit to see if the next one works.
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    4 out of 5

    Quite the learning curve, but great otherwise!

    Written By Michael, Long Island, NY on Sunday, April 12, 2009
     
    You will definitely need to hold onto the instruction manual, but otherwise, WOW!

    For the price, free wiring harness, free single-din mounting conversion, and incredible feature content, you really can't go wrong!

    Once you personalize the insane amount of user settings, you find the setup to be quite intuitive. Almost everything can be performed on one multi-function knob. Try not to mess with much while driving though, because it can be overly user-intensive.

    The sound quality, after the numerous tweeks and adjustments, is the best I've heard from deck power! The mids are slightly wanting, but that is to be expected running 6.5" components and co-axials. A 12" sub is being installed soon, eliminating this issue.

    For those on a budget (like myself), and want to get the most out of deck sound, amplification, and user adjustments, without external amplification, you cannot go wrong with this deck!

    The 4 out of 5 rating is a little deceiving. If 4.5 out of 5 was an option, I would have chosen it. The only real down fall is the initial learning curve.
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    4 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-HD942U

    Written By Chic, Albuquerque, NM on Friday, April 10, 2009
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    I replaced the Mach 460 factory unit in my 99 Mustang convertible with the Kenwood HD942U. I replaced the factory speakers with Infinity Reference 6822cf and Infinity Reference 6022si and added the Kenwood KAC-8404. What a difference. The HD sounds excellent and requires no additional work to tune. The audio is great once you figure out how to setup the radio (don't thow away the instructions).

    Of course the Crutchfield extras were spot-on which made the install easy. Fast shipping and great price, enough said.

    Unfortunately, most of my favorite stations in Albuquerque are not available in HD. Eventually I hope more stations convert to HD. The only complaint I have is the display. Like Chris in Houston stated the display is not as clear/crispy as the picture, addtionally it is a bit difficult to read in bright ambient light. Otherwise, I am very happy that Kenwood entered the built-in HD market. Great radio.
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    4 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-HD942U

    Written By Gary, Meriden,Ct on Friday, April 10, 2009
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    It' still to new to me. It is in my 2003 F-150 Super Crew. The HD radio sounds great but there are a couple of stations that disappear or cut out and come back on which can be annoying while driving. It has a lot of options and settings and still working on fine tuning it. Sounds great. Running it with (4) Infinity Kappa 682.7 cf speakers along with a 600 watt amp. and also a "Bass-Link" sub woofer. I like the option of the USB it allows you to play your choice of songs. I think anyone who buys it will not be disappointed.
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-HD942U

    Written By Andy, pennsylvania on Saturday, April 04, 2009
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    great product .,the instructions were easy and helpful.
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    4 out of 5

    Not returning this one

    Written By Chris, Houston, TX on Friday, April 03, 2009
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    Get it :)
    -Replaced Kenwood X659 (2002?) and used the same wire harness (minus the phone mute wire)
    -works flawlessly with Kenwood's Music Keg x910 (bought in 2004) even though Kenwood said that the 2007+ models would not work with the Keg
    -Many DSP choices to help make the most of your car's layout
    -Powers MB Quart DKH168 (rated 50-120 Watts) with no problem
    -built in HD Radio works great
    -I use the Aux plug for my BB Storm streaming Slacker Radio
    -the setup was no problem for me, I enjoy this sort of stuff
    -the instructions from Crutchfield are awesome, very detailed with pics

    -the Keg shows Ext HDD as the source, but there is no reference to Ext HDD in the manual whatsoever (at least the pdf version)
    -adjusting the bass, mid, and treble is more than a few button clicks, but once you get it set up, won't need to mess with it much
    -the Display does not look like the picture. . .the background is not that black, the whole screen shows a backlit hue and adjusting the contrast level does not help much. . . you can have it do black on white which is what I use, but the whites aren't really white and the blacks aren't really blacks like the picture tries to show
    -I don't think there is any organization when using the USB Stick, it plays folders, so if you want multiple folders to have the same song, you will actually need multiple copies (no playlists?)
    -I don't know about the Apple iPod/iPhone yet
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    5 out of 5

    Great deck, great price.

    Written By Parag, NJ on Friday, April 03, 2009
     
    I have run quite a few different head units in the past, and this one has a great combination of features that you don't find on many other units. The sound quality is very good even when all the additional features that kenwood provides are turned off. They give a good solid baseline. The system I have consists of this deck which I am actually replacing with a KDC-X993 only because of the fact that I want bluetooth, and don't really needt the HD tuner, an MTX 4300X bridged and running my speaker system, and a TX1505D running a 12" Rockford Fosgate Punch HX2. The system sounds great and this head unit has really brought out the sound in my mids (md140's) and my tweeters (md100's) I am very very pleased with this HU.
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    5 out of 5

    Amazing sound and features!!

    Written By John, Virginia Beach, VA on Thursday, April 02, 2009
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    I upgraded the reciever in my 99 Passat Wagon from an entry level Pioneer
    to the HD942U and was instantly amazed at the quality of sound and
    clarity. The HD stations come through in amazing quality (as do the non-HD
    stations). The iPod controls are flawless and speedy and the sound is
    great. The controls will take some getting use to and setting up the unit
    took quite some time (and a lot of reading in the manual > don't throw it
    away!!) but once you figure out the setup and get up and running, it's a
    breeze to navigate. The coolest feature of the unit is the favorites setting
    from the control wheel. It can be setup to go directly to your favorite
    station or to a specific folder on the iPod. All in all... very nice unit.
    3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Sean B.

    Written By sean, Worcester Ma. on Sunday, March 29, 2009
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    I replaced my factory speakers in my 2005 chevrolet silverado with Alpine S
    series speakers but the factory stereo did not put out enough power. I
    bought this stereo from Crutchfield and it made a huge difference the
    system sounds great, the installation was easy with the instructions that
    Cruthchfield supplied.The HD channels are great there are so many more
    choices for music now.I love the ability to control my I pod through the
    stereo.
    15 out of 15 people found this helpful
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