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For the finest in car audio at a price you'll appreciate, look to Kenwood. The KDC-115S CD receiver is an amazing bargain for under $130.00 — you'll get Kenwood's Integrated Quad 1-bit D/A converter for pristine CD sound; and 22 watts of built-in 4-way power will really let it rock! A set of preamp outputs is even included for adding an external amplifier for even more power.

You'll see your system settings clearly on the negative green display. Kenwood's CR-2 Advanced Reception Tuner pulls in distant stations like a champ. Be sure to check out the new EC4 equalizer — it lets you choose from 5 preset EQ curves (Rock, Top 40, Jazz, Easy, and Flat), so you can select one to fit the music that's playing. Press the handy attenuator button to mute the sound when you want to have a conversation.

  • fixed face
  • negative green display
  • CR-2 Advanced Reception Tuner
  • 24 presets
  • seek tuning
  • travel presets
  • source tone memory lets you store independent tone settings for CD and radio
  • EC4 equalizer with 5 preset EQ curves
  • one set of preamp outputs
  • attenuator
  • clock
  • 22 watts RMS/45 peak x 4 channels
  • CD frequency response 10-20,000 Hz
  • CD signal-to-noise ratio 96 dB
  • FM sensitivity 9.3 dBf
  • 1-year warranty

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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What's in the box?

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  • AM/FM/CD receiver w/ trim ring and 10-amp fuse in chassis
  • Sleeve
  • Wiring harness
  • 2 radio removal tools
  • 8 ISO-mount screws (4-panhead/4-countersunk)
  • 1 Backstrap
  • 1 Backstrap screw with 1 flat washer and 1 lock washer
  • Manual (English/French/Spanish/Portuguese)
  • Warranty card
  • Kenwood customer support sheet (includes 800 number for Kenwood's product support line).

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Display/Button Illumination:  The display illumination is green, and all buttons are backlit with green illumination.

ec4/dB (Sound Coordinate) Preset EQ Curves: 5 EQ curves are preset into memory, allowing you to recall the best preset EQ curve for different types of music. The preset curves are named "Flat", "Rock", "Top 40", "Jazz" and "Easy". Each preset has it's own bass center frequency, bass level, bass quality factor, bass extension, treble center frequency and treble level settings.  The only settings that you can verify and change for each ec4/dB preset are the bass and treble level settings.

Source Tone Memory: You can store bass and treble settings for each source (CD/FM/AM).

Tuner: This receiver includes Kenwood's CR2 advanced clear reception tuner.

CRSC (clean reception system control): Eliminates multi-path distortion. It can be turned off for better reception when a  multi-path situation is not present.

Standard and European Tuning Spacing: You may select U.S. standard or European tuning spacing. To switch to/from European tuning spacing:

  1. Turn the unit off.
  2. Hold down preset buttons 1 and 5.
  3. Press the SRC button (while holding down preset buttons 1 and 5).
  4. After the SRC button is pressed, the unit will turn on and you can release the SRC, preset 1 and preset 5 buttons.

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.

Unit Off CD Eject: A CD can be ejected even when the unit is turned off (assuming the unit's constant power wire is connected and receiving power).

CD Compatibility: This unit will play prerecorded CDs and CD-Rs, but it will not play CD-RW discs.

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