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Kenwood KDC-132

CD player (New Stock)

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Item #: 113KDC132
 

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Our take on the Kenwood KDC-132

by Tim Sprinkle
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.

Want to upgrade your factory stereo without breaking the bank? Then take a long look at the KDC-132 CD player from Kenwood. It brings an array of useful features and classic Kenwood performance to your dash — all for less than $100.

You get a powerful, onboard amplifier to fill your speakers with clean, clear sound, plus a set of preamp outputs for connecting an external amp or powered sub. System Q gives you treble, bass, and midrange controls along with 6 preset tone curves to customize audio performance. The KDC-132's detachable faceplate helps protect your investment.

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Highlights:

  • CD player with built-in amplifier (22 watts RMS/45 peak x 4 channels)
  • System Q Sound Control (6 EQ curves)
  • bass, treble, and midrange controls
  • one set of preamp outputs
  • detachable face
  • 18 FM/6 AM presets
  • clock
  • CD frequency response: 10-20,000 Hz
  • CD signal-to-noise ratio: 93 dB
  • FM sensitivity: 9.3 dBf
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
General
CEA-2006 Compliant No
RMS Power Output 22 watts
Peak Output 45 watts
RMS Power Bandwidth 30-20kHz
Preamp Outputs 2-channel
Sub Preamp Outputs No
Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
Video Screen No
Preamp Voltage 2 volts
Display Color White
Key Button Color Red
EQ Bands 3
Wireless Remote No
Steering Wheel Control Compatible ---
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
Expandability
AUX Input No
USB Input No
Memory Card Slot No
Bluetooth Compatible No
Satellite Radio Ready No
HD Radio No
Navigation ---
iPod Compatibility
Full size ---
Nano ---
Touch ---
Mini ---
iPhone ---
Tuner
FM Sensitivity 9.3 dBf
European Tuning Yes
Seek/Scan Seek
Radio Data System No
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What's in the box?

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  • AM/FM/CD receiver with 10-amp fuse inserted into the chassis
  • Sleeve
  • Face
  • Trim ring
  • Wiring harness
  • 2 Removal tools
  • 4 Panhead ISO-mount screws
  • 4 Countersunk ISO-mount screws
  • 1 Face fixing screw
  • Instruction Manual (English/Spanish)
  • Instruction Manual (French)
  • Warranty Card
  • Kenwood Car Audio Passport

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Features

System Q Sound Control: The following six EQ curves are preset into memory, allowing you to recall the best preset EQ curve for different types of music: Rock, Pops, Easy, Top 40, Jazz, and Flat.  Each preset has its own level settings for bass (100Hz), midrange (1kHz), and treble (10kHz).

Speaker Settings: The Speaker Setting function tailors the System Q Sound Control settings according to the type of speakers in your vehicle. You may select a Speaker Setting of "SP-F" (flat), "SP-O" (for OEM factory speaker systems), "SP-6" (for systems with 6" and 6"x9" speakers), or "SP-5" (for systems with 4" and 5" speakers).

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.

CR-2 Advanced Tuner: This unit uses Kenwood's CR-2 Advanced tuner for clear radio reception. You can choose one of three tuning modes: Auto 1 (seek tuning), Auto 2 (cycles through and tunes the selected band's preset stations only with each button press), or Manual.

Clean Reception System Circuit (CRSC): This circuit controls multi-path distortion by reducing stereo separation. As stereo separation is reduced, multi-path has less effect on the radio signal, improving reception in areas with tall buildings and mountains. The CRSC circuit can be turned on or off.

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.

Display Illumination/Clock Display: When the unit is in Standby mode, the face/button illumination is "keyed." 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.

 
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5 out of 5

A great stereo for the price!

Written By Adam, Detroit, MI on Saturday, December 02, 2006
 
I bought this stereo to replace a 1996 Alpine that would not play cd-rs and locked up on me after 10 minutes. Weary of carrying around a paper clip to reset the thing, and having had a Kenwood system in my old car, I bought this one for $69.99 as a refurb, and it came looking brand spanking new, everything working perfectly.

I was happy to see all of the eq adjustmets located within the rotary knob, and also glad to see the nice 5 way toggle button on the right, instead of flat push buttons. The eq adjusts for lows mids and highs on a 0-8 scale so you have a wider range of control over your sound.

Ive installed stereos before, so it took about 30 minutes to do. The faceplate glows red at night, and is not intrusive at all. I would recommend this stereo for those who want a very noticeable step up from their stock stereo, and are looking for simple but effective features.
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4 out of 5

Great price-good performance

Written By David, Wisconsin on Sunday, May 21, 2006
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Installation was a snap, but I've installed quite a few in the past 25 years. Anybody should be able to follow the easy instructions that are included. The sound quality of the Kenwood compared to original Delco unit is like the difference between night and day. The features of this unit are fantastic when you consider the price--multi preset EQ's, user EQ, and speaker size selection are a few of them. Very good radio reception (FM&AM), too. If you're looking for a very good, inexpensive unit, the Kenwood KDC-132 fits the bill.
12 out of 12 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

Kenwood KDC-132

Written By Tom, Brookfield, WI on Sunday, May 07, 2006
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I bought this cd reciever for my younger brother as a birthday present. I own a couple of Kenwood cd recievers and love them. The most recent one I bought that works really well is the KDC-X789. So, I would have to say that the KDC-132 works decent for being an entry level reciever.
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3 out of 5

Step above Stock

Written By BigFino, Kansas on Sunday, April 16, 2006
 
I bought this thinking it was going to be great cuz back in the day Kenwood ruled. I was wrong. Sure it works and all, theres some nice features on it etc...but my biggest problem is the noise it makes. It makes a rumbling sound in my subs while I switch songs or while its just sitting there running. My first instict told me INTERCONNECTS. I was wrong, I bought some Streetwires' Zero Noise RCAs and there was STILL noise. Thinking maybe I did something wrong I took it out and hooked it up in my buddie's car. STILL MADE THE NOISE. Not to mention it is now starting to crap out on me. Sometimes the CD dont eject. If you live where there is tremendously crappy weather I dont recomment this. It gets so hot it will melt the CD inside the head unit. Save your money and buy an Alpine or Pioneer.
6 out of 14 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

OEM Replacement

Written By Kenneth, Detroit, MI on Monday, April 03, 2006
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I bought this to replace the 6-disc indash changer in my '02 Focus.

With the kit and instructions provided by Crutchfield installation was straight forward. It only took about an hour.

The KDC-132 sounds and looks great. If I were to quibble it would be that the controls are a bit small.

And Cruthfield continues to be the best. I placed my order Tuesday, and received it Thursday. Only 2 days!
5 out of 7 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Upgraded to this CD Player

Written By daBurnz, Havelock, NC on Wednesday, January 25, 2006
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I replaced my last CD player that was damaged during a accident. The installation was easy, only because I had already installed an aftermarket CD player. I also found that Kenwood had its own universal connector that did not fit my existing wiring harnesses. I recommend reading the manual if you plan to install it yourself.

Overall it was a whole lot better than my Audiovox Rampage 165W CD player. The knobs and the D pad on ther right, are a whole lot better than the buttons that kept getting stuck on my last CD player. This CD player despite the advertising, has 6 Equalizer settings + 1 customizable setting. With 22W RMS, WOW I have never seen my door speakers voice coils shoot out like that! Also it has very clear crisp sound and Bass sounds smooth.

Downsides:
-Wiring could be a challenge if you have little or no experince with electronics.

-It only takes one bad speaker connection to not get ANY sound out of this CD player. Bass will also distort due to the same problem.
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