The KDC-135 CD receiver from Kenwood is ready for today's music-on-the-go mindset. A handy auxiliary input on the faceplate lets you plug in your portable audio player, so you can listen to your favorite songs while in the car. The stereo's built-in amplifier offers plenty of power, and you can shape the sound with Kenwood's System Q sound controls — a 3-band equalizer and six preset tone curves.

A set of preamp outputs lets you connect an external amp or powered subwoofer. Switch the outputs to subwoofer mode, and control your powered sub with an adjustable low-pass filter and level control. The KDC-135's detachable faceplate helps protect your investment.

Product 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
    • detachable face
    Audio features:
    • System Q Sound Control (6 EQ curves and a 3-band equalizer)
    • low-pass filter and sub level control
    • front-panel auxiliary input
    • one set of preamp outputs (can be switched to subwoofer mode)
    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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    love it

    Written By Jeremy, queen creek,AZ on Tuesday, July 29, 2008

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    This product has made me extremely happy i've hooked it up to a couple
    system's and it sounds great and i love all the options it has especially for
    the value of it it was definately worth the money

    Kenwood KDC-135

    Written By Zack, Knoxville, TN on Monday, February 18, 2008

    This cd player is definitely worth the money, especially with its ipod connectivity. It was fairly easy to install, sounds good, and looks pretty cool in the dash. The instructions were easy to follow, and It took a buddy and I about an hour and a half to complete, including putting in two new speakers in the rear deck. I put it in my Ford Escort ZX2, which ment I had to install an adapter plate and switch the ac controls over to the adapter, which took the most time.

    Kenwood KDC-135

    Written By Gregor, Cleveland, OH on Saturday, February 16, 2008

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    Excellent for the price. Well done instructions and it went in easy. The bass needs some work but it's a minor issue when the budget calls for a complete stereo for under $100.00! The volume control as others have stated does sometimes reset the equalizer.

    Nice unit

    Written By LeeP, Trona, CA on Friday, February 15, 2008

    Decent unit. Kit has everything. Good tech instructions. Solid prduct. User interface [how you use it] is probably common, but not necessarily intuitive - what is user friendly is what you already know how to use. Clean sound, great reception, good noise control. Price was fine as frog hair. I'm real satisfied with it.

    Kenwood KDC-135

    Written By Brett, Dallas, TX. on Thursday, February 14, 2008

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    Volume knob is too small! If you accidently push it in when trying to adjust the volume it takes you into the settings mode, then you have to take your eyes off of the road to see what you are actually affecting and return the radio to what you are seeking.

    Kenwood KDC-135

    Written By richard, san diego,ca on Monday, February 11, 2008

    great package deal for the price. the HU isn't the best in the world, but it is pretty good. i have stuck with kenwood with 1993 and have never been let down. i also have thier hi end in in dash dvd in my other car... the sound is very clear ,but i guess my only gripe is with the buttons. they are a tad small, but nothing to cry home about. it gets annoying if you hit the volume knob to turn the radio up or down but you mess up your EQ setting. the aux input is great and works awesome. like any aux input you need to adjust the volume on your player. the speakers are def better than the 1991 blown acura ones they replaced LOL no mega bass, but you're not gonna get that without components... i def reccomend this as a great,cheap replacement radio. all the extra's where great to. the wire harness,instructions and mounting stuff. great value

    Kenwood KDC-135

    Written By Richard, Ojo Feliz, NM on Saturday, February 09, 2008

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    Crutchfield made it so easy to install my new system. This Kenwood stereo is great. It exceeded my expectations in every way. You can't get a better stereo at this price.


    Written By Erik, Idaho on Friday, February 08, 2008

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    Good value for replacement stereo. Knobs too small. Clock difficult to set - had to call customer service who gave me a different procedure for setting than in the manual, which worked.

    Nice for the price

    Written By Chris, Rockville, Maryland on Monday, January 28, 2008

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    As many of the reviews have noted, my only hangup with the unit is the buttons are not easy to navigate. The first week I had to keep the manual available to figure out how to use many of the functions.

    However, the price was perfect, and the unit came with free speakers as part of a promotion via Kenwood, so that was a nice perk.

    I bought the unit because I wanted to have a way to play my Ipod, as the FM transmitters don't work well in Washington, DC, I find it hard to get a channel without some kind of interference. That said, the auxiliary jack works fine, but I notice I have to adjust it quite a bit as it's quieter than the CD or FM functions.

    I also found that having the capability for subwoofers is going to come in handy, as I'm finding with only 4 and 6 inch speakers it doesn't really get loud. But, having the capability should solve that issue.

    Overall, a nice unit for the money!


    Great Stereo, Minus detailed installation instructions

    Written By Alistair, Woodstock, IL on Monday, January 28, 2008

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    Great Stereo, and Speakers! However, the car I installed them into required the stock stereo to remain behind the new stereo for the wireless entry to continue working. When I ordered this item I was under the impression a crutchfield detailed installation sheet that was specific to my car was to be included... To my dismay it was not. And.. it was difficult trying to fit 2 pounds (stereo's) in to a 1 pound bag. In the future, I will only purchase from crutchfield if the price is good, after my last purchase, it's the only reason to. Thanks for a great stereo though!

    Kenwood KDC-135

    Written By Dan, Ava, MO on Sunday, January 27, 2008

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    The kdc-135 sounds great and was easy to install and the speakers were included. It is a little complicated to adjust while driving but I probably shouldn't be doing that anyway.

    Kenwood KDC-135

    Written By Brad, Rock Hill, SC on Sunday, January 27, 2008

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    Good receiver for the price. Easy to install and so far, works like a champ.

    Kenwood KDC-135

    Written By Ryan, Downingtown, PA on Saturday, January 26, 2008

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    Good sound, good price. My only complaint is that the volume knob is too short so it sometimes gets pushed when I am trying to turn up the volume. I wish the clock font was larger. I like the input for my ipod.

    Kenwood KDC-135

    Written By Deborah, Towson, MD on Friday, January 25, 2008

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    Everything was included and all in one price package to get the car radio installed and working on Christmas Day, right out of the carton! We were listening to music and CD's in grand style. Thanks for the great product!

    Great unit

    Written By Jerry, Tracy, CA on Friday, October 05, 2007

    I bought this unit to replace the stock stereo in my Civic. Quite simply, this stereo is an excellent buy for the price. Even with the stock Honda speakers (admittedly not the best), it is a very noticeable upgrade in sound quality and volume. I bought it primarily because of the price and because I can plug my iPod into the front auxiliary input jack. The sound for the iPod is crisp and clear. In fact, this unit sounds better than the system in my older Civic (Pioneer $119 stereo w/aftermarket speakers). The ONLY downside I see is that the control buttons can be annoying to deal with (like the others said, they are very sensitive), but if you have a limited budget this is definitely a good way to go.

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    Written By Gagne, Maine on Saturday, September 22, 2007

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    Erganomics could be alot better. And the owners manual is not explicit enough to help navigate this somewhat complicated deck. And do not even think about adjusting the volume on a bumpy road. But on a different note, it sounds very good.

    Kenwood KDC-135

    Written By mistafista, Torrance CA on Monday, August 27, 2007

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    I wish I had read the reviews for the volume/menu knob for this unit before I purchased it. I'll have to admit, the price and design sold me. Once I installed it, volume control is IMPOSSIBLE! Extremely frustrating to use. I'm kinda hoping that someone steals it so I have an excuse to get another radio...

    Kenwood KDC-135

    Written By c~blaze, rock island tn on Tuesday, August 21, 2007

    i made a mistake buying this cd player like everybody says the volume button is to sensitive u change everythang if you not to careful.and uc ant even get a remote for this thang.its got a lpf but no hpf thats bout to put my pioneer deh 1900mp back in i will miss the sub control but i can just use the bass control to turn it down.and the button to turn on the bass boost it sticks sometimes which is very annoying

    really good product

    Written By T.J., Lovington, NM on Tuesday, August 14, 2007

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    For $80 bucks, it's hard to beat. Easy installation, easy to understand instructions, easy to operate, great sound, low (if any) distortion, great features and great looking. The only drawback, like everyone else said, is the sensative vol/menu knob. Other than that, if you're looking for an inexpensive reciever that delivers great quality, it's a good choice.

    super unit for the price

    Written By quirk, grosse pointe, mi on Monday, April 30, 2007

    I would definitely recommend this deck to anyone looking for a great value and decent punch from just a head unit. The only tiny drawback is that the volume knob is slightly sensitive as other reviewers have said (too much pressure and your cycling through a menu instead of adjusting the volume). But *great* for hooking up your mp3 player with the aux input (who needs to play mp3 tracks on disc when you have an mp3 player??). sleek design with buttons just the right size. i'm running pioneer 4 ways in front (TS-A1682R) and man do they sound great. The unit will also give quite a noticeable improvement to old factory speakers with 22w RMS. I am just a beginner at installing audio, and my '99 honda civic's design didn't make for the quickest job, but crutchfield's accessories (I'm grateful for the in-dash receiver kit and wiring harness) and directions made the job much less frustrating. I'm very happy with their product and services.

    Outstanding Product

    Written By Rico, Tucson, AZ on Wednesday, April 18, 2007

    If you are looking for an easy to handle stereo you found it.
    The controls are easy to understand and you get more than enough memory options for radio stations. The Aux port is very useful when you switch from satellite radio or your Ipod/MP3 player.
    This radio was easy to setup right out of the box. Plus the price is right.

    A decent head unit

    Written By Shawn, Kentucky on Wednesday, April 18, 2007

    I bought the Kenwood KDC-135 for my Jeep Wrangler because I wanted a cheap unit that wouldnt bother me so much if it got stolen. Ive always loved the Kenwood products Ive used in the past 10 years. Well, this unit is middle of the pack at best.

    My major complaint with this unit is its menu system and controls. In a vehicle, what you DO NOT want is distraction. And this Kenwood unit provides tons of distraction. The menu is one of the hardest to understand Ive ever used. Simple things like setting the clock are a nightmare! The display doesnt have enough characters to explain which menu item you are at clearly. There are numerous controls that must be used to change things in the menu. Its very frustrating!

    But even worse than that is the horrible volume knob/menu knob. One knob controls the menu (push in) and volume (turn). Problem is...its recessed into the unit so far that you can barely get your fingers on it to turn it!! So what happens is, you end up pushing it in instead, which takes you into the menu. And then you must walk all the way through the menu to get back to volume! I used to wish for rotary knobs on Kenwood products...but now I want my buttons back!!

    The toggle stick for controls on the right side of the face place isnt much better. It feels very VERY cheap and easy to snap off and break. And it is NOT very precise in changing items or tuning stations either.

    The head unit itself seems to have decent sound quality, and the price is pretty good. But the horrible menu system and controls make this unit one I wish I had stayed away fro

    Kenwood KDC-135

    Written By Ray, Minnesota on Sunday, April 08, 2007

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    The other reviews are pretty accurate.

    The combined volume/setup menu control is overly sensitive and too small. It is way too easy to end up in the setup menu when trying to adjust the volume, and once in the setup menu you have to page through all the options to exit the menu. Aside from this, though, there is much to recommend this unit.

    I was pleasantly surprised to find out that even with the stock speakers in my car, this unit sounded noticeably better than the stock receiver. This receiver was clearer and cleaner sounding at all volume levels. For such an inexpensive receiver, this is really good sounding.

    Coupled with new speakers and a powered subwoofer, this receiver sounds excellent. The level controls do a good job of matching levels between the radio, CD and auxiliary sources, and the unit allows you to set tone and level controls uniquely for each source. The subwoofer setup works well too, allowing you to set up the subwoofer level independently of the rest of the speakers, and the low pass control, makes it easy to keep the low frequencies away from your small door speakers and focused at the sub.

    Would I buy this again? With more power than competing units and clean clear sound, and the controls to make the most of each signal source and all your speakers, this seems to me to be the best choice in this price range, despite the funky volume/menu control function.

    Great value

    Written By Mike, Hilltop Lakes, TX on Friday, March 02, 2007

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    Overall I am very pleased. My kids love the auxillary input. My wife loves that her cd player works again. And I love the price and ease of installation. The sound quality was great right out of the box, no tweaking needed. The only negative is the volume knob is extremely sensitive. On several occasions I tried to adjust the volume and the slightest bump sent me scrolling through all the audio settings before I could get back to adjust the volume. This is pretty distracting while driving.

    KDC 135

    Written By DJMARIO, STATEN ISLAND, NY on Saturday, February 24, 2007

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    Good value...

    Written By Dennis, Toledo, OH on Saturday, February 10, 2007

    I'm very pleased with this unit. I replaced a factory 6 CD player in my 2001 Xterra. I hated to do it, because my factory unit sounded great. Unfortunately, there was no way to add an auxilary input. I decided to try this radio, and it sounds just as good as my factory unit did. The buttons are too small for my taste, and the interface wasn't as intuitive as I'd like, but I really only use it for the auxilary input, which works great.

    Great Great Value

    Written By seth, Knoxville, TN on Wednesday, February 07, 2007

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    Crutchfield kit made it effortless to install. Great power, has an input for my ipod and for 79 bucks -- what a steal!!!

    Kenwood KDC-135

    Written By Mike, Spring, Tx on Saturday, February 03, 2007

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    Excellent value at 80 bucks. Lots of features including auxillary MP3 input in front. One RCA jack can be used for rear speakers or a dedicated sub out. I put unit in 02 Ranger regular cab paired with 4 Kicker DS68 5x7's. It sounds great and whole system for under 200 bucks. I'll add sub later. Only negative with unit is the knobs are small and it takes a delicate touch to navigate through the various functions.

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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/French)
    • Warranty Card
    • Kenwood Car Audio Passport sheet

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    Overview: The Kenwood KDC-135 AM/FM CD receiver features a detachable face, front auxiliary input, rear 2-volt preamp output and CD-R/CD-RW playback capabilities. The units amplifier is rated at 22 watts x 4 channel RMS and 50 watts x 4 channel peak.

    Detachable Face: The unit features a single front loading CD face that detaches from the chassis 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.

    Note: The unit does not come with a face case. Optional soft carrying cases (sold separately) are available. Part #s 142DFC2C (Gray face case) and 142DFC2N (Blue face case).

    Disc Compatibility: The unit features a single disc player that will playback CD and finalized CD-R/CD-RW audio discs.

    Note: This unit will not playback MP3 or WMA discs. The unit will also not playback 3" discs.

    Display: The KDC-135 uses a black background display with white characters. The unit displays the following information in the following modes.

    • AM/FM Tuner: displays EQ setting, Stereo indicator, Band display, Preset station number (if applicable), Station frequency, Tuning indicator, CRSC indicator, CD loaded indicator and clock (when selected)
    • CD: displays EQ setting, CD loaded indicator, Track number and track elapsed time or clock (when selected)
    • AUX: displays EQ setting, "AUX" indicator, CD loaded indicator and clock (when selected)
    • Standby: displays CD loaded indicator, "STBY" indicator, and clock (when selected)

    Display Illumination/Clock Display: When the unit is in Standby mode, the face and 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.

    Rotary Volume Control: The CD receiver uses a rotary volume control that increases and decreases the volume of the stereo from 0 to 35. The rotary knob also controls other audio settings such as Bass, Treble and preset EQ settings.

    Attenuator: The unit features an Attenuator button that turns the volume down very quickly in your car stereo's system.

    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 (Natural).

    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/off), "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.

    Bass/Treble/Mid Control: The KDC-135 features independent Bass, Treble and Midrange control. You can adjust each one from -8 to +8db.

    Bass Boost: The Kenwood CD receiver also features a Bass Boost control that can be set to the following levels - BB1, BB2 or Off.

    Fader/Balance Control: The KDC-135 CD receiver feature balance and fade controls from Left15 to Right15 and Rear15 to Front15. The CD receiver uses at Type 1 and Type 5 fader. When the preamp output is set to "Rear" the receiver uses a Type-5 fader that allows you to fade between the front speaker channels and the rear speaker channels along with the rear preamp output. When the preamp output is set to "Subwoofer" the receiver uses the type 1 fader which only allows fading between the front and rear speaker channels while the subwoofer preamp output is non-fading .

    Selectable Preamp Output: The KDC-135 features a preamp output that you can adjust from a full-range rear speaker preamp output to a low-pass subwoofer preamp output.

    Low Pass Filter: The receiver features a built-in Low Pass Filter control for the preamp-output when the output is set to Sub. You can select from 80, 120, 160 or off.

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

    AUX In: The unit is equipped with a front panel 3.5mm minijack auxiliary input that can be used to input audio from a portable audio source such as an MP3 player. The AUX input can be turned "off" in the menu if you do not want to cycle through this source if you choose not to use the AUX input.

    Tel Mute: The KDC-135 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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    CD Playback Options: The KDC-135 offers the following CD playback features.

    • Pause: stops play of your disc temporarily
    • Fast Forward/Rewind: allows you to fast forward or rewind within a track of a disc
    • Track Search: allows you to skip to the previous or next track on the disc
    • Repeat: repeats single track on disc
    • Random: plays all the songs on the disc in random order
    • Scan: plays the first part of each song on the disc you are listening to

    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-135 allows you to eject your disc for 10 minutes after switching off the vehicles engine.

    Beep Tone: The CD player features a touch sensor tone that beeps when you have selected a function of the unit. You can turn the beep tone ON or Off.

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