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Kenwood KDC-138

CD receiver (New Stock)

42 Reviews

Item #: 113KDC138

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Kenwood KDC-138

Overview

Our take on the Kenwood KDC-138

Kenwood's KDC-138 CD receiver includes a front-panel auxiliary input with a handy feature that isn't usually found on lower-priced receivers. You can adjust the input's level so you won't get drastic changes in volume when you switch to or from the auxiliary source. This user-friendly Kenwood also features a 5-function toggle switch on the right side of the faceplate that makes it easy to adjust your settings on the go.

Kenwood's KDC-138 CD receiver includes a front-panel auxiliary input with a handy feature that isn't usually found on lower-priced receivers. You can adjust the input's level so you won't get drastic changes in volume when you switch to or from the auxiliary source. This user-friendly Kenwood also features a 5-function toggle switch on the right side of the faceplate that makes it easy to adjust your settings on the go.

The stereo's built-in amplifier offers plenty of power, and you can shape the sound with a 3-band equalizer and six preset tone curves. If you're adding a subwoofer, the set of preamp outputs include a low-pass filter and level adjustment to keep the signal clean for great-sounding bass.

Great for the price, had it a couple years.

mike, Faribault, MN

What's in the Box:

  • 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
  • Back support screw
  • Instruction Manual (English/Spanish/French)
  • Warranty Card
  • Kenwood Car Audio Passport sheet

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 subwoofer level control
    Expandability
    • inputs: front-panel auxiliary input
    • outputs: one set of preamp outputs (can be switched to subwoofer mode)
    Other info
    Reviews

    Kenwood KDC-138 Reviews

    Average Customer Review:

    42 Reviews

    Great!

    Written by: mike from Faribault, MN on February 26, 2012

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Great for the price, had it a couple years.

    Pros: Price, good aux in, looks good, good EQ

    Cons: It's rocket science to figure out how to set the clock...

    Kenwood KDC-138

    Written by: ClaudeL from US on September 15, 2011

    1997 Ford Explorer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Product as advertised. Would recommend

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    price&product

    Written by: johnK from bodfish,ca on May 26, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    very good product at a super price!!

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    Very Happy with Kenwood

    Written by: mikew1231 from Tracy, MN on April 3, 2011

    I really like the sound and the looks. I haven't tried to plug in anything to the aux jack yet. Works great, was easy to install with Crutchfield's installations instructions and kit.

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    Another fine kenwood unit

    Written by: BruceD from Maryland on March 29, 2011

    1994 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I am an avid Kenwood fan and have owned several models over the years. My mother is old fashioned and needed a basic, easy to use model for her 1997 Dodge Ram. Once installed everything sounded great, and I felt the controls were easy enough for anyone that isn't up to snuff on technology. Her only complaint is that the clock is fairly small and I couldnt figure out how to make it the larger size display. I have since then installed the KDC-345U in her other vehicle and have decided to get another one of those to put in the Ram. I'll be installing this stereo in my Kia Spectra5 and because of having driven her truck many times before I know I will be quite satisfied with it. I recommend this stereo to anybody that doesnt have to have the clock out front and most noticable and just wants a basic stereo. I use mine mainly to listen to my mp3 player with the aux cable so it will work just great.

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    Good stereo for the money

    Written by: jugold730 from Clarksville, MD on March 15, 2011

    2005 Honda Civic

    Great stero for the money! My 17 year old brother installed with no hassle. The plastic unit included so it would fit my 2005 civic was a good money saver. The bass boost is really good. Only complaint is that it a song ID program would be nice to have on it. Also very easy to use and easy to change the clock since daylight savings just started. I would by it again or recommend it. Like I said a song ID program would be nice.

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    Xcellent for the price

    Written by: Anonymous from Lynchburg va on March 11, 2011

    1999 Pontiac Firebird
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Xcellent deal for the price. With the price as the major factor I don't think you could reasonably ask for more. If you expect a top notch unit expect to pay a top notch price. I would buy again if I'm just looking for a cheap stereo.

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    Written by: Jp from Califas on February 27, 2011

    2004 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Simple and easy to operate. Bright color, smooth buttons. Equalizer leaves a little to be desired (it resets when you switch inputs). Also, the clock could have been bigger, with less track display. All-in-all, worth the price when Crutchfield® includes all the extra goodies.

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    Great Upgrade for Factory Stereo

    Written by: Chubb from Chattanooga, TN on February 24, 2011

    1989 Mazda B Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy to install and has very nice features for the price.

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    Good Quality

    Written by: Randy from Louisiana on February 21, 2011

    I bought this with the Kenwood componet 6.5's and I am very satisfied. Crutchfield supplied me with all the hardware and info needed for the install. The reciever is very simple to use and set up but I really like the looks of it. It's not really "flashy" like recievers have been getting, the display doesn't blind me while I'm driving at night but I can still see it in the day. I gave it a 4 because it lacks some of the bells and whistles you would find in other recievers, ex... I didn't notice this one didn't come with a remote, so I was a little disappointed from that, and only one pre-amp output, also no usb port. I can't complain... if I wanted all that I should have paid more but overall I am happy.

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    well worth the money

    Written by: joe from galloway n.j. on February 13, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    replaced a pioneer cd unit with this unit made a huge difference even with the old speakers. i recommend remembering the buttons and there function because you will never find them while driving ! the display is confusing and microscopic but the sound is FANTASTIC!. Crutchfield sevice was excellent as always.

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    Stereo

    Written by: Don from Chicago on February 9, 2011

    1996 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The stereo sounds nice. I have an issue with the buttons. They are so small it is hard to read them and impossible to read them as you are driving. I thought it was me because i am old but my teenagers have the same complaint.

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    Awesome Stereo

    Written by: pierson2010 from Utah on February 6, 2011

    Great Other than the adjustment procedures are hard. Great Sound great looking and does everything I want.

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    Great receiver

    Written by: Jerry from Lumberton on February 1, 2011

    1996 Ford F Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    What a super entry level receiver. It does just want you need it to do without all the frills of a much more expensive unit. I put one in my 96' F150 and liked it so much I bought one for my daughter's 94' Ranger. Looks great in the dash and sound super. A perfect unit for the price.

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    Great Buy!

    Written by: ShawnM from Arlington, TX on January 28, 2011

    1999 Toyota 4Runner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great unit for the price. It arrived quickly with great documentation and was super easy to install. For the price, it can't get much better!

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    Written by: Mike F from North Haven ct. on November 30, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great CD player with ipod/mp3 input, I always buy Kenwood and always will, Crutchfield is the best place to buy your car stereo...everything you need is included and the tech support is the best.

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    What more can you ask? (For the price)

    Written by: Tom from Greensboro, NC on July 15, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this receiver (open box - great deal!!) to replace a Pioneer model I installed in my '96 Chevy pickup in 1997. Like several other reviewers I had no need for new features like iPod controls, digital format playback, etc. (Although it will play mp3 and wma from CD-ROM). The front Auxilary jack gives me all the access to digital media I need in the old work truck. I only had one requirement - i needed a built-in amp. I have a set of 4 Polk Audio speakers in the truck (extended cab) and my Pioneer head unit had a 50 Watt MOSFET amp built-in (they were purchased together) and a standard head unit would not drive the Polk speakers. I certainly didn't want to get myself into a high-end unit or an external amp but I was afraid I wouldn't be able to find a low-end head unit with a decent built-in amp. I was surprised to find this inexpensive Kenwood model with the MOSFET amp built in - you had me at "hello"!! As always, shipping was fast and installation was a snap due to Crutchfield's excellent step-by-step instructions (included) and the GMC DIN kit I purchased. (The Pioneer was an exact fit for the GMC-sized dash. The kenwood was a standard single DIN). Plugged it in, pushed it in, turned it on and it sounds great. The controls are easy enough for me. Looks great, sounds great, easy to use, great price - What more can you ask?

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    Written by: Kerry from W. Hartford Ct on May 8, 2010

    I purchased for my 1993 Dodge Spirit and it does what I was looking for...I use it to listen to my smart phone and take calls...controls are a little messy but again it does the trick.

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    Not very user friendly

    Written by: Anonymous from Mascot, TN on February 26, 2010

    1969 Chevrolet C Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The looks are good, sound quality good, price very fair but the sound adjustments are awful.

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    Great CD player!

    Written by: Bam Bam from New Brunswick,NJ on February 21, 2010

    2000 Honda Accord
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is my second purchased from Crutchfield believe this company is excellent as far as the product is concern ,custumer service and all. the Kenwood brand is top of the line product.Great sound ,easy operation and station programming. Great over all! I will recommended it to anyone who want to update their factory car stereo for an unexpensive solution.

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    Great stereo. High bang for the buck.

    Written by: Chris from Birmingham, AL on February 8, 2010

    2001 Honda Civic LX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a great Kenwood stereo. It sounds great and is fairly easy to operate. Menu could be a little bit more intuitive, but most Kenwoods are set up this way. Each input has its own settings, which is kind of cool, but kind of annoying at the same time. I have this paired with four 6.5 inch Infinity' Reference speakers and it definitely knocks. I got the packe with the Kenwood speakers, but after reading the reviews on the speakers decided to upgrade since I was installing them myself and didn't want to have take the doors apart again if I didn't like the sound. Good buy, highly recommended. One more small con is the size of the clock, it's very tiny. Would rather have a bigger clock face, and smaller EQ display, but oh well. For the price I can rock out to the radio, cd, or auxillary input, so its worth it.

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    Kenwood KDC-138 Needs a carrying case for the face.

    Written by: Mike*10 from San Diego, CA on January 27, 2010

    2002 Nissan Sentra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The deck was a replacement for my mom's factory deck that finally gave out. The deck looks & sounds good, my mom is happy with it, and so am I. The one thing that bothers me though is that deck is a face-off (detachable face), but does not include a carrying case for the face. Kenwood what happen? Somebody overlooked such a tiny detail?

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    Incredible deal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Written by: DAVID from So Cal on January 19, 2010

    2001 Volkswagen Beetle
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Part of a package deal that included speakers: installed in a late model VW beetle that literally blew away the stock radio..........and I haven't even installed the speakers yet!!!! Just kickin myself why I waited so long.

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    Excellent Quality w/Aux Input

    Written by: Edwin from MA on December 6, 2009

    2002 Toyota Corolla
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Bought this with the Kenwood speakers, and it sounded phenomenal. the aux input will be just what I need to hook in my phone to play my music and listen to my Bible verses. Thank you Crutchfield and Kenwood for a great product at a great price!

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    Written by: John from Vermont on May 30, 2009

    2001 Subaru Forester
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great sound at a great price.

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    good receiver for the money

    Written by: Michael from Oahu on April 18, 2009

    1999 Mazda Protege
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I've had this stereo for about 2 weeks now and really have no complaints. It does it's job very well, has plenty of power and didn't cost an arm and a leg. I use the AUX input almost exclusively as I haven't bought a CD in about 5 years and the radio stations here are horrendous. It does however pick up those stations much better than the factory radio did. If I lived on the mainland where satellite radio was an option I would have spent another $20-$40 to upgrade to a model that was at least capable of adding a SAT receiver on. Also, placing the AUX input in the rear would have been better just because I like to have a clean look and not have to mess with things to hide my MP3 player from thieves.

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    Great Inexpensive Product

    Written by: Phillip from Sherman, TX on April 16, 2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought and installed this product in my twin boys' truck. They're seniors in high school and are presently sharing the vehicle. It was a hundred-fold improvement to their listening enjoyment compared to the stock unit I replaced. Hopefully they'll have a second vehicle soon, and I'll gladly install another inexpensive Kenwood unit in that one as well. Also I'd like to mention that I made a mistake on the model number I ordered and didn't catch my mistake until the next day. When I contacted Crutchfield, they corrected my mistake immediately, and I still received my order in a timely manner with no hassles whatsoever.

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    Written by: MikeG from Mazon, IL on April 6, 2009

    1996 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The only, thing I do not like about this unit is the way the volume knob depresses so, easily, (which then, displays the Tone Balance and Fader menu), when adjusting the volume. I will inadvertently, unintentionally, depress the knob and I will have to depress it 6 more times to turn off that options menu for Tone Balance and Fader. I found a rubber band, with a slightly, smaller inside diameter than the outside diameter of the knob, and just, nearly, as wide as the knob. I removed the FacePlate from the unit and installed the rubber band over the knob. It now, takes only, a very, light touch to adjust the volume and the accidental, depressing of the knob rarely, occurs. I first bought this unit for my 1996 Ford Ranger. I purchased the installation kit for the Ranger and installation was a snap. I had wanted to replace the am / fm / cassete unit that was in my 1985 G20 Chevy van with an am / fm / cd unit, but none could be found that would fit because of the van's 'post' type of opening. I wanted the Kenwood KDC-138 for the van's upgrade because of my familiarity with the unit and the fact that I was satisfied with it's sound, performance and functions. With a bit of ingenuity and time I was able to cut and enlarge the opening, then, fabricate a way to support the unit. I have no regrets in the purchase of the Kenwood KDC-138.

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    Written by: John Doe from Minneapolis, MN on November 17, 2008

    Recently bought this unit, and would have to agree with the person who commented in a previous review that the VOLUME KNOB IS WAY TOO SMALL/SHALLOW, and if you live where you have to wear gloves, forget about it!!! It's not that you cannot change the volume, it's that when you make the attempt, the volume knob also acts as the setting controller, so when you're cruising down the road and want to change the volume, you go to make the adjustment only to accidentally press it, putting you in the BASS mode (and if you don't know you're in the BASS mode, any and all adjustments will be changing your original settings). Then you have to keep pressing the buttion until you get back to the original volume setting. All this in traffic, it's horrible. Called Kenwood to get a new (larger) knob, they just laugh and say you're outa luck. I guess you get what you pay for. My .02 worth.

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    Simple and straightforward

    Written by: cirrusman from Salt Lake City, UT on September 11, 2008

    1983 Mercedes-Benz 300SD

    I purchased this unit for my '83 Mercedes Benz 300SD which had an old aftermarket unit withouth the fascia. I wanted something simple but with good sound, and it fit the bill just right. The installation was SO simple, I was done and blasting my music within an hour. My speakers are stock at the moment so I don't really know the unit's capabilities at their fullest, but even with 25-year old stock speakers, this unit managed to make them sound pretty good. It's a great option if you're looking for something unexpensive but with a more-than-decent output.

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    Great...except

    Written by: Jonathan from Durham, NC on August 4, 2008

    1984 Chevrolet C Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a very nice little head unit. I bought one to rock my 1984 Chevy dump truck. The only gripe I have with the unit -- and it's the same way with another Kenwood CD receiver I have -- is that you go into audio adjustment mode if you accidentally push the 'volume' knob, however lightly. Bit of a pain sometimes, but otherwise the receiver is full-featured and quite powerful. It might be worth moving up to a model with a remote so you don't have to physically touch the receiver to operate the controls. Other than that, I'm satisfied.

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    Written by: TD from Eldon, Iowa on July 25, 2008

    1993 Chevrolet Blazer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Nice radio, good features. Works great with i pods and portable satellite radio. Price of radio vs. features is what I was looking for.

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    Great for iPods

    Written by: Megan from Damascus, MD on May 27, 2008

    2005 Hyundai Elantra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this so that I could plug in my new iPod Touch while still being able to use the controls on the iPod itself. This is a no frills stereo, and I love it. It stays on the auxiliary setting and I do all the fun stuff on the iPod. Removable face means it won't get stolen when I park it in the garage at work. I highly recommend this for anyone who wants to use their iPod in their car as God intended: with you controlling the buttons.

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    Written by: joseph from Kingsville, Tx on May 21, 2008

    1996 Ford Taurus GL

    got this for my mothers car she loves it

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    Great sound, Heck to put in. and how to...

    Written by: Daniel from Atlanta, GA/Knoxville, TN on May 5, 2008

    I have a 2000 Galant, great car, came with the stock Infinity system Which by itself is a good system as far as stock goes. Crutchfield told me it would fit, which it did in respect to just going in the slot. The nightmare began when we realized that Mitsubishi and Infinity install a factory amp, so therefore we needed to get a wiring harness. Well upon getting the head unit we realized that the wiring harness for a Galant, required 6 pre-amp outs, not counting the Sub. We found out that the only options we had was to return the head unit of spend about 4-6 hours re-wiring the car. Well, one removed passenger seat, half the carpet, and the most of the front dash later, we had re-wired the car, being that we cut the speaker lines coming out of the old harness that connected to the factory amp that goes to the old head unit that Crutchfield does not mention. We ran new wire directly from the speakers to the back of the head unit and crossed the tweeters into the front right and left audio lines. (i believe they have hi-pass filters pre-installed, as they have not blown yet, and i have worked them pretty hard) One the bright side, it sounds great, and works really well. Im glad i bought it, just wish Crutchfield had mentioned the galant's factory system.

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    Excellent for the money!

    Written by: Christopher from West Wareham, MA on April 9, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is an excellent unit for the price!. Good bass to my infinity speakers and crisp clear mid/high ranges too. It has great features for the price, esp. the aux. front jack for an IPod. The only draw back to this unit is the volume knob is a bit touchy. If you push the knob in (even lightly) when changing the volume it will change other sound functions! A small price to pay for a great stereo though!

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    Good sound for the money..

    Written by: John from Ringoes, NJ on March 16, 2008

    1993 Toyota Corolla
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Similar to others, I needed a replacement when the factory radio's tape player ate the iPod cassette interface in the '93 Toyota Corolla. Something with good sound, able to play CDs, and a iPod input. The Kenwood fit the bill. Add 4 new Blaupunkt speakers (also value priced) to replace the factory ones (including one not working). Voila! Great sound. OK, a few minus the other reviewers have noted but minor. As far as installation, great instructions from Crutchfield. Made the job straightforward, although not easy as a lot of trim had to be removed for the rear speakers. Even so I was able to do the whole job (receiver and speakers) in less than an afternoon.

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    KDC-138 for GMC Sonoma

    Written by: Ted from Hollywood, MD on February 28, 2008

    1991 GMC Sonoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    When the factory Delco am/fm in my '91 GMC Sonoma bit the dust after 17 years, I wanted a replacement that would sound good, but did not want to spend a fortune on a system for an old truck. Got the receiver and replacement dash speakers, and I was pleasantly surprised by how strong the system sounded. Not much bass, but the mid level and treble are quite good with the new 4" x 6" Pioneer speakers. Receiver operation is easy, the sound quality is quite decent and crisp, and the only complaint I have is that the volume knob has functions that are activated by pushing the the button, as opposed to rotating the volume knob to increase or decrease volume. In a truck, the ride quality causes me to inadvertently push the volume knob when I try to adjust the volume - not all the time, and not on smooth pavement, but occasionally. Other than that no complaints, and I highly recommend this unit as a decent well priced replacement for old factory stereo installations. I know that when I get around to replacing the the 4" x 10" speakers in the rear of the cab, the sound will be even better!

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    Good Value

    Written by: Xavier from Gaithersburg, MD on February 9, 2008

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this unit as a replacement for the factory radio that came with my 1993 Volvo. Due to the age of the car, I did not want to spend much. This unit is a great value. It has all of the features I wanted (CD player, Aux input) and was easy to install. The instructions provided by Crutchfield were clear. The sound and power are excellent for this price range. This is a good solution if you need a low cost replacement car stereo.

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    Written by: jmersinger from St. Louis, Mo on November 21, 2007

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Features that caused a lower than good rating: Volume knob is very shallow for large fingers. Instruction Manual is not clear when setting up some options (definitions or more explaination of the options would help). No dimmer connection. Clock numbers could be larger. Sounds great for the price.

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    great buy for the price

    Written by: gbellny from NYC,NY on November 8, 2007

    2002 Ford Econoline

    Great buy for the price. This unit has a aux mini jack input on front, a clock display,18 fm presets, cd,preset several preset EQ settings and good color.Overall a very good inexpensive unit. I'm using it for a work van and it meets all my needs. Only two down falls 1-the manual is not that clear on how to set up some menu options. 2- the volume knob is a little short for large hands, so you grasp it by the edge of your finger tips. Not a big deal.

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    Written by: Sam from Pensacola, FL on November 8, 2007

    1995 Plymouth Neon
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The manual that comes with this radio covers 3 versions - finding what applies to this radio regarding setting the time required re-reading the fine print and stumble onto the * at the bottom of the page. Ph call to tech support also missed a step. Radio must be in STBY before to can bring up the Menu to get to the CLCK mode. A possible neg would be location as no dimer connection. Noted on several radios about glare or 2 bright on these digital aftermarket radios. No problem as mine sets at the bottom of the center stack, would be a problem in my Chevy or Truck.

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    Hands-on research

    What's in the box?

    Download the Kenwood KDC-138 manual

    • 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
    • Back support screw
    • Instruction Manual (English/Spanish/French)
    • Warranty Card
    • Kenwood Car Audio Passport sheet

    Features and Specs

    Expandability
    AUX Input Front
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input No
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Android Control No
    Memory Card Slot No
    Bluetooth Compatible No
    Satellite Radio Ready No
    HD Radio No
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size ---
    Nano ---
    Touch ---
    iPhone ---
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant No
    RMS Power Output 22 watts
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 2-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs No
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs Yes
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 2 volts
    Display Color White
    Key Button Color Red
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote No
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible No
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 9.3 dBf
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No

    Product Research

    Overview: The Kenwood KDC-138 AM/FM CD receiver features a detachable face, front auxiliary input, selectable rear/sub 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.

    Display Features
    Audio Section
    Radio Functions
    Disc Playback
    Aux Connection

    Display Features

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

    Note: No face case is included with this unit. An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can be purchased for this unit.

    Display: The KDC-138 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.

    Audio Section

    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 Balance, Fader, Bass, Mid, Treble and preset EQ settings.

    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.

    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).

    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.

    Bass/Treble/Mid Control: The KDC-138 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-138 CD receiver feature balance and fade controls from Left15 to Right15 and Rear15 to Front15. The CD receiver uses a 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-138 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.

    Tel Mute: The KDC-138 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.

    Radio Functions

    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.

    Disc Playback

    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.

    CD Playback Options: The KDC-138 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-138 allows you to eject your disc for 10 minutes after switching off the vehicles engine.

    Aux Connection

    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.

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