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Kenwood KDC-205

CD receiver (New Stock)

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Our take on the Kenwood KDC-205

by Robert Ferency-Viars
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.

The Kenwood KDC-205 CD receiver uses MOSFET power (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4) to deliver big, powerful sound, and offers a theft-deterring detachable faceplate for your peace of mind. It'll play CD-Rs and CD-RWs along with your regular discs, so bring some of your favorite custom mixes for the daily commute.

You'll get all your tunes sounding great with System Q Sound Control's six preset tone curves ("Rock," "Top 40," "Jazz," "Easy," "Pops," and "Flat") and 3-band equalizer. Source tone memory assigns a separate System Q curve to AM, FM, and CD, so you don't have to change the tone settings each time you switch sources.

The Mobile Preset function adjusts the KDC-205's output for the best possible sound from the speakers in your car. If you want to add big bass, a set of preamp outputs stands ready to send signal to an amp/subwoofer setup.

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Highlights:

  • detachable face
  • MOSFET power
  • CR-2 tuner
  • 18 FM/6 AM presets
  • seek tuning
  • plays CD-Rs and CD-RWs
  • System Q Sound Control
  • Mobile Preset function adjusts output with three settings (factory speakers, larger aftermarket speakers, smaller aftermarket speakers)
  • bass, midrange, and treble controls
  • source tone memory
  • rear preamp outputs
  • clock
  • 22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels
  • 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
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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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30-20kHz
Preamp Outputs
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2-channel
Sub Preamp Outputs
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No
Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs
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Video Screen
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No
Preamp Voltage
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2 volts
Display Color
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White on blue
Key Button Color
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Red/Blue
EQ Bands
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3
Wireless Remote
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No
Steering Wheel Control Compatible
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Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
Expandability
AUX Input
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No
USB Input
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Memory Card Slot
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No
Bluetooth Compatible
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Satellite Radio Ready
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No
HD Radio
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Navigation
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iPod Compatibility
Full size
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Nano
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Touch
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Mini
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iPhone
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Tuner
FM Sensitivity
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9.3 dBf
European Tuning
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Yes
Seek/Scan
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Seek
Radio Data System
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No
Product Research
What's in the box?

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  • AM/FM/CD receiver with 10-amp fuse inserted into chassis
  • Sleeve
  • Face
  • Hard plastic face case
  • Trim ring
  • Wiring harness
  • 2 Removal tools
  • 4 Panhead ISO-mount screws
  • 4 Countersunk ISO-mount screws
  • Face fixing screw (4mm dia. x 16mm)
  • Instruction Manual (English/French/Spanish/Portuguese)
  • Warranty Card
  • Yellow Caution note (concerning wiring instructions in manual)
  • Kenwood Car Audio Passport

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Features
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Features

Quad 1-Bit D-A Converters: The KDC-205 features Integrated Quad 1-Bit Digital-to-Analog converters for superb CD sound. Four D-A converters, two for each channel, improve playback sound quality, including musical detail and resolution. Using 2 converters for each channel reduces distortion by half.

System Q Sound Control: 6 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 "Rock", "Top 40", "Pops", "Jazz", "Easy" and "Flat". Each preset has its own bass, middle, and treble level settings.

Mobile Preset: The Mobile Preset function tailors the System Q Sound Control settings according to the type of speakers in your vehicle. You may select a Mobile Preset setting of "SP-F" (off), "SP-O" (for OEM factory speaker systems), "SP-6" (for systems with 6" and 6" x 9" speakers) or "SP-5" (for systems with 4" and 5" speakers).

3-Band Equalizer: You can independently adjust the level of three audio bands from -10dB to +10dB: Bass (100Hz), Midrange (1kHz) and Treble (10kHz).

Source Tone Memory: This feature allows you to store bass, middle and treble tone settings for each source (CD, FM, AM).

CR-2 Tuner: This unit uses Kenwood's CR-2 tuner provides high signal strength for clear radio reception. The tuner incorporates an Automatic Noise Reduction Circuit (ANRC), along with the Clean Reception System Circuit (CRSC), for improved rejection of distortion due to multi-path. 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 feature can be turned on or off.

Smooth Volume Return: The attenuator immediately lowers the volume by a preset level. Smooth Volume Return gradually increases the volume to the original level when the ATT button is pressed a second time, eliminating a jarring change in volume.

Disabled System Indicator: A red indicator will blink on the unit after the faceplate is removed, warning potential thieves. This feature can be turned On or Off.

Faceplate Finish: The faceplate and trim ring feature a metallic gray finish.

Display: The KDC-205 has a negative LCD display with white 7-segment characters on a blue background.

Dual Information Display: When in the Tuner mode, you can choose to display the clock at the same time as the frequency of the tuned station. In the CD mode, the track information is displayed, and you can switch between the elapsed time of the track and the clock display.

Note

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, the Clock Display can be turned on or off using the CLK button. 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 (SRC) button turns the unit off completely.

 
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