Sure, you can plug an iPod® into an aux input if you want to listen to your tunes in the car, but why settle? If you connect it to Kenwood's KDC-MP248U CD receiver through its USB input, you'll get better sound and you'll be able to control your iPod from the receiver, too.

Outstanding sound quality
The KDC-248U is a no-nonsense way to add iPod control and great sound to your car. Its potent built-in amplifier fills your car with sound, adjustable with Kenwood's System Q 3-band equalizer and bass boost. Not that you'll need to tweak it that much — the receiver's premium digital-to-analog converter converter renders your discs and digital files with exceptional accuracy, so you'll enjoy outstanding sound quality.

You've got connections
Even if you don't have your iPod on hand, you can keep the party going all day by loading in a disc full of MP3 and WMA files, or by jacking another device into the front panel aux in. When you're ready to expand your system, a set of preamp outputs simplify the job of adding an amp or a powered sub for some extra kick in your sound.

Note: If you're going to use your iPod with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility with this receiver.

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RW discs including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA music files
    • detachable face with 11-digit LCD display
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • System Q Sound Control (6 EQ curves and a 3-band equalizer)
    • bass boost
    • low-pass filter and subwoofer level control
    Expandability:
    • iPod direct control via USB input — no adapter necessary, but adding Kenwood's optional connecting cable lets you leave your iPod cable at home
    • inputs: front-panel auxiliary and USB input
    • outputs: 2-channel preamp outputs (switchable 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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    What's in the box?

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    • AM/FM CD receiver (with 10-amp fuse inserted into the chassis)
    • Sleeve (attached)
    • Face (attached)
    • Trim ring (attached)
    • Wiring harness
    • RC-405 Wireless remote control (with CR2025 3V lithium-battery installed)
    • Face pouch
    • 2 Removal tools
    • 4 Panhead ISO-mount screws
    • 4 Flathead ISO-mount screws
    • Instruction Manual (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • Installation Manual (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • Warranty Card

    Features and Specs

    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 Bluish white
    Key Button Color Red
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible No
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input Front
    Audio/video Input
    USB Input Front
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible No
    Satellite Radio Ready No
    HD Radio No
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano Nano6/Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/
    Touch Touch4/Touch3/Touch2/Touch1
    Mini No
    iPhone Phone4S/Phone4/Phone3GS/Phone3
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 11.2 dBf
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No

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    Display Features
    Audio Section
    Radio Functions
    Disc Playback
    USB/iPod/Aux Connectivity
    Remote Control
    Optional Software

    Display Features

    Detachable Face: The Kenwood KDC-248U features a single front loading CD face that detaches from the chassis to deter theft. The head unit includes a cloth pouch for storing the face-plate when detached.

    Note: An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can also be purchased for this unit.

    Fluorescent Display: The Kenwood head unit features an 11-character blue backlit fluorescent display with red button illumination.

    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.

    Display Dimmer: The display has two brightness settings to adjust the brightness of the display according to the surrounding illumination. You can change this setting within the menu from On or Off.

    Demo Mode: This unit features a Demo mode which can be turned On or Off within the menu.

    Audio Section

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The Kenwood KDC-248U utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior CD sound quality.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood KDC-248U is equipped with a MOSFET amplifier. Compared to conventional power supplies, the MOSFET amplification circuit is smaller and more efficient, and it delivers increased power with less distortion and absolutely zero on/off switching noise. More power means louder and cleaner music at higher volumes because you're not pushing the limits of the amplification circuit. The power output specs for the KDC-248U are as follows:

    • Full Bandwidth Power: 22 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20-20kHz, 1% THD)
    • Maximum Output Power: 50 watts x 4 channels

    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. In addition, the rotary knob allows you to scroll through and select your music tracks when the Music Search function is activated.

    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 (-8 to +8 for Aux source).

    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-Off' (flat/off), 'SP-OEM' (for OEM factory speaker systems), 'SP-6x9/6' (for systems with 6" and 6"x9" speakers), or 'SP-5/4' (for systems with 4" and 5" speakers).

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

    Bass/Treble/Mid Control: The System Q's User Mode features independent Bass (100 Hz), Treble (10 kHz), and Midrange (1 kHz) control from - 8 to +8 dB.

    Bass Boost: In addition, The Kenwood CD receiver features a Bass Boost control that can be set to the following levels - LV1, LV2 or Off.

    Source Tone Memory: This feature allows you to store System Q bass, middle and treble tone settings for each source (CD, Tuner, USB/iPod, and Aux).

    Supreme Setting: When MP3 or WMA files encoded at a low bit rate (less than 96 kbps, 44.1k, 48kHz) are played, the Supreme Setting function restores their high frequencies so the sound quality is closer to files encoded at a high bit rate. The processing is optimized for the compression format and the bit rate used. When the Supreme Setting is Off, the unit plays the original sound stored in the audio file.

    Selectable 2.0V Preamp Output: The KDC-248U features a 2.0-volt stereo preamp output that you can be adjusted from a full-range rear speaker preamp output to a low-pass subwoofer preamp output.

    Subwoofer Controls: The Kenwood KDC-248U offers the following subwoofer controls, when you have the unit's subwoofer preamp output activated.

    • Low Pass Filter: The receiver features a built-in Low Pass Filter control for the preamp-output, when the output is set to Subwoofer. You can select from 80 Hz, 120 Hz, 160 Hz, or off.
    • Subwoofer Phase: You can adjust the phase of the subwoofer output between 180-degrees (Reverse) or 0-degrees (Normal).
    • Subwoofer Level: Once the Subwoofer preamp output is activated, you can independently control the subwoofer preamp output level (-15 to +15) from the CD receiver.

    Tel Mute: The KDC-248U 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.

    Key Beep: The in-dash head unit provides an audible beep to confirm button operation. This function can be turned On or Off.

    Radio Functions

    AM/FM Tuner: The Kenwood KDC-248U features a built-in AM/FM tuner. 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.

    Tuner Presets: The KDC-248U's tuner features 3 FM banks (1, 2, 3) and 1 AM bank for storing presets. The Kenwood KDC-248U offers two preset modes.

    • Normal: You can store 6 presets for each AM/FM bank giving you a total of 18 FM presets and 6 AM presets (total of 24).
    • Mix: A total of of 6 stations can be assigned to a total of 6 preset buttons, regardless of AM/FM band and connected Satellite Radio tuner. You can recall a preset station without switching between bands.

    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.

    Disc Playback

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

    MP3/WMA Playback: The KDC-248U can play MP3 (8-320 kbps) and WMA (32-192 kbps) files recorded on CD-R and CD-RW discs in ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, Romeo, and Long file name formats. Each disc can have a maximum of 8 directory levels, 50 folders, and 255 files per folder (512 maximum number of files and folders). During MP3/WMA playback, the unit displays any recorded ID3 Tag (ver. 1.x/2.x) and WMA Tag information - up to 60 characters.

    Text Scroll: The KDC-248U will display CD text or Audio file text. You can set the text scrolling feature to two different modes (Auto or Manual) to scroll longer titles across the screen.

    Music Search: The Kenwood AM/FM CD receiver features a Music Search feature which allows you to scroll through and select your MP3/WMA music folders and files, as well as scroll through your audio CD's music tracks using the head unit's rotary knob.

    Direct Music Search: The supplied IR wireless remote control (RC-405) allows you to search for music directly by entering the track number.

    Playback Modes: The Kenwood KDC-248U features the following Repeat, Random, and Scan playback modes.

    • Repeat Play: Track, File, or Folder
    • Random Play: Disc or Folder
    • Scan Play: Track or File (plays the first 10-seconds of each music track on a disc or music file in a folder)

    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.

    CD Read: This function sets the method for reading a CD disc. You can choose between two modes.

    • CD1: Automatically distinguishes between audio file disc and music CD when playing a CD or CD-R/RW disc.
    • CD2: When unable to play a special formatted CD, set this function to CD2 to force playing. Some music CD  discs may be unplayable even when set to this mode.

    Off Insert/Eject: A CD disc can be inserted or ejected with the power off. When a disc is inserted with the power off, the unit will automatically power up and begin playback.

    USB/iPod/Aux Connectivity

    USB Port: The Kenwood KDC-248U features a front panel USB (1.1/2.0) type-A port that is hidden behind a flip-up cover. The USB port enables connection and control of a portable USB mass-storage class (MSC) device with MP3 (8-320 kbps) and WMA (32-192 kbps) music files. The USB port is compatible with all USB mass storage class devices that support the FAT16 or FAT32 file system. Your USB device should only have a maximum of 8 folder layers, 255 folders, and 255 files per folder - with a maximum of 65,025 files and folders. USB portable audio players that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the CD receiver's USB port, and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

    Note: You cannot connect a USB device via a USB hub or Multi-Card Reader to this unit.

    iPod/iPhone Direct Connection: The KDC-248U's front-panel USB port also acts as an iPod/iPhone high-speed direct connection when used with the optional Kenwood USB Direct Connection Cable (113KCIP102, sold separately) or the USB/iPod cable that comes with your iPod/iPhone. Using either cable allows audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of select iPod/iPhone models from the KDC-248U.

    iPod/iPhone Audio Playback: The USB connection allows your iPod/iPhone's large music libraries to be loaded instantly to the head unit and sound quality to be maximized through the head unit's 24-bit D/A converter, allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 105dB. The Kenwood head unit supports audio playback of music files and podcasts stored on your iPod or iPhone.

    iPod/iPhone Control: You can choose to control the iPod/iPhone from the head unit or from your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen.

    • Music Browsing: The Kenwood head unit allows you to navigate your iPod's music by Playlist, Artists, Album, Genre, Composer, Song, or Podcast. You can search these categories alphabetically or using a percentage search (0.5%, 1%, 5%, 10%).
    • Playlists: You can create your own custom iPod/iPhone playlist (up to 10 songs) from the head unit.
    • Repeat & Random: The head unit supports Repeat (file) & Random (folder) playback functions of your connected iPod/iPhone.

    iPod/iPhone Display: The KDC-248U will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information when you are controlling your iPod or iPhone from the Kenwood head unit. The head unit will display Track number, Elapsed playing time, Artist name, Song title, and Album label. If you choose to operate your connected iPod/iPhone via its clickwheel or touchscreen controls, the KDC-248U will not display your iPod/iPhone's music information (the head unit will instead display iPod MODE).

    iPod/iPhone Charging: While connected and the ignition switch is set to ACC or ON, the head unit's USB connection will power and charge your iPod/iPhone.

    Note: If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Kenwood KDC-248U is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of November 2011):

    iPod/iPhone Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Text Track Info
    dock connector 3rd N/A N N N N N N N
    clickwheel
    color
    4th N/A N N N N N N N
    mini 1st N/A N N N N N N N
    2nd N/A N N N N N N N
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    6th 1.1 PC Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3rd 5.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4th 5.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS 4.3.5 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4 5.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 5.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y

    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to revert to the older software version or wait until a newer software update is available.

    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 a portable MP3 player. The Aux input must be turned on to function. The unit has 3 auxiliary input modes.

    • On1: Outputs the sound of the external unit connected to the Aux terminal when switched to the Aux source.
    • On2: Activates the attenuator function when turning on the power with the auxiliary source selected. This prevents the noise when no external unit is connected to the Aux terminal. Turn off the attenuator function when listening to output from an external unit.
    • Off: Disables the selection of the Aux source.

    Auxiliary Display: The KDC-248U allows you to select the source type displayed when using the auxiliary input. You can choose from AUX, DVD, Portable, Game, Video, or TV.

    Remote Control

    Wireless Remote Control: The KDC-248U comes with an IR remote control (RC-405) for wireless operation of the head unit. The remote will control Audio, CD, USB, and Tuner functions. It is powered by a single CR2025 3V lithium-cell battery (supplied).

    Numeric Keypad: The wireless remote control features a numeric keypad (0-9) which allows direct track access of your music tracks & files (from CD or USB), as well as AM/FM presets.

    Attenuator: The CD receiver features an Attenuator button on the supplied remote control that turns the volume down very quickly with one touch of the button.

    Optional Software

    Music Editor Compatible: The Kenwood KDC-248U supports the PC application, Kenwood Music Editor Lite (ver.1.1.0). Kenwood Music Editor Lite is a Windows-based desktop software that helps organize, manage and transfer MP3 and WMA music files to your USB devices from your PC. When you playback audio files that have been stored on your USB device using Kenwood Music Editor Lite through this unit, you can search a file by title, album, or artist name using the head unit's Music Search function.

    System Requirements: The Kenwood Music Editor Light (ver.1.1.0) Windows-based software can be downloaded for free from Kenwood.com to your PC. The Kenwood Music Editor Light is compatible with the following Windows Microsoft Operating Systems.

    • Windows XP Professional, Home Edition SP2 or later (32-bit)
    • Windows Vista (32/64-bit)
    • Windows 7 (32/64-bit)

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    Kenwood KDC-248U

    Written By RussD, Snellville, GA on Friday, April 19, 2013

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    This is a nice unit and works well in my sons Silverado. It works very well with iPhone -> Pandora. The adjustments on the unit are a little complicated but work ok once you get used to them. Overall we are very pleased with the product especially cosidering the price.

    Pros: Nice power, nice packaging, good display, nice price

    Cons: Would like more dimming options for the unit.

    Everything I need it to be

    Written By DerW, Caldwell ID on Friday, April 19, 2013

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    Easy installation & has all the functions I want. I'm not a true audiophile and only wanted a decent sounding replacement for my old factory AM/FM/Casette unit. This Kenwood model may not be a true high performance unit but it's a clear step up from my old factory one and the USB port is great. Instead of dragging around a bunch of CD's I just carry a single thumb drive with my favorite music. FM reception much better than my old factory unit. Nice clean look in the dash without unnecessary gimmickry.

    Pros: Clean look Good sound quality Adequate functions to tune unit to type of music and speakers Easy to learn operating functions USB & auxiliary port

    Cons: Lightweight & cheap feel to switches

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    Written By toby, texas on Tuesday, April 16, 2013

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    works good.has good power.could be easier to use on ipod or iphone mode.

    Pros: looks cool great power and ipod and iphone controls.

    Cons: takes some figuring to learn how to use controls to use the ipod or iphone.

    Kenwood KDC-248U

    Written By Anonymous, Cincinnati, Ohio on Tuesday, April 16, 2013

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    Great sound and was easy to install. My only complaint is that the LED screen is a little hard to read. It would easier to read if the face of the unit angled up a little instead of facing straight.

    Great product for the price!

    Written By Raffi, Troy, NY on Tuesday, April 09, 2013

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    Great sound system. I have no complains whatsoever. Fit my Neon perfectly and I love the USB option. Connecting my flash drive was a breeze.

    Pros: Cheap, USB, Ipod..

    Cons: None

    Kenwood KDC-248U

    Written By Anonymous, Atlanta, GA on Tuesday, April 09, 2013

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    My only little quibble is that the USB reader only reads the ancient filesystem type FAT; I'm a Linux user and it would be great for it to read a EXT disk or at least read the Windows NTFS!

    Incredible sound for the money

    Written By Anonymous, Crystal lake, IL. on Saturday, March 30, 2013

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    Very nice unit. Very clear sound and hold am/fm signal as well. Very simple to operate. Thanks for the quality and a cheap price,

    very happy

    Written By RRod, Sandy Hook ,CT on Monday, March 25, 2013

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    Great little receiver for the price, nice features and the tuner pulls in distant stations well

    Pros: price

    Cons: none

    Awesome Radio

    Written By Mike the Drummer, Belleville, N.J. on Tuesday, March 19, 2013

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    I bought this for my 18 year old sons vehicle. I wanted something with good quality that was reasonably priced and simple to use. The KDC-248U fit the bill. I installed it in 20 minutes and did the initial set up in five minutes. I am running a Bazooka bass tube and four Polk speakers with it and it sounds great!! Plenty of bottom end and clear crisp highs. Easy to use and understand.

    Good Receiver at Great Price

    Written By Sparky72, Ellettsville IN on Monday, March 11, 2013

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    I looked at a lot of receivers before purchasing this unit. The sound quality is much better than factory, even with factory speakers. Installation took a couple of extra days since the first dash kit came broken. Customer Service shipped out a replacement ASAP and we we're all set. Wire Harness was easy to do as well. I was surprised at how good the AM reception in the unit was. The supplied adapter works very well. Instructions were eay to ready and the install took all of 15 minutes. The USB and auxiallry inputs are nice. I can play my old Ipod Nano 4th gen with the controls on the unit. The only thing I haven't discovered is how to turn the "Beep" off. an attenuator button on unit would have been 5 stars easy. I still give it a 4.5 overall. I'd buy this unit again.

    Pros: Auxillary/Ipod interface, sound quality, ease of use.

    Cons: No attenuator on unit, just remote. Dim on unit isn't all that dim.

    Kenwood KDC-248U

    Written By Jesse, Fresno, Ca on Sunday, March 10, 2013

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    Great stereo and love the low price. Sounds great and love the front USB port and AUX jack.

    Pros: Front USB port and AUX jack. Ipod compatible and can play mp3 format off a memory stix.

    Cons: Display screen only displays on line

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    Written By Dan, Palos Heights,il on Friday, February 22, 2013

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    Just installed this yesterday. Seems like a real nice stereo, now have to figure out how to make the necessary settings, etc. Only gripe is that it's not that intuitve to figure out in terms of the controls and seems like most functionality is via the remote. I'm not used to using a remote in a car. I like to just use the buttons on the radio. I seem to be unable to turn off the stereo; the remote isn't doing it and I think that's how it's suppsed to work. There is no primary pwr button on the radio itself. It shuts off when the car is shut off - at least until i figure it out. I hope it's not a wiring problem in the 13 wires I had to conect. Also, didn't care for the 13 wires I had to connect, mostly just tedious. Took 2.5 hrs to put in and is the first radio I have ever installed.The first use of my Ipod via the USB drive was seemless, it immediately started playing and scrolling artist / song. The detailed instructions provided are very helpful. My real comments are about Crutchfiled. What an awesome company. Their tech support is top notch. I called them 4 times during my installation; 2 out of 4 times was direct to a person to trouble shoot with, the other 2 were 1 call transfer away. They know their stuff and are spot on !! Great job Crutchfield.

    Great Product

    Written By CK, Vancouver, WA on Monday, February 11, 2013

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    This is a great unit as an upgrade from your factory stereo. As this was my first install of a custom stereo, I wanted something simple to use, relatively inexpensive, and great sound quality. Kenwood has impressed me on all three of these categories. The stereo sounds great, was not incredibly difficult to install for someone with any amount of how-to knowledge, and is an excellent bang-for-your-buck stereo. I wish that the dimmer switch on the car would automatically dim the stereo as well, but leaving it at its bright setting is not really a nuisance for night driving. Even with my factory speakers still installed, I noticed that the bass was more clear and distinct, and sound clarity is retained at much higher volumes. Operation is very intuitive (I've never needed to look at the directions to perform any task). I'd recommend this to anyone.

    Pros: Easy to use, far more quality than factory radio, good value

    Cons: Does not automatically dim with headlight switch like factory radio (but is manually dimmable)

    Ok for the price

    Written By Danny, Camden, NJ on Monday, February 11, 2013

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    You get what you payed for.

    Pros: -Cheap - easy to install

    Cons: -Buttons are annoying to press -not many sound customization -not many overall feature -annoying iPod functionality

    A great unit for iOS devices

    Written By RWH, western Pennsylvania on Sunday, February 10, 2013

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    I like this unit a lot, especially when you consider the price. I was willing to forgo Bluetooth, but very much wanted a way to play the musical and podcasting libraries on my family's various Apple iOS devices. I'm really pleased with the performance in this area. The text displays is easy to read and does a nice job displaying the iOS data: title, artist, track, etc. Despite my feeling that many faceplates have complicated and/or tiny controls, I find this unit pretty easy to use. The red backlighting is a nice touch, and the unit looks good in my 2004 Saturn VUE. If you are looking for Bluetooth, look elsewhere. But if you want a tuner/CD/iOS player, this is a good unit with great sound.

    Pros: built in amp power, iOS connectivity, easy controls, nice sound

    Cons: occasionally the song title display gets out sync with the iOS device, always recovers by the next song

    Great product

    Written By Kidcon, Syracuse, Ny on Friday, February 01, 2013

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    Very easy to install overall a great improvement from my previous deck

    Pros: Ease of use, color, button size, sound quality

    Cons: None

    Great Unit, Great Price

    Written By DBG, Buffalo, NY on Thursday, January 31, 2013

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    I've had this unit in my 2000 Jeep Cherokee for over a year now and it is hands down an awesome unit. Great sound even with factory speakers. I noticed an earlier review that stated it has a 256 song limit for a USB key and I have not found this to be true, I use a 8 GB usb key for my music and the unit has no problems playing them straight thru or searching. As far as the small buttons go once you learn which one does what it should be easy to use them while driving.

    Pros: Easy Instal, Great Sound, Awesom price

    Cons: The random play seems a bit weak when using a large repository of music such as the afore mentioned USB key . The display does not have a "cycle thru all modes" option.

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    Written By Anonymous, TN on Saturday, January 26, 2013

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    This is a very good radio for the money.

    Pros: Easy to install with kit and harness I also purchased.

    Cons: none

    Disapointed

    Written By Barry, Patten, ME on Saturday, October 13, 2012

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    Very hard to drive and go through those tiny buttons to find a menu.

    Cons: The clock gains about 1 minute every week. Once a month, I have to set it back about 4 minutes. I use a thumb drive in the USB port. The unit will only recognize the first 256 songs on the flash drive. I have over 400 songs on the flash drive. I had to separate them into two directories (folders), and pick one or the other. The manual and specs never mentioned that it would only recognize 256 files.

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    Written By Wendy P., Marion, IA on Sunday, September 16, 2012

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    I really wanted a new deck to play my iPod on. This one had all the right features and looked cool. It was easy to install, and the sound quality is incredible. I can't get over how much better my music sounds. The remote is great. You don't have to mess around reaching for buttons. Which the buttons on this receiver are small, but that's another reason why the remote is great. You can control your iPod from the remote (which is easier then using the buttons). I don't think it says in the description that it charges your iPod when plugged in, but it definitely does for those wondering. I don't know much about stereo systems, but I know that this Kenwood CD receiver is awesome. Exactly the deck I was looking for: great price, and plays my iPod. :)

    Pros: Sound quality, remote, ease of installation, USB/iPod port

    Cons: You can't dim the lights, it's bright, and it being red doesn't help, I wish you could change the color also. Small buttons.

    Well worth the Money!

    Written By Lee, Illinois on Sunday, July 15, 2012

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    This unit is well worth the money. I purchased it to replace an older JVC unit that was slowly going out. This unit was easy to install and the sound quality is great! The iPod hook up makes it even more versitile.

    Pros: Easy to install; great sound quality; iPod/USB compatible; external/aux hook ups; cd is mp3 compatible. Remote. Great value for the money!

    Cons: iPod can be hard to navigate from radio. You wll not be able to select music/playlist while it is hooked up to radio. You must select music/playlist prior to hooking up iPod, then you can advance music using iPod.

    Great Deal - Great Sound

    Written By JimmyJ, Hartford, CT on Monday, June 25, 2012

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    Great Deal - Great Sound - Easy To install with directions from Crutchfield and from Kenwood

    Pros: iPOD Hookup and look & feel are great - Has Remote

    Cons: Hard to navigate the features and the "power" button is kinda tiny

    Kenwood quality at a affordable price from a reputable dealer in Crutc

    Written By King Jame$, Bama on Wednesday, April 25, 2012

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    The guys at crutchfield are awesome,plain and simple.They help you any and every way possible that they can.This Kenwood cd player was a steal.High power,superior Kenwood quality,at a great price.What else can I say but a great buy from a great place.

    Pros: It's a Kenwood,cheap,powerful,sleak and sexy styling,pretty easy to use once you take the time to actually read the book that is supplied with it.A great buy period.

    Cons: Are you kidding me?None whatsoever!

    great bargain

    Written By kaus, Port Jefferson, NY on Friday, April 13, 2012

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    sounds great, ipod control (as pointed out by many reviews) needs getting used to but is okay if you use the remote. The only problem was that the receiver fit kinda loose so it kept making a sound when i drove - can be easily fixed. otherwise its incredibly great for the money!

    Pros: awesome sound, inexpensive, ipod connectivity along with aux.

    Cons: ipod control messy

    Good receiver for the money

    Written By Webb, Northern Virginia on Monday, April 02, 2012

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    This is a good stereo for the money. It definitely sounds better than my stock stereo (07 Mazda 5)! The front USB is awesome, and works fine with my iPhone 4. Install was a breeze. Primary complaint is that using my iPhone through USB tends to make my iPhone very hot.

    Pros: front USB/stereo inputs, great sound quality, nice power output, removeable faceplate, clean clear screen, easy install

    Cons: screen doesn't dim, iPhone gets hot when plugged in through USB, switching between functions (USB, CD, FM) takes several "input" button presses instead of instant

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    Written By Orracle, Phoenix, AZ on Friday, February 24, 2012

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    Good buy for the money.

    Pros: USB port in front.

    Cons: Menus are a little confusing.

    Easy to operate

    Written By jb, Atlanta,Ga on Tuesday, February 07, 2012

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    Easy to operate and install

    Pros: like ease of operation

    Cons: don't like having only one color for Displays...RED

    Great bargain and great features

    Written By cafe du jour, Limassol, Cyprus on Tuesday, February 07, 2012

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    I bought this unit as refurbished and couldn't be happier. The unit functions perfectly and looks great. I'm very happy with this product and Crutchfield.

    Old timer likes new technology

    Written By LouisG, Richmond, VA on Friday, January 27, 2012

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    I haven't worked on my car in over 25 years. Probably 30. That was the last time I installed my own radio. I bought that one from Crutchfield as well. This one I bought for my daughter's car, to replace the JVC radio that came in it. It is a 2001 Mazda in great shape, except the radio was an aftermarket one and not installed very well.

    I researched the Kenwood and bought it because it had all the features my daughter would need (iPod connection), but was not overly expensive for this really old car. It was a holiday present and I wanted to surprise her, even though she had asked for a new radio. The Radio was easy to program and setup. I especially like the 3 bands of FM stations so I can have my own stations preset. My daughter said I got the stations right for her band. She uses her iPod as well as CD's on it and it works and sounds great.

    Pros: iPod USB and standard audio connection gives a choice on connecting as a "headphone" or with full control of iPod. Preset sound equalization for music genre is great.

    Cons: Might have liked a choice of color, but red is OK. No real negatives.

    Great feature set for the money

    Written By Tim F., Columbus, OH on Thursday, January 26, 2012

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    Very good value. Some buttons are a little small, but display is large and easy to read. Very easy to set up and "tune" for the car.

    Pros: For $100 you get radio, CD, aux in, and USB.

    Cons: Some buttons are small, labels are small.

    Powerful, but difficult to use.

    Written By JakeT, Minot, ND on Tuesday, January 24, 2012

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    This is a powerful and feature laden head unit. I like its universal adapters, 3.5mm and iPod USB covers just about all media player inputs out there. The iPod search software in the headunit is tedious to use though and requires much scrolling and menu manipulation. For the price though, I think it does a good job.

    Pros: Turned a bland stock stereo into a thumping, musical panorama. Made my Polk Audio 6.5s come alive.

    Cons: Difficult user interface. Takes time to understand the menus.

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    Written By Keith, Bellevue NE on Tuesday, January 24, 2012

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    Great stereo, love the handy remote!

    Pros: Price was awesome

    Cons: Only thing I don't like is that the entire unit does not dim...only the display is adjustable.

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    Written By Anonymous, California on Monday, January 23, 2012

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    Very nice receiver. The price was great ,the quality excellent. Just an overall nice product

    Great gift

    Written By Elmer T., Albuquerque, NM on Monday, January 23, 2012

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    Installed this in my mom's car. The install was easy and quick with the instructions provided by crutchfield. I tried a flash drive on it and it worked great.

    Pros: Easy install, great sound

    Cons: Its not in my car

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    Written By david t, jackson nj on Monday, January 23, 2012

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    great no problems

    Pros: all

    Cons: none

    Satisfied again!

    Written By Vince671, Guam on Monday, January 23, 2012

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    Easy install, looks and sounds great!

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    Written By JimmyP, Aberdeen, NJ on Sunday, January 22, 2012

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    Great deck for the money, it allows to charge and play my i-phone, it was fairly easy to install (have backround in electronics and had the tools), what more can you ask for 80 bucks, I spend that much in gas everyday!!!

    Pros: I-phone input, audio input, extra presets for radio, remote, cool looking.

    Cons: Small buttons, searching playlists is a bit tricky on small display.

    Super for the money

    Written By Tech Prof, Windham, NH on Sunday, January 22, 2012

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    Super nice for the money. Great Value

    Great Stereo bargain

    Written By jim, Breinigsville, PA on Sunday, January 22, 2012

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    You can't beat this stereo for the money!

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    Written By Anonymous, Anderson sc on Saturday, January 21, 2012

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    Great radio

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    Written By Anonymous, Illinois on Saturday, January 21, 2012

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    Very nice reciever, It has a lot of flexability in the type of ways you can play your music. Ajusting the Bass,midrange, and highs are difficult while driving other than that it's a great value for the money I would definatly recomend it.

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    Written By Rob, East Berlin, PA on Saturday, January 21, 2012

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    Great little receiver. Lots of features for the price - the USB port for hooking up your ipod is really nice - much better than just a line in port.

    Great buy!

    Written By Anonymous, Champaign, IL on Friday, January 20, 2012

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    Great product. Great price.

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    Written By Anonymous, Colorado on Friday, January 20, 2012

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    Function selection takes a little getting use to.

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    Written By Anonymous, Kentucky on Friday, January 20, 2012

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    Best 100 bucks I ever spent! Installation with the dash kit and wiring harness was a piece of cake! Lots of neat fe