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Kenwood KDC-248U

CD receiver (New Stock)

Item #: 113KDC248U

118 Reviews

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Original Price: $79.99

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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.

    Kenwood KDC-248U Reviews

    Average Customer Review:

    118 Reviews

    Kenwood KDC-248U

    Written by: RussD from Snellville, GA on April 19, 2013

    2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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 from Caldwell ID on April 19, 2013

    1985 Nissan 300ZX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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 from texas on April 16, 2013

    1992 Chevrolet C Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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.

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    Written by: Anonymous from Cincinnati, Ohio on April 16, 2013

    2001 Toyota 4Runner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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.

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    Great product for the price!

    Written by: Raffi from Troy, NY on April 9, 2013

    2000 Plymouth Neon
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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

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    Written by: Anonymous from Atlanta, GA on April 9, 2013

    2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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!

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    Incredible sound for the money

    Written by: Anonymous from Crystal lake, IL. on March 30, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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,

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    very happy

    Written by: RRod from Sandy Hook ,CT on March 25, 2013

    1999 Ford Escort
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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 from Belleville, N.J. on March 19, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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.

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    Good Receiver at Great Price

    Written by: Sparky72 from Ellettsville IN on March 11, 2013

    1996 Buick Regal
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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.

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    Written by: Jesse from Fresno, Ca on March 10, 2013

    2002 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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 from Palos Heights,il on February 22, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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.

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    Great Product

    Written by: CK from Vancouver, WA on February 11, 2013

    2002 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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 from Camden, NJ on February 11, 2013

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

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

    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 from western Pennsylvania on February 10, 2013

    2004 Saturn VUE
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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 from Syracuse, Ny on February 1, 2013

    2002 Mitsubishi Lancer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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 from Buffalo, NY on January 31, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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 from TN on January 26, 2013

    2006 Ford Econoline
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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 from Patten, ME on October 13, 2012

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    • Ease of Use
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    • Value

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

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    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. from Marion, IA on September 16, 2012

    2002 Ford Escape
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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 from Illinois on July 15, 2012

    1998 Ford Escort ZX2
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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 from Hartford, CT on June 25, 2012

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

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

    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$ from Bama on April 25, 2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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 from Port Jefferson, NY on April 13, 2012

    2003 Honda Accord LX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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 from Northern Virginia on April 2, 2012

    2007 Mazda 5
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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 from Phoenix, AZ on February 24, 2012

    1997 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Good buy for the money.

    Pros: USB port in front.

    Cons: Menus are a little confusing.

    Easy to operate

    Written by: jb from Atlanta,Ga on February 7, 2012

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

    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 from Limassol, Cyprus on February 7, 2012

    2003 MINI Cooper
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    • Ease of Use
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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.

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    Old timer likes new technology

    Written by: LouisG from Richmond, VA on January 27, 2012

    2001 Mazda Protege
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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. from Columbus, OH on January 26, 2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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 from Minot, ND on January 24, 2012

    2007 Chevrolet TrailBlazer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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 from Bellevue NE on January 24, 2012

    1997 Chevrolet Suburban
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    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 from California on January 23, 2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    • Ease of Use
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    Very nice receiver. The price was great ,the quality excellent. Just an overall nice product

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    Great gift

    Written by: Elmer T. from Albuquerque, NM on January 23, 2012

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

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    • Ease of Use
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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 from jackson nj on January 23, 2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    great no problems

    Pros: all

    Cons: none

    Satisfied again!

    Written by: Vince671 from Guam on January 23, 2012

    2005 Ford Explorer Sport Trac
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    • Ease of Use
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    Easy install, looks and sounds great!

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    Written by: JimmyP from Aberdeen, NJ on January 22, 2012

    2005 Dodge Grand Caravan
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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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 from Windham, NH on January 22, 2012

    1997 Chevrolet Blazer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    • Ease of Use
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    Super nice for the money. Great Value

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    Great Stereo bargain

    Written by: jim from Breinigsville, PA on January 22, 2012

    1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    • Ease of Use
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    You can't beat this stereo for the money!

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    Written by: Anonymous from Anderson sc on January 21, 2012

    2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    Great radio

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    Written by: Anonymous from Illinois on January 21, 2012

    2002 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    • Ease of Use
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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 from East Berlin, PA on January 21, 2012

    1996 Subaru Impreza
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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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.

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    Great buy!

    Written by: Anonymous from Champaign, IL on January 20, 2012

    2003 Volkswagen Passat
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    • Ease of Use
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    Great product. Great price.

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    Written by: Anonymous from Colorado on January 20, 2012

    1998 Honda Civic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    Function selection takes a little getting use to.

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    Written by: Anonymous from Kentucky on January 20, 2012

    2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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      Build Quality
    • Not Rated
      Ease of Use
    • Not Rated
      Sound Quality
    • Not Rated
      Value

    Best 100 bucks I ever spent! Installation with the dash kit and wiring harness was a piece of cake! Lots of neat features you don't find in more expensive units.

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    quality product

    Written by: benferno from Woods Cross, UT on January 19, 2012

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

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

    I was impressed with the sound quality. I liked the way my factory stereo sounded,so I was super happy to hear the fidelity raise up to a new level. Crisp sound with lots of deep clear bass. It sounds so good with my stock speakers that i now have to upgrade my door speakers so i can have my mind blown again. Also, easy to use controls, and the mastersheet was on the money. Thanks Crutchfield.

    Pros: great sound at great price.

    Cons: the dash kit was pretty cheap and flimsy and didn't fit quite right. I noticed it for about a day and now i don't notice it anymore.

    Good for the price

    Written by: SLW from Orem, UT on January 18, 2012

    1998 Chevrolet Lumina
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I bought this for my son. He is very happy with it. The installation instructions and parts provided by Crutchfield were great.

    Pros: Price and features

    Cons: A little hard to navigate

    New Kenwood Radio

    Written by: Chase W from Pennsylvania on December 31, 2011

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

    This product is great, it was easy to install, just make sure you buy the adapter, it makes things so very easy! I thought i needed new speakers, but as it turns out i just needed a higher output from my stereo to power the speakers. Needless to say, i love this new unit and if i had to in tall a radio again i would do it in a heartbeat!

    Pros: The sound quality is absolutely amazing!

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    Fantastic unit

    Written by: David from Kansas on December 29, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    From start to finish it took less than an hour to install. Our daughter had it all figured out before I had my tools pcked up! Great sound, great product, great installation instructions. I just wish I had used Crutchfield for our son's car stereo. I won't even think of looking anywhere else but Crutchfield for our next car audio purchase.

    Pros: Everything I needed to do the installation myself was included. Great instructions for our specific vehicle.

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    Great Unit

    Written by: Scott from Texas on December 4, 2011

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

    Easy installation with Crutchfield's free install items. Total install time was approx. 20 minutes. This is my second purchase from Crutchfield and I am looking forward to many more with them in the future. This company is Awesome!

    Pros: Installed it in my 2003 F-150 SuperCrew. Great price and great quality receiver. The sound is outstanding over factory unit.

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    Great Sounding & Looking Unit

    Written by: Mark S. from Ohio on December 1, 2011

    2002 Pontiac Grand Prix
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I bought this so I could hook my iPhone up to my 2002 Grand Prix. The stock unit sounded good, but no inputs for MP3 or a phone. I was surprised how much better this sounded than the stock (I had the upgraded stock stereo). This was easy to install, even though I had to shave a small amount of plastic on the sides of the opening to fit the new unit in. Only delayed me a few minutes. This unit has all the best features, is easy to control, and a bonus is that the lights are red, which matches the lights inside my Pontiac. All the included accessories from Crutchfield made this install painless.

    Pros: Excellent sound quality, great features, USB port for iPhone, scrolling track titles

    Cons: Nothing!

    Great Radio

    Written by: Levi from New Bern, NC on November 30, 2011

    1993 Mazda 323
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I ordered this radio for the usb input. Took less than 30 minutes to remove factory radio and install new one. Fits the dash perfect. Instructions were very good. Received it it two days of order. I will order again from Crutchfield.

    Pros: Easy install. Good fit. Sound is much better than the factory unit. Can't beat the price for the radio and the installation hardware.

    Cons: Doesn't list the usb folders by name only by the numbers.

    Great Porduct

    Written by: Anonymous from Frankfort, IL on November 21, 2011

    2000 Pontiac Grand Am
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Easy install works great. If you are looking for a radio with Aux and USB for cheap, there is no better choice

    Pros: Great price, Aux plus USB

    Cons: None

    bang for the buck!

    Written by: JPatB from Atlanta, GA on November 17, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Not Rated
      Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Fantastic unit! Great sound, direct iPod control. Source button is too close to the faceplate eject, and the volume/control knob is a little too slick. Wish it dimmed with the car too. But for the price, this is loaded with handy features that make this the most usable Kenwood deck with the best bang for the buck! Note: there is an attenuator button on the remote, but who uses a remote...

    Pros: USB + AUX, great interface, great price, great sound!

    Cons: no attenuator button on the face, doesn't seem to work with USB on Android phones

    Relatively Painless

    Written by: Bob-o from Northern WI on November 17, 2011

    2002 Saturn SL1
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Was relatively painless to install and everything worked well out of the box and the price was right...especially since it included the mounting bracket and wiring harness to fit in my car.

    Pros: All I needed was simple radio w/CD. This product looks good and does just what I needed with additional USB & front jack for Aux inputs.

    Cons: Buttons are small and volume knob is too short and smooth which does make it more difficult to use.

    Nice Price

    Written by: GregK from Moline, IL on November 15, 2011

    1995 Pontiac Sunfire
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    There are lower prices for other decks with front USB inputs out there, but the extras that come with a Cruthchfield order go WAY above the bar to compensate. Cruthfield is the best value BY FAR when you consider the entire package.

    Pros: USB input on the front works Awesome... you don't need a special cable like the manual says to use a flash drive with this deck - it plugs right in.

    Cons: No display of USB info

    Kenwood KDC-248U

    Written by: Erik from Putnam, NY on November 5, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Great buy. Great price. Excellent sound

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    Kenwood KDC-248U

    Written by: madjack from Amity PA on November 3, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Easy install....Screaming deal! Free shipping & harness & install kit...5 minute install after completing wiring harness on my kitchen table.

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    Kenwood KDC-248U

    Written by: Russ from Colorado on November 3, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Excellent buy. Excellent service. Excellent price. Excellent support. Excellent sound.

    Pros: The sound quality was hugely improved. The well known after market receiver it replaced was average to poor. With this receiver it is like being in a concert. The highs and lows are rich. Thanks Crutchfield. Another home run over the 30 years I've been buying from you. Great price as always.

    Cons:

    INEXPENSIVE NOT CHEAP

    Written by: BONZO from GREENVILLE, S.C. on October 31, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Great quality at a very reasonable price. All the cool features : am/fm, i-pod ready, thumb drive works great, mp-3 ready, and plays cds to boot. Easy to use features. Wiring harness and adaptor kit made installation a snap. Oh yeah, great service on the phone, your techs are always spot on, and very fast delivery. This is the tenth plus unit i have bought from crutchfield. They haven't let me down yet as good as it gets.

    Pros: Great quality at a very reasonable price. All the cool features : am/fm, i-pod ready, mp-3 ready, and plays cds to boot. Easy to use features. Wiring harness and adaptor kit made installation a snap.

    Cons: No complaints, no problems

    Great bargain deck

    Written by: Mike G from Stuart FL on October 26, 2011

    1995 Lexus SC400
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I needed an inexpensive deck because the OE amp in my SC400 died, and $250-600 to fix a 16 year old system or $100 for current technology was an easy choice. Another Kenwood deck I love. It may not have all the bells and whistles, but $100 for an IPOD control radio was impossible to pass up.

    Pros: GREAT VALUE

    Cons: Nothing

    Trouble with MP3's from CD and USB device

    Written by: Kenwood luvr from Minneapolis on October 25, 2011

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

    It also works with a limited number of ipods, check the list before you purchase. It doesn't show songs from the Shuffle. The other issue I have is the buttons are very light plastic. The main dial is so smooth and light that it is hard to tell if you are turning the knob. It also has an IPOD button on the front that does nothing. A little confusing until you read the directions and discover it is just for looks.

    Pros: Crutchfield does a great job bundling all of the proper connections and install tools with the unit. Installs easily. Performs ok.

    Cons: My main issue is that the unit can't read mp3's from cds or from my Android phone. It scans but can find the files.

    Awesome

    Written by: Cheyne from Anaheim, CA on October 24, 2011

    1988 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Just bought this deck for my 1988 Ranger, and I absolutely love it. The sound quality is amazing, looks awesome with the fluorescent red lighting, and all of the controls and settings are very straightforward and easy to use. Plus, the install was a breeze. My only complaint is that it has a clock, but I have no idea how to get it to show up. Other than that, I couldn't be happier for the price. Great job Kenwood, and thanks to Crutchfield.

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    Written by: Chris from Elk Creek, VA on October 21, 2011

    2005 Saturn VUE
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Everything I expected from a Kenwood. Great sound with easy controls, a great product for the price.

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    Good Solid Sound

    Written by: RichC from Charlotte, NC on October 20, 2011

    2004 Saturn ION 2
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this stereo to replace a generic POS stereo that had been installed in my Saturn ION. It came with the usual cable adapter and dash board mounting kit and installed easily. The radio sounds good, decent power too. I use the USB with a 16GB flash drive and it works flawless. My only issue is they put the SRC button just below the faceplate eject and when it is dark I find myself ejecting the faceplate instead of powering the radio on. I still rate it high though.

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    Kenwood KDC-248U

    Written by: Ken D. from Chesapeake, VA on October 19, 2011

    2004 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Bought this stereo based on other recommendations on this website. All have been spot on. This was installed in my son's 2004 Tacoma. It took 15 minutes to remove the old stereo and about 45 minutes to install it. The reason being was the harness had to be spliced and crimped. The sound is outstanding. My son loves the USB jack for his iPod. I put Polk Audio speakers in the truck last year and this stereo just makes them sound crystal clear.

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    Extremely Happy With This Radio

    Written by: Porsche911 from Beavercreek, OH on October 16, 2011

    I installed the KDC-248U in my Porsche 911 Carrera. I didn't want to cheapen a classic car; on the other hand, the car isn't special for its radio. It just needed to work. So I was thrilled to get such a great radio/CD player loaded with so many features - the USB and audio ports up front, the removable faceplate, the remote, among others that I'm not even using. You don't have to spend a lot of money to get quality. You just have to be smart.

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    Sweet kenwood

    Written by: Brian C from lauderhill, Fl on October 16, 2011

    2004 Honda Civic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great all around, Crutcfield is first class in every way. Quick shipping and free instalation gear, what more can you ask for. Installed the unit in a 2004 Honda Civic and have nothing negative to say. Highly recomend this product.

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    A Nice OEM Replacement

    Written by: David from Woodlawn, VA on October 15, 2011

    1993 Saturn SW2
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Bought this to replace the OEM unit in my Saturn. It has all the features I wanted. I especially like the front USB port. Just pop in a flash drive and I've got hours of tunes.

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    Car Stereo

    Written by: Curtis from Atoka, TN. on October 11, 2011

    2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was looking to upgrade my stereo in my 02 Silverado. I'd remembder Crutchfield from years ago and decide to give them a call. The ordering process and delivery was awesome! The supplies provided was spot on....made the installation very easy! Thanks Crutchfield for the superb service and products. P.S. The stereo sounds awesome!

    Curtis, USN, ret

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    Kenwood KDC-248U

    Written by: JerryM from Exton, PA on October 11, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I really like this car stereo deck, it has the features I wanted, at a great price! Crutchfield was very prompt at delivery and their installation equipment and master guide were very helpful.

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    Excellent for price

    Written by: Darrell H from Milton Ky on October 10, 2011

    2003 Mazda MPV
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    very nice product with everything you need in a CD player, I am a car dealer so sound isn't my thing but price and attraction are and this fits , looks good and makes my van more apealing,

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    Kenwood KDC-248U

    Written by: Jim from Orlando Fl on October 8, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Works great with Iphone4, sounds good, very easy to install. What more can you ask for. Especially at $99.99. What can you get for that price? I don't think you can do better.

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    Kenwood KDC-248U

    Written by: LarK from West Chester, PA on October 6, 2011

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

    Great radio for the price. Changed out my radio for my Honda Civic 2000 without difficulties and didn't need to use the installation kit (which is terrible).

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    Kenwood KDC-248U

    Written by: Chuck from Riverside,IL. on October 4, 2011

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

    Great radio at an awesome price. Gets awesome reception and sounds unbelievably better than the Jensen I was replacing. Will take a little getting used to the controls but that is expected since it is new. Love the Ipod hook up in front much nicer than the extra wires I had to hook up to the Jensen for my Ipod.

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    Kenwood KDC-248U

    Written by: gmr from Marietta, GA on October 3, 2011

    2004 Honda CRV LX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great looks & price. Sounds very good. Only slight knock, somewhat hard to find everything on face. May get another for my other car. Typical great Crutchfield service!

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    Nice Unit for the Money

    Written by: petec from Hampton, VA on October 2, 2011

    1998 Honda Accord
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    First time I have bought from Crutchfield. Great website, advice, price and installation instructions for my son's 1998 Accord. This Kenwood unit was easy to install, even though I hadn't done an install in many years. My son says it sounds much better than the stock unit. The ipod connection works great. So 3 weeks in, I am very happy. I hope this unit lasts (my son) many years.

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    OUTSTANDING FOR THE MONEY

    Written by: JODY from WESTFORD , MA on October 1, 2011

    1999 Subaru Legacy Outback
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    You cant do better then this for the money, Ive had this unit for a month now and it has performed flawlessly. Contrary to what others are saying I found this unit very easy to navigate, and set up. If your looking to play your ipod through this, look no further. I reccomend this to anyone looking for good quality product with excellent features for a great value!

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    Nice

    Written by: justin from Florida on September 15, 2011

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

    After a couple brief and aggravating stops at electronics stores, I decided I would go home and see what I could dig up online. I remembered alot of my friends use to order from Crutchfield when I was in high school, so I googled it and boy I'm glad i did!

    I ordered this to go in my service truck. I didnt want anything too fancy but still wanted a nice unit and I think this really fits the bill. Main reason for buying was the USB for iphone which works flawlessly. I love being able to choose between controlling the music from the receiver or the iphone. The price on this was amazing.. competitive with the cheaper electronics stores around town, except it had free shipping along with everything needed for the install. I had never installed a sterio before but had no problems with the supplied instructions. I am very impressed and will use Crutchfield again in the future.

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    Kenwood KDC-248U

    Written by: Anonymous from Houston, TX on September 14, 2011

    1984 Mercedes-Benz 300SD
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    not bad for a cheap radio. easy to install, works good. happy with purchase.

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    Kenwood KDC-248U

    Written by: Anonymous from Buffalo NY on September 14, 2011

    1997 Pontiac Sunfire
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Good for the price.

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    kenwood kdc-248u

    Written by: yackster1961 from uniontown, oh on September 10, 2011

    2003 Jeep Liberty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great value, Great sound! all around great unit!

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    Kenwood KDC-248U

    Written by: Granville from San Luis Obispo, CA on September 9, 2011

    1970 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Finally updated my VW Ghia (1970) with this iPod compatible unit. Wiring was a snap (really) - just match the colored wires. Used my existing Kenwood speakers (15 years old) and they now sound new with the power offered in this unit. No subwoofer - it rocks. iPod control via dash or iPod direct with the push of a button is great feature. Better receiver strength and tuning, speakers are kickin' on the bass. Very happy with this purchase!

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    Kenwood Rocks !

    Written by: Mark J. from Erie, PA on September 7, 2011

    2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    When I looked at upgrading the sound system in my 2003 PT Cruiser last month the Kenwood KDC-248U was my choice. It has all the features and power that I wanted at a great low price. With the free installation gear, face plate and detailed instructions I was done and listening to music in 40 minutes.

    The Kenwood coaxial door speakers took a little longer, but that's a different review.

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    perfect for the money

    Written by: gr from Cambridge, MA on September 6, 2011

    1999 Subaru Legacy Outback
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Pros: *great sound (almost as good as my old Alpine) *packed with features (love the choice to toggle iPod control between the stereo or iPod) *USB even charges my cell phone *Crutchfield installation instructions were super easy to follow *decent color scheme *easy to press radio buttons *rotary dial volume control *price Cons: *vintage cheap looking text display *no mute button *Crutchfield should tell you before purchase that you'll need to purchase wire connectors, a crimping tool, and/or a soldering iron to connect the wiring harness.

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    Great sound, features and value

    Written by: Chip from Cincinnati, OH on September 5, 2011

    1993 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was looking for an inexpensive receiver with front panel USB and a CD player to replace the factory unit in my 93 Ford Ranger. The 248U meets my needs perfectly at a steal of a price.

    As usual, Crutchfield was perfect. Quick delivery, amazingly detailed instructions, plus the freebies: the two wiring harnesses I needed, a mounting bracket, and even the DIN removal tool I needed to get the old radio out. I never go anywhere else for car audio.

    Installation was easy and the fit was perfect. It took a couple of hours.

    The 248U has way more power than I need. I have it hooked to Infinity 6812cf speakers. It sounds great with CDs and MP3s after a little tweaking with the audio controls.

    The controls took some getting used to - they aren't very intuitive. Be ready to sit in the car for a half hour or so with the instruction book to get up to speed. I've used USBs with and without the extra data from the KME Light software (free download from Kenwood). The extra data gives you lots of search options but for me it's overkill (and too complicated). I might feel differently if I had a lot more music on a single USB.

    The only reason I didn't give the 248U 5 stars is that the buttons on the left side of the faceplate (that I use a LOT) are tiny and mushy. I can't find them easily by feel and I can rarely tell if I've successfully pressed one of them. After looking at other single DIN units online I'm not sure you can find larger buttons, but the feel ought to be better.

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    Headunit Breaks

    Written by: Wade from FPO AE on September 5, 2011

    1998 Toyota Corolla

    I had this for about a month and a half and recently it started flashing *Protected* mode. I took the faceplate off and reset it and it worked for a little bit after that. Such a shame though because I have 4 great sounding speakers, an amp, and subwoofers connected to it. It sounded great at first but for only working for a month or so before breaking? It really disappointed me. Doing research this can happen due to blown speakers to bad wiring. It seems the Kenwood unit is very picky which is both pro and con, but mostly a con. If I were you, I would get another unit because this one seems to be "Sensitive". Being FPO it would take a long time to send back in and probably a long painful process to repair. Your money is probably best spent else where.

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    Written by: Steve from PA on September 3, 2011

    For my first aftermarket stereo, I'm pretty pleased with it. It has some average, but no more than advanced audio controls which are fine with me. Only problem I have with it is that you can't see both the current time and the track that's playing or the station you're tuned into. If you wanna see the clock, that's all you're going to see: the clock.

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    Kenwood KDC-248U

    Written by: AndyP from Copake Lake, NY on September 1, 2011

    2004 Toyota Camry
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Found it easy to install. Sounds great with current factory speakers. A great sounding stero for the right price.

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    Kenwood KDC 248

    Written by: Tony from Incline Village NV on August 31, 2011

    1995 Mazda Miata
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Nice unit with good sound and graphics ( I cannot stand blue light displays on receivers). A little confusing to operate, especially if you are in a hurry to turn the sound down by switching the unit off!

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    Budget Friendly

    Written by: Ihsan from Phoenix, AZ on August 30, 2011

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

    This radio has good RMS for those of you who don't care for installing extra amps, and the USB jack works well enough with .mp3 files (I never hook in my ipod, so I wouldn't know how that functions.).

    There aren't many sound adjustments, though. And the thing that bothers me ... I can't choose the type of display for tracks ... which means that a good percentage of the time, there is no id3 tag, and I just see: Track38 flashing on the radio.

    Overall, it's a good value, but the display thing makes me wish I'd have bought a model or two higher.

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    Written by: R from Reisterstown, MD on August 25, 2011

    1998 Toyota Camry CE
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Being completely new to doing any kind of audio related work on my car, I wasn't sure what to expect when installing a new receiver but had to get rid of the factory one. Crutchfield made it extremely easy to install and I couldn't be happier with my purchase. The EQ options ensure that I can always get the best sound from my speakers, even at high volumes. I love being able to control my iPod directly from the receiver and see the track information, without fumbling around with the iPod display screen.

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    Easy install!

    Written by: Dylan J from Colorado Springs, CO on August 24, 2011

    2003 Pontiac Vibe
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is the first after market stereo I have ever purchased. I've never installed anything in my 2003 Pontiac Vibe before but installing this unit is as simple as following the instructions. The iPod control works flawlessly on this unit. I would recommended dimming the light on it though because it is ridiculously bright at night. The audio quality through my stock speakers has improved tremendously and I can't wait to see how it sounds once I install my sub. Overall this is unit provides the best bang for your buck and you won't be disappointed once you get it set up

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    Works well. Minor aesthetic flaws

    Written by: Travis O from Eagan, MN on August 19, 2011

    2007 Pontiac G6
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this stereo for my 2007 Pontiac G6 Base Sedan. It works well and does what it should but it is not the most user-friendly stereo. The display is only one line of scrolling text. It has the older "digital watch" style text. Instead of having pixels; it has sections that light up. You know I mean. What this means is that I can not see the artist of the song and the title at the same time. I have to wait for it to scroll. This also means I can not see the time and the song name/artist at the same time. I don't like that at all since you have to use one of the buttons to change what is on the display. This stereo does not have a lot of buttons either and some of the text below buttons can be hard to read. I would prefer a lot of buttons with specific uses so that you don't spend your driving time scrolling through menus, trying to figure out how to change the bass.

    Potential Buyers- If you are on a budget this is a good stereo. iPod compatibility is always worth it. If you aren't on such a tight budget I would suggest getting a stereo with - easier controls (read reviews to find which ones are good) - Larger display (to see song name, artist, and time all at once) Now by NO MEANS am I saying this is a bad stereo! It is a great upgrade from my stock one that I could only play CDs on. I simply focused on the flaws because that is usually what people are looking for. The product description from the manufacturer will cover positives.

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    Great for AUX, iPod and FM, not so good for AM

    Written by: TimR from Dayton, OH on August 18, 2011

    2005 Pontiac Vibe
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I installed this unit as a replacement for a factory stereo which the display had become unreadable. It has fantastic sound with my XM Radio through the AUX input and iPod through the USB port. It has slightly less quality sound with FM, but has a very reduced range for AM (stations than have transmitters less than 10 miles away fade.) Clear channel stations less than 50 miles away are virtually absent.

    Since this is going into my daughter's car, the lack of quality AM signal is not a great issue. Be aware if you are fond of bandscanning at night.

    UPDATE 8/21: The reason for the poor reception was I did not have the power amplifier wire connected in the harness. I thought this was for an external power amplifer. I did not realize I had an antenna amplifer in my vehicle. After this connection was made, the receiver was operating as good if not better than the factory stereo.

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    Great radio great price!

    Written by: Brian C from Austintown,Oh on August 17, 2011

    2002 Chevrolet S10
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Awesome radio for my ipod will be buying another one for my Dodge truck, soon.

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    Wow!

    Written by: oachdauber from Rockin in the D on August 16, 2011

    2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee
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    Absolutely love it! Easy install, looks great and has great sound! My wife wants one for her car now. Kids love it and it is easy to use.

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    Great New Stereo

    Written by: ERR from La Crosse, WI on August 14, 2011

    2000 Toyota Corolla
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    Decided to replace the broken down OEM radio in my Corolla. I called the experts at Crutchfield and was actually guided to a less expensive model that meet all my requirements and the price included everything I needed to install, minus the cap crimp connectors. A very quick and easy install and a great product. Looks great and works great. Very happy with the price and expert service. Thank you Axel.

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    awesome value

    Written by: Tyler C from Joliet, IL on August 12, 2011

    1997 Buick Park Avenue
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    This is a great head unit, especially for the price. You get the head unit, thorough instructions, and everything you need to install and wire it. This is easy to use and gets loud. Even before I put new speakers in my car, it was noticeably louder from the getgo. With 50w peak and 22w RMS, this is very powerful and has a higher RMS than any unit in this price range. Easy to use and a very clean design. Once I paired it with Kenwood performance series speakers, it sounds excellent and gets LOUD. I have always been a fan of Kenwood.

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    Beautiful sound. Manual is lousy. .

    Written by: JC from Fountain Valley, CA on August 10, 2011

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    Installation was a snap, but the maunual is very hard to decipher. I still can't figure out how to tune in the favorite stations. Thankfully, I only use the USB most of the time.

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    AWESOME

    Written by: Piep from Central, Pa on August 9, 2011

    2004 Volkswagen Beetle
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    This system is awesome and easily installed. I luv it and it enhances the whole stereo. I reccomend to anyone considering it and needs that extra comfort of knowing that they are not geting junk!

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    Sweet!

    Written by: Anonymous from MN on August 7, 2011

    2003 Ford Taurus SE
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    Pretty good stereo overall. Very good price and pretty much has everything you could need.

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    Good sound, great fit, fairly easy to configure

    Written by: Toyota Camry from Austin, Texas on August 3, 2011

    The cable adapter really makes this easy. Today, the color coding of the wires means putting it all together is not difficult. The bracket kit looks really weird when you first pull it out of the box/bag, but just take a few minutes and it will all start to come together (literally snaps together, very nice).

    The unit has a bright and clear console, the auto detection when you put in a CD or add a USB stick with music is great. iPod controls make this a dream. I even plugged in my iPad and ran movies through the stereo, and it was like being in a movie theater, it was such good sound.

    Great price for what you get!

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    FM Preset Stations

    Written by: JohnH from West Palm Beach, FL on July 28, 2011

    2000 Ford Focus
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This was my first time installing a radio in a car. The installation was fairly simple and crutchfield's site made it easy for me to have everything that I needed. The radio has a nice look and sounds better than my stock radio. I love that I can play songs from my iphone and it charges my phone at the same time. Functions are easy to use once you get used to them. The only problem I have with it, is setting the preset FM stations. It has a total of 18 preset FM radio stations available, but when I preset some stations on FM2, they end up being set on FM1 and vice versa. Maybe I should read the manual some more, but it should not be that confusing. It does not bother me too much though, since I don't really need that many preset stations. Overall I think the kenwood, with the features and the price I paid for it, is a good buy.

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    Kenwood KDC-248U

    Written by: DavidP from Hershey, PA on July 24, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Kenwood KDC-248U is a major improvement over the factory radio. With the sheet Crutchfield supplied made it easy and quick to switchout the radios. I enjoy being able to connect my IPOD and listen during my hour ride to and from work each day.I was originally reluntent in purchasing the Kenwood based on price because I thought I would get a cheap radio; this was not the case. Quality was quickly realized when I turned on the radio- wow.

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    Kenwood KDC-248U

    Written by: Tom from c-town on July 22, 2011

    1995 Chevrolet Beretta
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was a bit disappointed when i found out i couldn't use my Zune in the iPod usb. That ports only going to collect dust now for me. On the other hand the AUX input works just as good im sure. The stereo added good sound to my factory speakers, i have yet to see what it will do for my replacement speakers. For the money, Id say this is definitely worth it.

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    Best bang for the buck!

    Written by: Matthew from Greenville, SC on July 22, 2011

    2000 Toyota Echo
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    I installed this in a friend of mine's 2000 Toyota Echo. Including the wiring harness adapter and in dash receiver kit, everything went in without a hitch. And the sound is incredible! Before I installed a full set of Kicker DS series speakers, I tested operation of the CD Player with the old stock speakers still in place, and the difference was night and day. Its a great looking unit, and the added capability of Ipod controls through the cd player itself is just icing on the cake. Highly recommended, and when the time comes for me to upgrade the radio in my vehicles, this will be my head unit of choice. Will buy again, most definitely.

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    Kenwood KDC-248U

    Written by: rawze from maryville, tn on July 20, 2011

    2001 Chevrolet S10
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    i always buy kenwood and always will. great product and a great price. spec wise kenwood is hard to beat

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    Not bad

    Written by: dan from 01056 on July 12, 2011

    2003 Hyundai Santa Fe
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    i like almost everything about this unit. My only complaint is that the radio reception is poor, my stock unit had much better reception.

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    Good product, good service

    Written by: JR from Charlottesville VA on July 11, 2011

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    This is a good product at a good price for listening to an IPOD through a car stereo system and charging the IPOD too. The information and service provided by Crutchfield is top-notch.

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    Perfect if theres no sun

    Written by: Anonymous from Hartford on July 9, 2011

    1990 Mazda Miata
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed in an original miata. Great at night, but the display is impossible to read during the day...every digit segment looks lit looking like purple circled asterisks across the screen unless you shadow it with your hand. brightness is all the way up, but then it's distractingly bright at night. Audio settings could be easier to access more quickly/easily. Detachable face is difficult to release often, wish it wasn't detachable so I could leave it in place when I leave the car.

    Sound quality and depth are great, radio reception is impressive. Oddly, if a station is slightly static-y, it hides the static sound but makes the volume quiet...beware for it being loud when you change stations. Wish there was a quick way to mute or turn off...it requires you to hold the source button a few secs to turn it off.

    If I could read it during the day and without it looking purple, I would rate it 5 star.

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