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Kenwood KDC-252U

CD receiver (New stock)

Item #: 113KDC252U

185 Reviews

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Original Price: $99.99

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Do you like listening to your iPod® in the car? You do? Great — but if you're just jacking it into an aux input, you're missing out on some nice features and better sound quality.

Built-in iPod controls
Kenwood's KDC-252U CD receiver is the least expensive model with built-in iPod controls in their 2012 lineup. That means you can connect your iPod or iPhone® to the front-panel USB input and take charge of your playlists from the receiver. You won't have to fumble around with the player while you're scooting down the road or stuck in traffic. Your iPod or iPhone will even charge up when it's connected, too.

Kenwood KDC-252U

Better sound quality
And sound quality takes a bump for the better, too. When you're connected via the USB input, you bypass the digital-to-analog converter in your iPod and take advantage of the Kenwood's 24-bit D/A converter. Your music will sound fuller, richer, and more natural.

Good power with plenty of tone control
The KDC-252U is also a well-rounded sound machine, with a sturdy internal amplifier that kicks out a lot more power than most factory stereos. Plus, you'll have access to more sophisticated tone controls, including a 3-band EQ with a bevy of preset tone curves.

More connectivity
And 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 input. When you're ready to expand your system, a set of preamp outputs simplifies 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 player 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 display and red button illumination
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • System Q Sound Control (8 preset EQ curves and a 3-band equalizer)
    • speaker size settings
    • Supreme Setting improves the sound of files encoded at low bit rates
    • bass boost
    • low-pass filter, subwoofer level control, and phase switch
    • iPod/iPhone direct control via USB input — no adapter necessary, but adding Kenwood's optional cable lets you leave your iPod cable at home
    • Pandora control with iPhone
    • compatible with Music Link app for Android devices
    • inputs: front-panel auxiliary and USB input
    • outputs: 2-channel preamp outputs (2-volt rear/subwoofer)
    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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    Written By HyerT, Helper, UT on Sunday, November 17, 2013

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    Great product for the money! I bought one factory refurbished and could not notice any defects or marks of work. This works great, I wanted a unit that would handle my plug ins without breaking the bank. It works well in my Ford Ranger. You get what you pay for, I hope everyone realizes this when they look at this product, it is good all around.

    Pros: Simple, easy to use.

    Cons: none yet.

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    Written By Travis, Arlington, va on Saturday, September 14, 2013

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    This inexpensive stereo was perfect for my goal to upgrade the stereo in my 10-year old single-cab pickup. I can now enjoy audiobooks stored on my iPhone. The kit/instructions were helpful but required a bit of intuition on my part. I think a few more detailed instructions would help many buyers. I enjoyed this experience with Crutchfield.

    Pros: Price. Features.

    Cons: None for my purposes.


    Written By Anonymous, Denville, NJ on Monday, August 19, 2013

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    it works amazing

    Pros: everything

    Cons: nothing

    Good, Inexpensive Upgrade

    Written By Steve, San Diego, CA on Sunday, July 21, 2013

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    Replaced the OEM CD changer in our '03 G35 after suffering the dreaded CD-jammed-and-took-out-the-HVAC-too problem. 17yo son very happy with sound and iPod integration. Even with the stock speakers it sounds better than OE, in my opinion.

    Pretty easy install with supplied wiring kit and Metra dash adapter (half off!). Thanks Crutchfield!

    Pros: Good sound. Looks sharp.

    Cons: None

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    Written By Chris, Commack ny on Monday, June 10, 2013

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    The receiver was easy To install. The receiver sounds and looks great.

    Pros: The wiring harness fits perfectly <