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Kenwood KDC-358U

CD receiver

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Kenwood's KDC-358U CD receiver will impress you with its looks. It boasts a bright 13-digit display, logical controls, variable color illumination, and a CD slot cover for a sleek appearance in your dash. But this budget-friendly car stereo isn't just about appearance.

Great looks and plenty of music for you to enjoy

Kenwood's KDC-358U CD receiver will impress you with its looks. It boasts a bright 13-digit display, logical controls, variable color illumination, and a CD slot cover for a sleek appearance in your dash. But this budget-friendly car stereo isn't just about appearance.

You can tune in your favorite stations, check out all your CDs, listen to your iPod® or iPhone® through the convenient front-panel USB input, or rock out to Pandora® or iHeartRadio Internet radio. And you can control the music on your Android phone with the help of Kenwood's Music Control app, or add a SiriusXM tuner to enjoy satellite radio's exceptional programming and coast-to-coast reception.

Kenwood's legendary sound quality

The KDC-358U receiver sends digital data from your iPod or CD through its 24-bit digital-to-analog converter, so you'll notice exceptional detail and depth in your music. You'll hear the additional power that this receiver offers, and you'll also enjoy more control over your sound with this Kenwood's 3-band EQ, high- and low-pass filters, and selectable bass boost.

Kenwood KDC-358U

The KDC-358U offers sharp looks and great performance.

Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?

In most vehicles, you can use an adapter (not included) to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this Kenwood stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and this Kenwood, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. Check the "Accessories" tab to see all compatible adapters.

iPod/smartphone note: If you're going to use your iPod or smartphone with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for compatibility information.

Great look and functionality

Marine One, Toledo, Ohio 43560

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What's in the Box:

  • CD receiver (10A fuse inserted in chassis)
  • Face (attached)
  • Trim ring (attached)
  • Sleeve (installed)
  • Wiring harness
  • Wireless remote control (RC-406)
  • CR2025 3V lithium-battery (installed in remote)
  • 2 Removal tools
  • Face-fixing screw
  • Instruction Manual (En/Fr/Sp)
  • Warranty Card

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
    • Pandora and iHeart Radio control with iPhone
    • compatible with Music Control App for select Android devices
    • detachable face with 13-digit display and variable-color illumination
    • wireless remote
    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
    • built-in iPod, iPhone, and iPad control
    • compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
    • inputs: front-panel auxiliary and USB input
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (2.5-volt front, rear, and subwoofer)
    Other features and specs:

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    (147 Reviews)

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    Scott W from Tehachapi, CA on 10/9/2014

    2001 Isuzu VehiCROSS
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have had several Kenwood products and been happy with the sound quality. One big disappointment with this unit was the first time I wanted to load a CD the CD door broke off!

    Pros: Easy to install, great upgrade from old factory unit.

    Cons: CD door broke off.

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    Marine One from Toledo, Ohio 43560 on 9/29/2014

    1997 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great look and functionality

    Pros: Functions and easy installation


    Small fingers and good eyes required

    Popal from Staten Island, NY on 9/28/2014

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

    Like others say, its difficult to see lighted display in daytime. Impossible with sunglasses on. If you use reading glasses the clock display takes a moment too long to come into focus because it is too small. Too much time looking away from the road. Same with the pre set buttons. They are just too small for my normal size fingers and the back light not bright enough to see for a quick selection. The band selection button is located too close to the volume dial so when pressing it I sometimes move volume. One more thing I am not happy with is something I never thought to check. My factory radio has a feature that lowers the volume upon turning off until. So I could shut it down at high volume then when i start car back up, the sound is at a low volume. With this unit the sound when turned off is the same when turning on. Not a major problem after getting used to dialing it down before shutting down. The CD door would be better if it swung in. instead you need to open it from a small tab on right side. Same with USB door. It has a small tab to pull open to access. So considering most units in this price range probably have similar functions and sound quality.. I would pay attention to design for my next selection.

    Pros: Looks cool

    Cons: Bad display design. Backlight useless in sunlight. Pre set buttons way too small.

    great deck

    Anonymous from tn on 9/17/2014

    2000 GMC Jimmy
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great deck so far no problems



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    Anonymous from Cape Neddick, ME on 9/14/2014

    2005 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great stereo, perfect fit once I removed factory bracket for oem stereo. A lot of bells and whistles, still learning but great sound and my iPhone 5c works seamlessly, plug and play.

    Pros: Great stereo for the price. Removable faceplate, great paired with iPhone 5c.

    Cons: None

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    Kevin from Hillsborough, NC on 9/12/2014

    1996 Chevrolet Suburban
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very Easy to install. Very easy to set up. Buying this same radio to put in my sons truck.



    Perfect for the price.

    Erica from Fort Worth, Tx on 9/8/2014

    2002 Mazda 626
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Coming from an factory radio that id kept since 2002 this was seriously an upgrade. It's easy to go from one app to the next. Tuning is simple and the fact that it get siriusxm is an added bonus. There is so much variety! I can listen to my iphone, USB, pandora, iheartradio, and siriusxm. Hands down there is no way you'll be bored with this radio at all! Definitely recommend. Oh and the detachable face is certainly some peace of mind.

    Pros: Easy access to all apps. Detachablr face. Tons of ways to listen to music.

    Cons: Had to buy a case for my detachablr face.

    Good product

    Zach from Idaho on 9/4/2014

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

    Good quality unit. Impressed with the sound quality and easy to use controls. Little bit of a challenge to install, but I think that was just me and my Pontiac. Enjoying most features of it and trying to work out if USB will work with newer Android devices. So far having trouble with Samsung Galaxy S5. Other than that, I'm loving it.

    Pros: Sound quality is great. Look and feel of the device is great.

    Cons: Antenna cable did not match the prior unit. Crossing my fingers the cable doesn't fall out halfway down the road. So far so good.

    Fantastic stereo

    Chet from Reno, NV on 9/3/2014

    1999 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Awesome stereo for the price. Easy to use IPod controls, cool looks and great sounding!

    Pros: Function and sound quality.

    Cons: None

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    Steve from Wellington, Florida on 8/28/2014

    1997 Toyota Celica ST
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Replaced 97 Celica OEM. The sound is great, USB, Aux, and CD definitely a big plus. Price was great, delivery as promised and the install instructions were right on.

    Pros: Price, Quality and ease of operation.


    Great Radio for the money

    Josh from Utica,Ky on 8/28/2014

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

    Radio looks good and is easy to use. Paired it up with some newer speakers in my eclipse and it sounds great. Good product so far that was definitely worth the money.



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    Anonymous from Harrisonburg, VA on 8/27/2014

    Definitely excellent affordability. Easy to install, and looks like its more expensive than it is if you worry about that. My biggest issues are mechanical, sometimes buttons stick or the remote feature doesn't work very well. Other than that, the sound quality is amazing, and the bass is surprisingly good considering that I don't even have subs.

    Pros: Price, sound quality, looks

    Cons: remote feature doesn't work well, buttons stick sometimes

    Great Radio

    CS from Colorado on 8/27/2014

    1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this because i needed a new radio to plug my RCA wires into for my sub and because it looked very nice. I've had it for about three weeks and its works great. There's tons of settings that actually work and it makes my sub sound fantastic. Overall very happy so far.

    Pros: -Looks good -Many color options -Many settings

    Cons: -No bluetooth -Price

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    M=ZONE from P=TOWN on 8/25/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very nice unit. Plus the team at Crutchfield goes out of there way to help you understand everything about the product. As with anything new, it takes some time to acquaint yourself with it. Overall very pleased!



    Excellent upgrade

    Tom N from Dillsburg PA on 8/25/2014

    2012 Chevrolet Colorado
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent upgrade over my factory stereo. The installation was quick and easy even with the interface adapter.

    Pros: Excellent value for the stereo

    Cons: Kenwood instructions could be a little clearer

    car radio

    Wayne from Sheridan, Wy on 8/24/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Nice features and cool looking

    Pros: Radio has many options and is very usable for our needs

    Cons: So many features that take time to learn how to comfortably use them.

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    autohausal from Helena, Alabama on 8/19/2014

    2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    features & style excellent for price point, liked the ability to tailor the radio lighting to suit factory dashboard illumination, easy to install and sounds great. Everything in box from Crutchfield came as described and was perfect, definitely would do a project like this again from Crutchfield, good job !



    new car radio

    mozzie from Ann Arbor, MI on 8/18/2014

    2010 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    should have had someone in the car with me while driving to figure it out - instructions that were given by the installer, along with the explanation in the manual was confusing and not able to retain enough to make it work as i know it can!

    Pros: ease of installation general looks

    Cons: did not come complete with screws necessary to complete am 'IZO' install. Fortunately, the installation shop had extra parts for this purpose.

    Very pleased

    Gsimpson from Portland, OR on 8/18/2014

    2000 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    So far so good, just installed last weekend.

    Pros: Easy to install, lots of features.

    Cons: The display needs to be brighter during the day time.

    Great upgrade

    Anonymous from Columbus oh on 8/17/2014

    2000 GMC Sierra 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I love the radio. Great upgrade from the stock unit. My only complaint is the horrible glare when there is the slightest sunlight, impossible to see it

    Pros: 6 RCA output Easy to use

    Cons: Horrible glare makes it impossible to see in the daytime

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    J Martin from Pgh Pa on 8/15/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    My only complaint about this unit is the glare in daylight makes it impossible to read the display. Possible mate finish on the display would help. as it is it is usless except at night. Also it would be nice to have a larger clock display.

    Pros: great sound and value for the money

    Cons: display unreadable in daylight. clock display is small

    Great Stereo...

    Justin from Verona VA on 8/13/2014

    Bought this for my moms Cavalier and it sounds awesome even on the stock speakers. She is very pleased and likes the colors...:)



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    Ken Kuhn from Kingsville Texas on 8/13/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    easy installation, looks good, and sounds good


    Cons: conflicting wiring diagrams


    JD from Lake city Fl on 8/13/2014

    1985 Ford F Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Did not use any of brackets that came with the radio all ready had aftermarket stereo installed


    Cons: need book for wiring up radio it would have been nice if it had the little stickers like some products do

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    Silas from asheville,nc on 8/10/2014

    2002 Subaru Forester
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love this unit. Great sound...features...Great buy for the money. I gotta say Crutchfield Rocks !!! I have ordered many products from them over the years...the best....Tech Service is the best I have ever encountered. Always so helpful...

    Pros: Many features....UBS port is nice to have.

    Cons: none really...

    solid stereo

    Phil from lansing, mi on 8/10/2014

    1999 Honda Accord
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I had a factory stereo still in my car and this stereo makes a world of difference. I can push my speakers pretty hard even without another amp. The color choices and menu screens are a little challenging to grasp at first but not too bad.

    Pros: Good power output Color options

    Cons: Menu and buttons are tricky at first

    Love it

    CJB from Langhorne, PA on 8/4/2014

    2006 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great head unit for the price, install with Crutchfield included materials was a breeze!



    Works well

    Anonymous from Palm Springs, CA on 8/3/2014

    2003 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this to put in my son's 03 Mustang GT after the factory radio ate his CDs. It was a easy install with the included gear from Crutchfield. Total time for the install including wiring the adaptor was 30 min. My son is very happy with the radio and the sound. Makes the factory Mach speakers sound better. The reason for the one star reduction is some times the radio will change the bass settings to +6 upon start up making the bass to pronounced. It does not happen all the time and I am not the person using the stereo so it maybe user error. Over all a great stereo. If I could I would have given it 4.5 stars

    Pros: Great sound and price

    Cons: Settings sometimes change.

    Great upgrade

    DBailey from Crown Point, IN on 8/3/2014

    2006 Mercury Mariner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy to adjust, adds major punch to the speakers. The color options for the display are great. A very good looking radio also. Installation was a breeze.

    Pros: Everything works very good.

    Cons: The clock could have been a little bigger.


    Juan from New York on 7/31/2014

    2005 Nissan Xterra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very confused to operate, needs more buttons.



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    DanilBoone from Wisconsin on 7/30/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I'm sorry to say that after inserting about 4 or 5 CD's that the unit failed. After calling customer service for advice , and re-setting the unit, the need for deck replacement became necessary. The customer service was great and another unit from another manufacturer was issued without delay. I was definitely afraid of re-installing the same Kenwood unit in case the same thing happened again. I will have to absorb the cost of re-instillation which I'm not too happy about but I understand that these things happen. I would like to say thanks to Crutchfield for outstanding customer support! Everyone was just great, easy to get through to and easy to talk to, and even though I've had initial trouble I would not go anywhere else. Customer service after the sale is just as important as the sale! The attention to my concerns made me a satisfied customer and will speak well of the company. I will definitely do business with Crutchfield in the future!

    Pros: Cool looking

    Cons: Broke after 4 or 5 CD's. I am very careful and go easy on these things. Luck of the draw I guess.

    Nice inexpensive radio

    Bootch from Clarkston, MI on 7/30/2014

    2005 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Overall a nice radio. Controls are quirky between sources. Sirius radio adapter works well but no easy way to change stations without going through direct # via remote or genre.

    Pros: Nice clean appearance. Crutchfield did great on the wire harnesses. Lots of presets and different sources. Good radio with good options for a good price.

    Cons: Volume varies between sources, USB would be better on the back, Sirius control needs easier use. Have to tape all the wires to the vehicle harness Crutchfield provided (easy but tedious)

    awesome radio

    govermint from freeport, me on 7/27/2014

    1997 Toyota Corolla
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I really liked this radio ive been using it for about a month now and the aux port and usb are a charm for my listening needs. From the constant color changing or one really nice color and a bunch of tunable features you really can't go wrong.



    Great Deal!!!

    R.V. from Webster, MA on 7/23/2014

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

    A great little deck for a great price.

    Pros: Sound is superb for such an inexpensive unit. Has enough bells and whistles to keep you happy.

    Cons: The menu to adjust the Bass, Treble and Mids takes more button clicks and dial turns than I prefer.

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    Lee from East Hartford, CT on 7/22/2014

    1987 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Nice unit it almost has too many features, HD tough to use. It has great sound quality.

    Pros: Nice sound lots of adjustments, easy to install. Cool color changes.

    Cons: Clock display is very small.

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    Brian from Louisa, VA on 7/20/2014

    It was very enjoyable product

    Pros: Lots of different presets to chose from

    Cons: Could have more color options


    travisb from salida co on 7/17/2014

    1998 Subaru Legacy Outback
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    great product super easy install



    Awesome Stereo!!

    Derek from Montana on 7/16/2014

    2005 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This stereo made our 2005 Dodge Ram soung great!!! Was my first stereo install and it went great. This stereo takes a bit to figure out, but after reading the manual and playing with it for a while, it's not an issue. My wife and kid really like the multitude of color choices too!! Hooked up SiriusXM Tuner into this and worked great. XM Soungs so much better than FM modulator hook up.

    Pros: Easy install, great sound, different colors, and SiriusXM ready!!

    Cons: Confusing to control at first, but just unfamiliar with it.

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    Mark S. from Cleveland, OH on 7/16/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I replaced the OEM tuner in my '89 Bronco and have been very pleased. The updated instructions that were emailed to me were very descriptive. When I had a issue and called tech support they answered my question before I could finish explaining everything. Turns out that when you call all of your car and tuner make and model info pops up on their screen based on your phone number! Why can't every tech support be that efficient? The wiring was straightforward and the install was simple. Everything is covered in the tech sheets emailed with your receipt. The unit is exactly what I wanted. Enough bells and whistles without breaking my wallet. This is going to be my ski trip vehicle and will see extensive travel this winter all over the country so I wanted something that could play my iPod (USB) when I am out of range of stations or use the iPhone (AUX) to put my navigation app through the speakers during unfamiliar roads. Plus the USB charges your device. I also love that it comes with a remote. Anyone with a full size Bronco knows how far away the radio controls are from the drivers seat. No more leaning over just to change the station. I am so pleased that I am going to update the speakers this week. Can't wait for the snow to fly!

    Pros: *Detailed Instructions *Straightforward Install *Great Tech Support


    My first after market tuner

    JCon from Kansas City on 7/12/2014

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

    This was my first after-market tuner installation in one of our cars. I installed this product in a 2005 Hyundai Sonata to replace the OEM CD/Cassette/Radio that would no longer eject or operate the cassette input adapter I was using and was also getting a bit blinky on the CD operation. Installation with the instructions from Crutchfield was very straightforward though I did need to get some guidance on the wiring for the replacement universal antenna. (The motorized OEM antenna has also gone belly up.) Back to the tuner... I'm very pleased with the performance overall. It does tend to sound a bit bassy and I'm not crazy about the way you change the source from tuner to CD to USB to Aux (which amounts to repeatedly clicking the source button to get to the one you want - but with a delay in response). Even so, I'm thrilled to have the option to connect the iPhone via USB for playing and charging. It does a nice job controlling Pandora and you can program specific Pandora channels to the presets. These work quite well. I haven't had occasion to use the Aux input yet. The device has a removable faceplate as a security feature. I have a little trouble with this because the dashboard trim kit that I got with this unit fits it very snugly and the faceplate catches on it. I just have to fiddle with it each time I remove it and "pry" it out. That's not the radio's fault but a feature of this installation. I had to replace the outer trim ring with the one from trim kit.

    Pros: Good overall sound. Great price point for all the features Nice set of features including USB/Aux/Pandora and iHeart radio support

    Cons: There's a glare on the display that makes it a bit hard to see in the daytime with the rotating color display option. You need a co-pilot to operate the controls if you are doing more than playing/pausing/advancing. Single button toggling through sources is annoying.

    Kenwood KDC-358U: Just Right!

    Dean from Olympia, WA on 7/9/2014

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

    Kenwood KDC-358U was just what I was looking for. Wanted a SiriusXM ready head with iPod and USB inputs. Installation was super simple and the sound is awesome. Crutchfield instructions were spot on. Technical support in helping me pick the right unit and gear was superb. I'm running this with a Rockford Fosgate R250X4 Prime 4-Channel Amplifier through Alpine Sps-610c 6.5" combos in front doors, Alpine Sps-610 6.5" in back doors and BOSS Audio R1100M Riot 1100-watt Monoblock through Kicker 10C104 Comp 10-Inch Subwoofer. Very happy with the overall system. It is in a 2002 Chevy Suburban.

    Pros: All the features I wanted for a very good price. Nice look and display. Sound is very good.

    Cons: Only con is that the clock display is a little small - hard to see. Other reviews complained about the UI, but I thought it was pretty straightforward.

    Great product!

    tc from Fredericksburg, VA on 7/8/2014

    2000 Audi TT
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The only complaint I have is that the brightness isnt bright enough even when its all the way up, other than that its fantastic!

    Pros: Love that it has CD, USB, and Pandora.

    Cons: Brightness level could be increased, but its acceptable.

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    Anonymous from iowa on 7/7/2014

    2002 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    nice unit



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    beekeeper from canton, ohio on 7/5/2014

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

    Good product. Easy install.sounds good. What else could you ask for



    great tunes for my old Dodge

    PD from Buffalo, NY on 7/2/2014

    1999 Dodge Ram
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Small units like this are overly complex, but they have to manage a lot of features. The install was a snap, install kit and adapter perfect for application, and the sound quality is awesome.



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    Tom from Florida on 7/2/2014

    Excellent radio

    Pros: Easy install and built in blue tooth is awesome, sound quality with the provide mic is great and sounds good

    Cons: Only complaint is the clock is small and difficult to see

    2002 Jetta

    Justin from MA on 6/30/2014

    2002 Volkswagen Jetta
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great deck, looks good, sounds good and simple to use. Can't really ask for much more for this price!

    Pros: iPhone compatible, pandora, ability to charge the phone, various display options.

    Cons: None to mention

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    Frank from West Chester, Pa on 6/29/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I restore Classic Mini Coopers and always use Kenwood Products, They never fail and provide great bang for the buck! Crutchfield gives great pricing, service and advice!



    Great Kenwood

    PJ from Sparks, NV on 6/26/2014

    2005 Ford Five Hundred
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love everything about it.. We have thisw model in all 3 of our cars..

    Pros: easy to install and use

    Cons: The clock is small on the screen so it is hard to see..

    Easy to install

    Joe from Summit, NJ on 6/25/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great radio! Easy to use and very cool feature

    Pros: Easy to use

    Cons: None


    Eric W from SF Northbay,, CA on 6/23/2014

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

    Still getting to learn how to use all the cool features,. but sound quality is superb, radio & CD player, even thru OEM speakers. I was able to adjust loudness, bass mid & treble to suit the speakers I have. Plenty of power! I setup the FREE mounting bracket, FREE plug, and FREE antenna extension at the kitchen table, and then took it out to the driveway to install...I had this radio installed & playing in EIGHT MINUTES! NO JOKE! Installation was clearly spelled out for me by Crutchfield,, they supplied all needed parts, FREE! Excellent sound, easy install, good price point-Can't beat that!! (Pontiac Tran Sport Van)

    Pros: Great sound Ease of installation SUPER value

    Cons: None so far

    Easy install rav4

    joek from state college,pa on 6/23/2014

    2009 Toyota RAV4
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Install easy on 2009 rav4, only 1 hiccup. When i attached everything I found I had no AM reception. If this happens to you, here is my fix, I attached blue wire on Toyota wire kit to the blue/white on Kenwood wiring harness. It doesn't explain it well in the description that this should be done, but after i did it, reception improved for FM and AM came in crystal clear, I think it has something to do with the antenna needing power.

    Pros: Sound improved dramatically, even with stock speakers still attached.


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    Anonymous from Atlanta on 6/18/2014

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

    Easy to install 2002 chevy 1500. Disappointing that newer versions of android will not communicate through USB. Plan B of flash drive appears to work.



    Great product!

    Eddiecas08 from Garfield, NJ on 6/17/2014

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

    Radio is everything I wanted and expected. No complaints

    Pros: Great sound Fairly easy to use Cool design

    Cons: None

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    J from Orlando, Fl on 6/13/2014

    2005 Nissan Frontier
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a nice simple deck that has lots of options. The styling is very understated which matches the interior of my Nissan Frontier. Love the USB Features for the ipod. I use it for spotify (even though it has build in controls for pandora and iheart radio). This is my first radio with a remote (which I thought I would never use) but found it extremely useful to help keep your eyes on the road. I would recommend it.

    Pros: Lots of versatility for a small price.

    Cons: Digging through the menu and controls take a little while to get used to. The display even on the brightest setting is almost impossible to ready. Clock display is too small.

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    Roy from Amissville, VA on 6/12/2014

    1997 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Thanks to Crutchfield, easy install. Operation will take some time to learn, but the basics are easy enough. Everything functions as expected.

    Pros: Great Quality. Great Value. Looks & fits Great. Easy Installation. Sounds Terrific. The variable display colors are especially cool. I like to let it roll through all the colors continuously, instead of picking a single color.

    Cons: Operation is not easy, but instructions are clear and with time it will become easier.

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    Anonymous from Limon, CO on 6/10/2014

    1994 Ford Taurus
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Super easy to install and works great.



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    Anonymous from Fond du Lac, WI on 6/7/2014

    2003 Dodge Dakota
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Just installed last week and so far so good. Make sure to turn clock autosync off or you're clock will update to the wrong time constantly. Looks awesome and sounds great.

    Pros: Color display options

    Cons: I wish you could display song title, radio frequency, and clock at the same time


    kdc-358u from rossford,ohio on 6/2/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    great sound and features for the money. easy installation. sound controls are not user friendly,took more time to set up than install.



    Car sterio replacement

    Fk from Plano,tx on 5/25/2014

    2006 Nissan Xterra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy to install and good value for the money paid

    Pros: Easy install, good features, good sound quality and cheap


    No sound

    DanH from Springfield Pa on 5/24/2014

    1999 Dodge Dakota
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Soldered all connections and programmed radio and had on sound. Hooked up my old radio and it worked perfectly



    Crutchfield response on May 27, 2014 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

    Kenwood KDC-358U Reviews

    Tom L from Sarasota, FL on 5/22/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I'm pleased with the reception, sound quality and apparent build quality

    Pros: sound quality and reception

    Cons: user interface a bit complex - overly so

    Good buy

    Rwilson from Sioux Falls, SD on 5/20/2014

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

    This exceeded my expectations and really enjoy it

    Pros: Unit was perfect for what I wanted. Ease of installation was great kits provided smooth install.

    Cons: None


    Flash from Jax fl on 5/19/2014

    2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Better than expected ive never really liked kenwood head units but I'm very satisfied with this one thanks crutchfield for the great deal

    Pros: Everything about it once you learn your way around the controlls it's perfect

    Cons: No cons

    I really like the stereo that i purchased. The price was great.

    Janet from Woodland, California on 5/18/2014

    2006 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I love the customer service. I would definitely order my electronics from Crutchfield again. The prices are great for what you get.



    Kenwood KDC 358U

    Mtnmad from Utah on 5/16/2014

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

    Works like a charm! Can't beat the price.

    Pros: Everything

    Cons: Menu isn't as simple as it should be.

    Very good, but not perfect

    Ceeb from Pittsburgh, PA on 5/14/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Overall I really like this radio. I can use my ipod, which was my main goal. The sound is quite good. My only problem is the display. There are about a hundred color choices and none of them is just plain white like all the other radios I've ever had. I chose the lightest color I could, but it still isn't very bright which makes it hard to see during the day. I called Crutchfield and they helped me brighten it up as much as possible, but it's still dim. And the clock is tiny. And it's not particularly user friendly so I keep my manual handy. Besides the display, though, I can't really complain. Works well, sounds good, affordable. I'm happy with it.

    Pros: Sounds good, affordable, easy to use with ipod

    Cons: Display is terrible, and the controls are not user friendly

    Kenwood KDC-358U

    TOM M from SUNBURY PA on 5/13/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Does what it's supposed to. Sounds great.

    Pros: Remote operation is a plus.Removable faceplate is nice.

    Cons: Maybe it's me, but I had a hard time figuring out how to operate this unit.

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    t-roy from culpeper on 5/13/2014

    1994 Chevrolet C Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    awesome stereo for the price. does way more than i need but it is exactly what i needed.

    Pros: multi color screen

    Cons: none so far

    Good Value

    MikeN from Clayton, NC on 5/12/2014

    2003 Audi TT
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Fitting this into a 2003 Audi TT w/Bose proved difficult. The pre-amp outputs on the Kenwood KDC-358U are on the right rear for this stereo. They feed the factory Bose amps. I needed to add 90deg RCA plugs to clear an obstruction inside the dash on the right. If I had pulled out the factory stereo before choosing a head unit I would have looked for one with the pre-amp outs on the left or center. There is little room inside the dash for stuffing the ground loop isolators , antenna adapter and the wiring harness. The Kenwood KDC-358U does work with the Audi TT stereo cover. There is room to close the door if there is nothing plugged into the front panel aux inputs.

    Pros: Good value. Easy to navigate controls.

    Cons: Display could be brighter. I would not recommend this for a convertible.


    Anonymous from Michigan on 5/7/2014

    1999 Chevrolet Silverado
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Install was really easy. It put a whole new look to my dash. I love it!

    Pros: Nice features Good build Hight quality Great look

    Cons: It does take a day or two to figure out the format but once you do it's really easy to understand. That's it!

    Great radio

    Thelton b. from Elwood,Ne on 5/6/2014

    1990 Chevrolet Cheyenne
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    It was a great radio and great price. My factory radio was getting to the point of not working This was easy to install and would recommend it to anybody.

    Pros: Easy to install Great price Great sound

    Cons: Nothing

    Kenwood in-dash AM-FM, CD Stereo.

    Casey from San Marcos CA on 5/5/2014

    2012 Nissan Versa
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Nice stereo very good sound (especially when playing CD's) and easy to use.

    Pros: Love the color change feature. Function menu is logical and easy to use.

    Cons: Clock is too small and display washes out during the day.

    Kenwood KDC-358U

    Jaime G from Ft polk, LA on 5/4/2014

    2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great stereo with excellent sound and easy to use. I like that it has the pandora mode. The one thing I can say that doesn't work so well is the pandora and iPod mode. When the USB is hooked up, it seems like something inside the unit disconnects very often and the music stops then comes back on and so forth. When I hit small bumps on the road it disconnects.

    Pros: Great sound

    Cons: Pandora and iPod mode doesn't work so well.

    Great Value

    Kyle from Bellingham, WA on 5/4/2014

    1998 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This product is a great value for the money. I installed this unit with the Kenwood Excellon KFC-683 speakers. It definitely gave the speakers the drive that they needed and improved the clarity. The radio is much clearer than the factory unit, and some stations come in perfectly clear that were just fuzz on the old unit. I'm having trouble getting the USB port to read my MP3... but it is a non-issue given the aux cable. The only down side is the face is extremely hard to read in sunlight.

    Pros: Improved Sound Quality Clarity Drive FM/AM tuner clarity

    Cons: Difficult to read in sunlight Small Clock

    Kenwood KDC-358U

    George from Galesburg Illinois on 5/2/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very good all around value

    Pros: Top quaity

    Cons: None


    Jim M from Sch.Haven Pa on 4/29/2014

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

    Fit vehicle as was promised. Looks nice. Installed in my sons first car, he loves it. Included was a pocket to cover hole in dash where old CD player sat. Looks good and is functional.

    Pros: Price, features,looks,performance,fit.

    Cons: Trim ring doesnt fit when dash trim was re-installed. Still looks fine however.

    Like it

    Anonymous from Kissimmee, Florida on 4/28/2014

    2006 Hyundai Santa Fe
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The sound is good, reception is flawless

    Pros: fits my vehicle, great price.

    Cons: Operating instructions can be confusing, issues with brightness


    JCW from Santa Monica, CA on 4/26/2014

    2008 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    It's been awhile since I have needed to purchase an after market radio and I was hesitant but I went with a brand I trusted and I must say I am impressed. I have a '09 Wrangler with the Infinity system and for a stock radio it was pretty decent. Well after installing the Kenwood I probably should change my opinion on the stock one as the Kenwood delivers quality sounds and packs plenty of power. I certainly upgraded my system and for the price I am beyond satisfied.

    Pros: Great Sound and plenty of audio set up options. Remote

    Cons: Having many color option is nice, but many of them are difficult to see during the day/sunlight. The clock is really small, but I admit I didn't buy the radio for the clock. On the Sirius source, I wish there was a scroll to get the artist and title at once, not one or the other.

    Exactly what I was looking for

    Chris W from Alabama Gulf Coast on 4/25/2014

    2003 Ford F-250 Super Duty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was looking for a receiver with a CD player since my stock CD player died. I wasn't looking to spend a fortune but wanted a receiver that had auxiliary/USB input and was SiriusXM capable. This receiver fit the bill perfectly and was easy to install. This was the first time I have ever installed a receiver in a vehicle and it went without a hitch. Sound quality is good (I am still using the stock speakers but the unit would probably sound MUCH better with better speakers) and the coolness factor is great. Still getting used to the controls and how to get around but that is to be expected since the stock radio it replaced was a very basic CD/radio.

    Pros: Easy to install, sounds very good, has a lot of features for the money

    Cons: None so far.

    Plenty of features, poor execution of operation

    RIch DP from Depew, NY on 4/24/2014

    2001 Lincoln Continental
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was recommended this unit, by Crutchfield. It has all the features I needed, USB,EQ CD, and RCA outputs. The unit, if can believe, is very confusing to use. There is no on/off button, only stand by/mode. To adjust settings like bass, clock or display color, you must work your way through a maze of button pushes and dial turning. To get out of settings mode, you have to back space, multiple times back to radio, rather than it. just doing it ,automatic. The unit has locked up on me twice, where it will not respond to anything. I had to remove the faceplate, and re-insert to get to function. By doing this all my settings were lost and had to be redone, step by step. The display, in bright sun, is almost unreadable. Finally, the sound: weak, lacking high end and not impressive in any mode, EQ or manual.

    Pros: Comes with an impressive number of features, for the price!

    Cons: Awful design and hard to adjust anything, without pulling over. Settings lost when faceplate removed. No on/off button! Display not bright enough to read in bright daylight. Poor sound quality for Kenwood. Might be better with some amps added. I would return it , if it was not in my car, installed, looking perfect.

    Car stereo install

    Claude P from Kerrville, TX on 4/24/2014

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

    Replaced a factory radio in 1999 Tacoma. Good directions and drawings

    Pros: Fits perfectly and was pretty easy to install. Factory speakers sound much better. Installed the satellite package also; very easy.

    Cons: None

    kenwood kdc-385u

    vic from erwin, Tennessee on 4/20/2014

    1997 Toyota Camry XLE
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    User-friendly, small learning curve with this system

    Pros: Remote control, after using this system for 20 minutes you feel comfortable with all control features

    Cons: None

    nice features

    jsjuicyj from pgh pa on 4/18/2014

    1997 GMC Sierra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Definately best looking great sounding stereo I have ever owned

    Pros: Sound quality

    Cons: Preset eq suck

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    Shane from Nampa Idaho on 4/17/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great deal I would buy it again

    Pros: Great bang for the buck and I enjoy having a remote!

    Cons: None

    Wow-What a Difference

    Steve T from Montgomery, AL on 4/14/2014

    1998 BMW 328I
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    What a difference in sound! Replaced my OEM deck in my 98' 328I. Old deck CD had quit, and the volume control was iffy. Easy installation with the connector adapter. Also have a truck but now find more excuses to take the car so I can listen to the stereo. Never heard kick drum and bass notes so clearly.

    Pros: Easy install, lots of features

    Cons: I like the display color changing. However some colors are harder to see, but this is minor

    Sounds great

    robw from Wallington, NJ on 4/14/2014

    1998 Nissan Altima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    It came with free installation gear and free shipping . Installation was easy and that's coming from somebody who has never installed a receiver before. Very Happy with my purchase!

    Pros: Price, Sound, free shipping, free installation gear

    Cons: Slight learning curve on how to use it . Took me a few days only.

    Great for the price

    Rob A. from Murrieta, Ca. on 4/13/2014

    2005 Nissan Sentra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    A great stereo for the price. The audio controls and features allow for great customizing, and are very user friendly. The USB and AUX ports work great, and USB displays track info on the display. If I have to find something I didn't like, the clock is way too small. This unit has a dual line display, with the option to select what displays on each line, but no way to display the clock on the upper and larger of the 2 lines. The multiple display color selection as a nice feature to match your existing vehicle lighting. Installation kit was a big help, and the factory side mounting brackets lined up to this unit perfect.

    Pros: Audio controls, USB and AUX inputs, display colors.

    Cons: Clock too small, display a little hard to read in bright sunlight.

    perfect upgrade

    Ben from Missouri on 4/13/2014

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

    Needed to upgrade the factory head unit in our 2005 dodge Durango and wanted s few basic features without going over board.

    Pros: Many different color options Front auxiliary input, front USB Setting sound quality for all different inputs

    Cons: Nothing. Just read the description and know what your getting

    Very Nice - Great Price

    JoeA from New York on 4/11/2014

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

    Real nice sound even with factory speakers. Has many features. Takes a little to figure out how to set up. Installed easily



    Great head unit for a low price

    BK from Ky on 4/10/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I wanted to upgrade the factory stereo in my bare-bones Ford Focus. This head unit was priced right and the installation looks as good or better than factory. I'm very pleased.

    Pros: Easy to install, looks good, set-up was easy.

    Cons: None to report.

    Loving it so far.

    Brad M from Plainfield, IN on 4/10/2014

    2008 Chevrolet Uplander
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I'm loving it so far, sound quality is magnitudes better over stock stereo of course and didn't take very long how to figure out how to use it. With the help of Crutchfield support installation was fairly easy. Had to call just because I was unsure about some of the left over wires which they were easily able to tell me what stayed and what didn't. Only issue that I truly have is I've been unable to get it to work with my smartphone, an LG G2. This is a new one to the market and even with the Kenwood App it still doesn't work, only displays NA Device.

    Pros: Sound Quality, Ease of Use

    Cons: Won't work with my Android Phone, Glare in the sunlight.

    Great deck!

    Tad from Westlake LA on 4/9/2014

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

    If you are looking for an inexpensive deck with a ton of features, this one is for you! Once I installed it, it took less than 30 mins to understand the features. I recommend this deck...two thumbs up!!



    decent deck

    ken from Anchorage, Alaska on 4/9/2014

    2005 Toyota Camry
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    System works nicely in my camry

    Pros: Easy to use color changing able to read usb

    Cons: Dim on the small side

    Excellent. Period.

    Patrick from State Center, IA on 4/6/2014

    1999 Mercury Cougar
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Factory premium head unit in my car was broken, so I went with this because it has 22 watts RMS power per speaker, USB input, and a somewhat cleaner look with the hide-away door to cover the CD entrance. The 3-band adjustable EQ works nicely as well as other audio tweaks. The "sound reconstruction" feature actually is useful for mp3 playback and improves sound quality. 3 pairs of pre-outs are nice. Low and high-pass filters for doors and subs blend nicely together. And most importantly, the sound quality is superb. Also, it doesn't say that it has a HD tuner, but mine displays all station and song program names in real time. With free harnesses, tools, and shipping, this was a home run for my tastes.

    Pros: Great sound quality, excellent RMS power, great tuner, adjustable colors, easy to use, sleek look would probably match look for most vehicles

    Cons: Instruction manual is missing info on some hidden features, but once you figure out access to them the unit is excellent.

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    Al B. from Yreka, Ca. on 4/6/2014

    2000 Dodge Caravan
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Ordered this unit to replace factory unit that quit playing cd's. Easy install thanks to supplied wiring harness adapter and mounting kit. Looks and sounds great.

    Pros: Easy to use and set up.

    Cons: None.

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    Bryan from Arcata, CA on 4/5/2014

    1991 Lexus LS400
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The receiver works great. I plug my iPhone in to the USB plug and use it for music and gps. When using gps, it quiets the music for a second to give you spoken directions. The tuner and CD player also work great.



    Kenwood KDC-358U

    Anonymous from Utah on 4/5/2014

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

    I am very impressed with the quality and sound and easy installation .



    Perfect deal

    Shane from Georgia on 4/4/2014

    2004 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is the perfect head unit if you're looking to upgrade!! Excellent quality!! Great Price!! I installed it in about 20 minutes, then again I've done this before many times!! Crutchfield delivered a deal to good to pass up with the dash kit, wiring harness and free shipping!! Thanks you!!

    Pros: Good looking head unit with many colors, I keep the colors scrolling Great sound, USB port, aux input on face,

    Cons: Clock is small, but when you're immersed in great sounding music who cares what it is!!

    Simple, Great.

    CasCam from Long Island. NY on 4/4/2014

    2006 Mazda 3
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I simply needed an auxiliary connection in my car, but that was not possible to just add one. Had to change the whole stereo. Great quality. Great product.

    Pros: changes colors. pretty easy to use. took a minute for me figure out the CD feature.

    Cons: no Bluetooth. sound quality not consistent with all sources. not as great with CD.

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    NICJ from Iowa on 4/4/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very nice unit. Was looking for a radio Sirius XM ready. Sounds great. Clear diplay




    REF from Ohio on 4/3/2014

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

    Great cd player with a lot of extras. I installed this cd player in my work car, and I love how it has covers that close over the cd player insert slot, usb, and the input jack. It help to keep the dust out. It also has a ton of display colors to choose from which makes it blend in with the other colors in my car. It only took me 30 minutes to install this my car as well which was great. I would recommend this cd player to anyone that is looking for a cheap price, but not a cheap product!

    Pros: USB and Input jack on the front, covers for USB input and cd slot, easy installation

    Cons: non

    works great

    2002chevy from merced on 4/3/2014

    2003 Saturn L200
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Works great it's my first kenwood so I'm still figuring it out but its exactly what I was looking for on my girlfriends car

    Pros: Easy hook up color variety and 6 preamp out puts

    Cons: A little confusing on adjusting anset up

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    Bru from VA on 3/31/2014

    1999 Jeep Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great bang for the buck.

    Pros: Easy install, always everything included


    Not as good as I had hoped

    Randy Turner from Cincinnati, OH on 3/31/2014

    1995 Eagle Talon
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    After installation, the first thing that I noticed (aside from the surprisingly long boot time) was that the sound quality is a bit better than my old Sony unit. I could choose the size of my speakers to better tune for my car, and I could disable things like Pandora and iHeartRadio since I will never use them. I was disappointed to discover, however, that the display is not customizeable. You can choose between 32 (I believe) colors or an obnoxious light show of all of them, but not much else. The highest brightness setting is very dim. The super glossy screen means that any ambient light is reflected. This makes visibility really bad, but that's not the worst part. The second line of the screen is reserved for the clock on inputs without track info. This cannot be changed. This means that, when listening to my phone, the top screen reads "AUX" and the small screen shows something completely imperceptible that includes the full date and time. It is frustrating enough that, if it weren't broken, I would have put my old unit back in and sold this one.

    Pros: Many color options, sound quality, included features

    Cons: Very poor visibility, slow boot time

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    Eric D. Sr. from Vicksburg, Ms 39180 on 3/30/2014

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

    I just love this head unit, it work's perfect for me.



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    DOUG from LEHIGH ACRES, FL on 3/30/2014

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

    Install was in a 1998 Honda Civic. Done in 30 minutes with Crutchfield install pack and instructions. Looks very good and makes the factory speakers sound great. Installed 2 weeks ago, no problems yet.

    Pros: Price, sound,

    Cons: Clock is very small.

    Kenwood KDC-358U

    Dave from Langhorne, PA on 3/29/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great product. Easy to install, great sound quality and all around great buy. Highly recommended.



    1998 Honda Accord Stereo Replacement

    Mike from California on 3/29/2014

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

    After reviewing many different products on Crutchfield I decided to purchase this unit (Kenwood KDC-358U). I bought it to replace the factory stereo unit in my 1998 Honda Accord. Great little stereo for the money, nice features.

    Pros: Easy to install - Use of iPhone functions are easy - Thumb drive is a great feature - Love the ability to change the display color to match gauges - So many features for a Kenwood stereo under a $100

    Cons: Might be the angle of my factory stereo location but hard to see display on sunny days even with settings at max and the clock display is a little small.

    "06 Dodge Ram Quad cab TRX4

    Gerald from Shelby, Ohio on 3/26/2014

    2006 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I called Crutchfield and told them I wanted to upgrade my terrible sounding factory system-with a budget. I bought this unit as reccomended, and couldn't be happier!-and I installed it myself! Had a few issues, but tech support was great and walked me right through it. For the money, this stereo rocks!

    Pros: great sound! Lots of features!

    Cons: Lots to learn to use! haha

    factory replacement for RAV4

    TheFraz from Minneapolis, MN on 3/25/2014

    2006 Toyota RAV4
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Bought this to replace the factory unit in my 2006 RAV4. Good upgrade from the factory unit, playback from MP3s and USB source are greatly enhanced by the expansion software feature. Sounds very good with the front factory speakers. I replaced the rears with Kenwood 6.5" and it sounds much better. The mounting kit was great, very easy to install.

    Pros: Displays radio song info, USB works well, plays all my old MP3 CDs

    Cons: Some display colors are hard to see in bright light, wish there were more color options.

    My wife loves it

    Jonathan from Knoxville, TN on 3/24/2014

    2001 Toyota Celica GT
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I installed this into my wife's Celica for her. It's a great upgrade over the stock system. There was a bit of a learning curve on how to change all the settings, but she's has it figured out now.

    Pros: Great sound, easy install, ability to change screen colors.

    Cons: A bit difficult to maneuver through the various menus.

    Great Inexpensice Receiver

    Giblet354 from Bixby, OK on 3/22/2014

    2006 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I needed to replace a defective Alpine SiriusXM receiver in my '06 Tacoma and the Kenwood fit the bill perfectly. I also gained the benefits of a USB input for my iPod and Pandora Radio, which did not exist in the Alpine. I'm most impressed with the sound quality as I am not using an amp or sub but the punch and clarity from my Tacoma ('06) speakers is perfect. Installation was a breeze with Crutchfield's outstanding documentation and I was also able to re-use my existing enclosure and did not even open the kit that was shipped with the radio. In order to use my existing old style FAKRA connector that was on my XM antenna (and thus avoid having to pull trim to re-run the new antenna that was supplied with the XM kit), I had to buy an adapter to fit the new module but it was inexpensive and a cinch to install.

    Pros: Great sound quality, more XM pre-store bands than you'll ever need (20 channels), nice looking low profile and installed easily into my existing trim kit.

    Cons: Display lighting is hard to see in bright daylight (although the radio offers you several color choices) and using the options control (sound settings etc.) is not conducive to other than pulling out of traffic.

    Kdc 358u

    Jake.r from Rock Springs ,Wy on 3/21/2014

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

    All in all lots of bang for your buck.Got everything to do install for a little over $100 .Can't beat the shipping either.

    Pros: Comes with remote ,Very good platform for us newbies to start with.Lots of bells and whissles for the price

    Cons: Small clock display ,I'm not sure that's even a con.


    RogueOne from Redmond OR on 3/19/2014

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

    I bought this model because it was Sirius/XM compatible (replaced an existing Kenwood deck) - very easy to install and was up and running in less than an hour.

    Pros: Easy to install especially if you had an existing Kenwood deck Economically priced Good sound with upgraded speakers

    Cons: Clock display is too small Only has one line of text display - an option to see both the Artist and Song would be good The Sirius/XM Replay option can be confusing and cumbersome - nice feature but you should be able to exit by pressing any Preset #1-6 instead of the Seek Down button

    Nice Deck

    melg40 from Minnesota on 3/19/2014

    1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very good Unit for the price. It is easy to adjust the settings (colors, clock, sound). It is much more powerful than the stock unit in my 95 Mitsubishi Eclipse. Plenty of outputs (good if you have a factory amp and want to hook up a sub). It was a little too wide to fit inside the factory bezel so I had to modify slightly, despite Crutchfield stating that it fit without modifications. I also had to alter the mounting unit they sent for ease of installation. I have installed many headunits and this one has been biggest hassle. It looks good now and I am happy with the deck's overall performance . The only con would be that it is hard to see in the daytime.

    Pros: price, customizable, ease of use, clarity

    Cons: hard to see display in the daytime

    Crutchfield response on March 24, 2014 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

    Great replacement for MNI HK system

    Ron from Cary, NC on 3/17/2014

    2005 MINI Cooper
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I installed this Kenwood KDC-358U head unit to replace the factory MINI Harman Kardon sound system in my 2005 MINI Cooper S Convertible. The HK amp failed, so I decided to take on a complete upgrade, and despite having to run completely new speaker wires to each speaker, I was able to do it, thanks to Crutchfield's tech support personnel and a Chilton's-like service manual. I also mated this receiver to the Clarion XC1410 amp and Kicker speakers. The result is much more punch and way better sound quality. I also now have the ability to hook up my iPod, and my phone, thanks to the USB input. I also opted for the Sirius XM tuner. This unit does not have Bluetooth, but I did not see the need to have that, because who talks on the phone in a convertible with the top down? Not me! Besides, for the audio, I can use the USB input, but I will mostly listen to SiriusXM or my iPod. It also supports Pandora and iHeart Radio via USB connection. I would definitely recommend this head unit to anyone who is looking for good sound, good features, and does not necessarily require Bluetooth.

    Pros: Great sound, easy menu and setup, great features via front USB and Aux inputs. Looks good in the dash if you are looking for a clean-look.

    Cons: Orange color setting needs to be more adjustable to make it a little more red/less green in order to match the BMW/MINI "Portland Orange" color. But this is just my OCD talking. :-)

    missing removal tool

    Anonymous from Fort Lauderdale on 3/16/2014

    2005 Ford Econoline
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Box was missing the removal tools Buttons to small for my fingers




    MIKE from CHICAGO, IL on 3/14/2014

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    Cons: NONE SO FAR

    Clear sound

    Jorge from San Benito Tx. on 3/9/2014

    2008 Volkswagen GTI
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    sounds better then the oe radio more clear and more control over your sound.

    Pros: Individual control for your speakers and subwoofer.

    Cons: not to many display colors


    Jrock from Nevada, TX on 3/5/2014

    2006 Kia Sedona
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    This stereo was the perfect replacement for our factory one. It was easy to install and looks and sounds great.

    Pros: Sounds great, easy to use, front USB, front Aux, remote

    Cons: None

    Kenwood KDC-358U in 1999 Honda Civic

    Tyler G from Fremont, Ca on 3/1/2014

    1999 Honda Civic
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    Installed into my 1999 Honda Civic to replace an aging Eclipse unit. I am amazed at home many features and the power you get for a "budget" head unit these days. Combined with the upgraded speakers this head unit sounds awesome and the aux port and usb hook up make using both my android and my girlfriends iphone extremely easy.

    Pros: Looks and sounds great, easy to use interface.

    Cons: None yet after 2 months

    Good radio

    Duane from Farnam Ne on 2/25/2014

    1992 Mercury Topaz
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    Very user friendly great reception

    Pros: Value


    Very Happy Customer

    Jon from Christiana, TN on 2/20/2014

    1999 Honda Civic
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    This is my first venture into an aftermarket car receiver after my well-worn factory unit became too glitchy. The receiver is nice looking, straightforward, and easy to use. The sound is very nice even using my factory speakers (a speaker upgrade would make it even better). I like the doors over the CD and Aux/USB inputs for when they aren't in use. There's a nice set of colors you can choose, or you can just keep it on random where it will cycle through them. The glare in sunlight can be a problem, but this is a universal issue. Frequency modification (EQ) is fairly easy and it has several presets if you aren't a sound tweaker. The display functions are pretty easy as well and allow you to change things to your needs on the fly. Menu navigation is somewhat labored, but not too bad once you get used to it. The remote is a nice touch for those who can use one, and of course there's the detachable face for added security. While taking apart my dash was quite a process, installation of the receiver after that was a snap. Crutchfield's instructions made that very easy. I called a Crutchfield Tech when I had a question about one of the wires, and he was very helpful and extremely courteous. So far, I'm very satisfied.

    Pros: Nice sound, good looks, great value for the feature set, outstanding tech support.

    Cons: iPod navigation on the head unit takes a little getting used to. Sunlight glare on the display (a problem with most receivers).

    Good Quality deck

    Anonymous from Hillsboro, Or. on 2/19/2014

    2013 Ford E Series
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    Sounds Good



    Great Product for the money

    BL from Millbury Mass on 2/10/2014

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    Fantastic product for the money. Great sound, plenty of power for my application (2007 Honda Civic EX)

    Pros: value, sound, function

    Cons: wish the clock display was bigger

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    Anonymous from Arlington Hts, IL on 2/8/2014

    1996 BMW M3
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    Very versatile Sounds good for the money


    Cons: Ergonomics are not the best Almost impossible to operate iPod effectively from controller , but you can just use the iPod itself Buttons are tiny

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    Wendy T from Cottonwood, AZ on 2/8/2014

    2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee
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    This Kenwood head unit far exceeded my expectations. I have always used Alpine units but decided for the price and features I would try the Kenwood. I could not be more pleased, it is an awesome unit.

    Pros: SiriusXM ready, sub pre out and the overall sound quality are outstanding, even has a remote.

    Cons: None yet.

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    ChrisL from Freeport on 2/7/2014

    2000 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500
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    Have always preferred Kenwood over most others, at least my 6th head unit, amps etc, never a single issue or disappointment.

    Pros: easy set up, nice built in crossover, solid built in amp.

    Cons: doesn't make breakfast! :)

    Silverado 2500/Kenwood KDC

    Bob from Richmondville, NY on 2/5/2014

    2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500
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    Very easy install. Great sound for the money. Radio reception is great. CD sound quality is excellent. Matched this unit with 2 sets of Kicker speakers. Could not be happier. When making my selection, Crutchfield tech support was super. Crisp, clear sound.

    Pros: Easy install. Great sound at low and high volume. Perfect for my needs.

    Cons: None

    Good for the money

    Rusty shackle ford from Roanoke,VA on 2/3/2014

    2007 Jeep Wrangler
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    Great product for the money

    Pros: Easy to use

    Cons: None so far

    Great system, great value.

    Scott from Littleton, CO on 2/1/2014

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    The Kenwood KDC-358U is a real nice deck with lots of features and capability. We were looking for something to replace the factory Mach 3 deck in a '03 Ford Ranger Edge. We wanted to add the auxiliary jack input and USB port functions. We looked at adding this to the factory deck, but for about the same price, we could replace the entire deck and have those functions. It was great, the deck is cool, and was easy to install using the installation kit and factory harness adapter Crutchfield recommended for our application. It took less than an hour to wire the harness, remove the factory deck, and install the new deck. It looks and sounds great, and the multiple color display settings will give you about any look you want with your factory dash lighting.

    Pros: Gives you all the functions you want or need, plus will interface with a satellite radio receiver if you want or have one. Most functions are intuitive and can be learned with about 15 minutes of time using it.

    Cons: The clock synchronization function is not as intuitive and requires reading the owners manual to understand how it works.

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    Tonyd from Sandpoint,ID on 1/30/2014

    1991 Chevrolet C Series
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    Great radio for the money. Installed in an older truck. Installation was easy due to tech support instructions.

    Pros: Nice looking radio, good quality and easy to view screen.

    Cons: Need to study manual to operate!

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    JB from Newcomb,NM on 1/26/2014

    1994 Toyota Pickup
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    great for the price

    Pros: value,quality and easily installed

    Cons: clock display a little small

    Kenwood KDC-358U

    Al from oswego,ny on 1/25/2014

    2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
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    Nice basic unit.....replaced failed OEM. Installed easily and quickly. Controls not intuitive but easy to learn. Wished din showed radio call #'s vs station name but that's the only drawback so far.....

    Pros: value,quality and easily installed . Nice simple, clean appearance. Harness,dash kit and support were top notch

    Cons: doesn't display radio station call numbers......clock display a little small

    Great buy

    Brian from Clarksville, tn on 1/25/2014

    2006 Dodge Ram 2500
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    Great buy. Came with everything you need to do it yourself. Completely enjoying this product.

    Pros: Great sound quality. Was the perfect addition to my trucks sound system.


    Good value

    Tim from McElhattan, PA on 1/23/2014

    2003 Dodge Ram 1500
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    Great value, my son simply wanted to play his iPod and phone over radio in truck. Tried a fm transmitter which didn't work at all. For a little more money we put this much better option in and it works great.

    Pros: Harness and Crutchfield support

    Cons: None. It is as advertised

    Kenwood KDC-358U

    Anonymous from West Palm Beach, FL on 1/22/2014

    2011 Ford F-150 XL
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    Great for the price



    Overall, a good experience

    John L. from Sunbury Ohio on 1/21/2014

    1994 Chevrolet C Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Crutchfield always makes the home installer's life easier. The included installation materials and instructions are top notch. I bought my first Kenwood car receiver 30 yrs ago and this unit did not disappoint. Removing the old radio was more challenging then installing the new. The instructions were good but I would recommend searching Youtube for video help also.

    Pros: Nice sound especially for the price, far better than the stock unit.

    Cons: Because of the design of my truck, this receiver had to be installed in the center of the dash (further away from the driver). I have some trouble seeing the display and controls. The clock characters are small. The display is not particularly visible in direct sun and the control functions are not intuitive but this will get better with practice.

    excellent purchase

    hoffy from arizona on 1/17/2014

    1996 Toyota Camry
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    installed in a 96 Toyota camry. install was smooth since crutchfield emailed the installation instructions and photos before product was delivered and crutchfield includes all needed wires and mounting brackets with purchase.



    Great Upgrade

    Ozzy from Madison, WI on 1/16/2014

    1998 Saab 900S
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great except for the compact buttons on the stereo. I prefer the remote to change stations/, nputs, and/or volume.

    Pros: Great quality at lower price.

    Cons: Not very user friendly.

    Great head unit

    Bret S. from Crofton, MD on 1/15/2014

    1999 GMC Sierra
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    This is a great head unit for the price! The menu's are a bit hard to navigate at first, but get easier after you use them a bit (doesn't help that the manual says push and hold, but you really push and release). I like the lighting color choices. The removable face is a bit hard to get off and put on.

    Pros: Price, features, sound

    Cons: removable face plate hard to take off and put on, manual inaccurate

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    tony p from chicago il on 1/7/2014

    2006 Chevrolet Aveo
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    Most amazing thing ever . Loved how it came with thedash kit and wiring harness and all . Love the radio the sound is so good . Would be better if I had time to go threw every setting and make it sound just the way I want it . I love it . It was here reall fast like 3 days not even . Good product

    Pros: Amazing

    Cons: Nothing


    Dixiechef from Powhatan, VA on 1/6/2014

    1998 Pontiac Bonneville
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    Easy to use, plenty of features



    Super Sound!!

    Steve from Vidalia, GA on 1/1/2014

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

    This Kenwood receiver is incredibly versatile and allows interface with iPod, iPad, pandora, and auxiliary devices as well as providing XM capability and drives a subwoofer. I'm using them all and it sounds great.

    Pros: Easy to connect, user interface is straight forward

    Cons: None

    Excellent product

    jjc from Elkhart, IN on 12/31/2013

    1994 GMC Sierra
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    Excellent product. Installation with the proper kit accessories was simple and intuitive. Stereo out of the box has very good power for a stock receiver. 3-optional outputs make this a great receiver for various applications.

    Pros: Easy setup

    Cons: short connector cable.

    Nice upgrade from stock

    EmileC from New Orleans, LA on 12/18/2013

    1996 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    WOW! I put the HU in earlier this evening and played with it for about 30 minutes, but so far - very impressed with the quality of the sound upgrade from stock. Replaced the stock HU in my 96 MB E320. Perfect fit. Easy install. I'm no audiophile, but the sound is very crisp and clear. Tried the Tuner/Iphone/Pandora/iHeartradio functions - all worked as advertised and sound amazing. Looking forward to getting plenty of use from those functions. I'll try to update this review after I've had about a month of system use. Easy to find a nice amber color to match the other dash lighting.

    Pros: - Very easy install (manual called for cutting of factory harness for my range of vehicle model - but it was unnecessary for my specific setup - perfect fit for adapter harness to factory harness) - Nice clean face-plate - Variable colors allow easy dash lighting match - Lots of listening options

    Cons: None


    Hands-on research

    Features and Specs

    AUX Input Front
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input Front
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Android Control Yes
    Memory Card Slot USB
    Bluetooth Compatible No
    Satellite Radio Ready SiriusXM
    HD Radio No
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano 7/6/5/4/3/2/1
    Touch 5/4/3/2/1
    iPhone 5S/5C/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    CEA-2006 Compliant No
    RMS Power Output 22 watts
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 2.5 volts
    Display Color Variable
    Key Button Color Variable
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    FM Sensitivity 8.2 dBf
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes

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    USB/Android/Aux Integration
    iPod/iPhone Control
    Disc Playback
    Audio Section
    AM/FM Tuner + SiriusXM Ready
    Display Features
    Remote Control

    USB/Android/Aux Integration

    USB Port: The Kenwood KDC-358U features a front panel USB (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; such as select Android smartphones (Froyo/Gingerbread OS only), portable digital audio players, or USB thumbdrives. The unit supports playback of MP3 (8-320 kbps), WMA (32-192 kbps), and WAV music files stored on a compatible USB memory device formatted with FAT12/16/32 file system. Your USB device should only have a maximum of 8 folder layers, 999 folders, and 999 files per folder - with a maximum of 20,480 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 (max. 1A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

    Note: When a mass-storage class (MSC) compatible smartphone is connected to the head unit's USB input, the unit's Drive Change features lets you select its internal memory or external memory (such as an SD card) for stored music playback. The Drive Change feature also lets you switch between multiple memory cards (up to 5) in a USB multi-card reader or multiple USB thumbdrives (up to 5) connected to a USB hub.

    Music Control for Android Smartphone: The Kenwood Music Control app for Android organizes your Android smartphone's music, while providing quick and easy search capability from the Kenwood CD receiver. The free Kenwood Music Control App for Android can be downloaded onto your Android smartphone from the Google Play App Store. Your Android smartphone must be running Android OS Froyo or Gingerbread (2.2+). Once the app is downloaded and has a chance to organize all the stored music on your Android smartphone, you can connect your Android smartphone to the Kenwood CD receiver via USB (your compatible Android smartphone must be recognized as a USB mass storage class device; not compatible with MTP protocol). The Kenwood Music Control app offers the following Android supported functions.

    • Song Management: Music stored in your Android smartphone can be navigated from the Kenwood CD receiver. Songs can be easily selected by searching for a Song title, Artist name, Album label, or Genre.
    • Song Information Display: Song information such as Artist name, Song title, and Album label are displayed on the connected Kenwood CD receiver.
    • Mood Playlist: Playlists can be created by classifying songs into categories by type of mood. Songs are analyzed and classified into the following categories of moods - High Energy (Active/Powerful/Core), Acoustic (Detailed/Simple/Smooth/Easy), Standard (Dynamic/Rockin/Vivid), Stylistic (Cool/Urban/Trance)
    • Intro Skip: This function allows you to choose and listen to only the hook-lines of songs stored in your Android smartphone.
    Note: When the Kenwood Music Control app is first downloaded it will require some time to populate all the music, so we suggest doing this overnight.

    Music Editor Compatible: The Kenwood KDC-358U supports the PC application, Kenwood Music Editor Lite Kenwood's Music Editor Lit (v1.1.0). Kenwood Music Editor Lite is a Windows-based desktop software that helps organize, manage and transfer MP3/WMA music files to your USB thumbdrive from your PC. When you playback audio files that have been stored on your USB thumbdrive 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. The Kenwood Music Editor Light (v1.1.0) Windows-based software can be downloaded for free from Kenwood's website 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)
    • Windows 8
    Note: Not compatible with Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad, Zune, or Android

    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 KDC-358U allows you to select the source type displayed when using the auxiliary input. You can choose from AUX, DVD, Portable, Game, Video, or TV. The unit has three aux input modes.

    iPod/iPhone Control

    iPod Direct Connection: The Kenwood KDC-358U's front-panel USB port can be used to connect your 30-pin dock connector or Lightning-connector iPod/iPhone to the head unit. The KDC-358U supports audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of your compatible Apple device.

    • 30-Pin Dock Connector: If you have an older iPod/iPhone with a 30-pin dock connector, you can use Kenwood's dock connector-to-USB cable (113KCIP102, sold separately) or the dock connector-to-USB cable that comes with your Apple device to connect your iPod/iPhone to the KDC-358U.
    • Lightning Connector: If you have a newer iPod/iPhone with the Lightning-connector, you can use the Lightning-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect your iPod/iPhone to the KDC-358U.

    Note: The head unit's USB connection provides 1A of current to power and charge your connected iPod/iPhone when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position (if your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it).

    iPod Audio Playback w/ DAC Bypass: The USB connection allows your iPod/iPhone's stored music and music apps to be loaded instantly to the head unit and sound quality to be maximized through the head unit's 16-bit D/A converter, allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 105dB. The Kenwood head unit supports audio playback of stored music, podcasts, audiobooks, and music apps on your iPod or iPhone. The KDC-358 provides music control and song/artist information display.

    • Music Control: 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 (A-Z) or using a percentage search (0.5%, 1%, 5%, 10%). The head unit also supports Repeat (file) & Random (folder) playback functions of your connected iPod/iPhone. Newer iPod/iPhones with iOS 6.0+ allow you to continue to access your Apple device's touchscreen. Older iPod/iPhone devices will be locked during connection.
    • Song/Artist Info: The KDC-358U will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information. The head unit will display Track number, Elapsed playing time, Artist name, Song title, and Album label.

    Internet Radio Apps (for iPhone): The Kenwood KDC-358U allows you to access Pandora and iHeartRadio online music services through your USB-connected iPhone. Your Apple iPhone must be connected to the KDC-358U via the Kenwood KCA-iP102 cable (sold separately), or the cable supplied with your iPhone. Your iPhone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi.

    • Pandora App: The Pandora App (free) lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the Kenwood KDC-358U using your connected Apple iPhone, via the Kenwood KCA-iP102 USB/iPod connector cable (sold separately), or the cable supplied with your iPhone. The Kenwood KDC-358U provides control over the Pandora music service and displays Artist, Album, and Song information. You can select Pandora stations from your station list and sort them by date or alphabetically (A-Z). New stations can be created based on the current songs or artists playing. You can save up to five Pandora stations as presets. You can also skip song tracks within a station. You can even give songs a thumbs up or thumbs down. To access Pandora you must have an Apple iPhone (iOS 5.0+) with the latest version of the Pandora application from Apple's iTunes App Store. Your iPhone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. You will also need a Pandora music service account.
    • iHeartRadio Link: The free iHeartRadio Link app for Kenwood from  lets you play music from the iHeartRadio music service through the Kenwood KDC-358U using your USB-connected Apple iPhone (iOS 5.0+). The iHeartRadio music service provides access to more than 1,500 live radio stations from coast-to-coast (including pop, country, urban, rock, talk, and sports). The KDC-358U will provide control over the iHeartRadio Link app, as well as display station identification and song/artist information. From the head unit's front-panel controls, iHeartRadio stations can be searched by the following categories (Local, Genre, City, or My Stations). The Local selection provides a list of radio stations in your local listening area. The unit also provides over 22 Genres to choose from (including pop, country, hip-hop, jazz, etc.) to help you find the right radio station for you. In addition, you can search for radio stations by City. Cities can be searched alphabetically (A-Z). You can even store your favorite stations (My Stations) for easier, quicker access. An active iHeartRadio account is required.
    Note: Access to the Pandora and iHeartRadio services will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.

    Apple Device Compatibility Chart: The Kenwood KDC-358U is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 12/11/2013):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone Pandora/iHeart Radio Artist/Song Text Track Info
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y N N Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y N N Y Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y Y
    4 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5C 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5S 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y N N Y Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y N N Y Y Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y N N Y Y Y
    4th 6.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    5th 7.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N N Y Y Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y N N Y Y Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y N N Y Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y N N Y Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y N N Y Y Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y N N Y Y Y
    7th 1.02PC Y N Y N N Y Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y N N Y Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y N N Y Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y N N Y Y Y
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N N Y Y Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y N
    2 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N
    3 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N
    4 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N
    mini 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    air 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N
    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 wait until a newer software update is available.

    Disc Playback

    Disc Compatibility: The unit features a single disc player that will playback CD-Audio and finalized CD-R/CD-RW audio discs. The CD slot is hidden behind a manual fold-up cover which blends into the front-panel of the head unit.

    MP3/WMA Playback: The KDC-358U can play MP3 (8-320 kbps) and WMA (32-192 kbps) music 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, 500 folders, and 500 files per folder (500 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-358U will display MP3/WMA audio file text. You can set the text scrolling feature to three different modes (Auto, Once, or Off) to scroll longer titles across the screen.

    Music Search + Direct 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. The supplied IR wireless remote control (RC-406) allows you to search for music directly by entering the track number.

    Playback Modes: The Kenwood KDC-358U 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.

    Auto Reload: If the ejected disc is not removed within 15 seconds, the disc is automatically inserted again into the loading slot to protect it from dust.

    Audio Section

    16 Bit D/A Converter: The Kenwood KDC-358U utilizes a 16-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood KDC-358U 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-358U 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

    6ch/2.5V Preamp Outputs: The KDC-358U features front, rear and subwoofer 2.5-volt preamp outputs. The front and rear speaker preamp outputs are balance and fade adjustable. The subwoofer preamp output is non-fading. The front, rear, and subwoofer preamp outputs are fixed to the rear chassis of the head unit.

    Front & Rear High-Pass Filter: The KDC-358U features a High-Pass Crossover for the front & rear channels when your front & rear speakers are connected by the unit's speaker-outputs or preamp-outputs. You can adjust the high-pass crossover from "Through", 100, 120, or 150 Hz. The "Through" selection is a full-range setting.

    Subwoofer Controls: The Kenwood KDC-358U offers the following subwoofer controls, when you are using unit's subwoofer preamp output.

    • Low Pass Filter: The receiver features a built-in Low Pass Filter control for the preamp-output, when the output is set to Subwoofer. You can select from 85 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.

    Speaker Settings: The Speaker Setting function tailors the head unit's audio 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).

    Preset EQ: 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, midrange, and treble . You can choose from the following preset EQ curves; Rock, Pops, Easy, Top 40, Jazz, Natural, Drive EQ, or User. The Drive EQ mode is an EQ preset that helps reduce road noise. The User mode allows you to manually adjust the head unit's Bass (200Hz) , Midrange (2.5kHz), and Treble (12.5kHz) level from +/- 8dB.

    Note: You can store bass, middle and treble tone settings for each source (CD, AM/FM, Aux, USB, iPod, and Pandora/iHeart Radio).

    Sound Enhancements: The head unit provides further sound enhancements for your car audio system.

    • Bass Boost: The Kenwood CD receiver features a Bass Boost control that can be set to the following levels (BB1, BB2, BB3, or Off).
    • Loudness: This function enhances low and high frequencies to make the sound clearer lower volumes. There are 3 levels (LV1, LV2, or Off).
    • Sound Reconstruction: When MP3 or WMA files encoded at a low bit rate (less than 96 kbps, 44.1k, 48kHz) are played, the Sound Reconstruction 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 Sound Reconstruction is Off, the unit plays the original sound stored in the audio file.

    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).

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

    AM/FM Tuner + SiriusXM Ready

    RDS AM/FM Tuner: The Kenwood KDC-358U features a built-in RDS AM/FM tuner. The Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast information such as artist & track information when listening to compatible AM/FM stations. You can choose one of four tuning methods: Auto 1 (seek tuning), Auto 2 (cycles through and tunes the selected band's preset stations only with each button press), or Manual Tune. The KDC-358U's tuner features 3 FM banks (1, 2, 3) and 1 AM bank for storing presets. The Kenwood KDC-358U 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 6 preset stations can be assigned to the head unit's 6 preset buttons, regardless of AM/FM band. This lets you recall a preset station without switching between bands.
    Note: 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.

    SiriusXM Ready: The Kenwood KDC-358U comes ready for SiriusXM programming with access to XM and Sirius Satellite Radio stations. Thanks to its proprietary SiriusXM Connect port, you can add the optional SXV200V1 SiriusXM Connect tuner and receive more than 150 channels of exclusive programming directly from SiriusXM, via the "SiriusXM All Access" package (subscription required). Visit for a complete list of subscription options and channel guide. Additional features of the SXV200 SiriusXM Connect tuner include:

    • Channel List w/ Category Search: The Channel list displays a list of all available channels. You can also search and list channels in specific categories.
    • Song/Artist Information: Displayed Information such as Channel Name, Artist Name, & Song Title can be viewed on the head unit's LCD.
    • Presets & Direct Tuning: Up to 18 SiriusXM Satellite Radio station presets. You can tune to a station directly via the numeric keypad on the included remote.
    • Replay w/ Smart Favorites: Supports the SiriusXM Instant Replay function, so you can pause, rewind, and replay up to 30 minutes of live content. You can store six of your favorite channels that will automatically be buffered in the background, so when you select one of the Smart Favorite channels, you'll be able to rewind and replay the last 30 minutes of content.
    • Parental Control: Channels containing unsuitable content for children can be blocked.

    Note: A separate SiriusXM Satellite Radio subscription is required (operates on the XM Network). However, you can easily add this SiriusXM tuner to an existing Sirius or XM account for a Multi-Radio Discount Plan.

    Display Features

    Detachable Face w/ Hidden CD Slot: The Kenwood KDC-358U features a hidden CD slot behind a manual flip-up cover which blends into the front-panel of the head unit. The KDC-358U also features a detachable face to deter theft (no face case provided). An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can be purchased for this unit. A face-fixing screw is supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired.

    Variable Color Illumination: The Kenwood KDC-358U features variable color display and button illumination. You can choose from one of 24 preset colors, have the unit scan through all 24 preset colors continuously, or customize your own color (RGB; 0-9). The custom setting allows you to individually adjust the intensity of Red, Green, and Blue (from 0-9) to better match your vehicle's interior lights. The same color setting is applied to both the display and buttons. The Kenwood logo and eject button remain red.

    Brightness & Dimmer: You can dim the LCD and button illumination to better suit the time of day. You can adjust the maximum brightness of the LCD and button illumination from 0-31. The Kenwood logo and eject button do not dim.

    12Hr/24Hr Clock: The head unit can be set to display a 12hr or 24hr clock. The unit also displays the day (Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, or Sat). With your vehicle's key in the accessory or start position, the head unit continues to display the clock and button illumination during Standby mode. Pressing and holding the source button turns the unit off completely.

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

    Remote Control

    Wireless Remote Control: The KDC-358U comes with an IR remote control (RC-406) 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.

    Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The head unit features an OEM steering wheel remote control input wire (blue/yellow) within the included wiring harness that lets you keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with an optional steering wheel audio control adapter (sold separately). Please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.

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