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by Ken Nail
Kenwood

Why replace your factory radio?

Two good reasons - sound quality and cool features. A new car stereo offers power that's superior to most factory radios, along with more sophisticated tone controls. And most car stereos offer built-in or optional features that add safety and fun to life in your car, including inputs for your iPod or MP3 player, Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free cell phone calls, satellite radio or HD Radio reception, and connections for building an audio system in your car.

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.

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
    Expandability:
    • 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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    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant
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    No
    RMS Power Output
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    22 watts
    Peak Output
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    50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth
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    20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs
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    6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs
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    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs
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    Preamp Voltage
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    2.5 volts
    Display Color
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    Variable
    Key Button Color
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    Variable
    EQ Bands
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    3
    Wireless Remote
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    Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible
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    Adapter required
    Parts Warranty
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    1 Year
    Labor Warranty
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    1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input
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    Front
    USB Input
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    Front
    Memory Card Slot
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    USB
    Bluetooth Compatible
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    Satellite Radio Ready
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    SiriusXM
    HD Radio
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    No
    Navigation
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    iPod Compatibility
    Full size
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    Classic/5Gen
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    7/6/5/4/3/2/1
    Touch
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    iPhone
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    5S/5C/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    Tuner
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    8.2 dBf
    European Tuning
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    Seek/Scan
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    Seek
    Radio Data System
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    Product Research
    What's in the box?

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    • 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

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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 SiriusXM.com 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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    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
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    5 out of 5

    nice features

    Written By jsjuicyj, pgh pa on Friday, April 18, 2014
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    Definately best looking great sounding stereo I have ever owned
    Pros:
    Sound quality
    Cons:
    Preset eq suck
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    5 out of 5

    Ken wood kdc 358u

    Written By Shane, Nampa Idaho on Thursday, April 17, 2014
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    Great deal I would buy it again
    Pros:
    Great bang for the buck and I enjoy having a remote!
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    Wow-What a Difference

    Written By Steve T, Montgomery, AL on Monday, April 14, 2014
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    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
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    5 out of 5

    Sounds great

    Written By robw, Wallington, NJ on Monday, April 14, 2014
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    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.
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    5 out of 5

    Great for the price

    Written By Rob A., Murrieta, Ca. on Sunday, April 13, 2014
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    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.
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    5 out of 5

    perfect upgrade

    Written By Ben, Missouri on Sunday, April 13, 2014
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    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
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    5 out of 5

    Very Nice - Great Price

    Written By JoeA, New York on Friday, April 11, 2014
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    Real nice sound even with factory speakers. Has many features. Takes a little to figure out how to set up. Installed easily
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    5 out of 5

    Great head unit for a low price

    Written By BK, Ky on Thursday, April 10, 2014
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    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.
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    5 out of 5

    Loving it so far.

    Written By Brad M, Plainfield, IN on Thursday, April 10, 2014
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    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.
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    5 out of 5

    Great deck!

    Written By Tad, Westlake LA on Wednesday, April 09, 2014
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    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!!
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    4 out of 5

    decent deck

    Written By ken, Anchorage, Alaska on Wednesday, April 09, 2014
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    System works nicely in my camry
    Pros:
    Easy to use color changing able to read usb
    Cons:
    Dim on the small side
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    5 out of 5

    Excellent. Period.

    Written By Patrick, State Center, IA on Sunday, April 06, 2014
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    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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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-358U

    Written By Al B., Yreka, Ca. on Sunday, April 06, 2014
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    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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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-358U

    Written By Bryan, Arcata, CA on Saturday, April 05, 2014
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    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.
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-358U

    Written By Anonymous, Utah on Saturday, April 05, 2014
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    I am very impressed with the quality and sound and easy installation .
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    3 out of 5

    Perfect deal

    Written By Shane, Georgia on Friday, April 04, 2014
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    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!!
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    4 out of 5

    Simple, Great.

    Written By CasCam, Long Island. NY on Friday, April 04, 2014
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    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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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-358U

    Written By NICJ, Iowa on Friday, April 04, 2014
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    Very nice unit. Was looking for a radio Sirius XM ready. Sounds great. Clear diplay
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    5 out of 5

    Fantastic

    Written By REF, Ohio on Thursday, April 03, 2014
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    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
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    4 out of 5

    works great

    Written By 2002chevy, merced on Thursday, April 03, 2014
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    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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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-358U

    Written By Bru, VA on Monday, March 31, 2014
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    Great bang for the buck.
    Pros:
    Easy install, always everything included
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    3 out of 5

    Not as good as I had hoped

    Written By Randy Turner, Cincinnati, OH on Monday, March 31, 2014
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    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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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-358U

    Written By Eric D. Sr., Vicksburg, Ms 39180 on Sunday, March 30, 2014
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    I just love this head unit, it work's perfect for me.
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-358U

    Written By DOUG, LEHIGH ACRES, FL on Sunday, March 30, 2014
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    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.
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-358U

    Written By Dave, Langhorne, PA on Saturday, March 29, 2014
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    Great product. Easy to install, great sound quality and all around great buy. Highly recommended.
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    4 out of 5

    1998 Honda Accord Stereo Replacement

    Written By Mike, California on Saturday, March 29, 2014
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    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.
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    5 out of 5

    "06 Dodge Ram Quad cab TRX4

    Written By Gerald, Shelby, Ohio on Wednesday, March 26, 2014
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    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
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    5 out of 5

    factory replacement for RAV4

    Written By TheFraz, Minneapolis, MN on Tuesday, March 25, 2014
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    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.
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    5 out of 5

    My wife loves it

    Written By Jonathan, Knoxville, TN on Monday, March 24, 2014
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    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.
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    4 out of 5

    Great Inexpensice Receiver

    Written By Giblet354, Bixby, OK on Saturday, March 22, 2014
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    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.
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    5 out of 5

    Kdc 358u

    Written By Jake.r, Rock Springs ,Wy on Friday, March 21, 2014
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    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.
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    4 out of 5

    GOOD PRODUCT

    Written By RogueOne, Redmond OR on Wednesday, March 19, 2014
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    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
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    4 out of 5

    Nice Deck

    Written By melg40, Minnesota on Wednesday, March 19, 2014
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    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
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    5 out of 5

    Great replacement for MNI HK system

    Written By Ron, Cary, NC on Monday, March 17, 2014
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    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. :-)
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    4 out of 5

    missing removal tool

    Written By Anonymous, Fort Lauderdale on Sunday, March 16, 2014
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    Box was missing the removal tools Buttons to small for my fingers
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    5 out of 5

    AWESOME

    Written By MIKE, CHICAGO, IL on Friday, March 14, 2014
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    SHIPPED TO HOME IN ONLY TWO DAYS FROM ORDER. EVERYTHING NEEDED FOR INSTALL CAME IN BOX.
    Pros:
    VERY EASY INSTALL TOTAL INSTALL TOOK LESS THAN 20 MINUTES
    Cons:
    NONE SO FAR
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    5 out of 5

    Clear sound

    Written By Jorge, San Benito Tx. on Sunday, March 09, 2014
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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
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    5 out of 5

    Perfect

    Written By Jrock, Nevada, TX on Wednesday, March 05, 2014
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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
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-358U in 1999 Honda Civic

    Written By Tyler G, Fremont, Ca on Saturday, March 01, 2014
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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
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    5 out of 5

    Good radio

    Written By Duane, Farnam Ne on Tuesday, February 25, 2014
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    Very user friendly great reception
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    5 out of 5

    Very Happy Customer

    Written By Jon, Christiana, TN on Thursday, February 20, 2014
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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).
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    4 out of 5

    Good Quality deck

    Written By Anonymous, Hillsboro, Or. on Wednesday, February 19, 2014
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    Sounds Good
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    4 out of 5

    Great Product for the money

    Written By BL, Millbury Mass on Monday, February 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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    4 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-358U

    Written By Anonymous, Arlington Hts, IL on Saturday, February 08, 2014
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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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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-358U

    Written By Wendy T, Cottonwood, AZ on Saturday, February 08, 2014
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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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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-358U

    Written By ChrisL, Freeport on Friday, February 07, 2014
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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! :)
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    5 out of 5

    Silverado 2500/Kenwood KDC

    Written By Bob, Richmondville, NY on Wednesday, February 05, 2014
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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
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    5 out of 5

    Good for the money

    Written By Rusty shackle ford, Roanoke,VA on Monday, February 03, 2014
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    Great product for the money
    Pros:
    Easy to use
    Cons:
    None so far
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    5 out of 5

    Great system, great value.

    Written By Scott, Littleton, CO on Saturday, February 01, 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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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-358U

    Written By Tonyd, Sandpoint,ID on Thursday, January 30, 2014
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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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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-358U

    Written By JB, Newcomb,NM on Sunday, January 26, 2014
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    great for the price
    Pros:
    value,quality and easily installed
    Cons:
    clock display a little small
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    4 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-358U

    Written By Al, oswego,ny on Saturday, January 25, 2014
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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
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    4 out of 5

    Great buy

    Written By Brian, Clarksville, tn on Saturday, January 25, 2014
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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.
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    5 out of 5

    Good value

    Written By Tim, McElhattan, PA on Thursday, January 23, 2014
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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
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    4 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-358U

    Written By Anonymous, West Palm Beach, FL on Wednesday, January 22, 2014
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    Great for the price
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    4 out of 5

    Overall, a good experience

    Written By John L., Sunbury Ohio on Tuesday, January 21, 2014
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    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.
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