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Our take on the Kenwood KDC-358U

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.

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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:

    Hands-on research from the Crutchfield Labs (what are the Labs?)

    Features and Specs
    General
    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
    Expandability
    AUX Input Front
    USB Input Front
    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
    Mini ---
    iPhone 5S/5C/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 8.2 dBf
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes
    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

    Our Product Research Team

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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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    Written By Popal, Staten Island, NY on Sunday, September 28, 2014
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    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.
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    5 out of 5

    great deck

    Written By Anonymous, tn on Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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    Great deck so far no problems
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-358U

    Written By Anonymous, Cape Neddick, ME on Sunday, September 14, 2014
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    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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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-358U

    Written By Kevin, Hillsborough, NC on Friday, September 12, 2014
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    Very Easy to install. Very easy to set up. Buying this same radio to put in my sons truck.
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    5 out of 5

    Perfect for the price.

    Written By Erica, Fort Worth, Tx on Monday, September 08, 2014
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    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.
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    4 out of 5

    Good product

    Written By Zach, Idaho on Thursday, September 04, 2014
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    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.
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    5 out of 5

    Fantastic stereo

    Written By Chet, Reno, NV on Wednesday, September 03, 2014
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    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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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-358U

    Written By Steve, Wellington, Florida on Thursday, August 28, 2014
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    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.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Radio for the money

    Written By Josh, Utica,Ky on Thursday, August 28, 2014
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    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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    4 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-358U

    Written By Anonymous, Harrisonburg, VA on Wednesday, August 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
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    4 out of 5

    Great Radio

    Written By CS, Colorado on Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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    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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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC=358U

    Written By M=ZONE, P=TOWN on Monday, August 25, 2014
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    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!
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    5 out of 5

    Excellent upgrade

    Written By Tom N, Dillsburg PA on Monday, August 25, 2014
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    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
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    5 out of 5

    car radio

    Written By Wayne, Sheridan, Wy on Sunday, August 24, 2014
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    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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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-358U

    Written By autohausal, Helena, Alabama on Tuesday, August 19, 2014
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    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 !
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    4 out of 5

    new car radio

    Written By mozzie, Ann Arbor, MI on Monday, August 18, 2014
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    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.
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    5 out of 5

    Very pleased

    Written By Gsimpson, Portland, OR on Monday, August 18, 2014
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    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.
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    4 out of 5

    Great upgrade

    Written By Anonymous, Columbus oh on Sunday, August 17, 2014
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    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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    4 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-358U

    Written By J Martin, Pgh Pa on Friday, August 15, 2014
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    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
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    5 out of 5

    Great Stereo...

    Written By Justin, Verona VA on Wednesday, August 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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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-358U

    Written By Ken Kuhn, Kingsville Texas on Wednesday, August 13, 2014
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    easy installation, looks good, and sounds good
    Cons:
    conflicting wiring diagrams
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    5 out of 5

    Happy

    Written By JD, Lake city Fl on Wednesday, August 13, 2014
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    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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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-358U

    Written By Silas, asheville,nc on Sunday, August 10, 2014
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    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...
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    4 out of 5

    solid stereo

    Written By Phil, lansing, mi on Sunday, August 10, 2014
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    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
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    5 out of 5

    Love it

    Written By CJB, Langhorne, PA on Monday, August 04, 2014
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    Great head unit for the price, install with Crutchfield included materials was a breeze!
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    4 out of 5

    Works well

    Written By Anonymous, Palm Springs, CA on Sunday, August 03, 2014
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    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.
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    5 out of 5

    Great upgrade

    Written By DBailey, Crown Point, IN on Sunday, August 03, 2014
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    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.
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    4 out of 5

    kdc-358u

    Written By Juan, New York on Thursday, July 31, 2014
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    Very confused to operate, needs more buttons.
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    1 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC 358U

    Written By DanilBoone, Wisconsin on Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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    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.
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    4 out of 5

    Nice inexpensive radio

    Written By Bootch, Clarkston, MI on Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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    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)
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    5 out of 5

    awesome radio

    Written By govermint, freeport, me on Sunday, July 27, 2014
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    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.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Deal!!!

    Written By R.V., Webster, MA on Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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    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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    5 out of 5

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    Written By Lee, East Hartford, CT on Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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    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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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood kdc-358u

    Written By Brian, Louisa, VA on Sunday, July 20, 2014
     
    It was very enjoyable product
    Pros:
    Lots of different presets to chose from
    Cons:
    Could have more color options
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    5 out of 5

    kenwood

    Written By travisb, salida co on Thursday, July 17, 2014
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    great product super easy install
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    5 out of 5

    Awesome Stereo!!

    Written By Derek, Montana on Wednesday, July 16, 2014
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    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 ch