Illumination: The main display line is illuminated in white. The
loud, attenuation, "CD-IN", stereo, and tuning mode indicators are displayed
with green illumination. The System Q Sound Control indicators are displayed
with light orange illumination. The buttons are backlit with green illumination.
On the right side of the face, the unit has four rings of
blue illumination, one around each end of the <</>> rocker button
and one around each end of the AM/FM rocker button.
This unit has
a color LCD with white LED backlighting, giving you a bright, easy-to-read
Compatibility: This unit will play prerecorded CDs, finalized CD-R discs,
and finalized CD-RW discs.
Servo Control (DOSC): This circuitry enables the CD player to determine each
disc's reflection rate and the modulation rate of its pits, enabling the player
to set the ideal servo gain for each disc. DOSC also adjusts servo gain and
balance when it encounters vibration, scratches, dust, or fingerprints, reducing
mistracking and skipping.
Timing (DPAC): A high-precision master clock circuit that is isolated from
signal-processing circuits to eliminate interference. This ensures that digital
information is processed at exactly the same rate as it was recorded,
eliminating jitter (time-based errors that make music sound harsh).
1-Bit Digital-to-Analog Converter: Four digital-to-analog converters, two
for each channel, improve playback sound quality, including musical detail and
resolution. Using two converters for each channel reduces distortion by
System Q Sound
Control: 6 EQ curves are preset into
memory, allowing you to recall the best preset EQ curve for different types of
music. The preset curves are named "Flat", "Rock", "Top
40", "Jazz", "Easy" and "Pops". Each preset
has its own bass center frequency, bass level, bass quality factor, bass
extension, middle center frequency, middle level, middle quality factor, treble
center frequency and treble level settings. You may adjust the bass, middle, and treble level settings for each preset EQ curve; the center frequency and quality factor settings are not user adjustable.
Mobile Preset function tailors the System
Q Sound Control
settings according to the type of speakers in your vehicle. You may select a
Mobile Preset setting of "Off", "OEM" (for OEM factory
speaker systems), "6/6x9" (for systems with 6" to 6"x9"
size speakers) or "5/4" (for systems with 4" to 5"
Memory: This feature allows you to store bass, middle and treble tone
settings for each source (CD, FM, AM and Changer).
Indicator: A red indicator will blink on the unit after the faceplate is
removed, warning potential thieves. This feature can be turned On or Off.
Preset (SNPS): This feature allows you to assign names to radio
stations. Up to 18 FM stations and 16 AM stations can be given a name. Each name
can be up to 8 characters in length.
Tuner: This unit uses Kenwood's CR-2 Advanced tuner for clear radio
Reception System Circuit (CRSC): This
circuit controls multi-path distortion by reducing stereo separation. As stereo
separation is reduced, multi-path has less effect on the radio signal, improving
reception in areas with tall buildings and mountains.
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.
Input "Ready": When
used with an optional adapter (KCA-S210A or CA-C1AX) or with the KDC-CX87 CD
changer, this unit can accept input from an auxiliary source. This
unit cannot accept input from an auxiliary source unless the appropriate adapter
or CD changer is purchased and connected. When the CA-C1AX adapter (item
113CAC1AX) is used, you cannot connect a CD changer to the head unit because the
CA-C1AX plugs into the DIN changer control connection on the head unit.
Tuner Compatible: This unit is compatible with
the Kenwood KTC-WB100 weather band tuner (sold separately). The optional tuner
box allows you to tune in weather band radio stations. There are about 480
weather band radio stations in the United States, and this option allows you to
tap into the information needed to prepare for outdoor activities such as
sporting events, camping trips and days at the park.
This unit is directly compatible with
Kenwood changers that have an O-N switch. If you have an old Kenwood changer
with a square plug, you will need the CA-DS100 converter cord and the KCA-S210A
switching adapter. If you have a newer
Kenwood changer with a round plug but no O-N switch, you will need the KCA-S210A
switching adapter. If you use a changer without an O-N switch, you will not have
access to the following functions: DNPS, DNPP, Magazine Random Play and CD Text
- Audible Search (forward/reverse)
- Track Search (forward/reverse)
- Disc Search (forward/reverse)
- Repeat Play: Allows
you to select Track Repeat or Disc Repeat. When Track Repeat is chosen, the
unit will repeat the selected track. When Disc Repeat is chosen, the unit
will repeat the selected disc.
- Track Scan:
Plays the first 10 seconds of each track on the selected disc.
- Random Play: Plays
all tracks on one disc in random order. When all tracks on that disc have
been played, the unit will move to the next disc and play all of its tracks in random order.
- Magazine Random
Play: Plays the tracks on all the discs in the changer in random order.
- Disc Name Preset (DNPS):
When used with a compatible CD changer, this
feature allows you to assign names to discs in the changer. Each
name can be up to 8 characters in length. The
number of names you can store depends on the CD changer that is connected to
the head unit.
- CD Text/MD Display: When connected to a CD Text
capable CD changer or an MD changer, this unit can display disc and track
titles for discs encoded with disc and track title information.
When the head unit is in Standby Mode, the unit's audio
output is turned off, but the clock display and face/button illumination remain
on. The night illumination and clock display are "keyed" only when the
unit is in Standby Mode. Pressing and holding the source button turns the unit