Removable Faceplate: This unit is
equipped with a detachable MASK faceplate. When you press the release button the
faceplate manually slides down and forward, revealing the CD loading slot
behind the faceplate. When the faceplate is in the release position, you may
flip the faceplate upward,
locking it in place, so only a blank panel is visible, or, if you prefer
additional security, the faceplate may be detached from the unit.
When the faceplate is in the stealth position, the panel can be flipped open to
reveal the display and controls by pressing and releasing the top portion of
the blank panel. Once the controls and display are visible, the faceplate can be
put into it's normal viewing position by pushing the lower edge of the faceplate
downward, then forward, until it locks in place.
You may program the unit with a 4 digit security code. Once the unit has been
programmed with a security code, the code must be entered to use the unit after
it has been disconnected from power.
This unit has a multi-colored display. The main display color is white
(Radio frequencies, tape play, tuner band, clock). The "LOUD",
"ATT" (attenuator), "ST" (stereo) and clock indicators are
displayed with amber illumination. The CD spinning/tuning indicator is displayed with light blue illumination. The
Auto1, Auto2 and preset indicators are displayed with green illumination.
SRC button is backlit with medium blue illumination. The button illumination for
all of the buttons, except the SRC button, may be set to green or red. Changing
the button illumination color changes only the button illumination (except the
source button which remains blue), it does not change the
gold-plated front and rear preamp outputs
(Sound Coordinate Capability): This
is the ec4/dB (Sound Coordinate) feature with an additional function called
"Mobile Preset" (see below). 5 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" and "Easy". Each preset has it's own bass
center frequency, bass level, bass quality factor, bass extension, treble center
frequency and treble level settings. The only settings that you can
verify and change for each ec4+ preset are the bass and treble level settings.
Preset Function: The Mobile
Preset function tailors the sound coordinate system 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),
"6/6x9inch" (for systems with 6" and/or 6" x 9" size
speakers) or "5/4" (for systems with 5" and/or 4" speakers).
Control ("VOL 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.
Mask Display Setting: If
you desire a less cluttered display appearance, you may turn off the lower part
of the display. With the Black Mask function set to "on", only the
main display line illuminates.
Dimming: When the illumination
wire of this unit is connected to the headlamp circuit of your vehicle, and you
turn your lights on, the display will dim to a preset level. The display
brightness is not affected by the vehicle's dimmer control.
display contrast may be adjusted from "1" up to "10" for
Input "Ready": When
used with an optional adapter (KCA-S210A or CA-C1AX) or with the KDC-CX82 or
KDC-CX85 CD changers, 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 also purchased and connected. When the CA-C1AX adapter (item
113CAC1AX) is used, you cannot connect a CD changer to the head unit (the
CA-C1AX plugs into the DIN changer control connection on the head unit).
clear reception tuner
(Clean Reception System Control): Eliminates
multi-path distortion. It can be turned off for better reception when a
multi-path situation is not present.
(Station Name Preset): You
can assign names (up to 8 characters) for up to 32 FM stations and 16 AM
stations. After a name has been assigned, you can press the DNPP button on the
remote to display the name of each preset station for 5 seconds. When the name
of the desired station appears, you can press the OK button on the remote to
select the station. If a name has not been entered for a preset, the frequency
will display. As the station names are cycled, you hear the station that was
tuned in prior to the DNPP button being pressed, you do not hear the stations as
their names are displayed.
- turn the unit completely off
- hold down preset buttons 1 and 5
- press the SRC button (while holding
down preset buttons 1 and 5)
- after the SRC button is pressed, the
unit will turn on and you can release the SRC, preset 1 and preset 5
manual and auto (seek) tuning, there is an Auto 2 mode which cycles through the
presets when you press the >> or << buttons.
will display CD Text for CDs encoded with CD Text. The display is capable of
showing 8 characters at a time, and can be set for auto or manual scrolling of
titles longer than 8 characters.
Changer Control: This
unit can control up to two compatible Kenwood CD changers. To connect two
changers, a switching adapter (item 113KCAS210) is needed; item 113KCAS210 is
The DNPS feature can be used to enter names, up to 8 characters long, into memory for up to 30 discs. When a CD changer with
disc naming memory is connected, names may be entered for CDs in the changer
(see CD changer control functions below). The number of names that may be
entered for discs in a changer depends on the changer model.
can pause the CD player without having the tuner come on.
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.
Tone Memory: You can store bass
and treble settings for each source (CD/FM/AM/CD changer).
The date may be set
into memory and displayed.
Memo Mode: You
may input a text message (up to 32 characters) and set the date when that text
will appear on the display. The message you select automatically appears on the
chosen date when the unit's power is first turned on. You may enter up to 30
separate text messages into memory.
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
is 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.
Display Compatible: Kenwood's
KPA-HD100 heads-up display (sold separately) may be connected to this receiver
and placed on the dashboard, or overhead. The heads-up display can give a
readout of the information from this receiver's display, allowing you to monitor
the radio without the inconvenience and danger of taking your eyes from the road
to look down at the radio location.
Changer Control Functions
- 2 changer
used with item 113KCAS210 (sold separately), this unit can control two
- Repeat track/disc
each track on a disc for 10 seconds.
- Disc scan:
first 10 seconds of each disc in changer.
all tracks on one disc randomly, when all tracks on that disc have been
played it will start randomly playing tracks on next disc in changer.
Random Play: randomly
plays tracks on all discs in changer.
- DNPS (Disc
Name Preset): The DNPS
feature can be used to enter disc names into memory. The number of
characters per name and the number of names that may be entered depends on
the changer model; with the KDCC715 and 665 CD changers, you can store up to
- DNPP (Disc
Name Preset Play): Once a disc has
been named, you may press the DNPP button on the remote to display the name
of each disc for 5 seconds. When the name of the desired disc appears, you
can press the OK button on the remote to select the disc for playback.
- CD Text/MD
connected to a CD Text capable CD changer (or an MD changer) with an
"O-N" switch set to "N", this unit can display disc and
track titles for discs encoded with disc/track information. The unit can be
set to manually or automatically scroll text information. CD Text Display
with CD Text compatible changer can be set to auto or manual scroll.
Remote: Kenwood's RC-500 infrared
remote control is included with this unit.
Dimensions: L = 5.695", W =
1.961", H = 0.941"
- Volume +/-
selects source (Tuner, Tape, CD, CD-MD changer)
enters and cancels the DNPP mode (when
a compatible CD changer is connected)
allow at least 1.25" in front of the face for the stealth mechanism to
Feature: Page 30 of the manual
contains a section about the KEX/ec4/db feature. This unit does not have the KEX
feature, but it does have the ec4+ feature. As stated in other parts of the
manual, the Bass Frequency, Bass Quality, Bass Extension and Treble Frequency
KEX features are found only on another model that shares the same manual with
this unit. This unit does not have the Bass Frequency, Bass Quality, Bass
Extension and Treble Frequency KEX features.
CD S/N Ratio:
The original version of the manual listed a CD S/N ratio of 93dB. There was a
running change made to the unit which increased the signal-to-noise ratio to
96dB. Kenwood will correct the manual and include the corrected version
with future manufacturing runs of this unit.