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Kenwood KMM-100U

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Item #: 113KMM100U
 

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by John Pollard
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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.

Plays FLAC files

Kenwood's KMM-100U digital media receiver will give digital music aficionados what they've been clamoring for: FLAC support. Finally, you'll be able to throw your FLAC files on a USB thumb drive, plug it into the front of the receiver, and enjoy your lossless files on the go. You'll see your music's metadata on the screen and be able to navigate your music using the receiver's controls. And you'll be happy to know that buying this receiver won't break the bank.

Tons of media options

If you use an iPod® or iPhone®  for your music, this Kenwood makes it easy and safe to use your player in your car. Just plug into the convenient front-panel USB input, and you'll enjoy outstanding control over your playlists right from the receiver. Tools like Alphabet Search, Reverse Browsing, and Skip Search allow you to find the song you want fast, without having to squint at the tiny display on your player. Android users, you can download Kenwood's free Music Control app and access music from your phone through this receiver.

Kenwood KMM-100U digital media receiver

Kenwood's KMM-100U digital media receiver features handy front-panel USB and auxiliary inputs.

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If you're a Pandora® Internet radio fan, you can even pick from your favorite stations when your iPhone's connected. And you and your friends can plug almost any portable device into the receiver's handy front-panel minijack input and listen to your favorite tunes while you drive. 

A big step up from a factory radio

The typical factory radio doesn't have the power needed to deliver clean sound when you get up to highway speeds, but this Kenwood's built-in amplifier offers impressive power for a big bump in performance. The KMM-100U also gives you a 3-band EQ and a 3-level bass boost, along with a Supreme Setting feature to improve the sound of your compressed music. If you add a powered sub to your system, you can turn it up and down with the receiver's sub level control, a great feature if you listen to a wide variety of music. Last of all, Kenwood includes a wireless remote for your convenience.

This digital media receiver will not play CDs. If you want to play CDs in your vehicle, we offer a wide selection of CD receivers.

Highlights:

    General features:
    • digital media receiver with AM/FM tuner (does not play CDs)
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • iPod control (also compatible with Music Control app for select Android phones)
    • Pandora control with iPhone
    • detachable face with 11-digit LCD display (blue lettering, red button illumination)
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • System Q Sound Control (8 EQ curves and a 3-band equalizer)
    • Supreme Setting improves the sound of heavily compressed music files
    • speaker size settings
    • bass boost
    • low-pass filter and subwoofer level control
    Expandability:
    • iPod direct control via USB input — no adapter necessary, but adding Kenwood's optional cable lets you leave your iPod cable at home
    • inputs: front-panel auxiliary input and USB port
    • outputs: 2-channel preamp outputs (2.5-volt rear/sub)
    Other features and specs:

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    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant No
    RMS Power Output 22 watts
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20KHz
    Preamp Outputs 2-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs No
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs Yes
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 2.5 volts
    Display Color Blue
    Key Button Color Red
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible No
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input Front
    USB Input Front
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible No
    Satellite Radio Ready No
    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 No
    iPhone 5/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 11.2 dBf
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No
    Product Research
    What's in the box?

    Download owner's manual

    • Digital media receiver (with 10-amp fuse inserted into the 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
    • 4 Panhead ISO-mount screws
    • 4 Flathead ISO-mount screws
    • Machine screw (lock-/flat-washer installed)
    • Face-fixing screw
    • Instruction Manual (En/Fr/Sp)
    • Warranty Card

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    USB/Aux Integration
    iPod/Android Control
    AM/FM + Pandora Radio
    Audio Section
    Display Features
    Remote Control

    USB/Aux Integration

    USB Port: The Kenwood KMM-100U 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 your Android smartphone, portable digital audio player, or USB thumbdrive. The unit supports playback of MP3, WMA, WAV, and FLAC music files stored on a compatible USB memory device formatted with FAT file system. USB portable audio players that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the digital media receiver's USB port (max. 1A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

    Media Type Description
    File System FAT 12/16/32
    Playable File Types  MP3: bit rate of 8-320 kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48 kHz
    WMA: bit rate of 32-192 kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48 kHz
    WAV: bit rate of 16-bit w/ sampling rate of 44.1 kHz
    FLAC: bit rate of 16-bit w/ sampling rate of 8-48 kHz
    Maximum # of Folders/Files 999 folders/20,480 files (999 files per folder)
    Tags ID3 (ver.1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4), WMA, WAV, and Flac tags
    Note: You cannot connect a USB device via a USB hub or Multi-Card Reader to this unit. This unit does not have a built-in CD player.

    Music Editor Compatible: The Kenwood KMM-100U supports the PC application, Kenwood Music Editor Lite (ver.1.1.0). Kenwood Music Editor Lite is a Windows-based desktop software that helps organize, manage and transfer MP3/WMA music files to your USB (MSC) device from your PC. When you playback audio files that have been stored on your USB (MSC) device 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 (ver.1.1.0) Windows-based software can be downloaded for free from Kenwood.com 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)
    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 KMM-100U 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 3 auxiliary input modes.

    • On1: Outputs the sound of the external unit connected to the Aux terminal when switched to the Aux source.
    • On2: Activates the attenuator function when turning on the power with the auxiliary source selected. This prevents the noise when no external unit is connected to the Aux terminal. Turn off the attenuator function when listening to output from an external unit.
    • Off: Disables the selection of the Aux source.

    iPod/Android Control

    iPod Direct Connection w/ DAC Bypass: The KMM-100U's front-panel USB port acts as an iPod/iPhone high-speed direct connection when used with the optional Kenwood USB Direct Connection Cable (113KCIP102, sold separately) or the USB/iPod cable that comes with your iPod/iPhone. If you have an iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), or iPhone 5; use the Lightning-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect to the head unit. Using either cable allows audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of select iPod/iPhone models from the KMM-100U.

    • DAC Bypass: This USB connection allows your iPod/iPhone's large music libraries to be loaded instantly to the head unit and sound quality to be maximized through the head unit's 24-bit D/A converter, allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 105dB. The Kenwood head unit supports audio playback of music files and podcasts stored on your iPod or iPhone, as well as music apps streamed to your iPhone.
    • Music Control: You can choose to control the iPod/iPhone from the head unit or from your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen.
      • Head Unit: 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 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.
      • iPod/App Mode: In iPod/App mode, you can navigate the stored music on your iPod/iPhone from its clickwheel or touchscreen. You can also listen to your favorite music apps (such as iHeartRadio, SiriusXM, Last.fm, Rhapsody, & Slacker) from your iPhone (iOS 3.0+) through the Kenwood head unit and your vehicle's speakers. You will continue to use your iPhone's touchscreen to navigate your apps. Not all apps will be compatible with App Mode. Access to your iPhone's downloaded applications will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet.
    • Information Display: The KMM-100U will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information when you are controlling your iPod or iPhone from the Kenwood head unit. The head unit will display Track number, Elapsed playing time, Artist name, Song title, and Album label. If you choose to operate your connected iPod/iPhone via its clickwheel or touchscreen controls, the KMM-100U will not display your iPod/iPhone's music information (the head unit will instead display "APP/iPod").
    • Battery Charging: 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. This unit does not charge the iPad. If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Kenwood KMM-100U is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 3/21/2013):

    iPod Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/App Pandora app Artist/Song Text Track Info
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4 6.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 6.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5 6.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    4th 6.1.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    5th 6.1.2 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 Y N Y Y Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    7th 1.02 PC Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N N Y Y Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N
    2 6.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N
    3 6.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N
    4 6.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N
    mini 6.1.2 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.

    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 digital media 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 2.2 or later. 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 digital media 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 digital media 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 digital media 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 Files Format Supported by Music Control app for Android:

    Codec Extension Bit Rate Sampling Frequency
    AAC .aac, m4a up to 160 kbps 8-48 kHz
    MP3 .mp3 8-320 kbps n/a
    PCM/WAV .wav 8-/16-bit n/a

    AM/FM + Pandora Radio

    AM/FM Tuner: The Kenwood KMM-100U features a built-in AM/FM tuner. 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), Manual Tune, or Direct Access (via remote). The KDC-X697's tuner features 3 FM banks (1, 2, 3) and 1 AM bank for storing presets. The Kenwood KMM-100U 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.

    Pandora App: The Pandora App (free) lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the Kenwood KMM-100U 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 KMM-100U 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 also save 3 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 (iOS3 or later) 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.

    Note: Access to the Pandora service 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.

    Audio Section

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The Kenwood KMM-100U utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood KMM-100U 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 KMM-100U 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

    Selectable 2.5V Preamp Output: The KMM-100U features a 2.5-volt stereo preamp output that you can be adjusted from a full-range rear speaker preamp output to a low-pass subwoofer preamp output.

    Subwoofer Controls: The Kenwood KMM-100U offers the following subwoofer controls, when you have the unit's subwoofer preamp output activated.

    • 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 digital media 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 (100Hz), midrange (1kHz), and treble (12.5kHz). You can choose from the following preset EQ curves - Rock, Pops, Easy, Top 40, Jazz, Natural, Game, and User.

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

    Bass Boost: In addition, The Kenwood digital media 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).

    Supreme Setting: When MP3 or WMA files encoded at a low bit rate (less than 96 kbps, 44.1k, 48kHz) are played, the Supreme Setting 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 the Supreme Setting 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.

    Display Features

    Detachable Face: The Kenwood KMM-100U features detachable face plate to deter theft. There is no protective face case included. 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.

    Fluorescent Display: The Kenwood head unit features a single-line, 11-character, blue backlit fluorescent display with red button illumination.

    Display Illumination/Clock Display: When the unit is in Standby mode, the face and button illumination is "keyed." When the Clock Display is turned on and the unit is in Standby mode, the Clock Display is also "keyed." Pressing and holding the source button turns the unit off completely.

    Display Dimmer: The display has two brightness settings to adjust the brightness of the display according to the surrounding illumination. You can change this setting within the menu from On or Off.

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

    Remote Control

    Wireless Remote Control: The KMM-100U comes with an IR remote control (RC-406) for wireless operation of the head unit. The remote will control Audio, USB, iPod, 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 USB, as well as AM/FM presets.
    • Attenuator: The digital media receiver features an Attenuator button on the supplied remote control that turns the volume down very quickly with one touch of the button.
     

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    4 out of 5

    RECIEVER

    Written By MOTODAD615, SIOUX FALLS SD on Tuesday, March 18, 2014
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    VERY SATISFIED WITH INSTALL LOOOKS GREAT NOT SO HAPPY IT ISNT A CD PLAYER BUT IM BEGINNING TO REALLY ENJOY PANDORA OPTION GREAT SET UP WITH IPHONE
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    5 out of 5

    good value

    Written By Dana, west linn, OR on Wednesday, March 05, 2014
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    Fits well, sounds good and the thumb drive works perfectly.
    Pros:
    Crutchfield install guide is excellent
    Cons:
    None obvious
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    4 out of 5

    Head Unit Rocks

    Written By D, Ohio on Monday, March 03, 2014
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    Overall for the price of a head unit that is for the base items, this Kenwood model cant be beat. Did everything i wanted it to and yet kept the price in check.
    Pros:
    Easy fitting into limited space, allows for amp connection, highest RMS on the market standard, front USB and Aux connectors, Built in Mosfet Amp
    Cons:
    Color selcetions for display would be nice. Red is the only color.
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    5 out of 5

    GREAT stereo

    Written By Jay, Bend, OR on Thursday, February 13, 2014
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    This is a great stereo! Very light and much smaller since it does not use CD. Very easy to use and understand. Definitely makes your speakers sound better. USB is awesome!
    Pros:
    Light, easy to use, looks good, fits perfect, no need for CDs anymore, USB/IPOD/AUX is great
    Cons:
    Does not work with Ipod Shuffle (which I have). That is my fault for not checking compatibility. USB stick works just the same so that is good.
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    5 out of 5

    Lot of stereo for not a lot of money.

    Written By Anonymous, Blaine, MN on Sunday, February 09, 2014
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    I only got this stereo over a Kenwood Excelon stereo due to the lack of space I have in my dashboard on my car. I have only two regrets about getting this stereo, one is the lack of more RCA outputs for adding a 4 channel amplifier later on, and the other is only a small annoyance, I can't change the color of the lights like on my other Kenwood Excelon stereo.
    Pros:
    Good price Very small size Plenty of sound from a small cheap stereo.
    Cons:
    Lack of color changing on this model. Lack of outputs for a 4 channel amplifier.
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    5 out of 5

    Heat stereo

    Written By Anonymous, Hummelstown, Pa on Sunday, February 02, 2014
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    This product sounds great and was very easy to install with the install kit.
    Pros:
    Easy install
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    Excellent replacement for stock HU

    Written By Bob, Denver on Saturday, January 25, 2014
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    Just installed this to replace an early 90s OEM (Panasonic) made cassette with the 6 CD unit in the trunk. Huge difference. The Kenwood offers many more controls, three times the power and a USB for my iPhone/Pod. The sound is much better as one would expect. It also has all the controls I need for my trunk sub, too so I did not have to run the remote from the sub and muck up the dash. The install was pretty straight forward and it fits the dash very well. Took some fiddling around with the unit in the driveway to figure it all out but for an open box item on the cheap it was an incredible value!
    Pros:
    Sound quality, detailed controls, controls my iPhone/Pod. Radio is pretty good, too.
    Cons:
    It wasn't free?
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    4 out of 5

    So Far So Good!

    Written By Scott V, Comox, BC on Thursday, January 23, 2014
     
    I have only had this deck a week and so far so good. Install was crazy easy, but there were some steps during installation that were not explained.

    The dash kit for my vehicle needed to have some tabs broken off and a removeable coverplate thing removed as well. Also with the wiring, the deck had a single ground, and the wiring harness had two seperate grounds. A quick call to customer service clarified that all three get twisted together.

    Overall though, the sound is WAY better than the old stock deck in my Ford F250. I don't use CD's any more, so the lack of a CD player is not an issue.
    Pros:
    - VERY affordable - Easy Instal - Good sound - iPod/iPhone control
    Cons:
    - Can't change display colors and the red is a bit hard on the eyes - button for skipping songs etc is stiff, hard on the fingers. Would be better if the volume know clicked sideways as in other Kenwood models - Lack of CD Player if you care (I don't)
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    5 out of 5

    Awesome Radio

    Written By JG55, Yucca Valley, CA on Friday, January 17, 2014
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    Awesome radio at an awesome price. It's so nice to be able to listen to the music I like and not have to have radio stations go in and out while traveling. Thank you, Crutchfield! -)
    Pros:
    The option to listen to the music I love
    Cons:
    The radio doesn't quite fit tight enough in the opening, so it sometimes cuts out on rough roads, it but continues right where it left off when it gets through the rough areas.
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KMM-100U

    Written By TimC, West Plains, MO on Thursday, January 16, 2014
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    Installed in a 1990 Buick LaSabra. Install went smooth and as always Crutchfield techs were there to help. This install was for my daughters 16th birthday. She loves it and that is what matters most. Thanks Crutchfield!
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    4 out of 5

    Fine Unit

    Written By BERT, Stamford CT on Tuesday, January 14, 2014
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    This is a very good unit for the price point. Has many features and the digital tuner pulls in the stations clearly.
    Pros:
    Great price, good unit, easy install & set up. Love the UBS & AUX ports.
    Cons:
    Could use more power I will add an amp with EQ.
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    4 out of 5

    Perfect

    Written By Devin, Columbus ohio on Sunday, January 12, 2014
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    I can't say anything other than, I love this thing. I'm serious.
    Pros:
    I was worried that I wouldn't be able to link up to spotify through my iPhone with the USB port but it worked first try.
    Cons:
    Non for the price range.
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    4 out of 5

    Pretty good stereo, Pandora is hit/miss

    Written By Spaztic, Atlanta, GA on Saturday, January 11, 2014
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    Easy to install, sounds really good. Pandora is hit or miss and you cannot navigate while plugged in. Still a great price and great sounding stereo.
    Pros:
    Sounds good, looks good.
    Cons:
    Pandora doesn't work that great.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Head Unit!

    Written By Garrett F, Chicago, IL on Saturday, January 11, 2014
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    Awesome head unit, especially for the price! Crutchfield said it would protrude 1-inch from the dash in my 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix, however I found this to not be true. The radio actually has a rather shallow depth and fit in flush with the dashboard. It looks almost as if the stereo came with the car! The USB function works wonderfully with my iPhone 5 and I no longer have to fiddle with CD's while driving.
    Pros:
    Compact radio, fits in perfectly with my car and is flush with the dashboard. Awesome sound! Isn't cluttered with too many settings or features.
    Cons:
    None that I can think of.
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    5 out of 5

    Excellent Gift

    Written By P.Ann, NY on Wednesday, January 08, 2014
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    My daughter bought this car stereo as a Christmas gift for her 19 year old boyfriend. He is 100% happy with it. HIs uncle helped him install it, no problems. He likes the easy to read light up display. The main reason he wanted a new stereo for his 1995 Chev Cavalier is so he could listen to his iPod in his car, he's in his car alot for his job - pizza delivery boy.
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    5 out of 5

    Amazing

    Written By Eric B, Olympia, WA on Saturday, January 04, 2014
     
    I love it it's really user friendly an it looks nice in my car
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood-Kmm100U

    Written By Henry H, Mechanicsville Md. on Sunday, December 29, 2013
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    Easy to install and simple to use and it looks great in the dash, the removeable faceplate keeps it safe
    Pros:
    ease of installation
    Cons:
    could be to many sound options a little trying to get the sound just right
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KMM-100U

    Written By Jerry, Niceville, FL on Saturday, December 28, 2013
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    It is a really good stereo! The sound is awesome and it is extremely user friendly!
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KMM-100U

    Written By Anonymous, Colorado Springs, Co on Saturday, December 28, 2013
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    Excellent sound,easy to install, excellent price. Kenwood and Crutchfield always deliver
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KMM-100U

    Written By Anonymous, Aurora IL. on Saturday, November 30, 2013
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    Nice product, great value, simple to use
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    4 out of 5

    Kenwood KMM-100U

    Written By Bruce, Lakewood, CO on Friday, November 29, 2013
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    This was a terrific and inexpensive addition to an older vehicle that we have. It added the feature of a USB port and the lighted front is much more attractive. It was a reasonably simple installation and for the most part - the instructions were very good other than identifying where the splice in lnk was located.
    Pros:
    Price, ease, attractive
    Cons:
    A bit short on power but I maybe should have upgraded the speaker system too.
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    4 out of 5

    Great Value

    Written By Andrew, Boston, MA on Friday, November 22, 2013
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    I was looking for a simple upgrade to my Honda Element's stock radio. I listen to Pandora and a lot of audiobooks so the integration with the iPhone has been just what I was looking for. Controls are not initially intuitive but are fairly easy to learn. The sound is significantly better than my stock unit.
    Pros:
    iPhone integration Pandora integration Good sound improvement over stock
    Cons:
    No option for time to show regardless of music playing Dim option is not readily accessible Always lit up, not tied into lighting system (Honda Element)
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    5 out of 5

    Amazing car stero

    Written By Chris vega, Plainview, Texas on Friday, November 22, 2013
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    This is an amazing stereo very simple great and easy to use very cool looking as well. Very easy set up as well!
    Pros:
    Easy set up Easy to use Very cool looking Great sound quality
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    5 out of 5

    Alva Sholty

    Written By Alva S, Saint Petersburg, FL on Wednesday, November 20, 2013
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    Installed the Kenwood KMM-100U Receiver in 15 minutes - after cutting a mounting hole in my camper salon cabinetry, resulting in significant improvement in sound over original receiver installed by manufacturer. The fader cleanly controls a second set of speakers in bedroom. Lots of Boom for my Buck. Standby Clock readout functions as living area timepiece. Appearance & Quality A plus.
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    4 out of 5

    Great and East

    Written By YOUAGAIN55, Atlanta, GA on Thursday, November 07, 2013
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    Looks great and is a big upgrade from stock. Easy Install and I am very happy I recommend it
    Pros:
    Looks Good Sounds Good Ipod Cable
    Cons:
    none
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    5 out of 5

    100U a true Winner!

    Written By DMcTrumpet, Raleigh, NC on Wednesday, November 06, 2013
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    Needed a stereo upgrade for our 2004 Focus due to lack of connectivity of iPod. What a steal! Many people do not like the idea of NO CD player, but that was the attraction - keep it simple and use your iPods. This Kenwood unit changed how I thought about listening in this set of wheels. The sound is terrific and I listen more than ever when I drive around town.
    Pros:
    PRICE. Ease of install. Instructions. Sound. So enjoyed it that I purchased a more expensive unit for my newer car.
    Cons:
    It does have some limitations, but for the price, it is very fun to have.
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KMM-100U

    Written By Anonymous, Troy, New York on Wednesday, October 16, 2013
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    perfect for the money. i bought two!
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KMM-100U

    Written By Peter M., Newport News, VA on Tuesday, October 15, 2013
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    Best sound quality out of any stereo I have ever bought. Its stylish, small and great fit in my Mazda 3. Crutchfield has amazing customer service for this purchase. I will def be a returning customer in the future.
    Pros:
    Size, style, color and adaptability.
    Cons:
    None :)
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    5 out of 5

    KMM-100U

    Written By Tyler G, Big Rapids, MI on Tuesday, October 08, 2013
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    Sounds great with aftermarket speakers I also got from Crutchfield. Small size fits in the dash nicely and it puts out great sound for its size. Overall a great value.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Unit

    Written By Tony T, Iowa City, Iowa on Tuesday, October 08, 2013
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    Installed this in a Sebring convertible. With the installation gear it was the easiest install ever.
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KMM-100U

    Written By Al R, WI on Saturday, September 28, 2013
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    Very nice unit. Amazing for the price. Easy to install. Controls are easy to use and sounds great.
    Pros:
    Many
    Cons:
    None
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    4 out of 5

    Kenwood KMM-100U

    Written By Mark H, Little Rock, AR on Wednesday, September 25, 2013
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    For those of you who have a 2003 Buick LaSabre this is about your only choice. You will have to call Technical Support if you want help with the install, because Crutchfield doesn't have installation sheets for this model vechile. However Tech Support was awesome. You will have to install a chime and you will need to get creative on where to put it. I installed mine on top of the air vent with 2 sided tape. I order front and rear speakers, but honestly after installing the receiver, the factory speakers sound pretty good.
    Pros:
    Sound is good. Pretty easy to use, especially with the remote.
    Cons:
    Only one line of text. You have to choose between text info or clock display.
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    4 out of 5

    awesome

    Written By Anonymous, Rapid City, SD on Sunday, September 22, 2013
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    Does exactly what I wanted it to, just doesn't display the time, can only display one title at a time and is difficult to scroll through to find specific songs.
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    4 out of 5

    Kenwood KMM-100U

    Written By Anonymous, Westerville, Ohio on Wednesday, September 18, 2013
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    This stereo made my stock speakers sound a lot better but I'm had a little trouble figuring out how to set up all the specifications I wanted
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KMM-100U

    Written By Sasquash, Puerto Rico on Saturday, September 07, 2013
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    Wow! the Jvc/Kenwood joint, is perfect! the quality is great!!
    Pros:
    greats features
    Cons:
    ______
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KMM-100U

    Written By Skipper, Portland, OR on Thursday, September 05, 2013
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    A very affordable upgrade sound system to current factory equipment with good sound quality and easy to use.
    Pros:
    Very affordable, integration with iPhone and Pandora, Easy to Install with the purchase of cable harness, displays song title, pauses music for turn by turn GPS navigation instructions.
    Cons:
    No inputs from the back (all inputs are in the front), and can't see the display when direct sunlight on it (an major issue with a convertible)
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    4 out of 5

    Kenwood KMM-100U

    Written By onemat, Ashland City, TN on Friday, August 30, 2013
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    I like the fact that I no longer have to carry precious CDs anymore. If you don't need to play CDs in the car, why play for a player? You save $ as well. I run an Android phone with 5000+ stored on it. Running it Aux in keeps the information and artwork visible on the phone. Running it via USB is very cool too as it charges the phone, but the software offered up by Kennwood is not yet working well on my phone.
    Pros:
    Great radio with excellent reception. Small size (depth) makes it easy to mount where there isn't much space.
    Cons:
    Kenwood USB software not great (yet). Slow to load and no cross fading songs. Sometimes it doesn't load all my files. I use the aux in and it works fine. The labeling on buttons 1-6 is poor, especially for the alternate USB mode.
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    4 out of 5

    Kenwood KMM-100U

    Written By Anonymous, Colorado Springs, Co on Wednesday, August 28, 2013
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    Replacement stereo for my son's vehicle. Inexpensive upgrade to older vehicle. Installed easily, provides upgraded capability (Iphone, Ipod control etc)
    Pros:
    Inexpensive, good quality
    Cons:
    non so far
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    4 out of 5

    Great radio for the price

    Written By Tim H, Richmond, VA on Tuesday, August 27, 2013
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    overall completely worth the money, plugged right into my girlfriends 06' jeep liberty and looks great. the presets are a little confusing when using a USB, but other than that it's pretty straight forward. definitely recommend
    Pros:
    Looks great, easy to install, USB and two AUX inputs work perfectly.
    Cons:
    Kind of a pain to navigate through USB files
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    5 out of 5

    Clean sound, low price

    Written By SteveL, Waukesha, WI on Monday, August 12, 2013
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    Don't let the low price fool you--this is a serious car stereo. I chose the KMM-100U for my 2008 Toyota RAV4 because it has iPhone controls (for my wife) and plays lossless FLAC files (for me). Installation and setup were easy, once I figured out how to cancel demo mode. Song access from a USB flash drive is instantaneous and the sound is clean and accurate. With the iPhone, there's a slight delay changing tracks. FM reception is very good. In short, if you really want/need Bluetooth, go for a JVC; but if you don't mind plugging in, the Kenwood is a tough to beat.
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    5 out of 5

    Great receiver, great value

    Written By CalGee, Helen, GA on Sunday, August 11, 2013
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    Bought this to replace a factory unit in my 2001 Subaru Forester. It was an easy install with Crutchfield's MasterSheet. No need to call their tech support but I'm glad they were there if I needed them. The Kenwood unit worked perfectly and was an excellent fit in the console. The sound quality is very good and would probably be better if I replaced the factory speakers. I'm very pleased with the Kenwood receiver and WILL but again from Crutchfield!
    Pros:
    Perfect fit for my vehicle, easy install, very good sound, detachable face, front usb and aux ports
    Cons:
    No Bluetooth
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    5 out of 5

    Great product

    Written By M. Hinkle, Midlothian, va on Saturday, August 10, 2013
     
    Worth it for reals
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    5 out of 5

    Perfect fit for Vanagon

    Written By Paul N, Indian Orchard, MA on Sunday, August 04, 2013
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    I have a 91 Vanagon and not much fits. SO I found this head unit and didn't need CD so I went with it. A few minutes connecting wires to the adapter and pulled stock radio and plugged this one in. Works great. It doesn't recognize my droid based phone. Hoping this changes in the future.
    Pros:
    Fit perfectly
    Cons:
    Not many options, doesn't work with the Droid App by Kenwood. Little buttons tough to see with 48 y/o eyes...Don't know if that is a review of my eyes or the unit. lol
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    5 out of 5

    Nice Stereo

    Written By Anonymous, Okanogan, WA on Friday, August 02, 2013
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    Great stereo for the money
    Pros:
    Love the USB port
    Cons:
    A little bit of a delay on the source button.
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KMM-100U

    Written By Wesl, missoula mt on Friday, July 26, 2013
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    nice unit, easy to install , plug in ipod and go. sounds great
    Pros:
    no more carrying cd's around and a good price
    Cons:
    sits lower in dash and the small buttons are harder to navigate
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    5 out of 5

    Perfect for a 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix

    Written By JasonS, Minneapolis, MN on Friday, July 19, 2013
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    It fits perfectly because of how small it is. Great sound and it looks good. It's a great deck for the price.
    Pros:
    Fits great. Sounds great. Looks good
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    4 out of 5

    Kenwood KMM-100U

    Written By Steve, Grand Junction, CO on Wednesday, July 17, 2013
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    This unit went into a 26 year old vehicle. I have never installed a radio before and when I removed the old unit, I thought I would have to find a professional installer, but when I started to sort out the wiring it started to make sense and I was able to get the job done. I did have to call the support team a couple of times for clarification and they answered all my questions. The radio inself seems a little complicated to operate, but then I am old and not as tech savvy as those who grew up with computers....I'm sure my wife will get it all figured out : ) I chose this unit because it has a USB and ipod input.
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    5 out of 5

    Looks very good so far.

    Written By Ron H., New Bern, NC on Friday, July 12, 2013
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    I installed this radio and am pleased with the sound quality and it's appearance. It was easy to install. I've not had an opportunity to use this unit much, My van is in the paint shop.
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    5 out of 5

    Great choice for my '86 Ford Ranger

    Written By Dave D., Wenatchee, WA on Wednesday, June 19, 2013
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    I recently acquired an '86 Ranger XL pickup with extremely low miles, but being as it spent its life outside, it was weathered badly, including the sound system. The factory radio worked, but the speakers were bad, so a call to Crutchfield got me a set of speakers, adapters, wiring harness adapters, the works. The new speakers made the old Ford radio sound worse than before, and the Balance lever broke off, so I ordered one of these to replace it. The Kenwood is a basic AM-FM radio, similar to the one I put in my '90 Bronco II, also from Crutchfield. Removing the old radio was the hardest part of the installation, and once out, I found that it had an extra wire for the "Premium Sound" system, which I hadn't counted on. A call to Customer Support, and after explaining the situation, the tech guy advised me to use the plugs supplied, and connect the wires to the radio according to the color codes, and disregard the rest, which I did. On powering up, the new radio worked perfectly! Judging by the replacement process, I think the original radio and speakers were put into the dashboard before it was installed in the truck. If I ever have to do this again, I'll know what to look for, and the wiring harnesses and trim kit made for an easy and neat installation. The radio looks like it was meant to go there, and I now have an '86 truck with a 2013 radio system. Thanks, Crutchfield!
    Pros:
    Everything supplied for a neat, easy installation.
    Cons:
    This radio does not have a CD player, but I knew that going in. All I wanted was a good AM-FM radio.
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    4 out of 5

    Radio Does Not Support RDS

    Written By gapperguy, Oregonia, OH on Sunday, June 09, 2013
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    I am pleased with this radio. However, it was listed as supporting RDS which this model does not. Paid to have it installed and found out later. The display is hard to see in bright sunlight. Sounds great though.
    Pros:
    Great sound Ease of controls
    Cons:
    No RDS support as listed with the product
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    5 out of 5

    Compact, fantastic!

    Written By Anonymous, Lafayette, IN on Monday, May 13, 2013
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    This product is half the size of the average car CD stereo system, who needs CD's anymore, and still has so much to offer. Great sound and a great value if you are over CD's as much as I am.
    Pros:
    Small size, leaves extra room for a car chime system if your car needs one. Great sound USB and Aux connections
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    Ken wood KMM 100U

    Written By Marshall, Roanoke, VA on Friday, May 10, 2013
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    Bought this unit for my 1971 MGB. The enclosed instructions made installation very easy and the unit provides terrific value for the dollar. Crutchfield's quick service and excellent support Malle for a winning combination.
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    5 out of 5

    Very happy

    Written By Rob W., Prague, ok on Wednesday, May 01, 2013
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    Great radio for the price. I've always been a Kenwood fan. This receiver just keeps me a fan.
    Pros:
    Small and easy to mount with the kit from Crutchfield. Front mount USB and auxiliary plugs.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Product for the price

    Written By AdamL, Vicksburg, MI on Sunday, April 28, 2013
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    I have bought two kenwood receivers at this point, and both are great products. Both are so easy to install and sound great for the price
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    4 out of 5

    Kenwood KMM-100U

    Written By D Arnold, Chelsea Maine on Saturday, April 20, 2013
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    The first unit I installed had an issue with the volume knob whenever something was plugged into the USB port. I called tech support and was told another unit would be shipped that day. Second unit has been perfect. Very happy with the unit and with the excellent customer service.
    Pros:
    Ease of installation and great customer service!
    Cons:
    First unit installed had issues
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