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by Ken Nail
Kenwood

Built for life on the water
Kenwood built the KMR-350U marine receiver to stand up to the tough environment you encounter on a boat, with a conformal-coated circuit board that helps prevents moisture from sending your receiver to an early grave. But it's also built to handle all the latest media options so you can relax and enjoy your time on the water. And, if you're installing the KMR-350U in an out-of-the-way spot, a Kenwood wired marine remote (not included) allows you to control it from the helm.

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Kenwood KMR-350U

iPods® and iPhones® away!
The handy front-panel USB does more than just let you plug in and enjoy your playlists. With a connected iPhone and 3G service, you can tune in your favorite Pandora® Internet radio stations while you cruise the waters. And when you're listening to the music stored on your player, Kenwood's made finding the right tunes easy with dedicated "search" and "return" buttons, plus handy tools like Alphabet, % Skip, and Related Search.

Bring the rest of your media, too
The KMR-350U plays all your store-bought or home-burned CDs, including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA files. Or plug in an entire music library by taking advantage of the handy USB input on the front — it's perfect for use with USB thumb drives. The front-panel auxiliary input makes it easy to connect a satellite radio or other audio sources.

Highlights:

    General features:
    • marine CD receiver 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
    • detachable face with blue illumination
    Marine-specific features:
    • conformal-coated PCB circuit board
    • marine remote ready
    Audio features:
    • System Q Sound Control (6 EQ curves and a 3-band equalizer)
    • low-pass filter and sub level control
    • Speaker Setting function for different sizes and types of speakers
    • Supreme Setting for improved compressed music playback
    Expandability:
    • iPod/iPhone direct control via USB input — no adapter necessary, but adding Kenwood's optional connecting cable lets you leave your iPod cable at home
    • PANDORA control and App Mode with iPhone
    • inputs: front-panel USB input, auxiliary input
    • outputs: 4-channel preamp outputs (2.5-volt front, rear/sub)
    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 4-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs No
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs Yes
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 2.5 volts
    Display Color Bluish white
    Key Button Color Blue
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote No
    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 memory
    Bluetooth Compatible No
    Satellite Radio Ready No
    HD Radio No
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano Nano7/Nano6/Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/
    Touch Touch5/Touch4/Touch3/Touch2/To
    Mini No
    iPhone Phone5/Phone4S/Phone4/Phone3GS
    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

    • Marine AM/FM CD receiver (with 10-amp fuse inserted into the chassis)
    • Face (attached)
    • Trim ring (attached)
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Wiring harness
    • Cloth face pouch
    • 2 Removal tools
    • 4 Panhead ISO-mount screws
    • 4 Flathead ISO-mount screws
    • Face-fixing screw
    • Instruction Manual (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • Warranty Card

    Our Product Research Team

    At Crutchfield, you'll get detailed, accurate information that's hard to find elsewhere. That's because we have our own in-house Product Research team — they open the box, verify contents, check the owner's manual, and record dimensions, features and specs. We stay on top of new products and technologies to help people make informed choices.

    Marine Rated
    Disc Playback
    USB/iPod/Aux Connectivity
    Audio Section
    Radio Functions
    Display Features
    Remote Control

    Marine Rated

    Marine Receiver: At the factory, the Kenwood KMR-350U Marine receiver has a special water-resistant conformal coating placed on its main circuit board. This protects the circuitry from the harsh, corrosive marine environment.

    Water Resistant Covers (optional): Even though the conformal coating makes the receiver water-resistant, it is still recommended that it be used with a universal marine cover such as the Metra (120999005B, sold separately) or Scosche (142ACM1, sold separately).

    Disc Playback

    Disc Compatibility: The unit features a single disc player that will playback CD-Audio, CD-Text, and finalized CD-R/CD-RW audio discs.

    MP3/WMA Playback: The KMR-350U can play MP3 (8-320 kbps) and WMA (32-192 kbps) 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, 50 folders, and 255 files per folder (512 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 KMR-350U will display CD text or 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: The Kenwood Marine 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.

    Playback Modes: The Kenwood KMR-350U 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.

    USB/iPod/Aux Connectivity

    USB Port: The Kenwood KMR-350U 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 with MP3 (8-320 kbps) and WMA (32-192 kbps) music files. The USB port is compatible with USB mass storage class devices that support the FAT16 or FAT32 file system. Your USB device should only have a maximum of 8 folder layers, 255 folders, and 255 files per folder - with a maximum of 65,025 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, and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

    Note: You cannot connect a USB device via a USB hub or Multi-Card Reader to this unit.

    Music Editor Compatible: The Kenwood KMR-350U 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) devices 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.

    System Requirements: 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, or iPad.

    iPod Direct Connection: The KMR-350U's front-panel USB port also 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 Lighting-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 KMR-350U.

    iPod DAC Bypass: The 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.

    iPod 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 Marine 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 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 from your iPhone (iOS 3.0 or later) 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.

    Note: 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.

    Pandora App: The Pandora App (free) lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the Kenwood KMR-350U using your connected Apple iPhone, via the Kenwood KCA-iP102 USB/iPod connector cable (sold separately), or the USB/Dock cable supplied with your iPhone. The Kenwood KMR-350U 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). 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.

    iPod/ Display: The KMR-350U 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 KMR-350U will not display your iPod/iPhone's music information (the head unit will instead display "APP/iPod").

    iPod Charging: The Marine 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 KMR-350U is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of December 2011):

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Kenwood KMR-350U is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (9/25/2012):

    iPod Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Pandora app Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod App mode Artist/Song Text Track Info
    dock connector 3rd N/A N N N N N N N N N
    clickwheel
    color
    4th N/A N N N N N N N N N
    mini 1st N/A N N N N N N N N N
    2nd N/A N N N N N N N N N
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N N Y Y N Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N N Y Y N Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    6th 1.1 PC Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    7th 1.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    4th 6.0 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    5th 6.0 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4 6.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 6.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5 6.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    2 6.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    3 6.0 Y N Y 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 Marine CD receiver. The free Kenwood Music Control App for Android can be downloaded onto your Android smartphone from the Android Market place. 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 CD receiver via USB (your compatible Android smartphone will be recognized as a USB mass storage class device). 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 Marine 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 Marine 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 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 n/a n/a

    Aux In: The Marine head 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 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.

    Auxiliary Display: The KMR-350U allows you to select the source type displayed when using the auxiliary input. You can choose from AUX, DVD, Portable, Game, Video, or TV.

    Audio Section

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The Kenwood KMR-350U utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior CD sound quality.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood KMR-350U 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 KMR-350U 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

    3-Way Rotary Volume Control: The CD receiver uses a 3-way rotary volume control that increases and decreases the volume of the stereo from 0 to 35. The rotary knob also controls other audio settings such as Balance, Fader, Bass, Mid, Treble and preset EQ settings. In addition, the rotary knob allows you to scroll through and select your music tracks when the Music Search function is activated.

    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).

    Speaker Settings: The Speaker Setting function tailors the System Q Sound Control 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.

    Bass Boost: In addition, The Kenwood CD receiver features a Bass Boost control that can be set to the following levels (BB1, BB2 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).

    Source Tone Memory: This feature allows you to store System Q bass, middle and treble tone settings for each source (CD, AM/FM, Aux, USB, iPod, and Pandora).

    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.

    2.5V/4CH Preamp Output: The KMR-350U is equipped with two pair of 2.5V preamp outputs (Front, Rear/SW). You can set the Rear/SW preamp outputs for connecting a pair of full-range rear speakers (through an external amplifier) or for connecting a subwoofer (through an external amplifier). When set for rear speakers, the rear outputs operate with the unit's fader control. When set for subwoofer, the outputs are non-fading.

    Subwoofer Controls: The Kenwood KMR-350U 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 CD receiver.

    Tel Mute: The KMR-350U features a cell-phone mute wire (brown) in its harness that when hooked up to your car's phone system mute wire will automatically mute the receiver's audio signal when a call comes in.

    Key Beep: The in-dash head unit provides an audible beep to confirm button operation. This function can be turned On or Off.

    Radio Functions

    AM/FM Tuner: The Kenwood KMR-350U features a built-in AM/FM tuner. You can choose one of three tuning modes: Auto 1 (seek tuning), Auto 2 (cycles through and tunes the selected band's preset stations only with each button press), or Manual.

    Tuner Presets: The KMR-350U's tuner features 3 FM banks (1, 2, 3) and 1 AM bank for storing presets. The Kenwood KMR-350U 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.

    Auto Memory Tuning: 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.

    Mono Mode: The Mono mode improves the radio's FM reception, but the stereo effect will be lost.

    Display Features

    Detachable Face: The Kenwood KMR-350U features a single front loading CD face that detaches from the chassis to deter theft. The head unit includes a cloth pouch for storing the face-plate when detached. A face-fixing screw is supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired. An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can also be purchased for this unit.

    Fluorescent Display: The Kenwood Marine head unit features a single-line, 11-character, bluish-white backlit fluorescent display with blue 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

    Optional Wired Remote: The Kenwood Marine KMR-350U Marine CD receiver is compatible with Kenwood's add-on marine wired remote controls (113RC35MR, sold separately).

    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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    4 out of 5

    Better then expected

    Written By Anonymous, Hoffman Estates IL on Wednesday, June 19, 2013
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    To be honest I bought this receiver cause it was the least expensive top brand one that had iPod/iPhone connection. This receiver is up there with the higher priced option, sounds great, install was easy and looks awesome. Love the Pandora control.
    Pros:
    Ease of use, lots of options for music enjoyment. Pandora function is great.
    Cons:
    Would like a sub preout but knew tht when purchasing.
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    4 out of 5

    easy install - sounded great

    Written By Tim, Oklahoma City, OK on Thursday, June 06, 2013
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    So far, so good. I have just installed the radio in the boat, and will have to see whether it works great on the lake. It sounded good sitting in the garage that I installed it in.
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KMR-350U

    Written By michael, chesterfield, mi on Thursday, June 06, 2013
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    Unit was shipped extremely fast, has exactly what I was looking for and although only fully tested in the driveway it operates exactly as expected. So good so far!
    Pros:
    Everything I paid for.
    Cons:
    Display seems unadapted to direct sunlight.
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    4 out of 5

    Good Upgrade

    Written By John E, Phoenix, AZ on Wednesday, October 24, 2012
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    I bought this unit to replace another Kenwood receiver that had quit working. The reason the old one died is that it rained and the top was down. Fearing the same fate to a new unit, I went with a marine radio. Hopefully it will not get rained on, but if it does, I should be good. As it was replacing another Kenwood unit (also bought from Crutchfield) the installation was simple plug and play. It works fine and I have almost no complaints except for the size of the buttons. It is very tough to switch between presets and the display button can not be operated at all while wearing gloves. The volume control is large and easy to adjust, and since I do not switch presets often I am able to live with it - but I miss the large buttons for the radios from the 1980's!
    Pros:
    Water resistant, easy install
    Cons:
    Tiny preset buttons
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    1 out of 5

    Glorified Automobile Stero

    Written By E. Marks, Miami, Florida on Monday, October 08, 2012
     
    This stereo is nothing more than an auto head unit renamed by Kenwood to include the word "marine". I installed the unit less than two months ago in my boar and used it on two local trips in Miami and one trip to Key West. In Key West, my wife and I ran through a small rain shower. It appeared that a little rain water got through a mounting screw hole on the top of a fully enclosed center console and dripped onto the stereo. The CPU shorted which was not covered under Kenwood's warranty (Water damage to a marine stereo) after only two months. Most marine stereos are sealed and have gold plated terminals to resist the harsh marine environments. This Kenwood "marine" stereo is nothing more than a basic car stereo with an added word on the box. If you are doing more than just cruising the lake, buy a true marine stereo.
    Pros:
    I Pod/Phone compatible
    Cons:
    Not a true "marine" stereo
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KMR-350U

    Written By Anonymous, Gaston, SC on Friday, September 28, 2012
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    Very nice unit.
    Pros:
    Plenty of power. Good quality.
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    so far so good

    Written By Mike, Michigan on Friday, September 14, 2012
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    i purchased a "scratch and dent" clearance item. Box looked as if it had been previously opened, but otherwise, the unit appeared perfect. This head unit was installed in my pontoon and so far I couldn't be happier. I have another Kenwood marine unit in my runabout and an non marine unit in my Jeep Wrangler. All work fine, operate my ipod/iphone as they should and sound great for the price(s) paid. I use with Polk Audio speakers without additional amplifiers. I used to use Sony, but have had bad luck with a couple units in the last few years. I'm almost all Kenwood now.
    Pros:
    Great value.
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    2 out of 5

    KMR-350U

    Written By Anonymous, MS on Friday, July 20, 2012
     
    Installed the radio and all was good on first trip on the water. Second trip USB port would not recognize any thumb drive. Third trip volume knob stop working. Sending back to kenwood for replacement. Hopefully just a lemon!
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    5 out of 5

    Great radio

    Written By Ed, Guntersville, Al on Tuesday, July 17, 2012
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    I got the radio in a manner of a couple days and finnally installed it in my boat. I was able to pick up radio stations inside the boathouse without the attena installed. The CD played all my CD-R with no troubles. So far it's a 5 star.
    Pros:
    Many, reception cd, etc.
    Cons:
    none so far
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    4 out of 5

    KMR-350U

    Written By DaveP, Knoxville,TN on Sunday, July 08, 2012
     
    Bought this for a Pool setup and this unit sounds great with my rock speakers. Enclosure i had failed int he first storm and this unit got soaked but after dying it out still works great. Not really understanding why this doesn't have a wireless remote available.
    Pros:
    Great sound. Easy setup and pretty tough.
    Cons:
    No wireless remote available for the unit.
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    5 out of 5

    Works great

    Written By BrendanJP, Manchester, NH on Wednesday, June 20, 2012
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    Easy to install, awesome features, and great sound. The Pandora feature is cool, and the integrated iPod player also works great. I've got it hooked up to some older speakers and it still sounds crisp and clean.
    Pros:
    Install, iPod hookup
    Cons:
    The install brace needs some luvin
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    4 out of 5

    So Far, So Good

    Written By Neat, Springboro, oh on Friday, June 08, 2012
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    Install was easy. The product has every feature we were looking for. We've only used it once on the boat but the sound quality was great and it played our XM radio with ease. This is the 3nd Kenwood head unit I've purchased for vehicles and they have all lived up to my expectations. 4 stars only because of the short time we've had it . By the end of the boating season it will probably be 5.
    Pros:
    Aux and USB ports. Built in equalizer. Fade option.
    Cons:
    None as of yet.
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    5 out of 5

    Nice Radio

    Written By MikeP, Waskom, TX on Monday, May 14, 2012
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    Very nice sound, easy to set up, pandora feature is cool
    Pros:
    none so far
    Cons:
    Wired remote still unavailiable
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    5 out of 5

    Great value

    Written By BB, Forest Lake, MN on Friday, March 30, 2012
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    Just got this yesterday, mounted today. Sounds great. I bought a marine stereo locally at one fo the sporting goods stores that came with speakers. Buttons broke first time using it and it didn't have Ipod controls. This one sounds better and has a lot more features for less price.
    Pros:
    Great sound, Ipod controls.
    Cons:
    Didn't come with back bracket to hang back end of radio, it does have a threaded hole to use on the heat sync but you need to provide the metric bolt.
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Looks good

    Written By Riick, Orlando, FL on Tuesday, January 03, 2012
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    This fit the bill perfectly. FRONT USB, aux in, ipod/iphone control, nice modern styling. Nobody else offers those features in a marine radio. They all put the USB in the rear so you can never use it. Useless. That's why I purchased this radio so I can swap the thumb drive from home/car/to now boat.

    Sound quality? OMG. This thing is hooked up to two Polk DB651 and it shakes the boat and will make your ears ring. Perfectly clear zero distortion at my sound level: The louder you turn the knob the better it sounds. I'm adding two more DB's just to make sure the people living on the lake can hear my music inside their houses, It's ridiculous honestly. My boat with just 2 speakers sounds better then my Lexus.
    Pros:
    Sounds better and faster USB then my Sony CDX-GT700HD. The wired remotes are pretty and glow.
    Cons:
    It's so new it's not even on the kenwood website and I'm be the first review anywhere. At least I have one they're sold out everywhere :)
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