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A marine receiver has to do more than just look good and sound great. It also has to stand up to salt, spray, sunlight, and rough weather. Kenwood designed their KMR-D358 CD receiver to withstand the rigors of boating life, with snug-fitting input covers and a conformal-coated circuit board that helps prevent moisture from seeping in and causing damage. These no-nonsense features keep the music playing, so you can relax and enjoy your time on the water.
The handy front-panel USB input does more than just let you plug in a thumb drive and enjoy a playlist. When you connect a compatible phone, you can enjoy your favorite music in a variety of ways.
With a connected iPhone, 3G service, and AppMode, you can tune in your favorite Pandora®, iHeart Radio, Aupeo, or TuneIn Internet radio stations while you're on the water. 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."
Android users can download the free Kenwood Music Control app and enjoy lots of great features. Organize playlists, sort songs according to "mood," and take advantage of quick and easy search capability on the Kenwood CD receiver. You can search by genre, song title, artist name, or record label, and all that info will be displayed on the receiver.
The 13-digit, 1-1/2 line LCD display makes it easier to see what's playing, and variable color illumination means you'll see it in your favorite hue. If you're installing the KMR-D358 in an out-of-the-way spot, a Kenwood marine remote (not included) allows you to control it from the helm.
If you're a satellite radio fan, add a SiriusXM tuner (subscription required) to enjoy all your favorite music, sports, and talk, even when you're miles and miles offshore. You can also liven up your cruise by loading in a CD full of MP3 or WMA music files, plugging in a thumb drive, or by jacking another device into the front-panel aux input. You can use the 3-band equalizer to optimize audio performance, while the three sets of preamp outputs come in handy if you want to add amps and subs to your boat.
Installation note: This marine radio is water-resistant, but we recommend mounting it in a water-resistant enclosure or using a cover for best performance.
iPod/smartphone note: If you're going to use your iPod or smartphone with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for compatibility information.
Great product. Sounds good and was easy to install.
Great product. Sounds good and was easy to install.
Great stereo nice set up works good in outdoor situations
I installed the Kenwood KMR-D358 in my Ebbtide 21' boat, and the installation was very easy. I chose this model since the dimensions were almost identical to the "old" Kenwood stero I was replacing.
Pros: Excellent sound from this system, and I love all the extra options the device has. Enjoy watching the display change colors some 24 times. That's neat. Also like the fact it powers "off" after 20 minutes in Standby mode.
Cons: Can't think of any.............
Easy to install, sounds great, and the price was very affordable. Great replacement stereo.
Pros: Great sound, great price, lots of features. Sounds much better than stock.
Cons: Cant complain. Cold beer, great tunes, sunny days on the lake!
First, 5 Stars for Crutchfield! Product arrived w/in 16 hours of ordering (or would have if UPS would just leave pkgs. w/o signature. Had to chase driver down at the end of his route in the evening. No fault Crutchfield.) As for the Kenwood, a reluctant 4 stars. Only because it does everything I could possibly want, and actually more than I care for making it a bit cumbersome, except one thing. Show me what it's doing. I'd read multiple reviews saying the display's daylight readability was terrible but thought, "Oh, I can just put a hand over it to see when I need to adjust something." Negative. Worst Display Ever! Impossible to see even with both hands cupped around face and eyes an inch away from the faceplate in daylight. I haven't done more than play it briefly a few times yet but will have to figure out a workaround for anything other than night fishing trips. Kenwood really dropped the ball on this one. If they came out with a replacement faceplate in exchange I'd be delighted. (Not holding my breath!) Have always had good experience with Kenwood units in the past (cars) but this one's a deal-breaker. Unless you plan to use this unit in the dark, forget it and any other Kenwood that has a like display.
Pros: All the features I wanted and more for a decent price.
Cons: Worst display Ever. Useless except in the dark.
Product was just as advertized
Simple not complex.
Very nice product, easy to install, operates and sounds great.
Pros: Removable face
For an outdoor marine radio, the display is nearly impossible to read in sunshine. I've had the Brightness at the maximum value of 31 and tried different colors without any improvement
Pros: Price, handles many different kinds of input.
Cons: Display impossible to read in sunlight
Very good replacement for the original radio in my boat. Very easy to install. Good sound.
Pros: Great price, easy to install,. good sound.
Great radio at a great price love the options on it
Cons: Could have more of the sirius options
Bought this stereo for a golf cart wanting a water and element resistant unit. All works fine, but when driving while playing a CD, the CD with "skip". I thought since this unit was for marine use, it would be able to handle rough conditions better when playing CDs. Otherwise, the unit is nice and sounds good.
Pros: Unit sounds good and is easy to use.
Cons: CDs don't play under semi-rough conditions.
Wanted a water resistant radio for our soft top Wrangler and this was perfect! Haven't used it much bet did a thorough test with all options, CD player, USB inputs, aux and everything works perfect. Hope to get years of service for our top down rides and Jeep weekends!! As always, great help and service from Crutchfield! Took me about 30 minutes to get it in and running!!!
Pros: Weather resistance, great sound, easy buttons.
Cons: None yet.
Stereo has plenty of power and great options! Can't wait to hook up the subwoofer and better speakers! Hard to see in bright sun.
Pros: Price, Quality
Cons: Hard to see in bright sun.
Fairly straight install and replacement for existing Kenwood unit, which had received water damage to circuit board. This unit installed in the exact same size opening and mount as the previous unit. I now have access to my IPOD music library which was not accessible with the earlier model. Sound quality is excellent. Wish the controls were better lit 0 the only negative about an otherwise great unit.
Cons: Back lighting could be better.
This is a great stereo! Mounted in my center console fishing boat and i couldn't be happier with it's performance!
Pros: Plenty of power, ipod usb jack, and pandora enabled.
Cons: I don't have anything wrong with it at all. Very simple to hook up and my boat sounds great!
Installed in Polaris RZR worksgreat, no CD skipping or station fading
Can't beet the price and the features. always a Kenwood fane but this is alot in a small package. Powering 4 Infinity speakers and everyone who has heard it keeps asking where the amp is. Great marine combo for under $400 all from Crutchfield.
Pros: Great for the money
The D538 has great sound and features. I am very pleased with this unit. Easy to use controls and navigate easy through user friendly settings. Built in amp rocks! Crisp and clear sound at all range and even at its highest volume. Ability to play iTunes or Pandora from iPhone and keep phone charged with USB on faceplate is a big plus. A solid 5 Star boat receiver!
Pros: Wired remote works great with this unit. (FYI: will not turn the unit on or off) Display color can be changed. Cover for CD on faceplate.
Cons: No wireless remote control and the ("not supplied for KMR-D358" as stated on page 3 of the manual) RC-406 DOES NOT WORK with this radio. I have two wired marine remotes (KCA-RC35MR) and they work great. I wanted a wireless remote for use inside the boat but they don't work! I had the same issue with the KMR-355U. The manual should really say ("NOT SUPPORTED WITH KMR-D358") & "NOT SUPPORTED WITH KMR-355U" either!!
|RMS Power Output||22 watts|
|Peak Output||50 watts|
|RMS Power Bandwidth||20-20kHz|
|Sub Preamp Outputs||Yes|
|Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs||No|
|Preamp Voltage||2.5 volts|
|Key Button Color||Variable|
|Steering Wheel Control Compatible||Adapter required|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
|Memory Card Slot||USB|
|Satellite Radio Ready||SiriusXM|
|FM Sensitivity||8.2 dBf|
|Radio Data System||Yes|
Marine Rated: At the factory, the Kenwood KMR-D358 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.
Note: 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).
Detachable Face w/ Hidden CD Slot: The Kenwood KMR-D358 features a hidden CD slot behind a manual flip-up cover which blends into the front-panel of the head unit. The KMR-D358 also features a detachable face to deter theft (no face case provided). An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can be purchased for this unit. A face-fixing screw is supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired.
- Variable Color Illumination: The Kenwood KMR-D358 features variable color display and button illumination. You can choose from one of 24 preset colors, have the unit scan through all 24 preset colors continuously, or customize your own color (RGB; 0-9). The custom setting allows you to individually adjust the intensity of Red, Green, and Blue (from 0-9) to better match your vehicle's interior lights. The same color setting is applied to both the display and buttons. The Kenwood logo and eject button remain red.
- Brightness & Dimmer: You can dim the LCD and button illumination to better suit the time of day. You can adjust the maximum brightness of the LCD and button illumination from 0-31. The Kenwood logo and eject button do not dim.
- 12Hr/24Hr Clock: The head unit can be set to display a 12hr or 24hr clock. The unit also displays the day (Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, or Sat).
- Display Illumination/Clock Display: With your vehicle's key in the accessory or start position, the head unit continues to display the clock and button illumination during Standby mode. Pressing and holding the source button turns the unit off completely.
Note: This unit features a Demo mode which can be turned On or Off within the menu.
Optional Marine Wired Remote: The Kenwood KCA-RC35MR wired marine remote control (113RC35MR, sold separately) is designed to withstand the harsh marine environment. The Kenwood add-on wired remote features source selector, music search, and volume control buttons.
Note: The head unit's wired remote input wire (blue/yellow) also 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.
USB Port: The Kenwood KMR-D358 features a front panel USB (type-A) port that is hidden behind a flip-up cover. The USB port enables connection and control of a portable USB mass-storage class (MSC) device; such as select Android smartphones (Froyo/Gingerbread OS only), portable digital audio players, or USB thumbdrives. The unit supports playback of MP3 (8-320 kbps), WMA (32-192 kbps), and WAV music files stored on a compatible USB memory device formatted with FAT12/16/32 file system. Your USB device should only have a maximum of 8 folder layers, 999 folders, and 999 files per folder - with a maximum of 20,480 files and folders. USB portable audio players that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the CD receiver's USB port (max. 1A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.
Note: When a mass-storage class (MSC) compatible smartphone is connected to the head unit's USB input, the unit's Drive Change features lets you select its internal memory or external memory (such as an SD card) for stored music playback. The Drive Change feature also lets you switch between multiple memory cards (up to 5) in a USB multi-card reader or multiple USB thumbdrives (up to 5) connected to a USB hub.
Music Control for Android Smartphone: The Kenwood Music Control app for Android organizes your Android smartphone's music, while providing quick and easy search capability from the Kenwood CD receiver. The free Kenwood Music Control App for Android can be downloaded onto your Android smartphone from the Google Play App Store. Your Android smartphone must be running Android OS Froyo or Gingerbread (2.2+). Once the app is downloaded and has a chance to organize all the stored music on your Android smartphone, you can connect your Android smartphone to the Kenwood CD receiver via USB (your compatible Android smartphone must be recognized as a USB mass storage class device; not compatible with MTP protocol). The Kenwood Music Control app offers the following Android supported functions.
Note: When the Kenwood Music Control app is first downloaded it will require some time to populate all the music, so we suggest doing this overnight.
Music Editor Compatible: The Kenwood KMR-D358 supports the PC application, Kenwood Music Editor Lite Kenwood's Music Editor Lit (v1.1.0). Kenwood Music Editor Lite is a Windows-based desktop software that helps organize, manage and transfer MP3/WMA music files to your USB thumbdrive from your PC. When you playback audio files that have been stored on your USB thumbdrive using Kenwood Music Editor Lite through this unit, you can search a file by title, album, or artist name using the head unit's Music Search function. The Kenwood Music Editor Light (v1.1.0) Windows-based software can be downloaded for free from Kenwood's website to your PC. The Kenwood Music Editor Light is compatible with the following Windows Microsoft Operating Systems.
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 KMR-D358 allows you to select the source type displayed when using the auxiliary input. You can choose from AUX, DVD, Portable, Game, Video, or TV. The unit has three aux input modes.
iPod Direct Connection: The Kenwood KMR-D358's front-panel USB port can be used to connect your 30-pin dock connector or Lightning-connector iPod/iPhone to the head unit. The KMR-D358 supports audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of your compatible Apple device.
Note: The head unit's USB connection provides 1A of current to power and charge your connected iPod/iPhone when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position (if your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it).
iPod Audio Playback w/ DAC Bypass: The USB connection allows your iPod/iPhone's stored music and music apps to be loaded instantly to the head unit and sound quality to be maximized through the head unit's 16-bit D/A converter, allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 105dB. The Kenwood head unit supports audio playback of stored music, podcasts, audiobooks, and music apps on your iPod or iPhone. The KDC-358 provides music control and song/artist information display.
Internet Radio Apps (for iPhone): The Kenwood KMR-D358 allows you to access Pandora and iHeartRadio online music services through your USB-connected iPhone. Your Apple iPhone must be connected to the KMR-D358 via the Kenwood KCA-iP102 cable (sold separately), or the cable supplied with your iPhone. Your iPhone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi.
Note: Access to the Pandora and iHeartRadio services will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.
Apple Device Compatibility Chart: The Kenwood KMR-D358 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 12/11/2013):
|Apple Device||Generation||Tested Version||Media Type||Control Type||Display Type||Charge|
|Audio||Video||Head Unit||iPod/iPhone||Pandora/iHeart Radio||Artist/Song Text||Track Info|
Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.
Disc Compatibility: The unit features a single disc player that will playback CD-Audio and finalized CD-R/CD-RW audio discs. The CD slot is hidden behind a manual fold-up cover which blends into the front-panel of the head unit.
MP3/WMA/WAV Playback: The KMR-D358 can play MP3 (8-320 kbps) and WMA (32-192 kbps) music files recorded on CD-R and CD-RW discs in ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, Romeo, and Long file name formats. Each disc can have a maximum of 8 directory levels, 500 folders, and 500 files per folder (500 maximum number of files and folders). During MP3/WMA playback, the unit displays any recorded ID3 Tag (ver. 1.x/2.x) and WMA Tag information - up to 60 characters.
Text Scroll: The KMR-D358 will display MP3/WMA audio file text. You can set the text scrolling feature to three different modes (Auto, Once, or Off) to scroll longer titles across the screen.
Music Search: The Kenwood AM/FM CD receiver features a Music Search feature which allows you to scroll through and select your MP3/WMA music folders and files, as well as scroll through your audio CD's music tracks using the head unit's rotary knob.
Playback Modes: The Kenwood KMR-D358 features the following Repeat, Random, and Scan playback modes.
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.
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.
RDS AM/FM Tuner: The Kenwood KMR-D358 features a built-in RDS AM/FM tuner. The Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast information such as artist & track information when listening to compatible AM/FM stations. You can choose one of four tuning methods: Auto 1 (seek tuning), Auto 2 (cycles through and tunes the selected band's preset stations only with each button press), or Manual Tune. The KMR-D358's tuner features 3 FM banks (1, 2, 3) and 1 AM bank for storing presets. The Kenwood KMR-D358 offers two preset modes.
Note: Not only does the CD receiver's tuner allow you manually enter your desired presets you can choose to have the unit automatically put stations with good reception in the memory banks automatically; this is a handy feature when traveling.
SiriusXM Ready: The Kenwood KMR-D358 comes ready for SiriusXM programming with access to XM and Sirius Satellite Radio stations. Thanks to its proprietary SiriusXM Connect port, you can add the optional SXV200V1 SiriusXM Connect tuner and receive more than 150 channels of exclusive programming directly from SiriusXM, via the "SiriusXM All Access" package (subscription required). Visit SiriusXM.com for a complete list of subscription options and channel guide. Additional features of the SXV200 SiriusXM Connect tuner include:
Note: A separate SiriusXM Satellite Radio subscription is required (operates on the XM Network). However, you can easily add this SiriusXM tuner to an existing Sirius or XM account for a Multi-Radio Discount Plan.
16 Bit D/A Converter: The Kenwood KMR-D358 utilizes a 16-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality.
MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood KMR-D358 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-D358 are as follows:
6ch/2.5V Preamp Outputs: The KMR-D358 features front, rear and subwoofer 2.5-volt preamp outputs. The front and rear speaker preamp outputs are balance and fade adjustable. The subwoofer preamp output is non-fading. The front, rear, and subwoofer preamp outputs are fixed to the rear chassis of the head unit.
Front & Rear High-Pass Filter: The KMR-D358 features a High-Pass Crossover for the front & rear channels when your front & rear speakers are connected by the unit's speaker-outputs or preamp-outputs. You can adjust the high-pass crossover from "Through", 100, 120, or 150 Hz. The "Through" selection is a full-range setting.
Subwoofer Controls: The Kenwood KMR-D358 offers the following subwoofer controls, when you are using unit's subwoofer preamp output.
Speaker Settings: The Speaker Setting function tailors the head unit's audio settings according to the type of speakers in your vehicle. You may select a Speaker Setting of 'SP-Off' (flat/off), 'SP-OEM' (for OEM factory speaker systems), 'SP-6x9/6' (for systems with 6" and 6"x9" speakers), or 'SP-5/4' (for systems with 4" and 5" speakers).
Preset EQ: Eight EQ curves are preset into memory, allowing you to recall the best preset EQ curve for different types of music. Each preset has its own level settings for bass, midrange, and treble . You can choose from the following preset EQ curves; Rock, Pops, Easy, Top 40, Jazz, Natural, Drive EQ, or User. The Drive EQ mode is an EQ preset that helps reduce road noise. The User mode allows you to manually adjust the head unit's Bass (200Hz) , Midrange (2.5kHz), and Treble (12.5kHz) level from +/- 8dB.
Note: You can store bass, middle and treble tone settings for each source (CD, AM/FM, Aux, USB, iPod, and Pandora/iHeart Radio).
Sound Enhancements: The head unit provides further sound enhancements for your car audio system.
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.
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For details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle. [ Krissy Jul 09, 2015 ] Staff
Sorry no awareness of the referenced remote [ Michael May 10, 2015 ]
Not familiar with the referenced remote. It does appear that it has a hard plug to the referenced head unit. For my install of the KMR-D358 I after the fact purchased the Kenwood KCA-RC35MR Remote for KMR700U/550U/350U. The connections were like power and one or two wires from head unit. No dedicated cord like was on my previous clarion head unit. Hope this helps. [ Michael Mar 25, 2015 ]
I won't be much help...installed mine in a boat....super crisp sound though!!!! [ patrick Jul 26, 2014 ]
The radio is slightly more than 6-inches deep inside dash [ Michael Jul 26, 2014 ]
That would be close, I put mine in an electra glide Harley. it sticks out about .250 of an inch, the rest sits back into the dash and behind, there should be dimensions for the stereo, the length or depth? just take off .250 of an inch and thats what you will have going through the dash and into the area under, behind the dash. hope that helps, my cd skips, but it's in a harley. Mark McCollough [ Mark Jul 25, 2014 ]
I had it in an 83 cj7 but the back his the defrost duct work.So it may not work for that [ JUSTIN Jul 25, 2014 ]
Yes, it can be used in car stereo applications. [ ARTHUR G. Jul 21, 2014 ]
Sure, it is a standard single din install. [ James Jul 21, 2014 ]
Yes I installed it in 2002 jeep with marine speakers . This is one of this clearest soundiing radio's I have heard. [ STEVEN P Jul 21, 2014 ]
All of the connections are standard the main difference is that the circuit board is coated to handle moisture without corrosion for a car I would recommend blue tooth as well [ WILLIAM J Jul 20, 2014 ]
Yes it will work. Probably a good idea for something like a jeep. [ CHRISTOPHER Jul 20, 2014 ]
Absolutely! I have one in my golf cart, boat and vehicle. both the golf cart and boat see salt water service and have worked beautifully. Just a heads up, there is no remote control with this unit, only the car ones have that. [ Kent Jul 20, 2014 ]
Yes.. Works just as car stereo. [ ANTHONY M Jul 20, 2014 ]
Absolutely, I used mine for a Polaris RZR and I'm getting another for my shop. [ CASEY Jul 20, 2014 ]
I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: The Kenwood KMR-D358 will work with the KCA-RC35MR (113RC35MR) remote. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy Jul 10, 2014 ] Staff
For details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle. [ Krissy Jun 04, 2014 ] Staff
For details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to d give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your boat. [ Krissy Apr 10, 2014 ] Staff
The term "waterproof" probably isn't appropriate. The circuitry is protected with a coating to make it resistant to moisture/condensation, etc. - the kind of things electronics would be subject to when stored and used outdoors. If a cup of water were poured on the radio I not sure it would completely be protected. [ Wayne Feb 20, 2014 ]
Don't know yet as I have not installed [ LARRY Feb 17, 2014 ]
Maybe units are not water proof. They are resistant. You should use a marine cover for more protection. [ Tim Feb 17, 2014 ]