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by Kristen Schaub
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Get rid of the popping, hissing, and interference in your daily commute, and switch to digital radio broadcasts with Kenwood's KTC-HR200 HD Radio™ tuner. The tuner works with all 2003-up satellite radio-ready Kenwood receivers with CD changer controls, along with 2008-up audio/video receivers with Kenwood's KAB data bus system.

Once you connect the KTC-HR200, you'll still receive current analog radio signals, but tune to an HD Radio station and the tuner will switch automatically to the digital signal. You'll hear FM stations that approach CDs in sound quality, along with AM stations that sound as good as today's analog FM.

HD Radio™ technology allows a station to create up to three separate channels on its assigned frequency. The KTC-HR200 will receive these additional channels, so you'll enjoy a wider selection of entertainment and information provided by your favorite radio stations. And when you tune to any HD Radio or Radio Data System (RDS) station, you'll see song, title, and artist details, along with other text information, on your Kenwood stereo's display.

Important Note: The KTC-HR200 does not have a pass-through connection. Call an Advisor at 1-888-955-6000 if you want to connect this tuner and another Kenwood component to your Kenwood car stereo.

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Highlights:

  • HD Radio technology for improved sound quality and minimal interference
  • connects to 2003-up Kenwood audio receivers with 5-line data bus connection
  • connects to all 2008-up Kenwood audio/video receivers with high-speed KAB data bus connection
  • receives multicasting content (where available)
  • single-cable connection
  • built-in Radio Data System (RDS) receiver
  • song title/artist info and other text content appears on stereo's display
  • stereo RCA outputs
  • KAB to 5-line adapter cable included
  • connects to SIRIUS adapter using optional cable (CA-SR20V)
  • no pass-through connection
  • dimensions: 6-1/2"W x 4-3/8"D x 1-3/8"H
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • HD Radio Tuner with attached 57" DIN-cable terminated by a proprietary 13-pin connector
  • 7" KAB adapter cable (13-pin connector on one end and a 9-pin connector on other end)
  • 59" Antenna cable (female Motorola connector on one end and a male Motorola connector on other end)
  • Velcro strip
  • Instruction Manual (English/Spanish/French)
  • Warranty Card

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Features

HD Radio: HD Radio technology, where available, offers higher quality sound than conventional analog broadcasts and receives text data. HD Radio provides FM broadcasts that are equal to CD sound quality and AM broadcasts that are as good as analog FM stereo broadcasts. HD Radio also provides a variety of data, including station name, song title, artist name, album name, etc.

Multicasting: In addition to conventional broadcasts, with HD Radio broadcasting it is possible to choose from up to 8 multicast programs (HD1 to HD8 and analog). There are also data programs for each program.

Head Unit Compatibility: The KTC-HR200 tuner can be controlled by most 2003 and up HD Ready Kenwood receivers which feature either Kenwood's 13-pin connector or Kenwood's KAB 9-pin connector. The KTC-HR200 is both digital and analog, so the tuner can receive all FM and AM stations.

Receive Mode: You can choose one of the following receive modes:

  • Auto: analog broadcasts and digital broadcasts are switched automatically. When both are being transmitted, the digital broadcast will have priority.
  • Digital: receives digital broadcasts only
  • Analog: receives analog broadcasts only

Tuning Mode: The KTC-HR200 tuner has the following three tuning modes: Auto seek, Preset station seek, and Manual.

Preset Memory: You can store 18 FM and 6 AM stations in the receiver's preset memory.

Auto Memory Entry: This feature selects stations with the strongest signals within the selected band and stores them in order of their frequency.

Information Display: When listening to HD Radio, you can cycle through the following information on the receiver's display: station name, song title/artist name/album name/genre, and frequency.

Inputs and Outputs

To Head Unit: 13-pin jack attached to a 57" cable that connects to a compatible Kenwood head unit which features a 13-pin CD changer port. The Headunit also comes supplied with a 13-pin to 9-pin KAB adapter to connect to compatible Kenwood head units which feature the new KAB port.

Note: There are two dip-switches on the tuner that need to be adjusted based on whether you are connecting the KTC-HR200 to a Kenwood head unit with a 13-pin port or 9-pin KAB port.

Antenna: Motorola jack which is used to connect your vehicle's antenna. (unit come supplied with a 59" antenna extension cable)

Specifications

Analog FM Tuner Section:

  • Usable Sensitivity (S/N = 30 dB): 11.2 dBf
  • Quieting Sensitivity (S/N = 50 dB): 16.3 dBf
  • Frequency Response (+/- 3 dB): 40 Hz - 15 kHz
  • Selectivity (+/-400 kHz): > 65 dB
  • Stereo Separation (1 kHz): 40 dB

Digital FM Tuner Section:

  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz - 20kHz

Analog AM Tuner Section:

  • Usable Sensitivity (S/N = 20 dB): 20 uV

Digital AM Tuner Section:

  • Frequency Response: 30 Hz - 15 kHz
 
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4 out of 5

Works with DNX6140 without any problem

Written By dharma, Boston, MA on Sunday, August 08, 2010
 
This module can become quite hot after some run time. However, it works flawlessly with my DNX6140 with firmware 3.10 (latest). One of my complain is that DNX6140 cannot memorize the additional multicast station channel. So every time that I want to go to the 3rd channel of an HD station, I have to start from the main channel and go up to the 3rd one. I hope that this may be fixed through firmware. Sound quality of HD radio also depends on the quality of the materials transmitted. Lower noise, better freq response, but not necessarily as sensitive as analog FM.
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5 out of 5

Worth every penny--Denver area/ Jeep install

Written By arturixtl, Longmont Colorado on Thursday, June 24, 2010
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So I got this and installed in my Jeep Grand Cherokee to complement a KVT 512 and wow--worth every penny--the KUVO jazz station sounds killer. In terms of install, it won't fit behind the head unit, so you have snake the wires up the passenger area--kinda of a pain but they conceal well.
---Set the box on Auto and you will get HD and non-digital stations, and if you drive quite a bit it will make the commute much more feasible.
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2 out of 5

Bulky, simple

Written By Anonymous, San Diego County, CA on Sunday, May 02, 2010
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The HR200 works, but is extrememly large for what it does and three times the size of comparable equipment from competitiors. As large as it is there should be many more features. Biggest disappointment was there is a single input for the antenna. My new Kenwood 9960 head unit (flagship model eXcelon) only has one "hi speed" antenna input. Therefore I can only plug my HD Radio tuner or Sat Radion tuner in at a time. This is a problem with the new Kenwood head unit, but if the satelite radio could input to the HR200 and there still be only one output, this could ease installations, clean up wire clutter behind the dash and centralize all am/fm/sat/HD input through one system.


A big box that doesn't provide much!
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3 out of 5

Depends on same factors car stereos already have

Written By Michael, Akron, OH on Friday, January 01, 2010
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I've had this in my truck for about 9 months. I figured that the HD stations
would have a better signal, but it doesn't appear that they do. This only
performs as well as a regular receiver would perform, only when you do get an HD
station tuned in, and it stays tuned in, it does sound very good. Just like
regular radio, if it's cloudy, rainy, (easier for electrons to pass through
atmosphere) you get better reception, the HD works better. If it's clear out,
same as regular, the station goes in and out, you lose HD signal, the weaker
signals go out completely, leaving you in silence, then come back, which if
you're blasting, I don't think that's too good. If you have a bad antenna, same
results. I give it a 3, because as stated by some others, it will receive a
clean HD signal. The AM seems to be a lot better. But it doesn't give you any
advantage on keeping your radio tuned in and locked over a non-HD radio. When
it works, no complaints, sounds great, I'd rather have it than not, but don't
expect a magic radio that all of a sudden grabs every HD station and locks it
in. I do also have to say, regular FM, (same conditions) does sound better,
there is a significant decrease in hissing and popping all around. But, it's
still radio, improved, but still affected like any other radio.
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2 out of 5

cannot recommend

Written By bob, staunton illinois on Wednesday, December 02, 2009
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i thought the kenwood kdc-mp238 was usable but not user friendly after i installed it. the addition of the ktc-hr200 makes the receiver even more frustrating.

the limited instructions are inscrutable, the size of the unit makes it impossible to fit in the dash and the mounting 'system' (velcro strips) is useless.

i waited a couple months before submitting this to see if my opinion improved with use but i cannot say i am happy with my purchase after two months.

i have installed a number of car stereos over forty years starting with a 1967 vw bus thru a 2007 honda accord and this unit is the sorriest thing i have spent money on to date. it gets two stars instead of one because yes, it will pick up hd signals.

should have waited until an affordable hd receiver was available instead of getting 'hd ready'

lesson learned. as an aside i have been a happy owner of a number of kenwood products in the past including ham radio, home audio and other car audio, but doubt i will be buying from them in the future.
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4 out of 5

It works

Written By ab-76, Eastern PA on Monday, October 26, 2009
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I added this onto my order for the Kenwood KDC-MP342U head unit. I'd never been curious enough about HD radio to buy an adapter, but it was definately worth a try. I have an '09 Tacoma regular cab and despite the fact that it's rather sizeable, it was easy to find a spot to mount it. I have it attached to a metal bracket near the rear of the passenger side kick panel. I'm impressed with the number of HD stations I can pick up and I'm also impressed with the sound quality - MAJOR difference - however, as others have said, the signal does cut in and out a little too frequently. However I have no way to tell why - it could be that I'm in a fringe area, or it could be the car antenna, or it could be this tuner, or it could be that the technology is just not optimal yet. Overall I'm satisfied though. When the signal does cut out, the transition back to non-HD is smooth 99% of the time. In a few years when I'm ready for a new vehicle and a new head unit, etc., I will definately get a built-in HD tuner because of the pleasant experience with this one.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

I hate this thing!!!

Written By Yvie, Oakley, CA on Tuesday, September 22, 2009
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I installed this unit along with my new Kenwood stereo in my Camry. The
stations constantly switch back and forth from analog to HD which causes
the stations to echo during the flip-flop. SO ANNOYING! I can't enjoy
listening to the radio because of this. The stations do sound great once the
HD signal comes through, but it's only for a minute at the most, then when
the signal goes out and there is nothing but silence. So, needless to say all
I do is listen to my same old CD's. Definite buyers remorse with this unit.
5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great addition to a Kenwood receiver.

Written By Douglas, Richmond, VA on Thursday, July 23, 2009
 
If you have a compatible Kenwood receiver, just get one.

Easy to install and works as advertised. Not much to say except it works and I should have picked this up earlier when I bought my DNX-8120.

Manual isn't great but the unit is easy to figure out anyway.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

A must for high fidelity

Written By cherrytroy, Phoenix, Az on Thursday, June 11, 2009
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If you invested all your money in your mobile stereo you must invest in HD radio. It turned my sub-par sounding stereo into a mobile rock concert. Think I am kidding, try listening to regular FM with component speakers. You will wish you didn't FM is the way of the 8 track; old technology trying to work on new technology stuff. Unless you like paying for Satellite, I would say stick with free; support your local stations and buy this.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

works great

Written By Anonymous, waldorf, md on Tuesday, June 02, 2009
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It works great, but in combination with the Kenwood in-dash radio(KDC-MP822) I have it does not allow for selecting either analog or digital radio...it's digital only with this unit. Relatively easy install, but I didn't find the installation instructions (amplifier add-on) provided by Crutchfield particularly helpful...instructions should be vehicle-specific to be useful.
1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

great if available where you live

Written By chris, cedar park, TX on Sunday, May 10, 2009
 
the tuner
automatically
changes from HD to
reg FM

the sound difference
is much better, its
no lie.
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5 out of 5

Easy as 1-2-3!

Written By Cristino, Bayamon, Puerto Rico on Saturday, April 11, 2009
 
Bought this unit to use with a DPX-503 in a 2008 Mazda 3. I just applied a dab of hot glue to secure the KTC-HR200 to the car (under the cover of the top AC vents) and another bit to glue a SWI-JACK interface on top of the HR200.

Interfacing to the radio was very simple, just connected the antenna to the HR200 and the 5L plug to the back of the radio.

I live in a hilly area and was somewhat concerned about the sensitivity of the HR200 and the tiny antenna of the 3. Well, all stations I like to listen to still come in strong, just like with the factory radio.

One of the stations I listen the most (WRTU 89.7) is transmitting on HD but where I live the signal is too weak to be decoded in digital. Once I leave this area the digital tuner kicks in and it stays tuned.

The transition from analog to digital and back is quick, there's a little delay of about 1/4 of a second between streams... barely noticeable.

The quality of the FM digital sound is incredible, hope more stations decide to use this format.

The HR200 gets somewhat warm which is surprising, but not alarming.

The only thing I don't like is that I cannot name the stations myself. Maybe there's a way but then, I've only had this unit for a few days and I have to admit I have not read this unit's manual... ;-)

All in all, listening to the digital stations is like rediscovering radio.
2 out of 3 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Kenwood KTC-HR200

Written By Joseph, new jersey on Friday, February 13, 2009
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I am very happy with this tuner. It was very easy to install this unit on my
kenwood radio. the reception is very good. I just hope more hd stations
would take advantage of all features most hd radios are capable of
showing on the sscreen.
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3 out of 5

OK tuner, lousy radio technology

Written By Carnivore, NYC on Monday, November 10, 2008
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The tuner works as intended but HD Radio technology is disappointing.

In a moving vehicle, AM flips back and forth from analog to HD every few seconds unless you're extremely close to the transmitter. It's so jarring I
just force AM stations to analog, at least the sound doesn't cut back and forth that way. Besides, there's nothing on AM that I need better sound
quality on, it's all news and talk, and analog AM is fine for that.

High-power FM-HD stations lock in fine locally but their range is limited. Lower-powered FM stations can be aggravating - a major college station just 8 miles from me flips in and out of HD constantly as I drive around my neighborhood.

Some FM-HD stations sound great, others sound compressed and grainy, especially the HD-2 and -3 channels. AM-HD signals all sound digitized, not
good enough for music in my opinion.

Analog reception is good on this tuner, but my stock tuner sounded better on analog AM.

Mine is connected to a DNX-7100 head unit along with a Sirius Connect tuner and a BT-200 bluetooth box. The tuner runs cool and I've had no problems with it losing presets or displaying bad info. Mine was cheap so I'm keeping it, but I've still lost my enthusiasm for HD radio. AM-HD seems pointless, the reception range is too short and unreliable. FM HD is fine for a radio geek but wait for some good programming on the HD-2 channels before you invest.
9 out of 10 people found this helpful
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2 out of 5

KTC-HR200 through a KVT-512

Written By Michael, Central NJ on Thursday, October 30, 2008
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Useless... I live less than 40 miles from New York City. All the analog stations come in perfect. I kept hearing ads for HD radio on the analog stations and even the HD Radio website states I should get HD reception in my area. Well, I get nothing. Cutting in and out, waiting for HD stations to possibly load, I don't even bother trying to receive HD radio after the first week of owning it. It works great when I'm actually in the city, but if you live anywhere outside of a metropolitan area, make sure you speak to people who can tell you if there are stations available. It has potential, possibly in years to come, but definitely not now, not in central Jersey.
5 out of 8 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

Kenwood KTC-HR200

Written By Todd, Virginia on Tuesday, October 28, 2008
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Good sound quality and easy installation. The unit is fairly large and will need to be installed under a seat. The unit automatically detects and switches from the standard channel to HD. If the HD signal is weak, I have experienced frequent alternating between standard and HD which affects the sound quality each time it switches; this can be extremely annoying. A strong HD signal is key for the seamless operation of this unit.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Works very well!

Written By Ziggy, White Bear Township, MN on Thursday, October 09, 2008
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I have a Kenwood DNX7100 and plugged the HD Radio into it. It was very easy to do. The only problem was not knowing that I need to push the inset button next to the "ATT" button to reset the unit to the factory settings. Other than that. It's ONE PLUG and mounting for installation. You can use the 2 line display using the "4 Line Display" soft button on-screen. (It's actually 2 lines.) It gets warm but not hot. The box is not that big to mount almost anywhere. It works in conjunction with my blue tooth option. It's in line with that. So, it's very easy to hook up and run. I really didn't even read the manual and got pretty much everything that it does. I recommend it for those who already own an '06 or better Kenwood unit. If you are contemplating getting it. Get it!
5 out of 7 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Kenwood KTC-HR200

Written By Greg, Cleveland, OH on Thursday, September 25, 2008
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I had no issues installing and it provides great quality HD.

I had an issue with the presets not saving after I turned my vehicle off and I contacted Kenwood and was to told to send my unit to get the EEPROM updated. (email response attached below)

Thank you for contacting Kenwood USA Corporation. As an authorized agent for Kenwood, we are responding to your recent email inquiry.

The EEPROM in your unit needs to be updated. Please send your DNX-5120 to one of the following National Service Centers.

Kenwood Authorized Service Center West
16205 Distribution Way
Cerritos, CA 90703
Phone: 562.483.8740
Fax: 562.483.8749

Kenwood Authorized Service Center East
829 Lynnhaven Pkwy, STE 128
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Phone: 757.340.1702
Fax: 757.340.6809

Kenwood Authorized Service Center Atlantic
400 Morris Ave, STE 102
Denville, NJ 07834
Phone: 973.586.3999
Fax: 973.586.4433

Kenwood Authorized Service Center Hawaii
99-1285 Halawa Valley St. B11
Aiea, HI 96701-5609
Phone: 808.486.5594
Fax: 866.743.5194
msr@hawaii.rr.com

Kenwood Authorized Service Center Puerto Rico
Ave Central 1009
Puerto Nuevo, PR 00920
Phone: 787-781-9570
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3 out of 5

Good performance; compatability issue

Written By Steve, Boston on Wednesday, September 24, 2008
 
This receiver was easy to install and provided great quality sound for those
channels which were received in HD. The ability to tune both analog and
HD was a plus. The sound quality was close to CD as advertised.

The only downside was related to my head unit; DNX-5120 purchased in
June 2008. As reported here by others, the unit would not keep any preset
stations in memory after being powered off. After sending a second unit,
Crutchfield confirmed that there was an issue with my head unit which
required a repair and provided me with the option of sending the head unit
to a Kenwood service center for service. I opted to send the KTC-HR200
back to Crutchfield as I was not prepared to wait for Kenwood service to
repair the unit in order to make it compatable with the HD tuner.

Bottom line: the KTC-HR200 provides improved sound quality and works as
advertised; just not with older (5 mos?) 5120 head units.
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5 out of 5

HR200 with DNX5120 *IS* good now

Written By Patrick, Connecticut on Friday, August 15, 2008
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Calvin's review from 7/22/08 is correct when speaking of "early" runs of the DNX5120. My s/n 8020xxxx series DNX5120 had the EPROM problem and would not save the presets when powered off. Crutchfield contacted Kenwood, found out the problem and replaced my original DNX5120 with a new one (in the s/n 8060xxxx range) which has the EPROM fix(es?) already in place.

So do not hesitate to pair a *new* DNX5120 with the KTC-HR200. It's working perfectly now and I am very pleased with the combination. I've got twelve HD stations (including sub-channels) preset and there are others available (I'm just not a fan of those types of music :) ).

In reference to Williams review from 7/14/08, I've not looked at the "2-line" display on the DNX5120, but I find the "4-line" to be quite nice. I have mine setup to display the Station Call-sign, Artist and Title. Works nice.
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5 out of 5

Ignore the bad reviews

Written By doc0047, Minneapolis on Friday, July 25, 2008
 
Just wanted to set the record straight with this tuner.
IT DOES EXACTLY WHAT IT IS SUPPOSED TO!
If people are buying it with old head units that only have one line of text, TOO BAD. In fact, Crutchfield and Kenwood both tell you that you will have problems with the read out. I have one line as well, but I enjoy what I get out of the tuner itself.
I get lots of HD stations because I live in a metro area. If you live in the boondocks, don't expect too many stations because HD radio is not mainstream yet.
Great unit, I love Kenwood and Crutchfield!
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1 out of 5

BUYER BEWARE

Written By Calvin, San Diego, CA on Tuesday, July 22, 2008
 
Heads up to everybody. KTC-HR200 has problems where it resets to the factory settings every time the unit is restarted. This means that no presets will be saved and it'll reset back to 87.7 FM every time your car is turned on.

I just got off the phone with Crutchfield agent who spoke with Kenwood, and he confirmed that the resetting problem is DNX5120's problem not KTC-HR200. This problemetic EPROM is in DNX5120 and it can't be fixed through software update.

In other words, if we want HD Radio with DNX5120, we have to pull out our DNX5120, package it up, send it to Kenwood Service Center, and wait 2~3 weeks.
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5 out of 5

Trust Me It's Good

Written By Bonitto, Willingboro, NJ on Friday, July 18, 2008
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Summary:
Well where do I begin um okay. Okay first off, I owe this review to Greg (a Crutchfield Advisor) to whom, I promised I would put a positive review for this product if it was in fact a good product. I recently purchased the Kenwood DNX8120 with the HR200. The HR200 is a great unit and trust me when I say, it's probably one of the best investments I spent my hard earned money on. Not only is the sound quality amazing, but the features are also great in itself. When you tune in to select stations you can see the Artist(s), title of the song, and the station you tune into. You can also modify the settings to show albums and a few others I can't remember atm.

The Good:
- Great Sound Quality (AM & FM)
- Unique Station Customizations
- Can search for digital only (HD stations only) or analog only or automatically search for both


The Bad:
- If you don't have many HD stations broadcasting in your area this may not be the time to upgrade however, with the transition coming from analog to digital based signals, I believe HD Radio is truly a new wave of the future and it is only a matter of time until all stations are HD capable.

Bottom Line:
Get the Kenwood HR200 to add to your existing radio system if you do have a good slection of stations in your area. Trust me it's good, you won't be disappointed
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2 out of 5

compatibility not good with single-line displays

Written By William, Oshkosh, WI on Monday, July 14, 2008
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I got this unit to add RDS capability to a 2007 Kenwood KDC-X491 "HD-READY" stereo. Having HD reception was not a factor for me, as there is only one station locally broadcasting in HD, and at very low power.

The HR200 has two problems:

1: The HR200's RDS display will only display the callsign, station format, and station's slogan. It does NOT display the song title / artist info (and Weather / Amber alerts, etc) on a radio using a single-line display like the KDC-X491. This is verified by watching the same stations on a Sangean HDT-1 with full RDS display, and comparing this to the HR200 at the same time. Changing display setting does not fix this.

2: If a station is not broadcasting any RDS data, the display will show "WAITING" for about a minute, then show "NO TEXT" after that, for as long as you are listening to that non-RDS station. The display will not revert to clock, or frequency, or even just blank out, but will continue to show "NO TEXT" indefinitely.

Crutchfield Customer Service has been great as always, and sent a replacement unit to try, but it had the same results.

From what I see on the user forums, this tuner is a good choice for use with the DVD display heads with multi-line text display, but only using the 5L connection cable. People using the KAB 200 bluetooth adapter all seem to have memory preset loss when turning the radio off.

I hope Kenwood gets the bugs out of this unit, or more likely, in the HR300.
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2 out of 5

Not ready for prime time...

Written By Kory, Stafford, VA on Friday, July 11, 2008
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I purchased this unit paired with the DNX-5120. The install was pretty easy under the driver's seat of my 2005 Corolla. I had to remove the seat and run the connector cable and the supplied antenna extension cable through the middle console because both cables were way too short to run through the door sill and behind the dash. The only mounting hardware included with the device is 2 velcro strips to attach the unit to the carpet. These are things to consider, especially in something larger than a Corolla.

I had the same problem as another reviewer with the RDS displaying the wrong call letters and station information in analog mode. This happened with several stations. In HD mode, all of the station information was correct and the sound was amazing. Each time the car was turned off, the tuner would reset to 87.5 and lose all of my presets. I found the reception with analog tuner built-in to the DNX-5120 to be better than the analog tuner of the KTC-HR200, plus it remembers the station presets.

Crutchfield Product Support was great. They offered to replace the unit or a complete refund. I chose the full refund because the unit does not have a pass-through (only the KCA-BT200 does) for the new KAB bus, so you can have satellite radio or HD Radio, but not both. I still prefer satellite radio. Kenwood does not have a release date for an adapter to connect multiple KAB devices. Kenwood should have been better prepared when they switched to the KAB bus.
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3 out of 5

Not half bad

Written By Jennifer, North Texas on Thursday, July 10, 2008
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The unit installed easily enough. It seems to work, though I am unable to receive some of the stations that are listed in the on-line HD station guide. Perhaps they've ceased operations. My biggest complaint is the lack of documentation. There are new indicators displayed that I don't have the vagest notion of their meaning. Things like "m/s" and "sub". Sometimes they flash, other times they are on solid. Neither the instruction manual that came with my KDC-X791, nor the one that came with the HD unit itself addresses this. And there seems to be only one set of AM presets (six total.) Bottom line: The sound produced is good, but without appropriate documentation I'm not sure if I am taking full advantage of the unit's capabilities.
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5 out of 5

KDC-792,BT-200,KTC-HR200

Written By John, Waltham MA on Thursday, July 10, 2008
 
I have installed these three units in my 1998 grand Cherokee.I could not
be more pleased with the pperformance and the seamless response of all
three. the Head unit KDC-792 performs better than I could have
expected.The BT-200 works flawlessly with the KDC-792 . The KTC-HR200 is
just the icing on the cake it is better sounding system than my home
system and i have a BOSE !!!!
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2 out of 5

Just a little too glitchy for me

Written By Steven, Phoenix, AZ on Wednesday, July 09, 2008
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I installed this HD unit in my 7019. It works - I can receive maybe 5 or 10 HD stations in Phoenix. But the receiver's sensitivity is way below average (for both HD and non-HD stations). I can pickup KSWG (nonHD, Wickenburg, AZ) very well with the 7019, but with the HR200 installed KSWG is almost pure noise. The unit also has a habit of switching in and out of local stations' HD mode as I drive - very irritating to listen to. There's no way to setup a preset that only receives the analog frequency. Although you can set a preset to receive the second program of an HD station (it takes about 5 seconds for it to tune it in).
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4 out of 5

Actually works properly with the DNX-7100

Written By James, Portsmouth, VA on Tuesday, July 08, 2008
 
Unlike the older Kenwood HD tuner modules, this one actually works properly with the DNX7100. The older models would not display the station name or program information, or if they did it would only appear for a split second. I'm running the original firmware as well.

The only negative I could find is there are problems if you try to use this unit along with the BT200 Bluetooth module. If you have both, the presets are not retained when the radio is switched off, and there may be some issues with the Bluetooth functionality. Fortunately I use a motorola IHF1000 for bluetooth, so I'm not affected by this.
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2 out of 5

Still some glitches...

Written By Steve, New Jersey on Monday, July 07, 2008
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I currently have the first generation Kenwood HD tuner (KTC HR100TR I believe). The only thing I didn't like was that it didn't have a built in RDS tuner for non-HD stations. Finally, they came out with this one! I ordered it the day it became available. My first complaint is that it did not have a pass through. The description clearly stated this so I should have seen it before ordering. My second, and main complaint is with the RDS tuner and display. When I plugged in this unit, I tuned to one of the stations that I work for and the call letters display was not correct. It read KGBG-FM. This is not the station I work for. It did pull in the HD signal though. Many other stations were also reading incorrectly. To me, it seemed as though the tuner had "default" information loaded into it from the testing phase. There's no reset button, so I reset my head unit while this was connected. This did not resolve the problem. Vince in customer support had me reset it again and again it didn't fix the problem. He called Kenwood and they seemed to think it was a malfunctioning unit so I sent it back to Crutchfield and they sent me a new one. I got the new tuner today, plugged it in and had the same problem. I'm sending it back for my refund. Needless to say, I was pretty bummed. I had waited for this for over a year, but it seems like there's still some glitches to work out. Hopefully someone at Kenwood reads this and figures out what the problem is!
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