Overview: The Kenwood KDC-MP208
AM/FM CD receiver features a detachable face, front auxiliary input, selectable
rear/subwoofer 2-volt preamp output and MP3/WMA playback. The headunit also
comes supplied with an easy to use IR wireless remote control. The unit's amplifier
is rated at 22 watts x 4 channel RMS and 50 watts x 4 channel peak.
The unit features a single front loading CD face that detaches from the chassis
to deter theft.
The unit does not come with a face case. An optional grey, soft, carrying
case (142DFC2C, sold separately) is available.
MP3/WMA Playback: The KDC-MP208
can play MP3 and WMA files recorded on CD-ROM, CD-R, and CD-RW discs in ISO9660
Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, and Romeo formats. Each disc should have a maximum of 8
directory levels, 100 folders, and 255 files per folder. During MP3/WMA
playback, the unit displays any recorded ID3 Tag
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.
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 an MP3 player. The AUX input can be
turned "off" in the menu if you do not want to cycle through this source if you
choose not to use the AUX input.
Auxiliary Display: The
KDC-MP208 allows you to select the source type displayed when using the
auxiliary input. You can choose from AUX, DVD, Portable, Game, Video or TV.
Rotary Volume Control: The CD
receiver uses a 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.
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), "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).
Note: The Speaker
Setting affects the bass, midrange, and treble values of the System Q
presets. The speaker setting should be selected first.
System Q Sound Control: Six
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
(10kHz). The 6 preset curves with their respective bass, mid, and treble levels
are as follows:
- Rock: Bass +6, Mid +1,
Bass +3, Mid +2, Treble +6
Bass +6, Mid 0, Treble -2
- Top 40:
Bass +3, Mid +1, Treble +8
Bass +5, Mid +2, Treble +2
- Natural (Flat):
Bass 0, Mid 0, Treble 0
Note: The above values
reflect the System Q settings when the Speaker Setting function is
turned off. When the Speaker Settings are selected, the System Q level
settings are different.
Bass/Treble/Mid Control: The
KDC-MP208 features independent Bass, Treble and Midrange control. You can adjust
each one from -8 to +8db. The bass frequency is adjusted at 100 Hz, the treble
frequency is adjusted at 10 kHz and the midrange frequency is adjusted at 1 kHz.
Bass Boost: The Kenwood CD
receiver also features a Bass Boost control that can be set to the following
levels - BB1, BB2 or Off.
Fader/Balance Control: The
KDC-MP208 CD receiver feature balance and fade controls from Left15 to Right15
and Rear15 to Front15. The CD receiver uses at Type 1 and Type 5 fader. When the
preamp output is set to "Rear" the receiver uses a Type-5 fader that allows you
to fade between the front speaker channels and the rear speaker channels along
with the rear preamp output. When the preamp output is set to "Subwoofer" the
receiver uses the type 1 fader which only allows fading between the front and
rear speaker channels while the subwoofer preamp output is non-fading .
Source Tone Memory:
This feature allows you to store System Q bass, middle and treble tone settings
for each source (CD, FM, and AM).
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.
Selectable Preamp Output: The
KDC-MP208 features a preamp output that you can adjust from a full-range rear
speaker preamp output to a low-pass subwoofer preamp output.
Low Pass Filter: The receiver
features a built-in Low Pass Filter control for the preamp-output when the
output is set to Sub. You can select from 80, 120, 160 or off.
Subwoofer Level: Once you have
switched the preamp output to "subwoofer" you can independently control the
subwoofer preamp output level from the CD receiver. You select levels between
-15 to +15.
CD Playback Options: The
KDC-MP208 offers the following CD playback features.
- Pause: stops play of your
- Fast Forward/Rewind:
allows you to fast forward or rewind within a track of a disc
- Track/File Search: allows
you to skip to the previous or next track/file on the disc
- Folder Select: selects
folders on a MP3/WMA recorded disc
- Repeat: repeats single
track, file or folder on disc
- Random: plays all the
songs on the disc or all files within a folder in random order
- Scan: plays the first part
of each song or file on the disc you are listening to
The KDC-MP208 will display CD text or Audio file text. You can turn the
scrolling feature "on" to scroll longer titles across the screen.
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.
Off Eject: The KDC-MP208 allows
you to eject your disc for 10 minutes after switching off the vehicles engine.
CD Force: When there is a
problem with playing a CD with a special format, this setting plays the CD by
force. Some CDs still may not play in the CD Force mode.
CR-2 Advanced Tuner: This unit
uses Kenwood's CR-2 Advanced tuner for clear radio reception. 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.
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. The
tuner features 3 FM banks (1, 2, 3) and 1 AM bank. You can store 6 presets for
each AM/FM bank giving you a total of 18 FM presets and 6 AM presets.
Clean Reception System Circuit
(CRSC): This circuit controls multi-path distortion by reducing stereo
separation. As stereo separation is reduced, multi-path has less effect on the
radio signal, improving reception in areas with tall buildings and mountains.
The CRSC circuit can be turned on or off.
Tel Mute: The KDC-MP208
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.
Display: When the unit is in Standby mode, the face/button illumination
is "keyed." In addition, while the unit is in Standby mode, you can turn the
clock display on or off. 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. You can change this setting within the menu.
Demo Mode: This unit features a
Demo mode which can be turned "on" or "off" within the menu.
Security Code: You can enter a
4-digit security code which must be used when the unit is removed from the
vehicle, or the constant power source is disconnected from the unit. When
constant power is restored to the unit, the security code must be entered before
the unit becomes operational.
Remote Control: The KDC-MP208
comes with the RC-517 IR wireless remote control with a full numeric keypad. The
remote will control Audio, CD, and Tuner functions. It is powered by 2 "AA"
batteries (supplied). The dimensions of the remote are: L = 5.362", W = 1.958",
D = 1.125".