Kenwood's KDC-MP345U CD receiver gives you iPod® control through its USB input, but that's just the beginning of the story for this solid performer.

Easy to use with your iPod
You'll feel totally at home when you plug in your iPod. Connect it to the front panel USB input, then take control with the Multi Control Wheel to navigate your tracks and playlists. You can search for a song alphabetically, or by jumping through your playlists in 10% increments. Kenwood includes dedicated "Search" and "Return" keys that eliminate the need to work through menus when you're making a quick search. Your passengers can also use the iPod's controls to access songs, or they can take advantage of the full-featured remote control that Kenwood includes with this receiver.

Musical and expansion options
The KDC-MP345U plays CDs you've loaded with MP3 and WMA files, and features a handy front-panel auxiliary input you can use for other music sources. Kenwood's robust internal amplifier, flexible 3-band equalizer, and bass boost ensure you'll like the sound. Two sets of preamp outputs let you add outboard amplifiers, and you can activate a low-pass filter and sub level control for fingertip command over your bass.

Note: If you're going to use your iPod with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility with this receiver or its optional iPod adapter.

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD player with 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 illuminated USB and auxiliary inputs
    • iPod direct control via USB input — no adapter necessary, but adding Kenwood's optional connecting cable lets you leave your iPod cable at home
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • System Q Sound Control (6 EQ curves and a 3-band equalizer)
    • iPod EQ setting
    • bass boost
    • low-pass filter and sub level control
    Expandability:
    • inputs: front-panel USB and auxiliary inputs
    • outputs: 4-channel preamp outputs (front, rear/sub)
    Other features and specs:

    Why replace your factory radio?

    Two good reasons - sound quality and cool features. A new car stereo offers power that's superior to most factory radios, along with more sophisticated tone controls. And most car stereos offer built-in or optional features that add safety and fun to life in your car, including inputs for your iPod or MP3 player, Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free cell phone calls, satellite radio or HD Radio reception, and connections for building an audio system in your car.

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    Buy a newer unit.

    Written By lkj, SoCal on Wednesday, April 04, 2012

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I will keep it short: you should buy a newer unit than this one.

    Pros: Front USB connection. Apple Nano/iPod compatible. Plays burned CDs w/ mp3 format.

    Cons: AM radio reception very susceptible to noise from above-ground power lines and also the running engine. The stock radio that came with the car did NOT have that problem. No mute button. Had to re-flash the unit several times b/c of iPod interface problems.

    Great buy

    Written By Caleb, West Chester PA on Friday, June 10, 2011

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    You can't go wrong for the price of the unit. Alot better than my stock infinity head unit. AV and USB work without any problems with the IPHONE 3GS and any IPOD I've plugged into it.

    Kenwood KDC-MP345U

    Written By StockBeGone, Kingsport, TN on Tuesday, June 07, 2011

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    I love this stereo. I would recommend it to anyone.

    great buy nice unit!

    Written By DON, CANANDAIGUA on Sunday, June 05, 2011

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    This unit is realy cool. played my mp3 from the front controls. Sound is just OK but that may be my speakers ( found the wires just wrapped in place) This was simple to install thanks to Crutcfields harness and front plate kit, I would buy it again,

    Excellent value

    Written By Scott S, Pelham, AL on Friday, June 03, 2011

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    I have been very pleased and impressed with the KW-MP345U. It is actually my first after-market system in the last 20 years. This is a great value for the money, produces a lot of sound, easily installed, and the navigation is pretty simple. I just wish they had made it to where you could display the clock and the source at the same time. Otherwise, I find no faults with the unit.

    Nice for the $

    Written By asland, Omaha, NE on Thursday, May 26, 2011

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    When my radio works it works great however when I get in my car and it's hot outside so the car feels pretty hot the radio does not turn on until I turn on my air for awhile. If my heat is on after awhile the radio turns off. Crutchfield replace the radio but the new one does it also which makes me think it's something else but I have no idea what to look at next.

    I gave it 5 stars because when it does work it works great, sounds great and I love having the usb and aux plugins.

    Impressive

    Written By BigShowJoe, Upstate SC on Thursday, May 26, 2011

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    For the price, I challenge you to find a better head unit. This is my first experience with anything Kenwood and definitely won't be my last. Nice search features when using USB or Ipod. 22 watts RMS which is higher than most. Two things I would add to this unit if I could: 1. A dimmer that ties into the instrument panel's dimmer. 2. Ability to read song data from radio stations.

    Overall very happy and I would recommend this to anybody.

    Mr

    Written By De La Rosa, cape coral Fl on Monday, May 23, 2011

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    I,m very happy with my new kenwood receiver but what I like the most is your installation gear very simple. anyone with good sense could do it.

    Kenwood

    Written By JohnP, AK on Tuesday, May 17, 2011

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    It was a good upgrade from my factory setup

    Perfect

    Written By Dan, York, PA on Monday, May 16, 2011

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    Exactly what I wanted and easy to install in my '99 Oldsmobile Alero. Love the iPod
    support and choice to use either the head unit or iPod itself for control. Can't beat it
    for the price!

    Kenwood KDC-MP345U

    Written By Layabout, San Jose, CA on Monday, May 16, 2011

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    Good sound, easy installation in a 2001 Subaru, but the bezel can not be used &
    trimming it won't work because both sides would have to be shaved down to paper
    width. Also, the receiver allows only some iPods to retain tuning control, which
    leaves you with tuning through the stereo---a slower & more cumbersome technique.

    Bomber65

    Written By Chris, Gretna, NE on Monday, May 16, 2011

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    Great sound, easy install, thanks.

    Kenwood is timeless!!

    Written By Brian N., Katy, TX on Monday, May 16, 2011

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    What can I say, Kenwood was great back when I was in High School. I installed
    this Kenwood for my daughter, who is in highschool, and the experience has'nt
    changed a bit. STILL AWSOME!! Hope the same quality is there so I can install
    my grandkids stereo one day.

    Nice Radio + Iphone works great with it.

    Written By Troy, Madisonville,KY on Saturday, May 14, 2011

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    Radio was a great value, really like the usb for the iphone. More to this radio than an old guy like me needs but sounds is great, what more can a person ask for? I never give 5 stars..its great not perfect.

    Perfect for iPhone 3GS!

    Written By TJ_1611, Sault Sainte Marie, MI on Sunday, May 08, 2011

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    This receiver was an excellent value for the price! Right from the beginning, the
    sound quality over my older Sony receiver was apparent, and the unit felt like it
    was made with more care and appreciation for the consumer. The bass boost,
    paired with a new set of speakers I had installed previously was pretty killer
    without a subwoofer. Also, directly connecting my iPhone 3GS was a snap, and
    it is possible to change music with either the receiver or the iPhone itself, which
    was a MUST for me.

    My only complaint is the lack of color variations and only being able to change
    the brightness via two different options. I guess I cannot complain too much,
    because of the bargain price :). The low price, great sound quality and
    Crutchfield's great customer service made for a great (and simple) switch.
    Thanks!

    Good Value

    Written By BryceG, SF Bay Area on Sunday, May 08, 2011

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    I've never purchased any car audio equipment in my life, so my experience with
    other pieces of equipment is very limited.

    I went with Kenwood because of all the good things I've heard about them from
    various sources, and their RMS of 22W was higher than other company's 17 or
    20W RMS ratings. As a complete novice it took me a little over an hour to install
    the headunit in my garage. It was very simple on a Ford Mustang.

    As far as sound quality goes, there was a definite improvement from the stock
    headunit, but you must use all of the settings and options correctly. However, I
    was not blown away by the improvement and will be replacing all my speakers
    soon, most likely with Kickers. In other words, this headunit sounds so good, I
    could really tell how much my speakers were limiting the overall sound.

    Kenwood KDC-MP345U Review

    Written By JTR, Atlanta, GA on Thursday, May 05, 2011

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    A great replacement radio for my son's Xterra. We installed in less than two hours
    and the sound and power are much improved for a great price. Overall solid value
    for the money.

    Quality sound

    Written By deadheadAdam, OP, KS on Thursday, May 05, 2011

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    I upgraded the OEM Blaupunkt head unit in my 2003 Focus because I wanted the
    flexibility of multiple inputs. The price was right and with the included
    installation kit, so was the fit. Added to the previously installed Kenwood
    KFC-1693PS speakers- the sound is great, not crazy loud, but tonally correct,
    with precise mids and highs. I mostly listen to live jambands downloaded in FLAC
    and the USB input has far exceeded my expectations. I'm still working through
    the various adjustments, but so far so good...

    Kenwood KDC-MP345U

    Written By Josh, Menlo Park. Ca on Thursday, May 05, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very Nice stereo system, with the master sheets and wiring harnesses installing it
    was easy, and the usb input was exactly what i was looking for to connect my ipod
    and not having to worry about it running out of battery

    Kenwood KDC-MP345U

    Written By XChevyXRidaX69, Towner, ND on Wednesday, May 04, 2011

    i purchased this cd player for my 01 chevy silverado 1500 and i love it!.. this has
    been one of my favorite cd players i have ever purchased... i was going to go
    with a Pioneer but iam glad i didnt, it very easy to use display is great during
    the day and night..... customer service was unbelievable, easy to talk to got
    what i needed. Will defintely do business with them again!

    Kenwood KDC-MP345U

    Written By steed, knoxville,TN on Tuesday, May 03, 2011

    probably the best deal you can get on a receiver anywhere. great price does everything I want it to and more. definitely the best receiver I have ever had. pretty easy install for the most part and if you have any questions just call an advisor, thats what I did and I didn't have any problems they were clear and detailed. highly recommend this product.

    "just one little thing"

    Written By Gary E, Sarasota, FL on Monday, May 02, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love the receiver, but, seeing that I drive my convertable to the beach, I wish
    Kenwood would come up with a dust cover for when the faceplate is removed.
    How about suggesting to them to have a dark black cover that snaps in the
    same as the faceplate, no logo so to keep individuals with crowbars from
    taking a second look. Convertable owners would appreciate this, especially on
    windy, or beach days, when you just don't want to put up the top every time you
    park for a few minutes. Sand & humidity don't mix with electrical contacts.

    Unbelievable value

    Written By keen, birdsboro, pa on Sunday, May 01, 2011

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    I bought this unit so I could play my ipod using the remote. I can't believe the
    sound and features for the price.

    Kenwood KDC-MP345U for a Jeep BRQ Replacement

    Written By BobS, Milwaukee, WI on Sunday, May 01, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was disappointed when the BRQ 6-CD changer died in my 2005 Jeep Liberty after
    replacing the battery. Now, why should something like a changer quit after the
    battery was replaced? No, it was not a radio code and no one at any Mopar dealer
    I called could offer any help.

    I ended up browsing on Crutchfield's web site and they made it easy to search
    for a stereo that would fit into the trim package on my Liberty. Right away I
    found this Kenwood and the price was great. It also played MP3 CD's and MP3's on
    a flash drive. Perfect.

    I expected to have to make my own bezel to adapt the Kenwood to the Jeep. I was
    blown away when it came a few days later with a matching black bezel, Master
    Sheet and Harness. The harness took about 10 minutes to solder to the Kenwood
    harness and that plugged right into the Jeeps existing harness. I actually did
    the whole job in less than 1/2 hour including removing the old radio, etc. The
    Bezel fit the Kenwood and the Jeep perfectly and looks great.

    I am now happy that the factory changer died. This was a totally pleasant
    experience and fun to install (did I actually say "fun"!).

    The Kenwood's sound is awesome and the features are amazing. The remote is great
    and I love being able to play music off a flashdrive. I would not even bother
    with an Ipod. The receiver is really configurable and lets you tweak
    everything. It sounds soooo much better than my factor changer.



    I am now a Crutchfield believer!!!

    Great Stereo And The Best Seller

    Written By BillO, Bakersfield on Saturday, April 30, 2011

    I was looking for this stereo and decided to check Crutchfield and they had the
    best price I could find with free shipping AND the full installation kit. I was
    expecting to receive a kit that would need to be upgraded but I was totally
    impressed with what they sent me. I received everything I needed to install this
    into a 2010 Ford F150 with instructions and all parts were of high quality. For my
    next car stereo installation I WILL buy from Crutchfield. Also the Kenwood stereo
    is great. It handles my iPod just as I wanted.

    Great Product

    Written By ScottK, Atlanta on Friday, April 29, 2011

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    Product arrive quickly,(and free shipping!) in perfect condition. Install was
    easy with Crutchfield's instructions. I was listening to music in a short time.
    Thank you Crutchfield!

    Good except AM reception

    Written By DavidB, Nashville, TN on Friday, April 29, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very happy with this unit except for AM reception which is NONEXISTENT! Wish I had known this before purchasing so I could have bought another unit. Very disappointed. We listen to AM radio for a 24 hour news/weather/traffic station (nothing similar on FM) that we need to listen to as we spend most of the day on the road. The other features are great but I really wish I had done more research and gotten something else. Am removing this one and looking for something with better AM reception. Too bad that I will have to pay again for installation, which was a headache.

    Even better than you think

    Written By Mark C., Grand Rapids, MI on Monday, April 25, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    What an incredible bargain. Install was a breeze as usual thanks to the install
    kit (included, even at the sale price). I paid $10 extra and bought the two 6.5"
    speakers...they are Kenwood as well.

    The best part about this stereo is the ability to control your iPod either through
    the stereo/remote controls OR utilize the iPod simply by pressing one of the
    buttons on the face of the stereo.

    Why is this so important??

    1) It gives your passenger a chance to flip through the iPod and control from
    their seat without having to reach across.

    2) With the free Sirius/XM app on my iPhone, I can now listen to satellite radio
    through the iPod attachment without having to purchase a separate sattelite
    module.

    Awesome product for an incredible price...buy it NOW!

    Absolutely incredible!

    Written By John, Lakeland on Tuesday, April 19, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was highly impressed with this new head unit!
    I know and hear high marks towards Kenwood and their car accessories. This
    model after-market replacement for my 2000 Toyota Camry stock head unit was
    the perfect choice. I have a Kicker system and a Sound Ordinance b-24 sub,
    and it turns my music experience into something remarkable! I love this head
    unit because it gives off more clarity and smoothness to my system, as well as
    amazing options to make me have what I'm looking for. It is also built with the
    power to be completely compatible with iPod and iPhone!

    If you are looking to replace or upgrade your stock head unit, or just want a new
    head unit without the crazy prices, this is perfect for you!
    Also, I am shocked at the people who say that during the day the display it is too
    dim, and during the night it is too bright. The display was perfect during the day,
    and during the night! Not too bright, but not too dim. A 5 star product!

    If you have looked this far, buy this unit

    Written By srvfan, chicago on Tuesday, April 19, 2011

    Don't be fooled by the price, this unit performs. Forget the I-pod, get a
    cheap memory stick and take all your music with you. Easy to search large
    volumes to find just what you want. I am blown away for what I got for the money.

    Love it

    Written By Steve K, Branford, CT on Tuesday, April 19, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great sound, really easy installation, very happy with purchase. Controls are
    easy to use although navigation through the many options needs getting used to.
    Overall its a great value for a good product that won't disappoint many.

    Kenwood KDC-MP345U

    Written By Anonymous, Blackfoot, ID on Wednesday, April 13, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great options for the money!!!

    Kenwood KDC-MP345U

    Written By tracy, Billings, MT on Wednesday, April 13, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this to replace a failed OEM unit. I didn't expect the sound to be
    better but it is much better. The USB port is great, I have thousands of my
    favorites on a single drive.....guess I didn't need the CD slot. Looks great in
    the dash.

    happy with purchase

    Written By okieboy, norman,ok on Sunday, April 10, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    very pleased, easy to install with kit,radio and cd sound is great,i thought i-pod
    was phone, but still had no trouble with setup. would tell anyone to consider
    this unit before buying.

    Kenwood KDC-MP345U

    Written By Larry H., Wyoming, Mi. on Saturday, April 09, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    unit performs well just as Kenwood has always done for me.

    Works great

    Written By jeff, atlanta on Saturday, April 09, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Works Great. Has better features and sounds better than the stock stereo in
    my 2003 Dodge Ram 1500.

    Kenwood KDC-MP345U

    Written By chet77, Durant IA. on Saturday, April 09, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have bought three of these decks, with no problems with any of them. Cheap
    and well built with a USB port for our I PODs. The Crutchfield service is
    unbeatable.

    Kenwood MP345U

    Written By sdmfinphxaz, Phoenix, AZ on Saturday, April 09, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I am very happy with this head unit. Right now I am driving some factory 6x9's
    rear, and Alpine 525's front, and I was blown away by how good it actually
    sounds. Deep bass, clear mids and highs. Can't wait to upgrade the speakers!
    Primarily I use the USB port to listen to MP3's on my memory stick, and
    occasionally the radio.

    Perfect

    Written By Trudy, Fort Wayne, IN on Friday, April 08, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This stereo is perfect for my needs. My old Alpine worked fine, but it was so old
    there was no way to add an AUX IN and I wanted to be able to take my
    audiobook with me in the car. I do not need a stereo that drowns out the music
    of every other stereo within 100 yards, so if that's what you want I don't know if
    this stereo will do it. But for my needs - to listen to audiobooks, classical &
    new age music, and the occassional opera - this is perfect.

    Kenwood KDC-MP345U

    Written By Ted, Twin Falls, ID on Friday, April 08, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Good value. Used the Crutchfield installation kit with no problems. Only drawback
    to unit is no separate power source for power antenna. Therefore, power antenna
    hooked into amplifier power supply. That means antenna always up when unit is
    on. More expensive units have a separate ant. power supply, so antenna only
    goes up when tuner on. If you do not have a power antenna, no problem.

    Kenwood KDC-MP345U

    Written By Sarah, Alabama on Thursday, April 07, 2011

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    I've only had this cd player for a couple of days and I love it so far,I had no problems
    installing it,it sounds and looks great.Crutchfield was quick with shipping it,I will def
    order from them again!

    No wonder this is a top seller!

    Written By Paul S, Wichita, Kansas on Thursday, April 07, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought the Kenwood KDC-MP345U to replace a dead factory CD receiver in my
    2000 F-150. Not only did I get a functioning CD player and better sound but
    added all the latest iPod controls too. The unit sounds great. Controls were a
    bit intimidating at first but the learning curve was pretty easy. The display
    colors aren't as garish as some so it looks good in the dash and the
    installation kit added a pocket that's very convenient for holding an attached iPod.
    On the negative side, the installation kit for my truck wasn't exactly right
    but the Crutchfield tech support team helped me figure out an alternative that
    worked great. Removing the face doesn't always work smoothly.
    Great support, great sound, one day shipping. I'll be buying another for my
    other car soon.

    Excellent Sound & Service

    Written By Bill M, St. Robert, MO on Thursday, April 07, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I installed this unit in my Dodge Ram in about 45 minutes and the fit and finish
    is perfect. I am totally satisfied with the features and excellent sound quality.
    When I plugged in my flash drive and it started to play the sound was so clear
    and crisp it was like I was hearing my favorite songs for the first time.

    At one point I had a question and called Crutchfield for tech support. I got an
    immediate and friendly response which solved the one issue I had. It is
    obvious that Crutchfield is all about customer service. Will I order from them
    again......... ABSOLUTELY!

    Kenwood KDC-MP345U

    Written By RickW, St. Charles, MO on Tuesday, April 05, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Your printed guides, video demo and the adaptors shipped with the unit made the
    installation much easier. I am planning to order a unit for my S10 soon. I rate
    you customer support, service and followup as fivestars. Have suggested your
    website to family and friends.

    Ervin PIlger

    Written By Erv, Scranton, PA on Monday, April 04, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I received the product in a timely fashion and it was a great price. I would order
    and tell all my friends about your company.

    Wish I would have upgraded six years ago!

    Written By macwagen, Pittsburgh, PA on Saturday, April 02, 2011

    With the excellent hardware and instructions provided by Crutchfield, this
    installation would normally be a breeze, even for someone like me who isn't
    super confident in their abilities. The only problem I had was getting the new
    radio into the dash. Removal and wiring was a easy as can be.

    VW isn't known for leaving you with extra wiggle room for ANYTHING, and the
    radio is no exception. I tried removing other parts of my dash to be able to get
    to the back of the radio with no luck. Nothing I tried was working, so I
    decided to take the unit out again and remove all the caps I put the wires
    together with (except for the ignition, ground, and constant power lines). In
    other words, all speaker wires just got twisted and wrapped with electrical
    tape. After that it was butter.

    If I would have taken the time to find smaller caps, I may not have had a single
    issue, and I would have had everything done in 45 minutes, from unpacking
    everything to listening to the new radio. Doing it my way, though, took me
    about 2.5 hours.

    So my advice: find the absolute smallest wire caps you can find if you're
    installing in a Beetle. Otherwise, everything went very smoothly, and the radio
    sounds phenomenal! I bought Kenwood speakers to go with this radio, but ran out
    of time today to install those, but even with my existing speakers the unit is a
    huge improvement. I'll try and update this once the speakers are in.

    The best decision I made

    Written By watty, Roselle, Ill on Saturday, April 02, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Can't believe how easy and fast I was able to to install the deck. I have a after
    market sub and stock door speakers. I was very impressed on how clear they
    made my stock door speakers sound. My sub is now off the hook. The deck
    your able to put the Hz levels on each speaker so you can get the most out of
    your stereo. Great price Thanks Crutchfield