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Our take on the Kenwood KDC-MP345U

by Ken Nail
Kenwood

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.

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.

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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:

    Hands-on research from the Crutchfield Labs (what are the Labs?)

    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant
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    RMS Power Output
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    22 watts
    Peak Output
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    50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth
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    20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs
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    4-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs
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    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs
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    Preamp Voltage
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    2 volts
    Display Color
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    Blue
    Key Button Color
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    Red/Blue
    EQ Bands
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    3
    Wireless Remote
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    Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible
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    Parts Warranty
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    1 Year
    Labor Warranty
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    1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input
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    Front
    USB Input
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    Front
    Memory Card Slot
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    USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible
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    Satellite Radio Ready
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    HD Radio
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    Navigation
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    iPod Compatibility
    Full size
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    Classic/5Gen
    Nano
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    Nano6/Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/
    Touch
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    Touch4/Touch3/Touch2/Touch1
    Mini
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    iPhone
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    Phone/Phone3G/Phone3GS
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity
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    11.2 dBf
    European Tuning
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    Yes
    Seek/Scan
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    Seek
    Radio Data System
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    What's in the box?

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    • AM/FM/CD receiver with 10-amp fuse inserted into the chassis
    • Sleeve (attached)
    • Face (attached)
    • Trim ring (attached)
    • Wiring harness
    • RC-405 Wireless remote control (with CR2025 3V lithium-battery installed)
    • 2 Removal tools
    • 4 Panhead ISO-mount screws
    • 4 Flathead ISO-mount screws
    • Back support screw
    • Black cloth face carrying pouch
    • Instruction Manual (Eng/Spa/Fre)
    • Warranty Card

    Our Product Research Team

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

    Overview: The Kenwood KDC-MP345U AM/FM CD receiver features a detachable face, front auxiliary and USB input, two pairs of 2-volt preamp outputs, and built-in iPod operation, as well as MP3/WMA playback. In addition, the CD player comes with an IR wireless remote control. The unit's amplifier is rated at 22 watts x 4 channel RMS and 50 watts x 4 channel peak.

    Display Features
    Audio Section
    Radio Functions
    Disc Playback
    USB/iPod/Aux Connection
    Remote Control
    Optional Software

    Display Features

    Detachable Face: The unit features a single front loading CD face that detaches from the chassis to deter theft. The CD player comes supplied with a soft black fabric, draw string face case to protect the detachable face when you have it off the chassis.

    Fluorescent Display: The Kenwood headunit features an 13-character blue backlit fluorescent display with red and blue button illumination.

    Display Illumination/Clock 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 to adjust the brightness of the display according to the surrounding illumination. You can change this setting within the menu from On or Off.

    Demo Mode: This unit features a Demo mode which can be turned "on" or "off" within the menu.

    Audio Section

    MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood KDC-MP345U 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 KDC-MP345U are as follows:

    • Full Bandwidth Power: 22 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20-20kHz, 1% THD)
    • Maximum Output Power: 50 watts x 4 channels

    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. In addition, the rotary knob allows you to scroll through and select your music tracks when the Music Search function is activated.

    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).

    System Q Sound Control: Six EQ curves are preset into memory, allowing you to recall the best preset EQ curve for different types of music. Each preset has its own level settings for bass (100Hz), midrange (1kHz), and treble (10kHz). You can choose from the following preset EQ curves - Rock, Pops, Easy, Top 40, Jazz, Natural and Game.

    Bass/Treble/Mid Control: The KDC-MP345U also 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 - LV1, LV2 or Off.

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

    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).

    Selectable Preamp Outputs: The KDC-MP345U features front and rear preamp outputs. The rear preamp output allows you to adjust from a full-range rear speaker preamp output to a low-pass non-fading 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 80Hz, 120Hz, 160Hz or Through (Off).

    Subwoofer Phase: You can also adjust the phase of the subwoofer output between 180-degrees (Reverse) or 0-degrees (Normal).

    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.

    Tel Mute: The KDC-MP345U features a cell-phone mute wire (tan) in its harness that when hooked up to your car's phone system mute wire will automatically mute the receiver's audio signal when a call comes in.

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

    Radio Functions

    AM/FM Tuner: The Kenwood KDC-MP345U features a built-in AM/FM tuner. You can choose one of three tuning modes: Auto 1 (seek tuning), Auto 2 (cycles through and tunes the selected band's preset stations only with each button press), or Manual.

    Tuner Presets: The KDC-MP345U's tuner features 3 FM banks (1, 2, 3) and 1 AM bank for storing presets. The Kenwood KDC-MP345 offers two preset modes.

    • Normal: You can store 6 presets for each AM/FM bank giving you a total of 18 FM presets and 6 AM presets.
    • Mix: You can store a mixture of 6 AM/FM presets for each AM/FM bank giving you a total of 24 AM/FM presets of any mixture.

    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.

    Disc Playback

    MP3/WMA Playback: The KDC-MP345U can play MP3 (8-320 kbps) and WMA (32-192 kbps) files recorded on CD-R and CD-RW discs in ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, Romeo, and Long file name formats. Each disc should have a maximum of 8 directory levels, 50 folders, and 255 files per folder with a maximum of 512 files and folders. During MP3/WMA playback, the unit displays any recorded ID3 Tag (Ver.1) information. The headunit will display up to 60 characters.

    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.

    Text Scroll: The KDC-MP345U will display CD text or Audio file text. You can set the text scrolling feature to two different modes (Auto or Manual) 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 headunit's rotary knob.

    Direct Music Search: The supplied IR wireless remote control (RC-405) allows you to search for music directly by entering the track number.

    Last Position Memory: If the unit is shut off or switched to the tuner mode while a CD is playing, the next time CD is selected as the source, playback will resume from the point where it left off.

    CD Read: This function sets the method for reading a CD disc. You can choose between two modes.

    • CD1: Automatically distinguishes between audio file disc and music CD when playing a CD, CD-R/RW disc.
    • CD2: When unable to play a special formatted CD, set this function to CD2 to force playing. Some music CD  discs may be unplayable even when set to this mode.

    Off Eject: The KDC-MP345U allows you to eject your disc for 10 minutes after switching off the vehicles engine.

    Note: The unit will not allow you to load a CD while is powered off. The unit must be On or in Standby mode to load a disc.

    USB/iPod/Aux Connection

    USB Port: The Kenwood KDC-MP345U features a front panel 2.0 USB type-A port that is hidden behind a sliding cover. The USB port enables connection and control of a portable USB mass-storage class device with MP3 (8-320 kbps) and WMA (32-192 kbps) music files. The USB port is compatible with all USB mass storage class devices that support the FAT16 or FAT32 file system. Your USB device should only have a maximum of 8 folder layers, 255 folders, and 255 files per folder with a maximum of 65,025 files and folders. When your USB device is connected to this unit, it can be charged up provided that the KDC-MP345U is powered on.

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

    iPod/iPhone Direct Connection: The KDC-MP345U's front-panel USB port also acts as an iPod/iPhone high-speed direct connection when used with the optional Kenwood USB Direct Connection Cable (113iP101, sold separately) or the USB/iPod cable that comes with your iPod/iPhone. Using either cable allows audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of select iPod/iPhone models from the KDC-MP345U.

    iPod/iPhone Audio Playback: The USB connection allows your iPod/iPhone's large music libraries to be loaded instantly to the headunit and sound quality to be maximized through the headunit's 24-bit D/A converter, allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 105dB. The Kenwood headunit supports audio playback of music files and podcasts stored on your iPod or iPhone.

    iPod/iPhone Control: You can choose to control the iPod/iPhone from the headunit or from your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen.

    • Music Browsing: The Kenwood headunit allows you to navigate your iPod's music by Playlist, Artists, Album, Genre, Composer, Song, or Podcast. You can search these categories alphabetically or using a percentage search (0.5%, 1%, 5%, 10%).
    • Related Search: You can also browse for music of the same artist or genre as the one being currently played (Related Search).
    • Playlists: In addition, you can create your own custom iPod playlist (up to 10 songs) from the headunit.

    iPod/iPhone Display: The KDC-MP345U will also display your iPod/iPhone's music file information when you are controlling your iPod or iPhone from the Kenwood headunit. If you choose to operate your connected iPod/iPhone via its clickwheel or touchscreen controls, the KDC-MP345U will not display your iPod's music information (the headunit will instead display iPod MODE).

    iPod/iPhone Charging: While connected and the ignition switch is set to ACC or ON, the headunit's USB connection will power and charge your iPod/iPhone.

    Note: If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Kenwood KDC-MP345U is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of Feb. 2010):

    iPod/iPhone Model Generation Media Type  Control Type Display Type Charge
    Audio Video Headunit iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Text Track Info
    dock-connector 3rd N N N N N N N
    clickwheel
    color
    4th N N N N N N N
    mini 1st N N N N N N N
    2nd N N N N N N N
     video 5th Y N Y N Y Y Y
     classic 80GB Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    120GB Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    160GB Y N Y Y Y Y Y
     nano 1st Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2nd Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3rd Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4th Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    5th Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    6th Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    2nd Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3rd Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4th Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    iPhone 2G Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3G Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4 N N N N N N N

    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the headunit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to revert to the older software version or wait until an newer software update is available. Not compatible with iOS 4.0 for iPhone (3G/3GS) or iPod touch (2nd/3rd gen).

    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 KDC-MP345U 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 Aux input must be turned on to function. The unit has 3 auxiliary input modes.

    • On1: Outputs the sound of the external unit connected to the Aux terminal when switched to the Aux source.
    • On2: Activates the attenuator function when turning on the power with the auxiliary source selected. This prevents the noise when no external unit is connected to the Aux terminal. Turn off the attenuator function when listening to output from an external unit.
    • Off: Disables the selection of the Aux source.

    Remote Control

    Remote Control: The KDC-MP345U comes with the RC-405 IR wireless remote control with a full numeric keypad (0-9). The remote will control Audio, CD, Tuner, and external device functions. The remote control allows direct access of your music tracks and direct access to discs loaded in a connected CD-changer (sold separately). It is powered by a single CR2025 3V lithium-cell battery (supplied).

    Attenuator: The CD receiver features an Attenuator button on the supplied remote control that turns the volume down very quickly with one touch of the button.

    Optional Software

    Music Editor Compatible: The Kenwood KDC-MP345U supports the PC application, Kenwood Music Editor Lite (ver.l.0 or later). Kenwood Music Editor Lite is a desktop software that helps organize, manage and transfer MP3and WMA music files to your USB devices from your PC. When you playback audio files that have been stored on your USB device using Kenwood Music Editor Lite (ver.l.0) through this unit, you can search a file by title, album, or artist name using the headunit's Music Search function.

    Note: Kenwood Music Editor software can be downloaded for free from Kenwood.com to your PC. Kenwood Music Editor is compatible with Microsoft Windows XP Professional and Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition SP2 or later. Kenwood Music Editor (Ver.1.5.0 and later) are compatible with Windows Vista.

     
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    4 out of 5

    Buy a newer unit.

    Written By lkj, SoCal on Wednesday, April 04, 2012
     
    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.
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    5 out of 5

    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.
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    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.
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    4 out of 5

    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,
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    5 out of 5

    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.
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    5 out of 5

    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.
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    5 out of 5

    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.
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    4 out of 5

    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.
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    4 out of 5

    Kenwood

    Written By JohnP, AK on Tuesday, May 17, 2011
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    It was a good upgrade from my factory setup
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    5 out of 5

    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!
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    4 out of 5

    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.
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Bomber65

    Written By Chris, Gretna, NE on Monday, May 16, 2011
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    Great sound, easy install, thanks.
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    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.
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    4 out of 5

    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.
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    5 out of 5

    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!
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    5 out of 5

    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.
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    5 out of 5

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    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.
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    4 out of 5

    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...
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-MP345U

    Written By Josh, Menlo Park. Ca on Thursday, May 05, 2011
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    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
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    5 out of 5

    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!
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    5 out of 5

    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.
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    "just one little thing"

    Written By Gary E, Sarasota, FL on Monday, May 02, 2011
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    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.
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    5 out of 5

    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.
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    5 out of 5

    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!!!
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    5 out of 5

    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.
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    5 out of 5

    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!
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    4 out of 5

    Good except AM reception

    Written By DavidB, Nashville, TN on Friday, April 29, 2011
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    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.
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    5 out of 5

    Even better than you think

    Written By Mark C., Grand Rapids, MI on Monday, April 25, 2011
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    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!
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    5 out of 5

    Absolutely incredible!

    Written By John, Lakeland on Tuesday, April 19, 2011
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    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!
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    5 out of 5

    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.
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    5 out of 5

    Love it

    Written By Steve K, Branford, CT on Tuesday, April 19, 2011
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    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.
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-MP345U

    Written By Anonymous, Blackfoot, ID on Wednesday, April 13, 2011
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    Great options for the money!!!
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-MP345U

    Written By tracy, Billings, MT on Wednesday, April 13, 2011
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    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.
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    5 out of 5

    happy with purchase

    Written By okieboy, norman,ok on Sunday, April 10, 2011
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    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.
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    4 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-MP345U

    Written By Larry H., Wyoming, Mi. on Saturday, April 09, 2011
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    unit performs well just as Kenwood has always done for me.
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    5 out of 5

    Works great

    Written By jeff, atlanta on Saturday, April 09, 2011
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    Works Great. Has better features and sounds better than the stock stereo in
    my 2003 Dodge Ram 1500.
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-MP345U

    Written By chet77, Durant IA. on Saturday, April 09, 2011
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    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.
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood MP345U

    Written By sdmfinphxaz, Phoenix, AZ on Saturday, April 09, 2011
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    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.
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    5 out of 5

    Perfect

    Written By Trudy, Fort Wayne, IN on Friday, April 08, 2011
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    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.
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    4 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-MP345U

    Written By Ted, Twin Falls, ID on Friday, April 08, 2011
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    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.
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    5 out of 5

    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!
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    5 out of 5

    No wonder this is a top seller!

    Written By Paul S, Wichita, Kansas on Thursday, April 07, 2011
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    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.
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    5 out of 5

    Excellent Sound & Service

    Written By Bill M, St. Robert, MO on Thursday, April 07, 2011
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    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!
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-MP345U

    Written By RickW, St. Charles, MO on Tuesday, April 05, 2011
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    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.
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    5 out of 5

    Ervin PIlger

    Written By Erv, Scranton, PA on Monday, April 04, 2011
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    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.
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    5 out of 5

    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.
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    5 out of 5

    The best decision I made

    Written By watty, Roselle, Ill on Saturday, April 02, 2011
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    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
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    5 out of 5

    Great deal

    Written By Scott, Chicago,IL on Saturday, April 02, 2011
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    Great deal on this product very easy install into my sons 1995 Buick he love the
    radio
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-MP345U

    Written By Gary, Ohio on Wednesday, March 30, 2011
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    Excellent product! I had this unit replace a factory one and there's no
    comparision...Kenwood wins hands down.
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-MP345U

    Written By SeanR, Sandwich, Ma on Wednesday, March 30, 2011
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    Great performance for the price. Everything you need for a basic upgrade!
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-MP345U

    Written By Anonymous, Oregon on Wednesday, March 30, 2011
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    very nice stereo. I soldered all the connections easily, and the Head unit went right in!
    Well worth the money.
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood

    Written By Jack, G'Burg MD. on Monday, March 28, 2011
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    Two Thumbs Up!
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    5 out of 5

    OMG! This Receiver ROCKS!

    Written By Blackmetalone, San Francisco, CA on Saturday, March 26, 2011
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    My old factory CD player would work most of the time, and when it wouldn't, I
    used the tape deck. Yes... I still have cassette tapes. And it didn't play CD-Rs
    very well at all. So i finally bought a new CD receiver, this one. It was a very
    good price I thought and it had some good features. The iPod USB hook-up is
    nice. After getting the harness adapter ready, provided free from Crutchfield,
    the actual installation was super easy and quick. And the sound quality is
    amazing with my original speakers compared to my old system. The remote is nice,
    and most of the features seem to be easy to access. So far this receiver is not
    missing anything I need and is easy to operate. I love it and it sounds great.
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-MP345U

    Written By Anonymous, CT on Friday, March 25, 2011
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    Much better than the stock VW cassette player... makes my Jetta sound worlds
    better, even with the stock speakers. Definitely recommend this to anyone
    looking for a cheap (in price) aftermarket unit, but with an expensive quality
    to it.
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    5 out of 5

    Exactly what I was hoping for.

    Written By Bryce B, Hampton, VA on Wednesday, March 23, 2011
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    My expectations were simple. I wanted to replace my factory car stereo with one
    that I could plug my mp3 player into, but not specifically an ipod, as my player is
    not an ipod. This unit works great for my purposes. I don't even use my mp3
    player now, but an 8gb thumb drive. If you load your music to your external
    media using Windows Media Player or Winamp, the search feature of this
    stereo works just like it would for an ipod. The installation was fast and easy.
    Crutchfield provided everything I needed. Installation took less than an hour.
    4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Great

    Written By Frank, Pittsburgh PA on Wednesday, March 23, 2011
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    Awesome receiver. Puts out some good power. Great for beginners and as a simple
    upgrade to a factory setup.
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    5 out of 5

    Wow

    Written By David, Oklahoma on Tuesday, March 22, 2011
     
    All I can say is Wow. I ordered a stereo and 4 speakers for my car. I got all the
    brackets and cables to go with it, complete with all the instructions for putting
    the items in the car. I figured something wouldn't go right such as something
    missed, but that was not the case. I have installed a car stereo back in 1988 in
    a 1978 Cutlass Supreme and let me tell you, I took alot of trips to the auto store
    trying to make up for what I didn't have. Crutchfield provided everything except
    the wire nuts and panel removal tool, which I got at a very low cost. Went home
    and didn't have to go anywhere else till the job was done. They made me feel
    like an expert. Thanks Crutchfield.com.
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-MP345U

    Written By marco, vegas on Tuesday, March 22, 2011
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    so far so good. just installed and it sounds great.
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    5 out of 5