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Our take on the Kenwood KDC-MP438U

by Robert Ferency-Viars
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-MP438U CD receiver offers enhanced connections along with MP3, WMA, and AAC file playback, so you get plenty of listening options right out of the box. The front-panel USB input lets you play files from your USB-equipped MP3 player or thumb drive, and you can plug your iPod® directly into the USB port too. In addition to the USB connection, the stereo offers a convenient front auxiliary input for your non-USB sources.

If you have children, you've probably wished for two stereos in your car. The KDC-MP438U's dual zone feature grants that request with its ability to play two different music sources at the same time. You can play your kids' iPod over the car's rear speakers, while you and your spouse listen to a CD on the front speakers.

Kenwood's Supreme audio processor enhances the clarity and depth of your music, particularly with MP3 files, tunes from your iPod, or other compressed music. A strong, onboard amp provides plenty of power to drive your speakers, while the 3-band equalizer lets you tweak the highs, mids, and lows to create the perfect sound curve for your car.

If you'd like to expand your system, you can add a Kenwood CD changer or satellite radio. Enjoy hands-free cell phone use in your car with Kenwood's optional Bluetooth® adapter. Three sets of preamp outputs make it easier to connect a full setup of external amps and subs.

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, WMA, and AAC files (will not play Digital Rights-protected music files on disc)
    • detachable face
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • dual-zone capability for playing different sources over the front & rear speakers
    • System Q Sound Control (6 EQ curves and a 3-band equalizer)
    • "Supreme" audio processing for better sound from your compressed music files
    • speaker settings that allow you to tailor the sound to the size and type of speakers in your car
    • System E's high- and low-pass filters
    Expandability:
    • iPod direct control via USB input — no adapter necessary, but adding Kenwood's optional connecting cable lets you leave your iPod cable at home
    • compatible with Kenwood's Bluetooth adapter and satellite radio (tuner, service subscription, and antenna required), HD Radio™ tuner ready
    • inputs: front auxiliary and USB inputs
    • outputs: three sets of preamp outputs
    • compatible with most factory steering wheel audio controls (adapter required)
    Other features and specs:

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    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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    6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs
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    Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs
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    Preamp Voltage
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    2.5 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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    Yes
    Parts Warranty
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    1 Year
    Labor Warranty
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    1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input
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    Front and Optional Rear
    USB Input
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    Front
    Memory Card Slot
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    USB Memory
    Bluetooth Compatible
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    Optional
    Satellite Radio Ready
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    Both
    HD Radio
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    Optional
    Navigation
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    iPod Compatibility
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    Touch
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    Mini
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    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity
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    9.3 dBf
    European Tuning
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    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/MP3/WMA/AAC/USB receiver with 10-amp fuse inserted into the chassis
    • Sleeve
    • Face
    • Trim ring
    • Wiring harness
    • RC-547 Wireless remote
    • 2 "AA" batteries
    • Soft fabric face case
    • 2 Removal tools
    • 4 Panhead ISO-mount screws
    • 4 Flathead ISO-mount screws
    • Back support screw
    • Instruction Manual (English/Spanish/French)
    • Warranty Card
    • Kenwood Car Audio Passport card
    • "Attention" note

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    Features
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    Features

    Overview: The Kenwood KDC-MP438U AM/FM CD receiver features a detachable face, front auxiliary and USB input, three pairs of 2.5-volt preamp outputs, CD changer and Satellite radio controls and built-in iPod operation, as well as MP3/WMA/AAC playback. The unit also supports Bluetooth via an optional adapter sold separately. 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.

    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.

    AAC/MP3/WMA Playback: The KDC-MP438U can play MP3, WMA and AAC files with ID3 tag information 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/AAC playback, the unit displays any recorded ID3 Tag (Ver.1 or 2) information. The headunit will display up to 30 characters.

    Supreme Setting: When MP3, WMA or AAC 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 Input: The KDC-MP438U is equipped with a front panel 3.5mm minijack auxiliary input for connecting external portable audio devices such as an MP3 player or Tape walkman.

    Auxiliary Display: The KDC-MP438U allows you to select the source type displayed when using the auxiliary input. You can choose from AUX, DVD, Portable, Game, Video or TV.

    Dual Zone: The Dual Zone mode allows you to output the Main source and the Auxiliary input separately for the front and rear channels. You can select whether the auxiliary input will play in the front or the rear.

    3-Sets of Preamp Outputs: The KDC-MP438U features front, rear and subwoofer preamp outputs. The Subwoofer preamp output can be turned On or Off and adjusted independently. The front and rear speaker preamp outputs are balance and fade adjustable. The subwoofer preamp output is non-fading. The front, rear and subwoofer preamp outputs are all fixed to the rear chassis of the headunit.

    Built-In Amp Setting: If you are using external amplifiers to power all of your vehicle's speakers you can turn the unit's built-in amplifier off to enhance the player's preamp output quality.

    Front and Rear High-Pass Filter: The KDC-MP438U features an independent High-Pass Crossover for the front and rear channels. You can adjust the high-pass crossover from through, 80, 100, 120, 150, or 180Hz. The "Through" selection is a full-range setting. This feature is very helpful when you have smaller-type speakers in the front and larger-type speakers installed in the rear of the vehicle.

    Low-Pass Filter: The receiver features a built-in Low Pass Filter control for the preamp-output when the Subwoofer Output is "on". You can select from 60, 80, 120Hz or Through. The "Through" setting allows your external amplifier's crossover network to do all the filtering for your subwoofer.

    Subwoofer Level: Once you have switched the Subwoofer Output to "on" you can independently control the subwoofer preamp output level from the CD receiver. You select levels between -15 to +15.

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

    Rotary Volume Control: The CD receiver uses a 7-way 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 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). The 6 preset curves with their respective bass, mid, and treble levels are as follows:

    • Rock: Bass +6, Mid +1, Treble +2
    • Pops: Bass +3, Mid +2, Treble +6
    • Easy: Bass +6, Mid 0, Treble -2
    • Top 40: Bass +3, Mid +1, Treble +8
    • Jazz: 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-MP438U 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.

    Loudness: The Loudness feature compensates for low and high tones during low volume. You can turn this feature either on or off. Only the low tone is compensated for when the tuner is selected as a source.

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

    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.

    Text/Title Scroll: The KDC-MP438U will display CD text, Audio file text and Satellite radio 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-MP438U 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-MP438U 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.

    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.

    FL Display: The unit features a large 14-segment Fluorescent display that uses a black background and blue characters that are easy to read.

    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.

    Dimmer: The dimmer function will dim this unit's display automatically when the vehicle light switch is turned On when you connect orange/white Illumination wire of this player.

    Remote Control: The KDC-MP438U comes with the RC-547 IR wireless remote control with a full numeric keypad. The remote will control Audio, CD, Tuner, Satellite Radio and Dual Zone functions. It is powered by 2 "AA" batteries (supplied). The dimensions of the remote are: L = 5.362", W = 1.962", D = 1.115".

    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.

    Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The KDC-MP438U has a "steering remote control" lead on the back panel. When used with the optional SWI-JACK interface (item number 127SWIJACK), you can retain the use of your steering wheel and/or rear seat radio controls when replacing the factory head unit in select vehicles. The SWI-JACK is compatible with over 95% of the vehicles made from 1986 to the present. Compatible vehicles include many Acura, Audi, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, GMC, Honda, Hummer, Infiniti, Isuzu, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercury, Mini, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Oldsmobile, Plymouth, Pontiac, Saab, Saturn, Suzuki, Toyota, and Volkswagen vehicles and Harley Davidson motorcycles. Please consult "What Fits My Car" to see if your vehicle is compatible.

    External Device Controls

    USB Port: The Kenwood KDC-MP438U 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. 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 directory levels, 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-MP438U is powered on.

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

    iPod High-Speed Connection: The KDC-MP438U's front-panel USB port also acts as an iPod high-speed direct connection when used with the optional Kenwood USB Direct Connection Cable (113iP100, sold separately) or the USB/iPod cable that came with your iPod. Using either cable allows you to connect, control, and charge the following iPod models with the KDC-MP438U: iPod nano (1st/2nd/3rd/4th generation), iPod video (5th generation), iPod classic (80/120/160GB), iPod touch (1st/2nd generation), and iPhone/iPhone 3G. You should update your iPod with the latest software version from Apple's website before connecting it to the KDC-MP438U. When your iPod is connected to the KDC-MP438U, the iPod's controls will be disabled and you will need to operate your iPod through the KDC-MP438U's controls.

    Note: All other iPod models not mentioned above are not compatible with this unit.

    Satellite Radio Ready: There are several options for connecting an optional XM or SIRIUS Satellite Radio receiver to this receiver:

    • XM Satellite Radio: To receive XM Satellite Radio, you can connect the optional CNP2000UC XM Mini Tuner and the CNP-KEN1 Kenwood adapter cable (package item number 700XMKEN1).
    • SIRIUS Satellite Radio: To receive SIRIUS Satellite Radio, you can connect the optional SIRIUS Universal Vehicle Tuner (607SCC1) and the optional Kenwood Sirius Satellite Radio Interface (113KCASR50).
    • Auxiliary Input: A portable satellite radio receiver, such as the Delphi SkyFi3 or SIRIUS Sportster, can be connected to the head unit via the auxiliary input or a Kenwood Auxiliary Input Adapter, such as the CA-C1AX, CA-C2AX, or KCA-S220A.

      Note: A subscription is also required to receive satellite radio programming from SIRIUS or XM.

    HD Radio Ready: With an optional Kenwood HD Radio tuner (item # 113KTCHR20), you will be able to receive digital AM/FM broadcasts from local stations where available. This new technology will significantly improve audio quality and reception, as well as include information such as artist name and song titles or traffic news, viewable on the receiver's display.

    Bluetooth Ready: The unit is also Bluetooth compatible using the optional Kenwood KCA-BT200 Bluetooth adapter. Using this adapter you can make and answer phone calls from the Kenwood headunit. You can even download your Phonebook information from your compatible mobile phone into the headunit. You are able to register up to five compatible Bluetooth cell phones when using the KCA-BT200 adapter. Visit http://www.kenwood.com/bt/information/ for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled phones.

    Changer Controls: This unit is directly compatible with Kenwood changers manufactured in 1998 or later. If the changer has an O-N switch, the switch will need to be set to the "N" position. In addition to basic disc navigation features, this unit has the following changer controls: direct disc access (using the remote), direct track access (using the remote), track intro scan, track repeat, disc repeat, disc random, and magazine disc random. When connected to a CD Text capable CD changer or an MD changer, this unit can display disc and track titles for discs encoded with disc and track title information. The text information can be scrolled manually or automatically.

    Rear Auxiliary Input "Ready":  The unit already features a front panel auxiliary input, but if you need a second auxiliary input, one can be added to the rear of the unit. When used with an optional adapter, this unit can accept a rear input from an auxiliary source. When the CA-C1AUX adapter (item 113CAC1AX) is used, you cannot connect a CD changer to the head unit because the adapter plugs into the DIN changer control connection on the head unit. When the KCA-S220A 2-changer switch (item 113KCAS220) is used, you can connect a CD changer and an auxiliary audio source at the same time. When an auxiliary audio source is connected, you can choose from one of six names for the source: Aux Ext, TV, DVD, Video, Game, or Portable.

     
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    2 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-MP438U

    Written By Keith, Deadwood, Oregon on Tuesday, February 12, 2013
     
    I loved it until it died in less than 2 1/2 years.
    Pros:
    I could play radio, CD, USB, and auxiliary for many other things.
    Cons:
    The blue lights were too bright.
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    5 out of 5

    WOW

    Written By rokman88, Kirksville MO on Sunday, June 07, 2009
     
    Wow is all i can say. I have had this unit for a few monthes now and i love it. I upgraded from a Pioneer and havent looked back it has all the features you would need. I have it in my 93 cavalier and it really brought it to life sound wise. I have two 10" Orions hooked up and the sub adjust is awesome. Even without them two it bangs good with just my 6 1/2 and 6/9. I will be sticking to Kenwood from now on. All in all amazing unit.
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    looks, works, and sounds great!

    Written By mark, Allen, TX on Wednesday, March 11, 2009
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    The USB port is great! I just slid in a thumb drive adaptor with a 16 GB SD card full of mp3s and it started playing them. The colors on the unit look great. The install was easy with the wiring harness included, which had very visible labels on each wire. Overall, I am very impressed, especially for the price.
    4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Great

    Written By aaron, Pasco,Washington on Tuesday, February 24, 2009
     
    Great recevier I have had it for about a month and it is very easy to use
    after reading the owners manual once and I play this with some nice after
    market Pioneer speakers and they sound great together.
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    3 out of 5

    Excelent Stereo hampered by blue lights

    Written By Jackson, Atlanta, GA on Friday, January 16, 2009
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    The stereo is awesome, installation was a breeze, the features are incredible; but the blue led light ring around the volume knob is blinding and makes driving at night irritating if not down right dangerous. I found myself adjusting my right arm on the steering wheel to block the light which got uncomfortable. I also hate when you can't turn things off just as a principal.
    7 out of 10 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-MP438U

    Written By james, South Carolina on Saturday, November 29, 2008
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    It was a very good buy. Main reason for the purchase was the Ipod control feature. It is very different from whAt I've been settling for. After setting the deck up I have to say that I am still working through the kinks of "getting to know" it better. I drive a xterra and thats not the kind of vehichle to have really sensitive buttons.
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    5 out of 5

    great product

    Written By alden, stonewood ,wv on Tuesday, November 25, 2008
     
    I have gone through many car stereos and this one is the one. I have never been more impressed than with this purchase. Kenwood has made an amazing stereo loaded with usable and reliable features. It has everything i wanted in a stereo and none of the useless cluttering junk. Great product, great price and easy hassle-free experience.
    4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Amazing!

    Written By Grant, Lafayette, IN on Wednesday, November 12, 2008
     
    Great Receiver...especially for the price...Crutchfield delivered fast on top of that...three sets of pre-outs...sublevel controls....speaker size selector ...tuner, cd, auxillary, and USB inputs...ease of use....great display...Ipod control....tons of display selections (i.e. title & artist when using ipod/USB connection built in high/low pass filters....list goes on and on...just another amazing receiver from Kenwood...glad I got my hands on one through Crutchfield!
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-MP438U

    Written By Tim, Fuerth, Germany on Tuesday, October 28, 2008
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    Awesome receiver! This was referred to me by the friendly staff of Crutchfield and I couldn't say anything else but THANK YOU! The MP3 shows the title of the track (as long as it was programmed on the disc before hand.) CD play is clear. Highly impressed, and I have yet to figure out all of the functions. One thing that I don't like is the light around the knob is a bit bright, but I'm sure I just haven't read the book long enough to find out how to turn it down!

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    4 out of 5

    Why did I wait so long??

    Written By John, Olympia, WA on Wednesday, October 22, 2008
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    This is a great receiver overall. I purchased this unit with some
    reservations because the factory stereo wasn't all that bad. I don't know
    what I was thinking.this Kenwood receiver blows the factory unit away! I
    had been listening to my iPod and XM radio unit using a FM modulator, but
    the USB and auxiliary input connections on the front are fantastic (they
    were the primary reason for selecting this model). Now, I can listen to my
    favorite music/news sources without the annoyance of an FM modulator
    (goodbye background hiss and radio station interference). It's taken
    awhile to get accustomed to the iPod menu through the receiver, but
    proficiency comes quickly with practice. It's also somewhat difficult to
    navigate through the audio controls (Eq, balance/fader, audio filters, etc.).
    The instruction book leaves something to be desired in explaining
    everything to the non-audiophile (such as myself). The installation
    instructions, plastic tray (replacing the factor CD player), and wiring
    harness provided by Crutchfield made the installation a snap. My sole
    frustration with the unit is that the blue ring that illuminates the single
    control dial does not dim at night (and it's very bright). The only thing that
    dims is the display, which doesn't really create that much light. Despite this
    issue, I would buy this unit again in a heartbeat.
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    MP438U

    Written By gunny, Italy on Monday, October 20, 2008
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    AWESOME product!! Installed very easy within 1 hour with supplied
    hardware. Features are very nice but programming it was little bit of a
    bear, but after fiddling with it, finally got the procedure's down to set it up.
    Sound is very very nice and display is great! USB and AUX port work
    Fantastic! Reccommend this product highly!! Even had friends who saw it
    and they ordered it as well. Thanks CRUTCHFIELD!! OVERALL 5+
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Super

    Written By Jessica, Fort Myers, FL on Friday, October 17, 2008
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    The receiver works great. I love the USB port; I can load up a flash drive with hundreds of songs, plug it in and i'm on my way. The slight delay I had with installing it was that it was a little longer than my factory receiver and I had to cut away at the molding behind it. No biggie though. This baby made my stock system sound so much clearer, especially at louder volumes,yes!
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    4 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-MP438U

    Written By Gregory, Tallahassee, FL on Friday, October 10, 2008
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    Good stereo overall, the USB port sounds like a great option, but in practice, iPod navigation using the unit is a bit difficult. Its actually easier to use the Aux Port and navigate with the iPod. The units feature menu navigation is also not particularly intuitive. However, sound quality is great (the most important thing). 4 stars overall.
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-MP438U

    Written By frank, San Antonio, Tx on Wednesday, October 01, 2008
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    Love this stereo, esp. the USB port. Plays MP3 CD's very well and the remote makes it easy to use as well. Has plenty of RCA jacks which makes it easy to expand. I plan to purchase the bluetooth phone kit in the near future. Crutchfield included everthing I needed to install for free.
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    4 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-MP438U

    Written By CMG, Cape Charles, VA on Wednesday, September 24, 2008
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    Installation into a Dodge Dakota '04 was very straightforward and the directions were more than adequate. I would have liked for the unit to be slightly more stable in its mount, but otherwise the fit is rather seemless and does not look overly small in the space left by the large factory model. While the remote control seems a silly feature (though all models seem to have it) and the user interface is hardly second nature (in fact, one of the only systems in or out of the car I have not immediately been able to use without a detailed consultation of the manual), the sound quality is very good paired with Infinity Reference 6022 speakers. As this is a pick-up truck that gets p-u use, I was not prepared to invest heavily for sound quality when droning tires and open windows are often the case. The knowledgeable and friendly operator guided me to both the Kenwood and the Infinities, neither of which I would have selected on my own (and they arrived about 24h later, a ridiculously quick turn-around for a 'non-rush' order). They exceed my need given this vehicle and greatly exceed my expectations for this price. Only the niggles of the very slightly unstable mounting and the initially elusive interface prevent this from being an outstanding review for the quality of the product.
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    5 out of 5

    Buy Kenwood

    Written By Chad, Wrightsville GA on Tuesday, September 23, 2008
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    I picked up this unit, and love it. It has good power and easy controls.
    Compared to other brands this unit gives you the most for your money. I
    used to have cd changers in my cars, but now all I need is a usb
    connection. The only dislike I have is this unit does not have a dimmer
    option.
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    4 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-MP438U

    Written By TGS, Seaford, VA on Sunday, September 21, 2008
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    I chose this receiver to replace the factory cassette tape unit (yep it's a 1997 pre-CD) in a Ford Explorer given to us. Installation was straight forward even though I needed to use the wiring harness to bypass the OEM Ford amp and it takes some time to remove panels, etc. I chose this unit because it was one of the only ones that had both an aux input (for satellite radio) and a USB port for an iPod. Sound quality through the old factory speakers is good. The controls take some reading of the manual and fumbling. but all these radios do. The toughest part is trying to read the "broken English" explanations as they are all translated from the oriental original. Trying to sort through the iPod menus w/o some kind of search function is frustrating. I need to reorder the way songs are cataloged on my iPod to make it easier. Also, even though I connected the orange "dimmer" wire from the radio to the vehicle dimmer wire using the provided factory wiring plug it still doesn't dim. Fix those two items and it would be a 5, not a bad 4 however for the $$.
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    4 out of 5

    Jury is still out

    Written By Matt, Lorain, Ohio on Thursday, September 18, 2008
     
    I purchased this Kenwood and just installed it last night. It was really hard to go against my better judgement and not buy an Alpine, but for the price you get so much more with the Kenwood. The sound is clear due to the 24 bit DAC which is hard to find in the this price range and the unit offers a lot of add on items like HD radio, satellite, and 3 RCA outputs. The two issues I have right now are that the display is small and hard to read the way the stereo is mounted in my dash, it's a little low. The controls are another matter as I have yet to decide if the one knob is a good or bad idea to manipulate all of the functions. All in all, I got a good deal on the MP438U, but I may take advantage of Crutchfield's return policy to go back to Alpine.
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    3 out of 5

    Sounds Good, but...

    Written By Tom, East Coast on Monday, September 15, 2008
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    I purchased this receiver to replace the factory stereo in my minivan. First the good things:

    Great: Crutchfield. Fast delivery. Great instructions. I definitely recommend Crutchfield to my friends.

    Good: This is a decent value and sounds quite a bit brighter than my Honda factory cd player. It's fairly decently designed to be intuitive.

    Bad:
    1. Terrible manual; poor English
    2. Wouldn't play my MP3 player through USB. Indicated N/A Device. Would play via Aux cord, but then my MP3 player couldn't charge.
    3. Couldn't use folder names to navigate through MP3s on USB stick either. Talked with Kenwood only to hear A. Press the reset button on the new receiver and retry, or B. Reformat my memory stick and retry. Neither worked. It's too bad... but all it left me with was to navigate through FOLDER:07 -> FOLDER:13, etc. guessing what was coming on. Crutchfield techs couldn't help either. So... back it goes. Let's hope it goes better with a Sony.
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    4 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-MP438U

    Written By Dennis, Wilsonville, OR on Wednesday, September 03, 2008
     
    This unit replaced the factory AM/FM/Cassette player in our 2002 Chrysler Town & Country minivan. The big challenge for us was FM radio reception combined with ease of use. We're in an area where our favorite FM stations are hard to pull in. The factory radio actually did a really good job on this. The Kenwood tuner is working pretty well on these weak stations as well - much better than the Alpine unit I have in my car.

    Using the Kenwood is very simple. This is my wife's car, and she often has a load of kids (ours and their friends) adding noise and distraction. I installed the Kenwood the morning we left on vacation. Without even cracking the manual we were able to set the clock, preset the radio buttons, hook up an iPod and hit the road. The iPod interface works pretty easily, too.

    The sound quality is great! This van has some pretty nice factory speakers (but not the Infinity system) and the Kenwood drives them really well.

    The only hiccup we had was the wiring adapter. It seems that 2002 was a transition year at Chrysler. All of the adapter companies call out a single plug adapter while our van has a two plug adapter. Crutchfield Customer Service immediately shipped a replacement adapter when I called them. If you're working on a 2002 Chrysler you may want to pull the factory radio and check the wiring before you place your order.
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    4 out of 5

    Very Nice!

    Written By Keenan, Cherokee, NC on Wednesday, September 03, 2008
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    Very nice stereo for the price. The USB works great. As soon as I plug it in it searches the device for music files.
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    4 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-MP438U

    Written By greg, Chesapeake, VA on Wednesday, August 27, 2008
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    Very nice head unit. The remote is nice since the buttons are small.
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-MP438U

    Written By Alex, Chicago, IL on Monday, August 18, 2008
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    This is a great unit that completely satisfies what expectations I had when I was buying it. The stereo replaced the stock unit on a 94 dodge, so really, anything would have been better. However, CDs play great, CDs loaded with MP3s play great, and the USB functionality is wonderful. I haven't tried it with an Ipod since I don't own one, but a USB stick works perfectly. FM reception is good too. I can't find any 'don't buy me' flaws on the stereo at all.
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    5 out of 5

    Great value, exceeds expectations

    Written By Conrad, Pittsburgh, PA on Thursday, July 31, 2008
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    I bought this unit to replace the factory stereo in a 2004 VW Passat. I chose the Kenwood KDC-MP438U because it was the lowest cost unit that had both a front panel AUX input and a USB (Ipod) connection.

    Installation was straightforward thanks to the instructions provided. The only obstacle was routing the wire for power to the fuse box (two people makes this easier). The sound from the KDC-MP438U was a vast improvement over the factory stereo (using the factory speakers). The controls take some getting used to, but that's what the instructions are for.

    My only wish is that the harness provided by Crutchfield had a connection for the dimmer. It's a minor point, but the KDC-MP438U display is very bright at night.

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    4 out of 5

    Great bang for the buck....

    Written By Leroy, Baltimore, MD on Wednesday, July 30, 2008
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    Purchased on a Wednesday and received on Friday, great turn around...was a very easy install, used splices for the connections and had no problems getting a nice clean look the master instructions were just ok had to figure out alot myself but when installed the supplied install gear gave it a very smooth and clean look.

    Only complaint, I hook everything up and no sound! after 20 minutes of trying to figure it out I call tech support and they tell me since I have Onstar I have to use a wire from that connector for my power for the amp, did not see that in directions anywhere but tech support told me about it after talking for 3 minutes, he was on point. Great deal like the head unit will buy from Crutchfield again.
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    4 out of 5

    Good buy

    Written By fordluvr_1, Montrose, Co on Saturday, July 19, 2008
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    I like the stereo it sounds great lots of good features on it. On the other hand if you are someone that has to deal with being on time alot and would like a clock on the face of the stereo, I still haven't figured out how to make it constantly show time. Very in depth options and a lot of it isn't self explanatory. However still a good stereo well worth the money that I paid for it. I would certainly suggest this stereo if you are in the market for a new one.
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    4 out of 5

    Great price for the features

    Written By Gene, Modesto, CA on Friday, July 18, 2008
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    This is a nice stereo with great features for the money. My only complaint is that the volume knob also acts as a toggle switch that controls the skip function as well as navigation of the menus. Though the construction feels solid I am still concerned with the wear and tear this knob will take over time. I have had no problems yet with it. It would also have been nice if the iPod function was a little more user friendly. Scrolling through your iPod's music with the deck is not something you will want to do while driving. It's takes forever. I would have preferred it if you used the iPod itself to select the music to play. If you use the audio input you can but I prefer to use the USB for the charging function. Overall I am happy with the stereo though and would recommend to to someone in need of a stereo with it's functions. I have always been a Kenwood fan as well.
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    4 out of 5

    Good, not Great

    Written By mrsoul, Greenville, SC on Tuesday, July 08, 2008
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    This Kenwood deck was a replacement for the Dual that had USB and Aux Input on the front which were requirements for me. This Kenwood controls the iPod well once you figure out the multi-jog control. It does take some getting used to for this deck on the controls. The manual is not very helpful either.

    But, it was super easy to install, the tuner works great (the Dual was just sorry at best even with HD built in). The USB reader is fast and the CD read speed is fair for mix media (mp3, wma, AAC).

    The sound is great and I like having the 2 zone controls as this is in a minivan.

    The VERY BASIC display at night looks great but can be hard to read in the direct sun light. Multi-jog can be a bit clunky and the menus are complicated.
    Overall, once you get past the steep learning curve for the ergonomics, it is a good solid deck that has some great input features (USB on front, Aux input on the front) and plays the mp3, WMA and AAC without issue. Ipod control could be better but my old Pioneer was not any easier.

    ****Biggest grip: The one thing I would like to have seen them include was a way to search using the remote. It's basically a volume control, audio quality control and mute control. To be as big as it is, including search functionality would have been easy. It takes 2 AA batteries which is not the usual for a car remote.

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    5 out of 5

    Nice system!

    Written By elridge, Rockville, Md on Monday, June 30, 2008
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    Systems sounds great, and now that I have figured out the menu system for USB/Ipod use I really like it. I was looking for an upgrade to the Bose system on my '97 CL, mostly for functionality, and this goes one (Or three) better in the sound department.

    I haven't done any soldering in 10 years or more, and the option of a completed wiring harness would do some good for those who aren't electronics geeks, etc. It would save considerable time. I had one mis-connected wire and the Crutchfield support person had the answer for my issue quickly. Kudos! The last after market system I installed was over 2 decades ago. Plug in harnesses rule!

    I still have to trim a little around the faceplate to get the fit and finish a little nicer, but I have never installed an aftermarket system that didn't require some adjustment in that area.

    I highly recommend the unit, and also recommend a little web searching on system uninstall/install on the web if you do it yourself for your specific vehicle. The included instructions were fine, but there was also some good info on my vehicle online that helped.
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    5 out of 5

    An excellent choice

    Written By Joey, Jacksonville, FL on Sunday, June 29, 2008
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    Bottom line: this radio sounds awesome! I'm a recording artist, singer-songwriter. I am picky. I replaced the factory radio with the Kenwood, additionally replacing the 4 main factory speakers with JBLs. This combo kicks major butt. No need for an amp. Plenty of clean volume. In fact, I messed around with the EQ and found I couldn't improve on the default (flat) settings - that's a first. Radio reception is strong even on the island where I live. My only nit is that, although the song names scroll in the display playing from the USB source, the names are not shown while playing from the CD source. I'm still learning the features of the unit so this may be pilot error.
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    5 out of 5

    Five Stars

    Written By hotelmode, Atlanta, GA on Friday, June 13, 2008
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    This was the first time I've ever installed a radio myself. The instructions and hardware that came with the stereo worked perfectly. I installed it into a 2004 Jeep Liberty and it sounds absolutely great on the stock speakers.

    One little problem I ran into is that I hooked up the brown "mute" wires. The instructions said I could leave them unconnected, but I decided to connect them anyway. What the brown wire is for is if you have a bluetooth type installation it will know when to mute the music. If you don't have anything like that, don't crimp/solder the brown wire, otherwise it will randomly mute your music which is of course very annoying. I just snipped the brown wire and taped over it and problem solved, no more random muting.

    I chose this radio for it's iPod capabilities and haven't been disappointed. The instructions aren't very detailed on how to navigate your way through the iPod, so make sure you aren't driving while trying to figure it out. One thing that took me a while to figure out was you can't scroll though folders (artists, playlists, songs, etc.) if "random" is turned on.
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    4 out of 5

    Great Price; Great Sound

    Written By Stuart, Fort Smith, AR on Friday, June 06, 2008
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    This receiver is great! I just put tunes on my thumbdrives & plug-n-play! The sound is clear and playback is hitch-free. I paired this receiver w/ kenwood speakers and a sub/amp setup. The sub output is nice because it gives you a sub output level control to keep from getting too much bass. The USB drive reads fast and you can scroll through the folders while you listen. There are some copyright protected files that this receiver won't read that my mp3 player will, but if you stay with mp3 files, you will have no problem. I didn't give this receiver 5 stars because of the multi-function button. You have to hit it just right in order to access the menu options or you will move forward/back a track or change radio stations. Oh, read the manual thoroughly before you start making audio adjustments to avoid any confusion.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Unit

    Written By Brian, Midwest on Saturday, May 31, 2008
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    Everything from the ordering, shipping, easy install and a great Kenwood KDC-MP438U CD receiver made this a snap! The receiver sounds and looks great and you can spend a lot more money and not get this quality. This was installed in a Jeep Liberty and the install instructions from Crutchfield were perfect, couldn't have been easier!!
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    5 out of 5

    Amazing

    Written By Ken, Tallahassee, FL on Thursday, May 22, 2008
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    It is really amazing how far car stereos have come in the last 10 years. This thing sounds amazing right out of the box.

    Pros
    The MP3 functionality is what sold me. It works as advertised.
    The thing sounds amazing on my stock JBL speakers. (or as well as stock speakers can sound)
    The Kenwood has individual crossover ratings for the front, rear, and subwoofers.

    Cons.
    I wish the usb came out of the rear.
    The remote control is as large as my TV's. But who really uses them anyway.

    Conclusion:
    This was a replacement head unit for a similar Pioneer I ordered and didn't like. Crutchfield was awesome and swapped it for this one. I couldn't be happier. Highly recommended, especially for the price.
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    4 out of 5

    Very nice

    Written By Owen, LongBeach, MS on Thursday, May 22, 2008
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    Nice sound, good reception for radio, love the USB in the front. Only had one issue, my sub stopped working... something I did, but i called crutchfield support and i had set my options wrong. Props to Crutchfield for a good product and great service
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    5 out of 5

    Great Stereo!

    Written By John, Cherry Hill, NJ on Wednesday, May 21, 2008
     
    This radio goes very
    loud, stays clear
    the entire time.
    The bass is very
    sharp, I was
    surprised how good
    it sounds for having
    no external
    amplifier. In my
    opinion with this
    stereo you do not
    need one. The
    features go on and
    on, the only
    complaint I have
    about this stereo is
    that in direct
    sunlight, the
    display is hard to
    read, but it makes
    up for it with
    everything else. A
    good buy!
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    4 out of 5

    Sweet Sounding

    Written By Steve, Montrose, CO on Monday, April 28, 2008
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    I was looking for something that wasn't fancy but sounded good.

    Before I offer my review, I like a clean sound as well as good volume. I
    listen to all types of music except country.

    Pros:
    Sound - Great quality from all sources. I mated this to some "budget" 2-
    way Sony speakers and I couldn't be happier. The mids and highs are clear,
    the lows would have been adequate for most but I opted for a separate
    pair of 10 inch subs and an amp to take care of my lows.

    Price - This is a huge bang for the buck: USB/Ipod/Aux connectivity on the
    front of the receiver. There is plenty of power for 4 typical car speakers.

    Features - As listed above with the additional ability to easily tweak both
    front, rear and subs separately to your tastes. 3 pre-amp outs is a big plus
    as well.

    Cons:
    Navigation - The controls are clunky. Sometimes while pushing the knob if
    you do not hit it dead on you engage forward or backwards while listening
    to say a CD. The navigation is also insane; you have to be in
    various "modes" to navigate various areas. There is no simple about it. I
    have gotten used to it after playing with it but I can see where this will turn
    off many others.

    Display - Simply put, it's boring.

    Ipod Navigation: It works but it is "wonky".

    The Manual: More of a reference guide.

    The 4 instead of 5 is due to the clunky way of navigating and a poor
    manual. Price to quality/features ratio keep it a solid 4.
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-MP438U

    Written By James, Omaha, NE on Friday, April 25, 2008
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    Super head unit. Love the variety and ease of inputs. For the money it was a great buy. Crutchfield made it a simple installation with their installation guide. I installed in my 03 F150 with stock speakers and the sound is much better than the stock radio. I now have all of my music at hand.
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    5 out of 5

    kenwood

    Written By hugo, Oxnard CA on Tuesday, April 22, 2008
     
    This product is great i becouse all the features that it has like the capabiliti to put RCA conn trought CD changer, the AUX. on the front and for the people like me that do not like wires on the dash board and likes to have music all the time without pluging and unpluging wires buy a flash USB drive bigenought for your music files and there you go with no wires and a lots a music 24-7 in you car and just buy extras USB flash drives for different music. And I love the 2 channel feature for my kids music and my wife and my music.
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    4 out of 5

    Excellent so far!

    Written By Pedro, San Juan, PR on Sunday, April 20, 2008
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    I purchased this unit for its built-in direct iPod control and so far it has not dissapointed. The sound is phenomenal (I also changed all 4 speakers in the car) and the menu's, while a bit convoluted because they all depend on the mode you are currently using, are easy to navigate with the jog wheel. My only gripe with this unit is that because of its low placement on my vehicle (2000 Daewoo Nubira), the top most line of the display gets cut off. This is probably due to the way the faceplate is not flat, but slightly rounded. This wouldn't be a problem with newer cars with higher radio placement, and its the reason I couldn't give it 5 stars.
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    5 out of 5

    Nice unit

    Written By John, Gardner, Ma on Friday, April 04, 2008
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    Installed in Rav4 w/ Audiovox XM mini tuner
    Nice clean factory look install....XM reception much better than add on units.
    Very little signal loss even in woodsy rural areas
    Clean crisp sound through Blaupunkt speakers
    Love the USB port
    Fast delivery....excellent tech support......
    You won't find any better for the money!!!
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    4 out of 5

    Lot's of features, Poor Menus

    Written By Art, Canton Ohio on Sunday, March 30, 2008
     
    I purchased this unit yesterday.

    My setup:
    1995 Ford Escort LX
    Audiovox XM Radio
    Unknown after market 6.5" fronts
    Alpine SPS-507 5x7 Rear
    pros:

    LOUD all i can say is wow, that extra watt of rms really hits the spot
    Very--Extremely-- customizable
    Handles all hi-tech devices nicely
    Front Inputs (it could be a con)
    Cons:

    Display is hard to read and chintzy
    Button functions are obscure
    Menu system is lax
    No complete random on cds or jump drive, just folder level random

    I came down to either this unit or the pioneer deh-5000... I chose this unit mainly on the fact that it had front inputs, I din't want to have to route wires all over so i could plug in my XM radio and thumbdrive.

    The first thing I noticed when I hooked it up was that I needed new rear speakers. So I picked up the alpines on clearance at a local retailer. I will say the clairity and overall volume has greatly improved. I enjoy the fact that you can put a hi pass filter on your speakers, and it has an optimiser for what size speakers you have, another great tool. Also the fact that you can "normalize" your audio from source to source is a great feature.

    The display itself is quite rudamentary, and the extend the plastic around it so much that i cannot read the top of the display. there are no frills here, no sound responsive icons or anything. This is the first aftermarket I have purchase that had no reaction whatsoever. Also the buttons are poorly marked, and many require being held for a number of seconds to do what should have it's own button (ie: display is changed by holdling pause for 2 seconds)

    Overall I am happy with the product. Price to performace it cannot be beat.


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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-MP438U

    Written By Anthony, ohio on Friday, March 28, 2008
     
    no problems with it at all except the rear mounting area is made a little subpar. ther than that, i am very happy and would recommend. especially for the low price. this unit is great
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    4 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-MP438U and the iPhone

    Written By Brian, Somerset,KY on Wednesday, March 26, 2008
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    This is a great radio at a great price. I have a Apple iPhone and it works great with this radio, even if its not listed under compatable devices it still works perfectley with the USB. The stereo even mutes itself when the iPhone is conected and you recive a call, It then resumes play when you finish the call. I highly recomend this product if you are looking for a radio that you can use your iPod or iPhone with. Also very pleased with Crutchfields service and speedy delivery.
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    4 out of 5

    A very good value

    Written By Edward, Quakertown, PA on Tuesday, March 25, 2008
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    This was an enjoyable purchase. It was shipped quickly and came complete with everything I needed for an easy install. Sound quality is very good; tuner has solid reception even on AM stations. I use the front USB port (I do not own an iPod so I do not use the USB as an iPod control) constantly to play MP3 / WMA files and sound quality is excellent. I love the USB port and find it a real positive advantage. The CD player works as expected.

    I have found only one drawback and one concern. The drawback is with the Front AUX port. This port does not replicate sound as well as I had hoped. It is certainly usable, but there is a discernable drop in quality, especially when comparing it to the USB port. My concern is with the main "Control Knob". You not only use this knob to control volume but also to move between play lists, forward songs, choose AM/FM, search channels, select menu items, etc. I am worried that the Knob will lose its integrity as time goes on and make navigating through the system difficult. While I have no evidence that this defiantly will occur, I have already (on numerous occasions) attempted to adjust the volume and inadvertently changed the track I was playing or called the equalizer preset menu. I have overcome this by using the wireless remote to control volume, channel search, etc.

    Overall, within this price range, I am very happy with the purchase and Crutchfield.
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-MP438U

    Written By Justin H, Central NC on Monday, March 24, 2008
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    I am a loyal Kenwood receiver owner. This is the first receiver I have had
    to buy in almost 5 years. My old receiver broke a worm gear in the face
    plate motion so it wouldn't open on it's own to accept a CD any more. I
    love the USB input. It was the THE base requirement for my new
    purchases. Operation is easy. The sound, volume clarity and overall
    quality
    is great. There was only a slight change in the remote control which was a
    dissappointing as it was comforting (kind of big still). The real downer was
    the display options. If you want to view the information available on the
    media playing, you can't view the clock and vice versa. My old one had two
    display lines that were more flexible. I'd buy it again though for the price.
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    4 out of 5

    Nice, but...

    Written By Joel, Cincinnati, Oh on Saturday, March 22, 2008
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    The stereo is pretty nice and has a good sound. The control knob is in my
    opinion a little hard to turn, especially if you have fat fingers. The menu
    system is just plain difficult figuring out. Once you get everything set up
    though you really don't need it that much. Just keep the manual with you.
    Overall I'm really pleased with it.
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood

    Written By Greg, Iron Range, MN on Friday, March 21, 2008
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    Everything about this receiver is great. The USB port in the front is quite handy and works with both mp3 and wma files...sharp sound as well. The subwoofer output is a plus too with an option to turn off or on as well. Nice illumination accompanies the dash. You got a lot for such a inexpensive receiver. I would recommend this unit to anyone.
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    KDC-MP438U

    Written By Matt, Gulf Coast of MS on Thursday, March 20, 2008
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    Excellent receiver!

    Very flexible platform, at a great price. The sound can be tailored many
    ways and the menu system offers easy control.

    I bought this unit to replace a heavily used 2000 factory deck which had
    developed volume control problems. I also wanted the ability to play files
    through a USB.

    Plenty of quality watts in my small truck.

    No regrets!

    Great job by Kenwood and by Crutchfield.
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    excellent

    Written By Jason, Lapeer, MI on Wednesday, March 12, 2008
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    I love my new receiver!!! Sounds great and looks great! I would recommend this to anyone.
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    great reciever.

    Written By dew08, houston,tx on Thursday, March 06, 2008
     
    stellar amount of
    inputs and options

    Aux input, usb
    input, cd player,
    radio, sat radio
    ready, and hd radio
    ready. That was
    definitly its
    selling point.
    barring the sat
    radio and hd radio,
    everything works as
    expected.

    number one problem
    for me;

    is though the ipod
    usability is really
    cool,it can get
    annoying at times.i
    would really like it
    If you could shuffle
    your playlists
    instead of going
    through them by
    name, or whatever
    way you have them
    set up, for that
    matter.

    other than that
    design could use
    some redoing, it is
    a little difficult
    navigating through
    menu's and such, but
    something you learn
    over time.

    on the whole, I'm
    well satisfied with
    my purchase.
    3 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Sounds Great

    Written By BlackDevilMagilla, Massachusetts on Sunday, March 02, 2008
     
    Great product for a great price. I am very happy with it!
    6 out of 7 people found this helpful
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