A handy USB input allows you to connect a portable music player to Kenwood's KDC-MP532U CD player. Just plug your thumb drive, portable hard drive, card reader, or other USB device into the female jack on the stereo and let 'er rip. The radio will display artist names and track information right on the faceplate, and the USB jack will even supply power to your compatible player.

The KDC-MP532U will also play back your MP3 and WMA music files via CD-R and CD-RW discs, and can even handle the AAC files you've created in iTunes. A strong, onboard amp provides plenty of power to drive your speakers, while two sets of preamp outputs make it easier to connect your external amplifiers and subs. Kenwood's System Q lets you tweak the highs, mids, and lows to create the perfect sound curve for your car.

Into radio? Connect a satellite radio tuner and add up to 150 channels of music, sports, news, and entertainment to the party. Or hook up Kenwood's HD Radio tuner and experience improved AM/FM reception and sound quality from participating HD Radio stations. Control the stereo with the included wireless remote when you're on the road.

Product Highlights:

  • CD player with built-in MOSFET amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
  • CD, CD-R, and CD-RW compatible (including discs loaded with MP3, WMA, and AAC music files)
  • USB input
  • fold-down, detachable face
  • System Q Sound Control (6 EQ curves)
  • bass, treble, and midrange controls
  • two sets of preamp outputs
  • controls for an optional Kenwood iPod adapter
  • satellite radio-ready (XM or SIRIUS tuner, service subscription, and antenna required)
  • CD changer controls
  • wireless remote
  • CR-2 tuner
  • 18 FM/6 AM presets
  • controls for an optional HD Radio tuner
  • clock
  • CD frequency response: 10-20,000 Hz
  • CD signal-to-noise ratio: 105 dB
  • FM sensitivity: 9.3 dBf
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Why replace your factory radio?

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

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What's in the box?

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  • AM/FM/CD/Changer controller receiver with 10A fuse inserted in chassis
  • Sleeve
  • Face
  • Trim ring
  • Soft fabric face case
  • Wiring harness
  • Wireless remote control (RC-517)
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • 2 Removal tools
  • 4 Panhead ISO-mount screws
  • 4 Countersunk ISO-mount screws
  • Left face fixing bracket
  • Right face fixing bracket
  • 2 Face fixing screws
  • Instruction Manual (English/French/Spanish)
  • Warranty Card
  • Kenwood Car Audio Passport
  • Sheet concerning Demo mode (attached to receiver)

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USB Port: The rear-panel USB cable allows you to play USB mass storage devices loaded with AAC, MP3, and WMA files. MP3 files with a bit rate from 8-320 kbps and WMA files with a bit rate from 48-192 kbps are supported.

Note: The 39" USB cable is terminated with a USB Type A port.

AAC/MP3/WMA Playback: The receiver can play AAC, MP3 and WMA files recorded on CD-ROM, CD-R, and CD-RW discs in ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, and Romeo formats. MP3 and AAC files should be recorded at a bit rate of 8 to 320 kbps, and WMA files should be recorded at a bit rate of 48 to 192 kbps. Each disc should have a maximum of 8 directory levels, 100 folders, and 4096 files per folder. During MP3/WMA playback, the unit displays any recorded ID3 Tag information. AAC ID3 tags cannot be displayed.

Satellite Radio Ready: The head unit is directly compatible with the SIRIUS SIR-KEN1 Satellite Tuner for Kenwood (item # 607SIRKEN1). The Terk XMDirect universal XM Satellite Radio tuner (209XMD1000) can be connected to and controlled by the head unit when used with the XMDirect Smart Adapter for Kenwood (209XMDKEN1).

Note: In addition to the optional satellite tuner, you will also need the proper antenna and a subscription to SIRIUS or XM Satellite Radio.

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: Bass 0, Mid 0, Treble 0

Note: The above values reflect the System Q settings when the Speaker Setting function is turned off.

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

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.

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.

HD Radio Ready: With an optional Kenwood HD Radio tuner (item # 113HR100TR), 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.

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.

Disabled System Indicator: A red indicator will blink on the unit after the faceplate is removed, warning potential thieves. This feature can be turned On or Off.

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. The security code may be disabled if desired.

Remote Control: The KDC-MP532U comes with the RC-517 wireless remote control with a full numeric keypad. It is powered by 2 "AA" batteries (supplied). The dimensions of the remote are: L=5.369", W=1.978", D=1.198".

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 Illumination Control: When this function is active, the display turns off after 5 seconds if no operation is performed. This reduces the glare during night driving.

Display Dimmer: When the dimmer control is set to "on," the display automatically dims when the vehicle lights are turned on. When set to "off," the display doesn't dim.

Note: In order for the display dimmer feature to operate, the orange/white wire in the supplied wiring harness must be connected to the vehicle's headlight circuit.

Optional Auxiliary Input: With an optional adapter (item 113CAC1AX or 113KCAS220), you can turn the unit's CD changer input into an auxiliary input.

iPod Adapter Compatible: Using the KCA-iP500 iPod Control Interface, you can connect your Apple iPod digital music player to this receiver. The interface (item # 113IP500) plugs into the receiver's 13-pin CD changer input and controls the iPod through the receiver's controls, as well as displays the iPod's text information right on the receiver's display.

Bluetooth Hands-Free Unit Ready: You can integrate your Bluetooth-enabled wireless phone into this receiver with the optional BT-100 (item # 113BT100) Bluetooth Hands-Free interface. This unit allows you to send and receive calls using the stereo's controls and the included microphone.

Changer Controls

Compatibility: 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.

Changer Controls: 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 all disc random.

CD Text/MD Display: 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.

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rear usb not good for pendrives

Written By jeff, nacogdoches, Tx on Wednesday, October 03, 2007

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Bought this unit for a friend last christmas he never found a place to mount the usb port so that feature is useless.. sounds good works good.. just not doing what he wanted it to do ... should have bought one with a front panel usb port.. I didnt make that mistake again.. i went with the jvc in my new truck best decision ever.. i am usually loyal to kenwood.. i had my last one 7years and traded my car in with it still working inside in the end it comes down to the features you live with everyday and the usb is the clincher for me..

Great product! Awesome service!

Written By Dang, New Hope, MN on Monday, January 29, 2007

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My wife and I love this unit. I bought it for my wife so that she can enjoy her mp3's on the go, no matter if she burns them on cd or puts them on her flash stick.

I've installed a few stereos in my younger days, but this time was much different. The included instruction sheets, mounting kits, and wire harness made this installation procedure flawless! If I wasn't so finiky, it'd literly would have taken me < 30 minutes from start to finish.

We rated this unit for 4 stars, because:
1) during music playback, there was no way to display the mp3 tags (although during file seek mode, you're able to)
2) the joystick on the right a little awkward at first. Not much force was needed as we've naturally started with.
3) The DIN alignment on the Camry was such that when the faceplate was installed, it sticks out ~3/8". I beleive the manufactures design the unit to be flush when the faceplate is not-installed. Matter of preference. My wife is fine with this, but I'm inclined to bend some sheets of metal to make it flush! :-0

Overall, great price, no shipping(on 129+ orders). No worry purchase with paid-return postage (should it be necessary). And what can I say about the website?

Thanks for the business.

-Lea and Dang

A nice upgrade for an old car

Written By John, South Shore KY on Tuesday, January 23, 2007

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I purchased this unit to replace the OEM CD/Tape/Receiver unit in my '93 Camry. That unit was never right to begin with and only got worse with time. So I'm really happy after so many years to have something that works!

Installation was a breeze with Crutchfield's instructions. I wasn't expecting the pocket unit to fill the space where my OEM CD unit sat. That was a very nice surprise. It makes the installation look very clean. Note that the faceplate sticks out further than the OEM unit did. There's no getting around the fact that this unit doesn't blend in with the dash in this car.

I have noted a lot of the same issues that others have mentioned. The display washes out in direct sun. The joystick is sensitive and would probably have been better implemented as a rocker disk or buttons. I think I'd rather have the USB jack on the front panel than kicking around the floor or my console all the time. The CD slot is invisible at night. A small light would have been good there.

Learn the buttons. Know the buttons. Love the buttons. The labels for the button functions are microscopic and don't backlight at night. They are totally impossible to read while driving. So you have to memorize features and functions by the tuner preset numbers.

Getting any kind of USB support in a car stereo is fantastic. Where I do a lot of my driving, radio is pretty worthless, so having hours of tunes on a thumb drive works great for me.

Very happy with Crutchfield and very satisified with the unit for the money. Good features, but could be organized better. A good compromise for an old car.

Great Unit with USB support

Written By Yiming, Albany, NY on Thursday, January 18, 2007

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The faceplate is well designed and delicate, no cheap feeling like some other brand. The remote is also well constructed.
USB function is great, it continues where it stopped last time. Some other HU unit I tried only restart the last song. The start time for my 1GB usb drive just take 1 or 2 seconds, good enough. I haven't try USB hard drive but I expect it will be longer for larger disk size.
The MOSFET amplifier definitely help the sound quality, it sounds great on both Kenwood Excelon and Pioneer REV speakers.

The FM receiver is worse than my stock unit. I heard static noise just like other reviewer experienced. I don't mind because I seldom listen radio. But somebody might concern.

As usual, crutchfield provides top notch service.

Good deck, for the price!

Written By Jason, Hilo, Hawaii on Wednesday, January 10, 2007

A very good deck for the price. It instantly improved my stock speakers, which I'm replacing with polk audio components and 6x9's. I had an excelon before and it was awesome. I should have went with it again, but I wanted something a little more updated.
The most disappointing thing for me was that I expected it to be more motorized. I had to manually flip the face and manually close it. Where as the excelon would flip automatically when a disc was inserted.
Other than that it looks awesome and it was unbelievably easy to install, thanks to crutchfield.


Written By Donald, Lexington, SC on Sunday, January 07, 2007

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I purchased this Kenwood because of price and features - particularly the USB port. Installation was fairly straigt forward with the free kit and cable. I agree with comments about the FM tuner being somewhat on the weak side compared to my stock radio. if youre in a marginal reception area this is probably not the tuner for you.

The USB is the real plus here providing an inexpensive alternative to an IPod. The cheapest flash drive I own works just fine!

I just purchased the MP-632U for my Accord. I like 2 things better so far - there is a separate AUX input, which I extended into the glovebox (where I also ran the USB), and it has a pigtail for the antenna connection. Insallation of the MP-532U was a little awkward because the antenna lead had no extra length to it.

You can shop around for a better price for a car stereo but unless your saving more than $50 I dont see how you can beat Crutchfield when they provide a mounting kit, adapter cable, car-specific instructions, free shipping, and technical support! I ordered my 2nd unit on 1/2/07 and it was delivered 1/5 - in time

Not too bad but not too good either.

Written By Du, Cleveland on Saturday, December 30, 2006

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What attracted me to this was the USB port. The sound was very clear and nice. That was about it. I'll be returning for a few reasons:

1. For the same reason that one reviewer said they liked it is the reason I don't and that is the USB cable is in the rear with an extension cord. I don't have anyplace cool to place it so the cord with my thumb drive just sits at my center console looking goofy. I plan on getting the one with the usb port on the face.

2. If you have music not in the folder (root directory) then the readout will say "Folder 2". There is no such thing as a Folder 1 or something as simple as "Root" like my old sony 10 disc changer use to say.

3. This then leads into it just not telling you what the folder is just 2, 3, 4, 5 etc. As a test I numbered the songs in the "root" directory but it still played it in some other "non random" order. So I had to mess with the id3 tags but stopped.

4. I like AM radio a lot and it was only as good as my factory cassette in my 97 4Runner.

5. The joystick on the front is very "non-robust" and is not user friendly. It's very touchy. Buttons would have been nice.

These gripes are small but it just keeps bugging me.

Crutchfield is very nice though and will have me as a customer for many lifetimes.

Great for the Money

Written By jcouch, Dallas, TX on Thursday, December 28, 2006

I have had this unit for a couple of days now and I am very impressed with the features and the sound quality of the unit.

I am routing it to the stock speakers in my RSX as well as through a JL amp into my 2 MTX 12" subs. The sound is infinitely clearer than on the Acura stock deck, the bass is clear and punchy and the highs and mids are sharp and rarely lost in the booming lows, and the usb/mp3 features as well as the ability to expand to HD or satellite radio make this unit a real bargain.

However, it could benefit from a better interface. For example the fact that the source button is also the power button doesn't make a whole lot of sense, but I got used to it pretty quickly.

My biggest problem with this unit is the fact that it has a very poor user manual. I still can't figure out how to set the clock through the poor Japanese translations.

But on the whole the benefits outweigh the problems and the combination of sound quality, features, and expandability for a very low price make this an A-grade system in my book and I would buy it again should I ever need to do so.

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Written By Christopher, daytona, Fl on Wednesday, December 27, 2006

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The radio is a great deal for the price. You really can't beat it! The only downsides to the radio are the display ,like others have said it can be hard to see in certain lighting. The other downside is the undersized joystick for the controller. They are not big enough annoyances to stop me from buying another one. The USB port makes it totally worth it. At first I thought I was stuck picking songs by random numbers but after reading the book I found that it is very easy to scroll through the music by artist or genre.

I found that the western digital passport 80G hard drive works great with the USB port and has more space than you will ever be able to fill with music. (you don't need any adapters or anything for it to work with this hard drive.

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Written By Dave, SE PA on Friday, December 22, 2006

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Installed in a '96 Cherokee. Install was fine except it's very hard to route the USB cable through a Cherokee dash. Heck, it's hard to route a piece of coat hanger through a Cherokee dash! If I wasn't determined and resourceful I might have given up and sent it back. Something to think about before you buy one of these is "How am I going to get this USB plug out front?" Take a look under/inside your dash to see if there's a good route for the cord that has room for the plug to pass through. As an alternative the Clarion DB365USB has similar features but has a front USB port instead.

As others have said, the random play feature isn't as random as one might like.

I have not had trouble seeing the display. The Cherokee dash puts the stereo near the top, so the viewing angle is much better than in some other cars.

Now that I'm used to it, I like the joystick.

Great head unit, minor flaws, but still a good buy

Written By h2o_aholic, Milwaukee, WI on Thursday, October 12, 2006

Installed in a 01 Mitsu. Mirage, replacing the factory am/fm radio, with factory speakers at first, so far have a pair of Kenwood C1739ies in the rear deck, soon to have Kenwood 1660Ss in the doors.

Sound is much better than with the factory radio. I had read all the reviews here first and purchased a refurb item from Crutchfield.

Pros: USB input is great, and multiple formats on CD that will be read, just a fundamental improvement over the factory stereo (I dont use the pre-amp outs for anything). Remote is also nice after having none prior.

Cons: Display is indeed hard to read in direct sunlight, but typically it isnt necessary to have to see it if youre used to your presets or can wait to hear what song is playing through the CD or USB. Menu is a little funky, but not bad after using it awhile. Remote is somewhat bulky compared to others Ive seen, but not worth picking an entirely different stereo over. One thing I did find is that although you can choose a different display (clock, station, song options for CD/USB), it is a global change; you cant set a display per each source or standby. Luckily I have a seperate clock, but if you set it to TIME in standby, it will show time in Tuner, CD, and USB as well. Slight thing to work around, but something to note.

Not necessarily a pro or con, but something I encountered, is that any USB device you plug in MUST be a FAT file system. I had tried hooking up a large hard drive of music and found this out the hard way, it doesnt work with NTFS formatting. So if you have a larger drive thats NTFS, the only option (as I did) is to reformat the whole thing into smaller partitions that can be formatted FA

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Written By Derek, Conway, AR on Sunday, September 03, 2006

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Easy to install, good sound quality, looks nice, rear usb, lots of options.

Has trouble with some cds, non-intuitive menu system and no sub rca preouts.

I bought this to go in a 2000 mustang with factory speakers. The sound is better than factory by a bit, especially when using the speaker settings.
The best feature of this deck is the rear usb port. I didn't want a cable or jump drive sticking out of the front of my cd player all the time. I ran the usb cable plus an extension and had it coming out in my center console. I can easily use a usb hard drive or flash drive there with out having it look stupid. Also the display is easy to read but I have tinted windows (35%) so that may contribute to the readability. The only negatives I've found are no rca sub preouts, it doesn't like reading some mp3 cds and the menu system. The cds may be my fault I'll have to look into the filesystem I'm using. But the menu system is very odd, half the options are available only in standby.

Over all it is a great cd player and I love the rear usb!

Overall good, but not perfect

Written By henry, california on Tuesday, July 18, 2006

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(Installed on a 2005 VW Gti w/ Monsoon Sound)

-Good sound quality, better than muffled stock monsoon.
-Red buttons and blue dials matched my interior lighting.
-Relatively trouble free install, even for a first timer.
-Usb support, worked with any "Usb Mass Storage" devices i've thrown at it, including some MP3 players. Check kenwood website for compatibility.

-Track and folder selection is done by an undersized joystick. It is sensitive and can be hard to use while driving.
-Menu is tricky to use. Although easy enough for basic functions, just getting out of demo mode was somewhat difficult, even with instructions.
-Screen is hard to see in daylight. A commercially available anti-glare film for PDAs can remedy this.
-In my case, installation required running a 12v wire to fusebox by driver's door. This required taking out some interior panels. Not an impossible task but wouldve been nice if mastersheet included instructions for such a task.
-Display seems outdated, even compared to some kenwoods from previous years.

Although I had more cons listed than pros, the benefits really outweighed the disadvantages by a large margin. Recommended for any user, and highly recommended for those wanting USB support.

Decent Radio. Bad interface design

Written By Ram, Detroit, MI on Thursday, July 06, 2006

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1. Value priced for features. I missed the $30 rebate. Hopefully Crutchfield will give it to me!

2. Better audio quality than stock radio on my Subaru.

3. USB input: Pretty much reads any USB storage thrown at it. I tried a Verbatim thumbdrive, SD card with a multiformat-card reader and both work flawlessly.

4. MP3 playback- Plays back most files. Had some problems with some files. I thought they met the specifications for the radio in terms of bit-rate etc.,
Had to re-rip some songs for them to play on this radio.

5. Good FM sensitivity.

6. I select random play on my songs and let it go. If you have to search through your songs, you better not be driving!!!

7. The attenuation button is very useful.

For a car-radio one would hope Kenwood would have paid more attention to the interface.

1. The power-on button is the ultra-tiny "SRC" button. Watch out while you hunt for it. Why cant it be the big volume knob I dont know.

2. Lack of dedicated buttons for each source. You have to cycle through your sources to pick the one you want.

3. Display unreadable in bright light as most have complained. It is not that the LEDs are dim, but the glass covering the panel has a lot of glare.

4. In random play mode, there seems to be no way to go back to the previous song.

5. Plan on spending some time with the manual to familiarize with the features.

If you are just looking to add MP3 playback with USB input for a reasonable cost, this radio may be for you.

Hats off to Crutchfield for their Mastersheet and harnesses. The installation was simple. Great service too!

Works for me!

Written By J., Knoxville, TN on Thursday, July 06, 2006

After I ordered this unit, I read the reviews. Made me a bit nervous. Comments like...can't read faceplate, doesn't randomize well, no names for USB folders. Well, I didn't find any of that to be the case! After installing the unit, I had to take a trip (9 hrs each way)...so I had a good chance to evaluate it. It was sunny, hot, bright....I could read the faceplate just fine. For the USB...and this is a great addition!... it's true that the folder names are not displayed if you use the remote to change them. When using the faceplate controls, the name of the folders are displayed (maybe this is different for different mp3 units?). The coolest thing...and neither the reviews nor the provided literature mention this...you don't even need an mp3 player! Works great with just a USB flash drive (memory stick). I had 12 folders (CDs) of music on a flash drive...put it on full random and drove. Very few repeats. Sometimes seemed to sample from several folders more often than others, but that really wasn't a problem.

The sound is very good. My only reservation is that the tuner does not seem to pull in weak stations very well. Otherwise, I'd have given it a 5.

As always Crutchfield's service was great!

Good Player; Nebulous support

Written By Ben, K-falls, OR on Thursday, June 22, 2006

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I recently purchased the hu from crutchfield. I do enjoy the SQ that I get from it. I installed it in a 2001 jetta with the Monsoon sound system; For those of you with a monsoon system don't sweat it too much. I've noticed that it gives great sound from mp3s, though it tends to eq on the high side. It's pretty treble saturated. A couple of subs fix that no problem though.

The usb support; now that is a different matter entirely. I love the USB support, but kenwood is absolutely NO help at all figureing out what USB devices will work with it. They give you a web site to reference what works and even if your device meets those requirements it may not work, or it might.

All in all; I really like the unit, but I wish the USB support were better.

Great sound quality

Written By danagin, Birmingham, al on Sunday, May 21, 2006

I bought this unit after going and listening to the differences between alpine, pioneer, and eclipse head units at best buy. After listening to these unit's sound qualities, I felt that the only reason to buy one of the was the "nifty cool" screen savers, the sound was mediocre at best.

I listened to the mp532u and new right then that this was the one to go into my jeep. I installed this unit with pioneer speakers, an alpine amp pushing two pioneer subs. I can drop the top and not even hear the wind and the sound quality is great, even at that volume(if you've never been in a wrangle with the top down, the wind is LOUD).

There are some drawbacks, as one said before, I can't get my 60gb laptop hard drive to work with the usb either, but there are power adapters for the usb hdd adapters and I will be trying one of those shortly.

Also, you CANT READ THE DISPLAY when the sun is shining on it, not at all.

And, lastly, if you have your mp3s in folders with the name of the band being the name of the folder(for organization purposes), you will just have to remember that that is folder number 3. Yep thats right, all of your folder names will not be displayed, you will simply see a number.

But who cares, this thing is crystal clear sounding, I mean its amazing. (p.s. this might make a difference, I listen to alot of rock, not cRap, but I did listen to a few bone songs, they sound great too.)

USB is nice, but other problems keep this unit from excelling

Written By Jay, Madison, WI on Tuesday, May 16, 2006

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I bought this deck since I had had a Kenwood head unit previously and liked it a lot. Despite the fact it died after only 3 years by not reading CDs anymore or allowing me to adjust the volume, I decided to stick with the Kenwood brand.

The KDC-MP532U's most attractive feature is, of course, the USB functionality. The fact that the USB device can be hooked up to a 3 foot long cable greatly expands the option of where to install the device. There is no latency between song changes, and the deck remembers where you left off.

Unfortunately, the rest of the KDC-MP532U leaves a little to be desired. The shuffle feature, a feature that worked great on my last Kenwood unit, doesn't randomize so well, so be prepared to hear the same 6 songs over and over. Another poor feature is the pause button. Pausing on this unit is done by pressing the track selection joystick inwards. Unfortunately, the track selection joystick is very sensitive and 9 times out of 10 you end up just moving to the next track instead of pausing.

The display is a standard blue LCD display, something that will remind you of your old VCR. Kenwood spiced up the buttons to be red, which looks nice, but doesn't make up for the overall cheap looks that the display radiates.

Overall I would probably buy this deck again simply for the USB functionality. But if another company made something similar with a better shuffle, dedicated pause button, and multi-color display, I would leave the KDC-MP532U behind in a heartbeat.

Display not visible in daytime

Written By bb, Florida on Thursday, May 04, 2006

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The display on this unit is not visible at all in direct sunlight. I'm planning on sending mine back. It's a shame, the other features are excellent. USB port is awesome. It resumes where the song left off after the car has been turned off, unlike the JVC's USB units.

I would not recommend this unit for vehicles which have the stereo mounted in the upper section of dash, because of the dim display.

Kenwood KDC-MP532U

Written By eknuds, Northern California on Monday, May 01, 2006

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I just installed this yesterday, and it is a great unit.
I have hooked up a 40g laptop hard drive mounted in a USB enclosure and stuffed it in my glovebox. As far as I know, this is the only unit with a USB cable coming out of the back of it.
If it had artist/album indexing in the folder selection it would be 5/5. However, all it gives when going through the different folders is "Folder 42", etc. Not even the folder name...

Love the USB Capability

Written By chris taluc, Fort Worth, TX on Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I've had this unit installed for 2 weeks now and love the USB connectivity. I just plug in my standard USB drive and I've got a few hours worth of songs. I was actually expecting that the USB port would be on the front of the unit but its via a cable from the back of the unit - there's a JVC unit that has the USB port on the front and that's what I was expecting. I actually think the cable with a three foot reach or so is a bit better. The display gets washed out in midday sunlight - probably more due to the angle/location of the radio opening in my Civic. Overall, I'm very satisfied with this unit.

This Kenwood deck is a decent buy

Written By Mike, San Francisco, CA on Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The Kenwood MP532U is a decent buy for $199. The outstanding feature is the USB port. Within the next year, we are going to see the market flooded with car headunits sporting a USB port. But, for now, I believe only the Kenwood has the port on the back, which I prefer. The Alpine and JVC, for instance, has the port on the front, so, you'll have a cable sticking off the front of your deck.

Of note, the USB port works with my iPod. You can use the controls on the headunit to skip tracks, which is really handy. The only thing is that ipods don't use a folder hierarchy for organizing the songs. They read the ID3 tags on the files, which in my opinon is superior. The Kenwood requires you to have folders. Example: a folder for "The Beatles" and all Beatles albums in their own respective sub-folder under this. Since the ipod doesn't use folders to organize the songs, you can't easily navigate to a particular song or artist.

Thumb drives work great. However, their storage capacities are limited. One more thing of note: Crutchfield states on their website and in their catalog that you can plug external USB hard drive into this headunit. This is not necessarily true. The hard drive cannot use more the 500ma of power. I bought this deck because I liked the idea of being able to plug my 20 gig external notebook hard drive right into the deck. It wouldn't run because notebook hard drives need more than 500ma to start up.

Overall, though, this deck is nice. Easy-to-use controls and a nice knob for volume. The joystick knob on the right is a little too sensitive, but acceptable.

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