CD receiver with MP3/WMA/AAC playback
Item #: 113MP535
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Original Price: $179.99
Kenwood's KDC-MP535U CD receiver offers enhanced connection options along with MP3, WMA, and AAC file playback, so you get plenty of listening options right out of the box. The built-in rear-panel USB input lets you control your USB-equipped MP3 player or thumb drive. When accessed through the USB input, the stereo can even play Microsoft PlaysForSure music files. In addition to the USB connection, the stereo offers an auxiliary input for your non-USB sources. Add Kenwood's optional connecting cable, and you can use the USB and auxiliary inputs to control your iPod®, too.
If you have children, you've probably wished you could have two stereos in the car at one time. The KDC-MP535U'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' new CD over the car's rear speakers, while you and your spouse listen to the radio 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.
- 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, fold-down face with fluorescent display
- remote control
- System Q Sound Control (6 EQ curves and a 3-band equalizer)
- "Supreme" audio processing for better sound from your compressed MP3 and WMA 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
- iPod compatibility: optional connecting cable gives you iPod control (uses both the USB and aux inputs)
- compatible with Kenwood's Bluetooth adapter and satellite radio (tuner, service subscription, and antenna required)
- inputs: rear auxiliary and USB inputs
- outputs: three sets of preamp outputs
Other features and specs:
- 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.
Kenwood KDC-MP535U Reviews
Average Customer Review:
Good Head Unit
1999 Dodge Neon
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
I really like this stereo. The install was easy in my Dodge Neon and even with the full range speakers running off the deck the sound quality is pretty good. I bought it for the USB feature and it was well worth it. The software that Kenwood sent didn't work very well. Finally as a last ditch effort I decided to sync the files from Windows media player and it worked, so I sync everything with Media player instead of the Kenwood software. There are only two reasons why it gets only 4 stars. The Kenwood software was pretty much unusable, and when navigating between folders it takes longer then I would like to display the artist and album, you have to wait about 5-10 seconds for this. I can usually tell by the music before the title and info goes across. All in all a great Stereo with good sound quality, good features and a great price. Always used Pioneer before but after this I dont think I would use anything but Kenwood.
Nice bang for the buck but, instructions leave something to be desired
I bought this head unit and the optional bluetooth add on for my 2006 Mustang GT Coupe with Shaker 1000.
The install was pretty straight forward. The instructions for how to operate could definetly be more descriptive.
The problems I did have were the head unit didn't recognize my mp3 player. I never could figure out the Kenwood conversion software for mp3's. I gave up and bought an IPOD NANO (problem sovled). The blue tooth add on had crummy instructions too. I had to call Crutchfield tech several times and they even had to call Kenwood tech a couple of times before it connected to my Blackberry Pearl.
Now that all the problems are solved, it's a great unit!! Crutchfield tech support was awesome. I give it a 4 out of 5 only because of the instructions being too general.
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
Installed this unit in my 89 Corvette. The install went fairly smooth. Had to cut out the back of the plastic bracket that was used to support the factory Delco head unit. Other than that the install was easy. I have an earlier model Kenwood head unit in my other car and trusted the quality and performance. No room for a CD changer in the Vette so the Ipod interface appealed to me. The 535U has a newer generation interface for the Ipod that is much faster than previous/older models. The aux/ipod input is located in the back of the unit so no wires hanging in front. The USB function is slick. You can navigate through your music library and change playlists as well. CD and radio work fine but I bought this unit for the USB/Ipod function. Very clear graphics and easy to read. Cruthfield tech people know thier stuff. I would not buy from anyone else.
Great head unit. Easy to install, easy to use. Hooked a 60GB laptop drive upto the USB port; I had to use a USB enclose with an extra USB port for power, since the head unit is not powerful enough to power a harddrive. The voice indexing works great with the USB Hard drive; it makes it a lot easier to nivigate thousands of songs. I also think having the USB port in the back is a major plus, because I can mount the harddrive behind the dash without running any wires out the front of the head unit. I definatley recommend this unit.
better than other for the price
i bought this deck about 1 year ago and after adding a ma audio amp w/built in crossover the bass is set at -8 and it thumps the mtx thunderform in my dakota. the unit its self was hard to get use to. took sone time to get use too , the usb feature only allows flash drives before i bought it i intended on use my 40g portable nope so just a 4g and i never use the cd player if you drive alot and dont want to fumble around with cd's or mp3 cd's get this deck just for the usb you can now get the bluetooth adapter which wasn't available when i got the deck they work perfectly together listen to music while on the phone and the person your talking wont know unless you tell the
Touchy controls and display difficult to read
Making a big switch from a lifelong Alpine customer and wanted the generic USB. I just received this unit yesterday and while the sound is superb and functionally everything works great, it is very very difficult to use.
The Volume control is so sensitive that only slight accidental pressure on it when adjusting volume takes you instead to the Sound Control menu. Then once you are in that menu, you must continually push the volume button to get back out (it doesn't time out that I can see - I waited 30 seconds and it never returned to normal mode)
The other control on the right side is like a big floating joystick with out the "stick" part. It is very awkward to use with just a finger tip while driving (which is 90% of the time you'll need to use it). It too is very sensitive and pressing it inward is difficult to keep separate from pushing it one direction or the other and each performs different functions. So, you have to be very careful.
File browsing through a USB drive or CD with MP3s is extremely counter-intuitive with this controller. And you certainly cannot do it and still watch the road.
The remote is much more user friendly, but unfortunately, you cannot navigate files and folders using the remote.
The biggest disappointment however is the display. The faceplate on this unit is very thick and the display is very deep in the faceplate. As a result, unless your installation is very high in your dash (close to eye level) or angled upward you will not be able to see 75% of the display without bending over sideways.
I'll be calling today to exchange for something else.
USB Load time slow
1999 Honda Accord
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
Everything about this stereo is great except for one thing. It takes about 10 seconds when you start your car to start playing music from a USB flash drive. I chose this model specifically because it has a USB cord so you can mount the flash drive anywhere. My Honda has two available DIN slots for equipment in the dash. Cruthfield was nice enough to give me a plastic mount that included a 3 CD holder to cover the second hole. It was in this CD holder that I drilled a hole to mount my USB connector.
In contrast, Ive never seen a radio start playing music faster when switching radio stations, even when it has to seek to the next station. Since the HD add on costs more that the whole head unit, I havent purchased this part yet.
I found that the subwoofer increased in volume perfectly with the built in 4 channel amp. My old head unit didnt do this as well and I was constantly fiddling with the sub level. It seems very balanced at +0 and I didnt feel the need to increase or lower it.
Some of the kenwood controls seem a little strange as well. Their ATT button (quick mute) is unnecessary because its just as quick to give the volume knob a quick turn.
I hate having to turn the unit off to access most of the menu options. I wish they were all in one large menu you could cycle through and see every option instead of this switching to the right mode then pressing the menu button. But then, I only had to mess with this once during the initial setup and probably wont have to do it again.
At night, its a little difficult to see the labels for the 6 buttons at the bottom. Was it button 4 or button 5 that turns on random all?
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
The kenwood cd reciever that i purchased was just as expected with Crutchfield.This was the second reciever that i bought from them. Their research system is beyond reproch. My product was installed just as the instructions said.The machine will play anything that i threw at it. Usb was outstanding,I put on over 80 songs of mp3 on 1 gig card.Sounded great. And i cheaked all the other formats.They all played perfect.The 535u did measure up to the mp590 that i got earlyer for my camero.I say that this is a great deck.But i think i would get a kdc-591u for the extra 20. dallars if possible.One can't go wrong either way!Thanks to all the people at Crutchfield.
1999 Ford F-150
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
Just got done installing this unit into our 99 ford F150 4x4 extended cab. Replaced the stock unit with this one took about an hour good instructions from crutchfield. The unit works great not hard to figure out using the manual. Little slow at getting the CD going when you change to cd or put a new one in takes about 5 seconds to get going. Doesn't seem like much but when your looking through a bunch of cd's it is kind of noticable. Still great unit. Well worth the money.
What's in the box?
- AM/FM/CD/MP3/WMA/AAC/WAV/USB receiver with 10-amp fuse inserted into the chassis
- Trim ring
- Wiring harness
- RC-547 Wireless remote
- 2 "AA" batteries
- Soft fabric face pouch
- 2 Removal tools
- 4 Panhead ISO-mount screws
- 4 Flathead ISO-mount screws
- 2 Face fixing brackets and screws
- Kenwood Music Editor Ver 1.0.0 CD-ROM
- Instruction Manual (English)
- Instruction Manual (Spanish/French)
- Kenwood Music Editor Installation Manual (English)
- Kenwood Music Editor Installation Manual (Spanish/French)
- Warranty Card
- Kenwood Car Audio Passport card
- "Attention" note
Features and Specs
|RMS Power Output||22 watts|
|Peak Output||50 watts|
|RMS Power Bandwidth||20-20kHz|
|Sub Preamp Outputs||Yes|
|Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs||No|
|Preamp Voltage||2.5 volts|
|Key Button Color||Blue/Red|
|Steering Wheel Control Compatible||---|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
|AUX Input||Rear and Optional Rear|
|Memory Card Slot||No|
|Satellite Radio Ready||Both|
|FM Sensitivity||9.3 dBf|
|Radio Data System||No|
Overview: The Kenwood KDC-MP535U AM/FM CD receiver features a fold-down detachable face, rear auxiliary input, 3 sets of 2.5-volt preamp outputs, CD changer and Satellite radio controls, Bluetooth and iPod ready functions, as well as a rear USB connector, plus AAC/MP3/WMA/WAV playback. The CD player comes with a soft face case and an IR wireless remote control. The unit's Mos-Fet amplifier is rated at 22 watts x 4 channel RMS and 50 watts x 4 channel peak.
Fold-down Detachable Face: The unit features a fold-down face that detaches from the chassis to deter theft. There is a red indicator light that will flash on the unit after the face has been removed to warn potential thieves. You can turn this flashing LED on or off. 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. You must fold the face down before inserting or eject a disc.
AAC/MP3/WMA/WAV Playback: The KDC-MP535U can play MP3, WMA, WAV and AAC files with ID3 tag information recorded on CD-ROM, CD-R, and CD-RW discs in ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, Romeo and Long file name formats.
Supreme Setting: When MP3 or WMA files encoded at a low bit rate (less than 96 kbps, 44.1k, 48kHz) are played, the Supreme Setting function restores their high frequencies so the sound quality is closer to files encoded at a high bit rate. The processing is optimized for the compression format and the bit rate used. When the Supreme Setting is Off, the unit plays the original sound stored in the audio file.
AUX Input: The KDC-MP535U is equipped with a rear panel 3.5mm minijack auxiliary input for connecting external portable audio devices such as an MP3 player or Tape walkman. The receiver allows you to turn the Auxiliary input On our Off so you don't have to scroll through that source if you are not using it. The 3.5mm female minijack connector is attached to a 7.5" pigtail.
Auxiliary Display: The KDC-MP535U 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-MP535U 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 and rear preamp outputs are fixed to the chassis, while the subwoofer output is on 7.5" pigtail lead.
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-MP535U 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 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 Bass, Treble and preset EQ settings.
Attenuator: The CD receiver features an Attenuator button that turns the volume down very quickly with one touch of one button.
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-MP535U 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.
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.
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).
Text/Title Scroll: The KDC-MP535U will display CD text, Audio file text and Satellite and HD 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.
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-MP535U 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.
Beep Tone: The CD player features a touch sensor tone that beeps when you have selected a function of the unit. You can turn the beep tone 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.
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.
Display Illumination Control: This function turns off the display when have not performed an operation for 5 seconds. This is effective for when you are driving at night.
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-MP535U comes with the RC-547 IR wireless remote control with a full numeric keypad. The remote will control Audio, CD, Tuner, Satellite, HD 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".
- 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: To receive SIRIUS Satellite Radio, you can connect the optional SC-C1 SiriusConnect vehicle tuner (item number 607SCC1) and the Kenwood/SIRIUS adapter (item number 113KCASR50).
- Dock: Select dock-and-play and portable SIRIUS radios can be controlled using the Kenwood/SIRIUS adapter (item number 113KCASR50) and the SC-VDOC1 dock (item number 607SCVDOC1).
- 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 (adapter may be required).
Note: A subscription is also required to receive satellite radio programming from SIRIUS or XM.
Bluetooth Ready: The unit is also Bluetooth compatible using the optional Kenwood KCA-BT100 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-BT100 adapter.
USB Port: The Kenwood KDC-MP535U features a rear panel 2.0 USB type-A port that is attached to the chassis with a 39" cord to allow for various placement options during installation. The USB port enables connection to portable USB mass-storage players, USB thumb drives and audio control of MP3 player. The USB port is compatible with all USB mass storage class devices that support the FAT16 or FAT32 file system. A single or multi-slot card reader can also be connected the USB port, allowing your music to be put neatly into different types of memory cards.
iPod High-Speed Connection: The USB port and AUX input are also compatible with iPod devices when used with the optional KCA-iP200 adapter (part number 113IP200, sold separately). The USB Direct Connection enables high-speed iPod data communications of 12MB/bps via the optional KCA-iP200 (2-Wire) interface. One end of the cable plugs directly into your iPod's dock connector while the other end of the cable uses two connectors that plug into the back of the headunit. The USB type-A connector portion of the cable plugs into the receiver's USB port and handles the control and charging of your iPod, so you can navigate through your music files using the headunit's controls and view song info on it display. The 3.5mm miniplug connector portion of the cable plugs into the Auxiliary 3.5mm input on the receiver and transfers the music from your iPod to your Kenwood CD player. By using the Auxiliary input the music travels to the receiver as an analog signal, so you can even play the Digital-Rights-Protected files you've stored on your iPod. The controls of the KDC-MP535U are seamless when used with the optional KCA-iP200 and include metadata browsing and playback of DRM contents, as well as the ability to choose any iPod playback mode to suit your listening application.
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 rear panel auxiliary input, but if you need a second auxiliary input, another 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.
Supplied Software: The KDC-MP535U comes supplied with the Kenwood Music Editor Version 1.0.0 CD-ROM. Kenwood Music Editor is a desktop software that helps organize, manage and transfer music files to your USB devices from your PC. Automatic Playlist Generation is another function of this software which analyzes each song based on the tempo/spectrum distribution and categorizes them into familiar genres such as POP, Rock, Ballad, etc.
- Operating System:
- Microsoft Windows XP Professional
- Microsoft Windows Home Edition SP2 or later
- Other Programs:
- Microsoft .Net Framework 2.0
- QuickTime 7 or later (when using AAC file)
- Windows Media Player 10
- PC (with display and other peripherals) with Pentium III 800MHz or above (or equivalent) CPU an can run the above OS
- 256MB or more RAM
- Hard disk with at leas 100MB free space
- CD-ROM drive (CD-R/RW drive when writing to CD-R/RW)
- USB interface (2.0/1.1)
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