Experience the luxury of Kenwood's motorized "auto slide" faceplate with the KDC-MP6025 CD receiver! The control panel has three positioning angles, so you can choose the one that gives you the best view of the display.

Slide in a CD, or an MP3 or WMA disc full of your favorite tunes, and the large, fine-dot fluorescent display renders your song titles and other info in bright, easy-to-read detail. When it's time to change discs, the face motors down to uncover the CD slot. You also get CD changer controls and an auxiliary input for a portable music player.

Listen as the 22-watts RMS x 4 power brings your music to life! Fine-tune the musical output by adjusting System Q's 3-band equalizer, or selecting one of the six preset tone curves. Select one of the three Speaker Settings to optimize the System Q curves for the size and type (factory or aftermarket) of speakers in your car.

If you want even more impact, front and rear preamp outputs give you the ability to add more juice with external amps. The rear preamp outputs are switchable to subwoofer mode, complete with a low-pass filter.

Add the Kenwood SIRIUS tuner and listen to more than 120 channels of top-notch entertainment for just $12.95 per month. Check out 65 channels of totally commercial-free music, which feature an incredible variety of songs from a wide range of genres. You'll also get news, talk, sports, and entertainment, including round-the-clock traffic/weather updates for major metropolitan areas and broadcasts of NFL, NBA, and NHL games. (Satellite radio service is available only within the lower 48 states — not available in Alaska, Hawaii, or U.S. territories.) Subscribers can also take advantage of free online streaming of all SIRIUS music. The KDC-MP6025 also accepts XM satellite radio via the XMDirect tuner and adapter.

Product Highlights:

  • motorized, detachable face
  • 3D fine-dot display
  • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs (including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA files)
  • displays MP3 text information
  • CR-2 tuner
  • 18 FM/6 AM presets
  • seek tuning
  • System Q Sound Control (six preset tone curves and a 3-band equalizer)
  • Speaker Setting function adjusts output with three settings (factory speakers, larger aftermarket speakers, smaller aftermarket speakers)
  • source tone memory
  • satellite radio controls (SIRIUS or XM subscription, tuner, and antenna required to receive the satellite radio signal) — service is available only in the lower 48 states, not available in Alaska, Hawaii, or U.S. territories
  • CD changer controls
  • rear auxiliary input
  • dual zone audio control
  • front and switchable rear/subwoofer preamp outputs
  • high-pass and low-pass filters
  • wireless remote
  • clock
  • 22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels
  • 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 receiver with 10-amp fuse inserted into chassis
  • Sleeve
  • Face
  • Hard plastic face case
  • Trim ring
  • Wireless remote control (RC-505)
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • Wiring harness
  • 2 Removal tools
  • 4 Panhead ISO-mount screws (red)
  • 4 Countersunk ISO-mount screws (red)
  • Face fixing screw (with flat washer)
  • Instruction Manual (English)
  • Instruction Manual (French/Spanish)
  • Warranty Card
  • Kenwood Car Audio Passport

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Features
CD Changer Controls
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Features

Motorized Slide-Down Faceplate: The KDC-MP6025 features a motorized slide-down faceplate with a large display (3-3/8" x 7/16") and a rotary volume control. When the eject button is pressed, the faceplate automatically slides down and forward to reveal the CD slot. After a disc is inserted, the faceplate slides back in place automatically. You can also select one of three faceplate angles to optimize visibility (the bottom of the faceplate slides progressively forward). For additional security, the faceplate is detachable.

High Resolution Display: The unit features a 3-D high resolution display with 4 tone gradations and fluorescent backlighting. Each end of the display has a multi-segment motion display. The larger center portion has a full dot matrix display featuring 1674 total pixels (18 dots high x 93 dots wide). This fine pitch dot matrix display is easy to read and offers large graphics.

MP3/WMA Playback: This unit can play MP3 and WMA files recorded on CD-ROM, CD-R, and CD-RW discs in ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, and Romeo formats. Each disc should have a maximum of 8 directory levels, 50 folders, and 255 files per folder. A total of up to 512 MP3/WMA files and folders can be played back by this unit. During MP3/WMA playback, the unit displays any recorded ID3 Tag information.

Sirius Satellite Radio Controls: This unit can control the optional Kenwood Sirius Satellite tuner (item #113SR903). In addition to the Sirius tuner, you will need an antenna and subscription in order to receive Sirius Satellite Radio programming. The Kenwood Sirius radio tuner has a CD-changer pass-through, allowing the connection of an optional Kenwood CD changer in addition to the Sirius tuner with only one connection to the head unit.

Quad 1-Bit D-A Converters: The KDC-MP6025 features Integrated Quad 1-Bit Digital-to-Analog converters for superb CD sound. Four D-A converters, two for each channel, improve playback sound quality, including musical detail and resolution. Using 2 converters for each channel reduces distortion by half.

Zero-Bit Mute: This unit features independent left and right channel zero-bit mute circuits. During silent passages, the digital-to-analog converter is shut off, yielding absolute silence between songs.

Built-in Amplifier Mute: If this unit's internal amplifier is not being used, it can be switched off to enhance the quality of the preamp output signal quality.

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. The preset curves are named "Natural", "Rock", "Pops", "Easy", "Top 40", and "Jazz". In addition, you may store your own settings under the "User Memory" EQ curve. Each preset has its own bass, middle, and treble level 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 O.E.M." (for OEM factory speaker systems), "SP 6*9/6" (for systems with 6" and 6"x9" speakers), or "SP 5/4inch" (for systems with 4" and 5" speakers).

Dual Zone Audio Control: When an external audio source is connected (CD changer, Sirius Radio, or Auxiliary Input source), the KDC-MP6025, with its Dual Zone Audio Control, allows you to play the external audio source in one zone, while at the same time play an internal audio source (CD or tuner) in another zone. When Zone 2 is switched on, the output of the front channels becomes different than the rear channel output. You can choose whether you want the external audio source to play through the front channels (sending the internal source to the rear channels), or through the rear channels (sending the internal source to the front channels). When operating in Dual Zone mode, audio adjustments can only be made to the internal source. Note: If the rear preamp outputs are set to "non-fading", there will be no audio from that output in the dual zone mode.

High-pass Filter: The KDC-MP6025 has an adjustable 12dB/octave high-pass filter for the front and rear channels. You can choose the cutoff frequency from 100Hz, 125Hz, 170Hz or Thru (no filter). Note: The high pass filter only affects the rear preamp outputs when they are switched to "rear", not "non-fading".

Switchable Rear/Non-Fading Preamp Outputs: You can switch the rear preamp output to a non-fading output for use with subwoofer amps. Once in the non-fading mode, you can adjust the level of that output from -15 to +15 in 2dB steps. In addition, you can choose the cutoff frequency of the NF output's 12dB/octave low-pass filter from 50Hz, 80Hz, 120Hz or Thru (no filter).

3-Band Equalizer: You can independently adjust the level of three audio bands from -10dB to +10dB: Bass (100Hz), Midrange (1kHz) and Treble (12.5kHz).

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

CR-2 Tuner: This unit uses Kenwood's CR-2 tuner provides high signal strength for clear radio reception. The tuner incorporates an Automatic Noise Reduction Circuit (ANRC), along with the Clean Reception System Circuit (CRSC), for improved rejection of distortion due to multi-path. 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: The KDC-MP6025 is HD Radio ready. With an optional Kenwood HD Radio tuner (item # 113KTCHR10), 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 feature can be turned on or off.

Direct Access Tuning: When using the remote, you can directly access any radio station by entering the frequency on the numeric keypad.

Station Name Preset (SNPS): This feature allows you to assign names to radio stations. Up to 30 stations can be named. Each name can be up to 8 characters in length.

Disc Name Preset (DNPS): You may assign names to discs played in the internal CD player. Each disc name can be up to 8 characters long, and the receiver has a memory capacity for up to 30 discs. (See below for further DNPS features with CD changers.)

Volume Offset Control: 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.

Attenuator With Smooth Volume Return: The attenuator immediately lowers the volume by a preset level. Smooth Volume Return gradually increases the volume to the original level when the ATT button is pressed a second time, eliminating a jarring change in volume.

CD Read Setting: If there is a problem with the CD player reading a disc with a special format, you can switch to a second CD Read setting which "forces" the player to read the disc. CD Read setting 1 is for normal CDs and MP3 discs, while CD Read setting 2 cannot read MP3 discs.

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

Security Code: You may program the unit with a 4-digit security code. Once the unit has been programmed with a security code, the code must be entered to use the unit after it has been disconnected from power.

Selectable Display Modes: The display is divided into 4 sections: Upper Text Display, Lower Text Display, and two Level Meter Displays (one on each end). The Upper Text Display and Lower Text Display have independently selectable information for each audio source. The Level Meter Display also has 6 types of patterns. There are three selectable display modes: Type A (with Upper and Lower Text Display and the Level Meter displays), Type B (like Type A, but without the Level Meters), and Type C (with the Level Meters, plus the Upper and Lower Text Displays are combined into a Demonstration mode).

Display Dimming: This unit is equipped with an orange/white wire that Kenwood calls an illumination lead, however, it acts as a dimmer lead. When the illumination wire of this unit is connected to the headlamp circuit of your vehicle, and you turn your lights on, the display will dim to a preset level. The display brightness is not affected by the vehicle's dimmer control.

Faceplate Finish: The trim ring and outer portion of the control panel feature a metallic gray finish. The main portion of the control panel is silver.

Remote Control: The KDC-MP6025 comes with the RC-505 wireless remote control, a 22-button full-function remote with a 10-key number pad. It is powered by 2 "AA" batteries (supplied). The dimensions of the remote are: L=5.488", W=1.75", D=1.115".

CD 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. If you have a Kenwood changer manufactured before 1998, you will need the KCA-S210A switching adapter. Changers manufactured before 1994 require the CA-DS100 converter cord (113CADS100) and the KCA-S210A switching adapter.

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.

Disc Name Preset (DNPS): When used with a compatible CD changer, this feature allows you to assign names to discs in the changer. Each name can be up to 8 characters in length. The number of names you can store depends on the CD changer that is connected to the head unit.

Disc Name Preset Play (DNPP): Once a disc has been named, you may press the DNPP button on the remote to display the name of each disc for 5 seconds. When the name of the desired disc appears, you can press the OK button on the remote to select the disc for playback.

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.

Music Keg Compatible: This unit is fully compatible with the Kenwood Music Keg Digital Music System (models KHD-C710 and KHD-CX910).

Auxiliary Input: The KDC-MP6025 is equipped with a built-in auxiliary input. There is a set of stereo RCA jacks on a 12-inch pigtail on the back of the receiver for connecting an external audio source. The Auxiliary input can be activated/deactivated through the menu. When it's activated, you can select one of six names for the source: Aux, TV, Video, Game, Portable or DVD. When deactivated, Auxiliary does not appear as a source. With an optional adapter (item 113CAC1AX or 113KCAS210), you can also turn the unit's CD changer input into a second auxiliary input.

Note

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, the Clock Display can be turned on or off using the display control button (clock must be selected for the text display). 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 (SRC) button turns the unit off completely.

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Great deck; security issues

Written By Ben, MA on Friday, May 27, 2005

I love my KDC-MP6025. Works great and has alot of options, it's to bad they dont sell it-- try the MP6028, the new upgraded model. I bought the deck so I could plug my MP3 player in the AUX with out sound quality diminishment. In the seven months I've had it there has been some downsides: I work at mall where I remove the faceplate everyday, and the face doesn't connect solidly to the mounts, probaly because it tilts. Also, I know I entered my security code correctly, but when I changed out my battery, the deck refused to take my code. Luckily I saved my receipt and a Kenwood autorized repair shop fixed it in an afternoon. Cost me $50. Other than that it's a great deck and made my stock GM-Monsoon system sound awesome. Some people aske me If I have small subs-- nope, I smile and say "Nope just my stock 6x9's."

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