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CD player with MP3/WMA playback

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Item #: 113MP732
 

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by Tim Sprinkle
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.

With its bright, 64-color display, Kenwood's KDC-MP732 CD player delivers some serious visual acrobatics. And you can put that sharp-looking screen to good use with the Graphic Motion Analyzer feature. With the help of an internal gyroscope, you can view a variety of vehicle performance specifications — like the G-force your car generates during turns and acceleration — right up on the faceplate with no special wiring or installation required.

Kenwood has also packed this radio with all sorts of high-performance audio features. It all starts with MP3, WMA, and AAC music file playback. Just burn your favorite tunes to a recordable disc and let the "Supreme" audio processing feature take over, restoring liveliness and punch to your compressed files.

Kenwood's System Q sound shaping offers seven preset tone curves for quick and easy adjustments, along with three tone controls for more precise soundshaping. Three sets of 4-volt preamp outputs make it easier to add amplifiers to your system, while subwoofer controls allow for front seat control over your bass. Built-in frequency filters adjust the output to each speaker in your system.

Round out your entertainment options by adding an optional Kenwood CD changer, satellite radio, or HD Radio tuner. If you have an iPod, Kenwood's optional interface adapter offers hands-on playback control right from the radio's faceplate. You can use the auxiliary input to connect any portable player or other external source.

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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 files (not compatible with songs downloaded from Apple iTunes Music Store)
  • motorized, auto-slide detachable face with 64-color display
  • System Q Sound Control (including seven preset tone curves and a 3-band EQ)
  • System E's+ Advanced Crossover system
  • loudness
  • three sets of 4-volt preamp outputs
  • subwoofer controls
  • auxiliary input
  • "Supreme" audio processing for better sound from your compressed audio files
  • Graphic Motion Analyzer
  • satellite radio-ready (XM or SIRIUS tuner, service subscription, and antenna required)
  • iPod-ready
  • HD Radio-ready
  • CD changer controls
  • wireless remote
  • dual zone control
  • 18 FM/6 AM presets
  • 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

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Features and Specs
General
CEA-2006 Compliant
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No
RMS Power Output
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22 watts
Peak Output
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50 watts
RMS Power Bandwidth
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30-20kHz
Preamp Outputs
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6-channel
Sub Preamp Outputs
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Yes
Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs
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No
Preamp Voltage
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4 volts
Display Color
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64-color
Key Button Color
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Red or green
EQ Bands
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3
Wireless Remote
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Yes
Steering Wheel Control Compatible
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Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
Expandability
AUX Input
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Rear
USB Input
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No
Memory Card Slot
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No
Bluetooth Compatible
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No
Satellite Radio Ready
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Both
HD Radio
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Optional
Navigation
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iPod Compatibility
Full size
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Nano
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Touch
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Mini
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iPhone
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Tuner
FM Sensitivity
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9.3 dBf
European Tuning
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Yes
Seek/Scan
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Seek
Radio Data System
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No
Product Research
What's in the box?

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  • AM/FM/CD receiver with 10A fuse inserted in chassis
  • Wiring harness
  • Sleeve
  • Trim ring
  • Face
  • Soft fabric face case
  • Wireless remote control (RC-527)
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • 2 Removal tools
  • 4 Panhead ISO-mount screws
  • 4 Countersunk ISO-mount screws
  • Face fixing screw with flat washer
  • Instruction Manual (English)
  • Instruction Manual (Spanish)
  • Instruction Manual (French)
  • Warranty Card
  • Kenwood Car Audio Passport
  • Sheet concerning Demo mode (attached to receiver)

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Features
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Features

Display Modes: The Kenwood KDC-MP732 features a large, bright, 64-color fluorescent display with 5 selectable display modes:

  • Graphic Display (Display Type A): You can choose between 2 "movies" or a slideshow of 6 still images. Text information is displayed briefly for tuner and CD functions before graphic reappears.
  • Graphic + Text Display (Display Type B): The same Graphic Display is shown, plus one line of text is displayed. Selectable text information is available for each source.
  • 3-line, 2-column Text Display (Display Type C): Three lines of text information are displayed, each with a text label icon and the text display. You can choose what information to display for each line (clock, frequency, playback time, CD text, ID3 tags, etc.), plus choose a text display color between white, red, or blue.
  • Text + Source Icon Display (Display Type D): Two lines of text information are displayed (selectable information and colors). On the right end of the display is an icon to indicate the currently selected source. The bottom line features function labels for the multi-function keys located directly below.
  • G-Analyzer Display (Display Type E): Measurements of G-forces (gravity) on the vehicle are displayed. You can select between "G-Graphic", G-Meter (Graphic), G-Meter (Text), or G-Counter display.

G-Analyzer: This unit is equipped with a sensor that measures the forces of gravity on the vehicle. This sensor enables the receiver to calculate G-forces during acceleration, braking, and cornering. The G-Analyzer has a stop watch that can be automatically started when forward or reverse G-forces are detected. The G-Analyzer also has a horsepower analysis tool that measures your vehicle's horsepower and displays a graph with max power. Setup and calibration for acceleration and braking must be performed before using the G-Analyzer.

Note: Features like the horsepower analysis tool should not be used on public roads.

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. Each disc should have a maximum of 8 directory levels, 100 folders, and 255 files per folder. During MP3/WMA playback, the unit displays any recorded ID3 Tag information. AAC ID3 tags cannot be displayed.

Motorized Angled Faceplate: When inserting or ejecting a disc, the motorized faceplate automatically slides down and out to expose the disc slot. Furthermore, you can set the faceplate at one of three angles for best visibility of the display, in addition to the fully closed position.

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.

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). Each level can also be set to your personal taste between -8 and +8 and stored in the "User" memory. 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

Speaker Settings: The Speaker Setting function tailors the System Q Sound Control settings according to the type of speakers in your vehicle. You may select a Speaker Setting of "SP Off" (flat), "SP OEM" (for OEM factory speaker systems), "SP 6x9/6" (for systems with 6" and 6"x9" speakers), or "SP 5/4" (for systems with 4" and 5" speakers).

System E's+: In addition to System Q Sound Control, the KDC-MP732 features the System E's+ crossover system for the speaker and preamp outputs. You can make the following adjustments:

  • Front High Pass Filter: 40Hz, 60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, 150Hz, 180Hz, 220Hz or Thru (no filter)
  • Rear High Pass Filter: 40Hz, 60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, 150Hz, 180Hz, 220Hz or Thru (no filter)
  • Low Pass Filter: 50Hz, 60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz or Thru (no filter)

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.

Built-in Amp Switch: If the audio signals are output to external amplifiers, you can turn off the internal amplifier to improve audio quality.

Dual Zone System: The KDC-MP732's Dual Zone System allows you to output one source to the front channels and another source to the rear channels. The main source can be the internal disc player, tuner, or a source connected via the 13-pin CD changer input. The sub source is a device connected to the rear RCA auxiliary input. You can assign the sub source to either the front or rear channels. When the Dual Zone System is activated, the volume of the front channels is controlled by the volume knob, while the volume of the rear channels is controlled in the Audio Control menu.

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.

Disc/Station Naming: You can enter and store names of up to 12 characters for CDs and radio stations. Characters can include upper case letters, numbers, symbols, and special accent characters. The memory can store names for up to 30 stations and 10 discs in the internal CD player. The number of disc names you can store for an external CD changer depends upon the capability of the changer.

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-MP732 comes with the RC-527 wireless remote control with a full numeric keypad. The remote includes volume control for the rear channels when the unit is operating in the Dual Zone mode. It is powered by 2 "AA" batteries (supplied). The dimensions of the remote are: L=5.369", W=1.968", 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 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.

Auxiliary Input: The KDC-MP732 is equipped with a built-in auxiliary input. There is a set of stereo RCA jacks on a 10" 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 113KCAS220), you can also turn the unit's CD changer input into a second auxiliary input.

Optional iPod Adapter: This receiver is compatible with the optional Kenwood KCA-iP500 iPod control interface (item # 113IP500). When an iPod is connected to the interface, all of the iPod's controls will be disabled and it will be controlled from the receiver. With this interface, you'll be able to play your iPod music files through your Kenwood receiver and in most cases have all the titling information appear on the receiver's display.

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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4 out of 5

Good for the price...

Written By William, Michigan on Sunday, March 25, 2007
 
I installed this in my car in about 30 min.. with the kit crutchfield sent it was easy. I also agree with the rest of you they should not come with the demo mode on, that took some time but figured it out and have no problems other then when the sun is behind me in the car it is very hard to see the screen but again 4 out of 5 good unit
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2 out of 5

There are better

Written By Craig, Bedford, In on Wednesday, February 14, 2007
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Not worth the money. I wish I would have bought something else. The sound is ok but not the greatest. The buttons are hard to push because they are too close together. If you are buying this just for the graphics dont because the graphics are boring. I am prolly going to buy something else. The best thing about it is the ipod controls.
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2 out of 5

Already had it removed

Written By giantmike, Coalinga, ca on Friday, January 05, 2007
 
This head unit was highly rec. by an install guy that I know. Right off the bat, albeit without reading the 150 pages of directions, I could tell that this thing was very un user friendly. You literally have to go to menu's just to select "preset program mode". The menu is about 2 clicks of one of the smallest hardest to read buttons I have ever seen on a radio. As far as the demo mode, I spent 4 hours reading the book and trying to do exactly what it says to get it out of demo. Dont waste your time reading, it's not correct. Just go into the menu mode and start hunting and pecking. I FINALLY got it to stop with the stupid demo race car and other annoying graphics. You also have to hit SRC for power, instead of On/OFF or POWER...??? Sounded great though, but basically had to be stopped to change anything on it or you would get into a wreck having to concentrate so much on the maze of menu's it takes just to see the clock display...Bad, very bad setup, great sound. Changed it out with a SONY for 120 bucks less, and have no sound drop off. Maybe the kenwood graphics is just too much for an old timer.
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5 out of 5

AWESOME

Written By DJ_007, Carlisle KY on Monday, November 13, 2006
 
ok i have been a pioneer fan for several years but recently my premier 780 started making strange ground noises... even after running a 10gage ground to the head unit.. so i took it out to send it off and i wanted somehting to keep up the awesome sound quality while it was off and it just soo happen that my boss recomended the kenwood.. and i was sceptical at first... but after the install... it has boosted my sound quality and overall volume dramatically.. it is soo much clearer its not even funny... and as for the display being hard to read.. i dont see that as a problem the full color is awesome and has superb detail. and as for taking the unit off of demo mode and the usability of the unit.. a 2 year old could figure that out.. and if you think this is hard to use you have never used a premier 780... also andother point to piont out for all of you that are really technical wiht you stereo the EQ in this thing is simply awestriking and is soo easy to get the most out of you mids and highs... also the high volt pre outs are a must have for all of you with big systems.. and integrated AUX input is ver nice too coming from pioneer where you have to find a place for a clunky AUX input box somewhere in you dash..

all in all BUY this head unit it rocks and this is coming from a professional installer who has converted from premier.
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4 out of 5

Great sound, the iPod interface could use a little work

Written By Scott, Twin Cities, MN on Friday, September 22, 2006
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I installed this Kenwood unit in a sort of crummy situation, 95 Grand Marquis, which required a tubload of wiring be brought forward. No problem, it was all included in the kits by Crutchfield... the antenna cable at 12 feet was a bit short, had to scrounge around and get yet another extender... that should have been 16 to 18 feet running length.

But got it all done in a long afternoon. I agree with everybody else, demo mode (stinks) and Kenwood should not program one in any more. The manual must have been triple-translated to make that defeat of the demo mode so impossible to figure out, had to call a Crutchfield Technical Adviser to get out of that maze.

The only thing to mutter about is that the iPod interface does NOT interrogate the iPod and display the playlist or song titles and groups. Yeah, if youre a glutton for punishment, you can tinker that in with the remote control. For several thousand songs, no, thats why we buy the iPod interface, folks. Im told many other brands and models fare no better, only a few units are really iPod smart. But all the remote functions work perfectly well.

The sound and functions are excellent, and the device fits and works well in the fit kit. No rattles, but I went a step further and used a little foam sticky tape around all the edges on the fit kit. Recommended.

Ive recommended Crutchfield for 6 years, and their attention to all the details and providing everything you need is the reason why. I had to hit six places to get the extra antenna extender cable, most "install shops" dont carry anything longer than two feet. So you can install it with Crutchfields help, and the pros cant. Hee, hee
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2 out of 5

great sound / soso graphics

Written By joe, biloxi ms on Friday, May 05, 2006
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I just got the kdc-mp732 and at first was not happy because i meant to order the x790.However, after going to the download site and realizing you could only download 1 wallpaper , 1 movie , 1 graphic ana. at a time im glad i didn't pay the extra fifty bucks for the x790. If you want to get different images this unit will not do it. You have to get the x790. But the car graphic analizer is well worth everything else. I mean it is kick butt. Also , the cruthfield staff was above and beyond helpful. If you have tinted windows, seeing the display will not be a problem, even in a solar flare. Also , read right on the unit about how to get out of demo mode. Its a big yellow warning label. But, this must be done when unit is first turned on. Happy booming.
joe from hurricane alley.
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4 out of 5

Kenwood KDC-MP732

Written By Chris, Columbus, OH on Wednesday, March 01, 2006
 
I do agree with Trish. I installed mine over this past weekend. I upgraded from having only one low voltage RCA output to having 3 4-volt outputs. On a mildly sunny Sunday you could not see the display at all. Additionally, I have not yet been able to get this thing out of "demo" mode. The unit is not very user friendly. Sound quality though, yes - Superb!
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3 out of 5

Somewhat disappointed with controls and colors

Written By Trish, Texas on Tuesday, February 28, 2006
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I just had this stereo installed and I was a little disapointed in the user friendliness of it and there isn't but 3 color choices for a color screen stereo, it also is not very bright in the daylight. I was also disapointed in the graphics of the color screen, there are not many choices and its just not what I had in mind. Although the sound quality is superb!
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