Got a Kenwood receiver has satellite radio controls? Connect the SIRIUS SIR-KEN1 tuner to it and enjoy SIRIUS Satellite Radio in the car from coast to coast. This dedicated in-car tuner box comes with the antenna you'll need to get reception and the cable you'll need to connect the tuner to your receiver. The tuner's low profile makes it easy to install it in a convenient spot in your vehicle.

Note: A subscription to SIRIUS is also required. Satellite radio service is available only within the lower 48 states — not available in Hawaii or U.S. territories. Limited service is available in Alaska.

Product Highlights:

  • SIRIUS Satellite Radio tuner for use with compatible Kenwood in-dash receivers
  • low-profile, roof-mount magnetic car antenna with 21' cable
  • connecting cable
  • pass through for connecting a Kenwood CD changer
  • 5"W x 1-7/16"H x 5"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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What's in the box?

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  • SIR-KEN1 SIRIUS Satellite Radio tuner
  • 8' Bus cable (has a 13-pin round connector on each end)
  • Antenna with attached 20.75' cable (has a right-angle SMB connector)
  • One 6.494" rubber antenna cable cover/tail
  • 6 Self-tapping screws
  • 1 Cleaner pad
  • Installation Guide
  • Installation Manual
  • Warranty sheet

Features and Specs

General
Service Sirius
Compatible Brand Kenwood
Display Lines None
Channel Presets None
Song Memory None
Built-in FM Transmitter No
Car Kit N/A
Home Kit N/A
Changer Jack/Pass-Thru Yes
NavTraffic Compatible No
Included Antenna Car Antenna
Dimensions and Warranty
Width (inches) 5
Height (inches) 1-7/16
Depth (inches) 6-1/8
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

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Features
Inputs and Outputs

Features

Overview: When used with a compatible Kenwood head unit, this tuner allows you to receive SIRIUS satellite radio programming in your vehicle. In addition to this tuner and antenna, you must have a subscription to SIRIUS Radio to receive SIRIUS digital satellite radio signals.

Note: Satellite radio service is available only within the continental United States. Service is not available in Alaska and Hawaii.

Compatibility: This tuner is compatible with select pre-2005 SIRIUS-ready Kenwood head units and all 2005 and newer SIRIUS-ready Kenwood head units. The tuner is not compatible with any KRC-series SIRIUS-ready cassette players. If a head unit carried by Crutchfield is compatible with this tuner, the tuner will be in the accessory list for that head unit.

SIRIUS Satellite Radio: SIRIUS Satellite Radio features more than 120 channels of original programming beamed coast-to-coast, including 65 channels of commercial-free, digital-quality music, and news, talk, sports, entertainment, and children's programming.

CD Changer Pass-Thru: The SIRIUS radio tuner uses the CD changer input on the Kenwood head unit. If you also want to use a CD changer, there is a CD changer pass-through connection on the SIRIUS radio tuner, so they can be daisy chained together.

SIRIUS Antenna: The SIRIUS antenna has a powerful magnetic base that allows you to mount the antenna on the roof or trunk lid of your vehicle. The antenna needs to be positioned in such a way that it will be free of mechanical and line-of-sight obstructions. 

Inputs and Outputs

Front Panel of Tuner:

  • Head Unit: 13-pin jack that connects to the head unit using the supplied cable
  • Changer: 13-pin jack that connects to an optional CD changer

Back Panel of Tuner:

  • Antenna: single SMB input

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Works Good

Written By John, Anaheim, CA on Friday, October 19, 2007

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Added the SIR-KEN1 to my Kenwood DPX501 which was Sirius ready. Works good, reception is excellent and installation was easy took about 30 minutes. Only gave it 4 stars because of display short comings; it will only display the channel number. It will not display station name, artist, song, etc. It's just a matter of finding the stations you want and programming them into the presets of which I have 18 available. In addition I have an Ipod interface which still works with the Sirius. The SIR-KEN1 plugs into the DPX501 and then the Ipod interface plugs into the SIR-KEN1. Ipod still works the same, no problem.

Good System

Written By Qwyitstrm, Redford, MI on Thursday, June 28, 2007

I've had this satellite system for a couple months now. I paired it with the MP535u head unit, and it works fine. I had the system professionally installed, so i can't comment on installation.

Features: the sat and head unit work well together. the MP535u has a channel search feature that searches by category. the only problem i have is the slow response to the remote when trying to change channels. it's easier to change using the presets than with the analog button.

Reception: my antenna is installed where the dash and windshield meet. i live in metro Detroit, MI, and the reception is very good. i lose reception momentarily going under some overpasses, and even in some areas where there are a lot of large trees. this happens very rarely, but can become annoying when you have the system blasting your favorite tune, and the signal cuts out then comes back at full blast lol. sound quality is very pleasant, and crystal clear.

Conclusion: this sat unit paired with a good featured head unit should be very enjoyable. i'm very happy with my choices. my buddy at the local sound shop really put this together really well.

Not Compatible with DPX-701

Written By James, Temple, TX on Monday, June 18, 2007

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The Kenwood DPX701 mated with the Sir-Ken1 works great as long as you don't require station ID, song info or artist info. I've had the DPX701 for a year now. I like the features included in the unit. I purchased the Sir-Ken1 for this radio back in December of '06. I began having problems with the information from Sirius right away. The screen is constantly saying "waiting" or changing station names. The song and artist information....well, there isn't any.

I like Crutchfield and will purchase future equipment through them. I think their customer service is some of the best available.

Not Compatible with DPX-701

Written By Carl, Houston, TX on Saturday, April 28, 2007

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I tried 2 (KEN1) and 2 Kenwood Excelon DPX-701 and still did not get any Sirius info to display correctly. Crutchfield took all equipment back (great service) however they still insist these units are compatible. If you do a quick internet search you will find this to be a common problem. The sound was as expected, just a display issue.

Some Pluses, some minuses, still worth it

Written By nitwit, Philadelphia, PA on Tuesday, January 30, 2007

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after my first sirius receiver's remote stopped working, and just getting frustrated with the second receivers limited display, then constantly losing one or the other remote, and finally deciding that changing the channel without the remote was just too dangerous on I-95 during rush hour, I opted for the SIR-KEN1 to integrate with my Kenwood stereo.
NO, I can't directly enter a specific channel on it (like Howard 100 or Nascar 128) - unless I'm doing something wrong, but with using only one remote for anything, I can blip through the unwanted channels at red lights (no, not on I95, don't need red lights there. traffic there stops all by itself), and save my favorites to one of the pre-sets.
I typically listen to one of about 10 stations, so searching isn't an issue, but as someone else mentioned, it would be nice to be told when a particular song is being played on another channel
If I had to do it over again, I'd still go with another SIR-KEN1. The pros outweigh the cons easily.

SIR-KEN1 met expectations & more

Written By Cheryl, Wylie, TX on Monday, January 29, 2007

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I purchased the SIR-KEN1 for my husband. He is absolutly thrilled. When he was using the non-dedicated Sirius unit, he had a tendency to get alot of static. He no longer does & loves the fact he can have it come thru his Kenwood system.

MARGINAL AT THIS TIME

Written By Stellie, TAMPA, FL on Thursday, January 18, 2007

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Recently installed this unit with DDX6019 head unit. Went all out with NAV and sirius.
IF you HAD a previous "sirius" receiver, you may be disappointed - but I'm not sure if it the the receiver or the head units fault. Some issues:
- No complete channel listing/directory
- Unable to search by category
- similiar sound (for talk/entertainment)
- No ability to for "memory" recall a title or artist

Now I know most have just raved about this, but if have been using a real sirius in car system - be warned. You will likely not have the same features when you switch to "integrated system" like to DDX6019 or whatever. I really miss the category listing and the memory alert for really favorite tunes. Anyway - be warned - improvement in hardware does not necessarily translate into "improved user experience". The interface is different to. Instead of 9 presets per "band" you only get 6. Maybe I'm just too set in my ways with the sirius sportster I was using. I really didn't expect to loose the category listing - right now, it cuts off at the LATIN group - no news and entertainment, no talk - so you'll have to go from memory to get to these channels.

My setup: SIR-KEN1 w/DDX6019 also KNA g510 NAV

YES YOU CAN USE YOUR IPOD INTERFACE ADAPTER!

Written By dmccarth, Fairfax, va on Tuesday, December 12, 2006

This product is the best way to get sirius on your kenwood head unit. depending on your head unit you will have more display options than others, but ive heard the sound quality is better than a plug and play unit. the thing plugs into the back of your head unit where ur cd changer goes. also the kenwood ipod interface, which is a product i dont reccommend, can be used with this device, just plug it into where the cd changer outlet goes and it will work just fine. Best buy will tell you it wont work, but we all know how much those guys know. all and all a great way to get sirius on your kenwood head unit

Havent listened to FM since

Written By Justin, Hagerstown, MD on Saturday, November 18, 2006

I would recomind sirius to anyone who is tired of commercials. It is great. Sound quality is not as high as a CD but it works for me. There is a activation fee that no one seems to tell you about which is $15. Other than that i love it. So many channels to listen to and so little time

Awsome, but some down falls

Written By DAVID, Newark Ohio on Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Sirus is great; you have a lot of channels to choose from. All the music channels come in really clear. The only problems I've had with it are some of the talk channels sound like your listening to it under water, and every now and then when I go under an over pass on the highway it cuts out. But all in all it was a great buy, especially since I finally got listen to Howard Stern for the first time since he went of radio, and it's uncensored, and funnier than ever.

SIR-KEN1 met expectations

Written By David, Buffalo, NY on Monday, September 11, 2006

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I bought this to replace my Plug-n-play Sirius One. This unit installed directly behind a recently purchased double-din Kenwood DPX-301 (in a Scion xB) and used the same antenna previously installed on my roof for the S1 receiver. Reception is as clear as can be. I use the rear AUX port of my HU to attach my 60 GB iPod...I never have to listen to bad FM in my area again!

SIRIUS SIR-KEN1

Written By kevin s, new britain, ct on Thursday, March 02, 2006

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first i had the sirius sportster back and forth between my car and the house. it works great, no problems at all, except it was a minor hassle moving the radio back and forth. i figure i'll have sirius for a while so i bought the tuner for the car, hooked up to my kenwood KDC-MP5028. it works great. the only drawback is the display is limited to your head unit... i have an option of one of the following: clock, channel number, channel name, artist, song title, genre, or a few other options. also, if you used the song seek or rewind/pause features of the sportster, those are gone too. other than that, it does the job.

one side thought though: i've read some reviews about the sound quality... some say it's cd quality... some say it's below. in my opinion, it's definitely not cd quality. there's no FM static, but it's missing the treble. i had the sportster plugged in directly via the aux inputs on my car head unit, and the sound is the same between the sportster and the dedicated tuner. if you want an example of the sound quality, check out the streaming channels on the sirius website... it's almost the same, except the website channels have that "mp3'd" sound to them.

i'd really love to know if the sound quality of XM is any different. i have some of the xm channels through directv and those sound like cd quality.

Very good and easy install

Written By Justin, Altus, OK on Thursday, February 23, 2006

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I hooked this up to my Kenwood DDX7015 and Music Keg, took about 15 minutes. Unit fit nicely in the dash of my 04 Ford F-150 below the head unit. No problems what so ever with sound quality. Very loud and clear, like to credit my superior installation skills. Keep it away from ground and power wires.

Srius quality excellent, pass through poor

Written By Justin, Shorewood, IL on Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Like the other gentleman said, the Sirius quality is excellent but if you plan on hooking your ipod up to this deck you MUST get the KCA-S210A. It's the only way to stop the static.

Hey Sirius, FIX THE PASS THROUGH!

SIR-KEN1

Written By Racer X, Yardville,NJ on Tuesday, January 03, 2006

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Installing the Sir-Ken1 was fairly easy since I had already installed my KDC MPV6022 and speakers.I also did not want to mount the antenna on the roof, and after reading some reviews figured I coulg get away with mounting it on the rear dash.Big mistake! Reception was poor at best.I couldn't even get a signal at first without moving the antenna around.When I drove around the sound was dropping out all over the place.Finally gave in and did the roof mount.The sound is excellent and the install looks somewhat professional.Still checking for water leaks around the inside of the rear window after a hard rain.Overall very impressed.

Pass through this unit is horrible

Written By Nick, Flagstaff, AZ on Monday, January 02, 2006

If you plan to run a cd changer or ipod through this unit plan on buying the s210a before you buy this tuner.
I'm running the kca ip500 for my ipod through the sirius tuner and you can hear a horrible amount of disc noise all of the time. Yes the hard drive disc in the ipod. While listening to a song is sounds like you hooked an amp up to the alternator of you car, a high pitch whine.
As for the sirius, it works well and sounds good. Definitely better than FM but nothing like a cd or the ipods sound quality.

Great Product

Written By mexsquad, El Paso, TX on Wednesday, September 28, 2005

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I bought this to go with my Kenwood Excelon KVT-815 and it sounds great. I was skeptical about which to buy (XM or Sirius) but I know that I made the right choice. I have listened to both stations and decided that Sirius is the one for me. Anyway, reception is awesome, way easy to install and you can do it in about 10 minutes. The only bad thing is the cable is really thick, if it was thinner it could be easier to tuck away. Love it though!

Overall, pretty good...no Sirius complaints...

Written By Ben, Southeastern Massachusetts on Friday, August 19, 2005

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I bought this item a month ago to work with my KDC-MP6025, and so far I've had no major problems. Setup was a breeze, although ditto with the last guy about the DIN cable... I wanted to mount the unit in my trunk but had to settle for under the passenger seat. I drilled a hole on my back dash of my Pont Grand Am, attached some looped velcro to the bottom of the attena and voila!! mounted it right there inside the back window. I did so b/c I wasn't sure how the placemaent of the antenna would effect the paint (uneven sun bleaching) or stand up to the New England winter, but the reception is fine and the velcro keeps it in place like a champ. I only have reception issues when driving on old back roads with three hundred year old trees completely blocking the sky.

The programing is great. Sounds much better than FM, but nowhere near CD. Talk channels AM quality. Beware extended subscription options as they're only good for your particular radio...i.e., the $499 lifetime subscription.

Sirius SIR-KEN1

Written By Michael, Baltimore, MD on Wednesday, July 13, 2005

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Installation was easy but I expected the DIN cable to be longer. The unit must be mounted under the dash. My goal was to mount the unit in the trunk next to the Kenwood Keg but the cable requires it to be closer to the head unit. The antenna cable is run from the roof to the dash.

Audio quality is not as good as I would like but it sure beats the commercials on the FM bands. Sirius channels are awesome and it is very nice to have the CNN news feed.

Overall it is a nice addition to mobile system.

SIRIUS SIR-KEN1

Written By Ian, Indiana on Monday, July 11, 2005

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Purchased this along with the Kenwood XXV-01D HU. The reception is great and the install was easy. Since I didn't want the antenna on the outside of my vehicle I mounted it on my rear deck under the back window and I have no problems with reception. Right now its sounds a little "tinny" but I think this has more to do with all the EQ settings my new HU has... I'm still trying to tweak it.

SIRIUS SIR-KEN1

Written By Gary, Montello, WI on Friday, July 01, 2005

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I dont know what that other guys probloem is but the sound quality on this tuner is incredible. Sounds better than FM radio. I use a kenwood MP-528 (not a mistype) deck that works great with it. Dont hesitate to buy this if you are interested, i love the sirius coverage and the quality is awesome.

Great product

Written By Thomas, Columbus, Ohio on Tuesday, June 28, 2005

easy install
great sound
I never listen to FM radio anymore

Poor Sound Quality

Written By Adam, Midland, MI on Wednesday, June 08, 2005

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The unit was very easy to install and the eXcelon Music Keg works well wired into the "pass-thru" connector. However, the sound quality is a huge disappointment. The sound is flat, compressed, and lacks a ton of detail. Apparently this method of attaching the Sirius tuner "directly" to the receiver is to provide the highest sound quality... I would hate to hear it with an FM modulator.

In summation, this product provides a good way to get a large variety of commercial-free music into your car; as long as you don't really care how it sounds you'll be happy. I use it for only background music, if you want to "crank it up" and immerse yourself in the music you'll need a CD or FM, as both sound better.

SIRIUS SIR-KEN1

Written By Dan, Long Island, NY on Monday, May 30, 2005

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Great unit, small footprint allows you to tuck the thing away in any location. Easy to install, simply plug and play and give Sirius a call to activate. The mount for the antenna is a bit of a pain, took me a while to get it straight and by then it wasn't to sticky any more.

But overall, great unit does exactly what its made to do: receive Sirius :)

Easy setup, pass through not great

Written By Kevin, Gilbert, AZ on Saturday, March 19, 2005

Had an Ipod Icelink connected to my Kenwood KDC-MP5028 which worked great. I wanted to run my satellite radio and Ipod thru the Kenwood and this seemed like the easiest option (one box).
Easy install and Sirius works great. Connecting my Icelink to the pass through though does not let the song/artist scroll when using the Ipod. Someone used the Alpine product and says he got it working perfectly. I was hoping the Kenwood would also but no luck.
Other than the scrolling for the Ipod the unit has worked great so far (2 days).

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