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Kenwood KDC-BT948HD

CD receiver (Factory Refurbished)

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Our take on the Kenwood KDC-BT948HD

by Ken Nail

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.

Can you have it all? Maybe not, but you'll come pretty close with Kenwood's KDC-BT948HD CD receiver. This great-looking car stereo will liven up your next journey with hands-free calling, HD Radio™ reception, PANDORA® Internet radio, and more.

Play your media, plus PANDORA® Internet radio
Plug your iPod® or iPhone® into the KDC-BT948HD's USB input and take charge from the receiver's controls. With your iPhone and the PANDORA® app, you can access your favorite stations from the face of the receiver, whenever you're in range of your network. And you'll find "thumbs-up" and "thumbs-down" ratings right at your fingertips for instant feedback when you're listening.

You can scroll through your albums, artists, and playlists, or use Direct Search to find the song you're looking for — just enter the first three letters of an artist, tune, or album to quickly narrow your search. Alphabet Search lets you zip right to the first letter of a song or album.

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HD Radio™ for superior sound and more
HD Radio is changing the radio landscape, with its superior sound and additional programming. The KDC-BT948U's built-in HD Radio tuner lets you tune into that digital sound quality, access the extra programming offered on secondary channels, and tag tunes for future purchase at the iTunes® store.

Hands-free calling
Kenwood includes Bluetooth® functionality in this receiver so you can drive more safely. No fumbling for a phone when a call comes in. Just touch one button, and talk naturally like your caller is sitting next to you — you'll hear your caller through your car speakers.

Great sound tops it off
You'll find the audio tools you need to get the best possible performance in your car, including a 3-band parametric equalizer, built-in frequency filters, and more. And if you're the kind of person who lives for more power, you'll be happy with the three sets of high-voltage preamp outputs that deliver a low-noise signal to your outboard amps.

Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?
In most vehicles, you can use an adapter to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this Kenwood stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and the Kenwood, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. Check the "Accessories" tab for compatible adapters.

Bluetooth note: Use of this receiver's Bluetooth features will depend upon your phone's Bluetooth capabilities. Learn more in our article explaining Bluetooth profiles.

Note: If you're going to use your iPod with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility with this receiver.

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Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • 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 music files
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling
    • built-in HD Radio tuner with iTunes tagging
    • detachable face with multi-line variable-color LCD display
    • wireless remote control
    Audio features:
    • 3-band parametric equalizer, plus 8 preset EQ curves
    • high-pass filters (speaker and preamp outputs), low-pass filter (sub preamp output)
    • speaker settings tailor the sound to the size and location of speakers in your car
    • 24-bit digital-to-analog converter
    Expandability:
    • built-in iPod controls — no iPod adapter necessary, but adding Kenwood's optional connecting cable lets you leave your iPod cable at home
    • compatible with PANDORA® and your iPhone
    • compatible with optional satellite radio tuner
    • inputs: rear auxiliary and USB inputs
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
    Other features and specs:

    Hands-on research from the Crutchfield Labs (what are the Labs?)

    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant
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    RMS Power Output
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    22 watts
    Peak Output
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    55 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth
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    20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs
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    6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs
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    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs
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    Video Screen
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    4 volts
    Display Color
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    Variable
    Key Button Color
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    EQ Bands
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    3
    Wireless Remote
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    Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible
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    Adapter required
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    Labor Warranty
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    Expandability
    AUX Input
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    USB Input
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    Rear
    Memory Card Slot
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    USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible
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    Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready
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    HD Radio
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    iPod Compatibility
    Full size
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    Classic/5Gen
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    Nano6/Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/
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    Touch4/Touch3/Touch2/Touch1
    Mini
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    Tuner
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    9.3 dBf
    European Tuning
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    Seek/Scan
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    Radio Data System
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    Product Research
    What's in the box?

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    • AM/FM CD receiver (with 10-amp fuse inserted into the chassis)
    • Sleeve (attached)
    • Face (attached)
    • Trim ring (attached)
    • Wiring harness
    • RC-405 Wireless remote control (with CR2025 3V lithium-battery installed)
    • Microphone with integrated bracket (and attached 10' cable terminated by a right-angle 3.5mm connector)
    • Face pouch
    • 4 Panhead ISO-mount screws (M5 x 8mm)
    • 4 Flathead ISO-mount screws (M5 x 8mm)
    • Two 2mm x 5mm mounting screws
    • 2.5mm x 10mm machine screw
    • Face-fixing screw
    • 2 Removal tools
    • Quick Start Guide (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • Warranty Card

    Our Product Research Team

    At Crutchfield, you'll get detailed, accurate information that's hard to find elsewhere. That's because we have our own in-house Product Research team — they open the box, verify contents, check the owner's manual, and record dimensions, features and specs. We stay on top of new products and technologies to help people make informed choices.

    Overview: The Kenwood KDC-BT948HD AM/FM CD receiver features a detachable face, rear-panel auxiliary and USB input, and three pairs of 4.0-volt preamp outputs. The KDC-BT948HD offers MP3/WMA/AAC playback via CD-R/RW audio discs, as well as connected USB flash memory devices. The Kenwood CD receiver's USB port also supports direct connection of your compatible iPod or iPhone. In addition, The KDC-BT948HD features built-in Bluetooth technology for hands-free communication. The head unit also features a built-in HD Radio tuner and is Satellite Radio-ready (via optional Sirius tuner). For added convenience, the Kenwood KDC-BT948HD comes with an IR remote control for wireless operation of the head unit and supports OEM steering wheel controls (via optional adapter). The CD receiver's amplifier is rated at 22 watts x 4 channel RMS and 50 watts x 4 channel peak.

    Display Features
    Audio Section
    Radio Functions
    Disc Playback
    USB/iPod/Aux Connectivity
    Built-in Bluetooth
    Remote Control
    Optional Software

    Display Features

    Detachable Fold-Down Face: The Kenwood KDC-BT948HD features a fold-down, detachable face to deter theft. You must manually fold the face down before inserting or ejecting a disc. 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. A face-fixing screw is supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired.

    Note: An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can also be purchased for this unit.

    Variable Color Illumination: The Kenwood KDC-BT948HD features variable color display and button illumination. You can choose from one of 24 preset colors, have the unit scan through all 25 preset colors continuously, or customize your own color (1-24: 0-9). The display and button illumination can be set to the same color or set independently.

    Note: You can switch the in-dash head unit's display between a positive or negative effect. You can also adjust the display's contrast from 1-30.

    Display Types: The KDC-BT948HD offers five different display types:

    • 3-Line Display Mode: Displays up to 3 lines of text.
    • 5-Line Display Mode: Displays up to 5 lines of text with spectrum analyzer and clock.
    • iPod-Like Display mode: Displays iPod/iPhone source information only.
    • Spectrum Analyzer: Displays up to 1 line of text with a spectrum analyzer
    • Clock Display: Display a 12-hour clock with date (M/D/Y). You can even set times for two different cities (dual clock display).

    Note: The Kenwood KDC-BT948HD offers English, French, and Spanish menu text.

    Illumination Effects: The Kenwood KDC-BT948HD offers two unique key-button illumination effects.

    • Illumination Operation Sync: This function sets whether the head unit's key illumination color is changed in conjunction with the key-button operation.
    • Illumination Music Sync: This function set whether the head unit's key illumination color is changed in conjunction with the system's sound & volume level.

    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. You can also choose to dim the display manually.

    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.

    Demo Mode: This unit features a Demo mode which can be turned "on" or "off" within the menu.

    Audio Section

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The Kenwood KDC-BT948HD utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior CD sound quality.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood KDC-BT948HD is equipped with a MOSFET amplifier. Compared to conventional power supplies, the MOSFET amplification circuit is smaller and more efficient, and it delivers increased power with less distortion and absolutely zero on/off switching noise. More power means louder and cleaner music at higher volumes because you're not pushing the limits of the amplification circuit. The power output specs for the KDC-BT948HD are as follows:

    • Full Bandwidth Power: 22 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20-20kHz, 1% THD)
    • Maximum Output Power: 50 watts x 4 channels

    6ch/4V Preamp Outputs: The KDC-BT948HD features front, rear and subwoofer 4-volt preamp outputs. The front and rear speaker preamp outputs are balance and fade adjustable. The subwoofer preamp output is non-fading. The front, rear, and subwoofer preamp outputs are fixed to the rear chassis of the head unit.

    Note: You can turn the KDC-BT948HD's built-in amplifier off to improve the quality of the sound from the head unit's preamp outputs.

    Front & Rear High-Pass Filter: The KDC-BT948HD features an independent High-Pass Crossover for the front & rear channels when your front & rear speakers are connected by the unit's speaker-outputs or preamp-outputs. You can adjust the high-pass crossover from "Through", 30, 40, 60, 80, 90 100, 120, 150, 180, 220, or 250Hz. 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. You can also select the high-pass crossover slope ( for the front & rear channels.

    Subwoofer Controls: The Kenwood KDC-BT948HD provides the following subwoofer preamp output controls.

    • Low-Pass Filter: The receiver features a built-in Low Pass Filter control for the unit's subwoofer preamp output. You can select from 30, 50, 60, 90, 80, 100, 120, 150, 180, 220, 250Hz, or "Through". The "Through" setting allows your external amplifier's crossover network to do all the filtering for your subwoofer.
    • Subwoofer Phase: You can adjust the phase of the subwoofer output between 180-degrees (Reverse) or 0-degrees (Normal).
    • Subwoofer Level: You can independently control the subwoofer preamp output level from the CD receiver. You select levels between -15 to +15.

    Rotary Volume Control: The CD receiver uses a 7-way 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 Balance, Fader, Bass, Mid, Treble and preset EQ settings. In addition, the rotary knob allows you to scroll through and select your music tracks when the Music Search function is activated.

    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.

    Supreme+ Setting: When MP3, WMA, and AAC 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.

    Sound Excellence DSP: In order to optimize the sound quality, you can use the Sound Excellence DSP to set the type of vehicle and speaker sizes, locations, and x-over points. The DSP settings include the following:

    • Car Type: Choose from Compact, Full Size Car, Station Wagon, Mini Van, SUV, Mini Van (Long), or Off
    • Speaker Setting: The speaker X'over is automatically set when the position and size of each speaker are select from the following items.
      • Front: Location (Door, On Dash, or Under Dash); Size: (Small/Medium/Large); Tweeter (None or Use)
      • Rear: Location (Door, Rear Deck, 2nd Row or 3rd Row; Size (Small/Medium/Large)
      • Subwoofer: Size (None, Small, Large)
    • X'Over: The Kenwood head unit provides independent high-pass crossovers for the unit's front and rear speaker/preamp outputs, as well as a subwoofer low-pass crossover.
      • Front High Pass Filter: Frequency (40, 60, 70, 80, 100, 120, 150, 180, or 220Hz); or you can also select full-range
      • Rear High Pass Filter: Frequency (40, 60, 70, 80, 100, 120, 150, 180, or 220Hz); you can also select full-range
      • Subwoofer Low Pass Filter: Frequency (40, 60, 70, 80, 100, 120, 150, 180, or 220Hz); or you can also select full-range; Phase (Normal/Reverse)

    Note: The DSP function can be bypassed.

    Equalizer Control: Equalizer Control allows you to use one of the System Q presets, or set your own custom settings using the 5-band Equalizer. The EQ adjustments are as follows:

    • Preset EQ: You can select from Natural, Rock, Pops, Easy, Top 40, Jazz, Game, iPod (you can select from 22 EQ curve types), or User.
    • 3-Band EQ: The User mode allows you to adjust the following 3-Band center frequencies from -9 to +9 db.
      • Band 1: choose from 60Hz, 100Hz, 160Hz, 250Hz, or 400Hz
      • Band 2: choose from 630Hz, 1kHz, 1.6kHz, or 2.5kHz
      • Band 3: choose from 4kHz, 6.3Khz, 10kHz, or 16kHz

    Note: You can store equalizer settings for each source (CD, Tuner, Aux, USB, and iPod/iPhone).

    Position Control: For a better sound-stage you can select your optimal listening position. You can choose from All, Front Left, Front Right or Front.

    Audio Preset: You can register two audio settings into the unit's preset memory to be recalled at any time. The Audio Preset memory can save Car Type Selection, Speaker Setting, Fine Adjustment, X'Over Setting, Equalizer, and/or Listening Position.

    Bass Boost: The Kenwood KDC-BT948HD features a two level Bass Boost to increase bass levels.

    Highway Sound: This features compensates the low volume or bass sound being lost by road noises to make vocals sound clearer. You can set the Highway Sound function to 1, 2, 3, or off.

    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. You can adjust the volume of the rear channels independently from the front channels (0-35).

    Radio Functions

    Built-In HD Tuner: With its built-in HD Radio tuner, you can receive digital AM/FM broadcasts from local stations where available. HD Radio significantly improves AM/FM audio quality and reception, as well as includes information such as artist name and song titles or traffic news, viewable on the receiver's display. HD Radio Technology will deliver high-quality digital sound. AM digital will have FM-like quality in stereo (70dB SN @ 40-15kHz), while FM digital will have CD-like quality (70 dB SN @ 20-20kHz) with static free and clear reception. The unit's built-in HD Radio tuner allows analog AM/FM tuning as well.

    Note: HD Radio is the system for digital AM and FM broadcasting in the U.S. More than 2,000 radio stations are broadcasting their primary signals in digital HD Radio technology, as a free service. Go to HDRadio.com to check for HD Radio stations in your area.

    Station Text: AM/FM digital stations can offer text and data such as artist names and song titles.

    Multicasting: Many HD Radio stations also offer more than one channel of programming. This service is called multicasting.

    Tuner Presets: The KDC-BT948HD's tuner lets you store up to 24 AM/FM stations (18 FM, 6 AM). The Kenwood head unit does not offer front-panel preset buttons. You will need to access the unit's presets through its menu system.

    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.

    Tuning Modes: 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.

    Note: You can also setup the KDC-BT948HD to search only HD Radio stations.

    Direct Tuning: You can tune in a desired AM/FM radio station directly by entering the frequency number using the included remote control

    Satellite Radio Ready: There are several options for connecting an optional XM or SIRIUS Satellite Radio receiver to this receiver:

    • SIRIUS Satellite Radio: To receive SIRIUS Satellite Radio, you can connect the optional SIRIUS Universal Vehicle Tuner and the optional Kenwood Sirius Satellite Radio Interface (package # 700SIRKENW, sold separately); or you can connect the optional Kenwood Sirius Satellite Radio Interface and the SiriusConnect vehicle docking kit (package # 700SIRPKEN, sold separately), along with your compatible SIRIUS Dock & Play receiver.
    • XM Satellite Radio: To receive XM Satellite Radio connect the optional CNP2000UCA XM Tuner and the CNP-KEN1 Kenwood adapter cable (package item number 700XMKEN2).

      Note: A subscription is also required to receive satellite radio programming from SIRIUS or XM.

    Disc Playback

    Disc Compatibility: The unit features a single disc player that will playback CD-Audio, CD-Text, and finalized CD-R/CD-RW audio discs.

    MP3/WMA/AAC Playback: The KDC-BT948HD can play MP3 (8-320 kbps), WMA (32-192 kbps), and AAC (8-320 kbps) audio files recorded on CD-ROM, CD-R, and CD-RW discs in ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, Romeo, and Long file name formats. Each disc should have a maximum of 8 directory levels, 50 folders, and 255 files per folder with a maximum of 512 files and folders. During MP3/WMA/AAC playback, the unit displays recorded ID3 Tag (ver. 1.x/2.x) information. The head unit will display up to 60 characters.

    Text Scroll: The KDC-BT948HD will display CD text or Audio file text. You can set the text scrolling feature to two different modes (Auto or Manual) to scroll longer titles across the screen.

    Music Search: The Kenwood AM/FM CD receiver features a Music Search feature which allows you to scroll through and select your MP3/WMA/AAC music folders and files, as well as scroll through your audio CD's music tracks using the head unit's rotary knob.

    Direct Music Search: The supplied IR wireless remote control (RC-405) allows you to search for music directly by entering the track number.

    High Speed Search: This function allows you to continuously scroll up or down your disc's track list at high speed.

    Playback Modes: The Kenwood KDC-BT948HD features the following Repeat, Random, and Scan playback modes.

    • Repeat Play: Track, File, or Folder
    • Random Play: Disc or Folder
    • Scan Play: Track or File (plays the first 10-seconds of each music track on a disc or music file in a folder)

    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 Read: This function sets the method for reading a CD disc. You can choose between two modes.

    • CD1: Automatically distinguishes between audio file disc and music CD when playing a CD, CD-R/RW disc.
    • CD2: When unable to play a special formatted CD, set this function to CD2 to force playing. Some music CD discs may be unplayable even when set to this mode.

    Off Insert/Eject: A CD disc can be inserted or ejected with the power off. When a disc is inserted with the power off, the unit will automatically power up and begin playback.

    Auto Insert: The CD player will automatically reinsert the disc if it's ejected, but not removed for 20 seconds or more.

    Changer Controls: The Kenwood KDC-BT948HD offers connection and control of Kenwood's 10-disc CD-changer (113KDCC719, sold separately).

    USB/iPod/Aux Connectivity

    USB Port: The Kenwood KDC-BT948HD features a rear-panel USB (1.1/2.0) type-A port that is attached to unit's rear-chassis via a 34" pigtail. The USB port enables connection and control of a portable USB mass-storage class device with MP3 (8-320 kbps), WMA (32-192 kbps), and AAC (8-320 kbps) music files. The USB port is compatible with all USB mass storage class devices that support the FAT16 or FAT32 file system. Your USB device should only have a maximum of 8 directory levels, 255 folders, and 255 files per folder with a maximum of 65,025 files and folders. During MP3/WMA/AAC playback, the unit displays recorded ID3 Tag (ver. 1.x/2.x) information. The head unit will display up to 60 characters. The KDC-BT948HD will also charge your connected USB device's battery, when the head unit is powered up.

    Note: You cannot connect a USB device via a USB hub or Multi-Card Reader to this unit.

    iPod/iPhone Direct Connection: The KDC-BT948HD's rear-panel USB port also acts as an iPod/iPhone high-speed direct connection when used with the optional Kenwood USB Direct Connection Cable (113KCIP102, sold separately) or the USB/iPod cable that comes with your iPod/iPhone. Using either cable allows audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of select iPod/iPhone models from the KDC-BT948HD.

    iPod/iPhone Audio Playback: The USB connection allows your iPod/iPhone's large music libraries to be loaded instantly to the head unit and sound quality to be maximized through the head unit's 24-bit D/A converter, allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 110dB. The Kenwood head unit supports audio playback of music files and podcasts stored on your iPod or iPhone.

    iPod/iPhone Control: You can choose to control the iPod/iPhone from the head unit or from your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen.

    • Music Browsing: The Kenwood head unit allows you to navigate your iPod's music by Playlist, Artists, Album, Genre, Composer, Song, or Podcast. You can then search these categories alphabetically or using a percentage search (0.5%, 1%, 5%, 10%).
    • High Speed Search: This function lets you scroll a group of tracks from the selected categories track list quickly.
    • Playlists: You can create your own custom iPod/iPhone playlist (up to 10 songs) from the head unit.
    • Related Search: You can browse for music of the same artist or genre as the one being currently played. You can select between the following Related Search modes.
      • Search Artist: displays albums of the same artist
      • Search Album: display music in the album in which the one being played is included
      • Search Genre: displays artists of the same genre
      • Search Composter: displays albums including music created by the same composer
    • Repeat & Random: The head unit supports Repeat (file) & Random (all/folder) playback functions of your connected iPod/iPhone.

    iPod/iPhone Display: The KDC-BT948HD will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information when you are controlling your iPod or iPhone from the Kenwood head unit. The head unit will display Track number, Elapsed playing time, Artist name, Song title, and Album label. If you choose to operate your connected iPod/iPhone via its clickwheel or touchscreen controls, the KDC-BT948HD will not display your iPod/iPhone's music information (the head unit will instead display iPod MODE).

    iTunes Tagging: Using the head unit's iTunes Tagging enabled HD Radio, you can tag your HD music while listening to the radio with your iPod/iPhone connected. When you hear a song you enjoy on your local HD Radio station, you only have to press the head unit's "HD" button" and the song's information will be saved to your connected iPod/iPhone. The saved songs will then show up in a playlist called "Tagged" in iTunes the very next time you sync your iPod to your PC. Then you just need to click, buy, and download the song you tagged directly from the Apple iTunes Music Store. This unit can store up to 50 Tags.

    Pandora App: The Pandora App (free) lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the Kenwood KDC-BT948HD using your connected Apple iPhone, via the Kenwood KCA-iP102 USB/iPod connector cable (sold separately), or the USB/Dock cable supplied with your iPhone. The Kenwood KDC-BT948HD provides control over the Pandora music service and displays Artist, Album, and Song information. You can search for new Pandora stations, select Pandora stations from your station list, and skip song tracks within a station. You can also give songs a thumbs up/down and bookmark songs/artists. To access Pandora you must have an Apple iPhone (iOS3 or later) with the latest version of the Pandora application from Apple's iTunes App Store. Your iPhone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. You will also need a Pandora music service account.

    Note: Access to the Pandora service will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.

    iPod/iPhone Charging: While connected and the ignition switch is set to ACC or ON, the head unit's USB connection will power and charge your iPod/iPhone.

    Note: If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Kenwood KDC-BT948HD is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of January 2011):

    iPod/iPhone Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type iTunes Tagging Pandora App Charge
    Audio Video Headunit iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Text Track Info
    dock connector 3rd N/A N N N N N N N N N
    clickwheel
    color
    4th N/A N N N N N N N N N
    mini 1st N/A N N N N N N N N N
    2nd N/A N N N N N N N N N
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N Y Y N N Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N Y Y N N Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y N N Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    6th 1.0 PC Y N Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    3rd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    4th 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    iPhone 2G 3.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3G 3.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS 3.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y

    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to revert to the older software version or wait until a newer software update is available.

    Aux In: The unit is equipped with a rear-panel 3.5mm minijack auxiliary input that can be used to input audio from a portable audio source, such as a portable MP3 player. The KDC-BT948HD allows you to select the source type displayed when using the auxiliary input. You can choose from AUX, DVD, Portable, Game, Video, or TV. The Aux input must be turned on to function. The unit has 3 auxiliary input modes.

    • On1: Outputs the sound of the external unit connected to the Aux terminal when switched to the Aux source.
    • On2: Activates the attenuator function when turning on the power with the auxiliary source selected. This prevents the noise when no external unit is connected to the Aux terminal. Turn off the attenuator function when listening to output from an external unit.
    • Off: Disables the selection of the Aux source.

    Rear Auxiliary Input "Ready": The unit already features a rear-panel auxiliary input, but if you need a second auxiliary input, 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 (113CAC1AX, sold separately) is used, you cannot connect the optional Sirius Satellite Radio tuner to the head unit because the adapter plugs into the DIN changer control connection on the head unit.

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: Bluetooth is a two-way wireless communication system allowing you to make and receive cell phone calls wirelessly from your mobile phone, using the Kenwood in-dash CD receiver. Bluetooth wireless technology operates on a 2.4GHZ frequency band within a range of approximately 10 meters (about 33 feet).

    Bluetooth Profiles: The Kenwood KDC-BT948HD CD-Receiver features built-in 2.4GHz Bluetooth technology (version 2.0) powered by Parrot. The KDC-BT948HD supports Bluetooth hands-free communication. The KDC-BT948HD supports the following Bluetooth profiles:

    • HFP (Hands-Free Profile): Hands-free communication with your Bluetooth enabled cellular phone in the vehicle (incoming/outgoing calls supported).
    • HSP (Headset Profile): Provides support for Bluetooth headsets to be used with mobile phones.
    • OPP (Object Push Profile): Phonebook transfer from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone to the head unit.
    • PBAP (Phone Book Access Profile): Phonebook access from your Bluetooth enabled cell-phone to the head unit.
    • SPP (Serial Port Profile): SPP defines how to set up virtual serial ports and connect two Bluetooth enabled devices.
    • SYNC (Synchronization Profile): The SYNC profile enables synchronization of data information between Bluetooth-enabled devices.

    Note: This unit does not support Bluetooth audio music streaming.

    Bluetooth Hands-Free Communication: The head unit supports Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. The controls of the KDC-BT948HD can be used to dial a number, answer an in-coming call, or end a call. The unit also includes an external microphone (with mounting bracket) featuring adjustable gain, so you can carry on your side of the conversation while listening to the caller through your vehicles speakers.

    Pairing: Your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone must be paired with the KDC-BT948HD before hands-free operation. You can register up to five Bluetooth enabled cell-phones with the Kenwood head unit (only one paired phone can be used at a time).

    Note: Not all Bluetooth mobile phones will be compatible. Visit http://www.kenwood.com/cs/ce/bt/index.php for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled phones.

    Auto Answer: The KDC-BT948HD can be setup to automatically answer an incoming call. You can have the head unit automatically answer a call immediately or after 1-99 seconds.

    Dialing: Using the KDC-BT948HD, you can dial a phone number in one of the following ways:

    • Entering a Phone Number: Allows you to directly dial a phone number up to 25 digits from the head unit's control knob or remote control.
    • Speed (Preset) Dialing: Allows you to register up to 6 phone numbers for quick dialing. The preset numbers can be accessed from the head unit's Control Knob.
    • Phone Book: You can dial by using the downloaded phone book. You can download phone book data from your cell phone to the KDC-BT948HD. Up to 1000 numbers can be stored for each registered cell phone. Each number can be up to 25 digits long and each name can be up to 50 characters long. Stored phone numbers can be categorized by General, Home, Office, Mobile, or Other. You can search each category of the phone book in alphabetical order.
    • Call Log: The Call Log is a list of calls that have originated from and were received by this unit that you can dial. You can select Outgoing, Incoming, or Missed calls.
    • Voice Dialing: If your mobile phone supports voice recognition, then you can dial out by voice command. Simply speak into the included microphone. You can register up to 30 voice tags.

    Call Waiting: The KDC-BT948HD supports the Call Waiting function, so you can answer another incoming call while suspending the current call you are on. Your compatible cell-phone must also support this feature.

    SMS: You can wirelessly download the short message (SMS) arrived at your cell-phone so that is can be read on the Bluetooth connected Kenwood head unit. Your cell-phone must support SMS for this feature to function. The SMS downloaded to this unit is cleared when this unit is turned off.

    Note: You cannot send text messages using this unit (read only).

    Private/Hands-Free Mode: During a conversation, you can switch between the Private Mode (talking directly on your cell phone) and the Hands Free Mode.

    External Microphone: The Kenwood KDC-BT948HD includes an external microphone to carry on your side of your phone conversation and voice command dialing. The external wired microphone offers improved audio quality versus an integrated microphone, so you can be heard easier over noisy traffic and road noise. The external microphone features an attached 10' cable terminated by a right-angle 3.5mm connector which plugs into the mic input on the rear-panel of the head unit. The microphone offers an integrated mounting bracket which can be clipped to your vehicle's sun-visor or taped to your dash. The external microphone measures 0.515" (diameter) x 1.485" (depth).

    Note: This unit does not offer an integrated front-panel microphone.

    Bluetooth Detailed Settings: The KDC-BT948HD offers the following Bluetooth Detailed Settings, so you can configure the unit to suit your needs.

    • Call Beep: You can choose to output a beep from your vehicle's speaker's when a call comes in, or you can turn this function off.
    • Speaker Output: You can select whether the call beep and caller's voice is heard through only the front speakers or all speakers.
    • Mic Gain: Adjusts the volume of the external microphone from -3 to +3.
    • NR Level: Reduces the noises generated by the surrounding environment without changing the mic volume. The NR Level can be set to -2 or +2.
    • EC Level: Adjusts the level of echo cancellation from -2 to +2.

    Remote Control

    Wireless Remote Control: The Excelon KDC-X995 comes with an IR remote control (RC-405) for wireless operation of the head unit. The remote will control Audio, CD, USB, and Tuner functions. It is powered by a single CR2025 3V lithium-cell battery (supplied).

    • Numeric Keypad: The wireless remote control features a numeric keypad (0-9) which allows direct track access of your music tracks & files (from CD or USB), as well as AM/FM presets.
    • Attenuator: The CD receiver features an Attenuator button on the supplied remote control that turns the volume down very quickly with one touch of the button.

    Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The head unit also features an OEM steering wheel remote control input wire (blue/yellow) within the included wiring harness that lets you keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with the optional PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (541SWIRC, sold separately);  or the optional Metra ASWC Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (120ASWC, sold separately).

    Note: Please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.

    Optional Software

    Music Editor Compatible: The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X995 supports the PC application, Kenwood Music Editor Lite (ver.1.1). Kenwood Music Editor Lite is a Windows-based desktop software that helps organize, manage and transfer MP3 and WMA music files to your USB devices from your PC. When you playback audio files that have been stored on your USB device using Kenwood Music Editor Lite through this unit, you can search a file by title, album, or artist name using the head unit's Music Search function.

    System Requirements: The Kenwood Music Editor Light (ver.1.1) Windows-based software can be downloaded for free from Kenwood.com to your PC. The Kenwood Music Editor Light is compatible with the following Windows Microsoft Operating Systems.

    • Windows XP Professional, Home Edition SP2 or later (32-bit)
    • Windows Vista (32/64-bit)
    • Windows 7 (32/64-bit)
     
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    5 out of 5

    Great Unit

    Written By Bruce S., Fort Benning, GA on Thursday, July 18, 2013
     
    I purchased this unit while I was still in Afghanistan. I installed it in my 2000 F-250 in a couple hours when I was home on leave. The installation instructions were very clear. The only exception was the mounting hardware choices. I had to figure this out on my own, but it didn't take long.
    Pros:
    Great sound Easy to use and set up iPod and iPhone integration are superb Great sound quality coupled with Infinity speakers and a JBL subwoofer (8") Remote is easy to use and easy to memorize buttons so you don't have to take your eyes off the road Hand's free phone use is wonderful
    Cons:
    Not sure if it's because my truck is loud (it's a diesel) or it's the microphone, but sometimes people have a hard time hearing me. I would have to roll up the windows in order for them to hear me clearly.
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    4 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-BT948HD

    Written By AaronF, Charleston, WV on Thursday, May 10, 2012
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    Nice radio. A little difficult figure out at first, might be easier if you read the instruction booklet first. Looks great, sounds great and is overall very nice.
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    2 out of 5

    Awful interface, display glare

    Written By Weezulguy, Delmar, DE on Thursday, March 29, 2012
     
    I had high hopes when I ordered this unit about a year ago, but I am now shopping for another model, nothing but complete disappointment. I constantly lose the connection with my iPod when it locks up, the user interface makes no sense whatsoever, and the display has a glare on it no matter how low the sunlight conditions. Was also not thrilled with having to run cables from the back for both the USB and the microphone hookups.
    Pros:
    The bluetooth has good sound quality.
    Cons:
    Poorly designed interface, high glare on display.
    1 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Great Features

    Written By Taylor A., Orlando, Fl on Saturday, March 03, 2012
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    This unit seems to have it all, HD Radio and Bluetooth being built in. But why isn't everything 5 stars? Like the rest of the reviews you will read about this unit, are it's radio pre-sets and the display in the sun. To get to the pre-sets, you have to go into the menu, click in the knob once and then you will see the pre-sets, that is unless it's a sunny day. The display, with its multicolor display is pretty awesome at night, but during the day certain colors fade out and most of the display is hard to read.

    But when it comes to features, this unit does not lack. It allows you to tune your audio to exactly how you would like it with multiple settings for every aspect of your car. To read up on the features, download the manual from crutchfield.

    Overall, the unit has not bothered me thus far more than the screen being hard to read. I have learned my pre-set numbers based on the station that's playing and can access other stations without taking my eyes off the road. Still worth the money for the features it has to offer.
    Pros:
    Audio control, Display (AT NIGHT), Remote, HD Radio + Bluetooth built in
    Cons:
    Display (Daytime) and Radio pre-sets
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    4 out of 5

    Pretty darn good

    Written By dh, beaverton, or on Monday, February 27, 2012
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    I was looking for a factory upgrade to go with my stock speakers and plan to add an amp/sub down the road. These were my criteria: 1. I wanted something subtle (not too flashy...been robbed too many times) 2. It needed real iphone 4s compatbility 3. It needed Pandora control 4. It needed Aux input in addition to USB input 5. I would like a remote control 6. Bluetooth was a definite plus 7. HD Radio built-in was a definite plus

    This unit covered all the bases. The reason I chose this unit over one of the digital media receivers (no cd-player) was because of the hd radio.
    Pros:
    1. Amazing sounds quality, even through stock speakers. 2. Good remote 3. Good radio reception
    Cons:
    1. not super intuitive, had to read the manual for a few feature (pandora control, tagging, etc...) 2. slow menus...have to wait a second for menus to load 3. bad bluetooth integration...i need to check the manual but it doesn't actually lookup names, voice dial, or speed-dial favorites 4. poor itunes/pandora interaction. first, you can't launch or quit pandora from the deck. second, if pandora is running it will play on both "iphone" and "pandora" sources on the radio. this is buggy.
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    5 out of 5

    Absolutely Wonderful!

    Written By Chris L., San Diego, CA on Monday, February 13, 2012
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    I can honestly say, I did not expect this receiver to be this good. It has so many crossover and equalizer functions, it is amazing. The Bluetooth technology works great, very crisp and clear. The sounds quality is also premium. You can hear all the little "zips and zings" in music that is hidden by crappy receivers. The only downside is that the HD radio is less than what I expected. I had hopes for more, but it does not appear that I got it (also could be my location, I've only tested it at home and at work). Other than that, it is worth every penny.
    Pros:
    Sound Quality
    Cons:
    HD Radio
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC 948 HD

    Written By Chris, Spring, TX on Sunday, February 05, 2012
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    I own a 1995 BWM convertible that my 16 year old daughter will begin driving. I wanted her phone to be 'put away'... The matte black finish and variable illumination are very good matches to the factory interior (best I found). Her iPhone connects thru the glove box ( very clean appearance) and should keep her from checking/making texts. iPhone integration is slick and easy. Access to her playlists, Pandora, and Bluetooth hands free calling. I am impressed. Best of all, matched this head unit to some new component speakers....WOW, AWESOME SOUND!!!
    Pros:
    looks like factory would be 17 years later...easy to use...lots of wow factor...and great sound!
    Cons:
    awesome at night....after lots of fiddling with display, illumination and contrast...good view during the day...
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    5 out of 5

    Wow

    Written By Anonymous, Buffalo, NY on Sunday, December 25, 2011
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    This unit was everything I was hoping for and more. The main reason I wanted it was for the tone control and display, and both far exceeded my expectations. I installed the unit at first with just my stock speakers, and later replaced them with aftermarkets and added a 4 channel amp and a sub. Even with the stock speakers I was quite impressed with how much I could tweak the tone. Once I put 6 speakers and a sub behind it I was blown away. I was worried about how visible the display would be in sunlight from reading other reviews, but so far I have had no problems. I just played with the contrast and its easier to read than my stock display was. The HD radio was a great surprise as well. I was expecting a slight difference, but it turned out to be a whole other level of clarity. Also, I have had no problems with the shuffle feature using a 120gb Ipod Classic. Overall, great unit, well worth the price, and props to my Crutchfield adviser for helping me find the perfect unit.
    Pros:
    Beautiful Display, Great Tone Control, Right Price, HD Radio
    3 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    1 out of 5

    Nice Stereo, but ...

    Written By KWS, Colorado on Thursday, September 29, 2011
     
    . when using a USB thumb drive, the Random All feature continuously plays the same 30-50 songs. Over and over. The same 30-50 songs. I have a 16 GB thumb drive with over 3000 songs and the unit will only play 1-2% of the collection randomly. At first, I thought it was my imagination, but it's not. I contacted Kenwood and their response was that this is "normal operation." I could be mistaken, but I would think this issue could be easily remedied by a firmware update, but Kenwood seems uninterested. This is a real bummer for me because other than the Bluetooth, I only use the USB and a thumb drive. No HD tuner, no CD player, no iPod. Nope. I don't use any of those things. Just the USB, and it has this problem, which is basically a dealbreaker for me and it's a real shame because I really like the stereo, but for this one issue.

    So, the point of this review is not to cover all the other features of the stereo, as there are plenty of other reviews out there that do that, but rather to provide a warning about the one feature that is really important to people who the use a car stereo the way I do that makes this stereo practically useless. The really unfortunate thing is that an issue like this is one that someone might not pick up on right away and by the time you figure out what is happening, it's too late to return the stereo for another model as the return window has closed. At any rate, I'll be replacing this unit as soon as I can find a suitable replacement.
    16 out of 37 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-BT948HD

    Written By art, falls church, va on Friday, September 23, 2011
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    this is a great unit,the sound is superb and it offers so many adjustments for tuning. the bluetooth is awsome. great buy.
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    2 out of 5

    Cannot see screen and will not charge iphone

    Written By Denny, Ringgold, GA on Friday, September 23, 2011
     
    Bought this unit because of all the features. If it bright there is no way I can see the screen unless I hold my hand up to block the sun, which is very aggravating. Stopped connecting to my iphone about a month into owning the unit. Not happy with Kenwood.
    1 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    3 out of 5

    Good Unit Overall. The Tuner Could Use Some Help Though.

    Written By ipilot, Michigan on Monday, September 12, 2011
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    Nice unit. Does pretty much everything that I want it to. However, as mentioned in a few other reviews the quality of the radio reception is not as good as my stock unit. Noticed a lot of static even on the local stations that were always clear with the stock radio. Please note that the few (2) HD radio stations that I have in the area did sound quite good. Overall, I'm happy with the unit since I listen mostly to my Ipod which sounds great and I love the Bluetooth operation. Installation was a snap in my F150. Crutchfield was very helpful with support when needed.
    2 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Solid Choice

    Written By BrianY, St. Pete, FL on Wednesday, September 07, 2011
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    I installed this head unit in my '01 VW GTI. Overall I'm very pleased with it.

    pros:

    -iPhone/BT integration is seamless

    -button colors and display colors can be matched to your automobile

    -sound quality is good- still using factory speakers and amp so really can't say more than this, but it seems capable.

    -I very rarely use presets, if at all, so not having dedicated buttons just makes for a cleaner head unit in my case.

    -Rear USB is desirable, if you don't want wires running into the front of your new head unit

    cons:

    -colors on the display are configurable, as another reviewer mentioned, the teal/green is probably the most visible so I went with that instead of the darker blue that would match my GTI

    -menu system takes a while to learn and online user manual isn't well written or descriptive enough

    -this is a con of most all aftermarket stereos I believe, but I'll call it out here anyway. The unit has a plastic surround that sits nearly flush with the DIN pocket. However, the (removable) face plate of the stereo extends a good bit beyond this. As a result the whole head unit protrudes outward more than the OEM stereo which sat perfectly flush.

    Other notes:

    Steering wheel controls can be preserved with a CONNECTS2 unit, which works beautifully.
    7 out of 7 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Great deck

    Written By Sunita, Keller, TX on Wednesday, September 07, 2011
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    I'm very happy with this stereo.. got someone to install it and it looks great! The USB and Aux ports are in the rear so I got them to lead the cables to the middle console and everything looks neat and tidy. The sound is great and so are the features. The bluetooth is awesome.

    The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was because, like everyone else said, it's hard to see the display in sunlight.
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    5 out of 5

    Head unit kicks it!

    Written By slashzero, Boston, MA on Monday, August 29, 2011
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    Put this in a 2000 VW Jetta, replacing an Eclipse CD3413. The improvement in sound quality is stunning. The bluetooth audio has worked flawlessly so far, and people have had no complaints on the sound quality of the calls. I have had no issues with direct sun light and not being able to read the screen.

    The Crutchfield technical support is amazing. I've had to call them a few times, and they were very responsive and solved the issue for me.
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    This receiver is simply outstanding!!!

    Written By James, Daphne, AL on Sunday, August 21, 2011
     
    I purchased this receiver yesterday and installed it myself and I am just in awe of it. It looks great and sounds great. I have been a loyal Sony owner, and my last two receivers have been Sony's, but Kenwood has definitely won me over with this unit. It makes my subwoofers kick more and the overall sound quality is better. The settings and features go much more in-depth than other receivers and allows you to take your listening and viewing experience to the next level. The color changing options are just phenomenal. I also like the fact that there are not many buttons on the front of the unit...it gives it a more clean and refined look. For the people who complain about glare and not being able to view it during the day, please learn how to adjust settings. It irritates me that so many people downgrade this unit just because they don't know what they are doing. To solve this, press the MENU button, then go to DISP and ILLUMI, then go to the option of DISP N/P, then set the option to POSI1, and there you have it. It sets the screen to be lit up, and the font to be dark...instead of the other way around. I can easily see my display during the day with this setting. I have an Android phone, and my phone easily synced up with the unit and works great. Overall, this receiver is just amazing and I would definitely recommend it.
    8 out of 8 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Very good

    Written By bsnake, Maryland on Monday, August 08, 2011
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    For the price this receiver does it all well, and sounds great too. HD Radio in general is disappointing because they seem to compress the bitrate too much and it sounds like poorly streamed music sometimes - they shouldn't be allowed to call it CD quality unless they offer the same bitrate IMO. Anyway that's not the fault of this receiver - HD Radio works great on it. The amp is powerful and sounds great for driving 4 mid-high range speakers with plenty of volume while using the built-in crossover to send bass to a subwoofer amp. There are some quirks that have been mentioned before but they can be worked around - for presets, change seek mode to Auto2 and when you seek it skips to the next preset. The green display color that matches my instrument panel just so happens to be about the brightest color on the display, so I can see it pretty well in daylight. Bluetooth works great but is a little clunky to use - still awesome because it's always connected when you're in the car, and sounds good. Ipod and Pandora integration works really well.
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    3 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-BT948HD

    Written By DanB, Long Beach, CA on Monday, August 08, 2011
     
    Installed easily enough into Volvo 850 dash. Sad that the unit's sound, particularly the bass, is much weaker than the OE unit I took out of the car, like it's missing a loudness setting. This even after adjusting the equalizer and bass boost. Not having radio station pre-set buttons to quickly access stations is a bummer. You have to drill through a menu every time you want to access a pre- set station - inconvenient & not well thought out by the designers. HD radio is a very nice feature to have.
    2 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    3 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-BT948HD

    Written By ekrider, WA on Sunday, July 31, 2011
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    Good sound quality (HD radio) and features with this unit. However the main display has a terrible glare to it and no matter what color or contrast you select it is nearly impossible to make out during the day. Pretty sad considering units 1/3 of the cost have displays that are easy to read in any light level. In addition the lack of radio preset buttons makes changing to your favorite radio station extremely annoying. It is also very time consuming as you have to go through several steps in the menu and scroll down options to find and select your presets.
    1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Awesome

    Written By Nick, San Diego, CA on Friday, July 22, 2011
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    This HU just rocks. The display, features, etc. It sounds fantastic. I'm not an audiophile in the special-interest sense, but I know what I like, and this does it. I preferred a rear USB connection with iPod controls, multi-line display, intuitive menus, Bluetooth built in (not yet tested thoroughly) - this HU met my expectations in all regards so far. I'll update if something changes. HD Radio built in and satellite-ready were simply nice bonuses to me. HD sounds great so far.

    Crutchfield staff is amazing. No reason to shop for audio equipment anywhere else.
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    2 out of 5

    Great Technical Features / Pour Implementation

    Written By Ken D, Cincinnati, OH on Thursday, July 14, 2011
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    The KDC-BT948HD is packed with features, poorly implemented. The bluetooth quality is excellent, the rear-connecting USB keeps clutter away from the front of the unit, full IPOD control, etc. However, I'm going to try to send mine back because: (a) You can't see it in sunlight. Too much glare on the screen, and not nearly bright enough to be seen clearly when there's sun in the car. I did contact Tech Support,and he helped me set it as bright as possible - white - and it still wasn't visible while driving during the day. (b) HD Radio cuts out for a quarter second every fifteen seconds or so (on several of my HD channels). (c) Poor User Interface - having one dial means you've got to click a lot of buttons to accomplish much, which is a lot to ask while driving.
    2 out of 5 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    NICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Written By Ryan, Delray Beach Fl on Thursday, June 23, 2011
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    Got my stereo installed and it was everything I expected and much more! Great Job Kenwood!
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Wonderful Unit

    Written By Chappy, Brownsburg, IN on Tuesday, June 14, 2011
     
    Got this unit a couple months ago and can't get over how great it is. Everything works perfectly, my Evo 4G paired up with no issues, and the interface for the optional Sirius tuner is easy to navigate and shows lots of info. The sound is light years better than my stock radio (obviously) and the ability to customize colors to your car's interior is a nice touch.

    For the record, I bought an anti-glare iPad screen protector with the intention of applying it over the screen of this unit due to horror stories I've heard about glare. So far I've not had a need to install the film as glare has not been an issue.
    4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-BT948HD

    Written By Lyle, San MArcos, CA on Thursday, May 26, 2011
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    This was the easiest installation I have ever done! The radio does everything it claimed to do and the sound is great! My Droid2 paired up on the first try and it automatically downloaded my phone book.
    1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Very Nice!

    Written By GJ, SF Bay Area, CA on Tuesday, May 17, 2011
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    I installed this in a bmw 325ci (e46) with HK sound, and it dramatically
    improves the sound. I have to admit, you get kinda hooked on upgrading
    everything...so next are the speakers/amp. This unit is feature rich and not
    overly glossy (like some others). This unit mixed with the axxess steering
    control unit gives an excellent complete package. Bluetooth (voice) works great
    on a blackberry and android...haven't tried the music streaming. The color
    matching feature works great for that burnt orange color on the interior. I'm very
    satisfied with this product. The Crutchfield team executed flawlessly.
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    1 out of 5

    Android vs Iphone

    Written By Michael, Nashville, TN on Tuesday, May 10, 2011
     
    If you own anything other than an iphone dont get this unit. I've owned 4 kenwood receivers including the KDC-BT945U (that I loved). I thought the BT948HD was the new and improved. So without my usual research I upgraded. Won't do that again. What this receiver does is sweet, the HD and ipod. But without an iphone (Evo owner) its a wast of money. Kenwoods website fails to inform you this unit does not bluetooth audio steam. Should have checked Crutchfield first. I will own another Kenwood but it may be a few years.
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    5 out of 5

    This one is a Keeper

    Written By Larry L., Bergenfield, NJ on Sunday, May 08, 2011
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    I have owned the Alpine BT-103 and the Kenwood KDC-BT945U and this radio by
    far is the best. For the IPhone 4 user, the full address book, incoming, outgoing
    and missed calls are downloaded correctly and displayed. No phonebook issues
    with this radio!!! HD radio was a big plus providing static free AM stations while
    listening to traffic reports. Pandora works great especially on long trips when you
    want to mix up your music repertoire. Installation was a breeze with the Crutchfield
    kit. Still learning how to navigate through all the menus on this Kenwood but this
    radio is a keeper and worth the investment.
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