Kenwood built the KDC-HD545U CD receiver to cover all the bases. Sure, you expect a CD player, but factor in built-in iPod® controls, an auxiliary input, and a cutting-edge HD Radio™ tuner, and you've got a powerful and complete package ready for your ride.

A multimedia marvel
With the KDC-HD545U's HD Radio tuner, you can enjoy the outstanding sound quality of digital radio broadcasts, with FM that approaches the sound quality of CDs. And if your local HD Radio station employs multicasting, you'll have the option of listening to multiple channels on the same frequency. When your iPod's connected to the receiver, iTunes® tagging lets you save song info, so you can purchase tracks you enjoy later on iTunes — a nice bonus.

Connection and control of your iPod is a snap with this receiver. Plug into the front-panel USB input, and take command with a variety of tools, including dedicated Search and Return keys — you'll find it easy to get to the tracks and playlists you want to hear.

You can play your store-bought and recordable CDs, including discs full of MP3, WMA and AAC files. If you'd like to expand your system, you can add a Kenwood CD changer or satellite radio, or use the front aux input for a direct audio connection from virtually any audio source.

Convenient shortcuts
The Mixed-Preset Memory feature gives you a useful one-touch shortcut to a favorite playlist, satellite radio channel, an HD Radio station, and more. Once the preset buttons are set to your choices, you'll be able to jump from station to playlist to feature with one touch of your finger.

The sound quality story
A strong built-in amp provides plenty of power to drive your speakers, while the 24-bit digital-to-analog converter brings out every last detail in your music. Use the 3-band equalizer to tweak the highs, mids, and lows for the perfect sound curve for your car.

If your aim is maximum sound quality, you'll appreciate the three sets of preamp outputs for connecting and controlling a full setup of external amps and subs.

Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?
In most vehicles, you can use this 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.

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 or its optional iPod adapter.

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD player with built-in MOSFET amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • built-in HD Radio tuner with iTunes tagging
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RW discs, including discs loaded with MP3, WMA, and AAC files
    • detachable face with with 13-character fluorescent display
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • System Q Sound Control (6 EQ curves and a 3-band equalizer)
    • Supreme Setting function restores high frequencies in music files
    • low-pass subwoofer filter
    • iPod direct control via USB input — no adapter necessary, but adding Kenwood's optional connecting cable lets you leave your iPod cable at home
    • compatible with Kenwood's Bluetooth adapter, satellite radio, and CD changer
    • inputs: front auxiliary and USB inputs
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs ( 2-volt front, rear, and sub)
    Other features and specs:

    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.

    Hands-on research

    What's in the box?

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    • Refurbished 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)
    • 2 Removal tools
    • 4 Panhead ISO-mount screws
    • 4 Flathead ISO-mount screws
    • Back support screw
    • Black cloth face carrying pouch
    • Instruction Manual (Eng/Spa/Fre)
    • Warranty Card

    Features and Specs

    CEA-2006 Compliant No
    RMS Power Output 22 watts
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 2 volts
    Display Color White
    Key Button Color Blue
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Yes
    Parts Warranty 90 Days
    Labor Warranty 90 Days
    AUX Input Front
    Audio/video Input
    USB Input Front
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Optional
    Satellite Radio Ready Sirius
    HD Radio Built-in
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano Nano6/Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/
    Touch Touch4/Touch3/Touch2/Touch1
    Mini No
    iPhone Phone/Phone3G/Phone3GS
    FM Sensitivity 9.3 dBf
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No

    Product Research

    Overview: The refurbished Kenwood KDC-HD545U AM/FM CD receiver features a detachable face, front-panel auxiliary and USB input, three pairs of 2.0-volt preamp outputs, built-in HD AM/FM radio and iPod operation, CD changer and Satellite radio controls, as well as MP3/WMA/AAC playback. The unit also supports Bluetooth via an optional adapter (sold separately). In addition, the CD player comes with an IR wireless remote control. The unit'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
    Bluetooth/Remote Control

    Display Features

    Detachable Face: The unit features a single front loading CD face that detaches from the chassis to deter theft. 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.

    Fluorescent Display: The Kenwood headunit features a 13-character white backlit fluorescent display with blue button illumination.

    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: The display has two brightness settings to adjust the brightness of the display according to the surrounding illumination. You can change this setting within the menu from On or Off.

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

    Audio Section

    MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood KDC-HD545U 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-HD545U 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

    Rotary Volume Control: The CD receiver uses a 3-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.

    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 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). You can choose from the following preset EQ curves - Rock, Pops, Easy, Top 40, Jazz, Natural and Game.

    Bass/Treble/Mid Control: The KDC-HD545U also features independent Bass, Treble and Midrange control. You can adjust each one from -8 to +8db. The bass frequency is adjusted at 100 Hz, the treble frequency is adjusted at 10 kHz and the midrange frequency is adjusted at 1 kHz.

    Bass Boost: The Kenwood CD receiver also features a Bass Boost control that can be set to the following levels - LV11, LV2 or Off.

    Source Tone Memory: This feature allows you to store System Q bass, middle and treble tone settings for each source (CD, Tuner, Aux, and USB).

    3-Sets of Preamp Outputs: The KDC-HD545U features front, rear and subwoofer 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 all fixed to the rear chassis of the headunit. The subwoofer preamp output offers the following controls:

    • Low Pass Filter: The receiver features a built-in Low Pass Filter control for the preamp-output when the output is set to Sub. You can select from 85Hz, 120Hz, 160Hz or Through (Off).
    • Subwoofer Phase: You can also adjust the phase of the subwoofer output between 180-degrees (Reverse) or 0-degrees (Normal).
    • Subwoofer Level: Once you have switched the preamp output to "subwoofer" you can independently control the subwoofer preamp output level from the CD receiver. You select levels between -15 to +15.

    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 (-8 to +8 for Aux source).

    Tel Mute: The KDC-HD545U features a cell-phone mute wire (brown) in its harness that when hooked up to your car's phone system mute wire will automatically mute the receiver's audio signal when a call comes in.

    Key Beep: The in-dash headunit provides an audible beep to confirm button operation. This function can be turned On or Off.

    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.

    Note: The unit's built-in HD Radio tuner allows analog AM/FM reception as well.

    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.

    iTunes Tagging: Using the headunit's iTunes Tagging enabled HD Radio, you can tag your HD music while listening to the radio with your iPod connected. When you hear a song you enjoy on your local HD Radio station, you only have to press the headunit's control knob and the song's information will be saved to your connected iPod. 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.

    Note: The following model iPods/iPhone support iTunes Tagging - iPod nano (3rd/4th/5th/6th), iPod classic (80/120/160GB), iPod touch (1st/2nd/3rd/4th), iPhone (2G/3G/3GS/4).

    Tuner Presets: The KDC-HD545U's tuner features 3 FM banks (1, 2, 3) and 1 AM bank for storing presets. The Kenwood KDC-HD545U offers two preset modes.

    • Normal: You can store 6 presets for each AM/FM bank giving you a total of 18 FM presets and 6 AM presets.
    • Mix: You can store a mixture of 6 AM/FM presets for each AM/FM bank giving you a total of 24 AM/FM presets of any mixture.

    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 setup the KDC-HD545U 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.

    Mono Mode: This feature reduces the noise (static) when a stereo broadcast is received as monaural (for FM analog band only).

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

    • XM Satellite Radio: To receive XM Satellite Radio connect the optional CNP2000UCA XM Tuner and the Kenwood CNPKEN1 adapter cable (package item number 700XMKEN2, sold separately).
    • SIRIUS Satellite Radio: To receive SIRIUS Satellite Radio, you can connect the optional SIRIUS Universal Vehicle Tuner (607SCC1) and the optional Kenwood Sirius Satellite Radio Interface (113KCASR50); package item number 700SIRKENW, or you can connect the optional KCA-SR50 Kenwood Sirius Satellite Radio Interface and the SiriusConnect vehicle docking kit (607SCVDOC1); package item number 700SIRPKEN, along with your compatible SIRIUS Dock & Play receiver.
    • Auxiliary Input: A portable XM or Sirius satellite radio receiver, scan also be connected to the head unit via the auxiliary input.

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

    Disc Playback

    MP3/WMA/AAC Playback: The KDC-HD545U can play MP3 (8-320 kbps), WMA (32-192 kbps), and AAC (8-320 kbps) 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.1/2.2/2.3/2.4) information. The headunit will display up to 60 characters.

    Note: AAC ID3 Tag information cannot be displayed.

    Supreme Setting: When MP3 or WMA files encoded at a low bit rate (less than 96 kbps, 44.1k, 48kHz) are played, the Supreme Setting function restores their high frequencies so the sound quality is closer to files encoded at a high bit rate. The processing is optimized for the compression format and the bit rate used. When the Supreme Setting is Off, the unit plays the original sound stored in the audio file.

    Text Scroll: The KDC-HD545U 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 headunit'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.

    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 Eject: The KDC-HD545U allows you to eject your disc for 10 minutes after switching off the vehicles engine.

    Note: The unit will not allow you to load a CD while is powered off. The unit must be On or in Standby mode to load a disc.

    USB/iPod/Aux Connectivity

    USB Port: The Kenwood KDC-HD545U features a front panel Full-Speed (Max. 12Mbps) 2.0 USB type-A port that is hidden behind a sliding cover. 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.1/2.2/2.3/2.4) information. The headunit will display up to 60 characters. When your USB device is connected to this unit, it can be charged up provided that the KDC-HD545U is powered on.

    Note: AAC ID3 Tag information cannot be displayed. You cannot connect a USB device via a USB hub or Multi-Card Reader to this unit.

    iPod Direct: The KDC-HD545U's front-panel USB port also acts as an iPod/iPhone high-speed direct connection when used with the optional Kenwood USB Direct Connection Cable (113iP101, 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-HD545U.

    • USB Connection: The USB connection allows your iPod's large music libraries to be loaded instantly to the headunit and sound quality to be maximized through the headunit's 24-bit D/A converter, allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 105dB.
    • Audio Playback: The Kenwood headunit supports audio playback of music files and podcasts stored on your iPod or iPhone.
    • Music Navigation: When your iPod/iPhone is connected to the KDC-HD545U, you can choose to operate your iPod/iPhone via the Kenwood headunit's controls or your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen.  If you select to control your iPod/iPhone from the KDC-HD545U, the Kenwood headunit will allow you to navigate your iPod's music by Playlist, Artists, Album, Genre, Composer, Song, or Podcast (your iPod's click-wheel/touch-screen will be locked in this mode). You can search these categories alphabetically or using a percentage search (0.5%, 1%, 5%, 10%). In addition, you can create your own custom iPod playlist (up to 10 songs) from the headunit.
    • Information Display: The KDC-HD545U will also display your iPod/iPhone's music file information when you are controlling your iPod or iPhone from the Kenwood headunit. If you choose to operate your connected iPod/iPhone via its clickwheel or touchscreen controls, the KDC-HD545U will not display your iPod's music information (the headunit will instead display iPod MODE).
    • Charging: While connected and the ignition switch is set to ACC or ON, the headunit'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-HD545U is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of Feb. 2010):

    iPod/iPhone Model Generation Media Type  Control Type Display Type Charge
    Audio Video Headunit iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Info Track Info
    dock connector 3rd N N N N N N N
    4th N N N N N N N
    mini 1st N N N N N N N
    2nd N N N N N N N
     video 5th Y N Y N Y Y Y
     classic 80GB Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    120GB Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    160GB Y N Y Y Y Y Y
     nano 1st Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2nd Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3rd Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4th Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    5th Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    6th Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    2nd Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3rd Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4th Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    iPhone 2G Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3G Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4 Y N 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 headunit 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 an newer software update is available. Not compatible with iOS 4.0 for iPhone (3G/3GS) or iPod touch (2nd/3rd gen).

    AUX Input: The KDC-HD545U is equipped with a front panel 3.5mm mini-jack auxiliary input for connecting external portable audio devices such as an MP3 player. The KDC-HD545U allows you to select the source type displayed when using the auxiliary input. You can choose from AUX, DVD, Portable, Game, Video or TV.

    Rear Auxiliary Input "Ready": The unit already features a front 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 a CD changer to the head unit because the adapter plugs into the DIN changer control connection on the head unit. When the KCA-S220A 2-changer switch (113KCAS220, sold separately) is used, you can connect a CD changer and an auxiliary audio source at the same time. When an auxiliary audio source is connected, you can choose from one of six names for the source: AUX, DVD, Portable, Game, Video or TV.

    Bluetooth/Remote Control

    Bluetooth Ready: The unit is also Bluetooth compatible using the optional Kenwood KCA-BT300 Bluetooth adapter (113BT300, sold separately). Using this adapter you can make and answer phone calls from the Kenwood head unit. You can even download your Phonebook information from your compatible mobile phone into the head unit. You are able to register up to five compatible Bluetooth cell phones when using the KCA-BT300 adapter.

    Note: Not all Bluetooth enabled mobile phones will be compatible with this unit. Please visit for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled phones.

    IR Remote Control: The KDC-HD545U comes with the RC-405 IR wireless remote control with a full numeric keypad (0-9). The remote will control Audio, CD, HD Radio, and external device functions. The remote control allows direct access of your music tracks and discs loaded in a connected CD-changer (sold separately), as well as direct access to AM/FM radio stations. It is powered by a single CR2025 3V lithium-cell battery (supplied).

    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 unit also features an OEM steering wheel remote control input on the rear of the unit that lets you keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with the optional PAC SWI-JACK Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (127SWIJACK, sold separately); or the optional Metra ASWC Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (120ASWC, sold separately).

    Note: Please consult the Crutchfield Car Selector to see if your vehicle is compatible.

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    Good & bad

    Written By RO, Coppell TX on Wednesday, March 07, 2012

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Good sound and relatively easy to install. Has all the function we need- but very small buttons and some quirky controls. Much better than my factory model.

    Pros: good sound, good volume and many features

    Cons: Really cheap aluminum USB port- slowly loosened up to point it would not hold a USB cord. Cost me $75 to get it fixed- since just out of warrantee.

    Junk after only 4 months

    Written By Anthony, Indiana on Monday, February 27, 2012

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    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Had unit for 4 months before the pre-amps blew out; now I don't have any sound coming to my amps and speakers. It was just out of warranty and Crutchfield would not do anything about it. Kenwood was no help either.

    Pros: Great while it worked

    Cons: Died after 4 months of use.


    Written By Dan H. Chicago, Chicago, Il on Sunday, January 29, 2012

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    • "Coolness Factor"
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    stopped working just after crutchfield warranty expired and they wont do a thing about it. Speakers have no sound

    Pros: worked well and had good sound till it died

    Great stereo for the Price

    Written By Wingnut, Fresno Ca on Friday, December 23, 2011

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    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Installed in a 1993 Gmc Sierra and it fit like a dream.

    Pros: -Factory Refub. actually works well -Has RCA jacks in the back for older vehicles

    Cons: -Cant see the screen very well in sunlight -Doesn't seem to understand that theres more than 18 songs in Mp3 format on CD.

    Kenwood KDC-HD545U

    Written By Anonymous, Stevens Point, WI on Thursday, October 13, 2011

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    Install was pretty straightforward and came with everything I needed.

    Using the Kenwood was a little complicated to figure out, but the HD radio is nice once I figured it all out.

    Not the best and not the worst

    Written By MikeZ, Hobart, IN on Tuesday, September 13, 2011

    I bought this in late december of 2010 considering I came home from the Corps and purchased a truck. I always liked pioneer but. This little unit caught my attention. I looked at the specs and they were not bad. I actually thought they were good. Asked some of my friends bout Kenwood and they all gave a thumbs up. I will say that when your pushing with this IT DOES HAVE A CLEAR SOUND WITH LITTLE DISTORTION. I have it installed in my 02' Crew Cab Chevy S10. But on a smaller note. My factory pushed more RMS than this. It was louder and less static. I do like all of the features and add ons that this has. All in all not a bad unit for the price I suppose.....


    Written By Rules, Nashua NH on Saturday, September 10, 2011

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    Working perfectly until now good product mi wife loves it too

    Like it a lot

    Written By Larkey, Gatesville, TX on Thursday, August 18, 2011

    Installed this in my 2000 Ford Mustang, with the Mach 460 stock sound system. I had always thought my cars sound system was pretty good, but after installing this headunit i was really impressed. Has all the features i wanted, looks clean and stylish, LEDs arent overly bright, and i can read them easily enough, kinda bad in daylight with glare, but thats all gloss headunits. Puts out enough power that im sometimes worried about damaging my sound system, and retains overall quality very well when up at high volume. I really am impressed with this thing, and it only has one major downside. When i turn my car on it has a high pitched chirp, and im not a fan of it, it made me cringe the first few times entering the car, and anyone who doesnt expect it cringes too. But its only on power up, called support and they said its normal, so yeah. Anyways i do really like it.

    Kenwood KDC-HD545U

    Written By CJS, Maple Grove, MN on Saturday, June 18, 2011

    Bought this unit for my birthday in March. Had it installed professionally in my 2002 Highlander. Considered replacing the stock speakers, but didn't need to since the unit has excellent bass response. Also, there is ample power, thus no need for an external amplifier! The sound produced surpasses the quality of my wife's top-of-the-line stock system that came in her Camry. The only distraction is that all MP3 players are not compatible, and had to upgrade to an ipod from the Sony Walkman I had. Very pleased with the unit and Crutchfield's staff support.

    Best value!!!

    Written By junkhead92, Marion,Oh on Tuesday, May 10, 2011

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    This is hands down the best product for the $ Plays everything you can throw at
    it and simple to install with the adapters from crutchfield.

    Awesome HD Radio

    Written By JohnK, Reynoldsburg,OH on Monday, April 25, 2011

    I just bought this radio as a birthday gift to my self. 'i have a 1999 honda accord lx the radio in it was factory cassette player I wanted a hd radio so in my research this model seemed the best choice. I had it installed by a shop here in ohio they did an awesome job installing it one of my rear speakers was going out so i bought pioneer tsa6964 for the rears i am getting door speakers replaced thursday awesome radio needs awesome speakers I couldnt belive the difference in the hd stations here in ohio we have a alot that have gone to hd which makes this all the more enjoyable dont have ipod need to get one as far as then sound it is awesome i love the display tells song name or station your choice i would adivise anyone who wants a hd radio this one is the best i have seen.

    best hd radio

    Written By santiago, paola ks. on Friday, April 08, 2011

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    I am very please with this unit, the hd radio is just awesome.. I was a little
    hesitant about the installation on my car a 98 grand prix, but crutchfield made
    it easy by supplying the extra items to make it fit and connect,
    what else can I say.... excellent product, excellent website!!

    Buttons difficult

    Written By Stan, East Nprthport, NY on Monday, April 04, 2011

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    Just received it, easy to install, nice sound. Hard to understand all the
    setup. It will take time to get used to it.

    Good product and service

    Written By Steve N, Great Falls, MT on Thursday, March 24, 2011

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    I bought a Kenwood HD-545U receiver for my 92 Chevy p/u. All the pieces for
    installation were sent with good instructions. Took about 3 hours to put in.
    The receiver works well. I would recommend Crutchfield.

    Awesome sound

    Written By Randy, Bucks County, PA on Tuesday, March 22, 2011

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    I bought this radio to replace a factory radio and it was really easy to install and
    the sound is fabulous...

    It just works!

    Written By TC, Chicago, IL on Saturday, March 19, 2011

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    The features included on this unit for the price is AMAZING! It all works as
    advertised. The iPod / iPhone interface and HD Radio are fantastic. The audio
    quallity equals that of untils costing 300.00 and above. It has to be heard to be
    believed. I never knew what I was missing. Istallation time was a snap at less
    than 30 minutes. Crutchfield supplied all that I needed for a clean, professional
    installation. Don't even consider buying anywhere else.


    Written By KGJetta, Raleigh, NC on Saturday, March 19, 2011

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    I'm very impressed with the usability and feature set of the KDC-HD545U. The
    MP3/IPOD/IPhone adapter is a great feature of the unit. The only drawback, I
    wish the adapter was located in another area on the unit, compared to the
    location on the front of the unit. Thus I could remove the unit's faceplate
    without disconnecting the cable and subsequent MP3 unit.

    Works fine

    Written By Mike the Red, Atlanta Ga on Sunday, February 27, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This unit works great. If you use a USB flash drive with it a lot, you might get a right-
    angled USB cable such as part RR-AAR04-04G at usbfirewire, which lets your drive
    hang down from the unit ... this way, your flash drive isn't sticking out of the unit (and
    perhaps easy to hit or bust off). It will also reduce wear on the USB socket, so it doesn't
    become loose or break off inside the unit after a while. Note that some of the
    documentation suggests that you have to buy an optional Kenwood cable to use the
    USB socket but this is not true; any old USB drive can stick right into it. Hey Crutchfield,
    you should consider carrying some right-angle USB adapters.

    Great Bang for the Buck

    Written By KC, Central, IL on Sunday, February 27, 2011

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    Replaced my 15 yr old factory stereo with this unit after reading all the
    positive reviews of it. Installation was a breeze (and I have never soldered
    electrical wiring). It was a fun and rewarding experience to install myself.

    Understanding the owner's manual and the unit's functions was a little tricky.
    But, once I figured it out, it has been a great stereo. Can't beat all that it
    does for the price.

    I would definitely buy a Kenwood again and I would definitely order from
    Crutchfield again.

    2009 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

    Written By me, Broadalbin, N.Y. on Saturday, February 26, 2011

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    Fit very good in the jeep Paired with 4 Kenwood KFC-C1739ie 6-3/4" 3-way Speakers
    that fit with no problem sounds a lot better than factory system

    Money well spent

    Written By Nick, Glendora, CA on Saturday, February 26, 2011

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    I installed my new kenwood KDC-HD545U last weekend and I couldn't have been more
    pleased with the features and quality of this head unit. I hook it up to four kenwood speakers
    also purchase through crutdhfield and 8" kicker subwoofer. The kenwood head unit pushes
    the four speaker perfectly and an 800w amp suppling the woofer. Let my just say it took less
    time than I would have figured with the supporting cast at crutchfield. Thanks again it was a
    great first time experiance and will refer you guys every time.

    Great deal for the price.

    Written By Butch, Mt. Gretna, PA on Friday, February 25, 2011

    What can I say, "It rocks"! It was easy to install in my Miata. The sound is excellent. The
    HD radio has very good reception. I now can tell the name of the artist and song. My Ipod
    hooks up with ease, so if there is nothing I want to listen to on the radio my Ipod has
    everything I enjoy. Controls are easy to understand and operate. I am looking forward to
    the warm weather with the top down and the stereo cranked.

    Kenwood KDC-HD545U

    Written By Marcus, Belmont, CA on Friday, February 25, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Good receiver for its class, but I prefer the Excellon's controls and digital media processing.

    Great All Around Unit

    Written By PaulNM, Yakima, WA on Thursday, February 24, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I wanted to update my car stereo from the original 1994 tape deck and found this Kenwood
    model a great fit for my needs. It has a CD player (not so common on 1994), a digital radio
    that lets me access more options in our rural area, and a USB plug in for my iPod. The
    controls are very intuitive and controlling the iPod using the radio knob is a great feature.
    Installation was easy and straightforward.

    Great auto radio

    Written By Jim, Ventura, Ca. on Tuesday, February 22, 2011

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    I based my selection on the 135+ reviews rating the Kenwood at 4.5 stars. And the customers were right. The instructions were very clear but I had one question which was answered by someone at Crutchfield support and he gave me a tip on another wiring topic. This was on a Saturday so I was impressed by the quick response to my call. I installed the radio myself in my wife's Toyota Camry and she loves it and the storage space under the radio which she uses for her ipod touch. I am now considering replacing my car's radio and I won't hesitate to order one from Crutchfield. Well done, you guys rock.

    Loads of features

    Written By Craig, Great Bend, Kansas on Tuesday, February 22, 2011

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    Can't believe all this reciever can do. very versitile. front ,rear and subwoofer rca outs, 3
    band eq. adjustible low pass crossover, bass boost, with a touch of a few buttons. had an
    old equilizer i installed with this reciever but after playing with the sound controls, i think i
    could remove the external equalizer. takes a while to learn the menu, but after a week i got it
    down. excellent FM reception.

    Great Radio

    Written By RFL, Burlington, MA on Tuesday, February 22, 2011

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    Great radio, sounds terrific! Built in HD radio is a definite plus. Installation was very
    easy using Crutchfield's instruction sheet. I would have given this unit 5 stars if the
    owner's manual better described how to use all of the functions.

    Kenwood KDC-HD545U

    Written By BillM, Milwaukee, WI on Tuesday, February 22, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very good replacement for an existing am/fm/cd receiver. Vehicle is a 2002 Chevrolet
    Silverado 1500 4wd extended cab. With the included kit, this receiver fit easily into the
    existing slot. The included wire looms worked fantastic; just had to connect same color
    wires (used in-line connectors). Did this on the kitchen table then clicked the wire loom
    to the existing wiring harness. Total time to remove and replace receivers was less
    than one hour.

    Radio itself is very good. Plays all CDs and my daughter loves the ability to attach her
    ipod easily to the USB port in front (won't say what I think of some of her songs though).

    Channel buttons are small, especially here in the north where wearing gloves makes
    changes a little more difficult. Would like a better scan function.

    Over all, my experience with Crutchfield has been excellent.

    Kenwood KDC-HD545U

    Written By Steve C, Westville, Fl on Tuesday, February 22, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Far superior quality than my factor unit. Would recommend to anyone.

    Best Radio - look no further

    Written By Jim, Ashburn, VA on Sunday, February 20, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Like all the other reviews...IPod plays great through USB no adapter needed...HD Tuner pulls in great sound even from distant stations...for the price this is truly a great radio/cd/ipod tuner. Crutchfield installation packets with harness and in dash box made this a breeze to put in as well. I highly recommend this Kenwood as the best radio you can buy.

    Kenwood KDC-HD545U

    Written By James F., Georgia on Sunday, February 20, 2011

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    positives: excellent radio, connectivity is varied and amazing, works really well with every
    portable device I own, sounds great, installation was a snap ! Great value for the $$

    negatives: the knob is on the left side, your hand blocks the view of the display when you
    use it. Not a big problem but it would have been more ergonomic to have the knob on the
    right side. In bright sunlight the display is hard to see, if the sun is shining on it, it completely
    washes out.

    Decent upgrade

    Written By Anonymous, Baton Rouge, LA on Sunday, February 20, 2011

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    The good:
    I have a 01 Cherokee, and I upgraded from a factory stereo to this Kenwood unit.
    The power is not bad, and certainly made the factory speakers sound quite a bit
    better (especially now that they are all playing), but I'm pretty sure I will
    have to add an amp if/when I change the speakers. For the price, it is a very
    good upgrade from factory.
    The wiring kits included from Crutchfield were perfect, and made installation
    fast and easy.
    The bad:
    The reception on the radio is sub-par. I have it grounded as per crutchfield's
    instructions, and yet the HD radio still jumps back and forth to analog,
    creating a distracting music echo of sorts. I'm considering upgrading my antenna
    to a powered one to boost my reception.
    I was playing a CD, and it sounded a