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Kenwood KDC-HD548U

CD receiver (Factory Refurbished)

Item #: 613HD548U

102 Reviews

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Original Price: $119.99

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Kenwood's KDC-HD548U CD receiver brings the great sound and features of HD Radio® to your car. Since the HD Radio tuner is built in, you'll have no installation worries — just install the receiver and start tuning in great-sounding radio.

Step up your game on the radio waves
HD Radio's sonic advantages are impressive enough — FM broadcasts approach the sound quality of CDs, while AM is as good as what you're now used to with FM. But you'll also appreciate these other advantages. If your local HD Radio station employs multicasting, this Kenwood allows you to tune into multiple channels on the same frequency, so you'll have more entertainment choices. Plus, once you connect your iPod® to the receiver, iTunes® tagging lets you save song info, so you can purchase tracks you enjoy later on iTunes — a nice bonus.

Plenty of options for when you're not enjoying the radio
You'll find the front-panel auxiliary and USB inputs handy for connecting your iPod and other sound sources. Once your iPod's plugged in, you can take command of your playlists with a variety of tools, including dedicated Search and Return keys that'll make it easy to get to the tracks and playlists you want to hear. Also, you can set the front preset buttons for several sources, so you can access your iPod, an HD Radio station, AM, or FM with a single touch.

Outstanding sound quality too
You'll be impressed with this Kenwood's built-in MOSFET amp's clean power, so turn your tunes up as much as you want. You can use the 3-band equalizer to tweak the highs, mids, and lows, while the preset EQ curves let you shift quickly to a tone setting that matches your music.

Add on and enjoy
If you're ultimately planning to build a complete system, you'll appreciate the three sets of preamp outputs for connecting and controlling a full setup of external amps and subs. A phase control and a low-pass filter let you adjust for your subwoofer for optimal sound.

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 this Kenwood, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. Check the "Accessories" tab for compatible adapters.

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.

Product 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-RWs, including discs loaded with MP3, WMA and AAC files
    • built-in HD Radio tuner with iTunes tagging
    • detachable face with 14-segment display
    • wireless 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
    • subwoofer level control with low-pass filter and phase adjustment
    Expandability:
    • built in iPod control — no adapter necessary, but adding Kenwood's optional connecting cable lets you leave your iPod cable at home
    • inputs: front panel auxiliary and USB inputs
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (2-volt front, rear, sub)
    Other info:

    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.

    Kenwood KDC-HD548U Reviews

    Average Customer Review:

    102 Reviews

    Not my old Kenwood

    Written by: TLG4942 from Fairhope, Al on February 28, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I've had this unit installed for a year and a half. First the cd player stopped working, then the clock started resetting itself randomly. Then the usb port stopped working, and now the whole unit is DOA. I have owned Kenwood products for years and had very good luck with them, BUT this one has failed big time. I would not recommend it period.

    Pros: easy to use

    Cons: Has a short life span. Not worth buying.

    Great sound and features

    Written by: Gregor from Ann Arbor, MI on September 16, 2012

    2002 Mazda Protege5
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The stereo sounds great and includes excellent features. I like the fact that it can play .m4a files so that I don't have to convert itunes files to be able to play them in the car on a USB drive. It displays title and artist info on HD radio too, but not on regular FM.

    Pros: Plays and controls ipod. Plays songs from USB drive. Great sound. Great price. Easy to install with Crutchfield kit.

    Cons: Selecting tracks by using the knob is a bit difficult, especially when the car is moving. I would have preferred red lighting to match my car. Lighting does not dim.

    Great sound

    Written by: SC from Plumstead, PA on July 26, 2012

    1998 Toyota 4Runner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Great product, with nice rich sound.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Cool Stereo

    Written by: CitySammy from NYC on April 2, 2012

    1997 Ford Explorer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Really nice unit, works great with my iphone 4s. Nice display, easy to use, really cool functions. Great sound.

    Pros:

    Cons:

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    Written by: Leroy D from Los Angeles, CA on March 28, 2012

    2003 Chevrolet S10
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Vehicle- '03 Chevy S10 EXT Cab Product- Kenwood KDC-HD548U

    Experience- This was my first shopping experience with Crutchfield. I doubted wether or not to buy through Crutchfield due to other electronic websites and local Los Angeles Wholesale markets. But, overall glad I did; Received the product the same week, Shipping was free, on top of all that I got all the accessories stated in my order. Had a little trouble with the installation, called my rep, ad figured out that I received the wrong Kit for my vehicle. They sent me a new one out free of charge even though it was my fault why I received the wrong one. Overall, it is definitely worth the value at Crutchfield.

    Review- CD Player is awesome, sleek, simple to use and understand. I've only used Sony Xplod, but I'm tired of the bold look and toyish designs they have, so I tried Kenwood for the first time. Others seemed to have some issues with this unit, seemed 1 of 5 reviews had some negativity. I have not experienced this yet, been listening to it for 1 week now.

    Thanks Crutchfield

    Pros: Simple, ipod compatible, sleek design, very user friendly and sounds great

    Cons: A second/rear USB would have been nice. But hey I'm still happy.

    Don't bother

    Written by: Dennis from Charleston, SC on March 9, 2012

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

    Faceplate issues. I should have read thru all the comments more thoroughly first. When I first installed it,everything was fine, for a while. If you push the function knob, the display will fade in-and-out and becomes non-responsive and erratic. If you apply pressure to the left side of the faceplate, the problem goes way. I called Crutchfield. They sent me a replacement unit. I replaced the faceplate, but not the entire head unit. I probably should have replaced the head unit, however, because the problem started to happen again about a day later. I will be calling them again to get this replace. This time going to go with something else, or a refund. Would recommend pulling this product.

    Pros: None

    Cons: Faceplate issues.

    Faceplate Issues

    Written by: Tanner B from Westminster, MD on March 7, 2012

    2003 Dodge Durango
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • Not Rated
      "Coolness Factor"
    • Not Rated
      Build Quality
    • Not Rated
      Ease of Use
    • Not Rated
      Sound Quality
    • Not Rated
      Value

    Thought this would be a nice head unit for my 2003 Durango R/T but it has major issues with the build quality and faceplate connectivity. When you push any of the buttons on the front of the unit the screen fades in and out and takes a few seconds to respond. You learn to deal with it but gets really annoying after a while. Called crutchfield and got a JVC replacement. Looking forward to not having to deal with the unresponsiveness of the Kenwood.

    Pros: Great sound. Ease of use

    Cons: Faceplate connectivity

    Time will tell

    Written by: Dennis from Charleston, SC on March 2, 2012

    2004 Chevrolet TrailBlazer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I don't know how useful this comment will be, perhaps it's too soon to tell. But, the right-front speaker was out in my wife's car was out, plus half of the illumination lights were out on the factory head unit. I assumed the head unit was bad. My top priority, since it was my wife's car was something simple because I think my wife's expectations of a car's stereo is an alarm clock that shows the time with a couple big knobs and six programmable buttons, that's it. I installed this unit, I like it, but unfortunately the problem must have not been the head unit because the right-front speaker still did not work. Anyway, the next morning I warned (or informed) my wife that you have a new stereo in your car so don't get excited. After the wife left for work, about 10 minutes I get a phone call, "where's the clock display? how do you turn this thing off?" Long story short, OEM head units have their drawbacks, but one thing they excel at is intuitiveness and ease of use. The jury is still out on this one. Personally, I like it. But for all you men out there who are replacing the stereo in the car of your signficant other.......good luck.

    Pros: ?

    Cons: Not able to tune the radio channels with a knob. Where's the clock display?

    Excellent

    Written by: John from Picayune Mississippi on March 1, 2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Kenwood & Crutchfield Is there anymore I need to say! I have owned Kenwood products for many many years and never had a problem with any piece of equiptment I have owned. I installed this radio in a 99 Dodge Ram pick up , After putting the wireing harness together it took a whole 10 min. to install sounds good and looks good! Best part was the built in HD radio very good quality! As of this date 2 /12 the price $ 159.99 and free shipping Thank You Crutchfield Also Thank You Crutchfield team for being so prefessional and quick shipping.

    Pros: Looks good , Sounds Good , Easy Installment , Price

    Cons: NONE !

    Great Product

    Written by: JoeQ from Columbia,MD on February 20, 2012

    2002 Honda Civic EX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I have had the product for only about 2 weeks. Looks great. Would recommend. Sounds Amazing. Idk if it is the HD radio or just a new receiver over my old stock radio, but i can truly hear the difference. The iPhone hookup is great. Haven't used it more than a few times, but works pretty good. Only con, in sunlight can't really see the time on the display.

    Pros: Great looks, amazing sound

    Cons: Sunlight causes poor view on display.

    you will love it

    Written by: Ant from Baton Rouge, La. on February 20, 2012

    1996 Mitsubishi Eclipse
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Easy install works great

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Good product, great value!

    Written by: Nate from lake Stevens, Wa on February 16, 2012

    2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Great product so far. Had an issue with the deck flickering at first. I contacted crutchfield support and they helped me track down the problem (it was my fault and was a connection I hadn't made properly). It works great now and the support was a wonderful help. I will get any new futer deck from crutchfield.

    Pros: Great product for the price. Outstanding sound quality even with stock speakers. Clarity of sound in HD is unreal!

    Cons: HD signal does not always come in well in all locations. This is typical of HD signal on all decks. It hangs up a little when I remove the faceplate.

    Kenwood Receiver

    Written by: SteveR from Alexandria, VA on February 4, 2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I love the iPod player feature. Sound quality is now showing the limits of my speakers. Remote is nice too. Much better than the 3-yr old stereo in my other car that I paid twice as much for.

    Pros:

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    Written by: Mike B from Oregon Coast on February 3, 2012

    1995 Chevrolet K Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    This unit does all it was supposed to, sounds great, even with factory speakers. New speakers coming soon.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Great stereo

    Written by: Anonymous from Cottonwood,az on February 3, 2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Great stereo and Crutchfield was great. They told me that the refurbished was discontinued after I ordered it but they sent me a brand new one for the same price. Great service

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Kenwood KDC-HD548U

    Written by: GS from Westfield NJ on January 30, 2012

    1990 Honda Accord EX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Updated my 22 year old car with a unit that played CD,s and was ipod enabled. Well worth the effort. Sound is better than ever over the old speakers.

    Pros: lots of features. good value

    Cons: not that easy to retrofit, requires some dexterity in uncomfortable positions. Usage of the features not totally obvious but the basics are easy to master.

    Continued detatchable face issues

    Written by: Chris from Cincinnati on January 30, 2012

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

    Not happy with Kenwood's build quality on this model. When touching any button on the faceplate, the entire display fades completely out and then back in. Pushing and holding the faceplate inward on the lower left-hand corner "temporarily" resolves the issue. Taking off the faceplate and reseating/reconnecting it does not help at all.

    I'm on my 3rd one and it too has the same problem which is getting worse every day.

    Judging by a few others, they are experiencing the same issue too.

    I just called crutchfield again and i'm switching this out for a different model that should be in stock within the next few weeks.

    Pros: hd radio, cool blue lighting, easy controls, usb flash drive compatibility, Crutchfield has fantastic customer service!

    Cons: plagued with faceplate connectivity issues

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    Written by: Craig from Seattle on January 28, 2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Upgraded, an existing unit in a mid size sailboat. Locks in to HD radio, much better sound than earlier aftermarket receiver CD players, buttons are small but function well. Most functions setting are in the big knob. Found MP3 files on my thumb drive even though that I have many other docs, pix & files on it. Most likely use the remote onboard from the cockpit unless it gets lost by a family member. I assume replacements could be available from the Mfg. Overall a good unit with all the features to source music from.

    Pros: Overall a good unit with all the features to source music from. Good HD tuner ther are several stations in the area

    Cons: buttons are small but function well. Most functions setting are in the big knob so you got to know the pushes and turns to navigate the settings.

    Kenwood KDC-HD548U

    Written by: Anonymous from Utah on January 28, 2012

    2000 Dodge Ram
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Enjoy the controls and sound. Makes I pod control easy. Bought two for my vehicles. My wife loves hers.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Worth every penny

    Written by: BigDaddy from pennsylvania on January 27, 2012

    2003 Subaru Outback
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Its a good stereo, fits in subaru, works okay. Don't expect $1000 sound from it, but it's pretty good for casual listener

    Pros:

    Cons:

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    Written by: Ken from Capitol Heights, MD on January 26, 2012

    1986 Pontiac Fiero
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I thought the factory radio was a very but it had outdated features. I was not going to replace the factory radio and time soon until I started having problems with the displace and station drop out over bumps. This Kenwood radio was so easy to install with all the extras provided by Crutchfield. My factory radio was no match in performance to the Kenwood radio. I am glad I made the switch.

    Pros: 1.easy set up. 2.removeable face 3. fantastic sound quaility

    Cons: none

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    Written by: DaveK from Ellicott City, MD on January 26, 2012

    2001 Hyundai Tiburon
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I am very happy with both this receiver and my decision to by at Crutchfield. I selected this radio mainly for HD and I wanted a front mount USB port. The sound is good and everything works well. I have not experienced any of the face plate problems people have commented on but to be fair I don't use the CD at all and I don't take the faceplate off then I park the car.

    The USB port works well (my main reason for choosing this unit). The USB port is limited to 256 songs in a folder, so you are forced to put your music in multiple folders. My only complaint is that it's fairly complicated to select folders (I printed that part from the manual and keep it in the car). There is a "Random All" setting that I think randomly plays songs from all folders, so that's what I use.

    I was concerned about buying a Kendood, but after a couple of months...so far so good.

    I think this receiver is very good value.

    Pros: Value, HD and Front Mount USB

    Cons: USB Folder Navigation

    Kenwood KDC-HD548U

    Written by: Fred from New Haven, CT on January 24, 2012

    2005 Hyundai Elantra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Pleasently surprised by how good this radio is...I am a talk show radio listener, and this radio has THE BEST AM section I have ever heard....picking up distant stations that othere radios leave in the noise...simple to operate...not lot of "click thrus" to get what you want...sounds good even with flat settings.

    Pros: simple to use .... has a great AM section.....sounds good with out having to go crazy with EQ settings....unlike other digital radios, you can set this one to stay on analogue making it easier to listen to distant stations.

    Cons: not a big one, but all ancillary adjustments are on one knob.

    Kenwood KDC-HD548U

    Written by: CoolKat72 from Spring Hill, FL on January 21, 2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    HD Radio sounds great but it goes out sometimes like Satellite Radios and it is annoying... Trying to use my iPod in the USB Port is also annoying trying to figure out how it all works (you need a very good memory)... So I use the pigtail port for it so I can control my iPod from the iPod and not the radio...

    Pros: Sounds great!!! I also like the extra radio stations with the HD!!!

    Cons: Way too complicated for me to use with all you have to remember... I have keep going back to the manual to use it...

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    Written by: Mark from Spartanburg,S.C. on January 21, 2012

    1997 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    This is a great replacement for my factory Tacoma radio. The sound is great, and works well with the 15 year old factory speakers. I did, however, replace the speakers with polk audio db's, also from Crutchfield. The install was a little tricky,however, because the wiring harness and instructions were not exactly correct for my truck. I ended up frying my rheostat for the dash lights, and at first had none at all. If you hook up the harness as instructed, you will not have any dash lights. I ended up having to use my ohm meter and re-wiring one wire so that my dash lights would work. I wish the usb and aux inputs were at the back, so that I could hide my wires a little better, but it's not an issue, just personal preference.

    Pros: Sound, install, tech support

    Cons: Wiring could be a little tricky. I would say to call tech support first, even though instructions are pretty clear.

    Source Switches Randomly

    Written by: TrumpetSAE from Dallas, TX on December 29, 2011

    2002 Nissan Maxima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I recently purchased this unit, and was quite pleased with how it was working, until, while listening to a song using the USB, the unit switched to CD. At first I thought I pressed the steering control by mistake, but soon I discovered that the source was just randomly changing on its own. I don't know how to stop this from happening, so if anyone knows, or is having the same issue, please help. I just hate it when I'm in the middle of a good song, and it just switches on me...PARANORMAL CD RECEIVER!!!

    Pros: All of the features: USB, IPOD, AUX, CD, HD...

    Cons: The Sources switch RANDOMLY while listening.
    [Editor's Note: We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase. ]

    Faceplate issues - but easy to operate

    Written by: Gary L from Columbus, OH on December 19, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I wanted an HD Radio receiver that would also have RBDS, so that Title/Artist would display for stations not running HD. Alas, such a receiver apparently does not exist. I also wanted a unit with station presets. I have the same faceplate issues as other reviewers have mentioned. Being used to factory radios with RDS and dedicated panel buttons for everything, moving to an aftermarket unit with multi-function buttons takes some getting used to. But as aftermarket receivers go, this is EASIER than most to operate. Don't have to go to the manual quite so often for lesser used features. With the limited display space, it can't display time while displaying anything else. Clock has to be manually selected. Don't use the USB but nice to have. Use the aux input all the time for my (separate) XM tuner.

    Pros: HD Radio. Easier to use than most aftermarket radios.

    Cons: Bad faceplate connectivity. No RDBS. Clock display has to be manually selected at the expense of Title/Artist.

    what happened to you kenwood?

    Written by: jeffS from Allentown, PA on December 8, 2011

    2004 Subaru Outback
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    i went through 2 of these units in under 3-4 weeks(crutchfield is awesome by the way for their costumer service). First one did not read cds and had a loose usb port in front that played static y and poping music, also frequently lost connection with my ipod. the replacment unit i was sent played cds and did not have a static y signal thru the usb port, but this unit also lost connection with my ipod and never remembered where the music left off once i turned the engine off(very annoying). I paid 4 more dollarsand purchased a comparable clarion(very happy)

    Pros: Sounded awesome when it didnt sound terrible

    Cons: cheaply made, poor hd tuning, loose usb port in front

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    Written by: Jack from Lincoln, NE on November 29, 2011

    1996 Ford F Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Nice item. Installed fairly quickly and instructions were very helpful. Wasnt as bad as I thought it would be and it worked well out of the box. Happy so far!

    Pros: Installation kit worked well

    Cons: Doing the connections

    Rocking RAV4

    Written by: Tom from CT on November 25, 2011

    2001 Toyota RAV4
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Nice sounding replacement radio driving co-axial speakers. Easy to use my Zune player.

    Pros: Features and price combination.

    Cons:

    Kenwood KDC-HD548U

    Written by: JerseyBoy from NJ on November 7, 2011

    2001 Honda Accord
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Definitely a good aftermarket HD radio and Ipod player with a few blemishes

    Pros: Great sound with existing speakers. Ipod connectivity. HD radio.

    Cons: Took awhile for radio to kick in when starting car. Buttons abit flimsy. Space around CD slot bends, not solid.

    Kenwood KDC-HD548U

    Written by: Jim from Everett, WA on November 5, 2011

    1998 Toyota Sienna
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Overall, the unit sounds great and a good value. I like the ability to use a usb device. When listening to HD radio, you either have the signal or you don't. There is no signal fade. I installed this in the factory radio location on a Toyota Sienna. From the driver's seat I can only see the lower half of the display. So I have to lean over to read the letters on the display. I usually use the remote to navigate through the music files. It's too distracting to use the controls on the head unit, while I'm driving. It's just not very user friendly. My next purchase will definitely be a double din unit with a touchscreen. I would be more satisfied if this unit was installed in a different vehicle with a better line of sight.

    Pros: HD radio sounds awesome.

    Cons: Navigating through the music files on a flash drive is not user friendly.

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    Written by: Jay C from North Florida on November 4, 2011

    2004 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    This is my 5th Kenwood (4th in my car). Overall the unit is easy to use and program. HD radio picks up well. Love the iTunes tagging feature as well as being able to play my iPod or another device.

    Pros: I have the previous model of this radio in my car. Liked it so much I bought this one to replace an Alpine in my truck. Love the HD radio and the ipod and accessory controls. Tagging feature is great.

    Cons: Just like many of the reviews, I have also had the issue of poor connectivity between the faceplate and the radio. When I touch a button the lights will go out for a second or two and then come back on.

    Nice Unit, Bad Connection to Face Plate

    Written by: Joe from Harrison City, PA on November 3, 2011

    2006 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    My experience with the head unit is exactly like the previous reviewer's.

    The unit sounds great and was easy to install. However, the connection between the face plate and the head unit is bad.

    Periodically, when any button is pressed, the display turns off and the button does nothing. In a second or two everything comes back to normal. If I hold in the left side of the face plate, the buttons work fine.

    Crutchfield sent me a replacement unit and I have tried both face plates in both head units and the results are the same in all cases. Its a shame because it really is a good unit for a great price.

    Pros: Nice sound, great features for the price.

    Cons: Bad design on the face plate connection.

    great product - poor detachable face connection

    Written by: Chris from Cincinnati, OH on October 29, 2011

    2001 Honda Civic EX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    My only gripe with this unit is continued problems with the detachable face (referred to as DF from now on). With the first unit I received, the display would fade out one level in brightness and then go out completely every time i touched ANY button. reseating the DF made no difference. If i push in (and hold) the DF on the bottom left-hand corner, all works fine.

    Crutchfield promptly sent me a replacement and it initially did not have the same issue. It took about 10 days before the DF started to have the same issue.

    I am going to contact Crutchfield again to see what we can do about getting another 548U or possibly paying the $$ to go to the next model up.

    Pros: Easy install in 2001 Civic, great sound for the money,HD Radio,Cool blue buttons,easy access to all of the features and settings

    Cons: Detachable face issues continue...

    hd radio by kenwood ... kenwoods back

    Written by: r from livermore, ca on October 24, 2011

    Awesome sound for the money ! ... Sounded 200% better than the 2001 Honda factory radio i replaced and on the same factory speakers. At first I was not sure if would be enough to drive the speakers... but this baby can put out some power,,, don't need no external amps. The antenna can be hard to get in the ...box. Installation a snap, however for honda the color codes are different. Better to wire by pin and function. The color code of the adapter supplied by CF was same colors for respective pins. Nice color leds. One peeve is i wish Kenwood put a feature for HD to pick up and scan ONLY hd stations. One puzzle is that on some HD stations I still get some background noise even in HD sync mode... I thought this would be gone with digital or filtered out. The buttons can be cumbersome for someone like myself who has larger fingers. three band equilizer leaves you wanting more... but for what it is has great sound. Fits like a glove with CF supplied dash kit.Another peeve is i wish could control the dimmer directly by lights on ... It has a manual dimmer function, but would be nice if did itself when lights went on. Living in San Fran Bay area i was hoping to pick up allot more stations with increased range, but it has been limited. again for refurb unit it rocks. CD player kicks took with bass. Not sure why radio does not read cd codes for artist/title.... mine just shows track number. Overall happy with choice being on a budget HD upgrade in these times.

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    Awful AM Reception

    Written by: Bill from Philadelphia, PA on October 22, 2011

    This is a great FM HD receiver, however Kenwood cheaped out on the AM reception module.

    My old car had an eXcelon X389 in it and the AM reception was just as good as the OEM radio that it replaced. The AM receiver in the KDC-HD548U is trash and can't get anything, which is a shame because there is HD tech for the AM stations as well.

    Other than the AM complaint, I have no complaints about the HD FM and iPhone performance so 4/5.

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    Definitely worth the money

    Written by: pch from OKC, OK on October 19, 2011

    2001 Honda Civic DX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This really is a great radio for the money. I've noticed this receiver makes even not-so-great speakers sound better. I have bought two of them now and the only problem I've had was a manufactures defect with the faceplate on the second one that I purchased. Called Crutchfield and they were happy to exchange it and they shipped me another one at no cost for shipping. Great customer service!

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    Great replacement for stock '04 Toyota Corolla stereo

    Written by: Theodore from San Francisco Bay Area, CA on October 19, 2011

    2003 Toyota Corolla
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The Kenwood KDC-HD548U features excellent sound quality even when hooked up to the stock Corolla speakers. The interface is clean and uncluttered. The only disadvantage is the lack of a rear USB port - I would have liked to run a USB cable through a discrete location (such as out of the bottom of the center console) instead of having a USB cable dangling out of the front.

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    Not bad for functionality and sound

    Written by: SteveT from Madison Heights, VA on October 11, 2011

    1981 Chevrolet El Camino
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I really enjoy this head unit! The EQ adjustments are great and the HD Radio is awsome when I finally get a channel to use it. My area HD Radio is not big yet, but when I go out-of-town those stations are crystal clear! The only drawback is when connecting an ipod to this unit. I like to use my ipod "hands on" by this head unit. It takes a while for the unit to load the ipod. I just don't like the time it takes to load the ipod and every time you either stop to do something or you turn the radio off, the unit doesn't remember the previous settings. Overall this head unit is very good for the price and the brand Kenwood is all in itself! I will buy another head unit from Kenwood and Crutchfield in the future!

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    Good Choice

    Written by: Jordan from Atlanta, GA on October 6, 2011

    2002 MINI Cooper
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I chose this unit over similarly equipped and priced units from competitors and am happy I did. The main reason for choosing the Kenwood is the longer display on the unit. More of the track title, less scrolling. Overall I am very happy with the unit. The display is great, the button configuration is great, it looks good, the HD works great and the stereo is very easy and intuitive to use. Just plug in my ipod and it works!

    Couple of reasons I didn't give it five stars are:

    1) The unit only controls the ipod audio through itunes, not other apps. Audio from other apps will play through the stereo just fine but if you push the play/pause/next buttons it goes back to the itunes audio. The text displayed is the always the track listing from itunes also.

    2) The connection with the detachable face goes haywire occasionally. Just detach the face and then push it back into place and it works great, just a minor annoyance.

    3) I couldn't get AM to work. May have been something I did wrong. Again, just a minor annoyance as I rarely listen to AM and mostly just wanted this for ipod connectivity.

    Overall a great, good looking and easy to use radio!

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    it is what i thought it would be

    Written by: Anonymous from Chesapeake VA on October 5, 2011

    2005 Mazda Miata
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is an upgrade over the original radio in an MX5 Miata. Great value. The HD tuner definitely sounds better.

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    Excellent HD Radio

    Written by: DarlH from Avondale, AZ on October 5, 2011

    1988 Chevrolet Camaro
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This HD radio is everything it is advertised to be and more. It picks up stations I never knew we had in this area, with tons of HD stations. I have never noticed any HD stations fading out or reverting to normal broadcasts. Possibly some of the complaints I saw in other reviews were caused by weaker stations or being long distances from the broadcasting towers. I cannot vouch for any other areas, but anyone in the Phoenix metro area should love this unit!

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    Excellent Unit

    Written by: Sebastian from Chatsworth, CA on October 1, 2011

    This unit is very easy to use and has excellent performance. Using the amp integration kit that Crutchfield recommended for my vehicle; it made the install super easy and brought my old Bose speaker setup back to life! The display is great to look at particularly at night. Needless to say it is a great buy especially for the money!

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    Awesome!

    Written by: Eric from Sacramento, CA on September 29, 2011

    2007 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    this deck is clean, i never have any problems taking it out or putting it in. it works great everyday. the hd radio is a must, and it has 18 channel presets. the bass controll is great too. no problems on the install either.

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    Great unit - simple interface

    Written by: JeffB from Long Island, NY on September 14, 2011

    1995 Dodge Stratus
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Simple install. The Crutchfield wire adapter colors matched perfectly with the existing harness (no translation necessary). Soldered and shrink tubed the adapter to harness on workbench then clicked them together, simple.

    Controls. Contrary to August 10th review, sound settings are persistent. I use custom EQ settings that are loaded each start up. I configured ALL settings before reading the (short and simple) manual. Read up afterward to fully understand USB/AUX controls.

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    hard to beat for money

    Written by: Indygreg from Indianapolis, IN on September 10, 2011

    1997 Volvo S90
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Historically I have disliked Kenwood due to poor reliability. That said, most of that was from a decade ago, maybe longer. This unit, for the money, is hard to beat. It met all the requirements I had: Sat Radio (just to see what it is like) USB front that would read MP3 and AAC Aux input to run headphone from my Android phone.

    The rest I do not really care about. CD player - I would have preferred no CD slot, but does not really hurt. Removable face, maybe will use once a year.

    So far, I am happy. Sounds better than stock and the USB thing is already better than I would have guessed. I bought a bunch of 2GB fobs and load them up with certain bands. I use Spotify to stream, but knowing I have those USB's in the is a nice touch AM reception is horrible, but I think that is the case with all 3rd party modern units.

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    Not too shabby

    Written by: Jeff G. from Grand Rapids, MI on September 10, 2011

    2001 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Huge fan of this head unit. However, I noticed that the radio reception both for HD and analog radio is not that great. Unless I lock it in to only do analog (or digital), it'll switch back and forth constantly, driving me nuts. Radio reception-range wise, it's actually worse than my factory unit. Stations start fading out long before they did with the factory radio. For everything else, though, it's still pretty awesome. I would highly recommend to anyone that doesn't listen to a lot of radio.

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    Kenwood KDC HD548U

    Written by: Steve Z from Machiasport, Me on September 9, 2011

    This is an excellent reciever for the money. My Honda Accord already had new Kenwood 6x9's in back and 5" in front. They obviously match up well. The install was relatively straight forward and Crutchfield threw in the harness and install kit as freebee's. I ran into one problem with the power antenna but tech support helped me with that on the first go round. The fit and finish looks factory and the it sounds brilliant in my Accord. All around a very positive experiance. I only wish the harness's came pre-done with the proper connectors on each end versus having to solder the two together. I suppose their are just to many variables in car types for this but it would sure help.

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    BEST OPTIONS EVER!

    Written by: Lacey P. from Robertsdale, Al on September 3, 2011

    2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! incredible deal, made my cars stock speakers sound incredible! looks way more complicated than it is! you know how setting the clock on an aftermarket stereo is seriously a big deal... well this beauty is so easy i really couldnt believe it! plus the easy to install instruction that crutchfield sent with my order was actually....EASY TO INSTALL! take this from a girl who has actually never even seen the mystical space between the car and stereo where all those wires hook up!SERIOUSLY 1 hour after i got it in the mail (insanely fast shipping btw) i had the sucker installed and LOVING IT!! BUY THIS NOW WHILE THE DEAL IS GOOD!!!

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    Very good for the price

    Written by: AllenLy from Mckinney on September 3, 2011

    2004 Hyundai Elantra

    This radio has very good quality, especially for the price. The HD works well, but if you dont live near the radio tower it does fade in and out, which can be annoying. There is a setting in the radio where you can turn that off, which I did because I did not like the constant switching.

    The USB portion of the radio works great. I have a mytouch 4g and I just use it has a drive, so it charges and allows the radio to play the music that is on the internal drive. You basically get a car charger with the radio!

    Great buy though. Highly recommend.

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    Great Sterio

    Written by: GMANN from Orland Park, Il. on September 2, 2011

    1995 Buick Riviera
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is an great Head Unit! Glad I went with it! I can set level controls for the different functions and be happy with the sound on all! Its Great all around what more is there to say...

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    Kenwood KDC-HD548U

    Written by: upnorthmi from Wyoming, MI on August 24, 2011

    2006 Honda CRV EX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    You won't find a more feature-packed and high-quality HD radio for the price.

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    Not for me

    Written by: Dennis from Phoenix on August 20, 2011

    2001 Chevrolet Tahoe
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I really do not like this unit. It is installed in a Tahoe that has an onboard amp so it may just be the combination of components. The unit is harsh, has no depth and VERY brightl The bass is good and tight but I can't make myself listen to it for any amount of time.

    I also changed the speakers to shallow mount Infinitys and they too are bright but even when I put the factory speakers back in the sound is still tinny and harsh.

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    Quality sound and receiver, especially for the price....

    Written by: Brian from New Bedford, MA on August 17, 2011

    2002 Dodge Dakota
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This was my 2nd Kenwood receiver ( I broke the first one) from Crutchfield and so far I could not be happier. I was pleased with not only the the sound quality of the first Kenwood receiver, but also with the quality of the product itself, so I knew I wanted another Kenwood. The receiver was shipped and I had it 2 days later. Install was quick and painless, thanks to the install kit from Crutchfield. Now I am listening to all the tracks on my Ipod without having to burn a CD and the controls couldn't be better. This receiver is a bit more powerful than my last and it sounds great with the sub and components...

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    Eh...Good for the price, but definite flaws

    Written by: Nicole from Colorado on August 10, 2011

    2000 Subaru Forester
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Ok, so this stereo was the basic of what I needed, but kinda user un-friendly. Controls are complicated, definitely hard to push the multiple buttons to adjust things while you're driving (it's worse than texting). Also, it doesn't allow you to save may settings at all. You can't save a audio sound type (i.e. rock, jazz, top 40 - the presets for the sounds) so each time you get in or switch sources, you have to adjust. Same thing with ipod controls (if you plug in your ipod and want to control it via ipod, you have to change the setting each time you plug it in). Seems to be an issue on every type of setting...the stereo is just not very smart, it would be as if you disconnected you unplugged your tv every time you turned it off and had to reset everything each time. Had I know this, I would have chosen a different brand or a more expensive model.

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    Perfect for the cost

    Written by: Saab900 from St. Louis, MO on August 5, 2011

    I bought this head unit to replace the stock system in my Saab convertible. I had already replaced all of the factory speakers, and added a subwoofer shortly after the install of this radio. For the price, it's a great unit. The HD radio works great, the CD player is hard to make skip, the aux in works (with a level increase to up the volume), and the iPod interface works much better than I expected.

    So why 4 stars? Well, being a convertible driver, the sun is often coming in at the worst angles possible. The display on the head unit becomes completely unreadable in direct sunlight. This isn't a problem in other cars, just mine. Otherwise, this head unit is great and well worth the money.

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    Very nice reciever

    Written by: JY from VA on July 26, 2011

    1998 Chevrolet K Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I looked for a long time to find the right receiver to replace my stock deck in my 98 silverado. I was looking for something that had a plain appearance with lots of functionality. This accomplishes both. This receiver has a twin, one with ipod and bluetooth connections built in. But seeing as i don't own an ipod and do not use bluetooth, i chose the hd function. It is a great addition, especially for those looking to get a crisp and clear sound. Keep in mind it depends of the strength of reception.

    I recommend upgrading your speakers though to get the full functionality out of this unit. As for those looking to have complete control over their sound, i do not think this unit is any better than the competing brands out there. It has the typical high, mid, low and also a low pass filter and a bass boost for your subs. Might invest in a dedicated equalizer.

    The only complaint i have about this unit is that in direct sunlight, you cannot see the display at all. Not a big deal, most head units will have the same problem.

    Aside from that, this is a strong unit. I highly recommend it.

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    Kenwood KDC-HD548U

    Written by: jws from Wilmington, NC on July 23, 2011

    1998 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I've had this radio installed about a week in my 1998 Monte Carlo now, replacing the stock CD/radio which barely worked anymore.

    Installation of the radio itself was fairly easy, but adding Axxess ASWC steering wheel controls with this particular radio was sort of a pain; you need to put a 12K ohm resistor on the wire leading from the radio to the SWC while programming it, and then remove them once programmed.

    The radio itself works perfectly for my purposes. I haven't tested the CD player yet, but the USB port works nicely with a USB stick without any extra connectors or anything. The radio's reception is decent enough; there aren't a lot of HD Radio stations nearby though. I'm not an audiophile or anything, but the sound seems a bit better through my (stock) speakers than they did with the stock radio. The interface can be a tad confusing at first, but you get used to it.

    I'm very happy with this purchase.

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    Exelent Radio For the Price

    Written by: SamA from Lowell,MA on July 22, 2011

    2004 Nissan Sentra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent Radio for the price. I self installed it into a Nissan Sentra 2004 standard. The Radio has much better reception than the factory installed that i had before. The HD signal are very strong and the CD part is much less sensitive to bumps in the road.

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    KENWOOD KDC-HD548U

    Written by: CRAIG from HOLLIS, NY on July 6, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    THIS UNIT IS A POWER HOUSE. INSTALLED IN UNDER 15 MINS. GREAT SOUND EASY TO USE AND THE REMOTE IS A PLUS.

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    Kenwood KDC-HD548U

    Written by: Scott S from Seattle wa on June 29, 2011

    1999 Mazda Miata
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Good product. Real solid HD radio. USB works well with standard flash drive. I wish I could get the clock and other data on the screen at same time. There doesn't seem to be an option for that mode? The manual is very brief. I think they expect you to just puch buttons and figure it out. I'd buy this product again.

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    Kenwood KDC-HD548U

    Written by: Brad W. from Ashburnham, MA on June 21, 2011

    2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Lots of features for the money, easy to operate and great sound

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    Great stereo

    Written by: Eric from El Paso, Texas on June 20, 2011

    2005 Chevrolet Cobalt
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I didn't want to spent too much money but I still wanted to get a big upgrade from the factory stereo. I have owned stereos from sony and jvc and this kenwood was the best I've heard. The HD radio sounds great and this stereo handles a lot of power. Really enjoy it and would recommend it to anyone who wants to hear clear notes at high power.

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    Kenwood KDC-HD548U

    Written by: Steph from Orlando on June 19, 2011

    1999 Ford Explorer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I am extremely pleased with this product. This receiver provides all the control over sound levels that I had in my previous hi-end receiver. The ipod interface is incredibly easy to use and is a huge convenience. I highly recommend this product to anyone looking for great sound, total control including sub levels, and ipod/mp3 adaptability all at a great price.

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    subaru

    Written by: william from west chester pa on June 14, 2011

    2008 Subaru Forester
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    fits great , looks good, sounds good on 08 subaru , near philly so lots of hd channels.

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    Easy Installation, great tuner, simple to use

    Written by: Tim L from Imperial, Mo on May 30, 2011

    2002 Chevrolet S10

    Very easy installation, wrong factory harness plug in, no big deal, had the right one from a previous GM vehicle.

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    Kenwood KDC-HD548U

    Written by: Bradley from Canton, Georgia on May 24, 2011

    This radio started out great. I upgraded from a stock 99' f150 stero. If you want a radio to just hook your ipod up to this is it, but the HD radio where I live is awful. The radio as hesitation, and it messes up numerous songs trying to keep an HD signal. Maybe if i lived closer to Atlanta it would be great. I don't use the HD stations because of how bad it skips. It bugs me that I can't turn the HD part off. I have a 15 inch kicker sub and it is awesome to be able to turn it on or off, but i mainly listen to the radio, and the regular stations keep on getting messed up. Just think about where you live before you by it. Other than that i have been very pleased great upgrade from stock radio depending on loaction.

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    Kenwood KDC-HD548U

    Written by: Joe from Byesville, Ohio on May 21, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Had the pioneer 7700. Hated it. Installed this new Kenwood and love it. Its perfect for me and my Jeep TJ. Thanks Kenwood and Crutchfield for this great product, and thank you as well to Mike in sales for recommending this unit.

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    Kenwood KDC-HD548U

    Written by: SFerrer from Hampton, VA on May 20, 2011

    2000 Chrysler Cirrus
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This head unit performs as advertised, allows for easy iPhone 4 integration and USB thumb drive play back. The 24bit DAC, however does reveal the sonic flaws of poorly ripped MP3's forcing me to re-rip at 320kbps (VBR). I have no complaints the HU is a lot of bang for the dollar. Money well spent!

    Thanks Crutchfield.

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    Quality Upgrade over factory unit

    Written by: Kenton from Silverdale, WA on May 8, 2011

    1994 Ford F Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    As a DIYer, the free install kit was spot on and had the necessary guidance to get the factory unit out of the dash. The performance increase over the factory unit is remarkable. I was impressed with the easy setup of the bluetooth link to our cell phones. The microphone mounting between the steering wheel and instrument cluster is working great. Quite pleased with the receiver and Crutchfeild. The receiver instruction manual (like most any factory manual) is lacking detail but is adequate if you're experienced with current receiver technology.

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    Fantastic

    Written by: Elvisboy from Chapel Hill NC on May 5, 2011

    2008 Mercury Grand Marquis
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    What a great unit, at a great price. The Crutchfield install kit made it a breeze.

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    eehhh?

    Written by: miller from southeast Pa. on May 4, 2011

    2004 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Bought this as an upgrade from stock.2004 Dodge Ram. Was looking forward to the features of this radio ( HD, iPod , USB ports etc. ) I agree with the other posts that said the illumnation is too bright at night even with the setting turned to low ( not all the lights on the radio dim). When in the HD mode I get sparatic reverberation and word repeat during songs and when people are talking. When the system goes between stereo and HD there is hesitation. Radio reception is week (constant in and out), worse during overcast. Main knob is too slick to work with when moving, not a easy radio to adjust going down the road. Stock radio works better.

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    Kenwood KDC-HD548U

    Written by: Dave from Salt Lake City, UT on April 24, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great receiver for the price. I installed it's predecessor in another vehicle and I
    am happy with both. The display is a bit bright at night as there is no dimmer
    tied to the headlights but overall you should be pleased with this device.

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    Kenwood KDC-HD548U

    Written by: Rick from St. Charles, MO on April 22, 2011

    1999 Chevrolet S10
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The information I received from CrutchField was accurate to a "T" as to
    instructions on selection of radio that fits my 1999 S-10. They include all
    needed pieces to install the radio which made the installation so much easier.
    This is the second Kenwood radio I have purchased this month. I recommend to my
    family and friends to search this site for electronic equipment and tech
    support, video infomation are very helpful

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    Excellent quality.

    Written by: laray from Rogers, Ark. on April 19, 2011

    1997 Dodge Dakota
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed it in a 97 dodge dakota and it was very easy and looks great! The
    sound quality is top notch.

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    Great Product

    Written by: Jack from Des Moines, Iowa on April 18, 2011

    Bought this deck to replace my OEM deck. Installation was easy. The sound is amazing even on stock speakers. The USB connection on the front is great and even has a cover to keep the dust and debris out. Very easy to use and to setup.

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    Kenwood KDC-HD548U

    Written by: diaz from Guayama, PR on April 17, 2011

    2010 Mitsubishi Lancer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was looking for a unit so we could use an ipod with it, since a conversion kit costs as much as an aftermarket radio. Sound quality, HD reception and CD operation are excellent.

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    Kenwood KDC-HD548U

    Written by: Mike from Rochester, NY on April 15, 2011

    2011 Toyota Camry
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The sound quality of this receiver is amazing. I am able to enjoy the clear
    sounds of many HD stations in my area. It was an easy install into my 2011 Camry
    and added a touch of class to the interior of the car. I love the blue
    illumination at night, it is classy. I used the Axxess ASWC interface to be
    able to use the steering wheel control, but needed a 10K OHM resistor(1/4watt)
    to help in programming the interface. I am very happy with this purchase,

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    Works as advertised

    Written by: Mark G from Macomb, IL on April 15, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    We purchased this unit for our radio stations vehicle to allow us to receive our
    HD signal. This will be our mobile reference radio used to check mobile
    coverage of our HD channels. Since I did not install this (motor fleet
    personnel performed the installation) with the faceplate kit and removal tool-no
    issues were reported back. Radio performance appears to be good and a little
    weaker on AM reception than the stock radio. Have yet to check out all the
    other features of this radio but so far we are happy.

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    Kenwood KDC-HD548U

    Written by: RickH from Aurora CO on April 5, 2011

    2002 Honda Accord
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I wanted an iPod compatible stereo for my car and started seaching the 'net for
    info. At first I thought I could adapt the stock unit to hookup the iPod, but quickly
    found that it would cost as much or more than a new unit. Stumbled upon
    Crutchfield during one of those searches and looked at several units. I found
    this one and saw that it was HD radio as well as USB compatible. When all
    was said and done, with free shipping, free support, free install kit and free
    vehicle-specific instructions, Crutchfield just couldn't be beat. Installation took
    about 30 minutes and looks very proffesional. While I used the wiring harness
    from the install kit, I opted not to use the bracket set that came with it. The old
    bracket bolted to the sides of this unit as if it was designed to fit! This way i got
    to keep my storage box with flip down lid instead of having an open storage bin
    with no door as the aftermarket bracket provided.

    I've been using ths radio for about two weeks now and love it! During setup you
    have to option to select aftermarket or OEM speakers, so the unit will optimize
    for either one. My stock speakers sound great! All I have really done with it is
    listen to my iPod - I really haven't used the radio or CD so I can't comment on
    those features.

    Great value for a budget install!

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    Great for the price

    Written by: Robin from South Bend, IN on April 5, 2011

    2003 Ford Escape
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed this over the weekend in my 03 Escape to replace a older head unit.
    Installation took about 30 minutes, and was pretty easy thanks to the kit
    included. Took me about a day to get the sound set up just the way I wanted (I
    would recommend the tuning cd you can buy, probably would have saved me half a
    day of screwing around with it). The only issues I've noticed, and they are
    minor ones, is when it switches from normal radio to HD it repeats the last few
    seconds of what you were listening to. Also, when you get out of range of an HD
    station it just drops instead of switching over and picking up the normal radio
    (which I know works in the area I was in). Other than that, love the unit.
    Very happy with this purchase.

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    Great head unit

    Written by: JustinM from Keller, TX on April 4, 2011

    2003 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great stereo. Easy install thanks to Crutchfield's instructions. Huge improvement
    over the stock stereo in my 2003 Tacoma. Lots of EQ options. I really like that I can
    use my iPhone to control the music and don't have to use the search on the unit,
    which is why I got this unit specifically.

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    Kenwood KDC-HD548U

    Written by: Mike from Orlando FL on April 3, 2011

    2000 GMC Sonoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great radio. I upgraded from the factor GM radio and made a huge difference in
    sound. Love the remote, HD isn't all that but it a nice feature, and the two ports
    on the front on the radio for an IPod and or aux radio (pandora) are really
    handy.
    Have a problem with the sceen fading out but Crutchfield is going to swap it
    out. I would recommend to buy this with all the features and the resonable
    price you can't go wrong plus all the extras from Crutchfield (install kit, free
    shipping, detailed installation instruction for your car) are a great selling point.

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    Kenwood KDC-HD548U

    Written by: Tim N. from Manning SC on April 3, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The Best Stereo I have ever installed, Easy to install, Sounds Great, easy to
    work. Love the flash drive feature. Remote is a big plus. HD sounds great .
    Highly recommend ! Crutchfield was very helpful ! Thanks ! I have nothing but
    good things to say ! Makes my '57 Chevy rock !

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    Nice Deck!

    Written by: Kevin from Hooksett, NH on April 1, 2011

    2011 Hyundai Accent
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Bought this deck for my new 2011 Hyundai Accent. Crutchfield had the best
    price by far and when you include the mounting kit, wire harness and antenna
    adapter, there was no touching their price. The HD works awsome. The only
    problem I have with it is that you have to be pretty close to an HD station for it to
    work. In the city, we have one station that I can get for about 10-15 miles in
    HD. Much further and you lose the channel. I have never noticed any transition
    from HD to analog. The USB port works great with a 512MB thumbdrive. I'd
    like to try a larger one shortly. Ironically when I bought the car, there was no
    stereo, but there were speakers. This thing makes those stock speakers sound
    good! The only other issue I have is reception and I am trying to determine if it
    is the stereo or the antenna on the car. Most stations that I can get on other
    stock stereos don't really come in on this one. AM stations are gone entirely.
    Will explore that more. Either way, I would definitely suggest getting this stereo
    and get it from Crutchfield. You can't go wrong.

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    Almost awesome

    Written by: BillS from Lancaster, PA on March 31, 2011

    2004 Honda Odyssey
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The features on this receiver are truly outstanding. I compared this to a Sony
    (CDX-GT700HD) and ended up going with this one, because: 1) This one lets
    you chose "analog only" or "digital only", for areas like mine where the constant
    back and forth in "auto" mode (analog, digital, analog...) causes an echo effect,
    2) this one doesn't make annoying beeps that can't be shut off, 3) this one
    displays title AND artist, without making you push "display" 5x to get from artist
    back to title.

    Pros: HD radio (IF you are close enough to the tower, so it doesn't cut out) is
    fantasticly clear; preset buttons can be a mixture of FM / AM / etc; Bass boost
    really gives it a kick; iPod controls scroll text (not numbers) very quickly when
    you're doing a search; preset buttons have a nice soft feel and control wheel is
    easy to grab; equilization can be customized for EACH mode

    Cons: HD radio has frequent cut-outs if you're not within 30 miles of the tower.
    This unit does as well as any other, but beware of that issue; Regular (analog)
    radio is reasonably strong, but not among the strongest in its class; Having the
    CD slot in front (rather than behind a flip plate, like in the Sony) makes the
    display smaller.

    All in all, I recommend this. And buy it from Crutchfield, because they rock!

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    Great Unit!

    Written by: TracyP from fort wayne, indiana on March 25, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I a Total rookie, installed this unit in about an hour... all parts needed to install it were shipped with it. in less than 2 days! unit fit great in dash and looked factory, only better. the sound and power output were awesome, it pulled more power out of my factory systems speakers than I ever thought imagineable! great stereo, great price... cant wait to add amp and subs!

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    Great Kenwood Deck

    Written by: Skippy from Alexandria, VA on March 23, 2011

    2004 Volkswagen Passat
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Have had a couple of Kenwoods before, and was always impressed at the quality,
    this one is no different. Sound through factory speakers is great. Had one issue
    with installation, (2004 VW Passat), even though i ordered the additional
    adapter needed, there was no clearly labeled red wire to connect to the
    receiver. Call to Crutchfield cleared it up. Seems there is a red wire that is
    in the Nav bundle that is labeled wrong from the adapter. It is the only un
    connected red one on that side, and goes to the only red one on the deck. with
    that cleared up, no issues. Sounds Great.

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    I love HD Radio

    Written by: TonyC from Bellingham, Ma on March 23, 2011

    2010 Chevrolet Express
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I am the kind of person that feels it is not fair that you have to pay to listen to the
    radio. With all the ads that are on each station, it is not very pleasurable. I
    decided to try an HD radio for my new Express work van. WOW!, No ads to
    speak of and continious music that is crystal clear. I live 30+ miles outside of
    Boston and this reciever does an outstanding job of picking up the HD
    channels that some of the stations broadcast. There are occasional drop outs,
    but they last only seconds. Another bonus feature is that the radio displays the
    RDS information for stations that broadcast that info. Crutchfield has been
    outstanding for technical support when I had a few questions about the
    vehicles wiring color coding.....Thank you!
    Tony

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    Excellent Deck

    Written by: Brad C from Goddard, KS on March 23, 2011

    2005 Dodge Grand Caravan
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I give this 4 1/2 stars... only con to this unit is that it doesn't have variable
    illumination colors which would have made it perfect, but I knew this when I
    bought it..

    As it is, I installed this in our family Grand Caravan. Kept the factory speakers
    and the sound improvement was tenfold. The adapter plate supplied by
    Crutchfield makes it fit and look like it belongs in the dash. Installation was a
    breeze thanks to the excellent freebie dash plate, antenna adapter, and wire
    harness adapters supplied by Crutchfield. Took about 15 minutes to solder
    the harnesses together and about 5 minutes to remove the old factory unit and
    install this unit. This is why I only purchase car stereo equipment from
    Crutchfield.

    Ipod features are excellent and the HD radio sounds very clean. I recommend
    this deck for anyone unless the variable color illumination is an issue for you. .

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    Kenwood KDC-HD548U

    Written by: WH from VA on March 23, 2011

    1999 Saturn SL2
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Pros: Clean aesthetic looks factory. Easy to understand interface. HD Radio
    built-in. Seemless integration with iPhone 4. Clean sound.
    Cons: Screen gets washed out in bright sunlight, clock is not always visible,
    blue lighting slightly too bright at night, "ATT" button only available on
    remote. Pre-set button travel is a bit far.

    Even with the cons, I'd buy again as this is one of the cleanest-looking
    feature-packed headunits in the price range.

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    Awesome Receiver

    Written by: aBigRobot from NC on March 22, 2011

    2002 Mazda Tribute
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a great receiver! I was comparing this to some sony and pioneer units,
    and I'm glad I went with the Kenwood. The sony's and pioneer's buttons and
    controls nowadays just feel cheap. iPod controls are awesome, sound quality is
    really awesome, the HD radio sounds great. The unit also looks great in the
    2002 Mazda Tribute, doesn't look out of place or too funky like some other
    brands. The only beef I may have with it is that the blue trim lights are a
    tiny bit bright at night, but it's really not that bad, it would just be nice to
    have a second color option. Great stereo that seems like it will last a long time.

    Crutchfield is awesome, providing all of the installation gear, instructions,
    and phone support makes it sooo easy. You really can't beat this units quality
    and features for the price too.

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    Awesome deck for the money

    Written by: Patrick G from Glendale, AZ on March 21, 2011

    2009 Chevrolet Cobalt
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Awesome stereo for the money. I bought this deck for 2 reasons. HD radio built in and Ipod USB control. Both work extremely well. The search features allow for very easy searching of all my audio files and there is even a .. wait for it.. a pause button on the deck for ipod and CDs.

    Plenty of preamp outputs for expandability. Bluetooth ready, even the option to use steering wheel controls.

    My only gripe.. if you can call it that is that it only has a 3 band EQ for bass mid and treble.. but then again I dont have a gajillion speakers or tons of amps. For now I am simply running the stock speakers out of my 2009 cobalt. The provided data sheet made installing myself a breeze even with having to remove parts of the dash.

    All in all I am very impressed.

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    2005 Dodge Ram

    Written by: Chad from Washington on March 15, 2011

    2005 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great unit, works well, iPOD control is great, looks good installed.

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    very nice unit

    Written by: t.zak from stevens point wisconsin on March 13, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    well i started out just replaceing my stock speakers in my 2002 chevy avalanche
    with 4 polk speakers that sounded great, then my freind talked me into getting a
    new head unit crutchfield was great at helping me pick out speakers and picking
    out head unit what a big differance the head unit made in power and sound and
    the tech support was awsome i had a little wirering problem and they figered it out
    in know time thanks crutchfield .

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    Can't complain much

    Written by: SteveD from Lake Bluff, IL on March 9, 2011

    1999 Hyundai Sonata
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    As I am not a fan of any of the radio stations in Chicago (except ESPN 1000), I
    went and got a flash drive to download songs from my computer and play on
    this stereo. As it downloaded the songs, it automatically put them into folders
    with the artist's name. Now I'm thinking that this car stereo is not going to be
    able to read all these folders and see the songs within them. But I was wrong.
    It worked perfectly. The sound from this stereo is typical Kenwood, which is a
    good thing. Very powerful, with strong bass even with the bass boost off.
    Seamlessly transfers from HD radio to analog as needed. If you have not
    bought a car stereo from Crutchfield, and are concerned about installing it
    yourself, DON'T BE. They were awesome. Only complaint about the stereo is
    the buttons are a little small, and turning the unit off is a little odd. Other than
    that, I really like it.

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    A Kenwood Convert

    Written by: PJ from Arpin, WI on March 9, 2011

    2003 Volkswagen Beetle
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I've always bought Pioneers in the past but decided to give Kenwood a try and
    I'm not disappointed. This unit sounds great, has a ton of easy to use features,
    and looks great at an excellent price. I love the controls for controlling the
    output to the sub, makes it easy and quick to get the best sound for a variety of
    different musical styles and media.

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    Excellent for the money

    Written by: Dylan from Austin, TX on March 7, 2011

    2004 Nissan Frontier
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed this receiver in my 2004 Nissan Frontier. Best bang for the buck.
    Pretty standard receiver but with integrated HD tuner. Radio stations come in
    stronger than my factory radio. Also this Kenwood pushes a lot more power to the
    stock speakers and can only turn the volume up halfway before I start getting
    distortion. Looks like Ill have to add some new 6 1/2's to handle the extra
    load. Overall easy installation and easy to use and get used to.

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    Good overall radio

    Written by: Andy from Pasadena, Ca. on February 28, 2011

    2007 Honda Accord LX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great radio overall with alot packed in for the price!

    Pros: I really like the mute feature when your iphone and ipod are connected, and when
    the call is completed it unmutes and starts off from where it was playing. Also if you
    disconnect the ipod or iphone it remembers the last song played when you connect it
    back, very cool feature.

    Cons: I think the search functionality for the ipod is a little hard to get use to. Going back
    and forth with such little buttons is not as easy as I thought it would be but you can
    change it back to ipod mode where all the controls are on the ipod/iphone instead of the
    deck.

    Overall a very clear and clean deck. I like the colors and am very impressed with all the
    features for the price!!

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    Worth the money

    Written by: jaminlogic from Rockford, IL on February 27, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed this for a friend, and got to listen to it for a few days. Installation was easy and
    everything that was needed came with the order. Front USB jack is handy when playing
    mp3 music from an Ipod or thumb drive. Everything else is pretty standard. Sound
    quality was good through stock speakers and an improvement over the stock CD
    player. This isn't an overly fancy head unit, but more than adequate for everyday
    listening. The only drawback was the detachable face case. Would be better if it came
    with a hard cover instead of a soft pouch.

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    Kenwood KDC-HD548U

    Written by: Lyle from Port Saint Lucie, FL on February 24, 2011

    2001 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent product for the price. Features take a little time to get familiar with.

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    Hands-on research

    What's in the box?

    Download owner's manual

    • 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)
    • Face pouch
    • 2 Removal tools
    • 4 Panhead ISO-mount screws
    • 4 Flathead ISO-mount screws
    • Face-fixing screw
    • Instruction Manual (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • Installation Manual (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • Warranty Card

    Features and Specs

    General
    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 Bluish white
    Key Button Color Blue/White
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 90 Days
    Labor Warranty 90 Days
    Expandability
    AUX Input Front
    Audio/video Input
    USB Input Front
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible No
    Satellite Radio Ready No
    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/Phone4
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 11.2 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No

    Product Research

    Overview: The Kenwood KDC-HD548U AM/FM CD receiver features a detachable face, front-panel auxiliary and USB input, three pairs of 2.0-volt preamp outputs, and built-in HD AM/FM radio. The KDC-HD548U 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 Kenwood KDC-HD548U comes with an IR remote control for wireless operation of the headunit 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
    Remote Control
    Optional Software

    Display Features

    Detachable Face: The Kenwood KDC-HD548U features a single front loading CD face that detaches from the chassis to deter theft. The headunit includes a cloth pouch for storing the face-plate when detached. 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.

    Fluorescent Display: The Kenwood headunit features a 14-segement, 13-character bluish white backlit fluorescent display with blue & white 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

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The Kenwood KDC-HD548U utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior CD sound quality.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood KDC-HD548U 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-HD548U 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.

    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).

    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: Eight 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, Game, and User.

    Bass/Treble/Mid Control: The System Q's User Mode features independent Bass (100 Hz), Treble (10 kHz), and Midrange (1 kHz) control from - 8 to +8 dB.

    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).

    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.

    6ch/2.0V Preamp Outputs: The KDC-HD548U features front, rear and subwoofer 2.0-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 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.

    Tel Mute: The KDC-HD548U 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. 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-HD548U's tuner features 3 FM banks (1, 2, 3) and 1 AM bank for storing presets. The Kenwood KDC-HD548U 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 (total of 24).
    • Mix: A total of of 6 stations can be assigned to a total of 6 preset buttons, regardless of AM/FM band and connected Satellite Radio tuner. You can recall a preset station without switching between bands.

    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-HD548U 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.

    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-HD548U 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.x/2.x) information. The headunit will display up to 60 characters.

    Text Scroll: The KDC-HD548U 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.

    Playback Modes: The Kenwood KDC-HD548U 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.

    USB/iPod/Aux Connectivity

    USB Port: The Kenwood KDC-HD548U features a front-panel USB (1.1/2.0) 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.x/2.x)  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-HD548U is powered on.

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

    iPod/iPhone Direct Connection: The KDC-HD548U'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 (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-HD548U.

    iPod/iPhone Audio Playback: The USB connection allows your iPod/iPhone'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. The Kenwood headunit 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 headunit or from your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen.

    • Music Browsing: The Kenwood headunit allows you to navigate your iPod's music by Playlist, Artists, Album, Genre, Composer, Song, or Podcast. You can search these categories alphabetically or using a percentage search (0.5%, 1%, 5%, 10%).
    • Playlists: You can create your own custom iPod/iPhone playlist (up to 10 songs) from the headunit.
    • Repeat & Random: The headunit supports Repeat (file) & Random (folder) playback functions of your connected iPod/iPhone.

    iPod/iPhone Display: The KDC-HD548U will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information when you are controlling your iPod or iPhone from the Kenwood headunit. The headunit 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-HD548U will not display your iPod/iPhone's music information (the headunit will instead display iPod MODE).

    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/iPhone connected. When you hear a song you enjoy on your local HD Radio station, you only have to press the headunit'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.

    iPod/iPhone 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-HD548U 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 Charge
    Audio Video Headunit iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Text Track Info
    dock connector 3rd N/A N N N N N N N N
    clickwheel
    color
    4th N/A N N N N N N N N
    mini 1st N/A N N N N N N N N
    2nd N/A N N N N N N N N
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N Y Y N Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N Y Y N Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    6th 1.0 PC Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3rd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4th 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    iPhone 2G 3.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3G 3.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS 3.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4 4.0 Y N 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 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 a newer software update is available.

    Aux In: The unit is equipped with a front 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 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.

    Auxiliary Display: The KDC-HD548U allows you to select the source type displayed when using the auxiliary input. You can choose from AUX, DVD, Portable, Game, Video, or TV.

    Remote Control

    Wireless Remote Control: The KDC-HD548U comes with an IR remote control (RC-405) for wireless operation of the headunit. 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 KDC-HD548U 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 headunit'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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