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Kenwood KDC-252U

CD receiver (Factory refurbished)

185 Reviews

Item #: 613KDC252U

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Original Price: $69.99

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Overview

Our take on the Kenwood KDC-252U

Do you like listening to your iPod® in the car? You do? Great — but if you're just jacking it into an aux input, you're missing out on some nice features and better sound quality.

Do you like listening to your iPod® in the car? You do? Great — but if you're just jacking it into an aux input, you're missing out on some nice features and better sound quality.

Built-in iPod controls
Kenwood's KDC-252U CD receiver is the least expensive model with built-in iPod controls in their 2012 lineup. That means you can connect your iPod or iPhone® to the front-panel USB input and take charge of your playlists from the receiver. You won't have to fumble around with the player while you're scooting down the road or stuck in traffic. Your iPod or iPhone will even charge up when it's connected, too.

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Better sound quality
And sound quality takes a bump for the better, too. When you're connected via the USB input, you bypass the digital-to-analog converter in your iPod and take advantage of the Kenwood's 24-bit D/A converter. Your music will sound fuller, richer, and more natural.

Good power with plenty of tone control
The KDC-252U is also a well-rounded sound machine, with a sturdy internal amplifier that kicks out a lot more power than most factory stereos. Plus, you'll have access to more sophisticated tone controls, including a 3-band EQ with a bevy of preset tone curves.

More connectivity
And even if you don't have your iPod on hand, you can keep the party going all day by loading in a disc full of MP3 and WMA files, or by jacking another device into the front-panel aux input. When you're ready to expand your system, a set of preamp outputs simplifies the job of adding an amp or a powered sub for some extra kick in your sound.

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.

it works amazing

Anonymous, Denville, NJ

What's in the Box:

  • Refurbished AM/FM CD receiver (with 10-amp fuse inserted into the chassis)
  • Face (attached)
  • Trim ring (attached)
  • Sleeve (installed)
  • Wiring harness
  • Wireless remote control (RC-405)
  • CR2025 3V lithium-battery (installed in remote)
  • Cloth face pouch
  • 2 Removal tools
  • 4 Panhead ISO-mount screws
  • 4 Flathead ISO-mount screws
  • Instruction Manual (Eng/Fre/Spa)
  • Warranty Card

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD player with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RW discs including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA music files
    • detachable face with 11-digit display and red button illumination
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • System Q Sound Control (8 preset EQ curves and a 3-band equalizer)
    • speaker size settings
    • Supreme Setting improves the sound of files encoded at low bit rates
    • bass boost
    • low-pass filter, subwoofer level control, and phase switch
    Expandability:
    • iPod/iPhone direct control via USB input — no adapter necessary, but adding Kenwood's optional cable lets you leave your iPod cable at home
    • Pandora control with iPhone
    • compatible with Music Link app for Android devices
    • inputs: front-panel auxiliary and USB input
    • outputs: 2-channel preamp outputs (2-volt rear/subwoofer)
    Other features and specs:
    Reviews

    Kenwood KDC-252U Reviews

    Average Customer Review:

    185 Reviews

    Awesome!

    Written by: HyerT from Helper, UT on November 17, 2013

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

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

    Great product for the money! I bought one factory refurbished and could not notice any defects or marks of work. This works great, I wanted a unit that would handle my plug ins without breaking the bank. It works well in my Ford Ranger. You get what you pay for, I hope everyone realizes this when they look at this product, it is good all around.

    Pros: Simple, easy to use.

    Cons: none yet.

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    Written by: Travis from Arlington, va on September 14, 2013

    2002 Toyota Tundra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    This inexpensive stereo was perfect for my goal to upgrade the stereo in my 10-year old single-cab pickup. I can now enjoy audiobooks stored on my iPhone. The kit/instructions were helpful but required a bit of intuition on my part. I think a few more detailed instructions would help many buyers. I enjoyed this experience with Crutchfield.

    Pros: Price. Features.

    Cons: None for my purposes.

    Amazing

    Written by: Anonymous from Denville, NJ on August 19, 2013

    1993 GMC K Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    it works amazing

    Pros: everything

    Cons: nothing

    Good, Inexpensive Upgrade

    Written by: Steve from San Diego, CA on July 21, 2013

    2003 Infiniti G35
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Replaced the OEM CD changer in our '03 G35 after suffering the dreaded CD-jammed-and-took-out-the-HVAC-too problem. 17yo son very happy with sound and iPod integration. Even with the stock speakers it sounds better than OE, in my opinion. Pretty easy install with supplied wiring kit and Metra dash adapter (half off!). Thanks Crutchfield!

    Pros: Good sound. Looks sharp.

    Cons: None

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    Written by: Chris from Commack ny on June 10, 2013

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

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

    The receiver was easy To install. The receiver sounds and looks great.

    Pros: The wiring harness fits perfectly

    Cons: You lose steering wheel operation

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    Written by: Anonymous from Burwell Nebraska on June 9, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    good for the amount

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    Written by: AllanC from White House, TN on June 3, 2013

    2003 GMC Sierra 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Great Product and it fits nicely in the truck.

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    Written by: Joe from PA on May 30, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Cool unit with good sound and features. Painless install with the kit. Delivered fast.

    Pros: Muti media capable. MP3 and CDR disc, aux input, USB and i Pod

    Cons: Can be to much to change sound profiles and folder options while driving.

    Good Deck for the price

    Written by: ds from St.Paul,MN on May 30, 2013

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

    I bought this deck at another store. But, I wanted to post a review on a site that is actually for folks that are interested in audio products. Installed pretty easily on my 2000 mazda protege. Sounded good. Loved having the USB port. Would have preferred to have a rear-attached usb port just to hide my thumb drive/ipod. But, for the price point, beggars cannot be choosers. Kenwood has made a customer for life with the quality of their products.

    Pros: Install ease, Ipod connectivity for price, removable face, IR remote for controlling unit.

    Cons: User interface not the easiest to use. But, that is noted on 99% of the reviews for this HU.

    Great Stereo

    Written by: sb from Winslow, ME on May 26, 2013

    2002 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I put this in my 2002 Subaru Impreza Sport Wagon and it made a huge improvement on my system. The installation was a lot easier than expected and didn't take me much time at all. Once that piece is done, the sound improved on my car a lot more than expected. The system does take a little bit to figure out with the controls, but once you do it is a great receiver. I also love that I can control Pandora through the stereo rather than my phone as it makes it much easier to use that way. The only problem that I have is when it takes control of my iPod. I have an iPod classic and it can be a little difficult to search through all the songs through the stereo and I usually just unplug it and find a playlist and then plug it in. Overall, I love this product and believe it includes a lot for the price.

    Pros: great sound value cool features iPod/Pandora control

    Cons: takes some time to figure out the controls

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    Written by: geon from south carolina on May 24, 2013

    2004 Ford Escape
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Needed an inexpensive radio to work with a factory subwoofer. Crutchfield made it very easy to select one that would work properly and their installation advice and extra products were a fantastic bargain. I won't shop anywhere else after finding out (and using) about their tech help and the discounts on all the stuff needed to install! I could buy a radio elsewhere for a good price but the install specifics for my vehicle from them were worth any difference!

    Pros: Sounds great and I can play MP3s now Easy to install with the Crutchfield extras

    Cons: Not as intuitive to operate as the factory radio but easy to figure out in a few minutes with the instructions

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    Written by: Kevin from Philadelphia, PA on May 22, 2013

    2003 Mazda Protege
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    This is an awesome stereo for the price. Also, Crutchfield threw in all the necessary accessories for free, which was awesome. It sounds great in my car and allows me to hook up my phone or an mp3 player to play music. I think I would get more out of this stereo if I was an iPhone user, because some of the features are specific to iPhones. The only issue I had was that it kept flashing PROTECT on the screen after I installed. I thought that maybe I had wired something wrong, but after hitting the reset button (found on the front of the unit after removing the face plate), it started working.

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    Written by: jlinks from Fayetteville, NC on May 21, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    This is a great product but does require some time to master but overall is an excellent product.

    Pros: Great features for our current electronic age.

    Cons: No power on or off but, just a standby position.

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    Written by: Aermacchiman from Liberty, MO on May 20, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I was pleased that the operator at Crutchfield suggested this radio after listening to me describe what I wanted in a radio. Also, the install was far easier than I thought it would be. I soldered the wires for best connectivity and used heat shrink tubing to protect all the joints. Wiring looked neat and reliable. All the connections were straightforward. I did have to strip off about half an inch on one set of wires. I have a wire striping tool, so it was easy to do. I am very pleased with the sound and look inside my Chrysler.

    Pros: Radio looks good in the car. The add-on piece that fills the opening in the dash is a perfect fit. Crutchfield thought of everything.

    Cons: None here.

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    Written by: JimO from Lancaster, PA on May 18, 2013

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

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

    Overall a very good value.

    Pros: Excellent Sound Quality and ease of use.

    Cons: Marginal AM receiver sensitivity

    Eh..

    Written by: KillaPhi from Stone Mountain, GA on May 18, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I got this head unit because of the good price I guess. I later found out I could've gotten it cheaper somewhere else so meh..

    Pros: Really clean interface

    Cons: The equalizer is so elementary.

    Awesome Stereo

    Written by: Dave D. from Whitingham, VT on May 15, 2013

    2011 Dodge Caliber
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Love the new Kenwood, better sound than the stock unit by far....the USB port is the way to go, no more CD's for me!

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    Written by: Anonymous from Saginaw, TX on May 14, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Great sounding stereo. Easy to use. Love the iPod interface.

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    Perfect for my Wrangler

    Written by: Paul from New York on May 13, 2013

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

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

    My stock wrangler's head unit needed to be replaced, it was putting out about 5 watts per speaker. I have alpine speakers all around and will be hooking this up to subwoofer soon. There are many great audio controls such as bass boost, mid levels, loudness and a couple EQs. It has a calm red glow and is not too overpowering at night. I can definitely hear a change in audio quality especially after the fine tuning. It has 22 watts rms per speaker which is more than most in its price range. USB input is a must these days, and the Pandora radio control puts the cherry on top. CD's and aux also sound great. Spend the extra money and purchase this unit, considering that crutchfield includes all the wiring and hardware for free. I will 100% buy from this store again.

    Pros: Great Sound, easy to use, iPod control, USB, aux, build quality, cool red colors, CD drive

    Cons: I sometimes have to turn it on manually when I start my car, but it might just be a jeep thing ;)

    wonderful

    Written by: twl1066 from Tucson, AZ on May 13, 2013

    1993 Chrysler Lebaron
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I bought this to repelace an aging stock radio in a 93 Lebaron Convertible. My wife wanted to be able to listen to her iPod. I just wanted improved sound quality. I matched it to 5.25 Sony 3-ways in the doors and 5.25 Kicker coxials in the rear panel and boy does it sound great!

    Pros: Easy of use and improved sound. Wiring harnesses and dash adapter provided by Crutchfield simplified installation.

    Cons: newer models have more features, but I went for a unit on special with free installation accessories.

    Kenwood KDC 252-U installed in 97 Mustang GT conv

    Written by: Mike from Raleigh, NC on May 10, 2013

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

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

    Very nice unit for a very reasonable price. Controls are not very intuitive but a little time with the manual works that out. ipod connectivity works great! Sound is very clear, moderately loud and a big BIG upgrade from my old factory unit.

    Pros: Price, iPod connectivity, looks nice

    Cons: None really. Controls took a bit of study and time to master but are fine

    Awesome!

    Written by: Huck from TN on May 9, 2013

    1999 Ford F-250 Super Duty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I have been looking to upgrade my truck's factory stereo with an Ipod ready unit. This Kenwood fit the bill to a T. Easy to use and to set up. Great sound quality!

    Pros: Ease of use and Setup. Sound quailty

    Cons: none

    1995 Bronco

    Written by: FT from Eliz. City NC on May 9, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Easy install (less than 30 min) . Makes 18 yr old speakers sound like new!

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    Written by: Leroy B from Columbus, GA on May 8, 2013

    2000 Daewoo Leganza
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Good sound

    Pros: Good price

    Cons: Not easy to use at first

    Kenwood Stereo

    Written by: AYoung from Sacramento, CA on May 6, 2013

    1994 Volvo 940
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Great value for the price and a good stereo all around

    Pros: Great sound Great price Easy to install with wires already pre-crimped

    Cons: Not many options Can't change color on the deck itself

    Better than expected

    Written by: Tran from Denver, co on May 5, 2013

    1999 Mercedes-Benz ML430
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Sound better than expected for a low end receiver.

    Pros: Pre-amp, USB, Aux input

    Cons: N/a

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    Written by: Anonymous from valley center on May 4, 2013

    1992 Dodge D Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Great deck great price great everything

    Pros: Good sound nice layout of menu

    Cons: none

    Awesome

    Written by: Jeff from Port St Joe, FL on May 3, 2013

    2004 Pontiac Grand Prix
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Excellent receiver for the price.

    Pros: Aux and USB inputs very accessible, plenty of power, easy to adjust controls.

    Cons: none

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    Written by: Nathen from olympia,wa on May 2, 2013

    1999 Toyota Corolla
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Love the new deck. Went in no problem.

    Pros: Looks great easy to use

    Cons: Doesnt have a very good antenna signal

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    Written by: Anonymous from Virginia Beach, VA on April 29, 2013

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

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

    Outstanding radio

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    Written by: Charles from Calhoun, Ga. 30701 on April 28, 2013

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

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

    Great Value, Sound Great, and Looks Great

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    Excellent Product

    Written by: rqui from Manchester nh on April 27, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    This stereo was originally more expensive and I got it and the adapter and the installation kit for a great deal. Couldn't have asked for a better experience. Went to the local big box store and they told me that it would be $150 plus installation cost. So glad my Uncle recommended Crutchfield. Any electronics will now be checked out here before I go anywhere else.

    Pros: I now have Iphone compatibility in my 05 camry.

    Cons: I didn't read the instructions to put in the installation kit and had to have one of my workers put it in for free. So none.

    Kenwood ipod cd player

    Written by: Chichskibby from East bend nc on April 27, 2013

    1992 Honda Prelude
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Works great and extremely capable of finding all you sings on your ipod

    Pros: Cheap price and easy to program and install

    Cons: None

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    Written by: Kyle from Bowling green, ky on April 24, 2013

    2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Great head unit

    Pros: Easy to use

    Cons: Very reliable

    Great head unit

    Written by: ldrmanbgft from Stuarts Draft, VA on April 21, 2013

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

    Great head unit. I can hook up my ipod to it!! Will probobly never use the CD player, as all my music is in my ipod. Fits very well in my 98 Volvo V70 XC AWD. I also like the niffty little storage pocket underneath it, I can put my ipod and remote in there!! After I got it adjusted (sound settings) I am very pleased.

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    Gets the job done.

    Written by: Anonymous from Mentor, OH on April 19, 2013

    2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    This Kenwood unit is a great upgrade over a factory system. It works seamlessly with my iPod touch and iPhone 4S. I don't listen to Pandora, so I can't comment on those controls. I went for the low-buck upgrade of my 2004 Silverado, so I got this unit combined with a set of JVC 4x6's, and a Bazooka amplified sub. For the price, my system blows the factory system out of the water!

    Pros: Great value, no distortion at high volume levels, seamless iPod integration.

    Cons: No Bluetooth, controls can be a little confusing at first.

    great upgrade

    Written by: helio c from charlottesville va on April 16, 2013

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

    this unit replaced the 13 year old OEM radio (cassette/receiver) and a failing 13 year old 6 disk CD changer (speaking of which, also bought from crutchfield and i am amazed it lasted 13 years in the harsh conditions of the car). so while i am greatly pleased and amazed at what it does for so low a price, the baseline is is very low here. that said, the sound is better, it is great to have a huge amount of music available without necessarily going the iPod route (i like music in the car but not elsewhere), and i like the flexibility of CD / RCA mini-jack / USB port.

    Pros: USB input, remote, red LEDs match my car's dash lighting.

    Cons: like many electronics today, a bit too much feature bloat. would be nice if the unit would read the folder names on the USB rather than giving them numbers (but perhaps this is something i just don't know how to fix

    KDC-252U

    Written by: dtj from Richmond, Va. on April 12, 2013

    2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    This unit was easy to install and the instructions were right on. Looks good and sounds good. Love the built in IPOD hookup. Everything works great and will deal with Crutchfield in the future.

    Pros: Easy to install and to use. Looks great in the dash and functions great.

    Cons: None

    Great value

    Written by: Zman from Crystal Lake, IL on April 6, 2013

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

    $89.99 for a nice unit with tons of features and installation kit included is great!! Installed it in my daughters 2000 Maxima and I can't believe how good those stock speakers sound over the stock radio.

    Pros: Price, iPod and Pandora controls

    Cons: None

    great product/ great price

    Written by: kevin h from ca. on April 6, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    ken kdc 252u ...purchased this deck for my 2001 honda accord. very easy install and perfect fit.

    Pros: everything..great fit for hondas

    Cons: none

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    Written by: John from Vermilion Ohio on April 6, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
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    Sounds and looks great !!

    Pros: usb

    Cons: none

    Really Nice Unit

    Written by: sduke from Lubbock, TX on April 5, 2013

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

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

    Very nice receiver/CD player. Nice button layout and the USB connection is very handy. Lot's of features for a very good price and the Kenwood name.

    Pros: Button layout, usb outlet, great price, easy set-up

    Cons: none for the price

    Easy to install

    Written by: ukw from Seattle, WA on April 4, 2013

    1992 Toyota Corolla
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I purchased this unit for two different vehicles and it was fairy easy to install on both. I had a question on one of the installs and called customer service who were able to help out very quickly on a question of what wire on the unit connects with whayt wire on the harness

    Pros: This is a great unit with good sound quality for an affordable price, with great customer service that helps you install correctly

    Cons: The unit controls are not the most intuitive in terms of their overall design but I'm sure I'll get use to them the more I use the units

    great reciever

    Written by: robert from fairmont,wv on April 1, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    This was put in a custom console for a Polaris ranger with a marine cover it dose very well playing cd's without skipping over rough terrain has plenty of features.

    Pros: Ipod controls Pandora compatible aux input

    Cons: None I have found

    Good product

    Written by: RickAG from Erie, PA on April 1, 2013

    2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Great Sound at an affordable price. I replaced the factory stereo, that had a broken CD player and A tape player that said needed cleaning every time I would put in the adapter for my MP3 player. Now I jest pulg in a USB jump drive and I have over 3000 songs to listen to. Easy to install with the instructions that were included. in my 2004 silverado

    Pros: Good sound. USB and AUX connections along with CD, AM and FM

    Cons: Buttons are small and took some time to get the hang of the controls.

    Kenwood KDC-252U- 2003 Jeep Wrangler

    Written by: Gina W from Wauwatosa WI on March 31, 2013

    2003 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I am comparing to a stock radio- so 5 stars across the board. I wanted to replace the entire system in my 2003 Wrangler and had NO IDEA where to start. I have ZERO knowledge in this area. I decided to do this one day and within 3 hours I found the Crutchfield website, researched my specific car, realized I had 7 speakers instead of 4 based on their website tutorial, chose this receiver and had it on the way to my home. It was delivered within 3 days! My husband was extremely skeptical because my current system sounded SO BAD. He installed this today and the sound it 1000 times better! I still plan to replace the sound bar and console speakers with marine speakers (had no such knowledge of such a thing until finding this website) and maybe an amp. Before all I could do is listen to radio as there was not aux input for mobile devices and CD's would just skip if I hit the slightest bump. I now have it all and my husband is super impressed and he's a hard nut to crack. Great bang for the buck and a huge thank you to Crutchfield for making me a smarter person!

    Pros: Replaced a factory system and sound is million times improved. Price is great for what you get.

    Cons: None really but we had to add a shim to make the system fit- not a big deal though.

    My Kenwood KDC-252U

    Written by: Mr L from Somewherein, Va on March 30, 2013

    2003 MINI Cooper
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Love the price and overall quality of the Kenwood KDC-252U

    Pros: Looks great in the car

    Cons: I wish it had more easy to use balance/equalizer controls

    GOT TO TRUST THE KENWOOD

    Written by: SamS from Maryland on March 29, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    KENWOOD IS KENWOOD, THEY ARE GREAT UNITS! Some people may say other wise because thay are used to using one brand of head unit and the way it functions. I have had sony, pioneer, clarion, jvc, dual, aiwa, and of course kenwood head units and can tell you kenwood is a great company for making head units! Im NOT saying that other brands are bad at all, but I am saying KENWOOD is better than most people think. I know i was surprise when I gave my first KENWOOD head unit a try about 5 or so years ago. This KENWOOD unit here 1st off was a great deal! It has "USB" port as well as "AUX" port "PANDORA CONTROL" all for UNDER $90 with FREE shipping, FREE install gear, FREE "do it your self master sheet", and FREE lifetime tech support! ( I should just stop there, lol ) 2nd, it has a sleek mature savvy look to its face. It is very professional, and with todays vehicals getting more tech inside them as well as the vehical "dash" becoming more of "cockpit" this unit will look like it belongs. In my opinion KENWOOD has always done a great job at styling head units 3rd, the unit is simple and simple to use/navigate unlike some other brands i have used. You say "up", its go's up, you say "menu", its gives you menu, ext. It is the type of unit that you can open out of the box and use with out reading the manual. 10 mins to familiarize yourself with it and your done. "user friendly" in an unit is very important if not the most important feature. 4th, sound is crisp, pure, and true to point!

    Pros: "SOUND QUALITY" "PRICE" "EASE OF USE" "COMPANY" "STYLING" "FEATURES"

    Cons: THIS IS NOT A "CON" BUT 1 THING I WOULD LIKE TO SEE IS VARIBLE ILLUMINATION (ABLE TO CHANGE COLORS ON THE DISPLAY)

    Works Great in 2000 Chrysler 300m

    Written by: C300m from Washington on March 29, 2013

    2000 Chrysler 300M
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Works great! Fits perfectly and works well. Be careful when putting it in as some of the metal can get bent the wrong way and it will jiggle around but once you bend it back if you messed it up then it should be great!

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    GREAT STEREO

    Written by: Anonymous from ST PETE FL on March 27, 2013

    2002 Toyota Corolla
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Very easy install

    Pros:

    Cons: Confusing setting radio stations up for memory.

    Very Good Product

    Written by: Ej from Dublin, IN on March 25, 2013

    1991 Dodge D Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Very happy with this product. I have owned several Pioneer stereos, and this one does not disappoint. A very good value.

    Pros: Inexpensive, well built quality.

    Cons:

    Kenwood KDC-252U

    Written by: Anonymous from Cedar Rapids,IA on March 25, 2013

    1998 Saturn SC2
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Simple design and was an easy install with the kit provided.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Too Many Things To Control, Too Few Controls...

    Written by: DanS from Chicago area on March 24, 2013

    2002 Ford Crown Victoria
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    This unit promises to do a lot of things--play CDs, receive radio, control an iPod, play music from flash devices, etc. Trouble is, it tries to do all these things, plus some fairly elaborate setup and configuraton stuff, through a grand total of about three buttons and one knob. As a result, anything beyond adjusting the volume or skipping to the next track requires navigating through multiple levels of menus, using only the one knob and a sparse, single-line display... which means you'll be taking your eyes off the road a LOT to operate this unit. I didn't like that. Would it really raise the price that much to put a couple more controls on the front panel? Also, while this unit can be installed in my car (a Ford Crown Vic Interceptor) using a (supplied) dash bracket, I suspect the installation would be permanent--the bracket, once installed, does not appear to be removable other than by breaking it, and there is very little space for wiring behind the unit; the excess wires have to go on top. This is easy enough on initial installation (when the bracket and unit go in as an assembly), but looks like it'd be somewhere between difficult and impossible to re-install the unit once the bracket is permanently in place. After a dry run (connected but not physically installed), I decided to send this one back.

    Pros: Sounded pretty good

    Cons: Controls require taking your eyes off the road to do much more than adjust the volume. Somewhere between difficult and impossible to R&R after initial installation.

    Kenwood KDC-252U

    Written by: Greg C from Cape Coral, FL on March 23, 2013

    1990 Chevrolet G Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    This was just what I was looking for, easy to use.........not a bunch of extra gadgets to figure out. Sound quality is way better than I expected, considering that I am using my factory stock speakers. I wish that I had not waited so long to replace my radio. Great value for the investment.

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    Great little unit

    Written by: JeremyJ from Georgia on March 19, 2013

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

    Great unit that installed in about an hour from start to finish. The installation gear and guide were clear and helpful. The sound is way better that my old stock CD player. It was also surprisingly easy to set the functions on it too. You can't go wrong with Crutchfield.

    Pros: Great unit for the cost. Sure there are better headunits out there but this one won't break the bank.

    Cons: none

    Kenwood receiver

    Written by: chevy6416 from Frederica, Delaware on March 17, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Not being too used to new stuff, some friends reccomended Kenwood would do everything that I would want it to do and more. They were right. It does everything and even some things I don't even need.

    Pros: The price, looks and sound adjustments it makes. Just great!

    Cons: Non yet.

    Kenwood KDC-252U

    Written by: Anonymous from Springfield, NJ on March 11, 2013

    2010 Hyundai Accent
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I am very happy with the functionality of the stereo. The faceplate doesn't pop in as easily as it should. The sound isn't quite as good as i'd like, but I need to upgrade the speakers to get the most out of this stereo. Overall I have happy with my purchase and with Crutchfield in general.

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    Kenwood KDC-252U

    Written by: Kathy W. from Grand Junction, CO on March 9, 2013

    2002 Jeep Liberty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    We've enjoyed this stereo very much. Even before we installed new speakers, the sound was so much better! Thank you!

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    Great

    Written by: SS from IL on March 2, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I love this unit. I put the marine version of this in my boat over the summer and loved it, so I put this one in my car. My stock GM radio didnt have an aux input and I keep all of my music on my iphone. Plug the iphone in with the standard USB cord and have full control of your music at the unit or with the remote. Once you get used to the search functions it is painless. Your playlist names and song titles are displayed on the unit. Plus your iphone is charging while you drive.

    Pros: Ipod / Iphone controls. This is why I bought it. I keep my music on my Iphone. Plug the phone in with the USB and have completed control from the deck or with the remote. Push search, Choose playlist, artist, song, etc. Your playlists and song titles are displayed. Once you get used to the search procedure it is so simple. Sounds quality is sooo much better than using the generic aux jack. The red display matches my Pontiac instruments.

    Cons: Only one set of outputs so expansion is limited.... but I knew that when I ordered it so I'm not complaining. Just something to keep in mind

    Kenwood KDC-252U

    Written by: Anonymous from Mchenry ms on March 2, 2013

    2000 Volkswagen Jetta
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    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Simple and easy to use

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    Good value

    Written by: David from Huntsville Alabama on January 31, 2013

    2007 Hyundai Accent
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Some controls are not intuitive, especially the FM Tuner. Besides that I am very happy.

    Pros: iPod connector.

    Cons: Clumsy controls

    Excelent

    Written by: Greer from Portland, Maine on January 20, 2013

    2006 Ford Focus ZX4
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Pretty good, sounds great, and does its job

    Pros: Looks cool, has USB and AUX, i charge my phone and use it as an mp3 player at the same time

    Cons: Mounting gear did not fit with the locking brace for the HU in my car, doubt anyone will steal it though because of where i live.

    Kenwood KDC-252U

    Written by: Wyatt N from Richmond, VA on January 18, 2013

    2001 Saab 9-3
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Great product has amazing sound quality

    Pros:

    Cons: Only problem is when I plug an iPod into it it will sometimes freeze and won't play anything

    Simple

    Written by: MeGotRice from Philadelphia, PA on January 14, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Car: 1999 Audi A4 w/ Bose System The Kenwood KDC-252U is a very simple receiver to use. Your main options are available by clicking the volume knob once to go into the menu then clicking it once more to select. However, at the same time, it's very limited in what it can do. For example, you have the option to rename the 'AUX' source, but only to what it allows you to (TV, Portable, DVD, etc) The red color scheme matches my 1999 Audi A4's dash 1:1, it's amazing. The USB features don't work with my Samsung Galaxy S3 and although the charging icon shows up on my phone, whatever power that's coming through isn't enough to actually charge the phone at all. The auxiliary port works as expected; just plug in a male 3.5mm in the receiver and another 3.5mm male into your device. The free installation gear works, but ONLY if you install it right. I only had front left audio until the Crutchfield tech support rep noted one wire that wasn't connected. If your car doesn't have an amplifier, chances are, you won't get your rear speakers to work. I only have front and subwoofer working in my car since I had to use 2 female to 1 male RCA splitters. I decided to replace the unit through Crutchfield because of the lack of preamps in the back (RCA ports) and I got a much nicer unit. For the price, It doesn't have all the nice features of more expensive receivers, but if you're getting this for a non tech-savvy person, it's great because you don't have to go through any menus to get to your music.

    Pros: Simple and easy to use; Nice colors, easy to read text and menus.

    Cons: Lack of features; lack of preamps; doesn't support Android phones through USB nor does it charge phones.

    so far so good!

    Written by: Errol M. from Huntington Station, NY on January 13, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    so far so good! install was as easy as any other head unit- nothing exceptionally different. i bought this SPECIFICALLY for iphone 4 compatibility and charging. i rarely listen to the radio, but it does come thru as clear as the crappy aftermarket antenna on my car allows. this head unit DOES allow you to control the iphone thru the iphone itself, not just thru the head unit. i have not tried the cd/mp3 cd player so i cannot comment on that. all in all a great bargain for the price shipped to NY with all the install accessories included! thanks again crutchfield. -Errol

    Pros: it's all good. no problems at all other than what's listed below, which isn't really a 'con'; more like a quirk.

    Cons: there is a slight delay for the head unit to power up from being completely off. there's no indication that you actually pressed the 'power/source' button. the unit remains off for like 3 or 4 seconds until it fully powers up. however... if i leave the head unit on, remove the key from the ignition (which shuts the unit off), then later return to my car and key on to start the car, there is no delay in the unit powering up; it's on instantly when the ignition turns on.

    KDC-252U

    Written by: David from Los Angeles on January 8, 2013

    2006 Hummer H3
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Looks good and sounds nice. Not the easiest to program.

    Pros: sounds good, looks nice. easy ipod hook-up.

    Cons: Can't get the clock to display.

    Same as the other one

    Written by: Rainer from Colorado Springs on December 27, 2012

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

    This was a replacement unit which was even worse! Took a while to warm up and stay on.

    Pros: easy install, great sound (when it does play)

    Cons:

    Great replacement

    Written by: AdamC from San Jose, CA on December 26, 2012

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

    I bought this as a Hanukkah present for my sister. After I placed the order, I immediately had second thoughts. What if she didn't like it? What if I ruined her car? Well, Hanukkah has come and gone, the radio is installed, and a week later she absolutely LOVES it! She drives a lot and told me it has absolutely changed her life. With just ten minutes sitting together in the car I was able to figure out how everything works and show her how to do it. I didn't think that just replacing the head unit could improve sound quality, but let me tell you, it totally did! Somehow this thing is getting deeper bass and fuller sound out of the stock speakers.

    Pros: Looks great - fit's right in with the rest of the car's interior (a Protege5) Sounds great - Even with stock speakers Easy to use - Controls have good tactile feel and nothing is too confusing

    Cons: By default it connects to the iPhone in accessory mode, which means you can't control your music from the iPhone, just through the unit itself, which is tedious. I am pretty sure there is a way to turn this off as my unit used to do this too and I figured out how to change it. Assuming i can turn it off this is a mild inconvenience. But I still dropped a star for it.

    Kenwood KDC-252U

    Written by: Anonymous from Pleasant Hill, Iowa on December 26, 2012

    1991 Chevrolet S10
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Seems to work great.

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    Cons:

    Sounds good, looks good.

    Written by: Acer from Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin on December 16, 2012

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

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

    Perfect for our vehicle. Very easy and intuitive controls.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Kenwood KDC-252U

    Written by: RICHARD J from Covington, Ga on December 3, 2012

    2012 Nissan Frontier SV
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Great Radio Very Easy To install And Operate

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    Great radio for the price.

    Written by: Tony J. from Florida on December 1, 2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Good sound, good value for the price. Fairly simple to install and all the correct parts were delivered. I would like to have had the clock display all of the time but it is a minor issue. Crutchfield staff very friendly and helpful. Thanks for a good value receiver. It actually looks more expensive than it is. Great gift for someone.

    Pros: Easy to install,looks great,sounds great, very good price.

    Cons: Clock not displaying all of the time.

    Great upgrade

    Written by: Dave in PC from Panama City, FL on November 29, 2012

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

    After running my Dodge 2500 for more than 10 years with a factory am/fm/cassette stereo, I figured it was time to do something different. Crutchfield has been great in the past for both my and my family, so I cruised their website and found the "high power" stereo I was looking for at a good price. The deal at the time included free installation kit, so I picked up this stereo. After a couple of nervous calls to tech support because what I saw didn't seem to make sense (I don't do this every day).... and a couple of quick and very easy solutions to my questions.... the stereo went in very easily. Initial impressions are very good, and while I just tested it sitting in my driveway, I can already tell there is a great improvement. Using the audio in cord for my satellite stereo is much better than using the FM adapter. While the radio doesn't seem to like my Sansa Clip player, it may be just a glitch, but it is a simple fix to put the songs on a flash drive and plug that into the USB connector. Looking forward to my next road trip with this unit.

    Pros: First impression is good porduct quality. GREAT customer / tech support. Good sound for a "non-audiophile" looking for an upgrade from the OEM set. Great price from Crutchfield.

    Cons: Initial look at the "menu" and settings are a little vague. More time will tell. Minor issue and should not be a deal breaker for anyone looking to purchase one of these.

    big bang for the buck

    Written by: Tom from Newton, IL on November 28, 2012

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

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

    Nice looking and sounds great. Easy to use and love the ipod control in a unit of this price.

    Pros: Good quality, sharp looking, great sound and price

    Cons:

    Happy with this purchase

    Written by: Juan M from North Carolina on November 27, 2012

    1997 Chevrolet Blazer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I bought this to replace the OEM unit in my '97 Blazer and the sound quality is definitely better and the radio grabs many more channels than the OEM unit did. Installation was pretty straightforward but I already had the tools and basic know-how. I rated it kind of low on the coolness factor because it sticks out of the dash so much. But I know that is due to the Blazer design, not the radio unit. My cons are numerous but my nitpicks, and I still can't complain for the price.

    Pros: Good sound quality, fairly easy install.

    Cons: The display keeps going back to the frequency setting instead of staying on clock as I have selected, the secondary control features don't light up at night, the removable face is kind of hard to remove and re-install with quite a bit of jiggling required to get everything lined up and snapped in or out, no clock unless entire unit is on, navigating through the menus is kind of tedious. There doesn't appear to be a seek feature for the mix CDs I have. Hitting forward skips to start of the CD.

    kenwood head unit

    Written by: ambrose from malta, MT on November 16, 2012

    1991 GMC Sierra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Great replacement from stock

    Pros: great look and sound quality

    Cons:

    Kenwood KDC-252U

    Written by: Benny from 70461 on November 12, 2012

    2006 Suzuki Grand Vitara
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    • Ease of Use
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    very good

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    Cons:

    Kdc 252u

    Written by: Anonymous from Wichita ks on October 31, 2012

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

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

    Nice sound for the price, iphone control is convenient

    Pros: Easy controls,

    Cons: Not a big fan of the red backlighting

    Kenwood KDC-252U

    Written by: Joe from Marshfield WI on October 29, 2012

    1997 Pontiac Sunfire
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Kenwood has always been about quality and Crutchfield always always delivers quality...

    Pros: looks good and sounds good...

    Cons: none

    Kenwood KDC-252U Amazing unit!

    Written by: JaredC from Marion, IL on October 29, 2012

    1998 Honda Civic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    All I can say is WOW. This CD receiver is brillant! I can't get over the sound quality this receiver puts out. It was pretty easy to install in my car, I have a 98 Honda Civic and it took about an hour, not bad at all. I def. do not miss my old factory CD player!! Since the installation of this Kenwood and experiencing the sound quality, I realized I have been missing out!!!!!!!! I should have installed one of these sooner. What amazes me the most is the fact that I still have my factory speakers in my car and the receiver makes them sound much much better. For example, I set the EQ to 'Rock' and then I turned the Bass Boost to Level 3.....dear god....epic! I listened to 'Sail' by Awolnation, and some Korn, WOW...it sounds like I have a sub in my car! Really! My sister was riding with me and I had my music on and she looked over and asked me "Do you have a sub in your car?" lol I said no, it's my new Kenwood receiver! I don't know how they did it, but they definitely accomplished it. Having incredible sound quality and the sound of a sub coming from your speakers is an ear orgasm. The pandora feature is really cool!! You can even select "thumbs up" or "thumbs down" on the faceplate. Anyone that is looking for a GREAT CD player with all of the amazing features, a cheap price, amazing sound quality, I highly recommend this! Buy it now!! Best of all Crutchfield included everything I needed in my order (Wire harness, Dash kit, Very detailed instructions-all FREE)

    Pros: -Sound Quality! -Ipod/Android compatible -Pandora -Ease of use -Installation -Variety of settings (EQ) -Instant access to ALL of your music/videos (No more CDs!!) -Deep bass, sound of a sub woofer

    Cons: -Absolutely NONE!!!!!

    Good stuff

    Written by: Dirty Dave from Michigan city, IN on October 25, 2012

    1999 Honda Civic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    This was a replacement for a touch screen that broke. This radio does what it's supposed to do. I dig it.

    Pros: I like the USB do to the fact that it charges my phone while playing. Also I can use a flash drive to.

    Cons: I wish there was a USB on the back so I didn't have a cord comming out the front... Oh we'll.

    Kenwood KDC-252U

    Written by: Vic from Los Angeles on October 23, 2012

    2003 Nissan Altima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    • Ease of Use
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    This stereo was perfect for my wife's car.

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    Solid Unit

    Written by: M H from Bradford, MA on October 22, 2012

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

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
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    Great little unit, and delivers where it counts! Sound is great, display is clean, a little confusing to use. For the price it is a steal!

    Pros: Bargin!!

    Cons: A little confusing to use.

    Kenwood KDC-252U

    Written by: Anonymous from lakewood, nj on October 20, 2012

    1994 Mazda RX7
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Bought this just to replace the broken factory head unit in my car. Not an audiophile guy so I just wanted something inexpensive that looked good and had good reviews. The fact that Crutchfield stands behing everything they sell and included the wire harness and tools free of charge was the reason I bought here.

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    great purchase

    Written by: N.A. from Salt Lake City, Ut on October 13, 2012

    1969 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    price was driving factor- because I still own and use Kenwood equipment in Two other vehicles, I knew the quaility and sound is there. I always use "Crutchfield" for purchasing vehicle sound equipment.

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    Good for price

    Written by: John from Paragould, AR 72450 on October 5, 2012

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

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

    Good stereo, but not very user friendly. Hard to navigate ipod control.

    Pros: Looks great. Great Price.

    Cons: Ease of use.

    Kenwood KDC-252U

    Written by: Anonymous from Ohio on October 1, 2012

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

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    • Ease of Use
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    • Value

    Good radio for the price an the features I wanted when I replaced the old factory radio in the car.

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    Kenwood KDC-252U

    Written by: Anonymous from Iuka,MS on September 28, 2012

    1987 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    • Ease of Use
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    One of the best I've ever owned crutchfield never fails

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    No issues

    Written by: SG from CT on September 26, 2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Great product. Solid design.

    Pros: Nice when illuminated at night.

    Cons: Sometimes when ipod button is pressed display continues to read pandora and pandora sometimes continues to play.

    Kenwood KDC-252U

    Written by: CB from South Carolina on September 21, 2012

    2002 Mazda 626
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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