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CD receiver (Factory Refurbished)

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by Dave Delamere

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.

Variable color display and a USB port

Kenwood's KDC-255U CD receiver delivers solid performance and plenty of features at a pretty nice price.You get variable color illumination for the buttons so you can set the color to match your dash lighting perfectly. The front USB port allows you to control the music on your iPhone® or Android® phone through this Kenwood, and gives you access to SiriusXM, iHeartRadio, Pandora Internet radio, and other apps on your iPhone too.  

Kenwood KDC-255U CD receiver

You can adjust the color on this Kenwood's buttons to match your car's illumination.

Power packed

Kenwood built impressive amplification into this receiver. You'll notice a dramatic power boost and improved sound quality, even if you still have your factory speakers — with aftermarket speakers, the difference is even more significant. With a 3-band EQ and 3-level bass boost, you can tweak your music to your heart's content, while the Supreme Setting feature enhances the sound of MP3 and WMA files. If you add a powered sub to your system, you can use the sub level control, the low-pass crossover, and the phase setting to adjust your bass.

Feature friendly

The easily accessed front-panel minijack input offers a quick connection for portable music players and other audio devices. Or if CDs are more your style, this receiver delivers excellent sound quality, soundstaging, and stereo separation, whether they're produced by your favorite prerecorded CDs or discs that you loaded up with MP3 and WMA files. Your passengers can use the included wireless remote to change tunes, sources, and sound settings.

iPod/smartphone note: If you're going to use your iPod or smartphone with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for compatibility information.

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Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • iPod control (also compatible with Music Control app for Android phones)
    • Pandora control with iPhone
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RW discs including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA music files
    • detachable face with 11-digit LCD display
    • variable color illumination for buttons
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • System Q Sound Control (8 EQ curves and a 3-band equalizer)
    • Supreme Setting improves the sound of heavily compressed music files
    • speaker size settings
    • bass boost
    • low-pass filter and subwoofer level control
    Expandability:
    • iPod direct control via USB input — no adapter necessary, but adding Kenwood's optional cable lets you leave your iPod cable at home
    • inputs: front-panel auxiliary input and USB port
    • outputs: 2-channel preamp outputs (2.5-volt, switchable to subwoofer mode)
    Other features and specs:

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

    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant No
    RMS Power Output 22 watts
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20KHz
    Preamp Outputs 2-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs No
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs Yes
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 2.5 volts
    Display Color Bluish white
    Key Button Color Variable
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible No
    Parts Warranty 90 Days
    Labor Warranty 90 Days
    Expandability
    AUX Input Front
    USB Input Front
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible No
    Satellite Radio Ready No
    HD Radio No
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano 7/6/5/4/3/2/1
    Touch 5/4/3/2/1/
    Mini No
    iPhone 5/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 11.2 dBf
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No
    Product Research
    What's in the box?

    Download owner's manual

    • Refurbished CD receiver (with 10-amp fuse inserted into the chassis)
    • Face (attached)
    • Trim ring (attached)
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Wiring harness
    • Wireless remote control (RC-406)
    • CR2025 3V lithium-battery (installed in remote)
    • 2 Removal tools
    • 4 Panhead ISO-mount screws
    • 4 Flathead ISO-mount screws
    • Face-fixing screw
    • Instruction Manual (En/Fr/Sp)
    • Warranty Card

    Our Product Research Team

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

    USB/Android/Aux Integration
    iPod/iPhone Control
    Disc Playback
    Audio Section
    Radio Functions
    Display Features
    Remote Control

    USB/Android/Aux Integration

    USB Port: The Kenwood KDC-255U features a front panel USB (type-A) port that is hidden behind a flip-up cover. The USB port enables connection and control of a portable USB mass-storage class (MSC) device; such as your Android smartphone, portable digital audio player, or USB thumbdrive. The unit supports playback of MP3 (8-320 kbps) and WMA (32-192 kbps) music files stored on a compatible USB memory device formatted with FAT16 or FAT32 file system. Your USB device should only have a maximum of 8 folder layers, 255 folders, and 255 files per folder - with a maximum of 65,025 files and folders. USB portable audio players that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the CD receiver's USB port (max. 1A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

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

    Music Control for Android Smartphone: The Kenwood Music Control app for Android organizes your Android smartphone's music, while providing quick and easy search capability from the Kenwood CD receiver. The free Kenwood Music Control App for Android can be downloaded onto your Android smartphone from the Google Play App Store. Your Android smartphone must be running Android OS 2.2 or later. Once the app is downloaded and has a chance to organize all the stored music on your Android smartphone, you can connect your Android smartphone to the Kenwood CD receiver via USB (your compatible Android smartphone must be recognized as a USB mass storage class device; not compatible with MTP protocol). The Kenwood Music Control app offers the following Android supported functions.

    • Song Management: Music stored in your Android smartphone can be navigated from the Kenwood CD receiver. Songs can be easily selected by searching for a Song title, Artist name, Album label, or Genre.
    • Song Information Display: Song information such as Artist name, Song title, and Album label are displayed on the connected Kenwood CD receiver.
    • Mood Playlist: Playlists can be created by classifying songs into categories by type of mood. Songs are analyzed and classified into the following categories of moods - High Energy (Active/Powerful/Core), Acoustic (Detailed/Simple/Smooth/Easy), Standard (Dynamic/Rockin/Vivid), Stylistic (Cool/Urban/Trance)
    • Intro Skip: This function allows you to choose and listen to only the hook-lines of songs stored in your Android smartphone.
    Note: When the Kenwood Music Control app is first downloaded it will require some time to populate all the music, so we suggest doing this overnight.

    Music Files Format Supported by Music Control app for Android:

    Codec Extension Bit Rate Sampling Frequency
    AAC .aac, m4a up to 160 kbps 8-48 kHz
    MP3 .mp3 8-320 kbps n/a
    PCM/WAV .wav n/a n/a

    Music Editor Compatible: The Kenwood KDC-255U supports the PC application, Kenwood Music Editor Lite (ver.1.1.0). Kenwood Music Editor Lite is a Windows-based desktop software that helps organize, manage and transfer MP3/WMA music files to your USB (MSC) device from your PC. When you playback audio files that have been stored on your USB (MSC) device using Kenwood Music Editor Lite through this unit, you can search a file by title, album, or artist name using the head unit's Music Search function. The Kenwood Music Editor Light (ver.1.1.0) 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)
    Note: Not compatible with Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad, Zune, or Android

    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 KDC-255U allows you to select the source type displayed when using the auxiliary input. You can choose from AUX, DVD, Portable, Game, Video, or TV. The 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.

    iPod/iPhone Control

    iPod Direct Connection w/ DAC Bypass: The KDC-255U's front-panel USB port 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. If you have an iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), or iPhone 5; use the Lightning-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect to the head unit. Using either cable allows audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of select iPod/iPhone models from the KDC-255U.

    • DAC Bypass: This USB connection allows your iPod/iPhone's large music libraries to be loaded instantly to the head unit and sound quality to be maximized through the head unit's 24-bit D/A converter, allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 105dB. The Kenwood head unit supports audio playback of music files and podcasts stored on your iPod or iPhone, as well as music apps streamed to your iPhone.
    • Music Control: You can choose to control the iPod/iPhone from the head unit or from your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen.
      • Head Unit: The Kenwood head unit 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%). The head unit also supports Repeat (file) & Random (folder) playback functions of your connected iPod/iPhone.
      • iPod/App Mode: In iPod/App mode, you can navigate the stored music on your iPod/iPhone from its clickwheel or touchscreen. You can also listen to your favorite music apps (such as iHeartRadio, SiriusXM, Last.fm, Rhapsody, & Slacker) from your iPhone (iOS 3.0+) through the Kenwood head unit and your vehicle's speakers. You will continue to use your iPhone's touchscreen to navigate your apps. Not all apps will be compatible with App Mode. Access to your iPhone's downloaded applications will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet.
    • Information Display: The KDC-255U will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information when you are controlling your iPod or iPhone from the Kenwood head unit. The head unit will display Track number, Elapsed playing time, Artist name, Song title, and Album label. If you choose to operate your connected iPod/iPhone via its clickwheel or touchscreen controls, the KDC-255U will not display your iPod/iPhone's music information (the head unit will instead display "APP/iPod").
    • Battery Charging: The head unit's USB connection provides 1A of current to power and charge your connected iPod/iPhone when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position. This unit does not charge the iPad. If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it.

    Pandora App: The Pandora App (free) lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the Kenwood KDC-255U using your connected Apple iPhone, via the Kenwood KCA-iP102 USB/iPod connector cable (sold separately), or the cable supplied with your iPhone. The Kenwood KDC-255U provides control over the Pandora music service and displays Artist, Album, and Song information. You can select Pandora stations from your station list and sort them by date or alphabetically (A-Z). New stations can be created based on the current songs or artists playing. You can also save 3 Pandora stations as presets. You can also skip song tracks within a station. You can even give songs a thumbs up or thumbs down/ To access Pandora you must have an Apple iPhone (iOS3 or later) with the latest version of the Pandora application from Apple's iTunes App Store. Your iPhone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. You will also need a Pandora music service account.

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

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Kenwood KDC-255U is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 12/4/2012):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/App Pandora app Artist/Song Text Track Info
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4 6.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 6.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5 6.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    4th 6.0.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    5th 6.0.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N N Y Y Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    6th 1.1 PC Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    7th 1.01 PC Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N N Y Y Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N
    2 6.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N
    3 6.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N
    4 6.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N
    mini 6.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N
    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

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

    Text Scroll: The KDC-255U will display CD text or Audio file text. You can set the text scrolling feature to three different modes (Auto, Once, or Off) 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 music folders and files, as well as scroll through your audio CD's music tracks using the head unit's rotary knob.

    Direct Music Search: The supplied IR wireless remote control (RC-406) allows you to search for music directly by entering the track number.

    Playback Modes: The Kenwood KDC-255U 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 or CD-R/RW disc.
    • CD2: When unable to play a special formatted CD, set this function to CD2 to force playing. Some music CD  discs may be unplayable even when set to this mode.

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

    Auto Reload: If the ejected disc is not removed within 15 seconds, the disc is automatically inserted again into the loading slot to protect it from dust.

    Audio Section

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The Kenwood KDC-255U utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood KDC-255U 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-255U 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

    Selectable 2.5V Preamp Output: The KDC-255U features a 2.5-volt stereo preamp output that you can be adjusted from a full-range rear speaker preamp output to a low-pass subwoofer preamp output.

    Subwoofer Controls: The Kenwood KDC-255U offers the following subwoofer controls, when you have the unit's subwoofer preamp output activated.

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

    Speaker Settings: The Speaker Setting function tailors the head unit's audio settings according to the type of speakers in your vehicle. You may select a Speaker Setting of 'SP-Off' (flat/off), '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).

    Preset EQ: 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 (12.5kHz). You can choose from the following preset EQ curves - Rock, Pops, Easy, Top 40, Jazz, Natural, Game, and User.

    Note: You can store bass, middle and treble tone settings for each source (CD, AM/FM, Aux, USB, iPod, and Pandora).

    Sound Enhancements: The head unit provides further sound enhancements for your car audio system.

    • Bass Boost: The Kenwood CD receiver features a Bass Boost control that can be set to the following levels (BB1, BB2, BB3, or Off).
    • Loudness: This function enhances low and high frequencies to make the sound clearer lower volumes. There are 3 levels (LV1, LV2, or Off).
    • Supreme Setting: When MP3 or WMA files encoded at a low bit rate (less than 96 kbps, 44.1k, 48kHz) are played, the Supreme Setting function restores their high frequencies so the sound quality is closer to files encoded at a high bit rate. The processing is optimized for the compression format and the bit rate used. When the Supreme Setting is Off, the unit plays the original sound stored in the audio file.

    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).

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

    Radio Functions

    AM/FM Tuner: The Kenwood KDC-255U features a built-in AM/FM tuner. You can choose one of four tuning methods: Auto 1 (seek tuning), Auto 2 (cycles through and tunes the selected band's preset stations only with each button press), Manual Tune, or Direct Access (via remote).

    Tuner Presets: The KDC-255U's tuner features 3 FM banks (1, 2, 3) and 1 AM bank for storing presets. The Kenwood KDC-255U 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 6 preset stations can be assigned to the head unit's 6 preset buttons, regardless of AM/FM band. This lets you 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.

    Direct Access Tuning: You can directly access an AM/FM station by entering in the frequency number using the include wireless remote control.

    Mono Mode: The Mono mode improves the radio's FM reception, but the stereo effect will be lost.

    Display Features

    Detachable Face: The Kenwood KDC-255U features a single front loading CD face that detaches from the chassis to deter theft. There is no protective face case included. An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can be purchased for this unit. A face-fixing screw is supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired.

    Fluorescent Display: The Kenwood head unit features a single-line, 11-character, bluish-white backlit fluorescent display.

    Variable Color Button Illumination: The Kenwood KDC-255U features variable color button illumination. You can choose from one of 24 preset colors, have the unit scan through all 24 preset colors continuously, or customize your own color (RGB; 0-9). The custom setting allows you to individually adjust the intensity of Red, Green, and Blue (from 0-9) to better match your vehicle's interior lights. The Kenwood logo and eject button remain red.

    Display Illumination/Clock Display: When the unit is in Standby mode, the face and button illumination is "keyed." 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.

    Illumination Dimmer: You can manually dim the LCD and button illumination to better suit the time of day. The Kenwood logo and eject button do not dim.

    Demo Mode: This unit features a Demo mode which can be turned On or Off within the menu.

    Remote Control

    Wireless Remote Control: The KDC-255U comes with an IR remote control (RC-406) for wireless operation of the head unit. The remote will control Audio, CD, USB, and Tuner functions. It is powered by a single CR2025 3V lithium-cell battery (supplied).

    • Numeric Keypad: The wireless remote control features a numeric keypad (0-9) which allows direct track access of your music tracks & files (from CD or USB), as well as AM/FM presets.
    • Attenuator: The CD receiver features an Attenuator button on the supplied remote control that turns the volume down very quickly with one touch of the button.
     
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    2 out of 5

    Not what I was expecting

    Written By Thomas, Rockwall, texas on Sunday, April 20, 2014
     
    This unit was easy to install and sounds cleaner but quieter than my last unit, the lights work well but are too slow for my taste, the menus too complex, and the pandora refuses to link to my phones pandora, and the bass is way weaker than my last unit
    Pros:
    Cheap, pretty colors, installs well
    Cons:
    Pandora failed, bass sucks, quieter
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood radio

    Written By Scoe, Hagerstown, MD on Thursday, April 17, 2014
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    Great product I've tried several car stereos in the past but this on is best by far.
    Pros:
    iPod accessible,detachable face fits great into my car
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    Simply superb

    Written By Cliff, Wake Forest NC on Tuesday, March 18, 2014
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    I needed something to replace a stock radio/cassette player in my old F-150. The price was right, and the installation was relatively easy.
    Pros:
    Great price. Good features. Great sound.
    Cons:
    Features are a little difficult for an old-timer like me to figure out. Like programming a VCR.
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    5 out of 5

    kenwood cd. player

    Written By ben, Minneapolis, MN on Sunday, January 26, 2014
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    Awesome stereo for the Money
    Pros:
    Easy to use and install
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    Great Sound

    Written By JohnV, Ville Platte, La on Monday, January 20, 2014
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    Great radio - great value
    Pros:
    Ease of installation. Instructions easy to follow. Cool display. Works great with iPhone and Pandora.
    Cons:
    Takes a while to setup the radio. Display is not intuitive. Wish it would display time and station at same time. Have to select the one you prefer.
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    5 out of 5

    Wow! So much for so little.

    Written By SEUT, Moab, Utah on Tuesday, January 14, 2014
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    So many features all for under $100. Set the sound to OEM and the 20 year old speakers on my F-150 sound great.
    Pros:
    Kenwood name and reputation, iPod/iPad compatability. Can light up to any color you choose. It's got a remote too.
    Cons:
    When it's playing I just want the clock to show up on the display and I don't think that is an option, or I'm too stupid to figure it out :-/
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    5 out of 5

    Great receiver

    Written By JS, Cucamonga, CA on Wednesday, January 08, 2014
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    I have always liked Kendwood products. I have purchased 2 Kenwood units in the past and they still work fine after 10 years. I purchased this unit for my son's car as a Christmas gift. We installed it and the sound quality was beyond surprising despite using the factory speakers of a 12 year old car. (this is his first car, just got license to drive)
    Pros:
    Great initial quality and sound.
    Cons:
    None yet.
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    5 out of 5

    Nice Receiver

    Written By Snarf, Chicago,Ill on Sunday, January 05, 2014
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    Received. In a timely. Manner during Christmas holiday . Installed in 93 Honda Accord . I did not want a expensive radio Just a daily driver got on sale for the price sound quality very good and with stock speakers just the right option menu You will learn in about 20 min. Worth every penny simple and looks very nice with multiple color schemes that change all the time
    Pros:
    Easy to operate
    Cons:
    None
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    4 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-255U

    Written By Clyde, Hilo, Hawaii on Saturday, January 04, 2014
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    Deliver took only three work days. Easy to install with Crutchfields' s auto guide which was comprehensive and accurate configuration for my 2001 Tacoma pickup truck. It took only two hours to install.
    Pros:
    1. fast delivery; 2. easy installation; 3. the sound is great. 4. easy to understand instructions on how to program the buttons for my needs. 5. I like the colorful lighting. 6. best of all, can't beat the price for this great sounding radio with Apple ipod hookup as advertised. Thank you, Crutchfield!
    Cons:
    1. Although buttons are small, I am now used to them after a week of trial and error.
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    4 out of 5

    Nice stereo

    Written By Anonymous, San Clemente, Ca. on Friday, January 03, 2014
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    Bought this for my 16 year old son and it looks and sounds fantastic in his 07 Accord. Easy install and the kit fit perfectly. Wiring was easy as well. Highly recommended.
    Pros:
    Simple to understand and easy to manipulate. Great quality product.
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    4 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-255U

    Written By YogieBear, Alamogordo, NM on Friday, January 03, 2014
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    I am 76 & not a very good NERD. Having problems setting things. I'll get it.
    Pros:
    Very good looking. Sounds good.
    Cons:
    Confused initial setup
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    5 out of 5

    Great inexpensive option

    Written By Chris, Jonestown, PA on Friday, January 03, 2014
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    I bought this unit because my OEM CD player died, and my wife wanted something to play CDs on. Since I wanted something inexpensive, this fit the bill. It came with a free "in dash kit", so that was a great bonus. The controls take a bit of getting used to, but once you play around a bit, you'll get the hang of things. My reception for one of my local channels doesn't seem to be quite as good, so the antenna adapter might not work as well the OEM setup.
    Pros:
    Looks great, sounds great
    Cons:
    The controls aren't super user-friendly
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    4 out of 5

    nice

    Written By fanastas, Jasper GA on Friday, January 03, 2014
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    this was what my son was looking something with a USB port. After install stero work great sounded good.
    Pros:
    was what i was looking for extra cable and plugs a big benefit.
    Cons:
    After install placed dash back together radio work all was good accept when he went home no dash lights. We did not hook up the dimmer wire to anything because there was no place or direction on where it needed it to go. Had to take all a part and we found a hot wire when key switch was turned on for dash lights to work. after thatt all is good.
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    4 out of 5

    Great Experience - Decent Radio

    Written By holinessprchr, Florida on Friday, January 03, 2014
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    Crutchfield's Customer Service Is Second To NONE.... I had an issue on the install when I had no sound coming out of the speakers. I called their customer service and turns out that even though nothing in the vehicle said "Infinity" it was. Needless to say, I had to bypass the amp or connect the blue amp wire. They even emailed me a copy of the bypass wiring diagram. Also, I have installed many radios over the years and Crutchfield's dash kits have been superior with detailed instructions. I will buy again and recommend to my friends.. Thanks With Exception of the volume knob, I would rather have purchased the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X397 which I purchased previously for the same price. It has much more customization. Over all this is still a decent head unit.
    Pros:
    Great value, solid unit, USB works exceptionally, Fair amount of sound customization
    Cons:
    Sound gets a tad distorted when turned loud. I wish that the color that you choose from the selection also changed with the color of the display info. For example, green unit face color with white/blue display info color doesn't look good together. Not near as much sound customization as my previous purchase of the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X397. However, this units volume knob is not slick and I do like that much, much better
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    5 out of 5

    Great CD Receiver

    Written By BJM, TN on Thursday, January 02, 2014
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    I am a fan of the Kenwood products and this one did not disappoint. I purchased it for Christmas gift for me mom. After a few what does this mean and how did you do that she was off and going. The ability to change the color of the background was a neat favor for her. sounded great with factory speakers, she listens to books on CD a lot. For the money I am very happy with it.
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    5 out of 5

    Got it done

    Written By Tom P, Chesapeake VA on Wednesday, January 01, 2014
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    Great product. I purchased this receiver to upgrade the factory radio. I wanted to stay in a budget and reviewed plenty of units. From others personal reviews and a great customer service chat with Crutchfield I installed this unit and it has done everything it stated, installation was very simple.
    Pros:
    Overall great product... A box full of pros.
    Cons:
    I got nothing..
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    5 out of 5

    Great stereo for a great price

    Written By jostertag, Waco, TX on Monday, December 30, 2013
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    As with anything new, it took me a little getting use to the extra functions that this stereo offered me and how to operate it. I ran into a few problems with installing it undoubtedly due to my ignorance in almost everything electrical, but those were resolved within 3 minutes of calling Customer Service to walk me through the issues! I didn't purchase new speakers with this stereo but it automatically cleaned the sound up and made me feel like the speakers were new as well - great sound! Stereo looks amazing in the car and I LOVE being able to play my own playlists from my iPod through the USB port. A+
    Pros:
    Ease of Installation (I did it) Improved sound of standard speakers Looks great Features everything I need in a stereo
    Cons:
    If I had to pick something it would be the time it takes to get use to new things, but honestly this is no deterrent.
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood Receiver

    Written By Kenwood KDC-255u, Spring Lake, Michigan, 49456 on Saturday, December 28, 2013
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    Very easy to install and the sound is great. It has all the hook ups I was looking for. Very Happy with my purchase of this receiver/CD player.
    Pros:
    Easy to install, great sound, and USB connections make it easy to use IPhone 5. Looks cool too.
    Cons:
    None yet
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-255U

    Written By mike, lockport il on Tuesday, December 24, 2013
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    This is an all around good product
    Pros:
    Too many to list
    Cons:
    Havent had any yet
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-255U

    Written By Kenwood KDC-255U, Anniston, AL on Thursday, December 19, 2013
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    NICE radio! Great AM/FM radio functions. I REALLY like being able to plug my digital Sony Walkman into the USB port and listen to music and audiobooks that I have loaded onto the Walkman when we hit the road! Easy installation with the installation wire harness and faceplate, though there are some spare wires that I do not need in my old Dodge Dakota with a fixed antenna.
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    5 out of 5

    Great product

    Written By Tina, Tulsa Ok on Wednesday, December 18, 2013
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    Would recommend to anyone
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    None
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    4 out of 5

    kenwood

    Written By doug, reading,pa on Tuesday, December 17, 2013
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    easy install great value and sounds good too
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    5 out of 5

    Good Kenwood

    Written By hobbylobby, Asheville, NC on Thursday, December 12, 2013
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    The Kenwood KDC-255U is a great radio and CD player. It integrates very well with my iPod. I had a little trouble installing the receiver because the wiring diagram was less than helpful. But great quality and a good price.
    Pros:
    Great quality and iPod integration.
    Cons:
    Bad Wiring Diagram
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    5 out of 5

    Pretty colors, Great sound

    Written By AJ, Chicago, IL on Thursday, December 12, 2013
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    This little radio puts out a ton of sound for a great, low price. The one feature I love though, is the color changing lights on the face. Sure I'm easily amused, but it's just cool. The receiver seems to pull in a ton of stations my old radio could not. One flaw I don't like though, is the lack of a tuner knob. Not a big gripe, but it is one. It also installs easily with the Crutchfield parts it comes with, with minimal work. If you need to replace or upgrade the radio in your old Chevy, yoiu can beat this one.
    Pros:
    Changes colors, great reception, easy to instal, looks sharp, pretty easy to use.
    Cons:
    No tuner knob (a small little con)
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    5 out of 5

    Awesome Unit!

    Written By Adam B, Fort Campbell, KY on Tuesday, December 10, 2013
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    Bought this to go in my 2003 Kia Spectra, it works amazingly and it is lightyears ahead of the factory unit. Would purchase again!
    Pros:
    Great value Great sound Looks great Superior build quality
    Cons:
    Menu is a little tricky at first but it only takes a few minutes to adjust.
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    5 out of 5

    worked as expected

    Written By chuck, Antigo, WI on Monday, December 09, 2013
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    Works great as expected. Real easy to use
    Pros:
    Easy function, versatility, customizable
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    4 out of 5

    owner

    Written By Louie, Roostown, Oh on Sunday, December 08, 2013
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    I'm still learning this unit.
    Pros:
    looks good in the miata.
    Cons:
    power antenna stays up when playing cd-not all Crutchfield techs know it. after calling and rewiring three times. I did get correct answer-the power antenna goes up once unit powered on.
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    5 out of 5

    Nice stereo!

    Written By David, Lake Wylie, SC on Sunday, December 08, 2013
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    Awesome stereo unit for the $! The sound is great and the looks of this model is really neat with the changing colors on the front panel. You won't be sorry with this stereo!
    Pros:
    Easy to install! Looks and sounds great!
    Cons:
    Didn't fit exactly perfect.......but that could have been my dash, I'm talking only off by a fraction......not a big deal!
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    5 out of 5

    Very nice.

    Written By Danny T., Avella,PA on Saturday, December 07, 2013
     
    The head unit works great. Really like the color changing on it. Makes my normal stock speakers sound great, plus my sub a nice boost. I like how it has it's own subwoofer setting. Overall for the price I think this is a wonderful buy.
    Pros:
    Works great!
    Cons:
    I'm satisfied.
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    4 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-255U

    Written By craigel, Rockford, IL on Thursday, December 05, 2013
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    A nice, affordable deck with all the needed basic features, and then some. My wife loves the changeable colors.
    Pros:
    Looks, sound quality, features, and price.
    Cons:
    Can be difficult to navigate all the selections possible on this deck, but that's par for the course, anymore.
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    4 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-255U

    Written By matlas, Tucson,AZ on Tuesday, November 26, 2013
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    Great value for my application and needs. Replaced OEM radio in 1999 diesel truck with new speakers as well. 1000X improvement in sound. No longer have to use a cassette tape to use my ipod. Has Pandora capability etc. Sound is really good. Only negative is small buttons. Install instructions were great and everything I needed to have a finished product was included. Plus free shipping. Love the purchase and love Crutchfield-they are a great company.
    Cons:
    small buttons
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    4 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-255U

    Written By Anonymous, Taos, NM on Sunday, November 24, 2013
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    Nice unit, wish it had a mute button and auto return to function if turned off and on.
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC255U

    Written By jasperisa, Tinian MP on Thursday, November 14, 2013
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    Totally Awesome! Sound quality was off the charts, love how the displays lights changes colors..Can't beat the price, so worth every penny..
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    2 out of 5

    doesn't work with android

    Written By seiteka, destin, Florida on Monday, November 04, 2013
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    Claims to work with android. The app you download so that it will control from your android does not work with the radio. You plug it in and it registers as having no music on the device. When you select music it plays through your android not through the head unit.
    Pros:
    sound quality is solid Settings are straight forward
    Cons:
    Does not work with android, that was the whole reason I bought it.
    Crutchfield response on Wednesday, November 06, 2013
    We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-255U

    Written By Wayne, Chesterfield VA on Sunday, November 03, 2013
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    Easy to install and good sound.
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    4 out of 5

    Everything i was looking for!

    Written By Anonymous, Indianapolis,IN on Sunday, November 03, 2013
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    Great product at a value price. Easy to install with all the features I was looking for. Good quality and looks very nice installed.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Stereo

    Written By Lorie R, Campbellsville, KY on Saturday, November 02, 2013
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    Another great Kenwood product. This stereo makes my old speakers sound better and living out in the country, it has better reception and picks up more stations. The wiring harness that came with the stereo made it easy to install. Great Tech Support from the guys at Crutchfield.
    Pros:
    Love the Pandora feature and the fact that the LED display changes colors.
    Cons:
    probably should have ordered a better mounting kit. The one that came free with the stereo caused the stereo to be a little loose. I rigged it for a tighter fit.
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    5 out of 5

    Love it!

    Written By Adam, PA on Tuesday, October 29, 2013
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    It took a little bit for me to get used to but once I did I was golden! What I like most about this unit is that it has a built in sub. I may not even have to hook my old sub-woofer back up I am getting that good of bass from this thing! The guy that helped me pick this one was really cool about everything, helped me select down to the last detail. Now all that's left is to give it new speakers as the factory ones are taking a major beating! lol Thank you Crutchfield!!
    Pros:
    Bass and overall good sounds quality!
    Cons:
    Adjusting to the controls.
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    5 out of 5

    Great radio!

    Written By Brandon, SC on Monday, October 28, 2013
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    It is a great product and was pretty easy to install. Plus you can't beat it coming with all of the needed supplies. The only separate thing I bought were some POSI connectors.
    Pros:
    Looks great; changing colors, and overall style Decently Quick Install Good instructions All supplies were included Good price Quick Shipping
    Cons:
    The sound quality is not as good as my stock radio. Everything is high pitched
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-255U

    Written By Anonymous, nj on Monday, October 28, 2013
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    nice sound quality.
    Pros:
    color changing face plate. ipod integration (usb).
    Cons:
    the control buttons are little small.
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    4 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-255U

    Written By Zach, Lake mills, ia on Wednesday, October 23, 2013
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    Overall great radio. Could use a little more detailed installation sheet but was pretty easy to figure out with what was provided.
    Pros:
    Easy to use, looks good.
    Cons:
    When first plugging phone in to play regular music it automatically opens pandora.
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    5 out of 5

    KDC-255U

    Written By Levi, Fargo, ND on Friday, October 18, 2013
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    The thing is sharp as hell feels like your in a spaceship. Sounds a lot better then the factory one. I really enjoy it.
    Pros:
    the colors
    Cons:
    Nothing yet
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    5 out of 5

    Good deal to me!

    Written By RobY, California on Thursday, October 17, 2013
     
    Very easy to install with the Crutchfield installation kit. Schematics and diagrams made wire connections simple. I soldered/shrink tubed the harness and it went flawlessly after using the suggested wiring verification test for my F250. I wanted something that I could plug my satellite radio into using an auxiliary jack, instead of the window suction cups junk holding the unit antenna output wire. Need to figure that out so as to not mess with FM station interference. Stereo works great and sounds awesome compared to the old burned up ford factory radio that liked eating cassettes (what are those again... :)... ).
    Pros:
    Easy radio set up and install. Like the color selection to match the trucks normal dash light color.
    Cons:
    To bad the scrolling display doesn't match the color selection... can't have everything for $100... :)
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    5 out of 5

    Love my new car stereo!

    Written By SueW, West Warwick, RI on Wednesday, October 16, 2013
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    I purchased my factory refurbished Kenwood KDC-255U recently and couldn't be more happy with it. Installing it into my Honda CR-V was not the easiest process thanks to the design of the Honda, but it looks great, sounds great, and the USB input terminal makes playing my iPod in the car a piece of cake. I wasn't sure what to expect, buying a factory refurbished product, but this one looks brand new. Now I wish I had replaced the stock radio in my car years ago!
    Pros:
    Sounds awesome and I love the color display. A great value for the price!
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood car stereo 02 civic ex

    Written By Melissa, Tampa, FL on Wednesday, October 16, 2013
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    I'm fully satisfied with it. my brother recommended it to me and he has been happy with his for over five years as well...same model just newer
    Pros:
    everything is a pro. let's not forget installation kit was FREE
    Cons:
    no cons
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    5 out of 5

    A good choice.

    Written By Boomer, Ft Worth, TX on Thursday, October 10, 2013
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    The sound is great. I really like the inputs for the USB and the jack for the MP3 player. There are plenty of presets, however the buttons for them are a little difficult to select. They also feel a little fragile. I'm not a fan of all of the colored lights, so I was happy to see that the unit allowed me to pick one single display color.
    Pros:
    Good sound. USB and MP3 inputs. Color selection.
    Cons:
    Preset buttons feel fragile.
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-255U

    Written By Anonymous, Palmyra, MO on Tuesday, October 08, 2013
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    For the money you send it is worth every dime and then some!
    Pros:
    Worth every dollar
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    4 out of 5

    Kenwood KDC-255U

    Written By Anonymous, cocoa beach fl on Monday, October 07, 2013
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    Was easy to install in my Tundra...works fine...love the usb input. Works seamlessly with Pandora.Iphone...Crutchfield rocks!
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    5 out of 5

    Great Sound

    Written By GijzetteS, Mount Dora, FL on Friday, October 04, 2013
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    Great sounding radio. The ability to pick a color to match your mood is a plus.
    Pros:
    Great sound.
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