Minimum Computer Requirements
Port: The front-panel USB port allows you to
play USB mass storage devices loaded with AAC,
MP3, and WMA files. MP3
files with a bit rate from 8-320 kbps and WMA files with a bit rate from 48-192
kbps are supported.
The receiver can play AAC, MP3 and WMA files recorded on CD-ROM, CD-R, and CD-RW
discs in ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, and Romeo formats. Each disc should
have a maximum of 8 directory levels, 100 folders, and 4096 files per folder.
During MP3/WMA playback, the unit displays any recorded ID3 Tag information. AAC
ID3 tags cannot be displayed.
Kenwood Advanced CODEC Drive:
The DPX501 features Advanced CODEC Drive (ACDrive) to help you organize your
digital music files and burn CDs with advanced features. With the PhatNoise
Media Manager (on the supplied CD-ROM software), you can browse compressed audio
files by playlists, artists, albums or genres. The receiver's built-in Voice
Index will "announce" artist, album, and genre names when an ACDrive disc is
played. The software will also help you rip music from CDs and encode them as
AAC files. To help you keep up-to-date, the Media Manager software allows you to
download new CODECs and features and download them to a CD for upgrading the
receiver. (See Minimum Computer Requirements below for installing the software
on your computer).
Satellite Radio Ready: The head
unit is directly compatible with the SIRIUS SIR-KEN1 Satellite Tuner for Kenwood
(item # 607SIRKEN1).
Note: In addition to
the optional satellite tuner, you will also need the proper antenna and
a subscription to SIRIUS Satellite Radio.
System Q Sound Control:
Six EQ curves are preset into memory, allowing you to recall the best preset
EQ curve for different types of music. Each preset has its own level settings
for bass (100Hz), midrange (1kHz), and treble (10kHz). Each level can also be
set to your personal taste between -8 and +8 and stored in the "User" memory.
Speaker Settings: The Speaker
Setting function tailors the System Q Sound Control settings according to the
type of speakers in your vehicle. You may select a Speaker Setting of "SP Off"
(flat), "SP OEM." (for OEM factory speaker systems), "SP 6x9/6" (for systems
with 6" and 6"x9" speakers), or "SP 5/4" (for systems with 4" and 5" speakers).
Note: The Speaker
Setting affects the bass, midrange, and treble values of the System Q EX
presets. The speaker setting should be selected first.
System E's+: In addition to
System Q Sound Control, the DPX501 features the System E's+ crossover system for
the speaker and preamp outputs. You can make the following adjustments:
- Front High Pass Filter:
40Hz, 60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, 150Hz, 180Hz, 220Hz, or Through (no filter)
- Rear High Pass Filter:
40Hz, 60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz,
150Hz, 180Hz, 220Hz or Through (no filter)
- Low Pass Filter: 50Hz,
60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz or Through (no filter)
Source Tone Memory:
This feature allows you to store System Q bass, middle and treble tone settings
for each source (CD, FM, AM, Satellite, and CD changer).
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.
Built-in Amp Switch: If the
audio signals are output to external amplifiers, you can turn off the internal
amplifier to improve audio quality.
Dual Zone System: The DPX501's
Dual Zone System allows you to output one source to the front channels and
another source to the rear channels. The main source can be the internal disc
player, tuner, or a source connected via the 13-pin CD changer input. The sub
source is a device connected to the rear RCA auxiliary input. You can assign the
sub source to either the front or rear channels. When the Dual Zone System is
activated, the volume of the front channels is controlled by the volume knob,
while the volume of the rear channels is controlled in the Audio Control menu.
CR-2 Advanced Tuner: This unit
uses Kenwood's CR-2 Advanced tuner for clear radio reception. You can choose one
of three tuning modes: Auto 1 (seek tuning), Auto 2 (cycles through and tunes
the selected band's preset stations only with each button press), or Manual.
HD Radio Ready: With an
optional Kenwood HD Radio tuner (item # 113HR100TR), you will be able to receive
digital AM/FM broadcasts from local stations where available. This new
technology will significantly improve audio quality and reception, as well as
include information such as artist name and song titles or traffic news,
viewable on the receiver's display.
Radio Data System (RDS):
The unit's tuner
features RDS (Radio Data System). RDS is a service used by some radio stations
to transmit data outside of normal radio broadcast signals. When an RDS station
is received, you can immediately find out what kind of data is being transmitted
by looking at the program service name. RDS features an emergency transmission
function that interrupts regular programming to broadcast an emergency
announcement (such as a tornado or severe storm). There is also a switchable
Traffic Information function, which will automatically tune a traffic bulletin
when it is broadcast, even when you're not listening to the radio.
Clean Reception System Circuit
(CRSC): This circuit controls multi-path distortion by reducing stereo
separation. As stereo separation is reduced, multi-path has less effect on the
radio signal, improving reception in areas with tall buildings and mountains.
The CRSC circuit can be turned on or off.
Security Code: You can enter a
4-digit security code which must be used when the unit is removed from the
vehicle, or the constant power source is disconnected from the unit. When
constant power is restored to the unit, the security code must be entered before
the unit becomes operational. The security code may be disabled if desired.
Remote Control: The DPX501
comes with the RC-527 wireless remote control with a full numeric keypad. The
remote includes volume control for the rear channels when the unit is operating
in the Dual Zone mode. It is powered by 2 "AA" batteries (supplied). The
dimensions of the remote are: L=5.369", W=1.968", D=1.198".
Switchable Rear/Subwoofer Preouts:
You can switch the rear RCA preamp outputs to a non-fading subwoofer output with
independent volume control (-15 to +15), phase control (Normal/Reverse), and
selectable crossover (50Hz, 60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz or Thru).
Display: When the unit is in Standby mode, the face/button illumination
is "keyed." In addition, while the unit is in Standby mode, you can turn the
clock display on or off. When the Clock Display is turned on and the unit is in
Standby mode, the Clock Display is also "keyed." Pressing and holding the source
button turns the unit off completely.
Display Illumination Control:
When this function is active, the display turns off after 5 seconds if no
operation is performed. This reduces the glare during night driving.
Display Dimmer: When the dimmer
control is set to "on," the display automatically dims when the vehicle lights
are turned on. When set to "off," the display doesn't dim.
Note: In order for the
display dimmer feature to operate, the orange/white wire in the supplied
wiring harness must be connected to the vehicle's headlight circuit.
Auxiliary Input: The
DPX501 is equipped with a built-in auxiliary input. There is a set of stereo RCA
jacks on a 6" pigtail on the back of the receiver for connecting an external
audio source. The Auxiliary input can be activated/deactivated through the menu.
When it's activated, you can select one of six names for the source: Aux, TV,
Video, Game, Portable or DVD. When deactivated, Auxiliary does not appear as a
source. With an optional adapter (item 113CAC1AX or 113KCAS220), you can also
turn the unit's CD changer input into a second auxiliary input.
Optional iPod Adapter: This
receiver is compatible with the optional Kenwood KCA-iP500 iPod control
interface (item # 113IP500). When an iPod is connected to the interface, all of
the iPod's controls will be disabled and it will be controlled from the
receiver. With this interface, you'll be able to play your iPod music files
through your Kenwood receiver and in most cases have all the titling information
appear on the receiver's display.
Compatibility: This unit is directly compatible with
Kenwood changers manufactured in 1998 or later. If the changer has an O-N
switch, the switch will need to be set to the "N" position.
Changer Controls: In addition to basic disc navigation features, this
unit has the following changer controls: direct disc access (using the remote),
direct track access (using the remote), track intro scan, track repeat, disc
repeat, disc random, and all disc random.
CD Text/MD Display: When connected to a CD Text capable CD changer or
an MD changer, this unit can display disc and track titles for discs encoded
with disc and track title information. The text information can be scrolled
manually or automatically.
Minimum Computer Requirements
PhatNoise Media Manager Software: To use Media Manager software, the
following software and hardware are required:
- Software: Microsoft Windows 98SE, ME, 2000, or XP
- Personal computer (main unit, display, and peripheral units)
incorporating a 500MHz or better Pentium II processor (or the
equivalent) on which the above OS can run normally
- 128MB RAM or more
- Hard disc with 200MB free space
- CD-R/CD-RW drive
- Others: Internet connection environment
- Note: Administrator authority is required when installing Media
Manager in Windows 2000 or XP