MP3 Playback: This
unit can play MP3 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, 50 folders, and 255 files per folder. During MP3 playback, the
unit displays any recorded ID3 Tag information.
Quad 1-bit D/A Converters: The KDC-MP222
is equipped with four Digital-to-Analog converters, two for each channel, which
improve playback sound quality, musical detail and resolution. Using two D/A
converters for each channel cuts distortion by half.
Sound Control: Six
EQ curves are preset into memory, allowing you to recall the best preset EQ
curve for different types of music. The preset curves are named
"Flat", "Rock", "Pops", "Easy",
"Top 40", and "Jazz". In addition, you may store your own
settings under the "User Memory" EQ curve. Each preset has its own
bass, middle, and treble level settings.
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 O.E.M." (for OEM factory speaker
systems), "SP 6*9/6" (for systems with 6" and 6"x9"
speakers), or "SP 5/4inch" (for systems with 4" and 5"
Sirius Satellite Radio Controls:
This unit can control the optional Kenwood Sirius Satellite tuner (item
#113SR901). In addition to the Sirius tuner, you will need an antenna and
subscription in order to receive Sirius Satellite Radio programming. The Kenwood
Sirius radio tuner has a CD-changer pass-through, allowing the connection of an
optional Kenwood CD changer in addition to the Sirius tuner with only one
connection to the head unit.
Input "Ready": When used with an
optional adapter, this unit can accept input from an auxiliary source. When the
CA-C1AUX adapter (item 113CAC1AX) is used, you cannot connect a CD changer to
the head unit because the adapter plugs into the DIN changer control connection
on the head unit. When the KCA-S210A 2-changer switch (item 113KCAS210) is used,
you can connect a CD changer and an auxiliary audio source at the same time.
When an auxiliary audio source is connected, you can choose from one of six
names for the source: Aux 1, TV, Video, Game, Portable or DVD.
Adjustment: The display
contrast may be adjusted from "0" up to "10" for optimum
Tone Memory: This feature allows you to
store bass, middle and treble tone settings for each source (CD, FM, AM and
With Smooth Volume Return: This
unit's attenuator button allows you to quickly lower the volume by a preset
level with the press of a button. When the attenuator button is pressed again,
the Smooth Volume Return feature gradually increases the volume to the original
level, eliminating the jarring change in volume.
Control: 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.
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.
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. You can turn on/off this
feature in the menu.
Access Tuning: When in the Tuner mode, you
can directly access a station on the presently tuned band by pressing the Direct
button on the remote control and entering the frequency on the remote's number
Name Preset (SNPS): This
feature allows you to assign names to radio stations. Up to 32 FM stations and
16 AM stations can be named. Each name can be up to 8 characters in length.
Naming: The DNPS (Disc Name Preset)
feature can be used to enter names, up to 12 characters long, into memory for up
to 30 discs. When a CD changer with disc naming memory is connected, names may
be entered for CDs in the changer. The number of names that may be entered for
discs in a changer depends on the changer model.
Setting: If there
is a problem with the CD player reading a disc with a special format, you can
switch to a second CD Read setting which "forces" the player to read
the disc. CD Read setting 1 is for normal CDs and MP3 discs, while CD Read
setting 2 cannot read MP3 discs.
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.
System Indicator: A red indicator will blink on
the unit after the faceplate is removed, warning potential thieves. This feature
can be turned On or Off.
Control: The KDC-MP222 comes with the
RC-505 wireless remote control, a 22-button full-function remote with a 10-key
number pad. It is powered by 2 "AA" batteries (supplied). The
dimensions of the remote are: L=5.488", W=1.75", D=1.115".
Tuner Compatible: This unit is compatible with
the Kenwood KTC-WB100 weather band tuner (sold separately). The optional tuner
box allows you to tune in weather band radio stations. There are about 480
weather band radio stations in the United States, and this option allows you to
tap into the information needed to prepare for outdoor activities such as
sporting events, camping trips and days at the park.
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. If you have a Kenwood
changer manufactured before 1998, you will need the KCA-S210A switching adapter.
Changers manufactured before 1994 require the CA-DS100 converter cord and the
KCA-S210A switching adapter.
Disc Name Preset (DNPS): When
used with a compatible CD changer, this feature allows you
to assign names to discs in the changer. Each name can be up to 8 characters in
length. The number of names you can store depends on the CD changer that
is connected to the head unit.
Preset Play (DNPP): Once
a disc has been named, you may press the DNPP button on the remote to display
the name of each disc for 5 seconds. When the name of the desired disc appears,
you can press the OK button on the remote to select the disc for playback.
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.
Music Keg Compatible: The KDC-MP222
is fully compatible with the Kenwood Music Keg Digital Music System (models
KHD-C710 and KHD-CX910).
Illumination/Clock Display: When the unit
is in Standby mode, the face/button illumination is "keyed". In
addition, while the unit is in Standby mode, the Clock Display can be turned on
or off using the DISP button. 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.