Disc & USB Playback
Bluetooth Technology: The Kenwood KDC-BT555U is equipped
with built-in Bluetooth (ver. 2.1 + EDR) allowing you to make and receive phone
calls wirelessly through the receiver; as well as stream music wirelessly from
your smartphone to the head unit. In order to use Bluetooth wireless
technology, your phone must also be Bluetooth compatible and be able to
interpret certain profiles. This unit is compatible with the following Bluetooth
- Hands-Free Communication: HFP 1.5 (Hands Free Profile), OPP
1.1 (Object Push Profile), PBAB 1.0 (Phone Book Access
- Audio Streaming: A2DP 1.2 (Advanced Audio Distribution
Profile), AVRCP 1.3 (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).
Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some
Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may
not support all features when used with the Kenwood KDC-BT555U. Visit
Support Site for a complete list of
compatible Bluetooth enabled phones.
SPP (Secure Simple Pairing): With Secure Simple Pairing
(SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the Kenwood KDC-BT555U
without having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings. When a
registered Bluetooth device is in close proximity to the receiver, the auto
connection function automatically pairs the two units. You can register up to
five Bluetooth-enabled devices with the Kenwood head unit. A maximum of two
Bluetooth-enabled phones can be connected at one time, but only one can be used
at a time.
Bluetooth Hands-Free Communication: The head unit supports
Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. The
controls of the KDC-BT555U can be used to dial a number, answer an in-coming
call, or end a call. The unit also includes an external microphone (featuring
adjustable gain), so you can carry on your side of the conversation while
listening to the caller through your vehicles speakers. During a conversation,
you can switch between the Private Mode (talking directly on your cell phone)
and the Hands Free Mode.
- Answering a Call: When a call comes in, a ring-tone
will be heard through your vehicle's speaker and the caller's name or phone
number will be displayed. You can answer the call from the head unit's
front-panel controls, or setup the head unit to automatically answer the
incoming call immediately or after 1-99 seconds. The KDC-BT555U also
supports the Call Waiting function, so you can answer another incoming call
while suspending the current call you are on. Your compatible cell-phone
must also support this feature.
- Dialing a Number: Using the KDC-BT555U, you can dial a
phone number in one of the following ways:
- Entering a Phone Number: Allows you to directly
dial a phone number up to 32 digits from the head unit's control knob or
- Speed (Preset) Dialing: Allows you to register up
to 6 phone numbers for quick dialing. The preset numbers can be accessed
from the head unit's Control Knob.
- Phone Book: You can dial by using the downloaded
phone book. You can download phone book data from your cell phone to the
KDC-BT555U. Up to 600 numbers can be stored for each registered cell
phone. Each number can be up to 32 digits long and each name can be up
to 50 characters long. Stored phone numbers can be categorized by
General, Home, Office, Mobile, or Other. You can search each category of
the phone book in alphabetical order.
- Call History: The Call History is a list of calls that have
originated from and were received by this unit that you can dial. You
can select Outgoing, Incoming, or Missed calls.
- Voice Dialing: If your mobile phone supports voice
recognition, then you can dial out by voice command. Simply speak into
the included microphone.
External Microphone: The Kenwood KDC-BT555U includes an
external microphone to carry on your side of your phone conversation and voice
command dialing. The external wired microphone offers improved audio quality
versus an integrated microphone, so you can be heard easier over noisy traffic
and road noise. You can adjust the volume level and noise cancellation of the
microphone without affecting the other sources. The external microphone features
an attached 10' cable terminated by a right-angle 3.5mm connector which plugs
into the mic input on the rear-panel of the head unit. The microphone offers an
integrated mounting bracket which can be clipped to your vehicle's sun-visor or
taped to your dash. The external microphone measures 0.525" (diameter) x 1.505"
Note: This unit does not offer an integrated
SMS: If your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone is compatible
with SMS (Short Message Service), the Kenwood head unit will notify you when a
message has been received. You must then use your phone to check the message.
You cannot read, edit, or send a message through this unit.
Wireless Audio Streaming (w/ Metadata Display): The Kenwood
KDC-BT555U also supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a
Bluetooth enabled audio player or smartphone. The KDC-BT555U will be able to
control basic playback functions of your Bluetooth device's stored music; such
as Play/Pause, Skip Next/Previous, Fast Forward/Rewind and Random/Repeat. The
head unit will also display your stored music's song information; such as Artist
name and Song/Album title. The KDC-BT555U also supports audio streaming of music
apps downloaded on your smartphone with metadata display and limited control.
Advanced music control of your music apps will still need be done via your
Bluetooth-enabled smartphone. When an incoming call or outgoing call is in
progress from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, audio streaming will be
paused so you can take your call. Once the call is finished, your streaming
music will resume.
Siri Digital Assistant Control: When paired and connected
with an iPhone 4S or 5/5C/5S via Bluetooth (not USB), the Kenwood KDC-BT55U has the
ability to access Siri through its front-panel controls and external microphone.
Simply press-and-hold down on the head unit's Answer Button to engage Siri and
use the included microphone to communicate with Siri. Siri's voice will heard
through your vehicle's speakers. All Siri functions including hands-free
calling, music search, setting reminders, text-messaging, audible navigation,
and more can be done through the KDC-BT555U and its microphone. The head unit's
display will only indicate hands-free calling and Bluetooth audio information
(all other functions of Siri are only audible through the Kenwood KDC-BT555U;
visual data will still need to be viewed from your iPhone device).
Note: You can ask Siri to get directions to a destination
and the turn-by-turn instructions will heard through your vehicle's
speakers, while the on-screen map still displays on your iPhone 4S/5/5C/5S. The
head unit's audio is attenuated while Siri provides audible directions.
Bluetooth Detailed Settings: The KDC-BT555U offers the
following Bluetooth Detailed Settings, so you can configure the unit to suit
- Call Beep: You can choose to output a beep from your
vehicle's speaker's when a call comes in, or you can turn this function off.
- Echo Level: You adjust the echo cancellation delay time
until the least echo is being heard during a phone conversation.
- Mic Gain: Adjusts the volume of the external
iPod Direct Connection w/ DAC Bypass: The KDC-BT555U'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 5/5C/5S; 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-BT555U.
- 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,
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-BT555U
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-BT555U 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.
iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart:
The Kenwood KDC-BT555U is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the
following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 9/19/2013):
| Apple Device || Generation || Tested Version || Media Type || Control Type ||Specific
Apps || Display Type || Bluetooth || Charge |
| Audio || Video || Head Unit || iPod/App || Pandora app || Artist/Song Text || Track Info || Phone || Audio || Siri |
| iPhone || 2G || 3.1.3 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || N || N || Y |
| 3G || 4.2.1 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y |
| 3GS || 5.1.1 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y |
| 4 || 7.0 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y |
| 4S || 7.0 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 5 || 7.0 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 5C || 7.0 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 5S || 7.0 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| touch || 1st || 2.2.1 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || N || N || N || Y |
| 2nd || 4.2.1 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || N || Y |
| 3rd || 5.1.1 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || N || Y |
| 4th || 6.1.2 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || N || Y |
| 5th || 7.0 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || N || Y |
| nano || 1st || 1.3.1 || Y || N || Y || N || N || Y || Y || N || N || N || Y |
| 2nd || 1.1.3 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || N || N || N || Y |
| 3rd || 1.1.3 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || N || N || N || Y |
| 4th || 1.0.4 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || N || N || N || Y |
| 5th || 1.0.2 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || N || N || N || Y |
| 6th || 1.2 PC || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || N || N || N || Y |
| 7th || 1.02 PC || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || N || Y |
| classic || 80GB || 1.1.2 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || N || N || N || Y |
| 120GB || 2.0.1 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || N || N || N || Y |
| 160GB || 2.0.4 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || N || N || N || Y |
| video || 5th || 1.3 || Y || N || Y || N || N || Y || Y || N || N || N || Y |
| iPad || 1 || 5.1.1 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || N || N |
| 2 || 7.0 || Y || N || Y
|| Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || N || N |
| 3 || 7.0 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || N || N |
| 4 || 7.0 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || N |
| mini || 7.0 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change
functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may
need to reset the 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
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
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
- 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),
- 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 ||8-/16-bit ||n/a |
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-BT555U 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.
RDS AM/FM Tuner: The Kenwood KDC-BT555U features a built-in
RDS AM/FM tuner. The Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast
information such as artist & track information when listening to compatible
AM/FM stations. 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). The KDC-BT555U's
tuner features 3 FM banks (1, 2, 3) and 1 AM bank for storing presets. The
Kenwood KDC-BT555U 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.
Note: 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.
Pandora Internet Radio: Pandora is the leading Internet
Radio music service in the United States, giving people music they love anytime,
anywhere, through personalized radio stations. The Kenwood KDC-BT555U CD receiver
lets you playback and control the Pandora Internet Radio music service that is
being streamed to your Apple iPhone, Android smartphone, or Blackberry device. Your iPhone, Android,
or Blackberry smartphone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the
Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. In addition, you will need an active Pandora
music service account.
- Connection Type: The Kenwood KDC-BT555U provides Pandora App
access via a USB-connected iPhone or Bluetooth-enabled Android/Blackberry
- Pandora App for iPhone: The Kenwood KDC-BT555U provides
complete access to your Pandora account using your iPhone, via the head
unit's front-panel USB port. To access Pandora you must have an Apple iPhone
(iOS 5.0 or later) with the latest version of the
from Apple's iTunes App Store.
- Pandora App for Android/Blackberry: The Kenwood KDC-BT555U lets you
playback and control Pandora Internet Radio streamed from your Android or
smartphone, via Bluetooth (no hard-wired connection required). To access
Pandora from the Kenwood head unit, your Bluetooth-enabled Android or
must have the latest version of the Pandora App from the
Google Play App Store or
BlackBerry App World. Your Android or Blackberry smartphone must support A2DP,
AVRCP, and SPP Bluetooth profiles.
- Station Control: The Kenwood KDC-BT555U will provide control over
the Pandora music service streamed to your USB-connected iPhone or
Bluetooth-enabled Android/Blackberry smartphone.
- Station List: You can select Pandora stations from your
Station List by date or alphabetically (A-Z).
- Create New Station: New stations can be created based
on the current songs or artists playing on Pandora.
- Presets: You can save 3 Pandora stations as presets.
- Skip Songs: You can skip song tracks within a station.
You cannot skip back to a previous song. Pandora limits the number of skips
- Thumbs Up/Down: You can give songs a thumbs up or
thumbs down to help Pandora personalize stations to suit your preferences.
- Bookmarking: The song or artist currently being played
can be bookmarked & stored in your Pandora account.
- Information Display: The Kenwood KDC-BT555U will display Artist,
Album, & Song information provided by the Pandora app on your iPhone or Android/Blackberry
Note: Access to the Pandora service will depend on the
availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your
iPhone or Android/Blackberry smartphone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in
Canada and only available in the United States.
SiriusXM Ready: The Kenwood KDC-BT555U comes ready for
SiriusXM programming with access to XM and Sirius Satellite Radio stations.
Thanks to its proprietary SiriusXM Connect port, you can add the optional
SXV200V1 SiriusXM Connect tuner and receive more than 150 channels of
exclusive programming directly from SiriusXM, via the "SiriusXM
All Access" package (subscription required). Visit
for a complete list of subscription options and channel guide. Additional
features of the SXV200 SiriusXM Connect tuner include:
- Channel list displays a list of all available channels
- Category Search searches for channels in a certain category
- Displayed Information such as Channel Name, Artist Name, & Song Title
can be viewed on the head unit's LCD
- Up to 18 SiriusXM Satellite Radio station presets
- Direct Tuning via included remote
- Supports the SiriusXM Instant Replay function, so you can pause, rewind,
and replay up to 30 minutes of live content
- Channels containing unsuitable content for children can be blocked
Note: A separate SiriusXM Satellite Radio subscription
is required (operates on the XM Network). However, you can easily add this
SiriusXM tuner to an existing Sirius or XM account for a Multi-Radio
Disc & USB 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. The
unit also supports playback of MP3/WMA/AAC music files loaded onto CD-R/RW
Front-Panel USB Port: The Kenwood KDC-BT555U features a
front panel USB (type-A) port that is hidden behind a flip-up cover. The USB
port enables connection of a portable USB mass-storage class (MSC) device; such
as select Android smartphones (Froyo/Gingerbread OS only), portable digital
audio players, or USB thumbdrives.
The USB port supports audio playback and control of MP3, WMA, & WAV audio files
stored on these portable USB mass-storage class devices. 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. You cannot connect a USB device via a USB hub or
Multi-Card Reader to this unit.
MP3/WMA/AAC Playback: The Kenwood KDC-BT555U supports the
following types of MP3, WMA, AAC files recorded onto CD-R/RW disc or loaded onto
a USB mass storage class device.
| Media Type || CD-R/RW || USB Storage Device |
| File System ||ISO9660
Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, Romeo, Long file name ||FAT 16/32 |
| Playable File Types ||
bit rate of 8-320 kbps w/ sampling rate of 8, 11.025, 12, 16, 22.05,
24, 32, 44.1, 48 kHz |
AAC: bit rate of 8-320 kbps w/ sampling rate of 8, 11.025,
12, 16, 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1, 48 kHz
WMA: bit rate of 32-192 kbps w/ sampling rate of 32, 44.1, 48
| Maximum # of Folders/Files ||50 folders/512 files
(255 files per folder) ||255 folders/65,025
(255 files per folder) |
| Tags ||ID3 tags
(ver.1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4), WMA tags, AAC tags |
Text Scroll: The KDC-BT555U 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/AAC
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-BT555U 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.
Music Editor Compatible: The Kenwood KDC-BT555U 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/AAC 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
24 Bit D/A Converter: The Kenwood KDC-BT555U utilizes a 24-bit
digital to analog converter for superior sound quality.
MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood KDC-BT555U 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-BT555U 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
6ch/2.5V Preamp Outputs: The KDC-BT555U features front, rear
and subwoofer 2.5-volt preamp outputs. The front and rear speaker preamp outputs
are balance and fade adjustable. The subwoofer preamp output is non-fading. The
front, rear, and subwoofer preamp outputs are fixed to the rear chassis of the
Front & Rear High-Pass Filter: The KDC-BT555U features a
High-Pass Crossover for the front & rear channels when your front & rear
speakers are connected by the unit's speaker-outputs or preamp-outputs. You can
adjust the high-pass crossover from "Through", 100, 120, or 150 Hz. The
"Through" selection is a full-range setting.
Subwoofer Controls: The Kenwood KDC-BT555U offers the following subwoofer controls, when you
are using unit's subwoofer preamp output.
- 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, Bluetooth, 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
- 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
Key Beep: The in-dash head unit provides an audible beep to
confirm button operation. This function can be turned On or Off.
The Kenwood KDC-BT555U 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-BT555U
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
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.
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.
Demo Mode: This unit features a Demo mode which can be
turned On or Off within the menu.
Wireless Remote Control: The KDC-BT555U 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.
Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The head unit features
an OEM steering wheel remote control input wire (blue/yellow) within the included wiring harness
that lets you
keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with
steering wheel audio control adapter (sold separately). Please consult
Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.