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Kenwood KDC-152

CD receiver (New Stock)

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Our take on the Kenwood KDC-152

It's amazing how far your dollar goes these days when it comes to buying a new car stereo. Kenwood's KDC-152 CD receiver lives at the budget end of the their lineup, but you'll be pleasantly surprised at the performance and features it offers.

It's amazing how far your dollar goes these days when it comes to buying a new car stereo. Kenwood's KDC-152 CD receiver lives at the budget end of the their lineup, but you'll be pleasantly surprised at the performance and features it offers.

Start with a firm foundation of power
The typical factory radio is woefully underpowered, as you can tell by the muddy and indistinct sound you hear when you get up to highway speeds. This Kenwood's built-in amplifier delivers impressive power, and you'll notice a big bump in performance right away, whether you're using your factory speakers or some aftermarket models.

More media options
Chances are, you've got an an iPod® or some type of portable player. You and your friends can plug into the receiver's handy front-panel minijack input and listen to your favorite tunes while you drive. If you're spinning CDs, you'll enjoy superior sound quality from your discs — soundstaging and stereo separation are crisp and clean. And you can burn the music on your computer onto a disc and hit the road — the KDC-152 plays discs loaded with MP3 and WMA files, so you can enjoy long road trips without having to swap out discs.

Sound adjustments
Forget about the limited tone controls you'll find on a factory radio. The KDC-152 gives you a 3-band EQ and a bass boost, along with a Supreme Setting feature to improve the sound of MP3 files. And you can store a different EQ curve for each source — one for the radio, one for the aux input, and one for CDs.

Even cooler, if you add a powered sub to your system, you can turn it up and down with the receiver's sub level control, a great feature if you listen to a wide variety of music. And, speaking of control, Kenwood includes a wireless remote for your convenience.

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RW discs including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA music files
    • detachable face with 11-digit LCD display and red button illumination
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • System Q Sound Control (6 EQ curves and a 3-band equalizer)
    • Supreme Setting improves the sound of files encoded at low bit rates
    • speaker size settings
    • bass boost
    • low-pass filter and subwoofer level control
    • inputs: front-panel auxiliary input
    • outputs: 2-channel preamp outputs (2-volt, switchable to subwoofer mode)
    Other features and specs:

    What's in the Box:

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

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    Easy to use. I bought it for my dad who can't see well and it's into all the bells and whistles. He doesn't have use his reading glasses to change stations lol

    bobby, PA


    Kenwood KDC-152 Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (107 Reviews)

    Best Buy for the Bang!

    bobby from PA on 5/31/2016

    1997 Dodge Ram 2500

    Easy to use. I bought it for my dad who can't see well and it's into all the bells and whistles. He doesn't have use his reading glasses to change stations lol


    Cons: More watts per channel would great. So you can turn it up with out distortion

    Great Value

    R W from Halifax, Va on 10/3/2014

    1989 Chevrolet C Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great quality for the money, there are plenty of more expensive stereos available with lots of bells and whistles that I don't need and only would add to the price. I purchased this to replace a factory radio and am well pleased!

    Pros: Price ease of instillation quality

    Cons: Scan button could work better

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    Jono from Northfield, Ohio on 9/20/2014

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

    I'm a big kenwood guy. This is the perfect budget head unit.

    Pros: Low price. Good sound quality. Easy to use

    Cons: Looks aren't great.

    Great products

    Kenwood KDC-152 from Marysville ohio on 9/17/2014

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

    Fairly easy installation once you get the correct wires. I don't use the remote but it works just fine in the driver seat. Like the color, wish it came in blue for the same price though

    Pros: Clear, easy to use, looks nice, love the auxiliary option

    Cons: Not really a con but I wish the lighting was blue

    Nice Equipment

    mttasch1 from Spring City, PA on 9/12/2014

    1997 GMC Sierra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    It was easy enough to put in, but something I have never done before. After spilling a cup of coffee on my stock radio, it would no longer work with cassettes, as they would get stuck (this culminated when I tried to remove the cassette one time, and broke the cord, leaving the cassette in the player). A co-worker told me about and it's pricing, and I haven't looked back.

    Pros: -Excellent fit -Sound quality is amazing for stock system (aside from the reciever). -Aux cable compatibility. -Didnt really have to move anything around in my 1997 GMC Sierra

    Cons: -None at the moment really, it has 110% done what I expected of it.

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    Gary B from Beachwood NJ on 9/11/2014

    1997 Honda Civic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great bang for the buck. Decent power. Good sound. I bought this for an old car when the CD player died. I didn't need great sound or many features. Only a few minor complaints. When you take the CD out, the receiver does not turn on. You have to press a button a few times. Not good when you are driving. This unit also comes with a remote. But why?

    Pros: Value

    Cons: Have to press too many buttons for some features

    A Good Buy

    Terry from Cedar Rapids, IA on 9/10/2014

    1996 Toyota Tercel
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I am an old guy (hearing aids!) and I dropped this in my pet 18 year old Toyota with no problems. Great sound in my old pet for under a hundred bucks; I am a happy man.

    Pros: Easy installation. Looks good in the dash. Sounds really nice. Lots of presets. AM, FM, CD, Aux inputs.

    Cons: None

    Great Kenwood Unit

    Fred from Hamptonville NC on 9/7/2014

    1993 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I just wanted to replace factory cassette deck in my 93 Ford Ranger with a CD Player. Have no use for the fancy features such as Bluetooth, ect. The deck fit perfect in the dash. I have installed a few decks and this was easy. The Kenwood unit had the power I wanted and simple controls. I love it.

    Pros: Cheap price.

    Cons: None

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    James from Florida on 9/5/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The radio works great. It was easy to install. Has to many functions for what I needed or wanted. I just wanted to play music while in my jeep.



    Das Blinking Lights | Poor Viewing Angle

    dad from Berkeley, CA on 9/4/2014

    There are three reasons this a was a poor match for me: 1) The display does not work if viewed from above (e.g. if your radio is relatively low in the dash, as is mine). 2) The designers went out of their way to maximize flashing lights. Every action causes a flourish of blinking lights that's quite distracting. Every display flashes or blinks in some way. 3) The "off" button is a multi function button: so you can't just jam the button to turn the thing off. You have to actually look at the display and get it into the right mode. Ugh.

    Pros: Cheap

    Cons: Cheap


    Lj from Manville on 9/4/2014

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

    Great stereo

    Pros: Built in aux

    Cons: Confusing at first


    Richard from Matthews N C on 8/31/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excelant for price good Kenwood product

    Pros: Easy to install

    Cons: None


    TxCh from Houston, Tx on 8/28/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Certainly not an improvement over the OEM radio. Tinty sound. Sending it back

    Pros: Ease of install

    Cons: No help in instruction for the color coded wiring harness to the interface harness.

    Love the receiver

    Kenwood receiver from Maggie Valley , NC on 8/24/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Never had a CD player in my 91 miata it came with a Cassette player the CD player sounds great when I hooked it up with Kenwood 3 way speakers .

    Pros: Sounds ten times better than what came with the car.

    Cons: Only 2 places to put speakers on a miata unless you won't them in your head rest which I don't like an wont to keep the 25 year old car as stock as much as possible.

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    jake from linden mi on 8/24/2014

    1999 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Is a very good product for the money sounds and looks very clean


    Cons: No usb

    Works Great!

    SA from Boulder, CO on 8/21/2014

    2005 GMC Savana
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This unit works great. Good sound quality, easy install. It has everything we need in a replacement HU



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    Lynn from Arvada,CO on 8/20/2014

    1991 Mercury Grand Marquis
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Works and sounds good for the price



    Pure awesome for a low price

    PhoenixZX from Sevierville, TN on 8/13/2014

    1992 Saturn SL2
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The radio was super easy to install and the sound quality is suprisingly clear and just plain good. The look of it fits perfect with my car and my style. This was the first time ive bought stuff from Crutchfield and i will definetly continue to buy my audio equipment from them from now on.

    Pros: Sound quality is really good and it looks awesome.

    Cons: Nothing really :) this radio is really good

    Big Mistake

    Rob W from Saint Petersburg, Fl on 8/13/2014

    Big Mistake, I have had nothing but problems with this radio. it was replace 2 times with factory refurbished( which is what I bought)then out of courtesy, they gave me a brand new one, and Crutchfield did not document as "new" and they basically said I lied to them. in Florida, it gets hot and this radio does not like the heat at all, every time I select station program 2, it lights up tuner I try and play cds, I have to wait until my car cools down so I can use the skips of fast forward buttons. some times it randomly shuts of after being on for 30 plus minutes, the lights come on and off randomly i will never buy anything from Crutchfield again

    Pros: Looks good until the letters wear off in about 6 months

    Cons: Radio doesn't like Florida Heat Can't change colors (I knew this before I bought it though) No USB Buttons are a bit cramped together and trying to press the return button from the menu is quite a pain.

    Great value and sound

    Dustin from Missouri on 8/13/2014

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

    Quick, easy install. My teenage daughter loves the aux port, would highly recommend

    Pros: Easy install, great fit

    Cons: Display hard to see in sunlight

    Good Product - Great Service & Support

    mhmccln from Bakersfield, CA on 8/12/2014

    1998 Ford Windstar
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I didn't buy this for it's "Coolness Factor" - I'm an old man with an old car & wanted a radio that could play CD's & other devices. This radio does that & more. But the support I got from Crutchfield is what made the project a success. I was intimidated by the apparent complexity of the wiring harness that bypassed the amplifier on my 1998 Ford Windstar. My calls to Crutchfield support were answered quickly & I got the answers I needed & the encouragement I hoped for. The installation went smoothly & I couldn't be more pleased. By the way, the radio fits perfectly in the dash & looks & sounds great.

    Pros: Good price Easy installation Good looks Good sound Great service & support

    Cons: none


    Donny from Charlotte Hall, Maryland on 8/7/2014

    1991 Ford F Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great product and was easy to install

    Pros: Easy to install Easy to use Looks cool Just what I needed

    Cons: None

    Right amount of power

    haguirre from Plano TX on 8/5/2014

    1999 Nissan Sentra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great budget option to replace car's original stereo. Sound quality improved by much and the power was enough to wake up a pair of Rockford Fosgates mids. Installation was straight forward and easy. Installed in less than one hour.

    Pros: Don't have to break the bank to get good quality sound. Detachable face a plus

    Cons: No bluetooth connectivity nor USB port.

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    Parzuaga from Gurabo, PR on 7/25/2014

    2001 Daewoo Lanos
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    What else can I say, built by Kenwood and surprised by the quality in the lowest price radio the have. It sounds great and is a total bang for the buck. Super easy tu use and install. Will recommend for any budget install.

    Pros: It sounds great and is a total bang for the buck.

    Cons: none yet

    Superior product and company

    JoD from Hampstead, NC on 7/24/2014

    2002 GMC Yukon
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I am so happy with this CD receiver as well as Crutchfield. The installation was very easy, supplies were provided free, sound quality is excellent, and the look of the receiver is awesome! Happy customer indeed!

    Pros: Everything!

    Cons: Absolutely zero!

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    Crutchfield customer from Pennsylvania on 7/22/2014

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

    The kenwood kdc-152 is very easy to use and understand. The sound quality is amazing and is exactly what I was looking for.

    Pros: Easy to use. Looks good. Easy to install.

    Cons: None

    Everything I could ask for.

    Crutchfield customer from bozeman montana on 7/21/2014

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    Prentiss from Killeen on 7/21/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Good product if your on a tight budget.

    Pros: Operation friendly


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    Crutchfield customer from Mill Creek, Wa on 7/11/2014

    1997 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    For the price it's got great settings and sound. Installation was very easy and anyone could do it.



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    Crutchfield customer from Portland, Oregon on 7/11/2014

    1995 GMC Sierra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I really enjoy this stereo it sounds and looks great!



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    chad s. from ridgway, co on 7/6/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    basic model but much better than factory cd player

    Pros: affordable. easy install with in dash kit

    Cons: dash face plate took some minor alteration to fit correctly. using factory clips was necessary

    Great unit!

    Pohto from Tennessee on 7/6/2014

    2006 Volvo S60
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    In my opinion, this is the best aftermarket radio for the price. I know of a few people who have this unit and have never had any problems with it, including myself!

    Pros: Easy to use, good looking, easy install, and good sound quality

    Cons: No USB or Bluetooth but not a problem

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    Brandon t from Garland, TX on 6/29/2014

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

    Pretty good for a beginners sound system.

    Pros: Easy use

    Cons: No USB port

    great price Kenwood quality

    Jeff from Hernando, MS on 6/28/2014

    2002 GMC Sierra 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed this unit two weeks ago and it is awesome. I was not looking for a high end stereo, just something with an aux in jack. My stock stereo was fine. This is a good upgrade and I am very pleased.

    Pros: Aux in jack Sounds great

    Cons: Small preset buttons

    Good product

    Jhamilton from Concord, NC on 6/15/2014

    2004 Volvo S60
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a really good radio for the price, couldn't have spent my money better.




    GBANKS from CHARLOTTE NC on 6/14/2014

    2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser
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    GeogeK from Farmington NM on 6/2/2014

    2003 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Soldering skills needed for installation it was a snap, fit as advertised leaving factory wiring intact, looks good

    Pros: all equipment fit well

    Cons: instructions were some what vague

    highly satisfied customer

    steve from staten island ny on 5/29/2014

    2001 Ford Escort
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    everything was as advertised, easy installation, great sound.

    Pros: see above

    Cons: none.

    Just basic

    Eric from Hawaii on 5/27/2014

    1995 Honda Civic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    It's very basic and to me it's a minor upgrade to factory stereo.

    Pros: Cheap Aux input

    Cons: Can't change colors (I knew this before I bought it though) No USB Buttons are a bit cramped together and trying to press the return button from the menu is quite a pain.

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    Slip from New Jersey on 5/12/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this inexpensive unit with 2 speakers for less than 100 dollars. Really quite a value considering what you get considering the hardware and Crutchfield support which is quite superior. I intended to use this in a Chevy pickup but later decided to install it in my boat. This unit really puts out great sound and gets good reception with a cheap antenna I bought at the auto parts store and tossed up in the boats overhead wire track.. So far quite happy with my latest Crutchfield purchase. I went middle of the road on Coolness Factor because I am so square I am not qualified to rate coolness its best left to others.

    Pros: Low price Powerful Amplifier The remote is real nice, First one I ever got with a car radio. .No going below to mess with the radio. Attractive package Features

    Cons: No drawbacks when considering price and my purpose.

    Kenwood KDC-152 perfect for our needs!

    DougW from Woodbury, NJ on 5/7/2014

    2009 Honda Fit
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    We ordered the Kenwood KDC-152 to replace the factory stereo in my wife's Honda Fit. The CD player in the original stereo was not working properly. This Kenwood has great sound quality, easy to use - no issues whatsoever. Crutchfield's install kit made for an easy installation, and their support quickly answered a question I had during the install. If you need a basic, good sounding stereo for your car, you can't go wrong with this Kenwood.



    Great headunit

    josh from lewisburg, pa on 5/5/2014

    2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great head unit for the price.



    Simple and Easy

    Braap36 from California on 5/4/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy to navigate through the menu and the has lots of features for the price

    Pros: inexpensive, clean, intuitive

    Cons: na

    great dependable product

    KidWithTheMids from Michigan on 4/7/2014

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

    Easy install, great instructions and overall worth the money

    Pros: User friendly

    Cons: Small remote that you can lose easily

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    Crutchfield customer from Hilltop Lakes Texas on 4/3/2014

    1993 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Wanted a simple inexpensive radio for my Jeep. This radio was perfect for what I need.



    New sound for a old truck

    Mr me from here on 4/1/2014

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

    Great unit for the price. fairly easy to use. Installed with ease thanks to the install kit. I give it overall 4 1/2 stars



    Big bang for little buck

    ST0NEWALLJ from Yorktown, VA on 3/14/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    A better receiver for this amount of money doesn't exist !

    Pros: 22 Watts at speakers. Very inexpensive. Easy installation.

    Cons: Small control button for FM receiver.

    Great value

    Tim from Wisconsin on 2/28/2014

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

    Excellent product for the price. Bought this for my son's car and we had a good time installing it. Instructions were clear and Crutchfield customer service/tech support were phenomenal.

    Pros: Cost, ease of installation, tech support

    Cons: None

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    Scott Maresh from Lolita texas on 2/26/2014

    1997 Ford F-350
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great job of supplying me with the correct radio and materials for an easy instillation of their product.

    Pros: Great radio good sound and easy operating



    Tim from Orlando, Fl on 2/7/2014

    2002 Saturn SL2
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a very good stereo especially for the price

    Pros: Simple instillation and plenty of settings for personal preference.

    Cons: It would be a little nicer if it had a dimmer wire for the light in the head unit

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    Crutchfield customer from Chattanooga on 2/3/2014

    2004 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Not to bad for the price




    Pchop from Riverton, NE on 1/20/2014

    2002 GMC Sierra 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great radio for the price. Puts out great sound. Was easy to install with the free kit sent with.

    Pros: Love the remote, if I will be able to keep track of it. Ha ha

    Cons: May a different face color than red, but not that critical.

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    Ian from Washington on 12/25/2013

    1994 Geo Tracker
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Its a good receiver for the price, does exactly what I need for this application.

    Pros: Installed easy, picks up stations great has a real volume knob.

    Cons: The face plate feels a little flimsy, can't display the clock and the station frequency at the same time

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    tim_e from huntsville, al on 12/22/2013

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

    Installed in 2002 Jeep Wranger, Good Sound, Good reception on receiver, probably receive about twice as many FM stations in my location as with the OEM unit.


    Cons: did not exactly line up wth the rear mount, so I don't have it fasterned there for the moment. will need to figure out a support method .

    Great Stereo...Great Value!

    Jasbro from Eastern WA on 12/10/2013

    1985 Porsche 928S
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was going to purchase a Pioneer deck that had way more bells and whistles until I saw the deal they had on this Kenwood. When combined with the 6.5" speakers it was a steal with free 3 day shipping. This saved me $$ and who needs a deck with color changing display anyway! I have owned Kenwoods in the past and have been pleased with them. My Porsche 928 now has a great looking and sounding system and I don't hear my brakes squeaking anymore. The install wasn't too bad and the red display matches well with the all my warning lights on the dash! Couldn't be happier.

    Pros: Price, remote, great power

    Cons: No bluetooth

    Awesome for the price!!! Great service and easy install

    Daniel Hernandez from Houston, Tx on 12/3/2013

    1992 Cadillac DeVille
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Awesome for the price!!! Great service and easy install

    Pros: Awesome for the price!!! Great service and easy install

    Cons: None

    Nice Stereo

    Jeff from Winter Haven FL on 11/11/2013

    2012 Toyota Yaris
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Exactly what I was looking for. The price was only $1 higher then the lowest price I found with other places but when you add the installation kit and the tech support which we used the $1 was well spent. Free shipping arrived a day early and we are very happy with the results.

    Pros: Easy installation

    Cons: None

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    Sueann from Lilly, PA on 9/29/2013

    2002 Pontiac Firebird
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Mounting bracket they sent didn't look good, so we ended up getting another one.



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    Kennet M from Brownsburg in 46112 on 9/17/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great value and nice stereo cd player

    Pros: Price and quality

    Cons: Amperage could be higher

    pretty good radio for the price

    Rob from St Petersburg, FL on 9/1/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Pretty good radio for the cost. Ive always liked Kenwood, so it was a no brainer for me. This was purchased for my work car on a very tight budget.

    Pros: Slim in design Great sound quality Remote

    Cons: Selection Buttons are very small Volume button does not stick out far enough

    Great Budget Radio

    xbguy from Miami, FL on 8/26/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    i purchased this radio and for the money I got a lot. The controls and menus were intuitive, sound quality was above average for such an affordable radio though I wish it came with a few more sound adjustment options. The build quality is excellent. It doesn't feel cheap and looks okay in the dash. I rate it a 5 in comparison to other radios in the same price range.

    Pros: Affordable, decent sound quality, easy to use and the front aux input is very convenient.

    Cons: Not enough sound adjustment options and the removable face plate makes the radio look dated.

    Great Product

    CurtB from Lacey, WA on 8/16/2013

    2007 Chevrolet Cobalt
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Once I received and installed my new front door speakers I know what a nice receiver / cd player this is. Sounds marvelous and seems to have all the power I will need. Some controls are not that easy to figure out and still have to refer to the manual once in a while. Should have it down soon and not a huge deal. So much better than factory sound.

    Pros: Easy to install and sounds great.

    Cons: Some controls could be easier to interpret.

    Perfect for the price

    John B from East Providence, RI on 8/10/2013

    1997 Plymouth Breeze
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    By far the best quality for the price.Easy to use controls and display.

    Pros: Easy to use controls, easy to read display

    Cons: None

    don't be fooled by the price.

    sam_smithereens from rigel 7 on 8/2/2013

    back in the day a deck with all these features plus a remote was top of the line. now it's the bottom. funny, that. but don't be fooled. it's a solid performer. install couldn't have been easier. $ for $ of the cd units at this price point this one is the best. sound is clear and crisp. not a lot of distortion at louder volumes as is common with a lot of these low end head units.

    Pros: cheap in price but not in quality easy to install sound quality is above average.

    Cons: faceplate is a bit awkward to engage. but easy to remove.

    A lot of BANG for the BUCK !

    Tim from Kearney Husker Nation on 8/1/2013

    1990 Lincoln Town Car
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The title says it all.

    Pros: Great sound. Great price. Easy installation and fits like a glove in my '92 Town Car. Remote works well. Great receiver sensitivity, both AM & FM. Cosmetically appealing. Very user friendly.

    Cons: No AM/FM 'scan' feature.

    Great sounding radio

    Fla Engineer from South Carolina on 7/26/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great sounding radio. Easy installation. Good price. The only thing I don't like is I cannot make the radio display the time (clock). Maybe I missed it in the manual, but so far, I get to see the track info and the time on the track. It is a bit strange since I can set the time.

    Pros: Great sound. Great price. Easy to install with Crutchfield accessories.

    Cons: I have not been able to find the clock display.

    Crutchfield response on 7/29/2013 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.


    Anthony W. from Houston,Texas on 7/15/2013

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

    Installation was a snap, as I always purchase my audio from Crutchfield.



    Richard's new recever

    RichardF from Hot Spring Village, AR on 7/10/2013

    2001 Toyota MR2 Spyder
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This unit was replacing a 12 year old OEM in my Toyota. With the mounting kits and wiring I was able to complete the project in about one hour. The sound is so much better, was able to integrate with my Sirius radio and now can play my CD's in the car. I also have used my Iphone to play directly to the system. All sound great, now I may just go ahead and upgrade the speakers to get an even better sounding system... No problems or hiccups works great and looks good in the car as well.

    Pros: Easy of install, fairly intuitive controls, great remote and great sound.

    Cons: Nothing that would make me have wished for something different.

    Great Product and Great Price

    Crystal from Sterling VA on 6/28/2013

    2003 Jeep Wrangler
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    I bought this radio for my Jeep Wrangler and it not only looks great it fits great and the price was great. Loved getting it shipped for free and in 2 days as well.

    Pros: Very easy to use and looks great!

    Cons: NO CONS - All PROS !

    good headunit

    chris from pennsylvania on 6/10/2013

    2000 Chevrolet S10
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Really good head unit for a really good price. Sound quality is clear and loud and it went in my truck really easily

    Pros: Price, quality, easy to use, clear sound

    Cons: No usb port


    wicked eclipse from va on 6/10/2013

    2006 Mitsubishi Eclipse
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    So far I have now had anything to complain about it was easy to install it's easy to function does everything I needed to do for the price I was going to pay

    Pros: Ez to use with aftermarket subs

    Cons: The red lights

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    TomB from Amity, PA on 5/22/2013

    Nice unit for the price. All of my speakers are running off of an external amp so I can't attest to the power of this headunits internal amp. Even after reading and reviewing the owners manual, the menu is still a pain to get thru. My system sounds good and I sure didn't spend a lot of money on it so I don't regret my purchase that is for sure!! The Front Aux is a really nice feature and one on the reasons why I bought this amp. If you don't have any of the fancy electronic communication gizmos (like me), this is all you will ever need.

    Pros: Love the front Aux

    Cons: Menu is.......interesting....for a lack of better words

    Great for the price

    JH from Durham, NC on 5/12/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Can not get much better considering the price paid. Good sound. SOme features are a bit cumbersome to use, but I can accept this for the price paid.

    Pros: Price, sound.

    Cons: Ease of use for some functions, e.g. bass, treble controls, etc.


    DC3SMOKEJUMPER from OGDEN, UTAH on 4/20/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great value for price ! Bought for inside cabin of Sea Ray....and it's doing more than we expected. And as always....Crutchfield comes through at the top !

    Pros: Easy to install. Compact. Good quality for price.


    Kenwood KDC-152

    Marcus from Nebraska on 4/10/2013

    2002 Chevrolet S10
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    As this is a entry level unit, expectations were realistic. I wanted this to replace OEM unit to have the option to plug in external devices to play music from and do it on a low budget. Order install kit for my vehicle and was easy to install. Improved sound quality over OEM. Now I can listen to the radio, CD or one of the several mp3 devices that I have. Love it!

    Pros: Easy install, easy to setup and use. Aux port to plug in extermal mp3 players. Remote.

    Cons: None.

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    lcsteelergal from Wheeling, WV on 2/11/2013

    2003 Oldsmobile Alero
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I fretted about installation of this product but it was as easy as 1, 2, 3! It looks great and sounds very clear. I still haven't figured out how to set the clock. It would be nice to hear from someone with that tip. Overall, I am very satisfied with my purchase. You can't miss for the money! It sounds great with my Sony MP3 player!

    Pros: VALUE, easy to install, good sound quality.

    Cons: Insuffcient instruction to operate each function.

    Kenwood KDC-152

    Bob K from Mataoca,VA on 1/28/2013

    2000 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very nice unit for the money! Very easy to install.

    Pros: Cool looks and features Great bass!

    Cons: Features are a little confusing at first but you get use to them

    Great headunit

    Camryowner from La crescenta CA on 1/15/2013

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

    Honestly this unit is great... I was looking for a quality headunit that was also not gonna make me shell out too much money and this is the one I came across so I gave it a try. I definitely have no regrets about this badboy I would recommend it to anyone and crutchfield is the best site that's for sure. 5 stars don't even second guess your purchase its a really awesome headunit

    Pros: Looks good Ease of use Mp3 plug in Much more

    Cons: None so far

    Hardly worth the time to install

    AZSewerman from Oro Valley, AZ on 1/14/2013

    1994 Jeep Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Not as sensitive as the Factory Cassette radio it replaced. More interference and dropout from nearby mountains. Sound is tinny- but may improve if I replace OEM Speakers Controls hard to use, off on not by pushing the round button like most, but a tiny switch you have to really search for. No explanation in instructions on how to display clock, had to call Crutchfield tech support, who did know and told me. Cannot connect light to car dash lights so it does not dim I would not buy again or recomend to anyone

    Pros: Fit in the hole, almost reused the Jeep mounting bracket

    Cons: See above Hard ot use

    Great for the price

    huizar from oceanside, ca on 1/9/2013

    1998 Chevrolet Cavalier
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great stereo for the price. Though I hope my aux cord is just messed up cause I have to finagle it to make it work.

    Pros: price, ease of installation


    Kenwood KDC 152 In a Mercedes-Benz

    RandyR from Ruston, LA on 1/8/2013

    1986 Mercedes-Benz 420SEL
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I installed this Kenwood unit in a 1986 420SEL, as the original radio had quit and was beyond repair. I ordered from Crutchfield because they included instructions and adaptor harnesses and I did not want to cut the factory harness in my car. The radio was fairly straightforward to install adn it looks neat and good once in position. The harnesses had the correct plug for the factory wiring and the speakers. The instructions could have been clearer on a couple of points: for example, I had to remove the two springs which hold the factory Becker radio in place, as the Kenwood does not have the slots on the bottom of the case for the springs to snap into, and I could not reinstall the ashtray without these springs being in place, so I removed them (easy). The instructions also did not specify how to connect to the power antenna to allow the radio to operate it. The sound of the radio is good, and it works great with the OEM speakers and fader. It satisfies me, but an autiophile would probably want all the bells and whistles. The controls are not particularly intuitive, so I am still studying the manual and figuring out how to operate it. The Kenwood manual is OK but seems to keep some information to itself.

    Pros: Excellent value for the price! It looks good adn makes a neat installation Included harnesses and instructions that other retailers et al do not have, which is why I bought from Crutchfield.

    Cons: Instructions need more information; you are almost there. Remember that to me this is the major value Crutchfield adds, so get it right, it will win you cuystomers. Controls on the radio are not intuitive, but you will be able to get used to it with a little practice.


    SteveL from AZ on 1/4/2013

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

    very, very nice receiver. excellent value for the money. great sound, easy to use and setup.

    Pros: sound, ease of use, looks,

    Cons: none


    MARKY-MARK from Rohnert Park,Ca on 1/2/2013

    2005 Honda Accord LX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Nice compact package, takes a little getting used to menu system. Nice having place to plug Ipod cable.

    Pros: nice blue display and red back ground lighting

    Cons: wish it displayed time and channel simultaneously


    jd from north canton oh on 1/1/2013

    2009 Chevrolet Aveo
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    bought the same 3yrs ago have never had an issue with ut has been in 3 different trucks and plays and looks as good the day i bought it this was a xmas gift for my girlfriends new car and she loves it to death would highly suggest it

    Pros: over all awesome radio

    Cons: none

    Kenwood KDC-152

    skibum9922 from Berwyn Heights, Md on 12/31/2012

    1994 Geo Prizm
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Needed a inexpensive radio for my work car and this will work perfectly



    crystal clear

    ak keanen from juneau ak on 12/31/2012

    30 mins to install after wiring but it's easy and looks nice in my dads 99 ranger and it sounds like a hole new system and for pop you can't turn your stock speakers higher or the distorts amazing for the price.

    Pros: How cheap the price Everything looks nice Sounds like a 1000 dollar system but only paid for the head unit

    Cons: Buttons a little small for my dad he's 6'2 and has bigger fingers works fine for mine I am 6'1 and its fine

    kenwood kdc-152

    Crutchfield customer from Mississippi on 12/28/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy to install. Good quality for the price



    I like this radio

    Mike from Maryland on 12/24/2012

    1991 Nissan Hardbody
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I replaced the original radio with a Sony about two years ago and it stopped reading CD's. That Sony was hard to operate with big fingers, driving or not and I found it difficult to make settings. I was glad to replace it with the Kenwood, which is easy to operate with un-nimble fingers or with the remote and is very easy to set. The sound is much better than the Sony. I'd be totally happy if only I could figure out how to dim the display when driving at night--likely there's no way to do that.


    Cons: The AM feature is just static, but I don't use AM anyway. If I did, I'm sure the Crutchfield folks would tell me how to get it "running."

    Great product for the price

    bigval65 from Valntine, NE on 12/22/2012

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

    Received the radio for my 2000 Chevy Cavalier, it has great soud quality for the price.



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    Crutchfield customer from Arkansas on 12/11/2012

    2008 Ford Econoline
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Sound is good for the money. Easy to use and to understand the instructions for use, except there is nothing I found to tell you that standby is the "off" position. Maybe it is obvious to those who are more "into" receivers.




    Gamer from Texas on 12/9/2012

    1998 Ford Crown Victoria
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very happy with the deck




    Crutchfield customer from nc on 11/27/2012

    2002 Dodge Dakota
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    Steve B from Bakersfield, CA on 11/25/2012

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

    Awesome. Kenwood has always been a great name.

    Pros: Value, easy to use

    Cons: None

    Great Unit

    Mark S from Fishers, IN on 11/19/2012

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

    I bought this to replace a factory stereo in my 16 years old sons 1997 Tacoma. It took about 45 minutes start to finish for the install using the additional wiring adapter. Dramatically improved the sound in the factory speakers for under $100 total. Great value, nice unit.

    Pros: Value, ease f install, great sound.

    Cons: None

    Just like a tech was standing there...

    Mojopt from Evansville, IN on 10/7/2012

    2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The radio is a solid performer...Great value in a basic radio/player.

    Pros: Easy to use. Very easy to install.

    Cons: No cons, all good...

    Kenwood KDC-152

    SgtMartin from Grand Prairie, TX on 9/9/2012

    2007 Kia Sportage
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Awesome System even a Caveman can work it.

    Pros: Grate Price, Grater Sound than the stock Radio


    great for the price

    ltmdr73 from medford, NY on 8/31/2012

    1993 Nissan NX2000
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great product arcs better price Kenwood never fails to deliver a quality product

    Pros: Good price, nice red color, 10th times better then stock radio

    Cons: Nonevbutvi wish they could add a USB port for the same price then it would be prefect.

    Woke up my subwoofer

    Goochi G from Las Vegas, NV on 8/28/2012

    I had a head-unit without subwoofer preout but with GPS touch screen.CD player broke so had to replace it. Since I don't need the GPS (too low on the dashboard) and had a better separate GPS I opt for this one because I heard good things about Kenwood. Let me tell you it woke up my Kicker CVX 12". And I got to separate the real low base away from the rest of my speakers and just into the sub. So squeacky clean! I don't have to raise up the volume just to hear and feel my awesome subwoofer. Can't rate quality since this is my first Kenwood and I just have it for a week.

    Pros: So easy to use. So nice looking inside my two tone black-red interior. One din so I got extra pocket to place small things.

    Cons: This is the base version so no bluetooth or HD radio which I don't need anyway. I only listen to CDs. Tiny buttons but that's what the remote is for.

    kenwood radio

    Crutchfield customer from MS on 8/11/2012

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

    Great radio



    Kenwood KDC-152

    Grant from Abbyville ,Ks on 7/16/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This radio was shipped quick and was as described. Quit good service!



    Big Improvement

    Daniel Diesel D from Indianapolis, IN on 7/12/2012

    1999 Jeep Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Ive owned a few aftermarket head units over the years, none of them have actually improved the sound. Especially in this price range. I installed in in my 99 Cherokee which had a rather worn jvc unit in it. It was like taking a blanket off my otherwise stock system. Maybe this is due to the 22w RMS? My only complaint on the sound is I cant turn it past 30 and it goes to 50 my speakers simply cant handl,e the output. Guess its time for new speakers! Another thing I would like to note is this unit actually has menus! No odd ball button configuration to set your clock. This is a huge relief because I do a lot of stuff to my jeep and have to disconnect the battery and resetting the clock is usually a pain. If i had to dig for an issue i have with this unit it would be the absence of the attenuation button on the faceplate. Its on the remote but not the faceplate. And eventually ill lose the remote. Otherwise highly recpmend this stereo to anyone.

    Pros: Lots of power Looks great Plenty of audio control Smooth operation Too much power for stock speakers

    Cons: No attenuation button on faceplate Too much power for stock speakers

    Small price... great features

    Sparky from Clintonville, WI on 6/19/2012

    1999 Ford F-350
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    VERY nice head unit for you hard earned dollar!

    Pros: Aux. input and pre-amp / subwoofer output!


    Kenwood KDC-152

    Crutchfield customer from Illinois on 6/7/2012

    1984 Chrysler Lebaron
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Good Value



    Bang for the buck

    David from Acworth, GA on 5/7/2012

    1994 Honda Accord EX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Lot of bang for the buck. Replaced an old factory cassette. Don't know why I waited so long.



    Great for the price!

    hardcore626 from Mosinee, WI on 3/20/2012

    2006 Chevrolet HHR
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great unit for the low cost.



    Love it!

    Crutchfield customer from Chicago, IL on 3/7/2012

    2001 Ford F-250 Super Duty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    super cheap, great sound and tons of options (almost too many)

    Pros: great price, great sound

    Cons: lots of settings

    Great radio for the price.

    Tracy from Aston, PA on 2/22/2012

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

    This radio has some great features for the price. I didn't even know it had a removable face plate until it was installed! It has the CD player and Aux outlet for MP3 player. The only issue I have is the power button is really small and a little difficult to get to and you have to press and hold to power off. Other than that, it has a lot of options that are fairly easy to understand, but you will need to read the manual.




    Hands-on research

    Features and Specs

    AUX Input Front
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input No
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Android Control No
    Memory Card Slot N/C
    Bluetooth Compatible No
    Satellite Radio Ready No
    HD Radio No
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size No
    Nano No
    Touch No
    iPhone No
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) N/A
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) ---
    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 volts
    Screen Size ---
    Display Color Bluish white
    Key Button Color Red
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible No
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    FM Sensitivity 11.2 dBf
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No
    High-res Playback ---

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    Disc Playback
    Audio Section
    Aux Connection
    Radio Functions
    Display Features
    Remote Control

    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-152 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-152 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-405) allows you to search for music directly by entering the track number.

    Playback Modes: The Kenwood KDC-152 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.

    Radio Functions

    AM/FM Tuner: The Kenwood KDC-152 features a built-in AM/FM tuner. 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.

    Tuner Presets: The KDC-152's tuner features 3 FM banks (1, 2, 3) and 1 AM bank for storing presets. The Kenwood KDC-152 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.

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

    Aux Connection

    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 an MP3 player. The Aux input must be turned on to function. 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.

    Auxiliary Display: The KDC-152 allows you to select the source type displayed when using the auxiliary input. You can choose from AUX, DVD, Portable, Game, Video, or TV.

    Audio Section

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The Kenwood KDC-152 utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior CD sound quality.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood KDC-152 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-152 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

    3-Way Rotary Volume Control: The CD receiver uses a 3-way rotary volume control that increases and decreases the volume of the stereo from 0 to 35. The rotary knob also controls other audio settings such as Balance, Fader, Bass, Mid, Treble and preset EQ settings. In addition, the rotary knob allows you to scroll through and select your music tracks when the Music Search function is activated.

    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).

    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/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 (10kHz). You can choose from the following preset EQ curves - Rock, Pops, Easy, Top 40, Jazz, Natural, Game, and User.

    Bass/Treble/Mid Control: The System Q's User Mode features independent Bass (100 Hz), Treble (10 kHz) and Midrange (1 kHz) control from - 8 to +8 dB.

    Bass Boost: In addition, The Kenwood CD receiver features a Bass Boost control that can be set to the following levels (LV1, LV2 or Off).

    Source Tone Memory: This feature allows you to store System Q bass, middle and treble tone settings for each source (CD, Tuner, and Aux).

    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.

    Selectable Preamp Output: The KDC-152 features a preamp output that you can adjust from a full-range rear speaker preamp output to a low-pass subwoofer preamp output.

    Subwoofer Controls: The Kenwood KDC-152 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.

    Tel Mute: The KDC-152 features a cell-phone mute wire (brown) in its harness that when hooked up to your car's phone system mute wire will automatically mute the receiver's audio signal when a call comes in.

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

    Display Features

    Detachable Face: The Kenwood KDC-152 features a single front loading CD face that detaches from the chassis to deter theft.

    Note: No face case is included with this unit. An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can be purchased for this unit.

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

    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.

    Display Dimmer: The display has two brightness settings to adjust the brightness of the display according to the surrounding illumination. You can change this setting within the menu from On or Off.

    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-152 comes with the RC-405 IR wireless remote control with a full numeric keypad (0-9). The remote will control Audio, CD, 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, 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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    Q & A

    Customer Q&A

    7 questions already asked

    Hi honey, upper left you will see a button marked SRC. That will switch you from CD to Aux to Radio. I suppose the SRC stands for source! Use my Mp3 player sometimes and it sounds great! [ Curt  Sep 03, 2014 ]
    There is not an option to turn off the flashes in the devices setting menu, But there may be a way to Customize or modify it another way but i'm not sure [ TODD B  Aug 28, 2014 ]
    For details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle. [ Krissy  Aug 19, 2014 ]  Staff
    That should be a ground wire [ bob  Aug 16, 2014 ]
    That is the unit ground [ JASON  Jul 29, 2014 ]
    Not sure I install my stereo in a mercury u may have a connector for auxiliary amplifier. If u order the harness kit for your vehicle it will plug right in and if any wires need to be tied in your kit will have instructions on what color wire to tap into u can also call cruchfield tec support for information [ ADAM  Jul 28, 2014 ]
    You need the harness for that vehicle. [ JONAH  Jul 28, 2014 ]
    Single DIN, yes [ BRIAN  Jul 25, 2014 ]
    Yes, although I replaced a dual din unit there adaptor housing worked wonderful and looks great as well. [ Curt  Jul 25, 2014 ]
    will it work for a 2 10'' subwoofers with a vented enclosure? [ cam1414  Aug 07, 2014 ]
    will it work on a 10'' subwoofer [ cam1414  Aug 07, 2014 ]
    Hello Logan, This unit will allow a sub hookup. It has a 2 channel (right and left) pre-amp RCA output to run to a amp and you can run to a sub setup. Also has a remote turn-on lead wire for the amp. It really is a great unit and a great value for what it is. Hope that helps you make a decision. [ CHRIS  Jul 11, 2014 ]
    Yes it has pre out for an external amp [ TIM  Jul 11, 2014 ]
    Does this got a 2004 Honda civic ex [ Meltonriley  Aug 08, 2014 ]
    will the speakers and radio fit a 1999 F 250 [ Greg  Jun 16, 2014 ]
    For details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle. [ Krissy  Apr 13, 2014 ]  Staff