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Kenwood KDC-MP208

CD receiver

Item # 113MP208

Play your MP3 and WMA discs in the car with Kenwood's KDC-MP208 CD receiver, and watch as your song titles scroll...

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Play your MP3 and WMA discs in the car with Kenwood's KDC-MP208 CD receiver, and watch as your song titles scroll...

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About the Kenwood KDC-MP208

Play your MP3 and WMA discs in the car with Kenwood's KDC-MP208 CD receiver, and watch as your song titles scroll across its display. Turn on the Supreme Setting feature — it enhances files recorded at a low bitrate to make them sound more full-bodied, and closer to the sound quality of the original source.

Play your MP3 and WMA discs in the car with Kenwood's KDC-MP208 CD receiver, and watch as your song titles scroll across its display. Turn on the Supreme Setting feature — it enhances files recorded at a low bitrate to make them sound more full-bodied, and closer to the sound quality of the original source.

Connect your MP3 player to the front-panel auxiliary input. You can adjust the input level so you won't get drastic changes in volume when you switch to or from the auxiliary source. The stereo's built-in amplifier offers plenty of power, and you can shape the sound with a 3-band equalizer and six preset tone curves.

If you're adding a subwoofer, the set of preamp outputs include a low-pass filter and level adjustment for hands-on control over your bass. Kenwood also includes a handy remote control.

Note: If you're going to use your iPod with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility with this receiver or its optional iPod adapter.

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Product highlights:

    General features:
    • CD player with 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
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • System Q Sound Control (6 EQ curves and a 3-band equalizer)
    • Supreme Setting function restores high frequencies in music files
    • low-pass filter
    Expandability:
    • inputs: front-panel auxiliary input
    • outputs: one set of preamp outputs (switchable to subwoofer mode)
    Other features and specs:

    What's in the box:

    • AM/FM/CD/MP3/WMA receiver with 10-amp fuse inserted into the chassis
    • Sleeve
    • Face
    • Trim ring
    • RC-517 wireless remote control
    • 2 "AA" batteries
    • Wiring harness
    • 2 Removal tools
    • 4 Panhead ISO-mount screws
    • 4 Flathead ISO-mount screws
    • Back support screw
    • Instruction Manual (English/Spanish/French)
    • Warranty Card
    • Kenwood Car Audio Passport card
    • "Attention" sheet

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    Features & specs

    Expandability
    AUX Input Front
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input No
    Backup Camera Input No
    Second Camera Input No
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Android Control No
    Memory Card Slot No
    Bluetooth Compatible No
    Satellite Radio Ready No
    HD Radio No
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size ---
    Nano ---
    Touch ---
    iPhone ---
    General
    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
    Navigation App Compatible (iOS)
    Navigation App Compatible (Android)
    Preamp Voltage 2 volts
    Screen Size ---
    Display Color Blue
    Key Button Color Red
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible No
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 9.3 dBf
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No
    File Playback
    Music File Playback
    High-res Playback

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    Features

    Overview: The Kenwood KDC-MP208 AM/FM CD receiver features a detachable face, front auxiliary input, selectable rear/subwoofer 2-volt preamp output and MP3/WMA playback. The headunit also comes supplied with an easy to use IR wireless remote control. The unit's amplifier is rated at 22 watts x 4 channel RMS and 50 watts x 4 channel peak.

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

    Note: The unit does not come with a face case. An optional grey, soft, carrying case (142DFC2C, sold separately) is available.

    MP3/WMA Playback: The KDC-MP208 can play MP3 and WMA files recorded on CD-ROM, CD-R, and CD-RW discs in ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, and Romeo formats. Each disc should have a maximum of 8 directory levels, 100 folders, and 255 files per folder. During MP3/WMA playback, the unit displays any recorded ID3 Tag information.

    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.

    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 can be turned "off" in the menu if you do not want to cycle through this source if you choose not to use the AUX input.

    Auxiliary Display: The KDC-MP208 allows you to select the source type displayed when using the auxiliary input. You can choose from AUX, DVD, Portable, Game, Video or TV.

    Rotary Volume Control: The CD receiver uses a 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.

    Speaker Settings: The Speaker Setting function tailors the System Q Sound Control settings according to the type of speakers in your vehicle. You may select a Speaker Setting of "SP Off" (flat), "SP OEM" (for OEM factory speaker systems), "SP 6x9/6" (for systems with 6" and 6"x9" speakers), or "SP 5/4" (for systems with 4" and 5" speakers).

    Note: The Speaker Setting affects the bass, midrange, and treble values of the System Q presets. The speaker setting should be selected first.

    System Q Sound Control: Six EQ curves are preset into memory, allowing you to recall the best preset EQ curve for different types of music. Each preset has its own level settings for bass (100Hz), midrange (1kHz), and treble (10kHz). The 6 preset curves with their respective bass, mid, and treble levels are as follows:

    • Rock: Bass +6, Mid +1, Treble +2
    • Pops: Bass +3, Mid +2, Treble +6
    • Easy: Bass +6, Mid 0, Treble -2
    • Top 40: Bass +3, Mid +1, Treble +8
    • Jazz: Bass +5, Mid +2, Treble +2
    • Natural (Flat): Bass 0, Mid 0, Treble 0

    Note: The above values reflect the System Q settings when the Speaker Setting function is turned off. When the Speaker Settings are selected, the System Q level settings are different.

    Bass/Treble/Mid Control: The KDC-MP208 features independent Bass, Treble and Midrange control. You can adjust each one from -8 to +8db. The bass frequency is adjusted at 100 Hz, the treble frequency is adjusted at 10 kHz and the midrange frequency is adjusted at 1 kHz.

    Bass Boost: The Kenwood CD receiver also features a Bass Boost control that can be set to the following levels - BB1, BB2 or Off.

    Fader/Balance Control: The KDC-MP208 CD receiver feature balance and fade controls from Left15 to Right15 and Rear15 to Front15. The CD receiver uses at Type 1 and Type 5 fader. When the preamp output is set to "Rear" the receiver uses a Type-5 fader that allows you to fade between the front speaker channels and the rear speaker channels along with the rear preamp output. When the preamp output is set to "Subwoofer" the receiver uses the type 1 fader which only allows fading between the front and rear speaker channels while the subwoofer preamp output is non-fading .

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

    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.

    Selectable Preamp Output: The KDC-MP208 features a preamp output that you can adjust from a full-range rear speaker preamp output to a low-pass 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 Sub. You can select from 80, 120, 160 or off.

    Subwoofer Level: Once you have switched the preamp output to "subwoofer" you can independently control the subwoofer preamp output level from the CD receiver. You select levels between -15 to +15.

    CD Playback Options: The KDC-MP208 offers the following CD playback features.

    • Pause: stops play of your disc temporarily
    • Fast Forward/Rewind: allows you to fast forward or rewind within a track of a disc
    • Track/File Search: allows you to skip to the previous or next track/file on the disc
    • Folder Select: selects folders on a MP3/WMA recorded disc
    • Repeat: repeats single track, file or folder on disc
    • Random: plays all the songs on the disc or all files within a folder in random order
    • Scan: plays the first part of each song or file on the disc you are listening to

    Text/Title Scroll: The KDC-MP208 will display CD text or Audio file text. You can turn the scrolling feature "on" to scroll longer titles across the screen.

    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.

    Off Eject: The KDC-MP208 allows you to eject your disc for 10 minutes after switching off the vehicles engine.

    CD Force: When there is a problem with playing a CD with a special format, this setting plays the CD by force. Some CDs still may not play in the CD Force mode.

    CR-2 Advanced Tuner: This unit uses Kenwood's CR-2 Advanced tuner for clear radio reception. You can choose one of three tuning modes: Auto 1 (seek tuning), Auto 2 (cycles through and tunes the selected band's preset stations only with each button press), or Manual.

    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. The tuner features 3 FM banks (1, 2, 3) and 1 AM bank. You can store 6 presets for each AM/FM bank giving you a total of 18 FM presets and 6 AM presets.

    Clean Reception System Circuit (CRSC): This circuit controls multi-path distortion by reducing stereo separation. As stereo separation is reduced, multi-path has less effect on the radio signal, improving reception in areas with tall buildings and mountains. The CRSC circuit can be turned on or off.

    Tel Mute: The KDC-MP208 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.

    Display Illumination/Clock Display: When the unit is in Standby mode, the face/button illumination is "keyed." In addition, while the unit is in Standby mode, you can turn the clock display on or off. When the Clock Display is turned on and the unit is in Standby mode, the Clock Display is also "keyed." Pressing and holding the source button turns the unit off completely.

    Display Dimmer: The display has two brightness settings. You can change this setting within the menu.

    Demo Mode: This unit features a Demo mode which can be turned "on" or "off" within the menu.

    Security Code: You can enter a 4-digit security code which must be used when the unit is removed from the vehicle, or the constant power source is disconnected from the unit. When constant power is restored to the unit, the security code must be entered before the unit becomes operational.

    Remote Control: The KDC-MP208 comes with the RC-517 IR wireless remote control with a full numeric keypad. The remote will control Audio, CD, and Tuner functions. It is powered by 2 "AA" batteries (supplied). The dimensions of the remote are: L = 5.362", W = 1.958", D = 1.125".

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