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Kenwood KDC-MP242

CD receiver (New Stock)

Item # 113MP242

Kenwood designed the KDC-MP242 CD receiver to be a no-nonsense, solid performer with lots of options for expansion.

Find what Fits your car

Kenwood designed the KDC-MP242 CD receiver to be a no-nonsense, solid performer with lots of options for expansion.

Discontinued item

Item # 113MP242

About the Kenwood KDC-MP242

Kenwood designed the KDC-MP242 CD receiver to be a no-nonsense, solid performer with lots of options for expansion. Right out of the box, you can play all your store-bought and recordable CDs, plus discs you've loaded with MP3 and WMA files. And you can play a portable satellite radio, MP3 player, or other source through the handy, front-panel auxiliary input.

Kenwood designed the KDC-MP242 CD receiver to be a no-nonsense, solid performer with lots of options for expansion. Right out of the box, you can play all your store-bought and recordable CDs, plus discs you've loaded with MP3 and WMA files. And you can play a portable satellite radio, MP3 player, or other source through the handy, front-panel auxiliary input.

Adding on
No matter how you get your music and entertainment, you can add its functionality to the KDC-MP242. Kenwood's iPod® adapter lets you connect and control your iPod, and keep it charged as you drive. You can add an HD Radio™ tuner for the enhanced sound quality of digital radio, or hook up a Kenwood satellite radio tuner for cool programming and commercial-free music. Connect a multi-disc CD changer, or add the hands-free convenience of Bluetooth® — it's up to you.

Great sound — music to your ears
Kenwood's strong internal amplifier pumps out your tunes — rendered beautifully by the premium digital-to-analog converter. Kenwood's System Q 3-band equalizer and improved bass boost let you dial in just the right sound for your vehicle. Two sets of preamp outputs let you add amps and subs, and you can activate a low-pass filter and sub level control for fingertip control over your bass.

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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 with front auxiliary input
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • System Q Sound Control (6 EQ curves and a 3-band equalizer)
    • low-pass filter and sub level control
    Expandability:
    • compatible with Kenwood's iPod adapter, Bluetooth adapter, HD Radio tuner, satellite radio, CD changer
    • inputs: front-panel auxiliary input, optional rear aux in
    • outputs: 4-channel preamp outputs (front, rear/sub)
    Other features and specs:

    What's in the box:

    • AM/FM/CD receiver with 10-amp fuse inserted into the chassis
    • Sleeve
    • Face
    • Trim ring
    • RC-557 wireless remote control
    • 2 "AA" batteries
    • Wiring harness
    • Black cloth face carrying pouch
    • 2 Removal tools
    • 4 Panhead ISO-mount screws
    • 4 Flathead ISO-mount screws
    • Back support screw
    • Instruction Manual (English/Spanish/French)
    • Warranty Card
    • "Attention" sheet (taped to unit)

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    Features & specs

    Expandability
    AUX Input Front and Optional Rear
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input No
    Backup Camera Input No
    Second Camera Input No
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Alexa Voice Control
    Android Control No
    Memory Card Slot No
    Bluetooth Compatible Optional
    Satellite Radio Ready Both
    HD Radio Y
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen/4Gen/3Gen
    Nano Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/Nano1
    Touch Touch3/Touch2/Touch1
    iPhone No
    General
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) N/A
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) ---
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 4-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/Blue
    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-MP242 AM/FM CD receiver features a detachable face, front auxiliary input, selectable rear/subwoofer 2-volt preamp output and front 2-volt preamp output, CD changer controls, Satellite radio functions and MP3/WMA playback. The CD player also comes with an 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. The CD player comes supplied with a soft black fabric, draw string face case to protect the detachable face when you have it off the chassis.

    MP3/WMA Playback: The KDC-MP242 can play MP3 and WMA files recorded on CD-ROM, CD-R, and CD-RW discs in ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, Romeo, and Long file name formats. Each disc should have a maximum of 8 directory levels, 50 folders, and 255 files per folder with a maximum of 512 files and folders. During MP3/WMA playback, the unit displays any recorded ID3 Tag (Ver.1) information. The headunit will display up to 30 characters.

    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 Input: The KDC-MP242 is equipped with a front panel 3.5mm mini-jack auxiliary input for connecting external portable audio devices such as an MP3 player.

    Auxiliary Display: The KDC-MP242 allows you to select the source type displayed when using the auxiliary input. You can choose from AUX, DVD, Portable, Game, Video or TV.

    Selectable Preamp Output: The KDC-MP242 features front and rear preamp outputs. The rear preamp output allows you to adjust from a full-range rear speaker preamp output to a low-pass non-fading 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.

    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. In addition, the rotary knob allows you to scroll through and select your music tracks when the Music Search function is activated.

    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).

    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). You can choose from the following preset EQ curves - Rock, Pops, Easy, Top 40, Jazz, and Natural.

    Bass/Treble/Mid Control: The KDC-MP242 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-MP242 CD receiver feature balance and fade controls from Left15 to Right15 and Rear15 to Front15. The CD receiver uses a Type 5 and Type 2 fader. When the rear preamp output is set to "Rear" the receiver allows you to fade between the front speaker channels, the rear speaker channels along with both sets of preamp outputs. When the rear preamp output is set to "Subwoofer" the receiver only allows fading between the front and rear speaker channels along with the front preamp output while the subwoofer preamp output is non-fading. If your are only using the preamp outputs without the use of the speaker leads you can also fade between the front and rear preamp outputs only when the rear preamp is set to "rear".

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

    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.

    Remote Control: The KDC-MP242 comes with the RC-557 IR wireless remote control with a full numeric keypad. The remote will control Audio, CD, Tuner and Satellite radio functions. The remote control allows direct access of your music tracks and direct access to discs loaded in a connected CD-changer (sold separately). It is powered by 2 "AA" batteries (supplied). The dimensions of the remote are: L = 5.359", W = 1.968", D = 1.105".

    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.

    Text/Title Scroll: The KDC-MP242 will display CD text, Audio file text and Satellite radio text. You can turn the scrolling feature "on" 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 headunit's rotary knob.

    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-MP242 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-MP242 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.

    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.

    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.

    External Device Controls

    iPod Ready: This receiver is compatible with the optional Kenwood KCA-iP500 iPod control interface (113IP500, sold separately). When an iPod is connected to the interface, all of the iPod's controls will be disabled and it will be controlled from the receiver. With this interface, you'll be able to play your iPod music files through your Kenwood receiver and in most cases have all the titling information appear on the receiver's display. The Kenwood KDC-MP242 and the KCA-iP500 iPod control interface are "Made for iPod" compatible and support the following iPod model features (as of Nov. 2009):

    iPod/iPhone Model Media Type  Control Display Charge
    Audio Video Unit iPod Song/Artist Track
    dock-connector (3 gen) Y N Y N Y Y Y
    click-wheel/color-display (4 gen) Y N Y N Y Y Y
    mini (1/2 gen) Y N Y N Y Y Y
    video (5 gen) Y N Y N Y Y Y
    classic (80/120/160 GB) Y N Y N Y Y Y
     nano 1 gen Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2 gen Y N Y N Y Y Y
    3 gen Y N Y N Y Y Y
    4 gen Y N Y N Y Y N
    5 gen Y N Y N Y Y N
    touch 1 gen Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2 gen Y N Y N Y Y N
    3 gen Y N Y N Y Y N
    iPhone 2G N N N N N N N
    3G N N N N N N N
    3GS N N N N N N N

    Note: This adapter will not charge the iPod nano (4th/5th generation), and iPod touch (2nd/3rd generation). Apple firmware updates may change functionality results.

    Bluetooth Ready: The unit is also Bluetooth compatible using the optional Kenwood KCA-BT200 Bluetooth adapter (113BT200, sold separately). Using this adapter you can make and answer phone calls from the Kenwood headunit. You can even download your Phonebook information from your compatible mobile phone into the headunit. You are able to register up to five compatible Bluetooth cell phones when using the KCA-BT200 adapter. Visit Kenwood.com for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled phones.

    HD Radio Ready: With an optional Kenwood HD Radio tuner (113KTCHR20 or 113HR300, sold separately), you will be able to receive digital AM/FM broadcasts from local stations where available. This new technology will significantly improve audio quality and reception, as well as include information such as artist name and song titles or traffic news, viewable on the receiver's display.

    Satellite Radio Ready: There are several options for connecting an optional XM or SIRIUS Satellite Radio tuner to this receiver:

    • XM Satellite Radio: To receive XM Satellite Radio, you can connect the optional CNP2000UCA XM Mini Tuner and the CNP-KEN1 Kenwood adapter cable (package item number 700XMKEN2).
    • SIRIUS: To receive SIRIUS Satellite Radio, you can connect the optional SC-C1 SiriusConnect vehicle tuner and the Kenwood KCA-SR50 adapter (package item number 700SIRKENW).
    • Dock: Select dock-and-play and portable SIRIUS radios can be controlled using the Kenwood KCA-SR50 adapter and the SC-VDOC1 dock (package item number 700SIRPKEN).
    • Auxiliary Input: A portable satellite radio receiver, such as the Delphi SkyFi3 or SIRIUS Sportster, can be connected to the front panel auxiliary input.

    Note: A subscription is also required to receive satellite radio programming from SIRIUS or XM.

    Changer Controls: This unit is directly compatible with Kenwood changers manufactured in 1998 or later. If the changer has an O-N switch, the switch will need to be set to the "N" position. In addition to basic disc navigation features, this unit has the following changer controls: direct disc access (using the remote), direct track access (using the remote), track intro scan, track repeat, disc repeat, disc random, and magazine disc random. When connected to a CD Text capable CD changer this unit can display disc and track titles for discs encoded with disc and track title information. The text information can be scrolled manually or automatically.

    Rear Auxiliary Input "Ready": The unit already features a front panel auxiliary input, but if you need a second auxiliary input, one can be added to the rear of the unit. When used with an optional adapter, this unit can accept a rear input from an auxiliary source. When the CA-C1AUX adapter (113CAC1AX, sold separately) is used, you cannot connect a CD changer to the head unit because the adapter plugs into the DIN changer control connection on the head unit. When the KCA-S220A 2-changer switch (113KCAS220, sold separately) is used, you can connect a CD changer and an auxiliary audio source at the same time. When an auxiliary audio source is connected, you can choose from one of six names for the source: AUX, DVD, Portable, Game, Video or TV.

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