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Kicker KMC2

Marine digital media receiver with built-in Bluetooth® (does not play CDs)

Item # 206KMC2

Kicker's compact KMC2 digital media receiver packs a lot of performance into an easy-to-install package.

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About the Kicker KMC2

Powerful and practical

Kicker's compact KMC2 digital media receiver packs a lot of performance into an easy-to-install package. If you're tired of settling for sub-par sound in your small boat or powersports vehicle, this gauge-mount receiver is a great solution.

Powerful and practical

Kicker's compact KMC2 digital media receiver packs a lot of performance into an easy-to-install package. If you're tired of settling for sub-par sound in your small boat or powersports vehicle, this gauge-mount receiver is a great solution.

Kicker KMC2

                 Perfect for boats and powersports vehicles

Ideal for ATVs, boats, golf carts, and more

This receiver fits into a standard gauge opening, so it's a great pick when you want a lot of sound, but don't have a lot of space to work with. It's tough, versatile, and IPX6 weather-resistant, so go ahead and jump that wave or splash through that mudhole – your receiver is built take it.

All sorts of entertainment options

You can use the built-in Bluetooth® to stream music from your smartphone or other Bluetooth-enabled device. If you want to enjoy your own weekend playlist, you can plug a music player into the rear aux input or pop a thumb drive into the rear USB port.

You can also tune into your favorite local radio stations using the AM/FM tuner. And if you're planning to add an amp to your system, you'll appreciate the two sets of rear-mounted preamp outputs.

Made for the great outdoors

The big, clearly marked buttons are easy to see and easy to operate, especially when you're wearing gloves. The big LED display gives you the info you need, while the watertight, UV-resistant face and durable controls will stand up to the rigors of marine and outdoor use.

This marine digital media receiver will not play CDs.

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Product highlights:

  • AM/FM marine digital media receiver (does not play CDs)
  • built-in amp (25 watts x 4 RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
  • built-in Bluetooth® for music streaming
  • IPX6-rated watertight face
  • big, easy-to-use buttons
  • backlit LCD display
  • inputs: rear USB input, rear aux input
  • outputs: 4-channel preamp outputs
  • fits into a standard gauge opening
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # KMC2
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What's in the box:

  • Marine digital media receiver
  • 40" Wiring harness
  • USB extension cable
  • Mounting bracket
  • 2 Threaded studs
  • 2 Hex-nuts
  • 2 Lock-washers
  • Owner's Manual

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More details on the Kicker KMC2

Features & specs

Expandability
AUX Input RCA (rear)
Audio/video Input ---
USB Input Rear
Backup Camera Input No
Second Camera Input No
CarPlay No
Android Auto No
Siri Control No
Android Control Yes
Memory Card Slot USB memory
Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
Satellite Radio Ready No
HD Radio No
Navigation ---
iPod Compatibility
Full size N/A
Nano N/A
Touch N/A
iPhone N/A
General
RMS Power (CTA-2006) N/A
RMS Power (Manufacturer) 25 watts
Peak Output 50 watts
RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
Preamp Outputs 4-channel
Sub Preamp Outputs No
Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
Video Screen No
Preamp Voltage 2 volts
Screen Size ---
Display Color White/Black
Key Button Color White
EQ Bands None
Wireless Remote No
Steering Wheel Control Compatible No
Parts Warranty 2 Years
Labor Warranty 2 Years
Tuner
FM Sensitivity ---
European Tuning Yes
Seek/Scan Seek
Radio Data System No
High-res Playback No

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Features

IPX6 Certified: The Kicker KMC2 multimedia gauge-style receiver features IPX6 waterproof certification, so it can hold up in the marine environment and withstand powerful splashes of water out on the ocean or lake. During testing, water is projected at all angles through a 12.5mm nozzle at a flow rate of 100 liters/min at a pressure of 100 kN/m2 for 3 minutes from a distance of 3 meters

Bluetooth Audio Streaming: Thanks to built-in Bluetooth, you can wirelessly stream stored music and music apps from your Bluetooth-enabled Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad, Android smartphone/tablet, or other Bluetooth source device to the KMC2 multimedia gauge-style receiver. The unit offers Play/Pause & Previous/Next Track control (there is no song/artist info display).

Note: This unit does not offer support for Bluetooth hands-free phone communication.

USB-A Port: The Kicker KMC2 multimedia gauge-style receiver is fitted with a rear-panel USB-A port attached to the rear-chassis via a 6" cable and comes with a 40" USB extension cable. The USB-A port allows you to plug in your USB mass storage class device (like a USB thumbdrive or portable digital audio player) for playback of MP3 (up to 320kbps) music files. You USB MSC device must be formatted in FAT32. The unit offers Play/Pause & Previous/Next Track control (there is no song/artist info display). If your USB MSC device can be charged via USB, the unit's USB (5V/1A) port will charge your device while connected.

Note: The unit's USB port does not support Apple iPod/iPod/iPad, Android smartphones/tablets, HDDs, or USB hubs.

Aux Input: The Kicker KMC2 is equipped with a rear-panel stereo RCA Aux input attached to rear-chassis via a 6" cable. The stereo RCA aux input allows you to connect an external audio device with a stereo RCA output. If you have a source device that has a 3.5mm output, then you will need a stereo RCA-to-minijack adapter (sold separately).

Optional Panel Mount Input Port: The Rockford Fosgate Punch PAUX (sold separately) is a panel-mounted input port that allows you to have easy access to the KMC2's USB and Auxiliary audio connections. This port is designed to extend these types of connections from the back of the digital media receiver to an easily accessible spot on your boat. This helps eliminate unsightly cables and provides a more secure connection for your mobile devices.

AM/FM Radio: The Kicker KMC2 multimedia gauge-style receiver features a built-in AM/FM tuner with manual, seek, & preset tuning. You can store up to 18 FM and 12 AM station presets. Stations can be stored automatically using the APS (Auto Preset Store) button. You can also select between US and European tuning.

Audio Section: The KMC2 is equipped with a built-in 25W (RMS) x 4-channel amplifier. It is also outfitted with front & rear preouts to connect an external marine amplifier. The unit offers Bass& Treble control, as well as Balance & Fader. In addition, you select between 5 EQ presets - Flat, Classical, Pop, Rock, and Off. A Loudness features boosts bass frequencies at low volumes. You can even program the receiver's turn-on volume. Every time a button is pressed the unit outputs a beep tone (this can be turned off).

LCD Screen: The KMC2 features a front-panel LCD screen with black text and white background that is highly visible. The LCD screen indicates source input, AM/FM station number, and menu settings. This unit does not provide song/artist information.

Mounting Options: The Kicker KMC2 can fit in a boat's 3.625" gauge-style opening. If your boat does not already have a gauge-style opening, the marine digital media receiver requires a round 3.625" cutout in the bulkhead for inserting the chassis. The integrated protective gasket, supplied U-bracket, and included hardware secure the unit in place against the mounting surface. Receiver dimensions are as follows -

  • Chassis: 3.4375" (diameter) x 2.875" (depth)
  • Face-Plate: 4.437" (diameter) x 1.125" (depth)
  • Cutout: 3.625" (diameter) x 4.0625" (depth)
Note: The receiver is round and does not include a mounting sleeve or ISO-mount screw holes to accommodate standard automotive installation.

Optional Wired Remote: The Kicker KMC2 is compatible with Kicker's PXiRCX wired remote control (sold separately).

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Customer Q&A

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Crutchfield asked: Why did you buy this?
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Perfect size for my 1950 ford truck [ Gerald  Feb 04, 2019 ]
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Replacing one that I bought last year that has quit working [ Michael  Jan 15, 2019 ]
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#1 4 volt preamp outputs #2 weather band radio #3 best features in the price range [ Isaac  Jul 30, 2018 ]
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Kicker quality [ Steve  Feb 20, 2018 ]
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Came down to the ability to add a remote later. My other favorite did not have that option. [ Paul  Jan 26, 2018 ]
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The overall small size and ability to mount in guage cluster were a plus [ Scott  Dec 16, 2017 ]
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I have an older Miata that gets damp sometimes, and the small size will be perfect for installation. [ David  Nov 23, 2017 ]
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Small footprint. Easily hideable in my hot rod! [ chvyetr  Nov 19, 2017 ]
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Perfect size and features [ mike  Apr 19, 2017 ]
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12 questions already asked

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Can you hook up a Sirius Satellite Radio receiver to the aux inputs?
[ Tom  Mar 12, 2018 ]
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The Dock-and-Play style satellite radio tuners are able to send audio to the aux input on a receiver like this one. I don't have any marine grade dock-and-play tuners and strongly suggest installing these so they are not in danger of getting wet. Here are our dock-and-play tuners: https://www.crutchfield.com/g_250150/Dock-and-Play-Satellite-Radios.html?tp=85 My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=101
[ Paul  Apr 02, 2018 ]  Staff
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what do I need to receive satellite radio with this receiver?
[ tom  Feb 27, 2018 ]
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Don't have satellite radio. But Bluetooth for Pandora or I heart radio works fabulous! Also with antenna picks up a lot of stations! I am very impressed with this radio! Have no complaints! This radio is the ??!!!
[ MARY C  Feb 27, 2018 ]
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Is this unit 2 ohm compatible? I love this unit but already have 4 2-ohm speakers installed
[ ETHAN  Sep 08, 2017 ]
1 answer
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It will be able to support it up to a certain volume level. Due to various differences in the recorded volume levels and/or an EQ adjustments that have been made, there is no good answer as to what that level will be for a 2 ohm speaker. You may want to call an advisor on 1-800-324-9695 for a personal recommendation on a system that will meet all your goals. My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=101
[ Paul  Sep 11, 2017 ]  Staff
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Will this unit handle 4 of the KM604W speakers? Without an external amp.
[ Daigre  Aug 27, 2017 ]
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I'm only useing two in my boat and it more than handles them
[ MIKE  Aug 28, 2017 ]
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I am running 4 JL Audio 6 1/2 and it sounds great
[ JIM  Aug 28, 2017 ]
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You would probly get better performance out of those with an external amp
[ CURT  Aug 27, 2017 ]
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Can you bridge the speaker output left and right to increase wattage ? I am only going to use 2 speakers
[ bowtie24  Jun 05, 2017 ]
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I'm afraid the built-in 4 channel amplifier cannot be bridged to increase the output for a single pair of speakers. It would still produce 25 watts RMS x 4 (@ 4-ohm) with either 2 or 4 speakers connected. If you would like to discuss further, please feel free to contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat.
[ Larry  Jun 06, 2017 ]  Staff
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Unit has power, will not turn on what am I missing?
[ James  Jun 04, 2017 ]
2 answers
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Black wire to ground - and yellow wire to 12v + If it dont light up, theres probly something wrong with the unit, the red wire is not your main power.
[ CURT  Jun 04, 2017 ]
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If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer, or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/.
[ Krissy  Jun 04, 2017 ]  Staff
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If the USB port doesn't support an iPod, what type of devices does it support? Does the AUX mode support an iPod when using the AUX port?
[ Phil  May 22, 2017 ]
2 answers
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It will play preloaded songs on a usb stick
[ thomas  May 22, 2017 ]
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I haven't tried an iPod. Bluetooth works great!
[ MARY C  May 22, 2017 ]
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Can you tune the sound with this radio?
[ T-smooth  Apr 16, 2017 ]
1 answer
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The unit offers Bass& Treble control, as well as Balance & Fader. In addition, you select between 5 EQ presets - Flat, Classical, Pop, Rock, and Off. A Loudness features boosts bass frequencies at low volumes. HTH! My Bio: https://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=101
[ Paul  Apr 21, 2017 ]  Staff
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Can you hook an ipod up to this?
[ kristi  Feb 20, 2017 ]
1 answer
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Thanks for your question. This devices USB port does not support the Ipod. If your Ipod has Bluetooth capability you can stream to the device. Hope this helps.
[ Kenny  Feb 21, 2017 ]  Staff
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What color does this light up in at night?
[ Kris eads  Feb 18, 2017 ]
2 answers
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Blue
[ MARY C  Feb 27, 2018 ]
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White background with black numbers
[ Wayne  Feb 20, 2017 ]
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Will the screen display artist and song info from bluetooth connected phones?
[ Nick  Dec 18, 2016 ]
1 answer
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I'm afraid the Kicker KMC2 does not display song and/or artist info via Bluetooth streaming. If you would like to discuss further, feel free to contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat.
[ Larry  Dec 22, 2016 ]  Staff
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The installation diagram shows to install a fuse inline with constant 12v hot. What size fuse does this require?
[ Kraziewhitegui  Dec 10, 2016 ]
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The constant 12volt is just to retain the memory settings (clock, presets, audio adjustments) so a simple 5-10amp fuse will be plenty for this lead. I hope that helps. My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=5
[ Ryan  Dec 13, 2016 ]  Staff
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