great so far!!!
2005 Chevrolet Colorado
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Haven't had it long but every thing seems to work great. Sounds terrific, looks great, love the Bluetooth.
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Kenwood funnels Bluetooth® technology and plenty of sound-sculpting options into one affordable car stereo – the KDC-BT558U CD receiver. With this versatile car stereo, you'll enjoy hands-free calling and audio streaming from your phone, and you'll be able to adjust the variable-color display so this Kenwood looks right at home in your dash.
Bluetooth gives you hands-free calling convenience, plus a wireless connection to the songs stored on your compatible music player. This receiver's secure simple pairing (SSP) technology gets you paired up right away, so you can talk hands-free by simply touching the dedicated "phone" button when a call comes in. If you're an iPhone® aficionado, the KDC-BT558U automatically pairs with your iPhone to give you full Siri Eyes Free control.
This receiver can alert you to incoming text messages that you can check when you're out of the car. You'll enjoy superior communication with the external Bluetooth microphone placed in a good spot in your vehicle.
If you enjoy Internet radio on your iPhone or Android®, you can play music from Pandora® and iHeartRadio® Internet radio on this great-sounding receiver. You can scroll through your stations, bookmark songs, and give a thumbs-up or thumbs-down right from the receiver's face. And if you're into radio, you can add a satellite radio tuner to this Kenwood, and get into the in-depth music and entertainment programming provided by SiriusXM.
The receiver's front-panel USB port allows you to access and control the music stored on your iPhone or Android phone. And if you have MP3, WMA, or WAV music files on a thumb drive, the USB port can handle those too. Here's a cool feature from Kenwood — Drive Change allows you to connect a memory card reader or USB hub to the Kenwood's USB input and select music from up to five memory cards or USB flash drives.
The 3-band equalizer lets you tweak your music to fit better in your car's acoustics, or you can choose one of the preset equalizer settings to suit your personal taste. You can use the subwoofer level, low-pass frequency filter, and phase controls to tweak the bass going to your subwoofer.
In most vehicles, you can use an adapter (not included) to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this Kenwood stereo. Connect a few wires, program the adapter for your car and this Kenwood, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. Check the "Accessories" tab for compatible adapters.
Bluetooth note: Use of this receiver's Bluetooth features will depend upon your phone's Bluetooth capabilities. Learn more in our article explaining Bluetooth profiles.
Haven't had it long but every thing seems to work great. Sounds terrific, looks great, love the Bluetooth.
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Haven't had it long but every thing seems to work great. Sounds terrific, looks great, love the Bluetooth.
Great product! Easy to use.. Radio controls are VERY intuitive. Easy to install. Bluetooth and phone features work flawlessly. Love the multiple connection ports to connect your devices.
Pros: Value for the money, function, sound.
Cons: If your radio mounts upward or is exposed to a lot of sunlight, display might not be quite bright enough but shouldn't be a deal breaker.
Great radio looks great Bluetooth feature works great sound is good lots of neat features much more than I was expecting for the price you can't beat it
Great product, as Kenwood always is.
Pros: Looks great, bluetooth, and cell phone capable.
This is my first experience with a Bluetooth capable unit, and I am really impressed. I'd heard numerous horror stories from people regarding their experiences with Bluetooth, and I was a little anxious, but the BT558U has put to rest any concerns. Really easy to install, pairing with my iPhone 6 was remarkably easy, the stereo sound quality is fantastic, and the call quality over Bluetooth is a lot better than expected. I've seen on other reviews that sometimes the voice quality on the other end of the call could be somewhat tinny and poor, but I've heard nothing but good things from the people I've called. Great unit for a great price!
Pros: Easy to install, very easy to set up. The settings and controls are intuitive and make sense. Stereo sounds great, call quality is pretty good.
Cons: The only issue I had is a default factory setting that is set up for Bluetooth to only play through the front speakers, however it takes about 10 seconds to change the setting.
Love this new stereo. Have installed it in 2004 Ford Explorer and 2005 Pontiac Montana. Will also be installing one in 2003 Pontiac Vibe soon. Very impressed with this product.
I have had this for just over a month now. I like it a lot. The bluetooth feature is the main reason I wanted a new head unit for my 2001 Dodge Dakota. That and I hated the Alpine head unit I bought back in 2005. That was my second Alpine and my last. They make the worst products. Overall this Kenwood is a great unit for the money with just a few flaws, but none I can't live with.
Pros: Bluetooth is great. I am using it with my old Samsung T-139 flip phone and it pairs with almost no problems. I also have my Hisense Sero 7 Pro tablet paired with it. Again it works great with only one large problem. Calls using the phone are very clear over the stereo, but it took me a while to find the perfect spot for the microphone. I ended up placing it on the visor even though it looks kind of stupid there. It makes a huge difference where you place it so that people can hear your calls.
Cons: The bluetooth feature is hit and miss for connecting with my phone and tablet. My phone will connect about 9 out of 10 times without me having to manually pair it. But my tablet will not pair unless I turn off bluetooth on the tablet and then turn it back on.each time I start the truck. That is one large pain in the rear. I do not know if this is the fault of the tablet or the head unit. All I know is that other devices I have paired with the tablet work flawlessly.
This is a great receiver for the price. It has a lot of features for the price. Installation was pretty easy the only thing I had a little trouble with was the wiring and to turn it off you have to press the "SRC" button like four times. Other than that good buy for the price
Pros: Price, Easy installation, Lots of features, Sound is very good even with factory speakers
Cons: None that I can think off.
2010 Dodge Nitro Replacement for: Stock. (No external amp or subwoofer) Use 14 gauge crimps to attach harness wires! Great sound! BT-Audio: Better than expected. BT-Phone: much better than expected, especially incl. microphone for voice quality. Pandora/I<3rdo: great control over BT w/Android App USB integration w/ HTC M7 & M8/Cyan4.4.4: Non-existent support under any USB profile. Smaller buttons as noted. But no wasted space on the face. Big display. The color-changing is a cute function to change around on occasion, but unless bright white/yellow/cyan the display can be difficult to read during daytime. I really wish the display brightness had standard wiring harness controls instead of head unit menu-driven. Pain in the rear to change brightness between day-needed and night time dimmed. Once all the install parts are received, this - and most any head unit - is going to be easier to install yourself than you think. Hardest part? Taking the dashboard panels off to get to the old stereo to take it out. Read the instructions. Wiring harness adapter (AXXESS) is easy enough to deal with, *but* a diagram would save the "uninitiated" self-questioning/heartache and the eventual call to tech support. Axxess needs to take IKEA's example of pretty pictures. Wiring colors are standard but connectors aren't labelled. Lastly: Adapter is solid build, generic looking.
very nice good price why are all good things discontinued!!
Pros: affordable alot of features display looks great !
Cons: discontinued why! ?
Great receiver, pairs easily with Iphone and Pandora and XM are great functions for this price point. I have never installed a receiver in a car and I was able to install without any problems.
Pros: Iphone compatible, XM, Pandora, ease of installation
For this type of product, you won't find anything better unless you're planning to spend a lot more. It works very smooth with the bluetooth. The 6 channel output is my favorite feature. Hook up a 4 channel amp to your car speakers and another amp for a sub woofer and man oh man! Great set up right there!
Pros: The 6 channel output is my favorite feature
Cons: Volumen round button kinda sucks. Could be better
I installed 2005 Toyota Tundra. I also installed steering wheel control, which makes volume, selection and mode easy to use. Easy to use and program IPod selections. I like the title display and color choices.
Cons: Buttons to select are too small.
Love the usb and aux in front for easy use. I love to use my phone for pandora and music from my sd card the only thing I dont like is on my iphone if Bluetooth is connected you can only stream your music via Bluetooth and to me the sound quality is not as good. You can still listen to music with Bluetooth on if you use your usb I phone cord just not via aux. Otherwise great stereo
Pros: Usb, aux on front panel and has Bluetooth
Cons: If you don't have your usb iphone cord and Bluetooth connection is enabled you can only listen to your music from your phone via Bluetooth streaming if you want better sound quality you can use your aux cord but you must disable Bluetooth. At least we haven't figured out any other way
great value, much better sound than the OEM stereo that came in my pickup, love the blue tooth feature
Pros: sound, value, blue tooth
Here's the deal, I know when I was searching for a unit that was really well rounded and had cool features as well as working well. This unit was the one that I eventually decided on after looking and speaking to a tech advisor here on the website. The chat option is always great if you are not confident in your decision. The stereo provides everything it claims to in the description, it looks great, has great features, and installs very easily. All the necessary directions and required tools for installation come with. Honestly this is an amazing stereo and Kenwood is truly the best brand you can buy. If you're checking this out and hesitating, don't because I expect a lot whenever I purchase something like this and I am not the least bit displeased.
Pros: - looks good - works well - sounds great - easy to install on your own - just about everything!
Cons: - none come to mind, my only issue was that in my 99 Audi A4 Quattro the additional face plate that comes with did not fit correctly and I would have to rewire speaker wires all the way to my rear speakers in order for them to work.
Very pleased with this purchase. Would like to order this product again for my other vehicles!
Pros: Easy to install because Crutchfield sends everything you need to complete installation!
I just installed this in my 1994 Toyota 4Runner last weekend to swap out the factory AM/FM TAPE DECK. Yes, tape deck. Needless to say, this is a major upgrade in sound quality and flexibility. The KDC-BT558U is not a device you need a NASA background in to operate. It's very straightforward, the setup is simple, and the owners manual doesn't miss anything. After putting the dash back together I had it ready for use in about 30 minutes. The sound is great, the controls are logical, and the variety of inputs it allows you to configure covers anything I could ever try to throw at it. If you are looking for a good, solid AM/FM CD player with a few bells and whistles this one should be on your review list.
Pros: Ease of installation, sound quality, simple controls.
Cons: There is no single push off button. You have to push the Source button multiple times to page through the possible source options you have until you get to Standby. That is the equivalent of off. Then there is the fact that in my particular vehicle the power antenna goes up whenever the unit is in operation. It doesn't matter if you're listening to a CD an iPod or the Radio, it goes up for everything. It would be nice if it only went up for the Radio. But hey, its a 20 year old vehicle.
With all the accessories from crutchfield. It took me about an hour to installed. It's a much better sound improvement than the OEM. Also, has BT to connection my phone.
Pros: reasonable price (included all the necessary parts) Sound, features
Cons: No case for the faceplate
Easy install all the parts were as they should be, couldn't be happier with the result. Emailed one tech question and got a quick response.
Pros: Crutchfield sent only what I needed for install and instructions were easy to read.
Installed in son's 2000 Cherokee. On round trip from college, home (without) back (with) the sound difference was so good his passenger wants the same system installed in his car. Easy to install with your Mastersheet, easy Bluetooth hookup. Would recommend head unit to anyone needing a single din receiver.
Nice head unit perfect
Great product for the money. Sounds better even with the factory speakers.
Pros: Price. When I ordered it the wiring harness and antenna adapter were free
Cons: I have to switch to the receiver each time on my phone when I receive a call to use the hands free
I purchased this a couple of weeks ago, I couldn't be happier with this Kenwood stereo. Still figuring things out. I've previously had 2 Pioneer super tuners before this, I liked those and was looking to buy another when I can across this and I'm glad I did.
Pros: Excellent sound quality (with factory speakers), Excellent power, Excellent value, Couldn't be happier
Cons: Nothing to speak of.
Product is very well built, crystal clear sound, great bluetooth features, phone etc.
Love the functionality does a lot of things well and is an excellent value for what you get. This is my second unit that I have installed in my 2 corvettes. Installation was relatively easy and all the parts included from Crutchfield where spot on perfect, and the Bose integration package was 70% cheaper then what my local big box store charges for same kit.
Pros: Bluetooth integration, USB support, Android app support, color display selection to match your car's dash lighting, and remote control. Pretty good sound quality.
Cons: Could be better: menu selection and options could be easier to understand and find. Takes a while to start the power up but that can be the BOSE integration in my 01 corvette :)
works great i like that i can change the color of the faceplate to match my dash the sound is great for the money
Pros: very adjustable good sound
Replaced a factory unit in a 2002 Trailblazer. The sound is much better and the ability to input through the USB works seamlessly. The tuner is also a big improvement.
Pros: Sound quality is terrific. Easy to install with the supplied components.
Cons: Display could be brighter. Glare on the front face makes it difficult to see during daytime.
great radio with great functions at a great price and great service from Crutchfield
Pros: great value
UI is easy enough to use and not overtly designed by an engineer. Buttons have a bit of a tinny feel to them, but none have fallen out... Font colors are a bit of an annoyance, constantly changing and glowing, but can be altered to display in one color and a dimmer function is available. Bass/Mids/Treble adjust is easy and works well. Wish IPod/Phone connectivity allowed control of media selection via the phone, and not the receiver, but I knew that before buying it, so no big deal.
Pros: Sounds great, price is right. 4 channels! Easy to use.
Cons: Buttons don't have the greatest tactility. Not a big deal, but worth noting. Probably the same on most aftermarket head units, sub-$200.
I purchased the radio, bcuz, my nephew chose the radio for the price.The final decision was my age and my use of the radio regarding the quality of sound.
Great radio, excellent support from Crutchfield tech. I have had a lot of success with Kenwood products.
Pros: Excellent sound, a lot of features.
This kenwood head unit does everything I needed for my new teenage daughter to drive safer for making call and etc.
Great Stereo, Install was relatively easy. Plenty of power, don't need an amp. Controls are confusing, especially when more than one person gets into the truck when both phones are paired to the Bluetooth. But other then that I'm very pleased with the stereo. I really like the doors over the CD player and the Aux & USB ports, keeps the insides dust free.
Pros: Powerful, Very cool looking, Pretty easy to install
Cons: confusing controls
Easy to use, many different features, can change the color to your preference, and so much more. I love it
I haven't installed a car in 15 years or more. With the help from Crutchfield, I was able to put four speakers and this stereo in my Sport Trac in four hours. Sound is fantastic. Love the iPhone input. Way nicer than the stock radio.
Pros: Install kit is a must.
Cons: None I can think of.
Lots of capability but very poor user interface.
Pros: Sounds fine. Lots of capabilities ... CD and iTouch integration provided, etc.
Cons: Glossy display may look nice at night but it is often unreadable in sunny Florida during the day. Tiny, closely spaced, featureless buttons make changing radio stations difficult. Nearly impossible to control the stereo without looking at it.
Good radio, good value. Great fit with the adapter they sent me. Like the color selection. Love the bluetooth!
Cons: Cheap face plate
This is an awesome stereo, especially considering the price. Kenwood has been a favorite of mine for quite some time and this unit certainly does not disappoint. It has tons of features, is relatively easy to operate and sounds great!!! It blows away my old factory stereo and looks cool doing it. The Blue Tooth feature works great and I love having the ability to change the display colors.
Pros: Tons of features. Blue Tooth works great. Sound is amazing even without an external amp. Display colors.
Upgraded my sound quality for a good price.
Pros: Easy to install. Easy to use. Sounds great.
Pros: Everything is perfect.
Very good unit for the price. Sound is excellent with most of the features you would want. I have other units for more but this one has most anything you could want.
Pros: Good value. Easily installs. Has BT, handsfree. Most of all the features and apps you could want for a unit this price.
Cons: Takes a while to get used to all the features but not sure that is a con. Could use a white setting for variable display to more closely resemble me dash.
This is one great sound system, Always have loved having a Kenwood in the car, and this is one beautiful stereo in looks and sound.
Pros: Easy to install. Nice to have a CD player and Mp3 all in one
Cons: The clock display is small and to hard to read.
Great bang for your buck, also it came with everything I needed to install it in my exact vehicle. I will definitely be buying from here again.
Pros: With all the manuals included it was really simple to install. Love it!
Cons: Radio takes a sec to get use to.
I Tend to be very picky but regardless of the cons I am pleased with this stereo. I do Courier work and rely on the Bluetooth function as well as listening to audio books from USB stick. The unit does very well at remembering where it left off in the Audiobook even if the stick was removed. if you do listen to audio books or use the auxiliary port I would recommend changing the Offset Volume of your radio to the minimum - 8 And maximizing the volume offset on your ports to +8. read your manual to determine how to do this
Pros: one of the more simple stereos to learn and to use, Bluetooth and auxiliary USB ports are very functional.
Cons: Display not bright enough(even with brightness all the way up and dimmer turned off), slight hesitation in changing sources(disabling unused sources helps), small clock with no options to make larger
I have always enjoyed the simplicity of owning a Kenwood product. The blue tooth feature is the main reason for purchasing this unit and it awesome.
Pros: Low price, blue tooth, variable color display, USB connection, 3.5 mm jack, cd player, and the sound quality is amazing.
Cons: As owner of previous models, none yet.
Good unit at a great value
Pros: Easy install
Really like this unit. I replaced the factory radio in a 2000 Ford Contour. The installation was a snap. I'm running the head unit straight to the speakers (four new Kenwood 6x8 in-door) with no amp and the sound is fantastic. Would DEFINITELY recommend this unit. The only real drawback is the display is very difficult to read in bright light, regardless of the color/brightness settings.
Pros: The sound! WAY better than factory when matched with good speakers. Tons of features iPhone control Bluetooth phone/music Pandora control USB and Aux on front Detachable Face
Cons: Takes a while to really learn controls. Not all controls are intuitive. Very small buttons when you're trying to find them while driving highway speed Glare issues - Very difficult to read display in bright light, regardless of color/brightness settings Clock feature is too small/unreadable in daylight
Installed easy only in car a couple week great sound did find our I need new speakers now.
Great product for the price. Very expandable with amps.
Pros: Blue tooth works well.the functions are nice.great looking desk as well.
Cons: None so far
Changing out the factory radio in my '98 Volvo XC70 was a hard choice to make, but after the cassette player died, it was necessary. The Kenwood KDC was the next logical step; Bluetooth, usb, and smartphone ready, once getting the hang of the controls and the color of the screen, I blast my tunes out my car again in hours not days!
Pros: detach face, id radio signals, bluetooth, ipod control!
Cons: not CD changer compatible
I saw this exact radio for $335.00 installed. Needless to say I was thrilled to save $140.00!
Pros: Easy to use. Can use Blue Tooth, Sirius,Pandora, and IHeart. Has several different color schemes.
Cons: Can't think of any.
This stereo has a lot of functionality for the price. The bluetooth and microphone combo for the phone allow effective and clear calls, the auxiliary and USB inputs work perfectly, and much more. Buy this - worth every penny!
Pros: All features work as described.
Great affordable headunit. Setup was simple. Made my stock speakers sound loads better, and offers many useful features.
We bought this product to replace a radio in a Softail Deluxe Fairing. Install was easy and getting it registered for XM was also easy. Now my wife is blasting down the road with wind in her hair and music in everyone's ears. She loves the radio better than the last one we had. Prompt service from Crutchfield. Thanks.
Pros: Good choice for Motorcycle Fairing.
Just got this stereo and installed about a month ago no problems at all , was looking for sometin to replace my stock stereo in ford f- 150 wanted a blu tooth one as this one is for a wireless and neat setup! To also be able to use my pandora feature!!!
Pros: Easy menu to navigate, multi illum. Several , front aux. And front usb for easy reach. Pair ur phone and have Voice command, access to ur phonebook and latest calls comes with a mic. To place on the steering column . Can give a thumbs up or down from the stereo while using pandora radio.
Cons: None! So far so good!!!
It's a great head unit for the price. Customizable colOra are cool just wish it had more sub settings
Purchased this Kenwood head unit to replace the factory radio in my 2005 Nissan Altima. The sound delivery to my speakers has the power with the clear, crisp output at all listening levels as compared to the under performance of the factory radio. The colorful, digital display Is cooler than pictured. Front panel USB, AUX ports and Bluetooth capability made this a must have at this price.
Pros: Bluetooth, USB, AUX. Installation kit from Crutchfield made install a breeze.
Cons: Nothing. Display is fully adjustable to as little or as much light as you would want.
Great receiver! Should have purchased a Bluetooth aftermarket car stereo long ago. Sure, newer expensive cars and trucks have this built-in. But my base model F150 had an AM/FM original equipment junk radio and the first aftermarket I installed 4 years ago, was a $39 auto parts store knock-off brand. This Kenwood does it all. I especially like the fact that it'll stream via BT Pandora and others, even though the receiver has a Pandora input setting (which requires the USB cord connected from my iPhone), set it on generic "BT Audio" and it'll fly. Do navigation with your phone? That comes over as well in BT mode. Sound is excellent with numerous EQ settings, several backlight color options and this Kenwood rocks. For the money, great little receiver for a single-DIN setup. It also has all the RCA connections to expand into the amplifier setups if you have those. Definitely recommend this unit for a basic, Bluetooth capable head unit. Don't forget to check for an antenna adapter if required for your vehicle.
Pros: Ease of installation, versatile, detachable face, has a remote. Many expanding options in regards to amps and powering power antenna, etc. Nice controls.
Cons: Brightness on the lightest (brightest) color could be much more. Sometimes hard to see during the day. Also, it takes several menu moves to activate the phone features but that may be phone specific, too.
easy to install with the faceplate kit furnished by crutchfield. plenty of power (although I added a sub woofer). like the variable lighting to match dash lights and Bluetooth. there was one issue re: bt setting that was not in the manual but the crutchfield tech knew the solution right off with one call.
Pros: easy to install, kenwood quality.
The 558 unit has so many great features that it takes away from being easy to use. I wish there was a way to streamline the features so I didn't have to click through everything (Pandora, USB, etc...) to get to the features I use the most.
Pros: Many cool features Bluetooth USB Customize sound and features
Cons: Display is not bright enough in sunlight (even cranked to full brightness) Bluetooth radio sounds flat even after customizing sound When switching between Bluetooth radio and regular radio...the regular radio is so LOUD it startles me every time I switch. The problem is that the Bluetooth radio has to be turned up so loud to hear it.
Sounds & looks great, easy to use
Seems like a decent stereo for the price.
Pros: Full iPhone 5s functionality. Wide range of display colors.
Cons: Hard to see display on a sunny day. Doesn't save music sessions. Switches by default to play songs a-z after iPhone 5s once the device is unplugged
Easy Bluetooth connectivity and easy install into 05 Honda Accord.
I originally saw this unit at a large retail store. I knew I wanted it so I researched it online, that's when I came across Crutchfield. They had it for less than the big box store even when bundled with the wiring set and installation kit. The unit works and sounds awesome, the Bluetooth works great. For the money, this is a great unit.
Pros: easy installation, great sound, Bluetooth is awesome
Cons: small buttons for my big fingers
Outstanding service from Crutchfield, I am very happy with my purchase. Everything in the receiver works, Pandora, Bluetooth, ihart radio, satellite radio, cd, very happy with this product. This is why I always shop with Crutchfield.I really research this receiver to the T. Must BUY if you want perfection out of a receiver.
Pros: easy to use and install.
Great product. Plenty of features. Numerous color choices to match the vehicles dash colors
Great head unit for the money. It was very easy to install with clear instructions and wiring adapters provided by Crutchfield. I also bought speakers at the same time and it sounds so much better than the factory stereo now.
Great head unit. Received quickly and Crutchfield support team helped answer a few questions. Thanks! Never installed one before and was pretty simple with the instructions given. Can't go wrong with Crutchfield. Blue tooth works great as well! Highly recommend this head unit.
Pros: Blue tooth is great, great sound, sharp looking and easy to navigate through!
stereo sounds great, way better than a factory radio. easy to install. great value
Pros: sounds great, many options, easy ti install with the mounting gear which was free.
My new Kenwood KDC BT558U car stereo is great! The display is clear and concise. And the remote comes in handy.
Pros: Very easy to use. Easy on the eyes when operating.
Cons: None I can think of.
I bought this as a gift to my nephew. We installed this unit along with front & rear speakers I bought for his vehicle. The sound and functionality is great, not to mention the BT feature is a good safety feature; especially being in IL - you can get a ticket for using your cellphone on-hand.
Pros: Perfect replacement unit for less.
Cons: None so far.
Overall I'm happy with this unit for the price. But, one of my main reasons for choosing this model was for the Pandora stream, and this feature isn't working currently. That said, I've not narrowed down the cause yet and it could be on the Pandora side. I'm in contact with them but so far they believe it may be caused by the Droid/Pandora/Kenwood interface. As of this writing, I don't have any answers. FYI What happens is that I start Pandora, and the "Pandora/Kenwood" screen pops up on my phone. The HU then displays the title of the song that's supposed to be playing but there's no sound. Then the titles start changing, about 1 per every 3 seconds, and still no music. Eventually an error message will pop up on the phone and the HU will display "Check Device". I've run through the Pandora troubleshooting guide several times to no avail. If I can get this to work, I'll upgrade my score to five stars..
Cons:Crutchfield response on 5/7/2014 Our tech support team is working with the customer to try and solve the problem.
I replaced my factory stereo with the KENWOOD . I also did a amp and speakers . The deck was very easy to install. The instructions were a big help from Crutchfield . I love everything about it.
Pros: Lots of presets/ blutooth / EQ/ Hands free calling / Remote/ different color display/ the cost !!
Cons: Same as the Pros !! I can't take my eyes off it !!!
Installation was very easy
Pros: Easy to install
For the price, hard to beat it. I own three Kenwood decks and buy them because you got such a big bang for your buck.
Pros: Good sound, lots of options.
Cons: Was not free. :)
Very nice radio .... does all we wanted it to do and more. Easy to set time and stations ...
|Memory Card Slot||USB|
|Satellite Radio Ready||SiriusXM|
|RMS Power Output||22 watts|
|Peak Output||50 watts|
|RMS Power Bandwidth||20-20kHz|
|Sub Preamp Outputs||Yes|
|Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs||No|
|Preamp Voltage||2.5 volts|
|Key Button Color||Variable|
|Steering Wheel Control Compatible||Adapter required|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
|FM Sensitivity||8.2 dBf|
|Radio Data System||No|
Bluetooth Technology: The Kenwood KDC-BT558U is equipped with built-in Bluetooth (ver. 2.1 + EDR) allowing you to make and receive phone calls wirelessly through the receiver; as well as stream music wirelessly from your smartphone to the head unit. In order to use Bluetooth wireless technology, your phone must also be Bluetooth compatible and be able to interpret certain profiles. This unit is compatible with the following Bluetooth Profiles:
Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Kenwood KDC-BT558U. Visit Kenwood's Support Site for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled phones.
Secure Simple Pairing (SSP) + Auto Pairing (for iPhone): With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the Kenwood KDC-BT558U without having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings. When a paired Bluetooth device is in close proximity to the receiver, the auto connection function automatically pairs the two units. You can pair up to five Bluetooth-enabled devices to the Kenwood head unit with a maximum of two Bluetooth phones and one Bluetooth audio player connected at one time (but only one can be used at a time). You can even pair your Apple iPhone by simply connecting it to the Kenwood head unit via USB and following a single prompt on the head unit's display.
Hands-Free Communication w/ External Mic: The head unit supports Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. The controls of the KDC-BT558U can be used to dial a number, answer an in-coming call, or end a call. The unit also includes an external microphone (featuring adjustable gain), so you can carry on your side of the conversation while listening to the caller through your vehicles speakers. During a conversation, you can switch between the Private Mode (talking directly on your cell phone) and the Hands Free Mode.
Note: The external wired microphone offers improved audio quality versus an integrated microphone, so you can be heard easier over noisy traffic and road noise. You can adjust the volume level and noise cancellation of the microphone without affecting the other sources. The external microphone features an attached 10' cable terminated by a right-angle 3.5mm connector which plugs into the mic input on the rear-panel of the head unit. The microphone offers an integrated mounting bracket which can be clipped to your vehicle's sun-visor or taped to your dash. The external microphone measures 0.525" (diameter) x 1.505" (depth).
SMS: If your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone is compatible with SMS (Short Message Service), the Kenwood head unit will notify you when a message has been received. You must then use your phone to check the message. You cannot read, edit, or send a message through this unit.
Wireless Audio Streaming (w/ Metadata Display): The Kenwood KDC-BT558U also supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth enabled audio player or smartphone. The KDC-BT558U will be able to control basic playback functions of your Bluetooth device's stored music; such as Play/Pause, Skip Next/Previous, Fast Forward/Rewind and Random/Repeat. The head unit will also display your stored music's song information; such as Artist name and Song/Album title. The KDC-BT558U also supports audio streaming of music apps downloaded on your smartphone with metadata display and limited control. Advanced music control of your music apps will still need be done via your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone. When an incoming call or outgoing call is in progress from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, audio streaming will be paused so you can take your call. Once the call is finished, your streaming music will resume.
Siri Eyes Free Control: When paired and connected with an iPhone with Lightning connector via Bluetooth (not USB), the Kenwood KDC-BT858 has the ability to access Siri through its front-panel controls and external microphone. Simply press-and-hold down on the head unit's Answer Button to engage Siri and use the included microphone to communicate with Siri. Siri's voice will heard through your vehicle's speakers. All Siri functions including hands-free calling, music search, setting reminders, text-messaging, audible navigation, and more can be done through the KDC-BT558U and its microphone. The head unit's display will only indicate hands-free calling and Bluetooth audio information (all other functions of Siri are only audible through the Kenwood KDC-BT558U; visual data will still need to be viewed from your iPhone device).
Note: You can ask Siri to get directions to a destination and the turn-by-turn instructions will heard through your vehicle's speakers, while the on-screen map still displays on your iPhone with Lightning connector. The head unit's audio is attenuated while Siri provides audible directions.
Disc Compatibility: The unit features a single disc player that will playback CD-Audio and finalized CD-R/CD-RW audio discs. The unit also supports playback of MP3/WMA music files loaded onto CD-R/RW discs. The CD slot is hidden behind a manual fold-up cover which blends in the front-panel of the head unit.
Front-Panel USB Port: The Kenwood KDC-BT558U features a front panel USB (type-A) port that is hidden behind a flip-up cover. The USB port enables connection of a portable USB mass-storage class (MSC) device; such as select Android smartphones (Froyo/Gingerbread OS only), portable digital audio players, or USB thumbdrives. The USB ports support audio playback and control of MP3/WMA/WAV audio files stored on these portable USB mass-storage class devices. USB portable audio players that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the CD receiver's USB ports (max. 1A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.
Note: When a mass-storage class (MSC) compatible smartphone is connected to the head unit's USB input, the unit's Drive Change features lets you select its internal memory or external memory (such as an SD card) for stored music playback. The Drive Change feature also lets you switch between multiple memory cards (up to 5) in a USB multi-card reader or multiple USB thumbdrives (up to 5) connected to a USB hub.
MP3/WMA Playback: The Kenwood KDC-BT558U supports the following types of MP3, WMA, & WAV files recorded onto CD-R/RW disc or loaded onto a USB mass storage class device.
|Media Type||CD-R/RW||USB Storage Device|
|File System||ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, Romeo, Long file name||FAT 12/16/32|
|Playable File Types|| MP3:
bit rate of 8-320 kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48 kHz|
WMA: bit rate of 32-192 kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48 kHz
bit rate of 8-320 kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48 kHz|
WMA: bit rate of 32-192 kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48 kHz
WAV: bit rate of 16-bit w/ sampling rate of 44.1 kHz
|Maximum # of Folders/Files||500 folders/500 files (500 files per folder)||999 folders/20,480 files (999 files per folder)|
|Tags||ID3 tags (ver.1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4), WMA tags|
Text Scroll: The KDC-BT558U will display MP3/WMA 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 + Direct Search: The Kenwood 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. The supplied IR wireless remote control (RC-406) allows you to search for music directly by entering the track number.
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.
Off Insert/Eject + Auto Reload: 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. If the ejected disc is not removed within 15 seconds, the disc is automatically inserted again into the loading slot to protect it from dust.
Music Editor Compatible: The Kenwood KDC-BT558U supports the PC application, Kenwood Music Editor Lite Kenwood's Music Editor Lit (v1.1.0). Kenwood Music Editor Lite is a Windows-based desktop software that helps organize, manage and transfer MP3/WMA music files to your USB thumbdrive from your PC. When you playback audio files that have been stored on your USB thumbdrive using Kenwood Music Editor Lite through this unit, you can search a file by title, album, or artist name using the head unit's Music Search function. The Kenwood Music Editor Light (v1.1.0) Windows-based software can be downloaded for free from Kenwood's website to your PC. The Kenwood Music Editor Light is compatible with the following Windows Microsoft Operating Systems.
Note: Not compatible with Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad, Zune, or Android
iPod Direct Connection: The Kenwood KDC-BT558U's front-panel USB port can be used to connect your 30-pin dock connector or Lightning-connector iPod/iPhone to the head unit. The KDC-BT558U supports audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of your compatible Apple device.
Note: The head unit's USB connection provides 1A of current to power and charge your connected iPod/iPhone when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position (if your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it).
iPod Audio Playback w/ DAC Bypass: The USB connection allows your iPod/iPhone's stored music and music apps to be loaded instantly to the head unit and sound quality to be maximized through the head unit's 16-bit D/A converter, allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 105dB. The Kenwood head unit supports audio playback of stored music, podcasts, audiobooks, and music apps on your iPod or iPhone. The KDC-BT558U provides music control and song/artist information display.
iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Kenwood KDC-BT558U is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 9/26/2014):
|Apple Device||Generation||Tested Version||Media Type||Control Type||Specific Apps||Display Type||Bluetooth||Charge|
|Audio||Video||Head Unit||iPod/iPhone||Pandora app||iHeart Link||Artist/Song Text||Track Info||Phone||Audio||Siri|
Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.
Music Control for Android Smartphone: The Kenwood Music Control app for Android organizes your Android smartphone's music, while providing quick and easy search capability from the Kenwood CD receiver. The free Kenwood Music Control App for Android can be downloaded onto your Android smartphone from the Google Play App Store. Your Android smartphone must be running Android OS Froyo or Gingerbread (2.2+). Once the app is downloaded and has a chance to organize all the stored music on your Android smartphone, you can connect your Android smartphone to the Kenwood CD receiver via USB (your compatible Android smartphone must be recognized as a USB mass storage class device; not compatible with MTP protocol). The Kenwood Music Control app offers the following Android supported functions.
Note: When the Kenwood Music Control app is first downloaded it will require some time to populate all the music, so we suggest doing this overnight.
Aux In: The unit is equipped with a front panel 3.5mm minijack auxiliary input that can be used to input audio from a portable audio source, such as a portable MP3 player. The Aux input must be turned on to function. The head unit allows you to select the source type displayed when using the auxiliary input. You can choose from AUX, DVD, Portable, Game, Video, or TV. The unit has three aux input modes.
RDS AM/FM Tuner: The Kenwood KDC-358U features a built-in RDS AM/FM tuner. The Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast information such as artist & track information when listening to compatible AM/FM stations. You can choose one of four tuning methods: Auto 1 (seek tuning), Auto 2 (cycles through and tunes the selected band's preset stations only with each button press), or Manual Tune. The KDC-358U's tuner features 3 FM banks (1, 2, 3) and 1 AM bank for storing presets. The Kenwood KDC-358U offers two preset modes.
Note: Not only does the CD receiver's tuner allow you manually enter your desired presets you can choose to have the unit automatically put stations with good reception in the memory banks automatically; this is a handy feature when traveling.
Internet Radio Apps: The Kenwood KDC-BT558U allows you to access Pandora andiHeartRadio online music services through your USB-connected iPhone or Bluetooth-connected Android/Blackberry smartphone. Your Apple iPhone must be connected to the KDC-BT558U via the Kenwood KCA-iP102 cable (sold separately, or the cable supplied with your iPhone. Your Android or Blackberry smartphone must support A2DP/ AVRCP/SPP Bluetooth profiles and be paired with the Kenwood KDC-BT558U. Your iPhone, Android smartphone, or Blackberry device will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi.
Note: Access to these Internet Radio services will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone or Android/Blackberry smartphone to connect to the Internet. Not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.
SiriusXM Ready: The Kenwood KDC-BT558U comes ready for SiriusXM programming with access to XM and Sirius Satellite Radio stations. Thanks to its proprietary SiriusXM Connect port, you can add the optional SXV200V1 SiriusXM Connect tuner and receive more than 150 channels of exclusive programming directly from SiriusXM, via the "SiriusXM All Access" package (subscription required). VisitSiriusXM.com for a complete list of subscription options and channel guide. Additional features of the SXV200 SiriusXM Connect tuner include:
Note: A separate SiriusXM Satellite Radio subscription is required (operates on the XM Network). However, you can easily add this SiriusXM tuner to an existing Sirius or XM account for a Multi-Radio Discount Plan.
16 Bit D/A Converter: The Kenwood KDC-BT558U utilizes a 16-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality.
MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood KDC-BT558U 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-BT558U are as follows:
6ch/2.5V Preamp Outputs + Sub Control: The KDC-BT558U features front, rear and subwoofer 2.5-volt preamp outputs. The front and rear speaker preamp outputs are balance and fade adjustable. The subwoofer preamp output is non-fading. The Kenwood KDC-BT558U offers the following subwoofer controls, when you are using unit's subwoofer preamp output.
Front & Rear High-Pass Filter: The KDC-BT558U features a High-Pass Crossover for the front & rear channels when your front & rear speakers are connected by the unit's speaker-outputs or preamp-outputs. You can adjust the high-pass crossover from "Through", 100, 120, or 150 Hz. The "Through" selection is a full-range setting.
Speaker Settings: The Speaker Setting function tailors the head unit's audio settings according to the type of speakers in your vehicle. You may select a Speaker Setting of 'SP-Off' (flat/off), 'SP-OEM' (for OEM factory speaker systems), 'SP-6x9/6' (for systems with 6" and 6"x9" speakers), or 'SP-5/4' (for systems with 4" and 5" speakers).
Preset EQ: Eight EQ curves are preset into memory, allowing you to recall the best preset EQ curve for different types of music. Each preset has its own level settings for bass, midrange, and treble . You can choose from the following preset EQ curves; Rock, Pops, Easy, Top 40, Jazz, Natural, Drive EQ, or User. The Drive EQ mode is an EQ preset that helps reduce road noise. The User mode allows you to manually adjust the head unit's Bass (200Hz) , Midrange (2.5kHz), and Treble (12.5kHz) level from +/- 8dB.
Note: You can store bass, middle and treble tone settings for each source (CD, AM/FM, Aux, USB, iPod, Bluetooth, and Pandora/iHeart Radio).
Sound Enhancements: The head unit provides further sound enhancements for your car audio system.
Key Beep: The in-dash head unit provides an audible beep to confirm button operation. This function can be turned On or Off.
Detachable Face w/ Hidden CD Slot: The Kenwood KDC-BT558U features a hidden CD slot behind a manual flip-up cover which blends into the front-panel of the head unit. The KDC-BT558U also features a detachable face to deter theft (no face case provided). An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can be purchased for this unit. A face-fixing screw is supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired.
Variable Color Illumination: The Kenwood KDC-BT558U features variable color display and button illumination. You can choose from one of 24 preset colors, have the unit scan through all 24 preset colors continuously, or customize your own color (RGB; 0-9). The custom setting allows you to individually adjust the intensity of Red, Green, and Blue (from 0-9) to better match your vehicle's interior lights. The same color setting is applied to both the display and buttons. The Kenwood logo and eject button remain red.
Brightness & Dimmer: You can dim the LCD and button illumination to better suit the time of day. You can adjust the maximum brightness of the LCD and button illumination from 0-31. The Kenwood logo and eject button do not dim.
12Hr/24Hr Clock: The head unit can be set to display a 12hr or 24hr clock. The unit also displays the day (Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, or Sat). With your vehicle's key in the accessory or start position, the head unit continues to display the clock and button illumination during Standby mode. Pressing and holding the source button turns the unit off completely.
Demo Mode: This unit features a Demo mode which can be turned On or Off within the menu.
Wireless Remote Control: The KDC-BT558U comes with an IR remote control (RC-406) for wireless operation of the head unit. The remote will control Audio, CD, USB, and Tuner functions. It is powered by a single CR2025 3V lithium-cell battery (supplied).
Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The head unit features an OEM steering wheel remote control input wire (blue/yellow) within the included wiring harness that lets you keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with an optional steering wheel audio control adapter (sold separately). Please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.
Note: The KDC-BT558U is not compatible with PAC's SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Interface..
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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. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Krissy Jan 25, 2015 ] Staff
It is in wife's car so I just had opportunity to check. I'd say yes. The controls as I tested them are the left and right buttons which advance track. The up and down buttons go through folders but they can cross sub folders. For example if you had main folders of Rock, Country, Jazz, etc. Then folders under those of various artists, pressing up or down buttons in rock artists could jump across to country areas and all it displayed on ours was folder21, etc. But what you are asking is the better way, press search button then turning the knob displays selections in regular descriptive text..to go up a folder level press twice on search button then rotate the knob. This method actually works better than the up/down buttons.[ Jeff Nov 21, 2014 ]
No idea!!!![ Bonnie C. Oct 27, 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 Sep 21, 2014 ] Staff
Yes. I use it on my s3 all the time. Controls r a little different using the navigation wheel but all functions r there[ COREY ROBERT Aug 28, 2014 ]
I don't think so. When I tried that , Pandora froze up.You'd have more luck taking Pandora off the stereo menu (so you don't pass it while going thru ) and using BT AUDIO instead.[ SCOTT Aug 25, 2014 ]
Yes you can.[ SCOTT Aug 25, 2014 ]
Hi Jeremy, It sounds like your asking to remove the head unit from the dash to correct a failed install. If this is the case what needs to be done is to remove all trim work from around the radio of the dash and then remove the hardware that secures the housing holding the radio. The trim work around the radio is usually held on by push on clips that can be removed by gently but firmly pulling out by hand and using some leverage with a flat edge pry tool. (without knowing your vehicle this is most common) Once the trim is removed, at that point the housing holding the radio can be removed. The radio then can be separated from the housing by pushing the side tabs that hold it "in" and at the same time, pushing the radio out towards the front. No special tools should be needed. If the problem you have is with the rotation downward to release the head (display unit) from the the base, it may just be a bad alignment with the housing to the dash. If this is the case you will have continue with the uninstall and determine if the bezel trim surrounding the radio is needed and re-install without this piece attached. (It just snaps in place and easy to remove) You may also consider returning to the store and allowing them to correct the situation. Hope this was beneficial to you. Good luck.[ JOSEPH Jul 14, 2014 ]
You may have to pull the head unit and dash kit as an assembly similar to the factory radio removal. Reason being is that the installer may have permanently attatched the head unit to the slide-in housing. Usually it's just a couple of screws that go through the housing into the head unit itself. It could also be that the tool you have is the wrong type. There is a handful of them that work with certain types of head units. Depending on the vehicle you're working on removing the stereo in the oem fashion is not very difficult. Hope this helps![ Phillip Jul 13, 2014 ]
Hi Jeremy. What I usually do is take the entire trim piece and the HU out together. Then once you get the whole thing on the workbench, you just bend back the metal tabs to slide it back out of the sleeve. I think this method would be easier than trying to release using those pullers.[ SCOTT Jul 13, 2014 ]
My install kit had DIN pullers in it. I believe Kenwood included levers to take out the new unit I purchased if that became necessary. Have your friend contact Kenwood directly. Good luck![ John Jul 13, 2014 ]
You need the typical Kenwood strips that go in either side and release the head unit.[ Richard Jul 12, 2014 ]
The ability to retain steering wheel controls with aftermarket receivers will be determined by the receiver you are using and the vehicle you have. For full information on this type of integration (including the parts you will need) please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat.[ Krissy Jun 30, 2014 ] Staff
I have no idea. Sorry.[ KEN E Jun 23, 2014 ]
2 out puts[ VICTOR Jun 23, 2014 ]
More than one subwoofer out put? Or stereo sub out? Only one set of subwoofer pre outs are one the back. The other two are fronts and rears[ COREY ROBERT Jun 23, 2014 ]
I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: You can stream music wirelessly (Pandora, Rhapsody, SiriusXM, iTunes, etc.) and also do the hands-free calling. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat.[ Krissy Jun 22, 2014 ] Staff