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Kenwood's KDC-BT945U CD receiver is a "do-it-all" solution for your car's audio needs. Built-in Bluetooth®, powered by industry leader Parrot, offers the extra convenience of hands-free calling and audio streaming when paired with compatible devices. The iPod® click wheel-style interface lets you fly through menu options with ease, while the 5-line LCD display makes it easy to find tracks in your digital music library.

Kenwood's KDC-BT945U CD receiver is a "do-it-all" solution for your car's audio needs. Built-in Bluetooth®, powered by industry leader Parrot, offers the extra convenience of hands-free calling and audio streaming when paired with compatible devices. The iPod® click wheel-style interface lets you fly through menu options with ease, while the 5-line LCD display makes it easy to find tracks in your digital music library.

Take charge of your iPod
Many receivers let you connect your iPod — most don't make it as easy to find your favorite tunes as this Kenwood does. Grab the big jog dial and skip through your files in 10% jumps, search alphabetically, or search by related genre, as the multi-line display shows off your artist and song info in clear detail. Plus, your passengers can use the iPod's controls to switch songs if you want to concentrate on the drive.

When you hook your iPod to the receiver's USB input, you'll bypass your iPod's digital-to-analog converter, allowing Kenwood's superior 24-bit DAC to make your files sound their best. If you're not using an iPod, you can load up a thumb drive with MP3, WMA, and AAC files, connect it to the rear USB input, and get the same fidelity. You'll also find a rear auxiliary input for MP3 players and other audio sources.

Excellent audio control
Kenwood's Sound Excellence feature offers enhancements designed to give you the best possible sound in your vehicle. Highway Sound optimizes your music so it can be better heard over the road noise, while the 3-band parametric equalizer lets you adjust the tone to suit your vehicle. The Speaker Settings and Cabin Size functions provide settings that are tailored to your vehicle's size and speaker configuration.

The Digital E's crossover feature allows you to trim some of the lows out of your front and rear speakers, and adjust the low frequencies going to a sub, so your equipment plays more efficiently. If you're building a full system, the three sets of preamp outputs send a strong 4-volt signal to your amps for superior sound quality and lower noise levels.

Expand your options
Kenwood's optional HD Radio™ tuner lets you access the superior fidelity and extra programming offered by participating stations in your area. Connect a satellite radio tuner and enjoy the mix of news, sports, entertainment, and commercial-free music.

Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?
In most vehicles, you can use this adapter to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this Kenwood stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and the Kenwood, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls.

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.

iPod 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.

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, WMA, and AAC files
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and wireless audio
    • fold-down, detachable face with 5-line white LCD display
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • 24-bit digital to analog converter
    • Sound Excellence DSP (3-band parametric equalizer, Car Size, Speaker Setting, Digital Time Alignment)
    • Digital E's crossover: high-pass filters (speaker and preamp outputs), low-pass filter (sub preamp output)
    • Highway Sound
    • Dual Zone mode
    • iPod direct control via USB input — no adapter necessary, but adding Kenwood's optional connection cable lets you leave your iPod cable at home
    • compatible with Kenwood's satellite radio, CD changer, and HD Radio™ tuner
    • inputs: rear USB and auxiliary inputs
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
    Other features and specs:

    its a great unit and does so much... took 2 phone calls for minor setup issues but was fixed in minutes.its a shame its no longer available. :(

    Ron T, West Chester PA

    What's in the Box:

    • AM/FM/CD receiver (with 10-amp fuse inserted into the chassis)
    • Sleeve (attached)
    • Face (attached)
    • Trim ring (attached)
    • Wiring harness
    • RC-405 Wireless remote (with installed CR2025 3V lithium-cell battery)
    • External microphone (with attached 10' cable terminated by a male right-angle 3.5mm connector)
    • Soft fabric face case
    • 2 Removal tools
    • 4 Panhead ISO-mount screws
    • 4 Flathead ISO-mount screws
    • Face fixing screw
    • Two 0.25" mounting screws
    • Two 0.5" self-tapping screws
    • One 0.5" machine screw
    • 2 Wire-ties
    • Instruction Manual CD-ROM (ver.1.0)
    • Quick Start Guide (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • 3 Correction notes
    • Warranty Card (US/Canada)

    Kenwood KDC-BT945U Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (54 Reviews)


    John from Edmonds, WA on 10/3/2012

    You might see this as a good value, but you get what you pay for. You may not believe this, but a 3-EQ is not enough! It doesn't allow you to easily set a good range of audio settings. I bought this unit after having a much higher end Kenwood die on me and the sound difference between having a 7-EQ and this 3-EQ is MASSIVE. Also, the bluetooth setup on these Kenwoods hardly work at all. People can never understand you, and the default "auto answer" setting is awful.

    Pros: CD-Player

    Cons: Bluetooth, EQ, Uneasy Pandora function.


    LJ from Phoenix on 3/22/2012

    2000 Jeep Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I LOVE this headunit. It's great. I wanted something not too flashy and obnoxious. Bluetooth streaming works wonderfully, though I have had some weird issues (not sure if its on the phone end or the HU end) with it only wanting to do calls and not streaming. Simple switch on and off of bluetooth fixes it. It's reasonably easy to use once you get the hang of it. I might even buy another for my second car.

    Pros: Simple, not flashy, works like it should, easy to navigate, does everything I need without needing all the accessories.

    Cons: bluetooth issues, but very rarely.

    Great HU from Kenwood

    Bruce T. from Richmond, TX on 2/7/2012

    2006 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this after reading many reviews from Crutchfield and other websites. I am not disappointed with this unit and if you can find it, get it! If you look at other newer head units they don't support A2DP and if they do it comes with a much higher price. To me you can stream Pandora, Slacker Radio, etc. through your phone and you do not need your deck to do it. What I think really matters is to assure that you can establish a good and clear connection to stream media from your phone, laptop, iPad, etc. and this unit does. The bluetooth calling is great as well. You do need to do some fine tuning to get rid of echoing, but once you set the correct configurations it works great. Kudos to Crutchfield for exceeding my expectations with the physical appearance of the unit. Even through this was a dented/refurbished unit it was sent packaged like new. All the cables were properly tied up, everything in plastic, and the unit didn't even look like it was used. Once installed it worked like a new unit as well. I now have no fear of buying any refurbished items from Crutchfield knowing that they send a product that is of great quality, and at a much lower price than brand new items. To all Toyota Tacoma owners (2005-Present) any single deck Kenwood flip down head units will work, and I can vouch since this fit perfect in my truck. In a nutshell buy this unit because it has A2DP, the sound is great, it works well and save money by buying refurbished units from Crutchfield.

    Pros: Supports A2DP, Clear calls with bluetooth, Great Sound, Great Functionality, Supports USB, Supports iphones and ipod nanos (6th gen works because I used mine), Simple and sleek design, Unit was sent like new from Crutchfield, Crutchfield return policy works with refurbished items, Crutchfield exceeded my expectations of what a refurbished item would look like and packaged

    Cons: I do have one gripe about the interface used. It is nice to have all the animations, and selection options, but I would like to be able to move through the head unit options and sources quicker. The bluetooth phone book can use some work. I have issues where the phone book will not sync completely, and the search function does not work where you select a person's name. No option to set how the person's name should be displayed on the screen. To me minor gripes since everything else works great.

    Great Buy

    BigDawg from Denver, CO on 1/20/2012

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

    Great value and made a great improvement to the sound quality of my 2004 Expedition. This is an older unit so it was mainly made for bluetooth phone connections. Before you stream music make sure to go into the bluetooth setting under phone settings and select 'all' speakers. Factory default is front speakers only. Display does not show title, artist or album when using Spotify, Pandora or any other app based music player. I am pretty competent with electronics and was able to operat after a days use. May be more dificult for those less techno savvy. Make sure bluetooth is turned on for your phone prior to starting your car, otherwise you will have to connect manually or turn deck off then back on. After a few months if operation, these are the only issues i could find. Now that i have the operation down, it is conveniant to blast my music, talk on the phone and even use my voice text with little distractions from the road. I would recommend this as an inexpensive replacement to a factory headset.

    Pros: Better sound than factory Easy hands free use Sleek look Simple remote Easy installation

    Cons: Sync not effective with new iPhones (4 or higher) and Droids Settings scattered between phone, audio and system settings instead of one spot. Mic has to be spoken to louder than normal speaking

    Decent Headunit

    Stephen from Ocala, FL on 1/9/2012

    I got this headunit along with four new Kenwood KFC 1693PS speakers as a graduation present. I love how I connect my phone wirelessly with the bluetooth connection. This feature is pretty awesome, considering that before I had this headunit, I was using one of those tape player to mp3 player adapters in my stock Toyota headunit to connect my phone. The sound is much better than the stock system my Tundra came with, but I think the speakers are the main reason for that.

    Pros: Bluetooth connectivity

    Cons: The newer version with Pandora Radio built in came out a month after I got this one... and I prefer the stock look of a double din unit, but that is trivial.

    Great head unit!

    Woody from Duluth, MN on 11/3/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great head unit. I have the same unit in it's Excelon KDC-X994 version, only difference is the 5 band EQ instead of the 3 band on this one. Bluetooth works great and is easy to set up, Ipod is also easy. My only complaint is that setting presets isn't very intuitive, and without the remote it's very complicated to flip through them. I understand that is a sacrifice you make for a nice smooth faceplate, but it could be a little simpler. This is a very minor gripe, it sets up easily, sounds great, and I love the detailed setup feature that lets you fine tune it for your car size, speaker size, and speaker placement.

    Pros: It does everything! Bluetooth, Ipod, great tuner. Works with both my phones very well (too bad it can't connect to both at the same time), Ipod sounds great through it, and the search functions rock!

    Cons: Some menu features require drilling deep into the menu to set. Simple things like moving through radio presets pretty much require the remote control.

    Love It!

    tom from sacto, ca on 9/16/2011

    2003 Infiniti G35
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Bought this stereo as a refurb for a great price. I was not disappointed. Some have complained about the glare; I have none. Some complain about the user interface;I'm an idiot but found the interface easy. This stereo has soooo many functions that the menu is a bit long but after about a week of use it is easy. The blue tooth phone works great; crystal clear on both ends of the call. Stereo has lots of power and lots of sound adjustment. USB works perfect with my other storage devices. I can't say enough about how pleased I am with this unit. My only minor complaint is that the white lighting doesn't match the multitude of amber colored dash lights in my G35 coupe. However I knew it only had white lighting before I bought it. Thanks Crutchfield for the great HU and free install gear. I'll shop again!!!




    Jason from Lansing MI on 8/12/2011

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

    Bought this as a refurb and was a little nervous. But for the money and options I wanted I thought it was the best bang for my buck and let me tell you I was not disappointed. Bluetooth works awesome no problems to sync my Samsung Intensity 2 phone book and all. Thumb drive for music is great (broken iPod). Sound is amazing compared to stock AM/FM . Install was a snap and looks beautiful. Very happy!



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    Billy C from knoxville, Tn on 5/18/2011

    2007 Toyota Avalon
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The Good: The Kenwood was excellent pairing with my HTC EVO. BT Streaming was excellent. Pod integration was good. It has plenty of options. I like the different scan options. Sound is good with many options. The Kenwood has a very clean design. The Bad: Downloading my address book did not work. The Menu options hard to use. The Ugly: The display was very hard to see in normal daylight. This unit needs a color display.



    great unit

    Ron T from West Chester PA on 5/16/2011

    2001 Chevrolet S10
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    its a great unit and does so much... took 2 phone calls for minor setup issues but was fixed in minutes.its a shame its no longer available. :(



    BT touchy, so-so interface

    ToddB from Atlanta, GA on 5/2/2011

    Had this unit five months now. Really good sound, even with my factory speakers ('03 Ram 2500 quad.) Tuner works very well pulling in FM and AM. Aux works well (XM radio handheld,) I like being able to adjust the sound level. Flash drive via USB works okay, but the Kenwood software is clunky, and it sometimes shows a different song on the display from what is playing. Haven't used an iPod. But I must agree with the comments about the interface. It would be fine for something sitting on a shelf at home, but not for driving. It just takes too many inputs at too many levels to move around. Can't even turn it off or mute with with a single button push. But my biggest frustration factor is the BT handsfree. When it works, it's great. But it doesn't always connect automatically. Or it connects fine, and then later driving down the road you realize it's disconnected itself. I've seen this behavior on two different phones now, though they're both Casio G'zOne (was Boulder, now Commando Android 2.2) so that could have something to do with it. With the Boulder, it would sometimes confuse my phone so badly I had to do a hard reset to allow it to make calls after I shut off the car.



    Great sound, great features, great looks

    Eric from Albany, NY on 5/2/2011

    2002 Subaru Outback
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I wanted a stereo that sounds good, doesn't look flashy, and has good features, and this fit the bill perfectly. This is one of the few stereos with understated looks, and I like that. I don't want fluorescent displays, flashing colors, fancy symbols, etc. I want it to blend into my dash like it belongs there, and after I turn it on and switch to the right source, I want to forget about it. Most units are like needy children, constantly saying "Look at me! See what I can do!" and flashing some obnoxious light at you. This one has the quiet confidence of an adult that knows he's good at what he does, and knows you'll come find him when you need him. The basic sound from this unit is good, even with OEM speakers and no power amp. It sounds natural and clear, and tweaking the settings gives it just a little extra polish. I did find that the bass was just a little on the weak side and had to turn the bass boost up to its highest level, but I'm sure that will improve with an amp and better speakers. Other's complaints about the interface made me a little nervous, but I found it to be similar to other units and not that difficult to figure out. I didn't find the animations to be distracting. In fact, they may be helpful, since I'd press a button and glace back at the road while the animation played.




    Victor from San Diego, CA on 4/21/2011

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Its everything i was expecting, sounds and looks great, the CFguys shipped everything that was needed! great service!



    Good Sound. Horrible Interface

    Jedsled from Gallatin, TN on 4/15/2011

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

    I bought this radio for my 2002 Explorer. The radio was easy to install, as they mostly are. The radio would not pair to my Droid and the interface was extremely difficult to get around. My wife read the instructions to me as we drove on an all-day car trip and we still couldn't figure things out. There is no Mute or ATT button on the radio itself, and I very much like having a mute button. The screen was very hard to see during the daylight. It washed out in almost every situation no matter if I changed the screen display to positive or negative. The only good thing about the radio was that it sounded great. It had very good power and you could tailor the sound to match your car really nicely. If only Kenwood would design a radio interface that is as good as the sound, they'd have kept my business. I returned the radio for a Pioneer. The Pioneer doesn't sound as good, but it works seamlessly with my phone and the controls are a breeze.



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    Ron from Opp, AL on 4/5/2011

    2010 Chevrolet Silverado
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great unit except the display is difficult to see in daylight while in 5 line mode. It takes a while to learn your way around the menu system but it has many fine tuning (maybe too many) options for your vehicle. USB is on the rear on this unit. Most Kenwoods have front USB ports. I didn't catch that until after I'd ordered but that's my fault. it's just a personal preference of where you'd rather have the USB. The remote is excellent and may be easier to navigate with than the unit's buttons. More than enough power especially when paired with a good self powered sub. For the price and Crutchfield service it is hard to beat.



    Ipod Control Little Slow

    Jared H. from Indiana on 3/25/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased this unit as a 3nd replacement radio. My first radio I had installed was a pioneer 7900bt worked great until bluetooth quite. I decided to purchase a new pioneer bought another pioneer 8200bt from crutchfield worked fine but could not control menu with remote and to much mid bass. I returned that unit to crutchfield for a replacement (you have 30 days to exchange, I did not have a problem with sending it back). I returned the pioneer for this unit my suggestion if you purchase this unit is to read the manual which is on a disc, that will save a lot of time. The controls once you get used to them are easy the eq is great sounds much better than the pioneer and the bluetooth connections is fast and easy. I only have 2 small very small problems with this unit sometimes my phone does not connect to the unit so I have to turn it off and back on for it to connect, the other small problem is when hooked to a Ipod takes a while for it to read the playlist changing songs and albums are quick but the first time it reads the data from the ipod kind of slow. Other than those 2 small dislikes its a solid unit. I have been messing with car audio for about 17 years and this unit is a good unit at a reasonable price.



    Great system

    Ben from South Carolina on 3/21/2011

    2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Replaced my factory system in a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Install took about 25 minutes, excluding the wiring harness connections. The fit is great and it doesn't look overly flashy or stupid. I chose this unit because it does everything (CD, iPhone, Blutooth, etc.), and after reviewing almost every other model, this is what I decided on based on the ratings. Bluetooth works good for the most part. Mic was an easy install. Ran it through the cracks in my dash so it's completely invisible. The only issues I have run into is that the unit doesn't seem to want to auto-connect to my Android 100 percent of the time. I'd say it's more like half the time it auto-connects correctly. This could be caused by my phone though. Also, once it is synced up, the phone book entries take a really long time to show up on the unit. Sometimes I have to scroll down a ways before any of them start showing up. Minor annoyance, but it still works. The BT audio options and settings are good with gain, mic, and noise reduction adjustments. iPhone control is perfect for what I need. The search function is OK. I typically use Artist search and choose the first letter of the artists name and then just scroll down with my remote a few spots. I can also stream Pandora from my iPhone and Android over the bluetooth audio. The quality suffers slightly, but that's to be expected. Still sounds plenty good enough.



    Better Than Good

    jaycee from Lorain Ohio on 3/20/2011

    Dont kno wat many pipol are talking about in a negative way , But this Kenwood radio is excellent. Took me a minute to figure out the features but i finally got it. Have the ipod configures perfect , Have Sirus , And the Bluetooth workking perfect. This radio is the best i ever had. And thanks to Crutchfield for makin my install very simple and easy.



    Great Unit

    DJ from CA on 3/13/2011

    This is a really nice unit with many features. As other reviewers have noted, the menus can be a bit confusing. Once you set up the deck, you won't need to access most of them though so it really isn't that big of a deal. BT sound comes in nice an clear. One thing I want to note is that this unit does work, through USB, with the iphone 4 and it does charge it. Crutchfield says it's not supported. I'm using an iphone 4 with the iOS 4.3. No problems at all.




    Alin AZ from Surprise, AZ on 2/19/2011

    2003 Dodge Caravan
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This unit is awesome! I have read other reviews that say the menus are difficult to navigate. I was able to figure out most of the functions without looking at the manual. The sound quality is great, the interface is great. The installation went very smooth. I would highly recommend this unit.



    Great potential, but possible problems

    Will from Kittery, ME on 2/18/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This unit has a lot going for it, easy to install, great features, non-glitzey controls and screen. My problem is with phone and bluetooth--blackberry curve 8900--I have to re-enter the passcode to make the connection every time I get in the car with my phone. The Kenwood does not do auto-connect, does not remember prior pairing for autoconnect. I called Kenwood and Crutchfield several times on this, and was told to do a firmware update. However, the Kenwood would not accept the firmware update, I kept getting to the last step of the download and at the last minute it would say "flash error, try again." I am sending this unit back and Crutchfield is sending me a new one that they are going to install the update in first before sending it to me. We'll see if that works. If it does, I'd give the unit a 5. You may not have this problem with a different phone, will just have to see.



    Amazing once I worked through it's setup default issues.

    grey410 from Norfolk VA on 2/12/2011

    So after having it installed (I'm super busy with work and had 2 decks to install in both cars with the hands free wireless kit) we couldn't get it to work with my subs when streaming Bluetooth audio. The installer was stumped as well as his co-worker. So they tried another head unit with no luck. So I called Kenwood to be informed "It does not support the use of Subwoofers over Bluetooth streaming" which made no sense. So after a couple days my GF says "only my front speakers are working". So after investigating and calling tech support again I find out there is a THIRD audio menu under the Phone settings. It's Bluetooth HF Audio. Under this menu the speakers were set to Front and after I changed it to All everything worked fine. So I went back to my F250 applied the same settings and BAM streaming my iPod library and Pandora over Bluetooth with my iPhone 4 no problems. The only con I have about the deck is right now the auto connect never happens between my phone and the deck, but the deck has Bluetooth firmware 3.11 on it and 3.12 is out. You must have a Bluetooth capable laptop or a USB Bluetooth dongle to update it Lastly the deck sounds amazing. Yes the 994 is probably worth the $$$ if you're an audiophile but for this price the 945 is ABSOLUTELY the best deck you can buy with built in Blutetooth streaming at the moment.



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    JimR from Yuba City, CA on 2/10/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    It's a great radio !!!! It was eazy to install, has an eazy menu to use and sounds great . I have a 2002 F250 and this is radio to replace your old one with, hands-free Bluetooth and DVD player. You have a lot of options you can add.



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    BR from Phoenix on 2/2/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This radio is a great upgrade to our 2002 Volvo S60. We wanted blue tooth and XM capabilities and this unit serves the purpose. I agree with others comments that the menu system is not intuitive to navigate. Some settings take awhile to get to while others are surprisingly easy. It just takes a little time getting acquainted with the user manual. On another note, the Kenwood will only connect to one blue tooth device at a time. I was under the belief that we could have multiple devices connected at the same time and set priority. None the less, we are pleased with the unit.



    great sounding unit

    ferdinand from Lacaster, PA on 1/24/2011

    1998 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Unit was very easy to install thanks to the install kit provided by Crutchfield. It's a little difficult to maneuver through the menus (I'll get used to it!) but the unit works great and sound awsome! I'm very pleased with how the bluetooth works on this unit. Everyone can hear me clearly and i can hear everyone with no problem! I'm very happy with the unit and the great service provided by crutchfield. I would recommend this unit and crutchfield to anyone!



    Happy until my Iphone BRICKED !!

    DHIIPAK from Military Overseas FPO on 1/10/2011

    2000 Ford Focus ZX3
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Things were going great with this unit, after some firmware glitch fixes given me by Crutchfield Tech Support....then a disaster: My son had his iphone 3G connected via USB and simultaneously via blue tooth for calls when he shut off the motor without shutting down the USB connection first. His phone now BRICKED for over a week and even an Itunes restore won´t get it unfrozen (has errors 1611 and 40). This a REAL disaster.... phone may be lost !! Called Kenwood and all they can say is NOT to have BT streaming and USB Cx at the same time. How were we to know ? They deck user manual had no clear warning on this.



    So close to perfect!

    Ilya C from Piscataway, NJ on 12/13/2010

    2007 Subaru Impreza 2.5i
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I am giving this head unit 4 out of 5 not because it's not a great head unit, but there are a few things that could use some tweaking. Pros: - Sounds great, a huge improvement from my factory - Love the USB & Bluetooth (using and iPhone4 OS4.2, works no problem) - Extra AUX in is a huge plus - screen looks great, whole unit fits in really good with my car - easy to install and set up Cons: - The navigation is a little tiresome, each menu transition has a little animation to it, and they add up when you need to go through 4 levels of options to get to something. Some options are a little far in the menu system and so it would be nice if there was an extra button or so that lets you access say 'audio settings' without having to go through all the menus. - Need to wait for bluetooth to connect and sync before I can plug in the iPhone to play music. if I don't the music will cut out and I'll need to unplug it and plug it back in again. not sure if that's on the iPhone of the unit. - the main click wheel is a little stiff for me. Scrolling though a few artists is easy, but when you need to go from the A's to the P's is would be nice if the wheel did not offer so much resistance These are just a few little gripes, and I would still recommend this to anyone, but I feel it could still use a little polishing. Also, as always, Crutchfield was great. Fast shipping, everything I needed in the box, had it installed the same day I got everything in the mail.



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    Alfredo from Round Rock Texas on 11/28/2010

    1999 Chrysler Town and Country
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Product ok so far and no problems but wanted to let you know of the exceptional customer service from Clutchfield people. I had some questions and problems with my intallation and they walked me all the way and resolved and answer my questions. Keep up the good work Clutchfield!



    Good Bang for the buck!

    Jim E from Centennial, CO on 11/15/2010

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

    I got this particular unit because it had just enough of the features I wanted, BT connectivity, built in hands free and I Pod connection. I do like the unit so far. Had some glitches installing, but once I overcame those, it was in and slick. I like the unit and have been able to use all the features. Hands free phone is cool and performed flawlessly. Connects every time to my Blackberry and works as expected. It has met my expectations and for the money has very worth every penny. I recommend it and would say that unless you are a purest and this meets your expected feature list, you will enjoy the unit. I am old school and will have to get used to no buttons. I think I'll make it though.



    Great value

    Randy J from Kenmore WA on 11/11/2010

    1996 Volvo 850 GLT
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Replaced the factory deck in a 96 Volvo 850. Installation for this novice and my son was simple. Saved big bucks over what local stores wanted. Yeah, the dash pocket is kinda lame. Cheap, but not out of place on this fifteen year old car. Two of the tabs snapped while installing but overcame the problem with some superglue. The 1/4" screws are too short so you need to get 1/2" to attach the brackets, but once its in the fit is perfect. Nice and snug. This is the second "open box" item I've purchased from Crutchfield and both items look to me to be "new in box". Saved another $30 by going that route. My son uses this head unit nearly exclusively with his iPod and he is very happy with it!



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    Andrew from NC on 11/8/2010

    1991 Volvo 240 Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This radio has been superb so far. I'm really glad I spent the extra money for a unit with built in bluetooth and iPod control. It is relatively easy to navigate around, easy to change options, etc. A few things aren't immediately obvious (setting up phone dial presets, adding and deleting favorites). Nothing a quick glance at the manual wouldn't fix. I have made a good amount of phone calls without any complaints from the person on the other end. Had to talk a little louder on the highway, but you can easily turn up the mic gain or noise reduction. Great stereo.



    Has all the features, not intuitive

    Treefully from Vancouver, WA on 10/26/2010

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

    This stereo has all the features I wanted. Bluetooth, iPod connection, CD player. It was easy to install, but I'm not confident it works correctly. I get errors about every 5th time I get in the truck saying the Bluetooth can not connect. The menus are nearly impossible to navigate through and when I'm using my iPod the screen constantly displays "downloading". With the 100s of electronics in my life, I don't have the time to figure out what this thing wants. This is the first reciever I have ever installed, so I'm not sure if others are any better.



    Great for music, very poor for making phone calls, poor menu controls

    MicahC from San Francisco on 10/23/2010

    2000 BMW M
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This stereo has a great list of features and sounds great. Installation was easy. I'm going to keep it and use it for a long time. Be aware though, that there are some "gotcha"s. 1) The big hand knob that you use to control the volume also controls the menu-item selection. So if you're in the middle of a deeply nested menu and a piercing loud input comes on, you can't quickly spin the dial to turn the volume down. You have to hit "back" the right number of times to get out of your menu before the volume knob is available again. There is no "1 click" button to get back to the top of the menu, and it's common for you to be navigating something way down the tree like when picking an MP3 playlist or pairing with your bluetooth music source. 2) The microphone it comes with for making telephone calls is atrocious. Whenever I call my friend using the bluetooth hands-free mode, my friend makes me call back from another phone because she can't hear me over the noise. This is even while the car is stopped, the engine is turned off, and the windows are up. The microphone is unusable even in the best of conditions. Maybe this is something particular about my installation, because the quality is so bad the product is really unfit for sale for making phone calls. The bluetooth feature of this stereo is still very good for listening to music, but just don't count on anyone being able to hear you if you make a phone call.



    Nice Headunit

    Ian from Albany, NY on 10/15/2010

    2003 Ford F-250 Super Duty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought the KDC-BT945U in "refurbished" condition to install in a pickup and would have thought it was new. Packaging was in good shape and there were no visible cosmetic issues. More importantly, all the features appear to function as intended. I chose this Kenwood model largely for the iPod/iPhone capabilities. It provides a "Handheld" mode that allows you to control your Apple product directly and not have to worry about the headunit's interface. However, the Kenwood's interface is very good considering the limited number of controls and the small display screen. The one issue I had (which appears to be fairly common) was my initial connection between the 945U and my iPhone 3Gs. They did not communicate well and I spent a few minutes watching the 945U displaying the message "Reading." After doing a bit of research on the web, I powered down the iPhone, connected it to the 945U and rebooted. After a few seconds I was rewarded with an autostart playing of the iPhone and had full control through the 945U. I haven't tried the BT yet. The radio receives many more stations than the OEM radio did and sounds good. The overall sound is tough to judge as I have not upgraded the OEM speakers yet - maybe next month. However, I'd say there is a bit more clarity (and power) over the OEM system. The rest of the accessories included by Crutchfield made installation possible and I appreciate the "refurbished" option which knocked off the price.



    Great value

    Steve from Raleigh, NC on 10/3/2010

    Just got this for my birthday. Am very happy with it. Was ready to spend $100 more on an Alpine, and a friend suggested I give this one a try. I do wish I had spent the additional money for the hands-free dialing and the additional equalizer settings. But overall am delighted with it. Sounds a million times better than the factory stereo it replaced, even with factory speakers. Bluetooth works great with my Droid2. both for music (mp3s/pandora) and calls. Great ipod controls.



    Awesome head unit

    tbhmech from Frackville Pa on 9/15/2010

    2000 Toyota Camry
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this unit after doing alot of research ,i asked people at crutchfield and at Kenwood if this unit would work with a Droid 2 and no one was able to give me any answers , so between looking at Motorolas website and Kenwoods i took a chance and bought it ,,it works awesome it paired right up and the blue tooth is awesome i am streaming Pandora and Sirius from my phone to this unit and it works well it just doesnt list the group or song but i dont care it shows on the phone as i bought the droid 2 car dock ,there is sooo much you can go in and change its unreal gonna take a while to figure it all out ,and thats one of the bad things here no full instruction manual included you have to go online and read a PDF and to print it out its 100 pages good thing i did it at work , blue tooth is awesome and the whole unit is awesome best money i spent in a while i highly rec this unit ...Tim



    kenwood is known for their quality radios

    Nani from ponce Puerto Rico on 9/15/2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    How can you go wrong with kenwood ? Never . Great sound ,excelent reciver.! Kenwood have done it again!



    Great Unit, Recommended to Friends

    Logan from NYC on 9/11/2010

    When shopping for a HU to replace my factory stereo i was looking for 2 things: BT and ability to play MP3s. 1. Bluetooth. As everyone mentioned sound quality is great Usability: Good. Any favorite or recent number (incoming, outgoing) is 2 clicks away. Bonus feature: I can connect my Ipod Touch over BT and listen to the music or watch movies from the back seat. If you have IPad it makes any car video/dvd system obsolete. 2. MP3s. There is 3 options. Ipod, USB flash drive & CDRs with MP3. All of them are equal in usability. While driving, its next & previous unless you want to crash. If parked or someone else operates it, you got old 'ipod interface with click wheel" 3. Sound. That's why you getting this HU in the first place. It's great. Even with stock speakers after some tuneup (bass boost, sound field, positioning etc) same music sounded a lot better. With upgraded speakers difference was day and night. Keep your eyes on the road and drive safe :) P.S. If i had to choose again i would've gone with Kenwood Excelon KDC-X994. Here is why. For extra 40$ you get voice dialing (no need to take your eyes of the road at all but number of voice commands is limited. You have to record voicetags yourself). I didn't notice this feature until i was reading the manual for my T945U(both stereos share same manual). X944 also has a few more bells and whistles that i don't care much about (various color screen, longer warranty, more flexible equalizer).



    Kenwood KDC-BT945U

    Paul from Mississippi on 8/28/2010

    2004 Subaru Outback
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Exactly what I wanted. Nice HU with BT and usb. This was the first time I replaced a car HU and Crutchfield's instructions were very easy to follow. My main concern when buying this unit were the reviews that reported problems with BT and iPhones. Even Crutchfield's "Hands-on Research" page says "Not compatible with iOS 4.0 for iPhone (3G/3GS)". I had no problem using BT with two different iPhones. BT works fine on both a 3G and a 3GS (both running iOS 4.0.2).



    Sounds great, but minor flaws

    Roger from Stockton, NJ on 8/26/2010

    2004 Honda Accord LX
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    Installation went fine in my 2004 Honda Accord. (It's unit died.) The sound is excellent on this - no complaints there. I'm surprised to see people saying that there is no glare, because I have significant glare problems. I am not happy with that. Otherwise a few little things. If the iPod is plugged in and I start the car, the iPod starts playing regardless of what mode the unit had been left in when shutting down. The iPod interface is so-so. As mentioned elsewhere, it takes quite a while to scroll through things. Like most of these units there is a lot of control vested in just a few buttons, so the operation takes some getting used to. Finally everytime the unit is turned on it goes through a "downloading" process, which takes a while. It checks for changes in the iPod library and also the contacts on your phone. Seems to me that that should be done "behind the scenes" without taking up the screen territory. No complaints on the Bluetooth and interface - they work well.



    Kenwood hits the spot

    Adam L. from midland MI on 8/18/2010

    What can i say! first sound system i have put in! what a great head unit very easy to use good display! it works great with my sub! i love the ipod connection! the dsp makes everything sound amazing! my one and only complaint is it takes to long to scroll through things on your ipod! plus the bluetooth works phenomenal! great head unit would request it to anyone!



    Kenwood KDC-BT945U

    Peter from Long Island, NY on 8/15/2010

    1995 Porsche 911 Carrera
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed easily (most do), fit OK, stuck out just a bit. Replaced a difficult (I-Pod)Alpine unit. This unit did not take my IPod This had too much glare to use in daytime Very difficult to get to sources (AM/FM, CD,).Difficult almost dangerous to use phonebook Returned it for updated Alpine



    Great Upgrade! Almost everything I could ever want!

    olson247 from Green Bay, WI on 7/19/2010

    2000 Honda Civic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Upgrade from an Alpine CDA-9885 - I wanted all of my previous functionality with the addition of Bluetooth audio/phone Installed quickly and easily Operation has been great. One thing I didn't like about the Alpine was glare on sunny days. This doesn't have that problem at all. The BT945U could use dedicated Random, Repeat and Mute buttons. But you can use the "Favorite" button and presets to go directly to a function (iPod/Artists or iPod/Folder Random OFF/ON") The sound is great and there's a lot of tweaking you can do. I've dialed in settings that sound very good. The phone works great so far. People say I sound good and it's amazing to hear calls come through my speakers. The Phonebook and Presets work great. No more holding my phone while driving! The Bluetooth audio is great for when I listen to a streaming App on my iPhone 3GS (Pandora over 3G) or when I use a GPS App - the directions come through the speakers now! [I've read that the next iPhone iOS update (4.1) will upgrade Bluetooth/AVCRP which will let you skip tracks forward and back and send metadata (song/album/artist info) to the stereo. Now you can only pause/play when streaming music from an iPhone - that's the iPhone's fault, not the car stereo's] This is a great stereo and I haven't been disappointed. There's a lot of functionality and you have to read the manual to set it all up. But, when you do you'll be happy.



    All the right stuff..

    roadrash from Central Washington on 7/2/2010

    2007 Mazda MX5
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this to replace the Bose HU in our '07 Miata. I had a few inflexible requirements such as a removable face, sub outputs, REAR USB input, friendly iPod control, AAC file compatibility and a screen readable in bright sun. My search brought me to this Kenwood model and I really could not be happier with the choice. It has all of the above features and 4v preamp outputs that drive the factory Bose amp and speakers perfectly. I kept all my steering wheel controls by using the appropriate interface unit, very slick! The only small sticking point is with the Crutchfield supplied dash harness connector- I need to add a couple of pins to provide the correct trigger voltage output for the Bose amp and the steering wheel control- not a big deal but it took a bit of time on the Miata forum website to match everything and avoid the dreaded 'cut the factory wire' procedure. All in all this is a great unit with excellent sound (remember I am in a convertible) lots of features. The rear USB lets me hide a dedicated iPod under the dash away from prying eyes. I can get to the USB connector from the glovebox and connect to my laptop anytime I need to update the tunes. I have used Kenwood products in the past but as of late found more of the features and quality I wanted with Alpine. This Kenwood KDC-BT945U has raised the bar.



    Kenwood KDC-BT945U

    scott from Ca on 6/21/2010

    This appeared to be the best available iPod controlling Bluetooth built in receiver, and I bought it with that expectation. It is an excellent receiver in many aspects, but there are a few major-for me-faults. First, I listen to books on my iPod while driving, and this device will not allow me to do that. There is no audiobook category on its list of playing options, so I have to get the iPod into what I want to hear, start it playing, and then connect it to the receiver---not a good task while driving. Worse as far as books are concerned, it won't use the iPod's resume function to let me continue listening if I have to stop for some reason. I have to disconnect the iPod and then go searching for where I was interrupted and then reconnect it.. It works well enough as a music controller, but that brings up its next problem.. cannot read the display in the bright California desert sunshine. The Bluetooth works quite well, and I am impressed with that. As a cd player, it is quite good. I just would not advise getting this device if your primary interest is audiobooks through your iPod.



    Very Nice Straightforward Unit

    949dweller from Irvine, CA on 6/19/2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have had the Kenwood KDC-BT945U head unit installed in my 2002 Accord EX Sedan for a week now & am very happy overall. Favorite features include the call clarity when using the Bluetooth system (outstanding) & the presentation of the graphics. It is a very clean looking unit & has great eye appeal at night. My dash lights are colored in off-white so it blends in quite nicely. As much as I like Alpine those units would have looked very out-of-place in the dash. On the downside I miss not having dedicated buttons on the faceplate to quickly select preset radio stations. I set up my favorites which seems to be the quickest way to access the stations I listen to the most, but it still requires me to press the favorites button & then use the jog wheel to scroll to the station I want, then select it. Perhaps this is nitpicking...I want a clean uncluttered look on the faceplate but then complain about not having preset buttons to use :) The screen also seems to get washed out very easily in sunlight. Not too sure if there's anything I can do about that. I'm also not too impressed with the sound, but I feel that is more a reflection of the factory speakers as opposed to any issue with the unit itself. I'm sure once I replace the speakers w/amplification & sub(s), I will be significantly happier. Bottom line I'm satisfied with my purchase & feel I made the right decision.



    This is a Nice Radio

    Anonymous from Elkhorn, Wi on 5/16/2010

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

    After researching and deciding what kind of am/fm & blue-tooth with usb port, I couldn't be more satisfied. I had a few questions about installation and they where answered on the phone with Blake. I installed this myself in my 2004 Crown Victoria using the factory speakers. At first I thought I might use some better speakers but after dialing in the equalizer and adjusting the speaker options, I'm blown away with the sound I get with this unit. First I must tell you that there is a PDF file you can down load, it has 78 pages worth and I paged through every one of them to dial in the best sound. (tip) I printed this file and made a booklet that I keep in the car for reference, I suppose if you have a laptop that would work to, but I don't have one. There is a learning curve to where all the menus are and that's where the booklet comes in handy for review if needed. I have been using this unite for three weeks now and it is much easier now than when new. I use my iphone for music and phone conversation over the blue-tooth. Some people have complained that the front speakers only work using in this mode, not true! You can turn all your speakers on and works great. For the best sound use the USB when playing music. All in all this is a nice unite, I would buy another one if this was stolen.



    Kenwood KDC-BT945U

    Detox from CA on 5/12/2010

    2009 Subaru Legacy
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Had it for about a week overall not to bad of an audio unit. Definitely need to read the instructions to figure out. However there are some issues with an iphone. Iphone 3G firmware v3.1.3 Using bluetooth audio streaming skipping song forward, reverse doesn't work. Also audio will play for a few seconds then stop till it finishes syncing call list from phone, can take 1+ min. Audio sometimes skips for a while after it finishes syncing. With iphone attached to usb, music will start until bluetooth starts to sync with headunit where the music no longer comes out of speakers but iphone is still playing music. Have to unattach iphone from the cable and reattach to start playing again. Downloaded phone book, but finding by inital doesn't work correctly or has issues with phonebook over 300+ entries. Select an inital to search in the phonebook and it brings up names that don't even have that letter in the name. Just about impossible to use, not to big an issue as even if it worked it would be faster to find it via the phone. If it worked better with the iphone I would definitely have given it 4 stars.




    Anonymous from MA on 5/11/2010

    2010 Hyundai Accent
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This product is great. I was slightly disappointed by the bluetooth and wired iPod control, as it was very limited with the device. But the sounds quality is outstanding and the option are numerous beyond what I expected. I definitely recommend this, though I would try to get the LCD version instead.



    Funky USB support

    Anonymous from CA on 4/30/2010

    2005 Scion xA
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Menus are clunky... I don't know who designed it, but things are disorganized... menu options are all over the place... Sub on/off in one place, couple options in-between... then it's subwoofer volume... Couldn't they stick all subwoofer controls in one place? The menus feel like they just piled all the options together in RANDOM.. you just browse and find what you need... Don't get me wrong, there are some extensive options. Very good parametric equalizer, and excellent crossover controls. In summary, the menu is a random collection of excellent options. I mainly bought it for USB. I have 65gb of music on a 120gb FAT32 partition. If I use the kenwood music program, I can't browse the music AT ALL, so the only way to play music is RANDOM. Once Kenwood database is created, when I click into music, it just shows a blank screen with nothing in it, but if I hit play, and set it to random, it will play all my songs in RANDOM (all of them), no way to select an artist or a folder. If I don't create the kenwood database, I can browse the file structure, BUT it won't go into some folders ([click] - nothing happens, just sits at the root). Sound is good. Phone support is good. I can live with the silly menus (Once it's set up you don't need to browse through them anyway), but the USB support is KILLING ME. The UI is horrible.



    Kenwood finally gets it right

    armstrong2020 from Boise, ID on 4/14/2010

    I've worked in the car audio business for a while now and have come to dislike kenwood (non-excelon) very much, due to there degree of usage difficulty, looks, and compatibility. This unit came in and completely changed my mind. Starting from the 7 series' and up, i am in love, particularly this unit. SO easy to use, especially with ipod (notice the controls look strikingly similar to an ipod). 4V Preouts is a major plus. Equalizer could be a little more extensive but the preset autotime feature makes up for the lacking EQ. It doesn't have a ton of ridiculous colors and graphics going on, which is a major plus. The Parrot Bluetooth built in is amazing, not only the hands free calling, but the wireless audio streaming as well. I honestly can't say anything bad about this unit (yet), and that means a lot coming from someone who has NEVER liked kenwood. HIGHLY recommended.



    Great Unit

    Anonymous from Mississippi on 4/5/2010

    2001 Mazda Miata
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased this unit based on the Crutchfield rep's assurance that this unit would play MP3s from an external hard drive. It does a great job playing MP3s from a 160GB 2.5 external hard drive. The music editor software is very easy to use and gives instant access to your files when the drive is connected - no more that 3-4 seconds. The built-in equalization controls on this unit are impressive. I'm still experimenting with some of the DSP settings, such as Car Type, Position, Speaker Distance, Digital Time Alignment, etc. There is a rather steep learning curve on how to use this unit. The Bluetooth works well with my Tracfone. I drive a small convertible, so I needed a display that was visible with the top down. I don't have any trouble seeing the Kenwood display in the bright sunshine. I also wanted a unit that was not flashy and attention getting, for the obvious reasons. The Kenwood is subdued and pretty much looks like it belongs in the car. One drawback of the unit is choosing preset radio stations. It takes too many clicks and your eyes off the road to change stations. I think there is a fix for that using the "favorite" button. All in all, I am an extremely pleased customer. Crutchfield did their usual exemplary job, getting the unit right out to me, along with everything I needed to install the unit. Thanks, Crutchfield.



    Kenwood KDC-BT945U

    tj from sc on 3/28/2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    i had this kenwood receive 3 day,s and very satisfy with this receive it have a lot of audio feature do get this receive good



    Good for USB...but not perfect.

    Johnny from Texas on 3/27/2010

    2010 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased this receiver primarily for the USB and Bluetooth functionality. It is a decent receiver with a lot of features, but the LCD display is not very crisp and the illumination is not well balanced. (brighter on the left side of the display and even worse when sitting in the drivers seat at the normal viewing angle.) The bluetooth performance is just average when compared to JVC and Pioneer units that I have previously owned. Mic gain, echo and noise reduction can be adjusted even during a call. But I still have people telling me the clarity is not that great on the other end no matter how much tweaking I do. The USB is the best I have used so far due to the quick search/sort feature, but this is only if you use the free Kenwood Music Editor software to create a dbase file on your flash drive. (very simple to do). However, without the dbase reference file, there is a great deal of latency when the unit attempts to read the tags that are integral to the music files. I am currently using a 64Gig flash drive loaded with approx. 12k songs and have no problems. As with any of the new receivers on the market, there is a moderate learning curve associated with maneuvering through the menus, but after a couple of weeks it becomes second nature. Overall, the KDC-BT945U is good receiver, loaded with a lot of good features.




    Hands-on research

    Features and Specs

    AUX Input Rear and Optional Rear
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input Rear
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Android Control No
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready Both
    HD Radio Optional
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano Nano6/Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/
    Touch Touch4/Touch3/Touch2/Touch1
    iPhone Phone/Phone3G/Phone3GS
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) N/A
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) ---
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 4 volts
    Display Color White
    Key Button Color White
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Yes
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    FM Sensitivity 9.3 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No

    Product Research

    Overview: The Kenwood KDC-BT945U AM/FM CD receiver features a detachable fold-down face, rear-panel auxiliary and USB input, three pairs of 4.0-volt preamp outputs, built-in iPod operation, Satellite and HD Radio controls (with optional tuner), CD-changer controls (with optional CD-changer), as well as AAC/MP3/WMA playback. The unit also features built-in Bluetooth communication for hands-free operation of your mobile cell-phone. In addition, the CD player 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.

    Display Features
    Audio Section
    Radio Functions
    Disc Playback
    Aux/USB/iPod Connection
    Bluetooth/Remote Control
    Optional Software

    Display Features

    Detachable Fold-Down Face: The unit features a fold-down, detachable face to deter theft. There is a red indicator light that will flash on the unit after the face has been removed to warn potential thieves. You can turn this flashing LED on or off. 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. You must manually fold the face down before inserting or ejecting a disc.

    Note: A face-fixing screw is supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired.

    LCD Display: The KDC-BT945U features a full-dot, multi-line LCD display with spectrum analyzer and adjustable contrast (0-12). The KDC-BT945U offers the following display modes.

    • 5-Line: Display 4 to 5 lines of text.
    • 3-Line: Displays 2 to 3 lines of text.
    • iPod-Like: Displays iPod source information only.
    • Spectrum Analyzer: Display a line of text and the spectrum analyzer.
    • Clock Display: Displays only the 12-hour clock.

    Illumination Effect: This function sets whether the headunit's key illumination color is changed in conjunction with the key-button operation.

    Multi-Language Support: The Kenwood KDC-BT945U offers English, French, and Spanish menu text.

    Text/Title Scroll: The KDC-BT945U will display CD text, Audio file text and Satellite and HD radio text. You can turn the scrolling feature "on" to scroll longer titles across the screen.

    Favorite Memory Control: The headunit's Favorite Control feature allows you to save six "Favorites" for easy access. You can select a "Favorite" playlist from your connected iPod, your favorite radio station from the unit's built-in AM/FM tuner or connected Satellite Radio or HD tuner (both sold separately), a favorite telephone number from your mobile-phone using the optional Bluetooth hands-free kit (sold separately), or an audio setting. This allows you to have instant access of your favorite Radio station, telephone number, iPod playlist, or audio setting from one list on the headunit's display.

    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.

    Dimmer: The dimmer function will dim this unit's display automatically when the vehicle light switch is turned On when you connect orange/white Illumination wire of this player. You can also choose to dim the display manually.

    Display Off: This function turns off the display when have not performed an operation for 5 seconds. This is effective for when you are driving at night.

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

    Audio Section

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The Kenwood KDC-BT945U utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior CD sound quality.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood KDC-BT945U 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-BT945U are as follows:

    • Full Bandwidth Power: 22 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20-20kHz, 1% THD)
    • Maximum Output Power: 50 watts x 4 channels

    3-Sets of 4.0V Preamp Outputs: The KDC-BT945U features front, rear, and subwoofer 4.0V preamp outputs. The front and rear speaker preamp outputs are balance and fade adjustable. The subwoofer preamp output is non-fading. The subwoofer preamp output features an independent level control (-15 to +15).

    Amp Off: You can turn the KDC-BT945U's built-in amplifier off to improve the quality of the sound from the headunit's preamp outputs.

    Rotary Volume Control: The CD receiver uses a 6-way rotary volume control that increases and decreases the volume of the stereo from 0 to 35. The rotary knob also controls other audio settings such as Bass, 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.

    DSP: In order to optimize the sound quality, you can use the headunit's integrated DSP to set the type of vehicle and speaker sizes, locations, distances and x-over points. The DSP settings include the following:

    • Car Type: You can compensate the delay of the sound arrival time by selecting your environment from the following car types. Choose from Compact, Full Size Car, Station Wagon, Mini Van, SUV, Mini Van (Long), or Off
    • Speaker Setting: The speaker X'over is automatically set when the position and size of each speaker are select from the following items.
      • Front: Location (Door, On Dash, or Under Dash); Size: (Small, Medium, Large); Tweeter (None or Use)
      • Rear: Location (Door, Rear Deck, 2nd Row or 3rd Row; Size (None, Small, Medium, or Large)
      • Subwoofer: Size (None, Small, Large)
    • Digital Time Alignment (DTA): Choose from 0.00 to 14.44 feet for the Front pair of speakers, Rear pair of speakers, and Subwoofer distances in reference to the distance between your listening positioning and the locations of the particular speakers.
    • X'Over: The Kenwood eXcelon headunit provides independent high-pass crossovers for the unit's front and rear speaker/preamp outputs, as well as a subwoofer low-pass crossover.
      • Front High Pass Filter: Frequency (40, 60, 70, 80,100, 120, 150, 180, or 220 Hz); Slope (-12, -18, or -24 dB per octave); or you can also select full-range
      • Rear High Pass Filter: Frequency (40, 60, 70, 80, 100, 120, 150, 180, or 220 Hz); Slope (-12, -18, or -24 dB per octave); you can also select full-range
      • Subwoofer Low Pass Filter: Frequency (40, 60, 70, 80, 100, 120, 150, 180, or 220 Hz); Slope (-12, -18, or -24 dB per octave); Phase (Normal/Reverse); or you can also select full-range

    Equalizer Control: Equalizer Control allows you to choose from 8 presets, or set your own custom settings using the 3-band Equalizer. The EQ adjustments are as follows:

    • Preset EQ: You can select from Natural, Rock, Pops, Easy, Top 40, Jazz, Game, iPod (you can select from 22 EQ curve types), or User.
    • 3-Band EQ: The User mode allows you to adjust the following 3-Band EQ
      • Bass: Frequency (60/100/160/250/400 Hz); Q-Factor (0.25/0.5/1.0/2.0); Level (-9 to +9 dB)
      • Mid: Frequency (0.63/1.0/1.6/2.5 kHz); Q-Factor (0.25/0.5/1.0/2.0); Level (- 9 to +9 dB)
      • Treble: Frequency (4/6.3/10/16 kHz); Level (-9 to +9 dB)

    Position Control:  For a better sound-stage you can select your optimal listening position. You can choose from All, Front Left,  Front Right or Front.

    Audio Preset: You can register six audio settings into the unit's preset memory to be recalled at any time. The Audio Preset memory can save Car Type Selection, Speaker Setting, Fine Adjustment, X'Over Setting, Equalizer, and/or Listening Position.

    Bass Boost: The Kenwood KDC-BT945U features a two level Bass Boost to increase bass levels.

    Highway Sound: This features compensates the low volume or bass sound being lost by road noises to make vocals sound clearer. You can set the Highway Sound function to 1, 2, 3, or off.

    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.

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

    Dual Zone: The Dual Zone mode allows you to output the Main source and the Auxiliary input separately for the front and rear channels. You can select whether the auxiliary input will play in the front or the rear.

    Tel Mute: The KDC-BT945U 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.

    Radio Functions

    AM/FM Tuner: The Kenwood KDC-BT945U features a built-in AM/FM tuner. You can choose one of three tuning modes: Auto 1 (seek tuning), Auto 2 (cycles through and tunes the selected band's preset stations only with each button press), or Manual.

    Tuner Presets: The KDC-BT945U's tuner features 3 FM banks (1, 2, 3) and 1 AM bank for storing presets. You can store 6 presets for each AM/FM bank giving you a total of 18 FM presets and 6 AM presets.

    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.

    Direct Access Tuning: You can directly access an AM/FM station by entering in the frequency number using the include wireless remote control.

    Mono Mode: This feature reduces the noise (static) when a stereo broadcast is received as monaural (for FM band only).

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

    • SIRIUS Satellite Radio: To receive SIRIUS Satellite Radio, you can connect the optional SIRIUS Universal Vehicle Tuner  and the optional Kenwood Sirius Satellite Radio Interface (package # 700SIRKENW, sold separately); or you can connect the optional Kenwood Sirius Satellite Radio Interface and the SiriusConnect vehicle docking kit (package # 700SIRPKEN, sold separately), along with your compatible SIRIUS Dock & Play receiver.
    • XM Satellite Radio: To receive XM Satellite Radio connect the optional CNP2000UCA XM Tuner and the Kenwood CNPKEN1 adapter cable (package item number 700XMKEN2, sold separately).

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

    HD Radio Ready (with iTunes Tagging): With an optional Kenwood HD Radio tuner (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. The Kenwood KTC-HR300 HD Radio tuner(113HR300) is also capable of iTunes tagging. iTunes tagging gives you the ability to tag a song (up to 50) and stores it to a connected iPod. The next time your iPod is connected to iTunes, the tagged songs are displayed with the option to purchase them from the iTunes Store.

    Note: Right now there are about 2,000 radio stations broadcasting using digital HD Radio technology in the U.S. To find HD Radio stations in your area, visit the HD Radio website (

    Satellite + HD Radio Note: You will need the Kenwood KCA-S220A Dual-Source Switching Unit (113KCAS220, sold separately) to connect both a Satellite Radio Tuner and HD Radio Tuner to this headunit.

    Disc Playback

    AAC/MP3/WMA Playback: The KDC-BT945U can play AAC (8-320 kbps), MP3 (8-320 kbps) and WMA (32-192 kbps) 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 AAC/MP3/WMA playback, the unit displays any recorded ID3 Tag (Ver.1) information. The headunit will display up to 60 characters.

    Supreme+ Setting: When MP3, WMA or AAC 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.

    Playback Modes: The Kenwood KDC-BT945U features Scan (track/file), Random (folder/disc), and Repeat (track/file/folder) playback modes for your CD and music files.

    Music Search: The Kenwood AM/FM CD receiver features a Music Search feature which allows you to scroll through and select your AAC/MP3/WMA music folders and files, as well as scroll through your audio CD's music tracks using the headunit's rotary knob.

    High Speed Search: This function allows you to continuously scroll up or down your track list at high speed.

    Direct Music Search: You can search music tracks and files directly by entering the track/file number using the include wireless remote control.

    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 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.

    Off Eject: The KDC-BT945U allows you to eject your disc for 10 minutes after switching off the vehicles engine.

    Aux/USB/iPod Connection

    USB Port: The Kenwood KDC-BT945U features a rear-panel 2.0 USB type-A port on a 39" pigtail. The USB port enables connection and control of a portable USB mass-storage class device with AAC (8-320 kbps), MP3 (8-320 kbps), and WMA (32-192 kbps) music files. The USB port is compatible with all USB mass storage class devices that support the FAT16 or FAT32 file system. Your USB device should only have a maximum of 8 directory levels, 255 folders, and 255 files per folder with a maximum of 65,025 files and folders. The KDC-BT945U provides Scan (file), Random (folder) and Repeat (file/folder) playback modes, as well as Folder, Track, High Speed, and Direct Music (via remote control) search modes. When your USB device is connected to this unit, it can be charged up provided that the KDC-BT945U is powered on.

    Note: You cannot connect a USB device via a USB hub or Multi-Card Reader to this unit.

    iPod Direct: The KDC-BT945U's rear-panel USB port also acts as an iPod/iPhone high-speed direct connection when used with the optional Kenwood USB Direct Connection Cable (113iP101, sold separately) or the USB/iPod cable that comes with your iPod/iPhone. Using either cable allows audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of select iPod/iPhone models from the KDC-BT945U.

    • USB Connection: The USB connection allows your iPod's large music libraries to be loaded instantly to the headunit and sound quality to be maximized through the headunit's 24-bit D/A converter, allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 105dB.
    • Audio Playback: The Kenwood headunit supports audio playback of music files and podcasts stored on your iPod or iPhone.
    • Music Navigation: When your iPod/iPhone is connected to the KDC-BT945U, you can choose to operate your iPod/iPhone via the Kenwood headunit's controls or your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen.  If you select to control your iPod/iPhone from the KDC-BT945U, the Kenwood headunit will allow you to navigate your iPod's music by Playlist, Artists, Album, Genre, Composer, Song, or Podcast (your iPod's click-wheel/touch-screen will be locked in this mode). You can search these categories alphabetically or using a percentage search (0.5%, 1%, 5%, 10%). You can also browse for music of the same artist or genre as the one being currently played (Related Search). In addition, you can create your own custom iPod playlist (up to 10 songs) from the headunit.
    • Information Display: The KDC-BT945U will also display your iPod/iPhone's music file information when you are controlling your iPod or iPhone from the Kenwood headunit. If you choose to operate your connected iPod/iPhone via its clickwheel or touchscreen controls, the KDC-BT945U will not display your iPod's music information (the headunit will instead display iPod MODE).
    • Charging: While connected and the ignition switch is set to ACC or ON, the headunit's USB connection will power and charge your iPod/iPhone.

    Note: If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Kenwood KDC-BT945U is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of Feb. 2010):

    iPod/iPhone Model Generation

    Media Type

     Control Type Display Type Charge
    Audio Video Headunit iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Info Track Info
    dock-connector 3rd N N N N N N N
    4th N N N N N N N
    mini 1st N N N N N N N
    2nd N N N N N N N
     video 5th Y N Y N Y Y Y
     classic 80GB Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    120GB Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    160GB Y N Y Y Y Y Y
     nano 1st Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2nd Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3rd Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4th Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    5th Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    6th Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    2nd Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3rd Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4th Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    iPhone 2G Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3G Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4 N N N N N N N

    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the headunit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to revert to the older software version or wait until an newer software update is available. Not compatible with iOS 4.0 for iPhone (3G/3GS) or iPod touch (2nd/3rd gen).

    AUX Input: The KDC-BT945U is equipped with a rear-panel 3.5mm minijack auxiliary input for connecting external portable audio devices such as an MP3 player. The KDC-BT945U allows you to select the source type displayed when using the auxiliary input. You can choose from AUX, DVD, Portable, Game, Video or TV.

    Rear Auxiliary Input "Ready": The unit already features a rear 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.

    Bluetooth/Remote Control

    Built-In Bluetooth: The Kenwood KDC-BT945U CD-Receiver features built-in 2.4GHz Bluetooth technology (version 2.1+EDR) and is compatible with Bluetooth hands-free calling, as well as Bluetooth wireless music streaming. The KDC-BT945U supports the following Bluetooth profiles: HFP (Hands Free Profile), HSP (Headset Profile), OPP (Object Push Profile), PBAP (Phonebook Access Profile), SPP (Serial Port Profile), SYNC (Synchronization Profile), A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), and AVRCP (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile). Your Bluetooth enabled device must be paired with the KDC-BT945U before hands-free operation or music steaming. You can register up to five Bluetooth enabled devices with the Kenwood headunit (only one paired phone can be used at a time).

    • Bluetooth Hands-free Communication: The headunit supports Bluetooth's Hands-Free Profile  communication. The controls of the KDC-BT945U can be used to dial a number, answer an in-coming call or end a call. The KDC-BT945U can even be setup to automatically answer a call. The unit also includes an external microphone (with visor/pillar mounting bracket) featuring adjustable gain, so you can carry on your side of the conversation while listening to the caller through your car's front speakers. During a conversation, you can switch between the Private Mode (talking directly on your cell phone) and the Hands Free Mode. You can also wirelessly download the short message (SMS) arrived at your cell-phone so that is can be read on the headunit's display. Stored phone numbers can be categorized by General, Home, Office, Mobile, or Other. Using the KDC-BT945U, you can dial a phone number in one of the following ways:
      • Entering a Phone Number: Allows you to directly dial a phone number up to 25 digits.
      • Speed (Preset) Dialing: Allows you to register up to 6 phone numbers for quick dialing.
      • Phone Book: You can dial by using the downloaded phone book. You can download phone book data from your cell phone to the KDC-BT945U. Up to 1000 numbers can be stored for each registered cell phone. Each number can be up to 32 digits long and each name can be up to 50 characters long. You can search for a number by the initials, or you can search the phone book in alphabetical order.
      • Call Log: The Call Log is a list of calls that have originated from and were received by this unit that you can dial. You can select Outgoing, Incoming, or Missed calls.
        • Outgoing Call List: Allows you to dial by using the outgoing call list. Up to 10 phone numbers are stored in the outgoing call list.
        • Incoming Call List: Allows you to dial by using the incoming call list. Up to 10 phone numbers are stored in the incoming call list.
        • Missed Call List: Allows you to dial by using the missed call list. Up to 10 phone numbers are stored in the missed call list.
      • Call Waiting: You can answer another incoming call with the current call suspended.
    • Bluetooth Audio Players: The headunit also supports Bluetooth's wireless Audio Streaming Profile and Bluetooth's Audio Control Profile. These features allow you to wirelessly transmit music from your Bluetooth compatible cell-phone or portable audio player to the KDC-BT945U so you can listen to and control your stored music files through your vehicle's audio system.

    Note: Not all Bluetooth mobile phones will be compatible. Visit Kenwood's web site for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled phones.

    Wireless Remote Control: The KDC-BT945U comes with the RC-405 IR wireless remote control with a full numeric keypad (0-9). The remote will control Audio, CD, Tuner, USB, Bluetooth, and external device functions. The remote control allows direct access of your music tracks and discs loaded in a connected CD-changer (sold separately), as well as direct access to AM/FM radio stations. It is powered by a single CR2025 3V lithium-cell battery (supplied).

    Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The unit also features an OEM steering wheel remote control input on the rear of the unit that lets you keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with the optional PAC SWI-JACK Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (127SWIJACK, sold separately); or the optional Metra ASWC Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (120ASWC, sold separately).

    Note: Please consult the Crutchfield Car Selector to see if your vehicle is compatible.

    Optional Software

    Music Editor Compatible: The Kenwood KDC-BT945U supports the PC application, Kenwood Music Editor Lite (ver.l.0 or later). Kenwood Music Editor Lite is a desktop software that helps organize, manage and transfer AAC, MP3, and WMA music files to your USB devices from your PC. When you playback audio files that have been stored on your USB device using Kenwood Music Editor Lite (ver.l.0) through this unit, you can search a file by title, album, or artist name using the headunit's Music Search function.

    Note: Kenwood Music Editor software can be downloaded for free from to your PC. Kenwood Music Editor is compatible with Microsoft Windows XP Professional and Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition SP2 or later. Kenwood Music Editor (Ver.1.5.0 and later) are compatible with Windows Vista.

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