2-DIN Chassis: The DPX303 has a 2-DIN chassis (also known as
"Double DIN" or size DD), and will fit in many vehicles with a large dash
opening. The unit can be ISO-mounted using factory brackets, or Euro-mounted
using the supplied mounting sleeve.
Note: As always, please consult the
Crutchfield Car Selector to verify fit with your vehicle.
Multi-Line LCD Display: The Kenwood DPX303 features a large
multi-line LCD full-dot display. The
headunit's display offers the following features.
- Display Type: Type A (text/icon
display), Type B (text/icon/status display), Type C
(text/source/clock display), Type D (spectrum analyzer
- Illumination Effect: Sets whether
the illumination color is changed in conjunction with
the unit's key operation.
- Illumination Music Sync: Sets whether
the key illumination color is changed in conjunction with
the unit's sound volume.
- Display Illumination Control: When
this function is active, the display turns off after 5
seconds if no operation is performed. This reduces the
glare during night driving.
- Contrast: The display's contrast
can be adjusted between 1 and 10.
- 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.
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.
Station/Disc Naming: The unit allows you to attach an
8-character title to a radio station or a CD. The unit can memorize up to 30
FM/AM station names and 10 CD names.
Text/Title Scroll: The DPX303
will display CD text, Audio file text, RDS information and Satellite and HD radio text. You can
turn the scrolling feature "on" to scroll longer titles across the screen.
Security Code: You can enter a
4-digit security code which must be used when the unit is removed from the
vehicle, or the constant power source is disconnected from the unit. When
constant power is restored to the unit, the security code must be entered before
the unit becomes operational. The security code may be disabled if desired.
Supreme Setting: When MP3 or
WMA files encoded at a low bit rate (less than 96 kbps, 44.1k, 48kHz) are
played, the Supreme Setting function restores their high frequencies so the
sound quality is closer to files encoded at a high bit rate. The processing is
optimized for the compression format and the bit rate used. When the Supreme
Setting is Off, the unit plays the original sound stored in the audio file.
Built-in Amp Switch: If the
audio signals are output to external amplifiers, you can turn off the internal
amplifier to improve audio quality.
Audio Setup: The DPX303 offers the following Audio Setup functions:
- System Q: 7 EQ curves (Natural, Rock, Pops, Easy, Top
40, Jazz, Game) are preset into memory, allowing you to recall the best
preset EQ curve for different types of music. Each preset has its own level
settings for bass (100Hz), midrange (1kHz), and treble (10kHz). The headunit
also has a User setting that can be set to your personal taste between -8
and +8 for bass, midrange and treble.
- Speaker Settings: The Speaker Setting function tailors
the System Q Sound Control settings according to the type of speakers in
your vehicle. You may select a Speaker Setting of "SP Off" (flat), "SP OEM"
(for OEM factory speaker systems), "SP 6x9/6" (for systems with 6" and 6"x9"
speakers), or "SP 5/4" (for systems with 4" and 5" speakers).
- Front and Rear High-Pass Filter: The DPX303 features an
independent High-Pass Crossover for the front and rear channels
(Hi-level/Low-level). You can adjust the high-pass crossover from Through,
40,60, 80, 100, 120, 150, 180 or 220Hz. The "Through" selection is a
full-range setting. This feature is very helpful when you have smaller-type
speakers in the front and larger-type speakers installed in the rear of the
Source Tone Memory: This
feature allows you to store System Q bass, middle and treble tone settings for
each source (CD, FM, AM, Satellite, and CD changer).
Loudness: The Loudness feature compensates for low and high
tones during low volume. You can turn this feature either on or off. Only the
low tone is compensated for when the tuner is selected as a source.
Switchable Rear/Subwoofer Preouts: In addition to the front
channel preamp outputs, you can switch the unit's rear RCA preamp outputs to a
non-fading subwoofer output with independent volume control (-15 to +15), phase
control (Normal/Reverse), and selectable crossover (50Hz, 60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz,
120Hz or Through).
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 for all sources other than the AUX input which you can set from -8
Tel Mute: The DPX303 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.
Beep Tone: The CD player
features a touch sensor tone that beeps when you have selected a function of the
unit. You can turn the beep tone ON or Off.
CR-2 Advanced Tuner: This unit
uses Kenwood's CR-2 Advanced tuner for clear radio reception. You can choose one
of three tuning modes: Auto 1 (seek tuning), Auto 2 (cycles through and tunes
the selected band's preset stations only with each button press), or Manual.
Clean Reception System Circuit
(CRSC): This circuit controls multi-path distortion by reducing stereo
separation. As stereo separation is reduced, multi-path has less effect on the
radio signal, improving reception in areas with tall buildings and mountains.
The CRSC circuit can be turned on or off.
Auto Memory Tuning: Not only
does the CD receiver's tuner allow you manually enter your desired presets you
can choose to have the unit automatically put stations with good reception in
the memory banks automatically; this is a handy feature when traveling. The
tuner features 3 FM banks (1, 2, 3) and 1 AM bank. You can store 6 presets for
each AM/FM bank giving you a total of 18 FM presets and 6 AM presets.
Receive Mode: If you choose to
connect the optional HD tuner, the Receive Mode allows you to choose to receive
analog or digital AM/FM broadcasts. You can choose from the following.
- Auto: analog and digital
broadcast will be received with the digital broadcast having priority
- Digital: receives digital
- Analog: receives analog
Satellite Radio Ready: There are several options for
connecting an optional XM or SIRIUS Satellite Radio tuner to this receiver:
- XM Satellite Radio: To receive XM Satellite Radio
connect the optional CNP2000UCA XM Tuner and the CNP-KEN1 Kenwood
adapter cable (package item number700XMKEN2).
- Sirius: 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 &
Note: A subscription is also required to receive
satellite radio programming from SIRIUS or XM.
HD Radio Ready: 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.
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.
AAC/MP3/WMA Playback: The
receiver can play AAC, MP3 and WMA files recorded on CD-ROM, CD-R, and CD-RW
discs in ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, and Romeo formats. The headunit
supports MP3 audio files with transfer bit rates of 8-320 kbps, WMA audio files
with transfer bit rates of 48-192 kbps, and AAC audio files with transfer bit
rates of 8-320 kbps. Each disc should
have a maximum of 8 directory levels, 50 folders, and 255 files per folder (512
maximum number of files and folders).
During MP3/WMA/AAC playback, the unit displays any recorded ID3 Tag, WMA Tag,
and iTunes m4a Meta-data information. The maximum number of characters for
display is 30 characters for ID3 Tag, WMA Tag, and AAC song information. A
maximum of 64 characters can be displayed for File/Folder name.
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 DPX303 allows
you to eject your disc for 10 minutes after switching off the vehicles engine.
AUX Input: The DPX303 is
equipped with a front panel 3.5mm mini-jack auxiliary input for connecting
external portable audio devices such as an MP3 player or Tape walkman. The DPX303
allows you to select the source type displayed when using the auxiliary input.
You can choose from AUX, DVD, Portable, Game, Video or TV.
Optional iPod Adapter: This receiver is compatible with the
optional Kenwood KCA-iP500 iPod control interface(113IP500,
sold separately). When an
iPod is connected to the interface, all of the iPod's controls will be disabled
and it will be controlled from the receiver. With this interface, you'll be able
to play your iPod music files through your Kenwood receiver and in most cases
have all the titling information appear on the receiver's display. The Kenwood
DPX303 and the KCA-iP500 are "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the
following iPod/iPhone model features (as of June. 2010):
Model||Generation||Media Type|| Control
dock connector ||3rd||Y||N||Y||N||Y||Y||Y|
| nano||1st ||Y||N||Y||N||Y||Y||Y|
Note: When you initially connect the iPhone to this device the
iPhone will display an error message. Press "No" on the iPhone's
display and the unit will begin working. This adapter will not
charge the iPod nano (4th/5th generation), iPod touch (2nd/3rd
generation), and iPhone (3G/3GS/4) without the use of the142IFWA (sold separately). Apple software updates may change
functionality results. Not compatible with iOS 4.0 for iPhone or
Bluetooth Ready: The unit is
also Bluetooth compatible using the optional Kenwood KCA-BT300 Bluetooth
sold separately). Using this adapter you can make and answer phone calls from the
Kenwood headunit. You can even download your Phonebook information from your compatible
mobile phone into the headunit. You are able to register up to five compatible
Bluetooth cell phones when using the KCA-BT300 adapter.
Note: Visit Kenwood's web site
for a complete list of compatible
Bluetooth enabled phones.
Remote Control: The DPX303
comes with the RC-547 wireless remote control with a full numeric keypad. The
remote includes volume control for the rear channels when the unit is operating
in the Dual Zone mode. It is powered by 2 "AA" batteries (supplied). The
dimensions of the remote are: L = 5.365", W = 1.965", D = 1.205".
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
Note: Please consult the
Crutchfield Car Selector to see if your vehicle is compatible.