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Kenwood DPX500BT

CD receiver (New Stock)

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Our take on the Kenwood DPX500BT

If you're considering ditching your factory stereo for something that'll add a little life your ride, Kenwood's DPX500BT CD receiver ought to be high on your list. This great-looking double-DIN receiver features a big single-line display, Bluetooth functionality, an array of tools for sonic adjustments, and some very cool entertainment options.

Form, function, fun

If you're considering ditching your factory stereo for something that'll add a little life your ride, Kenwood's DPX500BT CD receiver ought to be high on your list. This great-looking double-DIN receiver features a big single-line display, Bluetooth functionality, an array of tools for sonic adjustments, and some very cool entertainment options.

Bluetooth made easy

This receiver's built-in Bluetooth eliminates all the headaches. Kenwood's Simple Secure Pairing system automatically detects and pairs phones in close proximity to the receiver — no dealing with searches, PIN codes, or other hassles. Your phonebook transfers quickly to the receiver, so it's easy to make outgoing calls — you can even use voice dialing with compatible phones. And the DPX500BT will even inform you when you receive a text message on your phone.

When paired with an iPhone 4s or iPhone 5, you can engage Siri through Kenwood's Siri Digital Assistant Control. Just press a button to talk to Siri through the included Bluetooth microphone, and you'll hear her answers through your car's speakers.

Bring your smartphone

When it comes to music on your phone, this Kenwood covers a lot of bases. Of course, you can stream music wirelessly from just about any phone. But this receiver also provides easy access to and control over these apps:

  • PANDORA: You can check out PANDORA Internet radio when your iPhone's connected to the USB port, or through the Bluetooth connection with your Android or Blackberry phone.
  • Aha Radio: You can control Aha Radio with your iPhone (wired connection) or Android phone (Bluetooth connection).
  • iHeartRadio: Listen to more than 1,500 radio stations all across the USA with your iPhone or Android phone.

Get the beat however you like it

This Kenwood's got you covered, whether you're listening to CDs, streaming audio through Bluetooth, or checking out the music on your iPod. And you can easily expand your entertainment options by adding SiriusXM's add-on tuner, and getting into the amazing variety of programs and personalities offered by satellite radio.

The sound's the thing

This receiver's built-in amp will rejuvenate your car's sound system. You'll find preset tone curves for quick adjustments, plus bass, treble, and midrange controls for hands-on customization. Special controls let you tailor the sound to match your car's cabin, speaker setup, and your favorite listening position. And you have a full complement of preamp outputs for adding amplifiers and subs.

Attention, Toyota owners

Kenwood includes a set of Toyota trim pieces that'll make this receiver look great in your dash.

Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?

In most vehicles, you can use an adapter (not included) to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this Kenwood stereo. Connect a few wires, 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.

Product Highlights:

    General Features
    • CD player with built-in MOSFET amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • fits double-DIN dash openings
    • large multi-line display with selectable button, knob, and display illumination (24 colors)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RW discs, including discs loaded with MP3, WMA, and AAC files
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free phone calls and wireless music streaming
    • automatic iPhone pairing with Siri control capability
    • Pandora control with iPhone, Android, and Blackberry
    • App Mode allows iPhone 4/4S use for select streaming audio apps
    • Aha Radio and iHeartRadio control with Android or iPhone
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • System Q Sound Control with 7 EQ curves and a 3-band equalizer
    • "Supreme" audio processing for better sound from your compressed music files
    • speaker settings that allow you to tailor the sound to the size and type of speakers in your car
    • high-pass filter (speaker and preamp outs); low-pass filter (sub preamp outputs only)
    • iPod direct control via USB input — no adapter necessary
    • compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
    • inputs: front auxiliary and USB inputs
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (2.5-volt front, rear, sub)
    Other features and specs:

    Very nice! Sirius is amazing!

    Kenwood DPX, Montana

    What's in the Box:

    • Double-DIN CD receiver (with 10A fuse inserted in chassis)
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Universal trim ring
    • Toyota trim ring
    • Wiring harness
    • Wireless remote control (RC-406)
    • CR2025 3V lithium battery (installed in remote)
    • Microphone with integrated bracket (attached 10' cable terminated by a right-angle male 3.5mm connector)
    • 2 Removal tools
    • Quick Start Guide (En/Fr/Sp)
    • Warranty Card

    Kenwood DPX500BT Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (535 Reviews)

    Sounds & looks great!

    Rob from Texas on 11/1/2015

    2006 Ford Explorer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I installed this unit to replace my factory stereo in my 2006 Explorer and I am very happy with the look and sound. It can be a little confusing to operate on the unit itself but it does work with my steering wheel controls with some soldering. I like the BT feature. It will automatically synk to my IPhone when I get in the vehicle. I can also set the illumination to match my other gages. 10 months now and I couldn't have made a better choice. The Crutchfield service techs helped a lot and were very knowledgable about every aspect of the install.

    Pros: Looks good, blue tooth, iPhone compatible, good value, steering wheel compatible

    Cons: Difficult to use some features

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    Kenwood DPX from Montana on 5/4/2015

    2005 Ford Explorer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very nice! Sirius is amazing!




    John from Louisiana on 4/13/2015

    Ipod works for a few days the quits working, same with phone. Reset the radio they work a few more days the quit again. USB is on the work side.

    Pros: Color change mode

    Cons: everything else

    Fairly disappointed.

    Sheri from Savannah, GA on 4/6/2015

    2011 Nissan Sentra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Wasn't very easy to install in my 2011 Nissan Sentra. My vehicle required disassembly of a lot of stuff in the center console area-- including of part of the gear shift assembly, which initially made me a little nervous. I had to Google for install specifics that the master sheet included way too vaguely. (I totally could've called Crutchfield for support-- they are amazing with this.) If it wasn't such a total pain to disassemble, I'd definitely return this head unit and exchange it for a different manufacturer altogether. Radio reception is really patchy, which could be an installer error, haven't had time to investigate. Kinda bummed. My disappointment is definitely not due to anything on Crutchfield's end-- definitely buy from them but you may want to choose a different brand.

    Pros: Clean design, front access aux and USB, remote control. Integrated Pandora works very well.

    Cons: Didn't improve the sound quality of my factory speakers at all, even after tweaking. Nearly IMPOSSIBLE to see display during the day-- a major design flaw, IMO. Also, the rear speakers are default off when streaming music via Bluetooth. You can manually turn them back on, which I did, but doing so sends all audio from phone calls to the rear instead of keeping it to the front, making it difficult to hear your callers. Didn't have this issue with my previous Sony replacement unit in my Jeep.


    Anonymous from Worthington, KY on 3/2/2015

    2002 Ford F-250 Super Duty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Nice radio easy to install. My installation in a 2002 f250 was a little more involved with trimming dash for it to fit. My second kenwood radio and I'm very happy with it. Crutchfield has great prices and includes the right wiring the first time. For what I wanted this radio is perfect.



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    RDW from Chicago, IL on 3/2/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent buy for the money. I researched for weeks before making a purchase, Crutchfield had everyone else beat hands down. The unit was easy to install, had to call tech support only once (forgot to purchase the Sirius Radio module). Looks really neat at night with the light show!

    Pros: Much more powerful than the factory unit, my speakers are getting a serious workout. Bluetooth was up and running within seconds.

    Cons: Everyone is complaining about the sunlight glare during the day. It's true but it's more of a nuisance than an actual problem. Tint your widows, set the cruise control, and enjoy the ride!

    Kenwood perfect fit

    rick from Jacksonville, FL on 3/2/2015

    2003 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great radio fit right with great features



    Great product different mounting

    Dakota M from Syracuse, IN on 2/26/2015

    2005 Dodge Ram 2500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy to install sounds and looks great. Only down side was that it sits to far back in the new dash piece.

    Pros: Sounds great looks great


    Looks great, sounds great

    Claude P from Texas on 2/23/2015

    2005 Toyota Matrix
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is the 2nd Kenwood for me as upgrades in cars. This was put into a 2005 Matrix. Easy installation and works great. The sound quality is so much better than factory unit. The cost was great considering the quality of the unit Highly recommend Crutchfield for the very best values and customer service.

    Pros: Sound, looks and quality

    Cons: None

    Good value

    Anonymous from Lockart TX on 2/22/2015

    2007 Honda Pilot
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I got this radio for the Bluetooth and intalled it in my wife's truck. She loves the radio

    Pros: Fits just right

    Cons: Sound quality needs adjustment

    Great upgrade from my factory radio

    Mike from Cat Spring, TX on 2/21/2015

    2005 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a great upgrade to get extra features that the factory radio didn't have. I was specifically looking for bluetooth playback of music and this one works great. As always, the Crutchfield team makes sure that you have everything you need to complete the install the first time. This "extra" attention to detail keeps me coming back.

    Pros: A good unit at a good price, if you're looking for the features that this one has then this should be on your list.

    Cons: The rear speakers are defaulted to "off" when connected to bluetooth. You have to go into the settings and enable them.

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    Rick from Seattle Washington on 2/20/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed in 2015 Ford F350 The fit & finish look factory, and sound great with factory speakers.

    Pros: Sound & build quality

    Cons: None

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    Bill Hatton from Paragould,Arkansas on 2/20/2015

    2007 GMC Sierra 1500 Classic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This reciever was everything I wanted, Bluetooth works great. Being able to adjust the sound with all the options is great also. I've always had alpine or pioneer head units before, this kenwood sounds better and outperforms the others hands down... Great stereo

    Pros: Bluetooth,eq to adjust sound..just everything about it I like.

    Cons: Haven't had any yet..

    Amazing Difference

    Mitch from Smyrna, TN on 2/17/2015

    2005 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this Kenwood unit to go in a Mustang with the Shaker 1000 system. The car came from the factory with an amp and subs but the sound was mediocre at best. The radio was going to be my starting point at upgrading the whole system. It needs nothing else. The Kenwood brought the whole system to life. You can find this radio cheaper but Crutchfield supplies everything you need which makes up for the difference.

    Pros: Clearer sound and more power

    Cons: None

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    PaulD from New Jersey on 2/17/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    After four replacement radios for my FJ Cruiser because they kept eating CD's; decided to get a new radio as the warranty ran out. With 120K miles on the truck, I didn't want to spend a lot on a replacement and this was priced right. Mainly use the radio to listen to books. Installation was really easy and three calls to Crutchfield just to make sure I was doing everything correctly. They addressed each concern immediately and with accurate responses. Installation was easier than what I expected and the fit was spot on. Still learning how to use all of the features as there are many; the blue tooth connects quickly and the phone functions real well including using the phone book. calls are clear and no one has complained about not understanding what I am saying. biggest issue is that I cannot decide what color led to use, so I just let it scroll through them all. highly recommend, especially for the price.

    Pros: great radio for the price

    Cons: none so far

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    Anonymous from Bozeman mt on 2/10/2015

    2003 Lincoln Aviator
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent value-awesome advise and hardware

    Pros: Fit, sound, features

    Cons: None

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    Anonymous from Evington,VA on 2/10/2015

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

    This is a very good radio. I installed this in an 06 Tacoma. It functions as described. The radio performs very well. I have had several Kenwood products and have always been very satisified.

    Pros: Easy install and set-up. Sounds great with factory speakers

    Cons: none

    Pretty Painless

    cck from Sachse, Texas on 2/9/2015

    2006 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I did a fair amount of research on the front end before the purchase. I haven't installed a head unit in about 30 years. That said, when the day came, despite making a mistake or two, I had it installed in a little more than an hour. Some of my issues were my fault, some the documentation could have be a little clearer. I made a couple of calls on that Saturday morning to Crutchfield's support team and got very quick and courteous answers. I was very pleased with the support. As I said, I did some research ahead of time so I know the pros and cons going in. The biggest down side for me is I use Pandora a lot but I don't like the sync cable hanging off the headunit. To natively listen and control The streaming services on an iPhone, have have to use the sync cable. You can still stream Bluetooth using the BT source selection, you just can't select Pandora as a source without the cable. I have a Mustang convertible so in the bright sun, the display is difficult to see but again, I knew that going in. The BT phone connection works very well. I'm still optimizing a bit but I'm told I can be understood pretty good and the mic is down on the console right now. It take a little less than a minute to connect the phone BT on start up. Longer than my Ford Sync system but not too bad. Menu system is pretty easy to navigate but not something you want to do while driving. Sound quality is good with minimal optimizing. This unit was everything I expected.

    Pros: nice install support from Crutchfield I like the ability to chance the colors to match the dash nice sound great value for what you get. good online documentation from Kenwood good install documentation from Crutchfield. Mounting kit makes it look good in the dash..

    Cons: need to use sync cable for Pandora from iPhone difficult to read in bright sun

    Great head unit!

    Btonya from Pennsylvania on 2/5/2015

    2006 Honda Element
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I got this head unit for my 06 Honda element and I love it fits great and looks great

    Pros: Bluetooth audio and calling, Sirius ready, extremely easy to use



    JWK from Springfield , Il on 2/5/2015

    2007 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy to install (with some knowledge on how stereos work) the wires matched up perfectly to the adapter on color but always check your specific one as it may not. Sound quality is much better than factory and the Bluetooth quality is excellent no real complaints about this unit

    Pros: Custom led colors Bluetooth Aux in It's just awesome buy it.

    Cons: Sometimes Bluetooth takes some time to connect

    great receiver

    willard from newell, wv on 2/5/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This receiver is one of the best I've owned. I am an avid kenwood cystomer because of the quality of their products. Every after m arket car e adio purchase i have made after i started doing more research has been a Kenwood. The dpx500bt is just as good as the reviews said. Some say you cant read the display when its bright outside, if you adjust the color on the unit you can view it fine. The bluetooth works great, could be easier to use the phone book in the unit itself but works just as well from the phone. the Bluetooth streaming and USB all work perfect I would recommend this unit to anyone looking for a double din receiver for their vehicle.



    bt don't work right

    Dan the sound man from alabama on 2/4/2015

    unit is ok nothing special. my troubles started when I tried to my Ipod through the blue tooth. the subwoofer set of pre outs goes out every time bt is connected. I looked in the menu, they were set to on just no bass sound. is this a defect or have I missed something?

    Pros: looks cool

    Cons: no bass with blue tooth, cant see very well in day light.

    Too Glossy

    Kyle from South Carloina on 1/29/2015

    2014 Volkswagen Jetta
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    You do get what you pay for here. Performance wise I am sure this is a great product. However, functionally it fails which is why I ultimately returned it. *note for VW Owners* I have a 2014 Jetta TDi. Ultimately what I was trying to achieve by purchasing this was increased wattage with out an amp and that is what I got. However, I lost much more function than what I gained. - The VW Bluetooth module is not built into the OEM headunit so your phone will still try and connect to the VW Phone even after installing a new head unit. This becomes really annoying as your phone will continue trying to connect to VW Phone even after you unpair/forget it. - You will also have to install an external mic which is ascetically tacky and running the wire is a pain. -The screen on this unit was very glossy and given the angle that it sits in the car, I could not read the display during daylight hours.

    Pros: Sound quality

    Cons: Glossy surface makes it difficulty to impossible to see the display Rotating color display is annoying External Mic needed

    Bluetooth has problems with my HTC One M8

    Fire Proof from Missouri on 1/26/2015

    2009 Mazda 6
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Bluetooth doesn't always work. If I've been away from the car for less than hour, it works great. Longer time away and the display shows that the unit is paired, the BT AUDIO appears in the display, then the display will show the track that was on when I turned it off, but it won't play it. I have to unlock the phone, open the music app and press play. Other than that minor issue, this unit has been great. I can't recommend the online instruction manual enough; this unit is way too complicated to figure out on your own! The variable color display options allowed me to make the unit look like it came with the car. The construction of the Scosche MA1544B Dash Kit was pretty flimsy, but it did the job. The SWC interface works flawlessly and was simple to set up. In all, a very good unit.

    Pros: Custom colors for display and controls make the unit appear stock

    Cons: Complicated until you have everything set up.

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    Daniel Doan from Yorba Linda, California on 1/26/2015

    2006 Nissan 350Z
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The Kenwood head unit was exactly what I was looking for. The install was a little complicated but nothing that couldn't be done in regards to my car, the 350z. When I purchased it from Crutchfield, it came with everything I needed to replace my stock head unit. Once installed, I ran into some minor issue where when playing music through bluetooth, the sound would only come out of the front speakers. But I called Crutchfield and there's a setting on many Kenwoods that is easily changed. Customer/technical support is awesome. All in all would highly recommend product and buying it from Crutchfield.

    Pros: -Customizable -Easy to use -Bluetooth able (i.e. Phone calls, music, etc.) -Aux port -USB port

    Cons: -Headunit install requires some work -External mic (if you're not into that)

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    Scott from Rhode Island on 1/26/2015

    2003 Toyota Tundra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great unit, so many features its crazy. Love the bluetooth feature, unit sounds great and looks great. Easy install with the kit from Crutchfield.

    Pros: Bluetooth, easy install,

    Cons: Would like to see the complete owners manual included but its easy enough to find online.

    Great Car Stereo

    Anonymous from Falls Village CT on 1/25/2015

    2005 Ford Explorer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This was a great purchase. My stock radio broke months ago so this was a must need. It works great and I'm happy to hear music again.




    AaronF from Arizona on 1/23/2015

    Incredible sound. Put in my 02 Ranger regular cab with stock speakers and it made it sound like a whole new world. Love that I can run BT through my phone and play Pandora or iHeartRadio, (The Pandora integration is much better) Added some Infinity 6x8's after I finally blew the stock speakers from plainly just playing them too dang loud. Being able to use my phone through the radio is great. My wife told me I was more clear than if I had just been talking on the phone like usual. Don't know how that is possible but its what she said. Auto downloads your address book into the headunit so you have caller ID and everything. I don't understand those that say that this headunit is a little confusing to start out with. I thought everything was incredibly straight forward. The only thing for me that would make this better is that if it was a touch screen. Also there were some that said glare during the day made the display hard to see. Maybe it depends on the vehicle, but in my Ranger it hasn't been a problem. (I did a bit of a custom install in that I angled the headunit toward the driver side in order for easier view though.) I have always loved Kenwood and they definitely didn't let me down.

    Pros: Great Sound Bluetooth works great Pretty easy to use Looks great in my truck

    Cons: Honestly, I haven't thought of one yet.

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    Bill from Georgia on 1/22/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy Installation

    Pros: Easy Installation, great sound

    Cons: Could have supplied "Y" Connector for sub system connection. Low freq still sounds great with one channel utilized

    Everything I could ask for and more

    Kenwood from MA on 1/18/2015

    2001 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This was a great purchase I put it in my Ford ranger and it look and sounds Amazing. It was an easy install thanks to crutch field

    Pros: Perfect

    Cons: No cons at all

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    Anonymous from Northford CT. on 1/16/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent radio excellent sound terrible directions

    Pros: The radio looks and sounds great

    Cons: The directions for use of radio are terrible

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    Gerry M from Lawrence, Ks on 1/13/2015

    1996 Acura 2.5TL
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Really like the unit. Great improvement over factory.

    Pros: Great sound

    Cons: The install kit didn't even come close to working - had to trash it and build my own.

    As advertised

    Dad and Husband from California on 1/12/2015

    2005 Honda CRV EX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought and installed 2 of these, 1 each for my wife and daughter. They love them. They sync up with the iphones automatically, so they have their music and hands free while driving. Kenwood head units always have lots of bells and whistles, and these don't disappoint. They do everything! With Crutchfields install kits the jobs were super easy and look professional. The display and buttons have various colors to match any dash, but both my people like the colors to alternate. Sound quality was greatly improved over factory head units. And I was able to almost easily retain steering wheel control button functions. Overall, well worth the expenditures and effort.

    Pros: Sounds great and install was EASY. Looks really good

    Cons: Installing steering wheel control converter was a little more of a test, but phone support got me through.

    Very Nice Stereo for the Price

    H.Tran from California on 1/10/2015

    2002 Toyota Sienna
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installation on my Toyota van was very easy. Everything was straight forward and great! The sound was full and the appearance looked beautiful and expensive!

    Pros: Price, appearance, and ease of installation

    Cons: None so far

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    kenrick from Springfield , MA on 1/10/2015

    2004 Chevrolet TrailBlazer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I had a little trouble connecting unit with Android cell phone but once I figured it out it's been and great unit to have and use everyday.

    Pros: easy unit to install easy to figure out functions price is not bad

    Cons: trying to come up with some cons but I can't figure anything out right now

    2000 4runner install

    DennisL from California on 1/10/2015

    2000 Toyota 4Runner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed this in my 2000 4runner nearly 2 years ago.Unit would occasionally lock up and not operate when restarting the vehicle..Then over the last few months it became a weekly occurrence.I had to keep a toothpick handy to hit the reset button to get it to fire back up, with the accompanying loss of my presets... Go to the Kenwood site and make sure you have the latest firmware for your unit. I didn't,.installed updated firmware and it seems to have solved the problem. The last firmware specifically addresses the problem I stated above.other than above,..Install was simple,.sound is an upgrade from previous Pioneer unit.Pairing with iPhone is straight forward. I would guess that recent purchases already had this update loaded from the factory..

    Pros: Great sound, nice display

    Cons: Controls not quite as intuitive as my other Kenwood B/T receiver KDC-X597,..(great unit ,.firmware update needed also.)

    awesome system

    desert_rat from California on 1/8/2015

    awesome, the Crutchfield team is well-versed and helpful - instructions were great, sounds wonderful - much better than original system.



    Easy Upgrade

    Mike M from Massachusetts on 1/8/2015

    2003 Chevrolet Avalanche
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This was very easy to install in my 2003 Avalanche. The install sheets were helpful but not necessary. I found an ample number of how-to videos on You Tube (for removing door panels, for example). The receiver sounds and looks great in the dash; no additional trim work necessary. I bought this primarily for the Bluetooth, that works great with four phones.

    Pros: Price, quality, ease of installation

    Cons: Don't have any so far (two weeks into use)

    Sweet reciever, easy install

    JohnJ from Suffolk,Virginia on 1/6/2015

    2004 Honda CRV EX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was a little concerned about installing this in my wife's 2004 CRV, but having made the purchase throug Crutchfield I was a more at ease because of the added value of the correct wiring harness adapter, instructions, after market trim accessories and support from Crutchfield's friendly support staff if needed. (I didn't) The only extra purchase that was required was butt connectors to splice the reciever harness to the after market plug that fit my Honda. If they had been included with all the other extras, it would have saved me a trip to the local auto parts store and for a couple bucks it would have made for a complete install. The pins on the after market adapter plug are very flimsy and you have to be careful not to bend them when making the connection. This reciever has loads of features and looks great in place of the factory radio. The bluetooth paired effortlessly with my Android phone and instantly downloaded the address book. The sound quality and ease of use of the hands free bluetooth is exceptional as is the improved sound from the receiver. Having only used it for one day and lots of new stuff to discover, like the ability to update the firmware, apps from the Kenwood web site, the ease of using the features and the configureability of this product makes me think it's a great buy.

    Pros: Easy to install, ease of use, included features, great sound quality, clear voice quality of hands free bluetooth.

    Cons: I wish Crutchfield would include butt splices with each order to help facilitate the install.

    Could have been 5 stars

    Anonymous from Arizona on 1/4/2015

    2008 Kia Optima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Sound quality is outstanding. The extra little EQ options are great for an audio buff. Gave it 3 stars due to screen lighting and ease of setup. Cannot read display in sunlight no matter what color I chose, would send back on that alone but too much trouble. Lousy radio reception. My old factory one was crystal clear. Came without user manual but did download it online.

    Pros: A lot of EQ options. Super audio power.

    Cons: Display hard to read in daylight.

    Good stereo for money

    Anonymous from Groves, TX on 1/4/2015

    2006 Ford Explorer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Good looking and a great fit,



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    Anonymous from Oregon on 1/4/2015

    2011 GMC Canyon
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Perfect fit matches the style of the dash, that was a must like the touch screens but looked wrong. Sounds grate and no problems with it.

    Pros: More of a retro style look with all the new features

    Cons: none

    2003 Honda Civic Install

    Mike from California on 1/3/2015

    2003 Honda Civic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great for the Price

    Pros: Easy Install

    Cons: None so Far

    Toyota install

    Jeff from Lafayette Al on 1/2/2015

    2002 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I would recommend this radio

    Pros: BT works great

    Cons: FM reception not that great may be my antenna going to check

    Ease, sound, the total package

    Dave from Pensacola, Fl on 1/1/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This was by far the easiest install I've done. Setup was a breeze. The sound, once tuned, is superior to any stock head unit. I was completely finished in less than a half hour.

    Pros: Ease of installation Sound Bluetooth functionality

    Cons: Needs an integrated mic Feedback from Bluetooth during calls

    kenwood excellence

    Robert from bybee tn. on 1/1/2015

    2004 Mercury Mountaineer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This product looks and work's great had it installed in my wife's SUV in around an hour.all features work as they should. The hands free calling and Pandora are very useful. Thanks crutchfeild

    Pros: Hands free calling great now my wife doesn't have to fumble around with here phone while driving. And the Pandora feature gives here even more options of music versatility.

    Cons: None

    2008 Honda CR-V installation

    Alex S from Michigan on 12/30/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent unit for my factory replacement Honda CR-V. Fits beautifully with the free kit provided. Highly recommended replacement unit!

    Pros: Perfect fit and installation was very easy. Used the factory brackets for perfect fit.

    Cons: None so far.

    Kenwood DPX500Bt

    Anonymous from Tennessee on 12/30/2014

    2002 Toyota Tundra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    5 Stars on Value, Sound Quality, Ease of Use, Coolness Factor & Build Quality. My son absolutely loves the stereo. Great Christmas Gift.



    Widsh it had Scrolling

    Dan from Florida on 12/28/2014

    2006 Honda Element
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I wish this unit had scrolling text all of the time. Instructions for installation were poor to say the least.

    Pros: Nice look. Sounds good.

    Cons: Poor installation instructions.

    Kenwood dpx500bt

    Raul from Florida on 12/27/2014

    2004 Kia Sorento LX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Nice stereo for the price.

    Pros: Easy install, nice sound quality, nice display.

    Cons: Takes a little bit to get used to it he controls but then it is all good!

    Great sound, easy to use

    Drvajeep from IL on 12/24/2014

    2002 Toyota 4Runner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Overall great sound quality especially coming at $200. Quality is great, to be expected from Kenwood. Very easy to use, without too many buttons cluttering the face. I paired my iphone in about 3 secs. Definite recommened unit.

    Pros: Kenwood quality, very easy to use/pair phones for BT. Good sound and power output.

    Cons: None

    Cream of the crop

    Peter from Miami Beach-Fl on 12/23/2014

    Well,in the video the reviewer made a mistake saying that the display doesn't offer a great array of color options,on the contrary this unit have separated color controls for the switches and display making it adaptable to most dash combinations,i installed the unit in a restored 1986 Corvette,had to use a double DIN custom adapter and the dash in this car is totally digital being the cluster a combination of an specific tone of green and the rest of the illumination white,this radio allowed me not only to put the switches illumination to white matching the rest of the dash as well as allowing me to find the exact tone of green for the display therefore matching the digital speedometer and the a/c display,looks completely factory. Also as a highlight I have to point out the built-in SQ equalizer that mimics perfectly the Quadraphonic effect,of course you have to mate the radio for high end speakers,i.e. expensive. The worst flaw of this unit may be,if there's one,the fact that the manual don't really get in technical detail explaining the many resources offered,but thanks to the Internet you can get everything online,thus being able to exploit the extraordinary resources this unit offers,i always deemed Kenwood as stereo royalty and this specific model lives up to the reputation.

    Pros: Versatility,sound quality,resources.

    Cons: None at all.

    Excellent looks and performance

    Gary from Mechanicsville, VA on 12/16/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Wow, this unit nails it. Looks, performance, options, ease of use all incredible. You simply can't go wrong with Crutchfield and Kenwood.

    Pros: looks, performance, ease of use, options, value and on and on.

    Cons: None

    Kenwood DPX500BT

    Anonymous from Illinois on 12/13/2014

    2007 Volkswagen Passat
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great product. Hard time installing in 2007 Volkswagen. Not exactly plug and play.



    Kenwood DPX500BT

    Anonymous from Honolulu on 12/8/2014

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

    The sound is awesome... I replaced my factory stereo, hooked it up to the JBL system and it is just heavenly.

    Pros: If you have a double din stereo, this stereo fits like a glove. Plus, it really looks great, all the different options of color display and much more....

    Cons: If your not tech savvy like I am, it's not the easiest to learn how to use. My nephew installed it for me, who is very tech savvy, he had to teach me... But I've had to call him twice for different things

    Kenwood Works Great

    JS from Rhode Island on 12/7/2014

    2003 Mazda Protege
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed in an '03 Mazda Protege and this deck works great. The only issue I have is the lighting isn't the greatest in the sun.




    JV CALIFORNIA from California on 12/7/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very good receiver, If I was younger and wanted to listen to music louder than I do, I would probably get better speakers etc. At my age the OEM speakers work just fine. The sound is much improved over the OEM receiver. Installed in a Toyota Tundra 2003. The trim plate provided with the receiver for Toyota installation provides OEM installation look. Does not look as an add on. Reason for change was I wanted Bluetooth, iPod and Flash drive capabilities.

    Pros: Easy to install, Good sound, Good look yet does not look so fancy when it turned off that it should not attract thieves, Seems to have more capabilities than I need at this point.

    Cons: The only con it can be a bit hard to see. On a bright sunny Calif. day with sun glasses on. Depending on how the sun is shining in the windows, most off the time its not a problem. PS speaking with other people that have installed other brands and units they pretty much say the same thing.


    Dave from Helena, MT on 12/5/2014

    2004 Lexus RX330
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed this in my Wife's Lexus. She loves it. She didn't want a touch screen and this fits the bill. We like that the usb and 7mm jack inputs are on the front. You can have the display one color and the buttons a different color, which has a nice affect. Sounds fantastic, gets great FM reception (we don't listen much) and works well with Sirius.


    Cons: Just wish the display would provide the Sirius channel in addition to the name and song. Minor issue though.

    Great stero

    Jd from Hazlehurst ,Ms. on 12/4/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great sound

    Pros: Ease to use great sound

    Cons: None

    Good stereo

    Ed S from Nebraska on 12/3/2014

    2006 Hyundai Sonata
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Seems to be a great device. With the dash kit, steering wheel control adapter, and harness adapter it installed easily and works just like it should. A far cry from the Craig PowerPlay 8-track in my Plymouth which was my first install about 38 yrs ago - both in the quality of the device AND in the ease of installation. I put this in the Sonata my daughter has at college and she loves it. BT music, hands-free phone. The 5-stars are her rating. She looked up the user's manual on the web and had it set up quickly. The paper quick-start guide which comes in the box doesn't cover much, but it's just a quick-start guide, so the online manual is important.

    Pros: Lots of functionality. Works well.

    Cons: It would be nice to get a paper copy of the manual. Maybe I'm just old.

    more power

    jim l. from illinois on 12/2/2014

    2007 Ford Explorer Sport Trac
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    power galore... so much better than stock. very easy to install and all the features are great. now I have Bluetooth that's easy to use and hands free!

    Pros: great product with all the bell and whistles I need!

    Cons: no user manual to do all the adjustments. found some on line, but watch out, the first one I used knock out my computer for 1 day.

    Pretty Good Stero

    MCM from Houston, TX on 12/2/2014

    2006 GMC Sierra 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Overall good stereo. Easy installation and the instructions were easy to follow. The Crutchfield reps made it easy to install. The instructions are not complete and it does not go into detail on settings and how to use.

    Pros: Long list of settings that will help you fine tune your listening experience.

    Cons: Long list of settings with very little instructions on how to take advantage of them.

    Kenwood DPX500 BT in 2002 2-Door Chevy Cavalier

    Cody M from Morgantown, West Virginia on 11/26/2014

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

    It's a very nice radio. I am enjoying using it! I love the display! It's pretty easy to navigate through its settings. I do wish that it was a little brighter, though. Sometimes in the sun, when I have it cycling through its colors, it is difficult to see the display. Not a major problem. Sometimes bluetooth streaming music playing with my Galaxy S3 cuts out (for a split second) - I use the PowerAmp Music Player App on my phone. When I installed this radio in my 2002 Chevy Cavalier Coupe, without monsoon sound system, I did have a lot of trouble. Crutchfield told me that it "Fits." It did fit, with modifications. I had to cut out, with a saw blade, the plastic back of my vehicle's dash of where the radio is installed. I did this to allow room for the wiring that stuck out from the radio, it could not have fit without cutting that plastic out. I also soldered all my wiring connections to the Metra LC-GMRC-01 Wiring interface to retain the factory warning chimes. Overall, it is a great quality radio and I really like it!

    Pros: Sounds Great with my Ipod, Bluetooth and Mic included is awesome!

    Cons: Installation was a pain. Sound cuts out sometimes while streaming bluetooth audio from my phone. Wish display was a little brighter.

    Great Receiver

    Dave G. from New York on 11/24/2014

    2013 Subaru Impreza WRX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great receiver, easy menus to navigate, many options to tailor to your sound preference. Looks sharp and many colors to choose from for the display. Paired with Sound Ordnance's M-1500 Amp and B-17 Sub. Could not be happier with the complete setup.

    Pros: Great Appearence Many Sound Tuning Options Display Color Options

    Cons: Display Could Be Brighter For Daytime Use.

    Everything you expect

    joshua r from bloomfield, nj on 11/19/2014

    2001 Subaru Legacy
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Everything about this unit was exactly what I expected when I shopped and ultimately purchased it. The install was totally straightforward and the unit fit very nicely in my 2004 Subaru Outback sedan. No install issues whatsoever. Sound is great, BT (bluetooth) works great, pairs/connects very quickly. The range of display colors to choose from was great and I was able to match my dash lights very closely. Additionally, an external mic was inclided and easily intalled for HF (hands free) calling with BT. This is the second time I purchased this unit, the first was installed in a Subaru Legacy GT sedan.

    Pros: Easy install, reliable BT, included external mic, form, audio

    Cons: The display is a little too "Tron" but it's still the best unit in its class

    Great Car Receiver

    StephenB from Wichita, KS on 11/18/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great receiver with plenty of source possibilities. I especially like the USB and Auxiliary inputs that allow me to bring many libraries of my music on flash drives, mp3 player and Android phone wherever I drive. Access to iHeart Radio, aha, Pandora and other services assures me I won't be stuck listening to the standard schlock of commercial radio.

    Pros: Great sound thats easy to customize with an extensive level of equalization and other controls to make the sound fit your particular vehicle and music taste.

    Cons: I'll need to get with technical support to finish getting my Android phone to be fully functional with this unit.

    Great product

    Bruce V from Columbus, OH on 11/17/2014

    2003 Honda CRV LX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent Unit. Easy to install. great sound

    Pros: Ease of useSound

    Cons: None

    Good radio

    craigs from greenville, nc on 11/17/2014

    2005 Toyota Camry
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Good radio for the price. Easy to connect Bluetooth to Apple products. Display is difficult to see in sunlight.

    Pros: great look and sound.

    Cons: display difficult to see in sunlight

    Kenwood DPX500BT

    GlenB from Iowa on 11/10/2014

    2011 Ford F-150 XLT
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I replaced the factory speakers in my 2011 F150 Super Crew XLT. The factory head unit was not doing the new speakers justice. When I installed the DPX500BT, the speakers really came alive! It was an easy install and the features are outstanding.

    Pros: You get a lot of performance for the money.

    Cons: None.

    Buy it.

    IDKS from Milwaukee, WI on 11/7/2014

    2005 Honda Pilot
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very satisfied with this head unit. Comparatively, it blows the stock and Nakamichi out of the water. The negative is that, while convenient, bluetooth sound quality is surprisingly poor.



    Kenwood DPX500BT

    jt040900 from SC on 11/5/2014

    2008 Honda Civic LX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I like the unit. I do find it somewhat difficult to change the settings when it comes to color and brightness of the display. I couldn't really get my display to get bright enough especially during the day time. Overall the unit is good for the price.

    Pros: Bluetooth /Pandora works well. Overall price for performance is great.

    Cons: Not enough instructions on how to change certain settings and the led not bright enough for daytime driving.

    '08 350-Z Install

    SUNNFUNNC from North Carolina on 11/2/2014

    2008 Nissan 350Z
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The reviews I read here before purchasing were spot on: the printed "operating instructions" might as well be non-existent/written in Russian, and the display can be difficult to discern. The darkest shade of green does provide sufficient lighting during the day. . . . as long as you remove your sunglasses. If you have some time to burn for self-tutorials, navigating through the intricacies becomes second nature. This was a replacement for the OEM unit, Bose garbage. The 6-disc Bose CD player started having issues after less than 3 years (it died earlier this year), and although under warranty, the dealership (Don Williamson Nissan of Jacksonville, NC and subsequently the Nissan Corporation) refused to replace it. Therefore, after driving without MY choice of music for an extended period, this Kenwood is awesome. Since I'm not a true audiophile, this unit is probably old news to the "coolest" people, but it has more capabilities than I currently need, and I like it . . . . a lot. It is NOT easy to install in a 350-Z (and Crutchfield's instructions left QUITE a bit to be desired). For those of you who are not professional installers and claim to have installed this unit (or ANY, for that matter) in 30 minutes . . . . uhhhhh, rrrright. The bottom line is: it's early in the "newness" stage and I LOVE this unit, and its durability obviously cannot be measured, but I think most will be pleased with the "bang for the buck".

    Pros: Good value, great features

    Cons: Display lighting, instructions

    Overall great unit

    Eddie from Miami Fl on 11/2/2014

    2009 Honda Civic LX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Purchased unit to go in a 2009 Honda Civic and results are great. Installation was straight forward thanks to the material and parts supplied by Crutchfield. I have yet to install my subwoofer assembly but the sound improved so much that I think i would have been fine with just this unit paired with some aftermarket speakers!

    Pros: Features, great sound, looks good in dash

    Cons: none so far

    This stereo stinks

    JordanB from Los Angeles, CA on 11/1/2014

    6 months after I had my stereo installed it started going into protect mode about every 3 or 4 days. It's completely useless now.



    Very satisfied

    Beardman51 from Florida on 10/31/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great sound looks great, good value. Display not that great when sunlight hits it other than that I love it.

    Pros: Price looks sound,easy installation

    Cons: Poor display no manual

    Excellent radio!

    luckynato from ca on 10/29/2014

    2009 Nissan Cube
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is an excellent value for the money paid. Other than instructions... everything came exactly as promised and was a breeze to install. we did the total install in about 30 mins with the help of the kit... unfortunately there were no install instructions included as requested however things were pretty straight forward.


    Cons: no install instructions included.

    Kenwood DPX500BT into '05 Suburban

    57loboy from Palm Beach County, FL on 10/29/2014

    2005 Chevrolet Suburban
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy to install, fits nicely. Was able to get display color to match stock illumination pretty closely which is nice. Wish the clock would stay illuminated with radio off. Worthwhile upgrade from factory Bose receiver.



    Kenwood DPX500BT

    Mike from Alabama on 10/28/2014

    2006 Hyundai Sonata
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very nice receiver for the money and as usual, Crutchfield supplies everything you need including easy to follow instructions.

    Pros: Bluetooth, USB, sound quality.

    Cons: Display is difficult to see in bright sunlight regardless of color selected. Impossible to see with sunglasses in.

    2002 Ford Explorer Installation

    Billy E. from Birmingham, AL on 10/27/2014

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

    I installed the Kenwood DPX500BT radio in a 2002 Ford Explorer. The trim kit provided by Crutchfield made the radio a perfect replacement for the OEM factory radio. The Explorer looks as if it came from the factory with the Kenwood. I really like the Kenwood DPX500BT also. I wanted something that was easy to use, buttons layout user friendly, UBS and Aux jacks, great sound, clear display with Bluetooth and Pandora. I got everything and more than I wanted with the DPX500BT. Crutchfield was great in answer my questions before my purchase.

    Pros: See Review. Impressive Receiver.

    Cons: None!!!


    jerry from cheyenne, wy on 10/26/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    So far happy with the unit good upgrade from stock

    Pros: Looks nice, blutooth easy to set up

    Cons: None yet

    Great features and a clean look, cheap!!

    Muti007 from Philadelphia, PA on 10/25/2014

    This is an outstanding unit if you dont need navi and DVD. Ridiculously cheap bluetooth audio streaming, built in bt speakerphone, Pandora and so, so much more. And you can fine tune the buttons and text display independently or together to just about any color to match your OEM lighting. And theres nothing garish or obnoxious about the design. Clean, quiet and tasteful. Doesnt look like a video game, it looks like your car came with it. Im thrilled with this thing



    Kenwood DPX500BT

    john from Clovis, CA on 10/25/2014

    2001 Volkswagen Jetta
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Works great easy to use




    D. White from Burlington Ky. on 10/24/2014

    2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Install this in a 2003 silverado. Sounds great looks great. Did have to trim a plastic bracket for radio to fit but not a big deal.

    Pros: Wiring harness makes this install a snap. Just match the wire colors and your good. I did solder all wires and shrink tubed. Blue tooth works very well, easy to pair cell phone for hands free calling.

    Cons: See no down side to this unit. Manual needs work but unit was not to hard to figure out.

    Kenwood DPX500BT

    Anonymous from Troy, NY on 10/22/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Is a good piece of equipment, it integrate style and good sound quality. It make a huge difference in my car. I like it, I make the right decision when I bought it.

    Pros: Bluetooth, Pandora, USB port, easy connection, nice illumination, quality sound,I think this unit has it all, except for the GPS of course, still a good piece of audio.


    Kenwood CD receiver

    Pete from Philadelphia, PA on 10/20/2014

    2010 Mazda 3
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy to use give it's features: Blue Tooth, SiruisXM ready, AUX port, USB Port, AUX connection for subwoofer, Tuner, CD, preset EQs, hi & lo pass filters, etc. this model can be purchased with navigation, too.

    Pros: A lot of features and at a low price, easy to use, user choice of colors, quality built.


    Kenwood DPX500BT

    DAVID from PUERTO RICO on 10/19/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Beatifull Good Sound , But you Cant see nothing during the day. Is imposible see in the sunlight. You can change the 24 color and you don't resolved nothing. My recommendation. Don't BUY IT. For what do you want a stereo that you cant use during the day.

    Pros: Good Sound and Beautifuul

    Cons: You cant use during the day.

    Excellent Upgrade

    Troy T. from CHicago on 10/17/2014

    2013 Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Bought this radio to install in my 2014 Ram quad cab. Primarily to get the hands free blue tooth feature. Install was very easy. Hardest thing was to cut metal bracket and bend to the sides. Everything else was straight forward. Radio looks very nice. Blue tooth works better than I expected. Great radio for the price. Makes stock speakers sound much better as well. One ticket in Chicago for talking on phone is $300, so the price of this unit is well worth it. The 3 star ease of use is only because there are so many features (a good thing) that it takes some time to figure out how to use them all. Would definitely recommend this unit.

    Pros: Price, looks, sound quality, Bluetooth.

    Cons: It makes you want to add better speakers and amps !

    .Sounds great

    Rubio from San Carlos, CA on 10/16/2014

    2004 Honda Odyssey
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The radio was easy to install. It looks great in the car and sits smoothly on the dash.It has nice feature for adjusting sound. written instructions could have been better.




    Anonymous from leander, tx 78641 on 10/13/2014

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

    Great unit! Drastically improved the sound of my factory speakers in my Dodge Ram crew cab

    Pros: Great power

    Cons: A little tricky to learn how to use

    Kenwood DPX500BT

    jeffm from Stanwood WA on 10/12/2014

    2005 GMC Yukon XL
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very easy to install thanks to the kit Crutchfield included.

    Pros: Easy to install, easy setup


    Kenwood DPX500BT

    Tim E from Elmira, NY on 10/12/2014

    2005 Chevrolet TrailBlazer EXT
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I'm a little old school in car stereo's so this up dated stereo took some time getting use to.

    Pros: A lot better sound then the factory stereo

    Cons: When the sun is shinning in the car you can't see the screen.

    Didn't go wrong this time

    Steve C. from Virginia Beach on 10/10/2014

    Geez, where do you start when you're totally happy with everything? The Kenwood unit is great! I love the options that are built into it, and the excellence of the sound that comes out of it. It has the power to push out pure sound to the speakers, letting me enjoy every note that comes out. The Bluetooth option for my phone is top notch. No longer do I have to dig in my pocket fr my cell phone when a call comes in, just push the button and answer hands free. Would I do it again? Absolutely! I made a 3 hour drive to get this unit, and get it installed by Crutchfield, it was worth every mile driven!

    Pros: Sound, unit quality, unit options, ease of use, and PRICE!

    Cons: The cons would be the comments from my jealous friends, I'm sorry your car/truck doesn't have something this nice.

    Super Convenient

    Cameron from Turner, Maine on 10/8/2014

    2003 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I love the bluetooth feature! It's perfect for me, I love not having a bunch of cords hanging from my head unit. I give this 5 stars across the board even on easy to use and I skipped the tutorial. It was confusing to switch between radio and my phone but I got it soon enough (shouldn't have skipped the tutorial) lastly I love that it's not an over the top flip up touch screen head unit and it fit perfect in my 2003 Chevy Silverado 2500HD



    Very good for its class

    Rich from Manchester, CT on 10/7/2014

    2003 Hyundai Tiburon
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Back in the 90's I competed professionally in the Car Audio circuit (IASCA and USAC). So I have done my fair share of car stereos - selection, installs, tweeking. I'm dating myself here - but they don't make them like they used to. This is a good unit for its class. When you look at all the others in this class they all say the same thing: Can't see the display in direct sun (true). But all the radios now a days have that problem (for this class). Buttons too small (that's why I opted for this double din version to have big enough buttons). Buttons are plastic hinged on one side - basically plastic tabs you are pushing on. I would gather they will break off eventually and might not last the 14 years that my clarion did. To be fair, clarion has the same kind of buttons now a days. So I can't really dedcut points there as well. But overall, I am very happy with this unit. The features for its class are awesome and plentiful for a vetren geek like me. Been buying Crutchfiled since the 80's - still love the free shipping, wiring harness and dash mount kits included for free.



    Kenwood DPX500BT Great Unit

    Antioch Len from Antioch, CA on 10/7/2014

    1999 Toyota Camry Solara
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I installed the Kenwood DPX500BT unit in my 1999 Toyota Solara. Instructions provided by Crutchfield were extremely helpful however I had to call Crutchfield support regarding two (2) wiring harness issues. Crutchfield rep. told me I needed to connect the orange/white wires from both harnesess together in order for the unit to dim when the headlights come on. Also, he suggested that I connect the blue wire from the Metra harness to the blue/white wire from the receiver harness to enhance AM reception via the embedded radio antenna in the rear window. Actual installation went smoothly. This is a great unit. Like other reviewers the only negative comment I have is that the display is very difficult to see in direct sunlight. I have tried various color schemes and they are all about the same as far as visibility in direct sunlight. Overall I highly recommend this unit.

    Pros: Unit arrived 1 day ahead of scheduled delivery date. Looks great in my old car.

    Cons: Visibility of display.

    Great Unit

    Anonymous from Florissant, MO on 10/5/2014

    1997 Acura 2.5TL
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Awesome stereo. Fit perfectly, sounds great, looks even better. I do think I will have to upgrade from the stock speakers eventually.



    Krazy for my Kenwood

    wandre g. from Ranson, WV on 10/2/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love, love, love this unit!


    Cons: Display difficult to see with sunlight present

    Kenwood DPX500BT

    DrewB from Central Florida on 10/2/2014

    2000 Lexus GS300
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Needed a radio for my Lexus GS300, did loads and loads of research. Wanted Time after time I was led back to this model. It had all the features I needed and was very reasonably priced. Bluetooth hands free phone works and sounds great. The muli-light display is very cool, looks great at night. It is a little challenginh in bright sunlight (as some of the other reviewers have noted. But thatis the only semi-negative factor and does not affect my opinion that this is a great option. More importantly the Crutchfield team is top notch. I spoke with and conversed in their chat room multiple times and each person was friendly knowledgeable, and professional. My only frustration is only one rep would get credit for the sale.

    Pros: Just an all around great unit, looks and sounds great. I can listen to SiriusXM, Pandora, IHeartRadio, my stored music on my Samsung (Android) wit the USB(front). Hand free bluetooth works great for taking a call while driving. Great Value fro around $200

    Cons: The display is a little hard to read in bright sun light but not a reason not to buy...

    Works wonderfully

    Zachary from Orem, Ut on 10/2/2014

    1997 Saturn SL2
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Product works wonderfully with the two original speakers in my car, and with the two P-67 speakers put in as well. Sound quality is great, and ease of use is alright. There is a Hands Free setting which only allows front speakers or all speakers that threw me off for a while, because I use my phones blue tooth for audio as well. Overall a great device though

    Pros: Great sound, lots of features, lots of source choices.

    Cons: No rear usb, or any secondary USB input.

    Awesome Stereo

    Nicholas C from West Deptford, NJ on 9/30/2014

    2006 Chevrolet Equinox
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Long time Kenwood fan and by far the nicest unit I've owned so far. Love the color feature cause it blends right in with the colors of my dash. Great Product!!!



    $Runner Kenwood

    Mahlone from Gloucester,VA on 9/29/2014

    2003 Toyota 4Runner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    A very nice Kenwood head unit. They covered all the musical format bases. The sound quality via the existing JBL amp is outstanding. I had no idea my factory speakers sounded so great. The button funtions are a bit dicey and the settings appications take some time to navigate to. Took a little time to wire all together, given I needed to keep my steering wheel controls, keep the factory amp and install a SiriusXM tuner. The mulit funtioncolor display covered any and all color options i needed. All in all one great unit.

    Pros: Display clarity, sound crispness musical format availability, remote control.

    Cons: Weak display in bright sunlight funtion navigation, no instructions at all on bution functions.

    Kenwood DPX500BT

    Anonymous from Grand Junction, CO on 9/27/2014

    2005 Dodge Ram 3500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great device. It's a great balance of a simple interface, customization and other features. My bluetooth connections are being a bit finicky, but I believe it is largely a problem with my phone.



    Great So Far

    CMitch from Poughkeepsie, NY on 9/25/2014

    2001 Subaru Forester
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have had this unit installed for about a week now. I'm really enjoying having bluetooth in my 2001 Forester now and not using tape adapters and all that crap. The sound does seem better than the stock unit that I had with some more options available for tuning the sound a bit. The install was simple enough but I did have problems with the face plate/surround. It did not fit into the stock location out of the box. I had to dremel off the sides of the interior of the face plate. I know that might not make sense, I'm not sure how to explain it. Short story is that it doesn't fit out of the box into a 2001 Forester like I thought it would but just required a little work. Once it was done it looks great. I'm happy with it.

    Pros: A bit of flash to update an old interior, bluetooth capable, good options for value

    Cons: Didn't fit easily

    Excellent Reciever

    Michael from Boston, MA on 9/23/2014

    2002 Mazda Tribute
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Everything I need to mount this radio (excluding wiring harness) came in the radio box. The installation accessories Crutchfield sent me were mostly unnecessary. I like that Crutchfield sent them anyway in case the radio didn't come with them in the box.

    Pros: All mounting accessories in the box. (only requires vehicle specific harnesses) My 2002 Mazda Tribute now has bluetooth with hands free calling.

    Cons: None that I have found

    Kenwood dpx500bt

    Charlie from Kentucky on 9/20/2014

    2005 Mercury Mariner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Sound good menus features are a little hard to get where you need to be

    Pros: Multi color display fit and finish and sounds awesome

    Cons: Function menus are hard to navigate until you get use to

    Very Mordern Look

    Denny G. from Tafton Pa on 9/15/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I installed the unit in less then 30 minutes and it worked and looked great, Not crazy about the changing colors and made the display green to match my dash. I found once it was paired with my Iphone 4s when ever I get in my car the unit links up with my phone in 5 seconds. The only disappointment is my power antenna stays up even when I'm not using the tuner. I called Kenwood and said that feature is not available on this model.

    Pros: Easy to operate and has a very modern and classy look.

    Cons: My power antenna stays up all the time goes down in standby only and when I turn the car off.


    Keith from Prospect, PA on 9/15/2014

    2010 Toyota RAV4
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    WOW.....I can't believe how nice this receiver is for only spending $200. The big reason for replacing the factory head unit was to gain Bluetooth. It was very easy to pair my phone and within minutes I was making calls and streaming music. I also purchased replacement speakers but I haven't installed them because the system sounds so much better than the factory unit, I'm not sure I need to. The installation was easy but I will say that the instructions need to be updated for my vehicle because one of the three factory harnesses isn't used but the instructions make no mention of it. I called the tech line and got my answer but it would have been nice to have the information.

    Pros: Easy to pair with your Bluetooth device. Color display matches the OEM color. Easy install


    Great system

    Dan S from Columbus Ohio on 9/14/2014

    2011 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Really easy to use and install. Great sound.



    awesome upgrade from stock radio

    jess from coachella vly on 9/14/2014

    2008 Saturn Astra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    My old stock radio didn't have aux input, or hands free. So I upgraded to a radio that has these features, plus I travel a lot, so I added the seriusxm tuner. I am a music freak, so I got the up grated version in that style with the sub rca outputs so I can install my sub amp. Crutchfield technical support was very helpful, since this radio has many settings, I was anxious to get it up and running and I needed help. I loved that I was able to do all the install myself, I felt young again. With the Bluetooth hands-free mode I can play my downloaded music through my speakers. Love that.I didn't have the need for a dvd touch screen.

    Pros: Bluetooth, hands-free . Clean sound, that's kenwood.. remote is easy.

    Cons: Can't see screen in daylight. Buttons are hard to find while driving.

    exellent stereo

    Tom from Las Vegas ,NV on 9/13/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    very nice radio ,easy breeze to install ,crutchfield are excellent too work with ,great value .

    Pros: easy to use ,love build in Bluetooth .

    Cons: none

    Another great Kenwood product

    Jeff from Aurora, CO on 9/13/2014

    2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I've always owned Kenwood head units, and this one was just another reason why. It sounds great even hooked up to factory speakers. I have a sub and amp connected as well and the entire system comes together perfectly all in part to the Kenwood. With it's internal crossover to protect the factory speakers, my system is loud and proud. I always recommend Kenwood, I've never had any problems or disappointment with any of their products.

    Pros: Internal crossover, great sound quality, lots of power.

    Cons: The display is a little hard to see in the daytime.


    Mike from Conifer, CO on 9/12/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent unit as a replacement for the dated factory stereo. Needs a knob that stands out from the unit a little more and GET RID of that Demo Screen please! Geeezz!!! Otherwise a great unit and I appreciate all the coaching from Crutchfield staff on the correct unit for my uses and installation rescue (wiring mess).

    Pros: Ease of use once you figure out the controls.

    Cons: Wiring from unit harness to the vehicle accessories! What a menagerie'!

    Awesome unit!

    Jw from Nazareth, Pa on 9/12/2014

    2005 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Put this in my '05 Mustang GT. The most time-consuming part was splicing the wires together. I wanted to make sure they were connected properly the first time. Only had a little trouble with the 12amp-to-5amp reducer, but Crutchfield sent me a diagram that was more updated than what was supplied with the manufacturer. I haven't done an aftermarket unit in awhile due to the quality of factory radios these days, but I wanted blue tooth for my phone apps and hands-free phone operation. I couldn't believe all the features I got for the money and how the unit fit in the space where my old Shaker 1000 radio used to be. You can even pick a color to match the dash lights of your vehicle. Great sound and easy to program if you have any kind of experience with modern devices and how to navigate them. I had Kenwood products when I was younger and am glad to see the quality is still there. You can't beat this device for the money and ease of installation thanks to Crutchfield supplying all the necessary accessories that were included with the price of purchase. Don't think twice. Just buy this receiver.

    Pros: Great sound quality and blue tooth capability. Easy to wire up and program.

    Cons: Cannot honestly come up with any.

    Great Value

    DeninOly from Olympia, WA on 9/11/2014

    2005 Subaru Baja
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Outstanding radio for the price. The settings are slightly complicated. I had no idea was Bass Q factor was. They are also not that easy to get to when driving so it's best to have a passenger deal,with the settings as you drive. Absolutely love this radio though. Definitely an improvement from the stock. Bluetooth mic works well too. I mounted above the rear view mirror rather than by the window.

    Pros: Sound and programmability. Looks great. Good display. Easy installation.

    Cons: Too many steps to get to some settings. Takes a while to automatically connect to Bluetooth device (twice as long as my Sony in another car).

    Love It!

    Fastlane68 from Pottsville, PA on 9/11/2014

    2003 Nissan Frontier
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love every thing about this Unit... looks and colors are outstanding ... very easy to use.. and can't forget to mention the great sound it pumps just hooking it up to factory speakers. A+



    Good value & features

    aiota from Point Roberts, WA on 9/10/2014

    2001 Toyota RAV4
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    First and most important, the pre-amps in this unit improve the quality of sound over my stock unit significantly. Hard install was easy, Crutchfield makes it so simple. Bluetooth paired instantly with my phone, not much to mess around with there. I found the functions and controls easy to navigate through, and while I did watch an online review complaining about the EQ adjustments (wasn't visual), any audio nerds out there will love the ability to precisely cut and boost frequency bands to suit your car and speakers. When testing the BT call audio and mic, a few adjustments needed to be made - initially we had coiled the mic cable in the dash which caused too much interference, so the mic didn't work. After un-coiling the cable, the mic worked fine. I spent an hour in the car on a call to see how the bluetooth and mic audio functioned - worked great and no issues. I loaded up a 32 gig USB stick with most of my music library, and was pleased at how quickly the unit read the files. Even with a loaded 32 gig USB, navigating through songs was quick and straightforward. Head unit isn't super bright like most on here have commented, but it's no different than my stock unit and I still have no problem actually reading the info displayed. I'm happy with the value of this unit and also Crutchfield, who, like most users on here have said, are awesome and helpful. I'm glad I bought from them.




    Good value - great features from Salt Lake City, UT on 9/9/2014

    2006 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love the deck and overall very happy with it. More features than expected. Ability to change led color a nice touch. Has some weird default settings like auto-answering phone calls when connected to bluetooth after 5 rings, but not a problem. Still haven't figured out how to upgrade the firmware which might help with the occasional "device disconnected" error with my satellite radio.

    Pros: looks great. easy to install. Crutchfield provided everything I need

    Cons: i think it needs a firmware upgrade for occasional wierdness with SiriuxXM tuner.

    Kenwood DPX500BT

    PD from Memphis on 9/6/2014

    2004 Toyota Corolla
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    easy to install, great sound. easy to change functions from aux to tuner, ipod


    Cons: too many options for the screen color

    Kenwood DPX500BT

    scottie from independence ks on 9/4/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love it!!!!!

    Pros: Let's you set you frequency different on your front and rear speakers for better sond.

    Cons: None

    Nice stereo

    JH from Indianapolis on 9/3/2014

    2006 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Stereo works great. Good price. iPhone works well with stereo.


    Cons: Kenwood manual sucks. I had to figure out everything on this unit myself.

    installed in 05 tacoma

    Ryan H from MA on 8/28/2014

    2005 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Big improvement over stock head unit sound quality. Pairs relatively quickly with Bluetooth to my lg g3. Radio quality is at least as good as stock, (I rarely use the tuner)


    Cons: Don't touch the screen, you will scratch it. Very very easy to scratch.

    Great Headunit

    Ian from Gainesville, VA on 8/23/2014

    2007 Volvo S60
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a great headunit. Some of the settings were hard to find but I eventually found them. Once you change the setting for Bluetooth to play through all speakers the Bluetooth is great. It sounds great and I love all the control of the subwoofer.

    Pros: Attractive double DIN A lot of control Bluetooth

    Cons: Kind of hard to see in the daylight

    Kenwood DPX500BT

    Anonymous from Charlotte, NC on 8/22/2014

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

    I have installed many car stereos over the last 20 years and this was by far was the easiest to install. I love how it used the factory mounting kits. Fits and matched the internal lights colors (green) perfect in my 2006 Toyota Tundra. I can't say enough about this unit.

    Pros: Super easy to Install (used Toyota's factory mounting) and fit perfect, great sound, excellent bluetooth sound (phone and music).

    Cons: The lack of a full owners manual.

    Kenwood deck

    Terry L. from Champlain ny on 8/21/2014

    2004 Dodge Ram 2500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very nice looking and sounding radio that has all the functions I could ask for!! Very pleased.and has a super low price for quality Thanks

    Pros: Has everything I need with great quality sound. And good price

    Cons: None


    Kenny J. from Nashville,tn on 8/18/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very pleased with unit as whole



    Great price easy install in F-150

    Tom F. from Rome, GA on 8/18/2014

    2004 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great value for the money! More sound than the stock speakers can handle. I took me longer to splice the wires to the included wiring harness than to actually install the stereo. If you are looking for a double din for your F-150, this is a suitable replacement for the stock radio.

    Pros: Super easy install, cool colors for the display, fairly intuitive controls, remote is easy to use.

    Cons: none so far.


    Robg from Sarasota, Fl on 8/16/2014

    2006 Nissan Frontier
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy to install. Crutchfield supplies you with everything needed. I am enjoying the great sound and am learning how much I have missed listening to music while driving.

    Pros: I now have a great sound in my car.

    Cons: I am losing touch with my talk radio friends.

    Good performance and value.

    Wayne from Dallas, TX on 8/14/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy assembly of the adapter harness with the solderless fasteners. Relatively easy installation in my Nissan Frontier. Had to use the factory mounting brackets. The screw holes didn't line up with the holes in the unit but a little filing to elongate the bracket holes solved the problem.

    Pros: Good audio sound quality. Excellent bluetooth sound. Great price. Easy to use.

    Cons: You have to go online to download the manual.

    Kenwood DPX 500BT

    Eddy PV from San Diego, California on 8/10/2014

    2008 Volkswagen GLI
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Nice stereo, good quality and sound for the money invested, display can be improved (I can't see it well in the sunlight).

    Pros: Nice design and quality !

    Cons: Needs display improvements

    Great unit, incomplete manual

    BigRogNJ from West Orange, NJ on 8/9/2014

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

    All-around good unit for the money. Unit works great, nearly perfect feature set, simple installation with the optional connection kit and free (from Crutchfield) mounting kit & antenna adapter. The only feature it lacks is HD radio (hybrid digital). There is not even an optional module for it. Instruction manual definitely doesn't measure up. See my 'Cons'. Good sound with internal amp, has preamp outputs too.

    Pros: XM compatibility with the optional receiver is awesome. Bluetooth calling and MP3 playback work perfectly. USB thumb-drive MP3 playback is. The Bluetooth microphone works great. It has a 24-color display so it can be set to match the rest of your dash. Nice that it also has preamp output so a better amp can be added now or later.

    Cons: Instruction manual is incomplete by at least one factor: while it has 24-colors settable for the display and/or buttons, nowhere in the instructions does it mention how to set a single colors for them. The unit arrives with the default 'rotating colors', which is absolutely terrible in daylight. I had to rely on Google to find my way to the menu to pick single colors. Who knows what other features it doesn't mention? Plays all modern formats, except HD radio - why leave it out?

    Kenwood DPX500BT

    mj mc from Easton, PA on 8/8/2014

    2002 Honda Accord
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great radio. Installed along with Kenwood rear deck and front door speakers in my daughters 2002 Honda Accord Bluetooth works great

    Pros: Easy set-up

    Cons: Poor contrast in bright light

    I really like it

    Shane from Maryland on 8/7/2014

    2004 Ford F-250 Super Duty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very satisfied with this head unit and the quality of it's construction. The buttons are firm and crisp, not loose and cheap. I researched this product extensively before purchasing and for the price nothing came close. I am very happy and pleased with this product.

    Pros: -Very Good Quality -Firm / Crisp Buttons -Aesthetically pleasing to the eye -Bluetooth connection is an awesome feature. No more Aux cords -Pandora Radio feature is pretty nice, allows you to navigate stations on the headunit rather than your phone. -Easy to navigate and set up

    Cons: none

    Kenwood DPX500BT Radio

    Phil from North Central, ARkansas on 8/5/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Crutchfield, thank you for such a good product at a reasonable price far a radio and speakers. I have a 2006 Mustang GT and I needed to replace my factory radio. The Ford dealer gave me a price which was quit-a-bit higher than your radio. So I decided that I would replace my radio and speakers. Your price was still less. In June of 2014 I bought your "Kenwood DPX500BT" and "Pioneer TS-D6802R", and "Pioneer TS-A6885R" Speakers. Before I place my order I called in to your technicians for advice on my set up. I was going to get all 4 Pioneer TS-D6802R for my car, and that is when the technician advised me that those speakers would not fit in the front, but ok for the back. With that in mind he and I came to the decision of the Pioneer TS-A6885R speakers for the front door. WOW they are great. In the reviews that I read when I was narrowing down my speakers, there were comments that the speakers were a little weak on BASS. Let me tell you with my setup they are great, and have plenty of bass, enough to rattle my windows at ½ volume. Treble is great too. I just wanted to say that my combination is a great setup for me and my car. I will say that my Mustang was a little more difficult to install than I expected. Ford does not make it easy to take out and reinstall the speakers; I had to take apart just about the entire inside to install them.

    Pros: Great Radio, Great Bluetooth, and Great Satellite radio. This Kenwood is a great radio. The installation of the Radio was just as the Instructions showed. The adapter for the connection of the car connection to the Kenwood Radio was easy and great. This Radio is so much better than my Factory Ford Radio

    Cons: The print on the instructions of how to to operate the radio is too small

    Great Radio

    MRFJR from Montgomery County, MD on 8/5/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This Kenwood radio has been great. Very pleased with the ease of use to set up the radio. Bluetooth set up was seamless for both phone and audio. Just a great radio! Looks great in the car as well. I picked this radio over others with the help of one of the advisors. Great tech help as well as had some questions with connecting the wires. Overall very easy to install.

    Pros: Very nice display. Not to busy as some displays can be.

    Cons: None

    Power problem?

    Anonymous from massachusetts on 8/4/2014

    2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The receiver has many features that are desirable. Changing between modes can be awkward while driving.

    Pros: Looks and fits dacor of the vehicle. Installation was easy for an amateur.

    Cons: Radio shuts off and restarts on its own randomly. I have re-installed twice to check power connections and plugs. When radio reboots it seamlessly returns to prior play, clock settings etc.

    Crutchfield response on 8/4/2014 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

    Good Deck

    Shane from Maui on 8/4/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Well there are 2 issues I have with this deck. 1. It's nice that there are many features available to control, but who really needs them? 2. Although the control knob looks great , I wish it had more texture on it so when I'm driving I can easily spin it without my finger slipping. Aloha, Shane

    Pros: Great deck, lots of features.

    Cons: Slippery control knob.

    Kenwood DPX-500BT

    Thisguy from New Jersey on 8/3/2014

    2010 Volkswagen Jetta
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Just as described. Came out of the box and with the "recommended" add on items, Adapter Faceplate, Antenna Adapter, Wire Harness adapter, it was an easy install. BUT I did not talk with a Tech Adviser so when it came time to power it up, so I did not have the Sat Tuner. Yeah, Sat ready does not mean it will work with the factory Sat Receiver in your car . The system prompted me to the recommended accessories, but failed on the Sat Tuner even when it was part of the search options listed.

    Pros: The recommended install kit and wire harness where far easier to work with than the stuff that came with the head unit. Every thing just fit right the first time.

    Cons: Missing information about SWC module and what to do with it if you do NOT have SWC .

    This head unit is awesome!!!

    Charles from Buda, tx on 8/2/2014

    2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This unit kicks butt!

    Pros: Easy to setup easy to use.

    Cons: None yet

    Great radio

    Spike from Carver, MA on 8/1/2014

    2006 Chrysler 300
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great radio for the price. I wanted it for Bluetooth purposes and since it had a USB and Aux inputs. Bluetooth audio for music is not as great of quality as opposed to plugging it in using USB, but I would expect that with most things. I'm still working on getting the Bluetooth audio for phone conversations to work, for some reason I'm having a problem with it. Crutchfield support is great and they will help you with anything.

    Pros: Looks nice, change the color of the display, USB, Bluetooth, AUX, CD, etc. Fits well in my Chrysler 300C.

    Cons: Trouble getting the Bluetooth audio for phone conversations to work.

    Great radio

    Kris from North Dartmouth, MA on 8/1/2014

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

    Great product haven't finished system yet hope it sound great when done

    Pros: Bluetooth pandora works great


    Great Unit!

    Scanner from Farmington, MI on 7/31/2014

    2008 Nissan Xterra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was looking for a unit that offered Pandora, satellite, Bluetooth and was double din. This unit was all of that at a reasonable price.

    Pros: Great value.

    Cons: Dim display in bright light

    Kenwood DPX500BT

    RTG from Fredericksburg on 7/30/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Replaced stock stereo. Nice unit, loaded with features does everything I need and then some. Would highly reccomend to others.

    Pros: Kenwood quality with tons of features.

    Cons: Vague instructions, far to general and generic. The plastic chassis mounts suck and the instructions are clear as mud!

    Great sound, display disappears in sunlight

    ellimac from West Grove, PA on 7/29/2014

    2011 Honda Accord
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I really love this stereo-has everything that I was looking for: siriusxm, bluetooth, pandora, etc. I like being able to charge my phone with the USB port. Only downside: the display virtually disappears in sunlight and when wearing sunglasses (this seems to happen with many stereos; I bought my daughter a Sony, and it was also hard to see in sunlight. However, there was a way to make the display much brighter and after adjusting it she can see it at all times. I wish that my Kenwood had that option.

    Pros: Looks great, sounds great, good value for the price

    Cons: Display in sunlight and wearing sunglasses is not readable

    Kenwood DPX500BT

    Anonymous from Charleston SC on 7/28/2014

    2007 Chevrolet HHR
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Just installed in my daughters HHR. Was quick and to the point with the kit and harness adapter provided by Crutchfield...



    Kenwood DPX500BT

    JerrodA from Glasgow, KY on 7/27/2014

    2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Read several reviews and decided on the Kenwood DPX500BT primarily because it didn't have all the colors and lights that most other radios have, which is too over the top for me. Although it was more expensive, it has Bluetooth and is capable of having satellite radio with an adapter for about $50. It has dedicated subwoofer preamps which I like in case I want to use all 4 speakers plus a subwoofer with amp. The display is hard to read in sunlight, but from the reviews I've read they all are. I didn't really think I'd use the Bluetooth for hands free calling but it's a cool feature. If your phone has bluetooth turned on, the radio will link up with it as soon as you get in the vehicle. If you receive a call, the music stops playing and the rings through the speakers and you can answer it just by pushing the "phone" button on the head unit or remote. The display text is large for easy reading. It has 1.5 lines of text which means the clock is on the bottom line and the top line is dedicated to station info and song titles. The display text can be a different color from the buttons if you choose to. I really like the head unit as I felt all the colors were a distraction and would get annoying after a while.

    Pros: Display is classy and not over the top with flashing lights and colors. Bluetooth Satellite Radio capability Four channel preamp outs plus subwoofer preamp

    Cons: More expensive than other units

    Kenwood DPX500BT

    DanW from Roswell, GA on 7/23/2014

    2005 Subaru Outback
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Had all the features that we were looking for and works great. Big improvement over the factory sound system. Installation took a few hours, but the DIY satisfaction was worth it.


    Cons: Would be nice if there was some reference to needing to get the users manual from the Kenwood website in the radio's package.

    awesome sound

    Anonymous from Smithville, Missouri on 7/22/2014

    2014 Ford F-150 XL
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great upgrade to the stock receiver

    Pros: Easy to navigate menus and setup

    Cons: None


    Phillip from East TN on 7/21/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    My initial thoughts of the product were mixed until I downloaded and read the 128 page operators manual (not included but recommended). Crutchfield included everything needed to install in a 2009 VW Jetta Tdi. I wanted a head unit that was Bluetooth capable and had USB / AUX inputs. This unit fits my needs perfectly. Some reviewers mention that the display is too bright but this can be fixed with just a few clicks of the display button. The color selection is a very cool feature too. This allows the user to match the display on the radio with the other interior lighting. Oh, the sound quality is amazing too!! Good job Kenwood / Crutchfield.

    Pros: Great product, fits like a glove

    Cons: None

    MY son loves it!!

    RB from Georgia on 7/20/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This was a gift for my son, who really loves his music. He was able to install it himself and he really loves it!!



    kenwood dpx500bt reviems

    darren from hiawassee ga on 7/18/2014

    2009 Ford E Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I love this radio, and most of all my wife loves it. seeing that it was bought for her. I like that crutchfield give you all the installation hardware free with your purchase. That makes there pricing up there with any where else.

    Pros: I like every factor of this radio, the sound quality is great. I love how it looks in the car, I like how u can change the colors in all the display setting. I like the Bluetooth ability, and the fact I can us that aspect to listen to the music on my phone with no cords, one other nice thing the Bluetooth in this unit is that you can cut your front or rear speakers on for the Bluetooth us of talking on your phone.

    Cons: none like it all

    Kenwood DPX500BT in 2002 Solara

    TW_SC from Elgin, SC on 7/16/2014

    2002 Toyota Camry Solara
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Fast shipping and assistance by Crutchfield. Kenwood stereo is excellent upgrade to my stock head unit on 2002 Solara. Easily connected to Stock JBL system and sounds great.

    Pros: good sound, easy bluetooth connection, ease of use, lots of capabilty

    Cons: some difficulty seeing in bright sun

    Kenwood DPX 500 BT

    Kroozin from Baltimore Maryland on 7/15/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I just received my head unit today and made an attempt to put it in my 2008 GMC Canyon extended cab. Delivery time was excellent. Less than 24 hours from start to finish. Before I purchased this head unit I read at least 50 reviews and not everyone is wrong about being hard to see the display. It definitely needs a makeover when it comes to the brightness of the display. But other than that I had to make one phone call to Crutchfield's service center for some help. An outstanding employee name ( Robert ) help me through the process and did a great job. I have bought many radios from Crutchfield and other accessories over the years and I am fully satisfied with this company.

    Pros: Seems to work like it said it should. Sony/Kenwood make some good units I'm very satisfied with the one I bought. Bluetooth works wonderful!!! Has enough power and amps but I need to buy better speakers.

    Cons: Definitely needs some attention on the brightness of the display. In the bright sun it's hard to see. Future customers beware it is truly hard to see in the daylight.

    Kenwood DPX500BT

    Anonymous from Boulder, CO on 7/15/2014

    2003 Toyota Highlander
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very good stereo for the money with lots of features. Only ding is what others have mentioned about hard to see the display in direct sunlight. In our 2003 Toyota Highlander, I did notice that if I turned off the headlights (they go off automatically when the engine is turned off so usually we just leave them on) the display was brighter. But still would be nice for more light. Otherwise no complaints...very easy to install and looks great.

    Pros: Everything except the display visibility.

    Cons: Hard to see display during the day in brighter light.

    Kenwood DPX500BT

    Tred99 from San Antonio, TX on 7/12/2014

    2004 Toyota 4Runner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Overall great stereo, only comment is just as some others have stated about it being very difficult to see during the day time. The lights are simply not bright enough to allow a sufficient contrast in order to see which mode/station you are on. My dash, '04 4runner, has a very slight angle and the main times I drive I have the sun at my back, all of which add up to a display which is very difficult to read. If it weren't for this, the ease of use would easily get 5 stars, the controls are very intuitive, which makes this flaw bearable, but a flaw none the less. Consider the angle the radio sits in your dash and the sun glare before you buy this, along with how much you flip and fiddle with your radio while driving, because otherwise this an awesome radio and I am very happy with it, at night.

    Pros: Everything except visibility, Bluetooth connected easily, pandora works great, music sounds great.

    Cons: Visibility during the day time - especially a morning and evening commute.

    Kenwood DPX500BT

    ed from somerdale,nj on 7/11/2014

    2005 Chevrolet TrailBlazer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    great radio I can hear music again

    Pros: sounds great

    Cons: had a hard time on installation. some parts didn't work,had to buy new ones.

    Kenwood DPX500BT

    Stephen J from Ojai ,Ca on 7/7/2014

    2005 Saturn ION 2
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I really like this unit alot! I would totally buy again and just might for my Toyota Tundra. It has all the features I wanted and at a great price. the Crutchfield (as always) were a great help in choosing this product for my needs.

    Pros: Easy to setup and use. Bluetooth works well.

    Cons: To display Pandora info , your smartphone has to be plugged into the USB.

    Kewood head unit

    Anonymous from Del Rio Tx on 7/6/2014

    2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This head unit is the real deal, I bought this with the help of advisor Matthew at crutchfield and he gave me some advice. I installed this unit with a buddy if mine and it was a simple instal, Crutchfield included the kit for my 2004 chevy silverado and the quality as I expected from kenwood had to be there. This head unit has Bluetooth, aux output, my phone hands free capably, pandora ready, and even a USB port to listen to all kinds of different music. I am extremely pleased on this purchase and so was my sudsy that he had to order one for his vehicle.

    Pros: Too many to put in paper:)

    Cons: None

    Kenwood DPX500BT

    Anonymous from Kings Bay, GA on 7/5/2014

    2006 Nissan Frontier
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I am glad I bought this product I like it a lot!




    TimboT from Redding, CA on 7/4/2014

    2004 Buick Century
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I picked this model because it integrated with XM Radio. Installed my self in about an hour, including disassembly and reassembly of the dashboard. The installation kit had everything I needed. I like the radio. It would be nice to have a computer connection to set it up because there are so many menus and they are not intuitive.

    Pros: Fits well. Display can be seen during the day. Sounds good.

    Cons: Don't like the backlight colors changing. Wish there was a way to quickly access different modes or eliminate some that I don't use.

    Sounds great

    RW from Easley,sc on 7/4/2014

    2006 Chevrolet Colorado
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Sounds great still working on making use of all of the features

    Pros: Great sound, great features

    Cons: Manual could be more user friendly for setup


    D from De Kalb Jct., NY on 7/4/2014

    2004 Toyota Camry
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love my new car stereo! Husband bought for my birthday because I have an older car, a 2004! So you know it's just a straight up car stereo with tape deck and cd player (cd player didn't work anymore, ugh!) Now I can play about anything in my car! The lights on it are so cool! I had a problem after pairing my phone with it and it kept turning it off and on like the BT was disconnecting so I removed that! Not sure what the deal is there but it's not a deal breaker for me. I was driving home last night and thinking that I would love to be able to just take it right into my house and use it, I love it so much!

    Pros: You can connect any BT music source, the auto volume reducer(ATT), light display.

    Cons: Trying to figure out how and what color to make it. It has numbers and not words so I was clueless on what color I was picking until I was done. Also, it is hard to see in the daytime, especially with sunglasses on!


    delaney from ohio on 6/30/2014

    2004 Honda CRV EX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    great unit for the price. very east to install and looks and sounds great.

    Pros: large buttons for adult fingers. Easy to use when driving.

    Cons: Hard to see in daylight. Needs to have brighter display for daytime/sunny use.

    Excellent Double Din

    Steve from Alva, OK on 6/30/2014

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

    Really easy to set up and install. Looks great in the vehicle. Simple and easy to use. Everything is great about this head unit. The only problem we have sometimes is when the sun comes over the dash, it is very difficult to see no matter how you set the brightness.

    Pros: Everything

    Cons: Display brightness

    Good aftermarket solution

    MT from Columbia, SC on 6/30/2014

    2001 Acura Integra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Replaced an original equipment solution in a 2001 Integra. Very pleased. Have not explored all the capabilities, but those I have are working well.

    Pros: Installation was straightforward. Performance is very good, running through original equipment speakers. A variety of functions available -- I no longer take road trips in the car, but this unit offers many functions that would be pleasing on long trips.

    Cons: Choosing functions is complex -- requires full attention (cycle through a menu of possibilities). Display is not always visible in bright sunlight -- while cool, would have preferred something easier to see.

    OK, But Considered Exchanging for Pioneer

    2009 Toyota Sienna from Foothill Ranch, CA on 6/27/2014

    2009 Toyota Sienna
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I installed this unit in Toyota minivan. The install was difficult because of the steering wheel adapter and the TATO unit, but Crutchfield service saved the day with a simple phone call. Once installed the unit was a little difficult to set up. The options are not intuitive and there are not descriptions in the instruction manual. Like other reviewers, we have found the display to be too dim. I've experimented with many combinations and found one that works, but the display is still hard to read. The main reason I chose this unit was for the Bluetooth functionality. We wanted it to work with at least 2 phones (Apple) and we wanted it to be compatible with the existing steering wheel controls. This all worked out of the box, but the signal while using BT would cut out every 30 seconds or so. I called Crutchfield for help troubleshooting and the tech said it was a problem w/ Apple BT and I need to use i-devices plugged in. I didn't understand this as I have a Pioneer unit in my other car that works great w/ iPhone. I re-paired the phones, changed a setting in the stereo BT settings to "all" (per Crutchfield's advice) and changed the email settings on the phones to fetch messages on every 30-60 minutes. Problem solved, but using BT functions on the stereo are not intuitive and are still hard to sort out when switching between devices. I would get the Pioneer unit if I were to do it over again.

    Pros: Blue tooth, display layout, front USB, Toyota compatibility

    Cons: Display too dim, difficult to set up options, difficult to navigate between BT devices, particularly long delay when BT starts (longer than other stereos with similar functionality).