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Kenwood DPX-501

CD player with MP3/WMA/AAC playback

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Our take on the Kenwood DPX-501

Just because your car has a double-sized factory stereo opening doesn't mean you have to settle for subpar performance. Kenwood's DPX-501 CD player adds superb sound, great looks, and useful features to that 4" tall space, along with MP3, WMA, and Apple's AAC format playback.

Just because your car has a double-sized factory stereo opening doesn't mean you have to settle for subpar performance. Kenwood's DPX-501 CD player adds superb sound, great looks, and useful features to that 4" tall space, along with MP3, WMA, and Apple's AAC format playback.

The DPX-501's USB input makes it easy to connect a portable music player, and it can also provide power and control options for select players — you'll also find a standard auxiliary input jack for non-USB portables. Kenwood's ACDrive helps you navigate through your digital music files while you're driving down the road, with spoken cues that guide you through the various folders.

You can contour that sound to your heart's content with six preset tone curves for quick adjustments, plus bass, treble, and midrange controls for hands-on customization. Built-in frequency filters allow you to optimize the system by matching the music to your speaker setup for better, more realistic sound.

The DPX-501's oversized faceplate features Kenwood's big fluorescent display — it's easy to read and it won't wash out in bright sunlight. If you have a larger system in mind, this stereo will control an optional satellite radio, iPod adapter, CD changer, or HD Radio tuner. Two sets of preamp outputs make it easier to connect your external amps and subs. Let your passengers run the show with the included wireless remote.

Product Highlights:

  • CD player with built-in MOSFET amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
  • CD, CD-R, and CD-RW compatible (including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA music files)
  • AAC music file playback (not compatible with songs downloaded from the iTunes Music Store)
  • USB input
  • ACDrive (PhatNoise Media Manager software included) — announces artist, album, and genre names
  • System Q Sound Control (6 EQ curves)
  • 3-band equalizer
  • 24-bit digital-to-analog converter
  • System E's+ high- and low-pass filters
  • two sets of preamp outputs (rear outputs can be switched to subwoofer mode)
  • SIRIUS Satellite Radio-ready (SIRIUS tuner, subscription, and antenna required)
  • HD Radio ready (separate tuner required)
  • CD changer controls
  • controls for Kenwood's optional iPod adapter
  • auxiliary input (rear RCAs, adapter required for optional second Aux-In)
  • wireless remote
  • clock
  • dual zone control
  • CD frequency response: 10-20,000 Hz
  • CD signal-to-noise ratio: 105 dB
  • FM sensitivity: 9.3 dBf
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Perfect fit in the dash of my '05 Sierra. Powering a set of Excelon X-170's in the front doors and a set of X-460's in the rear. A single 10" sub at 150w RMS provides the thump. Deck has tons of settings and features to tweak the sound to your liking. Highly recommended.

traveling1253, Maine

What's in the Box:

  • Double-DIN AM/FM/CD/Changer controller receiver with 10A fuse inserted in chassis
  • Sleeve
  • Trim ring
  • Trim plate
  • Wiring harness
  • 56" USB cable (has a USB Type A connector on one end and a USB Type A port on the other end)
  • Wireless remote control (RC-527)
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • 2 Removal tools
  • 4 Strips of double-sided adhesive
  • 6 Panhead ISO-mount screws
  • 6 Countersunk ISO-mount screws
  • Kenwood Advanced Codec Drive CD-ROM
  • Instruction Manual (English)
  • Instruction Manual (Spanish)
  • Instruction Manual (French)
  • Media Manager Installation Manual (6 languages)
  • Warranty Card
  • Sheet concerning Demo mode (attached to receiver)

Kenwood DPX-501 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(19 Reviews)

broken display, but fixed it.

Nissanguy from Redondo Beach, CA on 3/29/2011

It's worked great, got the dreaded dead display that so many have complained.about. I used it for almost 2 years without the display- I usually just use my.iPod so it didn't really matter much. I recently found a fix online on how to.fix the resistors by resoldering them. It sounds a bit scary, but trust me, I am no electrician and I was able to fix mine in about 10 minutes. A fine tip iron, a steady hand, and some patience and you'll get your display back. Give it a try. good luck! If yours is broken, you can't make it any worse. If you can remove and reinstall your HU, you can do this repair. Otherwise it's been a great unit, glad I fixed mine, saving $300+ for something else from here!



Save your money

Pete from Virginia Beach, VA on 12/20/2010

The primary reason for my poor rating is the display failed after about 1.5 years. I paid $75 to have a service center repair it, but it burnt out again after another 1.5 years. You can google and find similar stories and suggestions for fixes - this is a known design issue that Kenwood is not willing to fix. It involves resodering resistors on the main board, assuming they aren't burned out and need to be replaced. Attempted to fix myself without success and finally purchased a different unit as I couldn't see sinking more money into this one. Other issues: the control of the iPod unit requires purchase of a separate control cable, controlling the iPod is difficult and the buttons/menus in general are difficult to use. Most units don't give you the best control over your iPod, but this one is by far the worst I've experienced. The sound and options for this price range make this an attractive buy, but without a reliable display forget it and don't expect to easily navigate your iPod or other AUX equipment (especially while driving).



Great For Two Years

Anonymous from Michigan on 9/3/2009

Since it's discontinued nobody will be buying this item new but for those that are thinking of getting a used one somewhere be forwarded. Stay away! The unit sounds fantastic but the display quits between 24 and 36 months after initial installation. Everything else works fine but obviously with no display it's a moot point. A simple web search of "Kenwood dpx 501 "display" " and you will see there are plenty of other people that have had this same problem. A call to Kenwood USA and they don't want to talk with you. Fine customer service....NOT! Good luck to the other people that purchased this product. I gave it two stars only because it worked great for 30 months but it should last longer than that!



Sounds Good, Sad Operation

VulcanNomad from Pennsylvania on 4/6/2008

Advantages: Sound quaility is very good, even with stock speakers. Sirius hookup is great without seeing the Sirius box externally. (6) presets with (4) levels of memories, Nice! Looks good with the Blue and red buttons. Power level is very good, really don't need an external amplifier but I heard one with it and it's even better. The only portion of the controls are nice, is the SRT button that switches you from Tuner, Sirius, CD, Main Menu, USB. It has a -30db Attenuator that is nice when you use a cell phone or you need to quickly talk to someone. (problem is remembering where it is) Disadvantages: Very long learning curve to have a basic understanding of operating the receiver. Instructions are somewhat vague. For example, you have Sirius playing and you want to go to another channel, you have to either move up one channel at a time, or pre-program that channel into the presets and try to remember where you stored it. If your Display is not set for Channel then you have to switch to 'Channel' Display and hope to remember which channel number or name you want to go. Very cumbersome. Display is only (1) line and very 80's look. I wish the clock would have had it's own separate display. You either pick, channel, artist, name of song, composer, clock. So if you have the channel name on, you don't see the clock. Even though it has a nice blue and red buttons, it would be nice to have color change. The model 701 has this feature. I also wish the remote can switch the channels (Sirius) in presets, it only switches the Sirius channels one by one, too long when you have some 200 channels. One of the biggest problems is the pre-set buttons. If you push the presets at an average pressure nothing happens. You need to really push on and wait for a fraction of a second longer to get the station. If you wait too long it resets the preset. NOT GOOD. You can't use your remote for presets so your at the mercy of the presets on the unit. I've owned this radio for 7 months now and it's WORSE than what I reported on previously. Eratic displays when I push the station preset buttons. I mention above that I had to push on the preset buttons 1 or 2 times, this had been gradually getting worse. I'm used to the functions now, but it's to no advantage. Eratic iPOD/USB hookups, I haven't had a connection in 2 weeks. Reason why I'm writing this now is that I'm looking to replace it.



Too cool!

Bill from Florida on 6/13/2007

This is a great deck! I absolutely love the USB capability and the phatnoise (ACDrive) software that lets you browse with voice prompts. The amount of control for sound quality is great as well.<BR>The only negative I felt was that the instruction manual isn't as good as good as it could be for such a complex unit.



Solid, but really boring.

Dave from Arnold, MO on 5/6/2007

Man I hate to give this thing a bad rating. But I really am starting to regret buying this model.<BR><BR>It really is a very good solid receiver. Mechanically, it has everything I wanted, which is why i bought it. It feels classy and works well. It looks really nice on the outside too. If you dont care about display options, then consider this a 5 star product.<BR><BR>I was originally looking at the DPX-701 and this less expensive DPX-501. I decided that while the features of the 701 seemed great, I didnt need all that. Well this model is just very boring. There is nothing to look at, no movement aside from the text scrolling across the screen. The EQ curve is shown as an ugly solid blob that you cant get rid of and doesnt move. I was hoping for at least some jumping bars of light.. something, ANYTHING visual. but it has nothing. And the manual is for both models so you read about everything you didnt get.<BR><BR>It didnt seem like a big deal at first but its really getting on my nerves now.



Great deck and easy install

Dnrlumm from Tucson, AZ on 4/25/2007

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

I installed my Kenwood in a '04 F150, and aside from the wireing I did up front, it took about 10 minutes to get the deck in the dash. And it fits very nicely into the stock stereo compartment. It is very convienient to be able to plug flash drives directly into the face of the deck. And the high-pass and low-pass filters and subwoofer controls give great sound to the stock speakers in the truck.<BR>For those who have a basic understanding of negotiating the various menus on electronics components, accessing the options/menus is pretty straight-forward. I suggest a thourough read of the owners manual, to get the most out of the deck.<BR>This is a great deck with plenty of power for the speakers.



Great i-pod control!

Doug from Boston on 4/23/2007

First let me start by saying I installed this into my Toyota 4runner in about an hour and a half. It fit perfectly and sounds great. You can fine tune the sound by first, selecting the type of speakers your vehicle has. You can then fine tune the bass, mid-range, and tweeter. Radio reception is also excelllent. <BR> The USB connector on the front of the unit is it's best feature. Just plug your i-pod into it using the same cable, you use to plug your i-pod into your computer. You first have to run the software which is included, to create &quot;ACDrive&quot; playlists to match the ones you already have on your i-pod. It takes a few more megs of memory, but it makes your Kenwood receiver able to read artist and album titles, out loud through your speakers. You gave find music without even looking at the display. You can also play playlst, albums, artists or genre in any order.<BR> Also I like to burn my mp3s to 256 kbps bitrate for almost cd quaility. It takes up only a little more space and sounds so much better.<BR> Highly recommended.



Good double DIN

Michael from Toledo, OH on 4/22/2007

2003 Chevrolet TrailBlazer
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Bought this DPX-501 several weeks ago along with the HD radio add on tuner KTC-HR100TR. I installed them in a 2003 Trailblazer. I had already upgraded the speakers to Infinity Reference in 2003. The speaker upgrade made a noticable improvement in sound and I really didn't expect much improvement from a new head unit, but I was wrong. Everything is clearer. A lot of adjustments for the perfect sound. Stick a 4gb USB flash memory stick full of mp3's in and you have days of music. One reviewer said poor user interface for the USB. Not sure what his issue was, I have none. <BR>If you have a double DIN opening you can't go wrong with this.



Deck works with Creative Vision: M digital media player

Eric from Odessa, Tx on 11/18/2006

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After long hours of research and hard decisions on what hard drive mp3 player to get either the new microsoft zune or the creative vision: M to get to work with the deck. Well ladies and gentleman the pick is the creative vision. It does not work in regular mode, the trick is you have to go and set some of your harddrive space to be flash media. You do that by going to extras and then removable disk. Set the amount of space you want for your music that you will listen to often or will change out quite often. Add your music, then hookup the creative through the usb cables and waaalah you have your music at the control of your deck. No more radio freq and poor quaility sound to listen too anymore. Just make sure you rip or convert your music to 192 kbps bitrate to get the best quaility for your sound system to thump while your out cruising the streets in your town or city. I would also like to thank kenwood for making usb acessible decks for mp3 player fans. No more aux hookups for ipod or accessory purchases in the ipod monoply. Thanks Kenwood your the best, and i'll buy your products for as along as shall live.



Nice Fit

Charlie from Batavia, NY on 10/29/2006

2005 Ford F-150
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I am completely happy with the shopping experience. Everything fit perfectly, the mounting kit, instructions, wiring kit and harness from crutchfield was perfect. The radio sounds great, clear and powerful. The display is confusing and lacks a mute button. Over all a very professional install and a stock looking radio.



great price / performance

Jill from Philadelphia PA on 10/27/2006

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I purchased this unit as the head to a sound system in my Scion xB. I paid a professional to install it.<BR>The radio controls are easy and intuitive. Forget the optional HD radio, there are too few stations and the signal in weak in the suburbs. Sirius is well worth the investment. The CD player in the head unit plays MP3, the 10-disc changer does not, a disappointment. You need to read the manual to figure out the complicated remote controller. The Kenwood speakers were a big improvement over factory, don't forget to add a subwoofer.



Good sound, terrible interface

Jim from Swartz Creek, MI on 10/22/2006

This is my first installation. It was fairly smooth and the instructions were good, not great. But all in all, it looks good and only took me about 3 or 4 hours. Experienced people will be faster. PLEASE NOTE, the video is for a single din unit, this is double din and is much more complicated. But don't be intimidated, it was kind of fun to see what was behind my dash. You will be happy you did it yourself.<BR>Keep in mind, these are first impressions, hopefully I can update this later.<BR>The unit itself SOUNDS great! But man, is the user interface terrible (read; not user friendly). And the manual is nearly worthless. <BR>USB is not that great, nor is the iPod connector, they suffer from poor user interface. The AUX input/output are on the back of the unit as is the iPod input ( the cable pokes out from the dash and hangs there). What good is that? Shall I remove my stereo every time I want to plug something AUX in? Why do I want a loose cable flopping about my car?<BR><BR>I hope this helps. And I hope these car stereo manufacturers start thinking about how they design these things.



High power, lots of features

traveling1253 from Maine on 10/9/2006

Perfect fit in the dash of my '05 Sierra. Powering a set of Excelon X-170's in the front doors and a set of X-460's in the rear. A single 10" sub at 150w RMS provides the thump. Deck has tons of settings and features to tweak the sound to your liking. Highly recommended.



Great for Me and my 2005 Freestyle

Doug from Huntsville, AL on 10/3/2006

2005 Ford Freestyle
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I installed this in my Freestyle (exactly like the 2005 F-150 install I am told) in about an hour. Bought a soulder kit and it was a piece of cake and it looks professional (yes I am proud) but the stuff Crutchfield sent with it made it easy. I should mention that it does so much you can't just stick it in and take off, you actually need to read the manual a bit before you use it and all will be fine. I also will echo the comments concerning the bass, it seems that since it has specila woofer outputs the main speakers get a bit lesss bass than I had before but the highs and mids are great and the bass if still crisp but not the boomy bass I had before, maybe I will get a small woofer. I would recommend this unti to anyone, I have a 200+ mp3 songs CD in it and my 4Gig iPod with about 900 songs and a 1 Gig flashdrive with about another 250-300 songs on it and I can switch back and forth between all of them with the push of a button and the remote is the first one I ever liked good enough to actually use:)



Good product

William from Carlisle, MA on 7/21/2006

1997 Nissan Maxima
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I bought this receiver to replace the Bose one that crapped out on me in my '97 Maxima. I wound up using a converter kit to convert the speaker level signal to the signal the Bose amps need to see to function properly (and also not burn out the receiver driving the Bose speakers wired at 1 ohm). The result was better than I expected. The bass isn't as "boomy" as it was with the Bose unit, but tighter and more defined. The mids are present and the highs are as clear as I think they can get without switching out the Bose tweeters for something nicer. The unit is not confusing to use as long as you read the manual...after that the control layout makes a lot of sense. I give this product 4 stars because I believe nothing can be 100% perfect...but this is as close as you will get for the price



Kenwood DPX-501

chuck from Minneapolis on 4/28/2006

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The USB input was Great!!!, now I can play music using any jump drive. Also there is an AUX input in the back you can add a ipod heapphone jack connector to listen to Ipod. The RDS feature is really nice, it display the song title and station name from the radio. It was a little confusing to activate the AUX input, took we almost an hour to figure it out, kenwood manual was not very clear on this and factory setting is AUX off.




Matthew from Buford, Georgia on 4/11/2006

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

Installed this unit over the weekend in my 2004 Tacoma Doublecab. Installation was a breeze, everything fits nicely, and wiring harness was straight-foward. I replaced the stock radio with this unit and I am completely amazed with the sound quality. I primarily purchased this unit for the USB input and it works well, but I'm stunned by the power and quality of sound this thing produces...even with stock speakers. Kenwood component speakers will be my next purchase. Take this gadget-freak's advice... VERY GOOD PRODUCT INDEED!



Just what i needed!

Justin from Hagerstown MD on 4/10/2006

If you have a double din opening i highly suggest you buy this one. I cant believe how much better this headunit sounds than the factory one in my maxima.. The only disappointment was that i cant hook my iriver h10 to the usb port. Its mainly for jump drives. But it still has a aux input. Absolutley love this radio//




Hands-on research

Features and Specs

AUX Input Rear
Audio/video Input ---
USB Input Front
CarPlay No
Android Auto No
Siri Control No
Android Control No
Memory Card Slot No
Bluetooth Compatible Optional
Satellite Radio Ready Sirius
HD Radio Optional
Navigation ---
iPod Compatibility
Full size ---
Nano ---
Touch ---
iPhone ---
RMS Power (CTA-2006) N/A
RMS Power (Manufacturer) ---
Peak Output 50 watts
RMS Power Bandwidth 30-20kHz
Preamp Outputs 4-channel
Sub Preamp Outputs No
Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs Yes
Video Screen No
Preamp Voltage 2.5 volts
Display Color White/Blue
Key Button Color Red
EQ Bands 3
Wireless Remote Yes
Steering Wheel Control Compatible ---
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
FM Sensitivity 9.3 dBf
European Tuning Yes
Seek/Scan Seek
Radio Data System Yes

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Changer Controls

Minimum Computer Requirements


USB Port: The front-panel USB port allows you to play USB mass storage devices loaded with AAC, MP3, and WMA files. MP3 files with a bit rate from 8-320 kbps and WMA files with a bit rate from 48-192 kbps are supported.

AAC/MP3/WMA Playback: The receiver can play AAC, MP3 and WMA files recorded on CD-ROM, CD-R, and CD-RW discs in ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, and Romeo formats. Each disc should have a maximum of 8 directory levels, 100 folders, and 4096 files per folder. During MP3/WMA playback, the unit displays any recorded ID3 Tag information. AAC ID3 tags cannot be displayed.

Kenwood Advanced CODEC Drive: The DPX501 features Advanced CODEC Drive (ACDrive) to help you organize your digital music files and burn CDs with advanced features. With the PhatNoise Media Manager (on the supplied CD-ROM software), you can browse compressed audio files by playlists, artists, albums or genres. The receiver's built-in Voice Index will "announce" artist, album, and genre names when an ACDrive disc is played. The software will also help you rip music from CDs and encode them as AAC files. To help you keep up-to-date, the Media Manager software allows you to download new CODECs and features and download them to a CD for upgrading the receiver. (See Minimum Computer Requirements below for installing the software on your computer).

Satellite Radio Ready: The head unit is directly compatible with the SIRIUS SIR-KEN1 Satellite Tuner for Kenwood (item # 607SIRKEN1).

Note: In addition to the optional satellite tuner, you will also need the proper antenna and a subscription to SIRIUS Satellite Radio.

System Q Sound Control: Six EQ curves are preset into memory, allowing you to recall the best preset EQ curve for different types of music. Each preset has its own level settings for bass (100Hz), midrange (1kHz), and treble (10kHz). Each level can also be set to your personal taste between -8 and +8 and stored in the "User" memory.

Speaker Settings: The Speaker Setting function tailors the System Q Sound Control settings according to the type of speakers in your vehicle. You may select a Speaker Setting of "SP Off" (flat), "SP OEM." (for OEM factory speaker systems), "SP 6x9/6" (for systems with 6" and 6"x9" speakers), or "SP 5/4" (for systems with 4" and 5" speakers).

Note: The Speaker Setting affects the bass, midrange, and treble values of the System Q EX presets. The speaker setting should be selected first.

System E's+: In addition to System Q Sound Control, the DPX501 features the System E's+ crossover system for the speaker and preamp outputs. You can make the following adjustments:

  • Front High Pass Filter: 40Hz, 60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, 150Hz, 180Hz, 220Hz, or Through (no filter)
  • Rear High Pass Filter: 40Hz, 60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, 150Hz, 180Hz, 220Hz or Through (no filter)
  • Low Pass Filter: 50Hz, 60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz or Through (no filter)

Source Tone Memory: This feature allows you to store System Q bass, middle and treble tone settings for each source (CD, FM, AM, Satellite, and CD changer).

Volume Offset: The level of each source may be independently adjusted to prevent radical leaps in output volume when switching from one source to another. The available settings range from -8 to 0.

Built-in Amp Switch: If the audio signals are output to external amplifiers, you can turn off the internal amplifier to improve audio quality.

Dual Zone System: The DPX501's Dual Zone System allows you to output one source to the front channels and another source to the rear channels. The main source can be the internal disc player, tuner, or a source connected via the 13-pin CD changer input. The sub source is a device connected to the rear RCA auxiliary input. You can assign the sub source to either the front or rear channels. When the Dual Zone System is activated, the volume of the front channels is controlled by the volume knob, while the volume of the rear channels is controlled in the Audio Control menu.

CR-2 Advanced Tuner: This unit uses Kenwood's CR-2 Advanced tuner for clear radio reception. You can choose one of three tuning modes: Auto 1 (seek tuning), Auto 2 (cycles through and tunes the selected band's preset stations only with each button press), or Manual.

HD Radio Ready: With an optional Kenwood HD Radio tuner (item # 113HR100TR), you will be able to receive digital AM/FM broadcasts from local stations where available. This new technology will significantly improve audio quality and reception, as well as include information such as artist name and song titles or traffic news, viewable on the receiver's display.

Radio Data System (RDS): The unit's tuner features RDS (Radio Data System). RDS is a service used by some radio stations to transmit data outside of normal radio broadcast signals. When an RDS station is received, you can immediately find out what kind of data is being transmitted by looking at the program service name. RDS features an emergency transmission function that interrupts regular programming to broadcast an emergency announcement (such as a tornado or severe storm). There is also a switchable Traffic Information function, which will automatically tune a traffic bulletin when it is broadcast, even when you're not listening to the radio.

Clean Reception System Circuit (CRSC): This circuit controls multi-path distortion by reducing stereo separation. As stereo separation is reduced, multi-path has less effect on the radio signal, improving reception in areas with tall buildings and mountains. The CRSC circuit can be turned on or off.

Security Code: You can enter a 4-digit security code which must be used when the unit is removed from the vehicle, or the constant power source is disconnected from the unit. When constant power is restored to the unit, the security code must be entered before the unit becomes operational. The security code may be disabled if desired.

Remote Control: The DPX501 comes with the RC-527 wireless remote control with a full numeric keypad. The remote includes volume control for the rear channels when the unit is operating in the Dual Zone mode. It is powered by 2 "AA" batteries (supplied). The dimensions of the remote are: L=5.369", W=1.968", D=1.198".

Switchable Rear/Subwoofer Preouts: You can switch the rear RCA preamp outputs to a non-fading subwoofer output with independent volume control (-15 to +15), phase control (Normal/Reverse), and selectable crossover (50Hz, 60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz or Thru).

Display Illumination/Clock Display: When the unit is in Standby mode, the face/button illumination is "keyed." In addition, while the unit is in Standby mode, you can turn the clock display on or off. When the Clock Display is turned on and the unit is in Standby mode, the Clock Display is also "keyed." Pressing and holding the source button turns the unit off completely.

Display Illumination Control: When this function is active, the display turns off after 5 seconds if no operation is performed. This reduces the glare during night driving.

Display Dimmer: When the dimmer control is set to "on," the display automatically dims when the vehicle lights are turned on. When set to "off," the display doesn't dim.

Note: In order for the display dimmer feature to operate, the orange/white wire in the supplied wiring harness must be connected to the vehicle's headlight circuit.

Auxiliary Input: The DPX501 is equipped with a built-in auxiliary input. There is a set of stereo RCA jacks on a 6" pigtail on the back of the receiver for connecting an external audio source. The Auxiliary input can be activated/deactivated through the menu. When it's activated, you can select one of six names for the source: Aux, TV, Video, Game, Portable or DVD. When deactivated, Auxiliary does not appear as a source. With an optional adapter (item 113CAC1AX or 113KCAS220), you can also turn the unit's CD changer input into a second auxiliary input.

Optional iPod Adapter: This receiver is compatible with the optional Kenwood KCA-iP500 iPod control interface (item # 113IP500). When an iPod is connected to the interface, all of the iPod's controls will be disabled and it will be controlled from the receiver. With this interface, you'll be able to play your iPod music files through your Kenwood receiver and in most cases have all the titling information appear on the receiver's display.

Changer Controls

Compatibility: This unit is directly compatible with Kenwood changers manufactured in 1998 or later. If the changer has an O-N switch, the switch will need to be set to the "N" position.

Changer Controls: In addition to basic disc navigation features, this unit has the following changer controls: direct disc access (using the remote), direct track access (using the remote), track intro scan, track repeat, disc repeat, disc random, and all disc random.

CD Text/MD Display: When connected to a CD Text capable CD changer or an MD changer, this unit can display disc and track titles for discs encoded with disc and track title information. The text information can be scrolled manually or automatically.

Minimum Computer Requirements

PhatNoise Media Manager Software: To use Media Manager software, the following software and hardware are required:

  • Software: Microsoft Windows 98SE, ME, 2000, or XP
  • Hardware:
    • Personal computer (main unit, display, and peripheral units) incorporating a 500MHz or better Pentium II processor (or the equivalent) on which the above OS can run normally
    • 128MB RAM or more
    • Hard disc with 200MB free space
    • CD-R/CD-RW drive
  • Others: Internet connection environment
  • Note: Administrator authority is required when installing Media Manager in Windows 2000 or XP

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