iPhone & Android Integration
Internet + AM/FM Radio
iPhone & Android Integration
iPhone Direct Connection: The Kenwood KDC-HD262U's front-panel
USB port can be used to connect your Lightning-connector or 30-pin dock
connector iPod/iPhone to the head unit. The KDC-HD262U supports audio playback,
music navigation, information display, and charging of your compatible Apple
- Lightning Connector: If you have a newer iPod/iPhone
with the Lightning-connector, you can use Kenwood's Lightning
connector-to-USB cable (113KCIP103
sold separately) or the Lightning-to-USB cable that came with your Apple
device to connect your iPod/iPhone to the KDC-HD262U.
- 30-Pin Dock Connector: If you have an older iPod/iPhone
with a 30-pin dock connector, you can use Kenwood's dock connector-to-USB
sold separately) or the dock connector-to-USB cable that comes with your
Apple device to connect your iPod/iPhone to the KDC-HD262U.
Note: The head unit's USB connection provides 1A of
current to power and charge your connected iPod/iPhone when your vehicle's
ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position (if your iPod/iPhone
has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it).
iPhone Audio Playback w/ DAC Bypass: The USB connection
allows your iPod/iPhone's stored music and music apps to be loaded instantly to
the head unit and sound quality to be maximized through the head unit's 16-bit
D/A converter, allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 105dB. The Kenwood
head unit supports audio playback of stored music,
music apps, and podcasts on your iPod or iPhone. The KDC-162 provides music control and
song/artist information display. You can choose between two operating modes.
- Head Unit Mode + Song/Artist Info: From the head unit's
front-panel controls you can search for stored music by Playlist, Artist,
Album, Song, Podcast, Genre, and Composer. The contents of a Playlist or
Category can be searched alphabetically (A-Z) or numerically (0-9). The
KDC-HD262U also supports Repeat (file/all) and Random (album/all) playback
functions of stored music on your iPod/iPhone. In addition, you'll be able
to control basic playback functions (such as Play/Pause, Previous/Next
Track) from stored music and select music apps streamed to your iPhone.
During Head Unit Mode, the KDC-HD262U will display your iPod/iPhone's music
file information such as Track number, Elapsed playing time, Artist name,
Song title, and Album title. Newer iPod/iPhones with iOS 6.0+ allow you to
continue to access your Apple device's touchscreen in this mode in order to
access other applications; older iPod/iPhone devices will be locked during
- iPod/iPhone Mode: The iPod/iPhone Mode lets you control
your older iPod/iPhone (iOS 5.1.1 and earlier) from its clickwheel or
touchscreen. You'll still have access to basic playback controls (like
Play/Pause & Previous/Next Track) from the head unit, but advanced
navigation functions will be locked. No song/artist information is displayed
in this mode. The unit will simply display "App & iPod Mode".
Apple Device Compatibility Chart: The Kenwood KDC-HD262U is
"Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model
features (as of 3/3/2015):
| Apple Device || Generation || Tested Version || Media Type || Control Type || Display Type || Charge |
| Audio || Video || Head Unit || iPod/iPhone || Pandora/iHeart Radio || Artist/Song Text || Track Info |
| iPhone |
| 3G || 4.2.1 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| 3GS || 5.1.1 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 4 || 7.1.2 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 4S || 8.1.3 || Y || N || Y || Y
|| Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 5/5C/5S || 8.1.3 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 6+/6 || 8.1.3 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| touch |
| 2nd || 4.2.1 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| 3rd || 5.1.1 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| 4th || 6.1.3 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| 5th || 8.1.3 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| nano |
| 3rd || 1.1.3 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| 4th || 1.0.4 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| 5th || 1.0.2 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| 6th || 1.2 PC || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| 7th || 1.02PC || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| classic || 80GB || 1.1.2 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| 120GB || 2.0.1 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| 160GB || 2.0.4 || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| iPad || 1 || 5.1.1 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || N |
| 2 || 8.1.3 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || N |
| 3 || 8.1.3 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || N |
| 4/air || 8.1.3 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || N |
| mini || 8.1.3 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change
functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may
need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If
this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is
Android Connectivity: The Kenwood KDC-HD262U's front-panel USB port also
lets you connect your Android smartphone for music playback. Click
here for the most current list of compatible Android smartphones. Kenwood does not guarantee operation with all Android devices. Some
Android device may freeze if the device is disconnected from the head unit's USB
port without pressing the Disconnect button. There are 3 type of
connection methods based on your type of Android smartphone and what content you
want to listen to.
- Hand Mode for Newer Androids: The Kenwood KDC-HD262U
supports Android Open Accessory 2.0 (AOA 2.0), which lets you connect
your Android smartphone (OS 4.1+) to the KDC-HD262U's front-panel USB port and
listen to stored music and music apps from your Android device through the
Kenwood head unit. You'll be able to control basic playback functions such
as Play/Pause and Previous/Next Track. Other advanced music navigation will
still be done from your Android smartphone's touchscreen. In this mode, the
head unit will not display song/artist information; only "Hand Mode" will
show up on display. You'll continue to view song/artist information from the
Android device's touchscreen. You'll also still be able to access other
functions and applications from your Android smartphone's touchscreen, while
listening to music through the head unit. If you make a call or answer a
call from your smartphone while listening to music in this mode, the music
will pause until you are finished with the call and then start back up again.
- Kenwood Music Play for Newer Androids: Downloading the
Kenwood Music Play app onto your Android (OS 4.1+) smartphone not only
allows you to listen to stored music from your Android device through the Kenwood CD receiver
connected via USB, but it also lets you browse your Android smartphone's music library from the head
unit's front-panel controls. You can browse your store music library by Playlist,
Artist, Song, Album, or Genre. You can also control Play/Pause and
Previous/Next track from the head unit. In addition, the head unit will
display song/artist information. You can exit the Kenwood Music Play app to
access other functions and applications of your Android smartphone, while
your stored music library is still playing through your head unit. If you
make a call or answer a call from your smartphone while listening to music
in this mode, the music will pause until you are finished with the call and
then start back up again.
- Music Control for Older Android Smartphones: The Kenwood Music
Control app for Android organizes your Android smartphone's music, while
providing quick and easy search capability from the Kenwood CD receiver. The
Kenwood Music Control App can be downloaded onto your Android
smartphone from the Google Play App Store. Your Android smartphone must be
running Android OS Froyo or Gingerbread (OS 2.2). Once the app is downloaded and
has a chance to organize all the stored music on your Android smartphone, you
can connect your Android smartphone to the Kenwood CD receiver via USB (your
compatible Android smartphone must be recognized as a USB mass storage class
device; not compatible with MTP protocol). The Kenwood Music Control app
offers music browsing by song title/artist name/album title/genre,
song/artist information display, a mood playlist (high
energy/acoustic/standard/stylistic), and intro skip.
Note: The head unit's USB connection provides 1A of current to
power and charge your connected Android smartphone when your vehicle's
ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position (if your Android device
has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it).
Internet + AM/FM Radio
Internet Radio Apps (for iPhone): The Kenwood KDC-HD262U allows
you to access Pandora
and iHeartRadio online
music services through your USB-connected iPhone (iOS 5.0+). Your Apple iPhone
must be connected to the KDC-HD262U via the Kenwood
KCA-iP103 cable (sold separately), Kenwood
KCA-iP102 cable (sold separately), or the cable supplied with your iPhone.
Your iPhone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the
Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi.
- Pandora App: The
Pandora App (free) lets you play music from the Pandora music service
through the Kenwood KDC-HD262U using your USB-connected Apple iPhone. The Kenwood KDC-HD262U provides control over the
Pandora music service and displays Artist, Album, and Song information. You
can select Pandora stations from your station list and sort them by date or
alphabetically (A-Z). New stations can be created based on the current songs
or artists playing. You can save up to five Pandora stations as presets. You
can also skip song tracks within a station. You can even give songs a thumbs
up or thumbs down. To access Pandora you must have an Apple iPhone (iOS
5.0+) with the latest version of the Pandora application from Apple's iTunes
App Store. Your iPhone will need an active Data Plan account with connection
to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. You will also need a Pandora music
- iHeartRadio Link: The free
iHeartRadio Link app for Kenwood from lets you play music from the
iHeartRadio music service through the Kenwood KDC-HD262U using your
USB-connected Apple iPhone (iOS 5.0+). The iHeartRadio music service
provides access to more than 1,500 live radio stations from coast-to-coast
(including pop, country, urban, rock, talk, and sports). The KDC-HD262U will
provide control over the iHeartRadio Link app, as well as display station
identification and song/artist information. From the head unit's front-panel
controls, iHeartRadio stations can be searched by the following categories
(Local, Genre, City, or My Stations). The Local
selection provides a list of radio stations in your local listening area.
The unit also provides over 22 Genres to choose from (including pop,
country, hip-hop, jazz, etc.) to help you find the right radio station for
you. In addition, you can search for radio stations by City. Cities
can be searched alphabetically (A-Z). You can even store your favorite
stations (My Stations) for easier, quicker access. An active
iHeartRadio account is required.
Note: Access to the Pandora and iHeartRadio services will
depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of
allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in
Canada and only available in the United States.
HD Radio: With its built-in HD Radio tuner, you can receive
digital AM/FM broadcasts from local stations where available. HD Radio
significantly improves AM/FM audio quality and reception, as well as includes
information such as artist name and song titles or traffic news, viewable on the
receiver's display. HD Radio Technology will deliver high-quality digital sound.
AM digital will have FM-like quality in stereo (70dB SN @ 40-15kHz), while FM
digital will have CD-like quality (75 dB SN @ 20-20kHz) with static free and
clear reception. The unit's built-in HD Radio tuner allows analog AM/FM tuning
- Receive Mode: You can setup the KDC-HD262U to receive
both analog and digital radio stations (Auto), only HD Radio stations
(Digital), or only analog radio stations (Analog).
- Seek + Direct Tuning: You can choose one of three seek
modes: Auto 1 (seek tuning), Auto 2 (cycles through and tunes the selected
band's preset stations only with each button press), or Manual. You can
directly access an AM/FM station by entering in the frequency number using
the include wireless remote control.
- Tuner Presets: The KDC-HD262U's tuner features 3 FM banks
(1, 2, 3) and 1 AM bank for storing presets. Not only does the CD receiver's
tuner allow you manually enter your desired presets you can choose to have
the unit automatically put stations with good reception in the memory banks
automatically; this is a handy feature when traveling. The Kenwood KDC-HD262U
offers two preset modes.
- Normal: You can store 6 presets for each AM/FM bank
giving you a total of 18 FM presets and 6 AM presets (total of 24).
- Mix: A total of 6 preset stations can be assigned
to the head unit's 6 preset buttons, regardless of AM/FM band. This lets
you recall a preset station without switching between bands.
- Station Text + Multicasting: AM/FM digital stations can
offer text and data such as artist names and song titles. In
addition to conventional broadcasts, with HD Radio broadcasting it is
possible to choose from up to 8 multicast programs (HD1 to HD8).
Note: HD Radio is the system for digital AM and FM
broadcasting in the U.S. More than 2,000 radio stations are broadcasting
their primary signals in digital HD Radio technology, as a free service. Go
to HDRadio.com to
check for HD Radio stations in your area.
Disc Compatibility: The unit features a single disc player
that will playback CD-Audio and finalized CD-R/CD-RW audio discs.
- CD Read: This function sets the method for reading a CD
disc. You can choose between two modes - CD1 (automatically distinguishes
between audio file disc and music CD when playing a CD or CD-R/RW disc) or
CD2 (when unable to play a special formatted CD, set this function to CD2 to
force playing; some music CD discs may be unplayable even when set to this
- Off Insert/Eject: A CD disc can be inserted or ejected
with the power off. When a disc is inserted with the power off, the unit
will automatically power up and begin playback.
- Auto Reload: If the ejected disc is not removed within
15 seconds, the disc is automatically inserted again into the loading slot
to protect it from dust.
Note: For proper disc playback you must install the unit within
30-degrees of horizontal.
USB Port: The Kenwood KDC-HD262U features a front-panel USB
(type-A) port that is hidden behind a flip-out cover. The USB port enables
connection of select USB thumbdrives, select Android smartphones (see Android
section above), and select iPod/iPhones (see iPod/iPhone section above). You can
insert a USB thumbdrive into the head unit's USB port for playback of a variety
of music files stored on the USB mass storage class device. USB portable devices that can be charged via USB will be charged
when plugged into the CD receiver's USB port (max. 1A), and the vehicle's
ignition switch is set to ACC or On.
- Music Drive: When a mass storage class (MSC) compatible
smartphone (like Android with Froyo/Gingerbread OS) is connected to the head
unit's USB input, the unit's Music Drive features lets you select its
internal memory or external memory (such as an SD card) for stored music
playback. The Music Drive feature also lets you switch between multiple
memory cards (up to 5) in a USB multi-card reader or multiple USB
thumbdrives (up to 5) connected to a USB hub.
- Music Editor Compatible: The Kenwood KDC-HD262U supports
the free Windows PC application, Kenwood Music Editor Lite
Music Editor Lite (v1.1.0). Kenwood Music Editor Lite is a Windows-based
desktop software that helps organize, manage and transfer music files
(MP3/WMA only) to your USB thumbdrive from your PC. When you playback audio
files that have been stored on your USB thumbdrive using Kenwood Music
Editor Lite through this unit, you can search a file by title, album, or
artist name using the head unit's Music Search function. Compatible Windows
PC include XP Professional, Home Edition SP2 or later (32-bit); Vista
(32/64-bit); 7 (32/64-bit); or 8.
Compatible Music Files: The Kenwood KDC-HD262U supports the
following types of MP3, WMA, WAV files recorded onto CD-R/RW discs or loaded
onto a USB thumbdrive or other USB mass storage class devices.
| Media Type || CD-R/RW || USB |
| File System ||ISO9660
Level 1 or 2, Romeo, Joliet, or Windows long file name ||FAT
| Playable File Types ||
MP3: bit rate of 8-320kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48kHz |
WMA: bit rate of 32-192kbps w/ sampling rate of 8-48kHz
WAV (USB only): bit rate of 8- or 16-bit
| Maximum # of Folders/Files ||999
folders/20,480 files (999 files per folder) |
| Tags ||ID3 tag
(version 1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4), WMA tag |
Playback & Search Functions: The Kenwood KDC-HD262U offers a variety of
playback and search functions to help you find and enjoy your music on disc and
- Music Search: The Kenwood AM/FM CD
receiver features a Music Search feature which allows you to scroll through
and select your MP3/WMA music folders and files, as well as scroll through
your audio CD's music tracks using the head unit's rotary knob. This
function also supported by Kenwood's Music Editor Lite software and USB
- Direct Search: The supplied IR wireless remote control (RC-406)
allows you to search for music directly by entering the track number for
discs and USB.
- Repeat & Random: You can repeat the playback of a music file or folder
on a CD or USB device. You can also randomly play back all files on al disc
or within in a folder of a USB device.
- Last Position Memory: If the unit is shut off or
switched to the tuner mode while a CD or USB is playing, the next time CD or
USB is selected as the source, playback will resume from the point where it
Aux In: The unit is equipped with a front panel 3.5mm
minijack auxiliary input that can be used to input audio from a portable audio
source, such as a portable MP3 player. The Aux input must be turned on to
function. The KDC-HD262U allows you to select the source type displayed when using
the auxiliary input. You can choose from AUX, DVD, Portable, Game, Video, or TV.
16 Bit D/A Converter: The Kenwood KDC-HD262U utilizes a 16-bit
digital to analog converter for superior sound quality.
MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood KDC-HD262U is equipped with a
MOSFET amplifier. Compared to conventional power supplies, the MOSFET
amplification circuit is smaller and more efficient, and it delivers increased
power with less distortion and absolutely zero on/off switching noise. More
power means louder and cleaner music at higher volumes because you're not
pushing the limits of the amplification circuit. The power output specs for the
KDC-HD262U are as follows:
- Full Bandwidth Power: 22 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4
ohms, 20-20kHz, 1% THD)
- Maximum Output Power: 50 watts x 4 channels
6ch/2.5V Preamp Outputs + Sub Control: The KDC-HD262U
features front, rear and subwoofer 2.5-volt preamp outputs. The front and rear
speaker preamp outputs are balance and fade adjustable. The subwoofer preamp
output is non-fading. The Kenwood CD receiver offers the following subwoofer
controls, when you are using unit's subwoofer preamp output.
- Low Pass Filter: The receiver features a built-in Low
Pass Filter control for the preamp-output, when the output is set to
Subwoofer. You can select from 85 Hz, 120 Hz, 160 Hz, or off.
- Subwoofer Phase: You can adjust the phase of the
subwoofer output between 180-degrees (Reverse) or 0-degrees (Normal).
- Subwoofer Level: Once the Subwoofer preamp output is
activated, you can independently control the subwoofer preamp output level
(-15 to +15) from the CD receiver.
Front & Rear High-Pass Filter: The KDC-HD262U features a
High-Pass Crossover for the front & rear channels when your front & rear
speakers are connected by the unit's speaker-outputs or preamp-outputs. You can
adjust the high-pass crossover from "Through", 100, 120, or 150 Hz. The
"Through" selection is a full-range setting.
Speaker Settings: The Speaker Setting function tailors the
head unit's audio settings according to the type of speakers in your vehicle.
You may select a Speaker Setting of 'SP-Off' (flat/off), 'SP-OEM' (for OEM
factory speaker systems), 'SP-6x9/6' (for systems with 6" and 6"x9" speakers),
or 'SP-5/4' (for systems with 4" and 5" speakers).
EQ Pro: The KDC-HD262U is equipped with Kenwood's EQ Pro. The
integrated equalizer offers 8 preset sound modes (Rock, Pops, Easy, Top 40,
Jazz, Natural, Drive EQ, or User) suitable for the music genre of your choice.
The Drive EQ mode is an EQ preset that helps reduce road noise. The User mode
allows you to manually adjust the head unit's 3-band parametric EQ (Frequency,
Level, and Q-Factor).
| EQ Pro |
| Frequency || Level || Q |
| Bass ||60, 80, 100, 200 Hz ||-8 to +8 ||1.0, 1.25, 1.5, 2.0 |
| Midrange || 0.5, 1.0, 1.5, 2.5 kHz || -8 to +8 || 0.75, 1.0, 1.25 |
| Treble ||10.0,
12.5, 15.0, 17.5 kHz ||-8 to +8 ||Fixed |
Note: You can store EQ Pro bass, middle and treble tone
settings for each source (Disc, Tuner, Aux, USB, iPod, Android, and Pandora/iHeart
Sound Enhancements: The head unit provides further sound
enhancements for your car audio system.
- Bass Boost: The Kenwood CD receiver features a Bass
Boost control that can be set to the following levels (1-3 or off).
- Loudness: This function enhances low and high
frequencies to make the sound clearer lower volumes. There are 3 levels (1-2
- Sound Reconstruction: When MP3 or WMA files encoded at
a low bit rate (less than 96 kbps, 44.1k, 48kHz) are played, the Sound
Reconstruction function restores their high frequencies so the sound quality
is closer to files encoded at a high bit rate. The processing is optimized
for the compression format and the bit rate used. When Sound Reconstruction
is Off, the unit plays the original sound stored in the audio file.
- 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 (-8 to +8 for Aux source).
Key Beep: The in-dash head unit provides an audible beep to
confirm button operation. This function can be turned On or Off.
Detachable Face: The Kenwood KDC-HD262U features a single front
loading CD face that detaches from the chassis to deter theft. There is no
protective face case included. An optional soft face case (142DFC1X,
sold separately) can be purchased for this unit. A face-fixing screw is supplied
for making the face non-detachable, if desired.
Variable Color Illumination: The Kenwood KDC-HD262U features
variable color display and button illumination. You can choose from one of 24
preset colors, have the unit scan through all 24 preset colors continuously, or
customize your own color (RGB; 0-9). The custom setting allows you to
individually adjust the intensity of Red, Green, and Blue (from 0-9) to better
match your vehicle's interior lights. The same color setting is applied to both
the display and buttons. The Kenwood logo remains red.
Text Scroll: The KDC-HD262U will display song/artist
information text from CD, USB, iPod, and Android. You can set the text scrolling
feature to three different modes (Auto, Once, or Off) to scroll longer titles
across the screen.
Brightness & Dimmer: You can adjust the brightness of the LCD from
0-31. You can also dim (on or off) the display. These setting only affect the
LCD and do not affect the button illumination.
12Hr/24Hr Clock: The head unit can be set to display a 12hr
or 24hr clock. The unit also displays the day (Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, or
Sat). The clock is only displayed when selected and does not
display simultaneously with song/artist or station information. The day & time
can be selected to remain on, even if the head unit is switched off (as long as
the vehicle's key is in the accessory or start position).
Demo Mode: This unit features a Demo mode which can be
turned On or Off within the menu.
Wireless Remote Control: The KDC-HD262U comes with an IR remote
control (RC-406) for wireless operation of the head unit. The remote will
control Audio, CD, USB/iPod, and Tuner functions. It is powered by a single CR2025 3V
lithium-cell battery (supplied).
- Numeric Keypad: The wireless remote control features a
numeric keypad (0-9) which allows direct track access of your music tracks &
files (from CD or USB), as well as AM/FM presets.
- Attenuator: The CD receiver features an Attenuator
button on the supplied remote control that turns the volume down very
quickly with one touch of the button.
Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The head unit features
an OEM steering wheel remote control input wire (blue/yellow) within the
included wiring harness that lets you keep your vehicle's factory radio steering
wheel remote controls when used with an optional
steering wheel audio control adapter (sold separately). Please consult
Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.