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Our take on the Kenwood KDC-HD455U

Kenwood built an HD Radio™ tuner into their KDC-HD455U CD receiver, so you can join the ranks of radio fans who are stepping up their listening experience. You'll find participating stations all across the nation, broadcasting FM programs that approach CD quality and AM programs that are close to today's FM in sound quality, free of charge to listeners with the right gear. Other HD Radio advantages include the ability to tag tunes for later purchase at the iTunes store, and the access you'll enjoy to the additional programs offered by many stations.

A radio revolution

Kenwood built an HD Radio™ tuner into their KDC-HD455U CD receiver, so you can join the ranks of radio fans who are stepping up their listening experience. You'll find participating stations all across the nation, broadcasting FM programs that approach CD quality and AM programs that are close to today's FM in sound quality, free of charge to listeners with the right gear. Other HD Radio advantages include the ability to tag tunes for later purchase at the iTunes store, and the access you'll enjoy to the additional programs offered by many stations.

Kenwood KDC-HD455U

This Kenwood's clean lines will look great in your dash.

Enjoy your music, however you get it

You can plug your iPod® or iPhone® into the front-panel USB input for easy navigation of your music library. This receiver's 24-bit digital-to-analog converter converts the music on your iPod, thumb drive, or CD with unerring accuracy so you enjoy detailed and lifelike sound.

If you enjoy listening to Pandora® Internet radio with your iPhone, you can use the receiver's controls to browse stations, plus rate and bookmark songs — all without having to pick up your phone. The handy front-panel auxiliary input lets you plug in other audio devices, like a Dock & Play satellite radio tuner.

Outstanding audio controls

The KDC-HD445U features a 3-band EQ, high- and low-pass filters, and selectable bass boost, a big step up from the simple bass and treble controls found on most factory radios. You can even switch quickly among the preset EQ curves to complement the type of music you're playing. Kenwood's Supreme Setting accentuates high-frequency info to put the sparkle back into your MP3, WMA, and AAC music.

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 this Kenwood, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. Check the "Accessories" tab for compatible adapters.

iPod/smartphone note: If you're going to use your iPod or smartphone with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for compatibility information.

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD player with built-in MOSFET amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • built-in HD Radio tuner with iTunes tagging
    • Pandora Internet radio control with iPhone
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RW discs, including discs loaded with MP3, WMA, and AAC files
    • detachable face with with 11-character display and variable color button illumination
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • 3-band equalizer with 8 preset EQ curves
    • Supreme Setting function restores high frequencies in music files
    • high- and low-pass filters
    • subwoofer level control
    • iPod direct control via USB input — no adapter necessary, but adding Kenwood's optional connecting cable lets you leave your iPod cable at home
    • inputs: front auxiliary and USB inputs
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs ( 2.5-volt front, rear, and sub)
    Other features and specs:

    What's in the Box:

    • CD receiver (with 10-amp fuse inserted into the chassis)
    • Face (attached)
    • Trim ring (attached)
    • Sleeve (installed)
    • Wiring harness
    • Wireless remote control (RC-406)
    • CR2025 3V lithium-battery (installed in remote)
    • 2 Removal tools
    • 4 Panhead ISO-mount screws
    • 4 Flathead ISO-mount screws
    • Face-fixing screw
    • Instruction Manual (En/Fr/Sp)
    • Warranty Card

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    Found this unit to be easier to use than a different mfg. from a couple of years ago. Intuitive operation and programing

    Anonymous, Colorado


    Kenwood KDC-HD455U Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (86 Reviews)

    Great value

    Anonymous from Colorado on 8/24/2014

    2004 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Found this unit to be easier to use than a different mfg. from a couple of years ago. Intuitive operation and programing



    Great stereo for the money

    Don B from Suffolk VA on 8/24/2014

    2002 GMC Yukon
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a great stereo for the money. If you are a Ipod IPhone user this is a must have .The back lighting is pretty cool also. Its easy to use but theres a lot to setting it up or making changes. Something you don't want to do while driving.. Great product tho and Im very happy..

    Pros: Sound, lights had all the features I was looking for.

    Cons: Set up is alittle tricky

    Great Product

    Music Addiction from Nashville TN on 8/17/2014

    2004 GMC Canyon
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a great single din radio.... it had great a lot of cool features like color changing leds and tons of sound adjustments like back treble and mid plus all kinds of sub settings. The HD Radio is awesome. Great sound quality.

    Pros: Sound settings color changing leds HD Radio sub settings great sound quality

    Cons: None

    Fantastic Kenwood Stereo

    RunnerCraig from Indiana on 8/17/2014

    2006 Chrysler Town and Country
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Stereos have come a long way in playing nice with iPods and phones. Great work Kenwood and Crutchfield.

    Pros: Sound, ease of connection with devices

    Cons: Installation was easy, but stereo seems to "sag" just a bit at the back iPod menus are sort of annoying to navigate. It's easier to cue the device and then plug it in. When attaching device via USB, it sometimes picks a random podcast, playlist, etc instead of playing the last thing you listened to.

    Decent head unit for the money.

    Corey from Hillsboro, IN on 8/1/2014

    2006 Pontiac Vibe
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Good all around unit for the money. Made a huge difference in the sound quality of the vehicle. Way better than the stock unit.

    Pros: Easy to use, Sound quality

    Cons: The display is limited.

    Great choice

    Bob from Shelbyville in on 7/29/2014

    2005 GMC Sierra 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love the new radio the buttons could be a little bigger but still a great sounding radio and I love the lights feature

    Pros: Easy to install

    Cons: Buttons are kind of small

    Exellent head unit

    Anonymous from lewisburg, pa on 7/8/2014

    2005 Chrysler Crossfire
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Improved my factory stereo system significantly. Love the color options, and preset eqs. just right for my taste.



    Great Product

    Abel H. from Willis, Tx on 7/2/2014

    Best product that money can buy!

    Pros: Great features & easy too use! Remote is awesome!

    Cons: To bad the installation wasn't included

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    Anonymous from Arizona on 6/22/2014

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

    Excellent Stereo. Used in a 2003 Honda Civic. I would've liked a wiring diagram that showed me exactly how to wire everything but I figured it out eventually.




    Tanya from Chattanooga, TN on 6/12/2014

    1999 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    We purchased this for our son's car in August 2013. Everything was great until November 2013 when the USB connection and the radio quit working. Kenwood would not replace the radio, they required us to send it off for repair which took about 7 weeks to get back. Everything worked fine again until last week (June 2014). Nothing is working now, radio, cd player, USB, etc. So I guess we will send it off once again to have it repaired. This is very frustrating and it would be nice if Kenwood would just replace it all together since this is the 2nd time in 10 months.



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    ChrisM from NC on 6/11/2014

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

    Does the job



    Can't beat this head unit for the money

    Arrylay from St. Louis, MO on 6/9/2014

    2001 Dodge Ram
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Has all the features I needed, and the HD radio sound quality is very good.

    Pros: Installed easily, subwoofer outputs, HD radio, changeable color to match dash gauges,

    Cons: Single knob design makes it a little difficult to figure out how to get to all the settings, but almost all of the new units are the same way.

    5 Stars

    Johnny Ola from Tampa Bay, Florida on 6/1/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    First and foremost Crutchfield, is a 5 star business to deal with. The only bad thing I can say about them, is that they made it hard to decide, with their great selection of radios they offer. After talking to one of their sales reps, I decided on this Kenwood KDC-HD455U. I need a replacement for my almost 30 year old Cadillac Eldorado, and this had all I really needed The original radio only had a cassette, remember them? I wanted to upgrade to a CD player. All I really wanted was a radio with presets and a clock and this had them both. In the past I have installed radios in cars, but this was my first attempt in putting a modern radio in an older car. I was a little leery about how difficult it would be with the wiring and installation. Suffice it to say the only way the installation could have been easier, is if a tech came in the box the radio! The supplied all the instructions, both the manufacturers and their own, plus adapter harnesses and mounting kit that was FREE! I would definitely suggest also ordering the Posi-Products Connector Kit. They are great for quick, easy and secure connections. The wiring couldn't have been simpler. Besides a easy to read chart of the wires, all the wire were stamped as to where it was used! One installed the radio performed perfectly, even with 30 year old speakers.

    Pros: Fast Delivery Easy to follow directions Easy installation Great sound radio and CD player for the price.


    Great stereo

    Carlos from Dansville, ny on 4/27/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have used kenwood products for over 20 years and am still impressed how good they are when I buy a new one



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    Chris from Kuna Idaho on 3/31/2014

    2000 Ford F-250 Super Duty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great product at a reasonable price. Cant go wrong!



    Good features. Very ergonomic

    Matt B. from Portsmouth VA on 3/30/2014

    1996 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Good product.



    Great radio

    artellad from Beverly Hills fl on 3/27/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I wanted a HD radio with cd player, This radio fit the bill and worked well after I made up the wiring harness, plugged it and the antenna adapter in. I like it and overall I'm pleased. I do wish that replacement radios had a tuning control without multifunction buttons that do everything, but that keeps me reading the manual to learn how to do it.


    Cons: No easy tunii control

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    Anonymous from Orlando on 3/21/2014

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

    Great unit




    Brett from Reno,NV on 3/18/2014

    1993 Isuzu Pickup
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent head unit

    Pros: external inputs

    Cons: too many different menus

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    Mike from Gainesville,Ga on 3/13/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Quick Easy install with supplied kit and instructions. The adapter works great considering my local big box stores wanted $160 for the adapter plus $40 for the installation kit and $65. for the install.

    Pros: Unit works great, remote comes in handy with presets and quit source chages

    Cons: A little confusing with all presets and audio controls using the same knob/button. Operating manual could be less technical and don't assume the reader has experience with modern stereo units.


    Diane from Claremore OK on 3/13/2014

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

    Works great. Customer service was very helpful. Thanks.



    Great Head Unit

    B from Brooklyn, NY on 3/13/2014

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

    I bought this to replace the factory stereo in my 2005 Chevy Blazer. I needed this so I could get the line in and USB port for my MP3 player and phone. The installation was a little tricky due to GM's cramped bay in the dashboard, but the instructions and mounting hardware provided by Crutchfield worked out great. As some other reviewers mentioned, getting the settings right on the radio is a bit tricky so make sure to read the manual. The stereo sounds great though, and the color-changing lights are a cool bonus.

    Pros: Good Sound Line-in input USB for line in and charging HD Radio Cool lights

    Cons: Slightly confusing settings

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    Glock10mm from Knoxville Tn. on 3/11/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great product at a great price. Delivery was quick. EVERYTHING I needed was included. Customer service was astounding. Couldn't be happier. Thanks

    Pros: All around great experience.

    Cons: None

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    mike from Randolph, WI on 3/6/2014

    1998 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Works great and an excellent upgrade

    Pros: Price

    Cons: I didn't get the speaker upgrade. Get the speaker upgrade too!

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    Gary from Mechanicsville, MD on 3/3/2014

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

    Very nice receiver. Good sound quality. Display should be brighter. Hard to see on sunny days. Very simple installation.



    Kenwood KDC-HD455U is great!

    BrianF from Raleigh, NC on 2/26/2014

    1997 Honda Accord LX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The Kenwood KDC-HD455U is a great head unit for the price. I installed it in a 1997 Accord, with Infinity Kappa 3-way 6.5 speakers in the front doors and Sound Ordnance P-69 6x9 in the rear deck. The KDC-HD455U drives those 4 speakers well enough to give plenty of volume with no distortion. This system sounds great together - I am very pleased with the performance (turned out better than I expected!). The HD radio tuner is great - I can't live without HD now. And the USB and Auxiliary inputs on the front are very handy to expand access to your music. Plug in a flash drive or your mp3 player and you have loads of music available without having to carry around a bunch CDs. This unit has lots of functionality that I haven't had time to explore yet. There are enough audio controls to shape the music the way you like - the sound quality is great. Some of the menu navigation is not very intuitive, but that's a minor issue. Crutchfield's MasterSheet was a big help with the installation because I had to remove the manual gearshift knob and would not have known the 'trick' without the sheet. I installed it in September 2013 but wanted to see how it performed before submitting a review. So far (6 months), this unit is great and I couldn't be happier. Thanks Crutchfield for offering an awesome product at a good price!

    Pros: Drives 4 speakers well enough to give plenty of volume with no distortion. HD radio - can't live without it now. USB and Auxiliary inputs on the front. Easy installation with Crutchfield's MasterSheet (big help!) and installation kit.

    Cons: Tuning mode is either Seek or Manual - you have to access the menus and set it to one or the other. I wish the unit had separate tuning buttons on the front panel so you could choose seek or manual tune without having to access the menus. Cannot read the display in direct sunlight - gets totally washed out. I block the sun with my hand and can read it then. The 6 preset buttons are a little small - I wish they were bigger. But these are minor complaints - I would buy this unit again without

    This is a review ...

    sptipp from Irving, Texas on 2/20/2014

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

    This is a very nice radio with an ease of use. The Kids really thing the variable color modes are "cool"... It was a major upgrade from the old factory Ford radio and really brings to life all 6 speakers, which we changed out early with the help of Crutchfield. Would Not buy a car stereo anywhere else... Crutchfield supplies EVERYTHING you need and has the help, if you need it ...

    Pros: Everything...

    Cons: "Ligety Split." from the Tonight Show, lol ...

    Crutchfield rules!!

    SteveR from Massachusetts on 2/4/2014

    2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I recently purchased the Kenwood KDC-HD455U from Cruthfield after hearing great things on their value and service support. I wanted an after-market reciever that had HD radio,Ipod connectivity, and CD. This receiver met my needs and Crutchfield thru in my Jeep wiring harness and adapter for no cost .Great deal after pricing separate elsewhere. Installation was a breeze and matched perfectly with the four Kenwood speakers I also got from them,which also came with free brackets and harnesses. After installing. I decided to add a powered subwoofer( Sound Ordanace B-8P) also from them and the combination all works beautifully together and makes my driving experience(1 1/2 hrs. per day) much better. I highly recommend the Crutchfield team for their value and support.

    Pros: Head unit works seamlessly with Ipod and gives the ability to tune your system in perfectly-has usb port that plugs to ipod and plays and charges at the same time- also has tuning for subwoofer controls so no need to use controls on back of sub- plenty of power(22 watts RMS per channel(4) and speakers match at 25 per speaker, so no risk of blowing even at peak volume.

    Cons: None that I found.

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    john from polk city fl on 1/22/2014

    2001 Honda Civic DX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    hd sounds has plenty of power,I did not want too add a amp''

    Pros: great sound,no amp needed

    Cons: buttons are tiny

    over rated

    Mike from Enfield ct on 1/5/2014

    HD 2 shuts off when listening to HD station, clock does not keep good time, always have to reset the time

    Pros: fair sound

    Cons: HD 2, Clock, will most likely replace to unit

    Dazzling colors and nice group of functions/features

    Dan from Central Illinois on 1/3/2014

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

    I have an older Kenwood KDC-HD545U Head Unit and it works well so I expected this unit to be very similar and it is in most respects but it does have a few more features and the display colors are dazzling. I installed it into a 2002 Chevy Prizm and had to trim the panel opening to accommodate the width of this radio.

    Pros: Feature rich and display colors look great.

    Cons: The limited capabilities of the display with respect to setting up various features is cumbersome. If this device could Bluetooth or USB to a Smartphone for all setup/programming it'd be tops!

    Great Radio for a great price

    SVO from Houston, Texas on 1/2/2014

    1999 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great radio, a bit complicated to set personal preferences, but has great sound.



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    Anonymous from Green Bay, WI on 12/26/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Plenty of power, incredible looking. Easy to install, especially with Crutchfield's "help". You can match the color of the display to your vehicle's dash, or choose the color you want. Way cool!!!



    amazing head unit

    Ryan from Milwaukee, WI on 12/10/2013

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

    I love this head unit. I bought it as a gift and the install was a breeze. Once I got the physical installation set I started on the actual settings. Everything went smooth and looks great. After installing this for someone else, I have decided to put one in each of my cars. The only thing I would change is the android integration. But the aux cord on the front makes it just as easy to control it from my phone.

    Pros: awesome sound quality, attractive display

    Cons: android app

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    Tim from Victoria, TX on 12/8/2013

    1995 Ford F Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a nice radio for the price and it was easily installed.

    Pros: Display is easy to see Functions are easy to use once you learn the buttons

    Cons: Volume knob is a little difficult to use when you have big fingers.

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    John B from Norlolk, Va. on 11/4/2013

    1984 Chevrolet Blazer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The Kenwood sounded great in my Blazer. It was EZ to in stall. The three per-out are what attacked me to it. I used all three. I had to turn the bass amp down. It blows away the Super Turner I replaced, and payed twice as much for.

    Pros: Three per-outs for Amps. EZ to use.


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    Fast Wheels from New Smyrna Beach, Fl. on 10/28/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Paired up with Infinity Reference Series speakers this system sounds great. The use of the equalization built into iPods and MP3 devices really deliver outstanding sound dynamics and quality.

    Pros: Very clear, coherent, and dynamic sound.

    Cons: Could use more eq adjustability. And menu run through takes a while to get to parameter you wish to adjust sometimes.

    Great CD Receiver

    MarkSue from Spring Hill, Fl. on 10/24/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I installed this unit to replace my factory cassette/receiver. The unit works and sounds better than I thought it would. There is a learning curve to access all the available features. As with anything new, just read the owners manual cover to cover, and experiment with all the options. I have previously installed triaxials in the front doors, and quadriaxials in the rear, and the improvement is audio quality with this head unit is 10 fold. The purchasing experience, using Crutchfield, was the best ever. Their support is top notch, and the documentation included was key to a trouble free installation.

    Pros: Good looking, infinite number of variable settings, both audio and visual, excellent audio quality, and easy to operate, once you've learned all of the features. Again, read the manual, more than once.

    Cons: None, as of yet.

    Excelllent radio

    Eddie from Staten Island NY on 10/22/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Nice features awesome looking radio. Sounds better that factory radio



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    Scott I from Fort Atkinson, WI on 10/21/2013

    1995 Chevrolet Camaro
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this for my '95 Z28 and like how it looks, sounds, and fit. A great way to update any older car with today's technology. It especially plays well with my factory Bose subwoofer with thump-free power up/power down.

    Pros: Adjustable display color, powers up external amps, feature packed, USB, Ipod control.

    Cons: Like all aftermarket car stereos these days the buttons are tiny.

    Great Product. Great Features. Great Sound

    Yabow Dabda Howish from Chagrin Falls, Ohio on 10/17/2013

    2005 Kia Sorento EX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    My son wanted to replace the stock radio in the 2005 Kia Sorento we had gotten for him to drive. We finally broke down and succumbed to his intermittent nagging after almost a year. Now I wish we had done it sooner... well, first we wanted make sure he could establish himself as a good driver and not wrap the thing around a telephone pole. He succeeded. He was looking for a stereo that had an input for his iPod, which this unit does and it also has a USB port so he can charge his iPod as well. I told him not to become mesmerized by the changing colors of the faceplate and to keep his eyes on the road. This does not seem to be a problem for him. Dad thinks the morphing colors are pretty cool, though. The ease of installation was unbelievable. The most time consuming and tedious part of the process was splicing the wires to the new harness. Everything fit when reassembled and it looks good to boot. Kenwood didn't disappoint on this one nor did they rely on resting on their reputation. This stereo receiver is a hit.

    Pros: Looks good. Easy self-installation. USB port and line-in for iPod listening. Sounds great. Great price for the features included.

    Cons: Just the slightest of gaps on either side of the storage bin below the unit on my particular application on the 2005 Kia Sorento. Not all models may have this space to fill below the receiver. The gap is hard to notice unless you're looking for it.

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    Kit C. from Keaau, HI on 10/13/2013

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

    Replaced OEM stereo, sounds greatly improved, very easy to set up, love it.



    Nice Unit

    mnewmy from Madison WI on 10/11/2013

    2002 Dodge Dakota
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Nice reciever



    Excellent and fair price products

    Anonymous from Kutztown PA on 9/29/2013

    1998 Chevrolet C Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easiest and fast stall of all products. Excellent Job.



    Wife is Very Happy

    LZ from Houston, Tx on 9/7/2013

    2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very easy to install in wife's 2003 PT Cruiser. She and I are very happy with the way it sounds and looks. HD radio, CD, aux, and Iphone all sound great. Actually hear more of the words and instruments in a song than we ever heard.

    Pros: Great sound, easily operated if you go thru the manual first, looks good, easy install and looks original with installation kit.

    Cons: none

    Great stuff at a great price

    Adam from East Lansing, MI on 9/6/2013

    1983 Volvo 240 Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Everything worked well. My only gripes are there isn't a brightness adjustment for the display AND the mounting hardware it came with was a little 'loose' (tightened up once it was installed with back pressure).

    Pros: Price, quality, ease of use

    Cons: No brightness control for the display, no protective case for the removable face, and mounting hardware was a little loose compared to my last kenwood.

    Great sound, great value

    P B from Hendersonville, TN on 9/3/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I mounted this unit under the dash of my 1965 Ford Falcon wagon. This unit sounds cleaner with cheap speakers than my factory unit in my Lincoln that I upgraded with Polk db's. I like the power the unit has and the ability to customize the sound and change the light color of the unit to match my instrument color lights.

    Pros: Good power, great sound shaping capability,

    Cons: Not many HD stations in my area to really test the HD capability


    MatreCarrefour from Rochester,NY on 9/1/2013

    This thing died after about 7 weeks. I tried to explain what the situation was to the Tech, and he kept interrupting me and telling me what to do. After 20 years as an industrial maintenance mechanic and 30+ years as a musician, I am more than familiar with burned out electronics (the smell is a dead giveaway). I replaced it with another unit from a big box store, and deposited this piece of junk in the trash.. Back to rockin'.....

    Pros: Works great when it works.

    Cons: Doesn't work at all now.

    Very Nice!

    Anonymous from Lancaster, PA on 8/30/2013

    1997 Honda Civic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easily installed with included directions. Great looking and functioning product.

    Pros: Lots of features and options. Sounds great.

    Cons: Learning curve to learn all features and options, like how to get the clock to stay displayed. :)

    Great Buy

    Chris from Gloucester, VA on 8/29/2013

    2001 GMC Yukon
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great sounding stereo and you can't beat the price or the looks.

    Pros: Price,appearance, and quality

    Cons: Instruction manual is not the most straight forward so read it all.

    car stereo

    lonnie from higden ar on 8/28/2013

    2000 GMC Sierra 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    great product and service


    Cons: I keep setting clock ,,,but doesn't show on display

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    Anonymous from Warrenton,NC on 8/21/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great radio love digital radio



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    Jack from Omaha, NE on 8/20/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The unit is very attractive, and the controls are easy to use once you get used to how they work. I had to read the setup instructions carefully, but they were not that hard to understand if you go step by step. The first few days of using the unit, I kept the instruction guide near by so I could refer to it if I had to change some function. I do recommend buying this Kenwood receiver. I don't have a smart phone or steering wheel audio controls or any apple products so I don't have a review for those interface types.

    Pros: Easy install, looks good, works good

    Cons: I haven't found any cons yet.

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    dennis from bayville nj on 8/19/2013

    1990 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    cannot figure out to set this unit up instructions dont seem to help me out

    Pros: awesome unit

    Cons: instructions dont work for me

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    tony0291 from Florida on 8/11/2013

    1997 Dodge Dakota
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Doesn't control Pandora through USB cable when using the RAZR Max. Looks like it was made for iPhone.

    Pros: Lighted colors, can use thumb drive and has auxiliary connection

    Cons: Not completely compatible with Android device

    Exceeded expectations

    Michael S. from Fleming Island, FL on 8/10/2013

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

    I just needed to replace the stereo in my 2005 Saturn Vue and wanted something that I could plug my Ipod into. Install was easy with the installation kit. I hooked this up to my original equipment speakers. It has a setting for OEM speakers. This unit sounds amazing. Easy to tailor to my likes. Decent bass without a subwoofer. Ipod works great with this unit. Everything displays right there on the face. Then I tried just uploading my songs to a flash drive as the Ipod cord was kind of a pain. This worked just as good. No more Ipod or cords to fool with or hide when I park just a small flash drive. I love my new stereo.

    Pros: Great price, amazing sound, compatible with Ipod or flash drive, great looks, easy to read display. I love the changing colors.

    Cons: There is a little bit of a learning curve to figure out how to work the unit but it does everything I want. I am a little above average for a 56 year old guy when it comes to techy stuff.


    Anonymous from Germantown, MD on 7/26/2013

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

    This is an excellent unit. Quality is very high. Installation is easy- thank you Crutchfield.



    Good Buy!

    Anonymous from West Chester, Pa on 7/25/2013

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

    I installed this radio in my 2004 Chevy Malibu and it's never sounded better. The sound quality is awesome and I really recommend it to anyone who is looking for a good quality HD built in radio!



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    johnny b from chesterton in. on 7/25/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    awesome replacement for stock crossfire radio. 100% improvement. sound quality is outstanding, capture very good. hd is a real treat 30 miles from Chicago. great value.



    Good Value

    Rose33090 from Montgomery, AL on 7/24/2013

    1993 Jeep Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This radio exceeded my expectations. I was looking for a radio that would allow a plug-in USB (for flash drive) but this wasn't mentioned in description, but it does have it. It works great and there are many options for bringing in music. Only time I wish I had an iphone so I could use my Pandora account as well. You won't be disappointed w/this radio for this price.

    Pros: Has more features than description. Download the manual for more info.

    Cons: Access to Pandora limited to Apple products.

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    Franklin from Okeechobee, Fl on 7/20/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This product is just exactly what I was looking for, It gives me the sound qualities that I can hear and understand while I am traveling. Both the recorded sounds and the sounds over the airwaves are outstanding. I did have some difficulty in learning how the functions are obtained when using the system. I did not understand what it meant to reset the system and get the programs out of the demonstrative mode. It would have been a big help if there was a" road Map" paragraph in the instructions that would have taken me thru the complete set up procedures. I am very pleased that the entire system worked as well as it did and the finished product looks just as if a professional installer had done the work.

    Pros: I cannot over emphasize the importance to me it has been by having Crutchfield available to assist with complete and technically correct assistance by telephone and internet communication. They performed above and beyond as far as I am concerned and they made my problems very minor or non-existent.

    Cons: There are no cons to this review, every item was taken care of by the representatives.

    Nice unit

    JeffT from athens, ga on 7/18/2013

    1997 GMC Sierra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Unit made a noticeable positive difference in the sound quality without any other changes to the existing system. Radio tuner pulled stations in like crazy. I was VERY surprised at how well it did vs. the 17 year old Kenwood head unit that it was replacing.



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    Mrmiata from Tulsa, Ok on 7/14/2013

    1992 Chevrolet Corvette
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Looked over several mfg's and models. This one appeared to have all the features sought along with a great price. Was not disappointed at all. Wanted the "orange" display setting to match the vette's, but the demo "rainbow" is worth keeping instead of locking color.

    Pros: Major pro.. ability to change color.

    Cons: It doesn't self install? LOL.

    Excellent Stereo

    bro_hal from Memphis, TN on 7/14/2013

    2003 GMC Sonoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great sound, incredibly easy install, lots of cool features. Exactly what I was looking for. I installed this in a 2003 GMC Sonoma to replace the factory stereo - it was a huge, huge improvement. Highly recommeded.

    Pros: Easy install, great sound quality, huge improvement over the factory unit.

    Cons: Interface takes a little while to learn, but anyone can do it.

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    Vic from Hamilton,Ohio on 7/14/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent CD receiver very easy to install sound awesome!



    Great Deal

    D.W. from Staunton Va on 7/12/2013

    1993 Ford F Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Crutchfield staff recommended a Kenwood & they offered a great deal if you bought this model & 4 speakers. I have a stock stereo & speakers in a 93 Ford F350 and needed to upgrade so I could play my I pod & actually hear it. The stereo & speakers fit perfect and the wiring harness made it a breeze to hook up. I ordered this on Sunday & it was at my door on Tuesday!I love Crutchfield...they are the best in the business. This model is so cool and sounds great. If you are looking to upgrade.... go for it.

    Pros: The color changes, Pandora, & the USB plug.

    Cons: Wish it could display the time of day & song title, artist, etc. on a revolving basis. Its either one or the other


    mikes from Chicago on 7/10/2013

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

    Got this as an opened product for a great price. exceeded my expectations on sound and capabilities. My stock radios amp went out and would cut out from time to time. I couldnt handle it anymore so i decided to go the aftermarket route and i couldnt be happier that i did.

    Pros: Great sound Charges iphone when connected through usb

    Cons: none

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    MatreCarrefour from Rochester,NY on 7/9/2013

    1996 Chevrolet Tahoe
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great HU for my needs.. This is my first venture into HD radio, and it has already proven its value. From setting up the wiring harness (color code, solder, heat shrink, and taped all connections) to setting the final station preset took a total of 1:38 (an hour and thirty eight minutes), I have installed many car stereos in my time, but by far this was the least painful I have ever experienced. The most difficult aspect was choosing from the 33 display colors..

    Pros: Easy installation and set up, great sound quality.

    Cons: I may wind up installing one for my neighbor (from 80 feet away he was really impressed).

    Kenwood Awsome Head Unit

    Bob W from Scranton, Pa. on 7/9/2013

    2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I really can't say anything bad about this deck. It preforms perfectly and the usb is a big plus for playing mp3 music.

    Pros: Easy to switch from cd to usb to radio.

    Cons: Having trouble finding were to turn the peep sound off when switching inputs.


    Patrick from Grangeville, ID on 7/6/2013

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

    This is an attractive unit that puts out really great sound. I hate when a stereo illumination isn't dimmable for late night highway driving. This is dimmable. It has all the features I want.

    Pros: Dimmable display for both buttons and LED. Cool 16-color selection for the display (it's not cheesy).

    Cons: It won't make me coffee. ;)

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    Anonymous from Laredo,TX on 7/3/2013

    2004 Suzuki XL-7
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great price, features, and quality. Install was a breeze and even faster with the Crutchfield mastersheets. If you're on a budget and looking to upgrade your radio this is it!

    Pros: Features, price, 6 outputs (2 for subs, 2 for rear speakers, and 2 for front speakers)

    Cons: None!


    joshua from Gregory Michigan on 6/26/2013

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

    Great headunit easy to install



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    Rich G from Trevose, PA on 6/16/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    So far so good!!! A little better then the last version of this radio (Had some problems with the older one) They resolved it by selling me the newer model cheap. I still have to contact Kenwood to try and get some restitution on it beings it was repaired once in warranty and went bad out of warranty... This was the 1st time in 40 yrs using Kenwood products I ever had any trouble with any of them.

    Pros: Sounds great! Works pretty good and easy to program and change settings!

    Cons: HD 2,3 and 4 (on some stations) cuts out or looses signal. The color changes you can make on the face plate won't change the color of the sta ID's (sta ID's stay blue) if you want to match the colors of your instrument panel...

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    John from Southern New Jersey on 6/16/2013

    1990 Mercedes-Benz 500SL
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I put this unit into a 1990 Mercedes 500SL, it works great with the factory speakers and my wife is very happy with it.

    Pros: Fits stock radio location perfectly, factory speakers sound great with this unit.

    Cons: The wiring kit for the SL could be better, I had to find and then splice the factory woofer speakers. Not a big deal, but plug and play is always nice.

    Excellent choice

    tomg from WI on 6/14/2013

    1998 GMC Sonoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    It was recommended by Cruthfield staff, I replaced factory system and what an improvement. Very simple to install.



    great buy

    scott from Hamptonville NC on 6/11/2013

    1999 Honda Civic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    very good product for the money

    Pros: cool look and easy to install

    Cons: nothing

    Great Value

    DaveS from Tampa, FL on 6/9/2013

    1999 Dodge Ram
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Much more than I expected for $150. It has only been in the vehicle for 2 weeks, but I am very happy with the product so far.

    Pros: Great value. Easy installation. Superior sound quality. Loaded with features.

    Cons: Steering wheel controls did not work with unit; however, it could be a wiring issue that can be fixed.

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    stewA from brooklyn new york on 6/7/2013

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

    the only real disappointment is that i cannot use my Sony MP3 player to control content when using the unit in USB mode. It seems that only an I-pod can be used.


    Cons: see above

    Awesome Stereo

    Anabelle from Canon City, CO on 6/3/2013

    1999 Jeep Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I wasn't sure which stereo to pick but other Kenwood reviews sold me on it. I couldn't be happier. The sound quality is amazing and it is pretty too. I had no problems at all installing it into my 99 Cherokee. I'm sure the model specific instructions emailed by Crutchfield were great but the installation was so simple I didn't need them. The included wiring harness and face plate were perfect. As for price, Crutchfield was right on and with the included wiring harness and face plate a better value.

    Pros: Great sound, awesome looks, easy installation.

    Cons: None that I am aware of.


    vkjones from Bonham, Tx on 6/2/2013

    2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I Love my new Stereo !!! = )

    Pros: good

    Cons: none

    Awesome budget radio

    MorePower from Long Island NY on 5/28/2013

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

    I bought this to put in my 03 Mustang GT so I could have IPod connectivity. I have the factory upgraded stereo with external amps. This stereo was able to hook to and tune the stereo to get some good quality sound from the factory setup.

    Pros: Plenty of audio adjustments to fine tune the stereo to your car/liking.

    Cons: The preset buttons can be hard to distinguish by feel, requiring you to take your eyes off the road at times.

    Excellent Car Stereo!

    Mike P from Bound Brook, NJ on 5/28/2013

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

    This is a wonderful car stereo at a fantastic price. For under $150, you get so much. Play your iPod and control if from the dash or the included remote, while it charges at the same time, you'll never need to bring your CDs in the car again. Connect via USB and your music sounds great! You can also connect a music player without a USB via the AUX jack. The big improvement in sound is the iPod uses the stereo's digital-to-analog converter, as opposed to its own (which is cheap). The HD radio is excellent, too. I live in a fringe HD area, meaning sometimes those stations are picked up in HD, sometimes they're not. If listening to AM radio stations in HD, they smoothly transition back to regular AM if the signal cuts out (i.e., passing under a bridge, etc.). It can sometimes be difficult to scan through your iPod menus, but otherwise, it's definitely worth the money.



    Initial review

    Nelson from San Diego on 5/27/2013

    Head unit is a simple, effective way to get control of many of today's media devices and receive HD radio. Coming from an Alpine CDA9833 the Kenwood doesn't offer nearly as much sound control as I am used to, but it has the basics plus a High Pass Filter which was nice. Connected to my 06 Jeep Liberty Infinity 6 speaker system, it noticed the factory speakers played louder and hit harder. Though they do distort much more now than before with heavy bass. Time to swap in my Kappa Perfects I guess. The menu system of the Kenwood is a little annoying in my opinion, but is simple enough to use. Over all I am sure it will serve me well (Read: My wife as it is in "her" Jeep) for connecting Androids and iThings and Pandoras and the like.



    great unit

    mkingz from norcal on 5/25/2013

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

    great unit, has all the stuff the old one didn't. ipod interface is good feature and easy to use. used both line and wire outputs and sound real nice. color changing is neat addition.



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    tnd from jacksonville nc on 5/16/2013

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

    Not too bad, especially for running out of an almost stock system it still improved my sound quality both through the radio as well as mp3 or cd. However, I personally found I rarely am using the HD radio, and would suggest considering a model without an HD tuner as well.

    Pros: Good presets, easy to adjust as well including light color and brightness Will improve sound of stock system Iphone pandora compatibility

    Cons: Have to click back through the entire submenu to return. The android app for kenwood doesn't seem to work

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    Anonymous from United States on 3/10/2013

    2000 Pontiac Grand Am
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Looks great and sounds better. You can dim the lightning and change the colors.

    Pros: Sounds better. Dimming of colors.

    Cons: None


    Hands-on research

    Features and Specs

    AUX Input Front
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input Front
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Android Control Yes
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible No
    Satellite Radio Ready No
    HD Radio Built-in
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano 7/6/5/4/3/2/1
    Touch 5/4/3/2/1
    iPhone 5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) N/A
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) ---
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20KHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 2.5 volts
    Display Color Bluish white
    Key Button Color Variable
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    FM Sensitivity 9.3 dBf
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No

    Product Research

    HD Radio
    USB/Android/Aux Integration
    iPod/iPhone Control
    Disc Playback
    Audio Section
    Display Features
    Remote Control

    HD Radio

    Built-In HD Tuner: 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 (70 dB SN @ 20-20kHz) with static free and clear reception. The unit's built-in HD Radio tuner allows analog AM/FM tuning as well.

    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 to check for HD Radio stations in your area.

    Receive Mode: You can setup the KDC-HD455U to receive both analog and digital radio stations (Auto), only HD Radio stations (Digital), or only analog radio stations (Analog).

    IF Band: You can switch the tuner's IF Band to Wide or Auto to increase/decrease the selectivity. The Auto setting increases the tuner selectivity to reduce interference noises from adjacent stations (stereo effect may be lost). The Wide setting decreases the tuner's selectivity which is subject to interference noises from adjacent stations, but sound quality will not be degraded and the stereo effect will remain.

    Station Text: AM/FM digital stations can offer text and data such as artist names and song titles.

    Multicasting: In addition to conventional broadcasts, with HD Radio broadcasting it is possible to choose from up to 8 multicast programs (HD1 to HD8).

    iTunes Tagging: It is possible to save the song's information (tag) from and HD Radio broadcasting station to your USB-direct connected iPod/iPhone. The songs will show up in a playlist called "Tagged" in iTunes (7.4 or later) the next time you sync your iPod/iPhone. Then you can directly buy the songs you want from the iTunes Music Store. Your iPod/iPhone must have at least 50MB of free space to "tag" and transfer songs. You can "tag" up to 50 songs.

    Tuner Presets: The KDC-HD455U's tuner features 3 FM banks (1, 2, 3) and 1 AM bank for storing presets. The Kenwood KDC-HD455U 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.

    Auto Memory Tuning: Not only does the CD receiver's tuner allow you manually enter your desired presets you can choose to have the unit automatically put stations with good reception in the memory banks automatically; this is a handy feature when traveling.

    Seek Modes: 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.

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

    USB/Android/Aux Integration

    USB Port: The Kenwood KDC-HD455U features a front panel USB (type-A) port that is hidden behind a flip-up cover. The USB port enables connection and control of a portable USB mass-storage class (MSC) device; such as your Android smartphone, portable digital audio player, or USB thumbdrive. The unit supports playback of MP3 (8-320 kbps), WMA (32-192 kbps), AAC (8-320 kbps) music files stored on a compatible USB memory device formatted with FAT16 or FAT32 file system. Your USB device should only have a maximum of 8 folder layers, 255 folders, and 255 files per folder - with a maximum of 65,025 files and folders. USB portable audio players 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.

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

    Music Control for Android Smartphone: 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 free Kenwood Music Control App for Android can be downloaded onto your Android smartphone from the Google Play App Store. Your Android smartphone must be running Android OS 2.2 or later. 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 the following Android supported functions.

    • Song Management: Music stored in your Android smartphone can be navigated from the Kenwood CD receiver. Songs can be easily selected by searching for a Song title, Artist name, Album label, or Genre.
    • Song Information Display: Song information such as Artist name, Song title, and Album label are displayed on the connected Kenwood CD receiver.
    • Mood Playlist: Playlists can be created by classifying songs into categories by type of mood. Songs are analyzed and classified into the following categories of moods - High Energy (Active/Powerful/Core), Acoustic (Detailed/Simple/Smooth/Easy), Standard (Dynamic/Rockin/Vivid), Stylistic (Cool/Urban/Trance)
    • Intro Skip: This function allows you to choose and listen to only the hook-lines of songs stored in your Android smartphone.
    Note: When the Kenwood Music Control app is first downloaded it will require some time to populate all the music, so we suggest doing this overnight.

    Music Files Format Supported by Music Control app for Android:

    Codec Extension Bit Rate Sampling Frequency
    AAC .aac, m4a up to 160 kbps 8-48 kHz
    MP3 .mp3 8-320 kbps n/a
    PCM/WAV .wav 8-/16-bit n/a

    Music Editor Compatible: The Kenwood KDC-HD455U supports the PC application, Kenwood Music Editor Lite (ver.1.1.0). Kenwood Music Editor Lite is a Windows-based desktop software that helps organize, manage and transfer MP3/WMA/AAC music files to your USB (MSC) device from your PC. When you playback audio files that have been stored on your USB (MSC) device 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. The Kenwood Music Editor Light (ver.1.1.0) Windows-based software can be downloaded for free from to your PC. The Kenwood Music Editor Light is compatible with the following Windows Microsoft Operating Systems.

    • Windows XP Professional, Home Edition SP2 or later (32-bit)
    • Windows Vista (32/64-bit)
    • Windows 7 (32/64-bit)
    Note: Not compatible with Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad, Zune, or Android

    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-HD455U allows you to select the source type displayed when using the auxiliary input. You can choose from AUX, DVD, Portable, Game, Video, or TV. The unit has 3 auxiliary input modes.

    • On1: Outputs the sound of the external unit connected to the Aux terminal when switched to the Aux source.
    • On2: Activates the attenuator function when turning on the power with the auxiliary source selected. This prevents the noise when no external unit is connected to the Aux terminal. Turn off the attenuator function when listening to output from an external unit.
    • Off: Disables the selection of the Aux source.

    iPod/iPhone Control

    iPod Direct Connection w/ DAC Bypass: The KDC-HD455U's front-panel USB port acts as an iPod/iPhone high-speed direct connection when used with the optional Kenwood USB Direct Connection Cable (113KCIP102, sold separately) or the USB/iPod cable that comes with your iPod/iPhone. If you have an iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), or iPhone 5/5C/5S; use the Lightning-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect to the head unit. Using either cable allows audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of select iPod/iPhone models from the KDC-HD455U.

    • DAC Bypass: This USB connection allows your iPod/iPhone's large music libraries to be loaded instantly to the head unit and sound quality to be maximized through the head unit's 24-bit D/A converter, allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 105dB. The Kenwood head unit supports audio playback of music files and podcasts stored on your iPod or iPhone, as well as music apps streamed to your iPhone.
    • Music Control: You can choose to control the iPod/iPhone from the head unit or from your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen.
      • Head Unit: The Kenwood head unit allows you to navigate your iPod's music by Playlist, Artists, Album, Genre, Composer, Song, or Podcast. You can search these categories alphabetically or using a percentage search (0.5%, 1%, 5%, 10%). The head unit also supports Repeat (file) & Random (folder) playback functions of your connected iPod/iPhone.
      • iPod/App Mode: In iPod/App mode, you can navigate the stored music on your iPod/iPhone from its clickwheel or touchscreen. You can also listen to your favorite music apps (such as iHeartRadio, SiriusXM, Rhapsody, & Slacker) from your iPhone (iOS 3.0+) through the Kenwood head unit and your vehicle's speakers. You will continue to use your iPhone's touchscreen to navigate your apps. Not all apps will be compatible with App Mode. Access to your iPhone's downloaded applications will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet.
    • Information Display: The KDC-HD455U will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information when you are controlling your iPod or iPhone from the Kenwood head unit. The head unit will display Track number, Elapsed playing time, Artist name, Song title, and Album label. If you choose to operate your connected iPod/iPhone via its clickwheel or touchscreen controls, the KDC-HD455U will not display your iPod/iPhone's music information (the head unit will instead display "APP/iPod").
    • Battery Charging: 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. This unit does not charge the iPad. If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it.

    Pandora App: The Pandora App (free) lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the Kenwood KDC-HD455U using your connected Apple iPhone, via the Kenwood KCA-iP102 USB/iPod connector cable (sold separately), or the cable supplied with your iPhone. The Kenwood KDC-HD455U 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 also save 3 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 (iOS3 or later) 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 service account.

    Note: Access to the Pandora service 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.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Kenwood KDC-HD455U is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 10/8/2013):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type iTunes Tagging Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/App Pandora app Artist/Song Text Track Info
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4 7.0.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 7.0.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5 7.0.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5C 7.0.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5S 7.0.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y
    4th 6.0.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y
    5th 7.0.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N N Y Y N Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y
    6th 1.1 PC Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y
    7th 1.01 PC Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N N Y Y N Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    2 7.0.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    3 7.0.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    4 7.0.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    mini 7.0.2 Y N Y 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 available.

    Disc Playback

    Disc Compatibility: The unit features a single disc player that will playback CD-Audio, CD-Text, and finalized CD-R/CD-RW audio discs.

    MP3/WMA/AAC Playback: The KDC-HD455U can play MP3 (8-320 kbps), WMA (32-192 kbps), AAC (8-320 kbps) music files recorded on CD-R and CD-RW discs in ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, Romeo, and Long file name formats. Each disc can have a maximum of 8 directory levels, 50 folders, and 255 files per folder (512 maximum number of files and folders). During MP3/WMA/AAC playback, the unit displays any recorded ID3 Tag (ver. 1.x/2.x) and WMA Tag information - up to 60 characters.

    Text Scroll: The KDC-HD455U will display CD text or Audio file text. You can set the text scrolling feature to three different modes (Auto, Once, or Off) to scroll longer titles across the screen.

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

    Direct Music Search: The supplied IR wireless remote control (RC-406) allows you to search for music directly by entering the track number.

    Playback Modes: The Kenwood KDC-HD455U features the following Repeat, Random, and Scan playback modes.

    • Repeat Play: Track, File, or Folder
    • Random Play: Disc or Folder
    • Scan Play: Track or File (plays the first 10-seconds of each music track on a disc or music file in a folder)

    Last Position Memory: If the unit is shut off or switched to the tuner mode while a CD is playing, the next time CD is selected as the source, playback will resume from the point where it left off.

    CD 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.
    • 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 mode.

    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.

    Audio Section

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The Kenwood KDC-HD455U utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood KDC-HD455U 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-HD455U 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: The KDC-HD455U 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 front, rear, and subwoofer preamp outputs are fixed to the rear chassis of the head unit.

    Front & Rear High-Pass Filter: The KDC-HD455U 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.

    Subwoofer Controls: The Kenwood KDC-HD455U 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.

    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).

    Preset EQ: Eight 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 (12.5kHz). You can choose from the following preset EQ curves - Rock, Pops, Easy, Top 40, Jazz, Natural, Game, and User.

    Note: You can store bass, middle and treble tone settings for each source (CD, AM/FM, Aux, USB, iPod, and Pandora).

    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 (BB1, BB2, BB3, or Off).
    • Loudness: This function enhances low and high frequencies to make the sound clearer lower volumes. There are 3 levels (LV1, LV2, or Off).
    • Supreme Setting: When MP3 or WMA files encoded at a low bit rate (less than 96 kbps, 44.1k, 48kHz) are played, the Supreme Setting function restores their high frequencies so the sound quality is closer to files encoded at a high bit rate. The processing is optimized for the compression format and the bit rate used. When the Supreme Setting is Off, the unit plays the original sound stored in the audio file.

    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.

    Display Features

    Detachable Face: The Kenwood KDC-HD455U 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.

    Fluorescent Display: The Kenwood head unit features a single-line, 11-character, bluish-white backlit fluorescent display.

    Variable Color Button Illumination: The Kenwood KDC-455U features variable color 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 Kenwood logo and eject button remain red.

    Illumination Dimmer: You can manually dim the LCD and button illumination to better suit the time of day. The Kenwood logo and eject button do not dim.

    Display Illumination/Clock Display: When the unit is in Standby mode, the face and button illumination is "keyed." 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.

    Demo Mode: This unit features a Demo mode which can be turned On or Off within the menu.

    Remote Control

    Wireless Remote Control: The KDC-HD455U comes with an IR remote control (RC-406) for wireless operation of the head unit. The remote will control Audio, CD, USB, 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 Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.

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