2004 Dodge Ram 1500
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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
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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.
This Kenwood's clean lines will look great in your dash.
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.
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.
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.
Found this unit to be easier to use than a different mfg. from a couple of years ago. Intuitive operation and programing
Average Customer Review(s):
Found this unit to be easier to use than a different mfg. from a couple of years ago. Intuitive operation and programing
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
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
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.
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.
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
Improved my factory stereo system significantly. Love the color options, and preset eqs. just right for my taste.
Best product that money can buy!
Pros: Great features & easy too use! Remote is awesome!
Cons: To bad the installation wasn't included
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.
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.
Does the job
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.
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 ...plus. 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.
I have used kenwood products for over 20 years and am still impressed how good they are when I buy a new one
Great product at a reasonable price. Cant go wrong!
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
Excellent head unit
Pros: external inputs
Cons: too many different menus
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.
Works great. Customer service was very helpful. Thanks.
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
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.
Works great and an excellent upgrade
Cons: I didn't get the speaker upgrade. Get the speaker upgrade too!
Very nice receiver. Good sound quality. Display should be brighter. Hard to see on sunny days. Very simple installation.
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 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 ...
Cons: "Ligety Split." from the Tonight Show, lol ...
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.
hd sounds great...radio has plenty of power,I did not want too add a amp''
Pros: great sound,no amp needed
Cons: buttons are tiny
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
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, a bit complicated to set personal preferences, but has great sound.
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!!!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nice features awesome looking radio. Sounds better that factory radio
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.
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.
Replaced OEM stereo, sounds greatly improved, very easy to set up, love it.
Easiest and fast stall of all products. Excellent Job.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 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.
great product and service
Cons: I keep setting clock ,,,but doesn't show on display
Great radio love digital radio
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.
cannot figure out to set this unit up instructions dont seem to help me out
Pros: awesome unit
Cons: instructions dont work for me
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
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.
This is an excellent unit. Quality is very high. Installation is easy- thank you Crutchfield.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Excellent CD receiver very easy to install sound awesome!
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
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
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).
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.
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. ;)
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)
Great headunit easy to install
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...
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.
It was recommended by Cruthfield staff, I replaced factory system and what an improvement. Very simple to install.
very good product for the money
Pros: cool look and easy to install
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.
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
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.
I Love my new Stereo !!! = )
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.
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.
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, 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.
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
Looks great and sounds better. You can dim the lightning and change the colors.
Pros: Sounds better. Dimming of colors.
|Memory Card Slot||USB memory|
|Satellite Radio Ready||No|
|RMS Power (CTA-2006)||N/A|
|RMS Power (Manufacturer)||---|
|Peak Output||50 watts|
|RMS Power Bandwidth||20-20KHz|
|Sub Preamp Outputs||Yes|
|Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs||No|
|Preamp Voltage||2.5 volts|
|Display Color||Bluish white|
|Key Button Color||Variable|
|Steering Wheel Control Compatible||Adapter required|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
|FM Sensitivity||9.3 dBf|
|Radio Data System||No|
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 HDRadio.com 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.
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 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.
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|
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 Kenwood.com to your PC. The Kenwood Music Editor Light is compatible with the following Windows Microsoft Operating Systems.
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.
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.
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|
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 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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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-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.
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).
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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