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Our take on the Kenwood KDC-HD458U

When you tune into a local HD Radio station on Kenwood's KDC-HD458U CD receiver, you'll hear FM that's close to CD quality or AM that comes in clear and static-free. And unlike satellite services, you'll pay no subscription fees. If your iPod's hooked up to the receiver's USB input, you can also tag songs that you hear on HD Radio, then buy them later online. And most participating stations send out secondary programming, giving you more choices when you're in the mood for radio.

HD Radio for awesome sound

When you tune into a local HD Radio station on Kenwood's KDC-HD458U CD receiver, you'll hear FM that's close to CD quality or AM that comes in clear and static-free. And unlike satellite services, you'll pay no subscription fees. If your iPod's hooked up to the receiver's USB input, you can also tag songs that you hear on HD Radio, then buy them later online. And most participating stations send out secondary programming, giving you more choices when you're in the mood for radio.

HD Radio

One versatile USB port

The receiver's front-panel USB port allows you to access and control the music stored on your iPhone® or Android® phone. With your iPhone, you also have control over iHeartRadio® and Pandora® Internet radio stations. And the USB port can handle any MP3, WMA, or WAV music files stored on a thumb drive. Here's a cool feature from Kenwood — Drive Change allows you to connect a memory card reader or USB hub to the Kenwood's USB input and select music from up to five memory cards or USB flash drives.

Kenwood KDC-HD458U CD receiver

You can change the color of your display to match your interior lighting.

The sound and the display

You can use the 3-band parametric equalizer to adjust the centerpoint of your treble, midrange, and bass controls. The low-pass frequency filter and phase control adjusts the bass going to your subwoofer, so you can adjust your bass from the front seat. You can also adjust the color of the display and buttons so this Kenwood looks right at home in your dash, while dust covers protect the CD slot, aux input, and USB port.

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 to see a selection of 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 receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in HD Radio tuner
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RW discs including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA music files
    • detachable face with 13-digit LCD display and variable color illumination
    • dust covers for CD slot, auxiliary input, and USB port
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • System Q Sound Control (8 preset EQ curves and a 3-band parametric equalizer)
    • low-pass filter and subwoofer phase control for sub preamp output
    • Sound Reconstruction improves the sound of files encoded at lower bit rates
    • built-in iPod, iPhone, and iPad control (see Details tab for model compatibility)
    • Pandora and iHeartRadio control with iPhone
    • Drive Change lets you select audio from multiple flash drives or memory cards in a connected USB hub or memory card reader
    • inputs: front-panel auxiliary and USB input
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (2.5-volt front, rear, and subwoofer)
    Other features and specs:

    What's in the Box:

    • CD receiver (10A fuse inserted in 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
    • Instruction Manual (En/Fr/Sp)
    • Warranty Card

    Kenwood KDC-HD458U Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (69 Reviews)

    Died after 463 days

    Robert from Delray Beach, FL on 5/12/2016

    2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The bad news: After 363 days, this unit started sounding horrible. There were no highs, and the lows were overloading the speakers such that the sound was coming out of the speakers in chunks. The good news: There were still two days left under the year warranty, so I was able to return it to JVC Kenwood for repair. Lord knows how long that's going to take; it's likely I'll be without music in the car for months.

    Pros: It lasted just under a year, so it was still under warranty.

    Cons: It's a lousy unit since it only lasted a year before blowing out internal components. They try to build them so that they blow out right after the year warranty is up, but they miscalculated on this one because it gave out two days before the year was up.

    Dont like it

    Jason from medford, OR on 2/22/2016

    Bought this to replace a sony in my car. There is no comparison between them. The Sony sounds a million times better. Has better adjustments, and the Sony has 5v pre outs. The speaker out outs sound like crap compared to the Sony. Bottom line, stick with the Sony.

    Pros: Color can be changed, hav never slipped from rough roads

    Cons: Speaker outputs sound horrible. Pre outs are only 2v. Not enough adjustments.


    jgh from indio, CA on 6/13/2015

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

    Great product

    Pros: Easy to install and use

    Cons: None

    Good choice for reasonably priced stereo

    DaveT from New Mexico on 6/9/2015

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

    Great value for what you pay for. I'd rather have HD radio than bluetooth, so it worked for me. Much better sound quality than the stock receiver in my jeep grand cherokee that has the infinity system. Pretty easy to install. Kind of hard to read the display in the sunlight, but that's nit-picking. Overall, very good receiver for the price.

    Pros: HD radio Value for price Ease of install

    Cons: Doesn't have bluetooth Display hard to see in daylight

    great sound for the price

    Clint from Chattanooga Tn on 6/2/2015

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

    I'm really impressed with it so far. Lots of options, sounds good, straight foward install. The only negative so far is daytime display. Bright sunshine makes the display unreadable.

    Pros: Great product for the price.

    Cons: Display is washed out in bright sunshine.


    SoCal Joe from California on 5/28/2015

    1991 Toyota MR2
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Decent replacement for a stock head unit, but more than a few shortcomings. First, the display is too dim, even when brightness is adjusted to 100%. Makes the radio display useless except at night. Also, the clock readout is comically small. The interface to adjust settings can be a bit hard to navigate, so have the manual handy.

    Pros: Good fit and style

    Cons: Display is painfully dim and unreadable in daylight.

    for the money

    j.c. from alb, nm on 5/24/2015

    2007 Jeep Liberty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Nice radio for the money. Easy to install. Sounds good.

    Pros: Easy to install. Good value.

    Cons: Hard to see in the daytime. Wish it had a lighting control that tied into the car lighting

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    Greg from Springdale, AR on 5/24/2015

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

    Sounds great, looks good in the truck



    Expected quality from Kenwood

    G philip from Ohio on 5/17/2015

    2007 Subaru Forester
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Ability to change color to match interior lighting is great. fit perfectly in stock location. Smooth front with flip-down door for cd player to keep dust out. Great sound quality. 2007 subaru forester.

    Pros: Ease of installation included crutchfield install sheet was a big help included metra adapter harness/pigtail worked flawlessly

    Cons: none

    Blends into the dash very well

    JBench from Oregon on 5/12/2015

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

    Very simple to install and operate. Every option I needed and all the free extras with the dash kit, wiring harness and antenna adapter just make it impossible to shop anywhere else for mobile but Crutchfield. When I called with a question I did not even need to tell the guy on the phone who I was and exactly two minutes later we were off the phone and I had glorious sound coming from the speakers!

    Pros: Every color available to match your other instruments, Great sound quality, excellent HD radio, DC, USB, Streaming, it is all here.

    Cons: Nothing

    Great product!

    Shawn S. from Belcamp, MD on 5/10/2015

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

    Bought this for my wife who needed a new one. She loved it.

    Pros: Easy installation thanks to Crutchfield. With there instructions anybody can do it!

    Cons: None

    Two thumbs up for Kenwood

    C.Black from Kissimmee,Florida on 5/10/2015

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

    Good radio good sound like color variaty

    Pros: Easy to install easy to operate

    Cons: Wish display was brighter during the day

    Kennwood HD Receiver - Amazing Value!

    Noonan! from Winston Salem NC on 5/9/2015

    1994 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Recently bought a used Ford Ranger extended cab 4x4 and the radio was lacking big time. Always heard about HD radio and never thought much about it till I went receiver shopping. I put my exact model truck in the search filter and found this gem of a radio. All I can say is buy it and you will not be sorry! Crutchfield provided the exact wiring harness and had it all at my door within 2 days. Installation was so easy a caveman can do it. Soldered the wiring harness to radio's wiring, popped old radio out, and then plug and play. The mastersheet sent by email is very helpful. Sound quality in my truck was like going from 80's Walkman headphones to near studio quality sound... Okay, maybe a slight exaggeration, but you get the point. I don't care to have Bluetooth in my truck, so it didn't bother me this unit omitted that feature. Easy and intuitive controls, awesome sound quality, ability to pick up HD stations, expandability (pre-outs), USB connectivity, nice display... All this and wiring harness, shipped to your door, for right at a Benjamin! Not to mention you have Crutchfield backing you every step of the way, if you need them... Thank you Crutchfield! You have gained a customer for life.

    Pros: HD Tuner, easy setup, adjustable color illumination, plenty of power, remote control, subwoofer level control, sounds and looks awesome.

    Cons: None

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    Anonymous from Montgomery, Texas on 5/7/2015

    2007 Nissan Versa
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy to install. Customer support was great!

    Pros: Improved sound quality. Features are nice. Easy to install.

    Cons: The only issue which others have described with this one is the brightness of the display. You can't see it during the day unless it was cloudy. The clock display could be bigger, but that's not really a big deal to me.

    Great sound

    Jimmy from Tennessee on 5/3/2015

    1996 Saturn SL1
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great buy


    Cons: none

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    Anonymous from Massachusetts on 5/3/2015

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

    For its price, a great HD radio. Simple, decent sound but don't expect too many features. Some features are gimmicky and could have well done without



    Great buy!

    TimL from AZ on 5/2/2015

    2003 Ford F-350
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great purchase. $30 less than anywhere else I looked. And, Crutchfield included the RIGHT dash adapter, tools to remove the OEM radio, Vehicle specific pigtail, and vehicle specific detailed instructions. The unit is great, with multi color display, and the USB/Aux capability I was looking for. The sound is far superior to the Ford OEM unit.

    Pros: Sound, USB, AUX, HD Radio, Multi color selectable display.

    Cons: None

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    Jim from Texas on 4/28/2015

    2010 Nissan Frontier SE
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I installed this radio in my Nissan Frontier the instillation kit worked nicely and the instalation looks good BUT---I should have read the reviews first. I have no complaints with sound quality or features of this radio but as almost all of the other reviewers have noted the display is useless. Nothing on the display can be read in daylight and it becomes totally invisible if you are wearing Polaroid sunglasses. Changing colors makes no difference. I need to be able to see a clock -- although this unit has a clock that sets itself it is so small in the display I need my glasses on to read it. The display problem renders a very nice player a looser and because of this I would not recommend it

    Pros: good sound, good features, I like playing from a USB source.

    Cons: The display is useless in daylight the clock is too small and does not show at all most of the time --


    Connor from Prosper, TX on 4/25/2015

    2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Second one I've bought for my two cars love it

    Pros: Easy to use great sound

    Cons: Aux door is flimsy

    Sleek and Simple

    Sleek and Simple from Fredericksburg, VA on 4/25/2015

    2002 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Kenwood simply the BEST! The sleek look of the CD player make it very unique. With the info given by the Crutchfield Team the unit is SUPER easy ti install. Following the step-by-step instructions in the booklet it is easy to set your unit up from clock, color, sound, etc. . . Not to mention my 5yr old daughter loves that she can change the color from Daddy's blue to her favorite color of pink! (Yes the 5yr old can operate the cd player)

    Pros: Look, sound, set-up


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    Indigo Montoya from Texas on 4/19/2015

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

    I am very happy with my purchase. After my stock radio went out in my car, I decided to upgrade to HD radio to broaden my listening choices. I am very happy with the ease of installation, ease of use, and the performance of this stereo.

    Pros: Ease of installation (thanks to Crutchfield's kit and instructions). Good sound, clear reception.

    Cons: The only thing I would change is making the clock display bigger. I don't need a scrolling station banner as much as I could use a clock. There is a display for the time, but it is small. This may be able to be fixed, but I haven't found it in the instructions yet.

    Great product

    Joe from Texas on 4/19/2015

    2003 Saturn VUE
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a great product and was well above expectations for the price all around great device great sound love the multi collor display and the easy of use for the menu features was really easy for a friend of mine to use and they are no where near technically inclined.



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    Klaus from Arizona on 4/18/2015

    2000 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Good radio, but the display is very hard to see in daylight because of the curved face and the angle of the unit in the dash. Settings are a bit difficult.

    Pros: Good sound

    Cons: Display and settings

    Almost perfect

    Dan from Ohio on 4/14/2015

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

    Truly, I'm impressed with the quality of the sound of this unit for the price. Installation was straightforward and with the adjustable display colors it looks great in our Civic. I only rated it 4 stars for a couple reasons. The display, even though it has a brightness control, is unreadable during the day unless you use your hand to shroud it from the sun. Also the operation between sources and changing the various settings is somewhat convoluted. The remote control is useless unless you point it directly at the unit. It's in my glovebox now. Another problem is the shuffling of songs on my 32gb flash drive. With almost 2,500 songs it shuffles only between about a dozen different artists and has even repeated songs several times even though I've only driven the car for a couple of hours since the install. I tried my iPhone today and it shuffled the songs in the random way I experience in my other 2 cars factory units.

    Pros: Great sound, easy install.

    Cons: Dim display during the daytime, less than simple audio adjustments, worthless remote control.

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    xcomm from Minnesota on 4/13/2015

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

    Works great for a cheap upgrade from stock. At half volume the stock speakers become distorted due to the power this thing pushes. Next upgrade will be new speakers.


    Cons: The only major issue is the pandora usb support really only appears to work with Iphones. My galaxy S4 is seen as an unkown device. kind of with I would have done the unit with blue tooth instead.


    Cole from granger, tx on 4/13/2015

    2007 Jeep Liberty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great product. Would recommend to anyone with Android!!!!

    Pros: It's all good

    Cons: No complaints

    Just what I needed!

    Dave from Lebanon,Tennessee on 4/12/2015

    2002 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    My old Kenwood Excelon KDC-X491 CD Receiver was showing it's age. I needed something to quick and simple to install that would allow use of an old droid smartphone as a music player and HD Radio. This unit was perfect!

    Pros: Price, easy install (I just plugged it in)

    Cons: None

    Great radio

    Sgt Mike from Maryland on 4/12/2015

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

    Great sound from a great radio.

    Pros: Ease of installation because everything fits right.

    Cons: Nothing with the radio. All is good.

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    JDS from Virginia on 4/11/2015

    It has an excellent sound. The instructions are very cryptic and written in small print. I had to get the online instructions that were more readable. Too many options and for my simple needs it is over kill. Perhaps some one like me with only basic needs should look elsewhere.

    Pros: Fine sound

    Cons: Over kill

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    JDS from Virginia on 4/11/2015

    It has an excellent sound. The instructions are very cryptic and written in small print. I had to get the online instructions that were more readable. Too many options and for my simple needs it is over kill. Perhaps some one like me with only basic needs should look elsewhere.

    Pros: Fine sound

    Cons: Over kill

    great head unit

    Kenwood from ruckersville on 4/10/2015

    Clean sound. Easy to install and set up. Great sound for the money.

    Pros: Easy set up and installation

    Cons: None

    Great product, love the HD radio

    ToddM from Maryland on 4/9/2015

    2001 Chevrolet S10
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    It's a great product., excellent value. Replaced an old Kenwood unit that was failing. Never realized that I would enjoy the HD radio so much! Easy to install with assistance from Crutchfield.

    Pros: I really enjoy the HD radio tuner. Sound quality is fantastic. Remote is nice. Easy to install.

    Cons: Some display colors are difficult to see in daylight. Buttons are small for large fingers. Clock display could be larger

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    JO from North Carolina on 4/9/2015

    1986 Ford F Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Sounds great & easy to install


    Cons: Buttons a little small

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    Anonymous from Dededo, Guam on 4/3/2015

    1991 Nissan Hardbody
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great product for the price!


    Cons: Remote buttons are a bit small, but works great!


    BrianT from Texas on 4/3/2015

    2005 Dodge Ram 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    It's a Kenwood and they are normally very good products. This receiver is a good bang for the buck. I just wish the clock numbers were as large as the station/title letters. It's very hard to see the clock. It sounds very good and looks great.

    Pros: ease of install, sound is good, looks great.

    Cons: clock too small, needs more equalizer settings.

    Very happy with it

    Tim from New York on 4/2/2015

    2002 Subaru Impreza WRX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installation took me about 30 min. Very easy to operate and didn't need manual to maneuver around. High build quality and sounds great.

    Pros: Built in HD tuner, variable color display which was necessary to match the cluster color, front USB port, very easy to operate.

    Cons: No Blue tooth capability

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    Anonymous from Maryland on 4/2/2015

    1997 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Killer system, will tell my coworkers and friends about this one.

    Pros: Easy to install with a dynamite kickin sound, love the colors

    Cons: Don't really have any

    Nice upgrade

    Anonymous from Atlanta on 4/2/2015

    2002 Mitsubishi Lancer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Replaced my old default radio mostly so I could have an auxiliary hookup. Having clear music with this radio lets me enjoy my music that much more. Cheapest head unit for my car but works like a charm.



    Awesome Stereo

    Jacob G from Missouri on 3/31/2015

    2007 Dodge Caliber
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Stereo was easy to install, looks awesome, and sounds great. Put it in my moms car for an early Mother's Day gift and she loves it and my stepdad is jealous.

    Pros: Looks awesome, Volume goes up in large notches for each number, colors keep display interesting.

    Cons: Can't figure out how to turn off the color changing and keep it one color.

    Crutchfield response on 4/1/2015 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.


    Anonymous from Roscommon, MI on 3/30/2015

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

    Love the radio. Glad I chose this radio.



    Great deck

    Bergman from Medford WI on 3/29/2015

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

    Very good sounding, very user friendly, and also very good looking, with 25 different colors it's hard to choose.



    love it!

    steph from boyertown pa on 3/27/2015

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

    I've bought my share of head units and this one is by far my favorite!!!!

    Pros: Easy to install, great sound quality, love the way it looks!

    Cons: None

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    Stuart M from Kansas on 3/25/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great radio, and I have not had any issues and really like it

    Pros: Price and clarity!

    Cons: Some colors aren't real visible in bright sunlight

    Great Radio

    jlh1 from Georgia on 3/23/2015

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

    Very good radio for the price.I love the remote,works great with my I phone,have not had a chance to play a cd yet but i am sure that will work also. Only thing I do not like is the very small buttons,they could be larger. overall a great radio.

    Pros: HD radio I Phone compatibility

    Cons: small buttons

    Great Product

    Jake from Arizona on 3/23/2015

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

    Great product. Overall easy install. The wires were easily color coded to match the wire harness adapter that plugged into the factory harness.

    Pros: Great sound. Great fit.

    Cons: A little hard to navigate at first.

    Well above its price level.

    Shane W from Dallas, TX on 3/22/2015

    2002 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Simply put, The unit performs very well for what i paid for it. Installation was quick(as long as you have a trim removing tool and a set of wire strippers). My first wiring job and it was perfect. Display is nice and straight forward. However buttons are small and i have larger fingers so i tend to button mash.

    Pros: Clean looks, Better than average sound, Awesome Color, Expand-ability, Ipod, Ipad Compatible.

    Cons: Plastic Face could be deemed flexible and a shade of fragile. Small buttons.


    Ninjazx14R from Pennsylvania on 3/17/2015

    1998 Dodge Dakota
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I love this unit,...never thought I would use a remote in a car,..but I use it alot...keeps my eyes on the road. Sound is great,..alot of to hook my IPOD right to unit with aux cord. This replaced the stock cass./radio ,..I wish I had done this a long time ago...I can pick up radio stations I never heard before.

    Pros: FM reception, alot of features, cd player, remote, sound is great

    Cons: None at all, as far as I am concerned

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    Mick from Indianapolis, IN on 3/16/2015

    1994 Chevrolet C Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love my new stereo, great value, and everything I needed in 1 great spot.




    Arthur from Phoenix Arizona on 3/2/2015

    1988 Dodge Ram 50
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great product for the price. Plenty of bells And whistles on it

    Pros: Quality great

    Cons: So much on it will take a while figuring out

    As Advertised

    Bob P. from Blythe, CA on 1/20/2015

    1997 Ford F-250 Heavy Duty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I needed an upgrade replacement for my 97 Ford F250's failed factory original AM/FM/cassette. This unit arrived quickly, does the job very well for the price, and was not too difficult to install. If you also get the harness adapter kit and directions the only other things you will need are insulated butt splice connectors, crimping pliers and two spare hours if you are as cursedly clumsy as I am. Very good reception and customizable sound. The single CD player works easily enough. It actually has other features than I haven't currently needed or tried. I am mostly happy with the results although I must say that the control menus take some getting used to, and the buttons are a little small and obscure but it seems that is the manner of most in this category. Also, the display's brightness even at it's highest setting ( It is not controllable along with the rest of the dash lights) is no real match for a bright sunlit day and can be almost unreadable at times. Do not expect to easily read your clock, menus, or scrolling info while driving during the day without shading the display with your hand, though it is more than sufficient for night driving.

    Pros: Good reception and sound customization. Installs easily enough. A lot of features for the price.

    Cons: The buttons couldn't be any smaller. The display could be brighter.

    Oh So Right!

    Bryan S from Georgia on 12/31/2014

    1997 Volkswagen Cabrio
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Crutchfield listed this unit as a fit for my 1997 VW Cabrio - and a just right fit it is! Installing it was way easier than I expected thanks to Crutchfield's install guide and accessories [was suppose to be a "modified" fit, but the modification described wasn't actually necessary]. I had one wiring question which Crutchfield support answered with a simple 1 minute phone call [even on a Saturday]. Radio display has a color option that actually matches the Cabrio's unusual green instrument lighting and the unit's plastic bezel matches the dash plastic trim as well - looks factory deluxe! No, the display isn't bright in direct sun or with the top down [hardly any radios are]; but it lights up well and is easy to see otherwise, and at night it's actually brighter than my instrument cluster lighting will go. The design is modern without being ridiculously fancy with crazy shaped buttons in weird places like so many radios now seem to have - what is THAT about? Solid sound, USB, mini jack, iPhone connectivity, iTunes Radio & Pandora integration, a good old CD player, and HD radio tuning that works well with digital stations here in Atlanta... what does this unit NOT have? For me, it does it all and then some - and for this price? It's a fantastic deal. More like a steal!




    Michael from Moyock, NC on 12/27/2014

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

    Bought this radio for my girlfriend, great radio so far. Ive had my Kenwood for about 5 years now and no problems out of it so I don't force any problems.



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    Dan from California on 12/24/2014

    This is a good stereo. However, where it is lacking is in the screen brightness. I drive a convertible and it is impossible to see when the top is down. In addition, the USB only lets you put 19 folders in it.


    Cons: Screen isn't bright enough for use in a convertible.

    GREAT buy!!!

    rc5695 from South Carolina on 12/16/2014

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

    SUPER impressed with this radio. This is a GREAT bang-for-your-buck radio. I was surprised just how much I like it. It is easier to use than other brands of this price point, and has more adjust ability if you care to do so. The sound is great and it has plenty of power. The only downside I know of is it seems to take a while to link up to HD radio stations, longer than another brand I have in a different vehicle. I would buy another one of these radio's in a heartbeat!!! No regrets!

    Pros: easy to use, lots of power, lots of adjust-ability (color & sound), looks great, sounds great

    Cons: takes a few seconds to tune in to an HD station (says "linking")

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    Anonymous from Tennessee on 11/24/2014

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

    This cd reciever sounds great was a great price seems tuo be built well and has a cool color changeing diplay



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    Kenwood KDC-HD458U from CT on 11/10/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Not a bad radio for the price. I purchased the Kenwood model that didn't have the HD option for another car before this purchase. I wish I stayed with that model for this car. With the HD feature the stations goes in in out a lot

    Pros: Looks Cool

    Cons: Bad reception

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    Anonymous from St Croix. U.S.V.I on 10/13/2014

    2007 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This head unit is a very good bang for the Buck.



    Nice receiver!!

    Brian from Memphis TN on 10/10/2014

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

    Easy install, great features with many sources for your music

    Pros: Great sound, clean look!

    Cons: None

    Great Stock Radio Replacement!

    PalidCorpse from NM on 8/28/2014

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

    Killer stereo! Controls are relatively intuitive. Easy install. Great replacement for stock radio in 2002 Toyota Tundra! For the price, this is a hard radio to match. The ability to see the song titles for HD radio stations is a killer feature I didn't think I would appreciate as much as I have. I rated "ease of use" and "coolness factor" at three and four stars for the dim digital display in daylight. Yes, I know you can adjust it, but it still doesn't help much. "Value," I rated it at four stars for the lack of Bluetooth. I would recommend spending the extra cash for one of the Kenwood models that has it and the phone features. That way you can do away with the cords and keep your mind and eyes on the road. Still, if you're working on a budget and have to settle for a little less than everything, go for the HD458U! It sounds great and performs beautifully!

    Pros: Sound quality. Power to price ratio. Features.

    Cons: Not easy to read in the bright light of the day. No bluetooth.

    Great product

    Champ from Wilmington, MA on 8/15/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This Kenwood stereo replaced an Alpine that was 15 years old. The sound quality is much improved and the ability to match the the cluster color is a nice touch. It allows me to play podcasts as well as my substantial album collection loaded on my 5th generation IPOD. The HD is crystal clear and the installation went smooth. I was listening to this unit 10 minutes after I started the project in my 91 Corvette.

    Pros: HD Front USB and Auxiliary jack Multiple color display to match instrument cluster

    Cons: Would like the clock to be a little bigger.

    Great Head Unit

    ilya v. from novelty, ohio on 8/2/2014

    2003 Suzuki XL-7
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I've only had it for about a month but so far so good. Its much better than my old head unit and it was a fairly reasonable price in my opinion.

    Pros: Basically all the feature of the device are good

    Cons: The only thing I could get to work was the ability to control my Samsung's music through the head unit


    Remote control from Far East on 7/23/2014

    1995 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The best thing about this Kenwood was that they didn't change the mounting. I had an much older model and all I had to do was unplug old unit and plug in the new one.



    Good Buy

    Mcna2973 from Post Falls Idaho on 6/27/2014

    2005 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this for my neighbor and put it in myself. Like all Kenwood Stereos installation was a breeze and it looks amazing in her jeep. I would buy again and recommend it to anyone who wants a basic stereo in their vehicle and owns an iphone or ipod.

    Pros: Does exactly what it says it does. Iphone/iPod compatible (charges your iphone with the USB port, while playing music)HD radio, pandora and iheart app compatible, CDs, and aux input. Cheap. Well built from name brand. Any color display you can change.

    Cons: Only does the basics. No bluetooth. Clock display is rather small. Anytime you plug in your iphone through usb it will automatically switch to your phone instead of staying on cd or radio.

    awesome hd sound quality...Kenwood kdc-hd458u

    cgrant1975 from Michigan on 6/25/2014

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

    Great hd/cd stereo for the price. Easy to install. Easy instructions,fast shipping as always. I love crutchfield.

    Pros: Pandora, iheart radio, iphone compatable, color changing backlight.

    Cons: None so far.

    Kenwood KDC-HD458U

    Dwight from Colorado on 6/5/2014

    2001 Nissan Altima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Another solid deck from Kenwood. Removed factory unit in 2001 Altima and it works great.

    Pros: Good power, features and price. Kenwood quality!

    Cons: None

    Kenwood KDC-HD458U Receiver

    Dean L from Indy, IN on 6/4/2014

    1997 Chevrolet K Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Purchased the receiver and installed it myself and soon after it wouldn't power up when I reinstalled the faceplate. Tried everything the manual and support guys suggested no change. Sent the unit back and the second unit swallowed a cd and wouldn't eject it so I sent it back and the 3rd unit has been working fine. I would like to state that Crutchfield was very professional and helpful. My conclusion is that this particular unit is cheaply made and you would be better off spending more and eliminate some headaches.

    Pros: Like the HD, like the price, like the usb port,

    Cons: HD not as good as I would like. Quality a definite problem.

    great kenwood

    ka from kansas city on 4/9/2014

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

    Awesome sound and a breeze to install. With what Crutchfield sends you the wire harness and kit, took me 15 minutes to install. The HD radio is very nice. Great product.

    Pros: HD radio dust cover on CD slot multiple color choices


    Kenwood KDC-HD458U

    Anonymous from Gretna, LA on 3/10/2014

    2001 GMC Sierra 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I think it's worth what I paid for it but as far as trying to get CDs to eject I have yet to figure that one out so thankfully it has the aux. port to play music through my phone.



    Excellent Value

    Volvo Guy from Jersey Shore, NJ on 2/27/2014

    1995 Volvo 940
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this to replace the stock radio in my 1995 Volvo 940. The installation kit consisted of a faceplate and a wiring harness specific to my car. The total time from the box to the dash was under an hour and it sounds great to my wife's and my ears. The instruction manual is easy to understand and the unit is nice looking as it cycles through all of the different colors it has. The build quality seems very reasonable for the price, it doesn't feel bulletproof but it doesn't feel flimsy either. This stereo is probably not for a true audiophile but for what I listen to, classic rock and talk radio, it is very nice. The USB port is great too, I tried my thumb drive in it and the music sounded fantastic. I did not think that I would be so impressed by such an inexpensive stereo.

    Pros: Value, looks, sound quality, HD radio, ease of installation, detachable face, ease of use.

    Cons: The smallish control buttons are not the easiest on middle-aged eyes and thick fingers.


    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
    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 6+/6/5S/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 Variable
    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

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

    USB/Android/Aux Integration

    USB Port: The Kenwood KDC-HD458U 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 select Android smartphones (Froyo/Gingerbread OS only), portable digital audio players, or USB thumbdrives. The unit supports playback of MP3 (8-320 kbps), WMA (32-192 kbps), and WAV music files stored on a compatible USB memory device formatted with FAT12/16/32 file system. Your USB device should only have a maximum of 8 folder layers, 999 folders, and 999 files per folder - with a maximum of 20,480 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: When a mass-storage class (MSC) compatible smartphone is connected to the head unit's USB input, the unit's Drive Change features lets you select its internal memory or external memory (such as an SD card) for stored music playback. The Drive Change feature also lets you switch between multiple memory cards (up to 5) in a USB multi-card reader or multiple USB thumbdrives (up to 5) connected to a USB hub.

    Music 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 Froyo or Gingerbread (2.2+). Once the app is downloaded and has a chance to organize all the stored music on your Android smartphone, you can connect your Android smartphone to the Kenwood CD receiver via USB (your compatible Android smartphone must be recognized as a USB mass storage class device; not compatible with MTP protocol). The Kenwood Music Control app offers 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 Editor Compatible: The Kenwood KDC-HD458U supports the PC application, Kenwood Music Editor Lite Kenwood's Music Editor Lit (v1.1.0). Kenwood Music Editor Lite is a Windows-based desktop software that helps organize, manage and transfer MP3/WMA music files to your USB thumbdrive from your PC. When you playback audio files that have been stored on your USB thumbdrive using Kenwood Music Editor Lite through this unit, you can search a file by title, album, or artist name using the head unit's Music Search function. The Kenwood Music Editor Light (v1.1.0) Windows-based software can be downloaded for free from Kenwood's website 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)
    • Windows 8
    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-HD458U 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 three aux input modes.

    iPod/iPhone Control

    iPod Direct Connection: The Kenwood KDC-HD458U's front-panel USB port can be used to connect your 30-pin dock connector or Lightning-connector iPod/iPhone to the head unit. The KDC-HD458U supports audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of your compatible Apple device.

    • 30-Pin Dock Connector: If you have an older iPod/iPhone with a 30-pin dock connector, you can use Kenwood's dock connector-to-USB cable (113KCIP102, sold separately) or the dock connector-to-USB cable that comes with your Apple device to connect your iPod/iPhone to the KDC-HD458U.
    • Lightning Connector: If you have a newer iPod/iPhone with the Lightning-connector, you can use the Lightning-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect your iPod/iPhone to the KDC-HD458U.

    Note: The head unit's USB connection provides 1A of current to power and charge your connected iPod/iPhone when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position (if your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it).

    iPod Audio Playback w/ DAC Bypass: The USB connection allows your iPod/iPhone's stored music and music apps to be loaded instantly to the head unit and sound quality to be maximized through the head unit's 24-bit D/A converter, allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 105dB. The Kenwood head unit supports audio playback of stored music, podcasts, audiobooks, and music apps on your iPod or iPhone. The KDC-HD458U provides music control and song/artist information display.

    • Music Control: 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 (A-Z) 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. Newer iPod/iPhones with iOS 6.0+ allow you to continue to access your Apple device's touchscreen. Older iPod/iPhone devices will be locked during connection.
    • Song/Artist Info: The KDC-HD458U will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information. The head unit will display Track number, Elapsed playing time, Artist name, Song title, and Album label.

    Internet Radio Apps (for iPhone): The Kenwood KDC-HD458U allows you to access Pandora and iHeartRadio online music services through your USB-connected iPhone. Your Apple iPhone must be connected to the KDC-HD458U via the Kenwood KCA-iP102 cable (sold separately), or the cable supplied with your iPhone. Your iPhone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi.

    • Pandora App: The Pandora App (free) lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the Kenwood KDC-HD458U 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-HD458U provides control over the Pandora music service and displays Artist, Album, and Song information. You can select Pandora stations from your station list and sort them by date or alphabetically (A-Z). New stations can be created based on the current songs or artists playing. You can save up to five Pandora stations as presets. You can also skip song tracks within a station. You can even give songs a thumbs up or thumbs down. To access Pandora you must have an Apple iPhone (iOS 5.0+) with the latest version of the Pandora application from Apple's iTunes App Store. Your iPhone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. You will also need a Pandora music service account.
    • iHeartRadio Link: The free iHeartRadio Link app for Kenwood from  lets you play music from the iHeartRadio music service through the Kenwood KDC-HD458U using your USB-connected Apple iPhone (iOS 5.0+). The iHeartRadio music service provides access to more than 1,500 live radio stations from coast-to-coast (including pop, country, urban, rock, talk, and sports). The KDC-HD458U will provide control over the iHeartRadio Link app, as well as display station identification and song/artist information. From the head unit's front-panel controls, iHeartRadio stations can be searched by the following categories (Local, Genre, City, or My Stations). The Local selection provides a list of radio stations in your local listening area. The unit also provides over 22 Genres to choose from (including pop, country, hip-hop, jazz, etc.) to help you find the right radio station for you. In addition, you can search for radio stations by City. Cities can be searched alphabetically (A-Z). You can even store your favorite stations (My Stations) for easier, quicker access. An active iHeartRadio account is required.
    Note: Access to the Pandora and iHeartRadio services will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.

    Apple Device Compatibility Chart: The Kenwood KDC-HD458U is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 9/28/2014):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type iTunes Tagging Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone Pandora/iHeart Radio Artist/Song Text Track Info
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y N N Y Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y N N Y Y Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4 7.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5/5C/5S 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    6/6+ 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y N N Y Y Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y N N Y Y Y Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y N N Y Y Y Y
    4th 6.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y
    5th 8.0 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 N N Y Y N Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y N N Y Y Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y N N Y Y Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y N N Y Y Y Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y N N Y Y Y Y
    7th 1.02PC Y N Y N N Y Y Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y N N Y Y Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y N N Y Y Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y N 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 N Y Y Y Y N
    2 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    3 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    4/air 8.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    mini 8.0 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 and finalized CD-R/CD-RW audio discs. The CD slot is hidden behind a manual fold-up cover which blends into the front-panel of the head unit.

    MP3/WMA Playback: The KDC-HD458U can play MP3 (8-320 kbps) and WMA (32-192 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, 500 folders, and 500 files per folder (500 maximum number of files and folders). During MP3/WMA 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-HD458U will display MP3/WMA 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 + Direct Search: The Kenwood AM/FM CD receiver features a Music Search feature which allows you to scroll through and select your MP3/WMA music folders and files, as well as scroll through your audio CD's music tracks using the head unit's rotary knob. 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-HD458U 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.

    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 (75 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-HD458U 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 + Multicasting: AM/FM digital stations can offer text and data such as artist names and song titles.  In addition to conventional broadcasts, with HD Radio broadcasting it is possible to choose from up to 8 multicast programs (HD1 to HD8).

    Seek Modes + Direct Tuning: You can choose one of three seek modes: Auto 1 (seek tuning), Auto 2 (cycles through and tunes the selected band's preset stations only with each button press), or Manual. You can directly access an AM/FM station by entering in the frequency number using the include wireless remote control.

    Tuner Presets: The KDC-HD458U's tuner features 3 FM banks (1, 2, 3) and 1 AM bank for storing presets. Not only does the CD receiver's tuner allow you manually enter your desired presets you can choose to have the unit automatically put stations with good reception in the memory banks automatically; this is a handy feature when traveling. The Kenwood Excelon KDC-HD458U 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.

    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.

    Audio Section

    16 Bit D/A Converter: The Kenwood KDC-HD458U utilizes a 16-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood KDC-HD458U 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-HD458U 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-HD458U 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-HD458U 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-HD458U 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, midrange, and treble . You can choose from the following preset EQ curves; Rock, Pops, Easy, Top 40, Jazz, Natural, Drive EQ, or User. The Drive EQ mode is an EQ preset that helps reduce road noise. The User mode allows you to manually adjust the head unit's Bass (200Hz) , Midrange (2.5kHz), and Treble (12.5kHz) level from +/- 8dB.

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

    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).
    • Sound Reconstruction: When MP3 or WMA files encoded at a low bit rate (less than 96 kbps, 44.1k, 48kHz) are played, the Sound Reconstruction function restores their high frequencies so the sound quality is closer to files encoded at a high bit rate. The processing is optimized for the compression format and the bit rate used. When Sound Reconstruction is Off, the unit plays the original sound stored in the audio file.

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

    Key Beep: The in-dash head unit provides an audible beep to confirm button operation. This function can be turned On or Off.

    Display Features

    Detachable Face w/ Hidden CD Slot: The Kenwood KDC-HD458U features a hidden CD slot behind a manual flip-up cover which blends into the front-panel of the head unit. The KDC-HD458U also features a detachable face to deter theft (no face case provided). An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can be purchased for this unit.

    Variable Color Illumination: The Kenwood KDC-HD458U features variable color display and button illumination. You can choose from one of 24 preset colors, have the unit scan through all 24 preset colors continuously, or customize your own color (RGB; 0-9). The custom setting allows you to individually adjust the intensity of Red, Green, and Blue (from 0-9) to better match your vehicle's interior lights. The same color setting is applied to both the display and buttons. The Kenwood logo and eject button remain red.

    Brightness & Dimmer: You can dim the LCD and button illumination to better suit the time of day. You can adjust the maximum brightness of the LCD and button illumination from 0-31. The Kenwood logo and eject button do not dim.

    12Hr/24Hr Clock: The head unit can be set to display a 12hr or 24hr clock. The unit also displays the day (Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, or Sat). With your vehicle's key in the accessory or start position, the head unit continues to display the clock and button illumination during Standby mode. 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-HD458U 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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    Q & A

    Customer Q&A

    6 questions already asked

    You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility with your factory system. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you. [ Krissy  Mar 27, 2015 ]  Staff
    If you look just above the USB port there's a small notch in the plastic. Use that to flip up and open the cd port [ steven  Feb 13, 2015 ]
    You have to flip up the CD slot cover- there is a tiny tab on the upper right corner, above the usb. Push that tab up to open the CD slot cover, and the eject button will be right behind the CD slot cover, in the same area of the tab. [ AUSTIN DAVIS  Feb 12, 2015 ]
    Tracy, if you flip up the cover where the CD goes, there is an eject button that illuminates red. [ kenny  Feb 12, 2015 ]
    You'll notice directly above the USB, a slot to pull up a plastic flap that covers the CD player and the eject button beneath. Hope this helps [ NATHAN  Feb 12, 2015 ]
    Unfortunately the USB is not, I own an android and did not know that at the time. Although you can use the auxiliary port but instead of controlling it through the radio you control it with your phone instead. [ NATHAN  Dec 14, 2014 ]
    You can use the auxillary port to play ipod or iphone or android phones. [ David  Dec 14, 2014 ]
    I have not found it to be Bluetooth capable. [ David  Nov 18, 2014 ]
    I've had this head unit for a little while and I was trying to figure out the same things since even the remote has the buttons to pick up and hang up a call but from what I can tell it doesn't have Bluetooth. This is probably one of those face plate things where there's a face plate with Bluetooth and one without it. This is the one without it. Hope that helps! [ Ilya  Nov 17, 2014 ]
    There is no illumination wire .Use display settings on unit ( page 12 ) user guide. Select the brightness level. [ David  Nov 18, 2014 ]
    I'm not sure you can set it to go up and down with the lights of the car, but there is a brightness adjustment on the menu navigation of the radio [ steven  Nov 07, 2014 ]
    It doesn't play on a loop if your ipod is set to play a certain playlist, or folder of music. I normally only control the music via my ipod. [ Jonathan  Aug 20, 2014 ]
    through the radio if you try to select a song on the ipod it just plays on a loop. I don't recommend using the usb cable use the audio plug instead [ KYLE D  Apr 05, 2014 ]