Overview: The Kenwood KDC-HD545U AM/FM CD receiver features a detachable
face, front-panel auxiliary and USB input, three pairs of 2.0-volt preamp outputs,
built-in HD AM/FM radio and iPod operation, CD
changer and Satellite radio controls, as well as MP3/WMA/AAC playback. The unit also supports Bluetooth via an optional adapter
(sold separately). In addition, the CD player comes with an IR wireless remote
control. The unit's amplifier is rated at 22 watts x 4 channel RMS and 50 watts
x 4 channel peak.
Detachable Face: The unit features a single front loading CD
face that detaches from the chassis to deter theft. The CD player comes supplied
with a soft black fabric, draw string face case to protect the detachable face
when you have it off the chassis.
Fluorescent Display: The Kenwood headunit features a
13-character white backlit fluorescent display with blue button illumination.
Display Illumination/Clock Display: When the unit is in
Standby mode, the face/button illumination is "keyed." In addition, while the
unit is in Standby mode, you can turn the clock display on or off. When the
Clock Display is turned on and the unit is in Standby mode, the Clock Display is
also "keyed." Pressing and holding the source button turns the unit off
Display Dimmer: The display has two brightness settings to
adjust the brightness of the display according to the surrounding illumination.
You can change this setting within the menu from On or Off.
Demo Mode: This unit features a Demo mode which can be
turned "on" or "off" within the menu.
MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood KDC-HD545U 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-HD545U 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
Rotary Volume Control: The CD receiver uses a 3-way rotary
volume control that increases and decreases the volume of the stereo from 0 to
35. The rotary knob also controls other audio settings such as Balance, Fader,
Bass, Mid, Treble and preset EQ settings. In addition, the rotary knob allows
you to scroll through and select your music tracks when the Music Search
function is activated.
Speaker Settings: The Speaker Setting function tailors the
System Q Sound Control settings according to the type of speakers in your
vehicle. You may select a Speaker Setting of "SP Off" (flat), "SP OEM" (for OEM
factory speaker systems), "SP 6x9/6" (for systems with 6" and 6"x9" speakers),
or "SP 5/4" (for systems with 4" and 5" speakers).
System Q Sound Control: Six EQ curves are preset into
memory, allowing you to recall the best preset EQ curve for different types of
music. Each preset has its own level settings for bass (100Hz), midrange (1kHz),
and treble (10kHz). You can choose from the following preset EQ curves - Rock,
Pops, Easy, Top 40, Jazz, Natural and Game.
Bass/Treble/Mid Control: The KDC-HD545U also features
independent Bass, Treble and Midrange control. You can adjust each one from -8
to +8db. The bass frequency is adjusted at 100 Hz, the treble frequency is
adjusted at 10 kHz and the midrange frequency is adjusted at 1 kHz.
Bass Boost: The Kenwood CD receiver also features a Bass
Boost control that can be set to the following levels - LV11, LV2 or Off.
Source Tone Memory: This feature allows you to store System
Q bass, middle and treble tone settings for each source (CD, Tuner, Aux, and
3-Sets of Preamp Outputs: The KDC-HD545U features front,
rear and subwoofer 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 all fixed to the rear chassis of
the headunit. The subwoofer preamp output offers the following controls:
- Low Pass Filter: The receiver features a built-in Low
Pass Filter control for the preamp-output when the output is set to Sub. You
can select from 85Hz, 120Hz, 160Hz or Through (Off).
- Subwoofer Phase: You can also adjust the phase of the
subwoofer output between 180-degrees (Reverse) or 0-degrees (Normal).
- Subwoofer Level: Once you have switched the preamp
output to "subwoofer" you can independently control the subwoofer preamp
output level from the CD receiver. You select levels between -15 to +15.
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
Tel Mute: The KDC-HD545U features a cell-phone mute wire
(brown) in its harness that when hooked up to your car's phone system mute wire
will automatically mute the receiver's audio signal when a call comes in.
Key Beep: The in-dash headunit provides an audible beep to
confirm button operation. This function can be turned On or Off.
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.
Note: The unit's built-in HD Radio tuner allows analog AM/FM
reception as well.
Station Text: AM/FM digital stations can offer text and data
such as artist names and song titles.
Multicasting: Many HD Radio stations also offer more than one channel
of programming. This service is called multicasting.
iTunes Tagging: Using the headunit's iTunes Tagging enabled HD
Radio, you can tag your HD music while listening to the radio with your iPod
connected. When you hear a song you enjoy on your local HD Radio station, you
only have to press the headunit's control knob and the song's information will
be saved to your connected iPod. The saved songs will then show up in a playlist
called "Tagged" in iTunes the very next time you sync your iPod to your PC. Then
you just need to click, buy, and download the song you tagged directly from the
Apple iTunes Music Store.
Note: The following model iPods/iPhone support iTunes Tagging -
iPod nano (3rd/4th/5th/6th), iPod classic (80/120/160GB), iPod touch
(1st/2nd/3rd/4th), iPhone (2G/3G/3GS/4).
Tuner Presets: The KDC-HD545U's tuner features 3 FM banks
(1, 2, 3) and 1 AM bank for storing presets. The Kenwood KDC-HD545U offers two
- Normal: You can store 6 presets for each AM/FM bank
giving you a total of 18 FM presets and 6 AM presets.
- Mix: You can store a mixture of 6 AM/FM presets for
each AM/FM bank giving you a total of 24 AM/FM presets of any mixture.
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.
Tuning Modes: You can choose one of three tuning modes: Auto 1 (seek
tuning), Auto 2 (cycles through and tunes the selected band's preset stations
only with each button press), or Manual.
Note: You can setup the KDC-HD545U to search only HD Radio
Direct Tuning: You can tune in a desired AM/FM radio station directly
by entering the frequency number using the included remote control.
Mono Mode: This feature reduces the noise (static) when a stereo
broadcast is received as monaural (for FM analog band only).
Satellite Radio Ready: There are several options for
connecting an optional XM or SIRIUS Satellite Radio receiver to this receiver:
- XM Satellite Radio: To receive XM Satellite Radio connect the
optional CNP2000UCA XM Tuner and the Kenwood CNPKEN1 adapter cable (package item number700XMKEN2, sold separately).
- SIRIUS Satellite Radio: To receive SIRIUS Satellite
Radio, you can connect the optional SIRIUS Universal Vehicle Tuner (607SCC1)
and the optional Kenwood Sirius Satellite Radio Interface (113KCASR50);
package item number 700SIRKENW, or you can connect the optional KCA-SR50 Kenwood Sirius
Satellite Radio Interface and the SiriusConnect vehicle docking kit
(607SCVDOC1); package item number700SIRPKEN, along with your compatible SIRIUS Dock & Play receiver.
- Auxiliary Input: A portable XM or Sirius
satellite radio receiver, scan also be connected to
the head unit via the auxiliary input.
Note: A subscription is also required to receive
satellite radio programming from SIRIUS or XM.
MP3/WMA/AAC Playback: The KDC-HD545U can play MP3 (8-320
kbps), WMA (32-192 kbps), and AAC (8-320 kbps) files recorded on CD-ROM, CD-R,
and CD-RW discs in ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, Romeo, and Long file name
formats. Each disc should have a maximum of 8 directory levels, 50 folders, and
255 files per folder with a maximum of 512 files and folders. During MP3/WMA/AAC
playback, the unit displays recorded ID3 Tag (Ver.1/2.2/2.3/2.4) information.
The headunit will display up to 60 characters.
Note: AAC ID3 Tag information cannot be displayed.
Supreme Setting: When MP3 or WMA files encoded at a low bit
rate (less than 96 kbps, 44.1k, 48kHz) are played, the Supreme Setting function
restores their high frequencies so the sound quality is closer to files encoded
at a high bit rate. The processing is optimized for the compression format and
the bit rate used. When the Supreme Setting is Off, the unit plays the original
sound stored in the audio file.
Text Scroll: The KDC-HD545U will display CD text or Audio
file text. You can set the text scrolling feature to two different modes (Auto
or Manual) 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 headunit's rotary knob.
Direct Music Search: The supplied IR wireless remote control
(RC-405) allows you to search for music directly by entering the track number.
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, 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 Eject: The KDC-HD545U allows you to eject your disc for
10 minutes after switching off the vehicles engine.
Note: The unit will not allow you to load a CD while is
powered off. The unit must be On or in Standby mode to load a disc.
USB Port: The Kenwood KDC-HD545U features a front panel
Full-Speed (Max. 12Mbps) 2.0 USB type-A port that is hidden behind a sliding
cover. The USB port enables connection and control of a portable USB
mass-storage class device with MP3 (8-320 kbps), WMA (32-192 kbps), and AAC
(8-320 kbps) music files. The USB port is compatible with all USB mass storage
class devices that support the FAT16 or FAT32 file system. Your USB device
should only have a maximum of 8 directory levels, 255 folders, and 255 files per
folder with a maximum of 65,025 files and folders. During MP3/WMA/AAC playback,
the unit displays recorded ID3 Tag (Ver.1/2.2/2.3/2.4) information. The headunit
will display up to 60 characters. When your USB device is connected to this
unit, it can be charged up provided that the KDC-HD545U is powered on.
Note: AAC ID3 Tag information cannot be displayed. You
cannot connect a USB device via a USB hub or Multi-Card Reader to this unit.
iPod Direct: The KDC-HD545U's front-panel USB port also acts
as an iPod/iPhone high-speed direct connection when used with the optional
Kenwood USB Direct Connection Cable
(113iP101, sold separately) or the USB/iPod cable that comes with your iPod/iPhone.
Using either cable allows audio playback, music navigation, information display,
and charging of select iPod/iPhone models from the KDC-HD545U.
- USB Connection: The USB connection allows your iPod's
large music libraries to be loaded instantly to the headunit and sound
quality to be maximized through the headunit's 24-bit D/A converter,
allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 105dB.
- Audio Playback: The Kenwood headunit supports audio
playback of music files and podcasts stored on your iPod or iPhone.
- Music Navigation: When your iPod/iPhone is connected to
the KDC-HD545U, you can choose to operate your iPod/iPhone via the Kenwood
headunit's controls or your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen. If you
select to control your iPod/iPhone from the KDC-HD545U, the Kenwood headunit
will allow you to navigate your iPod's music by Playlist, Artists, Album,
Genre, Composer, Song, or Podcast (your iPod's click-wheel/touch-screen will
be locked in this mode). You can search these categories alphabetically or
using a percentage search (0.5%, 1%, 5%, 10%). In addition, you can create
your own custom iPod playlist (up to 10 songs) from the headunit.
- Information Display: The KDC-HD545U will also display
your iPod/iPhone's music file information when you are controlling your iPod
or iPhone from the Kenwood headunit. If you choose to operate your connected
iPod/iPhone via its clickwheel or touchscreen controls, the KDC-HD545U will
not display your iPod's music information (the headunit will instead display
- Charging: While connected and the ignition switch is
set to ACC or ON, the headunit's USB connection will power and charge your
Note: If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge,
then the unit will not recognize it.
iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Kenwood KDC-HD545U is
"Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model
features (as of Feb. 2010):
|iPod/iPhone Model||Generation||Media Type|| Control
Info ||Track Info |
dock connector ||3rd||N||N||N||N||N||N||N|
| classic ||80GB||Y||N||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y|
| nano ||1st||Y||N||Y||N||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 headunit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality.
If this doesn't work, you may need to revert to the older software
version or wait until an newer software update is available. Not
compatible with iOS 4.0 for iPhone (3G/3GS) or iPod touch (2nd/3rd gen).
AUX Input: The KDC-HD545U is equipped with a front panel
3.5mm mini-jack auxiliary input for connecting external portable audio devices
such as an MP3 player. The KDC-HD545U allows you to select the source type
displayed when using the auxiliary input. You can choose from AUX, DVD,
Portable, Game, Video or TV.
Rear Auxiliary Input "Ready": The unit already features a
front panel auxiliary input, but if you need a second auxiliary input, one can
be added to the rear of the unit. When used with an optional adapter, this unit
can accept a rear input from an auxiliary source. When the CA-C1AUX adapter (113CAC1AX,
sold separately) is used, you cannot connect a CD changer to the head unit
because the adapter plugs into the DIN changer control connection on the head
unit. When the KCA-S220A 2-changer switch (113KCAS220,
sold separately) is used, you can connect a CD changer and an auxiliary audio
source at the same time. When an auxiliary audio source is connected, you can
choose from one of six names for the source: AUX, DVD, Portable, Game, Video or
Bluetooth Ready: The unit is also Bluetooth compatible using
the optional Kenwood KCA-BT300 Bluetooth adapter (113BT300,
sold separately). Using this adapter you can make and answer phone calls from
the Kenwood head unit. You can even download your Phonebook information from
your compatible mobile phone into the head unit. You are able to register up to
five compatible Bluetooth cell phones when using the KCA-BT300 adapter.
Note: Not all Bluetooth enabled mobile phones will be
compatible with this unit. Please visit Kenwood.com for a complete list of
compatible Bluetooth enabled phones.
IR Remote Control: The KDC-HD545U comes with the RC-405 IR
wireless remote control with a full numeric keypad (0-9). The remote will
control Audio, CD, HD Radio, and external device functions. The remote control
allows direct access of your music tracks and discs loaded in a connected
CD-changer (sold separately), as well as direct access to AM/FM radio stations.
It is powered by a single CR2025 3V lithium-cell battery (supplied).
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 unit also features
an OEM steering wheel remote control input on the rear of the unit that lets you
keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with
the optional PAC SWI-JACK Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (127SWIJACK,
sold separately); or the optional Metra ASWC Steering Wheel Control Interface
Note: Please consult the
Crutchfield Car Selector to see if your vehicle is compatible.