Overview: The Kenwood KDC-HD942U AM/FM CD receiver features a detachable
fold-down face, rear-panel auxiliary and USB input, three pairs of 4-volt preamp outputs,
built-in HD AM/FM radio and iPod operation, CD
changer and Satellite radio controls, as well as
AAC/MP3/WMA 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.
HD Radio Tuner
External Device Connection
Detachable Fold-Down Face: The unit features a
fold-down, detachable face to deter theft. There is a red indicator light that
will flash on the unit after the face has been removed to warn potential
thieves. You can turn this flashing LED on or off. 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. You must manually fold the face down before inserting or ejecting a
FL Display: The KDC-HD942U
features a full-dot, multi-line FL display with spectrum analyzer and adjustable
contrast. The KDC-HD942U offers the following display and button illumination
- Type Select: Allows
you to choose between four display types.
- Type A displays 4 to 5 lines of
text (you can choose from 3 different layouts)
- Type B displays a line of text and
- Type C display a line of text and
the spectrum analyzer (you can choose between two spectrum analyzer
- Type D display the clock
- Text Select: Select
which text information displays on the headunit. You can choose up to 5
lines of text between 7 selections: Station Name, Frequency, Album Artist,
Title, Genre, Date, or Blank.
- Text/Title Scroll: The KDC-HD942U will display CD text, Audio file text and Satellite and HD radio
text. You can turn the
scrolling feature "on" to scroll longer titles across the screen.
- Illumination Effect: Sets whether the headunit's button
illumination brightness is changed in conjunction with the button operation.
- Illumination Music Sync: Sets whether the headunit's button
illumination brightness is changed in conjunction with the sound volume.
- Dimmer: The dimmer function
will dim this unit's display automatically when the vehicle light switch is
turned On when you connect orange/white Illumination wire of this player.
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 completely.
Dual Rotary Knobs: the KDC-HD942 features two rotary control dials
(one 3-way and one 7-way) to make playback and adjustment of your music as
simple as possible.
Security Code: You can enter a
4-digit security code which must be used when the unit is removed from the
vehicle, or the constant power source is disconnected from the unit. When
constant power is restored to the unit, the security code must be entered before
the unit becomes operational.
HD Radio Tuner
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, while FM digital will have CD-like quality with static free
and clear reception. In addition, AM/FM digital stations can offer text and data
such as artist names and song titles. Many HD Radio stations also offer more
than one channel of programming. This service is called multicasting. You can
setup the KDC-HD942U to search only HD Radio stations.
HD Radio 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.
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. The
tuner features 3 FM banks (1, 2, 3) and 1 AM bank. You can store 6 presets for
each AM/FM bank giving you a total of 18 FM presets and 6 AM presets.
AAC/MP3/WMA Playback: The KDC-HD942U can play AAC (8-320
kbps), MP3 (8-320 kbps) and WMA
(48-192 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 playback, the unit displays any recorded ID3
Tag (Ver.1) information. The headunit will display up to 30 characters.
Supreme Setting: When MP3, WMA or AAC 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.
Music Search: The Kenwood AM/FM CD receiver features a Music
Search feature which allows you to scroll through and select your MP3/WMA music
folders and files, as well as scroll through your audio CD's music tracks using
the headunit's rotary knob.
CD Force: When there is a
problem with playing a CD with a special format, this setting plays the CD by
force. Some CDs still may not play in the CD Force mode.
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.
Off Eject: The KDC-HD942U allows you to eject your disc for 10
minutes after switching off the vehicles engine.
Favorite Memory Control: The headunit's Favorite Control
feature allows you to save six "Favorites" for easy access. You can select a
"Favorite" playlist from your connected iPod, your favorite radio station from
the unit's built-in HD AM/FM tuner or connected Satellite Radio tuner (both
sold separately), or a favorite telephone number from your mobile-phone using
the optional Bluetooth hands-free kit (sold separately). This allows you to
have instant access your favorite Radio station, telephone number, or iPod
playlist from one list on the headunit's display. You can also name each
Favorite for even easier access.
24 Bit D/A Converter: The
Kenwood KDC-HD942U utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior CD
Sound Management System (S.M.S.): In order to optimize the
sound quality, you can use the Sound Management System to set the type of
vehicle and speaker sizes, locations, distances and x-over points. The S.M.S.
settings include the following:
- Cabin Setting: Choose from Compact, Full Size Car,
Station Wagon, Mini Van , SUV, Mini Van Long, or Off
- Speaker Setting:
- Front Location: Choose either Door, On Dash, or
- Front Size: Choose from Small, Medium, or Large
- Tweeter Size: Select either None or Use
- Rear Location: Choose between Door, Rear Deck, 2nd
Row or 3rd Row
- Rear Size: Choose from Small, Medium, Large, or
- Subwoofer Size: Select from Small, Large, or None
- Digital Time Alignment (DTA): Choose from 0.00 to 14.44
feet for the Front pair of speakers, Rear pair of speakers and Subwoofer
distances in reference to the distance between your listening positioning
and the locations of the particular speakers.
- Front High Pass Filter: Select between 40,
60, 70, 80,100, 120, 150, 180, or 220Hz at a slope of -12,
-18, or -24 dB per octave; you can also select full-range
- Rear High Pass Filter: Select between 40, 60, 70, 80, 100, 120, 150, 180,
or 220Hz at a slope of -12,
-18, or -24 dB per octave; you can also select full-range
- Subwoofer Low Pass Filter: Select between 30, 40,
50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100, 120, 150, 180, 220, or 250 Hz at a slope of
-12, -18, or -24 dB per octave; you can also select full-range
- Subwoofer Phase: Choose either Normal or Reverse
Equalizer Control: Equalizer Control allows you to use one
of the System Q presets, or set your own custom settings for the front and back
speakers independently, using the 3-band Equalizer. The EQ adjustments are as
- Preset EQ: You can select from Natural, Rock, Pops,
Easy, Top 40, Jazz, Game, iPod, or User.
- 3-Band EQ: You can adjust the following 3-Band EQ
- Band Levels: Independent front and rear EQ level of
-9dB to +9dB.
- Quality Setting: Independent front and rear Q
setting of 0.25, 0.50, 1.00, or 2.00
- Center Frequency: Independent front and rear
frequency settings from these 4 bands:
- Band 1: 60Hz, 100Hz, 160Hz, 250Hz, or 400Hz
- Band 2: 630Hz, 1kHz, 1.6kHz, or 2.5kHz
- Band 3: 4kHz, 6.3kHz, 10kHz, or 16kHz
Position Control: For a better sound-stage you can select
your optimal listening position. According to the listening position, select the
position from the following settings (All, Front Left, Front Right or Front) so
that the normal position of the sound environment can be compensated in
accordance with the selected position.
Bass Boost: The Kenwood
KDC-HD942U features a two level Bass Boost to increase bass levels.
Highway Sound: This
features compensates the low volume or bass sound being lost by road noises to
make vocals sound clearer. You can set the Highway Sound function to 1, 2, 3, or
3-Sets of 4V Preamp Outputs: The KDC-HD942U features front, rear and
subwoofer 4V 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
You can independently control the
subwoofer preamp output level from the CD receiver. You select levels between
-15 to +15.
Dual Zone: The Dual Zone mode
allows you to output the Main source and the Auxiliary input separately for the
front and rear channels. You can select whether the auxiliary input will play in
the front or the rear.
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.
Source Tone Memory:
This feature allows you to store System Q bass, middle and treble tone settings
for each source (CD, Tuner, Aux, and USB).
Tel Mute: The KDC-HD942U
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.
External Device Connection
USB Port: The Kenwood KDC-HD942U features a rear-panel 2.0
USB type-A port on a 38" pigtail. The USB port enables
connection and control of a portable USB mass-storage class device with AAC
(8-320 kbps), MP3
(8-320 kbps), and WMA (48-192 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. When your
USB device is connected to this unit, it can be charged up provided that the
KDC-HD942U is powered on.
Note: You cannot connect a USB device via a USB hub or
Multi-Card Reader to this unit.
iPod Direct: The KDC-HD942U's rear-panel USB port also acts
as an iPod 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. Using either
cable allows you to connect, control, and charge select iPod models with the
KDC-HD942U. 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
to105dB.When your iPod is connected to the KDC-HD942U, you can choose to operate
your iPod via the Kenwood headunit's controls or your iPod's
click-wheel/touch-screen. If you select to control your iPod from the
KDC-HD942U, 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%). You
can also choose to listen to all songs stored on your iPod at random. The
KDC-HD942U will also display your iPod's music file information when in this
mode. If you choose to operate your connected iPod via its
click-wheel/touch-screen controls, the KDC-HD942U will not display your iPod's
music information (the headunit will instead display "iPod MODE") and the
Kenwood headunit's controls will no longer operate your iPod. The Kenwood
KDC-HD942U is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone
model features (as of Jan. 2010):
Model ||Generation ||Media Type || Control ||Display ||Charge |
|Audio ||Video ||Unit ||iPod ||Song/Artist ||Track |
dock-connector ||3rd || N || N || N || N || N || N || N |
click-wheel/color-display ||4th || N || N || N || N || N || N || N |
|mini ||1st ||
N || N ||
N || N |
|2nd ||N ||N ||N ||N ||N ||N ||N |
||5th || Y || N || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| classic ||80GB || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
|120GB || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
|160GB || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
||1st ||Y ||N ||Y ||N ||Y ||Y ||Y |
Y || Y ||
Y || Y |
|3rd ||Y ||N ||Y ||Y ||Y ||Y ||Y |
|4th ||Y ||N ||Y ||Y ||Y ||Y ||Y |
|5th ||Y ||N ||Y ||Y ||Y ||Y ||Y |
| touch || 1st || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 2nd || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 3rd || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| iPhone ||2G || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 3G || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 3GS || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
Note: Apple firmware updates may change
functionality results. You may need to reset your iPod if you
download a newer software version.
Satellite Radio Ready: There are several options for
connecting an optional XM or SIRIUS Satellite Radio receiver to this receiver:
- 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 number
700SIRPKEN, along with your compatible SIRIUS Dock & Play receiver.
- Auxiliary Input: A portable satellite radio receiver,
such as the XM Delphi SkyFi3 or SIRIUS Sportster, can 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.
Bluetooth Ready: The unit is also Bluetooth compatible using
the optional Kenwood KCA-BT200 Bluetooth adapter (113BT200,
sold separately). Using this adapter you can make and answer phone calls from
the Kenwood headunit. You can even download your Phonebook information from your
compatible mobile phone into the headunit. You are able to register up to five
compatible Bluetooth cell phones when using the KCA-BT200 adapter. Visit
Kenwood.com for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled phones.
Changer Controls: This unit is directly compatible with Kenwood changers
manufactured in 1998 or later. If the changer has an O-N switch, the switch will
need to be set to the "N" position. In addition to basic disc navigation features, this
unit has the following changer controls: direct disc access (using the remote),
direct track access (using the remote), track intro scan, track repeat, disc
repeat, disc random, and magazine disc random. When connected to a CD Text capable CD changer, this unit can display disc and track titles for discs encoded
with disc and track title information. The text information can be scrolled
manually or automatically.
AUX Input: The
KDC-HD942U is equipped with a rear-panel 3.5mm minijack auxiliary input for
connecting external portable audio devices such as an MP3 player. The
KDC-HD942U 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
IR Remote Control: The KDC-HD942U
comes with the RC-547 IR wireless remote control with a full numeric keypad. The
remote will control Audio, CD, Tuner, Satellite Radio, and Dual Zone functions.
The remote control allows direct access of your music tracks, direct access to
discs loaded in a connected CD-changer (sold separately) and direct access to
AM/FM radio stations. It is powered by 2 "AA" batteries (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 KDC-HD942U has a
"steering remote control" lead on the back panel. When used with the optional
SWI-JACK interface (127SWIJACK,
sold separately), you can retain the use of your steering wheel and/or rear seat
radio controls when replacing the factory head unit in select vehicles. The SWI-JACK
is compatible with over 95% of the vehicles made from 1986 to the present.
Compatible vehicles include many Acura, Audi, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet,
Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, GMC, Honda, Hummer, Infiniti, Isuzu, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia,
Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercury, Mini, Mitsubishi, Nissan,
Oldsmobile, Plymouth, Pontiac, Saab, Saturn, Suzuki, Toyota, and Volkswagen
vehicles and Harley Davidson motorcycles. Please consult the Crutchfield Vehicle
Selector to see if your vehicle is compatible.
Supplied Software: The KDC-HD942U comes supplied with the
Kenwood Music Editor Version 2.1.0 CD-ROM. Kenwood Music Editor is a desktop
software that helps organize, manage and transfer AAC, MP3, and WMA music files
to your USB devices from your PC.
- Operating System:
- Microsoft Windows XP Professional/Home Edition SP2 or later (32-bit
- Microsoft Windows Vista (32-bit version)
- Other Programs:
- Microsoft .Net Framework 2.0
- QuickTime 7 or later (when using AAC file)
- Windows Media Player 10/11
- Hard disk with at least 100MB free space
- CD-ROM drive (CD-R/RW drive when writing to CD-R/RW)
- USB interface (2.0/1.1)