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Kenwood KTC-HR100MC

HD Radio tuner

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Connect the KTC-HR100MC HD Radio™ tuner to a compatible Kenwood in-dash stereo, and you'll be able to enjoy everything HD Radio has to offer. HD Radio moves traditional AM/FM into the digital age, bringing you FM stations with CD-quality sound and AM stations that sound as good as today's analog FM stations.

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Connect the KTC-HR100MC HD Radio™ tuner to a compatible Kenwood in-dash stereo, and you'll be able to enjoy everything HD Radio has to offer. HD Radio moves traditional AM/FM into the digital age, bringing you FM stations with CD-quality sound and AM stations that sound as good as today's analog FM stations.

Thanks to the KTC-HR100MC's digital processing, you get none of the popping, hissing, and interference that plague analog radio signals. Plus, song title and artist details, along with other text information, show up on your stereo's display. You'll still receive current analog radio signals, but, if you tune to an HD Radio station, the tuner switches automatically to the digital signal for dramatically improved reception.

Multicasting, a highly anticipated HD Radio feature, allows a broadcaster to create up to three separate channels, each with unique content, on the same frequency. The KTC-HR100MC lets you access those multiple channels, as they become available, so you can enjoy a wider selection of entertainment and information.

A single cable connects the KTC-HR100MC to your compatible Kenwood stereo (compatible stereos will have the KTC-HR100MC listed as a Recommended Accessory). The tuner has a handy pass-through connection so that you can still hook up a Kenwood CD changer or a satellite radio to your system.

Note: Digital radio signals are not available in all areas, but more radio stations are upgrading to digital broadcasting every day.

Product Highlights:

  • HD Radio tuner
  • connects to most 2003-up SIRIUS-ready Kenwood stereos
  • receives multicasting content (where available)
  • single-cable connection
  • song title/artist info and other text content appears on stereo's display
  • pass-through connection for other Kenwood equipment
  • stereo RCA outputs
  • HD Radio technology improves sound quality and minimizes interference
  • dimensions: 7-9/16"W x 1-3/16"H x 6"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • HD Radio Tuner
  • 16' Connection cable (has a 13-pin male connector on each end)
  • 20' Antenna extension cable (has a male Motorola connector on one end and a female Motorola connector on the other end)
  • 2 Metal mounting brackets
  • 4 Self-tapping screws (length=3/4")
  • 4 Machine screws (each screw has 1 flat washer and 1 lock washer)
  • 2 Self-adhesive Velcro strips
  • Instruction Manual
  • Manual Correction sheet
  • Warranty Card

Kenwood KTC-HR100MC Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(7 Reviews)

Better quality, more channels and radio is still free!

JTwilley from Wilmington, DE on 1/6/2006

I say the free part because the quality of this HD radio Tuner is superior to my XM satellite radio that has a monthly charge. The Kenwood KTC-HR100MC tuner and the Kenwood KTC-HR100TR tuner are virtually identical. I just installed the Kenwood KTC-HR100TR HD radio tuner in my vehicle a few weeks ago and I am very impressed! The audio quality and stereo separation on the FM band are much improved. The lack of any noise or multipath is a welcome change. The AM band is the one that got the biggest improvement in quality. The multichannel stations are starting to pop up more and more. Their quality is quite good also. This gives me more of a variety of channels to choose from. The tuner is a bit pricy but isn't all new technology at first. The prices are coming down. The only real complaint is if your Kenwood dash unit has R.D.S. (Radio Data System), it will not function with the HD tuner installed. Otherwise, I think it sounds great!



I love it

mstarling from Washington, DC on 11/7/2005

This is a really sensitive analog radio and the multicast feature is great. We've got five stations in the DC area experimenting with multicasting - they sound great (awesome stereo and frequency responose) and I love the lack of commercials on them. As others have noted, the multicast and digital signals don't cover as far as the analog, but for most of my travels I'd never know it. The digital signals are solid throughout the hour plus commute I've got in each direction, but traveling out of town on the weekends, I do lose the digital service area first. I got the EZ700SR head unit and love the display, although two lines would be better. And I wish the Sirius feature had a sequential "channel name, artist, title" scroll function. It works that way on the HD stations and it's annoying that it doesn't on the satellite radio. This is one of the few digital head units you can figure out without the manual (not for all functions, but for all of the common ones). The Crutchfield kit was a breeze - installed in my jammed center console in a Maxima with no problems in quick order. The connector kits worked beautifully and my "Bose premium" amplifiers and speakers sound great driven by the Kenwood. Nice to upgrade from the disappointing "premium" Bose radio. I do hear artifacts on the AM stations in HD, but some sound better than others, so there appears to be "set-up" pains going on at some of the stations. Still a lot better than the AM I normally hear -- the background static is gone, and there's no such things as multipath flutter on the FM HD stations either. Phenomenal separation and high end on the HD FM stations.



Kenwood KTC-HR100MC

Peter from Iowa on 8/6/2005

Disappointed that this unit it not compatable with XMDKEN100. Radio just locks up. Terk says not compatible even though changers and KCA-S210A are.



don't fall for the hype

mrcomment from Las Vegas on 7/14/2005

Disappointing & pricey.<BR><BR>Digital range is less than analog.<BR>Digital AM has horrible artifacts.<BR>Digital FM wipes out rimshot stations.<BR>Digital FM makes multipath worse.<BR>Gen#1 receivers don't work with multicast audio.<BR>Current receiver won't pick up future surround sound.



HD Radio is the Future for Terrestrial Broadcasting!

W.C. Alexander from Denver, CO on 7/5/2005

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I recently ordered a KTC HR-100MC HD Radio tuner and installed it in my 1998 Dodge truck along with a KDC MP-228 head. I am impressed with the sound of the local Denver HD Radio stations. The FM stations sound great... CD-quality, lightly processed and with no noise at all. But it is the AM stations that really stand out! One station in particular sounds excellent, like a noise-free, flutter-free FM station! A few comments on the KTC HR-100MC... (1) The instruction manual could be written better. (2) The display in the HD Radio mode is either/or. For example, the user gets to select between time, frequency, station name and song title/artist. Why can't multiple displays be selected, e.g. station name whe you first tune the station, then title/artist (if available) with time displayed between scrolls?? (3) The unit has only six AM presets but 18 FM presets. With AM HD Radio stations sounding like FM stations, why wouldn't you want more presets? I find myself manually tuning a lot of favorite AM stations, and that is a pain. Overall, however, the KTC HR-100 is a great (but pricey) piece of auto sound gear. I have ordered several others since my initial purchase.



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Tim from Plainfield, IN on 6/22/2005

I have a KTC-HR100 and it works so great, that I ordered the KTC-HR100TR or KTC-HR100MC they are the same. The 100TR & 100MC will allow you to receive extra digital only stations. Extra features only on the 100TR/MC are Multicasting, and when reciving an HD station you will see W*** HD when digital is lost it will change to W*** FM or AM. Digital does not have the same range as analog. You can listen in analog auto or digital only modes. Indianapolis does have a station multicasting. If you buy this HD Tuner get a head unit that can show 3 lines of text at a time. You spend a little more to start but you will be happy to see 3 lines insted of one at a time.



HD Radio Hype

Toby Williams from Santa Clara, CA on 6/16/2005

I was terribly disappointed with the Kenwood HD tuner. It's probably an okay product, but HD radio itself is not.<BR> <BR>Several San Francisco area stations are sending HD radio. Unfortunately I get a lot of digital breakup when I listen to HD radio while driving around. The analog signals are all fine. The audio quality doesn't seem to be any better than the analog. It seems very compressed and doesn't sound like a CD at all. It might sound a little better than my XM radio, but not much. <BR> <BR>Don't waste your money on HD radio. I thought I was going to get more program choices, but that's not the case. I get the same old stuff, and it doesn't really sound enough better to justify the expense. I'm not sure what I was thinking when I put my money down for this tuner. I'll stick with XM.<BR> <BR>Toby Williams<BR>




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Inputs and Outputs


HD Radio: HD Radio is digital FM and AM broadcasting, allowing you to enjoy your same favorite FM and AM stations with digital sound quality. The FM stations have CD-quality sound and AM stations sound as good as today's analog FM stations. In some cases, when reception is good, you can listen to programs in stereo with the digital AM broadcast.

Tomorrow Radio Project: The Tomorrow Radio Project, initiated in 2003 by National Public Radio (NPR), developed the ability to use HD Radio technology to divide an analog signal into two or more digital sub-channels, thus enabling stations to broadcast multiple programs on one signal. NPR is offering five programmed music formats to multicasting stations. The HR100MC tuner is capable of receiving the NPR Multicast from participating stations. When available, the tuner can receive up to 8 digital sub-channels.

Head Unit Compatibility: The KTC-HR100MC tuner can be controlled by most 2003 and up SIRIUS-ready Kenwood receivers. When controlled by a 3D MASK receiver, the KTC-HR100MC replaces the unit's internal FM/AM tuner, simplifying source selection. The KTC-HR100MC is both digital and analog, so a single tuner can receive all FM and AM stations. When controlled by a compatible receiver without 3D MASK, you must manually select the HD tuner as a separate source.

Compatible Kenwood Receivers
DDX7015 EZ500 EZ700SR KDC-228 KDC-3028
KDC-328 KDC-722 KDC-MP2028 KDC-MP228 KDC-MP4028
KDC-MP425 KDC-MP428 KDC-MP5028 KDC-MP528 KDC-MP6025
KDC-MP625 KDC-MP628 KDC-MP7028 KDC-MP728 KDC-MP822
KDC-MPV5025 KDC-MPV525 KDC-MPV8025 KDC-V7022 KDC-X579
KDC-X589 KDC-X679 KDC-X769 KDC-X789 KDC-X869
KDC-X879 KDC-X889 KDC-X969 KDC-X979 KVT-715DVD

Receive Mode: You can choose one of the following receive modes:

  • Auto: analog broadcasts and digital broadcasts are switched automatically. When both are being transmitted, the digital broadcast will have priority.
  • Digital: receives digital broadcasts only
  • Analog: receives analog broadcasts only

Tuning Mode: The KTC-HR100MC tuner has the following three tuning modes: Auto seek, Preset station seek, and Manual.

Preset Memory: You can store 18 FM and 6 AM stations in the receiver's preset memory.

Auto Memory Entry: This feature selects stations with the strongest signals within the selected band and stores them in order of their frequency.

Information Display: When listening to HD Radio, you can cycle through the following information on the receiver's display: station name, song title/artist name/album name/genre, and frequency.

CD Changer Pass-Through: The HD Radio tuner uses the CD changer input on the Kenwood head unit. If you also want to use a CD changer, there is a CD changer pass-through connection on the HD Radio tuner, so they can be daisy chained together. If you wish to use 2 CD changers, you can connect them together using the KCA-S210A 2-changer switch before connecting them to the input on the HD Radio tuner.

Compatibility Note: The CD changer pass-through connection is compatible with Kenwood CD changers equipped with an O-N switch, plus 2003 changer models (e.g. KDC-C719, KDC-C669) and newer changer models that do not have an O-N switch but use the N protocol. In addition, the pass-through connection is compatible with Kenwood Music Keg units loaded with Music Manager version 10.1, or higher. CD changers that do not use the N protocol and do not have an O-N switch will not work when connected to the pass-through connection. If you have a Music Keg without Music Manager version 10.1, or higher, you may upgrade your unit with a free firmware download available through Kenwood's website.  If you want to connect this tuner and a Kenwood CD changer that does not use the N protocol and does not have an O-N switch to a compatible head unit, the KCA-S210A (item 113KCAS210) 2-changer switch must be used. The CA-C1AUX auxiliary input adaptor is not compatible with the changer pass-through port.

Inputs and Outputs

Front Panel of Tuner:

  • To Head Unit: 13-pin jack that connects to compatible Kenwood head unit using the supplied connection cable
  • Audio Out: left and right RCA audio connectors
  • To Controller: 8-pin jack for use with optional controller unit
  • Antenna: Motorola jack

Back Panel of Tuner:

  • To Slave Unit: 13-pin jack that connects to an optional Kenwood changer


Analog FM Tuner Section:

  • Usable Sensitivity (S/N = 30 dB): 9.3 dBf
  • Quieting Sensitivity (S/N = 50 dB): 15.2 dBf
  • Frequency Response (+/- 3 dB): 30 Hz - 15 kHz
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio (Mono): 70 dB
  • Selectivity (+/-400 kHz): > 80 dB
  • Stereo Separation (1 kHz): 40 dB

Digital FM Tuner Section:

  • Frequency Response (+/- 3 dB): 20 Hz - 18 kHz
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio (Stereo): 70 dB

Analog AM Tuner Section:

  • Usable Sensitivity (S/N = 20 dB): 28 dBµ

Digital AM Tuner Section:

  • Frequency Response (+/- 3 dB): 40 Hz - 15 kHz
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio (Stereo): 70 dB

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