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Kenwood KTC-HR100TR

HD Radio™ tuner

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Kenwood's KTC-HR100TR HD Radio™ tuner takes you into the world of HD Radio, 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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Kenwood's KTC-HR100TR HD Radio™ tuner takes you into the world of HD Radio, bringing you FM stations with CD-quality sound and AM stations that sound as good as today's analog FM stations.

The KTC-HR100TR's digital processing eliminates the popping, hissing, and interference that plague analog radio signals. Plus, you'll see song title and artist details, along with other text information, on your stereo's display. You'll still receive current analog radio signals, but, once 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 on the same frequency, each with unique content. The KTC-HR100TR 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-HR100TR to your compatible Kenwood stereo — compatible stereos will have the KTC-HR100TR listed as an accessory. A handy pass-through connection allows you to retain the use of a Kenwood CD changer or satellite radio in your system.

Note: HD Radio broadcasts are not available in all areas, but more radio stations are upgrading to this format 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

The sound is excellent. However, there are only 3 HD stations worth listening to in the Philadelphia area, the reception is choppy in the suburbs. New York, Baltimore and DC were not much better. Save you money for Sirius.

Jill, Philadelphia PA

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 M4 x 8mm machine screws (each screw has 1 flat washer and 1 lock washer)
  • 2 Self-adhesive Velcro strips
  • Instruction Manual
  • Warranty Card

Kenwood KTC-HR100TR Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(11 Reviews)

So Far Different from What I Expected but a Nice Change Nonetheless

Rob from Poughkeepsie, NY on 5/13/2007

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I didnt realize there were so few HD stations in my area until I installed this bad boy. Im calling it bad boy for a few reasons. For one, this HD tuner picks up pretty clearly stations that are easily 70 miles away (none of those are HD though). There seems to be only one channel thats broadcasting in HD and it happens to be my favorite station, 101.5 WPDH, which happens to be stationed half a mile from my house. Another thing is that even though the stations it picks up arent in HD (not even an analog HD signal), they seem to come in clearer than with the deck tuner. Another cool thing about this HD tuner is that it can display the call letters of an HD station along with a message from the station and the title and artist of the songs that they play (as theyre being played). While I havent found there to be a dramatic difference between the analog and digital signals (alas, even the analog signal can be made to sound pretty clear with a Kenwood Excelon deck - Im running mine through a KDC-X679 deck), theres a noticeable lack of clarity when I go back to another non-HD station. Whats weird is that when switching between the analog and digital signals (which you can manually do through one of the menus - the one with the DSI on/off, clock adjustments and button color settings), the sound doesnt seem to get so much clearer but different, like its digitally altered and even softened a little. But then, when you start listening to it, it does sound clearer and more real. I havent found any AM HD stations yet, so I cant speak to them. Regular AM does sound good though. Now all I need to figure out is how to switch between the sub stations.



Moderately Optomistic

Kenton from Atlanta, GA on 1/13/2007

I have a KDC-MP5028 head unit (had it for about 1 1/2 yrs.) and have never really had good AM/FM reception even before installing the HD radio tuner (factory radio had excellent reception compared to this one--not sure what happened when I put this in). Anyway, After installation, I can definitely tell a difference between the analog broadcast and the digital broadcast (definitely CD quality or arguably better than!), however as one of the other reviewers mentions, the reception can be choppy-either you get the digital signal or you don't. So, since my reception is poor, I'm without a digital signal more so than with--very choppy (maybe have a signal 10% of time). My problems could be due to my head unit issue, OR maybe that the HD digital signal is significantly weaker than the analog signal, OR it may be due to the infancy of the technology (or a combination of all 3). I plan to hold on to the tuner for now; I'll probably order the METRA signal booster and American International antenna noise filter (stumbled onto this idea from some other reviews on this site). My advice is that if you're in a Metropolitan area, it's somewhat of a substitute to Serius & XM, but don't expect a 100% reliable digital signal all the time like w/analog. Overall I'm optomistic about the new HD radio "wave", but today I'm pretty disappointed. When I try the booster and filter, I'll update with my feedback. Hopefully, I'll see some improvement. Happy shopping!



limited usefullness

Jill from Philadelphia PA on 10/27/2006

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The sound is excellent. However, there are only 3 HD stations worth listening to in the Philadelphia area, the reception is choppy in the suburbs. New York, Baltimore and DC were not much better. Save you money for Sirius.



Kenwood KTC-HR100TR

Tom from Brookfield, WI on 6/12/2006

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Although the HD tunner makes HD radio stations sound clearer, it seems like the volume of these radio stations is a bit lower. This unit is something different, and I'll just have to get used to it and see all of it's abilities since i've only used it a couple of times now.



The HR100TR works great with the KDC-X890 & I love the digital clarity

Earl from Atlanta, GA on 5/17/2006

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Atlantas hills & valleys have been robbing me of quality FM for years while driving. My previous high end, but aging Sony head unit, faded in power & clarity in the valleys. I have High Def Directv at home & XM satellite music comes with it. I really enjoy the digital music quality, but didnt care to subscribe to another Satelite service for my truck. Also, I didnt want to be wishing I had gone for a better unit in a few months so I waited for the arrival of the new X890 (w/USB input, additional AUX input, & three 5 volt outputs w/sub control). I combined it with the matching Kenwood HD digital Radio Tuner (HR100TR) & daisy chained in a C719 10-CD changer. So far I am extremely pleased!!! The X890 has all I was looking for. The USB input for my thumb USB drive to give me the PC download option, & I added a 3.5mm stereo plug cable to the aux input RCA jacks for flexibility. The 3.5mm is a great sounding $5 ipod interface, without song titles, ipod control & charging that you get for $100. The HD tuner is terrific. Atlanta has a lot of multicasting FM stations broadcasting free of charge the digital signal right along with analog on the same frequency. Several stations have 2 channels of digital music so it increased my available stations. The digital clarity is truly CD quality, & as I had hoped it would, the digital signal is almost always maintained in those previously killer valleys. Apparently the reception is strong enough to get those on/off digits through & just like with digital TV, you either have the digital signal with all its depth & clarity or you dont. It will auto revert to analog if your out of digital range & sync of broadcast is good here.



HD Radio is right for Maine and the Boston Area

ROBERT from Rockland, ME on 5/2/2006

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I took my Kenwood HR100TR and went off on a roadtrip. WBZ's HD signal began to kick in just outside Portland, ME as I was entering the Maine Coast area from Northeastern Vermont. WBZ's change from regular AM to HD was nothing less than dramatic. From my point of view the renaissance of the AM dial and the great radio stations of the past is here... and it is AM HD. Maine Public Radio also is in HD on FM. The change between FM and HD-FM isn't nearly as dramatic. But, over on the AM side... the switch is dramatic. I caught WBZ HD in Eastport, Maine on the docks. <BR><BR>However, if you live in Vermont and don't plan on driving around... don't bother with the HD Radio yet... because nothing's on the air in that format yet around here.



hd limitations

teery from kokomo, in on 2/9/2006

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i live about 50 miles from several HD transmitters. i purchased the HD tuner for am reception. my experiance was disappointing and ive returned my tuner and radio. i travel over a wide area of central indiana and the HD signal was intermittant even though the signal was strong. 50,000 watt wibc signal is clear during daylight hours, however the HD signal would come and go and as a result there was a 2 second delay which drives you crazy. the signal kept shifting from HD to analog. also wnde signal is broadcast in HD but you have to be with 25 miles of the transmitter for it to work effectively even though the analog signal is clear for 50 miles. this defeats the purpose of the HD radio as i was trying to eleminate drift and interference. the bottom line is that the HD signal strength is much weaker than the analog signal. so, the HD tuner is only functioal for a limited range. also, when you attach the tuner you can no longer dial up weaker distant stations manualy. if you live near a major metropolitan area the HD radio is great. if you travel 25-50 away from the transmitter you really dont have HD capability anymore.



Great Sound - Great Reception

Dave O from Missouri on 2/7/2006

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I've been living with the Kenwood HD tuner and a Kenwood Excelon KDC-889 for about a month and a half now, and I'm really delighted. Once you spend some time listening to a good sounding HD Radio station, you will never wanna go back to analog.<BR><BR>The sound quality of the HD Radio stations is really great. Even most of the analog stations sound really good on this tuner. It is VERY sensitive on both AM and FM.<BR><BR>The AM-HD is amazing, you would swear you are listening to FM. The FM-HD does sound like CD on stations that don't over-process their HD signals.<BR><BR>Time alignment between the digital and the analog is still a problem in some cities. That's the fault of the station, NOT the HD Radio system! Someday, all the stations will operate correctly, and the fades from analog to digital (and back again) will be smooth.<BR><BR>If the station you are listening too jumps back and forth in time, complain at the radio station! They will eventually get it right.<BR><BR>This is an amazing product for such an infant technology.<BR>



The future of radio

Mike from Atlanta, GA on 1/16/2006

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This Kenwood KTC-HR100TR HD receiver and Kenwood Excelon KDC-X689 CD player were purchased for me by my work. I work for a local radio station and we needed HD radios. Because of this I had to pull out my Sony CDX-F7715X, and I have switched over to Sirius as well. The HD radio sounds pretty good. There is no static multi-path and a much wider sound. The higher frequencies come through very good as well. There are some stations using multi casting in the Atlanta, GA area. Those are nice. I can here some artifacts on them from time to time but it's not too bad. It installs very easily, and is easy to use. Nothing complicated at all. Just tune to your favorite station like before. I've also got the Sirius SIR-KEN1 Satellite Tuner for Kenwood. It connects very easily. I had XM before and I'm not as big a fan of Sirius. It sounds dull and muddy compared to XM but that may be the head unit too (see my review of that). I read that the XM direct locked up the Kenwood radios but I ordered one and will try it now.



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!



Flawless performance from Kenwood HD Radio

Russell from Seattle, WA on 12/9/2005

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I am very impressed with the Kenwood HD Radio receiver. I love to listen to classic KING-FM in Seattle and have struggled with a lot of multipath and noise during the quiet sections of the music when listening to standard FM radio. But with the new HD radio system, I now have virtual CD quality. Being able to see the call letters of the station is pretty cool too. The clarity and improved dynamic range of the sound jumps right out even on the modest stock speakers in my '92 Ford Crown Victoria. Installation was a snap simply by shifting the antenna connection over to the HD unit and plugging in a multi-pin cable to the head unit. I think this unit even improves the analog FM reception too. Kenwood did an excellent engineering job on this one. Thanks!!




Hands-on research

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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 HR100TR 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-HR100TR tuner can be controlled by most 2003 and up SIRIUS-ready or HD Ready Kenwood receivers. When controlled by a 3D MASK receiver, the KTC-HR100TR replaces the unit's internal FM/AM tuner, simplifying source selection. The KTC-HR100TR 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
DDX7015EZ500 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-HR100TR 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-S220A 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-S220A (item 113KCAS220) 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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