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Add-on HD Radio™ tuner for select Kenwood receivers (New Stock)
Our take on the Kenwood KTC-HR300 by Crutchfield's Zak Billmeier
Upgrade your Kenwood's radio to the digitally-enhanced sound of HD Radio™ — once you connect the KTC-HR300 hideaway tuner, participating FM stations approach CDs in sound quality, while AM stations sound as good as today's analog FM.
HD Radio technology allows a station to create up to eight separate channels on its assigned frequency. The KTC-HR300 will receive these additional channels, so you'll enjoy the wider selection of entertainment and information provided by participating radio stations. And when you tune to any HD Radio or Radio Data System (RDS) station, you'll see song, title, artist, and other text information on your Kenwood stereo's display.
Tag your favorite tunes
With an iPod® connected to a compatible 2009-up Kenwood receiver, you can "tag" songs that you hear on an HD Radio broadcast for future purchase. The next time you sync your iPod, you can buy the songs you want from the iTunes® Music Store.
I have the EZ500 head unit and this pairs very well with it. The reception is much better than FM or AM analog, almost as clear as a CD. Some here have said that it runs hot but I have not had that experience, it does get a little warm but not anything worth worrying about.
What's in the Box:
- HD Radio Tuner with attached 57" DIN-cable terminated by a proprietary 13-pin connector
- 7" KAB adapter cable (13-pin connector on one end and a 9-pin connector on other end)
- 61" Antenna cable (female Motorola connector on one end and a male Motorola connector on other end)
- Velcro strip
- Instruction Manual (Eng/Spa/Fre)
- Warranty Card
- add HD Radio reception to your compatible Kenwood stereo
- tune in to "multicast" channels
- "tag" songs that you hear on an HD Radio broadcast for future purchase
- dimensions: 6-9/16"W x 1-3/8"H x 4-15/16"D
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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HD Radio: HD Radio technology, where available, offers higher quality sound than conventional analog broadcasts and receives text data. HD Radio provides FM broadcasts that are equal to CD sound quality and AM broadcasts that are as good as analog FM stereo broadcasts. HD Radio also provides a variety of data, including station name, song title, artist name, album name, etc.
Multicasting: In addition to conventional broadcasts, with HD Radio broadcasting it is possible to choose from up to 8 multicast programs (HD1 to HD8 and analog). There are also data programs for each program.
Head Unit Compatibility: The KTC-HR300 tuner can be controlled by most 2003 and up HD Ready Kenwood receivers which feature either Kenwood's 13-pin connector or Kenwood's KAB 9-pin connector. The KTC-HR300 is both digital and analog, so the tuner can receive all FM and AM stations.
Note: Not all HD Radio compatible Kenwood head units support iTunes tagging. 2009-up Kenwood DNX, DDX, KDC-MP, and KDC-X models support iTunes tagging feature. You must have your iPod connected to the compatible Kenwood receiver for this feature to work.
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-HR300 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.
iTunes Tagging: The Kenwood KTC-HR300 is also capable of iTunes tagging with compatible Kenwood receivers. iTunes tagging gives the ability to tag a song (up to 50) and stores it to a connected iPod. The next time the iPod is connected to iTunes the tagged songs are displayed with the option to purchase them from the iTunes Store.
Note: This function can be operated with the following iPod/iPhone models - iPod nano (3rd/4th/5th/6th gen), iPod classic (80/120/160GB), iPod touch (1st/2nd/3rd/4th gen), and iPhone (2G/3G/3GS/4).
To Head Unit: 13-pin jack attached to a 57" cable that connects to a compatible Kenwood head unit which features a 13-pin CD changer port. The Headunit also comes supplied with a 13-pin to 9-pin KAB adapter to connect to compatible Kenwood head units which feature the new KAB port.
Note: There are two dip-switches on the tuner that need to be adjusted based on whether you are connecting the KTC-HR300 to a Kenwood head unit with a 13-pin port or 9-pin KAB port.
Antenna: Motorola jack which is used to connect your vehicle's antenna. (unit come supplied with a 59" antenna extension cable).
Note: The 113HR300 cannot be used in conjunction with an external Satellite Radio tuner interface.
Analog FM Tuner Section:
- Usable Sensitivity (S/N = 30 dB): 11.2 dBf
- Quieting Sensitivity (S/N = 50 dB): 16.3 dBf
- Frequency Response (+/- 3 dB): 40 Hz - 15 kHz
- Selectivity (+/-400 kHz): > 65 dB
- Stereo Separation (1 kHz): 40 dB
Digital FM Tuner Section:
- Frequency Response: 20 Hz - 20kHz
Analog AM Tuner Section:
- Usable Sensitivity (S/N = 20 dB): 20 uV
Digital AM Tuner Section:
- Frequency Response: 30 Hz - 15 kHz
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1 question already asked
I expect that it would. I was surprised to find that it interacted perfectly with a much older head unit, my Kenwood EZ-500 in an '07 Hyundai Tiburon. AM reception is almost non-existent, note - with an OE glass antenna. I added a Metra powered in-dash antenna & Y-cable to resolve. I effectively have two antennas in use. [ Travis Jul 26, 2014 ]
Sorry Rodney I don't know I used it with my Sony receiver. Good Luck JoeV [ JOSEPH Jul 26, 2014 ]
Only if it is hd compatible [ ED Jul 26, 2014 ]