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Our take on the Kenwood KDC-122 by Crutchfield's Robert Ferency-Viars
Kenwood's KDC-122 CD receiver will play your home-recorded CD-Rs and CD-RWs. Its built-in amp boasts a stompin' 22 watts RMS of 4-way power, accompanied by Kenwood's proprietary System Q Sound Control for a rockin' good time. You get six preset tone curves ("Rock," "Top 40," "Jazz," "Easy," "Pops," and "Flat"), plus 3 tone controls (bass, midrange, and treble) to fine-tune the sound.
Use source tone memory to assign a separate System Q curve for AM, FM, and CD. That way, you won't have to change the tone settings each time you switch sources just set it once and forget it! You can also customize System Q's response curve with the Mobile Preset function. It tailors the receiver's output to take full advantage of the size and type of speakers in your car.
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- CR-2 tuner
- 18 FM/6 AM presets
- seek tuning
- plays CD-Rs and CD-RWs
- System Q Sound Control
- bass, midrange, and treble controls
- Mobile Preset function adjusts output with three settings (factory speakers, larger aftermarket speakers, smaller aftermarket speakers)
- source tone memory
- rear preamp outputs
- 22 watts RMS/45 peak x 4 channels
- CD frequency response 10-20,000 Hz
- CD signal-to-noise ratio 96 dB
- FM sensitivity 9.3 dBf
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
What's in the Box:
- AM/FM/CD receiver with 10-amp fuse inserted into chassis
- Trim ring
- Wiring harness
- 2 Removal tools
- 4 Panhead ISO-mount screws
- 4 Countersunk ISO-mount screws
- Instruction Manual (English/French/Spanish/Portuguese)
- Warranty Card
- Yellow Caution note (reminds you to closely follow wiring instructions in manual)
Features and Specs
|Memory Card Slot||No|
|Satellite Radio Ready||No|
|RMS Power Output||22 watts|
|Peak Output||45 watts|
|RMS Power Bandwidth||30-20kHz|
|Sub Preamp Outputs||No|
|Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs||---|
|Preamp Voltage||2 volts|
|Key Button Color||Red|
|Steering Wheel Control Compatible||---|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
|FM Sensitivity||9.3 dBf|
|Radio Data System||No|
System Q Sound Control: 5 EQ curves are preset into memory, allowing you to recall the best preset EQ curve for different types of music. The preset curves are named "Rock", "Top 40", "Pops", "Jazz" and "Easy". Each preset has its own bass, middle, and treble level settings. In addition to these EQ curves, you can select a "Flat" setting.
Mobile Preset: The Mobile Preset function tailors the System Q Sound Control settings according to the type of speakers in your vehicle. You may select a Mobile Preset setting of "SP-F" (off), "SP-O" (for OEM factory speaker systems), "SP-6" (for systems with 6" and 6"x9" speakers) or "SP-5" (for systems with 4" and 5" speakers).
Source Tone Memory: This feature allows you to store bass, middle and treble tone settings for each source (CD, FM, AM).
CR-2 Tuner:This unit uses Kenwood's CR-2 tuner for clear radio reception.
Clean Reception System Circuit (CRSC): This circuit controls multi-path distortion by reducing stereo separation. As stereo separation is reduced, multi-path has less effect on the radio signal, improving reception in areas with tall buildings and mountains.
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, the Clock Display can be turned on or off using the CLK button. 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.
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