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Kenwood KDC-135

CD receiver (New Stock)

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The KDC-135 CD receiver from Kenwood is ready for today's music-on-the-go mindset. A handy auxiliary input on the faceplate lets you plug in your portable audio player, so you can listen to your favorite songs while in the car. The stereo's built-in amplifier offers plenty of power, and you can shape the sound with Kenwood's System Q sound controls — a 3-band equalizer and six preset tone curves.

The KDC-135 CD receiver from Kenwood is ready for today's music-on-the-go mindset. A handy auxiliary input on the faceplate lets you plug in your portable audio player, so you can listen to your favorite songs while in the car. The stereo's built-in amplifier offers plenty of power, and you can shape the sound with Kenwood's System Q sound controls — a 3-band equalizer and six preset tone curves.

A set of preamp outputs lets you connect an external amp or powered subwoofer. Switch the outputs to subwoofer mode, and control your powered sub with an adjustable low-pass filter and level control. The KDC-135's detachable faceplate helps protect your investment.

This product has made me extremely happy i've hooked it up to a couple system's and it sounds great and i love all the options it has especially for the value of it it was definately worth the money

Jeremy, queen creek,AZ

What's in the Box:

  • AM/FM/CD receiver with 10-amp fuse inserted into the chassis
  • Sleeve
  • Face
  • Trim ring
  • Wiring harness
  • 2 Removal tools
  • 4 Panhead ISO-mount screws
  • 4 Countersunk ISO-mount screws
  • 1 Face fixing screw
  • Instruction Manual (English/Spanish/French)
  • Warranty Card
  • Kenwood Car Audio Passport sheet

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD player with built-in MOSFET amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RW discs
    • detachable face
    Audio features:
    • System Q Sound Control (6 EQ curves and a 3-band equalizer)
    • low-pass filter and sub level control
    • front-panel auxiliary input
    • one set of preamp outputs (can be switched to subwoofer mode)
    Other features and specs:

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    Features and Specs

    AUX Input Front
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input No
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Android Control No
    Memory Card Slot No
    Bluetooth Compatible No
    Satellite Radio Ready No
    HD Radio No
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size ---
    Nano ---
    Touch ---
    iPhone ---
    CEA-2006 Compliant No
    RMS Power Output 22 watts
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 10-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 2-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs No
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs Yes
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 2 volts
    Display Color White
    Key Button Color Red
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote No
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible ---
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    FM Sensitivity 9.3 dBf
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No

    Product Research


    Overview: The Kenwood KDC-135 AM/FM CD receiver features a detachable face, front auxiliary input, rear 2-volt preamp output and CD-R/CD-RW playback capabilities. The units amplifier is rated at 22 watts x 4 channel RMS and 50 watts x 4 channel peak.

    Detachable Face: The unit features a single front loading CD face that detaches from the chassis 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.

    Note: The unit does not come with a face case. Optional soft carrying cases (sold separately) are available. Part #s 142DFC2C (Gray face case) and 142DFC2N (Blue face case).

    Disc Compatibility: The unit features a single disc player that will playback CD and finalized CD-R/CD-RW audio discs.

    Note: This unit will not playback MP3 or WMA discs. The unit will also not playback 3" discs.

    Display: The KDC-135 uses a black background display with white characters. The unit displays the following information in the following modes.

    • AM/FM Tuner: displays EQ setting, Stereo indicator, Band display, Preset station number (if applicable), Station frequency, Tuning indicator, CRSC indicator, CD loaded indicator and clock (when selected)
    • CD: displays EQ setting, CD loaded indicator, Track number and track elapsed time or clock (when selected)
    • AUX: displays EQ setting, "AUX" indicator, CD loaded indicator and clock (when selected)
    • Standby: displays CD loaded indicator, "STBY" indicator, and clock (when selected)

    Display Illumination/Clock Display: When the unit is in Standby mode, the face and button illumination is "keyed." 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.

    Rotary Volume Control: The CD receiver uses a rotary volume control that increases and decreases the volume of the stereo from 0 to 35. The rotary knob also controls other audio settings such as Bass, Treble and preset EQ settings.

    Attenuator: The unit features an Attenuator button that turns the volume down very quickly in your car stereo's system.

    System Q Sound Control: The following six EQ curves are preset into memory, allowing you to recall the best preset EQ curve for different types of music: Rock, Pops, Easy, Top 40, Jazz, and Flat (Natural).

    Speaker Settings: The Speaker Setting function tailors the System Q Sound Control settings according to the type of speakers in your vehicle. You may select a Speaker Setting of "SP-F" (flat/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).

    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.

    Bass/Treble/Mid Control: The KDC-135 features independent Bass, Treble and Midrange control. You can adjust each one from -8 to +8db.

    Bass Boost: The Kenwood CD receiver also features a Bass Boost control that can be set to the following levels - BB1, BB2 or Off.

    Fader/Balance Control: The KDC-135 CD receiver feature balance and fade controls from Left15 to Right15 and Rear15 to Front15. The CD receiver uses at Type 1 and Type 5 fader. When the preamp output is set to "Rear" the receiver uses a Type-5 fader that allows you to fade between the front speaker channels and the rear speaker channels along with the rear preamp output. When the preamp output is set to "Subwoofer" the receiver uses the type 1 fader which only allows fading between the front and rear speaker channels while the subwoofer preamp output is non-fading .

    Selectable Preamp Output: The KDC-135 features a preamp output that you can adjust from a full-range rear speaker preamp output to a low-pass subwoofer preamp output.

    Low Pass Filter: The receiver features a built-in Low Pass Filter control for the preamp-output when the output is set to Sub. You can select from 80, 120, 160 or off.

    Subwoofer Level: Once you have switched the preamp output to "subwoofer" you can independently control the subwoofer preamp output level from the CD receiver. You select levels between -15 to +15.

    AUX In: The unit is equipped with a front panel 3.5mm minijack auxiliary input that can be used to input audio from a portable audio source such as an MP3 player. The AUX input can be turned "off" in the menu if you do not want to cycle through this source if you choose not to use the AUX input.

    Tel Mute: The KDC-135 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.

    CR-2 Advanced Tuner: This unit uses Kenwood's CR-2 Advanced tuner for clear radio reception. You can choose one of three tuning modes: Auto 1 (seek tuning), Auto 2 (cycles through and tunes the selected band's preset stations only with each button press), or Manual.

    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.

    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. The CRSC circuit can be turned on or off.

    CD Playback Options: The KDC-135 offers the following CD playback features.

    • Pause: stops play of your disc temporarily
    • Fast Forward/Rewind: allows you to fast forward or rewind within a track of a disc
    • Track Search: allows you to skip to the previous or next track on the disc
    • Repeat: repeats single track on disc
    • Random: plays all the songs on the disc in random order
    • Scan: plays the first part of each song on the disc you are listening to

    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-135 allows you to eject your disc for 10 minutes after switching off the vehicles engine.

    Beep Tone: The CD player features a touch sensor tone that beeps when you have selected a function of the unit. You can turn the beep tone ON or Off.

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