Daughter Loves it!
2005 Hyundai Elantra
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Bought this for my daughter and she loves it! Great addition to her first car.
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Kenwood's KDC-258U CD receiver delivers solid performance and plenty of features at a pretty nice price. You can adjust the variable color display so this Kenwood looks right at home in your dash, while dust covers protect the aux input and USB port.
Kenwood also built impressive amplification into this receiver, so you'll notice an improvement in the sound of your factory or aftermarket speakers. Select one of the eight preset EQ settings that suits your sound, or you can use the 3-band equalizer to adjust the tone for your separate sources. The low-pass frequency filter and phase control adjusts the bass going to your subwoofer, so you can maximize performance. You can enhance the sound of compressed MP3 and WMA audio files with the Sound Reconstruction feature.
The receiver's front-panel USB port allows you to access and control the music stored on your iPhone® or Android® phone. With your iPhone, you also have control over iHeartRadio® and Pandora® Internet radio stations. And if you have MP3, WMA, or WAV music files on a thumb drive, the USB port can handle those too. Here's a cool feature from Kenwood — Drive Change allows you to connect a memory card reader or USB hub to the Kenwood's USB input and select music from up to five memory cards or USB flash drives.iPod/smartphone note: If you're going to use your iPod or smartphone with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for compatibility information.
Bought this for my daughter and she loves it! Great addition to her first car.
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Bought this for my daughter and she loves it! Great addition to her first car.
Bought this radio for my daughter. It has the highest "coolness factor" because it changes colors. I actually showed it to her because of the blue, but she likes all the colors. I was so impressed with the sound, the accessories, it does everything! It was easy to install, easy to learn to use, and sounds great! I have always loved Kenwood, and they did not disappoint. The price was very inexpensive! She is very happy to be able to use her iPod, her MP3, her MP3 CDs, and any other music she brings to the car. Very pleased!!!! I needed a lot of help on this purchase and Crutchfield was fantastic!
Great for the price
Very nice receiver. Great price.
Pros: Gets the job done. Replaced my factory receiver after the volume control died and this is much nicer with options.
Nice. I upgraded my daughters system. Installed real easy with all the accessories from Crutchfield. My daughter loves it, she is so excited that it connects to her phone.
Pros: Great features. Great value. Easy to install. My daughter says it looks, "Cool"
Great for the price
Perfect replacement for stereo in company vehicle. Good value. Way better than factory.
I love the price of this unit and it meets all my expectations
Pros: I love that I can sync my iPhone to it
Cons: I did have an android and was disappointed with the compatibility because it did not work with android kit kat
Great radio for the price
Greta radio for the price!!!
Pros: Easy to install!!
Excellent quality for the price. Highly reccomend to others. I replaced the factory cassette tape player with this unit and it works great.
Good quality and good price
Easy to install. As expected, Crutchfield provided all of the wiring adapters and bracket required for the installation. Sounds good, looks great, many functions to explore with this unit.
Pros: Excellent value, ease of installation, Kenwood quality.
I installed a Kenwood system in a previous car, and loved its ease of use and iPod integration. When my wife's stock radio developed a hunger for her cds, I immediately looked for a Kenwood radio from Crutchfield to replace it. It installed very easily, and I was shocked at how much it improved on the sound of her stock speakers. I had planned on replacing the speakers immediately but now Is he isn't sure she needs them. Sounds that good.
Pros: Intuitive controls, great iPod/iPhone integration, great value, super easy installation
This is the 3rd Kenwood Head Unit I've purchased from Crutchfield in as many years (sold one vehicle), and the 2nd time I purchased this model. Easy to install, plenty of power for my purpose, and very easy to use. Install kit from Crutchfield, along with some additional items I purchased, made the entire installation super easy! Thanks, Crutchfield, for the great value and the outstanding service!!
Pros: Great value, easy to use, plenty of power!
Great unit for the money. With the free add-ons that Crutchfield gives you - you get a nicer unit than you would by purchasing a less expensive one and having to buy the install kit. I love the lighting changes you can make to match the interior of the car. The sound quality is Kenwood all the way - awesome as usual. If you're not looking to spend a lot - this is a can't go wrong purchase.
Pros: Ease of install. Kenwood quality and sound. Nice looking and will compliment any interior.
Cons: None found yet.
great price. has all the features that we wanted. Super fast shipping :)
Easy to install. Sounds great.
I love this item
Cons: It's hard to navigate at first
This stereo has everything I need and a little extra. No Bluetooth capability, but I wasn't really looking for that. For a midrange price it is an exceptional steep. So I would say, for the money it's GREAT!
Very easy, drop in installation. With Crutchfield's including wiring harness and free shipping, this was an extreme bargain. Anytime anyone mentions car stereo, I get my plug in for Crutchfield. They are just that good.
Pros: Easy installation. Color changing display.
great unit for the money...huge improvement over my stock stereo!
Nice sounding stereo better than the factory radio by far
Pros: Easy to use. Cant beat the price for a top of the line kenwood radio
Cons: Hard to read the clock during the daytime
Was easy to install. My son likes the unit, but was just installed today so needs to learn how to use it.
This radio is great for a good price. Good sound quality for price.
Pros: This radio looks like it's worth more!
Cons: None yet
Great stereo. I have always been a fan of kenwood.
Great unit for price
This unit is a good value for the price. There is a lot to control in a single DIN unit, so there is a minor learning curve involved, but once learned, it is easy to navigate and performs well. I wanted a receiver that would let me manually set the radio (no "auto scan") so I could listen to weaker signals. This radio does that and the 20+ select-able colors let me "match" the new stereo to a 29 year old car (at night at least). Sounds fine (Though IMHO that is more a result of the speakers than the radio).
Pros: Manual control of radio frequency price CD/USB/Aux-input/Radio in a single unit display color selection
Cons: minor learning curve.
Easy to navigate functions! Great sound quality
Easy install except wiring was tedious. Would pay extra for harness that just plugged in.
Pros: Price right
Cons: Controls could be more intuitive.
Well, you know the drill. My wife's car is a 10+ year old Beetle, and the remote CD changer didn't want to work anymore. When I looked around for a replacement, none was available, so I checked Crutchfield and saw where I could get this Kenwood unit for what??? Many years ago, I worked at a stereo shop and occasionally would have to install a stereo in a car. Man, back in those days, it was a pain in the you know where. So the question was "Did I still have it?" Well, the website said it would fit and they sent everything I needed to install it. Except for a little difficulty with soldering wires because my soldering iron was lame, the installation was as easy as I could have ever expected. It's a tight fit, but it looks awesome, and it sounds great!! My wife can play a CD if she wants to or can hook up the IPOD. Still getting used to the controls and which button does what, so we'll keep the instruction manual close by for a while, but my wife couldn't be happier with it. She was really impressed that she could select the color of the display. I think that impressed her more than the sound or how good my installation looked. I can't believe how nice this stereo is for the money. It's incredible and what's more I found out that "I've still got it!!" Thanks Crutchfield!!
Pros: Sound, looks, value out the wazoo. I still have a hard time believing how good this stereo is for the money.
Cons: Controls are a little confusing and buttons are small, but they pack so many features in such a small package, it's probably inevitable.
I always stick with Kenwood when buying a car stereo, and this one didn't let me down
I installed this in my 2004 Acura MDX. Wow it really woke the system up
Pros: Ease of operation, great sound, cool tools
Cons: Faceplate might be a little busy for some
This Kenwood fit right in and the sound quality for the price is fantastic! I would highly recommend this product for a value conscious purchase!
Pros: Sound quality is great! Can't beat the price!
This is a great, high quality receiver!
Pros: very easy to install, easy to make adjustments...looks great!
Came in the box with everything that I needed to install it.
Pros: Everything about this unit is good, from how it looks to how it performs.
I have a slightly older Kenwood unit in another car, and considering how much I liked that one, I decided to go with another, especially during Crutchfield's deal where you get MasterSheets, wiring, adapter, unit, free tax and shipping all for just the price of the Kenwood. I installed it the same day it came in the mail and wow. I am completely blown away at the difference it made in my car. My factory radio fluctuated power making for very awkward bass notes and cutting out at higher volumes. It didn't provide sufficient power to my Polk Audio speakers making me feel like I wasted my money on those. But with these speakers, I would never even have any use for an amplifier. 100% satisfied with the service and easiness Crutchfield provided. This company has been absolutely the best to work with!
Pros: clear screen, gives speakers plenty of power, easy to use, feels quality and looks like a built in unit
Cons: I'm not in my car right now using it!
Unit was pretty easy to install with instructions supplied by Crutchfield. It looks nice, and has a good range of features - especially like the USB input on the front. Would like it to display the time when the unit is powered off. Not sure why they have remote controls for these car units - still scratching my head over that one.
Pros: Great price, good features
Cons: Sound quality probably could be better, but good enough for my ears...
I purchased this radio for my 1991 ford ranger and it has been a great addition. The buttons feel solid, and not flimsy like some radios. I would recommend this radio.
Pros: Color changes Great sound Easy to use
Cons: No cons
Easy to install and great sound. For the price, you can't go wrong. I will recommend this to all of my friends. Hooked up to the Polk Audio db651s speakers I have a great system at an affordable price.
Pros: Easy to install and great sound..
Great sound device. Amazing upgrade to the player I had in my Ranger and that was a replacement for the factory cassette player.
Pros: Well known name and bunches of 'bells and whistles' to figure out.
Cons: Not sure about the 'learning curve' involved with those 'bells and whistles.
The radio and speakers were relatively easy to install, not counting the wires that I had to trace out in my car...lol...since then the sound is great, reception of stations is great. quality is great....
Pros: Good radio and awesome speakers
Cons: have to turn volume way up when listening to mp3 player which is what I listen to most of the time..
Decided that it was time to replace the stock stereo in my 2005 Jeep Wrangler. I wanted to be able to use my MP3 player versus always bringing CD's with me. The install was easy as long as you follow directions and Crutchfield was good about letting me know just what to expect, such as needing to remove the support bar behind the factory stereo (which was very easy). Very happy with the sound, the features, and the price!
Pros: Easy to install, great sound.
Cons: The display is a bit faint in daytime.
My Dodge Caravan radio, which sounded pretty good in its own right, finally went belly up when the cassette drive died. I played my iPOD through the unit with the help of a cassette adapter. With the Kenwood, all my issues have been solved. No cassette transport noise, no head noise, just pure response. And with the three bands of EQ, I'm a little closer to getting the response I want in the car. There's plenty enough power and great bass impact (I don't use any loudness or boost!). I also appreciate the ability to change the color scheme to match my dashboard colors.
Pros: Easiest install I've ever done, bar none, thanks to the proper harnesses and accessories. Great overall performance
Cons: Clock display has the digits a little too close to the AM/PM lettering
Nice head unit for the money. Initial set up can be a little confusing without reading manual...But for the most part easy to use.
Pros: Great sound Many features
Cons: Menus can take a little bit of time to figure out
Great affordable reciever
Pros: Good sound, cool features, reasonable price.
Cons: No illumination control from vehicle. Iheart radio and Pandora for Apple only not for android
Great value, lots of features, good sound quality, Crutchfield makes installation easy.
Pros: Crutchfield ease of installation with the required mounting accessories for a small cost! WOW! I wouldn't go anywhere else. I don't believe that there is a CD player/receiver out there with this many features and sound quality for the price. Love the aux. inputs and the color changing display. Decent amplification for the price.
Cons: Can't see the display on the brightest setting with top down
Replaced my factory radio in my 2008 Hyundai Elantra with this stereo and it brought the factory speakers to life. Never anticipated they could sound so good. I did some research and price comparison online and there wasn't any big difference between Crutchfield and others. Went with Crutchfield for there customer support. Haven't even scratched the surface of other options.
Pros: Easy installation in Elantra. Great sound quality. Excellent quality. Awesome value for price.
Cons: Haven't checked out online options but have to go online to access some of them.
Worth every penny,. !
I replaced one Kenwood with another. Slight oil pressure gage leak ruined the first one. The installation was very straight forward. Operation is simple to understand. Looks great, does everything that I would have expected from a Kenwood. Very happy with this unit and Crutchfield in general.
Pros: Simple, Looks good, sounds good, price matched with what you get.
Cons: None so far....
Right out the box, very easy install and operation. Lots of gadgets to play with and make it my own. The color scheme is fun. I can leave it at one color or let it scroll through. Just that alone made me happy. The sound is clear, functions are easy to get to and the fit was awesome. Very happy that I got this deck versus another I had looked at. Kenwood has not failed me yet, and this continues the tradition!
Pros: Functionality, Fit, Sound
Cons: none as of yet
Greatly improved the sound in my car and also picked up radio stations better than the stock unit.
Pros: Color, easy of use
All I use in my vehicles are Kenwood as they are the most powerful units on the market . I just installed this one in my Kia today and it made a huge difference in the sound even with factory speakers. It offers a host of features and has a multi color display. For the amount I paid for the unit it is a bargain and far better than the factory unit , there is no comparison. If your looking for a inexpensive upgrade to a high power unit with a large varieties of features then either this deck or any Kenwood will enhance your listening pleasure. Do not forget to order the wiring harness and mounting bracket as this will simplify your install and Crutchfield has all you need for this , no Crutchfield is not paying me for this review it is just I have bought several units from them and the tech support and equipment are great. Good luck with your upgrades. By the way ask when you are ordering about seconds and returns as they offer a bunch of gear that are new and are still warrantied , I bought my Bazooka Sub woofer that was a return and have no issues with it and saved a bunch of money.
Pros: Just a lot of praise for fantastic equip.
Cons: No complaints.
I've always been a Pioneer guy, but I'm very impressed with this Kenwood 258U head unit. First time I've ever had a Kenwood in any of my cars. Install was a breeze with the Crutchfield MasterSheets and the project took me about an hour and a half. I must admit I had to wrestle with the kit to get the unit flush behind my trim, but other than that the project was easy. My factory speakers definitely sound a lot better, but sooner or later (preferably sooner) I will be replacing them with some quality speakers. There are a lot of features packed into the KDC-258U and it just puts my old Delco factory radio to shame. Love it, would definitely recommend.
Very good head unit for the money. Lots of options for a small price. Sounds great. Easy to use.
Pros: Compatible with Ipod and Iphone, variable color display so you can match the color of your dash display.
Install was a breeze thanks to Crutchfield's install kit. Only problem I had was trying to figure out how to wire the power antenna to work with the radio, but I eventually got it to work.
Pros: Easy to use and great sound
Cons: Doesn't work with all MP3 player devices.
Had one in each of my previous vehicles. Got one in my truck, and now my wife has one. easy to setup, and use. nice to be able to use the usb for zip drives for music.
Replaced my 12 year old OEM, wished I did it sooner. Terrific sound!
Pros: Easy install, Great sound, all the features I wanted, cool changeable lighting.
Cons: More features than I use
|Memory Card Slot||USB|
|Satellite Radio Ready||No|
|RMS Power Output||22 watts|
|Peak Output||50 watts|
|RMS Power Bandwidth||20-20kHz|
|Sub Preamp Outputs||Yes|
|Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs||No|
|Preamp Voltage||2.5 volts|
|Key Button Color||Variable|
|Steering Wheel Control Compatible||No|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
|FM Sensitivity||8.2 dBf|
|Radio Data System||No|
USB Port: The Kenwood KDC-258U features a front panel USB (type-A) port that is hidden behind a flip-up cover. The USB port enables connection and control of a portable USB mass-storage class (MSC) device; such as select Android smartphones (Froyo/Gingerbread OS only), portable digital audio players, or USB thumbdrives. The unit supports playback of MP3 (8-320 kbps), WMA (32-192 kbps), and WAV music files stored on a compatible USB memory device formatted with FAT12/16/32 file system. Your USB device should only have a maximum of 8 folder layers, 255 folders, and 255 files per folder - with a maximum of 65,025 files and folders. USB portable audio players that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the CD receiver's USB port (max. 1A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.
Note: When a mass-storage class (MSC) compatible smartphone is connected to the head unit's USB input, the unit's Drive Change features lets you select its internal memory or external memory (such as an SD card) for stored music playback. The Drive Change feature also lets you switch between multiple memory cards (up to 5) in a USB multi-card reader or multiple USB thumbdrives (up to 5) connected to a USB hub.
Music Control for Android Smartphone: The Kenwood Music Control app for Android organizes your Android smartphone's music, while providing quick and easy search capability from the Kenwood CD receiver. The freeKenwood Music Control App for Android can be downloaded onto your Android smartphone from the Google Play App Store. Your Android smartphone must be running Android OS Froyo or Gingerbread (2.2+). Once the app is downloaded and has a chance to organize all the stored music on your Android smartphone, you can connect your Android smartphone to the Kenwood CD receiver via USB (your compatible Android smartphone must be recognized as a USB mass storage class device; not compatible with MTP protocol). The Kenwood Music Control app offers the following Android supported functions.
Note: When the Kenwood Music Control app is first downloaded it will require some time to populate all the music, so we suggest doing this overnight.
Music Editor Compatible: The Kenwood KDC-258U supports the PC application, Kenwood Music Editor Lite Kenwood's Music Editor Lit (v1.1.0). Kenwood Music Editor Lite is a Windows-based desktop software that helps organize, manage and transfer MP3/WMA music files to your USB thumbdrive from your PC. When you playback audio files that have been stored on your USB thumbdrive using Kenwood Music Editor Lite through this unit, you can search a file by title, album, or artist name using the head unit's Music Search function. The Kenwood Music Editor Light (v1.1.0) Windows-based software can be downloaded for free from Kenwood's website to your PC. The Kenwood Music Editor Light is compatible with the following Windows Microsoft Operating Systems.
Note: Not compatible with Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad, Zune, or Android
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 a portable MP3 player. The Aux input must be turned on to function. The KDC-258U allows you to select the source type displayed when using the auxiliary input. You can choose from AUX, DVD, Portable, Game, Video, or TV. The unit has three aux input modes.
iPod Direct Connection: The Kenwood KDC-258U's front-panel USB port can be used to connect your 30-pin dock connector or Lightning-connector iPod/iPhone to the head unit. The KDC-258U supports audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of your compatible Apple device.
Note: The head unit's USB connection provides 1A of current to power and charge your connected iPod/iPhone when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position (if your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it).
iPod Audio Playback w/ DAC Bypass: The USB connection allows your iPod/iPhone's stored music and music apps to be loaded instantly to the head unit and sound quality to be maximized through the head unit's 16-bit D/A converter, allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 105dB. The Kenwood head unit supports audio playback of stored music, podcasts, audiobooks, and music apps on your iPod or iPhone. The KDC-258 provides music control and song/artist information display.
Internet Radio Apps (for iPhone): The Kenwood KDC-258U allows you to access Pandora and iHeartRadio online music services through your USB-connected iPhone. Your Apple iPhone must be connected to the KDC-258U via the Kenwood KCA-iP102 cable (sold separately), or the cable supplied with your iPhone. Your iPhone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi.
Note: Access to the Pandora and iHeartRadio services will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.
Apple Device Compatibility Chart: The Kenwood KDC-258U is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 9/24/2014):
|Apple Device||Generation||Tested Version||Media Type||Control Type||Display Type||Charge|
|Audio||Video||Head Unit||iPod/iPhone||Pandora/iHeart Radio||Artist/Song Text||Track Info|
Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.
Disc Compatibility: The unit features a single disc player that will playback CD-Audio and finalized CD-R/CD-RW audio discs.
MP3/WMA Playback: The KDC-258U can play MP3 (8-320 kbps) and WMA (32-192 kbps) music files recorded on CD-R and CD-RW discs in ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, Romeo, and Long file name formats. Each disc can have a maximum of 8 directory levels, 50 folders, and 255 files per folder (512 maximum number of files and folders). During MP3/WMA playback, the unit displays any recorded ID3 Tag (ver. 1.x/2.x) and WMA Tag information - up to 60 characters.
Text Scroll: The KDC-258U will display MP3/WMA audio file text. You can set the text scrolling feature to three different modes (Auto, Once, or Off) to scroll longer titles across the screen.
Music Search + Direct Search: The Kenwood AM/FM CD receiver features a Music Search feature which allows you to scroll through and select your MP3/WMA music folders and files, as well as scroll through your audio CD's music tracks using the head unit's rotary knob. The supplied IR wireless remote control (RC-406) allows you to search for music directly by entering the track number.
Playback Modes: The Kenwood KDC-258U features the following Repeat, Random, and Scan playback modes.
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.
CD Read: This function sets the method for reading a CD disc. You can choose between two modes.
Off Insert/Eject + Auto Reload: A CD disc can be inserted or ejected with the power off. When a disc is inserted with the power off, the unit will automatically power up and begin playback. If the ejected disc is not removed within 15 seconds, the disc is automatically inserted again into the loading slot to protect it from dust.
AM/FM Tuner: The Kenwood KDC-258U features a built-in AM/FM tuner. You can choose one of four tuning methods: Auto 1 (seek tuning), Auto 2 (cycles through and tunes the selected band's preset stations only with each button press), or Manual Tune. The KDC-258U's tuner features 3 FM banks (1, 2, 3) and 1 AM bank for storing presets. The Kenwood KDC-258U offers two preset modes.
Note: 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.
16 Bit D/A Converter: The Kenwood KDC-258U utilizes a 16-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality with a Signal to Noise ratio up to 105dB.
MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood KDC-258U is equipped with a MOSFET amplifier. Compared to conventional power supplies, the MOSFET amplification circuit is smaller and more efficient, and it delivers increased power with less distortion and absolutely zero on/off switching noise. More power means louder and cleaner music at higher volumes because you're not pushing the limits of the amplification circuit. The power output specs for the KDC-258U are as follows:
Selectable 2.5V Preamp Output: The KDC-258U features a 2.5-volt stereo preamp output that can be adjusted from a full-range rear speaker preamp output to a low-pass subwoofer preamp output (non-fading).
Subwoofer Controls: The Kenwood KDC-258U offers the following subwoofer controls, when you have the unit's subwoofer preamp output activated.
Speaker Settings: The Speaker Setting function tailors the head unit's audio settings according to the type of speakers in your vehicle. You may select a Speaker Setting of 'SP-Off' (flat/off), 'SP-OEM' (for OEM factory speaker systems), 'SP-6x9/6' (for systems with 6" and 6"x9" speakers), or 'SP-5/4' (for systems with 4" and 5" speakers).
Preset EQ: Eight EQ curves are preset into memory, allowing you to recall the best preset EQ curve for different types of music. Each preset has its own level settings for bass, midrange, and treble . You can choose from the following preset EQ curves; Rock, Pops, Easy, Top 40, Jazz, Natural, Drive EQ, or User. The Drive EQ mode is an EQ preset that helps reduce road noise. The User mode allows you to manually adjust the head unit's Bass (200Hz) , Midrange (2.5kHz), and Treble (12.5kHz) level from +/- 8dB.
Note: You can store bass, middle and treble tone settings for each source (CD, AM/FM, Aux, USB, iPod, and Pandora/iHeart Radio).
Sound Enhancements: The head unit provides further sound enhancements for your car audio system.
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 (-8 to +8 for Aux source).
Key Beep: The in-dash head unit provides an audible beep to confirm button operation. This function can be turned On or Off.
Detachable Face: The Kenwood KDC-258U features a single front loading CD face that detaches from the chassis to deter theft. There is no protective face case included. An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can be purchased for this unit. A face-fixing screw is supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired.
Variable Color Illumination: The Kenwood KDC-258U features variable color display and button illumination. You can choose from one of 24 preset colors, have the unit scan through all 24 preset colors continuously, or customize your own color (RGB; 0-9). The custom setting allows you to individually adjust the intensity of Red, Green, and Blue (from 0-9) to better match your vehicle's interior lights. The same color setting is applied to both the display and buttons. The Kenwood logo remains* red.
Brightness & Dimmer: You can dim the LCD and button illumination to better suit the time of day. You can adjust the maximum brightness of the LCD and button illumination from 0-31. The Kenwood logo does not dim.
12Hr/24Hr Clock: The head unit can be set to display a 12hr or 24hr clock. The unit also displays the day (Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, or Sat). With your vehicle's key in the accessory or start position, the head unit continues to display the clock and button illumination during Standby mode. Pressing and holding the source button turns the unit off completely.
Demo Mode: This unit features a Demo mode which can be turned On or Off within the menu.
Wireless Remote Control: The KDC-258U comes with an IR remote control (RC-406) for wireless operation of the head unit. The remote will control Audio, CD, USB, and Tuner functions. It is powered by a single CR2025 3V lithium-cell battery (supplied).
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For details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle.[ Krissy Jan 20, 2015 ] Staff
Hi! I have had this radio for a year or so now and I haven't had any problems with it. I bought myself an aux cord as well to use even though with this radio I didn't have to buy one because as you know there is blue tooth, so in general i use the aux cord to play my music. But anytime I have used the usb port to connect my ipod it charges it great everytime and plays the music. with my s4 and my friend's s5 everytime we use the usb port for them it'll still charge the phones great but it'll show on the screen "NA device" and wouldn't play the music. Honestly getting an aux cord is a great idea and then the usb port could play ipods/iphones and charge whatever else but good luck![ Mallorie Dec 12, 2014 ]
I have the s5 and it wont work through the usb port. It says unsuppirted media. I have to use the aux port[ TAYLOR D Dec 06, 2014 ]
It should allow you to charge it. I have the iPhone and I can plug it in and it charges and plays music through it as well, so assuming your android can do the same![ Lauren Dec 05, 2014 ]
I use an iPhone 4s, which does play music and charge the phone simultaneously. All functions (e.g., album/song selection) are controlled through the phone. I am sure that the Galaxy S5 would also work in the same manner as long as you have a standard USB cable connection. Also, the charge function only works when the ignition is turned on, unlike a charger using a cigarette lighter.[ William Dec 04, 2014 ]
Sorry I never tried to play through the USB via cell phone. I just downloaded everything to a USB drive. I can tell you that the kenwood app didn't work with my galaxy note 2. Look on the Google play store at the kenwood app to see if your phone is compatible. .hope this helps[ KEVIN Dec 04, 2014 ]
I have a droid max. It does play music and charge.[ WILLIAM Dec 04, 2014 ]
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I am sorry, but we have never used the aux plug, only the radio, cd player, & the USB plug.Might want to check with tech support.[ JASON Jun 19, 2014 ]
If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Jeff Jun 19, 2014 ] Staff
If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings and provide a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Jeff Feb 08, 2014 ] Staff