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Kenwood KDC-416S

CD receiver with CD/MD changer controls

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Gather the gang together and hit the highway! Your road trip will be rockin' with the KDC-416S in your dash.

Gather the gang together and hit the highway! Your road trip will be rockin' with the KDC-416S in your dash.

The fun shifts into high gear when you hook in a Kenwood CD changer or "3+1" in-dash MD changer. And, when you add one to your receiver order, you'll save $$ with Crutchfield's package discount.

Convenient, easy to use, and compatible with CD-R and CD-RW discs, a Kenwood 6- or 10-disc CD changer is the way to go when you want your very own mobile digital disco.

MiniDisc fans, when you add a single-DIN-sized MD changer in or under your dash, you can bring along your favorite mixes and greatest hits collections. The "3+1" feature lets you play a fourth disc while the three slots are loaded with MDs.

Discover the awesome clarity and punch that component amplifiers deliver — the KDC-416S has two sets of preamp outputs to hook 'em in. You can even add an optional wireless remote to pass around to your friends!


  • detachable face
  • multicolor display
  • CR-2 tuner
  • 24 presets
  • station naming
  • seek tuning
  • two sets of preamp outputs
  • System Q equalizer
  • source tone memory
  • CD/MD changer controls
  • CD Text display (with compatible CD changer)
  • disc naming (with compatible CD changer)
  • optional wireless remote
  • 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
  • 1-year warranty

What's in the Box:

  • AM/FM/CD/Changer controller receiver with 10-amp fuse inserted into chassis
  • Sleeve
  • Face
  • Hard face case
  • Trim ring
  • Wiring harness
  • 2 Removal tools
  • 1 Metal mounting strap
  • 1 Rear support screw with one flat washer and one lock washer
  • 1 Face security screw
  • 4 Panhead ISO-mount screws
  • 4 Countersunk ISO-mount screws
  • Instruction Manual
  • Warranty Card
  • Car Audio Passport card (required if face needs to be replaced)
  • Kenwood customer support sheet (includes 800 number for Kenwood's product support line)
  • Yellow Caution note (reminds you to closely follow wiring instructions in manual)
  • White Caution note (discusses System Q Scan function)

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Features and Specs

AUX Input Optional
Audio/video Input ---
USB Input ---
CarPlay No
Android Auto No
Siri Control No
Android Control No
Memory Card Slot No
Bluetooth Compatible ---
Satellite Radio Ready No
HD Radio ---
Navigation ---
iPod Compatibility
Full size ---
Nano ---
Touch ---
iPhone ---
RMS Power (CTA-2006) 22 watts
RMS Power (Manufacturer) ---
Peak Output 45 watts
RMS Power Bandwidth 30-20kHz
Preamp Outputs 4-channel
Sub Preamp Outputs No
Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs ---
Video Screen No
Preamp Voltage 1.8 volts
Display Color Multi-color
Key Button Color Green/Blue
EQ Bands 3
Wireless Remote Optional
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

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Changer Controls


Display/Button Illumination: The main display line is illuminated in white. The loud, attenuation, "CD-IN", stereo, and tuning mode indicators are displayed with green illumination. The System Q Sound Control indicators are displayed with light orange illumination. The buttons are backlit with green illumination. On the right side of the face, the unit has four rings of blue illumination, one around each end of the <</>> rocker button and one around each end of the AM/FM rocker button.

Display Type: This unit has a color LCD with white LED backlighting, giving you a bright, easy-to-read display.

CD Compatibility: This unit will play prerecorded CDs, finalized CD-R discs, and finalized CD-RW discs.

Digital Optimum Servo Control (DOSC): This circuitry enables the CD player to determine each disc's reflection rate and the modulation rate of its pits, enabling the player to set the ideal servo gain for each disc. DOSC also adjusts servo gain and balance when it encounters vibration, scratches, dust, or fingerprints, reducing mistracking and skipping.

Precision Digital Timing (DPAC): A high-precision master clock circuit that is isolated from signal-processing circuits to eliminate interference. This ensures that digital information is processed at exactly the same rate as it was recorded, eliminating jitter (time-based errors that make music sound harsh).

Integrated Quad 1-Bit Digital-to-Analog Converter: Four digital-to-analog converters, two for each channel, improve playback sound quality, including musical detail and resolution. Using two converters for each channel reduces distortion by half. 

System Q Sound Control: 6 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 "Flat", "Rock", "Top 40", "Jazz", "Easy" and "Pops". Each preset has its own bass center frequency, bass level, bass quality factor, bass extension, middle center frequency, middle level, middle quality factor, treble center frequency and treble level settings. You may adjust the bass, middle, and treble level settings for each preset EQ curve; the center frequency and quality factor settings are not user adjustable.

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 "Off", "OEM" (for OEM factory speaker systems), "6/6x9" (for systems with 6" to 6"x9" size speakers) or "5/4" (for systems with 4" to 5" speakers).

Source Tone Memory: This feature allows you to store bass, middle and treble tone settings for each source (CD, FM, AM and Changer).

Disabled System Indicator: A red indicator will blink on the unit after the faceplate is removed, warning potential thieves. This feature can be turned On or Off.

Station Name Preset (SNPS): This feature allows you to assign names to radio stations. Up to 18 FM stations and 16 AM stations can be given a name. Each name can be up to 8 characters in length.

CR-2 Advanced Tuner: This unit uses Kenwood's CR-2 Advanced 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.

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.

Auxiliary Input "Ready": When used with an optional adapter (KCA-S210A or CA-C1AX) or with the KDC-CX87 CD changer, this unit can accept input from an auxiliary source. This unit cannot accept input from an auxiliary source unless the appropriate adapter or CD changer is purchased and connected. When the CA-C1AX adapter (item 113CAC1AX) is used, you cannot connect a CD changer to the head unit because the CA-C1AX plugs into the DIN changer control connection on the head unit.

Weather Band Tuner Compatible: This unit is compatible with the Kenwood KTC-WB100 weather band tuner (sold separately). The optional tuner box allows you to tune in weather band radio stations. There are about 480 weather band radio stations in the United States, and this option allows you to tap into the information needed to prepare for outdoor activities such as sporting events, camping trips and days at the park. 

Changer Controls

Compatibility: This unit is directly compatible with Kenwood changers that have an O-N switch. If you have an old Kenwood changer with a square plug, you will need the CA-DS100 converter cord and the KCA-S210A switching adapter. If you have a newer Kenwood changer with a round plug but no O-N switch, you will need the KCA-S210A switching adapter. If you use a changer without an O-N switch, you will not have access to the following functions: DNPS, DNPP, Magazine Random Play and CD Text display.

  • Audible Search (forward/reverse)
  • Track Search (forward/reverse)
  • Disc Search (forward/reverse)
  • Repeat Play: Allows you to select Track Repeat or Disc Repeat. When Track Repeat is chosen, the unit will repeat the selected track. When Disc Repeat is chosen, the unit will repeat the selected disc.
  • Track Scan: Plays the first 10 seconds of each track on the selected disc.
  • Random Play: Plays all tracks on one disc in random order. When all tracks on that disc have been played, the unit will move to the next disc and play all of its tracks in random order.
  • Magazine Random Play: Plays the tracks on all the discs in the changer in random order.
  • Disc Name Preset (DNPS): When used with a compatible CD changer, this feature allows you to assign names to discs in the changer. Each name can be up to 8 characters in length. The number of names you can store depends on the CD changer that is connected to the head unit.
  • CD Text/MD Display: When connected to a CD Text capable CD changer or an MD changer, this unit can display disc and track titles for  discs encoded with disc and track title information.


Display Illumination/Clock Display: When the head unit is in Standby Mode, the unit's audio output is turned off, but the clock display and face/button illumination remain on. The night illumination and clock display are "keyed" only when the unit is in Standby Mode. Pressing and holding the source button turns the unit off completely.

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