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Kenwood KDC-MP205

CD receiver with MP3/WMA playback

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Our take on the Kenwood KDC-MP205

Kenwood's KDC-MP205 CD receiver can serve as your in-dash jukebox. Slide in a disc loaded with MP3 and WMA music files, and listen as a potent internal amplifier makes your speakers sing. The Supreme Setting sound feature lets you add some high-frequency zing to your tunes, and if your speakers are a little off key, you can use the 3-band equalizer to bring them in tune.

Kenwood's KDC-MP205 CD receiver can serve as your in-dash jukebox. Slide in a disc loaded with MP3 and WMA music files, and listen as a potent internal amplifier makes your speakers sing. The Supreme Setting sound feature lets you add some high-frequency zing to your tunes, and if your speakers are a little off key, you can use the 3-band equalizer to bring them in tune.

The handy auxiliary input on the faceplate makes it easy to plug in your portable music player. You'll appreciate the KDC-MP205's set of preamp outputs if you're adding an amplifier or powered subwoofer. Use the low-pass filter to send the right frequencies to your subwoofer so you'll get clean, distortion-free bass.

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 including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA music files
    • detachable face
    Audio features:
    • System Q Sound Control (6 EQ curves and a 3-band equalizer)
    • Supreme Setting function restores high frequencies in music files
    • low-pass filter
    • front-panel auxiliary input
    • one set of preamp outputs (switchable to subwoofer mode)
    Other features and specs:

    What's in the Box:

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

    Kenwood KDC-MP205 Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (5 Reviews)

    Kenwood KDC-MP205

    Anonymous from cincinnati, ohio on 2/9/2008

    Easy install, right price. Needed a CD player for my honda civic work beater and always had good luck with kenwood equipment. It can be a bit confusing at first but reading the manual points out that its shipped in "demo mode". Demo mode scrolls sales propaganda across the screen as pointed out by a fellow reviewer but can be turned off and is recommended in the manual to be turned off when installed. Also the manual provides a bit of entertainment with translation. "Security code for keeping precious equipment from use of others". Gotta love it.



    what a disappointment

    steve from la crosse on 1/6/2008

    This Kenwood is the worst car stereo I've had in years. My main gripes are:<BR> - it's hard to adjust the volume without pushing the knob in. Pushing the knob in provides other functions, such as bass, balance, etc. I hate that!<BR> - the volume knob is tiny; too small to operate while wearing gloves<BR> - the lcd display; this should list track, CD title, artist, radio station, volume. It does list that info for a few seconds, but then displays stuff such as "Satellite Radio Ready" and other Kenwood propaganda. This is very annoying when you look over to see what track is playing, and you have to figure out what button to push to bring up that info.



    Great Product - Great Price

    Kevin from Boston, MA on 7/30/2007

    2000 Nissan Altima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I needed to replace my wife's stock stereo and speakers in her 2000 Nissan Altima. This head unit has been the perfect fit. Easy to install and easy to operate. My wife loves that she can plug her Ipod right in and have all her music. This is not connected to amps, subwoofers, etc. But for a basic $99 head unit replacement, you can't go wrong.



    Great radio, but a few annoying quirks

    Wesley from Bridgewater, VA on 2/16/2007

    I was looking for an inexpensive MP3 capable CD player for my old 92 Dodge Caravan. The price was right, so I picked up this Kenwood unit.<BR><BR>Pros:<BR>-Great audio quality<BR>-Lots of control options<BR>-Line out switchable for sub with variable crossover (didn't try this mode with my sub)<BR>-MP3 Capability<BR>-Easy to navigate through MP3 data folders<BR>-Not too bright and distracting in the dash at night<BR>-Front Aux line input<BR><BR>Cons:<BR>-Takes some practice to adjust the volume without pushing it in and entering the sound control menu<BR>-4-way control for operating the system is a little odd to work (and a bit far to the right for my liking in my vehicle)<BR>-Menu system difficult to use (even for this Network Admin), you have to be in the right mode and use the right control, etc<BR>-Annoying &quot;standby&quot; mode you have to skip through when going between radio and CD modes<BR>-Button presses are delayed for a moment before they take effect<BR>-No easy way to change between clock display and MP3 tag/CD time/radio station ID<BR>-No way to shuffle play entire disc (all subfolders) in MP3 mode - only shuffle plays current folder<BR><BR>This radio sounded AWESOME in my van (front Kenwood 5.25's, rear factory 6x9's, and 8&quot; sub). I was determined to work around the quirks and keep it, but I finally gave up and returned it in favor of a Sony CDX-GT510. The final straw was being unable to change between clock display and other data (radio station/mp3 tag, etc) without wading into a menu.<BR><BR>Crutchfield was great to work with for my exchange (and original purchase). As always, I would recommend them to anyone! Thanks guys!



    Kenwood KDC-MP205

    Cody Joy from Jacksonville, FL on 1/29/2007

    very nice options for a great price, love the preamp outputs built in, also love the auxilary output on the front




    Hands-on research

    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 ---
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) N/A
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) ---
    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 Blue
    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-MP205 AM/FM CD receiver features a detachable face, front auxiliary input, selectable rear/subwoofer 2-volt preamp output and MP3/WMA playback. The unit's 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).

    MP3/WMA Playback: The KDC-MP205 can play MP3 and WMA files recorded on CD-ROM, CD-R, and CD-RW discs in ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, and Romeo formats. Each disc should have a maximum of 8 directory levels, 100 folders, and 255 files per folder. During MP3/WMA playback, the unit displays any recorded ID3 Tag information.

    Supreme Setting: When MP3 or WMA files encoded at a low bit rate (less than 96 kbps, 44.1k, 48kHz) are played, the Supreme Setting function restores their high frequencies so the sound quality is closer to files encoded at a high bit rate. The processing is optimized for the compression format and the bit rate used. When the Supreme Setting is Off, the unit plays the original sound stored in the audio file.

    AUX Input: The KDC-MP205 is equipped with a front panel 3.5mm minijack auxiliary input for connecting external portable audio devices such as an MP3 player or Tape walkman. The receiver allows you to select between the following AUX settings.

    • Off: the source button does not scroll through the AUX input when function is turned "off"
    • Aux 1: turns on the AUX input for use
    • Aux 2: turns on the AUX input in the attenuator mode - press the attenuator button to activate sound

    Auxiliary Display: The KDC-MP205 allows you to select the source type displayed when using the auxiliary input. You can choose from AUX, DVD, Portable, Game, Video or TV.

    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 CD receiver features an Attenuator button that turns the volume down very quickly with one touch of the button.

    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 Off" (flat), "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).

    Note: The Speaker Setting affects the bass, midrange, and treble values of the System Q presets. The speaker setting should be selected first.

    System Q Sound Control: Six 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 (100Hz), midrange (1kHz), and treble (10kHz). The 6 preset curves with their respective bass, mid, and treble levels are as follows:

    • Rock: Bass +6, Mid +1, Treble +2
    • Pops: Bass +3, Mid +2, Treble +6
    • Easy: Bass +6, Mid 0, Treble -2
    • Top 40: Bass +3, Mid +1, Treble +8
    • Jazz: Bass +5, Mid +2, Treble +2
    • Natural (Flat): Bass 0, Mid 0, Treble 0

    Note: The above values reflect the System Q settings when the Speaker Setting function is turned off. When the Speaker Settings are selected, the System Q level settings are different.

    Bass/Treble/Mid Control: The KDC-MP205 features independent Bass, Treble and Midrange control. You can adjust each one from -8 to +8db. The bass frequency is adjusted at 100 Hz, the treble frequency is adjusted at 10 kHz and the midrange frequency is adjusted at 1 kHz.

    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-MP205 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 .

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

    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.

    Selectable Preamp Output: The KDC-MP205 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.

    CD Playback Options: The KDC-MP205 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/File Search: allows you to skip to the previous or next track/file on the disc
    • Folder Select: selects folders on a MP3/WMA recorded disc
    • Repeat: repeats single track, file or folder on disc
    • Random: plays all the songs on the disc or all files within a folder in random order
    • Scan: plays the first part of each song or file on the disc you are listening to

    Text/Title Scroll: The KDC-MP205 will display CD text or Audio file text. You can turn the scrolling feature "on" to scroll longer titles across the screen.

    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-MP205 allows you to eject your disc for 10 minutes after switching off the vehicles engine.

    CD Force: When there is a problem with playing a CD with a special format, this setting plays the CD by force. Some CDs still may not play in the CD Force mode.

    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.

    Tel Mute: The KDC-MP205 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.

    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.

    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, you can turn the clock display on or off. 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.

    Display Dimmer: The display has two brightness settings. You can change this setting within the menu.

    Demo Mode: This unit features a Demo mode which can be turned "on" or "off" within the menu.

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