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Kenwood KDC-MP4028

CD receiver with MP3 / WMA / AAC playback (New Stock)

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Overview

Our take on the Kenwood KDC-MP4028

More stuff for less money? Kenwood's KDC-MP4028 CD receiver delivers great looks and an impressive feature package for well under $200. Start with a detachable, fold-down face and a large, 2-color display that really lights up your dash. The simple control panel and handy rotary knob make it easy to surf tunes while you're driving.

More stuff for less money? Kenwood's KDC-MP4028 CD receiver delivers great looks and an impressive feature package for well under $200. Start with a detachable, fold-down face and a large, 2-color display that really lights up your dash. The simple control panel and handy rotary knob make it easy to surf tunes while you're driving.

Add in a punchy MOSFET power section (22 watts x 4 channels RMS) that'll make your music sound great, and then cap it off with System Q Sound Control's six adjustable preset curves and 3-band EQ. Whatever you listen to, the KDC-MP4028 is ready for action, with the ability to play CDs, CD-Rs, CD-RWs, and even discs loaded with your favorite music files (MP3, WMA, or AAC).

Putting together a full-blown system? The KDC-MP4028 makes a great quarterback. You'll find three sets of 4-volt preamp outputs ready to make your amps happy, while the System E's crossover system tailors the signal going to each amp so your system sounds its best. The wireless remote lets everybody in the car have a turn running the show.

Your entertainment options are wide open — you can add a compatible SIRIUS or XM tuner (plus antenna and subscription), and gain access to over 120 channels of incredible satellite radio programming. Or hook up a Kenwood HD Radio tuner to enhance the sound quality of AM/FM offerings from an HD Radio station in your area.

Product Highlights:

  • CD receiver with built-in amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
  • fold-down, detachable face with 2-color display
  • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs (including discs loaded with MP3, WMA, or AAC files)
  • System Q Sound Control: 6 preset EQ curves with bass, treble, and midrange controls
  • System E's crossover system (high- and low-pass filters)
  • satellite radio controls (SIRIUS or XM subscription, tuner, and antenna required to receive the satellite radio signal) — service is available only in the lower 48 states, not available in Alaska, Hawaii, or U.S. territories
  • HD Radio-ready
  • CD changer controls
  • optional auxiliary input (adapter required)
  • 4-volt front, rear, and subwoofer preamp outputs
  • CR-2 tuner
  • 18 FM/6 AM presets
  • clock
  • wireless remote
  • CD frequency response: 10-20,000 Hz
  • CD signal-to-noise ratio: 105 dB
  • FM sensitivity: 9.3 dBf
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • AM/FM/CD/MP3/WMA receiver with 10A fuse inserted in chassis
  • Wiring harness
  • Sleeve
  • Trim ring
  • Face
  • Hard plastic face case
  • Wireless remote control (RC-517)
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • 2 Removal tools
  • 4 Panhead ISO-mount screws
  • 4 Countersunk ISO-mount screws
  • Stepped face fixing screw
  • 2 Face fixing screws (2mm dia. x 5mm)
  • Left and right faceplate brackets
  • Instruction Manual (English/French/Spanish)
  • Warranty Card
  • Kenwood Car Audio Passport
  • Sheet concerning Demo mode (attached to receiver)

This is one of the best receivers that you can get for that price... It has all the features I would ever need and all the preouts that it has makes it a steal! I have my speakers running off of the receiver directly and 2 10" subs running off an amp, and the system sounds great!

Lawrence, Gilbert, AZ

Reviews

Kenwood KDC-MP4028 Reviews

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(43 Reviews)

Kenwood KDC-MP4028

Buster from HOUSTON, TEXAS on 2/18/2006

I gave this unit a well deserved four star, but it's more of a 4 1/2. The unit looks good, produces clean power, and has a lot of options. The reason it didn't get a five is because it's very difficult to use at first. I had to read the manual several times to learn how to work the features of the unit. Otherwise this is a good radio.

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Lots of Features for a little price

woogidyboogidy from Chicago on 1/28/2006

First of all I would like to say this is a good head unit at a great price. This is what I am running: Head unit Kenwood KDC-MP4028 w/ XM radio, Front Speakers Infinity Reference 6012si, w/ factory tweeters, Rear Speakers Infinity Reference 6012i, No subwoofer yet... This head unit seems to have been made for a "System on a Budget". The 3 preamp outs, crossover, and subwoofer control are all tells of that. It was easy to install (95 civic) and moderately easy to figure out the controls after glancing at the manual. It's compatible with CD text(contrary to another reviewers point) but the xm display won't display both song, artist, and channel just one or the other. The sound is great, although the bass is a bit lacking. The faceplate is not easy to reattatch (I had to turn the light on in the car and make sure of what I was doing) but it's not rocket science. One other thing is you cannot have the clock displayed with the push of a button which is a bit annoying. Overall a good, not great, buy for that system of yours while keeping a little cash in your pocket.

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Very Nice

Haley from Wichita, KS on 12/27/2005

I always read the reviews so I thought I would return the favor. I purchased this unit for my 94 Olds Eighty-Eight LSS. Although I have never installed a car stereo before I found the install(with the included hardware and instructions) to be relatively easy. I think it took about an 1 1/2 hrs. All the wires(with the supplied adapter plug) were marked and pre-stripped and matched up identically with the supplied Kenwood plug. The only problem I had was the outer radio cover (vinyl) did not fit back perfectly over the outer face of the stereo.I had to trim maybe a 1/8 " off both sides to get it to fit back on over the stereo.<BR> As for the detachable face I too thought it to be flimsy and somewhat hard to put back on. After using it for a couple of days I seem to have gotten the hang of it and it seems to be just fine. <BR> The unit sounds great with the factory speakers and the MP3 function is great. Just burned a CD with 50 songs and still had like 400 Mb left.<BR> As for the complexity of the unit itself ie..the menu and different functions..I browsed the manual and just played with the unit and seem to have figured it out. Not bad at all.<BR> Overall I am very satisfied and would recommend this unit to anyone.<BR>Thanks Crutchfield!

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sweet

turtle from glenwood,il on 12/27/2005

1994 Chrysler LHS

this is a pretty sweet deck. ijust got for xmas i wish it came with the free speaks they offered. I have a 94 chrysler LHS with the infinity sound system. It makes my car sound nice. it was easy to install especially seeing that this was my first one. Acessing the menus are kind of hard at first but 15minutes of reading the manual and tinkering and i was good to go. The only thing is that it wont show you all the titles of cd and have take your time to put the face on.

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Fantastic

Michael from Silver Spring, MD on 11/24/2005

1995 Saturn SL1

I always read the reviews before I purchase, and I love well-written ones, so I will try very hard to write a decent one here.<BR>Overall, this is a fantastic unit. It was a breeze to set up (Thanks Crutchfield!) and INSTANTLY made my factory speakers sing! (My car is a 1995 Saturn SL1) Right after I put in the unit, I replaced my factory speakers with some Kenwood KFC-C1739ie 6-3/4" 3-way Speakers -- the two items combined worked great!<BR><BR>There are some minor nitpicks, however. The unit is a little hard to set up electronically (you NEED to read the manual end to end!), and the controls only allows you to move through songs 1 at a time. For example, if I have an MP3 cd, and I want song 87, Id have to press the right control knob 86 times to the right instead of being able to type in "87" on the faceplate. I believe the remote control allows you to type in a number, but I havent tried this yet.<BR><BR>Also, do not listen to the other reviewer who says the faceplate is hard to attach. I was having that problem too until I read the manual. Its actually very easy, but not intuitive.<BR><BR>Pros:<BR>- Easy to install<BR>- Built-in high and low pass filters work GREAT with factory speakers, and even better with aftermarket <BR>- Equalizer is great if you have varied musical tastes<BR><BR>Cons:<BR>- Hard to set up electronically. Hint: Hold down the very small button below the volume knob when the unit is in Standby. Thats the Main Menu. That took me forever to figure out!<BR>- The remote control volume adjust is extremely fast. You have to click it multiple times for fine adjustments<BR>- The controls only allow movement through songs one at a time<BR><BR>Overall: A

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Way to Go Crutchfield

Joe from Oklahoma City, OK on 11/5/2005

1999 Chevrolet Malibu
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This is an awsome head unit. Thanks to the Crutchfield master sheet, intallation was a breeze.<BR><BR>I really like the sub outputs and sub level control in the menu. There are so many options with this head unit, you can definetly customize the sound to your preference.<BR><BR>The fact that all installation material needed was included, saved me about 50 bucks and helped with my decision.<BR><BR>Crutchfield and Kenwood - What a great pair.<BR><BR>Thanks!

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My Opinion of the KDC MP4028

Jay Pitts from West Babylon, NY on 11/1/2005

I am impressed with this unit. I am a long time Kenwood user and it exceeds my expectations. Although it is not compatible with my 8 year old 10 disc changer, it's time for a new one anyway. The only low points that I find are the lack of RDS system. I miss that. Radio text was nice to have. And the lack of crossover points for the subwoofer. You have to set the amp and leave it. A variable sub crossover would be nice. Overall, I dig this piece. It's time for new speakers!

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Lawrence from Gilbert, AZ on 10/31/2005

1996 Eagle Talon
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This is one of the best receivers that you can get for that price... It has all the features I would ever need and all the preouts that it has makes it a steal! I have my speakers running off of the receiver directly and 2 10" subs running off an amp, and the system sounds great!

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great

big al from branson mo on 10/30/2005

ok heres the scoop the deck is awesome only clitch is if it was mine to build i would make the controls bass, treble all go back to main menu after a period of 10 seconds its sometimes a pain to push button 4 and 5 times to get back to display but other than that great deck operating instuctions somewhat vague but so far so good have a10 bandpass pioneer with profile amp [from crutchfield of course] and it rocks enjoy and yes its worth it if you burn your own cd's

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hey where did ya get that...

Doug from arizona on 10/25/2005

this is an awesome deck, everyone keeps asking hey where did ya get that. the face plate is a real pain to put on but thats nothing.

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Curt Ketzler from Fenton, MI on 10/25/2005

I get perfect response from this Kenwood CD Player to my 4 JL Audio 12" W3's... It bangs hard, the only thing is that it is a little hard to program the clock, and some of the other settings.

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This thing bumps

max from Peoria,Il on 10/6/2005

2002 Jeep Liberty

this stereo has great power, and possibilities out the wazoo. Great power for the price, and tons of options.

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great stereo for the money

krazyscottie99 from Lancaster, PA on 9/29/2005

1992 Mazda Miata
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

i've been in love with kenwood's for nearly 10 years now and this is the 4th one i've owned. i love the fact you can play mp3 encoded CDs in it and it displays the song title and artist. crutchfield has been the easiest place to buy a headunit for me because there arent any pushy salesman. thanks guys

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Sacha Blanchet from Miami, FL on 9/26/2005

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Crutchfield does an excellent job at informing customers on how the installation should be done as well as what parts are needed. This was my first install and within 45 minutes i was done. This radio is very good for the money. If you are looking for a good CD player and don't want to spend much than look no further. Crutcfield rocks !!!!

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Hurt my ears, not my wallet

jsfaulkner from Frederick, MD on 9/24/2005

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Your reviews helped! I knew I wanted to buy a Kenwood deck, but I wasn't sure which one to get, so I read ALL of your reviews and decided to buy this one based upon it's high end-user customer rating.<BR><BR>I dropped this unit into my '99 Audi A4, and teamed it up with a pair of 1" Blaupunkt tweeters, (2) 4" Polk DB400's, and (2) 6.5" Polk DB650's and man, let me tell you this thing ROCKS!!<BR><BR>Install was a little tricky with the Audi since there are no after-market adapters available for the OEM plugs - so I had to tap into the wires using a wiring diagram I found on the net.<BR><BR>This unit has a lot of features that allow you to tweak your speakers to your particular musical taste. I LOVE the built-in crossover feature since I listen to a lot of "Heavy" Heavy-Metal. All of the functions take a bit of getting used to, but you should be fine after a few hours of use. <BR><BR>PROS:<BR>Great Price<BR>Built-In Crossover feature<BR>MOSFET 50wx4 output<BR>ACC/MP3/WMA (like the display of song names)<BR><BR>CONS:<BR>Display hard to read when direct sunlight hits it<BR>Doesn't have RDS-Radio Data System (personal preference)<BR>Not compatible with my 10-Disc Panasonic CD Changer (Kenwood's aren't)<BR><BR>Thank you for all of your reviews - you helped me with my decision to go with this unit, and I am 100% satisfied!<BR><BR>Thanks as well to Crutchfield for the freebies they always toss in!<BR> <BR><BR><BR>

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sick cd player

MasterCarAudioExpert from san diego,ca on 9/19/2005

1995 GMC Yukon
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

this cd player is the best for the money.. i have in it my truck with a 10'' kenwood sub and it hits really hard........

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Awesome Power

Dazada from Robertsdale, AL on 9/14/2005

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Compared to my previous Pioneer and Sony head units, this Kenwood commpletly blows them away! It's installed in my 2001 Ford Focus, and it's sending tunes to four Kenwood KFC-C6879ie 6x8 speakers. 22 watts RMS per channel adds some great power without distorting the music. The only real problem is the faceplate...which is only a problem if you remove it on a regular basis. But if you're looking for a head unit with great power and impecable styling, look no further.

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WOW! This is an awesome stereo.

Matt from Provo, UT on 9/10/2005

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

If you are into all different types of music, like I am, this deck is the ultimate. Not only do the AAC, WMA, Mp3, and CDR features make life easier by limiting the number of CD's in your vehicle, but the tuner picks up clearly even the faintest stations in your area. <BR>Originally I thought that my factory speakers were blown in my door panels, but after adding this I realized I just wasn't able to feed the speakers with GM's factory POS.<BR>I am now able, thanks to AAC technology, to include about 12 hours of music on one CDR the music is set into folders and files that allow you to find what you want w/o opening a CD case.<BR>Thanks Crutchfield.

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Great Product

Paul from Columbus, Indian on 9/3/2005

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I purchased this unit to install in my new 2005 Pontiac Vibe. (Thanks Crutchfields for always throwing in the installation and wiring kit for free!!)<BR><BR>Easy install. Great sounding unit, great looks. The only negatives I would say about this is the cd slot is behind the face plate, which opens up with the push of a button. The mechanism that the face plate moves with seems a little flimsy, but I trust that Kenwood would have fixed it if this were a true problem.<BR><BR>The set up is a little more complicated than other units I have seen. There are so many options that you can adjust, so many music "taste" settings, that it takes a while to navigate through the menu. You will want to have the manual to guide you, for sure.<BR><BR>By the way, if you are installing in a vibe, you have to connect the "power antenna (solid blue)" lead coming from the unit to the "power antenna (light blue w/white stripe)" on th wiring harness. The Vibe has a built in antenna booster that wont work without this connection. This instruction is NOT in the instructions. Got the info from Crutchfield tech on a Sunday Afternoon. <BR><BR>All in all, a great unit, for a great price.

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Better Than Ford Factory

Randy from San Jose, CA on 8/16/2005

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I have 2005 Mustang GT and I struggled with the Ford Dealership to get a factory 6 disc CD / Stereo to operate correctly in my new vehicle. I gave up and replaced the factory unit with the Kenwood. This unit sounds great with my aftermarket beefy speakers in the doors and rear deck. The separate RCA connectors for the sub-woofer provide you with the means to drive your sub and control you need to get the right balance on the bottom-end of your favorite music. The installation was a snap.....and the Crutchfield directions were extremely helpful.

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Great Buy NEED TO SEE!!!

Chuy from Acuña, Coahuila Mexico on 8/10/2005

2005 Ford Ranger

Hi I am a customer fom Mexico and I just got this receiver and a pair of blaupunked 6x8´s from crutchfield and both are great, it´s my first time I buy from them and will not be the last. I put them in my new Crew Cab Ford Ranger (only sold in mexico an south america) and works excelent, the sound is crispy as well as the high and lows, the setting are easy but you need to read the owners manual, the eq´s are good as well as the speaker high filters for ther front and rear sepret. Also excelent for the price cus you get all you need in one thing. I am plannig in buying some enclosure subs for my truck and a pair of speakers soon. So if you are a first timmer like me this receiver is your choice! thanks crutchfield, good pruducts, and excenet info. at the web. CHEERS FROM MEXICO !!!!

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gixxerjasen from Dallas, Tx. on 8/6/2005

Great stereo for a great price. I returned a Blaupunkt MP-54 Acapulco with a bad tuner and got this one for my Ranger and I'm loving it. Though the RDS was nice on the Blau this has some additional features that help it stand out. I can't wait to add a Ipod controller to it. Sound is great, interface is great. However, like said by some other folks, this is the most annoying faceplate install system I've ever encountered. Also, all stereos these days should do the graduated sound when turning on the car instead of just blasting you with whatever volume you'd set prviously and this stereo is missing this feature. With this, RDS and a better faceplate I'd have given it five stars. Other than that, this stereo simply rocks! And given the price, I really can't complain too much.

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A lot Better Than Factory

Jaime from Nampa, ID on 7/18/2005

2003 Nissan Frontier
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This Kenwood Unit is the Bomb-digity. Does a lot for a very competitive price. Knobs take some getting used to, but that's why they invented the remote. Overall I was blown away by the precision of sound that it puts out even on the what I assume are factory tweeters and 6" mids on my Nissan Frontier. The install Kit & Master Sheets made it that much more pleasant to enjoy the tunes.

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Awsome Deck

Jake from Mascoutah, IL on 7/17/2005

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I bought this deck to replace my factory radio in my 94 saturn SC1 and man is it worth it. it reads mp3 files and has a set of pre-amp outputs for my two 12" subs. this deck was worth the price.

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Jerad from Ames, Iowa on 7/11/2005

I replaced the factory deck in my Ranger with this bad boy and have been bouncing to the beat ever since. I like the optional Aux Out as well as the MP3 playback. The lcd even scrolls my sog titles. This is by far the best deck crutchfield has to offer for a reasonable price.

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Kenwwod did it again!

aaron from Livermore, Ky on 7/10/2005

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I replaced the factory deck in my '96 Tahoe, and I was amazed at the difference it made with the factory speakers. It wouldn't be right not to buy speakers to go along with this player. I would reconmend this kenwood to anyone. Crutchfield did it again with 2 day delievery and the tech. support was right on. Thanks "Trip"

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Tyler from New Hampshire on 7/6/2005

Great features and value. Bass is slightly lacking.<BR>Easy to use after reading the manual. The sound is crystal clear with my 6 1/2" kicker ks speakers. Pleanty of power and options.

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Great Deck for the Money

Chris from Auburn, WA on 7/6/2005

This is a great deck, its powerfull, great looking, plays every form of music your computer can throw at it, and its fairly cheap all at the same time. the olny thing i didnt like at first was the complicated menu system, but that took about 5 min to master and now i have it all tuned up and rockin in my car. once again great deck for the price.

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WOW!!! HIGHLY RECOMMENED

dub from Springfield,Oh on 7/1/2005

2000 Chevrolet Malibu
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I love this unit the controls are a little tricky at first but it didn't take long to get them for 180 you can't beat this unit the sound and features are great i was considering the alpine 9847 but it was out of stock so i decided to go with kenwood looked at the 5028 first but it didn't have the 3 preouts that i'm gonna need later the only thing that i don't like is the faceplate is kinda annoying as far as trying to remove it and reattach it other than that this unit is flawless i would highly recommend this unit.

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Great for the $$$!

Dan from Salt Lake City, UT on 6/28/2005

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

When I was initially looking for a new receiver to replace the factory one, I knew I wanted something that played MP3s and WMAs with Satelite radio capability and Subwoofer outputs. It came down to a Pioneer deck and this Kenwood unit. To me it almost seemed like a no-brainer. This unit didn't have the wiz bang display but had more outputs with just as much power for $40 less. <BR>After owning it for several weeks now, I know I made the right choice. It's a great receiver for the money.<BR>I also upgraded my factory speakers with the Pioneer 3-way 6 1/2s. It's unbelieveable the difference in sound quality.

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AWESOME!!!! MUST BUY!!

Nathan from Near Springfield, MO on 6/27/2005

2003 Chevrolet S10
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

If you want true features that you will use as apposed to all the visual stuff they are trying to sell these days (remember we are driving, not watching TV!) then this is the CD player you need. Not only are the controls easy to understand, read the book guys it's not hard, it plays MP3 and WMA discs with ease. ALSO, the best part, this headunit should be sold as a CD PLAYER / AMP / CROSSOVER. They finally made a head unit that is inexpensive and has all the features that my Headunit, crossover, and amp all did. I will now be able to run my highs on just the head unit, add (1) one amp and subs and I have a system that sounds as good as my $1,200 system back in the earily 90's. AWESOME CD PLAYER! KENWOOD HAS DONE IT AGAIN!! It's my third one and I will never stray.

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good buy

Richie from Fall river Ma on 6/25/2005

2003 Mazda Protege
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I installed this radio It sounds real good .the only flaw is the joystick knob impossible to use

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Good all around

Dillon from eagan, MN on 6/22/2005

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

All around this is a great Head unit, if you compare the specs in the crutchfield catalog its the best for the price! <BR> There are a couple things i didnt like: you cant switch between clock and title like most decks with out going through the menu. and the bass output could of been a little better, if you have subs its no problem. <BR> But the crossovers and other features are nice. I like the 4v output and high signal-to-noise ratio. If you read the manual the menu controls arnt to hard to pick up.

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Not Real Friendly

Daniel from Harrisonburg, VA on 6/17/2005

I replaced another Kenwood radio that gave up after 3-years, with the KDC-MP4028. Install was super simple due to replacing the unit with the same brand. Setting up the radio was another story.<BR><BR>Just trying to figure out how to turn the Bass down was a chore. After you learn what to do, the radio is easy to use, but learning what to do takes time! And, the little joy-stick on the right side of the radio is a joke. Unless your sitting still, adjusting your radio is next to imposable.<BR><BR>One thing I HATE about this radio, is the SIRIUS display. In my older model, I could view the song title, followed by the Artist, in a scrolling manner. With this radio, you have got to pick one (1), but not both. And, if there is a way to change this, I have yet to figure it out...<BR><BR>But, the radio sounds very nice. Once you play with it for a while, and learn what different things do, you can really tune in a nice sound!<BR><BR>This radio is nice, but difficult to use....

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Very good sound

Timothy from Washington DC on 6/10/2005

2004 Hyundai Tiburon
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This head unit has great sound quality. The crossovers are a big plus. The controls are confusing at first, but for the price this has the most bang for the buck. <BR>I have Kenwood speakers, Infinity amps and a 10" Infinity sub, and let me tell you, for under 500 dollars this system cranks.

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Great REciever

nothing9697 from Longview, Tx on 6/2/2005

I have always used pioneer cd players for my car. I finally decided to change my deck out and was looking through crutchfield and saw that the kdc-mp4028 had it all. mp3/wma/aac, 3 sets of preouts rated at 4 volts. and as everyone has said, the menu is a little tricky at first and the user guide is hard to read sometimes, but it was all worth it. i never had a sound this great come out of my pioneer deh 4600. Im glad i bought this model. you can even juice up the power of your rca preamps(if you have all your speakers running on amps) by turning off the systems internal amp(very nice feature). all in all i think it was a great buy and hope this helps someone decide to purchase this deck

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A good factory stereo replacement

Robert from Carmel, IN on 5/16/2005

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Pros:<BR>-Good output<BR>-Easy to install<BR>-Preset levels easy to change<BR>-Custom level option rules (I listen to Techno)<BR>-"Auto volume down" comes in handy in drive thrus<BR><BR>Cons:<BR>-Controls must be memorized<BR>-Menu controls aren't user friendly<BR>-Remote control only good for CD control, volume<BR>

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John from Nashville on 4/27/2005

2005 Jeep Wrangler
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Controls difficult to manipulate and non-intuitive.

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Nathan from San Bernardino, CA on 4/24/2005

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Good head unit. Crossovers work well going to separate infinity amp and powered subwoofer. Definately sounds better than the factory head unit/line out converter that I had. My only complaints would be that I get engine noise from the amps when the faceplate is removed, and there is a noticable boom from the speakers if I attach the faceplate while my amps are powered. Although, both of these problems could be related to the amplifier setup I have. Otherwise, very good unit for the money.

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Terrific performance and an excellent value

Chris from Los Angeles CA on 4/1/2005

This unit is feature rich and easily tailored to ones individual preferences. You can set seperate EQ curves by source to compensate for the sound characteristics of FM vs CD/MP3 vs Sattelite. You can select one of the many preset EQ curves by type of music or customize you own. <BR><BR>One feature missing from other units which I found quite logical was to lower the power antenna whenever listening to a non-radio source. <BR><BR>Controls are logically laid out and the sound is crisp and clean with ample response across the entire audio spectrum (assuming you invest in speakers that match this unit's capabilities). Add Sirius and a Music Keg and you achieve sonic bliss for a quite reasonable investment. <BR><BR>Crutchfield instructions and support are flawless as usual (thanks again). <BR>

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Lot's of features

Luke from Sedalia, Mo on 3/22/2005

Great looking and lot's of features for the price. Remote control is very handy. 3 sets of 4v pre amps are wonderful and controled though the head unit. On the down side you are going to NEED those pre amps and an external amp or two for the built-in amp leaves much to be desired. Weak bass output even WITH the loudness button engaged. My 10 year old pioneer had more bass and volume running through the same set of speakers. So, as long as you have external amps, which is what this unit is set up for, you will enjoy it. Another great feature for the money is the MP3/WMA compatability.

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brand new junk

michael from clarkston, mi on 3/12/2005

Well how do i start hmmm. ive had a clarion. sony. and now this kenwood in the last year and they all were huge disappointments. except for the sony. these new car stereos sound like cheap transistor radios. no bass no highs no true sound control. the displays except for the sony i couldnt see in daylight and this kenwood is the worst. the sony sounded fair and the display was very visible even in bright light. the clarions display was no good and it was a huge maze just to make even the smallest adjustments. the sony was the best of the crap. i think i will sell this kenwood and i will have to get the same model sony back that i had!

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Best Quality for the Buck I ever spent!

Showandgo5o from Fort Valley, GA on 2/11/2005

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I have owned several different types and brands of CD players over the years and I usually stick within the $150-200 range. You can find some super nice headunits in this range without breaking your bank. This Kenwood unit has to be the best by far. The options on it are amazing, especially for the low price! You get 3 sets of pre-amps and you get to custom tailor the frequency to each one of the pre-amps thru the headunit....so forget the built in crossover in the amplifiers, it is not needed with this unit. Not to mention 4-volt pre-amps, awesome FM sensitivity and good CD-to-noise ratio. It makes other more expensive units look lame. I have recommended this unit to my brother, sister and mom. Thanks again Crutchfield for bringing me the best price with the easiest instructions.

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Features and Specs

Expandability
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 Both
HD Radio ---
Navigation ---
iPod Compatibility
Full size ---
Nano ---
Touch ---
iPhone ---
General
RMS Power (CTA-2006) N/A
RMS Power (Manufacturer) ---
Peak Output 50 watts
RMS Power Bandwidth 30-20kHz
Preamp Outputs 6-channel
Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
Video Screen No
Preamp Voltage 4 volts
Screen Size ---
Display Color Drk & Lt Blue
Key Button Color Red
EQ Bands 3
Wireless Remote Yes
Steering Wheel Control Compatible ---
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
Tuner
FM Sensitivity 9.3 dBf
European Tuning Yes
Seek/Scan Seek
Radio Data System No
High-res Playback ---

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Features

AAC/MP3/WMA Playback: The receiver can play AAC, 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. AAC ID3 tags cannot be displayed.

Satellite Radio Ready: You can connect a satellite radio tuner to the KDC-MP4028 in a number of ways. The unit is directly compatible with the Sirius SIR-KEN1 Satellite Tuner for Kenwood (item # 607SIRKEN1). The Terk XMDirect universal XM Satellite Radio tuner (209XMD1000) can be connected to and controlled by the head unit when used with the XMDirect Smart Adapter for Kenwood (209XMDKEN1). In addition, you can connect an independently controlled "plug 'n play" unit such as the Delphi SKYFi2 or Kenwood Here2Everywhere to the head unit through the optional Aux Input adapter (113CAC1AX or 113KCAS210).

Note: In addition to the optional satellite tuner, you will also need the proper antenna and a subscription to Sirius or XM Satellite Radio.

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). Each level can also be set to your personal taste between -8 and +8 and stored in the "User" memory. 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: Bass 0, Mid 0, Treble 0

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).

Subwoofer Preamp Output: The MP4028 is equipped with a pair of subwoofer preamp outputs. The subwoofer outputs can easily be turned on/off. When the subwoofer output is turned on, you can adjust the volume (-15 to +15 in increments of 2), set the low pass filter cutoff (60Hz, 80Hz, 120Hz, or thru), and the phase (normal, reverse).

System E's: In addition to System Q Sound Control, the KDC-MP4028 features the System E's crossover system for the speaker and preamp outputs. You can make the following adjustments:

  • Front High Pass Filter: 80Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, 150Hz, 180 Hz, or Thru (no filter)
  • Rear High Pass Filter: 80Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, 150Hz, 180 Hz, or Thru (no filter)
  • Low Pass Filter: 60Hz, 80Hz, 120Hz or Thru (no filter)

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

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.

Built-in Amp Switch: If the audio signals are output to external amplifiers, you can turn off the internal amplifier to improve audio quality.

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.

HD Radio Ready: With an optional Kenwood HD Radio tuner (item # 113HR100TR), you will be able to receive digital AM/FM broadcasts from local stations where available. This new technology will significantly improve audio quality and reception, as well as include information such as artist name and song titles or traffic news, viewable on the receiver's display.

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.

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.

Security Code: You can enter a 4-digit security code which must be used when the unit is removed from the vehicle, or the constant power source is disconnected from the unit. When constant power is restored to the unit, the security code must be entered before the unit becomes operational. The security code may be disabled if desired.

Remote Control: The KDC-MP4028 comes with the RC-517 wireless remote control with a full numeric keypad. It is powered by 2 "AA" batteries (supplied). The dimensions of the remote are: L=5.369", W=1.968", D=1.198".

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: When the dimmer control is set to "on", the display automatically dims when the vehicle lights are turned on. When set to "off", the display doesn't dim. Note: In order for the display dimmer feature to operate, the orange/white wire in the supplied wiring harness must be connected to the vehicle's headlight circuit.

Changer Controls

Compatibility: This unit is directly compatible with Kenwood changers manufactured in 1998 or later. If the changer has an O-N switch, the switch will need to be set to the "N" position. If you have a Kenwood changer manufactured before 1998, you will need the KCA-S210A switching adapter. Changers manufactured before 1994 require the CA-DS100 converter cord (113CADS100) and the KCA-S210A switching adapter.

Changer Controls: In addition to basic disc navigation features, this unit has the following changer controls: direct disc access (using the remote), direct track access (using the remote), track intro scan, track repeat, disc repeat, disc random, and all disc random.

Auxiliary Input "Ready": When used with an optional adapter, this unit can accept input from an auxiliary source. When the CA-C1AUX adapter (item 113CAC1AX) is used, you cannot connect a CD changer to the head unit because the adapter plugs into the DIN changer control connection on the head unit. When the KCA-S210A 2-changer switch (item 113KCAS210) is used, you can connect a CD changer and an auxiliary audio source at the same time. When an auxiliary audio source is connected, you can choose from one of six names for the source: Aux Ext, TV, DVD, Video, Game, or Portable.

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. The text information can be scrolled manually or automatically.

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