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Kenwood KDC-MP628

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

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Kenwood's KDC-MP628 is just about everything you could want a CD receiver to be: it sounds great, looks sharp, and plays a wide range of formats!

Kenwood's KDC-MP628 is just about everything you could want a CD receiver to be: it sounds great, looks sharp, and plays a wide range of formats!

The first thing you'll appreciate is the motorized, detachable faceplate with its large, easy-to-read multicolor display — you won't have to strain your eyes to keep tabs on your system. It offers up several full-motion graphics modes that'll catch the eyes of all your passengers. This, of course, is just the icing.

Just about everyone these days offers MP3 and WMA playback. But with the KDC-MP628, Kenwood goes a step further — it'll even play the tracks you've ripped from CD and converted into AAC files. And a wireless remote is included for convenient file navigation and system control from anywhere in the vehicle.

Everything you listen to will sound fantastic, thanks to the combination of MOSFET power (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4) and the extensive System Q sound controls (with its 3-band equalizer). If you add external amps to the two sets of preamp outputs for even more power, you can make sure their performance is enhanced with System E's Advanced Crossover.

Built-in controls let you connect an optional SIRIUS or XM Satellite Radio tuner. Just add the appropriate antenna and a subscription, and dive into over 120 channels of music, news, sports, entertainment, and a whole lot more. You can also enhance your conventional radio reception by adding a Kenwood HD Radio tuner. HD Radio service (where available) offers improved FM and AM sound quality, plus information extras on the display.

Product Highlights:

  • CD receiver with built-in amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
  • motorized, detachable face with multicolor fluorescent display
  • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs (including discs loaded with MP3, WMA, and AAC files)
  • System Q Sound Control (six preset tone curves and a 3-band equalizer)
  • System E's Advanced Crossover
  • 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
  • rear auxiliary input
  • dual-zone audio control
  • front and rear preamp outputs
  • CR-2 tuner
  • 18 FM/6 AM presets
  • wireless remote
  • clock
  • 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

Great Receiver. just a little confusing to start: for instance taking of demo mode thats basicly it but once you have it for a while you'll fall in love with it. it can do everythings it says it will do. great display,great sound, ang great features
you be happy with what you get.

pedal to the medal, Palm Springs, Ca

What's in the Box:

  • AM/FM/CD/MP3/WMA receiver
  • Wiring harness
  • Sleeve
  • Trim ring
  • Face
  • Hard plastic face case
  • Wireless remote control (RC-527)
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • 2 Removal tools
  • 4 Panhead ISO-mount screws
  • 4 Countersunk ISO-mount screws
  • Face fixing screw with flat washer
  • Instruction Manual (English)
  • Instruction Manual (French/Spanish)
  • Warranty Card
  • Kenwood Car Audio Passport
  • Sheet concerning Demo mode (attached to receiver)

Kenwood KDC-MP628 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(13 Reviews)

Excellent product with loads of features and great display!

Vinnie from Connecticut on 9/1/2006

2001 Ford Focus ZX3
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Whats great: <BR>- Color display with animation, wallpaper or spectrum analyzer--no need to purchase a separate EQ<BR>- Big display shows more MP3 tag text than most receivers and the font doesnt look like a calculator<BR>- Auxilliary input allows you to plug in your MP3 player directly via a cheap RCA to headphone adapter. Im plugging my carputer in so I can browse all the music on it via a touch screen and play it through the receiver.<BR>- Excellent FM reception--gets far away stations clear. Much better than the Kenwood I bought 2 years ago.<BR>- Motorized (and removable) faceplate adds to the "coolness" factor and is great if you have to mount it low on your dash as you can adjust the viewing angle up. <BR>- Decent power--external amp not needed for most people<BR>- Volume knob better than buttons<BR>- Attenuation (mute) on faceplate, not just remote. (Why cant they just call it "mute???")<BR>- Includes a dimmer wire so your display can dim slightly when you turn your headlights on.<BR><BR>Not so great:<BR>- Instruction manual not intuitive--like using Help for any MS program.<BR>- When faceplate motors down so that you can remove/insert a CD, there is literally 2 millimeters between the CD and the faceplate, so you have to be slow and deliberate when removing/inserting or you WILL scratch your CD/faceplate.<BR>- The control knob (like a small joystick) works pretty good--better than buttons--but would be easier to use if it could extend out a bit further.<BR>- If you have big MP3 files (I record 1hr intervals from satellite) its a pain to FFWD to just the right spot. You have to hold the knob--you cant use the remote--and there is only one speed t



Good Stuff

gabe from Grand Forks, ND on 1/31/2006

I was looking for something that would play my .mp4 files and this did. It can't read the imbedded tags with the file but can still read the title of the file which is all I really cared about anyway. User interface is a little tricky and still haven't figured out all of the features. Being as not many CD players support AAC format, this was the best I could find.<BR>Overall quality is good, I would buy it again. But not really because why would I need two CD players that are exactly the same?<BR><BR>



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pedal to the medal from Palm Springs, Ca on 1/19/2006

1988 Ford Thunderbird

Great Receiver. just a little confusing to start: for instance taking of demo mode thats basicly it but once you have it for a while you'll fall in love with it. it can do everythings it says it will do. great display,great sound, ang great features <BR>you be happy with what you get.



Frustrating Engineering

JZWarmup from LA, CA on 11/26/2005

The good: Modestly priced. Plays a wide variety of digital formats, Sirius capable, HD capable, am/fm tuner, vast presets, ipod capable. Easily installed.<BR>The Bad: The interface isnt intuitive, and the manual is confusing at best. The units display is maddening. It has 3 full lines of text that can be displayed, but only uses 2 and wastes either the left 1/4 or the right 1/4 of those 2 with useless info. You can choose from 4 "customizable" displays none of which are good for Sirius or iPod which have multiple pieces of info to display. For example on Sirius you can choose from the following: "Channel Name", "Song Title", "Artist Name" "Channel #" "Comment" "Date" and "Spena/Clock" -- But pick only 2! Lets say you chose "Channel Name" and "Song Title" now youre radio doesnt display the time, and theres no button you can hit to give you a quick peek at the time! Meanwhile the left 1/4 of the display has abbreviations telling you what each line is displaying. I dont need that! Its obvious! Use that space to let me put the clock, date or other info. The 3rd line is left blank until you push one of the preset buttons which then give you the numbers 1-6 to select from. So the preset button has to be pushed TWICE to get the station. Once to get the little graphic on the display and another time to select it. IRRITATING. <BR>The display is also unreadable in direct sunlight. FM reception is not great. Ipod interface (with KCA-iP500) is decent but limiting. Maximum of 10 playlists. Maximum of 99 songs each playlist. Toggling through play lists is slow. Each "disc" (playlist) must load before jumping to next.



Great Unit

Matthew from Ellsworth, ME on 11/18/2005

2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This is really a great unit from Kenwood. I installed it in my 2003 Chevy Silverado.<BR><BR>The installation was a breeze, about 20 minutes, and I had never installed a car stereo before. <BR><BR>Great features, great sound....I never beleived that my factory speakers could have sounded this good.<BR><BR>I bought the Metra VT-GMRC-01 GM Class II Data bus Interface to keep my door chimes and to my surprise (and contrary to reviews by others), it does in fact keep the Retained Accessory Power working in the vehicle.<BR><BR>The only drawback is the FM/AM reception I receive. It's a bit weak and there is some static, but do not let that sway your decision to purchase.<BR><BR>Thank you Crutchfield. Thank you Kenwood.



More Than Satisfying

wes from Conway, AR on 9/16/2005

The following is installed in a 1994 Mazda 626.<BR><BR>KENWOOD KDC-MP628 CD Player<BR>ALPINE MRP-F240 4-Channel Amp<BR>PIONEER TS-A6870R 3-Way Speakers (2 Pair)<BR>KENWOOD KSC-WD250 10" Powered Sub <BR><BR>My goal with this system was to create as high-quality of a system as possible for under $1000, and I based most of my decisions on the reviews of others here at Crutchfield's site. Thanks to you all (and esp. Bryce @ Tech Support!!!) for the help, because it came out way better than expected.<BR><BR>The Kenwood head unit is packed with features & gadgets and allows me to run my MP3 player flawlessly thru its AUX Input. NOTE: It powered the Pioneers decently well before my amp, but would distort at high volume. The built-in subwoofer controls and HPF, HPR, & SUB crossovers are invaluable for making on-the-spot adjustments for various music types. <BR><BR>The Alpine amp fixed all distortion from the Pioneers, which now perform incredibly. Together they offer a beautiful balance of mids & highs at all volumes, all while remaining crystal clear. I cut them off at 120Hz and can now blast them to the point of ear-ringing for hours on end without any interference or overheating (the amp is under the driver's seat). <BR><BR>The WD250 handles all below 120Hz, filling the bottom with clean, tight bass. I love that it offers passengers rich bass presence w/o upsetting the neighbors or shaking my car apart; exactly what I desired.<BR><BR>Overall, this system provides me with more than I ever expected. It's CLEAN & LOUD, and all at a killer price point. You won't win any competitions, but if you're looking for a rewarding musical experience that won't break the bank, look no more.



For Users Of AAC Files...Better Know as Real Player

cyber_sound from Belleville, Mi on 7/30/2005

Another excellent unit from the minds of Kenwood.<BR><BR>For you users of AAC files; which is the main reason of my purchase, your plain and simply love this unit.<BR>For the eye candy enthusitist like myself, this unit will be you new best friend !<BR><BR>Loads of usable features, and, probably more than you'll need. But keep the manual handy, as it will be needed to navigate the unit, until you can commit to memory, what you want the unit to do.<BR><BR>Two draw backs:<BR><BR>Unit out of the box is in demo mode, which shows all of the graphics that the unit is able to perform. Supplied manuel doesn't really give any useable info on how to turn it off. I found it necessary to get this info from one of my local audio retailers.<BR><BR>Face plate doesen't display well, when direct sunlight is on it. As a matter of fact, under direct sunlight, the graphics aren't visible at all.<BR><BR>But still a geat unit for the money paid.<BR><BR>



What a difference

Casey from Pittsburgh, PA on 7/27/2005

2000 Honda Civic
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I just got the KDC-MP628 and I can not tell you how much I like it. I bought it mainly for my iPOD because the FM transmitters are such a drag and my Pioneer headunit wasn't compatible with the iPOD interface. Kenwood has me hooked, the sound is better than ever. The controls are great, even though they take a while to get used to. The screen is also great, the only downside is that only certain text can be displayed when the movies or wallpapers are displayed.



Another satisfied customer

Willie from Columbus, IN on 6/26/2005

2003 Ford Focus
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This Kenwood unit was not my first choice but I'm glad I spent the extra cash to get this one. Crutchfield supplied everything I needed to install the unit myself along with the master sheets on how to do it. So you really don't need to spend the extra money to have someone else to do it for you. <BR><BR>Installation was a snap, it only took about an hour to get everything wired up and connected. I was amazed with the way the unit works with my CD changer and Sirius Turner, and the display, or should I say, displays are "cool". I took me almost the entire weekend to understand the menu system and how to use all of many functions this unit has to offer, but once I mastered it, I was good to go.<BR><BR>My only complaint is that the faceplate can change three different angles, all upward; I wish that it had a downward position. Other than that, you won't be disappointed. If you want to pimp your ride this is the best bang for your "hard earned" bucks.<BR>



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Troy from Dawsonville, Ga on 5/24/2005

This thing is awesome, the three diffrent faceplate angels really help if you've got it installed in something that has the radio low to the floor, or if the sun is just causing a glare. The graphic displays are good for the price, and it has ton of good features to set your system apart from the rest.



Awsome Toy for your car!

JOSE from Houston Tx on 4/28/2005

This is a great Item, it plays almost anything you can put in it, wma,mp3,cdw,files, I saved 5 cd's into 1 as files and plays them perfectly. Also you can adjust the screen to have a better view in case that the sun is bothering for some reason it has 3 angles and the normal one, lots of features and cool screen displays and most of all powerful.



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Eric from Orlando, FL on 3/1/2005

1999 Honda Civic
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Let me start by saying the KDC-MP628 is great! It is obvious that it is NOT a first generation unit. The features seem well thought out. Some highlight features for me are...different (saved) EQ settings for each Source, 3 line text for Sirius and CD-Text, content of each line of text is selectable, direct numeric entering of Sirius channel via remote. I have the KTC-SR903 Sirius Satellite Radio Tuner installed with it. This is not your typical Sirius receiver, the other's gave me the feeling that "Sirius-ready" was added as an afterthought (1 line of text). Sirius is well implemented and integrated into the KDC-MP628.<BR><BR>My only complaints are that the display is hard to read when the sun is directly overhead (anytime around noon). The blue text disappears first, white and yellow are a little better but not great. The other complaint is lack of RDS.<BR>



Great head unit for the price

PsymonSez16 from Port Royal, PA on 2/12/2005

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

When I saw this headunit on Crutchfield i was very suprised by its 250$ price tag. Since it has the small video screen in it. I must say that it is an excellent product. I've had it for about 2 weeks now and it works flawlessly. I would highly recomend it to anyone looking for a decently priced CD player




Hands-on research

Features and Specs

AUX Input Rear
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 ---
CEA-2006 Compliant No
RMS Power Output 22 watts
Peak Output 50 watts
RMS Power Bandwidth 30-20kHz
Preamp Outputs 4-channel
Sub Preamp Outputs No
Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs Yes
Video Screen No
Preamp Voltage 2.5 volts
Display Color Multi-color
Key Button Color Red or Green
EQ Bands 3
Wireless Remote Yes
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

Changer Controls


Display Modes: The Kenwood KDC-MP628 features a large, bright, fluorescent display with 4 selectable display modes:

  • Graphic Display (Display Type A): You can choose one of 6 "wallpapers" (2 "movies", 3 spectrum analyzers, or a slide show of still graphics). Text information is displayed briefly for tuner and CD functions before graphic reappears.
  • Graphic + Text Display (Display Type B): You can choose one of the same 6 graphic displays. One line of text is displayed--selectable text information is available for each source.
  • 3-line, 2-column Text Display(Display Type C): Three lines of text information are displayed, each with a text label icon and the text display. You can choose what information to display for each line (clock, frequency, playback time, CD text, ID3 tags, etc.), plus choose a text display color between white, yellow, or blue.
  • Text + Source Icon Display(Display Type D): Two lines of text information are displayed (selectable information and colors). On the right end of the display is an icon to indicate the currently selected source. The bottom line features function labels for the multi-function keys located directly below.

Satellite Radio Ready: You can connect a satellite radio tuner to the KDC-MP628 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.

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.

Motorized Angled Faceplate: When inserting or ejecting a disc, the motorized faceplate automatically slides down and out to expose the disc slot. Furthermore, you can set the faceplate at one of three angles for best visibility of the fluorescent display, in addition to the fully closed position.

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).

System E's: In addition to System Q Sound Control, the KDC-MP628 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, 180Hz or Thru (no filter)
  • Rear High Pass Filter: 80Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, 150Hz, 180Hz 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, and CD changer).

Audio Preset Memory: You can store sound control settings into memory that cannot be erased by the Reset button. The Audio Preset memory can store all equalizer settings and System E's crossover settings. It cannot store volume, balance, fader, loudness, dual zone settings, etc. When the Reset button is pressed, all sources will be set to the values stored in the memory.

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.

Disc/Station Naming: You can enter and store names of up to 8 characters for CDs and radio stations. Characters can include upper and lower case letters, numbers, symbols, and special accent characters. The memory can store names for up to 30 stations and 10 discs in the internal CD player. The number of disc names you can store for an external CD changer depends upon the capability of the changer.

Switchable Rear/Subwoofer Preouts: You can switch the rear RCA preamp outputs to a non-fading subwoofer output with independent volume control (-15 to +15), phase control (Normal/Reverse), and selectable crossover (60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, or Thru). When activated as a subwoofer output, you can turn the outputs on or off as desired.

Dual Zone System: The KDC-MP628's Dual Zone System allows you to output one source to the front channels and another source to the rear channels. The main source can be the internal disc player, tuner, or a source connected via the 13-pin CD changer input. The sub source is a device connected to the rear RCA auxiliary input. You can assign the sub source to either the front or rear channels. When the Dual Zone System is activated, the volume of the front channels is controlled by the volume knob, while the volume of the rear channels is controlled in the Audio Control menu.

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.

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.

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-MP628 comes with the RC-527 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 switch between the Clock Display and "Standby." 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.

Auxiliary Input: The KDC-MP628 is equipped with a built-in auxiliary input. There is a set of stereo RCA jacks on a 12-inch pigtail on the back of the receiver for connecting an external audio source. The Auxiliary input can be activated/deactivated through the menu. When it's activated, you can select one of six names for the source: Aux, TV, Video, Game, Portable or DVD. When deactivated, Auxiliary does not appear as a source. With an optional adapter (item 113CAC1AX or 113KCAS210), you can also turn the unit's CD changer input into a second auxiliary input.

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.

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