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Kenwood PKG-MR353U Marine Package

KMR-350U marine receiver with KFC-1633MRW marine speakers

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Put Kenwood performance on your pleasure craft with this package, consisting of versatile marine receiver and a seaworthy pair of 6-1/2" marine speakers.

Kenwood performance on your boat

Put Kenwood performance on your pleasure craft with this package, consisting of versatile marine receiver and a seaworthy pair of 6-1/2" marine speakers.

KMR-350U marine receiver

Kenwood built the KMR-350U marine receiver to stand up to the tough environment you encounter on a boat, with a conformal-coated circuit board that helps prevents moisture from sending your receiver to an early grave. But it's also built to handle all the latest media options so you can relax and enjoy your time on the water. And, if you're installing the KMR-350U in an out-of-the-way spot, a Kenwood wired marine remote (not included) allows you to control it from the helm.

Kenwood KMR-350U

iPods® and iPhones® away!

The handy front-panel USB does more than just let you plug in and enjoy your playlists. With a connected iPhone and 3G service, you can tune in your favorite Pandora® Internet radio stations while you cruise the waters. The KMR-350U also plays all your store-bought or home-burned CDs, including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA files. You can also access an entire music library by plugging a thumb drive. The front-panel auxiliary input makes it easy to connect a satellite radio or another audio source.


KFC-1633MRW marine speakers

The Kenwood KFC-1633MRW marine speakers will deliver high-quality, trouble-free sound this season, and for years to come. The rugged 6-1/2" polypropylene woofer features a water-resistant design, while the balanced-dome tweeter is built into the solid white grille for an extra measure of splash protection and durability. You'll enjoy accurate full-range reproduction of all of your music, from detailed highs to the powerful lows.

Product Highlights:

  • package includes Kenwood KMR-350U marine receiver with KFC-1633MRW 6-1/2" marine speakers
KMR-350U marine CD receiver
  • marine CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
  • 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 with blue illumination
  • conformal-coated PCB circuit board
  • marine remote ready
Audio features:
  • System Q Sound Control (6 EQ curves and a 3-band equalizer)
  • low-pass filter and sub level control
  • Speaker Setting function for different sizes and types of speakers
  • Supreme Setting for improved compressed music playback
Expandability features:
  • iPod/iPhone direct control via USB input — no adapter necessary, but adding Kenwood's optional connecting cable lets you leave your iPod cable at home
  • PANDORA control and App Mode with iPhone
  • inputs: front USB input, front auxiliary input
  • outputs: 4-channel preamp outputs (2.5-volt front, rear/sub)
Other features and specs:
KFC-1633MRW marine speakers
  • 6-1/2"2-way marine speakers
  • injection-molded polypropylene woofer with rubber surround
  • power range: 2-20 watts RMS (100 watts peak power)
  • frequency response: 65-20,000 Hz
  • top-mount depth: 2-1/4"
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee



What's in the Box:

  • The Kenwood PKG-MR353U includes two separately packaged items: the KMR-350U marine receiver and KFC-1633MRW marine speakers.
  • The KMR-350U receiver box includes:
  • AM/FM CD receiver (with 10-amp fuse inserted into the chassis)
  • Face (attached)
  • Trim ring (attached)
  • Sleeve (installed)
  • Wiring harness
  • Wireless remote control (RC-405) CR2025 3V lithium-battery (installed in remote)
  • Cloth face pouch
  • 2 Removal tools
  • 4 Panhead ISO-mount screws
  • 4 Flathead ISO-mount screws
  • Face-fixing screw
  • Instruction Manual (Eng/Fre/Spa)
  • Warranty Card
  • The KFC-1633MRW marine speakers box includes:
  • Two 6.5" marine speakers with fixed white grilles
  • 8 Mounting screws
  • 8 Speed-clips
  • Cut-out template
  • Installation Instructions (Eng/Fre/Spa)
  • Warranty card
  • Important Safeguards

Kenwood PKG-MR353U Marine Package Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(4 Reviews)


KEVIN B from BROOKSVILLE KY on 9/13/2012

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Cons: NONE

Kenwood PKG-MR353U Marine Package

Anonymous from Inver Grove Heights, MN on 8/16/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This stereo came with a lot for the price. I used it to replace a stereo in my 18' runabout boat. It installed easily. Sounds great. Has some very nice features. So far I am very happy with my purchase.



Great System

Randy from Vancouver BC on 8/15/2012

Just installed this system in my boat..awesome sound ! the Kenwood deck has tons of great features but really like the iPod control through USB Nice blue backlight as well. You can't go wrong with this package Just a side note the speakers say they are 6 1/2 but are really not watch your mounting holes, the speaker holes are inset more than regular 6 1/2 speakers Other than that, great system at a great price and very quick shipping

Pros: See above

Cons: speakers are really not 6 1/2 size

Like it

Marcus from Duncan, OK on 5/18/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I am using this as a golf cart stereo system. It sounds great and works well with my iPod Nano. The Pandora Radio option works well, too. I wish the speakers were black for aesthetics, but I am pleased with the system.




Hands-on research

Features and Specs

AUX Input Front
Audio/video Input ---
USB Input Front
CarPlay No
Android Auto No
Siri Control No
Android Control USB MSC protocol
Memory Card Slot USB memory
Bluetooth Compatible No
Satellite Radio Ready No
HD Radio No
Navigation ---
iPod Compatibility
Full size Classic/5Gen
Nano Nano6/Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/
Touch Touch4/Touch3/Touch2/Touch1
iPhone Phone4S/Phone4/Phone3GS/Phone3
RMS Power (CTA-2006) N/A
RMS Power (Manufacturer) ---
Peak Output 50 watts
RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20KHz
Preamp Outputs 4-channel
Sub Preamp Outputs No
Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs Yes
Video Screen No
Preamp Voltage 2.5 volts
Display Color Bluish white
Key Button Color Blue
EQ Bands 3
Wireless Remote No
Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
FM Sensitivity 11.2 dBf
European Tuning Yes
Seek/Scan Seek
Radio Data System No

Product Research

Marine Rated
Disc Playback
USB/iPod/Aux Connectivity
Audio Section
Radio Functions
Display Features
Remote Control
Speaker Features

Marine Rated

Marine Receiver: At the factory, the Kenwood KMR-350U Marine receiver has a special water-resistant conformal coating placed on its main circuit board. This protects the circuitry from the harsh, corrosive marine environment.

Water Resistant Covers (optional): Even though the conformal coating makes the receiver water-resistant, it is still recommended that it be used with a universal marine cover such as the Metra (120999005B, sold separately) or Scosche (142ACM1, sold separately).

Disc Playback

Disc Compatibility: The unit features a single disc player that will playback CD-Audio, CD-Text, and finalized CD-R/CD-RW audio discs.

MP3/WMA Playback: The KMR-350U can play MP3 (8-320 kbps) and WMA (32-192 kbps) files recorded on CD-R and CD-RW discs in ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, Romeo, and Long file name formats. Each disc can have a maximum of 8 directory levels, 50 folders, and 255 files per folder (512 maximum number of files and folders). During MP3/WMA playback, the unit displays any recorded ID3 Tag (ver. 1.x/2.x) and WMA Tag information - up to 60 characters.

Text Scroll: The KMR-350U will display CD text or Audio file text. You can set the text scrolling feature to three different modes (Auto, Once, or Off) to scroll longer titles across the screen.

Music Search: The Kenwood Marine AM/FM CD receiver features a Music Search feature which allows you to scroll through and select your MP3/WMA music folders and files, as well as scroll through your audio CD's music tracks using the head unit's rotary knob.

Playback Modes: The Kenwood KMR-350U features the following Repeat, Random, and Scan playback modes.

  • Repeat Play: Track, File, or Folder
  • Random Play: Disc or Folder
  • Scan Play: Track or File (plays the first 10-seconds of each music track on a disc or music file in a folder)

Last Position Memory: If the unit is shut off or switched to the tuner mode while a CD is playing, the next time CD is selected as the source, playback will resume from the point where it left off.

CD Read: This function sets the method for reading a CD disc. You can choose between two modes.

  • CD1: Automatically distinguishes between audio file disc and music CD when playing a CD or CD-R/RW disc.
  • CD2: When unable to play a special formatted CD, set this function to CD2 to force playing. Some music CD  discs may be unplayable even when set to this mode.

Off Insert/Eject: A CD disc can be inserted or ejected with the power off. When a disc is inserted with the power off, the unit will automatically power up and begin playback.

Auto Reload: If the ejected disc is not removed within 15 seconds, the disc is automatically inserted again into the loading slot to protect it from dust.

USB/iPod/Aux Connectivity

USB Port: The Kenwood KMR-350U features a front panel USB (type-A) port that is hidden behind a flip-up cover. The USB port enables connection and control of a portable USB mass-storage class (MSC) device with MP3 (8-320 kbps) and WMA (32-192 kbps) music files. The USB port is compatible with USB mass storage class devices that support the FAT16 or FAT32 file system. Your USB device should only have a maximum of 8 folder layers, 255 folders, and 255 files per folder - with a maximum of 65,025 files and folders. USB portable audio players that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the CD receiver's USB port, and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

Note: You cannot connect a USB device via a USB hub or Multi-Card Reader to this unit.

Music Editor Compatible: The Kenwood KMR-350U supports the PC application, Kenwood Music Editor Lite (ver.1.1.0). Kenwood Music Editor Lite is a Windows-based desktop software that helps organize, manage and transfer MP3/WMA music files to your USB (MSC) devices from your PC. When you playback audio files that have been stored on your USB (MSC) device using Kenwood Music Editor Lite through this unit, you can search a file by title, album, or artist name using the head unit's Music Search function.

System Requirements: The Kenwood Music Editor Light (ver.1.1.0) Windows-based software can be downloaded for free from to your PC. The Kenwood Music Editor Light is compatible with the following Windows Microsoft Operating Systems.

  • Windows XP Professional, Home Edition SP2 or later (32-bit)
  • Windows Vista (32/64-bit)
  • Windows 7 (32/64-bit)

Note: Not compatible with Apple iPod, iPhone, or iPad.

iPod Direct Connection: The KMR-350U's front-panel USB port also acts as an iPod/iPhone high-speed direct connection when used with the optional Kenwood USB Direct Connection Cable (113KCIP102, sold separately) or the USB/iPod cable that comes with your iPod/iPhone. Using either cable allows audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of select iPod/iPhone models from the KMR-350U.

iPod DAC Bypass: The USB connection allows your iPod/iPhone's large music libraries to be loaded instantly to the head unit and sound quality to be maximized through the head unit's 24-bit D/A converter, allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 105dB. The Kenwood head unit supports audio playback of music files and podcasts stored on your iPod or iPhone, as well as music apps streamed to your iPhone.

iPod Control: You can choose to control the iPod/iPhone from the head unit or from your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen.

  • Head Unit: The Kenwood Marine head unit allows you to navigate your iPod's music by Playlist, Artists, Album, Genre, Composer, Song, or Podcast. You can search these categories alphabetically or using a percentage search (0.5%, 1%, 5%, 10%). The head unit supports Repeat (file) & Random (folder) playback functions of your connected iPod/iPhone.
  • iPod/App Mode: In iPod/App mode, you can navigate the stored music on your iPod/iPhone from its clickwheel or touchscreen. You can also listen to your favorite music apps from your iPhone (iOS 3.0 or later) through the Kenwood head unit and your vehicle's speakers. You will continue to use your iPhone's touchscreen to navigate your apps. Not all apps will be compatible with App Mode.

Note: Access to your iPhone's downloaded applications will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet.

Pandora App: The Pandora App (free) lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the Kenwood KMR-350U using your connected Apple iPhone, via the Kenwood KCA-iP102 USB/iPod connector cable (sold separately), or the USB/Dock cable supplied with your iPhone. The Kenwood KMR-350U provides control over the Pandora music service and displays Artist, Album, and Song information. You can select Pandora stations from your station list and sort them by date or alphabetically (A-Z). You can also skip song tracks within a station. You can even give songs a thumbs up or thumbs down. To access Pandora you must have an Apple iPhone (iOS3 or later) with the latest version of the Pandora application from Apple's iTunes App Store. Your iPhone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. You will also need a Pandora music service account.

Note: Access to the Pandora service will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.

iPod/ Display: The KMR-350U will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information when you are controlling your iPod or iPhone from the Kenwood head unit. The head unit will display Track number, Elapsed playing time, Artist name, Song title, and Album label. If you choose to operate your connected iPod/iPhone via its clickwheel or touchscreen controls, the KMR-350U will not display your iPod/iPhone's music information (the head unit will instead display "APP/iPod").

iPod Charging: The Marine head unit's USB connection provides 1A of current to power and charge your connected iPod/iPhone when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position. This unit does not charge the iPad.

Note: If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it.

iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Kenwood KDC-352U is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 1/5/2012):

iPod Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Pandora App Charge
Audio Video Head Unit iPod/App Artist/Song Text Track Info
dock connector 3rd N/A N N N N N N N N
4th N/A N N N N N N N N
mini 1st N/A N N N N N N N N
2nd N/A N N N N N N N N
video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N Y Y N Y
classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N Y Y N Y
2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
6th 1.1 PC Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
3rd 5.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
4th 5.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
3GS 4.3.5 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
4 5.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
4S 5.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
iPad 1 5.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N
2 5.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N

Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to revert to the older software version or wait until a newer software update is available.

Aux In: The Marine head unit is equipped with a front panel 3.5mm minijack auxiliary input that can be used to input audio from a portable audio source, such as a portable MP3 player. The Aux input must be turned on to function. The unit has 3 auxiliary input modes.

  • On1: Outputs the sound of the external unit connected to the Aux terminal when switched to the Aux source.
  • On2: Activates the attenuator function when turning on the power with the auxiliary source selected. This prevents the noise when no external unit is connected to the Aux terminal. Turn off the attenuator function when listening to output from an external unit.
  • Off: Disables the selection of the Aux source.

Auxiliary Display: The KMR-350U allows you to select the source type displayed when using the auxiliary input. You can choose from AUX, DVD, Portable, Game, Video, or TV.

Audio Section

24 Bit D/A Converter: The Kenwood KMR-350U utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior CD sound quality.

MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood KMR-350U is equipped with a MOSFET amplifier. Compared to conventional power supplies, the MOSFET amplification circuit is smaller and more efficient, and it delivers increased power with less distortion and absolutely zero on/off switching noise. More power means louder and cleaner music at higher volumes because you're not pushing the limits of the amplification circuit. The power output specs for the KMR-350U are as follows:

  • Full Bandwidth Power: 22 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20-20kHz, 1% THD)
  • Maximum Output Power: 50 watts x 4 channels

3-Way Rotary Volume Control: The CD receiver uses a 3-way 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 Balance, Fader, Bass, Mid, Treble and preset EQ settings. In addition, the rotary knob allows you to scroll through and select your music tracks when the Music Search function is activated.

Volume Offset: The level of each source may be independently adjusted to prevent radical leaps in output volume when switching from one source to another. The available settings range from -8 to 0 (-8 to +8 for Aux source).

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/off), 'SP-OEM' (for OEM factory speaker systems), 'SP-6x9/6' (for systems with 6" and 6"x9" speakers), or 'SP-5/4' (for systems with 4" and 5" speakers).

Preset EQ: Eight EQ curves are preset into memory, allowing you to recall the best preset EQ curve for different types of music. Each preset has its own level settings for bass (100Hz), midrange (1kHz), and treble (12.5kHz). You can choose from the following preset EQ curves - Rock, Pops, Easy, Top 40, Jazz, Natural, Game, and User.

Bass Boost: In addition, The Kenwood CD receiver features a Bass Boost control that can be set to the following levels (BB1, BB2 or Off).

Loudness: This function enhances low and high frequencies to make the sound clearer lower volumes. There are 3 levels (LV1, LV2, or Off).

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

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.

2.5V/4CH Preamp Output: The KMR-350U is equipped with two pair of 2.5V preamp outputs (Front, Rear/SW). You can set the Rear/SW preamp outputs for connecting a pair of full-range rear speakers (through an external amplifier) or for connecting a subwoofer (through an external amplifier). When set for rear speakers, the rear outputs operate with the unit's fader control. When set for subwoofer, the outputs are non-fading.

Subwoofer Controls: The Kenwood KMR-350U offers the following subwoofer controls, when you have the unit's subwoofer preamp output activated.

  • Low Pass Filter: The receiver features a built-in Low Pass Filter control for the preamp-output, when the output is set to Subwoofer. You can select from 85 Hz, 120 Hz, 160 Hz, or off.
  • Subwoofer Phase: You can adjust the phase of the subwoofer output between 180-degrees (Reverse) or 0-degrees (Normal).
  • Subwoofer Level: Once the Subwoofer preamp output is activated, you can independently control the subwoofer preamp output level (-15 to +15) from the CD receiver.

Tel Mute: The KMR-350U 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.

Key Beep: The in-dash head unit provides an audible beep to confirm button operation. This function can be turned On or Off.

Radio Functions

AM/FM Tuner: The Kenwood KMR-350U features a built-in AM/FM tuner. 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.

Tuner Presets: The KMR-350U's tuner features 3 FM banks (1, 2, 3) and 1 AM bank for storing presets. The Kenwood KMR-350U offers two preset modes.

  • Normal: You can store 6 presets for each AM/FM bank giving you a total of 18 FM presets and 6 AM presets (total of 24).
  • Mix: A total of 6 preset stations can be assigned to the head unit's 6 preset buttons, regardless of AM/FM band. This lets you recall a preset station without switching between bands.

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.

Mono Mode: The Mono mode improves the radio's FM reception, but the stereo effect will be lost.

Display Features

Detachable Face: The Kenwood KMR-350U features a single front loading CD face that detaches from the chassis to deter theft. The head unit includes a cloth pouch for storing the face-plate when detached. A face-fixing screw is supplied for making the face non-detachable, if desired.

Note: An optional soft face case (142DFC1X, sold separately) can also be purchased for this unit.

Fluorescent Display: The Kenwood Marine head unit features a single-line, 11-character, bluish-white backlit fluorescent display with red button illumination.

Display Illumination/Clock Display: When the unit is in Standby mode, the face and button illumination is "keyed." 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 to adjust the brightness of the display according to the surrounding illumination. You can change this setting within the menu from On or Off.

Demo Mode: This unit features a Demo mode which can be turned On or Off within the menu.

Remote Control

Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The Marine head unit also features an OEM steering wheel remote control input wire (blue/yellow) within the included wiring harness that lets you keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with the optional PAC SWI-JACK Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (127SWIJACK, sold separately); or the optional Metra ASWC Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (120ASWC, sold separately).

Note: Please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.

Speaker Features

Overview: The Kenwood KFC-1633MRW 6.5" 2-way full-range marine speakers are built to withstand the harsh marine environment.

Woofer: The Kenwood KFC-1633MRW features a 6.5" polypropylene injected water-resistant cone woofer with a rubber surround.

Tweeter: The KFC-1633MRW features a 1.0" balanced dome tweeter.

UV Resistant Grille and Frame: The Kenwood KFC-1633MRW features a UV resistant fixed grille and frame, which is white in color.


  • Frequency Response: 65-20,000 Hz
  • Power Handling: 2-20 watts RMS, 100 watts maximum
  • Sensitivity: 84dB (1W/1M)
  • Impedance: 4 ohms
  • Magnet Weight: 8 ounces


  • Size: 6-1/2"
  • Mounting Method: Top
  • Depth: 2.205"
  • Mounting Height: 1.045"
  • Magnet Diameter: 3.425"
  • Cutout Diameter: 4.995"
  • Frame Diameter: 6.925"
  • Bolt Pattern:
    • Number of holes: 4
    • Perimeter: 3.865"-3.935"
    • Diagonal: 5.505"-5.575"

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