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CD receiver (Factory Refurbished)

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If you've got a double-DIN dash opening, take out that wimpy factory radio and slide in some Kenwood quality. The DPX308U CD receiver offers strong performance and useful features that'll make you wonder why you waited so long to replace your old radio.

If you've got a double-DIN dash opening, take out that wimpy factory radio and slide in some Kenwood quality. The DPX308U CD receiver offers strong performance and useful features that'll make you wonder why you waited so long to replace your old radio.

Ready to roll with your iPod®
Once you plug your player into the handy front-panel USB input, just press the "iPod" button to the left of the big control knob and you're ready to go. You'll feel right at home when you navigate your tracks and playlists, with the help of easy-to-use search tools like Alphabet Search. The dedicated "Search" and "Return" keys eliminate the need to work through menus when you're making a quick search.

You can also switch quickly to "passenger mode" to control your iPod® or iPhone® from the device — useful if you're listening to streaming content like Internet radio stations. Kenwood also includes a wireless remote so your passengers can control the entertainment while you worry about the driving.

Variable color options
Playing nice with your iPod is important, but you want a new receiver to look good, too. The DPX308U cuts a distinctive figure with its sleek styling, glossy exterior, and prominent control knob. To top it off, you can set the display and button colors to match your car's interior. You'll be looking forward to driving at night, when you can turn up the sound and the lights.

Sound quality to rock your ride
This Kenwood's built-in MOSFET amp will impress you with its clean power, so turn it up if you want. You can use the 3-band equalizer for precise adjustment of the highs, mids, and lows, while eight EQ presets allow quick shifts to a tone curve that matches your music. The Speaker Settings function tailors the output of the receiver to match the size and type of speakers you've got installed in your vehicle.

Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?
In most vehicles, you can use an adapter to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this Kenwood stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and the Kenwood, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. Check the "Accessories" tab for compatible adapters.

iPod note: If you're going to use your iPod with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility with this receiver or its optional iPod adapter.

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs, including discs loaded with MP3, WMA and AAC files
    • 13-digit variable-color display
    • wireless remote control
    Audio features:
    • 3-band parametric equalizer, plus 8 preset EQ curves
    • low-pass filter (sub preamp output)
    • 24-bit DAC
    • iPod direct control via USB input — no adapter necessary, but adding Kenwood's optional cable lets you leave your iPod cable at home
    • inputs: front panel auxiliary and USB inputs
    • outputs: 4-channel preamp outputs (2-volt front, rear/sub)
    Other info:

    What's in the Box:

    • Refurbished DD AM/FM CD receiver (with 10A fuse inserted in chassis)
    • Sleeve
    • Trim ring
    • Trim plate
    • Wiring harness
    • Wireless remote control (RC-405)
    • CR2025 3V lithium battery (installed in remote)
    • 2 Removal tools
    • 6 Pan-head ISO-mount screws
    • 6 Flat-head ISO-mount screws
    • 4 Strips of double-sided adhesive
    • Quick Start Guide (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • Warranty Card

    Great replacement for the stock radio, easy to install yourself. Stereo has a lot of nice features including the backlight colors and multiple ways to connect aux devices, super value for the money, very happy with it.

    willc, doylestown oh


    Kenwood DPX308U Reviews

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    (67 Reviews)

    2004 xterra

    willc from doylestown oh on 10/7/2013

    2004 Nissan Xterra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great replacement for the stock radio, easy to install yourself. Stereo has a lot of nice features including the backlight colors and multiple ways to connect aux devices, super value for the money, very happy with it.

    Pros: price, features, easy of installation

    Cons: none so far, love it


    Les from Huntsville, Al on 6/18/2013

    Only used and rated this unit on USB support. I had this unit for over a year before selling the car (the radio helped). I needed USB. It does what it claims. Now I need another for a used Toyota. What troubles me is the fact that the volume knob on my factory radio can be reached without leaning forward. But, the rotary knob in the Kenwood is off more to the other side where I would have to lean forward to reach it. Kenwood can change that I hope on the next go-around. Also, had to find and fumble with the remote to change folders because there was no dedicated button to do that (and there is on the factory Toyota CD radio I now have. Will someone PLEASE design a radio that will respond to voice (PAUSE) followed by other voice commands like Advance and Change Folder. My Garmin now does that just fine and I don't need to be pulling off the interstate just to skip a folder.

    Pros: Nice if you need Bluetooth. Excellent hardware.

    Cons: User Interface, position, size, and availability of buttons could use some more thought. The lettering was small enough and the unit far enough away that neither of my bi-focal lenses could be used, so had to get a special driving glass perscription that focused on just the dash or the road.


    jarret83 from princeton,in on 5/28/2013

    2009 Chevrolet HHR
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    this is just a great head unit sold by crutchfield. the installation was easy and it was even my first kenwood deck. im glad i chose it! i will definitely buy more from crutchfield!!!

    Pros: sleek, style, color, sound, wow factor


    Nice unit, fussy display, tiny buttons

    Jim from Indianapolis on 2/28/2013

    2006 Ford Focus ZX5
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The factory unit in my '06 Focus died so it was time to replace it. I liked the USB and aux inputs on this unit and the price was right so I gave it a roll. It sounds way better than the factory unit, which is really the bottom line for me. But I have to admit, the buttons on this thing are itty bitty and so hard to work when you're trying to pay attention to the road. Also, setting all the settings involves a lot of pogo-sticking through menus, which was tedious and I tended to get lost. I really would have preferred more conservative styling. Really, at this price range I couldn't find any that didn't look all gee golly whiz bang. I don't need that. I want sound quality and good usability of the controls. Finally, I bought the Metra steering-wheel control interface and the silly thing thinks this is a JVC unit and therefore took several extra, maddening steps to install.

    Pros: Sound quality better than the factory unit

    Cons: Setup menus difficult to use Tiny buttons

    Sweet replacement unit!

    wacki56 from Florida on 2/25/2013

    2002 Mazda Tribute
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This stereo replaced the great sounding am/fm 6 disk Cd, cassett system (210 watts total). The old systems LCD display(s) started to get buggy, and wouldn't show correctly at time after 10 year of ownership! So it was replaced with this system. I can honestly say that the sound Quality is the same or complaints there as I was very satisfied with the factory unit.

    Pros: Great Looks, Great sound, Easy install with the right DD tools, easy navigation once you get the feel for it!

    Cons: Could come with a more indepth user manual

    Great Buy

    Robb F from Plant City, Fl on 2/24/2013

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

    I just installed this in my 2003 Chevy Trailblazer today. It was really easy to do. The guide was easy to read and installation took about an hour.

    Pros: fits perfectly, and looks great

    Cons: programing was a little hard

    Great Receiver

    Big Jay from Houma, LA on 2/18/2013

    2005 Toyota Camry
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This deck has some great features and extreme ease-of-use right outta the box!! I like how you can set the display screen as one color and the buttons as another. Sound quality is light years better than the factory deck in my girlfriend's Camry.

    Pros: Source selection for iPhone, Aux In, CD and Radio are all in one button; dual color selection; remote included.

    Cons: There are no rear inputs for Aux In and USB, which means you MUST have wires hanging off the front of a brand new afternmarket deck!!!

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    Anonymous from Jasper, IN on 1/8/2013

    2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This head unit took my stock bose sound system and made it even better. It can handle the music at loud volumes and is full of tone even at low volumes. Kenwood really delivers with the value of their products

    Pros: Easy to use, looks great, sounds great, good price


    Awesome Radio!!

    Sweet Dude from Chicago, Il on 12/7/2012

    1998 Ford Explorer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Awesome radio for the money!! I put it in my 1998 explorer and it sounds amazing! Be sure to get the proper harness with the kit. I accidentally ordered the wrong one, but Crutchfield helped me troubleshoot the issue and sent me the proper one for free! Great value, great customer support and just an overall pleasure to deal with!

    Pros: Great sound quality, USB port, cool color display and ease of use.

    Cons: None in particular. I had to modify my dash a little, but thats not the radios fault.

    looks awesome in my 86' Dodge Conquest TSI

    Spencer from Fort Jones, CA on 11/28/2012

    Great Head Unit! - despite Crutchfields car selection tool saying that this head unit wont fit in any 86 or older Dodge Conquests or Mitsubishi Starions this stereo fits perfectly with minor modifications to the factory mounting brackets. I was amazed at how good this stereo looks in the dash, it has the clean look of a stock head unit but with much better sound quality and features and at night it lights up bright enough to see it clearly but not so bright that its brighter than all the other dash lights or puts a glare on the windshield. I also like the equalizer and all the other nice features that show how well designed it is like the separate amp and power antenna leads so the antenna only goes up when using the radio and your amp will still turn on regardless of what source you are listening to. I think this radio will look great in any car old or new and i highly recommend it. I also plan on buying the PAC SWI-RC steering wheel adapter because i know it will work with Conquests and Starions as well

    Pros: all the nice features and the sound quality

    Cons: none this is a great product

    Almost Perfect

    KevinV from Pasco, WA on 10/21/2012

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

    Bought this radio to install in my sister's 2003 Mazda Protege. Could not have been happier. Was looking for something that would easily fit and have iPod control. Almost bought a cheaper JVC model and am soooo glad I stumbled upon this Kenwood. All the reviews I have read to-date about this radio are absolutely correct. Makes the stock speakers sound a LOT better. Was easier than I expected to install. Did not need the Metra DIN Head dash kit whatsoever. When researching radios that would fit the Protege, this radio had a couple red flags regarding installation. "Modified Fit" was not correct as the rear factory bracket did not have to be removed and the mounting hardware that came with the radio worked fine. Nothing extra needed. I still trust Crutchfield for knowing what fits and doesn't, but hope their techs take another look at this radio and Mazda applications. Probably could have saved money in not tacking on the extra installation accessories. Almost perfect, except...the tuner preset buttons are tiny, the clock is not visible when the radio is powered off, and the menu system when you want to change settings or adjust the audio is rather cumbersome.

    Pros: Sound quality. Stock speakers now sound upper class. Display. Lots of info and color that can be turned off if desired! Clock visible continually when powered up. iPod Control.

    Cons: Tiny preset buttons. Clock not visible when turned off. Less than smooth menu system. Looking to adjust bass and treble quickly? Not gonna happen. Glossy front panel. Loves to attract fingerprints.

    Kenwood Receiver DPX-308U

    musikluver from Charlotte, NC on 9/4/2012

    2007 Pontiac Grand Prix
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased my receiver 2 weeks ago and purchased an install card. I am enjoying my new receiver and had a good experience using install card. I thought about installing it myself, but after reading some of the other posts, I decided to pay to have someone else install it. The best money I could spend. The receiver makes my original speakers that came with my car a little better, but noticably different when I use my ipod! WOW! No regrets about purchasing this unit yet. I am very pleased with it.

    Pros: Good looking Great value Good sound

    Cons: None

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    Anonymous from Muncie, Indiana on 8/28/2012

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

    Great Product! Kenwood and Crutchfield never disappoint. The Kenwood DPX308U looks and fits great in my 2004 Hyundai Tiburon. It pushes out a lot of power, which gives simple songs great bass.

    Pros: The ability to control your music through your iPhone or on screen, illumination features, remote, bass

    Cons: I've yet to find any

    Great options for a great price

    Danny B. from Benbrook, TX on 8/20/2012

    2005 Chevrolet Colorado
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Amazing stereo and didn't cost me an arm or a leg! Showed up faster than expected, looked great, and installed in minutes, and sounds great!

    Pros: Good price, installs fast, looks great

    Cons: Remote is easy to lose

    Love this.

    Shelby from Michigan on 8/7/2012

    I love this cd player. I got it for christmas from my boyfriend. Simple to install, and use. Ill be selling my vehicle soon and will most likely buy a new one for my new car!

    Pros: Ease of use, iphone compatible.


    Great receiver

    R. Jones from Montgomery, AL on 8/6/2012

    2011 Nissan Altima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I've bought many receivers over the years for my cars and have been satisfied with them all, but this receiver has the best sound of any I've bought. The complaint I most often have about car stereos is the lack of bass response; I do not have that complaint with this system. This receiver gives you the ability to tailor the frequency response in several bands as well as a basic "bass boost" function which allows you to tune out the frequency losses due to the inherently complex environment created by the interior of a car. You won't be disappointed if you buy this unit.



    No complaints

    Aj from Cinci Ohio on 8/5/2012

    2005 Ford Escape
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have no complaints about this budget model double din receiver. I am very happy with it. It has all the features I need and fits great.

    Pros: Great quality and features for price

    Cons: None

    Kenwood DPX308U

    Anonymous from Reisterstown, MD on 7/15/2012

    2001 Toyota Camry Solara
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    great product at excellent value delivering outstanding sound



    The Kenwood DPX308U

    Indy from Indianapolis, Indiana, USA on 7/14/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have been using Kenwood products since the 8-Track days. Kenwood has never let me down and the Kenwood DPX308U lives up to the billing. Having features you would see in much more expensive units, this Kenwood CD receiver is a great value for the money. Equipped with 22 watts RMS (the actual power to the speakers), the MOSFET amp delivers plenty of punch for normal everyday driving. This unit is installed in my 2003 Ford Ranger 4-door supercab. Ranger has a 6" X 8" Pioneer speaker in each of the 4 doors and 2 Pioneer 10" subwoofers and sub amp behind the front seats. You can change the face to 24 different preset colors or you can customize it to your car's exact color to make it look factory. There is bass, mid, treble, subwoofer and volume offsets for each source (tuner, USB, portable/iphone and CD). You also can adjust the unit to the type of speakers you have in your vehicle 4", 5" 6", 6 X 9 or OEM. The volume offset maintains equal volumes for each source so you don't get blasted and hurt your speakers when switching from one source to another. The Kenwood DPX308U is also pretty easy to use by following the instructions in the instruction manual. It is better to set up everything before hitting the road. I have no problem recommending this Kenwood DPX308U CD receiver to anyone who is looking for a great CD receiver and wants alot of features and don't break the bank! If you can use a DD din receiver, you won't be disappointed with this one!

    Pros: Multi color options with user custom setting, clock is super-easy to set, many features for the money, good clean sound at all volume levels, nice looking unit with easy to read display. Custom speaker settings, volume offset and bass, mid and treble lever adjustment and freq settings make a great custom sound for your particular vehicle. Clock displays time even if unit is in Standby mode. Also the SW preout is nice for adding a subwoofer and amp. Great features for what you pay.

    Cons: Only reason I did not give 5 stars is because all you get with this Kenwood DPX308U is a "quick-start" guide which only gives basic features. You have to download the "instruction" manual and then print out 41 pages. This manual should have been included so when you are sitting in your vehicle setting everything on the unit, you could refer to the instruction manual. As for the unit itself, I cannot find any cons.

    Buy this. Dont look at any other double dins.

    Sam from Mt. Airy, NC on 6/27/2012

    2004 Nissan Titan
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    If Sound Quality had 10 stars I would give it 10. I have a 04 Nissan Titan with Rockford Fostgate sound system and it sounded great with stock head unit. With this head unit it sounds 10x better. With the truck turned off the head unit looks stock. It want attract theives. But when you turn it on and the lights go to flashing it looks down right sexy. The only problem was hooking it up. IDK if this is a titan problem or what but it was difficult to say the least installing this puppy. I had to take a razor and shave the edges off the brakets to make it fit. Also the wires were kind of confusing. But once the headache of installing it went away I was thrilled with this baby. If i would have payed 350 for this I still would have been thrilled. Im begging you. If your looking for a double din. Your search is over.

    Pros: Looks stock when not on. Looks amazing when on. Sound Quality is unmatched by any head unit I have owned or heard.

    Cons: Needed painkillers after installing it.

    Great Upgrade

    drlipples from baltimore, md on 5/31/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Really improved the sound of the existing speakers in my 2003 mustang gt convertible.



    2009 nissan altima coupe

    Nolan from philadelphia, PA on 5/31/2012

    2009 Nissan Altima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    i waited 3 years to put in a new radio, and i finally found the one. the Kenwood DPX308U was the absolute best choice. i hooked it up to my pioneers which made the sound so crisp and you could definitely hear the difference between the ken wood and my factory hook up. Not only does it sound good, but it looks pretty awesome as well. Installation was easy especially for someone like me who knows nothing about audio. just used the crutch field guide and a youtube how to video and i was all set. the radio also compliments my kicker CompVR12 and produces a quality sound that even my neighbors don't mind hearing when i pull in my driveway at 2 in the morning haha. I recommend this product to anyone who needs to put in a double din unit. the only issue i have had is that sometimes it has trouble reading the iPod. it's a simple fix and nothing to get to frustrated over.

    Pros: looks great sounds great didn't empty my pockets

    Cons: has trouble reading iPod sometimes.


    Mike P from Avon N.C. on 5/16/2012

    2000 Toyota 4Runner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Should of got it sooner simply awesome

    Pros: blew my factory unit out the water unbelievably easy to install with cruchfields installation guides and support

    Cons: NONE

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    Tamoneb from Juneau, AK on 4/23/2012

    2001 Subaru Forester
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I would like to start by saying that this deck does an awesome job of doing what it says it will (and more) and has the right mix of features for an awesome upgrade to any car that needs to fill that larger double-din space in the dash. The increase in sound quality from stock to this deck was instantly noticeable (at least in my car 2001 Subaru Forester). The Aux and Ipod inputs are in a great location in the front, it blends right into the dash of the car and looks quite stock (when the car is off), the knob has great response when adjusting your settings and volume and the display illumination settings are outstanding. Furthermore, the deck itself bolted straight into the factory brackets and slid right in. The bottom line is if you're looking for something that will improve sound quality, look great in your dash (especially at night!) all while not breaking the bank with minimal installation time then this is a great deck to look into.

    Pros: -Great sound quality -Looks awesome (especially at night) -Easy to install -Relatively inexpensive

    Cons: -Soldering and heat shrinking the factory-head unit adapter plug wires was a pain but you'll deal with that with every deck.

    The business

    Nando from West wendover, NV on 3/31/2012

    2004 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This stereo really brings out my woodgrain dash because you have the option to change the color on the face. It has great sound quality and both the treble and bass levels are easy to adjust



    Great Stereo, but not working as advertised!

    Aurelius from Los Angeles, CA on 3/29/2012

    This is a great looking and sounding unit, but there's a flaw (pretty big issue from Kenwood) Once installed, I realized that this Kenwood DPX308U had the parametric EQ not working. Contacted KW CS and had a call back from one of the 'specialist". Here the short story: I spoke with this Kenwood CS 'specialist' and we figured out that there was an actual problem with my car audio stereo (so it seems). Got a replacement and the same problem still exist (the parametric equalizer is not working. Only a standard fix Bass/Middle/Treble eq works). Today I spoke with a Kenwood dealer about this issue and turns out this model DPX308U has NO parametric eq even though on the stereo there is the whole actual access to a parametric eq! I think this is VERY bad. Why a manufacture would advertise a stereo with parametric eq, install the software with the application on the same and than there's no functionality (only a fix Bass/Middle/Treble eq works). Even worse, a specialist doesn't even know about it? BTW, this DPX308U is the only stereo double DIN (non DVD/Nav device) on the Kenwood catalog. It should be pretty easy to know about a detail as this one! Although I really like this stereo, one of the main reason I bought it, was the parametric Eq. Very disappointed, not by the unit, but by Kenwood. Still, if you don't care for a"sophisticated" EQ section, this 2DIN unit is a great stereo.

    Pros: Great look. Good sound. pretty easy to use

    Cons: Para EQ not working. Limited USB functionality

    2002 Mustang

    Joe J from Florence, Ky on 3/12/2012

    2002 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The install was'nt to bad for the exception on the plastic bracket that was suppose to mount on the back of the Radio, there was no holes for mounting. The Tech said it wasnt needed so why did the instruction show mounting it. I fabricated a different bracket to use I didnt trust the way the Tech suggested.

    Pros: cost and looks great in the dash

    Cons: Installation and mounting were somewhat confusing.

    Just bought it

    Marc from San diego on 3/5/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this receiver because my 2006 Grand Cherokee's NAV/stereo system got stolen and I didn't want to spend too much money on replacing it. I had to get a double DIN because I didn't want to lose the "look" of the previous system. For the price it is a decent stereo, but there are a couple of things that I do not like; the reception on it is pretty close to terrible, it is a lot worse than the precious stereo I had, I do not know wether this is a Kenwood issue or the receiver itself. The controls are a bit annoying, especially setting up all the options for colors, etc... After a couple of hours of messing around with the settings I finally got it to stay the way I wanted ( it gets frustrating after the first hour). The other thing that I do not like is the controls for the steering wheel, (I know this is a rating for the receiver and not all the rest of the stuff I had to get but I want to include it here anyways), even though Crutchfield had me buy two different harnesses for the stereo so I could keep the "original" steering wheel controls on the Jeep, it simply does NOT work as advertised, after literally hours ( read days) of programming and reprogramming, over and over again, the installer and I decided to give up and leave the controls somewhat close to what the original buttons do. Since I've had the car for a while this was one of the most annoying things about getting this stereo and all the extra stuff needed so I could keep the "original" controls.

    Pros: Price for a double DIN, looks cool, a lot of options for the settings, installation is lightning fast.

    Cons: Annoying controls, very bad to horrible reception, steering wheel controls do not work as they should (on a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee).

    Kenwood Stereo Is Fantastic

    MikeK from Kekaha on 2/28/2012

    2004 Nissan Frontier
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The stereo is a great buy for the $$. Fairly easy to install. Functions takes a fair amount of reading to learn, but still easy enough to operate.

    Pros: Great sound. Nice look. Good installation instructions.

    Cons: None so far ...

    Kennwood Stereo

    Anonymous from Globe, AZ on 2/24/2012

    1999 Ford F-350
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The quality you get from a Kennwood stereo for a valuable price it is well worth the money. It looks good and performs Great!



    great equipment

    Steven from Atlanta, Ga on 2/20/2012

    1997 Volvo 850 GLT
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Im really enjoying my cd player. It is very cool to look at especially during the night. I installed the equipment myself and this was the first time ever. All i really needed to know was the correct wires to attach to each other, with the help of the guide that came with the equipment, I was able to install it correctly. My factory system sounds amazing as ever know, I have a 97 volvo and the sound was already good, now its great.

    Pros: i like this product.

    Cons: no complaints

    Lovin the look!

    dctheory from Newport News VA on 2/19/2012

    1996 Ford Explorer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great stereo! Fairly easy to install and looks great inside my Explorer. The harness that came with the unit had gain controls so I was able to set those as well as the frequency settings on the receiver. My one knock on the unit is ease of use while driving. Actually, I am used to controlling my music thru my Ipod anyway so having the AUX input is great. Thanks crutchfield for help with the install. Its been awhile since i installed my last unit. Overall, great stereo! Lovin the TRON effect at night!

    Pros: Great looks! Good power! Can definitely run a good or great system with this receiver. For the money you cant beat it!

    Cons: Some menu options are a little too in depth to try to use while driving. But after some use they are not hard to figure out. Also wish the USB would let you control your music thru the IPOD but the AUX input takes care of that!


    Bob from Helena Mt on 2/13/2012

    2008 Chevrolet Silverado
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Not sure if it's the Polk MM651's or the unit but at 3/4 volume the distortion is terrible. The install is perfect so can't isolate the distortion problem. As always with the cheat sheets from Crutchfield the install was a snap.

    Pros: easy to install, less than 1/2 hour, after pre-wiring on the kitchen table. Directions from all parts easy to follow

    Cons: face a little busy while playing, and the distortion!

    Kenwood DPX308U

    traveller from Arkansas on 2/13/2012

    2011 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very easy to install, love the ability to change display colors. Even I can operate it at 59 yrs. old. So much better than stock radio that came in the Tacoma, now I can still listen to music with the window down or cracked.

    Pros: easy install, looks cool, easy to operate

    Cons: none

    Good unit although menu a bit in depth

    Tim C from Arizona on 2/5/2012

    2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this unit as a stock replacement. It looks good in the dash but not too blingy as to draw too much attention from the "I would rather take yours than buy it my self, entitled" crowd. Intallalation was easy and straight forward. YOU DO NOT NEED THE CHIME ADAPTOR. You just have to match wires and run a constant 12v to keep memory and clock. My fuel light and seatbelt light still work and since I am a gauges guy, I look at the dash anyway on a regular basis. JUST KNOW THE CHIMES WILL NOT WORK! The stereo has good sound through stock speakers although it should be better when I replace those. The iPod control is pretty cool but I find it easier to use the iPod itself. The display lighting has been updated before I received it and will keep the color selection fine. I left the random selection for a couple days but it got annoying real quick and I set it to match stock lighting.

    Pros: Kenwood quality, looks ( not too blingy) sound, options.

    Cons: Menu is a bit convoluted.

    Works OK-Confusing Operations

    Dennis from Bedford PA on 2/3/2012

    2006 Honda Odyssey
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The head unit works fine, but I did struggle through setting up the unit and learning how to use functions, using the online PDF manual. There's a "Quick Start Guide" that refers to the "Manual", but according to Crutchfield, they no longer include a manual booklet. So, you need to print out the manual and staple it together if you want to use it in your car. Most times, a manual isn't a big deal, because it is usually easy to figure out a stereo unit. I mean, how tough could it be to use a radio? This one is! Want to tune your radio? If your radio is set up to tune specific stations, and you want to do a "search" you'll need to go into the submenus and make a change to use the "search" mode. There isn't a single button to make the change or an alternate search switch. I had to print off the PDF version of the manual, cut it down, staple it and store this 41 page printout (single sided, of course) it in the glove box. Kenwood should include a produced manual (two sided) for a unit with this many submenus. The sound is fine. The look is fine. If you want to easily switch between applications, there are sometimes a pile of options that are not that easy to figure out. Think distracted driving is a problem for texting? Try driving down the road and making a few switches on this unit.

    Pros: Easy Install with Crutchfield harness/bracket

    Cons: Not intuitive at all...way too much hassle with all the sub-menus. NO LONGER INCLUDE A MANUAL BOOKLET!!!

    good radio

    darrin from indiana on 1/22/2012

    2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    installed in a 04 silverado with bose system sounds great make sure u turn up the volume output our the stero will be quiet when u turn it up

    Pros: easy to install usb port is nice

    Cons: none

    It Rocks!!

    Tom from Indiana on 1/19/2012

    2010 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I just installed this unit in my 2010 toyota tacoma with a 350 watt amp and some Polk component speakers and WOW, loud beautiful music! I love the look and the variable display blends it right in with my dash lights. The light demo mode glitch has been fixed.

    Pros: Easy install, nice looking

    Cons: none

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    Slick Will from Dawsonville GA on 12/28/2011

    Great piece of low budget car-stereo hardware. Looks great in the dash of my '04 Sierra. The ability to change the colors of the screen and buttons separately, and having 24 different colors to choose from are great. iPod/iPhone controls are very intuitive and easy to use. Very capable of driving aftermarket speakers. I am very happy with this product and would recommend it to anyone.

    Pros: iPod/iPhone Compatibility


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    Anonymous from buffalo n.y. on 11/1/2011

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

    very nice unit for the money....sounds great



    overall a nice radio

    Doug from Alexandria, Ky. on 10/11/2011

    2002 Subaru Outback
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Over all this is a nice radio. Two things I would change is the addition of a rear USB port. I was aware there was not one when I purchased it, but now having it installed in the car it would be nice to hide the cord for the I-pod. Secondly it would be nice if it displayed the Title/Artist during radio play.




    logan from akron. oh on 9/30/2011

    1999 Toyota Camry Solara
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Sound quality amazing compared to stock and my older kenwood from 04 great product, works great with my droid 2. looks great haven't needed update yet took a half hour to 45 minutes to installl *first time i have installed a headunit *



    Open box review

    T C from Misawa Japan on 9/21/2011

    1998 Subaru Forester
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Sounds Great, compared to the 1998 Kenwood that was in my Subaru Forester. It's a little hard to control the IPhone with it, but once I made some play list I was good to go. I enjoy all the color options and Q settings. Deffinately worth the money.



    Great Product, highly recommended.

    Rassie from Cary, NC on 9/21/2011

    I purchased this for my 2011 Honda Element LX. I wanted iPod integration that worked like it does on my actual iPod. This unit delivers. Easy to use and set up. Many cool functions and the sound is much better than the stock unit I replaced. I also like the custom color function so you can match it to your vehicle. The only thing I do not like is the fact that the iPod USB plug was not duplicated in the rear of the unit so I can keep my iPod out of view in the glove box. The wire sticking out of the unit in the front is annoying. I knocked off one star for that. However the rest of this unit works so well I can forgive that. I will definitely recommend it.



    great upgrade

    todd from irvine,ky on 9/19/2011

    2006 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    i bought this so i would be able to use my ipod without having to make cds off my computer to listen to. the sound is so good i have found myself going back to listen to my older music just to hear how it sounds on this system. great product.



    Great and simple

    bigaudiofanatic from Bridgeton NJ on 9/5/2011

    Great unit for someone who likes things simple. I have done plenty of installs and this was the first time with this unit. Very nice and easy to use. Good power to run stock speakers as long as you do not have a bose system. I recommend it and the metra axxess steering wheel controls.



    Excellent replacement!

    Jeremy from ND on 8/1/2011

    2006 Chevrolet Cobalt
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    My 2006 Cobalt didn't come with an auxillary input, and FM modulators for my iPod never worked clearly. Since my life evolves around my iPhone and its music, this has been the best replacement! The controls are easy to use and navigate through tracks with. The display colors are fully customizable and this has made my stereo actually sound better! You can tweak all aspects of the bass, mids, and treble. The sound quality is very close to my buddy's Bose system in his vehicle and quiet. I highly recommend this for iPod users! **I didn't need to update firmware to retain my custom colors**



    Nice Stereo for just under $200.

    Dave C from Salem, OR on 7/20/2011

    2001 Honda Passport
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a nice stereo for the money. It sounds great, performs well, & does all that it says it should do. I wish I could adjust the Bass, Mid, and Treble, on the fly, w/o having to find which menu it is in. Unfortunately most if not all head units seem to be this way. If you are looking for a great stereo for under $200.00 you should give this one a try.



    Great upgrade

    FL from Oakland NJ on 7/20/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This Kenwood is a great upgrade to my stock unit on my 2011 F150.The Kenwood has no problems with the display at all.The owner manual that came with the radio is a 14 pages booklet is a joke.Not that good .You must download the real Kenwood manual from Crutchfield web site(41+ pages.That manual shows how to select the display colors and the keys colors and lots more.Enjoy it



    It simply Rocks!

    beatstrangler from San Jacinto,Ca on 7/10/2011

    2005 Chevrolet Colorado
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Researched it for about a week. Found this to be the best duel din in it's price range. I bought it for the direct connect for Ipod. As the title says. This thing Rocks! Sounds terrific. Crisp highs. Solid base. Great controls and features. The colors lights look so sexy. I'm so impressed by it. It's got me wanting to redo my whole sound system around it. Great by! Dont give it a second thought!



    Good Stereo

    amy from Henderson, NV on 7/5/2011

    I replaced my JBL factory stereo in my 2007 Sequoia. This is a good stereo, but not great. To make sure I was making a good choice, I called Crutchfield and asked a few questions. Since this reads from a USB, you may think that it works with any device you can connect with a USB. I asked, and was told, this should work with my MP3 player. Wrong. It only works with ipods or memory stick (thumb drive). Second, it doesn't work with the steering wheel controls in my car. I purchased, then returned the steering control adapter kit, because this model doesn't have the output for it - you have to pay more and get the next model up. If I could stand to be without my music for a while, I would have returned it. I purchased an ipod, as my original intention was to listen to my large catalog of music. It does well with the ipod, but I am still disappointed that my usually perfect Crutchfield purchase just wasn't this time.



    Very nice head unit

    Anonymous from NW, Ohio on 7/5/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Picked this unit up for my Daughters car only down side was the fact that I had to modify the dash by removing the rear support. If Kenwood could have shortened the depth of the unit by 1/8" it would have fit and then would have been a lot mot stable. As for the unit itself, this thing ROCKS! Great system for the money! Picked this unit up for my Daughters car only down side was the fact that I had to modify the dash by removing the rear support. If Kenwood could have shortened the depth of the unit by 1/8" it would have fit and then would have been a lot more stable. As for the unit itself, this thing ROCKS! Great system, lots of bells & whistles, very nice sound even with the stock speakers. I can't wait to hear it with some new speakers. Would recommend it to anyone looking to upgrade from a stock system. for the money!



    Great fit and sound for 2002 Camry

    Jamey from Tuscaloosa, AL on 6/23/2011

    2002 Toyota Camry
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    LOVE IT!!! Fits perfectly in my '02 and sounds great with the factory speakers and the price is great too!



    Girlfriend is happy so I am ;]

    Samk from St. Paul on 6/8/2011

    2007 Chevrolet Impala
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed this in a 2007 impala and it fits clean. My girlfriend loves the colors, and it's simple to use. You have a fair amount of control over the bass/mids/highs; you can change the frequency/level/q of each, so you can get really clean crisp results. Looks factory, but adds some class and is eye candy in the nighttime.



    Good stereo for the money.

    David S. from Lubbock, TX on 6/5/2011

    2011 Chevrolet Aveo
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The color going back to default demo mode after turning the car off has been fixed. Mine stays on the colors I selected for it. With GM's double din setup, there are not many stereos that look good in a GM dash. This stereo fit perfect and looks good and flush in the dash. I was able to set the buttons to one color and the display to another color and they match my gauge colors perfectly. This stereo looks factory in my car. The USB input works good, that is the reason I bought it. The USB stereo upgrade option on my car was $795, so for $200, this stereo is way better.



    Is what it says it iz.

    Blksoul from Los Angeles, Ca on 6/3/2011

    This item is everything it says it is. The IPOD interface is seemless the audio options are superb and the features are more then I could ask for. This radio gives the option of over 20 different key and screen backlight colors, the EQ allows the option to modify the bass treble and mids with freq cutoff. I couldn't ask for more and this unit is better then I expected it to be.



    Nice Head Unit

    JohnA from Reidsville NC on 5/31/2011

    I replaced a factory premium GM Delco head unit in my 1996 Cadillac Concours with the Kenwood DPX-308U and love it. Install was a snap with the included free stuff from Crutchfield and the GM Onstar adapter works flawlessly. The DPX-308U came with firmware updated already by Crutchfield so no problems with the colors not holding. I think it is funny how some people deduct stars because it does not have certain features, when it is plainly clear in the specs that the feature in question is not available on this unit in the first place. Regardless this unit does what it says and has what it says, and at 199 you wont find a better one for the money. I will be back for another one for my Ford F350 soon.



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    Tommyz from Corning, Ny on 5/27/2011

    2006 Nissan Altima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Put in my 06 Altima and so far very happy. installation was easy as well. pros: good upgrade sound from the stock radio. hooks to my droid pandora perfectly. mine also came with the patch as the people below had issues. i personally like the color changing. and the mini remote controll works good for using the car to play music at a cookout! cons: mp3 reads great using a 16g scandisk stick with no problems, but navigation is a bit tough i fell. but im sure after using it a bit more i will get used to it. only had a week so far. settings took a little bit getting used to as well. overall: great deal for the price with all the installation gear. could be a bit more user friendly takes a little to get used to but not bad at all.



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    Mike from Vermont on 5/14/2011

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

    This Head-unit is a decent upgrade from any factory radio. It has a lot of features and custom settings. It has a high end luxury apearance once installed but to be honest does not sound much better than my factory head- unit even with aftermarket speakers. Also this head-unit requires software update for the color settings which should have been disclosed before purchasing. Over all a nice radio!



    New firmware fixed color issue

    Anonymous from arlington, VA on 5/7/2011

    2002 Audi A4
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    great stereo. Colors now work as intended with the new firmware update. I knocked off one star because it doesn't have RDS.



    This stereo has a problem, do not buy.

    Taryn from Washington on 4/25/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Like all the other reviews, the stereo will not hold the color change. It is very frustrating and Crutchfield has no answer for the problem. Pick a different stereo.



    Good But Color Illumination is not saving

    Anonymous from Hartford CT on 4/20/2011

    2005 Nissan Altima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Hi All, I just received the same receiver. Good product for all other features but not saving color display settings(hence my 1 star). Reverting to variable scan every time i turn the car off. This should not be happening. I called Crutchfield this morning and I am the first one to notify them. They were not aware of this issue.



    Great Unit Other than Color Display Settings...

    Zac from Shelbyville, KY on 4/19/2011

    2003 GMC Sierra 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Awesome Unit EXCEPT... I had the same problem as earlier reviewer. When you change the color display to a single, fixed color rather than the changing multi-color display, after 5 minutes or so of the truck being turned off, the unit changes back to the ever- changing rainbow of colors. I bought the unit so I could match the color to my existing interior lights, and I can't stand that the unit is always changing colors. I am guessing this is a glitch since its a new model, but I can't tolerate the changing colors... Everything else is awesome. Ipod/Iphone control works great and the unit is quick and responsive. I would love the unit if the display color would stay constant, but as is, I will be returning. Recommend to buy if you don't mind the colors changing!



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    LyingKing from Dallas on 4/19/2011

    2011 Honda Civic LX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Awesome radio, sounds great, plenty of options and controls, Ipod controls are good. Cons: I also cannot get the color to save (very annoying), display can get washed out in the sun.



    great receiver

    dj from Gainesville, GA on 4/17/2011

    2003 GMC Sierra 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Replaced my factory radio in 03 GMC Sierra crew cab HD. Found that the speakers were bad, too! Crutchfield allowed me to get the discount on 2 pair of Kenwood speakers!! WooHoo! New setup sounds great. No issues with fit -- DID NOT have to modify the dash as noted in installation notes! One issue remains... the receiver will not hold the display color setting (frustrating) even after trying multiple times following the manual. Demo mode must be turned off first (which I did). The custom color remains as long as I don't turn off the truck for more than 5 min or so. If I come back later in the day, the display always reverts to the continuously varied color scheme. Other settings are retained (presets, clock, etc...). Kenwood USA troubleshooting said I was doing it all correctly (not helpful). Other than that, the sound and speakers are fantastic. It's a great sounding receiver.




    Jason from port charlotte, FL on 4/16/2011

    2004 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    fast delivery. easy to install. looks great. have mach 460 stereo and this made the speakers much clearer and crisp.. fantastic product highly recommend.. also its super easy to use ipod functions makes it easy on the road.



    New model

    DJ from Gainesville, GA on 4/15/2011

    Installed in 03 GMC p/u crew cab replacing factory radio. Fits in dash well with kit. Use the bezel from the included installation pack from Crutchfield. Also used the GM wiring adapter suggested to retain alert chimes-- easy! Also installed 4 Kenwood KFC-1662S 3-way speakers because factory speakers were bad (non functional). Sound is really great... contrary to some reviews on the speakers. Clean highs, nice bass, don't need heavy bass boost. 2 problems... receiver will not retain custom color display settings after truck is turned off for a few minutes. Other settings (station presets, clock) are retained. Followed manual steps exactly. Colors can be set and will stay when manually turning off radio and then back on. They just go back to continual color change after the truck is turned off for 5 min. or so. Yellow constant battery power wire seems to be good since clock and presets stay in memory. I even tried the complete receiver reset/reboot button, but no change. Ipod control is great. Just takes a little time to get used to the control sequence on the display. I would buy/recommend again... just know about the color display issue. The sound is great!




    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 volts
    Display Color Variable
    Key Button Color Variable
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 90 Days
    Labor Warranty 90 Days
    FM Sensitivity 11.2 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No

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    Display Features
    Audio Section
    Radio Functions
    Disc Playback
    USB/iPod/Aux Connectivity
    Remote Control
    Optional Software

    Display Features

    2-DIN Chassis: The DPX308 has a 2-DIN chassis (also known as "Double DIN"), and will fit in many vehicles with a large dash opening. The unit can be ISO-mounted using factory brackets, or Euro-mounted using the supplied mounting sleeve.

    Note: As always, please consult the Crutchfield Car Selector to verify fit with your vehicle.

    1-Line, 13-Digit FL Display: The Kenwood DPX308U is equipped with a 1-line, 13-digit fluorescent display.

    Variable Color Illumination: The Kenwood DPX308U features variable color display and button illumination. You can choose from one of 24 preset colors, have the unit scan through all 24 preset colors continuously, or customize your own color (RGB: 0-9). The display and button illumination can be set to the same color or set independently.

    Dimmer: The dimmer function will dim this unit's display and button illumination automatically when you connect the orange/white Illumination wire of this player and the vehicle light switch is turned On. You can also choose to dim the display manually.

    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.

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

    Audio Section

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The Kenwood DPX308U utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior CD sound quality.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood DPX308U 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 DPX308U 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 (200 total watts)

    Rotary Volume Control: The CD receiver uses a rotary volume control that increases and decreases the volume of the stereo from 0 to 35. The rotary knob also controls other audio settings such as 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).

    System Q Sound Control: 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 (10kHz). You can choose from the following preset EQ curves - Rock, Pops, Easy, Top 40, Jazz, Natural, Game, and User.

    Detail Audio Control: The Kenwood DPX308U features independent Bass, Treble and Midrange control when the System Q Sound Control is in User mode. The Detail Audio Control allows you to adjust the following settings for the Bass, Treble and Mid frequency levels.

    3-Band EQ Detailed Audio Settings
    Center Frequency Q-Factor Bass Extension Level
    Bass 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 100, 120, or 150 Hz 1.00, 1.25, 1.50, or 2.00 On/Off -8 to +8
    Midrange 0.5k, 1.0k, 1.5k, or 2.0k Hz 1.00 or 2.00 N/A
    Treble 10.0k, 12.5k, 15.0k, or17.5k Hz N/A N/A

    Bass Boost: In addition, The Kenwood CD receiver features a Bass Boost control that can be set to the following 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, Tuner, USB/iPod, and Aux).

    Supreme Setting: When MP3/WMA/AAC 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.

    Selectable 2V Preamp Outputs: The DPX308U features Front and Rear/SW preamp outputs. The Rear/SW preamp output allows you to adjust from a full-range rear speaker preamp output to a low-pass, non-fading subwoofer preamp output.

    Subwoofer Controls: The Kenwood DPX308U 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 DPX308U 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 DPX308U 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 DPX308U's tuner features 3 FM banks (1, 2, 3) and 1 AM bank for storing presets. The Kenwood DPX308U 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 stations can be assigned to a total of 6 preset buttons, regardless of AM/FM band. You can 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.

    Direct Access Tuning: Using the included remote control, you can directly enter a station's frequency from the remote's numeric keypad.

    Forced Mono: This function reduces the noise when stereo broadcasts are received as monaural.

    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/AAC Playback: The DPX308U can play MP3 (8-320 kbps), WMA (32-192 kbps), and AAC (8-320 kbps) audio files recorded on CD-ROM, CD-R, and CD-RW discs in ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, Romeo, and Long file name formats. Each disc should have a maximum of 8 directory levels, 50 folders, and 255 files per folder with a maximum of 512 files and folders. During MP3/WMA/AAC  playback, the unit displays recorded ID3 Tag (ver. 1.x/2.x) information. The head unit will display up to 60 characters.

    Text Scroll: The DPX308U will display CD text or Audio file text. You can set the text scrolling feature to two different modes (Auto or Manual) to scroll longer titles across the screen.

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

    Direct Music Search: The supplied IR wireless remote control (RC-405) allows you to search for music directly by entering the track number.

    Playback Modes: The Kenwood DPX308U 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: The CD player will automatically reinsert the disc if it's ejected, but not removed for 20 seconds or more.

    USB/iPod/Aux Connectivity

    USB Port: The Kenwood DPX308U features a front-panel USB (1.1/2.0) type-A port that is hidden behind a sliding cover. The USB port enables connection and control of a portable USB mass-storage class device with MP3 (8-320 kbps), WMA (32-192 kbps), and AAC (8-320 kbps) music files. The USB port is compatible with all USB mass storage class devices that support the FAT16 or FAT32 file system. Your USB device should only have a maximum of 8 directory levels, 255 folders, and 255 files per folder with a maximum of 65,025 files and folders. During MP3/WMA/AAC playback, the unit displays recorded ID3 Tag (ver. 1.x/2.x)  information. The head unit will display up to 60 characters. The DPX308U will also charge your connected USB device's battery, when the head unit is powered up.

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

    iPod/iPhone Direct Connection: The DPX308U'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 DPX308U.

    iPod/iPhone Audio Playback: 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 110dB. The Kenwood head unit supports audio playback of music files and podcasts stored on your iPod or iPhone.

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

    • Music Browsing: The Kenwood 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%).
    • Playlists: You can create your own custom iPod/iPhone playlist (up to 10 songs) from the head unit.
    • Related Search: You can browse for music of the same artist or genre as the one being currently played. You can select between the following Related Search modes.
      • Search Artist: displays albums of the same artist
      • Search Album: display music in the album in which the one being played is included
      • Search Genre: displays artists of the same genre
      • Search Composter: displays albums including music created by the same composer
    • Repeat & Random: The head unit supports Repeat (file) & Random (folder/all) playback functions of your connected iPod/iPhone.

    iPod/iPhone Display: The DPX308U 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 DPX308U will not display your iPod/iPhone's music information (the head unit will instead display iPod MODE).

    iPod/iPhone Charging: While connected and the ignition switch is set to ACC or ON, the head unit's USB connection will power and charge your iPod/iPhone.

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

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Kenwood DPX308U is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of November 2011):

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

    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 wait until a newer software update is available.

    Aux In: The 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 DPX308U allows you to select the source type displayed when using the auxiliary input. You can choose from AUX, DVD, Portable, Game, Video, or TV.

    Remote Control

    Wireless Remote Control: The DPX308U comes with an IR remote control (RC-405) for wireless operation of the head unit. The remote will control Audio, CD, USB, and Tuner functions. It is powered by a single CR2025 3V lithium-cell battery (supplied).

    • Numeric Keypad: The wireless remote control features a numeric keypad (0-9) which allows direct track access of your music tracks & files (from CD or USB), as well as AM/FM presets.
    • Attenuator: The CD receiver features an Attenuator button on the supplied remote control that turns the volume down very quickly with one touch of the button.

    Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The 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-RC Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (541SWIRC, 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.

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