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Variable illumination and a lot more
The right illumination color can really make a new receiver look at home in your dashboard. Kenwood's KDC-352U CD receiver is the first model in their 2012 lineup with variable-color illumination. You can choose a color that matches your vehicle's illumination, or pick something totally wild — it's a cool feature to have, but that's not all this receiver offers.
Loads of media options
If you tune into your iPod® or iPhone® for your music, you won't miss a beat with this Kenwood in your car. Just plug your player into the convenient front-panel USB input, and you'll enjoy outstanding control right from the receiver. If you're a Pandora® Internet radio fan, you can even pick from your favorite stations when your iPhone's connected.
Kenwood sound quality
Your iPod was designed to work with earbuds, not car speakers. When you're connected via USB, the KDC-352U bypasses your iPod's internal digital-to-analog converter, sending the digital data to the Kenwood's superior 24-bit converter. Your music will sound more natural and lifelike.
Your iPod isn't the end of your listening options, though. You can liven up your drive by loading in a disc full of music files, or by jacking another device into the front-panel aux input.
You'll hear the difference
This Kenwood dishes out a lot more power than most factory stereos, so you'll enjoy sharper imaging, better stereo separation, and cleaner reproduction. And your tone controls will take a step up too — just compare the treble and bass knobs on most car stereos with the KDC-352U's 3-band EQ, high- and low-pass filters, and selectable bass boost, along with settings that let you customize the output to fit your car's speaker setup.
Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?
In most vehicles, you can an adapter (not included) 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.
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.
is a great stereo and amp sounds nice and clear iPod connection .prices are very good and shipping is free to Hawaii best deals.
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is a great stereo and amp sounds nice and clear iPod connection .prices are very good and shipping is free to Hawaii best deals.
Kenwood is quality. All my vehicles have Kenwood systems installed and this unit has all the necassary bells and whistles needed for todays audio geek. (i.e. smartphone usage)
Pros: It's a Kenwwod.
this is the best bang for your buck radio I have ever experinced...with the instructions & ease of installation...it is great...
Pros: love it...
Tuner is excellent for weak college radio stations. Sound quality is great in CD section
Pros: Looks, simple operation
Cons: Some controls are confusing.
love the sound of this stereo ,has easy to use controlls ,and also like the color display choices
Pros: easy to install ,sounds great
This is the best bang for your buck. Ken wood always sounds good and this was super cheap
VERY GOOD BUY. VERY GOOD QUALITY EQUIPMENT. RECOMMEND IT.
Works great no complants
Its everything you would want in a CD Receiver
I had trouble with displaying the clock at first, it took me a while to see the button for the display. That is why I am techno challenged. Otherwise, it was a breeze to set up. Haven't used it a lot yet, but so far, so good. No problems, and it sounds much better than the stock radio. Now for some better speakers........
Bought this for my husband and he loved it! Love the different display colors and a great price too!
Great upgrade. My wife needed something that worked with her phone, and this fit the bill perfectly. As a longtime Kenwood user, there were not any surprises. The use of the unit hasn't changed much over the past 20 years. There are just more bells and whistles.
Pros: Easy to use. My wife figured it out in minutes. iPhone interface is good, and the sound is nice.
Cons: Colors are ok, but could be better.
Easy to learn the switches and settings, great sound, detachable faceplate (with soft storage cover). Love the changing hues in the background lighting. Easy to use my I pod and the installation kit was designed perfectly; wires matched up exactly to my car. Highly Recommended!
Pros: Great sound and a definite do-it-yourself project with the free kits. Crutchfield always takes care of the customer.
I have always liked Kenwood stereos. I bought this for my girl and she jus loves it. Says its very easy to use and loves the sound and quality of it. She also says its better than my Kenwood stereo actually it is. So its time to upgrade but she dont know that yet. Vince Chicago IL.
Pros: User friendly and a lot of nice features
Cons: Dont really have anything negative to say about this stereo
This is a great radio for the money, fit great in my toyota pickup.
Pros: Differant color features
Installed easy and sound great
Does everything it's advertised to do, and looks good doing it. Installed it myself in less than an hour.
Pros: Easy to install. Great sound.
It is great love it
Pros: easy to work
Awesome radio for the price. I'm an owner of an Iphone 5 and it works great.
Pros: Price, quality, features.
Replaced a factory head unit in my subaru legacy, and it sounds amazing now!
Pros: Lots of colors, plenty of audio adjustments
Cons: Only displays time when you select the option
I just love it
Pros: Everything the new technology is great
Great unit to replace the factory radio in my 2001 Blazer. Factory unit would struggle to play CD's with even minor scratches, this Kenwood plays them all no problem. The radio reception is stronger too. I do wish the display would show the time AND radio station or CD track number. Maybe it can and I haven't figured it out yet? An odd complaint I have, the volume knob has smooth edges on it, so I can't adjust volume with one finger by spinning the dial. I have to grab it with 2 fingers and turn it, if it was textured like a quarter, it wouldn't be an issue.
Pros: Easy set up, nice display that isn't too flashy, able to color match the lights. Not sure what the "coolness factor" means. I didn't buy this to brag to the neighborhood kids about it.
The install went great in my MKIV Jetta, no problems there. The issues I feel relevant to discuss revolve around a few issues: Why was this changer was recommended; I don't own Iphone therefore Pandora option is worthless. The only other issues are a clarity issue and ability to tune in the sound. Yes A great price for what you receive, yet not the quality I wanted. I should have saved more money. In all, a good upgrade from stock, yet to meet my need for clarity I'm dumping more cash for 4 Polk DB6501 component speakers and an Alpine amp.
Pros: - Increased quality of sound greatly. - Can stream Pandora through my Galaxy III and charge phone if needed. - without an amp still puts out a nice sound yet becomes distorted quickly when volume is increased.
Cons: - Unit is geared to IPhone users (Pandora option is worthless and so are the downloadable S3 programs) - Why did Crutchfield recommend this when Im not an Iphone user? - Although quality of sound has increased from my non-monsoon OEM unit, I still don't have the clarity I wanted. - Not able to tune in a great sound.
If you are looking to upgrade your factory radio then this one would be a good place to start. Its definitely an upgrade in looks and sound. It has 3 outputs for perfect separation of channels should you upgrade with aftermarket amps. The user interface is how it should be when upgrading from OEM radios especially when you don't like a whole bunch of features. I am satisfied with this Kenwood and I thought i might be disappointed because of the price. Its worth the money in low end stereos. Kenwood did good with this one.
Pros: Easy to use, looks good, and its a Kenwood
Cons: The buttons for Pandora thumbs up should have been backlit.
Excellent value for the price. I have an older model of this radio in my other car which is the reason I purchased this. Very easy to set up and very easy to use. iPod controls work flawlessly and the aux jack is conveniently located in the front of the unit. Color changing is another nice feature so you can color match according to your interior lights.
Pros: Low price, easy to use, detachable face, pandora ready.
preaty good sound for the price
I replaced my factory 1999 Jeep Wrangler with this unit. All the necessary parts from Crutchfield were included. The challenge with install is the diagram provided with the Kenwood instructions--specifically the harness connector and what to connect to. The interface to access your options is easy, just push the main knob; I am only having tuning the radio via Direct mode--i can't find it. In addition to Pandora, I also can listen to Songza, Music Unlimited, and any other music app when in Ipod mode. The only thing negative about the 352U is the cheap plastic material these are made of. My Kenwood headunit KRC555 (circa 1988) was made of hard steel and industructable. I hooked up my new 352U with Kicker DS46 on the front panels, and Sound Ordnance P-52 for the roll bar; both 500% better than factory. I shopped around for best value between Crutchfield and another online retailer for the headunit and speakers. Although the other retailer initially appears to be a better cost, they nickle and dime you with all the essential parts that Crutchfield gives you free, and tech support, and all shipped in one box. Go with Crutchfield!
Pros: Great value Great Crutchfield Install instructions
Cons: Can't find Direct mode for AM/FM tuning
Installed this into a 1997 Nissan Pathfinder. Got the special OEM Amplifier Integration (had Bose system and I did not replace the speakers) piece as well as the dash kit. The directions for wiring were a bit sketchy, but with a couple calls to customer support, I was up and going. The first support call left out a very important detail, but the second filled in the missing link. A couple notes: 1. I got the stereo, antenna adapter, the dash kit and the OEM Amplifier Integration piece for less than $150. out the door 2. Although the first tech guy missed a vital piece of info, the tech support did get my project wrapped up 3. Missing link was this: Make sure you put the Back/White wire in with the two black wires (3 wires total) as well as put the Blue/White wires and the Blue wire from the wiring harness, that plugs into the factory plugs, together (3 wires total) and DO NOT use the blue wire from the Kenwood's wiring. My power antenna would not work without connecting the Blue/White + Blue wire like this. 4. I had to fiddle with the dash kit a bit and do some shaving on the black piece of plastic that snaps on the front of the opening under the stereo. I would say it looks about 95% professionally installed (a small gap here and there) which is an improvement over the Bose stereo's missing buttons and pen that was shoved into the tape deck to stop it from making noises when the vehicle was turned on.
Pros: Plenty of customization Looks great Super price
Cons: Took one week for it to arrive It did not say in any of the directions to put some of those wires together.
At first this unit looked promising, but that didn't last long. I quickly discovered that in addition to not dimming like the factory radio's display did, this HU's display is all but impossible to read in anything approaching direct sun. The button lighting colors are adjustable, but the display itself is always the same washed out white no matter what. In addition, my vehicle doesn't have any other clock, so I rely on the radio for this pretty basic functionality. Unfortunately it doesn't display time when it's turned off (like every other radio does), and to make maters worse, every time it starts a new track, it switches from the clock to a bunch of worthless "song info" like "folder 123". It does switch back on it's own, but it is amazingly frequent that when I look down to check the time I have to wait for the display to switch back to it. All of that would have been bad enough, but the unit has always been a bit quriky. At first I thought it was just me needing to get used to the interface, but it's gotten worse over the 5 months that I've owned it. Among other things, I can't even change tracks. Track forward or track back on CD will result in all audio ceasing, "reading" being displayed, and after about 10 seconds the source being changed to USB on it's own. If I'm already on USB, I get a dim flash of jibberish on the display, a short pause in audio, and then whatever was playing resumes. I'm VERY disappointed. I'll DEFINITELY be trying a different brand.
Pros: Some flexibility in lighting colors (but only buttons, not the display) Audio quality is decent Menus are reasonably laid out
Cons: Extremely poor overall reliability Display doesn't dim with dash lights like factory radio Display is completely illegible in sunlight Annoying switching from clock to "track data" every time it starts a new track No clock when it's turned off (combined with the above complaint means that there is no "reliable" clock option) Clock seems to drift ahead over time at the rate of about 1 minute every 3-4 weeks Won't change tracks correctly (or at all now) Never did cycle through menus quite r
Great product! Typical Kenwood quality-have never gone wrong with these guys. Crutchfield....great company!!
This unit was an outstanding value! Unit has a host of features and excellent sound quality; menu's are a little difficult to learn at first, but are easy to navigate once you get used to their patterns. There are several preset EQ patterns and several user options that allow you to customize this for your vehicle and speaker set-up. Highly recommend this unit for the price, quality, and value.
Still new to the stereo, but it plays CD's great, the tuner sounds great. It's quite a jump technologically from what it replaced, so I'm still learning.
Pros: Fits perfectly. Sounds great-or at least as good as my factory speakers allow it to sound.
Cons: Radio station buttons are fairly small and hard to operate.
I feel like I found a diamond in this world of cheep junk and over priced garbage. Looks great, sounds great, super easy to use. Easy install in my 02' Toyota Tundra. Huge improvement in sound quality. The Crutchfield Instruction sheet is 100% accurate and easy to use.
Kenwood and Crutchfield . . . two names that mean quality, performance and satisfaction. I purchased this radio to replace one in my daughter's 1991 F150 Supercab. It was the last piece of the customization process on her 'baby'. It turned out to be the icing on the cake! She and her friends are highly impressed, so how could I not be? The fact that Crutchfield included (at no additional cost), detailed instructions, the wiring harness adapter, and the mounting adapter, My next sound purchase? I don't know yet, but Crutchfield will be the source, believe me!
Pros: Sound, quality of the build, iPod integration, appearance, and the ability to use thumb drives mean fewer CD's to be damaged by careless storage.
Cons: Sorry, there just don't seem to be any cons to mention.
Great tuner and great instructions for install
My only gripe about this unit is user friendliness. The controls are a bit confusing, and some make no sense, especially the button for the on/off. Had I known how confusing it is, I would have bought something different. Don't get me wrong, other than that, it's a good unit and a good value, and the sound is excellent. But I'm sure there's other units/brands out there that cost about the same, sound as good, that have easier controls, and an easier-to-navigate menu.
Pros: Sound, value, appearance.
Cons: Confusing controls, more trouble to switch between functions (CD, radio, etc.) than it should be, way to easy to accidentally get in to the "settings" mode, harder to navigate the menu than it should be. And really, should it be so hard to turn it on or off? I push the volume control knob in to turn it off (like is common among car stereos), and it switches to the "settings" mode.
It does everything I wanted. Easy to use and configure.
This radio completely transformed my 2003 eclipse gts. I was worried about the stock infinity amp being in the equation and was looking to bypass it. I hooked up this Kenwood and WOW seriously the system is crisp and clear with nice clean bass. I Highly recommend this radio to anyone looking to upgrade from their stock radio. I will also be upgrading my door speakers , I have already done the rears. Very Impressed with the Kenwood.
Pros: Great Sound, Good Build Quality, Ipod Integration** Thats Big For Me, Price, Looks
So many good features and a great display! It's functions are very deep and well thought out.... The search feature is a little cumbersome if u are driving down the road but the remote is more useful than u might think. All the RCA outs are fantastic giving u so many different options for amps ect. I am still exploring all that it can do.......so worth the price! Put this in a 2004 Nissan Altima and love it.
Pros: All u can want in a unit in this category....it's miles ahead of the rest......
Cons: Search is a bit deep with a lot of button pushing....pull off the road or just let it play
This headunit is a great buy. I bought it to give my 2000 z28 a cleaner look and man it did that and more. It beefed up the sound as well as quality and it just looks nice. I recommend this unit to everyone and anyone.
Cons: Nothing that I've noticed
Excellent cd player that is easy to use and understand.
Pros: Ease of use.
Cons: Plain graphic display but what do you expect for that excellent price.
This unit looks great and makes my speakers sound way better
Great Product and the Crutchfield team is very efficient. The suggestions while ordering is perfect. I would definitely recommend Crutchfield.
harness was right on, instructions easy enough to understand and follow. I needed a small extension for the antennae jack since the factory unit has it on the right side, whereas the kenwood has it on the left side.
My very first head unit that I bought for my 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix and I could not have chosen a better one! I love how easy it is to use and how great it sounds. I also love the way it changes colors, looks extra cool at night :)
Pros: Everything about it!
Cons: Absolutley nothing!
Great deck for the price. The one knob is the only thing that keeps it from being a 5. The best is the Crutchfield service. The deck came with all the adapters and instructions that made installation a snap. That the replacement faceplate and harnesses came with the deck at no extra charge made this a fantastic deal.
I got this deck for my girlfriend and she is in love with the deck more than me i think!! The pandora feature is a really good sweet touch and its easy to operate
Pros: visual color scheme and quality
I am most impressed with this radio and with how easy it was to install (in a 2002 Honda Accord), thanks to Crutchfield's support. The instructions were explicit, which is important - if there is something to screw up doing something like that, I will do it. But it went smoothly, and I am very pleased with the final product. Functionally, it is excellent. Sound quality is as good as could be expected given the factory speakers in the Accord (and it does sound better than the original unit). The logic in using the unit is a little strange until you get used to it, and then it's pretty straightforward. All in all, I'm very glad I bought this Kenwood stereo.
Love this cd player.Sound great in our 2000 beetle.Takes a little time to figure out all the settings but after that plays great.Would buy for our other car when we need new one to put in.
Pros: Price and sound.
For the sub $125 range, this is a killer deal! Add in the value of the install kit and wire harness, it's the obvious choice here. With all the support, free shipping, and over all great service, you would expect to pay a premium for such good service, but yet, Crutchfield can even beat stores like Wal-Mart on the price! I don't know how you guys do it, but bar none.... the top of the food chain here! But back to the radio, this is really a sweet radio and although I just have an older iPod right now, I will be upgrading to the iPhone in a month. The way this radio works with the i-phone/pod is short of amazing! With all the controls running right off the radio, this is just perfect for me! I will say though, the makers of these radios need to get on the ball and start adding a rear USB plug standard. Although I am using the pocket above the radio to house my iPod via a short cable, I would be longing for a rear plug to hide the USB cord for a slick install. I also installed 4 Kenwood speakers with this new radio and am already longing for maybe an amp and small sub.... Crutchfield... you have created a monster! I am almost 40, not a teen.... yet I am stoked about my new stereo! Thank you all! P.S. Do yourself a HUGE favor... buy the clear twist barrel connectors that Crutchfield sells. I always solder and heatshrink wires, but these new connectors are amazing and are the perfect choice to install your new radio. I HIGHLY recommend these.
Pros: iPod, iPhone and Pandora right from the radio? AWESOME! Add in the ability to play large gig memory sticks of MP3's or disks? You will never look at a "CD Holder" again!
Cons: Very little.... I really thing all the makers need to step up and add rear USB ports, I mean... computers stick them all over the place, monitors... keyboards even! Why are these radios stuck with just one?
Love my kenwood! Super easy install thanks to crutchfield, great sound quality, and very easy to use. Only thing that was tuff about my install was disconnecting the wire harness clips from my a/c and heat controls.Those things just didn't want to come off. But after that it was easy. Deck sounds great and with all the color combos I found a match with my dash lights. Works awesome with my iPhone, Thanks crutchfield!
Pros: Sound, lights, easy install, easy iPhone navigation.
The receiver is just what was expected and sounds just fine with the stock Tacoma speakers. The best thing about the purchase was the ease of installation. I have horror stories I can tell about attempted installs and dashboard take downs all the way back to the days of eight track tape players. I was amazed how easy Crutchfield made the whole operation. Nice job guys. Just a couple of things. If the truck has standard shift the console complicates the install just a bit. Also, the pocket under the radio could be angled down in back a bit more, things tend to slide out. Both of these are easy to deal with, I hesitate to mention them but clearly Crutchfield strives to exceed expectations.
Pros: Good sound Very easy install
Cons: Need smaller fingers to operate controls
I am very happy with this receiver. I especially like to plug in my iPod and control it directly from the receiver.
Pros: Good solid receiver
Best $ I've spent this summer. Great product with awesome features. Easy to install and use. Can't go wrong with this one.
This is by far the best money i have spent yet. I give it up to Crutchfield for doing an excellent job with everything. The first aftermarket headunit i bought was installed incorrectly by a professional that they said they knew how to do. It ended up blowing the 12v wire cause the amp ground was not connected the the chassis ground. I installed this myself, it was a peace of cake. Thanks to Crutchfield with there master guide. I will definitely tell people to buy from Crutchfield from now on. Thank you Crutchfield!!!
Good value. Was easy to install. works Great
Pros: Front USB and Aux. input.
Cons: None so far
the unit was very easy to hook up . it sounds great. it looks great. i love it.
Pros: i love everything about it
In very many ways this is a great unit. However, it is not always the easiest to use when attaching an external player. A single control knob with clicks needs to be done right, and Kenwood didn't do it right. They got close, but not close enough for me.
Pros: Capable of working with iPhone & iPod albeit not seamlessly. Good sound and great features.
Cons: Single control knob with push-to-click not quite a seamless control for connected devices.
I was a little worried when I saw all the wires. It was very easy to replace my Ford factory stereo with the one I bought from Crutchfield. The instructions were very easy to follow. Took about 45 minutes to do. I was surprised how much better my factory speakers sounded. I love to be able to plug my iPod and iPhone in and listen to music while my device is being charged.
Pros: Great install instruction improved sound
Cons: Do like that I can't change the main display color for the clock. It can be hard to read on bright sunny days.
I HATE aftermarket stereos as a rule, but this one had me thoroughly impressed. After installing it and finding out about its seemingly endless range of functions/features, I couldn't believe it didn't retail for three times what I paid. I have a '99 Cherokee Classic (without the upgraded factory audio), so right now the headunit is powering the factory speakers, and to my surprise, sounds good--better than the factory deck did, and I have no amplifier (this unit actually allows you to select your speaker setup under settings, and I selected "OEM"). I just haven't had the time to replace the speakers, so I will go ahead and do that because the factory speakers just don't seem to have the clarity I want, but so far I'm really impressed. The speaker set-up I am going with is 5.25" Pioneers in the front doors and 5.25" Alpines in the rear roof. It sounds good now, and I anticipate that it will sound incredible once I put those new speakers in.
Pros: I matched the color of my factory lighting/displays with one of the headunit's 25 color choices; fairly easy operability; TONS of acoustic adjustments, including Hz levels; substantial feeling of quality on faceplate controls; easy/thorough manipulation of iPod through deck.
Cons: One or two of the buttons could have been a little bigger for adult male fingers; so many settings and menus and submenus that playing with the settings is, at times, confusing. But the Android phone-styled "back" button sort of makes up for that...
This is the best car stereo I have ever owned! I have had 6 cars and put new sound systems in each of them, and this one rocks! It looks great with the lights that you can customize however you like, the nobs and buttons just look slick, it looks great. Now to talk performance... Just wow! This deck sounds crystal clear coming out of my component speakers, I had the speakers before the deck, and man what a difference this deck made in sound quality! I love how I can choose to control my phones music using my phone while plugged in via USB! My phone was meant for music and the controls are great! Why would I want to use anything else?
Pros: Looks great, sounds great, works great! Ability to control music using phone when connected via USB!
The Kenwood KDC-352U is exactly what it purports itself to be, a simple, easy to use media head unit. It creates wonderful sound, the bass boost actually adds a degree of depth to the music your listening to, rather than simply "muddy" the experience. It's controls are fairly intuitive and easy to use. I've been using Kenwood products off and on for 30+ years and have never been disappointed...if crisp, clean sound, easy navigation and value are at the top of your selection criteria....you owe it to yourself to give this deck serious consideration!
Pros: Very nice fidelity, easy use menus and no over powering face plate lights
Cons: Can't brew a cup of coffee.....seriously, no cons thus far.
I spent 45 min installing and and hour figuring out the controls .... Slick radio for the money
Pros: easy to install
I'm a big fan of kenwood decks, been running them for over a decade. With each new deck I'm always a bit fearful that they'll somehow try to make it a little too fancy, a little too quirky, or just outright mess it up somehow like I've seen with sony's, pioneers, etc. But they always surprise me with their quality, their easy to use menus, and great sound. I'm a big fan of this deck, and love being able to change the colors on it to roughly match the surrounding dash.
Pros: Change the colors, still very high quality and easy to use
Cons: Color change takes a second or two, so have to be just slightly patient.
This unit replaced the stock unit in my Montero Sport, powering 4 Kenwood Components. I am totally blown away by the sound quality of this unit and I believe it was well worth the expense. The Ipod connectivity is great because the head unit overrides the Ipod controls, so I tucked my Ipod out of sight. With 3 sets of preamp outs I can add front, rear, and sub amps if I wanted. The controls on this unit are great, though you will have to spend a little time and tinker with the controls ahead of time because there is some navigation involved. Overall I am extremely satisfied with this product. Crutchfield provided everything I needed to make this installation as easy as possible. If you're in the market for a new head unit, don't pass this one up!
Pros: Great Value, Fully customizable, color changing, lots of preamp outputs
Cons: None! Now I have to buy more music to run this thing!
For the price,;excellent power, features, and, value
Pros: decent power, good media player
Very pleased. This fit my Mini Cooper perfectly. I was able to adjust the display color to match the dash lights. If you are installing this in a Mini don't forget to attach the blue wire to the white antenna amp wire.
Pros: very happy
a little complicated to use till you use it for a few hours. Love the versatility and wiring was a litteral snap with Crutchfield accessories. Like others, if the factory bracket is missing...good luck, you'll have to get creative, but it can be done.
wow for the price this head unit does the job
Pros: has 6 channel preamp outputs
Cons: none at all
For the price I don't think u can go wrong at all with this receiver. I installed it in my 2003 f250 XL and even with just the two factory speakers it sounds great, I agree with another reviewer , it made the factory speakers sound better. The installation could not be more straight forward, and thanks to crutchfield it was absolutely painless. If you want to deal with a company that still understands customer service crutchfield is the only way to go.
Pros: Iphone/USB hook up, color changing display, sound quality
Cons: I didn't buy it sooner!
This unit gave me more power to push the speakers. It fitted perfectly into my 2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee with the hardware sent by Crutchfield. The sound was very impressive. Being primarily a jazz lisener, it was perfect for bringing out the crisp highs along with vibrant mids and a bold but not overwhelming presence on the lows. The unit was suggested by a Crutchfield rep after much discussion with me about what I was looking to acheive and it was the perfect choice at a good value.
Pros: High quality sound with more power. Colorful display facing and easy to understand operational functions.
The radio was a little harder to install. Has several new features I have never used and kind of small buttons.
Pros: Looks good. Great sound. A clear upgrade from factory radio-CD player.
Cons: Sodering and taping wires and removing back bracket.
this headunit is awesome. I've always been a huge Kenwood fan because there products are great and so are there prices. sounds great. and the color changing is cool. I have it set to scroll colors so it's constantly changing.
Pros: color change to match the dash
Cons: really can't think of one.
this a good stereo good sound for the value, but I had to find it myself the crutchfield people had nothing to say about it
Sure, I like features just like other people, but good sound is the most important thing for me. This unit has a very rich sound, perhaps somewhat due to the fact I have front and rear Bose speakers......still, my original unit never sounded near this good. Slip in the CD Dire Straits: On the Night (live), dial in Brothers in Arms, and you'll understand what I'm saying.
Pros: Very rich sound, nice features layout, "cool" lighting, can plug in a flash drive or iPod
Cons: bottom row of buttons a little small
i love that you have different option to play your ipod thru the usb or aux cord
I love this unit. I was looking for something inexpensive that met my needs - plenty of outputs, if I wanted to add more; a direct port access to iPod, with radio controls to control the iPod; regular radio stations; and a CD player. I got all of that, plus some. The changing colors on the face plate are pretty amazing, I love that little feature, and I really love the iPod controls. I'm still figuring out all of the buttons and finding new stuff daily.
Pros: Easy to use, Great iPod controls
Cons: Doesn't quickly turn off if you need a fast silence, like if your phone is ringing; however, there is a volume reducing button on the remote control that has a similar function.
I've always been a Pioneer fan, but this Kenwood had the features I was looking for at a great price. I am really impressed with the ease of operation, and how the whole unit seems to be well constructed. Recommended for other Pioneer fans when they want to try something new.
Pros: Ease of use and great features at a good price point
Cons: I wish the display color would change with the button colors, but it's not a deal breaker for this price.
Great head unit for the money.
I Received this product today from Crutchfield swapped it with my old stock stereo in my Hyundai Tiburon 2007. Simply just unplugged the old one and plugged this one in.. BOOM instantly working now I can listen to music from my iPhone 4! AWESOME
Pros: No more cd's!! And pandora radio is a plus
I love this stereo! Works great with my iPhone! I can listen to my favorite music!!
This is a great unit. Easy to use and full of functions.
Crutchfield does it again! Just purchased the KDC-352U with the Crutchfield Advisor Chuck's help. INstalled in a 2006 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. Chuck was very thorough and and answered all my questions. Placed the order on Saturday, received it on Wednesday. Friday night I decided to begin installation. Was able to remove factory radio pretty quickly, then Saturday am completed the install. The Master Sheet was a HUGE help (I haven't installed a car radio in over 2 decades). INstructions were accurate and easy to follow (of, a Jeep Wrangler is a pretty simple vehicle, but still...). Powered up, sounds great!! Will definitely have to replace the factory speakers (dash, roll bar, and sub), but this thing rocks! Very easy and intuitive to operate and control. All I really wanted was to be able to connect my iPod, and that's a breeze - I love that I can control it from the head unit, even a full random. So with less than one day use, very pleased, will update my review as it warrants. Big thanks to Crutchfield!
Pros: Easy to install, easy to use, sounds great so far!
Cons: None so far.
|Android Control||USB MSC protocol|
|Memory Card Slot||USB memory|
|Satellite Radio Ready||No|
|RMS Power (CTA-2006)||N/A|
|RMS Power (Manufacturer)||---|
|Peak Output||50 watts|
|RMS Power Bandwidth||20-20KHz|
|Sub Preamp Outputs||Yes|
|Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs||No|
|Preamp Voltage||2.5 volts|
|Display Color||Bluish white|
|Key Button Color||Variable|
|Steering Wheel Control Compatible||Adapter required|
|Parts Warranty||90 Days|
|Labor Warranty||90 Days|
|FM Sensitivity||11.2 dBf|
|Radio Data System||No|
Detachable Face: The Kenwood KDC-352U 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 head unit features a single-line, 13-character, bluish-white backlit fluorescent display.
Variable Button Illumination: The Kenwood KDC-352U features variable color 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 custom setting allows you to individually adjust the intensity of Red, Green, and Blue (from 0-9) to better match your vehicle's interior lights. The Kenwood logo and eject button remain red.
Illumination Dimmer: The head unit's fluroescent display has two dimmers settings to adjust the brightness of the display according to the surrounding illumination. You can switch the display dimmer setting On or Off. The head unit's button illumination has an independent dimmer setting from the display which lets you set the button illumination dimmer to LVL1, LVL2, or Off. The Kenwood logo and eject button remain the same brightness.
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.
Demo Mode: This unit features a Demo mode which can be turned On or Off within the menu.
24 Bit D/A Converter: The Kenwood KDC-352U utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior CD sound quality.
MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood KDC-352U 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 KDC-352U are as follows:
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.
6ch/2.5V Preamp Outputs: The KDC-352U features front, rear and subwoofer 2.5-volt preamp outputs. The front and rear speaker preamp outputs are balance and fade adjustable. The subwoofer preamp output is non-fading. The front, rear, and subwoofer preamp outputs are fixed to the rear chassis of the head unit.
Front & Rear High-Pass Filter: The KDC-352U features an independent High-Pass Crossover for the front & rear channels when your front & rear speakers are connected by the unit's speaker-outputs or preamp-outputs. You can adjust the high-pass crossover from "Through", 100, 120, or 150 Hz. The "Through" selection is a full-range setting. This feature is very helpful when you have smaller-type speakers in the front and larger-type speakers installed in the rear of the vehicle.
Subwoofer Controls: The Kenwood KDC-352U offers the following subwoofer controls, when you have the unit's subwoofer preamp output activated.
Tel Mute: The KDC-352U features a cell-phone mute wire (tan) 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.
USB Port: The Kenwood KDC-352U 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 KDC-352U 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 Kenwood.com to your PC. The Kenwood Music Editor Light is compatible with the following Windows Microsoft Operating Systems.
Note: Not compatible with Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad, Zune, or Android.
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 unit has 3 auxiliary input modes.
Auxiliary Display: The KDC-352U allows you to select the source type displayed when using the auxiliary input. You can choose from AUX, DVD, Portable, Game, Video, or TV.
iPod Direct Connection: The KDC-352U'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 KDC-352U. If you have an iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), or iPhone 5; use the Lighting-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect to the head unit.
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.
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 KDC-352U 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 KDC-352U 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 KDC-352U 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 KDC-352U will not display your iPod/iPhone's music information (the head unit will instead display "APP/iPod").
iPod Charging: The 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 9/25/2012):
|iPod Model||Generation||Tested Version||Media Type||Control Type||Display Type||Pandora app||Charge|
|Audio||Video||Head Unit||iPod||App mode||Artist/Song Text||Track Info|
| clickwheel |
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.
Music Control for Android Smartphone: The Kenwood Music Control app for Android organizes your Android smartphone's music, while providing quick and easy search capability from the Kenwood CD receiver. The free Kenwood Music Control App for Android can be downloaded onto your Android smartphone from the Android Market place. Your Android smartphone must be running Android OS 2.2 or later. Once the app is downloaded and has a chance to organize all the stored music on your Android smartphone, you can connect your Android smartphone to the Kenwood CD receiver via USB (your compatible Android smartphone will be recognized as a USB mass storage class device). The Kenwood Music Control app offers the following Android supported functions.
Note: When the Kenwood Music Control app is first downloaded it will require some time to populate all the music, so we suggest doing this overnight.
Music Files Format Supported by Music Control app for Android:
|Codec||Extension||Bit Rate||Sampling Frequency|
|AAC||.aac, m4a||up to 160 kbps||8-48 kHz|
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 KDC-352U 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 KDC-352U 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 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.
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 KDC-352U features the following Repeat, Random, and Scan playback modes.
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.
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.
AM/FM Tuner: The Kenwood KDC-352U features a built-in AM/FM tuner. You can choose one of four tuning methods: Auto 1 (seek tuning), Auto 2 (cycles through and tunes the selected band's preset stations only with each button press), Manual Tune, or Direct Access (via remote).
Tuner Presets: The KDC-352U's tuner features 3 FM banks (1, 2, 3) and 1 AM bank for storing presets. The Kenwood KDC-352U offers two preset modes.
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: You can directly access an AM/FM station by entering in the frequency number using the include wireless remote control.
Mono Mode: The Mono mode improves the radio's FM reception, but the stereo effect will be lost.
Wireless Remote Control: The KDC-352U 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).
Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The head unit features an OEM steering wheel remote control input on the rear of the unit that lets you keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with an optional steering wheel audio control adapter (sold separately). Please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.
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