Detachable Face: The Kenwood KDC-448U 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.
Variable Color Illumination: The Kenwood KDC-448U
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 (1-24: 0-9). The display, button
illumination, and USB/Auxiliary input can be set to the same color or set
Note: You can switch the in-dash head unit's display between a positive or negative
effect. You can also adjust the display's contrast from 1-30.
Display Types: The KDC-448U offers five different display
- Type A: Displays 3 lines of text.
- Type B: Display 2 lines of text.
- Type C: Displays only the 12-hour clock and date.
- Type D: Displays the spectrum analyzer.
- Type E: Display is turned off.
Note: The Kenwood KDC-448U offers
English, French, and Spanish menu text.
Illumination Effects: The Kenwood KDC-448U offers two unique key-button illumination effects.
- Illumination Operation Sync: This function sets whether the head unit's key illumination color is changed in conjunction with the key-button operation.
- Illumination Music Sync: This function set whether the head unit's
key illumination color is changed in conjunction with the system's sound &
Dimmer: The dimmer function will dim this unit's display
automatically when the vehicle light switch is turned On when you connect
orange/white Illumination wire of this player. You can also choose to dim the
Clock/Date Display: The
in-dash CD receiver features a 12-hour clock and date (M/D/Y) display. You can
even set times for two different cities (dual clock display).
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
Log Function: This unit automatically memorizes previously used
functions and function settings, which can then be easily recalled from a list.
A maximum of 15 recently used functions are logged automatically. When this
limit is reached, the memorized functions are deleted from the oldest to newest.
You can select which functions are logged from the following list - Tuner, CD,
iPod, USB, Phone, Settings.
Note: You can lock the memory log function to prevent memorized
functions from being deleted from the list.
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-448U utilizes a
24-bit digital to analog converter for superior CD sound quality.
MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood KDC-448U 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-448U 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
Rotary Volume Control: The CD receiver uses a 7-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
Supreme Setting: When MP3, WMA, and 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.
Speaker Settings: The Speaker Setting function tailors the
System Q Sound Control settings according to the type of speakers in your
vehicle. You may select a Speaker Setting of "SP Off" (flat), "SP OEM" (for OEM
factory speaker systems), "SP 6x9/6" (for systems with 6" and 6"x9" speakers),
or "SP 5/4" (for systems with 4" and 5" speakers).
System 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 (12.5kHz). You can choose from the following preset EQ curves - Rock,
Pops, Easy, Top 40, Jazz, Natural, Game, and User.
Bass/Treble/Mid Control: The System Q's User Mode features
independent Bass (100 Hz), Treble (10 kHz), and Midrange (1 kHz) control from -
8 to +8 dB.
Bass Boost: The Kenwood CD receiver also features a Bass
Boost control that can be set to the following levels - LV11, 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, Aux, and
6ch/2.5V Preamp Outputs: The KDC-448U 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.
Note: You can turn the KDC-448U's built-in amplifier off to
improve the quality of the sound from the head unit's preamp outputs.
Front & Rear High-Pass Filter: The KDC-448U 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", 40, 60, 80, 100, 120, 150, or
180, 220Hz. 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-448U provides the
following subwoofer preamp output controls.
- Low-Pass Filter: The receiver features a built-in Low
Pass Filter control for the unit's subwoofer preamp output. You can select
from 50, 60, 80, 100, 120Hz, or "Through". The "Through" setting allows your
external amplifier's crossover network to do all the filtering for your
- Subwoofer Phase: You can adjust the phase of the
subwoofer output between 180-degrees (Reverse) or 0-degrees (Normal).
- Subwoofer Level: You can independently control the
subwoofer preamp output level from the CD receiver. You select levels
between -15 to +15.
Audio Preset: You can register a single Audio Preset into
the head unit's memory to be recalled at any time for all sources. The Audio
Preset memory can save Bass, Treble, Midrange, Subwoofer, and High-Pass/Low-Pass
Note: When you recall the saved Audio Preset, all the sources will
be the setting value which is registered.
Dual Zone: The Dual Zone mode allows you to output the Main
source and the Auxiliary input separately for the front and rear channels. You
can select whether the auxiliary input will play in the front or the rear. You
can adjust the volume of the rear channels independently from the front channels
Tel Mute: The KDC-448U 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.
AM/FM Tuner: The Kenwood KDC-448U 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.
RDS: The Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio
broadcast information such as artist, title, and album when listening to
compatible AM/FM stations.
Tuner Presets: The KDC-448U's tuner provides two
ways to store your favorite radio stations.
- Normal Presets: You can store up to 18 FM presets
(01-18) and 6 AM presets (01-06).
- Mixed Presets: In this mode, different bands and turner
sources can be saved in the same preset layer, which allows you to recall
the desired stations without switching the bands or tuner sources. You can
store a mixture of 6 AM/FM, HD Radio, and Satellite Radio presets of any
Note: This unit does not offer direct preset buttons.
Instead, you will need to access the unit's presets using the Control Knob.
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 AM/FM stations with good reception into memory
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
Mono Mode: This feature reduces the noise (static) when a
stereo broadcast is received as monaural (for FM band only).
Satellite Radio Ready: There are several options for
connecting an optional XM or SIRIUS Satellite Radio receiver to this receiver:
HD Radio Ready (with iTunes Tagging): With an optional
Kenwood HD Radio tuner (113HR300,
sold separately), you will be able to receive digital AM/FM broadcasts from
local stations where available. This new technology will significantly improve
audio quality and reception, as well as include information such as artist name
and song titles or traffic news, viewable on the receiver's display. The Kenwood
KTC-HR300 HD Radio tuner(113HR300) is also capable of iTunes tagging. iTunes
tagging gives you the ability to tag a song (up to 50) and stores it to a
connected iPod. The next time your iPod is connected to iTunes, the tagged songs
are displayed with the option to purchase them from the iTunes Store.
Note: You cannot connect both a Satellite Radio
Interface and HD Radio tuner to the head unit.
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 KDC-448U 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 KDC-448U 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 KDC-448U 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, 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 Insert: The CD player will automatically reinsert the disc if
it's ejected, but not removed for 20 seconds or more.
Changer Controls: The Kenwood KDC-448U offers connection and
control of Kenwood's 10-disc CD-changer (113KDCC719,
USB Port: The Kenwood KDC-448U 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 KDC-448U 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 KDC-448U'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-448U.
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 105dB. 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
- 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 then 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
- Repeat & Random: The head unit supports Repeat (file) &
Random (all/folder) playback functions of your connected iPod/iPhone.
iPod/iPhone Display: The KDC-448U 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-448U 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
Note: If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge,
then the unit will not recognize it.
iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Kenwood KDC-448U 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 |
| clickwheel |
| 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 revert to the older software version or
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 KDC-448U allows you to select the
source type displayed when using the auxiliary input. You can choose from AUX,
DVD, Portable, Game, Video, or TV. The Aux input must be turned on to
function. The unit has 3 auxiliary input modes.
- On1: Outputs the sound of the external unit connected
to the Aux terminal when switched to the Aux source.
- On2: Activates the attenuator function when turning on
the power with the auxiliary source selected. This prevents the noise when
no external unit is connected to the Aux terminal. Turn off the attenuator
function when listening to output from an external unit.
- Off: Disables the selection of the Aux source.
Rear Auxiliary Input "Ready": The unit already features a
front panel auxiliary input, but if you need a second auxiliary input, one can
be added to the rear of the unit. When used with an optional adapter, this unit
can accept a rear input from an auxiliary source. When the CA-C1AUX adapter (113CAC1AX,
sold separately) is used, you cannot connect an optional HD/Satellite Radio
tuner to the head unit because the adapter plugs into the DIN changer control
connection on the head unit.
Bluetooth Ready: The unit is Bluetooth compatible using
the optional Kenwood KCA-BT300 Bluetooth adapter
(113BT300, sold separately). The Kenwood KCA-BT300 Bluetooth adapter allows
you to make and receive calls on your Bluetooth-equipped cellular telephone,
including the Apple iPhone, through the Kenwood in-dash head unit. You can even download your Phonebook
information from your compatible mobile phone into the head unit. You can also
stream music from a Bluetooth enabled mobile phone or digital audio player. You are able to
register up to five compatible Bluetooth cell phones when using the KCA-BT300
Note: Not all Bluetooth enabled mobile phones will be
compatible with this unit. Please visit Kenwood.com for a complete list of
compatible Bluetooth enabled phones.
Wireless Remote Control: The KDC-448U 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
Note: Please consult Crutchfield's
Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.
Music Editor Compatible: The Kenwood KDC-448U supports the
PC application, Kenwood Music Editor Lite (ver.1.1). Kenwood Music
Editor Lite is a Windows-based desktop software that helps organize, manage and transfer
MP3 and WMA music files to your USB devices from your PC. When you playback audio
files that have been stored on your USB 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) 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.
- Windows XP Professional, Home Edition SP2 or later (32-bit)
- Windows Vista (32/64-bit)
- Windows 7 (32/64-bit)