CD receiver with MP3 / WMA / AAC playback (New Stock)
Our take on the Kenwood KDC-MP4028 by Crutchfield's Matt Freeman
More stuff for less money? Kenwood's KDC-MP4028 CD receiver delivers great looks and an impressive feature package for well under $200. Start with a detachable, fold-down face and a large, 2-color display that really lights up your dash. The simple control panel and handy rotary knob make it easy to surf tunes while you're driving.
Add in a punchy MOSFET power section (22 watts x 4 channels RMS) that'll make your music sound great, and then cap it off with System Q Sound Control's six adjustable preset curves and 3-band EQ. Whatever you listen to, the KDC-MP4028 is ready for action, with the ability to play CDs, CD-Rs, CD-RWs, and even discs loaded with your favorite music files (MP3, WMA, or AAC).
Putting together a full-blown system? The KDC-MP4028 makes a great quarterback. You'll find three sets of 4-volt preamp outputs ready to make your amps happy, while the System E's crossover system tailors the signal going to each amp so your system sounds its best. The wireless remote lets everybody in the car have a turn running the show.
Your entertainment options are wide open you can add a compatible SIRIUS or XM tuner (plus antenna and subscription), and gain access to over 120 channels of incredible satellite radio programming. Or hook up a Kenwood HD Radio tuner to enhance the sound quality of AM/FM offerings from an HD Radio station in your area.
- CD receiver with built-in amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
- fold-down, detachable face with 2-color display
- plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs (including discs loaded with MP3, WMA, or AAC files)
- System Q Sound Control: 6 preset EQ curves with bass, treble, and midrange controls
- System E's crossover system (high- and low-pass filters)
- satellite radio controls (SIRIUS or XM subscription, tuner, and antenna required to receive the satellite radio signal) service is available only in the lower 48 states, not available in Alaska, Hawaii, or U.S. territories
- HD Radio-ready
- CD changer controls
- optional auxiliary input (adapter required)
- 4-volt front, rear, and subwoofer preamp outputs
- CR-2 tuner
- 18 FM/6 AM presets
- wireless remote
- CD frequency response: 10-20,000 Hz
- CD signal-to-noise ratio: 105 dB
- FM sensitivity: 9.3 dBf
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
What's in the Box:
- AM/FM/CD/MP3/WMA receiver with 10A fuse inserted in chassis
- Wiring harness
- Trim ring
- Hard plastic face case
- Wireless remote control (RC-517)
- 2 "AA" batteries
- 2 Removal tools
- 4 Panhead ISO-mount screws
- 4 Countersunk ISO-mount screws
- Stepped face fixing screw
- 2 Face fixing screws (2mm dia. x 5mm)
- Left and right faceplate brackets
- Instruction Manual (English/French/Spanish)
- Warranty Card
- Kenwood Car Audio Passport
- Sheet concerning Demo mode (attached to receiver)
This is one of the best receivers that you can get for that price... It has all the features I would ever need and all the preouts that it has makes it a steal! I have my speakers running off of the receiver directly and 2 10" subs running off an amp, and the system sounds great!
Lawrence, Gilbert, AZ
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Features and Specs
|Memory Card Slot||No|
|Satellite Radio Ready||Both|
|RMS Power (CTA-2006)||N/A|
|RMS Power (Manufacturer)||---|
|Peak Output||50 watts|
|RMS Power Bandwidth||30-20kHz|
|Sub Preamp Outputs||Yes|
|Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs||No|
|Preamp Voltage||4 volts|
|Display Color||Drk & Lt Blue|
|Key Button Color||Red|
|Steering Wheel Control Compatible||---|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
|FM Sensitivity||9.3 dBf|
|Radio Data System||No|
AAC/MP3/WMA Playback: The receiver can play AAC, MP3 and WMA files recorded on CD-ROM, CD-R, and CD-RW discs in ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, and Romeo formats. Each disc should have a maximum of 8 directory levels, 100 folders, and 255 files per folder. During MP3/WMA playback, the unit displays any recorded ID3 Tag information. AAC ID3 tags cannot be displayed.
Satellite Radio Ready: You can connect a satellite radio tuner to the KDC-MP4028 in a number of ways. The unit is directly compatible with the Sirius SIR-KEN1 Satellite Tuner for Kenwood (item # 607SIRKEN1). The Terk XMDirect universal XM Satellite Radio tuner (209XMD1000) can be connected to and controlled by the head unit when used with the XMDirect Smart Adapter for Kenwood (209XMDKEN1). In addition, you can connect an independently controlled "plug 'n play" unit such as the Delphi SKYFi2 or Kenwood Here2Everywhere to the head unit through the optional Aux Input adapter (113CAC1AX or 113KCAS210).
Note: In addition to the optional satellite tuner, you will also need the proper antenna and a subscription to Sirius or XM Satellite Radio.
System Q Sound Control: Six EQ curves are preset into memory, allowing you to recall the best preset EQ curve for different types of music. Each preset has its own level settings for bass (100Hz), midrange (1kHz), and treble (10kHz). Each level can also be set to your personal taste between -8 and +8 and stored in the "User" memory. The 6 preset curves with their respective bass, mid, and treble levels are as follows:
- Rock: Bass +6, Mid +1, Treble +2
- Pops: Bass +3, Mid +2, Treble +6
- Easy: Bass +6, Mid 0, Treble -2
- Top 40: Bass +3, Mid +1, Treble +8
- Jazz: Bass +5, Mid +2, Treble +2
- Natural: Bass 0, Mid 0, Treble 0
Speaker Settings: The Speaker Setting function tailors the System Q Sound Control settings according to the type of speakers in your vehicle. You may select a Speaker Setting of "SP Off" (flat), "SP OEM." (for OEM factory speaker systems), "SP 6x9/6" (for systems with 6" and 6"x9" speakers), or "SP 5/4" (for systems with 4" and 5" speakers).
Subwoofer Preamp Output: The MP4028 is equipped with a pair of subwoofer preamp outputs. The subwoofer outputs can easily be turned on/off. When the subwoofer output is turned on, you can adjust the volume (-15 to +15 in increments of 2), set the low pass filter cutoff (60Hz, 80Hz, 120Hz, or thru), and the phase (normal, reverse).
System E's: In addition to System Q Sound Control, the KDC-MP4028 features the System E's crossover system for the speaker and preamp outputs. You can make the following adjustments:
- Front High Pass Filter: 80Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, 150Hz, 180 Hz, or Thru (no filter)
- Rear High Pass Filter: 80Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, 150Hz, 180 Hz, or Thru (no filter)
- Low Pass Filter: 60Hz, 80Hz, 120Hz or Thru (no filter)
Source Tone Memory: This feature allows you to store System Q bass, middle and treble tone settings for each source (CD, FM, AM, Satellite, and CD changer).
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.
Built-in Amp Switch: If the audio signals are output to external amplifiers, you can turn off the internal amplifier to improve audio quality.
CR-2 Advanced Tuner: This unit uses Kenwood's CR-2 Advanced tuner for clear radio reception. You can choose one of three tuning modes: Auto 1 (seek tuning), Auto 2 (cycles through and tunes the selected band's preset stations only with each button press), or Manual.
HD Radio Ready: With an optional Kenwood HD Radio tuner (item # 113HR100TR), you will be able to receive digital AM/FM broadcasts from local stations where available. This new technology will significantly improve audio quality and reception, as well as include information such as artist name and song titles or traffic news, viewable on the receiver's display.
Clean Reception System Circuit (CRSC): This circuit controls multi-path distortion by reducing stereo separation. As stereo separation is reduced, multi-path has less effect on the radio signal, improving reception in areas with tall buildings and mountains. The CRSC circuit can be turned on or off.
Disabled System Indicator: A red indicator will blink on the unit after the faceplate is removed, warning potential thieves. This feature can be turned On or Off.
Security Code: You can enter a 4-digit security code which must be used when the unit is removed from the vehicle, or the constant power source is disconnected from the unit. When constant power is restored to the unit, the security code must be entered before the unit becomes operational. The security code may be disabled if desired.
Remote Control: The KDC-MP4028 comes with the RC-517 wireless remote control with a full numeric keypad. It is powered by 2 "AA" batteries (supplied). The dimensions of the remote are: L=5.369", W=1.968", D=1.198".
Display Illumination/Clock Display: When the unit is in Standby mode, the face/button illumination is "keyed". In addition, while the unit is in Standby mode, you can 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.
Display Dimmer: When the dimmer control is set to "on", the display automatically dims when the vehicle lights are turned on. When set to "off", the display doesn't dim. Note: In order for the display dimmer feature to operate, the orange/white wire in the supplied wiring harness must be connected to the vehicle's headlight circuit.
Compatibility: This unit is directly compatible with Kenwood changers manufactured in 1998 or later. If the changer has an O-N switch, the switch will need to be set to the "N" position. If you have a Kenwood changer manufactured before 1998, you will need the KCA-S210A switching adapter. Changers manufactured before 1994 require the CA-DS100 converter cord (113CADS100) and the KCA-S210A switching adapter.
Changer Controls: In addition to basic disc navigation features, this unit has the following changer controls: direct disc access (using the remote), direct track access (using the remote), track intro scan, track repeat, disc repeat, disc random, and all disc random.
Auxiliary Input "Ready": When used with an optional adapter, this unit can accept input from an auxiliary source. When the CA-C1AUX adapter (item 113CAC1AX) is used, you cannot connect a CD changer to the head unit because the adapter plugs into the DIN changer control connection on the head unit. When the KCA-S210A 2-changer switch (item 113KCAS210) is used, you can connect a CD changer and an auxiliary audio source at the same time. When an auxiliary audio source is connected, you can choose from one of six names for the source: Aux Ext, TV, DVD, Video, Game, or Portable.
CD Text/MD Display: When connected to a CD Text capable CD changer or an MD changer, this unit can display disc and track titles for discs encoded with disc and track title information. The text information can be scrolled manually or automatically.
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