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Kicker 46KMC2 Marine digital media receiver

Item # 20646KMC2

Turn your time in the sun into a sure-fire party with Kicker's compact KMC2 digital media receiver.

Turn your time in the sun into a sure-fire party with Kicker's compact KMC2 digital media receiver.

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Item # 20646KMC2

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About the Kicker 46KMC2

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Simple, powerful control

Turn your time in the sun into a sure-fire party with Kicker's compact KMC2 digital media receiver. Its gauge-style design makes it a perfect addition to your small boat or powersports vehicle.

Simple, powerful control

Turn your time in the sun into a sure-fire party with Kicker's compact KMC2 digital media receiver. Its gauge-style design makes it a perfect addition to your small boat or powersports vehicle.

Bring on the weather

This receiver fits into a standard gauge opening, so it's a solid choice if you don't have a lot of space to work with. IPX66 weather-resistance means you don't have to think twice jumping that wave or splashing through that mudhole.

Fun sources

Decisions, decisions! You can use the built-in Bluetooth® to stream music from your smartphone, plug a music player into the rear aux input, or pop a thumb drive into the rear USB port. You can also tune into your favorite local radio stations using the AM/FM tuner. And if you're planning to add an amp to your system, you'll appreciate the rear-mounted preamp outputs.

Easy to read

The big, clearly marked buttons are easy to see and easy to operate, even when you're wearing gloves. The big LED display gives you the info you need, while the watertight, UV-resistant face and durable controls will stand up to the rigors of marine and outdoor use.

Bluetooth note: Use of this receiver's Bluetooth features will depend upon your phone's Bluetooth capabilities. Learn more in our article explaining Bluetooth profiles.

This marine digital media receiver will not play CDs.


Product highlights:

  • marine digital media receiver (does not play CDs)
  • built-in amp (25 watts x 4 RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
  • built-in Bluetooth® for music streaming
  • AM/FM tuner
  • IPX66-rated watertight face
  • big, easy-to-use buttons
  • backlit LCD display
  • inputs: rear USB input, rear aux input
  • outputs: 2-channel preamp outputs (2.5 volts)
  • fits into a standard gauge opening
  • cutout opening: 3.0" diameter x 5.0" depth
  • front panel: 4.3125" (diameter) x 1.25" (depth)
  • warranty: 3 years
  • MFR # 46KMC2

What's in the box:

  • Marine digital media receiver (15A)
  • Wiring harness
  • 2 Trimg-rings (chrome/black)
  • Mounting bracket
  • 2 Threaded studs
  • 2 Hex-nuts
  • 2 Lock-washers
  • Information Sheet
  • Tech Support Info

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More details on the Kicker 46KMC2

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Features & specs

AUX Input RCA (rear)
Audio/video Input ---
USB Input Rear
USB Port Power 1A
Backup Camera Input No
Second Camera Input No
CarPlay No
Android Auto No
Siri Control No
Alexa Voice Control N
Android Control Yes
Memory Card Slot USB memory
Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
Satellite Radio Ready No
HD Radio No
Navigation ---
iPod Compatibility
Full size No
Nano No
Touch No
iPhone No
RMS Power (CTA-2006) N/A
RMS Power (Manufacturer) 25 watts
Peak Output 50 watts
RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
Preamp Outputs 2-channel
Sub Preamp Outputs No
Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
Video Screen No
Navigation App Compatible (iOS)
Navigation App Compatible (Android)
Preamp Voltage 2.5 volts
Screen Size 0
Screen Type N/A
Display Color White/Black
Key Button Color White
EQ Bands None
Wireless Remote No
Steering Wheel Control Compatible No
Parts Warranty 3 Years
Labor Warranty 3 Years
FM Sensitivity ---
European Tuning Yes
Seek/Scan Seek
Radio Data System No
File Playback
Music File Playback MP3,WMA,WAV,FLAC
High-res Playback N
The Kicker 46KMC2 replaces these items:

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IP66 Certified: The Kicker 46KMC2 digital media receiver features IPX66 waterproof / dustproof certification, so it can hold up in the marine environment and withstand powerful splashes of water out on the ocean or lake. During testing, water is projected at all angles through a 12.5mm nozzle at a flow rate of 100 liters/min at a pressure of 100 kN/m2 for 3 minutes from a distance of 3 meters. It's also fully dustproof and does not allow any dust or debris to enter the unit.

LCD Screen: The 46KMC2 features a front-panel LCD screen with black text and white background that is highly visible. The LCD screen indicates source input, AM/FM station number, and menu settings. This unit also provide song/artist information display (no album art) for connected USB and Bluetooth devices. The LCD screen can be set to automatically dim when your lights are engaged (illumination wire must be connected).

Optional Wired Remote: The 46KMC2 supports Kicker's KRC12 marine wired remote control (sold separately). The optional KRC12 remote offers Power, Volume, Source, Track, and Station control. The remote is fully marinized with an IP66 rating. The KMC4 offers one 3.5mm remote input for the KRC12. Additional KRC12 remotes can be added using Kicker's Y-cable splitter (coming soon). A Kicker remote extension cable will also be available soon (sold separately) for installations that require longer cable runs.

Note: The 46KMC2 does not support wireless remote control.

Bluetooth Audio Streaming: Thanks to built-in Bluetooth, you can wirelessly stream stored music and music apps from your Bluetooth-enabled Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad, Android smartphone/tablet, or other Bluetooth source device to the 46KMC2 multimedia gauge-style receiver. The unit offers Play/Pause & Previous/Next Track control, plus song/artist display (no album art).

Note: This unit does not offer support for Bluetooth hands-free phone communication for making or answering phone calls.

USB Port: The Kicker 46KMC2 digital media receiver is outfitted with a rear-panel USB-A port attached to the rear-chassis via a 6" cable (USB extension cable sold separately - see Accessories Tab). The USB-A port allows you to plug in your USB mass storage class device (like a USB thumbdrive formatted in FAT32) for playback of MP3/WMA/AAC (up to 320kbps) and FLAC/WAV (up to 16-bit) music files. The unit offers Play/Pause & Previous/Next Track control, as well as song/artist display (no album art). If your USB MSC device can be charged via USB, the unit's USB (5V/1A) port will charge your device while connected.

Note: The unit's USB port does not support Apple iPod/iPod/iPad, Android smartphones/tablets, HDDs, USB-hubs, card-readers, or computers.

Aux Input: The Kicker 46KMC2 is equipped with a rear-panel stereo RCA Aux input attached to rear-chassis via a 6" cable. The stereo RCA aux input allows you to connect an external audio device with a stereo RCA output. If you have a source device that has a 3.5mm output, then you will need a stereo RCA-to-minijack adapter (sold separately).

AM/FM Radio: The Kicker 46KMC2 multimedia gauge-style receiver features a built-in AM/FM tuner with manual, seek, & preset tuning. You can store up to 18 FM and 12 AM station presets. Stations can be stored automatically using the APS (Auto Preset Store) button. You can also select between US and European tuning.

Audio Section: The 46KMC2 is equipped with a built-in 25W (RMS) x 4-channel amplifier. It is also outfitted with a set of 2ch/2.5V full-range RCA preouts to connect an external marine amplifier. The unit offers Bass & Treble control, as well as Balance & Fader. In addition, you select between 5 EQ presets - Flat, Classical, Pop, Rock, and Off. A Loudness features boosts bass frequencies at low volumes. Every time a button is pressed the unit outputs a beep tone (this can be turned off).

Mounting Options: The Kicker 46KMC2 can fit in a boat's 3" gauge-style opening. If your boat does not already have a gauge-style opening, the marine digital media receiver requires a round 3" cutout in the bulkhead for inserting the chassis. The integrated protective gasket, supplied U-bracket, and included hardware secure the unit in place against the mounting surface. Receiver installation dimensions are as follows -

  • Front-Panel Dimensions: 4.3125" (diameter) x 1.25" (depth)
  • Trim-Ring Dimensions: 4.4375" (diameter) x 0.8125" (depth)
  • Chassis Cutout Dimensions: 3.0" (diameter) x 5.0" (depth)
Note: The receiver is round and does not include a mounting sleeve or ISO-mount screw holes to accommodate standard automotive installation.

Low Battery Alert: The 46KMC2 preserves your battery power by automatically monitoring the health of your battery's voltage. If the juice gets low, the 46KMC2 lets you know. If the unit drops below 10.5V, the unit will display a visual warning that your batteries need charged.

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I installed this in a jon boat and wonder if the alternator is not big enough to keep the radio on ?. powertrim works fine. electric starter cranks boat fine but radio still says battery low and will turn radio off. checked battery with boat on and it only gets 11.5v. the radio states it needs 14.4v. is this a problem.
joe  Sep 18, 2022
1 answer
Greetings joe, and thank you for your question. For support issues, please contact technical support. If you purchased the Kicker 46KMC2 from Crutchfield, your shipping confirmation email will have a direct number to our technical services. If you purchased the radio elsewhere, you can always call Kicker at 405-624-8583.
hogan  Sep 18, 2022 (Staff)
Does this have rca for connecting to a amp?
justin  Jul 12, 2022
1 answer
This Kicker 46KMC2 Marine digital media receiver has a 2 channel full range RCA pre-out, Justin. You can send that to a subwoofer, or split it off and send to full range amps and sub amps no sweat! Since it is a full range output, there is no specific sub control from the face of the Kicker 46KMC2. These units are super reliable and sound great on the water!
bo  Jul 12, 2022 (Staff)
Is it possible to bridge this to 2 channels @ 100w peak each?
james  Mar 16, 2022
1 answer
That I do not know. I will tell You I just installed mine with speakers my brother gave me and this thing rocks with just two speakers It it crazy loud. Go to They are the swag 6.5 inch power sports. You will love them. I don't need 4 of them but gonna add some more
zach  Mar 19, 2022
I currently have the 46KMC1. It is mounted in the glove box on the port side. I only use it with Bluetooth on my phone. Every time I start my boat I have to turn the volume to max on the unit because it resorts back to half volume. Will this unit stay at max volume or at least be able to go to max volume with my phone control? My kmc1 is not compatible with the Kicker remote that they sell. I may have to buy the remote along with the KMC2 in order to adjust to max volume on the head unit on every startup of my boat.
brian  Feb 27, 2022
3 answers
I just tried it out as you described and my 46KMC2 does the same as the KMC1. When I turn the power off/on in goes back to a volume level of 10 which is at most half volume and I am unable to change it using my phone volume.
clint  Mar 07, 2022
We have full control with bluetooth. Good luck.
luis  Mar 05, 2022
We control ours with Bluetooth and smart phones.
luis  Mar 05, 2022
Does the usb input also charge? Thanks
chris  Feb 06, 2022
1 answer
The USB port sure can charge a device. It outputs 5V/1A power
jason  Feb 12, 2022 (Staff)
How to store preset radio stations on round kicker radio ?
donald  Nov 29, 2021
1 answer
To save a preset, tune to the radio station you'd like to save, then hold the PRESETS button to enter the saving presets menu. Scroll to the preset number you'd like assigned to that station, then press the knob. You may save 12 AM presets and 18 FM presets.
kevin  Dec 01, 2021
Does this come with a wiring harness?
daniel  Jun 08, 2020
1 answer
Yes it comes with a wiring harness that attaches to the back of the radio. You will still need to wire that to whatever vehicle you are installing it in.
casey  Jun 24, 2020 (Staff)

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