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Kenwood DDX573BH

Double DIN Bluetooth In-Dash DVD/CD/AM/FM Car Stereo w/ 6.2" Touch Screen, Built-in HD Radio, Pandora App Control and SiriusXM Ready

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General Features:

  • Kenwood eXcelon DDX573BH In-Dash Receiver
  • 6.2" VGA Color LCD Touch Display with LED Backlight
  • Power Output:
    • Peak: 50 watts x 4 channels
    • RMS: 17 watts x 4 channels
  • AM/FM tuner with 18FM/6AM presets
  • RBDS with Radio Text Plus
  • HD Radio Built-in
  • Dual Phone connection capable
  • Android Rapid Charge
  • Car Portal for iDataLink
  • Pandora App Ready
  • Siri Voice Control
  • 1-year Manufacturer's Warranty

Playback and Audio Features:

  • DVD±R/RW CD/CD-R/RW , MP3/WMA/AAC/WAV Playback
  • MP3/WMA/AAC/WAV/MPEG1-2/JPEG Playback via USB
  • Compatible with Apple iPhone 6/6+ and iOS 8 software
  • 13-band graphic equalizer
  • Rear USB Input
  • 3 Sets of 4V preamp outputs (front, rear and subwoofer)

Bluetooth Features:

  • Built-in Bluetooth technology for hands-free talking and audio streaming
  • Bluetooth Profiles Supported:
    • HFP: Hands Free Profile allows a hands-free car kit to connect to a compatible mobile phone
    • A2DP: Advanced Audio Distribution Profile allows high quality audio to be streamed from an audio device to the car stereo
    • AVRCP: Audio/Video Remote Control Profile supports basic remote control functions (play, pause, etc) via Bluetooth
    • SPP: Serial Port Profile provides a wireless replacement for RS-232 based serial communications
  • Works with most Bluetooth enabled cell phones
  • Maximum communication rage: 32.8 feet (approx, line of sight)

Expandability Options:

  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio Ready: SiriusXM SXV300v1 and subscription required, sold separately
  • HD Radio Built-in
  • 2 Dedicated Backup Camera Inputs: Used for universal Rear View and Front View Camera with an RCA composite input.
  • Rear RCA Video Output: Used for connection to separate monitors and other devices
  • Rear Mini-jack (Switchable) Audio/Video Input: Used for connecting video accessories such as game consoles, video cameras, etc.

Check out the DDX573BH User Manual

Product History:

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In-Dash Receiver Specifications

Receiver Size

Single DIN: 1 DIN dimensions will work with all single DIN installation kits we have to offer. Single DIN radios are the most common size for after-market stereos.

Single DIN slot with flip-out screen: The DIN stereo includes a retractable, flip-out screen. Before purchasing, make measurements to be sure there is no interference with dash accessories such as A/C vents or shift levers.

Single DIN slot with a larger face: Standard single DIN size, but the display is larger then the standard single DIN size. Due to the nature of the larger face, problems may arise when installing in particular vehicles. These stereos are great for single DIN slots where you want a larger screen.

1.5 DIN: This size is very uncommon in vehicles, however this size opening is most commonly found in Chrysler and Chevrolet vehicles.

Double DIN: Approximately 4-inches in height, this size is becoming more common every year. Prior to 2000, this size was typically only found in Japanese vehicles such as those made by Honda or Toyota. Now, it is becoming more popular for many vehicles to be fit with a Double DIN opening.

Double DIN
Peak Power Output
This form of power rating refers to the maximum amount of power an electronic device can handle or output in an instant without damage occurring. Often times this maximum is achieved during a brief musical burst, such as a drum accent, or low bass hit.

Some manufacturers display peak power ratings on the face of their products to increase the appeal to consumers. The RMS power rating is more accurate, and we recommend using it for product comparison.

50 watts x 4 channels
RMS Power Output
The amount of continuous power, measured in watts, that an amplifier produces is called RMS power. The higher the RMS rating, the louder and cleaner your music sounds. The RMS output figure is much more accurate than the peak rating when comparing products.
17 watts x 4 channels
Preamp RCA Outputs
RCA outputs, commonly known as preamp outputs, allow you to connect one or sometimes multiple external amplifiers. An in-dash receiver will commonly have one, two or three sets of RCA outputs that can be used to connect external amplifiers and other components. One pair of RCA outputs will typically provide a full range signal that can be used for most subwoofer or speaker amplifiers. Two pairs of RCA outputs can typically be configured as four full range signals, or also as two full range and two subwoofer signals. Three sets of RCA outputs will almost always produce four speaker signals and two subwoofer signals for use with multiple amplifiers.
3 Pairs (Front, Rear, and Subwoofer)
Dedicated Subwoofer Preamp RCA Output
A dedicated output that has a built-in low-pass crossover for specific connection to a subwoofer amplifier that powers a low frequency driver, typically a subwoofer.
Preamp Voltage
The preamp output rating is measured in volts (V). The higher the rating, the stronger the signal. This results in less unwanted noise being picked up.
4 volts
Built-In Equalizer
The number of graphic or parametric equalizer bands the stereo receiver is equipped with. The more EQ options, the more you will be able to adjust your music to your liking.
13-band graphic
Display Type
The type of display on your receiver refers to the monitor that is used to display the source information such as song names, radio stations, or track times.

Dot-Matrix Text Display: A simple display which uses dots in specific illuminated color(s) to light up and form letters or numbers that are displayed on the receiver.

Graphic or Motion Display: Typically found in mid to high-end receivers and give your text information and receiver more life by adding motion, backgrounds, or multiple colors to your display. There are types of graphic displays such as 3D Graphic, Motion, and OEL (Organic Electroluminescent) displays. They can range from one color to full color displays and typically allow you to select from one of many built-in animations, background images, screensavers or other graphics to enhance your experience and add an extra bit of personality to your system. Some units also come with software that allow you to load your own customizable pictures or animations.

LCD Monitor Display: Can be as small as 2" or as large as 10". Some LCD displays are motorized for angle adjustment. LCD monitors display full motion video playback as well as your standard text such as track status, radio station information and more depending on the receiver's features.

VGA Color LCD Display with LED Backlight
Display Color
The display color refers to the color of the text and or graphics on the receiver.

Multi-Color: When more than one color is on the display, for example one part of the text is white, while the other part is blue.

Variable-Color: The display colors can be changed by the user. If the default color of text/display is blue for example, the user can change the settings to where the color turns to red. Variable color displays are typically described in detail in the item's description.

TFT-LCD Display: In-dash receivers with a video screen that display multiple colors and often times video such as DVD, navigation or other video sources.

Variable Colors

Playback Features

AM/FM Tuner
Most in-dash CD players have AM/FM playback allowing you listen to your favorite local radio stations.
FM Presets
The number of FM radio stations that can be stored as presets.
AM Presets
The number of AM radio stations that can be stored as presets.
Radio Data System (RDS)
Receivers with Radio Data System (RDS) tuners can receive digital broadcast information about the FM radio station including program name, time and station identification. RDS enables your receiver to display text messages that many FM stations include on a sub-carrier signal within their normal broadcast signal. Some RDS tuners can even break in with traffic alerts or emergency broadcasts when you're listening to a CD.
CD-R/RW Playback
This feature refers to whether or not the CD player will play finalized CD-R discs and/or CD-RW discs.
MP3 Playback
This feature refers to whether or not the CD player will play discs encoded with MP3 files. To burn a MP3 encoded disc, use the "data" mode on your CD Recorder and finalize the session and/or CD.
WMA Playback
This feature refers to whether or not the CD player will play discs encoded with WMA files. To burn a WMA encoded disc, use the "data" mode on your CD Recorder and finalize the session and/or CD.
DVD / Video Playback
This feature refers to whether or not the receiver will play DVD (or other listed) video disc formats. Unless otherwise noted, the unit is not guaranteed to play recorded DVDs.
Hi-Res Audio Compatible
This feature refers to if the product is capable of Hi-Res Audio (HRA) playback.

Audio / Video Inputs

USB Input
This feature refers to whether or not the receiver features an input to connect a USB device via standard USB or mini-USB. The USB input may be a connection on the front or rear of the unit with an extension cable for connecting devices to the receiver. Some units have an optional input that allows for a USB adapter to be purchased separately and used with the unit.
Number of Rear USB Inputs
Additional Audio/Video Inputs
These inputs enable the unit to receive an audio or video signal from a separate source. There are many different types of connections and ways to accomplish this. Most common are RCA Composite cables and 3.5mm mini-jack plugs.

RCA Composite Inputs
These are your typical red, white, and yellow RCA composite cables that are common among devices with audio and video inputs. The red and white cables are dedicated for audio. The red cable is for the right channel and the white is for the left channel. The yellow cable is specifically for the video signal. Because this type of auxiliary cable contains 2 channels of audio, it will support stereo sound.

This is commonly referred to as a mini-jack or a headphone jack. It is a 3.5mm plug that transfers audio only. There is a right and left audio channel on the plug which allows for stereo sound playback.

3.5mm AV Input
These plugs look similar to the common 3.5mm mini-jack, however they carry a third channel dedicated for video.

This means that an auxiliary input is possible, but only with the use of an optional accessory. These optional adapters will sometimes use the CD Changer port or other port on the back of a unit that might restrict the use of other expandability features. These accessories are typically sold separately.

Rear 3.5mm A/V Input

Monitor Screen Features

If a unit is touchscreen capable, you can control a majority of it's functions by touching the screen.
Screen Size
This is the size of the monitor on the unit. It is measured diagonally and in inches. The bigger the number the larger the screen.

Expandability Features

Compatible Smartphones
Some stereos work with iOS (Apple) or Android smartphone operating systems, while some stereos work with both or neither. Find out here which operating systems this stereo is compatible with.
iPhone (iOS)
Audio/Video Outputs
Audio/Video outputs are typically used to connect an overhead monitor to an aftermarket stereo. This is the number of A/V outputs that the item has. These outputs are usually RCA Composite cables.

RCA Composite Outputs
These are your typical red, white, and yellow RCA composite cables that are common among devices with audio and video inputs. The red and white cables are dedicated for audio. The red cable is for the right channel and the white is for the left channel. The yellow cable is specifically for the video signal. Because this type of auxiliary cable contains 2 channels of audio, it will support stereo sound.

1 Set of Audio/Video RCA Outputs
Satellite Radio
This feature signifies whether or not the receiver is compatible with XM or Sirius Satellite Radio. "Optional" means while the receiver is capable of SIRIUS/XM playback and connectivity, you will still need to purchase an additional satellite tuner, adapter, and/or antenna.
Optional - SiriusXM (Accessory required and sold separately)
HD Radio
This feature refers to whether or not the receiver is capable of receiving high-definition digital HD Radio broadcasts by either a built-in HD Radio tuner, or more commonly with the purchase of an optional HD Radio tuner box. Receivers which are HD Radio Ready generally require an additional purchase of a separate tuner.
Yes (Built-In/Included HD Radio Tuner)
Bluetooth Connectivity
This feature refers to whether or not the head unit is able to connect to a hands-free Bluetooth device. Head units that are Bluetooth ready typically require the purchase of an optional adapter or accessory that connects to the rear of the head unit. This optional accessory allows you to accept phone calls through your head unit and speakers. Some head units have built-in Bluetooth hands free capabilities with an included remote-mount microphone or built-in microphone.
A2DP Music Streaming
The Advanced Audio Distribution Profile will wirelessly stream music and other audio from an A2DP compatible device.
Rear View Camera Input
Indicates if an in-dash multimedia unit has a dedicated video input for rear view cameras. These inputs allow you to plug the camera to the back of the unit to receive the cameras video signal. Usually the camera signal is transferred through an RCA cable connection.
Yes (Universal)

Smartphone Integration

iPhone/iPod Features
Head units are equipped with different technology that allows a variety of smartphone integration features. Some stereos are equipped with more features than others, here you will find which iPod/iPhone features this head unit has.
iPhone 5 Compatible
iPhone 6 Compatible
Audio Playback
Siri Control
Pandora Control
Android Features
Head units are equipped with different technology that allows a variety of smartphone integration features. Some stereos are equipped with more features than others, here you will find which Android features this head unit has.
Pandora Control
Audio Playback

Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
1 year
Warranty Provider

Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rating Distribution

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Average Attribution Rating


Allen Park, MI

Great sound. FM and HD radio issues.

August 10, 2016

Hello, I got this head unit for the HD tuner and Kenwood's reputation. I'm disappointed in the HD reception and the ease of use for accessing the FM presets. HD radion cuts in and out and the FM presets are cumbersome. The display is okay but not great. Looks kind of cheap. I really do like the sound quality. It has very strong preamp outputs that drive my amps very well. I would probably try a different radio if I had to do it over again.

Pros: Great sound quality. iPhone works great with this unit. Nice EQ and other sound processing options.

Cons: HD Radio reception is poor. It cuts in and out often. Very frustrating. FM presets are hard to access. No shortcut for "Satellite" radio. Just XMSirius Radio.

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Canton, MI

I left Pioneer for this crap?

August 6, 2016

Unit locked up frequently (once a week) if turned off with CD playing or interacting with backup cam. Turn radio on/off to resolve problem. However, BEWARE! This unit is not warrantied for replacement by Kenwood, only for repair within 1 year of purchase. Because of the lockup issues I applied a firmware patch (app .133) that listed as "(27.07.2016) Improved stability" I hoped it would fix the lockup issues, no it bricked the radio. Kenwood will not provide the software to reformat the app and system. You have to send it to 1 of 3 service centers nation wide to have that done. Very frustrating, this is a software issue, not a hardware issue. Customers should be able to reformat the radio software, not just apply patches., or at least regional and national car audio shops should have the privilege. I left Pioneer for this crap? It is on the customer to remove the radio, ship to the service center, and reinstall. What a hassle for a software problem. Service center indicated 7-10 business days just to evaluate the unit. SO, I get to wait at least two weeks, spend energy and time removing and reinstalling, pay for shipping to the service center. Nice Kenwood, as long as I have the radio out, I might as well replace it and go back to Pioneer. I live in Michigan and my service center is in Syracuse, New York. By the way, if you have a software issue after the one year Kenwood repair warranty it is $65 to reformat, and $14.50 to ship it back to you. RIP OFF, Kenwood does not seem to care much about customer satisfaction.

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Dougie fresh

North prov, RI

Douglas bradley

May 24, 2016

I bought this unit actually to go with my kenwood amps, and it doesn't disappoint !! Ease of use is really key to me, I'm an older man still in love with stereos and speakers, and all the loud music,this unit really performs as well as the price I bought it for!! Quality meets price on this one

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Minneapolis, MN

Not bad

April 19, 2016

I would say overall this radio is pretty good. I bought it because I was looking to upgrade my 2000 Buick Century and it worked out great. I've been installing aftermarket radios for a long time now and this was my first touch screen.

-It has a really nice look to it.
-In most cases it will kick your speackers into gear comparatively to a stock head unit.
-Easy to use (for the most part)
-A lot of audio options
-Back up camera friendly (providing your own)
-Comes with USB port that is a separate cord that connects to the back of the head unit.
-Radio clarity is fantastic.
-It's blue tooth, particularly when connecting to Pandora. It connects to the head unit right away (which is a good thing) but sometimes will start playing your Pandora and it won't show you any info on the song and won't let you skip either, and since the phone is connected through your head unit you can not change the song on your phone either so you must start all over. This happens about 40% of the time I try to connect to Pandora, which is the only way I listen to music in the car so it's kind of a let down.
-No AUX jack what so ever, front or back.
-No remote

Overall it's a good Radio and would recommend it to anyone, but if you are buying it for the Bluetooth/Pandora feature I would look elsewhere.

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RONALD R on Sep 5, 2016
Good price for kenwood
Brian M on Jun 29, 2016
its kenwood, competing brand for stereos
saul t on Jun 30, 2016
Kenwood is a great product..
Jerry D on Jun 11, 2016
Can I mirror my iPhone 6+ to access my phone maps/gps?
A shopper on Feb 25, 2016
Best Answer: Hello,

No. Only headunits with "Apple CarPlay" have that ability.
Reply · Report · Rick MStaff on Feb 25, 2016
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Is there a lot of glare on the screen when driving in day light? I had a different brand model that had too much glare and I had to return it.
A shopper on Aug 26, 2016
Best Answer: My install was in a 2005 F150 and there is no glare at all. I'm able to see all the details on the screen and also very pleased with the the performance and the custom adjustments that can be done to the unit. Anyway this my $.02 worth!
Reply · Report · Sabine M on Aug 27, 2016
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Warning: The image depicted shows the resistance change when wiring multiple subwoofer terminals. Please refer to your subwoofer's owner's manual for the proper wiring of its terminals. Sonic Electronix, Inc. is not responsible for damage caused to your audio system or vehicle due to improper installation. Please call tech support at 1-877-289-7664 if you require additional assistance.

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