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Kenwood KDC-MP342U

In-Dash CD/MP3/WMA Car Receiver with Remote and Front Panel USB and Aux Inputs

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Kenwood KDC-MP342U

Versatility shouldn’t complicate things. The Kenwood KDC-MP342U shows us that extra features do not mean a more confusing experience. Built in iPod connectivity allows for an easy to interface with iPod listening experience and will also charge your iPod, this will be interfaced through the USB port on the front of the radio. Also featured is a 3.5mm auxiliary port so you can stream audio from other MP3 players or a mobile phone.

Playing any music through the Kenwood KDC-MP342U is sure to be a pleasant experience. No matter the source, the receiver has exceptional sound processing to make sure you’re getting the best possible reproduction from your music. With simple music searching functions, finding your next song has never been easier. This unit is ready to be expanded with Bluetooth, Satellite Radio, and even HD Radio. Exceptional audio playback is indeed affordable, and the Kenwood MP342U will allow you to start hearing better music now!

General Features:

  • In-dash AM/FM, CD, MP3, WMA player with Remote
  • iPod USB direct connectivity via your standard iPod-to-USB connection cable allows you to charge, control, and playback your iPod through the receiver and stereo system
  • Detachable face
  • 14 Segment/8 Digit Fluorescent display
  • Wireless remote control included
  • Blue and red button lighting
  • Power Output:
    • Peak: 50 watts x 4 channels
    • RMS: 22 watts x 4 channels
  • MP3 ID3 Tag Display (Title/Artist/Album)
  • Authorized Internet Dealer
  • 1-year Manufacturer's warranty

Playback and Audio Features:

  • Playback of CD, CD-R, CD-RW, MP3, and WMA
  • Tuner with 18FM/6AM presets
  • Attenuator (-20dB) with smooth volume return
  • System Q sound control with pre-programmed tone curves
  • Subwoofer level and low pass filter adjustable
  • Bass boost
  • Separate bass, mid range, and treble control
  • Source tone memory

Expandability Options:

  • 2 Sets of 2V preamp outputs (front, rear/subwoofer)
  • Bluetooth Ready: KCA-BT200 required and sold separately
  • HD Radio Ready: KTC-HR200 required and sold separately
  • SIRIUS or XM Satellite Radio Ready: XM Radio Package or SIRIUS Radio Package required and sold separately
  • iPod Ready: Apple USB-to-iPod Cable will work for most iPods, however some older iPods will require the KCA-iP500
  • Front-panel auxiliary input: 3.5mm (headphone jack) allows connection to portable media devices such as MP3 players, etc.
  • Front-panel auxiliary input: USB Port allows connection to portable media devices such as MP3 players, etc.

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.

Single DIN
Faceplate Security

Detachable / Removable faceplate security: The most common anti-theft feature. It allows you to take the faceplate with you, thus disallowing operation, which deters theft.

Security Codes: Mainly a feature in high end video units which do not have a detachable face / screen. Once the unit is uninstalled (or stolen), a security code (or PIN) is required upon reinstallation. Though you no longer have your unit after the theft, the thief also does not have your security code, which makes the unit useless. The hope is the thief knows which units have security codes and he/she chooses not to steal your unit because of the security code.

Ghost technology: This is not commonly used, but can be found primarily in a select number of 2004-2005 head units. It creates an illusion that no unit is installed by appearing completely black when turned off. Potential thieves may steer clear because it appears as though no head unit is installed.

Anti-theft covers: Similar to ghost and hiding faces because they only create an illusion that the face/unit is not in place.

ESN: Stands for Electronic Serial Number. Allows the disabling of the radio and allows tracking if it is stolen.

Detachable
Motorized Faceplate
Some in-dash car stereos feature a motorized faceplate that moves to expose a CD or DVD slot. This is a convenient feature that allows the front display to be larger and easier to read. The positioning of the monitor gives you control over the angle you would like to view information on the stereo.
No
Remote Control
Allows control of specific features and functions from a remote control. Typically they are used to prevent button wear on your radio, or to allow easier navigation of menus.
Yes
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.
22 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.
2 Pairs (Front and Switchable Rear/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.
Yes
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.
2 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.
System Q Sound Control with Pre-programmed Tone Curves
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.

14 Segment/8 Digit Fluorescent Display
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.

White
Button Color
Refers to the color of the physical buttons on the unit.
Blue and Red
CEA-2006 Compliant
Amplifiers that have been tested to meet specific standards. When a car amplifier meets these standards, you can be sure that it will be able to produce the amount of power specified by the official CEA-2006 rating. Usually, these rating consist of the following items:
  • RMS Power
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio

This rating applies to both external car amplifiers, as well as the amplifiers inside of in-dash stereos.

No

Playback Features

AM/FM Tuner
Most in-dash CD players have AM/FM playback allowing you listen to your favorite local radio stations.
Yes
FM Presets
The number of FM radio stations that can be stored as presets.
18
AM Presets
The number of AM radio stations that can be stored as presets.
6
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.
Yes
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.
Yes
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.
Yes
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.
No
DVD Region Number
This is the region number that the DVD receiver is compatible with. Almost any device that has the ability to play a DVD disk has a region number. DVD region codes restrict playback of movies that come from geographical locations outside of your residing place.
Dual Zone
Dual zone means the stereo is capable of playing multiple audio or video sources between two separate locations.

Please refer to the item description for more details on how dual zone works specifically to the unit you are viewing.

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.
Front
Number of Front USB Inputs
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.

3.5mm
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.

Optional
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.

Front 3.5mm

Monitor Screen Features

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.
MirrorLink Compatible
MirrorLink allows connectivity between a smartphone and the aftermarket car receiver. The consumer gets into the car, connects the phone with a cable, and gains access to phone applications through the car stereos controls such as navigation and steering wheel buttons. MirrorLink allows consumers to use their smartphones safely and simply, keeping eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.

Expandability Features

Navigation
Built-in navigation is a convenient feature that allows the driver to receive driving directions and guidance.

Some in-dash head units are built-in with the navigation features, while others require an add on navigation box. Other navigation options include portable navigation units that you can take with you or attach to the dash of your vehicle.

No
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.
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.

No
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 - SIRIUS (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.
Optional
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.
Optional (Accessory required and sold separately)
A2DP Music Streaming
The Advanced Audio Distribution Profile will wirelessly stream music and other audio from an A2DP compatible device.
Steering Wheel Control Compatible
In order to retain a vehicle's factory steering wheel remote controls, a wired-remote input is needed on the aftermarket stereo.

If "Yes", then the aftermarket stereo is compatible with steering wheel remote controls. If an additional accessory is required for the steering wheel controls to work properly, a compatible piece will be listed.

No
CD Changer Controls
This feature signifies whether or not the receiver has the ability to control a CD Changer. If a receiver supports this function, it is usually compatible with a same-brand CD changer without the need for an extra adapter.
No
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.
No
Memory Card Reader
Whether or not the receiver has a built-in input for removable memory cards such as SD (Secure Digital) cards or MMC (Multimedia) cards.
No

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.
iPod Audio Integration
This refers to whether or not the receiver can connect to an iPod and allow for audio control and playback of the iPod through the head unit. Head units that have iPod connectivity allow your iPod to be connected and controlled via the head unit, and they will typically connect through the USB input combined with your standard iPod-to-USB charging/connection cable. We encourage you to read the description of the head unit to see if an adapter is required or included, or if you can simply use your own iPod-to-USB cable.
Yes (via iPod USB Cable or Accessory Cable Below)
iPod Video Connection
This refers to whether or not the receiver can connect to an iPod and allow for video control and playback of the iPod through the head unit. Head units that have iPod connectivity allow your iPod to be connected and controlled via the head unit, and they will typically connect through the USB input combined with your standard iPod-to-USB charging/connection cable. We encourage you to read the description of the head unit to see if an adapter is required or included, or if you can simply use your own iPod-to-USB cable.
iPod Charging Adapter Required
Some Apple iPods require a charging adapter be used for the unit to fully function with the iPod.
Compatible Apple Devices
This list refers to the Apple devices that the product is compatible with.

Some Car stereos are compatible with iPods and/or iPhones. If the headunit can connect to an iPod or iPhone via USB or iPod connection cable, these listed iPods are compatible. This list does not apply if the iPod is being connected through the 3.5mm mini-jack plug. Newer iPods are usually compatible if the appropriate adapters are purchased and used.

Any iPods/iPhones released after the release date of this product have not been checked by the manufacturer and/or Sonic Electronix for compatibility. We therefore cannot guarantee their compatibilities or incompatibilities, including, but not limited to: playback, video, charging, and response time.

5G iPod Video (30, 60, & 80GB)
iPod Classic (120GB)
iPod Classic (80 &160GB)
iPod Nano 1st Generation (1, 2, & 4GB)
iPod Nano 2nd Generation (4 & 8GB)
iPod Nano 3rd Generation (4 & 8GB)
iPod Nano 4th Generation (8 & 16GB)
iPod Touch 1st Generation (8, 16 & 32GB)
iPod Touch 2nd Generation (8, 16 & 32GB)
iPhone
iPhone 3G
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.
Android Audio Integration
This refers to whether or not the receiver can connect to an Android and allow for audio control and playback of the Android through the head unit. Head units that have Android connectivity allow your device to be connected and controlled via the head unit, and they will typically connect through the USB input combined with your standard charging and connection cable. We encourage you to read the description of the head unit to see if an adapter is required or included, or if you can simply use your own Android charging and connection cable.
Android Video Connection
This refers to whether or not the receiver can connect to an Android device and allow for video control and playback of the device through the head unit. Head units that have Android video connectivity allow your device to be connected and controlled via the head unit, and they will typically connect through the USB input combined with your standard Android charging/connection cable. We encourage you to read the description of the head unit to see if an adapter is required or included, or if you can simply use your own cable.

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Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
1 year
Warranty Provider
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Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rating Distribution

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Average Attribution Rating

Durability
4.5
Value
4.8
Features
4.5
Design
4.5
Usability
4.4
Corey

LindenLinden, MI

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Awesome headunit

December 27, 2010

Great headunit, sound quality is awesome. Nice aux and usb input. Simple to use, looks nice. Have had it for almost 2 years and it works just like the day I got it. My system started shorting and it went straight in to protect mode to prevent damage so that is also a nice feature.

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David

Oak View, CA

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Typical excellent Kenwood quality

April 6, 2010

Everything was as expected with this unit, very user friendly, excellent tone, and installation was a snap. I have 2 of these units, the performance of the first motivated me to purchase a second for my truck.

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John

Newington, CT

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Excellent Radio Priced Right

February 11, 2010

This Kenwood radio had features i wanted and the detachable face was a must since this is in a convertible vehicle Sounds great has remote control all the features i wanted and a great price

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ryan

Canada

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decent

February 9, 2010

great head unit for the price, sound quality is decent and its pretty easy to use. wish i could use my ipod to choose songs though instead of using the search option, it takes forever to scroll through songs.

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Rick

Converse, TX

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Good for the price

January 23, 2010

Pros:
USB Aux input works with Ipod (not the Shuffle, though) & thumb drive
FM & AM are separate buttons
Volume knob instead of buttons/rocker switch
Six preset buttons off to themselves, though I wish they were bigger
Price!!


Cons:
Bass/treble adjustments in with too many other adjustments
Sound quality is good, but my older Aiwa sounded better
Bass boost adjustment not fine enough, either too much or not enough
Too many tiny little buttons grouped around the volume knob
Display disappears in sunlight

Despite having a few little issues, this is a good radio, especially for the price. I'm fairly happy with it. If you're bass happy, you'll love it. If you're looking for a head unit that'll play songs from your Ipod or thumb drive, and on a tight budget, this is a great choice...

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boat man

St. Petersburg, FL

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Quality product

January 17, 2010

This product has been perfect for my needs. Good operation, good sound, well made, etc. I love having a remote control, and the only improvement I can think of for this product is to include a power on/off button on the remote.

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Steve

Macomb, MI

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Overall Great Product

January 8, 2010

I recently purchased this head unit and just installed it yesterday. The installation was pretty easy and it looks great. I have a 99 Ford Ranger and this cd player really made it sound like I had some premium speakers installed when reality they are just stock. I haven't looked at the manual yet on how to configure it but just by playin with it I have gotten used to it pretty quickly. The base boost is nice and with it on I am able to put my regular base down to -3 and it still rocks. The USB port in front is really helpful with my ipod nano 5th gen. It displays the title and album name right on the front and you can search for songs straight from the cd player. It comes with a nice little tray that sits under the cd player where you can put other cds, your ipod, etc. For the price, including shipping and installation kit, you really can't beat it. Def recommend it.

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Kenneth

Millville, NJ

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I Love this unit

January 7, 2010

Very versatile head unit. USB, AUX, CD. I couldn't ask for more. Oh did i mention Bluetooth?!!!!

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Steve

Santa Ana, CA

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Great Value & Sound

January 3, 2010

Great sound and features for the money. Easy to set up and use. I highly recommend it for entry level with premium features.

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Dennis

Ridgecrest, CA

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Excellent Stereo

December 23, 2009

This stereo is used in an open vehicle where it is subjected to all element and perform great.

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Joe

Bloomfield, NJ

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Very Good, but glitches

December 17, 2009

This is a very good product for the price. The USB port is awesome and easy to use. I have not used the AUX input because I can use the USB port, and how many things do you really need to plug into your car stereo? The receiver has lots of power. The volume goes up to 35: I rarely go above 25 and never above 30 (bear in mind that I am connected to some heavy duty speakers, not sure how much sound you would get from lesser speakers.)
A couple glitches: 1) you cannot have more than approx. 200 songs in a folder on a USB device, it simply will not see anything beyond that. 2) "Full" random only applies to the folder you are in, not all the folders so you can't have more than 200 songs in full random at any time, still 200 songs lasts a long time. 3) It has developed a glitch where it momentarily powers down when I use any of the controls or push on the face plate. Annoying, but it picks up right where it left off once it cycles back up and usually only does it a couple times. Certainly not worth uninstalling, shipping back for repair, and reinstalling. It has great sound and good power and I can put all of my music on an SD card and take it with me everywhere I go. I would recommend this unit to anyone who isn't easily annoyed by little glitches.

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SWW

Auburn, WA

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Good stereo

December 12, 2009

This stereo has great sound even with OEM speakers. Installation was a snap, maybe because the old one was a Kenwood also. Very happy with the product.

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Brandon

Fall River, MA

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awesome!!

December 7, 2009

i purchased one of these from b*** b**..and def shouldn't of bought it their..i payed $90 more than what i could of on this site..but def a great stereo for the price..cant beat it..awesome sound quality and if you have subwoofers they will def hit a lot harder

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James

Medford, NY

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awesome radio

November 3, 2009

I purchased this unit and to my surprise it sounded better than my '07 Lexus with 14 speakers (Mark Levinson option). Installation (with the provided adapters) was a snap to install. Love it!!!

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Clint

Hyde Park, UT

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Very happy

October 14, 2009

Great stereo. I put it in a jeep that takes a lot of abuse and the stereo has held up great. Very happy!

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Rich

Milan, MI

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Nice Stereo, Love the USB

October 14, 2009

I recommend this stereo to anyone that is looking for an affordable quality stereo with a USB input.
Customer Service and shipping from Sonic is great, this is my 3rd purchase from them.

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mykel

citrus springs, FL

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good head unit

October 8, 2009

i would recommend this item to others. it is very easy to use and the built in controls are very useful with my car audio systems performance.

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Maxer

cocoa, FL

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Kenwood head unit

August 10, 2009

I recommend this head unit for it's great value for all it offers. The USB port in the front dash is a must for mp3 tunes! 2 pre amp outputs and song title text display screen are great options. The controls are not super user friendly to navigate. I consulted the manual a few times to set audio controls exactly how I desired. Overall great sound and good price on a great brand. My other car has a similar Sony head unit and it's very user friendly.

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Tim

Los Angeles, California

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extremely pleased

May 27, 2009

this is my first stereo set, but i am somewhat of a music enthusiast and i know computers and technology very well.

the radio is very easy to use and the directions couldnt be much easier to follow. the only problem is depending on the radio antenna on your car. you may need to purchase an adapter, but thats not kenwoods fault cuz almost every car uses a different style.

i love the colors and design of the set. it doesn't feel cheap like the sony, jvc, etc. i felt when messing with them at different electronics stores. this one felt solid and i love it. the numbers are illuminated with red. i didnt realize it until after i bought the unit.

the only reason i gave it 4 stars under features is because it didnt come with an hd radio set, but with my car...being a vw...it doesnt have much space for it in the space. but yea...overall a great set. highly recommend.

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blackwood new jersey

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awesome

May 13, 2009

bought at B*** B** and paid 130 but i dont even care about the price. had no problems with it . plays cds that my other one would never play cuz of the scratches. looks beautiful at night with the blue color and red buttons it scans the radio real fast and can play music off ur phone or ipod. i am extremely happy with it and now all i wanna do is go drive so i can play with it lol. it also feels real solid not flimsy what so ever. i recommend to anybody

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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

KDC-MP342U

UPC

019048181169

Weight

4.00lbs

Internal SKU

kdcmp342u

Internal Product ID

17269

Sonic Electronix Wiring Guide

Wiring Diagram Legend

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.

Product Name: Kenwood KDC-MP342U