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Kenwood DPX308U

In-Dash Double DIN AAC/WMA/MP3 CD Receiver w/ Remote, iPod Direct Control and Variable Illumination

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Kenwood DPX300U

OUR PRICE: $139.99

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General Features:

  • In-dash Double DIN AM/FM, CD, MP3, WMA, AAC player with Remote
  • 1-Line, 13-digit blue fluorescent display
  • Wireless remote control included
  • Variable color illumination feature allows selectable display and button lighting
  • Power Output:
    • Peak: 50 watts x 4 channels
    • RMS: 22 watts x 4 channels
  • MP3 ID3 Tag Display (Title/Artist/Album)
  • 1-year Sonic Electronix warranty

Playback and Audio Features:

  • Playback of CD, CD-R, CD-RW, MP3, WMA, and AAC
  • Tuner with 18FM/6AM presets
  • System Q/Q-EX Sound Control 3 Band equalizer with 8 preset tone curves
  • Supreme technology for compressed music
  • Fader controls
  • 24 bit digital-analogue converter
  • Bass boost adjustments
  • Low-pass filter

Expandability Options:

  • 2 Sets of 2V preamp outputs (front and rear/sub switchable)
  • iPod Playback: Standard USB-to-iPod Cable is compatible or Kenwood KCA-iP101 can be used.
  • Front-panel auxiliary input: 3.5mm (headphone jack) allows connection to portable media devices such as MP3 players, etc.
  • Front-panel USB input: allows connection to portable media devices

Product History:

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(previous model, replaced by Kenwood DPX300U)
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(previous model, replaced by Kenwood DPX308U)
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(previous model, replaced by Kenwood DPX303 (DPX-303))
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(previous model, replaced by Kenwood DPX302)

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
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.

None
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.
No
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/Q-EX Sound Control 3 Band equalizer with 8 preset 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.

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.

Variable Colors
Button Color
Refers to the color of the physical buttons on the unit.
Variable Colors
CD Signal-to-Noise
CD Signal-to-Noise Ratio is a key specification that is often overlooked by newbies. The CD S/N Ratio measures how well the CD player silences background noise. Higher ratings in decibels (dB) indicates less noise, and generally a cleaner signal.
110 dB
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
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 (CD-R Only)
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

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
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

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
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.
No
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.
No
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.
No
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.

Yes (Accessory required and sold separately)
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

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.
Optional (Accessory required and sold separately)
iPod Charging Adapter Required
Some Apple iPods require a charging adapter be used for the unit to fully function with the iPod.
No
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.

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 Nano 5th Generation (8 & 16GB)
iPod Nano 6th Generation (8 & 16GB)
iPod Touch 1st Generation (8, 16 & 32GB)
iPod Touch 2nd Generation (8, 16 & 32GB)
iPod Touch 3nd Generation (8, 32 & 64GB)
iPod Touch 4th Generation (8, 32 & 64GB)
iPhone
iPhone 3G
iPhone 3GS
iPhone 4

Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
1 year
Warranty Provider
Sonic Electronix

Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rating Distribution

5 Star
67%
4 Star
27%
3 Star
0%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
7%

Average Attribution Rating

Durability
4.5
Value
4.5
Features
4.2
Design
4.5
Usability
4.1

Mr. Stanek

Madison, WI

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Beautiful and amazing Head Unit

March 8, 2012

When I needed to replace my stereo in my 1990 Lexus LS 400, I did hours of research. I thought about getting a Pioneeer, as I am a fan of their head units. However, I found this double din Kenwood, and figured it would look great in my car. Turns out the product is better than I could have imagined. Options and customizations to keep you busy for hours. My stock speakers of 22 years sing with this Kenwood pushing them. I would recommend this stereo over any others out there. If youre not a fan of touch screen units and want to spend under $200, consider this fine stereo. You will not regret your purchase, I can promise that.

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Tommy

Sonoma, CA

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It's not a Party without Loud Music and Flashing Lights!

January 7, 2013

At first I was going to go with a flip out DVD player head unit, but how often would you really use it and have a chance to show it off? This Kenwood unit really sets a mood with the color changing lights... which makes it perfect for picking up chicks ;] Very rarely will somebody hop into your ride without mentioning it. When you first turn your car on all the colors on the unit flash and then they slowly fade into one another. I installed this in my 1998 Buick Regal the other day and it fit perfectly (didn't even need the mounting kit), looks as if it were stock. This Stereo system had my blown out stock speakers bumpin like no other! Can't imagine what it will sound like with new Rocksford speakers! Need more bass? Just press the Bass Boost button. You can also go through the audio settings and change the bass, treble, mid, high and low levels....and like 10 other things (it's over my head though). With the AUX cord you can control what you play from your Phone/Ipod, but it won't charge it. While the USB will charge your Phone but you can only access the songs through the system music search, the playlists are the files on your phone and not the playlists on your phone music player. I'm not sure if this is the same for an Ipod because I don't have one. Overall, if you're trying to Pimp your Ride but don't have Xzibit to help you out, this is the first step. This Kenwood system blows out competition with both style and sound quality!

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Sasha

Roanoke, VA

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Wow.

January 5, 2013

It not only makes your system/stock & speakers/whatever you have sound better: it makes it look better. I kind of gives off a matt black finish in the picture, but the reality is it's a very glossy look. If you have a black dash in your car it makes it ten times better. It has a USB and AUX option. If you use an iPod/iPhone through a USB, the quality is amazing. The only thing I don't like about this deck is that if you use an AUX cable, it doesn't sound great at all. Just my opinion. Overall, if you're looking for a flashy deck for a low price then this is the perfect deck for you. (It shipped extremely fast, too. Thanks Sonic!)

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Gemsbolio

Beals, ME

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Very Good Radio

October 26, 2012

I purchased this unit because I wanted to have a CD Player with Aux and USB ports in my 2012 F-150, but I did not want anything that would look drastically different from the AM/FM tuner that was already in it. This was the nicest looking one that I could find, so I bought it. I am very impressed with this unit, it gets decent reception, the sound quality is very good, and it looks even better than I was hoping for. In fact some people have thought that it was the factory sound system. I would definitely make this purchase again for my pickup.

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Junx

Fort Pierce, FL

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Perfect deck

October 4, 2012

Fit my Jeep great and was a great value. Thank you!

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Justin

Biloxi, MS

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Great product

June 17, 2012

Very speedy delivery great product what more can I say.

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bdizzlefromrosevizzle

Roseville, MI.

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naaaaasty

June 5, 2012

This head unit is sick. You have the option of choosing a solid color or having it change colors. I always get compliments on my head unit. It has USB & AUX outputs. Volume Offset option, which if you use auxiliary, it increases the overall volume 10x.

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kelton

Pleasant Grove, UT

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It looks amazing at night

April 19, 2012

This is a great head unit if you want to make the interior of your car look nice and clean. I would recommend this to everyone. Plus, I get a lot of compliments.

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Big D

Myrtle Beach, SC

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Great Product!

April 3, 2012

Great Product! Great value! Cool look! Don't have any problems!

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Garrett

Gilbert, AZ

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Installed in a 2001 Nissan Altima

March 23, 2012

The stereo was very easy to install and has a decent feature set. The menu system is not very intuitive, but is workable. We are having some weird popping sounds when going from volume 15-16 and have contacted SonicE about it.

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justin

detroit, MI

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great product, hard to set up.

March 19, 2012

I love this stereo. It is great for those looking to replace their stock radio with an affordable double din sized, non-touch screen stereo. The sound difference even with my stock speakers was night and day. I had no idea what my car speakers were capable of. The one con about it is that it was very frustrating to make it work with my subwoofer. I spent hours playing with it and poking around online to get it to work right. I finally came across something on a car audio forum. You have to change the setting from rear speaker output to subwoofer output from a menu that can only be accessed in standby mode. The included manual makes no mention of this. Other than that, it is an excellent product and the colored illumination looks great at night.

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Keith

Central, TX

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Nice deck...

January 1, 2012

Stereo sounds great, easy to use features. I like how you can change the colors to match your car. Installed with two 5-1/4" Kenwood and two 6"x9" Kenwood speakers. Looks good in my 1998 Regal GS.

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daniel

Adelanto, CA

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Fits perfectly in my 350z

July 23, 2011

Great deck to go with my KAC-2404s amplifier.

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BigDaddyJoe

San Jose, Ca

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Where's the SAT or XM / SIRUS?

May 23, 2011

Great Tuner..But where's the SAT / XM / Sirus at? The old model had it and that was a GREAT feature. Now it's gone.

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Kelly

tamaroa, IL

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Disappointed

October 23, 2012

I ordered this item and I used the website to find it so that it could fit in my car. When the head unit came in it didn't fit my car and was unable to return it because I had opened the box. Very disappointed.

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Accessory Tools and Products

Accessories added

Axxess ASWC

Universal steering wheel control interface with automatic programming

Your Price $59.99

PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Interface

Steering Wheel Control Interface for Alpine, JVC, Clarion, Kenwood, Pioneer, Sony Radios and More

Your Price $49.95

Monster Cable MPC CLNKIT-SM CN

2 Bottles of LCD Screen Clean with Cleaning Cloth

Your Price $2.99

Scosche TK12 Car Stereo Installation Kit

Includes panel removal tool, wire cutter/stripper, test light, RCA cable runner, screwdriver, and more!

Your Price $12.99

9-Piece Durable Nylon Plastic Pry & Chisel Tool Set

Helps with car stereo installation for use with dash and trim.

Your Price $14.99

18 Butt Connectors, 2 Ring Terminals, and Zip Ties

Great for connecting your car stereo wires to the harness.

Your Price $4.99

Scosche SPL Meter

Monitor the noise level of your new car audio system with this SPL meter measuring from 60-135 dB.

Your Price $21.99

AutoSound 2000 CD-104

Audiophile reference series test disc for evaluation of all audio components.

Your Price $11.99

AutoSound 2000 CD-102

High frequency test CD specifically designed for the set-up and evaluation of sound system imaging and placement.

Your Price $11.99

Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

DPX308U

UPC

0019048194060

Weight

4.80lbs

Internal SKU

dpx308u

Internal Product ID

33452

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 DPX308U