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Kenwood KDC-152

Single-Din Car Stereo w/ Front 3.5mm Auxiliary Input & Red Illuminated Buttons

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General Features:

  • Kenwood KDC-152 In-dash Receiver
  • Detachable face plate
  • Single-line DOT text display
  • Remote control included
  • Red illuminated button lighting
  • Power Output:
    • Peak: 50 watts x 4 channels
    • RMS: 22 watts x 4 channels
  • CD text information display
  • MP3 ID3 Tag Display (Title/Artist/Album)
  • 1-year SonicElectronix.com Warranty

Playback and Audio Features:

  • CD/CD-R/RW, MP3/WMA Playback
  • 18FM/12AM presets
  • Subwoofer level control
  • Dynamic Soundstage Organizer
  • Electronic Shock Protection (ESP)
  • 3-band parametric equalizer with 8 selectable tone curves (7 Preset, 1 User)
  • 24bit Digital Analog Converter (DAC) to enhance your MP3/WMA playback

Expandability Options:

  • 1 Set of 2V preamp outputs (switchable rear/subwoofer)
  • 3.5mm Front Auxiliary Input

Product History:

Kenwood KDC-152 thumbnail
(newest, current model)
Kenwood KDC-148 thumbnail
(previous model, replaced by Kenwood KDC-152)

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.
1 Pair (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.
3-band parametric equalizer with 8 selectable 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.

Dot-Matrix Text 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.
Red
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.
105 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.
12
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
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.

No

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.
No
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.
Device Mirroring
This is the ability to "mirror" a device's screen (i.e SmartPhone or Tablet) onto the headunit's display. Please check with the manufacture's website for updated information regarding compatibility and cables required for proper performance.

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.
None
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.

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

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.
No
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.
No
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.
No
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.
No

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
78%
4 Star
18%
3 Star
3%
2 Star
1%
1 Star
0%

Average Attribution Rating

Durability
4.7
Value
4.9
Features
4.5
Design
4.6
Usability
4.7
Jerald

molino fl

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cd player

September 29, 2013

Its great for the price just wish it had a few more settings for vol/bass/amp configuration but overall a great deal

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Edwin

Apple Valley, CA

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Great deal

January 22, 2014

Great value for the dollar...works as advertised.and looks good..

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Richard

Morning View, KY

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Great radio for the money!

October 4, 2012

The radio puts out great sound quality, installs easy, and looks great! I've been using the radio for six months and I'm still in love with it!

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Win

Canada

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Price is fair.

September 13, 2014

Works well most of the time. CDs tend to get extremely hot and may stop playing. Suggest name brand discs like verbatum etc. Soft static only when on radio, I've not been able to track down the issue yet.

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Russell

West Memphis, AR

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great budgets HU

July 17, 2014

great HU on a budget easy to use easy to install and great features

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basshead86

Lancaster, CA

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nice

June 30, 2014

Been buying kenwood head units for over 10 years very easy to use works perfectly cant beat the price i recomend kenwood to all my family and friends

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Michael

Pittsburgh, PA

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Great value, and great sounding and looking headunit!

February 16, 2012

Had this headunit installed in my '94 civic and no problems whatsoever! Great budget head unit delivering more than enough power to some infinity reference speakers I had. Crystal clear audio with both the cd player and aux input using an iPod/iPhone. Would def buy again!

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Steve

Hawthorne, CA

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Kenwood

December 1, 2014

Wonderful unit; good looking, well built and sounds great! A best buy!

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Jordy

Houston, TX

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good for price

September 21, 2014

good for price gets the job done. pushes speakers well

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New Yorker

Loudon,Tennessee

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Purchase of Kenwood Radio

July 13, 2014

I am thrilled when I purchase something and I get exactly what the company decribed. Look forward to many more purchases from this company. Love the Radio and the price was great!

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Sherry

Tucson, AZ

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Great value

July 8, 2014

Great value for a name brand deck. Good sound quailty and easy install

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smokie

Brentwood, Maryland

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love it..

January 9, 2014

Great product. Speedy service. Radio sounds real good. Highly recommend....

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Mark

Benton, LA

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Good unit!!!!!!!!

September 19, 2013

Sounds better than the two hundred unit it replaced. Controls take some getting used to, but solid unit for the small price.

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Larry

Skokie, IL

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What a Great Item

September 3, 2013

I needed a new radio for one of my work trucks. Sonic not only had a great radio (Kenwood) but also all the parts to give me a factory made look. The radio works great and the remote is awesome. It looks like the radio was custom made for my truck.

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Sean

MN

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Great Budget Headunit!

February 19, 2013

I bought this unit to replace the old worn out stereo in my explorer. I didn't want to spend over $100 for a unit. This one fit the bill perfectly. Easy to use and has everything you need. Does what others can do, just not as much $$$. Would recommend to anyone.

My one critique is that when you change the audio sources, it beeps different tones depending on which source you are changing to. Not a bad feature, it's just a lot louder than it should be.

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Krista

Jeffersonville, IN

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Great value

November 28, 2014

Needed a radio for sons first car and this one fit the needs exactly with the features and price.

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Mark

Rockford, IL

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Great Stereo

October 13, 2014

Easy installation, great sound, good looks...What"s not to like

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bow hunter

Grant mi

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great product and value

August 15, 2014

Great price for a quality radio it sounds better than expected this is a must by for anyone looking for a great radio at a good price

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michael

troy, NC

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super value

January 18, 2014

For the price and the features it has makes this one of the gifts I've ever bought and installed

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Kane

Wyoming, MI

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Great for the money

September 22, 2013

I was impressed with the quality of this radio. It distorts very little, and the sound quality is above average.

It does take some playing with the settings to make it sound right, but the controls are very user-friendly.

Now for the best part. It looks like an expensive radio. I bought this thinking I could replace it cheap if it got stolen. Took my car to Chicago and somebody else thought it looked great too, so I no longer have this gem of a radio, or a passenger window for that matter...

While I owned it, this was a quality product. You can't go wrong with this price, either.

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brandonr

CC, Texas

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great!

September 17, 2013

Its a great radio, makes my cheap speakers sound good, very simple, good sound, smooth volume! No problems!

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Mark

Denver, PA

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Very easy to operate

November 16, 2012

Unit is durable, easy to operate, I have full confidence in this head unit lasting me many years in my chevy blazer.

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Edward

Jamaica, NY

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SAFE CHOICE

September 4, 2012

When my factory unit stopped working, I wasn't sure about what to get. To me, there are a few name brands that allow you to purchase with confidence.. and for me Kenwood is just that. I don't think there's a bad Kenwood unit out there.

I can only say that this unit gives me everything I could want in a system and more. It produces an unbelievable sound and I couldn't be happier. Thank you Kenwood. I knew I could count on you.

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Eddie

Chester, NH

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Excellent and inexpensive kenwood

August 17, 2012

This radio is great as an inexpensive replacement radio. I like that It has the aux. Input in the front and hi mid low adjustments. Great sound difference without adding an additional amp. I would recommend anyone looking for an easy upgrade to purchase this kenwood over a Sony or Dual radio

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Hunter

Salisbury, NC

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Kenwood Headunit

April 23, 2012

This is a great option if you're on a budget. Puts out good clean power and has great features for it's price point. I would recommend this unit to anyone.

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Christian

Chattanooga, TN

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Excellent unit!

July 21, 2014

This unit has exceeded my expectations. It was incredibly easy to install, even in my '04 Grand Am SE which required this to be wired to an adapter (thank you for the extra expense, GM). This little guy works flawlessly, sounds great (stock speakers), and has extensive audio control options (Treble, Mid, Bass, and 2 levels of Bass Boost) as well as other customization options. All in all, an excellent option in this price range. I highly recommend this unit.

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bimmer 325

westhaven ct.

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economy

June 15, 2014

yes nice radio ,good sound but if you really want the sound put an amp in line to enjoy...

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Jane

Chicago, IL

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Amazing sound!

June 9, 2014

I purchased two of these units for my vehicles and had them installed by my local auto shop. The ordering process could not have been easier or more foolproof--I knew they fit my cars and they included any parts necessary for a proper fit, leaving me to just enjoy the sound. And was I amazed by the quality of sound! They even make my mediocre factory speakers sound better. I couldn't be more pleased and highly recommend this unit. I just wish the power button was more accessible. Hard to touch if you have big fingers. A small annoyance for such a terrific unit.

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Troy

New Haven, CT

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Great Buy

June 8, 2014

It was brand new fresh out the box..works to perfection..nd delivery of my product was within a good time frame! Im satisfied..thnx!!

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Shane

Colorado Springs, CO

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Great Value!

May 25, 2014

I would recommend to anyone. Great cost for a great product.

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Jake

Iola Ks

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Great CD Player

February 10, 2014

Kenwood is a name brand great, for amps amd subs.

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Sherman

Hillside, IL

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Great Radio

October 14, 2013

This Kenwood radio sounds great in my wife's 2010 Chevy Cobalt. It's a basic aftermarket radio, nothing out of the norm from what I've dealt with in the past but I have no complaints. It does the job. It's sufficient for the price I've paid for it.

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JP

Stanfield, NC

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Excellent Radio

September 17, 2013

This radio surprised me with its sensitivity. I am able to hear stations clearly which simply could not be heard with the factory radio. The CD player works well also. Altogether a very good replacement for the stock Honda unit.

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Ricardo

St. Joseph, MI

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Great value!

September 17, 2013

Good sound, easy to install, detachable panel, i-pod plug. I like it!

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kicker1

st louis, Mo

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great price

September 3, 2013

This was a good head unit when I first got it. Six months down the road the lights no longer work on some spots.

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Joseph

Orange Park, Florida

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perfect

February 17, 2013

Having just purchased this and using for about a week now, I thought a review would be in order. Where to start? Well lets talk about its design first. The unit is VERY aesthetically pleasing to look at and has a sleek nice black finish really complementing the factory appearance on the dash. The display is VERY simple and bright, but not obnoxious either. It's very easy to read and has a dimmer setting in case you find it overwhelming at night which I don't at all. Settings and equalization is VERY straightforward and makes perfect sense. The volume knob is ergonomic and easy to feel unlike those stereos with the flush knobs that you can barely adjust without hitting 4 buttons. Overall the look and quality of "feel" is second to none! Now for sound quality. The volume ranges from 0 to 35 and for those of you reading who have tuned an amplifier know that it starts with the all the gain down and the headunit EQ zeroed out. I started slowly increasing the volume waiting for it to distort, 15...20...28...33 and finally 35. Crystal clear. I mean not a lick of distortion at max volume. I played it safe though and set my preferred max level at 28 before the amp was turned up. As I had previously mentioned the equalizer works beautifully slowly adding nuances into your music, and this unit features a bass boost setting which surprisingly doesn't distort either! It just adds Crystal clear sound. I'd rate the sound quality of this unit 11 out of 10 because there is nothing that comes close. I've had numerous Pioneer, Sony, and alpine units but this one blows them away and for the price? I must say I was skeptical with how little I spent but I put my faith in reviewers and glad I did. I saved my favorite part for last. The main reason I looked at this Kenwood was because because I am very picky about factory appearances. I hate Euro taillights, body kits, rims and just about anything the manufacturer of the car didn't design for it. I wasn't thrilled about an aftermarket radio because all the ones today have big chrome knobs, and cheap finishes with stupid designs and laser light shows. Features like that may be attractive to ricers and teenage kids, but not a mature listener who would rather take sound quality and a quality build over a cheap laser light show radio with the 10,000 useless features that are just excessive junk anyway. This kenwood was the cleanest, best looking, simple, best sounding unit I've ever seen in my life. For the price I can't understand why you are still reading this and not entering your credit card info yet. Extremely happy and more then recommend!!!!

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Adam

Chattanooga, Tn

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Wow, Very Impressed

February 7, 2013

I ordered this head unit on 2/5/13 and it has been received and installed in my car by 2/7/13. Super fast shipping!! The sound difference in my car is phenomenal. It has increased the the mid/treble/bass in all speakers. I have two twelves (subs) in the back and before, all I could hear is bass. Now I can hear the words and everything else so much better, music is not just bass for me anymore. This head unit has brought my whole system together, I love it.

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Wrench Head

Gettysburg, Pa.

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Can't Have Just One

January 1, 2013

Bought one for my wife's hard to find (oem) stereo. Installed others over the years, but no comparison to what the other guys offer, wanting your first born, along with a few other body parts.
Checked out what Sonic had to offer. Wiring harness was ideal for not needing to cut into oem harness. Great color coding, simple instructions even for a beginner. The mounting plate kit is the only way to go, and looks like a factory/pro install when done, beginner, novice or expert.
A week later, ordered one for my Rodeo, and my son wanted one for a 1990 F150.
Kenwood has always had a great product, and Sonic greatly enhances this product by including the optional wiring harness and mount plate kit. If you don't want any hassle, take the wiring harness and mounting kit. You won't be sorry, and you can't go wrong. Throw in the remote control on this unit and you'll need a second look to make sure you're not in the privacy of your living room, chilling in the recliner.
Paid the extra shipping on my first one as it was purchased in a limited time frame, and the shipping came through for me.
Good to see a company out there like Sonic Electronix that puts it all in one package and delivers great products to the limited budget customeras well as offers more to the guy who feels money is no object.

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omar

castaic, CA

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yea!!!!

December 17, 2012

I would definitely recommend buying this for any ready....the cool display.. the awesome and easy control... totally worth it

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Waymon

Columbus, GA

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Awe-some System!

September 15, 2012

Thanks to Sonic, paid rock bottom price for this system. Purchased as a replacement for my commercial vehicle.

Pros: Easy to install. Control knobs are very easy to operate and program. Love the dual bass feature. Sound is rich and clear. Bright light makes it easy to see in the dark. Old system would skip on every bump in the road while playing CD"s....this Kenwood has not skipped a beat on the bumpiest roads!
Highly recommend this system!!

Cons: None

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John

Ellwood City, PA

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Great stereo

July 24, 2012

This stereo was a great price and a great unit, anywhere else you would have paid a lot more

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smitty

east helena

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great cd player for the money

March 30, 2012

this is a great cd player for the money and it is a kenwood , there are lot nice cd players out there but if you dont want to spend the mone, this works

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Trent

Where i live

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great

February 26, 2012

I recommend this to anyone, good stereo.

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Sean

Oregon

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Highly satisfied!

October 10, 2014

Previously I purchased a Pioneer DEH-150MP from amazon due to its low price point and I didn't feel like spending much on a new head unit. I quickly returned that unit after a day or two due to the fact that I wasn't satisfied with the power it put out and it's weak bass notes. This unit on the other hand, made me really happy I returned the Pioneer. As soon as I clicked it in and started playing some music I was extremely pleased that I spent the extra $20 on it. Excellent power to my speakers as well as the strong bass notes that I was lacking with the returned unit. It also fits very snug and secure in the dash kit that was provided for free by Sonic Electronix. Overall, I'm already loving the new unit and loving the free stuff that Sonic threw in with it. Delivery time was also speedy and on time!

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Noname

Atlanta

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Great receiver. Fast shipping

August 10, 2014

Replaced bulky two din receiver with this powerful littleod from kenwood. Sound is amazing. Highly recommend

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buyme-1

alabama

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great deal, Kenwwod is hard to beat

August 9, 2014

This is a great sounding radio, I replace a cheap one on my boat with this and you cant beat the clear sound.

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Travis

manistee, MI

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KDC-152

March 18, 2014

For the price you can't beat this stereo. Had no problem hooking it up.

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Derrick

Edmonds, WA

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Kenwood KDC-152

February 1, 2014

great, simple stereo with great sound to replace broken oem cd player.

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Matt

Fruitport, MI

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Love it!

January 6, 2014

The sound is great, has a handy aux input, detachable faceplate, remote control, all at a very reasonable price. Quality seems to be very good as well.

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Kenn

Travelers Rest, SC

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Works GREAT!!! Sounds AWESOME!!!

October 7, 2013

was easy to hook up. Works GREAT!!! Sounds Great!!! Does just what I wanted.

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Jelly Bean

Lemoore, CA

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Very Nice Stereo

July 10, 2013

I bought this for my 2500 Dodge Club Cab truck and have been very happy with it. This is my third stereo from Sonic Electronix and I've yet to be disappointed--very good prices and equipment along with customer support (I needed a little help with the double din installed in our 4Runner and the rep helped me to successfully install it.) My son purchased another model of Kenwood for his Eclipse but is envious of mine which has more power and features like HD radio and channel/ artist labeling. All have worked well with the oldest being installed about 2 years ago and the other two around 6 months ago. The install kits help a lot.

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joe

hanford, ca

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good for the price

July 3, 2013

I would recommend this head unit if your trying to stay on a budget for the price it puts out decent sound I have 2 orion xtr pro 12s and it hits hard and this head unit made them sound good

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Zach H.

Panama City, FL

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Great!

March 20, 2013

This is a great Headunit.the buttons are nice and so are the options! right now, mine is in Protect mode and i believe it's because i have bad crimps or a bad connection of some sort because i was in a hurry to install my new speakers, which i also got from here! the Focal CVX-130 for the front and Rockford Fosgate p1675 for the back! soon to be adding two sundown sa-12s and so on. but anyways, Im SOO glad it has a protect mode because i could've blown any other headunit from that O.O! So when i have time i will fix the connections and take my precious time. The controls are decently easy to learn, it doesnt take long at all! i give this headunit a good rating and i recommend it to anyone who is looking for a wonderful headunit and is limited on moolah!

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Josh C.

Birmingham, AL

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Excellent Budget Stereo

November 30, 2012

I got this head unit for my Tacoma as a nice budget friendly option with the basic options I wanted. I wanted a fair amount of rms power to run my aftermarket door speakers and some EQ tuning options. When I switched out the older Pioneer head unit the previous owner had to this one there was a noticeable improvement in the sound quality. I definitely recommend this unit to anyone looking for great value at a great price.

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alex

Waltham, MA

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good for price

July 28, 2012

i would recommend this to someone who needs a simple replacement for stock radio. It is good because it has audio controls like bass and trebel wich for this price range is hard to get.bmw 325i

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willfred

point pleasant, wv

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great value

June 12, 2012

I bought this cd player for my 1990 camaro. It doesnt skip when you hit bumps, it puts out quality sound, and best of all it is greatly priced. I would recommend this to anyone who wants a good cd player and dont wanna give an arm and a leg for it.

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CT

greenville, OH

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Great Product for a Great Price

February 29, 2012

I love this head unit i got everything yesterday and installed it and it works perfect and has great features. It works great with my 3 12" Rockford Fosgates, I havent had it long so i have no complaints. Great price for the product i would definitely recommend this product to anyone.

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H. King

Barbados

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Commendable! Prompt and efficient service

October 4, 2014

I bought my second Kenwood KDC-152 in-dash cd/mp3 etc. stereo.
The entire transaction - including - packaging, international shipping, tracking and delivery were prompt and smooth. Highly professional execution.
The bar has been set quite high by this company.

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Christopher

Ithaca, NY

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Excellent!

August 19, 2014

I wanted a CD player, radio, etc. that wasn't complicated, easy to install, and works great. This is it!

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Travis

manistee, MI

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KDC-152

March 18, 2014

Awesome stereo for the price. Would highly recommend for anyone on a budget. Great features.

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Jordan

Rock Valley, IA

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Awesome!

September 17, 2013

I have the stereo one step up in my other car and thought it was awesome, so i bought this one because I loved the stereo and didn't need the usb port in this one. Sounds Awesome! Absolutely love it, will buy again for my next vehicle. Would highly recommend!

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Travis

Pompano Beach, FL

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Kenwood KDC-152

September 17, 2013

it works grate and its easy to use and its simple to change the setting

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Tristan

MN

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Good Radio

August 15, 2013

Easy to use and install no problems yet iPod and amp hook ups I like the best.

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Big O

Colton, CA

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First After-Market Car System

April 24, 2012

I recommend. Great value for the price. Serious, you won't regret it the quality of the sound. Looks nice and bright at night. Easy to read. Buttons are easy to use and very simple after two trys. I was confused at first, but this head unit was easy to figure out. This made my Kenwood speakers sound Much Much better then my factory head unit. I have no complaints. This was the missing and last peice if my sound system to create a masterpeice of sound.

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Mike

Bedford, VA

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Very good

August 18, 2014

This is a great buy for the money and a very easy installation.

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doug

Forestdale, MA

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so far so good

July 2, 2014

everything I ordered came on time and is the same that I ordered. the person on the phone that helped did not try to sell me stuff I didn't need or want . I have told everyone that it was an awesome place to do business with .

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George

Kalamazoo, MI

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Great value and simple to use

January 26, 2014

I purchased this unit for my camper. I chose it because of the price and features. I installed the same unit on my boat a year ago and have been pleased with it so I ordered it again for the same ease of operation and features. My main interest is playing my MP3 unit through the Kenwood. Sonic Electronics was very helpful in tailoring the installation kit to my camper. They have been good people to work with.

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Swifgriff

Cantonment, Fl.

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Great Radio & CD Player

December 19, 2013

I bought this Kenwood KDC-152 and put it in my 1991 GMC Pickup.
The unit sounds Great and if I ever need another one it will be this
model and brand.........Thanks Kenwood

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Darryl V

Fort Mitchell, AL

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GREAT VALUE

October 26, 2014

THIS IS A VERY GOOD RECEIVER / CD / TUNER AND FOR THE PRICE I GOT IT FOR ON EBAY THROUGH SONIC ELECTRONIX IT WAS A STEAL.

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wfw5607

Cape Girardeau, MO

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Just simple

October 3, 2014

I have gotten two of these radio's for friends of mine that love the simple operation and great clean looks and Kenwood reliability

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Luis

Houston, TX

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Nice

September 29, 2014

Installed it on a 99 Crown Vic sounds way better than stock. Install kit made it simple, shipping was quick, overall a great buy.

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Brahm

Walterboro, SC

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worth it

September 5, 2014

I got a great deal on this. it came in on time. but was a easy(if you know what your doing) to install. 8.5/10

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BRYAN

FILLMORE, UT

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Nice product for the money

January 30, 2014

Bought the Kenwood for my daughters birthday. Easy to install in her truck. Works great. Only had for a month, but seems to work fine. Had a great price on the product.

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I needed an 12V amplifier for a project with Singing Plants. This is priced right, has an aux input for my decoder and works like a champ on a motorcycle battery. And, it has many more ways to tailor the sound than a straight amplifier would plus a remote control.
William G on Nov 22, 2014
Great features at a great price and from Sonic, it gets shipped quickly. Can't beat it! I've installed over a dozen of these for my customers! Find me on Facebook if you're in Southern Maine by searching for: MPdesignsAV
Mike P on Nov 1, 2014
I had one before and it is a good system
Edward P on Nov 4, 2014
needed a simple radio that was easy to use and reliable
reece t on Aug 31, 2014
Does this fill the void left by the original equipment?? It looks a lot sleeker and narrower than the opening
tom s on Aug 5, 2014
Best Answer: when you buy this product thro sonic electronic they also give you the adapter for free if under a certen price, with the adapter it will look like it was ment to be there and the adapter will vill the void
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Product Summary

Manufacturer

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KDC-152

UPC

019048195494

Weight

3.50lbs

Internal SKU

kdc152

Internal Product ID

42340

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-152