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Kenwood KDC-BT852HD

In-Dash CD/MP3/WMA Car Stereo Receiver w/ A2DP Bluetooth, HD Radio and Pandora Connectivity

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Kenwood KDC-BT855U

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General Features:

  • In-Dash AM/FM, CD, MP3, WMA Receiver with Remote
  • 3-line Full DOT LCD display makes navigating through your music easy
  • Pandora Link integrates your car stereo with your iPhone and Pandora Internet Radio
  • Built-in HD Radio Tuner allows the reception of high quality radio signals
  • Hands-free Bluetooth allows music streaming and wireless phone calls
  • Music control app for Android will organize your music for playback from the receiver
  • Variable Color Illumination button lighting
  • Power Output:
    • Peak: 50 watts x 4 channels
    • RMS: 22 watts x 4 channels
  • Anti-theft, detachable face plate
  • Wireless remote control included
  • CD text information display
  • 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
  • AM/FM tuner with 18FM/6AM presets
  • Sound Excellence Processor improves sound quality of your music
  • 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:

  • 3 Sets of 2.5V preamp outputs (front, rear and subwoofer)
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio Ready: SiriusXM Radio Package and subscription required and sold separately
  • Built-in Bluetooth technology supports hands-free calling with a compatible Bluetooth phone
  • iPod and iPhone Ready: Standard USB-to-iPod Cable compatible
  • Front Auxiliary Input: 3.5mm headphone jack allows connection to portable media devices
  • Front USB Input: USB port allows connection to digital devices such as flash drives, portable media players, etc.
  • Steering Wheel Control Ready: PAC SWI-JACKv1 or the Axxess ASWC required and sold separately

Bluetooth Features:

  • Built-in Bluetooth technology for hands-free talking and audio streaming
  • Bluetooth version 3.0 +EDR certified
  • Bluetooth range up to 32.8 ft.
  • Supports SMS message notifications and A2DP audio streaming
  • Bluetooth Profiles Supported:
    • HFP: Hands Free Profile allows a hands-free car kit to connect to a compatible mobile phone
    • HSP: Headset Profile enables a Bluetooth headset to connect to a compatible mobile phone
    • PBAP: Phone Book Access Profile allows the car stereo to display the name of the incoming caller, as well as access the contact list of the mobile phone directly from the car stereo
    • A2DP: Advanced Audio Distribution Profile allows high quality audio to be streamed from an audio device to the car stereo
    • AVRCP: Audio/Video Remote Control Profile supports basic remote control functions (play, pause, etc) via Bluetooth
    • OPP: Object Push Profile for sending basic "objects" such as pictures and other virtual material
    • SPP: Serial Port Profile provides a wireless replacement for RS-232 based serial communications
  • Works with most Bluetooth enabled cell phones
  • Includes an external wired microphone for clear, distortion-free talking




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Product History:

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(previous model, replaced by Kenwood KDC-BT852HD)

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.
3 Pairs (Front, Rear, and Subwoofer)
Dedicated Subwoofer Preamp RCA Output
A dedicated output that has a built-in low-pass crossover for specific connection to a subwoofer amplifier that powers a low frequency driver, typically a subwoofer.
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.
2.5 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
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.

LCD 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.

Blue
Button Color
Refers to the color of the physical buttons on the unit.
Variable Color Illumination
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.
93 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
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.

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.
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.

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 - SiriusXM (Accessory required and sold separately)
HD Radio
This feature refers to whether or not the receiver is capable of receiving high-definition digital HD Radio broadcasts by either a built-in HD Radio tuner, or more commonly with the purchase of an optional HD Radio tuner box. Receivers which are HD Radio Ready generally require an additional purchase of a separate tuner.
Yes (Built-In/Included HD Radio Tuner)
Bluetooth Connectivity
This feature refers to whether or not the head unit is able to connect to a hands-free Bluetooth device. Head units that are Bluetooth ready typically require the purchase of an optional adapter or accessory that connects to the rear of the head unit. This optional accessory allows you to accept phone calls through your head unit and speakers. Some head units have built-in Bluetooth hands free capabilities with an included remote-mount microphone or built-in microphone.
Yes (Built-in/Included Bluetooth Controls, Adapter and Microphone Included)
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

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.
No
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.

5G iPod Video (30, 60, & 80GB)
iPod Classic (120GB)
iPod Classic (80 &160GB)
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
iPhone 4S
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 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
Sonic Electronix

Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rating Distribution

5 Star
57%
4 Star
24%
3 Star
19%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%

Average Attribution Rating

Durability
4.3
Value
4.5
Features
4.6
Design
4.5
Usability
3.5
Mark

Pensacola, FL

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Great Unit

September 15, 2013

I've installed three of these units. I was so pleased with the one I installed in my brother's truck, I got one for my son's vehicle, and another for a new truck that I recently purchased. The remote microphone works well; those I'm talking to don't know I'm talking to them from the vehicle. The handy search button changes function depending on what source you are listening to. For example, if you are listening to your iPod, the search button allows you to look through your iPod content. If you press it when listening to Pandora, it allows you to scroll through your stations.

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Virginia Beach, VA

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July 1, 2013

This radio does everything I'd ever want. Great sound, easy to use considering all of its features. I couldn't be happier. The one thing I would add if I were the designer would be to add a mute button but that is very minor.

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smitz327

Marion IL

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Excellent Stereo

March 15, 2013

Just finished in stalling in my 2002 Grand Prix GTP along with the Axxess ASWC-1. The stereo sounds great with the Bose speakers I have in the car and the interface is easy to learn as long as you look over the manual a little. I have no problems going through the menus on the stereo. The Blue tooth streaming works great with my iPhone 4 and I use the XM radio, Pandora, and iHeart radio AP for listening. The Blue tooth phone works great and I sound good when talking to my wife on the cell. I installed the microphone on the sun visor. This is my 3rd Kenwood car stereo I haven't had any problems with them. The steering wheel control, adaptor was a easy hook up since the Kenwood already has a wire designated for it. This is one excellent sounding system. I highly recommend this stereo

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Cowboy Red

Pleasant Grove, Utah

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Awesome radio

February 13, 2013

This radio can and will do it all you want at a good price. I have it in an over-the-road Kenworth truck. It hardly skips the cd and has all the bell and whistles you want.

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theace

marland

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a all around decent radio

January 3, 2013

Bluetooth works well for audio streaming and for hands free. I got this cause i thought it would work with my samsung gs3. Well through the usb, no. But through bt it works flawless. Using as a tuner works well if not better than factory. Although i couldn't plug my gs3 in via usb it works even better through bt! =)

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Darold

Temple, TX

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great system

December 3, 2012

This was a great set-up. We went with this unit and these speakers Kicker 11KS693, Kicker 11KS410, Kicker 11KS35 and put them as a stock set up in a 74 Plymouth 'cuda. This set-up allowed us to hide the unit, and keep the stock look, and have good clear sound over a roaring engine. As i am somewhat hearing impaired, I was able to hear everything crystal clear as I could not with the old set-up. I would highly recommend this system and set up for anyone wanting an old-school stock set-up with great clear sound. The system also has all the modern features for the younger generation and their gadgets, including the microphone so they can talk and not text and drive. It all came together easy and was very affordable for the quality of sound and functions.

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Jacob

Tukwila, WA

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Kenwood KDC-BT852HD

October 6, 2012

Had built in blue tooth, HD radio and comes with a mic. Syncs to Pandora and can skip songs from head unit or controller. Lots of features for a low low price!

Cons, slow sync to phone and sometimes needs to restart phone/head unit for proper sync. Have a mazda 3 with stock Bluetooth that worked much faster and never a problem, so kind of lame this is a step down for speed.

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Steve

North Bend, WA

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Very Satisfied

August 4, 2012

Overall, I give it an A-. The sound quality is awesome, it looks great (you can pick the backlighting color to suit your car, or let it cycle through all the colors continuously). Considering this is a DIN1, the display gives and adequate amount of info, yet is still large enough that it can be read easy. It's loaded with features (SiriusXM, HD radio, USB, bluetooth, Ipod). I use just about all of the features on this deck.
--SiriusXM--I bought the $70 satellite kit. Installation was super easy, the sound is decent, what else is there to say? Grade-A
--HD radio--This is my first deck with HD Radio, WOW! Tons more stations to choose from, 1000% beter sound quality and reception. By far the best feature of this deck Grade A+ (if I could give it a higher grade,I would).
--Bluetooth--I have a bluetooth cell phone adapter in my other car, and I love it (factory Pioneer, in a Chevy). The one in this deck has a few more features, like receiveing texts that read out on the display, and auto reply "I'm driving right now. I will review your message shortly" (or something to that effect). The included microphone kind of sucks. The callers that I talk to say it sounds horrible on their end, like I'm in a tunnel. I installed it per the instructions, just behind the steering wheel. I think there is an adjustment procedure, but I haven't done it yet. It also can stream from your Ipod, android, etc. via bluetooth. This was easy enough to do, but the sound quality is substandard, so I don't see it's usefullness. Grade-B
--Ipod. Works well, sounds great, but the search tool kinda sucks. It's similar to the Pioneer that my son has, which makes you scroll through all of the songs in your playlist to find what your'e after, so if you have a lot of songs stored it can be cumbersome. I haven't used the tagging feature, so I can't comment. Grade-A
--USB. pretty much the same as the Ipod. Grade-A
Gripes--My biggest gripe is the station tuner set up. You have to set up how you want to tune stations. You make it so that your up/down controls "seek" to the next staion, or "seek" to your next preselected favorite, or "manually" tune up one Khz at a time. I REALLY wish all of those functons could be done, whenever I liked, without going into the set up menu. You should be able to push the up button to manually go up 1 Khz, push and hold the up button to seek to the next station, and push some other button to seek to the next preset favorite. I bet Kenwood could do this with just a software change, and it wouldn't cost them a cent.
I have this set up with my factory steering wheel controls, via the Axxess ASWC controler (purchased seperately). It works awesome. Installation is easy (about the same as any other deck I've installed). The value for $200.00 just can't be beat. I would purchase again.

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Clint

Hope, KS

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kenwood #1

August 3, 2012

Best kenwood head unit made and so many new features. I love it, strongly recommend and easy to use!

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Caino

Kansas City MO

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Excellent Car Stereo

October 26, 2013

Love the bluetooth audio! There is so much you can do with this stereo. I am very pleased!

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Scott

Canada

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Very nice headunit

September 17, 2013

Definitely one of the best looking headunits in this price range. Comes with all the RCA pre outputs, USB input, AUX input, 22 watts RMS x 4; can't complain. It does take some getting used to as the buttons are few and everything is controlled with one knob; it does however come with a remote and I've just gotten used to using that instead.

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Buy the pound

Monroe Township, NJ

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Good value

September 9, 2013

I like this radio and all it's features. My only gripe is that everything is controlled basically by one knob. There is a learning curve to figure out how to use this radio. I installed this in my truck which doesn't have the smoothest ride, it gets a little challenging to work that knob when you are moving. I'm sure it a car it would be a lot easier.

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Greg

Marion, IL

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Excellent

September 5, 2013

Just finished in stalling in my 2002 Grand Prix GTP along with the Axxess ASWC-1. The stereo sounds great with the Bose speakers I have in the car and the interface is easy to learn as long as you look over the manual a little. I have no problems going through the menus on the stereo. The Blue tooth streaming works great with my iPhone 4 and I use the XM radio, Pandora, and iHeart radio AP for listening. The Blue tooth phone works great and I sound good when talking to my wife on the cell. I installed the microphone on the sun visor. This is my 3rd Kenwood car stereo I haven't had any problems with them but if you plan on buying another stereo with blue tooth, just make sure it comes with a MIC because internal MIC's are worthless and you won't sound good on the phone. The steering wheel control, adaptor was a easy hook up since the Kenwood already has a wire designated for it. Just as a note, I use a free GPS app on my iPhone and it gives you step by step and street names and even speaks over the music either from Pandora or HD Radio. Saves allot of money if you plan on buying a double din with GPS. I highly recommend this stereo

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Derek

Boulder, CO

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Good features, but clumsy to use and some problems with USB stick

August 26, 2013

Despite all the negatives that follow, I quite like this unit. I've gotten used to its quirks, and learned to live without working USB.

The biggest problem I encountered with this unit is that I just can't get the USB port to reliably play music off a 32GB USB stick. It sees about 10% of the music, seemingly at random, and skips right over the rest. It worked fine earlier when I tried a smaller stick -- 8GB I think it was. I know by 32GB USB stick is not defective, because it works flawlessly in other players. All the files are simple mp3s, no fancy formats, and all the name length restrictions are complied with.

The other problem is that it has a highly unintuitive user interface. The first time I used it, I couldn't even find the off switch, let alone figure out the music controls. The manual solved that problem, but then when my wife borrowed the car, same problem. Operating a car stereo just shouldn't be this difficult.

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Richard

Omaha, NE

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Great Product for the Price

August 4, 2013

This Kenwood receiver does a great job with radio, CD and Bluetooth inputs in my '05 Sonata.

I mainly bought this product to be able to use Bluetooth from my android and after some quick setup I was easily sending signals to the receiver from my phone. One downfall is that sometimes the sync between the phone and device gets screwed up and I need to restart the phone to get things working again. Another annoyance is that connecting via USB was not very successful (I think it is more geared towards iPhones).

But overall this receiver is a great product for not much money at all, especially considering the HD radio receiver and ability to use it for Bluetooth calls.

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raylo

Maryland

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Nice, but probably should have got the 752

December 15, 2012

I just installed this yesterday so I am still learning but have some initial thoughts. This is a highly capable unit and packs a lot of technology into a small package. That is both good and bad.

Pros:
Plenty of power (for me); lots of customization with colors, EQ settings, etc; iPod, HD, BT streaming, Pandora, Sirius-XM... lots of ways to get you music going; good BT phone quality and function.

Cons:
Mostly ergonomics. All the pros mentioned above stuffed into a single DIN needs great ergonomics and this is very difficult to achieve. First this radio does not have dedicated radio buttons. Everything, including radio station selection is menu driven via the single control knob. It works, but there is going to be a learning curve to get good enough to do much, like even selecting stations, whilst driving. You can't just feel for the buttons and cycle through them with your eyes on the road.

Also, the other small function buttons surrounding the main control knob are just that... small. For someing like me with big hands it is difficult to say, hit only the escape/back button w/o also hitting something else.

With the limited space for dedicated buttons there are some less than obvious sequences and button combinations needed to say, answer or reject a call waiting. I am not sure I am even going to worry ablout trying to learn those.

Also, the display is not highly visible in bright daylight. You can work around this by changing the color. Some are much better in daylight than others.

As for durability, I can't say much but bring your attention back to the single control knob that you need for everything. If that breaks you don't just lose a couple of radio station presets, your radio will be a paperweight.

So if I had it to do again i would probably get the BT752.

But it sounds great and i am sure I'll get better at operating it.

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Christy

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Kenwood KDC-BT852HD

November 21, 2012

Overall I love this stereo, but especially the built in blue-tooth. I can program phone numbers into the stereo and make calls without ever having to touch my phone. Playing songs from my iphone wirelessly is pretty awesome too. Figuring out how to access certain menus and all of the different controls was not the easiest, and once in a while it will shut off and restart while I am driving, but the music keeps playing so I am still happy :)

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Csr

Saint Cloud, MN

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It's okay

August 16, 2013

The Bluetooth sound quality is good but the microphone is a little bit awkward to find a place for. I suppose that goes for any out-of-place piece of plastic you have to jam somewhere. It's even fairly easy to use from either the radio itself or the remote.

Sound quality is fairly good, it puts out noise that your speakers play. Basically it does it's advertised job.

No HD radio included (need separate piece for that, darn.

It has a lot of features, including a fairly good set of audio controls (HPF, LPF, etc) including Front, Rear and Subwoofer outputs on the back.

But the downside is that it just seems... cheap. I've gone to using the remote to switch tracks and such because I don't want my volume knob to fall off, which it feels like it's always about to do.

And don't even get me started on the HD radio, egads, what a horrid system I personally still haven't figure out how the hell to add stations to the preset, and hunting for the things takes far too long.

Thank god for USB and AUX inputs.

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Steve

Boise, ID

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Great features

July 28, 2013

This stereo has all the features. The hands free Bluetooth works great. Tuning is a little odd but you get used to it.

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Joe plumber

Any town ca

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Almost a great head unit

February 2, 2013

Menus are convoluted and non intuitive at best. Support is nonexistent from kenwood because they say Internet retailers are not authorized dealers. They will never put out a software upgrade for the single din head units.

In all fairness sound quality was spectacular once I got it dialed in. The rest that went along with it just soured me on this manufacturer. There are other similar head units out there that have 5 band parametric eqs for the same money. 3 is ok but 5 is better.

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Product Summary

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KDC-BT852HD

UPC

019048198051

Weight

4.00lbs

Internal SKU

kdcbt852hd

Internal Product ID

44577

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-BT852HD