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Kenwood KDC-BT952HD

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

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Kenwood KDC-BT955HD

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General Features:

  • In-Dash AM/FM, CD, MP3, WMA Receiver with Remote
  • 5-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
  • Theft-deterrent, detachable face plate
  • Flip-down face plate reveals CD slot
  • 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)
  • 7-band parametric equalizer with 9 selectable tone curves (8 Preset, 1 User)
  • 24bit Digital Analog Converter (DAC) to enhance your MP3/WMA playback
  • Dual zone will process two audio sources to the front and rear speakers separately

Expandability Options:

  • 3 Sets of 4V 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
  • Rear Auxiliary Input: 3.5mm headphone jack allows connection to portable media devices such as MP3 players
  • Rear 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

Product History:

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(previous model, replaced by Kenwood KDC-BT958HD)
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(previous model, replaced by Kenwood KDC-BT955HD)

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.
4 volts
Built-In Equalizer
The number of graphic or parametric equalizer bands the stereo receiver is equipped with. The more EQ options, the more you will be able to adjust your music to your liking.
7-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
Radio Data System (RDS)
Receivers with Radio Data System (RDS) tuners can receive digital broadcast information about the FM radio station including program name, time and station identification. RDS enables your receiver to display text messages that many FM stations include on a sub-carrier signal within their normal broadcast signal. Some RDS tuners can even break in with traffic alerts or emergency broadcasts when you're listening to a CD.
CD-R/RW Playback
This feature refers to whether or not the CD player will play finalized CD-R discs and/or CD-RW discs.
Yes
MP3 Playback
This feature refers to whether or not the CD player will play discs encoded with MP3 files. To burn a MP3 encoded disc, use the "data" mode on your CD Recorder and finalize the session and/or CD.
Yes
WMA Playback
This feature refers to whether or not the CD player will play discs encoded with WMA files. To burn a WMA encoded disc, use the "data" mode on your CD Recorder and finalize the session and/or CD.
Yes
DVD / Video Playback
This feature refers to whether or not the receiver will play DVD (or other listed) video disc formats. Unless otherwise noted, the unit is not guaranteed to play recorded DVDs.
No
DVD Region Number
This is the region number that the DVD receiver is compatible with. Almost any device that has the ability to play a DVD disk has a region number. DVD region codes restrict playback of movies that come from geographical locations outside of your residing place.
Dual Zone
Dual zone means the stereo is capable of playing multiple audio or video sources between two separate locations.

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

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.
Rear
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.

Rear 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 - SIRIUS or XM (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
50%
4 Star
25%
3 Star
0%
2 Star
10%
1 Star
15%

Average Attribution Rating

Durability
3.9
Value
3.9
Features
4.5
Design
4.0
Usability
3.4

John

San Jose, CA

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Junk!

October 18, 2013

What a piece of junk... Audio stopped coming out after about 10 months of use. The only way to fix it is to reset the unit, losing all settings. And it will only work for another week or two before happening again. Kenwood put out new firmware to fix the issue, but it didn't fix it. The only way to fix the issue is to bypass the DSP, but then you lose ALL audio settings other than volume and bass level. The repairs will likely cost more than a new unit.

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Dynaxx

Howard Lake, Minnesota

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Amazing Deck

March 28, 2013

I've owned this deck for 6 months and im 110% satisfied. The options are a little tricky to learn but after a week or two its no big deal. If your looking for a nice quality deck this is it, I run two 12" subs with this deck and with all of the fine tuning available you will be impressed. Another thing I'd like to mention is the Bluetooth option. I mounted my mic ontop of the rearview mirror and with the Windows down and doing 70 mph the person on the other end hears me perfectly. I plan to buy another one of these decks for my girlfriends car because she likes mine so much. Her favorite things are its compatabilty with android phones and how she can access her phonebook through the deck itself. So go Kenwood this decks the one. Oh and if your a sub/amp nut looking for serious tuning options I'd recommend this deck but the xcelon version. Its 13 band eq as well as better speaker setup options. Go Sonic Electronics!

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fh

Houston, TX

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Good stereo

March 28, 2013

Purchased this and Kenwood sub with mono amp. Also purchased the cheaper Kenwood speakers as this stereo's amp can drive these just fine. Using the sub for the bass evens everything out. I love the features of this HU. HD radio sounds much better than reg radio and I also get a boost with the sub. You can change the color of the lights to any color. I also like the USB to play as many MP3 as I can load. I recently had a computer problem (no sound) but this was fixed with a software update from the Kenwood sight.

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Ceuls

Canada

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Second Review - 6 Months After My First Review

March 23, 2013

Menu's become easier and more familiar to navigate although not intuitive. Bluetooth challenges continue...connectivity not very effective. WORST PART - playback on all functions has been lost this last week. Menu/function/source changes still audible with the beeps however no music on any function. All connections are proper and there were no reasons why this should happen. Will try to disconnect battery that will hopefully reset whatever glitch has caused this. Recently installed a Pioneer DEH-X8500BS in my other vehicle and wow what an improvement over this unit. Menu's easier to use, sound adjustments easier, same features, and bluetooth works better. Oh and its less expensive.

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Robert

Canada

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Kenwood KDC-BT952HD

March 11, 2013

Excellent product.....reliable radio....usb works perfectly.....bluetooth is great and never has any problems to connect with my iphone...people tell me they dont notice i speak through a handsfree.....Fm sound is great....all options are more than enough to satisfy any demanding user.

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Chase

Gainesville, FL

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Kenwood Has Worst Customer Support Ever

March 9, 2013

This has to be the worst experience I have *ever* had with Kenwood Customer Support. This unit is up-to-date on the latest firmware but keeps dying with the same problem the firmware was supposed to fix. Their support staff are incapable of understanding that the bug still exists and will not assist in any way possible. DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT. And, after my dealings with their customer service that won't help at all, don't buy Kenwood.

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newby

Charleston, SC

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Typical Kenwood... AMAZING on paper, but only Good in execution

February 7, 2013

- - - THE GOOD - - - Durability: This unit replaced a Kenwood KDC-MP238 originally installed in my 20' Stingray bow rider. To 'weatherize' that unit, the only steps the OEM took was to place it behind a flip down marine face plate cover (not even a good one, definitely not water tight) and cover the top of the head unit with a plastic film. After 4 years of bouncing around and being exposed to salt air AND inadvertent water splashing on the face (with and without face plate in place) I can report no mechanical or electrical failures and surprisingly no corrosion. The old unit was only replaced to add features and is currently still in service in my daily driver/beater vehicle. Unless Kenwood has drastically changed materials or processes I expect this new unit to perform similarly. Why I chose this unit: The main reason I stuck with Kenwood for the replacement stereo was ease of installation (it seems most/all kenwoods use the same harness) and compatibility with the marine remote controls I already had installed. Inputs and Features: The main features that drew me to this unit vs other Kenwood offerings were: Pandora/Android compatibility, HD radio BUILT IN, better EQ, 3 RCA outs, blue tooth, rear usb and 3.5mm jack. The KDC BT952HD did all of this for the cheapest price. It really is a jack of all trades as far as inputs. Other: The rotary volume control is much improved over my previous unit. LCD color selection is nice (I choose white for maximum visibility in bright sunlight). The CD player is able to cope fairly well with mild chop. If you install in a car or different boat (stingrays are known to ride rough... flat bottom = speed) you will be hard pressed to get this thing to skip. I have this unit paired with one of the Rockford Fosgate 5ch 1000 watt class D amps (P1000X5D) and the unit delivers very clean sound. - - - THE BAD - - - -I could do without the flip down screen for CD access. Feels cheap. -Audio setup menus are cryptic and cumbersome at BEST -Blue tooth setup more hassle then it should be -Re-Pairing with a stored device is finicky and unreliable (Galaxy S3) -EQ is good but DSP and speaker size settings are rather useless -Generic blue tooth connectivity vs. pandora linking is rather goofy and feels like it was added on after the fact (see BOTTOM LINE) -LCD graphics are cheesy -ALL settings are stored in volatile memory... ie if you lose battery power, ALL settings are lost. This wouldn't be a huge deal if it didn't take 20 minutes to re-input all of the EQ and crossover settings. This is a bigger deal for me as I like to disconnect my batteries when the boat is not in use. - - - BOTTOM LINE - - - This is a well constructed unit that has an expansive feature set, high quality pre-amp signal, ability to connect to EVERY device you may come across and does all of this for a fraction of the cost compared to competing brands. HOWEVER, like every Kenwood unit I've owned (this is my 4th) it simply doesn't live up to the hype. Like all Kenwood's, the features are there but do not work as you would expect. The interface lacks polish and feels incomplete. A word of advice: if you buy a Kenwood, do not expect it to do anything that requires an add on module. They always suck. Every time I buy a head unit, I look at the other brands. In most cases, I would rather have the other brands but ultimately I end up settling for Kenwood because of the price. That cost savings is always at the expense of the user interface. That is the only compromise I'm ultimately willing to stomach as I refuse to listen to crap and at least Kenwood always delivers on hardware and sound quality... Ultimately, if you want the most bang for your buck, this is a winner. If you want a rewarding user experience and slick interface, look elsewhere.

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Rick G

Los Angeles, CA

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Kenwood KDC-BT952HD head unit

January 4, 2013

This head unit is amazing. the features you get for the price is unbeatable. There where features on this head unit that my friends $1500 double din pioneer unit did not have and he was envious of. If you are thinking about getting this product i suggest you get it, you wont regret it. The audio it pushes out sounds amazing even with my stock speakers.

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Cleveland, OH

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On then Off again loss of sound

December 23, 2012

Since the day I installed this radio it has been a headache after replacing a very reliable but outdated Kenwood KDC-MP922. The receiver was installed and worked fine for a couple of days then no sound! Did everything Kenwood customer support asked ex: software/firmware updates checked wiring and still the same issue. I would have to disconnect cable from car battery then the sound would come back on but for how long who knows? A few days, weeks or a month? Look on line for other reviews and others have had the same issue. No more Kenwood receivers for me!

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George

El Dorado, CA

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Great Choice

December 19, 2012

This is an excellent radio with great sound and loads of features. I had some issues with it in the beginning but once I updated the firmware it solved the problems. The menu is difficult as there are just too many things that you must set and if you loose battery power you get to do it all over again. The display is very difficult to see during the day but I put a cell phone anti-glare screen over it and it helped.

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flower mound, TX

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great unit

December 4, 2012

The controls are not for a novice user. I like the amount of detailed adjustments. The Bluetooth works great. I live a little further out so the HD likes to cut out.

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Alan

Whitehall, MT

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Great Head unit for your car on a budget

November 10, 2012

Its a great improvement over the previous model. Setting the radio stations is a whole lot easier. Never had the Bluetooth in my older radio but grew to like it whole lot. Pandora I do not use here Cell Phone cover here is not all that good, on a side note not sure if I like it all time will tell. The radio face is still hard to read in the sunlight, but it is set up well in my opinion. Ipod controls are different that the older model but works pretty good maybe better control. The Bluetooth will play Podcasts from your Smart Phone using your Bluetooth on the Phone. So if you have other Apps on your Smart Phone it will go thru it as well. ie.. iHeart Radio. etc.. Over all I'm very happy with this purchase they definitely have a great product. I have an older model in another vehicle and I'm very happy with it also. They are both very very similar to each other except for built in Bluetooth, XM radio hookup, 7 band EQ, and the way you store and retrieve radio stations.

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Dynaxx

Minneapolis, MN

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Amazing H/U

October 14, 2012

I bought this for many reasons, Bluetooth being one of them and it works great. I have a four door sedan and with both front windows all the way down they can hear me clear as day. I mounted the Mic on top of my rear view mirror and don't even need to adjust the echo cancellation, noise cancellation or Mic gain. Its a little confusing at first to operate but it gets easier over time. Best H/U I've owned.

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Dynaxx

Minneapolis, MN

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Amazing H/U

October 14, 2012

I bought this for many reasons, Bluetooth being one of them and it works great. I have a four door sedan and with both front windows all the way down they can hear me clear as day. I mounted the Mic on top of my rearview mirror and don't even need to adjust the echo cancellation, noise cancellation or Mic gain. Its a little confusing at first to operate but It gets easier over time. Best H/U I've owned.

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Buck

Chesaning, MI

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Good Product

September 19, 2012

I bought this head unit and have had it in my car for about a week now and I really like this head unit. The amount of options and menus for customization is great IMO. I don't know what kind of sound quality this head unit has because its running 2 amps but the 4v pre-amp outputs make everything sound crystal clear. The display shows quite a bit of info for a single DIN which i like a lot as well. Only con is that the volume control is your menu control and using it takes time to get used to. But overall great product would recommend to anyone.

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Ceuls

Canada

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Its okay - not great

September 9, 2012

I picked this HU based on the RMS output but wish I had chosen something different. The menus can be a bit of a challenge to operate. Had to download full operators manual to figure out how to navigate the SiriusXM. Couldn't intuitively figure it out. I preferred my previous Sony, Alpine, and Pioneers over the Kenwood. This is my second Kenwood. Sound quality is okay, but my previous decks were much better, especially the Sony. I find that periodically menu navigation does not work, leaving me to remove the faceplate in order to power cycle to get function back. Bluetooth freezes often leaving me to again remove faceplate to power cycle off and on. I have a Blackberry Bold 9900 and it connects 95% of the time to the phone but only 10% of that the actual phone function/hands free works. When the phone rings and its "connected" I need the ability to answer and speak hands free. No point if the phone is connected but doesn't actually work. Very disappointing.

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Alen

Urbandale, IA

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One of the best HU's out there

September 5, 2012

I have owned about 9 diff HU"s and this is one of the best by far. I used to own the older model of this and both of them are great! never had any problems with it! pro's - bluetooth mic clear on both ends color changing usb in rear pandora a lot of controls for speakers and subs great product, would recommend it to everyone sirius xm cons - not sure how HD radio works =/

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corey

Montgomery AL.

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feature galore!

July 25, 2012

this is by far the best head unit ive ever owned!. it has built in features that usually require external sound processors. it has so many color options the sound quality is superb, the unit is great, haven't tried Bluetooth yet but the iPod connection is great, makes listing to the iPod easy and sounds great. the radio reception is crystal clear. the downfall to the radio is how the radio presets are set up, no biggie though.

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B91Z28

Lake Hughes, CA

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Best single Din on the market!

May 1, 2012

Awesome radio! Easy to use I LOVE the fact I don't need to have my head stuck in the users manual for a week just to figure out how to set the clock. The Parrot Bluetooth is the best hands down.. Clear call quality as well easy to access my phone book, missed calls, etc. This unit has THE best EQ/processor hands down compared to any other unit out there. DON'T think twice on this one!

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Dallas

Colorado Springs, Co

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Great

March 29, 2012

I love the features, this a simple unit, and has great features. BT works flawlessly on the phone and music. Equalizer is more extensive then most other units I have worked with. I like the unit, if you don't like simple, then look elsewhere, but if you want simple and great quality, this is for you.

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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

KDC-BT952HD

UPC

019048198136

Weight

4.25lbs

Internal SKU

kdcbt952hd

Internal Product ID

44578

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-BT952HD