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Kenwood KGC-4042A

Super compact 1/4 DIN 5-Band Equalizer EQ

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Kenwood KGC-4042A

Super compact 1/4 DIN 5-Band Equalizer EQ

$124.99

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General Features:

  • Two sets of full-range outputs with high-pass filter that engages when subwoofer output is in use.
  • Subwoofer output has adjustable level control (up to +10 dB).
  • Adjustable subwoofer crossover range (30-150 Hz)
  • Dual illumination.
  • Signal-to-noise ratio 100 dB
  • THD 0.01%
  • 3-1/2"W x 1"H x 5-3/4"D
  • 1-year Sonic Electronix warranty

Equalizer Specifications

Type of Equalizer
This determines the way the equalizer processes the signal from the source unit. A parametric equalizer allows to you adjust the center point of the frequency band you are adjusting as well the bandwidth which can be narrowed or widened. A graphic equalizer has fixed frequency bands and bandwidth and only the frequency bands can be adjusted. A digital equalizer uses a software program to tune your system.
A graphic equalizer typically has more adjustable bands and is less expensive, whereas a parametric will have fewer bands but offer a greater level of control and provide more tuning options. Digital equalizers will tune your system with the most detail and precision but require a computer and are typically a little higher in price.
Equalizer Bands
The number of graphic or parametric equalizer bands the receiver has. The better the EQ, the more likely you will be able to "tweak" your sounds to your desire.
5 band
Built-in Bass Reconstruction
Bass reconstructors, or bass enhancers, improve low frequency reproduction in a car audio system with at least one subwoofer. These bass expander products will help your subs produce accurate bass thumps.
No
Speaker Level Inputs
Speaker level inputs are commonly referred to as high-level inputs and vice versa. This input type allows you to get your audio signal directly from the speaker wire in your vehicle, instead of using RCA cables. The advantage of this is factory integration, as most stock radios do not have RCA outputs to run amplifiers.
Total Number of Inputs
This is the total number of input connections that go into the unit.
Total Number of Outputs
This is the total number of output connections that the unit will produce.
Button Color
Refers to the color of the physical buttons on the unit.
Green
THD (Total Harmonic Distortion)
The amount of change in harmonic content of the signal as it is amplified. A lower figure indicates less change and a more accurate amp. THD below 0.10% is inaudible.
0.01%
Signal-to-Noise Ratio
This spec compares the strength of the signal to the level of background noise. A higher value indicates less background noise.
100 dB
Width
The width of the item from left to right (side-to-side) measured in inches.
3-1/2"
Height
The height of the item, measured from top to bottom, in inches.
1"
Depth
The front-to-rear depth of the item, in inches. If the item is angled or slanted, this value is the bottom measurement.
5-3/4"

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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
75%
4 Star
17%
3 Star
0%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
8%

Average Attribution Rating

Durability
4.6
Value
4.5
Features
4.8
Design
4.8
Usability
4.8
Edub

Anaheim, ca

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kenwood eq

October 26, 2010

Everything was perfect 1000%!!!!!

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D-Block

fort worth Texas

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Nice EQ

March 25, 2010

this makes my system sound so crisp & clean. Also gave my sub more power. Nice EQ!

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Chris

Australia

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Nice Little Unit

October 27, 2011

Really happy with this unit, it does exactly what I need it to do. I wish it had more frequencies but when your driving you dont have much time to play with it, so simple its best. For me having the ability to enable and disable the subwoofer and eq is great.

No issues with this unit at all, I love it.

Chris

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Jay

Rosenberg, Texas

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Still the same after 20 years

October 20, 2010

Kenwood has been making this EQ for 20 years. It's the same model that I bought in 1992. You just can't improve on perfection! This unit is great.

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Randell

Tracy, CA

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this thing is sick

September 1, 2006

my cousin has one in his civic with his immortal audiobahn sub running off of 980 mtx amp wwell it makes the music sound soo crisp and u can fine tune every thing in ur car so it meets ur standards im planning to pick one up in the near future

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Rob

Suffolk,Va

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Awsome

October 13, 2011

My speakers & sub sound 5 times better. I highly recommend this EQ.

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ses

Cedar Falls, IA

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GREAT EQ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

May 25, 2011

Had this EQ for about 6 months and it is great. My speakers & sub sound 5 times better. I highly recommend this EQ.

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Gary

Oakland City, IN

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One of many greats from kenwood

January 11, 2010

I have this unit paired with my 642 kenwood head unit run to a 4 channel high and mid amp also to a pioneer mono block sub amp it does everything well and the small size makes it easy to mount anywhere. This eq isn't as advanced as some I have owned but over all it does just about everything you would need it too do. the selectable illumination is also a nice feature.

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MIKEY

NORFOLK VA

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KENWOOD EQUALIZER 4042 A

October 25, 2011

This is a tremendous product it has really improved my sound system it is connected to a kenwood 942a deck also have a fosgate 4 ch amp for the back door speakers and a fosgate 2 ch amp for the front speakers and a kenwood 1800 for the back subs. Highly recommend this product for any one to purchase who wants to upgrade their sound system.

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Jesus

La Habra, CA

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Awesome EQ

March 12, 2009

i bought this eq mainly because everyone i know has it and they all recommended this unit to me. i went ahead and bought it and loved it ever since i put it in my car **NOTE** you have to have a 4 ch. and a sub amp to real get the best out of this EQ... with that said yeah this is an awesome buy i like the fact that its small so its very easy to mount almost anywhere...

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colton

Oklahoma City, OK

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KCG-4042A....A Performer?

September 8, 2006

I have very distinct, some might even say radical, opinions about Kenwood products. Since my first aftermarket head-unit (a Kenwood tape deck), I have been ultimately skeptical of anything Kenwood. That is not to say that their products always disappoint;
no, not that, just that their products don't fit ME.
I have built boxes and installed systems for many people who believe in their Kenwoods- speakers, subs, head-units, everything. My problem is that I just cannot get used to their metallic, tiny sound. Am I the only person who thinks this?!? I don't know, but I'm inclined to think not.
That being said, this product, the KCG-4042A equilizer, is a solid performer. There. Just simply that; it works, it is durable, pretty looking in the console, and I like it. To my ear, a Kenwood head-unit needs alot of adjusment anyway-add ons like amps and subs, too. A system needs some kind of secondary control when one adds numerous components, and if you do not want to use up all of the automobile's cargo space, a DIN-sized EQ is the best option. The KCG-4042A provides every necessary function and does so with minimal complaint. Kenwood products may not have MY perfect sound, but they are user friendly.
Basically, Kenwood's KCG-4042A EQ is a fine example of an entry-level equalizer; it's got everything one needs to perfect their car's sound stage. And if you have a Kenwood system already, why not go the next step and add an important piece of equipment. This one would be a fine choice.

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Paco

Chicago, IL

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Not great value

January 24, 2012

I have bought plenty of products from Sonic Electronix and everything has worked great and the prices are very competitive, however this Kenwood EQ performs when it wants to. It is very finicky and random when it decides to decrease the volume on the speakers. Currently I am using it only for subwoofers where it is the only output that operates properly. This seems to be a common problem in these Kenwood EQ's as this is the 4th one I have owned in 15 years.

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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

KGC-4042A

UPC

019048037244

Weight

1.50lbs

Internal SKU

kgc4042a

Internal Product ID

475

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 KGC-4042A