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Kenwood DPX500BT

Double-Din Bluetooth Car Stereo w/ Pandora Support & iPod Integration

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Kenwood DPX501BT

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General Features:

  • Kenwood DPX500BT In-Dash Receiver
  • Pandora Link integrates your car stereo with your iPhone and Pandora Internet Radio
  • Built-in Bluetooth Technology for hands-free phone calls and wireless music streaming
  • 2-way iPod control allows control from the iPod or the stereo
  • Variable Color Illumination button lighting
  • Single-line LCD text display
  • Power Output:
    • Peak: 50 watts x 4 channels
    • RMS: 22 watts x 4 channels
  • Remote control included
  • CD text information display
  • MP3 ID3 Tag Display (Title/Artist/Album)
  • 1-year Sonic Electronix Warranty

Playback and Audio Features:

  • CD/CD-R/RW, MP3/WAV/AAC/WMA Playback
  • 18FM/6AM presets
  • 3-band parametric equalizer with selectable tone curves
  • 24bit DAC enhances MP3/WMA playback
  • Built-in High-Pass and Low-Pass digital crossover filters
  • Aha Radio support integrates your car stereo with your iPhone and Aha Radio
  • Music Application Control for Android organizes your music and provides search capabilities from the receiver
  • iPhone iHeartRadio Application allows playback of over 750 radio stations locally and from around the world

Expandability Options:

Bluetooth Features:

  • Version: 2.1 +EDR certified
  • 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 DPX501BT)
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(previous model, replaced by Kenwood DPX500BT)
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(previous model, replaced by Kenwood DPX308U)
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(previous model, replaced by Kenwood DPX303 (DPX-303))
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(previous model, replaced by Kenwood DPX302)

In-Dash Receiver Specifications

Receiver Size

Single DIN: 1 DIN dimensions will work with all single DIN installation kits we have to offer. Single DIN radios are the most common size for after-market stereos.

Single DIN slot with flip-out screen: The DIN stereo includes a retractable, flip-out screen. Before purchasing, make measurements to be sure there is no interference with dash accessories such as A/C vents or shift levers.

Single DIN slot with a larger face: Standard single DIN size, but the display is larger then the standard single DIN size. Due to the nature of the larger face, problems may arise when installing in particular vehicles. These stereos are great for single DIN slots where you want a larger screen.

1.5 DIN: This size is very uncommon in vehicles, however this size opening is most commonly found in Chrysler and Chevrolet vehicles.

Double DIN: Approximately 4-inches in height, this size is becoming more common every year. Prior to 2000, this size was typically only found in Japanese vehicles such as those made by Honda or Toyota. Now, it is becoming more popular for many vehicles to be fit with a Double DIN opening.

Double DIN
Faceplate Security

Detachable / Removable faceplate security: The most common anti-theft feature. It allows you to take the faceplate with you, thus disallowing operation, which deters theft.

Security Codes: Mainly a feature in high end video units which do not have a detachable face / screen. Once the unit is uninstalled (or stolen), a security code (or PIN) is required upon reinstallation. Though you no longer have your unit after the theft, the thief also does not have your security code, which makes the unit useless. The hope is the thief knows which units have security codes and he/she chooses not to steal your unit because of the security code.

Ghost technology: This is not commonly used, but can be found primarily in a select number of 2004-2005 head units. It creates an illusion that no unit is installed by appearing completely black when turned off. Potential thieves may steer clear because it appears as though no head unit is installed.

Anti-theft covers: Similar to ghost and hiding faces because they only create an illusion that the face/unit is not in place.

ESN: Stands for Electronic Serial Number. Allows the disabling of the radio and allows tracking if it is stolen.

None
Motorized Faceplate
Some in-dash car stereos feature a motorized faceplate that moves to expose a CD or DVD slot. This is a convenient feature that allows the front display to be larger and easier to read. The positioning of the monitor gives you control over the angle you would like to view information on the stereo.
No
Remote Control
Allows control of specific features and functions from a remote control. Typically they are used to prevent button wear on your radio, or to allow easier navigation of menus.
Yes
Peak Power Output
This form of power rating refers to the maximum amount of power an electronic device can handle or output in an instant without damage occurring. Often times this maximum is achieved during a brief musical burst, such as a drum accent, or low bass hit.

Some manufacturers display peak power ratings on the face of their products to increase the appeal to consumers. The RMS power rating is more accurate, and we recommend using it for product comparison.

50 watts x 4 channels
RMS Power Output
The amount of continuous power, measured in watts, that an amplifier produces is called RMS power. The higher the RMS rating, the louder and cleaner your music sounds. The RMS output figure is much more accurate than the peak rating when comparing products.
22 watts x 4 channels
Preamp RCA Outputs
RCA outputs, commonly known as preamp outputs, allow you to connect one or sometimes multiple external amplifiers. An in-dash receiver will commonly have one, two or three sets of RCA outputs that can be used to connect external amplifiers and other components. One pair of RCA outputs will typically provide a full range signal that can be used for most subwoofer or speaker amplifiers. Two pairs of RCA outputs can typically be configured as four full range signals, or also as two full range and two subwoofer signals. Three sets of RCA outputs will almost always produce four speaker signals and two subwoofer signals for use with multiple amplifiers.
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.

Variable Colors
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.
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.
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.
Yes
CD-R/RW Playback
This feature refers to whether or not the CD player will play finalized CD-R discs and/or CD-RW discs.
Yes (CD-R Only)
MP3 Playback
This feature refers to whether or not the CD player will play discs encoded with MP3 files. To burn a MP3 encoded disc, use the "data" mode on your CD Recorder and finalize the session and/or CD.
Yes
WMA Playback
This feature refers to whether or not the CD player will play discs encoded with WMA files. To burn a WMA encoded disc, use the "data" mode on your CD Recorder and finalize the session and/or CD.
Yes
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
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.
iPhone (iOS)
Android
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.
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.
Yes (Built-in/Included Bluetooth Controls, Adapter and Microphone Included)
A2DP Music Streaming
The Advanced Audio Distribution Profile will wirelessly stream music and other audio from an A2DP compatible device.
Yes
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.
iPhone 5 Compatible
Audio Playback
Pandora Control
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.

iPod Classic (120GB)
iPod Classic (80 &160GB)
iPod Nano 1st Generation (1, 2, & 4GB)
iPod Nano 2nd Generation (4 & 8GB)
iPod Nano 3rd Generation (4 & 8GB)
iPod Nano 4th Generation (8 & 16GB)
iPod Nano 5th Generation (8 & 16GB)
iPod Nano 6th Generation (8 & 16GB)
iPod Touch 1st Generation (8, 16 & 32GB)
iPod Touch 2nd Generation (8, 16 & 32GB)
iPod Touch 3nd Generation (8, 32 & 64GB)
iPod Touch 4th Generation (8, 32 & 64GB)
iPod Touch 5th Generation (16, 32 & 64GB)
iPhone
iPhone 3G
iPhone 3GS
iPhone 4
iPhone 4S
iPhone 5
iPhone 5C
iPhone 5S
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.
Pandora Control
Audio Playback
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.
Yes (via Android USB Cable or Accessory Cable)
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
72%
4 Star
22%
3 Star
4%
2 Star
2%
1 Star
0%

Average Attribution Rating

Durability
4.7
Value
4.8
Features
4.7
Design
4.6
Usability
4.4
John

Jackson New Jersey

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Great features--Great sound!

May 25, 2014

This is a great upgrade to our RV. Easy install in our 2003 Ford E450 Winnebago.

Sounds great and simpler to operate than our original rv radio.

Love the Bluetooth!

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David

Ridgeland, MS

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Great Deal

October 14, 2014

Love the radio. Very easy to use. Nice step up from my factory unit.

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Andre

Beaverton, OR

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Great Buy!

December 5, 2014

Wonderful product! Great unit, especially for the price. Highly recommend this product if you are looking for a 2 DIN unit without a touch screen. Simple to install too!

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Dale

Indian Trail, NC

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great radio

September 15, 2014

sounds great, installed easy good looking radio if I need another radio I ll buy from you guys

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Dane P

Australia

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quality unit

January 10, 2015

Quality headunit

pros-
great amount of eq options and the unit is very easy to use.
looks good
good rms power handling for someone that isnt amplifying their spits
trim piece in box fit perfectly in a toyota hilux using factory brackets and factory mount.

cons-
not sure if its just me but with my iphone on bluetooth, it isnt sending a signal to my sub amp, so if i want bass i have to use aux or ipod input, not bluetooth.
no rear usb port or rem+ wire (you will have to solder and heatshrink)
cant read the screen on a sunny day (dont have window tint)

Conclusion-
Although there are some design flaws/ things i would like, you will not get the huge amounts of features on any other product in the same price range
10/10 would reccomend

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Christian

Enid, OK

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Great choice, better value!

October 12, 2014

This radio is definitely what you would be looking for if you are looking for some nice features like Bluetooth connectivity, Equalization, native app support, and 3 sets of rca preamped outputs for all your sub support or other tech that needs connections. Would also make a good radio to put in a car for beginners, very simple setup and installation.

Overall, a great product for amazing value.

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piyush

Canada

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good product

April 30, 2014

works fine like the colors and the output is pretty good too

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Mark

El Paso, TX

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Nice head unit.

November 24, 2014

This is a clean and sleek looking head unit. It boosted my factory speakers and sounds really good. The bluetooth sounds good and I like the fact that the bluetooth button lights up as a different color than the other bottons. I put the bluetooth mic right on top of my steering column where it is out of sight and was easy to run into the dash. The unit is light and easy to install depending on vehicle. I put mine in a 04 Mazda Tribute and it was impossible to remove the radio so I had to take apart part of the dash to remove it. The unit looks good, sounds great, has plenty of cool options, and a very nice little remote. The unit is made well and the buttons and knob feel like they are of good quality. The only thing that bugs me is that the display is hard to see on sunny days. Other than that I am very happy with the stereo! Delivery was very fast to El Paso, TX and the price was a lot better than local dealers so thank you Sonic Electronix!

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Garry

Claremore, OK

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Ken wood dpx500bt

May 13, 2014

It was the easiest to install everything worked the first time no brainier ,and it looks great too!

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James

Canal Winchester, OH

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cant beat it for the price!

May 4, 2014

Excellent aftermarket stereo. Very easy installation. Installed in 2005 F150 with factory subwoofer. Sounds amazing. Bluetooth works great, no complaints from people i talk to . I prefer using the usb drive. Love how the track name scrolls on the display. Get this, you wont be disappointed!

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Polo

Surprise, AZ

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Awesome deal super fast shipping!

March 10, 2014

Amazed how fast I received my stereo. Everything that came with it was super easy to put together and I ended up with more than I needed. Sounds great, awesome color options, easy to use, Bluetooth works like a charm, no complaints

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Tony

Le Mars, IA

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Excellent product

March 4, 2014

This stereo is very nice sounding even with the factory speakers. The Bluetooth is a nice feature along with the usb option. I had never heard of Sonic Electroix until I searched for prices on this item. They had the best price online. I am very pleased with the product and deal I received from them. I would highly recommend them and would do so again.

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cruz

Porterville, CA

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Great value

September 18, 2013

I am very happy with the stereo the price I paid was about 40% less then the local business very easy to install it and easy to use

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Sheldon

Marion, IA

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Great unit

January 28, 2015

Looks great, plenty of customization to display and audio. Everything I was expecting and more. Does have a bit of a learning curve on the menu options.

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Ryan

Bloomington, IN

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Great headunit

January 3, 2015

Great radio with features for the price. Radio works just like was stated made factory system sound better.only negative is metal bracket behind factory radio had to be removed because this radio sat back farther none of the was mentioned anywhere, no big deal just a few extra minutes and bolts to take care of.

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David

Portland, OR

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Great Radio for the price

June 8, 2014

I would definitely buy this radio again. It was pretty easy to install and the brackets from my original Toyota radio bolted right to the side of the new radio and it lined it up perfectly. The only challenge came in installing the microphone for the Bluetooth phone. I wanted it above the rearview mirror near the center of the windshield so I had to remove the pillar cover and feed the wires down through the dash. The wire did not want to stay tucked into the headliner. I wrapped tape around the wire in a few places to make it thicker so that when I tucked it into the headliner it stayed up. Now it works great. The manual that comes with the radio is just a quick installation guide. To get the full manual I went to the Kenwood website and download the manual. I printed it off in booklet form so I could easily refer to it. It was something like 148 pages long. I printed it two sided and two pages per page of paper and it still came out 3/8" thick when folded in half, but it was worth it to get all of the information because not all of the controls are intuitive and the book really helps.

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JT

Gardendale, AL

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great Kenwood radio

April 24, 2014

Found this for a great price. Love the hands free Bluetooth phone setup that worked great with my android phone and also works well with music.

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William

Plano, IL

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Very Good unit, But..

February 19, 2014

Owners manual is short & poor, lacks much details of operation settings & set up, the web page is the same brief. So what is the only option call and ask my list of "what is this"? Overall it's a good unit and preforms well and I would recommend to others.

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Terry

Cocoa, FL

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Great Sound and Great Fit in a 2007 Nissan Frontier (non-Fosgate)

January 12, 2014

First, I was concerned about the technical difficulty of the installation but it was actually quite easy. I used some ground-down tongue depressors and popsicle sticks to release the dash clips. Search on-line for videos. I used the Scosche NN03B Wiring Harness and the Metra 99-7581 Dash Kit. An Antenna Adapter was not required. Wired the Illumination wiring on the stereo to the factory wire controlling the parking lights, not the variable dimmer wire. Dimming works as expected when the headlight are turned on.

The Metra Dash kit is primarily for single DIN radios so most of it is wasted. They do provide one essential double DIN trim piece that mounts easily on the inside of the dash and frames out the stereo very well. It is only piece of the kit that was used. I am very, very pleased with fit, look and finish of the installation.

From an operations perspective, it sounds really good. The initial setup was straightforward but a lot to absorb in one sitting. The Key color selections match the orange Frontier dash lighting quite well. I chose blue for the text display colors - looks great.

I updated the firmware for the stereo after the setup, which was a mistake as it reset some of my user preferences - so update the firmware first.

Bluetooth phoning is OK - I mounted the mic above the rear view mirror - seems to work OK - time will tell. It pairs easily with my Samsung S3. I don't stream audio via Bluetooth but rather use a very small flash drive in the USB port, which is really handy and sounds great.

Overall, I couldn't be happier. BTW, I'm 65 years old, so you young guys will have no problems. Take your time - enjoy the process. It was fun.

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Dave

Herriman, UT

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Nice multiple vehicle trim plate options

December 29, 2013

Had a factory gm/delco unit face finally finish burning out, looked at several units and went with the kenwood due to features. Keep in mind the gm unit is only a 1.5 din so I knew some creative modification was needed that is when the multiple face plate trims helped, I used the (Toyota) trim and enlarged the dash bezel for it. The harness matches the color codes of all oem adapters like scoshe gmda, the instruction manual is a quick guide only did have to go online for details. Overall very pleased with unit and prompt service from sonic. FYI if replacing a factory 1.5 din don't waste time and money on dash kits.

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James

Canada

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Great Sound

December 1, 2013

Radio sounds incredible and works perfectly. Integrated well and auto programmed with the ASWC-1 with no headaches. Can't wait to finish my set up and have my subs hooked up and see what what results I get.

Careful with the screen on this. The display is housed in cheap plastic that scratches so easily. With basically no pressure at all, it can damage the liquid inside the LCD and distort it. That aside - it's a solid unit and would recommend it.

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Jarek

Canada

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Bluetooth could be better

September 17, 2013

Overall OK unit, Bluetooth can be hardly heard, and the screen in any sunlight is pretty much useless.

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D-Rodman

Long Island

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Kenwood DPX500bt

July 5, 2013

Had a year old DPX308, was pleased with it but found myself wanting BT. On my other car I have a pioneer I really like, decided to go for a FH-X700BT, a radio with very positive reviews. Really disliked that HU, super plane Jane looks, boring, ugly with mediocre sound and a problem freezing and giving error messages. Sent that Pioneer back to Sonic(thank you) and got the kenwood DPX500BT. Install was simple, adjustments were very intuitive, easy to setup. The sound is far better than on the 308, it just a far superior HU in so many respects. The new 500 is a very goon looking HU but the 308 is better looking day or night. All said, I am very happy with my new HU, sound is very stout, crisp and clear. Thanks Sonic, thanks Kenwood.

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Nick

Portland, OR

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Great Unit

January 28, 2015

This replaced a unit in a 4Runner. It works very well, easy install. The sound quality is better then the OEM unit that even had a separate little amp. Bluetooth works well. I did have to fix how I ran the bluetooth mic input, I was getting a little bit of interference, but it was an easy fix.

Pros: Sound Quality, cost, bluetooth, decent phone integration
Cons: Bluetooth Music only plays on the front speakers, menu and buttons not 100% intuitive, but still very good.

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Robert

Saylorsburg, PA

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GREAT RADIO

January 11, 2015

My daughter wanted to replace her radio in her 2002 Mazda Protégé. This one proved to be an excellent choice. Great features and provided excellent sound. The Bluetooth works well and was easy to pair the phone. My daughter loves it.
Only thing I would suggest is that they include the keys needed to remove the original radio in the kit.

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Chet

Columbia, MD

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Great buy for the money

July 13, 2014

I love the radio. Installed easily. Works great. Read mixed reviews on line but for me this is a perfect upgrade from my factory installed radio that came with the car 13 years ago.

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Matthew

el paso, TX

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lots of options

June 23, 2014

this is the best head unit i have ever owned. their are lots of options and settings to change things around. the bluetooth works amazing and sonic was quick with the shipping and costumer service

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Chuck

Toledo, Oh

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Works great!

May 21, 2014

Replaced factory AM/FM in my Chevy express with this unit . Factory speakers and sound is great. BT with RAZOR HD is very good. same quality as OEM BT. Has many features, I liked the ability to turn them off ( AHA, Pandora, Etc) as I don't use them. Display can show incoming caller ID and can answer and hang up from stereo. XM Add on is easy to use and the remote works well. ( I find it useless )

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Hava

Mariposa, CA

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Android users beware, otherwise perfect!

April 30, 2014

The only negative thing I have to say about my new Kenwood stereo is that after buying an android compatible stereo, neither my android phone nor my android tablet work in the USB plug. After purchasing a few extra parts from the hardware store (aside from the installation kit), a friend of mine was able to install it himself with no issues. I love the way it looks in my Expedition and I love the way it sounds. I had plans to Install an Alpine power pack amp and speakers as well but honestly, after hearing the sound quality with the stock speakers and the new stereo I am in no rush to buy the amp and speakers. The only reason I might still buy them is to get a better base sound out of the stereo. I couldn't be happier with my purchase and the customer service from Sonic

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Phil

Acton, MA

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Kenwood DPX500BT ROCKS!

December 31, 2013

Fantastic Sound, Looks Great, Loaded with Features. Easy to install. Highly recommended.

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Mike

Ocala, fl

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good stereo and price

November 11, 2013

Sent it quickly. Was so easy to install especially with the easy instructions. Radio is cool. My son loves the changing colors. Easy to operate. Thanks sonic.

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Dogpatch

Canada

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Great Player

September 18, 2013

Functions well. Good Remote. I love the Blue Tooth. Connected to my Blackberry with ease.

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Kenzie

Central Point, OR

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perfect!!!

September 12, 2013

This radio is great! It has a nice sleek look that makes it look classy while putting out great sound. The Bluetooth is a great edition to this all around awesome radio. It gives true power to my kicker 6 3/4" and 6x9's. This is a great edition to any sound system and I highly recommend it!

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Tim

Gadsden, AL

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GREAT STEREO

December 23, 2014

I LOVE HOW EASY IT WAS TO INSTALL AND THE BLUETOOTH CONNECTION IS GREAT FOR MY ANDROID PHONE

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Brad

Canada

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Excellent unit for the Money

September 27, 2014

excellent control of other components added and quality of the unit surpassed what I was expecting.

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Ken

Detroit, MI

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Awesome price

May 26, 2014

Nice easy all around system, user friendly. The remote is great to have also. Would recommend this unit to anyone looking for an upgrade from factory unit.

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Sharma

Canada

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Average

May 7, 2014

SO, i have reviewed this product from my account so it wont let me change it or re-review it, however after playing around with this headunit i must say the tuning setting are really good and the output is great, however on the higher end it starts to distort my coax speakers, and i won't be using the pandora aha or iheart as the apps are flimsy and theyre not really available in canada the sirius xm is available but the HU doesnt come with that accesory so i guess u have to buy it separately and hook it up or probably my install guy didnt do that, besides that the front aux and usb works like it should nothing spectacular, the bluetooth is where i dont like it, if i play music via bluetooth the quality is not good and it doesn't put out any bass notes.. only highs and mids, the handsfree calling feature is great and i guess thats basically what its meant to be used for so when i disconnect bluetooth the HF disconnect message just doesnt go away unless i restart the vehicle, the color illumination is good but during the day only certain colors can be seen so!! not super useful ive left it at plain white color. install is fairly easy everything is straight forward and marked. comes with all the install kits and accesories you will need. will i buy it again, no i wil buy something more expensive and something with more option and touch screen and blah blah. but for someone on a budget this is perfect.

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Scott

west monroe, LA

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Nice

January 28, 2015

Excellent product,would recommend To anyone who wants a good quality raidio

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Everardo

San Diego, CA

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Sonic Electroix are # 1in value & service

December 15, 2014

My kenwood DPX500BT is the best by I ever made, Fit in 2002 Toyota Tacoma easily and a perfect fit, Sounds and plays 100 % better than my stock stereo, Plus I received the SCOSHETA028 wire harness free witch made easy to connect to my truck, When it come to Sonic Electronix on a scale from 1 to 10 I give them a 100

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Travis

Kalispell, Montana

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Awesome!

December 12, 2014

Just installed the Kenwood DPX500BT in a 2004 Toyota Tundra. It fit perfectly with no need for a dash kit, just used my factory mounts. I will say the trim piece that comes with it seems a little flimsy but its still nice since I believe its actually made to fit a Toyota double din hole. Wiring was easy even with the added Axxess ASWC-1 steering wheel control which also works great. It really made my shitty factory speakers sound a lot better but I will still be adding door speakers and a sub in the future. The controls are fairly easy to use after you get used to how they work. Bluetooth also works great! Overall a great stereo. This was my first experience with Sonic Electronix and it was awesome. Free shipping and great price! I would definitely recommend Sonic as well as this stereo.

Pros: Kenwood quality, expandability for XMSirius, Pandora, etc. Bluetooth and 3 amp preouts. Also the nicest looking double din out there.

Cons: Trim piece a little flimsy (be careful when attaching to stereo). Also, like other reviews have mentioned the screen is a little hard to see sometimes in direct sunlight.

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Nick

Portland, OR

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Good unit

November 17, 2014

The unit looks good and feels well made. The buttons are a tiny bit small but once you get use to it, it is easy to use. The settings menu is very extensive and can be a bit tricky to use, but it has a lot of great settings. The bluetooth pairing for iPhones is great! Just plug it in and push the center knob. Sound quality is great as well, it did make my stock speakers sound a little bit better (prior deck did have a separate amp so it had good quality to begin with).

My only complaint about it, is how it handles power antennas. It keep the antenna up regardless of what input you are using. I wish kenwood would have taken a little bit of time to tell the antenna to go down when not in use.

For the price you can't do any better! Very happy with the unit.

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richard

Wichita, KS

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nice dual din head unit

September 28, 2014

I looked around awhile for a nice looking dual din stereo that had hands free phone options. This stereo had so many options it will take awhile to figure them all out.
Great sound. I like the multiple adjustments you can make to tweak the sound to exactly what you want to hear.

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Bomber T

Lake Wales

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Great Product Great Sound !

September 21, 2014

This is a great stereo. Features are awesome. The Bluetooth worked right away and is very clear voice transmit. Sonic did a great and fast shipment of this item. Make sure your have the confidence and patience to correctly install this stereo. Wire attachment is required and color coded which helped allot in the hook up of it. The sound and look of it in my 2005 Equinox is great.
Sonic technicians were great when placing the order. I highly recommend Sonic for your purchase.

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David

Portsmouth, VA

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love it

August 11, 2014

Screen hard to see in direct sunlight other than that great DD unit.sonic is great customer service win win.

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James

North Vernon, IN

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Great choice

July 25, 2014

Easy instalation
Bluetooth works great and auto syncs when I get in vehicle
Well worth the extra cash for BT

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Mark

North Providence, RI

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must have

June 4, 2014

You get all that you need in this unit, nice and easy to use, and a piece of cake to install. for the price you cant beat it.

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I compared a few other similarly priced stereos and found this to be the best mix of features and price.
Joshua P on Feb 9, 2015
I liked the look and functionality
Matt W on Jan 30, 2015
Cheaper than any Alpine and has Bluetooth capabilities, three rca ports, plus it will look similar to the oem headunit.
Kyle R on Feb 6, 2015
No touch screen
thad l on Jan 20, 2015
Does this come with the install kit and wire harness included or is that just on ebay?
A shopper on Oct 26, 2014
Best Answer: This specific unit will comes with the kit an harness, but you have to enter your vehicle information. Click add to cart and you will be prompted to enter your vehicle information.
Reply · Report · Seth WStaff on Oct 27, 2014
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can I play music direct from a usb drive?
Ron C on Feb 2, 2015
Best Answer: We have not done so, but the documentation indicates you can, in a variety of formats
Reply · Report · Paul A on Feb 2, 2015
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Does this unit (DPX500bt) have white illumination?
A shopper on Dec 21, 2014
Best Answer: I installed this unit in my wife's expedition and she has it on the setting that allows the colors to cycle through all available colors and white is not one of them.
Reply · Report · Shawn A on Dec 21, 2014
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Can I use this Kenwood DPX500BT with an iPhone 5s 32 GB? My daughter wants to get me both for Christmas. I need the double din to replace manufacturer's original radio. Thanks very much.
A shopper on Dec 16, 2014
Best Answer: Yes. You'll be able to stream music thru Bluetooth or thru the Usb connection located on the face and your phone will automatically recognize the unit. Nice thing is you'll have control of the music from the unit itself and not just your phone.
Reply · Report · Austin T on Dec 16, 2014
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Would a track phone with Bluetooth work with this car stereo? I have a (Samsung Galaxy Centura ).
Ron C on Feb 9, 2015
Best Answer: Hello, The provider of the device has no bearing on the compatibility of the Bluetooth Feature. The actual Hardware does. Of which, that device should have no issues pairing with the headunit.
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How tall is the unit ? is it 7X4 inches
eric b on Sep 7, 2014
Best Answer: Approximately three and three quarter inches. That's the unit without the faceplate adaptor. The length is approximately six and five eights inches. Again without faceplate adaptor.
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Does it have a separate memory tone setting for each source EXAMPLE Tuner/CD like an Alpine unit?
A shopper on Jan 27, 2015
Best Answer: It has just one adjustment for all sources, bass, mid and treble. plus has bass boost and loudness with 1-2 or3 settings
Reply · Report · DAVID HIGGINS D on Jan 28, 2015
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Hi, can you tell me if this unit has a mute button on the face of the unit itself? Also if can be installed into a 20006 Mercury Grand Marquis without modifications & if needing modification what would those be??
Joe B on Jan 24, 2015
Best Answer: Hello Joe,

As everyone has correctly submitted, the headunit only has an Attenuation button, not a traditional 100% 'Mute' button.
In regards to your vehicle, ALL double din headunit installs in your vehicle will require modifications to the cavity. Most installers will shave the top portion of the opening to make adequate room, but not one approach is "right". Please do your own homework on this if you plan on doing the install yourself. The dash kit available for the vehicle will help with the install once After the mod has been made.
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I'm going to be purchasing a 2008 Mazda Mazdaspeed3 soon. Will my steering wheel controls and the rest of my buttons on the dash still function correctly after the installation of this product? Or will I need some sort of module to reprogram these buttons?
Zach B on Nov 29, 2014
Best Answer: There's an adapter that you'll need to install..I found one by AXXESS you might need to see if it'll be compatible with your car first...I didn't install it on my car not a necessity for me I do fine without it
Reply · Report · Marco R on Nov 30, 2014
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If I was to wire this HU's output to front speakers and rear pre outs to a 2 channel amp powering my rear speakers will the front to rear fade still be operational?
Paul M on Jan 24, 2015
Best Answer: Yes
Reply · Report · Ken K on Jan 25, 2015
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Saw this unit (at a higher price) on a rival website, and they have it listed as NOT fitting my truck. How certain are you this will work in a 1998 F150 XLT without a lot of cutting in the dash?
A shopper on Nov 15, 2014
Best Answer: Hello,

Fairly certain, based on the fact that we and many of our able customer have successfully done such an install. However, such an install - Double Din - requires Major sub dash modifications to use the dash kit - Metra 95-5818. You will need to trim the sub dash to gain suitable depth and height. This dash kit exists because of how common the project is. We suggest getting with a Professional Installer for details.

http://www.metraonline.com/files/products/INST95-5818_web.pdf
Metra 95-5818
Metra 95-5818
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Product Summary

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DPX500BT

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019048203007

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4.80lbs

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dpx500bt

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65905

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 DPX500BT