Released January, 2009
The Pros:Display colors can be customized to match your dashboard display. Installation is very simple, first-time installers can handle it. EQ offers a good variety of options for the creation of preferred sound.
The Cons:Display is too dim for direct daylight, just can't be seen. Only 6 preset channels for the radio. Knobs are difficult to work with, feel like they might break.
The Kenwood DPX503 is a high-end double DIN car audio receiver released by Kenwood in 2008. With a $320 price tag, it simply comes as one of the most expensive car players offered by Kenwood, and all other big names for that matter.
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It has a large fine-dot display with four lines of text and a large multi-color wheel for quick music search. It also features a front AUX input for those who want to plug in their portable music players. This piece is compatible with MP3/WMA/AAC files and has a front USB port as well, something which the $70 cheaper Kenwood DPX303 doesn't offer. It also offers supreme technology for compressed music, a tool that improves music that has been compressed (ie mp3 files) and makes it approach the quality of its original form. This piece takes full advantage of the extra display size it occupies and offers a truly usable experience for users. The target market would be people who are willing to pay for a powerful audio system that is both usable and feature rich.
- Large Fine Dot Display with 4 Lines of Text
- Inputs: front auxiliary and USB inputs, optional rear aux input
- Illuminated Front AUX Port for iPods or other portable music players
- Multi-control Wheel for easy music search
- 2 Pre-outs at 2.5 Volts/Rear Switchable to Low Pass with filter and level control
- CD-R/CD-RW/MP3/WMA/AAC Compatibility
- Ready for iPod (KCA-iP500)
- Security Code Function
- Supreme technology for compressed music
- IR Remote Control included
- 50 Watts x 4
- Bluetooth, Sat Radio and HD Radio Ready
User Reviews (1)
display colors can be customized to match your dashboard display
installation is very simple, first-time installers can handle it
EQ offers a good variety of options for the creation of preferred sound
display is too dim for direct daylight, just can't be seen
only 6 preset channels for the radio
knobs are difficult to work with, feel like they might break
can't adjust the settings while driving, process is too involved
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