Released January, 2009
The Pros:Sound output makes the most of OEM speakers, sounds much clearer and richer than stock stereos. Controls are easy to navigate, intuitive design overall. Display is bright enough for daylight and can be easily dimmed at night.
The Cons:Adjusting the EQ is handled by pressing the volume knob, can happen by accident as you drive. Some of the buttons have red backlighting, doesn't match and it's harder to see. Volume knob is unusually shallow, hard to grab.
The Kenwood KDC-MP242 is a Car audio player released by Kenwood in 2009 retailing at $120. Slightly pricier than the Kenwood KDC-MP142, it's still one the cheap-low end of the Kenwood car player portfolio.
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It plays all the typical audio formats (CD, WMA, MP3, CD-R,CD-RW), portable satellites, and portable music players through its front AUX input. It's compatible with Kenwood's iPod's adapter that allows for complete control of the iPod through the display panel of the audio player, all while keeping the iPod charged on the road. Another addition is the HD Radio tuner for enhanced sound quality of digital audio. Users can also add the hands-free BlueTooth feature. In short, the extra $20 paid for this piece over the Kenwood KDC-MP142 is for compatability with more devices, which would only happen if more money is spent on adapters and such.
- CD player with built-in MOSFET amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
- plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RW discs, including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA music files
- detachable face with front auxiliary input
- remote control
- System Q Sound Control (6 EQ curves and a 3-band equalizer)
- low-pass filter and sub level control
- compatible with Kenwood's iPod adapter, Bluetooth adapter, HD Radio tuner, satellite radio, CD changer
- inputs: front-panel auxiliary input, optional rear aux in
- outputs: 4-channel preamp outputs (front, rear/sub)
User Reviews (1)
sound output makes the most of OEM speakers, sounds much clearer and richer than stock stereos
controls are easy to navigate, intuitive design overall
display is bright enough for daylight and can be easily dimmed at night
remote control allows you full access to all the functions but it's still pretty small
adjusting the EQ is handled by pressing the volume knob, can happen by accident as you drive
some of the buttons have red backlighting, doesn't match and it's harder to see
volume knob is unusually shallow, hard to grab
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