Released January, 2009
The Pros:Includes remote control. Affordable price. Built in iPod control.
The Cons:Poorly written instruction manual. Faceplate cannot be dimmed. Buttons are unlabeled.
The Kenwood KDC-MP442U is a car CD receiver, released by Kenwood in 2009 and retails at $160. It plays the usual CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RW discs, including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA music files.
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It gives iPod control through its USB input, and is compatible with Kenwood's Bluetooth® adapter, satellite radio, and HD Radio™ tuner, so users have the option of adding hands-free calling and extra entertainment options to their system. Users can browse through their iPod folders through the receiver's display and using the receiver's control wheel. This receiver also includes a remote control. $30 more expensive than the Kenwood KDC-MP342U, it has 2.5 V with 3 preouts vs 2 V with 2 preouts. It's 10$ cheaper than the Sony Xplod MEX-BT2600 that has 52 watt x 4 channels.
- 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 13 character display
- remote control
- dual-zone capability for playing different sources over the front & rear speakers
- System Q Sound Control (6 EQ curves and a 3-band equalizer)
- Supreme Setting function restores high frequencies in music files
- System E's high- and low-pass filters
- iPod direct control via USB input — no adapter necessary, but adding Kenwood's optional connecting cable lets you leave your iPod cable at home
- compatible with Kenwood's Bluetooth adapter, satellite radio, and HD Radio™ tuner
- inputs: front auxiliary and USB inputs
- outputs: three sets of 2.5-volt preamp outputs