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Kenwood DPX300U (double din)
on April 24, 2013
Unfortunately, the amazon product page for this product will not tell you what *model* of double din this kenwood stereo is; Kenwood DPX300U. The price for this stereo was 134 when I purchased it (April '13) and I've seen it sold elsewhere for a min of 150. If you know what you are getting and are looking at this model, then you won't be disappointed. If you are looking at this because it's a cheap double din and looks good, read the specs on the kenwood page! This is an excellent midway double din stereo! I got mine professionally installed so I could just "go" and not worry about breaking something. It comes with a wiring harness, a toyota-specific frame plate, a 'japanese/GMC' plate and a third generic plate. I have a '05 Mustang and this stereo looks very tasteful and natural in my car. I seriously considered an excelon series single din kenwood stereo but just couldn't get over the flashy youth/ricer look of the single dins. Here's what made me choose this stereo: I wanted iPod capability (usb for best quality/auxiliary at the least), a large enough screen so I wouldn't squint while driving, and definitely a sleek/understated look.
Here are some general features of this stereo:
* USB Connectivity for iPhone, iPod and compatible USB mass storage devices
* Pandora Connectivity, Sirius XM ready
* Kenwood Music Control for Android Smartphones
* Front USB and AUX Input
* 3x 2.5 pre-amp volts
* 1.5" display (with 24 color choices for button backlight & display led)
* Dimmer control (great for night driving)
* Steering Wheel Remote Input
* Supported File Formats WMA / MP3 / AAC
* 24-Bit Digital-Analog Converter (usb port)
* Front AUX Input
* USB 1.1 & 2.0 Full Speed
* File System FAT16/32
* Preout Impedance(Ω) Under 600Ω
* Speaker Impedance(Ω) 4-8Ω
There are several things I really love about this particular stereo:
Aside from it adding to the appearance of the inside of my mustang (in a classy/slick kind of way), there are a lot of customization options for audio quality. Don't like messing with treble/bass/mids/fader/balance? There are presets on the stereo for different types of music. Hear a fav dubstep/rap song? instead of changing your custom audio settings, go to the loudness & Bass Booster options and crank it up from nothing to lvl 2 or 3! There are further advanced controls which are beyond me, but I know at the very least you will need a dedicated amp and good set of speakers to fully appreciate all the advanced settings you can tweak on your head unit. If you just bought this head unit as a first step like I did, fool around with the presets, your bass/treble/mids and don't worry about touching the advanced stuff yet. I also like that the DAC (digital-analogue converter) is 24bit. They knock your socks off compared with using an iPod with an auxiliary cable (sound quality wise). It also a built in mosfett 4-channel amplifier which provides at least a 4x improvement over your car's stock setup! The buttons on this device are SOLID and not crappy or cheap looking. They have a satisfying click sound and feel when depressed or tapped. The control knob is tickered; every 10 degrees or so that you rotate, you hear/feel a tick sound. Very reassuring and allows for precise volume adjustment. Volume max is at 35. I actually like my music loud, but I cannot stand it much at 20. In fact, I feel that 15 is pretty loud. That leaves 20 more values to go! So there is a lot of potential for this speaker if you like deafening music volume. The Bass options are very cool too. I didn't know my stock speakers were capable of such seat-shaking soundwaves. lol.
There are things I do not particularly like with this stereo:
There is no HD Radio built in. Not a big deal, but I do love radio stations on long rides and having CD-quality music from stations sounds great. But it does not come with this and the upper end models. I also do not like that the pre amp voltage is only 2.5. The excelon series kenwood stereos have 4 volt pre amps. The difference is a cleaner sound with less distortion (when connected to an amp) at higher volumes. Though this difference I have been told is negligible. Only an extremely extreme audiophile can tell this minute difference. Many on popular auto/audio forums claim they can rarely tell the difference between 2.5 vs 4. Though your amp will provide an extremely important purchase later down the road. Lastly I did not like it when plugging in an iPod/iPhone- it immediately turns your stereo as the controller. I personally like changing my music on my iPod/iPhone- not on the stereo itself. Not to mention its easier for passengers to handle an iPod than some foreign stereo device they've never used before. Luckily, there is an option to put the device in/out of "App Mode" which lets you regain control of the handheld device. That's pretty much it with the cons. They are minor and hardly worth mentioning.
Please ask if any questions!
I found out how to change the color of the buttons/display lights! You need to turn on the car fully, turn on the stereo, and in small silver print on the stereo plastic is says "FCN". Press and hold that button for a couple seconds until you reach a Function Control menu. Turn the dial until you find the setting for color and select by pressing the knob. THen adjust to your hearts content. 24 choices.