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Kenwood KDC-BT742U WMA/MP3 CD Receiver with Built-in Bluetooth and Satellite/HD Radio/iPhone Ready

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  • AM/FM radio, CD, CD-R/RW, MP3/WMA/AAC, iPod, USB, HD/satellite radio-ready, Bluetooth receiver
  • 4 x 50 Watts maximum power with two 2V pre-amp outputs
  • 14-segment, 13-digit FL display; blue key illumination with dimmer function
  • Includes Bluetooth by Parrot, front panel auxiliary input and USB, one-wire iPod connection; add Kenwood adapters for HD/satellite radio, iPod
  • One-year limited warranty
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Product Information

Technical Details
Item Weight4.2 pounds
Product Dimensions12.5 x 10 x 4.4 inches
Item model numberKDC-BT742U
Chassis SizeFull-DIN
WarrantyI Year
Expansionoptional_mp3_cable, built-in_bluetooth, optional_hd_radio, optional_satellite_radio
Weight4.2 Pounds
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #303,085 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight4.9 pounds
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Date First AvailableOctober 2, 2000

Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Kenwood
  • Model: KDC-BT742U
  • Warranty: I Year

Product Description

Product Description

WMA/MP3 CD Receiver with built-in BT, and SAT/HD radio/BT/iPhone ready.

Here's a perfect way to replace your stock stereo with a Bluetooth-enabled, digital-media-friendly solution. Enjoy your favorite CDs, a one-wire iPod connection, streaming of MP3/AAC/WMA files from USB thumb drives, a front auxiliary input, and Kenwood audio perfection in a 50W x 4 stylish tuner.

Replace your stock stereo with a Bluetooth-enabled, digital-media-friendly solution. Click to enlarge.

Dial in Your Music
The KDC-BT742U will play your favorite CDs or burned CD-Rs, as well as MP3/WMA/AAC files from data CDs or USB devices. Load your flash drive with your favorite tunes and hit the road.

iPod 1-wire Connection
If you own an iPod, simply connect it to a Kenwood CD receiver via the USB cable that comes with the iPod. Better yet, use the optional KCA-iP100 1-wire iPod Interface Cable for crystal clear digital audio playback. You'll supply power to your iPod as well as charge it while you enjoy your music.

FM/AM Tuner
When you feel like letting someone else control the programming, switch to the radio. Features 18 FM and six AM presets for your convenience.

Add satellite radio or HD radio with Kenwood peripherals.

Includes IR remote. Click to enlarge.

Built-In Bluetooth--Powered by Parrot
The built-in Bluetooth hands-free system enables easy, safe cellular phone communications from the car. Features include (not all features work on all phones):

  • Supports Hands-Free Profile
  • Supports SMS
  • Supports Voice Dialing
  • Supports Automatic Phonebook Download
  • Powered By Parrot
  • Built-In Microphone with Noise Cancellation

HD and Satellite Radio Ready
The KDC-BT742U allows you to enjoy SIRIUS (requires CA-SR20V cable + Sirius Tuner) or XM (requires KCA-XM100V + XM Mini Tuner) radio in your vehicle. Enjoy a multitude of channels featuring music, news, talk shows, sports, and traffic information with CD quality sound.

You also can add an HD Radio tuner. When you connect an HD radio tuner, features of the unit are disabled and changed to HD Radio tuner features.

Superb Audio All the Time
When listening to music in a moving vehicle, sound quality can be degraded due to road and engine noise. Kenwood's exclusive Sound Excellence audio enhancement feature brings out all of the music masked by this noise, and also includes a unique iPod EQ function that improves the sound of any iPod by deactivating the EQ setting of the iPod and allowing you to select an EQ curve optimized for iPod playback in any vehicle at any speed.

When a music file is compressed, some frequencies signals are lost, particularly if it is encoded using a low bit rate. The Supreme technology is a Kenwood-original audio compensation technology that compensates for this loss and reproduces music in a more natural form, thereby making it possible to play music recorded using low bit rates (64k to 96k) in an audio-quality equivalent to music recorded using a higher bit rate (equivalent to 128k). Enjoy a natural, rich sound, even with lower compression ratios.

Front USB and AUX connectors for quick and easy access.

Front USB/AUX Connection
The KDC-BT742U features a USB and AUX connector up front that makes connecting a USB mass-storage device easier than ever. For the auxiliary input, input sensitivity correction adjusts volume or input level depending on the characteristics of the input source.

Ready for System Expansion
In addition to the on-board 50W x 4 amplifier, the DPX503 boasts three 2.5V pre-amp outs for expanding your system.

What's in the Box
Kenwood KDC-BT742U, sleeve, trim ring, wiring harness, installation tools, installation manual, operation manual, warranty card.

Customer Reviews

I would never have guessed, but now that I know, I'll never forget.
A. Dorfman
The mic on the unit is good so it picks up the noise in a loud car especially in the rain.
James L. Gadsden
I'm pretty decent with technology, but this unit was extremely difficult to use.
Melissa G.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A. Dorfman on March 11, 2009
(In case anyone read this review before I updated it, the major changes are that I've spoken to Kenwood about the bluetooth issues, and I've realized the interface isn't as difficult as it seemed at first - if Amazon would let me, I would upgrade my rating to 3 stars).

First the bad news. When I talk to people with my iPhone 3G via the bluetooth capability, they can barely understand me. My voice sounds heavily digitized at best, "like a robot." During any given conversation, about half of what I say sounds like digital noise and is unintelligible. [edit:]After talking to Kenwood tech support, they acknowledged that several of their older units had exactly this problem, and it was fixed with a firmware update. They were not aware of an issue with this unit, and have now escalated a problem report to get it fixed. The current theory is that they have only tested the unit with iPhone firmware 2.1, and my iPhone has the latest firmware 2.2, and there may be an interoperability issue with it.[:edit]

I did try my iPhone with a Pioneer DEH-BT7000, and it sounds fine through that unit, not digitized or robotic at all.

[edit:]I have completely rewritten my account of the unit's interface. Originally I said it was horrible, and if you google this unit, you'll find similar complaints. With more time, I've realized that there is a decent logical consistency to this interface that makes most features fairly easy to remember. The problem is the manual does not explain it. Every button on the unit has a dual purpose; one by pressing it quickly, and one by holding it down for 1 sec.

Every button is labeled on the face plate with both it's primary and secondary purpose. All of the "secondary" purposes are indicated by a small solid white square.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michele Aguirre on September 29, 2009
This unit is NOT intuitive for setup and navigating through the menus is complicated. You pretty much need the manual next to you in case you want to dive into the menus. It's so bad that I keep the manual in my glove box just in case. It took me over an hour to go through all the menu items to get this deck set up properly. By the way, once you get everything set the way you want it, you should write the setttings down, since there are so many options to customize you'll forget them if you ever need to input the settings again. The manual is poorly written with insufficient explanation of what each menu and option means. Also, the manual has instructions for three different models. So, not every page applies to the unit. You have to be careful to take note of what options apply to this specific deck.

Aside from the user unfriendliness, there are A LOT of options you can set to fine-tune your music. Once you get everything set up, this is a pretty sweet deck for the ability to customize your music. Probably the best options for me is the ability to set high-pass frequencies to the speakers. The speakers in the back of my car are 4" diameter and cannot handle low frequencies well. No problem. I set the high-pass frequency to 100-Hz for the rear speakers, turned the music way up, and no distortion. Awesome.

Other pluses:
A. You can set the equalizer center frequencies for three bands, Q-Level, and Gain or choose from multiple presets like rock, jazz, easy listening, etc.
B. The deck can store multiple listening profiles. You get everything set up you want it, and save it as User 1, 2, or 3. This is pretty cool, as some of my music on my MP3 player needs extra bass output.
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Bought this receiver at Frys after getting recommended by the sales floor associate. After banging my head for an hour trying to figure out how to use this thing while reading through a poorly written manual, I finally managed to get the phone connected and figure out how to shuffle through music.

--- A HUGE Drawback ----
Unfortunately we found out this device only supports within folder shuffle for usb connected devices (not including ipod). The next logical thing is to then put all your music in one folder. Unfortunately the device won't recognize more than 255 files within one folder. This is a real pain. Especially when you consider a mp3 CD could hold close to 255 mp3s. My whole point for getting this was to get away with having to burn mp3 cds all the time.

- nice to have caller id and phonebook support
- internal mic worked pretty good

- Music presets were not that different. Previous Scion stock radio had much better variety of audio equalizer presets.
- Navigation through menus is not intuitive and difficult using the knob
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Xmeister on September 21, 2009
I bought this HU to replace my factory stereo on a 2000 Honda Odyssey, honestly if I knew I should have bought either the Sony MEX-BT3700 or the Pioneer DEH-P710BT which have way better control interface/operations and manual but due to its RMS power 22 watts X 4 channel I chose this unit over the Sony or Pioneer as well as it decent cheaper price. Most of the electronics I bought over the years I have set up and operate with very minimal assistance from the manual. But this head unit blows me away, deciphering the display and manual was frustrating....I tried to set this up and was just clueless and flustered....whoever design the controls and wrote the manual must have been sleeping or drunk. I spent two days poring over the manual and tinkering with the HU, still I was only able to set it up/customized it half way. Bluetooth handsfree call and operation works good although I could not get to add my wife's cell phone a Samsung Exclaim and my Motorola Q9C phone book won't download to the unit. Overall the HU sounds good and unit aesthetics looks nice but failed on its poorly written/confusing manual and poorly designed/complex basic operations and settings.

PROS: Nice unit aesthetics, bluetooth handsfree call works good, built in bluetooth mic, awesome sound quality, decent DSP/sound field settings and customizable functions, decent rear aux connections and decent price compared to other units with the same functions.

CONS: Poorly written manual, hard to decipher display and settings too complicated, unsuccessful bluetooth pairing with Samsung Exclaim, cannot download phone book from my MOTO Q9C, presets/memory settings confusing too complicated!

RECOMMENDATION: Would not recommend this unit unless you want to spend a whole lot of time with the manual and setting up the unit. If I would start over I would have bought the Sony or Pioneer HU.
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