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Kenwood KDC-MP145 In-Dash CD/MP3/WMA Receiver with Aux Input

by Kenwood
64 customer reviews
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  • AM/FM radio, CD, CD-R/RW, MP3/WMA receiver
  • 4 x 50 Watts maximum power; one 2V preamp output with low pass filter, rear/sub switch
  • 11-digit, one line FL display; red key illumination with manual dimmer
  • Includes front auxiliary input for use with external devices
  • One-year limited warranty
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Technical Details

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  • Brand Name: Kenwood
  • Model Number: KDC-MP145
  • Manufacturer Warranty Description: 1 year

Product Description

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Product Description

The KDC-MP145 makes listening to your portable music player in the car so easy even a… well you understand. On the front panel of this beautifully designed car stereo is a stereo mini plug, simply connect your iPod to the input and you’re rocking it.

Kenwood's KDC-MP145 is a quick way to add WMA/MP3 playback to your vehicle, along with a front input for your portable music player. This CD receiver keeps it simple, delivering playback of your digital files from a data disc, AM/FM radio, a preamp output for expansion, and quality Kenwood sound on a budget.

A quick way to add WMA/MP3 playback to your vehicle. Click to enlarge.

Easy-to-read, one-line, 11-digit flourescent display.

Front-panel aux input for connecting your portable music player.

Removable Faceplate
Like many modern car stereos, the faceplate of this model can be removed and taken with you, to help deter theft. The control panel is equipped with an easy-to-read, one-line, 11-digit flourescent display for easy control and navigation.

CD and WMA/MP3 Playback
Enjoy your favorite CDs and CD-Rs, or burn a disc of WMA or MP3 files and enjoy hours of music on a single disc, along with ID-3 tag display for artist and title info.

FM/AM Tuner
When you feel like letting someone else control the programming, switch to the radio. Store your favorite stations as presets for instant access--mixed preset tuning allows both FM and AM stations to be preset on the same preset band.

Front Auxiliary Input
Listen to external audio devices like MP3 players using the front auxiliary input, which is illuminated so it's easy to find in the dark.

Room To Grow
The KDC-MP142 features one 2V preamp output for system expansion. It includes a rear/subwoofer switch with a subwoofer level and adjustable low pass filter, so you can send just what you need for your system.

System Q Sound Control
Five factory pre-set equalization curves (Rock, Top40, Pops, Jazz and Easy, plus a flat setting) and three speaker matching curves (OEM, 6x9, 5/4 plus a flat setting) can be combined for extreme sound-shaping flexibility. The preset curves include midrange contouring, giving music more clarity and presence. The preset curves can also be combined with the unit's bass, midrange and treble controls allowing users to personalize the sound to their particular taste.

Bass Boost
Handy for listening at lower volume levels (or for those who just like a lot of low-end).

What's in the Box
Kenwood KDC-MP145, Wiring Harness, Installation Tools and Hardware, Owner's Manual, Warranty Card

Product Information

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Technical Details
Item Weight2.9 pounds
Product Dimensions6.1 x 7.2 x 2.1 inches
Item model numberKDC-MP145
Warranty1 year
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #61,180 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight3.6 pounds
Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
International Shipping This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
Date First AvailableJanuary 19, 2010
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By regduj on May 10, 2010
Package Type: Standard Packaging Verified Purchase
The first one i ordered was apparently defective as it kept shutting off at random times while I was driving and would not turn back on until I uninstalled it, unplugged the harness and reinstalled it. I did this 3 times and finally returned it. Amazon immediately sent out a replacement and took the defective unit back. The new one is working great. Excellent replacement for the stock radio in the car. The only complaint I have, and for me it is very minor, is that to adjust audio controls and the like, you have to navigate through a menu. Its not the worst when you learn how to use it, but it can be a bit annoying especially while you are driving.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kryztoff on July 17, 2010
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Kenwood is known for great audio and this unit is no exception. It has a lot of sound optimization features that I would have expected in a much more expensive head unit. Sound quality is pretty good. Navigation and controls are intuitive and most basic functions (play pause skip volume mute) are easy to find without looking at the face. The following are the only things I didn't like about the deck:
Distortion at volume- At about 75% volume the deck distorts badly, even on my pioneer d series speakers. My previous Pioneer deck didn't distort on those speakers until just before maximum volume, so I was somewhat disappointed. The previous stereo cost about three times as much, however, so I can't complain too much. The unit is very loud even before it does distort (again, not near as loud as the pioneer) so most people wouldn't come close to the threshold.
Audio control menu- Some of the settings were hard to find, and were only available in "standby" mode. Once I did find them, however, I was able to dramatically improve the sound of the system.
Equalizer settings- As much as I play with this deck, I can't get rid of a tinny tone when playing rock. Any kind of acoustic sounds great, as well as hip hop or music with strong vocals. But, something is missing between 150 and 600 Hz. Bass boost only adds distortion, so that was no fix. Oh well.
In all, this is a fantastic stereo, especially at only $75 shipped. Most people won't use or notice the things I complained about, and would be very happy with the purchase. Folder navigation is very easy on MP3 discs, and read times are okay. It is also a very good looking unit. I recommend this unit for most people.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Ganeshram Sundaram on May 26, 2010
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I bought this player for just $54 from amazon (plus $20 shipping) & it definitely beat my expectation as far as sound quality is concerned.
My review is mostly based on the comparison with Pioneer 1900MP player that I owned previosly.
Great sound quality.
The cheapest among the great brands such as Pioneer, Sony, Alpine, Kenwood itself,..etc.
Plays various formats esp wma. This played wma files (each 2hr duration) that wasn't recognized by my old pioneer.
Pause button - My old player had it only in the remote control. To stop the music in my old player, I either had to hold the power key few seconds or change it to AUX mode.
btw this (MP145) does not come with remote control, however I don't need one for something that I can reach with my hands!
Couldn't read display during sunlight.
When you are at the last song in a folder, the "NEXT" button does NOT take you to the first track of the next folder.
Control buttons (1-6) are a bit too small.
No power off button. Have to press SRC twice (from CD mode) to switch it off.
Audio controls where a bit confusing initially but now I got used to it.
Search operation - This player has got a "One folder level up" button, just like windows explorer, which is very useful when you play a music CD with complex sub folder system. However most of the CDs that I have only has folders at one level. So to browse the folders, I have to press the Search button, then press "Folder level up" and turn the knob left or right to browse. My old pioneer had buttons for going folder up/down which would be more convenient for this situation. (btw the band button skips folder in Fwd direction).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jason A. Humphries on July 31, 2010
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I got this guy for $70.00 and well, it does most of what I want it to do.

Pros: Nice looking unit; dimmer switch; big volume/jog-wheel; came with crucial din-sized install jacket to hold the unit firmly in place and easy to install; outer rim cover snaps nicely in place; decent size gauge wires and easy to wire due to easy wiring harness; pair of L/R outs for sub or rear spkr. control(you can toggle from the jog-wheel); EQ presets sound good for radio; 24-bit sound for CD(the higher the better) pause button(some units you have to turn off at the drive-thru); Picks-up FM band really well; line-in for MP3 player/ Ipod(all units should have this feature)

Cons: Well let me say first that no, I don't have a separate amp and, of course, this my main problem separate from the unit itself. However, that said...I don't like the EQ-switch because the scale is not sensitive enough; navigating thru the unit's audio control is a little confusing; the face-plate for theft deterrent does not easily snap back into place(Kenwood could take a lesson from Pioneer here); some buttons are kinda small(good-luck if you have gorilla hands); how do you turn this unit off? Should be easier to find; this unit runs hot, esp. when playing CDs(not sure if I did something incorrect but by now I should have been noticing wires touching or incorrect wire connection). No color matching for car gauges/lighting-it's just red outlines but it does look kinda cool.

Honestly, I shouldn't gripe here but I was disappointed with the built-in amp(Kenwood specs say it has 50 watts per channel yeah right, it 's more like 22 watts per channel), it won't drive your speakers hardly at all, but what unit really does? I mean, yes, purchase a decent amp if you wanna hear this unit's full potential.
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