From the Manufacturer Manufacturer's Review (December 3, 2008)
A great CD receiver at a great price, the KDC-MP538U offers USB Direct Control and 1-wire iPod connection. Simply plug in your iPod and control functions via the receiver. It also has an easy to read 3-line full dot display, as well as 3 RCA (2.5V) preamp outputs and several other opportunities for system expansion.
The 3-line full dot fluorescent display enhances operation.
The Multi-control Wheel lets you search intuitively and seamlessly through music files.
Add the KCA-BT200 Bluetooth Hands-free Unit to enjoy hands-free cell phone operation and Bluetooth wireless music streaming.
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Easy on the Eyes
One of the new design features for Kenwood's 2008 car audio lineup is the attractive cool blue illumination, which enhances button operation and adds a little atmosphere in the process.
The 3-line text full dot FL display makes operation a snap in any lighting conditions. The faceplate is also removable for security, and a case is included.
Dial in Your Music
The KDC-MP538U will play your favorite CDs or burnt 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.
If you'd prefer, you can listen to AM/FM radio, complete with user presets for instantly accessing your favorite stations.
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 or 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.
iPod-like Multi-control Wheel
The Multi-control Wheel lets you search intuitively and seamlessly through music files. The seven commands include left, right, up, down, counter clockwise, clockwise direction and selection.
Front USB/AUX Connection
Kenwood's CD receivers feature a USB or AUX connector up front that makes connecting a USB mass-storage device easier than ever. Additionally, input sensitivity correction adjusts volume or input level depending on the characteristics of the input source.
Input and Output
Use the KDC-MP538U's rear auxiliary input port to connect external devices like MP3 players. For powerful system upgrades, the unit includes 3 2.5V preamp outputs for connecting to external amplifiers.
Add Kenwood's KCA-BT200 Bluetooth hands-free unit to your KDC-MP538U and enjoy wireless freedom. The KCA-BT200 Bluetooth has caller ID and can be paired with up to five Bluetooth-enabled phones and download each phone's address book. The keys or touchscreen can be used to dial a number, answer an in-coming call or end a call. The unit also has a microphone that can be mounted in the dash or headliner, so you can listen to the conversation through your car's front speakers.
HD and SAT Radio Ready
The KDC-MP538U allows you to enjoy HD (requires KTC-HR200), SIRIUS (requires CA-SR20V + Sirius SC-C1 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.
What's in the Box
Kenwood KDC-MP538U, case for removable face, remote control, trim ring, wiring harness, installation hardware, instruction manual.