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Kenwood KDC-138 CD receiver

3.3 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

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  • CD player with built-in MOSFET amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
  • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RW discs
  • System Q Sound Control (6 EQ curves and a 3-band equalizer)
  • inputs: front-panel auxiliary input
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Kenwood
  • Model Number: KDC-138

Product Description

CD player with built-in MOSFET amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels) * plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RW discs * System Q Sound Control (6 EQ curves and a 3-band equalizer) * inputs: front-panel auxiliary input *

Product Information

Technical Details

Item Weight 4 pounds
Product Dimensions 9.9 x 9.5 x 4.7 inches
Item model number KDC-138
Discontinued by manufacturer Yes
Weight 4.2 Pounds

Additional Information

ASIN B000VAQILY
Customer Reviews
3.3 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

3.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #2,257 in Electronics > Car Electronics > Car Audio > Car Stereo Receivers
Shipping Weight 3.5 pounds
Date First Available January 6, 2006

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By Mickey J. Rodi on March 23, 2009
Pretty good product, VERY good sound quality, amp can push 6.5" w/ components with tweeters very well. The controls are very confusing though, better keep the manual in the car. The rotary knob isnt the best idea, its easily pushed in while driving -which opens the sound controls- and all of a sudden youre turning up the bass instead of the volume... Other than that it doesnt skip on cd's and has a few rca outputs which are handy.
I like it.. Salectronics has them for $69 with free shipping also.
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First off, I chose this one because I liked the interface, it was versatile (lots of radio presets, aux input and CD player), and it wasn't too expensive.

Also, it seems like others don't have the problems I had. Perhaps I got a defective receiver? Don't know.

Finally, I know for sure that when I installed it, it was as secure as it was going to get.

With that said...

I had problems with it from the start. In cold weather, the audio would distort heavily, slowly lower in volume until it stopped playing completely. I had to repeatedly take the faceplate off, wait a few minutes, and put it back on to get it working again. Thankfully I don't have that problem anymore, but it was extremely frustrating when I was on an 8hr car trip.

Cold weather is this thing's arch nemesis. If you want to play a CD and it's chilly outside, forget it. Your CD will skip the whole way. I reinstalled it over and over to have it be more steady to no avail. The little aluminum casing that holds it is flimsy beyond belief, and the only thing that holds the receiver in it are two little tabs that can ever so easily break off. Even when I replaced the shocks in my car, it would still skip just as much, if not more!

I could understand if it skipped on big bumps in the road, but songs would stutter in response to every nook and cranny of the pavement I was driving on. Some of you may be thinking that it's because I'm driving an old car that isn't as comfortable of a ride as it used to be.

While this may be true, let's take a step back for a second. Who is this product for?

Car owners that a) need a new radio b) want a CD player or c) want an aux input.
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This stereo sounds great but, like other reviewers said, it uses a knob to turn up the volume that when pressed in opens the audio menu. What they fail to tell you is that unlike all other decks, it doesn't automatically exit the menu after a couple seconds. So what normally happens is I go to turn down the music and accidentally press the knob in when turning it. It goes from volume to SUB. Now I'm turning down my sub instead of the volume. I have to scroll through the ENTIRE menu of options by pressing the knob in eight more times to return to the volume setting and turn it down. Imagine how much this sucks when pulling up to a drive through to order or next to a cop car at a red light. If it could just exit the settings menu by itself then I would have rated it five stars.
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I bought this stereo for my uncle and installed it for him. It came in the original box unopened just as described. The install was extremely easy once we bought two harnesses in pep boys. The sound is great with se pioneer speakers he bought, it picks them up pretty well. The 3.5mm auxiliary input is sweet. Overall ist a very good product at a very good price.
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I picked up and got this player installed at a local shop. The display is nice, though the clock/track time is small in comparison to what else is displayed. The sound quality from the stock deck is greatly improved, and adjusting sound controls is relatively smooth with preset options available. Some of the specialty controls are more tricky to decipher from the manual, even setting the clock (the install guy said it took him 10 minutes to figure it out)!

Apart from the little details, this is a quality product for the price. For the more technical hardcore car audio buffs, I would suggest a higher-end deck.
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This is by far the worst player i have ever bought. The sound quality sucks. The screen is too small and the menus are hard to find. This player is not very user friendly. I would not recommend this player. I was expecting more from Kenwood but was deeply shocked. If you are into good sound and quality this player is not for you.....
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By P. Grogan on July 27, 2010
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Over all it is a good radio. My antenna wire was cut when my other radio was stolen, so I am not sure if the staticy receprion is because of a poor splice or the actual radio (probably my splice). The aux jack is nice, but some of the buttons and functions are counter-intuitive. Overall it works great for the price.
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