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Kenwood KDC-MP345U In-Dash CD/MP3/WMA/iPod Receiver with USB/Aux Input

4.3 out of 5 stars 108 customer reviews
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  • One-year limited warranty
  • Includes front auxiliary input and USB port; direct iPod control
  • 4 x 50 Watts maximum power; dual 2V RCA preamp outputs with low pass filter, rear/sub switch
  • AM/FM radio, CD, CD-R/RW, MP3/WMA, USB, iPod receiver
  • 13-digit, one line FL display; blue/red key illumination with manual dimmer
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Product Description

Product Packaging: Standard Packaging

Product Description

The KDC-MP345U is a full featured CD-receiver with USB port and a mini stereo input located on the front panel. The USB port provides simple connection of your iPod/iPhone allowing you to listen to your favorite music with your car stereo.


Kenwood's KDC-MP345U is a great replacement for that factory CD receiver, giving you both a USB port for simple connection of your iPod/iPhone or a thumb drive, an auxiliary input for other audio devices, playback of MP3/WMA files (via burnt CDs or from the USB port), and room to grow your system with dual preamp outputs.

A solid replacement for your factory receiver. Click to enlarge.

Easy-to-read, one-line, 13-digit flourescent display.

Front-panel aux input and USB port.

RC-405 remote included.

Removable Faceplate
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, 13-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.

Front-Panel USB Port
Plug in a thumb drive or other USB storage device for playback of your favorite MP3/WMA files, with easy folder navigation. The port will also charge portable devices, and offers control of some music phones via the receiver.

Enjoy Your iPod
The USB port also provides simple connection of your iPod/iPhone allowing you to listen to your favorite music with your car stereo. Then you'll get the added benefit of advanced search features designed to let you spend more time listening to your favorite songs instead of hunting for them: Alphabet Search, Reverse Browsing, and more.

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.

Room To Grow
The KDC-MP345U's 50W x 4 MOSFET amp is plenty powerful, but it also features dual 2V preamp outputs (front and rear/subwoofer) 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-MP345U, Remote Control, Wiring Harness, Installation Tools and Hardware, Owner's Manual, Warranty Card

Product Information

Product Packaging:Standard Packaging
Product Dimensions 6.2 x 7.2 x 2.1 inches
Item Weight 3.2 pounds
Shipping Weight 3.2 pounds
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Item model number KDC-MP345U
Customer Reviews
4.3 out of 5 stars 108 customer reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,235 in Electronics > Car Electronics > Car Audio > Car Stereo Receivers
Discontinued by manufacturer Yes

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By C. Augenstein on February 25, 2010
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I usually don't do reviews, but I am so happy with this purchase I had to. I searched around for an entire month trying to find the right receiver. I think that for the money this product is hands down a total score! It has an aux and a usb. Now, when I purchased this I was thinking on using the ipod with the aux input originally. While the usb port can be used for direct Ipod connection and memory stick media (memory stick media?!) I figured I'd only use it to charge my ipod once the bat was running low. I have heard such bad things about ipod/usb functionality in radio receivers that I never thought I would actually use it. I love my ipod, and with the 32,000+ songs I have on there, being able to quickly scroll to what I want is essential, and its pretty hard to keep track of the new stuff I put on because I don't have enough time in the day to listen to all the songs, so I do a lot of rating. trying to scroll through quickly using any receiver search button seemed like a joke and you can't rate songs when you can't use the ipods native click wheel. But i digress. The point is I looked in the manual and found "hands-on/hands/off". With the ipod plugged into the usb port on the receiver I can hit 1 and 3 on the radio and switch between the modes. Now I can use the benefits of the usb port (charging, quality sound) AAAAND use my ipods native clickwheel functionality at the same time. I don't even use the aux anymore! and whenever I decide I want to listen to the ipod on random i just push button 1 on the radio and my artist/album scroll across the screen and I am still happy. The only thing so far that is negative are:
1.the screen during the day is almost impossible to see with sunlight on it. it just looks pink.
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Like one of the other reviewers, I don't often post feedback, but I'm so impressed by this unit that I felt obligated to do so.

After having miserable experiences with two other headunits (one died on me, and the next one wouldn't come close to installing correctly), I finally scored this Kenwood gem. First off, the install couldn't have been easier. I'm not a professional, but rather an electronics geek with an interest in cars and an intermediate ability to perform DIY work. That said, the Kenwood unit fit perfectly, was easy and straightforward to wire, and didn't present any issues whatsoever. The hardware that came with this unit was more than adequate -- different types of mounting screws and a wiring harness (which had colors that lined up perfectly with my Subaru Forester's stock harness).

The unit is also pretty simple to use. Like most basic single-DIN headunits, it doesn't exactly provide the ease of navigation that you'd get from a larger touch screen. Nevertheless, navigation through the various menus is satisfactory.

Perhaps the most impressive aspect of the Kenwood MP345U is the unexpectedly fantastic audio quality! (In addition to the headunit, I have two 50watt RMS aftermarket speakers powered by a 100watt amplifier.) My last working headunit, a Sony, sounded just fine. But the difference between the Sony and the Kenwood unit became evident after only 30 seconds of sampling a song! I have an extensive background in music recording, so I'm quite familiar with nuances in EQ changes and tonal qualities. I must say, the Kenwood blew me away! I'm convinced that even a listener without professional music experience would detect a difference in quality between the Kenwood and the Sony. Needless to say, I'm thrilled about how great it sounds!
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Bought this item for it's ipod capabilities and it works great. It controls the ipod 160gb classic right from the radio using the usb port. It also charges the ipod as well. The only drawback I have found with the unit is that the tone controls only add or subtract 8db for the bass, mid, and treble. The unit it replaces used to add 12db.
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I've the radio for about a good 2 months now and decided to write something about it. Good feature packed radio with several options and the usb input rocks with my iphone (OS 4.0, Reboot phone, works fine). There are several options to tweak the radio to your personal preference with sub in/out, LPF filters, bass/treb/mid/sub controls. Also a setting for small or large car speakers (5" or 6x9). Its got some preset eq on there too, but its not too great.

There are only two gripes I have about the radio.
1) The display dimmer is for lack of a better word is crap! The blue display is beautiful but most of the time during the day (pretty much 6 out of 7 days a week), it can't be seen when there's a good amount of sunlight out, keeping this in mind I've pretty much memorized where my finger needs to go. Works great in the dark or when its low light outside. My last kenwood display and dimmer setting were much better. Not that I'm looking at it often but just to glance down and see the station/artist or time would be nice when I do.

2) The 'settings' control drives me absolutely nuts on some days. The setting by default (another feature from my old kenwood) does not time out, say after about 5-10 seconds. Explanation.. when you push in the volume control to make changes to your bass/treb etc. it will stay in that particular setting menu unless you use the 'return' button. I'm sure this is what the return button is for, but I like to concentrate on DRIVING and not remembering I didn't exit out of the bass setting, so when I turn the volume up/down and it adjusts the settings instead of the volume. This also holds true for operating any device you plug in with the usb.
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