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The Kenwood KDC-HD942U is a car audio player released by Kenwood in 2009 retailing at $250.

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USB and aux inputs

9 agree

Bluetooth capable (requires add-on module sold seperately) for hands-free calling and music streaming

6 agree

includes remote control

6 agree

iPod control and charge - iPhone 3G compatible

6 agree

Good 'bang for the buck'

5 agree

3 4v pre-amp outputs

5 agree

HD & satellite radio ready

5 agree

Advanced user EQ controls for getting that "Perfect" sound

4 agree
  • Only 3 words are allowed.

Right 'knob' difficult to use/control

5 agree

USB and aux inputs are on the rear of the unit

3 agree

Frequent disconnects / reconnects from HD radio stations

3 agree

Display can be difficult to read depending on the lighting.

3 agree

Bluetooth add-on module expensive and callers report poor quality on their end

2 agree

Several times my iPhone has gone to a 'Reading' status while securely connected.

2 agree

Several instances of 'reading' while iPhone 3G was securely connected.

1 agrees

Frequent disconnects / reconnects on HD Radio stations.

1 agrees
  • Only 3 words are allowed.


The Kenwood KDC-HD942U is a car audio player released by Kenwood in 2009 retailing at $250. It has a built-in HD Radio tuner giving crystal-clear digital AM/FM broadcasts from participating stations — FM sounds almost like CD quality, and AM sounds like traditional FM. Plus, HD Radio stations can broadcast more than one channel on the same frequency, giving users more listening choices. Built-in iPod controls allow users to connect and control their iPod or iPhone™ from the receiver. No adapter's needed, but there is an optional Kenwood's iPod cable as well. It is also the first Kenwood CD-receiver with built in HD Radio and iTunes tagging. There is also blue-tooth connectivity allowing users to talk on the phone hands free. This piece competes with the 4 channel 52 watt Sony CDX-GT920U that has the same price.

  • CD player with built-in MOSFET amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
  • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RW discs including discs loaded with MP3, WMA, and AAC music files
  • 4-line display with detachable face
  • built-in HD Radio tuner
  • remote control
  • System Q Sound Control (6 EQ curves and a 3-band parametric equalizer)
  • Supreme Setting function enhances music files
  • Digital E's crossover system and time alignment capability
  • subwoofer level controls
  • built-in iPod controls — no iPod adapter necessary, but adding Kenwood's optional connecting cable lets you leave your iPod cable at home
  • compatible with Kenwood Bluetooth adapter, satellite radio, CD changer
  • inputs: rear USB slot and auxiliary input
  • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (2.5-volt front, rear, subwoofer) 


Post Review
04/22/2009 06:27

The details portion of this is incorrect. This unit has 4v pre-outs.

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