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The Kenwood KDC-MP342U is a a car CD receiver released by Kenwood in January 2009 retailing at $130.

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Pros

easily accessible USB and aux inputs

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iPod compatible

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sounds great

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good value

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affordable price

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includes remote control

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Bluetooth compatible for hands-free calling (requires adapter)

4 agree

easy to install

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satellite and HD radio ready

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Ability to control ipod from ipod itself with ipod cord (rather than proprietary cable). Ipod controls are way better than any built-in stereo can provide.

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Cons

Back light is too bright and has no dimmer function other than for the display.

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accessories cost more than the unit itself

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Does NOT support CD-Rs with MP3s encoded at 320kbps, even burned at 4x speed to ensure no errors. Said CD plays fine on PC.

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Putting mp4 files on a USB drive doesn't work. If you want to play files off your USB drive, they'll have to be MP3 or WMA. Apparently, only an iPod can handle Apple's mp4 file format.

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The Kenwood KDC-MP342U is a a car CD receiver released by Kenwood in January 2009 retailing at $130. It plays the usual CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RW discs, including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA music files. It gives iPod control through its USB input, and is compatible with Kenwood's Bluetooth® adapter, satellite radio, and HD Radio™ tuner, so users have the option of adding hands-free calling and extra entertainment options to their system. Users can browse through their iPod folders through the receiver's display and using the receiver's control wheel.  This receiver also includes a remote control. This piece is 30$ less than the Sony CDX-GT630UI but with an extra 2 watts per channel, the rest of the features are pretty much the same.

Features
  • 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 and WMA music files
  • detachable face with illuminated USB input
  • iPod direct control via USB input — no adapter necessary, but adding Kenwood's optional connecting cable lets you leave your iPod cable at home
  • remote control
  • System Q Sound Control (6 EQ curves and a 3-band equalizer)
  • low-pass filter and sub level control
  • compatible with Kenwood's Bluetooth adapter, HD Radio tuner, satellite radio
  • inputs: front-panel USB and auxiliary inputs
  • outputs: 4-channel preamp outputs (front, rear/sub)
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