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Kenwood Kdc-Dab4551U CD Mp3 Car Stereo USB with Aux Input and DAB

3.4 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 18.2 x 5.3 cm ; 1.3 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.7 Kg
  • Item model number: KDC-DAB4551U
  • ASIN: B004SHE6I8
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 April 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 161,175 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Product Description

Kenwood's new in-car CD/iPod Control system now includes state-of-the-art DAB/DAB+ and DRM decoding. Using the latest digital chip set means for the first time listening to digital radio on the move is free of annoying breaks and distortion. Clever technology will even switch from DAB to FM (and back again) if there is a local signal problem.

Manufacturer's Description

Kenwood’s new in-car CD/iPod Control system now includes state-of-the-art DAB/DAB+. Using the latest digital chip set means for the first time listening to digital radio on the move is free of annoying breaks and distortion. Clever technology will even switch from DAB to FM (and back again) if there is a local signal problem.

Kenwood's DAB-A1 DAB aerial is required with this product. This is a discrete window film aerial avoiding the need to drill a hole in the vehicles body as previously required with less sensitive receivers.

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Customer Reviews

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Overall - a good looking unit and I've no problem with the audio quality. To me it sounds better than my previous (Blaupunkt) unit or the OEM install. The speakers are going to be the limiting factor in my car unless I upgrade them. I've awarded 4 stars - 1 star docked mainly for the price of the Bluetooth add on.

DAB functionality. A dedicated DAB button takes you to the DAB input which seems a bit un-necessary (wouldn't `source' have done) but I suppose that's marketing for you. Another press lets you use the knob to scroll through the available services - quick and convenient though the display takes a moment to update so you can't go too quickly. There are pre-sets as well which should cover requirements (3 sets). Reception quality is great so far in London - even with only the cable for the external aerial.

You can select different DAB info to be shown - station, active info, and set it to scroll or be static. This is where the display shows its limitations as, in common with most DAB receivers, the display can't show much text at once.

Bluetooth. The BT add on isn't cheap (>£100) but uses Parrot technology (and their phone kit is generally accepted to be the best) and is in the same price range as standalone Parrot kits whilst having the advantage of not having another add on controller and properly integrating with the car audio rather than just muting it.

Connecting seems to work reliably when you start the car (though for some reason the display shows HF-connecting rather than BT-connecting) and incoming calls can be answered automatically or by pressing the volume knob.
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i wanted to upgrade to a d.a.b stereo but ive got a cd changer even though you get a usb and ipod slot on many other radios they are not changer compatible so the kenwood is the best of all worlds once you have set it up i found it quite easy to do the hardest bit was fitting the internal window antenna which i had to buy seperately £16.99 (maplins) its got a good quality sound but the best bit is all the new stations you can now recieve so you no longer have to listen to your boring local radio station over all im very happy with it and it looks good in my car
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The head unit works well, is reasonably straightforward to install and set up. Can even be integrated with steering wheel controls, with the right adapters. Rather than the windscreen aerial, I recommend getting the Kinetic DAA-7001 adapter to enable you to use your existing car aerial. I've had great reception with it. Not currently on Amazon - I got it from DABonWheels.com
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Very disappointed with the quality of this product.

I bought it to replace my current 5 year old DAB radio, and assumed that five years would have seen a significant improvement, but it was no so.

I thought the sound was shallow, my wife thought it lacked brilliance, and no amount of tweaking the bass and treble effected much improvement.

Reception was also bad, and it failed to pick up, or kept dropping, many of the stations my previous radio had no problems with (I am using the same aerial and speakers). The buttons were fiddly and hard to identify.

Plenty of connectivity with iPod, Bluetooth USB mp3 and the like, but Kenwood have forgotten the core value - audio.

I can't say there are better radios around as I haven't tried any (gone back to the old one), but I certainly can't recommend this one.
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