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Kenwood Kdc-Dab4551U CD Mp3 Car Stereo USB with Aux Input and DAB
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- digital dab radio
- multi use usb
- CD,MP3 PLAYBACK
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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.
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.See all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
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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Problems with the face off part of the head unit and when I contacted the seller I was told that it was nothing to do with them and to get in touch with kenwood although I'd only... Read morePublished on 26 Feb. 2014 by mr blobby