“ An entry level car stereo, the Kenwood performs very well. It is affordable, well built, looks sleek, has a range of different features and is easy to use and install. A sound purchase. „
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I purchased this Kenwood KDC W4044UA in car audio system for around £75 a few years ago, which at the time retailed for £80 plus. However looking around online now, it is a little difficult to find many sites that still sell this audio system as it has now been discontinued. It is worth keeping a look out on auction sites and online marketplaces as you maybe able to find a refurbished/used for bargain price.
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* CD Player with MP3/WMA/AAC decoder built-in
* Front USB input with slide protection cover & front AUX input
* 1 preout rear/subwoofer switchable
* MP3, WMA & AAC files playback with ID-3 tag display
* RDS tuner with radio-text support
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The unit is fits nicely into the car audio compartment and replaced my older car audio system without any hassle, and although it was fairly cheap in price it didn't look cheap at all. It requires connecting the two wires into the in car speaker, and can be connected to standard in car speakers or more advanced larger in car speaker. I got my partner to install this into my car, as I had never done anything like this before so thought it was best for someone more technical to deal with it. The fitting process didn't take too long, my partner managed to fit it all in about an hour.
It has handy removable faceplate which is great way of avoiding any potential thieves stealing it in case your car gets broken into. The head unit has a basic but study design, which I would imagine make more than durable if you need to remove the in car system and fix into another car. The buttons are clearly located on the bottom of the unit and just underneath the screen. The size of the buttons make them easy recognise as well as having visible numbers printed clearly on the front of each of them.
Each button allows 6 stations stored into the system using the memory feature. This allows me to easily switch between my favourite stations by simply pressing the required button, instead of turning the tuning knob which can be quite distracting and hard to do while driving. It has a standard radio playback and allows the standard stations FM/AM to be stored and listened to while driving, the signal is clear and overall quality is of a good standard.
There are many sound settings to choose from which can be adjusted using the volume knob. Such sound features include bass boost/equaliser, tremble, fade front or back speakers; which all add to the music experience which I personally think is great. The sound quality is of a great standard and radio stations as well as music CDs are played without any issues. My old head unit would skip frequently when playing music CDs, this one however plays music from CDs flawlessly without any skipping or interruptions. The unit reads the CDs quickly and plays tracks instantly. The CD slot is located just above the screen as well the eject button and controls located near the knob. The volume knob is located on the left and is easy to turn and adjust, although I do find it bit tricky using the knob to also control the other sound settings (bass etc) as I would have preferred a separate button for this.
One of my favourite aspects of this audio unit is that is allows USB input, which means I can put over a 100 songs on a USB stick and insert it straight into the USB slot in the unit which is located just to the side of the unit. This is such a great idea, as the majority of the time I just listen to music from the my iPod collection that I put on USB so I can listen to many songs while driving without having to worry about keep changing CDS. The unit also allows you to switch between CD, USB, radio, aux modes easily by simply selecting the button located in the corner of the device which is easy to reach while driving.
The screen allows the navigation through songs and stations a lot easier thank to its clear visibility and simple user interface. The screen displays songs names, artists etc very clearly and allows simple navigation through songs using the turning knob. It is all very easy to use which is ideal while driving, as it requires less fiddling and more time devoted to driving. It also has a beautiful amber illumination light that makes it easier to use at night, and also adds to its modern design.
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Overall this is great basic audio unit that is easy to use and also reasonably priced. It supports USB playback which is a huge bonus for me, plays CD tracks, radio stations in great quality and therefore this gets a top 5/5 rating from me.
I like to listen to music in my car, and ever since I first passed my test and started driving my first car I have felt compelled to replace the factory fitted stereo with something which performs rather better, somethying which was vital back when I was 17 and factory stereos really were nothing more than a nod to the fact that you might like something to drown out the sound of the engine and the road noise...this was before the days of sound deadening and refinement in cars!!
At the start of my car stereo career I had several good years of service from a nice Kenwood cassette headunit, when I finally left university and got my first real job I decided to upgrade and move on to something more advanced. Being a media student at university I had spent a lot of time using minidiscs and had my own minidisc recorder so I decided to go for a minidisc headunit as I knew that the buffering system on minidisc would be good for use in a car especially seeing as the roads in my areas are rather lumpy and bumpy and friends of mine suffered lots of skipping with cd headunit something the minidisc would not suffer from! The headunit I went for was another Kenwood.
Last year I decided it was finally time to upgrade again and once again I decided to go for another Kenwood. This time I went for a single CD headunit as the time of Minidisc had really passed by and all my minidisc recording gear was packed away in the loft. I wanted a headunit with a USB input as I have my entire music collection stored digitally so it would be nice and simple to copy music across to a USB stick and use that to play it in the car.
When I got this new headunit I was running a fairly nice sound setup in my car designed around my minidisc headunit, whish only had one set of preouts, as such I was perfectly happy to go with this head unit which being an entry level headunit also only has one set of preouts unlike more expensive models which have two sets or even three. This might be a reason for some people to avoid this model but it suited my needs so I was happy.
In that setup I had the preouts connected to an active crossover which split the signal into two amplifiers one which powered the subwoofer, the other powered the front speakers (a nice set of Kenwood component speakers), it worked perfectly and sounded great.
I have since had to grow up and buy a far more sensible car in order to transport my young (5 month) son and all the items that requires, so boot space is at a premium, hence I no longer have the amps etc in place and I am now running just the headunit with the standard speakers. It doesn't sound like it used to but it's not to bad as at least car manufacturers now install speakers which have some musicality and can even put out a bit of bass unlike when I was 17!
Upon receiving the headunit I was pleased to see that the build quality had not suffered over the years and it was every bit as sturdy and well made as my previous 2 headunits. The pop off faceplate is always good to see as it can act as a deterant to the scum bags that nick car stereos, and I have to say the faceplate feels good quality too, unlike some I have felt which have been very light weight and flimsy feeling! The buttons all have a nice positive feel too them without being too stiff. You can tel you have pushed them without having to press hard. The screen is nice and clear and easy to read and everything illuminates nicely making it just as easy to operate in the dark.
Installing the headunit is a nice simple affair as it is a stanard single DIN size and has an ISO to Kenwood conversion lead included, it is simple a case of remove the factory headunit (which in my case was nice and easy), fit a surround blank if needed (wit was in my case, this had to be purchased separately), push the attaching cage into place and make sure it is firmly held in place by pushing as many metal tabs up as possible, pull the leads through, hook them up to the conversion lead then into the back of the headunit, push the headunit into the cage until it clicks, then fit the finishing surround and hoorah you are all done.
I had also purchased an adapter so I would still be able to use my steering wheel controls, this simply plugged in between the ISO lead in the car and the conversion lead so again was fairly simple.
Setting up the headunit in my new car was very simple too, a simple menu let me choose what type of speakers were connected up, in my case OEM ones, and off I went. There are plenty of controls to get the best oout of the sound and to tailor it to your tastes, included front/rear fade, bass mid and treble levels, bass boost, bass eq etc etc, all of which are easily adjusted using the volume wheel/button.
When used by itself there are four inputs which are switched between using the source button, these are Tuner, USB, CD and Aux (which can be renamed if you want...mine is labelled as portable) there is also a standby mode though I have very rarely used this.
As you switch inputs the radio beeps through the speakers. Each input has a slightly different beep which gives an audio clue as to which input you have switched to, allowing you to keep your eyes on the road.
The tuner is your everyday affair, it works for both FM and AM so will pick up most of the analogue radio stations and will continue to do so until radio completes it's digital switch over, though that is not due for some years yet so it is not a worry at this point. I have found that the tuner, as with my previous Kenwood headunits, is very good and is able to pick up stations which my Ford headunit would not. The reception is clear and the sound quality decent, as good as you will ever get from the radio.
Even the AM performance is pretty good with minimal engine whine which is sometimes a problem. Radio 5 Live is perfectly listenable, which is great at the moment when the football is on while I'm on my way home from work (Euro 2012)
As with most tuners, you can set presets making it simple to jump from station to station, they are simple to set up, just tune to a station then hold down the preset button you want it saved to.
The CD performance is also much the same as any other headunit, the disc slides nicely into the slot and is recognised nice and swiftly. When changing between inputs or leaving the car and returning it resumes playback from where you left off which is nice.
The auxillary input is a 3.5mm stereo jack socket on the front of the headunit which allows you to hook up any audio player with a headphone output using a 3.5mm stereo jack lead. This works nicely but requires the player to be controlled on the player itself which is not ideal when you are driving. I have used it a few times with my android phone for listening to podcasts using a player design for car use with my phone mounted on the dashboard and it has been quite simple to use.
The final input to describe is the one I use the most, the USB input. This takes the form of a standard full size USB socket on the front of the headunit which is covered by a plastic flap which snaps open and into the body of the headunit so it is not in the way. This covere stops dust etc getting into the USB socket or the 3.5mm socket which is also house beneath it. The USB socket allows connection of a USB memory stick packed with music which can then be browsed and played using the headunit controls and I have to say it works very nicely indeed.
To use a USB stick, you need just need to copy the music to the memory stick. Once that is done, you run a small piece of software which is available from the Kenwood website, which reads the files on the memory stick and creates a database onthe stick which can then be read and searched by the headunit. All my music is well organised with a folder for each artist then a folder in there for each album, and every file has full id3 tagging so for me this was a very simple task. I am using a 16GB memory stick which is nigh on full and took only about 5 minutes or so for the software to create the database.
Once this is done the headunit can search by artist, album or song which makes it nice and simple to find what you want to play. There is a dedicated search button (a magniffying glass) which takes you to the last level searched at, there is also a back/up button which will take you up a level when browsing through the folders. scrolling through for example the artists is done using the volume wheel, turning left and right to scroll through and clicking it in to select, it works really well as it is quick and simple.
Selecting an Artist then moves you to the next level of navigation which is on an album level allowing you quickly select an album to play, or indeed you can select to play tracks from all the albums which is great if you have several albums from an artist and want to listen to tracks from them all.
In addition to this there are some nice features when it comes to random play as you can apply random to various levels from simpy playing and album in random order through play tracks from all of an artists albums in random order right through to playing music from the entire selection on the memory stick in random order! The only limitation of this is down to the number of tracks it supports which is 999, so if you have more than 1000 tracks it will only play at random from the first 999 and ignore the rest. It's a bit of a shame that it works like this but overall 999 tracks will keep you going for quite sometime, or you can work around it by creating a separate folder/album into which you can put up to 999 of your favourite tracks and just play that folder at random. My girlfriend and I have done this when we were going on holiday and it worked really well giving us a huge amount of music to listen to and a nice variety.
The single preout can be switched between a full range preout or a subwoofer output, which is brilliant as it means that at some point I could add a small removeable subwoofer to my car which will allow me to keep my boot space when needed and give me nice bass when I want it! There are full controls on the head unit for adjusting the sub level and crossover frequency etc which for a low end head uint is very welcome indeed!
This headunit also has ipod functionality though not having an ipod I've not tried this so can't really comment other than to say I imagine it'll work flawlessly like everyting else on the headunit.
For what can only be described as an entry level headunit costing a mere £80 this really is a cracking good headunit and one which I would heartily recommend to anyone who is looking for a new headunit and who does not need more than one set of preouts.
This is a great all round car audio system. The radio has 6 channels that can be preset into the systems, so that you can switch between those 6 stations at the push of a button, rather than searching for a signal, this is great when you want to change the station while driving as it doesn't distract your attention too much. These buttons are easily located at not too small you will be struggling to find them or pressing the wrong button. The quality of sound is very clear, but I think that depends more on the aerial and speakers in your car.
The volume is located on the left and easily adjusted by turning the dial that sticks out.
The Kenwood can also be used to play music off your mp3 player or ipod. I use my ipod and is great as it means you can play the music you want, rather than whats on the radio. I can be plugged in either by the usb port or with an aux lead. I first tried using the usb post, however while it would load on the Kenwood, on my ipod it would stay stuck on connected and you would be able to select it to play anything, this may be a problem with the ipod however. However when using an aux lead it works great and you can change the volume on either the ipod or kenwood, I always keep the ipod on full volume as its not a loud as the radio, so you don't need to adjust the volume when switching between the two. To play the music you jsut use the ipod like you would normally and then when you play it plays through the speakers in the car.
Also there is a CD player which works just as you'd expect it loads the CD quite quickly and has skip buttons to miss the tracks you are less fond of.
There is a button in the corner that allows you to switch between cd, usb, aux and radio, which is really useful as if you are driving and your playlist ends on the ipod or your cd has played through, you can switch back to the radio easily so you still have entertainment while driving.
Over this i a great product, with good sound and easy functionality
When I downgraded my van around 6 months ago, I also ended up with a downgraded Stereo and needed a cheap replacement that did as much as possible. So I bought this.
Very impressed right from the start. Its packed with everything i could need without buying a double DIN DVD player. It Plays MP3 CDs which is handy if you want to put more CDs on a disc than a regular audio CD, or if you wish, you can use WMA or AAC files! which is great if you use MACs over PCs. But my favourite thing about this is the USB port. I eventually went out and bought myself an 8Gb USB Pendrive, and put nearly everything i own onto it, and can now sit and choose whatever i want, without having to mess around with CDs. There isnt a CD in there anymore.
The sound quality seems to get the most out of the speakers you already have (mine are not great but this stereo seems to make them sound better).
Its Easy to fit, and comes with a remote should you for some reason want some1 in the back to take control of it.
All in all: Great Product, Bargain Price
I've had this product in my van for about a year now and I can see it does it's job as advertised. The sound quality is very good and unlike alot of other CD Players, this plays rewritable discs that I burn from my computer which is great for me. One of the nice features is that it can even play your songs from a flash drive by using the USB Interface and it works well with ipod too. These features alone make it a good value for money in my opinion. It also has the regular features, am/fm radio and it plays wma from CDs too.
In the end, this is a very nice product, it has a good design, works well, very durable and it has lots of features. It is not from a popular brand from sony where you'd expect quality but I was pleasantly surprised by this offering from kenwood and i will be on the lookout for more products from them
This was my first Kenwood product, and I have to say I've been very impressed with it. It is very sleek looking and has a nice blue display. I didn't fit it myself, but my boyfriend seemed to do it without too much trouble.
The main feature I bought it for, was the fact it has a USB import. This means I was able to connect it too my ipod and listen to my own playlists. This is excellent as I don't have to keep changing CDs when I get bored of them and can just have my ipod playing on shuffle.
It also plays radio and CDs. The radio has good reception and it is easy to save your favourite radio stations. The CD player is good as you can play rewritable CDs, which I have found some players do not.
The sound quality is also really good, so it was defiantly worth the money.
The only strange thing is that it comes with a remote. I have no idea why you would need a remote for something that is right next to you when you are driving.
But overall, I am very pleased with this product.
I've had this Kenwood CD player fitted in my car for two years now and I can honestly say I've had not one problem with it. Most of all, I find it handy that you can play CD-RW (rewriteable) discs with this product.
The sound quality is at the top of its range, even when played louder than the norm. If you have a MP3 player you can connect it up and have it playing in your car in seconds. The radio is clear with a strong reception and you can save the stations you listen to most for quick listening later.
Even now, after the two years I've had it, im struggling to find a fault with it. The price makes it firmly in the middle of the range. Its output is second to none and its friendly interface makes it easy to get the hang of. Even the red background lighting adds a touch of class to this product.
Buy this CD player with one CD-RW and you wont look back! Believe me
The truth is I've never had any products with Kenwood before but everyone I spoke to including close friends told me that this new product was very good and also a very good price. It has all the usual features but something that stands out is the ability to tune in radio station very fast.
What I was scratching my head with was the fact that you can have a remote control for it! Maybe they want to reconsider that one to keep road accidents down but as it plays great on the speakers some may want to use the remote from the house and listen to it!!!!
To sum up a very good and sleek product that has all the features you would expect but next time I think I would save up more and go with a more bigger brand, but that is just me, nothing against this product I just like my bigger brands than I know and trust.
well what can i say as always kenwood has once again broughtout a fantastic product with this aftermarket stereo cd player with output for 2 front and 2 rear speakers giving all round quality sound. this cd player also has output so this can be used to add an amplifier and with the amplifier subwoofers could be added for that ultimate boom boom effect. this cd player/ stereo also has an excellent benefit which many will find very useful this being a usb port so that a usb memory stick or ipod can be easily connected up to it to so that you dont have to constantly make cd's or buy them cutting the cost to the consumer and also making it a ver easy and pleaseant product to use. there is also as with most kenwood cd players a remote control although the uses of a remote control for a car cd player is varely rarely used can be handy to have. overakll this is a very good product and would recommend this to others.
Its a good stereo but I have always wondered about something when working with such electronics. Why would a consumer need a remote control for his car stereo? Its always really close and its not like you change songs from the back seat of the car.
I guess the only reason to use a remote control would be to change the songs if you are standing right next to the car. But this is an IR (infra red) remote control .. so you have to point it directly to the panel of the stereo in order for it to work. I would be really glad if someone tells me how an RC makes your life easier in a car.
We had an RC in our family 4x4 .. and we have never even used it. Its touch screen .. how much simpler can it get? Besides, removing the RC from the set would make it cheaper to buy!
The Kenwood KDC is a Very Very good MP3 Player/Stereo for any car,I bought this item online after seeing my mates in his car i thought this was must get,Its easy to fit and you can be playing mp3 songs within seconds after fitting this into your car.
I bought this item online as my local halfords store did not have these in stock halfords also fit it for a set price but if your good with electrits its pretty easy to fit yourself
It was from Kenwood you can find this here http://www.caraudiodirect.co.uk/kenwood-kdc-w4044ua.html?source=googleps
The price was 79.99 not bad
Kenwood's KDC-W4044UA includes an easy to use front USB input, devices such as portable Hard Drives, USB sticks etc can be directly connected and powered. The control knobs then are used for searching files, folders, tracks etc. Mobile MP3 players such as iPods can also be connected via an illuminated front audio input socket (AUX). It comes with a cool blue display and its visibility even in sunny conditions.
It also has a radio where you can tune any radio station and play it,It also plays CDs aswell
CD Player with MP3/WMA/AAC decoder built-in
Front USB input with slide protection cover & front AUX input
1 preout rear/subwoofer switchable
MP3, WMA & AAC files playback with ID-3 tag display
RDS tuner with radio-text support
High-preformance, clean-reception K3I tuner
Remote sensor for optional IR remote control unit
Detailed Features and Specifications
(Consult your local dealer for all available accessories)
Instruction manual (462.58 Kb)
A very useful item if you wont to play mp3 songs in your car so use to use and it has loads of different modes to play with
I rate this item 8 out of 10