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About RDS ..................................5
General features .........................7
Selecting the Source
Switching Clock Display
Auxiliary Input Display Setting
Faceplate Angle Adjustment
Theft Deterrent Faceplate
Hiding the Control Panel
Tuner features ...........................12
Direct Access Tuning
Station Preset Memory
Auto Memory Entry
RDS features .............................14
Presetting Volume for Traffic Information
PTY (Program Type)
Program Type preset
Changing Language for PTY Function
CD/External disc control
Playing External Disc
Fast Forwarding and Reversing
Direct Track Search
Direct Album Search
Magazine Random Play
Disc Naming (DNPS)
DNPP (Disc Name Preset Play)
Touch Sensor Tone
Manual Clock Adjustment
Switching Graphic Display
Illumination Color Setting
OFF Wait Time Setting
B.M.S. (Bass Management System)
News Bulletin with Timeout Setting
Auto Memory Entry
AF (Alternative Frequency)
Restricting RDS Region
(Region Restrict Function)
Auto TP Seek
Power OFF Timer
Basic Operations of remote......28
Loading and Replacing the battery
In Tuner source
In Disc source
Installation Procedure ..............30
Connecting Cables to
Removing the Unit....................33
Locking the faceplate
to the unit ..............................33
Troubleshooting Guide .............34
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To prevent injury and/or fire, take the
· Insert the unit all the way until it is fully
locked in place. Otherwise it may fly out of
place during collisions and other jolts.
· When extending the ignition, battery or
ground wires, make sure to use automotive-
grade wires or other wires with an area of
0.75mm2 (AWG18) or more to prevent wire
deterioration and damage to the wire
·To prevent short circuits, never put or leave
any metallic objects (e.g., coins or metal
tools) inside the unit.
·If the unit starts to emit smoke or strange
smells, turn off the power immediately and
consult your Kenwood dealer.
· Make sure not to get your fingers caught
between the faceplate and the unit.
· Be careful not to drop the unit or subject it to
The unit may break or crack because it
contains glass parts.
· Do not touch the liquid crystal fluid if the
LCD is damaged or broken due to shock. The
liquid crystal fluid may be dangerous to your
health or even fatal.
If the liquid crystal fluid from the LCD
contacts your body or clothing, wash it off
with soap immediately.
To prevent damage to the machine,
take the following precautions:
· Make sure to ground the unit to a negative
12V DC power supply.
· Do not open the top or bottom covers of the
· Do not install the unit in a spot exposed to
direct sunlight or excessive heat or humidity.
Also avoid places with too much dust or the
possibility of water splashing.
· Do not subject the faceplate to excessive
shock, as it is a piece of precision
· When replacing a fuse, only use a new one
with the prescribed rating. Using a fuse with
the wrong rating may cause your unit to
·To prevent short circuits when replacing a
fuse, first disconnect the wiring harness.
· Do not place any object between the
faceplate and the unit.
· During installation, do not use any screws
except for the ones provided. The use of
improper screws might result in damage to
the main unit.
· Do not apply excessive force to the moving
faceplate. Doing so will cause damage or
· Do not apply excessive force to the open
faceplate or place objects on it. Doing so will
cause damage or breakdown.
About CD players/disc changers
connected to this unit
KENWOOD disc changers/ CD players
released in 1998 or later can be connected to
Refer to the catalog or consult your Kenwood
dealer for connectable models of disc
changers/ CD players.
Note that any KENWOOD disc changers/ CD
players released in 1997 or earlier and disc
changers made by other makers cannot be
connected to this unit.
Unsupported connection may result in
Setting the "O-N" Switch to the "N" position for
the applicable KENWOOD disc changers/ CD
The functions that can be used and the
information that can be displayed will differ
depending on the models being connected.
You can damage both your unit and the CD
changer if you connect them incorrectly.
Do Not Load 8-cm (3-in.) CDs in the CD
If you try to load an 8-cm CD with its adapter
into the unit, the adapter might separate from
the CD and damage the unit.
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· If you experience problems during
installation, consult your Kenwood dealer.
· If the unit fails to operate properly, press the
Reset button. The unit returns to factory
settings when the Reset button is pressed.
After you press the reset button, the Mask
Key will be needed to restart the unit. If the
unit still fails to operate properly after the
Reset button has been pressed, contact your
local KENWOOD dealer for assistance.
·Press the reset button if the Disc auto
changer fails to operate correctly. Normal
operatin should be restored.
· Characters in the LCD may become difficult
to read in temperatures below 41 °F (5 °C).
· The illustrations of the display and the panel
appearing in this manual are examples used
to explain more clearly how the controls are
used. Therefore, what appears on the display
in the illustrations may differ from what
appears on the display on the actual
equipment, and some of the illustrations on
the display may represent something
impossible in actual operation.
When using the unit for the first time
In order to deactivate the demonstration
mode. Transmit the Mask Key's signal. (page
Right after you turn on the car heater in cold
weather, dew or condensation may form on
the lens in the CD player of the unit. Called
lens fogging, CDs may be impossible to play.
In such a situation, remove the disc and wait
for the condensation to evaporate. If the unit
still does not operate normally after a while,
consult your Kenwood dealer.
Cleaning the Faceplate Terminals
If the terminals on the unit or faceplate get
dirty, wipe them with a dry, soft cloth.
Cleaning the Unit
If the faceplate of this unit is stained, wipe it
with a dry soft cloth such as a silicon cloth.
If the faceplate is stained badly, wipe the stain
off with a cloth moistened with neutral
cleaner, then wipe neutral detergent off.
Applying spray cleaner directly to the unit may
affect its mechanical parts. Wiping the
faceplate with a hard cloth or using a volatile
liquid such as thinner or alcohol may scratch
the surface or erases characters.
Cleaning the CD Slot
As dust can accumulate in the CD slot, clean it
occasionally. Your CDs can get scratched if
you put them in a dusty CD slot.
· If you send products in for repair that include
a mask key, make sure to present the unit
together with the mask key.
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The marking of products using lasers
(Except for some areas)
The label is attached to the chassis/case and
says that the component uses laser beams
that have been classified as Class 1. It means
that the unit is utilizing laser beams that are of
a weaker class. There is no danger of
hazardous radiation outside the unit.
RDS (Radio Data System)
When listening to an RDS station, the program
service name of the station is displayed,
advising you quickly which station is being
RDS (Radio Data System) stations also
transmit alternative frequency data for the
same station. When you are making long trips,
this function automatically switches to the
particular frequency with the best reception
for the particular network of stations that you
want to listen to. The data is automatically
stored, allowing you to switch quickly to
another RDS stations, broadcasting the same
program, that has better reception. These
include stations stored in the station preset
memory that you often listen to.
Enhanced Other Network
Stations that offer <Enhanced Other
Network> also transmit information about
other RDS stations that have traffic
information. When you are tuned to a station
that is not transmitting traffic information, but
another RDS station starts transmitting a
traffic bulletin, the tuner automatically
switches to the other station for the duration
of the bulletin.
When an emergency transmission (announcing
disasters, etc.) is sent, all current functions are
interrupted to allow the warning to be
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