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© B64-3898-00/00 (KW)
Take the time to read through this instruction manual.
Familiarity with installation and operation procedures will help you obtain the best
performance from your new CD-receiver.
For your records
Record the serial number, found on the back of the unit, in the spaces designated on the
warranty card, and in the space provided below. Refer to the model and serial numbers
whenever you call upon your Kenwood dealer for information or service on the product.
Model KDC-MP238/CR/MP208/138/CR Serial number
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2 | KDC-MP238/CR/KDC-MP208/KDC-138/CR
Before use
Basic Operation
General functions
Tuner functions
Disc play functions
General Operation
Audio Control
Audio Setup
Speaker Setting
Switching Display
Tuner Operation
Frequency Step Setting
Music disc/Audio file Operation
Direct Music Search
Direct Disc Search
Folder Select
Menu Operation
Menu System
Activating Security Code
Deactivating Security Code
Manual Clock Adjustment
Auxiliary Input Display Setting
Receive mode Setting
Demonstration mode Setting
Basic Operations of remote control 13
Accessories/ Installation Procedure 15
Connecting Wires to Terminals
Troubleshooting Guide

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Before use
To prevent injury or fire, take the following
· To prevent a short circuit, never put or leave any
metallic objects (such as coins or metal tools) inside
the unit.
Before using this unit for the first time
This unit is initially set on the Demonstration mode.
When using this unit for the first time, cancel the
<Demonstration mode Setting> (page 12).
How to reset your unit
· If the unit fails to operate properly, press the Reset
button. The unit returns to factory settings when the
Reset button is pressed.
· Press the reset button if the disc auto changer fails
to operate correctly. Normal operation should be
Reset button
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 it
again with a clean soft dry cloth.
· 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 Faceplate Terminals
If the terminals on the unit or faceplate get dirty, wipe
them with a clean soft dry cloth.
Lens Fogging
When 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, this
condensation on the lens may not allow CDs 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
· If you experience problems during installation,
consult your Kenwood dealer.
· When you purchase optional accessories, check with
your Kenwood dealer to make sure that they work
with your model and in your area.
· The characters which can be displayed by this unit
are A-Z 0-9 @ " ` ` % & * + ­ = , . / \ < > [ ] ( ) : ; ^ - { } |
~ . (KDC-MP238/KDC-MP238CR/KDC-MP208)
· 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 be inapplicable.
Handling CDs
· Do not touch the recording surface of the CD.
· Do not stick tape etc. on the CD, or use a CD with
tape stuck on it.
· Do not use disc type accessories.
· Clean from the center of the disc and move
· When removing CDs from this unit, pull them out
· If the CD center hole or outside rim has burrs,
use the CD only after removing the burrs with a
ballpoint pen etc.
CDs that cannot be used
· CDs that are not round cannot be used.
· CDs with coloring on the recording surface or CDs
that are dirty cannot be used.
· This unit can only play the CDs with
This unit may not correctly play discs which do not
have the mark.
· You cannot play a CD-R or CD-RW that has not been
finalized. (For the finalization process refer to your
CD-R/CD-RW writing software, and your CD-R/CD-
RW recorder instruction manual.)

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4 | KDC-MP238/CR/KDC-MP208/KDC-138/CR
General functions
Power/Source Select button
Turns on the power.
When the power is on, the source switches between
Tuner ("TUNER"/ "TUnE") , CD ("CD") , Auxiliary input
("AUX"/ "AUH"), and Standby ("STANDBY"/ "STBy") each
time this button is pressed.
Press at least 1 second to turn off the power.
· When an optional accessory is connected, the source name
for each device appears (KDC-MP238 only).
Volume control
Bass boost
Switches between Boost 1 ("BB-L L1"/ "L1 BB-L"), Boost
2 ("BB-L L2"/ "L2 BB-L"), and Boost off ("BB-L OFF"/ "OFF
BB-L") each time this button is pressed.
Faceplate release
Releases the faceplate lock so that it can be removed.
Refer to the following diagram when reattaching the
· The faceplate is a precision piece of equipment and can be
damaged by shocks or jolts.
· Keep the faceplate in its faceplate case while detached.
· Do not place the faceplate (and the faceplate case) in areas
exposed to direct sunlight, excessive heat or humidity. Also
avoid places with too much dust or the possibility of water
· To prevent deterioration, do not touch the terminals of the
unit or faceplate with your fingers.
Auxiliary input
Auxiliary input
Connect a portable audio device with mini-plug cable
(3.5 ø).
· Use the mini-plug cable which is stereo type and does not
have any resistance.
Muting volume upon reception of phone call
When there is a call, "CALL" is displayed and the audio
system is paused.
When the call ends, "CALL" disappears and the audio
system comes back on.
The audio system comes back on when [SRC] is
pressed during a call.
Subwoofer output (KDC-MP238/KDC-MP238CR/
Control knob
Switches between ON ("SW ON"/ "On SUB") and OFF
("SW OFF"/ "OFF SUB") each time the bottom side is
pressed for at least 2 seconds.
Clock display (KDC-138/KDC-138CR)
Control knob
Switches between ON and OFF each time the center
is pressed at least one second.
[SRC] [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [AUTO] [B.BOOST]
Disc slot
Auxiliary input
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Basic Operation

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Tuner functions
Band select
Control knob
Switches between FM1, FM2, and FM3 each time the
top side is pressed.
Switches to AM when the bottom side is pressed.
Control knob
Changes the frequency when the left or right side is
· During reception of stereo stations the "ST" indicator is ON.
Tuning mode select
Switches as follows each time this button is pressed.
Tuning mode
Auto seek
"AUTO 1"
Automatic search for a station.
Preset station seek
"AUTO 2"
Search in order of the stations in the
Preset memory.
Normal manual tuning control.
Preset memory
[1] - [6]
Memorize the station selected when pressing for at
least 2 seconds.
Auto memory entry
Memorizes six stations with good reception
automatically when pressed for at least 2 seconds.
Preset tuning
[1] - [6]
Recalls the memorized station.
Disc play functions
Disc play
Disc slot
Starts playing when a disc is inserted.
When a CD is inserted, the "IN" indicator is ON.
· 3 inch CD cannot be used. Attempt to insert using an
adapter can cause malfunction.
· Refer to <About Audio file> (page 14) for the Audio file by
models you can play.
Pause and play
Control knob
Switches between pause and play each time the
center is pressed.
Disc ejection
· You can eject the disc for 10 minutes after switching off the
Music search
Control knob
Changes the music when the left or right side is
Fast reverses or forwards the music while pressing the
left or right side.
Folder/Disc search (KDC-MP238/KDC-MP238CR/
Control knob
Switches the folder containing the audio file or the
disc in the disc changer when pressing the top or
bottom side.
Track/ File/ Disc/ Folder repeat play
Switches between Track Repeat ("TRAC REP"/ "REP"),
Disc Repeat ("DISC REP") (In Disc Changer), and OFF
("REP OFF") when pressed while playing a CD.
Switches between File Repeat ("FILE REP"), Folder
Repeat ("FOLD REP"), and OFF ("REP OFF") when
pressed while playing an audio file.
Scan play
Successively plays the intro of the music in the disc or
"TRAC SCN"/ "FILE SCN"/ "SCN" is displayed during
Scan Play.
Random play
Randomly plays the music in the disc or folder.
"DISC RDM"/ "FOLD RDM"/ "RDM" is displayed during
Random Play.
Magazine random play (KDC-MP238)
Randomly plays the music in the disc changer.
"MGZN RDM" is displayed during Magazine Random
Text/Title scroll (KDC-MP238/KDC-MP238CR/
Control knob
Scrolls the CD and audio file text display when
pressing the top side for at least 2 seconds.
: Indicates the button etc. to operate.