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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-X859, KDC-MP919, KDC-X759
Serial number
© B64-2215-00 (KW)
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Safety precautions......................4
About RDS ..................................5
Notes on playing MP3 ................6
About CDs...................................8
General features .........................9
Selecting the Source
System Q
Audio Control
Speaker & Woofer Setting
Switching Full Screen Display
Switching the Standby Display
Switching Upper and Lower Part Display
Station/Disc Naming (SNPS/DNPS)
Non-fading Output
Faceplate Angle Adjustment
Theft Deterrent Faceplate
Hiding the Control Panel
Tuner features ...........................18
Tuning Mode
Direct Access Tuning
Station Preset Memory
Auto Memory Entry
Preset Tuning
SNPP (Station Name Preset Play)
RDS features .............................21
Radio Text Scroll
PTY (Program Type)
Program Type preset
Registration of a station as a PTY
CD/MP3/External disc control
features ..................................24
Playing CD & MP3
Playing External Disc
Fast Forwarding and Reversing
Track Search
Album Search
Direct Track Search
Direct Album Search
Track Repeat
Album Repeat
Track/Album Repeat
Track Scan
Random Play
Magazine Random Play
Album Select
Text/Title Scroll
DNPP (Disc Name Preset Play)
Menu system.............................28
Menu System
Security Code
Touch Sensor Tone
Manual Clock Adjustment
Date Adjustment
Date Mode
Synchronize Clock
Selectable Illumination
Switching Display Type
Switching Upper and Lower Part Display
Icon/Spectrum analyzer Select
Font Type Select
Font Color Select
OFF Wait Time Setting
System Q
Built-in Amp Mute Setting
Dual Zone System
B.M.S. (Bass Management System)
B.M.S. Frequency Offset
Auto Memory Entry
Traffic Information
CRSC (Clean Reception System Circuit)
Auxiliary Input Display Setting &
Station/Disc Naming
Text Scroll
Basic Operations of remote......36
Accessories ...............................38
Installation Procedure ..............38
Connecting Wires
Installation ................................40
Removing the Unit....................41
Locking the faceplate
to the unit ..............................41
Troubleshooting Guide .............42
Specifications ...........................46
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Use of controls or adjustments or performance
of procedures other than those specified
herein may result in hazardous radiation
In compliance with Federal Regulations,
following are reproductions of labels on, or
inside the product relating to laser product
Location : Bottom Panel
This equipment may generate or use radio
frequency energy. Changes or modifications to
this equipment may cause harmful
interference unless the modifications are
expressly approved in the instruction manual.
The user could lose the authority to operate
this equipment if an unauthorized change or
modification is made.
This equipment has been tested and found to
comply with the limits for a Class B digital
device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules.
These limits are designed to provide
reasonable protection against harmful
interference in a residential installation. This
equipment may cause harmful interference to
radio communications, if it is not installed and
used in accordance with the instructions.
However, there is no guarantee that
interference will not occur in a particular
installation. If this equipment does cause
harmful interference to radio or television
reception, which can be determined by turning
the equipment off and on, the user is
encouraged to try to correct the interference
by one or more of the following measures:
· Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
· Increase the separation between the
equipment and receiver.
· Connect the equipment into an outlet on a
circuit different from that to which the
receiver is connected.
· Consult the dealer or an experienced
radio/TV technician for help.
This Class B digital apparatus complies with
Canadian ICES-003.
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Safety precautions
To prevent injury or fire, take the
following precautions:
· Insert the unit all the way in until it is fully
locked in place. Otherwise it may fall out of
place when jolted.
· When extending the ignition, battery, or
ground wires, make sure to use automotive-
grade wires or other wires with a 0.75mm2
(AWG18) or more to prevent wire
deterioration and damage to the wire
·To prevent a short circuit, never put or leave
any metallic objects (such as 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
strong shock.
The unit may break or crack because it
contains glass parts.
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 a short circuit when replacing a
fuse, first disconnect the wiring harness.
· Do not place any object between the
faceplate and the unit.
· Do not use your own screws. Use only the
screws provided. If you use the wrong
screws, you could damage the 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 the disc changer/CD player to
be connected:
To connect a disc changer having the "O-N"
switch to this unit, set the "O-N" switch to "N".
When you connect a model with no "O-N"
switch, the converter cord CA-DS100 available
as an option may be required. For details,
consult your Kenwood dealer.
A disc changer doesn't work when it is
connected without using these options.
If a model with no "O-N" switch is connected,
some unavailable functions and information
that cannot be displayed are generated.
Note that none of the KDC-C100, KDC-C302,
C205, C705, and non-Kenwood CD changers
can be connected.
You can damage both your unit and the CD
changer if you connect them incorrectly.
Do Not Load 3-in. CDs in the CD slot
If you try to load a 3 in. 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.
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
operation should be restored.
·We recommend the use of the Security
Code function (see p. 30) to prevent theft.
· 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.
Lens Fogging
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 tends to accumulate in the CD slot,
clean it every once in a while. Your CDs can
get scratched if you put them in a dusty CD
RDS (Radio Data System)
RDS is a service used by radio stations to
transmit data outside normal radio broadcast
When an RDS station is received, you can
immediately find out what kind of data is being
transmitted by looking at the program service
name, which appears in the display after the
The RDS indicator turns on when an RDS
station is being received.
When an emergency transmission (announcing
disasters, etc.) is made, the current function
will be interrupted to allow the warning to be
received under the following conditions:
during tuner reception, or when the Traffic
Information function is turned on.
About RDS (KDC-X859)
Reset button
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