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© B64-4403-00/00 (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 HD Radio tuner unit.
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 KTC-HR300 Serial number
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What is HD Radio Technology?
HD Radio technology enables broadcasters to
transmit a digital signal with its analog signal using
existing frequency allocations for FM and AM stations.
Quality of broadcast is improved to the level of music
CD in digital FM and that of analog FM in digital AM.
Moreover, if receiving condition is good, you can listen
to programs in stereo with the digital AM broadcast.
Digital FM of Supplemental Audio Services can send
up to 7 channels of the Supplemental Program Audio
other than the Main Program Audio.
· Main Program Audio (hereafter called Main channel)
· Supplemental Program Audio (hereafter called Sub channel)
Analog AM
Digital AM
Analog AM
Digital AM
(HD AM band)
(HD FM band)
Analog FM
Digital FM
Analog FM
Digital FM-1ch
Analog FM
Digital FM-2ch
Digital FM-8ch
Digital FM
Main Program Audio
(Main channel)
Supplemental Program Audio
(Sub channel)
Digital broadcasting can send other information than
audio, so you can display data such as title of music.
What is HD Radio Technology?
Before use
Operations ­CD Receiver­
Tuning Mode
Receive Mode
Preset Memory
Preset Tuning
Auto Memory Entry
Switching Display
Text Scroll
In HD Radio source
Operations ­DVD monitor­
Functions While Displaying the Control Screen
Receive mode
Auto Memory
Manual Memory
Installation Procedure
Troubleshooting Guide
HD RadioTM Technology Manufactured Under License
From iBiquity Digital Corp. U.S. and Foreign Patents.
HD RadioTM and the HD Radio logo are proprietary
trademarks of iBiquity Digital Corp.
iTunes is a trademark of Apple Inc.

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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.
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.
· If you experience problems during installation,
consult your Kenwood dealer.
· 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.
Control Units that can be Connected
For the models to which this unit can be connected,
consult your Kenwood dealer.
Note that the following restrictions may occur
depending on a control unit to be used.
· The HD Radio cannot be selected as a dual zone
How to operate the this unit
Operations of this unit are described in the
instruction manual of your control unit.
For those not described in it, refer to the following
<Operations> section.
· CD Receiver:
Refer to <Operations ­CD Receiver­> page 4
· KVT-512, DDX512, DNX5120, DNX512EX,
DDX812, DDX712, DNX8120, DNX7120:
Refer to <Operations ­DVD monitor­> page 8
· Following models are Multi key system models. Operations
different from those of a standard model may be described
in the <Operations ­CD Receiver­> section.
KDC-MP728, KDC-MP828, KDC-X789, KDC-X889
· The display of the capital and small letters may be differed
depending on the model.
iTunes Tagging (HD Radio Tagging)
Using an iTunes Tagging enabled HD Radio you can
tag your music.
When you hear a song you enjoy on your local HD
Radio station.
The song's information will then be saved on this unit.
The saved songs will then show up in a playlist called
"Purchased" in iTunes the very next time you sync your
iPod to your computer. So then you just need to click
and then easily buy and download the song you were
tagging directly from the Apple iTunes Music Store.
· To use the iTunes Tagging (HD Radio Tagging) function,
a compatible control unit is required. The tag registration
method is described in the instruction manual of the
control unit.

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Operations ­CD Receiver­
Selecting the station.
1 Select HD Radio source
Press the [SRC] button.
Select the "HD Radio"/"HD RADIO" display.
2 Select the HD FM band
Press the [FM] button.
Each time the [FM] button is pressed it switches
between the HF1, HF2, and HF3 bands.
Select the HD AM band
Press the [AM] button.
3 Tune up or down program
Press the [
4] or [¢] button.
If the sub channel is available in Digital FM
broadcast when <Tuning Mode> is set to Auto
seek or Manual, the channel can be switched.
(HD FM band)
Analog FM
Digital FM
Analog FM
Digital FM-1ch
Analog FM
Digital FM-2ch
Digital FM-8ch
Digital FM
<Tuning Mode> : Auto seek or Manual
<Receive Mode> : Auto mode
· During the reception of
1, tune up:
· During the reception of
!, tune down: !0...
· Using <Receive Mode> the modes can be switched to
digital broadcast automatic switching, analog broadcast
only, or digital broadcast only.
· When "Digital" has been set with <Receive Mode>, the
seek time will be longer to allow a check of whether the
transmission is a digital broadcast.
· It will take a few seconds to receive the digital
broadcasting after selecting the frequency.
· When Tune up button is pressed, it will switch to the
next frequency if it is switched before receiving the
Digital broadcasting. (
· When Tune down button is pressed, it will be received
from Analog broadcasting if the Digital broadcasting has
never been received. (
· When <Tuning Mode> is set to "Manual", the frequency
will be switched while pressing [
4] or [¢] buttons.
· Some of the models have the following displays when
the Main channel and Sub channel are switched.
- "Main"/"Primary"/"PRI": When it is switched to the Main
- "Sub"/"Secondary"/"SEC": When it is switched to Sub
Receive Mode
Sets the receive mode.
1 Select menu mode using the control unit.
Select the menu item.
Select the "Receive Mode"/ "HDR mode" display.
2 Open Receive mode
Press the setting button of the menu items in
the control unit for at least 1 second.
3 Set the Receive mode
Switching the setting of menu items.
Each time the button is pressed the Receive mode
switches as shown below.
Receive mode
Auto mode
Automatically tunes to analog
broadcast when receiving the digital
broadcast is impossible.
Digital broadcasts only.
Analog broadcasts only.
4 Exit Receive mode
Press the [MENU] button.
5 Exit Menu mode
Tuning Mode
Sets the tuning mode.
Press the [AUTO] button.
Each time the button is pressed the Tuning mode
switches as shown below.
Tuning mode
Auto seek
Automatic search for a station.
Preset station seek "Auto2"
Search in order of the stations in
the Preset memory.
"Manual"/"MANU" Normal manual tuning control.

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Preset Memory
Putting the frequency and channel in the memory.
1 Select the band
Press the [FM] or [AM] button.
2 Select the frequency and channel to put in the
Press the [
4] or [¢] button.
3 Put the frequency and channel in the memory
Press the desired [1] -- [6] button for at least 2
The preset number display blinks 1 time.
On each band, 1 station can be put in the memory
on each [1] -- [6] button.
Preset Tuning
Calling up the frequency and channel in the
1 Select the band
Press the [FM] or [AM] button.
2 Call up the frequency and channel
Press the desired [1] -- [6] button.
· "Linking" will be displayed for few seconds until it is
· When <Receive Mode> (page 4) is set to Digital or
Analog, it cannot be received if the setting is differed
from the preset.
Auto Memory Entry
Putting a station with good reception in the
memory automatically.
1 Select the band for Auto Memory Entry
Press the [FM] or [AM] button.
2 Open Auto Memory Entry
Press the [AME] button for at least 2 seconds.
Save 6 stations with the best reception in the
memory and close Auto Memory Entry.
· Sub channel of Digital FM cannot be registered.