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Old 02-20-2019, 10:08 AM
 
Location: Gray Court, SC
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Kenwood was THE go to systems back in my day.
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Old 02-20-2019, 10:21 AM
 
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Jen wood is pretty good car stereo brand. Iíve liked their car speakers for the tone. Some of the speakers most favor have too high a pitch for my ears. I have a partial hearing loss and so some frequencies are painful or irritating.
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Old 02-20-2019, 10:39 AM
 
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Head units are all pretty much the same.

That is not a very accurate statement. There is actually a huge difference in head units. As others have mentioned, Kenwood makes different levels of head units. Their lower priced entry models are still good but they have all the way up into very good high end units. One of the biggest differences is the FM Sensitivity rating. This is what you need to look at to determine how good the FM receiver is and how well it will pick up FM radio stations. There can be a big difference in this area. Also, the software for the user interface has varying levels of quality and sophistication.
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Old 02-20-2019, 12:01 PM
 
Location: Rathdrum, ID
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...Lot of other cool features, too. Kenwood gets it "mostly" right, which means: best of a bad lot. On Amazon, 70% of reviewers gave 4 or 5/5 starts, but 30% 3 or lower, too. Take that as you will.

I assume that was the question, "How well in general does Kenwood's auto ecosystem function?" Not quite sure from the few quoted words above, but WTH: someone with half a brain may find my comments of-use.
I most certainly find your comments helpful, (and I only have a quarter of a brain). Been mulling for several months now getting a Kenwood for my RAV4. The new RAV doesn't have a CD-ROM player. I know things are moving foreward, but they still work for me. And I love the Garmin integration. Retaining the steering wheel controls is encouraging, and you having a Toyota product confirms that.

Only problem is deciding which model to get. The Crutchfield specs show very little difference between the various units. Can't really seeing paying an extra Ben Franklin for an additional USB port.


Thanks for the tip on the Amazon reviews. I was just going by the Crutchfield ones.
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Old 02-20-2019, 04:10 PM
 
Location: Maryland
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Most folks don't get or comprehend that part of the question.

I don't buy any used car with an aftermarket radio. Too many variables as to how good or bad the wiring is.
Were the wires soldered or just used electrical tape or whatever.

With modern installation kits, it's often just plug and play with factory wiring harnesses and factory plugs, no soldering or crimping needed. So ruling out an aftermarket stereo is silly and shows how little you know about modern systems.
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Old 02-20-2019, 04:48 PM
 
Location: Murrica
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Kenwood was THE go to systems back in my day.
The rest of us poor folks went with Radio Shack.
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Old 02-20-2019, 05:28 PM
 
Location: Metro Detroit Michigan
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The rest of us poor folks went with Radio Shack.
And in my day it was Craig and pioneer and Panasonic.
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Old 02-20-2019, 05:33 PM
 
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And in my day it was Craig and pioneer and Panasonic.
Naw, Sparkomatic and Road Master! Lol
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Old 02-20-2019, 05:49 PM
 
Location: Metro Detroit Michigan
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Naw, Sparkomatic and Road Master! Lol
I loved my slide in and slide out AM/FM 8 track player still remember my 8 track tape Bob Seager and the silver bullet band live Bullet recorded live at Coba Hall in Detroit sounded great in my 1974 Pinto i hooked up 6 speakers in it.
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Old 02-20-2019, 06:24 PM
 
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Naw, Sparkomatic and Road Master! Lol
Naw, Blaupunkt!
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