TopTenREVIEWS - Bronze Award - Awarded for excellence in design, usability and feature set

The Kenwood KDC-BT955HD is the leading model of the KDC series and offers the best features available in this car audio series. The KDC-BT955HD has excellent sound quality, a high number of RCA outputs, the flexibility to customize the sound and display, and built-in Bluetooth. As the flagship unit of the Kenwood KDC series, this model shows off what the series has to offer. These features earn the Kenwood KDC series our TopTenREVIEWS Bronze Award.

Sound Quality
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The KDC-BT955HD offers high sound quality, and you can choose to upgrade to more speakers by utilizing the three RCA outputs. You could even install a subwoofer for a more full and complete sound. Whether or not you decide to add speakers, you do have the ability to customize the sound in your car, making sure that it is comfortable to you and to your preferences. The KDC-BT955HD comes with preset equalization settings, but you can tweak the system further with an impressive seven-band equalizer.

 

Features
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This head unit has a CD player, as do all the models in the series, and it is concealed behind a thin flip-up cover to help give the head unit a more streamlined look. While this feature helps protect your system from dust exposure, it also makes the faceplate easier to clean. With the cover in place, dust can't collect in the CD recess and the faceplate is much easier to wipe down in the case of a spill.

The KDC-BT955HD comes with built-in Bluetooth capabilities and includes a wired microphone that you can install wherever is most convenient for you. The Bluetooth allows you to use the microphone in conjunction with your car speakers to make and receive phone calls. This is an especially important feature as more and more states enact hands-free laws. You can also use the Bluetooth to stream music files from your phone or use music apps like iHeart Radio and Pandora.

Besides the CD player, the front of the Kenwood KDC-BT955HD also has an auxiliary port and a USB port. The auxiliary port allows you to connect any music device with a 3.5 mm jack to play through the head unit. The USB port is a little more restrictive in that the head unit has limited support of Android and Blackberry devices. To better control your Android, Kenwood offers an app that allows the head unit to access your music files and navigate your playlists. The USB port, however, has no problem with connecting to iPhones or iPods, and can in fact use several of the newer features such as Siri Eyes Free.

Media Formats
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As this is the leading head unit in the KDC series, the Kenwood KDC-BT955HD plays all of the music formats we look for, namely MP3, WMA and AAC. This head unit is also satellite radio ready and already has a built-in HD tuner.

 

 
 

Conveniences
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The Kenwood KDC-BT955HD comes with many of the conveniences you should look for when considering a new head unit. Not only can you control the brightness, you can also choose from 24 color options to customize the display. The faceplate is also detachable so that you can conceal it and help protect against theft. This head unit does come with a remote control, and all you need is an adapter to control the KDC-BT955HD from your steering wheel controls.

 

Help & Support
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The Kenwood KDC-BT955HD has a one-year limited warranty on parts and labor. You can contact Kenwood, should you have any questions or concerns, through several of the listed phone numbers or the email form on the website. You could also write to the physical address of the company or frequent the company's Facebook and Twitter accounts. The website does have a small FAQs section and hosts a copy of the user manual if you are looking for an easy answer to an easy question.

 

Kenwood KDC Summary:
9.3/10

The sound quality, the helpful seven-band equalizer and the multiple pairs of RCA outputs give the Kenwood KDC-BT955HD a high level of easy customization and easy expandability. The built-in Bluetooth and included microphone make it easy to take your phone calls on the road and help keep you safe by keeping you hands-free. This head unit is a great option for playing your favorite music.

 
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Kenwood KDC BT955HD

Pros
The KDC-BT955HD features a CD player with a convenient flip-up cover. It also has built-in Bluetooth and a built-in HD radio tuner.

Cons
This head unit has limited support for Android and Blackberry devices.

The Verdict
: 9.25/10

The Kenwood KDC-BT955HD sounds great and has a lot of the features that make it a top-notch unit, but it requires extra effort to get it to work with anything other than an iPhone.