Kenwood KDC-MP142 Review


By Gideon V. – Sonic Electronix Editor

This Black Friday, everyone is looking for the best deals on the market.  But you don’t have to wait until Black Friday to start saving money on consumer electronics.  If you are looking to spend $100 or less on a high quality car stereo, the Kenwood KDC-MP142 is the choice for you. At our special price of only $79.99, this in-dash CD, MP3, WMA and AM/FM car radio is an absolute bargain.

With key features such as an illuminated front aux input and a handy wireless remote, the Kenwood KDC-MP142 receiver is going to fly off of the shelves this holiday season. The front aux input makes it easy to connect portable media players so that you can listen to all of your favorite music as you drive. While this stereo does not include any of the advanced expandability options (no Bluetooth, Satellite radio, or built-in iPod controls), its appeal is in its ease of use, sharp design and low price.


Using our 12V testing bay, I was able to get an up-close look at this head unit. The fluorescent display makes it easy to read the artist and title name as your song plays. Its built-in amp provides the industry standard 22 watts x 4 channels as expected. The KDC-MP142 includes 1 set of 2V preamp outputs, which allowed me to easily connect a subwoofer while testing it. Overall, the sound output was impressive as its 105 dB signal to noise ratio proved to be true to specs. I would highly recommend this car stereo for anyone looking for a great budget buy this holiday season. The Kenwood KDC-MP142 would be an excellent gift for anyone who needs a reliable car stereo in their vehicle.

Staff writers at Sonic Electronix are experts in their field. In addition to a complete in-house training program, these experts typically have many years of hands-on experience in their specialty. Some come from car audio installer backgrounds, while others come with extensive retail experience.

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