Kenwood is famous in the audio electronics industry. The company was founded in 1946 and has only risen in popularity throughout the years. They are known for high-quality and reliable consumer products like car stereos, amplifiers and subwoofers.
In fact, one of their best double DIN units is this one, the DDX374BT.
This model is the perfect replacement for your car’s factory stereo system. Not only does it look great, but it also performs fantastically. Plus, it’s relatively simple to install and shines in terms of usability.
Today, we’re going to have an in-depth look at the Kenwood DDX374BT’s features and specifications. By the end, you’ll be able to decide whether or not you want this piece of kit in your car!
We will start by taking a tour of the box’s content. Ready?
The wiring harness comes in every double DIN unit’s box since it’s an essential component of the device.
Here, you will find the power, grounding and speaker wire (among others of course).
Kenwood has always been thoughtful when creating their car stereo systems. Including an external microphone is just one of the ways they have managed to get to the top of their game. It allows for amazingly crisp sound when using the hands-free calling technology.
It goes without saying that you get the device in the box, doesn’t it?
All stereo systems that have a touchscreen or video monitor will come with a wire which connects to the parking or emergency brake. This then engages when the parking brake is activated to turn the monitor on.
These stop your brand-new double DIN system falling out of your car’s dashboard!
Any decent vehicle stereo system will come with a warranty card. Hopefully, you won’t have to use it, but at least it’s there.
Like we said earlier, Kenwood seems to think of everything; so much so that they’ve included tools to take off the original radio. This allows you to start playing with your new toy straight away!
Inside the manual, you will find instructions on how to install the double DIN unit, as well as basic operation steps too.
For those who have an Android smartphone, you can plug it in via the USB port to listen to your favourite songs. Don’t worry, you won’t need to go on your phone to change the track since that can be done using the touchscreen or steering wheel controls.
Furthermore, the dual phone connection means you can use two devices through the monitor to make life easier. To switch between devices, you just hit a button and hey presto!
Kenwood hasn’t stopped there. Android Rapid Charge activates as soon as you plug an Android smartphone into the USB port.
This system is really quite the all-rounder.
The display is 6.2 inches with a clear, resistive touchscreen. It provides a crisp, highly contrasted picture that enables an overall brighter view.
The icons are instantly recognisable so it’s easy to navigate right from the start. Plus, you can even customise the home screen and personalise the background so it truly feels like yours.
On top of all this, you receive a wireless remote control, as well as convenient steering wheel controls.
Connecting your device to this double DIN unit couldn’t be simpler. Choose between USB or Bluetooth to access many services including Spotify, iHeart Radio and Pandora.
Aside from this, the DDX374BT comes with a Sirius XM Connect Vehicle Tuner which lets you enjoy more than 175 channels. An AM/FM tuner with three modes has implemented too.
For those that have an older soul, this system comes with a front-loading DVD and CD tray. You can find out what formats it supports in the owners manual. But, trust us, it is capable of reading a lot.
Kenwood has blessed its DDX374BT with a MOSFET amplifier. What does this mean exactly? Well, the sound will have more power behind it with an extremely tiny amount of distortion. This is no easy feat as anyone who knows a bit about speakers will tell you!
The 13-band equaliser makes for a fantastically customisable experience while the high and low crossovers work to enhance the sound.
As the driver, you will become accustomed to feeling as though you are sitting in the front row of a gig! When Drive EQ is enabled, the sound system will overcome any noise created about oncoming traffic, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the journey.
Automotive Data Solutions’ iDataLink Maestro RR can be connected to the Kenwood DDX374BT so you can access a seamlessly integrated interface that includes a USB media player, radio, music and Bluetooth call functions.
Due to the built-in Bluetooth included in the Kenwood DDX374BT, you can quickly and easily make and receive phone calls. Even if you are utilising the Bluetooth for wireless music playing, it will still pick up calls, pausing the song while it does. We love this feature!
To answer, make or end a call, you just tap the responsive touchscreen. Then, the external microphone will pick up your voice perfectly, while your vehicle’s speakers emit the person’s responses.
Side note: you will be able to access Siri and other voice-activated features on your iPhone via the external microphone when paired with Bluetooth.
In total, you can have ten devices paired with the system’s Bluetooth so switching between them is simple. Not to mention that this model allows for dual phone connectivity (i.e. two devices connected at the same time).
If you choose to plug a backup camera in (and we suggest you do), parking lines will appear when you reverse. This not only improves safety but also helps to park correctly the first time around.
Depending on where you purchase this model from, you should have a one year warranty. This isn’t anything particularly special but regardless, it’s still great to have!
Enough jibber-jabber we think! Let’s get down to the ultimate question: do we recommend the Kenwood DDX374BT?
As long as you have the budget for it then absolutely! Kenwood puts so much tender loving care into their products and it truly does pay off.
Now that we’ve gone over all the features of the Kenwood DDX374BT with a fine-toothed comb, let’s tackle some more general questions that we get asked multiple times a day.
DIN is the term used to describe the standard size of the gap in the dashboard where the sound system lives. It literally stands for “Deutsch Industri Normen” (yes, this is German) meaning “industry norm”.
Some car audio terms can be pretty baffling if you’re not privy to these type of systems. But don’t stress, we’re here to help.
This allows your smartphone screen to appear on your car’s multimedia system. Think this is dangerous? Well, there are restrictions in place when you do this so you don’t access anything that would take your mind off the road.
Essentially, this is just a speaker that has been made to deal with low frequency sounds only. So, if you like your music bassy, subwoofers are the way forward.
As the name suggests, these guys make the music louder. All it does is push more power through the speakers.
Putting subwoofers and amplifiers together give you the ultimate, intense music experience. Nowadays, most vehicle media systems will come with built-in controls to adjust each of these.
Bluetooth is a must for hands-free technology. Thankfully, it’s usually installed into cars as standard these days. It allows you to wirelessly connect your phone to play music and receive or make calls. Systems that have hands-free calling functions (like the Kenwood DDX374BT) usually come with an external microphone which better picks up your voice when on the phone.