20 Most Recent Kenwood KDC-215S CD Player Questions & Answers

Step 1:

Press and HOLD the A.ADJ (Audio Adjust) button for 1 sec. to enter audio control mode.

Step 2:

Press either FM (or AM) button to select the mode you wish to adjust. Keep pressing until you find the mode you require (in this case, it will be BL for Balance).

To change the value, press the Down Search or Up Search button to your desired setting. Centre balance is "0", negative number is Left speaker, Positive number is Right speaker.

Step 3:

Repeat Step 2 to select the TREBLE (TRE) mode, then use Down, or Up keys to change the value.

Hope this helps.



Kenwood KDC-215S... | Answered on Feb 02, 2013

You could add a switch to control the power going to the head unit. I have seen this done in many different vehicles where the head unit drains the battery, even when supposedly off.

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Kenwood KDC-215S... | Answered on Jul 19, 2010


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Kenwood KDC-215S... | Answered on May 24, 2010

without wiring diagram i can tellyou what you need to know. start with the red wire it is your switched power wire meaning when your key switch is on you will havee power when the key switch is off you will not have power. Next wire is you yellow wire which is memory it is a constant power wire meaning it should have power all the time key on and key off. next is the black wire which is the chassis ground. Now you should have a set of green wires and a set of purple wires these are your front speakers left and right. next you should have a set of grey wires and a set of white wires they are your rear speaker wires left and right. subwoofers hook up through the rca connectios which are the red and white circles on the back of the radio red is right and white is left. ps. no bare wires touch metal when power is on. good luck

Kenwood KDC-215S... | Answered on Apr 23, 2010

you might need to up grade for the color change seeing that your saying its an old model

Kenwood KDC-215S... | Answered on Mar 20, 2009

Some decks only give one pair of pre outs. Most 4 channel amps can use just a 2 channel input and feed the other 2 channels by the flip of an input selection switch. I recomend a 4 channel amp if you want to power front and rear speakers and be able to set the gains to blend properly, or you can run all 4 speakers at a 2 ohm stereo on 2 channels and run a sub on the remaining r channels. It just depends on how you want the setup to be nd to how much control you want. Let me know.

Larry T
Winona Lake, IN

Kenwood KDC-215S... | Answered on Jan 28, 2009

Burned Cd's do play in these, I use them all the time when I test the one's I repair.

Yes, it is the "SCR" button you press, it stands for "source".

Since it is in your boat, it could have a small amount of water damage in it. I have seen some strange problems with car stereos put in boats.

The problem you are describing is nothing that any normal end user can fix, meaning that there is no reset that will help or anything of that nature.

If you are good at taking things apart and putting them back together and able to pay close attention to detail, you may be able to fix this yourself if the problem is not too extensive.

If it has a small amount of water damage, you could clean the main board and see if that helps.

First you take the top off, it has 1 screw on the top right in the back middle of the stereo. Take it out and then take the top off carefully so you don't bend it up removing it. You need to gently pry the sides up near the back first, then a little closer to the front as well. After the top comes off, the CD mech has only 2 screws holding it in, they are at the front of the mech at the bottom and connect into a brass post. Take them out and the mech will come out very easy, but be carefull not to damage the ribbon cable holding it in. That ribbon cable can be taken out right at the main board where it is connected. Just pull it out of the connecter, nothing special holding it in, just a tight fit.

Now you can see the main board. First remove the plastic part that holds the display, it has connectors that just need to be lifted a little to pull it off.

This may be all that needs to come off, but taking the board out all the way may be whats needed, so go ahead and remove the screw that holds the board onto the chassis. Might be just 1, maybe two. Look in the middle front of the baord for a screw and the back area also. You can always look at the bottom of the chassis to see where there are screws coming thru and remove those. Now on the sides of the chassis are screws on each side near the back to remove. After you get those, it should just pull out with the heat sink attached. Just make sure you don't force anything out, it could break the board if you missed anything. I am pretty sure that is all, but I am going off of memory and might have forgot something.

Once the board is out look it over very closely for any type of green or greyish type of corrosion. Check the pins of the IC's with a magnifier if need be. Any tiny little spot of corrosion can cause problems, even if it is not on a component.

The solder should be shiny and silver, no rings or cracks. If any of them are grainy looking they may be bad also and would need to be reflowed with a soldering iron and a touch of fresh solder.

Any of the corrosion you may find can be cleaned with an old toothbrush and some alcohol. We use flux remover in our shop, but it's unlikely you have any of that. After cleaning it off with alcohol it will leave a residue that does not look good, but don't worry about that. It won't do any harm. Just make sure all of the corrosion has been removed. Look at every little area of the board on both sides.

Once it is done, just put it all back together just the way it was taken apart. Don't forget any screws and make sure they are on tight but not so tight it may break the screw. Just good and firm.

After doing this, if it still does not work, you will need to take it in for service or just buy a new one, these models are just a little over $100 and the repair will run close to that much or more.

I hope you found this useful, if so a FixYa rating would be appreciated.

Thanks and good luck,


Kenwood KDC-215S... | Answered on Jul 03, 2008

The tuner secton has defective components. It is servicable by an experienced tech who is familiar with the model and has the setup to troubleshoot and service it.

Considering the cost of service compared to replacement, I would think it would be best to replace the unit rather than invest in to servicing it.

Jerry G.

Kenwood KDC-215S... | Answered on Jul 01, 2008

its the face plate just need to take out clean with little rubbing alcohol these kinda face plates has a scrolling feature that i donot like very much face plate just needs to adjusted back on sterio mount

Kenwood KDC-215S... | Answered on May 24, 2008

you need cleaning and maintenance on your radio if you want to eject the disk theres a little tiny button on the face you will need a pin push it in and this should eject your disk

Kenwood KDC-215S... | Answered on May 07, 2008

get a test light. check for good power on both the red and yellow wires with the key on. only one wire should have power with the key off... If one power is missing the deck will not work. Also make sure the deck has a good ground connection on the black wire.... if the unit has good power and ground and does not work the unit is probhably junk... i am willing to bet you are probhably missing a power though.

Kenwood KDC-215S... | Answered on Oct 01, 2007

Contact a stereo shop. they should be able to get you an adapter that will interface it with the amp.

Kenwood KDC-215S... | Answered on Sep 15, 2007

mechanism out of siychrony.....you need a nearest technical support.

Kenwood KDC-215S... | Answered on Mar 14, 2007

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