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The Kenwood DPX302 has basic digital audio support and some advanced audio-customization features, but its user interface is less than adequate, even for an entry-level car stereo.
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The Kenwood DPX302 car stereo plays a range of compressed digital audio formats, has a handy auxiliary-input jack, and features some advanced audio-tweaking controls.