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Kicker 46KMC3

Marine digital media receiver

Item # 20646KMC3

Bring the party on your next boat trip with Kicker's compact KMC3 digital media receiver. It fits into a...

Bring the party on your next boat trip with Kicker's compact KMC3 digital media receiver. It fits into a...

Item # 20646KMC3

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About the Kicker 46KMC3

Straightforward design

Bring the party on your next boat trip with Kicker's compact KMC3 digital media receiver. It fits into a standard gauge opening, so it's a solid choice if you don't have a lot of space to work with. IPX66 weather-resistance means you don't have to think twice when the rain comes.

Straightforward design

Bring the party on your next boat trip with Kicker's compact KMC3 digital media receiver. It fits into a standard gauge opening, so it's a solid choice if you don't have a lot of space to work with. IPX66 weather-resistance means you don't have to think twice when the rain comes.

Fun sources

You can use the built-in Bluetooth® to stream music from your smartphone, plug a music player into the rear RCA input, or pop a thumb drive into the rear USB port. You can also tune into your favourite local radio stations using the AM/FM tuner. And if you're planning to add an amp to your system, you'll appreciate the rear-mounted preamp outputs.

Easy to read

The big, clearly marked buttons are easy to see and easy to operate, even when you're wearing gloves. The big LED display gives you the info you need, while the watertight, UV-resistant face and durable controls will stand up to the rigors of marine and outdoor use.

Bluetooth note: Use of this receiver's Bluetooth features will depend upon your phone's Bluetooth capabilities. Learn more in our article explaining Bluetooth profiles.

This marine digital media receiver will not play CDs.


Product highlights:

  • AM/FM marine digital media receiver (does not play CDs)
  • built-in amp (25 watts RMS (50 peak) x 4 channels)
  • built-in Bluetooth® for music streaming
  • IPX66-rated watertight face
  • big, easy-to-use buttons
  • backlit LCD display
  • inputs: rear USB input, rear RCA input
  • outputs: 2-channel preamp outputs (2.5 volts)
  • fits into a standard gauge opening
  • cutout opening: 3.0" diameter x 5.0" depth
  • warranty: 3 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # 46KMC3

What's in the box:

  • Marine digital media receiver (15A)
  • Wiring harness
  • 2 Trim-rings (chrome/black)
  • Mounting bracket
  • 4 Screws
  • 2 Threaded studs
  • 2 Hex-nuts
  • 2 Lock-washers
  • Information Sheet
  • Tech Support Info

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Features & specs

AUX Input RCA (rear)
Audio/video Input ---
USB Input Rear
USB Port Power 1A
Backup Camera Input No
Second Camera Input No
CarPlay No
Android Auto No
Siri Control No
Alexa Voice Control N
Android Control Yes
Memory Card Slot USB Memory
Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
Satellite Radio Ready No
HD Radio No
Navigation ---
iPod Compatibility
Full size No
Nano No
Touch No
iPhone No
RMS Power (CTA-2006) N/A
RMS Power (Manufacturer) 25 watts
Peak Output 50 watts
RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
Preamp Outputs 2-channel
Sub Preamp Outputs No
Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
Video Screen No
Navigation App Compatible (iOS)
Navigation App Compatible (Android)
Preamp Voltage 2.5 volts
Screen Size 0
Screen Type N/A
Display Color White/Black
Key Button Color White
EQ Bands None
Wireless Remote No
Steering Wheel Control Compatible No
Parts Warranty 3 Years
Labor Warranty 3 Years
FM Sensitivity ---
European Tuning Yes
Seek/Scan Seek
Radio Data System No
File Playback
Music File Playback MP3,WMA,WAV,FLAC
High-res Playback N

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IP66 Certified:The Kicker 46KMC3 digital media receiver features IPX66 waterproof / dustproof certification, so it can hold up in the marine environment and withstand powerful splashes of water out on the ocean or lake. During testing, water is projected at all angles through a 12.5mm nozzle at a flow rate of 100 liters/min at a pressure of 100 kN/m2 for 3 minutes from a distance of 3 meters. Its also fully dustproof and does not allow any dust or debris to enter the unit.

LCD Screen: The 46KMC3 features a front-panel LCD screen with black text and white background that is highly visible. The LCD screen indicates source input, AM/FM station number, and menu settings. This unit also provide song/artist information display (no album art) for connected USB and Bluetooth devices. The LCD screen can be set to automatically dim when your lights are engaged (illumination wire must be connected).

Optional Wired Remote: The 46KMC3 supports Kicker's KRC12 marine wired remote control (sold separately). The optional KRC12 remote offers Power, Volume, Source, Track, and Station control. The remote is fully marinized with an IP66 rating. The KMC4 offers one 3.5mm remote input for the KRC12. Additional KRC12 remotes can be added using Kicker's Y-cable splitter (coming soon). A Kicker remote extension cable will also be available soon (sold separately) for installations that require longer cable runs.

Note: The 46KMC3 does not support wireless remote control.

Bluetooth Audio Streaming: Thanks to built-in Bluetooth, you can wirelessly stream stored music and music apps from your Bluetooth-enabled Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad, Android smartphone/tablet, or other Bluetooth source device to the 46KMC3 multimedia gauge-style receiver. The unit offers Play/Pause & Previous/Next Track control, plus song/artist display (no album art).

Note: This unit does not offer support for Bluetooth hands-free phone communication for making or answering phone calls.

USB Port: The Kicker 46KMC3 digital media receiver is outfitted with a rear-panel USB-A port attached to the rear-chassis via a 6" cable (USB extension cable sold separately - see Accessories Tab). The USB-A port allows you to plug in your USB mass storage class device (like a USB thumbdrive formatted in FAT32) for playback of MP3/WMA/AAC (up to 320kbps) and FLAC/WAV (up to 16-bit) music files. The unit offers Play/Pause & Previous/Next Track control, as well as song/artist display (no album art). If your USB MSC device can be charged via USB, the unit's USB (5V/1A) port will charge your device while connected.

Note: The unit's USB port does not support Apple iPod/iPod/iPad, Android smartphones/tablets, HDDs, USB-hubs, card-readers, or computers.

Aux Input: The Kicker 46KMC3 is equipped with a rear-panel stereo RCA Aux input attached to rear-chassis via a 6" cable. The stereo RCA aux input allows you to connect an external audio device with a stereo RCA output. If you have a source device that has a 3.5mm output, then you will need a stereo RCA-to-minijack adapter (sold separately).

AM/FM Radio: The Kicker 46KMC3 multimedia gauge-style receiver features a built-in AM/FM tuner with manual, seek, & preset tuning. You can store up to 18 FM and 12 AM station presets. Stations can be stored automatically using the APS (Auto Preset Store) button. You can also select between US and European tuning.

Audio Section: The 46KMC3 is equipped with a built-in 25W (RMS) x 4-channel amplifier. It is also outfitted with a set of 2ch/2.5V full-range RCA preouts to connect an external marine amplifier. The unit offers Bass & Treble control, as well as Balance & Fader. In addition, you select between 5 EQ presets - Flat, Classical, Pop, Rock, and Off. A Loudness features boosts bass frequencies at low volumes. Every time a button is pressed the unit outputs a beep tone (this can be turned off).

Mounting Options: The Kicker 46KMC3 features a round chassis and rectangular front-panel. It can fit in a boat's 3" gauge-style opening. If your boat does not already have a gauge-style opening, the marine digital media receiver requires a round 3" cutout in the bulkhead for inserting the chassis. The integrated protective gasket, supplied U-bracket, and included hardware secure the unit in place against the mounting surface. Receiver installation dimensions are as follows -

  • Front-Panel Dimensions: 5.4375" (w) x 3.375" (h) x 1.25" (d)
  • Trim-Ring Dimensions: 5.5625" (w) x 3.5625" (h) x 0.8125" (d)
  • Chassis Cutout Dimensions: 3.0" (diameter) x 5.0" (depth)
  • 4-Hole Screw Spacing: 5.0" (w) x 2.0" (h) x 1.5" (d)
Note: The receiver is round and does not include a mounting sleeve or ISO-mount screw holes to accommodate standard automotive installation.

Low Battery Alert: The 46KMC3 preserves your battery power by automatically monitoring the health of your battery's voltage. If the juice gets low, the 46KMC3 lets you know. If the unit drops below 10.5V, the unit will display a visual warning that your batteries need charged.

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4 questions already asked

What are input power specs? Looking to wire to residential power and need to spec out appropriate transformer.
[ Chris  Sep 16, 2021 ]
1 answer
We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question.
[ Calvin  Sep 22, 2021 ]  Staff
What amp and tower speakers would you recommend for easy â??plug and playâ?? install?
[ DaveW  Jul 23, 2021 ]
1 answer
Thanks for your question. For information on selecting the best amp/speaker combination I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences between the models and help you make the best choice for your system.
[ Kenny  Jul 26, 2021 ]  Staff
Can you add a better antenna?
[ Carl  May 26, 2021 ]
3 answers
yes you can plug in any antenna you like. I used a simple wire style under the console on my 15 ft boston whaler Worked good at HHI SC
[ joe  May 27, 2021 ]
Yes you can
[ ROBBIE  May 26, 2021 ]
You should be able to add any antenna that you want. There is a plug in the back that the antenna plugs into.
[ MICHAEL  May 26, 2021 ]
Could this connect to a 6 channel amp ?
[ Hedado  Aug 17, 2020 ]
1 answer
Yes. Good receiver allows separate bass and treble control
[ STACEY  Aug 17, 2020 ]

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