In-Dash USB/CD Receiver
with Built-in Bluetooth/HD Radio

Built-inHD RadioSiriusXM


Built-In Bluetooth Hands-Free - Bluetooth wireless technology promotes safe driving habits by allowing you to have a hands-free conversation while you drive without the need to hold a phone.  Incoming calls can be set to pick up automatically or at the touch of a button if you prefer to screen incoming calls.  For outgoing calls, you can choose to dial out by scrolling through your phonebook on the easy to read display interface or by voice dialing if enabled on your compatible smartphone.

Built-In Bluetooth A2DP Music Streaming - Enjoy wireless music playback from your Bluetooth device like a smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth through your in-dash receiver.

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USB Connectivity for iPhone and iPod – Most USB-enabled CD receiver models, feature USB connectivity for audio playback from popular devices like iPhone and iPod.  Featuring easy-to-use user interface, iPod browsing is a breeze when searching by playlist, artist, album, song, genres or composer.  Additionally, you can use advanced search functions like Reverse Browsing, Alphabet Search and Skip Search to find what you want to listen to, quickly and easily.  For added versatility, App/iPod Mode disables the receiver's integrated control, enabling passengers to control the iPod manually including some selected Apps.  The same USB connectivity allows users to connect USB thumb drives and external hard disk drives.

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Pandora Connectivity - Install the Pandora App for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry smartphones and enjoy a personalized listening experience. 

A number of Pandora functions can be controlled from a Pandora-enabled Kenwood receiver when an iPhone is connected through USB.  For Android and BlackBerry smartphones, controls are done via Bluetooth A2DP.  Functions include Thumbs up & down, Bookmark Artist, Bookmark Song, A to Z search and Alphabetical channel search.  Pandora allows users to maximize the internet radio experience in your car by customizing all of your favourite artists for a rich musical experience.

Pandora application requires a data connection on your smartphone with service currently only available in the U.S.

SiriusXM Ready – Adding SiriusXM is made more affordable with a single direct connection to the optional SXV100/SXV200 SiriusXM tuner module (runs exclusively on the XM network).  With your subscription, you will now be able to access all your favorite music channels, sports games and entertainment including some advanced SiriusXM functions like Instant Replay and Game Alert.

Kenwood Music Control for Android Smartphones - This Kenwood application organizes your music and provides quick and easy search capability from a compatible Kenwood USB/CD receiver such as by artist, song or genre. Additional function also lets you select music based on your mood.

This free Kenwood App can now be downloaded from the Android Market:

Kenwood Music Control App for Android


Front USB and AUX Input - USB connectivity for compatible USB-enabled devices.  These include iPhone and iPod devices as well as compatible Mass Storage Class devices like smartphones, USB thumb drives and portable hard drives.  This USB input will allow you to charge and control the music playback on your connected device.

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A convenient 3.5 mm stereo input jack is also available for any audio device with a headphone jack or other type of AUX output.

Multi-Line Text Display - The 3-Line Full Dot LCD display makes it easy to navigate through your radio or satellite radio presets, iPod content lists, USB music folders or phonebook contacts.  Featuring positive and negative display modes to get improved viewing under different lighting conditions.  

Triple 2.5V Pre-outs with Crossover System – Get the most out of your external power amplifiers by delivering 2.5V high voltage audio signal to maximize sonic performance.  Using the built-in crossover system, you can also easily filter out unwanted frequencies to your speakers and subwoofers to tune your system to its maximum potential.


Steering Wheel Remote Input – Many factory systems offer control of the factory-fit audio system from buttons on your steering wheel.  Unfortunately, this functionality is sacrificed when installing an aftermarket audio system.

Install a commercially available steering-wheel interface and maintain control of functions such as volume up/down and track up/track down.  This increases the convenience of using your system and increases driver safety to another level.

Remote Control - This wireless remote control easily control volume levels, switch music sources or select your favorite tracks with the numeric access keys. 
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General Features
-  Built-inYes
-  Voice DialingYes (Compatible Phones Only)
-  A2DP SupportYes
-  Pandora Link SupportYes (For Compatible BlackBerry/Android Devices)
-  aha Radio App Control-
-  iHeart Radio App Control-
-  SMS SupportYes (Compatible Phones Only)
-  Built-in Microphone-
-  External Wired MicrophoneYes
Yes (Requires KCA-iP102)
-  iPod USB 1Wire ConnectionYes
-  Pandora App ControlYes (Requires iPhone with Pandora App)
-  App ModeYes (Requires Compatible iPhone/iPod App)
-  iPod Control by HandYes
-  Reverse BrowsingYes
Yes (Requires KCA-iP102)
-  Skip SearchYes
-  Related SearchYes
-  High Speed SearchYes
-  All RandomYes
-  Album Art Browsing-
-  iPod EQ Mode (FLAT)Yes
Front USB Input
-  USB Mounting Kit Included-
-  Microsoft Media Transfer Protocol (MTP)-
HD RadioBuilt-In
-  Digital and Analog FM TunerYes (USA only)
-  Digital and Analog AM TunerYes (USA only)
-  iTunes TaggingYes (USA only)
-  Song And Title InformationYes (USA only)
-  Supported File FormatsWMA / MP3 / AAC
-  24-Bit Digital-Analog ConverterYes
-  0-Bit Mute CircuitYes
-  AM/FMYes
-  RBDSYes
-  Radio TEXT PlusYes
AUX InputsFront AUX Input
-  Tone Fader Bass / Tre / MidYes
-  EQ
  -  System Q-EX-
  -  System QYes
  -  Graphic Equalizer-
  -  Parametric Equalizer3-Band
  -  Bass BoostYes
-  CrossoverHigh-Pass/Low-Pass Filters
-  DSP
  -  Digital Time Alignment-
  -  Sound Management System-
  -  DSP Bass Boost-
  -  iPod EQ Select Mode-
-  SupremeSupreme
Pre-out3Pre 2.5V @ 600Ω
Audio / Video Output-
Sub Woofer Reference Control InterfaceYes
Built-in Amp Cut OffYes
Dual Zone (Front / Rear Switchable)-
External Media Control
-  SiriusXM SXi Interface (Optional SXV-100/200 Tuner)
-  Sirius Control-
-  XM Control-
-  HD Radio Control-
-  iPod I/F Control-
-  Bluetooth Control-
-  Changer Control-
External Interface
-  Marine Remote Control InterfaceOptional KCA-RC60MR or KCA-RC35MR
-  Parking Brake Sensor-
Remote ControlIncluded
Conformal Coated PCB-
-  Digital Tuner
  -  Digital FM
    -  Digital FM Frequency Range-
    -  Digital FM Frequency Response-
    -  Digital FM Signal/Noise-
    -  Digital AM
      -  Digital AM Frequency Range-
      -  Digital AM Frequency Response-
      -  Digital AM Signal/Noise-
      -  Analog Tuner
        -  FM
          -  FM Frequency Range87.9MHz - 107.9MHz
          -  FM Frequency Step(200kHz)
          -  FM Usable Sensitivity11.2dBf
          -  FM Quiet Sensitivity19.2dBf
          -  FM Frequency Response (±3.0dB)30Hz-15kHz
          -  FM Signal/Noise63dB(MONO)
          -  FM SelectivityOver80dB(±400kHz)
          -  FM Stereo Separation40dB(1kHz)
          -  AM
            -  AM Frequency Range530kHz-1700kHz
            -  AM Frequency Step(10kHz)
            -  AM Usable Sensitivity31dBμ (36μv)
-  Digital Filter(D/A)8 Times OverSampling
-  D/A Converter24 Bit
-  Frequency Response20-20kHz(±1dB)
-  Total Harmonic Distortion0.01%(1kHz)
-  Signal/Noise Ratio (dB)105dB(1kHz)
-  Dynamic Range93dB
-  MP3 DecodeCompliant with MPEG-1/2 Audio Layer-3
-  WMA DecodeCompliant with Windows Media Audio
-  AAC DecodeAAC-LC ".m4a" Files
-  WAV Decode-
-  CompatibilityUSB 1.1 & 2.0 Full Speed
-  File SystemFAT16/32
-  Maximum Supply Current1000mA
-  DecodeMP3/WMA/AAC
Preout Level(mV)/Load - Unbalanced2500mV/10kΩ(CD/CD-CH)
Preout Impedance(Ω)Under 600Ω
Speaker Impedance(Ω)4-8Ω
-  Full Bandwidth Power22Wx4
-  Version2.1 +EDR Certified
-  Maximum Range

Line of sight, approximately 10 Meters (32.8ft)

-  Profiles
-  Band1-
-  Band2-
-  Band3-
-  Band4-
-  Band5-
-  Band6-
-  Band7-
-  Band8-
-  Band9-
-  Band10-
-  Band11-
-  Band12-
-  Band13-
-  Operating Voltage14.4V (11 - 16 V allowable)
-  Maximum Current Consumption10A
-  Installation Size
  -  Width182(mm) 7-3/16(in)
  -  Height53(mm) 2-1/16(in)
  -  Depth160mm (6-5/16 in)
Visual Features
2012 Making A Call Using Bluetooth - Kenwood Step-Up USB/CD Receiver
2012 Receiving A Call Using Bluetooth - Kenwood Step-Up USB/CD Receiver
2012 iPhone/iPod - Direct Search - Kenwood Step-Up USB/CD Receiver
2012 iPhone/iPod - 2-Speed Search - Kenwood Step-Up USB/CD Receiver
2012 iPhone Using Pandora App - Kenwood Step-Up USB/CD Receiver
2012 Android/BlackBerry Using Pandora App - Kenwood Step-Up USB/CD Receiver
2012 Music Control For Android - Kenwood Step-Up USB/CD Receiver
2012 Kenwood Music Control For Android App
2012 Tuner Preset Memory - Kenwood Step-Up USB/CD Receiver


Firmware Updates

2012 CD/USB Receiver Firmware updater:


2012 Bluetooth Cell-Phone Compatibility List and Updater Website:


2012 Kenwood Music Control for Android App:

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