More and more often we read of car manufacturers that link their brand to the availability of systems for iPods, Alfa Romeo, Mercedes, Smart, BMW are just some of the names that are part of the long list. There are also additional solutions for those who already have a car radio but often these are simple auxiliary inputs or expensive interfaces.
The novelty of the solution proposed by Kenwood (sponsor) is the integration of iPod with a car system of the house (production 2003 and subsequent years) by means of a simple "box" which basically allows 3 functions: – connection to the amplification circuit of the car radio by picking up the line signal from the dock on the iPod (for this reason all third and fourth generation iPods are included, including the iPod photo, the U2 special edition, the newest in color and all the iPod mini) which is considerably cleaner because it is not goes through the preamplification of the headphone output – remote control of the iPod through the controls on the car radio (or those possibly replicated on the steering wheel remote control compatible with OEM wired remote) with choice of Playlist, Author or track to be played (this allows you to secure the iPod in storage compartments that are safe from knocks or the sight of thieves) – the power supply iPod charging for journeys accompanied by seamless soundtracks and for "personal" use once you arrive at your destination.
What we have called the "box" in reality is the KCA-iP500 interface which transfers the control of the iPod's functions (song selection / album / playlist, play / pause, volume, shuffle …) to more often accessible and usual commands on the car radio and on the steering wheel.
For those who already own a CD Changer and do not want to give up the quality of "uncompressed" music (which can also be obtained with iPod by transferring tracks in AIFF or LossLess format) no problem: the interface connects to the CD Changer socket but allows simultaneous control of the two devices.
It is therefore possible to connect iPod to all Kenwood radios with CD changer control (models produced since 2003). Here are the products currently on the market: – KDC-W4531, CD / WMA / MP3 tuner with CD changer control – KDC -W5031, CD / WMA / MP3 tuner with CD changer control – KDC-W707, CD / AAC / WMA / MP3 tuner with CD changer control – KDC-W808, CD / AAC / WMA / MP3 tuner with CD changer control – KDC-W6031, CD / AAC / WMA / MP3 tuner with CD changer control – KDC-W6531, CD / AAC / WMA / MP3 tuner with CD changer control – KDC-W7031, CD / AAC / WMA / MP3 tuner with CD changer control – KDC-W7531, CD / AAC / WMA / MP3 tuner with CD changer control – KDC-W8531, CD / AAC / WMA / MP3 tuner with CD changer control – KDC-PSW9531, CD / AAC tuner / WMA / MP3 with CD changer control – XXV-01D, CD / AAC / WMA / MP3 tuner with multi-file control re CD (Available summer 2005) – KVT-M700, Dashboard monitor with 7 ″ screen and AM / FM receiver – DDX7025, 2-DIN 6.5 ″ wide screen dashboard monitor, with DVD video player, MP3, WMA and AM / FM tuner – KVT-725DVD-B, 7 "wide screen retractable dashboard monitor, with DVD video player, MP3, WMA and AM / FM tuner – KVT-725DVD, 7" retractable dashboard monitor screen, with DVD video player, MP3, WMA and AM / FM tuner – KVT-925DVD, 7.0 ″ wide screen retractable dashboard monitor, with DVD video / audio player, TV tuner and AM / FM radio, CD player, MP3 , WMA– KXXV-05V. 7.0 "wide screen retractable dashboard monitor, with DVD video / audio player, TV tuner and AM / FM radio, CD player, MP3, WMA (Available summer 2005)
Kenwood has launched a pounding advertising campaign to let everyone know about his "love for iPod": you can see it for a few days on our website.
We are curious to try directly, and we will do it in the coming days, the validity of the proposal that introduces a level of integration of the iPod in the car at a convenient entry price and with an absolute ease of installation both for those who already own a Kenwood car radio and for those who must choose an "independent" car system.
To get an idea of the costs, if you are not already a Kenwood customer we can tell you that the Kenwood compatible base model KDC-W4531 is sold for around 150 Euros: a car radio with CD-R / RW, MP3 and WMA compatible CD player. RDS digital tuner with Radio Text. Maximum output power of 4 x 50 Watts Mosfet. 1 Pre-Out. 14-segment fluorescent display. Selectable key lighting. The cost of the car radio is added to that of KCA-iP500 for sale at around 99 Euros (or less for retailers that are making special offers in these days).
For more information, compatibility list, etc., visit this page on the Kenwood website.
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