While CarPlay is more common than ever in new cars, aftermarket solutions are still an economical option for many. Kenwood today announced that it is expanding the receiver line with seven new CarPlay headunits, including five that support wireless CarPlay.
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In a press release, Kenwood announced that it will ship a total of seven New Main Units with 6.95-inch screens. All seven models have an adjustable display angle design, Bluetooth, CarPlay, Android Auto and SiriusXM.
Two of the new Kenwood receivers have wired CarPlay support and are designed specifically to suit traditional and off-road vehicles. These receivers do not have CD players, giving them a smaller chassis design:
Two models – KENWOOD DMX7706S (MSRP $ 599.95) and eXcelon DMX706S ($ 649.95) are non-CD models that have the new, shorter chassis as fits a larger number of traditional and off-road vehicle applications. Both models connect to other devices with wired Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectors, two camera inputs, 4.0 volt preamp outputs for amplifier connections and a fast-charged USB port.
The next level of Kenwood CarPlay receivers starts at USD 799.95 and includes CarPlay wireless support. Support that price up to $ 899.95 and you get a CD / DVD player while the $ 1399.95 option announces HD radio and onboard Garmin navigation.
If you're looking for an alternative with a capacitive touch screen, two of Kenwood's new CarPlay receivers will fit that bill. The new eXcelon multimedia receivers have capacitive displays and CarPlay wireless support. The EXcelon DMX906S comes in at $ 849.95, while the eXcelon DDX8906S is $ 949.95 and includes CD / DVD playback support.
Kenwood says it will provide more information on availability later this year. Read the full press release below. Kenwood CarPlay receivers start at $ 399 on Amazon.
KENWOOD sends 7 multimedia receivers with 7-inch display
LONG BEACH, CALIF., May 14, 2019 (MEDIAWIRE) – KENWOOD USA announced that it is set to send seven of its high-expected new multimedia receivers , all equipped with a 6.95-inch touch panel, introduced in 2019 CES. All models have wired compatibility with iPhone® and Android-powered smartphones through onboard Android Auto ™ and Apple® CarPlay ™, and five of the seven add wireless compatibility to both smartphone platforms. The announcement signals a conclusion of the product delay caused by the well documented industrial lack of seven-inch panels, allowing KENWOOD and KENWOOD eXcelon dealers to save time in time for summer sales.
"We are very happy to send these multimedia recipients in advance," said Scott Caswell, senior marketing director for KENWOOD USA. "These seven models represent the full range of consumer choices, from low-profile mechs to full-featured on-board navigation. We are eager to get them on the shelves of our dealers so they can accommodate the big summer's autosound demand. "
All seven models share a common set: screen angle adjustment, Spotify on-board control, and Pandora® Radio apps on a connected smartphone, simultaneously connecting up to two smartphones via Bluetooth, audio processing features and compatibility with Maestro, the iDatalink interface module from Automotive Data Solutions ( ADS) Multimedia receivers are also SiriusXM® Ready, which provides more than 200 channels of news, sports, talk and more to drivers with the connected SiriusXM tuner (sold separately, subscription required.)
Two models – KENWOOD DMX7706S (MSRP $ 599.95) and the eXcelon DMX706S ($ 649.95) are non-CD designs that feature the new, shorter chassis to suit a larger number of traditional and off-road vehicle applications, both models connecting to other devices with wired Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connection, two camera inputs, 4.0 volt preamp outputs for amplifier connections and a fast-charged USB port DMX706S adds an internal three-way cr usover, gilt pre-outs and tuned audiophile components.
The three other new models in the KENWOOD line add functionality to wireless compatibility with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, connectivity and control over KENWOOD DashCam, 3 camera inputs, the ability to "mirror" the screen of an Android powered smartphone on the receiver's display, customizable screen widgets and a second USB port. Each model fits the driver's tastes with its own unique feature: The DDX8706S ($ 899.95) includes a CD / DVD player and the DMX9706 ($ 799.95) adds HD Radio® and amplifies the gain with gold-plated 5.0 volt pre-outs. The DNR876S ($ 1399.95) also includes HD radio and controls the driver with Garmin® navigation.
The two full-featured KENWOOD eXcelon multimedia receivers have enhanced display quality with a capacitive touch panel, as well as providing all the features of other models except navigation. The EXcelon DMX906S ($ 849.95) sports a mechless design while its counterpart, the eXcelon DDX8906S ($ 949.95), includes CD and DVD playback. KENWOOD USA reps will provide accurate dates that the models send. Everyone will be shown at the upcoming KnowledgeFest Fair and Education Conference, August 9-11 at the Dallas Convention Center. For more information on selected models and features, visit www.kenwood.com/usa/car.
About JVCKENWOOD USA Corporation
JVCKENWOOD USA Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of JVCKENWOOD Corporation and is a leading developer of imaging, home and automotive entertainment and consumer navigation products, bidirectional public security communications systems, private industry and amateur users, and video and professional video equipment. For detailed information, call JVCKENWOOD USA at 1-800-950-5005 or visit us at http://us.jvckenwood.com, www.kenwood.com/usa and www.jvc.com.
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