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Kenwood Shows Off 56 New Products at CES

Gear includes eight DVD receivers

January 7, 2014

Kenwood is showing off 56 new products at CES, including new technologies to improve the overall user experience. Kenwood is demonstrating its 2014 theme of "Live Connected. Drive Connected" throughout its booth and in the 2014 Ford Mustang, which is outfitted with new technologies, including a seamless interface to Kenwood products through an all-in-one solution Dash-Kit. Kenwood's new products are designed to help improve importing and connecting to video, audio and data into a vehicle with HDMI/MHL and Wi-Fi capabilities. Kenwood has also made Drive Equalizer, a road-noise proprietary technology, part of its new offerings. Drive Equalizer overcomes road noise by allowing for a boost in output at select frequencies without distortion.

Kenwood's new AppMode is designed to easily access iTunes, AUPEO, Pandora, iHeartRadio, Garmin, HD Radio, and Kenwood's Route Collector from iPhone or Android Smartphones.  Many of the Kenwood models are SiriusXM, iDatalink and NAVTEQ Traffic ready.

Here's a quick rundown of Kenwood's eight new DVD receivers.

They all have expanded connectivity and entertainment capabilities, including Pandora compatibility with iPhone and Android, improved Bluetooth performance (apt-X on DDX8901HD, DDX5901HD), and improved Siri Eyes Free functionality for iPhone. Support for iHeartRadio control for iPhone and Android (DDX8901HD, DDX7701HD, DDX5901HD), audio streaming via Bluetooth on seven of the eight models, except the DDX271.

New in 2014 is the HDMI/MHL (High-Definition Multimedia Interface and Mobile High-Definition Link) that transfers audio and video from iPhone 5/4 and Android, which is found on three of the 2014 models (DDX8901HD, DDX7701HD, DDX5901HD).

All eight DVD receivers offer access to satellite radio from SiriusXM when used with the SXV200 SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner required (sold separately, subscription required) and iDataLink Maestro compatibility with the ADS iDataLink Maestro RR, giving the Kenwood DVD receivers the capability of interfacing with a factory Ford SYNC, and GM OnStar and offering command over functions such as steering wheel controls, hand-free controls and external USB device inputs.

- The eXcelon DDX8901HD ($850.00 SRP) has a high-resolution 6.95" WVGA. On the audio side the DDX8901HD features Drive Equalizer Technology, 7 Band Equalizer and three 5.0 volt preouts for system building, while the Kenwood DDX7701HD ($830.00 SRP) offers many of the features and performance of the DDX8901HD, it has a 5 Band Equalizer and three 4.0 volt preouts.

- The eXcelon DDX5901HD ($750.00 suggested retail price) has many of the features of theDDX8901HD with the addition of a convenient volume knob, a 6.1" WVGA touchscreen. The DDX771 ($680.00 suggested retail price) represents the top features available in the DDX lineup, with the exception of HDMI/MHL input, it features a 6.95" display, built-in Bluetooth compatibility and Pandora Internet Radio for iPhone and Android.


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