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Google Also Working With Smartphone Makers to Bring Wireless Capability to 8.0 Devices

LONG BEACH, CALIF., May 17, 2018 (MEDIAWIRE)– In our press release dated May 9, 2018, we indicated that future smartphones would require Android 9.0 OS to be compatible with KENWOOD multimedia receivers that feature Wireless Android Auto™. Google has informed us that, in addition to 9.0 devices, the company is working with several smartphone manufacturers to bring wireless compatibility to devices with Android 8.0 OS. According to Google, this compatibility will be available on select non-Google smartphones soon.

You can read our original press release here.

All KENWOOD multimedia receivers that support wireless Android Auto offer full compatibility and smartphone charging through a wired connection. For detailed information on the specific features of each receiver, please view their product pages at kenwood.com/usa/car.

JVCKENWOOD USA Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of JVCKENWOOD Corporation and is a leading developer of imaging, home and car entertainment, and navigation products for the consumer market, two-way radio communications systems for public safety, private industry and amateur users, and video equipment for the broadcast and professional markets. 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.

LONG BEACH, CALIF., February 18th, 2021KENWOOD is pleased to announce that its oldest dealer in America is turning 50! Duke’s Car Stereo proudly represents KENWOOD as its top selling brand, along with many other excellent 12-volt brands, with locations throughout the mid-Michigan area, covering Flint, Saginaw, and Bay City.

Originally named Duke’s Tape Shack in 1970 by its founder Duke Evans, the company has grown from a 2-bay gas station selling 8-track tapes to a 4-store operation. During the last 50 years Duke’s has become a reputable name throughout the mobile electronics industry, winning many awards along the way.

Over the years, Duke’s has gone through changes in staff and management. Now in its 50th year of service, Evan’s vision continues with a new generation of leadership. Mark Cormier, the current owner/operator, was hired by Evans personally in 1977. Cormier recalls Evan’s leadership and guidance in overcoming challenges and adapting to grow the business while catering to their local markets. Along with former partners Jim Crary and Dave Barclay, both of whom are enjoying their retirements, Duke’s has grown into the successful business it is today.

Currently selling a full line of KENWOOD and KENWOOD eXcelon products, Duke’s specializes in the mobile electronics business providing installations ranging from basic speaker replacement to high-end systems in automobiles, boats, motorcycles and ATVs, etc. Along with car audio, Duke’s carries complete lines of remote starters, driver safety systems, window tint, and a wide variety of other 12-volt products.

Cormier attributes their long-term success to their employees, some who have been with the company for over 40 years! They have teamed up to build the KENWOOD name in the Mid-Michigan area while selling every model KENWOOD has ever produced. Navigating the Covid-19 pandemic, Duke’s has again proven to adjust and adapt in order to continue providing their customers with high levels of service.

As their previous independent KENWOOD Sales Representative, Tim Hill (current Midwest Sales Manager for KENWOOD) states, “The biggest thing that Duke’s has done over the years is to offer great value and exceptional customer service. Everyone leaves happy.”  

For more information about Duke’s Car Stereo, please visit: https://www.dukescarstereo.com/.

JVCKENWOOD USA Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of JVCKENWOOD Corporation and is a leading developer of car entertainment products for the consumer market, two-way radio communications systems for public safety, private industry and amateur users, and video equipment for the broadcast and professional markets. For detailed information, call KENWOOD USA at 1-800-536-9663 or visit us at http://us.jvckenwood.com and www.kenwood.com/usa.

LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA, August 3, 2020, KENWOOD USA announced it is shipping 5 new pre-loaded subwoofer enclosures, focusing on precisely matched power handling to its amplifiers, enhanced durability, sound quality and performance, along with enhanced cosmetic designs.

The P-XW1221DHP ($449.95 MAP) houses two 12” KENWOOD eXcelon High-power class subwoofers, touting a 1000W total RMS power handling at a 2-ohm final impedance, making it precisely power matched to the KENWOOD eXcelon XR1001-1 amplifier. The P-XW1221SHP ($249.95) is the single 12” KENWOOD eXcelon High-power class option, with a respective 500W RMS power handling at a 2-ohm impedance, making it the perfect companion to the KENWOOD eXcelon X502-1 amplifier.

The P-XW1221D ($349.95 MAP) provides a value-based option for those looking for a dual 12” subwoofer configuration. It includes 2 KENWOOD eXcelon subwoofers, which can be precisely powered by the KENWOOD eXcelon XR601-1 amplifier for 600W RMS at 2 ohms. The P-XW1241S ($199.95 MAP) also offers an exceptional value, including a single 12” KENWOOD eXcelon subwoofer with a 4-ohm impedance, for an exact match-up to the KENWOOD eXcelon X502-1, which provides 300W RMS at 4 ohms.

All 4 of these enclosures feature the CA-121G steel mesh grille(s) for added protection and further enhanced cosmetics, which are a $30 value each when sold separately. All 4 enclosures are extremely versatile, being able to be mounted in a down-firing configuration with their extra THICK legs, or forward/rear facing with their slant-back design. They boast a 3/4" THICK MDF baffle, which provides more strength and durability, ensuring accurate bass even at high volume.

“Why experiment with off-the-shelf boxes not designed for a specific subwoofer?” said Mike Roberts, KENWOOD VP of Sales and Marketing. “Our engineers designed these enclosures to perform reliably and sound their best with our subwoofers. This not only simplifies the sales and installation process, but it also gives the customer peace of mind in knowing that they are getting the best result.”

Joe Roberts from Roberts Auto Sound in Louisville, KY recently had the opportunity to get a “sneak-peak” and sound demo of these new pre-loaded enclosures. “After a good demo here at my store, I can say that these new KENWOOD eXcelon sub enclosures are some of the best F@#$%^G subwoofer enclosures we have ever heard!” said Roberts. Nathan Dunn from Cartronics in Nashville, TN also had an opportunity to listen to them, and shared that “the new KENWOOD P-XW1221SHP loaded enclosure is a very well designed, well constructed, versatile box that can be used in a down-firing configuration, or simply tuck it away in the trunk up against the back of a seat. This is a good-looking box that hits hard and is a great value for the money.”

To further add to its list of pre-loaded enclosures, the P-XW1002B ($249.95 MAP) is also making its debut this month, sporting a new design along with the continued solid performance of the KFC-XW1000F 10” shallow subwoofer. Its low profile (6” height) sealed down-firing design fits easily where space is at a premium, but still packs a punch with 250W RMS power handling.

For detailed product information, please view their respective product pages at www.kenwood.com/usa/car.

JVCKENWOOD USA Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of JVCKENWOOD Corporation and is a leading developer of car entertainment products for the consumer market, two-way radio communications systems for public safety, private industry and amateur users, and video equipment for the broadcast and professional markets. For detailed information, call KENWOOD USA at 1-800-536-9663 or visit us at http://us.jvckenwood.com, www.kenwood.com/usa and www.us.jvc.com/car.

LONG BEACH, CALIF., March 16th, 2020KENWOOD USA announced it has hired The Progressive Group to represent its products to retailers in the Michigan market. The previous representation for Michigan came from Tim Hill of Pinnacle Sales, of whom was recently hired by KENWOOD as their Midwest Region Sales Manager.

“We are honored with the opportunity to work with The Progressive Group in the Michigan market,” Hill said. “Their proven success of market leadership and support to their customers is highly valued and recognized, and we know that this will only be further enhanced by their new presence.”

The Progressive Group brings a wealth of industry experience, providing representation for brands across 28 states by their 42 employees. They will now task seven of their field sales reps with servicing and supporting their newly appointed Michigan dealer base for KENWOOD. The company also carries an impressive presence throughout the nation, touting six warehouses and being under the umbrella of their 2.3 Billion Dollar parent company, Patrick Industries.

“We have been selling KENWOOD via our R&D Distribution company for the past 5 years, so becoming the reps will be a natural transition for our team as well as our customers,” said David Russell, Director of The Progressive Group. “We share KENWOOD’s vison of creating experiences that exceed expectations and look forward to further developing our relationships with dealers in the Michigan market.”

“We needed to ensure our dealers received uninterrupted service in the territory with the same level of support that they are accustomed to,” said Mike Roberts, KENWOOD VP of Sales & Marketing. The Progressive Group was the perfect choice.”

For more information on KENWOOD products, visit https://www.kenwood.com/usa/car/.

JVCKENWOOD USA Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of JVCKENWOOD Corporation and is a leading developer of car entertainment products for the consumer market, two-way radio communications systems for public safety, private industry and amateur users, and video equipment for the broadcast and professional markets. For detailed information, call KENWOOD USA at 1-800-536-9663 or visit us at http://www.us.jvckenwood.com/, https://www.kenwood.com/usa/car/and https://www.us.jvc.com/car.

Thirty-Year Profitability Expert to Lead Company's Sales Efforts as VP Sales and Marketing

LONG BEACH, CALIF., September 4, 2018 (MEDIAWIRE)—KENWOOD USA today announced that Mike Roberts, longtime industry executive and former KENWOOD vice president of sales, will return to the company as Vice President of Sales and Marketing. He originally joined KENWOOD in 1990, starting a tenure that lasted 13 years. In this new position, Roberts will assume leadership of KENWOOD’s sales and marketing group.

Roberts re-joins KENWOOD following a high-profile career in which he helped medium to large companies break through sales barriers to achieve higher sales performance and profitability. His experience includes leading the sales efforts of Mitek Corporation, SiriusXM Radio and Delphi as VP of Sales and Marketing before starting his own sales consultation company in 2016.

"I'm excited to rejoin this amazing team and help to deliver comprehensive go-to-market strategies that reinforce KENWOOD as the market leader while bringing new fans to the brand,” said Roberts. “I’ve been fortunate to work for world-class organizations in many different industries, but I am thrilled to return to KENWOOD. The company has undoubtedly been the highlight of my sales career in terms of great people, outstanding product and a brand legacy that has entertained people for many years.”

In addition to directly supporting the company's sales representatives, Roberts will be responsible for developing programs and promotions that empower KENWOOD and KENWOOD eXcelon retailers to grow sales and gain competitive market share.

"We are thrilled to welcome Mike back to the KENWOOD family," said Dave Hoag, executive vice president of KENWOOD's Car Electronics division. "His vast experience and recent accomplishments will bring a fresh entrepreneurial energy to our team. We hope to utilize Mike’s strategic leadership and ‘big idea’ thinking to elevate our game to new heights; all of this to deliver the product, profit, protection and stability our retail partners expect."

Roberts can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

JVCKENWOOD USA Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of JVCKENWOOD Corporation and is a leading developer of imaging, home and car entertainment, and navigation products for the consumer market, two-way radio communications systems for public safety, private industry and amateur users, and video equipment for the broadcast and professional markets. 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.

August 5, 2020 - North Andover, Mass. - The Mobile Electronics Association is proud to present interviews and insights with leaders in the Mobile Electronics Industry. Chris Cook, MEA President, will be conducting regular interviews with Mobile Electronics Industry leaders. Our next interview is with Mike Roberts of Kenwood. He will share his insights and perspective as it relates Kenwood and the future of the mobile electronics industry.
You don't want to miss this one!
 
Details: Friday, August 7 at 12:00 PM Eastern
 
 
 
 

LONG BEACH, CALIF., April 1st, 2020 -- KENWOOD USA announced its training team has partnered up with iDatalink Maestro to bring authorized dealers the first of their combined live training webinars for 2020 this Thursday, April 2nd at 7:00 PM EST.

Earlier this month, KENWOOD began its email promotion “IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU,” which encouraged dealers to capitalize on this time to get prepared with knowledge on their 2020 product line by scheduling a personalized webinar training session. Now, they’ve teamed up with iDatalink Maestro’s training team to bring you the first of their combined “Virtual Training” sessions.

“With so much previous success in holding combined in-person training sessions with KENWOOD, it seemed natural to bring the duo of our class leading products and technologies together using the power of the web during these times,” said Mark Rutledge, iDatalink Maestro’s Director of Engineering, New Products. “Seeing the solutions and advantages of how our products work together seamlessly enables dealers the opportunity to give their customers the best in-vehicle experience possible.”

KENWOOD and iDatalink Maestro’s training teams already have plans in place for additional virtual trainings, including targeted Facebook live events to debut in the weeks to come. “We are all better when we are together and holding interactive virtual training events allows us all to stay connected, even when at a distance,” said Mike Roberts, KENWOOD VP of Sales & Marketing. “We couldn’t be happier to host an event that allows dealers to not only learn about the latest in KENWOOD products, but also the opportunity to grasp the full scope of what iDatalink Maestro has to offer them.”

To get access to this live training webinar and/or If you are interested in setting up a personalized training session, please contact your KENWOOD sales rep for details.

For more information on KENWOOD products, visit https://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 car entertainment products for the consumer market, two-way radio communications systems for public safety, private industry and amateur users, and video equipment for the broadcast and professional markets. For detailed information, call KENWOOD USA at 1-800-536-9663 or visit us at http://www.us.jvckenwood.com/, https://www.kenwood.com/usa/car/and https://www.us.jvc.com/car.

6-3-20-16 -- Kenwood USA, manufacturer of advanced-technology driver entertainment systems, is now shipping its 2016 line of multimedia receivers. The receivers, which debuted at this year's CES, include both the Kenwood and Kenwood Excelon lineups, which feature Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility.

The collection includes 15 new double-DIN multimedia receivers—12 of which supplant the previous year’s models—across the KENWOOD and KENWOOD eXcelon lines. Key improvements address consumers’ desire to seamlessly and safely access smartphone-centric apps through an intuitive interface, as well as performance enhancements to support onboard navigation and source selection.

The 2016 multimedia platform received a processor upgrade resulting in improved stability and faster startup. The additional power also supports a completely new graphic user interface that delivers album art, navigation instructions and source selection in vibrant color and clarity. To personalize the interface, users can add shortcuts to their most-used sources on the home screen, select from a variety of backgrounds and switch between information sources by swiping across the display. For models with built-in Guidance by Garmin®, navigation maps and icons are more informative, and routing and recalculating are faster, thanks to new solid-state memory and a doubling of data transfer speeds.

The number of models embedded with Apple CarPlay™ has increased from four to eight, encompassing the four new topline models across KENWOOD and KENWOOD eXcelon. When a compatible iPhone® is connected to the receiver via USB, the Apple CarPlay interface lets the user access select entertainment and information smartphone apps on the receiver’s display, as well as use Siri® to make selections, provide navigation directions and deliver search results by voice.

As well, the number of units equipped with Android Auto™ has doubled to four models in 2016. Created to extend the Android experience into the vehicle environment, Android Auto provides useful information at the right time, in addition to turn-by-turn navigation, music selection and more. A combination of voice and simplified touch menus lets the driver access Android Auto’s features with minimal distraction. Phones connected through the USB port now benefit from new rapid-charging technology that delivers up to 1.5 amps.

Sound quality was enhanced in the 2016 line. Available on select KENWOOD eXcelon receivers, High-Resolution Audio Playback decodes up to 192KHz, 24-bit FLAC- or WAV-embedded files from media connected through the USB port, which now supports more types of storage media. For all 2016 receivers, a built-in 13-band equalizer enables precise audio adjustments. To further tailor audio to the vehicle environment, the user can access new features to adjust digital time alignment, sound stage height, ambiance and volume based on ambient road noise, powering the built-in amplifier or external amplifiers through three sets of RCA outputs.

Previously featured only on key models, all 2016 receivers now support the ability to have two phones actively connected via Bluetooth at the same time, letting the driver and passenger select which phone will be broadcast through the audio system. All models also receive the latest Hands-Free profile, supporting high-quality calls at twice the bandwidth of the previous profile.

In addition to audio and the user interface, all 2016 multimedia units can now better interface with the larger vehicle world. Each supports connection of two cameras (front and rear view) to help avoid obstacles while parking and maneuvering. Most new units also support connection with iDataLink® Maestro, an add-on vehicle gateway device that enables the receiver to read vehicle information, control specific factory features and connect to factory installed entertainment and safety peripherals.

For more details, please visit the KENWOOD website at www.kenwood.com/usa.

iDatalink Maestro RR2 interface enables touch-screen control of alerts, location marking and more.

LONG BEACH, CALIF., August 7, 2018 (MEDIAWIRE)– KENWOOD USA announced that ESCORT’s two installed radar detection platforms—ESCORT iX Ci and ESCORT MAX Ci—can now work with the latest KENWOOD and KENWOOD eXcelon digital multimedia receivers. The integration, which is achieved via connection to the new iDatalink Maestro RR2 interface by Automotive Data Solutions (ADS), enables drivers to get alerts and adjust settings of the detection system. The Maestro RR2 will ship at the end of August and will be available through authorized KENWOOD retailers.

With the new integration, drivers see ESCORT radar detector information on the KENWOOD multimedia screen, including vehicle speed and the current location’s speed limit. Alerts play through the vehicle’s front speaker, announcing the specific radar or laser band, current vehicle speed and direction (if rear radar is installed).  The driver can use the touch screen to turn off the laser shifter (if equipped) and mark red-light cameras, speed traps and police locations.

Designed to be seamlessly integrated into the vehicle, the ESCORT iX Ci and ESCORT MAX Ci feature intelligent and advanced detection range, respectively, and provide front radar protection against all radar speed monitoring devices. Both platforms include the ability to add on rear radar as well as up to four laser shifters to accommodate any radar and laser detection application.

The new iDatalink Maestro RR2 covers more applications than its predecessor with the enhanced ability to connect to multi-network systems in newer vehicles. An additional serial port and audio input enable connectivity with the ESCORT radar detector platforms. The system also features wireless configuration via an upcoming smartphone app that will make installation and programming easier.

“We are very pleased that, through continuing innovation between technology partners, we can create practical, driver-beneficial synergies between our products,” said Scott Caswell, senior marketing manager for KENWOOD. “These days, driving safety is the most important topic on consumers’ minds when it comes to vehicles. If we can deliver a simpler, yet still powerful user experience through our integration, it’s a definite win for drivers.”

The KENWOOD /ADS / ESCORT integration will be on display at the trade-only KnowledgeFest exhibit and education conference, August 17-19 at the Dallas Convention Center. ESCORT and KENWOOD will feature working demonstrations in their respective booths and educate retailers and technicians on the features and user benefits in their exclusive training workshops. Attendees can reserve seats in the workshops athttps://mea-events.as.me/.

JVCKENWOOD USA Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of JVCKENWOOD Corporation and is a leading developer of imaging, home and car entertainment, and navigation products for the consumer market, two-way radio communications systems for public safety, private industry and amateur users, and video equipment for the broadcast and professional markets. For detailed information, call JVCKENWOOD USA at 1-800-950-5005 or visit us athttp://us.jvckenwood.com,www.kenwood.com/usaandwww.jvc.com.

KENWOOD USA announced it is set to ship two new smartphone-compatible multimedia receivers this month. The Excelon DDX6902S (MSRP $850.00) and DDX6702S (MSRP $800.00) expand the family of units equipped with Apple® CarPlay®, the Apple-produced in-vehicle interface for iPhone®. 
While the pair’s predecessors—the Excelon DDX9902S and DDX9702S—are equipped with both Android™ Auto (a smartphone interface made by Google to work with late-model Android-powered smartphones) and Apple CarPlay, the two new units focus solely on the iPhone. Siri®, Apple’s voice-activated and voice-responsive intelligent assistant, is the user’s primary interface to select entertainment options, open apps, reply to text messages and get turn-by-turn directions.
“We are committed to enhancing the connected lifestyle,” said Tony Mercado, marketing manager for KENWOOD. “iPhone users have deeply integrated relationships with their devices, and extending the safe function of those devices in the vehicle is vital. Adding the Excelon DDX6902S and DDX6702S to our current flagship units lets us deliver that fun and functionality to more consumers at lower price points.”
Each multimedia receiver features a high-sensitivity, 6.2-inch screen bordered on the left by a physical knob and menu buttons. In addition to controlling the multimedia unit, the screen connects to an optional back-up camera to automatically show the view behind the vehicle while in reverse gear.
Onboard entertainment options include a full suite of content including digital channels via HD Radio®, CD and DVD, and terrestrial AM and FM. Both units are also SiriusXM-Ready™ and can connect to the optional SXV300 tuner (sold separately) to access hundreds of audio channels (subscription required). With a connected smartphone, the entertainment options increase with built-in control of Pandora® Internet Radio and iHeartRadio®.
Built-in amplifiers enable each unit to power directly connected speakers, making them ideal drop-in replacements for factory radios. For custom applications, the Excelon DDX6902S includes three 5-volt pre-amp outputs and a 7-band equalizer. The Kenwood DDX6702S includes three 4-volt pre-amp outputs and a 5-band EQ. For more details please visit the Kenwood website at  www.kenwood.com/usa.

LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA, May 5th, 2020, KENWOOD USA is now shipping 10 new multimedia receivers, as well as their first High Definition Backup Camera. KENWOOD eXcelon receivers include the DNX997XR (MAP $1,299.95), DDX9907XR (MAP $899.95), DNX697S (MAP $899.95), DMX957XR (MAP $799.95), and DMX907S (MAP $649.95). KENWOOD receivers include the DNX577S (MAP $799.95), DDX9707S (MAP $699.95), DMX9707S (MAP $599.95), DMX4707S (MAP $299.95), and DMX47S (MAP $299.95). The new High Definition Backup Camera will carry a model of CMOS-740HD (MAP $199.95).

During CES, KENWOOD made the announcement and provided details on 9 of the 11 new products referenced above. Joining this release now are two new lower priced multimedia receiver models, the DMX4707S and the DMX47S. These receivers mark the lowest price that KENWOOD has ever offered for an Apple CarPlay and Android Auto ready receiver.

The DMX4707S and DMX47S are both mech-less (no DVD slot) digital multimedia receivers that feature a 6.8” Capacitive touch screen. They are ready for Apple CarPlay or Android Auto using a USB wired connection. Video connections include a Rear Camera Input with Parking Guidelines, an AV Input, and a Video Output. Audio features include Front, Rear, and Subwoofer 2V RCA Pre-outs for system expansion, and a 13 Band EQ with Digital Time Alignment. Both receivers incorporate installer friendly features with less than 3” mounting depth, included mounting cage and trim bezel.

Multimedia receiver sales for models that are Apple CarPlay and Android Auto ready have now surpassed those sales of multimedia receivers that do not feature these technologies. “After heavy consideration and discussion with dealers, we felt that it was necessary to provide this type of product to meet the needs of customers that are seeking KENWOOD performance at value price points,” said Mike Roberts, KENWOOD VP of Sales and Marketing. “We take great pride in the success of our flagship products, as seen in our KENWOOD eXcelon Reference line, and now, with the addition of these new budget conscious models, we open the door to those consumers seeking more affordable options.”

Here is a Sampling of Key Features Listed by Model:

Hi-Res Audio Wirelessly via LDAC™, a 720P High Definition Screen, our Top-Level Sound Quality Components, and compatibility with the CMOS-740HD Camera: DNX997XR, DDX9907XR, and DMX957XR

Compatibility with Apple CarPlay Wirelessly or Wired, and Android Auto Wirelessly or Wired: DNX997XR, DDX9907XR, DMX957XR, DMX907S, DDX9707S, and DMX9707S.

Compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto using a USB Wired connection only: DNX697S, DNX577S, DMX4707S, and DMX47S.

3 Years of Free Garmin® map updates and expanded KENWOOD Traffic Powered by INRIX® services: DNX997XR, DNX697S, and DNX577S.

USB Smartphone Mirroring for both iOS® and Android®, 4 Camera Inputs, DRV-N520 Integrated Dash Cam connection, and iDatalink® Maestro® RR compatibility: DNX997XR, DDX9907XR, DMX957XR, DMX907S, DDX9707S, DMX9707S, DNX697S, and DNX577S.

Additional built-in and connection options for select models includes HD Radio® and SirusXM® compatibility. The DNX997XR, DDX9907XR, DMX957XR, DMX907S, and DNX697S all include built-in HD Radio tuners, offering users the convenience of up to three extra HD stations from each frequency that’s being broadcast in digital sound, all with no monthly fees. All 10 receivers are also SiriusXM-Ready® (SiriusXM Connect SXV300 satellite radio tuner required; sold separately), enabling access to hundreds of channels of music, news, sports, talk, and more, all with album artwork and multiple lines of text information displayed on the receiver.

For detailed product information, please view their respective product pages at www.kenwood.com/usa/car.

JVCKENWOOD USA Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of JVCKENWOOD Corporation and is a leading developer of car entertainment products for the consumer market, two-way radio communications systems for public safety, private industry and amateur users, and video equipment for the broadcast and professional markets. For detailed information, call KENWOOD USA at 1-800-536-9663 or visit us at http://us.jvckenwood.com, www.kenwood.com/usa and www.us.jvc.com/car.

LONG BEACH, CALIF., January 7th, 2020, At CES, KENWOOD USA is unveiling 8 new multimedia receivers for 2020 that will begin shipping in March. The DNX997XR (MSRP $1,499.95), DDX9907XR (MSRP $1,099.95), DMX957XR (MSRP $999.95), DMX907S (MSRP $849.95), DNX697S (MSRP $1,099.95), DDX9707S (MSRP $899.95), DMX9707S (MSRP $799.95), and DNX577S (MSRP $999.95).   The 2020 top-end lineup focuses on enhanced driver safety, vehicle integration, and smartphone connection options, as well as further advanced premium sound quality.

Of the 8 new models, the KENWOOD eXcelon Reference DNX997XR, DDX9907XR, DMX957XR, KENWOOD eXcelon DMX907S, and KENWOOD DDX9707S and DMX9707S are compatible with Apple CarPlay™ wirelessly, and Android Auto™ wirelessly. The KENWOOD eXcelon DNX697S and KENWOOD DNX577S support both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto using a USB wired connection.

The KENWOOD eXcelon Reference models take sound and picture quality to the next level for 2020. New for KENWOOD is the introduction of Wireless Hi-Res Audio via LDAC™ on these models. LDAC is an audio coding technology that enables the transmission of High-Resolution Audio content over a Bluetooth® connection. It can transfer high quality sound from a compatible phone (which currently include select Android smartphones) at bit rates up to 990 Kbps. This Hi-Res Audio support further adds to all models continuing with support of Hi-Res Audio via USB. All 3 models also feature a 6.8” High Definition 1280 x 720 (720P) screen that includes the support for a new HD rear camera, the KENWOOD CMOS-740HD (MSRP $249.95). When viewing the HD rear camera on these screens, safety is further enhanced by incorporating High Dynamic Range (HDR) technology, which improves the picture quality in dark or very bright conditions.

All 8 new models also receive two major technology enhancements, the first being an added camera input, for a total of 4 Camera Inputs. After 3 camera inputs were introduced last year, users could achieve a smarter and safer driving experience by incorporating various combinations of cameras, including the touch-screen controlled KENWOOD DRV-N520 integrated dash cam. With the addition of a 4th camera input, flexibility is further optimized for options like incorporating additional or OEM blind spot cameras, of which can be switched manually by the touchscreen controls, or automatically when an optional iDatalink® Maestro® RR is connected (supported vehicles only).

The second major technology enhancement includes support for USB smartphone mirroring for both iOS® and Android®. Prior to this, Android users had access to wireless screen mirroring, however iOS users did not. Now, when connected via Bluetooth and a hard-wired USB cable with the accompanying “Mirroring for KENWOOD” app installed on their phone, users can mirror their phone, displaying many popular streaming app services, with very few limitations. As safety is at the forefront of these products, the vehicle must be parked with the parking brake engaged to access this source.  

For 2020, a standout enhancement to the Garmin® equipped DNX997XR, DNX697S, DNX577S, is the addition of 3 years of free Garmin map updates. Garmin mapping also receives performance updates with more precise positioning and expanded KENWOOD Traffic Powered by INRIX® services. With built-in Garmin mapping, not only will your navigation continue to work in areas with no or low GPS signal, such as tunnels and rural areas, but you will also receive the best overall experience, being able to retain features such as turn-by-turn lane guidance from your OEM cluster when coupled with an optional iDatalink Maestro RR on supported vehicles.

Additional built-in and connection options for select models includes HD Radio® and SiriusXM® compatibility. The DNX997XR, DDX9907XR, DMX957XR, DMX907S, and DNX697S all include built-in HD Radio tuners, offering users the convenience of up to three extra HD stations from each frequency that’s being broadcast in digital sound, all with no monthly fees. All 8 receivers are also SiriusXM-Ready® (SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner and subscription sold separately), providing access to over 150 channels of the widest variety of ad-free music, plus entertainment, news, comedy and sports you won’t hear anywhere else.

More model additions are expected to be released later in the year. After the products have shipped, please view their respective product pages at 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 car entertainment products for the consumer market, two-way radio communications systems for public safety, private industry and amateur users, and video equipment for the broadcast and professional markets. For detailed information, call KENWOOD USA at 1-800-536-9663 or visit us at http://us.jvckenwood.com, www.kenwood.com/usa and www.us.jvc.com/car.

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LONG BEACH, CALIF. -- January 10th, 2020 -- Making its debut at CES, KENWOOD USA is introducing a fourth new product in their series of next-generation dash cams. With an MSRP of $269.95 the DRV-A700WDP is a GPS integrated compact dual dash cam system that features screenless designed front and rear recording cameras, which are less obtrusive than typical dash cams with a screen. This Wide Quad HD (2560 x 1440) front dash cam and Full HD (1920 x 1080) rear dash cam system provides superior picture quality, wireless link smartphone app compatibility, and a new quick release magnetic mount.

The DRV-A700WDP, which is scheduled to begin shipping later this month, creates an opportunity for KENWOOD dealers that has never existed before. Now, dealers can offer users a maintenance free system that stays out of sight and out of mind, but with the convenience of easy access whenever they choose via their smartphone, which connects wirelessly to the system. Once connected, users can play back and edit videos, download videos to their smartphone, upload videos directly to social media, access GPS information while viewing on Google maps, and control all the settings of the system.

Its picture recording quality is impressive, with the front camera capable of recording in Wide Quad HD, which covers 3.7 million pixels, as well as High Dynamic Range (HDR), which allows it to easily record clear images in dark or well-lit environments without underexposing or overexposing the image. The front camera has a lens rotation of -90° to 40° and includes a high-quality 3M tape style mounting system with spare 3M pads. The rear camera, which includes a 26’ cable to connect to the front camera, records in Full HD of 2 million pixels, and is also the recording resolution when both cameras are recording simultaneously. Both cameras record at 30 frames per second and include a 1/2.8 CMOS sensor.

To further enhance the system’s sleek design, it includes KENWOOD’s CA-DR1030 hardwire power connection kit. By including this, whenever the vehicle is powered off, users gain “parking mode”, which enables the camera to power on and automatically record 30 seconds of video if the vehicle is subject to a collision or other physical impact.  

The front camera has a sleek stature of 3-9/16” wide, 2-7/16” high, and 1-9/16” deep. The rear camera comes in with dimensions of 2-1/2” wide, 2-5/8” high, and 1-7/16” deep. For detailed information on specific features, please view their respective product pages that will be available soon at www.kenwood.com/usa/car.

JVCKENWOOD USA Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of JVCKENWOOD Corporation and is a leading developer of car entertainment products for the consumer market, two-way radio communications systems for public safety, private industry and amateur users, and video equipment for the broadcast and professional markets. For detailed information, call KENWOOD USA at 1-800-536-9663 or visit us at http://us.jvckenwood.com, www.kenwood.com/usa and www.us.jvc.com/car.

Kenwood USA has announced its newest top-end multimedia receiver, the eXcelon DNX893S, in its booth at International CES, January 6-9.

The double-DIN, touch friendly unit is the company’s most complete entertainment and information center to date, receiving a completely new processing infrastructure, enhanced smartphone integration, improved safety features and support for high-resolution audio.

“We’ve redesigned this unit inside and out,” said Rick Noetzli, KENWOOD product manager. “It now features a Linux-based operating system and dual-core processor for improved stability and speed. The extra processing power supports the most extensive selection of inputs, applications and features we’ve ever put together.”

The DNX benefits from the company’s expansion of Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ into more of its 2016 multimedia receivers. Like the DDX9902S introduced in 2015, the DNX893S features both platforms, allowing users to connect either an iPhone® or Android™-based smartphone to safely access and control navigation, streaming content, messaging and music using an intuitive voice interface. Two USB ports with built-in support for rapid-charging technology let the user connect and charge a smartphone and use the other port for flash media.

When not using Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, built-in apps on the DNX893S let the user select and control smartphone apps over Bluetooth on the receiver’s display, including Spotify® and Pandora® Internet Radio. Another integration feature is MHL support over HDMI, which displays the screen of a compatible Android-based smartphone on the receiver and lets the user control apps from the larger, safer display. The DNX893S is also SiriusXM-Ready™ and connects to the latest SiriusXM SXV300 Connect Vehicle Tuner (sold separately, subscription required).

The multimedia receiver’s user interface has been totally redesigned to provide an informative, logical array of information that minimizes distraction. Behind the brilliant 7-inch glass capacitive touch screen, large icons are amply spaced along the bottom of the display to enable a driver focusing on the road to easily find the desired function or entertainment source. The screen also displays vibrant album art next to a customizable widget area that lets the user store frequently used applications and select each with a swipe across the screen. For more tactile functions, the single row of buttons provides quick access to audio adjustments, source selection and menu options.

The safety elements of the DNX893S have been expanded to help the driver maneuver and find destinations more intuitively. In addition to the available rear camera view, a front-view camera can be added to get in and out of tight spaces or avoid parking blocks and other obstacles. A user-selectable overlay of park lines helps judge the distance between the vehicle and an another object. The DNX893S also includes onboard navigation from Garmin that provides turn-by-turn spoken directions, lane assistance a one-button selection of personalized destinations. On-screen traffic information provided by INRIX (free for two years) helps the driver plan routes more effectively by avoiding areas with heavy traffic congestion.

Last year, KENWOOD introduced higher-quality call audio via Bluetooth thanks to an enhanced Hands-Free profile. Bluetooth is improved again this year with the ability to have two phones actively paired at the same time. This driver and passenger use the receiver to select which phone call or phone-based entertainment media will be broadcast through the audio system, eliminating distractions associated with adjusting Bluetooth functions on each phone.

High-resolution audio media is supported on the DNX893S, with the ability to decode 192KHz, 24-bit FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) or WAV-embedded media from any source. The built-in, 13-band equalizer provides infinite adjustment for audio powering the built-in amplifier or sent through the three sets of 5-volt RCA outputs to outboard amplifiers. The DNX893S will be on display during the upcoming International CES in Las Vegas, January 6-9 at Booth #1702 in the Las Vegas Convention Center. For more details please visit the KENWOOD website at www.kenwood.com/usa.

Distribution experts to offer KENWOOD brand to its retail network

LONG BEACH, CALIF., June 11, 2019 (MEDIAWIRE) – KENWOOD USA announced it has entered into a fulfillment agreement with Audio America, a 25-year distributor of consumer electronics brands. Under the agreement, Audio America will provide KENWOOD-branded products to its qualified retail network. The new partnership affords KENWOOD a vastly expanded footprint and an accomplished fulfillment center with strong, established channels to its local mobile electronics community.

Audio America was established in 1993 and has grown to be one of the mobile electronics industry's most proactive distribution companies. The company actively engages with hundreds of retail storefronts and is trusted by over 100 brands and channel partners.

"The quality of a company is evidenced by the longevity and loyalty of its customers, and Audio America has maintained strong relationships with its vendor and retail partners for years," said Mike Roberts, vice president of sales and marketing for KENWOOD. "We feel we've selected the right company to strengthen the KENWOOD brand and bring smart, proactive retailers on board."

Audio America will market the 2019 KENWOOD multimedia receiver line to its retail network, featuring the DNR876S, DDX8706S and DMX9706 with wireless Apple® CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ on board—as well as the double-DIN, shallow-mount DMX7706S. The distributor will also carry the full line of KENWOOD products for marine and motorsports applications, including the short-chassis KMR-M325BT. And retailers gain access to KENWOOD University, an online hub that provides training, informative videos, marketing materials and tech tips to help develop a complete knowledge base around the KENWOOD line.

"Our goal is to grow the business of our retail partners by supplying quality products and backing them with exceptional service," said Jonathan Elster, CEO of Audio America. "KENWOOD has demonstrated a consistently high level of quality along with practices that retain the brand's value with consumers. We are excited to add KENWOOD and provide our retailers with a premium full-line brand."

KENWOOD will showcase its 2019 product line at the upcoming KnowledgeFest trade show and education conference in Dallas, August 9-11. Visit www.knowledgefest.org for information on the conference, and www.kenwoodusa.com/usa/car for more information on KENWOOD products.

JVCKENWOOD USA Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of JVCKENWOOD Corporation and is a leading developer of imaging, home and car entertainment, and navigation products for the consumer market, two-way radio communications systems for public safety, private industry and amateur users, and video equipment for the broadcast and professional markets. 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.

LONG BEACH, CALIF., January 18th, 2021KENWOOD USA announced its rep of the year awards for both individual sales reps, as well as sales rep firms for the East, Midwest, and Western territories at their recent annual rep awards ceremony, which was held virtually this year.

Admin Support of the Year: Katie Lopez, Momentum Marketing

Western Region Sales Rep of the Year: Ryan Christie, N&S Marketing

Midwest Region Sales Rep of the Year: Keith Selby, Cardinal Sales

Eastern Region Sales Rep of the Year: Paul Ward, CF Marketing

Katie Lopez represents Momentum Marketing in Southwest Texas and has been a part of the company for over 10 years. “Katie is always one step ahead of the game,” stated Tim Hill, KENWOOD Midwest Regional Sales Manager. “If you’re thinking about it, Katie is already making it happen. She has a firm handle on what needs to be done, how fast it needs to be done, and how often it needs to be done.”

“I’ve had the privilege of working with the KENWOOD family for more than 10 years,” stated Lopez. I’m honored and grateful to have received such an award. KENWOOD truly has my heart and I’m thankful for the friendships that have evolved throughout the years. I work with a remarkable team and powerful dealers that I continue to learn something new from every day.”

Ryan Christie represents N & S Marketing in the Pacific Northwest and has been a part of the company for 13 years. “With the challenges we’ve faced this year, I looked for sales reps who went above and beyond to stay connected to their dealers in deciding this award,” stated Rob Sutton, KENWOOD Western Regional Sales Manager. “I also needed someone who was able to give dealers the tough answers and still guide them through the process of getting new orders in place for allocations. Ryan Christie did all the above and then some. He stayed focused on selling KENWOOD all year, was always available to tackle issues, executed the programs, and always did a great job with following-up.”

“When my name was called, I was blown away,” stated Christie. “I always try to do what's right and what's best. I put myself in other's shoes and try to see things from their point of view so I can help create the best outcome for both parties.”

Keith Selby has been with Cardinal Sales since 1983 and the Rep Principal since 1996. His son Max recently joined the company at the beginning of 2019 and has also had the privilege of having his wife Bess aid in the marketing department for the last 5 years. “Keith exhibits excellent customer service,” stated Tim Hill, KENWOOD Midwest Regional Sales Manager. “His dealers really enjoy working with him and his ability to follow up is impeccable! KENWOOD is lucky to have Keith representing our company in his area!”

“The continued success of Cardinal Sales is a direct reflection of our entire team (which now marks 21 years for Jennifer Marr, 11 years for Tony Spires, and 4 years for John Black,” stated Selby. “It has also only been possible with the sustained loyalty and friendship from all of our dealers.”    

Paul Ward has been a part of the sales team with CF Marketing for the past 18 years. “Paul’s ability to handle multiple tasks at the same time is astounding,” stated Kelly McDaniel, KENWOOD Eastern Regional Sales Manager. “He truly cares about his dealers and ensures they receive the utmost in support.”

“It is very gratifying being named the Eastern Region Sales Rep of the Year,” stated Ward. 2020 was certainly a challenging year and success was only possible with all the help and support from KENWOOD and CF Marketing. Working with great people makes my job easier and much more enjoyable. Loving what you do is important. It all started when I heard my first high-end car audio system while in college. After I built my first system I was hooked!”

Western Region Sales Rep Company of the Year: Oliver Marketing South

Midwest Region Sales Rep Company of the Year: Momentum Marketing

Eastern Region Sales Rep Company of the Year: CF Marketing

Oliver Marketing, covering Southern California and Arizona, was founded in 1986. “It’s been years since I managed a rep firm and lately, I’ve thought about how hard it must be on our rep firms this year,” stated Sutton. “They’ve been forced to take a group of people who are programmed to be on the road, and completely re-invent their company culture to fit within the pandemic. All of our reps have done a great job in a difficult year, but one really stood out, Oliver Marketing South.”

When VP of Oliver Marketing Dave Furness heard the announcement, he shared: “there are many talented individuals representing KENWOOD across the country, so it is truly an honor for Oliver Marketing to have been recognized with this award. We are proud to represent KENWOOD and extremely appreciative of the partnership and support they provide.”

Momentum Marketing has served the Southwestern market since January of 2008, covering areas such as; Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. “The entire team at Momentum is excellent and always strives for nothing short of the best,” stated Hill. “With a commitment to excellence, their entire team are some of the best in the business. They communicate daily, and when there are issues, they call with solutions, not just to report a problem.”

“Momentum is made up of a group of people that love music, the 12V industry, and the people that we get to do life with as a result of doing business together,” stated Hector Mena, Momentum Marketing’s Rep Principal.  “We are extremely honored and humbled to be chosen as the 2020 KENWOOD Rep Firm of the Year for the Midwest Territory. It would be irresponsible of us to not give credit to the amazing group of KENWOOD eXcelon Dealers and Distributor partners that we have the pleasure of serving in the “TOLA” market. 2020 proved to be a challenging year both personally and professionally for our team, as it was for everyone in our industry. Through it all, we are thankful for the blessings of health, provision, faith, and the privilege we have to work with the wonderful KENWOOD family and our network of partners.”

Dominating both the Eastern Region territory awards, CF Marketing has served the Mid-Atlantic area for 21 years. “CF Marketing continues to push the limits on ensuring the needs of their dealers are always met,” stated McDaniel. “Their team communicates clearly, effectively, and timely, of which is crucial to the needs of dealers today.”

President of CF Marketing Howard Feldman commented: “No one person alone makes things successful. McDaniel has been a huge help to us in this territory. This business only exists with equal effort between dealer, manufacturer, and sales rep. We are lucky to have a great batch of long-standing supporting dealers that see the value of the brand and helped us to grow it in our territories.”

“2020 was very difficult year as it took a lot of adaptation and communication for our reps with their individual dealer bases,” stated Mike Roberts, VP of Sales & Marketing for KENWOOD. “Emails, video conference calls, and phone calls were the new norm for many reps to stay in contact. Our entire rep force did an incredible job of adapting and helping our dealer base through busy and challenging times. This is what made selecting the award winners so difficult this year. At the end of the day, it was all about helping their dealers buy KENWOOD products through solving challenges, keeping a positive attitude, and doing the right thing. We are truly grateful to have such an incredible and committed rep force in the field.”

For more information on KENWOOD, visit http:// www.kenwood.com/usa/car

JVCKENWOOD USA Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of JVCKENWOOD Corporation and is a leading developer of car entertainment products for the consumer market, two-way radio communications systems for public safety, private industry and amateur users, and video equipment for the broadcast and professional markets. For detailed information, call KENWOOD USA at 1-800-536-9663 or visit us at http://us.jvckenwood.com, www.kenwood.com/usa/car and www.us.jvc.com/car.

LONG BEACH, CALIF., December 1, 2016 (MEDIAWIRE) – KENWOOD announced it has shipped the eXcelon DDX394-SAT, a multimedia receiver suited for double-DIN applications. The 'SAT' in the model number denotes the inclusion of a SiriusXM® SXV300 satellite radio tuner and antenna. This bundle is only available to authorized KENWOOD retailers in the contiguous 48 states.

The eXcelon DDX394-SAT (MSRP $520) provides end users with a customizable 6.2-inch resistive panel touch interface, enabling access to multiple entertainment sources with a single press. As a standalone multimedia center, the head unit provides broadcast radio, SiriusXM satellite radio (subscription required) and CD or DVD playback. Bluetooth®, in addition to onboard controls for iHeartRadio, Pandora® Radio and Spotify®, expand the selection to feature stored and streaming content from a wirelessly connected, compatible iPhone® or Android™-powered smartphone.

"The DDX394-SAT defines the meaning of 'bang for your buck’ and provides a solid value-add proposition to fight category killing price erosion," said Tony Mercado, marketing manager for the KENWOOD brand. "It gives drivers a full suite of entertainment options, both built in and through their smartphones. Plus, it saves them the trouble and expense of purchasing a tuner to hear their favorite SiriusXM programming."

Customers purchasing the DDX394-SAT can contact SiriusXM to take advantage of the “Never Miss a Beat” offer, which gives them the first three months of SiriusXM’s “All Access” subscription. (For offer details visit www.getsiriusxm.com/offers/3monthsfree). The “All Access” package is SiriusXM’s most extensive offering and includes a wide variety of commercial-free music, plus live sports, world class talk programming, comedy and more. All-Access subscribers also get access to SiriusXM programming outside the vehicle on the SiriusXM app and online at siriusxm.com. SiriusXM features on the DDX394-SAT include: Pause, rewind and replay up to 60 minutes of content while listening to satellite radio; start songs from the beginning when tuned to any favorite music channel using TuneStart™; and scan and select songs on favorite music channels with TuneScan™.

Safety and integration figure well into the feature list of the DDX394-SAT. It includes inputs for rear and front / side camera views and shows a helpful distance overlay when the vehicle is backing up. The Bluetooth functionality supports hands free calls and phonebook access, and up to two phones can be actively connected simultaneously. Connected smartphones charge through the USB port, and phones that include Android Rapid Charge are supported.

A powerful internal amplifier (50 watts x 4 max) and three sets of 5-volt pre-outs allow the DX394-SAT to fit many system configurations. Audio is enhanced with a 13-band equalizer, time alignment controls and high-pass / low-pass filters.

The DDX394-SAT is further expandable to monitor vehicle information though the iDataLink Maestro interface (sold separately), or allow backseat passengers to control the content with the KENWOOD Remote App, available through the App Store or Google Play. For more information, visit www.kenwood.com/usa.

Long Beach, Calif., January 26, 2021 KENWOOD USA is now shipping two new products; the KCA-HX5M (MAP $329.95), a Motorcycle/Motorsports Bluetooth® Communication System, and the KCA-HX7C (MAP $399.95) a Motorcycle/Motorsports 4K Camera & Bluetooth® Communication System.

With its increasing presence in the world of motorsports, KENWOOD is now leveraging its Communications and Dash Cam DNA by offering motorsports helmet riders 2 unique experiences; advanced helmet-to-helmet rider communication and 4K camera recording with advanced helmet-to-helmet rider communication.  

The core function of the KCA-HX5M is to enable riders to seamlessly communicate with each other with crystal clear sound. It incorporates Bluetooth 4.1 technology to provide a powerful Mesh Intercom™ with a range of up to 1.2 miles, supporting up to 4 riders at a time, and can even connect with other popular brands of intercom systems like SENA. Additional intercom modes available include Open Mesh™ and Group Mesh™. In Open Mesh mode, it can connect with a virtually unlimited number of riders, whereas Group Mesh mode allows for a closed group intercom function for up to 24 riders. Its Advanced Noise Control™ can also be enabled to reduce background noise during your intercom conversation. Bluetooth intercom talk time is rated at 13 hours, with Mesh intercom at 8 hours.

Other unique features include its ability to make and receive phone calls, FM radio and music listening, music sharing via Bluetooth, and voice command functionality. With its Audio Multitasking™ capability, riders can have an intercom conversation while simultaneously listening to music, FM radio, or hearing GPS turn-by-turn directions.

The KCA-HX5M consists of a water-resistant helmet-mounted main headset and clamp kit. The headset incorporates a Mesh Intercom, Bluetooth Antenna, Status LED, Jog Dial, and buttons for the Mesh Intercom and Phone. The clamp kit adds a Static Boom Microphone, 2 Speakers, MP3 and Earbud Ports, as well as Quick Release and Ambient mode buttons. A wired microphone and wired boom microphone are also included in the package, along with additional installation accessories. Both KENWOOD’s recommended helmet mounting hardware and optional glued surface mounting adapter parts are included for versatility and ease of installation.

The KCA-HX5M provides additional access and control with both a smartphone application and computer-based companion software. The MESH Utility for KENWOOD smartphone application is available on the Google Play Store® and the iOS App Store®, and provides access to device settings, user guides, and more. The Intercom Device Manager for KENWOOD PC or Apple software allows you to upgrade the firmware and configure its settings directly from your computer. It can be downloaded from www.kenwood.com/cs/ce.

The KCA-HX7C helmet-mounted camera system delivers a lightweight, compact, and aerodynamic alternative to action cameras or other bulky camera options.   It expands upon the KCA-HX5M’s primary feature set with the addition of a built-in 4K UHD (Ultra High Definition) camera that records at 30 FPS (Frames Per Second), and other slight feature variances, including 4-way intercom communication up to 1 mile away only, as opposed to the KCA-HX5M’s Mesh system for more than 4 riders. The camera features a 125-degree field of view and the lens can be rotated 30 degrees for optimal rider recording view. Smart Audio Mix™ is added, which allows recording of everything you hear through your speakers as well as your voice during video recording. Bluetooth intercom talk time is rated at 20 hours and video recording at 1.5 hours.

The KCA-HX7C shares the Intercom Device Manager for KENWOOD PC and Apple software for firmware upgrades and configuration settings, but utilizes two unique smartphone applications; the Intercom Utility for KENWOOD application allows you to configure the headset settings, while the Intercom Camera for KENWOOD application allows you to see a live preview from the camera, manage recorded videos, as well as configure the video settings using the built-in Wireless LAN feature of the camera system. When the camera and app are connected, the camera is synchronized with the smartphone’s date and time.  

“Be it a motorcycle, UTV, or other motorsports riding activity, it’s simply not as much fun to ride alone.” said Mike Roberts, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for KENWOOD USA’s car electronics sector. “With these systems, riders can fully enjoy their riding experience together, knowing that they are receiving the ultimate in sound quality and performance.”

For detailed information on specific features for each product, please view their respective product pages at www.kenwood.com/usa/car.

KCA-HX5M web page: https://www.kenwood.com/usa/car/marine/kca-hx5m/

KCA-HX7C web page: https://www.kenwood.com/usa/car/marine/kca-hx7c/

JVCKENWOOD USA Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of JVCKENWOOD Corporation and is a leading developer of car entertainment products for the consumer market, two-way radio communications systems for public safety, private industry and amateur users, and video equipment for the broadcast and professional markets. For detailed information, call KENWOOD USA at 1-800-536-9663 or visit us at http://us.jvckenwood.com, www.kenwood.com/usa and www.us.jvc.com/car.

Long Beach, Calif., April 1, 2021 KENWOOD USA has introduced a new line of MASK CD receivers with ZapoGerm technology. The eXcelon KDC-X569UV kills germs and viruses on the surface of CD’s. How does it work? A CD is placed in the CD receiver and bathed with excessive Ultraviolet light while it’s playing. In testing, this treatment has been shown to mitigate the transfer of COVID-19, COVID-20, the common flu and a host of other germs and viruses that live on the surface of objects by up to 28%. Dave Hoag, JVCKENWOOD’s Executive VP stated: “This is the first environmentally and socially conscience automotive receiver to come to market. It’s a game changer.”

KENWOOD plans to expand this technology into DVD receivers in late 2022. Mike Roberts, KENWOOD’s VP of Sales and Marketing said: “We wanted to start with CD receivers because they represent a segment of the market that could use a boost from a breakthrough technology like ZapoGerm. It’s a perfect time to revive the iconic MASK line of receivers and bring them into the 21st Century.”

When asked if the UV light in the CD receiver could affect the laser’s ability to track the CD, Rick Noetzli, KENWOOD’s Sr. Product Manager said: “The light only diminishes the receiver’s ability to read the disc by 15%, and we found that playback fidelity only decreased 15-18%. Our study groups showed that the compromise was still better than most compressed audio files, and acceptable for people to finally feel safe in their cars.”

The KDC-X569UV will be available in early 2022, at a projected retail price of $699.00 (based on decreased chip availability, increased parts costs, tariffs, and shipping costs).

For detailed information on specific features of the receiver, please view its respective product page at 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 car entertainment products for the consumer market, two-way radio communications systems for public safety, private industry and amateur users, and video equipment for the broadcast and professional markets. For detailed information, call KENWOOD USA at 1-800-536-9663 or visit us at http://us.jvckenwood.com and www.kenwood.com/usa.

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LONG BEACH, CALIF., March 9th, 2020 -- KENWOOD USA announced it has hired Rob Voorhies as Sales Manager – Special Markets, and Tim Hill as Midwest Region Sales Manager. With these positions, KENWOOD is committing to expand its focus on growth and guidance for the future of the 12-volt industry.

Voorhies brings 30 years of consumer electronics industry experience, serving in various roles including Regional Manager, National Sales Manager, GM of Special Markets, and VP of Sales & Marketing. Through his Manufacturing and Distribution experience, Voorhies has the background necessary to immediately power into action for KENWOOD’s Special Market Channels. “I am thrilled to be back at JVCKENWOOD,” said Voorhies. “I look forward to capitalizing on the growth of our cutting-edge technologies.”

Hill has been an active part of selling KENWOOD products for over 40 years. Leveraging his background in Retail Sales, Installation, Store Management, then as a Manufacturer’s Sales Rep, he then opened his own rep firm in 2003, of which he represented KENWOOD since onset, earning the KENWOOD Rep of the Year Award 16 times. “I’m ecstatic for the opportunity to work for a company that shares my passion for and cares so much about their dealers and the 12 Volt industry as whole,” said Hill. “I can’t wait to begin meeting with our reps and dealers in the Midwest to find new and creative ways to help them grow their business.”

“The chance to add Hill to the KENWOOD team wasn’t even a question, as I personally hired him as a KENWOOD Sales Rep in 2003 and am confident in his ability to seamlessly transition in his new role,” stated Mike Roberts, KENWOOD VP of Sales & Marketing. “And with Voorhies extensive background and previous experience at our company, we know without a doubt that he is the best choice for leading the way for our Special Markets Channels.”  

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JVCKENWOOD USA Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of JVCKENWOOD Corporation and is a leading developer of car entertainment products for the consumer market, two-way radio communications systems for public safety, private industry and amateur users, and video equipment for the broadcast and professional markets. For detailed information, call KENWOOD USA at 1-800-536-9663 or visit us at http://www.us.jvckenwood.com/, https://www.kenwood.com/usa/car/and https://www.us.jvc.com/car.

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