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Drive Recorder touts advanced safety combined with high-resolution recording and playback

LONG BEACH, CALIF. – June 13, 2016 (MEDIAWIRE) – KENWOOD USA is introducing its first advanced safety product for the North American aftermarket. Expected to ship this month with an MSRP of $250, the Drive Recorder (DRV-410) is a window-mounted, front-facing camera with recording capabilities and enhanced driver assistance features.

The Drive Recorder features a front-view, wide-angle camera that is designed to excel in nighttime and low-light situations. Its Super HD 2304x1296-pixel capability and High Dynamic Range (HDR) image processing result in video that shows details of an incident with pinpoint clarity. A built-in shock sensor allows the Drive Recorder to instantly begin storing video and audio from an impact or collision while the vehicle is parked, and incident locations are geotagged with onboard GPS.

The Drive Recorder can be set to continuously record video to a removable SD card. (An 8GB card is included, and it can accommodate up to a 32GB SD card.) Video can be viewed on the internal screen, or by downloading KENWOOD’s PC application and transferring the SD card to a computer. The unit turns on and off with vehicle ignition and can also record when the vehicle is parked thanks to its built-in rechargeable battery.
In its driver assistance package, the Drive Recorder includes lane departure warning, emitting a series of audible tones when the driver strays outside of road lane markers. Collision avoidance monitors the distance and speed of the car or object in front of the vehicle and sounds an alert if an impact is imminent. The sensor system also includes a distraction deterrent, which alerts the driver when stopped traffic ahead of the vehicle has started moving. Each of the driver assistance features can be selectively turned on or off to fit driver preference.

“Turn on the TV at any point in the day, and nearly every new car commercial is talking about the safety and driver assistance features of its new vehicle,” said Rob Sutton, director of sales. “We felt it was the right time to introduce our camera to the U.S. market. It’s been a proven winner in Japan for a number of years, so our dealers can be assured that it’s road-proven and reliable.”

The Drive Recorder should be hardwired into the vehicle ignition system as it comes with permanent mounting hardware. Professional installation is recommended. A cigarette lighter cord is also included. For more information, visit www.kenwood.com/usa.

 

Partnership will expand sales footprint and support KENWOOD retailers in distribution channel

LONG BEACH, CALIF., September 11, 2017 (MEDIAWIRE) – KENWOOD USA announced it has joined the Elite Distributor Alliance (EDA). Formed in 2015, the EDA is a member-owned LLC focused on bringing more order and predictability to the business of two-step distribution in the mobile electronics and related product categories. The new relationship combines the brand strength of KENWOOD with a nationwide team of premium distributors committed to delivering value, consistency and legitimacy to its vendor partners and retail customers.

“Our driving focus has always been, and remains, a direct relationship with our retail partners, particularly the independent mobile specialist,” said KENWOOD Executive Vice President Dave Hoag. “To that end we have recently engaged in a restructuring of our distributor network to better service the market while avoiding brand-erosion pitfalls associated with over-utilization. The EDA philosophy parallels very closely with our brand direction, and we look forward to a healthy and responsible partnership.”

The Elite Distributor Alliance brings KENWOOD increased focus within the country's most legitimate distributors, as well as stronger ties to 12-volt specialty retailers who buy primarily through distribution. Its membership consists of 11 premium mobile electronics distributors throughout the U.S. that support thousands of car audio retail locations.

“We are very proud to partner with KENWOOD and applaud their commitment to organization and predictability,” said EDA President Josh Eatherly. “Our 11 distribution members have worked tirelessly planning for this business opportunity. They are prepared to be an extension of the KENWOOD brand as we deliver these great products to retailers who embrace technology, installation excellence and quality customer service.”

Visit the EDA’s website at elitedistributoralliance.com. For more information, contact Tony Mercado at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Hawaii independent sales representative worked with KENWOOD since 2014

LONG BEACH, CALIF., August 1, 2019 (MEDIAWIRE) – KENWOOD USA was greatly saddened to learn of the passing of Robert Matsumura, an independent sales representative in Hawaii and valued member of the KENWOOD family. Matsumura passed away on July 11 of a sudden heart attack at the age of 55. He is survived by his wife Coleen Matsumura, their children Carley and Cody Matsumura, and his sister Cheryl Bailey.

Robert and his wife Coleen started Paradise Marketing in Waipahu, Hawaii in 2002 to service mobile electronics retailers throughout the state. The small firm joined the KENWOOD family in 2014.

“Words cannot express our sadness at the news of his sudden passing,” said Dave Hoag, executive vice president of the KENWOOD Car Electronics sector. “Beyond representing our brand and products in his home state of Hawaii, Robert was a close friend to many of us, an excellent husband and father to his family and a caring member of his community. Our deepest condolences go out to his family.”

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.

Full-line manufacturer to benefit from highly respected sales teams in central U.S.

LONG BEACH, CALIF., May 3, 2017 (MEDIAWIRE) – KENWOOD USA announced two new partnerships with professional sales representative firms in the mobile electronics industry: Momentum Marketing, based in Prosper, Texas; and DNR Sales, headquartered in Bloomfield, Minn. The highly-experienced sales organizations specialize in 12-volt auto, marine and power sports products, and will cater to KENWOOD and KENWOOD eXcelon retailers in eight states covering the central U.S. The partnerships enable KENWOOD to provide a higher level of service to its retailers to support product education and sell-through.

"We are pleased to welcome DNR Sales and Momentum Marketing to the KENWOOD family," said Greg Davis, senior sales manager for KENWOOD’s central region. "Both organizations feature strong, dedicated professionals with years of mobile electronics product and installation experience. Best of all, both are well respected in their territories and throughout the industry. We look forward to a highly beneficial relationship focused on the independent specialist."

DNR sales has represented brands for more than 30 years and will service retailers in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Run by partners Dan Fashing and Jeff Causton, the firm offers traditional mobile electronics product categories and also specializes in automotive aftermarket components. Momentum Marketing focuses on consumer electronics with home audio as well as mobile audio brands in its offerings. Principals Hector Mena and Matt Kahle and their sales managers will see KENWOOD and KENWOOD eXcelon retailers in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas and Louisiana. 

The firms will hit the ground promoting KENWOOD's new safety combo of the DMX7704S multimedia receiver and DRV-N520 driver assistance system. Set to ship in May, the duo provides front camera view, lane departure warning, front collision warning and incident recording using a touch-controlled interface, on top of a host of entertainment features. In addition, Team Sales will work to educate dealers on the new XR600-6DSP multichannel amplifier, which combines with the iDatalink Maestro AR to replace the factory amplifier in select OEM integration applications.

Visit DNR Sales at dnrsales.com, and Momentum Marketing at momentumsales.net. For more information, contact Greg Davis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

LONG BEACH, CALIF., February 19th, 2020KENWOOD USA announced it has promoted John Lucas to the position of Director of National Accounts. In this new position, he will be responsible for spearheading KENWOOD’s efforts to ensure world class leadership for several of their largest accounts.

Lucas brings 32 years of consumer electronics industry experience with him, of which his first 16 were spent working in various aspects of sales, sales management, and then as a buyer for several key retail businesses, including Audio King, Best Buy, and more. In 2004, he joined KENWOOD as their Manager of National Accounts, and was then promoted to Senior Manager of National Accounts in 2010. Now serving as their Director of National Accounts, he will leverage his extensive experience to lead the national accounts team to continue the level of leadership and guidance of which their national accounts have come to expect.

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, manufacturer of premier entertainment and information solutions for the automotive aftermarket, announced that Rob Sutton has been named Director of Sales for the Car Electronics division, a promotion from Western Region Manager. The appointment strengthens Kenwood's national sales leadership with more than 25 years of industry experience.
Sutton will be responsible for developing and implementing retail-beneficial sales programs, as well as managing the company's network of regional managers and independent sales representative firms. He will also provide strategic input on initiatives to drive the brand's product development and marketing strategy.
Sutton's career path spans more than two decades, starting in retail and working with several prominent manufacturers before joining JVCKenwood (then Kenwood) in 2007. His experience includes retail, wholesale and international sales, retail buying, merchandising product management and sales management. In the past eight years, he has managed Kenwood's highest-volume region while establishing strong relationships with many retail professionals.
"Rob has done a masterful job working as Western Region Manager for the last eight years and is well suited to take on this new role," said Dave Hoag, executive vice president, car electronics. "In today’s hyper competitive market, strategic planning, execution and relationship building are fundamental requirements of success. The Kenwood team has always excelled in these areas and, without a doubt, Rob will take it to the next level."
Sutton can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information on Kenwood products and events, please visit www.kenwood.com/usa

KENWOOD recognized the top performers of its independent sales representative group with the brand's annual Excellence in Sales and Rep of the Year awards. The premier producer of connected multimedia receivers presented the awards in January during International CES in Las Vegas.

"CES is the culmination of a year of hard work for all of our staff, including our independent rep firms," said Robert Sutton, director of sales, KENWOOD Consumer Electronics Sector. "It seems only fitting, as we are showing the results of advanced engineering and customer feedback in our 2016 product line, that we recognize the essential members of our team that drive our continued growth."

Excellence in Sales, Eastern Region, was awarded to Trent Partners and Associates. This was the third such award to the rep firm and the fourth overall.

"We resigned (another major brand) to become the KENWOOD rep in 2003, and it was the best move I ever made," said Stephen Trentacoste, president and founder. "I would like to thank our regional manager, Ed Meenan, and of course the rest of the sales management team."

Excellence in Sales, Midwestern Region went to Pinnacle Sales of Howell, Mich., while the Western Region honor was accepted by Oliver Marketing in Auburn, Wash.

For individual sales representative recognition, Sales Rep of the Year, Eastern Region was awarded to Bill Freeman, territory manager at M.A.G. Sales in Sunrise, Fla. Mike Barrett of Comprehensive Brands in Wheaton, Ill., took home the award for the Midwestern Region. And Jeremy Foss, whose territory covers Arizona as well as California’s Riverside and San Diego counties for Cal-West Marketing, received the Sales Rep of the Year honor for the Western Region.

"It's a sense of pride and accomplishment," added Trentacoste on receiving his company’s award. "Every rep at KENWOOD is probably the top rep firm in the territory, so that means you're always up against the best. When you win an award among your peers, you've really accomplished something and it's great to be acknowledged."

LONG BEACH, CALIF., December 3rd, 2019 -- KENWOOD USA announced it is shipping a refreshed line of 3 double-DIN (2 DIN) and 2 single-DIN (1 DIN) sized audio receivers. The receivers include the KENWOOD eXcelon DPX594BT (MSRP $219.95) 2 DIN CD Receiver and the KENWOOD eXcelon KDC-X704 (MSRP $209.95) 1 DIN CD Receiver, both with a 2 Year Warranty. Also included with this release is the KENWOOD DPX504BT (MSRP $219.95) 2 DIN CD Receiver, the KENWOOD KDC-BT778HD (MSRP $199.95) 1 DIN CD Receiver, and the KENWOOD DPX304MBT (MSRP $189.95) 2 DIN non-CD Digital Media Receiver, of which feature value priced KENWOOD quality with a 1 year warranty.

All 5 receivers get a major tech upgrade with the addition of Alexa Built-in! With a connected smartphone and a simple push of the Alexa button on the receiver, drivers can easily access and interact with Alexa - all while keeping their eyes on the road ahead. This completely changes the game for smartphone users, now able to speak to Alexa using simple voice commands to enjoy their favorite music and content from streaming services like the SiriusXM and Pandora mobile apps, get directions to destinations like the nearest gas station, control smart home devices, and access tens of thousands of Alexa skills.

The KENWOOD eXcelon KDC-X704 and KENWOOD KDC-BT778HD both feature 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 5 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.

As always, KENWOOD includes an extensive amount of sound quality features and controls on all receivers, touting a 13 Band EQ, Digital Time Alignment, and dedicated Front/Rear/Sub RCA pre-outs, with enhanced 5-volt pre-outs on eXcelon models. Technicians will also enjoy the ease of installation when it comes to the new KENWOOD DPX304MBT, offering a Shallow Chassis mounting depth of under 4”, which allows plenty of clearance for some of the more challenging vehicles when mounting depth is a limiting factor.   All 2 DIN models also include a 3-line text display for enhanced visibility and user customization. Other noteworthy improvements include the latest in Bluetooth sound quality, screen visibility and brightness.

“In a time where multimedia receivers are seeing the biggest growth in the receiver category, we feel that it’s still important to focus on performance and technology upgrades for our non-multimedia receivers, as there is still a huge opportunity for these products,” said Mike Roberts, VP of Sales and Marketing. “With enhancements such as Alexa, we can reach a new group of users who may have had no other reason to replace their factory stereo, until now.”

For detailed information on specific features for each receiver, 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.

 

LONG BEACH, CALIF. -- January 9th, 2020 -- KENWOOD USA announced it has made distinct improvements for 2020 to its eXcelon Entry Class Subwoofers, providing powerful and solid bass sound with their best reliability ever, as well as its eXcelon High Performance Class Subwoofers, improving heat flow, durability, and visual impact with new eye-catching designs.

The eXcelon High Performance Class Subwoofers are available in two 12” inch voice coil configurations of 2 ohm / 4 ohm, with a power handling of 500 Watts RMS, making them precisely optimized for KENWOOD eXcelon amplifiers. When 2 KFC-XW1241HP (Single 4-ohm coil, MSRP $179.95) subwoofers are paired together, they are power matched perfectly for the eXcelon Reference XR1001-1, which provides 1000 Watts of RMS power at 2 ohms. The KFC-XW1221HP (Single 2-ohm coil, MSRP $179.95) follows up as a perfect match with eXcelon X502-1 amplifier, which delivers 500 Watts RMS power at 2 ohms in a single sub configuration.  With a heavy focus on thermal management, a large multi-layered voice coil and aluminum bobbin provide efficient heat transfer, while a closed yoke enhances heat radiation and airflow. More accurate bass is delivered from a high-rigidity two-piece diaphragm with Dual Area Cap structure, keeping low notes under tight control. Enclosure requirements also won’t be much of an issue, with its fairly shallow 5-3/4” (147mm) mounting depth. And to top it off, users will love the new the stand-out red trim, which makes for an eye-catching accent when compared to typical, common looking subwoofers.

Not to be outdone, the budget friendly eXcelon Entry Class Subwoofers come in both 10” and 12” options, handling a substantial 300 Watts of RMS power. They are a perfect match when paired with eXcelon X502-1 amplifier, which delivers 300 Watts of RMS power at 4 ohms in a single sub configuration.   They feature unparalleled reliability through vigorous performance testing. Thanks to the new X-motif Cap that eliminates cone distortion, solid bass and efficiency are achieved, along with a dramatic visual statement. KENWOOD offers the 10” KFC-XW1041 (Single 4ohm coil, MSRP $129.95) and the 12” KFC-XW1241 (Single 4ohm coil, MSRP $129.95) with included eXcelon 2 year warranty, and the KENWOOD 10” KFC-W2541 (Single 4 ohm coil, MSRP $129.95) along with the 12” KFC-W3041 (Single 4 ohm coil, MSRP $129.95) both with a 1 year warranty.

Also new for 2020, KENWOOD has designed stylish new protective grille’s; the CA-121G (MSRP $54.95) for the KFC-XW1241, KFC-W3041, KFC-XW1221HP, KFC-XW1241HP, and the CA-101G (MSRP $54.95) for the KFC-XW1041, KFC-W2541 subwoofers. The mesh grilles install simply and securely, giving a finished look to already great looking subs, while adding protection at the same time.

“The durability of these woofers is going to make our dealers very happy,” said Scott Caswell, Sr Marketing Manager for KENWOOD. “We keep pushing the limits to give our customers a better sound, great value and dependable long-term performance.”

All models will be shipping this month. For detailed information on specific features for each model, 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 8th, 2020 -- At this year’s CES at the Las Vegas Convention Center, KENWOOD USA announced the addition of three new Hi-Res Audio speakers that will begin shipping this month. From the eXcelon Reference line, these speakers are designed to deliver accurately detailed, powerful sound, desired by the most critical of listeners.  The XR-1801P 7”(18cm) component set (MSRP $449.95), XR-1701P 6-1/2”(17cm) component set (MSRP $399.95) and XR-1701 6.5”(17cm) coax set (MSRP $249.95) all offer higher power handling and more versatile installation options than their predecessors.  

With a focus on factory integration and sound quality reproduction, these speakers offer versatile mounting options for most current vehicle demands where space is a premium and complex adapters are required for proper fitment.

The oversized 7” glass fiber cone mid-bass drivers from the XR-1801P components fit nicely into many Ford, GM, Chrysler, Toyota, and Nissan factory speaker locations. With the included direct-fit multi-bracket, this increases the woofer surface area over factory speakers, providing louder and more responsive mid-bass performance, simply utilizing existing hardware and the correct adaptor without the need to modify factory mounts.  An all-new 1-3/16”(30mm) Titanium hard dome wide-range super tweeter offers flexible mounting options, including a flush mount for that custom or “factory-like” fitment. Power handling is hard to beat, with an amazing 120 Watts RMS at 3 ohms, while still being able to reproduce frequencies from 35 Hz to 40 kHz(-10dB)!

The XR-1701P component set utilizes 6-1/2” glass giber cone mid bass drivers that fit directly into many standard 6-1/2” speaker openings. They also benefit from an improved surround roll shape and new woofer center cap with tuning rib, of which the XR-1801P shares as well. This component set can reproduce clean detail at a constant 100 Watts RMS at 3 ohms, with a 43 Hz to 40 kHz(-10dB) frequency response. Both sets include a bi-amp crossover network, along with a -3dB tweeter attenuation option, for even more control over this already extremely capable component set!

To complete this trio, the XR-1701 6-1/2” coax speaker set will give you similar performance as the component sets, but with the simplicity of an all-in-one speaker with a center mounted 1-3/16” (30mm) Titanium hard dome wide-range super tweeter and built-in High-quality capacitor. This set can handle a continuous 100 Watts of RMS power at 3 ohms, with a 45 Hz-to 40 kHz(-10dB) response, and will be a great option when a separate tweeter is not required.

“With the importance of bringing high quality, Hi-Res sound to the car, these speakers perfectly balance fitment options and performance,” said Mike Roberts, VP of Sales and Marketing. “The extremely high power handling and installation versatility will make these some of the most popular eXcelon Reference speakers yet!”

All models will be shipping this month. For detailed information on specific features, 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.

Wi-Fi–capable multimedia receivers bring more informative, visual experience to traditional radio.

LONG BEACH, CALIF., April 16, 2018 (MEDIAWIRE) – KENWOOD USA announced it is shipping its 2018 flagship multimedia receivers introduced during the Consumer Electronics Show in January. The KENWOOD eXcelon Reference Series DNX995S (MSRP $1500.00) and DDX9905S (MSRP $1100.00) feature high-end build materials and specialized tuning. Also shipping are the mechless KENWOOD eXcelon DMX905S (MSRP $850.00), as well as the KENWOOD DNX875S (MSRP $1400.00) and DDX9705S (MSRP $950.00).

The five receivers share an enhanced entertainment and information offering highlighted by Google Assistant™, wireless Android Auto™ and access to an array of popular smartphone apps via the WebLink portal. WebLink is a technology developed by Abalta Technologies that enables the safe use of popular smartphone apps through the receiver's touch screen controls when the phone is connected to the receiver. Currently available apps include YouTube™, Waze™ navigation, enhanced weather and Yelp™.

Also offered through WebLink is NextRadio, a popular smartphone app that lets users enjoy their favorite broadcast radio stations with enhanced visual and informational content. With the NextRadio app on a connected smartphone, users can touch the radio screen to easily browse in-area radio stations and see station logos as well as what's playing through the app's Live Guide™ feature. Individual station displays show album art as well as artist and song information. NextRadio works with AM, FM and HD Radio® stations.

In addition to these entertainment features, each receiver supports SiriusXM® Satellite Radio though the separately sold SXV300 tuner, as well as wired Apple CarPlay™.

“This model year has been one of our most dynamic in terms of the entertainment features we've included in our new multimedia receivers," said Dave Hoag, executive vice president, car electronics for JVCKENWOOD. "We've been able to maximize the relationship between our radios and consumers' smartphones to let users experience even more of their favorite apps through the safety of our larger displays and enjoy their content with immersive, high-fidelity audio. We are pleased to make these receivers available to consumers through our authorized retailers."

All five multimedia receivers are available at authorized KENWOOD retailers. 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., October 7th, 2020 - KENWOOD USA is “lighting up” your outdoor music experience, releasing their highly anticipated 6-1/2” 4-ohm LED illuminated marine/motorsports speakers. Available in white or black, the KFC-1673MRWL (white) and KFC-1673MRBL (black) both have a MAP of $199.95.
 
These speakers are boasting with elegant style and performance, enticing users with a “fully complete” package. They feature options to suit marine and off-road environments as well as built-in LED lighting to enhance the wow factor. As an added perk, KENWOOD is including an RF (non-directional) remote control at no additional charge, of which can control the LED’s from up to 98 feet away.
Both speakers feature waterproof polypropylene cones and UV resistant grilles. They offer your choice of 21 different illumination colors, 8 patterns of brightness and speed, as well as 21 dynamic lighting mode patterns. You can easily connect up to 6 pairs and synchronize them together, leaving you plenty of options to cover a large vessel or off-road UTV. The newly designed speakers will also be able to handle up to 260 watts of maximum power (75 watts RMS) to allow users to really crank up the volume, delivering quality sound at an audible level in outdoor environments.
“When speaking to our dealers, a common theme resonated with various LED marine/motorsports speakers on the market – many simply aren’t offered in a complete package,” said Mike Roberts, KENWOOD VP of Sales & Marketing. “Taking a standard marine/motorsports speaker and proposing the sale of additional parts like LED lights and a remote control is confusing to customers and requires unnecessary added installation time.
 
These speakers are fully complete and ready to shine!”
 
For detailed information on specific features, 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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Wireless connectivity, expanded views highlight advanced safety systems

LONG BEACH, CALIF., September 3, 2019 (MEDIAWIRE) – In July, KENWOOD USA released the first of three new dash cameras in the DRV-A301W. With an MSRP of $169.95, the reimagined dash cam features a high-definition front camera backed with a vibrant 2.7-inch screen. However, most notable on the model is its ability to wirelessly connect to a smartphone to play back recorded incidents and even download them to the smartphone for distribution via email or social media.

Today, KENWOOD announced it has shipped two additional versions of the new design. The DRV-A501WDP and DRV-A601WDP feature a three-inch display and include a second camera that sees behind the vehicle to record traffic and help determine liability in a rear-end collision. Suggested retail prices are $269.95 and $329.95, respectively. The new models complete a trio that improves driver awareness while integrating with a smartphone-centric ecosystem.

Performance-wise, each model features reversible camera view and expanded dynamic range that records clear images in dark or well-lit environments. A built-in microphone and speaker records and plays back recorded audio. The DRV-A301W records at 1080p (1920x1080 pixels). The DRV-A501WDP improves recording up to 2K (2560x1440) from its front camera, and the DRV-A601WDP increases even further to 4K recording quality (3840x2160). Using front and rear cameras, the DRV-A501WDP has a maximum recording quality of 1080p per camera, while the DRV-A601WDP maxes out at 2K per camera with both connected.

All three models mount to the windshield via suction, or to a flat dash surface or panel with an adhesive disc mount. They are powered by the included 12-volt adapter, though an available hard-wire kit (model No. CA-DR1030; MSRP $25) can be used for custom installations. Images are stored on the included MicroSD card, which can be replaced with a card with up to 256GB of storage.

Each of the three models uses an innovative magnetic fitting that secures the camera to the mounting base and supplies power to the camera through the magnetic connection. For security, the user can simply pull the camera off the base for storage without having to disconnect wires.

Built-in GPS lets each model correlate true location data with recorded footage and incidents. When the dash cam is connected to always-on power, its on-board G-sensor detects impact to the vehicle while it is parked and initiates recording to document the incident. Footage can be played back on the camera with audio, or the MicroSD card can be moved to a PC to access footage using proprietary viewing software, available for PC or Mac.

Each of the models features built-in Wi-Fi to connect to a smartphone with the KENWOOD Dash Cam Manager app installed. The connection enables dash cam control as well as downloading, editing and playback of footage with accompanying location mapping.

“Despite some early commoditization of the dash cam category, drivers are still looking for practical and premium features to improve the experience,” said Scott Caswell, senior marketing manager for KENWOOD. “Superior image quality is a must if footage is being used to determine accident liability or criminal activity. In addition, the ability to quickly download footage to a wireless phone makes it easy to post and share content.”

For more information on the dash cameras and KENWOOD’s complete line of safety products, visit 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., September 21st, 2020KENWOOD USA is now shipping three 10.1” ULTIMATE display floating panel receivers: KENWOOD eXcelon Reference DNR1007XR Digital Multimedia Receiver with Built-in Garmin Navigation ($1,599.95 MAP), KENWOOD eXcelon Reference DMX1057XR Digital Multimedia Receiver ($1,199.95 MAP), and the KENWOOD DMX1037S Digital Multimedia Receiver ($1,199.95 MAP).

These flagship receivers come equipped with an abundance of new (and many exclusive) technologies! A “Bonded Optical Display” is adopted to further enhance their high definition 1280 x 720 (720P) capacitive touch panels, providing vivid colors and high contrast. Optical Clear Adhesive is added between the touch screen and the LCD to eliminate the air layer and suppress light reflection and glare. This revolutionary feature enhances the contrast and brightness, maintaining the very best of display visibility in various vehicle environments.

The floating panel design consists of a 3-way adjustable display: 2 positions Forward/Backward (fixed by screws), 4 positions Up/Down (fixed by screws), and user adjustable tilt by hand of -10° to +45°. The newly designed home screen is now comprised of a Source Control and Driving Widget. The Driving Widget allows selection of a clock, compass, or equalizer setting, etc., while the background allows selection of album art, audio visualizer, or photo. Photos and wallpaper can easily be customized over a connected phone’s Bluetooth connection, thanks to the addition of the KENWOOD Portal App.

The KENWOOD eXcelon Reference receivers exclusively deliver the best in sound quality and performance, incorporating tuned audiophile grade components, an X-cover anti-resonance chassis design, three sets of 5-volt pre-outs, a Parametric EQ, 3-way crossover, LDAC™ to stream Hi-Res Audio™ via Bluetooth with select Android phones, and a 2-year warranty. The DNR1007XR also adds an SD card source input and industry-leading Garmin® navigation built-in, now including 3 years of FREE map updates and 5 years of FREE traffic and weather information with the KENWOOD Traffic Powered by INRIX® App.

Driver safety and vehicle integration have been further enhanced on all 3 receivers, thanks to the Automotive Data Solutions® iDatalink® Maestro RR2. In addition to providing the seamless factory integration experience you have become accustomed to with the RR, these models feature expanded support when connected to the RR2, including an Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) Widget, Customizable Accessory Controls, and compatibility with not only K40, but also with specific ESCORT radar detector systems (sold separately). The ADAS driving widget will display OEM lane departure and front/rear collision avoidance alerts (available features vary by vehicle), while the Customizable Accessory Controls give users the ability to add up to three 12 volt triggered accessories, eliminating the need for physical ON/OFF switches. JVCKENWOOD corporation is currently the only company offering the ADAS widget and accessory controls with the RR2.

To further complement vehicle integration and add-on accessory options, the receivers have 4 camera inputs, enabling connection of a variety of camera configurations, including on-screen touch control with the CMOS-320, the ability to mirror the front and 3rd camera image, as well as a connection for the DRV-N520 touchscreen-controlled integrated dashboard camera. They also feature compatibility with KENWOOD’s HD Camera, the CMOS-740HD, which displays the front and/or rear camera image in high definition 1280 x 720 (720P) and utilizes high dynamic range (HDR) technology to overcome the negative effects of dark or very bright conditions, making it one of the best and safest vehicle camera options.  

All three receivers are compatible with Apple CarPlay™ wirelessly and wired, and Android Auto™ wirelessly and wired. Phone display options include screen mirroring with touch control over a wireless connection for compatible Android® devices, as well as an HDMI® input. Other notable features include Built-in HD Radio®, SiriusXM Ready®, and Hi-Res Audio support over a USB connection.

Slated as “Bigger is Better,” as is the trend with OEM receivers, there is an increasing request for larger aftermarket in-dash receivers. By increasing the display size to 10.1”, these receivers have over 2x the actual viewing area of a typical 7” display. “In a world where the race to zero seems to be never ending, we couldn’t be happier then to bring the ultimate trio of receivers to the most demanding of users, providing our dealers with truly the best in sound quality and performance,” said Mike Roberts, VP of Sales and Marketing for KENWOOD. “By further enhancing the integration and installation options available with these receivers, our dealers can offer their customers a truly revolutionary in-vehicle experience”.

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

DNR1007XR: https://www.kenwood.com/usa/car/excelon/dnr1007xr/

DMX1057XR: https://www.kenwood.com/usa/car/excelon/dmx1057xr/

DMX1037S: https://www.kenwood.com/usa/car/navigation_multimedia/dmx1037s/

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 8th, 2020 -- KENWOOD USA showcased their completed line of 16 new audio receivers for 2020 at this year’s CES in Las Vegas, of which 14 feature Alexa Built-in. Bringing voice control conveniently to the dashboard, with the push of a clearly marked Alexa icon key, it’s now possible to find dining, fuel, shopping, weather, and control streaming media services like the SiriusXM® and Pandora mobile apps, all without picking up the phone.

These Full feature receivers include the KENWOOD eXcelon single din models; KDC-X704 (MSRP $209.95), KMM-X704 (MSRP $179.95), and KDC-X304 (MSRP $159.95), KENWOOD single din models; KDC-BT778HD (MSRP $199.95), KMM-BT728HD (MSRP $149.95), KMR-D378BT (MSRP $169.95), KDC-BT378U (MSRP $139.95), KDC-BT34 (MSRP $139.95), KMR-M328BT (MSRP $149.95), KMM-BT328U (MSRP $129.95), KDC-BT278U (w/o Alexa Built-in, MSRP $119.95), and KMM-BT228U (w/o Alexa Built-in, MSRP $99.95). Double DIN models include the KENWOOD eXcelon DPX794BH (MSRP $239.95), DPX594BT (MSRP $219.95), KEWOOD DPX504BT (MSRP $219.95), and DPX304MBT (MSRP $189.95).

“The simplicity of voice control through Alexa will forever change the way we drive,” said Scott Caswell, Sr. Marketing Manager for KENWOOD. “We are proud to offer so many receivers that make for such an incredible user experience.”

Most models have already begun shipping, with the last few to hit the streets later this month. These models include 2 single DIN digital media (cd-less) receivers, the KENWOOD eXcelon KMM-X704 and KENWOOD KMM-BT728HD, as well as 1 double DIN CD audio receiver, the KENWOOD eXcelon DPX794BH. All 3 models feature 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, and 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.

The DPX794BH tops the chart, adding a free 200mm Escutcheon (trim bezel) for a seamless look in select Japanese and other vehicles, along with dual (front and rear) USB inputs, their largest buttons to date, and 3 lines of text display. Also shipping this month will be the marine/motorsports models, the KMR-D378BT and the KMR-M328BT.

For detailed information on specific features for each receiver, 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.

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New role leverages trainer’s capabilities to provide more learning resources for stores and installers.

RANCHO DOMINGUEZ, CALIF., July 24, 2018 (MEDIAWIRE)– KENWOOD USA announced it has promoted Seth Halstead to the position of national training and content development manager. Halstead was given the new position after more than three years serving as eastern regional training manager for the brand. The promotion allows KENWOOD to develop a more efficient training and resources program for retailers.

Though his former position focused on a select geographical area, Halstead was proactive in developing training content and materials to benefit KENWOOD and KENWOOD eXcelon retailers throughout North America. In addition to traveling frequently for on-site training at stores and shows, he has been pivotal in the formation and management of KENWOOD University (kenwooduniversity.com), a website that supports KENWOOD retailers with product information, training resources and customer-centric marketing and educational materials. Halstead also develops product videos for the KENWOOD USA channel on YouTube, of which his videos have generated over half a million views.

“Seth has been an invaluable resource to both our retailers and our reps in the field,” said Scott Caswell, senior marketing manager for KENWOOD. “He has a natural inclination to help others while at the same time seeing the most efficient ways to do it. We are adjusting how we train and keep retailers by using more online resources, and Seth has been a key catalyst of making that happen.”

In his new role, Halstead will supplement in-person training by managing and providing content for the company’s online training resources, including KENWOOD University and pages on YouTube and Facebook. He will also assess training needs with input from retailers and work with internal teams to develop content and resources to meet those needs.

“My goal is to make it simple to connect to and learn from KENWOOD,” Halstead said. “That used to mean unending travel and lots of paper materials. Today it includes providing a combination of scheduled live presentations, on-demand content that can be accessed anytime, proactive notifications and easy-to-find updates. We can meet retailers’ and installers’ busy schedules by giving them access to what they need, how and when they need it.”

Halstead will head KENWOOD’s training efforts in the KENWOOD product training workshop during KnowledgeFest, August 17-19 at the Dallas Convention Center. The workshop, which focuses on KENWOOD’s Hi-Res speaker and amplifier line as well as selling strategies for new-generation products, will take place in room C146 on Saturday and room C144 on Sunday. To reserve a seat in the workshop or learn more about KnowledgeFest, go to knowledgefest.org.

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.

Kenwood, K40 and iDatalink Maestro have partnered to announce the world’s first integration of a head unit and stealth installed radar detector.

The revolutionary new K40 radar detector will communicate with the Maestro RR integration module. When connected to a compatible Kenwood radio, the user will be able to see on screen radar alerts complete with signal strength, radar band and speed of the vehicle at time of detection. Setup and installation will be greatly simplified using on screen menus and the speaker of the audio system for the radar alerts. 

As a final touch, the driver will be able to silence alerts using steering wheel buttons and see real time status in the new Kenwood “widget” view. Shipping is scheduled to occur sometime in the second half of 2016.  

Five of the newly-shipping models feature wireless Apple® CarPlay™

LONG BEACH, CALIF., May 14, 2019 (MEDIAWIRE) – KENWOOD USA announced it is set to ship seven of its highly anticipated new multimedia receivers, all equipped with a 6.95-inch touch panel, introduced during the 2019 CES. All models feature wired compatibility with iPhone® and Android-powered smartphones through onboard Android Auto™ and Apple® CarPlay™, and five of the seven add wireless compatibility for both smartphone platforms. The announcement signals a conclusion to the product delay caused by the well-documented industrywide shortage of seven-inch panels, and enables KENWOOD and KENWOOD eXcelon retailers to stock up in time for summer selling season.

“We are extremely pleased to ship these multimedia receivers ahead of schedule,” said Scott Caswell, senior marketing manager for KENWOOD USA. “These seven models represent the entire gamut of consumer choice, from low-profile mech-less to full-featured onboard navigation. We are eager to get them on the shelves of our retailers so they can meet the heavy summer autosound demand.”

All seven models share a common feature set: screen viewing angle adjustment, onboard control of Spotify and Pandora® Radio apps on a connected smartphone, simultaneous connectivity of up to two smartphones via Bluetooth, audio processing features and compatibility with Maestro, the iDatalink interface module from Automotive Data Solutions (ADS). The multimedia receivers are also SiriusXM® Ready, bringing more than 200 channels of news, sports, talk and more to drivers with the connected SiriusXM tuner (sold separately; subscription required.)

Two models—the KENWOOD DMX7706S (MSRP$ 599.95) and eXcelon DMX706S ($649.95) are non-CD designs that feature the new, shorter chassis to fit a larger number of traditional and off-road vehicle applications. Both models connect to other devices with wired Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, two camera inputs, 4.0-volt preamp outputs for connections to amplifiers, and a fast-charging USB port. The DMX706S adds an internal three-way crossover, gold-plated pre-outs and tuned audiophile-grade components.

The other three new models in the KENWOOD line add functionality with wireless compatibility with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, connectivity and control over the KENWOOD DashCam, 3 camera inputs, the ability to “mirror” the screen of an Android-powered smartphone on the receiver’s screen, customizable screen widgets, and a second USB port. Each model fits driver tastes with its own unique feature: The DDX8706S ($899.95) includes a CD / DVD player and the DMX9706 ($799.95) adds HD Radio® and bolsters amplification with gold-plated 5.0-volt pre-outs. The DNR876S ($1399.95) also includes HD Radio and directs the driver with onboard Garmin® navigation.

The two full-size KENWOOD eXcelon multimedia receivers have enhanced screen quality with a capacitive touch panel, as well as providing all the features from the other models, excluding 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 exact dates as the models ship. All will be on display at the upcoming KnowledgeFest trade show and education conference, August 9-11 at the Dallas Convention Center. For more information on select models and features, visit www.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. – May 9, 2016 (MEDIAWIRE) – Kenwood USA announced the kickoff of the eXcelon X Rewards promotion for 2016. The program, which runs from May 1 to July 30 and is open to eligible KENWOOD eXcelon specialty retail outlets, incentivizes sales staff to sell select KENWOOD products to earn points toward electronic gear and prizes.

A total of 40 SKUs qualify for the eXcelon X Rewards program, consisting of head units, amplifiers, speakers and subwoofers. All new-for-2016 CD and multimedia receivers are part of the promotion, including the Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™-equipped DNX893S and DDX9903S, and the smartphone friendly, single-DIN KDC-X998.

The company will also work with SiriusXM, combining the "2 Ways to Save" promotion with eXcelon X Rewards. Staff members receive additional points when selling a SiriusXM SXV200 or SXV300 Connect Vehicle Tuner with one of 14 qualifying eXcelon SiriusXM-Ready head units. In addition, consumers will receive a tuner rebate and a three-month subscription to SiriusXM’s “All Access Package.”

The SiriusXM “All Access” package gives listeners access to SiriusXM in the vehicle, including Howard Stern, every NFL, MLB®, and NBA game, every NASCAR® race, plus NHL® games and PGA TOUR® coverage, as well as access outside the vehicle to listen to SiriusXM on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online at siriusxm.com.

The eXcelon X Rewards are part of KENWOOD's ongoing efforts to provide specialist retailers with topline products that maintain profitable margins through highly selective distribution.

"We want our retailers to know that our dedication to specialist retailers has never been stronger," said Rob Sutton, director of sales for KENWOOD. "The X Rewards program, as well as our sales incentive trips, recognize retailers and their staff members who value the relationship as much as we do."

Qualifying retailers can register for eXcelon X Rewards, log points and redeem prizes at www.kenwoodxrewards.com.

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LONG BEACH, Calif., August 6th, 2020, KENWOOD USA has announced the release of 2 new feature-packed multimedia receivers at value conscience price points.

The DDX5707S ($369.95 MAP) and DDX57S ($369.95 MAP) are CD/DVD playback equipped multimedia receivers that both feature support for Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ in a wired configuration. With driver safety and smartphone integration features abound, they allow customers an easy alternative to their CD/DVD-less counterparts (the DMX4707S and DMX47S), which were released back in May.

Notable call-out features include a 6.8” WVGA clear glass capacitive touch panel for better touch control and precision, Android® phone screen mirroring via the “Mirroring for KENWOOD OA” application, a rear view camera input to add a back-up camera (such as the KENWOOD CMOS-130, CMOS-230, or CMOS-320, sold separately), front, rear, and subwoofer RCA pre-outs, and built-in Bluetooth® for hand-free phone calls and music streaming.

To gain a better in-car entertainment experience, both models also come equipped with the connection for an optional SiriusXM® tuner, (SiriusXM Connect SXV300 satellite radio tuner required; sold separately), which enables album artwork and a variety of text information to be displayed from hundreds of channels of music, news, sports, talk, and more.

“We are delighted to expand our Apple CarPlay and Android Auto ready multimedia receiver offerings to include features customers are asking for at such an incredible value,” said Tim Hill, Midwest Regional Sales Manager for KENWOOD. “We know that the purchase of one of our flagship receivers may simply be unobtainable by some, and now with these models, they can still experience the trusted quality and performance that comes with the KENWOOD name.”  

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.

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