Video: Kenwood 2013 Marine Receivers
Zak Billmeier grew up in southern Vermont and coastal Maine. After graduating from Mary Washington College with a Geography degree he still isn't sure quite what to do with, he eventually settled in the mountains of Central Virginia. He spends his free time chasing his daughter around, taking pictures, gardening and cooking. Zak traces the roots of his interest in electronic gadgets to the Casio wristwatch with a built-in calculator he received as a gift one year as a child. He joined Crutchfield's car A/V team in 2007.
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A marine receiver has to do more than just look good and sound great. It also has to stand up to salt, spray, sunlight, and rough weather. Kenwood designed their 2013 marine receivers and remotes to withstand the rigors of boating life, with a conformal-coated circuit board that helps prevents moisture from seeping in and causing damage.
Zak: I'm at the Kenwood booth at CES 2013. Matt, tell us about the new marine receivers.
Matt: Okay. So we have two new marine receivers and two new marine remote controls for this year. The KMR-555U will feature a covered CD slot so that it can protect it from the elements, as well as a multi-line text display. It will also feature front and rear USB inputs for iPod connectivity to Pandora, iHeartRadio and music content. It will also feature the ability to add external remote controls, specifically the KCA-RC55MR, which features an external display as well as two lines of text-pretty much any controls from the 555U can be operated from the 55MR remote. It is also fully waterproof and is IPX7 certified.
The KMR-355U is the other new marine receiver we'll be offering this year. It features a single-line text display, as well as front-mount USB input for iPod control as well as Pandora interface for Android. It also features satellite radio ready as well as Android compatibility for music control. It is also compatible with our KCA-RC35MR marine remote which is fully waterproof and can be.you can add up to seven of them.
Zak: Thanks Matt. Kenwood marine for 2013.