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Kenwood KCA-BT300

Bluetooth® adapter for Kenwood receivers (New Stock)

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by Ken Nail
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Add the convenience of hands-free calling to your compatible Kenwood receiver. The KCA-BT300 Bluetooth adapter lets you answer incoming calls, place outgoing calls, and scroll through your phone book entries — all without ever touching your Bluetooth compatible cell phone.

When a call comes in, the adapter mutes your Kenwood stereo, routing your call through the car's speakers. Your voice is picked up by the included microphone — mount it in whatever location works for you. Automatic phonebook synchronization drops your phone numbers into your Kenwood stereo without any fuss, and you can select numbers for outgoing calls with a few touches of your finger.

The KCA-BT300 supports music streaming from Bluetooth enabled music players and cell phones with music players, so there's no need to run wires to auxiliary inputs.

Note: Compatibility of this device may vary, depending on your phone and service provider.

Highlights:

  • Bluetooth® interface adapter for Kenwood stereos
  • offers wireless connection between select Kenwood car stereos and Bluetooth compatible cell phones
  • supports music streaming
  • send and receive calls with the stereo's controls
  • pass-through port lets you keep your Kenwood CD changer or other Kenwood accessories
  • handles up to five different phones
  • dimensions: 4-3/4"W x 1-1/4"H x 4-3/4"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
 

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  • Bluetooth hands-free hide-away module with attached 58" cable (has a round 13-pin male connector)
  • Microphone with attached 10' cable (terminated by a right-angle minijack connector)
  • 7" adapter cable (Round 13-pin female connector on one end and a male 9-pin connector on other end
  • 1 Strip of self-adhesive Velcro tape
  • 2 Self-tapping screws
  • Instruction Manual (English/French/Spanish)
  • Warranty Card

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Features

Overview: The Kenwood KCA-BT300 Bluetooth Hands Free Box allows you to make and receive calls on your Bluetooth-equipped cellular telephone, including the Apple iPhone through select Bluetooth-ready Kenwood head units that feature a 5L or KAB connector. The KCA-BT300 Bluetooth has caller ID (subscription required through your cell-phone) and can be paired with up to five Bluetooth-enabled phones and download each phone's address book. The keys or touchscreen of your compatible Kenwood head unit can be used to dial a number, answer an in-coming call, or end a call. The unit also has a microphone that can be mounted on the dash or clipped to your sun-visor, so you can listen to the conversation through your car's front speakers.

Note: Not all Bluetooth mobile phones will be compatible. Visit http://www.kenwood.com/cs/ce/bt/index.php for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth devices.

Bluetooth Profiles: This unit conforms to the following Bluetooth specifications.

Bluetooth Hands-free Version Profile
Bluetooth Standard Ver. 2.1 + EDR HFP (Hands Free Profile)
OPP (Object Push Profile)
PBAP (Phonebook Access Profile)
SYNC (Synchronization Profile)
Bluetooth Audio Player Bluetooth Standard Ver. 2.1 + EDR A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile)
AVRCP 1.3 (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile)

Pairing: Your cell phone must be paired with the KCA-BT300 before you make and receive calls. You can register up to five cell phones.

Note: Only one paired (registered) phone can be used at one time.

Downloading Phone Book: You can download phone book data from most cell phones to the KCA-BT300. Up to 1000 numbers can be stored for each registered cell phone. Each number can be up to 32 digits long and each name can be up to 50 characters long. Note: This feature is not compatible with the Samsung Galaxy S3.

Private Mode: During a conversation, you can switch between the Private Mode (talking directly on your cell phone) and the Hands Free Mode.

Dialing Phone Numbers: Using the KCA-BT300, you can dial a phone number in one of the following ways:

  • Entering a Phone Number: Allows you to directly dial a phone number from your compatible Kenwood head unit.
  • Preset Dialing: Allows you to register up to 6 phone numbers for quick dialing from your head unit's presets.
  • Phone Book: You can dial by using the downloaded phone book. You can search for a number by the initials, or you can search the phone book in alphabetical order.
  • Outgoing Call List: Allows you to dial by using the outgoing call list. Up to 10 phone numbers are stored in the outgoing call list.
  • Incoming Call List: Allows you to dial by using the incoming call list. Up to 10 phone numbers are stored in the incoming call list.
  • Missed Call List: Allows you to dial by using the missed call list. Up to 10 phone numbers are stored in the missed call list.
  • Voice Dialing: If your phone supports voice recognition, then you can dial out by voice command. You can register up to 35 voice tags.

Automatic Answer: This function automatically answers a call after a user-selectable period of time. You can choose to have a call answered immediately, or after 0 or 99 seconds have elapsed.

Call Waiting: The KCA-BT300 supports the Call Waiting function, so you can answer another incoming call while suspending the current call you are on. Your compatible cell-phone must also support this feature.

SMS: You can wirelessly download the short message (SMS) arrived at your cell-phone so that is can be read on your connected Kenwood head unit via the KCA-BT300. Your cell-phone must support SMS for this feature to function. The SMS downloaded to this unit is cleared when this unit is turned off.

Note: You cannot send text messages using this unit (read only).

Voice Output: You can specify which speakers the caller's voice comes through in your vehicle. You can choose one of the following:

  • Front: Outputs voice from the front left and right speakers.
  • Front Right: Outputs voice from the front right speaker.
  • Front Left: Outputs voice from the front left speaker.

Audio Beep: An audible "Beep" is output from your speakers when a call comes in. This features can be turned On or Off.

Microphone: A small bracket with a self-adhesive base allows the included microphone to be mounted on a flat surface or clipped to your sun-visor. The microphone swivels on the bracket. You can adjust the Mic Gain (+/-3dB), Noise Reduction Level (+/-3dB), and Echo Cancellation (+/-2dB). The microphone has an attached 10' cable terminated by a male right-angle 3.5mm minijack connector which plugs into the KCA-BT300. The microphone measures 0.5625" (diameter) x 1.5" (deep).

Bluetooth Audio: The KCA-BT300 is compatible with Bluetooth audio players that have A2DP or AVRCP profiles. Playback functions include: Play/Pause, Skip Back/Forward, Fast Forward/Reverse, and Stop. The KCA-BT300 also provides on-screen song information display for compatible Kenwood Bluetooth-ready head units.

Dip Switches: The KCA-BT300 has a set of dip switches on the back that need to be set to match the receiver it's connected to. If not set correctly some features may not work or function properly.

Pass-Through Ports: The KCA-BT300 features pass-through ports for Kenwood components which feature a 5L or KAB connector. Only the terminal which has the same shape as that of the connector connected to your Kenwood head unit can be used. Only one external device can be connected to that port.

Optional 2-Changer Switch: The KCA-BT300 is compatible with Kenwood's KCA-S220A 2-Changer Switch interface module, which allows connection of two CD-changers, only when the KCA-BT300 is connected to your Kenwood head unit via a 5L port.

Note: The KCA-S220A is not compatible with KAB Kenwood head units.

 
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5 out of 5

Kenwood KCA-BT300

Written By Norman G, Ocala, FL on Wednesday, December 18, 2013
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It works great, the only thing that I don't like is that it keeps saying it's downloading all the time. Cannot see the radio functions
Pros:
Works great
Cons:
Can not see radio face or any other control on head unit, constantly downloading when it connects with phone.
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5 out of 5

Kenwood KCA-BT300

Written By juan, north riverside, il on Thursday, March 07, 2013
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It works great I love this Bluetooth kit
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5 out of 5

Kenwood KCA-BT300

Written By KIPP527, MANCHESTER, MO on Saturday, December 29, 2012
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GREAT SOUND
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5 out of 5

Kenwood KCA-BT300

Written By Stanley, St.louis Mo. on Sunday, October 28, 2012
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works fine, have htc phone,
Cons:
none so far
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Kenwood Bluetooth

Written By Greg W, Florida on Sunday, July 01, 2012
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Love this thing. Had several of the portable types that you could not hear and the people on the other end could not hear you. Very easy hookup.
Pros:
Easy and nice
Cons:
None
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Accessory to Kenwood DDX-514

Written By MECPofPA, Willow Grove, Pa on Thursday, June 07, 2012
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I hope writing this review encourages Crutchfield to offer future savings. My in-dash DDX-514 manual indicates that BT-200 should be used but that model is no longer available and Kenwood has indicated that BT-300 is just as compatible. Well my findings show that it does work but it seems that all features indicated in DDX-514 manual do not all work or are available. This could or could not be because of the phone it is syncing with. My phone (Samsung Juke U-640) is on Kenwood's compatibility list to work with this unit but there are no special notes on full functionality on not. I find the 'basics' do work to answer or place a call and that, because the Juke can also store music, it has full access to its library of songs. I find that definition of "auto-response setting" is the number of rings before the in-dash will 'auto-answer' the incoming call which can be set from 1 to 99(or 0 to defeat auto-answer). If you do allow it to answer, you will hear a set of musical tones that are substituted for YOUR ringer and if you allow the in-dash to actually go off-hook and answer the call you will get warble-tone(like the ones you hear if you press send when you're on a call too many times) , then after that you will be connected to your call. In trying to send my phone contacts from phone to in-dash it seems like after 32 entries, it chokes and completely looses bluetooth connectivity and then you either have to reboot phone or turn in-dash off then on again to re-connect
Pros:
Seems to be THE only current replacement for BT-200 for the most part.
Cons:
Because not full functionality is obtained as it should be with a BT-200, this should be offered for less $$$.
3 out of 4 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

HMMmmmmm,

Written By CoachG, Aiea, HI on Tuesday, April 24, 2012
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i think NOW, i need a newer phone...
Pros:
easy to install, recognized the phone, quiets what ever is playing when a connection is acquired.
Cons:
mic is not picking up enough volume and dosen't work well with Direct Connect.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

KCA-BT300 Bluetooth

Written By ThomasW, Orlando, FL on Monday, April 02, 2012
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The KCA_BT300 matches very well with my Motorola Atrix cell phone and connects everytime I enter my car. I had no problems insatlling it myself to my KVT512 reciever. I attached my mic on my overhead inside light mount in the middle of the lights on my 2000 Lincoln Towncar and it picks up my voice very well and the recieving and output sounds are very clear. I'm loving it !!!
Pros:
It makes me much safer while driving !!
Cons:
Couldn't find any
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

A good addition

Written By Mitch, Altanta, GA on Friday, February 10, 2012
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I got this bluetooth kit and connected it to a KOS-A300 factory upgrade solution for my wife's Honda Odyssey. It paired up perfectly with her newer Verizon Thunderbolt 4G cell phone so no firmware upgrade needed. For the most part, it works great. Occasionally, there have been some linking/connection issues, but turning the phone's bluetooth on/off usually solves it. 95+% of the time, it automatically connects when she gets in the car though.

She can also now play audio directly from her phone as well and has an additional audio source to choose from in the car. Call quality has been good too. At first, I was hearing some slight echoing when I called her, but after a few minutes, it pretty much cleared up. Maybe it "learned" what my car acoustics are like so adjusted accordingly and as needed.

Mic mounted right on top of steering column so its easy to talk into. Was able to mount the box under the driver seat. I also connected a SIRIUS VDOC1 adapter (w/ Starmate 6) to this unit and it worked great as well.

I'm glad I purchased it and now results in safer driving.
Pros:
easy install allows for bluetooth audio safer hands-free calling in car pass through port works good can hook up additional accessories (SIRIUS or HD radio)
Cons:
occasional (less than 5%) phone linking issues.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

Simple way to add Bluetooth

Written By JoeB, Concord, NC on Sunday, February 05, 2012
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I was buying Kenwood's KOS-A300 when I came across this. Since BMW wants a fortune to add factory bluetooth to my used vehicle I thought I'd give it a shot. Installation was easy and it interfaces well with the Kenwood portal. Clarity is average but it works as intended. If I walk away from the car and back again I have to turn it off and back on but when starting the car it picks up my phone every time.
Pros:
Easy to add to Kenwood's portal system.
Cons:
Microphone lead is about 2 feet too short.
1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Range of unit measured in inches

Written By Scot, Charlotte, NC on Thursday, October 06, 2011
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I received this unit new on Oct 5th, 2011 and have had problems from the beginning. When I first hooked it up, I could not make my phone (Nexus S 4g) pair with it. I then made my phone physically contact the BT device and I got a connection. When playing music, I have to have my phone within 3-4 inches of the device or it gets fuzzy and disconnects. The device was shipped at 3.11 so I decided to upgrade to 3.12 to solve the problem. After multiple attempts, the fw upgrade slowly chugged along for 90 minutes before I gave up on it. I will be sending this device back tomorrow. Not sure if I want a replacement or not at this point considering my level of frustration.

10/17/11 This is an update of my previous review of this product. After calling Crutchfield and notifying them of the problem, the sent out a new device to me immediately. After installing, it is apparent that the first device was defective. The new device has good range from anywhere in the car. It responds as expected and sound quality is good as a phone and audio device. My only complaint is with the size of the device and it takes time to download phone book entries each time I connect. I might be able to stop the downloads with a setting but I have not seen this option yet. The size of the device is large to the point that mounting options are limited. Why does it need to be so large? My cell phone (Nexus S 4G) is 1/2 to 1/3 the volume of this device. It seems that they could have made this device much more compact. Otherwise, I am happy with the purchase.




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2 out of 5

Kinda Works

Written By Matt, Huntsville, AL on Monday, September 12, 2011
 
I'm using the HD545U head unit. I get regular errors causing my phone to disconnect. HF error 68. I've gotten this error with my iPhone 3g, Droid 2, and a Droidx. I've installed all head unit and bluetooth module firmware updates. Kenwood support says that I just need to find another phone as mine are not officially supported. The error condition requires me to hit the reset button on the head unit to restore blue tooth functionality. Oddly enough after hitting the reset button, the phone will pair right up and work. I usually have to reset the unit once every week or two.
8 out of 8 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

Kenwood KCA-BT300

Written By Friesen, Phoenix, AZ on Monday, March 21, 2011
 
My largest complaint is a design issue with the KCA-BT300. It claims it does voice dialing but that's not exactly true. I'm using this with my iPhone which does voice dialing. I've found it to be very reliable and in fact you can use it to call a number not in your phonebook by saying, "Dial 480-555-1234" and it will dial the number for you. Unfortunately the Kenwood voice dialing feature actually uses the technique found in cell phones in the 1990s where you have to record your voice saying the person's name and associating that with their phone number (called making a voice tag.) There is no way to use your cell phone's built in voice recognition technology. I had a phone nearly twenty years ago that had that type of voice recognition. Would you install a car stereo from 20 years ago?

I also had constant problems with the deck communicating with the phone. I followed the pairing instructions and it worked the first time and paired easily. However 25% of the time when I got in the vehicle instead of detecting the phone the deck would either display HF DISCONCT or HF ERROR 68. If you search on these error messages you'll find many complaints about them.

Lastly updating the firmware on the Bluetooth module requires that you have a Windows (no Mac or Linux) laptop with Bluetooth which I don't own.

This doesn't provide even basic functionality that I expect a modern Bluetooth car stereo unit. I simply cannot say enough negative things about my experience with this hardware.
6 out of 9 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Parrot Rocks

Written By txplshrk, Corpus Christi TX on Monday, March 14, 2011
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This is built by Parrot for Kenwood, and it works very well. Works just as good
as the factory blutooth that I have in my work truck. My wife loves having the
hands free in her Van now. Wish I would have bought this a couple years ago
when I actually bought my DNX 7100 because it is well worth it. Just make sure
you have somewhere to hide this box in the dash under the dash, or under a seat
or something.
4 out of 5 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Kenwood KCA-BT300

Written By Frank, Essex, VT on Saturday, February 12, 2011
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This was an easy add-on to my Kenwood stereo in my Ranger truck. The bluetooth
works well, good clarity on both ends. I might have saved money by buying a stereo with
BT incorporated in it, but the stereo was a gift and I added this afterwards. It's pretty well
integrated with the rest of the Kenwood menu, but it took me awhile to learn how to
navigate around the menu quickly.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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2 out of 5

not quite up to par

Written By sam, chattanooga, tn on Tuesday, February 01, 2011
 
used with kdc-h545u.
easy installation (if you have room under the dash)
poor microphone reception
firmware updates are easy but selecting the correct firmware is difficult.
The unit does not disconnect from your phone gracefully, it just shuts off.
When some part of the pairing fails, either handsfree or music, it continually shows
"disconnected" on the the head-unit's main display, blocking the head unit from displaying
any other information.
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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2 out of 5

Needs Firmware

Written By ScottG, Baltimore, MD on Thursday, January 20, 2011
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I have this connected to a DNX-7100 and am using a DroidX. This unit randomly connects
and requires that I reset the 7100 regularly. I currently hate this setup but am hoping that
Kenwood will release a firmware update soon. The Droid update helped but did not fix the
issue.
8 out of 9 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Works great w/ a iPhone 3 and 4

Written By RR, Somewhere on Friday, September 17, 2010
 
I have it connected to a Kenwood DNX-5140. Ive been using it for a few weeks now
and its works great. Super easy to hook up and use. I first had it connected to
a iPhone 3, I upgraded to a iPhone 4 a couple weeks back and it works fine with
that as well.

Despite the manual saying to mount it on top of the steering wheel column I
choose to mount it above my overhead console in my '06 Toyota Tundra so the mic
is hidden. I havent had any problems w/ dropped calls and the clarity of both
ends is amazing and theres no echo or hollow sound like im talking in a hall.
You cant even tell Im not using the bluetooth mic to speak through.

Id recommend this, especially since police now a days are looking to pull you
over if they see you on your cell phone.
33 out of 36 people found this helpful
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