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Kenwood KCA-iP200

iPod® connecting cable for USB-equipped Kenwood stereos

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by Robert Ferency-Viars
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Why would I need an iPod® adapter?

An iPod adapter allows you to connect your iPod to your car stereo, then access your playlists with your stereo's controls - a great idea for several reasons. One, you can scroll through your song titles on your stereo's larger display, instead of squinting down at your iPod. Two, you can route the adapter cable to your glove compartment or center console, so your iPod stays safely out of sight. Three, the iPod adapter keeps your iPod fully charged, so it's ready to rock when you leave your car. And last of all, some adapters bypass your iPod's internal digital-to-analog converter, using your stereo's superior DAC to turn your files back into music.

The KCA-iP200 connecting cable gives you high-speed access to the music on your iPod through your compatible 2007-up Kenwood CD receiver. One end of the cable plugs into your iPod's dock connector. The other end includes a USB cable and a miniplug cable, both of which connect to your Kenwood stereo's inputs.

The USB cable handles the control and charging of your iPod, so you can navigate through your music files with the Kenwood's controls and view song info on its display. The miniplug connector transfers the music from your iPod to the stereo's auxiliary input. The music travels to your stereo as an analog signal, so you can even play the Digital Rights-protected files you've stored on your iPod. Warranty: 1 year.

Note: Your 2007-up Kenwood receiver must include both a USB input and an auxiliary input in order to work with this cable. Be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility with this iPod adapter.

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Features and Specs
General
Adapter Type iPod audio in w/ iPod control
Vehicle Specific No
Brand Specific Kenwood
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
iPod Compatibility
Full-Size Classic/5Gen
Nano Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/Nano1
Touch Touch2/Touch1
Mini No
iPhone Phone/Phone3G
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What's in the box?

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  • 6.5' USB/iPod interface cable (with iPod dock connector on one end and a USB Type A plug and 3.5mm stereo miniplug on the other end)
  • Instruction Manual (Eng/Fr/Sp/Ger/Dut/Ita)

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Features

Overview: The KCA-iP200 USB Direct Connection Cable for iPod allows you to connect compatible iPods with a USB-equipped Kenwood head unit. This cable enables the head unit to control and charge the iPod while connected, as well as enable high-speed iPod data communications of 12Mbps. This 2-meter cable has an iPod dock connector on one end and a Type A USB plug and 3.5mm stereo miniplug on the other end.

iPod Compatibility: The KCA-iP200 is compatible with Fifth Generation iPods (iPod with video), iPod classic (80/120/160GB), iPod nanos (1st/2nd/3rd/4th generation), iPod touch (1st/2nd generation), and iPhone/iPhone3G.

Note: Your iPod should be updated with the latest Apple firmware.

Kenwood Head Unit Compatibility: The cable is compatible with 2007 and later Kenwood control units equipped with a USB terminal and an aux input, including the following models: KDC-MP435U, KDC-MP535U, KDC-MP735U, DPX-502, KDC-X491, KDC-X591, KDC-X791, KDC-X891, and KDC-X991.

Note: Kenwood has released a software update that can be loaded onto a USB thumb-drive to update compatible 2007 Kenwood radios so they can operate the iPod classic, iPod touch, iPod nano (3rd generation) and iPhone using the KCA-iP200. The software update can be found at the following website: "kenwood.com/usb/info_program_en".

 
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5 out of 5

Works Great on iPhone 3g

Written By Mark, Springville, Utah on Monday, October 20, 2008
 
I gave a prior review earlier on the iPod Touch on how great it works.

I wanted to report that my iPhone 3g has NO problems and works great also. I can receive calls also. I DO NOT need to put in Airplane mode to work either. Just make sure you have the latest Firmware for your receiver.
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5 out of 5

INFORMATION FOR SOME USERS

Written By Hallowsworld, Tampa, Fl on Friday, September 12, 2008
 
GREAT PRODUCT, reads music through stereo and charges.
GOODLUCK!
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5 out of 5

Works Great

Written By Mark, Springville Utah on Friday, July 11, 2008
 
"Hooked it to my X591 via USB and aux in inputs. Cord is way long enough. Fits my iPod 8G Nano well. Hook up your iPod and store it away. All manipulation is controlled via receiver/remote control. Allows song title and artist to scroll on the screen. Also allows user to manipulate all songs, albums, genres, and playlist through receiver. It's definitely recommended! "

I couldn't have said it better myself. I have a x891. However, I use mine with the iPod Touch. Its great and works perfectly threw the head unit and get all the functionality above. Now I just wonder if the iPhone will work with it.
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1 out of 5

Compatibility Issue

Written By Daniel, Aguadilla, Puerto Rico on Monday, October 08, 2007
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After buy that item for my Kenwood KDC-X991 and my iPod Classic 160gb i do an call to Crutchfield's tecnical support about malfunction issues, the technican told me that this item IS NOT COMPATIBLE with iPods Classic, i'm so sad :( because my ipod sound better with this cable (KCA-iP200) than the KCA-iP500 do, the problem is that after play some songs my headunit stop responding to the commands when you spin the rotary control knob, i hope Kenwood do correction to this compatibility issue as soon as possible.
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5 out of 5

A perfect match for my X-991

Written By Ted, Winona, MN on Sunday, September 23, 2007
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The sound quality is perfect. The controls from the deck couldn't be easier. Install was a breeze.
I especially like the Album art on the deck display that only the 991 can provide.
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Most excellent!

Written By Jamie, Charleston, SC on Sunday, March 11, 2007
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Hooked it to my X591 via USB and aux in inputs. Cord is way long enough. Fits my iPod 8G Nano well. Hook up your iPod and store it away. All manipulation is controlled via receiver/remote control. Allows song title and artist to scroll on the screen. Also allows user to manipulate all songs, albums, genres, and playlist through receiver. It's definitely recommended!
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