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Kenwood KCA-iP301V

iPod® connecting cable for USB-equipped Kenwood DVD receivers

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by Zak Billmeier
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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-iP301V connecting cable gives you high-speed access to the music and video on your Video iPod or iPhone™ through your compatible 2009-up Kenwood DVD receiver. One end of the cable plugs into your iPod's dock connector; the other end includes a USB cable, a miniplug audio cable, and a miniplug video cable, all of which connect to your Kenwood stereo.

The USB cable handles the control and charging of your iPod, so you can navigate through your music files with the Kenwood's controls while you view song info on its display. The miniplug connectors transfer the music and video from your iPod to the stereo's audio and video inputs. Music and video images travel to your stereo as analog signals, so you can even play the Digital Rights-protected files stored on your iPod. Warranty: 1 year.

Note: Your 2009-up Kenwood receiver must include both a USB input and an audio/video 3.5mm minijack 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
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iPod A/V in w/ iPod control
Vehicle Specific
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No
Brand Specific
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Kenwood
Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
iPod Compatibility
Full-Size
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Classic/5Gen
Nano
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Nano6/Nano5/Nano4/Nano3
Touch
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Touch4/Touch3/Touch2/Touch1
Mini
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No
iPhone
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Phone/Phone3G/Phone3GS/Phone4
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What's in the box?

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

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Features

Overview: The KCA-iP301V USB Direct Connection Cable for iPod allows you to connect compatible iPods with a USB-equipped Kenwood  multimedia head unit that also features an audio and video 3.5mm minijack input. 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. You will be able to listen and view your iPod's music and video files with your compatible Kenwood multimedia head unit. This cable has an iPod dock connector on one end and a Type A USB plug, 3.5mm stereo miniplug, and a 3.5mm video miniplug on the other end.

Length: The KCA-iP301V is a total of 8 feet long, from the iPod connector to the two audio and video miniplugs. The length of the cable from the iPod connector to the end of the USB cable is 5 feet.

iPod Compatibility: The Kenwood  KCA-iP301V iPod adapter cable is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of Nov. 2009):

iPod/iPhone Model Generation Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
Audio Video Unit iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Info Track Info
dock connector 3rd N N N N N N N
clickwheel
color
4th N N N N N N N
mini 1st N N N N N N N
2nd N N N N N N N
video 5th Y Y Y N Y Y Y
classic 80GB Y Y Y N Y Y Y
120GB Y Y Y N Y Y Y
160GB Y Y Y N Y Y Y
nano 1st Y N Y N Y Y Y
2nd Y N Y N Y Y Y
3rd Y Y Y N Y Y Y
4th Y Y Y N Y Y Y
5th Y Y Y N Y Y Y
6th Y N Y N Y Y Y
touch 1st Y Y Y N Y Y Y
2nd Y Y Y N Y Y Y
3rd Y Y Y N Y Y Y
4th Y Y Y N Y Y Y
iPhone 2G Y Y Y N Y Y Y
3G Y Y Y N Y Y Y
3GS Y Y Y N Y Y Y
4 N N N N N N N

Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the headunit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to revert to the older software version or wait until an newer software update is available. Not compatible with iOS 4.0 for iPhone (3G/3GS) or iPod touch (2nd/3rd gen).

Kenwood Head Unit Compatibility: The cable is compatible with 2009 and later Kenwood Multimedia head units equipped with a USB terminal and a 3.5mm aux audio and video input. T

Note: The KCA-iP301V is compatible with select 2008 and Kenwood headunits via firmware upgrade. Visit Kenwood.com for firmware information.

Connection: One end of the KCA-iP301V (3-wire) cable plugs directly into your iPod's dock connector while the other end of the cable uses three connectors that plug into the back of your compatible Kenwood multimedia head unit. The USB type-A connector portion of the cable plugs into the receiver's USB port and handles the control and charging of your iPod, so you can navigate through your music and video files using your head unit's controls and view song and movie info on its display. The two 3.5mm miniplug connectors of the cable plug into the head unit's A/V 3.5mm inputs and transfer the music and video from your iPod to your Kenwood multimedia head unit. By using the Auxiliary input, the music travels to the receiver as an analog signal, so you can even play the Digital-Rights-Protected files you've stored on your iPod. The controls of your Kenwood head unit will be seamless when used with the optional KCA-iP301V and include metadata browsing and playback of DRM contents, as well as the ability to choose any iPod playback mode to suit your listening application.

 
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5 out of 5

Kenwood KCA-iP301V

Written By Marty, San Jose, California on Friday, April 08, 2011
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Worked as described!
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

IPOD CABLE

Written By KEITH, UNITED STATES on Saturday, March 19, 2011
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GREAT CABLE, ANYONE WITH AN IPOD AND 2 DIN STEREO CANNOT LIVE
WITHOUT IT, I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THAT I CAN ACCESS MY IPOD ON THE
STEREO DISPLAY SCREEN...

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5 out of 5

works like a champ

Written By Chad, California, MD on Sunday, February 20, 2011
 
I used this in conjunction with a Kenwood DNX-6160 and it works great. I am thoroughly
pleased with this product.
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5 out of 5

Great product!

Written By henrybjr, Plano, TX. on Saturday, February 12, 2011
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Buy only authentic Kenwood. It is guaranteed to work.
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5 out of 5

iPod Friendly

Written By MikeF, Palatine, Il on Monday, November 15, 2010
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I've used the Kenwood KCA-iP301V with an iPod Touch (3G), iPod Nano (4G) and an iPod
Mini (2G) and a Kenwood DNX6160 Navigation Receiver and they all work great. In
addition video from the iPod Touch looks perfect. I was leery that the cable would be to long
but since the Receiver requires me to control the Mini via its controls it has actually turned
out to be necessary.
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5 out of 5

Works great w/ the 3G and 4

Written By RR, Somewhere on Friday, September 17, 2010
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Its connected to a Kenwood DNX-5140.

It works great w/ the iPhone 3 and I upgraded to the iPhone 4 (OS 4.1) a couple
weeks back and it works fine and charges it too. Ive noticed once or twice when
I disconnected my iPhone 4 its in silent mode without me switching it so I'll
have to turn the iPhone off and back on again, which is no big deal since it
doesnt happen all the time. Im sure it has something to do w/ OS 4-4.1 because
my iPhone 3 w/ OS 3.12 never had that problem.

Overall Im happy w/ it and I can finally listen to all of my music and my
daughter can watch her movies. Id recommend it!!! And Crutchfield is top notch
when it comes to customer service, so Id recommend them too. ; )
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4 out of 5

Kenwood KCA-iP301V

Written By Moses, GA on Tuesday, September 07, 2010
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This cable works great if you want full control of your iPod or iPhone directly through the
headunit. I only have one minor complaint, connection with an iPhone running on the iOS 4
software can have some problems such as the headunit being unable to read the iPhone
and audio only able to be heard. Those problems are corrected though by turning the
vehicle off then on again.
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3 out of 5

Does not like iPhones

Written By demetrius, Memphis Tn on Saturday, June 26, 2010
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Does not work well with Apple iPhone 3g or iPhone 4.
I constantly drops the connection. At first i thought it was my 3g phone because
it works GREAT with any apple iPod. I tried it with my iPhone 4 the night of the
launch and it repeated the same issue i had with the iPhone 3g.
1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Works

Written By Chris, Narragansett, ri on Monday, June 07, 2010
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Works like a charm. Simple as that.
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5 out of 5

Kenwood KCA-iP301V

Written By MikeP, South Carolina on Tuesday, April 06, 2010
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Excellent integration with my Kenwood DNX6160 receiver. Charges my iPhone as I
enjoy my music. Also allows streaming through XM or AOL radio. Works flawlessly.
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5 out of 5

Great integration

Written By Robert, DFW, TX on Friday, January 22, 2010
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I had an mp3 player before, but now that I have the IPod and this cable, I use it ALL the time! I have not taken the IPod out of the car but once since I got it. With this cable, the IPod integrates with the Kenwood the way I would have designed it. It just makes sense. For example, when the radio is turned off, the IPod turns off. When I get a call (I have the blue-tooth for my Kenwood also) the IPod is paused. I have full control over my playlists, artist lists, genre lists and such. I also see the artist and or title of the song on the Kenwood so I don't have to dig for the IPod if I want to see the band.
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5 out of 5

If you have an Ipod you need this cable

Written By cherrytroy, Phoenix, Az on Thursday, June 11, 2009
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I don't know if this is praise for the cable or for Kenwood. Either way this is a must if you are an Ipod geek like me. Once you get use to Kenwood's layout it is just as fast as having your Ipod in front of you. I have it hooked up to a DDX514 and I have 20 kids movies for my daughter on my Ipod that play flawlessly on the screen. If you have a high end Kenwood then this cable is a must. Good job Kenwood!
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5 out of 5

Works Perfectly!

Written By Jason, Charlotte, NC on Sunday, April 26, 2009
 
I purchased this KCA-iP301V to use with my Kenwood DNX7120 and iPod Touch Gen2. Everything works, even video!
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Nice cable

Written By Alyssa, New Gretna, NJ on Friday, March 27, 2009
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Great cable for iPod connection through the kenwood radio. Awesome. A+ item and customer service.
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5 out of 5

Nice adapter!

Written By Jar, Georgia on Tuesday, March 24, 2009
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This is the way to go for an ipod itouch. I routed my wire to the glove box and works flawlessly with Kenwood head unit. Great integration!
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Does what it says

Written By Heath, Outside Charlotte, N.C. on Saturday, February 28, 2009
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The KCA-iP301V does everything it says. I have a iPod nana, iPod Video, and an iPhone. Works with all of them. It charges my iPhone and I can view pictures, video and all my songs.
5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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