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Kenwood KCA-iP102 iPod® cable

Sends audio to select Kenwood receivers

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Our take on the Kenwood KCA-iP102 iPod® cable

by Ken Nail
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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.

Kenwood's KCA-iP102 iPod cable is just like the cable that came with your iPod, so you can leave your iPod cable safe at home. Use this cable to connect your iPod to any 2011-up Kenwood car stereo that features direct iPod control via USB input. Warranty: 1 year.

Note: Be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility with this iPod cable. See All Car Stereos that work with this item See more info on this item

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Features and Specs
General
Adapter Type
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iPod audio 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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6/5/4/3/2/1
Touch
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4/3/2/1
Mini
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No
iPhone
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4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
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What's in the box?

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  • 34" USB/iPod interface cable (with iPod dock connector on one end and a USB Type-A connector on other end)
  • Instruction Manual (Eng/Fre/Spa/Ger/Dut/Ita)

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Features

Overview: The Kenwood KCA-iP102 USB Direct Connection Cable for iPod allows you to connect a compatible iPod or iPhone to a 2011-up USB-equipped Kenwood in-dash head unit. This cable enables a Kenwood head unit to control and charge your iPod while connected, as well as enable high-speed iPod data communication so you can listen to your iTunes content through your compatible Kenwood head unit.

Kenwood head unit Compatibility: The KCA-iP102 cable is designed for all 2011-up Kenwood and Kenwood Excelon CD Receivers featuring One-Wire iPod USB Direct Control.

iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Kenwood KCA-iP102 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features  when connected to a compatible Kenwood in-dash head unit (as of 3/27/2013):

iPod Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
Audio Video Head Unit iPod/App Pandora app Artist/Song Text Track Info
iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
4 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
4S 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
5* 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
5C* 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
5S* 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
4th 6.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
5th* 7.0 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N N Y Y Y
2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
6th 1.2 PC Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
7th* 1.02 PC Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N N Y Y Y
iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N
2 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N
3 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N
4* 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N
mini* 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N
Note:
  • *Requires Apple Lightning to 30-pin Adapter cable (472LTN230P, sold separately).
  • Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.
 
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5 out of 5

nice cable

Written By Mike, Detroit, MI on Sunday, April 06, 2014
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got what i wanted, a shorter ipod cable that might last longer than my original ipod cable, think its like 300 percent thicker, and i dont have miles of cable in the way, sweet
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5 out of 5

Kenwood Cable

Written By Choken, Nashville on Sunday, January 26, 2014
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More substantial than the Apple cable. Ought to last !!!
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5 out of 5

Kenwood KCA-iP102

Written By Drew, Plainfield, N.J. on Sunday, January 19, 2014
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EXCELLENT!!!!!!!!!!
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4 out of 5

This bulky cable

Written By Dave F., Lawrence, MI on Friday, January 10, 2014
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The cable works fine and I have no problems with the function of the products connected through this cable.
Pros:
It works.
Cons:
The cable is no very flexible.
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5 out of 5

Great

Written By Grunion, Bend, OR on Tuesday, December 03, 2013
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Solid build, glad I got it.
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5 out of 5

Kenwood KCA-iP102 iPod® cable

Written By RalphF, Streamwood, IL on Sunday, November 24, 2013
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Connection worked flawlessly. Could not ask for a better fit.
Pros:
Exactly worked as stated
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Good USB cable iTouch

Written By CA, Texas on Sunday, August 25, 2013
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Cable appears to be high quality construction. It had no problems connecting my iTouch to my Kenwood receiver.
Pros:
It works
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Ipod cable

Written By Nathan H, Schenectady, NY 12306 on Saturday, August 24, 2013
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Nice heavy cable with a positive lock when it plugs in. Definitely better than the cable from Apple!
Pros:
Heavy cable, positive lock when attached.
Cons:
Cable could be a little longer
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5 out of 5

Great design

Written By bravo, PA on Sunday, August 04, 2013
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Great quality and design. Great clips to lock the cable into my iphone.
Pros:
Great design, very sturdy, well constructed.
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

Kenwood KCA-iP102 iPod® cable

Written By Anonymous, Anchorage, AK on Thursday, July 25, 2013
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Nice HD cable
Pros:
Heavy duty
Cons:
A little pricey
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5 out of 5

Kenwood KCA-iP102 iPod® cable

Written By jon, edmond, ok on Friday, July 19, 2013
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works for full speed connection
Pros:
works well
Cons:
gets in the way a litte sometimes
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5 out of 5

Perfect!

Written By CharlieC, Charleston, SC on Thursday, July 11, 2013
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This cable is exactly what i needed. I was not aware that Kenwood made these, and almost purchaced an Apple cable. The apple cable was so thin it started to break at each end where I could see the exposed wires. I was amazed how thick the Kenwood cable was, and i know it will last me much longer because of it. My only gripe might be that i wish the cord was shorter so i didnt need to tuck so much out of sight. But i will happily take it being longer for the quality of it.
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3 out of 5

Kenwood iPod cable

Written By Jason, Red Wing, MN on Tuesday, July 09, 2013
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Nice that its a little thicker, just could be more flexible. Hard bumbs causes it to lose connection at the head unit.
Pros:
Black
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Kenwood KCA-iP102 iPod® cable

Written By GR, Bayfield, CO on Friday, May 10, 2013
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Sturdy cable with a secure clip.
Pros:
Sturdy product
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5 out of 5

High quality cable

Written By John W, Massapequa Park, NY on Sunday, May 05, 2013
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This cable is less expensive than what is available locally. My local stereo place wanted $49.95 for the same thing! This cable while inexpensive is actually a pretty heavy duty rugged cable which is more than suitable for wiring up my ipod to my new head unit.
Pros:
Heavy duty cable
Cons:
None
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1 out of 5

Very Poor Design--Nothing Special--Cheaply Made

Written By CH, Central US on Tuesday, April 02, 2013
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I bought this cable thinking it would be the best cable for my new Kenwood receiver---as advertised. Wrong. This cable is so darn thick and bulky that you could use it to pull your buddy out of a ditch. It's too rigid to coil up and put your iPhone in a concealed area without putting too much pressure on the phone's adapter connection. This cable could really damage your iPhone or iPod. It is so unforgiving that any awkward movements, which are bound to happen in a car, could break the phone's internal adapter connection. Risk a $500.00 iPhone on a cable made for $0.00001?? No. You don't need this cable, it's nothing special or proprietary to your Kenwood receiver............any other aftermarket USB--iPhone cable will work and will be more pliable and user friendly than this one.
Pros:
None.
Cons:
Bulky, thick, non-pliable, unforgiving, can damage iPhone or iPod.
5 out of 8 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Kenwood KCA-iP102 iPod® cable

Written By TA, Atlanta, GA on Monday, April 01, 2013
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Good quality cable
Pros:
Quality
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

Heavy Duty

Written By Bailey, jacksonville fl on Saturday, March 16, 2013
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Great for the marine environment used it all last summer and cant tell it has been used. Did keep it in a water tight case when the boat wasn't in use. Would
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5 out of 5

more durable thatn the white cable...

Written By BIllW, Las Vegas, NV on Saturday, September 29, 2012
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a bit harder to attach that the typical white brand cable, but feels much more rugged and more well built.
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

Kenwood KCA-iP102 iPod® cable

Written By Steven K, Petaluma, CA on Thursday, May 03, 2012
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This is great. I didn't know it even existed. I found out about it when I purchased my new Kenwood deck and it is great. I'm ordering another one when I'm done with this review.
Pros:
Does just what it is suppose to do. No issues. Great so far.
Cons:
It doesn't come in colors? (I had to put something here) Blue or Red would be great.
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4 out of 5

Won't work with Otter Box case

Written By Michael, San Antonio, TX on Tuesday, May 01, 2012
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Indeed this is a sturdy and well made cable. It locks into your i-device port solidly. The only problem is that the prongs that allow it to lock so securely make it too wide to fit through the Otter Box case. You have to remove the case, or use the OEM Apple connector. Sigh.
Pros:
Well made and convenient.
Cons:
Won't work with Otter Box case.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Nice to have iPad/iPhone/iPod cable.

Written By DinoB, Phoenix, AZ on Thursday, April 19, 2012
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This cable stays in my vehicle and I don't have to worry about bringing a cable along to connect my iPad/iPhone/iPod to my Kenwood KDC-X396.
Pros:
Works great
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Nice cable

Written By BobM, Cary, NC on Thursday, March 22, 2012
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This is a well made cable. Heavy duty enough to withstand the constant movement in a car but not too stiff. The USB cable allows me to control my IPOD from my Kenwood Excelon KDC-X696 receiver.
Pros:
Heavy duty. Permits receiver to control IPOD ( requires IPOD ready receiver).
Cons:
Somewhat pricey but you get what you pay for.
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5 out of 5

Kenwood KCA-iP102 iPod® cable

Written By Mills, Lynwood, IL on Monday, September 12, 2011
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Worked as advertised...arrived quickly! I am very satisfied.
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5 out of 5

clean sound

Written By n2fastuff, bham al on Wednesday, April 20, 2011
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easy hookup, clean sound. much cleaner than old plug in front setups.
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5 out of 5

Kenwood USB/IPOD cable.

Written By MattE, Colorado Springs, CO on Wednesday, March 23, 2011
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Cable performs as expected and has heavy duty construction. Plug it in and
listen to your favorite tunes on your Ipod.
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