Kenwood KCA-IP103

Lightning™ to USB cable

  • Kenwood KCA-IP103

    Connect your Lightning-equipped iOS device to the receiver's USB port


Our take on the Kenwood KCA-IP103

by Dave Delamere

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.

KCA-IP103 cable

Kenwood realized that you'll need something durable to connect your iPhone® 5 in your vehicle. This KCA-iP103 cable links your Apple Lightning iOS device to the USB port on select Kenwood receivers. This 32" cable can take on the tough car environment, so you can leave your Apple cable at home. It's also a great option when connecting the Apple® Lightning digital AV adapter to select HDMI-equipped Kenwood receivers.

This cable lets you play and search for your device's music, see your music's info on the receiver's display, and charge your device. Warranty: 1 year.

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Hands-on research from the Crutchfield Labs (what are the Labs?)

Features and Specs
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 No
Nano 7
Touch 5
Mini No
iPhone 5S/5C/5
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What's in the box?

  • 32" Lightning-to-USB iPod/iPhone cable (w/ a Lightning-connector on one end and a USB type-A connector on other end)
  • Declaration of Conformity with regard to the RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU

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Lightning Connector/USB Interface Cable: Use the Kenwood KCA-iP103 Lightning/USB interface cable to plug a new iPod, iPhone, or iPad with a Lightning-connector directly into a "Made for iPod/iPhone" Kenwood head unit's USB port, and gain full, direct, adapter-free control via the receiver's interface. Enjoy fast charging of your compatible Apple device while the direct digital connection assures you get the utmost sound quality from your stored music and music apps.

Music Control: Using the KCA-iP103 allows your compatible Kenwood head unit to navigate your iPod's music by Playlist, Artists, Album, Genre, Composer, Song, or Podcast. You can search these categories alphabetically (A-Z) or using a percentage search (0.5%, 1%, 5%, 10%). The head unit also supports Repeat (file) & Random (folder) playback functions of your connected iPod/iPhone. Newer iPod/iPhones with iOS 6.0+ allow you to continue to access your Apple device's touchscreen. Older iPod/iPhone devices will be locked during connection.

Song/Artist Info: By connecting your Apple Lightning device to your Kenwood head unit via the KCA-iP103,  your iPod/iPhone's music file information will be displayed on the head unit's screen. The head unit will display Track number, Elapsed playing time, Artist name, Song title, and Album label.

Charging: Because KCA-iP103 plugs into your Kenwood head unit's USB port, it provides 1A of current to power and charge your connected iPod/iPhone when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position (if your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it).

Apple Device Compatibility Chart: The Kenwood KCA-iP103 Lightning/USB cable is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model functions when connected to a compatible Kenwood head unit ((as of 4/25/2014):

Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone Pandora/iHeart Radio Artist/Song Text Track Info
iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y N N Y Y Y
3G 4.2.1 Y N Y N N Y Y Y
3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y Y
4 7.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
4S 7.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
5 7.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
5C 7.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
5S 7.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y N N Y Y Y
2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y N N Y Y Y
3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y N N Y Y Y
4th 6.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
5th 7.1 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 N N Y Y Y
3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y N N Y Y Y
4th 1.0.4 Y N Y N N Y Y Y
5th 1.0.2 Y N Y N N Y Y Y
6th 1.2 PC Y N Y N N Y Y Y
7th 1.02PC Y N Y N N Y Y Y
classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y N N Y Y Y
120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y N N Y Y Y
160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y N N Y Y Y
video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N N Y Y Y
iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y N
2 7.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N
3 7.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N
4 7.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N
mini 7.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
air 7.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N
Note: 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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3 out of 5

too much moolah

Written By lanceh, gig harbor, wa on Sunday, July 13, 2014
Seems fine. works fine. but i'm pretty sure i was an idiot when i paid this kind of money for a cord you can get for a fraction of the price. Not convinced the harsh elements make the extra price worthwhile.
seems sturdy
too much money
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1 question already asked

Is this cable compatible with the Kenwood DNX719VHD receiver? I want to use it to operate my iPhone 5 through the head unit. Thus far, the only way I can listen to music from my phone is through Bluetooth which is choppy at best on this Kenwood model. Please help!!!! [ Sarah  Sep 10, 2014 ]
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  • This cable is compatible with your receiver. [ Jeff Staff  Sep 11, 2014 ]

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