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Kenwood KCA-IP22F iPod® cable

Sends audio and video to select Kenwood DVD receivers

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Our take on the Kenwood KCA-IP22F iPod® cable

by Ken Nail
Kenwood

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-iP22F USB Direct Connection Cable connects your compatible iPod or iPhone® to select 2011-up Kenwood multimedia receivers with a front-panel USB port and front-panel 3.5mm audio/video input, so you can enjoy listening to your music when you're on the road, and viewing video content when parked. You'll control and charge your device while it's connected, too.

This cable currently works with Kenwood's DDX318 and DDX418 receivers. Warranty: 1 year.

Note: Be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility with this cable.

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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/Nano2/
Touch
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Touch4/Touch3/Touch2/Touch1
Mini
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No
iPhone
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Phone4S/Phone4/Phone3GS/Phone3
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What's in the box?

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  • 34" USB/iPod interface cable (with a iPod dock connector on one end and a USB type-A connector/3.5mm AV connector on other end)
  • Installation Manual (Eng/Fre/Spa/Ger/Dut/Ita)

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Features

Overview: The Kenwood KCA-iP22F USB Direct Connection Cable for iPod allows you to connect your compatible iPod or iPhone to a 2011-up Kenwood multimedia head unit which features a front-panel USB port and front-panel 3.5mm audio/video input. This cable enables the Kenwood head unit to control and charge the iPod/iPhone while connected. You will be able to listen and view your iPod/iPhone's music and video files with your compatible Kenwood multimedia head unit.

Kenwood head unit Compatibility: The Kenwood KCA-iP22F USB Direct Cable for iPod is compatible with 2011 and later Kenwood Multimedia head units equipped with a front-panel USB port and a front-panel 3.5mm audio/video terminal. Current compatible Kenwood head units include (as of January 2011).

  • DDX318
  • DDX418

iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Kenwood KCA-iP22F iPod/iPhone adapter cable is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features when connected to a compatible Kenwood multimedia head unit (as of 9/26/2013):

iPod/iPhone Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone App Mode Song/Artist Text Track Info Album Art
video 5th 1.3 Y Y Y N N Y Y Y Y
classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y
120GB 2.0.1 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y
160GB 2.0.4 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y
nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N N Y Y Y Y
2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y
3rd 1.1.3 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y
4th 1.0.4 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y
5th 1.0.2 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y
6th 1.1 PC Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y
7th 1.2 N N N N N N N N N
touch 1st 2.2.1 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y
2nd 4.2.1 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y
3rd 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y
4th 6.1.3 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y
5th 7.0 N N N N N N N N N
iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y Y Y Y Audio only Y Y Y Y
3G 4.2.1 Y Y Y Y Audio only Y Y Y Y
3GS 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y Audio only Y Y Y Y
4 7.0 Y Y Y Y Audio/Video Y Y Y Y
4S 7.0 Y Y Y Y Audio/Video Y Y Y Y
5 7.0 N N N N N N N N N
5C 7.0 N N N N N N N N N
5S 7.0 N N N N N N N N N
iPad 1 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y Audio/Video Y Y Y N
2 7.0 Y Y Y Y Audio/Video Y Y Y N
3 7.0 Y Y Y Y Audio/Video Y Y Y N
4 7.0 N N N N N N N N N
mini 7.0 N N 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 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.

Connections: The Kenwood KCA-iP22F cable has an iPod dock connector on one end, and a USB (type-A) connector and a 3.5mm AV connector on the other end.

  • iPod Dock Connector: The cable's iPod dock connector plugs into your compatible iPod or iPhone.
  • USB Connector: The cable's USB (type-A) connector plugs into your compatible Kenwood multimedia head unit's front-panel USB (type-A) port. The USB (type-A) connector handles the control and charging of  your iPod or iPhone, so you can navigate through your music and video files using your Kenwood head unit's controls and view song and movie information on its display monitor. The controls of your Kenwood head unit will be seamless when used with the optional KCA-iP22F cable and include metadata browsing as well as the ability to choose any iPod playback mode to suit your listening application.
  • 3.5mm AV Connector: The cable's 3.5mm AV connector plugs into your compatible Kenwood head unit's front-panel 3.5mm audio/video input. The 3.5mm audio/video terminal transfers the music and video from your iPod/iPhone to your Kenwood multimedia head unit. By using the 3.5mm AV input, the music travels to the receiver as an analog signal, so you can even play the Digital-Rights-Protected files on your iPod/iPhone.

Note: The cable is 34" in length.

 
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KCA-IP22F

Written By JakeJ, Brooklyn, NY on Sunday, February 23, 2014
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Must have
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a must have!!

Written By ryan, cincinnati oh on Thursday, December 05, 2013
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A must have for a one cord Solution. Charges phone, plays music, and let's you use videos and apps from your iphone. Flawless
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One cord!!!
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4 out of 5

kenwood kca-ip22f ipod cable

Written By Anonymous, compton ca 90220 on Saturday, October 26, 2013
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I really enjoy using this product it makes using my iPod a breeze.
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5 out of 5

Cable

Written By Anonymous, Saddle Brook, NJ on Saturday, June 08, 2013
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Works great
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Works great
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Too thick if anything
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5 out of 5

Kenwood KCA-IP22F iPod® cable

Written By angeloS, Scottsbluff, NE on Monday, March 11, 2013
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Works good
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5 out of 5

Kenwood KCA-IP22F iPod® cable

Written By Jason G, Tifton Ga on Thursday, December 27, 2012
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Works great. Sound is more clear than Bluetooth connection.
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4 out of 5

Does the job

Written By Dusty, Enola, PA on Monday, July 23, 2012
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Product does exactly as described. A little bulky.
Pros:
Mac unit for under $100 on my ken wood ddx719.
Cons:
Cable is bulky and 3.5mm jack is a little short.
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5 out of 5

Kenwood KCA-IP22F iPod® cable

Written By hulkfan, Louisville, KY on Friday, October 14, 2011
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Works Great
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4 out of 5

Kenwood KCA-IP22F iPod® cable

Written By D Rubin, Beckley, WV on Wednesday, June 22, 2011
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The product works great, seems to be constructed very well.

Only issue is that for my car (2007 subaru impreza) the cord is a bit long and can get in the way if its just plugged in and no cable management is used, especially troublesome for a manual transmission.
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Kenwood KCA-IP22F iPod® cable

Written By Jack, Oklahoma on Monday, April 18, 2011
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Definite must have for on screen control of your ipod.
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5 out of 5

Kenwood KCA-IP22F iPod® cable

Written By longol, Las Vegas, NV on Wednesday, March 09, 2011
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This accessory is a must have for any Kenwood DVD system. Thank you
Crutchfield for being an authorized dealer.
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1 question already asked

Is there any cord that will work for an iPhone 5c to play music? I already know there's not one that plays videos. Every cord I've tried will display the music being played but no sound. Please help. [ tazz  Jun 20, 2014 ]
1 answer
  • I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: Most stereos will work will be able to do audio playback with the Lightning to USB cable that comes with your iPhone 5c. We would have to know the model to make sure this is the case. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy Staff  Jun 22, 2014 ]

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