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Kenwood KCA-IP302 iPod® cable

Sends audio and video to select Kenwood multimedia receivers

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Our take on the Kenwood KCA-IP302 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-iP302 cable connects your compatible iPod or iPhone® to select 2011-up Kenwood multimedia receivers with a USB input, plus separate audio and video 3.5mm mini-jack inputs. This cable allows you to control your iPod content with the Kenwood's controls, and it charge your device as you drive. Once connected, you'll enjoy listening to your music when you're on the road, and viewing video content when parked.

This cable currently works with Kenwood's DNX9980HD, KVT-696, and KVT-516 receivers. Warranty: 1 year.

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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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Phone4S/Phone4/Phone3GS/Phone3
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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-iP302 USB Direct Connection Cable for iPod allows you to connect your iPod or iPhone with a USB-equipped Kenwood  multimedia head unit that also features separate audio and video 3.5mm minijack inputs. This cable enables the head unit to control and charge the iPod while connected, as well as enable high-speed iPod data communication. 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-iP302 cable is compatible with select Kenwood Multimedia head units equipped with a USB terminal and separate 3.5mm aux audio and video inputs.

iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Kenwood KCA-iP302 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.

Connection: The Kenwood KCA-iP302 cable has an iPod dock connector on one end, and a USB (type-A) connector and separate 3.5mm audio & video connectors 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 rear-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-iP302 cable and include metadata browsing as well as the ability to choose any iPod playback mode to suit your listening application.
  • 3.5mm Audio Connector: The cable's 3.5mm audio connector plugs into your compatible Kenwood head unit's rear-panel 3.5mm audio input. The 3.5mm audio terminal transfers the music from your iPod/iPhone to your Kenwood multimedia head unit. By using an analog 3.5mm audio input, the music travels to the receiver as an analog signal, so you can even play the Digital-Rights-Protected files stored on your iPod/iPhone.
  • 3.5mm Video Connector: The cables' 3.5mm video connector plugs into your compatible Kenwood head unit's rear-panel 3.5mm video input. The 3.5mm video terminal transfers movies, TV shows, and music videos stored on your iPod/iPhone to your Kenwood multimedia head unit.

Note: The KCA-iP302 is a total of 6' long, from the iPod connector to the two audio & video miniplugs. The length of the cable from the iPod connector to the end of the USB connector is 34".

 
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5 out of 5

Barterville

Written By Christopher, Largo, FL on Thursday, October 17, 2013
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This particular item was self explanatory,very easy installation just plugged in behind unit...that was it now I wish everything in life was just a plug in an push lol
Pros:
Easy as 123,ABC
Cons:
-0- none whatsoever!
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5 out of 5

Kenwood KCA-IP302

Written By Errol J, Sherwood Park, AB on Saturday, August 17, 2013
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This cable works great. No connections issues.
Pros:
Easy installation. Works as described with my head unit. Ipod works flawlessly.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

iPod Cable

Written By ck808, Hilo, HI on Sunday, August 04, 2013
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First, I bought one of those cables from eBay and had nothing but problems. That cable wouldn't allow videos to be played, album art to be displayed correctly, and the sound quality was horrible. The cable from Crutchfield works flawlessly. Videos can be played, album art displays perfectly, and the sound quality is amazing. I highly recommend this product.
Pros:
Works perfectly, long cable, made specifically for kenwood
Cons:
Cable is pretty thick, should come with decks these days
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5 out of 5

Kenwood KCA-IP302 iPod® cable

Written By J B, Charlotte, nc on Saturday, May 18, 2013
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If you are looking to buy one of these cords then you must buy this one. Stay away from the cheap eBay cords because you will be sorry you did. Stick with the OEM cord and it will give you nothing but happiness. No problems at all.
Pros:
Very sturdy and reliable.
Cons:
None so far
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5 out of 5

Kenwood KCA-IP302 iPod® cable

Written By juan, north riverside, il on Thursday, March 07, 2013
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Works nice love it
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2 out of 5

Falls apart

Written By Mike Thomas, Port orchard WA on Sunday, August 26, 2012
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This is my 3rd cable. They tend to fall apart after a few months. I wish they made them more durable for every day use. Cable works great tho
Pros:
Works awesome
Cons:
Falls apart easily, have to replace it every couple months
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5 out of 5

Kenwood KCA-IP302 iPod® cable

Written By Jim, Durham, NC on Monday, August 13, 2012
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Works
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5 out of 5

Great Product

Written By Matt I, Clarksville, TN on Thursday, May 17, 2012
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Item works as stated, great addition to any Kenwood video unit.
Pros:
Everything
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Kenwood KCA-IP302 iPod® cable

Written By Anonymous, Wheaton, MD on Tuesday, May 01, 2012
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Perfect replacement for a three year old cable that stopped working
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5 out of 5

Kenwood KCA-IP302 iPod® cable

Written By Jose, Miami on Sunday, September 25, 2011
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Great, excellent
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5 out of 5

KCA-IPod 302

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

Works like a charm!

Written By Scott B, Austin, TX on Monday, May 23, 2011
 
The connections were obvious and the results were everything you could hope for. It not only worked with my iPhone 4, but also my iPad (I haven't tried and iPad 2). It not only plays music, but also video, as long as the video is accessible via iPod app.

It will not play other video, for example it won't play YouTube videos. The iPhone / iPad will indicate on it's own screen that a TV is connected and playing the video, but there is no reaction from the receiver. I believe this to be a limitation of the software in my particular Kenwood receiver, and not the cable connector..
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1 question already asked

has anyone tried this with the Iphone 5s with the 30 pin adapter? If so does it work with audio and video? Can you control the music from the Kenwood face? [ brandon  Jul 21, 2014 ]
1 answer
  • Sorry, I only use my Nano iPod with this cable. But, it does work with audio and video, and yes I can control everything from the Kenwood touch screen. [ GENE R   Jul 22, 2014 ]

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