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Kenwood KCA-MH100

5-pin cable for using select Android™ smartphones with HDMI-equipped Kenwood multimedia receivers

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Kenwood's KCA-MH100 6-foot cable connects your Android phone to select Kenwood multimedia receivers. The HDMI connection plugs into the rear input on your Kenwood receiver, while the 5-pin connector plugs into your compatible Android. You'll be able to check out your smartphone's apps on the receiver's bigger display. Warranty: 1 year.

Kenwood KCA-MH100 Reviews

Average Customer Review:

16 Reviews

Works

Written by: Rich from Nevada City, CA on January 20, 2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

It works well.

Pros: Works

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Kenwood KCA-MH100

Written by: CarmenY from New Jersey on January 18, 2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The device works, however... The technology is not ready for prime time. I was able to mirror my screen without any issues and with the touch screen app running on my phone, I was also able to "manipulate" the controls. There are some "keystrokes" that do not work like zoom in/out. My biggest complaint is when the phone is connected via this cable, the bluetooth connectivity for the phone drops out. So while I could use Waze with good results and launch other apps, when a phone call came in and I answered it by pressing a button on the head unit, the phone's speaker/mic were active not the head unit's devices. Since the phone was in my glove compartment, it was not easy to have a conversation. For reference the phone is a Sony Xperia.

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Not Sure...

Written by: Derek S. from Wisconsin on January 8, 2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I tried connecting my phone (Samsung Galaxy S5) to my head unit (Kenwood DNN992) with this cable and was unable to do anything but charge it. I probably am using it wrong but didn't care to try any further with it because I thought it would just allow me to display my phone on my head unit's display. As soon as I realized it charged my phone, I didn't like that and unplugged it. I may never use the cable again. I've had problems with this phone using an HDMI/MHL setup before so I can't totally blame this cable for not displaying on the head unit. I can say that I am now using a HDMI wifi adapter to display my phone on my head unit. It's a "Actiontec ScreenBeam Mini2" wireless display receiver. This thing works awesome. No cables and you charge your phone when you want to.

Pros: Charges your phone.

Cons: Charges your phone even if you don't want it to.

Nice accessory

Written by: PaulS from New York on January 1, 2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works well with htc m8, easy to install.

Pros: Fits well in the hdmi slot on my ddx9902

Cons: Very long cable, shorter would be more convenient in my installation.

Kenwood cable

Written by: NickS from Wisconsin on December 16, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Hooked the cable to the back of my dnn992 and it worked right then and there.

Pros: Problems with my phone not the cable.

Cons: None

Not worth the effort

Written by: SSM from Pennsylvania on December 13, 2015

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Does not work with Galaxy Note 4.. Requires a 5 to 11 pin adaptor not included use a Microsoft wireless dongle instead since Kenwood can seem to sell there own in the USA.

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Kenwood MHL to DDX9702s

Written by: Curtis from California on November 23, 2015

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I have a Nexus 5. I upgrade my car stereo to use Android Auto and MHL to mirror my screen when I am parked and just hanging out. So I thought I would try with what I have and and it didn't work. I have an extension from the back of the radio to my counsel so I can get to it easy. I used my slim port and didn't work with Kenwood. So I read some more and found out they tell you that you need to use their cable only and no extensions. So I ordered this cable and when I received it I had to remove my stereo and test it. Well it worked the same as it did with the extension and slimport. Well not the same. the extension and slimport worked better. I didn't get a display with either. But the extension and slimport I was able to moved a pointer from the stereo unit to the phone. I have a Yamaha home receiver that works perfect with my Nexus and MHL-slimport but not with the Kenwood MHL cable. So I can't use this cable with anything in my house.

Pros: None for me. I can say if you have a Nexus 5 with any OS version it will not work on the Kenwood DDX9702s. If you are using another phone and stereo, you may have better luck.

Cons: Would be nice if they tell you why their mhl is not the same as others and if it is why you must use theirs. No wiring diagram.

Crutchfield response on November 23, 2015 Once we saw this review, our Tech Support team reached out to help the customer. We'll either help him get this working the way it should, or help him return it for an exchange or refund.

Don't get this.

Written by: FatSteve from Tennessee on October 30, 2015

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Didn't do anything but cost me money. All of the documentation I could find says it's the cable I need to connect my Galaxy Note 4 to my Jensen VX7022. It didn't work. Looks like I need a 5-pin to 11-pin adapter, but even then it still may not work. I am considering seeing if I can make a return.

Pros: It's black and looks like a fancy cable.

Cons: Doesn't work.

Good product

Written by: JLo from Florida on October 25, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Good cable. Does what is advertised

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Worthless purchase

Written by: joker28 from Illinois on October 17, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Do not buy

Pros: Seems to be well made

Cons: The whole MHL thing is a crock. What is new technology with car audio is already being discontinued by phone manufacturers. They should include the 5 pin to 11 pin adapter for Samsung products.

Does not work with some samsung phones

Written by: Jason123 from Pennsylvania on October 17, 2015

Gave it a 3 for the price. Do the research on your phone before buying this. Some samsung phones use an 11 pin micro usb rather than the standard 5 pin. Also, my kenwood dnx692 only puts out 0.9 amps through the html port. This is not enough to charge my note 4. I had to buy a cable from another retailer that dovetails to a usb port that I needed to source and then wire in behind the stereo. Worst part is tearing the dash apart twice. Not so much the cables fault, but there is no documentation on the site that tells you this stuff.

Pros: Well made cable.

Cons: No documentation on the Crutchfield site. Very expensive - multiple times the price of other sites.

May need an adapter

Written by: Dane H from Kansas on September 11, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works great.... with an adapter. Only reason I give it 4 stars is because of the need for an additional adapter for my Note 4. I failed to read the reviews before purchase & had Crutchfield's Technical Support, which was great, inform me of the needed adapter.

Pros: Works great!

Cons: The need for an additional adapter with newer Samsung phones.

Works with my HTC One m7

Written by: Sione from San Jose, CA on February 4, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works with the Verizon HTC One m7 on my Kenwood DNX891HD and it charges my phone at the same time which is a big plus.

Pros: I get to watch youtube and NetFlix now from my phone on my Kenwood deck.

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you might need more...

Written by: G Money from Scarborough, ME on January 9, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Cable works great. I have a NOTE 4 (and I believe Note 3 will have the same issue) you need a 5 pin to 11 pin adapter. I bought one online. The cable will not work with a samsung note 4 without this adapter. with it...it works perfectly. for the head unit I have a Kenwood DDX8901HD. this is for using the MHL feature. hope this helps save someone some time. but the cable itself is perfect....

Pros: not much to screw up...unless they come in an 11 pin version

Cons: only works with the samsung note 4 (and I believe note 3) with a 5 pin to 11 pin adapter.

BIG PICTURE

Written by: highdef1 from OH on November 1, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This is the second one I purchased from Crutchfield. The 1st on is hooked into my new Kenwood 7" display radio and it worked so well I thought I would try it with my 65" LCD flat screen. Well it's pretty cool looking at the pics taken with my Galaxy S5 through a 65" screen. Works flawlessly thru my Onkyo receiver hdmi input then into the tv. Also checked out iheart radio from my Galaxy, with this connection, sound through my 9.2 surround is system awesome and reading the lyrics for the song was pretty darn easy on 65 inches of screen.

Pros: Harness is six feet in length

Cons: Some phones require an adaptor to function properly. Samsung HDTV Adapter TIP (5 to 11 Pin Converter) EPL-FU10BEBSTD for Galaxy

does the job...ish

Written by: Anonymous from honolulu hi on October 4, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

First off if you have a newer phone with the micro usb most likely you'll need a 5-pin to 11-pin adapter in order to use this cable. That being said once i got that this thing works as advertised but it would be nice if they sold these as 11-pin straight out of the box or at least make it an option when ordering. i have a Samsung galaxy note 3 btw. Also if i had to do it over again i would just go with a regular hdmi cable and then buy whatever adapter was needed to fit my phone as it leaves you with more options.

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Cons: Needed adapter to function correctly with my phone.

Hands-on research

What's in the box?

  • 6' microUSB-to-HDMI MHL cable
  • "Declaration of Conformity with regard to the RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU" note

Product Research

Features

microUSB-to-HDMI MHL Cable: The Kenwood KCA-MH100 is microUSB-to-HDMI MHL cable for use select 2014 Kenwood DDX, DNX and DNN series DVD or navigation receivers w/ a rear-panel HDMI port. The KCA-MH100 allows MHL-enabled Android phones to connect via microUSB and show apps on the screen of the compatible Kenwood receiver.

Kenwood Head Unit Compatibility: The Kenwood KCA-MH100 works with select 2014 Kenwood DDX, DNX and DNN series DVD or navigation receivers w/ a rear-panel HDMI port

Connectors: The Kenwood KCA-MH100 cable features a microUSB connector on one end that plugs into your MHL-enabled Android phone and a HDMI connector on the other end that plugs into the rear-panel HDMI input of your compatible Kenwood multimedia receiver.

Note: The Samsung Galaxy S3/S4 and Galaxy Note II require an additional 3rd party MHL microUSB 5-pin to 11-pin adapter (sold separately).

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Customer Q&A

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Why did you buy this?

This is necessary to interface my Samsung S5 to the Kenwood stereo for mirroring functionality. [ Richard  Jan 07, 2016 ]

3 questions already asked

You need to buy a 5 pin to 11 pin adapter for this to work with the Galaxy S5. This is a 5 pin cable but the Galaxy S5 has an 11 pin port. You can get the adapters pretty cheap. The last Galaxy phone to use the 5 pin port was the S2. The S3, S4, & S5 have the 11 pin port. The S6 does not have mhl functionality at all. [ Derek  Jan 13, 2016 ]
If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Krissy  Sep 30, 2015 ]  Staff
Hello Michael, my understanding is that you canniot mirror any Android to these models. That ability I believe starts with the 4-digit models. I hopes this helps. [ John  Sep 02, 2015 ]
HI Michael, I'm sorry but I can't be of any help. I basically use my dnx692 for the navigation and the dvd player. So I personally don't even know how to do it. I wish I could be of some assistance to your question. Good luck, jeff C [ JEFFERY  Aug 18, 2015 ]
The short answer is yes, however you will only be able to mirror the phone image over. If you want to use the DNX screen as a touch screen for what is mirrored from your phone, I would recommend using this cable. It does both mirroring and touchscreen functionality for older 5 pin android smart phones. http://www.crutchfield.com/p_530HDMA2/Soundstream-HDM-A2-Cable.html you will have to download the Kenwood Smartphone Control app in the android Play store to do that. I hope to have a video on youtube showing how to setup and use this so hit me back on my email if that is something you'd like to see. Karl [ Karl  Aug 18, 2015 ]
Based on my research, which I believe to be correct, the Galaxy S2 was the last phone to have the 5 pin port. The S3, S4, & S5 all have the 11 pin port. The S6 does not have mhl functionality at all. You need the 5 pin to 11 pin adapter because the cable has 5 pins but most modern phones have an 11 pin port. [ Derek  Jan 13, 2016 ]
My Note 3 needed a 5 pin to 11 pin adapter, no display without it. You can also only view your phone display, no controlling your phone from Kenwood head unit. S4 and up probably need adapter also. [ KEVIN  May 28, 2014 ]
Do not buy this wire buy the Samsung adapter better [ Ernesto  May 28, 2014 ]
Thanks .Everything okay. [ artur  May 28, 2014 ]

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