Overview: The Kenwood KOS-A300 External Media Controller is
a factory radio upgrade solution which allows you to add an iPod or Zune
portable digital music player, advanced Bluetooth hands-free phone operation
(via optional Bluetooth module), and Satellite or HD Radio (requires optional
tuner) to your existing factory audio system (which must include an auxiliary
input). The KOS-A300 also includes an Auxiliary input for connection of any
portable audio device. The Kenwood KOS-A300 is a 3-piece device which includes a
LCD Display Unit, Rotary Control Knob, and Hide-Away Module.
LCD Display Unit: The Kenwood KOS-A300 includes an external LCD
display to indicate source information from your connected devices (such as iPod
text, Satellite or HD Radio text, or Bluetooth text). The LCD display offers
4-lines of text, or 2-lines of text with graphics. The LCD display also offers
variable illumination (10 colors) so your can customize the KOS-A300 to match
your vehicle's dash lighting. In addition, the LCD display offers an adjustable
contrast (1-10) and adjustable dimmer (Auto/On/Off). The LCD display can either
be flush or surface mounted. The LCD display comes with a flush-mount bracket so
the unit can be recessed in the dash for a more custom look. The LCD display
also comes with a self-adhesive mount so it can easily be placed on your dash or
console. The self-adhesive mount allows you to swivel the LCD display left/right
and angle the display up/down. The LCD display features an attached 10' cable
terminated by a proprietary connector which plugs into this system's hide-away
Rotary Control Dial: The Kenwood KOS-A300 includes a 7-way
wired-remote rotary-commander with 3 additional push-buttons. This rotary
controller provides complete control over the KOS-A300 and your connected audio
sources (such as: iPod, Zune, Bluetooth, HD or SAT Radio). The rotary control
dial comes with a surface-mount bracket to install the unit on your dash or
console. The rotary control dial features an attached 6.5' cable terminated by a
3.5mm connector which plugs into this system's hide-away box.
Hide-Away Connection Module: The Kenwood KOS-A300 includes a hide-away
box which includes all the connections for the system. The hide-away module
includes all the necessary audio inputs for connecting your compatible audio
devices and an audio output to connect to your factory headunit. The hide-away
box features integrated mounting flanges and can easily be installed under a
seat. The hide-away module features the following connections.
- Power: The KOS-A300's hide-away module features a 6-pin molex
plug for connecting the supplied 8' power/ground harness which includes the
following connections: 12V accessory (Red), 12V constant (Yellow), Ground
(Black), Illumination (Orange/white), and Mute (Brown).
- Display: This is a proprietary multi-pin port for connecting the
LCD display unit.
- Remote In: There is a 3.5mm jack for connecting the rotary
- USB: The KOS-A300 features a USB type-A port for connecting a
portable digital audio device such as an iPod or Zune.
- KAB: This is a proprietary Kenwood port for connecting optional
proprietary Kenwood sources, such as: Bluetooth, HD Radio, XM Radio, or
- Aux In: The hide-away module features a stereo RCA auxiliary
input for connecting a external portable audio source such as a CD player.
- Line Out: The unit's stereo RCA line output connects to your
factory radio's auxiliary input to deliver audio from connected audio
USB Port: The Kenwood KOS-A300 features a USB type-A port for
connecting a portable USB mass storage device. The KOS-A300 supports the
playback of MP3 (8-320kbps), WMA (48-192kbps), and AAC (16-320kbps) audio files
stored on a USB mass storage device formatted in FAT16 or FAT32. The unit can
recognize up to 500 folders, 4096 files per folder, and 15000 total files. The
KOS-A300 also supports basic playback operation (such as: Play/Pause, Folder
Skip, File Skip, Random) and text display.
Note: This unit supports the PC application "Kenwood Music Editor
Lite version 1.0 or later. When you connect a USB mass storage device
with database information added by the Kenwood Music Editor Lite 1.0, you
can search a compressed music file by title, album, or artist name.
iPod/Zune Compatible: The KOS-A300's single USB type-A port is also
compatible with select Apple iPods (using the Kenwood KCA-iP101 or standard
USB/iPod dock cable) and Microsoft Zunes (using proprietary cable supplied with
Zune). The unit supports audio playback, control, text display, and charging of
select iPod and Zune models. You can choose to control your connected iPod from
the KOS-A300's rotary controller or from the iPod's click-wheel/touch-screen
(the Zune player's controls will be locked). The Kenwood KOS-A300 allows you to
browse your iPod's music content by Artist, Album, Genre, or Composer in
alphabetical order (offers only basic playback functions for Zune players). The
Kenwood KOS-A300 External Media Controller supports the following Apple iPod and
Microsoft Zune models.
- iPod: iPod video (5th gen), iPod classic (80/120/160GB), iPod
nano (1st/2nd/3rd/4th/5th/6th gen), iPod touch (1st/2nd/3rd gen), iPhone
- Zune: V2 Zune (80GB), V2 Zune (4/8GB), V1 Zune (30GB)
Bluetooth Ready: The Kenwood KOS-A300 is Bluetooth
compatible using the optional Kenwood KCA-BT300 Bluetooth adapter. Using the
KCA-BT300 and the adapter's supplied microphone you can make and answer phone
calls using the KOS-A300's wired remote-control knob and LCD display, as well as
listen to audio files stored on a Bluetooth enabled audio player through your
factory audio system. You can make and answer calls from your cell-phone using
the KOS-A300 using the unit's wired-remote commander and LCD display; you can
dial a number directly, dial from your downloaded Phonebook information (up to
1,000 numbers), or dial out from an outgoing/incoming call list. This unit all
supports Voice Recognition if your mobile-phone is Voice Recognition compatible
(the unit supports up to 35 voice-tags). In addition, the unit features SMS
(Short Message Service) so you can read short text messages that were delivered
to your cell-phone on the KOS-A300's LCD display. When your cell-phone is
called, the KOS-A300 mutes your factory audio system automatically (you will
need to hook-up Brown Mute-Wire of the harness). The KOS-A300 also supports Call
Waiting (subscription required) so you can answering an incoming call with your
current call suspended. You are able to register up to five compatible Bluetooth
cell phones, but only one compatible Bluetooth cell phone can be connected when
using the KCA-BT300 adapter.
Note: Visit Kenwood.com for a complete list of compatible
Bluetooth enabled phones.
HD Radio Ready: The KOS-A300 is HD Radio ready. HD Radio
provides FM broadcasts that are equal to CD sound quality and AM broadcasts that
are as good as analog FM stereo broadcasts. With an optional Kenwood HD Radio
tuner (item # 113HR300), you will be able to receive digital AM/FM broadcasts
from local stations where available. In addition to conventional broadcasts,
with HD Radio broadcasting it is possible to choose from up to 8 multicast
programs (HD1 to HD8 and analog). There are also data programs for each program.
This new technology will significantly improve audio quality and reception, as
well as include information such as artist name and song titles or traffic news,
viewable on the KOS-A300's LCD display. You can store 18 FM and 6 AM stations in
the unit's preset memory.
Note: You cannot connect the HD Radio tuner along with a Satellite
Radio tuner. You can only connect one or the other.
Satellite Radio Ready: There are several options for
connecting an optional XM or SIRIUS Satellite Radio tuner to the KOS-A300
- Sirius: To receive SIRIUS Satellite Radio, you can
connect the optional SIRIUS Universal Vehicle Tuner (607SCC1) and the
optional Kenwood Sirius Satellite Radio Interface (113CASR20V); package #
700SIRKENV; or you can connect the optional CA-SR20V Kenwood Sirius
Satellite Radio Interface and the SiriusConnect vehicle docking kit
(607SCVDOC1); package # 700SIRKENP, along with your compatible SIRIUS Dock &
Play receiver. SIRIUS Satellite Radio features more than 120 streams of
original programming beamed coast-to-coast, including 65 streams of
commercial-free, digital-quality music, and news, talk, sports,
entertainment, and children's programming.
- XM: A portable XM Satellite Radio receiver can be
connected to the headunit via its auxiliary input.
Note: A subscription is also required to receive
satellite radio programming from SIRIUS or XM.
Auxiliary Input: The KOS-A300 External Media Controller features a
stereo RCA auxiliary input for connecting an external portable audio device,
such as a CD player. The unit's auxiliary input's name can be set to AUX, DVD,
Portable, Game, Video, or TV. You can adjust the input level of the auxiliary
input from -8 to +8.
Favorite Control: You can register the operation procedure to select
your favorite Satellite or HD Radio, broadcast station, iPod Playlists/Artists,
or Bluetooth phone number, allowing you to find your favorite selections
LCD Display Unit:
- Width = 3.9375"
- Height = 1.625"
- Depth = 0.875"
LCD Display Flush-Mount Bracket:
- Width = 4.875"
- Height = 2.5625"
- Depth = 0.9375"
- Width = 4.145"
- Height = 1.815"
- Depth = 0.875"
Rotary Control Dial:
- Width = 2.365"
- Height = 2.635"
- Depth = 1.765"
Hide-Away Connection Module:
- Width = 6.875"
- Height = 1.25"
- Depth = 5.795"