Kenwood KCA-RC35MR

Wired marine remote control

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Stay in control of your Kenwood marine receiver even if it's mounted below decks. The KCA-RC35MR wired remote gives you access to major functions of your Kenwood marine receiver — features like power on and off, volume, source, and track up/down. This wired remote eliminates any need to be in the receiver's line of sight, and its operation isn't affected by bright sunlight.

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  • Marine wired remote (with 8" attached power/ground/illumination/SWC leads)
  • 1-Amp mini-ATC fuse (installed on power wire)
  • Mounting bracket
  • Bolt
  • Lock-washer
  • Wing nut
  • Self-adhesive foam gasket
  • Instruction Manual

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Compatibility: The KCA-RC35MR marine wired remote control is compatible with Kenwood marine and in-dash head units that feature a SWC remote wire (blue/yellow). The Kenwood KCA-RC35MR marine wired remote control is designed to withstand the harsh marine environment.

Backlit Controls: The Kenwood KCA-RC35MR features source selection, music search, volume up/down, and mute control buttons. The KCA-RC35MR provides backlit illumination so it is easy to see at night.

Installation: The Kenwood KCA-RC35MR is designed to be surface-mounted using the supplied mounting bracket and hardware. The KCA-RC35MR offers a 4-wire installation; Ignition (red), Remote (blue/yellow), Illumination (orange), and Ground (black). The attached 4-wire harness is only 8" long and may require the purchase of additional lengths of wire (sold separately).

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5 out of 5

Kenwood Remote

Written By Steve, Wichita, KS on Thursday, July 03, 2014
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I use it for my hot tub... works great!
Wish had more detailed instructions to connections
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5 out of 5

great accessory

Written By Stormin99, Annapolis, MD on Saturday, July 20, 2013
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Easy install and large keys make control easy.
Large legible keys
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Kenwood KCA-RC35MR

Written By Michael W., North Charleston, SC on Tuesday, July 16, 2013
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I was dreaming about a device that could control the radio from across the boat and WHAT. Kenwood made it. How fantastic was this. the device works well and easy to install.
functionallity is great
Trying to figure out where to drill the hole for ease of access while driving on the water.
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4 out of 5

Simple yet sophisticated

Written By bigtxp, Cincinnati, OH on Monday, June 17, 2013
I just purchased and installed this remote over the weekend (paired with the KMR-355u headunit) near the transom of my boat so that it is accessible from the water. So far, it does everything as described. The only thing that it doesn't do is turn the headunit on and off (it will put it in standby mode which is very similiar to off). This isn't a big deal for me because I can turn the headunit off at the source but i don't have to get out of the water to control the volume and what is playing. I'm unsure of the longevity at this point, but will keep everyone updated. One thing I would recommend on the remote wiring diagram is to connect the orange wire (illumination) to the power control wire on the headunit instead of wiring it into the power wire (red) on the remote. This will allow your remote to illuminate only when the CD unit is in use thus saving precious boat battery. Great product so far, only reason for 4 stars is that I don't know how long it will last and that is most important to me.
Simple, does the job, looks nice.
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My KMR-350U receiver in my boat is at the Captain's helm (right side), can I install one remote on the passenger side glovebox area (left) and a "second" remote unit on the stern of my boat (at the rear of the boat)? So, can two remotes be wired to one Kenwood KMR-350U? Thank you. [ bgman  Jul 12, 2014 ]
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  • I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: Although the owners manual for the radio and the remote don't mention installing two remotes tech support is saying you can install two remotes. They say you should have a good battery installed (probably should have a good battery whether you have two remotes or not). The owners manual for the remote strongly suggests professional installation for one, so you should definitely consider professional installation for two. The installer will be able to determine the best method for the connections, but tech is saying you can connect the wires from each remote to the wires of the Kenwood radio. Again, a professional will be sure everything is grounded and protected as it should. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy Staff  Jul 15, 2014 ]
How many can I hook up to my stereo? Can I just wire 2 of them together? [ Don  May 25, 2014 ]
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  • I bought two remotes and had them installed without any problems. One was placed by the driver and the other on the left side/rear. The wires meet at the reciever and I have not had any problems with the two remotes. [ MATTHEW   May 26, 2014 ]
Currently have the Kenwood KMR- 525 installed in the boat. I would like to install two of these remotes in the boat. What else is needed to be ordered besides two of these remotes. Also what kind of communication wire is needed between the remote and receiver? Thanks! [ Grant  Mar 16, 2014 ]
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  • The Remote Works Great. No Special Cables Are Needed To Hook Them Up. Each Remote Needs A Connection of 4 Wires. 12V+ , Gnd , A WIre For IlluminatioN, And 1 Wire For Communication. It's Best To Get Your 12V+ From The Same Place That The Radio Is Connected That Way Is Has Power When Your Radio Does. The Gnd Wire Can Connect To The Closest Ground Source. The Illumination Wire can Connect To You Dash Lights Switch Or Just Connect To The Same 12V+ source As above. The Communication Wire Connects To The Wire Labeled "Remote" On The Back Of The radio. Since Your Connecting Two Units Follow The same Procedure For Each. All wires Can Be Standard 16 Or 18 Gauge wire. [ ANDREW I   Mar 18, 2014 ]
  • Correction. KMR-555U [ Grant   Mar 17, 2014 ]
which marine stereo is this remote compatible with? [ Troy  Jan 23, 2014 ]
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  • Of the current models this remote is compatible with the KMR-358 and KMR-555u. You can find the 555u here: http://www.crutchfield.com/p_113KMR555U/Kenwood-KMR-555U.html?tp=61742 When looking at marine receivers you can click on the Accessories tab, then click on marine remotes to see the remotes that are compatible with that receiver. [ Jeff Staff  Jan 23, 2014 ]

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