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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-RC55MR 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. A 2-line LCD screen lets you keep tabs on what you're listening to. 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 remote control w/ integrated LCD (attached 39" cable terminated by a proprietary 8-pin connector)
  • Self-adhesive foam gasket
  • Mounting bracket
  • 2 Threaded bolts
  • 2 Split-washers
  • 2 Wing-nuts
  • Instruction Manual (En/Fr/Sp)

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Marine Rated: The Kenwood KCA-RC55MR marine wired remote control is designed to withstand the harsh marine environment (meets IPX7 waterproof  standards). 

Compatibility: The KCA-RC55MR marine wired remote control is compatible with the Kenwood KMR-550U, KMR-555U, KMR-700U, and KMR-440U marine head units which feature a proprietary 8-pin remote input.

  • up to three KCA-RC55MR remotes can be connected to the KMR-700U and KMR-555U marine head units
  • up to two KCA-RC55MR remotes can be connected to the KMR-550U marine head unit
  • only one KCA-RC55MR remote can be connected to the KMR-440 marine head unit

Note: Kenwood's Y-adapter accessory is required for connection of multiple remotes (CAY55MR, sold separately from manufacture).

LCD: The add-on marine wired remote features an LCD display which lets you view source information, so you can mount your compatible Kenwood marine head unit out of sight. The LCD display provides an adjustable contrast (0-10) for better visibility out on the open water.

Controls: The KCA-RC55MR wired remote allows you to access all major functions of your compatible Kenwood marine receiver, as well as control peripherals like iPod or Satellite Radio.

Proprietary Connection: The Kenwood KCA-RC55MR features an attached 39" cable terminated by a proprietary 8-pin connector which plugs into your compatible Kenwood marine receiver's rear-panel proprietary remote input.

Installation: The Kenwood wired remote control comes with a mounting bracket and hardware that allows it to be mounted flush in your vessel for a neat and clean looking installation.

Note: The wired remote requires a cutout diameter of 2.075", mounting depth of 0.515", and mounting height of 0.805".
 
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Video: Kenwood 2013 Marine Receivers

Video: Kenwood 2013 Marine Receivers

by Zak Billmeier
3/8/2013
 
Video: Kenwood 2013 Marine Receivers

A marine receiver has to do more than just look good and sound great. It also has to stand up to salt, spray, sunlight, and rough weather. Kenwood designed their 2013 marine receivers and remotes to...

 
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4 out of 5

Great for boating!

Written By Ryan, Virginia on Monday, June 24, 2013
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Great little wired remote that I installed with my radio, I love it! It alows you to control everything that the radio can do through it, even adjusting the bass and treble + sub level! Would defiantly recommend this!
Pros:
Easy use
Cons:
Screen is a little hard to see but I mounted it kinda low and I think that's why.
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Does this remote unit work with the Marine KMR-d358? [ Ryan  Jul 09, 2014 ]
1 answer
  • I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: Not according to the information posted on our website: Optional Marine Wired Remote: The Kenwood KCA-RC35MR wired marine remote control (113RC35MR, sold separately) is designed to withstand the harsh marine environment. The Kenwood add-on wired remote features source selector, music search, and volume control buttons. Note: The head unit's wired remote input wire (blue/yellow) also lets you keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with an optional steering wheel audio control adapter (sold separately). Please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible. So, the only one we list as compatible is the KCA-RC35MR: http://www.crutchfield.com/p_113RC35MR/Kenwood-KCA-RC35MR.html 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 10, 2014 ]
Can the KCA-RC55MR work with the KMR-D558BT? [ Mark  Apr 08, 2014 ]
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  • I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: That KCA-RC55MR marine remote is not listed as compatible with the KMR-D558BT marine receiver. The only remote listed for it is the KCA-RC35MR, pictured below: http://www.crutchfield.com/p_113RC35MR/Kenwood-KCA-RC35MR.html?tp=61747 From our website on the KCA-RC55MR: Compatibility: The KCA-RC55MR marine wired remote control is compatible with the Kenwood KMR-550U, KMR-555U, KMR-700U, and KMR-440U marine head units which feature a proprietary 8-pin remote input. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy Staff  Apr 11, 2014 ]
I am looking to install this on the transom of my boat. How big is the hole for the installation? I read a Sony one that required an almost 3.5" hole for install. Any details on the installation would be great. Thanks. [ Dave  Feb 08, 2014 ]
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  • I haven't installed mine yet as I'm waiting for warmer weather to work on the pontoon. I measured the 3M gasket's inside section that comes with the wired remote and it looks like you'll need to make a 2 inch hole for the Kenwood remote. [ Jared   Feb 09, 2014 ]
  • I don't remember but Im pretty sure it's smaller than that prob like 2" [ JASON R   Feb 08, 2014 ]
  • I really don't remember. One of my guys did the work I can't imagine needing a 3" hole to mount it though. Still depending on where you want to mount it 3" shouldn't be a big deal either [ GREG   Feb 08, 2014 ]
  • 2.075" cutout. Unit is 3.47" in diameter. Mounting depth is .515". I put mine in a standard size gage hole in the dash. Make sure the surface is flat. Otherwise you can easily crack the unit from the uneven stress load. [ MATTHEW   Feb 08, 2014 ]
Just curious as to if I can get this remote to work with Kenwood head units other than the marine units. I read the details, it has an 8 pin connector and is designed to work with select marine head units. Is the 8 pin connector something that would work with some of the "car" audio? I have a KDC-X597 remotely located in a dry area of my boat. Trying to figure out if this will work with that unit. [ Andrew  Jan 12, 2014 ]
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  • You will want to contact an Advisor by phone or online chat to discuss compatibility with your current system. They will be able to pull up your receiver and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you. [ Jeff Staff  Jan 13, 2014 ]
Is the remote water proof? [ Rick  Dec 18, 2013 ]
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  • I do not know personally, but read a review that said it was not. I had already purchased and installed the radio. So I was stuck. [ JOHN   Dec 20, 2013 ]
  • Yes and has a nice foam gasket behind it. [ JASON R   Dec 19, 2013 ]
  • It is at lease water resistant. My installation was in a car but it sure looks to be waterproof. [ ROGER   Dec 19, 2013 ]
  • I purchased this unit and plan on installing in the spring. I opened the box and examined the unit, it appears to be waterproof and well made. My install location is on the helm of an express boat and not subject to the elements. Hope this helps you. [ JACK   Dec 19, 2013 ]
  • Yes it is and I love this remote so far! [ DALE E   Dec 19, 2013 ]
  • Yes it is [ GREG   Dec 19, 2013 ]
  • Meets IPX7 waterproof standards. [ MATTHEW   Dec 19, 2013 ]

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