P.I.E.'s KNW/USB-202V iPod cable lets you enjoy listening to your music when you're on the road, and viewing video content when parked. It connects your compatible iPod or iPhone® to select 2011-up Kenwood multimedia receivers with a front-panel USB port and front-panel 3.5mm audio/video input. And it'll control and charge your device while it's connected, too.

This cable works with Kenwood's DNX5180, DNX6180, DNX6980, DNX7180, KIV-701, and KIV-BT901 receivers. Warranty: 1 year.

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.

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What's in the box?

  • USB/iPod interface cable (with a iPod dock connector on one end and a USB type-A connector/3.5mm AV connector on other end)

Features and Specs

General
Adapter Type A/V + Control
Vehicle Specific No
Brand Specific Kenwood
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
iPod Compatibility
Full-Size Classic/5Gen
Nano Nano6/Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/
Touch Touch4/Touch3/Touch2/Touch1
Mini No
iPhone Phone4/Phone3GS/Phone3G/Phone

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Features

Overview: The PIE KNW/USB-202V USB Direct Connection Cable for iPod allows you to connect your compatible iPod or iPhone to a 2011-up Kenwood multimedia head unit which features a front-panel USB port and rear-panel 3.5mm audio/video input. This cable enables the Kenwood head unit to control and charge the iPod/iPhone while connected. You will be able to listen to and view your iPod/iPhone's music and video files with your compatible Kenwood multimedia head unit.

Kenwood head unit Compatibility: The PIE KNW/USB-202V USB Direct Cable for iPod is compatible with 2011 and later Kenwood Multimedia head units equipped with a front-panel USB port and a rear-panel 3.5mm audio/video terminal. Current compatible Kenwood head units include (as of November 2011).

  • DNX: 5180, 6180, 6980, 7180
  • KIV: 701
  • KIV-BT: 901

iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The PIE KNW/USB-202V 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 November 2011):

iPod/iPhone Model Gen. Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
Audio Video head unit iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Text Track Info
dock connector 3rd N/A N N N N N N N
clickwheel
color
4th N/A N N N N N N N
mini 1st N/A N N N N N N N
2nd N/A N N N N N N N
video 5th 1.3 Y Y Y N Y Y Y
classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
120GB 2.0.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
160GB 2.0.4 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y
2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
3rd 1.1.3 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
4th 1.0.4 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
5th 1.0.2 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
6th 1.0 PC Y N Y Y Y Y Y
touch 1st 2.2.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
2nd 4.2.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
3rd 4.2.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
4th 4.2.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
iPhone 2G 3.1.2 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
3G 3.1.2 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
3GS 3.1.2 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
4 4.2.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y

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 revert to the older software version or wait until a newer software update is available.

Connections: The PIE KNW/USB-202V cable has an iPod dock connector on one end, and a USB (type-A) connector and a right-angle 3.5mm AV connector 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 front-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 PIE KNW/USB-202V cable and include metadata browsing as well as the ability to choose any iPod playback mode to suit your listening application.
  • 3.5mm AV Connector: The cable's right-angle 3.5mm AV connector plugs into your compatible Kenwood head unit's rear-panel 3.5mm audio/video input. The 3.5mm audio/video terminal transfers the music and video from your iPod/iPhone to your Kenwood multimedia head unit. By using the 3.5mm AV input, the music travels to the receiver as an analog signal, so you can even play the Digital-Rights-Protected files on your iPod/iPhone.

Note: The PIE KNW/USB-202V is a total of 6' long, from the iPod connector to the A/V minijack. The length of the cable from the iPod connector to the end of the USB connector is 3".

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Perfect replacement, at two thirds the price.

Written By JLindy27, Valley Cottage, NY on Saturday, July 27, 2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Cable was perfect replacement for broken cable, costs less than the Kenwood cable. Quality on construction was good, went in easily and works as expected. Good deal.

P.I.E. iPod® Adapter for Kenwood

Written By Dan, Yakima Wa on Saturday, June 15, 2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Heavy duty chord.

Pros: Seems durable works great with my iPhone.

Cons: Connector end to phone seems a little flimsy. I have had it disconnect from the phone on a few occasions.

bad product

Written By g-s tacoma upgrade, Nyack, NY on Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The P.I.E. iPod® Adapter for Kenwood, starting having problems shortly after install. Now it does not work at all, now I have to get a new one, and redo the install. The rest of the Kenwood system w/ Nav and Bluetooth I installed works great and has bumbed my Taco to a new level.

P.I.E. iPod® Adapter for Kenwood

Written By Anonymous, CA on Monday, October 01, 2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

It wasn't the original Kenwood cable that was sent to me. However, it works really well. I just wished the cable that connects to the iPod was not as stiff. It's like having a ruler in the glove box.

Pros: Works really well.

Cons: Wire is too stiff