P.I.E. iPod® Cable for Kenwood

Sends audio/video from your iPod or iPhone™ to your USB-equipped Kenwood DVD receiver

  • P.I.E. iPod® Cable for Kenwood



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by Zak Billmeier

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.

The KNW/USB-AV2 connecting cable from Precision Interface Electronics gives you high-speed access to the music and video on your video iPod or iPhone through your compatible Kenwood DVD receiver. One end of the cable plugs into your iPod's dock connector. The other end includes a USB cable, a miniplug audio cable, and a miniplug video cable, all of which connect to your Kenwood stereo's inputs.

The USB cable handles the control and charging of your iPod or iPhone, so you can navigate through your music files with the Kenwood's controls and view song info on its display. The miniplug connectors transfer the music and video from your iPod to the stereo's audio and video inputs. Music and video images travel to your stereo as analog signals, so you can even play the Digital Rights-protected files stored on your iPod. Warranty: 1 year.

Note: Be sure to check "Details" for specific Kenwood receiver and iPod model compatibility with this adapter.

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Features and Specs
Adapter Type
iPod A/V in w/ iPod control
Vehicle Specific
Brand Specific
Parts Warranty
1 Year
Labor Warranty
1 Year
iPod Compatibility
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  • 8' iPod audio/video cable with a proprietary Apple iPod connector on one end and USB type-A connector/right-angle stereo minijack/right-angle video minijack on other end

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Overview: The PIE KNW/USB-AV2 interface cable allows you to connect select iPods to a compatible Kenwood multimedia head unit with USB capability that also features an audio/video minijack input for audio/video playback. The interface cable enables your compatible Kenwood head unit to control, display, and charge the iPod while connected, as well as enable high-speed data communication. You will be able to play audio files as well as view video and still image files on your Kenwood Multimedia head unit's screen from your iPod.

Kenwood head unit Compatibility: The PIE KNW/USB-AV2 interface is compatible with the following Kenwood multimedia  and navigation head units that are equipped with a USB port and audio/video minijack input.

  • DNX Series: 7100, 7200
  • DDX Series: 7019, 7029, 8019, 8029, 8039,
  • KVT Series: 719DVD, 729DVD, 739DVD, 819DVD, 829DVD
  • KOS Series: V500, V1000

iPod Compatibility: The PIE KNW/USB-AV2 interface cable is "Made for iPod" compatible and supports the following iPod model features when connected to a compatible Kenwood multimedia or navigation head unit (as of 5/14/2013):

iPod/iPhone Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Text Track Info
video 5th 1.3 Y Y Y N Y Y Y
classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y Y Y N Y Y Y
120GB 2.0.1 Y Y Y N Y Y Y
160GB 2.0.4 Y Y Y N Y Y Y
nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y
2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y N Y Y Y
3rd 1.1.3 Y Y Y N Y Y Y
4th 1.0.4 Y Y Y N Y Y Y
5th 1.0.2 Y Y Y N Y Y Y
6th 1.1 PC Y N Y N Y Y Y
7th 1.2 N N N N N N N
touch 1st 2.2.1 Y Y Y N Y Y Y
2nd 4.2.1 N N N N N N N
3rd 5.1.1 N N N N N N N
4th 6.0 N N N N N N N
5th 6.0 N N N N N N N
iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y Y Y N Y Y Y
3G 4.2.1 N N N N N N N
3GS 5.1.1 N N N N N N N
4 6.0 N N N N N N N
4S 6.0 N N N N N N N
5 6.0 N N N N N N N
iPad 1 5.1.1 N N N N N N N
2 6.0 N N N N N N N
3 6.0 N N N N N N N
4 6.0 N N N N N N N
mini 6.0 N N N N N N N

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 wait until a newer software update is available.

Connection: The KNW/USB-AV2 interface cable features a proprietary Apple iPod connector on one end that plugs into the dock connector of your iPod. The interface cable features a USB type-A connector, a stereo audio 3.5mm minijack plug and a 3.5mm video minijack plug on the other end that plugs into the corresponding inputs on your compatible Kenwood multimedia head unit.

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P.I.E. iPod® Cable for Kenwood Model KNW/USB-AV2

Written By rroberts316, Vilseck, Ge on Sunday, July 24, 2011
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I recently bought this item and hooked it up to my Kenwood DDX 514. The sound quality is amazing and so clear. I used my wife's iPhone 4, it was like listening to a CD directly from the disc player. There was no muffled sounds like the one's I get from my USB. I will be getting an iPod Touch soon so I can use it for music and movies. Thanks Crutchfield!
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