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Kenwood's KIV-BT900 digital media receiver combines the convenience of built-in Bluetooth™ with an innovative, easy-to-use iPod® interface. Its 3" color TFT screen sports a multi-line display that makes it easy to check out song information when you're on the go. When you're parked, you can show videos from your iPod® or iPhone®, while an audio/video output allows you to send iPod video content to a rear screen when you're traveling.

Kenwood's KIV-BT900 digital media receiver combines the convenience of built-in Bluetooth™ with an innovative, easy-to-use iPod® interface. Its 3" color TFT screen sports a multi-line display that makes it easy to check out song information when you're on the go. When you're parked, you can show videos from your iPod® or iPhone®, while an audio/video output allows you to send iPod video content to a rear screen when you're traveling.

Bluetooth built in
Bluetooth connectivity, designed for Kenwood by industry leader Parrot, is built into the receiver. You'll enjoy safe, hands-free calling with your compatible phone, with features like automatic muting of the music for incoming calls, downloaded phone books, and speed dialing of selected phone numbers.

iPod control at your fingertips
The KIV-BT900's volume knob operates like an iPod click wheel interface, with high-speed search keys positioned just to the right. You can jump straight into alphabet and percentage searches with the Search Mode key, while a favorites memory lets you pull up the tunes you really like without delay. The KIV-700 is compatible with your Zune player, too, offering charging and control when you plug in to the receiver's USB input.

You're not limited to iPod content — you can play music or check out pictures by connecting a thumb drive or other device to the USB input. An internal 512MB flash drive lets you store content internally.

Sound quality you'll enjoy
The KIV-900 brings a 22-watt per channel amplifier to the plate, and you can dial in the sound to match your taste with the 3-band parametric equalizer and other sound-shaping tools. The Digital E's crossover feature allows you to trim some of the lows out of your full-range speakers and adjust the low frequencies going to your sub, so your equipment plays more efficiently. If you're building a full system, the three sets of 4-volt preamp outputs make it easier to add amps and subs to the mix.

Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?
In most vehicles, you can use this adapter to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this Kenwood stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and the Kenwood, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls.

Bluetooth note: Use of this receiver's Bluetooth features will depend upon your phone's Bluetooth capabilities. Learn more in our article explaining Bluetooth profiles.

Note: If you're going to use your iPod with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility with this receiver or its optional iPod adapter.

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • digital media receiver (doesn't play CDs)
    • built-in Bluetooth by Parrot for hands-free calling
    • internal 512MB flash drive
    • built-in MOSFET amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • 3-inch color TFT display
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • DSP features settings for car type, speaker size, digital time alignment, front and rear high-pass crossovers, and subwoofer low-pass crossover
    • 3-band parametric equalizer with 8 presets
    • Supreme + technology to improve upper frequency response of compressed music files
    • Highway Sound compensates for road noise
    • dual-zone audio capabilities
    • iPod direct control via USB input — cable included
    • Zune control and charging
    • compatible with Kenwood's satellite radio and HD Radio™ tuner
    • inputs: rear USB and auxiliary inputs
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
    Other features and specs:

    What's in the Box:

    • Digital media receiver (with 10-amp fuse inserted into the chassis)
    • Sleeve (attached)
    • Trim ring (attached)
    • Wiring harness
    • RC-405 Wireless remote (with installed CR2025 3V lithium-cell battery)
    • 5' USB/iPod interface cable (with iPod dock connector on one end and a USB Type A plug /3.5mm stereo miniplug /3.5mm video miniplug on the other end)
    • External microphone (with attached 10' cable terminated by a male right-angle 3.5mm connector)
    • 6.5' Parking-brake wire (light-green)
    • 2 Removal tools
    • 4 Panhead ISO-mount screws
    • 4 Flathead ISO-mount screws
    • Instruction Manual CD-ROM (ver.1.0)
    • Quick Start Guide (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • Warranty Card (US/Canada)

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    Bought this head unit, for an 07 mustang gt, It works great, has tons of features. just what I needed.

    OutlawFirebird, NE


    Kenwood KIV-BT900 Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (20 Reviews)

    Great unit for my needs

    Herb D from Long Island, NY on 10/21/2011

    2001 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I'm shocked that this unit is already discontinued by Crutchfield considering it was featured on the cover of their latest catalog! I chose this unit because I can't remember the last time I played a CD, so why bother with a CD player. The fact that this unit has no moving parts and offers all the capabilities I needed were the driver behind my decision to buy it. This unit was installed in a 2001 Mercedes-Benz SLK 320. First off, the Sirius integration is fantastic. You do need the external Sirius SC-C1 box as well. iPod / iPhone integration is also very solid, and the experience on the deck is similar the to experience on your iPod or iPhone with similar menu controls. The screen will also display the album art of the music you're listening to provided it's correct on your media player. Sound is customizable for your vehicle with a wide array of options, in addition to choose the display color scheme. The tuner is actually very good as well and if the station supports it, will give you RDS data. The bluetooth function works GREAT and my phonebook easily downloads to the unit when paired properly. This unit will also play video when wired properly. All in all, I am very happy with this unit. If I had to list a con or two, I'd say that the unit does take an extra second or two to power up. In addition, in one of the display modes, the album art takes quite a bit of time to display, but not if you choose a smaller format or the smaller display mode.



    Good, But Not Perfect

    BrewerGeorge from Indianapolis, IN on 8/29/2011

    2008 Nissan Frontier
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very good receiver that I'll certainly be keeping, but it has a few annoyances. Pros: 1 Radio reception is really, really great. I get tons more stations that before. 2 Sound is great even from OEM speakers in my Frontier. DSP is great. 3 Lots and Lots of options Cons: 1 Complicated setup. This thing requires the manual in front of you. God forbid you run out of battery (say from playing with your new stereo in the driveway) and have to set everything up again. 2 iPod access is slow. I'd read about this on other reviews and thought I could live with it. With my Nano 6th, I was right, but just barely. But it's been temperamental with Nano 2nd and 3rd Gen I've tested. When those older ones attached, the interface is ridiculously - unusably - slow. 3. iPod cord (with 3 inputs) is clunky and difficult to install. Two 1/8" jacks and a USB go to the receiver, but the 1/8" jacks are at the wrong end of the cord for easy installation. The need to keep the female side of the USB accessible also (for thumb drives) made for a challenging install. 4. Bluetooth phone book only accesses one phone number per contact and gives no way to retrieve the others. 5. There is quite a lot of "stuff" behind this receiver. It wasn't a problem for my truck, but install could be rough with a shallow dash.




    AndrewT from Pensacola, FL on 6/9/2011

    2001 Honda Civic LX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Overall great product. I haven't listened to music from a CD in years (mp3 player), so i wanted a player without a detachable/fold-down face (that's just more moving parts that end up breaking!). Pros: Great display, easy to understand and set up/install. I installed it myself and it was simple. it's POSSIBLE that i "accidentally" grounded the E-brake sensor wire so that video can play anytime. [no worries, i don't do it while driving, i just didn't want to dig for the e-brake wire!] Cons: I think the only thing i've noticed that I don't like is that when it's on "control from the ipod" mode, the song title/artist/album/etc doesn't show up on the receiver. I wish there were a way to control it through the ipod and Also see the info on the player at the same time. Other than that, Great. I love it and I'd recommend it! I've got a 5 channel, 500 watt rms amp with 10" sub and all my speakers hooked up as well, and that was as simple as plugging up the RCA cables and splicing one wire in the Harness. Good Luck!



    Great Quality

    TimF from Dothan, AL on 6/3/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This was much better quality than I expected. This thing is loaded with features. And almost everything can be customized... that I like. I thought I would miss having a CD player, but I was wrong. I had an old 60g iPod that works great with system. I normally don't like the interfaces on radios that control my ipod (i.e. My Scions interface). But this one is really easy to use. The best part is the Bluetooth. IT ACTUALLY WORKS! That is a first from an aftermarket radio for me. I can hear my callers and they can hear me. Over all two thumbs up.



    Kenwood KIV-BT900

    JasonM from Cincinnati, OH on 5/16/2011

    2005 Nissan Frontier
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Been using this for a week now. I'm coming from a Pioneer DEH-P6700 (8 years old) that I could control my ipod with, and this Kenwood just blows that away! There's multiple ways to search with the Kenwood, and I can find songs just about as quick through it as I could if the ipod was in my hands, going through about 40G of music. There's been some complaints on here about how long it takes when skipping songs: I'm not experiencing that problem at all. It might take 1 sec to skip to the next, but I don't think that's a long time. Maybe this is something Kenwood has fixed because it will skip before loading artwork if I tell it to, which some other reviewers seemed to think the artwork was the problem. Having the usb cord on the back as well as 3 sets of pre-out is what really sold me since I've got all my speakers amped and put a sub under the back seat, and the sound settings let me fine tune everything to just a little better than my old Pioneer (which only had 2 sets of preouts). The downside to the Kenwood unit is I feel like setting up some of the settings, such as sub settings or adding my phone through bluetooth isn't very intuitive to find or navigate. The good thing is I only have to worry about that once. I've only made a couple calls, but once I got the speaker in a good place the person on the other side couldn't tell that I wasn't talking directly into my phone (HTC Thunderbolt). The sound on my end is a little quiet, but turning up the volume fixes that.



    Very Very Satisfied

    Dihce from Columbus, OH on 4/3/2011

    I love this unit! Being able to set up the car type, speaker size, and fine tune everything from there is amazing! When talking through the Bluetooth people often say that it sounds like I had the phone up to my ear, even driving down the road at 70+ MPH. Pulling in the phone book off of an Android, iPhone and Blackberry all works flawlessly and is amazing for making outbound calls to recent contacts. The only thing I'm not completely satisfied with is the MP3 integration. I have a MP3 player and, although it plays the music beautifully, it takes a long time (1-2 minutes) for it to load and play. Normally it wouldn't be a big deal, but I often make/Receive calls while listening to my stereo and when it switches from the call back to the MP3 player it can take a long time to get back to the music.



    1980 Corvette Install

    1980 ZZ4 Vette from Sacramento on 3/5/2011

    1980 Chevrolet Corvette
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this radio because I wanted USB connection and Bluetooth for hands free driving in a 1980 Corvette. USB and IPod connections work great. 512M Internal memory could be larger, but file transfer was not a problem. Only hard part of the install was identifying the correct power cables from the car (Chevy wiring diagram helped a lot). Bluetooth is crystal clear. Mounted Bluetooth mic above tachometer, works great there, people on the other end of the call don't even know I'm talking to them from the car.



    perfect, until....

    Guest from central point OR on 2/27/2011

    it worked perfect with my portable media player, it took a few minutes to load all the music, i have a few hundred artists on it, as soon as it loads it scrolled fast an easy. until after about a week it stopped reading the zune and froze up, at first i thought it was a bad connection but when i took it out an made sure everything was all good an put it back in, it went to protection mode and i couldn't reset it. i really hope it was just a one in a hundred bad receiver.



    Solid - few quirks but solid

    Tony from Charlotte, North Carolina on 2/9/2011

    2000 Honda Civic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    It's almost like the deck needs to "warn up" or something - I'm using just about every feature of this deck and am extremely satisfied. When first connected, only parts of the data from the iPhone would load, but it works perfectly - take the time to dial in the settings and favorites including car size, speaker size and listening position. Excellent product.




    Crutchfield customer from utah on 1/30/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This deck is awesome!! another great Kenwood product!!!



    Built for iPod, but not an Apple Product.

    Crutchfield customer from Fresno CA on 9/7/2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Display is awesome day and night. Album art is cool. Can't change the song while album art is loading, but if you switch the display to small album art vice large, the art loads in about 1 second. You can change the color settings to match your interior. Sound quality seems good and I've only adjusted the basic settings. Bluetooth is outstanding. A couple times the mic didn't work the first week I had it, but now it works perfect. The control wheel is easy to use. iPod video is fantastic. The others... My iPod Classic has a melt down every other week which requires me to unplug it and go through the 20 second re-boot process. My iPod Touch 3G will simply not load sometimes and requires one or two re-connects. No mute without the remote. Radio operates in manual mode or preset mode, but switching between the two requires heavy menu time. Menu system is like the iPod, but Kenwood thought they'd improve it by making it "remember" user's most common selections. The result is a menu that never really responds the exact same way twice. Comes with a quick start manual, but you need to download the complete manual from their terrible website. Trying to find firmware updates on their website is a adventure, and I was only able to successfully install one of the two updates. Instructions are confusing. Closest thing you'll find to an iPod in your dash, but still falls short of expectations.



    Everything works/sounds great but Iphone connection

    Bailey from Washington, DC on 9/3/2010

    Easy as pie install in a BMW (E46). Sounds great. Bluetooth works perfectly with IPhone 3G. Phenomenal features but . . . It rarely 'connects' and syncs successfully with an IPhone 3G to play music. Probably 1 out of 10 times do the two devices work together properly. I have reset both IPhone and the BT900 with little success-as Crutchfield customers service suggested. I have updated firmware with no change. Crutchfield offered Steering Wheel Audio Control Adapter (PAC SWI-JACK) was returned after numerous attempts to configure it failed. In hindsight, I am not sure I would purchase the BT900 if I knew of these compatibility problems. B



    Could do with a decent firmware update

    benmac from Seattle, WA on 7/26/2010

    The good: Bluetooth works really well with iPhone 3GS. Tons of configurability with the unit. Allows up to 3 devices (iPhone + 2 other USB-based devices) The bad: Sound quality is worse than the Alpine CDE9845 (cheap $150 unit) that it replaced. Treble is definitely muddier (using same amps/sub as other head unit) and I've played with the settings on the head unit and the amps. Despite being able to use a USB hub, can only take input from one of the three devices on that hub at a time. Have to use the clunky "Port Up" option buried in menus to change devices. Hopefully a firmware update will fix this. The ugly: Firmware is buggy. Head unit sometimes drops connection with USB device and switches to the next one without warning. Need a power cycle to fix this on occasion. iPhone charging sometimes fails after a while and the iPhone has the message that the device is incompatible with the unit (3GS/iOS4) - really irritating when you're expecting your phone to be charged after a long drive. Music playback goes berserk if switched-off iPhone plugged into unit. Firmware update is unreliable. Had the device firmware upgrade fail twice before working on the third attempt. The system/device firmware upgrades made no discernible difference. In summary: I'm not going to rip it out and go back to my old setup but I'm certainly disappointed with the unit. Most of the bugs (except perhaps the sound quality) can be fixed with firmware updates.



    Consider the KIV-700

    Mindblah from St. Louis, MO on 7/19/2010

    2003 Subaru Impreza WRX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The only thing this supports via Bluetooth is hands free wireless headset, and contrary to what might be found elsewhere on websites it does not support the bluetooth module KCA-BT300. I spent many hours fighting with that blasted thing and had to end up returning it after kenwood told me it only supports KIV-700. I'm not sure why they put such a limited blue tooth functionality in their more expensive radio but they did. /sigh Other minor gripes: The ipod cable is built so that you have to run the audio all the way to the back of the radio yet plug into the USB as well. So if you switch back and forth between devices you have to keep this long ugly cable laying around... there is definitely room for improvement here. Paging through music is slow, the unit will not accept user input until it's completely loaded the details about a song, such as cover art and tag information, but it's kinda slow about loading it. So if you just have a bunch of music on random and you want to flip through music fast you may be frustrated waiting to go from one song to the next. They are selling this as a multi media player, and as such I found it a little lack luster and even a bit disappointing. The radio sound quality is great and the hands free head set worked well, but if I had to do it all over again. I'd get the cheaper KIV-700 and possibly the BT module for it. You get better functionality at a comparable price.



    Just what the Dr. order for an aging SE-R

    Duane from Flintstone, GA on 6/27/2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a very good looking head unit, and it sounds great! The interface is simple to learn, and the sound can be tweaked by what seems like a million ways to get the best performance from your set-up. Bluetooth works flawlessly, but there is no - included - bluetooth audio. I can live with that but, "Come-on Kenwood!" Rear aux hook-up and included iPod cable were nice touches. Album art work loads a little slow, but this - I believe - is a function of whatever iPod you are connecting. My flash memory based player loads quicker. You can even connect a rear monitor, which I plan to do after I spruce up my interior with some sound dampening and a Katzkin leather package. (Don't ask why I'm putting all this effort into this little car!) I considered the following HUs before I decided on this one: Pioneer MVH-P8200BT (Great sound, but no rear iPod hook-up) Pioneer AVH-P5200BT (Great sound and interface, but no rear iPod hook-up, pricey) JVC KD-AVX77 (VERY NICE, but pricey and trouble loading contacts from iPhones) Alpine IDA-X305s (Pandora app is sweet, but no integrated Bluetooth....Come'on Alpine!) Crutchfield sales and service were excellent as usual. After my wife overheard a speaker phone conversation I had with a service technician (AJ) after I ran into an issue connecting my amplifier she said, "No wonder you like buying from that place. I would too!"



    Bluetooth is not good

    William from Canton, GA on 6/17/2010

    2000 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Summary: My requirements were iPod, Bluetooth, and HD Radio. BT900 does a good job of 2 out of 3 but falls completely flat on Bluetooth. In the car about 2 weeks now, using it for around 2 hours each day. 2000 Mustang GT convertible with Kenwood KTC-KR300 HD tuner. RDS: Very nicely implemented. The text comes up quickly and is displayed in a way that makes sense. iPod interface: pretty good. Menu system is logical and has a Podcasts menu. Album art is very cool. HD Radio interface: nice try. Radio can be set to analog, digital, or both. "Both" is a nice idea, but in practice is frustrating as the unit attempts to use the best signal and switches back and forth. Bluetooth interface: very disappointing. Paired with AT&T Fuze/HTC Raphael running Windows Mobile 6.5. Phone works fine with the Microsoft Sync in Lincoln, but BT900 seems to lose the ability to communicate with the phone sometimes. BT900 requires that you record voice tags to entries in the address book and appears to load the address book every time I connect. I can't use the voice tag to make a call unless I've been in the car about 5 minutes. It appears to always be in pairing mode so basically anyone can pair their phone to the headset as long as it has power. Seriously considering switching back to my headset. Only good thing about the Bluetooth is the microphone. On-board memory: missed opportunity. Kenwood didn't think to take a bit of the 512MB and store the head unit's settings there.



    Great multimedia reciever.

    OutlawFirebird from NE on 6/16/2010

    2007 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Bought this head unit, for an 07 mustang gt, It works great, has tons of features. just what I needed.



    Kenwood KIV-BT900 in Honda S2000

    Crutchfield customer from Burlington, MA on 6/3/2010

    2003 Honda S2000
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    For the most part this headunit is great, grand, and wonderful. Trying to fit it into the tiny 2003 Honda S2000 was not easy, but it got in. Sound is great and all the EQ, X-Over, and output options are excellent. The one thing that kind of bugs me about this headunit is the delay sometimes. When trying to skip forward say 3 songs while on iPod control(5G video), you hit the next button and it goes right to next song. Pressing next again does nothing until it appears of what I can tell as loading the ID3 MP3 tag info. It just appears to hang which makes browsing a little annoying. It can take from 5-10 seconds sometimes to load the data and acknowledge pressing the next button.



    Great unit

    Crutchfield customer from Waldo, WI on 6/2/2010

    2002 Porsche Boxster
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent receiver, packed with features. Sound quality is great, and installation was surprisingly easy (thanks to Crutchfield's excellent documentation and install kit). The display is clear and easy to read, album art is a nice touch. Looks good in my car, not too many buttons or wires coming out of the face (they are all neatly routed from the rear of the unit). That said, it does have a few (very) minor annoyances. The menu navigation takes some getting used to...not as user-friendly as I'd like. The mic keeps falling off where I mounted it when it gets warm, some better double-stick tape would have been nice. I sometimes have to hit the bluetooth button a few times before it picks up the call. No removable faceplate, makes me a bit nervous parking in public lots. I would definitely recommend this unit. I would also highly recommend buying it from Crutchfield even though you can find it a bit cheaper elsewhere. The install kit and documentation make it easily worth the extra $20-$50.



    Kenwood KIV-BT900

    Bob from Lewes, De. on 5/19/2010

    2001 Chevrolet Camaro
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is one of the coolest receivers i have ever owned. Two thumbs up, it looks beautiful in the dash of my 2001 Z28 Camaro.




    Hands-on research

    Features and Specs

    AUX Input R and R
    Audio/video Input 1
    USB Input Rear
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Android Control No
    Memory Card Slot Built-in flash/USB/Zune
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready Both
    HD Radio Optional
    Navigation No
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano Nano6/Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/
    Touch Touch4/Touch3/Touch2/Touch1
    iPhone Phone/Phone3G/Phone3GS
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) N/A
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) ---
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen Yes
    Preamp Voltage 4 volts
    Screen Size 3
    Display Color
    Key Button Color Variable
    EQ Bands 5
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Yes
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    FM Sensitivity 9.3 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes
    High-res Playback ---

    Product Research

    Overview: The Kenwood KIV-BT900 Digital Media Receiver is equipped with a built-in AM/FM tuner, rear-panel USB port, and rear-panel auxiliary input. The KIV-BT900 offers both iPod & Zune playback control. The KIV-BT900 is also HD and Satellite Radio ready (optional tuner required). In addition, the unit offers built-in Bluetooth communication and comes with external microphone for hands-free operation of your mobile cell-phone. The digital media receiver comes with an IR wireless remote control and offers steering wheel control compatibility (with optional adapter). The unit's amplifier is rated at 22 watts x 4 channel RMS (50 watts x 4 channel peak) and is equipped with 3 sets of 4.0-volt preamp outputs.

    Note: The Kenwood KIV-BT900 Digital Media Receiver does not feature a CD mechanism.

    Display Features
    Audio Section
    Radio Functions
    Multimedia Playback
    AV Connections
    Bluetooth/Remote Control
    Optional Software

    Display Features

    LCD Display: The Kenwood KIV-BT900 digital media receiver features an integrated 3.0" LCD wide-screen (16:9) monitor with a resolution of 76,800 (320 x 240 x RGB) and LED backlighting. The integrated LCD monitor allows display of song information, album artwork, picture files, and video files. The LCD monitor offers adjustable brightness & contrast (+/-3), as well as adjustable Aspect Ratio (16:9 or 4:3). The KIV-BT900 provides the following display modes.

    • Artwork: Display song information, along with album artwork (only for iPod/USB/Zune/Internal Memory).
    • Video: Displays video of a video file (iPod/USB/Internal Memory)
    • Information: Displays source information (Tuner/Satellite Radio/HD Radio/CD-changer)
    • Clock: Display the time and date.

    Multi-Language Support: The Kenwood KIV-BT900 offers English, French, and Spanish menu text.

    Text/Title Scroll: The KIV-BT900 will display CD text, Audio file text, and Satellite and HD radio text. You can turn the scrolling feature "on" to scroll longer titles across the screen.

    Wallpaper Downloading: You can use a downloaded picture from your USB connected device for the headunit's display.

    Favorite Memory Control: The headunit's Favorite Control feature allows you to save six "Favorites" for easy access. You can select a "Favorite" playlist from your connected iPod, your favorite radio station from the unit's built-in AM/FM tuner or connected Satellite Radio or HD tuner (both sold separately), a favorite telephone number from your mobile-phone, or an audio setting. This allows you to have instant access of your favorite Radio station, telephone number, iPod playlist, or audio setting from one list on the headunit's display.

    Button Illumination Adjustments: The Kenwood KIV-BT900 provides various button illumination adjustments, such as Color, Effect, and Music Sync.

    • Key Color: This function set the illumination color of the unit's front-panel buttons. You can choose from one of 10 preset colors, have the unit scan through all 10 preset colors continuously, or customize your own color (Red, Green, or Blue: 0-9).
    • Illumination Effect: This function sets whether the headunit's key illumination brightness is changed in conjunction with the key-button operation.
    • Music Sync: This function sets whether the headunit's key illumination brightness is changed in conjunction with the unit's sound volume.

    Parking Brake Detection: To prevent the displaying of video while the vehicle is in motion, the light green wire attached to the chassis must be connected to the vehicle's parking brake detection circuit. While the vehicle is in motion (parking brake off), you can still view all of the other displays and menus.

    Display Illumination/Clock Display: When the unit is in Standby mode, the face/button illumination is "keyed." In addition, while the unit is in Standby mode, you can turn the clock display on or off. When the Clock Display is turned on and the unit is in Standby mode, the Clock Display is also "keyed." Pressing and holding the source button turns the unit off completely.

    Dimmer: The dimmer function will dim this unit's display and button illumination automatically when the vehicle light switch is turned On when you connect orange/white Illumination wire of this player. You can also choose to dim the display manually.

    Display Off: This function turns off the display when have not performed an operation for 5 seconds. This is effective for when you are driving at night.

    Demo Mode: This unit features a Demo mode which can be turned "on" or "off".

    Audio Section

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The Kenwood KIV-BT900 utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality (up to 110 dB Signal-to-Noise Ratio and 93 Dynamic Range).

    MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood KIV-BT900 is equipped with a MOSFET amplifier. Compared to conventional power supplies, the MOSFET amplification circuit is smaller and more efficient, and it delivers increased power with less distortion and absolutely zero on/off switching noise. More power means louder and cleaner music at higher volumes because you're not pushing the limits of the amplification circuit. The power output specs for the KIV-BT900 are as follows:

    • Full Bandwidth Power: 22 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20-20kHz, 1% THD)
    • Maximum Output Power: 50 watts x 4 channels

    3-Sets of 4.0V Preamp Outputs: The KIV-BT900 features front, rear, and subwoofer 4.0V preamp outputs. The front and rear speaker preamp outputs are balance and fade adjustable. The subwoofer preamp output is non-fading. The subwoofer preamp output features an independent level control (-15 to +15).

    Amp Off: You can turn the KIV-BT900's built-in amplifier off to improve the quality of the sound from the headunit's preamp outputs.

    Supreme+ Setting: When MP3, WMA or AAC files encoded at a low bit rate (less than 96 kbps, 44.1k, 48kHz) are played, the Supreme+ Setting function restores their high frequencies so the sound quality is closer to files encoded at a high bit rate. The processing is optimized for the compression format and the bit rate used. When the Supreme+ Setting is Off, the unit plays the original sound stored in the audio file.

    DSP: In order to optimize the sound quality, you can use the headunit's integrated DSP to set the type of vehicle and speaker sizes, locations, distances and x-over points. The DSP settings include the following:

    • Cabin Setting: Choose from Compact, Full Size Car, Station Wagon, Mini Van, SUV, Mini Van (Long), or Off
    • Speaker Setting: The speaker X'over is automatically set when the position and size of each speaker are select from the following items.
      • Front: Location (Door, On Dash, or Under Dash); Size: (6-1/2", 6-3/4", 7", 4"x6", 5"x7", 6"x8", 6"x9", 7"x10", OEM, 4", or 5"); Tweeter (None or Use)
      • Rear: Location (Door, Rear Deck, 2nd Row or 3rd Row; Size (6-1/2", 6-3/4", 7", 4"x6", 5"x7", 6"x8", 6"x9", 7"x10", OEM, 4", or 5")
      • Subwoofer: Size(10", 12", 15", None, 6-1/2" or 8")
    • Digital Time Alignment (DTA): Choose from 0.00 to 14.44 feet for the Front pair of speakers, Rear pair of speakers, and Subwoofer distances in reference to the distance between your listening positioning and the locations of the particular speakers.
    • X'Over: The Kenwood eXcelon headunit provides independent high-pass crossovers for the unit's front and rear speaker/preamp outputs, as well as a subwoofer low-pass crossover.
      • Front High Pass Filter: Frequency (30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80,90, 100, 120, 150, 180, 220, or 250Hz); Slope (-12, -18, or -24 dB per octave); or you can also select full-range
      • Rear High Pass Filter: Frequency (30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100, 120, 150, 180, 220, or 250Hz); Slope (-12, -18, or -24 dB per octave); you can also select full-range
      • Subwoofer Low Pass Filter: Frequency (30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100, 120, 150, 180, 220, or 250 Hz); Slope (-12, -18, or -24 dB per octave); Phase (Normal/Reverse); or you can also select full-range

    Equalizer Control: Equalizer Control allows you to choose from 8 presets, or set your own custom settings using the 5-band Equalizer. The EQ adjustments are as follows:

    • Preset EQ: You can select from Natural, Rock, Pops, Easy, Top 40, Jazz, Game, iPod (you can select from 22 EQ curve types), or User.
    • 5-Band EQ: The User mode allows you to adjust the following 5-Band EQ (62.5Hz, 250Hz, 1kHz, 4kHz, 16kHz) settings.
      • Band Levels: Independent front and rear EQ level of -9dB to +9dB
      • Bass Effect: Enhances the bass response of Band 1 (62.5Hz)

    Position Control: For a better sound-stage you can select your optimal listening position. You can choose from All, Front Left, Front Right or Front. You can also select to manually fine tune the sound stage by selecting the distance for each individual speaker in the vehicle compared to your listening position. You can select between 0.00 to 5.58 feet for the Left Front Speaker, Right Front Speaker, Left Rear Speaker, Right Rear Speaker, Left Subwoofer and/or Right Subwoofer.

    Audio Preset: You can register six audio settings into the unit's preset memory to be recalled at any time. The Audio Preset memory can save Car Type Selection, Speaker Setting, Fine Adjustment, X'Over Setting, Equalizer, and/or Listening Position.

    Bass Boost: The Kenwood KIV-BT900 features a two level Bass Boost to increase bass levels.

    Highway Sound: This features compensates the low volume or bass sound being lost by road noises to make vocals sound clearer. You can set the Highway Sound function to 1, 2, 3, or off.

    Volume Offset: The level of each source may be independently adjusted to prevent radical leaps in output volume when switching from one source to another. The available settings range from -8 to +8.

    Source Tone Memory: This feature allows you to store System Q bass, middle and treble tone settings for each source (Tuner, Aux, USB, and connected External Device).

    Dual Zone: Separate sources can be selected fro the Front channels and Rear channels. Zone 2 can be set to USB (iPod/Zune), Internal Memory, Auxiliary, or Off.

    Note: USB, iPod, and Internal Memory cannot be set at the same time for the main and sub sources.

    Tel Mute: The KIV-BT900 features a cell-phone mute wire (brown) in its harness that when hooked up to your car's phone system mute wire will automatically mute the receiver's audio signal when a call comes in.

    Key Beep: The in-dash headunit provides an audible beep to confirm button operation. This function can be turned On or Off.

    Radio Functions

    AM/FM Tuner: The Kenwood KIV-BT900 features a built-in AM/FM tuner. You can choose one of three tuning modes: Auto 1 (seek tuning), Auto 2 (cycles through and tunes the selected band's preset stations only with each button press), or Manual.

    Tuner Presets: The KIV-BT900's tuner features 3 FM banks (1, 2, 3) and 1 AM bank for storing presets. You can store 6 presets for each AM/FM bank giving you a total of 18 FM presets and 6 AM presets.

    Auto Memory Tuning: Not only does the digital media receiver's tuner allow you manually enter your desired presets you can choose to have the unit automatically put stations with good reception in the memory banks automatically; this is a handy feature when traveling.

    Direct Access Tuning: You can directly access an AM/FM station by entering in the frequency number using the include wireless remote control.

    Mono Mode: This feature reduces the noise (static) when a stereo broadcast is received as monaural (for FM band only).

    Radio Data System (RDS): The unit's tuner features RDS (Radio Data System). RDS is a service used by some radio stations to transmit data outside of normal radio broadcast signals. When an RDS station is received, you can immediately find out what kind of data is being transmitted by looking at the program service name which appears in the display after the frequency. RDS features an emergency transmission function which interrupts regular programming to broadcast an emergency announcement (such as a tornado or severe storm). There is also a switchable Traffic Information function, which will automatically tune a traffic bulletin when it is broadcast, even when you're not listening to the radio.

    iTunes Tagging: The built-in RDS FM tuner is also capable of iTunes tagging. iTunes tagging gives you the ability to tag a song (up to 50) and stores it to a connected iPod. The next time your iPod is connected to iTunes, the tagged songs are displayed with the option to purchase them from the iTunes Store.

    Satellite Radio Ready: There are several options for connecting an optional XM or SIRIUS Satellite Radio receiver to this receiver:

    • XM Satellite Radio: To receive XM Satellite Radio connect the optional CNP2000UCA XM Tuner and the Kenwood CNPKEN1 adapter cable (package item number 700XMKEN2, sold separately).
    • SIRIUS Satellite Radio: To receive SIRIUS Satellite Radio, you can connect the optional SIRIUS Universal Vehicle Tuner and the optional Kenwood Sirius Satellite Radio Interface (package # 700SIRKENW, sold separately); or you can connect the optional Kenwood Sirius Satellite Radio Interface and the SiriusConnect vehicle docking kit (package # 700SIRPKEN, sold separately), along with your compatible SIRIUS Dock & Play receiver.
    • Portable: A portable satellite radio receiver can be connected to the head unit via the auxiliary input.

    Note: A subscription is also required to receive satellite radio programming from SIRIUS or XM.

    HD Radio Ready (with iTunes Tagging): With an optional Kenwood HD Radio tuner (113HR300, sold separately), you will be able to receive digital AM/FM broadcasts from local stations where available. 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 receiver's display. The Kenwood KTC-HR300 HD Radio tuner (113HR300) is also capable of iTunes tagging. iTunes tagging gives you the ability to tag a song (up to 50) and stores it to a connected iPod. The next time your iPod is connected to iTunes, the tagged songs are displayed with the option to purchase them from the iTunes Store.

    Note: Right now there are about 2,000 radio stations broadcasting using digital HD Radio technology in the U.S. To find HD Radio stations in your area, visit the HD Radio website (

    Satellite + HD Radio Note: You will need the Kenwood KCA-S220A Dual-Source Switching Unit (113KCAS220, sold separately) to connect both a Satellite Radio Tuner and HD Radio Tuner to this headunit.

    Multimedia Playback

    USB Port: The Kenwood KIV-BT900 features a rear-panel 2.0 USB type-A port on a 39" pigtail. The USB port enables connection and control of a portable USB mass-storage class device with audio, video, and still-image files. The USB port is compatible with all USB mass storage class devices that support the FAT16 or FAT32 file system. Your USB device should only have a maximum of 8 directory levels, 500 folders, and 4096 files per folder with a maximum of 15,000 files and folders. You connected USB device will also charge while connected. Supported audio/video files.

    • Music Files: The KIV-BT900 supports playback of AAC (8-320 kbps), MP3 (8-320 kbps), and WMA (32-192 kbps) music files; as well a WAV (Linear PCM) audio files.
    • Movie Files: The digital media receiver supports playback of H.264/MPEG4 AVC, MPEG-4, and WMV files with a resolution of 320 x 240 (QVGA).
    • Picture Files: The KIV-BT900 digital media receiver supports playback of JPEG and BMP still-image files.

    Note: The Kenwood KIV-BT900 will support connection of a Multi-Card Reader or a USB hub with up to 3 ports.

    Internal Memory: Audio files, video files, and still-images files can be stored to KIV-BT900's built-in flash memory (512MB) from a connected USB device. This way you can playback your favorite music, movie, and picture files without having to connect your external USB device. The unit's internal memory can support up to 500 files.

    USB/Internal Memory Control: The Kenwood KIV-BT900 digital media receiver provides a 6-line folder/file name list to scroll through to find your music. The KIV-BT900 offers several other playback and search functions to help you locate and listen to your music.

    • Search Modes: The KIV-BT900 offers various search functions to find your iPod's music or movie content in the selected category.
      • Skip Search: You can search your USB device or the unit's internal memory within a selected folder by using a percentage search (0.5%, 1%, 5%, or 10%). This allows you to skip ahead a certain percentage of songs in a particular folder.
      • Direct Search: You can search your music directly by entering the file number from a selected folder.
    • Play Modes: The KIV-BT900 digital media receiver provides the following Play Modes for your connected USB device or the headunit's internal flash memory.
      • File Scan: This function plays back the first 10-seconds of each music file in a particular folder successively.
      • Random: You can randomly playback music in a selected folder or from your USB device's or internal memory's entire music library.
      • Repeat: You can play back a single music file repeatedly or playback an entire music folder repeatedly.

    Note: Your connected USB device's controls will be locked during connection.

    iPod High Speed Connection: The KIV-BT900's USB port and the rear-panel 3.5mm A/V AUX input are compatible with select iPod devices when used with the included KCA-iP301V cable. The USB Direct Connection enables high-speed iPod data communications of 12MB/bps via the 3-Wire interface cable. One end of the cable plugs directly into your iPod's dock connector while the other end of the cable uses three connectors that plug into the back of the KIV-BT900. The USB type-A connector portion of the cable plugs into the receiver's USB port and handles the control and charging of your iPod, so you can navigate through your music and video files using the headunit's controls and view song, album art, and movie information on its display. The two 3.5mm miniplug connectors of the cable plug into the unit's A/V 3.5mm inputs and transfer the music and video from your iPod to the Kenwood digital media receiver. By using the Auxiliary input the music travels to the receiver as an analog signal, so you can even play the Digital-Rights-Protected files you've stored on your iPod.

    iPod Control: The controls of the KIV-BT900 are seamless and include metadata browsing and playback of DRM contents, as well as the ability to choose various iPod playback and search modes to suit your listening application.

    • Browse Mode: The Kenwood KIV-BT900 will allow you to browse your iPod's music by category. You can select from Playlist, Artists, Album, Genre, Composer, Song, and Podcast. You can also browse your iPod's video content by category. You can choose from Movie, Music Video, TV Show, Video Podcast, and Rented Movie.
    • Search Modes: The KIV-BT900 offers various search functions to find your iPod's music or movie content in the selected category.
      • Skip Search: You can search your iPod's content within a category by using a percentage search (0.5%, 1%, 5%, or 10%). This allows you to skip ahead a certain percentage of songs in a particular category or folder.
      • Direct Search: You can quickly search for a desired song or video within a category by entering in 3 characters of text (A-Z, 0-9).
      • Related Search: Related Search allows you to browse for music of the same artist or genre as the one being currently played within a selected category (Music only).
      • Alphabet Search: This function searches music and videos whose name contain the specified character (A-Z), within a specific category.
    • Play Modes: The KIV-BT900 digital media receiver provides the following Play Modes to control your iPod.
      • Playlist: You can create your own custom iPod playlist (up to 30 songs) from the headunit.
      • Random: You can randomly playback music in a selected folder or from your iPod's entire music library.
      • Repeat: You can play back a single music file repeatedly.
      • iPod by Hand: You can even choose to operate your iPod or iPhone with its own click-wheel or touchscreen; instead of using the KIV-BT900's controls.

    Sound Check: This function sets the sound volume of all songs to the same level.

    iPod Compatibility Chart: The Kenwood KIV-BT900 and the KCA-iP301V iPod adapter cable are "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and support the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of May 2010):

    iPod/iPhone Model Generation Media Type  Control Type Display Type Charge
    Audio Video Headunit iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Text Track Info
    dock connector 3rd N N N N N N N
    4th N N N N N N N
    mini 1st N N N N N N N
    2nd N N N N N N N
    video 5th Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    classic 80GB Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    120GB Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    160GB Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    nano 1st Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2nd Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3rd Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4th Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5th Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    6th Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    2nd Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3rd Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4th Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    iPhone 2G Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3G Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4 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 headunit 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 an newer software update is available. Not compatible with iOS 4.0 for iPhone (3G/3GS) or iPod touch (2nd/3rd gen).

    Zune Compatible: The Kenwood KIV-BT900 supports the Microsoft Zune via its rear USB port. The KIV-BT900 provides audio playback, control, song information display, album art, and charging for your connected Zune player. The Kenwood digital media receiver provides various playback and search functions to listen to your Zune player's music content.

    • Browse: You can browse your Zune player's music content by Genre, Artist, Album, Song, or Playlist.
    • Skip Search: You can search your Zune's music content within a specific category by using a percentage search (0.5%, 1%, 5%, or 10%). This allows you to skip ahead a certain percentage of songs in a particular category or folder.
    • Play Modes: The KIV-BT900 digital media receiver provides the following Play Modes to control your Zune.
      • File Scan: This function plays back the first 10-seconds of each music file in a particular folder successively.
      • Random: You can randomly playback music in a selected folder.
      • Repeat: You can play back a single music file repeatedly.

    Note: Your Microsoft Zune's controls will be locked during connection to the Kenwood KIV-BT900 digital media receiver. The KIV-BT900 supports Audio only playback. It will not output your Zune player's video or still-images.

    Changer Controls: This unit is directly compatible with Kenwood changers manufactured in 1998 or later. If the changer has an O-N switch, the switch will need to be set to the "N" position. In addition to basic disc navigation features, this unit has the following changer controls: direct disc access (using the remote), direct track access (using the remote), track intro scan, track repeat, disc repeat, disc random, and magazine disc random. When connected to a CD Text capable CD changer, this unit can display disc and track titles for discs encoded with disc and track title information. The text information can be scrolled manually or automatically.

    AV Connections

    AUX Input: The KIV-BT900 is equipped with a rear-panel 3.5mm minijack auxiliary input for connecting external portable audio devices such as an MP3 player. The KIV-BT900 allows you to select the source type displayed when using the auxiliary input. You can choose from AUX, DVD, Portable, Game, Video or TV.

    Audio Video Input: The Kenwood KIV-BT900 is equipped with a 3.5mm video input and 3.5mm stereo audio input for connecting and external portable audio source, or to connect the included iPod adapter cable to plug-in your iPod or iPhone.

    Audio/Video Output: The Kenwood digital media receiver is equipped with a composite video output and a stereo RCA audio output for connecting an external monitor with headphones, so you can view video from your connected iPod/iPhone or USB device on a rear-mounted monitor.

    Rear Auxiliary Input "Ready": The unit already features a rear panel auxiliary input, but if you need a second auxiliary input, one can be added to the rear of the unit. When used with an optional adapter, this unit can accept a rear input from an auxiliary source. When the CA-C1AUX adapter (113CAC1AX, sold separately) is used, you cannot connect a CD changer to the head unit because the adapter plugs into the DIN changer control connection on the head unit. When the KCA-S220A 2-changer switch (113KCAS220, sold separately) is used, you can connect a CD changer and an auxiliary audio source at the same time. When an auxiliary audio source is connected, you can choose from one of six names for the source: AUX, DVD, Portable, Game, Video or TV.

    Bluetooth/Remote Control

    Built-In Bluetooth: The Kenwood KIV-BT900 digital media receiver features built-in 2.4GHz Bluetooth technology (version 2.0) with a range of 32.8 ft and supports the following profiles: HFP (Hands Free Profile), HSP (Headset Profile), OPP (Object Push Profile), PBAP (Phonebook Access Profile), SPP (Serial Port Profile), and SYNC (Synchronization Profile). The controls of the KIV-BT900 can be used to dial a number, answer an in-coming call, or end a call. The KIV-BT900 can even be setup to automatically answer a call. The unit includes an external microphone so you can carry on your side of the conversation while listening to the caller through your car's front speakers. During a conversation, you can switch between the Private Mode (talking directly on your cell phone) and the Hands Free Mode. Your cell phone must be paired with the KIV-BT900 before you make and receive calls. You can register up to five cell phones (only one paired phone can be used at a time). You can also wirelessly download the short message (SMS) arrived at your cell-phone so that is can be read on the headunit's display. Using the KIV-BT900, you can dial a phone number in one of the following ways:

    • Phone Book: You can dial by using the downloaded phone book. You can download phone book data from your cell phone to the KIV-BT900. Up to 1000 numbers can be stored for each registered cell phone. Each number can be up to 25 digits long and each name can be up to 50 characters long. You can search for a number by the initials, or you can search the phone book in alphabetical order.
    • Favorite Preset: Allows you to register up to 6 phone numbers for quick dialing.
    • Voice Dialing: If your phone supports voice recognition, then you can dial out by voice command. You can register up to 35 voice tags (audio sound is not output during voice recognition).

    Note: Not all Bluetooth mobile phones will be compatible; visit Kenwood's web site for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled phones.

    Wireless Remote Control: The KIV-BT900 comes with the RC-405 IR wireless remote control with a full numeric keypad (0-9). The remote will control Audio, Tuner, USB, Bluetooth, iPod, Zune, Satellite Radio, and HD Radio functions. The remote control allows direct access of your music tracks and discs loaded in a connected CD-changer (sold separately), as well as direct access to AM/FM radio stations. The digital media receiver features an Attenuator button on the supplied remote control that turns the volume down very quickly with one touch of the button. It is powered by a single CR2025 3V lithium-cell battery (supplied).

    Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The unit also features an OEM steering wheel remote control input on the rear of the unit that lets you keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with the optional PAC SWI-JACK Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (127SWIJACK, sold separately); or the optional Metra ASWC Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (120ASWC, sold separately).

    Note: Please consult the Crutchfield Car Selector to see if your vehicle is compatible.

    Optional Software

    Music Editor Compatible: The Kenwood KIV-BT900 supports the PC application, Kenwood Music Editor Lite (ver.l.0 or later). Kenwood Music Editor Lite is a desktop software that helps organize, manage and transfer AAC, MP3, and WMA music files to your USB devices from your PC. When you playback audio files that have been stored on your USB device using Kenwood Music Editor Lite (ver.l.0) through this unit, you can search a file by title, album, or artist name using the headunit's Music Search function.

    Note: Kenwood Music Editor software can be downloaded for free from to your PC. Kenwood Music Editor is compatible with Microsoft Windows XP Professional and Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition SP2 or later. Kenwood Music Editor (Ver.1.5.0 and later) are compatible with Windows Vista.

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