About the Kenwood KIV-BT901
Designed for the digital age
Designed for the digital age
Kenwood's KIV-BT901 digital media receiver will make you wonder why you ever had CDs in your car. Its cool click-wheel interface and big display are ideal for use with your iPod®, but hook up an iPhone® with the optional KCA-IP202 cable and you can hit the road with your favorite PANDORA® Internet radio stations too. You can set the full-color display to show artist, title, and station info in either 3 or 5 lines of text, and you can even use the receiver's controls to pause and skip songs, plus give "thumbs up" and "thumbs down" ratings.
More multimedia options
When you're parked, you can show videos from your iPod, iPhone, or other USB memory devices (optional KCA-IP202 cable required) — you can also send video content to a rear screen when you're traveling. The built-in flash drive provides 512 MB of storage space for audio, video, and picture files, so you'll always have content on tap when you climb into your car. The KIV-BT901 will also charge and control your Zune player, when you plug it into the receiver's USB input.
Bluetooth® built in
Parrot designed the Bluetooth connectivity that's featured in this receiver. You'll enjoy safe, hands-free calling with your compatible phone, with cool features like automatic music muting for incoming calls, easy downloading of your phone books, and speed dialing of selected phone numbers.
Sound quality worth savoring
The KIV-BT901's amplifier puts out plenty of power, but Kenwood's sweetened the pot with a suite of sophisticated sound-shaping tools. You can dial in the tone by adjusting the highs, mids, and lows precisely with the 3-band parametric equalizer. The Digital E's filters can 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. Do you crave a perfect stereo sweet spot? Digital Time Alignment lets you tailor perfect stereo imaging for the driver's seat.
Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?
In most vehicles, you can use an adapter (not included) 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.
This digital media receiver will not play CDs. If you want to play CDs in your vehicle, we offer a wide selection of CD receivers.
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.
- digital media receiver with AM/FM tuner (doesn't play CDs)
- built-in MOSFET amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
- 3-inch color TFT display with variable-color button and display illumination
- built-in Bluetooth by Parrot for hands-free calling
- PANDORA® Internet radio connectivity
- internal 512MB flash drive
- remote control
- plays audio, video, and picture files from USB memory devices
- 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 high-frequency response of compressed music files
- Highway Sound compensates for road noise
- dual-zone audio capabilities
- iPod direct control with optional KCA-IP202 cable
- Zune control and charging
- compatible with Kenwood's HD Radio tuner
- inputs: rear USB and A/V inputs, rear-view camera input
- outputs: A/V output, 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
Other features and specs:
- compatible with most factory steering wheel audio controls (adapter required and sold separately)
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
- MFR # KIV-BT901
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)
- Microphone with integrated bracket (and attached 10' cable terminated by a right-angle 3.5mm connector)
- 6.5' Parking-brake wire (light-green)
- 16.5' reverse gear wire (purple/white)
- 2 Removal tools
- 4 Panhead ISO-mount screws
- 4 Flathead ISO-mount screws
- Quick Start Guide (Eng/Fre/Spa)
- Warranty Card (US/Canada)
Kenwood KIV-BT901 reviews
Excellent unit for custom installation when a client needs a backup camera view.
Pros: Everything is great the video quality is excellent specially for the backup camera purpose. The fact that you can store your favorite tunes is killer.
Cons: Video playback is OK not the greatest.
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While a very beautiful and professional-looking head unit, the bluetooth only supports calls, no audio streaming, which is strange for a head unit sold as recently as this one was.
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quality car deck and best service
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Works as advertised.
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I bought this to replace the last generation Kenwood in-dash single DIN size multimedia player which I loved but it developed problems with the front USB port. I'm limited to single din because of the overhang of my dash, controls, and air vents. What swayed me into this unit was the ability to read Zune player. I have a couple of them loaded with audiobooks for long road trips and when I'm working and AFAIK this is the first head unit to support that player (Shame MS isn't keeping up with it because IMO it's a far better unit than the Apple products I've had the misfortune to own). Anyway, Zune integration is fairly decent. I didn't expect a lot and this does the job. I don't know if it would handle 32GB of songs, but audiobooks are much larger files (hence fewer) so it works fine for my needs. Sound quality is nice and build in crossovers and time delay are decent for a unit in this price range. Pre-amp voltage is strong and clean (I do not use the speaker outs). A very nice feature I found on accident though, I accidentally shorted the remote turn on wire to ground and it appears Kenwood put a breaker in it which simply resets when you power down and on again. What really rustles my jimmies is the inability to read anything except WMV for multimedia files on memory stick. My last Kenwood would play AVI, MP4.... pretty much any digital movie I downloaded would play. This one is worthless for watching movies.
Pros: Zune integration, protection circuit on remote turn on lead, good line out voltage, fine sound quality, decent crossover and time alignment functions, BT works with my Note 3 seamlessly.
Cons: Missing since last generation: SD card slot, capability to read MP4, AVI, and other multimedia files. Zune integration could be better.... but then again compared to what everyone else is doing (which is nothing) I'll take it.
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First this radio was great until i upgraded my iphone 4s to ios 7.1 . If you keep your iphone from updating the radio works great with the phone. I am no longer able to watch videos on the 3" screen everything else works great the iphone plays all the songs and displays the art work you just can't watch movies or play music videos
Pros: Great looking radio, good features
Cons: Kenwood lack of support, over priced, bluethooth mic has to much noise with all of the adjustments mic gain noise cancelation and echo cancelation
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This is a fantastic unit with tons of features. However, they need to do some firmware updates for more current equipment. I bought this unit because of its Zune compatibility, and yet my Zune HD won't work with it. The HD Radio option is amazing, I didn't even know my local stations had multiple channels and the traffic alerts are pretty helpful. Updated file format read capability would be nice also, now that Windows XP is phased out.
Pros: HD Radio Internal Memory Remote Backup camera support Mobile video output
Cons: Limited device functionality
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I love the head unit it really did a good number replacing my factory 98 head unit cassette player.
Pros: It looks cool, it's price, it ease of use, and we'll it is backed with Crutchfield's customer service. All in all good head unit. It has a USB cord to I ran into my glove compartment as well as the aux cord (I bought after install).
Cons: It does not sync Pandora from an android, nor an IPhone 5/5s.
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I bought this about a year ago for my 2004 Jeep Wrangler. I added this along with 4 Polk Audio db5251s and a Kicker 6" Sub for the console. Overall, I have been very pleased with the unit. It has a lot of features that are hidden unless you read the manual. Spend some time reading it to learn about what this can do for you. I was able to create a very clean surround sound being able to adjust each speaker individually. Love this feature most of all. The controls are easy enough to use for me after reading what it will do. The menus are not very intuitive so reading is key. The Zune feature works well but could be better. It loads all my artists and songs but not my playlists. It also lists things alphabetically but random mode does not seem to work so you have to listen to your songs in alpha order. It takes about 4-5 mins to load my 32gb Zune HD and since you cannot do anything else if you are on a short trip, I don't even bother. Once loaded it is very fast though. Pairing my Windows 8 Nokia 822 phone was easy and all my contacts loaded. The Mic picks up a lot of background noise but the Jeep is a noisy vehicle to start with. AM/FM reception seems to be weaker than in the stock radio, but I mostly listen to my Zune or a USB drive or use my phone so not a huge issue for me. The installation took about an hour and all the items I received from Crutchfield worked great to connect to the wiring harness of the Jeep.
Pros: Bluetooth pairing and phonebook loading is simple. Works with Zune to be able to see songs/artists on screen and control the Zune from the radio Individual speaker leveling is very precise
Cons: Zune load time is slow - 4-5 mins and if you change from Zune to another source, you have to start over. No playlists available. Songs only play alphabetically. Need an Amp to play clean music past level 27 as distortion starts to creep in at that level.
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This receiver has so much potential if Kenwood would just frickin make a firmware upgrade already! It's a high end model yet they don't release firmware upgrades with an evolving market. They could easily add some more graphic options and different font but they choose not to out of laziness. Some people like the default visualization but I got bored of it very quickly. The sound quality is good and my ZuneHD gets detected almost instantly but I did have to do a factory reset after a few days because it wouldn't detect it anymore but it has been fine since. The reception is very good compared to my old head unit but I'm sure it could be a tad better. There are a TON of audio tweeking options that are very easy to understand and improve the audio dramatically unless you are borderline retarded like most people on here apparently. I tried using the android app that they advertised but I only got it to work one time after hours of fooling around with it so it's not worth the hassle. Bluetooth streaming would be a nice addition and I bet it would be possible with an update but that'll never happen. If you want something that has good sound and is easy to read then get this (When the price drops). If you want something modern with all the bells and whistles look elsewhere.
Pros: Good Sound Quality, Easy installation, Easy navigation, Bright screen, Easy to read, Quality mic included.
Cons: Only one graphic on display, Wonky Bluetooth, Android app RARELY works, No bluetooth streaming, No updates, Over Priced
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Lots of features with this unit which makes it a little hard to tune. Too many things to look at. Although once you figure out how all these features work the unit seems like a sound unit.
Pros: A lot of integrated features like the Bluetooth for your phone which is good. Haven't used the phone option yet though.
Cons: Price is a little high for what you actually would use on the head unit. Most people don't go into all of the features it provides which in my opinion inflates the pricing. FM stations have a lot of static and can't hold the stereo signal. Antenna may not be all that great.
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I should have known better! I should have bought a Pioneer...
Pros: Nice volume control knob! Wow...
Cons: small miget fingers remote, radio sucks (sitting next to the stations, it sucks) Blue tooth radio (NO), hard to use changer. Everything BUT, the volume control know sucks, big time sucks!
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I purchased this item through scratch & dent and had two small hiccups: 1. The metal retaining sleeve I received was for a different Kenwood model. Crutchfield had a new one sent the next day. 2. The built in amplifier either doesn't have enough power to handle 4 Pioneer 6.5" two ways OR I found the reason it was refurbished. Unfortunstely, I figured out it was a stereo problem after I upgraded to the pioneers months after I installed the head unit so Crutchfield's 'hands were tied'. No biggie. A 4 channel amplifier to the rescue to bypass the head units built in amp. The receiver is awesome. The 'direct search' takes some getting used to, but is great once you get the hang of it. The Bluetooth feature for my iPhone is great, but I drive a Dodge Ram 1500 HEMI with some aftermarket exhaust so background noise is a huge issue for whomever I'm talking to. The ability to change the screen and button colors was a big deal for me. Having a green or purple button scheme is no bueno. But changing the color to your preferred hue is cool. I found the button color synchronization with the music (kinda like having a party on your dashboard) pretty annoying and a wasted feature. The coolness factor lasted about long enough for me to say, 'Oh that's different.' I love that I can program my favorite numbers on the phone side and have voice commands to call. These commands take a minute to set up, but worth it. Crutchfield instructions and harness were dead on.
Pros: 1. Sounds great, speaker type/location, and x-over settings were a plus. 2. Button color can be changed with a wide range of hue selection 3. iPhone/iPod cable (sold separately) allowed a great range of options with Pandora and my personal music collection 4. Ability to change listening position and speaker distances (like a home theater system) 5. Color album display and video playback. 6. Rear camera RCA inputs (haven't used yet but will soon).
Cons: 1. 'Direct searching' for an artist, album, or song takes some getting used to but works. 2. Bluetooth microphone needs to be screwed to dash or mounted using something other than provided double sided tape. A few days at 90° temps will melt adhesive. 3. Too much road noise for phone calls in my vehicle. The person I'm talking to hates when I use turn signals. Sometimes I end up going to speakerphone instead.
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There is a lot of misinformation in these reviews, and I'm not really sure why. This unit does not need to have a special button sequence to switch from iPod to tuner. You just push the Source button, rotate the dial to the source you want and push the button down. Never use the iPod/iPhone to amplify the audio. The output is meant for headphones, and should be turned down to between the minimum and maybe halfway. This issue would also occur with any device that you use a headphone out on. Buy the iPod/iPhone cable so that you avoid this with your iPhone. It uses an unamplified 'line out'. Don't ever use an external source on the headphone jack with the volume turned up. Might was well swap a Yugo engine into the Ferrari you just bought while you're at it. You can turn the screen off entirely if it's too bright at night. It is not impossible to add a CD Changer and other components, but you will need a Kenwood junction box that allows this to occur, which I'm not sure if they sell new still. Which I personally found frustrating, but I found the box for sale and it works well. If the backup camera is not working correctly, then you have not wired it correctly, and most likely have an intermittent open circuit. Kenwood does specify what iPods are compatible with this unit, so don't be surprised if your iPod/iPhone 5 doesn't work. This device was out for a while before the 5. This is Apple's fault, because they completely changed the interface, and it effects many products.
Pros: Editing the sound is wonderful. I initially wanted a 'pure' sound so I bypassed the digital filters, but they are pretty stellar when adjusted properly. I have external CD Changer, HD Tuner, secondary AUX enabled, and iPod. Many inputs means I can use my friend's tablet, my Android, and my iPod, and my CD's which sound better than all of the above. The color changing LED's are nice. I have it matched to my gauges.
Cons: Could use some polishing/fine tuning. No preset buttons, no ATT button on face. Screen is vulnerable to scratches. Screen impossible to read with polarized sunglasses. Plastic trim piece around face does not attach securely. I ended up using some double-sided tape here. Remote control not very intuitive. No way to save or export settings to USB drive for those times you need to disconnect/replace the car battery. Screen does not automatically adjust to ambient light. Small internal memor
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This product has been nothing but a problem child. Rear view camera works when it want to but mostly never. Testing the equipment the camera worked fine but after a day or two it stops working. My iPod no matter what cables you buy will not work. No real support from Crutchfield or Kenwood so I'm stuck with a semi-functioning system. What a waste.
Pros: Cool looking
Cons: Low quality and support
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The absolute worst tuner I've ever encountered. iPod controls work ok provided you don't have a gen1 or 2 Touch then forget it. Bluetooth feature works flawlessly with good sound. I definitely would not recommend this unit.
Pros: Cool color change feature. Solid bluetooth feature
Cons: A $ handsfree. Money wasted.
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This unit was not what I expected, the ipod controls work OK, but the tuner memory stations are not user friendly, you have to push two different buttons to play your preset staions. Also you cant go from your ipod strait to your tuner, you have to go trough different settings to get back to your tuner.
Pros: Ipod controls work well
Cons: tuner not user friendly
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Where to begin? I had high hopes for the Kenwood unit. The ability to dial-in the distance to each speaker was of interest to me (and it does improve the sound quality). I'd say that my biggest gripe with this unit is the inconsistancy. You set it up.....get it perfect......leave the car, and when you come back it sounds completely different (always worse). It took me a while to figure out that this is related to the volume setting on my Iphone 4. If you change the volume setting even one click, you completely change the sound of the unit. What I consider a major flaw is that the unit cannot manage high volume levels if the headphone volume level is all the way up. The distortion this produces is beyond clipping distortion. It badly overloads, making the audio volume cut back and distorts very seriously. This was not expented from a head unit at this price. Also, whenever you turn the unit off or change formats.....and go back to the ipod/iphone format, you have to physically remove and reconnect the headphone jack in order to get sound out of it. The built-in amp is not what I expected either. It has some good features. Its just not ready for prime time. It may work fine with outboards amps. I didn't try that since some of the issues would not be corrected by adding power. I'm returning this unit and going with the Alpine IDA-X305S. The customer support at Crutchfield is world-class. I've been dealing with them since 1979. They are sending me the new unit before I return this one.
Pros: The graphic EQ is really nice. The signal processing is good. The ability to adjust the color output to match your dash lighting is a nice feature. Very nice looking when installed.
Cons: The display cannot be turned off (would be nice for night driving). Under powered. Inconsistant audio preformance. The requirement to physically disconnect and reconnect the headphone jack wire whenever you go to the ipod format. Badly distorts with the ipod/iphone headphone volume turned up fully. It needs work, so wait for the new model to come out. Quite slow in the menu operation.
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Warning to iPhone 5 users! I absolutely concur with Chapel. This is the worst case of a reputable company releasing a product that is almost immediately outdated and unusable. We all understand that tech changes faster than we would like but this ridiculous. Crutchfield, please disclose how incompatible this is with the iPhone 5. And the Bluetooth is pretty much useless beyond connecting your phone for phone features only. I'm not an expert by any means but I consider myself somewhat savvy when it comes to this stuff. I am astounded by the lack of compatibility and usability of this h/u for the price and the reputation of kenwood. If Crutchfield let's me take it back or exchange it I will do it. Currently I could get more use out of a head that costs a quarter of this price.
Pros: Screen and backup camera capability Unit tweaking features Attractive
Cons: Other than phone feature this unit is ultimately worthless with an iPhone 5 Bluetooth tech was outdated on release (it's better for you to get the nonbluetooth version then get the Bluetooth add on. Otherwise you won't be streaming music. The lack of standard features for a unit in this price range. Hd radio - add on. Cable for iPod for full compatibility - add on (I'm sure that it doesn't surprise kenwood that most every one of us wants to connect an iPhone/iPod to this thing)
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So, you've sacrificed your CD player? You've moved onto a media receiver. You plug your fancy new iPhone5 in to discover... nothing! It doesn't work. A little extra research leads you to realize that Kenwood, in their infinite wisdom, is using ANALOG AUDIO! Which the new iPhone does not work with. Now, you can go buy that $35 Kenwood iPhone cable AND the $30 Apple 30pin adapter... and you'll get your sound, but no video. Suddenly, this top of the line radio has cost you another $65 just to get a compromise with your brand new iPhone. There's no Android compatibility with it either in terms of Pandora or other apps. So, my only thing to do now is try to sell it or buy an old 30 pin iPhone/iPod just to do music... rather than waste any money, it's going back.
Pros: Great construction, great looks, great functionality... if you have an iPhone4
Cons: Does not work with iPhone5. Requires an analog cable with an adapter for additional $65 and still won't do video.
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When I set out to build my system I knew I need a great head unit and Kenwood has a well deserved reputation as one of the very best. I liked the look and features of this unit but what sold me on it was that it played .WAV files. As an audiophile I knew I could get the best sound quality out of the USB drive port with uncompressed .WAV fiiles. MP3's Reduce the file size by a factor of about 11:1 but also very slightly reduce the sound quality. In an age where drive space is ridiculously cheap per gig and transfer speeds where they are It doesn't pay to compress anymore.
Pros: I immediately noticed a big improvement in sound quality when I replaced my old Sony unit. It separated out the sound spectrum and added new dimensions of detail to all of my old music. It has a ton of options and I love the built in crossover and Sub-woofer options. I paired it with an alpine amp and a JL audio speaker box and am very pleased with the result.
Cons: I'm knocking off a star for the video feature. I expected to be able to put video on my USB drive and play it. While this can be done I had to spend hours to figure out how. A normal sized video will crash the firmware and you'll have to reset the unit. In order to get videos to read and play off of the USB drive I had to convert them to 240 X 320 and 12 frames per second at 250 Kbps using special conversion software. The built in equalizer is kind of dinky. You get 5 range bands to adust.
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So I have owned my 901 since Feb 2012, has had very little use on it maybe 20 hours total. It now has developed a growing tumor on the left side of the screen, started as a small white spot looking like a half moon and has continued to grow. Also has lost volume output have to now crank it up 8 to 10 higher to get the same output as before. So NOT HAPPY!
Pros: Good curb appeal at first.
Cons: Things that come with pretty looks are not always the best
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I think this is really a great media player from Kenwood. The only thing I'm looking for (maybe it's me not seeing it) is that it doesn't have a mute button on the face of the deck. It has it on the remote control. Overall, this deck is great. I installed it myself and had some issue with no AM but Crutchfield's support came to the rescue. It works really well with the Bose system that is originally in the car. I only replaced the head unit, and now I have Bluetooth, Pandora, iPod connectivity, and a rear view camera to boot. Not a bad investment.
Pros: Nice display, easy to read. A little bit cumbersome to search for songs, but I guess having playlists would solve that. Great sound with the Bose system originally in the car.
Cons: I don't see a mute button on the face of the deck
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Great product! Looks awesome in my car.
Pros: Easy to use and awesome integration with Pandora.
Cons: Can't figure out how to get the video to work. I drive a manual transmission and don't have a 'Park'
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This is a well thought out unit. I appreciate the ability to customize so many configurations. Thanks to Crutchfield for the wiring harness.
Cons: Unit needs to have more inputs for additional components. Once you have attached a CD Changer it is impossible to add HD Radio or Satellite Radio. Wiring directions did not include instructions on wiring AM antenna power for Mercedes Benz ML 320.
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Great radio, installed easily in a 2004 vw. Works seamlessly with iPhone 3 and 4.
Pros: Ease of setup.
Cons: none yet.
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I was looking for something the replace the broken OEM head unit in my Corvette. A double din wouldn't fit without modifications to the center console. After looking at the single din units this seemed to offer the most. I rarely use CD's any more and this being made for iPod fit the bill. It went in without much trouble. Everything works great on it. Mating my phone to the head unit via Bluetooth wasn't as intuitive as I would have liked it to be, but it didn't take very long. In fact, nothing is as straight forward in the set up as I would have liked, but sometimes it takes getting used to a new device after you are accustomed to something else. If you are considering the 701, spend the few extra dollars and get the 901.
Pros: The Bluetooth works great and the mic pics up very well. Some heard the sound of my turn signal yesterday. The back up camera option is great. I used a $20 brand and couldn't be happier. The stereo has a ton of set up features to allow you to customize the sound to your type of vehicle.
Cons: The biggest con is that I wish this unit had easily accessible station presets. You have to go into the menu and select presets then turn the big dial to select your station.
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Does everything it promises to do!! Works flawlessly with iPod, can search for songs in multiple ways. Displays album art, song info, all that you need to know. iPod video works great as well. Display is bright & clear, even in full sun. Sound tailoring is wonderful. Unit has so many features I'll probably take weeks to discover them all. So far I'm quite happy with the unit. As usual, Crutchfield's install information was perfect, every step was clear and concise. Extremely satisfied!!
Pros: Great iPod control, wonderful display, excellent sound.
Cons: Wish it had a second USB input, so I could use a flash drive and the iPod together.
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I realy enjoy the radio, Sound is outstanding.
Pros: Everything about the radio I like
Cons: Wish it could support a large hard drive....
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This deck is definitely worth the $$$! With all the goodies Crutchfield sent, the install was exceptional easy! (I have a base model truck no clock) this clock has a clock and date display among other neat things like the the buttons can be matched to your guages. I am absolutely blown away with the sound quality, all the features and, all the complete convenience of the install package! get this you will not be disappointed!
Pros: bluetoooth, illumi keys match gauges, date and time, pairing with iphone 4s was extremely simple. sound quality A++ (stock speakers havent installed new components yet) the list is endless
Cons: installed it in the dark ( night time after work :()
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Not only I am thrilled with this radio you can always count on the technical assistance; they are superb. Crutchfield staff is dedicated to assisting customers no matter what the questions. I will always purchase from Crutchfield because of their positive attitude and willingness to help. Keep up the great work guys and gals .
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I Put this unit into an older car. I am very happy with the sound quality and the bluetooth functions. As has been said before the users manual and menus leave a lot to be desired, but once I got everything set up and figured out how to do the things I wanted, its great.
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This receiver is awesome!! If you don't listen to anything except for your Ipod, like me, buy this receiver. It works well, looks great, and the fact that you can use it to watch video from your Ipod is also great! The only problem I've come across is people say they hear an echo of themselves when i call them using bluetooth, I've played with all the settings and can't get it to stop, oh well, sounds great on my end. In all honesty, i'm very glad i bought this receiver.
Pros: Nearly everything!!
Cons: Echo on other persons end, while using bluetooth.
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Not much more I need to say than whats in the above sections. This is my first non-OEM receiver and I'm very happy with it. Sound quality is great, and the functionality is exactly what I was looking for. Four stars overall because of the difficulty in getting the album art to display consistently. If I could give it 4.5 stars I would. FWIW - I had to make one call to tech support during the installation. My question was answered quickly and correctly and the rest of the installation went off without problem.
Pros: This type of receiver is the wave of the future. I love that the number of songs I can have in the car is limited only by the size of the HD I choose to use. I have a 128gb thumb drive, so I have plenty of music available. Installation was pretty painless using the Crutchfield supplied parts. The longest amount of time was spend soldering the wiring harness, but thats only because I'm pretty slow at it. Receiver sounds great and is generally easy to use.
Cons: The ability of the receiver to display album art is pretty cool. However, using just a regular thumb drive, instead of an iPod, I can't get the receiver to display album art for all of my albums. I've tried ~20 different methods to get art displayed on all albums, to no avail. I WILL figure it out, but still a bit frustrating. Also, just to nit-pick, it takes 60-80 seconds for the receiver to read the thumb drive and begin to play. Not a deal breaker, but a bit of a pain in the @$$.
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Initially, I purchased the KIV-701 and quickly realized it was worth the extra money to upgrade to the BT901. I am happy I did. When connecting my iPhone 4, the unit became very user friendly. Plenty of search modes to go through to find your music, although, like stated by another customer, it is sometimes time consuming if the song you want is right in the middle of the alphabet. The display is very crisp and works wonderfully with the backup camera. Also, with a full color spectrum, it has got to be impossible for it to not match your interior. My biggest complaint is the Bluetooth/iPhone 4 connection. On my end the sound is crystal clear. However, those on the other end find it difficult to hear me. This seems to be more of an iPhone issue as when I connected using my friends phone, the sound was clear on both ends. I updated my phone with the latest OS and the sound did get better, but not as good as using a different brand phone.
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didnt connect my phone which was a droid 2. the sound out of the speakers is great but it made my two 15 inch subwoofers with a 1000 watts sound like 1 8inch with like 25 watts so i am no longer a kenwood fan.
4 of 68 found this helpful
This is the best Digital Media receiver I owned. Bluetooth is truly built in where Alpine is not. Also my HTC Thunderbolt phone did not link w/ the Alpint. Works great with this Kenwood receiver. Lots of additional features, you can select car type, ex, minivan, compact car, wagon, etc.. which audio settings adjust automatically. Tons of Audio features, can set the speaker size FR REAR (ex 6.5" or 5"), Highway noise features reduce highway noise (3 levels), Bass Boost (2 levels), Sub Level (4V up to 15), Supreme+ feature correct IPOD audio for best sound. I also got the HD radio module which did not work great. Everything turned on fine, but the reception is terrible on the HD radio module. It actually screw up my Analog stations. My advise don't use HD radio. Only few stations available and the HD signal is weak as well. Stations keep switching from digital to analog. Display is great, 24 colors you can't go wrong. Also you can set the colors to sync with misuc where colors change to music. Lot more other features, can connect rear camera, has video output to connect monitors etc... Get tons of features for your money. Buy it today, except the HD radio module!
7 of 9 found this helpful
I just want to give a heads up to anyone who thinks they might purchase this item based on it's Zune compatibility as I did. I hooked up my 120GB Zune with almost 100GB worth of music. After taking a very long time to load, the in-dash control worked very nicely. It wasn't before long I noticed when in album mode, it plays the songs in alphabetical order. This may not be a big issue for some, but you will already be sacrificing CD's in your car to have this receiver. It's nice to still retain some integrity of the old CD's you used to love, and play the songs in the order you know by heart or the how the artist intended. Then I realized that every album was only about 70% complete, as I was missing every song from about "R" to "Z". Kenwood tech support claims if I "wait long enough" every song should load, I have not found this to be true. They also suggested the song order info wasn't supported by iPods either, which I also found not to be true. You may not have these issues with a ZuneHD, but I wouldn't risk it. I wouldn't have paid the extra money for this unit if I had known that it wouldn't live up to its claims.
19 of 27 found this helpful
This unit is great for ipod control. The album art shows up very clear and its even easy to read in direct sunlight. Easy to control, took me about 5 minutes to have the navigation down for the ipod/iphone
4 of 6 found this helpful
This is the only radio in the market that satisfies my needs, excellent clear sound, wonderfull reception, more than enough connections for all my needs, no CD is not relevant; no DVD is a must, the car is not the place to watch movies; rear camera connection is also a must and works perfectly.
1 of 6 found this helpful
I was excited to install this unit, but found myself disappointed with a few quirks when I finished. One of the main reasons I bought this was because of the iPod control. I'll admit, it is definitely better than other units that I've had in the past. But when I want to listen to a song by an artist in the second half of the alphabet, even with the quick search, it still takes longer than it should. The bluetooth capability is nice however it does not support the A2DP protocol. The call quality while using the Bluetooth while driving was always great from my end. However, everyone I talked to either complained that they could hear themselves or that I sounded like I was in a tunnel. I played around with the echo cancellation settings but I couldn't seem to get it right. Another thing that I did not like which was may be a bug or an oversight in design was the RDS functionality. The station I listen to does not broadcast their call letters, only the current track information. This unit displays the track info just fine. However, in an effort to be helpful, the unit saves the track info as the title of the station in the station presets list! This would be great if the radio station broadcasted the call letters through RDS, but in my case it just made things more confusing when selecting presets. Overall, the unit is okay. It sounds great and it looks nice, but it's definitely not what I was hoping for. I'll be returning it a replacing it with something else.
14 of 16 found this helpful
Upgraded from the Kenwood KDC-X993 and am pretty happy so far. The new LCD screen is a huge improvement over the last model. You can clearly read it in direct sunlight. Searching through 20gb of music on the new unit couldn't be easier. If you are upgrading from an older Kenwood product a couple things you should know. 1. To get sound from your iPod you will need to purchase the new KCA-IP202 cable this units audio and video inputs are separated, the old Kenwood iPod cable will not work. 2. The Parrot Bluetooth mics are interchangeable, so you won't have to run a new mic to use the Bluetooth module in this unit, just plug and play 3. I didn't have to change the Kenwood wiring harness to use this unit it was compatible with the KDC-X993 radio connection So for besides having to upgrade the iPod cable the installation of the new unit was straight forward.
5 of 7 found this helpful
Excellent choice for me. Specifically bought this model for Pandora, Bluetooth and Rear USB input. Menus are easy to use. Ipod integration also very good. Overall quick and responsive. Video feature is neat, but I am not sure how useful it is. Will expand soon with a backup camera and XM tuner. Crutchfield support was also great. Called twice for two different wiring questions, and they were both answered very quickly and efficiently. Final thoughts: my vehicle would not accept a double-DIN sized unit, which is why I went with this one.
3 of 4 found this helpful
Well my 1993 BMW 740i's Alpine head unit was in need of retirement as it didn't like to receive CD's anymore, Both myself and my wife both have MP3 players me being a Zune and my wife an Ipod touch. Once I plugged in my Zune it recognized it right away through the available USB port and I was able to store the Zune securely in the glove compartment and not have to worry about it sitting out in the sun or for some sticky fingers to steal it. The sound clarity is much nicer then the old Alpine and being able to tune the speakers for the car size and location in the car makes it that much nicer. Having the ability to take control of my phone is a plus as well and the clarity from the Mic is great as well. I am going to definitely consider adding one of these to my GTi in the future. I highly recommend this to anyone with a massive digital music collection and does not have a need for a "CD Player" any longer.
3 of 6 found this helpful
I replaced the stock radio in my 2001 Porsche 911 cabriolet. Wow, what a difference. I brought my car into the next decade with Bluetooth and Ipod connectivity. It all works and sounds great. My other car is a 2011 BMW x5 and this Kenwood's ipod control is very similar to the BMW and works easily. It also brings up the album art just like the BMW does which is cool. The head unit looks as close to stock as you can get with the same black finish as the car dash and the ability to match the receiver lighting to the Porsche factory orange/amber. The bluetooth mic provided has great clarity and people can understand me clearly driving with the top down at 75mph.
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More details on the Kenwood KIV-BT901
Features & specs
|Backup Camera Input||Yes|
|Second Camera Input||No|
|Android Control||USB MSC protocol + Bluetooth A2DP/AVRCP|
|Memory Card Slot||Built-in flash/USB/Zune|
|Satellite Radio Ready||No|
|RMS Power (CTA-2006)||N/A|
|RMS Power (Manufacturer)||---|
|Peak Output||50 watts|
|RMS Power Bandwidth||20-20kHz|
|Sub Preamp Outputs||Yes|
|Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs||No|
|Navigation App Compatible (iOS)|
|Navigation App Compatible (Android)|
|Preamp Voltage||4 volts|
|Key Button Color||Variable|
|Steering Wheel Control Compatible||Adapter required|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
|FM Sensitivity||9.3 dBf|
|Radio Data System||Yes|
|Music File Playback||MP3, WMA, AAC|
Overview: The Kenwood KIV-BT901 Digital Media Receiver is equipped with a built-in AM/FM tuner, rear-panel USB port, and rear-panel auxiliary input. The KIV-BT901 offers both iPod & Zune playback control. The KIV-BT901 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-BT901 Digital Media Receiver does not feature a CD mechanism.
LCD Display: The Kenwood KIV-BT901 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-BT901 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.
Variable Color Illumination: The Kenwood KIV-BT901 features variable color display and button illumination. You can choose from one of 24 preset colors, have the unit scan through all 24 preset colors continuously, or customize your own color (1-24; 0-9). The display and button illumination can be set to the same color or set independently.
Illumination Effects: The Kenwood KIV-BT901 offers two unique key-button illumination effects.
- Illumination Operation Sync: This function sets whether the head unit's key illumination color is changed in conjunction with the key-button operation.
- Illumination Music Sync: This function set whether the head unit's key illumination color is changed in conjunction with the system's sound & volume level.
Multi-Language Support: The Kenwood KIV-BT901 offers English, French, and Spanish menu text.
Text/Title Scroll: The KIV-BT901 will display Audio file and 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 head unit's display.
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.
24 Bit D/A Converter: The Kenwood KIV-BT901 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-BT901 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-BT901 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
6ch/4V Preamp Outputs: The KIV-BT901 features front, rear and subwoofer 4-volt preamp outputs. The front and rear speaker preamp outputs are balance and fade adjustable. The subwoofer preamp output is non-fading. The front, rear, and subwoofer preamp outputs are fixed to the rear chassis of the head unit. The subwoofer preamp output features an independent level control (-15 to +15).
Note: You can turn the KIV-BT901's built-in amplifier off to improve the quality of the sound from the head unit'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 head unit'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, 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
- 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 head unit 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: select a frequency of 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100, 120, 150, 180, 220, or 250Hz; with a Slope of -6, -12, -18, - 24 dB per octave; or you can also select full-range
- Rear High Pass Filter: select a frequency of 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100, 120, 150, 180, 220, or 250Hz; with a Slope of -6, -12, -18, - 24 dB per octave; or you can also select full-range
- Subwoofer Low Pass Filter: select a frequency of 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100, 120, 150, 180, 220, or 250Hz; with a Slope of -6, -12, -18, - 24 dB per octave; or you can also select full-range; The Subwoofer Phase can also be adjusted to Normal (0°) or Reverse (180°)
Note: The DSP function can be bypassed.
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) from -9 to +9dB.
Note: You can store equalizer settings for each source (Tuner, USB, iPod/iPhone, Aux, or Sat/HD radio).
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-BT901 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.
Dual Zone: Separate sources can be selected for the Front channels and Rear channels. Zone 2 can be set to USB (iPod/Zune), Internal Memory, Auxiliary, or Off. You can adjust the volume of the rear channels independently from the front channels (0-35).
Note: USB, iPod, and Internal Memory cannot be set at the same time for the main and sub sources.
Tel Mute: The KIV-BT901 features a cell-phone mute wire (tan) 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 head unit provides an audible beep to confirm button operation. This function can be turned On or Off.
AM/FM Tuner: The Kenwood KIV-BT901 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-BT901's tuner provides two ways to store your favorite radio stations.
- Normal Presets: You can store up to 18 FM presets (01-18) and 6 AM presets (01-06).
- Mixed Presets: In this mode, different bands and turner sources can be saved in the same preset layer, which allows you to recall the desired stations without switching the bands or tuner sources. You can store a mixture of 6 AM/FM, HD Radio, and Satellite Radio presets of any combination.
Note: This unit does not offer direct preset buttons. Instead, you will need to access the unit's presets using the Control Knob.
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.
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. 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 (HDRadio.com). 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: You cannot connect both a Satellite Radio Interface and HD Radio tuner to the head unit.
Internal Memory: Audio files, video files, and still-images files can be stored to KIV-BT901'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 Port: The Kenwood KIV-BT901 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 15000 files and folders. You connected USB device will also charge while connected. Supported audio/video files.
- Music Files: The KIV-BT901 supports playback of AAC (16-320 kbps), MP3 (8-320 kbps), and WMA (48-192 kbps) music files; as well a WAV (16-bit) audio files.
- Movie Files: The digital media receiver supports playback of H.264/MPEG4 AVC, MPEG-4, and WMV files with a resolution of 160 x 120 to 320 x 240 (QVGA).
- Picture Files: The KIV-BT901 digital media receiver supports playback of JPEG and BMP still-image files.
Note: The Kenwood KIV-BT901 will support connection of a Multi-Card Reader or a USB hub with up to 3 ports.
USB/Internal Memory Control: The Kenwood KIV-BT901 digital media receiver provides a 6-line folder/file name list to scroll through to find your music. The KIV-BT901 offers several other playback and search functions to help you locate and listen to your music.
- Search Modes: The KIV-BT901 offers various search
functions to find your iPod's music or movie content in the selected
- 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-BT901 digital media receiver provides
the following Play Modes for your connected USB device or the head unit'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.
Zune Playback: The Kenwood KIV-BT901 supports the Microsoft Zune via its rear USB port. The KIV-BT901 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.
- Search Modes: Kenwood KIV-BT901 offers the following
convenient search modes to help you select from your Zune's music.
- 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-BT901 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-BT901 digital media receiver. The KIV-BT901 supports Audio only playback. It will not output your Zune player's video or still-images.
iPod/iPhone AV Connection: The KIV-BT901's USB port and the rear-panel 3.5mm A/V AUX input are compatible with select iPod/iPhone devices when used with the Kenwood USB/iPod AV cable (KCA-iP202, sold separately). The USB Direct Connection enables high-speed iPod data communications of 12MB/bps via the 2-Wire interface cable. One end of the cable plugs directly into your iPod/iPhone's dock connector while the other end of the cable uses two connectors that plug into the back of the KIV-BT901. 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/iPhone, so you can navigate through your music and video files using the head unit's controls and view song, album art, and movie information on its display. The A/V 3.5mm miniplug connector of the cable plugs into the unit's rear-panel A/V 3.5mm input and transfers 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/iPhone.
Note: The Kenwood KIV-BT901 is not compatible with the standard USB-to-iPod dock cable. The Kenwood KCA-iP202 USB/iPod AV cable is required.
iPod/iPhone Control: You can choose to control the iPod/iPhone from the head unit or from your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen.
- Browse Mode: The Kenwood KIV-BT901 will allow you to browse your
iPod's music and videos by category.
- Music Categories: You can browse your iPod/iPhone's music by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Podcast, Genre, Composer, or Audiobook.
- Video Categories: You can browse your iPod/iPhone's videos by Playlist, Movie, Music Video, TV Show, Video Podcast, and Rental.
- Search Modes: The KIV-BT901 offers various search functions to find
your iPod/iPhone's music or movie content in the selected category.
- Alphabet Search: This function searches music and videos whose name contain the specified character (A-Z), within a specific category.
- 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).
- Search Artist: displays albums of the same artist
- Search Album: display music in the album in which the one being played is included
- Search Genre: displays artists of the same genre
- Search Composter: displays albums including music created by the same composer
- Skip Search: You can search your iPod/iPhone'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.
- Play Modes: The KIV-BT901 digital media receiver provides the
following Play Modes (Playlist, Random, Repeat) to control your iPod/iPhone.
- Playlist: You can create your own custom iPod playlist (up to 30 songs) from the head unit.
- 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 Mode: You can also choose to operate your iPod or iPhone with its own click-wheel or touchscreen; instead of using the KIV-BT901's controls.
- Sound Check: This function sets the sound volume of all your iPod/iPhone's songs to the same level. The sound volume adjustment is required using iTunes.
iPod/iPhone Display: The KIV-BT901 will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information when you are controlling your iPod or iPhone from the Kenwood head unit. The head unit will display Track number, Elapsed playing time, Artist name, Song title, and Album label. If you choose to operate your connected iPod/iPhone via its clickwheel or touchscreen controls, the KIV-BT901 will not display your iPod/iPhone's music information (the head unit will instead display iPod MODE).
Pandora App: The Pandora App (free) lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the Kenwood KIV-BT901 using your connected Apple iPhone, via the Kenwood KCA-iP202 USB/iPod connector cable (sold separately). The Kenwood KIV-BT901 provides control over the Pandora music service and displays Artist, Album, and Song information. You can search for new Pandora stations, select Pandora stations from your station list, and skip song tracks within a station. You can also give songs a thumbs up/down and bookmark songs/artists. To access Pandora you must have an Apple iPhone (iOS3 or later) with the latest version of the Pandora application from Apple's iTunes App Store. Your iPhone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. You will also need a Pandora music service account.
Note: Access to the Pandora service will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.
iPod/iPhone Charging: While connected and the ignition switch is set to ACC or ON, the head unit's USB connection will power and charge your iPod/iPhone.
Note: If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it.
iPod Compatibility Chart: The Kenwood KIV-BT901 and the KCA-iP202 USB/iPod AV cable are "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and support the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 9/19/2013):
|iPod/iPhone Model||Generation||Tested Version||Media Type||Control Type||Display Type||iTunes Tagging||Pandora App||Charge|
|Audio||Video||head unit||iPod/iPhone||Song/Artist Text||Track Info|
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.
Bluetooth Technology: Bluetooth is a two-way wireless communication system allowing you to make and receive cell phone calls wirelessly from your mobile phone, using the Kenwood in-dash CD receiver. Bluetooth wireless technology operates on a 2.4GHZ frequency band within a range of approximately 10 meters (about 33 feet).
Bluetooth Profiles: The Kenwood KIV-BT901 CD-Receiver features built-in 2.4GHz Bluetooth technology (version 2.0) powered by Parrot. The KIV-BT901 supports Bluetooth hands-free communication. The KIV-BT901 supports the following Bluetooth profiles:
- HFP (Hands-Free Profile): Hands-free communication with your Bluetooth enabled cellular phone in the vehicle (incoming/outgoing calls supported).
- HSP (Headset Profile): Provides support for Bluetooth headsets to be used with mobile phones.
- OPP (Object Push Profile): Phonebook transfer from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone to the head unit.
- PBAP (Phone Book Access Profile): Phonebook access from your Bluetooth enabled cell-phone to the head unit.
- SPP (Serial Port Profile): SPP defines how to set up virtual serial ports and connect two Bluetooth enabled devices.
- SYNC (Synchronization Profile): The SYNC profile enables synchronization of data information between Bluetooth-enabled devices.
Bluetooth Hands-Free Communication: The head unit supports Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. The controls of the KIV-BT901 can be used to dial a number, answer an in-coming call, or end a call. The unit also includes an external microphone (with mounting bracket) featuring adjustable gain, so you can carry on your side of the conversation while listening to the caller through your vehicles speakers.
Pairing: Your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone must be paired with the KIV-BT901 before hands-free operation. You can register up to five Bluetooth enabled cell-phones with the Kenwood head unit (only one paired phone can be used at a time).
Note: Not all Bluetooth mobile phones will be compatible. Visit http://www.kenwood.com/cs/ce/bt/index.php for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled phones.
Auto Answer: The KIV-BT901 can be setup to automatically answer an incoming call. You can have the head unit automatically answer a call immediately or after 1-99 seconds.
Dialing: Using the KIV-BT901, you can dial a phone number in one of the following ways:
- Entering a Phone Number: Allows you to directly dial a phone number up to 25 digits from the head unit's control knob or remote control.
- Speed (Preset) Dialing: Allows you to register up to 6 phone numbers for quick dialing. The preset numbers can be accessed from the head unit's Control Knob.
- Phone Book: You can dial by using the downloaded phone book. You can download phone book data from your cell phone to the KIV-BT901. 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. Stored phone numbers can be categorized by General, Home, Office, Mobile, or Other. You can search each category of the phone book in alphabetical order.
- Call Log: The Call Log is a list of calls that have originated from and were received by this unit that you can dial. You can select Outgoing, Incoming, or Missed calls.
- Voice Dialing: If your mobile phone supports voice recognition, then you can dial out by voice command. Simply speak into the included microphone. You can register up to 35 voice tags.
Call Waiting: The KIV-BT901 supports the Call Waiting function, so you can answer another incoming call while suspending the current call you are on. Your compatible cell-phone must also support this feature.
SMS: You can wirelessly download the short message (SMS) arrived at your cell-phone so that is can be read on the Bluetooth connected Kenwood head unit. Your cell-phone must support SMS for this feature to function. The SMS downloaded to this unit is cleared when this unit is turned off.
Note: You cannot send text messages using this unit (read only).
Private/Hands-Free Mode: During a conversation, you can switch between the Private Mode (talking directly on your cell phone) and the Hands Free Mode.
External Microphone: The Kenwood KIV-BT901 includes an external microphone to carry on your side of your phone conversation and voice command dialing. The external wired microphone offers improved audio quality versus an integrated microphone, so you can be heard easier over noisy traffic and road noise. The external microphone features an attached 10' cable terminated by a right-angle 3.5mm connector which plugs into the mic input on the rear-panel of the head unit. The microphone offers an integrated mounting bracket which can be clipped to your vehicle's sun-visor or taped to your dash. The external microphone measures 0.515" (diameter) x 1.485" (depth).
Note: This unit does not offer an integrated front-panel microphone.
Bluetooth Detailed Settings: The KIV-BT901 offers the following Bluetooth Detailed Settings, so you can configure the unit to suit your needs.
- Call Beep: You can choose to output a beep from your vehicle's speaker's when a call comes in, or you can turn this function off.
- Speaker Output: You can select whether the call beep and caller's voice is heard through only the front speakers or all speakers.
- Mic Gain: Adjusts the volume of the external microphone from -3 to +3.
- NR Level: Reduces the noises generated by the surrounding environment without changing the mic volume. The NR Level can be set to -2 or +2.
- EC Level: Adjusts the level of echo cancellation from -2 to +2.
AUX Input: The KIV-BT901 is equipped with a rear-panel 3.5mm minijack auxiliary input for connecting external portable audio devices such as an MP3 player. The KIV-BT901 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-BT901 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.
Camera Input: The unit features a composite video input for connecting an optional rear view camera, such as the Kenwood CMOS-200 (113CMOS200, sold separately). The video from this connection can be set to display when switched to this input, or display the rear view camera video automatically when the vehicle is shifted into Reverse gear. The purple/white wire (attached to the rear chassis) must be connected to the vehicle's reverse lamp circuit for automatic video switching. You can view rear view image in Normal or Mirror mode.
2nd 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 an optional Sirius Satellite Radio/HD tuner or CD-changer to the head unit because the adapter plugs into the DIN changer control connection on the head unit.
Changer Controls: The Kenwood KIV-BT901 offers connection and control of Kenwood's 10-disc CD-changer (113KDCC719, sold separately).
Wireless Remote Control: The KIV-BT901 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 head unit features an OEM steering wheel remote control input wire (blue/yellow) within the included wiring harness that 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.
Music Editor Compatible: The Kenwood KIV-BT901 supports the PC application, Kenwood Music Editor Lite (ver.1.1). Kenwood Music Editor Lite is a Windows-based desktop software that helps organize, manage and transfer 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 through this unit, you can search a file by title, album, or artist name using the head unit's Music Search function.
System Requirements: The Kenwood Music Editor Light (ver.1.1) Windows-based software can be downloaded for free from Kenwood.com to your PC. The Kenwood Music Editor Light is compatible with the following Windows Microsoft Operating Systems.
- Windows XP Professional, Home Edition SP2 or later (32-bit)
- Windows Vista (32/64-bit)
- Windows 7 (32/64-bit)
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