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Kenwood KCA-iP500 iPod® Control Interface
Control your iPod with your Kenwood receiver
Our take on the Kenwood KCA-iP500 iPod® Control Interface by Crutchfield's Matt Freeman
You've filled your iPod with an impressive collection of music. Now you'll want to bring it along with you every time you're on the road. And Kenwood's KCA-iP500 control interface gives you a great way to do it.
The interface powers your iPod and connects it directly to your compatible Kenwood radio. You use your radio's controls to select songs from the iPod's playlists folders, and the information that usually comes up on the iPod screen shows up on your radio's display. You can then store your iPod neatly out of the way, and get to your favorite tracks without taking your eyes off the road. With the KCA-iP500, you'll even be able to play the tracks that you've purchased at the iTunes Music Store.
You'll get the best sound quality possible from this direct connection. And the adapter will even charge your iPod's battery, so your iPod will always be ready to walk around with you.
Compatibility Note: Be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility with this iPod adapter.
What's in the Box:
- iPod interface adapter with 8' Input cable (from iPod) and 3' Output cable (to Kenwood head unit)
- 1.75" x 1.75" Double sided tape
- Owner's manual (English / French / German / Dutch / Italian / Spanish)
- Warranty card
- Note on routing cables
- connects your iPod to a compatible Kenwood in-dash radio
- provides power to the iPod
- enables direct control of many iPod functions from your Kenwood radio
- sends iPod display information to your radio
- recharges your iPod's battery
- includes necessary cables
- 3-5/16"W x 15/16"H x 3-1/16"D
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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Features and Specs
|Adapter Type||iPod audio in w/ iPod control|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
Overview: This adapter allows select iPods and iPhones with a dock connector to be controlled by a Kenwood receiver with CD changer controls. The adapter is compatible with select Kenwood 2002 and newer receivers with CD changer controls. All the iPod buttons will be disabled when connected to this adapter and it will be controlled from the Kenwood receiver. With this interface, you'll be able to play your iPod music files through your Kenwood receiver and in most cases have all the titling information appear on the Kenwood's display.
iPod Compatibility: The Kenwood KCA-iP500 iPod control interface is "Made for iPod" compatible and support the following iPod model features (as of June 2010):
|iPod/iPhone Model||Generation||Media Type||Control Type||Display Type||Charge|
|Audio||Video||Unit||iPod/iPhone||Song/Artist Info||Track Info|
Note: When you initially connect the iPhone to this device the iPhone will display an error message. Press "No" on the iPhone's display and the unit will begin working. This adapter will not charge the iPod nano (4th/5th generation), and iPod touch (2nd/3rd generation) without the use of the 142IFWA (sold separately). Apple firmware updates may change functionality results. Not compatible with OS 4.0 for iPhone or iPod touch.
Display: The available information varies based on the radio's display capability. Radios with the CD Text feature have alphanumeric displays and can show the playlist and song names. Radios without this alphanumeric capability will display only the numbers corresponding to playlists and songs.
Controls: The controls on the Kenwood receiver allow selecting a playlist (album, etc), selecting a song within the playlist, selecting a song directly (by number using an appropriate remote control), shuffling songs for playback in random order, and repeating a song.
Connections: The 8' input cable on the KCA-iP500 plugs into the iPod's dock connecter. The 3' output cable on the KCA-iP500 plugs into the back of the Kenwood receiver in the CD changer port.
Power Supply: When the receiver is on and the iPod is connected, the iPod is supplied power for playback and to charge the battery.
Note: This adapter will not charge the iPod nano (4th/5th generation) and iPod touch (2nd/3rd generation) without the Scosche passPORT (142IFWA, sold separately).
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