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Kenwood KCA-IP103

Lightning™ to USB cable

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Overview

Our take on the Kenwood KCA-IP103

Kenwood realized that you'll need something durable to connect your iPhone® 5 in your vehicle. This KCA-iP103 cable links your Apple Lightning iOS device to the USB port on select Kenwood receivers. This 32" cable can take on the tough car environment, so you can leave your Apple cable at home. It's also a great option when connecting the Apple® Lightning digital AV adapter to select HDMI-equipped Kenwood receivers.

KCA-IP103 cable

Kenwood realized that you'll need something durable to connect your iPhone® 5 in your vehicle. This KCA-iP103 cable links your Apple Lightning iOS device to the USB port on select Kenwood receivers. This 32" cable can take on the tough car environment, so you can leave your Apple cable at home. It's also a great option when connecting the Apple® Lightning digital AV adapter to select HDMI-equipped Kenwood receivers.

This cable lets you play and search for your device's music, see your music's info on the receiver's display, and charge your device. Warranty: 1 year.

What's in the Box:

  • 32" Lightning-to-USB iPod/iPhone cable (w/ a Lightning-connector on one end and a USB type-A connector on other end)
  • Declaration of Conformity with regard to the RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU
Reviews

Kenwood KCA-IP103 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(9 Reviews)

Kenwood KCA-IP103

Anonymous from Winter Garden, FL on 3/23/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Too $$$

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Anonymous from Pensacola on 9/25/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

It's a quality cord for sure, but the beefier lightning plug doesn't fit with my phones case, so I'm using this cord in the house and I put a standard apple cable in the car.

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Anonymous from Chicago on 9/8/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great little cable, to extend the range for lightning jack hookup .

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Rick from Brighton, MI on 7/13/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Worked great with my iPhone SE.

Pros: It's thicker than a stock cord which is good since you may need to run it through dash or around obstacles.

Cons: Expensive

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Peter K. from Salt Lake City, UT on 5/20/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works fine; can use usb input on my kenwood touchscreen receiver now

Pros: It works

Cons: Expensive

Don't waste your money

Jess from Tullahoma, TN on 4/3/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

WAAAY to much for a slightly heavy duty lightning connector. I would have been fine with a standard one.

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Works as expected. ...and it's black.

PaulM from Chapel Hill, NC on 3/29/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The cord works as advertised with my iPhone 6 and Kenwood Excelon KDC-X599. I like that it's black and thicker than the white cord that came with my iPhone.

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CS from Oregon on 5/9/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Excellent item for my Kenwood DDX-492 Excelon

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too much moolah

lanceh from gig harbor, wa on 7/13/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Seems fine. works fine. but i'm pretty sure i was an idiot when i paid this kind of money for a cord you can get for a fraction of the price. Not convinced the harsh elements make the extra price worthwhile.

Pros: seems sturdy

Cons: too much money

Details

Hands-on research

Features and Specs

General
Adapter Type iPod audio in w/ iPod control
Vehicle Specific No
Brand Specific Kenwood
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
iPod Compatibility
Full-Size No
Nano 7
Touch 5
Mini No
iPhone 6+/6/5S/5C/5

Product Research

Features

Lightning Connector/USB Interface Cable: Use the Kenwood KCA-iP103 Lightning/USB interface cable to plug a new iPod, iPhone, or iPad with a Lightning-connector directly into a "Made for iPod/iPhone" Kenwood head unit's USB port, and gain full, direct, adapter-free control via the receiver's interface. Enjoy fast charging of your compatible Apple device while the direct digital connection assures you get the utmost sound quality from your stored music and music apps.

Music Control: Using the KCA-iP103 allows your compatible Kenwood head unit to navigate your iPod's music by Playlist, Artists, Album, Genre, Composer, Song, or Podcast. You can search these categories alphabetically (A-Z) or numerically (0-9). The head unit also supports Repeat (file) & Random (folder) playback functions of your connected iPod/iPhone.

Song/Artist Info: By connecting your Apple Lightning device to your Kenwood head unit via the KCA-iP103,  your iPod/iPhone's music file information will be displayed on the head unit's screen. The head unit will display Track number, Elapsed playing time, Artist name, Song title, and Album label.

Charging: Because KCA-iP103 plugs into your Kenwood head unit's USB port, it provides 1A of current to power and charge your connected iPod/iPhone when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position (if your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it).

Apple Device Compatibility Chart: The Kenwood KCA-iP103 Lightning/USB cable is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model functions when connected to a compatible Kenwood head unit ((as of 2/19/2015):

Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone Pandora/iHeart Radio Artist/Song Text Track Info
iPhone
5/5C/5S 8.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
6+/6 8.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
touch
5th 8.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
nano
7th 1.02PC Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
iPad
4/air 8.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N
mini 8.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

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Q & A

Customer Q&A

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Why did you buy this?

Compatible with my new Kenwood car stereo/video system DDX9703S. [ Glenn  Apr 17, 2017 ]
Purchased the Kenwood KCA-IP103 to connect my iPhone to the receiver. Higher quality and durability than standard cable for in-vehicle use. [ DANIEL J  Apr 06, 2017 ]
Needed it to play ipod for Kenwood receiver. [ James  Apr 06, 2017 ]
I chose this cable for it's compatibility with the iPhone 6+. [ Dominic  Jan 31, 2017 ]
Works with my radio [ Michael  Jan 21, 2017 ]
.Need it for a car instlation1 [ matt  Nov 01, 2016 ]
New Phone [ G  Jul 02, 2016 ]
Purchased a new Kenwood DNX 573S, and needed it for the iPod capability, the Kenwood "Traffic" app, and the Apple Car Play function. [ George  Jul 02, 2016 ]
the only choice for my receiver [ Peter  Apr 24, 2016 ]
I needed a cable and this one was listed in the accessories. [ jonas  Mar 15, 2016 ]
Hook phone up to stereo [ Richard  Feb 15, 2016 ]
had to have it [ Davis Diesel  Jan 04, 2016 ]

9 questions already asked

I'm sorry to hear you're having problems. If you purchased the unit from us, you can contact our Technical Support for help to fix this issue; you can find the Tech Support number listed on your Crutchfield invoice and/or Mastersheet instructions that were included with your purchase. I hope that helps. [ Larry  Mar 30, 2016 ]  Staff
I am experiencing the same issue with my iPhone 5S on both my DNX9990HD and DNX890HD units. It worked up until about 6 months ago and now I see the same symptoms as you described. I hope someone can answer this for us. [ MICHAEL  Mar 29, 2016 ]
This is the same cable you receive when you purchase your iphone the only Difference is it is black and of better quality. If you buy this cable you will end up with the same result(no sound) What you may need is to purchase an audio jack (3.5mm) to plug into the unit and change the source to the radio to the correct option. You should purchase this cable with the other jack for best results. Plug the audio jack in its source and to the iphone and then the plug cable to a power source for charging. I hope this answers your questions and good luck. [ Gregory Van  Mar 25, 2016 ]
The Kenwood DDX512 was discontinued by Kenwood in 2009 so we never had a chance to test compatibility with the Kenwood KCA-IP103 cable which was just introduced in 2014. Your best bet to find out for sure would be to contact Kenwood's Support directly at 800-536-9663. My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=159 [ Larry  Jan 18, 2016 ]  Staff
No. The cable does not allow for video. If the receiver had an HDMI input, you could use Apple's lightning to HDMI adaptor, but this unit does not have one. [ Allen  Jan 04, 2016 ]
Yes, it is a lightning connector at works with iPhones 5, 5s, and 6s. As for control, I think it depends on what you are plugging it into, but I can control on my phone through my kenwood radio or the radio itself. [ Wesley  Oct 21, 2015 ]
To be honest I haven't had the radio in several months and the model I had I believe was different. But with that said, I used the standard USB cable that came with my phone and it worked perfectly fine. I don't think you need to buy the cable from them. I ended up returning it. [ Joe  Oct 21, 2015 ]
Yes - but for some reason Pandora becomes not funcctional on the touch screen and must be operated through the in-dash receiver. Also, beware that for some reason, only the front two speakers work when i use touch-screen/blue-tooth vs. cable for music i keep in my iPhone. The bottom line is the music is most robust when using the cable, but the cable knocks-out the ability to use the touch screen. The blue tooth option is not optimal. I frankly am likely to get a different receiver. [ Lance  Oct 21, 2015 ]
Yes. I have iPhone 6 and it works fine [ MICHELLE  Oct 21, 2015 ]
I have the Kenwood DDX372BT and I was able to get video from my iphone 6s to the head unit. It requires additional cables though: Apple lightning to HDMI adapter, a lightning usb cable, an HDMI to RCA cable converter, and the RCA to mini-jack cable that leads into the rear of the head unit. All of these products were purchased off of Crutchfield. Note, if your head unit supports HDMI input then you only need the lightning to HDMI adapter and a lightning cable. [ higs5391  Aug 24, 2016 ]
I am not able to honestly answer this question. [ Nick  Apr 20, 2015 ]
I have no idea whether video will work. I use this in my boat, which is merely a runabout. So I only use audio. [ Lance  Apr 20, 2015 ]
The KCA-IP103 adapter is compatible with the DDX318. [ Jeff  Mar 30, 2015 ]  Staff
I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: I do not show there are any adapters to make the new iPod/iPhone with the lightning connector work with the Kenwood DNX-6160 DVD/Navigation Receiver. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy  Jan 13, 2015 ]  Staff
Well I just bought this rather pricey cable for my kenwood bt901 to connect my iPhone 5 because I was informed, on this page, that it would be compatible but it's not. The head unit reads my iPhone and even displays artist photo on the display but sadly does not play back audio. Could it be that the Lightning cable can't transfer digital audio from iphone to the head unit because it only accepts analog audio? I just wasted money on this overpriced Lightning cable. Thanks [ Oscar  Jan 31, 2015 ]
I bought the one u prefer and it works great. Seems strange they would recommend old model and adapter. One thing I don't like - when playing pandora, u only cAn control from head unit. Phone becomes just an appliance thAt u can't use unless u unplug the cord and then re plug in. [ Lance  Dec 18, 2014 ]
Yes this cable will work for that Kenwood radio. [ JOSHUA  Dec 18, 2014 ]
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