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Kenwood KCA-IP202 iPod® cable

Sends audio and video to select Kenwood multimedia receivers

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Overview

Our take on the Kenwood KCA-IP202 iPod® cable

Kenwood's KCA-iP202 USB Direct Connection Cable connects your compatible iPod or iPhone® to select 2011-up Kenwood multimedia receivers with a front-panel USB port and front-panel 3.5mm audio/video input, so you can enjoy listening to your music when you're on the road, and viewing video content when parked. You'll control and charge your device while it's connected, too.

Kenwood's KCA-iP202 USB Direct Connection Cable connects your compatible iPod or iPhone® to select 2011-up Kenwood multimedia receivers with a front-panel USB port and front-panel 3.5mm audio/video input, so you can enjoy listening to your music when you're on the road, and viewing video content when parked. You'll control and charge your device while it's connected, too.

This cable currently works with Kenwood's DNX5180, DNX6180, DNX6980, DNX7180, KIV-701, and KIV-BT901 receivers. Warranty: 1 year.

Note: Be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility with this cable.

The cable works well for using an older 30 pin apple device. There is no mirroring capability, and really the only video it shows is Movies from my library and from some other apps. I use it to leverage an 80gb iPod as a juke box and it works well for that purpose.

Doug, Baltimore, MD

What's in the Box:

  • USB/iPod interface cable (with a iPod dock connector on one end and a USB type-A connector/3.5mm AV connector on other end)
  • Installation Manual (Eng/Fre/Spa/Ger/Dut/Ita)
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Features and Specs

General
Adapter Type iPod A/V in w/ iPod control
Vehicle Specific No
Brand Specific Kenwood
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
iPod Compatibility
Full-Size Classic/5Gen
Nano Nano6/Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/
Touch Touch4/Touch3/Touch2/Touch1
Mini No
iPhone Phone4S/Phone4/Phone3GS/Phone3

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Features

Overview: The Kenwood KCA-iP202 USB Direct Connection Cable for iPod allows you to connect your compatible iPod or iPhone to a 2011-up Kenwood multimedia head unit which features a front-panel USB port and rear-panel 3.5mm audio/video input. This cable enables the Kenwood head unit to control and charge the iPod/iPhone while connected. You will be able to listen and view your iPod/iPhone's music and video files with your compatible Kenwood multimedia head unit.

Kenwood head unit Compatibility: The Kenwood KCA-iP202 USB Direct Cable for iPod is compatible with 2011 and later Kenwood Multimedia head units equipped with a front-panel USB port and a rear-panel 3.5mm audio/video terminal. Current compatible Kenwood head units include (as of January 2011).

iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Kenwood KCA-iP202 iPod/iPhone adapter cable is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features when connected to a compatible Kenwood multimedia head unit (as of 9/26/2013):

iPod/iPhone Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone App Mode Song/Artist Text Track Info Album Art
video 5th 1.3 Y Y Y N N Y Y Y Y
classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y
120GB 2.0.1 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y
160GB 2.0.4 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y
nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N N Y Y Y Y
2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y
3rd 1.1.3 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y
4th 1.0.4 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y
5th 1.0.2 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y
6th 1.1 PC Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y
7th 1.2 N N N N N N N N N
touch 1st 2.2.1 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y
2nd 4.2.1 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y
3rd 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y
4th 6.1.3 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y
5th 7.0 N N N N N N N N N
iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y Y Y Y Audio only Y Y Y Y
3G 4.2.1 Y Y Y Y Audio only Y Y Y Y
3GS 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y Audio only Y Y Y Y
4 7.0 Y Y Y Y Audio/Video Y Y Y Y
4S 7.0 Y Y Y Y Audio/Video Y Y Y Y
5 7.0 N N N N N N N N N
5C 7.0 N N N N N N N N N
5S 7.0 N N N N N N N N N
iPad 1 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y Audio/Video Y Y Y N
2 7.0 Y Y Y Y Audio/Video Y Y Y N
3 7.0 Y Y Y Y Audio/Video Y Y Y N
4 7.0 N N N N N N N N N
mini 7.0 N N N N N N N N N

Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

Connections: The Kenwood KCA-iP202 cable has an iPod dock connector on one end, and a USB (type-A) connector and a right-angle 3.5mm AV connector on the other end.

  • iPod Dock Connector: The cable's iPod dock connector plugs into your compatible iPod or iPhone.
  • USB Connector: The cable's USB (type-A) connector plugs into your compatible Kenwood multimedia head unit's front-panel USB (type-A) port. The USB (type-A) connector handles the control and charging of  your iPod or iPhone, so you can navigate through your music and video files using your Kenwood head unit's controls and view song and movie information on its display monitor. The controls of your Kenwood head unit will be seamless when used with the optional KCA-iP202 cable and include metadata browsing as well as the ability to choose any iPod playback mode to suit your listening application.
  • 3.5mm AV Connector: The cable's right-angle 3.5mm AV connector plugs into your compatible Kenwood head unit's rear-panel 3.5mm audio/video input. The 3.5mm audio/video terminal transfers the music and video from your iPod/iPhone to your Kenwood multimedia head unit. By using the 3.5mm AV input, the music travels to the receiver as an analog signal, so you can even play the Digital-Rights-Protected files on your iPod/iPhone.

Note: The KCA-iP202 is a total of 6' long, from the iPod connector to the A/V minijack. The length of the cable from the iPod connector to the end of the USB connector is 3".

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Q & A

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Why did you buy this?

My Kenwood BT901 requires this cable. [ Ben  Jan 13, 2017 ]
needed to hook up ipod [ PAUL S  Dec 07, 2016 ]
I have purchased two other cables that have fallen apart, I am hopping this is a better quality cable [ Samuel J.  Sep 29, 2016 ]
Expanded this units capabilities [ KD7JOE  Sep 16, 2016 ]
It works with my model Kenwood radio. [ Robert  Sep 14, 2016 ]
I have an old Kenwood DDX814 and I need an iPod cable. [ George  Aug 16, 2016 ]
Needed this for video playback on my Kenwood. [ Chris  Jul 04, 2016 ]
Needed for my Kenwood DDX9702S [ CECIL  Feb 19, 2016 ]
to use my iPhone with my after market stereo [ ADAM  Feb 15, 2016 ]
Worked with reciever for car and IPod [ RAYMOND  Jan 19, 2016 ]
Connect iPod to truck stereo [ ADAM  Dec 26, 2015 ]
to get iphone audio and video on my Kenwood DDX672BH [ Barry  Dec 22, 2015 ]
want to see youtube videos on my receiver. [ Shelton  Dec 10, 2015 ]

13 questions already asked

According to Kenwood's support site, I'm afraid the DNX6140 would not work with an iPhone 6S--it only works with the original iPhone, iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. I wish I had better news for you, but if you would like to discuss further, feel free to contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Larry  Apr 15, 2017 ]  Staff
This cable is compatible with that receiver. [ Jeff  Nov 11, 2015 ]  Staff
We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question. [ Krissy  Oct 16, 2015 ]  Staff
No [ MICHAEL  Jan 05, 2015 ]
yes. it's designed for iphone 5 and up, including a 6. [ Seth  Jan 04, 2015 ]
Unfortunately I can't help with an answer. I use mine with a Ram bracket that holds the phone in place so have never had this problem. [ JOHN  Aug 03, 2014 ]
Sounds like a short wher the cabel plugs in the ipode on the cabel side and yes they can go bad [ GRIFFIN  Aug 02, 2014 ]
Sounds like a short wher the cabel plugs in the ipode on the cabel side and yes they can go bad [ GRIFFIN  Aug 02, 2014 ]
Red- The OEM KCA-IP202 was a failure for me as well. Sound kept gong off or not even coming through at all. Unhooking and rehooking worked a couple of times, but it still would repeat it's erroneous ways. Finally it just stopped. I ended up just bluetoothing my phone to the Kenwood radio. I would either, send defective part for a new one (good luck, I tried that too), or toss the thing, cut your losses, and move on. Sorry! [ WAYNE  Aug 02, 2014 ]
I just went and checked and it appears to be charing my IPOD. [ RICHARD  May 03, 2014 ]
yes it does. i've used the ipod classic and 2nd gen touch. [ THOMAS  Apr 27, 2014 ]
Yes it does. Does a pretty good job of it. - mike [ MIGUEL  Apr 26, 2014 ]
Yes [ RORY P  Apr 26, 2014 ]
Yes it charges. .. [ RODRIGO E  Apr 26, 2014 ]
Yes the cable charges the iPod [ BERNARD D  Apr 26, 2014 ]
Yes it does just like the charger. [ MICHAEL  Apr 26, 2014 ]
Yes it sure does [ DANIELLE  Apr 25, 2014 ]
Yes [ RODNEY  Apr 25, 2014 ]
Yes it does [ THOMAS J  Apr 25, 2014 ]
Yes it does. It supports audio and video from iPod/iPhone as well. Basically, the same concept as plugging the usb end of your charger into a computer. [ LOGAN  Apr 25, 2014 ]
I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: I'm afraid Kenwood does not offer a cable like this with the Lightning connector. Sorry we didn't have better news on that. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy  Apr 22, 2014 ]  Staff
I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: That cable will work with your receiver and allow you to stream video apps as long as the app manufacturer has designed it that way. Netflix will work and YouTube should work as well. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy  Mar 11, 2014 ]  Staff
This cable will work with the DNX590HD. [ Jeff  Feb 26, 2014 ]  Staff
The Kenwood DDX470's rear-panel USB (type-A) port and rear-panel 3.5mm A/V AUX input allow you to connect select Apple iPod/iPhones using the Kenwood KCA-IP202 iPod cable (113IP202, sold separately). The unit's USB port handles the control, metadata display, and charging of your iPod/iPhone. You can navigate through your music and video files using the head unit's touchscreen controls and view song and movie info on its display, while your iPod/iPhone charges. The 3.5mm AV input handles audio and video transfer from your iPod/iPhone to the Kenwood DDX470. 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. The unit's rear-panel AV input must be set to "iPod" in order to playback audio/video from your connected iPod/iPhone. Video can only be displayed while the vehicle is in park. [ Jeff  Dec 18, 2013 ]  Staff
This cable is only designed for use with iPhones, iPods and iPads. [ Jeff  Dec 16, 2013 ]  Staff
Thanks for your question Jeff. In general a 2 channel mini cable will only carry stereo audio. The 3rd channel on these cables is often video. A quick call or chat with an Advisor should help determine the best cable for your application. [ Jeff  Dec 03, 2013 ]  Staff
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