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Kenwood KIV-700

Digital media receiver (New Stock)

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If you like using your iPod®, you'll feel right at home with Kenwood's KIV-700 digital media receiver. Designed for quick operation and fast searches, this Kenwood features a multi-line display, an easy-to-use interface, and a 3" color TFT screen that makes it easy to check out song information. When you're parked, you can show videos from your iPod or iPhone®, while an audio/video output allows you to send iPod video content to a rear screen when you're traveling.

If you like using your iPod®, you'll feel right at home with Kenwood's KIV-700 digital media receiver. Designed for quick operation and fast searches, this Kenwood features a multi-line display, an easy-to-use interface, and a 3" color TFT screen that makes it easy to check out song information. When you're parked, you can show videos from your iPod or iPhone®, while an audio/video output allows you to send iPod video content to a rear screen when you're traveling.

Find the content you want, fast
Kenwood has put iPod control at your fingertips. The volume knob operates like an iPod click wheel interface, with high-speed search keys positioned just to the right. The Search Mode key lets you jump straight into alphabet and percentage searches, while a favorites memory lets you get to the tunes you want to hear — fast. The KIV-700 is compatible with your Zune player, too, offering charging and control when you plug in to the receiver's USB input.

You're not limited to content from your iPod — you can play music or check out pictures by connecting a thumb drive or other device to the USB input. Plus, you can store up to 512MB of content on the receiver's internal flash drive.

Sound quality you'll enjoy
The KIV-700 packs plenty of power, with a 22-watt per channel amplifier built in. You can dial in your sound exactly the way you like it with the 3-band parametric equalizer and a full set of sound-shaping tools. The Digital E's crossover feature allows you to trim some of the lows out of your full-range speakers and adjust the low frequencies going to your sub, so your equipment plays more efficiently. If you're building a full system, the three sets of 4-volt preamp outputs make it easier to add amps and subs to the mix.

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

Product Highlights:

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


    Bill Wad, Vb,Virginia

    What's in the Box:

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

    Kenwood KIV-700 Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (21 Reviews)

    Very NICE!!!

    Bill Wad from Vb,Virginia on 11/18/2012


    Pros: Nice

    Cons: I don't know


    mike from phoenix, az on 8/4/2011

    1986 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Brougham
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    nice but cant get zune to work had to take to repair shop to figure out..if works gets 5 stars lots of options but hav'nt been able to look at yet..if doesn't work be lookin for a refund



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    JoeH from NH on 6/27/2011

    1999 Pontiac Firebird
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great receiver for the money. Love having all my music on a single USB stick available for listening without having to mess with CDs. Love the display on this unit. When I first got this receiver, USB performance was ok, but nothing exceptional. After doing some web searching on using the unit (yes the documentation is rather lacking), I came across some firmware update info. Go to Kenwoods site and check to see if you have the latest firmware. After updating, USB read performance is excellent. No more than 1-2 seconds to read and start playing any music now. Bumped it from 4 to 5 stars. No, it doesn't lose any points for having to update the firmware. That's just a fact of modern day life. Get used to it.



    Good sound at an affordable price. It is a keeper for my dashboard.

    Paul S. from Greenville, SC, USA on 5/29/2011

    2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Cons: My rating would have been 4 stars if there was decent documentation included with this head unit or if decent documentation had been available online AND if the first KIV-700 I recieved had not died after one day of use! (Thanks for the immediate replacement, Crutchfield.) They could have gotten another star if the sound quality had been a little more impressive, if the USB interface would perform better and if the settings menu were arranged a little more logically. Pros: The display is beautiful! The buttons' illumination settings can be adjusted to any of a thousand colors with the built-in red-green-blue mixer, so I perfectly matched them with my Jeep Grand Cherokee's display cluster and AC panel. The KIV-700 looks like it really belongs in my car! I am so happy to have something that replaces my factory AM/FM/CD/10CD-changer/cassette-deck. (I do hereby giggle at the thought of my "cassette deck" that I NEVER used in the course of 8 years of ownership of this SUV!) Now my favorite car does AM/FM/XM/iPod/Android/USB/ and anything else I can connect via USB or AUX jack. YAY!!! >>>--- ***** ---> CRUTCHFIELD I do have to give Crutchfield FIVE STARS for their customer support! Because of Kenwood's poor documentation, I messed up one wire in the harness. The techies at Crutchfield were immediately able to guide me to correct that one slight wiring problem. No communication problems, whatsoever! Thank you, Crutchfield, for giving such good technical support!



    Love it

    Kevin from BFE, Pa on 3/30/2011

    2005 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have been a Kenwood guy since the 80s. The best product I have used to date. A lot simpler navigation than previous units, nice display, and great having all the pre-outs @ 4v. The only thing I do not like is the Ipod plugins are hardwired to the unit, I wish they would be jacks on the unit itself, or removable - the cables take up a lot of space, for something I would never use. looks and sounds great in my 05 Jeep Wrangler




    FRANK from MIAMI on 2/20/2011

    2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)




    Plenty of features, horrible interface

    1SLwLS1 from Houston, TX on 2/15/2011

    2002 Pontiac Firebird
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This head unit sounds great, has plenty of tuning features (I am a novice), BUT the USB interface is slow and lacking. Whenever I first connected my EVO to this via USB, it took 2-3 minutes of "Reading" before finally starting to play music and it found everything, voice command files, navigation cache files, everything. I figured the delay was a first time hookup situation, not the case. Even if I turned the car off and right back on, it was another 2-3 minutes of "Reading". So, I bought a USB thumb drive to dedicate to the unit and it's still horrible. I only put music on the thumb drive and attempted to use the lame excuse for software called "Kenwood Music Editor Lite". This program is junk and was probably written by a 12 year old in the 90s, all it does it create a database file so you can search for music and creates a playlist around 400 songs. I selected "Random" and it gave me alphabetical order according to song title. I have had it for a week now and if it wins me over in another, I will edit this, otherwise, I'll probably add more negative things.



    KIV-700 Good Features w/Some Problems

    Marc from Miami on 2/9/2011

    Lots of great features, but poorly executed/implemented. Curved screen catches a lot of glare from the vehicle glass. Cover art is cropped on the right edge. Unit has trouble with some MP3 tags. Video files are poorly decoded resulting in jerkiness, freezing and loss of sync with audio. The worst thing is the unit fails to boot up properly 10% of the time. It either sits there locked-up with a gray glow from the screen, or the radio plays but no controls will respond (including the remote). When this happens, you are forced to shut off your car or reset the system (and losing all your settings and presets).



    1999 jeep grand Cherokee

    Wes from Virginia on 2/3/2011

    1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was kinda skeptical about whether or not I'd like this media player for one, and twice and just as important as liking it is wether or not my iPhone 4 would work. This website says it isn't compatible and I emailed Kenwood and asked them and they told me there was no guarantee it would work.. So I held my breath.. Just for good measure I downloaded the newest firmware to my flash drive and installed it before I even tried to connect my iPhone 4, well it works!!!!! Plays my movies and everything!! I am running the newest iOS for the iPhone too by the way. Hope this helps someone else out and get this deck it is awesome! Love it!!! Kinda wish I woulda spent the extra hundred for the bt900 with Bluetooth but I still love mine none the less.. Awesome service and awesome products!!!!!!!!!!



    KIV-700 Very Nice But Not Awesome

    John from Miami, FL on 1/31/2011

    Overall, a very nice unit with lots of features if you have tons of MP3s. I was hoping to be dazzled by the color display, but was somewhat disappointed with the trouble it had in some areas -- particularly with video files. I had the latest firmware updates applied, but did not test the iPod connection or its support features. Nice, large display for a single-DIN unit with lots of vivid colors. However, the curved display surface catches glare from the rear window. Supports MP3 files with the latest ID3 tags (like for album art); but has problems displaying certain ones. I'm still trying to figure out why it has trouble with one particular song file even though the graphic displays properly on my PC and PS3. Plays video files; however the files must fit one of only 3 very narrow formats with low bitrates. If the video doesn't adhere strictly to the specs, the unit struggles with jerky playback and dropped frames. It will also sometimes lock up on a video, displaying "Reading" and not responding to the controls -- forcing you to power off the unit or reset it. If you have standard video files, then you may have a tough task converting them without an official converter from Kenwood to ensure the proper encoding. I have yet to convert one of my videos for a smooth playback. Accepts USB hubs, allowing you to plug in 3 USB drives at one time. However, only one USB device is "connected" at any moment. Switching can be cumbersome.



    2001 honda prelude

    larry from crownpoint nm on 1/22/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent radio! way better than stock,I secured the faceplate to the to the radio,by enlarging the factory bracket screw holes and used the supplied screws to secure the radio to the far as the cubby hole below the radio being too deep,I cut a piece of 1/4 black pipe insulation and stuffed it into the cubby hole to take up the excess space works great! I hope this helps any of my fellow luders,that are considering buying this radio.



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    Southpaw74 from Jackson,Tn. on 12/2/2010

    Pros: Features features features.The X'over is very flexible, 5-band Eq, 3 pre-outs, nice display and color options, over all fit and finish of the unit is well thought out, the amount of options this unit has built in makes it the best in this class(IMO). DSP and time alignment features are top notch. Cons: The amount of cables you have coming out of the back of this unit makes it a bit snug when trying to push the unit into the dash opening(that's if you are using all the features this unit has like I am). the set up. When installing have some time to kill to get familiar with all this unit can do(Its a lot). finding a point where you are satisfied is hard for me. I keep tweaking it. Overall this is a fantastic buy if your an iPod/iPhone owner. Just be prepared to fine tune for a bit. Its not a fast process. once you're past that, its awesome. Would've 5 stars if not for the complexity of this unit.



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    david t from clermont ga on 11/19/2010

    1990 Nissan 240SX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    As always Crutchfield delivers quality!!!!! Best stereo i have ever owned! Iwill only purchase productslike car stereos from crutchfield. thank you bill !!!!!



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    PTN from Abington, Pennsylvania on 10/17/2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent product - just perfect. Installed in a 2005 Ford Five Hundred. Wanted a receiver specifically for playing a music collection of 13 Gig of 192 Bit songs via a USB thumb drive. Using a 16 Gig drive in the glove box. The KIV-700 takes about 30 seconds to read the drive and then will play and display the albums flawlessly. The small screen is crisp and very easy to look at. What I really like is the fact that when you power off the unit when playing a song, it remembers exactly where it left off. No need for CD's. They really don't belong in the car anyway. I don't own an Ipod and don't plan on getting one, however I tried a co-worker's "IPod Classic 120 Gig" unit and it worked just fine. Crutchfield's installation instructions and advice allowed me to install the unit in about hour or so (not including the time to solder up the wire harness). This I really appreciated. Highly recommend this to someone who is looking for a digital media receiver and enjoys viewing the album info and album art from a USB thumb drive.



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    Jason B from Hagerstown, MD on 10/15/2010

    2007 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this receiver to replace the stock unit in my 07 Toyota Tacoma and I am very happy with my decision. Sound quality is leaps and bounds above the stock unit. The Kenwood KIV-700 has so many options and it can be customized to suit all your needs. Overall a great product at a great price.




    Reggie from Kansas City on 9/17/2010

    Pros: *Great Look *Flows from one source to another *Colors are awesome *Terrific sound (when you figure out the EQs) *Can change Display colors to whatever color you like *Great Clock displays to choose from Cons: *Ipod functions a tad slow *have to keep your eyes on the radio too long to do certain functions Overall: I am enjoying this radio. I love the album cover that shows during IPod mode. The longer the album covers take longer than the smaller ones to load and you cannot change songs while its loading. The tuner and Sirius works great. I love the fact that I can run AUX cable to the back and have my kids watch videos from my IPOD or USB. Since this radio can do firmware updates, their is room for Kenwood to correct the glitches this radio do have.



    Excellent Audio Control Head Unit

    Ti23 from DFW, TX on 7/28/2010

    Needed a head unit with lots of features that would allow my system to expand with ease. Kenwood keeps this unit clean by giving 4 Volts to the Pre-Output 6 channel section. On the audio control section the settings are never ending. A 5 Channel EQ, subwoofer level, car type, a section to fine tune even the speaker size etc. Also has time and distance settings usually only found in better home theatre receivers. Really i've only scratched the surface cause there's lots more audio settings to play with. This Kenwood doesn't have a CD slot so you only get HD Radio (optional), Sirius XM, or iPod/iPhone via USB included built in cable. I recommend this head unit for the more serious car audio enthusiast with multiple speakers in their rides. If you have a complex system with multiple amps and speakers this baby is definitely for you. Other products in my Bimmer include: KiV 700, Audio Control Epicenter, Audio Control EQS, JL Audio 500W sub amp, Kicker CVR 12" subs x 2 DVC 2 ohm, solid double faced rhino lined on the inside ported box, 4G wiring. For now using the factory 8 speaker BMW components til I upgrade to either Focal or MB Quarts in near future. I love car audio but no expert Always happy to help any others with this stuff. Kenwood KIV 700 Must Have for true audio enthusiasts who love gadgets with tons of settings and buttons! LOVE IT! :)



    Nice Platform

    Sean from Houston, TX on 7/1/2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I just bought this unit from Crutchfield and I couldn't be happier... This unit is great coupled with my Touch 3G. The only suggestion I have for people buying this unit is to install a USB Hub when you install this stereo. It will save you trouble in the future. I have been buying Kenwood's since 1995, and I am still suprised every time I buy a new model. This one is worth every penny. I also use to think Crutchfield price gouged stereos here, but I was wrong. The place I took this unit to (to install) wanted 359.00 for the same model...



    Amazing Sound!

    Anonymous from Wilmington, DE on 5/22/2010

    2001 Ford Expedition
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I just installed this unit in a 2001 Ford Expedition w/ the MACH upgraded sound system (I would hate to hear the basic system). As always, the install was easy with the Crutchfield-provided instructions and accessories. Once I turned it on I was, at first a bit disappointed with the sound quality. That was, of course, until I found the built-in EQ and bass adjustments. This unit has an almost endless array of "tweaks" for your system. Please be sure to check them out. You will be amazed! Navigating my iPod Touch 3g was simple with the stereo controls (you can not control the iPod directly while plugged into the stereo). Like any unit there is a bit of a lag, but nothing that I can not deal with. Video replay is acceptable for a screen that is relatively small. I have not attempted to install rear monitors, but I am planning to eventually. There are a great deal of display options and the colors that are available are sure to match any interior. Overall, once I played with it for about an hour, I have to give this unit a 10 of 10. If you are looking to branch away from CD's, this is the unit for you. It may cost a bit more, but to me it was well worth it.



    Great iPod head unit!

    Alex from Wilmington, DE on 5/19/2010

    2006 Subaru Impreza WRX STi
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I just installed the KIV-700 in my 06 Subaru STi and am very happy so far. The install was a breeze with the Crutchfield supplied car specific instructions, harness, and install kit. The unit itself looks very clean and it's easy to use. I have ~25gb of music on my iTouch 2G and the KIV-700 is very responsive. It only takes a couple seconds for the initial load and navigating through the music and playlists is as easy as using the classic iPod wheel. The screen is very bright and clear, plus you have full control of illumination/color settings. Also, the provided cable has lots of length and works perfect with the 2G iTouch. My factory speakers (although will soon be replaced) sound much better being powered by this head unit. Don't forget to ground the brake switch wire if you want video podcasts or movies to play while driving! ;-)



    Very Nice!

    Count Popula from Chicago, IL on 5/17/2010

    1999 Chevrolet Camaro
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I just installed this unit and am quite pleased with the sound, features, and ease of use. You can customize just about anything sound related on this and it runs my Ipod smoothly. The included Ipod cable works with even an older Ipod Video that I have. Only issue here is that it takes about 5 secs to boot up the album artwork. While it is loading the artwork, you cannot change to the next song. Display colors are also customizable but it would have been nice to be able to alter the display text font. Does not recognize mass storage USB devices such as a Western Digital Passport external hard drive, but works great with flash drives. Installation was a snap with the included harness/hardware. Overall, this is really cool...a bit pricey...but nice!




    Hands-on research

    Features and Specs

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

    Product Research

    Overview: The Kenwood KIV-700 Digital Media Receiver is equipped with a built-in AM/FM tuner, rear-panel USB port, and rear-panel auxiliary input. The KIV-700 offers both iPod & Zune playback control. The KIV-700 is also HD and Satellite Radio ready (optional tuner required). In addition, the unit supports Bluetooth communication for hands-free operation of your mobile cell-phone (via optional Bluetooth module). 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-700 Digital Media Receiver does not feature a CD mechanism.

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

    Display Features

    LCD Display: The Kenwood KIV-700 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-700 provides the following display modes.

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

    Multi-Language Support: The Kenwood KIV-700 offers English, French, and Spanish menu text.

    Text/Title Scroll: The KIV-700 will display CD text, Audio file text, and Satellite and HD radio text. You can turn the scrolling feature "on" to scroll longer titles across the screen.

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

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

    Button Illumination Adjustments: The Kenwood KIV-700 provides various button illumination adjustments, such as Color, Effect, and Music Sync.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Audio Section

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The Kenwood KIV-700 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-700 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-700 are as follows:

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

    3-Sets of 4.0V Preamp Outputs: The KIV-700 features front, rear, and subwoofer 4.0V preamp outputs. The front and rear speaker preamp outputs are balance and fade adjustable. The subwoofer preamp output is non-fading. The subwoofer preamp output features an independent level control (-15 to +15).

    Amp Off: You can turn the KIV-700's built-in amplifier off to improve the quality of the sound from the headunit's preamp outputs.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Bass Boost: The Kenwood KIV-700 features a two level Bass Boost to increase bass levels.

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

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

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

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

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

    Tel Mute: The KIV-700 features a cell-phone mute wire (brown) in its harness that when hooked up to your car's phone system mute wire will automatically mute the receiver's audio signal when a call comes in.

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

    Radio Functions

    AM/FM Tuner: The Kenwood KIV-700 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-700's tuner features 3 FM banks (1, 2, 3) and 1 AM bank for storing presets. You can store 6 presets for each AM/FM bank giving you a total of 18 FM presets and 6 AM presets.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    HD Radio Ready (with iTunes Tagging): With an optional Kenwood HD Radio tuner (113HR300, sold separately), you will be able to receive digital AM/FM broadcasts from local stations where available. This new technology will significantly improve audio quality and reception, as well as include information such as artist name and song titles or traffic news, viewable on the receiver's display. The Kenwood KTC-HR300 HD Radio tuner (113HR300) is also capable of iTunes tagging. iTunes tagging gives you the ability to tag a song (up to 50) and stores it to a connected iPod. The next time your iPod is connected to iTunes, the tagged songs are displayed with the option to purchase them from the iTunes Store.

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

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

    Multimedia Playback

    USB Port: The Kenwood KIV-700 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-700 supports playback of AAC (8-320 kbps), MP3 (8-320 kbps), and WMA (32-192 kbps) music files; as well a WAV (Linear PCM) audio files.
    • Movie Files: The digital media receiver supports playback of H.264/MPEG4 AVC, MPEG-4, and WMV files with a resolution of 320 x 240 (QVGA).
    • Picture Files: The KIV-700 digital media receiver supports playback of JPEG and BMP still-image files.

    Note: The Kenwood KIV-700 will support connection of a Multi-Card Reader or a USB hub with up to 3 ports.

    Internal Memory: Audio files, video files, and still-images files can be stored to KIV-700's built-in flash memory (512MB) from a connected USB device. This way you can playback your favorite music, movie, and picture files without having to connect your external USB device. The unit's internal memory can support up to 500 files.

    USB/Internal Memory Control: The Kenwood KIV-700 digital media receiver provides a 6-line folder/file name list to scroll through to find your music. The KIV-700 offers several other playback and search functions to help you locate and listen to your music.

    • Search Modes: The KIV-700 offers various search functions to find your iPod's music or movie content in the selected category.
      • Skip Search: You can search your USB device or the unit's internal memory within a selected folder by using a percentage search (0.5%, 1%, 5%, or 10%). This allows you to skip ahead a certain percentage of songs in a particular folder.
      • Direct Search: You can search your music directly by entering the file number from a selected folder.
    • Play Modes: The KIV-700 digital media receiver provides the following Play Modes for your connected USB device or the headunit's internal flash memory.
      • File Scan: This function plays back the first 10-seconds of each music file in a particular folder successively.
      • Random: You can randomly playback music in a selected folder or from your USB device's or internal memory's entire music library.
      • Repeat: You can play back a single music file repeatedly or playback an entire music folder repeatedly.

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

    iPod High Speed Connection: The KIV-700's USB port and the rear-panel 3.5mm A/V AUX input are compatible with select iPod devices when used with the included KCA-iP301V cable. The USB Direct Connection enables high-speed iPod data communications of 12MB/bps via the 3-Wire interface cable. One end of the cable plugs directly into your iPod's dock connector while the other end of the cable uses three connectors that plug into the back of the KIV-700. The USB type-A connector portion of the cable plugs into the receiver's USB port and handles the control and charging of your iPod, so you can navigate through your music and video files using the headunit's controls and view song, album art, and movie information on its display. The two 3.5mm miniplug connectors of the cable plug into the unit's A/V 3.5mm inputs and transfer the music and video from your iPod to the Kenwood digital media receiver. By using the Auxiliary input the music travels to the receiver as an analog signal, so you can even play the Digital-Rights-Protected files you've stored on your iPod.

    iPod Control: The controls of the KIV-700 are seamless and include metadata browsing and playback of DRM contents, as well as the ability to choose various iPod playback and search modes to suit your listening application.

    • Browse Mode: The Kenwood KIV-700 will allow you to browse your iPod's music by category. You can select from Playlist, Artists, Album, Genre, Composer, Song, and Podcast. You can also browse your iPod's video content by category. You can choose from Movie, Music Video, TV Show, Video Podcast, and Rented Movie.
    • Search Modes: The KIV-700 offers various search functions to find your iPod's music or movie content in the selected category.
      • Skip Search: You can search your iPod's content within a category by using a percentage search (0.5%, 1%, 5%, or 10%). This allows you to skip ahead a certain percentage of songs in a particular category or folder.
      • Direct Search: You can quickly search for a desired song or video within a category by entering in 3 characters of text (A-Z, 0-9).
      • Related Search: Related Search allows you to browse for music of the same artist or genre as the one being currently played within a selected category (Music only).
      • Alphabet Search:  This function searches music and videos whose name contain the specified character (A-Z), within a specific category.
    • Play Modes: The KIV-700 digital media receiver provides the following Play Modes to control your iPod.
      • Playlist: You can create your own custom iPod playlist (up to 30 songs) from the headunit.
      • Random: You can randomly playback music in a selected folder or from your iPod's entire music library.
      • Repeat: You can play back a single music file repeatedly.
      • iPod by Hand: You can even choose to operate your iPod or iPhone with its own click-wheel or touchscreen; instead of using the KIV-700's controls.

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

    iPod Compatibility Chart: The Kenwood KIV-700 and the KCA-iP301V iPod adapter cable are "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and support the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of May 2010):

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

    iPod/iPhone Model Generation Media Type  Control Type Display Type Charge
    Audio Video Headunit iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Text Track Info
    dock connector 3rd N N N N N N N
    4th N N N N N N N
    mini 1st N N N N N N N
    2nd N N N N N N N
    video 5th Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    classic 80GB Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    120GB Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    160GB Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    nano 1st Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2nd Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3rd Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4th Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5th Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    6th Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    2nd Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3rd Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4th Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    iPhone 2G Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3G Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4 N N N N N N N

    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the headunit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to revert to the older software version or wait until an newer software update is available. Not compatible with iOS 4.0 for iPhone (3G/3GS) or iPod touch (2nd/3rd gen).

    Zune Compatible: The Kenwood KIV-700 supports the Microsoft Zune via its rear USB port. The KIV-700 provides audio playback, control, song information display, album art, and charging for your connected Zune player. The Kenwood digital media receiver provides various playback and search functions to listen to your Zune player's music content.

    • Browse: You can browse your Zune player's music content by Genre, Artist, Album, Song, or Playlist.
    • Skip Search: You can search your Zune's music content within a specific category by using a percentage search (0.5%, 1%, 5%, or 10%). This allows you to skip ahead a certain percentage of songs in a particular category or folder.
    • Play Modes: The KIV-700 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-700 digital media receiver. The KIV-700 supports Audio only playback. It will not output your Zune player's video or still-images.

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

    AV Connections

    AUX Input: The KIV-700 is equipped with a rear-panel 3.5mm minijack auxiliary input for connecting external portable audio devices such as an MP3 player. The KIV-700 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-700 is equipped with a 3.5mm video input and 3.5mm stereo audio input for connecting and external portable audio source, or to connect the included iPod adapter cable to plug-in your iPod or iPhone.

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

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

    Bluetooth/Remote Control

    Bluetooth Ready: The unit is also Bluetooth compatible using the optional Kenwood KCA-BT300 Bluetooth adapter (113BT300, both sold separately). Using this adapter you can make and answer phone calls from the Kenwood headunit. You can even download your Phonebook information from your compatible mobile phone into the headunit. You can also stream audio from a Bluetooth enabled mobile phone or MP3 player. The KCA-BT300 even provides on-screen song information. You are able to register up to five compatible Bluetooth cell phones when using the KCA-BT300 adapter.

    Note: Not all Bluetooth enabled mobile phones will be compatible with this unit. Please visit for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled phones.

    Wireless Remote Control: The KIV-700 comes with the RC-405 IR wireless remote control with a full numeric keypad (0-9). The remote will control Audio, Tuner, USB, Bluetooth, iPod, Zune, Satellite Radio, and HD Radio functions. The remote control allows direct access of your music tracks and discs loaded in a connected CD-changer (sold separately), as well as direct access to AM/FM radio stations. The digital media receiver features an Attenuator button on the supplied remote control that turns the volume down very quickly with one touch of the button.  It is powered by a single CR2025 3V lithium-cell battery (supplied).

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

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

    Optional Software

    Music Editor Compatible: The Kenwood KIV-700 supports the PC application, Kenwood Music Editor Lite (ver.l.0 or later). Kenwood Music Editor Lite is a desktop software that helps organize, manage and transfer AAC, MP3, and WMA music files to your USB devices from your PC. When you playback audio files that have been stored on your USB device using Kenwood Music Editor Lite (ver.l.0) through this unit, you can search a file by title, album, or artist name using the headunit's Music Search function.

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

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