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Kenwood KCA-RC35MR

Wired marine remote control

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Our take on the Kenwood KCA-RC35MR

Stay in control of your Kenwood marine receiver even if it's mounted below decks. The KCA-RC35MR wired remote gives you access to major functions of your Kenwood marine receiver — features like power on and off, volume, source, and track up/down. This wired remote eliminates any need to be in the receiver's line of sight, and its operation isn't affected by bright sunlight.

Product Highlights:

  • controls select Kenwood marine receivers
  • mounting hardware included
  • diameter: 2.6"
  • cutout diameter: 0.7"
  • mounting height; 0.65"
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Marine wired remote (with 8" attached power/ground/illumination/SWC leads)
  • 1-Amp mini-ATC fuse (installed on power wire)
  • Mounting bracket
  • Bolt
  • Lock-washer
  • Wing nut
  • Self-adhesive foam gasket
  • Instruction Manual

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Kenwood KCA-RC35MR Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(16 Reviews)

Kenwood KCA-RC35MR

Anonymous from Fayetteville, NC on 9/30/2017

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This transom remote is built of high quality and went well for my application. I feel that that price point was a little high for its fuction, therefore I only rated it with three stars.



Kenwood KCA-RC35MR

Anonymous from Ft Worth, TX on 6/26/2017

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Does what it's supposed to


Cons: Need longer cable

Easy Install

Jeff from Franklin, OH on 6/20/2017

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Easy to install and works great



Perfect compliment for Kenwood receiver

Michael from Glendale, AZ on 4/19/2017

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Purchased to control Kenwood unit in boat. Works flawlessly to control unit from volume, forward song and switch source. Easy to wire even on a boat.

Pros: Purchased for use on boat. Works great. Love how simple to use. Buttons are large enough to assist with choosing correct function.

Cons: None

Kenwood KCA-RC35MR

Anonymous from San Jose, CA on 9/5/2016

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It was bigger than I thought it would be and thicker. Not a problem, but bigger. Wiring diagram and instal was very easy. I used this in a 1971 Land Cruiser because the car is open and the locked center console with head unit has IR remote, so needed a control on the outside.


Cons: I agree, longer wires would be a start.

works great

jerry from fowlerville, MI on 7/12/2016

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Installed in less than 10 min, it works great

Pros: fast hook up

Cons: longer wires would be nice

Works well

Bill from Novi, MI on 6/17/2016

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Works well and was easy to install, went with this controller because of the negative reviews on the digital display one. Warning though the mounting hole is very small for this controller compared to the digitial display so you will have to make a plug if you already had the digital one.

Pros: easy to install, works well, seems durable

Cons: no display, limited functionality

Kenwood KCA-RC35MR

Anonymous from Pensacola, FL on 4/29/2016

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Great remote. Easy to install



Easy insulation works great

C. Klemm from Texas on 10/3/2015

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East install, works great, i hooked up the illumination wire to the navigation lights works great.

Pros: Easy mount and hookup

Cons: None

Does what it needs to

Nate from Burlington, VT on 8/20/2015

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Does what it needs to. I had originally bought the KCA-RC55 to pair with a Kenwood KMR-M312BT but had to swap remotes due to size constraints. Wiring is pretty straightforward. Unfortunately I had a terrible experience with Kenwood customer service (the rep seemed unsure of what she was talking about, couldn't give me basic information on the product in question, incorrectly thought Kenwood receiver and remote were incompatible ect.)

Pros: Simple wiring, compact design.

Cons: Comcast-esq customer service

Kenwood KCA-RC35MR

John from Aurora, IL 60504 on 5/25/2015

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Works great

Pros: Simple hook up


Kenwood KCA-RC35MR

bp from clearwater fl on 1/30/2015

I cannot believe what crap this is also kenwood's support is non existent, save your money buy any other brand



Kenwood Remote

Steve from Wichita, KS on 7/3/2014

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I use it for my hot tub... works great!


Cons: Wish had more detailed instructions to connections

great accessory

Stormin99 from Annapolis, MD on 7/20/2013

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Easy install and large keys make control easy.

Pros: Large legible keys

Cons: None

Kenwood KCA-RC35MR

Michael W. from North Charleston, SC on 7/16/2013

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I was dreaming about a device that could control the radio from across the boat and WHAT. Kenwood made it. How fantastic was this. the device works well and easy to install.

Pros: functionallity is great

Cons: Trying to figure out where to drill the hole for ease of access while driving on the water.

Simple yet sophisticated

bigtxp from Cincinnati, OH on 6/17/2013

I just purchased and installed this remote over the weekend (paired with the KMR-355u headunit) near the transom of my boat so that it is accessible from the water. So far, it does everything as described. The only thing that it doesn't do is turn the headunit on and off (it will put it in standby mode which is very similiar to off). This isn't a big deal for me because I can turn the headunit off at the source but i don't have to get out of the water to control the volume and what is playing. I'm unsure of the longevity at this point, but will keep everyone updated. One thing I would recommend on the remote wiring diagram is to connect the orange wire (illumination) to the power control wire on the headunit instead of wiring it into the power wire (red) on the remote. This will allow your remote to illuminate only when the CD unit is in use thus saving precious boat battery. Great product so far, only reason for 4 stars is that I don't know how long it will last and that is most important to me.

Pros: Simple, does the job, looks nice.

Cons: none


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Product Research


Compatibility: The KCA-RC35MR marine wired remote control is compatible with Kenwood marine and in-dash head units that feature a SWC remote wire (blue/yellow). The Kenwood KCA-RC35MR marine wired remote control is designed to withstand the harsh marine environment.

Note: Up to three of these remotes can be connected to a Kenwood marine receiver.

Backlit Controls: The Kenwood KCA-RC35MR features source selection, music search, volume up/down, and mute control buttons. The KCA-RC35MR provides backlit illumination so it is easy to see at night.

Mounting: The Kenwood KCA-RC35MR is designed to be surface-mounted using the supplied mounting bracket and hardware. The wired remote requires a cutout diameter of 0.75" to run its wiring through.

Wiring: The KCA-RC35MR offers a 4-wire installation; Ignition (red), Remote (blue/yellow), Illumination (orange), and Ground (black). The attached 4-wire harness is only 8" long and may require the purchase of additional lengths of wire (sold separately).

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Why did you buy this?

Needed this on our boat to control current Kenwood receiver. [ ANDREA  Apr 02, 2017 ]
Replace stock radio in boat [ John  Nov 18, 2016 ]
I was on the Rinker Forum and this remote is supposed to replace their old oval remotes.I hope it works. [ donald  Aug 22, 2016 ]
Love the powerful Kenwood receivers, my last one is 12 years old and only replacing because of new features like Blue Tooth and iPhone USB connectivity [ JOHN J  Jul 20, 2016 ]
price point and discount with the Kenwood receiver. [ Donald  May 24, 2016 ]
I bought this so I could remotely control my receiver from the driver side of the boat. I wanted to primarily be able to control the volume but this offers the ability to control other features of the receiver as well. I'm also hoping that this will stand up to water as I plan to install in the open cockpit area where it is likely to see water from rain or just splashing. The $40 discount when combining this remote with a receiver purchase was an added bonus. [ George  May 01, 2016 ]

14 questions already asked

This will depend largely on the Kenwood model in question. For more details on compatibility, please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They can confirm functionality between the Kenwood remote(s) and corresponding marine receiver models. Thanks! My Bio: [ Larry  Jul 12, 2017 ]  Staff
Bill, The outside diameter of the control pad is 2 9/16 inches,sorry not to get back to you sooner,hope this helps. Bob M [ ROBERT  Jul 03, 2017 ]
Unfortunately I sold the boat. [ paul  Jul 03, 2017 ]
Yes same thing here I'd return it butt if had it for about a year I'm not happy with it and will not order any thing made by kenwood ever again [ ED  Sep 02, 2016 ]
I have not experienced this at all. The only problem I had was resolved by a software update. [ Andrew  Sep 02, 2016 ]
If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: Or try our online support center: [ Krissy  Jun 24, 2016 ]  Staff
Yes, the KCA-RC35MR marine wired remote control is compatible with Kenwood marine AND in-dash head units that feature a SWC remote wire (blue/yellow); including your Kenwood DDX372BT model. I hope that helps! My Bio: [ Larry  Jun 19, 2016 ]  Staff
Yes it is and I have it installed on my boat even lights up at nightEnter an answer to this question. [ robert  Apr 03, 2016 ]
Yes. I used the Kenwood KCA-RC35MR mounted in the console and installed the receiver in the cabin. [ ROY  Apr 01, 2016 ]
Light touch will work with this unit.There kinda spongie. I had mine working with a Kenwood deck, at the moment can't remember exact model.Goodluck [ Michael  Mar 11, 2016 ]
it just uses regular 12 gauge wire, splice it in and mount the remote wherever you want [ DAVID  Jun 24, 2015 ]
All you need to do is add speaker wire to extend it. Use equal or heavier guage wire to minimize signal loss. [ PAUL  Jun 23, 2015 ]
Yes I used one on my boat since the radio is on the passenger side of the boat and can't control it while driving [ MATT  Jun 22, 2015 ]
The overall diameter is 2.625" with a depth of 1.1875". [ Greg  Jun 20, 2015 ]  Staff
I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: Although the owners manual for the radio and the remote don't mention installing two remotes tech support is saying you can install two remotes. They say you should have a good battery installed (probably should have a good battery whether you have two remotes or not). The owners manual for the remote strongly suggests professional installation for one, so you should definitely consider professional installation for two. The installer will be able to determine the best method for the connections, but tech is saying you can connect the wires from each remote to the wires of the Kenwood radio. Again, a professional will be sure everything is grounded and protected as it should. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy  Jul 15, 2014 ]  Staff
I bought two remotes and had them installed without any problems. One was placed by the driver and the other on the left side/rear. The wires meet at the reciever and I have not had any problems with the two remotes. [ MATTHEW  May 26, 2014 ]
The Remote Works Great. No Special Cables Are Needed To Hook Them Up. Each Remote Needs A Connection of 4 Wires. 12V+ , Gnd , A WIre For IlluminatioN, And 1 Wire For Communication. It's Best To Get Your 12V+ From The Same Place That The Radio Is Connected That Way Is Has Power When Your Radio Does. The Gnd Wire Can Connect To The Closest Ground Source. The Illumination Wire can Connect To You Dash Lights Switch Or Just Connect To The Same 12V+ source As above. The Communication Wire Connects To The Wire Labeled "Remote" On The Back Of The radio. Since Your Connecting Two Units Follow The same Procedure For Each. All wires Can Be Standard 16 Or 18 Gauge wire. [ ANDREW I  Mar 18, 2014 ]
Correction. KMR-555U [ Grant  Mar 17, 2014 ]
Of the current models this remote is compatible with the KMR-358 and KMR-555u. You can find the 555u here: When looking at marine receivers you can click on the Accessories tab, then click on marine remotes to see the remotes that are compatible with that receiver. [ Jeff  Jan 23, 2014 ]  Staff

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