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Kenwood KCA-IP103

Lightning™ to USB cable

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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.

A must have for your Kenwood car stereo to support Apple Car Play functions for your iphone, as well as a phone charger.

George, Belton, TX

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

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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" 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.

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Why did you buy this?

My friend's Kenwood unit needed a replacement cable for his damaged one. [ George  Jun 06, 2018 ]
I wanted a more reliable and durable usb to lightning cable. [ Paresh  Apr 24, 2018 ]
I'm a Kenwood guy and that's all I put in my trucks. [ Todd  Mar 19, 2018 ]
To connect to my iPhone and lighting connector. [ David A.  Mar 10, 2018 ]
Own a Kenwood car stereo looking for all available accessories for it [ Silas  Dec 01, 2017 ]
for the dnx574s Kenwood receiver and apple iPhone [ Michael  Oct 12, 2017 ]
Needed for audio for my iPhone [ harold  Aug 24, 2017 ]
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 ]

10 questions already asked

This cable will work with an iPhone 8 plus! The Kenwood receiver you listed has not been tested that iPhone. But our technical support has not made any notes recommending to not the KDC-X501 with you phone. I would expect it to either mostly or completely work. The Bluetooth in the X501 receiver will definitely work with your phone My Bio: [ Paul  Feb 19, 2018 ]  Staff
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: [ 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 ]