LAS VEGAS — Here’s a CES 2019 unveiling that could have many radio industry C-Suiters talking.
KENWOOD USA has launched its first receiver models featuring a shortened chassis in a double-DIN size.
The KENWOOD eXcelon DMX706S (MSRP $649.95) and KENWOOD DMX7706S ($599.95 MSRP) are multimedia receivers without a CD/DVD transport, which allows for a mounting depth of less than three inches. These new designs let the receivers fit a variety of applications, especially as more factory-installed electronics are positioned in and behind the dash.
“At KENWOOD, we are part of a community with our retailers, brand advocates and end users,” said Scott Caswell, senior marketing manager. “Our community told us they wanted a shallow-mount receiver that didn’t sacrifice screen space, smartphone compatibility or entertainment options. We’ve responded this year with what we think are two of the most feature-rich options on the market.”
As with several of the new class of KENWOOD multimedia receivers, the DMX706S and DMX7706S are equipped with Apple® CarPlay™ and Android Auto™. These proprietary interfaces allow drivers to connect their iPhone® or Android™-powered smartphone to the receiver’s 1.5-amp, rapid-charge USB port, and view and control its content, communication and navigation on the receiver’s 6.95-inch, clear resistive touch panel.
In addition, the receivers feature on-board interfaces for enjoying Pandora Radio and Spotify through a connected smartphone, and SiriusXM Satellite Radio when the optional SiriusXM SXV300 tuner is connected. Dual Zone Audio/Video allows an add-on source to connect and play exclusively through rear speakers and optional rear-seat video monitors.
Built-in Bluetooth enables both safe communication and entertainment options, with audio streaming as well as simultaneous pairing of two smartphones to receive calls from either phone without manual switching. The passenger-friendly KENWOOD Music Mix technology lets up to five phones connect to the receiver simultaneously to easily switch between streaming content from each phone. Driver safety is further enhanced with two camera inputs (front and rear) and a rear-view parking guideline overlay to aid in maneuvering.
Both receivers include three sets of four-volt, low-level outputs for connection to amplifiers, and internal amplification of 22×4 watts RMS for direct connection to speakers. They also feature Hi-Res Audio compatibility for content up to 192kHz/24Bit in FLAC and WAV formats, and a 13-band equalizer with Digital Time Alignment. The eXcelon DMX706S adds tuned audiophile-grade components and an adjustable 3-way crossover.
Compatibility with the optional iDataLink Maestro module lets users replace the factory screen-based radio and retain important functions and displays when using the DMX706S or DMX770S. Maestro interfaces between the receiver and factory installed options like satellite radio, auxiliary inputs, Bluetooth and climate controls to enable seamless functionality. Maestro also works with installed radar / laser detection systems from ESCORT and K40 Electronics, allowing users to receive data and manage settings of the device through the KENWOOD receiver display.
The KENWOOD eXcelon DMX706S and KENWOOD DMX7706S are expected to be available in April.