A new series of flagship multimedia receivers that got their first public view at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas is now available for purchase from Kenwood USA.
The KENWOOD eXcelon Reference Series DNX995S and DDX9905S join the KENWOOD eXcelon DMX905S, KENWOOD DNX875S, and KENWOOD DDX9705S as options available for consumers.
All five receivers include an enhanced entertainment and information offering highlighted by Google Assistant, wireless Android Auto and access to an array of popular smartphone apps via the WebLink portal.
WebLink, from Abalta Technologies, enables the safe use of popular smartphone apps through the receiver’s touch screen controls when the phone is connected to the receiver. That’s how drivers will be able to access NextRadio, allowing for full access to broadcast radio stations along with enhanced visual and informational content.
“With the NextRadio app on a connected smartphone, users can touch the radio screen to easily browse in-area radio stations and see station logos as well as what’s playing through the app’s Live Guide feature,” Kenwood says.
Individual station displays show album art as well as artist and song information.
In addition to these entertainment features, each receiver supports SiriusXM Satellite Radio though the separately sold SXV300 tuner, as well as wired Apple CarPlay.
“This model year has been one of our most dynamic in terms of the entertainment features we’ve included in our new multimedia receivers,” said Dave Hoag, EVP of Car Electronics for parent company JVCKENWOOD. “We’ve been able to maximize the relationship between our radios and consumers’ smartphones to let users experience even more of their favorite apps through the safety of our larger displays and enjoy their content with immersive, high-fidelity audio. We are pleased to make these receivers available to consumers through our authorized retailers.”