Kenwood Ships 2013 CD Radios Early

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Following the trend of shipping next year’s models early, Kenwood is delivering some of its entry-level car radios this month.

KenwoodThe CD/radios include two Excelon models that work with Android smartphones as well as iPhone/iPod devices.

An Excelon model KDC-X497 includes built-in HD Radio with iTunes tagging via a dedicated button located near the volume control.   It works with Pandora on an iPhone and has a scrolling text display to identify HD Radio broadcasts.   Suggested retail price is $210.

A step-down model is the KDC-X397 ($160) which offers SiriusXM compatibility and full Pandora playback from an iPhone but it does not have HD Radio.   It is compatible with a steering wheel control interface and has 4.0 volt preamp outputs.

Four additional Kenwood models are now available at suggested retail prices from $110 to $200.

The top model of the group is the KDC-HD455U with built-in HD Radio, and iTunes tagging with a dedicated button at $200.  A step down model is the most cost effective satellite radio-compatible model in the line, the KDC-355U.  It has iPod/iPhone/Android smartphone connectivity and Pandora control on an iPhone.  It also gives you steering wheel control capability and 4.0 volt preamp outputs at $160.

Also new is a KDC-255U which has most of the features of the 355U except for satellite radio capability and steering wheel interface capability.  Plus it has a single preamp output.

The leader model is the KDC-155U ($110) which is similar to the 255U but it has a fixed red illumination display rather than the variable color displays found on some of the step up models.

Source: Kenwood

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