Kenwood Enters “Perfect Fit” Radio Market

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Kenwood DPX500BT

Kenwood is offering its first “Perfect Fit” radio, which ships with specialized dress plates to perfectly fit in a Toyota dashboard.

Kenwood DPX500BT
Kenwood DPX500BT

Its new DPX500BT double DIN audio-only radio is designed so it nestles snuggly in Toyota’s unique 200 mm dash-opening via trim panels that Kenwood bundles with the radio.

Kenwood will also offer a “Perfect Fit” model for Volkswagen in 2013, said Keith Lehmann Senior VP of the Consumer Divison, noting that the kits for the radios are built by Kenwood, itself.

The DPX500BT is a full-featured radio that has Pandora control, Aha Radio, iHeart Radio and SiriusXM capability. It also has easy Bluetooth pairing with a smartphone via a single button.

It can control apps on an Android phone wirelessly from the radio.

The unit will ship in March at a suggested retail price of $200.

Additional Kenwood 2013 Radios

Kenwood’s Excelon 2013 CD line includes 7 models priced from $130 to $260.  All offer Pandora control, and compatibility with Android phones. SiriusXM connectivity is also built into six of the seven models this year.

The Excelon flagship CD receiver for 2013 is the KDC-X997, which ships in March at $260 suggested retail price. It has dual USB inputs so you can plug in an iPhone and thumb drive.  It gives you Pandora control, built-in Bluetooth and HD Radio and compatibility with SiriusXM 2.0 direct connect.   It also has preloaded Aha Radio and iHeart Radio apps and it provides audio streaming from an iPhone and it can control audio streaming from an Android phone.

Kenwood is also introducing three new smaller foot print amplifiers ranging in suggested retail price from $350 to $500 and new speakers.

See other Kenwood stories this week.

Source: Kenwood

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