At KnowledgeFest in Long Beach, CA this weekend, JVC showed a new wired CarPlay and Android deck that will hit a new low price for the brand. Kenwood will also introduce a new lower priced version, with the JVC shipping around March and the Kenwood shipping around June, said JVCKenwood.
The new decks will be mechless (no CD/DVD) and offer 6.8-inch capacitive touch screens. They will include Android mirroring to mirror a wide range of apps from the phone to the radio screen. JVC’s version is the model KW-M650BT shown here.
The decks will have a shallow mounting depth of less than 3 inches.
Pricing is not yet available, but it will be below the current lowest price for a JVC or Kenwood CarPlay/Android Auto deck, currently $399.95 and $599, respectively.
Kenwood and JVC also showed at KnowledgeFest new LED marine speakers that include a remote controller for LED lighting. The remote works over RF so it is non-directional. The speakers come in black or white and offer 21 different color options. Users can run 6 pairs off the same remote. JVC models include the CS-DR620MBL in black and the CS-DR621 MWL in white. They are iPX5 water resistant at $219.95/pair. Kenwood showed a similar pair at the same price. Shipping for both models is expected at the end of March.