Kenwood DDX9702S 7 Inch Double Din Bluetooth Touchscreen HD Car Stereo Receiver
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- New Kenwood DDX9702S Car Stereo Receiver
- Max Power: 50 Watts x 4 Channels
- RMS Power: 22 Watts x 4 Channels
- Screen Size: 6.95"
- Plays CD, DVD and AM/FM
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|Item Dimensions||10.25 x 12 x 7.5 in||—||9.5 x 11 x 6 in||10 x 13 x 7 in||4.41 x 7.17 x 6.02 in||7.19 x 6.5 x 4.44 in|
This DDX9702S Receiver from Kenwood include a ton of new ways to enjoy your music. Connect your smartphone with Apple Car Play, Bluetooth or USB options. The CarPlay option can do things such as talk to Siri, show you your directions from your phone, make and listen to phone calls, send and receive texts and more. It allows you to stay safe and focus on the road while being able to do all of this. It also plays CD, DVD and includes a AM/FM tuner. It is also compatible with HD Radio and apps such as Pandora and iHeartRadio. You can hook up a rear view camera (not included). This is compatible with iPhones that use the lightning charger (iOS 7.1+). You must use the lightning cable that came with device or Kenwood KCA-IP103 cord. Anroid phones may connect via Bluetooth only and cannot connect with AppleCarPlay features.
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I have been using my LG G4 to connect using Android Auto's interface with superb results. My wife is using a OnePlus One, neither one of us are having any issues with connectivity and everything is working as expected. We have access to our phonebooks, telephony, maps, and entertainment. I also tested a newer iPhone via a lightning to USB adapter and Apple's CarPlay also works flawlessly. Siri voice control, Maps and Navigation, telephony, and entertainment work equally well.
You can purchase additional equipment to tie the feature set directly into the vehicle's information system. With the iDatalink Maestro addon, my car has retained the uConnect, factory amp, dashboard heads up display, and steering wheel integration completely. This is not going to be the case for every vehicle, but having each of my steering wheel buttons perform two functions instead of one (like Play, now becomes play and pause when I tap the button or when I hold the button down) is a welcome upgrade. As a bonus, the voice command button controls both Siri and Google Now.
I did plenty of research before I opted in, including taking my phones to the dealer and testing this head unit with my phones to ensure they would work. I've seen around the web that Samsung phones are finicky since they do not conform to stock android connections when using USB, especially good ol' verizon products. You'll have to set your phone to MTP mode immediately after connecting the USB.
There is a link attached here that talks a bit about the problem and how to attempt to work around it, and even shows you step by step
In addition to AA and CP, this unit supports Mirroring, and wireless Mirroring. This means as long as your phone supports the technology or you purchase the optional KCA-WL100 Wireless Display Adapter, you can "cast" your screen to your receiver. Many Android phones allow you to do this, but the standard should also welcome other devices, like Windows Phone for example.
Since I'm installing it on a car with a backup camera, integrating this into the existing camera posed a bit of a challenge. The work around is to buy a Kenwood Camera and install that instead. But I wanted to retain the stock look, so I did a little more research and found out how to replace the existing camera and make it look OEM, using the new receiver. Now I'm very interested in installing a camera in my second car.
Overall this is a great upgrade over stock, and an excellent choice among other units offering Android Auto and CarPlay. I would recommend this product to anyone interested, with an understanding that it is best to test your phone against the product prior to purchase when possible.
To minimize headaches with your installation, do read up on the manufacturer page, and ensure that your unit gets the latest firmware before your frustration gets the best of you. Here's a link to the latest firmware, and support page. http://www.kenwood.com/cs/ce/mm/firmware/2015/2015g/eng.html
Adding a photo and presenting the world's first "Kindle Fire Car" (well ok maybe not the world's first, but I haven't seen this before anywhere personally). It's an Amazon Fire TV stick tethered via wifi to my Nexus 6P acting as a Portable Wifi HotSpot.
I do not recommend anyone watching video while vehicle is in motion. You'll need a bypass switch such as this one to watch video without the e-brake on: http://smile.amazon.com/MicroBypass-Parking-Override-Bypass-Kenwood/dp/B005SVXQS4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1451497999&sr=8-1&keywords=kenwood+in+motion+video It is a very simple color coded connection.
For vehicles such as my Honda, this was a no brainer as I could not navigate the wiring to determine where the e-brake wire was to connect to the receiver. (The Chrysler was a complete plug-n-play event, the Honda was a hunt and peck event, not fun).
The radio itself has a fairly nice layout but as someone mentioned, it does take a while to load the home screen. It's only a 5 band EQ and there's not much opportunity to really shape the music exactly the way you want it. I mainly bought this for CarPlay and also because it has the ability to play FLAC files and I am not totally satisfied with either.
I'll start with CarPlay: It's really a great concept. I plug in my phone and on my dash, I can get a layout that's similar to what I would see on my phone which means that in theory, i can just toss my phone on the passenger seat and not have to touch it until I get out of my car. What usually ends up happening is I plug my phone in and the CarPlay screen comes up. I hit the Slacker app, select one of my preset stations and wait.... and wait just staring at a big play button that doesn't respond when I push it. Then, I grab my phone and select the station again and hit play from there and wait. Then, unplug and plug back in a few times, shut off the app entirely and then after a few tries, it works. It's great to be able to use my uConnect buttons to advance the track and using on screen buttons to like songs. I am also able to use Spotify, Audible and Vox but with the same technical frustrations.
FLAC files: This works well but I suspect that if you use a thumb drive to store your flac files, you probably have to keep in under a certain size. I got a 128GB drive and filled it with both 24bit/192 khz and 16 bit/ 44100 hz flac files. At first, it wouldn't recognize any of my files. Then, it slowly read the drive, only showing about a third of my collection. I still have stock speakers in the Jeep so I can't even tell the difference between flac and streaming when I'm driving but I still like the idea of popping in a thumb drive with all of my stored music in case i'm driving through an area with no reception. This is something that is not an option to me now that I've given up on that.
I hope for a few firmware updates to correct some of the connection issues that I've been having. Another nice update might be to let me have the opportunity to have Siri read out texts that I have already read. They don't always read correctly the first time and then I'm not able to check messages. It kind of defeats the purpose of having CarPlay if I have to still pick up my phone while I'm driving. Also, perhaps more apps will be available such as Waze.
The one down side is that there is only one connection for phone. I would really like it if there were two so you could have an old iPod or other device hooked in permanently.
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Only thing missing is double USB or Multi tasking ( you should be able to connect Android Auto and be able to play Music form USB Drive ).