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Kenwood flossin’ some new Head Units before the New Year

Sections: Aftermarket, Car Audio, CES, CES 2014, Installations

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Most manufacturers wait months until after CES to even think to start shipping the product they showed off the show consumers are drooling for.  However, Kenwood it letting its authorized dealers take advantage of new 2014 product ready for the end user!

What’s new?  Drive EQ.  This feature looks at the typical frequencies of tire hum and road roar and gives a boost to those frequencies.  Similar set-ups have been used in the OEM for years with great success, but no one has really mastered it for the aftermarket at a reasonable price point.  I myself am more of a purist so I usually give a twist to volume knob to compensate for road noise.  But if you are rockin’ and trying to rock in a lifted Wrangler, this technology makes a lot of sense.

What else is new?  Pricing everyone can afford.  There is no excuse to have a decent head unit even in the least expensive of vehicles or station cars.  Of course, for your pride and joy Kenwood would be happy to sell you a DNN990HD instead.

NEW KENWOOD CD RECEIVERS WITH DRIVE EQ TECHNOLOGY

KDC-258U, KDC-158U and KDC-118U NOW SHIPPING

The Kenwood CD Receivers KDC-258U, KDC-158U and KDC- 118U are now available and shipping to authorized Kenwood retailers. Each of the receivers features Kenwood’s proprietary state-of-the-art Drive EQ Technology. Drive EQ overcomes road noise by allowing for a boost in output at select frequencies without distortion.

The KDC-258U features a 50-watt by four maximum power output, the customizable display feature variable illumination and a remote control. The KDC-258U keeps you connected via iPod/iPhone by supporting Pandora Internet radio and iHeart Radio apps on an iPhone. The receiver’s 13-digit LCD display has a front mount USB input and auxiliary input. System expansion is supported with one 2.5 volts selectable preamp-output for rear speakers or subwoofer with low pass filter.

The KDC-158U also offers 50-watt by four maximum power output, a 13-digit LCD display and remote control. The KDC-158U is iPod/iPhone ready and supports iHeart and Pandora apps on an iPhone. It has a front-mounted USB and auxiliary input. System expansion is supported with one 2.5 volts selectable preamp-output for rear speakers or subwoofer with LPF.

The 50-watt by four maximum power KDC-118U CD receiver offers a remote control, 13-digit LCD display, front mounted USB port for mass storage devices and front-mount auxiliary input. System expansion is available with one 2.5 volts selectable preamp-output for rear speakers or subwoofer with LPF.

Suggested retail price for KDC-258U is $120, KDC-158U is $110, and the KDC-118U is $110.

Kenwood U.S.A. Corporation, founded in 1961, headquartered in Long Beach, California operates as a subsidiary of JVC KENWOOD Corporation. Visit http://www.kenwoodusa.com for more information.

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