What’s better than an iPad glued to your dashboard? Why, a head unit that can offer the Connectivity of your smartphone while remaining part of the vehicle when you leave the car. Here is how it breaks down. The A/V information is passed from the phone to the head unit via a HDMI/MHL cable. Control over the phone is handled via Bluetooth. Touch screen commands on the receiver are converted to Bluetooth and then sent to the phone. Most importantly? The head units control the Waze app so you know you are getting solid navigation and traffic information. Here is more from Kenwood:
Kenwood introduced HDMI/MHL input capabilities for its 2014
DNN, DNX and DDX line of receivers at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada today,
making its products the most connected aftermarket vehicle sound, data and media systems available.
The HDMI/MHL (High-Definition Multimedia Interface and Mobile High-Definition Link) that transfers audio
and video from iPhone5/4 and Android can be found on the following Kenwood multimedia receivers:
DNN991HD DNX891HD DDX8901HD
HDMI brings a whole new level of connectivity for iPhone and Android with Kenwood receivers. Content is
controlled via a seamless Bluetooth connection using Serial Port Profile (SPP) and AppMode that
includes control of iPhone and Android apps through the receiver. Never lose the connection because the
iPhone can be charged via USB port with an iPhone Lightening to USB cable, and the universal MHL
Adapter charges via HDMI port.
The applications control is possible through the SPP Bluetooth connection that has seven basic button
commands with the following applications, DriveMate, TuneIn Radio, iHeartRadio and POI Warner and
that has full touchscreen control over SYGIC Navigation and WAZE Navigation apps.
MHL connectivity can be achieved with the following connections:
For iPhone 5
Optional HDMI Cable KCA-HD100 – MSRP $50.00
Optional Lightning to USB cable KCA-iP103 – MSRP $60.00
Apple Lightning Digital AV Adapter needed
For Android smartphone
Optional MHL – HDMI Cable KCA-MH100 – MSRP between $50.00