‘Live Connected. Drive Connected’
Car audio specialist Kenwood used the 2014 International CES to introduce 56 new products.
The theme of its presence is “Live Connected. Drive Connected,” said Scott Caswell, Kenwood USA senior marketing manager at a press conference in Las Vegas.
The aftermarket consumer electronics manufacturer has updated its flagship infotainment receiver introduced last year. New for this year for the DNN991HD is a touchscreen for smoother operation and better graphics. HDMI connectivity is an added feature. The unit includes Wi-Fi capability.
Kenwood connection capabilities for iPhone and Android smartphones make it possible through AppMode to access iTunes, Pandora, iHeartRadio, Garmin, HD Radio, and Kenwood’s Route Collector, in addition to accessing apps on the user’s iPhone or Android smartphone.
With the DNN1HD, the user doesn’t lose, but rather gains, features when replacing the factory radio, according to Caswell. The unit comes out in March.
He told Radio World that Bluetooth is a popular feature that consumers want so they can stream audio in the car.
Of the new models, Kenwood has 19 that support HD Radio, 30 that support satellite radio and 31 that support iHeartRadio.