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Kenwood KIV-BT901

In-Dash MP3/WMA/AAC 3" LCD Digital Media Receiver w/ Built In Bluetooth and Pandora Control

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General Features:

  • In-Dash MP3/WMA/WAV/AAC Digital Media Receiver with 3" TFT Display
  • Built-in Bluetooth for hands free cell phone operation
  • Pandora Link integrates your car stereo with your iPhone and Pandora Internet Radio
  • Full color LCD display
  • Wireless remote control included
  • Rotary encoder and high speed search key
  • Music search and favorite memory function
  • Display "off" mode function
  • Power Output:
    • Peak: 50 watts x 4 channels
    • RMS: 22 watts x 4 channels
  • MP3 ID3 Tag Display (Title/Artist/Album)
  • 1-year Sonic Electronix warranty

Playback and Audio Features:

  • Playback of MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV
  • iPod/iPhone Video and Audio Playback
  • Adjustable subwoofer control
  • Dual zone source and volume control
  • Sound Excellence DSP:
    • Digital time alignment & sound management system
    • 5 Band graphic EQ
    • Highway sound/ Bass boost
    • iPod EQ select mode / Supreme+
  • Built-in 512 MB Internal Flash Drive allows storage of additional music
  • JPEG/BMP picture displayed on screen through USB
  • Built-in tuner with 18FM/6AM presets
  • MPEG4/WMV/H.264 Files video playback

Expandability Options:

  • 3 Sets of 4V preamp outputs (front, rear and subwoofer)
  • SIRIUS or XM Satellite Radio Ready: Kenwood SIRIUS Radio Package or XM Satellite Radio Package required and sold separately
  • HD Radio Ready: HD Radio Tuner required and sold separately
  • iPod Ready: Audio & video playback with Kenwood KCA-IP202 required and sold separately
  • Rear auxiliary input: RCA Audio/Video Input
  • Rear USB port
  • Steering wheel remote ready: PAC SWI-JACKv1 or the Axxess ASWC required and sold separately
  • Dedicated Backup Camera Input: Used for universal rear view cameras with an RCA composite input

Bluetooth Features:

  • Built-in Bluetooth technology for hands-free talking
  • Bluetooth version 2.0 +EDR certified
  • Bluetooth range up to 32.8 ft.
  • Bluetooth profiles supported:
    • HFP: Hands Free Profile allows a hands-free car kit to connect to a compatible mobile phone
    • HSP: Headset Profile enables the a Bluetooth headset to connect to a compatible mobile phone
    • PBAP: Phone Book Access Profile allows the car stereo to display the name of the incoming caller, as well as access the contact list of the mobile phone directly from the car stereo
    • OPP: Object Push Profile for sending basic "objects" such as pictures and other virtual material
    • SYNC: Synchronization Profile enables the synchronization of Personal Information Manager (PIM) items
    • SPP: Serial Port Profile provides a wireless replacement for RS-232 based serial communications
  • Works with most Bluetooth enabled cell phones
  • Includes a external wired microphone for clear convenient talking

In-Dash Receiver Specifications

Receiver Size

Single DIN: 1 DIN dimensions will work with all single DIN installation kits we have to offer. Single DIN radios are the most common size for after-market stereos.

Single DIN slot with flip-out screen: The DIN stereo includes a retractable, flip-out screen. Before purchasing, make measurements to be sure there is no interference with dash accessories such as A/C vents or shift levers.

Single DIN slot with a larger face: Standard single DIN size, but the display is larger then the standard single DIN size. Due to the nature of the larger face, problems may arise when installing in particular vehicles. These stereos are great for single DIN slots where you want a larger screen.

1.5 DIN: This size is very uncommon in vehicles, however this size opening is most commonly found in Chrysler and Chevrolet vehicles.

Double DIN: Approximately 4-inches in height, this size is becoming more common every year. Prior to 2000, this size was typically only found in Japanese vehicles such as those made by Honda or Toyota. Now, it is becoming more popular for many vehicles to be fit with a Double DIN opening.

Single DIN
Faceplate Security

Detachable / Removable faceplate security: The most common anti-theft feature. It allows you to take the faceplate with you, thus disallowing operation, which deters theft.

Security Codes: Mainly a feature in high end video units which do not have a detachable face / screen. Once the unit is uninstalled (or stolen), a security code (or PIN) is required upon reinstallation. Though you no longer have your unit after the theft, the thief also does not have your security code, which makes the unit useless. The hope is the thief knows which units have security codes and he/she chooses not to steal your unit because of the security code.

Ghost technology: This is not commonly used, but can be found primarily in a select number of 2004-2005 head units. It creates an illusion that no unit is installed by appearing completely black when turned off. Potential thieves may steer clear because it appears as though no head unit is installed.

Anti-theft covers: Similar to ghost and hiding faces because they only create an illusion that the face/unit is not in place.

ESN: Stands for Electronic Serial Number. Allows the disabling of the radio and allows tracking if it is stolen.

None
Motorized Faceplate
Some in-dash car stereos feature a motorized faceplate that moves to expose a CD or DVD slot. This is a convenient feature that allows the front display to be larger and easier to read. The positioning of the monitor gives you control over the angle you would like to view information on the stereo.
No
Remote Control
Allows control of specific features and functions from a remote control. Typically they are used to prevent button wear on your radio, or to allow easier navigation of menus.
Yes
Peak Power Output
This form of power rating refers to the maximum amount of power an electronic device can handle or output in an instant without damage occurring. Often times this maximum is achieved during a brief musical burst, such as a drum accent, or low bass hit.

Some manufacturers display peak power ratings on the face of their products to increase the appeal to consumers. The RMS power rating is more accurate, and we recommend using it for product comparison.

50 watts x 4 channels
RMS Power Output
The amount of continuous power, measured in watts, that an amplifier produces is called RMS power. The higher the RMS rating, the louder and cleaner your music sounds. The RMS output figure is much more accurate than the peak rating when comparing products.
22 watts x 4 channels
Preamp RCA Outputs
RCA outputs, commonly known as preamp outputs, allow you to connect one or sometimes multiple external amplifiers. An in-dash receiver will commonly have one, two or three sets of RCA outputs that can be used to connect external amplifiers and other components. One pair of RCA outputs will typically provide a full range signal that can be used for most subwoofer or speaker amplifiers. Two pairs of RCA outputs can typically be configured as four full range signals, or also as two full range and two subwoofer signals. Three sets of RCA outputs will almost always produce four speaker signals and two subwoofer signals for use with multiple amplifiers.
3 Pairs (Front, Rear, and Subwoofer)
Dedicated Subwoofer Preamp RCA Output
A dedicated output that has a built-in low-pass crossover for specific connection to a subwoofer amplifier that powers a low frequency driver, typically a subwoofer.
Yes
Preamp Voltage
The preamp output rating is measured in volts (V). The higher the rating, the stronger the signal. This results in less unwanted noise being picked up.
4 volts
Built-In Equalizer
The number of graphic or parametric equalizer bands the stereo receiver is equipped with. The more EQ options, the more you will be able to adjust your music to your liking.
3-Band Equalizer with 9 Tone Curves (8 Presets, 1 User)
Display Type
The type of display on your receiver refers to the monitor that is used to display the source information such as song names, radio stations, or track times.

Dot-Matrix Text Display: A simple display which uses dots in specific illuminated color(s) to light up and form letters or numbers that are displayed on the receiver.

Graphic or Motion Display: Typically found in mid to high-end receivers and give your text information and receiver more life by adding motion, backgrounds, or multiple colors to your display. There are types of graphic displays such as 3D Graphic, Motion, and OEL (Organic Electroluminescent) displays. They can range from one color to full color displays and typically allow you to select from one of many built-in animations, background images, screensavers or other graphics to enhance your experience and add an extra bit of personality to your system. Some units also come with software that allow you to load your own customizable pictures or animations.

LCD Monitor Display: Can be as small as 2" or as large as 10". Some LCD displays are motorized for angle adjustment. LCD monitors display full motion video playback as well as your standard text such as track status, radio station information and more depending on the receiver's features.

TFT-LCD Monitor
Display Color
The display color refers to the color of the text and or graphics on the receiver.

Multi-Color: When more than one color is on the display, for example one part of the text is white, while the other part is blue.

Variable-Color: The display colors can be changed by the user. If the default color of text/display is blue for example, the user can change the settings to where the color turns to red. Variable color displays are typically described in detail in the item's description.

TFT-LCD Display: In-dash receivers with a video screen that display multiple colors and often times video such as DVD, navigation or other video sources.

Variable Colors
Button Color
Refers to the color of the physical buttons on the unit.
Blue
CEA-2006 Compliant
Amplifiers that have been tested to meet specific standards. When a car amplifier meets these standards, you can be sure that it will be able to produce the amount of power specified by the official CEA-2006 rating. Usually, these rating consist of the following items:
  • RMS Power
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio

This rating applies to both external car amplifiers, as well as the amplifiers inside of in-dash stereos.

No

Playback Features

AM/FM Tuner
Most in-dash CD players have AM/FM playback allowing you listen to your favorite local radio stations.
Yes
FM Presets
The number of FM radio stations that can be stored as presets.
18
AM Presets
The number of AM radio stations that can be stored as presets.
6
Radio Data System (RDS)
Receivers with Radio Data System (RDS) tuners can receive digital broadcast information about the FM radio station including program name, time and station identification. RDS enables your receiver to display text messages that many FM stations include on a sub-carrier signal within their normal broadcast signal. Some RDS tuners can even break in with traffic alerts or emergency broadcasts when you're listening to a CD.
CD-R/RW Playback
This feature refers to whether or not the CD player will play finalized CD-R discs and/or CD-RW discs.
No
MP3 Playback
This feature refers to whether or not the CD player will play discs encoded with MP3 files. To burn a MP3 encoded disc, use the "data" mode on your CD Recorder and finalize the session and/or CD.
Yes
WMA Playback
This feature refers to whether or not the CD player will play discs encoded with WMA files. To burn a WMA encoded disc, use the "data" mode on your CD Recorder and finalize the session and/or CD.
Yes
DVD / Video Playback
This feature refers to whether or not the receiver will play DVD (or other listed) video disc formats. Unless otherwise noted, the unit is not guaranteed to play recorded DVDs.
No
Dual Zone
Dual zone means the stereo is capable of playing multiple audio or video sources between two separate locations.

Please refer to the item description for more details on how dual zone works specifically to the unit you are viewing.

Yes

Audio / Video Inputs

USB Input
This feature refers to whether or not the receiver features an input to connect a USB device via standard USB or mini-USB. The USB input may be a connection on the front or rear of the unit with an extension cable for connecting devices to the receiver. Some units have an optional input that allows for a USB adapter to be purchased separately and used with the unit.
Rear
Number of Front USB Inputs
Number of Rear USB Inputs
Additional Audio/Video Inputs
These inputs enable the unit to receive an audio or video signal from a separate source. There are many different types of connections and ways to accomplish this. Most common are RCA Composite cables and 3.5mm mini-jack plugs.

RCA Composite Inputs
These are your typical red, white, and yellow RCA composite cables that are common among devices with audio and video inputs. The red and white cables are dedicated for audio. The red cable is for the right channel and the white is for the left channel. The yellow cable is specifically for the video signal. Because this type of auxiliary cable contains 2 channels of audio, it will support stereo sound.

3.5mm
This is commonly referred to as a mini-jack or a headphone jack. It is a 3.5mm plug that transfers audio only. There is a right and left audio channel on the plug which allows for stereo sound playback.

3.5mm AV Input
These plugs look similar to the common 3.5mm mini-jack, however they carry a third channel dedicated for video.

Optional
This means that an auxiliary input is possible, but only with the use of an optional accessory. These optional adapters will sometimes use the CD Changer port or other port on the back of a unit that might restrict the use of other expandability features. These accessories are typically sold separately.

1 Set of Rear RCA A/V Inputs

Monitor Screen Features

Touchscreen
If a unit is touchscreen capable, you can control a majority of it's functions by touching the screen.
No
Screen Size
This is the size of the monitor on the unit. It is measured diagonally and in inches. The bigger the number the larger the screen.
Monitor Angle Adjustment

Backward:
This means that the unit is able to tilt backwards so that the proper viewing angle can be achieved. On single DIN flip out monitors, this type of pivot means that the bottom of the screen stays stationary while the top of the screen retracts. On Double DIN units this means that the bottom of the screen slides forward while the top of the screen moves down, resulting in a backwards angle tilt.

Forward:
This means that the unit is able to tilt forward so that the proper viewing angle can be achieved. On single DIN flip out monitors, a forward pivot keeps the bottom of the screen stationary while the top of the screen moves forward. On select Double DIN units, a forward tilt is sometimes referred to as a reverse tilt. The bottom of the screen remains in the same position while the top of the screen moves forward.

Left/Right Angle (Horizontal):
Some monitors allow the display to be rotated to the left or right in order to have the best viewing angle possible.

Slide In/Out:
A feature mainly found in select Kenwood units. It allows the entire screen to slide in and out. This is different from a forward/backward tilt in that the entire screen moves forward or backwards as opposed to just the top or bottom.

None
Display Adjustment
This refers to the many ways that a units display can be adjusted.
Brightness
Contrast

Expandability Features

Navigation
Built-in navigation is a convenient feature that allows the driver to receive driving directions and guidance.

Some in-dash head units are built-in with the navigation features, while others require an add on navigation box. Other navigation options include portable navigation units that you can take with you or attach to the dash of your vehicle.

No
Compatible Smartphones
Some stereos work with iOS (Apple) or Android smartphone operating systems, while some stereos work with both or neither. Find out here which operating systems this stereo is compatible with.
Audio/Video Outputs
Audio/Video outputs are typically used to connect an overhead monitor to an aftermarket stereo. This is the number of A/V outputs that the item has. These outputs are usually RCA Composite cables.

RCA Composite Outputs
These are your typical red, white, and yellow RCA composite cables that are common among devices with audio and video inputs. The red and white cables are dedicated for audio. The red cable is for the right channel and the white is for the left channel. The yellow cable is specifically for the video signal. Because this type of auxiliary cable contains 2 channels of audio, it will support stereo sound.

1 Set of Audio/Video RCA Outputs
Satellite Radio
This feature signifies whether or not the receiver is compatible with XM or Sirius Satellite Radio. "Optional" means while the receiver is capable of SIRIUS/XM playback and connectivity, you will still need to purchase an additional satellite tuner, adapter, and/or antenna.
Optional - SIRIUS or XM (Accessory required and sold separately)
HD Radio
This feature refers to whether or not the receiver is capable of receiving high-definition digital HD Radio broadcasts by either a built-in HD Radio tuner, or more commonly with the purchase of an optional HD Radio tuner box. Receivers which are HD Radio Ready generally require an additional purchase of a separate tuner.
Optional
Bluetooth Connectivity
This feature refers to whether or not the head unit is able to connect to a hands-free Bluetooth device. Head units that are Bluetooth ready typically require the purchase of an optional adapter or accessory that connects to the rear of the head unit. This optional accessory allows you to accept phone calls through your head unit and speakers. Some head units have built-in Bluetooth hands free capabilities with an included remote-mount microphone or built-in microphone.
Yes (Built-in/Included Bluetooth Controls, Adapter and Microphone Included)
A2DP Music Streaming
The Advanced Audio Distribution Profile will wirelessly stream music and other audio from an A2DP compatible device.
No
Steering Wheel Control Compatible
In order to retain a vehicle's factory steering wheel remote controls, a wired-remote input is needed on the aftermarket stereo.

If "Yes", then the aftermarket stereo is compatible with steering wheel remote controls. If an additional accessory is required for the steering wheel controls to work properly, a compatible piece will be listed.

Yes (Accessory required and sold separately)
CD Changer Controls
This feature signifies whether or not the receiver has the ability to control a CD Changer. If a receiver supports this function, it is usually compatible with a same-brand CD changer without the need for an extra adapter.
No
Rear View Camera Input
Indicates if an in-dash multimedia unit has a dedicated video input for rear view cameras. These inputs allow you to plug the camera to the back of the unit to receive the cameras video signal. Usually the camera signal is transferred through an RCA cable connection.
Yes (Universal)
Memory Card Reader
Whether or not the receiver has a built-in input for removable memory cards such as SD (Secure Digital) cards or MMC (Multimedia) cards.
No

Smartphone Integration

iPhone/iPod Features
Head units are equipped with different technology that allows a variety of smartphone integration features. Some stereos are equipped with more features than others, here you will find which iPod/iPhone features this head unit has.
iPod Audio Integration
This refers to whether or not the receiver can connect to an iPod and allow for audio control and playback of the iPod through the head unit. Head units that have iPod connectivity allow your iPod to be connected and controlled via the head unit, and they will typically connect through the USB input combined with your standard iPod-to-USB charging/connection cable. We encourage you to read the description of the head unit to see if an adapter is required or included, or if you can simply use your own iPod-to-USB cable.
Yes (via iPod USB Cable or Accessory Cable Below)
iPod Video Connection
This refers to whether or not the receiver can connect to an iPod and allow for video control and playback of the iPod through the head unit. Head units that have iPod connectivity allow your iPod to be connected and controlled via the head unit, and they will typically connect through the USB input combined with your standard iPod-to-USB charging/connection cable. We encourage you to read the description of the head unit to see if an adapter is required or included, or if you can simply use your own iPod-to-USB cable.
Optional (Accessory required and sold separately)
iPod Charging Adapter Required
Some Apple iPods require a charging adapter be used for the unit to fully function with the iPod.
No
Compatible Apple Devices
This list refers to the Apple devices that the product is compatible with.

Some Car stereos are compatible with iPods and/or iPhones. If the headunit can connect to an iPod or iPhone via USB or iPod connection cable, these listed iPods are compatible. This list does not apply if the iPod is being connected through the 3.5mm mini-jack plug. Newer iPods are usually compatible if the appropriate adapters are purchased and used.

Any iPods/iPhones released after the release date of this product have not been checked by the manufacturer and/or Sonic Electronix for compatibility. We therefore cannot guarantee their compatibilities or incompatibilities, including, but not limited to: playback, video, charging, and response time.

3G iPod (10, 15, 20, 30 & 40GB)
4G iPod (20 & 40GB)
4G iPod Color & Photo (20, 30, 40, & 60GB)
5G iPod Video (30, 60, & 80GB)
iPod Classic (120GB)
iPod Classic (80 &160GB)
iPod Mini (4 & 6GB)
iPod Nano 1st Generation (1, 2, & 4GB)
iPod Nano 2nd Generation (4 & 8GB)
iPod Nano 3rd Generation (4 & 8GB)
iPod Nano 4th Generation (8 & 16GB)
iPod Nano 5th Generation (8 & 16GB)
iPod Nano 6th Generation (8 & 16GB)
iPod Touch 1st Generation (8, 16 & 32GB)
iPod Touch 2nd Generation (8, 16 & 32GB)
iPod Touch 3nd Generation (8, 32 & 64GB)
iPod Touch 4th Generation (8, 32 & 64GB)
iPhone
iPhone 3G
iPhone 3GS
iPhone 4
Android Features
Head units are equipped with different technology that allows a variety of smartphone integration features. Some stereos are equipped with more features than others, here you will find which Android features this head unit has.
Android Video Connection
This refers to whether or not the receiver can connect to an Android device and allow for video control and playback of the device through the head unit. Head units that have Android video connectivity allow your device to be connected and controlled via the head unit, and they will typically connect through the USB input combined with your standard Android charging/connection cable. We encourage you to read the description of the head unit to see if an adapter is required or included, or if you can simply use your own cable.

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Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
1 year
Warranty Provider
Sonic Electronix

Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rating Distribution

5 Star
65%
4 Star
25%
3 Star
5%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
5%

Average Attribution Rating

Durability
4.6
Value
4.2
Features
4.5
Design
4.8
Usability
4.2
Simps

Draper, UT

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Great car receiver

June 24, 2011

I have had this receiver for about 2 weeks now and I can say I really do like it. The clean looks sold me on this unit vs. the Alpine (way to busy IMO) and it goes great with the interior of my '91 MR2. I have yet to really mess around with the DSP but once enabled, tons of settings await you! I tend to bypass the DSP right now and just listen to everything flat, I want to get used to that before I really start tweaking the EQ. The Bluetooth is flat out the best I have ever used from a call quality standpoint, crystal clear and I dont even have to yell as my cab is not known for its quietness, (very loud engine noise and road noise) but just talking normally works, at speeds, the caller can only hear a little bit of background noise, so its a winner in my book (and I can have my right hand for shifting again) The only downside is price, I was hoping with all the mechless that they would not be as pricy seeings how there is no mechanical drive but they are really pricy. Having said that, I am glad I picked this up. Two Thumbs Way Up!

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David

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Kenwood-KIV-BT901

May 7, 2012

Good stereo for standard use. Issues: no voltage output on rca's, a little complicated, artwork from iPod is slow to load and while loading you can't skip tracks until it has completed (5-10 seconds time varies) installation and set up is timely. Adding HD and satellite radio are a pain even if you go to kenwoods site there is no real instruction. Positives: clean looking, sounds good, Bluetooth works very well.

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Peter

Canada

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Very nice unit.

September 18, 2013

Install in a chevy truck. Fits good and look great.

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soundzgoodaudio

medford OR

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best out there, period.

September 18, 2013

As a car audio installer I've owned an tested damn near everything an I can say this is the best single din head unit still in production, other than McIntosh of course lol from the eq an x over adjustment to the looks and user friendly interface not to mention the highest pre out voltage of most units its a winner, for sq and spl setups

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JLD

Seattle, WA

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Would not buy again

August 15, 2013

This receiver seemed like a cool idea but as an iPhone 5 user it leaves much to be desired. I needed to buy an adapter to use my iPhone 5. Bluetooth audio does not work with iPhone 5 (phone calls/GPS do). Which was a big reason I chose this receiver, for iPhone 4/4s users it works fine. Pandora is a cool feature but to use it I have to turn it on via my phone (while driving) if I select Pandora on the receiver before the app is running on my phone I get an error. Sometimes when I plug my phone it does not recognize the device. I then have to unplug and re-plug several times till recognizes. Every time I start my car it says it's downloading or checking something so I cannot immediately use the receiver for ~30 seconds, EVERY TIME I START MY CAR. After living with this receiver for close to a year I'm ready to buy something different.

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Ric

Canada

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Nice Unit

June 22, 2013

Looks great, sounds great, easy install. Very happy with it, thinking of getting another one for my truck.

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Teddy

SUFFFOLK, VA

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Happy buyer

April 19, 2013

Very nice player. However, kenwood could remove some of the useless options like which color would I like, and replace it more importants options like better music searches or various types of random plays. All and all, I would purchase the radio again.

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They88

Zionsville, IN

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Great fit and look.

March 15, 2013

I was looking for a head unit w/o a cd player and wanted to focus on iPone/iPod playback. I mostly listen to Pandora and MOG and the KIV-BT901 works great for that. The artist, song and artwork displays beautifully and is easy to control with the KIV-BT901.

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Charles

St Cloud, FL

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Great media player

February 7, 2013

Great radio. I do not miss the CD player but was disapointed because literature said it will play music over bluetooth from my phone but it does not.

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Ncskain

Zambia

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Nice Unit

January 29, 2013

Its an amazing unit! But, playing through an ipod, skipping through tracks has an awful delay. The bluetooth works fine but the unit from time to time keeps desplaying a message HF Error. Its very Annoying. Then you cant play mp4s or videos from an ipod or flash drive as they say it does. I have tried many times many different formats! So i just use a flash drive for all my music. Doesn't display most album art even if the song has album cover. All in all its a great unit. Amazing sound processing!

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xavier00

Canada

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Works with iPhone5

January 25, 2013

Why is everyone so tough on Kenwood and iPhone5's? The iPhone5 issue is industry-wide, every manufacturer was caught off guard by the cable & signal change - not just Kenwood. I recently bought this unit and, as always, am impressed by Kenwood. Rory at Kenwood support is amazing! The only thing it does not do is video (iPhone5), music works fine as does bluetooth. Google maps does work just like bluetooth but, you won't get the actual maps showing up on the display since this particular deck does not have "appmode". The deck is amazing and I have no complaints.

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Patrick

Central Point, OR

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Nice unit, Great price compared to Crutchfield

January 6, 2013

I just upgraded from a Pioneer unit and this KW makes the same Alpine Separates sound amazing. Set up took a few minutes, not difficult, no p/u option in set up mode, but SUV sounds just fine with the correct speaker settings. Still trying to figure out an easier way to search songs with a zune HD, but with time will hopefully help. I love the clean look in my 2004 Dodge Ram 2500. Bluetooth works outstanding and is a quick connect when I get into the truck.

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Vedran

Des Moines, IA

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could be better

October 21, 2012

I installed this product some time ago, and initially the only problem was with video playback. I still have yet to watch a video on the player. It can be somewhat slow on responce when scrolling, and just recently, my bluetooth connection for hands free went to ****, and wont connect... Chances are, it probaly just needs reset, but still a hastle, and an error in the software. so 2 out of 3 of the reasons that I bought the player for (handsfree, and video playback) dont work, atleast for me, and only for the time being hopefully. Audio playback is pretty decent, and the filtering/ adjusting/ positioning/ etc. of sound is pretty well intergrated into the system. In addition, it is a great base for creating a full car audio system, just needs some work on the software glitches that seem to occur more often than not.

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Michael

Huber Heights, OH

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Impressive KW!

September 8, 2012

Great sounding deck and zero problems! Deck has been installed for about 3 months now. I am running external amps so i cannot review the internal amp quality of this deck. Install and operation are pretty straight forward. Instructions are complete.Navigation takes some getting used to but not terribly difficult. If you have a large digital music library you will appreciate the multiple ways you can access your content. The DSP functions are very effective at adjusting to speaker and car design and placement. BT interface had no problem syncing to my droid. Haven't played with the video capabilites yet. Over all I would buy again.

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Punky

New Zealand

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Excellent headunit

August 16, 2012

Easy access to songs on any type of media using a USB multi card attachment. Easy song searching. Excellent sound quality in Bluetooth phone calls. Excellent music sound quality with unlimited customisations for dsp, speaker location and sound environment.

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Louis

Englewood, CO

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Great system

August 4, 2012

The sound quality is extraordinary. Love being able to use and control our Zune devices, which it wroks great with.

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Mike

Spokane WA

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Great product. Great price!!!

May 16, 2012

This product was easy to find. I would shop here again and again for the bargain price an no hassle.

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Dino

Newhall, CA

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Best Single Din Bluetooth Unit you can buy!!

February 4, 2012

I've had this unit now for about 6 months and I couldn't be happier with it. Mine is installed in my C5 Corvette so a double DIN would have been A LOT more expensive and a highly custom job. I've got this unit working with a JL Audio 5 channel amp, XM Satellite Radio, high-end Hertz speakers and a JL Audio Subwoofer in the back. The sound is excellent and the interface with the iPhone is almost as good as it gets! The phonebook entries and songs are very intuitive to select and play. My only issue is not being able to use the shuffle feature. The way around this is to disconnect the iPhone, select shuffle, and then reattach it to the unit. After that the iPhone remains in shuffle mode. The bluetooth works flawlessly, and even comes with a mic and an advanced interally controlled noise reduction capability. Folks I'm talking with don't even know I'm on a mobile, let alone in the car! By the way, Corvettes are also very noisy cars if you've ever driven in one. Overall, this is the best car radio I've ever had and I could not be happier with the way it performs!

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Jordan

roseville mi

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Awesome

January 14, 2012

I got this radio for xmas this year (2011) and i have to say i couldnt be happier. I looked into this one and a Sony for a long time and finally came to want this one more. It has all the features and way more than i wanted great BT and sound quality, made my stock radio seem like an old am transistor radio. Pros: Features galore, great sound quality w/ stock speakers, beautiful color display (will be getting a back up camera soon), ipod control is seemless along with fair ease of use with the usb to my android phone, BT calls come in clear and after a bit of manual reading it was easy to set up. Cons: The one thing that kinda killed it for me is that you cant use the pandora app from an android just the iphone and that sucks but oh well, ipod has to have a special cable (kca-ip202) got mine on ebay, no cd player, when your listining to ipod theres no artist jump u have to manually search the artist or use the search function which just takes a bit longer, and last no station preset # buttons on the head unit but it has a remote so that makes up for it. Conclusion: i recomend this to anyone looking for a single din with all the features of a more expensive double din touch screen. Ive always been a sony fan but this kenwood won me over and im happy i took the chance.

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William

Louisville, TN

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Get It... You won't be disappointed...

January 12, 2012

I have been messing with car audio for 16 yrs now and pride myself for sound quality. I was pioneer fan for a long time, till I decided to go all digital media. I didn't like how pioneer put there connections on the front. I wanted a nice clean look in my Denali. I tried the alpine and it was alright, I didn't like that I had to buy another box for it just to adjust my sound better. I found this kenwood and was up and down about it cause there really isn't much out there about it. So, I decided to give it a try... It's great. The appearance is great, very stylish. The sound options are all there without having to buy anything extra and as good the $700.00 pioneer I had. The display has vibrant colors and the info is placed well. The wires were kinda a pain to run cause there's a lot specially if you also get the iPod cord. The bluetooth is better then my bluestar I had from costar which replaces the on star in GM vehicle. ($279.00 box) As far as functions, it does everything I could ever want and need to do in my suv. I'm still learning new things about it. Like for ppl with android phones there is an app you can download, and hook it up via usb and control your music with it, and if your phone can do bluetooth audio, this thing will do that too. It might be a little pricey but you get what you pay for imo. NO REGRETS.

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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

KIV-BT901

UPC

019048194473

Weight

3.50lbs

Internal SKU

kivbt901

Internal Product ID

33453

Sonic Electronix Wiring Guide

Wiring Diagram Legend

Warning: The image depicted shows the resistance change when wiring multiple subwoofer terminals. Please refer to your subwoofer's owner's manual for the proper wiring of its terminals. Sonic Electronix, Inc. is not responsible for damage caused to your audio system or vehicle due to improper installation. Please call tech support at 1-877-289-7664 if you require additional assistance.

Product Name: Kenwood KIV-BT901