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Kenwood KCA-iP500

iPod Adapter and Charger for Kenwood Compatible Head Units

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The Kenwood KCA-iP500 interface charges your iPod and connects it directly to a compatible Kenwood radio. The radio controls can be used to select songs from the iPods playlist and the information can be displayed on the head unit screen. The iPod can be tucked away so that it is not distracting while you are driving. The iPod interface provides the best sound quality possible from this direct connection and with the charging capability, you can listen to music all night long.

Product Features:
  • iPod Interface with built-in charger
  • Update: Select 2005+ Kenwood receivers provide enhanced features including multi-line display and list search
  • Displays file text including album, artist, and song names, with the ability to scroll additional information (depending on receiver model)
  • Adhesive Mounting Pad Included for out of the was installation
  • Compatible with 2003-Up Kenwood CD Receivers with CD Changer Control
  • iPod Dock Connector
  • Control and Display information from your iPod on your Kenwood Receiver
  • Use your Kenwood receiver's built-in sound enhancement features to custom-tailor your iPod tunes
  • iPhone pauses audio playback when receiving a call
  • Connects to most iPods including, but not limited to: 20GB, 60GB, 3GB, 4GB, iPod Mini, and Photo iPods (not compatible with iPod Shuffle)
  • Will not charge the iPhone 3G, iPod nano 4th generation and the iPod touch 2nd generation without the Scosche PassPORT
  • Dimensions: 3-1/8" L x 2-5/16" W x 7/8" H
  • 1-year Sonic Electronix warranty
Compatibility List: Note: If you would like a less expensive connector and do not mind sacrificing a few features, the iPod to Kenwood Auxiliary Adapter is the perfect adapter.

Adapter Specifications

iPod Car Adapter Type
These are the types of stereos that the iPod connection cable will be compatible with. Some are designed to work with factory/OEM radios, while others are for use with aftermarket stereos.
Aftermarket Stereos
Compatible Brands
This is the manufacturer(s) that the item is compatible with. Unless it is universal, usually the item will only be compatible with the same manufacturer.

For example, a JVC Bluetooth adapter will only work with JVC units. A Pioneer iPod adapter will only work with Pioneer head units.

Kenwood
Provides a Charge
This means that the cable will provide a charge to the iPod or iPhone while it is connected. On some cables that provide a charge, a power and ground connection will be required.
Yes
Allows Audio Playback
This means that the connection cable will allow audio to be transferred from the iPod to the head unit.
Yes
Allows Video Playback
This means that the connection cable will allow video to be transferred from the iPod to the head unit.
No
Cable Connection Port
This is how the cable connects to the aftermarket receiver. Some units use a USB connection, while other use the manufacturer specific port.
CD Changer Port
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)
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 (Additional Adapter Required For Charging)
iPod Touch 1st Generation (Additional Adapter Required For Charging)
iPod Touch 2nd Generation (Additional Adapter Required For Charging)
iPhone (Additional Adapter Required For Charging)
iPhone 3G (Additional Adapter Required For Charging)
iPhone 3GS (Additional Adapter Required For Charging)

Charging Adapters

iPod Charging Adapter Required
Some Apple iPods require a charging adapter be used for the unit to fully function with the iPod.
Yes (Accessory required and sold separately)

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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
56%
4 Star
39%
3 Star
0%
2 Star
6%
1 Star
0%

Average Attribution Rating

Durability
4.8
Value
4.3
Features
3.9
Design
4.5
Usability
4.6
LisaC

Seminole

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works like it says it does

June 19, 2012

I would definitely recommend this product. I only wish it charged the iPod.

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Patrick

La Crosse, WI

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Kenwood iP500

April 25, 2012

The install is pretty straightforward even though I'm not particularly good with tools or stereo stuff. The only thing I'm a bit disappointed about is that my 4th generation iPod Touch doesn't allow charging with this cable. Other than that, really great!

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DJ

Canada

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Great Product

August 2, 2011

Exactly as advertized. I can plug my Ipod or my iPhone directly into my car stereo and control the device by my stereo.

Highly recommend - use it daily and have had no issues at all.

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Gdog

Wayland,Mi

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Easy to use! Works Great!

May 25, 2011

Pretty Simple! Plug it in and use it!

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jhizzle

Cordova, TN

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Great Product

February 17, 2011

The Kenwood iPod cable works flawlessly- much better than the Pioneer cable in another system I have.

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Aleks

Norway

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OK

January 31, 2011

It`s ok product. But the wiring is to short. It is mounted in a AUDI A3 as is a small car. And even in this car it was short:(

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pquest

Harrison Township, MI

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Works great!

December 6, 2010

Works great with my iPhone

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jeremy

southeast michigan

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good value, no shuffle option?

June 26, 2010

The only bad thing about this item is that I cannot figure out how to use the shuffle option if there is one. Other than that...great value! Item works great!

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Brandon

Santa Maria, CA

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Great Product

December 11, 2009

This product brought the music to my joyride. I experienced quick delivery and it was easy to self-install.

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gn

Canada

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Don't bother

November 3, 2009

It's a nice plug and play fit for a Kenwood head unit but it doesn't charge my ipod touch and searching through music is very painful and tedious process

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Oats

Ponca City Oklahoma

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Worth It

October 29, 2009

The Kenwood KCA-iP500 is well worth it, it charges and lets you control your ipod through your stereo deck, although you can only search or scroll through your music most generally through a 2 din deck, or a flip out or hang down.

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Mark

Los Angeles, CA

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Good for what it's meant for

August 6, 2009

The Kenwoo KCA-ip500 is good for what it does. It allows you to play your ipod's music in your car. The controls are quite simple; however, i would recommend that you make a playlist of songs. I've had a point where i didn't make a play list and i had no choice but to randomize the songs. The Kenwood KCA-ip500's one major con is it's a pain to scroll down the artist or song you want to hear. If you have patience, go for it. When it comes to audio quality, this interface is great. My speakers pump out nothing but clear sound and I thought that having the iTrip was good enough. Don't regret buying this product because it's worth it!

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Alex

SF, CA

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Excellent

July 23, 2009

Very easy to install, works seamlessly and transparently with the receiver, great product, highly recommended.

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Brandon

Canton

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Simply amazing

December 23, 2008

Kenwood really hit the nail on the head with this one. Flawless connectivity and sound quality between my iPhone, the ip500 and my Kenwood KDC-MP238. Works perfect. my only suggestion is use playlists. I always use playlists no matter what but people don't and you cant scroll through songs, at least on my unit you can't.

A great buy here!

My only issue was the price, other manufacturers charge 1/4-1/5 what kenwood wants, but their head units are simply amazing.

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Curtis

Houston, TX

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KCA-iP500 for PNAV-6019

January 24, 2008

I purchased this unit to go with a Kenwood PNAV-6019 that I purchased at the same time. The system was for my wife's 2004 Volvo S40. The ipod adapter was by far the easiest item to install. A couple of points:
1. The cable from the adapter box to the head unit is only about 3 ft long, so the box has to go near the head unit.
2. The cable from the adapter box to the iPod is long. It would easily reach down the length of the center console and into its storage box. I chose to rout it into the glove box.
3. It integrates seamlessly into the menu control of the 6019, although I am still trying to figure out how to get it to list the album/song titles.
4. There are two DIP switches that must be set on the adapter box prior to installation. I found the written instructions a bit difficult to follow, but sufficient. However, a visit to the site recommended in those instructions proviedes extremely clear help on setting the switches based on which items it interfaces with.
5. The sound quality is awsome through the 6019!

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Eric

Woodland Park, CO

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It works

March 2, 2007

I have had this interface for some time now. I have it connected to my MP-5032. It works okay, but it is kind of slow in displaying the info on the head unit. If you own a Kenwood you have two choices that I know of to hook up your iPod. one is the cable that plugs into your earphone port, or two being this unit. I have had both and would recommend spending the extra cash for the interface.

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brian

Houstonhouston, TX

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sounds great!

December 22, 2006

It took me about 2 minutes to install this and I love it, its probably not great if you are looking for 1 song in 1000s but since I usually just set it on random and let it go its fine. Readout is great after I used a bit of freeware to bulk rename the ID titles to match the filename format I like. Its a great deal considering there is really no real option to it with the sound quality.

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Nathanael

Phoenix, AZ

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Need Playlists

February 6, 2006

This is a great product for use w/ personal playlists. If you have a lot of songs on your ipod, navigating by artist, album, or song name can be frustrating as the headunit takes a second or two to display each selection as you scroll through the list. A great product for anyone who likes to use random.

3-line display is great on my kdc-x889 - displays song info and playlist.

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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

KCA-iP500

UPC

019048160720

Weight

1.00lb

Internal SKU

kcaip500

Internal Product ID

4785

Sonic Electronix Wiring Guide

Wiring Diagram Legend

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Product Name: Kenwood KCA-iP500