LAS VEGAS, January 5, 2017 (MEDIAWIRE) – KENWOOD has expanded its support for Apple CarPlay™ to nine receivers and Android Auto to five receivers for 2017; a clear response to the increasing consumer trend of bringing portable content into the vehicle. The company further acknowledged the shift with the introduction of the DMX7704S, its first multimedia receiver solely focused on non-physical media.
“While many consumers still have libraries of CDs, we all see the shift away from shiny disc media,” said Tony Mercado, marketing manager for KENWOOD. “The DMX7704S is for the new group of consumers who have fully adopted downloadable and streaming media, and rely on their devices to produce entertainment content wherever they are. Our digital media receiver delivers a truly enhanced control and listening experience when bringing that content into the vehicle, as well as many of the advanced safety features that automakers are promoting on newer cars.”
The double-DIN DMX7704S receives KENWOOD’s new clear resistive display panel, which improves touch response and is included on all 2017 DDX and DMX multimedia receivers. To accommodate the different mounting angles of factory dashboards, these same models feature Electronic Viewing Angle Adjustment, which uses a video algorithm to visually manipulate the display to offset the installation angle.
The source set of the DMX7704S is highlighted by its support of both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. By connecting an iPhone® or Android™-based smartphone to the receiver via USB cable, drivers experience a safer, focused way to experience stored and streaming media from their wireless devices. Terrestrial radio is improved with HD Radio®, which offers CD-like sound quality as well as additional stations. SiriusXM® satellite radio is also directly accessible with the addition of the SiriusXM SXV300 satellite radio tuner and antenna (sold separately; subscription required).
Built-in Bluetooth® enables high-quality phone conversations from up to two simultaneously connected phones as well as wireless streaming and control of content from any compatible Bluetooth-enabled device. Users can safely control Pandora® Radio and Spotify® from the source selection menu of the DMX7704S. Also enabled by Bluetooth is KENWOOD Remote, a smartphone application that controls the receiver from the phone and allows the user to view its source information on the phone’s screen.
The DMX7704S includes a robust safety and driver assistance suite that lets consumers benefit from many of the same features available with new car purchases. It allows two cameras to be connected and automatically switches the display to view the rear camera when the vehicle is in reverse gear. The front camera connection can accommodate the new KENWOOD DRV-N520 Dashboard Camera. With the display and control screen of the DMX7704S, users can record audio, video and still images through the DRV-N520 as well as play back footage in case of an incident. The multimedia receiver is also fully compatible with the iDataLink Maestro Rr vehicle interface, which delivers a variety of vehicle status information through the DMX7704S display, including notifications from factory parking sensors, tire pressure and vehicle trouble codes.
With compressed and streaming media, producing quality sound is paramount. Using premium audio components, the KENWOOD DMX7704S supports the High-Resolution Audio format, able to play media encoded as 192kHz / 24-bit WAV (Waveform Audio) or DSD (Direct Stream Digital) files. The receiver is also compatible with FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) and AAC (Advanced Audio Coding) files. The built-in 13-band equalizer and digital time alignment tailor the audio signals distributed by three sets of four-volt pre-amplified outputs.
With an MSRP of $550, the DMX7704S is scheduled to ship in February. For more information, visit www.kenwood.com/usa.
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