GOODS: KENWOOD Marine
KENWOOD Upgrades Its Trio of Marine / Motorsports Receivers
Higher voltage outputs, addition of latest KENWOOD music sharing features
LAS VEGAS, January 5, 2017 (MEDIAWIRE) – KENWOOD has upgraded its trio of marine / motorsports
receivers for 2017, improving sound quality and amplifier connectivity as well as giving passengers the
ability to share music selection and control. The three models—KMR-M318BT (MSRP $130), KMR-D368BT
(MSRP $140) and KMR-D768BT (MSRP $200) bring a new level of enjoyment to boaters and off-road
enthusiasts with the brand’s newest features.
“The recreational aspect of car audio will continue to be a priority for us,” said Tony Mercado, marketing
manager for KENWOOD. “Not only are you seeing vehicle manufacturers offer add-on customizations to
boats and quads; specialist technicians have created some pretty impressive audio environments even
without the control that a car interior offers. We want to make sure our receivers offer the features and
entertainment options, on top of element-ready reliability, that end users demand.”
The premium KMR-D768BT replaces last year’s KMR-765BT with a new display that features 16 characters
and higher brightness thanks to an illuminated volume knob and additional LED backlighting. Its three sets
of amplifier connections jump from four-volt output to five volts for more efficient sound reproduction.
The USB port—which features 1.5-amp charging of a connected device—along with the auxiliary input
have been moved to the rear to accommodate the larger display and present a sleeker look.
The mech-less KMR-M318BT and KMR-D368BT CD receiver also improve on last year’s output voltage,
going from 2.5 volts to 4 volts through their three sets of RCA connectors. All three units gain compatibility
with the enhanced 24-bit FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec), as well as Time Alignment adjustments to
tailor sound from multiple speakers to reach the listener simultaneously.
The trio of receivers has also been upgraded with two features designed to share the entertainment
experience with passengers. KENWOOD Music Mix allows up to five people to connect their iPhone® or
Android™-based smartphones to the receiver over Bluetooth®, and play selections from their individual
music libraries and streaming music services. And with the KENWOOD Remote smartphone app (available
via Google Play or the App Store), each user can control a variety of options on the receiver from anywhere
within Bluetooth range. Control can be expanded with the addition of KENWOOD’s optional mounted
remotes: the KCA-RC55MR and KCA-RC35MR.
The feature enhancements build upon an already impressive suite of sound quality and connectivity
options, including 13-band equalization, simultaneous dual-phone connectivity via Bluetooth and steering
wheel control compatibility. Each unit is SiriusXM® Ready with connection of the SiriusXM Connect
SXV300 satellite radio tuner (subscription required; sold separately). With a USB-connected iPhone or
Android-based smartphone, the marine receivers can select and control stored media as well as streaming
content from iHeartRadio and Pandora® Radio apps.
The KMR-M318BT and KMR-D368BT are currently shipping and are also available in packages with a set
of KFC-1633MRW 6-5-inch 2-way marine speakers. The KMR-D768BT will ship in January. For a
comprehensive list of features per receiver model, visit www.kenwood.com/usa.
About JVCKENWOOD USA Corporation
JVCKENWOOD USA Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of JVCKENWOOD Corporation and is a
leading developer of imaging, home and car entertainment, and navigation products for the consumer
market, two-way radio communications systems for public safety, private industry and amateur users,
and video equipment for the broadcast and professional markets. For detailed information, call
JVCKENWOOD USA at 1-800-950-5005 or visit us at http://us.jvckenwood.com, www.kenwood.com/usa