Released January, 2010
The Pros:Audio output quality high enough to work with high-end aftermarket amplifiers and equipment. Bluetooth pairs with iPhone consistently and smoothly. Small form factor, fits in a single DIN slot while offering functionality typically found in dual-DIN systems.
The Cons:Video face is fixed, isn't removable. Going from song to song through the menu is a little slow. The whole unit tends to reset after a call.
The Kenwood KIV-BT900 is a higher-end, single-DIN car A/V receiver. The KIV-BT900 lacks a CD drive, targeting the large segment of consumers whose digital media practices no longer include compact discs.
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It features a 3" color LCD display and plays both audio and video from an iPod or iPhone connected via USB. Unlike the KIV-700, the BT900 features built-in Bluetooth, enabling hands-free calling. It is a good choice for cars with a backseat monitor, equipped with a dedicated video output. It is also notable for the ability to rip media from a USB-connected device, with 512 MB of internal storage space. A radio tuner with RBDS FM tagging – which displays artist and song information in real-time – is also standard.
- 3" LCD
- USB port
- 512MB internal memory
- Audio/video playback from iPod/iPhone
- Audio playback from Zune
- MP3/AAC/WMV/WAV audio playback
- MPEG/WMV/H.264 video playback
- JPEG/BMP photo display
- Rip from USB
- High-speed iPod/iPhone search function
- RBDS FM tagging
- Backseat monitor video output
- 3 4V preamp outputs
- 4x50W max. power output
User Reviews (4)
audio output quality high enough to work with high-end aftermarket amplifiers and equipment
Bluetooth pairs with iPhone consistently and smoothly
small form factor, fits in a single DIN slot while offering functionality typically found in dual-DIN systems
Variable color display/buttons to match the interior of your car
enables playback of Internet content streamed through your iPhone
video face is fixed, isn't removable
going from song to song through the menu is a little slow
the whole unit tends to reset after a call
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