Upgrading OEM Kenwood Stereo

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Upgrading OEM Kenwood Stereo

Post by Mimoshai » 24 May 2019, 07:17

My boat has an OEM Kenwood stereo with transom controls, steering wheel controls, CD changer, and out of date iPod interface. I don't have the model number in front of me at the moment, but it is a 1.5 DIN size. I want to upgrade for the purpose of getting Blue Tooth and/or current iPhone connectivity (I have an iPhone 7, wife has a Samsung, so Blue Tooth is ideal). Local mobile stereo shop says the new Kenwood models won't work with the remotes already installed in the boat.
Has anyone found a good solution for upgrading their 2007ish Kenwood stereo w/o losing the remotes controls? Ideally the current head unit could accept a Blue Tooth module?

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Re: Upgrading OEM Kenwood Stereo

Post by BigTerp » 24 May 2019, 10:23

Does your current stereo have an AUX port? I have a Pyle marine setup in my boat and quickly realized I didn't want to have my phone tied to the AUX port with a cord. Picked up one of the Bluetooth receivers linked below and it works great. Use it in my truck as well since the stock radio also doesn't have Bluetooth capability.

https://www.amazon.com/Mpow-Bluetooth-R ... way&sr=8-6
BigTerp's Tracker Sportsman 16' build-------> http://www.tinboats.net/forum/viewtopic ... 21&t=26774

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