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Kenwood Marine-Audio Products Set Sail

Long Beach, Calif. — Kenwood shipped its two latest marine-audio products, a $130-suggested digital media receiver (DMR) and a $200 four-channel amplifier.

The amp is the company’s first marine/ power sports amp.

The single-DIN KMR-M308BT short-chassis receiver, which lacks CD, joins two CD-equipped marine head units and features front-panel iPod/iPhone USB and stereo Bluetooth. On USB-connected iPhones, the head unit controls functions of the Pandora, iHeart, TuneIn, and Aupeo streaming apps. Via Bluetooth’s serial port profile (SPP) and AVRCP 1.3, the heads control Pandora and iHeart apps on Bluetooth-connected Android phones.

The head unit also plays MP3, WMA, WAV and FLAC files on USB drives.

With Kenwood’s Music Control app for Android phones with mass-storage mode, users can select Android-stored songs via song title, artist name and the like.

Other features include front aux in, 4×50-watt maximum output, built-in low-pass filter with subwoofer-level control, included hands-free mic, and voice dialing of most phones equipped with voice dialing.

The new amplifier is the 4×100-watt max KAC-M18094, which can also be used in ATVs and cars. It comes with speaker-level inputs to connect to factory heads. It measures 5.5 inches by 1.3 inches by 3.6 inches. A conformal coated main circuit board protects against dampness, salt and vibration. A rubberized harness boot helps protect the power and speaker connections.