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If you are looking to add Bluetooth Audio Streaming, Android Wired Mirroring, Wired Apple CarPlay or Wired Android Auto to your Acura this Kenwood radio is a solid choice. It offers a mix of great value and features. The capacitive touchscreen is great for controlling your apps on the go including Apple Music, Waze, Spotify and YouTube Music. Along with Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Android Mirroring this radio also has USB Media Playback, Sirius XM Combability, a dedicated video output. It also has the option to add a backup camera or an aftermarket amplifier for subwoofers. What this radio doesn’t have is a CD/DVD player, an AUX Input or built in GPS Guidance. Installing this stereo requires you to run a new microphone wire to the visor or other desired location. The USB port is on the back of the radio so you will need to run the included USB extension or flush mount a USB adapter somewhere on your dash. Our plug and play radio kit removes the need for any wiring so all you have to do is plug everything in. Our radio kit also allows you keep your factory steering wheel controls, amplifier, speakers and factory navigation in most Acura’s.
Who should buy this radio:
This radio is a great choice for a first time buyer of aftermarket car audio receivers. The electronics inside this head unit provide a solid audio foundation for integrating with the factory system in your Acura or powering an aftermarket system. This radio maybe a little overwhelming with all the audio settings its offers but Kenwood is known for their high quality radios that can produce awesome sound and those settings are part of the equation. The Kenwood operating system is very sleek and easy to use. There are tons of menus to find all kind of cool adjustments but if you are just looking for the basics this radio is simple and easy to control. The icons are large and selecting your desired source is easy. The screen is responsive and vibrant so looking at google maps or Waze is enjoyable. The only complaint we hear about this radio is the lack of hard tactile buttons. The screen and the buttons are capacitive so unless you are looking at it it sometime tough to able to feel what exact button you are pressing.
Who should look for something else:
If you are looking for built in GPS Guidance that doesn’t require a phone connection or for the ability to play CD/DVDS this is radio is not a good choice. This radio also isn’t recommended for those who want to run a complex aftermarket audio system. This radio works great with the factory audio system in the Acura TL, MDX and TSX but with aftermarket equipment this radio doesn’t have high enough RCA output voltage to properly run multiple amplifiers. Installing a subwoofer amplifier is no problem but if you are planning to run a two or three amplifier system then we recommend a higher tier Kenwood radio with 4v-5V Preamp outputs instead.
About the Kenwood Brand:
Kenwood is often compared to Pioneer and is referred to as ‘your grandpas radio’ by enthusiast when it comes to aftermarket electronics. But that statement while silly just showcases how long Kenwood has been around delivering quality aftermarket audio components. The Kenwood power delivery, audio quality and sleek operating system makes their head units an easy recommendation for enthusiast and professionals looking for a new radio. Kenwood offers a one year warranty on head units so you can have peace of mind that your investment is protected.