updated 07:00 pm EDT, Wed September 17, 2008
Kenwood iPod car stereos
Car audio electronics manufacturer Kenwood recently introduced two new replacement car CD receivers with the DPX303 and DPX503. Either is rated to deliver 50W over four channels and will play MP3, WMA and AAC encoded CDs and feature an auxiliary audio jack on their front panels. The higher-spec DPX503 adds a USB port to the faceplate that will allow users to plug in their 5th generation iPods and control them via the receiver.
The DPX503 has a multi-line display with dimmer control, and features both low- and high-pass filters for separating various frequencies. Its RCA pre-outs can be set to act as a low-pass filter and subwoofer level control.
The DPX303 uses a four-line fine-dot display, and its rear pre-outs can likewise be set up to accommodate a subwoofer. Full iPod control can be attained with Kenwood's $50 interface cable.
Either receiver comes with an IR remote control, has Bluetooth support and is Satellite and HD Radio ready. Both are available now, with the DPX303 priced at $250 and the DPX503 at $320.