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Kenwood intros double DIN car receivers

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.

Kenwood DPX503

Kenwood DPX303

by MacNN Staff



  1. herbert68

    Joined: Dec 1969



    This is so retro! Dot-matrix like fonts on a dark display! How cool is that? And the extra USB port comes for just $70? Amazing! And another $50 for full iPod support? Now we are at just $370, how cheap is that??? Bluetooth ready too ...

  1. phillymjs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Connector on front = FAIL

    At least give the option of connecting the iPod cable in the rear of the unit and running it to somewhere like the glove box so everything's out of sight.

    I got a $150 3rd-party kit for my Scion's factory stereo that just plugs into the CD changer port. I don't get fancy-schmancy track info on the display, but I can go forward and back in the playlist and, more importantly, I don't have to unplug and hide everything every time I park the car.

  1. phillymjs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Title should read

    "Connector on front = FAIL"
    Why let me enter that much text in the title if it's just going to be truncated???

  1. Gepard

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Is this 21st century?

    All I want is a stereo of 21st century! Where is it? Are these manufactures so dumb? I need no CD no cassette, no usb and whatever else they can come with.

    I CAN ALREADY listen to my iPhone Internet Radio stations while in the car. But only using headphones (which is illegal), not through the speakers. It works fine and I don't need another display with a bunch of useless buttons.

    I need a simple device where my iPhone (iPod) would be easily connected to. Maybe even working wirelessly, Wi-Fi anyone? Should be simple and usable. Do we have to wait for Apple to do that?

    Is there only one company in the whole world who really thinks different?

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