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Today’s in-dash receivers do more than just play the radio and CDs. Case in point — Kenwood’s DDX271 receiver offers compatibility with many of your iPhone® apps, extensive built-in iPod®/iPhone controls, a bright 6.1″ touchscreen, variable color illumination, and an easy-to-use menu interface. Another big plus — if you’ve got Garmin’s impressive Street Pilot app loaded, you can display maps and directions on the DDX271′s screen while you drive with your iPhone4/4S connected.
If you’ve got a car equipped with Ford’s SYNC, an optional iDatalink Maestro module and cable will allow you to integrate many of your system’s features into this Kenwood. That’s a great combination — superb Kenwood sound and media options plus the advantages of a cutting-edge in-car information system.
In our increasingly cloud-based world, many of us don’t limit our entertainment to downloaded media. Thanks to smartphones like the iPhone, we’re connected to a wide range of streaming audio, video, and other services. The DDX271 gives you fingertip control over your Pandora® Internet radio stations when your iPhone’s connected, and Kenwood’s iPhone App Mode lets you stream video content from sources like Netflix and YouTube when your car’s parked.
When your iPod’s connected, you can view album art and browse through your playlists with a few swipes of your finger. Of course, the DDX271 plays all your CDs, DVDs, and recordable discs, plus you can plug a thumb drive loaded with hours of music into the receiver’s USB input. This Kenwood also gives you a rear audio/video input for an outboard A/V source. And if you think that terrestrial radio is “old school,” add a SiriusXM tuner to this Kenwood and find out how entertaining satellite radio can be.
You can watch your favorite DVDs or iPod video on the built-in screen whenever you’re parked. But if you’re traveling, you can entertain your back seat passengers while you drive — just set them up with an external screen and wireless headphones and they can watch video content while you drive.
In most vehicles, you can use an adapter (not included) to connect your vehicle’s steering wheel controls to this Kenwood stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and this Kenwood, and you’ll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls.
iPod/smartphone note: If you’re going to use your iPod or smartphone with this receiver, be sure to check “Details” for compatibility information.