While now known as the JVCKenwood Corporation having amalgamated officially with the Victor Company of Japan (better known as JVC) in 2008, the brand best known Worldwide simply as Kenwood enjoys an incredibly long and successful history spanning all the way back to 1946.
Known primarily for its wide range of high-performance car audio and visual technology including source unit, speakers, amplifiers and dashcams, Kenwood is also well recognised for its home electronics, wireless communication systems, and even a variety of excellent home appliances. From an enthusiast standpoint, however, the brand is best associated with the McLaren Formula 1 racing team, having been a sponsor and technology partner for a number of decades now.
About Kenwood Car Audio
Spear-heading Kenwood’s range is their impressive audio/visual source units, spanning a wide variety of distinct models in price points that everyone can afford to enjoy. All of the units feature intuitive and responsive touch-screen menu systems enjoying the latest modern graphics and styles, with the premium models in the range coming with integrated navigation making them an ideal choice for people who are constantly on the road.
You can also be assured that Kenwood’s audio/visual source units all come with a brace of additional modern technology specifically designed to work with the very latest smartphones, with every model providing Bluetooth hands-free and audio streaming. They all also provide tuning tools and pre-amplifier stages to allow expansion to both outputs (amplifiers and speakers) and inputs (reverse cameras, USB, media devices etc.).
If your budget is tighter or you can’t fit a double DIN source unit in your vehicle then one of Kenwood’s single DIN units will be the solution. These units are the most affordable way of adding Bluetooth hands-free and audio streaming to your car. All of them come equipped with important features like USB connectivity for your media devices, a large and easy to use rotary commander dial, clear info display, and pre-amplifiers offering high-powered output channel as well as high-voltage RCA outputs to allow the addition of additional external amplifiers.
Talking of amplifiers, Kenwood’s latest models can kick your sound into high gear with a choice of mono, 4-channel and even an integrated 5-channel model offering the ability to power your speakers to new levels of dynamics and resolution. All offer smart looks, compact dimensions for easier installation, and excellent filtering via high and low pass variable crossovers. Combined with a Kenwood source unit, start by adding a mono subwoofer amplifier and matching subwoofer, then upgrade later by adding a 4-channel amplifier to power your main speakers.
Speakers are the single most important device for improving sound quality, and Kenwood has a size and shape with suit virtually every possible vehicle on the market. They come in 4”, 5.25”, 5x7”, 6”, 6.5” and 6x9” versions, and all feature multi-element designs providing a main midrange cone supplemented by smaller cone style or dome style ‘tweeters’ to extend the sound response into the upper frequencies.
For low bass duties, a Kenwood subwoofer will provide you to solid foundation to your music while adding depth and realism to every song. Available in 8”, 10” and 12” sizes, all models are affordably priced and can be made to work ideally in compact sealed pre-fabricated enclosures.