Sunday , January 14 2018

JVC/Kenwood announce seven new head units with Android Auto – two support wireless Android Auto


As expected, JVC Kenwood have released two wireless Android Auto head units at CES, but as a bonus they’ve announced a further five head units with Android Auto, unfortunately you’ll still need to plug those in with a USB cable.

The KW-V940BW and KW-M845BW are the first wireless Android Auto head units from JVC/Kenwood, both models come with a 6.8″ WVGA resolution clear resistive touch display, 13-Band equalizer, dual USB ports and also support Apple CarPlay. The major difference appears to be support for DVD in the KW-V940BW.

The head units support 4x50W output for a powerful sound, and with support for 192kHz /24-bit Hi-Res Audio content as well as FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec)-encoded media you’ll have plenty of avenues to play good quality music.

JVC Kenwood is also includingcompatibility with WebLink, which they say is ‘a media platform that provides safe use of popular smartphone apps from the JVC receiver display’. WebLink allows easy access to Waze navigation, YouTube and Yelp accounts on users phones with easy connection to the web.

The highlight of these two new models though is the addition of wireless Android Auto. JVC/Kenwood says that wireless Android Auto will enable ‘drivers to leave their phones in pockets or bags and still interact with road-centric apps on the JVC receiver screen’.

In addition to the wireless Android Auto head units, JVC/Kenwood are also introducing five new Android Auto (and Apple CarPlay) head units at CES. The KW-V840BT, KW-M740BT, KW-V640BT, KW-V340BT and KW-V140BT are currently listed on the JVC US website.

At this stage, JVC/Kenwood has only announced US pricing for the KW-V940BW and KW-M845BW, with the V940BW priced at $699.95USD, while the KW-M845BW will sell for $599.95USD.

Source: JVC.

Daniel Tyson   Editor

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