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LAS VEGAS, Nev -- January 8, 2019 (MEDIAWIRE) – KENWOOD USA added three new amplifiers to its KENWOOD eXcelon line for 2019, each optimized to connect to factory installed radios for audio system enhancement. Two multi-channel designs—the X302-4 (MSRP $349.95), X802-5 (MSRP $529.95)—as well as the X502-1 (MSRP $349.95) monoblock design, let users maintain familiar factory installed controls and features while dramatically improving audio system headroom and sound quality.

All new KENWOOD eXcelon X series amplifiers are stable to two ohms and provide ample power in any applicable configuration. The X302-4 produces 75 watts RMS from each of its four channels at two ohms and doubles this amount when bridged to two channels with a four-ohm load. The highly flexible X802-5 mirrors these specs and adds a fifth channel that outputs up to 500 watts RMS with a two-ohm load. And the single-channel X502-1 will also deliver 500 watts RMS at two ohms, or 300 watts RMS at four ohms.

“Whenever you interact with a factory installed radio or amplifier, the most critical step is the elimination or avoidance of noise in audio playback,” said Scott Caswell, senior marketing manager for KENWOOD. “These new amplifiers have been enhanced with internal mechanics to accomplish this, as well as connectivity features to make interfacing a more streamlined process.”

In addition to traditional RCA inputs that connect to aftermarket receivers, the new amplifiers feature dedicated inputs to connect to speaker-level outputs from factory radios and amplifiers, eliminating the possibility of noise from poor splicing connections. All connections are on one side of the amplifier to minimize issues with wire routing, and aluminum has been introduced into the mounting structure to reduce vibration.

Internal improvements include electronic component enhancements to reduce THD (total harmonic distortion). A subsonic filter improves efficiency by eliminating playback of frequencies outside the audible range, and a new circuit board layout and components provide a marked decrease of radiated noise.

Another new addition to these amplifiers is a remote controller input, enabling users to control the bass channel input sensitivity from the optional KCA-RC01A remote control. The KCA-RC01A features both surface- and flush-mounting options for optimum positioning.

The new KENWOOD eXcelon X series amplifiers are expected to be available in February. For more information on select models and features, visit

JVCKENWOOD USA Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of JVCKENWOOD Corporation and is a leading developer of imaging, home and car entertainment, and navigation products for the consumer market, two-way radio communications systems for public safety, private industry and amateur users, and video equipment for the broadcast and professional markets. For detailed information, call JVCKENWOOD USA at 1-800-950-5005 or visit us at, and

LAS VEGAS, January 5, 2017 (MEDIAWIRE) – At the 2017 CES, KENWOOD is introducing its first car audio power amplifier with built-in digital signal processing. The XR600-6DSP (MSRP $800) is a six-channel power plant that, through partnership with Automotive Data Solutions (ADS), upgrades select factory audio systems by supplanting, rather than supplementing the factory amplifier. Its highly customizable outputs can be configured to create the ideal sound stage and retain functionality of factory installed safety and entertainment components that use the audio system to deliver notifications.

The XR600-6DSP, combined with the ADS iDatalink Maestro AR (Amplifier Replacement module; MSRP $130) is a sleeker, more intuitive alternative to the current OEM integration products that process audio from the high-level outputs of the factory amplifier. These solutions involve summing and processing all the amplified, split-frequency channels back into full-range signals, filtering out noise from the amplification, processing the restructured signals, then re-amplifying them for output to speakers and subwoofers. Very often in this scenario, certain factory features are lost, such as fading or factory notifications being output through specific speakers.

The ADS iDatalink Maestro AR uses a vehicle-specific T-harness to attach between the factory radio and amplifier, providing a clean, flat audio signal to the XR600-6DSP through a proprietary harness. In addition, it supplies the specific control signals that retain factory function and notifications.

"It's really the gateway to attaining the highest quality audio reproduction from a high-end factory system," said Tony Mercado, marketing manager for KENWOOD. "We recognize that not every vehicle, especially newer models, can have the factory radio replaced without extensive back-end integration and upfront fabrication. With the Maestro AR and our XR600-6DSP, the factory amplifier no longer has to be the obstacle between good-enough audio and great audio."

The XR600-6DSP maximizes the clean factory audio signal with a built-in, 192kHz / 32-bit processing module that facilitates up to 10 channels of audio (six internally amplified; four with additional amplification). The internal signal processing and amplification circuitry are separated to maintain signal integrity. Digital Time Alignment is electronically set for each channel, and each pair of channels is tailored with adjustable crossover points and 13 bands of equalization. Finally, the individual channels are fine-tuned with a three-band parametric equalizer before being amplified and sent to speakers.

Amplified outputs are fully configurable to match most factory speaker layouts. The six-channel amplifier is measured at 75 watts RMS per channel at four ohms with bridging capability to produce 200 watts RMS through three channels at four ohms. Two sets of five-volt RCA connectors allow additional amplifiers to be added to the system without the need for more crossovers or processing.

With the new KENWOOD DSP control app installed on a compatible iPhone® or Android™-powered device, the XR600-6DSP is wirelessly configurable with broad access for installation technicians (Installer mode) and limited selections for end users (User mode). Built-in Bluetooth® connects the amplifier to the app. In the Installer mode, the technician sets the speaker map, time alignment, crossover points, equalization and parametric EQ settings for all applicable channels. With a simpler interface, users can select the listening focus, overall equalization presets and subwoofer volume.

For larger systems, the KENWOOD XR600-6DSP can be paired with the new XR1000-1 mono-channel power amplifier (MSRP $500; shipping in January), capable of up to 1,000 watts RMS at two ohms. Improved capacitance and cooling efficiency create more power with less heat, and its Dual Sigma Drive technology provides controlled, accurate bass.

The XR600-6DSP comes with the data cable to connect to the Maestro AR as well as an extension cable for more installation options. The vehicle-specific T-harnesses are sold separately and available from ADS.  Both the XR600-6DSP and Maestro AR are scheduled to ship in March with applications for 2011 and newer Ford vehicles with My Ford Touch and Sony amplifiers, as well as 2011 and newer Chrysler vehicles with eight-inch screens and factory amplifiers. A Toyota / Lexus solution will follow shortly after launch

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LONG BEACH, CALIF., August 2nd, 2023 -- KENWOOD USA (, manufacturer of premier entertainment and information solutions for the automotive, marine, and motorsports aftermarket, is proud to announce its participation in the highly anticipated Sturgis Rally, held in South Dakota, August 4th- 13th. This marks a significant occasion for KENWOOD as they proudly showcase, sell, and install their state-of-the-art eXcelon Motorsports motorcycle audio products designed and engineered for Harley Davidson® motorcycles. Riding on the open roads has never been more fun than with KENWOOD's advanced eXcelon motorcycle audio systems.

Designed exclusively for the Harley Davidson family of motorcycles, these audio products guarantee an unbeatable experience for riders and passengers alike. Whether you crave heart-pounding bass or crystal-clear highs, eXcelon motorcycle audio products are engineered to deliver unparalleled performance even in the most challenging riding conditions.

“As part of our commitment to partnering with and supporting our authorized dealer network, we are delighted to announce our collaboration with Chris Hulin and his team at The Audio Edge (, based in Nederland, TX,” said John Lucas, KENWOOD VP of Sales. “Their expertise and passion for delivering top-notch audio solutions align perfectly with KENWOOD's commitment to excellence.”

The Audio Edge will join KENWOOD in its booth at 1601 Lazelle St in Sturgis to offer live product demonstrations, personalized advice, and professional installations for all eXcelon Motorsports motorcycle audio products as well as their motorsports action cam system. KENWOOD invites all motorcycle enthusiasts and audio aficionados attending the Sturgis Rally to visit its booth and experience the future of motorcycle audio firsthand. Its dedicated team, together with The Audio Edge, will be on-site to demonstrate the remarkable features and performance of its eXcelon Motorsports motorcycle audio products. Prepare to be amazed by the seamless integration, durability, and unmatched audio quality that KENWOOD brings to the riding experience.

For more information on KENWOOD’s eXcelon Motorsports motorcycle audio line, please visit its website here: 

JVCKENWOOD USA Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of JVCKENWOOD Corporation and is a leading developer of car entertainment products for the consumer market, two-way radio communications systems for public safety, private industry and amateur users, and video equipment for the broadcast and professional markets. For detailed information, call KENWOOD USA at 1-800-536- 9663 or visit us at,

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April 26th, 2018 – DAYTONA BEACH Soundcrafters of Daytona Beach, Fla., now in its 40th year of business, has teamed up with its core dealer brands Kenwood, JL Audio, Metra and Arc Audio, to exhibit in the Daytona Exhibitor section of the Jeep Beach festivities at the Daytona Speedway April 27th and 28th, from 9 am to 5 pm.

The Soundcrafters 30- by 60-foot booth will feature four specially built vehicles focusing on numerous areas of mobile electronics, from a full custom Kenwood car audio system in a modified 2007 Jeep JK, a full lighting system from Heise on a 2015 JK, a full JL system in a 2016 JK and a full JL Audio powersports system in a 2018 Polaris Slingshot, all built by Soundcrafters.

There will be a number of show specials available for sale in the Soundcrafters booth, including a 300 watt amp, subwoofer and enclosure package for only $199.95. Another show special will be a set of 6.5-inch component speakers for only $99.95/pair.

Soundcrafters and JL Audio have also supported the Jeep Beach organizer’s “Margaritaville” Jeep with a full JL Audio system including the “Stealthbox” for the vehicle. Soundcrafters performed the installation in the system being displayed at every Jeep Beach event throughout the week.

Soundcrafters will also have a fully staffed installation facility on property at the Speedway for those who want to get their equipment installed right away.

“This is our first year with Jeep Beach and we’re very excited to offer local, full service facilities at the event,” said Moe Sabourin, General Manager at Soundcrafters. “Our goal is to give Jeep Beach attendees great value and installation, whatever their mobile electronics needs are. And we’re local, so consumers know we’re here to take care of them during and after the sale, with our 40 year reputation for quality service and installations.”

Kenwood and MAG Sales representative Bill Freeman said, “We’re excited to attend Jeep Beach to support our local Excelon dealer, Soundcrafters, in showcasing our new XR Excelon Reference Hi-Res products in the Soundcrafters Jeep!”

For more information, contact Soundcrafters at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (386) 761-8800.

LONG BEACH, CALIF., February 18th, 2020KENWOOD USA announced its rep of the year awards for both individual sales reps, as well as sales rep firms for the East, Midwest, and Western territories at their recent annual sales rep meeting, held at their corporate office in Long Beach, Calif.  

Western Region Sales Rep of the Year: Ryan Christie, N&S Marketing

Midwest Region Sales Rep of the Year: Tim Hill, Pinnacle Sales

Eastern Region Sales Rep of the Year: Greg Wallace, Audio Video Representatives (AVR)

Ryan Christie represents N & S Marketing in the Pacific Northwest, and has been a part of the company for 12 years. “Ryan prides himself in putting his dealers first, making sure they are getting the best service regardless of how much volume they do,” stated Rob Sutton, KENWOOD Western Regional Sales Manager. “All of my dealers matter equally to me,” stated Christie. “Whenever there’s a need, it’s important to me to be able to respond or get an answer as quickly as possible. I’m truly humbled and honored to have received this award for the second consecutive year.”

As the independent owner/operator of Pinnacle Sales in Michigan since 2003, Tim Hill has actually been a KENWOOD sales rep since 1987. “I couldn’t be happier with Tim’s level of performance and   commitment to his dealers,” stated Mike Roberts, KENWOOD VP of Sales and Marketing. “He constantly strives to be of service whenever and in whatever fashion his dealers need. He really lives up to his standards of never saying no to them. They are truly lucky to have him.”

From Marietta, GA, Greg Wallace has been a part of distribution sales with AVR since 2006. In 2015, he was promoted to also handle direct accounts. “Greg’s candor is undeniable with his dealers,” stated Kelly McDaniel, KENWOOD Eastern Regional Sales Manager. “Through his remarkable organizational skills and ability to be efficient, he continuously strives to communicate with and provide the best in information and service to his dealers”.

Western Region Sales Rep Company of the Year: Oliver Marketing Norcal, Inc.

Midwest Region Sales Rep Company of the Year: River City Sales

Eastern Region Sales Rep Company of the Year: Audio Video Representatives (AVR)

Oliver Marketing NorCal, Inc. was founded in 1986 and consists of Bob Oliver (President), Dave Furness (VP), Dennis Medeiros (Sales), Paul Francia (Sales), and Peggy Harvey (Sales Support/Customer Service).

“Even when unpreventable troubles present themselves, the Oliver Marketing NorCal crew has managed to turn setbacks into triumphs,” said Rob Sutton. “They continuously outperform to ensure their dealers receive nothing but the best.”

River City Sales has been proudly representing KENWOOD from the St. Louis, MO area since 2004, with team member Brett Phelps serving as a KENWOOD rep since 2000. Their team consists of Gary Cooley (Owner), Brett Phelps (Sales), Ray Smith (Sales), and Lori Beyer (Inside Sales). “The River City Sales team is always working it, always communicating, always taking phone calls… the little things” stated Mike Roberts. “We provide weekly updates to our dealers to ensure they have accurate numbers, knowledge of rebates, etc., always finding ways to put money back in our dealers pockets,” stated Phelps. “Communicating with our dealers is crucial to us. If they are far away, we still try to at least talk to them as much as possible. Our rep company’s success is 100% based on their success.”

Commanding both of the Eastern region territory awards, AVR, owned by Joe and Teri Hanson, has served as both a KENWOOD distribution center and as sales representative firm for 18 years. In fact, Joe has even served as a KENWOOD rep personally since 1982. Their outside sales team consists of Brian Cargile and Greg Wallace, with Jacob Gromovsky and Christie Crook on the inside. “We try to give our customers excellent customer service and provide constant communication, always keeping them informed to ensure that they stay successful,” stated Joe. “AVR thinks outside of the box on ways to always be improving their level of service to their dealers,” stated Kelly McDaniel. “Their level of commitment to these efforts is one of the many reasons they earned the rep of year award for 2019.”

“When deciding on these awards, we look at several key criteria, including Territory Leadership, Maintaining a Strong Dealer Base, Being Solution Oriented, Having a Positive Attitude, and Driving Sales,” stated Mike Roberts. “Since all of our sales reps are incredible and exhibit these attributes, these awards are tough to nail down, and we are truly grateful for all that was accomplished in 2019”.

For more information on KENWOOD, visit http://

JVCKENWOOD USA Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of JVCKENWOOD Corporation and is a leading developer of car entertainment products for the consumer market, two-way radio communications systems for public safety, private industry and amateur users, and video equipment for the broadcast and professional markets. For detailed information, call KENWOOD USA at 1-800-536-9663 or visit us at, and

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