CES 2019: Kenwood and JVC Debut Lineup of Wireless CarPlay Receivers

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Following in the footsteps of Alpine and Pioneer, Kenwood today at CES 2019 introduced its first in-car multimedia receivers with wireless CarPlay.


    Kenwood is offering seven new receivers with wireless CarPlay support, many of which are part of its eXcelon series. The model numbers include NX996XR, DDX9906XR, DDX8906S, DMX906S, DNR876S, DDX8706S, and DMX9706S.

    Wireless CarPlay enables drivers to connect an iPhone to the receiver via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, whereas most factory-installed CarPlay receivers still require connecting an iPhone with a Lightning to USB cable to access CarPlay functionality. BMW does offer wireless CarPlay and Mercedes-Benz said it plans to as well.

    The new Kenwood receivers also feature wireless Android Auto and Google Assistant, according to the car entertainment company.

    CarPlay is Apple's in-car software that enables iPhone users to access a range of apps from a vehicle's dashboard display, such as Messages, Apple Maps, Apple Music, Podcasts, Overcast, Spotify, SiriusXM Radio, Pandora, WhatsApp, Downcast, Slacker Radio, Stitcher, and as of iOS 12, Google Maps and Waze.

    Pricing and availability were not disclosed.

    Update: JVC, part of the same company as Kenwood, has also introduced two wireless CarPlay receivers for $600 to $700 in the United States.

    Article Link: CES 2019: Kenwood and JVC Debut Lineup of Wireless CarPlay Receivers
  2. tjtennispro macrumors newbie

    Jul 28, 2017
    Why do people want wireless CarPlay? The sound quality and connection quality immediately drops. It really doesn’t make sense.
  3. PrinceRob425 macrumors newbie

    Jan 8, 2019
    Doesn’t matter...people want options.
  4. OneBagTravel macrumors 6502


    Oct 18, 2013
  5. jeff275 macrumors newbie

    Sep 22, 2015
  6. RyanFromQA macrumors member


    May 15, 2008
    This. I’d love to keep my phone in my pocket instead of having it rattle around my dash cubby or have to mount it, which is the whole point of CarPlay.
  7. bchery21 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 3, 2009
    Boston, MA
    Same. I rather keep my phone in my pant pocket or inner suit pocket while driving. Is it a big deal to have it out? No, but this would be a preferred option.
  8. vertical smile macrumors 68030

    vertical smile

    Sep 23, 2014
    Just like everyone else says, it is for the convenience of not needing you phone to be plugged.

    Plugging the iPhone in isn't that big of deal, and limits how often I have to charge it outside of the car. But, I occasionally leave my phone in the car plugged in, if it was wireless, then this would hardly ever happen.

    I am not sure if I would pay more money for this convenience though.

    Plus, I am concerned about how Wireless CarPlay will work when bugs happen. CP isn't as buggy as it once was (been using it since 2015), but there are still bugs, and most bugs can be corrected by quickly unplugging and re-plugging the phone. How does this work with Wireless.

    I am also curious how Wireless CP works with multiple phones.... Can you easily switch them, for example, from my wife's iPhone to my iPhone?
  9. XTOTHEL macrumors newbie

    Aug 6, 2013
    I want wireless carplay because a lot of cars have built-in wireless charging as an option nowadays. What's the point of wireless charging if I have to plug it in anyways?
  10. Rychiar macrumors 6502


    May 16, 2006
    Waterbury, CT
    why does sound quality drop? it's wifi not bluetooth. All these cars with wireless charging are worthless when ya Gotta plugin for CarPlay... Of course wired CarPlay is buggy garbage in my 2017 Honda civic...
  11. H3LL5P4WN macrumors 68000


    Jun 19, 2010
    Pittsburgh PA
    I'm glad these are coming to market, but I personally still will be buying a wired receiver and already have my wire routing planned.
  12. NutFlush920 macrumors regular

    Aug 31, 2011
    Wireless is great. I upgraded to wireless last year with Pioneer. I’d never go back to wired.
  13. markfc macrumors 6502a


    Sep 18, 2006
    Prestatyn, Wales, UK
    I don’t see the point in wireless either, if I go on a longish car journey with maps and music on I end up at my destination with a flat battery unable to take photos...
  14. tobefirst macrumors 68040


    Jan 24, 2005
    St. Louis, MO
    Do you only go on longish car journeys? Ever go on shorter ones where you want to listen to your music or have maps pulled up for traffic?
  15. vertical smile macrumors 68030

    vertical smile

    Sep 23, 2014
    So when you take a longish car journey, you can charge it while you are driving..... Just because you have wireless CP, doesn't mean you cannot still charge your phone while driving if you need to.

    I get it, I don't have wireless CarPlay, and I rarely need to charge my phone outside of my car. If I had Wireless CP, I am sure I would then need to charge it regularly other places than my car.

    But, the convenience of not having to plug my phone in my car for short trips, like my daily commute would be worth having to charge my phone elsewhere, such as at my desk at work.

    At least for me, it would be more ideal to charge my phone at my desk at work than during my commutes.
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    CarPlay is just plain buggy in my experience, it doesn't matter what car it is in.

    I have used CP on two different after market head units, and one car that came with it, and it has the same bugs on all cars.

    The bugs really suck on CP, but it used to be a lot worse at launch. It has gotten better over the past 4 years, but still far from flawless.
  16. friedmud macrumors 65816

    Jul 11, 2008
    How do you know?

    I assume it's using wifi-direct... and therefore has plenty of bandwidth. It's probably not using Bluetooth...
  17. Raineer macrumors member

    Apr 26, 2008
    I don't know if I care about wired or wireless, but the BEST feature of CarPlay is the interaction with Siri.

    I do use a wired connection, but Siri (via my steering wheel button) is absolutely instant and doesn't have that BS Bluetooth delay.

    I am curious if this is worse with "wireless carplay"
  18. Beerstalker macrumors 6502

    Jun 14, 2011
    Peoria, IL
    Anyone find any more specs on these, I'm not able to. I'm wondering if any of them have finally included a Blu-Ray drive instead of just DVD. I've thought about upgrading my old Kenwood DDX6019, and wireless carplay would be great, but I really would like a Blu-Ray drive to play movies on the headrest monitors instead of just DVD like my current unit.
  19. btrach144 macrumors 65816


    Aug 28, 2015
    Do you have wireless Carplay in your car?

    Serious question as I have toyed with the idea of installing a 3rd party unit and not sure if wireless is a feature that's worth paying for.
  20. DavisEngeler macrumors member


    Jan 24, 2010
    I wonder if there will be any way to eventually “retrofit” wired systems with wireless. My Audi from last year is wired and you can’t really stick an aftermarket radio in there.
  21. tobefirst macrumors 68040


    Jan 24, 2005
    St. Louis, MO
    Having had wired CarPlay for a year and a half, I would absolutely say that wireless is worth paying for. Unfortunately for me (and it is definitely the trend going forward), you can't replace the infotainment system in my car as it also controls so many of the car's functions.

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