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  1. #1
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    Default New Kenwood 700 U

    I picked up the new Kenwood 700U deck to power my new system im still building.

    This unit has all the fancy goodies in it. I also picked up the remote unit for it. It can control 3 separate remotes at once. They have a piggy back connector you can buy so you can run a drivers remote, transom remote and a third where ever else you want.

    The deck as a standard DIN case on it. It has an over sized fascia. There is also a separate Brain unit. The actual Deck is jsut a case for the face to attach and you to store your IPod, IPhone, or thumb drives in.

    I will post some pictures of the Brain when i get it installed. I haven't decided where its going yet.

    Only bad part about this unit is the face is so large, and the LSV glove box is so shallow that the face wont open all the way. It open fare enough to use the connections inside just fine but some will be unhappy you cant open it all the way.

    Picture 1 Deck
    Picture 2 Showing the Deck open.
    Picture 3 is the remote.

    That was a lot of work to get it installed.
    Me and Newty, < cant say thanks enough for your skills on this project bro > cut the original mounting section for the Kenwood remote out. Shaped and cut it large enough to flush mount this new remote. It required us to heat the panel and bend it to fit the contours of the new remote. Lastly we heated and bent the upper corner of the remote case to form into the panel.

    I have a few other pictures of the panel work but they are in the phone not on my computer.

    It was a 12 pack of beer job LOL. 1 each to talk threw the plan. 2 each to start cutting and remolding the panel.

    3 more to go over all Newty's upgrades after the remote was done. LOL
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    Looks good on the boat! Glad to help.
    Thanks for the mod fuel!


    PWI as usual...

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    hope you enjoy it. def. a real nice deck for the $$. I really like the adjustability of it as compared with the factory kenwood decks.

    only downside is disconnecting the batteries and you lose all the settings
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    Thanks Sandm your info you sent me on the deck really helped me decide. Luckily it does fit a normal DIN sized hole but unfortunately the LSV glove box is really shallow.
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    2 XI 800.4
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    come on summer........

    soooo anxious to get the boat on the water and start playing around with some of this stuff.
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    That's a really nice head unit. I was really torn between choosing that Kenwood 700u or Alpine. I decided to go with the Alpine CDA-9886M because I didn't want to drill any holes. There's an optional RF remote that I bought so I'm going to test it out this season. I'm going to install mine this weekend.

    That Kenwood is super nice though!! Congrats
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    I was really looking into that same Alpine also my main selling point was the Alpine didn't work as well with my IPhone and i like the Thumb drive idea as well, now the guests can bring music they want to hear as well.
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    Mike, Nice install. Before the summer comes you will have to replace out the in boat speakers since that is the last audio thing you have not changed out.

    Ausbill32, I have the Alpine RF remote and it is ok. Nothing great or wonderful. They say you can take it 80 feet but it is more like 60 feet.
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    Thanks Jester.... 60 feet is pretty good. I only tend to float about 10 feet away from the boat so I'm thinking this RF controller might be all that I need.

    MMandley, I talked to two different sales people about the Kenwood and Alpine. Both told me if you have iPhone 3GS you'll need the Schoshe adapter in order for your iPhone to charge while it's connected but you can't always trust those guys. Does your iPhone charge when you plug it in to your Kenwood? I bought one of these adapters just incase but I guess I'll find out this weekend. BTW, I didn't even think about the thumb drive idea as you mentioned..... oh well, too late now.

    http://www.sonicelectronix.com/item_...iPhone+3G.html
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    Ausbill32, You should be fine at 10 feet. I would put a floater on it for when you do drop it into the lake.
    2008 Outback V
    “Do not wait; the time will never be “just right.” Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along." -Napoleon Hill

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