Alongside its parent company, Kenwood, and their suite of seven new wireless CarPlay receivers, JVC has lifted its covers off two new wireless Apple CarPlay compatible receivers at this year’s CES 2019.
The pair of premium receivers provide the ultimate convenience, thanks to wireless Apple CarPlay support in both models:
- KW-V950BW (MSRP $699.95)
- KW-M855BW (MSRP $599.95) *Mechless*
The two models replace last year’s flagships, the KW-V940BW and KW-M845BW and build upon their features with additional driver safety and convenience capability. Android-powered smartphones equipped with Miracast can now wirelessly duplicate the smartphone screen on the JVC receiver display. Accessible only while parked with the parking brake engaged, the new wireless mirroring feature lets occupants enjoy video content from the phone on the receiver’s 6.8-inch screen, and select phones also enable touch control of apps and features through the receiver.
Also new is an advanced display format that lets the user choose which information can be seen on the receiver screen. Swiping the display selects between clock, photos, content album art, vehicle performance data (optional iDatalink interface required) and more. Users can also select a static colored background or “live” wallpaper from 10 built-in color and design options or personalize further with a custom color or image.
The number of inputs to connect cameras has grown from two to three in 2019. Professional installers can configure the cameras to monitor blind spots or see front and rear views to aid in parking and maneuvering. In addition, the low-level signal voltage has been increased to five volts to provide more headroom for add-on amplifiers.
Both models maintain popular features from their previous versions, including dual-phone pairing, SiriusXM Satellite Radio compatibility (SiriusXM Connect SXV300 satellite radio tuner required; sold separately), High-Resolution audio playback, built-in digital signal processing and more.