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Happy 2017 from all at FC and wel­come to this month’s Kenwood show! It’s good news only to­day, lucky reader, as we’ve man­aged to scoop some ex­clu­sives for you.

The first of these dash­board game changers comes in the form of the mighty-fine Kenwood DDX4017DAB. Looks wise, we’re sure you’ll agree she’s an ab­so­lute peach, with a fu­tur­is­tic aes­thetic that will bring your car’s in­te­rior bang up to date in a flash.

The DDX4017DAB of­fers mu­sic play­back com­pat­i­bil­ity for your iPhone or An­droid de­vice. Once con­nected, your smart­phone can be con­trolled us­ing the su­per-clear 6.2-inch clear re­sis­tive touch­screen. We’re a big fan of Spo­tify at FC Tow­ers and this new Kenwood prod­uct has se­ri­ously cool in­te­gra­tion for one of our fave apps. A Spo­tify icon on the GUI al­lows you to quickly ac­cess your mu­sic li­brary, safely and legally, while on the move. Kenwood have nailed it with this fea­ture.

We’ve just got our hands on one of the lat­est mul­ti­me­dia prod­ucts from Kenwood and the Blue­tooth per­for­mance is on the next level. Call clar­ity is 10 out of 10 and mu­sic stream­ing is ab­so­lutely top drawer. You can con­nect up to five phones at the same time for mu­sic play­back two of which are also kept ac­tive for hands-free chit-chats. So if your mates want to DJ whilst you drive and keep your phone con­nected for calls on a road trip, this is no prob­lem. This is also great if you want to con­nect a work phone and a per­sonal phone to your Kenwood at the same time.

When it comes to charg­ing your mo­bile de­vice, there’s a mad-de­cent 1.5A USB rapid-charge con­nec­tion, so you can run your favourite apps with­out killing your bat­tery sta­tus to red, too.

Mean­while the dig­i­tal ra­dio tuner is sim­ple to use, and with ac­cess to hun­dreds of sta­tions there’s al­ways some­thing to keep you en­ter­tained on a long drive. Be­ing able to listen to talkSPORT or KISS FM at the touch of the screen is great. If you’re a proper mu­sic geek, then we’re cer­tain that the DSP 13 Band EQ and FLAC au­dio file play­back will thor­oughly wet your whis­tle.

• Ro­tary vol­ume knob • 6.2-inch clear re­sis­tive touch­screen • Easy con­trol of your Spo­tify app with ded­i­cated GUI

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