Looking for the ideal mobile video system? Well, you're in for a treat. The Kenwood Excleon KVT-817DVD in-dash DVD player delivers superb video entertainment in your vehicle, with a 7" video screen, touchscreen controls, lots of expansion options, and incredible sound.

The KVT-817DVD plays your movies in fine style, with on-board 5.1-channel decoding of Dolby Digital® and DTS® soundtracks. Hook up your car speakers, add an amplified center channel and subwoofer, and you've got the perfect theater on wheels. If you don't have a center channel or a sub, engage Circle Surround Automotive, which simulates surround sound by making your ears believe that there's a "phantom" center channel right in front of you.

You can watch your DVDs on the built-in screen whenever you're parked. You won't have to fiddle with a remote or a clumsy cursor to select options from the DVD's menu — just tap the screen directly to access special features, select scenes, setup subtitles, and more. Connect a backseat video screen and wireless headphones, and your passengers in the back can keep watching while you drive. Meanwhile, dual-zone mode lets you enjoy another source, such as the radio, up front.

You'll also be able to play the MP3 and WMA files you've burned on disc. A strong internal amplifier, sophisticated tone controls, and powerful sound processing create a convincing, three-dimensional musical image. For even more power, add external amplifiers to the 5-volt front, rear, and subwoofer preamp outputs.

Two audio/video inputs let you add other components, like a VCR or game system. Connect a compatible satellite radio, and you'll have access to the seemingly endless entertainment options of either XM or SIRIUS (subscription also required). Incorporate an optional HD Radio tuner, and you'll enjoy enhanced FM and AM broadcasts (where available). And don't forget to bring your iPod™ along — with Kenwood's optional iPod interface, you can control it with KVT-817DVD's touchscreen.

Product Highlights:

  • DVD/CD player with built-in amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
  • motorized, retractable 7" LCD video screen with touchscreen controls and five selectable backgrounds
  • direct touchscreen selection of DVD menu items
  • detachable control panel with secondary display for use when screen is retracted
  • plays DVDs, DVD-R/RWs, DVD+R/RWs, CDs, CD-R/RWs, Video CDs, JPEG images, and MP3/WMA discs
  • on-board Dolby ProLogic II, Dolby Digital, and DTS 5.1 surround-sound decoding
  • Circle Surround Automotive simulates surround sound
  • SRS WOW offers three settings for wide soundfield, enhanced bass, and soundstage focus
  • 4-band parametric EQ
  • digital time alignment and crossover system
  • Installer Memory saves audio settings when battery is disconnected
  • XM and SIRIUS Satellite Radio-ready (you can add satellite radio for under $100, plus subscription)
  • HD Radio-ready (Kenwood HD Radio tuner required)
  • compatible with Kenwood's iPod control interface
  • CD changer controls
  • two audio/video inputs
  • rear-view camera input
  • input for Kenwood navigation system
  • TV tuner controls
  • audio/video output
  • dual-zone capability
  • gold-plated, 5-volt front, rear, center channel, and subwoofer preamp outputs
  • CR-2 AM/FM tuner
  • 18 FM/6 AM presets
  • wireless remote
  • DVD signal-to-noise ratio 95 dB
  • FM sensitivity 9.3 dBf
  • designed for use with "Region 1" coded DVDs

DVD receivers: They're not just for movies

DVD receivers add a new level of entertainment to your vehicle. You can watch a movie on the screen when you're parked on a Saturday night, or play a DVD through your rear seat video setup on the road. Touchscreen receivers allow you to breeze through menus with the tip of your finger. Most DVD receivers feature a USB input for audio from your iPod, and the ability to add an adapter that allows video to display on the screen. Some receivers even offer connections for a center speaker and a subwoofer, so you can build a full-fledged theater in your car, just like at home.

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What's in the box?

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  • AM/FM/DVD/Changer controller receiver
  • Detachable protection panel
  • Sleeve
  • Trim ring
  • Plastic detachable protection panel case
  •  Hideaway unit
  • Wireless remote control (RC-DV601)
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • Remote control holder (attached to remote)
  • Piece of double-stick tape (for mounting the remote control holder)
  • Monitor screen cleaning cloth
  • 19.75' Monitor Interface cable (has 21-pin connectors on each end)
  • 20' Optical digital cable (with proprietary 4-pin plugs and plug caps on each end)
  • 19.75' Antenna cord (has a male Motorola plug on one end and a female Motorola plug on the other end)
  • 19.5' Hideaway unit wiring harness (has in-line 10A fuse)
  • Parking brake/reverse sensor wiring harness (with in-line 5A fuse)
  • RCA Y-adapter (with one male RCA plug on one end and 2 female RCA jacks on the other end)
  • 2 Hideaway unit installation brackets
  • 2 Head unit mounting brackets
  • 2 Removal tools
  • 4 Self-tapping screws
  • 4 Machine screws (each screw has 1 flat washer and 1 lock washer)
  • 4 Panhead ISO-mount screws
  • 4 Countersunk ISO-mount screws
  • Two 4" plastic wire ties
  • Installation Manual
  • Instruction Manual (English)
  • Instruction Manual (Spanish)
  • Instruction Manual (French)
  • Warranty Card
  • Caution sheet
  • Kenwood Car Audio Passport

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Features
DVD/Video CD Controls
Changer Controls
Inputs and Outputs
Dimensions

Features

5.1-Channel Decoding: You can enjoy 5.1-channel surround sound with the built-in DSP with Dolby Digital, Dolby ProLogic II, and DTS processing. In addition to the front and rear speaker outputs, the hideaway unit features preamp outputs for front left and right, rear left and right, center, and subwoofer.

Security Code: You may program the unit with a 4 digit security code. Once the unit has been programmed with a security code, the code must be entered to use the unit after it has been disconnected from power.

Detachable Protection Panel: To prevent theft, the protection panel can be detached.

Motorized Video Display: This unit is equipped with a motorized 7" widescreen LCD that serves as a video monitor and system information display.

Secondary Display: The bottom half of the detachable protection panel has a small LCD display with eight 5x7 dot matrix characters. The color can be set to blue or to match the switchable red or green button illumination.

Touch Screen Controls: This unit has touch screen controls with interactive video graphics, making menu navigation easy. The screen is non-glare and smudge-resistant.

Display Angle and Position Adjustment: You can adjust the display's angle and position for better visibility. The display slides forward and backward, allowing you to choose one of 4 slide positions. You can also choose one of 8 tilt angles.

Auto Open/Close: When this feature is active, the display automatically opens when the unit is turned on and closes when the unit is turned off.

Display Adjustment: You can adjust the display's brightness, color, tint, contrast, and black level. Additionally, you can change the background and menu graphics.

Selectable Screen Viewing Modes: You can choose from the following screen modes:

  • Normal: displays 16:9 widescreen format pictures that fill the entire screen width, and 4:3 (conventional TV) pictures display with black bars on either side
  • Full: expands 4:3 pictures horizontally to fill the entire width of the screen, distorting the picture slightly but retaining full image height
  • Just: expands 4:3 pictures horizontally only at the edges
  • Cinema: expands 4:3 pictures both horizontally and vertically, filling the screen without distorting the picture
  • Zoom: expands 4:3 pictures both horizontally and vertically, filling the screen without distorting the picture but cutting off the top and bottom edges
Satellite Radio Ready: There are several options for connecting an optional XM or SIRIUS Satellite Radio receiver to this receiver:
  • SIRIUS: To receive SIRIUS Satellite Radio, you can connect the optional SC-C1 SiriusConnect vehicle tuner (item number 607SCC1) and the Kenwood/SIRIUS adapter (item number 113KCASR50).
  • Dock: Select dock-and-play and portable SIRIUS radios can be controlled using the Kenwood/SIRIUS adapter (item number 113KCASR50) and the SC-VDOC1 dock (item number 607SCVDOC1).
  • Auxiliary Input: A portable satellite radio receiver, such as the Delphi SkyFi3 or SIRIUS Sportster, can be connected to the head unit via the auxiliary input (adapter may be required).
  • Note: A subscription is also required to receive satellite radio programming from SIRIUS or XM.

    Navigation Compatibility:  The KVT-817DVD is compatible with the following Kenwood navigation systems: KNA-DV4100 (item # 113KNADV41), KNA-DV3100, and KNA-DV2100. The navigation system can be connected via the 13-pin I/F jack on the back of the hideaway unit (I/F cable supplied with the navigation system). Third party navigation systems with composite video and stereo RCA outputs can also be connected via the AV-IN1 input. You can select which speakers are used for navigation voice guidance: front left, front right, or both front speakers. You can also set the volume for the voice guidance audio.

    Dual Zone Control: The head unit can send its internal sound sources (tuner, CD/DVD) to the front speakers and front preamp outputs while simultaneously sending an external sound source (a source connected to an optional adapter or the hideaway unit, or a connected changer) to the rear speakers and rear preamp outputs, with independent volume control for each zone.

    Surround Control: The built-in DSP features Surround Control with 6 selectable sound fields: Bypass + Center, SRS CSII Music, SRS CSII MONO, Dolby PL II Music, Dolby PL II Movie, and Dolby PL II Matrix. You can select "Bypass" if you do not want the Sound Field effects.

    SRS WOW: SRS WOW enables you to adjust the effect of the soundstage, making it wider or narrower, or raising it or lowering it. You can select Low, Middle, High, User, or Off. Once a soundfield is selected, you can independently adjust the rear or front effects as follows: TruBass Off or 1 through 4, Focus Off or 1 through 9, and SRS 3D Off or 1 through 4. Note: Some components of SRS WOW are not available for all sources or surround functions.

    System Q EX Sound Control: 6 EQ curves are preset into memory, allowing you to recall the best preset EQ curve for different types of music. The preset curves are named "Natural", "Rock", "Pops", "Easy", "Top 40", and "Jazz." Each preset has its own adjustment for each of the four EQ bands. In addition, you may store your own settings under the "User" EQ curve. The available settings for each band are:

    • Band 1:
      • Frequency: 60, 80, 100, 120, 160, and 200 Hz
      • Gain: -9, -7, -5, -3, -2, -1, 0, +1, +2, +3, +5, +7 and +9dB
      • Q Factor: 0.25, 0.5, 1.0, 2.0
    • Band 2:
      • Frequency: 250, 315, 400, 500, 630, 800, and 1k Hz
      • Gain: -9, -7, -5, -3, -2, -1, 0, +1, +2, +3, +5, +7 and +9dB
      • Q Factor: 0.25, 0.5, 1.0, 2.0
    • Band 3:
      • Frequency: 1.25, 1.6, 2, 2.5, 3.15, 4 kHz
      • Gain: -9, -7, -5, -3, -2, -1, 0, +1, +2, +3, +5, +7 and +9dB
      • Q Factor: 0.25, 0.5, 1.0, 2.0
    • Band 4:
      • Frequency: 5, 6.3, 8, 10, 12.5, 16 kHz
      • Gain: -9, -7, -5, -3, -2, -1, 0, +1, +2, +3, +5, +7 and +9dB
      • Q Factor: 0.25, 0.5, 1.0, 2.0

    Car Type Setting: You can tailor the sound control settings to the type of vehicle you have. The car types you can choose from include: Compact, Full Size Car, Wagon1, Wagon2, Minivan1, Minivan2, SUV, Minivan (Long), or Off.

    Speaker Type Setting: This feature tailors the System Q EX Sound Control settings according to the type of speakers in your vehicle. You may select OEM, 4", 5", 6-1/2", 6-3/4", 7", 4x6, 5x7, 6x8, 6x9, or 7x10 for the front, plus whether there is a separate tweeter in use. For the rear, you can select None, OEM, 4", 5", 6-1/2", 6-3/4", 7", 4x6, 5x7, 6x8, 6x9, or 7x10. You can indicate if there is a 6-1/2", 8", 10", 12" or 15" or over subwoofer in use in the system. If you are using a center channel, you can indicate its size as 2-3/4 x 1-9/16, 2", 4", 5", or 6-1/2" or over.

    System E's+ Advanced Crossover System: The System E's+ Advanced Crossover system allows you to tailor your system with selectable crossover points for all channels. For the center, front, and rear channels, there is a high-pass filter with independently selectable crossover points of 30Hz, 40Hz, 50Hz, 60Hz, 70Hz, 80Hz, 90Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, 150Hz, 180Hz, 220Hz, 250Hz or Thru (no filter). You can independently set the level for the front left, front right, center, rear left, and rear right speakers between -10dB and +10dB. The non-fading preamp output, for use with subwoofer amplifiers, has a low-pass filter with a selectable cutoff frequency of 30Hz, 40Hz, 50Hz, 60Hz, 70Hz, 80Hz, 90Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, 150Hz, 180Hz, 220Hz, 250Hz or Thru (no filter). You can also set the phase of the subwoofer output to normal or reverse, the slope at 12dB/oct., 18dB/oct., or 24dB/oct., and adjust the level of the output from -50 to +10 in 1dB steps.

    DTA (Digital Time Alignment): For precise sound staging, the Digital Time Alignment feature lets you set the sound output timing of each speaker. You can set the distance for each speaker group (front, rear, subwoofer, center) from each listening position between 0 and 20.3 feet in 0.17-foot increments. You can select from the following listening positions: Front left, Front right, Front all, and All, and store up to 3 custom listening position settings into memory.

    Volume Offset Control: The level of each source may be independently adjusted to prevent radical leaps in output volume when switching from one source to another. The available settings range from -15 to 0.

    HD Radio Ready: With an optional Kenwood HD Radio tuner (item # 113HR100TR), you will be able to receive digital AM/FM broadcasts from local stations where available. This new technology will significantly improve audio quality and reception, as well as include information such as artist name and song titles or traffic news, viewable on the receiver's display.

    CR-2 Advanced Tuner: This unit uses Kenwood's CR-2 Advanced tuner, which provides high signal strength for clear radio reception. The tuner incorporates an Automatic Noise Reduction Circuit (ANRC), along with the Clean Reception System Circuit (CRSC), for improved rejection of distortion due to multi-path. You can choose one of three tuning modes: Auto 1 (seek tuning), Auto 2 (cycles through and tunes the selected band's preset stations only with each button press), or Manual.

    Clean Reception System Circuit (CRSC): This circuit controls multi-path distortion by reducing stereo separation. As stereo separation is reduced, multi-path has less effect on the radio signal, improving reception in areas with tall buildings and mountains. The CRSC feature can be turned on or off.

    Direct Access Tuning: When using the remote, you can directly access any radio station by entering the frequency on the numeric keypad.

    Station Name Preset (SNPS): This feature allows you to assign names to radio stations. Up to 30 AM/FM stations can be given a name. Each name can be up to 16 characters in length.

    RDS (Radio Data System): This unit supports the following RDS functions:

    • PTY (Program Type): allows you to select RDS stations based on their program type. You can scan stations based on their program type.
    • Radio Text: This unit displays text info that might be transmitted by RDS stations. If the station is not transmitting text, the unit will display "No Text." You can set radio text to scroll automatically, or it can be set to manual, which allows you to scroll one line at a time.
    • Traffic Information Function: If a traffic information station begins to broadcast a traffic bulletin while a disc is playing, the unit will automatically play the bulletin and return to the disc when the bulletin ends. This function may be turned on or off.

    MP3/WMA Playback: This unit can play MP3 and WMA files recorded on CD-ROM, CD-R, and CD-RW discs in ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, and Romeo formats. Each disc should have a maximum of 8 directory levels, 254 folders, and 255 files per folder. During MP3/WMA playback, the unit displays any recorded ID3 Tag information.

    JPEG Disc Playback: This unit will play JPEG files recorded onto CD-ROM, CD-R, and CD-RW discs in ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, and Romeo formats. This unit can recognize baseline JPEGs with a maximum resolution of 5120 x 3840 and progressive JPEGs with a maximum resolution of 2048 x 1536. Each disc should have a maximum of 8 directory levels, 254 folders, and 255 files per folder.

    Disc Name Preset (DNPS): You may assign names to discs played in the internal CD player. Each disc name can be up to 16 characters long, and the receiver has a memory capacity for up to 100 discs. (See below for further DNPS features with CD changers.)

    Amplifier Management System (A.M.S.): This unit is equipped with an LX bus (CD changer connection) and wire interface (pink/black wire in the wiring harness) which controls certain special features of A.M.S.-equipped Kenwood eXcelon amplifiers. This unit can remotely activate and adjust various settings for up to 7 amplifiers daisy-chained together. Adjustable settings include: Bass Center Frequency, Bass Gain, Bass Q Factor, Bass Extension, Treble Center Frequency, Treble Gain, and Volume Offset. You can also display the following amplifier values: Status (source voltage, current consumption, internal temperature, and rotation speed of cooling fan), Amp ID Number, and Error Status.

    Bass Management System (B.M.S.): This unit is equipped with an interface (pink/black wire in the wiring harness) which controls certain special features of B.M.S.-equipped Kenwood eXcelon amplifiers. This unit, when properly connected, can remotely activate and adjust the amount of bass boost in the amplifier. You can choose between +6dB, +12dB, or +18dB bass boost, or flat (no boost). In addition, you can lower the bass boost center frequency by 20%, switching between "Normal" and "Low".

    Display Dimming: This unit is equipped with an orange/white illumination lead. When the lead is connected to the headlamp circuit of your vehicle, and you turn your lights on, the display will dim to a preset level. The display brightness is not affected by the vehicle's dimmer control. When the Auto Dimmer function is turned on, the display automatically dims as it gets darker in the vehicle.

    Weather Band Tuner Compatible: This unit is compatible with the Kenwood KTC-WB100 weather band tuner (sold separately). The optional tuner box allows you to tune in weather band radio stations. There are about 480 weather band radio stations in the United States, and this option allows you to tap into the information needed to prepare for outdoor activities such as sporting events, camping trips and days at the park.

    Remote Control: The KVT-817DVD is equipped with the RC-DV101 full-function remote control. It has a panel that opens to reveal additional buttons including a numeric keypad. A slide switch allows you to switch between the control modes for the built-in DVD/CD player and a tuner/disc changer/disc player source.

    DVD/Video CD Controls

    DVD Functions: This unit allows you to perform the following DVD/Video CD functions: chapter search, track search, 3-speed slow motion play (forward and reverse), 3-speed scan play (forward and reverse), pause, and frame advance.

    Direct Search: When playing a DVD, you can directly access a chapter or scene using the numeric keypad on the remote. When playing a Video CD, you can directly access a track or scene.

    Multi-angle Display: This function allows you to choose the viewing angle of scenes that were shot from a number of different angles. Note: This function is limited to DVDs recorded with multiple camera angles.

    Repeat Play: During DVD playback, you can repeat the current title or current chapter. During Video CD playback, you can repeat the current track.

    Zoom: When playing DVDs or Video CDs, you can enlarge the picture using the zoom feature. You can magnify the picture 2x, 3x, or 4x the normal size.

    Changer Controls

    Compatibility: This unit is directly compatible with Kenwood changers manufactured in 1998 or later. If the changer has an O-N switch, the switch will need to be set to the "N" position.

    Optional Auxiliary Input: Using an optional auxiliary input adapter, such as the CA-C1AUX, you can connect a portable audio source to this unit instead of a CD changer. With the KCA-S210A switch, you can connect the portable audio source in addition to 1 or 2 CD changers. This unit is also compatible with the KCA-iP500 iPod Control Interface.

    Disc Name Preset (DNPS): When used with a compatible CD changer, this feature allows you to assign names to discs in the changer. Each name can be up to 16 characters in length. The number of names you can store depends on the CD changer that is connected to the head unit.

    CD Text/MD Display: When connected to a CD Text capable CD changer or an MD changer, this unit can display disc and track titles for discs encoded with disc and track title information. The text information can be scrolled manually or automatically.

    Inputs and Outputs

    Back Panel of Head Unit:

    • To Hideaway Unit: A 21-pin jack on a 9" cable hardwired to the head unit. This jack connects the head unit to the hideaway unit using the supplied connection cable.
    • Power/Sensor Line: 8-pin Molex jack for connecting supplied harness (+12V constant, +12V accessory, ground, parking brake sensor, reverse gear sensor, illumination wire, steering wheel remote input
    • Optical Output: Proprietary 4-pin round connector for use with the supplied optical cable.

    Front Panel of Hideaway Unit:

    • FM/AM Antenna: female Motorola jack on a 5-1/2" pigtail
    • AV Input 1: left and right RCA audio jacks and an RCA composite video jack
    • AV Input 2: left and right RCA audio jacks and an RCA composite video jack
    • AV Output: left and right RCA audio jacks and an RCA composite video jack
    • Rear Camera Input: composite video input for use with optional rear view camera
    • Center Channel Preout: mono RCA audio jack
    • Sub Preout: mono RCA audio jacks (a Y-adapter is supplied to split sub output if needed)
    • Rear Preout: left and right RCA audio jacks
    • Front Preout: left and right RCA audio jacks
    • Power: 16-pin jack for use with supplied hideaway wiring harness

    Back Panel of Hideaway Unit:

    • To 5L I/F: 13-pin jack that allows you to connect an optional Kenwood changer, Aux input adapter, or iPod control interface
    • To Monitor I/F: 21-pin jack that connects to the head unit using the supplied connection cable
    • Optical In: 4-pin round connector that connects to the head unit via the supplied optical cable
    • To Navigation I/F: 13-pin jack that allows you to connect an optional Kenwood navigation unit

    Dimensions

    Dimensions: 

    • Hideaway Unit: W=8.991", H=1.572", D=6.871" (8.125" with cables)

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    Kenwood Excelon KVT-817DVD

    Written By russ, luverne minnesota on Friday, July 14, 2006

    just installed today.i am very happy with the system.i would recomend this sysstem to anyone./i plan on buying another one for my 1980 bronco when i get it finished.you can not beat the system.

    LIKE AMERICAN EXPRESS, DONT LEAVE HOME WITHOUT IT

    Written By ROBERT, ANNAPOLIS, MD on Saturday, April 29, 2006

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    This is an amazing product. I purchased a Pioneer P5700DVD in-dash DVD player and it cant compare to the Kenwood KVT817DVD. This unit has amazing graphic and you will love the touch screen. It took awhile to hook it up, trying to conceal the wires, but it was worth it. I also added the navigation system to it and Im like a kid at Christmas. It was money well and worth spending. And I really want to say, I tried purchasing this unit from another vender and it was such a hassle that I cancelled it. Ordered it from Crutchfield one afternoon and had it the next afternoon. Again if you have patience and a little time this unit is worth the installment.

    Kenwood Excelon KVT-817DVD

    Written By Chavez, Togo, Mn on Friday, March 31, 2006

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    WOW!! This indash is excellent!! I love the fact it has an "external brain" after install it makes adding things or managing stuff super easy! AND my amp is mounted right next to it so there is minimal road noise AND not to mention the 5 volt preamps! the sreen is easy to use and very colorful! Amazing product! quite spendy yet well worth it! so I highly reccomend this in-dash!!

    Excellent Product

    Written By Shaun, Texas on Thursday, March 23, 2006

    This is one of the best screens out there. I have previously used the Jensen 7" touch screen and the Pioneer AVH-5700DVD 6.5" touchscreen monitors and I was not very pleased. If youre new to in dash monitors, the key is that you get what you pay for. I purchased the Jensen (around $750) and I got a basic screen with dull visuals and an all around "cheap" feel. I swapped it for the Pioneer and I got a better performing unit, but with no visuals or extra options, just a blue screen to stare at. You can expand the unit with navigation, iPod, etc. but the money you spend to "expand" it puts you near the $2000 mark. I mean, most regular receivers come with a little style besides this. These are minor flaws, but for $900+ purchases, I would expect more.

    Now, the Kenwood. Out the box, it is excellent. You can tell immediatly where the extra money gets you. Installation is a little difficult since you do have an external brain for the unit. The 7" touch screen is very responsive and colorful. The menus are very stylish. Not only that, they are easy to navigate through without flipping through the instructions. The sound quality is excellent. The unit is expandable with XM, sirius,iPod, and so on, but by itself, it is worth the purchase. There are a lot more customization and personalization options to explore than the basic units out there.

    If you want a basic in-dash with little capabilities, go for the cheaper models and brands. If you want a great in-dash monitor that has some style to it,performs great, and gives you the feel that you actually made a jump in technology, this is the one for you. I hate to say this, but you DO get what you pay for.

    Great Product!!!!

    Written By Brandon, Detroit, MI on Wednesday, December 21, 2005

    Kenwood really gives you what you pay for, the 7" monitor is fantastic and has a great picture. The touchscreen feature is awesome, along with easy to use controls, I can't wait to add NAV!!! You can't beat Kenwood's Excelon Products, I've always been a huge fan of Excelon! Install was long but easy. You get so many features for a reasonable price...TWO thumbs up!!

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    Install Bay 3320

    Install Bay 3320

    Auto-ranging digital multimeter

    Item #: 1203320

    $39.99
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