Kenwood DDX271

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A DVD receiver for your digital world

Today's in-dash receivers do more than just play the radio and CDs. Case in point — Kenwood's DDX271 receiver offers compatibility with many of your iPhone® apps, extensive built-in iPod®/iPhone controls, a bright 6.1" touchscreen, variable color illumination, and an easy-to-use menu interface. Another big plus — if you've got Garmin's impressive Street Pilot app loaded, you can display maps and directions on the DDX271's screen while you drive with your iPhone4/4S connected.

Kenwood DDX271

The DDX271's interactive touchscreen makes control easy.

iPhone app control

In our increasingly cloud-based world, many of us don't limit our entertainment to downloaded media. Thanks to smartphones like the iPhone, we're connected to a wide range of streaming audio, video, and other services. The DDX271 gives you fingertip control over your Pandora® Internet radio stations when your iPhone's connected, and  Kenwood's iPhone App Mode lets you stream video content from sources like Netflix and YouTube when your car's parked.

Play your favorite music

When your iPod's connected, you can view album art and browse through your playlists with a few swipes of your finger. Of course, the DDX271 plays all your CDs, DVDs, and recordable discs, plus you can plug a thumb drive loaded with hours of music into the receiver's USB input. This Kenwood also gives you a rear audio/video input for an outboard A/V source. And if you think that terrestrial radio is "old school," add a SiriusXM tuner to this Kenwood and find out how entertaining satellite radio can be.

Mobile video

You can watch your favorite DVDs or iPod video on the built-in screen whenever you're parked. But if you're traveling, you can entertain your back seat passengers while you drive — just set them up with an external screen and wireless headphones and they can watch video content while you drive.

Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?

In most vehicles, you can use an adapter (not included) to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this Kenwood stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and this Kenwood, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls.

iPod/smartphone note: If you're going to use your iPod or smartphone with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for compatibility information.

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • DVD/CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in internal amp (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • 6.1" touchscreen with variable color button illumination
    • built-in iPod, iPhone, and iPad control (see Details tab for model compatibility)
    • playback and control through USB of music files on compatible Android devices
    • Pandora control with iPhone
    • iPhone App Mode with limited control of apps like Netflix and YouTube
    • display function for Garmin "Streetpilot" navigation app for iPhone 4/4S
    • fits double-DIN dash openings
    Audio/video features:
    • plays CDs, DVDs, and USB memory devices (see Details for full capabilities)
    • 3-band parametric equalizer with 8 preset EQ curves
    • high- and low-pass filters
    • subwoofer controls
    • speaker type setting
    Expandability:
    • compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
    • inputs: rear USB input, dual rear A/V inputs, rear-view camera input
    • outputs: rear A/V output, 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
    Other information:

    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.

    Hands-on research

    What's in the box?

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    • Double-DIN DVD receiver w/ built-in 6.1" monitor (10A fuse)
    • Sleeve (attached)
    • Trim ring
    • Wiring harness
    • 6.5' Parking brake wire (light green)
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • 6 Pan-head ISO-mount screws
    • 6 Flat-head ISO-mount screws
    • Instruction Manual (English)
    • Instruction Manual (Spanish)
    • Instruction Manual (French)
    • Warranty card

    Features and Specs

    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant No
    RMS Power Output 22 watts
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen Yes
    Preamp Voltage 4 volts
    Display Color
    Key Button Color Variable
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote Optional
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input 3.5mm AV (rear)
    Audio/video Input Rear
    USB Input Rear
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible No
    Satellite Radio Ready SiriusXM
    HD Radio No
    Navigation Optional
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano 7/6/5/4/3/2/1
    Touch 5/4/3/2/1
    Mini ---
    iPhone 6+/6/5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 9.3 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes

    Product Research

    Touchscreen Display
    Disc & USB Playback
    iPod/iPhone Integration
    AM/FM+Pandora+SiriusXM Radio
    Audio Section
    AV Connections
    OEM/Remote Control

    Touchscreen Display

    6.1" Touchscreen Display: The Kenwood DDX271 features a fixed 6.1" wide, 16:9 touchscreen display with a TFT active matrix system. The screen has a resolution of 800 (H) x 480 (V) x RGB with 1,152,000 total pixels. This unit has touchscreen controls with interactive video graphics, making menu navigation easy.

    • Aspect Ratio: You can change the aspect ratio for video playback. You can select from Full (16:9), Just (4:3 LB), Normal (4:3), or Auto (automatically selects to match incoming video signal) .
    • Picture Adjustment: You can adjust the unit's display brightness, contrast, color, tint, sharpness, and black level to suit your viewing needs during video playback.
    • Custom Background Images: You can download a still image (800 x 600) for use as the unit's background from a connected USB thumbdrive.
    • Customized Top Menu: You can select and arrange which sources and icons display on the unit's Top Menu screen for easier, quicker access. Select the "ALL SRC" icon to see all sources at one time.

    Note: For your convenience, this unit is equipped with a multiple language display. Select between 18 different languages including English, Spanish, French and others.

    Front-Panel Controls w/ Variable Color Illumination: In addition to the touchscreen controls, the unit includes frequently used buttons and a rotary-dial along the left edge of the screen. You can adjust the head unit's button illumination from the following preset colors - Blue, Purple, Sky Blue, Yellow, Green, Amber, Red, Pink, White or Scan (Scans through all preset colors). You can also select a custom "User" color that is adjusted between Red, Green, and Blue (values range: 0-31). The Eject and Kenwood logo remain red, regardless of variable color illumination setting.

    Dimmer: The dimmer function will dim this unit's display and button illumination automatically when the vehicle light switch is turned On when you connect orange/white Illumination wire of this player's harness. You can also manually dim the unit's display and button illumination. You can adjust the dimmer level from -15 to +5.

    Clock Display: The DVD receiver offers a 12-hour clock which is visible from any source or menu screen. With your vehicle's key in the accessory or start position, the head unit will continue to display the LCD background image, clock, and button illumination during "Standby" mode. Pressing and holding the source button turns the unit off completely.

    Parking Brake Detection: To prevent the display of video while the vehicle is in motion, the light green wire (attached to rear-chassis) must be connected to the vehicle's parking brake detection circuit. You cannot view video unless your vehicle's parking brake is fully engaged. If you attempt to view video without the parking brake engaged, the unit's LCD touchscreen will simply display a blue screen and "Parking Off". While your vehicle is in motion (parking brake off), you can still view all of the head unit's menu screens/settings, source information, metadata, and album artwork.

    2-DIN Chassis: The DDX271 has a 2-DIN chassis (also known as "Double-DIN"), and will fit in many vehicles with a large dash opening. The unit can be ISO-mounted using factory brackets, or Euro-mounted using the supplied mounting sleeve. As always, please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to verify fit with your vehicle.

    Disc & USB Playback

    Compatible Discs: The unit has a front-loading disc-slot to make loading your disc easier because there is no panel to slide or fold-down. The Kenwood DDX271 supports playback of DVD-Video, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, CD-Audio, CD-R/RW, and VCD discs. The unit supports MPEG-1/MPEG-2 video & JPEG files recorded on to CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW and DVD+R/RW discs. It also supports playback of MP3, WMA, AAC, and WAV music files loaded onto a CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, or DVD+R/RW disc.

    USB Port: The Kenwood DDX271 features a rear-panel Full-Speed 2.0 USB type-A port (attached to the unit's rear-chassis by a 38" cable) for connection and control of a portable USB mass-storage class (MSC) device; such as select Android smartphones (Froyo/Gingerbread OS only), portable digital audio players, or USB thumbdrives. The USB port enables playback of MP3, WMA, AAC, and WAV audio files; as well as JPEG still-picture files stored on a compatible USB memory device. The DDX271 also supports video playback of MPEG1/MPEG2 video files from a connected portable USB MSC device. USB portable audio devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the DVD receiver's USB port (5V/1A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

    File Compatibility: The Kenwood DDX271 supports the following types of audio, video, and photo files recorded onto a disc or loaded onto a USB mass storage class device.

    Media Type Disc (CD-R/RW or DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW) USB
    File System ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, Romeo, Long File Name FAT 16/32
    Playable File Types Audio MP3: bit rate of 8-320kbps w/ sampling rates of 8-48kHz
    WMA: bit rate of 5-320kbps w/ sampling rates of 8-48kHz
    AAC:
    bit rate of 16-320kbps w/ sampling rates of 32-48kHz
    WAV: bit rate of 16-bit w/ sampling rate of 44.1kHz
    Video MPEG-1: 352x240 to 720x480 or 352x280 to720x576 (4.0Mbps)
    MPEG-2: 352x240 to 720x480 or 352x280 to 720x576 (4.0Mbps)
    Photo JPEG: 32x32 to 8192x7680 pixels
    Maximum # of Folders/Files 250 folders/5,000 files (999 files per folder)
    Tags MP3 ID3-tags (ver. 1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4), WMA-tags, AAC-tags, and WAV-tags

    Dolby Digital/DTS: The DDX271 supports playback of Dolby Digital and DTS 2.0 DVD discs and will convert multi-channel Dolby Digital sources to 2-channel.

    Folder/Track List: The Folder/Track List allows you to search folders and audio/video/picture files stored on a disc.

    Playback Screen: During DVD playback, you can control certain operations simply by touching an area of the screen. The touchscreen has 4 functions areas. You can touch the left of the screen to start the current chapter over, or the right of the screen to skip to the next chapter. Pressing the top center of the screen activates the DVD disc menu control buttons, while pressing the bottom center activates the source control screen.

    Zoom: The DDX271 features a 3 level zoom when playing back video and still images.

    Parental Control: Parental Control allows you to restrict DVD playback according to a predetermined level. You can select a parental control rating from 0-8, which is protected by a 4-digit password.

    Auto Reload: The DVD player will automatically reinsert the disc if it's ejected, but not removed for 20 seconds or more.

    Firmware Updates (via USB): The unit's operating system is updateable via free downloadable software from Kenwood's support site. Firmware downloads assist in maintaining system performance when using external devices and emerging technologies. Firmware/software updates can be downloaded onto a USB thumbdrive from your computer and then inserted into the head unit's USB port and uploaded. The tested unit contained firmware version G11.03.00. Go to Kenwood's Support Site for the latest firmware/software updates.

    iPod/iPhone Integration

    iPod Audio/Video Playback: The Kenwood DDX271 supports direct connection of your 30-pin or Lightning-connector iPod/iPhone through its rear-panel USB port and 3.5mm input. The DDX271 offers audio/video playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of select Apple iPod/iPhone models. Video can only be displayed while the vehicle is in park.

    • 30-Pin Dock Connector: If you own an older iPod/iPhone with the 30-pin dock connector, you can enjoy audio and video files on your Apple device through the Kenwood DDX271. Using Kenwood's KCA-IP202 iPod video cable (113KCIP202, sold separately), you can enjoy audio playback of your stored music and music apps on your iPod/iPhone; plus video playback of your stored movies and video apps on your iPod/iPhone through the Kenwood DDX271. If you only desire audio playback, you can use Kenwood's KCA-IP102 iPod cable (113KCIP102, sold separately) or the dock connector-to-USB cable that comes with your Apple device to connect your iPod/iPhone to the DDX271.
    • Lightning Connector: If you have a newer iPod/iPhone with the Lightning-connector, you can use the Lightning-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect your iPod/iPhone to the Kenwood DDX271 for audio playback only. You'll be able to listen to stored music and music apps on your Lightning-connector Apple device through the Kenwood DVD receiver. Video playback is not supported.

    Note: The unit's rear-panel AV input must be set to "iPod" in order to playback audio/video from your connected iPod/iPhone, using the KCA-IP202 cable. The unit's rear-panel AV input must be set to "AV-IN2" in order to use the Kenwood KCA-IP102 iPod cable or the cable that came with your Apple device for audio playback only.

    iPod/iPhone Control: The Kenwood DDX271 lets you control your iPod/iPhone from the head unit's touchscreen, your iPod/iPhone's touchscreen/clickwheel, or a downloaded app.

    • Head Unit Control Mode: The Kenwood head unit allows you to navigate your iPod's music library by Playlist, Artists, Album, Song, Genre, Song, Podcast, or Audiobook. Your iPod's video library can be searched by Video Playlist, Movie, Music Video, TV Show, Video Podcast, Rented Movie, or iTunesU. You can then search each of these categories using the head unit's touchscreen slider function (categories will be listed in alphabetical order). The head unit also supports basic playback functions such as Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Rewind, Previous/Next Track and  Repeat/Random of your connected iPod/iPhone. Newer iPod/iPhones with iOS 6.0+ will still allow you to navigate stored music and movies from the Apple device's touchscreen; older iPod/iPhone devices will be locked during connection.
    • iPod/App Control Mode: The iPod/App control mode allows you to navigate stored music and movies from your older Apple device (iOS 5.1.1 and earlier). You'll still have access to basic playback controls (like Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Reverse, Previous/Next Track) from the head unit, but advanced navigation functions will be locked. The iPod/App mode also lets you listen to your favorite music apps, streamed to your 30-pin or Lightning-connector iPhone (iOS 3.0+) through the Kenwood head unit and your vehicle's speakers. You can even watch video on the Kenwood DVD receiver's touchscreen from select streaming movie apps (like Netflix) downloaded on your iPhone 4/4S (iOS 4.0+), via the Kenwood KCA-IP202 iPod video cable (sold separately). Not all apps will be compatible and control will be limited.
    Note: Access to your iPhone's downloaded applications will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet.

    Song/Artist Info & Album Art: In Head Unit Control mode, the DDX271 will display your iPod/iPhone's stored music information including Track number, Elapsed playing time, Song/Album title, Artist name, and Album art. There is no music information displayed when this unit is set to iPod/App Control mode. Instead, the head unit will display "iPhone App and iPod Control Mode" (song/artist information will need to viewed on your iPod/iPhone's LCD screen).

    Battery Charging: The head unit's USB connection provides 1A of current to power and charge your connected iPod/iPhone when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position. This unit does not charge the iPad. If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it.

    Garmin App: In addition, the optional KCA-IP202 iPod cable (113KCIP202, sold separately) allows you to view navigation maps and get audible/visual directions on the DDX271's touchscreen, when the Garmin StreetPilot Onboard USA app ($49.99), and the Vehicle Display Integration in-app option ($49.99) are both downloaded to your connected iPhone (4/4S) or iPad (1/2/3); running iOS 5.1 or later. The Garmin StreetPilot Onboard USA app contains NAVTEQ map data for the United States (lower 49 states); with over a million POIs, turn-by turn directions, lane assist with junction view, traffic updates, and speed limit alerts. Because the map data is downloaded onto your iPhone and does not live on the network, wireless coverage is not required to navigate. Once you have selected your destination on your connected iPhone, your map route will be visible on the DDX271's touchscreen (even with parking brake disengaged) and turn-by-turn directions can be heard through your car stereo speakers. You will continue to use your iPhone's touchscreen to control the Garmin StreetPilot USA app. The screen of your iPhone and the screen of the Kenwood DDX271 may not be identical.

    Note: A Garmin StreetPilot Onboard app with North American maps (US, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, USVI, and more) is also available for $59.99.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Kenwood DDX271 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 9/30/2014):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Specific Apps Display Type Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/App Pandora App Garmin App Song/Artist Text Track Info Album Art
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y
    4 7.1.2 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 8.0 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5/5C/5S* 8.0 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y
    6/6+ 8.0 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y Y
    4th 6.1 Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y Y
    5th* 8.0 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N N N Y Y Y Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y Y
    7th* 1.02 PC Y N Y Y N N Y Y Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y Y
    video 5th 1.3 Y Y Y N N N Y Y Y Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    2 8.0 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    3 8.0 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N
    4/air* 8.0 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y Y N
    mini* 8.0 Y N Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y
    Note:

    • *Requires the use of the Lighting-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect to the head unit. These Apple devices only support audio playback (no video output).
    • Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

    AM/FM+Pandora+SiriusXM Radio

    AM/FM Tuner: The Kenwood DDX271 features a built-in AM/FM tuner. The unit's tuner features RDS (Radio Data System). RDS is a service used by some radio stations to transmit data outside of normal radio broadcast signals. When an RDS station is received, you can immediately find out what kind of data is being transmitted by looking at the program service name which appears in the display after the frequency. RDS features an emergency transmission function which interrupts regular programming to broadcast an emergency announcement (such as a tornado or severe storm). There is also a switchable Traffic Information function, which will automatically tune a traffic bulletin when it is broadcast, even when you're not listening to the radio.

    • Seek Modes: 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.
    • Presets: Not only does the multimedia receiver's tuner allow you manually enter your desired presets you can choose to have the unit automatically put stations with good reception in the memory banks automatically; this is a handy feature when traveling.
    • Mono Mode: This feature reduces the noise (static) when a stereo broadcast is received as monaural (for FM band only).

    Pandora App: The Pandora App (free) lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the Kenwood DDX271 using your connected Apple iPhone, via the Kenwood KCA-IP202 iPod video cable, KCA-IP102 iPod cable, or the cable supplied with your iPhone. The Kenwood DDX271 provides control over the Pandora music service and displays Artist, Album, and Song information (including Album Art). To access Pandora you must have an Apple iPhone (iOS 5.0+) with the latest version of the Pandora application from Apple's iTunes App Store. Your iPhone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. You will also need a Pandora music service account.

    • Station/Genre List: You can select Pandora stations from your Station or Genre List by date or alphabetically (A-Z). You can also choose to randomly playback songs from all your registered stations.
    • Create New Station: New stations can be created based on the current songs or artists playing on Pandora.
    • Skip Songs: You can skip song tracks within a station. You cannot skip back to a previous song. Pandora limits the number of skips allowed.
    • Thumbs Up/Down: You can give songs a thumbs up or thumbs down to help Pandora personalize stations to suit your preferences.
    • Bookmarking: The song or artist currently being played can be bookmarked & stored in your Pandora account.
    Note: Access to the Pandora service will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada & only available in the United States.

    SiriusXM Ready: The Kenwood DDX271 comes ready for SiriusXM programming with access to XM and Sirius Satellite Radio stations. Thanks to its proprietary SiriusXM Connect port, you can add the optional SXV200V1 SiriusXM Connect tuner and receive more than 150 channels of exclusive programming directly from SiriusXM, via the "SiriusXM All Access" package (subscription required). Visit SiriusXM.com for a complete list of subscription options and channel guide. Additional features of the SXV200 SiriusXM Connect tuner include:

    • Channel list displays a list of all available channels
    • Category Search searches for channels in a certain category
    • Displayed Information such as Channel Name, Artist Name, & Song Title can be viewed on the head unit's LCD
    • Up to 24 SiriusXM Satellite Radio station presets
    • Supports the SiriusXM Instant Replay function, so you can pause, rewind, and replay up to 60 minutes of live content
    • Channels containing unsuitable content for children can be blocked
    Note: A separate SiriusXM Satellite Radio subscription is required (operates on the XM Network). However, you can easily add this SiriusXM tuner to an existing Sirius or XM account for a Multi-Radio Discount Plan.

    Audio Section

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The Kenwood DDX271 utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality with a Signal to Noise ratio up to 99dB.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood DDX271 is equipped with a MOSFET amplifier. Compared to conventional power supplies, the MOSFET amplification circuit is smaller and more efficient, and it delivers increased power with less distortion and absolutely zero on/off switching noise. More power means louder and cleaner music at higher volumes because you're not pushing the limits of the amplification circuit. The power output specs for the DDX271 are as follows:

    • Full Bandwidth Power: 22 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20-20kHz, 1% THD)
    • Maximum Output Power: 50 watts x 4 channels

    6ch/4V Preamp Outputs: The DDX271 features front, rear and subwoofer 4.0-volt preamp outputs. The front and rear speaker preamp outputs are balance and fade adjustable. The subwoofer preamp output is non-fading. The front, rear, and subwoofer preamp outputs are fixed to the rear chassis of the head unit.

    Front & Rear High-Pass Filter: The DDX271 features an independent High-Pass Crossover for the front & rear channels when your front & rear speakers are connected by the unit's speaker-outputs or preamp-outputs. You can adjust the high-pass crossover from 'Through' (off), 40, 60, 80, 100, 120, 150, 180, or 220 Hz. The "Through" selection is a full-range setting. This feature is very helpful when you have smaller-type speakers in the front and larger-type speakers installed in the rear of the vehicle.

    Subwoofer Controls: The Kenwood DDX271 offers the following subwoofer controls, when you have the unit's subwoofer preamp output activated.

    • Low Pass Filter: The receiver features a built-in Low Pass Filter control for the preamp-output, when the output is set to Subwoofer. You can select from 50, 60, 80, Hz, 100 Hz, 120 Hz, or 'Through' (off).
    • Subwoofer Phase: You can adjust the phase of the subwoofer output between 180-degrees (Reverse) or 0-degrees (Normal).
    • Subwoofer Level: Once the Subwoofer preamp output is activated, you can independently control the subwoofer preamp output level (-50 to +10) from the DVD receiver.

    Speaker Type Setting: This feature tailors the DDX271 according to the type of front speakers in your vehicle. You may select Standard (for speakers with a general diameter), Narrow (for speakers with a small diameter), Middle (for speakers with a medium diameter), or Wide (for speakers with a large diameter).

    Equalizer: Eight EQ curves are preset into memory, allowing you to recall the best preset EQ curve for different types of music. Each preset has its own level settings for bass (100Hz), midrange (1kHz), and treble (12.5kHz). You can choose from the following preset EQ curves - Rock, Pops, Easy, Top 40, Jazz, Natural, Flat, and User. The DDX271 features independent Bass, Treble, and Midrange control when the Preset EQ is in User mode. EQ Pro allows you to adjust the following settings for the Bass, Treble and Mid frequency levels.

    EQ Pro
    Center Frequency Q-Factor Bass Extension Level
    Bass 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 100, 120, or 150 Hz 1.00, 1.25, 1.50, or 2.00 On/Off -8 to +8
    Midrange 0.5k, 1.0k, 1.5k, or 2.0k Hz 1.00 or 2.00 N/A
    Treble 10.0k, 12.5k, 15.0k, or 17.5k Hz N/A N/A
    Note: You can store bass, middle and treble tone settings for each source (Disc, Tuner, AV, USB, iPod, and Pandora).

    Sound Enhancements: The head unit provides further sound enhancements for your car audio system.

    • Loudness: This function enhances low and high frequencies to make the sound clearer lower volumes.
    • Volume Offset: 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 +6.
    • Dynamic Range: The dynamic range can be adjusted by selecting either Normal, Wide or Dialog. Dialog makes the total sound volume become larger as compared with Wide and Normal, allowing you to listen to the movie's dialogue more clearly. This is effective only on Dolby Digital software.

    Source Beep: The in-dash receiver provides an audible beep to confirm source selection. This function can be turned On or Off.

    AV Connection

    Dual A/V Inputs: The Kenwood DDX271 DVD receiver is fitted with two rear-panel minijack (3.5mm) audio/video inputs to connect external AV sources, such as a game system, Blu-ray player, or TV tuner. The rear-panel AV input labeled "AV-IN2" also serves as the input for Kenwood's proprietary KCA-IP202 iPod video cable.

    Camera Input: The unit features a composite video input for connecting an optional rear view camera, such as the Kenwood CMOS-220 (113CMOS220, sold separately). The video from this connection can be set to display when switched to this input, or display the rear view camera video automatically when the vehicle is shifted into Reverse gear. The purple/white wire (attached to the rear chassis) must be connected to the vehicle's reverse lamp circuit for automatic video switching. Automatic video switching takes approximately 1.5 seconds. Audio from your music source will continue playing, while the back-up camera is displayed.

    A/V Output (Dual Zone): The unit features a composite video and 3.5mm audio jack to output A/V signals to an optional monitor and headphone system in the rear of your vehicle. You can select between a 16:9, 4:3 LB, or 4:3 PS Aspect Ratio for the unit's video output to match your connected monitor. The audio/video source which you can output to a separate monitor and headphone system depends on the current source that is being played back on the Kenwood DVD receiver.

    DVD Receiver Source A/V Output Source
    DVD DVD, AV-IN1, AV-IN2, or Off
    Tuner/SiriusXM (optional tuner required) DVD, USB, iPod, AV-IN1, AV-IN2, or Off
    USB USB, AV-IN1, AV-IN2, or Off
    iPod iPod, AV-IN1, or Off
    Pandora AV-IN1, or Off
    AV-IN1/AV-IN2 DVD, USB, iPod, AV-IN1, AV-IN2, or Off
    Note: The volume of the A/V output will be controlled by your rear entertainment system.

    OEM/Remote Control

    Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The head unit features an OEM steering wheel remote control input wire (blue/yellow) within the included wiring harness that lets you keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with an optional steering wheel audio control adapter (sold separately). Please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.

    Optional Remote Control: The optional Kenwood KNA-RCDV331 IR wireless remote control (113RCDV331, sold separately) unit is designed to operate this Kenwood multimedia head unit. The wireless remote controller operates off of two supplied "AAA" batteries. The remote operates off of IR transmission so the KNA-RCDV331 must be pointed at the front-panel of your compatible Kenwood head unit within direct line of sight.

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    Good stereo

    Written By Anonymous, Boise, idaho on Wednesday, February 25, 2015

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    If you have the money upgrade to Blue tooth but for the price it was a great buy

    Pros: Touch screen, good price

    Cons: Only hook up is for the iPhone4 and iPod classic

    jeremy

    Written By jeremy, walters,ok on Sunday, February 22, 2015

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    Not bad for the price wish it would have stated some more information about the apps it has

    Pros: Has a great sound easy to use touch screen

    Cons: Have to have an ipoh to use some features or have to buy a more expensive unit with bluetooth

    Kenwood DDX271

    Written By Randy, Guys Mills PA on Thursday, February 05, 2015

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    Love This Radio.!!!!

    Pros: awesome sound . Great Picture . Love This stereo

    Cons: None

    Good, but not what I expected

    Written By JohnM, WA on Sunday, January 25, 2015

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    I bought this head unit to replace the factory unit in my 03 Silverado, Install was easy with recommended adapters. I did not have to cut the dash as warned. Jury is still out on sound quality as I am waiting for my Alpine speakers to arrive. My disappointment (my own fault) is that this model does not have Bluetooth... no way to attach android phone for music! the USB/AUX input works for I-pod I phone only. Also AM reception was better with my factory head unit.

    Pros: Touch screen is easy to learn/use Looks good in dash but not so obvious of an upgrade that I worry about getting stolen.

    Cons: No Bluetooth, poor AM reception, no way to play music from android phone

    Great Stereo

    Written By Frank D, Rhode Island on Monday, December 29, 2014

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    Great head unit, great features major upgrade in my truck and was lucky enough to get it on clearance! Money well spent. Would highly recommend purchase

    Pros: Easy install, great display and play back. Love the on screen Ipod control.

    Cons: Only would like to see more display options and maybe a screensaver.

    Love it!

    Written By Rwolf, Missouri on Monday, December 29, 2014

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    This is the second such unit I have purchased in 6 months. I liked the first one so much I bought another for a seperate vehicle. It has great picture and sound quality and is very easy to navigate.

    Pros: Sound/picture, ease of control usage

    Cons: Can't think of any

    Kenwood DDX271 Great deal, Great Product

    Written By GeorgeD, Palmyra,Virginia on Sunday, December 28, 2014

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    I got this for my grandson for Christmas and the look on his face made it worth it. It was a easy install and it brought the music in his Fusion to life. The Bluetooth will make him safer.

    Pros: Bluetooth, looks, sound quality, and ease of the install.

    Cons: None

    Everything I needed and nothing I didn't

    Written By David, King George, VA on Saturday, December 27, 2014

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    This head unit had everything I needed without having to pay more for Bluetooth or a remote which I never use!

    Pros: Easy to set up and use. Was able to match the illumination to my cars for a natural look.

    Kenwood DDX271

    Written By JayG, KY on Friday, December 26, 2014

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    Had to call Tech support to get help to get music from iphone 5 to play through stereo.They explained the process. Works great. Love it l

    Pros: Value, Sound and Build quality

    Kenwood DDX271

    Written By Eddie, Fort Worth on Sunday, December 21, 2014

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    Love it! Can't go wrong!!!

    Pros: Great price for the quality!

    Cons: None

    ddx271

    Written By Finley, 30276 on Sunday, December 21, 2014

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    Simply love it!!!

    Pros: Great overall product

    Cons: None

    Kenwood DDX271

    Written By Anonymous, crestline, california on Tuesday, December 16, 2014

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    Only had it just over a week but no complaints so far

    Kenwood Awesome Product

    Written By Al, Margate, Fl on Tuesday, December 16, 2014

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    This product is the best kick butt stereo in its price range.

    Pros: Clear Dvd video and audio with rich sound.

    Cons: No bluetooth but can add on a bluetooth system.

    Great product

    Written By Anonymous, Long Beach, CA on Monday, December 15, 2014

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    It does everything that it says it does very well. It is a clean install and lretty easy to use

    Pros: Good sound quality, clean appearance

    Cons: Can't use video on apple products that use a lightning connector

    KENWOOD

    Written By VAHAN, New Jersey on Monday, December 15, 2014

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    JUST PERFECT IN EVERY WAY..LOVE IT

    Pros: ALL

    Cons: NONE

    DDX271 the best.

    Written By Jimmy, Eastern North Carolina on Saturday, December 13, 2014

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    Best radio ever owned.

    Pros: Great quality

    Cons: Nothing bad to say.

    Buy

    Written By zh, Fort Bragg, NC on Thursday, December 11, 2014

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    I would recommend this head unit to others

    Pros: The looks and features are great

    Cons: Won't connect to my iPhone 5

    Great !

    Written By Signorina, Carolina PR on Tuesday, December 09, 2014

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    I like it in general.

    Very impressed

    Written By Willie, Newnan, Ga. on Sunday, November 16, 2014

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    I purchased this head unit to install in a customers G35, replacing the factory head unit and HVAC controls with the common finisher board failures. He wanted to stay relatively low cost, and this unit was perfect. After receiving and installing I was very impressed with this unit. From the clean look and sound to the unexpected versatility it has to offer! The operation took a little getting used to, but once I glanced over the instructions ( yes, I pulled my man card! ) I was able to work it rather easily. I am about to order one for my vehicle. Highly recommend!

    Pros: Looks and sounds great, quality well above this units price range..

    Cons: None

    Kenwood Receiver Rocks

    Written By Benjamin, Lubbock, Tx on Friday, October 31, 2014

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    Installed this receiver in a 2013 Corvette and I couldn't be happier. It does everything that I need it to do. The sound is clear and the receiver is easy to use. It don't have nav or bluetooth but this car is only a weekend driver for around town so that was not needed. I would recommend this receiver.

    Pros: Fit,Display,Ease of Use, Pandora, and to be able to connect XM if you want to

    Cons: No Nav or Bluetooth but for me this was not needed

    good deal

    Written By kevin b, asheville, nc on Wednesday, October 29, 2014

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    great value for an inexpensive unit. easy to use.

    Kenwood DDX271

    Written By Nolen, Window Rock, AZ on Friday, October 17, 2014

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    Awesome product. Fully satisfied with the overall product and quality Definitely recommend!

    Pros: Cool, sleek look and easy to use. Nice sound quality.

    DDX271

    Written By BradP, Tucson, AZ on Wednesday, September 24, 2014

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    Not interested in navigation but simply a Sirius capable radio that will also play dvds for the back seat crowd. I have had two prior combination dvd/screen players that just did not hold together so now just a screen on the roof and supply picture and sound from DDX271. Nice feature is being able to turn off video screen in front while allowing rear to continue.

    Pros: Very good quality and price.

    Cons: two years on previous and still kicking.

    Great product

    Written By Jazmin, Warner Robins, GA on Wednesday, September 17, 2014

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    Great product. Haven't had any issues so far.

    Pros: Easy installation Ease of use

    Cons: None.

    Great stereo

    Written By DougP, Holland, OH on Tuesday, September 02, 2014

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    This stereo is fantastic. Been a long time since I bought a car stereo- Wow, have things changed. This thing does everything- except scratch my back.Great product

    Pros: Plays everything- USB, CD, DVD you name it

    Cons: none

    Awsome

    Written By Great, West Haverstraw, NY on Friday, August 15, 2014

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    Highly recommended

    Good Entry Touch-Screen Headunit

    Written By JoeS, MA on Thursday, July 24, 2014

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    I've always been a JVC guy, but went with this Kenwood for my 2011 Tacoma. It appears they are the same company now anyway. The build quality is excellent, sound quality and power are very good, and the interface is intuitive. I'm impressed with the relatively sophisticated equalizer settings as well. Sort of crazy to not have Bluetooth thrown in but I knew that when I bought it. Despite my truck being relatively high-end for that model (a TRD Sport double cab), the stock system was the worst modern one I'd ever heard. This heaunit helped the factory speakers tremendously.

    Pros: Intuitive interface, good sound quality and power, build quality seems high, works flawlessly with the steering wheel control adapter and XM tuner I bought.

    Cons: Screen could be a bit brighter, wish it had Bluetooth at this price point.

    awsome head unit

    Written By Lacy, newport, tn on Tuesday, July 22, 2014

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    Verry cool looking. Sounds great. Everything I was looking for.

    Pros: Cool looking. Love the xm radio.

    Cons: None

    Ken wood

    Written By Papa1212, Sierra Vista, AZ on Saturday, July 19, 2014

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    Very nice stereo for the price. Easy to use. Video quality was excellent. Does not have Bluetooth so upgraded to DDX371.

    Great Stereo

    Written By RickS, Fulton, NY on Tuesday, July 15, 2014

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    Great stereo. From the moment i took it out of the box i was impressed. Simple instructions to hook everything up including back-up camera.

    Kenwood DDX271

    Written By Anonymous, El Paso tx on Thursday, July 03, 2014

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    Good unit for the price. Compatible with sync with re quieres cables.

    Pros: Price

    Cons: USB and aux inputs are in the back

    Solid Stereo

    Written By Chris, Niagara Falls, Ontario on Wednesday, May 21, 2014

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    Definitely a solid stereo for the price. I was limited on choice because I was choosing to retain my Ford Sync, and this is one of the few decks that does it. I would like some way to place the OEM shortcuts (for my phone) on the home screen to make them easier to access, but that's not a big deal.

    The FM tuner screen is cluttered and could have been laid out a little nicer, but again not a big deal. There are SO many features and options for tuning this deck, I haven't even figured them all out yet.

    Pros: Retains Ford Sync flawlessly with use of the iDatalink Maestro RR module

    Cons: Crutchfield neglected to send the required cable to connect the iDatalink module and it was not listed on the stereo or modules product page as a requirement. They did send it for free, but this should have been in the initial order. As mentioned on the website, this stereo cannot make use of both satellite radio and retain sync at the same time as there is only one plug, so you have to make a choice.

    Kenwood DDX271

    Written By Ri, Albuquerque, NM on Monday, May 12, 2014

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    Easy to install, works great, and simpe to use. Best budget stereo I've bought in awhile.

    Kenwood DDX271

    Written By AnthonyC, Newberg,Or on Thursday, April 17, 2014

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    It's a nice quality deck for the price love it.

    Kenwood DDX271

    Written By weeble420c, Meyersdale, PA on Sunday, April 06, 2014