Disc & USB Playback
6.1" Touchscreen Display: The Kenwood DDX491H 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 DDX491H 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.
Bluetooth Technology: The Kenwood DDX491H is equipped with
built-in Bluetooth (2.1+EDR) allowing you to make and receive phone calls
wirelessly through the receiver; as well as stream music wirelessly from your
smartphone to the head unit. In order to use Bluetooth wireless
technology, your phone must also be Bluetooth compatible and be able to
interpret certain profiles. This unit is compatible with the following Bluetooth
- Hands-Free Communication: HFP 1.5 (Hands Free Profile),
OPP 1.1 (Object Push Profile), PBAB 1.0 (Phone Book Access Profile).
- Audio Streaming: A2DP 1.2 (Advanced Audio Distribution
Profile), AVRCP 1.3 (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).
Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some
Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may
not support all features when used with the Kenwood DDX491H. Visit
Kenwood's Support Site for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth
SPP (Secure Simple Pairing): With Secure Simple Pairing
(SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the Kenwood DDX491H
without having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings. The head
unit will even establish pairing automatically with the Apple iPhone (iOS 5.0+),
even if the Bluetooth function is deactivated on the device. Once a
device is paired, the registered Bluetooth device will automatically connect to
the receiver when it is in close proximity (up to 30') to the receiver. You can register up to
five Bluetooth-enabled devices with the Kenwood head unit (only one paired phone
can be used at a time).
Hands-Free Communication w/ External Mic: The head unit supports
Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. The
touchscreen controls of the DDX491H can be used to dial a number, answer an
in-coming call, or end a call. The unit also includes an external microphone
(featuring adjustable gain), so you can carry on your side of the conversation
while listening to the caller through your vehicles speakers (All or Front
only). During a conversation, you can switch between the Private Mode (talking
directly on your cell phone) and the Hands Free Mode.
- Answering a Call: When a call comes in, a ring-tone
will be heard through your vehicle's speaker and the caller's name or phone
number will be displayed. You can answer the call from the head unit's
touchscreen, or setup the head unit to automatically answer the incoming
call immediately in 5 seconds.
- Dialing a Number: Using the DDX491H, you can dial a
phone number in one of the following ways:
- Entering a Phone Number: Allows you to directly
dial a phone number up to 32 digits from the head unit's touchscreen.
- Speed (Preset) Dialing: Allows you to register up
to 6 phone numbers for quick dialing. The preset numbers can be accessed
from the head unit's touchscreen.
- Phone Book: You can dial by using the downloaded
phone book. You can download phone book data from your cell phone to the
DDX491H. Up to 5,000 numbers can be stored for each registered cell
phone. Each number can be up to 32 digits long and each name can be up
to 50 characters long. You can search the phone book in alphabetical
- Call History: The Call History is a list of calls
that have originated from and were received by this unit that you can
dial. You can select Outgoing, Incoming, or Missed calls (up to 50
- Voice Dialing: If your mobile phone supports voice
recognition, then you can dial out by voice command. Simply speak into
the included microphone.
Note: This unit allows you to answer a call or dial out
using any option without engaging the vehicle's parking brake.
External Microphone: The Kenwood DDX491H includes an external
microphone to carry on your side of your phone conversation and voice command
dialing. The external wired microphone offers improved audio quality versus an
integrated microphone, so you can be heard easier over noisy traffic and road
noise. You can adjust the volume level and noise cancellation of the microphone
without affecting the other sources. The external microphone features an
attached 10' cable terminated by a right-angle 3.5mm connector which plugs into
the mic input on the rear-panel of the head unit. The microphone offers an
integrated mounting bracket which can be clipped to your vehicle's sun-visor or
taped to your dash. The external microphone measures 0.525" (diameter) x 1.505"
SMS: If your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone is compatible
with SMS (Short Message Service), the Kenwood head unit will notify you when a
message has been received. You must then use your phone to check the message.
You cannot read, edit, or send a message through this unit.
Wireless Audio Streaming (w/ Metadata Display): The Kenwood
DDX491H also supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a
Bluetooth enabled audio player or smartphone. The DDX491H will be able to control
basic playback functions of your Bluetooth device's stored music; such as
Play/Pause, Skip Next/Previous, Fast Forward/Rewind and Random/Repeat. The head
unit will also display your stored music's song information; such as Artist name
and Song/Album title. The DDX491H also supports audio streaming of music apps
downloaded on your smartphone with metadata display and limited control.
Advanced music control of your music apps will still need be done via your
Bluetooth-enabled smartphone. When an incoming call or outgoing call is in
progress from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, audio streaming will be
paused so you can take your call. Once the call is finished, your streaming
music will resume.
Siri Eyes Free Control: When paired and connected with an
iPhone with Siri via Bluetooth (not USB), the Kenwood DDX491H has the ability
to access Siri through its front-panel controls and external microphone. Simply
press-and-hold down on the head unit's "VOICE/TEL" button to engage Siri and use
the included microphone to communicate with Siri. Siri's voice will heard
through your vehicle's speakers. All Siri functions including hands-free
calling, music search, setting reminders, text-messaging, audible navigation,
and more can be done through the DDX491H and its microphone. The head unit's LCD
touchscreen will only display hands-free calling and Bluetooth audio information
(all other functions of Siri are only audible through the Kenwood DDX491H; visual
data will still need to be viewed from your iPhone device).
Note: You can ask Siri to get directions to a destination
and the turn-by-turn instructions will heard through your vehicle's
speakers, while the on-screen map still displays on your iPhone with Siri.
The head unit's audio is attenuated while Siri provides audible directions.
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 DDX491H 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 DDX491H 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 DDX491H 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 DDX491H supports the
following types of audio, video, and photo files recorded onto a disc or loaded
onto a USB mass storage class device.
Disc (CD-R/RW or
||ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet,
Romeo, Long File Name
Playable File Types
bit rate of 8-320kbps w/ sampling rates of 8-48kHz
WMA: bit rate of 5-320kbps w/ sampling rates of
AAC: bit rate of 16-320kbps w/ sampling rates of 32-48kHz
WAV: bit rate of 16-bit w/ sampling rate of 44.1kHz
352x240 to 720x480 or 352x280 to720x576 (4.0Mbps)
MPEG-2: 352x240 to 720x480 or 352x280 to 720x576
32x32 to 8192x7680 pixels
Maximum # of Folders/Files
files (999 files per folder)
||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 DDX491H supports playback of Dolby Digital
and DTS 2.0 DVD discs and will convert multi-channel Dolby Digital sources to
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 DDX491H 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 Audio/Video Playback: The Kenwood DDX491H supports
direct connection of your 30-pin or Lightning-connector iPod/iPhone through its
rear-panel USB port and 3.5mm input. The DDX491H 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 DDX491H. Using Kenwood's KCA-IP202 iPod
video cable (113KCIP202,
sold separately), you can enjoy audio playback of your stored music and
music apps on