Fully equipped and ready for your smartphone

The Kenwood Excelon DDX5901HD DVD receiver boasts an impressive range of features, including compatibility with many iPhone® apps, comprehensive iPod® and iPhone controls, plus built-in Bluetooth® capability and HD Radio™ reception. Connections are state of the art — in addition to USB and A/V inputs, you'll find an HDMI MHL input, providing compatibility with the current generation of smartphones, including video capabilities with the iPhone 5. And if you're a sound quality fan, you'll enjoy the capabilities of the 7-band equalizer with Drive EQ — it automatically compensates for road noise when the stereo is playing at lower volume levels.

Kenwood Excelon DDX5901HD

The DDX5901HD features an easy-to-use interface.

Easy app control

You can access your favorite Pandora® and iHeartRadio stations when your smartphone's connected. Kenwood's iPhone App Mode lets you stream video content from sources like Netflix and YouTube when your car's parked. You can also load Garmin's impressive Street Pilot app on your iPhone 4 or 4S, and check out maps and directions on the receiver's screen, so you can stay on course during your travels

Easy Bluetooth pairing and Siri compatibility

The DDX5901HD's Apple Auto Pairing automatically recognizes your iPhone when you plug into the USB port and sends a pairing request. Just press a button on the receiver's touchscreen and your iPhone is paired – simple as that! If you've got an iPhone with Siri, you'll be able to access Siri through the receiver — no need to take your eyes off the road to pick up the phone. Bluetooth audio streaming in the DDX5901HD supports apt-X, providing improved sound quality with compatible devices.

Enjoy music and videos

HD Radio

And if you think that radio has "jumped the shark," try out the crystal clear sound from the built-in HD Radio tuner and access the additional channels broadcast by participating stations. You can also add an optional SiriusXM tuner to this Kenwood and check out the in-depth music, news, and entertainment programming offered on satellite radio.

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 a rear 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.

iDatalink Maestro lets you keep your car's factory extras

If your vehicle comes with factory add-ons like Ford SYNC®, GM OnStar®, or Chrysler Uconnect™, you don't have to worry about losing your favorite conveniences to get navigation and better sound — the DDX5901HD offers compatibility you won't find in many other aftermarket radios, thanks to the iDatalink Maestro module (not included).

For Ford SYNC systems, you'll be able to retain voice-controlled features, steering wheel audio controls, and factory audio functions. For GM vehicles, you'll keep your steering wheel audio controls, your factory amp, safety warning chimes, and OnStar, if present, while Chrysler owners will get to keep all their Uconnect functionality. The iDatalink adapter also lets you tap into your vehicle's diagnostic port, so you can check out expanded functionality including gauges, climate controls, a distance sensor, and tire pressure monitor on the Kenwood's screen.

Bluetooth note: Use of this receiver's Bluetooth features will depend upon your phone's Bluetooth capabilities. Learn more in our article explaining Bluetooth profiles.

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
    • Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming — supports aptX audio streaming
    • built-in HD Radio tuner
    • fits double-DIN dash openings
    Smartphone Features
    • built-in iPod, iPhone, and iPad control
    • Siri voice control with select iPhones
    • playback and control through USB of music files on compatible Android devices
    • Pandora control with iPhone and Android
    • iPhone App Mode with limited control of apps like Netflix and YouTube
    • navigation app support with select smartphones
    Audio/video Features:
    • plays CDs, DVDs, and USB memory devices
    • Drive EQ 7-band equalizer with automatic level control
    • time alignment
    • high- and low-pass filters
    • subwoofer controls
    • speaker type setting
    Expandability:
    • compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
    • inputs: rear USB input, HDMI/MHL input, dual rear A/V inputs, input, rear-view camera input
    • outputs: rear A/V output, 6-channel preamp outputs (5-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
    Other Information:
    • compatible with most factory steering wheel audio controls (adapter required)
    • works with iDataLink Maestro module to retain factory settings for Ford SYNC, GM OnStar, and Chrysler Uconnect
    • warranty: 2 years
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

    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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    good product

    Written By 07Chevy, California on Friday, May 29, 2015

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    overall all this stereo is good. the only cons i have is the glare you get during the day and the fact that you need a adapter to use the mirror option if you have a Samsung phone. My brother plugged in his htc phone and worked good with his phone with no adapter. would definitely recommend getting the remote if you plan to use the dvd option.

    Pros: sound quality

    Cons: glare

    kenwood

    Written By sally boy, Bronx, NY on Friday, May 08, 2015

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    Great radio.

    Shweeeet

    Written By Anonymous, Plano Il on Thursday, May 07, 2015

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    I was looking at the Pioneer with the same settings and wattage, pre outs etc. my new Kenwwod out performs any stereo I've ever owned.

    Pros: Screen is easy to see even on the brightest of days, Bluetooth connects flawlessly.

    Cons: None at the moment.

    Excellent Radio

    Written By David J, North Carolina on Tuesday, May 05, 2015

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    There are a lot of wires to hook this radio up even if you only use even some of the features. This radio is not hard to use it is like anything new it takes the time to learn how to use it. Backup camera worked well. Any backup camera that fits your budget should work. The navigation through your phone was OK and it works but you need one more cable and an adapter to make it work for the Android. Display does NOT typically wash out in the sunlight. No remote included but then you probably don't need it anyway.

    Pros: Nice display. Easy to figure out how to use.

    Cons: USB device port is on a cable you have to put somewhere.

    Annoyed

    Written By Double M, Pennsylvania on Sunday, April 26, 2015

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    Fairly complicated to use given how easy technology is today to use. Screen brightness is poor...difficult to see with the top open, but that may apply to all screens. Sound quality is excellent, exactly what you would expect from Kenwood...quality is Poor...not what you would expect from Kenwood! I was using the streaming bluetooth feature with no issues. Turned off the car and went inside for a few minutes, came back out only to learn that my radio had "dropped it's memory" ...according to Crutchfield support. Now I have to pull the radio and send it back to Kenwood...Dropped its memory?? I guess I'm only glad that it has a 2 year warranty. I'm going to pull it out, send it back to Kenwood...probably wait 4-6 weeks for it to be "repaired". In the meantime I will buy a new radio not from Crutchfield and not a Kenwood. I have to be in my car for hours each day...just what I wanted to hear..."send your radio back to Kenwood for repair" I thought there was a reason I paid top dollar from Crutchfield?

    Pros: Good sound, impressive features.

    Cons: Poor quality, poor customer service

    Great Radio

    Written By Mike, Pennsylvania on Saturday, April 11, 2015

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    Nice upgrade from factory radio. With the proper accessories, all the factory things work, plus I was able to add a backup camera. It work with smart phones

    Pros: Great sound, lots of presets, many great features.

    Cons: Had to make minor alterations behind radio to make it fit my Acadia. Not a big deal.

    Great upgrade from factory!!

    Written By Anonymous, Columbus In on Friday, April 10, 2015

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    Well worth the money!! Very pleased I could keep my steering wheel controls with the added harness. Makes my factory speakers sound like aftermarket. Would recommend this unit to anyone!!

    Pros: Quality features, well worth the money!!

    Cons: Can't find anything to complain about

    NICE UNIT BUT.....

    Written By JOSH, Texas on Monday, April 06, 2015

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    I just had this installed in my 2012 F150 along with the Maestro link for factory retention (swc and Sync). First, I like the initial look of this unit. Part of the issue I have are with the installer so I will try to keep that out of this product review. This unit has a lot of features, almost too many. The first thing that I noticed was the dull, dim display is horrible in the day time, which can be avoided some by buying one with a tilting screen. It will be very nice once you (I) buy the extra cable to mirror my Iphone6 for navigation and other apps. The big negative thing that I have to say is the setup. The settings menu has to be one of the most non-user friendly menu I have ever used. This is the first receiver that I had to dig out the instruction book to find the correct path for tuning the speakers. If I had it to do over again I would definitely steer away from Kenwood and go back to Pioneer. I will like to add that the OEM stuff is pretty cool.

    Pros: Good features Looks good

    Cons: Menu is not user friendly Display is dull and dim Bottom line is almost impossible to see

    It's great but...

    Written By Anonymous, Twentynine palms, CA on Wednesday, March 25, 2015

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    Great product! The only thing bad I have to say about it is I can't get my lightning connector usb to play music from my iPhone 5. It displays the artwork and everything but no audio unless I have an aux cable plugged in. It also doesn't play music through the Bluetooth audio streaming

    Pros: Nice to look at HD radio Easy to use Love how I can adjust speaker sizes and sound

    Cons: Doesn't work with iPhone 5 usb or Bluetooth audio steaming

    awsome unit

    Written By Robert H, maryland on Monday, March 16, 2015

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    Awsome buy for the price have alot more audio controls then i use to also allowed me to tap into my ford sync syestem which lets me do things i couldnt before....highly recommend

    Very pleased

    Written By ReidL, Oregon on Thursday, March 12, 2015

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    I read a number of the reviews both positive and negative so had a pretty good idea what was coming. The unit plugged in exactly as expected, and has delivered on everything promised. The quality seems quite good so far, and performing a firmware update went extremely well since it is via USB. There are a few changes they could make in software that would be convienient, I'll be sending them to Kenwood. The main features would be to use color on the bottom status line, in monochrome it requires you to focus in on the icon rather than just a quick glance that could give you feedback via color. Another would be to allow screen blanking to be mapped to any of the hardware buttons, at the moment I have to choose whether to have a button for voice dialing or screen blanking, both of which are pretty essential. The last point would be to move voice dialing on the Phone menu to the top of the list, rather than the bottom which requires scrolling.

    Pros: Delivers on all advertised capabilities HTML mirroring of iphone works great Very good radio, receiving is much better than factory unit

    Cons: Seek functions are a little confusing to start with bottom status line is monochrome, color usage would be a great change especially on the phone icon

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    Written By Steve, Chehalis, WA on Saturday, March 07, 2015

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    I have wanted to replace the radio head in my truck for some time. After researching my various local radio shops and discovering the ease of doing the job myself vs. paying the local shops $500 plus in labor...I called Crutchfield. After a online chat session with one of the Crutchfield advisers. I decided on the Kenwood Excelon DDX5901HD head unit. Wanting to save ALL of my stock controls and features.... required a adapter interface. The instructions were fairly straight forward for the interface. However... the mounting and trim instructions were a little confusing. I had to basically eye ball what was needed for connections and the "tabs" to cut to install it. Once I determined that... the rest went smooth. Routing the USB and HDMI / MHL cables were easy into the glove box. The Bluetooth microphone was a little more challenging to hide through the head liner and door pillar trim cover. After a couple of online "how to videos"... it proved easy also. I installed a reverse camera. Routing the coax along the frame to protect it from "off road" hazards took some time but finished fairly clean install. I called Tech Support to find the right electrical connections to splice into to make the camera function properly. He was very helpful and stayed on the phone all the way till I successfully found and connected to the right leads. There is a little learning curve to program the features. The instruction book was OK, but again, a couple of online videos helped there too.

    Pros: Love all the different connectivity features and modes

    Cons: Adapter plate instruction a little vague.

    Good until it breaks

    Written By PaulS, Atlanta, GA on Wednesday, March 04, 2015

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    This went into a 2008 Civic 4 door.

    The short version: Screen died just outside of Crutchfield's return period (not their fault). Kenwood took 5 weeks to fix despite numerous calls and assurances of a short turnaround, leaving me with no radio for way longer than I expect for a $500+ device.

    Longer version: I bought the radio, speakers, "dynamat", and vinyl mats over a period of a few weeks. Once I had everything, I gutted the interior down to the paint and put everything in. The radio was only in use for a month before it started becoming non-responsive. A reset helped for a bit (but only just long enough to get outside of Crutchfield's 60-day period). When it died completely, I had to go through Kenwood. Since no one wants to read a long rant, I'll just say that the Kenwood facility (KASC-East) was less than motivated and took a little over 5 weeks from receipt of my unit to return it to me. The invoice in the box that came back to me claims a receipt time >1 week after they actually received the unit (UPS tracking). The unit was also returned to me unwrapped inside the box and without a plastic screen protector (I sent it with one) and had some residue on the face.

    After weeks of calls and run around, I asked Crutchfield to call the service center to help me out. In two hours, I received a tracking notice from them that the radio was shipping. Crutchfield support was great...Kenwood was not.

    Cons: Kenwood support. I recommend asking a Crutchfield rep to call them early so you don't have to wait 5 weeks like I did.

    The Good, the Bad and the Poorly Conceived

    Written By Tim, Nevada on Saturday, February 28, 2015

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    The Good: -It connects MHL->Mirror to control my Samsung Galaxy Note-4 Edge. -It has lossless blutooth (APTX-codec) audio. -For those who won't be using an outboard processor, this unit has some good tuning capabilities.

    The Bad: -The screen just plain sucks. Seriously. Color accuracy is bad. Resolution is bad. Visibility in daytime is horrendous (it's simply not bright enough). I put my Note-4 Edge smartphone up next to this head unit's screen in daylight and I could SEE my Smartphone, while I couldn't see anything but a white, washed out glare on this head unit. -The volume control is not "fine" enough. Every "click" of volume adjustment is increasing the sound too loudly and there simply isn't enough fine control of the loudness. -The touch screen is not sensitive enough when in mirror-mode or with the regular options. Sometimes I have to touch the screen several times to get a command through to either the head unit or my mirrored phone in the unit's options.

    The Poorly Conceived: -Despite having nice tuning capabilities, there was no "auto" tune with calibration microphone so that people could seriously get the most out of this unit. Without having the ability to accurately measure channel distances and delay along with frequencies, there is no frame of reference for a user to get accurate adjustments. -No front USB connector or analog plug. Why on Earth, in this modern age would a head unit be missing a USB and analog connection option up front.

    Pros: The "concept" of this head unit is tremendous. Kenwood doesn't have to go completely back to the drawing board. Kenwood has to fix what was poorly implemented in this unit. The screen must be sourced from Samsung or LG, PLEASE and daytime viewing is a MUST-improve for this to be worth buying.

    Cons: I'm seriously considering putting my old JVC KD-HDR1 head-unit back in and returning this one but it would be too much of a bother to do that. This unit is just good enough in certain areas to be worth keeping even though the daytime screen visibility make it almost worthless as I have to put my hand up over the screen to read anything on it.

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    Written By ScottKiss, Arizona on Friday, February 27, 2015

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    The only thing I do not like is I had to buy a Samsung adaptor to get my Note 4 to interface with the unit and it does not have a good connection and cuts out frequently

    Pros: makes my business life in my truck much easier.

    Cons: Samgung adaptor cuts out

    Good but slow Bluetooth

    Written By Jimmy, FL on Wednesday, February 25, 2015

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    The radio looks and sounds great in my 2007 Chevy 2500hd with bose audio, this is my 3rd kenwood and so far it's been one of the best.

    Pros: Sounds great, ease of use, looks, build quality, pairing, usb reading is almost instant, dimming ability as I hate bright radios

    Cons: Bluetooth takes forever to conect and spmetimes actually have to turn the radio off and on to get it to connect which is really annoying for the amount of money spent on this .... I bought one for almost $100 less last year and never had that issue.

    Great Radio!!!

    Written By George, Mahwah, NJ on Wednesday, February 25, 2015

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    The main plan was to find a head unit with dvd to replace stock radio w/ navigation. I own a Galaxy Note 4....Just like everyone who is technologically sound I have a phone that pretty much does everything so i wanted to eliminate the 2011 technology in my 2011 Tahoe w/ bose system. I bought this unit and its pretty amazing. Everything works great. With the help of a friend, who installs radios as a side job, He was able to get everything to work flawlessly. Only thing you want to check when it comes to installation.... I installed a maestro to control everything. I did not use crutchfields install kit. Unit does not have anti glare so viewing in direct sunlight is an issue. Unit also came with RCA jacks that were straight. I needed right angle adapters for the RCA jacks to get the unit to fit the dash and it was still too long for the area. My only true complaint is the unit will not do 2 things at once unless I have it plugged into my phone w/ the music playing through my phone. In other words you cant use the unit to play music on its own while using say google maps from my phone... a little annoying. All in all once Crutchfield dropped the price of this radio then it was a great value. Super happy with it.

    Pros: -Does everything I ever wanted a unit to do. -Retained all factory controls (rear camera, steering wheel controls, rear dvd entertainment) and even has gauges on the unit also... amazing -Price drop made this unit a great buy -Great sound out of my bose speakers

    Cons: -RCA jacks needed adapters -No anti-glare -Only does one thing at a time -Touch control a little sluggish but bearable.

    Great but Music Artwork

    Written By Dylan, Murrieta Ca on Monday, February 23, 2015

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    Love the unit but when I'm using Bluetooth on my iPhone 6, the artwork just appears as a black background with an eighth note. Also on the iPod option even when I'm plugged in USB, it will only show the information for the first song I play, so when the next song comes on its still the info for the previous song. Hoping I'm just missing something and there is a way!

    Pros: Pros Does everything you want it to, except show music artwork on BT The color changing buttons are intoxicating

    Decent radio

    Written By Chris B, Flowery branch Ga on Wednesday, February 11, 2015

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    This is a good radio with plenty of features....

    Pros: Looks good, nice graphics, lots of control over sound etc.....

    Cons: Horrible instruction manual.... Very hard to understand..... App mode does not work well, when it does at all.

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    Written By Anonymous, Brecksville, OH on Sunday, February 08, 2015

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    Great head unit with several options for a build to suit. Very pleased with sound quality and functionality.

    Pros: Can mirror your phone(android s5) and control apps from screen of head unit.

    Cons: Little lag with the touch function of the hid protacol between head unit and phone. Maybe future update will fix

    Great Upgrade from stock!

    Written By dj_doughy, Kansas City on Tuesday, February 03, 2015

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    Great unit to upgrade my stock system in my car. Sounds great on stock speakers, will want to upgrade those later but for now they sound awesome. Mirroring works flawlessly with SlimPort on my LG G2 (which is similar to MHL). Synced to my iPod nano effortlessly. HDradio sounds great. Styling matches accents in my vehicle, meshes well with the interior.

    Pros: Looks like a stock radio but is much more. Abundant features and settings to tweak to your heart's desire. Awesome ODB-II integration, it's like you are getting a reader and radio in one! HD radio sounds great (though there is a con). Quick response on button presses. Like I said eariler, sound is phenomenal even on stock car speakers.

    Cons: ODB-II wires a bit tricky to splice in (buy a plug so I you don;t have to cut into the wires). Audio setup a bit daunting, A LOT of settings to go through to get the sound you want. HD radio/radio in general doesn't pick up signals as good as stock radio (cuts out alot). Pandora is a bit flaky to hook up (may be related to phone to radio setup). Screws provided don't reach through the harness provided for car (Metra harness), had to go out and buy longer screws. Most of this is me being picky.

    Kenwood Excelon DDX5901HD Great Radio

    Written By BobF, Ohio on Sunday, December 07, 2014

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    This radio is a quantum improvement over the Belkin transmitter I was using to listen to my iPod in my 2002 CRV. The sound is vastly improved even though I am still using the factory speakers. Installation was fairly easy using Posi-Products car stereo connectors (extra cost) and the Crutchfield provided Metra dash kit and Metra wiring harness. The HD radio and other features are awesome. The only question is why I waited so long to replace the factory radio/CD player.

    Pros: 1. Good for iPod usage 2.Great radio 3.Many features

    Cons: 1. Instructions are barely adequate. (Check the internet - especially on vehicle radio removal) 2.The red wire on the Kenwood harness looked dark orange instead of true red

    Good Features except with Samsung Note 3

    Written By Howard, New York on Wednesday, December 03, 2014

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    Had unit installed in 2005 Ford Thunderbird. Install instructions from Crutchfield OK but Kenwood manual is lacking. Installer had to pull unit to correct installation a couple of times. Sound quality and screen responsiveness is pretty good. Big improvement over stock unit. HD radio, I Heart Radio and Bluetooth all work well. AM reception is not very good and hard to tune. Not a deal breaker. Touchscreen controls integration with Samsung Note 3 does not work. Apparently it will work with other Samsung phones. Samsung offers a MHL 5 to 11 pin adapter but it has been out of stock from quite a long time. No other adapters will work.

    Pros: Features and HD Radio

    Cons: Touchscreen controls will not work with the Samsung Note 3. Kenwood manual is very lacking.

    Not what I expected

    Written By BrettV, Minnesota on Wednesday, December 03, 2014

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    Bought this along with an iDatalink Maestro steering wheel control for a 2005 Ford F-150 Lariat with factory sub. Also purchased Alpine SPS-517 speakers for all four doors. There was an immediate sound improvement overall and I was initially very happy. Installation was straight forward and instructions were well written. However, I soon started to encounter problems.

    1. When I start my vehicle using the remote start, the unit activates the Bluetooth connection with my iPhone 5s and starts playing music off of it. My phone will be in the house but still in Bluetooth range and will just start blaring music from songs I have downloaded on it. Or, once I hop in the truck, the unit will automatically switch over to Pandora or iPod and start playing.

    2. If I tune into a non HD radio station, the station turns fuzzy once I turn my headlights on.

    3. There is a high pitch noise that occasionally comes from my speakers. It sounds like a tuning fork and lasts anywhere from 15 seconds to 5 minutes. I have no idea if this is because of the speakers or because of the head unit.

    4. The interface looks old and isn't as user friendly as I thought it would be.

    I will be returning this unit and trying another.

    Great Unit

    Written By Malcolm, Dallas, tX on Thursday, October 30, 2014

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    Installed in my 2012 GMC Sierra. Radio is great. Love having the HD receiver. Screen is responsive and easy to navigate. Installation only took about an hour with dash panel removal and some modifications to the inner dash and the included installation kit. Installed the Maestro interface module and harness with external speaker to keep my factory steering wheel controls, chimes, backup features, and onstar. Would purchase again.

    Pros: Interface is very responsive, easy installation with idatalink maestro kit. Use of data connection for displaying Waze navi from my phone to head unit, BT handsfree calling and audio streaming is very nice!

    Cons: Would like to be able to customize the screen icons so I can break out the vehicle OEM functions to the main screen but not a big deal.

    In it's own class, period.

    Written By Anthony V., Pueblo, Co on Wednesday, October 29, 2014

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    Hand down the best deck for your money. Recently purchased a pioneer Avh series, and was dissapointed. Did some research and came to this. Quality, user friendly, looks sharp, and transitions seemlesly. From I pad to I phone, to MP3, to Android, to flash drive, to CD, to pandora, to I heart radio, to Movie, to back up camera. Added power from the deck dramatically improves sound quality regardless, of your set up. Has 12 EQ Profiles, as well as ability to add endless custom ones. Ability to control just the Sub also fantastic. This HU also is car type specific, from compact, to truck, to SUV etc, and when you do update it, the sound will blow your mind. Much more user friendly then my Pioneer. Yes you will have to buy a few cords, but that's with any quality deck. Bluetooth connectivity works great, but manual connection is much better in sound quality, and that's any deck. Glare issue/brightness is an angle issue, and very easy to adjust.

    Pros: Everything

    Cons: Did not get sooner, had to suffer through the Pioneer.

    Awesome!

    Written By Dan, Springfield, OH on Sunday, October 19, 2014

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    Easy to use. Great sound quality. Installed in a 2013 F-150 with Sync along with the iDatalink Maestro. Everything works great! The wiring harness for the iDatalink made this a simple install. So much better than the stock head unit

    Kenwood in 2008 Tundra

    Written By Dan, Vero Beach, Fl on Saturday, October 04, 2014

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    Nice unit. Performs all functions that I needed, especially the hands free calling. Mounted mic on steering column. Much better voice pic up than running wire up A post to visor. Overall very pleased with quality of unit. Sync with iPhone in seconds. Still using factory speakers, definitely improved sound, but speaker upgrade recommended.

    Pros: Decent price. Quality unit. Fast shipping and tech advice. Purchased Tundra bezel kit as well, installation looks factory and flawless.

    Cons: Hard to see in daytime. Glare is issue in Florida sun, but some of that is due to angle of Tundra dash. No detailed instructions on dash disassembly from Crutchfield, You Tube saved me on that.

    Kenwood Excelon DDX5901HD

    Written By Anonymous, Hyannis, MA on Thursday, October 02, 2014

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    Replaced broken stock RER unit in jeep wrangler. Couldn't afford the $1500 replacement. This unit works ok. Expensive cables for iphone 5 MHL hookup. Used it once, apps dont really work well on the screen.. Its decent for youtube and Waze. Truthfully I play my music through the bluetooth and even that has connectivity issues.

    Pros: Interface is pretty decent

    Cons: Connectivity to iphone both wired and bluetooth are lackluster and frustrating

    Great head unit!

    Written By Michael, Wilmington, NC on Thursday, September 11, 2014

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    This is a great head unit and is capable of pretty much everything you can imagine.......even GPS when you mirror your iPhone or iPad to it with a maps app........I assume Droids work like this as well. Definitely a bargain for the features it has.

    Pros: Great Bluetooth connectivity and the ability to mirror you iPad or iPhone makes so many more entertainment features available, as well as letting you use maps apps on the screen while driving.......oops, that is a no no......but it's possible......or watch Netflix or Hulu.

    Cons: None that I have discovered so far.

    Awesome!!!

    Written By GeoffG, Fort Meade, MD on Wednesday, August 20, 2014

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    This unit works great in my Wrangler Rubicon. People have complained about the screen and direct sun light, so far I haven't noticed. Easy to use and set up and I love the features.

    Huge Improvement!

    Written By Greg, Near PGH, PA on Thursday, July 24, 2014

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    Frustrated with the poor sound quality of the factory radio, even after upgrading all the speakers with new Infinity 6 x 8's and tweeters in the front doors, I took the plunge and bought this radio along with the Idatalink Maestro. After a fairly simple install, the quality of the sound was an instant improvement right out of the box with zero adjustments. After a few tweaks to the EQ, the whole thing came alive. DVD's sound incredible with the Dolby Digital surround, HD radio crystal clear, satellite radio great of course and you can even pause/FF/RW it also that I didn't know it did until after reading the manual. Navigating USB audio is equally good. The addition of the Maestro unit seamlessly integrates the truck and radio together, and adds other neat features as well. The feature set of the radio is so vast, it can be a bit overwhelming at first, but for the most part is very intuitive. I currently have a Windows phone which works ok, but it limits the capabilities of the radio. Use an iPhone or Android based phone and this radio will be everything you will ever need. I plan on adding a backup camera, amp, and sub to further enhance this already great head unit.

    Pros: More features than the space shuttle at a great value! Fantastic audio and video!

    Cons: I don't have a more compatible phone. :(

    Great unit, love it so far

    Written By Anonymous, Idaho on Tuesday, July 22, 2014

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    Great unit. Install kit that was recommended by Crutchfield made installation simpler. Also installed a 45watt amp and replaced speakers. Sound is much better than stock unit.

    Very good receiver

    Written By Dipriv, Seattle on Monday, July 21, 2014

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    Overall, this is a great receiver with excellent sound, nice and user friendly interface, and a good feature set. This (and only several other new Kenwood receivers) has aptX bluetooth codec for the best quality audio streaming via bluetooth. It sounds great, as does HD radio. SiriusXM is plug and play with a receiver and sounds good (limited by the technology of satellite radio). Bluetooth pairing also works great, and within 10-15 seconds after turning on the receiver it connects without fail. NEVER loses connection (unlike so many other receivers I've tried)... this is invaluable. The interface is clean and customizable to some degree (changing which icons appear on the home screen), which is nice. Phone calling via bluetooth works well too., and the cheapo microphone does its job (and does usefully tilt up/down in addition to swiveling).

    The main con is that the screen is matte and not nearly bright enough to be legible in bright/direct sunlight. As in, completely washed out. Also, the screen frequently changes automatically from showing the song/artist/album/channel info (mostly when in bluetooth/SiriusXM mode) to showing a few, gigantic control buttons at the expense of the music info. It would be fine if it did not turn on automatically and if it could be turned off, but you can't. The best you can do is to toggle to the music info screen by hitting a button but soon enough it will appear again, and that gets old really fast.

    Pros: 1. Sound quality, esp. bluetooth streaming (via aptX codec) and HD radio. 2. SiriusXM "ready" so you can connect a plug and play SiriusXM receiver. 3. Customizable home screen. 4. Bluetooh pairing ease, auto connect speed and reliability (never loses connection). 5. HD radio built in, which sounds great.

    Cons: 1. Screen is not bright enough. Completely washed out and illegible in bright/direct sunlight. 2. Screen will automatically change from music info to a screen with enormous buttons (like three in the entire screen) that you have to turn off each time and there is no way in the settings to turn this annoying feature off. 3. Low resolution screen. Album artwork, even though small in size on the screen, looks terrible due to the low res screen. I would guess DVDs don't look great either.

    Kenwood DDX5901HD is Great!

    Written By BobS, South Florida on Wednesday, July 02, 2014

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    Replaced the stock sound system in a Mustang GT with the Kenwood DDX5901HD, and whats not to like? HD radio sounds great even with the stock speakers! Loaded with features - Bluetooth (phone and audio), backup camera ready, Sirius ready, AV Video In/Out, USB port, Pandora and iHeart Radio, etc.. With the ADS MUS-1 kit and iDatalink Maestro integration, the built in steering wheel controls all work (with dual functions), Siri Voice integration for hands-free calling and voice text messaging works great. The iDatalink integration gives me access to OEM features like custom engine gauges, tire pressures, battery readings, doors open and OBD2 codes and diagnostics. Even though it doen't have navigation, you can use an iPhone app with the AV IN to provide navigation.

    Like I said before, whats not to like!

    Pros: Great fit, features and sound! Volume knob is a nice thing to have.

    Cons: A little delay when turned on - annoying, but not a show stopper. Dual USB ports would be great.

    Fantastic Unit

    Written By Anonymous, Inglewood, CA on Monday, June 30, 2014

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    All I can say is WOW!!! I'm in LOVE with the head unit. Android connectivity is the greatest.

    Pros: HDMI. Great smartphone companion with App controls. Advanced Bluetooth capabilities. Volume knob.

    Cons: LCD washout in direct sunlight

    I want to love it, but...

    Written By Chris D, Woburn, MA on Monday, June 23, 2014

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    I recently installed this head unit into my 2015 Subaru WRX last weekend (not confirmed for fit on Crutchfield website, but dash layout is very similar to 2014 model, and the supplied adapter fits well, with slight modification). I mainly purchased this head unit for it's Android functionality, and being able to use the Google Maps app on my phone without the need to awkwardly prop up my phone or use a standalone gps unit, or pay for a more pricier head unit with gps built in. I purchased the Kenwood KCA-MH100 cable to connect my HTC One (M7), and pairing worked almost instantly. I was then able to play audio and display my phone's screen directly on the head unit, and it was wonderful and all sounded nice too. Having used this radio frequently over the past few days, the same concerning issues have arisen each time, and I am hoping that it is only something I am doing wrong, because this truly is a quality receiver. After around 5-10 minutes of solid functionality, the whole radio unit becomes...sluggish. To the point where it's almost unusable...When I turn the volume knob one click, it will take seconds for the command to register (often 15 or more seconds, which is unacceptable for such a basic function). Switching inputs, say from the apps mode back to the HD Radio, will often take 30 seconds to a minute or more for the radio to go back to the home screen, and then to load up the next command I input.. When the unit is restarted, functionality is restored momentarily.

    Pros: 5V pre-amp outs make my Alpine speakers and JL Audio sub hit hard and loud. Display is clear, easy, and very quick to navigate once you get the hang of it. Apps feature is definitely worth the price of the required cable. Can't get built-in Pandora or iHeartRadio apps to work, but like another reviewer said, I may just have to play with the Bluetooth on my phone for a bit, as I really want these features.

    Cons: All functionality essentially breaks after roughly 5 minutes of using the head unit. Sluggish to non-existent response from both physical buttons and touch screen. Restarting unit returns quickness, but only for another several minutes of use. Will attempt to contact Kenwood customer support to see if anything can be done. With all the other positive reviews, I really hope my unit is either defective or I am doing something incorrect. Will update if anything changes.

    Crutchfield response on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

    Android Mirror works great

    Written By RobsTV, Florida on Tuesday, June 17, 2014

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    Installed into 2014 Mustang V6 Base went smooth with MUS01 kit and ADS-MRR. Can use Android HTC 4g LTE with generic MHL/HDMI cable to view and control phone from Kenwood screen. Allows use of Android GPS such as iGo or TomTom, saving the cost of HU with GPS built-in, yet still having nearly all the features! Integration with Mustang system is excellent, with added bonus of 4 tire TPMS (for example), instead of Mustang low pressure warning without specifics. On screen selectable Gauges are another plus. Cheap backup camera fully functions automatically or manually. HD Radio allows skipping sat radio fees.

    Pros: Huge upgrade over stock system that places car into the hi-tech 21st century instead of stone age stock.

    Cons: Screen is a little dim in bright sunlight (as expected). Android to MHL/HDMI took several attempts at getting the Bluetooth pairing to work before Android was controllable using Kenwood touchscreen. Internet search said keep trying, turning on/off/on phones Bluetooth, and sure enough, after a dozen tries, it connected. Now it connects within seconds every time. Just get over that first connection hump and good to go. Run Kenwood app on phone, select apps from HU, good luck.

    Great Unit!!

    Written By Anonymous, Collinsville, IL on Friday, May 30, 2014

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    Very cool radio! I haven't figured out everything yet, but it has all the capabilities that I was looking for with a new receiver.

    I installed the HDMI and Apple Lightning Digital AV Adapter and other cables (all non-Kenwood). Note that the HDMI port on the back of the unit is very narrow, so if you plan to purchase a high quality HDMI cable for this, it may not fit (I purchased this one and it would not fit).

    The Bluetooth works great and I haven't used the iPhone mirror function much yet, although that is one of the primary reasons I purchased this over other units. With Bluetooth it will display album covers and track info using both Pandora and as an iPod. Also navigation voice instruction will play over the speakers when in use with other sources. There is a 15 second or so delay to begin playing Pandora or iPod songs, which isn't too bad.

    Overall I am very impressed with the radio thus far. Having the ability for future upgrades with the HDMI input and such makes it a great long-term unit.

    Pros: HDMI input, iPhone 5S mirror capabilities, Bluetooth, HD Radio, App Control, etc

    Excelon is Excellent

    Written By NeilY, Boca Raton, FL on Friday, May 23, 2014

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    A great unit, quick switching in all modes, great sound on the Sirius radio mode and nice display with the station logo, quick USB reader - plays USB music quickly with no read lag. HD radio sounds great , Bluetooth phone and music sounds fantastic.

    Pros: Glad I bought it

    Cons: Non

    Kenwood Excelon DDX5901HD

    Written By Dave, Nixa Missouri on Thursday, May 22, 2014

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    Very nice unit. You won't regret getting it.

    Cons: It's in a convertible and the screen washes out from the sun.

    Too great

    Written By 00N9ne, MIami, FL on Wednesday, May 21, 2014

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    Pretty awesome radio. I brought life to Bose system in my RX8 don't see myself needing a speak or a amp. I just use my regular usb phone cable to connect my ipod and it works perfect no kenwood cable required. I took me a hour or so to figure out how to get my ipod to actually play. You just have to put the radio in regular FM mode and then go change the input settings for ipod to USB only. The bluetooth for my andriod also works perfectly plays pandora, my regular phone music, voice calls and gps audio. Haven't tried any videos on it yet though.

    Pros: Excellent Quality

    Cons: Took me a while to figure out how to get my ipod to play.

    Kenwood Excelon DDX5901HD

    Written By Anonymous, Racine, WI on Tuesday, May 20, 2014

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    The Receiver is such an upgrade from my SyNC Nav unit, The only complaint is HDMI will not display on the composite out to the rear monitors.

    Cons: HDMI does not output to video out.

    Be very Leary

    Written By Paul, St.Louis on Monday, May 12, 2014

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    I recently purchased this head unit for my car, I had a Kenwood and replaced it with a new one because the Sirius was acting up. Well the new one is not compatible with any older Sirius units, so now I have to pay to switch my service, AND I had a removable one, now it's locked into my car. The app features on this radio are 100% useless, unless you have a bunch of cords (sold separately) which defeats the entire idea of Bluetooth, also who wants all these cords everywhere? I hate this radio. It is a step down from my old Kenwood in every way. I unfortunately now am committed to this now that I have already changed everything and paid a fortune for this useless brick in my dash. I wish I would have bought a different radio.

    Pros: It plays music

    Cons: App function is worthless, no video streams through blue tooth at all. Not compatible with any Sirius product that's a few years old. Phone app is annoying . Lots of features that you can buy extra cords and add ons to use, if you have a cavity in your dash the size of a basket ball.

    Confusing but VERY impressive

    Written By Danny, Long Island, NY on Monday, May 12, 2014

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    All I can say is... WOW!!! This isn't the most intuitive product but the end result is amazing. It's taking me sometime to get used to the functions. But as I figure something out I am thoroughly impressed. There are so many positives about this unit and the previous poster's have already mentioned it all. However, the manual just downright stinks!!!... I would give it 5 stars if it was a little easier to figure out and if the manual was a lot more helpful. I had this installed with all Hertz Audio ( comps & sub & 5channel amp ). The Kenwood & Hertz marriage has been mind blowing!

    Pros: Crutchfield's customer service is second to none!

    Cons: The Manual

    Great Head Unit

    Written By MikeW, Northern NJ on Tuesday, May 06, 2014

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    I bought this in an attempt to mirror my iPhone 5s, mostly for Apple Maps and Spotify. It works! You set bluetooth to the HDMI mode. Once the lightning digital AV cable is connected, you just press "apps" and it mirrors. Only some apps have full touch screen control like Waze GPS and iHeartRadio, but there are generic controls for Play, Pause, FF, next, etc. So for me, I can plug in my iPhone, tell Siri to take me to my destinations, tell her to open Spotify, then I can follow the map on my Head Unit, and press the screen to skip songs or pause Spotify. If I want full control over apps, I control them from the phone. The only thing left would be to mirror the phone with full touchscreen control for all apps, but it'd probably be up to Apple to create that interface. Bluetooth by itself is great on the Head Unit. I can have my phone in my pocket and control my iTunes music as well as Pandora right from the HU. Receiving phone calls is also seamless. Just press the answer button. Having a smartphone connected to your radio is cool, but having a head unit that can play Sirius, HD Radio, Pandora, iHeartRadio, and then mirror your entire phone with on-screen controls is pretty amazing. That said, the screen washes out pretty bad in sunlight. You can turn up the brightness and black levels, but sometimes you just can't see the display. Also, programming channels on HD Radio and Sirius is a little tricky at first. Just gotta refer to the manual a couple times.

    Pros: HDMI. Great smartphone companion with App controls. Advanced Bluetooth capabilities. Volume knob.

    Cons: Screen washes out in direct sunlight.

    2011 Jeep Grande Cherokee install

    Written By Will, Austin on Wednesday, April 30, 2014

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