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Our take on the Kenwood DDX616

by Ken Nail
Kenwood

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.

The Kenwood DDX616 DVD receiver puts you in charge when you're behind the wheel: in charge of your music, in charge of mobile calling, and in charge of video entertainment as well. You'll enjoy control from the the 6.1" touchscreen — it lets you change sources, choose music, select DVD menu items, or adjust EQ settings with a few flicks of your fingertip.

Bluetooth® safety and convenience
You can talk hands free with your compatible mobile phone over the DDX616, using built-in Bluetooth functionality. The receiver stores your phone book, so you can place a call by using the convenient touchscreen controls. When you receive a call, your music mutes automatically, and you'll see information on the incoming call on the receiver's screen.

Audio and video options
The DDX616 plays your CDs and DVDs, including discs you've filled with MP3, WMA, and AAC files. Or put your digital music files onto a thumb drive, then plug it into the receiver's USB input. Your music's tag information is displayed in large characters you can read with a quick glance at the screen.

Watch your favorite DVDs on the built-in screen whenever you're parked, or add an external screen and wireless headphones so your passengers in the back can watch movies while you drive.

Ready and waiting for your iPod®
Add Kenwood's iPod adapter to control and play the music from your iPod in your car. An updated menu lets you navigate your playlists and albums with ease, and you'll see your album cover art on the big screen. When you're parked, you can even view videos stored on your iPod.

More entertainment options
You can connect a satellite radio tuner for access to a world of commercial-free music, or add an HD Radio™ tuner for the enhanced digital sound quality broadcast by many AM and FM stations. You can also plug a portable satellite radio, MP3 player, or other audio source into the handy front input.

Navigation-ready
Install Kenwood's KNA-G610 navigation module, and you'll control navigation functions right on the touchscreen. Voice prompts guide you to your destination, and the Garmin-powered navigation system features 2D and 3D views for impressive detail.

Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?
In most vehicles, you can use this adapter 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 the Kenwood, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls.

Note: Bluetooth compatibility with this receiver may vary, depending on your phone and service provider.

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Highlights:

    General features:
    • DVD/CD receiver with internal amp (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • built-in Bluetooth
    • 6.1" touchscreen
    • fits double-sized dash openings
    Audio/video features:
    • plays DVD, DVD-R/-RW, DVD+R/+RW, CD, CD-R/RW, and MP3/WMA/AAC files on disc
    • high- and low-pass filters
    • dual-zone operation
    • 3-band parametric equalizer
    Expandability:
    • works with Kenwood iPod adapter, HD Radio tuner, satellite radio, and navigation module
    • inputs: rear USB input, front A/V input, rear camera input
    • outputs: A/V output, 6-channel preamp output (2-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
    Other information:

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    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant
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    No
    RMS Power Output
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    22 watts
    Peak Output
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    50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth
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    20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs
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    6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs
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    Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs
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    Preamp Voltage
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    2 volts
    Display Color
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    Key Button Color
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    Variable
    EQ Bands
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    3
    Wireless Remote
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    Optional
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible
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    Parts Warranty
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    Labor Warranty
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    1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input
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    Front
    USB Input
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    Rear
    Memory Card Slot
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    USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible
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    Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready
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    Sirius
    HD Radio
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    Optional
    Navigation
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    Optional
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size
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    Classic/5Gen
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    Nano6/Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/
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    iPhone
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    Phone/Phone3G/Phone3GS
    Tuner
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    9.3 dBf
    European Tuning
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    Seek/Scan
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    Seek
    Radio Data System
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    What's in the box?

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    • Double-DIN DVD receiver with built-in 6.1" monitor
    • Sleeve (attached)
    • Trim ring
    • Wiring harness
    • Microphone with attached 9.75' cable (has a minijack connector)
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • 6 Pan-head ISO-mount screws
    • 6 Flat-head ISO-mount screws
    • Ferite core
    • Two 4" wire-ties
    • Self-adhesive pad
    • Instruction manual (English)
    • Instruction manual (Spanish)
    • Instruction manual (French)
    • Installation manual (Eng/Spa/Fre)
    • Warranty card
    • Navigation compatibility note "taped to top of headunit"
    • "Help? Troubleshooting" note
    • Warranty Card (Eng/Fre/Spa)

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    Display Features
    Audio Section
    Radio Functions
    Disc Playback
    USB/iPod Connectivity
    AV Connections
    Bluetooth/Remote Control

    Display Features

    2-DIN Chassis: The DDX616 has a 2-DIN chassis (also known as Double DIN or size DD), 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.

    Note: As always, please consult the Crutchfield Car Selector to verify fit with your vehicle.

    6.1" Touchscreen Display: The Kenwood DDX616 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 touch screen controls with interactive video graphics, making menu navigation easy. The unit has a front-loading disc-slot to make loading your disc easier because there is no panel to slide or fold-down.

    Selectable Screen Viewing Modes: You can choose from the following screen modes for DVD, Video, iPod, USB, and Rear-camera playback:

    • Normal: Displays 16:9 widescreen format pictures that fill the entire screen width, and 4:3 (conventional TV) pictures display with black bars on either side.
    • Full: Expands 4:3 pictures horizontally to fill the entire width of the screen, distorting the picture slightly but retaining full image height.
    • Justify: Expands 4:3 pictures horizontally only at the edges.
    • Zoom: Expands 4:3 pictures both horizontally and vertically, filling the screen without distorting the picture but cutting off the top and bottom edges.

    Display Adjustment: You can adjust the unit's display brightness, contrast, color, tint, and black level to suit your viewing needs.

    Multi-Language Display: For your convenience, this unit is equipped with a multiple language display. You can select the language which is best suited to your first language - English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, or Chinese.

    Front Panel Controls With Changeable 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, Aqua Blue, Yellow, Green, Amber, Red, Pink, White or Scan (Scans through all preset colors). You can also select three custom user colors that are adjusted between Red, Green, and Blue values from 0-31 each. In addition, you can download still images for use as the unit's background from a connected USB thumbdrive.

    Parking Brake Detection: To prevent the displaying of video while the vehicle is in motion, the light green wire in the supplied 22-pin harness must be connected to the vehicle's parking brake detection circuit. While the vehicle is in motion (parking brake off), you can still view all of the other displays and menus.

    Dimmer: The dimmer function will dim this unit's display automatically when the vehicle light switch is turned On when you connect orange/white Illumination wire of this player's harness.

    Security Indicator: The Security Indicator feature helps to protect the Kenwood DDX616 against theft. Turning this function "On" allows the security indicator light on the front-panel of the headunit to flash when your vehicle's ignition is off.

    Audio Section

    24-Bit D-A Converter: For superb quality audio playback from DVDs, CDs, and USB media, the DDX616 is equipped with a 24-bit digital-to-analog converter.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood DDX616 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 DDX616 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

    Speaker Type Setting: This feature tailors the System Q EX Sound Control settings 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).

    System Q EX Sound Control: Eight EQ curves are preset into memory, allowing you to recall the best preset EQ curve for different types of music. The preset curves are named Natural, Rock, Pops, Easy, Top 40, Jazz, Flat, and User (you may store your own settings under the User Memory EQ curve). Each preset has its own adjustment for the bass center frequency (40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 100, 120, or 150Hz), bass level (-8 to +8), bass Q factor (1.00, 1.25, 1.50 or 2.00), bass extension (On or Off), middle center frequency (500Hz, 1.0kHz, 1.5 or 2.0kHz), middle level (-8 to +8), middle Q factor (1.0 or 2.0), treble center frequency (10.0, 12.5, 15.0 or 17.5kHz), and treble level (-8 to +8). The System Q EX can be turned off in the menu, still allowing you to adjust the bass (100Hz), middle (1kHz), and treble (10kHz) levels only from +/-8dB.

    3 Sets of Preamp Outputs: The DDX616 features front, rear, and subwoofer 2-volt preamp outputs. The front and rear preamp outputs feature fade control, while the subwoofer preamp output is non-fading.

    System E's+ Advanced Crossover System: The System E's+ Advanced Crossover system allows you to tailor your system with selectable crossover points for all channels. For the front and rear channels (using either speaker level or preamp output), there is a high-pass filter with independently selectable crossover points of 40Hz, 60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, 150Hz, 180Hz, 220Hz or Through (no filter). The non-fading subwoofer preamp output provides a low-pass crossover filter (40/60/80/100/120/150/180/220Hz), phase (normal/reverse), and independent volume control (-50 to +10).

    Dolby Digital: The DDX616 supports playback of Dolby Digital and DTS 2.0 DVD discs and will convert multi-channel Dolby Digital sources to 2-channel.

    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.

    Loudness: The Loudness feature compensates for low and high tones during low volume. You can turn this feature either on or off. Only the low tone is compensated for when the tuner is selected as a source.

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

    Source Tone Memory: This feature allows you to store System Q-EX, and bass, middle and treble tone settings for each source (Disc, Tuner, USB, Aux, Ext. Device).

    Setup Memory: Audio Control, AV-IN Setup, AV Interface, Navigation, and Audio Setup settings can be memorized and recalled at any time. When the settings are cleared when the unit is disconnected from the battery, they can be restored.

    Dual Zone Capability: The unit's dual zone control allows you to independently set the source for the front and rear channels. You can set the front channels to Tuner, Sirius, XM, DVD, Video, USB, iPod, Bluetooth, Navigation, or Standby. You can set the rear channels to DVD, Video, iPod, USB, or Off. You can adjust the volume of the 2nd Zone independently from 0 to 35.

    Radio Functions

    CR-2 Tuner: The DDX616 uses Kenwood's CR-2 tuner provides high signal strength for clear radio reception. The tuner features the Clean Reception System Circuit (CRSC) for improved rejection of distortion due to multi-path. You can choose one of three tuning modes: Auto 1 (seek tuning), Auto 2 (cycles through and tunes the selected band's preset stations only with each button press), or Manual.

    Radio Data System (RDS): 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.

    Station Name Preset (SNPS): This feature allows you to assign names to radio stations. Up to 24 AM and FM stations can be named. Each name can be up to 16 characters in length. The Preset Select menu will display the six presets in each band either by name or frequency.

    Satellite Radio Ready: There are several options for connecting an optional XM or SIRIUS Satellite Radio tuner to this receiver:

    • Sirius: To receive SIRIUS Satellite Radio, you can connect the optional SIRIUS Universal Vehicle Tuner (607SCC1) and the optional Kenwood Sirius Satellite Radio Interface (113CASR20V); package item number 700SIRKENV; or you can connect the optional CA-SR20V Kenwood Sirius Satellite Radio Interface and the SiriusConnect vehicle docking kit (607SCVDOC1); package item number 700SIRKENP, along with your compatible SIRIUS Dock & Play receiver (all sold separately). SIRIUS Satellite Radio features more than 120 streams of original programming beamed coast-to-coast, including 65 streams of commercial-free, digital-quality music, and news, talk, sports, entertainment, and children's programming.
    • XM: A portable XM Satellite Radio receiver can be connected to the headunit via its auxiliary input.

    Note: A subscription is also required to receive satellite radio programming from SIRIUS or XM.

    HD Radio Ready: The DDX616 is HD Radio ready. With an optional Kenwood HD Radio tuner (113HR300, sold separately), you will be able to receive digital AM/FM broadcasts from local stations where available. This new technology will significantly improve audio quality and reception, as well as include information such as artist name and song titles or traffic news, viewable on the receiver's display. The Kenwood KTC-HR300 is also capable of iTunes tagging. iTunes tagging gives the ability to tag a song (up to 50) and stores it to a connected iPod. The next time the iPod is connected to iTunes the tagged songs are displayed with the option to purchase them from the iTunes Store.

    Note: Right now there are about 2,000 radio stations broadcasting using digital HD Radio technology in the U.S. To find HD Radio stations in your area, visit the HD Radio website (HDRadio.com).

    External Tuner Note: You cannot connect both a Satellite Radio Interface and HD Radio tuner to the headunit's KAB port.

    Disc Playback

    Compatible Discs: The Kenwood DDX616 supports playback of DVD-Video, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, DVD-/+R DL, CD-Audio, CD-R/RW, CD-ROM, DTS-CD, and VCD discs.

    AAC/MP3/WMA Playback: This unit can play AAC (16-320 kbps), MP3 (32-320 kbps) and WMA (48-192 kbps) files recorded on CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW and DVD+/-R/W discs in ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, Romeo and Long file name formats. Each disc should have a maximum of 8 directory levels, 254 folders per disc, and 255 files per folder (65,025 maximum number of files and folders). During AAC/MP3/WMA playback, the unit displays song, artist, and album information (up to 128 characters). The unit supports ID3 Tag version 1.0, 1.1, 2.2, 2.3, and 2.4.

    JPEG/MPEG Playback: This unit can play back JPEG (Baseline format: 8192 x 7680, Progressive format: 1600 x 1200) still image files recorded onto DVD-R/W, DVD+R/W, and CD-R/W discs. The unit also supports video playback of MPEG1 (352 x 240, 362 x 288) and MPEG2 (720 x 480, 720 x 576) NTSC video files recorded onto DVD-R/W and DVD+R/W discs.

    CD Read Setting: If there is a problem with the CD player reading a disc with a special format, you can switch to a second CD Read setting which forces the player to read the disc. CD Read setting 1 is for normal CDs and MP3/WMA discs, while CD Read setting 2 cannot read MP3/WMA/AAC discs or VCD.

    List Select: The List Select function allows you to search folders and audio/video/pictures files stored on a disc.

    DVD Display Setup: You can setup the monitor to display a 16:9, 4:3 Letter-Box, or 4:3 Pan&Scan aspect ratio when viewing a DVD 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 briefly displays the information screen. For VCD playback, the top center is the Zoom control area.

    Direct Search: By entering its number with the optional remote (KNA-RCDV330, sold separately) you can directly access title, chapter, time, track, channel, or frequency.

    Video Display Adjustments: During playback of a video or still image you can reverse the picture horizontally and rotate the picture clockwise or counter-clockwise.

    Zoom: The DDX616 features a 4 level zoom (1, 2, 3, or 4x) 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.

    USB/iPod Connectivity

    USB Port: The Kenwood DDX616 features a rear-panel 2.0 USB type-A port that is attached to the chassis with a 39" cord to allow for various placement options during installation. The USB port enables playback of MP3 (32-320 kbps), WMA (48-192 kbps), and AAC (16-320 kbps) audio files; as well as JPEG (8192 x 7680 pixels base format/1600 x 1200 progressive format) still-picture files. The DDX616 also supports video playback of MPEG1 (352 x 240 or 352 x 288) and MPEG2 (720 x 480 or 720 x 576) video files from a connected portable USB mass-storage player, USB thumb drive, or portable digital audio player. The USB port is compatible with all USB mass storage class devices that support the FAT16 or FAT32 file system. The head unit can recognize up to 8 folder layers, 255 folders, 255 files per folder, and 65,025 total files. The unit can also support up to a maximum of 7,000 files per playlist. The unit will display any recorded song, artist, and album information stored on your connected USB device (up to 128 characters. Your USB device's rechargeable battery will be recharged while it is connected to the USB port of the DDX616 and the unit is turned on.

    iPod High Speed Connection: The multimedia headunit's USB port and rear-panel 3.5mm A/V AUX input are compatible with select iPod/iPhone devices when used with the optional KCA-iP301V adapter (113IP301V, sold separately). One end of this cable plugs directly into your iPod's dock connector while the other end of the cable uses three connectors that plug into the back of the DDX616. The USB type-A connector portion of the cable plugs into the receiver's USB port and handles the control and charging of your iPod/iPhone, so you can navigate through your music and video files using the headunit's touchscreen controls and view song and movie info on its display. The two 3.5mm minijack connectors of the cable plug into the unit's A/V 3.5mm inputs and transfer the music and video from your iPod/iPhone to the Kenwood DDX616. By using the Auxiliary input, the music travels to the receiver as an analog signal, so you can even play the Digital-Rights-Protected files you've stored on your iPod/iPhone.

    • USB Connection: The USB direct connection enables high-speed iPod data communications of 12MB/bps via the optional KCA-iP301V (3-Wire) interface. The USB connection allows your iPod/iPhone's large media library to be loaded instantly to the multimedia headunit.
    • Audio/Video Playback: The Kenwood multimedia headunit supports both audio/video playback from your compatible iPod or iPhone. Using the optional Kenwood iPod/iPhone connector cable (sold separately), you can enjoy audio/video playback of music and movie files stored on your iPod or iPhone. Video can only be displayed while the vehicle is in park.
    • Media Navigation: Controlling your iPod/iPhone from the DDX616 is seamless when used with the optional KCA-iP301V cable. The Kenwood DDX616 will allow you to navigate your iPod/iPhone's music library by Playlist, Artists, Album, Genre, Composer, Song, and Podcast; or your video library by Movie, Music Video, TV Show, Video Podcast, and Rented Movie (your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen will be locked). The DDX616 also offers Link Search, which searches for other songs of the currently selected artist.
    • Music Information Display: The DDX616 also supports metadata display of music stored on your iPod/iPhone. The multimedia headunit will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information, including - Track number, Elapsed playing time, Song Title, Artist Name, Album Title and Album Art.
    • Charging: While connected and the ignition switch is set to ACC or ON, the headunit's USB connection will power and charge your iPod/iPhone.

    Note: If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Kenwood DDX616 and the KCA-iP301V iPod adapter cable is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of June 2010):

    iPod/iPhone Model Generation Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
    Audio Video Headunit iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Info Track Info
    dock connector 3rd N N N N N N N
    clickwheel
    color
    4th N N N N N N N
    mini 1st N N N N N N N
    2nd N N N N N N N
    video 5th Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    classic 80GB Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    120GB Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    160GB Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    nano 1st Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2nd Y N Y N Y Y Y
    3rd Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    4th Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    5th Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    6th Y N Y N Y Y Y
    touch 1st Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    2nd Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    3rd Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    4th Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    iPhone 2G Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    3G Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    3GS Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    4 N N N N N N N

    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the headunit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to revert to the older software version or wait until an newer software update is available. Not compatible with iOS 4.0 for iPhone (3G/3GS) or iPod touch (2nd/3rd gen).

    AV Connection

    Front Panel A/V Input: The unit features a front-panel 3.5mm audio/video input on the front panel of the head unit for connecting an external A/V source. The AV Input can be labeled AUX, TV, Video, DVD, VCD, VCR or Game.

    Video/Camera Input: The DDX616 is equipped with a built-in video/camera input with a composite video jack on the rear-chassis of the unit. This composite video terminal can be used to connect an external video source without audio. This input can also be used as a rear camera input for connecting an optional rear view camera, such as the Kenwood CMOS-200 (113CMOS200, 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. You can also display the video of the rear view camera in a mirror image, if desired. The purple/white wire in the wiring harness must be connected to the vehicle's reverse lamp circuit for automatic video switching.

    A/V Output: The unit features a set of stereo RCA jacks and a composite video jack to output A/V signals to an optional monitor. You can choose AV-In, DVD, iPod, USB or Off as the source for the A/V output.

    Navigation Input: You can connect the optional Kenwood KNA-G610  navigation system (113KNAG610, sold separately) to this unit via the round 13-pin jack on the back of the chassis. Third party navigation systems with composite video a can also be connected via the AV-IN input. The KNA-G610's built-in mapping software will display on the compatible Kenwood navigation-ready receiver. You will be able to control the KNA-G610 from the Kenwood navigation-ready headunit's touchscreen monitor, or the headunit's wireless IR remote control (optional).

    Bluetooth/Remote Control

    Built-In Bluetooth: The Kenwood DDX616 features built-in 2.4GHz Bluetooth technology (version 2.0) with a range of 32.8 ft and supports the following profiles: HFP (Hands Free Profile), HSP (Headset Profile), OPP (Object Push Profile), PBAP (Phonebook Access Profile), SPP (Serial Port Profile), and SYNC (Synchronization Profile). The unit's touchscreen controls can be used to dial a number, answer an in-coming call or end a call. The DDX616 can even be setup to automatically answer a call. The DDX616 also supports Call Waiting which allows you to answer another incoming call with the current call suspended. The unit comes with an external microphone with adjustable gain so you can carry on your side of the conversation while listening to the other party through your car's front speakers. During a conversation, you can switch between the Private Mode (talking directly on your cell phone) and the Hands Free Mode. Your cell phone must be paired with the DDX616 before you make and receive calls. You can register up to five cell phones (only one paired phone can be used at a time). You can also wirelessly download the short message (SMS) arrived at your cell-phone so that is can be read on the headunit's display. Using the DDX616, 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.
    • Speed (Preset) Dialing: Allows you to register up to 6 phone numbers for quick dialing.
    • Phone Book: You can dial by using the downloaded phone book. You can download phone book data from your cell phone to the DDX616. Up to 1000 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 for a number by the initials, or you can search the phone book in alphabetical order.
    • Call Log: The Call Log 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.
      • Outgoing Call List: Allows you to dial by using the outgoing call list. Up to 10 phone numbers are stored in the outgoing call list.
      • Incoming Call List: Allows you to dial by using the incoming call list. Up to 10 phone numbers are stored in the incoming call list.
      • Missed Call List: Allows you to dial by using the missed call list. Up to 10 phone numbers are stored in the missed call list.
    • Voice Dialing: If your phone supports voice recognition, then you can dial out by voice command. You can register up to 35 voice tags (audio sound is not output during voice recognition).

    Note: Not all Bluetooth enabled cell-phones will be compatible. Please visit Kenwood.com for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled phones.

    Optional Remote Control: The optional Kenwood KNA-RCDV330 IR wireless remote control (113RCDV330, sold separately) unit is designed to operate this Kenwood multimedia headunit. The KNA-RCDV330 wireless remote controller operates off of two supplied "AAA" batteries. The remote operates off of IR transmission so the KNA-RCDV330 must be pointed at the front-panel of your compatible Kenwood headunit within direct line of sight.

    Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The unit also features an OEM steering wheel remote control input on the rear of the unit that lets you keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with the optional PAC SWI-JACK Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (127SWIJACK, sold separately); or the optional Metra ASWC Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (120ASWC, sold separately).

    Note: Please consult the Crutchfield Car Selector to see if your vehicle is compatible.

     
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    5 out of 5

    Great radio and no BTooth problems

    Written By 530iman, atlanta on Saturday, March 03, 2012
     
    I purchased this radio on feb 24 2012 and it shipped with the new firmware and all the bluetooth bugs worked out. Everything performs either good or great, bluetooth great but it syncs phonebook after every call, not a deal breaker, people on the other end say I sound like a normal speakerphone would, ipod control is great as well 3 second lag between songs is the only negative but it is not consistent, sometimes there is no lag. It improved the sound in my bmw 10 times with the factory amp and speakers. I would recommend this radio to anyone looking for good build quality from a known name with a budget under 400.00. Crutchfield should bring these back... great deal. With all its beels and whistles I was amazed at the price.
    Pros:
    ipod interface on rear of radio, front rear and sub rca output, dual zone audio, real eq,
    Cons:
    ipod skip to next song lags on occasion, phonebook syncs after every call
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    1 out of 5

    Unusable Bluetooth

    Written By Brian, Independence, MO on Sunday, August 07, 2011
     
    Had this stereo for 1 year and fought bluetooth problems the whole time. The bluetooth sound quality was horrible. I tried everything to resolve the issue; firmware updates, calls to Kenwood's tech support, and sent the unit in for service. The only solution that they could give me was to turn the phone volume down. When that was done the sound got better but the stereo volume had to be turned to the max in order to hear the other person.

    I also had issues with the unit randomly rebooting for no reason. When this would happen it would force the ipod to reset. I never had this problem with the previous stereo.

    The interface is not fully refined. If your SWC has a "MODE" button you still have to cycle thru all the sources (XM, Sirius, USB, ect) if you have nothing connected to them.
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    4 out of 5

    Awesome... (mostly)

    Written By DeanT, Metro Detroit, MI on Friday, October 15, 2010
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    Things I like:
    - nice screen, lots of "source" options
    - great radio reception
    - good bluetooth (although a bit quirky)
    - very nice sound quality (even with factor speakers)
    - a LOT OF VALUE for the $$
    NOT so nice:
    - menus seem somewhat disjointed
    - configuration screens can be confusing and limiting
    - time to import bluetooth phone book takes forever and does so EVERY time the phone gets paired; regardless if it's the same phone
    - no A/V input on back (except for Ipod connection)
    - owners manual is horribly deficient of valueable details
    - doesn't play divX
    - still haven't figured out some of the front "a/v in" limitations
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    5 out of 5

    Awesome Look, Great Function

    Written By Kurt, Chattanooga, TN on Wednesday, May 19, 2010
     
    I bought the DDX616 from Crutchfield in March 2010 along with all the accessories (trim panel, Sirius radio, steering wheel control adapter). I installed it in a 2008 Mazda3. It took a good 8 hours to install everything, but that includes painting the trim panel to match the "piano black" plastic and modifying the filler panel to fit a trip computer. Anyway, the DDX616 works and sounds great. I love the touch panel control. I haven't played any DVDs yet, but the iPod control and Sirius are fantastic. Only negatives are that it didn't read in my Blackberry contacts for the hands-free phone (the phone works fine, but just didn't read the contacts) and it takes about 20 seconds to boot up when you first turn it on. The graphics are kind of cheesy, but not bad. I got the Kenwood in case I want to add the navigation module in the future (Kenwood's the only one to use non-proprietary navigation... they use Garmin). I highly recommend this one to anyone looking for a state-of-the-art double-DIN head unit.
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