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Our take on the Kenwood DDX719

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.

Large and in charge
Do you want to upgrade that bland radio in your car's dash? You'll be hard pressed to find a better way than installing Kenwood's DDX719 DVD receiver. It features a stunning 6.95 touchscreen that'll make everyone take notice of your ride.

But beauty isn't skin deep in this case. The DDX719 will enrich your in-car audio/video experience with a variety of tools: easy-to-use iPod® controls, access to music and video apps through your iPhone®, and Bluetooth® hands-free calling and audio streaming. And you can use that big touchscreen to change sources, choose music, select DVD menu items, or adjust EQ settings with just a few quick touches of your fingertip. For a final touch, you can even set this Kenwood's control buttons to match the color of your vehicle's dash illumination.

Kenwood DDX719

Enjoy apps
Plug your iPhone into the DDX719's USB input, and you can control Pandora® Internet radio, with easy access to your stations, "thumbs-up" and "thumbs-down" ratings, and other major functions. You can watch Netflix content on the built-in screen whenever you're parked, or send video to a screen in the back so your passengers can watch while you drive. And you can download Garmin's "Streetpilot" app for iPhone, then use the receiver's screen for navigation.

Play your other media
You'll also have control over the music and video content on your iPod from the touchscreen, so finding the tune you want to hear is a snap. And of course the DDX719 plays CDs and DVDs, along with recordable discs loaded with MP3, WMA, and AAC files. You can enjoy other A/V sources by plugging them into the A/V input. The DDX719 also works with the SiriusXM tuner (not included) to bring you the wide variety of music, sports, and entertainment offered by satellite radio.

The Bluetooth advantage
The DDX719's built-in Bluetooth lets you keep your hands on the wheel you receive a call. Your phonebook transfers easily to the receiver, so it's easy to make outgoing calls — you can even use voice dialing with compatible phones. And this Kenwood will play the music you've stored on your phone wirelessly through the Bluetooth A2DP profile.

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

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

Note: If you're going to use your iPod with this receiver, be sure to check Details for specific iPod model compatibility with this receiver or its optional iPod adapter.

Highlights:

    General features:
    • DVD/CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in internal amp (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • 6.95" motorized touchscreen with variable color button illumination
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • Pandora control with iPhone
    • iPhone App Mode with limited control of apps like Netflix and YouTube
    • display function for Garmin "Streetpilot" navigation app for iPhone
    • fits double-DIN dash openings
    Audio/video features:
    • plays CDs, DVDs, and USB memory devices (see Details for full capabilities)
    • 3-band equalizer
    • high- and low-pass filters
    • subwoofer controls
    • speaker type setting
    Expandability:
    • iPod control: Kenwood cable required for full access to audio/video content
    • works with SiriusXM tuner (not included)
    • inputs: rear USB and A/V inputs, rear-view camera input
    • outputs: A/V output, 6-channel preamp outputs (4-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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    No
    Preamp Voltage
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    4 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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    Adapter required
    Parts Warranty
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    1 Year
    Labor Warranty
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    1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input
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    USB Input
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    Rear
    Memory Card Slot
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    USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible
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    Included
    Satellite Radio Ready
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    SiriusXM
    HD Radio
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    No
    Navigation
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    No
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size
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    Classic/5Gen
    Nano
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    Nano7/Nano6/Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/
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    iPhone
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    Phone5/Phone4S/Phone4/Phone3GS
    Tuner
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    9.3 dBf
    European Tuning
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    Seek/Scan
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    Radio Data System
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    Product Research
    What's in the box?

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    • Double-DIN DVD receiver with built-in 6.95" monitor (10A fuse installed in chassis)
    • Sleeve (attached)
    • Trim ring
    • Wiring harness
    • KS-UBT1 USB Bluetooth adapter (installed in front-panel USB port)
    • Microphone with integrated bracketed (attached 10' cable terminated by a 3.5mm connector)
    • 6.5' Parking brake wire (light green)
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • 6 Pan-head ISO-mount screws
    • 6 Flat-head ISO-mount screws
    • Rear-support stud
    • Rubber boot
    • Instruction Manual (English)
    • Instruction Manual (Spanish)
    • Instruction Manual (French)
    • Warranty card
    • Correction note

    Our Product Research Team

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    Touchscreen Display
    Built-in Bluetooth
    Disc Playback
    USB/iPod/Android
    Radio Functions
    Audio Section
    AV Connections
    Remote Control

    Touchscreen Display

    Motorized Touchscreen Display: The Kenwood DDX719 features a motorized 6.95" wide, 16:9 touchscreen display with a TFT active matrix system and LED backlighting. 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. The monitor electronically slides down for loading or ejecting a disc.

    Angle Adjustment: The bottom of the touchscreeen monitor can be tilted upward at six different positions to provide the best visibility in your vehicle.

    Customized Top Menu: You can register up to 3 of your favorite sources (Disc, Tuner, USB, iPod, Pandora, Bluetooth, SiriusXM, AV-IN1, AV-IN2, or Standby) as the unit's Top Menu screen for easier, quicker access.

    Custom Background Images: You can download a still image for use as the unit's background from a connected USB thumbdrive.

    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, Dutch, Russian, Portuguese, Chinese (simplified/traditional), Thai, Turkish, Arabic, Persian, Hebrew, or Greece. 

    Note: For connected external monitors; only English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Dutch, Russian, and Portuguese are available.

    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.

    Front Panel Controls with Variable Color Illumination: In addition to the touchscreen controls, the unit includes frequently used buttons along the bottom 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).

    Note: The Kenwood logo remains red, regardless of variable color illumination setting.

    Parking Brake Detection: To prevent the display of video while the vehicle is in motion, the light green wire (attached to the rear-chassis) 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 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.

    Security Indicator: The Security Indicator feature helps to protect the Kenwood DDX719 against theft. Turning this function "On" allows the security indicator light (red) on the front-panel of the head unit to flash when your vehicle's ignition is off.

    2-DIN Chassis: The DDX719 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 Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to verify fit with your vehicle.

    Built-in Bluetooth

    USB Bluetooth Adapter: The Kenwood DDX719 comes supplied with a USB Bluetooth Adapter (KS-UBT1) which is pre-installed into the head unit's hidden front-panel USB input, making the DDX719 Bluetooth 2.0 certified. The unit's hidden front-panel USB port is located behind the detachable touchscreen monitor. The DDX719 supports Bluetooth hands-free communication and wireless audio streaming.

    Note: The USB Bluetooth Adapter (KS-UBT1) must remain plugged into the front-panel USB port. The front-panel USB port cannot be used for playback of USB memory devices.

    Bluetooth Technology: Bluetooth is a two-way wireless communication system allowing you to make and receive phone calls wirelessly from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, as well as wirelessly stream audio from your Bluetooth enabled portable music player using the Kenwood in-dash multimedia receiver. Bluetooth wireless technology operates on a 2.4GHZ frequency band within a range of approximately 10 meters (about 33 feet).

    Bluetooth Profiles: 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 Profiles:

    • Hands-Free Communication: HFP (Hands Free Profile), OPP (Object Push Profile), PBAB (Phone Book Access Profile).
    • Audio Streaming: A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).

    Pairing: Your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone or digital audio player must be paired with DDX719 before hands-free & wireless operation. You can register up to five Bluetooth enabled devices with the Kenwood head unit. You can keep two phones connected at all times (only one can be used during a call).

    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 DDX719. See Kenwood's Bluetooth Compatibility List for the latest mobile device compatibility.

    External Microphone: The Kenwood DDX719 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 level of the microphone without affecting the other sources. The external microphone features an attached 12' 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 1.485" (depth).

    Note: This unit does not offer an integrated front-panel microphone.

    Bluetooth Hands-Free Communication: The head unit supports Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. The touchscreen controls of the DDX719 can be used to dial a number, answer an in-coming call, or end a call. The unit also features 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 (front or all). 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 on the head unit's touchscreen monitor. You can answer the call from the head unit's touchscreen, or setup the head unit to automatically answer the incoming call within 5 seconds.
    • Dialing a Number: Using the DDX719, 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 download phone book data from your cell phone to the DDX719, so you can then dial by using the downloaded phone book numbers. 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 do an alphabetical search (A-Z) to find your desired contact.
      • 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 (up to 50 each).
      • 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 parking brake.

    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.

    Note: You cannot read, edit, or send a message through this unit.

    Wireless Audio Streaming: The Kenwood DDX719 also supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth enabled audio player or smartphone. The DDX719 will be able to control basic playback functions of your Bluetooth device's stored music; such as Play/Pause, Skip Next/Previous, and Fast Forward/Rewind. The head unit will also display your stored music's song information; such as Song and Album title. The DDX719 also supports audio streaming of music apps (such as iHeartRadio, SiriusXM, Last.fm, Rhapsody, & Slacker) , but without control or metadata. You will continue to use your Bluetooth enabled smartphone to view and control streaming music apps.

    Note: 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.

    Disc Playback

    Compatible Discs: The Kenwood DDX719 supports playback of DVD-Video, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, CD-Audio, CD-Text, CD-R/RW, DTS-CD, and VCD discs.

    Note: The touchscreen monitor electronically slides down for loading and ejecting discs.

    Dolby Digital/DTS: The DDX719 supports playback of Dolby Digital and DTS 2.0 DVD discs and will convert multi-channel Dolby Digital sources to 2-channel.

    AAC/MP3/WMA Playback: This unit can play AAC (16-320 kbps), MP3 (32-320 kbps) and WMA (32-320 kbps) files recorded on CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, and DVD+R/W discs in ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, and Romeo formats. The head unit can recognize a total of 5,000 files and 250 folders per disc (a maximum of 999 filers per folder). During AAC/MP3/WMA playback, the unit displays song, artist, and album information (up to 50 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 (32 x 32 to 8192 x 7680) still image files recorded onto DVD-R/W, DVD+R/W, and CD-R/W discs. The unit also supports video playback of MPEG1 & MPEG2 (NTSC) video files recorded onto DVD-R/W and DVD+R/W discs.

    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 DDX719 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.

    USB/iPod/Android

    Rear-Panel USB Port: The Kenwood DDX719 features a rear-panel Full-Speed 2.0 USB (type-A) port attached to the unit's rear chassis by a 39" cable. The rear-panel USB port enabled playback of MP3 (32-320 kbps), WMA (32-320 kbps), and AAC (16-320 kbps) audio files; as well as JPEG (32 x 32 to 8192 x 7680) still-picture files stored on a USB Mass Storage Class device. The DDX719 also supports video playback of MPEG1/MPEG2 video files from a connected portable USB MSC device. The USB port is compatible with all USB mass storage class devices formatted in FAT16 or FAT32 file system. The head unit can recognize a total of 5,000 files and 250 folders per USB device (a maximum of 999 filers per folder). The unit will display any recorded song, artist, and album information stored on your connected USB device (up to 50 characters). Your USB device's rechargeable battery will be recharged while it is connected to the USB port (max. 1A) of the DDX719 and the unit is turned on.

    Note: You cannot connect a USB device via a USB hub or Multi-Card Reader to the head unit's rear-panel USB port. There is also a front-panel USB port hidden behind the unit's detachable touchscreen monitor. This USB port is used only for the pre-installed USB Bluetooth adapter. It cannot be used to connect a USB memory device.

    iPod/iPhone Connectivity: The Kenwood DDX719 supports audio/video playback from select Apple iPods and iPhones.

    • Audio/Video Playback: The Kenwood DDX719's rear-panel USB (type-A) port and rear-panel 3.5mm A/V AUX input allow you to connect your Apple iPod/iPhone using the KCA-iP202 iPod cable (113KCIP202, sold separately). The unit's USB port handles the control, metadata display, and charging of your iPod/iPhone. You can navigate through your music and video files using the head unit's touchscreen controls and view song and movie info on its display, while your iPod/iPhone charges. The 3.5mm AV input handles audio and video transfer from your iPod/iPhone to the Kenwood DDX719. 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. The unit's rear-panel AV input must be set to "iPod" in order to playback audio/video from your connected iPod/iPhone. Video can only be displayed while the vehicle is in park.
    • Audio Only Playback: If you only want to playback audio from your iPod or iPhone, you can simply connect it to the DDX719's USB port using either the USB/iPod dock cable that came with your iPod/iPhone or Kenwood's iPod Direct Connect Cable (113KCIP102, sold separately). This 1-wire USB connection bypasses the iPod/iPhone's DAC and sound quality is maximized through the head unit's 24-bit D/A converter, allowing for a Signal-to-Noise ratio up to 99dB. The unit's rear-panel AV input must be set to "AV-IN2" in order to use the 1-wire USB connection. You will not be able to play Digital-Rights-Protected files.

    Note: If you have an iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), or iPhone 5; use the Lighting-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect to the head unit. These Apple devices only support audio playback (no video output).

    iPod Control: You can choose to control your connected iPod/iPhone from the head unit, from the iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen, or from select apps streamed to your iPhone.

    • Head Unit Control Mode: The Kenwood head unit allows you to navigate your iPod's music library by Playlist, Artists, Album, Genre, Composer, Song, Podcast, or Audiobook. Your iPod's video library can be searched by Video Playlist, Movie, Music Video, TV Show, Video Podcast, Rented Movie, or iTunesU. You can then search each of these categories using the head unit's touchscreen slider function. The head unit also supports Repeat (track) & Random (album) playback functions of your connected iPod/iPhone.
    • iPod/App Control Mode: The iPod/App control mode allows you to control stored audio/video content from your connected iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen. This is very useful for the person riding in your passenger seat. The iPod/App mode also lets you listen to your favorite music apps, such as iHeartRadio, SiriusXM, Last.fm, Rhapsody, & Slacker streamed to your iPhone (iOS 3.0+) through the Kenwood head unit and your vehicle's speakers. You can even watch video on the Kenwood DVD receiver's touchscreen from streaming movie apps, such as Netflix & YouTube, downloaded on your iPhone 4/4S (iOS 4.0+), via the Kenwood KCA-iP202 iPod cable (sold separately). The App Mode's video functions can only be accessed when the vehicle is in park and the hand-brake is fully engaged. Not all apps will be compatible with App Mode and App Mode will provide only limited (basic), if any, control over the app. Available controls may include - Play/Pause & Skip Previous/Next.

    Note: Access to your iPhone's downloaded applications will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet.

    iPod/iPhone Display: The Kenwood DDX719 will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information when you are controlling your iPod or iPhone from the Kenwood multimedia head unit. The head unit will display Track number, Elapsed playing time, Artist name, Song title, and Album label. The unit will also display Album Art. If you choose to operate your connected iPod/iPhone in iPod/App Control Mode, the DDX719 will not display your iPod/iPhone's music information (the head unit will instead display 'iPhone App and iPod Control Mode + Parking Off').

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

    Pandora App: Pandora is the leading Internet Radio music service in the United States, giving people music they love anytime, anywhere, through personalized radio stations. The free Pandora app lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the Kenwood DDX719 using your connected Apple iPhone, via the Kenwood KCA-iP202 iPod cable (sold separately), or the USB/Dock cable supplied with your iPhone. To access Pandora you must have an Apple iPhone (iOS 3.0 or later) with the latest version of the Pandora application from Apple's iTunes App Store. Your iPhone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. You will also need a Pandora music service account. The DDX719 will provide control over the Pandora music service & display Artist, Album, & Song information (including Album Art).

    • Station List: You can select Pandora stations from your Station List by date or alphabetically (A-Z).
    • QuickMix: QuickMix allows you to listen to songs played on one or more Pandora stations in your Station List randomly. You will need to edit your QuickMix station selections on the iPhone before connection.
    • Skip Songs: You can skip song tracks within a station. You cannot skip back to a previous song. Pandora limits the number of skips allowed.
    • Thumbs Up/Down: You can give songs a thumbs up or thumbs down to help Pandora personalize stations to suit your preferences.
    • Bookmarking: The song or artist currently being played can be bookmarked & stored in your Pandora account.

    Note: Access to the Pandora service will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada & only available in the United States.

    Garmin App: In addition, with the Kenwood KCA-iP202 iPod cable (sold separately) you can view navigation maps and get audible/visual directions on the Kenwood DVD receiver's touchscreen, from the Garmin StreetPilot Onboard USA app ($49.99), when downloaded onto your connected iPhone 4/4S (iOS 4.0+). The Garmin StreetPilot Onboard USA app contains NAVTEQ map data for the United States (lower 49 states); with over a million POIs, turn-by turn directions, lane assist with junction view, traffic updates, and speed limit alerts. And because the map data is downloaded onto your iPhone and does not live on the network, wireless coverage is not required to navigate. Once you have selected your destination on your connected iPhone, your map route will be visible on the DDX719's touchscreen (even with parking brake disengaged) and turn-by-turn directions can be heard through your car stereo speakers. You will continue to use your iPhone's touchscreen to control the Garmin StreetPilot USA app. The screen of your iPhone and the screen of the Kenwood DDX719 will not be identical.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Kenwood DDX719 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 9/26/2012):

    iPod/iPhone Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Pandora App Garmin App Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone App Mode Song/Artist Text Track Info Album Art
    dock connector 3rd N/A N N N N N N N N N N N
    clickwheel
    color
    4th N/A N N N N N N N N N N N
    mini 1st N/A N N N N N N N N N N N
    2nd N/A N N N N N N N N N N N
    video 5th 1.3 Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N N Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y N N Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y N N Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y N N Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N N Y Y Y N N Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y N N Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y N N Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y N N Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y N N Y
    6th 1.1 PC Y N Y Y N Y Y Y N N Y
    7th 1.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y N N Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y N N Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y N N Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y N N Y
    4th 6.0 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y N N Y
    5th 6.0 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y N N Y
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y Y Y Y Audio only Y Y Y Y N Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y Y Y Y Audio only Y Y Y Y N Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y Audio only Y Y Y Y N Y
    4 6.0 Y Y Y Y Audio/Video Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 6.0 Y Y Y Y Audio/Video Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5 6.0 Y N Y Y Audio only Y Y Y Y N Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y Audio/Video Y Y Y Y Y N
    2 6.0 Y Y Y Y Audio/Video Y Y Y Y Y N
    3 6.0 Y Y Y Y Audio/Video Y Y Y Y Y N

    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

    Music Control for Android Smartphone: The Kenwood Music Control app for Android organizes your Android smartphone's music, while providing quick and easy search capability from the Kenwood DVD receiver. The free Kenwood Music Control App for Android can be downloaded onto your Android smartphone from the Android Market place. Your Android smartphone must be running Android OS 2.2 or later. Once the app is downloaded and has a chance to organize all the stored music on your Android smartphone, you can connect your Android smartphone to the Kenwood DVD receiver via USB (your compatible Android smartphone must be recognized as a USB mass storage class device; not compatible with MTP protocol). The Kenwood Music Control app offers the following Android supported functions.

    • Song Management: Music stored in your Android smartphone can be navigated from the Kenwood DVD receiver. Songs can be easily selected by searching for a Song title, Artist name, Album label, or Genre.
    • Song Information Display: Song information such as Artist name, Song title, and Album label are displayed on the connected Kenwood DVD receiver.
    • Mood Playlist: Playlists can be created by classifying songs into categories by type of mood. Songs are analyzed and classified into the following categories of moods - High Energy (Active/Powerful/Core), Acoustic (Detailed/Simple/Smooth/Easy), Standard (Dynamic/Rockin/Vivid), Stylistic (Cool/Urban/Trance)
    • Intro Skip: This function allows you to choose and listen to only the hook-lines of songs stored in your Android smartphone.

    Note: When the Kenwood Music Control app is first downloaded it will require some time to populate all the music, so we suggest doing this overnight.

    Music Files Format Supported by Music Control app for Android:

    Codec Extension Bit Rate Sampling Frequency
    AAC .aac, m4a up to 160 kbps 8-48 kHz
    MP3 .mp3 8-320 kbps n/a
    PCM/WAV .wav n/a n/a

    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. Latest firmware updates are available at Kenwood's 2012 Multimedia Receiver Firmware Updater.

    Note: The tested head unit contained firmware/software version 1.03.00.

    Radio Functions

    AM/FM Tuner: The Kenwood DDX719 features a built-in AM/FM tuner. 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.

    Auto Memory Tuning: Not only does the DVD receiver's tuner allow you manually enter your desired presets you can choose to have the unit automatically put stations with good reception in the memory banks automatically; this is a handy feature when traveling.

    Mono Mode: This feature reduces the noise (static) when a stereo broadcast is received as monaural (for FM band only).

    SiriusXM Ready: The Kenwood DDX719 comes ready for SiriusXM programming with access to XM and Sirius Satellite Radio stations. Thanks to its proprietary SiriusXM Connect port, you can add the optional SXV200V1 SiriusXM Connect tuner and receive more than 150 channels of exclusive programming directly from SiriusXM, via the "SiriusXM All Access" package (subscription required). Visit SiriusXM.com for a complete list of subscription options and channel guide. Additional features of the SXV200 SiriusXM Connect tuner include:

    • Channel list displays a list of all available channels
    • Category Search searches for channels in a certain category
    • Displayed Information such as Channel Name, Artist Name, & Song Title can be viewed on the head unit's LCD
    • Up to 24 SiriusXM Satellite Radio station presets
    • Supports the SiriusXM Instant Replay function, so you can pause, rewind, and replay up to 30 minutes of live content
    • Channels containing unsuitable content for children can be blocked

    Note: A separate SiriusXM Satellite Radio subscription is required (operates on the XM Network). If you already have a Sirius Satellite Radio subscription, this radio cannot be added as a discounted second unit. If you have an existing XM Satellite Radio subscription, you can add this unit as a discounted second unit.

    Audio Section

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The Kenwood DDX719 utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior CD sound quality.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood DDX719 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 DDX719 are as follows:

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

    6ch/4V Preamp Outputs: The DDX719 features front, rear and subwoofer 4.0-volt preamp outputs. The front and rear speaker preamp outputs are balance and fade adjustable. The subwoofer preamp output is non-fading. The front, rear, and subwoofer preamp outputs are fixed to the rear chassis of the head unit.

    Front & Rear High-Pass Filter: The DDX719 features an independent High-Pass Crossover for the front & rear channels when your front & rear speakers are connected by the unit's speaker-outputs or preamp-outputs. You can adjust the high-pass crossover from 'Through' (off), 40, 60, 80, 100, 120, 150, 180, or 220 Hz. The "Through" selection is a full-range setting. This feature is very helpful when you have smaller-type speakers in the front and larger-type speakers installed in the rear of the vehicle.

    Subwoofer Controls: The Kenwood DDX719 offers the following subwoofer controls, when you have the unit's subwoofer preamp output activated.

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

    Speaker Type Setting: This feature tailors the DDX719 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).

    Preset EQ: Eight EQ curves are preset into memory, allowing you to recall the best preset EQ curve for different types of music. Each preset has its own level settings for bass (100Hz), midrange (1kHz), and treble (12.5kHz). You can choose from the following preset EQ curves - Rock, Pops, Easy, Top 40, Jazz, Natural, Flat, and User.

    EQ Pro: The DDX719 features independent Bass, Treble, and Midrange control when the Preset EQ is in User mode. EQ Pro allows you to adjust the following settings for the Bass, Treble and Mid frequency levels.

    EQ Pro
    Center Frequency Q-Factor Bass Extension Level
    Bass 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 100, 120, or 150 Hz 1.00, 1.25, 1.50, or 2.00 On/Off -8 to +8
    Midrange 0.5k, 1.0k, 1.5k, or 2.0k Hz 1.00 or 2.00 N/A
    Treble 10.0k, 12.5k, 15.0k, or 17.5k Hz N/A N/A

    Loudness: This function enhances low and high frequencies to make the sound clearer lower volumes. There are 3 levels (LV1, LV2, or Off).

    Source Tone Memory: This feature allows you to store System Q bass, middle and treble tone settings for each source (Disc, AM/FM, AV-IN1/2, USB, iPod, Bluetooth Audio, and Pandora).

    Volume Offset: The level of each source may be independently adjusted to prevent radical leaps in output volume when switching from one source to another. The available settings range from -8 to 0 (-8 to +8 for Aux source).

    Tel Mute: The DDX719 features a cell-phone mute wire (tan) in its harness that when hooked up to your car's phone system mute wire will automatically mute the receiver's audio signal when a call comes in.

    Key Beep: The in-dash multimedia head unit provides an audible beep to confirm button operation. This function can be turned On or Off.

    AV Connection

    Dual AV Inputs: The unit features two rear-panel AV inputs for connecting external A/V sources. The unit is equipped with a 3.5mm AV input and a composite/stereo RCA AV input. You can label each AV Input.

    • AV1 Input Label: Video1, DVD, VCD, VCR, Game, Aux, TV, or Navigation.
    • AV2 Input Label: iPod, Video2, DVD, VCD, VCR, Game, Aux, TV, or Navigation.

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

    DVD Receiver Source A/V Output Source
    DVD DVD, AV-IN1, AV-IN2, or Off
    Tuner/SiriusXM (optional tuner required) DVD, USB, iPod, AV-IN1, AV-IN2, or Off
    USB USB, AV-IN1, AV-IN2, or Off
    iPod iPod, AV-IN1, or Off
    Pandora AV-IN1, or Off
    Bluetooth Audio DVD, USB, iPod, AV-IN1, AV-IN2, or Off
    AV-IN1/AV-IN2 DVD, USB, iPod, AV-IN1, AV-IN2, or Off

    Note: The volume of the A/V output will be controlled by your rear entertainment system.

    Camera Input: The unit features a composite video 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. The purple/white wire (in 22-pin harness) must be connected to the vehicle's reverse lamp circuit for automatic video switching. Automatic video switching takes approximately 1.5 seconds. You can manually set the touchscreen to display both the navigation map and back-up camera at the same time, when backing up. Audio from your music source will continue playing, while the back-up camera is displayed.  

    Remote Control

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

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

     
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    4 out of 5

    ddx719 refrub

    Written By audiolamb6, al. on Tuesday, April 09, 2013
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    i've had this unit for a month and like it alot
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    5 out of 5

    Great for iphone 4/4S users

    Written By Claudio, Fairfax VA on Sunday, February 10, 2013
     
    To be fair, this unit came out well before the iphone 5 and so the fact that it's not completely compatible with iOS6 is not necessarily Kenwoods fault. I do have a 30 pin to lightning adapter and while that cable won't transmit video, I still get audio. Maps will still voice over GPS directions which is good.

    I think this is a great unit for iphone 4/4S users. I found that it was less buggy than Pioneer software, it just worked. The buttons are small but I think that's a good thing. Doesn't look as cheesy as most head units. I also like that you can customize the color of the buttons. The large screen and matte finish of the face is what most attracted me to it, it almost looks OEM in my car as it blends in perfectly with the materials of my dash. The glossy finish of other head units just looked terrible and stuck out. I hope more head units follow this model, in the future...
    Pros:
    Matte finish. Blends in with the materials of most dashboards much better than shiny units. Works well with iphone 4/4S
    Cons:
    I've seen higher resolution screens but this one is still a nice screen.
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    2 out of 5

    Wouldn't buy this model again

    Written By rjh.3280, Central Michigan on Saturday, December 08, 2012
     
    I bought this unit when I had an iPhone 4s and everything worked well except for the bluetooth call quality. I saw that the firmware could be upgraded so I purchased the HU thinking that I can upgrade the firmware after I upgraded to an iPhone 5. There was no such luck, after contacting Kenwood, I was told that they are not going to make a new lightning adapter nor will they update the firmware to help with the bluetooth functionality. My biggest gripe now is the call quality via bluetooth, everybody that I have called from my vehicle cannot understand what I am saying.
    Pros:
    bright crisp screen
    Cons:
    No support for IOS 6, extremely poor phone call quality.
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    3 out of 5

    Can be Buggy

    Written By jimmy-james, MN on Friday, November 09, 2012
     
    Can be buggy when connecting the Garmin GPS app..... had many issues... Now that I have an Iphone 5 there is no way to get the garmin app to work, no converter cable.. I didn't think this one trough very well!
    Pros:
    Nice sound
    Cons:
    Connectivity bites....... Buggy when connected to the Garmin app.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Unit

    Written By J. Boz, Trumbull, CT on Friday, November 09, 2012
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    Very good unit. Pandora and Garmin Navigation work perfect although I preferred the Tom Tom Navigation for the IPhone. Garmin is the only compatible Nav when using the additional iPhone cable. You must download Garmin which is $49.99 and then pay for an additional feature to allow it to sync with your unit which is also $49.99 for a total of $100.00.
    Pros:
    Ease of use. Cost is very reasonable. Works very well with iPhone
    Cons:
    None that I found yet :)
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    3 out of 5

    Having Issues

    Written By TAL68, St. Johns, FL on Thursday, November 08, 2012
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    I love this product when it is working. It has all of the features I wanted (satellite, hands-free, ipod). However, it locks up on me constantly, usually after I receive a phone call via the hands free. Once this happens I can't change any channels. I can only correct the problem by either resetting the radio (whereby I have to re-program all of the pre-sets and phone settings) or by turning the car off (not an option when driving on the highway). If I didn't have this problem, I would give this radio 5 stars.
    Pros:
    Fits perfectly in my dash, screen size & picture, features
    Cons:
    locks/freezes up (usually after hands free use).
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    5 out of 5

    Really nice unit

    Written By Jonccs, Littleton, Colorado on Sunday, October 07, 2012
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    The straight on this unit is you won't be disappointed. I suggest having it installed so you can enjoy it that much faster without all the stress. I left my OEM speakers in my Ford F150 and added a Sound Ordinance sub that sounds really good for my needs. I also added the Sirius receiver and had to purchase a plan from them for about $12.00 per month so consider that little extra cost. I was going to go for the GPS Nav unit but found that the new OS 6 on the IPhone or IPad more than I would ever need not to get lost so I saved myself $500.00. You will need that for installation and extras.
    Pros:
    Great sound and ease of use. With a little help from my 24 year old daughter I never even opened the manual. Love this Kenwood! It blows my really nice sounding OEM away!
    Cons:
    The 7 inch screen is great during the day but I can't seem to figure out how to adjust brightness in the evening. It has an automatic setting but it is still hard to drive at night. Guess I will have to open the manual and see if that is possible.
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    5 out of 5

    Packed With Features

    Written By plumber802, Swanton,Vermont on Sunday, September 30, 2012
     
    I gave this head unit 5 stars across the board because I love it so much.I did LOTS of research before deciding in this HU.The runner-up was a similar Alpine unit but the Kenwood won out because it just had so much more to offer.I'm not going to go into a detailed review feature by feature since I just don't consider myself that articulate.I did the install myself into a 2008 Silverado 2500 with factory Bose sound.I did initially call Crutchfield customer service to confirm the adapters I would need so as to avoid any surprises.If you have a late model Chevy pickup with Bose and XM you WILL need the GMOS-100 adapter.This adapter takes care of everything you need to make the Kenwood interface with all controls.The GMOS-100 is definitely a little pricey but mostly "plug-n-play" with the factory amp and so forth.It comes with many harnesses to cover most vehicles.Instructions were just OK.I did hit a snag where it was unclear whether to use the RCA jacks or splice the speakers wires, a simple call to Crustcfield CS quickly got me back on track.Use the RCA jacks if you have BOSE. Also,you will need to make room for the head unit and accompanying wires and interface box by cutting out a section of plastic within the dash.I did this with a Dremel.Once installed and powered up the DDX-719 just IMPRESSES.The grafics are great and the controls are intuitive.PLEASE NOTE: you will need a separate cable in order to take full advantage of your iPhone.With Motion X gps app no nav needed.:)
    Pros:
    6.95" screen.IPhone integration allows you to use MotionX GPS.Great sound.Great value for the money.Kenwood quality.
    Cons:
    Iphone interface cable required for some apps.Controls on the front of the unit are a little small.No remote.
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood DDX719

    Written By Anonymous, Puerto Rico on Thursday, September 27, 2012
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    Great Unit!
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    5 out of 5

    Great unit

    Written By Moneyman40, La Grange, Ky on Friday, August 17, 2012
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    This is a great unit. I haven't had any problems with it whatsoever. Using the kit that came with my order from Crutchfield, it installed quickly. This unit has plenty of settings for audio to get the sound just right. Also, ground the ebrake wire and video works fine. I think the menus are pretty easy to understand.
    Pros:
    Works great. Does as advertised
    Cons:
    It would be nice if it had different skins or have a much more customizable look to it.
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    4 out of 5

    Excellent

    Written By coopebh, Kansas on Thursday, July 12, 2012
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    DDX-719 seems priced about $100 too high as compared to other DVD players on the market. The sound quality is good as well as the cool factor (big screen). We struggled with the installation but made a call to Crutchfield and got it cleared up. The most confusing installation segment is connecting the wiring harness to the e-brake...that took as long as installing the whole unit.
    Pros:
    Interface with phone works well. DVD player quality good. Big screen!
    Cons:
    Big screen but little buttons and a confusing menu that will take months to master.
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    5 out of 5

    Terrific unit, great features, nice price

    Written By davidb, Canton, GA on Sunday, July 08, 2012
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    I've had the DDX719 for little over a month now and love it! The features work as expected and advertised. It is a great match for my iPhone and the two together make me happier with each. I was a little reluctant to start pulling bits and pieces of my '06 Altima out of the dash (I don't work on my car all that much) - but the directions were good and with a few questions answered by Crutchfield support, I had the head unit, steering wheel adapter and the Bose system adapter installed and sounding great.

    There were a few gotchas for me - mostly because I didn't know much about the settings. The default is for Bluetooth Audio to play only through the front 2 speakers (this can be changed in the Bluetooth settings). For the steering wheel adapter to work, there is an enable remote setting that must be set to on (I thought that was for an IR remote).

    What a terrific piece of work. I waited about a year before making this purchase and thought I would need to spend 1K or more to get the features that I wanted. I might upgrade to the Garmin app at some point - but for now there are other GPS apps that display fine on the screen (in app mode). That works fine for me. I couldn't be happier with my first Kenwood purchase, first DIY install and my first Crutchfield purchase - all three turned out great.
    Pros:
    Lots of usable features Terrific Sound Quality Great iPhone integration
    Cons:
    Menus have so many options that some can be difficult to fine.
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    5 out of 5

    Better than i thought awesome features

    Written By Ivan G, Arizona on Thursday, July 05, 2012
     
    I put this on a 07 charger and im glad i purchased this unit,,the dvd is nice and clean the blue tooth is easy to setup and works perfectly its my favorite feature,,,i had to buy a new bezel for my car in order to dir properly and that cost me another 200 so thats my only negative bout it...i purchased this unit at a different electronics retailers for the same price but i orderd the ipod video wire here on crutchfield and it came fast,,,Ipod controls ae awesome and eAsy,,,also features of the unit is worth the price,,,looks clean and kenwood brand is a great one,,,i Was hoping it came with the remote but it didnt i have to order it here soon,,,overall i love this unit and it controls my headrest and flip down screen that i also have in my charger,,,im happy with my purchase
    Pros:
    7 inch screen,,,,blue tooth,,,inputs,,,brand,,,features,,,,
    Cons:
    Had to replace my bezel for this to fit,,,,sound settings lil confusing,,picture is hard to set for perfect picture
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    5 out of 5

    Great double dinn

    Written By Giovanny, Boston, MA on Sunday, June 10, 2012
     
    I installed the DDX719 on a 2011 Civic si Absolutely love the unit Kenwood makes great products
    Pros:
    Easy to use,costumizable interface,iPod controls are great.
    Cons:
    Bluetooth streaming does not work with subs.
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    5 out of 5

    Love it

    Written By etrent808, lahaina hawaii on Monday, June 04, 2012
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    Have had for a week now n works grate. Bluetooth is has work fine took a bit to get it to work the first time. But its been good ever since.
    Pros:
    Good color n display.
    Cons:
    Cant play dvds when driving but can bypass that laterz.
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    5 out of 5

    Solid Product for the Price

    Written By Michael S, Dallas, TX on Thursday, May 10, 2012
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    Put this in a 2008 Honda Accord (the dash kit looks great, better than factory). Huge improvement over factory even before I installed the JL Amp and Sub. Complete system JL V2 300/4 Pushing 4 Polk 6 inch, Alpine 500 watt mono pushing a JL 10w3. 4 volt pre amp out makes a big difference on sound quality. this is one of the main reasons I chose Kenwood over the Pioneer. Also the video parking brake sensor is a better design than the Pioneer
    Pros:
    Solid build, Easy to see screen in bright light, one button screen black out for night driving, 4 Volt pre amp out, easy to navigate display, Pandora App and IPod app control is simple to use, Netflix streams over display, very customizable sound controls
    Cons:
    If you plan on using the Garmin Street pilot app there is a $49 add on you have to buy from Garmin in iTunes making the total cost for adding phone based GPS $99 (ouch), I have seen units with better screen resolution but they cost much more. Should have come with the remote and iPod cable
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    5 out of 5

    DDX 719, Honda Fit

    Written By Bob W, MO on Saturday, April 28, 2012
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    Excellent head unit. Installed in a Honda Fit. All wiring etc went as predicted, no issues. Sound quality and ability to control same is excellent. All functionality works well, except the video feeds from iPhone. (this isn't a big deal for me, but it would be nice) While the DVD video is fine, I still have not been able to get Netflix or YouTube to display. Crutchfield help couldn't figure it out. Have not called Kenwood yet.
    Pros:
    Easy controls. Sound quality great. Nice a ppearance. Switches seamlessly between hands free phone, Pandora, iPod.
    Cons:
    Video for iPhone . Screen a little weak in direct sunlight, and the Fit has a huge windshield........, but OK.
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood DDX719

    Written By Marcus, Tampa, FL on Friday, April 27, 2012
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    The head unit fit great in my dodge challenger and it has so many ways to arrange the prefect sound you want. its easy to control and the back up camera works great. I would suggest that if you get this head unit that you might want to change out your factory speakers for the best quality. Great headunit and i suggest you buy. Great price as well
    Cons:
    wish it had HD radio
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    5 out of 5

    Exactly what I needed

    Written By Buffalo, Arkansas on Sunday, April 22, 2012
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    I failed on my first purchase of a double din system that I wanted to use with my iPhone. Got on a chat with the folks here at Crutchfield and explained that my largest and most important need is handsfree bluetooth. We established Kenwood as the brand and then started looking at other factors for my decision. 90% of the time in my truck, I am streaming from iPod and talking on the phone. This does that perfectly. When i want other functions like using the GPS off my phone thru this system, it does that very well too. I am very pleased (after being hugely disappointed by Pioneer by the way)
    Pros:
    Outstanding Hands Free Calling - most people on other end of phone will not know you are using a car system All other functions work too
    Cons:
    A little costly for my needs, but I suppose if you really want to watch videos and such, this would be a reasonable price.
    6 out of 6 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    The DDX719 is a winner

    Written By Jim, Temecula, Ca. on Friday, April 06, 2012
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    I love this head unit. In the last year I have been through about 4 or 5 different radios and wound up sending them all back. This one is is a keeper. I exchanged a DDX319 for this one because I didn't like the front panel connection for the iPhone/iPod (cable continuously got in the way of the gear shift). The features are exactly the same as the 319 but it adds Bluetooth, a larger 6.95" screen (same resolution) and a motorized front panel. The only thing I didn't take into account was that you need to have access to the rear USB if you want to update the firmware. No big deal for me but something to keep in mind during your install. Screen resolution is 800x480 also known as WVGA and it looks great (way better than Pioneer's 480x240 for the same size screen). This is pretty much the highest resolution for the latest aftermarket touchscreen radios out there. It looks beautiful, but don't expect apple retina display resolution because they just don't make those kinds of LCD panel for radios (even navigation radios). If you want a retina display in your dash you'll have to pay $2000 or more for a custom install plus you still have buy the iPad. If you buy this radio you will love it!
    Pros:
    Awesome sound. Display is great (not totally washed out in sunlight). An amazing amount of customizable options. No front panel connections to get in the way. Intuitive menu (didn't even crack the manual open).
    Cons:
    The rear AV input for the iPhone/iPod connection (6") should be as long as the rear USB cable (36") so both can be routed together. For my installation, radio will have to be removed every time I upgrade the firmware, but I can live with that.
    9 out of 10 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Excellent Head Unit

    Written By Bryan, NH on Tuesday, April 03, 2012
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    Excellent product. Very easy to install and setup. Great Sound. Had a DDX419, but traded up for the iPod connections, which are on the back of the unit instead of the front. Sometimes I get a "iPod disconnected" error, but I simply unplug and then replug it and the HU sees it. It will auto record 30 mins of any station that you are listening to on Sirius/XM. Highly recommend this unit, you won't be disappointed.
    Pros:
    Great sound, ease of installation. iPod connections are on back of unit.
    Cons:
    USB cord and plug are not the same length.
    4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Good unit

    Written By Coolg, Shawnee,Ks on Saturday, March 24, 2012
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    Trade up from DDX419.Same unit except bigger screen USB input in the rear which is a plus see my review on the DDX419
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    5 out of 5

    Solid Choice

    Written By .., Grand Rapids, MI on Sunday, March 18, 2012
     
    I ordered this unit a few days ago and installed it today. This receiver is solid all the way around, good build and sound quality, and a more classy understated front face vs. the much harder to see glass screens. I installed the Axxess steering wheel controls as well as the iPhone audio/video cable to I could connect/charge my phone and use it with Pandora and also display my nav iPhone app on the screen.
    Pros:
    1. Great Sound 2. Simple installation 3. Good bluetooth for both phone and calls...I would highly recommend getting the cable too though if you want to use this head unit with apps. 4. Understated design and matt screen for easier daytime viewing. 5. Solid build quality. 6. Packaged well with good instructions. 7. Worked perfectly with Crutchfield harness.
    Cons:
    1. The screen resolution could be better. When Apple can cram 1000+ pixels per axis, head units remain way behind and this one is no different. 2. GUI could be a bit nicer, seems like Panasonic has a better GIU and better resolution, I just wish they didn't use glass.
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