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Kenwood Excelon DNN990HD
Navigation receiver with Wi-Fi®
Item #: 113DNN990H
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Original Price: $999.99
Meet Kenwood's truly game-changing navigation receiver
Keep up with what's going on in the world outside your car with the Kenwood Excelon DNN990HD navigation receiver. It's got the standard features you're looking for, including a 6.95" touchscreen display, outstanding guidance with traffic reports, Bluetooth®, a built-in HD Radio™ tuner, smartphone compatibility, and much more. But what you haven't seen before is how this receiver works with the cloud to bring your favorite sources of information and entertainment on the road with you.
Quickly connect to media in your devices or from the cloud while on the go.
Wi-Fi® opens up a world of possibilities
Kenwood built the DNN990HD to work with Wi-Fi hotspots, like ones you can create in your car with your smartphone or a mobile hotspot device (data charges may apply). From there, you can take advantage of access to web-based content, plus your favorite media across several platforms, including your phone's apps, your social media feeds, and music you've stored online. Once you've set up a Wi-Fi hotspot in your car, the receiver connects to the signal; that gets you into the cloud, which is where you can employ connected services for music, video (when parked), social media, navigation extras like traffic and parking help, and more.
Link to your media through the Kenwood Server
You'll need to set up an account with Kenwood's server online to take full advantage of the DNN990HD's connected services. This server allows you to access your cloud-based music files, RSS and social media feeds, email, and calendar — all through the receiver. You can sync your account with any number of web-based services you use, and then enjoy them through the receiver as long as you're connected. You can also access music files from your own cloud-based digital locker accounts, so you won't have to remember to bring any tunes with you ever again. You can add up to four accounts for other drivers, and your Kenwood receiver will remember each user's preferences and content.
Access your calendar or social media feeds with your fingertip, then listen to updates being read to you.
Easily pull up feeds and sources
The DNN990's home screen offers four primary categories: social, media search, main source, and apps. You'll have quick access to the web, email, weather, calendar, and all the different sound sources for the receiver, including CD, DVD, HD Radio broadcasts, Bluetooth streaming audio, built-in music apps like AUPEO!, YouTube, and iHeartRadio, and optional SiriusXM satellite radio. You can pull up your Facebook and Twitter accounts with one finger to learn what your friends are up to.
And you can even use your voice to do a cross-platform search for music. Simply say the name of an artist, and the receiver will search across all your connected sources (such as a thumb drive, iPod®, or your cloud-based music account) for what's available, saving you the hassle of looking through your devices for that one special song.
Have emails and status updates read to you
Text-to-speech capability reads arriving emails aloud, so you can concentrate on driving instead of looking at the screen. It also reads status updates from Facebook and Twitter, as well as RSS feeds you're subscribed to and your calendar events. An Internet connection is required to use text-to-speech functions.
When you're connected to the Internet, the DNN990HD is also able to convert your speech into written entries for emails and social media updates. All you have to do is push the speech-to-text button and speak aloud. You can even add reminders to your calendar this way.
Guidance by Garmin, other tools by INRIX
The Kenwood Excelon DNN990HD features Insta-Search and Insta-Route, which will get you started on your journey fast and save you time searching for locations. It uses predictive text so you'll even save time typing in the name of your destination, while built-in trademark guidance from Garmin — including 3D representations of terrain along your path and Bird's Eye junction view — ensures your routes are accurate and easy to follow. When connected to the Internet, you'll also get real-time updates on traffic and weather along your route, plus fuel prices, parking information, and more from the experts at INRIX. When not connected to the Internet, you'll still receive traffic updates from NAVTEQ in most metropolitan areas.
Built-in navigation from Garmin offers accurate maps with lane guidance.
Easy route transfer from your devices
You can map a route of your next journey through Kenwood's secure website or through the Kenwood Route Collector app on your smartphone and send it automatically to the DNN990HD, so it's ready for you when you hit the road. You can save up to ten custom routes, and you won't need the Internet on the road to access them once they've been loaded to the receiver. You can even have the receiver send navigation map data to the Kenwood Server for future reference.
Share media with others in the car
Road trips are more fun when you can share with others. When you're connected to Wi-Fi, the receiver uses Kenwood Wireless Link technology to share music, videos, and photos across compatible devices, such as smartphones, laptops, and tablets. Kenwood's LZ-T700 7" entertainment console (available soon) is one such device, and your backseat passengers can use it to enjoy audio or video content sent wirelessly through the receiver from others in the car. Its multi-touch screen lets them direct the console's functions like they would on a tablet or smartphone.
Take advantage of your phone's conveniences
The DNN990HD connects you to many of your phone's favorite features on the road, but it works in different ways for different devices:
iPhone 4/4S: With a separate cable, you'll get control of your Pandora® Internet radio app through the receiver's touchscreen when connected. App Mode also gives you limited control over other select apps on your phone. The DNN990HD also offers compatibility with your iPhone's Siri® feature for select email, Bluetooth® calling, and iPod® commands.
Android™: You'll get control of your smartphone's Pandora app through Bluetooth, so no cable needed. The Kenwood Music Control app also gives you easy search and playback functions of your Android phone's music through the receiver.
BlackBerry®: You'll get Pandora Internet radio app control through Bluetooth, so no cable needed.
On top of all this, you'll still be able to play CDs and DVDs through the DNN990HD, and you'll also be able to pull up high-fidelity AM/FM broadcasts where available though the HD Radio tuner. And if you're a satellite radio fan, you can add SiriusXM programming to the receiver with an optional tuner and your paid subscription.
Kenwood also gives you on-board digital signal processing with digital time alignment and a 13-band equalizer for outstanding audio quality. Dual rear USB ports provide plenty of flexibility for adding sound sources, and you'll also have two sets of camera inputs at your disposal.
iDatalink Maestro lets you keep your factory extras
If your vehicle comes with factory add-ons like Ford SYNC or GM OnStar®, you don't have to worry about losing your favorite conveniences to get navigation and better sound — the DNN990HD offers compatibility you won't find in many other aftermarket radios, thanks to the iDatalink Maestro module (not included). For SYNC systems, you'll be able to retain voice-controlled features, steering wheel audio controls, and factory audio functions, plus enjoy expanded functionality including gauges, climate controls, a distance sensor, and tire pressure monitor. For OnStar systems, you'll keep your steering wheel audio controls, your factory amp, safety warning chimes, and OnStar, if present. The DNN990HD will also be compatible with Chrysler Uconnect systems, with an adapter from iDatalink coming soon.
Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?
In most vehicles, you can use an adapter (not included) to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this Kenwood stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and the Kenwood, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls.
Note: The Kenwood Server requires a subscription: Kenwood gives you the first two years free, and after that it's just $60 for two more years. You can manage your Kenwood Server account through Kenwood's secure website or the Kenwood Route Collector smartphone app.
Note: Bluetooth compatibility of this device may vary, depending on your phone and service provider.
Note: If you're going to use your iPod or iPhone with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for specific model compatibility with this receiver or its optional iPod adapter.
- DVD/CD receiver with motorized 6.95" touchscreen and AM/FM tuner
- fits double-DIN (4" tall) dash openings
- built-in amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
- built-in Wi-Fi adapter for access to Kenwood Server and connected features (see "Connected features")
- built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
- built-in HD Radio tuner
Connected features (subscription required after 2 years):
- built-in streaming audio apps including AUPEO!, YouTube, and iHeartRadio
- access to email, calendar, web browser, Facebook, Twitter, and RSS feeds
- text-to-speech and speech-to-text for email, calendar, and social media updates
- cross-platform music search with voice recognition
- access to cloud-based media from personal digital locker account
- share media wirelessly with compatible devices
- online trip planning and trip log
- built-in Garmin navigation system with Insta-Route and Insta-Search
- maps of the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico, plus 6 million points of interest
- INRIX traffic and other updates when connected
- free lifetime NAVTEQ traffic updates
- lane guidance, junction view, and 3D buildings and terrain
- App Mode for iPhone 4/4S and iPod touch: Kenwood cable required
- built-in iPod control: Kenwood cable required for full access to audio/video content
- Pandora control for iPhone 4/4S (cable required), Android, and BlackBerry
- compatible with Garmin Smartphone Link for Android
- plays CDs, DVDs, SD cards, and USB memory devices (see Details for full capabilities)
- 24-bit digital-to-analog converter
- high- and low-pass filters
- 13-band parametric EQ with digital time alignment
- compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
- inputs: 2 rear USB inputs, 2 A/V inputs, 2 camera inputs
- outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (5-volt front, rear, subwoofer), A/V output
Why install a car stereo with built-in GPS?
Imagine taking a trip as your car's receiver gives you directions, finds the best restaurant for dinner, and plays movies for your back seat denizens. Navigation receivers cover all the bases, with GPS guidance, DVD playback, and a host of other useful features. You can search through millions of points of interest to locate gas stations, restaurants, museums, and other interesting spots, wherever you are. Most receivers offer Bluetooth capability for hands-free calling, along with the ability to search through your iPod playlists with touchscreen controls.
Kenwood Excelon DNN990HD Reviews
Average Customer Review:
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
This unit sounds really cool in the description, however it has never worked well with IPhone and is very slow at booting up. Sometimes you have to shut it off and restart it several times for it to find its navigation signal. Really wish I had spent my money on something else. I do not plan on buying a kenwood product again.
Pros: Looks nice, Sounds nice on paper
Great if patient
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
Great product works great if u give it a few minutes to start up
Pros: Great product gps works great radio sounds awesome Sirius xm comes in with no issues. The wifi feature blows my mind
Cons: Slow on start up. It gets confused easy. Some times won't connect to Bluetooth phone. Once it's running for a few minutes it is fine
SAVE YOUR MONEY
Please take my advice, save your money. There are more problems with this piece of equipment than I can list. The Kenwood Launcher (touch screen) consistently stops working, If you try to eject an SD card, you will not be able to. The receiver is slow, very slow and tends to lag when working through the screens. The software is slow, and don't even try to use the WiFi because you will reach your destination before you can access the internet radio, Facebook, the weather, or email. In order to do a firmware update, you MUST have a PC, you cannot extract the updates on a Mac. A few good things about it, it reads DVDs in file format so you can put an incredible amount of music on a DVD, It will read video files, and the GARMIN is great. But the rest of the Kenwood product is complete junk.
Kenwood Excelon DNN990HD
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
THIS EQUIPMENT IS THE BEST IN THE MARKET KNOW. HO, HA
I like my new Kenwood DNN990HD, is really easy to use but it takes for
2008 Chevrolet Tahoe
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
It is a great unit to have. i like it's easy to use.
Pros: It takes forever the unit to turn on i wish the can fix that.
Cons: The BT takes forever to conect so can leasing to my music.
Love this GPS unit
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
The best Kenwood made In general lots of new features
2010 Nissan Titan
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
Pretty good Stereo. NAV is very good.
Pros: Garmin works very well.
Cons: Load times are very slow. No front USB
Not worth the price
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
Freezes up and has issues with the USB cable a lot. Other than the added wifi feature it's not a big step up from the previous model.
Pros: Looks nice the Garmin gps is amazing and has tons of features.
Cons: Freezes up often and Price
Kenwood Excelon DNN990HD
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
DO NOT UPGRADE TO VERSION 1.5.0, your unit will brick and you will have to ship it back to kenwood. The Unit was full of software bugs from when it was released in june that havent been fixed prior to the unit bricking after the last update from a few weeks ago.
Pros: Expensive paperweight
Cons: Expensive paperweight Buggy Not all listed features actually fuction as of yet
DNN990HD in 05 Grand Prix
2005 Pontiac Grand Prix
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
Absolutely amazing radio. Fits like a glove and has so many features I still haven't learned them all! I haven't had a single issue with this head unit and I'm glad I decided to stick with the Excelon brand. The initial start up after turning on the car is slow compared to regular head units but that is only because this thing is like a little computer in your dash, what can you honestly expect? Paired this with all Rockford Fosgate products including P500 to a 12" T0 1ohm, Punch front door components and rear 6x9's powered by a PBR300x4. Can't forget to mention Crutchfield's legendary customer service!
Pros: Seemingly unlimited features, top notch sound quality, customizable everything, looks awesome, and software updates from Kenwood to keep your head unit up to date for years to come.
Cons: Slow startup, understandable though.
Worth the money
2003 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
Enjoying all the features. Boot time is a little long but not unbearable. Maps is 10 better than prior models.
Pros: features, maps, push to talk, voice command
Cons: Boot time
Like others, I was initially impressed with this unit. But now that I've had it several months, I've become rather disenchanted with it. Boot time is deplorable in my opinion. It often takes well over a minute before music starts to play. The OS is flaky and slow to respond with a several second delay between pressing a "button" and the unit responding. I have this unit installed in my 2013 Tacoma with the steering wheel control module. Many times the track back button on the steering wheel doesn't work requiring me to reboot the system - meaning shut the vehicle off and start it again. Voice recognition is useless and, as far as I can tell, there's no way to use voice commands to have the unit play certain albums, artists, playlists or songs - which is a MAJOR disappointment. Navigation is good - although a bit slow as well. The map almost always shows me further back than I actually am. Some of the multimedia features don't work. I can only pull up email from a Google account. Twitter doesn't work - although Facebook does. I like being able to pull up weather information but it would be nice if you could also pull up radar information. I plan on doing some thorough research on other units and replace this as soon as I can.
Kenwood Excelon DNN990HD
To slow on start up its a pain to navigate through the settings and the blue tooth almost every time does not link up with the phone wish I didn't spend the money on it
Nice Unit, Oh So Many UI Deficiencies...
I've got a DNN990HD and for the most part it is a good unit. Build quality is good and sound quality is acceptable. There are a few user interface issues that REALLY bother me, though. So much so that I'm almost ready to return it.
There is NO WAY to configured the DNN990DN to just come up displaying the full screen SOURCE screen on boot up (like the USB, AM/FM, XM, etc). The closest thing is the Page #2 where the Source is a little tiny thing on the left shared with this totally lame picture flipper. Otherwise, the other three screens have NOTHING to do with the current playing Source. I literally have to push at least once on the screen to see the current playing Source after a start up.
The boot up time is just absolutely outrageous! For a USB music source it takes a full 90 seconds before it starts playing music!!!! 90 seconds!! Any of the other sources like the AM/FM, XM, take a full 60 seconds before music starts to play.
I have to poke like three times to get to the User EQ settings screen? OMG. It is so frustrating.
Oh, and when I shut my car off and go to the Accessory key position to continue listening to music after I turn the car off, guess what? I have to wait another 90 seconds for the DN990HD to boot back up again! Why doesn't it delay the shut down by 5 seconds?
I've owned a few Kenwood units over the years and have been mildly annoyed by the UI deficiencies, but the DNN990HD takes these deficiencies to a whole new level.
Pros: Looks great. Lots of never-before seen features. Sounds good.
Cons: Kenwood forgot that this is first and foremost a CAR STEREO. Not having a default display that shows in full-screen the currently playing Source on boot up is completely unacceptable. The 60 to 90 second boot time is ridiculous. The USB file number limitations are ridiculous. The fact that when you switch the car from running to accessory and then have to way 90 seconds for the unit to boot up again is the stuff suicide is made of.
I'm spent over a grand and navigation unit failed just after warranty expired. They want $400 just for navigation module. A part which costs under a dollar to make. I decided I'm could do without navigation. Use my Google maps now, which is much better. Then the buttons on unit failed a few months later, only remote works. Stay away from kenwood.
Pros: Sound is great
Cons: Nav, functionality, cost of repair when it does break, cheap construction
This radio and Kenwood customer support are both huge disappointments. The radio is buggy, difficult to use, and leads to many head scratching moments asking myself, "Why would they do that or not add this?". The radio is oozing with potential which leads to an even greater feeling off disappointment.
After the unit experienced a software crash, I was forced to ship my radio to Kenwood for a repair, which should be fixable by the customer if they knew what they were doing, leaving me radioless during the process. This is totally unacceptable. I will never purchase another Kenwood product again.
Cons: they removed app store support from the android operating system, they locked the android operating system, stuck with the apps that it comes preloaded with, difficult to use, buggy, slow, thoughtless layout, limited to no customization of main screens, customer support is sorely lacking proper support
Sad I spend my hard earned money on this Kenwood DNN990HD but to be fair the head unit does look nice and was easy for me to install even with the addition of a 5 channel amplifier the sound when playing a CD is incredible HD radio is nice too. I also installed a Sirius Xm sat receiver I live in a forested area and have no satellite signal within 15 miles of my home Sirius offers a nice selection of music channels and other entertainment however the signals are heavily compressed and lack sound quality Sirius Xm will not allow you to have 2 receivers on one account even requiring separate email addresses and phone numbers for each account. Initial set up of DNN990HD was difficult especially setting up the account via WIFI with Kenwood.
Pros: Ease of installation, incredible sound quality when playing CD's looks nice great picture variable screen positions color match button lighting when it works navigation is nice.
Cons: Screen in night mode is blinding way too bright for night time driving navigation freezes up frequently CD's won't play I have to stop my vehicle turn the engine and ignition power off to un freeze the unit Bluetooth is paired but never auto connects. not reliable expensive price tag.
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
Great product. Easy to learn and does everything I hoped it would.
Pros: Garmin GPS which is the best in the world Allows me to connect all other devices simply.
Cons: Not cheap Maybe it's not for iPhone snobs
Soo disappointed!!!! WOULD NOT BUY AGAIN!
Honestly I wish I could send this unit back to Crutchfield! I am embarrassed to show anyone the unit as it is soo slow for an expensive unit! Kenwood REALLY needs to issues software updates to fix all the issues. The unit is SOOO SLOW!!! It take 40 seconds+ before the unit while even display the backup camera. I am out of the parking spot driving down the road before the camera, DVD, IPOD, etc even work. The unit will not display content from the USB input on the external monitors, unless it is an Apple product. You plug an external drive into the USB and it will only display on the head unit - NOT on the rear display. What good is that?? I put movies on a hard drive to play for the kids in the back and it will only play on the front screen, while I am stopped?? Really, why even have the feature??? It does not work with the Iphone 5. Bluetooth takes forever. The head unit has like 2-3 areas where you go to for settings. It is very confusing. They need to combine all the options into one settings menu. Not having a wheel to turn up and down the volume is really a pain. There is no on off feature on the stereo / you basically mute it or go through a series of menus to put it into standby. I get why they did this because it takes forever to boot! The remote control is even more confusing than the stereo. I am tech guy but seriously this is a poor design. Play is in the upper right, rewind is all the way towards the bottom middle - can't really use this while driving.
Pros: The unit will play Iphone 4 stuff but not 5.
Cons: The unit is SOO SLOW. Kenwood needs to prioritize certain features to load right away (backup camera). The unit will not display USB content on the rear screens.
Kenwood Excelon DNN990HD
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
Very Slow boot times, buggy. I'm half way down the street before it starts playing from the iPod. OEM unit in the Prius is three times what this is. Navigation is garbage. Push to talk to is well beyond useless and has only recognized one command, "ipod". Connecting an iPhone and an iPod at the same time often confuses the unit. Cannot get email "support" to talk to gmail even though its the only email it claims to support Pandora is hit and miss and even when it does work the sound is off
Pros: Excellent sound quality Crutchfield support is awesome
Cons: Laggy interface Slow boot time Interface designed by a drunken irishman ( very, very drunk ) Wireless connection is hit and miss Many settings require a system reset to modify Should have bought anything else for many hundreds less
Boy......let me tell ya
Let me begin by first saying that this is a very nice unit. A bit pricey but has ALOT of features and takes a long time to figure out where everything is and to master using it. The navigation is very good and is better than the one in my 2010 lincoln MKS . The audio settings are pretty brutal . I am still trying to get them right . I bought this radio to use in my 2003 cobra which has an upgraded Mach 460 stereo system with a 12 " JL audio pro with a kicker amp . I've yet to get it to sound right . The bass from the sub and the speakers in the car are working together . So when I turn up the bass on the sub the interior door speakers start to distort and it's very frustrating . I think it's wired up wrong . I had a local car tunes put my head unit in and I think it needs to be wired differently . But I plan to upgrade to better speakers soon so I'm just frustrated I can't get it to sound right until I upgrade.NOW ........the bad part. Kenwood customer service is terrible. I got in an argument with the technician .....ridiculous. The problem was I have an iphone 5 and the head unit WOULD NOT see my hotspot on my phone. I use my hotspot ALL THE TIME so I know what I'm doing. The kenwood expert says that my phones the problem and we really can't help you....huh???........ok....so I search online on forums and find that the iPhones put an apostrophe in the name of the hotspot which conflicts with the connection. THANKS KENWOOD
Pros: -lots of features - very good navigation - looks pretty sweet
Cons: - kenwood customer service is the worst. They wouldn't even honor my rebate because it was late being mailed to them even if the reason was because I was having problems with the radio and was going to return it
2013 VW EOS
2013 Volkswagen Eos
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
This receiver is awesome with feature rich technology. Diagrams on wiring were spot on. Configuring HU requires some time to integrate the many features it offers. User setup, connecting to your network hotspot, account for route collector, cameras, sound etc...Well worth it for the features it offers.
Pros: *Sound Quality *Feature Rich *Expandability
Cons: * Better documentation on units limitations. * Quality control on Kenwood's part would go a long way with issues being resolved at the factory instead of in the field. (Unit freezing, map errors).
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
Overall, I'd probably rate this product as maybe 2.5 stars. When I initially got it, I thought it was great! But over time and with quite a bit of use, my opinion has gone downhill.
I'm sort of an Android gear-head and have done a bit of Android development, so I applaud Kenwood for adopting Android as the OS for this unit. That being said, Kenwood heavily modified it and removed some things I think are insanely important. The key one being the Google Play Store. There are many apps that would be useful when driving but no way to acquire them through the Play store. Moreover, booting this device is VERY slow. Unlike an Android tablet that is "always on" or in "sleep" mode, it appears that this unit actually gets turned off as opposed to being put into sleep mode. For sure, a reboot every now and then is a good thing -- but it's too time-consuming to reboot every time you start the car.
The interface is laid out fairly well. The whole interface, however, is VERY slow. There is a good 3-5 second delay between pressing an icon on the touch screen and the device responding. Switching between navigation, for example, and Satellite Radio is very time consuming. The lag/pause makes most people think that the touch screen didn't really get the input at the right time.
The Garmen Nav leaves a lot to be desired. Always takes me a slower-route even if I have fastest route selected. I recommend against this product.
Pros: Slick new head-unit, looks good in pictures and demo. If bugs were fixed, this would be a great head unit.
Cons: Slow, buggy, insanely expensive for what you get.
2013 STI - I agree, Not quite fully baked.
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
Other posts about problems with SD card and iPod recognition are accurate. After 2 returns the 1st and 3rd had defective SD cards, the 2nd didn't recognize the iPod. Crutchfield gave me a discount for my trouble which meant I could live without the SD card. Kenwood is no help at all & doesn't even acknowledge the problem.
All the other criticisms posted here are true. Required account setup is an enigma (set them up online 1st). Instructions in the box are useless & the instructions online are like reading how to build and launch a space shuttle. Great POTENTIAL for upgrades since its Android based. But no sign of upgrades and App radio features are poor compared to Pioneer Avic.
SiriusXM reception isn't as good as the stock HU but that could be the antenna placement in my car.
Crutchfield made me a deal after going through HECK to install or I would have exchanged it for an Avic Z-150BH. I ended up with a nice unit with no SD functionality. Waay too buggy for such a high priced unit.
If you want iPod video to work, the DIN connector has to have 4 contacts, not 3 like most stereo DIN plugs. Use Kenwood or similar connector.
Final analysis: Great potential, half baked execution by Kenwood. If I had to pay full price for this unit, I wouldn't.
5 stars for Crutchfield, 2 stars for the Kenwood DNN990HD.
Pros: Add a pair of CMOS 310 cameras & the features are awesome when controlled by the touch screen! Back up camera comes on immediately on startup. iPod functionality is good (it does indeed support playlists). Sound is great. PTT works well. Nav works well. Lots of inputs (just don't count on both SD and iPod working for some reason) Once you get the hang of it its easy to use but it'll take time to figure it out. Love the wifi functionality but needs more apps to be worthwhile.
Cons: "Hey Kenwood, the SD CARD DOESN'T WORK!!!" Menus, menus, menus. Soft buttons are small & cumbersome in a moving car. Hard buttons are microscopic. Startup is slow. Screen could be brighter. Setup is an hour long process and has to be repeated after losing power. Scrolling usually results in accidental button pushes, Periodically resets itself for no apparent reason. Has locked up on a couple of occasions requiring restart.
Excellent product there's nothing like it
In stalled this unit in my CHEVY SILVERADO Crew Cab with no problems it slipped right in nice and tight. I have 1-JL HD 1200 watt hooked up to 2- Jl 10"w3 in Jl's Stealth box, 1- JL HD 600 watt amp hooked up to 2 of FOCAL's 6 3/4 K2 power 165krx3 Component Speakers It sounds like ur at a concert you can play all sorts of different genre of music without missing a beat. I've had no problems with looking at YouTube , looking for videos , checking emails, or finding where I'm going, Sirius/xm works great. I got a personal Hot Spot from my phone carrier for free I didn't want to use the one on my phone because it made it a lot easier going that rout and it finds it every time plus it saves ur phone from over heating (the phone gets REAL HOT) while using the iPod,Phone calls and other functions at same time. Only bad thing with this unit is the boot up time sometimes 2-3 minns. Kenwood says its do to the unit having to locate your phone ,address book, Maps, and the hot spot so it has a lot to load up. I'm going to put 2 more of this unit in my other vehicles.
Pros: It's does pretty much everything my computer does and then some. I have 2 amps and 2 subs, Sirius / Xm radio , laser/ radar detector and my IPad hooked up and I have the USB plugged in its never ending with what u can do with this unit
Cons: The boot time on this takes a long time. But if you have dont have lot of stuff on ur phone it takes a shorter period .(contacts , music and other files its a tad bit shorter
DNN990HD in a 13 Tundra
2013 Toyota Tundra
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
Awesome unit. The GPS, being able to grab nearby movies and times, local open parking, and traffic cams. The unit it self is very user friendly after playing with it for a few mins. Sound is awesome. By far best unit, I have had multiple DNX. Only con is the load up, but it is playing music by the time I leave my driveway. Highly recommend
Pros: User interface, GPS information, email and weather
Cons: Load up time, but that is a very minor con
Kenwood Excelon DNN990HD
2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STi
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
This head unit is way much better than I could have imagined. I originally looked at the Pioneer line, specifically the APPRADIO 3 and a few others. They are nice, affordable, but not as cutting edge in terms of available features. The install was simple with Crutchfileld's instructions, and Crutchfield worked with me to ensure I had the right wiring adapters for the install as my car is a 2011 STI mid year model and the stock navi calls for a different setup than what is listed on the web site.
Pros: Crutchfield Service and Support. Mailed needed hardware fast. Kenwood head unit rocks my old stock speakers to a degree of shocking clarity and I can only imagine what a set of Focal speaker will do! Lot's to learn and play with to setup. Once setup, it is a simple system. Useful software updates already made available by Kenwood. Sound is clean. Phone, Microphone and sound through speakers in a noisy Subie first rate.
Cons: Learning curve is high as there are so many features. Take your time and you will be rewarded.
2012 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
This is my second excelon head unit. This unit is pretty slow. It takes about a minute for it to kick in. Now it is doing a lot of stuff but it is not nearly as fast as the reviews have shown. Also it has the same problem as previous excelon units with freezing up or not recognizing the IPod when plugged in. The GPS is fine. The touch screen is a little slow as well. But I am happy with it.
Pros: Clear graphics. Good sound. Nice features. A lot of adjustments.
Cons: Slow slow slow. iPod issues. Price is a little high for the unit.
Nothing negative to say about this unit. It is loaded with features. You can stream Pandora, surf the web or check your Gmail. Couple that in with the Garmin Navi and the easy to use interface and this unit is amazing. I have this installed in my 2013 Honda Ridgeline and it looks great.
Pros: Good Look, Pandora Streaming, Wi-Fi Capable, Easy Navi
Cons: None so far
It's Simply The Best !
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
I am not an educated audiophile expert, just simply love music all types. I had the DNN 990hd installed in my 2010 Jeep jK Wrangler Sport which had only the base stock speakers. All I can say is WOW. With no subwoofer, it simply rocks the house. I can't imagine what it will sound like with upgraded speakers , subwoofer and amp. It does require you to download the manual, cause it has everything. After 1 day of use I know that you can use a portable usb hard drive,must be formatted to FAT32. If you have the sd card in it does no t go to the hard drive, or at least I haven't figured out how to see the 2 different input sources yet, but with the hard drive you wouldn't need the sd card anyway.. Have yet to upgrade my ipad to a hotspot yet to try the wifi on the drive. But it does pick up the wifi spots like Starbucks,etc.
Pros: It has everything you could want., it connected right up to my tracfone,the garmine works great.
Cons: The volume controls are real small tabs, your gonna need to use the remote for easier control.And Read the manual.
Cool unit in concept and some in execution but not ready for primetime
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
You should get more features/better performance for the price. Still playing w/it but some initial thoughts.(1) manual is terrible and cryptic (Kenwood tech said because it is translated from Japanese). Get ready to call Kenwood many times for clarification. (2) Unit is basically a computer that needs to be booted every time the car starts = takes 60+ seconds from ignition on to when you are playing music or navigating the screens (3) The keyboard (soft keys) poorly laid out w/bottom row of icons difficult for me to hit (average sized male hands/fingers) because of the bottom lip of faceplate gets in the way and I always end up getting characters from second row above. (4) Unit is fairly "laggy" and slow to respond. Slow to move between sources/screens and takes forever to load iPod albums each and every time and is lacking for iPod features (i.e. doesn't support iPod playlists or allow you to control the iPod from the iPod itself). (5) Bluetooth call in progress will rob the 990HD of every other function (6) Also cryptic account setup process and good luck understanding the route-collector service. (6) Navi is Garmin but lacks when compared to cheaper portable Garmin Nuvi's + no free lifetime maps (7) unit is pretty slick when tethered to my Droid's mobile hotspot (browsing , etc is very good). Already did firmware update (again very convoluted process) but didn't help or change much and I hope future updates will speed things up /make things better. Install/fit = tricky
Pros: Very slick unit with Andriod ICS installed and much potential to grow and improve with future firmware upgrades. Hotspot tethering and media feature cool.
Cons: Not near enough performance/polish for what you pay. Many glitchy/poorly executed features/functions in my opinion. Difficult to understand instructions and tough to find anyone @ Kenwood who knows much as it is so new and intricate. Crutchfield support is awesome and very helpful but limted in what they can do for you remotely. Install was not entirely straight forward, and fit in my dash (06 4-runner) required major modification of the dash kit to allow the 990HD faceplate to freely rotate
Would'nt Recomend for GMC trucks!
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
First- Crutchfield did an outstanding job! You will not have an issue dealing with this company. Second-Kenwood is the problem. They released a unit before they even have proper tech support, or true knowledge of the unit. The unit IS NOT compatible with a 2008 GMC Sierra Denali. Even after buying special adaptors, harness's, etc, the unit goes off and will not come back on. My local stereo shop had to create a secondary power source to solve the problem!
Pros: Has more functions than a swiss army knife. The DN 990 HD is all that....when it works! Bright screen, crystal clear sound. Bluetooth works great with most modern devices. Touch screen responds well.
Cons: The kenwood vehicle compatibility list is not accurate. Occasional software glitch's cause the unit to switch modes all on its own....a true ghost in the machine!
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
This is by far the best unit on the market. It offers everything you can want and more in your vehicle. The power and clarity is top notch as well as functionality. I recommend this product to anyone with a passion for the best.
Pros: Everything about it is pros
Cons: No cons this time...I know you have to pay to play so koney is well worth it.
Nice HU - Installed in 2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser
2011 Toyota FJ Cruiser
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
Ease of Use
Installed in my Toyota with all accessories required(JBL Factory, steering wheel controls, etc...). This is a very nice unit, and the wireless is great..moves at decent speed. I have tried all options on this, and each item works great. I have put pics, music, and videos on both the SD & USB drives...and each play as it should. The phone book setup transferred all my contacts(275) and easy to use. Nav system is also great, and the Push To Talk(PTT) option is awesome. The PTT is also great aside from the NAV, as I can push the button, say "HD" and it will transfer to my radio...from wherever I am in the unit. I love that I can create a hotspot, and check weather, email, listen to Music, etc... very easily. Similar to the other review, I had a few bugs as well...but it seemed to all work out with one reset of the system. This is expected occasionally, as it carries a lot of software...and like a PC...not flawless.
Pros: Good clean sound, nice NAV...love the PTT. Wireless good with weather & you tube, I-heart, etc... options. Bluetooth is great, and sounds clear, easy connection.
Cons: Wireless cannot stream Netflix...or similar streaming. Not User friendly for all the options. Recommend you download the full manual from Kenwood.
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
Great product, simply love it. I bought this unit to replace a different aftermarket navigation unit.. This one is much better way to go Kenwood
Pros: Bluetooth, WiFi etc etc etc
Cons: a few bugs but still i give it 5 stars
Kenwood Excelon DNN990HD
2010 Chevrolet Silverado
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
everything i expected and more
What's in the box?
- Double-DIN network/navigation receiver with built-in 6.95" monitor (10A fuse installed in chassis)
- Sleeve (attached)
- 2 Trim rings
- Wiring harness
- Reverse/Brake harness
- AV/Camera input harness
- GPS antenna (with attached 11.5' cable terminated by a proprietary connector)
- Self-adhesive base
- Microphone with integrated bracket (attached 10' cable terminated by a 3.5mm connector)
- Voice-control switch (attached 9.75' cord terminated by a right-angle 3.5mm connector)
- IR wireless remote control (KNA-RCDV331)
- 2 "AAA" batteries
- 2 Radio removal tools
- 6 Pan-head ISO-mount screws
- 6 Flat-head ISO-mount screws
- 4 Self-adhesive strips
- Instruction Manual on CD-ROM
- Quick Start Guide (En/Fr/Sp)
- Warranty card
- Software License Agreement
- "INFORMATION" sheet
Features and Specs
|RMS Power Output||22 watts|
|Peak Output||50 watts|
|RMS Power Bandwidth||20-20kHz|
|Sub Preamp Outputs||Yes|
|Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs||No|
|Preamp Voltage||5 volts|
|Key Button Color||Variable|
|Steering Wheel Control Compatible||Adapter required|
|Parts Warranty||2 Years|
|Labor Warranty||2 Years|
|AUX Input||Mini (rear)|
|USB Input||Rear (2)|
|Memory Card Slot||USB, SD/SDHC|
|Satellite Radio Ready||SiriusXM|
|FM Sensitivity||7.2 dBf|
|Radio Data System||Yes|
Touchscreen Display + Voice Recognition
Motorized Touchscreen Display (w/ Flick Scrolling): The Kenwood Excelon DNN990HD 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. You can scroll screen lists by simply flicking the screen up/down, or scroll screen pages by simply flicking the screen right/left. The monitor electronically slides down for loading or ejecting a disc. The motorized touchscreen display not only allows the bottom of the monitor to be tilted upward at five different positions, but also enables the top of the monitor to be tilted outward to eliminate reflected glare (you can save any one of these positions to the head unit's memory).
- Aspect Ratio: You can change the aspect ratio for video playback. You can select from Full (16:9), Just (4:3 LB), or Normal (4:3), or Auto (automatically selects to match incoming video signal)
- Picture Adjustment: You can adjust the unit's display brightness, contrast, color, tint, sharpness, and black level to suit your viewing needs during video playback.
- Custom Background Images: You can download a still image (800 x 600) for use as the unit's background from a connected USB thumbdrive or microSD card. You also choose between 3 preset wallpapers.
- 4-Panel Home Screen Menu: The unit's Home Screen Menu consists of four panels which you can swipe left or right to access. The first panel displays the date & time, along with access to weather, news, SNS, and RSS updates. The second panel displays song or station information, along with network media history and photo albums. The third panel provides source selection of Navigation, Disc, Telephone, HD Radio, iPod, or USB/SD. The fourth panel lets you access entertainment apps, internet browser, and social media apps. You can customize each panel to your liking.
Note: 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, or Portuguese.
Start Up Time: The Kenwood Excelon DNN990HD has a start up time of approximately 30.1 seconds from Off to the Home Menu Screen. Once the Home Menu creen appears, you can select the Navigation Map, a connected source, or network app by simply tapping the appropriate icon on the head unit's touchscreen.
Split Screen AV Control: The DNN990HD's screen views can be easily toggled from one to another simply be touching the screen or appropriate button. The Split Screen AV Control mode divides the screen into two screens, with navigation on the left and a control window on the right. With this Picture-in-Picture type function, the head unit can now display the navigation map screen and basic playback controls for the source screens (or rear-view camera) simultaneously.
Advanced Speech Recognition (Voice Control): The Kenwood Excelon DNN990HD is equipped with an Automatic Speech Recognition function which allows you to operate certain functions of this unit and connected devices with your voice, using the supplied external microphone and external "talk" button. The Advanced Speech Recognition and Voice Control feature of the DN9990HD allows for voice-controlled operation of the built-in Garmin navigation system and utilizes features such as input of addresses, phone numbers, POIs, and choosing menu options. The voice control system also operates the unit's audio/video system, allowing you to switch between multiple sources, seek out music and video files, access station presets, and access your Bluetooth phone's phonebook and make calls. Many of the network apps such as Facebook, Twitter, E-mail, YouTube, and AUEPO! support voice recognition. Simply press and hold the "talk" button to display a list of operable voice commands.
Note: The supported languages are US English, UK English, French, German, Dutch, Italian, and Spanish. Click here to access the unit's Voice Command Table.
Parking Brake Detection: To prevent the display of video while the vehicle is in motion, the light green wire (within 4-pin harness) must be connected to the vehicle's parking brake detection circuit. You cannot view video unless your vehicle's parking brake is engaged. If you attempt to view video without the parking brake engaged, the unit's LCD touchscreen will simply display a blue screen and "Parking Off". While your vehicle is in motion (parking brake off), you can still view the head unit's menu screens, source information, metadata, album artwork, and the navigation on-screen map. Entering log-in information requires that the parking brake is engaged.
Front-Panel Controls w/ Variable Color Illumination: In addition to the touchscreen controls, the unit includes frequently used buttons along the left bottom-edge of the screen. You can adjust the head unit's button illumination from the following preset colors - Blue, Purple, Sky Blue, Aqua, 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). You can save up to 3 custom color presets. The Eject and Kenwood logo remain red, regardless of variable color illumination setting.
Dimmer: The dimmer function will dim this unit's display and button illumination automatically when the vehicle light switch is turned On when you connect orange/white Illumination wire of this player's harness. You can also manually dim the unit's display and button illumination.
Security Indicator: The Security Indicator feature helps to protect the Kenwood Excelon DNN990HD 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 DNN990HD 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. As always, please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to verify fit with your vehicle.
Garmin/NAVTEQ Navigation: With built-in Garmin navigation software and NAVTEQ map data (CN North America NT 2013), the Kenwood Excelon DNN990HD features on-screen maps of the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. The built-in maps include over 6-million Points of Interest (POIs) such as hotels, restaurants, gas stations, attractions, parking, airports, ATMs, and more. The built-in navigation software provides you with calculated on-screen routes and audible directions to follow in order to reach your destination safely.
Note: Car navigation maps are frequently updated. While this database was judged to be as accurate as possible at the time of its release, a map database can never be 100% accurate. Road information that is maintained in the map databases, such as turn restrictions or road names may change over time.
Software/Map Data Updates: When the preloaded maps are considered out of date, the DNN990HD will provide periodic notification at startup. Garmin software and map updates can be downloaded as required, via microSD memory card. To find a software or map update, please go to www.garmin.com/kenwood.
Note: The unit's SD-card slot is located behind the motorized touchscreen monitor.
GPS Receiver & Antenna: The Kenwood Excelon DNN990HD employs a high-sensitivity GPS receiver that is forgiving of less than optimal antenna placement, giving you additional placement options. The included GPS antenna that features a self-adhesive base and an attached 11.5' cable terminated by a proprietary plug which connects to GPS-input on the back of the head unit. The GPS antenna is designed to be mounted inside the vehicle on the dash. The GPS antenna measures 1.3125" (w) x 0.625" (h) x 1.4375" (d). The self-adhesive pad measures 2.5625" x 2.5625"
- Update Rate: 1/second, continuous
- Position Accuracy: <6 meters, typical
Note: The first time you turn on this unit, you must wait while the system acquires satellite signals for the first time. This process could take up to several minutes. Make sure your vehicle is outdoors in an open area away from tall building and trees for fastest acquisition. After the system acquires satellites for the first time, it will acquire satellites quickly each time thereafter.
NAVTEQ Traffic: NAVTEQ Traffic receives traffic information that is broadcast over the FM Radio Data System. The free FM TMC subscription activates automatically after the navigation system acquires satellite signals while receiving traffic signals from the service provider. NAVTEQ Traffic provides real-time traffic data for over 90 major cities in North America, including the United States and Canada. If traffic is congested up ahead or there is a road closure, the navigation system will automatically re-navigate the route to show you how to get to your destination, quickly and easily. Alternatively, in manual mode, the system will add delay time to your trip so you can decide to avoid or continue on your current route. When the unit is receiving traffic information, a traffic icon appears in the upper-left corner of the Map page. The traffic icon changes color to indicate the severity of traffic conditions on your route or on the road you are currently traveling.
|Green||Low severity||Traffic is flowing normally|
|Yellow||Medium severity||Traffic slightly congested|
|Red||High Severity||Traffic is heavily congested or stopped|
|Gray||No data||Traffic data has not updated|
Note: NAVTEQ includes a lifetime service subscription. Because NAVTEQ traffic is subsidized by unobtrusive pop-up advertising there is no subscription fees.
On-Screen Map: The Kenwood Excelon DNN990HD displays a real-time moving map illustrating your current position and intended route. It will show map scale and geographic details such as lakes, rivers, highways and towns. Your route is marked with a magenta line. A checkered flag marks your destination. As you travel the DNN990HD guides to your destination with arrows on the map and directions at the top of the screen. The upper-left corner of the screen indicates the distance to your next maneuver. During your calculated route, your arrival time is displayed in the lower left corner, your current speed is shown in the lower right corner. The posted speed limit for most major roads is displayed near the lower right corner as well. The unit allows you to zoom, pan, and point using the touchscreen during navigation. If you depart from the original route, the navigation system recalculates the route and provides new directions.
- Map Detail: You can adjust the amount of detail shown on the map screen. More detail may cause the map to be slower.
- 2D/3D Map View: You can changes the perspective of the map from 2D North-Up (displays the map in 2 dimensions with North at the top), 2D Track-Up (displays the map in 2 dimensions with your direction of travel at the top of the screen), 3D Track-Up (displays the map in 3 dimensions with your direction of travel at the top of screen).
- Vehicle Type: You can change the icon (arrow, station wagon, sports car, compact car, SUV, jeep, RV, or sled) used to display your position on the map.
- Color Mode: Select between Day (for a bright background), Night (for a black background) or Auto (to automatically switch between the two) for the on-screen map.
Text-To-Speech Voice Prompts: The unit's text-to-speech voices "read and speak" the same words that are displayed on the unit's screens. The voices have an extensive vocabulary and they pronounce the street names as you approach turns. Voice prompts can heard from both of your front speakers, only the left front speaker, or only the right front speaker. You can independently adjust the volume (0-35) of the voice prompts without affecting the main volume. The unit only offers English voice prompts in a male or female voice.
Note: You can continue to listen to your music source while navigating. The DNN990HD will mute the music source, when there is a text-to-speech voice prompt. Once the voice prompt has ended, your music volume will automatically raise to previous setting.
Turn/Lane Assistant: While navigating a route, a preview of the next turn, lane change, or other maneuver appears in the upper-left corner of the map. The preview includes the distance to the turn or maneuver and the lane in which you should be traveling, if available.
Exit Services: While navigation a route, you can find gas, food, lodging, and restrooms near upcoming exits. Services are listed under the following categories - Gas, Food, Lodging, and Restrooms. You must be on a major highway or road to use this feature.
Speed Limit Icon: A speed limit icon may appear as you travel on major roadways. This icon displays the current speed limit of the roadway. The unit's speed limit icon feature is for information only and does not replace the driver's responsibility to abide by all posed speed limit signs and to use safe driving judgment at all times.
Where Am I?: The "Where Am I?" feature gives you instant access to important information in case of an emergency. When you select "Where Am I?" from the menu, you get the coordinates (including elevation) of your current position, plus the nearest address and intersections. There are also menus to help you locate the nearest hospitals, police stations, gas stations, and roadside assistance. You can also save the location for future reference.
Where To? Screen: The Where To? screen provides several different categories for you to use when searching for addresses, cities, and other locations. The detailed map loaded in the navigation system also contains millions of points of interest to choose from.
|Browse Map||Allows you to search for a destination by touching and dragging the map.|
|Go Home||You can store one home location to allow you to calculate a route home from any current location.|
|Address||Input your destination address by house number, street, city, and zip-code.|
|Cities||Allows you to search by city's name.|
|Intersections||Allows you to search where to streets intersect.|
The detailed maps loaded in this navigation system contain locations, such as restaurants, hotels, auto services, and other POIs (points-of-interest). You can use these categories to browse for nearby businesses and attractions.
|Favorites||You can save all of your favorite places in the navigation system, so you can quickly navigate to them later.|
|Recent||Choose from one of your most recent destinations or waypoints.|
|Coordinates||Allows you to search your destination by longitude and latitude values.|
|Search Bar||You can use the Search Bar to search for locations by entering a category, brand name, address, or city name.|
|Shortcuts||You can add up to 36 shortcuts to the Where to? menu. A shortcut can point to a location, a category, or a search tool.|
Note: The navigation system automatically searches for places near your current location. You can also choose to have the DNN990HD search for places in a different city, a recent destination, a favorite destination, projected destination, or along your current route.
Route Preferences/Avoidances: When calculating a route, you can select the following preferences; faster time, shorter distance, less fuel, or off road. You can also program the unit to avoid certain things that may be undesirable on your route; such as U-Turns, Highways, Toll Roads, Carpool Lanes, Unpaved Roads, and Ferries.
Auto Reroute/Detour: If you happen to depart from your original route, the internal navigation system recalculates the route and provides new route instructions. You can also select a specific area to detour around. The navigation system will attempt to get you back on your original route as quickly as possible, after calculating a detour. If the route you are currently taking is the only reasonable option, the DNN990HD might not calculate a detour.
Trip Planner (Multiple Destination Routing): You can create and save a trip with multiple destinations (up to 500 via points) using the Trip Planner. Once you have entered your destinations, you can manually set them in the order of your preference, or allow the device to calculate the most efficient route. Trip itineraries can be saved in memory for future use.
Where I've Been/Trip Log: The Where I've Been application allows you to view your previous routes and places you have stopped on the map. In addition, the device keeps a Trip Log, which is a record of the path you have traveled. The Travel History setting must be enabled in order for the Where I've Been and Trip Log features to function.
Trip Computer: The trip information page displays your current speed and direction, and provides helpful statistics about your trip. Dual trip odometers keep up with your total mileage. The page also indicates the distance and driving time to your next maneuver, as well as the distance and driving time to your destination. Your maximum speed and moving average speed are also displayed. The information can be reset in advance of your next trip.
Trends: The DNN990HD has the ability to recall frequent destinations and historic traffic information to help calculate your route faster.
- myTrends: The myTrends feature senses when you are driving to a common destination and displays the destination and estimated time of travel in the navigation bar on the map. myTrends does not work when you first begin using your navigation system. To effectively use the myTrends feature, your frequent destinations must be marked as favorites, and a regular pattern of driving habits must be established with three days of regular driving usage.
- trafficTrends: When the trafficTrends feature is enabled, the navigation system uses historic traffic information to calculate more efficient routes. Different routes may be calculated based on traffic trends for the day of the week or based on the time of day.
ecoRoute: The ecoRoute feature calculates your vehicle's fuel economy, carbon footprint, the fuel price of navigating to your destination, and offers tools for improving fuel efficiency. The first time you access the ecoRoute features, you will be asked to enter fuel and mileage information (Fuel Type, City Fuel MPG, HWY Fuel MPG, Fuel Price) about your vehicle.
- Fuel Economy: If you have entered your vehicle profiles and the current fuel price, the DNN990HD calculates fuel used, the average fuel economy for your vehicle, your carbon footprint, and the cost of the fuel consumed.
- At The Pump: At your next fill-up, you can enter in fuel price, amount of fuel used, and the distance you traveled to calculate your vehicle's miles-per-gallon (MPG).
- ecoChallenge Tool: The ecoChallenge tool helps you
maximize your fuel economy by scoring your driving habits. The higher your
overall score for a driving challenge, the more fuel you could save. You
overall score is the average of these 3 scores:
- Speed: gain points for driving at the best speed for conserving fuel, which is 45-60mph for most vehicles.
- Acceleration: gain points for gradual acceleration; lose points for rapid acceleration
- Braking: gain points for gradual braking; lose points for hard braking
- Mileage Report: Mileage reports provide the distance, the time, the average fuel economy, and the fuel cost of navigation to a destination. A mileage report (up to 20) is created for every route that you drive. If you stop a route on your navigation system, a mileage report is created for the distance you traveled.
Note: The data provide by the ecoRoute feature is only an estimate. The data is not actually read from your vehicle.
Tools: The DNN990HD offers tools you can use as you travel.
- World Clock: The world clock allows you to display the current time for four locations throughout the world. You can also display a map of the world showing which portions are in daylight and which are in darkness.
- Unit Converter: You can convert distance, speed, area, currency, temperature, volume, and weight.
- Calculator: The calculator allows you to perform simple arithmetic.
Safe Mode: Safe Mode disables all navigation system functions when the vehicle's parking break is disengaged, that require significant operator attention and could become a distraction while driving. You will need to engage the parking brake to enter addresses or other advance navigation functions when you have the unit set to Safe Mode.
WiFi Hotspot: The Kenwood Excelon DNN990HD connects to your WiFi-enabled smartphone (iPhone/Android/Blackberry/etc.) or mobile hotspot (data charges may apply) to enhance mobile navigation, access content across multiple media sources, receive and send Facebook/Twitter updates, as well as manage e-mail hands-free, and share audio/video content in the vehicle with other WiFi-enabled devices. Your WiFi-enabled smartphone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, LTE, or EDGE.
Note: The DNN990HD includes a WiFi receiver which is pre-installed in the unit's third rear-panel USB port. This USB port cannot be used for anything else.
Route Collector: To use internet services via the DNN990HD, you will need to create an account via Kenwood's Route Collector Site. The Route Collector website can be accessed from your computer or laptop using Chrome20+ or Firefox16+. A Route Collector App is also available for Apple iOS (5.0+) devices from Apple's App Store. Route Collector is a web service site where you can store and share your trip log, route, and photos taken while traveling on your home computer or smartphone app.
- Route Planner: You can plan out and customize a route from your computer or smartphone app, and then send the customized route to the DNN990HD when you are ready to leave for your trip.
- Trip Log: You are able to upload and review your information such as music, video, twitter, and GPS log during your trip. This information can be uploaded to the Kenwood Server and reviewed via the Route Collector website on your computer or smartphone app.
- Photo Album: You can take pictures along the route, create an album after your return from your trip, and share your album with friends and family on your computer or smartphone app.
Note: Up to four Route Collector accounts can be added for other drivers, with their unique travel and entertainment preferences and content stored by the Kenwood cloud server.
INRIX Traffic: While in the navigation mode, the DNN990HD pulls real-time data services from the INRIX Traffic Intelligence Platform to provide you with up-to-the-minute traffic, weather, parking, speed camera, and travel advisory information. INRIX's strategic partnership with Clear Channel Radio and Total Traffic Network extends the delivery of the highest quality data and broadest coverage available for in-vehicle navigation. These enhancements to the DNN990HD's built-in Garmin navigation provide an accurate, intuitive, and safe navigation experience.
- Digital Traffic: Traffic information is updated every 2 minutes and receives more than 1,000 messages every update cycle in order to help you navigate around traffic safely and quickly.
- PhotoLive: Look up real-time photos from traffic cameras to see traffic and weather conditions.
- Dynamic Parking: Find parking close to your destination. See the number of spots available and parking prices.
- Fuel Prices: Find the best prices for any grade of fuel in your area or on your route.
- Weather: Displays the updated weather forecast supported by INRIX. You get today's weather forecast and the weather forecast for the next 6 days in your selected region. You can enter a region using the voice recognition function.
- Movie Times: You can find theaters and showtimes by entering movie titles or theater names.
Note: This unit comes with a free 2 year subscription to INRIX Traffic. To use after those two years, a usage fee is required ($24.95 per month).
Hands-Free Social Media: You are able to sync your Facebook, Twitter, E-mail account, Google Calendar, and RSS Feeds with the DNN990HD for hands-free social media interaction. The DNN990HD can receive and send messages over Facebook and e-mail, as well as manage Twitter and RSS feeds hands-free via voice command. Advanced speech recognition, text-to-speech, and speech-to-text conversion processing via the dedicated Kenwood cloud server make this possible. A simple intuitive layout allows easy access to your social media.
- Facebook: Check friends' status updates and post your own messages on Facebook using the head unit's touchscreen or voice recognition.
- Twitter: Check tweets and post your own tweets on Twitter via touchscreen control or voice recognition.
- Email: You may check your mail box on G-mail, Hotmail, Yahoo mail, etc..
- Google Calendar: You can display today's schedule registered in your Google Calendar. You can also edit your schedule from the head unit..
- RSS Feeds: RSS is a web feed format used to publish frequently updated works such as blog entries, news headlines in a standardized format.
Note: You can create different user accounts to maintain privacy when using email and social media. You can register up to 4 user accounts. User accounts can be assigned as Administrator, Guest, Owner, or User.
Cloud Storage (via Dropbox): You can download your music files to Dropbox through Kenwood's Route Collector site and your computer, and then play these same music files through the Kenwood Excelon DNN990HD via its "Kenwood Storage" source selection. You can store up to 2GB of music for free (fees apply for larger storage). The unit supports playback of MP3, AAC, WMA, and WAV music files from your Cloud storage (copyrighted content is not supported). You can search your music files by Artist, Album, Song, or Genre. To narrow the search even more, you can search the selected category alphabetically (A-Z). Basic playback functions (such as Play/Pause, Next/Previous Track, Random/Repeat) are also supported.
Entertainment Apps: The Kenwood Excelon DNN990HD includes pre-installed entertainment apps which allows you to enjoy videos and music from various online music services such as YouTube, Aupeo!, and iHeartRadio.
- YouTube: You can play videos uploaded to YouTube. You can search YouTube video content by Keywords, Categories, or your Favorites. Searches can be done through the unit's touchscreen controls or voice recognition function. You are able to control basic video playback functions, such as Play/Pause and Fast Forward/Rewind. Your vehicle's parking brake must be engaged to watch YouTube videos.
- Aupeo!: You can listen to music from the online radio service, Aupeo!. With Aupeo! Personal Radio, you can listen to free music on the internet. Aupeo! lets you play lots of music and choose the playlist based on your personal taste. The basic concept is based on personal music DNA, which allows you to 'love' or 'ban' songs. The highly advanced software then remembers this and adjusts as necessary. As a result, Aupeo! offers over 100 compilation genre channels, as well as thousands of artist channels. Listen to music online based on your tastes and preferences or use the one-of-a-kind 'Mood Tuner' to fit how you're feeling.
- iHeartRadio: The iHeartRadio music service provides access to more than 1,500 live radio stations from coast-to-coast (including pop, country, urban, rock, talk, and sports). The DNN990HD will provide control over the iHeartRadio music service, as well as display station identification and song/artist information. You can search stations by My Stations, Recently Played, Stations Near You, Stations by Location, Music & Entertainment Genres, Talk Radio, and Featured Artists.
Note: You can continue to listen to the Aupeo! or iHeartRadio music app while you access your Facebook, Twitter, or email accounts, as well as view the navigation map or activate menu settings.
Internet Browser: The DNN990HD provides an Internet web browser so you can surf the internet and access your favorite websites in your vehicle. You may enter a URL address or keyword search to find websites. The player will archive your web browser history and allows you to bookmark your favorite sites. The Web Browser supports audio, video, and still image playback and is optimized to fill up the unit's touchscreen monitor.
TTS (Text-to-Speech) + STT (Speech-to-Text): The Kenwood Excelon DNN990HD supports Text-to-Speech and Speech-to-Text for various network applications, letting you keep your eyes on the road. Text-to-Speech is available for Facebook, Twitter, E-mail, RSS Feeds, and Google Calendar. Speech-to-Text is available for Facebook, Twitter, E-mail, Mixed Media Search, Weather, YouTube, and AUPEO!.
Note: User account & log-in information cannot be done through voice recognition, and must be entered using the head unit's touchscreen.
Mixed Media Search: As an entertainment device, the DNN990HD can perform a cross-platform media search for audio content stored on your WiFi-connected smartphone, connected USB device, inserted microSD card, Cloud "Dropbox" storage. You can search for content by artist or album name. Enter your search using the head unit's touchscreen keypad or voice commands.
Kenwood Wireless Link: The DNN990HD's WiFi hotspot capability allows it to act as a Media Server and Media Player in the car. The Media Server function allows you to stream audio/video content from its connected USB device or inserted microSD card to another network media player, such as your Android smartphone or tablet. The Media Player functions allows the DNN990HD to receive and play audio/video content stored in another media server device, such as your Android smartphone or tablet. MP3, AAC, WMA, and WAV audio files are supported. MPEG-1/2, MPEG-4, and WMV video files are supported.
Kenwood's External Touchscreen Monitor (optional): The DNN990HD will also share audio/video content from a compatible USB storage device or microSD/SDHC memory card with Kenwood's 7" external touchscreen monitor (113LZT700, sold separately). The handheld LZ-T700 can be mounted in the rear of the vehicle using Scosche's IPDHM2 mounting kit (142IPDHM2, sold separately), and will control and display content wirelessly transmitted from the in-dash network/navigation receiver. MP3, AAC, WMA, and WAV audio files are supported. MPEG-1/2, MPEG-4, and WMV video files are supported.
Built-In HD Tuner: With its built-in HD Radio tuner, you can receive digital AM/FM broadcasts from local stations where available. HD Radio significantly improves AM/FM audio quality and reception, as well as includes information such as artist name and song titles or traffic news, viewable on the receiver's display. HD Radio Technology will deliver high-quality digital sound. AM digital will have FM-like quality in stereo (70dB SN @ 40-15kHz), while FM digital will have CD-like quality (70 dB SN @ 20-20kHz) with static free and clear reception. The unit's built-in HD Radio tuner allows analog AM/FM tuning as well.
- Tuning: The DNN990HD network/navigation offers a
variety of tuning options; including Seek, Tuner, and Direct Access.
- Seek Modes: You can choose one of three seek modes: Auto 1 (seek tuning), Auto 2 (cycles through and tunes the selected band's preset stations only with each button press), or Manual. You can also setup the DNN990HD to search only HD Radio stations.
- Tuner Presets: The DNN990HD's tuner features 3 FM banks (1, 2, 3) and 1 AM bank for storing presets. You can store 6 presets for each AM/FM bank giving you a total of 18 FM presets and 6 AM presets (total of 24). 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.
- Direct Access Tuning: You can directly access an AM/FM station by entering in the frequency number using the unit's LCD touchscreen.
- Multicasting: In addition to conventional broadcasts, with HD Radio broadcasting it is possible to choose from up to 8 multicast programs (HD1 to HD8).
- Station Text + Album Art: AM/FM digital stations can offer text and data such as artist names and song titles. The DNN990HD also supports Album Art from select HD Radio stations.
- iTunes Tagging: It is possible to save the song's information (tag) from and HD Radio broadcasting station to your USB-direct connected iPod/iPhone. The songs will show up in a playlist called "Tagged" in iTunes (7.4 or later) the next time you sync your iPod/iPhone. Then you can directly buy the songs you want from the iTunes Music Store. Your iPod/iPhone must have at least 50MB of free space to "tag" and transfer songs. You can "tag" up to 50 songs.
Note: HD Radio is the system for digital AM and FM broadcasting in the U.S. More than 2,000 radio stations are broadcasting their primary signals in digital HD Radio technology, as a free service. Go to HDRadio.com to check for HD Radio stations in your area.
Pandora Internet Radio: Pandora is the leading Internet Radio music service in the United States, giving people music they love anytime, anywhere, through personalized radio stations. The Kenwood Excelon DNN990HD provides complete access to your Pandora account using your iPhone, via the head unit's rear-panel USB port; download the Pandora App from the Apple App Store. The Kenwood Excelon DNN990HD also lets you playback and control Pandora Internet Radio streamed from your Android or Blackberry smartphone, via Bluetooth (no hard-wired connection required); download the Pandora App from the Google Play App Store or BlackBerry App World. Your iPhone, Android, or Blackberry smartphone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. In addition, you will need an active Pandora music service account. The Kenwood Excelon DNN990HD will display Artist, Album, & Song information provided by the Pandora app on your iPhone or Android/Blackberry smartphone. The Kenwood Excelon DNN990HD also provides control over the Pandora music service streamed to your USB-connected iPhone or Bluetooth-enabled Android/Blackberry smartphone.
- Station/Genre List: You can select Pandora stations from your Station List by date or alphabetically (A-Z). You can also select from Pandora's Genre Stations.
- Create New Station: New stations can be created based on the current songs or artists playing on Pandora.
- Shuffle: Randomly selects artists/songs from your Pandora Station List for playback.
- 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 or Android/Blackberry smartphone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.
SiriusXM Ready: The Kenwood Excelon DNN990HD 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, Channel Logo, Artist Name, & Song Title can be viewed on the head unit's LCD
Up to 24 SiriusXM Satellite Radio station presets
Supports the SiriusXM Instant Replay function, so you can pause, rewind, and replay up to 60 minutes of live content
GameAlert will display an on-screen message if your favorite teams' games are being broadcast
Song/Artist Alert notifies when your favorite songs or artists are being broadcast on any SiriusXM station
iTunes Tagging lets you 'tag' songs you hear on SiriusXM and stores the info on your USB-connected iPod/iPhone, so the next time you connect your iPod/iPhone to iTunes you will be able to preview your selections, purchase songs, and download them directly from iTunes
Channels containing unsuitable content for children can be blocked
iPod/iPhone Connectivity: The Kenwood Excelon DNN990HD supports audio/video playback from select Apple iPods and iPhones.
- Audio/Video Playback: The Kenwood Excelon DNN990HD's rear-panel USB (type-A) port and rear-panel 3.5mm A/V AUX input allow you to connect select Apple iPod/iPhones using the Kenwood KCA-IP202 iPod cable (113IP202, 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 Excelon DNN990HD. 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 either of the DNN990HD's USB ports using 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 100dB. 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 5/5C/5S; 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 alphabetically (A-Z) using the head unit's touchscreen slider function. You can even search your iPod's music library by Album Art and create a Favorite List, which contains an original playlist of your favorite 10 albums. In addition, the head unit offers Link Search, which allows you to play songs related to the currently playing song. Link Search lets the head unit create an album list of the currently playing artist, a song list of the currently playing album, a artist list of the currently playing genre, or a album list of currently playing composer. You can also select Random & Repeat functions for a certain song or specific folder.
- 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 network/navigation'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 Excelon DNN990HD 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 DNN990HD will not display your iPod/iPhone's music information (the head unit will instead display 'iPhone App/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.
iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Kenwood Excelon DNN990HD is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 10/8/2013):
|Apple Device||Generation||Tested Version||Media Type||Control Type||Bluetooth||Display Type||WiFi Hotspot||iTunes Tagging||Charge|
|Audio||Video||Head Unit||iPod/App||Pandora||Phone||Audio||Siri||Song/Artist Text||Track Info||Album Art|
- *Requires the Lighting-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect to the head unit. These Apple devices only support audio playback (no video output).
- Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.
Bluetooth Technology: The Kenwood Excelon DNN990HD is equipped with built-in Bluetooth (2.1+EDR) allowing you to make and receive phone calls wirelessly through the receiver; as well as stream music wirelessly from your smartphone to the head unit. In order to use Bluetooth wireless technology, your phone must also be Bluetooth compatible and be able to interpret certain profiles. This unit is compatible with the following Bluetooth Profiles:
- Hands-Free Communication: HFP 1.5 (Hands Free Profile), OPP 1.1 (Object Push Profile), PBAB 1.0 (Phone Book Access Profile).
- Audio Streaming: A2DP 1.2 (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP 1.3 (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).
Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Kenwood Excelon DNN990HD. Visit Kenwood's Support Site for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled phones
SPP (Secure Simple Pairing): With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the Kenwood Excelon DNN990HD without having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings. When a registered Bluetooth device is in close proximity to the receiver, the auto connection function automatically pairs the two units. You can register up to five Bluetooth-enabled devices with the Kenwood head unit (only one paired phone can be used at a time).
Bluetooth Hands-Free Communication: The head unit supports Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. The touchscreen controls of the DNN990HD can be used to dial a number, answer an in-coming call, or end a call. The unit also includes an external microphone (featuring adjustable gain), so you can carry on your side of the conversation while listening to the caller through your vehicles speakers (All or Front only). During a conversation, you can switch between the Private Mode (talking directly on your cell phone) and the Hands Free Mode.
- Answering a Call: When a call comes in, a ring-tone will be heard through your vehicle's speaker and the caller's name or phone number will be displayed. You can answer the call from the head unit's touchscreen, or setup the head unit to automatically answer the incoming call immediately (within 0-99 seconds). The DNN990HD also supports the Call Waiting function, so you can answer another incoming call while suspending the current call you are on. Your compatible cell-phone must also support this feature.
- Dialing a Number: Using the DNN990HD, 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 (your vehicle's parking brake must be engaged).
- Speed (Preset) Dialing: Allows you to register up to 6 phone numbers for quick dialing. The preset numbers can be accessed from the head unit's touchscreen.
- Phone Book: You can dial by using the downloaded phone book. You can download phone book data from your cell phone to the DNN990HD. Up to 600 numbers can be stored for each registered cell phone. Each number can be up to 32 digits long and each name can be up to 50 characters long. You can search the phone book in alphabetical order.
- Call History: The Call History is a list of calls that have originated from and were received by this unit that you can dial. You can select Outgoing, Incoming, or Missed calls (up to 50 each).
- Voice Dialing: If your mobile phone supports voice recognition, then you can dial out by voice command. Simply speak into the included microphone.
External Microphone: The Kenwood Excelon DNN990HD includes an external microphone to carry on your side of your phone conversation and voice command dialing. The external wired microphone offers improved audio quality versus an integrated microphone, so you can be heard easier over noisy traffic and road noise. You can adjust the volume level and noise cancellation of the microphone without affecting the other sources. The external microphone features an attached 10' cable terminated by a right-angle 3.5mm connector which plugs into the mic input on the rear-panel of the head unit. The microphone offers an integrated mounting bracket which can be clipped to your vehicle's sun-visor or taped to your dash. The external microphone measures 0.525" (diameter) x 1.505" (depth).
Note: This unit does not offer an integrated front-panel microphone.
SMS: You can wirelessly download a SMS text-message arrived at your cell-phone so that it can be read on the Bluetooth-connected Kenwood head unit. You can reply to a SMS test-message by using the head unit's touchscreen to enter alphanumeric text. There is a limited amount of text that can be downloaded or entered. You can also select a quick reply from the head unit's template list; such as "I'm driving right now" or "I will call you later", etc.. Your cell-phone must support SMS via Bluetooth for this feature to function. Do not read incoming messages or reply while driving.
Wireless Audio Streaming (w/ Metadata Display): The Kenwood DNN990HD also supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth enabled audio player or smartphone. The DNN990HD will be able to control basic playback functions of your Bluetooth device's stored music; such as Play/Pause, Skip Next/Previous, Fast Forward/Rewind and Random/Repeat. The head unit will also display your stored music's song information; such as Artist name and Song/Album title. The DNN990HD also supports audio streaming of music apps downloaded on your smartphone with metadata display and limited control. Advanced music control of your music apps will still need be done via your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone. When an incoming call or outgoing call is in progress from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, audio streaming will be paused so you can take your call. Once the call is finished, your streaming music will resume.
Siri Digital Assistant Control: When paired and connected with an iPhone 4S/5 via Bluetooth (not USB), the Kenwood Excelon DNN990HD has the ability to access Siri through its front-panel controls and external microphone. Simply press-and-hold down on the head unit's "VOICE/TEL" button to engage Siri and use the included microphone to communicate with Siri. Siri's voice will heard through your vehicle's speakers. All Siri functions including hands-free calling, music search, setting reminders, text-messaging, audible navigation, and more can be done through the DNN990HD and its microphone. The head unit's LCD touchscreen will only display hands-free calling and Bluetooth audio information (all other functions of Siri are only audible through the Kenwood DNN990HD; visual data will still need to be viewed from your iPhone device).
Note: You can ask Siri to get directions to a destination and the turn-by-turn instructions will heard through your vehicle's speakers, while the on-screen map still displays on your iPhone 4S/5. The head unit's audio is attenuated while Siri provides audible directions.
Bluetooth Detailed Settings: The DNN990HD offers the following Bluetooth Detailed Settings, so you can configure the unit to suit your needs.
- Speaker Output: You can select whether the call beep/caller's voice is heard through only the front speakers or all speakers.
- Mic Level: Adjusts the volume of the external microphone.
- NR Level: Reduces the noises generated by the surrounding environment without changing the mic volume.
- EC Level: Adjusts the level of echo cancellation.
Multimedia Playback: The Kenwood Excelon DNN990HD offers a disc slot and SD-card slot located behind the motorized touchscreen display, as well as dual rear-panel USB ports.
- Compatible Discs: The touchscreen monitor electronically slides down for loading and ejecting discs. The Kenwood Excelon DNN990HD supports playback of DVD-Video, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, CD-Audio, CD-Text, CD-R/RW, DTS-CD, and VCD discs. The unit supports MPEG1/MPEG2 video recorded on to CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW and DVD+R/RW discs. It also supports playback of MP3, WMA, AAC, and WAV music files loaded onto a CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, or DVD+R/RW disc.
- SD Card Slot: The network/navigation head unit is fitted with a SD card slot hidden behind the unit's motorized touchscreen monitor. The microSD card slot supports both SD memory cards and SDHC memory cards (up to 32GB). The unit supports playback of MP3, WMA, AAC, and WAV audio files; as well as JPEG/PNG/BMP still-picture files stored on a compatible SD/SDHC memory card. The DNN990HD also supports video playback of MPEG1/MPEG2, H.264, and WMV video files from an inserted SD/SDHC memory card.
- Dual USB Ports: The Kenwood Excelon DNN990HD features two rear-panel Full-Speed 2.0 USB type-A ports (attached to the unit's rear-chassis by a 39" cable) for connection and control of a portable USB mass-storage class (MSC) device; such as select Android smartphones (Froyo/Gingerbread OS only), portable digital audio players, or USB thumbdrives. The USB port enables playback of MP3, WMA, AAC, and WAV audio files; as well as JPEG/PNG/BMP still-picture files stored on a compatible USB memory device. The DNN770HD also supports video playback of MPEG1/MPEG2, H.264, and WMV video files from a connected portable USB MSC device. USB portable audio devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the network/navigation's USB port (5V/1A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.
File Compatibility: The Kenwood Excelon DNN990HD supports the following types of audio, video, and photo files recorded onto a disc, loaded onto a USB mass storage class device, or stored on a SD/SDHC memory card..
|Media Type||Disc (CD-R/RW or DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW)||USB||SD/SDHC|
|File System||ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, Romeo, Long File Name||FAT 16/32|
|Playable File Types||Audio||MP3: bit rate of 8-320kbps w/
sampling rates of 8-48kHz
WMA: bit rate of 48-192kbps w/ sampling rates of 32-48kHz
AAC: bit rate of 16-320kbps w/ sampling rates of 16-48kHz
WAV: bit rate of 8-or16-bit w/ sampling rate of 32-48kHz
|Video||MPEG-1: 352 x 240
or 352 x 288 (1.5Mbps)
MPEG-2: 720 x 480, 720 x 576 (10.0Mbps)
352 x 240 or 352 x 288 (1.5Mbps)
MPEG-2: 720 x 480, 720 x 576 (2.0Mbps)
H.264: 352 x 240, 352 x 288, 720 x 480, 720 x 576 (8.0Mbps)
WMV: 640 x 480 (2. Mbps)
|Photo||N/A||JPEG/PNG/BMP: 8192 x 7680 (baseline), 1600 x 1000 (progressive)|
|Maximum # of Folders/Files||254 folders/64,770 files (255 files per folder)||255 folders/65,025 files (255 files per folder)|
|Tags||MP3 ID3-tags (ver. 1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4), WMA-tags, AAC-tags, and WAV-tags|
Dolby Digital/DTS: The DNN990HD supports playback of Dolby Digital and DTS 2.0 DVD discs and will convert multi-channel Dolby Digital sources to 2-channel.
Folder/Track List: The Folder/Track List allows you to search folders and audio/video/picture files stored on a disc or USB device.
Highlight Control (DVD Playback): 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.
Search Functions (USB/SD only): The Kenwood Excelon DNN990HD offers unique search functions for USB and SD playback.
- Category Search: You can navigate music stored on your USB memory device or SD card by Playlist, Artist, Song, or Album. Once a category is selected, you can search the contents alphabetically.
- Link Search: Link Search allows you to play songs related to the currently playing song. The head unit can create an album list of the currently playing artist, a song list of the currently playing album, a artist list of the currently playing genre, or a album list of currently playing composer.
- Favorite List: You can create an original playlist of your favorite 10 albums by selecting album artworks.
Zoom: The DNN990HD features a 3 level zoom when playing back video and still images.
Parental Control (DVD only): 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.
Disc Auto Reload: The unit will automatically reinsert a disc if it's ejected, but not removed for 20 seconds or more.
Firmware Updates (via USB): The unit's operating system is updateable via free downloadable software from Kenwood's support site. Firmware downloads assist in maintaining system performance when using external devices and emerging technologies. Firmware/software updates can be downloaded onto a USB thumbdrive from your computer and then inserted into the head unit's USB port and uploaded. The tested unit contained firmware version 30200630 (v1.0.0). Go to Kenwood's Support Site for the latest firmware/software updates.
Excelon Series: The DNN990HD navigation receiver is part of Kenwood's Excelon series line-up. It incorporates the latest technologies and delivers the highest sonic performance. From advanced audio tuning capabilities, crossover and equalizer system, high-voltage preouts (5V), and a two-year warranty - Kenwood Excelon represents exceptional audio quality with long-lasting dependability.
24 Bit D/A Converter: The Kenwood Excelon DNN990HD utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality.
MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood Excelon DNN990HD 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 DNN990HD 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/5V Preamp Outputs: The DNN990HD features front, rear and subwoofer 5.0-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.
Sound Excellence DSP (Digital Signal Processing): In order to optimize the sound quality, you can use the unit's Sound Excellence DSP to set the type of vehicle, speaker sizes, distances and x-over points. The DSP settings include the following:
- Car Type: Select your car type to automatically set the Delay Time of each speaker for timing adjustment of sound output of each channel to have the highest surround effect. Choose from Compact, Full Size Car, Wagon, Mini Van, Mini Van Long, SUV, or Off
- Listening Position: For a better sound-stage you can select your optimal listening position. You can choose from All, Front Left, Front Right or Front. You can also select to manually fine tune the sound stage by selecting the distance for each individual speaker in the vehicle compared to your listening position.
- Digital Time Alignment (DTA): Choose from 0.00 to 20' (0.07' steps) for the Front pair of speakers, Rear pair of speakers and Subwoofer distances in reference to the distance between your listening positioning and the locations of the particular speakers.
- Speaker Location: You can set the location of your
vehicle's Front and Rear speakers.
- Front: Door, On Dash, or Under Dash
- Rear: Door, Rear Deck, 2nd Row, or 3rd Row
- Speaker Size: You can select the speaker size for your
Front and Rear speakers, as well as your subwoofer.
- Front: OEM, 3.5", 4", 4.75", 5", 6.5", 6.75", 7", 4x6", 5x7", 6x8", 6x9", or 7x10"
- Tweeter: None, Small, Middle, or Large
- Rear: None, OEM, 3.5", 4", 4.75", 5", 6.5", 6.75", 7", 4x6", 5x7", 6x8", 6x9", or 7x10"
- Subwoofer: None, 6.5", 8", 10", 12", or 15"+
- X'Over: The head unit features independent Front and
Rear high-pass crossovers, as well as a subwoofer low-pass crossover.
- Front High Pass Filter: 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100, 120, 150, 180, 220, or 250 Hz; slope of -6, -12, -18, or -24 dB per octave (or select Full-Range)
- Rear High Pass Filter: 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100, 120, 150, 180, 220, or 250 Hz; slope of -6, -12, -18, or -24 dB per octave (or select Full-Range)
- Subwoofer Low Pass Filter: 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100, 120, 150, 180, 220, or 250 Hz; slope of -6, -12, -18, or -24 dB per octave (or Select Full-Range)
- Subwoofer Control: You can adjust the subwoofer
output's Phase and Level.
- Phase: Choose either Normal (0°) or Reverse (180°)
- Subwoofer Level: You can adjust the level of the unit's subwoofer preamp output from -50to +10dB.
Note: You can also choose to bypass the head unit's DSP feature.
Equalizer Control: Equalizer Control allows you to use one of the EQ presets, or set your own custom settings for the front and back speakers using the 13-band Equalizer. The EQ adjustments are as follows:
- EQ Presets: You can select from Flat, Natural, Rock, Pops, Easy, Top 40, Jazz, Powerful, iPod (you can select from 22 EQ curve types within your iPod), or User (customized 13-band EQ).
- 13-Band EQ: 13-Band frequency adjustment (-9 to +9 dB) for Front & Rear speakers using the following center frequencies; 62.5Hz, 100Hz, 160Hz, 250Hz, 400Hz, 630Hz, 1kHz, 1.6kHz, 2.5kHz, 4kHz, 6.3khz, 10kHz, 16kHz.
Note: You can store EQ and tone settings for each source (Disc, Tuner, AV, USB, iPod, Bluetooth, and Pandora).
Bass Enhancements: The DNN990HD offers Bass Boost, Bass DC Extension, and Loudness.
- Bass Boost: The DNN990HD features a four-step Bass Boost (Off/1/2/3) to enhance your music's lower frequencies.
- Bass DC Extension: When turned on, frequencies lower than 6.25 Hz are set the same gain level as the unit's 7-Band EQ 62.5 Hz gain setting.
- Loudness: This function enhances low and high frequencies to make the sound clearer lower volumes.
Sound Effects: The DNN990HD provides unique sound effect adjustments.
- Space Enhancer: You can set the Space Enhancer to Small, Large, or Off. Each setting value indicates the soundscape level.
- Elevation: You can virtually raise the sound position heard from your speakers. The Elevation Level can be set to High, Low, or Off.
- Highway Sound: You can boost a certain range of sound that becomes hard to hear due to road noise. The Highway Sound level can be set to High, Low, or Off.
Music Enhancers: You can restore the sound lost due to audio compression to a realistic sound.
- Realizer: When MP3, WMA, or AAC files encoded at a low bit rate (less than 96 kbps, 44.1k, 48kHz) are played, the Realizer feature boosts low frequencies which can be lost during compression. Set to Level 1, Level 1, Level 3, or Off.
- Supreme: When MP3, WMA, or AAC files encoded at a low bit rate (less than 96 kbps, 44.1k, 48kHz) are played, the Supreme Setting function restores their high frequencies so the sound quality is closer to files encoded at a high bit rate. The processing is optimized for the compression format and the bit rate used. When the Supreme Setting is Off, the unit plays the original sound stored in the audio file.
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.
Dynamic Range Control: 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.
Key Beep: The in-dash network/navigation head unit provides an audible beep to confirm button operation. This function can be turned On or Off.
Dual A/V Inputs: The Kenwood Excelon DNN990HD network/navigation receiver is fitted with two audio/video inputs. The unit features a rear-panel 3.5mm audio/video input (AV-IN 2) for connecting an external game console or portable MP3 player. This input also serves as the A/V input for your USB-connected iPod (using proprietary Kenwood cable). The head unit also features a composite video/stereo audio RCA input (AV-IN 1) on the rear-panel for connecting an external A/V source, such as a Blu-ray player or mobile ATSC tuner.
A/V Output (with Dual Zone): The unit features a composite video jack and 3.5mm audio jack to output A/V signals to an optional monitor and headphone system. The unit's A/V output can be set to Disc, Video, iPod, or Off. You can adjust the volume of the 2nd Zone independently from 0 to 35. 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. You cannot select iPod as the A/V Output source when you select Pandora as a main source in dual zone function.
Camera Input: The unit features a composite video input for connecting an optional rear view camera, such as the Kenwood CMOS-210 (113CMOS210, sold separately). The video from this connection can be set to display when switched to this input, or display the rear view camera video automatically when the vehicle is shifted into Reverse gear. The purple/white wire (attached to the rear chassis) must be connected to the vehicle's reverse lamp circuit for automatic video switching. Automatic video switching takes approximately 1.2 seconds. Audio from your music source will continue playing, while the back-up camera is displayed.
Optional Multi-View Camera: By connecting the Kenwood CMOS-310 Universal Multi-View Camera ( 113CMOS310, sold separately) to the DNN990HD, you gain the capability of turning parking guidelines on/off, as well as cycle through five different multi-views right from the touchscreen. You can also toggle between front & rear cameras when using two CMOS-310 simultaneously (second camera must be connected to the head unit's rear-panel AV1 input.
Remote Control: The included IR remote control (KNA-RCDV331) is designed for wireless operation of this Kenwood network/navigation receiver. 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 the Kenwood head unit within direct line of sight. The remote operates Audio, Video, Navigation, and Bluetooth functions.
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.
OEM Integration: This Kenwood multimedia head unit is compatible with the iDatalink Maestro RR (794ADSMRR, sold separately); a web programmable module that will permit the aftermarket Kenwood head unit to work with select Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury vehicles that feature the factory SYNC system; as well as select GM vehicles with factory OnStar. The iDatalink Maestro RR lets Ford or GM owners swap out their factory radio for this aftermarket Kenwood multimedia head unit; while retaining the Ford Sync system, GM OnStar, steering wheel controls, hands-free Bluetooth, USB interface (Ford only), Satellite Radio, and 911 assist. You also get to keep the hands-free mic that comes with the car (which is specially tuned to that particular vehicle). In addition, the Kenwood multimedia head unit can be configured to operate interior climate controls, distance and proximity sensors, tire pressure sensors, and vehicle gauges such as engine temperature, RPM, and other performance indicators (if factory equipped).
- Ford Installation: The iDatalink Maestro RR module must first be connected to your Windows PC via USB and "flashed" with the SR-FOR01-DS2 firmware from iDatalink's Weblink site, prior to installation. The iDatalink Maestro RR (MRR) requires the use of the iDatalink Maestro ADS-HRN(SR)-FOR01 installation harness (794HRNSRF1, sold separately) when installed in your compatible Ford, Lincoln, Mercury vehicle.
- GM Installation: The iDatalink Maestro RR module requires the use of the iDatalink Maestro ADS-HRN(SR)-GMS05 installation harness (794HRNGMS5, sold separately). The module must also be connected to your Windows PC and flashed with the SR-GMS05-DS firmware update.
Note: The Kenwood head unit features an OEM Setup menu that must be configured with your Ford SYNC or GM OnStar factory system before initial operation.
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2 questions already asked
It is possible. However, only one of the USB connectors can transmit iPod video. And, the "iPod" connection which can transmit iPod video, will be labeled iPod, while the other will show up under USB/SD. To access iPod video, you need a DIN patch cord with four contacts on each end (normal stereo DIN plug has 3). You can either use the special iPod connector sold by Crutchfield (and others), which marries the DIN connector and the USB connector, or you can find "iPod video" cables online and in some Apple stores. I use the Kenwood cable sold by Crutchfield, connected to an extension I got online, so I can put the iPod in my center console.Note also that I and some others who bought this unit have reported having some problems getting the SD card to function properly. That may have had something to do with a conflict with either the USB or iPod connector. In my case, when I installed the unit, either the iPod worked, or the SD card worked, not both. Others said it was either USB or SD that worked. However, there have now been 2 firmware updates since I installed the 990HD. My problem seems to be fixed, even though I never saw anything in a firmware update summary that said anything about the problem or the fix. [ ANTHONY Feb 24, 2014 ]
I never tried to connect two iPods, but I am pretty sure you could do it. When I filled up my iPod I switched to a 240 GB iPod. When I filled that up, I switched to just using my Android phone over Bluetooth running the app Dsub to stream my music from my home computer that's running Subsonic. Now I don't have any space concerns. [ JASON Feb 14, 2014 ]
12 answers I talked to my installer about a custom install and it will fit. What I am concerned about are the comments that the receiver does not work with iPhone 5S which is my current smart phone. Has this been fixed yet and will the iPhone 5S work if I use a proper Lightening cable or adaptor? Will it work in blue tooth mode to stream audio with the 5S? [ sexymilkman007 Dec 27, 2013 ]
I have an iphone 5 and the blutooth worked fine........the problem I had was that my personal hotspot wasn't working with this head unit......I wanted to use the radios Wi-Fi feature (which was a pretty expensive add on) to watch videos,check email,etc..........but for some unknown reason (kenwood techs couldn't even figure it out ) I was unable to use my phone a s a hotspot.......the unit worked fine on my home network when I was parked in the driveway but no dice with the phone [ TERRY Jan 05, 2014 ]
I don't know I returned the radio because of a lack of integration into the GM OnStar and Video both. I returned before getting a 5s. My experience with 32 pin adapters is they do not work on most things. Consider an old Iphone 4 which I now use on my old DNX 8120 and keep my 5s handy. My 4 was my old phone and instead of trading it in I use it for music. Hopefully Kenwood will design a new 8 pin adapter. Sorry I could not be more helpful. [ WILLIAM D Dec 30, 2013 ]
I tried my wifes iphone 5s and after the first try it did not work with the wire hooked up or through Bluetooth. I found that the firmware for the radio and the Bluetooth needed updated. After the update the phone only worked streaming in Bluetooth mode. Using the wire did show what was playing and you could change the songs but no sound would come out of the car speakers. I tried to change all the settings I could find but no luck when using the usb to lightning cable. I'm sure they will fix it with the next update. [ ERIC Dec 30, 2013 ]
I am not sure since I don't have an iPhone 5S. I have a Galaxy S3 and an iPod. From my experience, bluetooth audio works well with my Galaxy, but the sound quality isn't as good as the iPod since it is connected directly. My advice would be to test your iPhone out at a store to see if it works as you would expect. [ JASON Dec 28, 2013 ]
Their is firmware updates available... [ MURRAY Dec 28, 2013 ]
This is the best stereo I have ever owned, it is great with my Ipad Air, my Ipad 4th generation and my Galaxy 4, not to mention my USB Sticks, or my SD cards. I do not have this Apple Phone but my brother just Bought himself one and I will check to see if it works with the DNN990 and get back to you. I love the stereo, it is amazing. Cruthfield sure has a good product here and with their service which is way beyond what you could ask for, I am impressed... [ MURRAY Dec 28, 2013 ]
I have an iPhone 5 and had to purchase an 30 pin to lightning adaptor from Apple store. Be advised, the lightning connector only supports audio signals so video to DNN990HD from iPhone will not display. This appears to be an apple issue, not a kenwood issue. I'm not sure if kenwood has yet released a cable specific to the iPhone 5. If so, you could just purchase the cable and eliminate the adaptor but you would still only be able to send audio only to the head unit Good luck [ DONALD Dec 27, 2013 ]
Hello, I have used a iPhone 4, 5, 5s and iPad mini with no problems. Have you checked Lenwood web site for software updates? There was one in July 2013 or around that date. There may be some newer updates also. Have had no problems using this great radio. Happy New Year, Frank in Sunny San Diego [ FRANK Dec 27, 2013 ]
I do not have an I-phone, due to poor battery life. However the unit does have issues with my Samsung S4. Basically, it works when it wants to. I would not recommend this unit. Crutchfield is a great company, but Kenwood knows this unit has issues, and when you call tech support...deny, deny, deny! [ PATRICK Dec 27, 2013 ]
I own the iPhone 5. It works fine with Bluetooth. However, it's annoying that when I have the receiver set to Bluetooth mode that it automatically starts playing my music. I contacted Kenwood and they said that there was not a way for me to turn this off. So, I put it in StandBy mode and which to Bluetooth mode whenever I don't want to hear music whenever the receiver powers up. As for the lightning cable, I am able to connect it to the receiver. I do see the album covers and more information when playing music, and it charges the iPhone. [ ADAM Dec 27, 2013 ]
Bluetooth stream works. lightening cable to the USB works with audio, no video. Unfortunately, I have had a bunch of problems with my unit. I would not recommend buying it. The first unit that shipped was defective. Crutchfield customer service was awesome and shipped me another one right away. The replacement unit works on and off. It is currently off. I can't count the number of times I start my truck and the unit goes into "System Rebuilding" mode. Not something you want to see. Right now I can't even get it out of rebuilding mode to try to install the firmware update. I know this is more info than you asked, but I thought you might want to know. Good luck [ SHANE A Dec 27, 2013 ]
Steer away from this head unit until they get the firmware sorted out. I luv it's potential, but not ready for prime time. [ PATRICK Dec 27, 2013 ]