Kenwood Excelon DNN990HD

Navigation receiver with Wi-Fi®

Item #: 113DNN990H

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Original Price: $999.99

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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.

Kenwood DNN990HD navigation receiver

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.

Kenwood Excelon DNN990HD navigation receiver

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.

Kenwood DNN990HD navigation receiver

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.

A sound investment

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.

Check out this Kenwood site or Kenwood's Quick Start Guide for more info on what this impressive GPS receiver can do in your car.

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • 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
    Navigation features:
    • 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
    Connectivity features:
    • 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
    Audio/video features:
    • 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
    Other information:

    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.

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    Great if patient

    Written By Ben, Ravena ny on Sunday, April 06, 2014

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    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


    Written By JohnG, Beaufort, SC on Saturday, April 05, 2014

    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.

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    Written By BERNARDO, HINESVILLE GA on Saturday, March 22, 2014

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    I like my new Kenwood DNN990HD, is really easy to use but it takes for

    Written By Alex, Wichita on Sunday, March 16, 2014

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    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

    Written By Paul, Los Angeles, CA on Sunday, March 16, 2014

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    The best Kenwood made In general lots of new features


    Written By P_Messina, Grand Rapids, mi on Sunday, March 16, 2014

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    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

    Written By Anonymous, NC on Wednesday, March 12, 2014

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    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

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    Written By John, Bronx, Ny on Tuesday, March 11, 2014

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    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

    Written By Dahveed18, Flint, MI on Sunday, March 09, 2014

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    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

    Written By EdsCustomTuning, Massachusetts on Saturday, March 01, 2014

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    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

    Also Disappointed

    Written By Circuit Breaker, Colorado Springs, CO on Wednesday, February 12, 2014

    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.

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    Written By Anonymous, Grants Pass Oregon on Wednesday, January 22, 2014

    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...

    Written By Matt, Livermore, CA on Saturday, December 21, 2013

    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.

    kenwood warranty

    Written By kenwoodhater, boston on Saturday, December 21, 2013

    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

    Huge Disappointment

    Written By EricB, Ann Arbor, MI on Thursday, December 19, 2013

    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.

    Pros: Facebook??

    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! :(

    Written By Roy, Oak Harbor,WA on Saturday, November 30, 2013

    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.

    Excellent !!!

    Written By Alan, Ann Arbor, Mi on Wednesday, November 06, 2013

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    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!

    Written By rtodaro01, St. Louis, MO on Wednesday, October 16, 2013

    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.

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    Written By McGee, Cheapeake, Va on Saturday, October 12, 2013

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    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

    Written By Brazz, Wayne, MI on Saturday, October 05, 2013

    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??? 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

    Written By Bill F, Davenport, FL on Tuesday, October 01, 2013

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    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).


    Written By Eric, Baltimore, MD on Monday, September 30, 2013

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    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.

    Written By awg, Northern California on Tuesday, September 17, 2013

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    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

    Written By Lance M., Valley village , Ca on Monday, August 19, 2013

    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

    Written By R1Bumblebee, Pensacola, FL on Friday, August 16, 2013

    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

    Written By Phantomsfbw, Annapolis, MD on Tuesday, August 13, 2013

    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.

    Some issues.

    Written By Mike, Fort Drum, NY on Thursday, August 01, 2013

    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.


    Written By Cleatus V, Bothell, WA on Sunday, July 28, 2013

    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 !

    Written By five0retired, Nicholas Jackson on Saturday, June 29, 2013

    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

    Written By JC, Seattle Area, WA on Thursday, June 27, 2013

    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!

    Written By Pompano Pat, Daytona Beach, Fl on Tuesday, June 18, 2013

    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!

    kenwood DNN990HD

    Written By mike, tampa florida on Friday, June 07, 2013

    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

    Written By JC, Round Rock,Texas on Thursday, May 30, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    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 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.


    Written By Anthony, Atlanta Ga on Wednesday, May 29, 2013

    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

    Written By Anonymous, biloxi,Ms on Monday, May 27, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    everything i expected and more

    Hands-on research

    What's in the box?

    Download owner's manual

    • 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

    CEA-2006 Compliant No
    RMS Power Output 22 watts
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen Yes
    Preamp Voltage 5 volts
    Display Color
    Key Button Color Variable
    EQ Bands 13
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 2 Years
    Labor Warranty 2 Years
    AUX Input Mini (rear)
    Audio/video Input Rear
    USB Input Rear (2)
    Memory Card Slot USB, SD/SDHC
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready SiriusXM
    HD Radio Built-in
    Navigation Yes
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano 7/6/5/4/3/2/1
    Touch 5/4/3/2/1
    Mini ---
    iPhone 5S/5C/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    FM Sensitivity 7.2 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes

    Product Research

    Touchscreen Display + Voice Recognition
    Onboard Navigation
    Network Functions
    HD Radio+Pandora+SiriusXM
    iPod/iPhone Integration
    Built-in Bluetooth
    Disc/SD/USB Playback
    Audio Section
    AV Connections
    OEM/Remote Control

    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.

    Onboard Navigation

    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

    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.

    Color Description Meaning
    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.

    Destination Search Description
    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.

    Network Functions

    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