Disc Playback Features
External Device Controls
Audio/Video Inputs and Outputs
2-DIN Chassis: The DNX5120 has a 2-DIN chassis (also known as
Double DIN or size DD), and will fit in many vehicles with a large dash opening.
Unlike many in-dash monitors, there is no hideaway box; all the inputs and outputs
are included within the unit's chassis. The unit can be ISO-mounted using factory
brackets, or Euro-mounted using the supplied mounting sleeve. As always, please
check the Crutchfield Vehicle Selector to verify fit with your vehicle.
Touchscreen Display: The Kenwood DNX5120 features a 6.1"
wide, 16:9 touchscreen display with a TFT active matrix system. The screen has a
resolution of 480 x 234 with 336,960 total pixels (480H x 234V x RGB). This unit
has touch screen controls with interactive video graphics, making menu navigation
easy. The unit has a front-loading disc-slot to make loading your disc easier
because there is not panel to slide or fold-down. The screen is non-glare and
Selectable Screen Viewing Modes: You can choose from the following
screen modes for DVD, Video, iPod, USB and Rear-camera playback.
- Normal: displays 16:9
widescreen format pictures that fill the
entire screen width, and 4:3 (conventional
TV) pictures display with black bars on
- Full: expands 4:3 pictures
horizontally to fill the entire width of the
screen, distorting the picture slightly but
retaining full image height
- Justify: expands 4:3
pictures horizontally only at the edges
- Zoom: expands 4:3 pictures
both horizontally and vertically, filling the
screen without distorting the picture but cutting
off the top and bottom edges
Display Adjustment: You can adjust the unit's display brightness,
contrast, and black level to suit your viewing needs.
Custom Backgrounds: You can download still images for
use as the unit's background from a connected USB thumbdrive.
Front Panel Controls With Changeable Illumination: In
addition to the touchscreen controls, the unit includes frequently used buttons
and a rotary-dial
along the left edge of the screen. You can adjust the headunit's button
illumination from the following preset colors - Blue, Purple, Sky Blue,
Aqua Blue, Yellow, Green, Amber, Red, Pink, White or Scan (Scans through all
preset colors). You can also select three custom user colors that are adjusted
between Red, Green, and Blue values from 0-31 each.
Security Code: You may program
the unit with a 4 digit security code. Once the unit has been programmed with a
security code, the code must be entered to use the unit after it has been
disconnected from power.
Tone Memory: This
feature allows you to store System Q-EX and bass, middle and treble tone settings for each
source (DVD, CD, Aux, FM, AM).
Dual Zone Capability: The unit's dual zone control allows
you to independently set the source for the front and rear channels. You can set
the front channels to Tuner, Sirius, XM, DVD, Video, USB, iPod, Bluetooth,
Navigation or Standby. You can set the rear channels to DVD, Video, iPod, USB, or
Off. You can adjust the volume of the 2nd Zone independently from 0 to 35.
Dimmer: The dimmer function will dim this unit's display automatically
when the vehicle light switch is turned On when you connect orange/white
Illumination wire of this player's harness.
Navigation: With built-in Garmin navigation technology and NAVTEQ mapping
software, the Kenwood DNX5120 features on-screen maps of the United States,
Canada and Puerto Rico which includes over 6 million Points of Interest. You can
follow calculated on-screen routes to your destination using the headunit's
built-in navigation software. As you travel, the DNX5120's navigation system
guides you to your destination with voice prompts, arrows, and directions along
the top of the map. If you happen to depart from your original route, the
internal navigation system recalculates the route and provides new route
instructions. Your route is marked with a highlighted line and an arrow, while
your destination is marked with a checkered flag.
SiRF Star III: The SiRF Star III GPS chipset is so sensitive
that it's forgiving of less than optimal antenna placement, giving you
additional placement options.
GPS Antenna: The DNX5120 comes supplied with a GPS antenna that
features a magnetic base and an attached 16.5' cable terminated by a proprietary
plug which connects to GPS-ANT input on the back of the headunit. The unit also
comes supplied with a self-adhesive magnetic base if you are having trouble
finding a flat metal surface to mount the antenna.
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. The DNX5120 also features pre-recorded voices, which have a
limited vocabulary and do not speak names of locations or streets. Voice prompts
are available in English, Spanish or French.
Map Detail: The DNX5120 allows you to adjust the amount of
detail shown on the map. Displaying more detail cause the map to redraw your
route slower. You can also choose to adjust the other following map settings.
- Orientation: 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).
- Color Mode: Select between Day (for a bright
background), Night (for a black background) or Auto (to automatically switch
between the two.
- Auto Zoom: Disables or enables automatic zooming
on the map for optimal viewing; you can also specify a maximum Auto Zoom
distance from 120 feet to 300 miles.
- Route Color: Choose the color of the route line
(Red, Green, Magenta, Blue, or Orange).
- Dim Roads: Dims the roads that are not on your
route; you can customize this setting to Never or While Driving.
- Map Data Fields: Customizes the width and
contents of the data fields displayed on the map page; you can choose from
Normal, None, Thin or Wide.
- Text Size: Adjusts the display size of the text on the
Map from none, Small, Medium or Large.
- Detail Maps: enables and disables the preloaded
- Vehicle Select: choose between an arrow or car icon to represent
yourself on the unit's on-screen map
- POI Filter: you can choose to filter out certain
points-of-interests from your GPS searches
Navigation Settings: The DNX5120 features the following
Navigation Settings to help calculate your route.
- Vehicle: Specifies what vehicle you are driving; you
can choose a Car, Truck, Bus, Emergency, Taxi or Delivery.
- Preference: Selects the preference for your calculation
between Faster Time, Shorter Distance or Off Road.
- Ask Preference: Choose to have the navigation system
ask for your route preference each time it calculates a route.
- Next Turn Pop-Up: Selects to active the Next Turn
pop-up window as On, Off or Auto.
- Off-Route Recalculation: Sets the way the navigation
system responds when taken off the main route; you can silence the off-route
recalculating or have the unit voice prompt you.
- Continuous Auto Routing: This feature allows the
navigation system to continually search for a better route to your
destination. Continuous Auto Routing may be useful if a traffic accident
occurs or there are time-restricted turns on the current route.
- Avoidance Setup: This feature allows you to enter
specific areas and roads to avoid in your routes. You can choose to avoid
Major Roads, Medium Roads, Minor Roads, Traffic, Unpaved Roads, U-Turns,
Toll Roads, Carpool Lanes, or Ferries. You can also enter in Custom Avoids
which allows you select specific Roads or Areas to avoid.
Find Locations and Routes: The unit's "Where To?" menu
screen offers the following features to help you find your destination.
- Address: Input your destination address by house
number, street, and city.
- Food, Hotel...: Allows you to search for points of
interest in the following categories: Food and Drink, Lodging, Fuel,
ATM/Bank, Shopping, Attractions, Recreation, Entertainments, Transportation,
Hospital, Auto Services, Community, Other or Search All. The "Spell Name"
feature allows you to enter a point of interest by name. When searching for
a point of interest, you can choose one of the following proximity settings:
Near Here, Near Other City or Near Recent Finds
- Streets and Cities: Allows you to search for a city,
street, intersection or exit.
- My Locations: Store a destination as a Favorite in
advance, then easily select it as your new destination or insert it as point
along your route.
- Browse Map: Allows you to search for a destination by
touching and dragging the map.
- Recent Finds: Choose from one of your 50 most recent
destinations or waypoints.
- Go Home: Store one home location to allow you to
calculate a route home from any current location
Search Modes: You can search for locations in a different
areas, such as a different city, near your destination or near your current
route. You can choose to the following search modes - Near Here, Near Other
City, Near Current Route, Near Current Road, Near Destination, and Near Recent
Turn-List: The unit's Turn List displays a list of
turn-by-turn instructions of your entire route as well a arrival information.
Multiple Destination Routing: You can add intermediate destination
points to your routes as you create it. You can also add points to your route
after its been created when you go to edit the route.
Trip Computer: The trip computer shows current speed,
current direction, distance to destination, total distance traveled, average
speed (including stopped time), average speed while moving, maximum speed, total
trip time, total moving time, and stopped time. You can reset just the maximum
speed or reset the entire trip computer at once.
Track Log: The track log creates a bread crumb trail (track
log) of your movement. At any time the entire track log can be displayed on the
map. You can also reset the track log whenever you like.
Mileage Log: There are four different mileage logs, each can
be named, individually activated/deactivated, and reset at any time.
Custom POIs (Points of Interest): You can manually load
custom points of interest (POI) databases, available from various companies on
the Internet. Some custom POI databases contain alert information for points
such as safety cameras and school zones. The navigation system can notify you
when you approach one of these points (Proximity Alert). You can download the
custom POIs onto a CD-R or DVD-/+R, which can then be loaded into the unit's
Traffic Information: Using an optional FM Traffic Receiver (150GTM12,
sold separately), the navigation system can receive, use and display traffic
information. When a traffic message is received, you can see the event on the
map and change your route to avoid the traffic incident.
TMC data is available in a fast-growing number of cities throughout North America and gives prompt,
accurate notification of accidents, road construction, police, or emergency
action, etc. - so you can visually monitor traffic flow and, if necessary, avoid
traffic tie-ups. The on-screen map page of the DNX5120 displays a "diamond icon"
when there is a traffic event of medium severity or high severity on your
current route or on the road you are driving. If you press this icon, the
DNX5120 will create a detour route for you (if applicable) so you can
avoid the traffic event. The optional FM Traffic Receiver plugs into the unit's
rear panel mini-USB input.
Note: Traffic services are available only in select cities where
coverage exists. A subscription may be required to enable traffic
capability. For participating FM subscription providers and covered cities,
refer to Garmin's web site.
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.
Multi-Language Display: The DNX5120's on-screen menu
supports 16 different languages to choose from, including - English, Spanish,
French and German.
Software/Map Data Updates: To update this navigation
system's software, you must have a CD or DVD writer, writable CD or DVD media
and an internet connection. The system will provide periodic notification at startup when the
preloaded maps are considered out of date. You can also purchase a DVD of updated map
data from Garmin directly.
Disc Playback Features
Compatible Discs: The Kenwood DNX5120 supports playback of DVD-Video,
DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, DVD-/+R DL, CD-Audio, CD-R/RW, CD-ROM, DTS-CD, and VCD
AAC-LC/MP3/WMA Playback: This unit can play AAC-LC (.M4a), MP3 and WMA
files recorded on CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW and DVD+/-R/W discs in ISO9660 Level
1/Level 2, Joliet, Romeo and Long file name formats. Each disc should have a
maximum of 8 directory levels, 254 folders per disc, and 255 files per folder.
During MP3/WMA playback, the unit displays any recorded ID3 Tag information.
JPEG/MPEG Playback: In addition to MP3/WMA/AAC discs, this
unit can play discs with JPEG still image files or MPEG video files. The unit
supports MPEG1 and MPEG2 NTSC video formats.
Setting: If there is a problem with the CD
player reading a disc with a special format, you can switch to a second CD Read
setting which "forces" the player to read the disc. CD Read setting 1
is for normal CDs and MP3/WMA discs, while CD Read setting 2 cannot read MP3/WMA/AAC
discs or VCD.
DVD Display Setup: You can setup the monitor to display a 16:9, 4:3
Letter-Box, or 4:3 Pan&Scan aspect ratio when viewing a DVD disc.
Control Screens: During DVD playback, you can control
certain operations simply by touching an area of the screen. You can touch the
left one-third of the screen to start the current chapter over, or the right
one-third of the screen to skip to the next chapter. Pressing the top center of
the screen activates the DVD Disc Menu control buttons, while pressing the
bottom center briefly displays the information screen. For VCD playback, the top center is the Zoom control area.
Direct Search: By entering its
number with the optional remote (sold separately), you can directly access title, chapter, time,
track, channel, or frequency.
Video Display Adjustments: During playback of a video or still image
you can reverse the picture horizontally and rotate the picture clockwise or
Zoom: The DNX5120 features a four level zoom when playing back video
and still images. You can select from 4x, 3x, 2x, or Off.
Parental Control: Parental Control allows you to restrict DVD playback according to a predetermined level.
You can select a parental control rating from 0-8, which is protected by a
CR-2 Tuner: The DNX5120 uses Kenwood's CR-2 tuner provides high signal strength for clear
radio reception. The tuner features the Clean Reception System Circuit (CRSC)
for improved rejection of distortion due to multi-path. You
can choose one of three tuning modes: Auto 1 (seek tuning), Auto 2 (cycles
through and tunes the selected band's preset stations only with each button
press), or Manual.
Radio Data System (RDS): The
unit's tuner features RDS (Radio Data System). RDS is a service used by some
radio stations to transmit data outside of normal radio broadcast signals. When
an RDS station is received, you can immediately find out what kind of data is
being transmitted by looking at the program service name which appears in the
display after the frequency. RDS features an emergency transmission function
which interrupts regular programming to broadcast an emergency announcement
(such as a tornado or severe storm). There is also a switchable Traffic
Information function, which will automatically tune a traffic bulletin when it
is broadcast, even when you're not listening to the radio.
Station Name Preset (SNPS): This
feature allows you to assign names to radio stations. Up to 30 AM and FM stations can be named. Each name can be up to
16 characters in length. The Preset Select menu will display the six presets in
each band either by name or frequency.
24-Bit D-A Converter: For
superb quality audio playback from DVDs and CDs, the DNX5120 is equipped with a
24-bit digital-to-analog converter.
System Q EX
Sound Control: Seven EQ curves are preset into memory, allowing you to recall the best preset EQ
curve for different types of music. The preset curves are named
"Natural", "Rock", "Pops", "Easy",
"Top 40", and "Jazz". In addition, you may store your own
settings under the "User Memory" EQ curve. Each preset has its own adjustment
for the bass center frequency (40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 100, 120, or 150Hz), bass level (-8 to +8), bass Q factor (1.00, 1.25, 1.50 or 2.00),
extension (On or Off), middle center frequency (500Hz, 1.0kHz, 1.5 or 2.0kHz), middle
level (-8 to +8), middle Q factor (1.0 or 2.0), treble center frequency (10.0,
12.5, 15.0 or 17.5kHz), and treble level (-8 to +8). The System Q EX can be
turned off in the menu, still allowing you to adjust the bass, middle and treble
Speaker Type Setting: This feature tailors the System Q EX
Sound Control settings according to the type of front speakers in your vehicle.
You may select Standard (for speakers with a general diameter), Narrow (for
speakers with a small diameter), Middle (for speakers with
a medium diameter), or Wide (for speakers with a large diameter).
Selectable Preamp Output: The DNX5120 features front and rear
preamp outputs. The rear preamp output allows you to adjust from a full-range
rear speaker preamp output to a low-pass non-fading subwoofer preamp output.
Advanced Crossover System: The System E's+ Advanced Crossover system allows you to tailor your system with
selectable crossover points for all channels. For the front and rear channels
(using either speaker level or preamp output),
there is a high-pass filter with independently selectable crossover
points of 40Hz, 60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, 150Hz, 180Hz, 220Hz or Through (no
filter). If you select the non-fading preamp output setting for the rear channel
to use with subwoofer amplifiers, the unit features a low-pass filter with
adjustable subwoofer output level control.
Dynamic Range: The dynamic range can be adjusted by selecting either
Normal, Wide or Dialog. Dialog makes the total sound volume become larger as
compared with Wide and Normal, allowing you to listen to the movie's dialogue
more clearly. This is effective only on Dolby Digital software.
Loudness: The Loudness feature compensates for low and high
tones during low volume. You can turn this feature either on or off. Only the
low tone is compensated for when the tuner is selected as a source.
Volume Offset Control: The level of each source may be independently adjusted
to prevent radical leaps in output volume when switching from one source to another. The available settings
range from -15 to 0.
Setup Memory: Audio Setup and AV Interface settings
can be memorized and recalled at any time. When the settings are cleared when
the unit is disconnected from the battery, they can be restored
External Device Controls
USB Port: The Kenwood DNX5120 features a rear panel 2.0 USB type-A port
that is attached to the chassis with a 36" cord to allow for various placement
options during installation. The USB port enables playback of MP3, WMA, and ACC
files as well as JPEG files from connected portable USB
mass-storage players, USB thumb drives and portable digital audio players. The USB
port is compatible with all USB mass storage class devices that support the
FAT16 or FAT32 file system. Your USB device's rechargeable battery will
recharged while it's connected to the USB port and the DNX5120 is turned on.
iPod High Speed Connection: The USB port and the rear panel
3.5mm A/V AUX inputs are compatible with iPod devices when used with the optional KCA-iP300V adapter
(part # 113IP300V, sold separately). The USB Direct Connection enables
high-speed iPod data communications of 12MB/bps via the optional KCA-iP300V
(3-Wire) interface. One end of the cable plugs directly into your iPod's dock
connector while the other end of the cable uses three connectors that plug into
the back of the DNX5120. The USB type-A connector portion of the cable plugs
into the receiver's USB port and handles the control and charging of your iPod,
so you can navigate through your music and video files using the headunit's
touchscreen controls and view song and movie info on its display. The two 3.5mm
mini-plug connectors of the cable plug into the unit's A/V 3.5mm inputs and
transfer the music and video from your iPod to your Kenwood DVD/CD player. 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. The controls of the DNX5120 are seamless when used with the optional
KCA-iP300V and include metadata browsing and playback of DRM contents, as well
as the ability to choose any iPod playback mode to suit your listening
application. The KCA-iP300V is compatible with Fifth Generation iPods (iPod with
video), iPod nano (1st/2nd/3rd/4th generation), iPod classic
(80/120/160GB), iPod touch (1st/2nd generation) and iPhone/iPhone3G. Be sure
to download the latest version software for iPod from Apple's website before
connecting this cable to your compatible Kenwood multimedia headunit.
Note: Currently this interface does not support video
playback for the iPod touch or iPhone but will support audio from the iPod
touch and iPhone.
Radio Ready: There are several options for connecting an optional XM or SIRIUS Satellite Radio tuner to
- XM: This unit supports the Audivox CNP-2000
MiniTuner via the optional Kenwood KCA-XM100V interface box which
includes a vehicle dock and antenna. XM Satellite Radio programming
offers 170 digital radio channels including 69 channels of
commercial free music, plus news, sports, talk, comedy, and other
entertainment programming from coast to coast. XM also offers
instant traffic and weather alerts for 21 major US cities, as well
as live sports broadcasts from Major League Baseball, NHL, the PGA
tour, Indy car racing and several major college conferences.
- Sirius: The unit is compatible with the Sirius SC-C1
SiriusConnect Universal Vehicle Tuner via the optional Kenwood CA-SR20V
Sirius adapter cable. SIRIUS Satellite Radio features more than 120
streams of original programming beamed coast-to-coast, including 65
streams of commercial-free, digital-quality music, and news, talk,
sports, entertainment, and children's programming.
- Auxiliary Input: A portable satellite radio
receiver, such as the Delphi SkyFi3 or SIRIUS Sportster, can be
connected to the head unit via its rear-panel auxiliary input.
Note: A subscription is also required to receive satellite radio programming from SIRIUS or XM.
HD Radio Ready: The DNX5120 is HD Radio ready. With an optional Kenwood HD Radio tuner
(item #113KTCHR20), you will be able to receive digital AM/FM
broadcasts from local stations where available. This new technology will
significantly improve audio quality and reception, as well as include
information such as artist name and song titles or traffic news, viewable on the
Bluetooth Ready: The unit is Bluetooth compatible using the optional Kenwood KCA-BT200 Bluetooth
adapter. Using KCA-BT200 and the adapter's supplied microphone you can make and answer phone calls from the Kenwood headunit
as well as listen to audio files stored on a Bluetooth enabled audio player
through your car audio system. You can
make calls from your cell-phone using the DNX5120 by entering a phone number from
the headunit's on-screen keypad,
registering up to six phone number presets, from your downloaded Phonebook
information or from an outgoing/incoming call list. This unit all supports Voice
Recognition if your mobile-phone is Voice Recognition compatible. The headunit
can support up to 35 voices and also supports Key Word Voice Recognition to
select phone number category. In addition, the unit features SMS (Short Message
Service) so you can send a small text message from your mobile phone using the
DNX5120. When your cell-phone is called, the DNX5120 is paused and muted
automatically. You are able to register up to five compatible
Bluetooth cell phones but only one compatible Bluetooth cell phone can be connected
when using the KCA-BT200 adapter. A complete list of compatible
Bluetooth enabled phones is available on Kenwood's web site.
Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The DNX5120 has a "steering
remote control" lead attached to the harness. When used with the optional SWI-JACK
interface (item #127SWIJACK), you can retain the use of your steering wheel
and/or rear seat radio controls when replacing the factory head unit in select
vehicles. The SWI-JACK is compatible with over 95% of the vehicles made from
1986 to the present. Compatible vehicles include many Acura, Audi, BMW, Buick,
Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, GMC, Honda, Hummer, Infiniti, Isuzu,
Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercury, Mini, Mitsubishi,
Nissan, Oldsmobile, Plymouth, Pontiac, Saab, Saturn, Suzuki, Toyota, and
Volkswagen vehicles and Harley Davidson motorcycles. Please consult "What Fits
My Car" to see if your vehicle is compatible.
Audio/Video Inputs and Outputs
Front Panel A/V Input: The unit features a front-panel 3.5mm
audio/video input on the front panel of the headunit for connecting an external
A/V source. The AV Input can be labeled AUX, TV, Video, DVD, VCD, VCR or Game.
Video/Camera Input: The DNX5120 is equipped with a built-in
video/camera input with a composite video jack on the rear-chassis of the unit.
This composite video terminal can be used to connect an external video source
without audio. This input can also be used as a rear camera input for connecting
an optional rear view camera, such as the Kenwood CCD-2000 (item # 113CCD2000,
sold separately). The video from this connection can be set to display when switched
to this input, or display the rear view camera video automatically when the vehicle
is shifted into Reverse gear. You can also display the video of the rear view camera
in a mirror image, if desired. The purple/white wire in the wiring harness must be
connected to the vehicle's reverse lamp circuit for automatic video switching.
3.5mm A/V Input: The DNX5120 features a 3.5mm stereo audio
input and 3.5mm video input on the rear chassis of the unit for portable MP3/Video
players. These terminals are also compatible with your dock connector iPod using
the optional KCA-iP300V, sold separately. The headunit comes supplied with a 43"
male to female 3.5mm audio/video cable to connect to this input to make connection
Parking Brake Detection: To prevent the displaying of video
while the vehicle is in motion, the light green wire in the supplied 22-pin harness
must be connected to the vehicle's parking brake detection circuit. While the vehicle is in motion (parking brake
off), you can still view all of the other displays and menus.
A/V Output: The unit features a set of stereo RCA jacks and
a composite video jack to output A/V signals to an optional monitor. You can choose
AV-In, DVD, iPod, USB or Off as the source for the A/Voutput.
Digital Out: The DNX5120 supports playback of Dolby Digital and
DTS 2.0 DVD discs and by connecting the headunit to an optional external surround
sound decoder via the unit's optical digital output you can enjoy digital surround
sound in your vehicle.