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Our take on the Kenwood DNX5120

by Ken Nail
Kenwood

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.

An LCD screen in your double-sized dash opening looks great, but add the utility of an easy-to-use navigation system and you've got great looks and great function. Kenwood's DNX5120 DVD navigation receiver delivers movies and music, plus you get turn-by-turn directions from its built-in Garmin navigation system. The receiver's 6.1" LCD touchscreen brings your movies to life when you're parked, and a dynamic user interface makes it easy to scroll through menus and use the navigation functions.

Options for expansion
Add to the music mix with a USB connection that lets you control a thumb drive, hard-disk drive, or other USB devices. Add the KCA-iP300V cable to view videos and pictures, plus listen to music from your iPod®. If you own a Bluetooth phone, Kenwood's add-on adapter allows you to make and receive calls through your stereo system. An audio/video input makes it easy to add a camcorder, gaming console, or other video source, and there's even a convenient front-panel auxiliary input for other audio sources.

Built-in navigation from Garmin
The built-in navigation system from Garmin features millions of preloaded points of interest to help you locate nearby services and attractions. You can plan your travels ahead of time or explore the unfamiliar areas of your town with a wealth of information at your fingertips.

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

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Highlights:

    General features:
    • in-dash DVD/CD player with internal amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • 6.1" touchscreen
    • fits double-DIN (4" tall) dash openings
    • built-in memory for navigation with maps of Canada, USA, and Puerto Rico
    • live traffic and weather data availablewith optional TMC receiver
    Audio/visual features:
    • plays DVD, DVD-R/-RW, DVD+R/+RW, CD, CD-R/RW, and MP3/WMA/AAC files on disc
    • plays JPEGs on CD, DVD, or USB
    • 3-band EQ with six preset tone curves
    Expandability:
    • compatible with Kenwood iPod adapter, Bluetooth adapter, HD Radio™ tuner, and satellite radio
    • inputs: USB input, front-panel A/V input, rear-view camera input
    • outputs: 4-channel preamp outputs (front, rear), A/V output
    • compatible with most factory steering wheel audio controls (adapter required)
    Other information:

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    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant
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    No
    RMS Power Output
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    22 watts
    Peak Output
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    50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth
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    20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs
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    4-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs
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    No
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs
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    Video Screen
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    Preamp Voltage
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    2 volts
    Display Color
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    Key Button Color
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    Blue/Yellow/Red/Green
    EQ Bands
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    3
    Wireless Remote
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    Optional
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible
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    Parts Warranty
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    1 Year
    Labor Warranty
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    1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input
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    Front
    USB Input
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    Rear
    Memory Card Slot
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    Bluetooth Compatible
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    Optional
    Satellite Radio Ready
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    HD Radio
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    Navigation
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    iPod Compatibility
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    Nano
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    Touch
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    Mini
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    iPhone
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    Tuner
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    9.3 dBf
    European Tuning
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    Seek/Scan
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    Seek
    Radio Data System
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    Product Research
    What's in the box?

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    • Double-DIN DVD/Navigation receiver with built-in 6.1" monitor
    • Sleeve
    • Trim ring
    • Plastic escutcheon
    • Wiring harness
    • Magnetic base GPS antenna with attached 16.5' cable terminated by a proprietary connector
    • Self-adhesive magnetic plate
    • 43" A/V mini-cable with a female 3.5mm sterero audio jack and video jack on one end and a male 3.5mm stereo audio jack and video jack on other end
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • 6 Pan-head ISO-mount screws
    • 6 Flat-head ISO-mount screws
    • 4 Self-adhesive strips
    • Instruction manual (English)
    • Instruction manual (Spanish)
    • Instruction manual (French)
    • GPS Navigation Manual (English)
    • GPS Navigation Manual (Spanish/French)
    • Installation manual (English/Spanish/Frech)
    • Warranty card
    • Functional Updating note

    Our Product Research Team

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    General Features
    Built-In Navigation
    Disc Playback Features
    Tuner Features
    Audio Features
    External Device Controls
    Audio/Video Inputs and Outputs

    General Features

    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 smudge-resistant.

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

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

    Display Adjustment: You can adjust the unit's display brightness, contrast, 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.

    Source 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.

    Built-In Navigation

    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 detailed maps.
    • 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 Finds.

    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 disc-slot.

    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 discs.

    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.

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

    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 counter-clockwise.

    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 4-digit password.

    Tuner Features

    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.

    Audio Features

    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), bass extension (On or Off), middle center frequency (500Hz, 1.0kHz, 1.5 or 2.0kHz), middle level (-8 to +8), middle Q factor (1.0 or 2.0), treble center frequency (10.0, 12.5, 15.0 or 17.5kHz), and treble level (-8 to +8). The System Q EX can be turned off in the menu, still allowing you to adjust the bass, middle and treble levels only.

    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.

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

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

    • 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 receiver's display.

    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 easier.

    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.

     
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    5 out of 5

    Great Media Center

    Written By MizLiz, Vancouver WA on Wednesday, January 26, 2011
     
    I had the DNX5120 installed in my 2005 Ford Focus. The only gripe I have (and they WILL hear about it) is that they never told me I had a USB cable in the rear of the unit. Super. How am I supposed to get to it? I don't have an iPod, and don't particularly want one, but I can't even find out if I can plug a USB flash drive to the cable and play music that way. Other than that, it's great.
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    5 out of 5

    Best investment.

    Written By RobG2010, Canton,Mi on Sunday, October 31, 2010
     
    I purchased my dnx 5120 in early 2009. Had it installed in a 2003 Ford Taurus(one of a
    kind). But I have never had any issues. It plays crystal clear dvds, settings are easy to
    reach, navigation is usually right, and its very powerful. My only problem is i cant find
    anyone to take it out. I wanna put it in another car but i cant find the guy who installed it.
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    5 out of 5

    Excellent product - Great fit

    Written By Anonymous, Newark, DE on Monday, November 16, 2009
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    I purchased the in dash Kenwood system to replace the standard radio and to have a
    build in GPS system that I don't have to be scared about being stolen.

    Installation was not too hard. I found that instruction to cut certain pieces of the kit were
    not applicable as the bracket for the Tundra is used. Could have saved me 15 minutes. :)

    I also included the iPod control cable and routed that through the cloves box. This allows
    me to keep my iPod out of sight and secure.

    I am thinking about expanding the system with either Sirous or XM radio.

    The receiver looks great. I use the remote and just love the Garmin GPS.

    a Great buy that I would consider buying again if I had to.
    1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood DNX5120

    Written By Charlie, Falls Church, VA on Thursday, October 15, 2009
     
    I installed two of these units in our vehicles. The convenience of having true Garmin-
    based navigation in this in-dash unit is great. Portable units are OK but I would rather
    not have to constantly fumble with putting it up and down with every stop I make
    throughout the day. Around DC, if you leave your portable unit in sight, you are inviting
    thieves to break your window and grab the portable unit.

    I saved a lot of money over the factory navigation solutions and have a better sounding
    and navigating unit.


    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    1 out of 5

    Was great till GPS died.

    Written By JAMES, Philadelphia, PA on Thursday, June 25, 2009
     
    I spent a lot to have this system installed so it played on the rear DVD player, the steering wheel control and Ipod control. Now after 3 months the GPS screen is blank and all Kenwood says is to take out the system and mail it in for an estimate.

    So who pays the fees to remove and reinstall this this broken system? Keep your factory systems theses things are too cheep to last more than a few years.

    Kenwood customer service says Reset your system ....install updates....give up and mail that piece of junk back to us. Never Again !
    17 out of 22 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Nice all-in-one system

    Written By Tae, Boston, MA on Friday, March 13, 2009
     
    Installed in an '07 Suzuki SX4 HB. Installation took about 2 hours. Great nav, easy to use. Touchscreen is very accurate. This system does not need vehicle speed sensor wire to be attached. The vehicle speed is calculated by GPS. I've attached a DTV converter box to the front a/v input and it works pretty well. You'll need a 3.5mm to RCA cable. Great system and great price with free harness and dash kit. Can't go wrong.
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood DNX5120

    Written By carmelo, Fayetteville, NC on Sunday, February 22, 2009
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    Great product, but the best part was the customer service Cruthcfield answered some of my questions for install and saved me a ton of money on installation and the radio aswell . The radio is great does alot for the price. My adviser Elvis helped me out. Better than going to local stores....
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Solid Unit

    Written By Robert, Denver, CO on Saturday, February 21, 2009
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    Bought this unit at its current discounted pricing and it is a great unit. I have two amps two kicker 10" subs, two 8" mid bass kickers, four sets of 6x8 Infinity components in an '06 Mustang. The Unit powers up very quickly and is very smooth in the transition between the different sources. The GPS is accurate and up to date and location. I hightly recommend this unit.
    5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Simply The Best

    Written By shiloh, Rochester, N.Y. on Friday, February 20, 2009
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    I just received and installed this unit and the Kenwood HD receiver (pricey)
    but worth it. Everything came with it that was needed to fit it into my 2004
    Trailblazer. I installed everything with in an hour. Can't wait to get
    everything else, bluetooth adapter, remote, and the backup camera. There
    was an excitment overload when everything worked like a charm. I will be
    letting all my boys know to shop at Crutchfield. They'll have to invest in
    computers first though.
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Great Double-DIN GPS deck at a great price!

    Written By Matto, Midwest on Friday, February 20, 2009
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    This deck is an absolute steal at it's current price....just a few months ago
    these were going for $1,000 everywhere.

    Install was easy thanks to the included harness and trim from Crutchfield.
    Just take your time and do it right, solder and shrink-wrap all connections.

    The screen is nice and bright and responds to input instantly, there is no
    delay like I have seen on some of the other brands out there.

    GPS interface is fast and easy to use and this deck has the little-known
    ability to hook up a laptop via the mini-usb port in the back and do all your
    route planning on the laptop via Garmins map software. If you grab a
    modified exe (search the internet for modified exe mapsource) for the
    software you can even do your route planning ahead of time (while not
    even plugged into the unit) saved as a file on your HD and upload it to the
    deck when you are ready to go. Mine also came loaded with the 2009
    maps.

    The overall interface and icons for the menus are not the flashiest and do
    look a little dated, but it gets the job done.

    Custom boot screen is possible using the SRC & Eject buttons and then
    hitting reset. You will need a special convert binary file and a 480X234px
    image.

    Music sounds great and there are plenty of EQ presets to choose from to
    tweak to your liking.

    DVDs look great and being playing quickly.

    I don't have an IPod, but music loads quickly from a USB flash drive.

    Did I mention it's a steal at it's current price?
    6 out of 6 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    killer deal on closeout

    Written By graham, Hawaii on Wednesday, February 18, 2009
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    I've been a long time admirer and follower of crutchfield.
    I just never had it in me to buy online, I've always had a personal rule not
    to buy something without physically experiencing it!
    I'm so glad i took the plunge and bought this HU while it was on closeout
    and before they were gone!
    and the added bonus for the whole deal was the inclusion of the wiring
    harness, vehicle specific instructions, and mounting hardware, in which you
    can easily spend $100+ for.
    There is a reason this HU has 30+ reviews, with most being above
    average, and lesser reviews being due to firmware issues that have since
    been addressed.
    I own a 2004 Ford F150 supercrew, i had installed 2 pairs polk audio db571
    to replace the factory speakers, and now with the this kenwood 5120 the
    sound is pretty amazing! although the sound level is on the floor it is rich
    and full considering the position their in, I do plan on either adding
    tweeters or crossing over to components for the front doors, to elevate the
    soundstage.
    overall I have no complaints. but will add on as time passes!

    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Thanks! Bill Crutchfield

    Written By Azuceit, Lakeland, Fl on Monday, February 16, 2009
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    A Message to Bill. I work in the music industry! We are both kinda of the
    same! I strive for perfection, You do too! I have purchased a few items
    over the years from you and have never ever been let down as far as
    Technical Expertise, Customer Service or Just the Lady calling me back to
    make sure, My Order is right or did I have any Questions! I purchased this
    for my Mustang! It rocks even with the factory speakers. They could use
    some improvement though. Ahh! My next purchase:). I work a lot. So
    therefore not much in the car.
    But when I am, I really appreciate your company and the old school way of
    just treating people right! Thanks for a Great American made company.
    Wish the rest had your fortitude.


    Thanks TpaDave!

    Remember America! Live outside the box. Not many do! But there are few
    of us that do! Come Visit Sometime!





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    5 out of 5

    Great Deal

    Written By John, Nicholasville, Ky on Monday, February 16, 2009
     
    Great overall package. Sounds Good. Looks Good. Easy to use. I looked at the 7120 and the 8120 but this was a better deal at time. Garmin is the only way to go. I personally like a volume and nob the others don't have it. Smaller screen but also has quick touch buttons. I added the Bluetooth, Ipod, and rear camera. Works like a champ, and a lot less money. This is a great product unless you are building a big stereo system, then you might like upgraded features the other two offer. I am completely happy with this
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    5 out of 5

    Total Package

    Written By Dave, West Texas on Friday, January 30, 2009
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    This receiver/back up camera/I-pod player/GPS etc. all rolled into one is a snap to own and install. My lady loves it.
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    5 out of 5

    AWWWSOM!

    Written By Christopher, Lexington Park, MD on Sunday, January 04, 2009
     
    This has got to be the best toy that I have ever had! Installed and started up the first time with zero problems. USB thumb drive loaded with all of my songs/DVD Crystal Clear/Blue tooth (BY Parrot)Works great/ and best of all Garmin GPS. I had to update the unit firmaware and GPS Software. Note: When creating CD/DVD with upgrade, ensure that you finalize the disk. You cannot use the disk in this unit if you only close the session. YOu have to close the disk completely. Secondly, I just bought this thing and it still has 2008 maps on it. I found out that someone called garmin (you have to call Garmin) and they are sending him new disks. I'll give this a try. If not $68.00 is not too bad.
    5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    This is Great, works with ipod Touch

    Written By Rafael, Hillsboro, OR on Friday, December 19, 2008
     
    Love the HU. Installed in my honda Pilot 2008. Initially I could not get the ipod touch to work. I had bought the ip300 cable (was not the Kenwood original). I was able to get audio out but no control over the ipod or video. I have searched the web to see if the Kenwood unit supports video from the ipod touch, and everywhere I found that people were not able to play videos only audio. Today i found the original kenwood ip300 cable, just to give it a last try I purchased and WOW, it worked and can control ipod touch for audio and also vido. So for you out there looking for ipod touch with Kenwood dnx 5120, VIDEO works.
    DNX5120 firmware: 1.5.1
    Ipod Touch firmware: 2.2
    8 out of 8 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Exceeded Expectations

    Written By Chris, Montgomery, AL on Monday, December 01, 2008
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    I bought this for a 2005 Suburban. One word after everything is done - great! I also installed a rear-view camera, the steering wheel control adapter, GMOS bus adapter, and i-Pod adapter. The only issue was with all the extra modules it was like stuffing 10 pounds of wiring in a 5 pound cavity. I ended up taking off the dashboard cover (extra 25 minutes) so I could get everything arranged behind the head unit without forcing it into place. Reading thru the manual and getting everything programmed the way I wanted took some time but there were no stumbling stones in the way. Now the unit works great (i-Pod, reverse camera, tuner, etc.), looks good ... and I have no regrets about buying it (factory re-built).
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Love it so far!

    Written By Mark, Lothian, MD on Tuesday, November 25, 2008
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    I ordered the product mainly for the Garmin navigation. It is in my wife's '03 Toyota Tacoma. I wanted something in-dash to reduce the risk of theft and to limit the amount of junk stuck inside the car. I also have an XM satellite subscription, so I purchased an XM adapter to go with it.

    I'm not a professional, but I have installed car stereos before. I soldered all the connectors to the wiring harness adapter, and that was the most time consuming part of the whole process. Installation of the head unit with the XM adapter was pretty simple. Now, I did not bother attempting to hook up the wire to the parking brake (I assume to discourage viewing DVD's while driving?), and I did not bother with a rear-view camera. That would have been a bit more time consuming.

    It's been about three weeks since installation, and everything works great and as expected. The only complaint is that the voice of the nav system sounds rather artificial. My wife expected better in that regard.
    3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    2 out of 5

    Backup camera slow to display

    Written By Tim, Exton, PA on Sunday, November 23, 2008
     
    My primary motivation for purchasing this unit was to get an in-dash backup camera display. However, despite the Crutchfield salesman's "guarantee" that it would display the backup camera within 3 seconds of starting up, it actually took about 20 seconds before the the display showed the back-up camera. I returned the unit so I can't comment on other features. I've been a long-time Crutchfield customer and this is the first time they've steered me wrong and the customer service for the return was excellent.
    2 out of 21 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Great Product!!

    Written By Evan, Albuquerque, NM on Saturday, November 08, 2008
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    This product is absolutely great. The receiver has a great touch screen with many, many options. The installation wasn't too bad, except for the wiring harness. Being that this was my first time installing anything, the wiring harness was a bit of a nightmare, but the tech support here at crutchfield was EXTREMELY helpful...they explained any questions I had with great detail. After install was complete, about 2 hours, it looks absolutely amazing. It is very user-friendly and the GPS works great. It took a few minutes for the GPS to locate and start tracking. It definately is a great product, and I have no complaints.
    2 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood DNX5120

    Written By Brent, Portland, OR on Friday, October 24, 2008
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    Easy to install. I got the optional traffic receiver and love the auto routing around traffic. The Ipod interface is one of the biggest reasons I got the unit and am very happy with it. Got the factory reconditioned unit and looks new with not a single mark on it.
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Nice unit for the price

    Written By eastpt, Point Pleasant, NJ on Friday, October 24, 2008
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    I replaced the factory stereo with this unit to give my wife the GPS she needed with the ability to add XM in the future. The unit is easy to use and sounds great. I just wish it would turn itself off when I turn off the car. I have to power the unit down when I leave the car or it stays on. Other than that and the slow power up time, I am very happy with the quality and features for under $800
    1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    You gotta check out the USB!

    Written By Cameron, Redmond, WA on Wednesday, October 08, 2008
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    Just installed tonight. Easy to do and looks great in my Chevy Avalanche. But I was completely impressed when I burned all my CD's off my computer to a 1 Gb USB tumb drive with Media Player Sync, plugged it in to the Kenwood, and I don't have any CD's in my truck any more! The on screen music directory is easy to use. The rest is awesome too, but I was pleasantly surprised by this!
    10 out of 11 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Love It

    Written By Sammy, Las Vegas, NV on Thursday, September 18, 2008
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    Great system. Easy to install. Blue Tooth adapter works great. The DVD player and some cell phone functions will not work unless the park sensor is connected.
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    4 out of 5

    Better than I expected.

    Written By Tony, bay Area, CA on Tuesday, September 16, 2008
     
    I installed this unit in my wife's 2000 Solara, The unit fit perfectly. after I spent 5 nights for a few hours at night (the only time I can spare...I have 2 years old Twin) finally completed. I worked on the firmware update on my work bench with a spare 12V battery at home, The unit had the latest firmware which is V 1.40. updated firmware from Garmin v.2.4 it finished smoothly. I download Bluetooth firmware V 1.6 and installer for the KCA-BT200, it's tricky update must have PC or laptop to transfer update VIA bluetooth, require Bluetooth dongle.update went smoothly take 5 minutes to finished.

    Here is what I like the most:
    - Owesome screen for DVD playback
    - iPod interface works much batter than the ipod touch wheel.
    - iPhone once plug in start iPod mode on the DNX5120 and bluetooth connect after 5-10 seconds.
    - AM/FM radio sound almost CD quality.
    - Garmin GPS Rock!
    - Bluetooth works seamlessly with the iPhone (non-3g)
    - The turn on delay time isn't the fastest but o.k,

    Here are the CON
    - Setup menu not too user friendly
    - The mode buttons are too small and too close together for changing mode.
    - Phone book search ONLY allow 1 alphabet search,

    Conclusion.
    My wife like it a lot, bluetooth quality is acceptable...not the best. Garmin GPS rocks. Kenwood have a winner and this unit beat ALL of the newly release Pioneer AVIC-F series. I would recommend this unit over the Pioneer.
    19 out of 20 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Awesome!!!!!!!

    Written By Jeremy, Lyons, GA on Saturday, September 13, 2008
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    Ordered it on Sept. 12, 2008 and recieved it on Sept. 13, 2008. Thanks crutchfield. The product was easy to install and the results were great. This is an awesome price and with the camera this is a steal. The navigation worked great and was online in less than 30 seconds. The first time using it, I saved an extra 1.5 miles on my work commute. Would recommend this to anyone.
    3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    I finally can do iPod!

    Written By Bill H, Simi Valley, Ca on Tuesday, August 19, 2008
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    After installation in my 2002 Trailblazer I updated to the latest firmware from Kenwood and Garmin which went smoothly. Then I tested the Bluetooth interface with my iPhone 3G. I mounted the mic on the rear view mirror. The sound quality I was hearing in the car during a call was great but the caller heard noise from me. But if you press the button twice on the touch screen to transfer the call back and forth to the phone everything is fine.

    I was shipped a receiver that doesn't save the channel presets on the HD tuner. With HD the sound quality improvement on FM is slight. On AM it sounds clearer but it has a real hollow, metallic sound. It's very annoying on AM when the receiver switches from digital to analog and back again when the signal level changes.

    The iPod interface works well with a Nano. There is some phone noise that gets into the speakers using the iPhone so just leaving a Nano connected in the glove box works better. I don't know what it takes to get video, though.

    The Garmin navigation interface is not the latest and greatest Nuvi style display but it works well enough. The quality of the audio when it pronounces street names is very good. I need to fiddle with the volume settings a bit more because a good audio level when you're stopped seems is too soft when the audio is interrupted to announce an upcoming turn.

    So the receiver is nice, the HD tuner is going back, and I'm hopeful Kenwood will fix the Bluetooth/iPhone issue.
    3 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    I like it. Using HD Tuner, USB, CD, DVD, Nav

    Written By Patrick, Connecticut on Friday, August 15, 2008
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    re Bill's 7/21/08 review about lock up while doing Garmin updates, seems the problem is due to having external items attached to the DNX5120 that the GPS side can see. E.g; GMT-10, GMT-12 or GXM-30 Traffic Tuners. Removing all external add-ons and applying Garmin updates with just the main power connection seems to be the key. There have been reports of "bricked" units where the updates resume/complete once everything is unplugged from the head unit and it's turned back on. Crutchfield replaced my original DNX5120 before this "fix" was discovered.

    As for my DNX5120 - it's better than I had ever been hoping for.

    I use two 8GB USB flash drives and it takes about 18 seconds to load when I switch drives. Playback is very nice (I rip my CD's at 320VBR). Note that FF/RWD isn't available when playing MP3's from USB, but IS available when playing them from CD/DVD.
    Interestingly, album art tags are supported when playing from UDB, but NOT from CD/DVD. Odd.

    If you get the HD tuner w/DNX5120, make sure your 5120 has an s/n in the 8060xxxx range or better in order to have the "EPROM fix". I'm very pleased with HD Radio quality in my area.

    NAV seems very accurate, but then I've always been a fan of Garmin. Note, that this head unit comes with the 2008 maps, not the recently released 2009 maps and that Garmin doesn't seem inclined to offer
    them as a free update.

    DVD video quality is quite nice, but ...lacking ... compared to my 50" 1080p in the living room. :)
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    4 out of 5

    Works well except for USB support

    Written By Michael, Providence, RI on Monday, August 11, 2008
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    I purchased this unit for a 2007 Xterra. I wanted something with navigation that didn't require a DVD, and that I could use to play music.

    There's an annoying warning screen if you leave it in navigation mode that comes up every time it starts. It would be nice if that could be disabled.

    The music/AV user interface is functional but ugly and not very user friendly. Given the amount of screen real estate on the unit they did a very poor job of laying things out (for instance track titles scroll after a certain number of characters which is totally unnecessary) There are also numerous buttons whose purpose is difficult to discern and the instructions don't help all that much.

    One of the features I was excited about was support for playing music and video off of USB. This feature sort of works OK (not great, there's no simple way to randomly play off a USB source for instance, and there's no way to fast forward so if you want to listen to say then end part of a podcast you're out of luck) but there's one huge problem - it won't see over 130 folders on a USB drive. I tried using a USB hard drive and ran into that limitation which pretty much makes the USB support unusable for me. It takes around 5-10 minutes to scan all of the MP3s on a larger drive every time you startup which is a final annoyance (smaller drives scan pretty quickly.)

    I wouldn't recommend this unit if you want to control a non-iPod MP3 player (using another player through the AUX-IN worked OK.)
    2 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    A CAVE MAN COULD USE IT

    Written By Steven, PALM SPRINGS CA on Friday, August 08, 2008
     
    THIS PRODUCT IS THE GREATEST WITH BLUE TOOTH AND GPS IS SO SO EASY TO USE, A CAVEMAN COULD DO IT. (COULD HE DRIVE) I JUST LOVE THIS SYSTEM I NOW DRIVE ANYWHERE I DRIVE WITH OUT WORRY OF GETTING LOST. IT ALSO SAVES ALOT OF FIGHTS WITH MY WIFE!!!
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    4 out of 5

    A real treat

    Written By Jim, Cary, NC on Thursday, August 07, 2008
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    We bought this to replace the OEM stereo in a Honda CRV. It does radio, DVD-R of MP3 files, and so forth.

    The FM radio interface is interesting - it gets some text information from the broadcast and lets you surf channels by genre (at least for those that provide genre). Spend 1 minute with the manual.

    DVD-R playback these first few weeks is mildly disappointing because the player scans perhaps all the files in the folder before it begins to play anything, and it completely freezes the system until it is finished scanning. For example, if you turn off the car while listening to MP3 on DVD, when you turn it back on, it will show the splash screen, and then we back up, which turns on the backup camera. While we're backing up, it starts scanning the disc, and long (probably 30 seconds) after we're going forward again, the display switches from the backup camera to the regular display and the music starts up.

    The iPod interface works nicely. I tried it with the KTC-HR200 HD radio receiver but did not get an appreciable benefit over analog radio and lost the cool tuning functions.

    The box seems to forget some (but not all) of its settings after power is cut, but fortunately I don't cut the power that often after the initial installation.

    Installation with Crutchfield help was seamless.

    Maps required an update immediately because there is a new freeway near my house on the latest maps but not on the map shipped with the box.
    3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    great unit

    Written By Jim, wichita, ks on Tuesday, July 29, 2008
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    Good ipod interface. Love Garmin NAV. Looks great in my 2008 Toyota 4 runner, urban runner addition. would be 5 of 5 if Crutchfield could have included correct wiring harness.
    3 out of 7 people found this helpful
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    1 out of 5

    DVD Upgrade does not work

    Written By Bill, Chicago, Il on Monday, July 21, 2008
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    This is a nice receiver with great features. I like the Garmin navigation and
    opted for the traffic reporting system. The iPod interface is very functional.
    However after trying to get 2 receivers to work I gave up. Each receiver
    came with a Kenwood upgrade DVD to upgrade the navigation software.
    For each receiver I followed the instructions. Unfortunately each upgrade
    failed, the receiver froze and the unit became un-useable. This shouldn't
    happen! All you do is put the DVD in the unit and answer a few dialogue
    questions. The unit should be able to roll back after an unsuccessful
    upgrade - not freeze. I question whether Kenwood even bothered to test
    the upgrade before issuing it as it was very easy to reproduce the error.
    I'm glad I purchased through Crutchfield. There were no issues returning
    the unit.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Product!!!

    Written By Nick, Fresno, CA on Sunday, July 06, 2008
     
    This was my first big stereo purchase for any car and this unit is amazing. I
    have a Garmin StreetPilot for my car. I wanted the Garmin navigation
    system for my wife. Garmin is second to none as far as I am concerned.
    The iPod controls are great. My wife loves them. Bluetooth feature is
    awesome too. I also purchased the steering wheel control. It works
    great! I have but in other stereos, but I highly recommend you leave this
    on to the professionals with the navigation and steering wheel controls.
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    4 out of 5

    Great unit but be careful

    Written By Clark, Lexington, KY on Thursday, July 03, 2008
     
    I bought this unit and installed in a Ford Explorer. Unit works/worked
    great. The iPod control is amazing compared to my Jensen unit and the
    Garmin GPS is great. I added a reversing camera and that works great
    too. I also bought the BT200 bluetooth unit. It does a have an issue
    though. My wife's Moto Q9c will not connect correctly. The Kenwood thinks
    the phone is always on a call so the speakers stay muted and the controls
    on the
    head unit are always on the phone part until I disconnec the phone's
    bluetooth. However, I tested this with my Palm Treo 650 and the unit
    works great. The Q9c is a supported phone so I made a call to Kenwood
    tech support. The cause is that I upgraded the Q9c from Windows Mobile
    6.0 to 6.1. I was told it is a known issue and that Kenwood would be
    releasing a firmware update for the bluetooth within a month.

    Now, to the part about being careful...with firmware. This is my second
    unit. The first unit worked until Kenwood told me to update the firmware
    because of my issues. I downloaded the file and burned it onto a CD (you
    can not order CDs, downloading is the only method). I put the CD in the
    unit and it asked if Iwanted to update (unit must have saw the file type).
    The update started unit a "Disk" error occured and the unit rebooted. This
    locked the unit up. I now owned an expensive paper weight. However, I
    have now replaced the unit and all is well. Just be careful if updating!
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    5 out of 5

    Way better than I expected

    Written By Michael, Sacramento, Ca on Saturday, June 28, 2008
     
    This unit is flat out amazing. The IPOD controls work great and might even be faster than using the IPOD itself. The navigation is fast and has gotten me everywhere I asked it to. The only problem with this unit is the Interface. It is hard to use if until you learn all the controls. Your passengers might get frustrated trying to figure it out. I would recommend this product to everyone
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    5 out of 5

    Awesome Stereo

    Written By rockstarscoby, Southern California on Friday, June 06, 2008
     
    The DNX5120 broke all the rules and really exceeded my expectations as far as the iPod interface. The integration is clean, easy to understand, and faster to use than the iPod itself. Here is an example. I have countless artists on my iPod. Using the scroll wheel it take time to scroll through the artist until letters come up and to be honest with you, it takes me a least two tries to land on the right letter. Using the DNX5120, I can scroll down by multiple artist and even click on slide bar to go half the way down my list or all the way down. All this at the speed of just pressing button and not waiting for the iPod or the stereo to catch up. The navigation is dummy proof. I have used the BMW, Toyota, Magellan, Tom Tom, and Honda navigation and the DNX5120 blows them out of the water. I have read that it takes a long time to start up. I don't see that problem. Once I start my vehicle, the Kenwood screen appears for about 5 seconds and I am off to the races. After all, it is not good for the vehicle if you start and immediately drive.The bottom line is the DNX5120 works better than what I had expected. When you put this stereo in perspective, it is combining a tuner, a DVD player, an audio iPod, a video ipod, XM, and CD/MP3 player together into one unit with none to little glitches. And if you are an Apple fan like myself, this works perfectly with the iPod.

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    4 out of 5

    Like it But...........

    Written By Robert, Sterling, VA on Thursday, May 15, 2008
     
    Overall I am very happy with the unit. The fact that Garmin is the NAV portion was a major factor in my decision.

    A couple of points keep this review from 5 stars:

    Blackberry Compatibility- I need to connect the phone each time I start the car. In my Mazda CX9 with factory equipment, it does so automatically. Minor point but, why?
    SMS non functioning- I'm not a text hound, but still........

    User Interface- Takes a while to get used to, and is not highly intuitive. Who knew you had to enable the rear camera via Menu to get it to work? The instruction manual was obviously translated from Japanese by a computer. You would think a company the size of Kenwood would pay to get a decent translation for their largest market (English speaking consumers). Much of what is written in the manual is useless in terms of understanding what they mean. C'mon Kenwood!

    Ipod control- Again, not very intuitive but if you invest 30 minutes of fooling around with it you can get it to work nice. Videos from Ipod look awesome!

    Overall, I can't figure out if there is a screensaver function, or slideshow. I'm worried that I'll see burn in in a couple of months.

    As I said, overall I am satisfied and content, just a couple of minor issues.
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    3 out of 5

    Nice product - frustrating glitches

    Written By Kevin, Ellington CT on Wednesday, May 07, 2008
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    I originally wanted the 7120 which was recalled while it was on the way to me. I stuck with Kenwood since I have the steering wheel interface already set up.

    This unit may be a bit easier for a casual user (passenger) to work since it has a traditional volume knob that also functions as a mute when pressed in. The display is easy to read but the interface is scattered when making adjustments. Sound appears in 3 separate spots. It makes tuning a nightmare. I have yet to figure out how to save my "User" sound which I set for when I drive alone with the windows down ( cranked) - if I switch to a standard EQ setting for a more sedate sound with a passenger - I have to set up the whole EQ setting again.

    The BT200 works okay but its hard to sync. They don't have the SMS portion working yet and Kenwood support doesn't have a test unit yet so they can walk me through issues. No one can tell me what software versions are the latest. There are 3 - 1 for Garmin, 1 for Kenwood , One for the BT200. They just sent me 2.0 presumably for the radio.

    I think it will be a good unit but it appears to be rushed out the door and the fact that no one has simple data such as compatability with phones, version numbers , and test units makes me wonder if I should be getting a break as a test engineer.
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    5 out of 5

    Does It All!

    Written By Bob, Chicago, IL on Monday, May 05, 2008
     
    Excellent head unit for the price! Interface is slick, well thought out & user friendly. If you have used a Garmin portable navigation system you'll be right at home with the nav interface on this head unit. Nav is precise accurate and pretty much flawless. Added the Garmin GTM 12 FM Traffic receiver which works well. Alerts you to traffic jams & gets you the heck out of dodge. Also have the Audiovox ACA200 reverse camera hooked up to the DNX5120. Bluetooth module also works very well allowing you direct access to the phones contact book, the phone never needs to leave your holster!

    Dual zone audio is great allowing rear passengers to watch/listen to their movie on my headrest monitors and I can still listen to the tuner or cd up front. Using an 80GB Ipod Classic for audio as well as video. Playback / control of audio & video from the head unit is FLAWLESS! Unlike other head units I have had that work halfway this head unit will not let you down!

    The only thing I didn't like was the fact that the remote was not in the box with the unit but considering all the other pro's this unit offers this was just a minor thing.

    Overall this head unit has done everything I expected + more. Highly recommend this unit to someone looking for an all in one double din.
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    2 out of 5

    A disappointment

    Written By chocky49, New York, NY on Wednesday, April 30, 2008
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    I bought this unit with great expectations. They have yet to be met:

    The good:
    The navigation system is excellent. Garmin is the best. You'll be where you
    want. You'll find what you want. The interface is brilliant.

    Sound quality of the things that work is top notch.

    The bad:
    Nothing worked right... It needed a software
    upgrade to work right (software 1.3 doesn't work... ipod and bluetooth are
    faulty)

    The sirius didn't work. I am still trying to get it to work

    The overall graphical user interface is TERRIBLE. The Garmin stuff works
    great. Everything else is totally shoddy. It looks bad, is unreliable is
    difficult to use. I regret putting this unit in. DONT BUY ANYTHING WITHOUT
    SEEING PICTURES OF FUNCTIONS OTHER THAN NAVIGATION , E.G. TUNER,
    IPOD CONTROL, PHONE.
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    5 out of 5

    AVIC-D3 Killer

    Written By Scott, Rancho Cucamonga, CA on Wednesday, April 23, 2008
     
    This Kenwood 5120 has replaced the Pioneer Avic D3 that I had in my 2008
    Tundra. I purchased the D3 bundle and had everything installed by a pro
    stereo shop. I drive over 2000 miles per month so I had plenty of time to
    test all the features of the D3. I was so dismayed that I spent
    the extra money to have the D3 removed and the 5120 installed. Almost
    $600 later I can say that it was worth every penny. The 5120 uses
    Garmin's Nav-leading technology and is accurate to about 100ft. Updates
    have already been released for the unit itself and the Garmin Nav portion.
    The IPOD control is slick and you are able to control video directly from the
    5120 unlike the D3 which requires you to start video play directly from the
    IPOD. The controls are laid out very logically for both regular menus and
    IPOD control. It even displays any cover artwork that is linked to your
    IPOD's album artwork. I can't recommend this unit enough!
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    4 out of 5

    Very Nice

    Written By AM, Central Oregon on Saturday, April 19, 2008
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    Was waiting for the DNX7100 priced to drop, but even then the 5120 was
    a lower price and had every feature I needed. The Garmin mapping can't be
    beat as far as I'm concerned because it shows the unimproved Forest
    Service Roads and the like which is when I really need a map. The audio
    interface isn't totally intuitive but it's not too difficult to learn either. I have
    the Kenwood camera hooked up and it works great.
    My only complaints are; The dimmer wire on the wiring harnessess do not
    appear to match my Tundras'. The other is the current lack of an XM
    adapter for this head unit-though one is allegedly on the way in May. The
    Crutchfield supplied Metra dash kit for the '07 + Tundra is matte black and
    not the piano black finish of the stock unit. (At least it doesn't show the
    dust!)

    I saved over $600 by ordering through Crutchfield and installing myself. As
    usual, Crutchfield service was excellent.
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    5 out of 5

    Perfect Media Center for Your Ride!

    Written By Christopher, Westminster, CO on Saturday, April 12, 2008
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    The Kenwood DNX 5120 is a fantastic system, with a candy store of add-
    ons by Kenwood to suite your particular needs. I installed this head unit to
    replace the (so-called) premium factory system in a 2003 Matrix XRS, along
    with POLK speakers and a (previously-installed) Kenwood 4-channel
    amplifier. The install (with Kenwood's Bluetooth and rear camera add-ons)
    was made infinitely easier with Crutchfield's tech support; that's why this
    rating is a 5! The only "con's" with this unit are (1) you'll have to wait for
    Kenwood to put out XM traffic/radio software and hardware updates, and
    (2) no third RCA pair for a subwoofer.

    To sum it up: Great Kenwood unit, and OUTSTANDING Crutchfied customer
    service and tech support! You guys rock!
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    5 out of 5

    Can't beat it for the price

    Written By CaliforniaRoll, Los Angeles, CA on Monday, March 17, 2008
     
    This deck is awesome, it does everything at an affordable price! The navi is spot on and since the maps are internally stored it does not take very long to recalculate a route. You can change the illumination of the deck as well to match your gauges, which helped me decide on this one. Could have waited for the 7120, but since this one did not have a motorized face I don't have to worry about the motor breaking down.


    Pros: Best bang for the buck. Navi is very accurate. Menus are user friendly.


    Cons: Takes a bit to load up in the beginning. When inputting a large usb drive (I tried with a 4gb usb drive) It took almost a minute to read the usb device before playing. Have not tried a external hard drive yet.
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