Disc & USB Playback
Excelon Series: The DNX690HD navigation receiver is part of
Kenwood's Excelon series line-up. It incorporates the latest technologies and
delivers the highest sonic performance. From advanced audio tuning capabilities,
crossover and equalizer system, high-voltage preouts (5V), and a two-year
warranty - Kenwood Excelon represents exceptional audio quality with
24 Bit D/A Converter: The Kenwood DNX690HD utilizes
a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality.
MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood DNX690HD is equipped
with a MOSFET amplifier. Compared to conventional power supplies, the MOSFET
amplification circuit is smaller and more efficient, and it delivers increased
power with less distortion and absolutely zero on/off switching noise. More
power means louder and cleaner music at higher volumes because you're not
pushing the limits of the amplification circuit. The power output specs for the
DNX690HD are as follows:
- Full Bandwidth Power: 22 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4
ohms, 20-20kHz, 1% THD)
- Maximum Output Power: 50 watts x 4 channels
6ch/5V Preamp Outputs: The DNX690HD features front, rear and
subwoofer 5.0-volt preamp outputs. The front and rear speaker preamp outputs are
balance and fade adjustable. The subwoofer preamp output is non-fading. The
front, rear, and subwoofer preamp outputs are fixed to the rear chassis of the
Front & Rear High-Pass Filter: The DNX690HD features an
independent High-Pass Crossover for the front & rear channels when your front &
rear speakers are connected by the unit's speaker-outputs or preamp-outputs. You
can adjust the high-pass crossover from 'Through' (off), 40, 60, 80, 100, 120,
150, 180, or 220 Hz. The
"Through" selection is a full-range setting. This feature is very helpful when
you have smaller-type speakers in the front and larger-type speakers installed
in the rear of the vehicle.
Subwoofer Controls: The Kenwood DNX690HD offers the
following subwoofer controls, when you have the unit's subwoofer preamp output
- Low Pass Filter: The receiver features a built-in Low
Pass Filter control for the preamp-output, when the output is set to
Subwoofer. You can select from 50, 60, 80, Hz, 100 Hz, 120 Hz, or 'Through'
- Subwoofer Phase: You can adjust the phase of the
subwoofer output between 180-degrees (Reverse) or 0-degrees (Normal).
- Subwoofer Level: Once the Subwoofer preamp output is
activated, you can independently control the subwoofer preamp output level
(-50 to +10) from the navigation receiver.
Speaker Type Setting: This feature tailors the DNX690HD
according to the type of front speakers in your vehicle. You may select Standard
(for speakers with a general diameter), Narrow (for speakers with a small
diameter), Middle (for speakers with a medium diameter), or Wide (for speakers
with a large diameter).
Preset EQ: Eight EQ curves are preset into memory, allowing
you to recall the best preset EQ curve for different types of music. Each preset
has its own level settings for bass (100Hz), midrange (1kHz), and treble
(12.5kHz). You can choose from the following preset EQ curves - Rock, Pops,
Easy, Top 40, Jazz, Natural, Flat, and User.
EQ Pro: The DNX690HD features independent Bass,
Treble, and Midrange control when the Preset EQ is in User mode. EQ Pro allows
you to adjust the following settings for the Bass, Treble and Mid frequency
||40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 100, 120, or
||1.00, 1.25, 1.50, or 2.00
||-8 to +8
||0.5k, 1.0k, 1.5k, or 2.0k Hz
||1.00 or 2.00
||10.0k, 12.5k, 15.0k, or 17.5k Hz
Note: You can store bass, middle and treble tone settings
for each source (Disc, Tuner, AV, USB, iPod, Bluetooth, and Pandora).
Loudness: This function enhances low and high frequencies to
make the sound clearer lower volumes.
Volume Offset: The level of each source may be independently
adjusted to prevent radical leaps in output volume when switching from one
source to another. The available settings range from -8 to +6.
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.
Key Beep: The in-dash multimedia head unit provides an
audible beep to confirm button operation. This function can be turned On or Off.
6.1" Touchscreen Display (w/ Flick Scrolling): The Kenwood Excelon DNX690HD features
a fixed 6.1" wide, 16:9 touchscreen display with a TFT active matrix
system. The screen has a resolution of 800 (H) x 480 (V) x RGB with 1,152,000
total pixels. This unit has touchscreen controls with interactive video
graphics, making menu navigation easy. You can scroll screen lists by simply
flicking the screen up/down, or scroll screen pages by simply flicking the
- Aspect Ratio: You can change the aspect ratio for
video playback. You can select from Full (16:9), Just (4:3 LB), or Normal (4:3),
or Auto (automatically selects to match incoming video signal)
- Picture Adjustment: You can adjust the unit's display
brightness, contrast, color, tint, sharpness, and black level to suit your viewing needs
during video playback.
- Custom Background Images: You can download a still image
(800 x 600) for use as
the unit's background from a connected USB thumbdrive.
- Custom Top Menu: The Top Menu screen (main menu) features two
rows of source & settings icons. The top row has 3 large icons which can be
accessed directly, while the bottom row has 12 smaller icons which have to
be scrolled through. You can customize the Top Menu by selecting your three
favorite source/settings icons as the top 3 icons.
Start Up Time: The Kenwood Excelon DNX690HD has a start up time of
approximately 29.5 seconds from Off to the "Warning" screen. Once the "Warning"
screen appears, you can tap the "Agree" button on the head unit's touchscreen to
go instantly to the Navigation screen or press the "Menu" hard-key to access the
Multi-Language Display: For your convenience, this unit is
equipped with a multiple language display. You can select the language which is
best suited to your first language; English, French, Spanish, or Portuguese.
Split Screen AV Control: The DNX690HD's screen views can be
easily toggled from one to another simply be touching the screen or appropriate
button. The Split Screen AV Control mode divides the screen into two screens,
with navigation on the left and a control window on the right. With this
Picture-in-Picture type function, the head unit can now display the navigation
map screen and basic playback controls for the source screens (or rear-view
Parking Brake Detection: To prevent the display of video
while the vehicle is in motion, the light green wire (within 4-pin harness)
must be connected to the vehicle's parking brake detection circuit. You cannot
view video unless your vehicle's parking brake is engaged. If you attempt to
view video without the parking brake engaged, the unit's LCD touchscreen will
simply display a blue screen and "Parking Off". While your vehicle
is in motion (parking brake off), you can still view all of the head unit's menu
screens/settings, source information, metadata, album artwork, and the
navigation on-screen map.
Front-Panel Controls w/ Variable Color 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 head
unit's button illumination from the following preset colors - Blue, Purple, Sky
Blue, Aqua, Yellow, Green, Amber, Red, Pink, White or Scan (Scans through all preset
colors). You can also select a custom "User" color that is adjusted between Red,
Green, and Blue (values range: 0-31). You can save up to 3 custom color presets. The Eject and Kenwood logo remain red, regardless of
variable color illumination setting.
Dimmer: The dimmer function will dim this unit's display and
button illumination automatically
when the vehicle light switch is turned On when you connect orange/white
Illumination wire of this player's harness. You can also manually dim the unit's
display and button illumination.
Security Indicator: The Security Indicator feature helps to
protect the Kenwood Excelon DNX690HD against theft. Turning this function "On" allows the
security indicator light (red) on the front-panel of the head unit to flash when your
vehicle's ignition is off.
2-DIN Chassis: The DNX690HD has a
2-DIN chassis (also known as Double DIN or size DD), and will fit in many
vehicles with a large dash opening. The unit can be ISO-mounted using factory brackets, or Euro-mounted using the
supplied mounting sleeve. As always, please consult Crutchfield's
Outfit My Car to verify fit with your vehicle.
Garmin/NAVTEQ Navigation: With built-in Garmin navigation
software and NAVTEQ map data (CN North America NT 2013), the Kenwood Excelon DNX690HD
features on-screen maps of the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. The built-in maps include over 6-million
Points of Interest (POIs) such as hotels, restaurants, gas stations,
attractions, parking, airports, ATMs, and more. The built-in navigation software
provides you with calculated on-screen
routes and audible directions to follow in order to reach your destination
Note: Car navigation maps are frequently updated. While
this database was judged to be as accurate as possible at the time of its
release, a map database can never be 100% accurate. Road information that is
maintained in the map databases, such as turn restrictions or road names may
change over time.
Software/Map Data Updates: When the preloaded maps are
considered out of date, the DNX690HD will provide periodic notification at
startup. Garmin software and map updates can be downloaded as required, via
microSD memory card. To find a software or map update, please go to
Note: The unit's microSD-card slot is located on the
front-panel hidden behind a flip-out cover (labeled NAV Map). The microSD-card slot is only
used for software and map updates. It cannot be used for playback of
media files from an microSD memory card.
GPS Receiver & Antenna: The Kenwood Excelon DNX690HD
employs a high-sensitivity GPS receiver that is forgiving of less than optimal
antenna placement, giving you additional placement options. The included GPS
antenna that features a self-adhesive base and an attached 11.5' cable
terminated by a proprietary plug which connects to GPS-input on the back of the
head unit. The GPS antenna is designed to be mounted inside the vehicle on the
dash. The GPS antenna measures 1.3125" (w) x 0.625" (h) x 1.4375" (d). The
self-adhesive pad measures 2.5625" x 2.5625"
- Update Rate: 1/second, continuous
- Position Accuracy: <6 meters, typical
Note: The first time you turn on this unit, you must
wait while the system acquires satellite signals for the first time. This
process could take up to several minutes. Make sure your vehicle is outdoors
in an open area away from tall building and trees for fastest acquisition.
After the system acquires satellites for the first time, it will acquire
satellites quickly each time thereafter.
NAVTEQ Traffic: NAVTEQ Traffic receives traffic information
that is broadcast over the FM Radio Data System. The free FM TMC subscription
activates automatically after the navigation system acquires satellite signals
while receiving traffic signals from the service provider. NAVTEQ Traffic
provides real-time traffic data for over 90 major cities in North America,
including the United States and Canada. If traffic is congested up ahead or
there is a road closure, the navigation system will automatically re-navigate
the route to show you how to get to your destination, quickly and easily.
Alternatively, in manual mode, the system will add delay time to your trip so
you can decide to avoid or continue on your current route. When the unit is
receiving traffic information, a traffic icon appears in the upper-left corner
of the Map page. The traffic icon changes color to indicate the severity of
traffic conditions on your route or on the road you are currently traveling.
||Traffic is flowing normally
||Traffic slightly congested
||Traffic is heavily congested or
||Traffic data has not updated
Note: NAVTEQ includes a lifetime service subscription.
Because NAVTEQ traffic is subsidized by unobtrusive pop-up advertising there
is no subscription fees.
On-Screen Map: The Kenwood Excelon DNX690HD displays a real-time moving map illustrating your
current position and intended route. It will show map scale and geographic
details such as lakes, rivers, highways and towns. Your route is marked with a
magenta line. A checkered flag marks your destination. As you travel the
DNX690HD guides to your destination with arrows on the map and directions at the
top of the screen. The upper-left corner of the screen indicates the distance to
your next maneuver. During your calculated route, your arrival time is displayed
in the lower left corner, your current speed is shown in the lower right corner.
The posted speed limit for most major roads is displayed near the lower right
corner as well. The unit allows you to zoom, pan, and point using the
touchscreen during navigation. If you depart from the original route, the
navigation system recalculates the route and provides new directions.
- Map Detail: You can adjust the amount of detail shown
on the map screen. More detail may cause the map to be slower.
- 2D/3D Map View: You can changes the perspective of the map from 2D North-Up
(displays the map in 2 dimensions with North at the top), 2D Track-Up
(displays the map in 2 dimensions with your direction of travel at the top
of the screen), 3D Track-Up (displays the map in 3 dimensions with your
direction of travel at the top of screen).
- Vehicle Type: You can change the icon (arrow, station
wagon, sports car,
compact car, SUV, jeep, RV, or sled) used to display your position on the map.
- Color Mode: Select between Day (for a bright background), Night (for a black background) or Auto (to automatically switch between the two) for the on-screen map.
Text-To-Speech Voice Prompts: The unit's text-to-speech
voices "read and speak" the same words that are displayed on the unit's screens.
The voices have an extensive vocabulary and they pronounce the street names as
you approach turns. Voice prompts can heard from both of your front speakers,
only the left front speaker, or only the right front speaker. You can
independently adjust the volume (0-35) of the voice prompts without affecting
the main volume. The unit only offers English voice prompts in a male or female
Note: You can continue to listen to your music source
while navigating. The DNX690HD will mute the music source, when there is a
text-to-speech voice prompt. Once the voice prompt has ended, your music
volume will automatically raise to previous setting.
Turn/Lane Assistant: While navigating a route, a preview of
the next turn, lane change, or other maneuver appears in the upper-left corner
of the map. The preview includes the distance to the turn or maneuver and the
lane in which you should be traveling, if available.
Exit Services: While navigation a route, you can find gas, food,
lodging, and restrooms near upcoming exits. Services are listed under the
following categories - Gas, Food, Lodging, and Restrooms. You must be on a major
highway or road to use this feature.
Speed Limit Icon: A speed limit icon may appear as you
travel on major roadways. This icon displays the current speed limit of the
roadway. The unit's speed limit icon feature is for information only and does
not replace the driver's responsibility to abide by all posed speed limit signs
and to use safe driving judgment at all times.
Where Am I?: The "Where Am I?" feature gives you instant
access to important information in case of an emergency. When you select "Where
Am I?" from the menu, you get the coordinates (including elevation) of your
current position, plus the nearest address and intersections. There are also
menus to help you locate the nearest hospitals, police stations, gas stations,
and roadside assistance. You can also save the location for future reference.
Where To? Screen: The Where To? screen provides several
different categories for you to use when searching for addresses, cities, and
other locations. The detailed map loaded in the navigation system also contains
millions of points of interest to choose from.
||Allows you to search for a
destination by touching and dragging the map.