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Our take on the Kenwood Excelon DNX691HD

by Dominic Devito
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.

A great way to spruce up your dash

Kenwood's 2014 DNX navigation receiver lineup features sleek new graphics, a wealth of A/V connections, improved smartphone integration, and other convenient features. On top of all that, you get built-in guidance from the experts at Garmin, not to mention a great-sounding gateway to your favorite music, videos, and audio apps. And this Kenwood Excelon DNX691HD navigation receiver adds a 2-year warranty, a 13-band EQ, and 5-volt preamp outputs to this long list of features.
Kenwood Excelon DNX691HD navigation receiver

Trustworthy guidance and much more

The DNX691HD navigation receiver uses a vibrant 6.1" display to display its maps of the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico. It also gives you access to over 6 million points of interest to investigate along the way to your destination — you can even pull up the details of each one just by touching it on the map screen. You'll also get reliable routing from the guidance experts at Garmin, with text-to-speech voice prompts that announce actual street names at turns, lane assistance, and realistic views of complicated intersections.

Kenwood Excelon DNX691HD navigation receiver

Take advantage of your smartphone

Kenwood knows that just because you want great guidance and spine-tingling sound, you're not willing to give up your smartphone's music apps. Here's what you can expect with the DNX691HD in your dash:

  • iPhone®: With a separate cable, you'll get control of your Pandora® Internet radio, iHeartRadio, and AUPEO! apps through the receiver's touchscreen when connected. Limited control over your music apps is also available via wireless Bluetooth connection. The DNX691HD also offers compatibility with your iPhone's Siri® feature for select email, Bluetooth® calling, and iPod® commands. The receiver's iPhone App Mode offers some basic interaction with select apps through its touchscreen using a wired connection; some apps such as streaming video may require the parking brake to be engaged.

  • Android™: You'll get control of your smartphone's Pandora, iHeartRadio, and AUPEO! apps through Bluetooth, so no cable needed. The Kenwood Music Control app also gives you easy search and playback functions of your Android phone's music through the receiver.

The DNX691HD also features an HDMI input, allowing you to connect most compatible Android smartphones and devices. WIth the correct HDMI or MHL cable connected, you'll be able to view video content from your phone on the Kenwood's screen while parked. The same goes for your iPhone 5, but you'll need to make sure you have the right combination of cables and adapters from Apple to view videos on the receiver's display.

Compatible with Garmin Smartphone Link

Android and iPhone users can both take advantage of Garmin's Smartphone Link app, which allows the receiver and your phone to share information wirelessly, such as saved and recently found locations, where you parked, and your current destination. You can also subscribe to dynamic services from Garmin for more road-friendly content like advanced weather reports, enhanced traffic updates, and local fuel prices for an additional fee.

Available HERE traffic reports

HERE (formerly known as NAVTEQ) traffic information for major metropolitan areas is available through the DNX691HD's built-in traffic receiver, so you can see congestion along your route and find a way around it from the driver's seat. You'll need to activate the lifetime service through Kenwood's website to receive the traffic updates, at a one-time cost of $60 (subject to change).

Bluetooth® for hands-free convenience

Built-in Bluetooth lets you make and take calls through the receiver via your compatible phone — you can access your phonebook, last calls, and missed calls without using your hands. You'll get voice dialing support through most phones, and safe Siri Eyes Free dialing with compatible iPhones. A wired connection will also get you automatic pairing with any iPhone.

The Kenwood Excelon DNX691HD also supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of any Bluetooth enabled audio player or smartphone. Kenwood incorporates aptX technology into the receiver so your streaming tunes sound just as good as over a wired connection.

HD Radio tuner

The DNX691HD also features an HD Radio tuner. You'll enjoy much-improved AM/FM sound quality when you're tuned into a local participating station, and there's no subscription required — just tune it in like a regular radio station.

Entertainment on the go

This receiver will play all your CDs and DVDs, including discs loaded with music files — including lossless FLAC files — while two rear A/V inputs offer connections for more audio/video sources. Go ahead and load up your iPod or thumb drive with roadtrip tunes — you'll have easy access through the receiver's rear USB port.

When you're parked, you can enjoy movies from DVDs or other video sources on the receiver's display. If you've got rear-seat or overhead monitors, your passengers can check out video content on them, and dual-zone output lets you listen to the radio or another non-disc audio source up front at the same time.

Don't let road noise sideswipe your music

Kenwood's Drive EQ+ technology boosts certain frequencies that are easily masked by wind and tires rolling on asphalt. It also enhances your music's bottom end as your speed increases, so you can really feel those tunes as you drive. You can also tweak the sound to your ears' content with a 13-band graphic equalizer and other soundshaping tools at your disposal.

Expand your system

Why struggle with stations fading away as you travel? You can hook up a satellite radio tuner (not included) to this receiver and access the wide variety of entertainment, sports, news, and commercial-free music satellite radio provides — and your favorite stations are always there. You can also connect a rear-view camera, so you can see more of what's behind your vehicle when getting in and out of tight spots. If you're looking to add subs and amps, you can take advantage of three sets of high-voltage preamp outputs.

Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?

In most vehicles, you can use an adapter (not included) to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this Kenwood stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and the Kenwood, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls.

iDatalink Maestro lets you keep your car's factory extras

If your vehicle comes with factory add-ons like Ford SYNC®, GM OnStar®, or Chrysler Uconnect™, you don't have to worry about losing your favorite conveniences to get navigation and better sound — the DNX691HD offers compatibility you won't find in many other aftermarket radios, thanks to the iDatalink Maestro module (not included).

For Ford SYNC systems, you'll be able to retain voice-controlled features, steering wheel audio controls, and factory audio functions. For GM vehicles, you'll keep your steering wheel audio controls, your factory amp, safety warning chimes, and OnStar, if present, while Chrysler owners will get to keep all their Uconnect functionality. The iDatalink adapter also lets you tap into your vehicle's diagnostic port, so you can check out expanded functionality including gauges, climate controls, a distance sensor, and tire pressure monitor on the Kenwood's screen.

Bluetooth note: Use of this receiver's Bluetooth features will depend upon your phone's Bluetooth capabilities. Learn more in our article explaining Bluetooth profiles.

iPod/smartphone note: If you're going to use your iPod or smartphone with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for compatibility information.

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Highlights:

    General Features:
    • DVD/CD player with 6.1" touchscreen and AM/FM tuner
    • fits double-DIN (4" tall) dash openings
    • built-in amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • built-in Bluetooth with aptX for hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • built-in HD Radio tuner
    • plays lossless FLAC audio files (up to 192kHz/24-bit) from your flash drive
    • variable illumination color for keys
    Smartphone Features:
    • built-in iPod,iPhone, and iPad control
      • Pandora, iHeartRadio, and AUPEO! app control via Kenwood KCPA-IP102 cable, Apple dock connector cable, or Apple Lightning cable (limited control available via Bluetooth connection)
      • Kenwood KCA-IP202 cable required for full access to audio/video content from older Apple devices
      • Kenwood KCA-HD100 cable and Apple Lightning Digital AV Adapter required for viewing video content from Lightning devices
      • Siri Eyes Free control with iPhone 4s and 5/5s/5c
    • built-in Android control
      • Pandora, iHeartRadio, and AUPEO! app control via Bluetooth connection
      • Kenwood Music Control app control via USB connection
      • Kenwood KCA-MH100 cable or KCA-HD100 cable required for viewing video content from compatible Android devices
    • compatible with Garmin Smartphone Link services for traffic, weather, red-light cameras, and fuel prices (subscription fees may apply) via Android and iPhone
    Navigation Features:
    • built-in Garmin navigation system
    • maps of the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico, plus 6 million points of interest
    • lifetime HERE traffic service in metropolitan areas available with one-time $60 activation fee
    • text-to-speech voice prompts announce actual road names at turns
    • lane assistance and junction view
    Audio/video Features:
    • plays CDs, DVDs, and USB memory devices (see Details for full capabilities)
    • Drive EQ+ boosts low end and other specific frequencies to overcome road noise
    • 13-band graphic EQ
    • high- and low-pass filters
    • digital time alignment, space enhancer, sound realizer, sound elevation, bass boost, and loudness
    • dual-zone A/V output
    Expandability:
    • compatible with SiriusXM SXV200 satellite radio tuner
    • inputs: HDMI input, rear USB input, two rear A/V inputs, rear-view camera input
    • outputs: rear A/V output; 6-channel preamp outputs (5-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
    Other Information:
    • microSD card input for map updates
    • compatible with most factory steering wheel audio controls (adapter required)
    • compatible with iDatalink Maestro to retain factory settings for Ford SYNC, GM OnStar, and Chrysler Uconnect
    • warranty: 2 years
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant No
    RMS Power Output 22 watts
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen Yes
    Preamp Voltage 5 volts
    Display Color
    Key Button Color Variable
    EQ Bands 13
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 2 Years
    Labor Warranty 2 Years
    Expandability
    AUX Input 3.5mm AV (rear)
    USB Input Rear
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready SiriusXM
    HD Radio Built-in
    Navigation Yes
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano 7/6/5/4/3/2/1
    Touch 5/4/3/2/1
    Mini ---
    iPhone 6+/6/5S/5C/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 7.2 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Scan
    Radio Data System Yes
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    What's in the box?

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    • Double-DIN navigation receiver w/ 6.1" monitor (10A fuse)
    • Sleeve (attached)
    • Trim ring
    • Wiring harness
    • Reverse/Brake harness
    • GPS antenna (w/ attached 11.5' cable terminated by a proprietary connector)
    • Self-adhesive base
    • Microphone w/ integrated bracket (attached 10' cable terminated by a 3.5mm connector)
    • Remote control (KNA-RCDV331)
    • 2 "AAA" batteries
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • 6 Pan-head ISO-mount screws
    • 6 Flat-head ISO-mount screws
    • Quick Start Guide
    • Warranty card
    • "Caution for Smartphone Users" note

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    Touchscreen Display
    Onboard Navigation
    Built-in Bluetooth
    Disc & USB Playback
    iPod/Android Integration
    HD + Internet + SiriusXM Radio
    Audio Section
    AV Connections
    OEM/Remote Control

    Touchscreen Display

    6.1" Touchscreen Display (w/ Flick Scrolling): The Kenwood DNX691HD features a 6.1" widescreen (16:9) touchscreen LCD with LED backlighting. The LCD touchscreen has a resolution of 800 (H) x 480 (V) x RGB with 1,152,000 total pixels. This unit has touchscreen controls with easy-to-identify icons, making menu navigation easy. You can scroll screen lists by simply flicking the screen up/down, or scroll screen pages by simply flicking the screen right/left.

    • 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 3 pages of source & settings icons. The first page consists of 3 large icons and 4 smaller icons which can be accessed directly, while the second page consists of 10 small icons, and the third page consists of one small icon. You can customize the Top Menu by rearranging the icons and moving the icons you use most to the front page.
    Note: For your convenience, this unit is equipped with a multiple language display (21 languages including English, French, Spanish, and others).

    Start-Up Time: The Kenwood DNX691HD will turn on to the last source selected or the navigation screen. The unit has start-up time of approximately 21.3 seconds from OFF to the last Source selected, or a start-up of approximately 30.1 seconds from OFF to the Navigation screen.

    Split Screen AV Control: The Split Screen AV Control mode divides the head unit's touchscreen monitor into two screens, with navigation on the left and a control window on the right. With this Picture-in-Picture type function, the head unit can now display the navigation map screen and basic playback controls for the source screens (or rear-view camera) simultaneously.

    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, as well as display background color 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 Kenwood logo and eject button remain red, regardless of variable color illumination setting.

    Clock Display: The navigation receiver offers a 12-hour clock which is visible from any source or menu screen. With your vehicle's key in the accessory or start position, the head unit will continue to display the LCD background image, clock, and button illumination during "Standby" mode. Pressing and holding the source button turns the unit off completely.

    Security Indicator: The Security Indicator feature helps to protect the Kenwood DNX691HD 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.

    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.

    2-DIN Chassis: The DNX691HD has a 2-DIN chassis (also known as "Double-DIN"), and will fit in many vehicles with a large dash opening. The unit can be ISO-mounted using factory brackets, or Euro-mounted using the supplied mounting sleeve. As always, please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to verify fit with your vehicle.

    Onboard Navigation

    Garmin Navigation: With built-in Garmin & HERE navigation software and map data, the Kenwood DNX691HD features on-screen maps of the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. The built-in maps include over 6-million Points of Interest (POIs) such as hotels, restaurants, gas stations, attractions, parking, airports, ATMs, and more. The built-in navigation software provides you with calculated on-screen routes and audible directions to follow in order to reach your destination safely.

    Note: Car navigation maps are frequently updated. While this database was judged to be as accurate as possible at the time of its release, a map database can never be 100% accurate. Road information that is maintained in the map databases, such as turn restrictions or road names may change over time.

    Software/Map Data Updates: When the preloaded maps are considered out of date, the DNX691HD will provide periodic notification at startup. Garmin software and map updates can be downloaded as required, via SD/SDHC memory card. To find a software or map update, please go to www.garmin.com/kenwood.

    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 DNX691HD employs a high-sensitivity GPS receiver that is forgiving of less than optimal antenna placement, giving you additional placement options. The included GPS antenna features a self-adhesive base and an attached 11.5' cable which plugs into 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" square.

    • Acquisition Time: 26 seconds (cold)
    • Update Rate: 1/second, continuous
    • Accuracy: <2.5 meters continuous (Position), 0.1 meter/sec (Velocity)
    Note: The navigation receiver took approximately 24.3 seconds to calculate directions from Virginia to California. It only took 9.7 seconds to calculate directions from Virginia to Maryland. These tests were done inside the Crutchfield Lab of the Crutchfield Head Quarters. Results will vary based on length of calculated route and your surrounding area.

    HERE Traffic Data: HERE Traffic Data provides real-time traffic data for many major cities in North America, including the United States and Canada (a one time $60 subscription fee is required). If traffic is congested up ahead or there is a road closure along your route, the navigation system will automatically re-navigate the route to show you how to get to your destination, quickly and easily. The navigation system may route you through a traffic delay if a better alternative route does not exist; the delay time is added into your estimated time of arrival automatically. When the unit is receiving traffic information, a traffic icon appears in the upper-left corner of the Map page. The traffic icon changes color to indicate the severity of traffic conditions on your route or on the road you are currently traveling.

    Color Description Meaning
    Green Low severity Traffic is flowing normally
    Yellow Medium severity Traffic slightly congested
    Red High Severity Traffic is heavily congested or stopped
    Gray No data Traffic data has not updated

    On-Screen Map: The Kenwood DNX691HD 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 DNX691HD 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.

    • 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 offers English, French, and Spanish voice prompts.

    Note: You can continue to listen to your music source while navigating. The DNX691HD 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 + Exit Service: 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. The Exit Services function lets you search roadway exits for food, lodging, and rest areas so you are never left guessing what is around the bend. 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.

    Destination & Location Screens: The DNX691HD offers a variety of destination/location screens & functions to help you along your route.

    • 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 ways to enter your destination. The navigation system automatically searches for places near your current location. You can also choose to have the DNX691HD search for places in a different city, a recent destination, a favorite destination, projected destination, or along your current route.
      • Browse Map: Allows you to search for a destination by touching and dragging the map.
      • Go Home: You can store one home location to allow you to calculate a route home from any current location.
      • Address/Cities/Intersections: Input your destination address by house number, street, city, and zip-code. You can also search for a city by name or search two intersecting streets.
      • POI Category: The detailed maps loaded in this navigation system contain locations, such as restaurants, hotels, parking, auto services, and other POIs (points-of-interest). You can use these categories to browse for nearby businesses and attractions.
      • Favorites & Recents: You can save all of your favorite places in the navigation system, so you can quickly navigate to them later. You can also choose from one of your most recent destinations (up to 50) or waypoints.
      • Coordinates Allows you to search your destination by longitude and latitude values.
      • Search Bar + Shortcuts: You can use the Search Bar to search for locations by entering a category, brand name, address, or city name. In addition, you can add up to 36 shortcuts to the Where to? menu. A shortcut can point to a location, a category, or a search tool.
    • Where I've Been/Trip Log: The "Where I've Been" application allows you to view your previous routes and places you have stopped on the map. In addition, the device keeps a Trip Log, which is a record of the path you have traveled. The Travel History setting must be enabled in order for the Where I've Been and Trip Log features to function.

    Route Preferences/Avoidances: When calculating a route, you can select the following preferences; faster time, shorter distance, less fuel, or off road. You can also program the unit to avoid certain things that may be undesirable on your route; such as U-Turns, Highways, Toll Roads, Carpool Lanes, Unpaved Roads, and Ferries.

    Auto Reroute/Detour: If you happen to depart from your original route, the internal navigation system recalculates the route and provides new route instructions. You can also select a specific area to detour around. The navigation system will attempt to get you back on your original route as quickly as possible, after calculating a detour. If the route you are currently taking is the only reasonable option, the DNX691HD might not calculate a detour. 

    Trip Planner (Multiple Destination Routing): You can create and save a trip with multiple destinations (up to 500 via points) using the Trip Planner. Once you have entered your destinations, you can manually set them in the order of your preference, or allow the device to calculate the most efficient route. Trip itineraries can be saved in memory for future use.

    Trip Computer: The trip information page displays your current speed and direction, and provides helpful statistics about your trip. Dual trip odometers keep up with your total mileage. The page also indicates the distance and driving time to your next maneuver, as well as the distance and driving time to your destination. Your maximum speed and moving average speed are also displayed. The information can be reset in advance of your next trip.

    Trends: The DNX691HD has the ability to recall frequent destinations and historic traffic information to help calculate your route faster.

    • myTrends: The myTrends feature senses when you are driving to a common destination and displays the destination and estimated time of travel in the navigation bar on the map. myTrends does not work when you first begin using your navigation system. To effectively use the myTrends feature, your frequent destinations must be marked as favorites, and a regular pattern of driving habits must be established with three days of regular driving usage.
    • trafficTrends: When the trafficTrends feature is enabled, the navigation system uses historic traffic information to calculate more efficient routes. Different routes may be calculated based on traffic trends for the day of the week or based on the time of day.

    ecoRoute: The ecoRoute feature calculates your vehicle's fuel economy, carbon footprint, the fuel price of navigating to your destination, and offers tools for improving fuel efficiency. The first time you access the ecoRoute features, you will be asked to enter fuel and mileage information (Fuel Type, City Fuel MPG, HWY Fuel MPG, Fuel Price) about your vehicle.

    • Fuel Economy: If you have entered your vehicle profiles and the current fuel price, the DNX691HD calculates fuel used, the average fuel economy for your vehicle, your carbon footprint, and the cost of the fuel consumed.
    • At The Pump: At your next fill-up, you can enter in fuel price, amount of fuel used, and the distance you traveled to calculate your vehicle's miles-per-gallon (MPG).
    • ecoChallenge Tool: The ecoChallenge tool helps you maximize your fuel economy by scoring your driving habits. The higher your overall score for a driving challenge, the more fuel you could save. You overall score is the average of these 3 scores:
      • Speed: gain points for driving at the best speed for conserving fuel, which is 45-60mph for most vehicles.
      • Acceleration: gain points for gradual acceleration; lose points for rapid acceleration
      • Braking: gain points for gradual braking; lose points for hard braking
    • Mileage Report: Mileage reports provide the distance, the time, the average fuel economy, and the fuel cost of navigation to a destination. A mileage report (up to 20) is created for every route that you drive. If you stop a route on your navigation system, a mileage report is created for the distance you traveled.
    Note: The data provide by the ecoRoute feature is only an estimate. The data is not actually read from your vehicle.

    Smartphone Link w/ Garmin Live Services: The free Smartphone Link app can be downloaded from Apple's App Store or Google Play onto your Apple iPhone (iOS 6.0+) or Android smartphone (2.1+). The download includes several Garmin Live Services, as well as premium subscription services. Smartphone Link creates a seamless navigation experience between the Kenwood navigation receiver and your smartphone. It allows the two devices to share information; such as saved and recently found locations, where you parked, and your current destination. It also links the Kenwood navigation receiver to Garmin Live Services; such as traffic, weather, and fuel prices using your smartphone's current mobile data plan. Garmin Live Services provide the most up-to-date "live" information to the Kenwood navigation receiver using your smartphone's mobile data plan. There's no need for an additional data connection. Some services are included free when you connect to Smartphone Link; others are available through subscriptions that offer premium content and enhanced features.

    • Live Traffic: Garmin Live Traffic provides the best-in-class real-time information to help you navigate in and around congestion. Live Traffic is updated every 2 minutes and receives more than 1,000 messages every update cycle. $20.00 per year subscription required.
    • Traffic & Safety Cameras: You'll have the ability to look up real-time photos from traffic cameras to get a glance at traffic and weather conditions. It will also alert you to fixed and mobile safety camera data to help you arrive safely at your destination.
    • Fuel Prices + Dynamic Parking: Use Garmin Live Services to find the best prices for any grade of fuel in your area or on your route; just tap the screen and go to your chosen station. It also helps you locate parking areas close to your destination and provide you with the number of spots available, as well as the current cost of the parking spot.
    • Garmin Tracker: Allows you to track the location of your Kenwood navigation receiver and vehicle via myGarmin. You also can send a link via Facebook, Twitter, or email for others to track you as you travel.
    • Weather: Current localized weather, temperature, and forecasts. In addition to what the free weather service provides, Advanced Weather also allows users to receive severe weather alerts and view animated radar images. Colors distinguish types of precipitation, such as rain, snow and ice, to help you avoid bad driving conditions.

    Safe Mode: Safe Mode disables all navigation system functions that require significant operator attention and could become a distraction while driving when the vehicle's parking brake is disengaged.  You will need to engage the vehicle's parking brake to enter addresses or other advance navigation functions when you have the unit set to Safe Mode.

    Travel Tools: The DNX691HD offers tools you can use as you travel. The World Clock allows you to display the current time for four locations throughout the world. You can also display a map of the world showing which portions are in daylight and which are in darkness. The Unit Converter helps you convert distance, speed, area, currency, temperature, volume, and weight. A Calculator allows you to perform simple arithmetic.

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: The Kenwood DNX691HD is equipped with built-in Bluetooth (3.0+EDR) allowing you to make and receive phone calls wirelessly through the receiver; as well as stream music wirelessly from your smartphone to the head unit. In order to use Bluetooth wireless technology, your phone must also be Bluetooth compatible and be able to interpret certain profiles. This unit is compatible with the following Bluetooth Profiles:

    • Hands-Free Communication: HFP 1.6 (Hands Free Profile), OPP 1.1 (Object Push Profile), PBAB 1.0 (Phone Book Access Profile).
    • Audio Streaming: A2DP 1.3 (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP 1.4 (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).
    Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Kenwood DNX691HD. Visit Kenwood's Support Site for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled phones.

    Secure Simple Pairing (SSP) + Auto Pairing (for iPhone): With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the Kenwood DNX691HD without having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings. You can even pair your Apple iPhone by simply connecting it to the Kenwood head unit via USB and following a single prompt on the head unit's display. When a paired Bluetooth device is in close proximity to the receiver, the auto connection function automatically pairs the two units. You can pair up to five Bluetooth-enabled devices to the Kenwood head unit with a maximum of two Bluetooth phones and one Bluetooth audio player connected at one time (but only one can be used at a time).

    Hands-Free Communication w/ External Mic: The head unit supports Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. The touchscreen controls of the DNX691HD can be used to dial a number, answer an in-coming call, or end a call. The unit also includes an external microphone (featuring adjustable gain), so you can carry on your side of the conversation while listening to the caller through your vehicles speakers (All or Front only). During a conversation, you can switch between the Private Mode (talking directly on your cell phone) and the Hands Free Mode.

    • Answering a Call: When a call comes in, a ring-tone will be heard through your vehicle's speaker and the caller's name or phone number will be displayed. You can answer the call from the head unit's touchscreen, or setup the head unit to automatically answer the incoming call immediately (0-99 seconds).
    • Dialing a Number: Using the DNX691HD, you can dial a phone number in one of the following ways:
      • Entering a Phone Number: Allows you to directly dial a phone number up to 30 digits from the head unit's touchscreen.
      • Speed (Preset) Dialing: Allows you to register up to 3 phone numbers for quick dialing. The preset numbers can be accessed from the head unit's touchscreen.
      • Phone Book: You can dial by using the downloaded phone book. You can download phone book data from your cell phone to the DNX691HD. Up to 600 numbers can be stored for each registered cell phone. Each number can be up to 32 digits long and each name can be up to 50 characters long. You can search the phone book alphabetically (A-Z).
      • Call History: The Call History is a list of calls that have originated from and were received by this unit that you can dial. You can select Outgoing, Incoming, or Missed calls (up to 50 each).
      • Voice Dialing: If your mobile phone supports voice recognition, then you can dial out by voice command. Simply speak into the included microphone.
    Note: This unit allows you to answer a call or dial out using any option without engaging the vehicle's parking brake.

    Wireless Audio Streaming w/ aptX CSR: The Kenwood DNX691HD supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth enabled audio player or smartphone. The DNX691HD even employs AptX audio coding technology for lossless, CD-quality streaming with compatible AptX-compatible phones (like some Androids). The DNX691HD will be able to control basic playback functions of your Bluetooth device's stored music; such as Play/Pause, Skip Next/Previous, Fast Forward/Rewind and Random/Repeat. The head unit will also display your stored music's song information; such as Artist name and Song/Album title. The DNX691HD also supports audio streaming of music apps downloaded on your smartphone with metadata display and limited control. Advanced music control of your music apps will still need be done via your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone.

    Note: When an incoming call or outgoing call is in progress from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, audio streaming will be paused so you can take your call. Once the call is finished, your streaming music will resume.

    Siri Eyes Free Control: When paired and connected with an iPhone with Siri via Bluetooth (not USB), the Kenwood DNX691HD has the ability to access Siri through its front-panel controls and external microphone. Simply press-and-hold down on the head unit's "VOICE/TEL" button to engage Siri and use the included microphone to communicate with Siri. Siri's voice will heard through your vehicle's speakers. All Siri functions including hands-free calling, music search, setting reminders, text-messaging, audible navigation, and more can be done through the DNX691HD and its microphone. The head unit's LCD touchscreen will only display hands-free calling and Bluetooth audio information (all other functions of Siri are only audible through the Kenwood DNX691HD; visual data will still need to be viewed from your iPhone device).

    Note: You can ask Siri to get directions to a destination and the turn-by-turn instructions will heard through your vehicle's speakers, while the on-screen map still displays on your iPhone with Siri. The head unit's audio is attenuated while Siri provides audible directions.

    Disc & USB Playback

    Compatible Discs: The unit has a front-loading disc-slot to make loading your disc easier because there is no panel to slide or fold-down. The Kenwood DNX691HD supports playback of DVD-Video, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, CD-Audio, CD-R/RW, and VCD discs. The unit supports MPEG-1/MPEG-2 video & JPEG files recorded on to CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW and DVD+R/RW discs. It also supports playback of MP3, WMA, and AAC music files loaded onto a CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, or DVD+R/RW disc.

    USB Port: The Kenwood DNX691HD features a rear-panel Full-Speed 2.0 USB type-A port (attached to the unit's rear-chassis by a 39" cable) for connection and control of a portable USB mass-storage class (MSC) device; such as select Android smartphones (Froyo/Gingerbread OS only), portable digital audio players, or USB thumbdrives. The USB port enables playback of MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, and FLAC audio files; as well as JPEG still-picture files stored on a compatible USB memory device. The DNX691HD also supports video playback of MPEG1/2/4, H.264, and MKV, WMV video files from a connected portable USB MSC device. USB portable audio devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the navigation receiver's USB port (5V/1A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

    File Compatibility: The Kenwood DNX691HD supports the following types of audio, video, and photo files recorded onto a disc or loaded onto a USB mass storage class device.

    Media Type Disc (CD-R/RW or DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW) USB (MSC compatible)
    File System ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, Romeo, Long File Name FAT 16/32
    Playable File Types Audio MP3: bit rate of 8-320kbps w/ sampling frequencies of 8-48kHz
    WMA: bit rate of 5-320kbps w/ sampling frequencies of 8-48kHz
    AAC:
    bit rate of 16-320kbps w/ sampling frequencies of 32-48kHz
    MP3: bit rate of 8-320kbps w/ sampling frequencies of 8-48kHz
    WMA: bit rate of 5-320kbps w/ sampling frequencies of 8-48kHz
    AAC:
    bit rate of 16-320kbps w/ sampling frequencies of 32-48kHz
    WAV: bit rate of 16-bit w/ sampling frequencies of 44.1kHz
    FLAC: bit rate of 16-bit w/ sampling frequencies of 8-48 kHz
    Video MPEG-1: 352x240 to 720x480 or 352x280 to720x576 (4.0Mbps)
    MPEG-2: 352x240 to 720x480 or 352x280 to 720x576 (4.0Mbps)
    MPEG-1/2/4: 352x240 to 720x480 or 352x280 to720x576 (4.0Mbps)
    H.264: 352 x 240, 352 x 288, 720 x 480, 720 x 576 (8.0Mbps)
    WMV/MKV: 640 x 480 (2. Mbps)
    Photo N/A JPEG: 32x32 to 8192x7680 pixels
    Maximum # of Folders/Files 250 folders/5,000 files (999 files per folder)
    Tags MP3 ID3-tags (ver. 1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4), WMA-tags, AAC-tags, and WAV-tags

    Folder/Track List: The Folder/Track List allows you to search folders and audio/video/picture files stored on a disc or USB device.

    Highlight Control (DVD Playback): During DVD playback, you can control certain operations simply by touching an area of the screen. The touchscreen has 4 functions areas. You can touch the left of the screen to start the current chapter over, or the right of the screen to skip to the next chapter. Pressing the top center of the screen activates the DVD disc menu control buttons, while pressing the bottom center activates the source control screen.

    Search Functions (USB only): The Kenwood DNX691HD offers unique search functions for USB playback.

    • Category Search: You can navigate music stored on your USB memory device by Playlist, Artist, Song, or Album. Once a category is selected, you can search the contents alphabetically. 
    • Link Search: Link Search allows you to play songs related to the currently playing song. The head unit can create an album list of the currently playing artist, a song list of the currently playing album, a artist list of the currently playing genre, or a album list of currently playing composer.
    • Picture Search: The unit will display up to eight thumbnails of still-images to choose from. The selected thumbnail will become a full screen image.
    • Album Artwork: You can search music files by selecting the Album Artwork. You can even create an original playlist of your favorite 10 albums by selecting album artwork.

    Parental Control (DVD only): Parental Control allows you to restrict DVD playback according to a predetermined level. You can select a parental control rating from 0-8, which is protected by a 4-digit password.

    Disc Auto Reload: The unit will automatically reinsert a disc if it's ejected, but not removed for 20 seconds or more.

    Firmware Updates (via USB): The unit's operating system is updateable via free downloadable software from Kenwood's support site. Firmware downloads assist in maintaining system performance when using external devices and emerging technologies. Firmware/software updates can be downloaded onto a USB thumbdrive from your computer and then inserted into the head unit's USB port and uploaded. Go to Kenwood's Support Site for the latest firmware/software updates.

    iPod/Android Integration

    iPod Audio/Video Playback: The Kenwood DNX691HD supports direct connection of your 30-pin or Lightning-connector iPod/iPhone through its rear-panel USB port and 3.5mm input or HDMI input. The DNX691HD offers audio/video playback of connected Apple iPod/iPhone models (video can only be displayed while the vehicle is in park).

    • 30-Pin Dock Connector: If you own an older iPod/iPhone with the 30-pin dock connector, you can enjoy audio and video files on your Apple device through the Kenwood DNX691HD. Using Kenwood's KCA-IP202 iPod video cable (113KCIP202, sold separately), you can enjoy audio playback of your stored music and music apps on your iPod/iPhone; plus video playback of your stored movies and video apps (like Netflix) on your iPod/iPhone through the Kenwood DNX691HD. If you only desire audio playback, you can use Kenwood's KCA-IP102 iPod cable (113KCIP102, sold separately) or the dock connector-to-USB cable that comes with your Apple device to connect your iPod/iPhone to the DNX691HD.
    • Lightning Connector: If you have a newer iPod/iPhone with the Lightning-connector, you can use the Lightning-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect your iPod/iPhone to the Kenwood DNX691HD for audio playback only. You'll be able to listen to stored music and music apps on your Lightning-connector Apple device through the Kenwood DVD receiver. To watch stored video and video apps (like Netflix) in addition to music from your Lightning-connector Apple device on the Kenwood DNX691HD, you'll need Apple's Lightning-to-Digital AV adapter, a Lightning-to-USB cable, and a mobile-grade HDMI cable; such as the Kenwood KCA-HD100 (all sold separately) - this type of connection also requires Bluetooth pairing.
    Note: You will need to select which type of connection method you are using in the head unit's setup menu.

    iPod/iPhone Control: In addition to audio/video playback, the Kenwood DNX691HD supports control, song/artist information display, and battery charging of your compatible Apple device.

    • Head Unit Control: The Kenwood head unit allows you to navigate your iPod's music library by Playlist, Artists, Album, Song, Genre, Song, Podcast, or Audiobook. Your iPod's video library can be searched by Video Playlist, Movie, Music Video, TV Show, Video Podcast, Rented Movie, or iTunesU. You can then search each of these categories using the head unit's touchscreen slider function (categories will be listed in alphabetical order). You can even search your iPod's music library by Album Art and create a Favorite List, which contains an original playlist of your favorite 10 albums. In addition, the head unit offers Link Search, which allows you to play songs related to the currently playing song. Link Search lets the head unit create an album list of the currently playing artist, a song list of the currently playing album, a artist list of the currently playing genre, or a album list of currently playing composer. The head unit also supports basic playback functions such as Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Rewind, Previous/Next Track and  Repeat/Random of your connected iPod/iPhone. Newer iPod/iPhones with iOS 6.0+ will still allow you to navigate stored music and movies from the Apple device's touchscreen, as well access music and video apps; older iPod/iPhone devices will be locked during connection.
    • Song/Artist Info & Album Art: The DNX691HD will display your iPod/iPhone's stored music information including Track number, Elapsed playing time, Song/Album title, Artist name, and Album art. Pandora and iHeart Radio will also display metadata information. Other music apps will only display song/artist information in Apps mode.
    • Battery Charging: The head unit's USB connection provides 1A of current to power and charge your connected iPod/iPhone when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position. This unit does not charge the iPad. If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it.

    Apps Mode for iPhone & Android (via HDMI): You can listen to audio from stored music and music apps, as well as watch video from stored movies and movie apps (like Netflix) on your iPhone (iOS 7+) or Android smartphone, using the head unit's HDMI input and its Apps Mode. The head unit will mirror the display of your mobile device (not always full-screen) when in App Mode. App Mode also provides basic playback control from the receiver's touchscreen (iPhone only). Basic playback functions include Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Rewind, and Previous/Next Track. Using either a compatible iPhone or Android smartphone, you can also exit App Mode and access Pandora, and iHeartRadio directly from the head unit's touchscreen with advance music navigation and control. In addition, the iPhone lets you access its stored music and video library from the head unit's touchscreen with advance search and playback control when connected via HDMI. Access to your iPhone and Android smartphone 's downloaded applications will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone or Android smartphone to connect to the Internet. Not all Android and Apple iOS apps are guaranteed to be compatible.

    • iPhone Connectivity: If you have an iPhone with the Lightning connector, you will need Apple's Lightning Digital AV adapter and Lightning-to-USB cable; if you have a 30-pin iPhone 4/4S, you'll need a 30-pin digital AV adapter and Kenwood's KCA-IP102 iPod cable (all sold separately). In addition, for both types of iPhones, you will need a a mobile-grade HDMI cable; such as the Kenwood KCA-HD100 (sold separately). This type of connection also requires Bluetooth pairing. The HDMI connector provides the audio/video playback, while the USB connection charges your iPhone device. The Bluetooth connection allows you to control basic playback functions from the head unit.
    • Android Connectivity: The head unit's HDMI port is MHL compatible; this means you can simply connect your MHL-compatible Android smartphone to the  receiver via a MHL-to-HDMI cable; such as Kenwood's KCA-MH100 cable (sold separately). This type of connection also requires Bluetooth pairing. The Samsung Galaxy S3/4/5 and Note II/III requires an additional 3rd party MHL microUSB 5-pin to 11-pin adapter (sold separately). The HDMI connector provides audio/video playback and charging of your Android smartphone's battery, while the Bluetooth connection is also needed for communication. Check here for a list of compatible MHL-enabled Android phones.
    Note: Apps Mode does not require that the parking brake be engaged. You will need to unscrew the HDMI bracket on the back of receiver before plugging in your HDMI cable; the bracket needs to be re-attached once your HDMI cable is connected.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Kenwood DNX691HD is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 9/27/2014):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Specific Apps Display Type Bluetooth Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone Apps Mode Pandora iHeart Radio Album Art Song/Artist Text Track Info Phone Audio Siri
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y Y Y N N N N Y Y Y Y N N Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y Y Y N N N N Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y Y Y N N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    4 7.1.2 Y Y Y Y Y** Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    4S 8.0 Y Y Y Y Y** Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5/5C5S 8.0 Y Y* Y Y Y* Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    6/6+ 8.0 Y Y* Y Y Y* Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y Y Y N N N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y Y Y N N N N Y Y Y N Y N Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y Y Y N N N N Y Y Y N Y N Y
    4th 6.1.3 Y Y Y Y N N N Y Y Y N Y N Y
    5th 8.0 Y Y* Y Y Y* N N Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    nano
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y N N N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y Y Y N N N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y Y Y N N N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y Y Y N N N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y N N N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    7th 1.02 PC Y N Y N N N N Y Y Y N Y N Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y Y Y N N N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y Y Y N N N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y Y Y N N N N Y Y Y N N N Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y Y Y N N Y Y Y Y Y N Y N N
    2 8.0 Y Y Y Y Y** Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y N
    3 8.0 Y Y Y Y Y** Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y N
    4/air 8.0 Y Y* Y Y Y* Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y N
    mini 8.0 Y Y* Y Y Y* Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    Note:
    • *Requires Apple's Lightning-to-Digital AV adapter, a Lightning-to-USB cable, and a mobile-grade HDMI cable (all sold separately).
    • **Requires Apple's 30-pin digital AV adapter, Kenwood's KCA-IP102 iPod cable, and a mobile-grade HDMI cable (all sold separately).
    • Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

    HD + Internet + SiriusXM Radio

    Built-In HD Tuner: With its built-in HD Radio tuner, you can receive digital AM/FM broadcasts from local stations where available. HD Radio significantly improves AM/FM audio quality and reception, as well as includes information such as artist name and song titles or traffic news, viewable on the receiver's display. HD Radio Technology will deliver high-quality digital sound. AM digital will have FM-like quality in stereo (70dB SN @ 40-15kHz), while FM digital will have CD-like quality (70 dB SN @ 20-20kHz) with static free and clear reception. The unit's built-in HD Radio tuner allows analog AM/FM tuning as well.

    • Seek Modes + Direct Access Tuning: You can choose one of three seek modes: Auto 1 (seek tuning), Auto 2 (cycles through and tunes the selected band's preset stations only with each button press), or Manual. You can also setup the DNX691HD to search only HD Radio stations. In addition, you can directly access an AM/FM station by entering in the frequency number using the unit's LCD touchscreen.
    • Tuner Presets: The DNX691HD's tuner features 3 FM banks (1, 2, 3) and 1 AM bank for storing presets. You can store 6 presets for each AM/FM bank giving you a total of 18 FM presets and 6 AM presets (total of 24). Not only does the DVD receiver's tuner allow you manually enter your desired presets you can choose to have the unit automatically put stations with good reception in the memory banks automatically; this is a handy feature when traveling.
    • Station Info & Multicasting: AM/FM digital stations can offer text and data such as artist names and song titles; as well as Album Art. In addition to conventional broadcasts, with HD Radio broadcasting it is possible to choose from up to 8 multicast programs (HD1 to HD8).
    Note: HD Radio is the system for digital AM and FM broadcasting in the U.S. More than 2,000 radio stations are broadcasting their primary signals in digital HD Radio technology, as a free service. Go to HDRadio.com to check for HD Radio stations in your area.

    Internet Radio Apps: The Kenwood DNX691HD allows you to access Pandora and  iHeartRadio online music services through your USB-connected, Bluetooth-paired, or HDMI+Bluetooth-connected iPhone (5.0+); as well as your Bluetooth-paired or HDMI+Blueooth-connected Android/Blackberry smartphone. Your Apple iPhone can be connected to the DNX691HD via the Kenwood KCA-iP102 cable (sold separately), the cable supplied with your iPhone, Bluetooth, or HDMI+Bluetooth. Your Android or Blackberry smartphone must support be paired via Bluetooth or connected via HDMI+Bluetooth to the Kenwood DNX691HD. Your iPhone, Android smartphone, or Blackberry device will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi.

    • Pandora App (for iPhone/Android/Blackberry): The free Pandora App (either from iTunes Apps, Google Play, or BlackBerry App World) lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the Kenwood DNX691HD using your USB-connected, Bluetooth-paired, or HDMI+Bluetooth-connected Apple iPhone (iOS 5.0+); as well as your Bluetooth-paired or HDMI+Bluetooth-connected Android/Blackberry smartphone. The Kenwood DNX691HD provides control over the Pandora music service and displays Artist, Album, and Song information. You can select Pandora stations from your station or genre list and sort them by date or alphabetically (A-Z). New stations can be created based on the current songs or artists playing. You can also skip song tracks within a station. You can even give songs a thumbs up or thumbs down. An active Pandora account is required.
    • iHeartRadio Auto (for iPhone/Android): The free iHeartRadio Auto app for Kenwood (either from iTunes Apps or Google Play) lets you play music from the iHeartRadio music service through the Kenwood DNX691HD using your USB-connected, Bluetooth-paired, or HDMI+Bluetooth-connected Apple iPhone (iOS 5.0+); as well as your Bluetooth-paired or HDMI+Bluetooth-connected Android smartphone (2.2+). The iHeartRadio music service provides access to more than 1,500 live radio stations from coast-to-coast (including pop, country, urban, rock, talk, and sports). The DNX691HD will provide control over the iHeartRadio Auto app, as well as display station identification and song/artist information. From the head unit's front-panel controls, iHeartRadio stations can be searched by the following categories (Local, Genre, City, or My Stations). The Local selection provides a list of radio stations in your local listening area. The unit also provides over 22 Genres to choose from (including pop, country, hip-hop, jazz, etc.) to help you find the right radio station for you. In addition, you can search for radio stations by City. Cities can be searched alphabetically (A-Z). You can even store your favorite stations (My Stations) for easier, quicker access. An active iHeartRadio account is required.
    Note: Access to these Internet Radio services will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone or Android/Blackberry smartphone to connect to the Internet. Not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.

    SiriusXM Ready: The Kenwood DNX691HD comes ready for SiriusXM programming with access to XM and Sirius Satellite Radio stations. Thanks to its proprietary SiriusXM Connect port, you can add the optional SXV200V1 SiriusXM Connect tuner and receive more than 150 channels of exclusive programming directly from SiriusXM, via the "SiriusXM All Access" package (subscription required). Visit SiriusXM.com for a complete list of subscription options and channel guide. Additional features of the SXV200V1 SiriusXM Connect tuner include:

    • Channel List w/ Category Search: A channel list displays a list of all available channels. The Category Search function searches for channels in a certain category.
    • Song/Artist Info: Displayed Information such as Channel Name, Channel Logo, Artist Name, & Song Title can be viewed on the head unit's LCD
    • Presets + Smart Favorites: Up to 24 SiriusXM Satellite Radio station presets can be saved. Up to 6 of your SiriusXM presets can be identified as Smart Favorites for advanced features such as TuneStart & TuneScan.
    • Instant Replay: You can pause, rewind, and replay up to 60 minutes of current channel. You'll also be able to rewind and replay the last 30 minutes of content from your six Smart Favorite channels.
    • TuneStart & TuneScan: TuneStart allows you to choose whether to start a song from the beginning or from its live point when tuning to a Smart Favorite channel. TuneScan plays the first 10 seconds of each song that has not been listened to from each of the channels which you have saved as Smart Favorites.
    • Alerts: Song/Artist Alert notifies when your favorite songs or artists are being broadcast on any SiriusXM station. GameAlert will display an on-screen message if your favorite teams' games are being broadcast. You can also be alerted to information pertaining to your local weather and traffic.
    • Parental Control: Channels containing unsuitable content for children can be blocked.
    Note: A separate SiriusXM Satellite Radio subscription is required (operates on the XM Network). However, you can easily add this SiriusXM tuner to an existing Sirius or XM account for a Multi-Radio Discount Plan.

    Audio Section

    Excelon Series: The DNX691HD 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 5V preouts, plus a two-year warranty - Kenwood Excelon represents exceptional audio quality with long-lasting dependability.

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The Kenwood DNX691HD utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality with a Signal-to-Noise ratio up to 98dB.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood DNX691HD 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 DNX691HD 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 + Sub Control: The DNX691HD features front, rear and subwoofer 5-volt preamp outputs. The front and rear speaker preamp outputs are balance and fade adjustable. The subwoofer preamp output is non-fading.

    Digital Signal Processing (DSP): In order to optimize the sound quality, you can use the unit's DSP to set the type of vehicle, speaker sizes & locations, listening distances, and x-over points.

    • Car Type: Select your car type to automatically set the Delay Time of each speaker for timing adjustment of sound output of each channel to have the highest surround effect. Choose from Compact, Full Size Car, Wagon, Mini Van, SUV, or Off
    • Listening Position + Digital Time Alignment: For a better sound-stage you can select your optimal listening position. You can choose from All, Front Left, Front Right or Front. You can also select to manually fine tune the sound stage, using Digital Time Alignment (DTA) by selecting the distance (0-20') for each individual speaker in the vehicle compared to your listening position.
    • Speaker Location: You can set the location of your vehicle's Front and Rear speakers. The Front speakers can be set to Door, On Dash, or Under Dash. The Rear speakers can be set to Door, Rear Deck, 2nd Row, or 3rd Row.
    • Speaker Size: You can select the speaker size for your Front and Rear speakers (including tweeter), as well as your subwoofer. The Front and Rear speakers can be set to OEM, 3.5", 4", 4.75", 5", 6.5", 6.75", 7", 4x6", 5x7", 6x8", 6x9", or 7x10". The tweeter can be set to Small, Middle, Large, or None. The Subwoofer can be set to 6.5", 8", 10", 12", or 15"+. Select None if you have no Rear speaker or sub.
    • X'Over: The head unit features independent Front & Rear high-pass crossovers, as well as a subwoofer low-pass crossover. The Front & Rear high-pass crossovers and Subwoofer low-pass crossover can be set to 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100, 120, 150, 180, 220, or 250 Hz; slope of -6, -12, -18, or -24 dB per octave (or select Full-Range).
    • Sub Control: You can adjust the subwoofer output's Phase (0° or 180°) and Level (-50to +10dB).
    Note: You can also choose to bypass the head unit's DSP feature.

    Equalizer: The DNX691HD offers 10 preset EQs for easy adjustment and a 13-band parametric EQ for fine-tuning. You can select from Flat, Natural, Rock, Pops, Easy, Top 40, Jazz, Powerful, iPod (you can select from 22 EQ curve types within your iPod), or User (customized 13-band EQ). The 13-band equalizer consists of 62.5Hz, 120Hz, 160Hz, 250Hz, 400Hz, 630Hz, 1kHz, 1.6kHz, 2.5kHz, 4kHz, 6.3khz, 10kHz, & 16kHz which can be adjusted from -9 to +9dB.

    Note: Separate EQ settings and EQ presets are stored for each source (Disc, Tuner, USB, iPod, Bluetooth, and Pandora/iHeart Radio).

    Music Enhancers: You can restore the sound lost due to audio compression to a realistic sound.

    • Realizer: When MP3, WMA, or AAC files encoded at a low bit rate (less than 96 kbps, 44.1k, 48kHz) are played, the Realizer feature boosts low frequencies which can be lost during compression. Set to Level 1, Level 1, Level 3, or Off.
    • Supreme: When MP3, WMA, or AAC files encoded at a low bit rate (less than 96 kbps, 44.1k, 48kHz) are played, the Supreme Setting function restores their high frequencies so the sound quality is closer to files encoded at a high bit rate. The processing is optimized for the compression format and the bit rate used. When the Supreme Setting is Off, the unit plays the original sound stored in the audio file.

    Sound Effects: The DNX691HD provides unique sound effect adjustments.

    • Space Enhancer: You can set the Space Enhancer to Small, Large, or Off. Each setting value indicates the soundscape level.
    • Elevation: You can virtually raise the sound position heard from your speakers. The Elevation Level can be set to High, Low, or Off.

    Bass Management: The DNX691HD offers Bass Boost, Bass DC Extension, and Loudness.

    • Bass Boost: The DNX691HD features a four-step Bass Boost (Off/1/2/3) to enhance your music's lower frequencies.
    • Bass DC Extension: When turned on, frequencies lower than 6.25 Hz are set the same gain level as the unit's 7-Band EQ 62.5 Hz gain setting.
    • Loudness: This function enhances low and high frequencies to make the sound clearer lower volumes.

    Volume Level Adjustment: The navigation receiver offers several volume level adjustment to tailor the audio output of your sources.

    • 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.
    • Drive EQ: Drive EQ setting automatically optimizes the sound quality to meet the current vehicle speed by GPS to compensate for road noise.
    • 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 navigation head unit provides an audible beep to confirm button operation. This function can be turned On or Off.

    AV Connection

    Dual A/V Inputs: The Kenwood DNX571HD navigation receiver is fitted with two rear-panel 3.5mm audio/video inputs. The AV2 input also serves as the A/V input for your USB-connected iPod (using proprietary Kenwood cable). The optional Kenwood AV cable (113CAC3AV, sold separately) provides composite video/stereo RCA audio inputs. You can label each AV Input.

    HDMI/MHL Input: The In addition to Apps mode for iPhone and Android, the head unit's HDMI/MHL input can be used to connect almost any external mobile AV source with an HDMI output; such as a TV tuner, Blu-ray player, or game system. The HDMI input will provide video and audio playback. Your vehicle's parking brake will need to be engaged to view video on the receiver's screen. Playback functions will need to be controlled from your HDMI-connected device.

    A/V Output (with Dual Zone): The unit features a composite video jack and 3.5mm audio jack to output A/V signals to an optional monitor and headphone system; you can also route the audio of the the dual zone source to the head unit's rear speakers. The unit's A/V output can be set to Disc, AV-1, USB, iPod, or Off. You can adjust the volume of the 2nd Zone independently from 0 to 35. You can select between a 16:9, 4:3 LB, or 4:3 PS Aspect Ratio for the unit's video output to match your connected monitor.

    Note: Different sources from iPod/iPhone cannot be set as front and rear sources independently. Only one iPod/iPhone source can be set as front and rear sources. Apps mode and the HDMI/MHL input are not available to the second zone.

    Camera Input: The unit features a composite video input for connecting an optional rear view camera, such as the Kenwood CMOS-220 (113CMOS220, sold separately). The video from this connection can be set to display when switched to this input, or display the rear view camera video automatically when the vehicle is shifted into Reverse gear. The purple/white wire (within 4-pin harness) must be connected to the vehicle's reverse lamp circuit for automatic video switching. Automatic video switching takes approximately 1.0 seconds.

    Note: By connecting the Kenwood CMOS-320 Universal Multi-View Camera (113CMOS320, sold separately) to the DNX691HD, you gain the capability of turning parking guidelines on/off, as well as cycle through five different multi-views right from the touchscreen. You can also toggle between front & rear cameras when using two CMOS-320 simultaneously (second camera must be connected to the head unit's rear-panel AV-1 input.

    OEM/Remote Control

    OEM Integration: This Kenwood navigation head unit is compatible with the iDatalink Maestro RR (794ADSMRR, sold separately); a web programmable module that will permit the aftermarket Kenwood head unit to work with select Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury vehicles that feature the factory SYNC system; as well as select GM vehicles with factory OnStar; select Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep vehicles with U-Connect, and select Volkswagens with factory digital amplifier. The iDatalink Maestro RR lets Ford/Lincoln/Mercury, GM. VW, and Dodge/Chrysler owners swap out their factory radio for this aftermarket Kenwood head unit; while retaining the Ford Sync system, GM OnStar system, Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep U-Connect system, steering wheel controls, Bluetooth, USB interface, Satellite Radio, and 911 assist. You also get to keep the hands-free mic that comes with the car (which is specially tuned to that particular vehicle). In some installations, the iDatalink Maestero RR lets you configure the head unit to operate interior climate controls and provides extra visual data; such as User Selectable Gauges, Vehicle Info (Tire Pressure/Battery Voltage/Check Engine Codes/Door Ajar Warning), and Visual Park Assist.

    • Ford/Lincoln/Mercury: When installed in a compatible Ford/Lincoln/Mercury vehicle, the iDatalink Maestro RR requires the use of the iDatalink Maestro ADS-HRN(SR-FOR01 installation harness (sold separately) and must also be connected to your Windows PC so it can be flashed with the  SR-FOR01-DS2 firmware update.
    • GM: When installed in a compatible GM vehicle, the iDatalink Maestro RR requires the use of the iDatalink Maestro HRN-RR-GM5 installation harness (sold separately) and must also be connected to your Windows PC so it can be flashed with the SR-GMS05-DS firmware update.
    • Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep: When installed in a compatible Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep vehicle, the iDatalink Maestro RR requires the use of the iDatalink Maestro ADS-HRN(SR)-CHR01 or HRN-RR-CH2 installation harness (sold separately) and must also be connected to your Windows PC and flashed so it can be flashed with the SR-CHR01-DS firmware update.
    • Volkswagen: When installed in a compatible Volkswagen vehicle, the iDatalink Maestro RR requires the use of the iDatalink Maestro HRN-RR-VW1 installation harness (sold separately). The module must also be connected to your Windows PC and flashed with one of these firmware updates from the iDatalink website - ADS-RR(SR)-VWS01-DS firmware
    Note: The Kenwood head unit features an OEM Setup menu that must be configured with your compatible vehicle's factory system before initial operation.

    Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The head unit features an OEM steering wheel remote control input wire (blue/yellow) within the included wiring harness that lets you keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with an optional steering wheel audio control adapter (sold separately). Please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.

    Remote Control: The included IR remote control (KNA-RCDV331) is designed for wireless operation of this Kenwood navigation receiver. The wireless remote controller operates off of two supplied "AAA" batteries. The remote operates off of IR transmission, so the KNA-RCDV331 must be pointed at the front-panel of the Kenwood head unit within direct line of sight. The remote operates Audio, Video, Navigation, and Bluetooth functions.

     
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    5 out of 5

    Nice stereo for the price

    Written By Lockman, Bozeman MT on Thursday, September 25, 2014
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    This stereo is perfect for us. It gives us blue tooth to answer the phone. Several FM stations to tune in. And the back up camera that allows us to navigate on to the hitch. Like the Garmin for finding our way in the back roads.
    Pros:
    Easy to use...Nice graphics.
    Cons:
    None found yet.
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    5 out of 5

    Coolest Car Electronics I ever owned

    Written By BFUNK, Lanham, MD on Thursday, September 25, 2014
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    Have a cool car that had no nav and below average audio. This unity does everything. Nav, Bluetooth, Iphone compatibility, DVD, Sirus XM, Pandora, HD radio. You name it it does it. Highly recommended.
    Pros:
    Great unit and great price!
    Cons:
    none at this time!
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood DNX691HD Outstanding

    Written By Wayne, Oregon on Thursday, September 04, 2014
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    This is a fantastic unit! I couldn't be happier with it. About three months ago I bought a Blaupunkt nav unit , I didn't like it as much as I thought I would and was ready to send it back but it was stolen out of the car first. I had already decided to spend more money and get the Kenwood unit with the Garman GPS system, HD radio and SiriusXM. What a fantastic package! Installation was a snap but I needed to watch a couple of on line demonstrations on how to mount the SiriusXM antenna outside the car and route the cable inside in a professional manner and the same with the Bluetooth microphone. Installation now looks great. Performance of the unit is better than I expected in sound quality and that's with the standard OEM speakers.
    Pros:
    Ease of installation. Sound quality. Garman GPS unit is typical Garman first class. Bluetooth is flawless.
    Cons:
    Direct sunlight on the screen makes it hard to see as it would on any unit.
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    very Happy

    Written By tower, Wisconsin on Sunday, August 24, 2014
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    Havent tried any others but had the original kenwood/garmin in tow truck for 6 years and it has never failed me. This new one for the pick up is just as nice. I like the older garmin way of doing things better than the new but it is what it is still works perfect and very easy to use.
    Pros:
    easy to use good graphics very good
    Cons:
    Garmin changed navigation to make it worse, still not that bad
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    KWood DNX691HD - Very Good; near Great

    Written By Bamawarner, Birmingham, AL on Friday, August 22, 2014
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    Just installed the DNX691HD in my WK Grand Cherokee. The quality is absolutely top notch as are all the features, which I am still getting familiar with. The reason I gave it four stars instead of five is that for some features it is not intuitive at all. For example, I have been having the hardest time downloading background pictures from my thumb drive into the unit's hard drive. Also, I can't figure out how to get miles-to-go data on the main screen of the Garmin GPS. Other than that, it is really top notch. The sound is fantastic and the EQ gives full flexibility. The Garmin is an excellent GPS despite the above. The Sirius works great and I really love the Bluetooth functionality with my Android phone.
    Pros:
    Features, quality, sound, functionality.
    Cons:
    Could be more intuitive to use with some features and the manual leaves a bit to be desired.
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Fantastic Radio!!!!

    Written By GaryH, Norwood, PA. on Thursday, August 14, 2014
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    This radio is GREAT!!! I love it. I was expecting it to be really rough to install. It turned out to be way easier than I expected. I own an auto body shop so I know cars. I am very pleased with this unit. Highly recommend to anyone who wants this type of system.
    Pros:
    It has so many options, things that can be added. I didn't even know half the things this unit could do. I was blown away. Better than I expected.
    Cons:
    In my car with the angle of the unit in the dash and the bright sunlight it some times makes it harder to see the screen.. but not bad, very minor. Really not an issue but I had to come up with a con.
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Awesome radio!

    Written By Nic, Princeton, WV on Monday, August 11, 2014
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    I have had my Jeep Patriot for over two years now and have had to deal with the OEM radio. Once I installed this radio the first thing I realized is that I am able to pick up more stations than before. The second thing that I noticed is that the touch screen is easy to use especially while driving. I attached a Clarion camera and Sirius tuner. It couldn't have been any easier! All features work as described and everything is easily customized! The handsfree phone features work great which I like as this state requires it. I haven't had a chance to use the NAV on a trip yet, but I am familiar with Garmin. All of their products are above all the competitors!
    Pros:
    Ease of installation, customization, and audio controls
    Cons:
    Depending on your vehicle and what all you add there can be a lot of wires/cables that need to be hid in the dash, but this will be true of any double din system with all these features.
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    3 out of 5

    All the features in one unit

    Written By RP, Daphne, AL on Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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    Includes all the features I wanted in one nice looking unit. Love the built in Garmin, and the choice between split screen or full screen is a nice touch. This unit will play any source I want, and has all the extras I needed like the NAV, bluetooth for hands free phone, and backup camera input. The only serious complaint I have is the boot time. I have never seen a unit so slow to boot up. This is really irritating when you want the backup camera. It also seems exremely slow to zoom on the Nav, or respond to commands from the Nav screen. It would get 5 stars if not for the boot time.
    Pros:
    Tons of features
    Cons:
    Way too slow to boot
    3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    1 out of 5

    Terrible System

    Written By Tamar, Ohio on Sunday, July 13, 2014
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    One of the worst series of radios I've ever attempted to install. In their infinite wisdom you must program the module to work with your particular vehicle. Instead of adding the particular module, you must program from their website. Unfortunately the web site is poorly designed and was frequently down. They could have at least allowed you to download the software and program it from your system. I was so frustrated I returned everything for a refund. Crutchfield is a very accommodating company, to bad the radio and modules where impossible to work with.
    Pros:
    Crutchfield's return policy.
    Cons:
    Software site makes the system useless.
    2 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    2 out of 5

    So So

    Written By Ken, Dallas / Fort Worth on Saturday, July 12, 2014
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    I agree with most of reviews you read here on the audio and feature set except... I installed this in my '13 Scion xB, no issues there, looks great. Sound is terrific. Mine came with V1.2 firmware. Everything worked with V1.2 except that the Smartphone Link was slow to connect...like 10 minutes usually with my Note II. Now the problem: I upgraded to V1.3 about a week ago. The green Nav bar that is always present now does not display nav info. But the big issue is that Garmin Smartphone link does not work anymore. I have tried it with my Note II and iPhone 4s. This is a big problem since I was using it for traffic updates along with live cams and weather subscriptions via garmin. If you pay the one time fee to get lifetime traffic, the updates are seriously slow. Garmin states 5 min minimum. That is just horrible, trust me. I live in Fort Worth and drive for a living, it is not useful in anyway. Garmin states that with the smartphone link traffic subscription, the updates are supposed to be every 2 minutes. This was better but not that great....though better then the paid version. I now have no traffic which was a must when I spent this much for this unit. I have called Garmin and they don't have a answer. Kenwood just blames Garmin though when I point out that it was working before firmware upgrade, they don't have a answer. The most common thing I hear is that Garmin needs to update their app, which hasn't been updated in 5 months. Be warned!
    Pros:
    Great head unit for the most part, very good audio.
    Cons:
    No usable traffic Issues with V1.3 Side Viewing is not that great, which sucks considering this is where people in a car are viewing the screen...come on JVC/Kenwood.
    2 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    kenwood DNX691HD

    Written By John, Framingham, MA on Wednesday, July 09, 2014
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    Sound quality is awesome, cd, dvd works freat no problems, hands fre3e works good, back camera great
    Pros:
    gps is awesome,
    Cons:
    screen isn't bright enough for day light driving,
    3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Great Head Unit

    Written By james, Annapolis, MD on Sunday, July 06, 2014
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    Very pleased with this product The unit was easy to install in my 2007 Mazda3. There is a noticeable improvement in sound quality from the factory radio. The interface is user friendly and intuitive. I have taken full advantage of the Bluetooth capability. I did have to restart the car a couple times while initially syncing the Bluetooth to get the system to reset but once it synced up I have had no issues.
    Pros:
    Great audio and easy user interface.
    Cons:
    Slightly slow touch screen at times when shifting between screens and I had slight initial difficult syncing up Bluetooth to my iPhone.
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    3 out of 5

    still have to make wiring

    Written By B. Auto, spring valley NY on Sunday, June 22, 2014
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    this item does the job but you still have to wire wire to wire until the system is functioning
    1 out of 5 people found this helpful
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    3 out of 5

    Nice But Has Issues

    Written By 762x51, Greensboro, NC on Monday, June 16, 2014
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    This is a nice radio/nav unit but the menus are confusing and a real distraction when driving. The touch screen is unpredictable and may or may not respond to a command at first touch.
    Pros:
    Nice size Good audio HD radio is very nice
    Cons:
    Confusing menus Poor touch screen performance
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Love it

    Written By Anonymous, Woodstock, GA on Monday, June 16, 2014
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    Love this unit. GPS is accurate and install was a breeze.
    Pros:
    GPS and all the features. I like that you can select your vehicle type.
    Cons:
    None at this time.
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood 691

    Written By GJB, Mcallen TX on Monday, June 09, 2014
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    Well. This head unit was for my RV. I can say it is a perfect fit. Extremely versatile. Bluetooth connection works great. Significant input/outputs to configure with my 2002 analogue gizmos in my RV.

    I like this one better than the 891 since it has a knob not all touch screen. Also I play and use the DVD option without raising the screen

    Did great with my older back up camera as well

    Great job Kenwood!
    Pros:
    Interface
    Cons:
    One rear video input. Smaller screen
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    4 out of 5

    Very nice head unit, but not perfect

    Written By Paul, New Hampshire on Thursday, April 17, 2014
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    This is a really nice head unit with so many setup options that you will be playing with it for years. The GPS navigation works very well, even with the antenna stuck to the top of the unit itself. Don't waste your time routing that antenna wire to the dash or outside the car, the signal goes through the dash without issue. The display looks good in the day or night, but if the sun is coming through the back window, like it does in the morning or at sunset, it can get washed out and hard to see. The touch display is reasonably responsive but not perfect, and if you're driving, don't try and do too much, even selecting a song takes your eye off the road for too long because the song list moves around while you are trying to make your selection. Sound quality is top notch. The ability to use a high pass crossover for the internal amp gives it so much headroom that I don't need an external amp, but I am running a powered sub for the lows. The system plays quite loud and I'm very pleased with the overall sound quality. You have an almost endless array of sound shaping tools at your disposal: equalizer, time alignment, crossover and DSP modes. If your primary goal is sound, you should be able to adjust the settings on this unit so it sounds awesome in just about any car out there. The bad? Startup time is very slow. Can't do anything with it for at least 20 seconds after engine start and GPS takes even longer than that. Just warm up the car, relax, plan your day, and wait.
    Pros:
    Flexibility, great GPS, awesome sound quality, and a real volume knob which is handy. Despite the user interface issues, this is still a great unit, and you'll get used to it's quirks. Bluetooth works fine with my Samsung Galaxy SIII, phone and music streaming is perfect.
    Cons:
    Slow startup time. Difficult if not dangerous to change songs or USB folders while driving because the display moves around while you're trying to make selections. No gapless playback of flac files, there's always a second or so gap between tracks, even if they're meant to play together.
    12 out of 12 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood 691 hd

    Written By William, Philadelphia Pa on Sunday, April 13, 2014
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    Great unit, I install it in my 2011 maxima and it works great with the factory Bose amp and speakers The sound is awesome !!!
    Pros:
    Easy to install and set up
    Cons:
    The remote takes some time to get use to but other than that no complaints
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    5 out of 5

    Great Head Unit

    Written By Craig, Gilbertsville, Pa on Saturday, March 22, 2014
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    What a great all around Head Unit. I installed this in a 2011 F150 using the Maestro Unit and vehicle specific harness. This is the first setup I have had that makes Sync fully work with a HU and the HU work with the vehicle. The Vehicle Diagnostics are really nice, giving access to info that you never even knew existed.

    I do not have experience with last years model but I've heard many say about how it was slow, that is not the case with this new model and touch response is quick. This unit is packed with features that you can read on the specifications tab here but if there was anything I've ever wanted to do with a HU, this one can do it and it uses Garmin Navigation, can't beat that.

    My main reason for buying this unit though was the sound control. Being able to specify your speakers and vehicle type and then controlling the xover and slope gives the ultimate in control and time alignment too. A 13 band equalizer helps to polish it off and there are a ton of other audio enhancements you can play with to your ears content. This is truly the best HU and sounding system I have ever owned and would highly recommend it for anyone looking for navigation and audio control for a SQ build.
    Pros:
    Responsive Interface Maestro Data Interface Advanced Audio Control Garmin Navigation
    Cons:
    None at this time
    20 out of 21 people found this helpful
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    What is the depth of this radio? I am trying to shoehorn this into a '34 Ford and space is at a premium. Also I don't just want the size of the housing. I need tie depth required, from the front bezel to accommodate the radio as well as the plug in cables, data card and all the gadgets that plug into or hang out of the back of the unit. [ Les  Sep 17, 2014 ]
    2 answers
    • Thanks, That is better than I though it would be. I need t make some more measurements. [ Les   Sep 18, 2014 ]
    • The depth required for mounting, including allowing for depth for connections, would be 7.0625". [ Jeff Staff  Sep 18, 2014 ]
    Your tool to see if this fits in my car says it won't, but my car is double din, so I'm not sure if this is a mistake or not. The factory radio is double din. I have a 2007 mercury grand marquis. Why wouldn't this fit? [ Bryan  Jul 15, 2014 ]
    1 answer
    • We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question. [ Greg Staff  Jul 15, 2014 ]
    I have a usb hooked up to my Iphone 4s how do I get it to play my music stored on my phone? it comes up on the screen but I cant get the sound. Steve [ Steve  Jul 15, 2014 ]
    2 answers
    • One thing that happened to was bad cord I switched cords and it worked [ Robert   Jul 17, 2014 ]
    • We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question. [ Greg Staff  Jul 15, 2014 ]
    How do i update the maps from Garmin? Do i need a micro SD Card? Anyone have some step-by-step? One more question. The seatbelt chime is so loud it's annoying and the left/right turn signals now make no chime at all -2011 SuburbanLT - no chime volume option in the menu that Chev/GM users speak about. [ Tim S  Jul 13, 2014 ]
    1 answer
    • This device does not come with the lifetime maps upgrades from Garmin. So in order to update the maps, you have to either purchase a subscription from Garmin for that device, or purchase a particular map update. You can download the map to a USB jump drive and then there is a port on the back to connect it. I've heard others mention you can put the update on a DVD, but I don't have any experience with that. Good Luck! [ MARK W   Jul 16, 2014 ]
    Im seeing that the aux input and some others are on the rear of the unit. Im just wondering if that somehow is easily accessible or if I'm supposed to run wires from the rear of the unit that just hang in my car all the time. I mean normally the 3.5 mm is on the front or am I missing something here? [ Barry  Jul 13, 2014 ]
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    • I ran a cable from my glove box for the USB, RCA, HDMI, and 3.5mm jacks. I keep a USB device with thousands of songs and movies connected pretty much all the time. The AV-out I ran to an overhead display in the center just behind the first row seating. I don't think they ever intended for those jacks to be accessible easily without running a pigtail to another location. [ MARK W   Jul 16, 2014 ]
    • You will have to run an extension wire from the rear. The older kenwood units have the front aux input. I do not understand why Kenwood decided to do away with such a convienient option!! [ Anthony   Jul 14, 2014 ]
    • They are in back. I ran both USB and aux cables to my glovebox and added a remote port http://www.crutchfield.com/p_068USBPORT/RetroSound-USB-PORT.html to keep the install clean, but you could just run the cables to your glovebox or console. With the Bluetooth and Pandora integration in this unit, I rarely bother to hook up my phone via cables anymore, anyway. [ Todd   Jul 14, 2014 ]
    • No, unfortunately, you are not missing anything. I have a 2009 Mustang that has a AUX input in the center console box. My installer was able to connect the unit to that. Other wired features of this Kenwood are also wired to the back of the unit and end in that center console box. It is not ideal, but they are all hidden unless in use. [ JOSEPH   Jul 14, 2014 ]
    • Barry, All of the inputs are located in the back of the unit. You nailed it when you said to plug in the wires/cables and route them to someplace in your car. For example I am using the USB and basically I ran the USB cable into my glove box and either plug my iPod or usb stick directly into that. I really don't use the AUX. On a side note I have owned many different head units over the years. This is by far one of the best. I went Kenwood b/c of the built in Garmin. I just find the interface to be sleek and fast. [ MICHAEL   Jul 14, 2014 ]
    • That is correct, all the outputs and inputs or in the back of the unit. What I did was i ran the USB cable and aux input wire into the glove box. And when I need it I just pull it out and when I'm done I just stash it back. [ CORY   Jul 13, 2014 ]
    • The aux and hdmi are on the back of the unit. There is also a usb that is run from the back of the unit . It is a 2.5 ft cable (factory installed). I added the hdmi to the unit. I ran both cables to a compartment in the console. Not a problem because you have to pull it apart for the installation anyway. Chances are you will Bluetooth your music anyway, but if not you will probably use the usb. So either way you're ok. [ Preston   Jul 13, 2014 ]
    Can a back-up camera be hooked up to this unit? [ J  Jun 28, 2014 ]
    8 answers
    • Yes sir.. [ JOSEPH   Jun 30, 2014 ]
    • Yes, I used a Kenwood back-up camera that also worked with my 2008 model. [ Joseph   Jun 29, 2014 ]
    • Yes. My camera I had installed on my car previously did not work because it was wireless, I had to buy a new camera to get it to work (luckily it was only $10). Just check the back of the stereo to see what kind of plug is used for the camera, and make sure you buy a camera that fit the same plugs as the back of the stereo. [ Shawyon   Jun 29, 2014 ]
    • Yes, a backup camera can be installed with this unit. From all that I've read it sounds like it's pretty universal, and there is a separate wiring harness for the camera that plugs into the unit. I have not researched which ones are supported, however I will most likely be looking at the 2 Kenwood cameras available via Crutchfield in the near future to upgrade my system when I upgrade an amplifier and Kicker subs to my truck. [ Aaron   Jun 29, 2014 ]
    • I have a backup camera attached. There is an rca input for backup cam when you put car in reverse. I actually wired a grounding switch to activate backup camera whenever I want instead of wiring to reverse trigger. [ KEVIN   Jun 29, 2014 ]
    • Yes you can hook up a backup camera. [ ROBERT   Jun 28, 2014 ]
    • yes there is a spot for one, im going to buy one Monday myself. great unit, I love it. rich [ RICHARD   Jun 28, 2014 ]
    • Yes [ ORIN   Jun 28, 2014 ]
    is there a way to do a hard reset to this unit? when i press the reset button it pretty much takes me to the same settings [ Sergio  Jun 07, 2014 ]
    4 answers
    • Sorry I can't answer your question, never had to reset my unit it works great!! [ Anthony   Jun 10, 2014 ]
    • I'm really not sure, I will look into it for you. Cory [ CORY   Jun 08, 2014 ]
    • yea, it's called pulling the accessory fuse or battery cable.... [ THOMAS   Jun 08, 2014 ]
    • I know there's a factory reset in the settings and disconnecting the battery would do something similar but short of that id say contact Kenwood. [ Theodore   Jun 08, 2014 ]
    What is the difference between this and the DNX690HD? [ Rob  Apr 24, 2014 ]
    1 answer
    • Thanks for your question. For information on comparing two or more models I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget. [ Greg Staff  Apr 24, 2014 ]
    Is it possible to turn off the screen, but still have the unit working? (i.e., music playing, navigation intact) Thanks! [ John  Apr 10, 2014 ]
    1 answer
    • No it's not, but that would be a nice feature [ WILLIAM   Apr 11, 2014 ]
    Has Kenwood upgrade the software to allow brightness adjustments? We bought last year's model and adjusting the day/night brightness adjustment is not available. thanks. [ CHRIS  Apr 02, 2014 ]
    2 answers
    • Hey Chris, well i had the same problem. Not knowing a bunch about the settings but when i installed it i noticed there was a wire to connect for dimmer, but i guess its a dummy wire because it wasnt dimming when i turned on the lights.. Then i couldnt find a setting to adjust the brightness. So this was upsetting. So i looked online and found that there is a setting, On the bottom left hand coner of the screen is the menu tab. If you press and hold for a couple of seconds it will open another menu with settings to adjust the brightness and also a couple of other options. But still havent found how to get it to auto adjust. I just been manualy adjusting for night operations. If i come across anything else i will respond back. [ CORY   Apr 09, 2014 ]
    • Yes they have. If you hold the menu button for a couple of settings you will get to a screen where you can adjust brightness, both day and night are independently adjustable. [ CRAIG   Apr 02, 2014 ]
    Can you hook up an existing factory installed reverse camera to this unit? [ ben123456  Mar 17, 2014 ]
    1 answer
    • You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility with your factory system. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you. [ Krissy Staff  Mar 17, 2014 ]
    Does it have lifetime map updates? Live traffic? Avoid traffic tie-ups with HD Digital Traffic (subscription-free live traffic updates over the HD Radio system).? does it have Bird's Eye and photoRealT junction views? See landmarks and terrain in 3-D.? See what's coming with Enhanced Exit Services? [ DanZeo  Mar 09, 2014 ]
    2 answers
    • How do you sign up for the traffic subscription, especially if you don't gave a smartphone? [ ScottP   Mar 17, 2014 ]
    • I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: Does it have lifetime map updates? No, updates are not free and can be purchased from www.garmin.com/kenwood Live traffic? It does have live traffic for a one time $60 subscription fee. Avoid traffic tie-ups with HD Digital Traffic (subscription-free live traffic updates over the HD Radio system). No free traffic on this model, just the above one time subscription does it have Bird's Eye and photoRealT junction views? no See landmarks and terrain in 3-D.? Yes See what's coming with Enhanced Exit Services? The Exit Services function lets you search roadway exits for food, lodging, and rest areas so you are never left guessing what is around the bend. You must be on a major highway or road to use this feature. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy Staff  Mar 11, 2014 ]

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