Kenwood Excelon DNX891HD

Navigation receiver

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A multimedia powerhouse

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 DNX891HD navigation receiver adds a 2-year warranty, a pair of USB inputs, two camera inputs, a 13-band EQ, and 5-volt preamp outputs to this long list of features.
Kenwood Excelon DNX891HD navigation receiver

A large display to complement its big-time performance

The DNX891HD's 6.95" display is bold and beautiful — perfect for checking out its maps of the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico. You'll also have 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 brain trust 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 DNX891HD navigation receiver

Tap into 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 DNX891HD 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 DNX891HD 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 DNX891HD 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.

Take the Garmin Smartphone Link app for a spin

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 DNX891HD'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).

Easy-to-use Bluetooth® connectivity

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 DNX891HD 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 DNX891HD 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.

Get more from your media

This receiver will play all your CDs and DVDs, including discs loaded with music files — including lossless FLAC files — while two A/V inputs offer connections for more audio/video sources. Dual rear USB ports let you source tunes from both your iPod and thumb drive without the hassle of switching them out.

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.

Keep your audio audible

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 up two cameras, so you can see more of what's around 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 DNX891HD 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.

Product Highlights:

    General Features:
    • DVD/CD player with 6.95" touchscreen and AM/FM tuner
    • fits double-DIN (4" tall) dash openings
    • built-in amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • built-in 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
    • 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 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
    • compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
    • inputs: HDMI input, two rear USB inputs, two rear A/V inputs, two camera inputs (front, rear)
    • 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

    Why install a car stereo with built-in GPS?

    Imagine taking a trip as your car's receiver gives you directions, finds the best restaurant for dinner, and plays movies for your back seat denizens. Navigation receivers cover all the bases, with GPS guidance, DVD playback, and a host of other useful features. You can search through millions of points of interest to locate gas stations, restaurants, museums, and other interesting spots, wherever you are. Most receivers offer Bluetooth capability for hands-free calling, along with the ability to search through your iPod playlists with touchscreen controls.

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    Written By jimc, Guam on Wednesday, May 06, 2015

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    I thought I'd better get this in since the DNX891HD is apparently discontinued.

    I wanted to replace the factory unit in my 2012 Forester primarily to add a screen for a backup camera. I also wanted the navigation. Crutchfield's description gave the information that the unit included maps for the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico but I live in Guam. There's a guy here that has done Garmin maps for Guam and other islands in the area (Marianas GPS). I asked Crutchfield if I could add maps of other places. The person I corresponded with didn't know and put me in touch with customer service people at Kenwood and Garmin. From them I got a cascade of disclaimers. For all my questions all I got was that Kenwood and Garmin did not support adding maps of other places to units sold in the U.S. I bought the unit anyway and got the maps from Marianas GPS. We put in the SD card and the maps popped up immediately without a problem.

    Unfortunately this was one of the few successful experiences I've had with this thing. I've had it a year and now the sound is briefly cutting out, giving the message "call interrupt", frequently enough that it is becoming unlistenable. It does it even when the iPhone is off. This has happened before but it cleared up after a while. If it doesn't clear up soon I'm going to have to replace the unit. For a unit this expensive, including installation, this is disappointing.

    Pros: Maps from other places can be added.

    Cons: Unit is failing after a year Display washes out in daylight glare. Bluetooth interface limits the units functionality.

    Happy with DNX891HD

    Written By Tim K, Indiana on Monday, April 20, 2015

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    I installed this unit in my 2008 Ford Superduty as an upgrade to the factory unit so I could add a backup camera and Bluetooth. I am not a novice when it comes to upgrading car audio components so I didn't think there was anything difficult about this installation. It did however, take the better part of a day since this was combined with a Maestro RR unit to retain many of the factory features such as the steering wheel controls and satellite radio. The instructions included with this product (and the others I purchased) was very good. After two weeks of use I am very pleased with the unit and it operates a advertised.

    Pros: Features, ease of use, ease of installation.

    Cons: I did not purchase a Kenwwod camera for use as my backup cam. If you use a 3rd party camera, the camera control options are limited. Knowing this up front would not have changed my decision about which camera to install, but it would have been nice to know prior firing up the unit.

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    Written By Rich D., Arizona on Tuesday, April 14, 2015

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    Over all a good product. Does have some shortcomings: CD volume is rather weak (and in general amplifier volume) compared to FM/HD Radio volume. Some features are not very user friendly for instance if you are listening to the radio and want to switch to CD or another source you always have to go back to the main menu screen to choose. The screen is not very antiglare and depending on the time of day, it is difficult to see. If you want to change the angle of the screen to compensate for the glare, you have to go into the setup menu mode to get to that setting. The unit does not pair easily or not at all with many android phones for the hands free feature(per Kenwood's online list). The graphic equalizer feature is nice, but would also like to just be able to adjust the "bass & treble" without messing with 15 different slide buttons while driving. One other drawback is the time of day display is so small (in upper right hand corner) that you have to squint to try and read it. Would like to see more customization of the screen display for each device. Overall though this is a nice unit.

    Pros: handles and controls many devices (AM/FM/HD Radio,CD/DVD, Bluetooth, Navigation, external devices such as 2 cameras for back-up and front parking)

    Cons: sometimes cumbersome to navigate through the settings

    lots of features

    Written By Anonymous, rocky mount,nc on Tuesday, March 03, 2015

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    Very good unit , unit can do more if purchased with the idatalink maestro. great addition to my challenger.

    Pros: Lots of features, take time to learn it,

    Cons: None

    Kenwood Excelon DNX891hd

    Written By Los17, Michigan on Tuesday, February 17, 2015

    This is one of the most confusing systems on the market! Plus you can't get information, nobody knows how to operate is thing

    Pros: It's a great system just too many in & outs

    Cons: Nobody knows how to operate this thing

    Great Product

    Written By Jack, Florida on Friday, January 30, 2015

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    The DNX891HD I installed in my Mustang along with the iDatalink kit works great and improved the sound 100% from my Focal front speakers. The radio is a little slow but nothing that I can't live with everyday. All in all it's a great product from a great brand.

    Pros: Great integration with iPhone Very user friendly Great adjustability (EQ)

    Cons: None!

    easy to use and to customize

    Written By Anonymous, Arrington, TN on Thursday, January 22, 2015

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    I bought this for my wife's 2015 Jeep Unlimited. Wish it had a way to mount the usb and phone plugs. Slow to start up but works great once it is up. I like the split screen option allowing the GPS and radio to be shown at the same time. East to hook up front and rear cameras. Easy to install. Bright display and multi position screen for optimal viewing angle. Little hard to see when in direct sunlight.

    Locks up

    Written By Dan, Albuquerque, NM on Wednesday, January 14, 2015

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    I bought this to replace a 6190HD that kept locking up and resetting. Within a month, this one is doing the same thing, only worse. Sometimes after starting the car, the unit is non-operative. Even after running for a while it occasionally locks up while turning the display into a vertical stripey laser show, and when it locks up, it cannot be restarted for 10 minutes or more even if the reset button is pressed.

    Whether it manages to recover on its own or the reset button is pressed, all of the menu interface customizations will be lost. Fortunately, most of the audio settings can be saved into permanent memory so that the reset will keep them.

    When it works, it does have a few foibles to watch out for. It cannot play iPod video on iPods that use the lightning connector, at least not from iPod mode. That tab is still greyed out. With the lightning-HDMI connector, you can configure it to use the iPod for app mode, and from there put the iPod on screen and navigate around as if using the iPod itself, and play videos that way. But this leads to another difficulty: You cannot use this setup in conjunction with an Android phone for Pandora. To switch modes, it is necessary to re-configure the app connections, so not very practical.

    Another reviewer claimed that the volume button cannot be held down to adjust the volume. I found that claim to be false, though maybe that's because they fixed it in a later firmware.

    Pros: Good sound, interesting sound processing capabilities, such as allowing you to tell it where the speakers are located, add various levels of reverb to simulate larger spaces, enhance digital music, etc.

    Cons: Bad screen glare, clunky menus, some configurations are not well supported, and of course I have to reset mine often.

    Kenwood DNX891HD head unit - initial impressions

    Written By Atn, Northeast TN on Monday, January 12, 2015

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    First impressions - after owning the Kenwood DNX619HD, the upgrades available in the DNX891HD are a welcome addition to a product line that works great and produces awesome sound even worth Toyota OEM speakers. Easy to install with Crutchfield free install wiring and works great. Display is a little washed out in direct sunlight and I need to enable dimming at night as its too bright at night in the default setting but these are small issues and the sound and ease of use with the included remote and optional steering wheel control adapter make this unit truly easy to use.

    Pros: Sound quality, ease of use , ease of installation

    Cons: Washout in direct sunlight and dimming at night


    Written By RJ, Indiana on Sunday, January 11, 2015

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    I bought this unit as an upgrade and could not be more disappointed. The display looks fine when you look at straight on but from the driver's seat, which is the normal viewing position, the screen washes out. On a bright day the screen virtually disappears. If that is isn't bad enough, my previous unit included lifetime traffic. The DNX891HD requires and additional $60 fee. Thanks but no thanks. I'm sending this one back and reinstalling my old unit.

    Pros: Buyer Beware

    Cons: Not an upgrade at all. In fact, it appears to more of a cost reduction for Kenwood.

    Really Really Good

    Written By Charles, Washington on Saturday, January 03, 2015

    This thing is great. It does everything. Sound is fantastic. Touch screen is fast with very little lag time. Screen display is very quality and extremely vibrant. You can move the Icons around to suit your pleasure on the home screen. Just like your IPhone. Scrolling is touch easy. The Garmin Navigation is exactly what you would expect from Garmin. All the same features and controls you are familiar with on Garmin products. Only thing different is when it shows the posted speed limit on the road you are driving, and you are exceeding the posted speed limit, your speed indicator turns red. So a quick glance down and you see red you know you are going over the speed limit. It has a 7 (6.95) inch screen which seems huge. The radio controls are easy to navigate and not complicated. Large icons for the seeing impaired like myself. Bluetooth connection is easy and the sound is great. Has a 13 band equalizer. Has other audio sound controls we are all familiar with. The Bluetooth phone connection and sound coming in and going out is great. Called the wife several times and she could not tell if I was driving in my truck at 55 mph or sitting at a stop light. Absolutely flawless. My Dnx891HD sits rather low in my instrument panel and could be hard to see looking down at it but Kenwood thought about that and made it so it actually comes out slightly upon turning the unit on and will tilt up (6 different positions) for better viewing. Upon shutting the uni

    Pros: vibrant colors

    Cons: Wish it had knob volume contols

    It ROCKS, Just Freeking ROCKS!

    Written By Betty, California on Wednesday, December 24, 2014

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    This Stereo has everything I could have wanted and more. The sound quality is insane. And if your not happy you have an awesome equalizer that you can use to add or subtract bass or treble or midtones, the whole range of sound. Couldn't have asked for anything better. ")

    Pros: Sounds awesome. Backup camera is wonderful. Garmin is so easy to use.

    Cons: None that I can think of at all.

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    Written By zach, pineville, la on Monday, November 17, 2014

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    Awesome purchase, everything I wanted and more. Garmin gps works great. Great picture quality. Couldn't ask for any better. Definitely worth every penny

    First Touchscreen Purchased

    Written By MikeB, Indiana on Monday, November 03, 2014

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    This was my first touchscreen unit I've purchased. I can't compare to others, but this unit does everything I want. Much customization is possible. I've been on one 2600 mile trip so far with this unit and the Garmin navigation is top notch! I've only had the unit for 2 months so I hope for the price the product life is at least 7 plus years.

    Pros: 2 year warranty

    Cons: Needs more video outputs, at least one more.

    **Stay away -- Do not buy**

    Written By HenryP, Atlanta, GA on Wednesday, October 29, 2014

    I am so utterly disappointed and disgusted with Kenwood. I bought a DNX890HD in May 2013 from Crutchfield based largely on my research and reviews and it performed nicely for a few months and then the problems started that ultimately left the unit unusable. The end result was that Crutchfield allowed me to return it for a new DNX891HD. I wanted so badly to give Kenwood another try so I rolled the dice and bought the DNX891HD from them. Well, here we go again... When it works the 891 is a nice unit with an improved interface over the 890 and I really liked it. I only had it for 4 months and then it too started locking up. This time since I was out of Crutchfield's 60 day return policy it had to be sent off for repair and it has been over a month and parts are "still on back order." I have never written a negative review on a product before, and in my opinion for me to receive two defective radios is not a coincidence but an indication of defects and flaws which are unacceptable in units costing over $1000 each. *Please learn from my experience and avoid Kenwood products -- You have been warned*

    P.S. -- Crutchfield should be ashamed. I spent over $2000 with them for two defective radios and have gotten nothing but disappointment. Thanks for nothing...

    Crutchfield response on Thursday, March 26, 2015 We checked in with Henry to confirm everything got taken care of on this issue. Kenwood replaced the defective DNX891HD and it is still working great. After getting two bad stereos, Henry says he is still worried about the current one eventually failing, and frankly, who can blame him? However, we've been monitoring this model closely and it actually has a better-than-average performance, as far as problems, defects, and customer returns go. So we give it a solid "thumbs up" in terms of reliability.

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    Written By Dennis Brown, Bonney Lake, Wa on Tuesday, October 28, 2014

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    Works Great after down loading update from Kenwood site, Couldnt get to HD upper chanels.

    Pros: Great unit.

    Cons: None

    I love my Kenwood Excelon car stero!

    Written By Anonymous, hayward, ca on Wednesday, October 22, 2014

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    What an amazing difference a few more watts make! I recently purchased a new vehicle that included an alpine 7 speaker system along with the factory stereo. After having my new kenwood installed. ..the sound was incredibly improved! Every time I turn on my stereo and listen to music it feels as tho I have the entire band in my vehicle! WOW!

    Pros: All features including the setup was user friendly.

    Cons: Transfer of phone "contacts" list needs improvement, some contact numbers were transfered others had to be manually input.

    Outstanding Unit!

    Written By Philip, TN on Tuesday, October 21, 2014

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    Best unit I have ever owned. The Bluetooth works great.

    nothing is perfect, but come on...

    Written By I kicked your cat, Dallas Texas on Wednesday, October 15, 2014

    There are always going to be some issues with nearly anything you buy. I find too many things that are just unacceptable in this expensive head unit. All of the scrolling is not conducive to driving. Radio does not have a scan button to assist with "eyes on the the road" not on the head unit. There is no manual brightness setting for night time use. It does dim, but not nearly enough. So to be comfortable I have to scroll thru settings to find the pivot function. Not good while driving. Not easy to find while not driving. The previous model I bought broke twice and was just as infuriating as this one is. There are no knobs to adjust anything. In particularly the volume. When you want to adjust the volume you can not hold the key up or down, you must touch it repeatedly. Not cool while driving. For this to be a flagship model of a major cutting edge brand, who's sole purpose is to be in a moving vehicle, they've missed everything in the world about the "keep your eyes on the road and not on the radio". I know there's voice command, but it doesn't work very well in my truck. If I'm stopped and the engine is off, it works well enough. I'd write more but I'm outta room.

    Pros: It turns on and off properly

    Cons: Poor design thru and thru. Poorly thought out. Poorly executed. Not driver friendly. Not "keep your eyes on the road" friendly at all.


    Written By Anonymous, st peters, mo on Tuesday, October 07, 2014

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    I did quite a bit of research for purchased a in dash GPS. I found this one looked like it was going to be the best one for what I needed. I've had the head unit in the truck now for a two weeks and I have not had a single problem with it it is almost flawless. the Crutchfield technical support was outstanding and help me install my head unit and my steering wheel controls.

    Pros: just about everything

    Cons: the only thing I can think of being wrong with it is if you have a any of the samsung galaxy phone's it can be a little hard to using apps on your phone with the mirror link since you have to get a 5 to 11 pin adapter.

    Dnx fair at best...

    Written By Brznav, 82601 on Monday, October 06, 2014

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    Two stars only for the sound quality. The DNX891hd should be labeled as what it is.. An over priced media HUB. Disregard any factory antenna, mic, USB, or head phone jack. You'll have to add an external XM that of which is a pain to navigate through, does a feeble job displaying the artist and track. Return to the source screen requires going back to main menus, and any time you plug your phone in to charge it opens ether apps or iPod, and changes from the playing source. Which is irritating.. Switching through pre pro stations requires scrolling through a rolling muli screen that's a pain and keeps your eyes off the road to often. Remote is remote in function. The extra avi+USB is not as functional as they let on. Navi is awesome! Garmin! Sound capabilities are state of the art.. Although every song on xm has to be adjusted due to sound quality and variance. Thanks to Crutchfield I will be sending this expensive unit back and going back stock.. At least my voice commands work there!

    Pros: Navi, sound quality.

    Cons: Plug and play not up to par. Ease of display XM navigation. Connect ability requires funneling cables, additional antennas. Open air radio reception is poor. Spend more time looking at unit than the road. Remote is lacking for function with the unit.

    Shelby GT500 kenwood excelon

    Written By Mike, Rancho Cucamonga CA on Sunday, October 05, 2014

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    This unit could be described in 2 words. Complete Customization. First the U it for perfect in the double din of my Shelby GT 500 and looks like it was made to be there. The unit is a night and day comparison as compared to the old shaker 500 unit.

    I keep figuring out new tuning options everytime I get into the audio menu. The hdmi input allows me to use my iPhone as a multi media station and you lose zero sound quality and get cd sound unlike other units.

    The garmin navigation is light years ahead of my factory unit in my 2014 Ford F-250 King Ranch so that's saying something.

    Unit puts out pretty good power but I chose to add a couple of amplifiers and the control I have over those is very tunable as well.

    Video quality is great and not pixelated at all.

    Being able to upload a custom screen makes te unit look like ford put it there.

    If you are looking to bring a performance head unit to your high performance Mustang this is the unit for you.

    Pros: -aesthetically pleasing -ease of tuning at a high level easily. -amazing sound quality -garmin navigation. -simple to install.

    Cons: -slight buzzing when in Bluetooth (music)mode. Far less than pioneer and alpine. Can be solved by using music connection via usb or hdmi.

    Great Head Unit

    Written By ChrisB, Lafayette, Louisiana on Saturday, October 04, 2014

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    I couldn't be happier with my choice of head unit compared to the stock VW radio that came with my car. What's not to like about the replacement? After all, it will read FLAC, I was able to reuse my stock sharkfin antenna for NAV and SiriusXM, and did I mention that it reads FLAC off the USB? With the discontinuing of the iPod Classic, I needed a viable replacement for in-car music and thus far a 128 GB USB memory stick loaded with my favorite tunes in FLAC has worked rather well!

    Pros: FLAC through USB, Garmin NAV, easy to add SiriusXM

    Cons: I find the unit a tad bit slow to boot up and I don't care for the soft fade between tracks when reading from the thumb drive. As a workaround, I just rip my FLAC as one file and that solves the fade between songs issue. I also find the iPhone screen mirroring a little gimmicky but maybe that will transform into something useful in the future. Other than those minor complaints, I would buy this radio again!


    Written By Terry B, Ohio on Monday, September 22, 2014

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    Love this unit, installed in my 2009 Silverado. Installation not complicated but getting all the wiring back in behind dash was a bit challenging(patience is the key). Screen very bright and back-up camera looks great in screen(better than my new Chevy Equinox that has it factory built in. So far Galaxy S5 has worked flawlessly thru Bluetooth and MHL connection. Sound is very clear and pretty easy to adjust to your liking. Menus are bit overwhelming at first but not confusing, again a little patience will go a long way. Something that really helped was downloading the manual and printing it off so to have it right in the vehicle but you will need to know someone who can print a 156 page manual.

    Pros: Great screen and it damn near looks factory in the dash

    Cons: Finding a place for all the wiring and navigating the menus

    Great unit

    Written By JeremyA, Ponchatoula, LA on Monday, September 08, 2014

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    Everything works as advertised. Recently took 1200 mile trip and the navigation was dead on. Sound quality was great. Only thing is getting used to navigating through all of the features but this is not a big deal.

    Pros: Great sound and navigation.

    Cons: Initially navigating through all of the menus.

    Kenwood did it again

    Written By Timmy S, Waynesboro, VA on Monday, August 18, 2014

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

    Love this Kenwood, user interface takes some getting used to and by that I mean a lot of features to learn. GPS is well it's a Garmin so it works like a charm installation was pretty straight forward and the only time I had to call tech support was for the optional steering wheel control adapter but as usual great service from Crutchfield. Bluetooth works great even better sound quality then my factory Bluetooth on music and phone calls. All in All very pleased with my decision to get this unit.

    Pros: Features and tons of them. Bluetooth, Sound quality

    Cons: Nothing

    Great product

    Written By BFR, Clarence, NY on Sunday, August 10, 2014

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    Great product. Self install with some help from Crutchfield technical support. Lots of cool features. Boots fast. Installed a backup camera as well.

    Pros: Great product

    Cons: None


    Written By Alex, San Diego, CA on Saturday, August 09, 2014

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    The features are fantastic. HD radio, nice screen, iPod connection, etc. It has it all, and it all works. What I HATE about this radio is its user interface. It's so time consuming-- Especially the useless iPod interface. When you are looking for a song, through your long list of albums or artists or whatever, and you go back, you go back to the top of the list. It never remembers where you are, and this is a REAL pain when driving because its a very long list. If you press the audio button, it takes you to the graphic EQ screen. NOT your currently playing song. In fact, if you press ANY button, then, in order to get back to find a song, you have to press MENU, then IPOD, then START FROM THE TOP of the long list, and hope you don't accidentally press the wrong button which is easy to do with this touchscreen (slow). I really hate using it. Everyone seemed to love it, and people thought it was easy to use, but they must have just been excited, or never used it with an iPod. The music quality is good, power is good, the GPS is great, its all fine. ...Even using bluetooth with your phone, its the same usability as the iPod, and also using USB drives. It will go to the top of the list every time. And once you do select a song, you can't get back to the [top of the] list until you press MENU, then whatever source your using, then scroll through everything again. Its really that bad. When driving, by the time I've found another song I've already arrived.

    Pros: Features

    Cons: Usability

    Week One (So far...)

    Written By MrTreize, Kansas City, MO on Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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    What a difference, this replaced another aftermarket head unit I had installed since 3 years ago I think and it has returned my car stereo to a premium sounding music machine, like hwen it was newer and it had the factory stock premium unit. The last aftermarket unit was an impulse buy that sounded okay most of the time but really had no balance. I simply needed the in dash GPS. This head unit has a robust equalizer, some pretty great sounding presets, and a feature list that I will not even begin to use for years to come. The only downside to this unit is the price however, the old adage is true: you get what you pay for. If what you want is a really kick ass, feature packed, aftermarket head unit, then this is the way to go. I will explain why after my high praises in the pros and cons sections the reason why this stereo only gets 4 stars from me.

    Pros: More features than you will ever use and it's feature set is expandable if you intend on using the optional smartphone connection. Great sounding with the factory presets and even better sounding when you get into the equalizer, all with the stock premium speakers. I am not done upgrading this car yet so when I finish sometime in the next 12 months, this car will sound like a concert hall. The touch screen is very responsive, not quite iPad responsive but not routine aftermarket head unit slow.

    Cons: The menus are a maze. The included instruction booklet is inadequate. Kenwood should have included a paper copy of the PDF document on the website for both the head unit and the built in GPS. The best example of this would be the remote control. It is feature packed but I could not get it to operate the next/previous function of the iPod connection without reading the manual. It is like this for lots of the features of this head unit. Just finding the EQ and settings menu was a challenge.

    Ease of Use

    Written By Tom, Raleigh, NC on Thursday, July 03, 2014

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    Easy to use, great display picture, navigation works well. Some modification was needed for the installation in my car but it was worth the extra time. I especially enjoy the built-in equalizer. I would recommend this receiver to anyone who has the space for it. The start-up time is fast: there is sound by the time I fasten my seat-belt and put the car in drive. Top this with a customizable background picture and HDMI hookup. All-in-all a great product.

    Pros: Easy to use, great picture and sound, PLAYSTATION HOOKUP!!!

    Cons: Some modification was required with my vehicle instillation but the result is great.

    kenwood dnx891

    Written By dave, hagerstown md on Tuesday, July 01, 2014

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    Very nice stereo/love the garmin gps and the back up camera

    A Very Nice Backup Camera

    Written By FirstTimeInstaller, San Jose, CA on Saturday, June 28, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Integrated well into the Kensington Head unit the 891. Display on the head unit is beautiful and easy to understand.

    Pros: I have tinted rear windows and it can be easy to miss things at night while backing up. This really helps. The multiple view options are a great feature. The builtin alignment lines that can be turned on and off are great.

    Cons: Installing the wiring is the most time consuming part of this. Unfamiliarity with how the trim on the car is installed added a lot of time while trying to figure out how to make this installation look seamless. But it was worth it.

    Great hu

    Written By patrick, monroe, nj on Saturday, June 28, 2014

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    really like but some issues.

    Pros: Great large screen supper fast and slick interface plenty of hookups

    Cons: there is way to much sound processing built into the, with all things turned on the sound is fake sounding and not clear, had to run with dsp off.

    DNX891HD is excellent; fireware now add Smartphone Control

    Written By KeBMW, Midwest on Thursday, June 19, 2014

    I currently own a 2007 DDX7019, 2012 DNX9990HD, and now 2014 DNX891HD and each in their own right has provided superb performance, with slight improvements with each generation. The 891HD now (June 18 2014) offers Smartphone Control for my Android phone. What this means is I can control the phone from the 891HD touchscreen via an MHL/Bluetooth connection. Others, like myself, wondered why the ATT (attenuation) button was removed from the 891HD front panel, but I can attenuate with steering wheel control via the phone button. This omission likely removed redundancy in the minds of the Kenwood engineers. Pandora and iHeart Radio, word well. AUPEO (July 2014) APP is anticipated to work as well. Smartphone Link with the Garmin unit is a great complement to the built-in POIs (i.e., not ALL POIs are available). Smartphone Link enables routing to perhaps new businesses and locations through FourSquare. These location are sent from the phone to the Garmin map on the 891HD--very nice! Don't Like the built-in Garmin routing, then use Google maps through your phone via the MHL connection. Since 2012 (could be earlier too) the audio adjustments are fantastic. You can make spatial audio adjustment to perfect your sound.

    Pros: Reverse camera triggers on instantly.

    Cons: Sometimes there is a lag in the song title of Bluetooth streamed music to update on screen. Have not tried yet after June 18 2014 Bluetooth firmware update. That update may have solved this issue.


    Written By Montgomery, Texas on Wednesday, May 07, 2014

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    This unit rocks. Way more functions than expected. Good sound. The Nav is great. I just updated the traffic today.

    Pros: easy of use

    Cons: none

    Kenwood DNX891HD

    Written By RGM808, Waikiki, Hawaii on Tuesday, April 29, 2014

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    Great unit, good solid construction with awesome sound. The touchscreen is pretty fast and accurate, boot up time is very fast about 2-5 seconds not bad for all of the software this thing has to start up. The connectivity via IPhone is amazing when utilizing the HDMI cable, YouTube and iPhone video comes alive in your car once properly connected. The unit is currently installed in a Porsche Cayenne GTS.

    Pros: A variety of connectivity that work seamless with all types of devices.

    Cons: Having a bit of trouble connecting my phone after my wife's phone is disconnected, I have to manually connect my phone since the auto disconnect usually takes to long to disconnect her phone.

    Great deck!

    Written By PM, Baldwinsville, NY on Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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    Deck is all it is advertised. Garmin Nav is such an improvement over my 2006 OEM Nav/Deck. HD Radio is nice even though not many in my area. Unit paired with iPhone 5s w/ no problem. Display is pretty responsive. The Garmin Live services are not much use to me based that they don't cover much of upstate NY area. The most difficult part was the install. This was my 1st double-din unit. The Crutchfield MasterSheet list was pretty generic. I needed several adapters with the unit. Felt Crutchfield should have done better job creating a better and more complete MasterSheet list based off the adapters needed to be ordered. Basically all it does is to illustrate how to remove your current radio. I had to call their support --who were very patient -- to get clarifications on the adapter modules connections. There are a lot of wires. Advice and instructions were not consistent between advisors and they had access to diagrams / instructions that should have been included with the order. 1st advisor instructed me to match the wire colors of the PAC unit I needed with the Kenwood harness. I had extra wires left over -- not unexpected -- but 2 of the same color wires on Kenwood side and 1 on the PAC unit. 2nd advisor told me that 1st advisor's instructions were not entirely correct. Had to review each wire connection and had to redo several connections. His shift ended before we could finish.

    Pros: Full featured unit

    Cons: Install instructions left too much out. For my car, install was complicated and not as easy as led to believe even with available tech support. Finally took car to professional installer who took a full day to install the unit -- after I already had the console apart and the old radio removed!

    Awesome Radio

    Written By Dank, Tampa,Fl on Thursday, April 17, 2014

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    I replaced the old factory radio for the Kenwood Excelon DNX891H recently and it was like upgrading from dialup to cable its what all car radios should sound like

    Pros: display ease of use great sound

    Cons: noe

    Love the 891HD!

    Written By Jeff D, Pittsburgh Pa on Saturday, April 05, 2014

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    First Id like to comment on how great the customer service is at crutchfield. I have been a long time customer with these guys, and they are by far the best site to order car stereo's from. I bought a brand new Subaru Wrx STI back in January, and ordered the DNX890HD from crutchfield. A couple weeks later I find out that model was discontinued but didnt mind because it was a good deck. One thing I wasnt aware of was the iphone 5 or newer wont stream analog video through the smaller lightning connector, so I couldnt stream video apps. I called crutchfield and was past the 60 day return policy, and within minutes they decided I could still exchange it for the 891HD. Now for the review this is a very good deck! The unit syncs up well with the iphone, and the bluetooth connects automatically in seconds. The navigation on the unit is excellent as you would expect from Garmin. The eq is better than the one on the outgoing model, and the buttons along the bottom seem to be made better. You can play music wirelessly via bluetooth, but you get excellent app control through the kenwood ipod cable. I have yet to use the hdmi input, but from what I seen online it works pretty good at mirroring what is on the phone. There is a slight delay when you first power on the deck but once its running switching between apps is smooth. The only negative is no detachable faceplate, but isnt a deal breaker for me because my car has an alarm system.

    Pros: Nice big display, smooth operation and transition between apps, great iphone integration, hdmi input.

    Cons: no detachable faceplate, but from my experience none of the kenwood touchscreen decks have that feature.

    2014 JK Rubicon

    Written By Jeff B, Pittsburgh, PA on Friday, April 04, 2014

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    Great produced! Fully integrated with factory systems, and I can switch from using the head unit or the factory Bluetooth, idatalink Maestro replacement interface and installation harness required (supports multiple auto manufactures). Stream music via Bluetooth, very nice! Phone mirroring via HDMI connector for Samsung Galaxy phone (must use the Samsung adaptor), GREAT feature! Kenwood now has the traffic with Garmin GPS! The sound is awesome, after replacing all the factor speakers, and the screen is as good as you can expect. 100% satisfied! Did the install myself, a little knowledge can take you a long way!

    Pros: Sound, video and variety of input options.

    Cons: SiriusXM receiver not built in.

    love it!!!

    Written By mrgoody84, Waycross, GA on Tuesday, April 01, 2014

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    Best after market had unit that I've had hands down! The interface is smooth and responsive, the sound clarity is excellent and rich.

    Pros: You can search for destinations by name like Google instead of address, lots of settings, dual zone video, high powered preamp outputs, lane assist and pictures during navigation

    Cons: Doesn't have Sirius satellite radio built in, in order to listen to an iPod you have to use their cable

    Excellent upgrade to the Excelon Line

    Written By JoseM, Southwest on Wednesday, March 26, 2014

    Just installed this new Excelon receiver. Very happy with the speed and responsiveness of the unit. Bootup time is much improved over the 2013 units. I get sound about 6-8 seconds after key-on and the menu appears a few seconds later. Sound quality is excellent, with many customization options. The highlight here is the 13-band EQ, which allowed me to tune for my car to a fine degree. Sat Radio integration was seamless, and bluetooth pairing with my iPhone 5s was quick and easy. Bluetooth streaming in iPod mode works well, and supports album art.

    The screen is clear and bright, and does reasonably well in direct sunlight, far better than my recent Pioneer. Dimming adjustment is easy, and the unit was comfortably dim in night mode.

    Navigation on the Kenwoods has always been yards ahead of other brands with the built-in Garmin GPS. This unit is no different. Great Garmin interface, clear graphics, easy setup. Garmin Smartphone Link works very, very well on this unit. Download the Smartphone link app, and my iPhone and the Garmin nav seamlessly exchange info via bluetooth. A highlight here is the ability to search on my iPhone within the Smartphone Link app for a destination, and once found, 2 click on the iPhone sends the data straight to the Garmin Nav in the head unit, ready to navigate!

    I've tried a number of head units recently, and I'd put this Kenwood at the top of the list for well-done, aftermarket mobile infotainment solutions.

    Pros: Excellent audio, great source variety, easy setup, good screen, excellent Garmin nav with Garmin Smartphone App, quick response to menu changes, and many adjustment options.

    Cons: App mode is still a bit complex. No support for SiriusXM album art.

    So far pretty incredible

    Written By Tim, Plano, TX on Saturday, March 08, 2014

    So far I have loved using this unit. Everything about it is just incredible. Sound is tremendous with the stereo, and the MHL link makes your iPhone 5 or 5S just work wonderfully (5C will also work just as good).

    Pros: Sound, Garmin Navigation, bluetooth integration.

    Cons: So far the only con is that you do NOT have traffic available yet with the Garmin. They haven't set up the activation sequence yet on the website. I have called Garmin and they are aware of this so be patient. If you are desperate for having traffic, you can always use your smartphone.

    Hands-on research

    What's in the box?

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    • Double-DIN navigation receiver w/ 6.95" monitor (10A fuse)
    • Sleeve (attached)
    • 2 Trim rings
    • Wiring harness
    • Reverse/Brake harness
    • AV/camera 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

    Features and Specs

    CEA-2006 Compliant No
    RMS Power Output 22 watts
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen Yes
    Preamp Voltage 5 volts
    Display Color
    Key Button Color Variable
    EQ Bands 13
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 2 Year
    Labor Warranty 2 Year
    AUX Input Mini (rear)
    Audio/video Input Rear
    USB Input Rear (2)
    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
    FM Sensitivity 7.2 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes

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    Touchscreen Display

    6.95" Motorized Touchscreen Display (w/ Flick Scrolling): The Kenwood DNX891HD features a motorized 6.95" 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. The monitor electronically slides down for loading or ejecting a disc. The bottom of the touchscreen monitor can be tilted upward at six different positions to provide the best visibility in your vehicle (you can save any one of these positions to the head unit's memory).

    • Aspect Ratio: You can change the aspect ratio for video playback. You can select from Full (16:9), Just (4:3 LB), or Normal (4:3), or Auto (automatically selects to match incoming video signal)
    • Picture Adjustment: You can adjust the unit's display brightness, contrast, color, tint, sharpness, and black level to suit your viewing needs during video playback.
    • Custom Background Images: You can download a still image (800 x 600) for use as the unit's background from a connected USB thumbdrive.
    • 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 DNX891HD 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 along the bottom 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 remains 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 DNX891HD 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 DNX891HD 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 DNX891HD 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 DNX891HD 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

    Note: The unit's SD-card slot is located on the front-panel hidden behind the motorized LCD panel. The SD-card slot is only used for software and map updates. It cannot be used for playback of media files from an SD/SDHC memory card.

    GPS Receiver & Antenna: The Kenwood DNX891HD 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 DNX891HD 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 DNX891HD 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 DNX891HD 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.

    Lane Assist w/ Junction View: Lane assist with junction view guides you to the correct lane for an approaching turn or exit, making unfamiliar intersections and exits easy to navigate. It realistically displays road signs and junctions on your route along with arrows that indicate the proper lane for navigation. As you navigate your route, the unit will provide detailed diagrams of the proper lane to travel when maneuvering a complex interchange. The Junction View page will display what the actual approaching junction looks like, and arrows indicating the lane in which you should be driving.

    Exit Services + Speed Limit Icon: 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. 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 DNX891HD 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 DNX891HD 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 DNX891HD 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 DNX891HD 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 DNX891HD 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 DNX891HD 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 DNX891HD 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 c