Kenwood Excelon DNX9990HD

Navigation receiver (New Stock)

Item #: 113DNX9990

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Improved navigation for 2012

Kenwood's upped the speed limit with their 2012 in-dash navigation lineup. The Kenwood Excelon DNX9990HD navigation receiver offers a user interface that's way faster than last year's models, so you can dive right in and explore easy-to-read maps of the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico, along with over 6 million POIs. Plus, Kenwood's added Photo Real junction views so you'll know exactly what upcoming intersections will look like.

Garmin navigation

The DNX9990HD incorporates NAVTEQ's traffic info for accurate and up-to-the-minute data, with automatic rerouting around congestion and road closures in over 90 cities in the US and Canada. When you're not in a metro area that's covered, it calculates routes based on historical traffic data to avoid traffic tieups.

PANDORA® for iPhone®, Android, and Blackberry

Kenwood's audio/video cable (not included) lets you connect your iPhone to the DNX9990HD and control your Pandora® Internet radio stations from the receiver's touchscreen. The touchscreen makes it easy to find the stations you want to hear, with "thumbs up" or "thumbs down" ratings on the touchscreen.

Android or Blackberry users can enjoy Pandora® control through the receiver's Bluetooth® features. This Kenwood supports the Serial Port Profile (SPP), which means you can use the receiver's interface to control Pandora® when your compatible Android or Blackberry device is linked up.

Kenwood Excelon DNX9990HD

Aha Radio control

If you're an Aha Radio user, then you know how Aha Radio organizes your favorite web content into personalized on-demand radio stations. You can control your Aha Radio content from this receiver's touchscreen, using your iPhone, Android, or Blackberry device.

Bluetooth for safer driving

Built-in Bluetooth supports hands-free calling — when a call comes in, you'll answer with one tap of your finger and talk to callers as if they're in the car. You can also stream music from a compatible Bluetooth device — that means no more wires hanging from your dash.

HD Radio tuner

HD Radio tuner

The built-in HD Radio™ tuner lets you enjoy much-improved sound quality when you're tuned into local AM and FM stations broadcasting the digital signal. And there's no subscription fees for HD Radio — just tune it in like a regular radio station.

More audio and video options

You can plug your iPod® or a thumb drive into the rear USB port, and enjoy all your favorite albums and playlists. This receiver will play all your CDs and DVDs, including discs loaded with music files, while a rear A/V input offers a connection for any other audio/video sources. Whatever you're listening to, this Kenwood will send a crisp, clear audio signal to your speakers, and you'll have a wide range of soundshaping tools at your disposal, including a 13-band equalizer and time alignment.

The high-resolution VGA screen is perfect for viewing video from DVDs or other sources when you're parked. You can tap into video content on your iPod or iPhone with the help of an iPod cable (not included). When you're on the road, you can play movies through a rear-seat monitor for your passengers, a great way to survive long road trips.

Expand your system

You can hook up a satellite radio tuner to the receiver and access a wide variety of entertainment, sports, news, and commercial-free music from SiriusXM. You can also connect a rear-view camera, so you can see what's behind you as you back out of a tight parking space. The receiver's 5-volt preamp outputs will send a clean signal to your outboard amps, for maximum fidelity and minimum noise.

Good news for SYNC users

iDatalink's Maestro module allows you to install a super-fast Kenwood navigation receiver while keeping your factory-installed Ford SYNC features intact. You'll get to keep your voice commands, factory Bluetooth®, satellite radio, iPod® control, and steering wheel audio controls. The package integrates all these factory systems with your new Kenwood receiver, even optional SYNC features like 911 Assist.

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.

Note: Bluetooth compatibility of this device may vary, depending on your phone and service provider.

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

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • DVD/CD player with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in Garmin navigation system with free traffic services
    • built-in amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • motorized 6.95" touchscreen
    • animated display with multiple GUI
    • Aha Radio app control
    • Pandora control for iPhone, Android, and Blackberry
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • built-in HD Radio tuner
    • fits double-DIN (4" tall) dash openings
    • optional remote control
    Audio/visual features:
    • plays CDs, DVDs, and USB memory devices
    • 13-band EQ with digital time alignment
    • high- and low-pass filters
    • iPod control: Kenwood cable required for full access to audio/video content
    • works with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
    • inputs: rear USB input, two rear A/V inputs, rear-view camera input
    • outputs: A/V output; 6-channel preamp outputs (5-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
    Other information:

    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 James M, South Carolina on Wednesday, August 12, 2015

    Was gifted this unit for Christmas, has a counterintuitive interface and had an "internal deficiency" that caused it to quit producing sound entirely. Bad purhcase, worse customer service, will never buy this brand again and do not recommend.

    Pros: Garmin GPS

    Cons: Broke within 3 years. Counterintuitive interface - bad brand do not buy. Second star is solely for the Garmin GPS

    Poor Choice

    Written By WOOD, Corona, CA on Monday, April 07, 2014

    Was excited to install this head unit as I read all the features. Once installed, the first thing I noticed was it seemed to take along time to start up once the car was turned on. It may only be 45 seconds to a minute long but in car radio time frame, its a long time.

    Bluetooth doesnt display information and theres a long lag time between choices. If it wasn't for my need to have navigation, than I think the stock unit worked best. The sound is great though.

    Pros: Clean look and sound

    Cons: Slow start up and between screen selections.

    OK unit with lots of deficiencies

    Written By Stefan T, Santa Clarita, CA on Saturday, January 04, 2014

    Got this unit based on my previous experience with Kenwood CQVD6505-OI. THAT WAS A GREAT UNIT with GREAT SOUND (Dolby surround, THX, etc..). Hoping I can upgrade from that, I chose the DNX9990HD based on the features it offered: Bluetooth, Navigation, USB input, etc... Boy is this a disappointment !!!! You pay an exorbitant amount of money for a medium quality radio. Sound is marginal with the high frequencies extremely limited and a lot of distorted bass. I am comparing apples to apples, as I said, i replaced one Kenwood with another. I have a Silverado with Bose speaker system inside and no modifications were done to the speakers. Using the USB is USELESS. If you buy any Blu-Ray today, it will come with digital copies which you can download on your USB and try to see them while on the road (or so I thought...). You can watch the USB on the head unit ONLY !!! If you have additional monitors in the cabin (i.e. ceiling, head rests, sun visors, anywhere else if you have an RV or camper) - YOU CAN FORGET IT !!!!! USB WILL NOT send video to anything else but the head unit. You can send video from a DVD if you use one, from your iPod if you have low quality videos on it and that's about it ! I contacted Kenwood to see if they have some kind of software update that would solve this issue but guess what - they do not and, now it seems that they do not manufacture or support this unit anymore (after just 1 year...). Bluetooth and Navi work OK. NOT WORTH the price

    Pros: Very few: You get Bluetooth, Navigation and a normal 2 din radio with DVD player bundled in just one unit. Sound quality is marginal compared to other older Kenwood products. Navigation by Garmin with free lifetime updates. (so they say) Also they use Navteq for up to the minute traffic info... Bluetooth works OK with the option of downloading your contacts on the radio itself (easier to use ...)

    Cons: LIMITED use of USB input - ONLY works with the head unit. Extremely complicated and useless remote control. IT DOES NOT have an ON / OFF function for the head unit. Basically you need to see / find the power button on the radio to turn it on or off... Remote does NOT have basic PLAY/PAUSE, Fast FFW or REV, STOP functions for when you play a DVD, iPod, USB, anything... If you use ANY function: iPod, DVD, USB, SD card and go to settings, YOU CAN NOT GO BACK to whatever you are playing. Long Lis

    Complicated but performs well

    Written By crf, PF, NC on Saturday, October 19, 2013

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    Other than a ground wire broken loose needing repair very nice unit... Steering wheel interface works nicely

    Great but had to return.

    Written By Brian, Mo on Wednesday, September 11, 2013

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    I put it in my 05 Ford Excursion. Loved all the features and ease of use, but had to return because I couldn't get the head unit to work with my steering wheel controls.

    Kenwood Excelon DNX9990HD

    Written By Steven F., Irvine, CA on Friday, August 30, 2013

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    What an improvement over my stock Corvette radio! Sound is great. There were lots of features to learn to use and still learning how to use the capabilities. The NAV works much better than my older Tom Tom portable, it finds the satellite as soon as it boots up with no problems. The only issue with the NAV is the voice is quiet compared to the radio volume setting but that may be something I need to see if I can better adjust. I do not use the Pandora so cannot comment on that, but the iPod interface worked fine using the iPod adapter cable. I have not tried the USB interface yet. My phone connected via Blue Tooth fine and reconnects automatically each time. I just have a low end phone (non-smart phone, Pantech) but it loaded my address book and dialed, connected without issues. The only complaint I have now is that the sound quality is so improved over the stock radio (which I just about stopped using) that I may consider adding an amplifier. Installation was daunting at first but I just took my time to get it right. Had to call Crutchfield support for a question as I had no sound when I first installed it, but they got me back on track right away. Great support!

    Pros: Good sound quality. Blue Tooth interface paired with phone well. iPod interface using cable worked well. NAV works great.

    Cons: Sound volume on NAV seems faint, but that may be something I have not setup correctly.


    Written By Unhappy, California on Wednesday, August 28, 2013

    It doesn't work with ANY of my Apple products. The iphone 5 I can sort of get it to work with over bluetooth - but can't see what's playing or control it on the screen. Same with the mini. The iPod classic - which it's supposed to work with - so far it has killed it twice. It wouldn't search and caused the iPod to freeze to the point I had to run out the battery. Reset the unit, tried again - same thing happened. This one SUCKS EGGS.

    very happy

    Written By Anonymous, casper wy on Friday, July 26, 2013

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    Best car audio purchase I every made ... so many options... changed my vehicle to something I never expected.... always been happy with crutch field products and they came through again...

    Pros: It has everything I need and wanted

    Cons: So far no cons

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    Written By Wr, Spring, TX on Friday, July 05, 2013

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    Bought the factory refurbished model could not have got a better product for this amazing price only regret is that I waited so long to do it!

    Pros: Amazing system at a bargain price

    Cons: None

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    Written By Mark, Arkansas on Wednesday, May 01, 2013

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    Crutchfield had a sale on refurb DNX9990HDs, and I got mine at a fantastic price. Crutchfield threw in all the necessary mounting hardware and harnesses, and sold me the iDataLink Maestro at half price. I carefully read the installation instructions, connected my harnesses per the wiring diagrams, and installed the system myself. Couldn't have been easier!

    The unit is very user friendly, the GPS works well, the audio is fantastic, and the kids love the ability to watch DVDs and videos. I'm a little concerned with Kenwood's penchant for focusing more on their latest models for software/firmware updates, but maybe they will keep this unit up to date better than some previous-year models.

    I haven't used the Pandora or Aha functions, but I did connect a backup camera which works as designed. Ford's Sync connectivity works well through the Maestro Rr unit, but be warned that the Sync Bluetooth system functions that are available on the factory radio are NOT available once this unit is installed. iPhone 5/iOS 6 users will need to set their MAP profiles prior to removing the factory radio to make sure all Bluetooth functionality is transferred to the DNX9990HD. Alternatively, you can disable OEM Bluetooth functionality and just use the Kenwood's BT connection to your phone, which is what I have done currently.

    I've only owned the system for a month, so I cannot attest to any problems I may have later as some have written about here. So far, so good!

    Pros: Works better than Ford's factory navigation system. Has plenty of expandability for audio/video. Fast user interface. Garmin navigation. Sync integration (with Maestro interface). Plays most A/V formats via disc or USB.

    Cons: Lack of access to Sync system menus (more due to the Maestro unit than the DNX9990HD). iPhone 5 Bluetooth does not allow SMS interaction (could be a problem with iOS rather than Kenwood). Screen is somewhat difficult to read in bright situations.

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    Written By Kevin, Lansing, MI on Sunday, April 21, 2013

    Everything works including Pandora and Aha on Kenwood through Bluetooth connection with an HTC Thunderbolt Android phone. After pairing my phone with the 9990HD (0000 was entered as the 4-digit code). I ensure that in the 'Paired Device' window on Kenwood that Pandora and Aha are activated (brightly lit icon, not dimmed) on the recognized Paired Device line. I downloaded Smart Bluetooth (Google Play Store) and placed the widget on my android home screen. Widget quickly cycles Bluetooth off, then on. For my system, this Bluetooth power cycle is necessary for consistent connectivity. I simply start Pandora or Aha on the 9990HD, then power cycle Bluetooth on my phone. After about 15 sec the 9990HD recognizes Pandora (Note: it is NOT necessary for me to start Pandora or Aha on my phone--the 9990HD starts the Kenwood dialog on my phone--i.e. 'Pandora Kenwood Accessory' shows on my phone. I do this BT power cycle every time; sometimes things will connect if I forget to cycle off; but not every time. Cycling off/on always connects BT to radio. NOTE: the widget is likely not necessary, just convenient. You can power cycle your BT via your convenient method--I think the widget is freeware initially, then costs a nominal one-off price later on.

    Pros: Still works after November 2012 install (incidentally, I did the install making sure all harness wires were secure and soldered splices between quick connect harnesses, no butt connectors). All functions work. Steering wheel control, Navigation, Pandora and Aha, phone, HD radio etc.

    Cons: None thus far. I am a power user of BT phone, audio streaming and Pandora and Aha. 'Thumbs up' rating for a song is stored on your phone in the Pandora app. Pandora is more like satellite radio stream (limit 6 skips); I have not heard any advertisements through the 9990HD, only when streaming through Android and listening with ear buds. Unfortunately, Aha service is very limited--you will only be able to receive radio stations and not the Slacker radio streams (Aha support staff confirmed this)


    Written By Rumnut, Chicago on Monday, April 01, 2013

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    This stereo is nothing but junk. Had it it only for 6 months before it would randomly reboot while driving lose memory and finally 6 months later break for good. Wouldn' t boot to main screen and the only help I got from Crutchfield was we think its the GSM100 thats causing the problem. Well it wasn't the unit has to be sent out to Kenwood for service. Kenwood wasnt much help either had to send the unit to service center and they said it may take up to 2 months to gety it back. You would think a unit of this price would be made better and have better customer service

    Pros: Gps worked great

    Cons: Doesn't last longer than 6 months

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    Written By drg, Fullerton, CA on Thursday, March 28, 2013

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    works great

    Pros: does everything it said it would

    Cons: no problems

    Would have been the best

    Written By Kevin, Illinois on Monday, March 18, 2013

    ...if everything worked. Don't get me wrong, this is still one of the best units available. Unfortunately, many functions do not work as advertised. The Pandora and Aha Radio sync functions do not work through streaming an android device. You can stream music through "Bluetooth audio" but then the rest of the functions are lost. The interface seems a little glitchy and slow to respond. The start up time did not bother me at all, music starts playing after about 10 seconds and the rear camera works instantly. All of the features for tuning your audio are AMAZING. So many options. When you spend this kind of money, you want this many options. It's not confusing at all, you just need to spend time trying to figure it out.

    Overall, this unit's audio tuning and garmin navigation make it a pretty solid unit. However, it seems like Kenwood was looking to the future after a couple months, developing the DNX890. The DNX890HD solved all of the problems from the DNX9990HD and made even better changes.

    I would not recommend this unit, but would recommend the DNX890HD.

    Pros: Audio tuning, garmin navigation, ability to stream music (kind of)

    Cons: Glitchy interface, no ability to use pandora and aha radio functions through streaming, icon is way too big on map.

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    Written By Mark, Norfolk, VA on Wednesday, March 13, 2013

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    Awesome unit! Works as advertised. Only regret is that I didn't buy it sooner.

    Pros: HD radio, large screen and steering wheel controls.

    Cons: slight delay when changing songs on my ipod.

    Has problems I would not expect in this price class

    Written By johnnyC604, Park Ridge, IL on Saturday, February 16, 2013

    The installation of this unit failed and I wound up returning everything. Mostly the problem was with the Maestro idatalink not recognizing the factory satellite radio tuner. The interface to sync was also fairly clumsy as you first have to select the OEM Features icon before you can access the sync, bluetooth, and satellite tuner menus. But there were other probles as well. I did download the latest firmware for the radio and the bluetooth unit, but the bluetooth was very inconsistent and would not always connect with my Droid Bionic Smartphone. When it did connect, I could not make calls as the phone would drop the last digit. The touchscreen was awesome, and enables you to switch around the icons so you can put your own favorites on top and not have to scroll through all the icons.

    Pros: Awesome touchscreen interface. Outstanding HD Radio tuner.

    Cons: If you use the Maestro idatalink, you cannot add a Sirius Satellite Radio Tuner to the radio using the serial port on the bak of the radio.

    Quality not there for the price!

    Written By Tep145, Moss Point, MS on Wednesday, February 06, 2013

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    I was looking for a user friendly unit, & this one really is great as far as that goes; however, the Bluetooth capability is really bad. This unit comes with a microphone that is separate from the unit itself, & has to be mounted, with tape, above the steering wheel. For the price, I was expecting to have a built-in microphone. When I try to make calls, friends can't hear me & there is extreme interference. Hands free feature is totally useless, so it's going back! Lesson learned, do more research next time before investing this amount if money. I'm sure there are much better units out there for the price.

    Pros: User Friendly, looks nice

    Cons: Sound quality is only average, separate microphone that has to be mounted outside of unit causing interference & noise making the hands free Bluetooth feature pretty much useless.

    Good +

    Written By Rico, San Francisco on Wednesday, January 30, 2013

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    Great system but I wouldn't rank it as Excellent. There's a few kinks I'm not happy about: 1) to get the pandora and aha app to work sometimes I find myself disconnecting and reconnecting my iphone. 2) could've sworn the split screen with the navigation let's you watch DVD's. 3) the processing speed of the touch screen still has a bit of latency 4) pay this much for a system and no Blu-Ray ?

    Pros: love all the features it provides. Great sound through my speakers

    Cons: Just the few kinks I listed

    Kinda OK

    Written By 92GTA, Bakersfield, CA on Tuesday, January 08, 2013

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    Wish it had integrated LTE (GSM or CDMA) so it could operate as an in-car hot-spot. Won't work with Windows Phone for Pandora (If it had LTE this woulnd't be an issue!!!). Doesn't have iheartradio or Slacker. Doesn't have an integrated SSD for audio, only a slow USB connection. Display is too bright at night. Should go from bright to dim when the GPS goes from white to black for day/night driving. Interface could be allot faster, changes inputs instantly but GUI takes another 3 seconds to catch up.

    Pros: Large touch screen, fantastic EQ and audio settings, good GPS. Consistent firmware updates since launch to fix bugs and add new features/improve existing. Great being able to customize back-light colors. Easy to install. Touch screen is fairly scratch resistant. BT for hands free works flawlessly.

    Cons: Only seems to see album art if it's embedded into the audio file via USB. Audio files on USB cannot be arranged in subfolders, even though it says 8 folder layers, it won't recognize. Audio via USB is limited to only 254 folders with only 255 files per folder and 65,025 audio files total. Won't play a DVD for passengers to watch while moving. Volume Vs. speed doesn't work even with the correct adapters. Display is totally washed out in medium to bright sunlight

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    Written By None, Silicon Valley on Wednesday, December 05, 2012

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    Upgraded from DNX8120. A big (speed) improvement over the DNX8120, and the 9990HD is better in every way (except Garmin flexibility). User interface and boot time are now reasonable, where they used to be intolerably slow. Some very nice new features -- latest Garmin lane assist, traffic reporting, Pandora compatibility, many bells/whistles.

    Pros: More features than I can use. Upgraded processor speed is great. New UI look is nice. Sound quality is improved and HD radio is a nice feature that works well.

    Cons: Garmin has lost flexibility -- no USB port to upload vehicles or favorites. If you want to customize the Garmin functionality (as you can on other Garmin units) be sure to download the user manual to see if you can do what you want. Overall user interface is very complicated and not consistent. Screen adjustments (brightness/contrast) inadequate for making screen highly readable.

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    Written By Larry, Montgomery, Tx on Tuesday, December 04, 2012

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    Very impressed with receiver. Installation instructions were very good. Not including time to solder wiringing adapter, the Installation took only forty-five minutes. Receiver looked like it was factory installed.

    Pros: Great Sound. GPS very good.

    Cons: Very bright at night while driving. Screen does not dim enough.

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    Written By kenC, lexington ohio on Tuesday, October 23, 2012

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    im not sure why people are knocking on this unit,i have it in my car for 1 month it took me about 5 hrs to install i did the 1.7firmware update and i havent any trouble no freezing rebooting bluetooth is alot clear than factory and dosent drop calls the only thing i can say bad is the boot time but not a issue for me its had plenty of audio options to tweak garmin is great never had any trouble i be puttting amp and subs next month

    Pros: lot of options garmin is nice

    Cons: slow boot uptime

    Not happy

    Written By RDT, Slidell,LA on Wednesday, October 17, 2012

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    Junk do not buy.

    Pros: No

    Cons: Kenwood

    Fantastic Upgrade

    Written By JackM, Plano,Tx on Wednesday, October 10, 2012

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

    This is a solid performer! The sound is easily tailored to a wide variety of tastes. I like the ease of operation from the GUI. It also appears somewhat factory and the install was clean. Have not seen it mentioned, however the DVD playback is quality.

    Pros: Clean install, cool features, easy to use, fast processor, nice sound,, familiar gps which works!

    Cons: Nothing at this point

    Great sound and look

    Written By Jesus G, Texas on Saturday, September 22, 2012

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    I love the stock look of a truck, but I had a problem with my sound. I have the HD600/4 and HD1000/1 amps, C5-650X door speakers and the dual 10" stealth box. I used to have have the JL clean sweep since i wanted to keep the original look with a decent sound. After spending a bunch of money in my system I wasn't satisfied with the control that clean sweep gave me. When I first installed the stereo I was happy that it was you could hardly tell that the stereo was there when its off which i was happy about. The sound and video quality on the screen are amazing, I am happy I chose this stereo.

    Pros: Great sound, video, and features.

    Cons: At this price it should have a built in satellite radio, but the adapter is 20 after MIB not that bad.

    Pretty and Nice and Pretty Nice

    Written By RevSteveP, LA on Friday, September 21, 2012

    I must have read 100 reviews of all kinds of Nav/HD Tuners before deciding on the Kenwood 9990HD Excelon. I was fearful of the dreaded dead unit disease. But after two months it has been almost flawless. You can adjust the colors, dim the screen, customize the speaker delay, etc. etc. Regardless of what folks say. You can also select a screen the shows the station names to scroll thru rather than 1, 2, 3 etc. You just have to read the manual and walk your way through it. The NAV is very nice, bright, fast, resets fast when I miss a turn. Routes me around traffic without a hitch. Seems to learn my preferences quickly. BUT it did completely forget all my favorites and Home and Work, from the Nav application. That's all. Radio still had presets. Phone still had presets. Just the Nav. I reentered them and am watching closely. If it happens again, I will want to discussion with Kenwood about that. But overall I am really pleased with the unit.

    Pros: Bluetooth is fast to link up, camera is on instantly, maps are easy to follow, radio sounds great.

    Cons: Forgetful at times.

    Piece of Junk

    Written By Mark, Atlanta on Thursday, September 20, 2012

    For the price you get a stereo that has difficulty reading a USB stick, and when it does, it takes several minutes to load. The Garmin Navigation randomly resets at least twice a week to factory default, wiping out all your settings, history, favorites, layout, and it is very slow to load. No way to load your favorites from your other Garmins. Can't have photos and music on the same USB stick. Photo resolution is terrible. Radio is always searching for RDS info, and seems to never find it. Don't waste your money on this platform. My son's $300 receiver works better than this piece of junk.

    Pros: Looks pretty when you first fire it up. After that, all you want to do with it is light it on fire.

    Cons: Plain and simple. It's a piece of junk.

    Great system

    Written By sotiriosc, richmond hill canada on Thursday, September 13, 2012

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

    Just got the system installed in a gmc acadia. First of all looks nice and probably alot better product then the oem I would have paid alot morefor. Moving on, it was easy to pick up on how to use this unit. There are many functions on the menu screen which bring up its only fault; lack of customization of options on the menu. Despite that being a fact its new dedicated processor only reduces its fault because its fast, promoting the units over all functionality. GPS is fast. 13 band equalizer, alot of customization for sound. Which at the end of the day is a lot more crucial to me.

    Pros: GPS is fast, 13 band equalizer, alot of customization for sound, fast processor, great ipod interface.

    Cons: Lack of menu customization

    Glad I made this choice

    Written By Sione, San Jose, CA on Thursday, September 13, 2012

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    No issues at all with this deck for me. This is an example of you get what you pay for, well worth the buy because you are getting good quality from this deck. Screen is nice and bright, you are able to fine tune your speakers to match your setup. The response time of accessing the menus is quick, and boot up not slow as what other people have been telling me. I am very happy with this deck.

    Pros: Fast, nice sound and plenty of features.

    Cons: Wish they would make the SWC interface converter box built in to stereos now days, so you don't have to deal with a 3rd box while you doing an install.

    Kenwood DNX9990HD in a 2008 Ford Expedition Limited

    Written By Anthony, San Diego, CA on Thursday, August 09, 2012

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    I've installed only one other Crutchfield system before. Was very easy (even for me - and I am by NO means a mechanic or "handy".but I can turn a screwdriver. Barely). So I thought I would update/upgrade the head unit in my 08 Expedition Limited. Got tired of riding around in newer cars where everyone's got a nice LCD screen, can play music off of USB drives, iPods, iPhones, etc.have Bluetooth connectivity so they can talk hands-free, GPS, blah.blah.blah. I chose the 9990HD based on all of those criteria. The built-in Garmin GPS and the huge screen was icing on the cake. Obviously this head unit is MUCH more complicated than the stock system, but not too confusing. I've only had one instance where my system got really slow and I had to turn it off, then back on again (has been fine ever since). I'm running the latest version of the firmware (1.5, which was really easy to update). Installation wasn't too bad. At first glance, it even looks stock. All in all, I'm pretty happy with it. I'll update my review after a few months of using it.

    Pros: HUGE screen, Garmin GPS, sound quality, "neat" factor

    Cons: can't hide icons or rearragne icons (at least not that I've been able to figure out)

    Review Update: Unstable firmware leads to constant data loss

    Written By Ken Esq, Delray Beach, FL on Saturday, June 23, 2012

    5/6/12 Original Review: The system works and the Garmin Nav works. The UI however is a mess and really needs some attention. Someone at Kenwood needs to sit in a car and use one of their devices. They need to see that users should be allowed to hide some sources if they're not installed/active. Layers of menus with scrolling are not a good idea. No voice control for Nav, etc. is a disgrace in 2012. Oh, and then there's the phone screen. I doubt they could have jammed another button on it.

    The map graphics on the Nav also could use some work...they're look a bit old and simplistic.

    There should be a fast way to shut off the audio while keep the unit on. Standby works, but you have to either find the icon on the screen or cycle through it with the steering wheel control. The ATT (attenuation) button would be far better if it was just a total mute function.

    The physical buttons are too small and all look the same . The primary function is labeled on the front edge of all of them, with secondary functions labeled on top. All of it is very hard to're just going to have to memorize the location of the functions.

    On the positive side the device has only locked up once and the processor seems relatively snappy. It sounds good and the Pandora and Aha connectivity to Android phones does work.

    It's really not a bad could just be a whole lot better.
    *UPDATED 6/23/12 Earlier I gave this unit three stars. I've got to drop that to 1.5 stars. We're now up to firmware 1.50 (two revs since release). There have been no improvements to the UI that I wrote about on the Kenwood forums. But more importantly, the Nav system continues to sporadically reset and occasionally lockup. I've had $100 nav systems that can remember waypoints, routes, and settings, but the Kenwood will just reset them from time time. I've contacted Kenwood once and got a "We''re working on it". Two firmware revs later both stating they had made the Nav more stable seem to have missed the mark. It may be time for me to eat the install cost and send this one back.

    Pros: Fast CPU Sound quality Garmin Nav

    Cons: User interface Cost *UPDATED 6/23/12 UI is inconsistent and reminiscent of products from 1995 Nav system loses all settings, waypoints and data sporadically. Available map updates trail Garmin releases by almost a year.

    Kenwood DNX9990HD

    Written By Erik, New Jersey on Wednesday, June 13, 2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed this radio in my F150 to replace my factory system. Very impressed with the sound quality of the unit and notice the difference with HD channels. Integrates easily with my iPhone, iPad and Android. Was surprised by the easy installation.

    Pros: Sound quality, easy installation, GPS antenna works installed under dash tray, fast, easy to set up and use.

    Cons: No voice commands for GPS.

    Replace Corvette Nav System

    Written By Dan, Incline Village, NV on Monday, June 04, 2012

    I replaced the Denso OEM Nav system in my 2009 Corvette with the Kenwood DNX9990HD.

    I had been very disappointed with the GM Nav system. It simply could not navigate in my community. It would place a destination address on the map, but simply couldn't get me there. So much for Turn-By-Turn.

    The Kenwood incudes a very capable and familiar Garmin GPS. It simply works.

    I was happy with all the other new features: great iPhone integration, Pandora, Aha, etc. And, the Garmin, includes traffic. Living in the Reno area, Garmin doesn't provide coverage, but Aha does... That was another great suppress.

    Pros: Good integration with OEM buttons using GMOS-04 cables.

    Cons: Not all steering wheel buttons map to Kenwood Backup camera doesn't autoselect with reverse. It requires pushing the AUD button 1 second. I would like to be able to remove some options from the menu to simplify it -removing features I don't have. Not a big deal

    Kenwood 9990HD

    Written By Rob, Snow Hill, MD on Sunday, May 20, 2012

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    I installed this unit in my 2000 Ford Lightning. This unit has everything a growing boy needs. It replaced out my old Kenwood Excelon KVT912; boy what a difference this unit has made. The fact that unit connects effortlessly to the iPhone is a huge plus; and the grandkid loves the tilt screen feature for when he is watching movies. No more leaning to the side to get the best view of Rango. Did I mention the 5v outputs....sweeeeeeet! I will definitely give this unit a big thumbs up!

    Pros: What more could you ask for!

    Cons: The unit does not pour drinks for you.....;)

    Not bad, but UI is from 1995

    Written By Ken Esq, Delray Beach, FL on Sunday, May 06, 2012

    The system works and the Garmin Nav works. The UI however is a mess and really needs some attention. Someone at Kenwood needs to sit in a car and use one of their devices. They need to see that users should be allowed to hide some sources if they're not installed/active. Layers of menus with scrolling are not a good idea. No voice control for Nav, etc. is a disgrace in 2012. Oh, and then there's the phone screen. I doubt they could have jammed another button on it.

    The map graphics on the Nav also could use some work...they're look a bit old and simplistic.

    There should be a fast way to shut off the audio while keep the unit on. Standby works, but you have to either find the icon on the screen or cycle through it with the steering wheel control. The ATT (attenuation) button would be far better if it was just a total mute function.

    The physical buttons are too small and all look the same . The primary function is labeled on the front edge of all of them, with secondary functions labeled on top. All of it is very hard to're just going to have to memorize the location of the functions.

    On the positive side the device has only locked up once and the processor seems relatively snappy. It sounds good and the Pandora and Aha connectivity to Android phones does work.

    It's really not a bad could just be a whole lot better.

    Pros: Fast CPU Sound quality Garmin Nav

    Cons: User interface Cost

    Dead within a week. Had to return.

    Written By Johnny, Second City, Ilinois on Tuesday, May 01, 2012

    Had all sorts of hope for this unit since my DDX8120 died on me last year and I absolutely hated the Alpine 910 I got to replace it. I read the preliminary reviews and all seemed good. Had it installed at a local retailer and was really enjoying the Garmin and the lighting quick rear view camera engagement. Bluetooth A2DP streaming of my Internet radio station from home was the bomb. Went back to have the sub amped replaced from a 250/1 v1 to a 500/1v2 and got the call that all was good. Gleefully went to pick it up and cranked the 3.8 liter. And waited. And waited. The Kenwood startup screen started, then went black, then started again...then went black, then started again. You get the picture. Front menu lights never came on. Rear cam never came on. Just a continuous loop. Called Kenwood support and they said it was obviously firmware. Firmware. On a pricey flagship stereo. One week old. Firmware. Every single double din with nav has fanboys and those who hate them. I thought this would be the one. Firmware. Almost out of the box. Wow.

    Pros: Mature GUI sans the flames and gimmicks of some of the older units. Lightning fast rear camera engage. Great Garmin interface. Loads of sound customization options.

    Cons: Firmware. Dead. Firmware. Ugh.

    Kenwood DNX9990HD

    Written By Robert, FL. on Saturday, April 28, 2012

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    The first DNX9990HD that was sent had a problem with the audio. some parts of the music that was played could not be heard(ei. the alarm clock on the beatles, A day in the life). So I called Crutchfield support, Charles,and I diagnosed the probem as being the receiver,and a new one was sent right away. it sounds great. Thanks guys!

    Pros: It,s quick, It Has a clear dvd picture, FM radio has great reception, siriusxm works great,

    Cons: none

    Good but not great

    Written By Mark H, NJ on Tuesday, April 24, 2012

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    This is a really good unit. Here's what I don't like about it:

    1. Maps. It looks like something a 3rd grader drew. It's hard to follow sometimes and when the vehicle is turning, the map does a hard rotate which can be confusing at times if you are trying to follow along while driving. Eclipse units had a much better map system.

    2. Volume controls. I hate push button, turn knob style is much easier to use. I knew this before buying, but wow, it does get annoying.

    3. Seek buttons. There are none. It's a pain in the butt to have to get out of the navigation screen to go into your radio mode to seek a new station, or play another track. These should be standard buttons on the bottom.

    4. Manual. There's nothing in it to show you how to use it. I'm serious.

    5. Interface. At times its a bit slow. Not very intuitive. Seems cluttered to me. Certain settings should be combined into one menu. Why do I have to go to two different areas to control settings for Navigation. That's just stupid!

    What I like about it.

    1. Color. You can change the color of buttons to match the dash.

    2. Audio. The sound controll settings are great. Lots of options. SQ quality is great

    3. Installation. Installation went smooth. But so do most units.

    Would I recommend this unit? Maybe. It really depends if the stuff I didn't like bother you or not.

    I'm lucky I have a 60 day return policy and bought from Crutchfield, because truthfully, I am looking for something better.

    Pros: Audio Sound Quality

    Cons: Maps Controls Layout Slowness

    Great Radio

    Written By AZMOUSE, Phoenix, AZ on Monday, April 23, 2012

    I replaced a DDX-6019 with this unit and the difference is night and day! The DNX9990HD is a much better sounding unit. Also, compared to the DNX9980HD this unit is significantly faster and more responsive. So far everything works great!

    Pros: Great Sound!

    Cons: None Yet

    Easy install

    Written By tehfrr, Eastern Washington on Sunday, April 22, 2012

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    Item shipped quickly. Crutchfield claimed this unit was not compatible with my car (08 Audi TT, no Bose). This was installed easily and looks like it could have come from the factory using all off the shelf parts, so my faith in Crutchfield's information is a little diminished. Still, they did what I expected them to - deliver me a great nav unit quickly. People are saying that you cannot change the splash screen to a custom image. You can! Kenwood says its not possible but they are wrong too, it is in fact possible and I successfully did this yesterday. Google "Kenwood Forums" and find the instructions in there (as of 4/22/12 its on the top of the DNX9980HD subforum).

    Pros: Looks great, sounds great, packed with more features that Ill probably ever use.

    Cons: To me it seems a little laggy at times. I am told this is a HUGE improvement over the 9980 but I am used to an 8120 which had a very snappy response.

    Just Installed

    Written By GHorton, East TN on Sunday, April 15, 2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Just installed the Kenwood DNX 9990HD in my 2008 Toyota Tundra. For the Kenwood portion the install was straight forward and relatively easy. Connecting all the available inputs and outputs took some time. There is an issue with my iPhone connecting to the HU. It will connect and play music (iPod or Pandora) via Bluetooth but it ONLY plays on the front speakers. The back speakers are dead. I plug it into the interface cable and all speakers work. Not sure if this is a Kenwood issue or a iPhone 4 issue or a Bluetooth issue?? It has a 1000 settings and capabilities are strong. Overall very happy with the unit. Used the interface box for the Basic hook ups that Crutchfield included. Works well when you don't over think the installation. I must have spent an hour looking for the power wire in the OEM harness and with the interface box it was already broken out an dreary to tie into the Kenwood....

    Pros: QUick and easy install

    Cons: Not sure it's a Kenwood problem yet.. Bluetooth only plays on front speakers...

    Mixed bag

    Written By Jon, Orange County California on Thursday, April 12, 2012

    I bought this to replace a AVIC 130BT. The Pioneer unit was a able HU/Nav. exceptional graphics and ease of use. However it never approached the sound quality of the Alpine unit it replaced. I decided to try Kenwoods latest offering and was surprised at how clear and crisp the quality of the sound it delivered. The Navigation was quick and responsive. I also upgraded to the Kenwood CMOS320 camera which is exceptional. The XM module was also bought and it now delivers station art like the Pioneer unit. The HD reception was a distant 2nd to the Pioneer in my testing and I am disappointed. My real problem with the Kenwood is the deceptive marketing from the CES show stating the unit would support dual iPhone/ does not. Also there is no ability to change anything! no splash screen changes that was available on the unit it replaced ( 9980) or ability to change Garmins car icons or voice commands. 3D Buildings...gone! The Garmin people I called said this was by Kenwoods choice not theirs. Why use Garmin if we cannot take advantage of Garmins strengths? perplexing to say the least. This is a rather expensive offering in the double din world and most people would like to have the OEM graphic e'g Ford, Chevy or model to display as opposed to some low rent Kenwood splash...this is so 2004 it's absurd. Also in split screen would it have been difficult to display iPod information as opposed to a simplistic FWD & RWD button...really Kenwood? Like I said a mixed bag.

    Pros: Exceptional sound, fast graphics and robust inputs

    Cons: Dumbed down for 2012, Busy main page and icons that are just too large. Locked out for changes by design

    Just Out the Box

    Written By Rick in NOLA, New Orleans, LA on Wednesday, April 11, 2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Just out the box and put on the bench before installation. Setup was a breeze. Display is clear and bright. All functions execute almost instantly. Will update review after installation is completed in my '02 Ford Super Duty Crew. Looking forward to exploring it further once install is complete. Accessories include: KCA-IP202 iPod Cable, Srius/VM SVX100V1 Tuner, Kenwood CMOS-310 and CMOS-210 cameras and of courst, Crutchfield Install Gear.

    Pros: Fast with the 1 Core Processor, Garmin Navigation. So much more listed in product "Details". Kenwood has definitely bundled the ultimate package with the DNX9990HD.

    Cons: Can't find any..

    Android Ready,, move over ipod...

    Written By highlander, Mt Airy, NC on Sunday, March 04, 2012

    I went from five star rating to a two star rating After owning this head unit for three weeks
    I find it very disappointing and not worth the price that I gave for it .
    First issue is Garmin, the map is so out-of-date , for example ( Interstate 81 and Interstate 66 in Virginia are mainly 70 mph, the Garmin has it at 65.
    It has been 70 on on those two interstates for two years or more that I know of.
    It has outdated Garmin ecoRoute feature instead of having ecoRoute HD. Purchasing a Garmin Mechanic w/ecoRoute HD will not work with it,
    because you cannot update to Garmin ecoRoute HD.
    The split screen feature what a joke, it does not display the songs, station or Sirius data. But it will show a DVD and Garmin navigation at the same time
    if you are parked and have the parking brake on and wire correctly as to the instructions.
    I expected more out of Kenwood and Garmin, two star rating......

    Pros: Android Ready,, and fast

    Hands-on research

    What's in the box?

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    • Double-DIN DVD/Navigation receiver with built-in 6.95" monitor (15A fuse installed in chassis)
    • Sleeve (attached)
    • 2 Trim rings
    • Wiring harness
    • AV input/output harness
    • GPS antenna (with attached 16.5' cable terminated by a proprietary connector)
    • Self-adhesive magnetic base
    • Remote control (RC-DV331)
    • 2 "AAA" batteries
    • Microphone with integrated bracketed (attached 10' cable terminated by a 3.5mm connector)
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • 6 Pan-head ISO-mount screws
    • 6 Flat-head ISO-mount screws
    • Two-sided tape
    • Instruction Manual CD-ROM
    • Quick Start Guide (En/Fr/Sp)
    • Warranty Card

    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 Years
    Labor Warranty 2 Years
    AUX Input No
    Audio/video Input 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 Nano6/Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/
    Touch Touch4/Touch3/Touch2/Touch1
    Mini ---
    iPhone Phone4S/Phone4/Phone3GS/Phone3
    FM Sensitivity 9.3 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes

    Product Research

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    Touchscreen Display
    Onboard Navigation
    HD Radio + SiriusXM Ready
    DVD/CD Playback
    Pandora/Aha Radio App
    Built-in Bluetooth
    AV Connections
    Remote Control
    OEM Integration

    Audio Section

    Kenwood Excelon: The Kenwood Excelon DNX9990HD 2-Din multimedia DVD receiver with navigation, HD Radio, and Bluetooth incorporates the latest technologies and delivers the highest sonic performance. From advanced audio tuning capabilities, crossover and equalizer system, high-voltage preouts (5V), and a two-year warranty - Kenwood Excelon represents exceptional audio quality with long-lasting dependability.

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The Kenwood DNX9990HD utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior CD sound quality.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood DNX9990HD 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 DNX9990HD are as follows:

    • Full Bandwidth Power: 22 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20-20kHz, 1% THD)
    • Maximum Output Power: 50 watts x 4 channels

    6ch/5V Preamp Outputs: The DNX9990HD features front, rear and subwoofer 5.0-volt preamp outputs. The front and rear speaker preamp outputs are balance and fade adjustable. The subwoofer preamp output is non-fading. The front, rear, and subwoofer preamp outputs are fixed to the rear chassis of the head unit.

    Sound Excellence DSP (Digital Signal Processing): In order to optimize the sound quality, you can use the unit's Sound Excellence DSP to set the type of vehicle, speaker sizes, distances and x-over points. The DSP settings include the following:

    • 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 , Mini Van Long, SUV, or Off
    • Listening Position: 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 by selecting the distance for each individual speaker in the vehicle compared to your listening position.
    • Digital Time Alignment (DTA): Choose from 0.00 to 20' (0.07' steps) for the Front pair of speakers, Rear pair of speakers and Subwoofer distances in reference to the distance between your listening positioning and the locations of the particular speakers.
    • Speaker Location: You can set the location of your vehicle's Front and Rear speakers.
      • Front: Door, On Dash, or Under Dash
      • Rear: Door, Rear Deck, 2nd Row, or 3rd Row
    • Speaker Size: You can select the speaker size for your Front and Rear speakers, as well as your subwoofer.
      • Front: OEM, 4", 5", 6.5", 6.75", 4.75", 3.5", 7", 4x6", 5x7", 6x8", 6x9", or 7x10"
      • Tweeter: On or Off
      • Rear: None, OEM, 4", 5", 6.5", 6.75", 4.75", 3.5", 7", 4x6", 5x7", 6x8", 6x9", or 7x10"
      • Subwoofer: None, 6.5", 8", 10", 12", or 15"+
    • Elevation Level: You can virtually raise the sound position heard from your speakers. The Elevation Level can be set to High, Low, or Off.
    • Space Enhancer: You can set the Space Enhancer to Small, Large, or Off. Each setting value indicates the soundscape level.
    • X-Over: The head unit features independent Front and Rear high-pass crossovers, as well as a subwoofer low-pass crossover.
      • Front High Pass Filter: 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80 ,90, 100, 120, 150, 180, 220, or 250