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by Ken Nail
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DVD receivers: They're not just for movies

DVD receivers add a new level of entertainment to your vehicle. You can watch a movie on the screen when you're parked on a Saturday night, or play a DVD through your rear seat video setup on the road. Touchscreen receivers allow you to breeze through menus with the tip of your finger. Most DVD receivers feature a USB input for audio from your iPod, and the ability to add an adapter that allows video to display on the screen. Some receivers even offer connections for a center speaker and a subwoofer, so you can build a full-fledged theater in your car, just like at home.

Build your mobile video system around Kenwood's KVT-512 in-dash DVD player, and you'll appreciate your investment. Just touch the motorized, retractable 7" screen to change sources, select DVD menu items, or choose the music you want to hear. An impressive array of inputs and outputs allows you to create a comprehensive entertainment package in your vehicle.

Watch your favorite DVDs on the built-in screen whenever you're parked, or add an external screen and wireless headphones to the audio/video output so your passengers in the back can watch movies while you drive. You can activate dual-zone mode to listen to an audio source up front while they enjoy a DVD with headphones in the back.

Build a system
The strong internal amplifier and comprehensive sound controls will bring out the best in all your CDs and music files. Connect extra audio/video gear like a game system or VCR to the audio/video inputs to expand your entertainment options. And the KVT-512 works with a wide variety of Kenwood's add-on gear, including satellite radios and HD Radio™ tuners. Connect external amplifiers to the front and rear preamp outputs — this Kenwood includes the high- and low-pass filters you'll need to tune your speaker system.

More entertainment and travel options
Bring a library of tunes along for the ride by plugging in a thumb drive or other storage device into the USB input. Kenwood's optional KCA-iP300V adapter allows you to access your iPod's music and video content. Stay on course when you're traveling by adding Kenwood's navigation system — the KVT-512's touchscreen lets you find your destination and access points of interest quickly.

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

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Highlights:

    General features:
    • DVD/CD receiver with internal amp (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • motorized 7" touchscreen
    • fits single-sized dash openings
    Audio/video features:
    • plays DVD, DVD-R/-RW, DVD+R/+RW, CD, CD-R/RW, and MP3/WMA/AAC files on disc
    • plays JPEG files on CD, DVD, or USB
    • speaker size matching feature
    • high- and low-pass filters
    • 3-band equalizer with 7 preset EQ curves
    Expandability:
    • compatible with Kenwood iPod adapter, Bluetooth adapter, HD Radio tuner, and navigation module
    • inputs: USB input, A/V input, rear camera input
    • outputs: A/V output, 4-channel preamp output (front, rear/subwoofer)
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    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant
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    No
    RMS Power Output
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    22 watts
    Peak Output
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    50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth
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    20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs
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    4-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs
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    No
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs
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    Yes
    Preamp Voltage
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    2 volts
    Display Color
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    Key Button Color
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    Green/Red
    EQ Bands
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    3
    Wireless Remote
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    Optional
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible
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    Yes
    Parts Warranty
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    1 Year
    Labor Warranty
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    1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input
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    USB Input
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    Rear
    Memory Card Slot
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    USB Memory
    Bluetooth Compatible
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    Optional
    Satellite Radio Ready
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    Both
    HD Radio
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    Optional
    Navigation
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    Optional
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size
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    Classic/5Gen
    Nano
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    Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/Nano1
    Touch
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    Touch2/Touch1
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    iPhone
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    Phone/Phone3G
    Tuner
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    9.3 dBf
    European Tuning
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    Seek/Scan
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    Seek
    Radio Data System
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    Product Research
    What's in the box?

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    • AM/FM/DVD/CD receiver with retractable monitor
    • Sleeve
    • Trim ring
    • Wiring harness
    • Preamp/AV harness
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • 4 Pan-head ISO-mount screws
    • 4 Flat-head ISO-mount screws
    • Instruction manual (English)
    • Instruction manual (Spanish)
    • Instruction manual (French)
    • Installation manual (English/Spanish/French)
    • Warranty card
    • Functional Updating note

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    At Crutchfield, you'll get detailed, accurate information that's hard to find elsewhere. That's because we have our own in-house Product Research team — they open the box, verify contents, check the owner's manual, and record dimensions, features and specs. We stay on top of new products and technologies to help people make informed choices.

    General Features
    Disc Playback Features
    Tuner Features
    Audio Features
    External Device Controls
    Audio/Video Inputs and Outputs

    General Features

    Motorized Touchscreen Display: The Kenwood KVT-512 features a motorized-retractable 6.95" wide, 16:9 touchscreen display with a TFT active matrix system. The screen has a resolution of 480 x 234 with 336,960 total pixels (480H x 234V x RGB). This unit has touch screen controls with interactive video graphics, making menu navigation easy. The screen is non-glare and smudge-resistant. The unit has a front-loading disc-slot to make loading your disc easier.

    Display Angle and Position Adjustment: You can adjust the display's angle and position for better visibility. The display slides forward and backward, allowing you to choose one of 4 slide positions. You can also choose one of 8 tilt angles.

    Display Adjustment: You can adjust the unit's display brightness, contrast, and black level to suit your viewing needs.

    Switchable Panel Displays: You can adjust the headunit's panel color and panel button illumination from the following preset colors - Blue, Purple, Sky Blue, Aqua Blue, Yellow, Green, Amber, Red, Pink, White or Scan (Scans through all preset colors). You can also select three custom user colors that are adjusted between Red, Green, and Blue values from 0-31 each. In addition, you can download still images for use as the unit's background from a connected USB thumbdrive.

    Auto Open/Close: When this feature is active, the display automatically opens when the unit is turned on and closes when the unit is turned off.

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

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

    Front Panel Controls With Dual Illumination: In addition to the touchscreen controls, the unit includes frequently used buttons along the front lower panel of the unit. You can change the button illumination to Green or Red.

    Security Code: You may program the unit with a 4 digit security code. Once the unit has been programmed with a security code, the code must be entered to use the unit after it has been disconnected from power.

    Source Tone Memory: This feature allows you to store System Q-EX and bass, middle and treble tone settings for each source (DVD, CD, Aux, FM, AM).

    Dual Zone Capability: The unit's dual zone control allows you to independently set the source for the front and rear channels. You can set the front channels to Tuner, Sirius, XM, DVD, Video, USB, iPod, Bluetooth, , Navigation or Standby. You can se the rear channels to DVD, Video, iPod, USB, or Off. You can adjust the volume of the 2nd Zone independently from 0 to 35.

    Dimmer: The dimmer function will dim this unit's display automatically when the vehicle light switch is turned On when you connect orange/white Illumination wire of this player's harness.

    Disc Playback Features

    Compatible Discs: The Kenwood KVT-512 supports playback of DVD-Video, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, DVD-/+R DL, CD-Audio, CD-R/RW, CD-ROM, DTS-CD, and VCD discs.

    AAC-LC/MP3/WMA Playback: This unit can play AAC-LC (.M4a), MP3 and WMA files recorded on CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW and DVD+/-R/W discs in ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, Romeo and Long file name formats. Each disc should have a maximum of 8 directory levels, 254 folders per disc, and 255 files per folder. During MP3/WMA playback, the unit displays any recorded ID3 Tag information.

    JPEG/MPEG Playback: In addition to MP3/WMA/AAC discs, this unit can play discs with JPEG still image files or MPEG video files. The unit supports MPEG1 and MPEG2 NTSC video formats.

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

    DVD Display Setup: You can setup the monitor to display a 16:9, 4:3 Letter-Box, or 4:3 Pan&Scan aspect ratio when viewing a DVD disc.

    Control Screens: During DVD playback, you can control certain operations simply by touching an area of the screen. You can touch the left one-third of the screen to start the current chapter over, or the right one-third of the screen to skip to the next chapter. Pressing the top center of the screen activates the DVD Disc Menu control buttons, while pressing the bottom center briefly displays the information screen. For VCD playback, the top center is the Zoom control area.

    Direct Search: By entering its number with the optional remote (sold separately) you can directly access title, chapter, time, track, channel, or frequency.

    Video Display Adjustments: During playback of a video or still image you can reverse the picture horizontally and rotate the picture clockwise or counter-clockwise.

    Zoom: The KVT-512 features a four level zoom when playing back video and still images. You can select from 4x, 3x, 2x, or Off.

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

    Tuner Features

    CR-2 Tuner: The KVT-512 uses Kenwood's CR-2 tuner provides high signal strength for clear radio reception. The tuner features the Clean Reception System Circuit (CRSC) for improved rejection of distortion due to multi-path. You can choose one of three tuning modes: Auto 1 (seek tuning), Auto 2 (cycles through and tunes the selected band's preset stations only with each button press), or Manual.

    Radio Data System (RDS): The unit's tuner features RDS (Radio Data System). RDS is a service used by some radio stations to transmit data outside of normal radio broadcast signals. When an RDS station is received, you can immediately find out what kind of data is being transmitted by looking at the program service name which appears in the display after the frequency. RDS features an emergency transmission function which interrupts regular programming to broadcast an emergency announcement (such as a tornado or severe storm). There is also a switchable Traffic Information function, which will automatically tune a traffic bulletin when it is broadcast, even when you're not listening to the radio.

    Station Name Preset (SNPS): This feature allows you to assign names to radio stations. Up to 30 AM and FM stations can be named. Each name can be up to 16 characters in length. The Preset Select menu will display the six presets in each band either by name or frequency.

    Audio Features

    24-Bit D-A Converter: For superb quality audio playback from DVDs and CDs, the KVT-512 is equipped with a 24-bit digital-to-analog converter.

    System Q EX Sound Control: Seven EQ curves are preset into memory, allowing you to recall the best preset EQ curve for different types of music. The preset curves are named "Natural", "Rock", "Pops", "Easy", "Top 40", and "Jazz". In addition, you may store your own settings under the "User Memory" EQ curve. Each preset has its own adjustment for the bass center frequency (40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 100, 120, or 150Hz), bass level (-8 to +8), bass Q factor (1.00, 1.25, 1.50 or 2.00), bass extension (On or Off), middle center frequency (500Hz, 1.0kHz, 1.5 or 2.0kHz), middle level (-8 to +8), middle Q factor (1.0 or 2.0), treble center frequency (10.0, 12.5, 15.0 or 17.5kHz), and treble level (-8 to +8). The System Q EX can be turned off in the menu, still allowing you to adjust the bass, middle and treble levels only.

    Speaker Type Setting: This feature tailors the System Q EX Sound Control settings according to the type of front speakers in your vehicle. You may select Standard (for speakers with a general diameter), Narrow (for speakers with a small diameter), Middle (for speakers with a medium diameter), or Wide (for speakers with a large diameter).

    Selectable Preamp Output: The KVT-512 features front and rear preamp outputs. The rear preamp output allows you to adjust from a full-range rear speaker preamp output to a low-pass non-fading subwoofer preamp output.

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

    Dolby Digital: The KVT-512 supports playback of Dolby Digital and DTS 2.0 DVD discs and will convert multi-channel Dolby Digital sources to 2-channel.

    Note: There is a female Toslink digital output terminal located on the rear panel that is non-operation and listed in the manual as "Do not connect".

    Dynamic Range: The dynamic range can be adjusted by selecting either Normal, Wide or Dialog. Dialog makes the total sound volume become larger as compared with Wide and Normal, allowing you to listen to the movie's dialogue more clearly. This is effective only on Dolby Digital software.

    Loudness: The Loudness feature compensates for low and high tones during low volume. You can turn this feature either on or off. Only the low tone is compensated for when the tuner is selected as a source.

    Volume Offset Control: The level of each source may be independently adjusted to prevent radical leaps in output volume when switching from one source to another. The available settings range from -15 to 0.

    Setup Memory: Audio Setup and AV Interface settings can be memorized and recalled at any time. When the settings are cleared when the unit is disconnected from the battery, they can be restored.

    External Device Controls

    USB Port: The Kenwood KVT-512 features a rear panel 2.0 USB type-A port that is attached to the chassis with a 36" cord to allow for various placement options during installation. The USB port enables playback of MP3, WMA, and AAC files as well as JPEG files from connected portable USB mass-storage players, USB thumb drives and portable digital audio players. The USB port is compatible with all USB mass storage class devices that support the FAT16 or FAT32 file system. Your USB device's rechargeable battery will recharged while it's connected to the USB port and the KVT-512 is turned on.

    iPod High Speed Connection: The USB port and the rear panel 3.5mm A/V AUX inputs are compatible with iPod devices when used with the optional KCA-iP300V adapter (part # 113IP300V, sold separately). The USB Direct Connection enables high-speed iPod data communications of 12MB/bps via the optional KCA-iP300V (3-Wire) interface. One end of the cable plugs directly into your iPod's dock connector while the other end of the cable uses three connectors that plug into the back of the KVT-512. The USB type-A connector portion of the cable plugs into the receiver's USB port and handles the control and charging of your iPod, so you can navigate through your music and video files using the headunit's touchscreen controls and view song and movie info on its display. The two 3.5mm miniplug connectors of the cable plug into the unit's A/V 3.5mm inputs and transfer the music and video from your iPod to your Kenwood DVD/CD player. By using the Auxiliary input the music travels to the receiver as an analog signal, so you can even play the Digital-Rights-Protected files you've stored on your iPod. The controls of the KVT-512 are seamless when used with the optional KCA-iP300V and include metadata browsing and playback of DRM contents, as well as the ability to choose any iPod playback mode to suit your listening application. The KCA-iP300V is compatible with Fifth Generation iPods (iPod with video), iPod nano (1st/2nd/3rd/4th generation), iPod classic (80/120/160GB), iPod touch (1st/2nd generation) and iPhone/iPhone3G. Be sure to download the latest version software for iPod from Apple's website before connecting this cable to your compatible Kenwood multimedia headunit.

    Note: Currently this interface does not support video playback for the iPod touch or iPhone but will support audio from the iPod touch and iPhone.

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

    • XM: This unit supports the Audivox CNP-2000 MiniTuner via the optional Kenwood KCA-XM100V interface box which includes a vehicle dock and antenna. XM Satellite Radio programming offers 170 digital radio channels including 69 channels of commercial free music, plus news, sports, talk, comedy, and other entertainment programming from coast to coast. XM also offers instant traffic and weather alerts for 21 major US cities, as well as live sports broadcasts from Major League Baseball, NHL, the PGA tour, Indy car racing and several major college conferences.
    • Sirius: To receive SIRIUS Satellite Radio, you can connect the optional SIRIUS Universal Vehicle Tuner (607SCC1) and the optional Kenwood Sirius Satellite Radio Interface (113CASR20V); package # 700SIRKENV; or you can connect the optional CA-SR20V Kenwood Sirius Satellite Radio Interface and the SiriusConnect vehicle docking kit (607SCVDOC1); package # 700SIRKENP, along with your compatible SIRIUS Dock & Play receiver.  SIRIUS Satellite Radio features more than 120 streams of original programming beamed coast-to-coast, including 65 streams of commercial-free, digital-quality music, and news, talk, sports, entertainment, and children's programming.
    • Auxiliary Input: A portable satellite radio receiver, such as the Delphi SkyFi3 or SIRIUS Sportster, can be connected to the head unit via its rear-panel auxiliary input.

    Note: A subscription is also required to receive satellite radio programming from SIRIUS or XM.

    HD Radio Ready: The KVT-512 is HD Radio ready. With an optional Kenwood HD Radio tuner (item #113KTCHR20), you will be able to receive digital AM/FM broadcasts from local stations where available. This new technology will significantly improve audio quality and reception, as well as include information such as artist name and song titles or traffic news, viewable on the receiver's display.

    Navigation Input: You can connect the Kenwood KNAG510 navigation system to this unit via the maroon colored 13-pin jack on the back of the chassis. The KNA-G510 comes with routing software and mapping information by Garmin, customized for select Kenwood headunits. The maps cover the US (including Alaska and Hawaii) and Canada, they are pre-loaded and include more than 5 million points of interest. There is also an SD memory card slot used for future updates. You can select which speakers are used for navigation voice guidance: front left, front right, or both front speakers, as well as adjust the volume independently from 0-35. You can also set the volume for the voice guidance audio. Third party navigation systems with composite video a can also be connected via the AV-IN input.

    Bluetooth Ready: The unit is Bluetooth compatible using the optional Kenwood KCA-BT200 Bluetooth adapter. Using the KCA-BT200 and the adapter's supplied microphone you can make and answer phone calls from the Kenwood headunit as well as listen to audio files stored on a Bluetooth enabled audio player. You can make calls from your cell-phone using the KVT-512 by entering a phone number from the headunit's on-screen keypad, registering up to six phone number presets, from your downloaded Phonebook information or from an outgoing/incoming call list. This unit also supports Voice Recognition if your mobile-phone is Voice Recognition compatible. The headunit can support up to 35 voices and also supports Key Word Voice Recognition to select phone number category. In addition, the unit features SMS (Short Message Service) so you can send a small text message from your mobile phone using the KVT-512. When your cell-phone is called, the KVT-512 is paused and muted automatically (you need to hook-up the Brown Mute-Wire of harness). You are able to register up to five compatible Bluetooth cell phones, but only one cell phone can be connected at any given time. Visit http://www.kenwood.com/bt/information/ for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled phones.

    Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The KVT-512 has a "steering remote control" lead attached to the harness. When used with the optional SWI-JACK interface (item #127SWIJACK), you can retain the use of your steering wheel and/or rear seat radio controls when replacing the factory head unit in select vehicles. The SWI-JACK is compatible with over 95% of the vehicles made from 1986 to the present. Compatible vehicles include many Acura, Audi, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, GMC, Honda, Hummer, Infiniti, Isuzu, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercury, Mini, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Oldsmobile, Plymouth, Pontiac, Saab, Saturn, Suzuki, Toyota, and Volkswagen vehicles and Harley Davidson motorcycles. Please consult "What Fits My Car" to see if your vehicle is compatible.

    Audio/Video Inputs and Outputs

    Video/Camera Input: The KVT-512 is equipped with a built-in video/camera input with a composite video jack on the rear-chassis of the unit. This composite video terminal can be used to connect an external video source without audio. This input can also be used as a rear camera input for connecting an optional rear view camera, such as the Kenwood CCD-2000 (item # 113CCD2000, sold separately). The video from this connection can be set to display when switched to this input, or display the rear view camera video automatically when the vehicle is shifted into Reverse gear. You can also display the video of the rear view camera in a mirror image, if desired. The purple/white wire in the wiring harness must be connected to the vehicle's reverse lamp circuit for automatic video switching.

    3.5mm A/V Input: The KVT-512 features a 3.5mm stereo audio input and 3.5mm video input on the rear chassis of the unit for portable MP3/Video players. These terminals are also compatible with your dock connector iPod using the optional KCA-iP300V, sold separately. The headunit comes supplied with a 43" male to female 3.5mm audio/video cable to connect to this input to make connection easier.

    Parking Brake Detection: To prevent the displaying of video while the vehicle is in motion, the light green wire in the supplied 22-pin harness must be connected to the vehicle's parking brake detection circuit. While the vehicle is in motion (parking brake off), you can still view all of the other displays and menus.

    A/V Output: The unit features a set of stereo RCA jacks and a composite video jack to output A/V signals to an optional monitor. You can choose AV-In, DVD, iPod, USB or Off as the source for the A/V output.

     
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    5 out of 5

    Must Have Head Unit

    Written By aaron, Charlottesville, VA on Tuesday, February 23, 2010
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    Bought and installed this unit about 2 weeks ago now.... Install was a breeze
    with the install instructions provided by Crutchfield. The amount of wires
    hanging from it can seem intimidating but its really nothing more than red to
    red, green to green, etc etc... I also installed and hooked the unit up to an
    overhead monitor for the kids to watch in the back seat.

    Overall basic functions are very easy to use, it integrated with my ipod no
    problems and has seamless control over it. It actually added features to
    controlling my wife's older ipod that she didnt have... i.e. playing songs in
    random order while in particular playlist. The screen quality is great and size
    is just right. The touch screen is flawless.

    The only "bad" thing I can really say is that the Duel Zone feature is pretty
    tricky to master. I ended up calling Kenwood support who were very helpfull in
    walking me trough the process. But I cant complain as the unit has saved us
    from the usual nagging of the kids on road trips, they sit in the back GLUED to
    the movie listening through headphones while we listen to our ipod or radio
    through the front speakers !!!!

    All in all I would recommend this unit to anyone, ESPECIALLY those with kids who
    want the freedom of the duel zone.
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KVT-512

    Written By Anonymous, Wichita, KS on Thursday, October 15, 2009
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    I can't say enough good things about this DVD receiver. I installed it today in about an
    hour. It was very simple. The wire harness only needed 4 wires crimped and a ground
    wire.

    After it was installed, it is important to run the software update. It comes with version 1.5.
    The upgrade is version 2.4.0. After the update, the user interface is so much easier and
    the graphics look leaps and bounds above what it came with stock. I hook it up to my 7
    speaker stereo through the amp outputs. The radio comes in clear, plays CD's great,
    and being able to control my iPod through the touch screen. The touch screen is very
    accurate, after you calibrate it, and is very clear. I cant be happier.

    The only downside it that the cooling fan is kinda loud, but you really only hear it when the
    radio is totally off. Even at volume 1, you don't hear it.

    I would recommend this to anyone! It is a great way to get a nice sized screen with
    touchscreen and DVD capabilities in a Single-DIN stereo.
    3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Great Receiver and Crutchfield Rocks!

    Written By Anonymous, Seattle, WA on Monday, July 13, 2009
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    I've had this receiver for a little over a month now, and although it was
    refurbished I couldn't tell the difference other than the box it came in. I
    mainly purchased it because I listen to my Ipod exclusively and I wanted to
    touch screen features for my 80GB of music. The only thing that could be
    better is the album art shows grainy on the screen. Otherwise wonderful.

    You DEFINITELY want to save yourself some hassle and download the
    firmware upgrade from Kenwood, burn in on a CD and install it AS SOON AS
    you finish installing the receiver. It will save you from dealing with all the
    bugs.

    On another note, I used Crutchfield years ago and came back to them
    again and they still don't disappoint. Even where there was a customer
    service issue they took care of it promptly.
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KVT-512

    Written By MistaGavin, Fairbanks AK on Friday, June 12, 2009
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    So far so good, it works just as well as I hoped. The controls may take a while to master but once you do they are very simple to understand. I have the optional iPod cable and even though i haven't downloaded any software, my iPod Touch works with the unit very well, and even plays the video, which supposedly wasn't supposed to work. I also bought a reverse camera and the installation of it was very simple and is cool how it interrupts when you put it in reverse, and goes back to what you were doing when you take it out of reverse. The customization of the colors is sweet and the EQ controls are useful and very in-depth. Overall I am glad I bought this and it is a great deal. I can't even tell it was a refurbished model.
    5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KVT-512

    Written By Daniel, San Diego, CA on Monday, June 08, 2009
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    This is a great looking receiver and is very user friendly. The touchscreen is very responsive. The preset eq's are good but they didn't really but out the sound I wanted and it took me a little while to get my system dialed in, but once I did, it sounded great. The screen looks great when playing dvd's and other videos from an ipod or thumbdrive. My refurbished unit has an occasional glitch where none of the buttons work. I actually have to turn my car off and start it again to get the buttons to work. It has only happend twice but it is very annoying. Other than that I have no complaints and love this deck.
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    5 out of 5

    Don't forget the FW upgrade

    Written By Dave, Melbourne, FL on Wednesday, April 15, 2009
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    I was a bit baffled with some of the screen functions on this receiver when I first turned it on. The button and icon functions didn't make sense to me. However, I realized that Kenwood offers a firmware upgrade. The factory firmware that came with my unit was version 1.5.0, the current upgrade brings it up to version 2.4.0 - much better functionality! I was able to hook up my iPod and have it recognized properly after the upgrade.

    I installed it in a 2003 RAM 3500 pickup, and I couldn't be more pleased with how it all went together. Crutchfield's free wiring harness adapters make it a snap too hook up. I added the XM radio adapter and the Garmin navigation unit - they work great also, but were a little more involved to get wired up. I put the XM unit behind the glovebox and the Garmin unit under the driver's seat -that meant taking out the driver's seat to get the wires run under the carpet along the transmission tunnel! The included wiring harness for the Garmin unit wasn't long enough to reach the dash when run along the door sill. It might reach in a smaller vehicle! Anyway, wiring issues with the add-in units are no fault of the KVT512 unit itself - it has very good built-in connectivity to add all of the external stuff. Kudos Kenwood and Crutchfield!
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Great product

    Written By John, WA on Thursday, April 09, 2009
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    Pros: Fantastic sound. Has a great expandability, easy to use.
    Cons: Pricey and ran into a system problem with the refurbrished model,
    however crutchfield has agreed to send another.
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KVT-512

    Written By Michael, Las Vegas, NV on Wednesday, August 06, 2008
     
    Since this is my first DVD deck, I was a bit skeptical. But after researching similar decks with numerous competitors, this is the best one for the money...hands down! Like a previous customer stated, it does kinda bite that it doesn't come with a remote, but remotes are easy and rather inexpensive to come by. The screen is a great size and can be seen easily from any seat in my F-150 Supercrew. I also purchased the iPod cable accessory which lets me control my entire iPod from the touch screen. I absolutely love all the add-ons that you can put on this deck as it was well worth the price I paid for it. I also got a custom box made for my subs because I wanted the total "surround sound" experience when I pop in a DVD. Overall, great deck!
    13 out of 14 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood KVT-512

    Written By Arv, MA on Thursday, May 22, 2008
     
    I agree with the reviews on here - overall - a great unit, and although steeply priced, you do get what you pay for. The touch screen is responsive, and the menu options are clear - i was able to find most options and settings without even reading the manual. I was annoyed however that the satellite radio connections were changed for 2008 - i had to scrap my entire cd changer and satellite radio system and upgrade to keep receiving XM service. This cost me just over 100.00 extra. On two occasions now (had it a month so far) the unit has rebooted unexpectedly and every few days it displays "disconnected" when trying to use the XM unit - not sure if its the stereo or the xm unit thats confused but turning the entire car off and then on again sorts it out. This has happened 3 times so far.

    Overall i am happy and its well worth the money - sounds great, looks great, lets hope it lasts a long time!
    8 out of 9 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    KVT-512

    Written By briangeorge, Gallipolis Ohio on Sunday, May 18, 2008
     
    Super looking Deck, many options!! Def the best deck that I have purchased ever. Although, didn't like that it didn't come with a remote, and the gps option is fairly high priced. Many add ons can become very expensive fast. But def very high quality unit, sleek design! overall great product!!
    2 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Awesome HD

    Written By Casper, Chicago, IL on Tuesday, April 22, 2008
     
    If you
    wanna spend the
    money GO for this
    Deck. Also you have
    the ability if you
    WANT to install the
    GPS or NOT. I chose
    NOT to do it seeing
    is that I already
    have a magellen.

    THUMBS up KENWOOD on
    this DECK. I just
    WISH that there were
    THREE and NOT two
    Outputs for the
    amps.
    6 out of 9 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Buy this!

    Written By dave, California City on Friday, April 11, 2008
     
    This by far is the best DVD and Nav combo I've ever seen. The touch screen is perfect! The controls can look a little intimidating at first but after the drive home I had most of them down. Only downside is when its dark in the car and the screen is closed the buttons arn't too easy to find. Wish they had a smaller screen in adition to the large one that you see on the standard radio. Buy this!
    43 out of 53 people found this helpful
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