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Kenwood Excelon DDX790

DVD receiver (Factory Refurbished)

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Our take on the Kenwood Excelon DDX790

by Dave Delamere

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.

Step up to the big screen

Make a big change in your travel time by installing Kenwood's DDX790 DVD receiver with its stunning 6.95" touchscreen display. And this great-looking receiver is backed by the Kenwood Excelon 2-year warranty.

Kenwood DDX790

The DDX790's motorized touchscreen offers impressive picture quality.

The DDX790 does more than look good, though. It'll enrich your in-car audio/video experience with a variety of tools: easy-to-use iPod® controls, access to music and video apps through your iPhone®, and Bluetooth® hands-free calling and audio streaming. And you can use that big touchscreen to change sources, choose music, select DVD menu items, or adjust EQ settings with just a few quick touches of your fingertip. For a final touch, you can even set this Kenwood's control buttons to match the color of your vehicle's dash illumination.

Bluetooth that's easy to use

The DDX790's built-in Bluetooth sets new marks for ease of use. Kenwood's Simple Secure Pairing system will automatically detect and pair phones in close proximity to the receiver — with no searches, PIN codes, or other hassles. Your phonebook transfers quickly to the receiver, so it's easy to make outgoing calls — you can even use voice dialing with compatible phones. And the DDX790 will even inform you when you receive a text message on your phone.

When paired and connected with an iPhone 4S or 5 through Bluetooth, you can engage Siri through Kenwood's Siri Digital Assistant Control. Just press a button and talk to Siri through the included Bluetooth microphone and hear her answers through the car's speakers.

Cool app compatibility

With your iPhone plugged into the DDX790's USB input, you can control Pandora® Internet radio, with easy access to your stations, "thumbs-up" and "thumbs-down" ratings, and other major functions. If you have an iPhone 4 or 4S, you can watch Netflix content on the built-in screen whenever you're parked, or send video to a screen in the back so your passengers can watch while you drive. And you can download Garmin's "Streetpilot" app for iPhone, then use the receiver's screen for navigation.

Play all your other media, too

Of course the DDX790 plays CDs and DVDs, along with recordable discs loaded with MP3, WMA, and AAC files. You can enjoy other A/V sources by plugging them into the A/V input. The receiver works with the SiriusXM tuner (not included) to bring you the wide variety of music, sports, and entertainment offered by satellite radio. You'll also have control over the music and video content on your iPod from the touchscreen, so finding the tune you want to hear is a snap.

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 this 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.

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Highlights:

    General features:
    • DVD/CD receiver with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in internal amp (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • 6.95" motorized touchscreen with variable color button illumination
    • Bluetooth adapter included for hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • Pandora control with iPhone, Android, and Blackberry
    • App Mode allows iPhone 4/4S use for select streaming audio and video apps
    • display function for Garmin "Streetpilot" navigation app for iPhone 4/4S — cable required
    • fits double-DIN dash openings
    Audio/video features:
    • plays CDs, DVDs, and USB memory devices (see Details for full capabilities)
    • EQ Pro 3-band parametric equalizer with 8 preset EQ curves
    • high- and low-pass filters
    • subwoofer controls
    • speaker type setting
    Expandability:
    • iPod control: Kenwood cable required for full access to audio/video content
    • works with SiriusXM tuner (not included)
    • inputs: dual rear A/V inputs, rear USB input, rear-view camera input
    • outputs: A/V output, 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
    Other information:
    • compatible with most factory steering wheel audio controls (adapter required)
    • warranty: 90 days
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
    • Bluetooth adapter included for hands-free calling and audio streaming; works with SiriusXM tuner (not included)

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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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    6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs
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    Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs
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    Preamp Voltage
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    4 volts
    Display Color
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    Key Button Color
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    EQ Bands
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    3
    Wireless Remote
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    Steering Wheel Control Compatible
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    Adapter required
    Parts Warranty
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    90 Days
    Labor Warranty
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    90 Days
    Expandability
    AUX Input
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    3.5mm AV (rear)
    USB Input
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    Rear
    Memory Card Slot
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    USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible
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    Satellite Radio Ready
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    SiriusXM
    HD Radio
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    Navigation
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    iPod Compatibility
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    European Tuning
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    Seek/Scan
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    Radio Data System
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    What's in the box?

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    • Refurbished Double-DIN DVD receiver with built-in 6.95" monitor (10A fuse installed in chassis)
    • Sleeve (attached)
    • Trim ring
    • Wiring harness
    • 6.5' Parking brake wire (light green)
    • KS-UBT1 USB Bluetooth adapter (pre-installed)
    • Microphone with integrated bracket (attached 10' cable terminated by a right-angle male 3.5mm connector)
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • 6 Pan-head ISO-mount screws
    • 6 Flat-head ISO-mount screws
    • Rear-support stud (w/ washer/nut/rubber boot)
    • Instruction Manual (English)
    • Instruction Manual (Spanish)
    • Instruction Manual (French)
    • Warranty card
    • Correction note

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    Audio Section
    Touchscreen Display
    Built-in Bluetooth
    Disc & USB Playback
    iPod/iPhone Integration
    AM/FM+Pandora+SiriusXM Radio
    AV Connections
    Remote Control

    Audio Section

    Excelon Series: The DDX790 DVD receiver is part of Kenwood's Excelon series line-up. It incorporates the latest technologies and delivers the highest sonic performance. From advanced audio tuning capabilities, crossover and equalizer system, high-voltage preouts (4V), and a two-year warranty - Kenwood Excelon represents exceptional audio quality with long-lasting dependability.

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The Kenwood Excelon DDX790 utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood Excelon DDX790 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 DDX790 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/4V Preamp Outputs: The DDX790 features front, rear and subwoofer 4.0-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.

    Front & Rear High-Pass Filter: The DDX790 features an independent High-Pass Crossover for the front & rear channels when your front & rear speakers are connected by the unit's speaker-outputs or preamp-outputs. You can adjust the high-pass crossover from 'Through' (off), 40, 60, 80, 100, 120, 150, 180, or 220 Hz. The "Through" selection is a full-range setting. This feature is very helpful when you have smaller-type speakers in the front and larger-type speakers installed in the rear of the vehicle.

    Subwoofer Controls: The Kenwood Excelon DDX790 offers the following subwoofer controls, when you have the unit's subwoofer preamp output activated.

    • Low Pass Filter: The receiver features a built-in Low Pass Filter control for the preamp-output, when the output is set to Subwoofer. You can select from 50, 60, 80, Hz, 100 Hz, 120 Hz, or 'Through' (off).
    • Subwoofer Phase: You can adjust the phase of the subwoofer output between 180-degrees (Reverse) or 0-degrees (Normal).
    • Subwoofer Level: Once the Subwoofer preamp output is activated, you can independently control the subwoofer preamp output level (-50 to +10) from the DVD receiver.

    Speaker Type Setting: This feature tailors the DDX790 according to the type of front speakers in your vehicle. You may select Standard (for speakers with a general diameter), Narrow (for speakers with a small diameter), Middle (for speakers with a medium diameter), or Wide (for speakers with a large diameter).

    Preset EQ: Eight EQ curves are preset into memory, allowing you to recall the best preset EQ curve for different types of music. Each preset has its own level settings for bass (100Hz), midrange (1kHz), and treble (12.5kHz). You can choose from the following preset EQ curves - Rock, Pops, Easy, Top 40, Jazz, Natural, Flat, and User.

    EQ Pro: The DDX790 features independent Bass, Treble, and Midrange control when the Preset EQ is in User mode. EQ Pro allows you to adjust the following settings for the Bass, Treble and Mid frequency levels.

    EQ Pro
    Center Frequency Q-Factor Bass Extension Level
    Bass 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 100, 120, or 150 Hz 1.00, 1.25, 1.50, or 2.00 On/Off -8 to +8
    Midrange 0.5k, 1.0k, 1.5k, or 2.0k Hz 1.00 or 2.00 N/A
    Treble 10.0k, 12.5k, 15.0k, or 17.5k Hz N/A N/A
    Note: You can store bass, middle and treble tone settings for each source (Disc, Tuner, AV, USB, iPod, Bluetooth, and Pandora).

    Loudness: This function enhances low and high frequencies to make the sound clearer lower volumes.

    Volume Offset: The level of each source may be independently adjusted to prevent radical leaps in output volume when switching from one source to another. The available settings range from -8 to +6.

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

    Key Beep: The in-dash multimedia head unit provides an audible beep to confirm button operation. This function can be turned On or Off.

    Touchscreen Display

    Motorized Touchscreen Display: The Kenwood Excelon DDX790 features a motorized 6.95" wide, 16:9 touchscreen display with a TFT active matrix system and LED backlighting. The screen has a resolution of 800 (H) x 480 (V) x RGB with 1,152,000 total pixels. This unit has touchscreen controls with interactive video graphics, making menu navigation easy. The monitor electronically slides down for loading or ejecting a disc. The bottom of the touchscreen monitor can be tilted upward at six different positions to provide the best visibility in your vehicle (you can save any one of these positions to the head unit's memory).

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

    Multi-Language Display: For your convenience, this unit is equipped with a multiple language display. You can select the language which is best suited to your first language - English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Dutch, Russian, Portuguese, Chinese (simplified/traditional), Thai, Turkish, Arabic, Persian, Hebrew, or Greece. For connected external monitors; only English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Dutch, Russian, and Portuguese are available.

    Parking Brake Detection: To prevent the display of video while the vehicle is in motion, the light green wire (attached to rear-chassis) must be connected to the vehicle's parking brake detection circuit. You cannot view video unless your vehicle's parking brake is engaged. If you attempt to view video without the parking brake engaged, the unit's LCD touchscreen will simply display a blue screen and "Parking Off". While your vehicle is in motion (parking brake off), you can still view all of the head unit's menu screens/settings, source information, metadata, and album artwork.

    Front-Panel Controls w/ Variable Color Illumination: In addition to the touchscreen controls, the unit includes frequently used buttons along the bottom edge of the screen. You can adjust the head unit's button illumination from the following preset colors - Blue, Purple, Sky Blue, Yellow, Green, Amber, Red, Pink, White or Scan (Scans through all preset colors). You can also select a custom "User" color that is adjusted between Red, Green, and Blue (values range: 0-31).  The Kenwood logo remains red, regardless of variable color illumination setting.

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

    Security Indicator: The Security Indicator feature helps to protect the Kenwood Excelon DDX790 against theft. Turning this function "On" allows the security indicator light (red) on the front-panel of the head unit to flash when your vehicle's ignition is off.

    2-DIN Chassis: The DDX790 has a 2-DIN chassis (also known as Double DIN or size DD), and will fit in many vehicles with a large dash opening. The unit can be ISO-mounted using factory brackets, or Euro-mounted using the supplied mounting sleeve. As always, please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to verify fit with your vehicle.

    Built-in Bluetooth

    USB Bluetooth Adapter: The Kenwood Excelon DDX790 comes supplied with a USB Bluetooth Adapter (KS-UBT1) which is pre-installed into the head unit's hidden front-panel USB input, making the DDX790 Bluetooth 2.1+EDR certified. The unit's hidden front-panel USB port is located behind the detachable touchscreen monitor. The USB Bluetooth Adapter (KS-UBT1) must remain plugged into this USB port (Bluetooth only). The DDX790 supports Bluetooth hands-free communication and wireless audio streaming.

    Bluetooth Technology: The Kenwood Excelon DDX790 is equipped with built-in Bluetooth (2.1+EDR) allowing you to make and receive phone calls wirelessly through the receiver; as well as stream music wirelessly from your smartphone to the head unit. In order to use Bluetooth wireless technology, your phone must also be Bluetooth compatible and be able to interpret certain profiles. This unit is compatible with the following Bluetooth Profiles:

    • Hands-Free Communication: HFP 1.5 (Hands Free Profile), OPP 1.1 (Object Push Profile), PBAB 1.0 (Phone Book Access Profile).
    • Audio Streaming: A2DP 1.2 (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP 1.3 (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).
    Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Kenwood Excelon DDX790. Visit Kenwood's Support Site for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled phones

    SPP (Secure Simple Pairing): With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the Kenwood Excelon DDX790 without having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings. When a registered Bluetooth device is in close proximity to the receiver, the auto connection function automatically pairs the two units. You can register up to five Bluetooth-enabled devices with the Kenwood head unit (only one paired phone can be used at a time).

    Bluetooth Hands-Free Communication: The head unit supports Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. The touchscreen controls of the DDX790 can be used to dial a number, answer an in-coming call, or end a call. The unit also includes an external microphone (featuring adjustable gain), so you can carry on your side of the conversation while listening to the caller through your vehicles speakers (All or Front only). During a conversation, you can switch between the Private Mode (talking directly on your cell phone) and the Hands Free Mode. 

    • Answering a Call: When a call comes in, a ring-tone will be heard through your vehicle's speaker and the caller's name or phone number will be displayed. You can answer the call from the head unit's touchscreen, or setup the head unit to automatically answer the incoming call immediately in 5 seconds. 
    • Dialing a Number: Using the DDX790, you can dial a phone number in one of the following ways:
      • Entering a Phone Number: Allows you to directly dial a phone number up to 32 digits from the head unit's touchscreen.
      • Speed (Preset) Dialing: Allows you to register up to 6 phone numbers for quick dialing. The preset numbers can be accessed from the head unit's touchscreen.
      • Phone Book: You can dial by using the downloaded phone book. You can download phone book data from your cell phone to the DDX790. Up to 5,000 numbers can be stored for each registered cell phone. Each number can be up to 32 digits long and each name can be up to 50 characters long. You can search the phone book in alphabetical order.
      • Call History: The Call History is a list of calls that have originated from and were received by this unit that you can dial. You can select Outgoing, Incoming, or Missed calls (up to 50 each).
      • Voice Dialing: If your mobile phone supports voice recognition, then you can dial out by voice command. Simply speak into the included microphone. 
    Note: This unit allows you to answer a call or dial out using any option without engaging the parking brake.

    External Microphone: The Kenwood Excelon DDX790 includes an external microphone to carry on your side of your phone conversation and voice command dialing. The external wired microphone offers improved audio quality versus an integrated microphone, so you can be heard easier over noisy traffic and road noise. You can adjust the volume level and noise cancellation of the microphone without affecting the other sources. The external microphone features an attached 10' cable terminated by a right-angle 3.5mm connector which plugs into the mic input on the rear-panel of the head unit. The microphone offers an integrated mounting bracket which can be clipped to your vehicle's sun-visor or taped to your dash. The external microphone measures 0.525" (diameter) x 1.505" (depth).

    Note: This unit does not offer an integrated front-panel microphone.

    SMS: If your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone is compatible with SMS (Short Message Service), the Kenwood head unit will notify you when a message has been received. You must then use your phone to check the message. You cannot read, edit, or send a message through this unit.

    Wireless Audio Streaming (w/ Metadata Display): The Kenwood DDX790 also supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth enabled audio player or smartphone. The DDX790 will be able to control basic playback functions of your Bluetooth device's stored music; such as Play/Pause, Skip Next/Previous, Fast Forward/Rewind and Random/Repeat. The head unit will also display your stored music's song information; such as Artist name and Song/Album title. The DDX790 also supports audio streaming of music apps downloaded on your smartphone with metadata display and limited control. Advanced music control of your music apps will still need be done via your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone. When an incoming call or outgoing call is in progress from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, audio streaming will be paused so you can take your call. Once the call is finished, your streaming music will resume.

    Siri Digital Assistant Control: When paired and connected with an iPhone 4S/5 via Bluetooth (not USB), the Kenwood Excelon DDX790 has the ability to access Siri through its front-panel controls and external microphone. Simply press-and-hold down on the head unit's "VOICE/TEL" button to engage Siri and use the included microphone to communicate with Siri. Siri's voice will heard through your vehicle's speakers. All Siri functions including hands-free calling, music search, setting reminders, text-messaging, audible navigation, and more can be done through the DDX790 and its microphone. The head unit's LCD touchscreen will only display hands-free calling and Bluetooth audio information (all other functions of Siri are only audible through the Kenwood Excelon DDX790; visual data will still need to be viewed from your iPhone device).

    Note: You can ask Siri to get directions to a destination and the turn-by-turn instructions will heard through your vehicle's speakers, while the on-screen map still displays on your iPhone 4S/5. The head unit's audio is attenuated while Siri provides audible directions.

    Disc & USB Playback

    Compatible Discs: The touchscreen monitor electronically slides down for loading and ejecting discs. The Kenwood Excelon DDX790 supports playback of DVD-Video, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, CD-Audio, CD-Text, CD-R/RW, DTS-CD, and VCD discs. The unit supports MPEG-1/MPEG-2 video & JPEG files recorded on to CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW and DVD+R/RW discs. It also supports playback of MP3, WMA, AAC, and WAV music files loaded onto a CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, or DVD+R/RW disc.

    USB Port: The Kenwood Excelon DDX790 features a rear-panel Full-Speed 2.0 USB type-A port (attached to the unit's rear-chassis by a 38" cable) for connection and control of a portable USB mass-storage class (MSC) device; such as your Android smartphone, portable digital audio player, or USB thumbdrive. The USB port enables playback of MP3, WMA, AAC, and WAV audio files; as well as JPEG still-picture files stored on a compatible USB memory device. The DDX790 also supports video playback of MPEG1/MPEG2 video files from a connected portable USB MSC device. USB portable audio devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the DVD receiver's USB port (5V/1A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

    File Compatibility: The Kenwood Excelon DDX790 supports the following types of audio, video, and photo files recorded onto a disc or loaded onto a USB mass storage class device.

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

    Dolby Digital/DTS: The DDX790 supports playback of Dolby Digital and DTS 2.0 DVD discs and will convert multi-channel Dolby Digital sources to 2-channel.

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

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

    Zoom: The DDX790 features a 3 level zoom when playing back video and still images.

    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.

    Firmware Updates (via USB): The unit's operating system is updateable via free downloadable software from Kenwood's support site. Firmware downloads assist in maintaining system performance when using external devices and emerging technologies. Firmware/software updates can be downloaded onto a USB thumbdrive from your computer and then inserted into the head unit's USB port and uploaded. The tested unit contained firmware version G11.03.00. Go to Kenwood's Support Site for the latest firmware/software updates.

    iPod/iPhone Integration

    iPod/iPhone Connectivity: The Kenwood Excelon DDX790 supports audio/video playback from select Apple iPods and iPhones.

    • Audio/Video Playback: The Kenwood Excelon DDX790's rear-panel USB (type-A) port and rear-panel 3.5mm A/V AUX input allow you to connect select Apple iPod/iPhones using the Kenwood KCA-IP202 iPod cable (113IP202, sold separately). The unit's USB port handles the control, metadata display, and charging of your iPod/iPhone. You can navigate through your music and video files using the head unit's touchscreen controls and view song and movie info on its display, while your iPod/iPhone charges. The 3.5mm AV input handles audio and video transfer from your iPod/iPhone to the Kenwood Excelon DDX790. 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/iPhone. The unit's rear-panel AV input must be set to "iPod" in order to playback audio/video from your connected iPod/iPhone. Video can only be displayed while the vehicle is in park.
    • Audio Only Playback: If you only want to playback audio from your iPod or iPhone, you can simply connect it to the DDX790's USB port using either the USB/iPod dock cable that came with your iPod/iPhone or Kenwood's iPod Direct Connect Cable (113KCIP102, sold separately). This 1-wire USB connection bypasses the iPod/iPhone's DAC and sound quality is maximized through the head unit's 24-bit D/A converter, allowing for a Signal-to-Noise ratio up to 99dB. The unit's rear-panel AV input must be set to "AV-IN2" in order to use the 1-wire USB connection. You will not be able to play Digital-Rights-Protected files.
    Note: If you have an iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), or iPhone 5; use the Lighting-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect to the head unit. These Apple devices only support audio playback (no video output).

    iPod Control: You can choose to control your connected iPod/iPhone from the head unit, from the iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen, or from select apps streamed to your iPhone.

    • Head Unit Control Mode: The Kenwood head unit allows you to navigate your iPod's music library by Playlist, Artists, Album, Genre, Composer, Song, Podcast, or Audiobook. Your iPod's video library can be searched by Video Playlist, Movie, Music Video, TV Show, Video Podcast, Rented Movie, or iTunesU. You can then search each of these categories using the head unit's touchscreen slider function. The head unit also supports Repeat (track) & Random (album) playback functions of your connected iPod/iPhone.
    • iPod/App Control Mode: The iPod/App control mode allows you to control stored audio/video content from your connected iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen. This is very useful for the person riding in your passenger seat. The iPod/App mode also lets you listen to your favorite music apps, such as iHeartRadio, SiriusXM, Last.fm, Rhapsody, & Slacker streamed to your iPhone (iOS 3.0+) through the Kenwood head unit and your vehicle's speakers. You can even watch video on the Kenwood DVD receiver's touchscreen from streaming movie apps, such as Netflix & YouTube, downloaded on your iPhone 4/4S (iOS 4.0+), via the Kenwood KCA-IP202 iPod cable (sold separately). The App Mode's video functions can only be accessed when the vehicle is in park and the hand-brake is fully engaged. Not all apps will be compatible with App Mode and App Mode will provide only limited (basic), if any, control over the app. Available controls may include - Play/Pause & Skip Previous/Next.
    Note: Access to your iPhone's downloaded applications will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet.

    iPod/iPhone Display: The Kenwood Excelon DDX790 will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information when you are controlling your iPod or iPhone from the Kenwood multimedia head unit. The head unit will display Track number, Elapsed playing time, Artist name, Song title, and Album label. The unit will also display Album Art. If you choose to operate your connected iPod/iPhone in iPod/App Control Mode, the DDX790 will not display your iPod/iPhone's music information (the head unit will instead display 'iPhone App and iPod Control Mode + Parking Off').

    iPod Charging: The head unit's USB connection provides 1A of current to power and charge your connected iPod/iPhone when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position. This unit does not charge the iPad. If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it.

    Garmin App: In addition, the optional KCA-IP202 iPod cable allows you to view navigation maps and get audible/visual directions on the DDX790's touchscreen, when the Garmin StreetPilot Onboard USA app ($49.99), and the Vehicle Display Integration in-app option ($49.99) are both downloaded to your connected iPhone or iPad (iOS 5.1+). The Garmin StreetPilot Onboard USA app contains NAVTEQ map data for the United States (lower 49 states); with over a million POIs, turn-by turn directions, lane assist with junction view, traffic updates, and speed limit alerts. Because the map data is downloaded onto your iPhone and does not live on the network, wireless coverage is not required to navigate. Once you have selected your destination on your connected iPhone, your map route will be visible on the DDX790's touchscreen (even with parking brake disengaged) and turn-by-turn directions can be heard through your car stereo speakers. You will continue to use your iPhone's touchscreen to control the Garmin StreetPilot USA app. The screen of your iPhone and the screen of the Kenwood DDX790 may not be identical.

    Note: A Garmin StreetPilot Onboard app with North American maps (US, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, USVI, and more) is also available for $59.99.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Kenwood Excelon DDX790 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 2/6/2013):

    iPod/iPhone Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Specific Apps Bluetooth Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/App Song/Artist Text Track Info Album Art Pandora App Garmin App Phone Audio Siri
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N N Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y N Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y N Y
    4 6.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    4S 6.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5* 6.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N N N N Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N N Y N Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N N Y N Y
    4th 6.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N N Y N Y
    5th* 6.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N N N Y Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y N N N N N Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N N N N N Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N N N N Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N N N N Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N N N N Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y Y Y Y Y N N N N N Y
    7th* 1.02 PC Y N Y Y Y Y Y N N N Y N Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N N N N Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N N N N Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N N N N Y
    video 5th 1.3 Y Y Y N Y Y Y N N N N N Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N N
    2 6.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N N
    3 6.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N N
    4* 6.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N N Y Y N
    mini* 6.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y N N Y Y N
    Note:
    • *If you have an iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), or iPhone 5; use the Lighting-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect to the head unit. These Apple devices only support audio playback (no video output).
    • Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

    AM/FM+Pandora+SiriusXM Radio

    RDS AM/FM Tuner: The Kenwood Excelon DDX790 features a built-in AM/FM tuner. 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.

    • Seek Modes: 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.
    • Presets: Not only does the multimedia receiver's tuner allow you manually enter your desired presets you can choose to have the unit automatically put stations with good reception in the memory banks automatically; this is a handy feature when traveling. You can store up to 18 FM stations and 6 AM stations as presets.
    • Mono Mode: This feature reduces the noise (static) when a stereo broadcast is received as monaural (for FM band only).

    Pandora Internet Radio: Pandora is the leading Internet Radio music service in the United States, giving people music they love anytime, anywhere, through personalized radio stations. The Kenwood Excelon DDX790 DVD receiver lets you playback and control the Pandora Internet Radio music service that is being streamed to your Apple iPhone, Android smartphone, or Blackberry device. Your iPhone, Android, or Blackberry smartphone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. In addition, you will need an active Pandora music service account.

    • Connection Type: The Kenwood Excelon DDX790 provides Pandora App access via a USB-connected iPhone or Bluetooth-enabled Android/Blackberry smartphone.
      • Pandora App for iPhone: The Kenwood Excelon DDX790 provides complete access to your Pandora account using your iPhone, via the head unit's rear-panel USB port. To access Pandora you must have an Apple iPhone (iOS3 or later) with the latest version of the Pandora App from Apple's iTunes App Store.
      • Pandora App for Android/Blackberry: The Kenwood DDX790 lets you playback and control Pandora Internet Radio streamed from your Android or Blackberry smartphone, via Bluetooth (no hard-wired connection required). To access Pandora from the Kenwood head unit, your Bluetooth-enabled Android or Blackberry smartphone must have the latest version of the Pandora App from the Google Play App Store or BlackBerry App World. Your Android or Blackberry smartphone must support A2DP, AVRCP, and SPP Bluetooth profiles.
    • Station Control: The Kenwood Excelon DDX790 will provide control over the Pandora music service streamed to your USB-connected iPhone or Bluetooth-enabled Android/Blackberry smartphone. 
      • Station/Genre List: You can select Pandora stations from your Station List by date or alphabetically (A-Z). You can also select from Pandora's Genre Stations.
      • Create New Station: New stations can be created based on the current songs or artists playing on Pandora.
      • Skip Songs: You can skip song tracks within a station. You cannot skip back to a previous song. Pandora limits the number of skips allowed.
      • Thumbs Up/Down: You can give songs a thumbs up or thumbs down to help Pandora personalize stations to suit your preferences.
      • Bookmarking: The song or artist currently being played can be bookmarked & stored in your Pandora account.
    • Information Display: The Kenwood Excelon DDX790 will display Artist, Album, & Song information provided by the Pandora app on your iPhone or Android/Blackberry smartphone.
    Note: Access to the Pandora service will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone or Android/Blackberry smartphone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.

    SiriusXM Ready: The Kenwood Excelon DDX790 comes ready for SiriusXM programming with access to XM and Sirius Satellite Radio stations. Thanks to its proprietary SiriusXM Connect port, you can add the optional SXV200V1 SiriusXM Connect tuner and receive more than 150 channels of exclusive programming directly from SiriusXM, via the "SiriusXM All Access" package (subscription required). Visit SiriusXM.com for a complete list of subscription options and channel guide. Additional features of the SXV200 SiriusXM Connect tuner include:

    • Channel list displays a list of all available channels
    • Category Search searches for channels in a certain category
    • Displayed Information such as Channel Name, Artist Name, & Song Title can be viewed on the head unit's LCD
    • Up to 24 SiriusXM Satellite Radio station presets
    • Supports the SiriusXM Instant Replay function, so you can pause, rewind, and replay up to 30 minutes of live content
    • Channels containing unsuitable content for children can be blocked
    Note: A separate SiriusXM Satellite Radio subscription is required (operates on the XM Network). However, you can easily add this SiriusXM tuner to an existing Sirius or XM account for a Multi-Radio Discount Plan.

    AV Connection

    Dual A/V Inputs: The Kenwood Excelon DDX790 DVD receiver is fitted with two audio/video inputs. The unit features a rear-panel 3.5mm audio/video input for connecting an external game console or portable MP3 player. This input also serves as the A/V input for your USB-connected iPod (using proprietary Kenwood cable). The head unit also features a composite video/stereo audio RCA input on the rear-panel for connecting an external A/V source, such as a Blu-ray player or mobile ATSC tuner.

    Camera Input: The unit features a composite video input for connecting an optional rear view camera, such as the Kenwood CMOS-210 (113CMOS210, sold separately). The video from this connection can be set to display when switched to this input, or display the rear view camera video automatically when the vehicle is shifted into Reverse gear. The purple/white wire (attached to the rear chassis) must be connected to the vehicle's reverse lamp circuit for automatic video switching. Automatic video switching takes approximately 1.5 seconds. Audio from your music source will continue playing, while the back-up camera is displayed.

    A/V Output: The unit features a composite video jack and 3.5mm audio jack to output A/V signals to an optional monitor and headphone system in the rear of your vehicle. You can select between a 16:9, 4:3 LB, or 4:3 PS Aspect Ratio for the unit's video output to match your connected monitor. The audio/video source which you can output to a separate monitor and headphone system depends on the current source that is being played back on the Kenwood DVD receiver.

    DVD Receiver Source A/V Output Source
    DVD DVD, AV-IN1, AV-IN2, or Off
    Tuner/SiriusXM (optional tuner required) DVD, USB, iPod, AV-IN1, AV-IN2, or Off
    USB USB, AV-IN1, AV-IN2, or Off
    iPod iPod, AV-IN1, or Off
    Pandora AV-IN1, or Off
    Bluetooth Audio DVD, USB, iPod, AV-IN1, AV-IN2, or Off
    AV-IN1/AV-IN2 DVD, USB, iPod, AV-IN1, AV-IN2, or Off

    Note: The volume of the A/V output will be controlled by your rear entertainment system.

    Remote Control

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

    Optional Remote Control: The optional Kenwood KNA-RCDV331 IR wireless remote control (113RCDV331, sold separately) unit is designed to operate this Kenwood multimedia head unit. The wireless remote controller operates off of two supplied "AAA" batteries. The remote operates off of IR transmission so the KNA-RCDV331 must be pointed at the front-panel of the Kenwood head unit within direct line of sight.

     
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    4 out of 5

    Good for the money

    Written By Jeff Howard, Memphis, TN on Monday, July 14, 2014
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    I switched from a Pioneer AVH to this model because I was looking for a unit with XM capability. My first thought when I started using the unit was that it was very basic. If you are looking for a unit that has some flashy looks then this one isn't for you. It's impossible to change the screen colors leaving the black/blue/white theme on there all the time. I wish there were some other options for this. As far as sound quality I would give this an A+. I have a 500w Alpine amp and a 10" Kicker sub. This radio has a MUCH better EQ system than my old head unit. It really made my system come alive. What it lacks in looks it makes up for with sound quality 5 times over. Overall I would buy this again. Especially for the money.
    Pros:
    Sound quality. Easy setup. Great EQ.
    Cons:
    Boring looks and style.
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    5 out of 5

    kenwood ddx-790

    Written By mark, baltimore on Friday, July 11, 2014
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    great head unit . i did not want a navigation because i like my car mount Garmin so if i use other cars i can take it with me . so this kenwwod has everything i want . it works with my LG phone for Bluetooth and the hands free calling . i have not tryed using gps option because i got a car mount gps .pandora would work but i dont have a acount . iheart radeo works off of my phone . so i think im covered as far as phone options . usb is great that is what i use for all my music files i use a 8 gig stick thaty holds everything i have . the dvd player is nice . has great picture and sound . it sounds like im in the movies me and my son sat in the car and watched car's tougher the first night i installed it . sirius / xm is a must have for me and it works and sounds great . ez hook up . i wanted to keep my steering wheel controls and bought it pac peace for my car . thanks to Crutchfield it was also a ez hook up . works perfect . i cant say enough about this kenwood . i love it .

    the biggest reason for buying this head unit and others from Crutchfield is there awesome tech support . i can not stress enough how good they are . they will stay on the phone with you till you get it hooked up . they are veary nice and explain the whole install to you as you do it if you need it . thank you tech support !! and thank you Crutchfield again !!
    Pros:
    Crutchfield tech support !! great dvd / usb / phone options / sirius/xm . able to match my dash color to the kenwood buttons . custom background .
    Cons:
    can only save one background at a time . not a big deal . does not come with remote but does work a little with old remote i had from older kenwood . did not test all of the remote out . but it does change channels and volume level .
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon DDX790

    Written By Anonymous, Pahala, Hi on Monday, April 21, 2014
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    Very good upgrade, I love it!
    Pros:
    Easy to use
    Cons:
    N/a
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    1 out of 5

    Defective upon installation

    Written By FadNab, Atlanta, GA on Monday, April 21, 2014
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    I purchased a refurbished unit and unfortunately it was defective. The display flickers intermittently and turns white after a few minutes of operation. The only way to see anything on the screen again is to cycle the ignition or turn the unit off and back on.
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    5 out of 5

    Great buy

    Written By ReginaldL., Wallisville, TX on Tuesday, April 01, 2014
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    It was a great buy and a really good addition to my dodge ram!
    Pros:
    Easy to use
    Cons:
    The GPS playback on the screen doesn't work with iphone 5
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon DDX790

    Written By megan, albertville mn on Thursday, March 27, 2014
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    I give it 5 stars because it is a great unit! The only down side to this is its only compatible with iPhones and iPods. I have an android and do not planning on switching it. But over all. The Bluetooth connects to my phone great! And does play all my music. The only thing that is a down fall is I live In minnesota and when you start the car in the morning and the blue tooth will only pick up the telephone part not the music. So what I have to do is shut off my car and open my door to turn the radio off. Then restart my car. But other then that a great radio!
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    5 out of 5

    nice

    Written By Timothy W., juliette ga on Wednesday, March 12, 2014
     
    Good product. Spuds awesome once it's adjusted right!!
    Pros:
    Nice price!!
    Cons:
    No remote!!
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon ddx790

    Written By Billy, Wichita Ks 67217 on Tuesday, March 11, 2014
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    This stereo was all I expected and more! One of the best you can get without the navigation!
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    5 out of 5

    Performance excellence!

    Written By Brian/Marsha, Somerset,Ky on Monday, March 10, 2014
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    Love Kenwood ! Excellent quality on DVD play and all the other features!
    Pros:
    Everything
    Cons:
    Non
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    5 out of 5

    GREAT DECK!!

    Written By SteveM, Fort Wainwright, AK on Sunday, March 09, 2014
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    Love this deck. Way better than a stock cd deck. Love the Bluetooth functionality.
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Great

    Written By ted b, Westminster ca on Wednesday, March 05, 2014
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    It looks great sounds great easy to using
    Pros:
    Screen looks bright and nice
    Cons:
    Buttons r to small
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Great product

    Written By Chris, Wesley chapel, FL on Sunday, March 02, 2014
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    Awesome product. Being refurbished at this price was a great deal. It's a beautiful product and it fit perfectly into my car. Sound quality was above and beyond as well. The touch screen is super responsive and very quick with no lag.
    Pros:
    Fast, responsive, cool looking, Bluetooth hand free calling works awesome with Siri .
    Cons:
    Hooking it up was a little difficult, but that was my fault!
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    4 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon DDX790

    Written By Jerome, Palmdale CA on Wednesday, February 26, 2014
     
    Over all this is a really good stereo
    Pros:
    Its made by Kenwood.. It's easy to use, you can use a custom background image, the load time on the USB and the DVDs is pretty quick I would say it takes about ten seconds or so not bad IMO. The display is great the images show clear. If you have album art on any of the the devices it'll show the album art which I think is really cool. There's a lot extras in this Kenwood stereo. All in all it's a great buy.
    Cons:
    When streaming music through Bluetooth it for some odd reason turns off the Subs!!!. Maybe it's something I did wrong but I'm not sure because everything else is in order. If anyone else knows how to keep the Subs on when streaming music through Bluetooth please help a brotha out. I would give it a five star but due to the problem of my subs not playing only when I stream music through my IPhone 5 I had to take that extra star but overall it's a great stereo
    Crutchfield response on Wednesday, March 05, 2014
    This problem arose because the default setting for Bluetooth on Kenwood receivers is that the incoming signal will only play through the front speakers. Our tech support team contacted Jerome to help him change that setting from "Front" to "All", which enables the incoming Bluetooth audio signal to play through his full system, including his subwoofers. That's the kind of service you get when purchasing from Crutchfield.
    4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon DDX790

    Written By Don, Newtown Ct on Saturday, February 15, 2014
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    Excellent product, works very nice. Just wish it had the back up camera deal with it,like the Siriusxm deal. I will defiantly buy from them again.
    Pros:
    Nice product,excellent price
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    2013 Challenger

    Written By sean, 3076609187 on Sunday, February 02, 2014
     
    Great stereo, replaced factory unit in 2013 challenger base model. The sound was better even from factory speakers, can't wait to replace speakers to make it even better. Couldn't be happier. The screen is flawless for dvds. The integration wiring was intimidating at first glance, but was easy to install and worked correctly the first time. Had to cut off mounting tabs or rests for factory radio. Easy to do and radio fits in dash very nicely with the adapter that was included.
    Pros:
    Bluetooth Backup camera Sirius
    Cons:
    Unattractive screen while listening to radio.
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Kenwood

    Written By DDX 790, Chicago on Thursday, January 16, 2014
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    Overall this is a good unit it does everything anyone can want out of a unit like this and more. It does has a lot of flash or any graphics that jumps around the screen.

    If a little more flash I suggest you look at the higher end models, will cost more but it worth it.
    Pros:
    Expandability, good sound, iPhone friendly
    Cons:
    No screen graphics
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon DDX790 in '11 GMC Sierra

    Written By Anonymous, Salem, WV on Monday, January 06, 2014
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    The receiver works and sounds great. I upgraded from a factory receiver. I changed out my speakers too. The picture quality for DVD's is top notch.
    Pros:
    A/V inputs, USB and iPod input, Picture Quality, Large touch-screen display
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    5 out of 5

    Awesome

    Written By Sean A, East Point, GA on Friday, January 03, 2014
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    Great head unit for the price. Bluetooth works well.
    Pros:
    Easy to use
    Cons:
    Not the easiest to install
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    5 out of 5

    Typical kenwood

    Written By Benzovs, Tucson, Az on Monday, December 30, 2013
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    As always I can count on kenwood to deliver a solid product. For far to long manufacturers were ignoring the GUI aspect of in dash monitor/head units. Pioneer got on board first but kenwood perfected it IMHO. The menus and swipes work in an almost flawless manner. The sound is great and the controls and head unit itself are very attractive. It compliments my dash so well. It's not perfect, sometimes my bluetooth is spotty and the iPod interface is a tad glitchy but I haven't come across a single head unit that has minor issues. My factory navigation head unit on my 2013 4runner has a far glitchier iPod interface.
    Pros:
    Looks, GUI, sound, screen size
    Cons:
    No remote...... That's it!
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Very nice product but a little quirky sometimes

    Written By JoeB, Oklahoma City, OK on Thursday, December 12, 2013
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    Good unit overall, however, would think a high-dollar unit would have more flash to it, like when the radio or CD is playing, having some pattern or whatever going... kinda plain when stuff is playing. Bluetooth sometimes "forgets" that my phone can play Pandora and I have to select it again in the set up. That might be fixed in future software updates. Looks great in the dash with huge screen and small buttons at the bottom. I would also have liked this unit to have more advanced integration with smartphones, like MirrorLink or the like.
    Pros:
    Looks great. Sounds great. Many features and can connect so many different devices.
    Cons:
    Lacks wow-factor that you might expect from high-dollar unit. Bluetooth sometimes quirky
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon DDX790

    Written By Reginald R, Stockbridge Ga on Sunday, December 01, 2013
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    Great head unit
    Pros:
    Easy install, simple to use, good clarity, android ready.
    Cons:
    No remote control takes a little while to link to the phone for the first time.
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Great deal and smooth unit

    Written By Anonymous, Milwaukee, WI on Thursday, November 14, 2013
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    Overall a solid unit. Wish the volume controls were larger, but you lose that functionality with a touch screen. Touch sensors are very responsive and layout is easy to change. Had an issue with the iPod plug-in with my iPhone 5 for the first couple days, but Crutchfield tech support walked me through a solution in 5 minutes. Works great, very functional and instantly increased sound quality in a Subaru Legacy
    Pros:
    Responsive screen, Easy to use, Clear graphics
    Cons:
    Small volume controls
    3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    great headunit

    Written By miguelm, detroit.mi on Sunday, November 10, 2013
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    great headunit great sound
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon DDX790

    Written By Jorge B, Burnsville MN on Thursday, November 07, 2013
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    Nice
    Pros:
    Cute
    Cons:
    No gps included
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    4 out of 5

    Good and Bad

    Written By Anonymous, Albany,NY on Wednesday, October 23, 2013
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    Volume button HARD to use, doesn't pull in stations like factory radio, works well so far, sound quality VG.
    Cons:
    see above
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    4 out of 5

    Kenwood DDX790 is worth a look.

    Written By LeifheitR, Columbia, TN on Friday, October 18, 2013
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    Kenwood implies that it works with the Iphone 5. it does but it doesn't live up to this claim very well. It has to be connected by the USB port to work as I'd like. Could have better designed screen, the radio preset display buttons are awful. I would have looked at other head units if I'd known that it didn't do more with the phone. Otherwise it's a solid unit that I'll be happy with for the next few years.
    Pros:
    Good sound quality !
    Cons:
    Lack of full integration with the Iphone 5
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    5 out of 5

    Very nice unit.

    Written By Corrado, king of prussia PA on Thursday, October 17, 2013
     
    I purchased this unit on tuesday and arrived on thursday. I installed it the same day in about 2.5 hours including the rear camera and the Sirius antenna/tuner. This is only the second time I installed a radio in my car in over 30 years. It is extremely easy and the Crutchfield support department only a phone call away. I called them on some clarification on the wires connections and they took me through the connection of every single wire. How is that for customer service? The unit looks great and it sounds really good with the ford factory speakers, I can't wait to get some great aftermarket speakers. Everything went smooth. Thank you Crutchfield for making this a great experience. However Sirius is another thing. They are terrible. It took me almost 2 hours and 8 calls to get service. First they could not find the unit number, then the unit did not qualify for the trial period, then it was not the right number but had to call the "Tuners" department, then it was the online service. I was ready to take the tuner out and send it back. Finaly I got a manager on line and called the right department directly and instructed them to connect service to the unit.

    I will be back to buy more from Crutchfield. Sirius not so sure.
    Pros:
    Easy installation with the reccomended accessories. Gret quality and service. Money well spent.
    Cons:
    Sirius connection is painfull.
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    4 out of 5

    Mixed Feelings

    Written By Kenny, Annapolis, MD on Tuesday, October 15, 2013
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    I'm very torn about this product. My radio reception isn't very good with this head unit. There is always static on stations that were normally clear. The video looks great when playing a dvd or using the back up camera. The bluetooth audio and Pandora streaming are great (when my phone (Galaxy S3) is in wifi or 4G range). When its using 3G its a nightmare although that isn't really a knock on the head unit. This unit came with a free back up camera which made it worthwhile. Without the free camera, I probably would've gone with something different.
    Pros:
    Great video quality. Large screen. Very responsive and easy to customize and flip between various audio/video sources. Overall, a good head unit.
    Cons:
    Radio reception has definitely suffered in a major way. Little in the way of Android support. Audio quality is a little less than my factory Boston acoustic set up.
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    5 out of 5

    Installed in a 2009 Corolla S

    Written By tbhmech, coal region of Pa on Sunday, October 13, 2013
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    I Installed this in my Corolla and with the steering wheel adapter and it works flawlessly , good reception but dont care about a.m. or f.m. radio , I bought the Sirius tuner to go with it , the hardest part of the whole install was dealing with Sirius to get that going . I have a Samsung Galaxy S 4 and it pairs right up no issues and the Pandora app is awesome , it has made the car stereo sound much better really happy with this purchase and it even came with a free back up camera , i hooked up my 4th gen Ipod touch and no work tried another cable still didnt work called Crutchfield and was told you need the Kenwood kc ip 202 cable , not true i used the 4th gen cable and an extra 1/8 male to male stereo cable and guess what the audio works not sure if the video works once again i dont care ,, all in all so far happy with my purchase and like the free stuff that comes with it ,, thanks again Crutchfield .
    Pros:
    nice looking head unit screen is large good for us old people,, and the bluetooth is awesome
    Cons:
    being told you need to buy another cable to play the ipod ,, just not true ,,, read my review
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    3 out of 5

    Good stereo, poor iPhone app usage

    Written By Anonymous, Minnesota on Saturday, October 12, 2013
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    I bought this unit because it specifically would use the Garmin Streetsmart system on my iPhone. The Garmin software and maps cost about $35 on iTunes. In order to display this software while plugged into this head unit there is an additional charge of about $50. I don't know how Garmin and Kenwood split the extra money, but I think a 140% adder is ridiculous. I've tried other apps including TomTom on the phone and the Kenwood doesn't display anything even with the parking interlock satisfied. So, if you want to use your iPhone/iPod apps buy something else.

    The audio seems to be pretty good. I like being able to change the frequency definitions and the crossover network for the various speakers. I don't have the rear camera connected yet, but expect to have no trouble as the screen looks fine.

    I wish there were more dimming controls for the screen. It's very bright while driving at night. It's easy to get the screen on and off so that's not too bad.
    Pros:
    Good audio, good video, good looking
    Cons:
    Terrible iPhone app integration. For this price I have to pay extra to use apps?
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    5 out of 5

    Overall a great purchase

    Written By Paul, Wichita Falls. Tx on Thursday, October 10, 2013
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    A well built double din deck for my 07 tundra. Have had quite a few people be impressed with the profession look it brings with the right accessories picked my crutchfield.
    Pros:
    All around solid Love the back up camera that came with it too
    Cons:
    Slightly annoyed by the fact USB movies have to be in mpeg1 format
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    5 out of 5

    Kenwood Excelon DDX790

    Written By Dan F, Ridgecrest, CA on Wednesday, October 09, 2013
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    I am extremely happy with this head unit. I tested it out before replacing my factory speakers and this unit alone made a huge difference. With my Infinity speakers, the combination blows me away. The touch screen is WAY more responsive than I was hoping for, and the display is customizable so you can always see your primarily used inputs. Also, the Bluetooth is working flawlessly so far. Looks like it came factory from Ford in my '04 F150. Build quality is outstanding. So far I couldn't be happier.
    Pros:
    Bluetooth, Touchscreen Responsiveness, Screen Size, iPhone (4) integration, Sound Quality, EQ Settings
    Cons:
    None yet
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    4 out of 5

    love kenwood

    Written By ssregal39, Ridgecrest CA on Sunday, October 06, 2013
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    This went into a '13 Subaru Outback. The stock radio is terrible. The Kenwood has mush greater power and sound. Nicely adjustable EQ. You can change the bass, mid and treble frequencies plus the width. It also has a LPF which is nice. Even the FM signal is much stronger than the stock radio. Pairing via Bluetooth to my Blackberry Q10 was easy. The touchscreen works very well. The buttons are a little small but, what would I expect with a full screen display.
    Pros:
    sounds great, good EQ settings, nice screen, lot of inputs.
    Cons:
    small buttons (very minor niggle)
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    3 out of 5

    Your almost there

    Written By MaxinTexas, Houston, TX on Friday, October 04, 2013
     
    Great unit for the price, I will tell you that it made stock speakers in my car come to life. Good features, but very slow to get them started. Bluetooth takes a while to lock in, and Pandora app via Bluetooth is VERY slow opening up, once open, a good interface. Reception is not the greatest either. Talked to crutchfield about it, and they send me a new ant amp, but still no help, unit keeps cutting out from stereo, non stereo. I like things to work how they are supposed to work, I HATE having to deal or accept things for the sake of others. I think Bluetooth needs to be corrected, as well as reception issues. I had the unit 2 weeks now, and honestly thinking about sending back and going with the stock unit, at least Bluetooth works as it should, and locks in almost instantly.
    Pros:
    good styling, easy setup
    Cons:
    Bluetooth issues, making all the other apps on this unit horrible.
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    5 out of 5

    Nice DVD Head Unit

    Written By Big Joe, Red Bud IL on Saturday, September 28, 2013
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    The Sound and Picture Quality is great!
    Pros:
    Looks Good
    Cons:
    Wish it hooked up to IPhone Navigation.
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    5 out of 5

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