Kenwood Excelon DNN990HD
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Great unit little slower on start up.
Pros: Great all around
Cons: Slow on start up.
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Keep up with what's going on in the world outside your car with the Kenwood Excelon DNN990HD navigation receiver. It's got the standard features you're looking for, including a 6.95" touchscreen display, outstanding guidance with traffic reports, Bluetooth®, a built-in HD Radio™ tuner, smartphone compatibility, and much more. But what you haven't seen before is how this receiver works with the cloud to bring your favorite sources of information and entertainment on the road with you.
Quickly connect to media in your devices or from the cloud while on the go.
Kenwood built the DNN990HD to work with Wi-Fi hotspots, like ones you can create in your car with your smartphone or a mobile hotspot device (data charges may apply). From there, you can take advantage of access to web-based content, plus your favorite media across several platforms, including your phone's apps, your social media feeds, and music you've stored online. Once you've set up a Wi-Fi hotspot in your car, the receiver connects to the signal; that gets you into the cloud, which is where you can employ connected services for music, video (when parked), social media, navigation extras like traffic and parking help, and more.
You'll need to set up an account with Kenwood's server online to take full advantage of the DNN990HD's connected services. This server allows you to access your cloud-based music files, RSS and social media feeds, email, and calendar — all through the receiver. You can sync your account with any number of web-based services you use, and then enjoy them through the receiver as long as you're connected. You can also access music files from your own cloud-based digital locker accounts, so you won't have to remember to bring any tunes with you ever again. You can add up to four accounts for other drivers, and your Kenwood receiver will remember each user's preferences and content.
Access your calendar or social media feeds with your fingertip, then listen to updates being read to you.
The DNN990's home screen offers four primary categories: social, media search, main source, and apps. You'll have quick access to the web, email, weather, calendar, and all the different sound sources for the receiver, including CD, DVD, HD Radio broadcasts, Bluetooth streaming audio, built-in music apps like AUPEO!, YouTube, and iHeartRadio, and optional SiriusXM satellite radio. You can pull up your Facebook and Twitter accounts with one finger to learn what your friends are up to.
And you can even use your voice to do a cross-platform search for music. Simply say the name of an artist, and the receiver will search across all your connected sources (such as a thumb drive, iPod®, or your cloud-based music account) for what's available, saving you the hassle of looking through your devices for that one special song.
Text-to-speech capability reads arriving emails aloud, so you can concentrate on driving instead of looking at the screen. It also reads status updates from Facebook and Twitter, as well as RSS feeds you're subscribed to and your calendar events. An Internet connection is required to use text-to-speech functions.
When you're connected to the Internet, the DNN990HD is also able to convert your speech into written entries for emails and social media updates. All you have to do is push the speech-to-text button and speak aloud. You can even add reminders to your calendar this way.
The Kenwood Excelon DNN990HD features Insta-Search and Insta-Route, which will get you started on your journey fast and save you time searching for locations. It uses predictive text so you'll even save time typing in the name of your destination, while built-in trademark guidance from Garmin — including 3D representations of terrain along your path and Bird's Eye junction view — ensures your routes are accurate and easy to follow. When connected to the Internet, you'll also get real-time updates on traffic and weather along your route, plus fuel prices, parking information, and more from the experts at INRIX. When not connected to the Internet, you'll still receive traffic updates from NAVTEQ in most metropolitan areas.
Built-in navigation from Garmin offers accurate maps with lane guidance.
You can map a route of your next journey through Kenwood's secure website or through the Kenwood Route Collector app on your smartphone and send it automatically to the DNN990HD, so it's ready for you when you hit the road. You can save up to ten custom routes, and you won't need the Internet on the road to access them once they've been loaded to the receiver. You can even have the receiver send navigation map data to the Kenwood Server for future reference.
Road trips are more fun when you can share with others. When you're connected to Wi-Fi, the receiver uses Kenwood Wireless Link technology to share music, videos, and photos across compatible devices, such as smartphones, laptops, and tablets. Kenwood's LZ-T700 7" entertainment console (available soon) is one such device, and your backseat passengers can use it to enjoy audio or video content sent wirelessly through the receiver from others in the car. Its multi-touch screen lets them direct the console's functions like they would on a tablet or smartphone.
The DNN990HD connects you to many of your phone's favorite features on the road, but it works in different ways for different devices:
iPhone 4/4S: With a separate cable, you'll get control of your Pandora® Internet radio app through the receiver's touchscreen when connected. App Mode also gives you limited control over other select apps on your phone. The DNN990HD also offers compatibility with your iPhone's Siri® feature for select email, Bluetooth® calling, and iPod® commands.
Android™: You'll get control of your smartphone's Pandora app through Bluetooth, so no cable needed. The Kenwood Music Control app also gives you easy search and playback functions of your Android phone's music through the receiver.
BlackBerry®: You'll get Pandora Internet radio app control through Bluetooth, so no cable needed.
On top of all this, you'll still be able to play CDs and DVDs through the DNN990HD, and you'll also be able to pull up high-fidelity AM/FM broadcasts where available though the HD Radio tuner. And if you're a satellite radio fan, you can add SiriusXM programming to the receiver with an optional tuner and your paid subscription.
Kenwood also gives you on-board digital signal processing with digital time alignment and a 13-band equalizer for outstanding audio quality. Dual rear USB ports provide plenty of flexibility for adding sound sources, and you'll also have two sets of camera inputs at your disposal.
If your vehicle comes with factory add-ons like Ford SYNC or GM OnStar®, you don't have to worry about losing your favorite conveniences to get navigation and better sound — the DNN990HD offers compatibility you won't find in many other aftermarket radios, thanks to the iDatalink Maestro module (not included). For SYNC systems, you'll be able to retain voice-controlled features, steering wheel audio controls, and factory audio functions, plus enjoy expanded functionality including gauges, climate controls, a distance sensor, and tire pressure monitor. For OnStar systems, you'll keep your steering wheel audio controls, your factory amp, safety warning chimes, and OnStar, if present. The DNN990HD will also be compatible with Chrysler Uconnect systems, with an adapter from iDatalink coming soon.
In most vehicles, you can use an adapter (not included) to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this Kenwood stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and the Kenwood, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls.
Note: The Kenwood Server requires a subscription: Kenwood gives you the first two years free, and after that it's just $60 for two more years. You can manage your Kenwood Server account through Kenwood's secure website or the Kenwood Route Collector smartphone app.
Note: Bluetooth compatibility of this device may vary, depending on your phone and service provider.
Note: If you're going to use your iPod or iPhone with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for specific model compatibility with this receiver or its optional iPod adapter.
Great unit little slower on start up.
Pros: Great all around
Cons: Slow on start up.
It is better than the Jensen VX7022 it replaced. First the navigation is much better. Next, the bluetooth is better but still seems more like a high school software project rather than something for a high end product. A recent Mercedes loaner car did bluetooth flawlessly ... I was hoping for and did not get that level of excellent from Kenwood. Like the bluetooth the WiFi is an amateurish attempt ... it may have worked with google, facebook etc. on one Thursday in 2013 but not so much today ... very brittle, very amateurish. I pray that Kenwood takes the effort to update the WiFI and bluetooth software to live up to the brand and price tag
Pros: Navigation, HD radio, App management
Cons: Poorly done bluetooth and the WiFi is nearly useless. The SMS feature is rare but so poorly done that it is useless too.
If you are looking to pay a lot for good sound but then become frustrated with slow start up, unintuitive menus, dropped connections, and dysfunctional iphone integration then this unit is for you. The firmware upgrade doesn't even work so no hope in "fixing" things down the road. I have had this installed for a few weeks and am giving it time to change my mind but I am nearly positive this will be returned. Too bad there isn't a receiver out there with great sound options that isn't also attempting to be the WOW model with so many bells and whistles . Can I please pay $500 for excellent and customizable sound but no wifi or HD radio or screen mirroring etc...?
Pros: Can differently customize the user EQ for each input. DC bass extension is awesome to increase the low frequencies to door woofers and have a soft pseudo sub sound without the addition of 8's.
Cons: Pretty much everything except the sound customization capabilities.
I had this unit for just 2 months now, yes it's slow to boot up but I had couple of others kenwood decks in the past they were slow to boot up to, but the other errors people complaining about with this deck I'm not having.
Pros: Very nice deck but it could be faster
Cons: This deck is a little bright at night and i do have my dim wire hook up, it's just to bright and no turning it down but most screens are bright at night
This radio is terrible I have this thing 2 years now and still can't get it to work with my Ipod or I can't do something as simple as scan or seek FM radio stations. It is very slow to boot up. I have hated this thing every since I have had it. I was crazy for keeping it but my wife got it for me for christmas so I just endured it.
Pros: easy to install, works fine with XM, navi. system is ok, Wifi works good and is handy,
Cons: Slow to Boot, won't scan radio stations, works only 1 time with Ipod adapter, Slow to Boot, cannot dim the screen no way to adjust the brightness. Slow to Boot, will not stream music with bluetooth very well stutters. and did I say slow to Boot.
It's amazing I love all of its options very easy to navigate and don't know why everybody else gave it a bad review Those whodid I think it's amazing the perfect everything you can imagine
Cons: It takes a few seconds to boot up
Great product, large screen very easy to use. Installed on my 2012 Ford F-250.
Pros: Screen Size, navigation, WIFI
Cons: Slow boot up.
Works great, takes a little while to get used to the functions and settings, had to call kenwood to get audio from the ipod but it was just a setting.
Pros: Navigation , Wifi, and everything all works great
Cons: Wish it could boot faster
I purchased this unit and discovered lots of really poor issues such as once a year map updates if you are lucky, poor Kenwood tech support, lots of bugs that aren reported to Kenwood that never seem to get fixed, poor boot up time, crashing, too bright at night and no way to turn it down enough, etc. Avoid Kenwood if you can as they company does not seem to care about quality or customer support.
Pros: pretty and nice screen. Does most things well.
Cons: Map updates are seriously late and behind by a year. Garmin and Kenwood point fingers back and forth at each other when both are to blame.
Great product, a little bit of a learning curve at first. I've had Kenwood Nav headunits in the past, and this one was significantly different but now that I am figuring out where everything is, I am really enjoying it. Some have complained of slow bootup and transitions between different screens. I have not experienced these problems. Everything seems to be working at good speed and I haven't had any problems.
Pros: WiFi, Great Navigation
|AUX Input||3.5mm AV (rear)|
|Audio/video Input||3.5mm (r), RCA (r)|
|USB Input||Rear (2)|
|Memory Card Slot||USB, SD/SDHC|
|Satellite Radio Ready||SiriusXM|
|RMS Power Output||22 watts|
|Peak Output||50 watts|
|RMS Power Bandwidth||20-20kHz|
|Sub Preamp Outputs||Yes|
|Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs||No|
|Preamp Voltage||5 volts|
|Key Button Color||Variable|
|Steering Wheel Control Compatible||Adapter required|
|Parts Warranty||90 Days|
|Labor Warranty||90 Days|
|FM Sensitivity||7.2 dBf|
|Radio Data System||Yes|
Touchscreen Display + Voice Recognition
Motorized Touchscreen Display (w/ Flick Scrolling): The Kenwood Excelon DNN990HD 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. You can scroll screen lists by simply flicking the screen up/down, or scroll screen pages by simply flicking the screen right/left. The monitor electronically slides down for loading or ejecting a disc. The motorized touchscreen display not only allows the bottom of the monitor to be tilted upward at five different positions, but also enables the top of the monitor to be tilted outward to eliminate reflected glare (you can save any one of these positions to the head unit's memory).
Note: 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, or Portuguese.
Start Up Time: The Kenwood Excelon DNN990HD has a start up time of approximately 30.1 seconds from Off to the Home Menu Screen. Once the Home Menu creen appears, you can select the Navigation Map, a connected source, or network app by simply tapping the appropriate icon on the head unit's touchscreen.
Split Screen AV Control: The DNN990HD's screen views can be easily toggled from one to another simply be touching the screen or appropriate button. The Split Screen AV Control mode divides the screen into two screens, with navigation on the left and a control window on the right. With this Picture-in-Picture type function, the head unit can now display the navigation map screen and basic playback controls for the source screens (or rear-view camera) simultaneously.
Advanced Speech Recognition (Voice Control): The Kenwood Excelon DNN990HD is equipped with an Automatic Speech Recognition function which allows you to operate certain functions of this unit and connected devices with your voice, using the supplied external microphone and external "talk" button. The Advanced Speech Recognition and Voice Control feature of the DN9990HD allows for voice-controlled operation of the built-in Garmin navigation system and utilizes features such as input of addresses, phone numbers, POIs, and choosing menu options. The voice control system also operates the unit's audio/video system, allowing you to switch between multiple sources, seek out music and video files, access station presets, and access your Bluetooth phone's phonebook and make calls. Many of the network apps such as Facebook, Twitter, E-mail, YouTube, and AUEPO! support voice recognition. Simply press and hold the "talk" button to display a list of operable voice commands.
Note: The supported languages are US English, UK English, French, German, Dutch, Italian, and Spanish. Click here to access the unit's Voice Command Table.
Parking Brake Detection: To prevent the display of video while the vehicle is in motion, the light green wire (within 4-pin harness) must be connected to the vehicle's parking brake detection circuit. You cannot view video unless your vehicle's parking brake is engaged. If you attempt to view video without the parking brake engaged, the unit's LCD touchscreen will simply display a blue screen and "Parking Off". While your vehicle is in motion (parking brake off), you can still view the head unit's menu screens, source information, metadata, album artwork, and the navigation on-screen map. Entering log-in information requires that the parking brake is engaged.
Front-Panel Controls w/ Variable Color Illumination: In addition to the touchscreen controls, the unit includes frequently used buttons along the left bottom-edge of the screen. You can adjust the head unit's button illumination from the following preset colors - Blue, Purple, Sky Blue, Aqua, Yellow, Green, Amber, Red, Pink, White or Scan (Scans through all preset colors). You can also select a custom "User" color that is adjusted between Red, Green, and Blue (values range: 0-31). You can save up to 3 custom color presets. The Eject and Kenwood logo remain 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 DNN990HD 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 DNN990HD 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.
Garmin/NAVTEQ Navigation: With built-in Garmin navigation software and NAVTEQ map data (CN North America NT 2013), the Kenwood Excelon DNN990HD features on-screen maps of the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. The built-in maps include over 6-million Points of Interest (POIs) such as hotels, restaurants, gas stations, attractions, parking, airports, ATMs, and more. The built-in navigation software provides you with calculated on-screen routes and audible directions to follow in order to reach your destination safely.
Note: Car navigation maps are frequently updated. While this database was judged to be as accurate as possible at the time of its release, a map database can never be 100% accurate. Road information that is maintained in the map databases, such as turn restrictions or road names may change over time.
Software/Map Data Updates: When the preloaded maps are considered out of date, the DNN990HD will provide periodic notification at startup. Garmin software and map updates can be downloaded as required, via microSD memory card. To find a software or map update, please go to www.garmin.com/kenwood.
Note: The unit's SD-card slot is located behind the motorized touchscreen monitor.
GPS Receiver & Antenna: The Kenwood Excelon DNN990HD employs a high-sensitivity GPS receiver that is forgiving of less than optimal antenna placement, giving you additional placement options. The included GPS antenna that features a self-adhesive base and an attached 11.5' cable terminated by a proprietary plug which connects to GPS-input on the back of the head unit. The GPS antenna is designed to be mounted inside the vehicle on the dash. The GPS antenna measures 1.3125" (w) x 0.625" (h) x 1.4375" (d). The self-adhesive pad measures 2.5625" x 2.5625"
Note: The first time you turn on this unit, you must wait while the system acquires satellite signals for the first time. This process could take up to several minutes. Make sure your vehicle is outdoors in an open area away from tall building and trees for fastest acquisition. After the system acquires satellites for the first time, it will acquire satellites quickly each time thereafter.
NAVTEQ Traffic: NAVTEQ Traffic receives traffic information that is broadcast over the FM Radio Data System. The free FM TMC subscription activates automatically after the navigation system acquires satellite signals while receiving traffic signals from the service provider. NAVTEQ Traffic provides real-time traffic data for over 90 major cities in North America, including the United States and Canada. If traffic is congested up ahead or there is a road closure, the navigation system will automatically re-navigate the route to show you how to get to your destination, quickly and easily. Alternatively, in manual mode, the system will add delay time to your trip so you can decide to avoid or continue on your current route. When the unit is receiving traffic information, a traffic icon appears in the upper-left corner of the Map page. The traffic icon changes color to indicate the severity of traffic conditions on your route or on the road you are currently traveling.
|Green||Low severity||Traffic is flowing normally|
|Yellow||Medium severity||Traffic slightly congested|
|Red||High Severity||Traffic is heavily congested or stopped|
|Gray||No data||Traffic data has not updated|
Note: NAVTEQ includes a lifetime service subscription. Because NAVTEQ traffic is subsidized by unobtrusive pop-up advertising there is no subscription fees.
On-Screen Map: The Kenwood Excelon DNN990HD displays a real-time moving map illustrating your current position and intended route. It will show map scale and geographic details such as lakes, rivers, highways and towns. Your route is marked with a magenta line. A checkered flag marks your destination. As you travel the DNN990HD guides to your destination with arrows on the map and directions at the top of the screen. The upper-left corner of the screen indicates the distance to your next maneuver. During your calculated route, your arrival time is displayed in the lower left corner, your current speed is shown in the lower right corner. The posted speed limit for most major roads is displayed near the lower right corner as well. The unit allows you to zoom, pan, and point using the touchscreen during navigation. If you depart from the original route, the navigation system recalculates the route and provides new directions.
Text-To-Speech Voice Prompts: The unit's text-to-speech voices "read and speak" the same words that are displayed on the unit's screens. The voices have an extensive vocabulary and they pronounce the street names as you approach turns. Voice prompts can heard from both of your front speakers, only the left front speaker, or only the right front speaker. You can independently adjust the volume (0-35) of the voice prompts without affecting the main volume. The unit only offers English voice prompts in a male or female voice.
Note: You can continue to listen to your music source while navigating. The DNN990HD will mute the music source, when there is a text-to-speech voice prompt. Once the voice prompt has ended, your music volume will automatically raise to previous setting.
Turn/Lane Assistant: While navigating a route, a preview of the next turn, lane change, or other maneuver appears in the upper-left corner of the map. The preview includes the distance to the turn or maneuver and the lane in which you should be traveling, if available.
Exit Services: While navigation a route, you can find gas, food, lodging, and restrooms near upcoming exits. Services are listed under the following categories - Gas, Food, Lodging, and Restrooms. You must be on a major highway or road to use this feature.
Speed Limit Icon: A speed limit icon may appear as you travel on major roadways. This icon displays the current speed limit of the roadway. The unit's speed limit icon feature is for information only and does not replace the driver's responsibility to abide by all posed speed limit signs and to use safe driving judgment at all times.
Where Am I?: The "Where Am I?" feature gives you instant access to important information in case of an emergency. When you select "Where Am I?" from the menu, you get the coordinates (including elevation) of your current position, plus the nearest address and intersections. There are also menus to help you locate the nearest hospitals, police stations, gas stations, and roadside assistance. You can also save the location for future reference.
Where To? Screen: The Where To? screen provides several different categories for you to use when searching for addresses, cities, and other locations. The detailed map loaded in the navigation system also contains millions of points of interest to choose from.
|Browse Map||Allows you to search for a destination by touching and dragging the map.|
|Go Home||You can store one home location to allow you to calculate a route home from any current location.|
|Address||Input your destination address by house number, street, city, and zip-code.|
|Cities||Allows you to search by city's name.|
|Intersections||Allows you to search where to streets intersect.|
The detailed maps loaded in this navigation system contain locations, such as restaurants, hotels, auto services, and other POIs (points-of-interest). You can use these categories to browse for nearby businesses and attractions.
|Favorites||You can save all of your favorite places in the navigation system, so you can quickly navigate to them later.|
|Recent||Choose from one of your most recent destinations or waypoints.|
|Coordinates||Allows you to search your destination by longitude and latitude values.|
|Search Bar||You can use the Search Bar to search for locations by entering a category, brand name, address, or city name.|
|Shortcuts||You can add up to 36 shortcuts to the Where to? menu. A shortcut can point to a location, a category, or a search tool.|
Note: The navigation system automatically searches for places near your current location. You can also choose to have the DNN990HD search for places in a different city, a recent destination, a favorite destination, projected destination, or along your current route.
Route Preferences/Avoidances: When calculating a route, you can select the following preferences; faster time, shorter distance, less fuel, or off road. You can also program the unit to avoid certain things that may be undesirable on your route; such as U-Turns, Highways, Toll Roads, Carpool Lanes, Unpaved Roads, and Ferries.
Auto Reroute/Detour: If you happen to depart from your original route, the internal navigation system recalculates the route and provides new route instructions. You can also select a specific area to detour around. The navigation system will attempt to get you back on your original route as quickly as possible, after calculating a detour. If the route you are currently taking is the only reasonable option, the DNN990HD might not calculate a detour.
Trip Planner (Multiple Destination Routing): You can create and save a trip with multiple destinations (up to 500 via points) using the Trip Planner. Once you have entered your destinations, you can manually set them in the order of your preference, or allow the device to calculate the most efficient route. Trip itineraries can be saved in memory for future use.
Where I've Been/Trip Log: The Where I've Been application allows you to view your previous routes and places you have stopped on the map. In addition, the device keeps a Trip Log, which is a record of the path you have traveled. The Travel History setting must be enabled in order for the Where I've Been and Trip Log features to function.
Trip Computer: The trip information page displays your current speed and direction, and provides helpful statistics about your trip. Dual trip odometers keep up with your total mileage. The page also indicates the distance and driving time to your next maneuver, as well as the distance and driving time to your destination. Your maximum speed and moving average speed are also displayed. The information can be reset in advance of your next trip.
Trends: The DNN990HD has the ability to recall frequent destinations and historic traffic information to help calculate your route faster.
ecoRoute: The ecoRoute feature calculates your vehicle's fuel economy, carbon footprint, the fuel price of navigating to your destination, and offers tools for improving fuel efficiency. The first time you access the ecoRoute features, you will be asked to enter fuel and mileage information (Fuel Type, City Fuel MPG, HWY Fuel MPG, Fuel Price) about your vehicle.
Note: The data provide by the ecoRoute feature is only an estimate. The data is not actually read from your vehicle.
Tools: The DNN990HD offers tools you can use as you travel.
Safe Mode: Safe Mode disables all navigation system functions when the vehicle's parking break is disengaged, that require significant operator attention and could become a distraction while driving. You will need to engage the parking brake to enter addresses or other advance navigation functions when you have the unit set to Safe Mode.
WiFi Hotspot: The Kenwood Excelon DNN990HD connects to your WiFi-enabled smartphone (iPhone/Android/Blackberry/etc.) or mobile hotspot (data charges may apply) to enhance mobile navigation, access content across multiple media sources, receive and send Facebook/Twitter updates, as well as manage e-mail hands-free, and share audio/video content in the vehicle with other WiFi-enabled devices. Your WiFi-enabled smartphone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, LTE, or EDGE.
Note: The DNN990HD includes a WiFi receiver which is pre-installed in the unit's third rear-panel USB port. This USB port cannot be used for anything else.
Route Collector: To use internet services via the DNN990HD, you will need to create an account via Kenwood's Route Collector Site. The Route Collector website can be accessed from your computer or laptop using Chrome20+ or Firefox16+. A Route Collector App is also available for Apple iOS (5.0+) devices from Apple's App Store. Route Collector is a web service site where you can store and share your trip log, route, and photos taken while traveling on your home computer or smartphone app.
Note: Up to four Route Collector accounts can be added for other drivers, with their unique travel and entertainment preferences and content stored by the Kenwood cloud server.
INRIX Traffic: While in the navigation mode, the DNN990HD pulls real-time data services from the INRIX Traffic Intelligence Platform to provide you with up-to-the-minute traffic, weather, parking, speed camera, and travel advisory information. INRIX's strategic partnership with Clear Channel Radio and Total Traffic Network extends the delivery of the highest quality data and broadest coverage available for in-vehicle navigation. These enhancements to the DNN990HD's built-in Garmin navigation provide an accurate, intuitive, and safe navigation experience.
Note: This unit comes with a free 2 year subscription to INRIX Traffic. To use after those two years, a usage fee is required ($24.95 per month).
Hands-Free Social Media: You are able to sync your Facebook, Twitter, E-mail account, Google Calendar, and RSS Feeds with the DNN990HD for hands-free social media interaction. The DNN990HD can receive and send messages over Facebook and e-mail, as well as manage Twitter and RSS feeds hands-free via voice command. Advanced speech recognition, text-to-speech, and speech-to-text conversion processing via the dedicated Kenwood cloud server make this possible. A simple intuitive layout allows easy access to your social media.
Note: You can create different user accounts to maintain privacy when using email and social media. You can register up to 4 user accounts. User accounts can be assigned as Administrator, Guest, Owner, or User.
Cloud Storage (via Dropbox): You can download your music files to Dropbox through Kenwood's Route Collector site and your computer, and then play these same music files through the Kenwood Excelon DNN990HD via its "Kenwood Storage" source selection. You can store up to 2GB of music for free (fees apply for larger storage). The unit supports playback of MP3, AAC, WMA, and WAV music files from your Cloud storage (copyrighted content is not supported). You can search your music files by Artist, Album, Song, or Genre. To narrow the search even more, you can search the selected category alphabetically (A-Z). Basic playback functions (such as Play/Pause, Next/Previous Track, Random/Repeat) are also supported.
Entertainment Apps: The Kenwood Excelon DNN990HD includes pre-installed entertainment apps which allows you to enjoy videos and music from various online music services such as YouTube, Aupeo!, and iHeartRadio.
Note: You can continue to listen to the Aupeo! or iHeartRadio music app while you access your Facebook, Twitter, or email accounts, as well as view the navigation map or activate menu settings.
Internet Browser: The DNN990HD provides an Internet web browser so you can surf the internet and access your favorite websites in your vehicle. You may enter a URL address or keyword search to find websites. The player will archive your web browser history and allows you to bookmark your favorite sites. The Web Browser supports audio, video, and still image playback and is optimized to fill up the unit's touchscreen monitor.
TTS (Text-to-Speech) + STT (Speech-to-Text): The Kenwood Excelon DNN990HD supports Text-to-Speech and Speech-to-Text for various network applications, letting you keep your eyes on the road. Text-to-Speech is available for Facebook, Twitter, E-mail, RSS Feeds, and Google Calendar. Speech-to-Text is available for Facebook, Twitter, E-mail, Mixed Media Search, Weather, YouTube, and AUPEO!.
Note: User account & log-in information cannot be done through voice recognition, and must be entered using the head unit's touchscreen.
Mixed Media Search: As an entertainment device, the DNN990HD can perform a cross-platform media search for audio content stored on your WiFi-connected smartphone, connected USB device, inserted microSD card, Cloud "Dropbox" storage. You can search for content by artist or album name. Enter your search using the head unit's touchscreen keypad or voice commands.
Kenwood Wireless Link: The DNN990HD's WiFi hotspot capability allows it to act as a Media Server and Media Player in the car. The Media Server function allows you to stream audio/video content from its connected USB device or inserted microSD card to another network media player, such as your Android smartphone or tablet. The Media Player functions allows the DNN990HD to receive and play audio/video content stored in another media server device, such as your Android smartphone or tablet. MP3, AAC, WMA, and WAV audio files are supported. MPEG-1/2, MPEG-4, and WMV video files are supported.
Kenwood's External Touchscreen Monitor (optional): The DNN990HD will also share audio/video content from a compatible USB storage device or microSD/SDHC memory card with Kenwood's 7" external touchscreen monitor (113LZT700, sold separately). The handheld LZ-T700 can be mounted in the rear of the vehicle using Scosche's IPDHM2 mounting kit (142IPDHM2, sold separately), and will control and display content wirelessly transmitted from the in-dash network/navigation receiver. MP3, AAC, WMA, and WAV audio files are supported. MPEG-1/2, MPEG-4, and WMV video files are supported.
Built-In HD Tuner: With its built-in HD Radio tuner, you can receive digital AM/FM broadcasts from local stations where available. HD Radio significantly improves AM/FM audio quality and reception, as well as includes information such as artist name and song titles or traffic news, viewable on the receiver's display. HD Radio Technology will deliver high-quality digital sound. AM digital will have FM-like quality in stereo (70dB SN @ 40-15kHz), while FM digital will have CD-like quality (70 dB SN @ 20-20kHz) with static free and clear reception. The unit's built-in HD Radio tuner allows analog AM/FM tuning as well.
Note: HD Radio is the system for digital AM and FM broadcasting in the U.S. More than 2,000 radio stations are broadcasting their primary signals in digital HD Radio technology, as a free service. Go to HDRadio.com to check for HD Radio stations in your area.
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 DNN990HD provides complete access to your Pandora account using your iPhone, via the head unit's rear-panel USB port; download the Pandora App from the Apple App Store. The Kenwood Excelon DNN990HD also lets you playback and control Pandora Internet Radio streamed from your Android or Blackberry smartphone, via Bluetooth (no hard-wired connection required); download the Pandora App from the Google Play App Store or BlackBerry App World. 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. The Kenwood Excelon DNN990HD will display Artist, Album, & Song information provided by the Pandora app on your iPhone or Android/Blackberry smartphone. The Kenwood Excelon DNN990HD also provides control over the Pandora music service streamed to your USB-connected iPhone or Bluetooth-enabled 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 DNN990HD 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, Channel Logo, 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 60 minutes of live content
GameAlert will display an on-screen message if your favorite teams' games are being broadcast
Song/Artist Alert notifies when your favorite songs or artists are being broadcast on any SiriusXM station
iTunes Tagging lets you 'tag' songs you hear on SiriusXM and stores the info on your USB-connected iPod/iPhone, so the next time you connect your iPod/iPhone to iTunes you will be able to preview your selections, purchase songs, and download them directly from iTunes
Channels containing unsuitable content for children can be blocked
iPod/iPhone Connectivity: The Kenwood Excelon DNN990HD supports audio/video playback from select Apple iPods and iPhones.
Note: If you have an iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), or iPhone 5/5C/5S; 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.
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 DNN990HD 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 DNN990HD will not display your iPod/iPhone's music information (the head unit will instead display 'iPhone App/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.
iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Kenwood Excelon DNN990HD is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 10/8/2013):
|Apple Device||Generation||Tested Version||Media Type||Control Type||Bluetooth||Display Type||WiFi Hotspot||iTunes Tagging||Charge|
|Audio||Video||Head Unit||iPod/App||Pandora||Phone||Audio||Siri||Song/Artist Text||Track Info||Album Art|
- *Requires 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.
Bluetooth Technology: The Kenwood Excelon DNN990HD 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:
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 DNN990HD. 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 DNN990HD 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 DNN990HD 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.
External Microphone: The Kenwood Excelon DNN990HD 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: You can wirelessly download a SMS text-message arrived at your cell-phone so that it can be read on the Bluetooth-connected Kenwood head unit. You can reply to a SMS test-message by using the head unit's touchscreen to enter alphanumeric text. There is a limited amount of text that can be downloaded or entered. You can also select a quick reply from the head unit's template list; such as "I'm driving right now" or "I will call you later", etc.. Your cell-phone must support SMS via Bluetooth for this feature to function. Do not read incoming messages or reply while driving.
Wireless Audio Streaming (w/ Metadata Display): The Kenwood DNN990HD also supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth enabled audio player or smartphone. The DNN990HD 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 DNN990HD 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 DNN990HD 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 DNN990HD 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 DNN990HD; 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.
Bluetooth Detailed Settings: The DNN990HD offers the following Bluetooth Detailed Settings, so you can configure the unit to suit your needs.
Multimedia Playback: The Kenwood Excelon DNN990HD offers a disc slot and SD-card slot located behind the motorized touchscreen display, as well as dual rear-panel USB ports.
File Compatibility: The Kenwood Excelon DNN990HD supports the following types of audio, video, and photo files recorded onto a disc, loaded onto a USB mass storage class device, or stored on a SD/SDHC memory card..
|Media Type||Disc (CD-R/RW or DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW)||USB||SD/SDHC|
|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 48-192kbps w/ sampling rates of 32-48kHz
AAC: bit rate of 16-320kbps w/ sampling rates of 16-48kHz
WAV: bit rate of 8-or16-bit w/ sampling rate of 32-48kHz
|Video||MPEG-1: 352 x 240
or 352 x 288 (1.5Mbps)
MPEG-2: 720 x 480, 720 x 576 (10.0Mbps)
352 x 240 or 352 x 288 (1.5Mbps)
MPEG-2: 720 x 480, 720 x 576 (2.0Mbps)
H.264: 352 x 240, 352 x 288, 720 x 480, 720 x 576 (8.0Mbps)
WMV: 640 x 480 (2. Mbps)
|Photo||N/A||JPEG/PNG/BMP: 8192 x 7680 (baseline), 1600 x 1000 (progressive)|
|Maximum # of Folders/Files||254 folders/64,770 files (255 files per folder)||255 folders/65,025 files (255 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 DNN990HD 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 or USB device.
Highlight Control (DVD Playback): During DVD playback, you can control certain operations simply by touching an area of the screen. The touchscreen has 4 functions areas. You can touch the left of the screen to start the current chapter over, or the right of the screen to skip to the next chapter. Pressing the top center of the screen activates the DVD disc menu control buttons, while pressing the bottom center activates the source control screen.
Search Functions (USB/SD only): The Kenwood Excelon DNN990HD offers unique search functions for USB and SD playback.
Zoom: The DNN990HD features a 3 level zoom when playing back video and still images.
Parental Control (DVD only): Parental Control allows you to restrict DVD playback according to a predetermined level. You can select a parental control rating from 0-8, which is protected by a 4-digit password.
Disc Auto Reload: The unit will automatically reinsert a disc if it's ejected, but not removed for 20 seconds or more.
Firmware Updates (via USB): The unit's operating system is updateable via free downloadable software from Kenwood's support site. Firmware downloads assist in maintaining system performance when using external devices and emerging technologies. Firmware/software updates can be downloaded onto a USB thumbdrive from your computer and then inserted into the head unit's USB port and uploaded. The tested unit contained firmware version 30200630 (v1.0.0). Go to Kenwood's Support Site for the latest firmware/software updates.
Excelon Series: The DNN990HD navigation receiver is part of Kenwood's Excelon series line-up. It incorporates the latest technologies and delivers the highest sonic performance. From advanced audio tuning capabilities, crossover and equalizer system, plus high-voltage preouts (5V) - Kenwood Excelon represents exceptional audio quality with long-lasting dependability.
24 Bit D/A Converter: The Kenwood Excelon DNN990HD utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality.
MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood Excelon DNN990HD 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 DNN990HD are as follows:
6ch/5V Preamp Outputs: The DNN990HD features front, rear and subwoofer 5.0-volt preamp outputs. The front and rear speaker preamp outputs are balance and fade adjustable. The subwoofer preamp output is non-fading. The front, rear, and subwoofer preamp outputs are fixed to the rear chassis of the head unit.
Sound Excellence DSP (Digital Signal Processing): In order to optimize the sound quality, you can use the unit's Sound Excellence DSP to set the type of vehicle, speaker sizes, distances and x-over points. The DSP settings include the following:
Note: You can also choose to bypass the head unit's DSP feature.
Equalizer Control: Equalizer Control allows you to use one of the EQ presets, or set your own custom settings for the front and back speakers using the 13-band Equalizer. The EQ adjustments are as follows:
Note: You can store EQ and tone settings for each source (Disc, Tuner, AV, USB, iPod, Bluetooth, and Pandora).
Bass Enhancements: The DNN990HD offers Bass Boost, Bass DC Extension, and Loudness.
Sound Effects: The DNN990HD provides unique sound effect adjustments.
Music Enhancers: You can restore the sound lost due to audio compression to a realistic sound.
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.
Dynamic Range Control: 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 network/navigation head unit provides an audible beep to confirm button operation. This function can be turned On or Off.
Dual A/V Inputs: The Kenwood Excelon DNN990HD network/navigation receiver is fitted with two audio/video inputs. The unit features a rear-panel 3.5mm audio/video input (AV-IN 2) 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 (AV-IN 1) on the rear-panel for connecting an external A/V source, such as a Blu-ray player or mobile ATSC tuner.
A/V Output (with Dual Zone): The unit features a composite video jack and 3.5mm audio jack to output A/V signals to an optional monitor and headphone system. The unit's A/V output can be set to Disc, Video, iPod, or Off. You can adjust the volume of the 2nd Zone independently from 0 to 35. You can select between a 16:9, 4:3 LB, or 4:3 PS Aspect Ratio for the unit's video output to match your connected monitor. You cannot select iPod as the A/V Output source when you select Pandora as a main source in dual zone function.
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 1.2 seconds. Audio from your music source will continue playing, while the back-up camera is displayed.
Optional Multi-View Camera: By connecting the Kenwood CMOS-310 Universal Multi-View Camera ( 113CMOS310, sold separately) to the DNN990HD, you gain the capability of turning parking guidelines on/off, as well as cycle through five different multi-views right from the touchscreen. You can also toggle between front & rear cameras when using two CMOS-310 simultaneously (second camera must be connected to the head unit's rear-panel AV1 input.
Remote Control: The included IR remote control (KNA-RCDV331) is designed for wireless operation of this Kenwood network/navigation receiver. The wireless remote controller operates off of two supplied "AAA" batteries. The remote operates off of IR transmission, so the KNA-RCDV331 must be pointed at the front-panel of the Kenwood head unit within direct line of sight. The remote operates Audio, Video, Navigation, and Bluetooth functions.
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.
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