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Kenwood DNX6180

Navigation receiver (Factory Refurbished)

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Our take on the Kenwood DNX6180

by Ken Nail

Why install a car stereo with built-in GPS?

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

The DNX6180 navigation receiver, part of Kenwood's 2011 navigation lineup, offers reliable guidance by Garmin and Bluetooth® by Parrot, along with Internet music connectivity for your iPhone®. You can customize its 6.1" touchscreen display with different color schemes for the display and buttons, so this receiver will look right at home in your dash.

Garmin navigation

Navigation with free traffic services
Getting accurate directions won't help you if you run into heavy traffic. The DNX6180 uses NAVTEQ's up-to-the-minute traffic info to ensure that you find the fastest way to navigate through busy metropolitan areas — you get automatic rerouting around congestion and road closures in over 90 cities throughout the US and Canada. Best of all, it's free — you'll never pay a fee for this valuable service.

Nothing's more frustrating than getting caught in the wrong lane at a busy interchange. This Kenwood automatically guides you to the correct lane for your next maneuver, as well as showing you realistic views of upcoming intersections.

PANDORA® Internet radio and more
Now you can enjoy the personal radio stations on your iPhone® when you get in the car. Use Kenwood's optional cable to connect your iPhone to the DNX6180, and you'll be able to control your PANDORA® stations from the receiver's touchscreen, including accessing your stations alphabetically and rating songs with a "thumbs up" or "thumbs down."

You can also plug your iPod® or a thumb drive into the rear USB port, and keep your player hidden safely out of sight. This receiver will play all your CDs and DVDs, including discs loaded with music files, while a rear A/V input bats cleanup with a connection for any other A/V sources.

Touchscreen control makes it easy to use
Kenwood designed the touchscreen interface so you can start using your receiver without a glance at the owner's manual. You can choose from a variety of screen configurations, including split screen displays that divide the screen between navigation and music source displays. The DNX6180 offers three different color schemes for the GUI and variable button illumination choices, so you can find a look that complements your dashboard lighting.

Bluetooth for safer driving
Kenwood has teamed up with Parrot, a leader in Bluetooth technology, to bring you hands-free calling in the DNX6180. When a call comes in, you answer with one tap of your finger — you'll hear your caller over your vehicle's speakers and talk to them like they're in the seat right next to you.

Expand your system
Add Kenwood's optional HD Radio™ tuner to enjoy the enhanced digital sound quality and additional programming choices HD Radio has to offer. Or hook up a satellite radio tuner and access the wide variety of entertainment, sports, news, and commercial-free music satellite radio provides. You can also connect a rear-view camera, so you can see what's behind you as you back out of a tight parking space.

No matter what you're listening to, Kenwood designed the DNX6180 to send a crisp, clear audio signal to your speakers. Plus, you can use the 3-band graphic equalizer and a wide range of sophisticated digital signal processing tools to shape your sound.

If you're looking to add amps and subs, you'll love the three sets of preamp outputs, including a dedicated subwoofer output with low-pass filter and level control.

Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?
In most vehicles, you can use an adapter to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this Kenwood stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and the Kenwood, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls.

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

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

Highlights:

    General features:
    • DVD/CD player with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in navigation system with free traffic services
    • built-in amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • 6.1" touchscreen
    • animated display with multiple GUI
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling
    • fits double-DIN (4" tall) dash openings
    • optional remote control
    Audio/visual features:
    • plays CDs, DVDs, and USB memory devices (see Hands-on Research for full capabilities)
    • 3-band EQ, digital signal processing, and HP/LP filters
    Expandability:
    • iPod control: Kenwood cable required for full access to audio/video content
    • works with Kenwood HD Radio™ tuner and satellite radio
    • inputs: rear USB input, rear A/V input, rear-view camera input
    • outputs: A/V output; 6-channel preamp outputs (2-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
    Other information:
     

    Hands-on research from the Crutchfield Labs (what are the Labs?)

    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant
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    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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    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs
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    Preamp Voltage
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    2 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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    Optional
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible
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    Adapter required
    Parts Warranty
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    Labor Warranty
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    Expandability
    AUX Input
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    USB Input
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    Rear
    Memory Card Slot
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    USB Memory
    Bluetooth Compatible
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    Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready
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    Sirius
    HD Radio
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    Optional
    Navigation
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    Yes
    iPod Compatibility
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    Classic/5Gen
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    Nano6/Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/
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    iPhone
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    Phone/Phone3G/Phone3GS/Phone4
    Tuner
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    9.3 dBf
    European Tuning
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    Seek/Scan
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    Seek
    Radio Data System
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    Product Research
    What's in the box?

    Download owner's manual

    • Double-DIN DVD/Navigation receiver with built-in 6.1" monitor (with 15A fuse inserted in chassis)
    • Sleeve (attached)
    • Trim ring
    • Wiring harness
    • Magnetic base GPS antenna (with attached 16.5' cable terminated by a proprietary connector)
    • Microphone with integrated bracket (and attached 10' cable terminated by a right-angle 3.5mm connector)
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • 6 Pan-head ISO-mount screws
    • 6 Flat-head ISO-mount screws
    • Self-adhesive magnetic plate
    • Instructions Manual (CD-ROM)
    • Quick Start Guide (Eng/Spa)
    • Quick Start Guide (Fre)
    • Software Update/POI Data note
    • Warranty Card

    Our Product Research Team

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

    Display Features
    Onboard Navigation
    Audio Section
    Radio Functions
    Disc Playback
    USB/iPod Connectivity
    Built-in Bluetooth
    AV Connections
    Remote Control

    Display Features

    2-DIN Chassis: The DNX6180 has a 2-DIN chassis (also known as Double DIN), and will fit in many vehicles with a large dash opening. The unit can be ISO-mounted using factory brackets, or Euro-mounted using the supplied mounting sleeve.

    Note: As always, please consult the Crutchfield Car Selector to verify fit with your vehicle.

    6.1" Touchscreen Display: The Kenwood DNX6180 features a fixed 6.1" 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 unit has a front-loading disc-slot to make loading your disc easier because there is no panel to slide or fold-down.

    Front Panel Controls: In addition to the touchscreen controls, the unit includes frequently used buttons and a rotary-dial along the left edge of the screen.

    Variable Illumination (256 Color Palette): You can adjust the head unit's touchscreen and button illumination from the following preset colors - Blue, Purple, Sky Blue, Aqua Blue, Yellow, Green, Amber, Red, Pink, White, or Scan (Scans through all preset colors). You can also select three custom user colors that are adjusted between Red, Green, and Blue values from 0-31 each. In addition, you can download still images for use as the unit's background from a connected USB thumbdrive.

    Flick Scrolling: You can scroll screen lists by simply flicking the screen up/down or scroll screen pages by simply flicking the screen right/left.

    Split Screen AV Control: The DNX6180'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 and source screens simultaneously.

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

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

    Display Adjustment: You can adjust the unit's display brightness, contrast, and black level.

    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, or Portuguese.

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

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

    Security Indicator: The Security Indicator feature helps to protect the Kenwood DNX6180 against theft. Turning this function "On" allows the security indicator light on the front-panel of the head unit to flash when your vehicle's ignition is off.

    Onboard Navigation

    Garmin/NAVTEQ Navigation: With built-in Garmin navigation software and NAVTEQ map data (CN North America NT 2011.20), the Kenwood DNX6180 features on-screen maps of the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico - which includes over 6 million Points of Interest. You can follow calculated on-screen routes to your destination using the head unit's built-in navigation software. As you travel, the DNX6180's navigation system guides you to your destination with audible and visual guidance.

    High-Sensitivity GPS Receiver: The Kenwood DNX6180 employs a high-sensitivity GPS receiver that is forgiving of less than optimal antenna placement, giving you additional placement options.

    GPS Antenna: The DNX6180 comes supplied with a GPS antenna that features a magnetic base and an attached 16.5' cable terminated by a proprietary plug which connects to GPS-ANT input on the back of the head unit. The unit also comes supplied with a self-adhesive magnetic base if you are having trouble finding a flat metal surface to mount the antenna.

    On-Screen Map: As you travel, the DNX6180 guides you to your destination with voice prompts, arrows on the map, directions at the top of the map. The upper-left corner indicates the distance to your next maneuver, If you depart from the original route, the navigation system recalculates the route and provides new directions.

    2D/3D Map: You can changes the perspective of the map from 2D North-Up (displays the map in 2 dimensions with North at the top), 2D Track-Up (displays the map in 2 dimensions with  your direction of travel at the top of the screen), 3D Track-Up (displays the map in 3 dimensions with your direction of travel at the top of screen).

    Color Modes: Select between Day (for a bright background), Night (for a black background) or Auto (to automatically switch between the two).

    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.

    Note: The unit offers English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese voice prompts.

    Lane Assist: The Lane Assist function guides you to the appropriate lane you should be in for upcoming junctions and interchanges, facilitating a safer navigation experience.

    NAVTEQ Traffic: NAVTEQ Traffic provides real-time traffic data for over 90 major cities in North America, including 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. NAVTEQ Traffic's highly-accurate data is a result of combining the right sources with the right processing:

    • Proprietary Sensors: NAVTEQ operates the world's largest proprietary sensor network, and their highly accurate sensor network covers 35% more roadway than the nearest competitor.
    • Probe: Robust commercial and consumer GPS and cellular probes improve coverage and accuracy.
    • Data Validation: Proprietary data corroboration and verification methods check and recheck data accuracy.
    • Data Processing: NAVTEQ's Smart Traffic Processor blends and optimizes the widest array of traffic information to provide comprehensive and reliable real-time traffic information. Unique processing capabilities combine and prioritize multiple data sources to provide the most accurate speed values possible.

    Note: NAVTEQ includes a lifetime service subscription. Because NAVTEQ traffic is subsidized by unobtrusive pop-up advertising there is no subscription fees.

    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.

    Search Modes: The navigation system automatically searches for places near your current location. You can also choose to have the DNX6180 search for places in a different city, a recent destination, a favorite destination, projected destination, or along your current route.

    Destination Search: The unit's "Where To?" menu screen offers the following search features to help you find your destination.

    Destination Search Description
    Browse Map Allows you to search for a destination by touching and dragging the map.
    Go Home 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, and city.
    Cities Allows you to search by city's name.
    Intersection Allows you to search where to streets intersect.
    Points-of-Interest Allows you to search for over 6-million points of interest in the following categories: Food and Drink, Lodging, Fuel, Transit, Shopping, Bank or ATM, Parking, Entertainment, Recreation, Attractions, Hospitals, Community, or Auto Services. The "Spell Name" feature allows you to enter a point of interest by name.
    Favorites You can save all of your favorite places in the navigation system, so you can quickly navigate to them later.
    Routes Allows you to select from previously created (custom) routes.
    Recently Found Choose from one of your 50 most recent destinations or waypoints.
    Phone # Allows you to search your destination by enter the place's phone number.
    Coordinates Allows you to search your destination by longitude and latitude values.
    Extras You can manually load custom points of interest (POI) databases, available from various companies on the Internet. Some custom POI databases contain alert information for points such as safety cameras and school zones. The navigation system can notify you when you approach one of these points (Proximity Alert). You can download the custom POIs onto a CD-R or DVD-/+R, which can then be loaded into the unit's disc-slot.

    Multiple Destination Routing (Via Points): You can add intermediate destination points (via points) to your routes as you create it. You can also add points to your route after its been created when you go to edit the route. You can program up to 500 via points for long trips.

    Route Preference: Selects the preference for your calculation between Faster Time, Shorter Distance, Less Fuel, or Off Road.

    Avoidance Setup: This feature allows you to enter specific areas and roads to avoid in your routes. You can choose to avoid U-Turns, Highways, Toll Roads, Traffic, Ferries, Carpool Lanes, or Unpaved Roads.

    Turn Pages: The following pages help guide you along the turns of your calculated route.

    • Turn-List: When you are navigating a route, the Turn List page displays turn-by-turn instructions for your entire route and the distance between turns.
    • Next Turn: When you are navigating a route, the Next Turn page shows the turn on the map and the distance and time left before you reach the turn.

    Auto Reroute: If you happen to depart from your original route, the internal navigation system recalculates the route and provides new route instructions.

    Detour: The navigation system attempts 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 DNX6180 might not calculate a detour.

    Trip Log: The Trip Log creates a bread crumb trail (trip log) of your movement. At any time the entire track log can be displayed on the map. You can also reset the track log whenever you like.

    Trip Computer: The trip computer shows current speed, current direction, distance to destination, total distance traveled, average speed (including stopped time), average speed while moving, maximum speed, total trip time, total moving time, and stopped time. You can reset just the maximum speed or reset the entire trip computer at once.

    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) about your vehicle.

    • Fuel Report: If you have entered your vehicle profiles and the current fuel price, the DNX6180 calculates the average fuel economy for your vehicle, your carbon footprint, and the cost of the fuel consumed.
    • ecoChallenge Tool: The ecoChallenge tool helps you maximize your fuel economy by scoring your driving habits. The higher your overall score for a driving challenge, the more fuel you could save. You overall score is the average of these 3 scores:
      • Speed: gain points for driving at the best speed for conserving fuel, which is 45-60mph for most vehicles.
      • Acceleration: gain points for gradual acceleration; lose points for rapid acceleration
      • Braking: gain points for gradual braking; lose points for hard braking
    • Mileage Report: Mileage reports provide the distance, the time, the average fuel economy, and the fuel cost of navigation to a destination. A mileage report is created for every route that you drive. If you stop a route on your navigation system, a mileage report is crated for the distance you traveled.
    • Less Fuel Routes: The Less Fuel route is calculated based on speed limit and acceleration data.

    Note: The data provide by the ecoRoute feature is only an estimate. The data is not actually read from your vehicle.

    Tools: The DNX6180 offers tools you can use as you travel:

    • World Clock: The world clock allows you to display the current time for four locations throughout the world. You can also display a map of the world showing which portions are in daylight and which are in darkness.
    • Calculator: The calculator allows you to perform simple arithmetic.

    Safe Mode: Safe Mode disables all navigation system functions when the vehicle's parking brake 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.

    Software/Map Data Updates:  When the preloaded maps are considered out of date, the DNX6180 will provide periodic notification at startup. Garmin software and map updates can be downloaded as required, via USB. To find a software or map update, please go to www.garmin.com/kenwood.

    Audio Section

    24-Bit D-A Converter: For superb quality audio playback from DVDs, CDs, and USB media, the DNX6180 is equipped with a 24-bit digital-to-analog converter.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood DNX6180 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 DNX6180 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

    Speaker Type Setting: This feature tailors the DNX6180 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).

    System Q Sound Control: Seven 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.

    Detail Audio Control: The Kenwood DNX6180 features independent Bass, Treble and Midrange control when the System Q Sound Control is in User mode. The Detail Audio Control allows you to adjust the following settings for the Bass, Treble and Mid frequency levels.

    3-Band EQ Detailed Audio Settings
    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, or17.5k Hz N/A N/A

    3 Sets of Preamp Outputs: The DNX6180 features front, rear, and subwoofer 2-volt preamp outputs. The front and rear preamp outputs feature fade control, while the subwoofer preamp output is non-fading.

    Front & Rear High-Pass Filter: The DNX6180 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", 40, 60, 80, 100, 120, 150, or 180, 220Hz. 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 DNX6180 provides the following subwoofer preamp output controls.

    • Low-Pass Filter: The receiver features a built-in Low Pass Filter control for the unit's subwoofer preamp output. You can select from 50, 60, 80, 100, 120Hz, or "Through". The "Through" setting allows your external amplifier's crossover network to do all the filtering for your subwoofer.
    • Subwoofer Phase: You can adjust the phase of the subwoofer output between 180-degrees (Reverse) or 0-degrees (Normal).
    • Subwoofer Level: You can independently control the subwoofer preamp output level from the CD receiver. You select levels between -50 to +10.

    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.

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

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

    Source Tone Memory: This feature allows you to store System Q, and bass, middle and treble tone settings for each source (Disc, Tuner, USB, AV-In).

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

    Radio Functions

    AM/FM Tuner: The Kenwood DNX6180 features a built-in AM/FM tuner. You can choose one of three tuning modes: Auto 1 (seek tuning), Auto 2 (cycles through and tunes the selected band's preset stations only with each button press), or Manual.

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

    Auto Memory Tuning: 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.

    Mono Mode: This feature reduces the noise (static) when a stereo broadcast is received as monaural (for FM band only).

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

    • Sirius: To receive SIRIUS Satellite Radio, you can connect the optional SIRIUS Universal Vehicle Tuner (607SCC1) and the optional Kenwood Sirius Satellite Radio Interface (113CASR20V); package item number 700SIRKENV; or you can connect the optional CA-SR20V Kenwood Sirius Satellite Radio Interface and the SiriusConnect vehicle docking kit (607SCVDOC1); package item number 700SIRKENP, along with your compatible SIRIUS Dock & Play receiver (all sold separately). SIRIUS Satellite Radio features more than 120 streams of original programming beamed coast-to-coast, including 65 streams of commercial-free, digital-quality music, and news, talk, sports, entertainment, and children's programming.
    • XM: A portable XM Satellite Radio receiver can be connected to the head unit via its rear-panel AV input.

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

    HD Radio Ready: The DNX6180 is HD Radio ready. With an optional Kenwood HD Radio tuner (113HR300, sold separately), you will be able to receive digital AM/FM broadcasts from local stations where available. This new technology will significantly improve audio quality and reception, as well as include information such as artist name and song titles or traffic news, viewable on the receiver's display. The Kenwood KTC-HR300 is also capable of iTunes tagging. iTunes tagging gives the ability to tag a song (up to 50) and stores it to a connected iPod. The next time the iPod is connected to iTunes the tagged songs are displayed with the option to purchase them from the iTunes Store.

    Note: Right now there are about 2,000 radio stations broadcasting using digital HD Radio technology in the U.S. To find HD Radio stations in your area, visit the HD Radio website (HDRadio.com).

    External Tuner Note: You cannot connect both a Satellite Radio Interface and HD Radio tuner to the head unit's KAB port.

    Disc Playback

    Compatible Discs: The Kenwood DNX6180 supports playback of DVD-Video, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, DVD-/+R DL, CD-Audio, CD-R/RW, DTS-CD, and VCD discs.

    Note: The unit has a front-loading disc-slot to make loading your disc easier because there is no panel to slide or fold-down.

    Dolby Digital/DTS: The DNX6180 supports playback of Dolby Digital and DTS 2.0 DVD discs and will convert multi-channel Dolby Digital sources to 2-channel.

    Playable Audio/Video Files: The following compressed audio and video formats are supported when recorded onto CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, or DVD+R/RW discs.

    Audio File Audio Bit Rate Tag Information Disc Type File System Structure Limitation
    MP3 8-320 kbps ID3 Tag (Title/Artist/Album) CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, Romeo, and Long File 8 directory levels
    254 folders
    255 files per folder
    64,770 per disc
    WMA 48-192 kbps WMA Tag (Title/Artist)
    AAC 16-320 kbps iTunes m4a Meta-data (Title/Artist/Album)
    Video File Video Bit Rate Resolution
    MPEG-1 Max. 1.5 Mbps 352 x 240, 352 x 288
    MPEG-2 Max. 10 Mbps 720 x 480, 720 x 576

    CD Read Setting: If there is a problem with the CD player reading a disc with a special format, you can switch to a second CD Read setting which forces the player to read the disc.

    List Select: The List Select function allows you to search audio/video/picture files and folders 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 briefly displays the information screen.

    Direct Search: By entering its number with the optional remote (KNA-RCDV330, sold separately) you can directly access title, chapter, time, track, channel, or frequency.

    Zoom: The DNX6180 features a 4 level zoom (1, 2, 3, or 4x) 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.

    USB/iPod Connectivity

    USB Port: The Kenwood DNX6180 features a rear-panel USB (type-A) port, attached via 39" pigtail. The USB port enables playback of audio, video, and still image files stored on a connected USB mass storage class device (formatted in FAT16/32). The DNX6180 will display song/artist information and allow you to control your USB device's stored music via the head unit's touchscreen controls. Your USB device's rechargeable battery will be recharged while it is connected to the USB port of the DNX6180 and the unit is turned on. The following audio, video, photo formats are supported.

    Audio File Audio Bit Rate Tag Information USB Standard USB Class File System Current Supply Structure Limitation
    MP3 8-320 kbps ID3 Tag (Title/Artist/Album) USB 1.1/USB 2.0 MSC device (Mass Storage Class) FAT16 or FAT32 Max. 1A 8 directory levels
    255 folders
    255 files per folder
    65,025 per USB device
    WMA 48-192 kbps WMA Tag (Title/Artist)
    AAC 16-320 kbps iTunes m4a Meta-data (Title/Artist/Album)
    WAV 8-/16-bit N/A
    Video File Video Bit Rate Resolution
    MPEG-1 Max. 1.5 Mbps 352 x 240, 352 x 288
    MPEG-2 Max. 10 Mbps 720 x 480, 720 x 576
    MPEG-4/H.264 Max. 8.0 Mbps 352 x 240, 352 x 288, 720 x 480, 720 x 576
    WMV Max 2.0 Mbps 640 x 480
    Picture Files File Size Baseline Resolution Progressive Resolution
    JPEG Max. 512 K bytes 8,192 x 7,680 1,600 x 1,000

    iPod/iPhone Connectivity: The Kenwood DNX6180's rear-panel USB (type-A) port and rear-panel 3.5mm AV-2 input allow you to connect your Apple iPod/iPhone using the Kenwood KCA-iP202 iPod cable (113KCIP202, 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 DNX6180. By using the AV 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 AV-2 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.

    Note: The DNX6180 does not support the standard iPod/USB dock cable that comes with your iPod/iPhone.

    iPod/iPhone Control: You can choose to control the iPod/iPhone from the multimedia head unit or from your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen.

    • Menu Navigation: The Kenwood DNX6180 will allow you to navigate your iPod/iPhone's music & video library by category and playlist. Once you have selected a category or playlist, you can then search its audio/video contents alphabetically (A-Z).
      • Music Browsing: You can search your iPod/iPhone's music library by Playlist, Artist, Album, Songs, Podcasts, Genres, Composer, Audiobooks or Album Artwork.
      • Video Browsing: You can search your iPod/iPhone's video library by Movies, Music Videos, TV Shows, Video Podcasts, or Rented Movies.
    • Favorite List: You can create an original playlist of your favorite 10 albums by selecting from Album Artwork.
    • Link Search: You can browse for music of the same artist or genre as the one being currently played. You can select between the following Link Search modes.
      • Search Artist: displays albums of the same artist
      • Search Album: display music in the album in which the one being played is included
      • Search Genre: displays artists of the same genre
      • Search Composter: displays albums including music created by the same composer
    • Repeat & Random: The multimedia head unit supports Repeat (file) & Random (folder) playback functions of your connected iPod/iPhone.

    iPod/iPhone Display: The Kenwood DNX6180 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 via its clickwheel or touchscreen controls, the DNX6180 will not display your iPod/iPhone's music information (the head unit will instead display "iPod Control by Hand").

    Pandora App: The Pandora App (free) lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the Kenwood DNX6180 using your connected Apple iPhone, via the Kenwood KCA-iP202 USB/iPod connector cable (sold separately), or the USB/Dock cable supplied with your iPhone. The Kenwood DNX6180 provides control over the Pandora music service and displays Artist, Album, and Song information. You can select Pandora stations from your station list (alphabetically or by date), and skip song tracks within a station (your iPhone's touchscreen will be locked). You can also give songs a thumbs up/down and bookmark songs/artists. To access Pandora you must have an Apple iPhone (iOS3 or later) with the latest version of the Pandora application from Apple's iTunes App Store. Your iPhone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. You will also need a Pandora music service account.

    Note: Access to the Pandora service will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.

    iPod/iPhone Charging: While connected and the ignition switch is set to ACC or ON, the head unit's USB connection will power and charge your iPod/iPhone.

    Note: If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Kenwood DNX6180 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features when used with the required Kenwood KCA-iP202 iPod cable (as of April 2011):

    iPod/iPhone Model Gen. Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Pandora App Charge
    Audio Video head unit iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Text Track Info
    dock connector 3rd N/A N N N N N N N N
    clickwheel
    color
    4th N/A N N N N N N N N
    mini 1st N/A N N N N N N N N
    2nd N/A N N N N N N N N
    video 5th 1.3 Y Y Y N Y Y N Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N Y Y N Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    6th 1.0 PC Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    3rd 4.2.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    4th 4.2.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    iPhone 2G 3.1.2 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3G 3.1.2 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS 3.1.2 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4 4.2.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y

    Note: 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 revert to the older software version or wait until a newer software update is available.

    App Mode: When using an iPhone 4 with the Kenwood DNX series in-dash navigation head unit, you can view certain applications on the screen of the receiver. This allows access to a large amount of new content in your vehicle. All operation will be done from the iPhone 4, but all video and audio will play through the Kenwood receiver. The unit supports iTunes Apps, such as - Netflix, SiriusXM, YouTube, Aha Radio, Facebook, and Twitter.

    Note: To access these select iTunes apps, you must have an Apple iPhone 4 (iOS4 or later) with an active Data Plan account and connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi.

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology (powered by Parrot):  The Kenwood DNX6180 features built-in 2.4GHz Bluetooth technology (version 2.1+EDR) powered by Parrot. The Kenwood DNX6180's built-in Bluetooth technology promotes safe driving habits by allowing you to have a hands-free conversation while driving, without the need to hold a phone to your ear. Your Bluetooth enabled phone can be kept in your purse, pocket, or glovebox - while you communicate through the Kenwood navigation-multimedia receiver.

    Bluetooth Profiles: The Kenwood DNX6180 supports the following Bluetooth communication profiles:

    • HFP (Hands-Free Profile): Hands-free communication with your Bluetooth enabled cellular phone in the vehicle (incoming/outgoing calls supported).
    • HSP (Headset Profile): Provides support for Bluetooth headsets to be used with mobile phones.
    • OPP (Object Push Profile): Phonebook transfer from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone to the head unit.
    • PBAP (Phone Book Access Profile): Phonebook access from your Bluetooth enabled cell-phone to the head unit.
    • SYNC (Synchronization Profile): The SYNC profile enables synchronization of data information between Bluetooth enabled devices.

    Note: This unit does not support Bluetooth audio music streaming.

    Pairing: Your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone must be paired with the DNX6180 before hands-free operation. You can register up to five Bluetooth enabled cell-phones with the Kenwood navigation-multimedia head unit (only one paired phone can be used at a time).

    Note: Not all Bluetooth mobile phones will be compatible. Visit http://www.kenwood.com/cs/ce/bt/index.php for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled phones.

    Bluetooth Hands-Free Communication: The Kenwood DNX6180 supports Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. The touchscreen controls of the DNX6180 can be used to dial a number, answer an in-coming call, or end a call. The unit also includes an external microphone (with mounting bracket) featuring adjustable gain, so you can carry on your side of the conversation while listening to the caller through your vehicles speakers.

    External Microphone: The Kenwood DNX6180 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. 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 0.515" (diameter) x 1.485" (depth).

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

    Answering a Call: When a call comes in, a ring-tone will be heard through your vehicle's speaker, the head unit's display will flash, and the caller's name or phone number will be displayed. You can answer the call from the DNX6180's touchscreen or setup the head unit to automatically answer the incoming call.

    Dialing a Number: Using the DNX6180, 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 25 digits from the head unit's touchscreen.
    • Speed (Preset) Dialing: Allows you to register up to 3 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 DNX6180. Up to 1000 numbers can be stored for each registered cell phone. Each number can be up to 25 digits long and each name can be up to 50 characters long. Stored phone numbers can be categorized by General, Home, Office, Mobile, or Other. You can search each category of the phone book in alphabetical order.
    • Call Log: The Call Log 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.
    • Redial: You can easily redial the previously called number using the DNX6180's touchscreen controls.
    • Voice Dialing: If your mobile phone supports voice recognition, then you can dial out by voice command. Simply speak into the included microphone.  You can register up to 35 voice tags.

    Call Waiting: The DNX6180 supports the Call Waiting function, so you can answer another incoming call while suspending the current call you are on. Your compatible cell-phone must also support this feature.

    SMS: You can wirelessly download the short message (SMS) arrived at your cell-phone so that is can be read on the DNX6180's touchscreen monitor. You can also create and send new SMS messages, using the DNX6180's virtual touchscreen keyboard. The unit even offers preset SMS messages which you can easily send without typing - "I'm driving right now", "Please call me", "I will call you later", "I'll be there in 15 minute", "Thank you", "Yes", or "No".

    Note: Your cell-phone must support SMS for this feature to function. The SMS downloaded to this unit is cleared when this unit is turned off.

    Private/Hands-Free Mode: During a conversation, you can switch between the Private Mode (talking directly on your cell phone) and the Hands Free Mode. 

    Bluetooth Detailed Settings: The DNX6180 offers the following Bluetooth Detailed Settings, so you can configure the unit to suit your needs.

    • Call Beep: You can choose to output a beep from your vehicle's speaker's when a call comes in, or you can turn this function off.
    • Speaker Output: You can select whether the call beep and caller's voice is heard through only the front speakers or all speakers.
    • Mic Level: Adjusts the volume of the external microphone.
    • NR Level: Reduces the noises generated by the surrounding environment without changing the mic volume.
    • EC Level: Adjusts the level of echo cancellation.

    AV Connections

    Dual AV Inputs: The unit features two rear-panel 3.5mm AV inputs for connecting external A/V sources. The optional Kenwood AV cable (113CAC3AV, sold separately) provides composite video/stereo RCA audio inputs. You can label each AV Input.

    • AV 1 Input Label: Video, DVD, VCD, VCR, Game, Aux, TV, or Navigation
    • AV 2 Input Label: iPod, Video 2, DVD, VCD, VCR, Game, Aux, TV, or Navigation

    Camera Input: The DNX6180 is equipped with a rear-panel composite video camera input. The camera input lets you connect an optional rear view camera, such as the Kenwood CMOS-200 (113CMOS200, 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 in the wiring harness must be connected to the vehicle's reverse lamp circuit for automatic video switching.

    A/V Output (with Dual Zone): The unit features a set of stereo RCA jacks and a composite video jack to output A/V signals to an optional monitor and headphone system. The unit's Dual Zone control allows you to independently set the source for the DNX6180 and the unit's A/V output. 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.

    Note: You cannot select iPod as the A/V Output source when you select Pandora as a main source in dual zone function.

    Remote Control

    Optional Remote Control: The optional Kenwood KNA-RCDV330 IR wireless remote control (113RCDV330, sold separately) unit is designed to operate this Kenwood multimedia head unit. The KNA-RCDV330 wireless remote controller operates off of two supplied "AAA" batteries. The remote operates off of IR transmission so the KNA-RCDV330 must be pointed at the front-panel of your compatible Kenwood head unit within direct line of sight.

    Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The head unit also 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 the optional PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (541SWIRC, sold separately);  or the optional Metra ASWC Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (120ASWC, sold separately).

    Note: Please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to see if your vehicle is compatible.

     
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    2 out of 5

    Would Not Buy Again

    Written By DJC, Colorado Springs, CO on Monday, August 20, 2012
     
    I bought this for my wife's 2000 Expedition. I removed the dash, made a few modifications, and installed the system (to include back-up camera) in about six hours. I decided on this system after lots of research and a desire to have a Garmin navigation system.

    Overall, the system works well. I did not experience the excessive difficulties that some expressed in reviews. I like the manual controls as the physical feedback makes manipulation easier without actually looking at the system. I adjusted the color of the knob lighting to match the dash lighting (at least it sort of matches). Many of the good/bad issues are already thoroughly discussed, so I'll limit my comments to just one:

    The navigation system requires the operator to press multiple on-screen buttons at each turn on. This includes acknowledging that one will not operate the system while driving. Because the system takes about 30 seconds to boot up, I am usually already driving by the time this comes up. If I did not press the buttons while driving to acknowledge I will not press the buttons while driving I would not be able to use any functions on the entire audio/nav system. Why would you design a car nav system that requires the operator to press multiple screens just to finish booting up? This is my only in-dash nav system, so maybe all manufacturers do this.
    Pros:
    Looks nice
    Cons:
    Painful turn-on sequence
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    4 out of 5

    Great low cost unit

    Written By Jeff, Smyrna, GA on Wednesday, July 18, 2012
     
    After updating the unit to version 1.7 from 1.4 it work great. A little slow going between the different modes, but everything works as promised. I bought it for my Dodge Challenger and I might buy one for my Jeep Wrangler as well.
    Pros:
    Has all the features I wanted and needed. GPS works great, DVD/CD's work great, Backup camera (Pyle PLCM18SC) is awesome, Bluetooth has great sound as does the tuner.
    Cons:
    A little slow starting up and moving between functions.
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    2 out of 5

    Slow and unreliable

    Written By Mike, Buffalo, NY on Saturday, July 14, 2012
     
    Even though I've got a great deal on it, I am retuning this product to the store - very disappointed. I upgraded to the latest FW and discussed the issues with support, there is no resolution.
    Pros:
    Cheap at this price
    Cons:
    Very slow, unresponsive touchscreen, outdated maps, froze when it was very hot outside, issues with playing mp3s, disabled hands-free dialing while driving
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    5 out of 5

    great radio great nav

    Written By alex, kingston ma on Sunday, July 08, 2012
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    i was hesitant on buying this unit after reading the reviews but drew the crutchfield advisor assured me that it was a good unit with top of the line navigation and bluetooth he was right on the money the unit is great fast response clear screen i also hooked up a backup camera and adaptors for my steering wheels controls the unit intergrated into my 2007 silverdo 2500 perfectly dont hesitate buy it
    Pros:
    great nav with traffic displays
    Cons:
    grey border around radio i would have preferred black to match my dash
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    2 out of 5

    Would not buy again

    Written By Chris, Atlanta, GA on Friday, July 06, 2012
     
    I purchased this receiver over a year ago from Crutchfield and installed it myself. I chose it because of the solid feature-set, Kenwood name and Garmin navigation. One year in I'm happy with most of the features (iPhone integration mostly) and the audio quality, however the whole device is slow. Not just a little slow, like press a button and wait three seconds slow. The Garmin navigation also frequently crashes the device while doing simple tasks such as searching for an address or even pulling-up the map. Also, being used to modern capacitive touch-screens (iPad, iPhone) the touch-screen on this unit (and frankly every in-dash receiver I've seen) is awful. Basically if your used to the responsiveness and feature-sets of a modern smart-phone, you are going to be very let down.
    Pros:
    iPhone integration, hands-free calling, audio quality.
    Cons:
    Unresponsive, terrible touch-screen, Garmin navigation crashes unit frequently.
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    5 out of 5

    DNX6180

    Written By JamesC, Indiana on Tuesday, May 22, 2012
     
    A lot of negative reviews for this unit but I'm assuming they were left before anyone attempted to update the firmware. I currently have this unit in my 01 F150 crew. This unit works flawlessly. I received the unit with firmware version 1.2. I currently run version 1.7. Runs a lot smoother and is more responsive than before. I have not one complaint so far as I updated it from day one. So before leaving negative feedback about something this day in age I would check Kenwood or whatever manufacture website for the item you have and check for the easy fix. Firmware takes approx. 10 minutes to update which includes the download and transfer to the unit. Take care
    Pros:
    Everything
    Cons:
    A little slower between commands than newer units but none really, so far.
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    3 out of 5

    Great great Kenwood tech services. Mediocre product

    Written By imind, Atlantic city, NJ on Tuesday, March 13, 2012
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    First I would like to comment on the absolutely great services rendered by the Kenwood authorized service center Atlantic. They were fast, courteous and professional in their work. Thank you all at Kenwood authorized service Atlantic (Toshio Electronics, NJ).

    The opportunity to discover the great services was presented to me when my Kenwood DNX6180 quit working more than once. Overall, nothing special could be noted of the DNX 6180 unit. It has all the usual features like blue tooth, USB port ( on a cable: nice!), anda Garmin navigation.

    Contrary to most reviews, I found the Garmin navigation inferior to the portable Magellan unit that I have. 70% of my searches on the Garmin navigation screen ended up in prolonged hour glass swirling on the screen. One of my GPS uses has been to find ehtnic food when I travel (Greek, Thai, Vietnamese food, etc,). Garmin fails miserably on this account.

    The DNX6180 has no speed-compensated volume control, so when your car speeds up, you will have to manually increase your music volume control.

    Pros:
    Blue tooth, rear view camera input, free traffic services
    Cons:
    Reliability Garmin navigation Menu layout and response time.
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    4 out of 5

    Update your Firmware

    Written By Geek Guy, NY, NY on Thursday, February 09, 2012
     
    Product is great. Yes it was slow when I got my head unit. It had firmware version 1.2. I updated it to the current one 1.6 and it works great.
    Pros:
    ALL in one deck...nothing is better than that. No window suction cup marks..from your old GPS.
    Cons:
    Still way too bright at night, illuminates the cabin.
    11 out of 11 people found this helpful
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    1 out of 5

    Kenwood DNX6180

    Written By Anonymous, Denver, CO on Saturday, January 14, 2012
     
    What a piece of junk. Slow menues, non-responsive controls. I really love jamming to the tunes on the way home, then getting in my car the next day with my newborn and can't turn down the volume until the machine finishes booting. Really? Or, how about jamming to a good song and then having the unit overheat and start clipping the output.
    Pros:
    Great Nav.
    Cons:
    Plays only select DVDs. User inputs slow and laggy. Unit ignores user input while it is reading album info, or booting, etc. etc.
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    3 out of 5

    DNX 6180

    Written By Scott, Texas on Wednesday, October 26, 2011
     
    Ok guys, I bought the 6180 as well. Yes it has slow menu commands etc. And right out of the box, I had navigational freezes and slow calculation process. However, I went on Kenwoods Website and downloaded the latest firmware upgrade file, downloaded it to the unit, which took over 5 minutes, but once complete, the system rebooted and ever since, I have almost flawless use. Doesn't speed things up, but it runs smoothly now. check out the firmware updates, and if still not satisfied, there are better ones out there. Good Luck.
    Pros:
    Firmware upgrades!!
    Cons:
    Slow Motion
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    2 out of 5

    Good but slow.

    Written By JD, Florida on Monday, October 17, 2011
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    I received this unit as a replacement for my Rosen head unit. This unit was easy to install, looked nice and had plenty of cool features. Unfortunately, it's just plain slow. It would lock up at random. I'd have to power it off and back on. It almost always froze up when using the GPS. It got so bad that I stopped using the GPS and started using my phone. TomTom software was good...when I could get it to work. For the money there has to be better units available. I'm moving to a Pioneer product. Hopefully 3rd time is a charm.
    3 out of 5 people found this helpful
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    2 out of 5

    slow menus and navi

    Written By Aaron C, New York, NY on Saturday, October 08, 2011
     
    I've installed a DNX 7100, a 6120, and now a 6180 in my cars. My review is based on my comparison between these headunits

    Pros

    Garmin Navi - Best in the business

    Traffic updates and traffic rerouting - routes you around heavy traffic conditions. It found me a new route home once

    Drag and pull interface - sort of like an iPad

    Seperate music volume and navi volume controls - my older DNX's I found the navi voice would be too low sometimes even tho the navi volume is at 100%





    Bad

    Slow menus - I never had this slowness before with my other headunits

    Laggy button response - especially annoying when typing an address

    Slow navigation routing - I could literally drive a mile before the GPS would finish calculating.

    Pop up advertisements - a result of the free traffic updates





    Other thoughts

    I found that if I turn off the secondary menu (the GPS directions on the bottom while on the radio screen), it would help with the lag. I have not tried using the latest firmware. I am currently on firmware 1.4 downloaded in August, 2011. If the firmware update does not fix the lag, I will be pulling out the 6180 and putting back in the 6120.
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    1 out of 5

    Great Features - Slower then Death

    Written By VectorKenwood, Boston Mass on Wednesday, September 28, 2011
     
    I bought this unit when i came out because it was the hotest thing out there. the moving displays and menus really looked cool.

    they are awful!

    i wish i bought an Alpine. the Kenwood is SlOOOOOOW. i swear they did not update the hardware in a few years and over boosted the features beyond what this can do.

    i only have my ipod connected to this. no HD radio no Sat radio.. and just the main menu to the ipod takes 20 secs. then trying to find a song is impossable because the display has a 3 sec lag to it. i have manytimes got an error message that looks like it is right out of windows xp that says the virutal memory is low. other times it has completely rebooted.

    save your money and get something cheeper and simplier that just plain works.
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    3 out of 5

    Great unit, but slow

    Written By JohnD, Poolesville MD on Saturday, September 17, 2011
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    This head unit does everything I need it to do and more and the Garmin GPS is fantastic. However, the interface is painfully slow, often stuttering, pausing, and delaying as it moves from one screen to the next. That is very disappointing at this price point.
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    5 out of 5

    Great unit, looks good, a bit slow between commands

    Written By Jesus, Tarpon Springs, FL on Wednesday, September 14, 2011
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    A nice unit, my wife loves the looks of it, she is extremely happy about having the capability of updating the GPS software when ever she wants. Integration with the infinity system in the Santa Fe is flawless, she loves the idea of having the IPOD, blue tooth, steering wheel integrated into a single unit. The only bad is that is a bit slow between commands but it is still a great unit.
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    4 out of 5

    Kenwood DNX6180

    Written By Cody, Chickasha, OK on Tuesday, May 24, 2011
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    I bought this & installed it last week from Crutchfield, and wanted to post a review, since there weren't when I was doing my research. I have never owned a navigation receiver, so I don't have anything to compare it to, but so far, overall, I'm pleased. I was going to get a single DIN Kenwood digital media receiver, which was back ordered, so I talked myself into this $1K navigation unit. I only use my iPod & iPhone with Pandora, so those are the only features I can review. It was a full evening installing in my '06 F-150, but I managed without too much trouble.As others have mentioned, the parrot blue tooth works well with my iPhone 4. The touch screen seems slow to respond, and makes me wonder if it isn't easier to control the iPod/iPhone by hand, but then you lose the artist/album/track info on the screen. Pandora works, but it often will lose the connection with the phone, thus losing the display info, and I get a message on my phone telling me to unplug and reconnect. Not sure what that's about. I think some of the annoyances just come with the territory of using computers and multi-tasking so many functions between devices. The navigation is typical garmin, except I can't find a way to mute the navigation audio... you can turn it all the way down, but it still mutes the front speakers when it tries to tell you which way to turn. (My handheld garmin has an option to mute.) I'm out of characters, so I will paste the rest in a different review.

    Continued - Friday, July 22, 2011

    Adding to my earlier review, the Crutchfield hands on research is wrong about needing to purchase the antenna for the lifetime traffic data to work. Mine works without that antenna. UPDATE after two months: The unit has rebooted just once, so it hasn't been a problem for me yet. The Bluetooth does not connect to my iPhone 4 every time I start the vehicle. About half the time I have to manually reset the Bluetooth on my iPhone. When it works, it is great. The touch screen is very difficult to navigate, and leaves much to be desired for someone used to the touch sensitivity of an iPhone.


    [Editor's Note: Thanks for bringing this to our attention. You are correct concerning the antenna and we have updated our database.]
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    1 out of 5

    Kenwood DNX6180

    Written By Ed, Marietta, GA on Tuesday, May 24, 2011
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    I received one to replace a failed 6960, on install I got a DC protection error, went thru all diags with tech support and Kenwood, unit declared DOA. So far not impressed with the Kenwood brand, 2 failed units in a row, Crutchfield so far has stood behind the products and taken care of me.
    4 out of 6 people found this helpful
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    2 out of 5

    Kenwood DNX6180

    Written By Lionheart, Atlanta, GA on Saturday, May 14, 2011
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    I originally got this unit because it had all of the features I was looking for and was on sale. I got it and installed it in the same night. I got everything hooked up and it worked great.

    Then I started using the nav feature and the unit started locking up and restarting at random. I called Crutchfield and got it exchanged with no problems. Used the second one for about a week and then it started doing the same thing. Tried factory resets, lowest features enabled, etc... Ended up returning this one as well. Maybe Kenwood will fix some of the issues this thing has when it decides to put out an update, but I'm not going to wait around for it :/
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