Disc & USB Playback
24 Bit D/A Converter: The Kenwood DNX690HD utilizes
a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality.
MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood DNX690HD 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
DNX690HD are as follows:
- Full Bandwidth Power: 22 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4
ohms, 20-20kHz, 1% THD)
- Maximum Output Power: 50 watts x 4 channels
6ch/5V Preamp Outputs: The DNX690HD 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
Front & Rear High-Pass Filter: The DNX690HD features an
independent High-Pass Crossover for the front & rear channels when your front &
rear speakers are connected by the unit's speaker-outputs or preamp-outputs. You
can adjust the high-pass crossover from 'Through' (off), 40, 60, 80, 100, 120,
150, 180, or 220 Hz. The
"Through" selection is a full-range setting. This feature is very helpful when
you have smaller-type speakers in the front and larger-type speakers installed
in the rear of the vehicle.
Subwoofer Controls: The Kenwood DNX690HD offers the
following subwoofer controls, when you have the unit's subwoofer preamp output
- Low Pass Filter: The receiver features a built-in Low
Pass Filter control for the preamp-output, when the output is set to
Subwoofer. You can select from 50, 60, 80, Hz, 100 Hz, 120 Hz, or 'Through'
- Subwoofer Phase: You can adjust the phase of the
subwoofer output between 180-degrees (Reverse) or 0-degrees (Normal).
- Subwoofer Level: Once the Subwoofer preamp output is
activated, you can independently control the subwoofer preamp output level
(-50 to +10) from the navigation receiver.
Speaker Type Setting: This feature tailors the DNX690HD
according to the type of front speakers in your vehicle. You may select Standard
(for speakers with a general diameter), Narrow (for speakers with a small
diameter), Middle (for speakers with a medium diameter), or Wide (for speakers
with a large diameter).
Preset EQ: Eight EQ curves are preset into memory, allowing
you to recall the best preset EQ curve for different types of music. Each preset
has its own level settings for bass (100Hz), midrange (1kHz), and treble
(12.5kHz). You can choose from the following preset EQ curves - Rock, Pops,
Easy, Top 40, Jazz, Natural, Flat, and User.
EQ Pro: The DNX690HD features independent Bass,
Treble, and Midrange control when the Preset EQ is in User mode. EQ Pro allows
you to adjust the following settings for the Bass, Treble and Mid frequency
||40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 100, 120, or
||1.00, 1.25, 1.50, or 2.00
||-8 to +8
||0.5k, 1.0k, 1.5k, or 2.0k Hz
||1.00 or 2.00
||10.0k, 12.5k, 15.0k, or 17.5k Hz
Note: You can store bass, middle and treble tone settings
for each source (Disc, Tuner, AV, USB, iPod, Bluetooth, and Pandora).
Loudness: This function enhances low and high frequencies to
make the sound clearer lower volumes.
Volume Offset: The level of each source may be independently
adjusted to prevent radical leaps in output volume when switching from one
source to another. The available settings range from -8 to +6.
Dynamic Range: The dynamic range can be adjusted by selecting either
Normal, Wide or Dialog. Dialog makes the total sound volume become larger as
compared with Wide and Normal, allowing you to listen to the movie's dialogue
more clearly. This is effective only on Dolby Digital software.
Source Beep: The in-dash receiver provides an audible beep
to confirm source selection. This function can be turned On or Off.
6.1" Touchscreen Display (w/ Flick Scrolling): The Kenwood Excelon DNX690HD features
a fixed 6.1" wide, 16:9 touchscreen display with a TFT active matrix
system. 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
- Aspect Ratio: You can change the aspect ratio for
video playback. You can select from Full (16:9), Just (4:3 LB), or Normal (4:3),
or Auto (automatically selects to match incoming video signal)
- Picture Adjustment: You can adjust the unit's display
brightness, contrast, color, tint, sharpness, and black level to suit your viewing needs
during video playback.
- Custom Background Images: You can download a still image
(800 x 600) for use as
the unit's background from a connected USB thumbdrive.
- Custom Top Menu: The Top Menu screen (main menu) features two
rows of source & settings icons. The top row has 3 large icons which can be
accessed directly, while the bottom row has 12 smaller icons which have to
be scrolled through. You can customize the Top Menu by selecting your three
favorite source/settings icons as the top 3 icons.
Start Up Time: The Kenwood Excelon DNX690HD has a start up time of
approximately 29.5 seconds from Off to the "Warning" screen. Once the "Warning"
screen appears, you can tap the "Agree" button on the head unit's touchscreen to
go instantly to the Navigation screen or press the "Menu" hard-key to access the
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.
Split Screen AV Control: The DNX690HD'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
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 all of the head unit's menu
screens/settings, source information, metadata, album artwork, and the
navigation on-screen map.
Front-Panel Controls w/ Variable Color Illumination: In
addition to the touchscreen controls, the unit includes frequently used buttons
and a rotary-dial along the left 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 DNX690HD 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 DNX690HD 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 DNX690HD
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
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 DNX690HD 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
Note: The unit's microSD-card slot is located on the
front-panel hidden behind a flip-out cover (labeled NAV Map). The microSD-card slot is only
used for software and map updates. It cannot be used for playback of
media files from an microSD memory card.
GPS Receiver & Antenna: The Kenwood Excelon DNX690HD
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"
- Update Rate: 1/second, continuous
- Position Accuracy: <6 meters, typical
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.
||Traffic is flowing normally
||Traffic slightly congested
||Traffic is heavily congested or
||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 DNX690HD 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
DNX690HD 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.
- Map Detail: You can adjust the amount of detail shown
on the map screen. More detail may cause the map to be slower.
- 2D/3D Map View: 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).
- Vehicle Type: You can change the icon (arrow, station
wagon, sports car,
compact car, SUV, jeep, RV, or sled) used to display your position on the map.
- Color Mode: Select between Day (for a bright background), Night (for a black background) or Auto (to automatically switch between the two) for the on-screen map.
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
Note: You can continue to listen to your music source
while navigating. The DNX690HD 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.
||Allows you to search for a
destination by touching and dragging the map.
||You can store one home location to allow you
to calculate a route home from any current location.
||Input your destination address by
house number, street, city, and zip-code.
||Allows you to search by city's name.
||Allows you to search where to
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.
||You can save all of your favorite
places in the navigation system, so you can quickly navigate to them
||Choose from one of your most recent
destinations or waypoints.
||Allows you to search your
destination by longitude and latitude values.
||You can use the Search Bar to search
for locations by entering a category, brand name, address, or city
||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 DNX690HD
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 DNX690HD might not calculate
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 DNX690HD has the ability to recall frequent
destinations and historic traffic information to help calculate your route
- myTrends: The myTrends feature senses when you are
driving to a common destination and displays the destination and estimated
time of travel in the navigation bar on the map. myTrends does not work when
you first begin using your navigation system. To effectively use the
myTrends feature, your frequent destinations must be marked as favorites,
and a regular pattern of driving habits must be established with three days
of regular driving usage.
- trafficTrends: When the trafficTrends feature is
enabled, the navigation system uses historic traffic information to
calculate more efficient routes. Different routes may be calculated based on
traffic trends for the day of the week or based on the time of day.
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
- Fuel Economy: If you have entered your vehicle profiles
and the current fuel price, the DNX690HD calculates fuel used, the average
fuel economy for your vehicle, your carbon footprint, and the cost of the
- At The Pump: At your next fill-up, you can enter in fuel price,
amount of fuel used, and the distance you traveled to calculate your
vehicle's miles-per-gallon (MPG).
- 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 (up to 20) is created for every route that you
drive. If you stop a route on your navigation system, a mileage report is
created for the distance you traveled.
Future Update for Smartphone Link w/ Garmin Live Services:
The Kenwood Excelon DNX690HD will require a future software update (not yet available)
to support Garmin's Smartphone Link App and Live Services.
Note: The data provide by the ecoRoute feature is only
an estimate. The data is not actually read from your vehicle.
The free Smartphone Link
can be downloaded from the
Google Play store
. The download includes several Garmin Live Services, as
well as premium subscription services. Smartphone Link creates a seamless
navigation experience between the Kenwood navigation receiver and your Android
smartphone (2.1+). It allows the two devices to share information; such as saved
and recently found locations, where you parked, and your current destination. It
also links the Kenwood navigation receiver to Garmin Live Services; such as
traffic, weather, and fuel prices using your smartphone's current mobile data
plan. Garmin Live Services provide the most up-to-date "live" information to the
Kenwood navigation receiver using your Android's mobile data plan. There's no
need for an additional data connection. Some services are included free when you
connect to Smartphone Link; others are available through subscriptions that
offer premium content and enhanced features.
Live Traffic: Garmin Live Traffic provides the
best-in-class real-time information to help you navigate in and around
congestion. Live Traffic is updated every 2 minutes and receives more than
1,000 messages every update cycle.
photoLive Traffic Cameras: Provides drivers the
ability to look up real-time photos from traffic cameras to get a glance at
traffic and weather conditions.
Real-time Safety Cameras: Alerts you to fixed and
mobile safety camera data to help you arrive safely at your destination.
Fuel Prices: Helps you find the best prices for any
grade of fuel in your area or on your route. Just tap the screen and
go to your chosen station.
Dynamic Parking: Helps you locate parking areas close
to your destination. It also will provide you with the number of spots
available and the current cost of the parking spot.
Garmin Tracker: Allows you to track the location of
your Kenwood navigation receiver and vehicle via myGarmin. You also can
send a link via Facebook, Twitter, or email for others to track you as you
Local Weather (free): Current localized weather,
temperature, and forecasts.
Advanced Weather: In addition to what the free
weather service provides, Advanced Weather also allows users to receive
severe weather alerts and view animated radar images. Colors distinguish
types of precipitation, such as rain, snow and ice, to help you avoid bad
Note: An unlimited data plan is recommended when using
Garmin Live Services. Some services may not be available in all
areas. Some services may require a paid subscription.
Tools: The DNX690HD 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
- Unit Converter: You can convert distance, speed, area, currency,
temperature, volume, and weight.
- Calculator: The calculator allows you to perform simple
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.
Bluetooth Technology: The Kenwood Excelon DNX690HD 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
- Hands-Free Communication: HFP (Hands Free Profile), OPP
(Object Push Profile), PBAB (Phone Book Access Profile).
- Audio Streaming: A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution
Profile), AVRCP (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).
Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth
enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all
features when used with the Kenwood Excelon DNX690HD. 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 DNX690HD
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 DNX690HD can be used to dial a number, answer an in-coming
call, or end a call. The unit also includes an external microphone (featuring
adjustable gain), so you can carry on your side of the conversation while
listening to the caller through your vehicles speakers (All or Front only). During a conversation,
you can switch between the Private Mode (talking directly on your cell phone)
and the Hands Free Mode.
- Answering a Call: When a call comes in, a ring-tone
will be heard through your vehicle's speaker and the caller's name or phone
number will be displayed. You can answer the call from the head unit's
touchscreen, or setup the head unit to automatically answer the incoming
call immediately (within 0-99 seconds).
- Dialing a Number: Using the DNX690HD, you can dial a
phone number in one of the following ways:
- Entering a Phone Number: Allows you to directly
dial a phone number up to 32 digits from the head unit's touchscreen
(your vehicle's parking brake must be engaged).
- Speed (Preset) Dialing: Allows you to register up
to 6 phone numbers for quick dialing. The preset numbers can be accessed
from the head unit's touchscreen.
- Phone Book: You can dial by using the downloaded
phone book. You can download phone book data from your cell phone to the
DNX690HD. Up to 600 numbers can be stored for each registered cell
phone. Each number can be up to 32 digits long and each name can be up
to 50 characters long. You can search
the phone book in alphabetical order.
- Call History: The Call History is a list of calls
that have originated from and were received by this unit that you can
dial. You can select Outgoing, Incoming, or Missed calls (up to 50 each).
- Voice Dialing: If your mobile phone supports voice
recognition, then you can dial out by voice command. Simply speak into
the included microphone.
External Microphone: The Kenwood Excelon DNX690HD 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"
Note: This unit does not offer an integrated
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
DNX690HD also supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a
Bluetooth enabled audio player or smartphone. The DNX690HD 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 DNX690HD 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 DNX690HD 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 DNX690HD 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
DNX690HD; 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 DNX690HD offers the
following Bluetooth Detailed Settings, so you can configure the unit to suit
- Speaker Output: You can select whether the call
beep/caller's voice is heard through only the front speakers or all
- Mic Level: Adjusts the volume of the external
- NR Level: Reduces the noises generated by the
surrounding environment without changing the mic volume.
- EC Level: Adjusts the level of echo cancellation.
Disc & USB Playback
Compatible Discs: The unit has a front-loading disc-slot to
make loading your disc easier because there is no panel to slide or fold-down.
The Kenwood Excelon DNX690HD supports playback of DVD-Video, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW,
CD-Audio, CD-Text, CD-R/RW, DTS-CD, and VCD discs. The unit supports
MPEG-1/MPEG-2 video & JPEG files recorded on to CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW and DVD+R/RW
discs. It also supports playback of MP3, WMA, AAC, and WAV music files loaded
onto a CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, or DVD+R/RW disc.
USB Port: The Kenwood Excelon DNX690HD features a rear-panel
Full-Speed 2.0 USB type-A port (attached to the unit's rear-chassis by a 39"
cable) for connection and control of a portable USB
mass-storage class (MSC) device; such as your Android smartphone, portable
digital audio player, or USB thumbdrive. The USB port enables playback of MP3,
WMA, AAC, and WAV audio files; as well as JPEG still-picture files stored on a compatible USB memory device.
The DNX690HD also supports video playback of MPEG1/MPEG2 video files from a
connected portable USB MSC device. USB portable audio devices that can be
charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the navigation receiver's USB port
(5V/1A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.