Kenwood Excelon DNX6990HD

Navigation receiver (Factory refurbished)

Item #: 613DNX6990

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Original Price: $599.99

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Improved navigation for 2012
Kenwood's put speed front and center for their 2012 in-dash navigation lineup. The Kenwood Excelon DNX6990HD navigation receiver offers a user interface that's extremely fast, while Garmin's navigation software provides easy-to-read maps of the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico, along with over 6 million POIs. Plus, Kenwood's added Photo Real junction views so you'll know exactly what upcoming intersections will look like

Garmin navigation

The DNX6990HD uses NAVTEQ's traffic info to ensure that you've got up-to-the-minute data at your command. The receiver provides automatic rerouting around congestion and road closures in over 90 cities in the US and Canada. When you're not in a metro area that's covered, it calculates routes based on historical traffic data, so you'll still get where you're going faster.

PANDORA® Internet radio for iPhone®, Android, and Blackberry
Once you use Kenwood's audio/video cable (not included) to connect your iPhone to the DNX6990HD, you'll be able to control your PANDORA stations from the receiver's touchscreen. The touchscreen makes it easy to find the stations you want to hear, and you can give a "thumbs up" or "thumbs down" with a flick of your finger.

If you're an Android or Blackberry user you can enjoy Pandora® control through the receiver's Bluetooth® features. The DNX6990HD supports the Serial Port Profile (SPP), which means you can use the receiver's interface to control Pandora® when your compatible Android or Blackberry device is linked up.

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Bluetooth for safer driving
The built-in Bluetooth also supports hands-free calling — when a call comes in, you'll answer with one tap of your finger and talk to callers as if they're in the car.

HD Radio tuner
The DNX6990HD's HD Radio™ tuner lets you enjoy much-improved AM/FM sound quality when you're tuned into local stations broadcasting an HD Radio signal. And there's no subscription fees for HD Radio — just tune it in like a regular radio station.

More audio and video options
You can plug your iPod® or a thumb drive into the rear USB port, and enjoy all your favorite albums and playlists. This receiver will play all your CDs and DVDs, including discs loaded with music files, while a rear A/V input offers a connection for any other audio/video sources. Whatever you're listening to, this Kenwood will send a crisp, clear audio signal to your speakers, and you'll have a wide range of soundshaping tools at your disposal, including a 3-band parametric equalizer.

The high-resolution VGA screen is perfect for viewing video from DVDs or other sources when you're parked. You can tap into video content on your iPod or iPhone with the help of an iPod cable (not included). When you're on the road, you can play movies through a rear-seat monitor for your passengers, a great way to survive long road trips.

Expand your system
You can hook up a satellite radio tuner to the receiver and access a wide variety of entertainment, sports, news, and commercial-free music from SiriusXM. 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. The receiver's three sets of 5-volt preamp outputs will send a clean signal to your outboard amps, for maximum fidelity and minimum noise.

Good news for SYNC users
iDatalink's Maestro module allows you to install a super-fast Kenwood navigation receiver while keeping your factory-installed Ford SYNC features intact. You'll get to keep your voice commands, factory Bluetooth®, satellite radio, iPod® control, and steering wheel audio controls. The package integrates all these factory systems with your new Kenwood receiver, even optional SYNC features like 911 Assist.

Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?
In most vehicles, you can use an adapter (not included) to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this Kenwood stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and 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.

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • DVD/CD player with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in Garmin navigation system (with photo-real Junction View and free traffic services)
    • built-in amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • fixed 6.1" touchscreen
    • animated display with multiple GUI
    • Pandora control for iPhone, Android, and Blackberry
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • built-in HD Radio tuner
    • fits double-DIN (4" tall) dash openings
    • remote control
    Audio/visual features:
    • plays CDs, DVDs, and USB memory devices (see Details for full capabilities)
    • 3-band parametric EQ
    • high- and low-pass filters
    • iPod control: Kenwood cable required for access to audio/video content
    • works with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
    • inputs: rear USB input, two rear A/V inputs, rear-view camera input
    • outputs: A/V output; 6-channel preamp outputs (5-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
    Other information:

    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.

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    Written By jeff, kent, wa on Monday, September 22, 2014

    I've been using this device for almost 2 years now it's been great all the way around EXCEPT the navigation. For the last two months the navigation has been extremely slow I'll drive for 20 min and it still won't finish routing. I push a nap button and it can take up to 30 sec to go to the next menu. Even after resetting the device, updating the device and map I still have the prob. DON'T BUY

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    Written By Anonymous, Queens Village, NY on Friday, October 11, 2013

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    Radio works great however the gps locks up

    Nice system

    Written By Anonymous, Cypress, TX on Wednesday, July 10, 2013

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    Installation was straight forward using the separately purchased wiring harness. Setup went okay. Had some difficulty figuring out the settings so my phone would connect via bluetooth. Performed the software update and all went well. Garmin maps are what you'd expect. I wish it booted just a bit faster but no big deal. Would be nice if you could set and save the order of the buttons on the main menu since not all are displayed at the same time. Each time I turn it on the bottom row goes to a default position where the mode buttons I use require swiping to get to them

    Pros: Good sound. Nice interface. Mostly worked out of the box. Garmin maps

    Cons: Semi slow boot up time. Doesn't remember shuffle all from USB after power cycle. Doesn't remember mode button positions after power cycle.

    Nice fit and easy installation.

    Written By Kahuna42, La plata, Md on Wednesday, May 22, 2013

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    Radio sounds great.. Installation was a snap. Crutchfield Rep loaded my cart with everything I needed, including the SWI(steering wheel interface) for the buttons on the steering wheel. I purchased the Kenwood and installed it without a hitch. Took about 2 hours to wire, program SWI and install.

    Pros: Great Garmin GPS. The sound is great and controls are easily learned. Did not have to read a users manual.

    Cons: Ipod hook-up. Needed a special kenwood cable to hook up with the stereo.

    good for the money

    Written By brad, chesterfield va on Monday, May 13, 2013

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    title says it all. nothing to complain about. does everything the description states

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    Written By Gene, Sacramento, CA on Saturday, March 30, 2013

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    Great Audio, easy to setup

    Pros: easy to setup applications


    Written By raider, salem al on Tuesday, March 26, 2013

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    Very good radio. The GPS, Pandora, Bluetooth, and rear view camera work great!

    Pros: Nice unit overall

    Cons: The volume only goes to 35

    Kenwood Quality

    Written By ppsafetyman, Phoenix on Saturday, March 16, 2013

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    I'm very pleased with this Kenwood unit. It was easy to install and everything works as advertised. The radio is awesome, the dvd plays in very high quality, the phone hookup was easy and wroks fine and the Garmin GPS is # 1. The only con if there was one is the phone is a little slow to connect but after connection it works fine. 5 stars and 10 stars for Crutchfield service. I was a little confused by the hookup adaptor and Jack helped out right away and I called him back several times and each time he had the answer and I was good to go.

    Pros: Awesome display, good sound and ease of installation. Very nice unit, GPS is fast and accurate and phone works well.

    Cons: The PAC adaptor is quite confusing to figure out, there are two adaptors and it's not clear which to use. After Jack helped me and I looked closer, there is only one of the two that fits. Easy after that. The phone is slow to connect when you get in the car but works good after it connects.

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    Written By JKL79, Aiea, HI on Friday, March 15, 2013

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    So far so good jus wish the boot up time was quicker. At least the rear view cam is pretty fast but would be better if it didn't say anything. Oh yeah for some reason my sub doesn't work when I Bluetooth songs from my iphone. Overall I think it's a pretty good product until further notice. Haha

    Cons: No menu of songs when listening to CDs. USB in back of unit instead of front which to me makes no sense.

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    Written By JimD, East Alton, IL on Monday, February 25, 2013

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    I have no major complaints, but a few minor ones. The MicroSD slot seems to just waste real estate, can't update firmware or maps using MicroSD slot. My factory radio had a clock displayed all the time, on this, even when you are on a sceen that has the clock, it is so small you can barely find and see it. I guess I'll have to find a cheap stick-on clock for my expensive radio.

    I wish it had the tricky guidelines for the back up camera that my wife's car has.

    The user interface is better than the DNX6140 I had in another car but still confusing. As far as boot up time, as long as the rear camera is available quickly it doesn't bother me. Before I'm backed out of the garage it has booted and everything is available.

    The Garmin nav works very well.

    Pros: Great performance so far, easy installation.

    Cons: No suitable clock visible on all screens. Useless MicroSD slot.

    Good product

    Written By Chris, Pittsburgh, PA on Tuesday, February 12, 2013

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    I've had this unit installed in my 2012 GMC Sierra for about five and a half months now and driven 5000 miles and I'm probably going to buy another one for my other car. I do not have a rear view camera attached yet. I do not have Sirius either. I have an iPhone 4 and an iPod touch and they work well with this unit. The iPhone does not have the hardware to see text messages on the 6990 and the iPhone does not have the capability to control Pandora through bluetooth. Once the iPhone is connected, it has full Pandora controls. The Garmin nav unit is great. When using the Garmin, you can split the screen. Very nice! The Parrot bluetooth is awesome! You don't have to speak loudly. Windows up or down, doesn't matter. I can hear the other person very well and they can't even tell I'm driving. iPod controls are very nice. You can put music on a flash drive, or thumb drive and those controls are just as nice. Only played one movie for about 20 minutes, but seemed to work well. The touch screen is just fine. Not as sensitive as iPhone, but you get used to it. Some people complain about the fact it takes 30 seconds to boot up when starting your vehicle. That isn't even noticeable to me. It has powered down on me automatically about 6 or 7 times. Not sure why. Thought maybe because it was hot, but it has done it in the cold too. Not a big deal though. Every once in a while when I start my truck, the unit comes on and the fan is very loud. I just reset it.

    Pros: iPhone/iPod compatibility and controls. Bluetooth. Pandora controls. USB controls. EQ is nice. Garmin is superb

    Cons: Automatically powered down on me about 6 or 7 times in the time I've had it. A little expensive.

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    Written By RAB, Kennewick, WA on Monday, January 28, 2013

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    The Kenwood Excelon DNX6990HD fit perfectly in my 2006 GMC 2500HD. There was no Need to cut the mount bracket as indicated. It sits far enough back so it is not a problem. The setup was fairly straight forward. Pay a LOT of attention to the setup instructions and it will go great.

    Pros: Great Fit

    Cons: Setup Instructions are Mixed with other models and can cause some confusion

    straight up, unadulterated garbage head unit

    Written By two-way tech, SW Louisiana on Sunday, January 27, 2013

    extremely unsatisfied with my purchase. wasn't any fault of crutchfield. the audio stage setup requires a doctorate degree to get dialed in correctly, the menus are extremely counter-intuitive, and the navigation is shady at best

    Pros: gets loud when up around level 30

    Cons: sub control, audio set up, and navigation system

    Works Great

    Written By M.Dilbert, Cincinnati, OH on Friday, December 28, 2012

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    I looked around for a solid month reading every review and watching every YouTube video I could find on every in dash GPS unit. This is the one I ended up going with and after having it installed and using it I couldn't be happier. No issues at all, I have an IPhone 5 and it works perfectly with it (with the Kenwood iPod cable) just had to get a lightening adapter (stupid apple ha ha). I can also listen to spotify, pandora, music on my phone through Bluetooth. All works perfect, just can't see album art when doing it through Bluetooth. The navigation works great, on my way home tonight I started making wrong turns etc to see how quick it was, as good if not better than any Tom Tom or stand alone garmin I've ever owned used or seen. Touch screen is actually very responsive, it's not flawless like you get used to using smartphones these days, but you would have to be one picky fellow to complain about it in my opinion. Overall, it's fantastic and I'm happy I went with it.

    Pros: Bluetooth works great for talking and music, GPS works great just great

    Cons: I guess if I had to pick something to complain about, it would be that this costs a good chunk of change, but I didn't want a cheap system... So.... Nope, no cons

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    Written By Scott, Charlotte, NC on Tuesday, December 18, 2012

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    I originally chose Kenwood so I could keep using the Garmin interface I was used to. Crutchfiled had this unit refurbished at a great price. The install went smooth and painless. I updated the unit to the latest software via USB painless operation. The unit sounds great I enjoy all the features USB, Back up cam, Blue tooth, DVD, Navigation and the limited apps. I think the UI could be more user friendly but other than that I am happy the purchase.

    Pros: Garmin

    Cons: user interface is not real friendly

    Good until you have to update....

    Written By A.Poblete, Lakewood, WA on Friday, December 14, 2012

    I've loved this device for a year. Fairly simple to navigate. Great features with Pandora, Garmin nav with traffic updates, iPod integration, etc. Sounds great with new speakers, amp, and sub. Looks fantastic in my dash. All works to perfection...

    ...until you have to update your firmware and maps. Just looking at it's face, you see the microSD slot on the lower left hand corner. One would think this would be sufficient to update firmware and maps (it says Nav Maps on it, after all). But when attempting to update maps per online instructions with the microSD in, it states to insert a USB mass storage device. Upon contacting Garmin customer service, the rep said that some devices can be updated with microSD, some with USB. Mine just happened to require a USB, which is located in the rear of the unit. Um, ok?!? Plus the rep recommended I update my Kenwood firmware prior to updating my maps. But guess what...I need a USB mass storage device for that too!

    I had this unit professionally installed. I will say that during this ordeal I learned how to uninstall the dash trim and how to uninstall my head unit. Good for me. But I still can't get to the USB port since it's a long cord...threaded behind the dash, under the center console which then connects to a iPod integration cable that comes into the center console box. So I would have to take apart my center console just to update my maps!!!!! Wow. And what is that pretty little microSD slot on the lower left hand corner of the front of the unit doing? NOTHING! Nothing but taunting me with it's uselessness, leaving me wondering why it wasn't a USB port instead.

    The skinny: You'll love this device until it comes time to update the maps and firmware. Then you'll realize how incompetent the designers of this DNX6990HD really were.

    Pros: Beautiful, fairly easy to navigate common controls, familiar Garmin nav, good sound.

    Cons: Updating firmware and maps beyond more than a hassle! Wish there was a way to type in a search for song/artist/etc. Cannot use bluetooth to connect iPhone with Pandora app (was told only Android/Blackberry can), so must be connected with iPod/iPhone integration cable.


    Written By ThatGuyThatKnows, Shoreline WA on Thursday, November 08, 2012

    Superficially this is a great unit, the Kenwood developers laid the UI out fairly well, although the lack of clock in all windows is irritating. The major issue with this unit is the OS, for whatever reason, OEM's continue to use Windows Embedded. How do I know? When this unit crashes, which it does frequently, you generally get a Windows Embedded error dialog (which M$ claims should never show up). As with others, I see regular resets of my settings, favorites and address book. Even at the lowest manual setting, the unit is way too bright at night. Kenwood, if you could fix the loss of data issue, I'd be a happy camper and you'd get 4 stars... BTW, this is a much better product then MyFordTouch product I could have installed in this vehicle....

    Pros: Nice UI, fairly easy to navigate.

    Cons: Constant crashes, Windows Embedded OS, slow (due to the windows OS). Clock only displays on certain windows. Lack of updates by Kenwood.


    Written By Dave, Colorado Springs, CO on Sunday, November 04, 2012

    I bought this unit in February 2012 for a '06 Toyota Sienna XLE. Kenwood has updated the firmware every 2 months and the updates have improved the navigation and operation significantly. Very clean sound; excellent control options. I rate it highly for features, sound, and quality. Garmin Navigation works very well. Cons: The menus and manual are not completely intuitive and a bit frustrating. Bluetooth system is very clean and clear, but phone connect time is slow (up to a minute for registered phone to pair). Switching to another phone is slow and awkward from the HU. Watch for updates and install them. I would give it 5 Stars if the learning curve was not so unnecessarily difficult.

    Pros: Full feature set and control options. Great sound.

    Cons: Manual and menus. Key info missing (ex: BT Setup that makes system default to front speakers only--buried in menus)

    Great value

    Written By Scherzz, Tustin, CA on Thursday, November 01, 2012

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    I got the refurbered unit and for the price it was a bread deal.

    Pros: Value, Garmin GPS

    Cons: Have not been able to update from the front panel micro SD card (GPS or Firmware) meaning I have to open the dash to update. I wish it had a tuning knob. (Pros exceed the cons.

    DNX6990HD keeps me very entertained.

    Written By DavidM, Phoenix, AZ on Monday, October 08, 2012

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    Consumer Reports just rated Crutchfield the number 1 online store and I agree. Incredibly helpful in picking out products and making sure you have everything you need. Tech support open until midnight, answer the phone within a minute and have the answers. Awesome. Receiver is great. I'm sure if you're good at this stuff a 2.5 hour install is reasonable but it took me about 10. I had two satellite antennas, (XM and GPS) I placed on dashboard which acquire a signal and hold it better than my roof mount factory Sirius antenna. I had the rearview camera to chase through firewall and connect to power. I had the ext. microphone to run up the pillar. And the dual wiring harnesses with the steering wheel control mechanism but it's all working. GPS acquires very fast. Unit is slow to startup I agree with others that could be a bit faster. I have an iPod hooked up, Pandora, streaming bluetooth, a 32gb MicroSD card, HD radio, and XM. If that's not enough music choices I don't know what is. I love that I can watch a DVD while I'm waiting in the car. GPS is good. I patched the firmware easily with USB. I enjoy my rear view camera for hooking my Frontier to my boat. I decided to keep my '07 since it is paid for, invest in a fun radio to breathe new life into my ride and go another 10 years without a car payment. For that purpose this Kenwood is a homerun. I give it 4.5 stars.

    Pros: Ext microphone is great. Sound quality is really good. Tons of features with everything I ever could want in a car. Displays my SMS messages to me while I'm driving.

    Cons: Boot time is a bit too long. This means if you need the backup camera you actually have to sit and wait or get into a routine where you start your car, then adjust your seat belt, open garage door, check mirrors anything to pass the time. If you have remote start that could be a good fix.

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    Written By Anonymous, Hendersonville, TN on Monday, October 08, 2012

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    One of the best radios I have ever owned. The User Interface looks sharp and is easy to use for the most part. there are a few functions that are hard to locate, but nothing major.

    Jury is still out

    Written By April, Los Angeles, CA on Sunday, September 30, 2012

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    This unit.looks really good, but the functionality is WONKY. I have an Iphone 4S. Seems like it should work better for the $.

    Pros: Its pretty. Mic seems to work ok. Sound is good.

    Cons: There is no MUTE button during a call on screen. Have to use my handset. The Bluetooth Music controls don't work, have to use my handset. Pandora only works if the iphone is plugged in to the receiver. The ipod connector uses the USB port, so you can't plug anything else in....or have dual ports available. The SMS function does not work with the Iphone 4S. The steering wheel controls autoprogrammed, but the channel up/down buttons only scan, not my preset channels. Traffic updates don't wo


    Written By Billy, Toronto, Canada on Monday, September 24, 2012

    Ive owned the DNX 6990HD for a few weeks now & after some time installing this unit to my XB, I was overall happy with the functionality of this headunit. Features and Add ons: I was happy with the layout of the screen controls for fast access to your DISC, TELEPHONE & NAVIGATION. The access time to load up my IPOD and Camera was fairly decent and was able to get to things at high demands. The bluetooth feature worked like a charm and I liked how your contacts are imported to the unit for fast access and dial up times. Pandora is very neat and loads up fairly quickly. USB feature is similar to playing an MP3 disc where you can navigate through folders and songs or photo's, I was impressed with the compatibility of the multiple video formats. After doing some homework between three Navigation brands such as the :Clarion, Pioneer & Kenwood, I chose the Kenwood for its ease of use and looks. The Clarion had an annoying feature by automatically adding a 2 second gap into a DJ CD that doesnt have a gap between songs. The Pioneer sounds better then both the Kenwood and the Clarion when it comes to there built in AMP stage, but I didnt go with the Pioneer because I hated how it looked in my car. I used my own amp anyways to do away with the built in AMP anyways. Overall a great Unit and I recommend this system to anyone who wants a great unit at a decent price bracket.

    Pros: Loaded with great Features, Bluetooth, Pandora, 2 AV ins, 1 USB in, 1 AV out and Rear Camera input. DVD, VCD, CD etc. All features work very well and efficiently. The audio adjustments was fairly detailed in setting up speaker zones, crossover cutoffs, and/or boosting or shifting frequency peaks. comes with XM Radio as well as a Garmin GPS system, A well rounded system in my opinion.

    Cons: Initial load time when Key is turned on is a little on the slow side, not a big deal because the wait time isnt super long. Kenwoods built in AMP is "OK" at lower volume levels which is a given for most aftermarket radios anyhow, the distortion is a little annoying on the higher levels. (I recommend amping this unit)

    For the money you would think it was better

    Written By grizzen, Tulsa, Ok on Thursday, September 06, 2012

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    I've had this unit for about six months now and it's just a huge disappointment. My 2005 JVC double din touch screen that I had puts this thing to shame as far as usability and ability to see it in sunlight. The Display on the Kenwood is hard to see in the light and blindingly bright at night (even with the settings turned all the way down). The inertial scrolling was a good idea poorly implemented. I primarily used USB as my source, and found that trying to change folders was a timely process distracting process. All the bluetooth features of the deck are useless with my phone (HTC Rezound) could blame the deck or the phone I'm not sure I know the iPhone seems to do all functions just fine as I did have one. Hands free was pointless no matter where the mic was or mic volume everyone would have me repeating myself over and over. GPS has alzheimer's forgets recently found, where home is, has crashed the entire deck before. And after 2 firmware updates about the only thing that got better was the boot time. Oh and it died completely last month had to send it in. Crutchfield took care of everything in a quick and timely mannor. Though my replacement has a lose screen now. Thats about it.

    Pros: It looks nice.

    Cons: Costs too much for what it is. Buggy Distracting to use GPS is forgetful and slow

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    Written By kb, Albany, OR on Thursday, September 06, 2012

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    Very happy with this unit. I wasn't sure what I wanted so I called Crutchfield and the person I talked to pointed me in the right direction. I've had other Kenwood equipment and have always been happy with it. And after having done the TomTom thing it's apparent Garmin is the top dog in GPS.

    This is a 5 star unit but the firmware is a 4. I've left messages at Kenwood so hopefully they will address the issues and include the changes in a future fw update.

    Pros: Love all of the features of this unit. Phone integration (Droid Razr) is awesome. Besides the normal radio stuff and gps I ended up with a lot more capability than what I was expecting.

    Cons: Firmware still needs a little work. The scroll bar in the phone book is too sensitive and can't get it to stop where you want. A page up/down button would have been nice. The other issue I've encountered is exporting data. Even though you think you are exporting all tracks, it's really only doing the last one. Also the export reports to csv leaves you with a 0 byte size file with nothing in it.

    Very happy with it

    Written By TC, Fairfield, CA on Thursday, August 23, 2012

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    I installed this unit in a 2011 Nissan Frontier. It looks very nice and the sound is awesome. The gps has worked great so far, but I have only used it a few times in the past 3-4 weeks. I didn't care about the hdradio, but once I heard it, I am glad that it is there. Overall, I am so far very pleased with this unit.

    Problems with mine...

    Written By CM, Atlanta, GA on Tuesday, August 21, 2012

    For the most part this is a good product, however after 3 weeks mine has totally quit working. It only powers up, displays the 'Kenwood' splash screen, then cuts off and starts over again. It is completely stuck in this loop. Luckily I bought it from Crutchfield so they are going to send me a new one. I plan on updating the firmware first thing and hope (fingers crossed) this problem doesn't happen again. If you Google "DNX6990HD constantly restarts" you will see more descriptions of this problem.

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    Written By Mike, Pittsburgh PA on Friday, August 10, 2012

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    n b

    Cons: wish the gps used tomtom instead of garmin. It does not seem to be very accurate

    A bit of a let down

    Written By Drumstix, Bay Area, CA on Monday, August 06, 2012

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    I've had this unit for 5 months now. It worked OK (not flawlessly) until 2 days back, and not it simply won't power on. Crutchfield Tech Support has been great throughout, during install as well as to help troubleshoot the current issue. There is a good chance I will have to send the unit to Kenwood for repair/replacement.

    Install in an 06 Odyssey was complicated due to both the Sirius-XM antenna as well as Rear View camera. Part of the complication was figuring out how to tie into the switch for the reverse gear. It was also a big challenge to install the rear view camera. There was no way I could have done it without help from Crutchfield.

    Start up time of ~30s is poor. Entire unit has to boot up before any part of the system, including music can be used. But the Rear View Camera is accessible after about 15 seconds. In comparison, the factory nav in my G37 boots up in ~20 secs, while music and camera are available almost immediately on starting the car. Kenwood Interface is slow and clunky at best. Built in speakers sound better with the factory system, than the Kenwood even with a lot of EQ. POI search is a poor compared to a smart phone. Once in the while the nav settings are lost without warning and have to be reprogrammed. Bluetooth music and phone performance is very good. HD Radio and Sirius XM work fine too. Nav announcements cut off music from front speakers completely. An option to lower volume instead like my G37 would be great.

    Pros: All in one unit with good bluetooth, Satellite and HD radio performance

    Cons: Slow, Poor Interface, Unreliable, Looses Nav Settings periodically, Unit died after 5 months

    Nissan Frontier '06

    Written By CaseyH, Castro Valley, CA on Sunday, August 05, 2012

    Took about 2.5 hours to install, fit was perfect with no problems. After the installation and I had updated all the Kenwood firmware to the latest version (very easy with USB drive), this unit has worked flawlessly with every feature and function to include the Garmin GPS nav, XMSirius, HD radio, Bluetooth audio, Pandora..etc. I have used the unit for 5 weeks now and can absolutely say that I am extremely happy with the product and its functionality.

    Pros: Garmin GPS, Bluetooth telephony and audio, XM Sirius satelite, audio quality and feature functions.

    Cons: not a one

    Very happy

    Written By TomRiv, Boston, MA on Wednesday, August 01, 2012

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    This unit definitely lives up to the Kenwood eXcelon reputation as far as sound quality; even with OEM speakers the sound quality was improved noticeably.

    At the current price I would consider this a bargain considering all that it's capable of. Yes it has a smaller screen, however that leaves room for physical controls on the face of the HU. Plus there is no need for a mechanism to fold out the screen to access the CD player (one less thing to worry about breaking in the future). Overall the screen is very bright and easy to read, and the user interface is one of the best I've ever seen for a GPS/DVD HU. There were some initial hiccups with the original firmware, however upgrading to the latest from the web site fixes many of the bugs that people have been complaining about and also adds "aha Radio" connectivity to your phone. Some of the BT phone steaming features such as Pandora are a bit flaky depending on the type of phone you are connecting to (my old Samsung Epic 4G doesn't seem to work consistently), however basic stuff like hands-free phone calls work flawlessly and require zero extra configuration to have your contacts accessible on the HU. Additionally, the voice quality when using the BT hands-free is outstanding... people I've talked to can't even tell that I'm in my car, as opposed to the Subaru OEM BT that I had prior where I had to shout to be heard.

    Pros: Accurate and fast GPS, iPod interface is easy to use, and sound quality overall is excellent. Compatible with newer SiriusXM tuners, which are extremely compact and have much better sound quality than the dealer installed tuner I had previously.

    Cons: USB cable that is wired into the back of the HU is too short to be useful. Need to be careful about the length of the overall connection between the unit and the iPod/iPhone otherwise you'll have link problems (unit quickly disconnects/reconnects in an infinite loop or gives an "authorization error").


    Written By BRAD, Natchitoches, LA on Friday, July 20, 2012

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    Great Stereo, easy to use, I love it, makes me feel like I have a new truck again. It does take some time to boot up, but not as long as a portable GPS. Super quick processor, tons of options.

    Pros: DVD, GPS, Bluetooth streaming and phone, iPod input, USB input, plus so much more

    Cons: Slow boot time

    Great Investment

    Written By Gino, Washington, D.C. on Monday, July 16, 2012

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    This reciever in my opinion is the best on the market. To get get a in-dash navigation/dvd reciever at this price for all it does you simple cannot find anywhere else. The gps is great and up to date. the screen resolution is superb. Not sure on the other reviews saying the screen is too bright. i did not have this issue.

    Pros: great product, great price, nagivation is superb

    Cons: cannot scroll through songs using remote control when using ipod control.

    It's Junk....too bad...

    Written By PJK, Reston, VA on Saturday, July 14, 2012

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    Really was looking forward to having this unit...should have known when they had to put 2 in to get a working one. Taking ot out, installing an Alpine. Probelms... 1. While listening to the radio, it will switch to the Ipod by itself and vice versa 2. While listening to the Ipod, it will stop, say reading, then come back to the song. 3. While listening tot FM radio, it will switch to AM

    Unbelievable...I think the quality has dropped....

    Pros: Great bells and whistles, had everything I wanted !

    Cons: Didn't work...also slow response...

    05 Ford F150

    Written By Tim G, Denver, CO on Thursday, July 12, 2012

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    So far I love this unit. THe install took 2.5 hours and everything about it is as expected. The only thing I needed to look up was the steering control unit. Directions were not specific enough. I would recommend this unit to anyone wanting a DVD/GPS player.

    Pros: Easy to navigate Great sound Boot-up is very fast

    Cons: None

    Great System

    Written By cdberkman, Jacksonville, FL on Saturday, July 07, 2012

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    I have been looking for a product that uses Garmin and Parrott because I have used these 2 separately for years now and never has any problems. This is my second Kenwood and the fact that it incorporates both of these is what leads me back to Kenwood everytime. System is fast on startup, GPS is accurate but lags just a little bit. Lots of built in options, great sound.

    Pros: Parrot Bluetooth, Garmin GPS, Very fast system.

    Cons: Equalizer is lacking some basic options to individually set the Frequencies. Sound options (settings) cumbersome to navigate. Installed in a 2004 Towncar, Crutchfield harness will not connect to factory AMP and Subwoofer. Although plugs mate, wiring incorrect for this specific vehicle. Had to bypass both and purchase a new AMP and subwoofer.

    A very nice upgrade

    Written By JoeW, Pittsburgh, Pa on Thursday, July 05, 2012

    This unit does everything asked of it, and rather quickly. The GPS locates satellites much much faster than any handheld I have ever owned. iPod integration is almost seamless. The hands free bluetooth works great with my Galaxy S2. It's HD reciever is flawless and pulls a signal better than my last Pioneer unit. The sound is a tremendous upgrade over the factory unit of my 2011 f-150 XL.

    Pros: Audio quality, responsiveness. Everything works.

    Cons: The iPod integration seems a bit clunky when trying to access playlists. From what I have gathered, you can only switch playlists through the search function. Direct access to playlists would be an improvement. Another improvement would be if you could direct the GPS voice to the rear speakers, or somehow have it not completely cut out what you are listening to.

    Over-all a nice system

    Written By Staroo, Raleigh, NC on Thursday, July 05, 2012

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    I'm very pleased with this head unit. Of course, coming from an '07 Silverado Classic with Bose, OnStar and XM, I was leery about replacing the stock system for fear of losing the great sound and functions as set up by Chevy. It was definitely worth it to purchase the GMOS-100 by Metra because everything has been kept just the way it should be including steering wheel controls. My gripes about the Kenwood DNX6990HD are the apparent inability to play items from the USB at random from different folders/albums -if this is possible, I just have not found a way, then the lack of detail in the owner/user manual - even the one you have to download and print if you want it. I cannot speak of the power of the unit and the amount of sound it creates as my Bose system is amplified and uses 100% pre-amps of the unit - not the speaker wiring.

    Pros: Navigation is very smart and fast. No need to run the GPS antenna out through the vehicle. 3 presets for dialing commonly-called numbers (wish there were more).

    Cons: User Manual not so helpful for explaining the EQ and some of the options. Clunky USB interface. When scrolling through phonebook, it is very hard to stop on one contact as it tries to scroll too quickly.


    Written By eric, houston texas on Saturday, June 30, 2012

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    This was my first in dash screen i have owned, so it was a little tricky to figure out the functions, but once figured out it became a breeze to use. The install was very simple and the power output to the factory speakers in my 2011 toyota tacoma was phenomenal, it was night and day difference on clarity and the loudness it can achieve. The navigation feature is great as well.

    Pros: Excellent performance and features, easy to operate once basic functions are learned

    Cons: slow start up speed once vehicle is turned on.

    Kenwood 6990

    Written By Keith, CT on Thursday, June 28, 2012

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    Easy to install. Overall a really nice radio. The Garmin nav is spot on and rather quick. Bluetooth is responsive, but gets somewhat confused when multiple devices are paired and in the vehicle. Remember to save your UPC code from the box or the $100 rebate is history. I didn't and now I'm out a cool $100!

    Pros: It does everything it says it will. Crutch field is awesome. Quick delivery, everything was there, instructions were very easy to follow.


    Written By LilPete, San Diego on Thursday, June 28, 2012

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    First of all, I gotta say this unit wasn't as great as I expected.

    I'm and iPhone user and the advertisement on this unit said it was made for the iPhone. Well guess what? If you try to connect to Blutooth and use the unit's Pandora app, it DOES NOT WORK. If this unit was made for an iPhone, get the blutooth connection to work like how it works for Android. If this doesn't work, don't say it was made for an iPhone....

    Two, the UI just plain sucks. I know, I've been spoiled by the iPhone UI but this UI is slow, responsive but slow. The interface is cluttered, and could really use a revamp on where to put all the features. Futhermore, the interface is pretty ugly and wouldn't even let you put a custom background.

    Also, there may be a setting for this but when I play music on my iPhone through the blutooth connection, audio only works in the front.

    The GPS is good and probably the best thing about it. It was quick and routes very well.

    All in all, i think if i'm spending so much money for this thing, i would get something that would blow my mind away. Not really....

    Pros: Good GPS System.

    Cons: Pretty much everything else.... Oh..and pretty hard to see in sunlight.

    I'm liking this unit

    Written By TUK, Seattle, WA on Sunday, June 17, 2012

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    I installed the dnx6990hd in my 2010 Porsche Cayman myself the other day. Installation was pretty straight forward. Called Crutchfield a couple of times with basic questions and they were always ready with some good advice. Bought a wiring harness and bezel from another vendor to complete the install. So far I'm really impressed with the unit. I really like having a volume knob. I was able to get all the features to work properly without too much frustrations. I still have to go through the manual again to get totally familiarized with all of the features. I can't seem to find much use for the split screen as most of the time nothing is displayed..but that could be my fault. Seems like a top notch head unit and would recommend it to anyone

    Pros: Looks great Fairly fast operations Great NAV Lots of options Does everything I was expecting it to do.

    Cons: A little difficult to see the screen during really bright sunny conditions. Wish the boot time was faster but I'm sure it's as fast as most of the comparable units out there.

    No Expert here

    Written By JackS, Puyallup, Wa. on Friday, June 08, 2012

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    My Tacoma needed something to fill that void in the middle of that dash and I travel for work. I'm glad I didn't go with something last year. Based on the reviews I ordered Kenwoods DNX6990HD. The instuctions to install were poor but worked thur it with various calls to Crutchfield who were patient with me. Well the GPS is great very quick and redirects you to differents routes as you make other turnoffs. The sound is great too. I'm a sports fan and listen to sports talk too much but with what I'm hearing I'm cranking the tunes to music. Now I just ordered some Focal 165 1a to see how the sound can get much better. I'm happy


    Written By slowpoke387, enfield, CT on Friday, June 01, 2012

    OK i've found MOST of people's comments here to be true. the one thing no one's mentioned is that the gps settings randomly reset. I have entered my locations numerous times only to find them erased at a later time. And other gps settings Then after re-entering them, just as random, there will be doubles. Also the ipod shuffle settings will not remain where i set them. I'm extremely disapointed with the quality of such an expensive unit. Like it for the most part but am not happy with this glitch, and am not alone. Trying to find a solution still.

    best unit have owned

    Written By alexH, findlay, OH on Wednesday, May 30, 2012

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    I've had this unit for a month now and over all its great. navigation is outstanding unless there is a festival going on which happened to me last week and it kept telling me to drive though it but not units fault. i went ahead and purchased the life time maps for the garmin for this unit cuz that was a big selling point on me getting this system (not available til this year). display is very nice and not too bright at night which i had problems with on a previous system.and i have to add that crutchfield support is amazing, got a call letting me know how my 03' sport trac had to be modded in order for the stereo to fit

    Pros: the lane assist is great, no more missing turns. ecoroute is informative. bluetooth synced right up with my android with no problem, not a big fan of pandora so I'm glad i can still listen to iheart radio. ability to customize the top 3 buttons on top menu is a nice feature

    Cons: system has restarted on me while driving once, lag at start up can feel a bit long at times, during video playback i have touched to screen sending it back to the previous chapter while changing the volume but no biggie now that i know not to do that again. no hd radio stations in my area, not really a con but dont expect much if your not near any big cities. limited voice options for GPS would be nice to buy more. now im just nit picking lol

    Better than JVC KW-NT500HDT, but still some shortcomigs

    Written By RickNY, Long Island, NY on Saturday, May 26, 2012

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    After having the JVC-KWNT500HDT installed in my '10 Nissan Frontier for a few weeks, I came to the conclusion of two things: 1) JVC is unwilling to correct basic bugs in their software and 2) the navigation system is horrid. I decided on the Kenwood DNX-6990HD due to its reliance on Garmin for its navigation software, and thus far, have not been disappointed. The navigation system is a familiar interface for anyone that has used Garmin portable devices in the past.. It works well -- so well, that many manufacturers try to copy it. By licensing the Garmin software in this unit, Kenwood has avoided the necessity of hand-rolling a nav package.

    First some differences between this and the JVC KW-NT500HDT unit, in case anyone is trying to compare... The startup time of the Kenwood is noticeable slower than the JVC. HOWEVER, the one feature that I rely on when first starting the truck is the rear backup camera. The Kenwood will display the rear backup video, even if it has not finished booting up -- which is a huge plus.

    I would have liked to see better tone control options on this unit, but it seems those are reserved for the DNX-9990HD.. I did not want to go the route of having a motorized faceplate, so I opted for the 6990HD instead.

    The interface is slightly laggy, as compared to the JVC -- but nothing that warrants a negative score. Once you get used to Kenwood's interface, I am sure you will be pleased.

    Pros: - Rear camera will display even while unit is still booting - huge plus - Garmin Nav interface is excellent - especially for those used to Garmin's portable units - 5.0V preamp outputs negates the need for utilizing the built-in amp when integrating into a factory "premium" system such as Bose or Rockford Fosgate

    Cons: - Interface is little laggy. Not to the point where its annoying, but you notice it.

    Ask And You Will Receive!

    Written By BobbyZ, Florida on Saturday, May 26, 2012

    I researched for the right unit for a few days and narrowed the search down to two brands, Kenwood and jVC, and both happen to reside under the same roof, which makes sense. However, the best bang for the buck is definitely the Kenwood DNX6990HD. The connectivity that it has with the Iphone is unreal. Other than the standard bluetooth audio and handsfree phone capability, this unit goes above and beyond with a fully integrated pandora interface along with SIRI interactivity. By clicking the voice button in the telephone pgm, SIRI is activated and like you would with the iphone just ask whatever it is and and it will play through the car speakers. I was not expecting this and allows me to call someone with the push of a 1 button vs scrolling through my address book.

    Also, the Nav screen is excellent. An equivalent garmin unit would cost upwards to 300 so this unit is priced accordingly. I am very happy with my purchase and would recommend everyone I know to take a serious look at this product.

    The only issue I have is that, with my 08 VW GTI the steering wheel buttons are not working 100% with the unit. However, this could due to the integration hardware, SWI-JACK. I am still working the kinks out with Crutchfield and they have been extremely helpful. Sure you can probably find the unit alone for cheaper but the installation equipment and support your get from Crutchfield is second to none and I am glad I spent a little more for peace of mind.

    Pros: Quick start up Awesome sound with stock speakers Iphone integration Navigation screen Multitasking ability

    Cons: Only problem I have is with getting my steering wheel buttons working properly with the unit. Other than that, I love it!

    Kenwood Excelon DNX6990HD

    Written By Scott, Raleigh, NC on Wednesday, May 16, 2012

    First of all, I just want to say Crutchfields customer service is great. I ordered this unit because of the features and the Garmin navigation. A few days after install, while driving down the road, the unit randomly cuts off and back on. I initially thought I had a loose power or ground wire. I removed the unit and reconnected the power and ground wires. The next day, unit unit randomly cuts off and back on. I call Crutchfield, they send me a new unit and I swap out the units. Two days later the new unit randomly cuts off and back on. So, I think that there must be a problem with this series of Kenwood receiver/navigation unit or because I didn't change out the wiring harnesses that I could have a problem with the harness. I call Crutchfield and again they were going to send me a new unit. Instead of getting a 3rd DNX 6990HD I opt to get a different model.

    Pros: HD Radio, Bluetooth hands free phone connection, Garmin Navigation, iPod control.

    Cons: Two units randomly power off and back on. Also, I could never get the unit to dim in brightness.

    Best system yet

    Written By Tim H., Wakeman Ohio on Tuesday, May 08, 2012

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    Bought this unit basically to get away from sirus radio and onstar, and I couldn't be happier. It links through bluetooth from my smart phone to Pandora or Iheart radio in about 15 seconds and the sound is great.Will tag from USB or Ipod with no effort. The navagation is superb and blue tooth to phone works great.

    Pros: Soft touch screen and menus at your finger tip. Bright easy to read display

    Cons: Hard to read and missing instructions from Kenwood with installation. They must assume you do this every day.

    Works Great

    Written By Todd, Ocala, Fl on Friday, April 27, 2012

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    Unit works just as advertised. Very user friendly, buttons are in just the right spots for easy navigation. GPS is fantastic. Would recommend this unit to anyone. Crutchfield service was amazing.

    Pros: Ease of use and many features.

    Cons: None

    Great Unit

    Written By werndogg, Green Bay, WI on Monday, April 16, 2012

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    This is everything I was looking for. Install was very easy, and fits perfect with the included dash adapter for my car. Crutchfield service is fantastic. Most audio shops (here anyway) will not go out of their way to give you all of the installation gear necessary for your vehicle at no extra cost, even when buying a higher priced unit. I was amazed at the fact that I received a personalized letter along with the master sheet. Crutchfield has taken the time to include detailed instructions on how to connect this unit and speakers to YOUR specific vehicle.

    Pros: Customizable color scheme is great. You can pick a preset color, or mix any combo of R, G, B to make your own color. GPS works flawlessly, HD radio is amazing, tons of options for fine tuning audio with the equalizer. High pass filter for front and rear speakers, low pass filter for subwoofers, seperate bass adjustment for stock or component speakers and subs, multi zone capability. Made the stock speakers in my 2010 WRX sound amazing.

    Cons: Had a bit of trouble connecting to Pandora via Blutooth. Make sure your phone has blutooth discoverable mode turned on any time you want to connect to Pandora. On my Samsung Galaxy X, this requires manually turning on that option every time I get in to my car, then it takes a min to connect. If you use an IPhone, I recommend purchasing the optional connector that plugs in to the back of this unit. You can easily route the cable to your glove box and keep it hidden.

    Just what i needed

    Written By Charles M, Tampa, Fl on Monday, April 02, 2012

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    Does what I needed it to, I haven't had it for very long but I feel confident it will serve me well.

    Pros: - Fluid button animations - Garmin Navigation and maps - many inputs - relatively easy to install ( was my first install so there were a few hangups and learning experiences but Crutchfield phone support on a SUNDAY morning was helpful) - easy to use - somewhat customize-able - Audio sounds great - Bluetooth mic is loud and clear

    Cons: - all the inputs are in the back - the color changes are not fluid when set to that option - Settings are somewhat limiting but I am figuring them out - having some issues getting videos to work, still need to research that. - phone settings are kind of weird, some options are locked at weird times I have only had this unit in for a few days so many of these cons may be user inflicted

    Excellent Unit

    Written By Roger T, New Paltz, NY on Sunday, April 01, 2012

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    Awesome, Awesome, Awesome Navigation system!!!! Super Fast, smooth function and great GUI. Really happy with the fact that they installed a processor that's twice as fast as the predecessor. Highly Recommend!!! I installed in my 2010 Nissan Frontier LE with Rockford Fosgate system with no problems.

    Pros: Everything works flawlessly and smoothly

    Cons: The iPhone doesn't support SMS messages being displayed on the head unit.......Yet and you cant upload custom splash screens or background images from USB jump drive unless you unplug the iPod adapter from the rear of the unit.

    Great Product

    Written By Matthew, San Diego, CA on Thursday, March 22, 2012

    I bought this product after several hours of research. It was a breeze to install with the master sheet. Everything hooked up directly to the stock connectors. Display is bright and customizable. Processor is very fast. Audio can be adjusted very easily and the setup is quick and easy. I installed everything myself in about 2 hours or so. It looks fantastic in my 350z and the sound with the bose speakers sounds a lot better with this reciever. Navigation is great and is spot on. Would definitely recommend.

    Pros: Bright display with customization, Navigation is wonderful, Easy setup, Hands-free bluetooth works great, Pandora from your phone and audio through bluetooth as well, and overal sound.

    Cons: Navigating through several menus for setup can be annoying.

    Awesome Unit; One Drawback

    Written By JaysoII, Nashville, TN on Thursday, March 22, 2012

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    Overall this unit is GREAT unit!! Everything about the unit is perfect with only one drawback. When listening to the HD Tuner if the radio stayed on the HD Tuner source screen the radio restart randomly.

    Pros: Navigation Bluetooth Android Compatibile Dual Zone

    Cons: Randomly restarts when on the HD Radio Source Screen.

    Great Unit

    Written By Mike, Louisiana on Wednesday, February 29, 2012

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    Everything works awesome with the unit. Easy to navigate the system. Great visuals. Overall great sound. A really nice unit for the price. Only problem I ran into is that I installed this in a 2011 Silverado LTZ and the RCA plugs in the back stick out a bit far and make it very hard to get the radio all the way into the dash. You need to use close quarter RCA plugs (90 degree plugs) to get the unit in easily.

    Pros: Bluetooth, Pandora radio, nav system, dvd player and more.

    Cons: Screen could be a little bigger, 27 second boot up time.

    Great Product

    Written By jlehmann, Hanson, MA USA on Monday, February 27, 2012

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    I have had this unit for less than a week now and am impressed. As someone in his 20s that still listens to over the air radio, I am very happy with the performance of both the AM and FM tuners. I went back to Kenwood after previously having the KDC-X692 (with HR200 HD tuner), and also have a Garmin GPS. Combining everything into one was the way to go for me in my new car. Being able to interface my iphone either with the bluetooth or wired cable are great features for the ipod control, phone interface, and streaming audio. The only thing I am surprised at is I am not seeing text on CDs. I used the same CDs in a friend's stock Chrysler stereo and that shows the song titles fine, but not the 6990. I was very surprised to find that just sticking the GPS antenna to the top of the unit inside the dash provided plenty of signal to pick up satellites for navigation.

    Pros: Sensitive and selective AM/FM tuner, sensitive GPS receiver, iphone interface

    Cons: Slight lag when tuning through radio stations, though not too big of a problem, no CD text

    Excellent unit with great features!

    Written By A.K, Houston, TX on Friday, February 24, 2012

    For the price you cannot beat the deal. With so many features standard that other companies make you pay an arm and a leg for, this is a great value. i love the multicast HD tuner, the parrott bluetooth, and the equalizer. i used the JVC kw-NT30HD and it was okay but the sound just plain sucked. this unit is far superioir in everything, not to mention the garmin navigation. i demoed the pioneer too and it just wasent up to it.

    Pros: Standard HD tuner, Bluetooth, dvd, navigation, equalizer

    Cons: Screen size

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    What's in the box?

    Download owner's manual

    • Refurbished Double-DIN DVD/Navigation receiver with built-in 6.1" monitor (15A fuse installed in chassis)
    • Sleeve (attached)
    • Trim ring
    • Wiring harness
    • GPS antenna (with attached 16.5' cable terminated by a proprietary connector)
    • Self-adhesive magnetic base
    • Remote control (RC-DV331)
    • 2 "AAA" batteries
    • Microphone with integrated bracketed (attached 10' cable terminated by a 3.5mm connector)
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • 6 Pan-head ISO-mount screws
    • 6 Flat-head ISO-mount screws
    • Instruction Manual CD-ROM
    • Quick Start Guide (Eng/Spa)
    • Quick Start Guide (Fre)
    • Warranty Card

    Features and Specs

    CEA-2006 Compliant No
    RMS Power Output 22 watts
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen Yes
    Preamp Voltage 5 volts
    Display Color
    Key Button Color Variable
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 90 Days
    Labor Warranty 90 Days
    AUX Input No
    Audio/video Input Rear
    USB Input Rear
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready SiriusXM
    HD Radio Built-in
    Navigation Yes
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano Nano6/Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/
    Touch Touch4/Touch3/Touch2/Touch1
    Mini ---
    iPhone Phone4S/Phone4/Phone3GS/Phone3
    FM Sensitivity 9.3 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes

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    Audio Section
    Touchscreen Display
    Onboard Navigation
    HD Radio + SiriusXM Ready
    DVD/CD Playback
    Built-in Bluetooth
    AV Connections
    Remote Control
    OEM Integration

    Audio Section

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The Kenwood DNX6990HD utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior CD sound quality.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood DNX6990HD 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 DNX6990HD 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 DNX6990HD features front, rear and subwoofer 5.0-volt preamp outputs. The front and rear speaker preamp outputs are balance and fade adjustable. The subwoofer preamp output is non-fading. The front, rear, and subwoofer preamp outputs are fixed to the rear chassis of the head unit.

    Front & Rear High-Pass Filter: The DNX6990HD 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 DNX6990HD offers the following subwoofer controls, when you have the unit's subwoofer preamp output activated.

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

    Speaker Type Setting: This feature tailors the DNX6990HD 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 (10kHz). You can choose from the following preset EQ curves - Rock, Pops, Easy, Top 40, Jazz, Natural, Flat, and User.

    EQ Pro: The DNX6990HD features independent Bass, Treble, and Midrange control when the Preset EQ is in User mode. EQ Pro allows you to adjust the following settings for the Bass, Treble and Mid frequency levels.

    EQ Pro
    Center Frequency Q-Factor Bass Extension Level
    Bass 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 100, 120, or 150 Hz 1.00, 1.25, 1.50, or 2.00 On/Off -8 to +8
    Midrange 0.5k, 1.0k, 1.5k, or 2.0k Hz 1.00 or 2.00 N/A
    Treble 10.0k, 12.5k, 15.0k, or 17.5k Hz N/A N/A

    Loudness: This function enhances low and high frequencies to make the sound clearer lower volumes. There are 3 levels (LV1, LV2, or Off).

    Source Tone Memory: This feature allows you to store System Q bass, middle and treble tone settings for each source (Disc, AM/FM, AV-IN1/2, USB, iPod, Bluetooth Audio, and Pandora).

    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 0 (-8 to +8 for Aux source).

    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.

    Tel Mute: The DNX6990HD features a cell-phone mute wire (tan) in its harness that when hooked up to your car's phone system mute wire will automatically mute the receiver's audio signal when a call comes in.

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

    Touchscreen Display

    6.1" Touchscreen Display: The Kenwood Excelon DNX6990HD 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.

    Start Up Time: The Kenwood DNX6990HD has a start up time of approximately 27.1 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 Source menu.

    Customized Top Menu: You can register up to 3 of your favorite sources (Navigation, Disc, HD Radio, USB, iPod, Pandora, Bluetooth Telephone, Bluetooth Audio, SiriusXM, Video, Audio, Setup, or Standby) as the unit's Top Menu screen for easier, quicker access.

    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.

    Note: The Kenwood logo and eject button will always remain red.

    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 DNX6990HD'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.

    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.

    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. You can also manually dim the unit's touchscreen and button illumination.

    Security Indicator: The Security Indicator feature helps to protect the Kenwood Excelon DNX6990HD 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.

    2-DIN Chassis: The DNX6990HD 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 Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to verify fit with your vehicle.

    Onboard Navigation

    Garmin/NAVTEQ Navigation: With built-in Garmin navigation software and NAVTEQ map data (CN North America NT 2012.20), the Kenwood Excelon DNX6990HD 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 DNX6990HD's navigation system guides you to your destination with audible & visual guidance.

    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 DNX6990HD 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. 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.

    High-Sensitivity GPS Receiver: The Kenwood Excelon DNX6990HD employs a high-sensitivity GPS receiver that is forgiving of less than optimal antenna placement, giving you additional placement options.

    • 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.

    GPS Antenna: The DNX6990HD 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. The GPS antenna can be mounted inside the vehicle (on the dash) or outside the vehicle