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Kenwood Excelon DDX6903S

DVD receiver

Item # 113DDX6903

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About the Kenwood Excelon DDX6903S

Excelon quality, CarPlay™ convenience

If you count on your iPhone® while you're on the go,the Kenwood Excelon DDX6903S DVD receiver features Apple CarPlay™, an impressive interface that allows you to access your entertainment, maps, and other content without taking your attention off the road. This Kenwood also offers an HD Radio™ tuner, built-in Bluetooth®, and plenty of options for music and video. You can control all your media using its brilliant 6.2" touchscreen display. Because it's part of the Excelon Series, Kenwood backs up this receiver with a 2-year warranty. 

Excelon quality, CarPlay™ convenience

HD Radio

If you count on your iPhone® while you're on the go,the Kenwood Excelon DDX6903S DVD receiver features Apple CarPlay™, an impressive interface that allows you to access your entertainment, maps, and other content without taking your attention off the road. This Kenwood also offers an HD Radio™ tuner, built-in Bluetooth®, and plenty of options for music and video. You can control all your media using its brilliant 6.2" touchscreen display. Because it's part of the Excelon Series, Kenwood backs up this receiver with a 2-year warranty. 

Get your phone(s) into the act

Here are some of the interactive features this Kenwood offers with your Apple® iPhone:

  • Apple CarPlay™: CarPlay integrates your iPhone® into the driving experience in a new, seamless interface, putting iPhone content at the driver's fingertips with minimal distraction. That means easy access to your music library, your phone, messages, navigation, and many third-party streaming music apps, too. Learn more at www.apple.com/ios/carplay.
  • Phone swapping: Even if your family includes both iPhone and Android™ users, you can use this Kenwood's built-in Bluetooth® to swap between phones without having to choose a particular input or adjust menu settings for control.
  • Siri Eyes Free: With your compatible iPhone, you can take advantage of Siri Eyes Free functionality with a touch of the receiver's touchscreen, using your voice to place calls, select music, hear notification, add reminders — even compose and listen to text messages.

Tune in lots of radio

Using this receiver's built-in HD Radio tuner, you'll hear improved fidelity and clarity from participating AM/FM stations in your area. And if you're heading out of town and don't want the music to fade away, this Kenwood also features a connection for an optional satellite radio tuner, so you can enjoy SiriusXM's extensive programming with your subscription. With your iPhone connected, you can also use the DDX6903S's built-in controls to play your favorite Pandora, Spotify, and iHeartRadio Internet radio stations.

More audio goodies

When you're not in the mood for radio, you can use the rear 3.5mm auxiliary input to plug in a portable audio player, or plug a thumb drive into one of the two rear USB port for lots of digital music, including high-resolution FLAC and WAV files up to 24-bit/192kHz. Built-in Bluetooth not only provides hands-free calling, but it also lets you stream your music from your phone or a Bluetooth-equipped portable high-res music player to the Kenwood wirelessly.

Toning up your sound

The powerful built-in amplifier sends a crisp, clear signal to your speakers, while the 13-band equalizer boasts Kenwood's Drive EQ feature — when the radio is playing at lower volumes it boosts frequencies in the music that are often masked by road noise. The built-in DSP (digital sound processing) with digital time alignment lets you zero in on your perfect sound, while the three sets of 5-volt preamp outputs deliver an ultra-clean signal for adding additional amps.

Kenwood Excelon DDX6903S DVD receiver

Lots of video, too

This Kenwood plays video content in bright, clear detail when you're parked. When you're on the road, you can entertain your passengers by sending a movie from the receiver to a rear-seat screen. You can plug in front- and rear-view cameras to play it safe in crowded parking lots — the DDX6903S includes parking grid lines for the rear camera that appear on the 6.2" screen to help you navigate tight spots.

Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?

In most cars, you'll need an adapter to retain those controls with this car stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and radio, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. You'll see the adapters that work with your vehicle when you add this receiver to your cart.

iDatalink Maestro lets you keep your factory extras

The DDX6903S offers compatibility you won't find in many other aftermarket radios, thanks to the iDatalink Maestro module (not included).

  • Ford SYNC systems: you'll be able to retain voice-controlled features, steering wheel audio controls, and factory audio functions;
  • GM vehicles: you'll keep your steering wheel audio controls, your factory amp, safety warning chimes, and OnStar;
  • Chrysler: in most cars, you'll keep all your Uconnect functionality;
  • Toyota: you'll keep your factory amplifer, auxiliary and USB inputs, rear-view camera, and steering wheel audio controls
  • Volkswagen: you'll retain the factory Bluetooth, the factory digital amplifier and fader, plus VW's media device interface.

Note: This receiver is fully compatible with iDatalink's Maestro Module. If you purchased this receiver prior to October 8, 2016, Kenwood's website now offers a firmware update which will restore full iDatalink compatibility. Apply the firmware to your Kenwood receiver for support of factory extras; reflashing the iDatalink Maestro module is not necessary.

Bluetooth note: Use of this receiver's Bluetooth features will depend upon your phone's Bluetooth capabilities. Learn more in our article explaining Bluetooth profiles.

iPod/smartphone note: If you're going to use your iPod or smartphone with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for compatibility information.

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Product highlights:

    General Features:
    • DVD/CD player with AM/FM tuner
    • built-in amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • 6.2" touchscreen display with LED backlighting
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and music streaming
    • built-in HD Radio tuner
    • variable color illumination with over 30,000 choices of colors
    • fits double-DIN (4" tall) dash openings
    Smartphone Features:
    • Apple CarPlay compatible
    • built-in iPod, iPhone, and iPad control (see Details tab for model compatibility)
    • display and command of select music, navigation, and other apps with iPhone
    • Pandora, Spotify, and iHeartRadio control with iPhone
    • Siri Eyes Free control for select iPhones
    Audio/Visual Features:
    • plays CDs, DVDs, and USB memory devices (see "Details" for full capabilities)
    • 13-band EQ with DriveEQ
    • DSP with digital time alignment
    • high- and low-pass filters
    Expandability:
    • compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
    • inputs: dual rear USB inputs, rear analog A/V input, front and rear camera inputs
    • outputs: rear A/V output (RCA video, 3.5 mm audio) output, 6-channel preamp outputs (5-volt front, rear, sub)
    Other Information:
    • compatible with most factory steering wheel audio controls (adapter required)
    • works with iDataLink Maestro module
      • retains Ford SYNC, GM OnStar, Chrysler Uconnect, and VW media center
      • displays engine performance data on touchscreen
    • warranty: 2 years
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
    • MFR # DDX6903S

    What's in the box:

    • DVD receiver w/ built-in 6.2" monitor (15A fuse)
    • Sleeve (attached)
    • Trim ring
    • Wiring harness
    • 39" Proprietary dual USB cable
    • GPS antenna (attached 11.5' cable terminated by a proprietary connector)
    • Microphone w/ integrated bracket (attached 10' cable terminated by a right-angle male 3.5mm connector)
    • Self-adhesive pad
    • 2 Radio removal tools
    • 6 Pan-head ISO-mount screws
    • 6 Flat-head ISO-mount screws
    • Instruction Manual
    • Warranty card
    • "Caution for Smartphone Users" note
    • "Correction" sheet
    • "SiriusXM" brochure

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    Features & specs

    Expandability
    AUX Input Mini (rear)
    Audio/video Input Mini (rear)
    USB Input Rear (2)
    USB Port Power ---
    Backup Camera Input Yes
    Second Camera Input Yes
    CarPlay Yes
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control Yes
    Alexa Voice Control
    Android Control Yes
    Memory Card Slot USB Memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready SiriusXM 3.0
    HD Radio Built-in
    Navigation Optional
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size No
    Nano 7
    Touch 6/5
    iPhone 7+/7/6S+/6S/6+/6/5S/5C/5/SE/4S
    General
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) N/A
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) 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
    Navigation App Compatible (iOS)
    Navigation App Compatible (Android)
    Preamp Voltage 5 volts
    Screen Size 6.2
    Display Color
    Key Button Color Variable
    EQ Bands 13
    Wireless Remote Optional
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Adapter required
    Parts Warranty 2 Years
    Labor Warranty 2 Years
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 9.3 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes
    File Playback
    Music File Playback MP3,WMA,AAC,WAV,FLAC
    High-res Playback FLAC/WAV (24-bit/192kHz)
    Second Camera Input Lane Watch N
    The Kenwood Excelon DDX6903S replaces these items:

    Product Research

    Touchscreen & Remote Control
    Built-in Bluetooth
    iPod/iPhone Integration + CarPlay
    Disc & USB Playback
    HD + SiriusXM Radio
    Audio & DSP Section
    AV + OEM Connectivity

    Touchscreen & Remote Control

    6.2" Clear Resistive Touchscreen: The Kenwood Excelon DDX6903S features a 6.2" widescreen (16:9) clear resistive touchscreen LCD with LED backlighting. The clear resistive touchscreen LCD provides a high contrast ratio, crystal clear display, and vivid text. The LCD touchscreen has a resolution of 800 (H) x 480 (V) x RGB with 1,152,000 total pixels. Touchscreen operations include tap, tap & hold, flick left or right, and swipe up or down.

    • Custom Home Screen & Shortcuts: You can customize the head unit's Home Screen by rearranging the icons and moving the icons of the seven most sources you use most to this screen. Three programmable shortcut source keys offer a quick jump to your favorite sources
    • Background Images: You can choose between six preset background images or download your own still image (800 x 600) for use as the unit's background from a connected USB thumbdrive.
    • Picture Adjustments: During video playback, you can adjust the touchscreen LCD monitor's backlight, contrast, black level, brightness, color, tint, and aspect ratio (Full/Normal/Auto/Original).
    Note: To prevent the display of video while the vehicle is in motion, the light green wire of the wiring must be connected to the vehicle's parking brake detection circuit. You cannot view video unless your vehicle's parking brake is engaged. If you attempt to view video without the parking brake engaged, the unit's LCD touchscreen will simply display a blue screen and "Parking Off". While your vehicle is in motion (parking brake off), you can still view all of the head unit's menu screens/settings, source information, metadata, and album artwork; as well as CarPlay.

    Front-Panel Controls w/ Variable Color Illumination: In addition to the touchscreen controls, the unit includes frequently used buttons along the left edge of the screen. You can adjust the head unit's button illumination, as well as display background color from the following preset colors - Blue, Purple, 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). The Kenwood logo and eject button remain red, regardless of variable color illumination setting.

    Dimmer: The dimmer function will dim the head unit's display & front-panel illumination automatically when your vehicle's light switch is turned On, if you have the unit's orange/white "Illumination" wire connected to your vehicle's headlamp circuit. You can also choose to dim the display manually. The Kenwood logo and eject button remain the same brightness.

    Clock & Date: The DVD receiver offers a 12-hour clock & day/month/year display. The clock is visible from any source or menu screen. With your vehicle's key in the accessory or start position, the head unit will continue to display the LCD background image, clock, and button illumination during "Standby" mode. Pressing and holding the Power/Home button turns the unit off completely.

    Remote Control: The Kenwood DDX6903S offers compatibility with factory steering wheel controls (adapter sold separately) and is compatible with Kenwood's IR wireless remote control (sold separately) for added convenience.

    • Steering Wheel Controls: The head unit features a factory steering wheel remote control input wire (blue/yellow) within the included wiring harness that lets you keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with an optional steering wheel audio control adapter (sold separately).
    • Optional Remote Control: The optional Kenwood KNA-RCDV331 IR wireless remote control (113RCDV331, sold separately) unit is designed to operate this Kenwood DVD head unit. The wireless remote controller operates off of two supplied "AAA" batteries. The remote operates off of IR transmission so the KNA-RCDV331 must be pointed at the front-panel of the Kenwood head unit within direct line of sight.

    Security Indicator: The Security Indicator feature helps to protect the Kenwood DDX6903S 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.

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: The Kenwood DDX6903S is equipped with built-in Bluetooth 3.0 allowing you to make and receive phone calls wirelessly through the receiver; as well as stream music wirelessly from your smartphone to the head unit. In order to use Bluetooth wireless technology, your phone must also be Bluetooth compatible and be able to interpret certain profiles. This unit is compatible with the following Bluetooth Profiles:

    • Hands-Free Communication: HFP 1.6 (Hands Free Profile), PBAB 1.0 (Phone Book Access Profile), GAP (Generic Access Profile).
    • Audio Streaming: A2DP 1.3 (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP 1.5 (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 DDX6903S. Visit Kenwood's Support Site for a complete list of compatible Bluetooth enabled phones.

    Multi-Device Pairing w/ Dual Phone Connection: You can pair up to ten Bluetooth-enabled devices to the Kenwood head unit with a maximum of two Bluetooth phones and one Bluetooth audio player connected at one time, making it easier to switch between devices. When a paired Bluetooth device is in close proximity to the receiver, the auto connection function automatically connects the two units.

    • Secure Simple Pairing (SSP): With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the Kenwood Excelon DDX6903S without having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings.
    • Auto Pairing (for iPhone): You can even pair your Apple iPhone (iOS 5.0+) by simply connecting it to the Kenwood head unit via USB and following a single prompt on the head unit's display.

    Hands-Free Communication w/ External Mic: The head unit supports Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. Thanks to the latest Hands-Free Profile (HFP 1.6) with wideband speech capability, the Kenwood DDX6903S provides more natural sound quality and details during wireless calls. The touchscreen controls of the DDX6903S 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 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 (1-30 seconds).
    • Dialing a Number: Using the DDX6903S, you can dial a phone number in one of the following ways:
      • Entering a Phone Number: Allows you to directly dial a phone number from the head unit's touchscreen keypad.
      • Preset Dialing: Allows you to register up to 5 phone numbers for quick dialing. The preset numbers can be accessed from the head unit's touchscreen.
      • Phonebook: You can download phonebook data (up to 1000 entries) from your phone to the DDX6903S. You can then dial by using the downloaded phone book and search it alphabetically.
      • 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 entries total).
      • Voice Dialing: If your mobile phone supports voice recognition, then you can dial out by voice command. Simply speak into the included microphone.
    Note: This unit allows you to answer a call or dial out using any option without engaging the vehicle's parking brake.

    Wireless Audio Streaming : The Kenwood Excelon DDX6903S supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone or audio player, plus song/artist information display and support for AAC lossless music streaming. You are able to stream your stored music library on your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone, as well as music apps downloaded on your smartphone to the Kenwood Excelon DDX6903S for playback.

    • SBC & AAC Codecs: In addition to support for the standard SBC Bluetooth audio codec, the DDX6903S offers support of AAC codecs for higher quality audio streaming from select Apple devices. By supporting AAC, the DDX6903S offers better audio performance of the music streamed from your Apple iPod, iPhone, or iPad.
    • Advanced Music Playback: In addition to basic playback functions (Play/Pause, FF/RW, Skip, Random/Repeat), the DDX6903S lets you browse your stored music by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, etc. (AVRCP 1.5+ phones only).
    • Song/Artist Information: The head unit will also display your stored music and music app's song information; such as Artist name and Song/Album title (not compatible with all apps).
    Note: 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 Eyes Free Control: When paired and connected to an iPhone with Siri via Bluetooth (not USB), the Kenwood DDX6903S 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" 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 DDX6903S and its microphone. You can even 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 with Siri. The head unit's audio is attenuated while Siri provides audible directions.

    Note: 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 DDX6903S; visual data will still need to be viewed from your iPhone device).

    iPod/iPhone Integration + CarPlay

    Apple CarPlay Compatible: Apple CarPlay is the smarter, safer in-vehicle interface to operate your iPhone (iOS 7.1+) with Lightning-connector. Your iPhone must be connected to the Kenwood receiver via the Lightning-cable that came with your Apple device or Kenwood's Lightning connector-to-USB cable (113KCIP103 sold separately). CarPlay features Siri voice control and is specially designed for driving scenarios. It also works with the Kenwood receiver's touchscreen controls. Use CarPlay to get directions, make phone calls, listen to voice mail, send/ receive messages and select music in a way that keeps you focused on the road ahead.

    • Maps: The power and simplicity of Apple Maps comes to your dashboard; complete with turn-by-turn direction, traffic conditions, and estimated travel time. You can enter a new destination or choose a favorite or recent destination using the head unit's touchscreen or by simply asking Siri. CarPlay can also predict where you most likely want to go using addresses from your email, text messages, contacts, and calendars.
    • Phone & Messages: You'll be able to make calls, return missed calls, and listen to voicemails through the Kenwood receiver. Siri can also help you do all these things. In addition, Siri can send, read, and reply to your text messages for you; so you never have to look at your iPhone while driving.
    • Music Library: Access your artists, song, playlists, and iTunes Radio on your iPhone using the Kenwood receiver's touchscreen. Or, just tell Siri what you'd like to listen to. The head unit's touchscreen will display song/artist information, as well as album art in the background.
    • Apps: CarPlay also supports additional audio apps that you've downloaded to your iPhone for enjoying music, radio, sports, news, podcasts, & audiobooks. Control them from the head unit's touchscreen just like you would from your iPhone. Current supported apps include (fees may apply):

    Note: If you need an additional USB extension cable, use Kenwood's CA-U1EX USB extension cable (113CAU1EX, sold separately). Any other USB extension cable can cause CarPlay to malfunction.

    iPod Music Playback: The Kenwood Excelon DDX6903S supports direct connection of your Lightning iPod/iPhone device or 30-pin iPhone 4S through its rear-panel USB port for music playback. You'll be able to listen to stored music and music apps from your USB connected Apple device through the Kenwood DVD receiver.

    • Lightning Connector: If you have a newer iPod/iPhone with the Lightning-connector, you can use Kenwood's Lightning connector-to-USB cable (113KCIP103 sold separately) or the Lightning-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect your iPod/iPhone to the Kenwood Excelon DDX6903S for audio playback only.
    • 30-Pin Dock Connector: If you own an older iPhone 4S with the 30-pin dock connector, you can use Kenwood's KCA-IP102 iPod cable (113KCIP102, sold separately) or the dock connector-to-USB cable that comes with your iPhone to connect your device to the DDX6903S for audio playback only.
    Note: This unit does not support video playback from any Apple device.

    iPod/iPhone Control: The Kenwood head unit allows you to navigation your iPod/iPhone's music library from its front-panel & touchscreen controls. The head unit offers unique search features like Category Search & Link Search, plus offers basic playback functions like Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Rewind, Previous/Next Track and Repeat/Random of your connected iPod/iPhone. You'll also still be able to control most connected Apple devices from its touchscreen while connected via USB.

    • Category Search: Category Search allows you to navigate your iPod/iPhone's music library by Playlist, Artists, Album, Song, Genre, Song, Podcast, Audiobook, or Radio. You can then search each of these categories using the head unit's touchscreen slider function (categories will be listed in alphabetical order).
    • Link Search: The head unit offers Link Search, which allows you to play songs related to the currently playing song. Link Search lets the head unit create an album list of the currently playing artist, a song list of the currently playing album, a artist list of the currently playing genre, or a album list of currently playing composer.

    Song/Artist Info & Album Art: In Head Unit Control mode, the DDX6903S will display your iPod/iPhone's stored music information including Track number, Elapsed playing time, Song/Album title, Artist name, and Album art. The unit will also display song/artist info and album art from select music apps.

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

    Apple Device Compatibility Chart: The Kenwood Excelon DDX6903S is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 3/28/2017):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Bluetooth Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone CarPlay Album Art Song/Artist Track Info Phone Audio Siri
    iPhone
    4S 9.3.5 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    SE 10.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5/5C/5S 10.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    6/6+/6S/6S+ 10.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    7/7+ 10.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch
    5th 9.3.5 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    6th 10.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    nano
    7th 1.02 PC Y N Y N N Y Y Y N Y N Y
    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

    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 DDX6903S supports playback of DVD-Video, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, CD-Audio, and CD-R/RW discs. The unit supports a variety of audio & video files recorded onto a CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, or DVD+R/RW disc (see chart below).

    • Disc Auto Reload: The unit will automatically reinsert a disc if it's ejected, but not removed for 20 seconds or more.
    • Parental Control (DVD only): Parental Control allows you to restrict DVD playback according to a predetermined level. You can select a parental control rating from 0-8, which is protected by a 4-digit password.

    Dual USB Ports: The Kenwood Excelon DDX6903S rear-panel USB port consists of a proprietary connector and a 39" proprietary USB cable terminated by two female USB (type-A) connectors. These USB ports can be used for connection and control of portable USB mass-storage class (MSC) devices, such as USB thumbdrives or portable digital music players. The USB port enables playback of a variety of audio, video, and photo files stored on a compatible USB memory device (see chart below). USB portable audio devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the DVD receiver's USB port (5V/1.5A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

    Note: This head unit's USB port does not support Android smartphone & tablet devices.

    File Compatibility: The Kenwood Excelon DDX6903S supports the following types of audio, video, and photo files recorded onto a disc or loaded onto a USB mass storage class device.

    Media Type Disc (CD-R/RW or DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW) USB (MSC)
    File System ISO9660 Level 1/Level 2, Joliet, Romeo, Long File Name FAT 16/32, NTFS
    Playable File Types Audio MP3/WMA/AAC: bit rate of 8-320kbps; sampling frequency of 16-48kHz
    WAV/FLAC: bit depth of 16/24-bit; sampling frequency of 16-48kHz
    MP3/WMA/AAC: bit rate of 8-320kbps; sampling frequency of 16-48kHz
    WAV/FLAC: bit depth of 16/24-bit; sampling frequency of 16-192kHz
    Video MPEG-1: max resolution of 352 x 240 or 352 x 288; max bit-rate of 1.5Mbps
    MPEG-2:
    max resolution of 720 x 480 or 720 x 576; max bit-rate of 8Mbps
    MPEG-4:
    max resolution of 1920 x 1080 (30fps); max bit-rate of 8Mbps
    H.264:
    max resolution of 1280 x 720 (30fps); max bit-rate of 8Mbps
    WMV/MKV:
    max resolution of 1920 x 1080 (30fps); max bit-rate of 8Mbps
    Photo N/A JPEG: 32 x 32 to 8192 x 7680
    Maximum # of Folders/Files 999 folders/50,000 files (999 files per folder) 9,999 folders/50,000 files (999 files per folder)
    Tags MP3 ID3-tags, WMA/AAC/FLAC-tags, & Album Art

    High Resolution Audio Playback: The Kenwood DVD receiver supports playback of high-resolution FLAC & WAV music files (up to 24-bit/192kHz), via USB. 

    Search Functions: The Kenwood Excelon DDX6903S offers unique search functions for disc & USB playback.

    • Folder/Track List: The Folder/Track List allows you to search folders and audio/video/picture files stored on a disc or USB device.
    • Category Search (USB only): You can navigate music stored on your USB memory device by Playlist, Artist, Song, or Album. Once a category is selected, you can search the contents alphabetically.
    • Link Search (USB only): Link Search allows you to play songs related to the currently playing song. The head unit can create an album list of the currently playing artist, a song list of the currently playing album, a artist list of the currently playing genre, or a album list of currently playing composer.

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

    HD + SiriusXM Radio

    HD Radio: With its built-in HD Radio tuner, you can receive digital AM/FM broadcasts from local stations where available. HD Radio significantly improves AM/FM audio quality and reception, as well as includes information such as artist name and song titles or traffic news, viewable on the receiver's display. HD Radio Technology will deliver high-quality digital sound. AM digital will have FM-like quality in stereo (80dB SN @ 40-15kHz), while FM digital will have CD-like quality (80 dB SN @ 20-20kHz) with static free and clear reception. The unit's built-in HD Radio tuner allows analog AM/FM tuning as well.

    • Seek Modes + Direct Access Tuning: You can choose one of three seek modes: Auto 1 (seek tuning), Auto 2 (cycles through and tunes the selected band's preset stations only with each button press), or Manual. You can also setup the DDX6903S to search only HD Radio stations. In addition, you can directly access an AM/FM station by entering in the frequency number using the unit's LCD touchscreen.
    • Tuner Presets: The DDX6903S's tuner features 3 FM banks (1, 2, 3) and 1 AM bank for storing presets. You can store 6 presets for each AM/FM bank giving you a total of 18 FM presets and 6 AM presets (total of 24). Not only does the DVD receiver's tuner allow you manually enter your desired presets you can choose to have the unit automatically put stations with good reception in the memory banks automatically; this is a handy feature when traveling.
    • Station Info/Album Art AM/FM digital stations can offer text and data such as artist names and song titles; as well as Album Art.
    • Multicasting & Emergency Alerts: In addition to conventional broadcasts, with HD Radio broadcasting it is possible to choose from up to 8 multicast programs (HD1 to HD8). HD Radio also delivers critical and life-saving messages to the public during emergency situations.
    Note: HD Radio is the system for digital AM and FM broadcasting in the U.S. More than 2,000 radio stations are broadcasting their primary signals in digital HD Radio technology, as a free service. Go to HDRadio.com to check for HD Radio stations in your area.

    SiriusXM-Ready: The Kenwood Excelon DDX6903S is SiriusXM 3.0 Ready and compatible with the SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner (220SXV300, sold separately). The SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner supports SiriusXM programming with access to 175+ SiriusXM channels via subscription; check out the most popular SiriusXM subscription packages here. Additional features of the SiriusXM Connect tuner include:

    • Channel List w/ Category Search: A channel list displays a list of all available channels. The Category Search function searches for channels in a certain category.
    • Song/Artist Info + Album Art: Displayed Information such as Channel Name, Channel Logo, Artist Name, Song Title, & Album Art can be viewed on the head unit's LCD
    • Smart Favorite Presets: Up to 24 SiriusXM Satellite Radio station presets can be saved. Up to 6 of your SiriusXM presets on the current band are recognized as Smart Favorites for advanced features such as TuneStart, TuneScan, & TuneMix.
      • TuneStart: TuneStart allows you to choose whether to start a song from the beginning or from its live point when tuning to a Smart Favorite channel. 
      • TuneScan: TuneScan plays the first 6 seconds of each song that has not been listened to from each of the channels which you have saved as Smart Favorites.
      • TuneMix: TuneMix plays a unique blend of songs from your Smart Favorite preset music channels from the current SiriusXM preset band, allowing you to build a custom channel from as few as two to as many as six music channels.
    • Instant Replay: You can pause, rewind, and replay up to 60 minutes of current channel. You'll also be able to rewind and replay the last 30 minutes of content from your six Smart Favorite channels.
    • Parental Control: Channels containing unsuitable content for children can be blocked.
    Note: A separate SiriusXM Satellite Radio subscription is required (operates on the XM Network). However, you can easily add this SiriusXM tuner to an existing Sirius or XM account for a Multi-Radio Discount Plan.

    Audio & DSP Section

    Excelon Series: The DDX6903S DVD receiver is part of Kenwood's Excelon series line-up. It incorporates the latest technologies and delivers the highest sonic performance. From advanced audio tuning capabilities, crossover and equalizer system, high-voltage 5V preouts, plus a two-year warranty - Kenwood Excelon represents exceptional audio quality with long-lasting dependability.

    24 Bit D/A Converter: The Kenwood Excelon DDX6903S utilizes a 24-bit digital to analog converter for superior sound quality with a Signal to Noise ratio up to 98dB.

    MOSFET Amplifier: The Kenwood Excelon DDX6903S 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 DDX6903S 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 Pre-Outs + Sub Control: The DDX6903S features front, rear and subwoofer 5.0-volt pre-outs. The front and rear speaker pre-outs are balance and fade adjustable. The subwoofer preamp output is non-fading and offers independent level control (-50 to +10 dB).

    DSP: In order to optimize the sound quality, you can use the unit's DSP to set the type of vehicle, speaker sizes & locations, listening distances, and x-over points. You can also choose to bypass the head unit's DSP feature.

    • Listening Position + Digital Time Alignment: Select your optimal listening position from All, Front Left, Front Right or Front All. You can also select to manually fine tune the sound stage, using Digital Time Alignment (DTA) by selecting the distance (0-20') for each individual speaker in the vehicle compared to your listening position. The Front Focus feature even lets you localize the sound image in front of a selected seat (Left or Right).
    • Car & Speaker Type: Indicate the type of vehicle and the size of your vehicle's speakers, plus their location inside the vehicle.
      • Car: Select your car type - Compact, Full Size Car, Wagon, Mini Van, SUV, Mini Van (Long) or Off.
      • Speaker Size: Independently set the Front & Rear speakers to OEM 3.5", 4", 4.75", 5", 6.5", 6.75", 7", 4x6", 5x7", 6x8", 6x9", 7x10", or None. You can set the Subwoofer to 6.5", 8", 10", 12", 15"+, or None. Set the Tweeter to Small, Middle, Large, or None.
      • Speaker Location: Set the location of the Front speakers to Upper Door Area, Lower Door Area, On Dash, or Under Dash. Set the location of your Rear speakers to Upper Door Area, Lower Door Area, Upper Cargo Area, Lower Cargo Area, Upper 3rd Row Area, Lower 3rd Row Area, or Parcel Shelf Area.
    • High Pass & Low Pass Crossovers: Allows you to set high-pass and low-pass crossovers for a Front, Rear, and Subwoofer speaker setup.
      • Front & Rear: Independently set high pass filter (HPF) for your front & rear speakers.
        • Frequency: 30Hz, 40Hz, 50Hz, 60Hz, 70Hz, 80Hz, 90Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, 150Hz, 180Hz, 220Hz, 250Hz, Through (Full-Range)
        • Slope: -6dB, -12dB, -18dB, -24dB
        • Gain: -8 to 0 dB
      • Sub: Set low pass filter (LPF) for unit sub output.
        • Frequency: 30Hz, 40Hz, 50Hz, 60Hz, 70Hz, 80Hz, 90Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, 150Hz, 180Hz, 220Hz, 250Hz, Through (Full-Range)
        • Slope: -6dB, -12dB, -18dB, -24dB
        • Gain: -8 to 0 dB
        • Phase: Reverse (180°), Normal (0°)

    Equalizer: The Kenwood Excelon DDX6903S offers 8 EQ Presets for east adjustment, a 13-band EQ for customized tuning, and a Drive EQ mode to overcome road noise. Separate EQ settings and EQ presets can be stored for each source or you can apply one EQ preset or curve to all sources.

    • Preset EQ: The integrated equalizer offers 8 preset sound modes (Flat, Pops, Easy, Top40, Jazz, Powerful, Rock, or User 1-4) suitable for the music genre of your choice.
    • 13-Band EQ: The User modes (1-4) allows you to manually adjust the head unit's 13-band EQ (62.5Hz, 100Hz, 160Hz, 250Hz, 400Hz, 630Hz, 1kHz, 1.6kHz, 2.5kHz, 4kHz, 6.3kHz, 10kHz, & 16kHz). Each frequency's gain level can be adjusted from -9dB to +9 dB.
    • Drive EQ: The Drive EQ mode helps you hear your music over road noise. It boosts certain frequencies ranges that becomes hard to hear due to road noise.

    Music Enhancement: You can restore the sound lost due to audio compression, as well as enhance the sound by virtually manipulating the soundscape.

    • Sound Realizer: When MP3, WMA, or AAC files encoded at a low bit rate (less than 96 kbps, 44.1k, 48kHz) are played, the Realizer feature boosts low frequencies which can be lost during compression. Set to Level 1, Level 1, Level 3, or Off.
    • Supreme: When MP3, WMA, or AAC files encoded at a low bit rate (less than 96 kbps, 44.1k, 48kHz) are played, the Supreme Setting function restores their high frequencies so the sound quality is closer to files encoded at a high bit rate. The processing is optimized for the compression format and the bit rate used. When the Supreme Setting is Off, the unit plays the original sound stored in the audio file.
    • Space Enhancer & Stage EQ: You can set the Space Enhancer to Small, Large, or Off. Each setting value indicates the soundscape level. You can also virtually raise the sound position heard from your speakers; the Stage EQ can be set to High, Middle, Low, or Off.

    Volume Level & Bass Management: The DVD receiver offers several volume level adjustments to tailor the audio output of your sources. The DDX6903S also provides bass management to get the most impact out of your system.

    • 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.
    • Bass Boost & DC Extension: The DDX6903S features a four-step Bass Boost (Off/1/2/3) to enhance your music's lower frequencies. When "Bass DC Extension is turned on, frequencies lower than 6.25 Hz are set the same gain level as the unit's 7-Band EQ 62.5 Hz gain setting.
    • Loudness: This function enhances low and high frequencies to make the sound clearer lower volumes.

    Source Beep: The in-dash receiver provides an audible beep to confirm source selection. This function can be turned On or Off.

    AV + OEM Connectivity

    AV Input: The Kenwood Excelon DDX6903S DVD receiver is fitted with a rear-panel minijack (3.5mm) audio/video input to connect external AV sources, such as a game system, Blu-ray player, or TV tuner.

    AV Output (with Dual Zone): The unit features a composite video jack and 3.5mm audio jack to output AV signals to an optional monitor and headphone system. The unit's AV output can be set to Disc, AV-In, or Off. Volume of the second zone can be controlled by the DVD receiver or your rear entertainment system.

    Rear & Front Camera Inputs: The unit features a composite video input for connecting an optional rear view camera, such as the Kenwood CMOS-230 (113CMOS230, sold separately). By connecting a rear view camera, you can use the in-dash receiver's touchscreen LCD to see what's behind you when backing up. There is also a composite video input for connecting a front dash-cam (sold separately), so you can display what's ahead of you on the head unit's touchscreen LCD monitor.

    • Parking Guide Lines: When a rear-view camera is connected and you are viewing a rear view image, parking guide lines appear on-screen making parking easy and safer. There are three color-coded horizontal guidelines and two vertical guidelines.
    • Rear-View Auto Switching: The video from this connection can be set to display when switched to this input, or display the rear view camera video automatically when the vehicle is shifted into Reverse gear. The purple/white wire of the wiring harness must be connected to the vehicle's reverse lamp circuit for automatic video switching. Automatic video switching takes approximately 0.8 seconds.
    Note: The rear view camera feature is meant as a back-up aid only; never solely rely on the rear-view camera when backing-up. In addition to using the rear-view camera, always look behind you to make sure everything is clear when backing up your vehicle.

    GPS Antenna: The Kenwood head unit comes with a GPS antenna to enhance the performance of Apple's CarPlay navigation.

    OEM Integration: This Kenwood DVD receiver is compatible with the iDatalink Maestro RR (794ADSMRR, sold separately); a web programmable module that will permit the aftermarket Kenwood receiver to work with select Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury vehicles that feature the factory SYNC system; as well as select GM vehicles with factory OnStar; select Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep vehicles with U-Connect, select Volkswagens with factory digital amplifier, and select Toyota/Scion vehicles.

    • Retained Features: The iDatalink Maestro RR lets Ford/Lincoln/Mercury, GM, Dodge/Chrysler, and VW owners swap out their factory radio for this aftermarket Kenwood head unit; while retaining the Ford Sync system, GM OnStar system, Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep U-Connect system, steering wheel controls, Bluetooth, USB interface, Satellite Radio, and 911 assist. You also get to keep the hands-free mic that comes with the car (which is specially tuned to that particular vehicle). *Retained features will vary by vehicle.
    • Extra Features: In some installations, the iDatalink Maestro RR lets you configure the head unit to operate interior climate controls and provides extra visual data; such as User Selectable Gauges, Vehicle Info (Tire Pressure/Battery Voltage/Check Engine Codes/Door Ajar Warning), and Visual Park Assist. *Extra features will vary by vehicle.

    Note: The iDatalink Maestro RR is web programmable, which means you'll need to flash the iDatalink Maestro RR interface module with the correct firmware from iDatalink's website. In addition to flashing the iDatalink Maestro RR module, you'll also need a vehicle specific harness (sold separately). The Kenwood receiver's OEM Setup menu must also be configured with your compatible vehicle's factory system before initial operation.

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    Customer Q&A

    10 questions already asked

    Q
    After reading some reviews it seems there is a big glare problem with this unit. Is there a screen protector/ glare guard you would suggest?
    [ Jesse  Jul 25, 2017 ]
    4 answers
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    Yes, glare is really bad on this. Much worse than the Clarion that I'm replacing.
    [ Jerry Howell  Aug 26, 2017 ]
    A
    Every screen I've ever seen in a vehicle has some problem with glare I picked this unit for the sound quality
    [ Michael  Jul 27, 2017 ]
    A
    Glare is not an issue, but if you have polarized sunglasses you are out of luck.
    [ RICHARD  Jul 26, 2017 ]
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    The only issue I have with the screen is that it is difficult to see during the daytime while wearing sunglasses, but I imagine that is an issue with all screens (it is with my iPhone 6). I have no complaints with the unit.
    [ Grant  Jul 26, 2017 ]
    Q
    will this play DVD's to a factory RSE while driving if I use the AVGM5 harness?
    [ Tony  Jul 07, 2017 ]
    1 answer
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    You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility with your factory system. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you.
    [ Kenny  Jul 07, 2017 ]  Staff
    Q
    Can you send and receive text messages with an android phone?
    [ daniel  Jun 02, 2017 ]
    1 answer
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    The stereo will not display text messages but if you can use the built-in Bluetooth to have your phone read & reply to text messages via voice commands through the mic and speakers. (if your phone supports the option).
    [ Ryan  Jun 10, 2017 ]  Staff
    Q
    Does this unit send or receive text messages with android phones?
    [ daniel  Jun 01, 2017 ]
    1 answer
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    No the s at the end of the model number means it works only with iPhones the model number that does not have s at the end of the model number work with androids
    [ Jason  Jun 03, 2017 ]
    Q
    Does this radio come with sirus xm or do i have to buy a sirus xm tuner seperately?
    [ Garrett  Apr 14, 2017 ]
    1 answer
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    Thanks for your question. The receiver is satellite radio ready. You would still need to add the tuner, which is free after mail in rebate. I have attached the link below for the tuner or on the receiver product page you can click the "Accessories" tab and will be shown the same tuner. Hope this helps. https://www.crutchfield.com/p_220SXV300/SiriusXM-SXV300V1-Tuner.html?tp=87
    [ Kenny  Apr 14, 2017 ]  Staff
    Q
    Can you link headrest monitors to this unit?
    [ Colby  Feb 22, 2017 ]
    3 answers
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    Yes. It does have a monitor output. I haven't used it because I'm in a truck
    [ Dalton  Feb 22, 2017 ]
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    I do not have head rest monitors but it has a video out so I assume so. May take an adapter to make the connection to stock monitors but I am sure the boys at Crutchfield can talk you though that one and make sure you have what you need.
    [ NATHAN A  Feb 22, 2017 ]
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    Yes. It does have audio video outs for rear monitors.
    [ CHRIS  Feb 22, 2017 ]
    Q
    I have a lifetime subscription on an existing Kenwood SC-C1 satellite tuner. Is the SC-C1 compatible with this head unit?
    [ Shane  Dec 15, 2016 ]
    1 answer
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    I'm afraid not--the Kenwood DDX6903S only works with the SiriusXM SXV300V1 Tuner (Item # 220SXV300) if you want to add satellite radio. If you would like to discuss further, feel free to contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. Hope that helps!
    [ Larry  Dec 19, 2016 ]  Staff
    Q
    Does this have 'hissing noise' as some others suggest/report for the Excelon version?
    [ Adriatik  Sep 05, 2016 ]
    5 answers
    A
    The two updates from Kenwood (August and September 2016 have not corrected the hissing and crackling noises. I had this unit and I returned it.
    [ maestrazo  Oct 23, 2016 ]
    A
    There was a firmware update released in September of 2016 that fixed many of the firmware and clock issues that some customers experienced. The new firmware update can be downloaded from the Kenwood website. As of 10/17/2016 all Crutchfield inventory will be updated with this firmware pre-installed.
    [ Jeff  Oct 05, 2016 ]  Staff
    A
    I have had noises - a cracking hiss. A unit of at this price point should not have. Other units in the 2016 series also have the noise.
    [ maestrazo  Sep 25, 2016 ]
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    I havnt noticed any noises. Love the unit
    [ Ryan  Sep 07, 2016 ]
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    I did not experience this when I installed this in my 2008 Tahoe with the Maestro Rr set-up. I used the RCA inputs for the audio. Be sure to upgrade the DDX6903 to the latest firmware. This did resolve an issue I was having in this configuration. During installation my helper was holding the deck by the bottom of the receiver when we were testing the functionality. we did here the hissing sound but as soon as he set the unit down the hissing stopped. This would suggest either a ground issue when holding the unit or pressure on the bottom of the unit may be the cause. Either way, it is not present in my unit.
    [ Garth  Sep 06, 2016 ]
    Q
    will it sync with Ford Fusion?
    [ RAnkC  Aug 17, 2016 ]
    1 answer
    A
    Do you mean; does it retain the factory SYNC feature in the Fusion? The stereo itself does not but the feature can be retained with the proper installation accessories and any aftermarket stereo. I hope that helps! My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=5
    [ Ryan  Aug 20, 2016 ]  Staff
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